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Why Jennifer Lawrence Is Terrified of Singing in Public

Says she sounds like a tone-deaf Amy Winehouse

Jennifer Lawrence admitted singing in public is one of her biggest fears on the Late Show with David Letterman Wednesday.

It all began, the Mockingjay Part I star said, when she had to sing Holly Jolly Christmas in a school production at the age of 8, and her parents laughed at her for days afterward.

Lawrence jokingly says she now sings in a tone-deaf Amy Winehouse voice. Watch the video above to hear it for yourself.

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10 TV Series Besides Duck Dynasty That Should Be Musicals

Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson and Numan Acar as Haissam Haqqani in Homeland (Season 4, Episode 6). - Photo:  David Bloomer/SHOWTIME - Photo ID:  Homeland_406_0527.R
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Sing, Saul Berenson, sing!

So Duck Dynasty is becoming a musical. Others may scoff, but I say why not! There’s an illustrious history of mixing TV and music; South Park sang its way to the movie screen years ago; and if Jerry Springer can be the basis of an opera, who are we to say the Robinsons can’t pull it off?

Of course, if TV has taught us anything, it’s that success will breed imitators. So producers, let me humbly suggest your next season’s worth of screen-to-stage adaptations:

Homeland. Nothing against his performance as Saul Berenson, but you cast Mandy Patinkin in something and don’t have him sing? Now that’s a crime against the state.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Teresa Giudice brings down the house with Chicago‘s “Cell Block Tango.”

Marvel’s Agents of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. An action-packed, danger-filled thrill ride starring, to hold down costs and not interfere with the storylines of future movies, all of Spider-Man’s non-superpowered peripheral characters. When it comes down to it, wasn’t the story really always about J. Jonah Jameson?

Firefly. Creator Joss Whedon wrote a musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Why not continue the story of the Serenity crew in song? Or it could just be a non-musical play if he prefers. Or it could be on TV, really, whatever works for him. A movie? Web video? God, I just want Firefly back.

Girls. Flushed with gotta-sing-gotta-dance fever after starring in NBC’s Peter Pan Live, Alison Williams headlines Broadway’s favorite hipster musical since Rent! Book by Lena Dunham, score by Edie Brickell.

The Good Wife. Advantage: Already employs Alan Cumming, Stockard Channing, and half the New York City theater community. Plus: Book of Mormon-style subplot involving Grace and her church group. Minus: Will probably have to include that chicken song.

The Walking Dead. How much can it cost to get the rights to “Thriller”?

AfterMad: The Bert Cooper Musical. He may have shuffled off Mad Men to the tune of “The Best Things in Life Are Free,” but now Broadway vet Robert Morse brings Bert’s loveable Japanophilia and Ayn Randianism to the afterlife!

Game of Thrones. Not the dragon-filled, special-effect-laden spectacle you were expecting, but instead an interactive, intimate dinner-theater event along the lines of Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding. How interactive? Just wait ’til they lock the exits and start playing “The Rains of Castamere”!

Smash. Just kidding! Not Smash. Never, ever Smash.

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Watch Dick Cavett Revisit the Office Where He Got His Start

The television legend drops by his old stomping grounds

The story of how Dick Cavett got his start isn’t a secret: as recounted in the 1971 TIME cover story about the star, he was working at this magazine as a copy boy — a now-obsolete gofer gig — when he wrote a few jokes meant for Jack Paar, brought them across the street to bring to the Tonight Show host, had them read on the show and eventually got hired as a writer. And the TIME-comedy links didn’t stop there. As Cavett tells it in his new book, Brief Encounters, he also used his access to the magazine’s files to track down entertainment icon Stan Laurel.

Much of Brief Encounters is devoted to Cavett’s observations about how the world has changed — so, on the occasion of his book’s release, Cavett came back to visit the place where he got his start. And, he discovered, even when it comes to office space, time refuses to stand still.

