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Chris Rock and Julia Louis-Dreyfus Turned Down the Offer to Host This Year’s Oscars

1 hour ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

It was announced last week that the excellent Neil Patrick Harris will be hosting this coming February's Oscar ceremony, but it turns out that Nph wasn’t the Academy’s first choice.  THR reports that producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron—who have produced the last two ceremonies in a row—first “begged” Ellen Degeneres to return as Oscar for this year’s ceremony.  She firmly declined the offer, and then they next approached Chris Rock, who hosted in 2005.  He turned down the offer as well, and so Zadan and Meron then went to Julia Louis-Dreyfus who, shocker, said “no”.  They then finally landed on Harris, who graciously agreed to take on the gig.  More after the jump. Hosting the Oscars is essentially a no-win scenario. You have to be able to balance the humor and entertainment with the fact that everyone in the room is incredibly nervous and just »

- Adam Chitwood

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Patrick Stewart Joins Cast Of Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room

8 hours ago | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Broad Green Pictures (Bgp) together with filmscience have announced that Patrick Stewart has been added to the cast of Green Room. The film is written by Jeremy Saulnier (Blue Ruin), who will also direct.

Patrick Stewart plays Darcy Banker, the unflinching and industrial leader of a ferocious white supremacist fiefdom based in the Pacific Northwest.  Rounding out the cast is Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, Callum Turner, Mark Webber, Kai Lennox, Eric Edelstein and Saulnier’s Blue Ruin star Macon Blair.

In the crime thriller Green Room, a young punk rock band find themselves trapped in a secluded venue after stumbling upon a horrific act of violence, fighting for their lives against a gang of white power skinheads intent on eliminating all witnesses.

Last seen reprising his iconic role in the summer blockbuster, X-men: Days Of Future Past, Stewart next stars opposite Matthew Lillard and Carla Gugino in IFC’s Match, »

- Michelle McCue

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Patrick Stewart to play a killer white supremacist in 'Blue Ruin' director’s next

9 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The genial, Instagram-loving Sir Patrick Stewart isn’t the first actor one might think of for a “ murderous skinhead” part, but his cranium does come fit for the job. Broad Green Pictures (Bgp) announced late Tuesday that the “X-Men” and “Star Trek” actor has joined the cast of “Green Room,” the next thriller from “Blue Ruin” writer-director Jeremy Sauliner (there’s a pattern there, I just can’t put my finger on it…). Currently shooting in Portland, Oregon, the film stars Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots and Alia Shawkat star as a punk rock band cornered into a secluded venue after witnessing a horrific act of violence perpetrated by white supremacists. As the gang attempts to eliminate all witnesses, the trio are forced to fight for their lives. Think “The Decline of Western Civilization” meets “Straw Dogs.” Stewart will play the leader of the bloodthirsty band of haters. Mark Webber, “Blue Ruin” star Macon Blair, »

- Matt Patches

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Dueling ‘American Dad!': Adult Swim Encore Beats TBS Premiere

23 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Apparently, the premiere of “American Dad!” on Turner was so complex that viewers had to watch it twice. The TBS debut of the Seth MacFarlane animated series, which previously aired on Fox, drew a total of 2.5 million viewers — though only 1.1 million of them tuned in for the initial 9 p.m. telecast. See photos: Fall TV Preview: 85 New and Returning Shows (Photos) An encore of the episode at 10 p.m. on Turner's Adult Swim brought in the remaining 1.4 million total viewers. Also read: Seth MacFarlane Hit With Copyright Lawsuit Over ‘Ted’ In the 18-49 demographic most sought by advertisers, the initial airing. »

- Tim Kenneally

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'Green Room' Casts Patrick Stewart as a White Supremacist

21 October 2014 12:13 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Broad Green Pictures (Bgp) together with filmscience announced today that Patrick Stewart has been added to the cast of Green Room.&#160 Bgp is producing and financing the film and plans to release the movie in 2015.&#160 The film is written by Jeremy Saulnier (Blue Ruin), who will also direct.&#160 Anish Savjani and Neil Kopp of filmscience will produce the film along with Bgp's Victor Moyers.&#160 Gabriel and Daniel Hammond of Broad Green Pictures and Vincent Savino of filmscience will be executive producing the project.

Principal photography began this month in and around Portland, Or.

