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New Official Trailer for Long Lost Cooking Mockumentary 'Cook Off!'

"Use more marshmallows!" Lionsgate has unveiled a new trailer for a mockumentary comedy titled Cook Off!, making fun of cooking competitions. This was actually filmed over a decade ago, and it first premiered at the Us Comedy Arts Festival Aspen back in 2007. Somehow it has been sitting on a shelf all these years, and yet is just now getting an official release thanks to Lionsgate. The huge ensemble cast includes Melissa McCarthy, Wendy McLendon-Covey, Ben Falcone, Niecy Nash, Jennifer Cox, Stephen Root, Diedrich Bader, Louie Anderson, Gary Anthony Williams, Jennifer Elise Cox, Cathryn Michon, Markie Post, and Sam Pancake. This definitely does have a Christopher Guest-esque vibe, with a cast of eccentric goofballs all makin' food under one roof. I'm just curious as to why it took so long to get a release. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Cathryn Michon & Guy Shalem's Cook Off!, direct from YouTube:
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Poster and trailer for culinary comedy Cook Off!

Lionsgate has released a new poster and trailer for the upcoming comedy Cook Off! which stars Cathryn Michon, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone, Gary Anthony Williams, Niecy Nash, Jack Plotnik, and Diedrich Bader as contestants on the hunt for a million dollar prize on a cooking show.

Reality-show shenanigans mix with the true-life fiery-and-fierce world of competitive baking in the deliciously sly mockumentary Cook-off! As a buffet of quirky contestants prepare for the renowned Van Rookle Farms Cooking Contest, the heat is on to win a one million-dollar prize. The filmmakers follow them as the foodie media and celebrity judges descend on a hotel convention area to see which contestants rise, which ones fall, who will reveal their true nature, and who will find love with the contest’s costumed Muffin Man mascot.

Cook Off! is set for release on November 17th and stars Cathryn Michon, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Melissa McCarthy,
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Sophia Bush Leaving 'Chicago P.D.' After Four Seasons

Chicago P.D. is saying goodbye to one of its stars.

Sophia Bush is departing the NBC cop drama after four seasons.

The departure comes after a surprising season finale in which Bush's character, Det. Erin Lindsay, was faced with moving to New York for an undercover assignment with the FBI's counter-terrorism unit in order to protect her troubled mother, Bunny (Markie Post), who had become embroiled in a murder investigation.

The potential job change also came just as Lindsay's on-and-off boyfriend, Det. Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer), was thinking about proposing.

Offscreen, this is the latest change for Chicago P.D.,...
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Who is Markie Post, actress who plays Lindsay’s mom on Chicago P.D.?

The season finale of Chicago P.D. tonight sees actress Markie Post return as Lindsay’s mom Barbara “Bunny” Fletcher. During the episode Bunny calls Lindsay with the chilling news that her boyfriend has just been shot. With her mom now a suspect in the murder case, Lindsay has to navigate her way around department politics and try and work out how best to approach the situation. Post has had a recurring role in Chicago P.D. over the past few years, making her debut in the 2014 episode Call It Macaroni. But she will also be familiar to fans from a string of...read more
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Exclusive: 'Chicago P.D.' Finale Sneak Peek! Lindsay's Mom Becomes Prime Suspect No. 1 After a Shooting

Exclusive: 'Chicago P.D.' Finale Sneak Peek! Lindsay's Mom Becomes Prime Suspect No. 1 After a Shooting
Mother doesn't always know best.

On Wednesday's season finale of Chicago P.D., Erin Lindsay (Sophia Bush) is faced with a situation no daughter should have to navigate: Her mother, Bunny (Markie Post), suddenly finds herself a murder suspect after her boyfriend is shot.

In Et's exclusive sneak peek, Lindsay's mom frantically calls her law enforcement-employed daughter, unsure of what to do and afraid of what's about to come.

Related: Sophia Bush Reveals Why She's No Longer Searching for 'The One'

"I need you to come here. I need you right now!" Bunny desperately tells her daughter over the phone, before telling Lindsay that her beau "is dead." (Spoiler: He's alive -- but barely!) But when Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) arrives at Bunny's door instead of her daughter, she's even more confused about why Lindsay wasn't the one to come to her side.

Calls for an ambulance come almost immediately and Bunny is treated like prime suspect No. 1. "I
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Atx Television Festival Plans ‘Designing Women,’ ‘Northern Exposure’ Reunions

Atx Television Festival Plans ‘Designing Women,’ ‘Northern Exposure’ Reunions
The Atx Television Festival has just unveiled its first batch of panels and programming for next year’s gathering, and fans of “Designing Women” and “Northern Exposure” — and Burt Reynolds and Marilu Henner — should get their tickets now.