Read the Dick Cavett cover story, here in the TIME Vault: The Art of Show and Tell

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New Girl Was Straight-Up Offensive Last Night

NEW GIRL:   Schmidt (Max Greenfield, C), Coach (Damon Wayans, Jr., L) and Winston (Lamorne Morris, R) visit their neighbors in the "Goldmine" episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, Nov. 11 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2014 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  Adam Taylor/FOX
Schmidt (Max Greenfield, center), Coach (Damon Wayans, Jr., left) and Winston (Lamorne Morris) visit their neighbors in the "Goldmine" episode of New Girl. Adam Taylor—Fox

...to men, women, straight people, gay people...

After spending the last several weeks dispatching with the Nick-Jess romance in favor of more engaging story lines, New Girl took a sharp left turn last night, employing tired stereotypes with the likely consequence of alienating much of its viewership.

The episode revolved around several jokes that audiences could have found offensive; if the characters, too, had realized that those jokes were offensive (or called each other out on it), it might have been redeemable. But Nick never realized that his willingness to pretend to be gay — so that Jess doesn’t have to confront the awkward problem of telling a date she lives with her ex — was strange and problematic. If anything, he leaned into it by pretending Schmidt was his lover.

And Schmidt, who was upset that his ex-girlfriend Cece was considering breast reduction surgery, never decided that he ought to prioritize Cece’s happiness over the pleasure he derives from her body. Instead, he demanded to have a conversation with her boobs — not her, but her boobs — so he could say goodbye to them. He even went so far as to put headphones in Cece’s ears to make sure that she couldn’t hear him talking to her breasts. He wasn’t having a conversation with a human being — just her chest.

In doing so, Schmidt reduced Cece to her anatomy. Schmidt has played an over-the-top douchebag before, but for laughs. This felt less funny and more creepy, especially considering that the writers seem to want to steer Cece and Schmidt back together. Why would Cece ever want to date a man who seems to love her chest so much more than he loves her?

Perhaps worst of all, Winston and Coach debated the best way to trick their female neighbors into sleeping with them. Winston’s strategy was to do nice things for the two women until they finally relented; for his part, Coach lied to the ladies in hopes of convincing one of them to have a one night stand with him. The women catch Winston and Coach in their lies and throw them out of their house. But that’s not the end of it. At the end of the episode, Coach confronts the girls and tells them that Winston isn’t going to keep doing nice things for them unless they sleep with him. (Because sex is the only reason men ever do nice things for women.)

Instead of tossing the men out, the women play rock, paper, scissors, and the loser says she’ll sleep with Winston. Winston should have been offended that neither of these women wants to have sex with him enough to actually volunteer. The women should be offended that they are being asked to exchange sex for odd jobs around the house.

Everyone was the worst, and nobody really learned any lessons. Better luck next week.

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Watch Woody Harrelson Turn SNL Into a Hunger Games Arena

Aidy Bryant volunteers as tribute

This weekend, Woody Harrelson will take a break from being Haymitch in the Hunger Games movies to host Saturday Night Live. He dropped by Studio 8H to record this promo video with cast member Taran Killam, who really just cannot contain his excitement — even though he confuses Harrelson with other famous Woodys (like Allen and Guthrie.)

Harrelson also reveals that he spoke with Lorne Michaels about doing an SNL version of the The Hunger Games — and Killam does not do very well.

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Aubrey Plaza Says You Might Have to Be Drunk to Really Enjoy the Grumpy Cat Movie

"It's really the weirdest thing I've ever seen"

Like many great films, Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever might be best appreciated when the viewer is drunk, says Aubrey Plaza, who’s lending her deadpan voice to the curmudgeon-y feline in the Lifetime special.

She told Jimmy Kimmel Monday that he should “have a couple glasses of wine” before watching it to “get in the right mood.”

“It’s really the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen,” she said. “It’s so confusing.”

But it’s also “a gift to America.”

See for yourself when it premieres Nov. 29.

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Randy Jackson Is Leaving American Idol

Randy Jackson
Randy Jackson arrives at the American Idol XIII finale at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Jordan Strauss—Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Jackson was the last original judge on the Fox reality series

Fox’s venerable singing competition is now almost completely cut off from its roots.

