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Report: Prince will play himself on "New Girl's" Super Bowl episode
Hannah Simone tweeted yesterday that "exciting news" is coming today -- a tweet that Prince's new band retweeted. And that news, according to the website Dr. Funkberry, is that Prince will make his sitcom debut on the Super Bowl episode of "New Girl." Apparently Prince is a big fan of the Fox sitcom, though the network has yet to confirm if he will indeed guest-star
CW shakes up Mondays, benches "Beauty and the Beast"
"Hart of Dixie" will move to Fridays in the spring, as "Star-Crossed" and "The Tomorrow People" take over Monday nights.
Did Tina Fey take a car ride with Jerry Seinfeld?
Seinfeld this morning released a teaser of the new "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" season, featuring the voices of Howard Stern and apparently Tina Fey.
VH1 orders a white female rappers reality show from Ryan Seacrest
"Girls In The Game" will follow what VH1 says is "a group of up-and-coming white female rappers as they aspire to and struggle for fame."
Watch more Tina Fey & Amy Poehler Golden Globes promos
NBC has released two promos featuring the comedy duo.
It was clear this morning that there was an opportunity in the Golden Globes category of Best Actress in a Drama for some lucky actress to step up to the plate. With the usual suspects in the lead actress field being split off and Meryl Streep finding herself in the comedy/musical field, who was going to land the recognition? Would it be critical darling Adèle Exarchopoulos? Indie hopeful Brie Larson? Or someone else entirely?
In the end, it was Kate Winslet who showed up, receiving her first awards recognition of the season for her performance in Jason Reitman's "Labor Day." In the process, the Oscar-winning actress picked up her tenth Globe nomination to date and finds herself in the thick of a talented group of women. Some time ago I talked with Winslet about tackling the role of the fragile, emotionally cut-off Adele in the love story, which was adapted from Joyce Maynard's novel. Read through our back and forth below.
Today's Golden Globe nominees were rustled out of bed by publicists with great news or found themselves unable to sleep as they awaited their fate from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. As ever, the usual wave of responses and reactions has begun to roll in, so what did folks like Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Joaquin Phoenix, Jennifer Lawrence and Julianna Marguiles have to say about their good fortune? Check out their thoughts and more in the gallery below.
Report: "SNL" recently held a secret audition for black female comedians
Apparently Lorne Michaels is serious about adding a black female cast member, as there was reportedly a special showcase held Dec. 1 at the Groundlings in L.A. just for black females.
"Game of Thrones" invites fans to roast King Joffrey
Check out the new website, RoastJoffrey.com.
Golden Globes voters love shiny new things, as this year's nominations prove
From Tatiana Maslany to Taylor Schilling, the Globes' TV nominations showed that it's the awards show that wants to be first to give its stamp of approval. PLUS: Was this a snub-free year for TV nominees?, the biggest shocks and snubs, the 30 biggest snubs, what was Taylor Schilling's reaction, Tatiana Maslany's phone started "blooping" a lot, and more TV nominee reactions.
Ashley Benson slams photoshopped "Pretty Little Liars" poster
"Our faces in this were from 4 years ago.....and we all look ridiculous," she wrote on Instagram. "Way too much photo shop. We all have flaws. No one looks like this. It's not attractive."
NBC postpones "It's a Wonderful Life" for "The Sound of Music Live" rerun
The annual airing that was scheduled for Saturday has been pushed back to next Saturday.
Heather Locklear as "Murphy Brown"?
Diane English and Candice Bergen talk to Katie about how network execs were pushing for another famous blonde for the CBS comedy.
"Wholock": "Doctor Who" meets "Sherlock"
Check out a mashup of the two BBC series.
Report: Martha Stewart to ax 100 staffers
The NY Post reports that Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia is in such bad shape that Stewart has to drop 25% of her employees.
"Duck Dynasty" stars entertain the troops in Afghanistan
Willie and Jep Robertson took part in a USO tour.
Damian Lewis apologizes to Sir Ian McKellen
The "Homeland" star made disparaging comments that some believe were targeted at "The Hobbit" star.
Lea Michele opens up to Ellen about Cory Monteith's death
"Grief goes with you every day, whatever you're doing," she says in her first sit-down TV interview since her boyfriend's death.
Watch "The Simpsons'" Christmas couch gag
For Sunday's "White Christmas Blues."
"South Park" makes fun of Kim Kardashian's body
She has the body of a hobbit!
Miley Cyrus to ring in the new year with Ryan Seacrest
She'll perform on ABC just before the ball drops.
Steve Carell interrupts a British TV weather forecast
Watch Carell as he promotes "Anchorman 2" in the UK.
ABC orders 4 more "Shark Tank" episodes
Season 5 will now have a total of 28 episodes.
