Woody Allen films have had a built in art house audience for years, but this weekend buzzworthy reviews sent the box office for "Blue Jasmine" to record levels.
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1. One Direction: The British quintet’s new video for “Best Song Ever” sets a new record for 10.9 million Vevo views in 24 hours, besting Miley Cyrus’s “We Can’t Stop.” Has Les Grossman hit on Zeyn yet?
2. Robin Thicke: “Blurred Lines” spends its 7th week atop the Billboard Hot 100, the most of any song this year. Imagine how long it would stay there if it weren’t “rapey.”
3. Lady Gaga: Not only is she named Forbes top-earning celebrity under 30, she announces her return to performing will be Aug. 25 at the MTV VMAs. Are the Little Monsters already camping out in front of Barclays Center?
4. Aimee Mann: The acclaimed singer/songwriter becomes the latest artist to file suit over digital royalties...or the lack thereof. This voice carries.
5. TLC: Surviving members T-Boz and Chilli have reunited to record four new songs for a TLC greatest hits, featuring collaborations with Lady Gaga and Lil Mama, who plays Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes in VH1’s movie about the trio. TLC=TCB
6. Priority Records: Capitol Music Group resurrects the seminal rap label, once the home to De. Dre, N.W.A. and Snoop Dogg. Could its future ever live up to its glorious past?
7. Jay Z: He makes international news by dropping the hyphen from his name. Imagine what will happen when he switches to JZ.
8. Flock Of Seagulls: Band known more for its lead singer’s haircut than its music makes big news this week when its van with $70,000 worth of equipment is stolen. The van is returned empty, but the “I Ran (So Far Away)” band gets the most press it’s received in 30 years so it’s not a total loss.
9. Beyonce: Reports suggest that Bey has scrapped her new album after rejecting more than 50 songs. Maybe she can call her next set, “Back To The Drawing Board.”
10. Whitney Houston: The singer’s grave gets a new headstone shaped like a tear drop and with the inscribed, “I will always love you.” We have another song title for you: So emotional.
On the one hand, "Parenthood" had no business being paneled during NBC's day at press tour on Saturday. TCA is generally designed to promote new shows; if returning series are paneled at all, it's usually at midseason, or it's a big hit celebrating a milestone of some kind. NBC had a very full day of panels, and didn't even have room for one of its new fall shows ("Dracula").
Well, they're back. While many fans are probably sad to see Shakira and Usher give up their spinning chairs on "The Voice," Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green (joined by host/producer Carson Daly and fellow judge Adam Levine) didn't skip a beat promoting their return to the show at a press tour panel for the NBC show, whether we like it or not.
NBC's Winter Olympics coverage will address Russia's anti-gay laws -- if they impact the games
The Peacock revealed its wait-and-see approach today, which critics feel is NBC's way is staying away from controversy.
NBC announces its own Nancy Kerrigan-Tonya Harding doc, with an exclusive interview with Kerrigan
ESPN earlier this week announced a "Tonya and Nancy" documentary that only had an interview with Harding.
Carson Daly: Launching stars is not "The Voice's" main goal
"There's winners on this show every day," he says, responding to concerns that "The Voice" has yet to launch a successful star. "This is an experience. They leave our show feeling like they won."
Why James Spader has a shaved head on "The Blacklist"
"Actors are burdened with everything else that they’ve done before that, any role that they’re playing, and I thought it would be nice to take off my hat as an entirely different person," Spader told critics today.
Blair Underwood's wheelchair-bound "Ironside" can have sex
In fact, in contrast to the original, Underwood's Ironisde is a bit of a lady's man.
NBC giving "Parenthood" more love
After Craig T. Nelson ranted about the lack of promotion, NBC decided to do something unusual and give the cast and producers another chance to go before the press. PLUS: "Parenthood" cast and crew reveal Season 5 surprises.
"I look back on the year that we just went through," NBC's Bob Greenblatt told the assembled TCA press, "and I think for us, it was a year of real progress. I've been calling it 'The Year of Improvement.'"
Having seen the advance footage of "An Adventure in Space and Time" (premieres on BBC America Nov. 2013), I suspect even people who are more fans of first season "Mad Men" and not "Doctor Who" may still be fired up to see this TV movie. It tells the story of the genesis of the show, which first aired Nov. 23, 1963. That means lots of retro costumes, great old cars, London streets and a little train that could tale about a show everyone suspected was a whole hella lot of crazy.
I got a chance to talk to David Bradley ("Harry Potter," "Game of Thrones") as well as writer Mark Gatiss ("Sherlock) about the movie while we were all at Comic-Con, and it seems the "Doctor Who" legacy is in very good hands.
To promote the new NBC show "The Blacklist," (premieres Mon. Sept. 23 at 10:00 p.m.), a clip was shown before the panel in which Raymond Reddington (James Spader) sat facing a green FBI profiler Liz Keen (Megan Boone), doling out information by half spoonfuls. In person, Spader is by no means so tight-lipped.
It does speak to a remarkable change in TV land that most people are responding to an openly gay male lead played by an openly gay man in "Sean Saves the World" (premieres Thurs. Oct. 3 at 9:00 p.m.) with a collective shrug. Well, unless they're critics at press tour.
Though star Sean Hayes was asked about the influence of his breakout show "Will & Grace" on the cultural zeigeist, he wasn't eager to beat a drum for the series' influence. "Of course it was impactful; I don't want it to sound egotistical… I would like to believe it had a big influence on gay America. To Joe Biden it did." But as to why he took the gig, it wasn't with an eye to the future. "I was 26 years old. It was a job... It's even sad that it's a question, really. But here we are. It's normal."
Michael J. Fox: I can handle the 22-episode sitcom grind, despite my Parkinson's
Fox says he hasn't any problems, so far. "We've done six episodes now," Fox told critics. "I knew one of two things would happen over the year... I would atrophy or I'd rebuild the muscles, and I'm rebuilding the muscles." PLUS: Real wife Tracy Pollan to guest this season.
NBC's "Sunday Night Football" will begin showing "Matrix"-style replays of touchdowns
Viewers will be able to watch end-zone replaces from 360 degrees.
NBC won't announce "Celebrity Apprentice's" return until there's a "restocking of the celebrity pond"
"That's taking some time. So no imminent plans for an announcement," says NBC reality boss Paul Telegdy.
Watch Matthew Perry interview former "Friends" co-star Lisa Kudrow on CNN
Perry guest-hosted "Piers Morgan Live" on Friday, where he chatted with Lisa Kudrow and later interviewed Lauren Graham.
Sean Hayes credits "Will & Grace" for paving the way for his new NBC sitcom
"Sean Saves the World" wouldn't be around were it not for his past NBC hit sitcom.
Check out images from "Star Wars Rebels"
"The Clone Wars" follow-up will premiere on Disney Channel in fall 2014, before moving to Disney XD.
After this week's episode of "Project Runway," it seems a theme is developing. I'm not sure it's one I'm excited about, either. On Thursday, Kahindo Mateene was sent packing for the crime of making a nice dress. Sure, it wasn't a showstopper. It was hard to notice the multi-million dollar jewels the model was wearing. But it was a perfectly pleasant cocktail-length dress that you could probably find at a department store.