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<p>Jason Aldean</p>

Jason Aldean

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Jason Aldean ignites Burn It Down tour

Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr will join him on 50-date outing

We smell pyro... Country superstar Jason Aldean will hit the road with his 2014 Burn It Down tour starting May 1.

The outing, which includes Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr, will alight in 50 cities, including stops at several baseball stadiums across the country, making Aldean one of the few country artists with an audience big enough to play stadiums.

Stops include Washington, D.C.’s Nationals Park, Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park, Pittsburgh’s PNC Park and Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park.

“It’s no secret that I grew up dreaming of playing baseball stadiums, I just thought it would be as a first basemen,” Aldean said in a statement.

Aldean is no stranger to stadiums, having played University of Georgia’s Sandford Stadium, Chicago’s Wrigley Field and Boston’s Fenway Park last year.

Tickets for the tour go on sale Jan. 24. While exact dates haven’t been announced, below are the cities Aldean will visit.

2014 BURN IT DOWN TOUR Stops:

Roanoke, VA                       
State College, PA                      
Atlantic City, NJ                     
Birmingham, AL
Atlanta, GA
Baton Rouge, LA**                            
Jacksonville, FL**                 
Darien, NY                 
Cincinnati, OH                     
Washington, D.C.               
Pittsburgh, PA
Twin Lakes, WI*  **              
Philadelphia, PA
Hartford, CT
Detroit Lakes, MN **
Prairie du Chien, WI*  **
Chicago, IL
St. Louis, MO
Toronto, ONT
Saratoga Springs, NY
Bangor, ME
Charlotte, NC
Raleigh, NC
Virginia Beach, VA
Knoxville, TN
Lexington, KY
Denver, CO
Albuquerque, NM
Phoenix, AZ
San Diego, CA
Irvine, CA
Mountain View, CA
Sacramento, CA
Winnipeg, MB
Bismarck, ND
Sioux Falls, SD
Erie, PA
Detroit, MI
Tampa, FL
West Palm Beach, FL
San Antonio, TX
Houston, TX
Dallas, TX

* Florida Georgia Line will not appear
** Tyler Farr will not appear            

 

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IFC changes its name to IFC


IFC changes its name to IFC

IFC is no longer the "Independent Film Channel."


Lifetime already planning a "Flowers in the Attic" sequel
The TV movie has yet to air, but the 2nd book in the V.C. Andrews series, "Petals in the Wind," is getting adapted.


Bryan Cranston scores Directors Guild nominations for "Breaking Bad" and "Modern Family"

In fact, Cranston is up against "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan in the best dramatic series category.


"Devious Maids" returns April 20, with Eva Longoria's directorial debut
Season 2 will kick off with Longoria's first time behind the camera.


"Portlandia" coming out with a cookbook
"The Portlandia Cookbook" won't hit shelves until 2015, with at least 50 "related recipes."


"Veronica Mars" movie to premiere a SXSW

South by Southwest will host the film ahead of its March 14 release.


Andy Richter books "Sean Saves the World" appearance
He'll guest as a senatorial candidate.

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<p>&quot;Flowers in the Attic&quot;</p>

"Flowers in the Attic"

Credit: Lifetime

Press Tour: 'Flowers in the Attic' sequel already in the works at Lifetime

'Petals in the Wind' will follow this faithful V.C. Andrews adaptation
"Flowers in the Attic" won't premiere on Lifetime until January 18, but Lifetime is already excited enough about the property to begin moving forward on a sequel.
 
At Thursday (January 9) afternoon's Television Critics Association press tour panel for "Flowers," scribe Kayla Alpert said that she's already working on a script for "Petals in the Wind," based on V.C. Andrews' "Flowers" sequel. As with the book, "Petals" will jump the story forward 10 years. For people who never hid "Flowers in the Attic" under their mattresses, haven't seen the movie and are really excited about experiencing the Lifetime movie fresh, Alpert avoids spoilers noting, "I will just say that it is a very juicy, compelling revenge drama."
 
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"Untold Stories of the ER"

 "Untold Stories of the ER"

Credit: Discovery Fit & Health

Exclusive clip: It's pus and puke on 'Untold Stories of the ER'

Warning: This clip from the season finale may make you feel sick

With the season finale of "Untold Stories of the ER" (Fri. Jan. 10 at 9:00 p.m. on Discovery Fit & Health) upon us, we had to wrap things up with a memorable clip. In this exclusive, a woman and her husband head to the ER about the nasty, infected wound in the woman's arm. But we won't spoil it for you. It's just too delightful.  

