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TV Actors Don Cheadle, Felicity Huffman on the Year’s Hardest Scenes

19 November 2015 9:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

To a non-pro, acting can seem easy, but actors know that performing can be a particularly scary enterprise, not necessarily in a spooky way. Acting involves risk-taking and a willingness to leap into the void. Great risk can yield great reward, however, and many an award-winning performance comes from an actor’s willingness to tackle terrifying scenes head-on.

Such a jump into the unknown is uniquely pronounced for TV actors, who are rarely privy to their characters’ full arcs until shortly before they have to play them. “We don’t always know what’s going to be written for us,” says Taryn Manning (Pennsatucky, “Orange Is the New Black”). “We just cross our fingers and hope as an actor the arc is going to continue.”

In Manning’s case this season, that meant a switch from playing a budding friendship between her inmate character and a new prison guard — to »

- Randee Dawn

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Celeb Sightings: John Krasinski and Emily Blunt's Five-Course Date!

4 November 2015 3:35 PM, PST | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

--Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, alongside Executive Director of the Family Reach Foundation Carla Tardif, helped prepare a five-course meal at Cooking Live at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park. --Jon Hamm celebrated the wrap of his new film Marjorie Prime with costars at The Rickey craft cocktail bar at Dream Midtown in NYC. --Jane Krakowski attended the launch party for fitness and lifestyle blog SusanSweats at Blushington in Le Parker Meridien in NYC. --Gary Clark Jr. played in front of a sold-out crowd at Terminal 5 in NYC. --Shay [...] »

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Second Annual Fundraising Telecast Red Nose Day to Return to NBC in May

3 November 2015 11:30 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC’s fundraising telecast Red Nose Day will return for the second year in a row, set for May 26 at 9:00 p.m., the network announced Tuesday.

Featuring comedy and musical performances and A-list guests, the now-annual two-hour event raises money to help get children out of poverty. Last year, the three-hour event raised over $23 million and funds were split among 12 charities.

Walgreens will return as the exclusive U.S. retailer of red noses, the accessory bought and worn by those who support the event’s cause. Last year, red noses were sold for $1 each at Walgreens with proceeds contributed to the Red Nose Day fund, which helped programs that address poverty stateside and internationally — this year, money will be split between domestic and global poverty issues again, and charities will be announced at a later date. M&M’S is also returning as a presenting media sponsor.

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'Pixels' Blu-ray Preview: Adam Sandler Vs Pac-Man | Exclusive

27 October 2015 10:37 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Stars Adam Sandler, Josh Gad, Denis Akayama and director Chris Columbus take fans behind-the-scenes of Pixels in our exclusive preview for the Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD arriving today from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. These cast members and the director show us how they managed to "pixelate" cars, with Chris Columbus revealing that this particular scene in New York City was one of the most "satisfying scenes" he's ever done in his storied career. We also hear from Josh Gad, who jokes about being Chris Hemsworth's "fat body double" on Rush, and Adam Sandler who reveals how much fun they're having on the set, with Pac-Man chasing him.

From Adam Sandler's Happy Madison Productions and Director Chris Columbus comes the visually spectacular action-adventure Pixels, debuting on Digital HD Oct. 6, and on Two-Disc Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray and DVD October 27 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. »

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Tina Fey Returns to SNL For a Hilarious and Important Reason

19 October 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Popsugar news »

You may remember Playboy magazine's recent decision to stop publishing nude photos after 62 years, but what you may not know is that Tina Fey is now suffering because of it. During a hilarious appearance on Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update" on Oct. 17, Tina joked about her dream to pose for the publication, saying, "It means that my dream of posing for Playboy will never come true. It's something I've dreamed of since I was a little girl. I dreamed of doing all the poses." She then proceeded to strike a few of those poses for the audience. Watch Tina's return to SNL above, then check out her epic 30 Rock reunion with Tracy Morgan, Alec Baldwin, Jane Krakowski, and Jack McBrayer. »

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30 Rock: Tracy Morgan Reunites with Castmates for Saturday Night Live Skit

18 October 2015 2:42 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Last night, Tracy Morgan returned to Saturday Night Live and reunited with the other castmembers of 30 Rock -- Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Jack McBrayer and Jane Krakowski. Aside from his Emmy appearance last month, it was Morgan's first performance on television since his limousine accident in June 2014.

