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"Lizzie Borden Took An Ax"

 "Lizzie Borden Took An Ax"

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Review: 'Lizzie Borden Took An Ax' is a swing and a miss

The biopic can't decide what to do with a troubled main character

There's a lot to like about "Lizzie Borden Took An Ax" (Sat. Jan. 25 at 8:00 p.m. on Lifetime). It's a thoroughly modern take on the woman who made parental murder the stuff of a catchy little rhyme perfect for jumping rope. The music is slick (songs by the Black Keys, Sons of Jezebel and the Kreeps jazz up the soundtrack), the cinematography slicker, the cast stellar. Christina Ricci, with her doe-like eyes and callous smirk flutters easily between insincere delicacy and murderous glee. It's all such fun... if only it worked.

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<p>Geoff Stults and Parker Young in &quot;Enlisted.&quot;</p>

Geoff Stults and Parker Young in "Enlisted."

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Review: 'Enlisted' - 'Pete's Airstream'

Pete tries to deal with his emotions, Jill makes new friends and Randy gets naked

A review of tonight's "Enlisted" coming up just as soon as we have a mini-seminar on mole people...

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"My Strange Addiction"

 "My Strange Addiction"

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Watch: Fan spends over $100k to resemble Justin Bieber on 'Addiction'

Hope he still feels it's money well spent this week

No matter what happens to Justin Bieber in the courts, he can always count on one fan rooting for him all the way. In the season 5 finale of "My Strange Addiction" (airs Wed. Jan. 29 at 10:00 p.m. ET), we meet 33-year-old Toby. He has spent over $100,000 on plastic surgery to transform himself into (by his standards) a doppelganger of Justin Bieber. In this clip, get the full rundown of everything he's had done to be more of a Belieber.

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Oscar Talk: Nominations postmortem (finally) and Sundance chatter

Oscar Talk: Nominations postmortem (finally) and Sundance chatter

Is this really going to be a split year?

Welcome to Oscar Talk.

In case you're new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is broadcast in special installments throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty of things change en route to Oscar's stage and we're here to address it all as it unfolds.

On the docket today…

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<p>&quot;Fed Up&quot;</p>

"Fed Up"

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Review: Obesity documentary 'Fed Up' isn't fresh, but it's persuasive

Sundance doc continues a conversation about healthy eating
I'm into the third week of the TCA Press Tour/Sundance double-bill and things have begun to get just a bit punchy and, with punchiness, I start falling back on intellectually facile puns. 
 
So when I tell you that Stephanie Soechtig's Sundance US Documentary Competition entry "Fed Up" offers ample food for thought, you're going to have to take that with a grain of salt.
 
Oy. See what I did there?
 
Yeah. I have no pride. 
 
Just because it's punny doesn't mean it isn't true. One of the pleasures of Sundance is riding shuttles with passionate audiences discussing the movies they've just seen and I don't remember the last time I took a shuttle in which every single rider was so deep and loudly in conversation about the film that they just saw as after catching a matinee of "Fed Up."
 
It's telling that I don't think I heard a single person discussing "Fed Up" in terms of its cinematic quality or lack thereof. Nobody wanted to talk about whether or not "Fed Up" was a "good" movie, but everybody wanted to engage with the documentary's central polemic.
 
Even at a film festival, not everybody is equipped with the vocabulary or the desire to talk about the merits of direction or editing or cinematography, but no matter who you are or where you go, absolutely everybody has the vocabulary and the desire to talk about food and eating. And just as devoted moviegoers are stubborn in their subjective approval or disapproval of certain films, "eating" is something that most people think they know how to do correctly, so when a documentary like "Fed Up" comes along and assails the fundamentals of this very basic human process, everybody has an opinion and everybody wants to share the things that they're sure they're doing right and the things they're apparently doing wrong. 
 
So that's something I have to keep in mind when I'm reviewing "Fed Up."
 
