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Hayden Panettiere and New Boyfriend Brian Hickerson Enjoy a Date Night at Movie Premiere(8/17/18) Hayden Panettiere has found happiness after her breakup.
The Nashville star and her new boyfriend, Brian Hickerson, enjoyed a night out on the town when they went to the Los Angeles premiere for the film Breaking and Exiting. Hayden could hardly contain her joy on their date night, with a source telling E! News, "Hayden was non-stop glowing with excitement. She looked really happy in general, and her and Brian were very cute while sitting together."
Just two weeks ago, news broke of the actress' split from former boxer Wladimir Klitschko, after which she promptly started dating the aspiring actor. But an insider says, "She definitely was not trying to hide the fact that she has a new boyfriend, and it seemed like everyone in her group of friends got along with him as well."
That being said, the source added, "They were not over-the-top affectionate, but everyone could tell they were a couple."
During the screening of the movie, "Her and Brian were sitting with a group of friends in the back of the theatre and she was laughing, smiling together."
Afterwards, the duo and their friends headed over to HYDE Sunset for the film's after party. With Hickerson by her side, Panettiere chatted and posed for pictures with the movie's director, Peter Facinelli, before introducing her beau to other party attendees. The source said, "Hayden was very social and was in a great mood."
Her positive attitude following her breakup from her boyfriend of nine years is no surprise considering the fact that the 28-year-old and her ex split amicably. "Hayden and Wladimir are on great terms and friendly. They are a big part of each other's lives and will continue to be. Hayden is back in Los Angeles and figuring out what's next," a source previously told E! News.
Meanwhile, the insider says her 3-year-old daughter, Kaya, is staying "with her dad and his family in Europe and Florida. They also spend time together as a family with Hayden."
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Hayden Panettiere selling home amid Wladimir split rumors(8/9/18) Now that her show “Nashville” has sung its final note, actress Hayden Panettiere is ready to move on. She’s listed her luxury home in Nashville, Tenn., for $1.6 million.
Located in the fancy Green Hills neighborhood, the house was built in 2012 and is relatively modest by celeb standards. Just under 5,000 square feet, it has four bedrooms and five bathrooms. What it lacks in grand spaces it makes up for with a show-stopping interior. Each room is uniquely styled — and could appear right at home on a Hollywood set or a Pinterest board.
According to a recent tour of the house provided by Panettiere, the dining room was designed with the motif of being underwater, topped with a light fixture that looks like a sea urchin. Another highlight is daughter Kaya’s paisley and pink room.
The house has the latest smart features, including iPad-controlled functions and Lutron lighting and audio. There’s also plenty of luxe amenities such as a heated pool and spa, sauna and fitness rooms.
Panettiere appears to be in a period of flux. Her show “Nashville” just aired its finale last month. She’s also rumored to be splitting with her fiance, Ukranian boxer Wladimir Klitschko, who’s Kaya’s father. E! recently reported a sighting of Panettiere with aspiring actor Brian Hickerson around Los Angeles.
“Think there are a lot of changes going on in her life. But I think they’re positive changes. And I think that she’s taking some time,” her mom, Lesley Vogel, told Radar, confirming Panettiere’s split from Klitschko.
Hayden Panettiere splits from boxer fiance(8/3/18) Hayden Panettiere has split from her fiance and baby daddy Wladimir Klitschko, RadarOnline.com can exclusively report.
The Nashville actress’ mother Lesley Vogel confirmed the news in an exclusive interview with Radar.
“Think there are a lot of changes going on in her life. But I think they’re positive changes. And I think that she’s taking some time,” Vogel told Radar.
Vogel also said her daughter, 28, has been taking a “break” from working after her hit show Nashville recently ended after six years.
Amid the split and her show ending, Panettiere has relocated from Nashville to her native Los Angeles, Vogel confirmed.
Panettiere and boxer Klitschko, 42, are still on good terms, and recently took a trip together with their daughter Kaya, 3.
“She just was in Greece with Wlad and her daughter,” Vogel said.
Radar can confirm that fans spotted the former couple together in Greece on July 30.
The co-parents also vacationed together in Barbados earlier this year.
The exes started dating in 2009, and announced their engagement in 2013 — but never tied the knot.
He stood by her through two bouts of rehab for her battle with postpartum depression.
Fortunately, “I think she is in a very good place,” Vogel assured.
Christina Ricci & Jane Krakowski on Match Game(7/29/18) (Video) Tony Danza might be starring in Netflix’s The Good Cop… but he’s not the title character. (Not by a longshot.)
Netflix released the first trailer for the Danza/Josh Groban cop dramedy — which you can watch above — where the former Who’s the Boss star plays Big Tony, a self-described “naughty cop” who barges back into the life of his straight-laced cop son TJ, played by Groban. Dad waltzes in unannounced at a homicide crime scene TJ is working… and brings his much younger girlfriend along to gawk at the body, too.
TJ isn’t exactly thrilled to spend quality time with his pops. When Big Tony crows that he taught his son everything he knows, TJ adds: “Except right from wrong! That, I learned on my own.” Big Tony is a big hit with his former colleagues, though, and he only has the best intentions for his son. He even gets TJ a speaking slot on an ethics panel… by slipping somebody 50 bucks.
The Good Cop — from Monk creator Andy Breckman — debuts on Friday, Sept. 21 on Netflix.
Christina Ricci & Jane Krakowski on Match Game(7/10/18) “309” – A hilarious hour of non-stop BLANK is in store as Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin hosts an all-new episode, THURSDAY, JUNE 28 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand. “Match Game” features four contestants each week vying for the chance to win $25,000 as they attempt to match the answers of six celebrities in a game of fill-in-the-missing-blank. “Match Game” is produced by FremantleMedia North America.
Celebrity panelists for June 28:
Joining the celebrity panelists are contestants Star Mitchell (hometown: Akron, Ohio), Amanda Morris (hometown: Merrimack, New Hampshire), Chris Capuano (hometown: Queens, New York) and Kristy D’Amelio (hometown: Sparta, New Jersey).
Executive producers include Alec Baldwin, FMNA’s Jennifer Mullin, Scott St. John and Mallory Schwartz.
Taye Diggs on The 100,000 Pyramid(7/10/18) The Pyramid is back! As part of ABC’s “Sunday Fun & Games,” the Emmy Award®-winning pop-culture phenomenon is reimagined and better than ever with a cast of all-star celebrities who take center stage and partner with contestants from across the country with hopes of making it to the winner’s circle and the ultimate prize of $100,000. “The $100,000 Pyramid” airs SUNDAY, JULY 29 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
This week’s hour-long episode features two separate celebrity couples. First up, Leslie Jones (“Saturday Night Live”) competes against actor Taye Diggs. Next, the stars of “Barely Famous,” Sara and Erin Foster, compete with hopes of making it to the winner’s circle and the ultimate prize of $100,000.
“The $100,000 Pyramid” is the timeless word association game in which two celebrities and their partners face off in a race against the clock to make it to the winner’s circle and take home $100,000. “Good Morning America”’s Michel Strahan hosts “The $100,000 Pyramid.”
Why Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi love divorce rumors(6/28/18) Most celebrities loathe tabloid attention, but Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi embrace it, to a degree — because it means their same-sex marriage is viewed as normal.
“The divorce rumors came and then we really knew the perceptions had changed,” the actress, 45, told Us Weekly on Wednesday. “I’m not kidding. I know it sounds ridiculous, but when that started happening I thought, ‘Oh, now we’re finally accepted.’ We get the same s–t as every celebrity couple.”
“I thought, ‘Wow, this is great that I’m pregnant, not pregnant, divorced, not divorced,’ whatever,” she continued. “That means there is an acceptance for this.”
The “Arrested Development” star and DeGeneres tied the knot in 2008 and have been going strong ever since.
Still, despite not minding being the subject of the occasional tall tale, it doesn’t mean the ladies are thrilled with gossip culture as a whole, especially since so much of what they read is inaccurate.
“I was at a newsstand … and there was a cover of Brad [Pitt] and Jen [Aniston]. I literally just stared at it, and I was like, ‘They haven’t seen each other,’ ” de Rossi scoffed. “‘How is this even a thing? I know for a fact.’ I actually took a picture of it and sent it to Ellen and said, ‘Can you believe this?’ … We avoid it. We don’t care.”
De Niro, Lupita and Pink among 2019 Hollywood Walk of Fame honorees(6/25/18) The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced the Walk of Fame Class of 2019 on Monday.
For film honors, Alan Arkin, Kristen Bell, Daniel Craig, Robert De Niro, Guillermo del Toro, Anne Hathaway, Lupita Nyong’o, Tyler Perry and Gena Rowlands were selected.
In the television category, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Candice Bergen, Guy Fieri, Terrence Howard, Stacy Keach, Sid and Marty Krofft, Lucy Liu, Mandy Moore, Dianne Wiest and Julia Child (posthumously) will receive stars along Hollywood Boulevard.
Recipients in the recording group include Michael Bublé, Cypress Hill, the Lettermen, Faith Hill, Tommy Mottola, Pink and Teddy Riley. Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris will also receive a star together for “Trio,” and Jackie Wilson will be honored posthumously.
Idina Menzel, Cedric the Entertainer, Judith Light and Paul Sorvino will be recognized in the live theater/live performance category.
Television producer and Walk of Famer himself Vin Di Bona, chair of the Walk of Fame Selection Committee this year, revealed the honorees with Leron Gubler, president and CEO for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce as well as the emcee of the Walk of Fame ceremonies.
“The Committee always tries to select a group of talented honorees that appeal in various genres of the entertainment world,” Di Bona said. “I feel the Committee has outdone themselves and I know the fans, tourists and the Hollywood community will be pleased with our selections. We are excited to see each and every honoree’s face as they unveil that majestic star on Hollywood’s most famous walkway.”
Dates have not yet been scheduled for the star ceremonies.
Christina Ricci, John Cusack Make Virtual Reality Debut In 360 Degree Experience For Film ‘Distorted’(6/15/18) (Video) Two companies — Minds Eye Entertainment and Sky VR — have produced a scripted, live-action 360 cinematic VR experience tied to the release of the Christina Ricci and John Cusack film Distorted. To get an idea of what this means, click on the trailer above and you will be able to move the footage to see the entire film set (in its narrative form) while the video is playing. The VR drops today and the film releases on June 22nd.
The thriller is just the latest film to have done this and for Ricci and Cusack, it’s their VR debuts. Although this is not the first film to get this kind of treatment, you gotta wonder, how does this all physically work with actors and crew?
Well, first off, the VR portion was shot immediately after director Rob King filmed the live-action portion. The actors, which also included Brendan Fletcher, then re-shot for the VR camera and with more dialogue.
How do you film in 360 degrees with a full crew? “Sometimes it’s a challenge. You do have to hide the crew because the audience can see everything and everywhere,” said one of the VR producers Travis Cloyd. “You have to make sure everyone is hidden so we have people hiding behind walls and whatever our natural sets allow.”
Cloyd said they used 16, synchronized GoPro Hero4s filmed with the GoPro Odyssey and under Jump, which is Google’s professional VR video program.
The result is pretty darn cool. If you click here and above, you will be able to move the entire trailer around 360 degrees.
Cloyd has shot multiple films the 360 format, including The Recall with Wesley Snipes and The Humanity Bureau with Nicolas Cage. “I feel like it’s an amazing vertical and opportunity for anyone in this medium because it’s the first time in 100 years that the canvas has changed. With the 360 degree format, you can tell more stories and more of the story.”
The VR experience was written and directed by King (the live-action director) and produced by Josh Courtney, Cloyd, Kevin DeWalt, Danielle Masters and Rob Bryanton.
Distorted Reality is a 10-minute film that is going to be distributed through OneTouch VR on Google Daydream, Oculus Go and Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, and iOs. It will also be available in stereo 3D on various platforms like the Littlstar app on Sony’s’ Playstation VR.
“We’re excited to be one of the only groups facilitating A-list film star debuts in VR, and we hope that others will follow,” said Cloyd, who would not comment on the budget other to say, “it was done at a very good price.”
Bridgegate Pictures Corp., Invico Capital and Talking Dog Studios also brought the VR portion to life and it was made possible through the Creative Saskatchewan Screen-Based Media Production Grant Program with participation of the Province of British Columbia Production Services Tax Credit Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit.
Lucy Liu, Thomas Sadoski To Star In ‘The Last Weekend In May’ For Director Matthew Lillard(6/15/18) Lucy Liu and Thomas Sadoski (Life in Pieces) have signed on to lead the cast for director Matthew Lillard’s upcoming romance/drama, The Last Weekend in May. The project mark’s the helmer’s feature directorial follow-up to Fat Kid Rules the World which took home the SXSW Audience Award in 2012.
Producing the feature film is Gabriela Revilla Lugo (The Tribes of Palos Verdes) of Revek Entertainment and Andrew Carlberg (Sun Dogs). Ellen Wander of Film Bridge International will handle financing and worldwide rights to the film.
The film will start production early next year in Liu’s hiatus from the popular CBS TV series Elementary.
Scripted by Jeffrey W. Ruggles, The Last Weekend in May tells the story of Paul and Leah, two people caught in the throes of an extramarital affair. Knowing that the situation is untenable, they decide to rent a house and turn their backs on “real life” one last time before they call it quits. As the weekend progresses, Paul reveals, unbeknownst to Leah, he has left his wife, rented a home and started his life new. His plan for the weekend was to convince Leah, she should do the same so they can build a future together. No decision is easy when love is in mix, and Leah wrestles with her love for Paul and the potential of their life together vs. the husband she has now.
“We are so thrilled to bring this special and intimate story to life alongside such an amazing and talented group of creatives” stated Lugo and Carlberg in a statement.
Liu’s other credits include The Man With The Iron Fists (co-starring Russell Crowe, directed by THE RZA), Charlie’s Angels and Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2, Lucky Number Slevin as well as the Oscar winning Chicago.
She can next be seen in Set It Up, which co-stars Taye Diggs, Glenn Powell and Zoey Deutch and directed by Claire Scanlon which streams this summer on Netflix.
Sadoski currently stars on the hit CBS comedy series Life in Pieces and portrayed the role of Don Keefer on HBO’s Aaron Sorkin series The Newsroom. But the previously Emmy-nominated actor (Reasons to Be Pretty) has a number of other television and film credits. Those include the NBC mini-series The Slap as well as the features The Last Word, John Wick: Chapter Two, I Smile Back, Wild with Reese Witherspoon, to name a few. He will next star in the independent comedy Mimic, which also co-stars Jake Robinson, Gina Gershon and Jessica Walter.
Lillard, of course, is a veteran of both stage and screen (SL Punk!, Ed Burn’s The Groomsmen, and Alexander Payne’s The Descendants, Scooby-Doo, and the cult horror franchise Scream). His directorial debut was Fat Kid Rules the World.
He has recently worked on the Amazon show Bosch and Showtime’s Twin Peaks, and is currently working on the new NBC drama Good Girls.
Gabriela Revilla Lugo is a producer of Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash, which won the Sundance Jury Selection award and took home several Academy Awards. Lugo also produced Warner Bros. and Blumhouse’s, The Gallows. She oversaw Summer Forever, helmed by director Roman White, which was distributed by Disney’s Makers Studio.
In 2016, Lugo was the executive producer of The Tribes of Palos Verdes, staring Jennifer Garner as well as Forest Whitaker, and Tom Wilkinson’s Burden, (both produced by Robbie Brenner of The Dallas Buyers Club). Recently, Lugo was executive producer on the indie Saint Judy staring Michelle Monaghan, Common, Alfred Molina, and Alfre Woodard.
Carlberg is an award-winning feature film, television, new media, Broadway and Los Angeles stage producer who recently produced the film Sun Dogs, which marked the feature directorial debut of Jennifer Morrison and premiered at the 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival; it was released on Netflix in April 2018. Other recent and upcoming film work includes the 2018 Official Sundance Selection The Blazing World and the feature film Accommodations, premiering this month.
Liu is repped by ICM, Framework Entertainment, and Schreck Rose Dapello Adams Berlin & Dunham. Sadoski is repped by UTA and Industry Entertainment. Lillard is repped by Paradigm, and Linings Entertainment. Carlberg is repped by Nelson Davis. Lugo is repped by UTA.
Black Monday: '80s Wall Street Satire Starring Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells and Regina Hall Snags 10-Episode Showtime Series Order(6/15/18) Showtime’s Wall Street-set comedy Black Monday is indexing high: The bullish cabler has handed a 10-episode order to the ’80s-set satire, which stars Don Cheadle (House of Lies), Andrew Rannells (Girls) and Regina Hall (Girls Trip).
The project — which was previously titled Ball Street — promises to answer the decades-old question: What caused the worst stock market crash in the history of Wall Street on October 19, 1987? Per the logline, “It’s the story of how a group of outsiders took on the blue-blood, old-boys club of Wall Street and ended up crashing the world’s largest financial system, a Lamborghini limousine, Don Henley’s birthday party and the glass ceiling.”
Happy Endings creator David Caspe and frequent collaborator Jordan Cahan (Marry Me) serve as EPs and showrunners. Preacher duo Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are also EPs.
The cast also includes Paul Scheer (The League), Yassir Lester (Making History), Michael James Scott (Aladdin on Broadway) and Eugene Cordero (Kong: Skull Island),. Happy Endings‘ Casey Wilson and Wet Hot American Summer‘s Ken Marino will recur.
“Black Monday is a scathing comic commentary on the excess of the ’80s,” Showtime president David Nevins said. “Don, Andrew and Regina lead a hilarious cast that takes on blue-blooded Wall Street as the Bad News Bears of Wall Street trading firms.”
Family Feud: Jeff Dunham vs. Ming-Na Wen and Taye Diggs vs. Caroline Rhea (7/8)(6/15/18) “Jeff Dunham vs. Ming-Na Wen and Taye Diggs vs. Caroline Rhea” – The celebrity teams competing to win cash for their charities feature comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham and actress Ming-Na Wen (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Mulan”). In a separate game, family members of actor Taye Diggs and actress Caroline Rhea (“Caroline and Friends”) will compete on an all-new episode, SUNDAY, JULY 8 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
Steve Harvey, the highly popular stand-up comedian, actor, author and Emmy® Award-winning game show host, will pit celebrities and their families against each other in a contest to name the most popular responses to a survey-type question posed to 100 people.
The celebrity teams who will try to guess what the “survey said” are:
Jeff Dunham – comedian and ventriloquist; playing for Baby2Baby
Makenna Paige Dunham – daughter
Ming-Na Wen – actress known for “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Mulan”; playing for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Eric Zee – husband
In another game of “Celebrity Family Feud,” the two contesting teams are:
Taye Diggs – actor; playing for FosterMore
Marcia Berry – mother
Caroline Rhea – actress known for “Caroline and Friends”; playing for Hopeland
Cynthia Rhea – sister
Taye Diggs: I was wrongly fired for stealing from an ice cream parlor(6/14/18) Taye Diggs was once fired after he was wrongly accused of stealing — and he’s still mad about it.
Diggs, who stars in the comedy “Set It Up,” told Page Six: “I got fired from this ice cream place in Rochester, [NY].”
He added at the Netflix premiere, “[The owners] said I stole money from them. They knew I didn’t, but they fired me anyway. I wish I could remember their names. I was on the register and they blamed it on me.”
He fumed, “Damn, you made me mad just now!”
Taye Diggs’ son doesn’t want him to have a girlfriend(6/13/18) There might be no bond stronger than the one shared by father and son.
But Taye Diggs says his relationship with his and ex-wife Idina Menzel‘s 8-year-old son, Walker, is really unique.
“He is now getting kind of more candid and honest,” Diggs, 47, told People. “He said the other day that he doesn’t want me to have a girlfriend. He said, ‘I want you to myself.’”
“Then he said, ‘Is that okay to say dad?’” the actor recalled. “I was like, ‘Yeah man! I want you to be able to tell me anything. Okay I get that.’”
Diggs and Menzel, 47, split in 2014 after 11 years of marriage. In 2017, Menzel remarried to Aaron Lohr.
Kimmy Schmidt's Final Episodes(6/1/18) Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt‘s journey won’t come to an end until next year: Netflix has announced that the second half of the comedy’s fourth and final season will debut on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019.
The show’s last six episodes may be followed up by a movie to wrap up any loose ends, it was reported earlier this month.
The first half of Kimmy‘s fourth season hit the streaming service on Wednesday.
Arrested Development Season 5(5/18/18) The first half of Arrested Development Season 5 will debut Tuesday, May 29 on Netflix, while the second half will be available at a TBA date.
Portia De Rossi confirms she's quit acting on 'Ellen'(5/18/18) Portia De Rossi has confirmed that she has retired from acting.
The Australian actress rose to fame after landing the role of Nelle Porter in legal drama series Ally McBeal and later appeared in TV shows such as Arrested Development, Nip/Tuck and Scandal.
While Portia will be seen in five episodes of the upcoming season five of Arrested Development, she disclosed during an interview with her wife on her TV show The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday that she would no longer be concentrating on her Hollywood career.
“You aren’t a big fan of doing press and talk shows, so thank you for being here,” Ellen told her spouse of nearly 10 years. “She really doesn’t. That’s why she actually quit acting. She decided you didn’t want to do anything more with acting and got off of Scandal.”
Portia then went on to explain that she made the decision about a year and a half ago, when Shonda Rhimes decided to cut her character from political thriller series Scandal.
“I was approaching 45 and I was just wondering was there something that I could tackle now that I’ve never done before that would be very challenging and different. I kind of knew what acting would look like for me for the next 10, 20 years, so I decided to quit and start a business,” the star shared, adding that while she tried to explain her decision to Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz at the time, he had other plans for her.
“I called Mitch Hurwitz, who is the creator of Arrested Development, and I said, ‘If there’s a season five, I won’t be doing it because I quit acting.’ And he seemed really understanding and he totally got it – we had a great conversation. And then he wrote me into five episodes! Don’t know how it happened.”
Portia is now focusing on developing her new business, an art venture named General Public, in which she collaborates with artists to create their original works as Synographs, or textured prints, and sells them online direct to consumers.
‘Westworld’ star James Marsden talks ‘scary and sad’ divorce(5/18/18) James Marsden considered himself a lucky and privileged guy — until he and his ex-wife Lisa Linde split up.
“Being a white male, you’re born with certain unearned privileges,” he told Men’s Health. “My life hasn’t been filled with sorrow and deep struggle. When the divorce happened, it was the first time I felt I lost my equilibrium.”
The “Westworld” actor married Linde in 2000, but they divorced in 2011 citing irreconcilable differences. They share two children together, a boy and a girl.
“It was scary and sad and made me pull everything into focus,” Marsden said. “I needed to focus on what was important.”
As hard as the experience may have been, there was also a lot to be gained from it.
“I know regrets can be a catalyst for good things,” he said. “Not to talk like a Hallmark card, but it’s true.”
Marsden eventually moved on with Rose Costa, with whom he shares a son. He’s currently dating British singer Edei.
Robert Downey Jr. To Topline A.I. Docuseries For YouTube(5/15/18) YouTube will explore the world of artificial intelligence in a new docuseries, from Team Downey’s Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey, Network Entertainment and Sonar Entertainment. The eight-episode hourlong series will premiere exclusively on YouTube Red in 2019.
Downey Jr. will host and narrate the Untitled A.I. Series, which will feature researchers and leading experts in science, philosophy, technology, engineering, medicine, futurism, entertainment and the arts sharing their perspectives on A.I. The series will explore the impact of A.I. and how it is transforming the way we live and work — both now and in the future.
The Downeys will executive produce with Team Downey’s Emily Ford. The production company’s Evan Moore will oversee the project. Sonar’s Jenna Santoianni and Tom Lesinski also will executive produce. Network Entertainment’s Derik Murray and Paul Gertz will produce the series.
“We are excited to be in business with the smart creative minds behind this innovative new series,” said Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content, YouTube. “There is so much to discover, and this series will take us on a fascinating journey as we explore the exciting developments in the world of A.I. and glimpse into the future.”
“Robert and I share a curiosity for A.I., a complicated and often polarizing subject. Our aim is to explore A.I. through a lens of objectivity and accessibility, in a thoroughly bold, splashy, and entertaining way. We’re thrilled to bring this project to life along with Network Entertainment, Sonar, and YouTube Red,” said Susan Downey.
Downey is represented by CAA and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller, L.L.P. Network Entertainment is repped by UTA.
Obie Awards Set Andrew Garfield, Laura Benanti, Lucy Liu, Matthew Broderick As Presenters(5/15/18) Heather Hitchens, President and CEO of The American Theatre Wing and Peter Barbey, President and CEO of The Village Voice announce today the lineup of presenters at the 63rd Annual Obie Awards. The ceremony will take place May 21 at Terminal 5 in New York City.
This year’s presenters include Academy Award and two-time Tony Award nominee Andrew Garfield, Emmy Award nominee Lucy Liu, as well as two-time Tony Award and Obie Award winner Matthew Broderick. Other presenters include Oliver Platt, Laura Benanti, Laura Osnes, Beth Malone, David Morse, Itamar Moses, Arian Moayed, William Ivey Long, Natasha Katz, David Henry Hwang, David Zinn, Emilio Sosa, Lilli Cooper, and Pixie Aventura. Hitchens and Barbey will also present along with Chair of the Obie Judges Michael Feingold.
Emmy and Obie-winning actor John Leguizamo will serve as this year’s Obie Awards. Tony Award-nominated and three-time Obie Award-winning actress Kathleen Chalfant will receive a special Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Elementary Renewed at CBS(5/12/18) Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson have not solved their last case.
CBS has renewed the long-running drama Elementary for Season 7.
The show kicked off Season 6 just two weeks ago. Its opener drew 4.7 million viewers and an 0.6 demo rating — up slightly from its Season 5 finale. Although far from a ratings powerhouse, the show is a a huge international player for CBS.
The sixth season is currently airing Mondays at 10/9c.
Netflix Lands Stephen King & Joe Hill Novella ‘In The Tall Grass’ With James Marsden, Helmer Vincenzo Natali(5/9/18) Despite its absence from the official film program here at the Cannes Film Festival, Netflix continues to move forward in its feature slate building. A deal has closed for In The Tall Grass, a novella written by Stephen King and his son and fellow bestselling horror author Joe Hill. Westworld‘s James Marsden is in negotiations to star, and Vincenzo Natali is adapting to direct. Natali is best known for helming Cube and Splice.
The logline: after hearing a young boy’s cry for help, a sister and brother venture into a vast field of grass in Kansas but soon discover that there may be no way out.
The film will be produced by Splice‘s Steve Hoban, Jimmy Miller at Mosaic, and M. Riley. Miller and Riley produced The Lazarus Effect.
The film will begin production this summer in Toronto. This becomes the third Netflix film with the horror maestro King, following Gerald’s Game and 1922.
Paradigm reps King and negotiated on behalf of the producers. Natali and Marsden are repped by CAA. Mardsen is also repped by Authentic.
‘True Detective’: Josh Hopkins, Jodi Balfour Set To Recur In Season 3 Of HBO Series(5/9/18) Quantico alum Josh Hopkins and Jodi Balfour (The Crown) are set to recur, along with Lonnie Chavis (This Is Us), in the third season of Nic Pizzolatto’s HBO crime anthology series True Detective.
Starring Mahershala Ali, Carmen Ejogo, Stephen Dorff, Scoot McNairy, Mamie Gummer and Ray Fisher, the next installment tells the story of a macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks, and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.
Hopkins will play Jim Dobkins, a private attorney in Fayetteville, Arkansas involved in deposing state police detectives in an ongoing investigation. Balfour will play Lori, long-term love interest to Det. Roland West. Chavis will play Wayne Hays’ (Ali) son at age 9.
They join previously announced recurring cast Michael Greyeyes, Jon Tenney, Rhys Wakefield, Sarah Gadon, Emily Nelson, Brandon Flynn and Michael Graziadei.
As with the breakout original installment of True Detective, Pizzolatto is the sole writer of the third season with the exception of Episode 4, which he co-wrote with David Milch. Daniel Sackheim directs alongside Pizzolatto, who will make his directorial debut. Jeremy Saulnier directed the first two episodes.
Pizzolatto, who also serves as showrunner, executive produces with Saulnier and returning executive producers Scott Stephens; Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, who toplined Season 1; Cary Joji Fukunaga, who directed Season 1; along with Scott Stephens, Steve Golin, Bard Dorros and Richard Brown.
Hopkins played the series regular role of Liam O’Connor in the first season of ABC’s Quantico and before that starred as Grayson Ellis in Cougar Town. He’s repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
Balfour, who received critical praise for her guest role as Jackie Kennedy in Netflix’s The Crown, currently stars as the female lead in BBC1/Cinemax limited series Rellik opposite Richard Dormer. She’s repped by APA, Sanders Armstrong Caserta Management and Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown.
Chavis recurs as Randall in NBC’s breakout drama This Is Us and played Trevor in White Famous, among other credits. He’s repped by Randy James Management and Eris Talent Agency.
Robert Downey Jr. set to reprise role in 'Sherlock Holmes 3'(5/9/18) Nearly seven years after “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” hit theatres, Warner Bros. Pictures says a third installment of the “Sherlock Holmes” franchise is coming in 2020.
The studio said Monday that Robert Downey Jr. will reprise his role as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famed detective alongside Jude Law as his counterpart Watson.
“Sherlock Homes” was a box office hit for the studio when it was released in 2009, just one year after Downey Jr. also made his debut as Iron Man. A sequel quickly followed in 2011. Combined, the first two films grossed north of $1 billion. Both were directed by Guy Ritchie.
A director has yet to be announced for “Sherlock Holmes 3,” however. The film is dated for a Christmas 2020 release.
Kimmy Schmidt Ending With Season 4; Finale Movie in the Works — Report(5/4/18) Kimmy Schmidt has apparently reached her breaking point.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt will end its run on Netflix after its fourth season, TVLine’s sister site Deadline reports, with a finale movie in the works to wrap up any loose ends.
The movie will reportedly be written by Kimmy co-creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock following production on Season 4, which releases its first six (of 13) episodes on Wednesday, May 30. (The second half arrives later this year.)
TVLine has reached out to Netflix for comment.
Are you ready to say goodbye to Kimmy and the gang (keeping in mind that you still have a season and a potential movie left to enjoy)?
Kimmy Schmidt Gets a New Job (and Song!) in Season 4 Premiere — Watch(5/4/18) (Video) Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is no longer unemployable.
Netflix has released a first look at the opening minutes of the comedy’s Season 4 premiere (debuting Wednesday, May 30), and in it, Ellie Kemper’s Kimmy is starting her first day at work to the tune of an energetic, Mary Tyler Moore-style theme song — sung by co-star Jane Krakowski, naturally. Kimmy even tosses her hat in the air, just like Mary Richards… but alas, it gets stuck in a tree, along with a dozen others.
Kimmy’s the new HR manager at Giztoob, a hip tech start-up where she hands out unwanted high-fives and hugs to her fellow co-workers — including a robot named C.H.E.R.Y.L. But her job isn’t easy: Her boss Zach informs her she’ll have to fire an employee for being late — and fix that scratchy record player, while she’s at it.
Jacki Weaver, Taye Diggs, Lucy Liu To Star In Drag Queen Comedy ‘Stage Mother’(5/1/18) Jacki Weaver (Silver Lining’s Playbook), Taye Diggs (Chicago) and Lucy Liu (Charlie’s Angels) are to lead cast in comedy Stage Mother, set in the drag queen world of San Francisco. Currently in pre-produciton, Film Mode, which handles world sales, will be shopping the movie in Cannes with shoot is due to get underway in Canada later this year.
Canadian director Thom Fitzgerald (Cloudburst) is helming the movie penned by San Francisco screenwriter Brad Hennig (The Hot Flashes). The cute story follows a conservative Texas church-choir director who inherits her recently deceased son’s San Francisco drag club. Following her heart, she surprises her closed-minded husband and everyone else she knows by moving on her own from Texas to San Francisco save the club from bankruptcy. In this raucous, racy new environment, she begins to open up and find new meaning for her life, even becoming a mother figure to the club’s flamboyant performers, until a surprise visit threatens to upend her new life.
J. Todd Harris is producing for Branded Pictures Entertainment alongside Idiot Savant’s Anne Clements, 4K Productions’ Laurie Lacob and Emotion Pictures’ Doug Pettigrew. Executive Producers are Clay Epstein, Brad Hennig and Thom Fitzgerald.
“Stage Mother has the sharp balance of humor and drama that characterize a number of films that focus on mature protagonists in unexpected new surroundings, like The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel or Shirley Valentine, and especially those that focus on conservative straight characters coming to embrace the LGBTQcommunity, as in Pride and Kinky Boots,” Fitzgerald said.
Weaver is repped by ICM Partners and Elevate Management, Diggs by ICM Partners and Authentic Management and Liu by ICM Partners, Framework and Untitled.
Jane Krakowski Guest Stars on Modern Family(5/1/18) “Clash of Swords” – Mitchell sneaks out to “Hero-Con” with fanboy Phil, dressed as their favorite characters from the show “Clash of Swords.” It’s great until Phil commits the ultimate fan faux pas. In a clash of another kind, Gloria’s dinosaur party for Joe is ruined when her nemesis, Dr. Donna Duncan (Jane Krakowski), upstages her with a far bigger and better party right next door, on the season finale of “Modern Family,” WEDNESDAY, MAY 16 (9:00–9:31 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
“Modern Family” stars Ed O’Neill as Jay Pritchett, Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy, Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy, Sofia Vergara as Gloria Pritchett, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett, Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker, Sarah Hyland as Haley Dunphy, Nolan Gould as Luke Dunphy, Ariel Winter as Alex Dunphy, Rico Rodriguez as Manny Delgado, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons as Lily Tucker-Pritchett and Jeremy Maguire as Joe Pritchett.
Guest starring are Jane Krakowski as Dr. Donna Duncan, Christian Barillas as Ronaldo, Ben Schwartz as Nick and Dylan Bay Kleckner as Cal.
Michelle Pfeiffer and David E. Kelly list Bay Area home for $29.5M(4/17/18) Actress Michelle Pfeiffer and her husband, TV producer David E. Kelley, have listed their purr-fect Woodside, CA, estate for $29.5 million, according to W magazine.
The couple purchased the place in 2004 for $12 million, according to property records. Located about 30 miles south of San Francisco, the exclusive enclave is one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s wealthiest communities, and residents include Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison and finance guru Charles Schwab.
Pfeiffer’s equestrian property on 8.67 acres features a Spanish-style main house with four bedrooms, 4.5 baths and 6,379 square feet of living space. The main level includes a great room with multiple seating areas plus an elevated media/library area, and three sets of French doors that open to the main terrace.
All the bedrooms are on the main floor, including a “luxurious” master suite complete with sitting area and private rooftop deck, two walk-in closets and a marble bath with steam shower for two.
The spread also features three studio apartments, a gym plus a separate office and a detached office or guesthouse.
The manicured grounds feature an array of outdoor pursuits, including a gated pool and spa and tennis court. The main terrace has a fireplace and cedar hot tub.
If you have a green thumb you’ll appreciate the apple orchard, three fenced and covered vegetable beds, natural grasses, meadows and a formal lawn. For equine pursuits, there’s a historic octagonal barn from 1925 with 10 stalls as well as a fenced paddock.
The serene space is one more home the couple appear to be shedding. The two were rumored to have listed a 340-acre, waterfront property for $28.8 million in British Columbia that’s accessible only by boat.
The 59-year-old has been enjoying a resurgence in her acting career of late. Along with the recent films “Mother!” and “Murder on the Orient Express,” the Oscar-nominated actress also stars in the upcoming Marvel film “Ant-Man and the Wasp.”
Jane Krakowski & Tituss Burgess Set To Announce Drama Desk Award Nominations(4/15/18) Bon Jovi reunited onstage with former members for a powerful performance celebrating its admission into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and the late icon Nina Simone was welcomed to the prestigious music club with show-stopping performances from Lauryn Hill and Andra Day.
Bon Jovi’s portion of the four-hour-plus event ran an hour-long Saturday night, with Jon Boni Jovi giving a lengthy 20-minute speech onstage. He said he had been writing the speech for years.
“Some days I write the ‘Thank you’ speech, sometimes I write the ‘(Expletive) you’ speech,” he said. “In the end, it’s all about time. It took a lot of people to get us here tonight.”
Richie Sambora, who left the New Jersey band in 2013, and Alec John Such, who left in 1994, embraced their former bandmates with a hug after each one spoke onstage to accept the honor. They performed together, too, singing crowd favorites like “Livin’ on a Prayer,” ?You Give Love a Bad Name” and “It’s My Life.”
They were inducted by Howard Stern, who provided many laughs to the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, where the Rock Hall is based.
Stern joked about Rock Hall co-founder Jann Wenner, questioning why he was qualified to vote on who enters the prominent organization. Stern said the Rolling Stone magazine founder doesn’t play any instruments “but he did start a great magazine … and now it’s the size of a pamphlet.”
Simone, who died in 2003, was welcomed into the Rock Hall in a groundbreaking way from performers who she has deeply inspired, from Hill to Mary J. Blige.
Hill was exceptional, stretching her voice as wide as possible, and singing in French, in honor of Simone’s music. Hill earned a standing ovation from the audience.
Day, a Grammy-nominated R&B singer, was also extraordinary, hitting high notes that also earned her applause. Blige inducted Simone, calling the singer “bold, strong, feisty and fearless.”
“Her voice was so distinctive and powerful and I never heard anything like it,” the R&B superstar said.
Simone was a leader in pushing for civil rights and influenced everyone from Aretha Franklin to Alicia Keys. Her brother, Sam Waymon, accepted the honor on his sister’s behalf.
“They said I had three minutes, I said, ‘No, I don’t.’ I’m going to take the time necessary to say what I got to say,” Waymon said.
Waymon said sharp words during his speech, including lines like, “To all the brothers out there, protect your sisters.” He said he always protected Simone, and continues to do so.
He also told the crowd, “If you’re sampling (Nina’s) music, you better pay for it!”
The 33rd annual Rock Hall ceremony kicked off with a tribute to Tom Petty, who died in October at age 66. The Killers earned a loud applause from the audience when they started performing “American Girl,” then transitioning to “Free Fallin’.”
“Pay some rock ‘n’ roll respect … to the eternal Tom Petty,” frontman Brandon Flowers said, as photos of Petty were displayed in the background.
Later in the event, Ann Wilson of Heart and Jerry Cantrell honored Chris Cornell with a commanding rendition of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun.” Cornell hanged himself in a Detroit hotel hours after a Soundgarden concert there last May.
The Cars and four first-time nominees, including Simone, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, make up the 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame class.
Rock Hall voters have recently opened their hearts to progressive rockers, which benefited “Nights in White Satin” singers The Moody Blues, the last act to be inducted Saturday.
Wilson of Heart said the English rockers “are and have always been a kick ass rock band.”
Another English band, Dire Straits, was inducted at the event, but it was without its leader Mark Knopfler, or his brother David Knopfler. Onstage, Illsley said of Mark’s absence: “I’ll assure you it’s a personal thing. Let’s just leave it at that.”
Illsley thanked the entire band and described the group as “a collective, a brotherhood.” The band did not perform after speaking.
A flawless Brittany Howard, of the critically acclaimed rock act Alabama Shakes, gave an extraordinary Tharpe impression onstage, winning over the audience with her rousing live performance in honor of the godmother of rock ‘n’ roll. Howard was backed by an equally appealing Questlove of The Roots on the drums. Felicia Collins, best known has a member of the band on “Late Show with David Letterman,” also wowed the audience when she performed a tribute to Tharpe.
Tharpe died in 1973 and was a pioneering guitarist who performed gospel music. A video package featuring past interviews from Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin and others praising Tharpe’s musicality aired at the event. Tharpe earned the “Award for Early Influence,” while the other five acts were inducted as performers.
Flowers of the Killers, who has covered The Cars’ songs at his live shows, was ecstatic and energetic as he inducted the band into the Rock Hall, even getting on his knee to hand the members their award as they walked onstage.
The Cars, founded in Boston in 1976 and known for combining New Wave and classic rock sounds, were inducted this year after being nominated twice before. Ric Ocasek paid tribute to bandmate Benjamin Orr, who died in 2000.
“It’s quite strange to be here without him,” Ocasek said.
Elliot Easton also was emotional at the end of his speech when he thanked his mom, who he said was watching from above.
“We did it mom!,” he said, earning cheers from the audience.
Ocasek also earned applause when he namedropped Cleveland: “I lived in Cleveland for a while. It was actually the first place I played music in front of people.”
The event will air May 5 on HBO.
Jane Krakowski & Tituss Burgess Set To Announce Drama Desk Award Nominations(4/10/18) Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt duo Jane Krakowski and Tituss Burgess will announce the nominations for the 63rd Annual Drama Desk Awards on Thursday, April 26, the organization announced today.
The awards ceremony, as previously announced, will be hosted by Michael Urie at Manhattan’s The Town Hall on Sunday, June 3.
“What an honor to have Jane Krakowski and Tituss Burgess announce this year’s Drama Desk Nominations,” said Gretchen Shugart, President of Arts and Culture of AudienceView, parent company of TheaterMania.com, producer of the awards ceremony. “With their unique theatrical backgrounds, we are so pleased that they will be on hand to celebrate the New York theater community.”
The nominations will be announced at 10 a.m. ET on April 26 from Feinstein’s/54 Below and livestreamed on the TheaterMania site. The Drama Desk Awards honor outstanding achievement on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off Broadway.
Jennifer Ehle, Scott Speedman & Gil Bellows Board ‘Run This Town’(4/4/18) Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty), Scott Speedman (Animal Kingdom) and Gil Bellows (Eyewitness) have been cast in the policial drama Run This Town. They join previously announced Ben Platt, Mena Massoud, Nina Dobrev and Damian Lewis, with production is underway in Canada.
Written and directed by Ricky Tollman, the story follows a young journalist (Platt) who is desperate to prove himself and catches wind of a scandal involving a flashy, unpredictable politician with no filter (Lewis). Political aides (Massoud and Dobrev) attempt to keep their boss in check – and the story under wraps – in order to save their jobs.
Producers are Randy Manis and Jonathan Bronfman for JoBro Productions, and Ariella Naymark, while Aqute Media’s Berry Meyerowitz and Jeff Sackman and CounterNarrative Films serve as exec producers. Aqute is financing the film with Telefilm Canada.
Ehle is repped by UTA and Independent Talent Group in the UK. Speedman is also with UTA as well as Anonymous Content. Bellows is a client of Patterson Talent Management and Untitled Entertainment.
David E. Kelley On Steven Bochco’s Death: “A Devastating Loss For Television”(4/3/18) David E. Kelley today is mourning the loss of his mentor Steven Bochco, who died Sunday at 74, calling him “my beacon, my friend.”
In 1986, Kelley was a practicing attorney in Boston when a legal thriller feature screenplay he had written in his spare time, From the Hip, got in the hands of Bochco. The TV showrunner was looking for writers with a legal background for the new NBC series he had co-created, L.A. Law.
Bochco gave Kelley his first TV writing job on the show. Kelley, who kept his Boston law office for the first year just in case writing did not work out, excelled, and Bochco quickly promoted him to executive producer. The two shared three consecutive Best Drama Series Emmys together, two of which were accompanied by writing Emmy trophies for Kelley.
The mentor and the mentee teamed to create together the series Doogie Howser, M.D., which ran from 1989-93 and made Neil Patrick Harris a star.
“A devastating loss. For television,” Kelley said today about the death of Bochco. “For those who loved him and were loved by him. My beacon, my friend. The ground feels different now.”
Robert Downey Jr. Unveils Cast For ‘The Voyage Of Doctor Dolittle’: Octavia Spencer, Marion Cotillard, Kumail Nanjiani & More Joining(3/27/18) On social today, Robert Downey Jr. announced the entire cast for Universal’s live action-animated hybrid The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle which is due out on April 12, 2019. Pic is currently shooting in London.
New to the cast are: Oscar winners Marion Cotillard and Octavia Spencer, Oscar nominee Kumail Nanjiani, Emmy Award winner Rami Malek, Craig Robinson, John Cena, Carmen Ejogo and Frances De La Tour who will all provide voiceovers.
Playing live action roles are Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen, Harry Collett and Jim Broadbent.
Previously announced cast members include Downey, Jr., Ralph Fiennes, Emma Thompson, Tom Holland and Selena Gomez.
The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle is based on the character from the 1920s series of children’s books by Hugh Lofting.
Stephen Gaghan directs from his screenplay, with an earlier draft by Tom Shepherd. Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum produce for their Roth/Kirschenbaum Films alongside Susan Downey for Team Downey. Roth/Kirschenbaum Films has been behind such family blockbusters as Alice In Wonderland, Snow White and the Huntsman, and Maleficent. Susan Downey’s credits include the Sherlock Holmes franchise, The Judge and The Brave One. Executive Vice President Jon Mone and Creative Executive Lexi Barta will oversee production for Universal.
Cotillard is represented CAA and Adequat; Spencer is represented by WME and Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein; Malek is represented by WME, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern, LLP; Robinson is represented by UTA, 3 Arts Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham LLP; Cena is represented by ICM Partners; Nanjiani is represented by UTA, Mosaic and Schreck Rose Dapello & Adams; Ejogo is represented by WME and Anonymous Content; de La Tour is represented by APA, Independent Talent Group in the U.K. and Simmons & Scott Entertainment.
Peter MacNicol on The Big Bang Theory 4/12/18(3/23/18) “The Reclusive Potential” – A brilliant but reclusive scientist, Doctor Wolcott (Peter MacNicol), invites Sheldon to his cabin in the middle of nowhere, and Leonard, Raj and Howard go along for the trip. Also, Penny and Bernadette improvise after Amy doesn’t like the tame bachelorette party they planned for her, on THE BIG BANG THEORY, Thursday, April 12 (8:00-8:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Grey's Anatomy: Hold Back the River (4/5)(3/19/18) “Hold Back the River” – Amelia, Koracick and DeLuca perform a risky, groundbreaking procedure using ultrasound waves to remove a young patient’s brain tumor. Meanwhile, Meredith and Jo work with different polymers to try to salvage their project submission; and Richard’s AA sponsor is admitted to Grey Sloan with a DNR, on “Grey’s Anatomy,” THURSDAY, APRIL 5 (8:00–9:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
Guest starring are Jason George as Ben Warren, Greg Germann as Tom Koracick, Jeanine Jason as Sam Bello, Alex Blue Davis as Casey Parker, Jake Borelli as Levi Schmitt and Jaicy Elliot as Taryn Helm.
“Hold Back the River” was written by Alex Manugian and directed by Geary McLeod.
Lucy Liu Wants to #BringArtBackToSchools After Her Childhood Passion Changed Her Life(3/13/18) Lucy Liu has school art programs to thank for her success as an actress.
The Kill Bill star, 49, tells PEOPLE she mined her creativity by exploring her artistic hobbies at school. Growing up, Liu says, her parents didn’t encourage art in their home. The only time she could explore that side of herself, she says, was in school.
“It actually changed my life completely because since we were so math and science oriented,” she recalls. “When I started to get involved and do art on my own and at school in those programs, I was able to understand that I really wanted to have a creative life. Once I graduated from school I obviously pursued that and continued to pursue it even though my parents were not thrilled about that.”
That’s why Liu says she is partnering up with LIFEWTR, the premium bottled water company, and the brand’s “Arts in Education Series” on Arts Advocacy Day to drive conversation around the importance of arts in education and help #BringArtBackToSchools. On Monday, the actress posted about the campaign to her Instagram alongside a message on how her fans can get involved and help their local schools receive free art kits from LIFEWTR.
“Today, @LIFEWTR is announcing a commitment to reach one million students nationwide in the next year through curated curriculum, distribution of art supplies and local partnerships to champion this cause and inspire the next generation of artists like myself,” she wrote. “Please join me and share your story about how art has had a positive impact on you or someone you know, zip code and #BringArtBackToSchools. They’ll be donating art kits to classrooms in select schools across the country.”
The initiative combines two of the things Liu is most passionate about. As a mom herself to 2-and-a-half-year-old Rockwell Lloyd, the Elementary actress says it’s important to make sure kids explore their creativity when young.
“I have a few focuses. One of them is children, the other one is art and the other one is acting,” Liu says. “With kids especially, there’s a certain freedom that they have with the way they express themselves and that’s what we should tap into now. And what I love about what LIFEWTR is doing is they’re advocating for that and they’re advocating for people to have an opportunity to discover themselves as artists and to inspire other people.”
Nicole Kidman to Star in HBO Limited Series The Undoing, Reuniting With BLL Writer and EP David E. Kelley(3/12/18) Is it fair to call Nicole Kidman a TV star now?
The Big Little Lies Emmy winner has signed on to star in the HBO limited series The Undoing, which will reunite her with writer David E. Kelley, TVLine has learned. Kidman will play Grace Sachs, a successful therapist on the verge of publishing her first book. But her life is rocked by a series of tragedies: a violent death, the disappearance of her husband and “a chain of terrible revelations” about the man she thought she knew.
Kelley will write the psychological thriller, based on the Jean Hanff Korelitz novel You Should Have Known, and serve as showrunner. He also wrote all seven episodes of the HBO miniseries Big Little Lies, which won an Emmy for Kidman last year in the role of abused wife Celeste Wright. (HBO announced in December that both Kidman and Kelley will return for Season 2 of Big Little Lies as well.)
“David has created another propulsive series with a fascinating, complicated female role at its center,” Kidman said in a statement. “I’m excited and honored to continue collaborating with HBO and David E. Kelley.”
Grey's Anatomy: Old Scars, Future Hearts (3/15)(2/28/18) “Old Scars, Future Hearts” – Meredith tries to learn more about Marie Cerone’s history with her mother. Meanwhile, Jo is applying for fellowships around the country and it throws Alex for a loop; and Tom Koracick helps April acknowledge her crisis of faith, on “Grey’s Anatomy,” THURSDAY, MARCH 15 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
Guest starring are Rachel Ticotin as Marie Cerone and Greg Germann as Tom Koracick.
“Old Scars, Future Hearts” was written by Tameson Duffy and directed by Ellen Pompeo.
Jon Bon Jovi launches his rosé at Versace mansion(2/27/18) Jon Bon Jovi launched his rosé, Hampton Water, at the Versace mansion in Miami this weekend with son Jesse Bongiovi and winemaker Gérard Bertrand.
Bon Jovi, who modeled for Versace 20 years ago, said, “Welcome to Gianni’s house,” before singing several hits and covering “I Put a Spell on You.”
Synchronized swimmers performed in the pool. The rocker said working with his son is one of the greatest thrills he’s ever had and that Jesse’s his boss.
Kimmy Schmidt Season 4 Gets May Premiere Date, Will Be Split in Half(2/14/18) Kimmy Schmidt may be unbreakable, but her show is apparently a different story.
Netflix on Wednesday announced that it’s breaking the comedy’s upcoming fourth season into multiple parts, with the first half (six episodes) premiering on Wednesday, May 30. The second half will premiere sometime in 2018.
This makes at least half of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt‘s fourth season eligible for Emmy consideration, as episodes must air or be released by May 31 in order to qualify.
The announcement, naturally, came equipped with this fun little video of Kimmy being… Kimmy:
STOP… in the naaaame of Season 4! Part 1 streams May 30th! pic.twitter.com/ey0mHQ5DDM — Kimmy Schmidt (@KimmySchmidt) February 14, 2018
Bon Jovi loses big after selling West Village condo(2/13/18) Jon Bon Jovi is used to making hits — but this time he’s taking one.
We’re told the rock superstar took a loss after selling his West Village condo for $15 million — $2.25 million down from the original asking price.
Sources say the “Livin’ on a Prayer” singer bought the apartment at 150 Charles St. — where other celebrity residents have included Sports Illustrated model Irina Shayk and Ben Stiller — in 2015 for $12.95 million and did “extensive renovations” on the pad.
The rocker listed the 4,031-square-foot duplex — which boasts four bedrooms, 4 ½ bathrooms, river-and-skyline views and a large, grassy terrace — for $17.25 million in June but didn’t bag a buyer.
We’re told Bon Jovi “just wanted out of the building.”
He picked up a new place at the “much more elegant” Greenwich Lane building in the West Village for $19 million.
According to Curbed, the star has “had quite the real estate journey in the past few years,” listing and cutting the price on a Soho penthouse several times.
Reps didn’t get back to us.
