Everyone's Watching the Olympics

Today in showbiz news: The Olympics are doing quite well in the ratings, Michael Douglas and Matt Damon are in love, and the VMA nominations are finally, finally here.

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It doesn't seem that spoilers have had much effect on Olympics viewership, as TV ratings for the London Games have been pretty steady, handily winning each night as favorite events like swimming and gymnastics play out in pre-taped primetime. Some 31.4 million tuned in last night to see the American men choke in the gymnastics team final, but also to see American backstrokers win gold. The broadcast had a huge 10.5 rating/28 share in the all-important 18-49er demo, meaning that the billion dollars spent in ad buys were likely worth it for the advertisers. The ratings are pretty consistent with Beijing and certainly up from 2010's Vancouver Games, as the winter Olympics are always less-watched, sometimes drastically so, than the summer ones. People like figure skating for sure, but luge and ski-jumping? Not so much. There are some thirteen Olympics days left, so we'll have to see if NBC can keep it up. Swimming and gymnastics will be done soon, but there's still all the track and field coming next week. Oh, and, in other ratings news, ABC's The Bachelor spinoff Bachelor Pad earned its lowest ratings ever last night, further proof that the Olympics do a lot of good work. [The Wrap]

Someone's gone and snapped a photo of Michael Douglas and Matt Damon on the set of their Liberace biopic, and they look very silly. Douglas is in a pompadour wig and funny glasses and Matt Damon has Kristy McNichol's hair from Little Darlings. They're, y'know, just two grown men at work, in their wigs and funny clothes, being in love and all that. (Oh, yeah, Damon plays Liberace's lover in the film.) Just two men with wives and kids, putting on their wigs and setting off to another day at the office. Have at it, gents! [Deadline]

MTV has announced the nominees for the 2012 Video Music Awards and Rihanna and Drake dominate. They each earned five nominations, sharing some for their duet "Take Care." That video is up for the big award, Best Video of the Year, alongside Rihanna's solo effort "We Found Love" (a very pretty song and video), Gotye's artsy "Somebody That I Used to Know," M.I.A.'s rousing "Bad Girls," and Katy Perry's dopey fantasia "Wide Awake." The Best New Artist category offered few surprises, with sensations Frank Ocean, Carly Rae Jepsen, fun., The Wanted, and of course One Direction earning nods. For some reason this video was completely shut out of the nominations. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Oh no, Emma Stone. No no no. Run! Back away slowly at first, but then run! Go! Save yourself! Cameron Crowe is trying to put her in a movie and that should not happen, not to anyone, not these days. Emma, you could end up like Kirsten Dunst in Elizabethtown! Have you seen Kirsten Dunst in Elizabethtown?? It is not good! Not good at all. Don't, Emma. Don't do it. You're a young woman. This is not the 1990s. This is now. So run. Run until your legs can't run any more. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Here's a new, full-length trailer for the new James Bond movie Skyfall. It looks sleek and serious and sexy and kinda great, right? It's exciting that they're giving Judi Dench's M such prominence, isn't it? And that the great, underworked Naomie Harris is in it. And the action scenes look thrilling! Maybe Sam Mendes really can direct an action picture. We just like the look of this. That's really all there is to say. Excitement abounds. Let's all have a martini.

And here's a trailer for The Big Wedding, a romantic-ish comedy starring Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton as a divorced couple that has to pretend they're married to appease their future son-in-law's deeply Catholic mother. Susan Sarandon plays De Niro's current main squeeze who is none-too-pleased with the whole charade. And there's Katherine Heigl and Topher Grace playing siblings, which is basically like if there were two demon offspring in The Omen. (We kid, we kid. Sort of.) Amanda Seyfried and the dreamy Ben Barnes play the young couple and then there's Robin Williams as a priest running Pre-Cana. So wait. Is this just a sequel to License to Wed? Good god, have they gone and tricked us and slipped a License to Wed sequel past the censors? How did we let this happen? We've all let each other down. We've all failed.

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