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Martha Plimpton on "Raising Hope" After an impressive Broadway run that earned her three consecutive Tony nominations from 2007–2009, Martha Plimpton has used the Fox sitcom “Raising Hope” to cement her status as a late-blooming powerhouse. Sure, she was a lovable pistol in ’80s movies like “The Goonies” and “Parenthood,” but now she’s matured into an actor who matches raw charisma with spectacular technique. On a recent episode of “Raising Hope,” for instance, her character Virginia Chance, a blue-collar rent-a-maid who lives with roughly 32 generations of her extended family, discovered she was getting health benefits for the first time. In the course of one speech, she went from self-assured dismissal of the health care system to terrified wonder that she might be dying and not know it. She clarified every emotional beat, which made her dawning horror even funnier. Even better, after the doctor gave Virginia a pair of glasses, »
The actor/musician — who last month appeared on the CBS procedural as a computer hacker who evaded McGarrett & Co. – is “coming back in the finale,” executive producer Peter Lenkov tells TV Fanatic.
Related | Cable Renewal Scorecard: What’s Cancelled? What’s Returning? What’s on the Bubble?
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• Bio Channel is being rebranded as Fyi, a contemporary lifestyle network reflecting how people live their lives today. Fyi — which »
- Megan Masters
Patrick J. Adams will be doing his adorable blinking routine on Orphan Black, according to Deadline. At least, I hope his guest role will include that thing he does on Suits where he blinks and looks just adorable. Even better, Adams previously tweeted that he was a fan of the show. I hope he enjoys his chance to get to play someone drawn into the Orphans’ orbit.
Which clone do you want to see him encounter? I can’t decide.
Today seems to be the day for amazing guest-role casting announcements. TVLine reports »
- Lyle Masaki
Here is last week’s caption pic winner. This week’s caption pic is at the bottom of the page.
Thanks to everyone for participating! The winner is …
“If only everything in life was as cute as a Wolkswagen.”
Thanks to xflip for this week’s winning caption!
Cynthia Nixon To Serve In Bill De Blasio’s Cabinet?
Remembering the Worst Mass Killing of Lgbt People in U.S. History. Sorry to bring the weekend down, but this is a must read.
Alec Baldwin asks his hairdresser if he thinks he’s a homophobe. This is just embarrassing.
Anderson weighs in.
Wow, Alec Baldwin shows his true colors yet again. »
Tommy Chong of “Cheech and Chong” will guest star in an episode of “Raising Hope” as the proud owner of a medical marijuana card — of course. Hopefully, he won’t get typecast as a stoner from the role. Chong will play Hubert, a love interest to Cloris Leachman’s character, Maw Maw, in an upcoming episode of the Fox comedy. And it sounds like Maw Maw is going to puff puff a little herself. Also read: Brooke Shields to Join ‘The Michael J. Fox Show’ For 3 Episodes In the episode, Virginia (Martha Plimpton) disapproves of Maw Maw’s new boyfriend (Chong) and his affinity for. »
- Tony Maglio
There's always money in guest starring on great TV shows. Arrested Development's Jeffrey Tambor will appear on Raising Hope as Virginia's (Martha Plimpton) father Arnold, and we have the exclusive first look at his role on the Fox comedy. No need to thank us, we don't do this for the praise. (Just kidding, we absolutely do). Tambor pops up in the season premiere and will undoubtedly shake things up for the Chance family. "Jeffrey Tambor is of course, everyone knows, so good at playing the oblivious narcissist," Plimpton previews. "He's so dry and he's so underneath. And I love it. It's perfect for this show." Since he's so perfect for the show, might »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 14 Nov 2013 - 06:19
The overlooked greats of the year 1998 come under the spotlight in our list of its 25 underappreciated movies...
Dominated as it was by the financial success of two giant killer asteroid movies, gross-out comedy hit There's Something About Mary and Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, 1998 proved to be an extraordinary year for cinema.