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Tim Gunn

 Tim Gunn

Credit: Lifetime Television

Press Tour: 'Runway' star Gunn will be 'Big Daddy' of 'Under the Gunn'

Gunn was 'blown away' by Macklemore's fashion sense

If you can't get enough of mentor Tim Gunn on "Project Runway" (and really, who can?), Lifetime is launching "Under the Gunn," a design competition show in which Gunn mentors three "Project Runway" winners as they mentor a bunch of competing designers. Sound complicated? Gunn says "multi-layered," so there. 

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<p>Eminem and Rihanna</p>

Eminem and Rihanna

Who says no black artists scored No. 1s in 2013?

Dive a little deeper into the methodology

For the first time in the Billboard Hot 100’s 55-year history, no black act as the lead artist took a song to No. 1 in 2013.

Yesterday, New York public radio station WNYC published a piece on its website about the interesting development. I want to dive a little bit deeper.

Part of the issue is semantics. WNYC chose to not include featured artists in the list, which, if they had, the stats would have instantly made it a non-story. For example, Eminem’s “The Monster,” featuring Rihanna reached the top of the chart in mid-December.  Similarly, Wanz hit No. 1 with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis as the featured artist on “Thrift Shop,” as did Ray Dalton with “The Heist” duo on “Can’t Hold Us,” and, of course, “Blurred Lines” from Robin Thicke featuring Pharell and T.I. spent a whole season at No. 1.

Even if WYNC chose not to include featured artists (and I can somewhat see its rationale), it’s a strange distinction to make, especially since Billboard counts a feature on a record  in that artist’s tally of chart toppers.  For example, “The Monster” is Rihanna’s 13th No. 1.

Speaking of Rihanna, she made WYNC’s whole story possible when she failed to reach No. 1 with “Stay,” which peaked at No. 3. It marked the first time in three years she missed having not only one Hot 100 chart topper, but several:  She took two songs to No. 1 in 2012 and 2011 and three in 2009.

Playing by WYNC’s rules, three black acts hit the top in 2012 and 2011, and five in 2010. For 2009, when Top 40 radio was much more rhythmic leaning than it is now, it was 10. But again, some of this is wording: because “Empire State of Mind” is listed as Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, as opposed to Jay Z featuring Alicia Keys,  that counts as two black artists.

The bigger question is if the methodology by which the Hot 100 is calculated now had an effect. Last year, The Hot 100 added YouTube streaming into the mix. Chartwatchers saw the immediate impact of the move when Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” vaulted to No. 1, despite relatively little radio airplay. Same with Ylvis’s “What Does The Fox Say.”   The three components that go into determining chart position are radio airplay, digital sales and streaming (Billboard--or, to be more precise, Nielsen-- already counted a number of streaming outlets, but adding megamonster YouTube did have an effect).

To give a little bit of a more well-rounded picture, five black artists registered Top 10 hits in 2013 as lead artists, compared with seven in 2012, and 14 in 2011.

The milestone is worth noting, but I don’t think it’s alarming or a signal of same great shift other than that we are in a cycle where mid-tempo pop songs are dominating radio. Some other pop sub-genre will swing into vogue in a year or two. That’s how it always happens.

What do you think?

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<p>&quot;Gravity&quot;&nbsp;looks to be a dominant force in the crafts categories.</p>

"Gravity" looks to be a dominant force in the crafts categories.

Credit: Warner Bros.

Tech Support: Final predictions for Best Cinematography, Makeup, Score, Song and Visual Effects

Part one of our final analysis before the nominations are unveiled

Here we go again. A week from today, the nominees for the 86th annual Academy Awards will be announced. Here at Tech Support, we've analyzed each of the 10 crafts categories, and interviewed several of the contenders. It's now a waiting game with final calls to be made. Today, we take a final look at the fields of cinematography, music, makeup and hairstyling and visual effects.