Grey's Anatomy: You Really Got a Hold on Me (3/1)(2/13/18) “You Really Got a Hold on Me” – Seattle firefighters Ben Warren and Andy Herrera head to Grey Sloan after rescuing two boys that are injured in a house fire. With one of the boys’ lives literally in Andy’s hands, her skills are put to the test. Meanwhile, the doctors are hard at work on their projects for the Grey Sloan Surgical Innovation Contest; and Amelia brings Tom Koracick in to consult on her and Alex’s patient, on a special, TGIT Crossover Event episode of “Grey’s Anatomy,” THURSDAY, MARCH 1 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
Guest starring are Jaina Lee Ortiz as Andy Herrera, Greg Germann as Tom Koracick, Sophia Taylor Ali as Dahlia Qadri, Jake Borelli as Levi Schmitt, Jeanine Mason as Sam Bello, Jaicy Elliot as Taryn Helm and Rushi Kota as Vik Roy.
“You Really Got a Hold on Me” was written by Stacy McKee and directed by Nzingha Stewart.
Portia surprises Ellen with a gorilla conservation center(2/3/18) (Video) Actress Portia de Rossi is giving wife Ellen DeGeneres her own namesake gorilla conservation center for her 60th birthday.
De Rossi announced the gift during an episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” airing Thursday. Her donation to the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund will create a permanent home in Rwanda for the organization that has been protecting endangered mountain gorillas for 50 years.
DeGeneres said in a statement Thursday that she is “beyond excited” about the opportunity to work with the group. She said de Rossi “knew the exact right gift to give me.”
DeGeneres has been an animal-rights activist for many years. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals named her “woman of the year” in 2009.
Fossey wrote “Gorillas in the Mist.” She died in 1985.
Jon Bon Jovi is launching a rosé(1/28/18) Jon Bon Jovi will soon be singing “rosé all day.”
The future Rock and Roll Hall of Fame crooner and acclaimed French winemaker Gérard Bertrand will release “Diving into Hampton Water” rosé wine ahead of the summer season.
“Creating this wine with Gérard was just as creative as collaborating with another songwriter, Gérard uses his talents and wine knowledge just like a gifted musician,” Bon Jovi said in the press release Thursday. “And working with my son on this has been an amazing experience.”
The brainchild of Bon Jovi, 55, and his son, Jesse Bongiovi, 22, the idea sprouted after spending time in the Hamptons. Though the rocker initially dubbed the wine “pink juice,” his son and a pal settled on “Hampton Water” before taking the next steps and teaming up with Bertrand, whom they met through a mutual friend, to craft a wine encompassing the luxurious, albeit laid-back, lifestyles of the Hamptons and the South of France.
“We’d tried rosé from everywhere,” Jesse said. “But when we visited Gérard, we realized that there is an entire coastline in France that is producing some of the best-kept secrets on Earth.”
Set to hit shelves before spring at $25 a bottle, “Diving into Hampton Water” looks poised to follow the track of Bon Jovi’s previous wines, which are currently sold out.
‘False Profits’ Comedic Soap From Kayla Alpert & Jason Reed Gets ABC Pilot Order(1/23/18) ABC has given a pilot order to False Profits, a comedic soap set in the word of cosmetics marketing from Code Black writer-producer Kayla Alpert, Jason Reed, and ABC Studios.
Written by Alpert, False Profits is described as Desperate Housewives meets Glengarry Glen Ross. It follows a team of down-and-out women in suburban Arizona as they fight their way to the top of the cutthroat world of a multi-level marketing cosmetics business.
Alpert executive produces with Reed and former Desperate Housewives exec producer Sabrina Wind via Jason T. Reed Productions. ABC Studios, where Jason T. Reed Prods is under an overall deal, is the studio.
For the past two development seasons, ABC has put an emphasis on lighter one-hour shows in the tradition of Desperate Housewives.
This is the network’s second official pilot order this season, joining a Tim Doyle Irish-Catholic family comedy. The network also has straight-to-series orders for The Rookie light hourlong procedural starring Nathan Fillion and a Kenya Barris/Alec Baldwin comedy, plus a Get Christie Love reboot, which is casting in anticipation of a formal pilot order.
Alpert is supervising producer and writer on CBS’ Code Black. Her previous writing/producing credits include TV movie Flowers in the Attic and series Up All Night and Ally McBeal.
Robert Downey Jr. responds to Hugh Grant’s claim Downey hated him(1/12/18) Robert Downey Jr. had a very Robert Downey Jr. response after Hugh Grant said in an interview that the “Ironman” star hated him when they worked together on the 1995 film “Restoration.”
“A lot has happened over two decades! I respect how Mr. Grant has matured as an artist & voice against violations of privacy,” Downey Jr. wrote on Twitter on Thursday.
The 52-year-old actor added, “Let’s break bread together soon @HackedOffHugh! #burythehatchet2018”
Grant, 57, recently gave an interview to People, in which he claimed Downey Jr. never liked him.
“He took one look at me and wanted to kill me,” he said.
Your move, Grant.
Anne Heche and James Tupper have ended their relationship of over 10 years.(1/12/18) “James and I have shared a great life together and have many wonderful memories,” the couple said in a joint statement to People on Thursday. “We’ve enjoyed working together, most recently on ‘The Brave,’ where he joins us for our two mind-bending finale episodes.”
The statement continues, “Relationships change and grow; we’re taking time for that. We care very much for each other and plan to continue raising our two beautiful boys in love and harmony. Thank you for allowing us privacy as our family evolves.”
Heche. 48, and Tupper, 52, began dating in 2007. They share 8-year-old son Atlas and Heche has a 15-year-son named Homer from a previous relationship.
A rep did not immediately return our request for comment.
James Legros on Blue Bloods(12/26/17) “Erasing History” – When Henry is the key witness on Danny and Baez’s case, his meddling pushes Danny’s buttons until he leads them to valuable information. Also, Nicky shocks her family by siding with her activist friend, Chrissie (Naian González Norvind), who defaced the NYPD flag at One Police Plaza, and Jamie and Eddie learn a parole officer is taking advantage of his power over parolees, on BLUE BLOODS, Friday, Jan. 19 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Genevieve Angelson (Whitney), James Legros (Jim Voorhees), Max Weinberg (Mario Vangelis).
Bon Jovi finally gets into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame(12/13/17) Whoahhhhh, they’re all the way there.
Bon Jovi is finally being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The New Jersey rockers will take their place with music elites in April at the induction ceremony in Cleveland, alongside the Cars, Dire Straits, the Moody Blues and Nina Simone. Rock-and-roll pioneer Sister Rosetta Tharpe will also receive a special Award for Early Influence.
Bon Jovi’s omission has puzzled rock fans for years. The band has sold hundreds of millions of records, had four No. 1 hits and their anthemic songwriting has been aped by many subsequent pop-rock outfits.
They’ve been eligible for induction since 2009, but the band has only ever been on the nominee docket once before, in 2011. Lead singer Jon Bon Jovi has previously put this down to a “falling out” with Rock Hall bigwigs, and a subsequent personal vendetta.
“There’s other guys on that thing that have made it their personal mission to f–k with me,” he told Howard Stern in 2016. “And that’s okay. I get it. I’ve sold more records than their artists.”
This time, it’s the people who have spoken. Bon Jovi came out clear winners in this year’s fan vote, which is added to the hundreds of votes registered by music industry professionals. The group clocked up more than a million votes, well ahead of the second-place Moody Blues.
Now, the question is whether the band will reunite with estranged guitarist and songwriter Richie Sambora for the induction. Sambora reportedly battled alcoholism in recent years, and left the group abruptly during its 2013 tour.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is again choosing to leave out some big names such as Depeche Mode, Kate Bush, Rage Against the Machine and, most notably, Radiohead, who were nominated for the first time.
The Brits appeared to be shoo-ins, but they didn’t help their case by shrugging at the prospect of being inducted. When asked about the possibility by Rolling Stone this year, rhythm guitarist Ed O’Brien said he didn’t “understand it,” while lead guitarist Jonny Greenwood simply stated “I don’t care.” Proving it, the band booked a South American tour in April, meaning they couldn’t attend even if they were inducted.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has long been criticized for its failure to recognize women (Steve Miller took issue with this shortcoming during his own induction in 2016). This year, two out of the six inductees are female – that’s an entire one-third of the acts, y’all! It might not seem especially progressive, but for the overwhelmingly old and male Rock Hall voters, this must feel like the suffragette movement all over again.
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi Evacuate Pets From Home Under Threat From California Fire(12/10/17) Ellen DeGeneres says she and wife Portia De Rossi had to evacuate their pets from their California home due to the threat of a raging wildfire that has destroyed and damaged hundreds of properties over the past week.
The two have several cats and dogs. This past October, the couple bought an $18.6 million beachfront home in Carpinteria, located near Santa Barbara. The Thomas Fire, one of a few wildfires raging in California, has prompted thousands of evacuations, road closures and unhealthy air quality warnings in Santa Barbara County and as well as neighboring Ventura County.
"Our house is under threat of being burned. We just had to evacuate our pets," DeGeneres tweeted on Sunday. "I'm praying for everyone in our community and thankful to all the incredible firefighters."
"Everyone in the Montecito area is checking up on each other and helping to get people and animals to safety," the daytime host added. "I'm proud to be a part of this community. I'm sending lots of love and gratitude to the fire department and sheriffs. Thank you all. #ThomasFire."
According to the CAL FIRE website, the Thomas fire began on December 4 and has so far burned through 173,000 acres, destroying more than 750 structures and damaging more than 160. On Sunday morning, mandatory evacuations have been ordered in areas around DeGenerous and de Rossi's home.
Evacuations have also been ordered for parts of the Montecito area—home to other celebs such as Oprah Winfrey. If it unclear if they have been affected.
DeGeneres and de Rossi also own a massive Italian-style villa in the Santa Barbara area that they have been trying to sell since early this year. It remains for sale for $39.5 million.
The Thomas Fire was 15 percent contained on Sunday morning and smoke could be seen dozens of miles away in Los Angeles County.
Last week, many people who live in the area, including celebs such as Paris Hilton and Lea Michele, evacuated their homes amid the threat of another wildfire that raged near hillside homes alongside the 405 freeway, one of the busiest highways in the U.S.
The fires have also impacted businesses. Kylie Jenner's Kylie Cosmetics facility in Ventura County has temporary shut down as a result of the Thomas Fire to ensure the safety of workers, according to a message posted on the brand's Twitter page earlier on Sunday.
"The impact of the fires has meant that many of our staff members have been evacuated from their homes, and have to relocate their families," the message read. "Those who weren't evacuated came in yesterday and have been working around the clock to get orders out."
"Our team is incredible and everyone is working hard to catch up and we are going everything we can to ship orders, while ensuring the health and safety of our team members," the message continued. "Orders are continuing to ship and we appreciate everyone's patience and support."
Nashville Final Season Trailer: Wait, Is Juliette Barnes Joining a Cult?(12/8/17) (Video) Maybe we’ve watched a few too many episodes of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, but doesn’t this new trailer for Nashville‘s sixth and final season make it seem like Juliette’s heading down a very dangerous path?
In the new video, released Thursday, Ms. Barnes makes the acquaintance of Darius, a charming founder of a self-actualization movement. “Why isn’t all of this fame and success enough?” he asks her, which isn’t an outrageous question. But then Avery says, “You’re putting all of your trust in this guy. You’re living your whole life by his words,” and that’s a fair observation — made by someone we know truly wants the best for our often impulsive heroine.
In short, it seems like Ju is headed for cult membership or something equally troubling. And we’re officially worried.
Other intel gleaned from the trailer:
* Deacon has apparently given Juliette another chance after she stole Maddie’s song last season, and Ju seems appropriately grateful.
* Gunnar seems to be having a far harder time dealing with the breakup than Scarlett is.
* As teased in a previous promo, Will is the one shooting what appear to be steroids in the bathroom,
* Deacon and Jessie definitely kiss and hold hands, and it’s definitely not making Daphne happy.
* Maddie gets real cozy with pop star Jonah Ford.
* Gunnar, Will and Avery play together. Dare we hope they’re forming a new band?!
* Hey, look! It’s Hallie playing the Bluebird with Deacon! She lives!
Nashville returns on Thursday, Jan. 4, at 9/8c.
Nashville Final Season Video Teases Will's New Man (?), Deacon-Jessie Kiss(12/1/17) (Video) Only a few words are spoken in this new Nashville Season 6 video, and yet it says so much.
The teaser promo, released Thursday by CMT, tees up the country-music drama’s final season with new footage — and a series of sounds — that give a glimpse into what’ll happen in upcoming episodes.
Most important things first: the kissing. Will and a new guy, Juliette and Avery, and Jessie and Deacon (almost) smooch during the 30-second spot. Then there’s the first look at new characters in action, including Jonah Ford, a charming and super successful pop star played by newcomer Nic Luken.
Elsewhere, Maddie thwarts an admirer’s attempt to get closer, Scarlett signs an Exes poster, Daphne sobs, Jessie’s stupid ex twirls his stupid fidget spinner, and Deacon restrings a guitar.
Nashville returns Thursday, Jan. 4, for its final season.
Elementary Season 6 Expanded to 21 Episodes(11/29/17) Expanding Elementary‘s Season 6 episode count in the wake of a freshman CBS drama cratering is… logical, my dear Watson.
The Eye network has upped the procedural’s midseason run from 13 episodes to a full-ish 21, our sister site Deadline reports. The order comes on the heels of CBS announcing that the Jeremy Piven-fronted freshman drama Wisdom of the Crowd would not be producing more than its initial 13 episodes.
Wisdom of the Crowd premiered on Oct. 1 to 8.8 million total viewers and a 1.3 rating, but went fractional in the demo with its fifth episode. To date, it is averaging 7.4 million viewers and a 1.0 rating. Among CBS dramas, it only outrates Scorpion and MacGyver (both averaging 0.8 this fall) and fellow Sunday series Madam Secretary (0.7).
Christina Ricci & Judith Light To Star In ‘Nellie Bly’ Movie In Works At Lifetime(11/29/17) Lifetime has given the green light to Nellie Bly (working title), a psychological thriller inspired by the groundbreaking 19th century journalist, with Christina Ricci (Monster), Judith Light (Transparent) and Josh Bowman (Revenge) attached to star. The film is in production for 2018 premiere on Lifetime.
Ricci plays investigative reporter Nellie Bly, who’s on a mission to expose the deplorable conditions and mistreatment of patients at the notorious Women’s Lunatic Asylum, and feigns mental illness in order to be institutionalized to report from the inside. The movie is an account of actual events surrounding Nellie’s stay beginning after she has undergone treatment, leaving her with no recollection of how she came to the asylum or her real identity.
Nellie’s unwillingness to submit to authority results in unspeakable torture at the hands of the head nurse, Matron Grady (Light). Bowman plays Dr. Josiah, who tries to help Nellie, but the attention prompts Grady’s barbaric tactics to intensify, leading Nellie to question if she actually does belong in the asylum after all.
A real-life hero, Nellie Bly’s expose was the first of its kind in America and inspired the global reformation of mental health care. The story also spawned the 2015 movie 10 Days in a Madhouse based on Bly’s book, which starred Caroline Barry as Bly. An untitled drama project based on the book also is in development by Entertainment One, James Bond film producers Danjaq and The Frederick Zollo Company, with Kate Mara attached to star and executive produce.
Ricci also executive produces via Grey Team Productions along with Howard Braunstein of Howard Braunstein Films. Michael Tive, David Sigal, Peter Werner and Jonathan Baruch also serve as executive producers with Karen Moncrieff directing (Petals on the Wind) from a screenplay by Helen Childress (Reality Bites).
The Bly role marks Ricci’s return to Lifetime following her praised performance in limited series, The Lizzie Borden Chronicles and the prequel movie, Lizzie Borden Took An Axe. Ricci received an Emmy nomination for outstanding guest actress for her role as Hannah Davies in ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and most recently starred in Amazon’s Z: The Beginning of Everything.
Ugly Betty alum Light currently plays Shelly Pfefferman on Transparent. She’s been nominated for three Primetime Emmys, two for Transparent and one for Ugly Betty, and she won a Daytime Emmy for her performance in One Life To Live.
Bowman is known for his starring role as Daniel Grayson on Revenge and most recently appeared as John Stevenson on Time After Time.
JOSH GROBAN WILL HEADLINE THE 19th ANNUAL “A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS”(11/27/17) CBS today announced that singer-songwriter Josh Groban will headline the 19th annual A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, to be broadcast Tuesday, Dec. 19 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Also, Kelly Clarkson, Kacey Musgraves and Kane Brown are set to perform on the special.
A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS features uplifting stories of adoption from foster care and raises awareness of this important social issue. The inspirational stories of these American families are enhanced with performances by some of today’s most popular artists.
Singer, songwriter and actor Josh Groban has entertained fans globally with his multi-platinum albums and DVDs (over 30 million sold worldwide), electrifying live performances and comedic film and television appearances. He is the only artist who has had two albums on the Top Ten Bestselling Albums list in the past decade, according to Billboard. Groban has released seven studio albums and received numerous Grammy Award nominations. In 2016 he embarked on an extensive North American tour to support his album Stages, titled “Josh Groban: On Stage.” That year, Groban also made his Broadway debut in the new musical “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.” He is a member of Americans for the Arts Artists Committee and his Find Your Light Foundation helps enrich the lives of young people through the arts.
Multiple Grammy Award winner Kelly Clarkson recently released her eagerly anticipated eighth studio album, Meaning of Life, which is a collection of smart and sensual soul-inspired pop. The Texas-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter came to fame in 2002 as the winner of the inaugural season of “American Idol.” She has had over 100 #1 Billboard singles and total worldwide sales of more than 25 million albums and 36 million singles. She has released eight studio albums, one greatest hits album and two children’s books.
Multiple Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves received mass critical acclaim and recognition with the 2013 release of her Gold-certified album Same Trailer Different Park, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. Her follow-up album, Pageant Material, was released in 2015, earning her a second #1 debut on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and soaring to #3 on the Billboard 200 chart. Musgraves is currently working on her highly-anticipated third album and will be joining Little Big Town and Harry Styles on tour next year.
Multi-Platinum-selling country vocalist Kane Brown burst onto the music scene with the release of his chart-topping, Gold-certified debut album, Kane Brown, less than a year ago. After debuting at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, the iTunes Country chart and iTunes all-genre chart upon its release last December, Brown released Kane Brown, Deluxe Edition, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country chart and #5 on the Billboard 200 chart. Brown is the only artist in history to simultaneously top all five Billboard Country charts and is the best-selling new country artist of the past three years. The ACM New Male Vocalist nominee recently released his new single, “Heaven,” which is the follow-up single to his record-breaking #1, Platinum-selling single “What Ifs.”
Nashville to End After Season 6(11/17/17) (Video) A season-and-a-half after Rayna Jaymes went to her final resting place, Nashville will, too: CMT announced Friday that the upcoming sixth season will be the country-music drama’s last.
“All of us on Nashville are so incredibly grateful to the show’s fans, who convinced CMT to give us a chance to keep telling the story of these remarkable characters,” executive producer Marshall Herskovitz said via statement. “And we want to return the favor with a final season that celebrates all the joys and passions, twists and turns — and amazing music! — that made Nashville such an exciting journey for the last six years.”
The cancellation is actually the series’ second; longtime fans will recall that ABC gave the drama the ax in 2016, but CMT saved the show by offering a pickup almost a month later.
“After more than 120 episodes of unforgettable television, we believe that creatively it is time for the series to come to its triumphant close at the end of the upcoming season” Kevin Beggs, chairman of Lionsgate Television Group, said in a statement. “We’re very proud of our incredibly talented cast and crew, the creative brilliance of our showrunners, and the loyal support of our great partners at CMT, Hulu and ABC Studios. Most importantly, we owe a special debt of thanks to the Nashville fans who propelled the series to an incredible run. We owe it to them to make the sixth season the most exciting and memorable of all.”
Season 6 of Nashville will premiere on Thursday, Jan. 4. As reported earlier in November, Rachel Bilson has exited the series and will not appear in upcoming episodes.
Nashville Sets Season 6 Premiere Date(11/14/17) CMT will put a little hot, country-music drama into your cold, post-holiday lives: Season 6 of Nashville will premiere on Thursday, Jan. 4.
The network tweeted the announcement Tuesday via a video featuring stars Jonathan Jackson and Hayden Panettiere.
(Video) We have a special announcement from @haydenpanettier and @JonathanJackson…
After the Season 5 finale, co-showrunner Marshall Herskovitz told TVLine that Rayna’s legacy record label Highway 65 — which suffered greatly after her demise — is down but certainly not out. “There is a chance that Highway 65 will survive, but they’re still facing the same kind of real difficulties record labels face these days.”
Earlier in November, CMT announced that several new characters played by recurring guest stars will grace the screen this season. These include Darius (played by The Affair‘s Josh Stamberg), Sean (Nashville musical contributor Jake Etheridge) and Twig (When We Rise‘s Dylan Arnold).
Even Josh Groban isn’t immune to Times Square hustlers(11/10/17) Even Broadway star Josh Groban isn’t immune to getting hustled in Times Square.
At the Only Make Believe gala this week, the “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812” Tony nominee Groban was presented with an award by Tony winner Lena Hall, who revealed: “At our first meeting, he signed my guitar .?.?. we took a stroll around the middle of 42nd Street together, and I watched as he was hustled out of $40 by a character dressed up in Times Square.”
“SNL” comic Cecily Strong hosted the event, and Bryan Terrell Clark, Montego Glover and Greg Hildreth performed.
Big Little Lies Eyes Spring 2018 Production Start for Season 2(11/9/17) It’s amazing how a crate full of Emmys can hasten the development process. Case in point: A second season of Big Little Lies is poised to become a reality (much) sooner than later.
Sources confirm to TVLine exclusively that HBO is eyeing a Spring 2018 production start for the female-driven phenom, which snagged eight Emmy statues in September, including for Outstanding Limited Series and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series for Nicole Kidman. As recently as two weeks ago, Big Little Lies EP/writer David E. Kelley strongly intimated to TVLine that a second season was nearing the scheduling stage.
“We’re kicking around ideas and trying to lasso the talent [and] get the band back together,” he shared. “It’s just a lot of logistical things. But I’m optimistic because everyone wants to do it. We feel we still have storytelling to do. No decision has been made yet, but we’re hopeful. Where we left it, I felt like it did open the opportunity for a lot more storytelling.”
An HBO rep declined to confirm anything about a potential second season.
Even before Big Little Lies triumphed at the Emmys, HBO asked Liane Moriarty — whose novel the miniseries was based on — to “take a crack at” coming with with a story for a potential second season. Kidman and fellow leading lady/EP Reese Witherspoon both expressed interest in keeping the franchise going, and director Jean-Marc Vallée — who initially balked at doing a sequel — now wants in. “It’d be great to reunite the team and to do it,” Vallée said backstage at the Emmys. “Are we going to be able to do it, altogether? I wish. We’ll see.”
Portia De Rossi Says Steven Seagal Unzipped His Pants During An Audition(11/9/17) Portia de Rossi is the latest actress to come forward with her story about the plague of sexual misconduct infecting Hollywood. She recalls an incident with Steven Seagal where he unzipped his pants during an audition with him.
De Rossi took to Twitter and said that during her final audition for a Segal movie in his office he told her that it was important to have “chemistry off-screen.” As he sat her down, he unzipped his leather pants.
“I ran out and called my agent,” de Rossi recalls. “Unfazed, she replied, ‘well, I didn’t know if he was your type.'”
Her story comes shortly after Julianna Margulies came forward with her own encounter with Segal earlier in her career when he invited her to his hotel room to go over a scene in a role she was up for. She arrived to find that he was armed with a gun.
De Rossi’s story is the latest in a flood of allegations coming out since the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke. Sexual harassment accusations against prominent Hollywood figures Hollywood have been coming out of the woodwork: Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner, Jeremy Piven, Dustin Hoffman, James Toback and most recently de Rossi’s Arrested Development co-star Jefferey Tambor.
The Good Cop: Josh Groban Cast as Tony Danza's Son in Netflix Dramedy(11/9/17) The bar for unlikely father-son pairings on TV has been raised: Josh Groban has been cast as Tony Danza’s offspring in Netflix’s 10-episode dramedy The Good Cop, TVLine has learned.
The feel-good procedural, from Monk creator Andy Breckman, centers on disgraced, former NYPD officer Tony Sr. (Danza) and his earnest, obsessively honest son — and current NYPD officer — Tony Jr. (Groban). This “odd couple” become unofficial partners as Tony Sr. offers his overly-cautious son blunt, street-wise advice on everything from handling suspects to handling women.
Although known mostly as a singer, Groban has been beefing up his acting resume in recent years with stints on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Life in Pieces and Parks and Recreation. Most recently, he snagged a Tony nomination for his starring role in Broadway’s The Great Comet.
Breckman, who is The Good Cop‘s showrunner, will serve as an EP alongside Randy Zisk (Bones, Monk) and Howard Klein (The Office, The Mindy Project). Zisk will also direct the premiere.
Taye Diggs, Diane Guerrero to appear at BookCon(11/4/17) Taye Diggs and Shane Evans will be among those on hand for next year’s BookCon.
Diggs and Evans will be promoting their picture book “I Love You More” during the June 2-3 gathering at the Javits Center in Manhattan.
Other guests include “Orange is the New Black” actress Diane Guerrero, whose book “My Family Divided” will tell of growing up as the child of undocumented immigrants, and popular young adult authors Angie Thomas and Jason Reynolds.
The guest lineup was announced Thursday by BookCon producer ReedPOP.
BookCon is a fan-based event that began as an offshoot of the publishing industry’s annual convention and trade show, BookExpo.
Scarlett Johansson & ‘Avengers’ Mates Slate Puerto Rico Benefit(10/22/17) Scarlett Johansson and cast mates from the Avengers franchise will perform a benefit reading of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town on November 6 at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre. So far, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Mark Ruffalo have signed on for the reading of Wilder’s American classic, with Kenny Leon directing the event, which is being organized by Johansson. The star promises additional, surprise appearances by celebrities and friends. All proceeds from the one-night-only event will be donated to support the relief efforts in the wake of the devastation left by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
“The struggle faced by Puerto Rican residents since their island was ravaged by Hurricane Maria is terribly heartbreaking and has left many feeling hopeless and helpless,” Johansson said in announcing the event. “It is a great privilege to be able to participate in whatever way I can, to provide some relief to those that are struggling to access even the most basic of human needs in the aftermath of this disastrous event. Please help me and my co-stars in coming together for an extraordinary, one-time-only evening to raise lifesaving funds for a devastated island and to help celebrate the true meaning of community with this unique reading of a great American classic.” Johansson is in Atlanta filming the next Avengers movie. “We immediately asked how we could help,” said producer John Gore, whose John Gore Organization is backing the benefit. “We couldn’t be happier to support our friend, Scarlett, and her co-stars in producing this evening for such a worthy cause.”
The Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund will be housed at the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) and funds will be used to support immediate relief, recovery and equitable rebuilding in Puerto Rico for low-income communities of color hit hardest by the storm. The fund will support organizations working on the front lines with these communities.
Tickets go on sale October 23 through FoxTheatre.org/OurTown.
Nashville Video: Juliette's On-Stage Tirade Tees Up Season 6 Premiere(10/20/17) (Video) When we checked in with Nashville‘s Juliette Barnes at the end of Season 5, she was in a very low place but seemed to be regrouping, reflecting and rebuilding herself as a better person.
Then again, that was a few months ago.
And when the CMT series returns for Season 6 in January, it appears that Ju’s regained her signature spunk… as well as the inability to pass up an opportunity to speak her mind.
“I don’t want your money, I don’t want your attention,” Juliette angrily tells a crowd of concertgoers in the just-released promo above, “and I sure as hell don’t want your love.” (She appears contrite and teary later in the spot, so maybe we’ve got another public apology situation on our hands? How many is that now?)
Ms. Barnes’ outburst isn’t the only noteworthy aspect of the 30-second video. We also get Deacon and Jessie having a possibly flirty phone call (probably with each other), Will giving a stirring speech about art and risk, and Gunnar as a bottle blonde (!).
Fox's Christmas Story: Jane Krakowski, Chris Diamantopoulos Join Live Musical(10/19/17) We triple-dog dare you not to get excited about this casting: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt‘s Jane Krakowski and Silicon Valley‘s Chris Diamantopoulos have joined the cast of Fox’s live musical production of A Christmas Story.
Krakowski is set to play Miss Shields, teacher to nine-year-old Ralphie (played by relative newcomer Andy Walken). Diamantopoulos, meanwhile, will play Ralphie’s father. (He better brush up on his Italian!)
Fox’s A Christmas Story Live! is a new rendition of the classic 1983 holiday film, based on the Broadway musical with new songs written by Oscar winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Krakowski and Diamantopoulos join an all-star ensemble, with Matthew Broderick playing an older version of Ralphie and serving as the musical’s narrator, and Saturday Night Live alum Maya Rudolph playing Ralphie’s mom.
A Christmas Story Live! is set to ring in the holiday season on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 7/6c.
Greg Germann on Grey's Anatomy - 10/12/17(9/26/17) “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head” – Amelia confronts a difficult situation, while Meredith deals with the fallout from her conversation with Nathan. Maggie finds herself at an awkward family dinner, Jackson receives big news, and Richard and Bailey search for the stars of tomorrow, on “Grey’s Anatomy,” THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network.
Guest starring is Debbie Allen as Catherine Avery, Abigail Spencer as Megan Hunt, Stefania Spampinato as Carina DeLuca and Greg Germann as Tom Koracick.
“Ain’t That a Kick in the Head” was written by Marlana Hope and directed by Geary McLeod.
The Brave: Five Things to Know About NBC's Two-Pronged Military Drama(9/24/17) To explain the genesis of NBC’s upcoming military drama The Brave, series creator Dean Georgaris invokes not the strategic genius of Sgt. Major Jonas Blane or the war-is-hell mentality of Capt. Benjamin “Hawkeye” Pierce, but the poor choices made by one Walter White.
“I don’t come from a military family. I don’t have a political axe to grind. I don’t have a particular fascination with death, but I am fascinated with human resiliency and human ingenuity,” Georgaris (Life of Pi) tells TVLine. After watching documentaries about American Special Forces teams, “I was continually impressed with their ingenuity. I was continually impressed with their resiliency,” the EP says. “I would read story after story where the missions almost sounded like episodes of Breaking Bad, in that what started off with one simple decision leads to all these complications.”
That concept — that the men and women who execute undercover, elite missions all over the world often have to innovate on the fly when plans fall apart — eventually became The Brave, which debuts Monday, Sept. 25, at 10/9c. Georgaris and his team created a fictional paramilitary unit that works all over the globe, using the players’ intelligence, weapons knowledge, language prowess and cultural skills to set bad situations right. Meanwhile, back in the United States, a group of analysts provides real-time backup and much-needed technical support to the unit in the field.
We got Georgaris to give us some intel on the premiere of the series, which stars Mike Vogel (Under the Dome) and Anne Heche (Hung). Read on for what you need to know about the new NBC drama.
THE TEAM | Vogel plays Capt. Adam Dalton, leader of a squad of what the show’s official site refers to as “highly trained undercover specialists.” These include Sgt. Jasmine “Jaz” Khan (played by Natacha Karam), a sniper; CPO Ezekiel “Preach” Carter (Demetrius Grosse, Banshee); Sgt. Joseph “McG” McGuide (Noah Mills, 2 Broke Girls), a combat medic; and Amir Al-Raisani (Hadi Tabbal, The Blacklist), an intelligence officer. Dalton’s team is backed by the Defense Intelligence Agency’s deputy director Patricia Campbell (Heche) and her employees, which include Noah Morgenthau (Tate Ellington, Quantico), a cultural specialist; and Hannah Archer (Sofia Pernas, Jane the Virgin), mission coordinator.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION | Though the series premiere takes place in a Middle Eastern country, Georgaris stresses that evil doesn’t respect national borders — aka, it’s everywhere. So the show will take Dalton’s gang all over the world in Season 1. “NBC could have said, ‘OK, stay in these four locales, and that’s safest for budget. That’s easiest on everyone,'” the executive producer adds. “But they said… ‘We want missions on five continents,’ and I said, ‘Sounds good to me!'”
CLOSER THAN YOU THINK | Though Dalton’s team and Campbell’s people won’t often physically cross paths, it will happen at least a few times in the first season. “In general, it’s this interesting intimacy, almost like news producer and news anchor, like the people who are in your ear and the people who are out in the field,” the EP notes. “A lot of our drama will come from what it’s like to be on either end of that connection.”
ALL IN A DAY’S WORK | Rather than denote specific episodes to flesh out characters’ backstories, Georgaris says, the writers have decided to let the team’s missions do the work of filling us in on who these people are. For example, Amir has a surprising — and rather dangerous — work history that will be revealed when he’s thrust back into a prior role. “Amir comes from a history of service to the CIA, and basically is a lone wolf, deep penetration agent in ISIS,” Georgaris says. “There is an episode where that identity gets reactivated, so he has to go back to the world that he left… and what you’ll come to learn is why has Amir chosen to do this? What made this wealthy, Lebanese-born Muslim from a very successful, not very religious practicing family, what made him decide to fight for his religion at the age of 22?” WHAT LIES BENEATH | In the premiere, we learn that Heche’s Campbell recently lost her son, who was in the military. Georgaris teases that Vogel’s Dalton will play into the grieving director’s backstory. “They have a very deep respect for one another. They have a long-standing work relationship with one another. He knew her son,” he says. “And they actually have a natural chemistry, the two actors and characters, that I think will leave people wondering: Was there a personal history [between Campbell and Dalton] in the past?”
“MICHAEL JACKSON’S HALLOWEEN,” A NEW ONE-HOUR ANIMATED SPECIAL, TO BE BROADCAST FRIDAY, OCT. 27 ON CBS(9/22/17) MICHAEL JACKSON’S HALLOWEEN, a new one-hour animated adventure with Michael Jackson’s acclaimed music as its soundtrack, will be broadcast Friday, Oct. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Created and produced by Optimum Productions, the Michael Jackson company now owned by his estate, the special will feature the voices of actors Christine Baranski, Kiersey Clemons, Alan Cumming, George Eads, Brad Garrett, Lucy Liu, Jim Parsons and Lucas Till.
The special follows millennials Vincent (Lucas Till) and Victoria (Kiersey Clemons), who meet “accidentally” on Halloween night and find themselves, along with Ichabod the dog, at a mysterious hotel located at 777 Jackson Street called This Place Hotel. Once inside, Vincent and Victoria are sent on an unexpected, magical adventure of personal discovery, culminating in a spectacular dance finale featuring an animated Michael Jackson.
MICHAEL JACKSON’S HALLOWEEN was created and produced by Optimum Productions, with animation production by Hammerhead. John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson, serve as executive producers. Daniel Chuba is the producer, and Mark A.Z. Dippé is the director.
Greg Germann on Grey's Anatomy (10/5)“Go Big or Go Home” – Harper Avery arrives at Grey Sloan, putting Bailey on edge. A familiar face from Meredith’s past returns as a patient, and Amelia tries to manage a secret, on “Grey’s Anatomy,” THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network.
Guest starring is Debbie Allen as Catherine Avery, Abigail Spencer as Megan Hunt, Stefania Spampinato as Carina DeLuca and Greg Germann as Tom Koracick.
“Go Big or Go Home” was written by Meg Marinis and directed by Chandra Wilson.
2017 Emmy Awards WinnersOutstanding Limited Series
Big Little Lies
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with David E. Kelley Productions, Pacific Standard and Blossom Films
Elementary Video: Lucy Liu, Nelsan Ellis Discuss Joan and Shinwell's Friendship(Video) Whether working as a doctor, sober companion or private investigator, Elementary‘s Joan is driven to save people, even — or especially? — if they’re an ex-con like Shinwell Johnson (played by the late Nelsan Ellis, who passed away last month).
The pair’s unlikely friendship was born because “we wanted to find something that would push [Joan’s savior] buttons a little bit and bring her into conflict with Sherlock,” executive producer Robert Hewitt Wolfe shares in this exclusive video from the CBS drama’s Season 5 DVD release.
While the P.I. was “searching for something to do with her life” as she struggled with the criminal element that surrounds her, “Shinwell becomes someone that she can save, that she can help, and work towards making a better person,” star Lucy Liu says.
“[Shinwell] tries to protect her… and she tries to protect him from himself,” Ellis adds. But unfortunately, Joan couldn’t protect Shinwell from his tragic fate.
Elementary: The Fifth Season arrives on DVD tomorrow, with a “For the Hundredth Time” featurette celebrating Episode 100, deleted scenes, a gag reel and more extras.
Elementary Season 6 is slated to premiere midseason on CBS.
Robert Downey Jr. Warns Fans To Avoid Online Impersonators Looking For CashRobert Downey Jr. took to social media today to caution fans against falling for scammers posing as him online and looking for cash under the guise of donations.
In his first post on Twitter in several days, the Oscar nominee who is the on-screen personification of Iron Man asked fans to “have each other’s backs” when it came to the “scam artists.”
Likely not wanting to put even more of a spotlight on the situation, the star didn’t provide specific details of where these scams are taking place. Not that The Avengers star is any stranger to online charitable pleas. As recently as June, Downey participated in a campaign with Microsoft and Omaze offering to raise big bucks for charity.In the past, the Marvel leadman has posted video from the set of Avengers: Infinity War offering visits to those who donate to the Random Act Funding effort. He has also invited fans to doante to join him at the premiere of Spider Man: Homecoming too.Obviously someone was trying to take advantage of that goodwill but Tony Stark is shutting them down.
Besides more Marvel, Downey has an untitled Doctor Dolittle movie from Universal set to come out on April 12, 2019 and a third Sherlock Holmes pic down the line.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Josh Groban to Guest-Star (And Sing!) in Season 3(Video) After falling so low last season, has Rebecca Bunch found a new man to (ahem) raise her up?
The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend will welcome chart-topping singer Josh Groban as a guest star in Season 3, TVLine has confirmed. Groban will play “a mysterious and helpful stranger” — and yes, he will sing.
Series star Rachel Bloom first broke the news with an Instagram post on Monday — but as she says, “it’s a secret so don’t tell anyone.”
Groban confirmed the news with a tweet of his own on Monday evening, thanking Bloom for welcoming him to her “brilliant show.”
It’s not clear if Groban’s character might be a new love interest for Rebecca, but she’s definitely in the market for one. Last season of Crazy Ex left off with Rebecca getting ditched at the altar by another Josh: her longtime obsession, Josh Chan (Vincent Rodriguez III), who ran off to become a priest. (Bloom has teased that Season 3 will play like a “funny Fatal Attraction,” with Rebecca seeking revenge on her ex.)
Along with being a multi-platinum recording artist, Groban’s no stranger to the acting game, having appeared in episodes of Glee, The Office and Ally McBeal.
Big Little Lies Season 2? 'We're Kicking It Around,' Says Showrunner David E. KelleyIn just seven episodes, Big Little Lies unspooled a tense murder mystery and provided whip-smart commentary on the daily absurdities of family life. “It’s always tricky blending tones,” says showrunner David E. Kelley. “You don’t want those comedic beats to steal the thunder of your dramatic through lines, and you don’t want the severity of the dramatic points to snuff out the fun.”
Fortunately, it worked: The show earned 16 Emmy nominations, including Best Limited Series and a Best Writing for a Limited Series nod for Kelley. He credits Big Little Lies’ successful tightrope walk to his colleagues, all Emmy-nominated for their roles in the project themselves: director Jean-Marc Vallée (Wild) along with stars Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, who pulled double duty as producers.
EW chatted with Kelley about the show’s “surprise” success, what the skilled cadre of actors — also including Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, and Zoë Kravitz — brought to their roles, and whether he thinks the limited series might get the second season some fans are craving.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Now that we’re a few months out from Big Little Lies, what kind of responses have you received? Has anything surprised you?
DAVID E. KELLEY: It’s all been a surprise. You never know how these things will turn out. You sit down and you write them because you like them, and you congregate a cast and a crew that also responds to the material, and you make it to the best of your ability, and then you throw it out there, and you kinda cross your fingers and duck.
The first reward that you get is if we all like it and believe in what we made, so we had that. But in terms of the reaction to it, it’s just a big guess. So it was a surprise that it caught on with such a frenzy, but as surprises go, one of the better ones.
What are some of the scenes that you’re proudest of?
The ones that were the most difficult to write and the most disturbing to me were obviously the ones involving Celeste and the violence and domestic abuse. That was just tough stuff to wade into. It was really, I know, equally difficult — probably more so — for Nicole to play, and for Jean-Marc to direct. But there was some gratification when I saw it on the screen to see how well they had executed it. It was very powerful. We ended up being pretty proud of the depiction of it.
Let’s see… the finale. I loved the juxtaposition of suspense and music and love and murder. That was a big challenge to pull all that off in 60 minutes. I sat back and marveled at how well Jean-Marc balanced all those story lines and blended those tones.
Finales can be so divisive, but for the most part, I felt like people agreed this one was extremely satisfying.
I give great credit to Jean-Marc on that, because he just did masterful work. I remember after the script was written, he came back and said, “Okay, can we try and tell this with the camera as opposed to words, and fill in some of this with subtext as opposed to text?” And by that time — well, we had an almost immediate trust. By show seven, I really felt the series was more his baby than anybody’s. When I saw what he did with it and how he brought that home, it was pretty thrilling.
When you’re dealing with such a talented ensemble cast like this, do you want to play to their strengths, or do you want to give these actors a challenge they’ve never had?
In terms of this series, I was trying to be very faithful to a book that I quite loved. Then we attracted a pretty great cast, and you see that they have gifts and strengths, and you want to avail yourselves to them. With Reese’s role, Madeline was the protagonist, she was the antagonist, she was a scorned lover, she was a parent, she was a busybody — she had so many hats to wear, all of them involving different tones. It took a great deal of preparation by Reese and real impeccable execution, because she had to go from being emotional one moment to funny the next to bullying in the next.
With Nicole, she was so gifted in her subtextual abilities, to be able to tell a story with her face, that when we were writing some of those scenes, especially the therapist scenes, we didn’t have to give her words because she was so able to convey emotion — conflict, surprise, betrayal — just with her reactions. That’s a real luxury for a writer to have an actor with that kind of skill set.
With Renata, she probably became a little bit bigger in the series, and a little bit funnier, because Laura Dern has those dramatic and comedic muscles, and can shift on a dime. And she has that quality where she can be the antagonist, that character you disapprove of at every turn, and at the same time, she’s becoming more and more beloved with each scene. That, again, is a difficult trip. She brought such a heart and humanity to that character that even though she was the antagonist to our main players, your heart went out to her.
So when you have five of your cast members being nominated for Emmys — some of them against each other — does it feel like a kind of Sophie’s choice for you?
[Laughs] Well, I don’t know. I’m just happy for everyone. It’s all icing on the cake, and it actually makes it more fun, because it was such an ensemble piece. This was such a selfless group through and through, so to see everybody get rewarded was very nice.
I thought the limited series was the perfect medium for this material. And your other shows, Goliath and Mr. Mercedes, also have these tight, short seasons. Is there more freedom in that for you?
Well, there’s more free time! There is freedom in the storytelling, because without having to write a franchise that has to live in perpetuity, you can go places faster, and you can burn more brightly if you have to, because you don’t have to keep the star burning for a hundred episodes, to keep characters redeeming. You can play to their flaws if it’s a shorter run. And you can be a little bit tighter in your plots. I’ve really enjoyed the limited series format.
I have to ask the season 2 question. What are your thoughts on doing one?
We don’t know yet. We’re kicking it around. If we feel that the material warrants it, we’ll do it. Everybody’s game for getting the band back together, but we want to make sure that we’ve got the music to justify it. That decision hasn’t been made yet, and it’ll be story-driven when it is.
From what Reese and other people have said, it sounds like it’s up to whether Liane Moriarty has a story idea.
With Mr. Mercedes and with Big Little Lies, the authors weren’t really involved in your adaptations. But would season 2 end up more collaborative if it’s based on a new story from Liane?
It could be. I’m certainly open to it. I think [Moriarty], for the book, was game to say, “Okay, it’s your baby. Run with it now.” But she’s a great writer, and she also writes excellent dialogue, so if she wanted to jump over to the screenwriting side of the fence, we’d welcome her.
On that note, are you trying to get in on the Truly Madly Guilty adaptation with Reese and Nicole now?
No, not yet. I’ve just read the book, but there’s other stuff on our plate before turning to that.
I have to ask you, as an Ally McBeal superfan: With all these older shows getting rebooted, do we have any hope?
Oh, I don’t know. Again, it’s not on my front burner. We did it once and loved doing it, but that might be hard to do again.
Calista Flockhart Set to Return for Season 3 PremiereCat Grant just can’t keep away from National City.
Calista Flockhart is set to appear in the Season 3 premiere of Supergirl, EW.com reports, and is then expected to recur throughout the season.
A series regular during Supergirl‘s first season, Flockhart appeared in just two episodes of Season 2 before bidding Kara & Co. adieu. She then made a highly anticipated return in the final two episodes of its sophomore run.
Word of Flockhart’s Supergirl comeback is just the latest bit of Season 3 casting news. Earlier this month, it was reported that Erica Durance, famous for playing Lois Lane on Smallville, will take over the role of Kara’s (late) biological mother Alura Zor-El. (Alura was originally played by the East Coast-based new mom Laura Benanti).
Supergirl Season 3 takes flight on Monday, Oct. 9 at 8/7c on The CW.
Ellie Kemper and Jane Krakowski Are Singing Dragons—Yes, You Read That RightIt's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's Ellie Kemper and Jane Krakowski as you've never seen them before: Singing together. In animated dragon form. Yes, they're singing animated dragons.
The two costars made their way over to Disney Junior's Sofia the First to play dragons, Kemper is the recurring character of Crackle, and Krakowski plays Crackle's childhood rival Sizzle. In the episode, Sofia (Ariel Winter) disguises herself as a dragon to attend the annual Dragon Roast n' Toast picnic with her pal Crackle. There, they meet Sizzle and another familiar-voiced dragon, Orange Is the New Black star Kimiko Glenn's Cinder.
And then they sing, of course. And spoiler alert, it's kind of a catchy song. For those missing 30 Rock, you can just pretend it's Krakowski's Jenna Maroney singing and that'll take things to a whole new level.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was nominated for three Emmys for the 2017 ceremony. Kemper, Tituss Burgess and the series itself picked up nominations. Netflix renewed the comedy from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock for a fourth season, which is likely a year away. So, let this Sofia the First clip give you a little Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Sofia the First has won Daytime Emmys in the past, maybe this original song done by the Unbreakable duo will get it another?
Sofia the First airs Friday, July 21 at 9 a.m. on Disney Channel.
PBS: GREAT PERFORMANCES “She Loves Me”(Friday, October 20, 9 pm-12 am ET) Two feuding clerks in a 1930s Budapest parfumerie unwittingly find solace in each other as anonymous romantic pen pals—not realizing their respective correspondents are in fact each other. Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi, Jane Krakowski and Gavin Creel star.
‘Luke Cage’: Lucy Liu To Direct Season 2 Premiere For NetflixThe Season 2 premiere of Marvel’s Luke Cage has landed Lucy Liu as director. Having helmed a handful of episodes of CBS’ Elementary, in which she also stars, the Emmy-nominated actress continues her foray behind the camera for the acclaimed superhero series at Netflix.
“What a thrill to collaborate with Marvel and Netflix, two industry titans, who paint our world with inspiring stories and beguiling characters,” Liu said in a statement. “It is such an honor to work with such a passionate and fearless team.”
Series executive producer Jeph Loeb is excited to have Liu on board to helm the premiere. “When you’re dealing with a bulletproof man, it helps if you have a bulletproof director,” he said. “Lucy brings a keen eye, a superb sense of story and an obvious love of actors. She is rocking Luke Cage 2.”
Liu’s involvement with the series, which is set to return in 2018, continues her relationship with Netflix. She recently joined Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell, and Taye Diggs in the streaming giant’s upcoming comedy Set It Up from director Claire Scanlon.
The news also comes after shortly after the announcement of Netflix’s continuing foray into the comic book world with a live-action series based on The Umbrella Academy by former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way and illustrated by Gabriel Bá.
Liu is repped by Framework Entertainment, Untitled Entertainment, ICM Partners, and Schreck Rose Dapello Adams Berlin & Dunham.
Michael Jackson's HalloweenMichael Jackson’s Halloween is coming to CBS this fall in the form of an animated special that will feature music from the late icon’s illustrious catalogue, as well as the voices of TV mainstays Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Christine Baranski (The Good Fight), Alan Cumming (The Good Wife), Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond), Lucy Liu (Elementary), Lucas Till (MacGyver), Kiersey Clemons (Transparent) and George Eads (CSI).
Battle of the Network Stars: Doctors vs. Famous TV Families (7/27)“Doctors vs. Famous TV Families” – The revival of “Battle of the Network Stars,” based on the ‘70s and ‘80s television pop-culture classic, will continue on THURSDAY, JULY 27 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. The original series from ABC Sports began in 1976 and continued for 13 years. The new “Battle of the Network Stars” will be a nostalgic throwback to the original series where TV celebrities blended athleticism with hilarious antics.
Here are the teams for this new episode (* = returning to “Battle of the Network Stars”):
Famous TV Families (Danny Bonaduce, Barry Williams, Beverley Mitchell, *Willie Aames, *Charlene Tilton)vs.
Doctors (Thomas Calabro, Taye Diggs, Rachelle Lefevre, *Deidre Hall, Benjamin Hollingsworth)
Josh Hopkins & Charisma Carpenter Join ‘Mail Order Monster’Cougar Town alum Josh Hopkins and Angel’s Charisma Carpenter and have come aboard the sci-fi family drama Mail Order Monster, from helmer Paulina Lagudi and Jax Productions. The pic stars young actress Madison Horcher (Best Friends Whenever) as 12 year old Sam Pepper, who lost her mother death in a car accident and her reclusive, quirky nature makes her an easy target for bullying. Realizing she’d had enough, Sam orders the parts to build a “Monster” from a comic book ad, and is finally able to get back at the bully. When Sam discovers that her father Roy (Hopkins) proposes to his girlfriend Sydney (Carpenter), She relies on her monster to keep her from getting a new mom. Lagudi and Marc Prey co-wrote the film, which will go before cameras next month in Kentucky. Lagudi is also producing with Robert Ulrich. Hopkins, who recently starred in ABC’s Quantico, is repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment, while Carpenter, repped by TalentWorks and John Carabino Management, appeared in Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders and Lucifer.
Robert Downey Jr. thinking over when to quit ‘Iron Man’Robert Downey Jr. may be hanging up his super suit and give up playing “Iron Man” in the Marvel Cinematic Universe sometime soon.
The 52-year-old star recently addressed his future within the ever-growing world of Marvel heroes being brought to the big, and small, screen. Downey Jr. took on the role of Tony Stark in 2008, and his “Iron Man” installments have been a smash hit, but he said in a recent interview he is worried that remaining in the role for too long could tarnish Stark’s legacy.
“It’s this cyclical thing. I could have said when the first ‘Avengers’ came out: ‘It’s never going to get any better than that. Everybody stop.’ But to me, it’s always about people and opportunities, like the (‘Avengers’ directors Anthony and Joe) Russos, who I adore,” he told News Corp Australia Network.
“Everyone says to me it’s like a glove that fits so well. I have to start over every time but I am starting over with a pretty solid base. I just never want to blow it for the last six or seven (Marvel movies) I have done by dropping the ball because I decided to go do it one more time. I just want to hang up my jersey before it’s embarrassing.”
Downey Jr. has had the most screen time of any other actor in the Marvel universe. To date, he’s been featured in six out of the 15 connected films — not counting his brief cameo in “The Incredible Hulk.” However, it’s worth noting that Downey Jr. hasn’t led one of these movies since “Iron Man 3” in 2013.
In 2014, he disappointed some fans when he confessed to Variety that there were no plans for an “Iron Man 4.” Since that time, though, he’s acted as part of the franchise’s ensemble with memorable supporting roles in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Captain America: Civil War.” He’s currently slated to do so again alongside Tom Holland in the upcoming “Spider-Man: Homecoming” as well as “Avengers: Infinity War,” which will be a two-part story.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe films are the highest-grossing film franchise of all time, beating out heavy hitters like “Stars Wars,” “Harry Potter” and “Fast and the Furious.”
While the actor seems to be cooling off on the Tony Stark role, he’s not outright refusing to return. According to CinemaBlend, he previously told reporters at a “Spider-Man: Homecoming” press junket that he simply wants to ensure he’s attached to quality projects.
“What happens to me is that things are presented to me that are really well thought out by folks that have been doing this correctly for a really long time, and I go like, ‘Check.’”
“Spider-Man: Homecoming” hits theaters July 7, 2017.