Patrick Stewart plays Darcy Banker, the unflinching and industrial leader of a ferocious white supremacist fiefdom based in the Pacific Northwest.&#160 Rounding out the cast is Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, Callum Turner, Mark Webber, Kai Lennox, Eric Edelstein and Saulnier's Blue Ruin star Macon Blair.

In the crime thriller Green Room, a young »

- MovieWeb

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20 Mind-Blowing Facts You Never Knew About American Dad

21 October 2014 8:17 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


Last week we brought you 20 Mind-Blowing Facts You Didn’t Know About Family Guy. Now it’s time to take a look at Seth MacFarlane’s other juggernaut animation, American Dad.

First appearing on our screens back in 2005, American Dad has developed from being just another family sitcom with a slightly politically satirical bent to become one of the most exciting comedy shows on television. As it’s gone on, restrictions, on both narrative possibilities and what jokes are legitimate, have been pushed and pushed to the point where it’s now a relentlessly shocking half hour.

The show has recently made the move from Fox to TBS (we hesitate to call it a cancellation given there was never a point where its future was uncertain), which likely insures its life for the near future. Whether the move will have an impact on the type of show it is »

- Alex Leadbeater

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The Three Family Guy Episodes That Got Fox Sued

21 October 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

It is no surprise that Family Guy likes to poke fun at pop culture. When the show premiered in 1999, it was clear that Seth MacFarlane used the animated comedy as his way to laugh at topics ranging from abortion to drugs. The comedy also has many satirical jabs at celebrities from Bill Clinton to Lindsay Lohan   Though the main goal is to make viewers laugh at the over the top antics of Peter Griffin and his family, this is not always the case. The sitcom has been sued countless times ranging from copyright infringement to celebrity parodies. Here is a look at the controversial Family Guy episodes that got Seth MacFarlane and company in trouble with the law. The Carol Burnett Lawsuit, March 2007 It all started on April 23, 2006, when Fox aired an episode of Family Guy entitled “Peterotica.” The episode featured Peter Griffin entering an adult porn shop. Peter announced that he… »

- Tim Gerstenberger

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ABC Close to Selling Out Oscar Telecast at $1.9 Mil an Ad

20 October 2014 1:42 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Madison Avenue continues to rush to the Oscars.

ABC is nearing sell-out of its advertising inventory for its 2015 broadcast of the annual awards from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, according to two media-buying executives and other people familiar with the situation, even though it is seeking what may be some of the highest prices ever charged for the event.

ABC is seeking around $1.9 million for a 30-second spot in the program, these people said. The cost of a spot in the most recent broadcast, hosted in March by Ellen DeGeneres, went for between $1.8 million and $1.9 million. The Oscars are set for a Feb. 22 broadcast on ABC with Neil Patrick Harris set to host for the first time and Craig Zadan and Neil Meron reprising their role as producers. Executives from the network could not be reached for comment.

The slight uptick in ad prices suggests that so-called “event »

- Brian Steinberg

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Family Guy: 2014-15 Ratings

20 October 2014 1:35 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

The ratings for Family Guy keep coming down but the Fox series continues to be a cash cow for the studio. Will it ever be cancelled (for the second time)? Move to a cable channel like American Dad! did? Will it return for the 2015-16 season? Stay tuned.

On Family Guy, Peter Griffin and his family and friends continue to have crazy mishaps in the Rhode Island town of Quahog. The voice cast includes Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis, and Mike Henry.

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 -- typically the following morning, around 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. Refresh to see the latest.

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- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Family Guy: 10 Biggest Changes Made To The Show

20 October 2014 5:50 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


Family Guy has become almost the anti-Simpsons over the years. Despite a heap of similarities between the two, Family Guy has gone the route of shock comedy while the Simpsons have played it safe, for the most part sticking with telling stories with obvious morals and lessons to be learned. Family Guy had some of that at the start, but over the years, it has changed – some say for the better, some say for the worse.

There’s no question, however, that compared to its earlier seasons, Family Guy is now a completely different show. Peter has gone from dumb but caring to just plain dumb, while since Stewie “killed” Lois the defining side of his character has been changed drastically.

Meg has been featured less and less, Chris has the same problem, both have gone from being somewhat typical teenagers with real life problems to one-note characters with »

- Jay Anderson

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Who Should Play the Family Guy Characters in a Live-Action Episode?

