"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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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]
"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?"
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.
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.