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Joan Jett performing with Nirvana
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Why Nirvana struck just the right chord at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction

Kurt Cobain would have loved it

When the surviving members of Nirvana hinted that Joan Jett would join them for the band’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame last night  (10) via a photo on Instagram, the internet jumped on the news that she would fill in for the late Kurt Cobain like lions on red meat.

But it turns out that by throwing fans and press that little snack to nibble on, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear were able to pull off something much more impressive: a Nirvana set featuring not only Jett, but Lorde, St. Vincent, and Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon. Furthermore, they were able to keep the last three names a complete secret until they took that stage last night. Each person was picked for a deliberate reason that made perfect sense without exploiting the occasion.

And it turned out to be an evening that I bet Cobain would have loved. In one short set (and in a later secret show at a Brooklyn’s St Vitus club), Nirvana accomplished so many things:

*They paid homage to Cobain’s vision of a world where female musicians were given as much credibility as male artists

*By including Lorde, they showed that Nirvana’s music speaks for the current generation as much as for the Gen X’ers. Not only that, but Lorde has an individual style that is all her own, just as Cobain had, and is an artist that is deliberately inclusive without pandering to current trends.

*With the inclusion of Gordon, Nirvana highlighted a women who served as an influence on the band, as well as a contemporary. There's very fun footage of them together at the Reading Festival in 1991, and their connection is a long-lived one.

*Like Gordon, Jett influenced the members of Nirvana, has become very close to Grohl, and produced an album by The Germs, Smear’s early band.

Lorde performed “All Apologies,” St. Vincent “Lithium,” Jett “Smells Like Teen Spirit, “and Gordon, “Aneurysm”: each song perfectly matched to the performer. In the videos below, it’s clear that each performer put her own stamp on the song, while still honoring the original’s intent (Gordon comes in around the 7-minute mark in her video).

In almost any other situation, it would be easy to dismiss the use of women singers as gimmicky, but, in hindsight, it seems like the most obvious and smartest decision possible in this case.

In various interviews, Cobain made it clear time and again that he preferred the company of women, identified closely with what it felt like to feel like an outsider—whether because you were female or gay —and was ardently pro-female. Most famously, as Charles Cross noted  in his  book, “Here We Are Now: The Lasting Impact of Kurt Cobain,” in the liner notes for “Incesticide,” he delivered a decree to grunge fans: “If any of you, in any way, hate homosexuals, people of a different color, or women, please do this one favor for us—leave us the fuck alone. Don’t come to our shows and don’t buy our records.”

As Cross points out in an excellent essay for The Advocate, Nirvana played anti-rape and gay rights benefits. After “In Utero” was released, Cobain told Spin, he hoped the album “inspire[d] women to pick up guitars, and start bands — because it’s the only future of rock ’n’ roll.”

Nirvana’s selection of guests last night were spot on, though it  might have been fun to see someone even a little more daring, like Peaches, play with them. Otherwise, it’s hard to think of a better way for Grohl and Novoselic to have honored Nirvana’s past and its future.

 

 

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"Scandal"

"Scandal"

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'Scandal' recap: Who's really to blame for the bomb?

Olivia thinks dismantling B613 was the right move, but maybe not

Oh, Olivia. I'm sure it seemed like a brilliant move to dismantle B613 while you had the chance, but of course it's all gone pear-shaped this week, as unplugging the phones over there made it easy for a bunch of bad guys to put a plot to kill Fitz into action. And, because there are only four terrorists in the known world, one of those involved in this plot is Mama Pope. Isn't that cozy?

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2014 MTV Movie Awards predictions: Is this the year for 'Hunger Games?'

2014 MTV Movie Awards predictions: Is this the year for 'Hunger Games?'

Jennifer Lawrence looks to make it three in a row for Best Female Performance

The MTV Movie Awards are coming your way on Sunday. The nominations this year, particularly for Movie of the Year, were interesting. I don't know that the wins will be, though, because frankly it seems like another young adult adaptation is poised to dominate after we got a bit of a breather from that sort of thing last year.

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ABC to celebrate 'Scandal' with a 'Jimmy Kimmel Live: Behind the Scandalabra' special

ABC to celebrate “Scandal” with a "Jimmy Kimmel Live: Behind the Scandalabra” special
Kimmel will interview Shonda Rhimes on set for a special edition of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Thursday after the "Scandal" season finale (Kimmel will be in repeats the rest of next week). PLUS: Long-haired Kimmel stars in the season finale of “Escandalo."

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Les Moonves says '12:30 is up in the air' and 'a woman would be great in late night'

Les Moonves says “12:30 is up in the air” and “a woman would be great in late night"
“Obviously, we’re considering all sorts of candidates and women are among them,” says the CBS boss of the "Late Late" timeslot.


