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'Basic Instinct''s Sharon Stone to play first female VP for TNT series

The action-drama will be written by 'Bourne Identity''s Heron

Sharon Stone might be most famous for playing a femme fatale in "Basic Instinct," but now TNT has announced that she'll be stepping up in the world -- or at least on a TV show. She's set to play the first female Vice President in "Agent X" (working title), an action-drama pilot for the cable network.

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<p>Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift,&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Macklemore</span></p>

Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift, Macklemore

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2014 Grammy Predictions

Will Taylor Swift get her second album of the year statue?

Sometimes, making Grammy predictions is ridiculously easy, like in 2012 when it was clear that Adele would sweep. Then there are other years when there is no apparent front runner. This is one of those years. Jay Z leads all nominees with nine nods. Justin Timberlake, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kendrick Lamar, and Pharrell Williams all have seven. With shocks such as Sara Bareilles’ “The Blessed Unrest” landing a best album nod and Jay Z, Justin Timberlake and Kanye West all left out of that category with their latest efforts, trying to predict winners is a pure guessing game. Here are our guess, uh, predictions, in 10 categories.

The Grammy Awards air live on Sunday (26) on CBS at 8 p.m.

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<p>Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion share a few laughs as we talk about their outrageous horror-comedy 'Cooties'</p>

Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion share a few laughs as we talk about their outrageous horror-comedy 'Cooties'

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Directors Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion talk about giving 'Cooties' to Sundance

We talk about possible sequels, balancing laughs and scares, and more

One of the hardest tickets to get at this year's Sundance Film Festival was for the midnight premiere of "Cooties," a film by Jonathan Millott and Cary Murnion, but thanks to a miracle from a publicist on the film, I managed to get into the Egyptian, and I had a pretty darn good time in the process.

We featured an interview here the other day with Elijah Wood and his two partners in Spectrevision, his production company that is focused on genre movies that defy easy description, and that credo is on full display in both "Cooties" and "A Girl Who Walks Home Alone At Night," which they also produced. "Cooties" is one of those films that is doing several different things at once, and it's not easy to bring those together in a way that feels like one coherent voice.

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EXCLUSIVE: Adele writing with Diane Warren on new album

Singer is also penning songs with Phil Collins

Superstar songwriter Diane Warren is among the writers working with Adele on the British star's next album, the follow-up to the Grammy-winning, multi-platinum “21.”

Warren traveled to London to pen a few songs with Adele in the studio recently. “It was just great. I don’t really write with people and we spent a lot of time together and really clicked and really connected and I really like her as a person,” Warren tells Hitfix. “I’m really excited about the stuff we did.”

Warren has been a hit-making machine for the past 30 years, writing smashes for artists including Beyonce, Aerosmith, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Cher, Kelly Clarkson, and dozens of other acts.

Adele is also collaborating with Phil Collins. Collins told Inside South Florida that he wasn’t that aware of Adele, joking, “I live in a cave.” He added, “I really love her voice. I love some of this stuff she’s done too.” (h/t Rolling Stone). 

Though Columbia Records, Adele’s label in the U.S., has not announced a release date, Adele’s third album is expected to come out this year.

“21,” which came out in 2011, has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide.

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Showtime will air new episodes vs. the Super Bowl

Showtime will air new episodes vs. the Super Bowl
"Shameless," "House of Lies" and "Episodes" will be all-new the night the Broncos face the Seahawks.

Stephen Fry will play the British prime minister on "24: Live Another Day"

The celebrated comedian/actor will play Prime Minister Trevor Davies, who will experience a personal and political crises.

FX picks up 2 comedies, including one starring Judy Greer and Nat Faxon
Greer and Faxon will be "Married" on FX," while "You're the Worst" is about two self-destructive people in love.

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Madonna confirmed for Sunday night's Grammy Awards

Will McCartney and Ringo Starr reunite? We have the answer

After a week of speculation, the Grammy Awards have confirmed that Madonna will appear on Sunday (26) night’s show. Also added are Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and Miranda Lambert, who will perform a tribute to The Everly Brothers’ Phil Everly, who died Jan. 3, and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave.

Actors Julia Roberts, Jeremy Renner and Steve Coogan were also announced as presenters.

No word on with whom Madonna will perform, although the Los Angeles Times reported that she will play with one of the night’s nominees, which is a pretty safe bet. She last appeared on the show in 2006, when she performed with Gorillaz and De La Soul.

In November, Armstrong and Norah Jones released “Foreverly Yours,” a near remake of The Everly Brothers’ “Songs Our Daddy Taught Us,” a collection of traditional folk songs.

As far as to whether Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will perform together on Sunday night's show, as we had predicted,  Starr confirmed to Access Hollywood that they are saving their reunion, the first time they've performed together in four years, for the taping the next night. On Monday (27) a number of acts, including The Eurythmics, will pay tribute to the Fab Four's first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show"  on a special titled, "The Night That Changed America: A Grammys Salute to the Beatles," That program will air on CBS on Feb. 9, the exact 50th anniversary on their Sullivan appearance.

