Grunge rock band Nirvana is the only first-time eligible artist on the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations list. Others include Chic, Deep Purple, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, LL Cool J, Kiss, The Meters, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, Link Wray, Yes, and The Zombies. The top vote-getters will be inducted next April in a ceremony to air later on HBO. Rolling Stone.
Tina Fey believes hosting the Golden Globes is much easier than the Oscars, which she would never emcee. “I think that’s too hard. Too many dresses to try on.” Fey and Amy Poehler were announced this week as the Golden Globe hosts for the next two years. L.A. Times.
“Two and a Half Men” stars Ashton Kutcher ($24 million) and Jon Cryer ($21 million) top the annual list of TV’s highest paid actors. Others in the fop five are Ray Romano (“Everybody Loves Raymond”), Neil Patrick Harris (“How I Met Your Mother“), and Mark Harmon (“NCIS“). Forbes.
Kerry Washington and Edward Norton will make their first appearances as hosts on “Saturday Night Live.” Norton hosts with musical guest Janelle Monae on October 26. Washington appears on November 2 with Eminem. TV Line.
Four decades after the horror film “Carrie” was released, a new version directed by Kimberly Peirce debuts this Friday. The original scored Oscar nominations for Sissy Spacek (in a shy teen role now played by Chloe Grace Moretz) and Piper Laurie (a deranged mother now portrayed by Julianne Moore). USA Today.
“Black Swan” director Darren Aronofsky is sparring with Paramount executives over the final cut of his Biblical epic “Noah,” due for release on March 28. Test screenings have brought “troubling reactions” from audiences in New York, Arizona, and California. Hollywood Reporter.
BBC America airs its biopic “Burton and Taylor tonight starring Dominic West as Richard Burton and Helena Bonham Carter as Elizabeth Taylor. The magazine review says “it’s almost cruel to try and compare” a similar Lifetime TV movie “bomb” from last autumn that starred Lindsay Lohan. TV Guide.