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'Black Sails' has Starz's best-ever launch

"Black Sails" has Starz's best-ever launch
About 850,000 viewers watched the Michael Bay pirate drama, which is good news since Starz already renewed it for Season 2.

Lindsay Vonn joins "Today" as Winter Olympics correspondent based in the U.S.

Vonn, who will make her "Today" debut on Tuesday, will also contribute to NBC Sports Winter Olympics coverage.

"Real Housewives of Atlanta" husband indicted on federal ID theft charges
Phaedra Parks' hubby Apollo Nida was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service for a year. Federal agents allege that he stole millions of dollars via his fraud scheme.

TV Land orders Jaime Pressly's "Jennifer Falls" to series
"Arrested Development's" Jessica Walter will play Pressly's mom in the comedy about a grown woman moving back home.

Fox will again have a celeb-studded Super Bowl red carpet, with interviewer Michael Strahan
Strahan and Fox Sports' Charissa Thompson will chat with celebrities during the pregame show.

"Jerseylicious" star arrested in drug sting

Style Network star Corey Epstein allegedly sold an undercover cop three Oxycodone pills in front of his home.

"Sherlock's" ratings take a tumble

The 2nd episode of the season was down 28% from last week's premiere. PLUS: Steven Moffat talks "Sherlock's" best man speech.

"Everybody Loves Raymond" named a Hall of Famer
The CBS comedy ahs been named this year's NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductee.

Watch Scarlett Johansson's rejected Super Bowl ad

Her ad for SodaStream was turned down for mentioning Coke and Pepsi.

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Kylie Minogue slinks through new lyric video for 'Into the Blue': Watch
Credit: Warner Bros. Records

Kylie Minogue slinks through new lyric video for 'Into the Blue': Watch

Check out the track listing for her new album

Kylie Minogue, whose new album, “Kiss Me Once” will come out  March 18, shows she still has it in the lyric video for first single, dreamy dance track,“Into the Blue.” She frolics in the background as the words scroll across.

Minogue, who is a coach on the U.K. version of “The Voice,” released the track listing for “Kiss Me Once.”  And if the titles such as “Sexy Love,” “Sexercize,” and “Feels So Good,” are any indication, we’re in for a fun, flirty set.

Among the producers on the album, her first since 2010’s “Aphrodite,” are Pharrell and Greg Kurstin.

Kiss Me Once track listing

1. Into The Blue
2. Million Miles
3. I Was Gonna Cancel
4. Sexy Love
5. Sexercize
6. Feels So Good
7. If Only
8. Les Sex
9. Kiss Me Once
10. Beautiful
11. Fine
Bonus Tracks
12. Mr President
13. Sleeping With The Enemy



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<p>The cover the new Afghan Whigs album</p>

The cover the new Afghan Whigs album

Credit: SubPop

Afghan Whigs set to release first new album in 16 years

'Do to the Beast' reunites band with SubPop

The Afghan Whigs, who have already been announced as headliners at this year’s Coachella, will release their first album in 16 years on April 15….That should make tax day a little less painful.

Do To The Beast” will reunite the Greg Dulli-led band with SubPop, its home for such releases as 1990’s “Up In It” and 1992’s “Congregation.” The group’s last new studio release was “1965,” on Columbia Records, which came out in 1998, three years before the band broke up. They reunited in 2012 for live shows.

The band has posted a logo for the album, which looks quite scary indeed, on its website.

Bob Odenkirk broke the news on Twitter when the actor/comedian posted a photo of Dulli and himself, adding, “The great Greg Dulli, of whom I am a fan, tells me new Afghan Whigs album coming soon. 1st in 16 years! Kickass.” 

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<p>Under NATO's new guidelines, we'd still be waiting for our first look at 'Jupiter Ascending'</p>

Under NATO's new guidelines, we'd still be waiting for our first look at 'Jupiter Ascending'

Credit: Warner Bros.

Theater owners establish new guidelines for trailers and posters for upcoming movies

Does this really address the problems it should address?

If you're going to establish new rules about the content of movie trailers, can we start with some sort of agreement about not including any shots from the last 45 minutes of the film?

