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Watch Penn and Teller Reveal Trade Secrets to James Corden

23 hours ago | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Penn and Teller pulled back the curtain on their classic trick "Lift Off of Love" during a performance on The Late Late Show Wednesday.

The magicians first performed a straightforward version of the body separation illusion. Teller squeezed inside a set of small boxes covered with the illustration of an astronaut. His limbs and face continue to pop out of various openings as Penn Jillette separates the parts and moves them around the stage.

The pair then gleefully deconstructed the illusion by bringing out a replica set of translucent boxes, »

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Miles Teller Explains How His 'My Girl' Duet with Keith Urban Came to Be

5 August 2016 2:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Miles Teller recently took the stage at a Keith Urban show in New Mexico to duet on The Temptations' 1965 classic "My Girl." And if you were wondering how that all happened, Teller is now opening up. The actor, 29, chatted with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show and explained that the pairing was all Urban's idea. "The first film I did was this film Rabbit Hole with Nicole Kidman, so I've known Keith kind of loosely for a couple of years and him and Nicole have always been very warm to me," Teller said. "I was filming in Santa Fe, he »

- Danielle Anderson, @dak5000

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James Corden Unearths Shia Labeouf's Post-Jail War Dogs Audition Tape

3 August 2016 5:52 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

If you've seen a trailer for the upcoming movie, War Dogs, you know Jonah Hill and Miles Teller are the two leads. But there was a time when that movie could've turned out very differently...with James Corden and Shia Labeouf as the two main stars. Todd Phillips, the director of War Dogs, appeared on The Late Late Show Tuesday and took a trip down memory lane with Corden as Bradley Cooper enjoyed the stories. Calling seeing a trailer for the movie "bittersweet," Corden revealed that he was originally supposed to read for Teller's part while Labeouf was going to read for Hill's. But the night before they were supposed to audition, Labeouf got arrested and sent to jail after becoming disruptive during a »

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Ratings: Wayward Pines Audience Slips to an All-Time Low

21 July 2016 8:27 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Fox’s Wayward Pines this Wednesday drew 2.1 million total viewers and a 0.7 rating, holding steady in the demo while ticking down 11 percent to its smallest audience ever.

RelatedRenewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?

Opening Fox’s night, MasterChef (3.8 mil/1.2) was up a tenth.

Elsewhere….

CBS | Big Brother (5.5 mil/1.7) dipped 10 percent and a tenth week-to-week, while American Gothic (2.5 mil/0.6) hit an audience low but ticked up in the demo.

RelatedSNL‘s Special Weekend Update Blasts Trump, Mike Pence, Chris Christie

The CW | Penn & Teller (1.2 mil/0.3) and Whose Line (1.1 mil/0.3) each slipped a tenth in the demo. »

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The 20 Best TV Dramas of the Last 20 Years

16 June 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Like it or not, TV dramas often set the standard for how television eras are remembered. Be it awards attention or Top 10 lists, dramas are looked to as a guide post for where we are, where we’re headed and what’s worth revisiting from the past. Series like “The Americans” and “Mad Men” look back to break down where we are now, while iconic moments in time are captured in series “of the now” like “The Wire” and “The O.C.” Eras matter, in your life and in all our lives, and these 20 series, all premiering in the last 20 years, have defined the past two decades in every aspect imaginable.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (1997-2003)

Joss Whedon may have traded the supernatural for superheroes in recent years, but his first series remains his crowning achievement as King of the Nerds. “Buffy” was strong as a whole, with a well-rounded cast, top-notch writing, and a healthy dose of classic Whedon humor, but it’s in examining the series’ most famous episodes that the true genius shines through. Three “Buffy” episodes are widely regarded as some of the best in TV history: the eerily silent “Hush,” featuring only 14 minutes of dialogue and the scariest villains in the entire show; the genuinely catchy musical numbers of “Once More With Feeling,” which combined Buffy’s existential crisis with a musical-inducing demon; and “The Body,” a study in overwhelming grief as Buffy and her friends deal with the death of her mother. While “Buffy” may not be as critically acclaimed as other shows on this list, it redefined the supernatural genre, paving the way for countless other shows — none of which have lived up to to the original vampiric cult favorite. – Kate Halliwell

“Oz” (1997-2003)