Prediction: Stephen Colbert will never be able to beat Jimmy Fallon
There’ s no way a mass audience will watch Colbert, says Ken Tucker, who says CBS "put in place the most interesting host imaginable for the job that’ll likely come in second in the ratings for a good long time, if not for the entire length of his term.” He adds: "To anyone with a sense of talk-show history, the new dynamic is simple: Colbert will be the Dick Cavett to Fallon’s Johnny Carson — more intellectually curious, more poised and recondite in his humor, more prone to pull from a wider pool of guests than the latest star plugging his/her movie/TV show.” PLUS: Taiwanese animators weigh in on Colbert’s promotion.


Why not replace Stephen Colbert with Key and Peele?
The Comedy Central stars could provide serious competition to Jimmy Fallon with their ability to do sketches.


A painting of Ellen’s Oscar selfie now hangs at Twitter HQ
Was Samsung responsible for the painting?


How Peter Dinklage was pitched “Game of Thrones” 7 years ago — and why he hesitated
Dinklage says in a Reddit Ask Me Anything that co-creator David Benioff was an acquaintance who got him interested in Westeros. "I had one hesitation,” he writes, "because of the fantasy genre, I told him I didn’t want a really long beard and pointy shoes, and they assured me this character and this world wasn’t that. They told me about his complexity, the fact that he wasn’t a hero or a villain, that he was a womanizer and a drinker, and they painted a flawed and beautiful portrait of him, so i signed on.” PLUS: White House removed a petition to send an ambassador to Westeros, How much would “GoT” real estate cost in real life?, and watch the first three seasons summarized with maps.


Spike TV renews “Auction Hunters”
The long-running series will be back for a 5th season.


A new “Walking Dead” book series is in the works
“Walking Dead: Descent” will be released in October.


“Scandal” finally returns to form
Last night’s twist set up a promising season finale next week. PLUS: “Scandal” keeps disappointing, “Scandal” is at its best when it channels “Alias,” and Zyrtec takes advantage of “#Olitz."


“Suits” creator comments on that season finale twist
"Emotionally, I would imagine you’re feeling bittersweet about it,” says Aaron Korsh. PLUS: Meet Mike’s new secretary.


Bob Saget “loved” the “HIMYM” series finale
Saget, who was at the final table read, said on “Watch What Happens Live”:  "I loved the show. I thought they did a really beautiful job, so that's my opinion."

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"Sex Sent Me to the ER"

"Sex Sent Me to the ER"

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'Sex Sent Me to the ER' feels the burn with gummy foreplay

What seemed like harmless kink goes horribly wrong

While some of the stories on "Sex Sent Me to the ER" (midseason premiere Sat. April 12 at 9:00 p.m. on TLC) seem like unfortunate mishaps, some suggest the frisky people involved needed a good, hard shake. Michael and Josi, for instance. Who really thinks dumping melted gummy candy on delicate skin is a good idea? 

In the clip below, we also learn that Josi has to call her mom before heading to the ER, just in case her boyfriend wasn't embarrassed enough. Can't wait for next Thanksgiving at her house! Oh, but do watch this re-enactment -- though Josi has the more serious burn, Michael's mouth is also hurting -- and the dialogue is a scream. You'll never look at butter the same way again, either. 

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Les Moonves: Letterman and I agreed Stephen Colbert was the No. 1 choice

Les Moonves: Letterman and I agreed Stephen Colbert was the No. 1 choice
Moonves talked about CBS’ pick on “CBS This Morning”: "It appeared to us that he was the only logical successor to David. And when I called Dave to ask for his blessing he said exactly the same thing. He said I can't think of anybody even a close second.” PLUS: Will Colbert be allowed to continue his stellar science interviews on CBS?, CBS should’ve picked Louis CK instead, Colbert agrees with Bill O’Reilly’s anti-Colbert rant, Jennifer Garner worked for Colbert as his babysitter after they met working on a 1996 "Spin City" episode, and why CBS screwed up by alienating conservatives.


“SVU” on the bubble: Is this the end of the “Law & Order” franchise?
Now in its 15th season, the Dick Wolf drama is having trouble convincing NBC to pay the hefty cost of renewal.


MTV Movie Awards will pay a special tribute to Paul Walker
"Well, I think we are just really happy and honored that they were willing to allow us to celebrate him in some way on the show,” says exec producer Garrett English. "And his family and friends were willing to have that happen.”


“Community” and “Parks and Rec” each hit a series low
Last night was the 2nd week in a row “Community” hit a series low.


“Parks and Rec” co-creator explains last night’s surprise
"I really think that the only weapon that TV has in this day in age is surprise,” says Mike Schur. "People have seen so many stories and so many incarnations in so many different shows. That's why we like to have our big moments be surprises.” PLUS: Can “Parks and Rec” make this trope work?


