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Ellen DeGeneres Gets Emotional About Iconic Coming-Out Episode: ‘It Was the Hardest Thing I Ever Had to Do’

Ellen DeGeneres Gets Emotional About Iconic Coming-Out Episode: ‘It Was the Hardest Thing I Ever Had to Do’
Ellen DeGeneres is tearfully going down memory lane.

In a clip from Friday’s special episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show celebrating the 20th anniversary of her sitcom’s iconic coming-out episode, the daytime talk show host, 59, says, “I’m Ellen and I’m gay” to open her show.

“Twenty years ago I said that — it was a much bigger deal then,” she continues.

On April 30, 1997, DeGeneres herself didn’t just publicly come out as gay — her character on the ABC hit sitcom Ellen did too. The episode titled “The Puppy Episode” was taped in front of a live audience.
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Flashback: Ellen DeGeneres on Impact of the ‘Ellen’ Coming Out Episode

Flashback: Ellen DeGeneres on Impact of the ‘Ellen’ Coming Out Episode
“I guess what I'm trying to say is...I did get the joke about the toaster oven.”

It’s been 20 years since Ellen Morgan, the former TV alter ego of Ellen DeGeneres, said that famous line in “The Puppy Episode,” when it first aired on April 30, 1997. Of course, this precluded her infamous declaration, “I’m gay,” to the people waiting to depart on flight 316 to Pittsburgh. In the hall of fame, alongside the Mash series finale and this year’s Oscars broadcast, sits an episode of Ellen we now remember as a groundbreaking risk with a lasting impact on TV diversity.

Before starting the show’s fourth season, DeGeneres decided the time was right for her character to come out. More than just a creative decision for the series, it was also to coincide with her own announcement to the public. On April 14, the longtime stand-up comedian gave an interview to Time, appearing on the
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Mike & Molly: Castmembers Say Goodbye to the CBS Sitcom

Mike & Molly aired its final episode last night, and castmembers shared their goodbyes to the CBS sitcom on Twitter.

Earlier this year, CBS announced they were cancelling the show after six seasons. The comedy starred Melissa McCarthy and Billy Gardell as a married couple who met at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting. The cast also included Reno Wilson, Katy Mixon, Nyambi Nyambi, Rondi Reed, Cleo King, Louis Mustillo, David Anthony Higgins, and Swoosie Kurtz.

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Mike & Molly: Season Six Ratings

Fans don't have to worry about Mike & Molly being cancelled this time around because it's already been announced that there won't be a seventh season. Will the ratings for the final 13 episodes be high enough for the CBS execs to regret their decision to cancel the show or, will the numbers confirm they made the right choice? Stay tuned.

Mike & Molly revolves around Molly (Melissa McCarthy) and Mike (Billy Gardell), a couple that met at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting, fell in love, and later married. The rest of the cast includes Reno Wilson, Katy Mixon, Nyambi Nyambi, Rondi Reed, Cleo King, Louis Mustillo, David Anthony Higgins, and Swoosie Kurtz.

The higher a show's ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better its chances for survival. New ratings data will be added as it becomes available -- typically around 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. Refresh to
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Mike & Molly: Season Six for Sitcom on CBS

It was looking like Mike & Molly might be cancelled this time around but CBS has renewed it for a sixth season.

On Mike & Molly, Molly (Melissa McCarthy) pursues her career as a writer while Mike (Billy Gardell) continues working as a cop. The rest of the cast includes Swoosie Kurtz, Katy Mixon, Louis Mustillo, Reno Wilson, Cleo King, Rondi Reed, Nyambi Nyambi, and David Anthony Higgins.

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‘Mike & Molly’s’ 10 Most Memorable Moments

‘Mike & Molly’s’ 10 Most Memorable Moments
Variety asked “Mike & Molly” exec producer Chuck Lorre, showrunner Al Higgins and the supporting cast to share their favorite moments and personal highlights from 100 episodes.

Nyambi Nyambi

“Pilot” (season 1, episode 1)

“We knew that we had something special — the makings of family.”

