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<p>Carey Mulligan and Leonardo DiCaprio in &quot;The Great&nbsp;Gatsby&quot;</p>

Carey Mulligan and Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Great Gatsby"

Credit: Warner Bros.

Oscar-nominated 'Gatsby' designer wasn't originally a fan of Fitzgerald's novel

Also: How does she view the encroachment of the digital art department?

"The Great Gatsby" turned out to be a bone of contention between director Baz Luhrmann and his wife, costume designer and production designer Catherine Martin. He had loved F. Scott Fitzgerald's book for many years, while it didn't exactly bowl her over when she first read it as a teenager in Australia. As a 15-year-old, it alienated her, and she couldn't quite understand the central love story.

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'Ellen' to become the 1st American talk show to be shown regularly in China


"Ellen" to become the 1st American talk show to be shown regularly in China
The video website Sohu has picked up Ellen's talk show, and Ellen jokingly says it'll be renamed "The Happy Lady Dance Hour." PLUS: Ellen gives interviewing tips to Seth Meyers.


Opera star Renee Fleming to sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl
Fleming will become the first opera star to sing the National Anthem before a Super Bowl.


"Sleepy Hollow" season finale was No. 1 for Monday night

The Fox drama's season finale tied fellow freshman "The Blacklist" in the 18-49 demo.


Esquire apologizes for "A Straight Man's Guide to HBO's Looking"

An Esquire article published yesterday said of "Looking," "It commits the heinous sin of being gay and boring."


Check out Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones' final "Parks and Rec"
Here are images from "Ann and Chris," which airs next week. PLUS: Jim O'Heir was stunned by the early pickup.


PBS animates Carol Burnett

The animated interview series Blank on Blank has adapted a 2003 Burnett interview.

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<p>Rae Spoon of &quot;My Prairie Home&quot;</p>

Rae Spoon of "My Prairie Home"

Credit: Maya Bankovic

Review: 'My Prairie Home' introduces viewers to Rae Spoon

Chelsea McMullan's Sundance doc defies expectations as does its subject
"Gender" and "genre" share a common root in the Latin "genus." It means "kind" or "type" or "sort" and that's how both gender and genre function. They allow us to classify things. They give us categories into which we believe it's easy and beneficial to slot plants, animals, people, literary forms. Gender and genre are systems through which we think we've made it simpler to view the world.
 
Of course, very few classification systems work all the time.
 
The slippery slope at the intersection of gender and genre is at the center of Chelsea McMullan's "My Prairie Home," which is premiering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in the World Documentary Competition.
 
I suppose that intro probably makes "My Prairie Home" sound more academically challenging than it is. "My Prairie Home" is also a small, poetic, quirky portrait of a very fine artist, a singer-songwriter who happens to be difficult to fit in any traditional boxes, as a person or as a musician.
 
More after the break...
 
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<p>Queens of the Stone Age</p>

Queens of the Stone Age

Queens of the Stone Age will close Grammys with NIN, Dave Grohl and friends

Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham will also join in

The Grammys will end with a bang this year: best rock album nominees Queens of the Stone Age will close the 56th annual edition of the awards show on Sunday (26). And they’re bringing a few friends.

Nine Inch Nails, sometime QOTSA member Dave Grohl and Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham will join the band for the show closer.

No word yet on what they will perform. Grohl played on five tracks on the current album, “...Like Clockwork,” while NIN’s Trent Reznor sang on the track Bowie-esque “Kalopsia,” so that may find its way into the appearance.

In addition to “...Like Clockwork’s” best rock album nod, the set is also up for best engineered album, and the band received a nomination for best rock performance for “My God Is The Sun.”

Following the Grammys, the band hits the road for two weeks in the U.S., before joining Nine Inch Nails for their co-headlining tour of  Australia and New Zealand, March 6-22.  QOTSA also has a date with Coachella this year.

Other acts performing on Jan. 26’s Grammy Awards include Beyonce and Jay Z, Taylor Swift, Pink, Metallica, Katy Perry, Lorde, Kendrick Lamar, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and Keith Urban. The show will air live at 8 p.m. on CBS.

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<p>&quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother&quot;&nbsp;was Monday's highest-rated show.</p>

"How I Met Your Mother" was Monday's highest-rated show.

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: 'Sleepy Hollow' gets FOX narrow Monday win

'The Bachelor' unscathed by controversy, 'The Blacklist' down

Fast National ratings for Monday, January 20, 2014.

The season finale of "Sleepy Hollow" carried FOX to a narrow demographic victory on  Monday night, while "The Bachelor" was virtually unaffected by the recent controversy, "The Blacklist" continued to slide without "The Voice" as a lead-in, and "Intelligence" remains DOA on Mondays.