In his opening monologue, Morgan thanks friends and viewers for their out pouring of love and support. He then recalled a 2012 episode of 30 Rock that revolved around his character being in a serious accident. That led into the sketch -- complete with digs at NBC and their cancelled series from that era, musical drama Smash and the Animal Practice sitcom.

After the sketch, Morgan was joined onstage by his friends and co-stars. Take a look:

What do you think? Did you enjoy the brief revival of 30 Rock? »


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Tracy Morgan's SNL Monologue Was a Big Ol' 30 Rock Reunion!

18 October 2015 1:40 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Tracy Morgan's return to the Saturday Night Live stage was emotional, sentimental, and most of all, hilarious. His monologue also contained an unexpected treat: a 30 Rock reunion! Morgan's old costars Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Jane Krakowski, and Jack McBrayer showed up to reprise their roles in a "clip from 2012." Not only was that ridiculous and funny (those damn Smash ads!), but it was also so sweet to see Morgan's friends out in full force to support him. Make sure you also watch the return of Brian Fellow's Safari Planet! »

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Watch: Tina Fey Returns to ‘SNL’s’ ‘Weekend Update’ to Talk Playboy

18 October 2015 11:28 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

When Tracy Morgan made his triumphant return to “Saturday Night Live” this week in his post-accident hosting gig, his former “30 Rock” co-star Tina Fey also decided to get behind the show’s anchor desk once again.

Fey served as co-anchor from 2000-2006 (first with Jimmy Fallon, then with Amy Poehler) on “SNL’s” “Weekend Update” segment, and returned to her old stomping grounds this week. She joined now co-anchors Colin Jost and Micheal Che to talk one of the week’s biggest stories: Playboy’s announcement that it will no longer run nude photos.

“It means that my dream of posing for Playboy will never come true,” she said. “It’s something I’ve dreamed of since I was a little girl. I dreamed of doing all the poses.”

Don’t worry, though — Fey got the opportunity to perform some of those poses she had dreamed of for the audience. »

- Alex Stedman

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Saturday Night Live, Ep. 41.03, “Tracy Morgan/Demi Lovato”

18 October 2015 11:07 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Saturday Night Live, Season 41, Episode 3, “Tracy Morgan/Demi Lovato

Airs Saturdays at 11:30 pm Et on NBC (East coast version watched for review)

Host: All Tracy Morgan had to do was stand up on stage and crack a few jokes. Nobody had any right to expect Morgan to reach the kind of lunatic heights he did in his prime. But to watch Morgan come on SNL tonight, trot out all of his old staples from the show, and absolutely slay is one of the warmest, most uplifting moments to air in the history of TV. It’s an incredibly hard thing to articulate, because to just talk about how funny Tracy is tonight is bad writing, as is just listing adjectives for how inspiring his recovery is. But that’s the draw of it: Tonight is Tracy Morgan’s comeback and he’s still funnier than everyone else. Morgan’s »

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Watch: Tracy Morgan’s ‘SNL’ Monologue Turns Into a ’30 Rock’ Reunion

18 October 2015 10:38 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Tracy Morgan made his return to “Saturday Night Live” this week after his devastating car accident, and he brought along a few high-profile friends to back him up.

Morgan’s opening monologue for the show he hosted turned into a “30 Rock” reunion, bringing his former co-stars Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Jane Krakowski and Jack McBrayer back for a spoof of the NBC sitcom, which ended in 2013. The parody episode “predicted” Morgan’s car accident, which left him with severe injuries and killed his friend and fellow comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair.

“I just want to say one last thing, Tracy, from the heart and this part is no joke,” Fey said, stopping the bit for a serious note. “We’re so happy that you’re okay and we’re happier that you’re ready to make people laugh again.”

