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5 things we learned from Anna Kendrick about 'The Last 5 Years' (and 'Into the Woods')

5 things we learned from Anna Kendrick about 'The Last 5 Years' (and 'Into the Woods')

Meryl plus Tracy plus Christine equals heaven

TORONTO — Anna Kendrick is giving me a look that says, “We are so not doing that again.”

For the second time in two weeks, I’ve now stood up from an interview and mistakenly deleted the audio file.* Unlike Jon Stewart in Telluride, however, I have now mentioned this to Kendrick in some bizarre attempt for sympathy (or, perhaps, trying to laugh it off to myself). In any event, she needn’t have worried. She’s got a busy day ahead of her without me in the mix and this is where those veteran reporter skills come in handy now and then. A mad dash to the next venue and you jot down as much as you can remember. In this case, sadly, without the funny quotes.

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'Sons of Anarchy' returns to its most-watched episode yet

'Sons of Anarchy' returns to its most-watched episode yet

“Sons of Anarchy” returns to its most-watched episode yet
About 6.2 million tuned in for the 7th and final season premiere, up 5% from last year.


Endoscopy clinic denies that a dangerous biopsy was performed on Joan Rivers at its facility
Without naming Rivers, the clinic says a biopsy couldn’t have been performed, as reported by the NY Daily News, because “general anesthesia has never been administered at Yorkville Endoscopy.” PLUS: Read Melissa Rivers’ eulogy.


Les Moonves: "Overnight ratings are virtually irrelevant now”
"Overnight is almost meaningless,” says the CBS boss pointing out that a show like “Elementary” may receive 9 million in overnight viewers but it is paid for 14 million viewers, including those using DVRs.


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<p>Nurse JAckie</p>

Nurse JAckie

Credit: Showtime

'Nurse Jackie' to end with season 7

Another Showtime show that stuck around well past its peak, though it never got bad

"Nurse Jackie" is beginning production on its seventh season this week, and Showtime announced today that this will also be the hospital dramedy's last.

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'Nurse Jackie' to end after next season

'Nurse Jackie' to end after next season

“Nurse Jackie” to end after next season
Showtime announced the news in a tweet featuring the cast holding up a "The Final Season" sign: "#NurseJackie is working one last shift! Join us in celebrating and bidding farewell to the 7th & FINAL season in 2015.”

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'The Simpsons' will face off with the original, crudely drawn 'Simpsons' from 'The Tracey Ullman Show'

'The Simpsons' will face off with the original, crudely drawn 'Simpsons' from 'The Tracey Ullman Show'

“The Simpsons” will face off with the original, crudely drawn “Simpsons” from "The Tracey Ullman Show”
This year’s “Treehouse of Horror” episode will feature "the most elaborate and lengthy revival” of the pre-“Simpsons” Simpson family, including the cast members’ original voices.


“Utopia” ratings plummet
Without an NFL lead-in 2nd airing of the year-long Fox reality show didn’t do so well, tumbling 55% in the demo.


U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz claims Congress could ban “SNL” from making political sketches
The Texas senator is warning that a bill that would restore limits to corporate campaign spending would prohibit corporations “from engaging in political speech,” and, “NBC, which airs 'Saturday Night Live,' is a corporation.” He adds: “Lorne Michaels could be put in jail under this amendment for making fun of any politician. That is extremely dangerous."


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Sam Smith

Who are the leading Grammy contenders for Best New Artist?

Eligibility closes the end of September

The Grammy Awards may not be until next February, but the eligibility period is nearing a close. As always, Best New Artist is one of the most coveted and hotly contended races. To be eligible, artists must have released an album between Oct. 1, 2013 and Sept. 30, 2014, but not have released more than three albums in their career. Additionally, this should be the year where they broke through in a significant way.

Some years, it’s easy to come up with way more than five strong candidates, but not this year. There have been a lot of new artists who have made an impression, but not that many that have been more than one-hit wonders so far… Nominations will be announced in December.

