Carrie Underwood joins the growing list of performers set to appear at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.
Underwood revealed the news to “Entertainment Tonight.” She joined previously announced performers (and nominees) fun., Mumford & Sons, the Black Keys, Rihanna, and Taylor Swift. Underwood is up for best country solo performance, while her hit, "Blown Away," is up for best country song for songwriters Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins.
Though the Grammys haven’t officially announced it, it looks like LL Cool J will return as host. He was front and center during the Grammy panel at TCA.
The Grammys will air Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. A one-hour documentary about the making of last year's show, which took place the day after Whitney Houston's death, will air on Feb. 9.
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Carrie Underwood joins the growing list of performers set to appear at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.
Paul Dano will play the young Brian Wilson in “Love & Mercy,” a movie about the pivotal moments in the Beach Boy’s career.
Academy Award-nominated producer Bill Pohlad will direct the story. He shies away from calling it a biopic. Instead, a statement about the film says it will “take an unconventional look at seminal moments in Wilson’s life, his artistic genius, his profound struggles, and the love that kept him alive.”
Wilson posted the announcement on his Facebook page with the declaration, “I am thrilled.” “I still can’t believe how cool it is that my life will be portrayed on th big screen and to have Bill Pohlad as the captain of the Sloop John B is amazing. It just makes me feel so humble. I can’t wait to see it with a full tub of buttered popcorn.”
No casting other than Dano has been announced. Another actor will portray the older Wilson.
Atticus Ross, who won an Academy Award for scoring "The Social Network" with Trent Reznor, is in talks with Pohlad to score the film. Interestingly, the release says the movie will include “the music of Brian Wilson.” What’s unclear is if Mike Love and Wilson’s other co-writers have signed off on their music being used in the film.
River Road Entertainment and John Wells Productions are producing the film.
"Love & Mercy" takes its title from a song on Wilson's self-titled 1988 debut solo album.
Yet again, I do want to reassure everyone that Dan is fine. He will be back to recap "American Idol" very soon, and he's just asked me to help out this week and next week, as he's very busy in Park City, Utah. I do hope he gets to see some of these early episodes, though, just so I know I'm not hallucinating these Mariah vs. Nicki encounters, which don't always make much sense (I blame editing) but thankfully don't seem too heated. Yet.
PARK CITY - A year ago this week an unassuming indie called "Beasts of the Southern Wild" came to Park City looking for an intimate audience here at the very least, a distribution deal and therefore a chance at a wider audience at the very most. Certainly things like Oscar nominations were way off the radar, and yet, a week ago, the film landed major nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay and, perhaps the most surprising nomination of the year, Best Director.
PARK CITY - The 2013 Sundance Film Festival is only hours away from kicking off with four premieres tonight: the documentary mystery "Who is Dayani Cristal?", U.S. dramatic competition entry "May in the Summer," "Crystal Fairy" with Michael Cera and the music doc "Twenty Feet from Stardom" (oh yeah, and "Shorts Program 1"). The early buzz is all about James Franco and his two sex movies ("Interior.Leather.Bar." and "Kink"), but by Saturday night the conversation will likely have shifted to the "big surprise" and hot acquisition targets. With that in mind, here are 10 predictions for the next week of festival going in Park City.
The Gay & Lesbian Entertainment Critics' Association, who announced their nominees last week, distinguished themselves with some idiosyncratic categories, handing indie relationship drama "Keep the Lights On" their Best LGBT Film award, and sharing their "Campy Flick" prize between "Magic Mike" (which isn't particularly campy) and "The Paperboy" (which very much is). In the top categories, however, they fell in line behind season-long favorites, opting for "Argo" as the year's best film, and further decorating the trophy cabinets of Daniel Day-Lewis and Anne Hathaway. Full list of film winners after the jump; everything else at The Circuit.
One of the films I watched over the Christmas holiday was Alfred Hitchcock's "Shadow Of A Doubt." I watched it because I was in the midst of watching several Alfred Hitchock titles recently released on Blu-ray, I watched it because it's a great movie that I hadn't seen in many years, and I watched it because I suspect it is the spiritual godfather of Park Chan-wook's first American film, "Stoker," which I'll be seeing in just a few days here at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
If you're not familiar with "Shadow Of A Doubt," it tells the story of a bright young woman named Charlie (Teresa Wright) who is excited when her beloved Uncle Charlie (Joseph Cotten) comes to stay with her family. When she begins to suspect that her uncle may be a killer on the run from the law, the film turns into an exercise in tension. "Stoker," written by Wentworth Miller and Erin Cressida Wilson, tells the story of a young woman named India (Mia Wasikowska) whose father dies. An Uncle Charlie she never knew about shows up, played by Matthew Goode, and moves in with India and her mother (Nicole Kidman), and the first trailer made it look like it also turns into an exercise in tension.