“24” unveils its full-length “Live Another Day” trailer
Check out the new “movie-quality preview."


Jimmy Kimmel puts Drake in disguise to meet his haters
Watch Drake dressed as a bearded news reporter.

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<p>Mayim Bialik and Jim Parsons in &quot;The Big Bang Theory.&quot;</p>

Mayim Bialik and Jim Parsons in "The Big Bang Theory."

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TV Ratings: 'Big Bang Theory' & 'Scandal' lead to Thursday tie

Fast affiliate ratings for Thursday, April 10, 2014.

Even with its lowest rating of the season, "The Big Bang Theory" was still Thursday's highest-rated show, and carried CBS to a tie for first among viewers 18-49 — and an easy win in total viewers — with "Scandal"-led ABC.

For the night, , CBS and ABC both averaged a 2.4 rating among young adults, with CBS grabbing 9.76 million viewers and ABC 7.92 million. FOX was third with a 1.4 rating and 5 million viewers, followed by NBC (1.0, 2.95 million) and the CW (.04, 1.05 million).

8 p.m. -- The combination of "Big Bang Theory" (4.6, 15.99 million) and "The Millers" (2.6, 10.24 million) easily won the hour for CBS, followed by "Shark Tank" on ABC (1.6, 6.57 million), "Hell's Kitchen" on FOX (1.4, 4.08 million), NBC's combo of "Community" (0.8, 2.62 million) and "Parks and Recreation" (1.0, 2.56 million) and a "Vampire Diaries" repeat on the CW (0.3, 906,000).

9 p.m. -- ABC pushed into first place in the demo with "Grey's Anatomy" (2.5, 8.09 million), though CBS' combo of "Two and a Half Men" (2.4, 9.62 million) and "The Crazy Ones" (1.7, 6.92 million) averaged a slightly larger overall audience. FOX was in third with the shrinking "American Idol" (1.7, 7.53 million) and "Surviving Jack" (1.2, 4.33 million), followed by a "Hollywood Game Night" repeat on NBC (0.9, 2.65 million) and "Reign" on the CW (0.4, 1.19 million).

10 p.m. -- The penultimate "Scandal" of the season easily won the hour (3.0, 9.08 million), followed by CBS' "Elementary" (1.7, 7.91 million) and NBC's "Parenthood" (1.1, 3.62 million).

All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.

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Stephen Colbert: 'I do not envy whoever' replace Letterman — 'those are some huge shoes to fill'

Stephen Colbert: “I do not envy whoever” replaces Letterman — “those are some huge shoes to fill"
Watch Colbert address the big news on “The Colbert Report” — without mentioning the big news.


Jon Stewart: We spent all day looking up old Stephen Colbert clips
"The exciting news today is that I no longer need a cable subscription for the privilege of watching Stephen Colbert," Stewart said on tonight's "Daily Show," adding: "I think Stephen Colbert is up for the challenge."


Jimmy Fallon to Colbert: Get ready for a late-night dance-off
Fallon said at the top of tonight’s “Tonight Show”: "Now, a lot of people in the media are already talking about there being a new late night war – and I just want to say there’s not going to be any war. It’ll be a dance off. A late night dance off! Get ready, Stephen.” UPDATE: Seth Meyers can't wait to haze Colbert.


HBO's "The Leftovers" is going on a brief hiatus
“We put ourselves on a tight schedule, and we decided to give our production a short hiatus to prep our final episodes,” HBO said of the Damon Lindelof series.

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<p>Hellboy, Batman, and Magneto are all represented on our list of the 25 best superhero films of all time.</p>

Hellboy, Batman, and Magneto are all represented on our list of the 25 best superhero films of all time.

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From 'Darkman' to 'The Dark Knight': 25 greatest superhero movies of all time

We were surprised by films both on and off the list

It seems hard to believe that there could even be 25 films in the superhero genre that would be worth putting on a list at this point, much less enough that there are worthy titles I feel were left off, but that's where we are in 2014.

As the reviews started rolling in for "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," with many people calling it the best superhero movie ever made, we decided to throw the question out to the entire HitFix staff to ask people to rank their favorite films in the genre. We did this several years ago with the top ten, but at this point, we felt like the roster was deep enough to ask people to vote for their favorite 25.

What surprised me is just how much variety there were in the answers. There are many films that were on my list that didn't make the final tally, and that was true with everyone. What surprised me more were some of the titles that made the list. I may be a big fan of Ang Lee's "Hulk," but I totally understand why not everyone feels the same way. I was happy to see so much support for it.

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Craig Ferguson congratulates 'the lovely Stephen Colbert' in his 'Late Late Show' monologue

Craig Ferguson congratulates "the lovely Stephen Colbert” in his “Late Late Show” monologue
"Isn’t that lovely?” Ferguson said at the top of tonight’s show, according to a  transcript. "Congratulations Stephen! A fine addition to the CBS cavalcade of stars.” PLUS: Colbert breaks his silence on Twitter.