Given how much attention is given to early HBO dramas “The Sopranos” and “The Wire,” it’s almost criminal just how overlooked “Oz” has become. Critics adore it, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find any “Game Of Thrones” or “Breaking Bad” fans who have seen a single episode. Ironically, “Oz” paved the way for nearly every Golden Age TV drama in its path. So much of what we’ve come to expect from TV drama — antiheroes, brutal violence, moral ambiguities, the fearless disposal of main characters — was born at the Oswald State Correctional Facility, where racial, sexual, and economic conflicts within the prison system gave way to some of the most complex characters TV has ever seen. Each episode, co-written by creator Tom Fontana, dynamically weaves a single theme through both the present storyline and flashbacks revealing inmates’ unspeakable crimes, all narrated by Harold Perrineau Jr.’s Augustus Hill with a lyrical slam pulse. “Orange Is The New Black” has used this format in recent years to create its own memorable world, but it could only dream of hitting as viscerally as “Oz.” At times brutally grounded and surreally poetic, the show uses its fictional environment as a microcosm for our society at large, showing how the divides and conflicts manifested in prison first start in the neighborhoods we live in. “Oz” has a burdensome power that you have to reckon with. – Zack Shark

Queer as Folk” (UK) (1999-2000)

With this intimate look at gay life in Manchester, England, creator Russell T. Davies brought joy, wit and pathos to the stories of Stuart (Aiden Gillen), Vince (Craig Kelly) and Nathan (Charlie Hunnam) as they struggled to find love in the city’s vibrant club scene. Balancing “Doctor Who” references with surprisingly explicit love scenes (yeah, look at that cast list again — some of the show’s hottest sex features “Game of Thrones'” Littlefinger and baby Jax Teller from “Sons of Anarchy), the original “Queer as Folk” was groundbreaking for British television and even game-changing for the U.S., when Showtime created an American adaptation that ran from 2000-2005. While short-lived in comparison to the remake, the original version remains singular and iconic. – Liz Shannon Miller

The West Wing” (1999-2006)

Here’s the pitch: A young, close knit group of Presidential staffers fight the good fight, with episodes centering around wonky debates over sexy topics like the census, foreign aid, and nuclear energy. Hard to believe, but it was a formula that that led Aaron Sorkin’s NBC drama to capture an audience of over 20 million weekly viewers and four consecutive Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series. Mixing the hard realities of modern politics and Sorkin’s romantic belief that a dedicated group of passionate people can bring about positive change, the show was equal parts entertaining and educational. Predictably, the show teetered after its fourth season, when Sorkin and his playful dialogue moved on, but under the leadership of showrunner John Wells the “West Wing” successfully reinvented itself with longer, more sober story arcs centered around characters’ existential/career crises and an oddly prescient election to replace President Jed Bartlet (Martin Sheen), which predicted so many real-life political stories, including the 2008 match-up between Senators Obama and McCain. – Chris O’Falt

Read More: ‘The West Wing’ Reunion: Aaron Sorkin and Cast Remember How the Internet Saved the Series

The Sopranos” (1999-2007)

The greatness of “The Sopranos” cannot be overstated. Its lavish praise will never be hyperbolic. HBO, for all its excellent offerings, will never do anything better. David Chase’s six-season mob drama is equal parts American opus and Shakespearean drama, one that encompasses the grand spectrum of human emotion and experience (especially as it applies to strip club-loving tough guys) through the tight lens of what could be a slightly alienating focus. Mobsters have long entertained American audiences, but to distill the crime drama down to a series that is just as concerned with domestic troubles as it is with Mafia-related violence is bold indeed. Or, in other words: It’s just really, really good (and super entertaining). “The Sopranos” never shied away from its roots as a show about the mob, but it also fully embraced the kind suburban ennui that made Tony Soprano — a larger than life character — feel oddly relatable and often even kind of lovable. While Chase’s series is hardly in danger of being forgotten or maligned, its divisive final shot is often the subject of close reads that forget to acknowledge the kind of subtlety and power that ran through the entire series. It’s not just Tony’s last meal (maybe) that deserves a deep dive. It’s the entire series. – Kate Erbland

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- Ben Travers, Liz Shannon Miller, Kate Erbland, Michael Schneider, Zack Sharf, Chris O'Falt, David Ehrlich, Russell Goldman and Kate Halliwell

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The 20 Best TV Dramas of the Last 20 Years

16 June 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Like it or not, TV dramas often set the standard for how television eras are remembered. Be it awards attention or Top 10 lists, dramas are looked to as a guide post for where we are, where we’re headed and what’s worth revisiting from the past. Series like “The Americans” and “Mad Men” look back to break down where we are now, while iconic moments in time are captured in series “of the now” like “The Wire” and “The O.C.” Eras matter, in your life and in all our lives, and these 20 series, all premiering in the last 20 years, have defined the past two decades in every aspect imaginable.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (1997-2003)

Joss Whedon may have traded the supernatural for superheroes in recent years, but his first series remains his crowning achievement as King of the Nerds. “Buffy” was strong as a whole, with a well-rounded cast, »

- Ben Travers, Liz Shannon Miller, Kate Erbland, Michael Schneider, Zack Sharf, Chris O'Falt, David Ehrlich, Russell Goldman and Kate Halliwell

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Friday TV Ratings: Masters of Illusion, Beyond the Tank, Dateline, Blue Bloods, The Simpsons

4 June 2016 1:10 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Friday, June 3, 2016 ratings -- New episodes:  Masters of Illusion, Beyond the Tank, 20/20, and Dateline NBC. Rerun: Masters of Illusion, Penn & Teller: Fool Us, NCIS: Los AngelesShark Tank, The Simpsons, MasterChef, Hawaii Five-0, and Blue Bloods. 