For the night, FOX averaged a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49, and 6.9 million viewers overall. It was followed by ABC (2.2, 8.2 million), CBS (2.0, 7.6 million), NBC (1.7, 5.9 million) and the CW (0.4, 1.1 million).

8 p.m. -- "How I Met Your Mother" (3.0, 8.8 million) got the best demo rating of any broadcast show on the night, and together with "2 Broke Girls" (2.7, 8.9 million) helped CBS win the hour. "The Bachelor" ratings (2.2, 7.8 million) were virtually identical to last week, even after Juan Pablo's comments about gay people. The first hour of the "Sleepy Hollow" finale (2.2, 6.8 million) was third for the hour, followed by "Hollywood Game Night" on NBC (1.3, 4.7 million) and the CW's "Hart of Dixie."

9 p.m. -- The second half of the "Sleepy Hollow" finale slid into first place (2.4, 7 million), followed  by more "Bachelor" (2.3, 7.8 million), "Mike & Molly" and "Mom" on CBS (2.0, 8.4 million), more "Hollywood Game Night" (1.5, 4.2 million) and the CW's "Beauty and the Beast" (0.4, 931,000).

10 p.m. -- "The Blacklist" finished first, but with numbers (2.3, 8.7 million) notably lower than it was doing with "The Voice" as a lead-in. ABC's "Castle" was second (2.0, 8.9 million), followed by "Intelligence" (1.1, 5.6 million), which repeated last week's terrible demo number while losing about a half million viewers.

All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.
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Juan Pablo's anti-gay comments don't hurt 'The Bachelor' ratings


Juan Pablo's anti-gay comments don't hurt "The Bachelor" ratings
This week's ratings were steady with last week's, despite the controversy over the weekend. PLUS: How do you watch "The Bachelor" in the wake of Juan Pablo's comments?


"Walking Dead" cast members will get together on "Conan"

The Feb. 6 episode will feature a joint appearance by Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Steven Yeun, Danai Gurira and Melissa McBride.


"Full House" stars are reuniting in a Super Bowl ad
Check out a preview of Dannon's Super Bowl ad, featuring Bob Saget, John Stamos and Dave Coulier.


"Girls" and "Looking" are moving to avoid Super Bowl, "True Detective won't air that week
HBO will show "Girls" and "Looking" the day before the Super Bowl.


Watch Chloe Sevigny in the trailer for A&E's "Those Who Kill"

Sevigny plays a detective, joining James D'Arcy in a serial killer thriller set in Pittsburgh.


PBS' "Women Who Make America" to interview Lena Dunham, Shonda Rhimes, Kathy Griffin
Sarah Silverman and Chelsea Handler will also be profiled on the documentary series.


"Access Hollywood" spoils "Homeland" for Jennifer Lawrence while she's meeting Damian Lewis
Lawrence has yet to watch Season 3.


Watch teasers for Halle Berry's "Extant"

Berry stars this summer in the CBS thriller from Steven Spielberg.


"Criminal Minds" books Tahmoh Penikett
The "Battlestar" alum will guest on the movie-like 200th episode.


"Days of Our Lives" losing Alison Sweeney
Sweeney is leaving the NBC soap after 21 years.


Ex-"Office" star B.J. Novak is writing a children's book

He's putting together "The Book with No Pictures."


"SNL" launches a "Saturday Night Line" web series
The Lorne Michaels web production company Above Average has started filming episodes revolving around "SNL's" standby line.


Miley Cyrus is promoting her MTV "Unplugged" special with a bizarre photo

Check her out topless with fake teeth.


"Dancing's" Anna Trebunskaya becomes a mom

The "Dancing with the Star" pro gave birth on Saturday to a daughter.

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<p>Harvey&nbsp;Weinstein on &quot;Piers Morgan Live&quot;</p>

Harvey Weinstein on "Piers Morgan Live"

Credit: CNN

Roundup: Harvey pledges to strip back violence in movies

Also: Below-the-line Oscar surprises and Emma Thompson wins the SAG Awards

Probably the story that caught the most traction over the holiday yesterday was Harvey Weinstein's recent comments on violence in films on CNN's "Piers Morgan Live." Said the Weinstein Company co-chairman, "You have to look in the mirror," he said on the program. "I have to just choose that aren't as violent as they used to be. For me, personally, I can't continue to do that. So change starts here." Of course, Weinstein hasn't really traded in violence beyond his relationship with Quentin Tarantino. [CNN]

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'Sleepy Hollow' producers knew about the season finale twist for a long time


"Sleepy Hollow" producers knew about the season finale twist for a long time

In fact, it was pitched during the pilot process. PLUS: What a "bonkersawesome" finale!


"Sherlock" returns to 4 million, but Benedict Cumberbatch doesn't know if he'll continue
That's up from the 3.2 million who watched the Season 2 launch last year.


