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1-20 of 81 items from 2008   « Prev | Next » Hookup: 10 DVDs of David Zucker’s Comedy ‘An American Carol’

23 December 2008 11:56 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – In our latest edition of Hookup: Film, we have 10 DVDs up for grabs for David Zucker’s new comedy “An American Carol”. Zucker has brought us films including “Airplane!,” “The Naked Gun,” “Scary Movie 3,” “Scary Movie 4” and “BASEketball”.

An American Carol” stars Leslie Nielsen, Paris Hilton, Dennis Hopper, Jon Voight, James Woods, Robert Davi, Gary Coleman, Kelsey Grammer and Bill O’Reilly as himself. The DVD street date for “An American Carol” is Dec. 30, 2008.

To win your free “An American Carol” DVD courtesy of, all you need to do is be one of the first 10 people to submit a favorite holiday memory as part of this Hookup. That’s it! Directions to enter this Hookup and immediately win can be found beneath the graphic below.

The DVD for the David Zucker comedy “An American Carol” hits the streets on Dec. »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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SAG: Over 130 Stars Against Strike

15 December 2008 1:45 PM, PST | Digital Media Law | See recent Digital Media Law news »

Over 130 stars have weighed in on the SAG strike authorization, coming out firmly against. Citing the economy, the A-listers “strongly” urged SAG members not to authorize a strike, and instead “take the high road … unite with our brothers and sisters in the entertainment community and … three years down the line … make a great deal” when all the union contracts expire roughly simultaneously.

Finally, we’re hearing from the A-listers, and it may be enough to pull SAG back from the brink. Meanwhile SAG Board members in NY and Chicago came out against the authorization over the weekend.

In addition, SAG President Alan Rosenberg was forced to cancel the emergency in-person National Board meeting he had scheduled for this Friday, after SAG activists pointed out in the strongest terms that Rosenberg had no right under the SAG constitution or state law to require that the meeting be in person, rather than by videoconference. »

- (Jonathan Handel)

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Where Are They Now? Some Greenroom Chatter for December 1, 2008

1 December 2008 5:13 PM, PST | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Did you see any stars from old TV shows while you were out holiday shopping? If not, it could be because they're on the sets of series (like The Big Bang Theory, Supernatural, and Bones) or movies.

Catch up with favorites like Michael Trucco (Battlestar Galactica), Barry Bostwick (Spin City), John Rubinstein (Day Break), Richard Libertini (Soap), Tasha Smith (Boston Common), Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars), Jason Bateman (Valerie's Family), Kristin Davis (Sex and the City), Carlos Ponce (Lipstick Jungle), Jon Huertas (Sabrina the Teenage Witch), Nathan Fillion (Firefly), Tamala Jones (One on One), Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Dear John), Susan Sullivan (The Nine), Joel Gretsch (The 4400), Laura Allen (The 4400), Kyle Gallner (Veronica Mars), Esai Morales (Vanished), Brittany Robertson (Swingtown), Megan Mullally (Will & Grace), Kelsey Grammer (Frasier), Charles S. Dutton (Threshold), Bebe Neuwirth (Cheers), Debbie Allen (Fame), Marisa Coughlan (Boston Legal), Kathleen Quinlan (Family Law), Rob Bogue (Oz), Josh Cooke (Big Day »


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Allen Returns To Fame

1 December 2008 11:07 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Veteran entertainer Debbie Allen will dance her way back to the big screen after movie studio bosses tapped the star to take on a new role in Fame.

Allen made her screen debut as a dance instructor in the 1980 film, and went on to recreate the part of Lydia Grant in the TV version - one of her best-known roles.

The movie follows dancers, singers, actors and artists from auditions to graduation at the New York City High School of Performing Arts.

Allen will be playing a principal in the remake, co-starring Kelsey Grammer, Megan Mullally and Bebe Neuwirth.

The film is scheduled for release on 25 September. »

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Finally! 'Fame' Finds Some Teachers

1 December 2008 8:25 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Back in October, we heard about the large cast of unknowns that were assembling for the remake of Fame. Now we've got word of the instructors, and I'm happy to say -- Debbie Allen leads the pack!