‘Doomsday’: Sony TV Eyes Series Order For Ex-ABC Pilot, Extends Cast OptionsIt looks like thriller drama pilot Doomsday, from producer Carol Mendelsohn and Sony Pictures TV, will go to series after all. I’ve learned that Sony TV is exploring a series order for the project, originally set up at ABC this past development season where it did not go beyond the pilot stage. While pickup conversations are going on, Sony TV has moved to extend the options on the cast of Doomsday, which were set to expire June 30. The project stars Claire Holt, Jack Davenport, Rachelle Lefevre, Dan Byrd, Taye Diggs, Justin Chatwin and Rochelle Aytes.
I hear Sony TV is planning to produce Doomsday for global distribution based on oversees interest in the concept and auspices. I hear the studio would open a writers room and fund the production of the series, likely in the 13-episode range, before taking it out to domestic and international buyers.
I hear one of the potential options considered involves Sony Pictures Television Networks’ AXN set of international channels, which distributes Sony TV’s straight-to-series Stana Katic thriller drama Absentia that just had its world premiere at the Monte Carlo Television Festival.
Doomsday was one of the first big buys of the 2016-2017 broadcast development cycle, landing at ABC with a production commitment plus a series penalty behind it. It went to pilot but did not make the cut to series.
Written by Mark Bianculli & VJ Boyd and directed by Joachim Ronning, Doomsday starts in the aftermath of 9/11, when the U.S. government institutes a secret think tank featuring the most creative minds in science and entertainment that is tasked with dreaming up man-made disaster scenarios and their possible solutions. Because the hypothetical ideas are deemed extremely dangerous, the list is sealed and the program shut down. But when a catastrophe occurs that’s ripped from the pages of the missing doomsday book, the team is brought back years later to prevent the disasters of their own making.
Mendelsohn and Julie Weitz executive produce for Sony TV-based Carol Mendelsohn Productions alongside Boyd via Pernomium Pictures and Bianculli via Signal Hill Productions.
If the deals close and Doomsday goes to series, it would be the second broadcast pilot this season to score a series order after getting a pass by its original network. CBS TV Studios’ Insatiable, originally at the CW, has landed at Netflix. As for Sony TV, it would be the second save this season, following NBC’s un-cancellation of the studio’s drama Timeless.
Fall TV First Impression: The Brave(tvline.com) THE SHOW | NBC’s The Brave (Mondays at 10/9c, premiere date TBA)
THE COMPETITION | CBS’ Scorpion and ABC’s The Good Doctor (new)
THE CAST | Mike Vogel (Under the Dome), Anne Heche (Men in Trees), Demetrius Grosse (Banshee), Sofia Pernas (Jane the Virgin), Natacha Karam, Noah Mills (2 Broke Girls), Hadi Tabbal and Tate Ellington (Quantico)
THE SET-UP | Vogel leads a Special Ops team (comprised of Grosse, Karam, Mills and Tabbal), while Heche calls the shots from D.C.
THE FIRST IMPRESSION | You had to twist my arm to press play on this one; after watching SEAL Team, Valor and S.W.A.T. in quick succession, I had OD’d on Elite People Doing Elite Things. (I may have even told Andy Swift at one point to keep his head on a swivel and watch my six. Copy that!) But I must say, The Brave (fka For God and Country) is well-produced, the tactical operations are clever and the cast is impressively diverse in a way that makes their opening undercover maneuvers in Syria rather believable. (Conversely, see Michael Scofield and “Whip” scampering around Yemen completely unchecked.)
Among the ensemble, Vogel has a role that suits him to a tee, Grosse I find to be always engaging and Karam (as a plucky sniper named “Jaz”) is a real find. What’s interesting here is that the cast is poised to always be geographically divided, with Heche (whose DIA honcho suffered a Recent Personal Tragedy, we are repeatedly reminded), Pernas and Ellington manning the strategic ops hub while the others trot the globe. Oh, one last thing: the pilot has the strangest ending.
THE TVLINE BOTTOM LINE | Can The Brave steal eyeballs from those who appreciate Scorpion‘s derring-do but have grown weary of its cartooniness? With ABC also trying out a newbie, many viewers are up for grabs, though The Brave may be missing the “noisy hook” that helped time slot predecessors Revolution (the lights went out!), The Blacklist (James Spader!), Blindspot (naked in a duffel!) and Timeless (time travel!) get out of the gate — especially in a fall season that is well-armed with military dramas.
Watch the trailer for The Brave: Video.
Calista Flockhart, 52, feels older than Harrison Ford, 74Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart are getting ready to celebrate their seventh wedding anniversary on June 15 — and pair couldn’t be happier.
“Harrison and I laugh a lot, and humor is everything to me,” the 52-year-old actress told Closer Weekly on how the pair keep the romance spark alive.
And their 22-year age gap is a “non-issue” within their relationship.
“The truth is, I sometimes feel very much older than Harrison,” admitted Flockhart.
The 74-year-old actor first met the former “Ally McBeal” star at the 2002 Golden Globes. After dating for eight years, the duo tied the knot in June 2010.
“I’m in love,” Ford told Hello! Magazine in 2003. “Romantic love is one of the most exciting and fulfilling kinds of love and I think there is a potential for it at any stage of your life. I was not surprised that I was able to fall in love, and I wasn’t surprised that I did.”
Even then, Flockhart stressed their age difference wasn’t a factor.
“Sometimes I even say, ‘Wow, I keep forgetting that he’s 22 years older than me,’” she said. “It doesn’t factor into our relationship at all. I like the way he looks first thing in the morning. It’s not handsome, it’s more cute. He looks like a little boy.”
Lucy Liu Joins Netflix Comedy Feature ‘Set it Up’Lucy Liu has joined Zoey Deutch (last night’s WIF Face of the Future award winner), Glen Powell, and Taye Diggs in Netflix’s Set It Up from director Claire Scanlon.
Written by Katie Silberman, the film follows the story of two overworked and underpaid assistants, Harper and Charlie (Deutch and Powell), who are wasting their 20s working for superiors who treat them like dirt and work them ’round the clock. Harper and Charlie commiserate with each other about their crazy bosses (Liu and Diggs) and realize that they would have much more free time if the people they worked for weren’t single. They concoct a plan to solve their problem by setting up their respective bosses with each other. As assistants they have all the access and all the power to pull the strings behind the scenes to lure their unwitting bosses into a faux romance. When the plan is a huge success, Harper and Charlie are now free to live their lives. But, things start to spin out of control as they begin to discover what started out as a harmless plan could lead to some unanticipated consequences.
Liu plays Kirsten Stevens, described as “an intimidating, no-nonsense, extremely successful sports reporter.”
The project is being produced by Justin Nappi and Juliet Berman of Treehouse Pictures. Liu plays Dr. Joan Watson on CBS’ Elementary, which is about to wrap its fifth season. On the film side, she’ll next be seen in James Franco’s indie sci-fi film Future World.
Liu is repped by Framework Entertainment, Untitled Entertainment, ICM Partners, and Schreck Rose Dapello Adams Berlin & Dunham.
‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Renewed For Season 4 By NetflixIt is another quick renewal for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt at Netflix. The streaming service has ordered a fourth season of the comedy series, from the 30 Rock duo Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, less than a month after the release of the show’s third season.
The Emmy-nominated series starring Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski and Carol Kane follows the travails of Kimmy (Kemper) who, after living in a cult for fifteen years, decides to reclaim her life and start over in New York City. She quickly finds a new job (working for Krakowski), a new roommate (Burgess), and a new beginning.
Recurring guest stars have included Anna Camp, Josh Charles, David Cross, Amy Sedaris, Tina Fey, Daveed Diggs and Jon Hamm.
Kimmy started with a straight-to-series order at NBC, moving to Netflix before the premiere with a second-season order tacked onto the first. The series received a third-season renewal from Netflix in January 2016, ahead of the April 2016 debut of its second season.
Fey and Carlock serve as executive producers with fellow 30 Rock alums Jeff Richmond and David Miner. The series, from Universal Television, Little Stranger, 3 Arts Entertainment and Bevel Gears, has amassed 11 Emmy nominations, including two in the Outstanding Comedy Series category for each of its first two seasons. Like the first two, Season 3 also has been well received by critics.
Robert Downey Jr. buys Malibu mansion almost as cool as Iron Man’s(Pic) Actor Robert Downey Jr. recently picked up a $3.5 million mansion in Malibu’s 90265 — the ZIP code he shares with his on-screen alter ego, billionaire inventor Tony Stark, aka Iron Man.
In the “Iron Man” movie franchise, Stark owns an over-the-top, cliffside mansion on Point Dume that would easily be worth north of $100 million if it actually existed (the filmmakers digitally created the home).
Downey’s new home is located about 15 minutes south of Point Dume, near Pepperdine University, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The 3,384-square-foot, three-bedroom, three-bath home was built in 1972 on a 1.3-acre lot. Its most striking feature is a floor-to-ceiling — and wall-to-wall — sliding glass door that extends from the living room to the glass-enclosed balcony overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
The open-concept living room flows into the kitchen, which is anchored by a trapezoidal island mirroring the room’s shape. There’s a Viking gas range with a glass-tiled backsplash, a sink with a stone backsplash, and open shelving. A free-standing breakfast bar seats three.
Off the kitchen is a formal dining room. The bedrooms all open to either the backyard or the balcony. The bathrooms have been upgraded, including one with floor-to-ceiling, blue glass tile. Elsewhere, there’s an outdoor kitchen, putting green, exercise studio, black-bottomed pool, whirlpool spa and cabana.
The home hit the market in early May for $3.95 million, and Downey closed on the house in less than a month.
Downey, 52, has been on a real estate shopping spree. He and his wife, Susan, reportedly closed on a $10.5 million, windmill-shaped home in East Hampton, NY, earlier this year.
He’s currently one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood, according to Forbes. The former child actor grappled with drug addiction in his 30s, but later achieved sobriety and restarted his career as Iron Man. He’s also appeared in “Weird Science,” “Tropic Thunder,” and Guy Ritchie’s reboot of “Sherlock Holmes.”
Julianne Nicholson Back In ‘Law & Order’ Fold With ‘Menendez Murders’ RoleJulianne Nicholson, a Law & Order veteran who co-starred on NBC’s Law & Order: Criminal Intent and two other Dick Wolf series, has joined the cast of Law & Order: True Crime – The Menendez Murders. NBC has ordered eight episodes for the first season.
The true-crime anthology series centers on Lyle (Gaston Villanueva) and Erik (Gus Halper) Menendez, brothers who were convicted in 1996 of murdering their parents seven years earlier. After a mistrial and deadlocked juries — there was one trial but two separate juries, one for each brother — they later were re-tried, convicted and sentenced to life without parole.
Edie Falco plays defense attorney Leslie Abramson. Nicholson will play Jill Lansing, Abramson’s whip-smart and trusted partner on the defense team, responsible for representing Lyle. Lansing is a caring professional genuinely dedicated to the Menendez case.
Last week, the series cast Anthony Edwards as Judge Stanley Weisberg, who oversaw the trial and had a contentious relationship with Abramson.
Nicholson guest-starred on the original Law & Order, was a series regular on Conviction and co-starred alongside Chris Noth on Criminal Intent which ran for 10 seasons on NBC and USA Network. She is repped by UTA and Davien Littlefield.
Maya Rudolph, Martin Short, Jane Krakowski Join Voice Cast Of ‘The Willoughbys’Maya Rudolph, Terry Crews, Martin Short, Jane Krakowski and Sean Cullen have joined the voice cast of Bron Animation’s The Willoughbys which is based on Lois Lowry’s 2010 popular children’s book of the same name. Ricky Gervais is the film’s narrator and one of the executive producers.
Rudolph will be the voice of Nanny, who looks after the Willoughby children. Crews is voicing candy mogul Commandor Melanoff, and Short and Krakowski give voice to Father and Mother Willoughby, parents so in love with each other they forget they even have children. Cullen has a duel role of voicing their twin boys Barnaby A and B.
Additional casting is currently underway on the film, which is being repped by WME Global.
The logline: The story follows the four Willoughby children – Tim, Jane and the twins who — when abandoned by their selfish parents — embark on a wild adventure through the modern world, colliding with a cat, an orphan, a nanny and a candy mogul, to reunite with the “family they were born into,” only to discover along the way the value of love in the “family they choose.”
The Willoughbys is being written and directed by Kris Pearn with Cory Evans co-directing, and is currently in pre-production at Bron’s studio in Burnaby, BC. Bron Animation President Brenda Gilbert, Aaron L. Gilbert and Luke Carroll are producing.
Along with Gervais, Jason Cloth of Creative Wealth Media also serves as an executive producer.
The director/co-writer Pearn previously worked on films at Sony, Dreamworks, Lucas/Disney and Aardman with credits including head of story on Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, co-director of Cloudy 2, story supervisor on Arthur Christmas. He also had credits on Surf’s Up, Shawn the Sheep, Home and Pirates: Band of Misfits, and has been nominated twice for Annie Awards (Open Season and Arthur Christmas).
ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT OFFICIALLY RENEWED FOR SEASON 5 AT NETFLIXThat Arrested Development renewal you’ve been waiting on has at long last been formalized.
Netflix on Wednesday confirmed that it has officially greenlit a fifth season of Mitchell Hurwitz’ family farce, with the entire main cast — including Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, Portia de Rossi, David Cross and Alia Shawkat — reprising their signature roles.
The new season will bow in 2018. An episode count was not revealed.
In a shade-throwing statement that likens the Bluths to America’s First Family, series creator Mitchell Hurwitz said, “In talks with Netflix we all felt that that stories about a narcissistic, erratically behaving family in the building business — and their desperate abuses of power — are really underrepresented on TV these days. I am so grateful to them and to 20th TV for making this dream of mine come true in bringing the Bluths, George Sr., Lucille and the kids; Michael, Ivanka, Don Jr., Eric, George-Michael, and who am I forgetting, oh Tiffany. Did I say Tiffany? — back to the glorious stream of life.”
Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos hinted that in Season 5 “the Bluths will collectively be spending more quality time with their millions of fans around the world,” a possible nod to Season 4’s polarizing standalone-character format.
As TVLine previously reported, Season 5 may include a major prequel element, with potentially half of the action unfolding in flashbacks featuring much younger versions of all the principal characters (played by different actors). The move would go a long way in clearing Season 5’s major scheduling hurdle (i.e. corralling the insanely busy cast at the same time) without having to recycle the maligned character-centric conceit. “More of the episodes can now include all of the original cast together, with lots of big group family scenes,” said a source.
Hayden Panettiere Childhood NY Home Hits The Market(Pics) The home Hayden Panettiere was living in when she was breaking into showbiz as a child star is now on the market for $1.75 million.
The crib's in Palisades, New York ... a ritzy suburban enclave where Angelina Jolie grew up, and stars like Bill Murray, Diane Sawyer and Al Pacino have also lived.
Hayden's folks bought the 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home in 1995. It sits on a quaint suburban lot, surrounded by trees and it's just a short walk away from the Hudson River.
Interesting timing on the sale ... Hayden's parents went through a nasty 8-year divorce that finally ended last April. It's unclear whether mom or dad gets the dough from the house. It's still registered in both their names.
Fun fact: When her folks bought this place, Hayden was playing Sarah Roberts on "One Life to Live" ... at the age of 6!
Elementary Renewed for Season 6It’s an 11th hour Elementary pickup, my dear Watson!
CBS has renewed up the Sherlock Holmes procedural for a sixth season, TVLine has learned.
Elementary was conspicuously missing from CBS’ sweeping renewal announcement in March, with the network doling out pickups to nearly all of its established dramas with the exception of Elementary. Although the Jonny Lee Miller-Lucy Liu series has seen its ratings erode considerably in recent seasons, it performs well internationally for CBS (a key factor in its renewal).
With Elementary set for the 2017-18 season, that leaves medical drama Code Black as the last remaining hour-long drama on the bubble for CBS.
‘Difficult People’: Lucy Liu Set To Recur On Season 3 Of Hulu SeriesElementary star Lucy Liu has signed on for a key recurring role on the third season of Hulu’s praised comedy series Difficult People.
The upcoming season finds Julie (Julie Klausner) and Billy (Billy Eichner) remaining each other’s best friends while still their own worst enemies. Julie embarks on a season long quest for happiness, while Billy begins to sour on New York, just as he begins to fall for his first real boyfriend (John Cho). Marilyn (Andrea Martin) lands a book deal, and Arthur (James Urbaniak) is forced to commute to the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre in Jupiter Florida, where PBS has moved all of its productions.
Liu will play Veronica a morally corrupt, taste-challenged, highly successful alpha female. Veronica is the book editor who gives Marilyn (Martin) a chance to publish her own book.
Liu plays Dr. Joan Watson on CBS’ Elementary, which is about to wrap its fifth season. On the film side, she’l next be seen in James Franco’s indie sci-fi film Future World. Liu is repped by Framework Entertainment, Untitled Entertainment, ICM, and Schreck Rose Dapello Adams Berlin & Dunham.
The third season of Difficult People will premiere August 8 on Hulu.
Bruce Dern & Gil Bellows Board Indie Film ‘Nation’s Fire’Bruce Dern and Gil Bellows have joined the indie feature Nation’s Fire, from writer-director Thomas Churchill. Described as Easy Rider meets The Professional, the story is about a Marine (Paul Sloan) who has to help a woman (Kritsa Grotte) seeking revenge for the death of her son.
Also in the cast are Chuck Liddell, Kristen Renton and Massimo Dobrovic. Filming is underway in Los Angeles.
Dern, who is upcoming in Chappaquiddick and White Boy Rick, has two Oscar nominations over his long career for Coming Home (1978) and Nebraska (2014). He is repped by Innovative Artists and Pure Arts.
Bellows’ credits include the TV series Patriot, on which he also is an exec producer, and Eyewitness. In addition, he won Emmy and Peabody awards for the HBO film Temple Grandin and is starring and exec producer on the indie feature Business Ethics. He is repped by Don Buchwald & Associates and Luber Rocklin Management.
The producers on Nation’s Fire are Phillip B. Goldfine, Robert Ori and Carmine Famiglietti. The film is being financed by Hollywood Media Bridge. Executive producers are Binh Dang, Benjamin Sacks and Jason Hewitt.
Regina Hall & Haley Lu Richardson Topline Andrew Bujalski’s Indie ‘Support The Girls’Regina Hall and Split co-star Haley Lu Richardson will star along with James Le Gros, AJ Michalka, Dylan Gelula, Shayna McHayle, Lea DeLaria, Jana Kramer and Brooklyn Decker in Support The Girls, a new indie comedy from writer-director Andrew Bujalski. Shooting is underway in Austin.
Sam Slater will produce for Burn Later Productions alongside Houston King of Houston King Productions, reteaming with Bujalski after they produced his 2015 Sundance pic Results starring Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders and Kevin Corrigan. Jonathan Fryd, Scott Carmel and David Bernon are executive producers.
The plot centers on Lisa Conroy (Hall) who may not love managing the restaurant Double Whammies, but she loves her employees more than anything, not only Danyelle (McHale), and Maci (Richardson) her closest friends, but also her extended family. Unfortunately, the cheap, curmudgeonly owner Ben Cubby (Le Gros) doesn’t care nearly as much, and confronts Lisa when he learns that she’s using the restaurant to raise money for Shaina (Kramer), an employee in legal trouble related to an abusive boyfriend. To get even, the girls decide to sabotage the restaurant on the night of a major mixed martial arts fight.
Hall is repped by ICM Partners and Principato-Young Entertainment, and Richardson by Gersh, 3 Arts Entertainment and Coast to Coast Talent Group. LeGros is with Innovative Artists and Industry Entertainment, AJ Michalka by Gersh and Primary Wave Entertainment. Gelula is represented by CAA and Management 360. McHayle is represented by Kathryn Kenealy and ICM Partners. DeLaria is represented by The Katz Company. Jana Kramer is repped by Primary Wave and WME, and Decker is with Gersh and Authentic Management.
Bujalski is represented by CAA.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Jane Krakowski Says Jacqueline Will Sing in Season 3Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's first two seasons raised the bar for absurd sight gags and goofy musical numbers, and Season 3 will be no exception. In fact, Season 3 will be more musical than ever, Jane Krakowski told TVGuide.com at the premiere in New York Friday.
And while exuberant performer extraordinaire Titus (Tituss Burgess) traditionally gets all the shine for fanciful musical follies on the show -- including the classic "Peeno Noir" from Season 1 and "Outside Bones" from Season 2 -- Season 3 is going to spread the musical love around, specifically to Krakowski's character Jacqueline.
Though creators Robert Carlock and Tina Fey initially balked at having Jacqueline croon because the idea was too close to her role as Jenna Maroney on 30 Rock, she'll now get to share her vocal talents -- a development that, as you see in the video, is enough to make Krakowski break out in song on the spot.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt returns on Friday, May 19 on Netflix.
‘Z: The Beginning of Everything’ Star Christina Ricci On Presenting Zelda Fitzgerald’s Full Humanity(Video) Last night at the Hollywood Athletic Club, Amazon Studios pulled out all the stops in a presentation for their original series Z: The Beginning of Everything, screening two episodes of the series, followed by a panel discussion with the series’ stars, Christina Ricci and David Hoflin, and costume designer Tom Broecker moderated by Deadline’s Joe Utichi.
A thirty-minute period drama series created by Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin (The Killing)—based on the novel Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, by Therese Anne Fowler—Z: The Beginning of Everything presents a fictionalized look at the extraordinary life and times of American socialite and writer Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald (Christina Ricci), one of the most iconic public personas of her era, alongside her husband, F. Scott Fitzgerald (David Hoflin).
“I just happened to read Therese’s book, and I loved it, and I couldn’t believe that I had such misconceptions about Zelda Fitzgerald,” Ricci said, of the way in which she found her way to the project.” Assuming someone was already making a film about Zelda’s incredible life story, Ricci had her manager inquire about the rights to the novel, which she ultimately realized were still available.
The executive producer and star of the Amazon series, Ricci was inspired by the idea of taking a figure shrouded in mythology and bringing her to life in a new way. “I think that for me, what I really wanted was this idea of giving this woman who lives in myth—either adored or reviled—make her human, give her back her humanity,” the actress remarked.
When it came to preparations for their roles in the series, Ricci and Hoflin had very different methodologies, with Ricci pursuing a deeper dive into research, to do the part justice. “I did tons and tons of research about Zelda—I read two biographies, I read all of her writing that I could get my hands on, and I read all of [F. Scott Fitzgerald’s] writing,” she explained. “I read about that period of time in America—I pretty much covered all my bases, because it is very intimidating to play somebody who is kind of the stuff of legend. You don’t want to disappoint anyone, or embarrass yourself.”
Hoflin, on the other hand, found that indulging in too much research can become an all-consuming venture. “I think you can go crazy, doing so much research, because there’s so much stuff written about them, and then not only that, but we’ve got obviously scripts to read, and there’s an element of a storyline that Z’s telling,” he said. “It’s a person’s view on what happened, so I think there’s gotta be a limit, or at least there was for me. There’s a limit to doing research, and then trying to work out how that relates to the actual work that you’re doing.”
In approaching Z, Ricci was much more interested in examining who Zelda Fitzgerald really was away from the glamor, the Hollywood spotlight, and the persona the writer put on in public—though the actress admitted that Fitzgerald’s real and constructed personas did, at times, coincide.
“For me, it’s very much about playing a woman, about being very real, and human, and heartfelt,” Ricci explained. “It’s sort of like pulling back the curtain a little bit, so the celebrity aspect of it and the iconic kind of aspect of it was something I didn’t even think of at all, except for the way that celebrity affected her behavior, and how she felt about herself.”
Emmy-winning costumer Tom Broecker sparked to the idea of visually examining a fascinating moment in fashion and culture, generally, profiting in his process from visual resources and a “wealth of information” that are readily available to the public.
“The interesting part about this show, for me anyway, is that it is a really ugly period, until you actually get to know it, and then it’s a really spectacularly beautiful period, because it’s actually right before what we imagine as the most beautiful period in fashion, which is the later ‘20s,” Broecker said.
Bowing in January, Z‘s first season follows Zelda’s marriage to the author, and subsequent marital tensions stemming from both a raucous partying lifestyle, and F. Scott’s inability to take his wife on her own terms, recognizing her worth and innate ability as a writer.
With the announcement of a Season 2 renewal for the series coming just hours before the night’s panel, Ricci expressed her excitement at the prospect of a second season, discussing what it may mean for the show going forward.
“We’re truly thrilled. It’s such a rich history and their story is so fascinating. It should be a pretty exciting second season,” the actress said, while acknowledging that the story may continue to travel down some darker avenues. “Certainly, we’re going to get more into the complexities of their marriage, and what led to her (Zelda’s) breakdown.”
The Z panel last night and a final presentation at the Hollywood Athletic Club tonight mark the culmination of a two-week FYC event, in which Amazon set up ten rooms within the two levels of the Sunset Blvd. facility, each specifically designed for one of Amazon’s roster of television series. The series represented include The Man in the High Castle, Z: The Beginning of Everything, Goliath, Sneaky Pete, Patriot, Mozart in the Jungle, Catastrophe, Transparent, the yet-to-premiere I Love Dick, and two beloved children’s television programs, Just Add Magic and An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win.
To view Deadline’s conversation with Christina Ricci, David Hoflin and costume designer Tom Broecker for yourself, click above.
‘Z: The Beginning Of Everything’ Renewed For Season 2 By AmazonAmazon has renewed Z: The Beginning of Everything for a second season, Deadline has confirmed.
Created by Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin, the bio-series is based on the life of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, the brilliant, beautiful and talented Southern Belle who becomes the original flapper and icon of the wild, flamboyant Jazz Age in the 20s.
Starring Christina Ricci as Zelda, Z: The Beginning of Everything starts before she meets the unpublished writer F. Scott Fitzgerald (David Hoflin) and moves through their passionate, turbulent love affair and their marriage—made in heaven, lived out in hell as the celebrity couple of their time. The series travels through the wild parties, the wicked jazz, the dissolute artists of the era, as well as the alcoholism, adultery and struggle with dashed dreams and mental illness that characterizes their later years. David Strathairn co-stars.
Prestwich and Yorkin who also exec produce along with Pamela Koffler, Christine Vachon and Ricci.
Lucy Liu uses Mandarin skills to help out lost manLucy Liu to the rescue.
Prior to a Sunday performance of Broadway’s “The Little Foxes,” starring Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon, a spy says, “a delivery man was confused about where he should be. He spoke very limited English, but kept asking about a hotel.”
We’re told no one at the Manhattan Theatre Club could help.
“He was holding up the box-office line .?.?. A woman stepped forward and said, ‘He just needs to know where he’s going. I can help.’?”We’re told the woman was Liu, who gave the man directions in fluent Mandarin and sent him on his way.
“It was very classy,” said the source.
‘Scandal’ Bids Farewell To Series Regular; Departing Co-Star & Creator Shonda Rhimes ReactSPOILER ALERT: The story includes a detail about tonight’s episode of ABC’s Scandal.
Tonight’s “Trojan Horse” marked the final episode of Scandal‘s Portia De Rossi, whose character Elizabeth North was brutally murdered in the ongoing fight for power. Introduced in Season 4 of the soapy Washington DC-set ABC drama, the brash and resourceful Republican operative Liz North was an instant standout, with De Rossi joining the cast as a regular at the beginning of Season 5. But she had been rarely seen lately as her character had not been involved in the current storylines of Season 6.
“I am incredibly grateful for my time here at Scandal!,” De Rossi said in a statement. “I will miss playing Elizabeth North but I’ve made the decision to focus on a business opportunity. Shonda, Betsy and the cast have been incredibly supportive of my decision. I will always love my Scandal family. I’ll be watching!”
Scandal creator/executive producer Shonda Rhimes, who executive produces alongside Betsy Beers, bid a fond farewell to the popular character and to De Rossi.
“I have been a fan of Portia’s for years and it was an honor to have her join our Scandal family,” she said in a statement. “Portia infused Liz North with a smart powerful vulnerable soul while also making the humor sing — and that brought all of us in the writers room a lot of joy. If I could keep her forever, I would — but kidnapping is illegal. Besides, I am incredibly impressed with the vision she has for her creative future. I wish her all the best.”
While Scandal has had a sizable body count over the years, more recently President-elect Vargas, Huck’s duplicitous girlfriend Meg and bystander Jennifer Flowers, the main cast of the show has stayed intact. Guillermo Diaz’s Huck came this close to death a couple of episodes ago but pulled through.
Supergirl: Calista Flockhart Returning for Final Episodes of Season 2Looks like Superman isn’t the only fan-favorite character booking a return trip to National City.
TVLine has confirmed that Calista Flockhart will reprise the role of Cat Grant in the final two episodes of Supergirl‘s second season. Unfortunately, any further details — including the reason for Cat’s return — remain tightly under wraps.
A series regular during Supergirl‘s first season, Flockhart appeared in just two episodes of Season 2 before bidding Kara & Co. adieu. As expressed repeatedly by the show’s producers, a return has been in the cards for quite a while — it was always an issue of timing.
“We’re still trying to work out her schedule,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg told reporters back in October. At the time, he said the team hoped to have Flockhart back for “as many [episodes] as we can get.”
Nashville Renewed for Season 6 at CMTRayna Jaymes must be smiling down on her former CMT series, because Nashville will be back for a sixth season, CMT announced Tuesday.
Season 6 of the country-music drama will consist of 16 episodes, premiering in early 2018.
Nashville made its official CMT debut in January to a total audience of 1.2 million, before floating down toward the 800,000-viewer range. But since Rayna’s death, the same-day audience has ticked up, settling back in around a million weekly viewers.
CMT also revealed that the drama’s midseason premiere, which will pick up a few months after Rayna’s death, will air on Thursday, June 1 at 9/8c.
Charles Esten (Deacon) and Hayden Panettiere (Juliette) happily shared the news with the cast and crew in a Facebook video that you can watch here.
Julianne Nicholson, Emma Roberts & Zachary Quinto To Star In New Matthew Newton Pic ‘Who We Are Now’Julianne Nicholson, Emma Roberts and Zachary Quinto have been set to star in Who We Are Now, the follow-up movie for writer-director Matthew Newton after his SXSW-winning pic From Nowhere. The new pic, which reunites Newton with his From Nowhere star Nicholson, has just started shooting in New York.
The drama centers on convicted felon Beth (Nicholson), who forms an unlikely alliance with a young public defense lawyer Jess (Roberts), who does everything she can to get Beth’s young son back from her sister after Beth went into prison 10 years earlier for manslaughter. Beth finally lowers her guard enough to meet a former U.S. soldier (Quinto) unfazed by her checkered past.
No Place Like Films’ Newton and Kate Ballen (who co-wrote From Nowhere, which won the Narrative Spotlight audience award at SXSW 2016) are producing with Living the Dream Films’ Ray Bouderau and ESA’s Varun Monga. Alex Lebovici and Steve Ponce of Oriah Entertainment are executive producing with Cedarvale Pictures’ Michael Bien. UTA Independent Film Group is repping the project.
Nicholson is repped by UTA and Davien Littlefield, Roberts is with CAA and Sweeney Entertainment and Quinto with CAA and Untitled Entertainment. Newton is repped by ESA.
‘Redliners’: Greg Germann Joins NBC Drama PilotGreg Germann (Ally McBeal) has joined the series regular cast of Redliners, NBC‘s drama pilot based on short stories by Charlaine Harris. Written by Emerald City executive producer Shaun Cassidy and comic creator Kelly Sue DeConnick and directed by Jason Ensler, in the tone of Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Redliners mixes humor, romance and espionage. It follows a pair of former operatives who get reactivated and drawn into a larger conspiracy while attempting to maintain their undercover lives. Germann will play David Angola, Holt’s handler at the FBI, a shrewd, political opportunist who learned spycraft from books. Known for playing Richard Fish in the hit TV series Ally McBeal, Germann can most recently be seen in feature Get Hard opposite Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. He’s repped by Innovative Artists, Silver Lining Entertainment and attorney Frank Stewart.
Eyewitness CancelledUSA Network’s Eyewitness report has come to an end.
The cabler has cancelled the crime drama after one season.
Eyewitness — which was adapted from the Norwegian program Øyevitne — centered around two teenage boys (played by Tyler Young and James Paxton) who witness a triple-homicide during a romantic encounter in a cabin. The show also starred Julianne Nicholson (Masters of Sex) and Gil Bellows (Ally McBeal).
Empire's Taye Diggs to Star in ABC's End of Days-Themed Doomsday PilotDon’t tell Cookie Lyon, but it appears Angelo Dubois is moving on.
Taye Diggs — who’s currently recurring on Fox’s Empire as Taraji P. Henson’s love interest — is set to star in ABC’s apocalyptic drama pilot Doomsday, TVLine has learned.
Written by Justified vets Mark Bianculli and VJ Boyd and EPd’ by CSI vet Carol Mendelsohn, the hour-long thriller centers on a secret think tank that is tasked with dreaming up man-made disaster scenarios and their possible solutions. Because the hypothetical ideas are deemed extremely dangerous, the list is sealed and the program shut down.But when a catastrophe occurs that’s ripped from the pages of the missing doomsday book, the team is brought back years later to prevent the disasters of their own making.
Diggs will portray Dr. Davis, a celebrity at the Navy SEAL training base who’s dubbed he’s “Captain America by way of Harvard. He holds a PhD in anthropology and a masters in military strategy. But unlike your average soldier or sailor, Chris is not one to blindly follow orders — a trait that has gotten him benched by the SEALS despite a heroic act in combat. Chris is a devoted family man, tough and tenacious, but with a warm sense of humor, he, too, is a member of the former Doomsday Project think tank, and being summoned again to thwart an imminent attack is the first real military situation he’s been a part of since his suspension.
The Doomsday ensemble also includes Under the Dome‘s Rachelle Lefevre Smash‘s Jack Davenport and Cougar Town‘s Dan Byrd.
Anne Heche Nabs Lead in NBC Military Drama Pilot For God and CountryAnne Heche is ready to serve again at NBC.
The Hung grad — who previously toplined the Peacock network’s Save Me and recurred on The Michael J. Fox Show — will star opposite Mike Vogel in NBC’s military-themed pilot For God and Country, our sister site Deadline reports.
The drama, penned by Dean Georgaris (Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life), is said to take an in-depth look into the complicated world of our bravest military heroes, who make personal sacrifices while executing the most challenging and dangerous missions behind enemy lines.
In the pilot, Vogel plays Michael Dalton, leader of a special ops group in charge of retrieving a kidnapped American doctor. Heche’s Patricia Campbell works opposite Dalton, and as Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, oversees a team of surveillance analysts in charge of uncovering and interpreting threats. She is the mother of both a 19-year-old son currently enlisted in the Marines and a seven-year-old son at home who is known for her ability to remain calm while supervising any looming crisis.
Heche most recently appeared alongside real-life hubby James Tupper on Syfy’s one-and-done Aftermath. Her previous TV credits also include Dig, Men in Trees, Everwood and Another World.
Robert Downey Jr. To Star In Con Man Pic Based On Podcast; Richard Linklater DirectsAnnapurna Pictures has partnered with Susan and Robert Downey Jr.’s Team Downey production company on an untitled feature film based on the episode “Man of the People” from Gimlet Media’s “Reply All” podcast. Richard Linklater is set to direct the project with Downey Jr. attached to star.
The podcast tells the true story of charlatan Dr. John Brinkley who scams his way to fame and fortune using fake medicine, populism, and the newest technology of the time: radio. As Brinkley’s fame grows, he gets the attention of Dr. Morris Fishbein, editor of the American Medical Association who begins a decade long quest to take him down. “Reply All,” which features stories about how people shape technology and how technology shapes people, aired “Man of the People” on January 19.
Team Downey’s Susan Downey and Robert Downey Jr. will produce alongside Annapurna’s Megan Ellison. Linklater will co-produce through his Detour Filmproduction banner with Gimlet Media’s PJ Vogt, Tim Howard, and Chris Giliberti.
Downey Jr., of course, plays Iron Man in the Marvel Comics movies and next appears in Spider-Man: Homecoming and Avengers: Infinity War. His recent non-superhero films including The Judge and Chef. Linklater is a five-time Oscar nominee whose Boyhood was up for Best Picture in 2015, and most recently helmed Everybody Wants Some!!, which Annapurna produced. Other credits include Before Midnight and its predecessors, along with Bernie, Fast Food Nation and the stoner classic Dazed and Confused.
Annapurna recently produced 20th Century Women, Sausage Party, Joy, American Hustle and Foxcatcher.
CAA represents Gimlet Media, Linklater and Downey Jr.
2017 Kids' Choice Awards: Complete List of NominationsJohn Cena will host the ceremony live from USC's Galen Center in L.A. March 11 at 8 p.m.
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Christina Ricci Discusses Her Amazon Original Series(Video) Christina Ricci stops by to give us the scoop on her role as Zelda Fitzgerald in the Amazon original, “Z: The Beginning of Everything.” The biography series gives viewers a glimpse into the life of Zelda Fitzgerald before she meets, “The Great Gatsby” author, F. Scott Fitzgerald. From wild parties and turbulent love affairs to jazz music and mental illness, the series doesn’t hold back. Interview at 692 Broadway in NYC for BUILD Series.
Courtney Thorne-Smith on Fresh Off The BoatCourtney Thorne-Smith (‘Melrose Place’) Guest Stars as Ann.
“Neighbors with Attitude” – Jessica is disappointed to learn that she is excluded from the Neighborhood Watch, because she has a reputation of not being a team player. But when Ann’s son goes missing, Jessica proves that her independent security measures work better than everyone else’s. Meanwhile, Eddie sets the stage for the perfect first kiss with Alison, on a special Valentine’s Day-themed episode of ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat,” airing on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 (9:00–9:30 p.m. EST).
Ellen, NPH, Jim Parsons, Laverne Cox and Others Say 'Thanks Obama' on Behalf of LGBT Community(Video) Ellen DeGeneres has assembled some of television’s biggest stars to thank outgoing President Barack Obama for all that he has done for the LGBT community.
The heartfelt tribute airs as part of Friday’s Ellen (check your local listings), which in many parts of the country will be broadcast following coverage of Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Among the long list of celebs who pay their respects to Obama: Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Debra Messing (Will & Grace), Neil Patrick Harris (A Series of Unfortunate Events), Laverne Cox (Orange Is the New Black), Drew Barrymore (Santa Clarita Diet), Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family), Colton Haynes (Arrow), Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld), Nathan Lane (The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story), George Takei (Star Trek), Kristen Bell (The Good Place), Jonathan Groff (Looking), Alan Cumming (The Good Wife), Lily Tomlin (Grace & Frankie), Tig Notaro (One Mississippi), Chris Colfer (Glee), Dan Bucatinsky (Scandal) and DeGeneres’ wife, Portia De Rossi (Scandal).
“It would have been hard to believe we could have repealed Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, pass the Hate Crimes Act and legalize marriage equality all with one president, but yes, we could, and yes, we did,” DeGeneres said. “President Obama, we are all so grateful for everything you’ve done in the name of equality, kindness and love.”
People's Choice Awards 2017 WinnersFavorite Action Movie Actor: Robert Downey Jr.
Margot Robbie’s ‘I, Tonya’ Adds Julianne NicholsonAugust: Osage County actress Julianne Nicholson has joined the cast of I, Tonya, the biopic starring Margot Robbie as disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding along with Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney and Paul Walter Hauser. Filming commenced today in Atlanta on the Craig Gillespie-directed film that centers on Harding’s involvement in the 1994 assault on rival Nancy Kerrigan, exposing the absurd, tragic and funny story-behind-the-story of the most infamous tabloid scandals in the history of figure skating and the Olympics.
Nicholson will play Diane Rawlinson, Harding first skating coach. Her recent credits include the films Black Mass and Sophie And The Rising Sun, which bows in theaters January 27. She also toplined the USA Network series Eyewitness.
Miramax will distribute the pic written by Steven Rogers. Clubhouse Pictures’ Bryan Unkeless, LuckyChap’s Robbie and Tom Ackerley, and Rogers are producing, with AI’s Len Blavatnik and Aviv Giladi as exec producers. Rosanne Korenberg is overseeing the film for Miramax, and Sierra/Affinity is handling international sales.
UTA Independent Film Group and CAA handled representation of U.S. rights.
The Lifetime movie starring Viola Davis and Hayden PanettiereThe Lifetime movie Custody, starring Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder) and Hayden Panettiere (Nashville), will air Saturday, March 4 at 8/7c. The film centers around three women brought together when a single mother has her children taken from her. Additionally, the new drama series Mary Kills People, featuring Hannibal‘s Caroline Dhavernas as a doctor who helps others end their lives with dignity, will debut Sunday, April 23 at 10 pm.
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Hayden Panettiere Opens Up About Postpartum Depression and Rehab: "I'm All the Stronger for It"Hayden Panettiere is starting 2017 off strong.
The Nashville star appeared on Good Morning America Thursday and opened up about her struggles with postpartum depression after welcoming daughter Kaya, 2. "It takes you a while and you feel off," Panettiere explained of how she realized something was wrong. "You don't feel like yourself."
With the love and support of her fiancé Wladimir Klitschko, Panettiere checked into rehab to receive treatment—a decision she said made her a "better mom."
"Women are so resilient, and that's the incredible thing about them," she said. "I think I'm all the stronger for it. I think I'm a better mom because of it because you never take that connection for granted."
Even though Panettiere is away from her daughter these days—little Kaya is skiing in Austria (no big deal!)—the Heroes alum is "feeling fabulous."
"I'm feeling great," she gushed, adding that filming Nashville has helped her get back on track. "I'm so glad to be back playing Juliette. Everything she's been through has been like a hazard sign in the road. She made me stronger. I feel like she's a phoenix. She crashes and burns and then she rises from the ashes and she always takes the lesson and becomes stronger for it.
"So we have that in common I think," Panettiere added.
Panettiere's onscreen character also struggled with postpartum depression. "It absolutely helped me," she said of playing her country star character. "I think it helped me identify what was going on. And to let women know that it's OK to ask for help and it's OK to have a moment of weakness. It doesn't make you a bad person, doesn't make you a bad mother. It makes you a very strong, resilient woman. You've just got to let it make you stronger."
Taye Diggs Survives Crash, G Wagon TrashedTaye Diggs got a wheel torn clear off his Mercedes SUV during what looks like a solo wreck Wednesday night in West Hollywood.
The photos from the rainy accident scene show Taye was lucky to walk away from the crash -- looks like he somehow ended up in a ditch on the side of Melrose Ave.
Taye seemed to be okay as he walked away from the scene, but his G-Wagon had to be towed.
We've reached out to Taye's camp, but no word back yet.
2016 Critics’ Choice Award WinnersBEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES: Jane Krakowski – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Netflix
Bon Jovi to rock Art Basel with secret showArt Basel will go out on a hell of a high note — Bon Jovi is playing a secret uber-VIP show in Miami on Saturday.
The iconic band fronted by Jon Bon Jovi is performing a much-anticipated private show for SiriusXM at the Faena Theater for just 200 invited guests and subscribers Saturday night.
Jon signed up for the show after he was a guest at Coldplay’s intimate SiriusXM show in the Hamptons this summer, and it will air live on the broadcaster’s Bon Jovi Radio channel.
Word is getting out about the hot-ticket show, with just a select few of the VIPs in town for Art Basel and the surrounding fairs attending, along with lucky subscribers.
A source told us of the Bon Jovi show, “The band’s arena tour starts in February. This is one of the world’s biggest bands playing a tiny room.”
Bon Jovi’s “This House Is Not for Sale” tour kicks off in Greenville, SC, on Feb. 8.
Meanwhile, frontman Jon Bon Jovi was seen perusing the art on sale at Art Basel on Thursday, and being stopped numerous times to take photos with fans.
Nashville Sneak Peek Set for Dec. 15 on CMT(nashville.altervista.org) The holidays are coming early for the Nashies!
As a gift for the fans, CMT will sneak the first hour of the two-hour season premiere of Nashville on Thursday, Dec. 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. (Video)
Additionally, CMT just dropped the first trailer for the new season. Check it out!
The season begins with Rayna and Deacon facing a new normal with Maddie now back home and Highway 65 struggling financially. The shocking news about Juliette creates a wave of emotions throughout Nashville and sets Rayna off on a journey of discovery.
The two-hour season premiere of Nashville will debut on Thursday, Jan. 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
What breakup? Hayden and Wladimir party at Art BaselAfter shooting down breakup rumors, Hayden Panettiere and boxing champ Wladimir Klitschko stepped out together at an Art Basel Miami Beach party.
The “Nashville” star and Klitschko appeared together at the Daily Front Row bash at the Faena Art Dome on the beach on Tuesday night.
The couple happily posed for photos and mingled with other guests including supermodel Natasha Poly, the covergirl for the Daily Front Row’s Art Basel edition, plus editor-in-chief Brandusa Niro and publisher Mark Tevis.
Panettiere, who said she recently sought treatment for postpartum depression following the birth of their daughter Kaya, who is nearly 2, shot down rumors that she and the Ukrainian boxing champ had split after she was spotted in New York without her engagement ring.
“Missing rings don’t mean the end of relationships,” she captioned a photo of herself cuddling with Klitschko and their daughter, “Blessed to be with my beautiful family.”
Bon Jovi’s donation saves Benjamin Franklin’s gravestoneA fundraising campaign to help save Benjamin Franklin’s damaged gravestone is no longer livin’ on a prayer.
Rocker Jon Bon Jovi and his wife, Dorothea, on Tuesday donated $5,000 to the Christ Church Preservation Trust to quickly push it past its $10,000 goal.
The marble ledger tablet marking Franklin’s grave at Philadelphia’s Christ Church Burial Ground has developed a significant crack on top of the pitting caused by the ritual of tossing pennies onto Franklin’s grave.
Thousands of coins are thrown onto the marker each year in a tribute to Franklin’s adage, “a penny saved, is a penny earned.”
Franklin, who died in 1790, is one of seven signers of the Declaration of Independence buried across from Independence Mall.
The trust received grants to cover most of the restoration costs.
People’s Choice Awards Nominees SetHere’s another election America must undertake: Voting opens today for the People’s Choice Awards 2017. Nominees were unveiled this morning at Paley Center in Los Angeles, with online voting set to run through December 15 and winners announced during a ceremony January 18 at Microsoft Theater L.A. Live and broadcast on CBS.
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Tumultuous period for the band inspires new Bon Jovi albumJon Bon Jovi has been waiting for a cue from Mick Jagger to know when it's time hang up his microphone.
"At least I know where the end zone is," Bon Jovi joked.
But then after hearing that Chuck Berry is still playing music at 90, the 54-year old rocker threw his hands up.
As Bon Jovi releases their 14th studio album, "This House Is Not For Sale," the frontman admits that he's thinking about the finish line a bit more these days. Though he has no intention of slowing down anytime soon — Bon Jovi goes on a world tour in February — he doesn't see the band performing in their seventies, a la the recent Desert Trip concert series in Indio, California, featuring Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, the Stones and more.
"I am so proud and in awe of them. And that was the music of our youth," Bon Jovi said.
"But it hurts here and here," he added, pointing to his neck and back.
Besides, even if he stops touring at some point, he knows the music will always be there.
"This is the closest thing I will ever know to immortality," Bon Jovi said.
The new album not only adds to the band's catalog, it also makes a statement, particularly about the difficulties they endured since the release of their last album, 2013's "What About Now."
They flirted with the possibility of leaving their longtime music label, Universal Music Group, when it seemed the sides couldn't come to terms.
"Though we were the longest tenured and biggest-selling artist on the label, we had come to a crossroad. We had to come to terms to what the future would look like," he said.
They ended up working out a deal, but "The Devils in the Temple," off the new album, paints a negative view of the music industry now.
Their record label challenges didn't compare to their most seismic jolt — the departure of guitarist Richie Sambora, who had been with the group since its inception, during their tour for that album. Sambora, who in the past had battled substance abuse, was almost as popular with fans at Bon Jovi himself.
"He decided not to show up one night. But we had 80 more shows and there's 120 people whose families depend on the paycheck for a year, and the record company that was having an album come in at No. 1 that Tuesday. That was one of those days," he said.
He was replaced by guitarist Phil X, who felt the disappointment of fans — some held signs reading "Where's Richie?" in the audience.
"But then the Phil X signs started to pop up," he recalled.
It was a difficult situation for him to be in, and it remains so.
"Musically — as a guitar player, it's one if those things where I'm not like Richie, but I'm not really me. I'm this guy in the middle that shows up and delivers and expresses the guitar parts and the vocal parts," said Phil X. "Richie, you gotta tip your hat to his ability."
And despite the loss of Sambora, Bon Jovi not only survived, but also has managed to thrive. The group's ability to soldier on is represented by the photo on the album cover: It shows an old house spawning from thick roots, as if it were part of a large tree.
"A lot of history had lived in those four walls. But it was in disrepair. (And) it all came to me — this house is not for sale. That became the cornerstone of the record," he said. "Because now it wasn't going to be a collection of songs, it was going to a thread that was gonna take us through these last tumultuous three years."
"Those roots are our integrity," said Dave Bryan, the band's keyboard player.
Lucy Liu Has a Few Anti-Aging Secrets You Need to Know NowNot all of us can say we work on a hit TV show for a living, but most of us can relate to an eight-hour-plus workday.
So how does 47-year old Lucy Liu manage to always look fresh, and quite honestly, the same age she did a decade ago? It probably has something to do with her healthy eating habits, hardcore morning workouts and her insistence on only wearing comfortable heels.
In fact, the Elementary star favors comfy shoes so much that she just partnered with Italian shoe designer Bruno Magli to help design "The Lucy" pump (with portion of the proceeds benefiting UNICEF) for his new fall line.
"I just like the idea of a pump because I'm shorter, and it gives the illusion of a longer leg," the actress said.
What other easy-yet-wise lifestyle tips does this Hollywood veteran offer up? Keep reading.
Tell us about the Lucy pumps you helped design.
They're classic with a twist. I like a little bit of toe cleavage, and you get that look with the classic M-design of these shoes. It was important that all of the colors were neutral and timeless (think two-toned palettes in combos of nude, black, snakeskin, grey, metallic and red). I always gravitate toward neutrals. I especially love a grey neutral; it goes with brown, black and you can wear it with anything—on the red carpet and even with jeans.
What's most important in a shoe for you?
Comfort. I feel the inside…that's what I do when I buy a shoe. I check to see if it's cushioned. If it's not, then I won't buy it. I kept that in mind with these pumps.
What's a typical outfit for you?
I love to wear a dress during the day. I usually go workout in the morning, take a shower and throw a dress on with a pair of heels. It's easy because, as soon as I get to work, I have to take it off to put on a costume. And then when I'm done at work, I throw it back on and it still feels fresh. It's simple to dress up if I'm going out after work, too.
What's a typical workday like for you?
I get up early, around 6 a.m. I'll get up, take the dog out and workout. I have an hour and a half before I even get to the gym, then an hour at the gym and then I'm off to work. Typically my workday is 14 hours long, so by the time I come back home, I'm dead.
What workouts do you do?
I am obsessed with SoulCycle right now. It energizes me and helps wake me up in the morning. With all of the lines that I have to memorize, it sort of activates my brain. Obviously, it's not easy to get up, but it's fun to be in a group of people. We all kind of suffer together.
What's your skin-care routine like?
I've really minimized my skin-care routine over the years. I used to do a lot of different things, but now I put coconut oil and Avène cream on my face and call it a night. And if you drink a lot of water, that helps, too.
What's your go-to everyday makeup?
A concealer, mascara and cream blush. I think that's the key. The cream blush I have, I think it's Avon, I use on my lips, too. The mascara I have is literally just from the Japanese supermarket. Tom Ford does a really great foundation stick. It looks great on camera, too. Oh, and a wonderful Elizabeth Arden eyebrow pencil. Maybe I'll bring that with me for an evening look.
Do you have any non-product related beauty tips?
Aside from exercising, these days I'm eating really organic. I'll even pass on something if I don't think it's organic. I'm doing that more now because I have a 1-year old son and it's important for me to feed him things that are fresh. For him, who's growing and developing, it's going to make a big difference. For me, when I don't eat organic, I just feel tired.
‘Murder In the First’ Canceled By TNT After 3 SeasonsTNT has opted not to pick up a fourth season of crime drama Murder in the First. The series, created by Steven Bochco and Eric Lodal, was a departure for TNT when it premiered in 2014 as it was an anthology — each season chronicling one murder investigation — instead of a standard procedural like The Closer or Rizzoli & Isles.
Murder In the First was set in San Francisco and starred Taye Diggs as a homicide inspector and Kathleen Robertson as his partner. Ian Anthony Dale, Raphael Sbarge, Lombardo Boyar, Currie Graham and Mimi Kirkland co-starred.