Okay, so history doesn't look back too fondly on Roland Emmerich's mishandled Godzilla remake, and Lethal Weapon 4 was hardly the best buddy-cop flick ever made, despite its handsome profit. But search outside the top-10 grossing films of that year, and you'll find all kinds of spectacular modern classics: Peter Weir's wonderful The Truman Show, John Frankenheimer's rock-solid thriller Ronin, and Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line.
Then there was The Big Lebowski, the Coen brothers' sublime comedy that has since become a deserved and oft-quoted cult favourite. »
Now that FX has ordered a fourth season of American Horror Story, EW reports that Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett are likely to return. Ryan Murphy says he has invited both performers to return and both are eager to return. Click on the link to find out about the bonkers gift basket Bates sent to the Ahs writers.
Yes. Just yes.
In an interview with NPR, creator Shonda Rhimes says she doesn’t expect Scandal to have a long run like Grey’s Anatomy since she has an end in mind for Scandal. “I feel like there is a finite amount of Scandal to be told … I can see where the end point is. And I don’t think I’m going to change that.”
- Lyle Masaki
Thursday marks the 20th anniversary of River Phoenix's untimely death on Oct. 31, 1993. The actor was just 23 when he died outside the Viper Room in West Hollywood due to a drug overdose, but made his mark on the world after starring in beloved films Stand By Me (1986), Running on Empty (1988) and My Own Private Idaho (1991). His final film, Dark Blood, was completed in 2012. In Phoenix's honor, we're taking a look back at a few of our favorite clips of the gone-but-never-forgotten star. Watch the clips below and share your favorite memories in the comments below. Classic: Check out this Stand By Me tribute. »
- Erin Clements
Julianne Hough has already apologized for wearing blackface to a Halloween party Friday, but the firestorm is far from over.
Although Aduba has kept silent on the controversy thus far, her co-star...
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- Kate Stanhope
The actress who voiced Edna Krabappel on ‘The Simpsons’ unfortunately passed away on Oct. 25 after losing a battle to pneumonia. Once the sad news broke, celebs and fans alike rushed to Twitter to mourn and send their prayers to the fallen star.
Marcia Wallace, who gave life to The Simpsons character Edna Krabappel, died at the age of 70 on Oct. 25, but it’s clear that she’s left a lasting mark on the world. After the star passed, stars like Andy Cohen and Rj MItte (Breaking Bad) took to Twitter to remember the actress, and fans joined in, tweeting their thoughts and prayers.
- Andrew Gruttadaro
Eliza Coupe may have found her next series following Happy Endings (admittedly, I was hoping she might return to Community). She is set to star in Benched, a USA comedy pilot about a woman who goes from working in corporate law to being a public defender.
The Doctor Who 50th anniversary special will be shown in theaters in 3D, including screens in the USA. Unfortunately, it looks like the specifics haven’t been settled, so we’ll all have to wait to find out if its going to be shown on the big screen in our city.
I wouldn’t mind switching out one of those companions, tho…
Vulture lists its 25 Most Amazing Amazing Race teams. I don’t have many complaints, except that it’s too bad they forgot the epic moment of Tara haranguing the insufferable Will in the final race to the finish line.
Bravo is »
- Lyle Masaki
It’s a family reunion — with a murderous twist — on Raising Hope.
In the installment, Virginia and Burt head to a dude ranch run by Carradine’s Colt Palamino, a no-nonsense, no-outside-world-technology, real deal cowboy. The actor will also sing during the half-hour.
- Vlada Gelman
From seeing giant rabbits to secret cowboy love affairs, Jake Gyllenhaal has dabbled in a little bit of everything, and now he's out to solve a kidnapping case.
In Denis Villeneuve's thriller "Prisoners," Gyllenhaal plays Detective Loki (finally an official investigator, unlike his Graysmith in "Zodiac"), a troubled and tatted man of few words. When the daughter of Hugh Jackman's Keller Dover goes missing, Loki, who has a track record of solving every case, embarks on a seemingly dead-end hunt.
