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Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd Leave The View, Shia Labeouf Gets Arrested, Two Friends Are Engaged

Jenny McCarthy And Sherri Shepherd are leaving The View, but neither seem too distraught over their decisions. At least thats what it looks like in the instagram photos they’ve been uploading. Smiles and laughs and Donnie Wahlberg. A perfect instagram photo always includes Donnie Wahlberg. #nkotbforever

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Wilkommen! Shia Labeouf was arrested yesterday because he disrupted a performance of Cabaret. He was smoking and being very disruptive during the first act and was escorted out in handcuffs (and tears) at intermission. Kicked out of Cabaret? Im Cabaret, au Cabaret, to Cabareeeettttt!

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Courtney Cox has taken the big leap. After only six months of dating, she is engaged to Snow Patrol singer Johnny McDaid. Both Cox and McDaid have collaborated on the new film she directed and now they will collaborate on wedded bliss. Cheesy? Yes. Yes we are.

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But what about Jennifer Aniston?
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Jay Leno Producer Reveals A-List Guests' Most Outrageous Demands

Jay Leno Producer Reveals A-List Guests' Most Outrageous Demands
This story first appeared in the July 4 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Jessica Simpson demanded $18,000 for a hairdo (but didn't get it), and Eddie Murphy insisted his dressing room have three different flavors of Snapple -- along with four kinds of candy and two kinds of towels. That's what producer Dick Berg says in his upcoming memoir, Behind the Curtain, about his years with Jay Leno on The Tonight Show. Highlights: List Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films Revealed Michael Moore Threatened not to go on just before the show taped unless the producers agreed to air his homemade video. "He

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Meet The Red State Democrat Who's Not Afraid Of Obamacare

Rachel Weiner has a smart write-up at WaPo about an ad from Heidi Heitkamp, who's running for North Dakota's Senate seat, one the Dems had been close to giving up on for this election. But not only is Heitkamp even in the polls with Gop incumbent Rick Berg, but she's not shying away from the most controversial possible platform for a Democrat: Obamacare.

With the Supreme Court set to rule on the consitutionality of Obamacare, né the Affordable Care Act, the issue could become as important to this election as it was to 2010's Democratic bloodbath, which saw even Democratic lawmakers distancing themselves as much as possible from the Aca. Things have not calmed down: Ron Gould, an Arizona congressional candidate, just had the Aca executed.

In similar style to 2010, Gop Super PACs have been running attack ads against Heitkamp, trying to scare seniors by warning that Heitkamp and Obama
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How Berg Detoured From Woodrow Wilson Bio to `77 Sunset Strip' Redo

Yesterday, I wrote about how Warner Bros will turn the `60s series 77 Sunset Strip into a period feature film, with Greg Berlanti directing and Stephen Chin writing the script. The question on my mind: how to explain the involvement of A. Scott Berg as producer along with Berlanti and Kevin McCormick? After all, isn't the Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of Maxwell Perkins, Samuel Goldwyn, Charles Lindbergh and Katharine Hepburn hip-deep in a mammoth bio of Woodrow Wilson? Berg, the son of filmmaker Dick Berg and brother of Icm chief Jeff Berg, told me that he actually got the [...]
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New York, New York. As the song goes, if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. But with the economy in the doldrums, daytime dramas being canceled, and Broadway shows closing despite good reviews, is it still possible to make a living as a performer in Gotham? We asked a host of casting directors and other professionals for their take on New York's acting markets, plus their advice for getting your foot in the door—whether that door leads to the stage, film and TV, comedy, cabaret, or elsewhere. The answers indicate that an acting career in the city is still challenging but that opportunities exist. The most popular myth about Broadway is the one perpetuated by the musical "42nd Street," in which a chorus girl goes on in place of the leading lady and becomes a star overnight. While few aspiring actors would confess to being
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Hollywood Writer/Producer Berg Dies After Fall

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The patriarch of Hollywood's Berg family, Dick Berg, has died after a fall at his home in Los Angeles. He was 87.

A TV and movie writer and producer, Berg died on Tuesday.

Born in New York in 1922, he arrived in Hollywood in the early 1940s and became a dialogue coach for movie cowboy Roy Rogers.

But writing was his first love and many of his early scripts were turned into dramas for the Kraft Television Theatre and Robert Montgomery Presents series in the U.S.

By the late 1950s, Berg was an in-demand writer in Tinseltown and enjoyed careers at leading studios MGM, 20th Century Fox and Universal, where he created detective drama Johnny Staccato starring John Cassavetes.

He moved into TV production in the 1960s at Universal and was the man behind shows like Checkmate and Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre, which offered aspiring writers the chance to get their original teleplays aired.

By the end of the 1960s, Berg was producing films like House of Cards and Counterpoint and TV movies and mini-series such as Wallenberg,The Martian Chronicles and Elmore Leonard's Pronto.

A former president of the Hollywood Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Berg was presented with the American Film Institute's Charles Fries Producer of the Year Award in 2000.

Berg also succeeded as a father - his sons are A. Scott Berg, who is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author; Jeff, who is chairman of International Creative Management (Icm) talent agency; Tony, a record producer and executive; and Rick, a manager and producer.

TV veteran Dick Berg dies at 87

Dick Berg, a prominent television writer and producer whose career ranged from live TV to movies of the week and longform programming, died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles after a brief illness. He was 87.

His producing credits range from "Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theater" to the detective series "Checkmate" to the miniseries "Space" and "The Martian Chronicles."

With his wife of 63 years, Barbara, he also headed something of a modern-day Hollywood dynasty. Their sons are Icm chairman and CEO Jeff Berg, author A. Scott Berg, music producer and executive Tony Berg and producer and manager Rick Berg.

"More than anybody I can think of in television, my father proved to be extremely successful on a commercial level without every compromising quality," Scott Berg said. "It wasn't just that he had a great eye for talent -- especially writers -- but he really knew how to get the best out of everybody.
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