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  • INDUSTRY NEWS

    NETFLIX PICKS UP TINA FEY SERIES: Netflix has picked up the new comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. The show was originally picked up by NBC for mid-season but Netflix snatched it up for launch in March. The network said in a statement, "When the opportunity arose for Tina Fey and Robert Carlock to premiere their new show on Netflix with a two-season commitment, we decided this was the best possible scenario to launch this captivating new series." Kimmy stars Ellie Kemper as a woman who starts over after escaping from a doomsday cult.

    FOX MOVES 'GLEE' TO FRIDAYS: Fox has announced that the final season of Glee will air on Fridays. The last batch of episodes will kick off with a two-hour premiere on January 9th. The series finale will air on March 20th also as a two-hour episode.

    'ZOOLANDER' SEQUEL ADDS PENELOPE CRUZ: Penelope Cruz has been added to the cast of Zoolander 2. Her role has not been revealed but she joins the returning actors from the first film including Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, and reportedly Will Ferrell. Justin Theroux wrote the script that Stiller will also be directing.

    JULIA STILES TO APPEAR ON 'THE MINDY PROJECT': Julia Stiles has booked a guest-starring gig on an upcoming holiday-themed episode of The Mindy Project. Her character will be introduced in the episode airing December 9th where she takes an interest to Ike Barinholtz's nurse Morgan. She is also an old friend of Chris Messina's character, Danny.

    SPIKE TV ORDERS 'LIP SYNC BATTLE': Spike TV is turning Jimmy Fallon's popular Lip Sync Battle segment from The Tonight Show into a game show. The series will go into production in January and is expected to debut on April 2nd, 2015. Fallon, John Krasinski, and Stephen Merchant will all perform on the first episode. They will also be executive producers on the show.

  • ONE DIRECTION TAKES HOME THE AWARD FOR ARTIST OF THE YEAR AT THE AMAS

    Celebs new and old gathered at the Nokia Theater in L.A. last night (November 23rd) for the 2014 American Music Awards. Host Pitbull kicked off the show following Taylor Swift's opening performance in the audience and energetically made his way to the stage. Pitbull introduced himself and got the audience in a great mood by cracking a few funny jokes.

    • Some of last night's winners include Iggy Azalea, One Direction and Taylor Swift. Iggy -- who is a first-time award winner, took home Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album and Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist. 1D nabbed the awards for Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group and one of the biggest awards of the night, Artist of the Year. Taylor -- who recently transition to pop genre, went home with the Dick Clark Award for Excellence.

    WINNERS

    • ARTIST OF THE YEAR - One Direction
    • NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR - 5 Seconds of Summer
    • SINGLE OF THE YEAR - Katy Perry, "Dark Horse" feat. Juicy J
    • FAVORITE MALE ARTIST - POP/ROCK - Sam Smith
    • FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST - POP/ROCK - Katy Perry
    • FAVORITE BAND, DUO OR GROUP - POP/ROCK - One Direction
    • FAVORITE ALBUM - POP/ROCK - One Direction, Midnight Memories
    • FAVORITE MALE ARTIST - COUNTRY - Luke Bryan
    • FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST - COUNTRY - Carrie Underwood
    • FAVORITE BAND, DUO OR GROUP - COUNTRY - Florida Georgia Line
    • FAVORITE ALBUM - COUNTRY - Brantley Gilbert, Just As I Am
    • FAVORITE ARTIST - RAP/HIP-HOP - Iggy Azalea
    • FAVORITE ALBUM - RAP/HIP-HOP - Iggy Azalea, The New Classic
    • FAVORITE MALE ARTIST - SOUL/R&B - John Legend
    • FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST - SOUL/R&B - Beyonce
    • FAVORITE ALBUM - SOUL/R&B - Beyonce, Beyonce
    • FAVORITE ARTIST - ALTERNATIVE ROCK - Imagine Dragons
    • FAVORITE ARTIST - ADULT CONTEMPORARY - Katy Perry
    • FAVORITE ARTIST - LATIN - Enrique Iglesias
    • FAVORITE ARTIST - CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL - Casting Crowns
    • FAVORITE ARTIST - ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC - Calvin Harris
    • TOP SOUNDTRACK - Frozen
    • DICK CLARK AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE - Taylor Swift

