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Have “The Walking Dead” fans become numb to all the atrocities? "'The Walking Dead' has always lived in uncharted television territory, and you can’t say that viewers weren’t warned that this season was determined to go even further beyond Thunderdome,” says Jeff Labrecque, adding: "But is it too far? And is 'The Walking Dead' getting a free pass because its explicit depictions of violence are framed within a zombiefied landscape?” “The Real World" Season 30 is going with a "Skeletons” format The Chicago-set "Real World: Skeletons" will feature "skeletons" from the housemates’ past, who move in to "drum up secrets and dark memories.” “Gossip Girl’s” Penn Badgley will romance Mary-Louise Parker on NBC’s “The Slap” He’ll play her much-younger boyfriend on the NBC miniseries about a slap gone wrong. Click Read Full Post For More Ryan Murphy was wrong to claim he's »
- Norman Weiss
“Mom” is getting a couple of high-profile visitors for its second season. The CBS comedy, which stars Allison Janney and Anna Faris as a mother and daughter battling alcoholism, has booked “Fargo” actor Colin Hanks and “Vacation” star Beverly D'Angelo for an episode during its upcoming second season, which premieres Oct. 30. See video:: Allison Janney Tackles ‘American Ninja Warrior’ Course on ‘Ellen’ D'Angelo has been booked to play the ex-wife of Christy's father Alvin (played by Kevin Pollak) who comes back into his life to disrupt his rekindled relationship with Bonnie (played by Janney). Hanks (pictured above), meanwhile, will appear as Andy, »
- Tim Kenneally
Two lovers—one old and one new—are entering the fray on Mom. EW has learned CBS has enlisted Beverly D’Angelo and Colin Hanks in a pair of guest star roles on an upcoming episode of sophomore comedy Mom, which stars Anna Faris as sober single parent Christy and Emmy winner Allison Janney as her razor-sharp mother Bonnie. D’Angelo will play Lorraine, the ex-wife of Christy’s father Alvin (Kevin Pollak), who comes back to town and into his life again just in time to complicate his still-sensitive relationship with his other ex Bonnie. Hanks, meanwhile, will play Andy, »
- Marc Snetiker
Sure, you could leave the house - venturing out into the miserable weather, your umbrella meagre protection against the elements...
Or you can stay in, flip on the telly and catch up with your favourite shows - with the Tube Talk Q&A your faithful and knowledgeable companion.
This week, we've got the latest on Revenge, Supernatural and more...
Is there any news about Supernatural? I'm now hearing rumours that season 9 might not even have a DVD release...
Yeah, it's looking pretty bleak on the Supernatural front - UK fans have been denied the Winchesters' latest exploits ever since Sky Living opted to drop the series earlier this year.
No new broadcaster has stepped into the breach either - and while some outlets still have a season 9 DVD release listed for October 20, it's our understanding that those listings are erroneous.
Your best option - such as it is - is »
There's a moment in The Rewrite when a nostalgic Keith Michaels (Hugh Grant) heads to YouTube to relive his Academy Awards winners' speech for screenwriting. It's an archive clip of Grant himself picking up a prize, he's floppy-haired, charming and reminds you of just how good he was back in the Notting Hill height-of-fame era.
There have, of course, been great roles for Grant since then. 2002's About a Boy represents a career high, while the criminally-underseen Cloud Atlas saw him in chameleon mode, switching effortlessly between six different characters.
The Rewrite is Grant's fourth starring role for Marc Lawrence (putting the filmmaker in Richard Curtis territory in terms of collaborations), but when their last outing was Did You Hear About the Morgans?, you can guess where this one is going. »
"I remember when I first met J.K. Simmons, I just sort of told him, 'Remember how you were in Oz? I want to make that guy look like the teacher in Mr. Holland’s Opus." —Whiplash director Damien Chazelle Terence Fletcher, the intimidating music teacher in Whiplash, isn't a sadistic member of the Aryan Brotherhood, like Oz's Vern Schillinger. But for Miles Teller's high-school drum prodigy, Fletcher is practically evil incarnate, a bully whose primary methods of motivation are tossing chairs and playing cruel psychological mind games. He wants his school's jazz ensemble to be the best in the country, »
- Jeff Labrecque
To celebrate, we caught up with the duo for a chat - and they spent a big chunk of time talking about panties. Really. To find out why (and it's a fair reason), watch our video below...
Also in the video, the pair talk about what it's like playing a grandmother and great-grandmother, Anna's surprising acceptance of everything Allison does, and their (sort of) enjoyment of their characters' relationship.