The National Association Of Theater Owners has had rules in place about the content and length of movie trailers for quite a while, allowing a few exceptions per year. One of those rules held the running time of a trailer to under 2:30, but it appears they've decided that trailers are too long in general now, and they're reducing the maximum running time by thirty full seconds.

What I find most interesting is the idea that they're setting a new rule about how early you can start advertising a film. Right now, it is not uncommon to see teaser trailers a full year ahead of a movie's release, especially if you're talking about giant summer blockbusters. The new rule would establish that no trailer can be released more than five months before a film's release date, while marketing materials like posters and standees would be held to a mere four months before a film's arrival in theaters.

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Win two tickets to a Katy Perry concert of your choosing

Win two tickets to a Katy Perry concert of your choosing

HitFix is giving away concert seats for the Prismatic World Tour


In June, Katy Perry will be launching her Prismatic World Tour, and HitFix is giving away two tickets -- one for you and one for a guest -- to a tour stop of your choosing.

Capital Cities, Tegan and Sara and Kacey Musgraves will rotate as openers during the four-month North American stint, which kicks off on June 22 and runs through October. Of the concert setup, "The state-of-the art stage, specifically designed by Katy for The Prismatic World Tour, allows her to get closer to her fans than ever before," says an AEG Live release.

The tour comes in support of Perry's 2013 album "Prism." Now, are you ready to roar, er, score?

There are three options -- and three opportunities -- to enter. Enter using any and/or all of the methods below:

Follow @HitFix on Twitter and ReTweet this tweet:


Follow @katieaprincess on Twitter and ReTweet this tweet:


Like HitFix Entertainment News on Facebook and tell us the name of your favorite Katy Perry song in the comments of this Facebook post.




Entrants must be 21+ and must be U.S. residents. This contest runs through 11:59 a.m. PST on Thursday, Jan. 30. 2014. Your Twitter account cannot be set on private. Transportation will NOT be provided. See the Official Rules for more contest details.

Here are Katy Perry's The Prismatic World Tour dates:

06/22 – Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena *
06/24 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center *
06/25 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center *
06/27 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena *
06/28 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena *
06/30 – Tampa, FL @ Tampa Bay Times Forum *
07/2 – Sunrise, FL @ BB&T Center *
07/3 – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena *
07/9 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden *
07/11 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center *
07/15 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre *
07/16 – Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre *
07/18 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre *
07/19 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre *
07/22 – Pittsburgh, PA @ CONSOL Energy Center *
07/24 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center *
07/25 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center *
08/1 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden *
08/2 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden *
08/4 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center *
08/5 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center *
08/7 – Chicago, IL @ United Center *
08/8 – Chicago, IL @ United Center *
08/10 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena ^
08/11 – Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills ^
08/13 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena ^
08/14 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena ^
08/16 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center ^
08/17 – St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center ^
08/19 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center ^
08/20 – Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena ^
08/22 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center ^
08/23 – Fargo, ND @ FARGODOME ^
08/26 – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre ^
08/28 – Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Centre ^
08/29 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome ^
08/31 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place ^
09/1 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place ^
09/9 – Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena #
09/12 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center #
09/13 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome #
09/16 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center #
09/17 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center #
09/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ STAPLES Center #
09/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ STAPLES Center #
09/22 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center #
09/23 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center #
09/25 – Glendale, AZ @ Arena #
09/26 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena #
09/29 – Salt Lake City, UT @ EnergySolutions Arena #
09/30 – Denver, CO 2 Pepsi Center #
10/2 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center #
10/3 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center #
10/5 – Memphis, TN @ FedExForum #
10/6 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center #
10/8 – New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Arena #
10/10 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center ~
10/11 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center ~

*With Capital Cities
^ With Kasey Musgraves
# With Tegan and Sara

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<p>The cast of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

The cast of "The Amazing Race"