Variety reports that Allen, Charles S. Dutton, Kelsey Grammer, Megan Mullally, and Bebe Neuwirth have signed on for "the roles of instructors and supervisors" in the upcoming remake. Don't worry -- Frasier won't be in tights, but sadly, Allen isn't either. Instead of teaching the kids to dance, Allen will be the school's principal (which makes sense), while Dutton plays an acting teacher, Grammer plays an orchestra maestro, Mullally plays a voice instructor, and Neuwirth plays a dance instructor.

Damn, these kids are lucky -- you can't much better than that for your intructors. But perhaps more importantly -- this means a reunion for Lilith and Frasier! Bebe played Dr. Lilith Sternin-Crane in Cheers, »

- Monika Bartyzel

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Kelsey Grammer Loves Fame

30 November 2008 10:06 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Fans of Cheers, rejoice – for after many years apart, Dr. Frasier Crane and his ex-wife, Lilith, are about to be reunited.Sadly, though, it’s got nothing to do with Cheers, or its spin-off, Frasier. Instead, Kelsey Grammer and Bebe Neuwirth, the actors who brought Frasier and Lilith to life, have signed on to co-star in the upcoming remake of Fame.Grammer, Neuwirth, Charles S. Dutton, Megan Mullally and Debbie Allen will all play teachers and administrators in the new version of Alan Parker’s 1980 musical, which followed the fortunes of a group of kids trying to get through and get ahead at the prestigious New York City High School of Performing Arts.Grammer will play an orchestra conductor. Neuwirth, who can dance up a storm in real life, will bring those twinkling toes to the role of a dance instructor. Dutton’s character is an acting instructor, while Mullally, »

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'Fame' chooses five

30 November 2008 6:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Megan Mullally, Kelsey Grammer, Charles S. Dutton, Bebe Neuwirth and Debbie Allen have been tenured.

The quintet has been chosen to fill out the administrative and teaching roles in MGM and Lakeshore Entertainment's remake of "Fame." Choreographer Kevin Tancharoen will direct the reinvention of the 1980 musical about a group of dancers, singers, actors and artists trying to survive four gruel¬ing years at the prestigious New York City High School of Performing Arts.

Allison Burnett and Aline Brosh McKenna wrote the updated screenplay.

Gary Lucchesi and Tom Rosenberg of Lakeshore are producing the $25 million project along with Mark Canton; vp production Becky Sloviter is overseeing the film, which has scheduled a Sept. 25 release date, for the studio.

"This picture is a celebration, a testament to people pursuing their dreams, so we set out to find talented actors who could both convincingly instruct onscreen and also inspire audiences," MGM Worldwide Motion »

- By Jay A. Fernandez

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Frasier Dances His Way Into Fame

30 November 2008 4:41 PM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Those kids at New York's High School of Performing Arts would never have gotten anywhere if it weren't for a talented group of instructors. According to Variety, five topnotch teachers were just added to the class roster of Fame, all of which are vets of the Broadway stage. Lakeshore and MGM have nabbed Debbie Allen, Charles S. Dutton, Kelsey Grammer, Megan Mullally and Bebe Neuwirth for teaching positions in the film. Dutton graduated from the Yale School of Drama and made his Broadway debut in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. He will take the part of an acting teacher. Grammer, who attended Juilliard and made his Broadway debut in Macbeth, will play an orchestra maestro. Mullally, who is well known for her quirky role as Karen on Will and Grace actually graduated from the School of American Ballet and will be playing a voice instructor. Neuwirth, most famous for her leading »

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Fame Cast Grows

30 November 2008 4:14 PM, PST | | See recent JoBlo news »

To say things have been slow round these parts lately would be a gross understatement. The other night I was considering posting a story about Jim Carrey sneezing but i figured a line had to be drawn somewhere. Hopefully with the holidays coming to a close, things will pick up this week and I won't have to post stories about Kelsey Grammer, Charles S. Dutton, Megan Mullaly, Debbie Allen and Bebe Neuwirth's casting as the teachers in the upcoming Fame remake. Unfortunately, times are tough, and posting this story I am. Deal with it. »

- Daniel Barna

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Grammer To Spend Christmas Fighting To Keep Sister's Killer Behind Bars

26 November 2008 5:59 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor Kelsey Grammer is facing a difficult holiday season - he'll be fighting to keep the man who killed his sister behind bars.

Freddie Glenn, who abducted Grammer's teenage sister Karen, slashed her throat and left her for dead in 1975, is up for parole in January, but the actor is desperate for the killer not to walk free.