Chuck Lorre

“First Date” (season 1, episode 2)

“Molly has a horrible cold but is determined to go on her first date with Mike. The chemistry between Melissa and Billy was incredible.”

Swoosie Kurtz

“After the Lovin’” (season 1, episode 7)

“I relish playing this very sexually active character who’s no stranger to the grape. ”

Louis Mustillo

“Molly Makes Soup” (season 1, episode 14)

“When Vince gets down on his knee and asks Joyce to marry him. It is so warm and funny and strange at the same time.”

Katy Mixon

“Victoria’s Birthday” (season 1, episode 23)

“I got to sing ‘Oh Happy Day’ with the choir directed by Jimmy Burrows!”

David Anthony Higgins

“St.
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Josh Gad Wanted as Roger Ebert in 'Russ & Roger Go Beyond'

Josh Gad Wanted as Roger Ebert in 'Russ & Roger Go Beyond'
Josh Gad is being eyed to play late film critic and screenwriter Roger Ebert in the upcoming biopic Russ & Roger Go Beyond, alongside Will Ferrell, who is now confirmed to play indie filmmaker Russ Meyer. The Wrap reports that Josh Gad has not even read the script yet and his deal is not finalized, but producer David Permut told Hollywood Elsewhere on Sunday that Josh Gad is on board. Jonah Hill was initially eyed for the Roger Ebert role, though a deal could not be worked out.

The script, which was written by Chris Cluess (Saturday Night Live, The Simpsons), follows the relationship between rising film critic Roger Ebert and director Russ Meyer, as they team up to make the 1970 cult classic Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. After the then-28-year-old Roger Ebert wrote one of the few positive reviews for one of Russ Meyer's films, the director
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Mike & Molly: Season Five Ratings

Last season, the ratings for Mike & Molly dropped once again but the sitcom was renewed anyway -- likely in part to give the series enough episodes for a syndication package. Will the numbers improve this time around? Cancelled or renewed for a sixth season on CBS?

On this season of Mike & Molly, Molly (Melissa McCarthy) pursues her career as a writer while Mike (Billy Gardell) continues working as a cop. The rest of the cast includes Swoosie Kurtz, Katy Mixon, Louis Mustillo, Reno Wilson, Cleo King, Rondi Reed, Nyambi Nyambi, and David Anthony Higgins.

The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- usually the next day, around 11:30am Est/8:30am
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Get Locked Up with the Stonehearst Asylum Trailer and Artwork

Just yesterday we learned that Brad Anderson's new project has been renamed Stonehearst Asylum, and now we already have a look at its updated artwork and trailer. Check it out, and look for more soon!

The film is loosely based on one of Edgar Allan Poe’s early works, an 1845 short story titled "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether." It's written by Joe Gangemi and directed by Brad Anderson (Session 9, The Call, "Almost Human").

Millennium Films is releasing Stonehearst Asylum in theaters and via VOD on October 24th.

The cast includes Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, Ben Kingsley, Michael Caine, Brendan Gleeson, David Thewlis, Jason Flemyng, and Sinéad Cusack. Producers are Bruce Davey, Mel Gibson, and Mark Amin with David Higgins, Christa Campbell, Cami Winikoff, Mark Gill, and Lati Grobman executive producing.

Synopsis:

A recent medical school grad who takes a position at a mental institution soon
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Peter Facinelli Unleashes 'The Damned' in Boring Horror Trailer

Just as the refreshing supernatural horror thriller Deliver Us from Evil hits theaters today before the big holiday weekend, a trailer for a much more generic and seemingly boring film in the same genre has arrive. If The Damned wasn't generic enough of a title for you, the trailer does a much better job of delivering the same kind of story and scares we've seen time and time again. At first it seems like this might be different with the set-up coming from a mudslide accident that leaves a family (led by Peter Facinelli) stranded in Colombia, but then it heads into familiar territory with a creepy, dirty, wet girl scaring them, things moving by themselves, and all that cliche jazz. Plus, it's just edited poorly with long-winded text bumpers. Watch? Here's the first trailer for Victor Garcia's The Damned from IFC Films: The Damned is directed by
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Mike & Molly: Season Four Ratings

This season, CBS decided to delay Mike & Molly until mid-season or until one of their new shows was cancelled (the latter didn't take long). How will the sitcom do this season? Could it be cancelled or is it almost guaranteed to be renewed because of syndication profits? Time will tell!