Our predictions for leading contenders for Best New Artist:

Sam Smith: Word of a new British crooner started to spread several months ago, then we heard him on Disclosure’s “Latch.” Then he appeared on “Saturday Night Live” and it was clear that there was a new star in the making via songs like “Stay With Me” and “I’m Not The Only One.” He’s the closest there is to a shoo-in this year for a best new artist nomination.

Iggy Azalea: Between “Fancy,” “Black Widow,” and her feature on Ariana Grande’s “Problem,” she’s on pop radio pretty much 24/7. She’s a very likely nominee, but she’s not a sure thing given that some folks still have a little trouble wrapping their head around an Australian rapper who sounds like she’s from Atlanta.

Five Seconds of Summer: Their mentors One Direction never received a best new artist nomination (in one of the more shocking omissions in recent years), so it’s possible that these lads won’t either since the Grammys run hot and cold on recognizing boy bands.

Ariana Grande: She would seem to be a sure bet, but you could argue that she should have been nominated when her first album, “Yours Truly,” hit No. 1 last year, as that would mark her breakthrough.

Disclosure: UK electronic duo, the Lawrence Brothers, were nominated for best dance/electronica album for the 2014 Grammy Awards. However, a rule change a few years ago means acts that have been nominated, but have not won a Grammy, can still be eligible for best new artist. This is definitely the year the group broke out into the mainstream, so their nomination is very possible.

MAGIC!: So far, they’re a one trick pony—although “Rude” was a pretty big trick. They will be aided by the fact that lead singer, Nasri, has written hits for other artists, so that gives him more credibility.

Charli XCX: After her success as featured artist on Icona Pop’s “I Love It,” and Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” the British singer is breaking out on her own with “Boom Clap,” her first top 10 hit as a solo artist.

YG: “My Krazy Life,” YG’s debut solo album, was very well received by critics and fans and spawned a number of hits, including  “Who You Love,” featuring Drake.

Fifth Harmony: Reality show contestants, if they aren’t named Kelly or Carrie or Fantasia, seldom get nominated for Grammys, but in a relatively light year, this girl group from The X Factor may stand a chance to round out the field.

Schoolboy Q: Quincey Matthew Hanley, aka Schoolboy Q,  took his Interscope debut to the top in February. The question here will be if his previous mix tapes are counted as previous releases. If so, he may not be eligible.

Other contenders:

Dan + Shay
Nico & Vinz
A Great Big World
Rita Ora
Tove Lo

Who deserves a nomination?

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<p>Red of &quot;Utopia&quot;</p>

Red of "Utopia"

Credit: FOX

TV Ratings: 'Talent' leads NBC while 'Utopia' becomes Dystopia for FOX Tuesday

CBS' 'Fashion Rocks' special tanks

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, September 9, 2014.

"America's Got Talent" led NBC to easy Tuesday wins in all measures, with "Big Brother" performing well in its new temporary time period.

Tuesday's big story, though, was probably the dismal premiere for FOX's "Utopia," which got a reasonable sampling after football on Sunday night, but plummeted to essentially untenable levels in its first airing in what was supposed to be its home for an entire year.

Fortunately, FOX has nearly two weeks to reconceive its lineup.

Also doing dismal numbers on Tuesday was CBS' two-hour "Fashion Rocks" special, though fortunately CBS doesn't need to worry about airing this one again.

On to the numbers...

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Chris Pratt will host 'SNL's' season premiere, followed by 'SNL' alum Sarah Silverman
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Chris Pratt will host 'SNL's' season premiere, followed by 'SNL' alum Sarah Silverman

Chris Pratt will host "SNL's" season premiere, followed by "SNL" alum Sarah Silverman
Ariana Grande will serve as the first musical guest of Season 40. Maroon 5 will join Silverman, who served as a "Saturday Night Live" cast member in the 1993-94 season.

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Nicki MInaj

Nicki Minaj announces release date for 'The Pinkprint'; Ellen takes on 'Anaconda'

Can the talk show host move it like Minaj?

