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AfterElton Briefs: The "Teen Wolf" Twins, Five-Hour Gay, and Chris Colfer Is a Maverick

28 November 2012 2:15 PM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Birthday shoutouts go to Ryan Kwanten (above), who is 36, Ed Harris is 62, and Sharon Needles is 31Nathaniel Frank on that Associated Press "Homophobia" ban.Chris Colfer talks to TV Line about what to expect with Klaine. In ratings news, last night's terrific The New Normal was up 13%.Former 'Smash' boss speaks out on departure. “One of the points of contention last year was that the network thinks they have the right to say to the writer of the show, ‘We don’t want her to do this. We want her to do this’…And I would sometimes say back to them, ‘She would never do that.’ And they’d look at me like I was crazy, and I’d be like, ‘Nope, it’s not crazy, it’s just who the character is.’ You have to respect who the character is.”Last Words With Chad Michaels, RuPaul's All Star.Ben Affleck »

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Which Pop Culture "Sandy" Should Be The Face of Hurricane Sandy?

29 October 2012 1:25 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Just about everything is canceled in New York today thanks to the 75-85 m.p.h. prowess of Hurricane Sandy, and we're already seeing the effects of the storm system's devastation on Twitter: @SalmanRushdie tweeted "Who'd have thought the End of the World would be called Sandy? If this was a movie, would it be played by Olivia Newton-John?" Said musicians Alex and Nat Wolff (@natandalex): "Guys, why is the squirrel from sponge bob having a hurricane tomorrow? Sincerely, someone who still watches spongebob ***Alex***"

This proves only one thing: We need to pick the right pop culture Sandy to officially represent this hurricane once and for all. Here are the best five candidates for the job, ranked fifth to first. And they are:

5. Sandra "Sandy" Bullock

The Oscar-winning Blind Side thespian just sneaked past Little Orphan Annie's dog to land the fifth spot on this list, but I »

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"RuPaul's All Star Drag Race" Prediction Rankings: From Worst to First

17 October 2012 11:07 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

If you're not already flustered at the thought of who'll win RuPaul's All Star Drag Race, we have nothing in common. The brigade of competing queens is varied and tough, and there are plenty of competitors who deserved to place higher in their respective seasons. But that's just the problem: Some amazing runner-up or third-place finisher is bound to come in ninth here. Hunty, I'm quakin'.

Since there are only six episodes of this extravaganza, it's hard to assume that the queens will be eliminated in the traditional, one-at-a-time fashion. But in case they are, here are predictions for the chosen 12's final rankings.

12. Shannel

This is purely a strategic guess: It's my opinion that one of the better-performing queens from an early season has to lose first. Face it, it'd be kind of anticlimactic and lame if Mimi or Tammie lost first. A second chance is a second chance, »

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Veteran Hollywood Publicist Dale Olson Remembered at Memorial Service

20 September 2012 8:19 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The memorial on Sept. 20 at the Hollywood Museum for Dale Olson, who died Aug. 9 at 78, was – like Olson himself – a relic from a kinder, gentler Hollywood. It had aspects that don’t happen often. For example, how often does a 98 year-old sing (and do it well) at a remembrance? The afternoon affair began with remarks from John Bowab to the crowd of roughly 300, including Valerie Harper, Garry Marshall, George Schlatter and JoAnne Worley, that filled the museum’s fourth floor. “Wouldn’t Dale love this? It’s a sold-out house,” said Bowab. “And if

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Shiver Wins Acting Award in Burbank; Now Heading to the UK's Raindance and Spain's Sitges Film Fests

15 September 2012 12:14 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

We've been talking about Julian (The Last Horror Movie, Summer Scars) Richards' latest terror tale, Shiver, for a while now, but good things come to those who wait as it recently won a Best Actress award at one film fest and is now headed off to two others.

From the Press Release:

Producer Robert Weinbach is excited to announce that genre fan favorite Danielle Harris won the “Best Actress Award” for his recently completed psychological horror Shiver at the 2012 Burbank International Film Festival.

Directed by multi-award winner Julian Richards, Shiver has also been selected for a UK premiere at the prestigious 2012 Raindance International Film Festival, where it will screen on October 3rd at the Apollo Theatre in London.