Composers Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez together composed the music for 2011's "Winnie the Pooh" and the musical adaptation of "Finding Nemo," but just this morning nabbed their first Golden Globe nomination for a different Disney property. "Let It Go" from "Frozen," performed by Idina Menzel, is now up for a 2014 for Best Original Song.
Lopez and Anderson-Lopez have earned acclaim for their work on Broadway and in TV/Film -- in their own right for musicals like "In Transit" and "Book of Mormon" and together on projects like kids' TV show "Wonderpets"
Below, I talk to the couple about their nomination, females in the working music world and their next theater endeavor.
Coming into today's Golden Globes nominations announcement, we knew a couple of things. We knew the Hollywood Foreign Press Association loved two movies that may or may not find Best Picture traction with the Academy: Stephen Frears' "Philomena" and Ron Howard's "Rush." Both picked up nominations in the Best Picture — Drama category. We knew "August: Osage County" and "Lee Daniels' The Butler," two films that went over like gangbusters with SAG yesterday, weren't the group's cup of tea. The former picked up only two nods while the latter was shut out entirely (no Oprah, even). And we knew "Saving Mr. Banks" was dinged up after landing just one nomination yesterday. It only managed that same nomination this morning.
Taylor Swift is yet again in the running for a motion picture award, as her "Sweeter Than Fiction" joins other big-name acts like U2 and Coldplay in the 2014 Golden Globes category for Best Original Song. The single from the film "One Chance" was co-written by fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff, giving "Sweeter Than Fiction" an extra edge of star power (though Swift can typically hold that down on her own).
The country crossover star was up for a Golden Globe Award last year, too, for "Safe & Sound" with The Civil Wars, though Adele's "Skyfall" took home that music award because she's Adele and she takes home all of the awards.
U2 signaled a bout of action with their "Ordinary Love" for "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," their first new material since 2009's "No Line on the Horizon." The rock crew purportedly contributed at the behest of Harvey Weinstein; they've gone on to hint that a new album may arrive in Q2 of 2014, which is good timing should they make an appearance at the January Globes ceremony.
Music from actual musicals made their way into Best Original Song, as "Inside Llewyn Davis" and "Frozen" both get their nod. Idina Menzel sings on "Let It Go" from the latter film; it was composed by "Winnie the Pooh" collaborators and husband-and-wife duo Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (it is a decidedly safer song than Robert's "Book of Mormon" compositions). When you see "Inside Llewyn Davis" -- no "should" about it -- you may find the "Please Mr. Kennedy" nod particularly comedic, given the context of its novelty. Oscar Isaac has better performances and better tunes out of his titular role, but the Justin Timberlake and Adam Driver support certainly gave this a boost on the ballots.
What you don't see on here? Lana Del Rey's "Young and Beautiful" from "The Great Gatsby" which was, notably, one of the rare "new" movie musics representing on the woefully 2012-based 2014 Grammy nominations list.
The Best Original Score tally is just as competitive as Best Original song, with mainstays like Hans Zimmer ("12 Years a Slave") and John Williams ("The Book Thief") facing off against scores like Alex Ebert's pensive and isolating "All Is Lost." Ebert is perhaps better known as the eccentric frontman of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, making the sound and nomination reminiscent of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' get for "The Social Network.
Alex Heffes' "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" has a decent shot, too, given the eclectic winners over the last five years. Foreign-language and foreign lands featured prominently in recent winners "Life of Pi," "The Artist," and "Slumdog Millionaire." Another Brit, Steven Price, simply went out of this stratosphere for "Gravity" -- that's a story sort of similar to former honoree "Up," right?
Best Original Score
"All Is Lost" - Alex Ebert
"Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" - Alex Heffes
"Gravity" - Steven Price
"The Book Thief" - John Williams
"12 Years A Slave" - Hans Zimmer
Best Original Song
"Atlas," Coldplay ("The Hunger Games: Catching Fire")
"Let It Go," Idina Menzel ("Frozen")
"Ordinary Love," U2 ("Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom")
"Please Mr. Kennedy," Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake and Adam Driver ("Inside Llewyn Davis")
"Sweeter Than Fiction," Taylor Swift ("One Chance")
Even if you're not up at some obscenely early hour, the Golden Globe nominations are a lot to take in -- the addition of those musical/comedy categories making the slate that much more inclusive and, sometimes, eccentric. Not so much this year, though: never before have the comedy fields been so stuffed with prestigious, semi-dramatic awards bait, which means fewer top-tier contenders than usual were left on the sidelines. Still, the HFPA did manage to rustle some genuinely surprising inclusions and exclusions, and I've rounded up a few of them after the cut.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees for the 71st Golden Globes this morning and while they spread the love to all the major motion picture studios, as usual, there were significantly more surprises than had been expected.