While Gyllenhaal's roles never cease to be intriguing, the actor himself is a rather interesting guy, with endless relations to famous celebs and even a good heart (see his bar mitzvah fact below). From his weird experience with public urination to his first driving instructor (you'll never guess who), check out these facts about the young actor that you probably didn't know -- unless you're a true Gyllenhaalic, »
- Erin Whitney
Dr. L, New Girl‘s Schmidt, the Raising Hope twins and Karl “Damn it, Jim! I’m a a doctor, not a drummer!” Urban are among the almost three dozen Fox stars who recently convened to literally beat a drum for the launch of Fox’s fall season — and TVLine has your first look at the all-star jam session.
Who all can be spied hitting the skins? See if you can spot the following as the video plays on:
- Matt Webb Mitovich
Aziz Ansari is teaming with Netflix on his latest stand-up special.
Ansari’s first special made its debut on Comedy Central in 2010; the second bowed online via a $5 download in 2012.
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- Megan Masters
The strength of anti-abortion feeling in the Us makes it important that celebrities join campaigners in taking a stand
It would have been so much easier to say nothing. The actor Mark Ruffalo clearly knew this when he put together his statement of support for a pro-choice campaign currently traversing the Us – but he went ahead anyway. On Saturday, outside the last abortion clinic in Mississippi (back in 1981 the state had 14 clinics), his speech was read aloud. It spoke of the abortion his mother had had to seek illegally as a young woman, a traumatising experience, "shameful and sleazy and demeaning," he wrote. "I don't want to turn back the hands of time to when women shuttled across state lines in the thick of night to resolve an unwanted pregnancy, in a cheap hotel room." He urged others to find their voice too, "and let it be known that you »
- Kira Cochrane
Three of this year’s nominees for Drama Guest Actress are past Emmy champs -- Jane Fonda (“The Newsroom”), Margo Martindale (“The Americans”), and Diana Rigg (“Game of Thrones”) -- while two in are rookie contenders: Linda Cardellini (“Mad Men”) and Carrie Preston (“The Good Wife”).. Fonda is the only Oscar winner competing in this category. She prevailed as Best Actress for “Klute” (1971) and “Coming Home” (1978). “The Good Wife” has won one acting award for each of its first three seasons (Archie Panjabi, 2010; Julianna Margulies, 2011; Martha Plimpton, 2012). Preston's husband Michael Emerson is a two-time Emmy winner ("The Practice," 2001; "Lost," 2009). Cusack is the only person to ever reap three consecutive nominations for one role in this category. Related: Emmy fun fact »
"Breaking Bad" and "Homeland" are expected to do well at the Emmy nominations according to the combined predictions of our experts, editors, and more than a thousand users who logged predictions at Gold Derby. Both shows will receive nominations for Best Drama Series as well as four acting bids apiece. "Homeland" was the surprise winner of the top category last year, but "Bad" is favored to win this time around. But "The Good Wife" is also poised to receive multiple nominations. Though the CBS legal drama is not ranked by our predictors among likely contenders for Best Drama, it is expected to sweep the acting categories with eight nominations, thanks mostly to its prestigious guest actors, including previous Emmy winners Michael J. Fox, Stockard Channing, and Martha Plimpton. Related: 'Modern Family,' '30 Rock' expected to lead Emmy nods for comedy "Downton Abbey" »
"Breaking Bad" and "Homeland" are expected to do well at the Emmy nominations according to the combined predictions of our experts, editors, and more than a thousand users who logged predictions at Gold Derby. Both shows will receive nominations for Best Drama Series as well as four acting bids apiece. "Homeland" was the surprise winner of the top category last year, but "Bad" is favored to win this time around. But "The Good Wife" is also poised to receive multiple nominations. Though the CBS legal drama is not ranked by our predictors among likely contenders for Best Drama, it is expected to sweep the acting categories with eight nominations, thanks mostly to its prestigious guest actors, including previous Emmy winners Michael J. Fox, Stockard Channing, and Martha Plimpton. "Downton Abbey" and "Mad Men" are both predicted to return to the Drama Series race, but both shows will »
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