Mom: Season 1 is available on Blu-ray and DVD now. »
Game on! NBC's “Hollywood Game Night” has been renewed for a 10-episode third season with Emmy winner and "Glee" star Jane Lynch returning as host. NBC's President of Alternative and Late Night Programming Paul Telegdy made the announcement earlier this week. On “Hollywood Game Night," notable celebrities help contestants compete in silly games for the chance to win up to $25,000. Among the many starry guests of season 2 were Don Cheadle, Julie Bowen, Allison Janney, Martin Short, Rosie O’Donnell, Olivia Wilde, Christina Applegate, John Legend, Lauren Graham, Henry Winkler, Adam Scott, Jason Sudeikis, Martha Stewart, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Joe Manganiello, Rita Wilson, Cobie Smulders and Ray Romano. “I am so excited to get back to the gaming and to more crazy antics from America’s favorite celebrated persons!," Lynch said in a press release. “We’re thrilled to be making more ‘Hollywood Game Night,’” added Telegdy. “Jane is an amazing host and ringmaster. »
- Dave Lewis
In our fall TV preview, we broke down each day into what to watch live and what to DVR. Here’s your Fall Sunday night game plan: 8 p.m. Watch: Gotham (Fox): Bruce Wayne is here, but at only 11 years old, Gotham puts the focus on detective Jim Gordon, his partner Harvey Bullock, and the criminals who will one day become the most infamous faces in Gotham. Deemed the 'most promising show' of the fall season, Gotham looks to focus on the dark forces at work and the few trying to stop them before a certain caped crusader is »
- Jonathon Dornbush
Masters of Sex wrapped Season 2 Sunday night with two surprise comebacks (Barton! Ethan!), a shocking betrayal (Bill sabotaged the CBS story and unwittingly played a role in Virginia losing her kids!), and a big turning point with regard to Bill and Virginia’s work (they’re gonna start passing on their sex knowledge to couples like Lester and Barb!).
“Their work has now shifted from data collecting to actually helping people who are suffering,” explains series creator Michelle Ashford of the finale’s closing scene. “It’s the very beginning of what [becomes] intensely therapeutic work for them. This is what »
Birds of a Feather: Camargo’s Debut a Tepid Chekhovian Transplant
Contemporizing classic literature can be a tricky feat, though it more often than not seems unjustified. Actor Christian Camargo has reworked Anton Chekov’s classic play The Seagull for his directorial debut, Days and Nights, curiously setting the Russian tragedy in 1984 New England. With an extremely lucrative cast at hand, Camargo’s fiddling around with the text isn’t completely bereft of ingenious new ways to converse with Chekov’s classic, though more often than not, this is simply another tedious glimpse of familial dysfunction, relocated to the heart of a Wasp’s nest. While it isn’t necessary to be familiar with the material Camargo is in correspondence with, one’s awareness of it may impede rather than enhance this film, which often feels strained or confused upon comparison.
It’s Memorial Day Weekend in 1984, and famous »
- Nicholas Bell
Is Vinny the dog headed back soon to Family Guy? Not right away, but the actor who gave voice to him is. Tony Sirico—who played the Griffins’ replacement pooch for Brian in three episodes last season—is guest-starring in another episode this season, EW has learned exclusively. This time, the former star of The Sopranos will play a heightened version of himself in several live-action moments that are sprinkled into an installment of the animated Fox comedy that will air in late fall or early winter. “He is irritated about what’s being said a couple different times throughout one episode, »
- Dan Snierson
Read. Very. Carefully.
Related Monday Ratings: Big Bang Remains Quite Huge
Mom, which was to return this Monday in the 8:30 time slot, will instead opens its sophomore run on Thursday, Oct. 30, the same night that CBS restores its regular, aprés-Thursday Night Football line-up. There, the Anna Faris/Allison Janney sitcom will lead out of Big Bang Theory. (Two and a Half Men, the new sitcom The McCarthys and Elementary round out the night. »
This weekend, Denzel Washington will stop at nothing to save Chloë Grace Moretz in the bloody action thriller "The Equalizer," a young boy tries to save his underground friends from an evil exterminator in the stop-motion animation movie "The Boxtrolls," the fourth season of "Once Upon a Time" premieres Sunday night on ABC, and the Golden Globe-winning comedy "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" returns for its second season Sunday night on Fox.
