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One thing you’ve got to hand to the SAG TV voters, they’re loyal to a fault. When it comes to the categories for individual acting, once they find someone they like, they stick with them.
Each year a host of veterans, not to mention a steady stream of series newcomers, is forced into the cold by familiar, entrenched names in comedy and drama alike.
So amidst the universal mourning for the “Breaking Bad” and “30 Rock” finales, there must have been a certain amount of secret glee among thesps. After all, the spot Bryan Cranston occupied in male actor, drama, for five consecutive years is now open for business, as are Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey’s in the comedy division, where they competed, and usually triumphed, a total of 15 times.
Opening up Cranston’s slot is particularly tantalizing, since the drama field is crowded indeed. Steve Buscemi of »
- Bob Verini
On Tina Fey's wonderfully weird "30 Rock," there was a running joke about how the megalomaniacal star Tracy Jordan (played, somewhat confusingly, by Tracy Morgan), was on the quest for achieving the mythical Egot, meaning he wanted to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. He wanted to conquer the whole of the entertainment industry. Few have achieved this nearly mythical goal. But director Mike Nichols did. And today, Mike Nichols died suddenly at the age of 83, leaving behind a staggering body of work and, yes, lots and lots of awards.
Nichols was born in Germany in 1931 before immigrating to this country in 1938, when Nazis started arresting Jews in Germany. (He went with his brother and met his father in America; his mother escaped later through Italy.) His father was a doctor in New York City and Nichols lived a tony lifestyle near Central Park. (He also, presumably, got to »
- Drew Taylor
Nothing gets us giddy quite like an epic celebrity movie cameo.
An A-lister who appears in an often uncredited role with minimal screen time and, we have no idea it's coming — how could we not love that?!
Alfred Hitchcock was the cameo master of his time, appearing in 39 of his 52 surviving films. People loved searching for him like a real life Where's Waldo. Even more recently, Interstellar blew us away with a crazy unexpected cameo that we don't want to give away quite yet…but it got us thinking about other unexpected appearances in movies!
So let's take a look at some of our favorite film cameos of all-time.
Warning: Possible Spoilers Ahead.
Johnny Depp -- 21 Jump Street
Johnny Depp paid perfect homage to his 21 Jump Street roots. Spending most of the role in disguise, he ultimately reveals his identity leaving Jonah Hill's character to declare, "You're like an amazing actor man!"
Bill Murray -- [link »
Nathan Lane, Bernadette Peters, Laura Benanti and Holland Taylor and writer Liz Smith lead a tearful and raucous tribute Monday to Elaine Stritch, the funny and irascible theater star who put the broad in Broadway. "This event would have pleased her to no end because, for one, it's all about her," deadpanned Lane, who called her "a brilliant force of nature" and hoped she was in "God's house seats." The show, Everybody, Rise! A Celebration of Elaine Stritch, was directed by George C. Wolfe at The Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Stritch died July 17 at her home in Birmingham, Michigan, at age 89. From the stage, »
- Associated Press
Chadwick Boseman is looking at me with a huge grin on his face. On the one hand, the "Get on Up" star is no doubt in a great mood after being celebrated by well-wishers for his performance as the legendary James Brown in last summer's well-received biopic. The late love is thanks to Universal Pictures, who has organized a Sunday brunch at SoHo House West Hollywood to help remind voters about Boseman's critically acclaimed portrayal. Director Tate Taylor ("The Help"), producer Brian Grazer and co-star Craig Robinson are all on hand, but Boseman is the center of the attention. Now back to why he's smiling. While the 37-year-old actor deserves all the accolades he receives for "Get on Up," and a Golden Globe nomination in the Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical category seems likely, there are other events in the air that may soon turn him into a household name. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Kathy Griffin is in talks to replace Joan Rivers on “Fashion Police” Griffin recently confirmed she had been offered the job, but said, “I don’t know if the situation is correct at this time for me or right for me at this time.” Jon Stewart to promote his new movie on “The O’Reilly Factor” After plugging “Rosewater” on CNN, Stewart will appear on another news network that he scorns, Fox News, on Friday. Plus: A look back at Stewart’s side projects, Stewart and Steve Carell had a sweet reunion last night on “The Daily Show,” and watch Stewart sing Taylor Swift. Amy Poehler and Lena Dunham sell almost same number of books Poehler’s “Yes Please” sold 37,000 vs. 38,000 for Dunham’s "Not That Kind of Girl” in their first week. Both are on par with Tina Fey’s “Bossypants,” which sold 38,000 in its first week. Click Read »
- Norman Weiss
If only Elaine Stritch could have secretly attended her own funeral like Tom Sawyer, she would have witnessed a standing ovation.