To mark the 30th anniversary of “Designing Women,” Atx will hold a reunion featuring creator and executive producer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, along with stars Delta Burke, Annie Potts, Jean Smart, Gerald McRaney, Hal Holbrook, and Douglas Barr. Retrospectives for Linda Bloodworth-Thomason’s other series, “Evening Shade” and “Hearts Afire,” are also on the Atx 2017 schedule, with Burt Reynolds and Marilu Henner confirmed for “Evening Shade,” and Markie Post and Leslie Jordan confirmed for “Hearts Afire.”

The “Northern Exposure” reunion will include cast members Rob Morrow, John Corbett, Barry Corbin, Janine Turner, and Darren Burrows, along with creator Joshua Brand (“The Americans”), writers Robin Green and Mitchell Burgess, and network executive and producer Cheryl Bloch.

While
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George Gaynes, ‘Punky Brewster’ and ‘Police Academy’ Star, Dies at 98

George Gaynes, ‘Punky Brewster’ and ‘Police Academy’ Star, Dies at 98
George Gaynes, who portrayed an irritable foster parent on the ’80s sitcom “Punky Brewster,” the bewildered commandant in seven “Police Academy” films and a soap opera star with a crush on Dorothy Michaels, whom he doesn’t know is Dustin Hoffman’s character in drag, in the hit feature comedy “Tootsie,” died on Monday in North Bend, Wash. He was 98.

Gaynes, who was not only a character actor but a baritone singer, made hundreds of appearances both on TV comedies and dramas, as well as 35 films (counting both features and and made-for-tv movies) and many plays, musical comedies and even operas in the U.S. and Europe.

While Gaynes became immediately recognizable to TV viewers and filmgoers, he never achieved name recognition, let alone stardom.

On “Punky Brewster,” Gaynes played building manager Henry Warnimont, who finds an abandoned girl (Soleil Moon Frye) and becomes her foster parent and eventually her adoptive father.
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George Gaynes, ‘Punky Brewster’ and ‘Police Academy’ Star, Dies at 98

George Gaynes, ‘Punky Brewster’ and ‘Police Academy’ Star, Dies at 98
George Gaynes, who portrayed an irritable foster parent on the ’80s sitcom “Punky Brewster,” the bewildered commandant in seven “Police Academy” films and a soap opera star with a crush on Dorothy Michaels, whom he doesn’t know is Dustin Hoffman’s character in drag, in the hit feature comedy “Tootsie,” died on Monday in North Bend, Wash. He was 98.

Gaynes, who was not only a character actor but a baritone singer, made hundreds of appearances both on TV comedies and dramas, as well as 35 films (counting both features and and made-for-tv movies) and many plays, musical comedies and even operas in the U.S. and Europe.

While Gaynes became immediately recognizable to TV viewers and filmgoers, he never achieved name recognition, let alone stardom.

On “Punky Brewster,” Gaynes played building manager Henry Warnimont, who finds an abandoned girl (Soleil Moon Frye) and becomes her foster parent and eventually her adoptive father.
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Legendary Pictures announces Electra Woman and Dyna Girl remake

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Legendary Digital Media and Fullscreen have partnered with YouTube phenoms Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart in an updated version of Sid & Marty Krofft‘s classic 70’s TV series Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, bringing the property to a new generation of viewers. Fullscreen will debut and exhibit Electra Woman and Dyna Girl in the U.S. with Legendary Television Distribution overseeing global distribution. Sid & Marty Krofft will executive produce the project.

The reboot will start internet superstars Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart as the seventies icons (shut up, this is my article). The series, comes on the heels of Helbig’s crossover from YouTube fame to television as the host of a late night talk show for E! which premieres in April. Both Helbig and Hart have large social media followings with a combined total of over 10 million subscribers and followers over all of their YouTube and social media platforms.
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'Night Court' alum cast as Lindsay's mom on 'Chicago P.D.'

'Night Court' alum cast as Lindsay's mom on 'Chicago P.D.'
We’re about to find out if Chicago P.D.’s Lindsay has mommy issues.

Night Court and Hearts Afire alum Markie Post has been tapped to play Erin Lindsay’s mom, Bunny, for a multi-episode arc on the NBC drama, EW has confirmed. A bartender in a dive bar, Bunny has been estranged from her daughter, but looks to reconnect now that she’s in a new relationship.