Credit: CBS

CBS announces the latest 'Amazing Race' All-Stars cast

We'll never be rid of Brendon & Rachel. NEVER.
There had been rumors for months, but CBS officially announced the teams returning for the latest All-Stars cast of "The Amazing Race."
Unlike "Survivor," "The Amazing Race" has been fairly judicious in its use of returning teams over the years, so we're only just beginning to break into three-time "Amazing Race" competitors. This group of 11 teams includes likable favorites Flight Time & Big Easy and Jet & Cord, plus Margie & Luke, who allegedly people like, even if I can't find any evidence of which people those are. [Brendan & Rachel are only making their second "Amazing Race" appearance, but with two "Big Brother" appearances apiece, they've spent more time on CBS than any of the other teams.]
The producers have also heavily cast this season with high energy teams that polarized viewers and their rival teams. You might not have thought that Leo & Jamal, Natalie & Nadiya and Joey & Meghan *all* needed to return at the same time, but you'd be wrong.
"The Amazing Race" returns on Sunday, February 23 with a one-hour episode. 
Check out all 11 teams in the gallery below, along with the thing I think they've best remembered for, as well as my exit interviews from most of the teams' original runs.
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<p>Steve Martin and Edie Brickell</p>

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell

Steve Martin on his new musical 'Bright Star' with Edie Brickell

The pair also talk about their Grammy-winning writing style

Is Broadway the next stop for Steve Martin? Last night, the comedian/actor snagged a Grammy, his fifth, for “Love Has Come For You,” which was named Best American Roots Song. The song is the title track on his album with Edie Brickell. But will a Tony be his next award?

Backstage, Martin talked about the pair’s next collaboration, a musical called “Bright Star,” for which they have written more than 20 songs. 

“We’re work shopping it next month in New York and then we’re actually doing it at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego in the fall,” he said. Walter Bobbie, who directed “Chicago,” will helm “Bright Star.”

The play is set in 1945 in North Carolina and jumps back and forth  between 1923 and 1945.  “It tells the secret of a woman’s life and we’ll leave it at that,” Martin said.

The two elaborated on their working relationship in the print press room and how they write. “I have this raft of banjo melodies. Edie and I met and I would email her banjo tunes and within 24 hours, she would send back a completed song. That’s exactly what happen with ‘Love Has Come For You’,” Martin said.

Brickell, who is married to fellow singer/songwriter Paul Simon, noted that Martin’s melodies “inspire images. And all I had to do was say what I saw.”

Martin’s previous Broadway credits include producing “The Elephant Man” in 2002.

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'Idol' partners with Facebook and Google for online voting, will show real-time voting updates

"Idol" partners with Facebook and Google for online voting, will show real-time voting updates

"American Idol" will have real-time voting months before its new ABC rival, "Rising Star," debuts with its version of real-time voting.

"Doctor Who" unveils Peter Capaldi's outfit

He'll wear a navy suit and Doc Martens.

"Lizzie Borden Took An Ax" gets big numbers, but fails to match "Flowers in the Attic"

About 4.4 million watched the Christina Ricci film.

Zooey Deschanel is coming out with her own clothing line, from Tommy Hilfiger
The "New Girl" star's collection will be called "To Tommy, From Zooey."

George Lopez's FX comedy "Saint George" gets a premiere date
Lopez's return to TV is scheduled for March 6.

"Girls" this season has played out like a "Girls" parody

Last night's Hannah reaction has been as been as predictable as "Girls" has been all season. PLUS: "Girls" parodies Jezebel, and see the floor plans of "Girls" apartments.

Chipotle has its own TV show, on Hulu
Check out a preview of "Farmed and Dangerous," the Chipotle-produced show that debuts Feb. 17.

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"Rods N Wheels"

 "Rods N Wheels"

Credit: Discovery Channel

Exclusive clip: See SoCal car culture on new series 'Rods N Wheels'

It's a tight deadline - and budget - to salvage this vintage hot rod

Love SoCal car culture? So do Billy Derian and Steve Reck. They've been friends for years with the same dream – working in a garage that fixes up and restores vintage cars and hot rods. Now they have Da Rod Shop, located in the heart of Southern California’s car culture. "Rods N Wheels," an all-new Discovery Channel series (premieres Mon. Jan. 27 at 10:00 p.m.) gets down and dirty with the guys and their crew. In this exclusive clip, we see what they're up against in the first episode -- restoring a 1932 Ford 3 Window from a rusted-out hull into a showstopper in just two weeks. 

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'The Amazing Race' reveals its all-star cast, plus the big twist

"The Amazing Race" reveals its all-star cast, plus the big twist
Eleven teams are returning, including Brendon & Rachel, the Cowboys, the Globetrotters and Dave & Connor. And in a dramatic twist, one team won't make it to the starting line.