In its write-up about Shiver, Raindance states that: “The tension and gore factor are ramped up from the word 'go'. The murders are brutal, relentless and unflinching. Rood, the killer, is as »

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AfterElton Briefs: "James Franco's Cruising," Dan Savage Vs. That One Guy, and Tom Daley Is In "Heat"

22 August 2012 2:43 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Birthday shoutouts go to Rodrigo Santoro (above) , who is 37, Ty Burrell is 45, Diana Nyad is 63, Cindy Williams is 65, Valerie Harper is 73, and Tori Amos is 49. Just a heads up that I have personal business tomorrow, so Ed will be showing you his Briefs. TV Line has a preview of Sunday's Season Finale of True Blood. A caged Pam is a dangerous Pam.

Below you can see out Bob Mould's brand new video for "The Descent."

BBC America has confirmed that the new season of Doctor Who will premiere on Saturday, September 1st, and has also released synopsis for three of the first five episodes. James Franco has "teamed with gay art-porn director Travis Mathews to direct James Franco's Cruising, inspired by William Friedkin's controversial 1980 gay murder mystery Cruising." Warning - bare butt at link.Why You Should Embrace This Summer's Worst Film . Below you can see the »

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Seven Classic TV Horror Movies

13 August 2012 5:01 PM, PDT | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

By Erin Lashley, MoreHorror.com

When Michael Calls - 1972

Helen begins receiving phone calls from a troubled child who claims to be her nephew Michael. The problem is that Michael died fifteen years ago.

Phone calls from beyond the grave are bad enough, and these sound mighty eerie, if you are affected by sounds in horror films the way that I am. But what really has the potential to be chilling is the idea that, if it’s not a ghost calling, then someone has to be absolutely batshit crazy to perpetrate a hoax like this. Not only that, but they’ve managed to coerce a living child into making the phone calls.

Michael Douglas is here in an early role, and if you’re a fan of Falling Down then you know that he does disturbed characters very well.

When Michael Calls stars Ben Gazzara, Elizabeth Ashley, and Michael Douglas, »

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Drop Dead Diva Review: Work and Love

18 June 2012 12:23 AM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

The latest installment of Drop Dead Diva was the conclusion to famed guest star Kim Kardashian's storyline. In "Freak Show," Stacy and Nikki met with Grayson to establish their business, much to the chagrin of Jane.

We all know that Jane is very shrewd and Nikki came off as very shady, so it was no surprise when Grayson found some unsettling background info on Nikki. And, no, it has nothing to do with a 72-day marriage!

Nikki was a fraud and screwed over Stacy, but in the end Stacy ended up with a better business partner: Jane! I am not a Kardashian hater at all, but I found her and Stacy's whole arc to be kind of boring. I feel like Drop Dead Diva is such a fun, unique, smart show and it didn't need to name drop a Kardashian when the storyline ended up being overhyped and obvious. »

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What to Watch Sunday: Finales for The Killing, Girls and Four Others, Racy Cupcakes and More

16 June 2012 8:00 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

On TV this Sunday: Father’s Day = Finales Day, as many series draw to their seasonal close. What’s better than a tie or some golf clubs? How about The Killing catching a killer and Nurse Jackie celebrating a special birthday, not to mention Girls’ boy trouble and a Borgias betrothal?

Here are 10 shows, in addition to Falling Skies‘ return (linked below), to keep on your radar.

8 pm Cupcake Wars (Food Network) | Bakers compete for the privilege of cupcake-catering a VIP party for this year’s Los Angeles Marathon – because only people who’ve run 26.2 miles can afford to indulge in a 500-calorie sugarbomb. »

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AfterElton's 2012 Summer TV Guide

24 May 2012 7:08 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Summer used to be a time when your TV choices were pretty limited. But then then the cable networks wised up and realized it was a perfect season to launch new programming, since their broadcast competition had little to offer besides reruns. As a result, the summer TV schedule now has enough to keep you thoroughly entertained - a relief on those days when the heat forces you inside and prostrate on the couch.

Whether your idea of great summer TV is light drama, ridiculous reality, supernatural angst or smartass comedy there seems to be something for everyone. Here are the new shows that have our curiosity piqued and the returning shows we're excited to see back.

