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Elizabeth Banks on Discovering Female Role Models and Ending the 'Women Can't Be Funny' Stereotype

12 April 2016 | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Elizabeth Banks is on a mission to end the ridiculous stereotype that women can't be funny. The multi-hyphenate star stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday, and talked about her new website, WhoHaHa.com, which hopes to shine a light on undiscovered female comedic talent. "I just launched a content platform called WhoHaHa.com," Banks said, explaining the name is about the "who behind the ha-ha." The website itself, she continued, is, "a comedy site that promotes, highlights, spotlights and cultivates funny women." The Pitch Perfect 3 director explained to Ellen that she "wanted to put to rest the »

- Michael Miller, @write_miller

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Elizabeth Banks on Discovering Female Role Models and Ending the 'Women Can't Be Funny' Stereotype

12 April 2016 | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Elizabeth Banks is on a mission to end the ridiculous stereotype that women can't be funny. The multi-hyphenate star stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday, and talked about her new website, WhoHaHa.com, which hopes to shine a light on undiscovered female comedic talent. "I just launched a content platform called WhoHaHa.com," Banks said, explaining the name is about the "who behind the ha-ha." The website itself, she continued, is, "a comedy site that promotes, highlights, spotlights and cultivates funny women." The Pitch Perfect 3 director explained to Ellen that she "wanted to put to rest the »

- Michael Miller, @write_miller

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MTV Movie Awards: Melissa McCarthy Receives Comedic Genius Award

10 April 2016 1:36 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Melissa McCarthy became the first woman to receive MTV's Comedic Genius Award on Sunday.  After crowd-surfing to the stage, she accepted the honor from the MTV Movie Awards co-hosts Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, whom she referred to "Mr. Rock Johnson" and "The Rock's assistant." (Hart won the award in 2015.) McCarthy thanked the female comedians who inspired her, including Saturday Night Live's Jane Curtin, Lucille Ball, Phyllis Diller and Whoopi Goldberg. She also thanked her mother, who she said taught her to "not to fear being the butt of the joke" and to "lovingly

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- Jennifer Konerman

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‘The Walking Dead’ Alum Joins Minnie Driver in ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Speechless’ (Exclusive)

23 March 2016 3:31 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Walking Dead” alum Kyla Kenedy has been cast as a series regular in ABC’s comedy pilot “Speechless,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Kenedy joins star Minnie Driver in the potential series, about a family with a special-needs child that is good at dealing with the challenges it faces, but excellent at creating new ones.

The young actress will play Driver’s on-screen daughter, Dylan. The middle child, she is described as preternaturally focused and driven to succeed, but disconnected from her emotions. She is a champion runner with a competitive spirit, and she takes her non-verbal brother Jj’s physical challenges and the nuttiness of her mom (Driver) in stride.

Previously announced, young actor Mason Cook has been cast as the third child, Ray. Meanwhile, the special-needs character Jj is yet to be cast.

“Speechless” hails from “Friends” alum Scott Silveri, who created “Joey” and “Go On.” He will »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Unforgettable

16 February 2016 10:37 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Network: CBS, A&E

Episodes: 61 (hour)

Seasons: Four

TV show dates: September 20, 2011 -- January 22, 2016

Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Poppy Montgomery, Dylan Walsh, Jane Curtin, Dallas Roberts, Tawny Cypress, James Hiroyuki Liao, Kevin Rankin, Michael Gaston, Daya Vaidya, Alani Anthony, Kathy Najimy, and E.J. Bonilla.

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This crime drama revolves around Carrie Wells (Poppy Montgomery), a woman who has a (nearly) perfect memory. She can recall every place, day, and conversation that she's ever had. Unfortunately, she can't let go of the ones she'd rather forget, including the murder of her sister many years earlier. Unlike any other event in her life, Carrie can't recall some key details of that day when she and her sister were playing in the woods and it haunts her.

Years earlier, Carrie worked for the Syracuse Police Department »

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Flashback: Watch Gilda Radner Hilariously Spoof Patti Smith on 'SNL'

1 February 2016 9:48 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Last week, the producers of Robert Mapplethorpe biopic Mapplethorpe revealed that Girls actress Zosia Mamet will portray the late photographer's close friend Patti Smith in the film. She will not be the first actress to play the punk singer onscreen, though, as actress Mickey Sumner played Smith in the 2013 film Cbgb – and Saturday Night Live star Gilda Radner hilariously spoofed her in 1979, a few months before the Patti Smith Group put out Wave.

In the lengthy sketch, Radner played tank-top-wearing, bouffant-armpitted punk yelper "Candy Slice" who was performing at a »

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