Whom would you like to see Madonna perform with? We could see her jumping in with Lorde, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Katy Perry or Taylor Swift.

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<p>&quot;Mr. Hublot&quot;</p>

"Mr. Hublot"

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Mickey Mouse and Disney square off with independents in animated shorts Oscar race

The charm of one unassuming entry might make it the one to beat

Last year the Academy finally made a move to open the short film races up to the entire voting membership. By providing screeners of all the nominees (for shorts as well as documentary features), the ballot is now free of all crevices of exclusivity, where formerly only members who showed up at sanctioned screenings of the nominees were allowed to vote in those specific categories.

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<p>This picture makes me unreasonably happy.</p>

This picture makes me unreasonably happy.

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'Fast and Furious' director Justin Lin buys 'Battered Bastards of Baseball' remake rights

Todd Field negotiating now to write and direct the story he lived

Justin Lin has bought himself an enormous amount of room to try new things for his next few films as both director and producer. He took the "Fast and Furious" series from being an agreeable little batch of B-movies to the souped-up lunatic musclehead epics that they've become, and he turned them into international sensations in the process.

Part of the "secret" of what Lin did so well with that series was the way he cast it as a sort of multi-ethnic Avengers, with lots of people who would never typically play the hero in Hollywood films suddenly front and center. There is an inclusiveness to these movies that is really appealing, and yet it never feels like a political stunt. He just put together a fun ensemble that happened to include more than the standard white faces.

What I find most interesting about the announcement that Justin Lin will be working to turn "The Battered Bastards Of Baseball" into a narrative feature is that Lin bought the rights himself for his production company, Perfect Storm, and managed to shut out Columbia, Fox, and Dreamworks, who were all also chasing the rights.

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TNT taps Sharon Stone to play the vice president of the United States

TNT taps Sharon Stone to play the vice president of the United States
Stone is set to star in "Agent X," playing the White House defender of the constitution who has to rely on a secret operative named Agent X.

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Exclusive Song Of The Day: Scott H. Biram's 'Only Whiskey'
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Exclusive Song Of The Day: Scott H. Biram's 'Only Whiskey'

Punk-blues tune is only a drop of album 'Nothin' But Blood'

Scott H. Biram can't be bothered with genres. Over nine albums -- including forthcoming "Nothin' But Blood" --  the songwriter's bounded from country, rockabilly, hymns, blues, punk, metal, folk, acoustic gospel and all other colors of the rainbow.

But new track "Only Whiskey" will only have you seeing red. From the floor.

This nasty number like the others on "Blood" was recorded out of Biram's home and at Cacophony Studios in Austin; the album is out Feb. 4 and can be pre-ordered here.

"Nothin' But Blood" is lead by single "When I Die," which will also get a 7" release on Record Store Day" this year. You can hear it below. Check out all Biram's tour dates here.

Here is the "Nothin’ But Blood" tracklist:

1. Slow & Easy
2. Gotta Get To Heaven
3. Alcohol Blues
4. Never Comin’ Home
5. Only Whiskey
6. Jack of Diamonds
7. Nam Weed
8. Backdoor Man
9. Chuch Point Girls
10. I’m Troubled
11. Around The Bend
Gospel bonus tracks:
12. Amazing Grace
13. When I Die
14. John The Revelator (featuring Jesse Vain)

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Michelle Obama will join Jimmy Fallon for his 'Tonight Show' premiere week

Michelle Obama will join Jimmy Fallon for his "Tonight Show" premiere week
The First Lady will visit Fallon on  Feb. 20 during his first week as host of "The Tonight Show."

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's name lands on "Jeopardy!"

The crack-smoking mayor was a clue on last night's show.

USA orders "Benched" starring Eliza Coupe and Jay Harrington
They'll star in a courtroom comedy pilot.

Fox orders hip-hop drama "Empire" from Lee Daniels

Daniels is reuniting with "The Butler" writer Danny Strong for a family drama set in the world of hip-hop.

Mariska Hargitay wore 50th birthday glasses to the set of "SVU"
Check out her pink rose, lily and daisy-covered birthday cake.

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<p>Nicole Kidman in &quot;Grace of Monaco.&quot;</p>

Nicole Kidman in "Grace of Monaco."

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'Grace of Monaco' to open the 67th Cannes Film Festival

The Nicole Kidman starrer finally locks down a premiere date

Well, this is a positive turn of events for "Grace of Monaco." Olivier Dahan's biopic of Hollywood-turned-European princess Grace Kelly was initially slated to open until November last year, until The Weinstein Company booted it from their prestige release schedule and announced it'd be a spring 2014 release instead. With iffy word brewing about the Nicole Kidman starrer, and Dahan voicing his reservations about the Weinsteins' handling, it looked like the film might be quietly swept under the rug.

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