Also in theaters this weekend: "The Two Faces of January" follows a con artist (Viggo Mortensen), his wife (Kirsten Dunst), and a stranger (Oscar Isaac) who flee Athens after getting caught up in the death of a private detective. "Pride" is a comedy-drama that follows U.K. gay activists working to help miners during their prolonged strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984. "Days and Nights" follows a family dealing with desire and the fragility of love over one weekend. »
- Jonny Black
Every Chekhov adaptation presents unhappiness in its own way, albeit typically at a country house where a tense family gathering exposes each character's underlying discontent. Loosely based on The Seagull, writer and director Christian Camargo's debut feature, Days and Nights, unfolds during Memorial Day 1984, when Reagan's America offered Cold War propaganda, a deadly immunodeficiency virus, and an atmosphere of stifled creativity. There's a touch of Grey Gardens to the New England lake house owned by Elizabeth (Allison Janney), an actress who brings her latest paramour home for the holiday weekend. Camargo casts himself as the outsider, Peter, a Hollywood director who becomes the focus of desire, resentment, and hostility. Peter immediately senses a ruin »
Christina Applegate is logging into Web Therapy. EW has learned exclusively that the Up All Night and Married… With Children alum is returning to TV with a multi-episode guest role on Lisa Kudrow’s Showtime comedy about a self-consumed therapist who counsels her patients via video.
Applegate will pop up later in the season as a Boston-based “fixer” named Jenny Bologna, who reaches out to Fiona (Kudrow) to offer damage-control services after the Nsa scandal. Jenny also divulges a disturbing secret that rocks Fiona’s world.
Season four, which premieres Oct. 22 at 11 p.m., also boasts guest spots by Gwyneth Paltrow, »
- Dan Snierson
Polly Bergen dead at 84: ‘First woman president of the U.S.A.,’ former mistress of Tony Soprano’s father Emmy Award-winning actress Polly Bergen — whose roles ranged from the first U.S.A. woman president in Kisses for My President to the former mistress of both Tony Soprano’s father and John F. Kennedy in the television hit series The Sopranos — died from "natural causes" on September 20, 2014, at her home in Southbury, Connecticut. The 84-year-old Bergen, a heavy smoker for five decades, had been suffering from emphysema and other ailments since the 1990s. "Most people think I was born in a rich Long Island family," she told The Washington Post in 1988, but Polly Bergen was actually born Nellie Paulina Burgin on July 14, 1930, to an impoverished family in Knoxville, Tennessee. Her father was an illiterate construction worker while her mother got only as far as the third grade. The family »
- Andre Soares
“7th Heaven” cast reunites Beverley Mitchell last night posted a pic of her Stephen Collins, Jessica Biel, David Watson, David Gallagher and Catherine Hicks, but where was Ruthie? “The Good Wife” gets a cameo out of Gloria Steinem Julianna Margulies says she was starstruck when she filmed a scene with the feminist icon, who’s playing herself. "I made a fool of myself and then had to email her and had to apologize,” Margulies said on “Live! with Kelly and Michael." “Mystery Science Theater 3000” is coming to Vimeo The online video service will stream 80 episodes of the cult comedy series, plus any new episodes made over the next year. Click Read Full Post For More Marvel’s “Agent Carter” adds James D’Arcy He’ll play Edwin Jarvis, the butler to Dominic Cooper’s Howard Stark. After binging on “Parks and Rec," Diane Keaton says “I've fallen in love »
- Norman Weiss
Can anyone top Allison Janney's performance? Last week, Ellen DeGeneres challenged Mom's Anna Faris and Janney to participate in American Ninja Warrior's parking lot competition. Janney came out on top, while Faris played by her own rules. On Monday, it was Usher's turn to test his skills by running, jumping, climbing, balancing and more. "I think I'm gonna do great," Usher said. "I hope I can land somewhere in between great and Ok." Unlike Janney and Faris, the singer refused to test or try out the obstacle course before doing it on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "I wanted to really experience it, to be challenged, you know?" Usher explained. Watch the video »
Does Ellen DeGeneres have what it takes to be "America Ninja Warrior!?"After putting Usher, Allison Janney and Anna Faris to the test, the talk show host will take to her own "American Ninja Warrior" course on Tuesday's episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show.""One show that I absolutely love is 'American Ninja Warrior,'" she told the audience. "I love it so much that I had them build the course right here in the parking lot -- and I finally tried it. I think I did pretty well."With the help of a stunt double, Ellen jumps, swings and throws herself through the obstacles like a champ. Check out the video above to see the big finish!Want more Ellen hilarity? Check out these can't-miss clips:"Apparently Kid" Noah Ritter Shares His New Favorite WordChanning Tatum Faces Fear of Porcelain Dolls on "Ellen"Ellen DeGeneres Recreates Nicki Minaj »
- tooFab Staff
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