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8 Strange Moments from James Franco’s New Book

11 September 2014 12:16 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

What do Elizabeth Taylor, Lindsay Lohan and James Franco have in common? They’re all prominently featured in James Franco’s new book, “Hollywood Dreaming.”

His sixth book won’t hit bookshelves until Sept. 23, but Variety took an early peek to pick out some of the most notable snippets in the collection of stories, photos and poems, which is broken up into three parts, along with an introduction.

There’s a section titled “Sprang Brake,” in which Franco seems to channel his “Spring Breakers” character Alien. There are no fewer than four different poems about Sean Penn. There’s some inside information on what went down before the Oscars that he hosted with Anne Hathaway. And there’s a lot of Lindsay Lohan.

The entire volume clocks in at 174 pages, so there’s plenty more than what’s featured here, including bits about Franco’s life and childhood.

Warning: Some Nsfw language and content below. »

- Alex Stedman

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Cher -- Beat Goes On During Surprise Visit To Old Home

3 September 2014 3:30 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Cher found a way to turn back time ... making a surprise visit to the home she once shared with Sonny Bono ... 49 years after she was last there.We're told Cher made an unannounced stop at her old digs off Laurel Canyon Drive in the Hollywood Hills -- where she and Sonny lived from 1964 to '65 ... just as they were hitting it big. Kind of a bummer for the homeowner, Daniel Dreifuss ... who wasn't home at the time. »

- TMZ Staff

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Fxx's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon: Day 11 - HitFix Picks

30 August 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

[As you probably already know, starting on Thursday, August 21, Fxx is running the Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, running through all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons," plus "The Simpsons Movie." To aid in your viewing process, Team HitFix is selecting our favorite episodes from each day, plus an episode or two that you can skip and use as a bathroom or nap break.] We're nearing the end! Day 11 of Fxx's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon takes us from "The Greatest Story Ever D'ohed" (mid-Season 21) through "Beware My Cheating Bart" (late-Season 23). Personally, I was shocked to see at least one or two episodes in this period that I haven't seen, as well as a lot of episodes I haven't seen multiple times, which was almost unheard-of for the first eight or nine days of the Marathon. But we still have preferences for you. Yup! We're gonna make it through this whole darned Marathon, for which we're unlikely to receive a prize. But we've got commitment.  [Oh and the episode guest-starring Katy Perry is "The Fight Before Christmas," airing at 7:30 a.m. It was neither good nor bad enough to get mentioned here, but it makes for a good picture.] Check out our recommendations for Day 10 and chime in with your own favorites... Katie Hasty Recommends: "The Bob Next Door" (3 a.m.) Episode #463 Why it's worth watching: The best Sideshow Bob is an evil Sideshow Bob. And the best kind of Nicolas Cage movie is "Face/Off." The premise of »

- Daniel Fienberg, Alan Sepinwall and Katie Hasty

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Stephen Lee, Character Actor in ‘Burlesque,’ ‘The Negotiator,’ Dies at 58

27 August 2014 2:39 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Stephen Lee, a talented character actor who spent more than three decades in the business, died of a heart attack on August 14. He was 58.

Some of his more notable credits include the films “Burlesque” (2010), with Cher and Christina Aguilera; “The Negotiator” (1998), with Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey; and, much earlier, 1983’s “WarGames” with Matthew Broderick.

Lee also did a great deal of TV work, with credits dating back to “Hart to Hart” in 1981 and “The Dukes of Hazzard” and “Who’s the Boss?” in 1984.

The actor’s more recent TV credits include “NCIS,” “Numbers,” “Bones” and “Ghost Whisperer,” and he worked last in 2010.

On the way he appeared on such TV shows as “thirtysomething,” soap “Santa Barbara,” “Family Ties,” “Night Court,” “Roseanne,” “Quantum Leap,” “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Grace Under Fire,” “Babylon 5,” “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “Seinfeld.”

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- Carmel Dagan

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Stephen Lee, Character Actor in ‘Burlesque,’ ‘The Negotiator,’ Dies at 58

27 August 2014 2:39 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Stephen Lee, a talented character actor who spent more than three decades in the business, died of a heart attack on August 14. He was 58.

Some of his more notable credits include the films “Burlesque” (2010), with Cher and Christina Aguilera; “The Negotiator” (1998), with Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey; and, much earlier, 1983’s “WarGames” with Matthew Broderick.