May 24

So You Think You Can Dance (Fox, Wednesdays)

Fox’s summer favorite returns with a new more compact format for the ninth season. There will be no results show, which will force Cat, »

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Mark Zuckerberg Rings Nasdaq Opening Bell; Letterman & O'Brien Talk Jay Leno; Betty White Gets Roasted

18 May 2012 7:33 AM, PDT | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

ReelzChannel Celebrity Rundown

Today is finally the day that Facebook goes public — one of the biggest IPOs ever. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg rung the Nasdaq opening bell from the social network's California headquarters. Some water cooler points about the company going public:

— Zuckerberg is expected to pocket $20B personally;

— Because he owns 2.3 percent of Facebook, Bono will surpass Paul McCartney to becoming to world's richest rock star;

— This Ipo creates a thousand new millionaires;

— With a valuation of $104B, Facebook is worth more than Disney, Kraft, and Amazon;

— Apparently money heals all wounds because Eduardo Saverin congratulated Zuckerberg over Facebook about the company going public. He should, the Ipo is expected to make Saverin $3B.

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In his first appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman in 13 years, Conan O'Brien talked about Jay Leno — an arch nemesis for both hosts (it was Leno who took the Tonight Show away from »

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'Dance Moms' Abby Lee Miller to appear on 'Drop Dead Diva'

9 May 2012 11:32 AM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

The famously tyrannical Abby Lee Miller is set to make her acting debut in a role that's not too much of a stretch for the "Dance Moms" star. She's playing herself on Lifetime's "Drop Dead Diva" in a not-yet-filmed episode set to air this summer, reports the New York Post.

In the episode, Miller is called as an expert witness to testify in a court case involving Bobbi Dobkins (Sharon Lawrence), who's being sued for negligence by the parent of one of her dance students. After seeing video of Bobbi's instruction techniques, Abby testifies that Bobbi's teaching may have led to the girl's injury.  

Season 4 of "Drop Dead Diva" premieres June 3, and Abby's episode will most likely air in August. Other guest stars for the season include Serena Williams, John Ratzenberger, Valerie Harper, Brandy Norwood and Patty Duke.

Will you watch Abby's acting debut?  »

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Fall in love with Matthew Perry as he rips writers claiming women "suddenly became funny"

7 May 2012 5:30 PM, PDT | Nerve | See recent Nerve news »

Since Bridesmaids' crazy success, a lot of those inane "women aren't funny" articles have thankfully disappeared off the face of the internet. But unfortunately, they seem to have disappeared with the implication that women only got hilarious last year when Melissa McCarthy wore a golf hat. Matthew Perry, noted sarcastic dreamboat, was on hand at the Comedy Awards to tell people just how stupid that idea is. Perry's takedown aired on Sunday night during Comedy Central's second annual awards show. Here's the entire speech: "This year we saw many hilarious performances by women, as well as many idiotic articles from men about how women suddenly became funny. Yes, imagine how great The Mary Tyler Moore Show would've been had Mary, Betty White, Cloris Leachman, and Valerie Harper actually been funny. If only Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Gilda Radner, or Julia Louis-Dreyfus [...] »

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Drop Dead Diva: Season Four Debuts June 3rd

25 April 2012 7:10 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Lifetime has announced that season four of their legal dramedy Drop Dead Diva will kick off on Sunday, June 3rd. The cable channel ordered 13 new episodes last September.

The regular cast will once again be joined by numerous guest stars like Kim Kardashian, Serena Williams, John Ratzenberger, Patty Duke, Megyn Price, Emily Rutherford, Jake T. Austin, Brandy Norwood, and Valerie Harper.

It's expected that season four will finish airing on August 26th.

Here's the press release from Lifetime:

Season Four Of Lifetime's Critically Acclaimed Hit Series "Drop Dead Diva" To Debut Sunday, June 3, With Guest Star Kim Kardashian

Breakout Star Brooke Elliott And Ensemble Cast Return For 13 New Episodes Along With New Series Regulars Carter MacIntyre and Lex Medlin

Additional Guest Stars This Season Include Serena Williams, Brandy »

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Drop Dead Diva Season 4 to Premiere June 3rd

25 April 2012 11:43 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Drop Dead Diva Season 4 to Premiere June 3rd

Lifetime has announced a premiere date for season four of Drop Dead Diva. Beginning on Sunday, June 3rd at 9:00, the 13 episode season thrusts us back into the world of Jane Bingum and company, as each and every character is facing some type of professional or personal dilemma. The Fred/Stacy/Grayson situation gets even more complicated, thanks to the events of the third season finale, while Kim can't seem to keep control of the firm while Jane's away in Italy.