Randy Jackson, the only original American Idol judge who had remained on the show (as a “mentor” to contestants), has announced he’s leaving the franchise; his fellow original judges Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell had left in 2009 and 2010, respectively. The Abdul/Cowell/Jackson judging panel, on which Jackson served as the coolest head amid Abdul and Cowell’s bickering, saw the show through its period of greatest success in its first eight seasons; in recent years, ratings have consistently fallen amid judging panel shake-ups that have seen everyone from Ellen DeGeneres and Kara DioGuardi to Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj take a turn at judging.

The only on-camera personality from Idol‘s glory days to stay with the production is host Ryan Seacrest, who’s branched out into various other enterprises while hosting the show. But neither Abdul nor Cowell have seen Idol-level success in their subsequent projects stateside; Cowell’s attempt to bring his globally successful X Factor franchise stateside with Abdul as a judge was a non-starter. There was something very particular about the contentious original panel that helped spur Idol‘s success; unlike, say, The Voice, which switches out panelists quite frequently, Idol couldn’t stay as big a hit as it was without every original judge accounted for.

Jackson’s role on the show has been significantly reduced in recent years, with a new judging group comprised of Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez, and Keith Urban getting praise for bringing the show back from the period of high dudgeon and intra-panel fighting that defined the Carey/Minaj year. But the show seems, now, far past the point at which it might somehow become, again, the single most discussed program on the air. Jackson, whose weird vocabulary tics (“dawg,” “pitchy”) caught the public’s imagination before, eventually, coming to seem exhausting, was one of the luckiest people in Hollywood. In just about any other entertainment context he would not have been able to build thirteen years as an on-camera personality on the basis of catchphrases and vague praise for amateur singers. But he was also an undefinably valuable part of a panel whose value was only apparent once it was disbanded.

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Amazon’s Pilots for 2015 Include Comedy With True Blood Star

HBO's "True Blood" Panel - Comic-Con International 2014
Actor Sam Trammell attends HBO's "True Blood" panel during Comic-Con International 2014 at the San Diego Convention Center on July 26, 2014 in San Diego, California. Ethan Miller—Getty Images

But can they measure up to Transparent?

Amazon announced its pilots to premiere in 2015 on Wednesday. Each year, Amazon airs pilots on its site and then based on critical and audience feedback — plus some number-crunching — green lights certain series for a full season. Alpha House and Transparent have been the e-commerce giant’s most successful original series so far.

Here are the pilots to expect in 2015:

Cocked: The dark comedy follows liberal Richard Paxson (True Blood’s Sam Trammell) as he returns to his rural Virginia home to help with his family’s gun business. His older brother will be played by Jason Lee (My Name is Earl).

Down Dog: A charming and handsome yoga instructor for the rich and beautiful sees his life turned upside down when he and his girlfriend — the owner of the yoga studio where he teaches — break up.

Mad Dogs: An American adaptation of a U.K. series, this comedy centers on a group of high school friends (including Steve Zahn of Dallas Buyers Club and Billy Zane of Twin Peaks) who reunite in Belize. But the trip goes south when old grudges lead to an unraveling of lies and a murder. Shawn Ryan of The Shield will executive produce.

The Man in the High Castle: Based on Philip K. Dick’s book of the same name, the drama considers what would have happened if the Allied forces lost World War II. The series was penned by The X-Files’ Frank Spotnitz.

The New Yorker Presents: The most original idea of the bunch, this half-hour docu-series will bring articles, fiction and poetry from The New Yorker to life. The project boasts an all-star cast, including Alan Cumming (The Good Wife).

Point of Honor: The Civil War drama from Lost’s Carlton Cuse is about the son of a wealthy southern family who sets his slaves free while fighting for the Confederacy.

Salem Rogers: Leslie Bibb (Iron Man) and Rachel Dratch (Saturday Night Live) star in the comedy about an overly blunt former supermodel who re-enters the world after spending 10 years in a cushy rehab facility and tracks down her former assistant to help her make a comeback.