Nicki Minaj will unleash her third studio album, “The Pinkprint,” on Nov. 24.

The “Anaconda” rapper announced the release date for the album, which is a play on Jay Z’s “The Blueprint” album title, via Twitter Tuesday night.

The album release comes 2 1/2 years after Minaj’s last full studio album, 2012’s “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.”

Minaj is all over the Billboard Hot 100 right now with “The Pinkprint’s” second single,“Anaconda,” at No. 3 and Jessie J’s “Bang Bang,” featuring Minaj and Ariana Grande, at No. 4.  She's also on Usher's new single, "She Came To Give It To You."  "The Pinkprint's" first single, “Pills n Potions,” peaked at No. 20 on Billboard’s Hot 100.

Minaj joins a list of other superstars releasing albums in the fourth quarter, including Taylor Swift on Oct. 27;  Foo Fighters, Nov. 11; One Direction Nov. 17, and Garth Brooks the week after (possibly also on Nov. 24).

And, in case you missed it, Ellen Degeneres provided her booty-poppin' version of "Anaconda" on her talk show on Tuesday (9). Minaj appears on the show today.

 

 

 

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Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea and Demi Lovato to headline first Vevo Certified SuperFanFest

Here's how you can see if if you can't be there


Iggy Azalea and Demi Lovato will headline Vevo’s inaugural Certified SuperFanFest concert, slated for Oct. 8 at Santa Monica, Calif.’s Barker Hangar.

Just as YouTube started its own awards ceremony last year, video streaming outlet Vevo, is following with its own live event.

An artist is “certified” on Vevo when his or her music videos reach 100 million views on the platform’s online, TV and mobile apps. Both Azalea and Lovato have attained that level for a combined five times and will be presented their awards by selected fans at the concert. Among videos certified by Lovato are “Heart Attack,” “Let It Go,” “Give Your Heart A Break” and “Skyscraper.” For Azalea, her 100 million-viewed vids include “Fancy” and Ariana Grande’s “Problem,” on which she is featured.

Fans can go to here to register to win tickets. http://certified.1iota.com/show/402/Vevo-Certified-SuperFanFest

Since Vevo began its Certified Awards, more than 325 by more than 100 artists have reached the benchmark.

The concert will begin airing on Vevo on Oct. 16.

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Alex Trebek’s mustache is making a 'Jeopardy!' comeback
Credit: Sony TV

Alex Trebek’s mustache is making a 'Jeopardy!' comeback

Alex Trebek’s mustache is making a “Jeopardy!” comeback
Trebek’s distinctive mustache hasn’t been seen since 2001. It’ll return for the new season kicking off on Monday.


Report: A doctor in Joan Rivers’ entourage performed a surprise biopsy on her
The NY Daily News reports that such a procedure shouldn’t have been performed outside a hospital. The biopsy, a source tells the Daily News, "caused Rivers' vocal chords to seize — a condition doctors call a laryngospasm — cutting off her air supply.” PLUS: Firefighters arrived at the clinic within six minutes.


Rumor: “SNL’s” 40th season will kick off with Bill Murray followed by Sarah Silverman and Chris Pratt
Although nothing is official, those three names surfaced yesterday on several NBC affiliates.


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<p>Franka Potente as Eleanor Nacht in &quot;The Bridge.&quot;</p>

Franka Potente as Eleanor Nacht in "The Bridge."

Credit: FX

How ‘The Bridge’ rebuilt itself into the best show you’re not watching

Some frank talk from producer Elwood Reid about the bumps of season 1 and the highs of season 2

In this Golden Glut of TV drama, it's hard for any new drama to break through and find an audience, because there are so many options out there (not to mention easy access to most of the great dramas of the previous 50 years). It's harder still for a show that has an audience and loses it to get those people back, no matter how good it becomes.

Case in point: FX's "The Bridge," the current belt-holder for Best Show You're Not Watching.

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