The third and now final season wrapped its run on Sept. 4. The show actually ended on a high note, with the Season 3 finale hitting a season high audience of 1.6 million viewers in Live+same day.
Sarah Carter Scores High In ‘Business Ethics’ As Comedy Rounds Out CastSarah Carter has signed on as the female lead opposite Larenz Tate in Business Ethics, the indie dark comedy from Innis Lake Entertainment and Skylight Picture Works. Jessica Parker Kennedy, Laysla De Oliveira have also joined the cast, as has Gil Bellows, who starred in the original short film. Nick Wernham is directing the pic from his short, about a man who sets out to run a Ponzi scheme.
Kurtwood Smith, Lance Reddick & Angus Macfadyen have already joined the cast. The pic begins production next week in Toronto.
Carter, who stars on DirecTV’s drama Rogue, will play Veronica, the loyal but unsuspecting assistant to Zachery Cranston (Tate). Unaware of his financial schemes, she develops unrequited feelings for him. She recently wrapped five seasons on TNT’s Falling Skies is repped by Paradigm and Global Creative.
Bellows will play Edwin Murk, a wealthy but crooked investment manager, who also becomes Cranston’s surrogate father and mentor. He also is an executive producer on the pic after toplining the 2015 short. He’s next up in the upcoming Amazon series Patriot, which he also executive produces. He is repped by Don Buchwald & Associates, Luber Roklin and attorney Jeff Bernstein.
Kennedy, who recently wrapped Gemini with Zoe Kravitz and co-stars in the Starz series Black Sails, is repped by Gersh and Armada Partners. De Oliveira will play Cranston’s ex-wife Rosa. She’s repped by Gersh, Wright Entertainment and The Characters.
Sanzhar Sultan is producing. In addition to Bellows, Tate, Richard Wernham, Loudon Owen, Jai Khanna, and LaRon Tate are exec producing.
Anne Heche Talks Playing Husband and Wife with Real-Life Partner James Tupper in New TV Series: We're 'Family People'For Anne Heche, her career in Hollywood has become a family affair.
In the new Syfy series Aftermath, Heche and her longtime partner James Tupper star as a husband-wife duo navigating their family through a post-apocalyptic world full of supernatural scares.
And the actress says her real-life relationship with Tupper informed the one that plays out on screen.
"We're very strong family people, and we felt a connection to this story," Heche, 47, says in the new issue of PEOPLE.
"Our sense of commitment helped us get into character," she adds.
Of course, this isn't the first time the couple has appeared together on the small screen.
"We obviously did a show many years ago," Heche says of the 2006 dramedy Men in Trees, in which they costarred before they began dating. "We enjoy working together," she says, but to work together again, "It had to be the right fit."
Aftermath was partly because "family is the core," adds Heche.
And Heche and Tupper's own brood was front-and-center when the cameras weren't rolling.
"The kids were with us all the time," she adds of her sons: 14-year-old Homer (with ex Coley Laffoon) and 7-year-old Atlas, whom she and Tupper welcomed in 2009.
As for her youngest, Heche says he might be eyeing a future in acting, too.
"He was one of the background characters in one of our scenes," Heche says of Atlas' gig as an Aftermath extra. "Now he wants a speaking role!"
Netflix Gets ‘Naked’ With Marlon Wayans, Regina HallNetflix has set Marlon Wayans and Regina Hall to star in Naked, a remake of the 2000 Swedish film Naken. The romantic comedy reunites Wayans with helmer Michael Tiddes, who directed him in A Haunted House and most recently Fifty Shades of Black. Cory Koller, Wayans and Rick Alvarez wrote the script. Netflix has set the film to start production next month in Charleston, SC, to premiere globally on the streaming site in 2017. Wayans becomes the latest film star to take a film to Netflix, and it seems a good match, since his movies play well on the service.
“The response I’ve gotten from fans worldwide to my films on Netflix has been overwhelming, and I’m thrilled to be working with them on an original film,” Wayans said in a statement. “Also, I’m excited to be working with Regina again.”
The premise is Groundhog Day, sans clothes. Wayans stars as Rob Anderson, a charming man-child who wakes up on his wedding day, naked in an elevator. He relives the hour before the ceremony over and over again. The film is being produced by Wayans, Alvarez, Todd Garner (whose relationship with Wayans goes back to the Revolution pics White Chicks and Little Man), and Ryan Lewis. Sean Robins, Michael Flynn and Paul Hanson serve as executive producers. Wayans is repped by 3 Arts Entertainment, UTA and attorney Lawrence Kopeikin. Hall is repped by ICM and Principato Young.
Joss Whedon Recruits Stars of Buffy, HIMYM, Grey's, Castle, SNL, S.H.I.E.L.D. for Anti-Trump PSA(Video) Joss Whedon has assembled one of his largest casts ever to speak out against Donald Trump, “a racist, abusive coward who could permanently damage the fabric of our society.”
The Avengers director has released a new star-studded “Save the Day” PSA to encourage people to get out on Election Day and vote for Hillary Clinton. Featuring A-list talent like Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo and Julianne Moore, the video encourages people to put an end to “this nightmare before it even begins” and elect the candidate who isn’t famous for firing people.
Among the many TV stars featured in the LOL video: Nathan Fillion (Castle), Clark Gregg (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy), James Franco (11.22.63), Neil Patrick Harris and Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother), Taran Killam (Saturday Night Live), Yvette Nicole Brown (The Odd Couple), Tom Lenk (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) Bradley Whitford (Transparent), Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), Matt McGorry (How to Get Away With Murder), Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat), Ashley Johnson (Blindspot), Stanley Tucci (Fortitude), Leslie Odom Jr. (Smash), Don Cheadle (House of Lies) and Martin Sheen (Grace and Frankie).
James Le Gros, Amy Hargreaves & Nolan Lyons Cast In Indie Drama ‘Buck Run’James Le Gros (Drugstore Cowboy, Lovely And Amazing, Showtime’s Billions) will play the alcoholic father of angry young Nolan Lyons (Boardwalk Empire) in Buck Run, set to begin filming in late October in central Pennsylvania. First-timers Nick Frangione and David Hauslein (director and writer, respectively) are making the film for Tomorrowland Production Company and Intuition Film Productions.
Also cast are veterans Kevin J. O’Connor, Amy Hargreaves, Jim Parrack and Angus Macfadyen. Story centers on teen Shaw Templeton (Lyons) forced to reunite with his estranged father (Le Gros) following the death of his mother (Hargreaves).
Buck Run is produced by Nancy Degnan, Julio Lopez Velasquez, Allison Vanore and Nick Frangione. Executive Producers are Julio Lopez Velasquez, Harley Kaplan and Brandon Powers.
“This is a dream cast of actors with work I admire, performances that have stuck with me and audiences everywhere long after the credits rolled on a number of legendary films,” says Frangione. “I lost my mother to cancer at age 17 during a cold, Pennsylvania winter, so I know Shaw’s story all too well, and I couldn’t possibly imagine a better cast to bring this film to life.”
The Comeback Poster Boy: How Robert Downey Jr. Completely Revamped His CareerIt's the spring of 2001, and Robert Downey Jr.has just been fired from Ally McBeal. He's also checked himself into (yet another) emergency rehab session after his second consecutive arrest in Southern California.
Then, cut to August, 2015 and he's the world's highest-paid actor, with an IMDB page that promises years upon years of further franchises and their associated high paychecks. He also happens to be happily married, with two toddlers at home. (Just recently, he was ousted from Hollywood's top salary spot by Dwayne Johnson—blame all the Fast and the Furious money—but that's all just extraneous details at this point.)
So how exactly does this happen? How does a guy go from radioactive to the top of the industry? It's a story worth revisiting time and time again.
It all started in the mid-90's—at least for today's purposes. Downey was one of the most wanted men in the business, whether you were looking to cast a movie or to build a guest list for a party. He was fresh off an Oscar nomination for his role in Chaplin, he had just completed a quickie wedding to singer Deborah Falconer (after having relationships with the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker, among others), and he was, shall we say, celebrating life a bit too much.
In other words, his partying and drug use was up to a constant level and it was beginning to take a toll on his personal life and career. Friend Sean Penn even chartered a plane to fly Downey to detox—which he would flee from after a mere 24 hours. His first major arrest came when he was stopped for speeding near his Malibu home, allowing the cops to discover a plethora of illegal extracurriculars. Let's call this point the beginning of the end, round one.
His arrests and substance abuse caught up to him the first time around in 1997, when he spent hard time in a Los Angeles county jail. For those unacquainted with the nuances of the criminal justice system, let's just say this wasn't exactly the sleepaway camp experienced by the likes of some other celebs. He also spent a year in a rehab facility as so ordered by a judge. For most of this country's population, that alone would spell the end of one's career—you certainly couldn't expect to come out of the treatment program with a job lined up.
For Robert Downey, Jr., he was cast on Ally McBeal seven days after leaving.
The gig was billed as the ultimate comeback. He was once Hollywood's golden boy, and now here he was on one of the late '90s most popular shows, ready to show the world that he was a changed man. And for a while, the fairy tale played out just so.
As lawyer Larry Paul, RDJ helped the show's ratings hit astronomical numbers during his two-season stint. He even won a Golden Globe in 2001 for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. It was the kind of win viewers could root for—in his acceptance speech, he thanked series creator David E. Kelley for creating a character that he described as " a new toy" and vowing, "I will do my best not to get sent back to the factory."
Can you say foreshadowing?
Wait a couple months, throw in two more arrests, a character arc on an award-winning show that suddenly comes to an end, and you've got yourself a rock bottom. But the thing about hitting rock bottom is that the only way to go is up. RDJ is luckier than most, because his upward mobility was actually quite smoother than most. As soon as he began to tackle his personal demons and attempt to get clean for good, the next issue that arose was the problem of finding roles again.
After all, even though there were plenty of directors who still had faith in his immeasurable talent, actors with legal or drug issues typically find it nearly impossible for insurance companies to cover them on a production. And no insurance means no jobs. That's where fellow trouble-seeker Mel Gibson came in—he cast Downey in a small movie called The Singing Detective and put himself on the line to get the actor insured. (It was a huge favor, and one that Robert himself attempted to repay when Mel found himself on the business end of a major Hollywood scandal.)
Once the industry saw that gig go successfully, the parts started rolling in. For his part, RDJ managed to pull off all of his post-rehab roles with great talent and without incident. But, his personal turnaround must also be credited to his now-wife Susan Levin.
The two met during the height of Downey's issues, and not only did she help level out his wild ways and deal with his demons, she carefully curated his career. As a producer, she was able to guide him to make great choices—and get big paychecks. Like Iron Man, the movie that changed everything.
The flick was the Marvel Cinematic Universe's first solo project (in fact, there was barely even a cinematic universe to speak of), and booking the gig came not only with lots of notoriety and positive press, but the promise of many sequels and franchise work to come. Signing on meant that RDJ could bet on reliable work, and have the freedom to choose more creative projects in between his superhero stints—like Tropic Thunder (which earned him another Oscar nom), Sherlock Holmes and Chef.
Add to that a personal life that finds you building yourself an adorable little family, hobnobbing with Hollywood's biggest A-listers, and dazzling the world with your charm on all your big fancy Marvel-sponsored press tours, and you've got a recipe for the perfect scandal recovery. Consider RDJ written into the comeback hall of fame.
Lucy Liu Celebrates Son Rockwell’s First Birthday: ‘This Has Been the Most Incredible Year’(Pic, Video) Many happy returns to the littlest Liu!
On Saturday, Lucy Liu wished her son Rockwell Lloyd a happy first birthday with a sweet photo and message on Instagram.
“Happy 1st birthday to my little love Rockwell!” she wrote next to a snap of her son at the Bronx Zoo, wearing a birthday hat and taking in a monkey exhibit.
“This has been the most incredible year of new adventures and endless fun,” the Elementary actress, 47, added. “Giant thanks for everyone’s generosity.”
Liu also shared a clip of herself helping her son blow out the candles on a huge birthday cake, on what looked to be the set of her show.
“1st Birthday Wishes,” she captioned the video.
The proud mama welcomed her son via a gestational surrogate in 2015, and told PEOPLE in May that motherhood is something she enjoys greatly — and realizes is going by quickly.
“I didn’t realize how quickly babies progress,” she said. “Very basic things that you just take for granted. They’re just this little lump of flesh, and then all the sudden they’re turning around, they’re observing you and they’re smiling and they’re interacting. It’s a magical experience.”
Nashville Season 5 Premiere Set at CMTNashville‘s comeback tour will kick off just after the new year.
The cancelled ABC country-music drama will make its CMT debut with a two-hour premiere on Thursday, January 5, at 9/8c, the cable network announced Wednesday.
As previously reported, Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz (thirtysomething) will take over as showrunners; Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson and many of their castmates are confirmed to return.
We hear that the proposed Nashville after-show is still a possibility, as well, even though it was not included in the network’s announcement.It’s safe to assume that Nashville‘s season-opener will deal with the cliffhanger that ended the drama’s ABC run: Divorced parents Avery and Juliette were on the verge of reconciliation… just before her private jet went missing. (A happier ending was shot, but Lionsgate and ABC Studios convinced the network to use the more ambiguous outcome, in hopes of making the drama more attractive to potential buyers.)
In addition, CMT also announced that its series adaptation of the Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet, starring Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill), will premiere sometime in March and that the Billy Ray Cyrus scripted series Still the King will return for Season 2 in the spring.
The network also has ordered a pilot for the soapy comedy His Wives & Daughters, which follows “the eclectic and cunning wives and daughters of larger-than-life country-music legend (and infamous womanizer) Eddie Ray Banks.” The potential series is created and produced by Dina Chapman (Tia & Tamera) and Steve Sessions (Still the King).
New Season of Nashville Coming to Thursdays in January on CMTIt’s the news #Nashies have been waiting for!
The fifth season of Nashville will kick off with a two-hour premiere on Thursday, Jan. 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Nashville is set against the backdrop of the city’s music scene and follows Rayna Jaymes and Juliette Barnes. Both women face personal and professional challenges as they navigate their paths as artists and individuals. Surrounding them and often complicating their lives are their family, friends and, in some cases, lovers, as well as the up-and-coming performers and songwriters trying to get ahead in the business. Music City can mean so many things to different people.
In Nashville, musicians and songwriters are at the heart of the storm driven by their own ambitions. Some are fueled by their creativity and passion for fame. Others struggle to cope with the pressures of success and are doing everything in their power to stay on top.
Also joining CMT’s scripted lineup is Million Dollar Quartet (working title), which will premiere in March. Set in Memphis during the tumultuous early days of the civil rights movement, the eight-part limited-run series tells the untold true story of nothing less than the birth of rock ‘n’ roll. Guided by Sam Phillips, young musicians like Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis combined the styles of hillbilly country with 1950s R&B and changed the course of music forever.
The all-star cast includes Chad Michael Murray as Sun Records founder Sam Phillips, Billy Gardell as Presley and Arnold’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker, Drake Milligan as Elvis Presley, Kevin Fonteyne as Johnny Cash, Christian Lees as Jerry Lee Lewis, Jonah Lees as Jimmy Swaggart, Trevor Donovan as Eddy Arnold, Keir O’Donnell as Dewey Phillips, Jennifer Holland as Sam’s wife Becky Phillips and Margaret Anne Florence as Sam’s assistant Marion Keisker.
Million Dollar Quartet will also be joined this spring by season 2 of the hit show Still The King, which won over fans this past summer. The comedy centers on Vernon Brown, played by Billy Ray Cyrus, a scandal-ridden washed up one-hit wonder who is kicked out of country music, only to emerge 20 years later as the second-best Elvis impersonator. In Season 1, he re-connected with a former one-night-stand, played by Joey Lauren Adams, only to discover he has a 15-year-old daughter he’s never met, played by Madison Iseman.
Additionally, CMT has ordered a pilot for His Wives & Daughters. The soapy, comedic series centers on the eclectic and cunning wives and daughters of larger-than-life country music legend (and infamous womanizer) Eddie Ray Banks. After his estranged family is brought together unexpectedly, tempers flare and old rivalries resurface setting the stage for startling secrets to emerge as an unforgettable mystery begins to unfold. Casting is underway now with production slated to begin in the fall.
Be sure to follow CMT on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates on all of our shows, and don’t miss the season premieres of I Love Kellie Pickler and Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team on Thursday (Aug. 25).
Toby Kebbell, James Marsden, Lucy Punch Join Whitney Cummings’ ‘The Female Brain’Ben-Hur‘s Toby Kebbell, X-Men‘s James Marsden and Bad Teacher‘s Lucy Punch have joined Sofia Vergara and others in the cast of Whitney Cummings’ comedy The Female Brain. Based on the book by neuro-psychiatrist Louann Brizendine, Female Brain looks at the inner workings and complex power of brain chemistry among couples at different stages of their relationships and focuses on five couples who are struggling with each other — whether its commitments issues, parenting or simply admitting to being useless around the house.
Cummings is also starring and making her directorial debut on the project after adapting the book with Neal Brennan. The film is being financed by Black Bicycle Entertainment and produced by Erika Olde and Night and Day Pictures’ Michael Roiff, who earlier this year was nominated for four Tony Awards.
Black Bicycle recently announced Hallie Meyers-Shyer’s Home Again which they are financing and producing alongside Nancy Meyers.
Others in the film include the already announced Cecily Strong (Ghostbusters, Saturday Night Live), Beanie Feldstein (Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising), Blake Griffin (Broad City), Xosha Roquemore (The Mindy Project), Chris D’Elia (Undateable), and Deon Cole (Black-ish).
Kebbell, one of the stars of this weekend’s release Ben-Hur, has a number of interesting movies upcoming including A Monster Calls and Kong: Skull Island. Likewise, Marsden will be seen in the reboot of Westworld as well as in Rob Reiner’s Shock And Awe, a drama about the only journalists who asked vital questions in the lead-up to the Iraq War. Punch, who is multi-talented as a singer in stage and film (and also has TV credits), is a comedic and dramatic talent who has been in Into the Woods and will next be seen in You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger.
Cummings, Marsden, Punch, Kebbell, and D’Elia are all repped by CAA, which also represents the film’s worldwide distribution rights.
Vergara is represented by UTA and Latin World Entertainment. Strong is represented by ICM Partners and Brillstein Entertainment, Feldstein by WME and Brillstein Entertainment, and Griffin by Excel Sports Management. Roquemore is represented by Authentic Talent and Literary Management and SDB Partners, and Cole by APA. Marsden is also repped by manager Sean Elliot at Authentic.
Singer Josh Groban finally sells Malibu estate for $3.75MSinger-songwriter Josh Groban, who’s making his Broadway debut this fall, has finally jettisoned his gated estate in Malibu, CA, for $3.75 million, says the Los Angeles Times.
The singer has been trying to sell the 3,300-square-foot, Tuscan-style house on 2 acres with mountain views for nearly six years. It features a two-story entry hall, living room with wood-paneled walls, and ironwork stair and landing rails. The property also boasts a lighted tennis court and a pool with spa.
The singer snapped up the sweet house in 2005 for $4,125,000. After four years of Malibu life, he listed the Point Dume property for $6.1 million in 2010. He reduced the price a few times over the years, but ultimately let it go for less than what he paid for it over a decade ago.
Groban, who began his career as a stand-in and rehearsal singer for tenor Andrea Bocelli, has made his mark as a mainstream singer, songwriter, and actor. He has reportedly sold over 25 million records worldwide.
In the fall, Groban will play the role of Pierre in Broadway’s “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812.” He’s currently touring the country in concert with Sarah McLachlan.
Lucy Liu Designed a Shoe and She’s Calling It ‘The Lucy’(Pic1, Pic2, Pic3) A little black dress and diamond studs are the two elements that make up Lucy Liu’s signature look, and now she’s found the perfect finishing touch for her go-to outfit — a pair of nude and silver pumps she designed in partnership with Bruno Magli (shown above). The Elementary star, 47, is the new brand ambassador for the Italian footwear company, and the $475 two-toned shoes she designed are part of the brand’s first women’s assortment available in the U.S. in three years. She also stars in the campaign for the brand alongside male model Marian Kurpanov, seen below.
“I like a shoe that becomes classic and is not something that is so of that season all the time,” she tells PeopleStyle of her inspiration when we caught up with her during a break from shooting the Bruno Magli campaign on the Upper East Side in New York City. “I wanted to bring a little bit of that classic style that they have but I also wanted to make it special in the sense of the dual-tone shoe.”
When creating the style, she paid special attention to the color and heel height. “I like a nude shoe because it lengthens your leg,” she says. “I’m not that super tall [she’s 5’3”] but I like the way that looks and it doesn’t cut you off in the front. Also, we made the heel so it wasn’t super high so that it could be easy to wear. You know in New York you walk to work and then your walking in the office all day. So I wanted to make it actually something that people would actually use not just put in their bookcase like it’s holding up some books.”
And she didn’t just create this silhouette for the sake of adding shoe designer to her résumé. Bruno Magli is donating a portion of the proceeds of the shoe sales to benefit UNICEF, the non-profit global children’s rights organization that Liu has been working with closely since 2004. “I love the aspect of doing something that’s creative and it also contributes to a great cause,” she says. “I used to do a lot of missions, and I’ve seen how very little these kids have. I think it’s a nice idea not just have Bruno Magli just coming back but actually have something that it’s connected to. That makes it a little more important, don’t you think? Especially nowadays.”
Robert Downey Jr., True Detective Boss Eye (Perry Mason?) Series at HBOAs it mulls a third season of True Detective, HBO is reportedly teaming with series creator Nic Pizzolatto on a series that would star Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr.
Per our sister site Variety, Pizzolatto and Downey Jr. are in talks to respectively pen and star in a drama series that just might be a small-screen reboot of the Perry Mason film the latter had been developing at Warner Bros.
Among its several incarnations, Perry Mason is best remembered as a CBS TV series that ran 1957-1966, starring Raymond Burr as the titular criminal defense attorney. (Burr reprised the role in numerous TV-movies, from 1985 until his death in 1993.
HBO had no comment on Variety‘s report.
Downey Jr.’s scant previous TV credits include a run on Ally McBeal.
Bon Jovi ready with first album since splitBon Jovi, one of the top-selling rock bands of all time, on Friday announced a new album -- the first in the group's three-decade history without guitarist Richie Sambora.
"This House is Not for Sale," the 14th studio album from the New Jersey rockers, will come out on October 21 with the band releasing the first single Friday.
The album is the first since the seemingly amicable departure in 2013 of lead guitarist Sambora, a fixture in the group along with frontman and namesake Jon Bon Jovi.
Sambora said that he wanted to devote more time to his family rather than embark on another of the lengthy arena tours for which Bon Jovi is famous.
Sambora last year told the site Ultimate Guitar Rock that his decision was also about music, as he felt "starved" for more improvisation and innovation after playing Bon Jovi's hits for so long.
Bon Jovi's new lead guitarist is Phil X, a veteran Canadian session musician for leading artists.
The title track off "This House is Not for Sale," released as the first lesson, may reference the split as Bon Jovi takes a house as a metaphor for stability.
"This house was built on trust / That's what it is, it always was / No wrecking ball could knock it down," he sings.
Bon Jovi is also known personally for his stable family life in an industry known for excess. He and his wife have been active in charitable efforts, recently opening an anti-hunger center in New Jersey.
Bon Jovi has sold more than 130 million albums since the band's start in 1983, generating arena-packing anthems such as "Livin' On a Prayer," "I'll Be There for You" and "You Give Love a Bad Name."
While most identified with hits from the 1980s, the group's last studio album, "What About Now," debuted at number one on the US chart in 2013.
Empire EP Confirms Taye Diggs' Arrival in Season 3 'Is All About Cookie'Just as we suspected, Taye Diggs’s new Empire character will quickly become obsessed with the C-word when he makes his debut in Season 3.
“His story is all about Cookie,” exec producer Ilene Chaiken confirmed Monday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. “It starts as a Jamal story and then intersects [with Cookie].” Asked by TVLine if Diggs’ Obama-esque Angelo Dubois will be a love interest for Taraji P. Henson’s alter ego, Chaiken teased, “He certainly would like to be.”
In possibly related news, Chaiken also shared that this will be the season that Cookie will “try to leave Lucious,” adding, “She’s going to try to move on… She’s fighting for her life. She’s fighting for her opportunity to start over.”
Empire‘s third season premieres Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 9/8c on Fox.
Calista Flockhart Sets Supergirl Return (But Not as a Series Regular)A major Supergirl cliffhanger has been resolved: Calista Flockhart will indeed return to the CW series in Season 2 as Cat Grant. That’s the good news. The subpar news is that the actress will no longer be a series regular. Instead, she will recur as her schedule permits.
A Warner Bros. rep tells TVLine that Flockhart will be appearing in multiple episodes, beginning with the Oct. 10 season premiere.
According to sources, her status change was a direct result of the show’s move from Los Angeles (where Flockhart lives) to Vancouver (where she doesn’t).
“Supergirl wouldn’t be Supergirl without the amazing Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant,” said executive producer Andrew Kreisberg in a statement.” We are so excited Calista has agreed to continue on the show when she can. We and the audience love to see her on screen.”
Josh Groban and Kat Dennings Break Up After Almost 2 Years of DatingAnother Hollywood couple has decided to call it quits this summer.
E! News can exclusively confirm Josh Groban and Kat Dennings have split after almost two years of dating.
"It was a mutual breakup," a source shared with E! News. "They are still friends and care about each other, but it's not the right time for them now as a couple."
The Hollywood pair made their relationship official back in October 2014 when they stepped out together at the Carousel of Hope Ball in Beverly Hills. "They were so cute together!" a source said of the stars. "They were adorable on the carpet. She was whispering in his ear a lot and they seemed really happy."
Soon after, Josh would admit that the charity event was the first time the 2 Broke Girls star had ever heard him sing.
As to what brought them together, the Broadway star admitted to Ellen DeGeneres that both bonded over their nerdiness.
"She's, well, she's such a brilliant and funny person," he gushed during an appearance on the talk show. "Humor is such a huge thing for me, so the fact that we could talk about Monty Python and all sorts of weird other things, I was like, 'OK, yeah, we're on the same page.'"
While the two Hollywood stars finish up the summer with a new relationship status, both will be hard at work on various projects.
Josh is set to star in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1982 beginning early October while Kat's popular CBS comedy 2 Broke Girls returns the same month.
Jon Bon Jovi Wants to Be 'Secretary of Entertainment' for Hillary ClintonHe'll give Hillary a good name.
Jon Bon Jovi is pitching a place for himself in Hillary Clinton's cabinet that would meld both politics and music.
"I'm gonna be the Secretary of Entertainment when Mrs. Clinton gets in," the 54-year-old joked during his final Runaway Tours appearance at the B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in New York City.
Would he ever take on the big role of Commander in Chief, though? No way, Bon Jovi said: "There'd be so many skeletons that would fall out of my closet."
Bon Jovi revealed that he's known the official Democratic presidential nominee and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, for some time, sharing an anecdote about their time together at a horse race "many years ago.”
"He asked Dorothy and I to come with him and there was only three other people, and we flew down on this private plane," Bon Jovi shared, explaining that the other passengers began badgering President Clinton with questions, including, "Whose job is cooler, your's or Jon's?"
The musician stepped in to answer, asserting that his job as a rock star was definitely superior because "I got to keep the airplane and the house."
He laughed, adding, "I got him to agree that mine was the cooler position."
Bon Jovi campaigned for Clinton in June, appearing at a rally for the former Secretary of State in New Jersey.
Last year, Bon Jovi was spotted celebrating Bill's birthday at the Blue Parrot restaurant in East Hampton.
Hayden Panettiere -- My Dog Sitter is a Dirty Dog(Pic1, Pic2) Hayden Panettiere claims the woman to whom she paid a queen's ransom for dog sitting services not only grossly overbilled her ... she gave her dogs away.
The dog fight began when Tia Brooks filed a lawsuit against Hayden for more than $8,500 for unpaid services.
Hayden fired back with a letter from legal pit bull Marty Singer, who accused Tia of giving the 2 dogs away and then having the nerve to continue charging for her services.
Turns out Hayden rescued the 2 rescue pooches ... Zander, a Rottie/Lab mix, and Xena, a Lab/Pit Bull mix. The arrangement was Hayden would pay Tia $30 a day until Hayden could find a permanent home for the dogs.
Singer claims Tia put an ad on Craigslist last month, found a home but continued billing. Tia disputes it and says her bills were all legit.
Get this ... according to Singer's letter, Tia's been caring for the dogs for 6 years, charging a grand total of $119,335.88!!! As for how the bill got so high, Singer claims, in addition to the daily fee, Tia tacked on all sorts of extras, including dog bones, bug spray, tick control, dog beds and other stuff.
Tia tells us a big chunk of the money was for vet bills after one of the dogs got really sick.
It's expensive to be a dog in L.A.
Emmys Twist: Veep's Peter MacNicol Loses Guest Actor NominationVeep actor Peter MacNicol’s Emmy nomination has been vetoed.
Having last week been bestowed with his fourth career Emmy nod, for his turn as Jonah’s uncle Jeff Kane on the acclaimed HBO comedy, the Academy on Wednesday disqualified the actor, since he appeared in half of Veep‘s Season 5 episodes. Per Emmy rules, a nominee for guest actor must appear in “less than 50 percent” of his/her series’ eligible season.
A new nominee for Guest Actor in a Comedy will be announced imminently, to round out the list, which includes Bob Newhart (The Big Bang Theory), Tracy Morgan (Saturday Night Live), Larry David (Saturday Night Live), Bradley Whitford (Transparent) and Martin Mull (Veep).
The Hollywood Reporter first reported on MacNicol’s disqualification.
MacNicol’s mantle isn’t fated to be empty, however — he converted one of his previous Emmy nods, for his run as Ally McBeal‘s John Cage, into gold in 2001.
Taye Diggs Joins Empire Season 3 in Major Barack Obama-Infused RoleWait until Cookie gets a load of that million-watt smile.
Taye Diggs has signed on for a major recurring role on Fox’s Empire, TVLine has learned. The Private Practice vet will first appear in the Fox drama’s Sept. 21 Season 3 premiere as Angelo Dubois, a city councilman hailing from a respected and affluent New York family.
With his pedigree and a Harvard law diploma, Diggs’ Angelo could have made a fortune in the private sector. Instead, he is ruled by his sense of noblesse oblige, and focuses his energies on community organizing and local politics, inviting comparisons to Barack Obama.
Diggs, who is currently starring in TNT’s anthology drama Murder in the First, joins a Season 3 guest roster that also includes singer Sierra McClain, rapper French Montana and music mogul Birdman (as himself). As TVLine scooped last month, rapper-actor Xzibit — who joined Empire last season as Lucious’ drug-dealin’, music-makin’ adversary Shyne Johnson — has been promoted to a series regular.
Hayden Panettiere Spends Family Time With Wladimir Klitschko and Daughter Kaya(Pic1, Pic2) Hayden Panettiere (Lizzie, GUIDING LIGHT) shared gorgeous photos with Wladimir Klitschko and their daughter Kaya!
After checking herself back into rehab for postpartum depression back in May, the actress now looks happier and healthier than ever.
Presumably in response to rumors that she and Klitschko had split when she was seen without her engagement ring, Panettiere wrote, “Missing rings don’t mean the end of relationships. Blessed to be with my beautiful family.”
Of course, it’s not all smooth sailing with a 19-month-old, as evidenced in this image where poor Kaya is clearly having a moment! “Me,” Panettiere wrote of the pic. “Stuck somewhere between clueless and Russian. Let it out, girl!”
With Panettiere set to return for the fifth season of NASHVILLE when it returns to TV via CMT, it’s nice to see her back on her feet and ready to tackle anything life throws at her!
Robert Downey Jr. gets picked for jury dutyRobert Downey Jr. isn’t one to try and use his clout to skirt his civic duty.
The “Judge” star, 51, is currently serving as an alternate juror in a car accident case in Los Angeles, reports TMZ.
Downey, who said he worked in the film industry during the selection process, was picked because he came off as a “fair guy,” a source who claims to be “connected to the case” told the website. Alternates are customarily chosen so that a retrial doesn’t have to be called if a juror is excused before the end of a trial.
The court case appears to be rather mundane, with no “horrific injuries” having been suffered as a result of the crash. Fifty-thousand dollars is reported to be on the line.
Although the $15 per day pay he gets for serving as an alternate is significantly less than he is used to earning, Downey doesn’t appear to mind. In fact another source told the website that the actor “seems happy to be here.”
News of Downey’s service comes just days after it was reported that Katie Couric was passed over for jury duty because she was “too inquisitive.”
ABC Streaming App Adds Brothers & Sisters, Felicity and More 'Throwback' Fare, New Ty Burrell ComedyABC has relaunched its streaming service with not just a new name — ABCd — but a bevy of new bells and whistles.
For one, full seasons of 38 “throwback” series — including Brothers & Sisters, Felicity, My So-Called Life, Body of Proof and Sports Night — will be available via the free, ad-supported service.
Other past programs now streaming include 8 Simple Rules, Benched, Betrayal, Commander in Chief, Detroit, Dinosaurs, Dirty Sexy Money, Ellen, FlashForward, Happy Town, Hope and Faith, I Survived a Japanese Game Show, The Knights of Prosperity, Less Than Perfect, Manhattan Love Story, Mixology, My Generation, The Neighbors, October Road, Off the Map, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Perception, Reaper, Red Band Society, The River, Samantha Who?, School House Rock, Secret Millionaire, Smart Guy, Trophy Wife, Ugly Betty and What About Brian?
Additionally, ABCd will feature original content, including Boondoogle, which stars Modern Family patriarch Ty Burrell as a 40something TV actor who has finally made it big (with the series Wingbot) and now hangs with his “non-tourage” of best buds (played by Joel Spence, Mel Cowan and Johnny Meeks). Other fresh fare includes Forever 31, starring comedian Iliza Shlesinger.
The ABC app also added live streaming for 14 markets — Albuquerque/Santa Fe, Boston, Fort Smith/Fayetteville/Springdale/Rogers, Jackson, MS, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Monterey-Salinas, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Pittsburgh, Portland-Auburn, Savannah and West Palm Beach-Ft Pierce — as well as improved its user interface for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch (is that still a thing??) and Apple TV users.
James Marsden Joining Woody Harrelson In Rob Reiner’s ‘Shock And Awe’James Marsden is joining the cast of Rob Reiner’s Iraq war drama Shock and Awe opposite Woody Harrelson. Written by Reiner’s LBJ screenwriter Joey Hartstone, which also starred Harrelson, the politically-charged project centers around a group of journalists who asked the tough questions about Saddam Hussein’s alleged WMD’s (weapons of mass destruction) which was the way the Bush administration sold the Iraq War to the American public and around the world in 2003.
The pic follows Knight-Ridder reporters Jonathan Landay and Warren Strobel, who after the events of 9/11, meet with their bureau chief John Walcott to get to the bottom of who was responsible. They find their sources telling them the Bush Administration is trying to tie Saddam Hussein to the terror attacks, even though there is no evidence to support the claim. As the push for war in Iraq increases, they bring in legendary reporter Joe Galloway to give them the high-level sources to help counter the false narrative of Hussein, al-Qaeda and WMDs. They find themselves one of the only media sources running stories countering the prevailing narrative. In the end, Iraq is invaded and their reporting is proven true.
While more iconic papers follow the administration line, the smaller-market Knight-Ridder papers try to get beneath the surface and serve the smaller markets where the military bases are, with the reporters believing the military troops in their markets were going to be the most affected by the decision to go to war. It is those troops whose lives would be risked and lost on the battlefield.
The film, which Reiner has had in development for several years, is scheduled for production this year, with financing from Savvy Media Holdings and Acacia Filmed Entertainment. The producers are Reiner, Matthew George and Michele Reiner.
Marsden can next be seen in HBO’s hugely-anticipated Westworld, the big budget adaptation of Michael Crichton’s bestseller about a futuristic theme park populated by artificial beings. Also in the cast are Ed Harris, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Thandie Newton.
Marsden is repped by CAA and Authentic.
Hollywood’s newest bromance: Rami Malek and Robert Downey Jr.Move over Amy Schumer and J.Law: There’s a new friendship in town.
Robert Downey Jr. recently spoke to “Mr. Robot” star Rami Malek for Interview magazine, revealing the blossoming bromance between the pair.
“You turned me into a hero when you came to set [to visit],” Malek told Downey Jr. in an article published on Tuesday. “I’m not kidding. They were like, ‘You know him?’ ‘How do you know him?’ I knew it was very cool to know you, but the world started paying me more attention on that day on set. Maybe I elaborated on our relationship too much and started fantasizing it was more than it actually was. No, I just told them how close we were and that we hang out, we celebrate holidays together, we watch movies together, all of which is true!”
The pair also bantered about making plans together.
“Are you in town next Wednesday?” Downey asked, to which Malek replied he unfortunately would not be. “I guess if I want to see you for the foreseeable future, I just have to come to set again.”
We will be patiently awaiting their beach vacation together.
Hayden Panettiere Shuts Down Relationship Trouble Rumors with Heartwarming Family Photo(Pic) Hayden Panettiere has not split from her fiancé, Wladimir Klitschko.
On Wednesday, photos surfaced of the actress sitting alone on a stoop reading a book in New York City – sans her engagement ring, prompting speculation that she and the Ukrainian boxing champ were on the outs.
Panettiere quickly squashed those rumors on Thursday by posting a black-and-white family photo with Klitschko holding their daughter, Kaya, 18 months.
"Missing rings don't mean the end of relationships," she wrote. "Blessed to be with my beautiful family."
Panettiere, 26, and Klitschko, 40, began dating in 2009 but split in 2011. They reconciled two years later in early 2013, he popped the question that October and they welcomed Kaya in December of the following year.
In May, Panettiere announced she was seeking holistic help for her continued struggles with postpartum depression.
"The postpartum depression I have been experiencing has impacted every aspect of my life," she announced on Twitter at the time. "Rather than stay stuck due to unhealthy coping mechanisms I have chosen to take time to reflect holistically on my health and life."
It was recently announced that the actress would be returning to Nashville for season 5 when it moves to CMT.
Jon Bon Jovi belts out ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ at a wedding(Video) Jon Bon Jovi was a reluctant singer at a Florida wedding last weekend.
Videos show the rocker sheepishly taking the microphone after a wedding band led by singer Lourdes Valentin launched into Bon Jovi’s 1986 classic, “Livin’ on a Prayer.”
Bon Jovi opted for a smoother delivery of the song to match the jazz quintet. A trumpet player added a solo to fill in for the song’s missing electric guitar riff.
Valentin tells The Associated Press she knew Bon Jovi would be a guest at the wedding and she prepared the song specifically for him. She says he told her he didn’t think he wanted to sing before the party and she was “very surprised” when he decided to “grace us with his talent.”
Jenna Fischer & Greg Germann To Star In Steve Martin’s ‘Meteor Shower’ At The Old GlobeJenna Fischer and Greg Germann have been tapped to star in Meteor Shower, the new comedic play by Steve Martin that will reunite him with San Diego’s The Old Globe. That’s the venue where Martin and Edie Brickell debuted their musical Bright Star, which ended up on Broadway and scored five Tony nominations after its 2015 bow.
Meteor Shower revolves around Norm and his wife Corky who invite another couple to their Ojai backyard to watch a meteor shower. As the stars come out and the conversation gets rolling, cocktails flow, tempers flare, and sparks fly — literally. Alex Henrikson (Fish In The Dark) and Josh Stamberg (The Affair) will play the other couple, the production said.
Gordon Edelstein is directing in a co-production with Long Wharf Theatre, where he serves as artistic director. The play begins previews July 30 and will run through September 11, with opening night August 7 at the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. The Old Globe has extended the run by a week due to ticket demand, it said today.
Martin isn’t done at the Globe yet: In February, as part of the 2016-2017 season, the venue will mount a production of his comedy Picasso At The Lapin Agile set to run February 4-March 12, 2017.
Hayden Panettiere Steps out Without Her Engagement Ring After Seeking Help for Postpartum Depression(Pic) In May, Hayden Panettiere announced she sought holistic help for her continued struggles with postpartum depression. And nearly two months later, the actress was spotted for the first time in New York City on Monday.
Dressed in a plaid shirt and blue tights, Panettiere, 26, had her nose in the book Underboss: Sammy The Bull Gravano’s Story of Life in the Mafia while sitting on a stoop and smoking a cigarette. Missing on her left ring finger was her six-carat engagement ring from fiancé Wladimir Klitschko. Panettiere and Klitschko, 40, began dating in 2009 but split in 2011. The pair reconciled two years later in early 2013.
Recently, Panettiere had called her fiancé one of the “loves of [her] life” during the couple’s beach outing with their child Kaya Evdokia in March.
The Nashville star first sought treatment for postpartum depression in October 2015 after giving birth to the couple’s daughter, who is now 18 months. Panettiere has never been ashamed to talk about her battle with postpartum depression. “There’s a lot of misunderstanding — there’s a lot of people out there that think it’s not real, that’s it not true, that it’s something that’s made up in their minds, that ‘Oh, it’s hormones,'” she said prior to her very first treatment. “They brush it off. It’s something that’s completely uncontrollable. It’s really painful and it’s really scary and women need a lot of support.”
And in May, the mother of one tweeted: “The postpartum depression I have been experiencing has impacted every aspect of my life. Rather than stay stuck due to unhealthy coping mechanisms I have chosen to take time to reflect holistically on my health and life.”
Panettiere’s N.Y.C. outing comes a week after it was reported that she would return to Nashville for season 5 when it moves to CMT. Panettiere is expected to reprise her role as Juliette Barnes, who also suffered from postpartum on the show, along with series regular Connie Britton.
Nashville Update: Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Plus 7 Others Set to Return for Season 5 on CMTNashville stars Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere are set to return for Season 5 on CMT. The network and Lionsgate aren’t commenting, but sources tell Deadline it’s pretty much a done deal.
The cast of the show is under contract for a couple of more seasons, but it was unclear when the show moved from ABC to CMT that all regulars would continue full-time. Charles Esten, Sam Palladio, Jonathan Jackson, Clare Bowen, Lennon Stella, Maisy Stella and Chris Carmack also are set to return as series regulars. As Deadline reported last week, Will Chase and Aubrey Peeples will not be returning, but could come back for guest-starring appearances subject to availability.
Along with a new network and tweaked cast, Season 5 of Nashville also will have new showrunners, Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick, who have succeeded Dee Johnson.
Britton and Panettiere’s casting was first reported by TVLine.
Jon Bon Jovi surprises cancer-stricken fan with guitar, kissA New Jersey woman battling lung cancer has received an unforgettable surprise from one of the state’s most famous rockers, Jon Bon Jovi.
Rosie Skripkunis says her mother, Carol Cesario, is a lifelong fan of Bon Jovi and has always wanted to meet him.
Last month, Skripkunis shared a sign on social media asking the singer to visit her mother.
Skripkunis later told her mother that Bon Jovi’s Toms River restaurant, JBJ Soul Kitchen, had invited them over for a free meal.
While at the restaurant on Saturday, Bon Jovi sneaked in behind Cesario and stood beside her without saying anything. Video shows Cesario yell out “oh my God!” after seeing Bon Jovi.
He gave her an autographed guitar and a book, as well as a kiss on the cheek.
Kelly Ripa and hubby host star-studded grad party for sonKelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos threw a high-school graduation party for son Michael at Locanda Verde in Tribeca Thursday.
Sources told Page Six the glitzy guests toasting Michael included Bravo host Andy Cohen and “Elementary” star Lucy Liu. Consuelos also joined his wife on her show, ABC’s “Live With Kelly,” on Friday to talk about the milestone.
“How are we old enough to have a kid that’s going to college?” well-preserved Ripa asked.
“I don’t know,” Consuelos said, adding that he hoped their son would take a “gap year” before heading to college.
Ripa jokingly disagreed, saying, “I’ve got big plans for his bedroom — that bedroom is going to be turned into a megacloset!”
CMT confirms 'Nashville' fifth season, 22 episodes"Nashville" will return for a fifth season that will be broadcast on CMT and streamed on Hulu thanks to a unique deal that was reached on Thursday after weeks of negotiations, according to sources familiar with the talks.
The show was canceled by ABC after a four-season run, but fans of the show banded together and launched a social media campaign to save the country music-focused drama. Lionsgate began pitching the show to other networks and ultimately found a home on the Nashville-based CMT.
In a press release on Friday, CMT confirmed that it had picked up the show, which will have a 22-episode run this season. Under the deal, Hulu will have streaming rights to episodes the day after they air.
“CMT heard the fans. The wave of love and appreciation they have unleashed for ‘Nashville’ has been overwhelming,” said Brian Philips, President of CMT. “‘Nashville’ is a perfect addition to our evolving line-up of big music specials, documentaries, and original series. We see our fans and ourselves in this show and we will treasure it like no other network. Nashville belongs on CMT.”
Crucial to the deal is the incentive package that will see the state, Metro, the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. and Ryman Hospitality chip in funds to offset the cost of the show's production. The state put $8 million in its budget and Nashville Mayor Megan Barry has proposed a $1.375 million fund for film incentives, though the final amount for "Nashville" has not been announced.
The state and Metro have justified incentives for "Nashville" by arguing the show brings tourists to the city and pumps millions of dollars into the local economy, in addition to bringing production jobs.
The entire cast is expected to return for the show, which will be under the direction of a new creative team. The show is a joint venture between Lionsgate, ABC Studios and Opry Entertainment, a division of Ryman Hospitality.
“‘Nashville’ has long been a fan favorite show on Hulu and we are so proud to continue to make new episodes available for fans to stream the day after they air,” said Craig Erwich, Senior Vice President and Head of Content at Hulu. “We look forward to bringing even more episodes of this acclaimed series to its passionate and devoted audience.”
"Nashville" was conceived by Ryman Hospitality and developed by Lionsgate. The show's ratings were inconsistent in its fourth season, but a loyal fan base has remained. And "Nashville" has additional revenue streams than the typical television show because of its music licensing component.
In fact the show's stars have been on a tour in recent weeks. Some observers have said that no scripted show has licensed more original music than "Nashville."
The show has also taken local film production to another level, providing steady employment for hundreds of workers behind the scenes. The local payroll was in the neighborhood of $21.2 million for season two, according to the most recent numbers released by the show's representatives.
Season 1: $14.4 million
Season 2: $13.25 million
Season 3: $8 million
Season 4: $10 million.
Carpool Karaoke Goes Broadway With Jane Krakowski, Audra McDonald & moreCarpool Karaoke Goes Broadway With Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jane Krakowski, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Audra McDonald: Video.
Nashville Season 5 Update: Axed ABC Drama on Verge of Renewal at CMTJuliette’s errant jet has been cleared for landing at CMT.
The country-infused cable network is nearing a deal with producer Lionsgate to pick up a fifth season of Nashville, which last month was cancelled at ABC. A formal announcement is expected to be made during Wednesday’s CMT Awards.
Execs at Lionsgate and ABC Studios were so confident they would find the series a new home that they convinced the network to end what could’ve been its series finale a cliffhanger. “We wouldn’t take such a strong position to advocate for [the cliffhanger ending] if we didn’t feel good about our chances moving forward,” Lionsgate TV chairman Kevin Beggs told The Hollywood Reporter.
In the cancelled series’ ABC swan song on May 25, the fate of Hayden Panettiere’s Juliette was left very much up in the air as the plane that was carrying the starlet lost radio contact. As TVLine reported, an alternate ending showing Juliette alive, well and being reunited with estranged hubby Avery (Jonathan Jackson) at the airport was shot but ultimately discarded.
As TVLine was first to report, TV vets Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick (My So-Called Life, thirtysomething) are set to take the showrunner reins in Season 5, replacing Dee Johnson. One big question mark: Which current cast members will join the show over at CMT? Reps for Lionsgate and CMT declined to comment for this story.
Teen Choice Awards 2016 NominationsChoice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Ben Affleck – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Chris Evans – Captain America: Civil War
Chris Hemsworth – The Huntsman: Winter's War
Henry Cavill – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Josh Hutcherson – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2
Robert Downey Jr. – Captain America: Civil War
Paltrow, Downey Jr, Evans visit Avengers fan with cancerEach night, 18-year-old Ryan Wilcox sleeps under a portrait of himself dressed as Captain America — the pinnacle of human strength and endurance.
The Marvel Comics fan knows a thing or two about those heroic attributes. He is battling cancer for a second time in his life, and so when he recently received some bad news about his prognosis, his schoolmates rallied and called in the Avengers.
On Monday, the 67-pound teen answered his front door and was shocked at what he saw: Iron Man Robert Downey Jr. and Captain America Chris Evans had not only teamed up, they were with "Iron Man" star Gwyneth Paltrow on a mission to lift his spirits.
"Hey what's up buddy?" Evans is heard as Wilcox shakes his head, doing a double take in a video taken by Paltrow. "We were in the neighborhood and thought we'd cruise by."
"Hey guys," says Wilcox, wearing a T-shirt featuring Captain America's shield.
Paltrow, who plays Pepper Potts in the "Iron Man" films, hugged Wilcox's mom, as the other two stars plopped down on the carpeted living room floor. They spent an hour at the home, conversing with the teenager, like they were old friends, his mom, Amy Wilcox, said.
"She told me this is a gift from one mom to another mom," Amy Wilcox said. "She knew how happy it would be for me to see Ryan so happy."
Wearing a blue "Stark" hat with Downey's autograph on the bill, Wilcox was still reveling Tuesday in what he described as the best day of his life.
"It was really cool hanging out with them. That really picked me up," said Wilcox, his voice barely above a whisper. "I'm going to get through this."
Captain America has been a symbol of strength for Ryan Wilcox. The film series has kept him going, keeping him distracted as he has undergone chemotherapy and bone marrow treatments during numerous hospital visits.
Wilcox was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer at the age of 16. His mother said the cancer may be the result of chemotherapy treatments he underwent to fight a brain tumor at the age of three.
He had a bone marrow transplant from his 14-year-old sister in April 2015, but he had a relapse in December of that year. In February, he had to leave school because his immune system was too weak, and last month the family was told the treatments are not working so far and his disease is progressing, his mother said.
Thousands of students at Grossmont High School in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon held a rally two weeks ago, chanting "Ryan Strong." Scores were dressed in red, white and blue in honor of his favorite superhero. Then a group of students made a plea on Facebook for the cast of "Captain America: Civil War" to visit Wilcox.
Evans responded within days of the posting with a video message telling Wilcox to "stay strong."
Evans on Monday signed the shield in the portrait of Wilcox dressed as Captain America above his bed. It reads: "Stay strong Brother!! Chris Evans. CAP."
James Franco’s ‘Future World’ Beefs Up Cast As Lucy Liu, Method Man, Snoop Dogg & Suki Waterhouse Sign OnThe cast of James Franco’s apocalyptic drama Future World continues to expand, as Lucy Liu, Method Man, Suki Waterhouse and Snoop Dogg have joined the pic which Franco appears in and is co-directing alongside Bruce Cheung. Set in post-apocalyptic world plagued with heat, ravaged by disease and crippled by chronic war, Future World follows the young Prince from the Oasis (one of the last known safe-havens), who embarks on a journey through the wasteland in order to find medicine for his dying mother. Armed with his faithful bodyguard and only a slim hope that this medicine actually exists, he must forge courageously on, facing danger and ultimately the Warlord of this world who has plans of his own as he takes control of a beautiful, life-like robot assassin. As Deadline exclusively reported, Milla Jovovich has also recently signed on – she’ll be playing a drug lord. Cheung and Jay Davis wrote the screenplay based on an original story by Franco, with AMBI Pictures and Dark Rabbit Productions producing. Iervolino, Monika Bacardi, Vince Jolivette and Jay Davis are producing, with AMBI Group financing in association with the Fyzz Facility and Black Sparrow, and AMBI Distribution handling global sales.
Fall TV 2016: Trailers for ‘Supergirl’‘Supergirl’ - Action/drama, Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT
By now, you know the story: Kara Zor-El was sent to Earth like her famous cousin and raised by Earth’s Danvers family. Now, the mid-20s super being is embracing her powers, hanging with Martian Manhunter and dealing with evil threats. Supergirl will now lead into “Jane the Virgin” on its new network, while retaining its old timeslot.
Cast: Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Calista Flockhart, Peter Facinelli
Producers: Michael Cedar, Yahlin Chang, Michael Grassi
CW Boss Defends Benching Originals, Touts Next Fall's 'Biggest Ever' Superhero Crossover EventThe Originals failed to secure a spot on The CW’s fall schedule, but there’s no need administer last rites to the Vampire Diaries spinoff.