    PERFORMANCES

    • Taylor Swift kicked off the show with a pop, performing her new record "Blank Space." With a theme replicating the concept from the music video, Taylor worked the stage filled with dancers, empty picture frames, flames, and hot guys doing choreographed dance moves.
    • Charli XCX performed a prom-themed rendition of her record "Boom Clap" with pink, white and red balloon arches and towers. Midway through "Boom Clap" she ripped off her prom dress and changed into a leather skirt and bralette number and performed her new single "Break The Rules."
    • With help from Wyclef, Magic! performed their hit reggae hit "Rude." After Wyclef experienced the first wardrobe malfunction of the night, struggling to get his leather jacket off, he and lead singer Nasri continued their performance in the audience.
    • 5 Seconds of Summer performed their record "What I Like About You."
    • Imagine Dragons hit the stage for an energy-filled performance of "I Bet My Life" with help from a live choir.
    • With a hip-hop flare, Sam Smith belted the vocals of his record "I'm Not The Only One" with A$AP Rocky.
    • With an intro from her mentor T.I., Iggy hit the stage for a press conference themed performance of "Fancy" with Charli XCX. She also performed "Beg For It."
    • Lorde started off slow, but picked up the momentum during her performance of "Yellow Flicker Beat."
    • Ariana Grande graced the stage in a long black lace gown and kicks off her medley with a sultry performance of "Problem." She then segued into "Break Free." Ari concluded the performance with "Love Me Harder" will help from The Weeknd.
    • The master of ceremonies -- Pitbull, hit the stage and performed "Give Me Everything" with Ne-Yo.
    • Selena Gomez gave an emotional performance of her new record "Heart Wants What It Wants" for the first time-ever.
    • One Direction performed "Night Changes."
    • Lil Wayne hit the stage with rumored girlfriend Christina Milian and performed the next single from his album Tha Carter V, "Start A Fire." Nicki Minaj followed Wayne and performed "Bed of Lies" with Skylar Grey.
    • The Black Eyed Peas' own Fergie hit the stage L.A.-style with DJ Mustard and YG to perform her new single "L.A.Love (la la)." Towards the end of the performance, Fergie suffered the second wardrobe malfunction when she couldn't get part of her costume off.
    • Garth Brooks performed "People Loving People" live from Greensboro Coliseum Complex.
    • Mary J. Blige hit the stage and gave a sultry performance of "Therapy."
    • Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande channelled their inner gold member and got sexy for their performance of "Bang Bang" with Jessie J.
    • Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea closed out the show with their booties and performed "Booty."

    BEST DRESSED

    • Rita Ora said that her ensemble was a last minute decision, but you wouldn't have known. With minimal makeup and her hair in a bun, Rita glowed on the red carpet in a flattering yellow full-length gown.
    • Julianna Hough picked the perfect hue. In a reddish orange gown with front detailing, Julianna nailed her look and her slick-back hairstyle was an absolute plus.
    • Although Nicki Minaj appeared a bit unbothered during her red carpet interview, Nicki stunned in a black mini dress, with a simple black bob haircut and black pumps.
    • One word to describe Selena Gomez's red carpet look: regal. Selena wore a long fitted black, backless gown that hugged her every possible curve.
    • Jessie J was simply flawless in a white pants suit wearing her hair bone straight.

    EH, ALMOST?

    • Something about Jordin Sparks' ensemble just wasn't riveting. Her gold gown was kind of just . . . there.
    • Jhene Aiko's long rust-colored dress with it's bejeweled neckline appeared a bit overwhelming. Possibly because it was too much for her small frame? Or maybe the dress had too much tulle? Eh, not sure.

    WORST DRESSED

    • Zendaya just did too much. From the hair, to the baby blue bra-thing, to the gold number. Just . . . too much.
    • Heidi Klum's high-split, zigzag two piece was utterly confusing.
    • Perhaps if Bleona Qereti was going to a nude beach, her ensemble would have been fitting. Perhaps.
    • Jennifer Lopez's makeup and hair was flawless! Her skin-toned bandage dress, not. so. much. Sorry, J.Lo!
    • Gigi Hadid's pantsuit, with the exposed bra, was a lot to digest. Still trying to digest it, actually.

    TV BROADCAST SOUND

    • In clip one, 5 Seconds of Summer wins New Artist.

    "Wow! I didn't even know if this think worked. Uh, hello! Thank you so much, I was meant to say something and I forget, this is the first time I have ever done this. This is amazing for us. I'd like to give a big thank you to our team at Capitol. Joe, Steve, Nick, the Lot. Thank you to the management team, who shared our vision and supported us since day one. Thank you to our crew that has been there from the start. We did it lads! Thank you to our fans and this really shows a little band from Sydney can do great things. Thank you, guys. You guys rule."