Lee also did a great deal of TV work, with credits dating back to “Hart to Hart” in 1981 and “The Dukes of Hazzard” and “Who’s the Boss?” in 1984.

The actor’s more recent TV credits include “NCIS,” “Numbers,” “Bones” and “Ghost Whisperer,” and he worked last in 2010.

On the way he appeared on such TV shows as “thirtysomething,” soap “Santa Barbara,” “Family Ties,” “Night Court,” “Roseanne,” “Quantum Leap,” “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Grace Under Fire,” “Babylon 5,” “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “Seinfeld.”

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- Carmel Dagan

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Ranking the 15 most ludicrous X Factor contestants of all time

27 August 2014 6:05 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The X Factor has helped launch the career of dozens of pop acts over the last decade. It has also given us Chico Time. You win some, you lose some.

Here is our definitive ranking of the 15 most ludicrous acts to ever grace Saturday nights on ITV.

15. Rylan

Rylan was already a regular on the reality TV circuit before The X Factor (he was a runner-up in the Sky Living monstrosity Signed By Katie Price), and he was a little bit more knowing and calculated than genuinely bonkers.

However, even if those floods of tears at Nicole Scherzinger's Judges' Houses were staged, they were staged brilliantly. The perfect I'm-mad-me contestant after a decade of near misses.

14. 2 Shoes

Charley Bird and Lucy Texeira were harmless and fairly innocuous as a pop duo. They spoke only in Essex slang ("Roll!") and insisted on calling each other "shoe", but the most ludicrous »

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Jake Squared Is Part Rom-Com, Part Apology for Self-Absorption

12 August 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

More enervating than it is ambitious, Jake Squared is partly a romantic comedy and mostly a pseudo-philosophical apology for self-absorption.

Creatively blocked indie-filmmaker Jake Klein (Elias Koteas) examines his failings as a lover by making a film within the film, starring a younger, hornier version of himself (Mike Vogel). While Vogel's Jake flirts with every woman he meets, Koteas's Jake directly addresses Jake Squared's viewers through a series of fourth wall — demolishing speeches and aphorisms, including pompous quotations from Federico Fellini, DailyOm.com, and Sonny and Cher.

The film's meta-narrative spins out of control after three more versions of Jake, two played by Koteas, inexplicably appear, and f »

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Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling and More Celebs Who Have Been Friends Since They Were Kids

3 August 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

If you're a Hollywood star, your childhood friends usually have a limited number of roles available to play. They can be a loyal sidekick, your crew's comical mascot, or maybe the personal assistant who will eventually take you down in a bloodless celebrity coup. But for a lucky few stars, the people they grew up with became celebrities themselves, with their own fans, their own love interests and their own trending topics. It must be a welcome surprise. After all, it's lonely at the top, but it's a little less lonely when your childhood friends are there, too. In honor »

- Nate Jones, @kn8

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Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling and More Celebs Who Have Been Friends Since They Were Kids

3 August 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

If you're a Hollywood star, your childhood friends usually have a limited number of roles available to play. They can be a loyal sidekick, your crew's comical mascot, or maybe the personal assistant who will eventually take you down in a bloodless celebrity coup. But for a lucky few stars, the people they grew up with became celebrities themselves, with their own fans, their own love interests and their own trending topics. It must be a welcome surprise. After all, it's lonely at the top, but it's a little less lonely when your childhood friends are there, too. In honor »

- Nate Jones, @kn8

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Miranda Lambert: You Can Never Have Too Many Dogs

24 July 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

For Miranda Lambert, home is where her dogs are. The singer is currently mother to six adorable pups - Waylon, Bellamy, Cher, Delta Dawn, Jessi and Black Betty - and counting. "I have a little plaque in my house that says: 'There is always room for one more dog,' " she tells People. Lambert, 30, has been rescuing strays since she was a little girl, but it was her first shelter dog, Delilah, who inspired her to found the MuttNation Foundation. "I started the foundation in 2009 along with my mom and two other board members, with the mission of raising funds to help dogs and shelters, »

- Tara Fowler

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Meet July's "Smackdown" Panelists

13 July 2014 9:04 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The Supporting Actress Smackdown of '73 arrives on July 31st, just over two weeks from now. You need to get your votes in too if you want to participate (instructions at the bottom of this post). If you've wandered in from elsewhere and are like, "What's a Smackdown?," here's how it started.