In a conference call on Thursday morning, network president Mark Pedowitz spoke of his decision to hold the show until midseason, telling reporters, “We have a very strong schedule. We still believe quite a bit in The Originals. We only have 10 hours, so we made a choice to [hold it] to further boost our schedule at midseason.”
Pedowitz also shot down speculation that Vampire Diaries upcoming eighth season would be its last. “No decision has been made one way or the other,” he maintained, before adding, “My dream is it isn’t [the final season].
Meanwhile, with Supergirl joining The CW’s already DC-packed stable that includes Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow, Pedowitz promised the network’s annual superhero crossover event will be “the biggest one ever.” The exec also remarked that the ex-CBS drama always “should have been” on The CW.
Regarding buzz that Calista Flockhart’s role may be reduced in Season 2 in light of Supergirl‘s move from Los Angeles to Vancouver, Pedowitz said that there are “ongoing discussions” with the actress, adding, “We are thrilled she wants to continue with the show and we’re happy to have her in whatever capacity.”
The CW Fall Schedule: Supergirl Retains Monday Perch, Supernatural on Move, The Originals and iZombie MIASupergirl is keeping her Monday home.
The CW is the final broadcast network to unveil its 2016-17 schedule, and the ex-CBS drama will retain its Monday-at-8 pm timeslot, where it will lead into Jane the Virgin.
Also of note: The network is plugging in new series No Tomorrow and Frequency after its two biggest hits, The Flash and Arrow, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, respectively; Supernatural is shifting to Thursdays following Legends of Tomorrow; and The Originals is being held until midseason.
Also on tap for midseason:Returning series iZombie, The 100 and Reign, as well as new entry Riverdale.
All told, the The CW’s fall schedule looks like this; new shows are in CAPS, click for details. (And for handy reference, here are ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC‘s fall lineups.)
NOT RETURNING NEXT SEASON: America’s Next Top Model, Containment and Significant Mother.
Hayden Panettiere Taking "Time to Reflect Holistically" on Health & Life Following Postpartum Depression BattleHayden Panettiere has been very open about her battle with postpartum depression and knows there is no shame whatsoever in seeking help.
The Nashville star, who welcomed daughter Kaya in December 2014, let fans know Thursday via Twitter that as a result of her postpartum depression experience, she would be taking some time to take care of herself.
"The postpartum depression I have been experiencing has impacted every aspect of my life," wrote Hayden, 26. "Rather than stay stuck due to unhealthy coping mechanisms I have chosen to take time to reflect holistically on my health and life. Wish me luck!"
We definitely wish Hayden the best and applaud her to help de-stigmatize the issue of postpartum depression and what follows it. "It's something a lot of women experience," she said on Live! With Kelly and Michael back in September. "But you don't realize how broad of a spectrum you can really experience that on. It's something that needs to be talked about. Women need to know that they're not alone, and that it does heal."
Hayden checked into a treatment center this past October for her postpartum depression. After voluntarily seeking treatment, she continued to be open about her experiences, telling Yahoo! Style earlier this year that she was "floored" by the amount of love she received after speaking out.
"The more open I was, the more acceptance I got from people," she said. "I got so much support and so much love. I was floored. I feel much more exposed, yes, but in a great way."
Nashville Cancelled at ABCAnd just like that, the ballad of Rayna and Deacon is done: ABC has cancelled Nashville, our sister site Deadline reports.
Season 5 would have found the country-music drama under the leadership of new showrunners: thirtysomething‘s Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick were set to replace Dee Johnson, who was stepping down from the role.
The Season 4 finale — which now likely will serve as its series finale — airs Wednesday, May 25.
Supergirl Moves to The CW for Season 2Supergirl has been cleared for takeoff for Season 2 — though from a new launch pad.
The CW will take over as the new home for the superhero drama, which in October debuted on CBS to 13 million total viewers and a 3.1 demo rating, tying NBC’s Blindspot as the 2015-16 TV season’s top-rated drama launch.
And speaking of new homes, TVLine can confirm that Supergirl will move production to Vancouver, after setting up shop in Los Angeles for its maiden voyage. At this very early stage, sources say there is nothing to report yet, either way, on Calista Flockhart‘s participation in the relocation away from L.A.
Starring Glee grad Melissa Benoist in the title role, Supergirl averaged 7.7 million viewers and a 1.7 rating, numbers which with Live+7 DVR playback swell to 10 mil/2.5. Its freshman finale last month did 6.1 mil and a 1.3 in Live+Same Day numbers.
One of Supergirl‘s most popular outings featured a crossover from the star of The CW’s The Flash, Grant Gustin, which boosted the CBS series to a 7-week high in the demo.
Lucy Liu Gushes About Son's Latest Milestones, Reveals the Most Important Thing Every Parent Can DoMotherhood completely changed Lucy Liu's life last summer after she welcomed her first child into the world.
The actress posted the very first photo of her son, Rockwell Lloyd Liu, on Twitter last August and wrote, "Introducing the new little man in my life, my son."
Shortly thereafter, a rep told E! News that Lucy's pride and joy was "brought into the world via gestational carrier."
And now, the actress is opening up to us exclusively about how she's juggling a career with being a single mom, and the many, many milestones in Rockwell's life.
"I am obviously somebody who is very career oriented. I really enjoy what I do and how I do it, but I really decided later on to consider having a family and I never really kind of had the dream of, ‘Oh, I'm going to get married and I'm going to have a baby.' I didn't dream about that, that was never really something that was in my cards necessarily," Liu, who is now part of the Tylenol #HowWeFamily Campaign, divulged.
"I think that having the ability to make that decision and that opportunity and that choice is something that is a gift, so I'm really glad I was able to go about it the way I did. My son is the greatest gift I've ever had."
Liu admitted that being a single mom is "really challenging and I think the most important thing to do is to be able to open up and ask for help."
So how is the little one now? Well, according to the proud mama, "he's started crawling, at seven months, and he's starting to get teeth now and he started eating when he was five-and-a-half months old."
"Every day there's sort of something fabulous and interesting and different that he does, you know, pulling himself up to standing, even learning how to sit down on his own is just amazing to watch the process."
Robert Downey Jr. Really Doesn't Care About Being the World's Highest-Paid ActorYou'd assume someone would be jumping for joy to know that he is the highest-paid person in his industry (especially when that industry happens to be Hollywood). However, Robert Downey Jr. is more focused on his legacy and finding continued success as an actor at this point in his life.
In the latest issue of GQ Style, the 51-year-old actor opens up about getting older, wiser and understanding that monetary value has nothing to do with his creative value.
"First of all, could you imagine back in, let's call it the golden era...Pacino's and De?Niro's—do you think they would ever have allowed such a paltry discussion, reducing them to a monetary figure?" he asks the publication. "I have had and I have created some of the worst luck in the history of anybody in the public eye. And then there was five minutes there where I was batting a thousand."
Despite what he may consider his "worst luck," R.D.J. says he never sees anything as a failure. "I don't want to talk about failure. I want to talk about moments of humility," he explains. "Like when you feel suddenly sick and embarrassed but then you have to continue on to the next moment immediately in full view of others. Because it's not failure if you just recognize, I fell short, and that's okay."
In order to prevent himself from falling short in the future, he looks at the roles he takes on with a keen eye.
"Honestly, just as someone who loves movies, it's: Can I be bothered to go see that movie if that guy makes it?" he tells GQ. "And I'm not saying that I only want to do quote-unquote popular mainstream movies. But life is short, and ultimately I'm in a service industry. As much as I exist to do anything else, I exist to create widgets of entertainment for other people to consume. And some people, that's a big affront to their sensibilities, and I go, okay. End of the day, you are in a service industry, like Kirkland. It's that simple."
He continues, "When you're on the outside looking in, for years, for decades, only a fool misplays [success] once he's given a winning hand. And aside from certain devastating genetic weaknesses, I am not a fool."
As for his advice for younger actors seeking the same path as him, he says, "If you always talk about all the cool stuff you're gonna do, and you don't understand why it hasn't already happened for you, because, you know [snaps fingers]… The fumes of that will get you over the first hurdle, and nothing else. You must learn to put your nose to the grindstone for years and not look up, no matter how much rejection is heaped on you."
He also expresses the power of appreciating what you have when you have it. Looking back on his role in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, he gets nostalgic. "When I watch that movie I say, 'You were beautiful. And now…you just need to accept the fact that you're going to age as gracefully as possible.'"
Bon Jovi opens hunger center in shore town hit hard by SandyJon Bon Jovi knows he can't help society by curing cancer or splitting atoms. But he can use his celebrity to command the attention of millions of people, including some of the wealthiest and most powerful.
The Sayreville, New Jersey-born rocker and his wife, Dorothea, are joining with local charities and wealthy fellow philanthropists to tackle hunger and poverty in a shore town that was devastated by Superstorm Sandy.
He and his Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation held a grand opening Tuesday for the B.E.A.T. Center, which stands for Bringing Everyone All Together. The center in Toms River is designed as a one-stop facility to help people get food stamps, health care and culinary-related job training. It also provides meals for at-risk children and seniors.
Surrounded by crates of potatoes, apples and turnips and pallets of canned ravioli and green beans, the singer best known for rock anthems like "Livin' On A Prayer," ''You Give Love A Bad Name" and "Wanted Dead Or Alive" said hunger is something he can actually do something about.
"We didn't need scientists to find a cure," he said. "There are so many wonderful causes and so many passionate people that are addressing them. We have been inspired by so many of our in-need neighbors who have come seeking help."
He and several others active with the center said one of its main goals is not just to feed the lines at food pantries but to also permanently shorten them. The center will house a second JBJ Soul Kitchen community restaurant, where diners pay a minimum $10 donation or do volunteer work for their meals. The first one opened in 2011 in Red Bank.
Bon Jovi says many area residents are still recovering from Sandy and don't have enough nutritious food to eat. But he says the need predated the storm in Ocean County, where one in five residents is low-income or lives below the poverty level of $15,000 a year for a family of four.
"This is happening across our nation," he said. "When there's 15 percent of children going to be hungry at night in a nation like ours, that's not an issue it takes a scientist to solve."
Toms River was one of the hardest-hit communities during Sandy, which struck Oct. 29, 2012. The nearby Ortley Beach section was devastated, and many homes and businesses still have not been rebuilt as the fourth summer after the storm approaches.
Bon Jovi is partnering with the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, The Peoples Pantry and the David Tepper Charitable Foundation to provide $5 million in services to needy families in the B.E.A.T. Center's first year of operation.
The center joins other charitable endeavors undertaken by Bon Jovi, including the construction of 440 units of affordable housing for homeless or low-income families and donations to numerous Sandy relief efforts.
Why Lucy Liu Chose Gestational Surrogacy: It Was the ‘Best Solution for Me’(Pic1, Pic2) Lucy Liu welcomed son Rockwell Lloyd via gestational surrogacy eight months ago, but the actress remembers it like it was yesterday.
“I cried when he came out,” Liu, 47, told PEOPLE while promoting Tylenol’s #HowWeFamily campaign on Wednesday.
“I think ‘How We Family’ is about how we as a modern family are connecting now. Whether it’s your gay parents and you’re doing it that way, or you have a child that’s transgender, it’s more about how you love.”
She adds, “I think that’s a really wonderful way to support non-traditional families and make what we are doing now what is tradition.”
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With a hectic schedule, the Elementary star knew she was destined to be a mom, even if she didn’t take the traditional route.
“It just seemed like the right option for me because I was working and I didn’t know when I was going to be able to stop,” Liu says of her decision to turn to gestational surrogacy. “I decided that was probably the best solution for me, and it turned out to be great.”
With her little one growing at a rapid pace, Liu admits that she is loving everything about motherhood.
“I didn’t realize how quickly babies progress,” she says. “Very basic things that you just take for granted. They’re just this little lump of flesh, and then all the sudden they’re turning around, they’re observing you and they’re smiling and they’re interacting. It’s a magical experience.”
At 8 months old, Rockwell already has a best friend: Apple, the family dog.
“She’s really gentle,” Liu explains of her chocolate lab. “She’s protective, too. She’ll sit between him and whoever else comes in just to make sure they don’t step on him. It’s really beautiful to see how they interact.”
James Tupper & Anne Heche To Topline Post-Apocalyptic Series ‘Aftermath’Real-life couple James Tupper (Revenge, Men In Trees) and Anne Heche (Hung, Men in Trees) will star as husband and wife in Aftermath, the Canadian post-apocalyptic thriller series from Noreen Halpern’s Halfire Entertainment. It’s set to premiere on Syfy in the U.S. and Bell Media’s Space in Canada later this summer.
Tupper and Heche will play Joshua and Karen Copeland who, along with their three teenagers, must battle for survival after civilization comes to an apocalyptic end, triggered by devastating natural disasters – and the rise of supernatural creatures. The series was created by William Laurin and Glenn Davis, who will executive produce with Julie Hope. Suzanne Berger and Connie Dolphin will produce.
Tupper is repped by United, UTA, and attorney Jamie Mandelbaum. Heche is repped by United, Paradigm, and attorney Ashley Nissenberg.
La La Anthony, Yvette Nicole Brown, Monica Calhoun Among Five Cast In ‘New Edition: The Movie’ On BETBET is rounding out the cast for its three-part miniseries New Edition: The Movie. La La La Anthony (Power), Yvette Nicole Brown (The Office; The New Odd Couple), Monica Calhoun (The Best Man), Lisa Nicole Carson (Ally McBeal) and Sandi McCree (The Wire) have signed on to play the mothers of the iconic 1980s R&B/ pop group.
Anthony will play Flo DeVoe, mother of the young Ronnie DeVoe, Brown will play Michael Bivins’ mother Shirley Bivins, Calhoun is Ralph Tresvant’s mother Patricia Tresvant, Carson will play Ricky Bell’s mother Mae Bell and McCree is Bobby Brown’s mother Carole Brown. They join previously cast Bryshere Y. Gray, Elijah Kelley, Luke James, Keith Powers, and newcomers Algee Smith and Woody McClain.
Written by Abdul Williams (Lottery Ticket), the miniseries follows the group from their humble beginnings as kids in Boston to global megastardom – weathering the highs and lows of controversy, personnel changes, and the ultimate cost of fame.
New Edition: The Movie is executive produced by Real Husband’s of Hollywood’s Jesse Collins for JCE Films, a division of Jesse Collins Entertainment; directed by Chris Robinson and co-produced by Brooke Payne, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill, Ralph Tresvant and Bobby Brown.
Anthony is repped by UTA and Untitled Entertainment.
Robert Downey Jr. Says Gwyneth Paltrow Is His 'Free Pass' – But There's a CatchRobert Downey Jr. has a "free pass" with pal Gwyneth Paltrow, but not to worry – his wife approves.
"My free pass is – because her and Susan are such good friends – is Paltrow," the 51-year-old star said on The Howard Stern Show Thursday. "I gotta get her back in these movies so I can make out with her onscreen again."
Paltrow, 43, played love interest Pepper Potts in the first three Iron Man movies, and although she does not appear in Captain America: Civil War, which has Downey reprising his Tony Stark role once again, he said that doesn't mean she's gone from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
"She's coming back," he said. "We need her."
Stern asked if that would make his wife jealous, and Downey Jr. responded, "She could care less."
That's probably because this "free pass" only applies if Downey Jr. and Paltrow are "rolling on a take." Plus, he isn't really looking to cash in on his wife's offer.
"I'm very happily married," he said, after explaining that he doesn't go on Facebook and look up exes.
The Iron Man costars reunited in August in a beach selfie that Paltrow, who is currently dating producer Brad Falchuk, posted to her Instagram.
"@robertdowneyjr how I love thee #pepperony," the Goop boss wrote in the caption.
Tony Award nominationsBest Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Danielle Brooks, The Color Purple
Renée Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton
Jane Krakowski, She Loves Me
Jennifer Simard, Disaster!
Adrienne Warren, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Robert Downey Jr. Puts His Son to Bed Under Superhero Sheets (But Not Iron Man Ones!)As one of Marvel’s most valuable leading men, Robert Downey Jr. frequently uses his superhero connections for good. He visits fans at children’s hospitals, invites special guests to attend movie premieres with him, and the Captain America: Civil War and Iron Man star seems happy to share his wares with his own kids, including son Exton, 4.
When PEOPLE caught up with Downey Jr. and his Civil War rival Chris Evans (a.k.a. Captain America) recently for a lively chat about finding humor in their superhero status, Downey Jr. revealed that he’s a big Captain America and Chris Evans fan, something he shares with his son.
“I was tucking my boy in last night when he fell asleep and I put a Captain America blanket on him,” Downey Jr. told Evans.
“Did you?” Evans asked in disbelief.
“Yeah, so that’s the last time I saw your face,” Downey Jr. said. “Keeping my kid safe.”
And lest you think the compliments were one-sided, Evans spent plenty of time talking about his Civil War costar.
“People know Downey as a phenomenal actor, but he’s a really great writer too, he really is,” admitted Evans. “It’s just crazy working with him.”
“My character’s name isn’t in the title,” Downey Jr. playfully interjected.
“But it’s just nuts working with someone like Downey where you’re just kind of like, ‘You’re Downey! You’re Downey!’ What am I supposed to say?” Evans added.
Downey Jr. said Evans has come into his own over the last few years, becoming more comfortable with his fame and place in Hollywood — even if he might not admit it outright.
“Evans plays very low status, he’s extremely shrewd,” he said. “You’re very shrewd. You can’t see it right now.”
Captain America: Civil War hits theaters May 6.
For more from Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.
Cary Grant story could be heading to BroadwayWho’ll play Cary Grant on Broadway?
The leading man’s ex-wife Dyan Cannon has been working for years on a musical version of her best seller, “Dear Cary.”
“We have a book. We have some songs. The next step is the 29-hour table read,” Cannon told me.
The story of her romance and marriage with the Hollywood icon — which produced his only child, Jennifer Grant — was a No. 1 best seller 4 ¹/2 years ago and recently was back on the lists.
“I can’t explain why it’s suddenly selling again,” Cannon said. “I’m just happy about it.”
Nominated for two Best Supporting Actress Oscars, she plans to play herself.
The story won’t be a light romantic comedy. It includes Cannon being institutionalized for depression and the toll her LSD use with Grant took on her.
“It’s about the things we think we need in life to make us happy, and we find out that’s not the case,” says Cannon.
Born in England as Archibald Leach, Grant was a vaudevillian before he co-starred on-screen with Mae West, Katharine Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman and Audrey Hepburn.
“It’s an amazing part for a man,” Cannon said. “Whoever gets it will be lucky.”
Taye Diggs To Host ‘You’re Back In The Room’ Hypnosis Game Show On FoxTaye Diggs (The Best Man Holiday) has been tapped to host You’re Back In The Room (working title), Fox’s new eight-episode hourlong comedy game show based on the hit UK format. In addition, hypnotist Keith Barry, who stars in the original UK show, will join as resident hypnotist.
You’re Back In The Room (wt) features physical comedy and unpredictable situations, as contestants work together in teams and are challenged to complete a variety of simple, everyday tasks, from frosting a cake to blowing up balloons…after being hypnotized. With big money at stake, the contestants need to work together as a team, but their entranced state causes hysterical hurdles that unwittingly sabotage their progress.
The series will begin production in July.
“The second I saw this show I knew I needed to be a part of it. It’s the most unique blend of comedy and competition I’ve seen in years,” said Diggs. “I’m also quite excited as this is a program I can watch and laugh at with my six-year-old son.”
Diggs currently stars as Detective Terry English in TNT drama series Murder in the First. He recently wrapped a multi-episode arc on Fox’s Rosewood, before ending his run in the title role of Broadway’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He also recently wrapped production on upcoming feature One Shot opposite Topher Grace. Diggs is repped by ICM, and Authentic Talent and Literary Management.
In addition to UK’s You’re Back in the Room, Barry also starred in cable’s Deception with Keith Barry and the Irish TV Studio series Brain Hacker. He’s also the Chief Magic and Mentalist Consultant on upcoming feature Now You See Me: The Second Act slated to premiere in June.
You’re Back In The Room, produced by Tuesday’s Child, debuted in the UK as the No. 1 new unscripted entertainment series in 2015, ending its first season as a Top 10 series overall. The series is currently airing its second season and the format has been produced in France, The Netherlands and Australia and optioned internationally in multiple territories, including Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Denmark, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Portugal and Spain.
You’re Back in the Room (wt) is executive-produced by Tuesday’s Child in association with BBC Worldwide Productions. Karen Smith and Joe Sungkur serve as executive producers.
Hayden Panettiere's Parents' Nasty Divorce Over ... Dad Still Owes HaydenHayden Panettiere's parents have finally put their divorce to bed, and part of the final terms include an outstanding debt to their daughter.
According to the divorce docs ... Alan will pay $5,000 a month in spousal support to Hayden's mother, Lesley, for the next 5 years or until she remarries.
Alan also agreed to shoulder all of the money owed to their daughter. As we reported ... Hayden helped out mom and dad last year by letting Lesley live in her condo, and loaning Alan $100k.
Based on the docs, Lesley wanted to make sure that dough wasn't coming out of her pocket. The divorce settlement brings the nearly 8 year divorce battle to a close.
Just Like Mom! Jane Krakowski Says Her Son Bennett Is a ‘Fun, Dramatic Child’Jane Krakowski is a comedy queen, but there’s one special person who sends her into fits of laughter: Her son Bennett Robert.
“I came home from rehearsal [the other day] and he ran to the door yelling ‘Mommy!’ and then pretended to faint and fall on the floor,” Krakowski, 47, told PEOPLE at the season 2 world premiere of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt in New York Wednesday night.
“I love coming home and seeing his joy running to the door,” she says. “He’s a real ham — a fun, dramatic child!”
Those traits are ones he most certainly gets from his mama, who is currently starring in the Broadway revival of She Loves Me while juggling shooting for Kimmy and motherhood. “I’m in rehearsal six days a week [and have] eight performances a week,” she says.
But recently, Krakowski was able to combine the best of both worlds when Bennett paid her a visit at the Roundabout Theatre where she’s performing. “He came to see me in the Broadway show,” she says. “He sat through the whole thing — it’s a long show!”
Her only worry was that he’d disrupt the theatre. “I just said, ‘Please don’t yell [for] Mommy! You have to stay quiet,’ ” she explains.
And Bennett did just that while still offering the actress some encouragement. “Apparently during my numbers he was giving me signals — if he liked it, [he gave a thumbs up] and when a man treated me badly, he did a thumbs down. He’s very sweet!”
On top of her incredibly busy schedule, Krakowski has a party to plan.
“I’m planning his [fifth] birthday party,” she says, “It’s Star Wars Jedi training-themed. It’s a really fun age because you can chat with them and he’s got his own opinions and ideas. I’m so in love.”
Once Upon a Time: Hades and Zelena "Definitely Have Sparks" - But Is That A Good Thing?None of the heroes of Once Upon a Time have a past history with Hades (Greg Germann) but last Sunday's episode revealed that the Lord of the Underworld has another wicked connection.
The secret to defeating Hades is with Zelena (Rebecca Mader). The missing storybook pages reveal that Hades and the Wicked Witch have a big secret together and so now the heroes must track down their least favorite person if they want a chance of saving Hook (Colin O'Donoghue) and returning home. In the meantime, Hades is aiming a precise chisel at each of the heroes' Achilles' heels, including the formidable Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle).
Greg Germann talked to TVGuide.com about what Hades' past with Zelena will reveal and why he takes such pleasure in being so bad. See his answers below.
What can you tease about the nature of his relationship with Zelena?
Greg Germann: Hades and Zelena could either be great adversaries or a great match. Because of both of those things, they are both formidable in their own way. There's definitely some sparks that will fly in one direction or another between those two.
What does he plan to do with Rumpelstiltskin and the unborn child?
Germann: Anything that is going on with Hades, whether its with Rumple or any of the other characters, he's an opportunist. It's not so much that he wants a baby but he's finding the Achilles' heels of all the characters to move things forward for the things that he wants.
Hades makes it clear that he can kill any of the heroes at any point, but he seems to take more pleasure in torturing them. Why is that?
Germann: It's really fun to have one up on your adversary. What if the world were that way -- if we had some adversary in the world and we could just go 'Yeah you're gonna do that? Well what about this?' and stump them. That would feel really satisfying. In a way, Adam [Horowitz] and Eddy [Kitsis] are writing to that desire that we all have in us if we could all just easily one up the people that are hurting us. Hades, like Zelena, has abandonment issues, which is a funny way to say it. They both in their own way have suffered in their lives. They feel that they are the other end of some victimization maybe. I don't want to say there's any bitterness there, but if they can get back at the world that feels satisfying. It feels good.
Does Hades have any particular feelings on Zelena and her new baby?
Germann: I don't know that he's got strong feelings that she's had other relationships. Hades is very mature. I don't know if that's the issue necessarily for him or other things like whether the sparks that fly between them or the power that each of them have can enhance each other and help one another.
Will we find out why Hades chose Regina, Emma and Snow White as the three of the heroes that he wanted to keep?
Germann: That's something you have to wait to tune in to see. Hades isn't really doing anything arbitrarily. Everything that Hades is doing, there's a reason why [he's] doing it. I definitely have an agenda and everything I'm doing is moving that agenda forward.
Is his ultimate goal to keep everyone down there or would he be willing to let some of them go?
Germann: I like having people down there. I don't want to let anyone go. The more lost souls, the more souls down there that have unfinished business, as Adam and Eddy say, the better. Hades' ultimate ambition is an ABC spinoff.
One of the things this show loves to do is show a human side to its villains. Will we get to see that side of Hades?
Germann: Yes. What Adam and Eddy understand as writers is that these characters, whether they're humans or villains, they're three dimensional. It's not just a two dimensional renderding of a bad guy or a good guy. We've got all sides to us, even Hades ultimately.
Once Upon a Time continues Sunday at 8/7 on ABC.
‘The Blacklist’ Spinoff Starring Famke Janssen In the Works At NBCAfter successfully spinning off its Chicago franchise, NBC is looking to do the same with The Blacklist, its drama from Sony TV and Davis Entertainment. The network is pursuing a potential offshoot series toplined by X-Men star Famke Janssen. Like with the Chicago series, the network is taking a planted spinoff approach, with Episode 322 of The Blacklist, which airs May 12, serving as a pilot for the potential new series. It is written by The Blacklist creator/executive producer Jon Bokenkamp and exec producer/showrunner John Eisendrath and will be directed by Michael Dinner (Justified, Masters of Sex).
Janssen will be introduced in the May 5 episode before the planted spinoff. She will play Susan “Scottie” Halsted; it will be the female lead if NBC proceeds with the series, a decision that likely will be made in the next month and a half.
No details are being provided on Janssen’s character or the storyline for the spinoff, but I hear that Scottie Halsted was conceived to be to Tom (Ryan Eggold) what Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) is to Liz (Megan Boone). Actresses in their 60s and 50s were considered for the role. Making Episode 322 a planted spinoff was contingent on finding a star name to play Scottie, with the contingency lifted by the casting of Janssen.
The spinoff was created by Bokenkamp and Eisendrath, who executive produce with The Blacklist exec producers John Davis and John Fox.
The Blacklist, now in its third season, was a breakout hit for NBC when it launched in fall 2013. The drama has been dinged in the ratings since it was moved from its lofty Monday 10 PM perch to anchor NBC’s struggling Thursday lineup at 9 PM but it has done a respectable job in its challenging new slot and continues to be very strong in delayed viewing.
In addition to The Blacklist offshoot, NBC has Episode 21 of Chicago P.D., which serves as a planted spinoff for a fourth Chicago series, Chicago Justice.
In TV, Janssen, co-star of The X-Men and Taken franchises, recently toplined the Netflix series Hemlock Grove and recurred on ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder. She is repped by ICM Partners and Brookside Artist Management.
Hayden Panettiere Has a Sexy New Role: Carl's Jr. Commercial Star(Video) Hayden Panettiere is turning up the heat!
The 26-year-old Nashville actress stars in a new Carl's Jr. commercial to promote the fast food chain's Midnight Moonshine Burger. Wearing a cleavage-baring black button-down top tucked into matching shorts, Panettiere bites into the massive sandwich inside what appears to be a distillery as a fire rages in the background and Jessie James Decker is heard singing.
The actress joins a long list of stars who have appeared in sexy Carl's Jr. ads. The roster includes Kim Kardashian, Kate Upton, Audrina Patridge, Emily Ratajkowski, Heidi Klum and Padma Lakshmi.
Panettiere has appeared in commercials before. In 2013, she showcased her singing chops in a Cotton commercial. She is also a celebrity spokesmodel for Neutrogena and has appeared in several of the skincare and makeup company's ads.
The Midnight Moonshine Burger contains a charcoal-grilled, 100 percent black Angus beef patty topped with a moonshine glaze, pepper jack cheese, garlic and pepper fried onions and thick-cut, applewood-smoked bacon, according to CNBC. Parent company CKE Restaurants partnered with Hall of Fame NASCAR driver Junior Johnson on the sandwich. He is a partial owner of Piedmont Distillers, the dispenser of Junior's Midnight Moonshine.
The burger will be available for a limited time in more than 3,600 Carl's Jr. and Hardees restaurants.
"It knocked everybody's socks off when we tasted it," CKE Restaurants CEO Andy Puzder told CNBC.
How Hayden Panettiere Got Her Pre-Baby Body Back!Hayden Panettiere didn’t put too much pressure on herself to lose baby weight – and her healthy attitude has obviously worked out for her.
“The more that you give yourself grace, the better that you feel,” the actress, 26, told PEOPLE on the set of her upcoming Carl’s Jr. commercial.
“You go through the, ‘I’m not going to eat,’ ‘I’m not going to eat this,’ ‘I’m not going to eat that,’ ” she continues. “Part of [losing the weight] is mind, body and spirit. Spirit’s a huge part of it, so being happy and being content [helps].”
Going back to work on her hit show Nashville also helped her drop the baby weight.
“I’m standing on my feet on the show for sometimes hours in a day,” she explains.
For added exercise, Panettiere likes to get on the treadmill and zone out.
“I put on some guilty pleasure TV and just jog,” she says.
And her 15-month-old daughter Kaya sometimes gets involved in her workouts too.
“Working out with your baby is actually great,” says Panettiere. “When I’m holding her in my arms, I lift her above my head, or do bicep curls with her, or I’ll dance with her a lot. She’s the best weight I can find!”
Hayden Panettiere on Recovering from Postpartum Depression: ‘It’s Okay to Ask for Help’Since recovering from her own struggle with postpartum depression after seeking professional treatment, Hayden Panettiere wants to let other mothers know that taking the first step towards health is nothing to be ashamed of.
“The biggest message that I’ve been trying to promote for women is that it’s okay to ask for help,” the Nashville star, 26, told PEOPLE on the set of her new Carl’s Jr. commercial. “You feel mommy guilt — it’s for real.”
Panettiere — who gave birth to daughter Kaya Evdokia in December 2014 — knows that many moms can judge themselves too harshly for their perceived shortcomings.
“It’s like being in a tunnel,” she said. “You can’t even remember when you felt good. You try and think back to when you felt good, when you felt positive, when you felt happy, and you can’t. All you see is this enveloping darkness.’
Going public with her battle and recovery has helped the actress to move past those feelings.
“I’ve just been trying to be much more open and honest about who I am,” says Panettiere. “I’m 26 years old, I’m an adult, and [I don’t] have to falsify who I am.”
For more of Panettiere’s interview on postpartum depression and how she moved on, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.
USA NETWORK CASTS JAMES PAXTON AND GIL BELLOWS IN LEADING ROLES FOR NEW DRAMA SERIES “EYEWITNESS”USA Network today announced four additional cast members in the upcoming drama series EYEWITNESS (original title “Øyevitne”). James Paxton (“Texas Rising”) and Gil Bellows (“Ascension,” “11.22.63”) join Julianne Nicholson (“Black Mass,” “Masters of Sex”) and Tyler Young (“Empire”) as lead characters in the Norwegian drama adaptation. Tattiawna Jones (“19-2,” “Strange Empire”) and Matt Murray (“Kevin From Work,” “Rookie Blue”) join the ensemble cast as recurring guest stars.
Paxton will co-lead as “Lukas Hallenbeck,” a young teenaged boy who seems to have it all – popularity, motocross stardom, and the hottest girl in school. But beneath the surface, he’s deeply conflicted about his sexuality. When he meets Philip (Young) – a classmate who’s more comfortable in his skin – Lukas starts a journey towards self-acceptance that is interrupted when the boys witness a quadruple murder. His sanity begins to slip as he’s hunted by the killer and haunted by the fear of being outed as gay and losing everything he has.
Born and raised in Ojai, CA, Paxton started his career at the age of nine in “Spy Kids 3.” After attending New York University, he studied British film and theater in London. Son of actor Bill Paxton, he most recently starred alongside Vince Vaughn in “Term Life” and appeared in “Texas Rising.”
Bellows has been cast as “Gabe,” a small-town veterinarian whose decency, integrity and compassion rescued Helen from her self-destructive cycle of living. But the pressures of fostering Philip amidst Helen’s shocking homicide case threaten to tear the marriage apart.
As a respected producer, Bellows executive produced the Emmy® and Peabody® Award winning, Golden Globe® nominated movie “Temple Grandin.” Additionally, he co-wrote, produced and directed the film “3 Days in Havana” and will soon produce and direct the Blacklist feature “Loose Women.” Bellows film career include credits in the Academy Award® nominated film “The Shawshank Redemption,” “Love and a .45,” “The Weatherman,” “Parkland” and “Kill the Messenger.” TV credits include “Ally McBeal” and “11/22/63” opposite James Franco. Additionally, he co-created, executive produced and appears in “Patriot.”
Jones is set for the role of “Kamilah,” an unapologetic FBI agent who suddenly finds her loyalty to her job and troubled sister at odds. When Kamilah’s own case intersects with Sherriff Hellen Torrance’s, they forge a friendship that leads her to question everything she thought she wanted.
After graduating high school, Tattiawna Jones went to York University and completed a Bachelor in Fine Arts degree in Acting. Recent credits include a recurring guest star role in the TV series "19-2" and a series regular role in the TV series "Strange Empire.”
Murray will be featured as “Tony,” Helen’s bright-eyed and bushy-tailed deputy with big dreams, whose life is forever changed when a grisly crime happens in his small town.
Most recently, Murray starred as ‘Brian’ on “Kevin From Work.” He also starred in two seasons of the hit drama series “Rookie Blue” and will soon appear in the comedy pilot “What Goes Around Comes Around.” He received a degree in Theatre Performance from the esteemed Humber School of Creative Arts and was accepted to the prestigious Canadian Film Centre Actors Conservatory, a program that selects only 8 actors from across Canada per year.
From Universal Cable Productions (UCP), EYEWITNESS explores a grisly crime from the point of view of the eyewitness and is executive produced by Adi Hasak (Creator, “Shades of Blue”), Jarl Emsell Larsen and Scott Peters (“V,” “THE 4400”) also serve as executive producers.
Courtney Thorne-Smith will guest-star on Fresh Off the BoatMelrose Place vet Courtney Thorne-Smith will guest-star on the April 5 episode of Fresh Off the Boat, in which Jessica becomes desperate for drama after Melrose Place‘s season ends.
2016 MTV Movie Award nominationsFan voting is now open http://www.mtv.com/ontv/movieawards/. The awards, hosted by Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, air Sunday, April 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.
Robert Downey Jr.'s Son Indio: Judge Dismisses Cocaine Case as Father WatchesRobert Downey Jr.'s son has followed in his footsteps, getting his drug record wiped clean.
Indio Downey showed up at an L.A. courthouse Tuesday morning, where a judge dismissed his cocaine case, after he submitted proof he had successfully completed a drug diversion program.
The dismissal comes 2 months after California Governor Jerry Brown gave Robert Downey Jr. a full pardon for his drug convictions.
Indio spoke to Judge Lauren Weis Birnstein in open court, saying, "I would like to say I am truly grateful for the experience I had over the last 20 months in recovery." He went on, "I'm so blessed to have my life back. I hope to be an inspiration to work with others in the future."
Indio was arrested in June 2014 in West Hollywood when cops drove alongside the vehicle in which he was riding and noticed he was smoking something out of a pipe. Cops found coke on the actor's son.
The dismissal erases the entire criminal case ... it's as if Indio was never even arrested.
Disney Channel's Tangled Series Adds Ashley Judd, Jonathan Banks and MoreA whole bunch of big names want to get caught up in Tangled.
The Disney Channel series Tangled: Before Ever After has added a slew of TV and movie stars to its ranks, the network announced Tuesday. Among the cast additions: Ashley Judd (Divergent); Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul); Sean Hayes (Will & Grace); Jeremy Jordan (Supergirl); and Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent), reprising his role from the 2010 movie.
As previously reported, Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi also will voice their characters from the film —Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, respectively — in the series, which will feature music and lyrics from Alan Menken and Glenn Slater. Chris Sonnenburg (Enchanted) and Shane Prigmore (How to Train Your Dragon) will executive-produce.
Judd will lend her voice to Rapunzel’s mother Queen Arianna, while Broadway’s Eden Espinosa (Wicked) will be Rapunzel’s handmaiden/confidant Cassandra. Tambor will voice Snuggly Duckling Pub Thug Big Nose — joined by the film’s Shorty (Anchorman‘s Paul F. Tompkins) — and M.C. Gainey (Lost) will voice the Captain of the Guards as he did in the movie.
Other new cast members include: Richard Kind (Gotham), comedian Jeff Ross, Peter MacNicol (Ally McBeal), Clancy Brown (Sleepy Hollow), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Lost), Diedrich Bader (The Drew Carey Show), and Charles Halford (Constantine).
Set between the events of the feature film and the 2012 short Tangled Ever After, the animated series finds Rapunzel acquainting herself with her parents, her kingdom and the people of Corona, as she realizes there is so much left to learn before she can accept her royal destiny. The series is slated to premiere in 2017.
Hayden Panettiere Details Her Experience with Postpartum Depression: ‘It Is One of the Most Debilitating, Scary, Guilty Feelings’Hayden Panettiere is relieved that she’s been able to open up about her struggle with postpartum depression, but admits she was once scared of sharing her truth.
“I was always so terrified that people weren’t going to accept me,” the 26-year-old tells Yahoo! Style in a new interview of revealing that she had PPD.
“I finally just went, ‘I’m tired of living afraid. I’m tired of living in fear of what people are going to think, so, you know, I’m just going to put it all out there on the table and I’m not going to worry about the judgment.’ ”
The Nashville actress — who shares daughter Kaya Evdokia, nearly 15 months, with fiancé Wladimir Klitschko — entered treatment last October, and was immediately “floored” by the outpouring of support she received.
“The more open I was, the more acceptance I got from people,” she told Yahoo!. “I got so much support and so much love.”
Panettiere added, “I feel much more exposed, yes, but in a great way.”
What the star doesn’t appreciate, however, is the sometimes negative stigma that surrounds PPD.
She says of critics: “It’s like you have no idea what you’re talking about. If you think for one second that a mother wants to feel that way toward her child, you’re outta your mind. It is one of the most debilitating, scary, guilty feelings that you can ever feel.”
Continuing, “That a mother would not be able to connect with their child, would not be able to get a grip, or would not know what’s going on, for anybody to say that it’s false or created by us, you must have your head examined.”
On top of her personal journey, Panettiere was also faced with her Nashville character’s own struggle with PPD — an unplanned coincidence. In fact, Juliette’s battle has extended past Panettiere’s own.
“It was strange having to throw myself back into that frame of mind,” she shared. “The way I do things is to pull from my own personal experience and sometimes even turn myself into what I’m portraying so that I can pull from my life and step into that person’s shoes by being able to relate.”
Julianne Nicholson To Topline USA Series ‘Eyewitness’Julianne Nicholson (Black Mass, Masters of Sex) has been cast as the lead of USA Network’s 10-episode straight-to-series drama Eyewitness.
The project, an adaptation of the Norwegian crime thriller Øyevitne, explores a grisly crime from the point of view of the eyewitnesses. In it, two innocent teenage boys — one of them played by Tyler Young — secretly meet up in the forest where they witness a shooting and barely escape with their lives. Desperate to keep their relationship a secret and in fear of being found by the perpetrator, they remain silent but soon learn that what has been seen cannot be unseen and when you witness a horrible event it changes everything, forever.
Nicholson will play Helen Torrance, a former big-city homicide detective who left her harrowing career to become a small-town sheriff and loving wife. However, when a gruesome crime occurs she’s thrust back into the traumas of her past – just as she’s begun her hardest case yet: fostering a teenage boy (Young). Anneke von der Lippe won a best actress International Emmy for playing the role in the original series.
Catherine Hardwicke is set to direct and executive produce the first two episodes of the USA version, produced by Universal Cable Prods. Eyewitness will begin production in Canada later this year for later this year.
Nicholson most recently co-starred opposite Johnny Depp and Joel Edgerton in Black Mass. She also starred in the Sundance scripted series The Red Road, and recurred on Masters of Sex and Boardwalk Empire.
Shades Of Blue creator Adi Hasak wrote the series. and will serve as executive producer/showrunner. The series’ original creator Jarl Emsell Larsen and Scott Peters also executive produce.
Lucy Liu Honored at HarvardActress Lucy Liu has been honored at Harvard for her humanitarian work.
The “Kill Bill” and “Charlie’s Angels” actress, currently starring in the CBS series “Elementary,” was named 2016 artist of the year by the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations.
She received the award Saturday evening in a presentation at the Cultural Rhythms Festival at Sanders Theater in Cambridge.
Born to immigrant parents in the New York City borough of Queens, Liu is a UNICEF Ambassador and has been a spokeswoman for the Human Rights Campaign. Harvard says she’s “worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the plight of women and children in some of the world’s most impoverished countries.”
Previous Harvard Foundation winners have included Eva Longoria, Andy Garcia, Matt Damon, Denzel Washington and Salma Hayek.
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NCIS Episode 300 Casts Taye Diggs in Pivotal, Musical RoleNCIS has enlisted Broadway vet Taye Diggs for a pivotal, musical role in the series’ 300th episode.
In the landmark hour of TV’s most watched drama (airing March 15), Diggs will play Marine Gunnery Sergeant Aaron Davis, a Special Ops sniper who suffered traumatic injuries and PTSS after an ambush attack in Iraq. For the past six months, Davis has been at Walter Reed Medical Center, facing a slow but effective rehab that includes a cutting-edge music therapy program.
Once a free spirit and a gifted musician, Davis has spiraled into a shell of his former self When Gibbs (Mark Harmon) attempts to reach the wounded warrior, needing as he does an account of the aforementioned ambush to solve a murder.
Of the casting, NCIS showrunner Gary Glasberg said in a statement, “For our 300th episode we needed a guest actor who could proudly portray one of our nation’s wounded warriors as well as participate in a very touching musical performance. This emotionally charged role is tailor-made for Taye Diggs and we are so thrilled and honored to have him join us.”
Well known for his Private Practice run (if not the woefully underappreciated Day Break), Diggs’ recent TV credits include a lead role on TNT’s Murder in the First (which has been renewed for a third season), Rosewood, The Good Wife and New Girl.
Hayden and XTina bring the heat for ‘Lady Marmalade’ on ‘Lip Sync Battle’(Video) The Tim Tebow-Nina Dobrev “Lip Sync Battle” last Thursday (Feb. 4) may have been a bit of a dud, but the show is looking to bounce back with an epic showdown between Hayden Panettiere and Eva Longoria — and it looks like the “Nashville” star is pulling out all the stops for “Lady Marmalade.”
Panettiere has enlisted the help of one Christina Aguilera to perform the 1975 hit by girl group Labelle — made up of Patti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash — that became a smash when Aguilera, Lil Kim, Pink and Missy Elliott recorded it for “Moulin Rouge” in 2001.
Sporting big blonde wigs, Panettiere is handling the other three singers’ parts while Aguilera is there to bring the house down by lip-syncing to her own run-filled vocals.
Eva Longoria better bring her A game to top this sexy, sassy “Lady Marmalade” that Panettiere and Aguilera have cooked up.
“Lip Sync Battle” airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Spike.
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Josh Groban might wear five pairs of underwear on BroadwaySinger Josh Groban landed a role in his Broadway debut — “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812” — when he tweeted he loved the show’s downtown predecessor.
“There can’t be any more rituals than solo recording artists have,” he figured of learning any backstage traditions of Broadway. “I mean, any singer’s crazy no matter what the genre.”
We ran into Groban at the Acura Studio at Sundance.
“I have a lot to learn as we gear up into rehearsals in a lot of ways … I’m sure I will be wearing five pairs of underwear or whatever I have to do.”
Denée Benton was cast in the show this week to star with Groban. The show originally debuted in the Meatpacking District in 2013.
Regina Hall To Star In Hulu Comedy Pilot ‘Crushed’ From ‘Peeples’ FilmmakerI’ve learned that Regina Hall is set as the female lead in Crushed, a single-camera comedy pilot at Hulu from Peeples writer-director Tina Gordon Chism and Lionsgate TV.
The project, written by Chism, was originally developed for HBO two years ago. Recently greenlit to pilot by Hulu, it centers on an African-American family who stumbles into a successful wine business in Napa, with Hall playing the wife, Celia. The comedy is described as a fish-out-of-water story following the family’s unorthodox approach to wine making and their unique life style. Chism is executive producing alongside Stephanie Allain Bray. C. Deneen Brown is co-producing.
Chism made her directorial debut with Tyler Perry/Lionsgate’s Peeples, starring Craig Robinson and Kerry Washington. She also wrote the scripts for Drumline and ATL. She is repped by ICM Partners.
Ally McBeal alumna Hall has starred in a number of successful comedy feature franchises, include Scary Movie, The Best Man and Think Like a Man. She will next be seen in Barbershop: The Next Cut. Hall is repped by ICM Partners and Principato-Young.
Lionsgate TV has been an early Hulu adopter, coming on board to produce one of the streaming services’ first breakout original comedy series, Deadbeat.
At Hulu, Crushed joins comedy pilot Future Man, from Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Sony TV.
Hayden Panettiere: Being Honest About Postpartum Depression Struggle Is a ‘Weight Off My Shoulders’Hayden Panettiere has been in the limelight for nearly two decades, but says walking the red carpet is “so new” again after undergoing treatment for postpartum depression.
“It feels different for me because of things that I’ve gone through recently, over the last year,” the Nashville star told PEOPLE exclusively on the red carpet for the Critics’ Choice Awards. “I’ve really gone, ‘You know what, I’ve been in this industry for so long, forget it!’ I’ve been hiding myself. Just putting out the smiling face, showing people this, and allowing that veil to come down — it’s like a weight off my shoulders.”
She adds, “I’m 26 years old. I’m a mom. I don’t need to be afraid of what people are going to think. I saw how much people rallied behind me when I was honest, and I didn’t know that honesty could be such a gift.”
Sunday night marked Panettiere’s first U.S. red carpet appearance since entering treatment in October, and the actress says she enjoyed walking in front of the cameras “so much more because I don’t feel like I have to hide anymore.”
After welcoming daughter Kaya Evdokia in December 2014 with fiancé Wladimir Klitschko, Panettiere said she felt scared. Choosing to be open about her struggle has helped, though, she contends.
“Honestly, when I said [I had PPD] the first time on Kelly and Michael I didn’t plan on it,” she says. “We talked about it for a second, but it was just like a conversation, and I was like, ‘Why should I be ashamed or hide when it costs so much?’ It costs me so much to hide. It costs you so much to lie.”
Panettiere has used her own personal journey to address the stigma surrounding PPD, and tells PEOPLE that “there is no overcoming” the often negative sentiment.
“The only important thing to me is that I’m not causing myself pain and discomfort anymore, and I can be a strong woman for my daughter to look up to,” she says. “It would horrible for me to be going, ‘You can be whomever you want! You can do whatever you want in life!’ yet I was unable to follow the same words.”
As she tells E! News, “I was floored by the positive response. I’m really happy that I can stand up for the women who are out there suffering from this and let them know it’s okay. They’re not alone. It doesn’t mean they’re weak. It doesn’t mean they’re a bad mom. It doesn’t mean they’re strange. They can get help if they need it, and that’s okay.”
Hayden Panettiere Wears Plunging Peach Gown to First Red Carpet Since PPD Treatment(Pic) Hayden Panettiere is no stranger to making a big statement on the red carpet — who could forget her baby bump debut, or the time she bought her own Tom Ford? But her Critics’ Choice Awards look was especially noteworthy for two reasons: One, that it was a totally eye-popping keyhole-cutout halter, and two, it was her first red carpet since entering treatment for postpartum depression.
After welcoming daughter Kaya in December 2014, Panettiere entered treatment in October for PPD, saying “It’s really painful and it’s really scary and women need a lot of support.” Her Nashville character, in an ironic twist, was also suffering from the same disease.
After receiving treatment, Panettiere made her first public appearance in late November to support fiancé Wladimir Klitschko ringside during his boxing match against Tyson Fury. Shortly thereafter, she debuted a big haircut on Twitter, writing, “Chopping hair off is like getting rid of metaphorical and literal dead ends. Off with the old and growing the new.”
Sunday night (just days after she announced she’d be returning to Nashville), she officially returned to the red carpet, sporting a pale peach Maria Lucia Hohan dress that showed off her figure thanks to the seriously plunging neckline and side cutouts. Delicate silvery jewels and a small clutch were all she added to accessorize the already head-turning look, and she kept her new bob wavy and makeup clean and fresh.
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi adopt a ‘Kid’Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are the proud parents of a nine-week old pooch named Kid.
DeGeneres, 57, made the announcement on Thursday’s show.
“I have not talked about this yet, but we have a new puppy,” she said. “Portia and I got a puppy and his name is Kid so now we have a kid. Yep. I mean, he is absolutely adorable.”
Although the couple is thrilled at the new addition, they’re not so pleased with the constant after-hours attention Kid needs. DeGeneres said it’s “not cute” to wake up at 11, and 1 and 3 and 5 for all his puppy needs.
“It really makes me appreciate what it’s like to be a mother,” she added. “Because like I’m trying to hold a puppy while I’m trying to make coffee. And I can’t do anything. He doesn’t let me do anything.”
There’s always been speculation as if and when DeGeneres and de Rossi will ever have a child. “And I named him Kid because, you know, people… There have been rumors forever,” DeGeneres began. “‘When are you and Portia gonna have a kid?’ So, now I can say we have a Kid. So it can just stop.”
Kid joins DeGeneres and De Rossi’s other four-legged babies Wolf and Auggie.
Hayden Panettiere Returns to Nashville Following Medical LeaveJuliette. Barnes. Is. Back.
Nashville‘s Hayden Panettiere — who in October took a leave of absence from the ABC drama to undergo treatment for postpartum depression — has returned to work on the series, TVLine has learned exclusively.
An ABC rep declined to comment, but sources confirm that the actress reported back to the set on Friday to begin work on Season 4’s 14th episode, which is slated to air in April. (Nashville returns from its midseason break on March 16).
Panettiere left the series in early October just as Episode 9 was about to start production. Her character, Juliette — who in an eerie parallel was also battling postpartum depression — was last seen in the Nov. 18 episode.
At the time, executive producer/showrunner Dee Johnson said that she fully expected Panettiere to return.
“It’s not the entire season, it’s just for now,” Johnson told Deadline, adding, “We’ve had to make adjustments, but it’s not uncommon for shows to have to make such accommodations when real life intervenes.”
Josh Groban and Kat Von D are set to guest-star on Life in PiecesSinger/songwriter Josh Groban and tattoo artist Kat Von D are set to guest-star on an upcoming episode of Life in Pieces. According to EW.com, Groban will play a guitar salesman trying to woo Clementine, while Von D will fittingly play a tattoo artist that Tim seeks out.
Robert Downey Jr Pardoned For Drug Convictions In CaliforniaGov. Jerry Brown just made Robert Downey Jr’s Christmas a little more merry. The Iron Man star has been pardoned for his drug convictions in the 1990s. Downey’s official forgiving was one of 91 issued by Brown, who has a made the pardons a December 24 habit.
Back in October, Downey was inducted into the California Hall of Fame. “I think I might be first inductee who’s been in the correctional system,” he later joked during a pre-Thanksgiving appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
“By completion of his sentence and good conduct in the community of his residence since his release, Robert John Downey, Jr. has paid his debt to society and earned a full and unconditional pardon,” reads the declaration.
Downey was arrested multiple times from 1996-2001, first for possession of heroin, cocaine and a handgun while driving in Hollywood. Soon after, he was busted for breaking into a neighbor’s home while intoxicated and on parole. The actor was given probation but was jailed in Los Angeles for missing a court-ordered drug test. He was arrested in 1999 after missing another drug test and sentenced to three years in state prison. He was granted early release the following year.