Post will first appear in the season 2 premiere, airing Sept. 24 at 10 p.m. on NBC.
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Watch Aquaman and the Flash in Unaired 'Electra Woman and Dyna Girl' Pilot

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Watch Aquaman and the Flash in Unaired 'Electra Woman and Dyna Girl' Pilot
Fans of Sid & Marty Krofft are well versed in the 1970s oddity Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, a super hero series about two women crime fighters that spoofed of Batman and his sidekick Robin. It was a segment shown as part of the 1976 Saturday morning series The Krofft Supershow and starred soap opera queen Deidre Hall and Judy Strangis. In 2001, the Krofft's decided to reboot the property as its own half hour comedy series, which continued the story of the original, only now Electra Woman has retired from crime fighting to live in a trailer park after Dyna Girl ran off with her husband. Markie Post of Night Court fame took on the role of Electra Woman in this failed series, while Anne Stedman played the former sidekick Dyna Girl. The pilot of which has resurfaced and is notable for its brief appearances by Aquaman and The Flash, while other DC notables get mentioned.
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The Flash & Aquaman Cameo In Unaired Electra Woman & Dyna Girl Pilot (2001)

In 1976, Sid and Marty Krofft ("H.R. Pufnstuf") created Electra Woman and Dyna Girl for their series The Krofft Supershow. There were sixteen 12-minute segments, that featured Deidre Hall ("Days of Our Lives") as Electra Woman (played by ) and Judy Strangis ("Room 222") as her sidekick Dyna Girl. For whatever reason, Warner Bros. commissioned a new version in 2001 with Markie Post ("Night Court") as Electra Woman and Anne Stedman ("That '70s Show") as Dyna Girl. Where the original version was a spoof on the 60's Batman & Robin television series, this new version was a cynical take on superheroes. Markie Post's Electra Woman is portrayed as former superhero who has become trailer park trash. She's hooked on booze, and has a mighty chip on her shoulder because her original Dyna Girl stole her husband. Watch the pilot above and be on the lookout for brief appearances by The Flash
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Billy Bob Thornton talks 'Fargo,' 'Entourage,' and why he'll never direct again

Billy Bob Thornton talks 'Fargo,' 'Entourage,' and why he'll never direct again
Billy Bob Thornton has played some devilish characters, but never one as frightening and fascinating as Fargo’s Lorne Malvo. Malvo is a mysterious grim reaper of sorts who lives by a strict code of malevolence — one that has a way of rubbing off on the innocent souls around him. In the premiere of FX’s new series, which airs Tuesday at 10 p.m. Et, a chance encounter with pathetic pushover Lester Nygaard (Sherlock’s Martin Freeman) leads to some very bad things in the small town of Bemidji, Minn.

The two actors — whom you may remember co-starred in Love Actually,
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Hollywood! Adapt This: Night Court

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Full disclosure: I spent the better part of last Thursday night attending night court for a traffic violation.  As you might have expected, the experience was an efficient, competent, and streamlined process (right).  New technology has been introduced (such as a defendant attempting to use a digital receipt on his cellphone as a means of an alibi), but the court system doesn't appear to have changed much fundamentally in the last thirty years.  Why did I choose thirty years?  Because 1984 featured the debut of the long-running court comedy that's the focus of today's article.  Hit the jump for more.  Hollywood!  Adapt this: Night Court. What It's About: Airing on NBC after Cheers in the mid-80s, Night Court was a half-hour comedy that centered on the night-shift staff of a Manhattan court.  Created by Reinhold Weege, the sitcom starred Harry Anderson as the quirky, amateur comedian/magician, Judge Harold T.
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Briefs: Samuel Jackson’s Possible Gay Character, Barilla Tries To Make Amends, and Bear Grylls Finally Unpixelated!

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Birthday shoutouts go to Matthew McConaughey (above) who is 44, Kathy Griffin is 53, Markie Post is 63, and Ralph Macchio is 52.

Samuel L. Jackson has been cast in the film adaptation of Stephen King‘s Cell (which has been in the planning stages since the novel debuted back in 2006). My colleague Brian Juergens informs me that the character Sam is playing, Tom McCourt, is gay in the book, so it’ll be interesting to see if they keep it, or de-gay him (but hey, if he needs tips on playing a de-gayed character, he can just ask his co-star John Cusack, who’s done it twice in his career). But I really hope they don’t, because it’s been far too long since I’ve heard a gay character say “motherf*ckin.”