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There Was an Entire Category About Beyoncé on Jeopardy! Last Night

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Beyonce headlines the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2011 in Glastonbury, England. Samir Hussein—Getty Images

But if you're a true fan of Queen Bey, the questions were insultingly easy

Last night on Jeopardy!‘s Tournament of Champions, contestants got a chance to show off their knowledge about literature, geography, politics, blah blah blah — and oh wait, also BEYONCÉ.

Yup, an entire category was dedicated to Queen Bey — but for any true fans, the questions were pretty easy.

Check them out and play along here:

Contestants got all of the questions right, except for one minor hiccup from Arthur Chu, who responded with “Drunk on Love” instead of “Drunk in Love.” He later defended himself on Twitter:

Tread lightly, Arthur, because that kind of sass is what lands you in deep trouble with the Beygency.

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Concert for Valor: Watch Performances by Rihanna, Eminem, Bruce Springsteen

Carrie Underwood, Dave Grohl and the Zac Brown Band all performed at the concert for veterans

HBO’s Concert for Valor drew hundreds of thousands of fans to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., with millions more tuning in on television screens and radios across the country to hear performances by Rihanna, Eminem, Bruce Springsteen, Carrie Underwood, Dave Grohl, Metallica and many more.

The Concert for Valor was staged to boost awareness of veterans’ support groups, raise funds for veterans charities and salute the troops who do so much for the country. Fans came out in force to support the cause and to see stars like Dave Grohl, the Zac Brown Band, John Oliver, Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg, Will Smith and Tom Hanks, who all seemed to mirror the sentiments summed up by Jamie Foxx,”I came because it’s just the right thing to do.”

Jennifer Hudson performed “The Star Spangled Banner” to open the concert. After a video message from U.S. President Barack Obama, she was joined onstage by Jessie J for a powerful performance of David Guetta’s “Titanium.”

Dave Grohl greeted his hometown crowd, “We’ve got a lot of heroes here tonight, we’re going to sing for them.” He then launched into acoustic versions of some Foo Fighter favorites like “Everlong” and “My Hero,” which turned into a tear-jerking, flag-waving singalong anthem.

Zac Brown band deliver a rousing rendition of “America the Beautiful” and were soon joined on stage by Bruce Springsteen and Dave Grohl for a rollicking rendition of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son,” which some viewed as a controversial song choice due to its anti-war sentiment.

After the Black Keys whipped the crowd into a frenzy with their tracks “Fever” and “Howlin for You,” Carrie Underwood, pregnant and in heels, performed her song “See You Again.” (Read about the military family that changed how she sings the song here). Then backed by the Singing Sergeants of the US Air Force, she performed “Something in the Water” followed by a crowd-pleasing version of “Before He Cheats.”

Metallica was introduced by Jack Black and took the stage sounding loud and proud for a medley of “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” “Master of Puppets” and “Enter Sandman.” They ended their raucous set by dedicating the songs to the troops, “Finally, we get to play for our heroes!” and leading the crowd in a chant of “USA! USA!”

Bruce Springsteen returned to the stage for a stripped down, acoustic set including a haunting version of “Born in the USA,” and a bare bones “Dancing in the Dark” and dedicating his performance of “The Promised Land” to service members who just returned home.

Bryan Cranston did his best Heisenberg impression, encouraging everyone to hire veterans at their companies, before introducing Rihanna who looked like a sparkly Batgirl in a floor-length caped pantsuit to perform “Diamonds” and “Stay.” She was joined onstage by co-headliner Eminem for their hit “Monster.”


As Rihanna left the stage, Eminem made the most the concert being aired on HBO by encouraging everyone to “give it up for motherf–king Rihanna.” The crowd cheered, while the millions of people listening to the show on iHeartRadio undoubtedly enjoyed the beep. Eminem dedicated his track “Not Afraid” to the troops who came home and those who did not. He then launched into “Lose Yourself” and the crowd roared its approval.


Before the concert, officials predicted that the free concert would be the largest gathering on the National Mall in years, surpassing the Fourth of July and many presidential inaugurations. Proving the point, the Park Police tweeted out a photo of the impressive crowds gathered at the National Mall:

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