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"The Spoils of Babylon"

 "The Spoils of Babylon"

Credit: IFC

Press Tour: Maguire and Osment bond over '80s TV for 'Spoils of Babylon'

The stars bond over 'Walker, Texas Ranger'
While Will Ferrell wasn't on hand for "The Spoils of Babylon" panel, his sense of humor definitely made the trip. When Tobey Maguire was asked how he felt about parodying epic melodrama, given he actually had "The Great Gatsby" in theaters last year, Maguire could have answered seriously or just dismissed the question as insulting. Instead, he responded in a languid deadpan, "It was so similar at times I didn't know which production I was in. It was really confusing for me." Then, he looked into the crowd and added, "And for those of you who watch this, I'm sorry and you're welcome."
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<p>Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston in the &quot;Breaking Bad&quot; finale</p>

Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston in the "Breaking Bad" finale

Credit: AMC

Two 'Breaking Bad' episodes earn Directors Guild nominations, but not 'Ozymandias'

Bryan Cranston and Beth McCarthy-Miller are double-nominees
The Directors Guild of America announced its TV Award nominations on Thursday (January 9) and while two "Breaking Bad" episodes made the cut, there may be some head-scratching about the directors who missed out. 
 
Or, as an alternative perspective, it was a good DGA Awards nomination morning for Bryan Cranston.
 
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<p>Kristen Bell is back as 'Veronica Mars' and on her way to SXSW 2104</p>

Kristen Bell is back as 'Veronica Mars' and on her way to SXSW 2104

Credit: Warner Bros.

'Veronica Mars' movie premiering at SXSW

Plus find out where you'll be able to see me during the festival

Since the embargo is up, I can finally announce that I'm going to be moderating a one-hour onstage conversation with Alejandro Jodorowsky during SXSW this year in Austin.

I've moderated plenty of panels and interviews over the years, but Jodorowsky is one-of-a-kind. I think his work is beautiful and profane and surreal and silly and about eighty other adjectives. "The Holy Mountain," "El Topo," and "Santa Sangre" constitute a filmography so grand that even if he'd never done anything else, he would have secured his place as one of the greats. Last year, "Jodorowsky's Dune" played the festival circuit, detailing his attempts in the early to mid '70s trying to get a film version of Frank Herbert's novel off the ground. I was just flattered to have been interviewed for that. But to get a chance to actually spend an hour in conversation with this brilliant artist? And to be able to do it in front of an audience? There are days I can hardly believe this is my job.

I love SXSW every year, and it just seems to keep growing and getting more interesting, more varied. Today's announcement of the first batch of titles is a strong one, but this is all still just the warm-up for the big announcements coming soon.

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CBS to begin airing the Hollywood Film Awards


CBS to begin airing the Hollywood Film Awards

Dick Clark Productions, which is behind the Golden Globes and many other awards show, will be behind the new October awards show.


Mom from "Dance Moms" allegedly attacked Abby Lee Miller

TMZ reports today that Kelly Hyland was arrested back in November for assault and harassment of the Lifetime star.


"Parks and Rec" turns 100: Co-creator wants a Hillary Clinton ending, jokes of spinning off Jean-Ralphio
For Michael Schur, a perfect ending -- "five seasons away" -- would have Leslie Knope bumping into Hillary Clinton in Washington, with Hillary saying, "Leslie." He also jokes of doing a Sapperstein family spinoff starring Henry Winkler, Ben Schwartz and Jenny Slate.


Camryn Manheim to play Halle Berry's best friend on "Extant"
This marks Manheim's return to CBS after co-starring on "The Ghost Whisperer."


Watch Patton Oswalt ride in a DeLorean with Jerry Seinfeld

It's the latest episode of "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee." PLUS: Conan presents a "Patton Oswalt Gets The Crap Kicked Out Of Him" supercut, and Oswalt answers 20 Playboy questions.


Oprah comes to the rescue on Lindsay Lohan's OWN reality show

Oprah Winfrey herself appears on "Lindsay," getting Lohan to tell her: "I know this is my last shot at doing what I have to do."


"Men at Work" will host a "Las Vegas" reunion with Molly Sims
Sims will reunite with James Lesure, playing his love interest.


ID to mark Valentine's Day with Wendy Williams' "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover"
The Investigation Discovery special is meant as an anti-Valentine's Day celebration. PLUS: ID orders "Secret Lives of Stepford Wives."

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"Lindsay"

 "Lindsay"

Credit: OWN

Lindsay Lohan's reality show coming this spring to OWN

More Tyler Perry on deck along with Deion Sanders

In the ongoing quest to find an identity beyond "Oprah" re-hashes, OWN has announced four new series premieres for 2014. While the network still seems a little bipolar, split between wholesome self-improvement and, well, Lindsay Lohan. However, OWN's kinder, gentler approach to reality TV might be the perfect place for Lohan to stage a comeback. Tyler Perry, whose brand of subpar soap has already scored solid hits for OWN, will also bow yet another series for the network. Move over, Oprah!

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