Pardons mainly are symbolic and don’t erase a criminal record, but they can allow ex-convicts to own firearms, serve on jury duty or work in some government jobs. To be eligible, individuals must have been out of prison for at least a decade, committed no new crimes and received a court-granted Certificate of Rehabilitation if they still live in California.
Other pardons Brown granted today were for crimes ranging from arson. kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon to DUI, perjury and use of a fake ID. See the full list of pardons here.
Ally McBeal Star Lisa Nicole Carson on Her Battle with Bipolar Disorder: 'When You Lose Your Mind, It's as Traumatic as It Sounds'(Pic) In the late '90s, Lisa Nicole Carson was best known as Calista Flockhart's bold and bubbly roommate on the hit show Ally McBeal, but behind the scenes, she was grappling with bipolar disorder.
In this week's PEOPLE, Carson, 46, speaks in depth for the first time about the bipolar diagnosis that nearly shattered her life and career. "From the time I stepped away from show business [in 2001] until now, I've been on a long, very complicated and challenging journey," says Carson. "I didn't know if I was going to make it out."
"I don't really have an option to be silent about my illness, although I wanted to be for many years," Carson reveals. "But since I had a public breakdown, it's something I felt I had to address."
She is now living quietly in Hollywood, where she hopes to relaunch her acting career.
She tells PEOPLE, "When you lose your mind it's as traumatic as it sounds. It's not anything you can imagine happening to you."
Just before her career took off as Flockhart's sidekick on the show, Carson had her first psychotic breakdown in 1997. For the next seven years, she says, there were "too many breakdowns to count."
After she was first diagnosed as bipolar, "It didn't make any sense to me, at all. I had never heard of it. I was in denial and would not take my medicine."
In the years that followed, she experienced more mania than depression. "Sometimes it can be beautiful," she says. "And sometimes it can be horrifying."
In 2000, Carson had a breakdown at a Manhattan hotel that made headlines and left her terrified and confused. "I remember glass breaking, yelling, screaming and terror," she says. "Sheer terror."
She spent several weeks in a psychiatric ward before returning to work at Ally McBeal.
"The cast was very concerned," she recalls. "They put together a video for me, wishing me well."
Petrified, "I busted my butt and worked hard for a year. And then in 2001, I got the call, 'We're not renewing your contract.' I cried for a week."
Although devastated, Carson doesn't harbor ill feelings about the situation.
"Something very weird happened to me and everybody had a reaction," she says, "and it was more weird to me than anyone."
Her last breakdown, in 2004, "was the most terrified I have ever been," she recalls. "It was the closest everything came to collapsing for me. That's what marked the beginning of the end of the disease for me. I decided that whatever was going on in my life, had to take second place. I had to take my medication and fight this with everything I am."
After years of consulting with doctors and experimenting with numerous medications, Carson finally found the mood stabilizer she is currently taking. "I've been stable and haven't had a breakdown in 10 years," she says.
Since returning to Hollywood in 2014, she says, "Just being at a place where I am healthy, excited about life and auditioning is a joy. I feel very blessed."
Carson hopes her story can help others. "It's a risk for me to be open," she admits. "I never wanted to breathe a world about what happened to me. But I've had a change of heart. It's rare for someone who has something as severe as I've had to come out the other side, but I'd like to let people know that you can. You can get to the other side."
Harrison Ford is Not Solo At Star Wars Premiere As He Arrives with Wife Calista Flockhart(Pic) It may be Han Solo and Princess Leia on the big screen, but it's all about Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart in real life.
The married couple were all smiles at the Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiere on Monday at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles.
The 73-year-old actor looked suave in a black suit and baby blue collared shirt while the 51-year-old Supergirl star color coordinated in a long sleeve LBD with jeweled collar detailing.
Over 38 years since his first Star Wars premiere, Ford – who broke his leg during the latest production – expressed the big difference of going to the first showings then and now.
"In the 70s nobody knew what to anticipate, nobody had ever seen anything like it," he shared on the red carpet – streamed live on http://www.starwars.com/. "Now we have to live up to what the first film delivered."
With over $50 million in pre-sale tickets sold and many fans already lined up ahead of the official Dec. 18. release, the actor jokingly brushed off the pressures of delivering a box office success.
"No its not my fault you can blame it on JJ [Abrams] – I just work here," he said.
Josh Groban eyes Broadway, says he's in that 'headspace'Josh Groban will be following up his album of Broadway standards by doing it for real — singing on a Broadway stage for the first time.
"I was kind of in that headspace to begin with," Groban said Monday. "There was this nice stars-aligning-thing happening."
Groban will play Pierre in "Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812," a musical by Dave Malloy that dramatizes a 70-page melodrama at the center of Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace." It starts on Broadway in September.
Groban has been offered parts on Broadway before but timing never worked out. This time, he'll be ending a tour in support of an album — "Stages," for which he just earned a Grammy Award nomination for best traditional pop vocal album — that coincidentally has him singing musical theater hits from "The Phantom of the Opera," ''Les Misérables," ''Into The Woods" and "A Chorus Line," among others.
Since he made his debut in 2001, Groban's soaring anthems and soothing yet stirring ballads have sold millions of albums.
The sung-through musical "Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812" premiered at New York City's Ars Nova in 2012 and is currently playing at the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University.
He caught an off-Broadway version in 2013 and vowed that if he ever returned to his musical theater roots it would be for "the right piece of music."
Rachel Chavkin, who has directed previous versions of the show, is directing the new Broadway-bound version. Additional casting, design team and theater will be announced later. (Phillipa Soo, who played a dynamite Natasha, is currently in "Hamilton.")
By the time the "Great Comet" makes it to New York again, it will have changed a great deal since its earlier off-Broadway lives, which included strobe lights, actors racing about and smoke pouring as dance music competed with traditional Russian folk music.
The show reached for an immersive experience by trying to erase the line between audience and performer. A full Russian-themed meal — including vodka — was served and audience members were asked to pass along love letters or interact with actors.
Groban said he was "totally transfixed" by the intimate production when he saw it and wants to "pass along that magic." On Broadway, stage designer Mimi Lien will put many seats onstage, let actors move around the theater and there will be some sort of food and drink on offer.
The show centers on a bright young thing, Natasha, who falls for one man, only to be seduced later by another.
Groban said he's looking forward to the sense of comradery that comes with joining a Broadway cast. He said he'll protect his voice for the grueling eight-shows-a-week rhythm.
"My regiment is not going to be any different. At this point in my career, I've learned how to take care of myself. I'll just try not to burn the candle at both ends and try not to have real vodka on the stage every night."
Calista Flockhart Reveals Harrison Ford Is Learning to Text at Age 73, but He's Not Quite Sure How to Use Emojis Yet(Video) Apparently you can teach an old dog new tricks.
Supergirl star Calista Flockhart appeared on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! Thursday night, and host Jimmy Kimmel began by asking the actress about her famous husband, Harrison Ford. "How is Harrison? Is he in Star Wars land?" he asked. "Is he off promoting and stalking about things?"
"He is," Flockhart said. "He is currently in Australia."
"We talk all the time," she added. "He's learning how to text."
Flockhart, 51, then demonstrated how Ford, 73, composes his text messages, and let's just say he's not the fastest. Still, she's happy to hear from Ford. "He's getting better," she said. Asked if he uses emojis, she replied, "No. He says, 'Where'd you get that picture from?' It's really bad."
Kimmel told Flockhart that when Ford has appeared on the show, he gets a feeling that "he really likes me but he never shows it in any way." Perhaps that was wishful thinking on his part.
"It's funny because I was just talking to him and I said, 'You know, I'm going to do Jimmy Kimmel.' And he said, 'Yeah…yeah, I don't know about that guy,'" Flockhart explained. "And then he said, 'I remember the last time you were on Jimmy Kimmel, Calista. Yeah, I remember.'"
Kimmel knew exactly what Ford was referring to during his conversation with Flockhart. "In fact, people sometimes ask me what from the show is your most embarrassing moment, that is the first thing that usually pops to mind, the last time that you were here," he told his guest.
The two then reviewed a clip of Flockhart's last appearance on Feb. 26, 2009. "We have a clip here. Do you want to set the clit up—clip up?" Kimmel asked at the time. Red in the face, the host told a giggling Flockhart, "You go ahead and set it up. I'm going to sit under the desk."
After re-watching it, Kimmel joked, "I stayed under there for like a month."
"It's Harrison's fault!" he added. "He brought it up."
"My heart is pounding," Flockhart admitted. "This is so awkward."
Tell it to Ford.
Hayden Panettiere Makes First Red Carpet Appearance Since Seeking Postpartum Depression Treatment(Pic) Less than two months since seeking treater for postpartum depression, Hayden Panettiere stepped out on the red carpet for the first time with smiles for all.
The Nashville actress joined her fiancé, former heavyweight world champion boxer Wladimir Klitschko, on the international red carpet of the Ein Herz Fuer Kinder Gala 2015 show in Berlin, Germany on Saturday.
Dressed in a fashion forward black ensemble, complete with leggings bedazzled with a silver stud trim line down the side and sky-high black wedge booties. Despite their severe height, the boots weren't quite tall enough to match her beau's incredible height.
Her future husband opted for a dark suit and deep blue skinny tie as they cozied up to each other for photos along the red carpet.
Vitali Klitschko and Natalia Klitschko, Wladimir's older brother and his wife, later joined the happy couple for a silly group photo, Hayden throwing up a "hang loose" sign as she laughed for the cameras.
The actress' happy spirits are a positive indication of a new chapter in the blond beauty's life after E! News confirmed in October she had voluntarily sought treatment for postpartum depression following the birth of her first child Kaya in December 2014.
The actress spoke publicly of the common post-pregnancy affliction during an interview with Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa days before it was revealed she had entered into a facility.
"It's something a lot of women experience. When [you are told] about postpartum depression you think it's 'I feel negative feelings towards my child; I want to injure or hurt my child.' I've never, ever had those feelings. Some women do," Panettiere told the co-hosts.
"But, you don't realize how broad of a spectrum you can really experience that on. It's something that needs to be talked about. Women need to know that they're not alone, and that it does heal."
5 Reasons Cat Grant Is Supergirl's Best Influence(tvguide.com) Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist) has a lot of people mentoring and guiding her on her Supergirl journey, but it's Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart) that's consistently pointing her in the right direction. Weirdly enough, she's the only person in Kara's circle that doesn't know her secret, yet she still gives the best advice.
More than Kara's Fortress of Solitude Mom, her adopted mom or even her big sister Alex (Chyler Leigh) - Cat is doing the most to make Kara into the superhero that National City needs, and that's why she gets our vote for best influence. Let's recap:
1. She does "it all" without complaining: Cat Grant is the head of a media conglomerate and a single mom, but she still gets the job done. Yes, she pushes her employees to the limit, but it's so that she can present the best product for the company, and she's made it clear on several occasions that she cares more about her son than anything.
Better yet, when Kara asked how she manages to keep it all going, Cat delivered some of the most practical advice ever offered on this show. Juggle two balls before you juggle three. Kara needs to get her personal life in check, and then add superhero stuff and when she has that under control she can tackle DEO investigations. Managing Supergirl's many responsibilities is the key to Kara's sanity and Cat's the only one that can understand that.
2. She doesn't coddle Kara or Supergirl: Mentoring someone doesn't mean you have to hold their hand all the time. Many of the people looking out for Kara are trying too hard to protect her rather than making sure she gets better. Since Cat doesn't know Kara is Supergirl or have any sentimental attachment, she's not afraid to tell Supergirl the truth, even if it's hard to hear.
Cat was the first one to point out that Supergirl is actually kind of bad at being a superhero. It's not the critique that Kara wanted, but the astute point forced her to reevaluate how she was handling thingsand made her better.
3. She actually has the most faith in Supergirl:Don't mistake Cat's criticism for a lack of caring. As Alex points out early on, Cat's editorial about Supergirl was passionately written, meaning she wants Supergirl to succeed even if she can see some flaws in the superhero's game plan. It even goes back to the debate about Supergirl's name when Kara wanted to get up in arms because it was 'girl" instead of "woman."
"Are you saying there's something wrong with being a girl?" Cat queried. At the time it may have seemed that Cat cared most about branding the new superhero, but really she's been the one challenging Supergirl to accept who she is rather than what everyone else thinks she should be from the very beginning.
4. She encourages Kara to be strong: Cat respects Kara most when she stands up for herself, and that's an important thing for any superhero. Kara tends to wear rose-colored glasses, but she's in a dog-eat-dog career field - both as Kara and as Supergirl. Cat is the one pushing Kara to have a backbone. She'll get her name wrong as long as Kara lets her, but when Kara bit Cat's head off for being so mean you could see the pride in Cat's eyes. And then Cat actually took time out of her busy day to sit Kara down and discuss anger management and psychology over a couple of martinis. Those are the actions of someone who cares.
Also, when Kara explained that her parents had died, Cat responded with compassion about Kara's resiliency, but never pitied her assistant. She saw a new side to the meek girl that delivers her coffee, and their relationship has started to expand ever since.
5. She's protective of Kara's well-being: Remember that time a crazed ex-employee tried to electrocute Cat and Kara, but Cat sent Kara to safety while she tried to keep Livewire (Brit Morgan) distracted? Sure, there was a dig about how useless Kara was in there, but really it was to make sure Kara was safe while Cat took responsibility for the situation. If she were really the terrible person she wanted you to think she was, Cat would have left Kara in the dust.
It's clear that Cat has some severe Mommy issues, just like Kara, but that didn't stop her from standing up to her mom (Joan Juliet Black) when she tried to come down on Kara. It's even more proof that when Cat is hard on her assistant it's an attempt to make her stronger, but that doesn't mean she's going to let anyone else attack her. What else could you want in a mom figure?
Supergirl airs Mondays at 8/7c on CBS.
Hayden Panettiere Cuts Her Hair: 'It's Like Getting Rid of Metaphorical and Literal Dead Ends'(Pic) Hayden Panettiere is opening up about her recent haircut. The actress shared a photo on Twitter showing off her textured, shoulder-grazing strands — and the chop marks a new chapter for the star.
“Chopping hair off is like getting rid of metaphorical and literal dead ends. Off with the old and growing the new ??,” she captioned the snap on her feed.
The tweet is one of the first the actress has posted since entering treatment for postpartum depression in October.
The Nashville star 26, is a mother to 10-month-old Kaya Evodokia with her fiancé, professional boxer Wladimir Klitschko, and has been very open about her struggle since her daughter’s birth last December.
During an interview on Live! with Kelly and Michael in September, she said she could “relate” to her on-screen character Juliette Barnes, who navigates her own journey with PPD in the current season of the hit ABC show.
“It’s something a lot of women experience. When [you’re told] about postpartum depression you think it’s ‘I feel negative feelings towards my child, I want to injure or hurt my child’ — I’ve never, ever had those feelings,” she shared. “Some women do. But you don’t realize how broad of a spectrum you can really experience that on. It’s something that needs to be talked about. Women need to know that they’re not alone, and that it does heal.”
And the cast of the show has been very supportive of Panettiere during her treatment.
“We have connected, and I think she’s doing really well,” Connie Britton, 48, told the Associated Press. “She’s right where she needs to be, and that’s really good, and we all support her in that.”
Panettiere stepped out publicly for the first time Saturday, looking happy and healthy as she cheered on her fiancé Wladimir Klitschko during a boxing championship in Germany. And her new do seems to be giving her a fresh outlook as well.
Lucy Liu’s Son Is ‘All That and Dim Sum’: Check Out Rockwell’s Adorable Onesie(Pic) Lucy Liu‘s son is cute enough to eat.
The actress shared a photo of her little boy Rockwell Lloyd, 3 months, to Instagram on Wednesday in a special red onesie with the text, “I’m all that and dim sum.”
The cute outfit also featured a graphic of a traditional Cantonese steamed bun. Both of Liu’s parents were born in China, the home country of the delicious dish.
“When it’s your birthday and you’re feeling…” Liu, who celebrated her 47th birthday on Tuesday, wrote of her smiling baby.
Rockwell was born via surrogate in August and is the first child for the Elementary star.
While it’s doubtful that anyone could look as adorable as Rockwell, the dim sum onesie is available online — and for only $15!
Hayden Panettiere's Nashville Co-Stars Show Their Support for Her HiatusHayden Panettiere is taking a break from her career—including her hit show Nashville—to focus on herself, and her co-stars are totally supportive of her decision.
The 26-year-old actress decided to seek treatment for postpartum depression following the birth of her daughter, Kaya, whom she welcomed with fiancé Wladimir Klitschko in December 2014. In order to fully focus on recovery, she had to take a bit of a hiatus from Nashville.
Chatting with E! News at the CMT Artists of the Year Awards on Wednesday, some of her fellow co-stars expressed their immense amount of support, but also couldn't help from showing their excitement for her return when she's ready.
"I think she seems to be doing really well, and obviously all of us are very excited for her to come back when it's time," Jonathan Jackson told us. "But I'm also really grateful that she's taking the time that she needs, and I think that that's really a wonderful example for people."
Lennon Stella reciprocated his thoughts, adding, "She's doing good! You know, she's doing what she's doing, and we're like super supportive. We haven't heard any more on when she's coming back, but she's been doing great. We've been in contact with her and she's great."
"We all support her so much, and we're really excited for her return," Aubrey Peeples noted. "But we don't have any new information yet."
Meanwhile, Hayden seems to be doing much better these days! She was all smiles as she cheered on her fiancé during his fight against Tyson Fury at the IBF IBO WBA WBO Heavyweight World Championship contest in Germany over the weekend. It marked her first public appearance since she entered treatment in October.
"It's something a lot of women experience," Hayden opened up about her struggle on Live! With Kelly and Michael at the time. "When [you are told] about postpartum depression you think it's 'I feel negative feelings towards my child; I want to injure or hurt my child.' I've never, ever had those feelings. Some women do, but you don't realize how broad of a spectrum you can really experience that on."
She added, "It's something that needs to be talked about. Women need to know that they're not alone, and that it does heal."
We are happy to see that her healing process is going well.
Connie Britton Supports Nashville Costar Hayden Panettiere During Postpartum Depression Treatment: 'She's Doing Really Well'Days after her first public appearance since seeking treatment for postpartum depression, Hayden Panettiere was on her Nashville costars' minds – and in their hearts.
Connie Britton, who plays country queen (and Panettiere's character Juliette's onetime mentor) Rayna, and Jonathan Jackson, who appears as her estranged husband Avery, both spoke about the actress's progress at Wednesday night's CMT Artists of the Year awards.
"We have connected, and I think she's doing really well," said Britton, 48, told the Associated Press. "She's right where she needs to be, and that's really good, and we all support her in that."
"We've been in communication, and she seems to be doing well, and we're really excited to get back to work when the time comes," Jackson, 33, told PEOPLE on the red carpet. "My wife and I were really grateful that she took the time that she needed. I think that's a really great example for people."
Pannettiere, 26, looked happy and healthy Saturday as she cheered on her fiancé Wladimir Klitschko during a boxing championship in Germany. (Klitschko, 39, lost the match.)
The couple welcomed their first child, daughter Kaya Evdokia, on Dec. 9, 2014, and Panettiere opened up about her private battle with PPD in September, entering treatment in October.
"There's a lot of misunderstanding," the mom, whose character also has PPD, said on Live with Kelly and Michael. "There's a lot of people out there that think that it's not real, that it's not true, that it's something that's made up in their minds, that 'Oh, it's hormones.' They brush it off. It's something that's completely uncontrollable. It's really painful and it's really scary and women need a lot of support."
A source close to the show previously told PEOPLE that Juliette's heartbreaking storyline was planned long before Panettiere shared her own struggle – and production has worked around her treatment schedule for season 4.
Nashville airs Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.
Hayden Panettiere Beams During First Public Appearance Since Entering Treatment for Postpartum Depression(Pic1, Pic2) Hayden Panettiere looked happy, healthy and gorgeous in her first public appearance since entering a treatment center for postpartum depression last month.
The Nashville star had been battling the condition since the birth of her daughter Kaya last December, openly describing it as "really scary".
But Panettiere, 26, looked like the picture of health as she sat ringside to support her fiancé, heavyweight boxer Wladimir Klitschko, as he fought to defend his world title against British challenger Tyson Fury in Düsseldorf, Germany, on Saturday.
Panettiere entered a treatment facility in October, and spoke candidly about the condition a month earlier during an appearance on Live! with Kelly and Michael.
"There's a lot of misunderstanding," she said. "There's a lot of people out there that think that it's not real, that it's not true, that it's something that's made up in their minds, that 'Oh, it's hormones.' They brush it off. It's something that's completely uncontrollable. It's really painful and it's really scary and women need a lot of support."
On Saturday, Panetierre showed off a more lighthearted side, beaming as she draped a Ukrainian flag over her shoulders in support of Klitschko, 39, while wearing a cream striped sweater with a plaid mini-skirt, black tights and cute tan fedora.
Sadly, her gesture of support proved to be in vain: her fiancé's 11-year reign as World Heavyweight Champ came to a juddering halt on a unanimous points decision in favor of the British underdog.
In an echo of Fury's unexpected pre-fight serenade to Klitschko – when he suddenly broke into an acapella version of the Bette Midler classic "Wind Beneath My Wings"– Fury, 27, stunned boxing fans across the world with a live rendition of Aerosmith's "Don't Want to Miss a Thing" after his victory.
Luckily for Klitschko, this time the target of Fury's romantic crooning was his pregnant wife Paris, who stood visibly moved in the center of the ring as her man sung the classic rock love ballad in front of 50,000 fight fans and a global TV audience of millions.
‘Murder In The First’ Renewed For Third Season By TNTTNT has renewed Murder In The First for a third season to air in 2016. The crime drama, created by Steven Bochco and Eric Lodal, averaged an OK 2 million viewers in its second season, which wrapped its run on August 25. Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson star.
Murder In The First marked a departure from TNT’s procedural formula as it tracks one case for an entire season. It joins Rizzoli & Isles and The Last Ship, which also were renewed for next year. New Turner regime have been very selective in deciding which TNT and TBS series would stay on as both networks are undergoing a brand makeover.
James Marsden and British Singer Edei Step Out: They're 'More than Friends,' Says SourceJames Marsden and British singer-songwriter Edei could be taking their relationship to the next level.
The X-Men: Days of Future Past star and the "I'll Go" singer "are a little more than friends," a source tells PEOPLE.
The actor, 42, was previously spotted out with Bradley Cooper's ex-girlfriend Suki Waterhouse in April, when they grabbed dinner together with a group of friends at Little Door restaurant in Los Angeles.
Edei (née Emma Deigman) is a 27-year-old up and coming musician from the UK who's currently working on a new album, according to her Twitter page.
Marsden, who's starring on HBO's Westworld, was formerly married to actress Lisa Linde from 2000 to 2011. They have two children together, Jack Holden and Mary James.
Elton John, Bon Jovi to headline 24-hour climate concertElton John and Bon Jovi will headline a 24-hour performance this month aimed at urging environmental action ahead of key climate change talks in Paris, organizers said Monday.
The event, spearheaded by former US vice president Al Gore and known as "24 Hours of Reality and Live Earth," will feature artists, scientists and politicians and will air online November 13 and 14.
"Each hour, the broadcast will be punctuated by thought-provoking, knockout appearances from an all-star lineup," organizers said in a statement.
"The broadcast is aimed at urging world leaders to push for the strongest possible climate agreement at the upcoming UN conference in Paris, and at urging people to take action in their own communities and homes."
Back in May, Live Earth -- a set of global concerts backed by Gore -- announced a delay to planned shows on each inhabited continent.
Live Earth was initially intended to consist of concerts on June 18 in Australia, Brazil, China, South Africa and the United States, as well as Paris.
The November 13-14 broadcast is a partnership between the Climate Reality Project and Live Earth, designed to "include an unprecedented artistic lineup and distribution platform to maximize its global reach," organizers said.
Among those scheduled to appear are French President Francois Hollande, Mexican President Felipe Calderon, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, California Governor Jerry Brown, actors Ryan Reynolds, Jared Leto and Ed Begley Jr., and former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.
The first Climate Reality broadcast aired in 2011.
Gore won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts on climate change.
A slideshow presented by Gore about the dangers of climate change was the basis of the popular 2006 documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," which won two Academy Awards.
PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS 2016 NomineesWinners will be revealed during the live broadcast of PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS 2016 from the Microsoft Theatre L.A. Live, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Fans can vote now at http://vote.peopleschoice.com.
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Once Upon a Time: Greg Germann Cast as Season 5B's Devilish Mystery ManABC’s Once Upon a Time has cast one helluva role for the second half of Season 5.
TV vet Greg Germann (Ally McBeal) has landed the heavily recurring role of what is for now being dubbed “The Distinguished Gentleman,” TVLine has learned exclusively.
ABC would confirm no further details on the character or his storyline, but the casting call described him as “a mysterious figure with god-like powers who is always clad in a perfectly tailored suit,” someone who can “strike fear into people just by being friendly” and “the last person you ever want to share a drink with.”
Last month at New York Comic-Con, Once co-creator Eddy Kitsis summed up Season 5B as “hell,” spurring speculation that our heroes next will brave the Underworld and perhaps clash with Hades himself. Subsequent casting calls cited by Matt’s Inside Line — though not confirmed — suggest we will meet Hercules and Megara at some point this spring.
Germann will make his debut in this season’s 12th episode aka the series’ 100th, which will launch the second half of the season sometime in March.
In addition to his aforementioned run as Ally McBeal‘s Richard Fish, Germann’s TV credits include arcs on House of Lies, Raising Hope, NCIS, SVU and Chasing Life.
Lucy Liu Shares Adorable Photo of Newborn Son Rockwell(Pic) If you’re having a tough day, Lucy Liu is here to lighten your mood.
The actress took to Instagram to share an adorable, smiley photo of her 10-week-old son, Rockwell Lloyd.
“Mood #Rockwell,” Liu, 46, captioned the pic.
In the photo, the chubby-cheeked baby boy rests on a bird-printed blanket with a stuffed animal near as he smiles for the photo.
The Elementary star hasn’t been shy about sharing her son with the world through social media. After welcoming him in late August, Liu shared a photo with the caption, “Introducing the new little man in my life, my son Rockewell Lloyd Liu. In [love]!”
Although Rockwell is Liu’s first child, she’s dedicated herself to children around the world, volunteering with UNICEF since 1994 and credits her own parents for helping her value what she had, making her want to help others.
“I felt like they really gave me an appreciation for the care and love we had,” she told PEOPLE of her parents.
Now, the doting mother of one can share that love and care with her own child.
Greg Germann & Katherine Castro Join ‘Reinbou’Greg Germann and Katherine Castro have joined the cast of Reinbou, a fantasy pic from Andrés Curbelo that begins filming this week in the Dominican Republic. Based on the novel Maceta, it tells the story of the 1965 American invasion into the Dominican Republic seen through the magical eyes of a child, Angel Maceta. It centers on Captain Horton (Germann), one of the commanders who leads the invasion and marries a young native Dominican (Castro). Gilberto Morillo, Nashla Bogaert and David Maler are producing the film, which also stars Hector Anibal. Exec producer Gilberto Morillo will be touting the film at AFM later this week.
Robert Downey Jr. 'Thrilled' to Be Inducted into the California Hall of FameRobert Downey Jr. just joined fellow Californians Charles Shulz and Bruce Lee in a very exclusive club.
The Iron Man star, the Peanuts creator and the Kung Fu icon were all inducted into the California Hall of Fame by Governor Brown in Sacramento on Wednesday.
"Had the honor of being one of a number inducted into the CA Hall of Fame yesterday by Gov Brown. Thrilled to be in any group that includes Bruce Lee and Peanuts creator Charles M Shulz. #goodcompany #CAProud," Downey Jr., TK, wrote on Instagram.
The actor posted a picture of himself accepting the award wearing a dark blue suit, grey sneakers and a pair of red framed glasses. He was joined at the ceremony by his wife, Susan.
Although Downey Jr. was born in New York City, he went to high school in Los Angeles before dropping out to pursue acting. The ceremony was established in 2006 by Maria Shriver "to honor legendary people who embody California’s innovative spirit and have made their mark on history," according to the Hall of Fame's website.
Lester Holt, the new anchor of NBC’s Nightly News, Ellen Ochoa, first Latina astronaut in space, country star Buck Owens and Olympic figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi were also on the list of inductees.
Supergirl's Calista Flockhart: Our Show Is a 'Celebration of Girl Power'Sometimes television shows can be about more than just entertainment.
"Our show is a real celebration of girl power," Supergirl's Calista Flockhart tells PEOPLE. "I think it's refreshing and really important for young girls to have a role models to look up to."
Flockhart costars on the new CBS series as Cat Grant, the boss of the titular character's alter ego. And even though her character doesn't have superhuman strength, Flockhart thinks she's pretty strong.
"The exciting part about playing Cat is that there really are no boundaries. She's kind of out there. She's unapologetic and uncompromising," says Flockhart. "She's kind of earned this position in her life. She can be really nasty at times, but I don't want to cross over into the world of making people not like her. We want to keep a likable and sassy as possible. I think that's the balance we're hoping to strike."
Hayden Panettiere checks into facility for postpartum depression similar to her ‘Nashville’ characterIn a tragic case of art imitating life, actress Hayden Panettiere has checked into a treatment center for postpartum depression. On the show “Nashville,” the 26-year-old actress plays a country music superstar who is grappling with a similar struggle.
“Hayden Panettiere is voluntarily seeking professional help at a treatment center as she is currently battling postpartum depression,” a rep for the actress says in a statement to Us Weekly. “She asks that the media respect her privacy during this time.”
Just last month, Panettiere was doing a media tour and telling outlets like “Live! With Kelly and Michael” that she “can very much relate [with her character Juliette],” adding, “It’s something a lot of women experience. When [you’re told] about postpartum depression you think it’s ‘I feel negative feelings towards my child, I want to injure or hurt my child.’ I’ve never, ever had those feelings.”
The former “Heroes” actress gave birth to her child Kaya in December 2014.
On Saturday (Oct. 10), the actress tweeted a message that had sounded like positive news, but she hasn’t posted since Saturday. “Feeling like I’m finally coming back to my own body,” she wrote with the hashtags #daughter and #wellworthit.
Taye Diggs Joins Fox Drama ‘Rosewood’Taye Diggs (The Best Man Holiday) has landed a recurring role on Fox freshman drama series Rosewood. Created by Todd Harthan, Rosewood stars Morris Chestnut as Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr., a private pathologist in Miami who partners with Detective Annalise Villa (Jaina Lee Ortiz). Diggs will play Mike Boyce, a world-renowned infectious disease doctor based in Miami and the longtime best friend of Dr. Beaumont Rosewood (Morris Chestnut), who is brought in to consult on a case and catches the eye of Detective Villa, much to Rosewood’s surprise. It’s a reunion for Diggs and Chestnut, who starred in the hit feature The Best Man and sequel The Best Man Holiday. Diggs is repped by ICM, Authentic Management, Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo, and Burt Goldstein and Co.
Bon Jovi honors high school football player who diedBon Jovi has honored a high school football player who died in New Jersey after taking a hit on the playing field last week.
The New Jersey rocker posted a tribute online to 17-year-old Evan Murray, and he placed a sticker with Murray's number 18 on his guitar during a show in the United Arab Emirates Thursday.
Bon Jovi says that as a father of football players, his heart and prayers go out to Murray's family. He wished Murray's teammates at Warren Hills Regional High School in Washington Township the best and told them to "win one for Evan."
Authorities say the 17-year-old died from massive internal bleeding caused by a lacerated spleen.
The funeral for the popular three-sport star and honors student was held Thursday.
Bon Jovi's son, Jesse Bongiovi, made it onto Notre Dame's football team as a walk-on in 2013.
Hayden Panettiere Opens Up About Postpartum Depression: It ‘Needs to Be Talked About'Hayden Panettiere and her Nashville character Juliette have a lot more in common than some might know — they’ve both experienced postpartum depression.
“I can very much relate. It’s something a lot of women experience. When [you’re told] about postpartum depression you think it’s ‘I feel negative feelings towards my child, I want to injure or hurt my child’ — I’ve never, ever had those feelings. Some women do. But you don’t realize how broad of a spectrum you can really experience that on. It’s something that needs to be talked about. Women need to know that they’re not alone, and that it does heal,” Panettiere, 26, said during a Monday appearance on Live! with Kelly and Michael.
“There’s a lot of misunderstanding — there’s a lot of people out there that think that it’s not real, that it’s not true, that it’s something that’s made up in their minds, that ‘Oh, it’s hormones.’ They brush it off. It’s something that’s completely uncontrollable. It’s really painful and it’s really scary and women need a lot of support.”
She adds, “Women are amazing. We do something that no man can do on this planet. I mean, we grow a human being in our body!”
While the actress praises women for being able to give birth, she jokes that she wishes that her fiancé, Wladimir Klitschko, 39, could “figure out a way to get pregnant.” Better yet, she admits he would “absolutely” go through with it.
“When I was pregnant, he would do this thing where he would suck in his stomach and then I would put my stomach to his so that he could feel when she was moving, almost like she was in his stomach,” explains Panettiere, who welcomed her daughter, Kaya Evdokia, with the professional Ukrainian boxer in December 2014.
“He wanted to feel what it was like to have a baby as close to him as it was to me.”
As for the bond between Klitschko and their 9-month-old baby girl, Panettiere shares the two are “inseparable.”
Over the summer, the happy family took a vacation to France, Germany and Klitschko’s native Ukraine, where Kaya was baptized. Sadly, Kaya didn’t think the moment was as special as the rest of the family.
“This kid loves water. She’s never cried anytime we’ve put her in the shower or the bath or the ocean — she loves swimming. Of course, the one time we need her to not cry … the priest dipping her into the holy water and this kid is just wailing,” Panettiere says with a laugh. “All the pictures — beautiful pictures, everyone is all dolled up and she’s like, “Ahhhh!!’ ”
And when Mom and Dad didn’t come to the rescue, Kaya took the situation into her own hands — literally.
“At one point [the] priest takes a little bit of her hair and cuts it — it’s part of the tradition — and she was like, ‘Honey, you take my hair, I take yours,’ and she took his beard [and yanked],” says Panettiere. “My husband still has the [priest’s] beard hair, which is about this long. She’s a fighter.”
Panettiere is looking forward to adding to her brood, but she’s not ready to make a final decision on exactly how large her family might one day become.
“I would love to have a big family. I always said four, but I’m not gonna speak too soon. One at a time,” the proud mama shares.
Hayden Panettiere Wants to Have Four Kids, Wishes That Wladimir Klitschko "Figured Out a Way to Get Pregnant"Hayden Panettiere has babies on the brain!
The Nashville actress and her fiancé Wladimir Klitschko welcomed their firstborn daughter, Kaya, in December 2014. Over the summer, the family traveled to France and Germany, "and we spent some time in Ukraine," Panettiere recalled on Live! With Kelly and Michael Monday. "Kaya got introduced to her other native country. We did her baptism there, and that was one of the most incredible parts."
Kaya's baptism didn't go smoothly, however. "This kid loves water. She's never cried anytime we've put her in the shower, the bath or the ocean. She loves swimming. And of course the one time that we need her to not cry is the priest dipping her into the holy water, and this kid is just wailing. All the pictures are these beautiful pictures and everyone's all dolled up and her head is covered and [she screamed]," Panettiere said. "The priest, at one point, he takes a little bit of her hair and cuts it—it's part of the tradition—and she was like, 'Honey, you take my hair, I take yours.' She took his beard and yanked. My husband has the beard hair."
Panettiere "would love to have a big family," but she's not putting the cart before the horse. "I always said four, but I'm not going to speak too soon. One at a time. I mean, I would love it if Wlad figured out a way to get pregnant and he could have the baby," she said. "We would be going right now, no problem."
"If he could, would he?" Kelly Ripa asked. "That's the question."
"Absolutely. Absolutely," Panettiere replied. "I asked him this question...He's going to be like, 'I can't believe you told them!' But when I was pregnant, he did this thing where he would suck in his stomach and then I would put my stomach to his so that he could feel when she was moving—almost like she was in his stomach. He wanted to feel what it was like to have a baby as close to him as it was to me."
"Wow," Michael Strahan said. "You put it that way, it makes me wanna cry."
"And then, labor happens!" Ripa said.
"Oh, he felt it! I made sure of that," Panettiere joked. "No, he was a trooper."
Strahan then asked Panettiere why she won't be reprising her role as Claire Bennett on NBC's Heroes Reborn." You know, I loved that show. That show was such a huge part of my life," said the actress, who played the part for four seasons from 2006 to 2010. "It took me such a long time to get out of a cheerleading outfit. I just love where I am right now and I love being on Nashville...but I love Heroes so much. I can't wait to see it. I've been seeing the previews; I cannot wait to see what they're doing on it. They've got Masi Oka back and Jack Coleman. I think I saw Greg Grunberg. So, they've got some of the old cast back. I hope the fans will love it, because they're so loyal and so wonderful and so supportive."
James Marsden and Singer Edei Continue to Fuel Romance Rumors, Celebrate Their Birthdays Together(Pic) Well, don't these two seem friendly!
James Marsden and English singer Edei continued to fuel romance rumors this week when the two celebrated their birthdays together.
Edei, 22, posted a number of pics from the b-day bash on her Instagram account, and we couldn't help but notice that the 42-year-old actor is present in many.
"Birthday buddies out in full force!! #nyc #lastnight #epictrip #birthdaybuddies," the singer-songwriter captioned the pic in which Marsden, Edei and model Keeley Hazell are cozying up together at a restaurant (presumably, all three share the same birthday, as Marsden rang in the big 4-2 on Sept. 18).
By the looks of Edei's Instagram, the trio celebrated over the course of several days, enjoying mimosas one morning and a fancy dinner later at night.
"Very happy that I get to share my birthday with these two gems!! #bestday #sharedbday #birthdaybuddies #918 #allweekend," singer captioned another cute shot of the trio.
This isn't the first time Edei and Marsden have been seen out and about together. In early September, the two, who have a 20-year age difference, were photographed out and about in NYC.
The singer also posted on Instagram about a road trip to Austin taken over Labor Day with her pals, including the Enchanted star.
Marsden, who last sparked romance rumors with model Suki Waterhouse, was previously married to actress Lisa Linde from 2000 to 2011. The former couple has two children together, Jack Holden, 14, and Mary James, 10. The Superman Returns star is also a dad to son William, 2, from a previous relationship with Brazilian model Rose Costa.
Emmy nominees answer: What TV world would you hang out in?"I'm obsessed with 'The Affair.' I love 'The Affair,' but the Hamptons is pretty close. ... I'm actually in the Hamptons right now, so I could totally go to the Lobster Roll, which is where Ruth Wilson's character works. I'm somewhat in 'The Affair' already." — Jane Krakowski, a supporting actress nominee for Netflix's "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt."
Hayden Panettiere -- Shelling Out Loot for Both Parents During Divorce WarHayden Panettiere is a dream daughter, helping both her mom and dad who are locked in a bitter divorce fight ... seemingly without taking sides.
Hayden's mom says she's virtually destitute with no place to live in L.A., and were it not for the generosity of her daughter she could be homeless. Lesley Panettiere claims in legal docs her estranged husband Alan has paid her only 4 months worth of spousal support since 2012.
Lesley says Hayden is letting her stay in the actress' West Hollywood condo for free, until she can get back on her feet.
But Hayden's generosity doesn't stop there. According to the docs, Hayden gave Alan a $100,000 gift just this year.
Lesley was making money by managing Hayden when she was a minor, but when she turned 18 she got a professional agency. That left Lesley without work, though she's trying to become a producer.
Lesley and Alan have a difficult past. In 2008 Alan was criminally charged with misdemeanor battery for striking Lesley in the face. He pled no contest.
Josh Groban Will Appear on The Muppets ...as Miss Piggy's New BeauIn the wake of her breakup with Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy is refusing to settle, and she has her sights set on one of The Muppets' guests.
Singer Josh Groban will be appearing on the new comedy as himself, EW reports. But you may want to rein in your feelings for him, ladies, because he'll be a new love interest for Miss Piggy.
Groban has shared the screen with Piggy before, with a brief cameo in the Muppets' latest feature Muppets Most Wanted, and collaborating with the gang in a music video for his cover of "Pure Imagination" with Lindsey Stirling earlier this year.
Is it possible the two will kindle their relationship on the set of Up Late with Miss Piggy?
Groban has previously guest-starred on Parks and Recreation, CSI: NY and parodied himself on Glee. He joins a guest of celebrity Muppets guests that includes Liam Hemsworth, Reese Witherspoon and Imagine Dragons.
The Muppets premieres Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 8/7c on ABC.
Take a Tour of Hayden Panettiere’s Gorgeous Nashville Home(Pic1)(Pic2)(Pic3) The first home that Hayden Panettiere built with her fiancé, Wladimir Klitschko, is perfect for their growing family — and the couple’s unique style.
Despite some serious differences in taste — Panettiere’s is more traditional and feminine, while Klitschko prefers a sleeker, more modern look — the two settled on the perfect look for their new home with the help of decorator Benjamin Vandiver, who opened up to Domino about the experience.
The process wasn’t without hitches.
A few weeks into the design process, the Nashville star discovered she was pregnant with her second child … meaning that Vandiver had to switch gears and completely re-imagine the 5,000-sq.-ft. space.
“Suddenly, we had to find a way to speak to Hayden and Wladimir’s personal styles in a way that felt collected and authentic,” Vandiver said, “while also creating a child-friendly home.”
Each room has its own vibe, from the pale pink master bedroom to the sleek, minimalist kitchen. Klitschko even has his own recluse — an eclectic music room above the garage, where he’s authorized to play drums as loud as he wants.
Adding personal touches, Vandiver maintains, is the best way to avoid that model-home-look of most newly constructed houses.
“There’s no way to create a house that looks lived in without furnishing it with pieces you truly love.”
Bon Jovi shows in Asia canceled for 'unforeseen reasons'Promoters of Bon Jovi's upcoming shows in Asia said they are being canceled for "unforeseen reasons."
AEG Live Asia said in a statement Tuesday that refunds will be offered for shows scheduled Sept. 14 in Shanghai and Sept. 17 in Beijing.
AEG also apologized "for the inconvenience and disappointment that this will cause."
A representative for Jon Bon Jovi didn't immediately reply to an email seeking comment.
Lucy Liu Shares Another Adorable Photo of Newborn Son Rockwell—See for Yourself!(Pic) How adorable is Lucy Liu's son Rockwell?!
The Elementary actress shared another photo of her newborn on social media earlier today and thanked fans for the outpour of support and well wishes since she announced the little one's arrival last week.
"Rockwell and I so appreciate your warm wishes," the proud mama wrote alongside a shot of her snuggled up to her first child, who appears happy as can be bundled up in a white blanket and hat.
The 46-year-old star debuted her son to the world via Twitter last Thursday, writing, "Introducing the new little man in my life, my son Rockwell Lloyd Liu. In [love]."
Shortly thereafter, a rep for Liu told E! News, " I can confirm that Lucy Liu is the proud mother of Rockwell Lloyd Liu, brought into the world via gestational carrier."
The rep added, "Mom and baby are healthy and happy."
In a 2010 interview with USA Today, the actress shared that she never felt under pressure to settle down and start a family by a certain age.
"I don't have a settling-down time," she explained before joking about her biological clock by saying, "Someone threw out the battery!"
Congratulations again to Lucy and her little one!
Surprise! Lucy Liu is a mom(Pic) Lucy Liu is a first-time mom.
A rep for the actress confirmed that she welcomed a baby boy via surrogate on Thursday. “I can confirm that Lucy Liu is the proud mother of Rockwell Lloyd Liu, brought into the world via gestational carrier,” her rep told Page Six.
“Mom and baby are healthy and happy.”
The 46-year-old shared her exciting — and surprising — news via Instagram with a sweet mother-son photo.
“Introducing the new little man in my life, my son Rockwell Lloyd Liu.” she wrote.
The “Elementary” star did not previously reveal she was expecting a child.
Liu, who is extremely discreet about her personal life, was linked to hedge-fund billionaire Noam Gottesman in 2014.
Anne Heche Inks With ParadigmAnne Heche has signed with Paradigm. The actress-producer-writer has been busy on both sides of the camera, most recently starring on USA Network’s event series Dig and in last year’s Lionsgate actioner Wild Card toplined by Jason Statham. She currently is developing Icon, a potential series at NBC, with producing partner James Tupper and Cindy Crawford. The project centers on the modeling industry in the late 1970s and early ’80s. She previously co-created, executive produced and wrote on NBC’s sitcom last year Bad Judge, which starred Kate Walsh and lasted one season.
Upcoming on the film side, Heche stars in One Shot, the backstage musical comedy with Topher Grace, Taye Diggs and Rob Riggle. Her other recent big-screen credits include Rampart, Cedar Rapids and The Other Guys.
She also has a Tony nomination (for Twentieth Century) and an Emmy nom (for miniseries Gracie’s Choice).
Bon Jovi parts ways with longtime labelAfter 32 years, Jon Bon Jovi is "burning bridges" with his longtime label, Mercury Records.
The singer revealed the split before a Jon Bon Jovi and the Kings of Suburbia (Bon Jovi's side band) concert in Vancouver on Saturday, telling Billboard that the split was the "end of an era." He went on to explain that his new album Burning Bridges "[fulfills] a commitment to Mercury Records."
"If you listen to Burning Bridges, the song, it is clearly spelled out," he said.
The lyrics to Burning Bridges make good on the song's title, depicting in plain terms Bon Jovi's distain for the label.
"Here's one last song you can sell," he sings. "Play it for your friends in hell."
“After 30 years of loyalty, they let you dig the grave
In a separate drama, Bon Jovi's Saturday show at Vancouver's Rogers Arena was hastily rebooked after a performance scheduled that night in the city's Stanley Park was canceled.
"Integrity matters," Bon Jovi told the Associated Press about his decision to rebook the concert. "If you give your word to somebody I think you should do the very best you can to follow through on that word."
According to the AP, the cancellation followed a week of drama between Bon Jovi's management and the concert's promoters, Paper Rain. After Paper Rain announced earlier in the week that the Stanley Park show had been cancelled due to low sales, Bon Jovi's camp accused the promoters of not paying vendors or acquiring staging equipment, and the City of Vancouver said they did not have the required permits.
Jane Krakowski’s Son Bennett Is a Budding Comedian Like His MomHe gets it from his mama!
Jane Krakowski‘s son Bennett Robert might only be 4 years old, but he already shares his mother’s appreciation of comedy.
“He has a great sense of humor, which obviously makes his mama proud,” Krakowski told PEOPLE at the kickoff of Pampers Cruisers #SagToSwag Tour in New York City on Wednesday.
“[Bennett]’s just learning what an actual written out joke is and enjoys it.”
She adds, “He enjoys getting a laugh, I wonder where he got that from.”
In fact, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star’s son is already well-versed in what differentiates a standard joke from a classic.
Once when a visitor came by, the actress reveals, “he started telling them some jokes and he did first, ‘Why did the chicken cross the road?’ … So he did that joke and he said, ‘Now, do you want to hear a classic?’ ”
“He actually called a joke a classic,” Krakowski adds with a laugh. “And then he did the knock knock who’s there banana, banana, banana, orange and I was like, ‘Well he’s right, it’s a classic.’ ”
While the mother-son duo share the same funny bone, the 46-year-old actress admits her son isn’t her mini-me. “He’s actually a very individual little person,” she says. “He’s a wonderful little chap.”
Krakowski, who is returning to Broadway in the revival of She Loves Me next year, calls finding the balance between work and family a “process,” but it’s one where there is “joy every day” at both home and work.
Luckily for the Emmy-nominated actress, she gets to bring a piece of home — her son — with her to set on special occasions.
“We have a kid’s Halloween party every year,” Krakowski reveals. “We did at 30 Rock and do at Kimmy as well, so he’s visited on those days.”
And although Bennett might not fully comprehend what Mommy does for a living, the actress says, “I’m sure he just thinks I live Halloween every day because I dress up and there’s craft service, which is basically free candy so I think he thinks I’m some sort of Halloween character.”
Taye Diggs played matchmaker for Misty Copeland and her fiancéMisty Copeland has Taye Diggs and hospitality guru David Rabin to thank for introducing her to her lawyer fiancé, Olu Evans.
Diggs pointed out Copeland to his cousin Evans on the dance floor at Rabin’s former hot spot Lotus 11 years ago.
So it was fitting for Rabin to host their engagement party Thursday at his bar Jimmy at the James.
Copeland told us she was planning a party to toast her ABT promotion, but it became a double celebration after Evans proposed. Diggs, starring in Broadway’s “Hedwig”, celebrated with the couple.
Tony Stark & Pepper Potts Hit the Beach! Iron Man Pals Gwyneth Paltrow & Robert Downey Jr. Pose for a Sunny Selfie(Pic1, Pic2) Pepper Potts and Tony Stark have tackled numerous supervillains, but on Sunday, the duo took on something a little less action-packed: the beach.
Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow, who play the titular character and his love interest, respectively, in Marvel's Iron Man franchise, posed for a sandy selfie together, shared to the Goop girl's Instagram.
In the photo, Downey, 50, and Paltrow, 42, stand in front of a beach dining setup.
Paltrow appears makeup-free as she gives a slight smile for her fictional boyfriend. Downey – wearing a straw, camo fedora and brown plastic frames – keeps it straight-faced.
"@robertdowneyjr how I love thee," Paltrow wrote, adding the onscreen duo's couple name. "#pepperony."
Downey had recently been spotted in the Hamptons, where he stepped out with his family.
Just last weekend, Downey also referenced his and Paltrow's Iron Man characters on social media, sharing a portrait of Stark and Iron Man made of spices.
The image appears to be made of salt and pepper.
"Hopefully Pepper won't get jealous of salt," he wrote, making a punny reference to the Stark CEO.
Ellen DeGeneres' Empowering Anniversary Tribute to Portia de RossiWhile accepting the choice comedian award at Sunday's Teen Choice Awards, Ellen DeGeneres delivered an empowering speech to teens in the audience, which she wrapped up with a sweet dedication to wife Portia de Rossi on their seventh anniversary.
"It feels good to be chosen, but there was a time in my life where I was not chosen – I was the opposite of chosen because I was different," said DeGeneres, 57, about her struggle to come out in the public eye.
"And I think I want to make sure that everyone knows that what makes you different right now makes you stand out later in life," she continued, "so you should be proud of being different. You should be proud of who you are."
The talk show host added, "The most important thing I want to say is, just really embrace who you are because being unique is very, very important, and fitting in is not really all that matters. It's being unique and being who you are."
She finished her speech by sharing a lovely dedication – and a knowing look – with de Rossi, 42: "And what an amazing day this is. This is my seven-year wedding anniversary, so happy anniversary. It's yours, too."
The couple had danced together right as the show started when 5 Seconds of Summer performed, and de Rossi affectionately put her hand on her heart during DeGeneres' speech.
SightingsRobert Downey Jr. with his wife, Susan, and another couple dining in the garden of East Hampton’s Race Lane restaurant on Thursday. He chatted about “Iron Man 4” to 9-year-old fan Jackson Plumeri, the son of the restaurant owners.
Calista Flockhart Opens Up About Harrison Ford Flying Again After Plane Crash: 'I Support Him 100 Percent'More than five months after his single-engine airplane crashed on a California golf course, Harrison Ford is well and flying again.
"He loves it, so I love it, and I support him 100 percent" Calista Flockhart said of her husband's passion at the CBS TSA panel for Supergirl, in which she stars alongside Glee star Melissa Benoist, who plays the titular heroine.
Flockhart added that the Indiana Jones star, 73, is doing well, and she has even joined him in his plane.
Although Ford has recovered from his injuries, Flockhart told PEOPLE that the plane crash was a "really hard, scary time" for the family.
Ford suffered critical injuries when his vintage plane went down just minutes after he took of from Santa Monica Airport in March. A report recently released by the National Transportation Safety Board claims that engine malfunction was the cause of the crash.
"I think it just makes you realize once again that life can turn on a dime, and we just have to appreciate every second we're here, because you never know."
Flockhart, 50, said she cherishes the time she spends with her family and gushed about their 14-year-old son, Liam, revealing that he isn't a big fan of Star Wars – yet.
"But he is very excited about seeing the new Star Wars now, now that he's a bit older" she said. "And he's going to be a huge Supergirl fan."
Flockhart is just as excited about her return to television in the upcoming series, which is slated to air on CBS in October. She also said she now has a different perspective on work, compared with her days on Ally McBeal.
