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<p>Terence Winter at the National Board of Review Awards Gala in New York earlier this month.</p>

Terence Winter at the National Board of Review Awards Gala in New York earlier this month.

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'Wolf of Wall Street' scribe responds to criticisms and his first-ever Oscar nomination

'We wanted to let Jordan sell you his story.'

Screenwriter Terence Winter, who last week was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work on Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street," was just as confused by some of the reactions to his film as Leonardo DiCaprio was toward the end of the year. The hedonistic depiction of Wall Street excess had led some to question its moral standing, surmising that it seemed to take far too much delight in its depictions.

But that thin line is also partly the point. It's a film that shows you a good time and dares you to have fun with it, because it's a display of antics that appeal to base, primal desires in many ways. That having been said, the idea that anyone would take away from it the idea that it was meant to be a glorification was "sort of a head-scratcher" for Winter, he says. "You'd think it would go without saying, but anyone who would watch that behavior and want to emulate what's going on on screen has got a screw loose as far as I'm concerned."

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<p>Pretty much every major vampire archetype is featured in the absurd and whip-smart 'What We Do In The Shadows'</p>

Pretty much every major vampire archetype is featured in the absurd and whip-smart 'What We Do In The Shadows'

Credit: Sundance FIlm Festival

Review: Jemaine Clement's 'What We Do In The Shadows' is gory and hilarious

Vampire mockumentary is both clever and savage

PARK CITY - Going from the bruised beauty of Ana Lily Amirpour's "A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night" to the brutally silly majesty of the mockumentary vampires of "What We Do In The Shadows" only points up just how easy it is to start from similar places and still end up with very different movies.

Before the film began at the Egyptian, co-directors Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi took the stage to talk about how the film came together. They said they were approached by the New Zealand Documentary Board about making this in 2010, asking them to look into the vampire population of Wellington. Sure enough, the opening logo for the film is for the NZDB, and they play the film as a fairly straight-faced documentary, but let's be clear: this is one of the silliest comedies I've seen in a while, and it is so packed with laughs that before they even got to the opening titles, my face was already sore.

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<p>Keegan DeWitt</p>

Keegan DeWitt

Video: Songwriter Keegan DeWitt on his Sundance films, playing 'Fallon' and Wild Cub

Composer behind Oscar-winning 'Inocente' talks making friends and losing your name

PARK CITY, Utah - Keegan DeWitt is having a busy week. He wrote/co-wrote two Sundance film scores, for "Land Ho!" and "Listen Up Philip"; his band Wild Cub released its Mom + Pop Records debut "Youth" today; and they're performing on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" to celebrate. The Nashville-based writer and composer is hitting up spots like the KCRW lounge and the BMI songwriters' roundtable to discuss his work throughout the week in Park City for the Film Festival.

We caught up yesterday (Jan. 20), touching on his transition from performing under his own name to playing as a band project. I liked DeWitt's approach to this idea of stripping songs of a face, of a first and last name and a preconception of "white guys with guitars" that overrun his adoptive home base.

He also went into detail on his new scores, like for "Land Ho!": "... As though it was a late 1980s movie being scored by a top 40 band."

Sundance is a return for DeWitt, who helmed the sounds for last year's selections "Life According to Sam" and "This Is Martin Bonner." He also scored the Oscar Award-winning short documentary “Inocente" (2013). Successful formula he suggests to composers in the field is to go to festivals, see a lot of movies, stay for the Q&A, talk to the filmmakers and "make friends."

Check out our full interview above.

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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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