20 October 2014 4:36 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

It looks to be that Family Guy is here to stay. After being cancelled twice, the animated sitcom is now currently in its thirteenth season and is an integral part of Fox’s Sunday night lineup. This season even started with a very awesome crossover episode with The Simpsons that featured an epic fight between show patriarch’s Peter Griffin and Homer Simpson. So what is next for the comedy? Sopranos‘ alum Tony Sirico will back, but will be not be reprising his role of Vinny the Dog. He will be playing a heightened version of himself in a live sequence. We at TV Overmind were thinking. What if Seth MacFarlane decided to have an completely live action episode. What a great idea, right? We decided to help MacFarlane out and cast the episode for him. You will see a lot of big names on the list, but we have »

- Tim Gerstenberger

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Family Guy: 10 Best Celebrity Cameos

19 October 2014 5:27 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


Unlike The Simpsons, many “appearances” from celebrities in Family Guy come from the regular cast.

That wasn’t really William Shatner in “I Never Met the Dead Man” – it was Seth MacFarlane. And it wasn’t Marlee Matlin trying to use MoviePhone, it was Alex Borstein (though the real Matlin later did show up on the series). But all that means is that when the show does bring a famous name in (Adam West, Patrick Stewart and James Woods are standouts) we get something really special.

There are a couple of names you won’t find on this list, notably Norm MacDonald (Death) and Will Ferrell (the Black Knight), as they were playing roles, not making cameos. Maybe that’s an article for another day.

It’s not The Simpsons, so there’s not as much to choose from, but Family Guy has had some really good celebrity cameos, »

- Jay Anderson

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“American Dad!” begins its new season on TBS

17 October 2014 7:23 AM, PDT | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

You may have noticed that Seth MacFarlane’s animated comedy series American Dad! is not in its former slot as part of Fox’s Sunday night lineup. Starting Oct. 20, the series is moving to its new home on TBS. The network has been showing reruns of American Dad! for years, and it will now be showing first-run episodes starting with the Oct. 20 season premiere. TBS’ sister network Adult Swim, which already airs reruns of American Dad!, will continue doing so. According to TBS, the Oct. 20 premiere will air on TBS at 9pm Et/Pt, and then on Adult Swim at … Continue reading →

The post “American Dad!” begins its new season on TBS appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »

- Jeff Pfeiffer

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Neil Patrick Harris as Oscar Host: Edgier Than You Think

16 October 2014 1:10 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Neil Patrick Harris was the perfect choice to host the Oscars — but maybe not for the obvious reasons.

When Variety broke the announcement of the host Wednesday, industry reaction was positive. He’s like the Sara Lee of performers: Nobody doesn’t like Nph. But some shrugged that he was a safe choice.

Here are three reasons why TV viewers and the Academy should be excited:

1. He actually Is edgy: True, he has proven his ability when hosting the Tony and Emmy Awards. But Harris is also capable of being edgier than that. On Broadway in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” he showed a demented energy, like a combination of Al Pacino in “Dog Day Afternoon” and Anna Magnani in just about everything she made.

At June’s Tony Awards on CBS, he performed a “Hedwig” number, which took him into the audience. The lap dances for Sting and Kevin Bacon were funny, »

- Tim Gray

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Neil Patrick Harris To Host 2015 Oscars

16 October 2014 10:53 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Over the past few years, we’ve seen some terrific Oscar hosts (the inimitable Billy Crystal), some awful ones (the painfully unfunny Seth MacFarlane) and some ones whom we’re not really sure even remember being there (here’s looking at you, James Franco). But for next year’s ceremony, the Academy has opted to turn to someone who is almost guaranteed to deliver a legen (wait for it!) dary show. That’s right, folks – meet your new host, Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris.

While this will be Harris’ first time hosting the Oscars, he has plenty of experience, having hosted the Tonys four times and the Emmys twice. The new gig puts him one show away from a hosting Egot, with only the Grammys left to check off (and just wait, he’ll get there).

Meanwhile, the How I Met Your Mother alum is having a pretty spectacular month. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Oscars News: What are the 5 'burning questions' for Oscar host Neil Patrick Harris?