"I think I'm older and I think I'm wiser and I think my priorities have changed a lot," she said. "I'm still really excited about the new show and I'm happy that I don't have to carry the show."
Another thing she's thankful for? That the show is filmed in Los Angeles.
"I like coming home for dinner," she quipped.
Robert Downey Jr. has a family weekend in the HamptonsRobert Downey Jr. spent some quality time with his family in the Hamptons this past weekend.
The “Iron Man” actor was spotted with his wife and kids at breakfast Friday morning at the Golden Pear in Sag Harbor, and later at Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee in Amagansett.
On Sunday night, Downey Jr. was with his wife, Susan, for an al fresco dinner on the patio at Nick & Toni’s in East Hampton.
Spies said he was dressed casually in a T-shirt and baseball hat, and the duo shared an order of risotto.
Robert Downey Jr. is highest-paid actor againRobert Downey Jr., for the third year in a row, is the world's highest-paid actor ($80 million), but that's not the real news in Forbes' annual list of leading men with enviable bank balances.
What's different this year is that for the first time three multimillionaire Indian actors little known among American movie audiences are included in an international top 10.
And Jackie Chan of China ($50 million) is No. 2.
It's yet another sign of the growing globalization of ... well, everything, but especially the film business. In an increasingly internationalized industry, China and India can be a players, each with more than 1 billion people, many of them mad for movies made in their own countries.
Thus, Bollywood superstars Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar are No. 7 ($33.5 million) , No. 8 ($33.5 million) and No. 9 ($32.5 million) in the top 10 this year.
They rank ahead of Mark Wahlberg at No. 10 ($32 million), Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson at No. 11 ($31.5 million) and Johnny Depp at No. 12 ($30 million), for instance.
Above them are: Vin Diesel at No. 3 ($47 million), Bradley Cooper at No. 4 ($41.5 million), Adam Sandler at No. 5 ($41 million) and Tom Cruise at No. 6 ($40 million).
Downey remains the Iron Man among the highly compensated thanks to that franchise: Avengers: Age of Ultron earned $240 million gross in China alone. But America, long accustomed to bestriding the world as the Colossus of the movies, has to make room on the list for other nationalities and languages.
"From Hollywood to Hong Kong and Bollywood, the ranking examines international stars’ earnings for the first truly global dollar tally of film’s flushest stars," Forbes writer Natalie Robehmed says in the article.
"Though we have long looked at foreign actors starring in the U.S. films — Irishman Liam Neeson, Brit Daniel Craig and Australian Hugh Jackman have all made the Highest-Paid Actors list previously — we have never examined those working solely in international movie industries."
The full list includes 33 thespians from seven countries, who together earned a combined $877 million before taxes and fees between June 1, 2014, and June 1, 2015, Forbes said.
Bon Jovi: No 'competition' with SpringsteenDon't call Jon Bon Jovi the Boss.
Jon Bon Jovi made that clear in a recent interview on WCBS' (101.1 FM) "Scott Shannon in the Morning." The issue came up in the aftermath of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie choosing Jon Bon Jovi over Bruce Springsteen in response to a question, "Bon Jovi or Springsteen?"
"You know my respect for the E Street Band, and that's where that ends," said Jon Bon Jovi. "They're them and we're us and who cares? It's not a competition, for chrissake."
Christie made the switch after attending more than 130 Springsteen concerts over the years. Christie, who is a Republican candidate for president, used Bon Jovi music when he announced his candidacy in June. His choosing Bon Jovi received criticism on several fronts, including from the Daily Beast, who called it "Christie's biggest flip-flop ever."
Seemingly in an effort to walk it back, Christie took a break from running for president to profess his love for Springsteen's music to the New York Post on Aug. 4. He called Springsteen's "Born to Run" the "most powerful rock album of my lifetime.”
As for a "competition" between Bon Jovi and Springsteen, Matthew Bongiovi, who works closely with brother Jon on several fronts, did care about a popularity poll earlier this year between Bon Jovi and Springsteen. He encouraged fans to vote for Bon Jovi, the eventual winner of the poll.
Jon Bon Jovi was on the Shannon show July 24 to promote the single We Don't Run from the upcoming album Burning Bridges, the band's first without long-time guitarist and co-writer of Bon Jovi hits, Richie Sambora.
Yet, Sambora does have a songwriting credit for the lead single, Saturday Night Gave Me Sunday Morning, an uptempo melodic pop song.
“My latest is not my next and it’s not that it’s a riddle,” Bon Jovi said. "This is a fan record to accompany a 12 show international tour. It's songs that weren’t finished, that were finished, a couple of new ones like the one we released as a single (We Don’t Run). It’s sort of a hint as to where we’re going musically, but the new album, the real new album, will be early next year.”
Bon Jovi clarified that We Don't Run is a new song.
"I had a lot of get off my chest in last year and a half and it's all come out in the wash," Bon Jovi said.
Bon Jovi, without Sambora, will tour China, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan, Abu Dhabi and Israel starting Sept. 11. Burning Bridges is scheduled for release Friday.
The Stars of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Share What Is 'Unbreakable' About ThemselvesAt their Television Critics Association panel on Tuesday, PEOPLE asked the cast of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt to share what is unbreakable about themselves:
[Before I was cast on Kimmy Schmidt], I actually had started accepting offers to teach at universities. I was on staff at Marymount Manhattan College, about to teach voice, and my manager called and said, "I think you should quit [and give acting] another go round."
Things were very slow, just to speak very candidly, but I'm a very specific type of a performer. I can do lots of different things, but … you have to put me in and then let me do it versus the inverse. And so, to have the great pleasure of waiting it out, I think my unbreakableness is about resilience and patience.
If you choose this kind of career, you have to be able to stand up to rejection and keep on going. [Laughs.] I mean, I'm acting like [acting is] the hardest job in the world. It's not the hardest job in the world, but you have to keep on going. … I didn't accept any jobs to teach because no one would want me to.
I have problems with my hip.
I came out here today. I wore two different shoes by accident. I didn't let that stop me from coming out here.
[She models her mismatched footwear for the room of reporters.]
I mean … we didn't give up on this idea. We believed in [Kimmy Schmidt], and we did have to shepherd it through a few groups of people who were very reasonably nervous about it. And, so, that. Yeah, let's count that.
There were two years between 30 Rock and Kimmy that I had to endure working with other people. [Laughs.] I thank you so much, [Tina,] for having me back. And I am thrilled to say that this is our ninth season of television together.
My hip hurts as well.
Season 2 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt will come to Netflix next spring.
James Marsden Plants a Kiss on Lizzy Caplan's Cheek After a Fun Night Out in Los Angeles(Pic) James Marsden and Lizzy Caplan appeared to have had a fun night out at L.A. hotspot, Chateau Marmont on Saturday night.
The Masters of Sex actress was dressed in a provocative see-through black tank top that showed off a sassy black bra. She kept it casual with a pair of baggy, light blue Levi's jeans, a black leather belt and black lace-up shoes.
Marsden looked ultra cool in a white cotton T-shirt, black pants, tennis shoes and carried a dark baseball cap in his hand.
The Best of Me actor gave the brunette beauty a friendly kiss on the cheek before the two parted ways.
But slow down, shippers! According to Caplan, these two genetically blessed people are in the friends zone. In 2014, the 33-year-old actress revealed that she and Marsden have been buds for years.
"He's just one of my best friends," the actress told People. "He's one of my dearest friends."
Back in April, Marsden was photographed withBradley Coopers ex Suki Waterhouse during a night out in Hollywood and it didn't take long for romance rumors to swirl. The 23-year-old model and 41-year-old actor were caught leaving The Little Door restaurant after a dinner together. Marsden even helped the blond beauty get into the car by holding her door open before they drove off. What a gentleman!
It turns out the duo were actually meeting over some mutual business, a source tells E! News.
"Suki is very single now and she is really excited to start dating and also focus on her booming career," the insider tells E! News.
Taye Diggs’ ‘Hedwig’ debut thrills Broadway(Pic) A toned Taye Diggs beamed during his debut as the eponymous character in “Hedwig and the Angry Itch.”
The 44-year-old actor’s much anticipated first performance as the transgender rocker took place at the Belasco Theater on Broadway on Wednesday night and ended with a standing ovation from the sold out crowd.
In May, it was announced that Diggs would take on the gender-bending role.
Earlier this week, the actor told the New York Times that while he had seen the play several times, he never thought he’d get the chance to star in it.
‘‘Since I was a kid, I’ve been trying to wean myself off of seeing things as right and wrong and black and white and good and bad. And Hedwig was a mixture of all that stuff … But I didn’t think it would ever happen,’’ he said. ‘‘I assumed that nobody would ever have the open-mindedness to cast this character black.’’
Diggs is the latest famous face to step into the role, which, in recent years, has been filled by Neil Patrick Harris, Michael C. Hall, and the character’s creator, John Cameron Mitchell, among others.
The actor is no stranger to Broadway. He got his big break as part of the cast of “Rent,” and also appeared in “Chicago.”
See the First Photos of Taye Diggs Onstage in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway!(Pic1, Pic2, Pic3) Hedwig Robinson's shimmering golden boots and flowing blond mane have arrived in the hands of her newest portrayer.
PEOPLE, in a joint exclusive look with Entertainment Weekly, has the first photos of Taye Diggs as the titular character, a troubled transgender rocker from East Berlin, in the glittering Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
In a profile of Diggs on the brink of his Hedwig debut, The New York Times reports that Diggs had hoped to appear as Hedwig for many years. "But I didn't think it would ever happen," Diggs tells the newspaper. "I assumed that nobody would ever have the open-mindedness to cast this character black."
Now that he has taken over the part, Diggs is making the most of his turn on the Great White Way. "[The role is] everything I've ever wished for," Diggs notes. "This is me telling myself, 'O.K....put your money where your mouth is. You've been telling agents and your best friends – I told [ex-wife] Idina [Menzel] – 'I want a chance to show everybody everything. I can dance and I can sing, and everybody knows I can act.' "
The demanding role of Hedwig has been passed from celebrity to celebrity since the show, which won the Tony Award for best revival of a musical, opened in 2014. Neil Patrick Harris opened the show on Broadway and nabbed a Tony for it. Since Harris left the production, Andrew Rannells, Michael C. Hall, co-creator John Cameron Mitchell (who originated the role Off-Broadway in 1998) and Darren Criss have channeled the titular diva.
Outside of the theater, Diggs has starred in movies such as Chicago and television shows including Private Practice. He shares son Walker with Menzel, whom he met during their time in Broadway's Rent.
Taye Diggs keeps Idina Menzel line in ‘Hedwig’When Taye Diggs was cast in Broadway’s “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” some wondered whether a line about his real-life ex-wife, Idina Menzel, would stay in the script.
Before Diggs’ debut in the show on Wednesday night, spies pointed out that his character in the musical quips to another, smack in the middle of their song: “Idina sang it better.”
We hear that at a Tuesday dress rehearsal, Diggs not only delivered the line but ad-libbed afterward in a reference to Mendel’s hit tune from the movie “Frozen” — “Oh, let it go.” Audiences should look out for the laugh line during Diggs’ run.
He took over the role from Darren Criss.
Josh Hopkins Joins ABC’s ‘Quantico’ As Series RegularCougar Town alum Josh Hopkins has joined the cast of ABC’s new drama series Quantico as a series regular. He will play Special Agent Liam O’Connor, taking over the role played by Dougray Scott in the pilot. O’Connor is a staff counselor at Quantico, working with the new agent trainees. Miranda’s (Aunjanue Ellis) former partner, now her subordinate, he’s good at his job, but given to bouts of depression, stemming from a mistake in his past. Quantico revolves around a group of young FBI recruits, all with specific reasons for joining, who battle their way through training at the Quantico base in Virginia. One will launch a devastating terrorist attack on the U.S. The series premieres September 27 at 10 PM.
Hopkins, repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, played Grayson opposite Courtney Cox in all six seasons of TBS comedy Cougar Town. More recently he co-starred in Kelly And Cal, opposite Juliette Lewis and the James Brown biopic Get On Up, starring Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Chadwick Boseman.
Quantico is executive produced by Joshua Safran, Mark Gordon, Nicholas Pepper, Jake Coburn and Robert Sertner and produced by ABC Studios.
Robert Downey Jr. Surprises Food Truck Crew – in Costume (Sort Of)(Pic) All in a day's work for Iron Man!
Robert Downey Jr. paid a surprise visit to a food truck operator and his crew in Atlanta, Georgia, on Tuesday.
"All of a sudden, someone knocks on the back door, asks if we mind if they come aboard," The Blaxican food truck owner Will Turner tells PEOPLE. "I looked. I looked twice. I looked three times, and to my surprise it was Robert Downey Jr."
Turner, who opened his food truck and take-out restaurant business, The Blaxican, four years ago, adds, "He took a great, sincere interest in my business. He wanted to know how I got started, how I came up with the concept of Mexican soul food. He loved everything that we were doing, loved the spirit of what we were doing. Just a great person."
After taking pics with the actor, Turner decided to use the power of social media to promote the encounter.
"First celebrity on my truck and he is freaking Iron Man! @Robertdowneyjr made my day," Turner Tweeted.
The best part of Downey Jr.'s visit?
The Iron Man actor, 50, appeared to have been in partial costume, with his face made up with scrapes and a black eye.
Because Downey Jr. has been filming Captain America: Civil War in Georgia, it's only fair to assume that he had just come from a hard day's work.
However, the actor was kind enough to clarify the origins of the scratches, jokingly Tweeting, "Thanx for the grub. Those scrapes were actually from me fighting to get to the front of the line!"
"I had no idea that this one little catering job was gonna [lead to] meeting this guy that has given us a whole lot of wonderful publicity," Turner says.
Kimmy Schmidt's Jane Krakowski Celebrates Emmy Nod, Teases 'Fun' Season 2 Storyline With Carol Kane(tvline.com) While Jane Krakowski is “over the moon” after scoring a Supporting Actress Emmy nomination for her role as Jacqueline Voorhees in Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, she knows there’s one person who won’t be sending her a congratulatory bouquet of dogs.
“Where is Mimi Kanasis?” she asks TVLine of her character’s arch frenemy (played by Amy Sedaris), before dreaming up this perfect headline: “Mimi Kanasis Found Dead from Shock on Jacqueline Voorhees’ Marble Kitchen Countertop.”
“Honestly, we have such an incredible cast and crew,” she adds. “The fact that the show also got a Best Comedy nomination [and a Supporting Actor nomination for Tituss Burgess] is just the greatest. I can’t wait to high-five everyone when I see them all.”
Below, Krakowski reflects on Kimmy Schmidt‘s first season — including one of the hardest scenes she’s ever had to get through — and looks ahead at what the future holds for Jacqueline.
TVLINE | Some critics were quick to draw comparisons between Jacqueline and [your 30 Rock character] Jenna. Do you feel like this nomination validates how wrong they were?
I understand the natural association people made because of Tina [Fey] and [Robert] Carlock and myself all working together again, but I’ve always come at these two characters so differently. They are such different characters. Initially, when only a few episodes were released, I think I understood it, but once people saw the whole season, it became much more clearly defined.
TVLINE | Jacqueline had so many scene-stealing moments in the first season. I’m sure it’s hard to choose, but do you have a favorite?
Some of my favorite moments were filming as myself in those flashbacks. I remember the day we saw the script; it said “Jacqueline at age 14, played by Jane.” I was like, “Yes! Only Tina Fey would let me play myself at 14.” I loved working with Gil Birmingham and Sheri Foster, who play my parents. That whole storyline was an interesting, unexpected backstory for the character. It was a lovely way to wrap up that character in Season 1.
TVLINE | Speaking of Jacqueline’s Native-American backstory, were you surprised to see it stir up so much controversy?
I don’t think I was expecting it. I didn’t know what I thought the reaction was going to be, to be honest. When we were filming it, I knew it was something we didn’t see very often, that representation being shown. But I love that they gave the character such an A to Z journey, showing how hard she worked to change her whole life. Her bunker is her gilded cage, that Park Avenue lifestyle. It was such a worthwhile and lovely story to tell, absolutely.
TVLINE | While we’re talking about favorite scenes, were there any you had trouble getting through?
[Laughs] The hardest scene to film was with Ellie Kemper, where we both have the great pleasure of saying, “Your anus responds to the laser.” I think you can actually hear me laughing on Ellie’s coverage in every take.
TVLINE | When do you start filming Season 2?
Very soon! They’re writing now and we go back in August. I can’t wait to see everybody!
TVLINE | Is there anyone you didn’t get to work with in Season 1 that you hope to this time around?
There was no way for my character to have been there, but I would have loved to work with Tina [Fey] as Marcia Clark. That would have been a lovely, surreal moment for us to be in a scene together again. Maybe Jacqueline can hire that lawyer in the future; I’m sure she’ll have other legal dealings.
TVLINE | Personally, I’m hoping to see Jacqueline have more scenes with Lillian.
Oh, I was thrilled in the finale because I had never gotten to meet Carol Kane’s character. When they told me we were going to take a road trip together, I was so excited. I loved that they got to meet, and I do believe we’ll have more stuff together in Season 2; I think they’re writing a fun storyline for us, which I cannot wait for. I love her and I loved what we did together. I also hope I get to know Tituss’ character. We met briefly, burying a robot, but that was it. I hope our characters meet again.
Unbreakable fans, what were your favorite Jacqueline moments from Season 1? And what do you hope to see from her in Season 2?
2015 Emmy nominations listSupporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Mayim Bialik – “The Big Bang Theory
Julie Bowen – “Modern Family”
Gaby Hoffman – “Transparent”
Allison Janney – “Mom”
Jane Krakowski – “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Niecy Nash – “Getting On”
Kate McKinnon – “Saturday Night Live”
Anna Chlumsky – “Veep”
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or A Movie
Jane Krakowski, René Auberjonois & Gavin Creel Join Broadway ‘She Loves Me’ RevivalJane Krakowski (The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, 30 Rock) will return to Roundabout Theatre Company for its 50th anniversary season to co-star on Broadway in a revival of She Loves Me with René Auberjonois (Benson, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) and Gavin Creel (Hair, The Book Of Mormon) along with previously announced stars Laura Benanti and Josh Radnor.
The 1963 musical will be directed by Scott Ellis, choreographed by Warren Carlyle and have musical direction by Paul Gemignani. The creative team includes David Rockwell (sets), Jeff Mahshie (costumes), Don Holder (lights), Jon Weston (sound), Larry Hochman (orchestrations) and David Krane (dance arrangements and incidental music).
The show, originally staged by Harold Prince, is based on the play by Miklos Laszlo first adapted for The Shop Around the Corner, the 1940 Ernst Lubitsch film starring James Stewart and Margaret Sullivan, later updated as Nora Ephron’s 1998 Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan starrer You’ve Got Mail. The show has a book by Joe Masteroff (Cabaret) and score by Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock (Fiddler On The Roof, also being revived this season).
The cast will also feature Nicholas Barasch and Peter Bartlett, and ensemble members Cameron Adams, Alison Cimmet, Justin Bowen, Preston Truman Boyd, Benjamin Eakeley, Sara Edwards, Michael Fatica, Gina Ferrall, Jenifer Foote, Andrew Kober, Laura Shoop and Jim Walton. Ellis directed Roundabout’s 10-Tony nominated revival of She Loves Me in 1993 with Judy Kuhn, currently starring on Broadway in Fun Home.
'Every Person Deserves a Home': Tina Fey and Jane Krakowski Lead Star-Studded Fundraiser for Older Foster KidsNineteen-year-old Justice Henry says hope is what gets him out of bed every morning.
"You always have to have hope," Henry of the Bronx, New York, tells PEOPLE. "Even when it's hard to see it, you need to believe in it."
Henry is just one of 1,300 kids waiting to be adopted in New York City. Additionally, there are more than 700 kids on the verge of aging out of the foster care system.
"People say I'm unadoptable," says Henry. "But I disagree. It's never to late to have someone in your life who you can call family."
You Gotta Believe
Numerous stars came to support the non-profit organization You Gotta Believe on Monday night for the "Voices for the Voiceless: Stars for Foster Kids" event in New York City.
The organization helps find permanent families for young adults, teens and pre-teens in foster care.
"People really just want babies," Henry says. "As us kids get older, it becomes really hard to get adopted."
Many stars took to the stage to perform, including Tina Fey and Jane Krakowski.
While Krakowski sang “Don’t Cry Out Loud," Fey chimed in with her hilarious commentary.
"Don't cry out loud? Terrible advice," Fey said in between Krakowski's lines. "I think Peter Allen and Carole Bayer Sager were day-drunk when they wrote this song."
Broadway alum and former Smash star Megan Hilty performed "Do-Re-Mi" with several children on stage, and Glee star Darren Criss even auctioned off a serenade for $30,000. He sent hearts a flutter when he sang "Close to You" to a woman and a 7-year-old girl.
The evening not only brought attention to an underserved cause (on March 31, New York City cut the funding for the critical older youth adoption and permanency services), it also brought in over $500,000 for the organization.
"We need to help these kids," co-host James Wesley tells PEOPLE. "Every person deserves a home. It doesn't matter how old you are."
Wesley's husband, Seth Rudetsky, was also on stage during the event.
"We adopted our daughter and there are still so many other kids out there who need a home," Rudetsky tells PEOPLE. "You see the success stories, but there are a lot of kids and adults still looking for their forever family.
The most heartfelt moments of the night came when children and young adults walked on stage to share their strong desire to get adopted.
"You need a role model in your life," Rudetsky says.
Wesley adds: "You need someone you can share your successes and failures with."
SightingJames Marsden eating breakfast alone at Kingside.
Taye Diggs on Starring in Hedwig and the Angry Inch: 'I Like Wearing Nail Polish'(Pic) Taye Diggs is about to make a stylish return to the Great White Way.
The actor and Broadway alum will take over the titular role in the smash revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and PEOPLE has an exclusive first look at Diggs glammed up in glittery makeup as the character.
"Hedwig is the role of a lifetime. I'm looking forward to being challenged performance-wise on many levels, as well as being humbled by the musical's social implications," Diggs says in the new issue of PEOPLE, adding: "I also like wearing nail polish."
The actor will start his 12-week run as Hedwig – a transgender rocker who sings about her botched surgery – in N.Y.C. on July 22, replacing Glee star Darren Criss. And Diggs is actually the sixth actor to take on the role since its Broadway return last year. Neil Patrick Harris scored a Tony as the revival's original star, while Andrew Rannells, Michael C. Hall, John Cameron Mitchell (the musical's co-writer) and Criss all donned high heels and fishnets as well.
His turn in Hedwig marks Diggs' first time on a Broadway stage in over a decade: He last appeared in Wicked in 2004.
The Lizzie Borden Chronicles Not Returning for Season 2Lifetime is officially giving Lizzie Borden the ax; the Christina Ricci-led drama will not return for a second season, TVLine has confirmed.
Originally billed as a limited series, The Lizzie Borden Chronicles — which starred Ricci as the real-life historical figure, acquitted of murder in 1892 — ran for eight episodes earlier this year. Chronicles was a spinoff of the Lifetime original movie Lizzie Borden Took an Ax, which centered around the titular character’s murder trial.
But don’t worry about Ricci finding her next gig; as TVLine exclusively reported earlier this week, she’s starring in the Amazon drama pilot Z, in which she’ll portray celebrated American novelist Zelda Fitzgerald.
Are you bummed by this news, or did you not expect to see more of Borden’s (mis)adventures?
Christina Ricci to Play Zelda Fitzgerald in Amazon Drama Pilot ZAmazon and Christina Ricci have come up with a novel idea for a new TV series.
TVLine has learned exclusively that Ricci is set to star in and exec-produce an Amazon pilot about celebrated American novelist (and wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald) Zelda Fitzgerald.
The hour-long project’s working title is Z.
An Amazon rep declined to comment for this story.
Ricci recently played another iconic American woman — Lizzie Borden — in Lifetime’s eight-episode The Lizzie Borden Chronicles (and the TV movie that preceded it).
Jane Krakowski on Her New Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Life and Reaping the Benefits of "Peeno Noir"Jane Krakowski stepped into a new, yet somewhat familiar world with Unbreakble Kimmy Schmidt ("Unbreakable! They're alive, damn it!"). Once again, she was working with 30 Rock's Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, but when the show moved from NBC to Netflix, it was a new ballgame for the four-time Emmy nominee (hey, let's make it five-time, TV Academy).
"It was a very different experience," Krakowski said in a phone interview. 30 Rock came out on weekly basis, but Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt dropped all season one episodes at once. "This one felt a bit more like opening night in a sense...The show, I think, is very different and unique in tone and I think it was wonderful—one of the things I thought initially when it first went up on Netflix, for streaming, is that people got what Tina and Robert were creating and that was wonderful."
In the show, a young woman, Kimmy (Ellie Kemper), escapes from a doomsday cult after years of imprisonment and starts her life over in New York with a roommate, Tituss (Tituss Burgess), her landlord Lillian (Carol Kane) and her boss (Krakowski). Krakowski found herself playing another privileged and vapid character, but this time she wasn't playing a sociopath. Yes, 30 Rock's Jenna Maroney was wonderfully entertaining, but Kimmy Schmidt's Jacqueline Voorhees is actually more human.
"I think she's absolutely a very vulnerable soul. I love that difference between the two of them, certainly between Jenna and Jacqueline. I would say, I think it's a great quality and they absolutely showed that, especially if you watched the whole season," she said. "You really see how Jacqueline grows and changes through the influence of Kimmy."
There is one unsurprising similarity between 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: The breakneck speed at which the jokes fly. Like the moment when Krakowski's character is stunned by Kimmy's living conditions and assumes there's more to her ground-level apartment and tries to walk up "stairs" (a desk and chair). "That goes by quick," she said of that standout scene. "There are so many jokes within scenes that aren't the highlighted joke…even when there's a news program on TV, the crawl on the bottom is always hilarious and very specific. I love all that. In the case with Netflix, if you do rewatch, there are new joys to be found throughout, new things you missed the first time around."
One of her favorite moments had nothing to do with Jacqueline. "Just because it took me by surprise and made me laugh out loud," she said. "Titus is laying on the bed and Lillian looks through the floor and he's rubbing money all over his body. [Laughs.] It just took me by surprise when I first saw it. Whenever I just even think about it if I ever need something to make me laugh, it makes me smile and laugh."
But one thing she is proud of in regards to her character is the storyline about her past. "One of my favorite things that I love about working with Tina and Robert is I find they write things for you that you would never get to do anywhere else. Certainly when I read the scenes of my own personal flashback where I got to play myself at 14 [Laughs.] 14 and then 17, then 22, was a great surprise and joy to me. I don't know how far we can push it, but I'm willing to go back as far as they think could possibly happen."
That story, which saw Krakowski's character remembering her Native American heritage, coupled with several jokes about Dong, Kimmy's Vietnamese friend, received some negative criticism. Krakowski said everybody's individual opinion is valid, but she thought it was a "wonderful" journey for her character to go on, one you don't see very often.
"I thought it was a wonderful story to tell. I absolutely loved working with Sheri Foster and Gil Birmingham. I think we all agreed when we were filming it that it was a story that was beautiful to tell, especially how the story evolved. That a character who ran so far away from her true identity and heritage, and ultimately, through Kimmy's inspiration, finds what is beautiful about it and goes back towards it," she said. "I think that was a great journey for this character. I found it very touching and I thought it was such a complicated backstory, as I think all of these characters have, and that's where I think the show is so unique. They all have such a dark, underlying stories and yet it's told through such great humor and how they find optimism through that. I found it a wonderful story and I look forward to seeing how it grows through season two."
Sadly, something we may not be seeing in season two is Krakowski, a Tony winner, singing.
"I don't think Jacqueline will ever be able to sing. I've been told it's one of the purposeful choices keeping Jenna and Jacqueline separate is that Jacqueline does not sing and won't sing, we'll see if that changes as the series grows," she said. A possible way around it? A Bugsy Malone-like entirely musical episode because of all the musical talent in the cast. "I think it would be a great group of people to do that with, if they ever wanted to write a full musical episode," she said. "That would be fun. Maybe that's the way we can get Jacqueline to sing! [Laughs.]"
30 Rock's Jenna Maroney was known for breaking out into song whenever needed (and sometimes not needed), so Krakowski worked a lot with Jeff Richmond, Fey's husband and the man behind the music of both shows. In Kimmy Schmidt, it's Burgess who gets the musical moments.
"I'm so happy for Tituss and Jeff Richmond. I was so blessed with so many of Jeff Richmond's genius musical moments and creations in 30 Rock. I'm so thrilled that he is having this great moment right now for all the music he's contributed to Kimmy. I think he's incredible," she said. Richmond's creations, such as "Peeno Noir" (or "Pinot Noir," depending on your spelling preference) and the theme song, have gone viral.
"I'm sure Tituss and everyone has had this happen too, but I've been sent free glasses of pinot noir to my table at restaurants. It wasn't even my video! [Laughs.] I wrote Tina, Jeff, Carlock and Tituss and I said,'If I'm getting free glasses of pinot noir sent to my table, you guys must be drunk!' [Laughs.] ‘You guys must be getting full bottles and cases.'"
And what would Jenna Maroney think about "Peeno Noir"?
"Jenna's nose would start bleeding upon seeing the video," she said with a laugh.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is streaming now on Netflix.
Regina King To Return To 'American Crime' As Series Regular In Season 2American Crime’s Regina King is set to come back as a series regular on the second season of ABC’s anthology crime drama, joining fellow American Crime co-stars Felicity Huffman and Timothy Hutton. All three will play new characters in a new setting.
In announcing King’s return, American Crime creator/executive producer John Ridley lifted the veil on Season 2’s subject matter and how King’s character would fit in it. “Regina is phenomenal in all regards, and is going to be at the center of a story that deals with physicality, sexuality, and societal boundaries with the same urgency as our first season dealt with race and faith,” he said. “We’ve been blessed with the opportunity to speak on subjects as no other show does, and a cast which can do so with such a high degree of emotional honesty.
12 Years A Slave writer Ridley executive produces American Crime with Michael J. McDonald for ABC Studios. Like the first installment, which followed the aftermath of a murder in Modesto, California, Season 2 will film in Austin Texas, with production likely to begin in July.
While ratings have been very modest, American Crime has been widely praised by critics and is expected to garner awards attention for Ridley as well as multiple cast members, including Huffman, Hutton and King, in the limited series Emmy categories.
Like was the case with the maiden season of another anthology series, FX’s American Horror Story, I hear the actors on ABC Studios-produced American Crime all had one-year deals going in, so new contracts needed to be hammered out. One or more additional original cast members may also continue in Season 2.
King is repped by ICM Partners and John Carrabino Management.
Taye Diggs is already prepping for his 'Hedwig' takeoverTaye Diggs is already getting into character to star in gender-bending “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” on Broadway.
The actor, who starred in “Rent” in 1996, was spotted at the Alvin Ailey Spirit Gala in black, sparkly nail polish that was left on from a “costume fitting earlier in the day.”
Diggs is taking over for Darren Criss in the show starting July 22.
He brought his 5-year-old son to the Ailey event at the David H. Koch Theater, where guests included Tyson Beckford and “SNL” comic Jay Pharoah.
SightingMichelle Pfeiffer and David E. Kelley at Il Mulino on East 60th two nights in a row.
2015 Teen Choice Awards NominationsThe two-hour awards show airs Sunday, Aug. 16 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.
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Josh Groban 'Would Love to' Do a Broadway ShowJosh Groban is eyeing a spot on the Great White Way.
The singer – who performed Carousel classic "You'll Never Walk Alone" during the "In Memoriam" reel at the Tony Awards Sunday – hopes to make his Broadway debut soon.
"I would love to. I think it's about the right role and the right timing, but I'm giving myself another year before I finally make the move," the singer, 34, told PEOPLE at New York's Radio City Music Hall before the show. "I love it."
The move makes sense: Groban's latest album, Stages, features theater and cinematic classics, like "Over the Rainbow" from The Wizard of Oz and The Phantom of the Opera's "All I Ask of You," on which he shares the spotlight with Kelly Clarkson.
"It was daunting! It was almost harder to choose the songs than it was to record them because I've grown up with a hundred of my favorites, so really, it came down to the songs that felt right for my voice, right for my life experiences – stories that I wanted to tell – and then great arrangements," says Groban of the collection.
"The unsung heroes are the great orchestrators, the great arrangers who give you the tracks that you feel like you can add something new to."
The singer attended the annual awards show with girlfriend Kat Dennings.
Taye Diggs: Being a Good Father Starts with Showing UpBeing a fabulous father starts with one easy step, says Taye Diggs.
“Be there. How about that? Show up,” the actor, who has teamed up with Dockers to star in their Father’s Day #DadJam video, tells PEOPLE.
And the benefits go both ways: Diggs, who is dad to Walker Nathaniel, admits there is nothing better in life than spending time with his 5½-year-old son.
“For me, the greatest thing about being a dad is a tie between when I haven’t seen my son in awhile and he runs to me and says, ‘Daddy’ and when he’s asleep and I’m carrying him to the bed,” he explains.
The Murder in the First star jokingly adds, “Ah, he’s so cute when he’s asleep.”
Although the 44-year-old is known for his impeccable sense of style, balancing his fashion-forward ensembles with daddy duty has its challenges.
“I love dressing, but when you’re a pops you gotta get dressed quick, and you have to be comfortable, and you gotta be ready to have stuff spilled on,” he says.
Fortunately, he’s found the perfect go-to pair of pants that go hand-in-hand with parenthood.
“Every dad should own … cargo pants because they have a lot of pockets,” he shares with a laugh. “Pacifiers and bottles and diapers and wet wipes and crackers and little toy dinosaurs and candy for treats for any child that has behaved or when you’re trying to bribe them. Yeah, cargo pants.”
Jon Bon Jovi Releases Finding Neverland Song 'Beautiful Day' - Hear It FirstJon Bon Jovi Releases Finding Neverland Song 'Beautiful Day' - Hear It First: Video.
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Jon Bon Jovi debuts song at Rutgers commencement(Video) Rocker Jon Bon Jovi couldn’t resist breaking out a guitar Thursday to help give advice to graduates at Rutgers University’s Camden campus.
After all, the ceremony was held at the Susquehanna Bank Center, a concert venue where his band has performed.
The New Jersey native premiered a new song, “Reunion,” which he said was a gift to the graduates. It began, “This isn’t how the story ends, my friends, it’s just a fork along the road.”
Rutgers-Camden, a university that takes pride in its civic engagement in a city that ranks as one of the most impoverished in the nation, gave Bon Jovi an honorary doctorate of letters recognizing his entertainment career and a history of philanthropy focused on homelessness and poverty.
He has helped build affordable housing in Philadelphia, a homeless shelter in Camden and founded a Red Bank restaurant that feeds homeless people and others.
Bon Jovi said he decided to take on homelessness when he looked out his window in Philadelphia in 2006 and saw a homeless man on the street below. “I didn’t need a scientist to find the cure,” he told the graduates. “I needed someone to help me help those in need.”
After that, he began working with groups already addressing homelessness.
It wasn’t the first time Bon Jovi has received an honorary degree. He was also awarded one in 2001 at New Jersey’s Monmouth University.
Another honorary degree went to Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson, a lawyer, professor and author, who told the graduates to get close to people who are struggling and are in poverty if they want to change the world.
He said the United States needs to imprison fewer people for minor crimes and come to grips with its history of slavery and racial injustice.
Bon Jovi was the first to stand to applaud at the end of Stevenson’s speech. The rocker told the audience, “I feel they may have gotten the opening act and headliner mixed up here today.”
Robert Downey Jr. was 'more interesting' on drugsRobert Downey Jr. has infuriated journalists and independent filmmakers with his recent insults — and one is firing back.
Wayne Darwen, the model for Downey’s newsman character in “Natural Born Killers,” told me, “Junior was a lot more interesting when he was a substance-abusing, suffering artist — brave and silly enough to push the envelope.”
The former “A Current Affair” producer added, “He should remember that it was the untamed spirit of the indie movement and the writings of journalists he now walks out on, that made him a name in the first place.”
Downey abruptly ended a British TV interview in April when a reporter tried to ask him about his politics and his troubled past (drugs and jail).
The “Iron Man” star, promoting “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” called the reporter a “schmuck” and then later said the reporter was “a bottom-feeding muckraker.”
Downey, Hollywood’s highest-paid actor at $75 million per year, then insulted independent filmmakers on Entertainment Weekly Radio.
The actor said he would never make a low-budget movie “because they’re exhausting and sometimes they suck and then you just go, ‘What was I thinking?’?”
As for the young, idealistic artists who struggle to get their films made without studio support: “Most of you are kind of inexperienced and lame,” said Downey.
“His own father was one of the most influential indie filmmakers in history!” Darwen said. “Junior sold out for a comfortable life in boring Sherlock Holmes reboots and cartoon remakes. At least indie films come up with fresh stories.”
When “Birdman” director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu called superhero movies “cultural genocide,” Downey said, “Look, I respect the heck out of him, and I think for a man whose native tongue is Spanish to be able to put together a phrase like ‘cultural genocide’ just speaks to how bright he is.”
Darwen wrote, co-directed and stars in his own independent feature, “High There,” being released on BRINKvision DVD and on demand on June 23.
The gonzo documentary won the people’s choice award at the recent Cannabis Film Festival in Humboldt County, Calif.
Taye Diggs is heading back to Broadway in 'Hedwig'Taye Diggs is about to get a little freaky onstage — as the next transsexual singer Hedwig.
Producers of the Tony-winning show said Monday that the “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” star will take over the title role in Broadway’s “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” starting July 22.
The show opened last season with Neil Patrick Harris starting off the Hedwigs — and winning a Tony Award. He was replaced by Andrew Rannells, Michael C. Hall, co-creator John Cameron Mitchell and currently Darren Criss.
Diggs, who has been onstage in “Chicago” and “Rent,” was on David E. Kelley’s “Ally McBeal” as attorney Jackson Duper and played Dr. Sam Bennett on Shonda Rhimes’ “Private Practice.” His films include “The Best Man Holiday” and “Brown Sugar.”
Portia de Rossi Bumped To Series Regular For Next Season Of 'Scandal'Following the events of the season finale (we’ll avoid spoiling them here), Portia de Rossi has been promoted to series regular for the 2015-16 season of ABC’s Scandal, the actress has confirmed today. On Twitter, she thanked the network and show, saying “Thank you @ScandalABC I can’t wait to start season 5!!”
de Rossi joined Scandal in a recurring role during the 2014-15 season, playing Elizabeth North, the scheming chair of the Republican National Committee . Over the course of the season, North becomes First Lady Mellie Grant’s campaign chairperson during Grant’s run for the US Senate. Scandal was renewed for a 5th season on May 8.
David E. Kelley Legal Drama, Shane Black Western Among Amazon Pilot OrdersAmazon is keeping with its tradition to make orders during upfront week. No official word from the streaming service yet but I’ve learned of four projects that are getting pilot orders. That includes a new legal drama from The Practice creator David E. Kelley titled Trial. Lethal Weapon and Iron Man 3 screenwriter Shane Black has Edge, a spaghetti Western based on the Edge books by George Gilman. Fred Dekker, who is working with Black on the upcoming Predator sequel, wrote the teleplay from a story by him and Black who will direct. The two executive produce with Barry Josephson and David Greenblatt.
I hear Amazon’s latest batch of pilots also includes The Patriot, from The Pursuit of Happyness‘ Steve Conrad. It is a comedic thriller/family dramedy about a father working at the state department and his two sons, a senator and a Iraq war veteran with PTSD who wants to be a folk singer.
The Good Girls Revolt is a 1970s drama in the vein of Mad Men that is set at Newsweek. It was written by Dana Calvo (Covert Affairs) who is executive producing with Lynda Obst for Sony TV Studios. Amazon had no comment.
The pilot orders would join the pickup of six kids pilots earlier this week. The most recent Amazon pilot cycle led to five new series orders, drama The Man In The High Castle from Frank Spotnitz, hour-long dark comedy Mad Dogs from Shawn Ryan, docu-series The New Yorker Presents, and kids shows Just Add Magic, and The Stinky & Dirty Show.
Amazon is a major awards contender this season with its breakout comedy, the Golden Globe-winning Transparent.
Portia de Rossi on eating disorder struggle: 'I didn't eat for 10 days'Portia de Rossi has revealed she used to abstain from eating for up to 10 days when she was a child model.
The actress spoke to “Entertainment Tonight” about her long history with bulimia and anorexia, which started when she was just 12 years old.
“I felt tremendous responsibility when I was 12 years old and I was put on a catwalk,” said the “Scandal” star, now 42. “My modeling agents had told me to go on a diet. So I didn’t eat for 10 days before then.”
De Rossi opened up about being bullied by the other models and dealing with the pressure by binge-eating. “I’m up on this catwalk, and I’m a little kid and posing and trying to be sexy and strutting around and all the other models are making fun of my bushy eyebrows,” she said.
“When I got in the car after that event and just opened up a bag of my favorite candy and just put my whole head in it and I think, ‘S–t, what have I done? I just undid two weeks worth of dieting.’ So then I vomit.”
The “Arrested Development” star, who is married to Ellen DeGeneres, spoke about her battle with bulimia in the second season of the ET Online docuseries “It Got Better.”
“I erase the feelings with food, erase the food with vomiting, but you’re still left with the shame,” she explained in the video.
De Rossi has spoken publicly about her battle with eating disorders in the past and penned a memoir, “Unbearable Lightness,” in 2010 which addressed her struggles with her weight and sexuality.
“Nobody can really get inside the anorexic’s mind like the anorexic. I abused my body. I had bulimia. I would use [diet drug] fen-phen. I wanted to talk about all that,” she said at the time.
In May 2014, de Rossi checked into a Malibu rehab facility for a one-month stay, reportedly for drug and alcohol treatment.
In 2000, she sought treatment for an eating disorder after her weight reportedly dropped to just 82 pounds.
Peter MacNicol To Depart 'CSI: Cyber'When CSI: Cyber returns for a second season next fall with Ted Danson as a new regular opposite Patricia Arquette, it will be without one of the series’ original regulars, Peter MacNicol. I hear he will not be coming back as part of tweaks the spinoff is undergoing heading into Season 2.
MacNicol played Assistant Director Stavros Sifter, a career FBI insider and supervisor of Special Agent Avery Ryan (Arquette) for the Cyber Crime Division in Washington, D.C. Ryan, who didn’t need a boss, will not have one going forward. Danson will play his character from CSI, D.B. Russell, who crossed paths with Ryan in the Cyber planted spinoff episode of CSI last season. Despite Danson’s high-profile casting, sources close to the CSI: Cyber say the reasons for MacNicol’s departure were strictly creative.
James Marsden talks getting spotted in publicJames Marsden says being famous in the selfie era can be strange.
“It is an interesting social phenomenon how people behave when they’re around just anyone who’s on TV at all,” “The D Train” star told us.
When he sees people he grew up with in Oklahoma, “some get really excited and want to take a picture, [but] then some people are like, purposefully rude. Like, ‘I don’t watch TV or movies, I don’t care who you are .?.?. I’m not gonna give you special attention.’ It’s like, I just said, ‘Hi, dude!’”
Super News! Supergirl Officially Takes Flight at CBSSupergirl is ready to fly at CBS, landing a series order for the 2015-2016 season, TVGuide.com has learned.
The new super-series stars Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El. Born on the planet Krypton, Kara escaped amid destruction. Since arriving on Earth she's been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin Superman, but now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be a hero.
Supergirl also stars Calista Flockhart, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh and David Harewood.
The drama comes from Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler, with Berlanti's Arrow and Flash comrade Andrew Kreisberg also attached.
The pickup makes Supergirl the latest in a long line of comic book series on the major broadcast nets, with Arrow, The Flash and iZombie at CW, Gotham on Fox, NBC's Constantine and ABC's Marvel duo, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter.
NBC ANNOUNCES STELLAR CAST FOR SECOND SEASON OF 'RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLSNBC has announced the cast for its summer adventure series “Running Wild With Bear Grylls,” which premieres Monday, July 13 (10-11 p.m. ET/PT).
In this hourlong alternative series, the famed adventurer, writer and television host will take eight entertainment and sports stars into the most remote and pristine locations in the U.S. and around the world for a 48-hour journey of a lifetime.
Joining the renown survivalist for season two are Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet, Oscar nominee Kate Hudson, Super Bowl-winning QB Drew Brees, Emmy nominee and “Modern Family” star Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Hangover” star Ed Helms, “Furious 7” star Michelle Rodriguez, and award-winning film and television actors James Marsden (“X-Men: Days of Future Past”) and Michael B. Jordan (“Fantastic Four”).
Each of these eight accomplished actors and athletes will partner with Grylls for two days for a one-on-one adventure they will never forget. This season the series will take viewers from the jungles of Panama to the far reaches of the Italian Alps and then to the Colorado Rocky Mountains of Colorado and Red Rocks of Utah. The intrepid cast members will face their deepest fears and tackle everything from skydiving to repelling as they journey through some of the world's most unforgiving wildernesses.
“It has been such a privilege to adventure alongside these iconic men and women - and this season has made for some unforgettable journeys,” said Grylls. “The excitement of being dropped into uncharted territory and tackling the wilderness head-on, in the way we do, can be both daunting and very draining, but it is also very empowering when we finally make it out in one piece. Along the way we get to see the stars we love in a totally authentic way as they face a few demons and come through it stronger. And that's the beating heart of 'Running Wild.'”
Each of these stars will push their minds and bodies to the limit to complete their journey.
The show was devised by Grylls and Delbert Shoopman. Grylls recently starred on the NBC series “Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls” and serves as host and executive producer of “The Island.”
“Running Wild with Bear Grylls” is produced by Electus and Bear Grylls Ventures. Grylls serves as executive producer along with Ben Silverman, Chris Grant, Laura Caraccioli and Viki Cacciatore.
2015 Critics Choice TV Awards NomineesThe 2015 Critics Choice TV Awards air live on A&E, Sunday, May 31, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
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Robert Downey Jr. finds making indie films too 'exhausting'Now that he’s one of the biggest actors in the world, Robert Downey Jr. doesn’t have time for indie films.
The “Avengers: Age of Ultron” star, 50, told Entertainment Weekly Radio that the soul-sucking rigors of big-budget popcorn flicks haven’t made the world of independent cinema any more alluring to him.
“No,” he said flatly when asked about wanting to appear in more indie films. “Because they’re exhausting and sometimes they suck and then you just go, ‘What was I thinking?’”
The actor clarified that he has nothing against small movies, it’s just that sometimes those films take more out of you than blockbusters – and this comes from an actor who walked out of an interview just last week.
“But I’m interested in doing all different kinds of movies,” he said. “Sometimes the little movies are the ones that wind up taking the most out of you because they’re like, ‘Hey, man, we’re just running a couple of days behind. Do you think you can stay through your birthday and then come back on the Fourth of July? And, by the way, but, like, the crew — can you pay for the craft services? And, oh, by the way, man, when we go to Sundance, it’s like, can we just sit you in a chair and you can sell this for six days in a row so that we’ll make 180 bucks when it opens in one theater?'”
“The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” which is expected to break box office records, arrived in theaters on Friday.
We Hear...That Katie Couric and Jon Bon Jovi will be among speakers at Town & Country’s Philanthropy Summit on Thursday.
Downey Jr.'s Inarritu comments intended as 'complimentary'Robert Downey Jr. intended to be complimentary with a statement about Mexican-born director Alejandro Inarritu that some have interpreted as racist, the actor's publicist said Wednesday.
Inarritu, while promoting "Birdman" in October, likened superhero movies to a "cultural genocide."
Downey Jr. said in a video interview last week that "for a man whose native tongue is Spanish, to be able to put together a phrase like 'cultural genocide' just speaks to how bright he is."
Various Twitter users accused Downey Jr. of being racist in his remarks. One woman wrote that she "loved" him until this and hashtagged the word "racist." Another user tweeted at the actor to "keep your racist opinions to yourself."
Downey Jr. also said that he respects "the heck" out of Inarritu in the interview with The Guardian. Later, he remarked, too, that "a certain level of scrutiny is good," when making films that are so popular — especially among children — even if it's critical.
"You want to be responsible to the opportunity you've been given," he said.
The reporter also asked Downey Jr.'s "Avengers: Age of Ultron" co-stars similar questions about the glut of superhero movies on the market, though none of their responses were as inflammatory.
"Taken in the proper context of the interview, it is intended to be, and is, complimentary," said Downey Jr.'s publicist Alan Nierob.
Inarritu's "Birdman," which won Oscars for best picture and best director, takes a darkly satirical look at blockbuster culture in its examination of a past-his-prime actor grasping for artistic authenticity. His film is centered on an actor (Michael Keaton) who cannot shake the voice of his superhero character, and pokes fun at many real-life actors who have participated in the genre, including Downey Jr.
In an interview with trade publication Deadline in October, Inarritu said that although he "sometimes" enjoys superhero movies, he takes issue when they try to be too profound.
"They have been poison, this cultural genocide, because the audience is so overexposed to plot and explosions and (expletive) that doesn't mean nothing about the experience of being human," Inarritu said.
A representative for Inarritu did not immediately respond to request for comment.
The social media response echoed the backlash against Sean Penn months ago when the actor presented Inarritu with his best picture Oscar by saying, "who gave this son of a bitch his green card?"
Robert Downey Jr. Reveals He Reunited with Ex Sarah Jessica Parker in NYCCall it closure. Robert Downey Jr. admitted to reuniting with old love Sarah Jessica Parker on a recent trip to New York City.
Howard Stern asked Downey Jr., 50, on Tuesday about the meeting as the actor had said in a previous interview that he planned to contact Parker, 50, "during a moment of candor."
"You know how life goes and so many things happen, particularly when you're looking at the back nine and you're not a kid anymore," Downey Jr. told Stern. "You go, 'You know, this trip to New York, as opposed to just doing what's required of me … I wanna check in with someone I shared a big part of my life with and say hi.'"
Long before he was Iron Man and she was Carrie Bradshaw, the pair dated for seven years. "Without her, Robert would go at 100 miles an hour into a brick wall. They're very sweet together. He might become a gentleman as a result of this," his father, Robert Downey Sr., told PEOPLE in 1985 before they split.
Parker ended the relationship in 1991 and Downey Jr. admitted in a 2008 interview that his substance abuse led to the breakup. "She provided me a home and understanding. She tried to help me. She was so miffed when I didn't get my act together," he said. "I was in love with Sarah Jessica … and love clearly was not enough."
The actor says the pair met up in Parker and husband Matthew Broderick's New York apartment. "We were able to spend some time together and it was really cool," he told Stern. "You know, the funny thing too, is you always have a perception of somebody that you spent a big chunk of your life with and I think it's typical to the human thing that the further you get away from that in your new relationship, you [unintentionally] taint your perception of the person."
"Seeing her I was like, 'She's so great and so cool and so funny and so in-command,'" he added. "I got to meet her kids and I saw the way she and [her husband] live and I respect both of them so much."
"I would have loved to have seen him," Downey Jr. said of Broderick, 53. "For my generation, particularly the New York theater guys, he was the beginning and ending of everything you could aspire to be."
Robert Downey Jr. and Jimmy Fallon Get "Emotional" on The Tonight ShowRobert Downey Jr. and Jimmy Fallon Get "Emotional" on The Tonight Show: Video.
Robert Downey Jr. Doesn't Regret Walking Out of Interview or Passing on GravityRobert Downey Jr. is so not sorry for walking out of an interview with Krishnan Guru-Murthy last week.
Actually, "I just wish I'd left sooner," the Avengers: Age of Ultron star revealed on The Howard Stern Show on SiriusXM Tuesday.
The actor, 50, abruptly walked away when the Channel 4 reporter asked him about "the dark periods you went to...taking drugs and drinking and all of that." As he explained to Stern, "I'm one of those guys who I'm always assuming the social decorum is in play, and that we're promoting a superhero movie, a lot of kids are going to see it, and that just has nothing to do with your creepy dark agenda."
Guru-Muthy, for what it's worth, stood by his line of questioning. As he put it in an op-ed for the U.K.'s Guardian, "I want something serious and illuminating, they [the interviewees] just want publicity."P>Downey didn't like the the dark turn the interview took, though, and explained to Stern he hated "feeling all of the sudden ashamed and obligated to accommodate your weirdo s--t." He also pretended to address Guru-Murthy, saying, "You know what? You are a bottom-feeding muckraker."
Stern pointed out that asking the now-sober star about a touchy topic in his past seemed unnecessary. "It's not like you're running for president," quipped the shock jock.
As Downey noted, though, "the assumption is that there's a button that because you've sat down [for an interview] there you're going to be scrutinized like you're a kiddy fiddler who's running for mayor."