Report: CBS focused in on Colbert in February — its post-Letterman search began last October
That’s according to Josef Adalian, who adds of the tricky Craig Ferguson situation: "Of course, CBS might actually be fine with keeping Ferguson and focusing on launching Colbert; it could be Ferguson who feels slighted and ready to leave. If so, it’s hard to see how he could get a better talk show gig than the one he has now. As talented and respected as Ferguson is, there simply are no broadcast networks with available time slots for him.”


Colbert’s CBS hiring seems stranger and stranger the more you look at it
"The most glaring issue with the hire,” says Richard Lawson, "is that Stephen Colbert has, for the most part, been playing a character for the last 10 or so years. Sure, the line between 'Stephen Colbert' and Stephen Colbert is often blurry, but much of what’s made the guy famous and successful has been full-blown parody. An argument could be made that during The Colbert Report’s interview segments, which probably pertain the most to this new gig, Colbert is more himself, and has proven a nimble and likable interviewer. But it’s still in the context of the ‘Colbert' character, and, in a broader sense, of the late-night Comedy Central political-humor lineup.” PLUS: Why “The Late Show” will ruin Colbert, What if Colbert can’t interview well out of character?, the real Colbert is far more gentle than the “Colbert” character, we’re losing a great TV character with Colbert’s "Colbert" departure, Colbert is hugely popular in Google searches, watch 21 times Colbert was himself, Colbert won’t be a Letterman clone — and that makes him a great pick, can he compete with the Jimmys in social media?, and Colbert will become “America’s Catholic."


Stephen Colbert won’t revert to the correct pronunciation of his name
He’ll still be "kohl-BAYR” on “The Late Show,” while the rest of his family uses "KOHL-bert."


Comedy Central has become a late-night launching pad, with 2 11:35 pm network late-night hosts
First “The Man Show’s” Jimmy Kimmel and now Colbert. In fact, Comedy Central is the only network to boast three hit late-night shows, thanks to the addition of “@midnight."


Watch Stephen Colbert’s comedy evolution, starting with his 1995 “Exit 57” show on Comedy Central
Colbert co-starred with Amy Sedaris on the one-season series, before going on to “The Dana Carvey Show” the next year.


NBC will air “Rosemary’s Baby” during May sweeps — it’ll battle “Grey’s Anatomy” season finale
The two-part miniseries will air on Mother’s Day, May 11, and Thursday, May 15.


“Cuz-Bros” reunites “Enlisted” stars
The CBS comedy pilot has added Parker Young to a cast that already includes Geoff Stults.


“Tosh.0” production assistant was accidentally killed by an L.A. Sheriff deputy
John Winkler, 30, was mistaken for a knife-wielding assailing at a West Hollywood apartment when he was only trying to help. Winkler was killed in the same complex that ex-“Bachelorette” Ali Fedotowsky lives in. On Tuesday, she noted that two people had been stabbed in her building in the past week.


TCM’s Mickey Rooney marathon expanded to 24 hours
Turner Classic Movies will kick off the marathon Sunday at 6 am ET with "Broadway to Hollywood."


Watch Seth Rogen’s “SNL” promos with Ed Sheeran
He’s sandwiched between two gingers.


In defense of “Justified” Season 5
Season 5 was one of the best seasons, says David Chute, because it "was able to overcome the Not-as-Good-as-Mags-Bennett curse by not placing the entire adversarial burden on a single pair of shoulders, but by parceling out among several excellent actors another close-knit backwoods criminal clan.”


Rob Lowe: “Californication’s” Eddie Nero was one of my all-time favorite roles
Lowe answered questions on Reddit today, and wrote: "I could play Eddie Nero for 100 years. And NEVER get bored. I will miss him SO MUCH when Californication ends. But he is based on all of the demented, pretentious, intellectual, sexually confused, A-list Academy Award winning movie stars that I know.”


"Mork & Mindy” reunite on “The Cray Ones”
"It's been what? 32 years,” Robin Williams joked of his reunion with Pam Dawber. "I remember there were three cameras and they shot on film."


USA unveils its “Rush” medical drama promo
Tom Elias plays an on-call doctor who’s highly discreet.


Watch the “Covert Affairs" Season 5 promo
The USA series returns in June.

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<p>On &quot;Community,&quot; Jeff (Joel McHale) tries to calm Dean Pelton (Jim Rash).</p>

On "Community," Jeff (Joel McHale) tries to calm Dean Pelton (Jim Rash).

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Review: 'Community' - 'Basic Story'

Has the Save Greendale Committee done its job a little too well?

A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as you come to me for atheistic rants and photos of my meals...

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