16 October 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Kyle Buchanan asks five "burning questions" about the choice of Neil Patrick Harris as the next host of the Academy Awards. He feels like it was an inevitable selection following his previous efforts on the Tonys and Emmys. He wonders if this is a good sign for "Gone Girl" since Harris is a co-star in that film. Could Tina Fey and/or Amy Poehler now host the Oscars someday? Does the Academy now "value stability" above all else? Did Seth MacFarlane recommend Harris for this gig? Might he sing with previous host Hugh Jackman like they did on the Tonys? Vulture -Break- Join the lively film and TV discussions going on right now in the Gold Derby message boards Oliver Gettell says that six of the past eight Brad Pitt movies have been dark and gritty. With possible Oscar contender "Fury" opening next, how does it compare to his other »

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Tom Cruise Nabs Top Spot on Home Video Sales Charts With ‘Edge of Tomorrow’

15 October 2014 6:20 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The latest Tom Cruise action film, “Edge of Tomorrow,” topped the national home video sales charts the week ending Oct. 12, bumping the prior week’s top seller, “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” from Paramount Pictures, to No. 2.

Edge of Tomorrow,” from Warner Bros., earned just over $100 million in U.S. theaters. The film is one of four new releases that debuted in the top five on Nielsen VideoScan’s First Alert sales chart, which tracks overall disc sales, Blu-ray Disc and DVD combined.

Walt Disney Studios’ “Sleeping Beauty,” newly released in an extras-packed “Diamond Edition,” bowed at No. 3. The Diamond edition of the 1959 animated classic includes the film on Blu-ray Disc, standard DVD and Digital HD.

A Million Ways to Die in the West,” a Western comedy written, directed and starring Seth MacFarlane, debuted at No. 4. The Universal Studios release also stars Charlize Theron and Liam Neeson (along with newly named »

- Thomas K. Arnold

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Harris as 87th Academy Awards Host. Good Choice?

15 October 2014 5:35 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Neil Patrick Harris to host Oscar 2015 ceremony Stage, film, and television actor Neil Patrick Harris will host the 2015 Oscars, aka the 87th Academy Awards ceremony, Oscarcast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today, October 15, 2014. This will be Neil Patrick Harris' first time hosting the show, which in the United States will air live on ABC on Sunday, February 22. As quoted in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences press release, Zadan and Meron are "thrilled" to have Harris host their show, adding that "we have known him his entire adult life" and "to work with him on the Oscars is the perfect storm." As to be expected, Harris' statement reads that “it is truly an honor and a thrill" to be invited to host the 2015 Academy Awards ceremony Now, Neil Patrick Harris is an experienced awards-show host. His credits in the field include hosting the 61st and 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, »

- Steve Montgomery

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Breaking: Prolific Hispanic Actress Elizabeth Peña Has Passed Away

15 October 2014 3:07 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Elizabeth Peña has passed away. The actress, with a professional career spanning nearly 40 years, left us on the night of October 14 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She had recently wrapped work on the first season of the El Rey Network's action series, Matador, where she played the title character's mother Maritza.

Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey and raised by her Cuban immigrant parents, Peña was destined for a career in the arts. Her father, Mario, was a playwright, director, actor, and designer in their native Cuba, who opened up the Latin American Theatre Ensemble after establishing a life for he and his family in New York. As a teen, Peña began making a name for herself as a formidable young actress in the New York theatre scene. She attended, and graduated from, the High School of Performing Arts and began her professional film career in 1978 with León Ichaso's El Super. »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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Get Ready For A Lot Of 'Gone Girl' Jokes: Neil Patrick Harris To Host 2015 Oscars

15 October 2014 2:07 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The Oscar hosting job is a thankless one. Unless you're Billy Crystal, it's a Herculean feat to make those three to four hours feel fresh, lively, and entertaining. The past couple of years have seen a mixed back of results, from Seth MacFarlane's dismal outing in 2013, to Ellen Degeneres' passable duties this year, which is mostly remembered for that selfie. But in 2015, the reins will pass to an Oscar veteran, and a guy who knows his way around hosting duties. Neil Patrick Harris has been tapped for the 2015 ceremonies, and it should be an easier fit for the actor than some other choices. He's hosted the Tony Awards, and the Emmys twice, so he'll have no problem getting into the tuxedo. Even more, he performed the opening number at the 2010 Oscars with glamorous ease. So yeah, Harris will be just fine, and we bet producers Craig Zadan and »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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