On this season of Mike & Molly, Molly (Melissa McCarthy) has quit her teaching job to pursue a career as a writer while Mike (Billy Gardell) continues working as a cop. The rest of the cast includes Swoosie Kurtz, Katy Mixon, Louis Mustillo, Reno Wilson, Cleo King, Rondi Reed, Nyambi Nyambi, and David Anthony Higgins.

The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data
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Video Clip:"Mike & Molly" Character Comes Out

Mike & Molly has an old school, blue collar sitcom vibe, but while the situation may be well worn, the cast is pretty stellar, with the amazing Melissa McCarthy, Swoosie Kurtz and Katie Mixon as Molly's dimwitted sister Victoria being particular standouts.

Actor David Anthony Higgins plays Harry, a guy Mike & Molly met through Overeater's Anonymous. He's sweet, socially awkward and throughout Season 3 he's had an apparent crush on Victoria. Their relationship took a major turn on last night's episode "St. Patrick's Day". We've got a clip courtesy of CBS in case you missed it...

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Any Mike & Molly fans out there? What did you think of last night's episode? Did you see this development with Harry coming, and what are the odds he sticks around as a recurring character?Television Tags: TelevisionVideo Tags: watch videoTags: The BacklotMelissa McCarthyMike & MollyKatie MixonDavid Anthony HigginsIMDbTeaser Photo: 
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American Horror Story Celebrates the Season 1 Blu-ray in Los Angeles

American Horror Story Celebrates the Season 1 Blu-ray in Los Angeles
To say that Season 1 of American Horror Story was successful is almost an understatement. The series, created by Ryan Murphy and Ryan Murphy, was not only a ratings hit but was nominated for 17 Emmys, with Jessica Lange winning for her portrayal of Constance Langdon. To celebrate the recent Blu-ray and DVD release, Fox Home Entertainment held an event where fans were treated to a few unique perspectives on the series.

First up, we heard from paranormal expert Scott Michaels, who runs the Dearly Departed Tours in Los Angeles, a unique tour experience where fans can see where some of L.A.'s most gruesome murders took place, along with author Tom Ogden. Those who don't live in the City of Angels might not have known that American Horror Story Season 1 references several L.A. murders. Here's what Scott Michaels had to say about the show's connection to Los Angeles' murderous past.
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Ramsay Settles New Zealand Lawsuit

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Ramsay Settles New Zealand Lawsuit
British chef Gordon Ramsay has settled a legal dispute with a New Zealand promotion company by agreeing to make an $83,000 (£52,000) donation to charity.

The Hell's Kitchen star was sued by bosses at Duco Events after he agreed to appear at a charity event in the country, but pulled out after his mother suffered a health scare.

Company bosses claimed to have lost money and suffered damage to their reputation after selling 2,000 tickets in the hope of raising funds to pay the medical bills of an ailing New Zealand child.

The case was due to go to trial in the summer, but both sides met in Auckland on Monday and a settlement was reached.

A joint statement from Ramsay and Duco director David Higgins reads, "The parties have reached a mutually agreeable financial settlement, including a donation of $100,000 to Matisse Reid and the trust Chance2Eat. Duco Events and Gordon Ramsay are committed to working together in 2013."

Bruce Forsyth gets long-awaited knighthood - didn't he do well?

Queen's honours list also includes CBEs for oscar-winner Colin Firth and singer Bryan Ferry, and OBEs for Ashes heroes

A collective sigh of relief will be heard across Britain, quickly followed by a suitably awful pun: "Knight to see you, to see you knight." At 83 the evergreen entertainer Bruce Forsyth has finally got his long-predicted knighthood.

The nod comes in the Queen's 2011 birthday honours list – one of 965 people whose diverse services to society, including David Cameron's "big society", are recognised on Saturday.