In early 2013, the legendary Broadway star abandoned her longtime home of New York for Birmingham, Mich., where she underwent surgery a year later for stomach cancer, a diagnosis she never publicly revealed. After she died in July at 89, she was buried at a small service in Chicago alongside her husband, the actor John Bay.
The priest delivered an unconventional eulogy, especially when he started to warble “I Feel Pretty,” one of her signature covers from “West Side Story.” He ended his remarks by asking the attendees to give Stritch a round of applause. “We stood up and clapped,” recalls Chiemi Karasawa, the director of “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me,” who spent two years trailing—and later befriending—the grand dame. “He wanted us to acknowledge her as a performer, because »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Chelsea Peretti is having a busy week. Her stand-up special, One of the Greats, premieres on Netflix this weekend, and she has been doing some stand-up shows in anticipation for it. She even held a book signing to meet with fans after one of her sets. The only problem is... Chelsea Peretti hasn't written a book. On Nov. 10, Peretti tweeted out that she would sign books—any book in fact—after her show that evening. Im Prob Gonna Do A Book Signing After The Show. Bring Any Book That's Important To U I Havent Written One — Chelsea Peretti (@ChelseaVPeretti) November 11, 2014 Fans heeded her call, »
- Jonathon Dornbush
Midler, who starred as Winifred 'Winnie' Sanderson in the 1993 movie, revealed in a Reddit Ama interview that fans need to start campaigning to Disney if they want a second movie.
Hocus Pocus: Then and Now - What happened to the stars of the movie?
Following repeated questions about a second film, Midler said: "You have to go to send in your cards to the Walt Disney company. The ball's in their court."
She added later: "Inundate the Disney company, because I have canvassed the girls [Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimi] and they are wiling to do it, but we have no say in it, so if you want a Hocus Pocus 2, ask the Walt Disney company.
"You have been So adorable. This has been most enlightening. Sistahs!"
Watch the original trailer for Hocus Pocus:
A sequel »
Thought shark-tornadoes were a ridiculous idea? Wait til we send them into outer space! Or at least, that’s what the artwork on the new Sharknado 3 seems to be saying. Also after the jump: Tina Fey says it’s “too late” for a Mean Girls sequel Bette Midler is totally up for a Hocus Pocus sequel […]
- Angie Han
Not too long ago the infectious and now sadly-cancelled sitcom "Happy Endings" used Leo as a point of reference for just how many women their newly-back-on-the-scene friend was dating - as in, was he pulling DiCaprio-level numbers? And hearing the playful jab reminded us that it's been quite some time since Leo's bag was being a solid actor who dated models. A lot of models. But not quite long enough that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were going to let a moment at this year's Golden Globes pass without a little, still relevant jab.
The former dreamboat was the stuff of teengirl-worship for a good few years until a man named Martin Scorsese came into his life and introduced movie audiences to Leo The Serious »
- Andrea Miller and Emma Badame
Back in July, it was reported that Tina Fey was set to produce and possibly star in a Hocus Pocus sequel. Shortly thereafter, she clarified that her Disney witch movie was not, in fact, Hocus Pocus 2, but an entirely different witch movie altogether. This disappointed many fans, who have long been clamoring for a follow up to the 1993 magical comedy starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy.
The initial report did prove to Disney that there is still a hungry fan base for this comedy, which could become a franchise is allowed. Fans aren't the only ones that want to see the return of Witches Winifred, Sarah and Mary. So does the original cast. Bette Midler participated in a Reddit Ama, where she revealed that she has discussed the matter with her co-stars (though she doesn't name any specific names), and they are game for a sequel.
"Inundate the Disney company. »
The story, which was written by Amelie Gillette (Growing Up Fisher), centers on Lucy, an insecure high school girl who receives a scholarship to attend a prestigious private school for her senior year, as she tries to hide her past. On the day she is being interviewed by a recruiter from her dream college, Lucy learns that her boyfriend's psychotic ex-girlfriend has just gotten out of a juvenile detention facility, and challenges her to a fight after school. Lucy tries to balance taking care of her college prep and preparing for this showdown.
O.K., the first official trailer for Girls season 4 is finally here. The hit HBO series created by Lena Dunham marked its return to awkward greatness with a surprisingly smart season 3. Now, the show promises to continue that streak with a new trailer. And there’s so much going on in the trailer that we just need to talk about it. Like seriously, all of it.
1. Hannah (Dunham) is definitely in Iowa.
2. And she looks great. She’s rocking some Vogue-styled hair and learned how to do her makeup.
3. “Random steps.”