But since this is Drop Dead Diva, you have to wonder about who the guest stars are going to be. The show has never been shy about bringing recognizable faces into its world and the upcoming season looks to be no different. The likes of Megyn Price (Rules of Engagement), Kelly Rutherford (Gossip Girl), Patty Duke (Valley of the Dolls), John Ratzenberger »

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Check Out Pictures From The Fields Premiere!

19 April 2012 1:02 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Psychological thriller “The Fields” had its world premiere April 17 at Laemmle Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills, and Academy Award winner and Hollywood legend Cloris Leachman joined her cast members on the red carpet. Attendees included “The Fields” co-star Joshua Ormond, writer/producer B. Harrison Smith, producer Faust Checho and stars such as Valerie Harper, Adria Tennor, Leilani Sarelle, Michael Papajohn, Barbara Alyn Woods and more. “The Fields” will run from April 20-26 at 1Pm at the Laemmle NoHo 7, 5240 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood. The film will be released on DVD and Blu-ray April 24. The official synopsis of “The Fields” is: The Fields, also starring Tara Reid,  [ Read More ] »

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'Mary Tyler Moore' joins Hallmark Channel: She's gonna make it after all ... again

31 March 2012 4:01 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Mary Tyler Moore couldn't be prouder to have two iconic characters who never are away from television very long.

They're now back-to-back each weeknight on the nostalgic channel Me-tv, where her Mary Richards on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" is followed by her Laura Petrie on "The Dick Van Dyke Show." Each of the classic sitcoms also has another outlet: "Dick Van Dyke" marked its 50th anniversary by rejoining TV Land last fall; and "Mary Tyler Moore" becomes part of the Hallmark Channel lineup with a marathon of first-season episodes Sunday (April 1).

Seven-time Emmy winner Moore tells Zap2it she believes her 1970-77 CBS show's enduring popularity owes to something "The Dick Van Dyke Show" also maintained, "the tradition of good writing and character relationships. We took it another step forward with our show, and that was something to be very proud of.

"For what you see and feel and laugh at now, »

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SAG-aftra Merger Ballots Due March 30

27 March 2012 10:49 PM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Members of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists must submit their completed ballots to be received no later than 10 a.m. Pst on March 30, in order to cast their votes for or against the proposed SAG-aftra merger.SAG and AFTRA sent the ballots and information packets to their members in late February. At least 60 percent approval is required to ratify the deal.Opponents of the merger, including actors Martin Sheen, Ed Harris, Ed Asner, and Valerie Harper, are plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed last month in Los Angeles federal court to prevent SAG from calling an official vote. They claim that the SAG board neglected its duty to conduct an impact study on the potential effects of the proposed merger on members' health and pension benefits, and therefore demanded that ballots not be counted until the union conducts an actuarial study. Defendants in. »

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Exclusive: Drop Dead Diva Rounds Up Patty Duke, Emily Rutherford and More for Guest Spots

21 March 2012 4:30 PM, PDT | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

Jane Bingham will find herself in hot water in the new season of Drop Dead Diva with a slew of new clients from her past.

TVGuide.com has learned exclusively that Megyn Price, Patty Duke and Emily Rutherford will all guest-star as clients while Valerie Harper will reprise her role as Judge Leslie Singer.

Exclusive: Cheers' John Ratzenberger joins Drop Dead Diva

Price (Rules of Engagement) will appear in the season premiere as Emily Horn, an intelligent but manipulative socialite who was a former law school classmate of...

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Video: Valerie Harper and Michael J. Fox Differ in SAG-aftra Debate

13 March 2012 7:55 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

In a video message posted on Friday, actress Valerie Harper addressed an important issue within the proposed merger between the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. “I know you want your acting income to be combined for pension and health benefits,” Harper said to actors. “That’s what I want, not having our earnings split between two unions.”While this may sound like a show of support, Harper is one of a vocal minority of anti-merger SAG members who have expressed their demands for a more complete picture of how the plan will affect their health benefits, pensions, and overall bargaining power before voting in favor. At least 60 percent approval is required to ratify the deal. Ballots and information packets were sent to SAG and AFTRA members in late February and are due by March 30.Harper and other high-profile actors—including Martin Sheen, Ed Asner, »

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