A few months ago I posted Man Vs. Blur: The Ten Hottest Bear Grylls Pixelations, and lamented the fact
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Details Announced for Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters Release on DVD and Blu-ray

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We told you recently that Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters – Predacons Rising is the title of the special that concludes the run of the excellent animated series Transformers Prime, and that it would air on The Hub on October 4 and available to purchase as a DVD or Blu-ray on October 8.

Now we have the details about final season of Transformers Prime, Season 3 – Beast Hunters, available December 3. Executive produced by Transformers, Fringe, Star Trek, Sleepy Hollow‘s Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, guest voices on that last season included John Noble, George Takei and Gina Torres:

This Holiday Season, Bring Home The Perfect Gift For The Ultimate Transformers Prime Fan And Complete Their Home Entertainment Collection! Transformers Prime: Season Three – Beast Hunters Third and Final Season of Emmy® Award-Winning Series of Transformers Prime Debuts on Breathtaking 2-Disc Blu-ray Collection and Deluxe 2-dvd Set Spectacular Family Entertainment Lands In Stores Everywhere On December 3, 2013 From Shout!
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Billy Bob Thornton to Star in FX’s 10 Episode ‘Fargo’ TV Series

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Before Billy Bob Thornton knocked people out with his Oscar nominated turn in Sling Blade, he co-starred with John Ritter and Markie Post on the early 90s political sitcom, Hearts of Fire. Now, after 18 years and a rich and diverse film career that has featured starring roles in A Simple Plan, Monster’s Ball, Friday Night Lights, and Bad Santa, Thornton is returning to television, but not for the long haul.

Yes, Billy Bob Thornton is the latest big screen star to sign up for an event/limited series with an eye on, perhaps, receiving a career shot in the arm. For this endeavor, Thornton has chosen an impressive creative team and an interesting project to ...

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DVD Review: Night Court: The Complete Ninth Season

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Cinelinx takes the stand to review Warner Archive's Night Court: The Complete Ninth Season on DVD!

This Warner Archive release is a Manufacture-On-Demand (Mod) DVD. It is made to be played in "play only" DVD devices, and may not play in some DVD recorders or PC drives. This 3-disc set, however, played with no problems in the Toshiba DVD recorder used for this review. This title is available directly from WBShop.com by clicking here.

The Set-up

Judge Harry Stone (Harry Anderson) rules over the chaos of a New York City night court. This three-disc DVD set includes all 22 episodes from the ninth and final season. Also stars Markie Post, Richard Moll, Marsha Warfield, Charles Robinson, Joleen Lutz and John Larroquette.

The Delivery

This three disc DVD set contains the following episodes: "A Guy Named Phantom, Pts. 1 & 2," "My Life as a Dog Lawyer," "Puppy Love," "Pop Goes the Question,
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The 10 Greatest Celebrity "Pyramid" Players, In Honor Of The Classic Game Show's 40th Anniversary

You may have guessed that I'm a fan of game shows, but if you're a decent, totally American human being, you love game shows too. Thus, it's only right that you know today is the 40th anniversary of the first airing of Pyramid, the beloved franchise that eventually spawned the Dick Clark-hosted $20,000, $25,000 and $100,000 versions, as well as two recent incarnations starring Donny Osmond and Price is Right producer Mike Richards, respectively. The classic game of verbal clues and Egyptian iconography is just so addicting, and we're lucky that Game Show Network still airs it all the damn time. 

For the record: The first-ever Pyramid celebrities -- when the show was filmed in New York -- were Rob Reiner and June Lockhart.

To celebrate the show's incredible run, I thought we'd rank the 10 greatest celebrities ever to lend their clue-giving skills to Dick Clark's game. My list includes mainly
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Blu Review: Transformers Prime Season Two

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The Movie Pool rolls out for the Transformers Prime: Season Two Blu-ray set!

This review is based on the 4-disc Blu-ray set

The Set-up

Season two of the epic Hub TV show focuses on the battle between rival factions of an alien race of robots known as Transformers. Optimus Prime and the heroic Autobots take on Megatron and the evil Decepticons. Includes all 26 episodes of the second season.

The Delivery

There have been so many incarnations of Transformers over the years, but Generation One, the original series, still holds a special place in the hearts of hard core fans. Transformers Prime, however, may eventually become the definitive version of the brand. Combining the best aspects of the original 1980s animated series (including the voices of Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime and Frank Welker as Megatron) with the look and music cues of the modern films, Transformers Prime is a
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