Miley Cyrus is getting an MTV "Unplugged" special
MTV says the Jan. 29 performance will "showcase a more intimate side of Cyrus."


"Rosemary's Baby" adds Patrick J. Adams and Jason Isaacs
"Suits" star Adams will play the role of Guy, Rosemary's husband, while Isaacs will play the coven leader Roman Castevet. PLUS: Zoe Saldana may get a pixie cut for "Rosemary's Baby."


NBC is on the upswing

The Peacock is currently No. 2 behind CBS. And not counting sports, NBC is tied with CBS in the all-important 18-49 demo.


"Entourage" creator's camera falls off a yacht
Doug Ellin had shot more than 500 photos over the weekend from the movie set.


Which "Scandal" star worked as Connie Britton's nanny?
It was Katie Lowes. "Can you believe that?" Britton says jokingly. "I was so upset when she got this little pilot. I think it was really pretty selfish on her part, I'll be honest."


Richard Madden recalls the danger of shooting "Klondike"
The former "Game of Thrones" star was thrown down a river. He also spent time lying face down on a frozen lake.


"Workaholics" guy sing on Conan

Watch their ode to best friends.


Ben Starr, co-creator of "Silver Spoons" and "Facts of Life," dies at 92

Starr, a former "Diff'rent Strokes" writer, also is credited with coming up with the catchphrase "Whatchu talking 'bout Willis?"

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<p>Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie in &quot;Sleepy Hollow.&quot;</p>

Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie in "Sleepy Hollow."

Credit: FOX

Season finale review: 'Sleepy Hollow' - 'The Indispensible Man'/'Bad Blood'

Ichabod sees his enemy's true face and Abbie learns more about her past

Geoff Berkshire has been doing a fine job covering "Sleepy Hollow" for us all season, and here's his take on the two-hour season finale. I have a few brief thoughts on that, and the season as a whole, coming up just as soon as I complain about my GPS app...

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<p>Adele Exarchopoulos in &quot;Blue is the Warmest Color.&quot;</p>

Adele Exarchopoulos in "Blue is the Warmest Color."

Credit: Sundance Selects

'Blue is the Warmest Color' tops France's Lumiere Awards

The erotic drama wins all four of its categories, Polanski takes Best Screenplay

It may have been left out of the Oscar race entirely, but Cannes champion "Blue is the Warmest Color" reigned supreme at France's Lumiere Awards -- which hold a similar place in the French awards calendar to the Golden Globes. (The French Oscar equivalent, the Cesar Awards, announced their nods on January 31.) "Blue" won all four categories in which it was nominated: Best Film, Director, Actress for Lea Seydoux (shared with her work in "Grand Central") and Breakthrough Actress for Adele Exarchopoulos. Roman Polanski took Best Screenplay honors for "Venus in Fur"; Bertrand Tavernier's "The French Minister," which led the field with five nods, won nothing. Full list of winners below; everything else at The Circuit

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<p>Roger Ebert</p>

Roger Ebert

Credit: Kevin Horan

Review: 'Life Itself' does right by Roger Ebert's life and legacy

Steve James' Sundance doc honors Ebert, but doesn't canonize
When people want to minimize this thing I do for a living, they like to quote Jean Sibelius, "Pay no attention to what the critics say. A statue has never been erected in honor of a critic."
 
It's a bit of a lie, but that hasn't stopped social observers as keen as Chad Ochocinco from making the cliched declaration.
 
While it may not be cast in bronze or carved from marble, Steve James' "Life Itself" stands as a cinematic monument to its subject, a much more fitting celebration of Roger Ebert than anything that might have been produced by Rodin or Brancusi.
 
One could hardly find a more amenable audience for "Life Itself" than a Press & Industry Screening at the Sundance Film Festival, but I think this is a documentary that will play beyond rooms of ink-stained wretches. "Life Itself" is a moving tribute to one exceptional critic and, by extension, his profession, but it's also a celebration of celebrating movies and, at its heart, a salute to any life lived fully.
 
More on "Life Itself" after the break…
 
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"Sherlock"

 "Sherlock"

Credit: PBS

Press Tour: Benedict Cumberbatch talks fans, 'Sherlock,' kissing Moriarty

The "Star Trek" star won't be doing American TV anytime soon

 At press tour, most of the buzz for PBS' first day surrounded the arrival of Benedict Cumberbatch for the "Sherlock," which had its third season premiere on Sunday. While Cumberbatch barely made it to the panel on time, fans who waited patiently outside (possibly a TCA first) got a a flurry of apologies, according to the "Star Trek" star. Inside the room with "Sherlock" co-creator Steven Moffat, producer Sue Vertue, star Amanda Abbington (Mary Morstan), he was more than happy to talk about his "almost" kiss with Moriarty, working with his parents and more. 

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