Obviously the lesson here is that you can never ever trust an Uncle Charlie, no matter what.
Ed Sheeran is still riding high on his hit, “The A-Team,” with “Lego House” in the wings, but he already has his next album in mind.
The British singer/songwriter, who will hit the road with Taylor Swift this spring, tells Billboard that he has already written 26 songs for the next record. “I’ve got another nine months on the road to keep writing as well so the record’s definitely on his way.” He predicts a February 2014 release date. He expects to record on the road as well.
Sheeran, who co-wrote “Everything Has Changed” with Swift for her current album, “Red,” will be the opening act for Swift for her outing, which begins March 13 in Omaha, Neb.
He says the song, which they wrote on a trampoline, “was pretty much 100% her idea in the first place. I did what I could to help, but she definitely knows what she’s doing.” They'll have plenty of time to write together while on tour, so maybe a Sheeran/Swift compostion will show up on his new album.
As for his follow-up to “+,” Sheeran says to expect a slighter maturer sound. “Most of the first record was written when I was 17, 18, at the time, and I’m 21 now. So I’ve definitely evolved in the way I write songs and the way I perform. The whole mindspace. So it’s going to be a little more developed.”
Traditionally the last of the guilds to announce their nominations, the Costume Designers' Guild stuck to their guns this year, meaning they unveiled their nominees a week after the Academy's unusually early reveal. The order may be reversed, but the degree of overlap seems to be unaffected, as all five Oscar nominees for Best Costume Design made the CDG's larger list, which includes 15 films across period, fantasy and contemporary categories.
When it comes to original programming, FX is one of the most consistent, entertaining channels in all of television. But will two FX channels be better than one?
According to several published reports (like this one in Broadcasting & Cable), Fox Networks is on the verge of changing its Fox Soccer channel into an FX spin-off network, tentatively titled FXX, with a focus on both comedy and a slightly younger audience to differentiate itself from FX.
Metallica's 3D film will not only be a documentary, but part-drama as well. Dane DeHaan ("Lawless," "Chronicle") will be co-starring beside the metal band in "Metallica Through the Never," due August 9, as "a young band crew member who is sent out on an urgent mission while the band is playing a rousing live set in front of a sold-out crowd and unexpectedly finds his world turned completely upside down."
As previously reported, Nimród Antal ("Kontroll") is at the helm of the film, which is named for one of the legendary crew's songs (below). The concert footage was shot in August at a Metallica show in Vancouver, and it will get released via Picturehouse, the movie distributor that has described the "Never" release as a "re-opening" of its doors.
It’s turning into a banner year for releases from male country superstars.
Kenny Chesney and Blake Shelton will join Tim McGraw with new albums out over the next few months.
Chesney’s new set is still untitled, but will be released on April 30. He’ll begin touring behind it, or actually, in front of it, on March 16 in Tampa on the “No Shoes Nation” tour.
Blake Shelton will take some time off from “The Voice” this summer for the "Ten Times Crazier" tour, but first, he’ll have a new album as well. The album is still untitled and the release date has only been narrowed down to “this spring,” according to his label. However, the first single, “Sure Be Cool If You Did,” is already climbing the country charts and is his fastest rising single so far.
McGraw's album, "Two Lanes of Freedom," comes out Feb. 19.
Shelton’s tour will start after the next season of “The Voice” concludes. It will kick off July 19 in Virginia Beach, Va. at the Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach amphitheater (that rolls right off the tongue, doesn’t it).
Below are tour dates for Shelton. Easton Corbin and Jana Kramer will open. For Chesney’s tour dates, go here, and for McGraw’s tour, which was announced earlier this week, go here.
BLAKE SHELTON'S 2013 TEN TIMES CRAZIER TOUR DATES:
7/19 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
7/20 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
7/21 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
7/26 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
7/27 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center
7/28 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
8/1 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
8/2 Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion
8/3 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
8/9 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
8/10 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
8/11 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
8/29 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
8/30 Tampa, FL 1-800-ASK GARY Amphitheatre
8/31 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
9/5 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
9/6 Hartford, CT Comcast Theatre
9/7 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
9/12 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
9/13 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center
9/14 Auburn Hills, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
9/19 Charleston, WV Charleston Civic Center
9/20 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
9/21 Lexington, KY Rupp Arena
9/26 Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena
9/27 Knoxville, TN Thompson-Boling Arena
9/28 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
10/3 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
10/4 Tulsa, OK BOK Arena
10/5 Wichita, KS INTRUST Bank Arena