But after years of speculation, gossip and tabloid outrage against the tardiness of Whitehall and Buckingham Palace, Forsyth's gong is the eye-catcher. The entertainer, who is enjoying a renaissance as host of BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing, started his career at 14 and fronted countless game shows, perhaps most memorably The Generation Game. He admitted that he feared the day might never come but said the elation
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Exclusive Q&A: David Slade Predicts the Next ‘Twilight,’ Explains Vampire Allure

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There are movie fans, and then there are movie fans — people so dedicated to their favorite franchise they elevate almost everyone associated with the project to celebrity status. George Lucas may have begun behind the camera, but to “Star Wars” fanatics, he’s Skywalker-level recognizable.

And in 2010, there’s no die-hard like a Twi-Hard.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” director David Slade has experienced the fervor firsthand, telling NextMovie exclusively: “At this point, I think I’m finally getting less recognizable and that suits me just fine. The days of being stopped on the street are actually getting less and less.”

Fortunately, Slade explains, his popularity came late in the game, keeping him free to serve the story first and the fans second. “When we started this, the fan culture … had nowhere near the groundswell that it has now. I think that was good for me because I went in with
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Claudia Schiffer Doing Pilates to Regain Pre-Baby Figure

Claudia Schiffer is doing Pilates to help regain her pre-baby figure. The supermodel gave birth to her third child, Cosima, in May and in a bid to get her stunning body back, she has enlisted the help of personal trainer David Higgins and exercises every day.

"She's been training with me at my Ten Pilates studio in Notting Hill," David said. "After the baby she was coming three times a week, but now she comes here every day. It's really high-intensity Pilates and she loves it, as opposed to the gym, which she absolutely hates."

David says one of the main reasons Claudia - who has two other children, Caspar, seven, and Clementine, five, with husband Matthew Vaughn - is working so hard with her Pilates is because looking good is so important to her career.

He told Telegraph newspaper, "Obviously, a huge motivation for her is work: she knows
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Movies That Deserve a Second Life: Comedy Edition

Welcome to another edition of Movies That Deserve a Second Life. If you need a refresher on what I’m referring to by “second life,” check out the Action/Adventure Edition. If you’re caught up, read on to see what funny flics I felt were unfairly ignored/disliked upon its release or have been forgotten in the years since its release.

Comedy is almost certainly the most subjective of all genres. What makes one person laugh is guaranteed to make another yawn or wrinkle his/her brow. Some find juvenilia in poor taste while others bust a gut. Everyone claims to have a sense of humor, but almost no one enjoys every type of humor there is, from dry wit and pungent satire to bodily fluid gags and intentionally groan-worthy puns. Therefore, I think it’s safe to say that no one (besides myself) will be satisfied with every choice.
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"Xmas Story" and "Station Sale"

Seventeen episodes into its lifespan, and Newsradio has really hit its stride. Today's two episodes are top-shelf stuff, and they illustrate what it means for a television show to be great overall, not just a collection of its greatest moments. American series television is a marathon, not a sprint. When a show is hitting on all cylinders, it's like a runner in the zone -- the endorphins are flowing, everything seems to work effortlessly, and you feel like it could go on forever. By contrast, the most transcendent moments of a great television show feel like miracles that one could never expect nor hope to repeat. "Xmas Story" introduces David Anthony Higgins as a Santa collecting donations in the building lobby. (Since when are charity Santas allowed to set up shop inside, by the way? Isn't enduring the crippling cold protected...
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Interview: David Slade (Hard Candy)

  • Hard Candy deals with issues that may make some viewers uncomfortable. The opening sequence keeps you shifting in your seats as you listen to the flirtation between a fourteen-year-old girl and an older man she met online. It is the conversation that you always feared could happen. They speak so openly to each other as if no one could hear, as if they aren’t doing anything wrong. Well are they? Hard Candy makes you think about a lot of things you might not want to. It makes you ask yourself what is wrong or right. It might seem so obvious now but can there be an exception? And you ask yourself that question as the victim and the predator switch roles. Hayley Stark, the fourteen-year-old girl, finds herself drinking vodka inside photographer Jeff Kohlver’s home. Becoming increasing intoxicated, she slowly takes off her clothes. She is getting
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