The Smackdown Panel for July

Without further ado let's meet our panel who will be discussing popular classics Paper Moon, The Exorcist, and American Graffiti as well as the more obscure title Summer Wishes Winter Dreams. All of the Supporting Actress nominees this Oscar vintage were first timers and so are our Smackdown panelists.

Special Guest

Dana Delany

Dana Delany is an actress working on stage, screen, television and now internet. She was last seen starring in "Body of Proof" on ABC. In August you can rate and review the pilot "Hand of God" in which she co-stars with Ron Perlman on Amazon. »

- NATHANIEL R

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7 Crazy ‘Planet of the Apes’ Moments You Won’t Believe

9 July 2014 11:25 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When a film franchise lasts for more than four decades, it’s bound to collect a few odd moments along the way, and the “Planet of the Apes” series is no exception. As the eighth film in the popular saga arrives in theaters July 11, here’s a look at some of the strangest riffs on simian cinema.

The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson

Animal acts were a staple of Johnny Carson’s 32 years on The Tonight Show, and none were more memorable than when singer Paul Williams took the stage in full orangutan makeup and crooned a bluesy ballad to promote his role as Virgil in “Battle for the Planet of the Apes.” The lit cigarette in his hairy hand helped add to the surrealism.

The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour

During the second season of this CBS variety show, Cher dressed in a loincloth and appeared with a group »

- Matthew Chernov

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5 Celeb Couples Who Married in Vegas

29 June 2014 10:29 AM, PDT | newser.com | See recent newser news »

What happens in Vegas ... often results in a divorce not too much later, at least in the case of these nine celebrity couples rounded up by Radar : Mia Farrow and Frank Sinatra: They wed in Sin City in 1966 when Farrow was 21 and Sinatra was 50. They divorced two years later. Cher and Gregg Allman: She filed for divorce just nine days after they married in 1975, but they ended up staying together another two years. Eddie Fisher and Elizabeth Taylor: He became her fourth husband in 1959, but they divorced five years later. Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford: »

- Evann Gastaldo

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Forget Donny & Marie. Maya Rudolph, NBC Bid To Revive TV’s Variety Show

17 May 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Maya Rudolph has proven time and again that she can sing and make people laugh out loud. Now the question is whether she can breathe new life into a TV staple once thought part of the cultural flotsam of the 1970s.

She will appear on NBC Monday in “The Maya Rudolph Show,” a 10 p.m. special the Peacock bills as a means of “revisiting the classic variety show format.” No less than “Saturday Night Live” impresario Lorne Michaels is the executive producer. Andy Samberg, Kristen Bell, and Fred Armisen are among the guests. Janelle Monae will sing. There’s even a bandleader – retro-soul artist Raphael Saadiq.

“What we found and what I feel emboldened us is there was no shortfall of people that wanted to put their hand up to what I’d describe as ‘play with Maya,’” said Paul Telegdy, president of alternative and latenight programming at NBC Entertainment. »

- Brian Steinberg

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Maya Rudolph on her variety special, slow 'SNL' goodbye, and Barack Obama impression you never saw

15 May 2014 6:01 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Song. Dance. Sketch. These are three things that Maya Rudolph is planning to bring back to prime time — along with a good time. The Maya Rudolph Show, a variety special that airs May 19 at 10 p.m. on NBC, will take the Saturday Night Live vet to familiar places with familiar faces: SNL alums Fred Armisen, Andy Samberg, and Chris Parnell, along with Sean Hayes, Kristen Bell, and Craig Robinson, are among the featured guests. (SNL overlord Lorne Michaels is serving as executive producer.) It’s a chance to reunite with some old pals but also bring back a piece of a different past. »

- Dan Snierson

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10 Completely Insane Musician Team-Ups (That Actually Happened)

10 May 2014 8:43 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

The hallowed halls of music history are festooned with classic duets, from Johnny Cash and June Carter to Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Jordan to, um, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. Okay, so not all harmonious pairings are created equal – or even necessarily with good harmonies – but some are even less equal. In fact, some of that make absolutely no logical sense.