He's got a game plan for next time though! "What I have to do in the future is give myself permission to say, 'That is more than likely a syphilitic parasite and i need to distance myself from this clown,'" he joked. "Otherwise i'm probably gonna put hands on this clown and then there's a real story!"
Tell us how you really feel, Downey! Of course, Iron Man didn't just talk to Stern about that interview — he also talked about pulling out of Gravity (George Clooney ended up playing the role) after shooting a 20-minute test scene in a space simulator and being completely uncomfortable. "You've got to have boundaries," he explained. "You've got to leave before you flip out!"
He has nothing but love for the film, though, and when Stern asked if he had any regrets about not being a part of it, he didn't seem to. "Any of us can have anything," he said sagely, "but we can't have everything!"
Another topic Downey touched on with Stern? HIs friendly relationship with ex-girlfriend Sarah Jessica Parker! Both stars are now happily married, but they recently caught up.
Downey had only the kindest things to say about Matthew Broderick's wife, too, calling her "this fully mature mother and woman and artist and human being." As he told Stern, he's glad "there's enough good will left over" that he and Parker were able to catch up like old friends.
Iron Man: Age of Ultron hits theaters Friday.
Hayden Panettiere is Klitschko's most enthusiastic fan(Pic1, Pic 2, Pic 3) Hayden Panettiere doesn’t mind watching the father of her child beat the stuffing out of someone.
In fact, based on the scenes at Wladimir Klitschko’s successful heavyweight title defense at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night, she loves it.
Clad in a black and gold blazer and matching dress, the “Nashville” star, 25, was all smiles and triumphant yells as she cheered on her fiancé, 39, during his unanimous victory over Bryant Jennings.
Panettiere and Klitschko announced their plans to wed in 2013. Last year, the actress gave birth to the couple’s first child, a daughter named Kaya Evdokia Klitschko.
SightingsJon Bon Jovi and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at Lure Fishbar.
Robert Downey Jr. hires 'insane' security detail for NYC lunchRobert Downey Jr. had security fit for a king for his family at ABC Kitchen Sunday afternoon.
Witnesses tell us the “Iron Man” star took his father and other family members to lunch. “The security operation to get him and his entourage to the restaurant was insane,” described a source, who said Downey sent two SUVs to pick up family members. Meanwhile, two bodyguards loaded Downey into an SUV at his hotel.
“You would’ve thought it was the president,” snipped our source. “His security blocked cars coming into the garage until Downey was in his car.”
The guards also stood watch in the restaurant throughout the three- hour meal. Despite the ring of steel, Downey did sign autographs on the way out.
Downey’s rep told us: “Robert had brunch on Sunday at his father’s favorite restaurant, ABC Kitchen. Security was invited to attend as guests, along with other family members and friends.”
Beth Behrs Set Up Kat Dennings with Josh Groban Because They're Both 'Nerds at Heart'Beth Behrs is more than just a Broke Girl – the actress also moonlights as a matchmaker!
Behrs, who stars alongside Kat Dennings, 28, on the CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls, is responsible for hooking up her costar with singer Josh Groban.
Behrs, 29, introduced Dennings and Groban, who have been dating since October 2014.
"I always wanted to find him the right girl," Behrs told PEOPLE of Groban, 34. "At the time, Kat was in a relationship, so I couldn't. Then they happened to both be single for once at the same time."
She adds, "It didn't take much coaxing for either of them."
"They're both nerds at heart," said Behrs while attending Sunday's John Varvatos 12th Annual Stuart House Benefit in West Hollywood, California. "But their hearts are in the right place."
Groban has owned up to the couple's "nerd" behavior, previously telling PEOPLE their typical date night involves bingeing on the reality show Shark Tank and lounging in onesies.
"They're in this crazy business, they're both very calm and mellow and wonderful," Behrs said on Sunday. "And he treats her like a princess, and it's amazing."
2 Broke Girls airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on CBS.
Suki Waterhouse and James Marsden Grab Dinner Together in LA(Pic) Suki Waterhouse and actor James Marsden grabbed dinner together with a group of friends on Saturday night.
The British model, 23, and the X-Men: Days of Future Past star, were spotted leaving the Little Door restaurant in Los Angeles. Marsden, 41, was dressed casually in a grey t-shirt jeans and blue leather jacket, while Waterhouse covered up in a grey jacket.
Waterhouse split from actor Bradley Cooper in January after two years of dating. The pair have still remained close, however, most recently spending time together at Coachella on April 12.
Prior to the festival, Cooper and Waterhouse were spotted grabbing dinner in Venice, California, sparking rumors that they had reconciled their romance. However, the rumors were short-lived. Cooper, 40, took model Irina Shayk, 29, on a Broadway date in New York City last Wednesday.
Marsden, meanwhile, was married to actress Lisa Linde from 2000 to 2011. The former couple have two children together, Jack Holden and Mary James.
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Robert Downey Jr. walks out on interview questioning his drug past(Video) A Channel 4 reporter got into some hot water with Robert Downey Jr. during the London "Avengers: Age of Ultron" press junket.
The interview started out innocently enough until Krishnan Guru-Murthy began to question Downey Jr. about his past drug history. He referenced a quote the "Iron Man" actor gave years ago to the New York Times that reads "You can't go from a $2,000-a-night suite at La Mirage to a penitentiary and really understand it and come out a liberal."
The question seems to be asking Downey Jr.'s political leanings, though it's not quite clear. The actor graciously answers by saying he's given many interviews over the years and he can't go back to something five or six years ago and explain what he meant in that moment.
A awkward moment could have ended there, but the Guru-Murthy continues to press the issue, making Downey more uncomfortable. Even more than that, Guru-Murthy seems to be uncomfortable about the situation he's wading into.
"Are we promoting a movie?" the actor asks before trying to wrap up the question.
Yes, but no. The interview continues with a line of questioning about Downey's past that make the actor visibly upset.
"Your foot has started jumping, you better get to your next question," he says pointedly towards the end.
Finally, the Guru-Murthy poses a statement about Downey's troublesome relationship with his father -- without an actual question attached. At that point, Downey takes off his mic and ends the interview.
Guru Murthy tries to apologize and clarify his intentions with the invasive questions, but it's clear that Downey Jr. is finished with the interview when he walks out of the room -- and his interviewer is left with the glaring eyes of publicists.
Josh Groban mines old love for new 'Stages'Josh Groban, who is 34, figures that his new album, Stages, has been "about 27 years in the making."
It was "trips to see great musicals as a kid that first inspired me," explains the singer. Stages (out April 28) features some of the most beloved musical-theater songs of all time, from Rodgers and Hammerstein's If I Loved You and You'll Never Walk Alone (both from Carousel) to Stephen Sondheim's Children Will Listen (Into the Woods) and Not While I'm Around (Sweeney Todd), presented as a medley, and Finishing the Hat (Sunday in the Park with George).
"In my mind, it started as a Sondheim double album," quips Groban, whose affection for the composer/lyricist is such that he named his Wheaten terrier Sweeney, after the bloodthirsty protagonist of Todd. In fact, Stages was conceived as a collection of songs from stage and film musicals. Two of its entries, Over the Rainbow and Pure Imagination (the latter from Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory) were introduced on screen.
In the end, the bari-tenor narrowed the song list down by choosing "what felt right for my age, what felt right for my voice, stories I want to tell now."
He also wanted to accommodate the artists who make guest appearances, among them trumpeter Chris Botti. "I'm glad he picked Old Devil Moon," says Groban, because the Burton Lane/Yip Harburg classic "was basically the first musical-theater song I sang as a solo" (when Groban played the lead in his high school production of Finian's Rainbow).
Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald — "the queen," Groban calls her — turns up on If I Loved You, while Kelly Clarkson joins Groban for Andrew Lloyd Webber and Charles Hart's All I Ask Of You, from The Phantom of the Opera. "She runs deep," Groban say of Clarkson. "I knew she was a Broadway buff. ... I think fans of both of ours are going to be really blown away by her vocals on this record."
Some of the album was recorded at London's storied Abbey Road studios, though the sessions took place mostly in Los Angeles, allowing Groban to spend time with his girlfriend, actress Kat Dennings of CBS' 2 Broke Girls.
"I'm slowly getting her into the musical-theater world," Groban says. "We've only seen a few shows. We're getting past the thing of, 'What, they're doing a scene and all of a sudden they turn and sing?' ... I've got to bring her to New York and take her to some of these brilliant shows."
Groban would love to take a stab at Broadway himself in the not-too-distant future. "There's no escaping it now — it's about finding the right thing. I'd like to bring back Chess," an '80s musical with music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, and lyrics by Tim Rice. "I think the book needs work, but that music deserves to be on Broadway again."
For now, Groban is planning a tour, set to launch Sept. 12 in Atlanta. And given that "there's a lot of stuff left over" from the material he considered for Stages, fans should expect a follow-up. "There has to be," he says.
Robert Downey Jr. says he was 'den mother' on 'Avengers' setIt’s hard to imagine Robert Downey Jr. as the authoritarian type, but the actor says he played a stabilizing force amid the ever-growing cast of superheroes during the filming of “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
“I am an assistant den mother for him (director Joss Whedon) — we’re more contemporaries,” Downey said at the film’s London premiere on Tuesday, where he was accompanied by others in the cast, including Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo.
“With some younger talent, they’re very exuberant; I remember when I was that way. I kind of feel like I’m the assistant principal.”
The 50-year-old Downey plays Iron Man in the film, the sequel to the 2012 blockbuster “Avengers” movie.
For Johansson, the screen reunion was “amazing.”
“I mean first of all it’s great to be able to share this experience with actors that are really friends of mine and it feels like we’re all in it together,” said the actress, who plays Black Widow. “We’re all a part of something that has this huge fan base, this built-in excitement and it’s not always like that.”
New this time are Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver and Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch.
“They’ve already done the work of establishing a fan base,” smiled Olsen, “so I feel like I’ve snuck in.”
This is Whedon’s last “Avengers” movie — at least for now. He’ll hand over the reins of the franchise to “Captain America: Winter Soldier” directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo for the two-part “Avengers: Infinity War,” due out in 2018 and 2019.
The director admits he has mixed feelings about saying goodbye.
“Yeah, it’s sort of like sending your kid off to college, it’s like, ‘Wow, they really don’t need me anymore, do they?'” he said, pretending to sob. “At the same time it’s like, ‘My kid’s gone, party all night!’ You know, I’m going to pick my actual kids up from school, I’m going to read books, it’s going to get crazy.”
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” is set to open in US theaters on May 1, but it’s opening in other countries earlier.
Jon Bon Jovi selling SoHo penthouse for $37.5MHe’s buying it on a wing and a prayer.
The mystery man in contract to buy Jon Bon Jovi’s $37.5 million duplex penthouse in the New Museum Building at 158 Mercer St. is Gerhard Andlinger, sources told The Post’s Jennifer Gould Keil.
Andlinger, founder of private investment firm Andlinger & Co., had to pay more than $3.4 million as part of a 2003 settlement over insider-trading allegations.
The 7,452-square-foot condo has six bedrooms and three landscaped terraces.
It had lingered on the market since 2013.
SightingsAndrew Lloyd Webber in the audience of “Finding Neverland” on Broadway. Also catching the show before Wednesday’s official opening: Mary-Louise Parker, Jessica Seinfeld and Jon Bon Jovi, all with their kids…
Bon Jovi plans anti-hunger center in Sandy-ravaged N.J.Rock star and philanthropist Jon Bon Jovi and local charities are opening an anti-hunger center in a section of the New Jersey shore devastated by Superstorm Sandy.
The Jersey-born rocker and his Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation announced plans Tuesday for the B.E.A.T. Center, which stands for Bringing Everyone All Together. The center site is designed as a one-stop facility to help people get food stamps, health care, meals for at-risk children and seniors, and culinary-related job training. It will open later this year in Toms River.
The center also will house a second JBJ Soul Kitchen community restaurant, where diners pay a minimum $10 donation or do volunteer work for their meals. That first one opened in 2011 in Red Bank, New Jersey.
Bon Jovi says Ocean County suffered the worst damage from the October 2012 storm, but has not gotten a proportionate share of aid.
“Ocean County was directly impacted by Hurricane Sandy; it was not a wealthy county to begin with,” he said. “At one point or another, 45 percent of households that had kids needed emergency food relief services during the course of the last year. I know people who have been hungry. You’d be shocked to know these hardworking, middle-class people from the tri-state area who after the economic downturn couldn’t afford to keep a consistent, nutritious meal on the table.”
Toms River was one of the hardest-hit communities during Sandy. The nearby Ortley Beach section was devastated and many homes and businesses — not to mention the main road through town — still have not been rebuilt as the third summer after the storm approaches.
Bon Jovi is partnering with the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, The Peoples Pantry and the David Tepper Charitable Foundation to provide $5 million in services to needy families in the B.E.A.T. Center’s first year of operation.
The center joins other charitable endeavors undertaken by Bon Jovi, including the construction of 440 units of affordable housing for homeless or low-income families; donations to numerous Sandy relief efforts; and two Soul Kitchen restaurants, including a smaller third one in a firehouse in storm-tossed Union Beach, New Jersey.
“With hunger and homelessness, I realized 10 years ago that this was something we could make a dent in — just a dent — that didn’t need a scientist to create the cure,” he told the Associated Press. “That we, with a little money and action and then desire, that we could in fact make a dent. We’re certainly going to try.”
His band, Bon Jovi, has been one of rock and roll’s most popular acts for the past 32 years, with hits including “Livin’ On A Prayer,” ”You Give Love A Bad Name” and “Wanted Dead Or Alive.”
Robert Downey Jr. Humbly Accepts the MTV Generational Award From His Avengers: Age of Ultron Squad(Pic) Bow down to the acting king!
MTV saluted Robert Downey Jr.'s talents with the help of the Avengers:Age of Ultron squad. He was commemorated tonight at the MTV Movie Awards receiving the Generational Award, honoring his great achievement in film.
His Avengers: Age of Ultron co-stars including Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner introduced him by saying, "He can be charming, intensely funny and seriously intense." They went on, "Now when you're describing the character, you're also describing the man who played them. So we are honored to present our friend, our hero, our avenger, the invincible Robert Downey Jr. with the Generational Award."
Following their loving prelude was a montage of his movies including the Iron Man series, Sherlock Holmes, and Due Date. The recently turned 50-year-old had quite the epic entrance strolling in the steam-filled room colored by black and red lights.
Looking cool as ever, the star rocked some red-lensed shades with thick black brims while saying his speech and accepting his golden popcorn.
"When I witnessed the first MTV Movie Awards," RDJ stopped to notice his co-stars taking a knee and graciously thanked them. "The first was in 1992, and that's my generation's version of the Oscars. And when the first Generational Award was given in 2005, I thought where's mine!?"
You've just got to love this man's honesty!
He continued, "In the 34 years that have passed since the birth of MTV, I've grown up, I've failed, succeeded, partied way too much, begged for second chances and literally clawed my way to the top.... Because you CAN define your generation."
After his touching and humble speech about the hardships he's endured throughout his acting career, he thanked his fans by sharing an exclusive world premiere clip of Marvel's Avengers: Ave of Ultron.
The Ally McBeal Cast Reunites, and More from Inside the TV Land Awards(Pic) The TV Land Awards took it old school on Saturday night, bringing a little bit of country, a little bit of rock 'n roll, and a whole lot of nostalgia for their awards ceremony in Los Angeles. The event honored shows like Parenthood and Ally McBeal and folks like Donny and Marie Osmond (who joked to PEOPLE that the secret to her five decade success is "formaldehyde").
The celebration was a veritable who's who of late night re-runs! Mary Ann (Dawn Wells) from Gilligan's Island was there … Winnie Cooper (Danica McKellar) from The Wonder Years showed up … and Rose Nylon herself, 93-year-old Golden Girl Betty White, came to receive the Legend Award.
"When we grow up, we want to be like you, Betty," said White's Hot in Cleveland co-stars Valerie Bertenelli, Wendie Mallick and Janes Leeves before giving her the award.
Calista Flockhart left her recuperating husband Harrison Ford at home to accept the Groundbreaking Award for her show Ally McBeal, while Seth Rogen and Jason Segel were on hand to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Freaks and Geeks. To top the evening off, Jennifer Hudson performed "Whatever Makes You Happy" from Empire.
Perhaps the most emotional part of the evening came when George Lopez took the stage to present a tribute to late comedian Joan Rivers who passed away last year.
"Joan inspired so many comedians, including me. She was fearless. She was ahead of her time. At 81, she was ahead of her time," Lopez told the audience which included Rivers's daughter Melissa and grandson Cooper. "There will never be another Joan Rivers."
But, the biggest applause was reserved for the now grown-up cast of The Wonder Years. Paul Saviano, who played the iconic Paul Pfeiffer on the show (and is now a corporate attorney), dropped a bombshell on the red carpet – admitting even he had a crush on costar McKellar growing up!
"Who didn't have a crush on Danica? She's beautiful and talented and awesome. But we worked together, it would have been awkward," Pfeiffer revealed.
All in all, it was probably the award show's host Terry Crews who celebrated the most that night. Since his wife had been out of town, Crews rushed home immediately after the show to "see" her.
"Let's just say the TV's going to be off tonight," Crews joked to reporters. "We'll meet up and have celebration sex. It will be real nice."
The TV Land Awards air Sunday, April 18, at 9 p.m. on TV Land.
'The Lizzie Borden Chronicles' Christina Ricci: 'We definitely decided that she was sociopathic'Zap2it: How would you characterize the relationship of sisters Lizzie and Emma Borden on Lifetime's "The Lizzie Borden Chronicles"?
Christina Ricci: I think it's a very need-based relationship. Lizzie sort of views her as her property, and Emma's always taken care of her but it's not, at least from Lizzie's point of view, a loving relationship. She's not really capable of love in a normal way.
Zap2it: Is Lizzie a fun character to play?
Christina Ricci: Yeah, really fun. Anything that is fantastic and sort of extreme is really fun to do as an actor, at least for me.
Zap2it: How did you approach creating her?
Christina Ricci: Well, I think a lot of the character is based on the action, sort of, [which] implies who she is, really. Somebody who is able to take human life like this and actually derive pleasure from it is going to be a certain type of character (laughs). We definitely decided that she was sociopathic, that she either played at the emotions of a normal functioning person but that she probably didn't have them for herself.
Zap2it: Was shedding her at the end of the day difficult?
Christina Ricci: No not really. I mean, this is a very lighthearted kind of piece. I mean, it's just supposed to be fun and sort of gory and fantastic. So I think there were like two emotional scenes in the whole series for my character because she doesn't really experience emotion. So it's not the kind of thing, a kind of heavy role where you go home and you live with it or are affected by it.
Rock Stars Shed Personas And Go Home In Reality Project From EP Jon Bon JoviWhat if that famous singer on the radio was just another guy from the neighborhood? TWC-Dimension is teaming with Jon Bon Jovi on If I Wasn’t A Rock Star, a reality series that sends stars back to their hometowns to meet their “civilian alter egos” and see how their lives might have been if they hadn’t pursed their careers in music. Prototype Entertainment and 3 Ball Entertainment also are on board for the project. “I was drawn to this project simply because it will be a celebration of the working men and women of this country,” said Bon Jovi, who will executive produce. They are the real rock stars.” No word yet on who is lined up to make those homecomings.
If I Wasn’t a Rock Star also counts Bob Weinstein among its EPs. “The series will offer music fans a chance to see their favorite stars as they’ve never imagined them before,” TWC-Dimension’s Co-Chairman said. “We can’t wait to see what other amazing talent comes on board.” Also exec producing are 3 Ball Entertainment CEO Todd A. Nelson and CCO Brant Pinvidic, Prototype’s Frank Rainone and Teresa Sorkin and TWC SVP Television Patrick Reardon.
The announcement comes a day after another ’80s-rooted pop star dove into the reality fray. Culture Club singer Boy George is linking with Bunim/Murray for a show that will follow the Brit’s relocation from London to L.A.
SightingsJosh Groban and Kat Dennings seeing “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.”
Inside Robert Downey Jr.'s Star-Studded 50th Birthday BashRobert Downey Jr. turned the big 5-0 Saturday, and he had an ample assortment of A-list pals on hand to celebrate the milestone birthday.
Jennifer Aniston and fiancé Justin Theroux, Reese Witherspoon and husband Jim Toth, Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, Orlando Bloom, Gwyneth Paltrow, Katie Holmes and other famous friends gathered at Santa Monica's Barker Hangar for Downey's star-powered soirée.
"It was the best party. Star-studded, of course, but at the same time, it felt very intimate," a source tells PEOPLE of the bash, where Jeremy Renner, Dustin Hoffman, Edward Norton and Jason Bateman rounded out the impressive guest list. "Everyone seemed friendly and hugged each other left and right."
Joined by his wife Susan, the Iron Man star and his guests – many of whom showered him with gifts – enjoyed jazz music at the historic event space, where cocktails and hors d'oeuvres were served.
While Holmes showed up sans sometime beau Jamie Foxx, the fête did serve as a date night for many of the couples: Paltrow and was spotted getting cozy with reported love interest Brad Falchuk, while engaged pair Aniston and Theroux shared some sweet P.D.A.
"Jen and Justin looked happy and were very affectionate," the source adds. "They kept hugging and kissing."
As for the birthday boy, he took to Twitter, posting a succinct reflection Saturday.
Josh Groban to sing national anthem at Kentucky DerbyFor Josh Groban, the second time will be the charm at the Kentucky Derby.
The multiplatinum-selling Groban has been selected to sing the national anthem at the annual thoroughbred race, to be held May 2 at the Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky. It is an upgrade for Groban; the last time he attended the event, he was a spectator.
The classically inspired crooner will become the seventh person to sing the national anthem at the Derby; the tradition started in 2009.
The race is the first in the Triple Crown; the next will be the Preakness Stakes on May 16, followed by the Belmont Stakes on June 6.
'The Lizzie Borden Chronicles': Christina Ricci and Clea DuVall are truly twisted sistersOne might not consider the story of 19th century ax murderess Lizzie Borden anything to laugh at, but it's the seriocomic treatment of the subject in the limited series "The Lizzie Borden Chronicles" that drew respected film actresses Christina Ricci and Clea DuVall into the fold.
The hourlong eight-part series, which premieres Sunday (April 5), on Lifetime, presents a fictionalized look at the events and people surrounding Lizzie's (Ricci) life following her acquittal of the horrific murders of her father and stepmother in 1892. Now famous, Lizzie finds herself living the life of a celebrity, complete with scandalous love affairs. When several people close to her turn up dead in strange and brutal circumstances, suspicion falls on you-know-who.
The series is a continuation of the 2014 Lifetime telepic "Lizzie Borden Took an Ax."
"It's a very fun, kind of outrageous show," Ricci tells Zap2it of the new offering, "where you're rooting for two antiheroes the whole time and kind of delighting in the macabre. It's mostly macabre and kind of campy and fun. Above all, it's just supposed to be a really fun show."
The most fun part in playing an unbalanced character such as Lizzie, according to Ricci, is that anything goes.
"The only rules," she says, "are kind of the rules you establish for yourself and for the character because it's somebody who doesn't really adhere to the rules of society."
"I think a lot of the character is based on the action, sort of," Ricci continues, "[which] imply who she is, really. Somebody who is able to take human life like this and actually derive pleasure from it is going to be a certain type of character. We definitely decided that she was sociopathic, that she either played at the emotions of a normal functioning person but that she probably didn't have them for herself."
One who was on the receiving end of Lizzie's manipulations was sister Emma, whom the actress who portrays her, DuVall, describes as Lizzie's enabler.
"In the very beginning," DuVall explains, "she really took a back seat to Lizzie and really just served as her caretaker. And as the story evolved, she starts to get her own life and evolve into her own person and really has the opportunity to branch out from just being Lizzie's sister. ... She develops relationships outside of Lizzie, which she never had before, and finally taking the steps toward creating her own life and getting married and cutting the cord."
"She feels threatened," DuVall says of Lizzie, "and she feels scared because ultimately she is like a little girl who kind of learned to cope in not the best way."
'Ultron' cast to present Downey Jr with MTV awardFew actors of his generation can tell a more remarkable story of highs and lows than Robert Downey Jr. So it makes perfect sense he's the winner of this year's MTV Generation award.
MTV announced Thursday that Downey Jr will receive the award during the 2015 MTV Movie Awards, airing live from Los Angeles on April 12.
And it looks like it could be a love fest: The award will be presented to him by his Avengers: Age of Ultron co-stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner.
And helpfully for the movie's promotion (it comes out May 1), the cast will present a 90-second clip from the film during the show.
Trailers from the film have already been released to tease fans and promote the movie but MTV is describing this clip as an "exclusive world premiere."
The MTV Generation Award is the major category of MTV's movie awards and recognizes an actor who has engaged the MTV audience throughout their career. Past recipients include Mark Wahlberg, Jamie Foxx, Johnny Depp, Reese Witherspoon, Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Sandra Bullock, Mike Myers, Tom Cruise and Jim Carrey, MTV said.
Besides the success of Marvel's The Avengers movies, Downey Jr also has had tremendous success in three Iron Man films.
"Throughout his career, Robert Downey Jr has mesmerized audiences by capturing the humanity in larger-than-life characters like Charlie Chaplin, Sherlock Holmes and Tony Stark," said Stephen Friedman, president of MTV, in a statement.
"He's a brilliant actor and a Hollywood icon, and we are proud to recognize his tremendous passion and talent with this year's Generation Award."
The line-up for show includes host Amy Schumer, Comedic Genius recipient Kevin Hart, Trailblazer Award recipient Shailene Woodley, and confirmed presenters Miles Teller, Reese Witherspoon, Vin Diesel, Sofia Vergara and Jimmy Kimmel.
MTV says this year's nominees span every film genre from dystopian universes (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and The Maze Runner) to heart-felt coming of age stories (The Fault In Our Stars and Boyhood), out-of-this-world comedies (Guardians of the Galaxy, Neighbors, The Interview, The Wedding Ringer and Top Five), real-life heroes (Selma and American Sniper) and more.
Fans can cast their votes for their favorites at MovieAwards.MTV.com through Saturday, April 11. Voting for "Movie of the Year" will continue throughout the live broadcast of the show.
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Ellen DeGeneres & Portia de Rossi Weigh in on Dolce & Gabbana "Synthetic" Babies Remarks(Pic) Ellen DeGeneres has joined Elton John's boycott of Dolce & Gabbana and says their remarks about same-sex parenting and what was dubbed "synthetic children" was "ignorant."
She and wife Portia de Rossi, spoke to E! News at the 2015 GLAAD Media Awards in Beverly Hills, California on Saturday.
Dolce & Gabbana founders Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana had made their remarks to an Italian magazine earlier this month, expressing their disapproval of "synthetic children" conceived via artificial insemination and in vitro fertilization, the only viable method of getting pregnant for both same-sex and heterosexual pairs.
"It's not even worth commenting on because they're, you know, ignorant," DeGeneres told E! News.
The 57-year-old talk show host added she will never wear Dolce & Gabbana clothes "ever, ever again."
Dolce and Gabbana's comments had spurred John, who shares two sons with his husband, to call for a boycott of their luxury fashion label Dolce & Gabbana and several celebs soon followed the singer-songwriter's lead. Dolce and Gabbana later clarified their remarks, saying they did not mean to judge other people's choices.
"The only thing you can say is that, you know, we're all entitled to free speech," de Rossi, 42, told E! News. "However, I just don't understand who they are. I don't understand why they would want to say that."
Zoe Saldana, who attended the 2015 GLAAD Media Awards with husband Marco Perego, with whom she shares twin sons, disagrees with the couple's stance. She told E! News it would be "the stupidest thing" to boycott Dolce & Gabbana, adding that she is "certainly not going to be refuting when they are adopting synthetic children, however they wanted to say it."
DeGeneres and de Rossi, who celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary in December, have no children and had last year debunked tabloid reports that claimed the two were trying to start a family.
Hayden Panettiere Goes on Her First "Solo Trip" Since Giving Birth to Kaya(Pic1, Pic2) It has been three months since Hayden Panettiere gave birth to daughter Kaya, and while the new mom has decided to fly the coop, she's definitely nervous about it!
The Nashville actress tweeted a selfie and wrote, "Momma's first solo trip." She included two nerve-wracking emojis to show that she might not have been ready to leave her daughter and fiancé, Wladimir Klitschko, just yet. Even though it has been only 12 short weeks since Panettiere gave birth, we have to say she looks absolutely flawless in her minimal makeup selfie.
Dressed in a casual white button down with anchors printed on it, Panettiere appears effortlessly chic while hanging out in her airplane seat. With the sun shining through the window, she literally and figuratively is glowing! Her skin doesn't look to have any blemishes either, making her actually #flawless.
Panettiere welcomed Kaya with the heavyweight-boxing champion on Dec. 9, 2014, but with both of their busy schedules and a newborn, they still haven't found time to turn their engagement into a marriage. But they don't mind because they already have something tying them together to life: Kaya.
"When people get married there are different things they promise to each other, and I understand the promising part, but I think [having] children is something that connects you until the end of your days no matter what," Klitschko told Us Weekly. "And I think that, Kaya, our daughter, has connected us forever. And that's the most amazing thing. Everything else is coming, it's something that needs to be planned…but as I said, the connection with the child is better than any marriage!"
He has a big fight coming up on Apr. 25, so maybe after that they can finally tie the knot! If she looks this good on a flight, we can only imagine how gorgeous she'll be on her wedding day.
SightingsJon Bon Jovi taking a selfie with Elegant Affairs’ Andrea Correale at a private concert at The Wynn Las Vegas
Team Downey Producing Iraq Drama 'Baghdad Country Club' For CinemaxCinemax has put in development Baghdad Country Club, a drama from Robert Downey Jr. & Susan Downey’s Team Downey banner.
Written by Dave Andron (Justified), the project is inspired by the digital article of same name by prolific journalist Joshuah Bearman, whose story The Great Escape became the basis for the 2012 Best Picture Oscar winner Argo. Baghdad Country Club centers on a special forces soldier-turned-mercenary who opens the only watering hole in Baghdad’s Green Zone at the height of the post-invasion Iraqi insurgency.
Team Downey in producing in association with Warner Horizon Television. The companies’ collaboration stems from Team Downey’s first-look feature deal at Warner Bros. Team Downey’s Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey and Amanda Burrell executive produce alongside Andron and Bearman. Bearman’s Baghdad Country Club was published by The Atavist and previously optioned by Cinemax sibling HBO.
Television has been a priority for the Downeys, who launched Team Downey in 2010. They have set up several TV projects in the past couple of years, including 1980s rehab drama at Showtime.
Cimenax’s profile as a destination for respected original programming has been on the rise with series like Banshee and The Knick.
Team Downey is repped by CAA and attorney Stewart Brookman. Andron is repped by CAA, Adam Kolbrenner of Madhouse Entertainment, and attorney Bruce Gellman. Bearman is with UTA.
Josh Groban Describes Date Night with Kat Dennings (Spoiler: It Involves a Onesie)All Josh Groban needs on a Friday night is his girlfriend Kat Dennings, a onesie and a reality show marathon on ABC.
The singer-songwriter, 34, stopped by the PEOPLE Now studio Monday to dish on his typical date night with the 2 Broke Girls star, 28. The couple's favorite activity? A Shark Tank binge.
"I try to behave like one of the sharks from the comfort of my onsie," the Crazy, Stupid, Love actor said, also joking he's often tempted by the out-there businesses pitches on the show.
"A great date night is some good old-fashioned entrepreneurship," he said. "We'll sit at a table and think up inventions."
Although his ideal night with his leading lady may sound a little less than glamorous, he admitted Dennings, who he started dating in October, has made him a total hopeless romantic.
"When you're with somebody who's as wonderful as she is – and she's just absolutely spectacular – it's like that Jack Nicholson [line], 'It makes me want to be a better man,' " he said of Dennings, while attempting his best impression of the As Good as It Gets actor. "It's great. It's easy."
Though he sits beside Dennings during a Shark Tank binge, he likely won't join the actress on her comedy series 2 Broke Girls.
"They already have one bearded creep on that show. I don't think they need another!" he joked.
Where might we spot Groban next? Broadway! Groban – whose new Broadway-inspired album Stages! comes out April 28 – says that a stage debut would be a "dream come true for me."
"I've said to myself 2016 is the year I'm going to find myself on Broadway. I hope I can live up to that," he said. "In the meantime, these are songs I've wanted to sing my whole life."
Harrison Ford Recovering - with Books and Food from Calista FlockhartNearly two weeks after his plane crash, Harrison Ford is continuing to recover from his injuries – with a major dose of T.L.C. from his wife, Calista Flockhart.
In the week following the accident, the actor, 72, received daily visits at his bedside from Flockhart, 50, who regularly headed to the Los Angeles hospital after taking the couple's 14-year-old son Liam to school.
"She drops Liam off in the morning and then spends hours with Harrison," says a source. "She brings him food and reading material."
The couple, who wed in 2010 after eight years together, have discussed their shared passion for flying in the past and a source told PEOPLE that the crash and its aftermath have been "terrifying" for them.
A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board states that the crash was caused by "substantial damage following a loss of engine power."
An eyewitness on the scene previously told PEOPLE that Ford suffered a five- or six-inch gash about "the size of a pancake." However, a surgeon said that the inures to his face and scalp will "heal very well and fade with time."
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Lucy Liu Reveals an 'Intimate' Side Project and the 'Unhealthy' Path Ahead on Elementary(Pic1, Pic2, Pic3, Pic4) As an actress, Lucy Liu is accustomed to baring her soul before millions every week – but the Elementary star has been moonlighting on a passion project that even she considers incredibly "intimate," and she's also finally ready to reveal what's been going on behind the scenes for the last few years.
On Wednesday, Liu unveils decades of her art – which she has been curating for more than two years – on lucyliu.net. The collection has inspirations as wide-ranging as 9/11 and modern-day slang, and Liu tells PEOPLE, "Ultimately I think it is about sharing – it's about being in an experience."
Despite her very public career, Liu admits she hesitated to expose herself in such a way with this exhibition. She ultimately decided that "it's important to let go of that [discomfort]" and is now exclusively sharing the stories behind a few of her pieces – not to mention a little Elementary scoop – with PEOPLE.
As a native New Yorker, Liu finds personal significance in the events of Sept. 11, 2001, but she also recognizes the universality of that day. She spent "a very long time" on Velocity because "I just felt like it was important for me to basically understand what happened from all perspectives and why people did what they did."
She says, "That's why I ended up stitching it because it takes a great deal of time to sew – on canvas no less. I created a cityscape that was somewhat generic in order to say that this was possible anywhere and that this is a universal piece – it's not just New York-based."
Beyond the stitching, the mixed-media piece is scrawled with words depicting narratives Liu, 46, imagined from that morning and its aftermath. It is a 360-degree work meant to be viewed front and back. For Liu, the piece evolved her own understanding of the reality that "everybody has a certain belief, and it's not something they can change, and that's what that piece is about. There are a lot of memorials in the back, as well. It's about forgiveness."
Liu created Flag after attending a 1992 Pro Choice march in Washington, D.C. "For me, as a witness being there [this piece] is a memory," she says. When a friend suggested she exhibit her art, including Flag, Liu's first instinct was to think, "Oh, that's such an uncomfortable thought to take something that's so intimate and put it out there."
Ultimately, Liu says, "I'm glad I did because it's important to share your work. You can't just hold it for yourself."
Sorry, Not Sorry
Liu says her silkscreen works "are very relationship-oriented, not just love relationships … all of it, so there was a lot of tongue-in-cheek in terms of the titling. It's very simple: You're sorry, but you're not sorry because it happened, and something else came of it. One thing happens, and it opens the door to another thing."
The thread continues in another piece called Slam the Door, drawn from the spontaneous interactions she's seen on the streets of New York: "You see things sort of unraveling," she says, "and it's kind of unbelievable to see these things unfold right in front of your eyes."
While Liu's own door is opening as an artist, the life of her character Joan Watson is currently unraveling. Still reeling from the death of her boyfriend Andrew (Homeland's Raza Jaffrey), Watson will encounter family drama on Thursday's episode of the CBS procedural.
Having moved back into the brownstone with her partner in crimesolving Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller), Watson is about to embark on an "unhealthy" stretch: "What makes Joan special is that she's not Sherlock. That she starts to become more and more like him is not going to be a good balance for both of them."
Liu says, "Watson finding her balance again is going to be a journey for her until the finale – and probably in the next season, too."
That said, even though Liu admits her character "has to pull herself together a little bit ... the not pulling herself together is going to be interesting, too."
Elementary airs Thursdays (10 p.m. ET) on CBS, and Liu's work is available to view on lucyliu.net.
'No escaping' Broadway for Josh Groban"In my mind, it started as a Sondheim double album," Josh Groban quips, speaking of Stages, his new album of musical-theater songs, officially announced Tuesday.
Due April 28, Stages includes guest appearances by Audra McDonald, Kelly Clarkson and Chris Botti — and three songs by Stephen Sondheim: Finishing The Hat and, in a medley, Children Will Listen and Not While I'm Around. The last song, as fans of Sondheim and Groban know, is from Sweeney Todd — a title that inspired the 34-year-old singer to name his 9-and-a-half-year-old Wheaten terrier Sweeney.
"He's a grumpy old man now," Groban jokes of the dog — though not nearly as grumpy as his bloodthirsty namesake. "He still loves to play, which is so great. ... We're always together."
Stages also features tunes from Carousel, Finian's Rainbow, Les Miserables, A Chorus Line and The Phantom of the Opera — begging the question, could a Broadway production be in Groban's future?
"It's an obvious thing to me," Groban admits, "and to the Broadway community, who's been so open-armed about it. It's been a timing issue." But he adds, "There's no escaping it now. It's about finding the right thing."
While waiting, Groban's fans can look forward to live shows this fall.
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Calista Flockhart Visits Husband Harrison Ford in HospitalIt's been an emotional time for family and friends of Harrison Ford, who was injured after crashing his vintage plane on a Los Angeles golf course on Thursday.
The Star Wars actor, 72, suffered a bad laceration to his face in the crash and was transported to a local hospital, where his loved ones, including wife Calista Flockhart and Ford's son Ben and daughter Georgia rushed to his side.
Flockhart, 50 – who was at the hospital with Ford till late on Thursday night – was photographed driving on Friday, looking tired and clutching a tissue. She later returned to her husband's bedside.
On Thursday, "Calista arrived at the ER shortly after Harrison," a source tells PEOPLE. "She looked concerned and stayed with Harrison until late last night. This morning, she drove [their son] Liam to school and then straight to the hospital. She is still at the hospital now."
The pair tied the knot in 2010 after more than eight years together.
"They are a super loving, normal, down-to-earth family," a source tells PEOPLE. "Flying is something they've shared. This whole thing must be terrifying."
Ben Ford, Tweeted an update from the hospital Thursday night, explaining that his dad was "battered, but ok!"
"He is every bit the man you would think he is. He is an incredibly strong man," he added, but admitted to a friend on Twitter that the incident had been "#veryscary."
Jane Krakowski's New (Yet Familiar) Frontier With Unbreakable Kimmy SchmidtFor Jane Krakowski, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt represents something brand new, yet very familiar. The 30 Rock and Ally McBeal star is returning to the comedy world of Tina Fey and Robert Carlock with the new series that hopped from NBC to Netflix. It's a new world, with a very familiar feel for the Emmy nominee and Tony-winning actress.
"I absolutely love their writing and they're great people. We had such amazing times working together on 30 Rock," Krakowski told E! News in a phone interview. "I felt very honored that they would want me to come be part of their new show. I said yes before knowing anything about the character."
It took seeing only about five minutes of footage from the pilot for Krakowski to sign on. And once she said and received more scripts, she was "just so excited for what they had written for me and nervous that they thought I could pull this off, that they gave me this part to do."
"I thought it was such a rich, funny character," she said. "I still, every day, hope to be able to pull off their humor with what they are hoping to get out of it."
The character is not just Jenna Maroney with a new name. Jacqueline Voorhees' history is a surprising one; viewers will see that in episode three. But Krakowski was almost never part of the series starring Ellie Kemper as Kimmy Schmidt, a survivor of an apocalypse cult.
When 30 Rock ended, Krakowski said it was similar to the feelings she had after Ally McBeal wrapped. "After you have finished shows like Ally McBeal and 30 Rock, you just hope to work with/continue to work with great writers/creators," she said. "And I was lucky to be asked back by great writers/creators with Tina and Robert."
However, before boarding Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Krakowski was attached to Dead Boss, a Fox pilot also starring Amy Sedaris and Rachel Dratch. She said the part was a departure and she was looking forward to growing comedically with the cast. She didn't get the chance to.
"The day it didn't get picked up, Tina wrote me within like a half an hour asking me to come over [to Kimmy Schmidt], so it was a yin and yang of a day…I couldn't be happier with where I've landed. The Netflix people have been so great to us. It's going to be a new experience in that I've never been a part of something the way they air things with streaming. There's a great joke in Kimmy. Xan, my stepdaughter, says ‘I Googled you,' to Kimmy and she goes, 'Really? I didn't feel it,'" Krakowski said with a laugh. "That's what I feel like about streaming on Netflix. Like, 'You're streaming!' 'Really? I didn't feel it. What is it going to feel like? [Laughs.] I'm not sure what that means,' but I'm happy to be with the cool kids."
Fans of 30 Rock and Krakowski's character, Jenna Maroney, should take note there is a stark difference between the two. For one, Fey advised Krakowski that Jenna was a terrible person.
"I have to say, I never approached playing Jenna as if she were a horrible person. [Laughs.] I mean, if you look back at her actions, she's not a good person, I understand the reality of that, but I think—I don't know, I just love Jenna. All of her horribleness and horridness is what was so fun about her, obviously," she said. "But I never approached her as if she was a horrible person, I think everyone has a reason for what they do, it's just how you approach it. But I did, from minute one on Kimmy, appreciate how much more vulnerable Jacqueline was. Vulnerable is not a word I would put to Jenna…Where I think with Jacqueline it's so innately built into her. As you see the episodes go, you see one of themes of the show—that I very much like—is we are all in our own bunker, so to speak. Jacqueline has created her own gilded cage that she completely changed her life to get into. For someone to work that hard to get into the world they thought they were in and still not be happy, is a complex and sad character to play at its ultimate core, even though it's told so humorously."
Carlock said the seven years on 30 Rock with Krakowski were a lot of fun and the character seemed tailor made for her.
"We couldn't wait to find a way to work with Jane again, and it was like well what can we do that's different? This is a woman who, unlike Jenna Maroney from 30 Rock who scraped and clawed her way into show business, this woman probably hasn't worked very hard in a long time except at maintaining herself," Fey told E! News in January.
"And also unlike Jenna Maroney, I think this is a woman who, at her core, is a good person, and Kimmy will help bring that out," Carlock said.
Still, because the show hails from Fey and Carlock there is certainly a 30 Rock vibe, especially with the dialogue and jokes. And maybe with guest stars. Fey has been open about having a spot for Tracy Morgan when he's ready, something Krakowski would of course welcome.
"Oh my God, it would be awesome to have him. I know Tina has also mentioned that it might implode the entire show because I'm already established as a different character to have other characters come in. I think they wanted to have Jack McBrayer do something in the background at one point, dressed as Kenneth the Page. Although a genius idea, it might implode the entire story," she said, laughing. "But to be reunited with Tracy again, in any way, shape or form, would bring me the greatest joy. I love that guy. I've never had more fun or someone make me laugh more than Tracy."
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt season one is now streaming on Netflix. A second season has already been ordered.
A.J. Jacobs Interviews His (Very Distant) Cousin Jane KrakowskiAuthor A.J. Jacobs is mapping out a giant family tree in hopes of finding out how we're all one big, happy family. Then, on June 6, he'll hold a giant family reunion. (See globalfamilyreunion.com for details.)
Each month until then, Jacobs will be interviewing one of his famous "cousins" for PEOPLE. This month: Trop50 spokesperson Jane Krakowsi, who stars in the upcoming Netflix sitcom Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
You are my aunt's seventh cousin's wife's husband's eighth cousin twice removed.
So we can still marry!
We'll see how this phone call goes. I don't want to rush things.
You have deep Polish roots. Tell me about those.
My great-grandparents came from Poland. Interestingly enough they were named Adam and Eve. But I do not believe they are the original.
And where did they settle when they came to America?
Both my mom and dad's families moved to the great city of Brooklyn. I love the story of how my parents met, because it seems very 1950s Brooklyn. They met on a brownstone stoop as my father was singing a little doo-wop.
Yes, I've got some good New York roots in me. That I try to get bleached out every month.
Your last name means [from Krakow], the Polish city.
Yes. I visited Krakow about 10 years ago, and when you're named Krakowski, you are very welcomed. I loved every minute of it. They had Ally McBeal on Polish TV. People offered to drive us out to our family's farm.
So your ancestors were farmers. Did you inherit a green thumb?
I have trouble keeping plants alive. Even plastic ones.
Do you speak Polish?
Very little. Whenever my grandparents didn't want us to understand, they would speak in Polish. So I learned things you would never repeat.
Taye Diggs: Why 'Let It Go' Has Become My Mantra in LifeIf there were any hard feelings following their split in 2013, Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel have let them go — all for the sake of their son Walker Nathaniel.
“We were friends to start out with, but especially when you have a kid in the mix, there’s no time for any negativity,” the Murder in the First actor, 44, tells PEOPLE.
“He’s our main objective, he’s what’s most important for us, so we’re still there as a family.”
Recently, being there for each other has meant that the father-son duo have supported Menzel’s incredible success with the phenomenon “Let It Go,” the hit song from Disney’s Frozen.
“Watching Walker watch her [sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl] and seeing the pride in his face is cool,” Diggs shares of the couple’s 5-year-old son. “He was at some playdate with a bunch of kids and the song came on. The kids said, ‘Oh, my mother is always singing this song,’ and he said, ‘No, my mother really sings this song!”
And although the unforgettable tune is a favorite among the kiddie crowd, Diggs — who finalized his divorce from Menzel in December — admits the track has played a big role in his life, too. “I use it more of a mantra these days,” he explains.
“Last year was a tough year for many reasons and I think all of us could use that lesson to release and keep moving on and not hold on to stuff.”
Bon Jovi backs restaurant in Sandy-ravaged N.J.Rocker and philanthropist Jon Bon Jovi is sponsoring a community restaurant in a Jersey Shore community still struggling mightily to recover from Superstorm Sandy.
Through his Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, he is providing financial backing to Spoon Full of Hope. The church project began serving meals in January in a firehouse in Union Beach, New Jersey, near his childhood home of Sayreville.
It lost its funding last summer.
Patrons can either pay a minimum donation or volunteer an hour of time to earn a dining certificate for the volunteer and four family members.
It’s similar to the JBJ Soul Kitchen, a community restaurant Bon Jovi founded in Red Bank, New Jersey, in 2011.
Bon Jovi says the project gives hope to people still rebuilding their lives.
Calista Flockhart Joins 'Supergirl' Pilot(Pic) Ally McBeal and Brothers & Sisters star Calista Flockhart is returning to network television with a co-starring role opposite Melissa Benoist in the CBS pilot Supergirl. She will play Kara’s boss Cat Grant in the project, reuniting with Brothers & Sisters executive producer Greg Berlanti.
Based on the characters from DC Comics, Supergirl, from Warner Bros. TV, studio-based Berlanti Prods. and writers/executive producers Berlanti and Ali Adler, centers on Kara Zor-El (Benoist). Since arriving on Earth, the Krypton-born Kara has been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin, Superman. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be. Kara works as as assistant to Grant, a self-made media magnate and founder of CatCo who started her career as a reporter and has built her company into a global powerhouse.
Flockhart, repped by Gersh, Industry Entertainment and Jackoway Tyerman, has largely stayed away from acting since the end of ABC’s Brothers & Sisters, passing on a number of pilots. The involvement in Supergirl of Berlanti, with whom Flockhart worked on Brothers & Sisters, played a part in her decision to return to series television. She will next be seen in the second installment of DirecTV’s anthology drama Full Circle.
Calista Flockhart and Harrison Ford Show Off PDA for the Lakers Kiss Cam(Pic) Oscars, shmoscars…
Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart couldn't be bothered with Hollywood's biggest event of the year and opted to have a (fairly) low-key date night with just the two of them.
Well, the two of them and an entire crowd of sports fans, but you get the drift.
The longtime couple attended the Los Angeles Lakers basketball game at Staples Center just a few miles away from where Tinsletown's finest was indulging in the Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
While Ford and Flockhart are notoriously private about their personal lives, they were put right on the spot when the kiss cam caught them on the big screen.
The two looked at each other, laughed, and shared a smooch for all to see midway through the game.
Now that's one romantic way to start the week if you ask us!
Idina Menzel And Taye Diggs -- We're So Rich, Divorce is EasyIdina Menzel and Taye Diggs have made it clear in their divorce settlement ... they're both so loaded they can live nicely on their own without bleeding the other dry.
The settlement makes it clear ... each has accrued earnings and earning capacity that makes spousal support irrelevant. You don't see that much in divorces.
Their parting of the ways seems completely amicable ... they agreed to share custody of their 5-year-old son, Walker.
Not amicable enough for you? They're also splitting all parenting costs right down the middle, so no child support either.
As previously reported, the couple has lived apart since 2013 but recently decided to pull the plug and end their 10 year marriage.
Kinda makes you want to get a divorce ... kinda.
Jami Gertz To Co-Star In ABC's NBA Comedy PilotIt’s a Neighbors reunion. The star of the alien comedy Jami Gertz has signed on for another ABC/ABC Studios single-camera comedy project: the untitled NBA buddy comedy pilot, from The Neighbors creator/executive producer Dan Fogelman and exec producer Aaron Kaplan. Gertz will co-star opposite Skylar Astin in the pilot, written/executive produced by Casey Johnson and David Windsor. The NBA project is a buddy comedy about Mo, an NBA rookie who doesn’t speak English, and Jason, a translator who doesn’t speak basketball. Gertz plays Jason’s good-natured and supportive mother.
Fogelman, Kaplan, Mandalay Sports Media’s Peter Guber & Mike Tollin executive produce the project, which is being done with the cooperation of the NBA and the Golden State Warriors, co-owned by Guber.
The Secret to Jon Bon Jovi's 25-Year MarriageHollywood marriages often crash and burn, but rocker Jon Bon Jovi's has been soaring for 25 years.
What's his secret? It's simple.
"I got it right the first time," Bon Jovi told PEOPLE at Common Thread: An Acoustic Collection Music Series, an event he is curating with designer Kenneth Cole in New York City.
Sounds so simple, right? Just pick the right person the first time, don't settle for someone else. But then, why do so many people get it wrong? Well, not everyone is as lucky as Bon Jovi, who married his high school sweetheart, Dorothea.
"She's the best, I just adore her," he said.
His marriage obviously isn't the only success in his life. Bon Jovi's band is still one of the biggest touring bands in the world, which was proven by the screaming fans outside the Kenneth Cole store in Soho and the audience singing along to his acoustic rendition of "Livin' on a Prayer" at the event.
Fans will be happy to know he has another album in the works.
"I was in the studio all day working on the new record. I walked here from the studio," the musician told PEOPLE. Where is he getting inspiration for his 18th album? From the news.
"I just read the paper, it gives you an opportunity to write something ... It's early but I'm about a dozen songs in. I feel good."
As for Thursday night's event, Bon Jovi and Kenneth Cole have known each other for a decade and decided to curate this series over dinner one night.
"Around Christmas time, as a matter of fact, we were out to dinner with our wives reminiscing about the year gone by and we were talking about the frustrations both in the design world and the music world ... And we were talking about what a joy that is when you see that next generation come through," Bon Jovi expressed. "So he said, 'For Fashion Week wouldn't it be neat if we did something like this?' And he was promoting the next generation's designers and I could throw a bone to some good songwriters, and I know plenty of them. So we said, this is a great concept. And I'm here, and it's Fashion Week and it gave us an excuse to go to dinner again ... it's giving back to the next generation, all at the same time."
He did just that Thursday, opening up the stage to up-and-coming artists Rodney Atkins, Rose Falcon and Cole Redding.
This isn't the only time the duo has teamed up to give back. Bon Jovi's Soul Foundation teamed up with Kenneth Cole's wife, Maria, and HELP USA to build a 50-unit apartment building in Newark, New Jersey, together.
"Across the country my foundation has built 450 houses and the kitchen is doing great," he said, referring to Soul Kitchen, his pay-what-you-can charity restaurant in New Jersey.
"It's so rewarding emotionally. I try to explain to people, take part in what we do because you'll leave there feeling so good about it."