I don't think it's a very good movie, but I think it's a hugely effective documentary, at least in certain contexts. It happens that the Sundance Film Festival is exactly the context in which "Fed Up" would be most superficially effective. The question is how the filmmakers, including executive producer and narrator Katie Couric, will be able to get "Fed Up" out into our national bloodstream so that its ideas will be able to circulate. Without wide distribution, concentrated most heavily among young viewers, it has no value at all. With wide distribution, particularly in schools, I've seen first-hand how well it instigates conversation. Ultimately, I think that Soechtig will be happier with that compliment than she'll be unhappy about any minor disappointment I feel in "Fed Up" as an aesthetic endeavor. "Fed Up" is designed to make people rethinking their eating habits, not to win Oscars.
 
More on "Fed Up" after the break...
 
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'Duck Dynasty's' falling viewership: Is stiffer competition to blame?


"Duck Dynasty's" falling viewership: Is stiffer competition to blame?

The NY Times points out that "Duck Dynasty's" record-setting numbers last summer came against weak competition. So it could be the anti-gay comments and the tough Winter schedule that is responsible for the decline in viewership.


Jay Leno & Jimmy Fallon will sit down for a joint interview with Matt Lauer
Monday's "Today" will feature a unique look at the current and future "Tonight Show" hosts. PLUS: It sounds like Leno wants another talk show gig.


"SVU" boss: "The headlines seem to be ripping from us"

This week's "Law & Order: SVU" episode just happened to revolve around corrupt New Jersey politicians.


Ben Affleck pulls out from directing Fox's "The Middle Man"
His "Batman vs. Superman" commitment will keep him from directing the high-profile pilot.


Lance Bass defends "The Bachelor" Juan Pablo's homophobic remarks
The openly gay former 'N Sync-er says it isn't Juan Pablo's fault he grew up in a culture that frowns upon homosexuality. PLUS: Jimmy Kimmel has Sean Lowe & Catherine Giudici take a lie detector test.


"Girls" gives a shout-out to the website that offered $10K for unphotoshopped Lena Dunham Vogue pics
On Sunday's episode, Hannah praises Jezebel, the website that spent last week antagonizing the "Girls" star. PLUS: Allison Williams & Cynthia Nixon talk "Girls" and "Sex and the City."


"Community's" Troy Barnes: An appreciation
Troy was the NBC comedy's most consistently funny character. PLUS: "Community" cast says goodbye on Twitter, and behind the scenes of Donald Glover's last episode.


HBO to show a 15-minute "Game of Thrones" special

Airing next month, "Game of Thrones Ice and Fire: A Foreshadowing" will look back and forward.


AMC's "Turn" casts a veteran of "Dawson's Creek" to play George Washington

Ian Kahn will play a pre-presidency Washington.


A "Law & Order" fan has catalogued every computer in all 456 episodes
Check out Jeffrey Thompson's project, titled "Computers on Law & Order."


Watch a new "Hannibal" promo

Featuring many body parts.


"Skins" alum to play queen on "Reign"

Kathryn Prescott, from the UK version of "Skins," will get to play queen for a day.


Fred Armisen is releasing 7" singles from his fictional "SNL" bands

Included are music from Crisis of Conformity and Ian Rubbish.


Mitt Romney's Netflix documentary "Mitt" shows how awful it is to run for president
The 90-minute film is barely a documentary about politics.


"Electric Company" star Luis Avalos dies

Avalos, 67, played Doctor Doolots and several other characters on the PBS hit.


Lifetime's "Lizzie Borden Took an Ax" isn't satisfying
The film starring Christina Ricci misses out on the drama of the infamous murderer. PLUS: It delivers a fresh take on the case, and the heavy metal soundtrack is so annoying.


Starz's "Black Sails" is stuck in landlocked tedium
The Michael Bay pirate drama focuses more on bureaucracy than on pillaging. PLUS: It's a show where things continuously seem about to happen.

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Sharon Stone

Sharon Stone

'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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<p>Adele</p>

Adele

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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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<p>Madonna</p>

Madonna

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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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