Take, for example, this week’s news that Cher has swapped out Sonny Bono in favour of the Ghostface Killah, Method Man, RZA, Gza, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, and Grub. Yes, the singer/actress/Twitter expert is set to appear on not one but two songs on the band’s weird new one-off record Once Upon A Time In Shaolin (credited under the name Bonnie Jo Mason, no less). Cher Rules Everything Around Me, Anyone?

Believe it or not, that’s not the most insane musical team up we »

- Tom Baker

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Yahoo Announced as Official 2014 Billboard Music Awards Digital Distributor of Live Red carpet Pre Show!

6 May 2014 5:07 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Red Carpet Show Hosted by Lance Bass, Jordin Sparks, Ted Stryker and more. Live Performances include multi-platinum singer, song-writer Cher Lloyd. dick clark productions announces the “Samsung Red Carpet Live! @ The 2014 Billboard Music Awards” red carpet pre-show will stream Live online for fans worldwide on Yahoo, this year’s official digital distributor, beginning at 6pm Et/3Pm Pt. The two-hour digital stream can also be watched at Billboard Music Awards.com, Billboard.com and additional online destinations by embedding the Yahoo Screen media player. The red carpet live stream pre-show precedes the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, which will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 18, on ABC at 8pm Et/Pt. The “Samsung Galaxy Red Carpet Live! @ The 2014 BBMAs” will be hosted by Lance Bass, Jordin Sparks, Ted Stryker, with additional hosts soon to be announced. Yahoo will provide fans with exclusive red carpet access, »

- HollywoodNews.com

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Which Is Your Favourite Bob Hoskins Role?

1 May 2014 4:08 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

TriStar Pictures

Bob Hoskins was one of those wonderfully consistent actors that it was easy to take for granted; often chosen as much for his unique physicality as he was for his acting abilities (alas, critic Pauline Kael once described him as “a testicle with legs”), he was the kind of filmic presence that demanded you sat up and took notice whenever he appeared on screen. Hearing of his untimely death yesterday (he died aged 71 of pneumonia), it’s been made apparent that we’ve lost a true legend of British cinema. There really will be no replacing the likes of Bob Hoskins.

Many will know Hoskins for his turn in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, where the actor found himself as part of an insanely ambitious project that blended the styles of cartoon and live-action to great success. As Eddie Valiant, a down on his luck detective, Hoskins renders a »

- Sam Hill

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Bob Hoskins: 8 great movie roles - Hook, Roger Rabbit, Mermaids

30 April 2014 7:02 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Bob Hoskins, the legendary British actor whose career spanned more than 40 years, has died at the age of 71. Hoskins passed away today (April 30) after contracting pneumonia. He announced his retirement from acting in 2012 following a Parkinson's diagnosis.

Bob Hoskins dies, aged 71: Tributes pour in for Long Good Friday star

Hoskins leaves behind an eclectic selection of film roles, having worked with filmmakers ranging from Steven Spielberg to Stephen Frears. Here are eight of his more memorable big screen roles...

The Long Good Friday (1980)

Probably the greatest British gangster film ever made, Hoskins delivered an explosive turn as Harold Shand, a criminal looking to refashion himself as a legit businessman. John McKenzie's film has stood the test of time exceptionally well, having contemporary resonance in Shand's plans to rejuvenate the London Docklands to make way for the Olympic Games.

Mona Lisa (1986)

This Neil Jordan drama was the film that »

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British Actor Bob Hoskins Dies at the Age of 71

30 April 2014 5:46 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — British actor Bob Hoskins, who was best known for roles in “The Long Good Friday,” “Mona Lisa” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” has died of pneumonia at the age of 71.

His agent said he died on Tuesday in hospital, surrounded by family.

Hoskins’ breakthrough came in Dennis Potter’s TV series “Pennies From Heaven” in 1978, and his movie career took off with 1980 gangster pic “The Long Good Friday,” in which he starred alongside Helen Mirren.

He was Oscar nommed in 1987 in the best actor category for crime drama “Mona Lisa,” in which he starred opposite Michael Caine and Robbie Coltrane. The perf won him best actor awards at Cannes, the BAFTAs and the Golden Globes.

Other film credits included roles in Richard Benjamin’s “Mermaids,” alongside Cher, in 1990, as Smee in Steven Spielberg’s “Hook” in 1991, and “Super Mario Bros.” in 1993.

His most recent perf was in 2012′s “Snow White and the Huntsman, »

- Leo Barraclough

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