4. Can we just imagine a world where Hannah and Adam are just happy and don’t find ways to ruin their relationship?
5. Hannah is still writing — about the same things.
6. Oh, Elijah (Andrew Rannells) is in Iowa as well. Sure.
7. Is Hannah blue body paint mud wrestling?
8. Does this season already feel like a teen soap when they finally »
- Stacy Lambe
Not only did we get our Mean Girls reunion, but it came with an important accompanying oral history revealing the importance of pink Ugg boots. Let Lindsay Lohan and Tina Fey explain:fey: I remember 17-year-old Lindsay was on a mission to find pink Uggs. That was, like, what she was working on. And there was one day where she tried to explain to Amy [Poehler] and me her beef with Hilary Duff, but we couldn’t crack it. But we were pretending we could follow it. Lohan: I had been online trying to get pink Uggs because I had a pink pleated skirt in the scene where I fall into the garbage can. I was like, “I need pink Uggs!” I mean, I was rhinestoning my phone at the time with Swarovski crystals. [Laughs] So it was somewhat Method. Other things learned: Lacey Chabert and Amanda Seyfried bonded while listening to »
- Lindsey Weber
A few weeks ago, Scott Adsit, whom you might remember as Liz Lemon's perpetually put-upon coworker Pete in Tina Fey's "30 Rock," was on stage at the New York Comic Con. It was during the Disney panel, when they were hyping up this month's release of the studio's new animated superhero romp "Big Hero 6," and Adsit was beaming. In fact, it seemed like he couldn't believe that he was lucky enough to voice Baymax, a squishy nurse robot who inadvertently becomes a crime-fighting warrior alongside his pint-sized owner Hiro (Ryan Potter). (Baymax was the creation of Hiro's older brother, who died tragically, so there's an additional emotional component to the cuddly robot as well.)
When we sat down and talked with Adsit, at the Disney Animation Studios, he still seemed in awe of the fact that he got to voice this character. At one point we marveled at his new second career as Baymax. »
- Drew Taylor
Ooof, how long has this Mean Girls reunion been coming? I feel like it was almost a lifetime ago when Lindsay Lohan "accidentally" tweeted (and deleted) a selfie of herself and Tina Fey together, prompting wild rumors of a possible Mean Girls sequel. (I, like many, refuse to acknowledge the existence of the straight-to-video Mean Girls 2.) LiLo.s social media stunt only ended up being part of an Entertainment Weekly special reunion issue, but all may not be lost, fellow Plastics sympathisers. In that very EW mag article, Tina Fey, Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried and that brunette nobody remembers all talk about a Mean Girls part deux. It.s an interesting conversation between the former stars, but it.s critical to note that Fey absolutely, in no way now or ever wants to do a sequel. At the time, we did wanna start the conversation about the sequel »
TV Picks: Crackle is our pick for excellence in web series content.Make sure to catch the new season of ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ which was renewed for four more seasons back in April.Previous episodes of “Comedians in Cars” have featured Seinfeld’s conversations with a long list of comedy greats, including Jason Alexander, Alec Baldwin, Todd Barry, Mel Brooks, Louis Ck, Larry David, Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, Wayne Knight, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Seth Meyers, Patton Oswalt, Carl Reiner, Michael Richards, Chris Rock, Sarah Silverman and Howard Stern, among others. We are waiting on his ride with Monique Marvez, the […] »
- April Neale
It's been a decade since Mean Girls was released, but affection for the film only seems to get stronger with each passing year. Tina Fey has already announced that a stage musical is in development—but could the Plastics ever team up for another big-screen outing? (Paramount did release a straight-to-dvd sequel in 2011.) For our Reunions issue, on stands now, EW asked each actress—as well as Fey—whether they'd want to revisit the Girls. Tina Fey: At the time, we did wanna start the conversation about the sequel and for whatever reason I was like, “No! We shouldn’t do that! »
- Tim Stack
In honor of its recent 10th anniversary, Entertainment Weekly reunited the cast of "Mean Girls" -- and it was totally fetch.
Tina Fey, Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried, and Lacey Chabert spoke with the magazine about the casting process, bonding with each other on set, and the movie's quotability, and there were some pretty great revelations during the conversation. Here, we've collected the best bits of trivia from the reunion:
- Lohan originally wanted to play Regina -- and McAdams wanted to play Cady. Fey also initially thought that Lohan would make a good Regina, before director Mark Waters and producer Lorne Michaels stepped in and sorted the girls into the proper roles.
- Lohan proved her teenage girl bonafides on set by obsessing over pink Uggs and discussing her then-intense rivalry with fellow tween queen Hilary Duff. Per EW:
Fey: I remember 17-year-old Lindsay was on a mission to find pink Uggs. »
- Katie Roberts
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