The former Frasier star tells America's Globe, "I intend to fight his being released... She (sister) died in a horrible, horrible manner."

Grammer had to identify the 18-year-old waitress' body.

Karen bled to death after Glenn and two associates dumped her body by the side of a road in Colorado Springs, Colorado after molesting her. »

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Nicole and Hugh Bring Their Australia Peddling to NYC

25 November 2008 7:05 AM, PST | | See recent Popsugar news »

Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman brought Australia to NYC last night. Nicole smiled with her costar but reserved the intimate moments for her husband Keith Urban who was on his lady's arm the whole time — wearing similar height heels, too. Hugh Jackman happily signed copies of his Sexiest Man Alive cover and recently talked about the changes it's made to his personal life. He said, "Previously, my wife had said the sexiest thing about me was that I took the garbage out . . .Since [being named Sexiest Man], it's like, 'All right, baby. Show it to me. Let's go.' I seem to be asked to take out the garbage more." The family man seems willing to do what it takes to keep his wife happy. The epic movie comes out tomorrow, so we'll see how it fares at the box office over the long holiday weekend. To see more from the premiere including Naomi Watts, »

- Molly

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Heaton Returns To TV In Familiar Role

18 November 2008 11:08 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Patricia Heaton is set to return to a familiar role - the Everybody Loves Raymond star will play a stressed-out mum in a new U.S. TV sitcom.

The star has signed to appear in new comedy The Middle, which centres around the lives of an American Midwestern family in the eyes of a mother - Heaton.

And the role won't be too much of a stretch for the 50-year-old, after she played Ray Romano's long-suffering wife Debra in the hit show, which ran for nearly ten years before ending in 2005.

Heaton, a two-time Emmy award winner, beat out competition from chat show host Ricki Lake, who in 2006 was originally eyed by TV bosses for the new role.

The actress made an unsuccessful return to TV earlier this year, starring opposite Kelsey Grammer in Back To You. The show was cancelled in May.

The Middle will start shooting in February 2009. »

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What Does It Take To Be Influential in Hollywood?

7 November 2008 3:44 AM, PST | | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Forbes, which we like to think of as the Seventeen of financial magazines because of its incessant list-making, has another list: Hollywood's Influential Actors. To determine the top 10, Forbes relied on data gathered by E-Poll Market Research, a Los Angeles company that gathers information on 4500 celebrities. Apparently, 40% of those polled believe Denzel Washington is "influential," and that's good enough for the top of the list. The others, in declining order of influence, include Tom Hanks, George Clooney, Will Smith, Morgan Freeman, Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro, Harrison Ford, James Earl Jones, and "Julie" Roberts. Which just goes to show you, Hollywood stars don't have nearly as much influence as they're typically given credit for -- Roberts hasn't even been able to influence the creators of this list to get her first name right. Meanwhile, where are the outspoken Hollywood stars who genuinely make an effort to influence people -- Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon, »

- reelz reelz

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Discuss: Coolest Movie Presidents

4 November 2008 6:03 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

I gotta keep this short because you shouldn't be in front of a computer right now unless you've already voted. And I haven't yet. But since we pride ourselves on being oh-so-timely and up-to-date with what's going on in the world, I offer this obvious discussion topic and then say "Go Truman."

So who are your favorite movie presidents? If you're stuck, here's a little game:

Eddie Albert, Jeff Bridges, Lloyd Bridges, Josh Brolin, James Caan, Ronny Cox, James Cromwell, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Morgan Freeman, James Garner, Kelsey Grammer, Bruce Greenwood, Gene Hackman, Dan Hedaya, Hal Holbrook, William Hurt, Perry King, Kevin Kline, Tiny Lister, Bob Newhart, Jack Nicholson, James Earl Jones, Leslie Nielsen, Donald Pleasance, Bill Pullman, Dennis Quaid, David Rasche, John Ritter, Tim Robbins, Cliff Robertson, Martin Sheen, Billy Bob Thornton, Jack Warden, Robin Williams

Name the movie in which those actors played the U.S. President. »

- Scott Weinberg

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Video: Denzel Washington & Jonas Brothers at Star-Studded Gala

27 October 2008 4:00 AM, PDT | | See recent The Insider news »

"The Insider" was on the scene in L.A. Saturday as Denzel Washington and his wife Pauletta received the prestigious Brass Ring Award for their charity work at the Carousel of Hope Ball.   Other celebs to attend the gala -- benefiting the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes -- included the Jonas Brothers, Valerie Bertinelli, Nicole Richie, Nicky Hilton, Kelsey Grammer, Melanie Griffith, Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin. The Carousel of Hope has helped raise over $75 million dollars in funds for the juvenile diabetes epidemic. The funds are raised on behalf of the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, a specialized care center for children and young adults in Denver, Co.