Nearly 4-hour Grammy Awards had about the same viewership as last year
This year's Grammys ran 3 hours, 45 minutes, the longest length in 22 years. Meanwhile, "The Bachelor" wedding between Sean & Catherine topped "The Bachelorette" wedding between Ashley and JP.

Jay Leno responds to Jimmy Kimmel's "f*ck him" comment

"He comes from radio where you pick a fight with the other guy," says Leno, responding to Kimmel's 2012 comment "f*ck him." "I don't do that. It's fine. There's plenty of room for everybody." He adds: "Is it a joke? Is it funny? You know, Letterman and I have had a fun relationship because when Letterman says something, it's funny. 'F--- Jay?' Is there anyone that reads that and says, 'Ah! Clever! He said 'F--- Jay.'"

Report: NBC has the best chance of landing NFL's "Thursday Night Football" package
Could NBC upend its Thursday lineup by showing six to eight NFL games in the fall?

"SNL's" Cecily Strong: "I'm not pregnant"
The Weekend Update co-anchor addressed critics of her appearance, saying on Twitter Sunday: "Thanks for inquiring you cruel bully dickheads/the dumbest idiots ever who don't understand how life works." She added: "Not fishing, just think it's barfy how cruel peeps can be about people's looks" and "I truly don't need the compliments, I just thought I should finally say something. Because it's obnoxious to have to keep blocking."

"SNL" oral history book "Live from New York" is coming out with a new edition
Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller's oral history book ended in 2003, so a new updated version will tell about the past decade of "Saturday Night Live" history, including all those digital shorts and the ascendance of Seth Meyers.

Travel Channel orders 3 new reality shows

The casino-themed "Ace The Game" joins "Spy World" and "Hotel Amazon" on the Travel Channel lineup.

Queen Latifah will sing "America, the Beautiful" at Super Bowl

The New Jersey native will be part of the pregame festivities.

Oxygen renews "Preachers Of L.A.," planning spinoffs for 4 more cities

Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit and New York will each get their own "Preachers" series.

Mary Lynn Rajskub: "24's" Chloe O'Brian will be "damaged, messed-up and heartbroken"

Expect a much different Chloe on "24: Live Another Day."

Carey Lowell is headed to "Blue Bloods"

The former "Law & Order" star will guest as a "Tiger Mom."

Jonah Hill proves to be a better "SNL" host than movie star
What if Lorne Michaels discovered Jonah instead of Judd Apatow? PLUS: "SNL's" ratings were on par with Drake.

See Dannon's completed "Full House" Super Bowl commercial

It's basically a re-creation of John Stamos' 2012 ad.

"The Flash" adds 2 "Vampire Diaries" vets
Rick Cosnett and Danielle Panabaker are set to co-star on the CW pilot.

Watch Johnny Galecki's Super Bowl ad debut

"The Big Bang Theory" star is promoting the 2014 Hyundai Elantra.

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<p>Helen Mirren at last year's BAFTA&nbsp;Awards.</p>

Helen Mirren at last year's BAFTA Awards.

Credit: AP Photo

Helen Mirren to receive BAFTA Fellowship

The four-time BAFTA winner will accept the group's highest career honor

Turns out that you just can't keep Helen Mirren out of awards season. A week after the 68-year-old actress stunned everyone -- not least herself -- by beating Elisabeth Moss at the SAG Awards, it has been announced that she'll add one more trophy to her mantelpiece before the seasson is out: the BAFTA Fellowship for outstanding contribution to cinema.

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<p>&quot;The Lady in&nbsp;Number 6:&nbsp;Music Saved My&nbsp;Life&quot;</p>

"The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life"

Credit: Nick Reed Ent.

Stories of survival, forgiveness and artistry highlight Oscar's documentary short subject race

All five nominees this year have a shot at winning the prize

This year's documentary short subject Oscar race is a varied blend of profiles with a harrowing eye-witness account added for good measure. They tell stories of Holocaust survivors and earthworks artists, forgiveness, compassion and solidarity. It's a pretty strong assortment for voters to choose from with no clear winner from afar.

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