After the sketch, the “30 Rock” alums joined Morgan on stage to »

- Alex Stedman

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’30 Rock’ Cast Mates, Larry David Roll With Tracy Morgan – ‘Saturday Night Live’

18 October 2015 5:54 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

An exuberant Tracy Morgan hosted Saturday Night Live last night with an emotional assist not only from 30 Rock castmates Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Jane Krakowski and Jack McBrayer, but from Larry David in the cold open, the SNL team and an appreciative, supportive studio audience as well. It was his first appearance since the Emmy Awards last month, and his first sustained outing since a June 2014 highway collision that killed fellow comedian James McNair and resulted in… »

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Tracy Morgan Hosts SNL: Watch Video of the Best and Worst Sketches

18 October 2015 12:30 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Only a stone-cold* person could’ve hoped for Tracy Morgan to achieve anything less than a triumphant return to Saturday Night Live this week. After all, the SNL vet has been laying low ever since a horrific car accident in June 2014 resulted in a traumatic brain injury and other dire complications. (*Yes, that’s an overt reference to a jam by much-better-than-anticipated musical guest Demi Lovato.)

The good news is Morgan doesn’t appear to have lost any of his self-deprecating goofballery, and better still, several special guests — Curb Your Enthusiam‘s Larry David (as Bernie Sanders!), as well as »

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Tracy Morgan Returns to Saturday Night Live With a 30 Rock Reunion

17 October 2015 11:34 PM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Back on form! Over a year after Tracy Morgan survived a fatal car crash which left him with horrific injuries, the much-loved comedian was back on Saturday Night Live -- and his return was an epic one.  Morgan, who suffered broken ribs, a broken nose, and a broken leg when a Walmart truck hit his limo bus back in June 2014, was back on the SNL stage on Saturday, Oct. 17, and his former 30 Rock co-stars Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Jane Krakowski and Jack McBrayer were [...] »

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Saturday Night Live Recap: Tracy Morgan Hosts

17 October 2015 10:56 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

For episode three, our host is former cast member and 30 Rock superstar Tracy Morgan. Morgan was in a serious car accident, which left him in critical condition, just sixteen months ago. In good news for comedy fans everywhere, Tracy has since made a full recovery, and in the last year he got married, made a wonderful speech at the Emmys, and is now hosting SNL. Yay! I’m very excited to see where this episode goes.    Democratic Debate: The top five candidates for the Democratic ticket take part in a debate hosted by Anderson Cooper. This one was a bit long perhaps, but it was a strong opening to the episode and maybe the funniest political sketch yet this season. When Alec Baldwin came out to play Jim Webb I assumed we’d reached peak cameo for the sketch, but then they upped the ante in a beautiful and perfect »

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Larry David Plays Bernie Sanders on ‘SNL’ (Video)

17 October 2015 10:10 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Larry David surprised the “Saturday Night Live” audience during the show’s cold open when he spoofed presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in a mock Democratic debate opposite Hillary Clinton (Kate McKinnon).

“Coming next November I will be… Hillary Clinton’s Vice President!” he exclaimed.

In addition to McKinnon, the “Curb Your Enthusiasm” star was joined by special guest Alec Baldwin in the sketch.

Hosted by Tracy Morgan, the Oct. 17 episode also featured a mini “30 Rock” reunion with Morgan’s co-stars Tina Fey, Baldwin and Jane Krakowski.

Watch the video below:


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Tracy Morgan Welcomed Back to ‘Saturday Night Live’ By Special Guests (Spoilers)

17 October 2015 9:26 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Tracy Morgan has made a triumphant return to “Saturday Night Live,” which had a few special guests on hand to celebrate his first comedic TV appearance since he was severely injured in a car crash 16 months ago.

Spoiler Alert: Stop reading if you have not seen the Oct. 17 edition of “Saturday Night Live.”

Morgan’s opening segment featured surprise appearances by his former “30 Rock” castmates Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Jane Krakowski and Jack McBrayer. The actors delivered a sketch that was meant to be from a 2012 episode of “30 Rock” that eerily predicted Morgan’s real-life car crash. The bit was complete with teaser promos for the now defunct NBC series “Smash” and “Animal Practice” popping into the frame.