[Read full story on The Insider] »

- TheInsider

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Stars Pay Thousands To Support Obama/McCain

22 October 2008 6:32 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood's biggest names have been paying big bucks to back their favourite presidential candidate, with Jennifer Aniston, George Clooney and the late Paul Newman digging deep for Barack Obama, while Clint Eastwood and Jerry Bruckheimer offering to fund John McCain's White House charge.

According to a new Los Angeles Times report, Aniston has handed over more than $28,000 (GBP17,500) to Obama's campaign with Clooney adding $33,000 (GBP20,600) and Newman $4,600 (GBP2,875).

Meanwhile, Republican moviemakers Bruckheimer and Eastwood are hoping their $9,600 (GBP6,000) and $2,300 (GBP1,437) respectively will help McCain's run for America's top office.

Donald Trump has been one of McCain's biggest financial supporters, handing over $32,000 (GBP20,000), and actors Kelsey Grammer and Gary Sinise have also stumped up for the Republican.

The election for the next U.S. President takes place on 4 November. »

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Republicans in biz feel stifled, bullied

19 October 2008 11:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

At a recent event for Republicans in Hollywood, an actress was asked whether she had ever worn her pro-Sarah Palin pin to an audition.

"You must be joking!" she said with a laugh, adding, "But I see Obama stuff all the time."

It's no secret that the entertainment industry is overwhelmingly liberal -- political donations this presidential cycle from the movie, TV and music industries recently were running about 86% Democrat versus 14% Republican. But being outnumbered is one thing, but being bullied by your liberal co-workers into keeping your opinions to yourself is quite another.

Is that what's going on? Yes, say many of the industry's conservatives. That's why secret organizations with such names as "SpeakEasy" and "The Sunday Night Club" spring up every so often. They're not conservative per se, they just let it be known that attendees of their gatherings may freely discuss politics without being chastised for not toeing the liberal line. »

- By Paul Bond

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Grammer rules out 'Frasier' movie

3 October 2008 10:35 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Kelsey Grammer has ruled out the possibility of a Frasier movie. The actor, whose new sitcom Back To You was cancelled earlier this year, says he does not want the show to follow in the footsteps of The X Files and Sex And The City. "I hope not - it's just bound to be a failure," he said. "I like them on television. I even like Sex And The City on television. I know it had great success. "But stylistically, the way it's shot, you could kind of buy that it could be a film. It wasn't such (more) »

- By Michael Thornton

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Opening This Week: Comedy in the Muslim world, infinite playlists and Jonathan Demme

29 September 2008 6:11 AM, PDT | | See recent IFC news »

By Neil Pedley

At the multiplex this week, we have some pre-Halloween gothic fancy, films about the two things guaranteed to start a fight in any elevator . religion and politics . and a little music from Nick and Norah and Jonathan Demme's infinite playlists.

"Allah Made Me Funny"

When Albert Brooks went looking for comedy in the Muslim world, he perhaps didn't consider that it was alive and well inside our shores. Filmmaker Andrea Kalin picked up her camera and hit the road with Muslim American stand-up comics Azhar Usman, Mo Amer and Preacher Moss, who started the tour in 2004 to combat the negative stereotypes associated with their faith by sharing their unique brand of humor. The film intersperses their routines with personal vignettes that show how the comedians employ laughter as a tool of information to entertain, to educate and to show that a good mother-in-law gag simply knows no boundaries. »

- Neil Pedley

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Grammer Rules Out Career In Politics

27 September 2008 7:20 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor Kelsey Grammer will never fulfill his dream of running for the White House - because he couldn't cope with the extra publicity.

The Frasier star already struggles to deal with the daily interest from the world's media following his heart attack in June.

And Grammer fears he would attract more attention if he became a politician.

He says, "I have (thought about running for office) but my devotion to my family, my wife and to their privacy has over-ruled that desire. My privacy isn't an issue but it.s become a very mean world. The internet has not made the world a better place, it.s made it a meaner place." »

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