    AUDIO: 2014 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS TAYLOR SWIFT WINS EXCELLENCE AWARD
    AUDIO: 2014 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS SAM SMITH WINS POP ROCK MALE
    AUDIO: 2014 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS ONE DIRECTION WINS BEST POP GROUP
    AUDIO: 2014 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS ONE DIRECTION WINS ARTIST OF THE YEAR
    AUDIO: 2014 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS LUKE BRYAN WINS COUNTRY MALE
    AUDIO: 2014 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS KATY PERRY WINS POP ROCK FEMALE
    AUDIO: 2014 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS IMAGINE DRAGONS WINS ALTERNATIVE ROCK ARTIST
    AUDIO: 2014 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS IGGY AZALEA WINS BEST HIP HOP ARTIST
    AUDIO: 2014 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS IGGY AZALEA WINS BEST HIP HOP ALBUM
    AUDIO: 2014 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS BRANTLY GILBERT WINS COUNTRY ALBUM
    AUDIO: 2014 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER WINS NEW ARTIST
    AUDIO: AMAS 2014 - 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER'S LUKE HEMMINGS ON OPENING FOR ONE DIRECTION
    AUDIO: AMAS 2014 - 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER'S LUKE HEMMINGS ON WINNING FIRST AMA
    AUDIO: AMAS 2014 - BRANTLEY GILBERT ON SPOTIFY ISSUE
    AUDIO: AMAS 2014 - BRANTLEY GILBERT ON WHO HE FORGOT TO THANK
    AUDIO: AMAS 2014 - IMAGINE DRAGONS' DAN REYNOLDS ON THEIR SECOND ALBUM
    AUDIO: AMAS 2014 - LUKE BRYAN ON WHAT MUSIC HE WOULD MAKE IF NOT COUNTRY
    AUDIO: AMAS 2014 - LUKE BRYAN ON WINNING FAVORITE MALE COUNTRY ARTIST FOR THIRD TIME
    AUDIO: AMAS 2014 - NE-YO ON PERFORMING WITH PITBULL
    AUDIO: AMAS 2014 - WYCLEF JEAN ON HIS PERFORMANCE
    AUDIO: AMAS 2014 - WYCLEF JEAN ON IF THE FUGEES MADE ANOTHER ALBUM

  • REPORT: SCARLETT JOHANSSON HAD A SECRET WEDDING

    Scarlett Johansson may have secretly tied the knot to fiancé Romain Dauriac. According to E! Online, there are rumors circulating that the couple has already exchanged vows after Scarlett was spotted at event on Thursday (November 20th) wearing new bling on her ring finger.

    The new mom attended the event with her twin brother, Hunter, and was spotted wearing a gold ring in addition to the engagement ring she's been wearing since Romain proposed last year. Scarlett was also recently seen looking at houses for her new family in the Los Feliz Hills area of L.A.

    • She discussed the idea of marrying again after her divorce from Ryan Reynolds in the May issue of Glamour saying, "I feel I know now more of what I need in a relationship, what I want in a relationship. And I know I have more tools to communicate, not just with my partner, but with myself. That's not necessarily any reflection of who I was married to or what was happening in my marriage, but really where I was in my life."
    • Scarlett and Romain are parents to Rose Dorothy who was born back in September.

  • WEEKEND MOVIE WRAP-UP

    Fans of the Hunger Games series helped boost Mockingjay Part I to become the highest grossing movie of 2014 so far. The third installment of the series raked in around $124 million over the weekend.

    Despite the big box office numbers, Mockingjay failed to surpass the opening weekends earned by the first two movies -- Hunger Games and Catching Fire. Catching Fire brought in $158 million last year and the first movie nabbed $152.5 million.

    • Last weekend's top earner, Dumb and Dumber To, fell into fourth place while Big Hero 6 and Interstellar held onto second and third place.
    • Gone Girl also managed to stay in fifth place by adding $2.8 million to its overall gross.

    THIS WEEKEND'S TOP TEN MOVIES -- NOVEMBER 21 - NOVEMBER 23

    1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part I, $124.8M
    2. Big Hero 6, $20M
    3. Interstellar, $15M
    4. Dumb and Dumber To, $14M
    5. Gone Girl, $2.8M
    6. Beyond the Lights, $2.6M
    7. St. Vincent, $2.28M
    8. Fury, $1.89M
    9. Birdman, $1.86M
    10. The Theory Of Everything, $1.5M

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