Of course @RealTracyMorgan brought his @nbc30rock crew with him! #WelcomeBackTracy #SNL

Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) October 18, 2015

Morgan, who was an “SNL” cast member from 1996 to 2003, opened the »

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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, October 9; What Will You See?

9 October 2015 7:45 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, October 9. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise. Wide Pan Director: Joe Wright Cast: Rooney Mara, Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried, Garrett Hedlund, Nonso Anozie, Kathy Burke, Levi Miller, Cara Delevingne, Paul Kaye, Emerald Fennell Synopsis: "The story of an orphan who is spirited away to the magical Neverland. There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny -- to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan." Limited Big Stone Gap Director: Adriana Trigiani Cast: Patrick Wilson, Jane Krakowski, Ashley Judd, Whoopi Goldberg, Jenna Elfman, Dagmara Dominczyk, Jasmine Guy, Chris Sarandon, Anthony Lapaglia, John Benjamin Hickey, Judith Ivey, James Hampton, Mary Pat Gleason, Bridget Gabbe, Joe Inscoe, Angelina Fiordellisi, Mary Testa Synopsis: "Ave Maria Mulligan has lived her whole life in tiny Big Stone Gap, a picturesque »

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The Muppets: thoughts on the boycott protest

29 September 2015 9:17 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Brendon responds to claims that ABC's The Muppets "gets everything wrong" about the Henson Oz creations, and the boycott call...

Without seeing last week’s premiere episode of The Muppets, the group One Million Moms had called for a boycott. “The mature version of The Muppets will cover a range of topics from sex to drugs,” they said, noting that “Miss Piggy came out as a pro-choice feminist during an MSNBC interview. The puppet characters loved by kids in the 1970s and 1980s and beyond are now weighing in on interspecies relationships and promiscuity.”

Well... I’ve only seen two more episodes than the big fat zero seen by the group, so I don’t really know how much accidental truth there will eventually be in their gong-banging guesses, but it’s a matter of record that Piggy is definitely pro-choice and the show does have some points to make about interspecies relationships, »

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Inside the Hottest Emmy After-Parties: Governors Ball, HBO, Fox and More

21 September 2015 1:18 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Despite the sweltering heat Sunday, post-Emmy Awards is when things really started heating up. Here’s where the stars of television continued their epic celebrating.

Governors Ball, L.A. Convention Center:

Though lead comedy Emmy winner Jeffrey Tambor was the belle of the 67th Emmy Awards Governors Ball, the 71-year-old actor had his own star sighting at the after-party. “Oh my God, that’s Andrea Bocelli!” he exclaimed, running to get a better view of the famous tenor’s performance.

Located directly across from the Microsoft Theater, the Ball — this year themed “Reigning with Radiance” and boasting 30-feet tall chandeliers and decor embedded with 45,000 Swarovski crystals — is the first stop for partygoers. In addition to the performance by Bocelli, who was joined by David Foster on piano, the evening featured a three-course meal by Patina Catering and a station where Emmy winners could get their names engraved on their statues. »

- Variety Staff

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Game of Thrones sets a record at the Emmy Awards, full list of winners here

21 September 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It was a big night for HBO’s epic fantasy series Game of Thrones last night at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards, with the show enjoying a record-breaking haul of 12 awards, including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Supporting Actor, Drama (Peter Dinklage).

In total, HBO pulled in 43 Emmys, winning Outstanding Comedy Series (Veep) and Outstanding Miniseries (Olive Kitteridge), while Viola Davis became the first African American woman to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress, Drama (How to Get Away with Murder) and Mad Men’s Jon Hamm finally received the award for Outstanding Lead Actor, Drama at the eighth time of asking.

Check out a full list of the winners here…

See Also: List of winners from the 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards

Outstanding Drama Series

Game of Thrones” (Winner)

“Better Call Saul”

Downton Abbey


House of Cards

Mad Men

Orange is the New Black

Outstanding Comedy Series

Veep »

- Gary Collinson

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