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Friday TV Ratings: 500 Questions, Dateline, Hawaii Five-0, Penn & Teller, The Simpsons

28 May 2016 1:21 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Friday, May 27, 2016 ratings -- New episodes:  500 Questions and Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon. Rerun: Masters of Illusion, Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Dateline: NBC, Undercover Boss, Shark Tank, 20/20, The Simpsons, Coupled, Hawaii Five-0, and Blue Bloods. 

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Watch Adam Sandler, Jimmy Fallon Honor Troops With Garth Brooks Parody

26 May 2016 6:12 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Jimmy Fallon and Adam Sandler delivered a charming tribute to the troops on The Tonight Show Wednesday, turning the Garth Brooks classic "Friends in Low Places" into "Friends on All Bases."

With an audience packed with soldiers in New York City for Fleet Week, Fallon and Sandler took the stage in 10-gallon hats and acoustic guitars while a digital flag waved behind them. Fallon led the song with straight-ahead odes to the men and women in the armed forces, while Sandler sang laugh lines like, "Now you're back in town »

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‘Sharknado: The Collection’ Review

28 April 2016 1:18 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Combining Sharknado, Sharknado 2: The Second One, and Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!  – Sharknado: The Collection is a 3-disc boxset filled with shark-infested splatter-fest action! With the set due for release on May 2nd, here’s our review of all three Sharknado movies…

Sharknado

Stars: Ian Ziering, Jaason SimmonsTara Reid, Cassie Scerbo, John Heard, Alex Arleo, Neil H. Berkow, Heather Jocelyn Blair | Written by Thunder Levin | Directed by Anthony C. Ferrante

When a freak tornado swamps Los Angeles, thousands of man-eating sharks are sucked into the swirling vortex, terrorizing the waterlogged populace and flooding the city with shark-infested seawater. Surfer and bar-owner Fin (Ziering) sets out with his friends Baz (Simmons) and Nova (Scerbo) to rescue his estranged wife April (Reid) and teenage daughter Claudia from the sharks raining down from the skies. With nature’s deadliest killer ruling sea, land, and air, they soon realise that »

- Phil Wheat

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Tracy Morgan Starring in Ed Helms’ Comedy ‘The Clapper’

7 April 2016 10:52 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tracy Morgan is in talks to star in the comedy “The Clapper” alongside Ed Helms and Amanda Seyfried.

Dito Montiel is directing the film from his own script, adapted from his book of the same name about a man who works on  infomercials and is selected to appear on a late night talk show. If the deal goes through, Morgan will play Helms’ best friend.

The project is being produced by Montiel with Robin Schorr. Helms and Mike Falbo are also producing through their Pacific Electric shingle. Alex Lebovici and Michael Bien are the executive producers.

Morgan worked with Montiel on the 2011 drama “The Son of No One.” The former “30 Rock” star recently returned to the business after a car accident left him seriously injured in 2014. He gave his first TV interview following the crash on “Today” last June, made a surprise appearance at the Emmy Awards in September and »

- Dave McNary

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TV News Roundup: ‘Making a Murderer’ Attorney Dean Strang Lands Criminal Justice Series

31 March 2016 4:05 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Making a Murderer’s” Dean Strang will star in his own criminal-justice docu-series. Also in today’s TV news round-up, Tracy Morgan will appear on the April 3 episode of Own’s “Super Soul Sunday” to talk to Oprah about the aftermath of his nearly fatal 2014 car accident.

Greenlights:

Dean Strang, the lawyer who gained a passionate following from Netflix’s “Making a Murderer,” in which he was featured as Steven Avery’s defense attorney, will star in a criminal justice investigation series called “Dean Strang: Road to Justice.” The series will be structured into eight one-hour episodes, in which Strang will investigate legal cases that highlight major systemic flaws. He will also serve as an exec producer on the project from Covert Media.

TLC is getting back into the home space, greenlighting three series in the genre, including one from married couple Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent, called “Married to Design: Nate and Jeremiah, »

- Alyssa Sage

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Animal Kingdom Gets June Premiere Date at TNT — Watch the Trailer Now!

24 March 2016 10:55 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

“He’s blood, baby. He’s in… ’til he proves he isn’t.”

Those aren’t exactly the words you’d expect a woman to say about her grandson, but in the world of TNT’s Animal Kingdom, that might be as warm and fuzzy as it gets.

RelatedKeep or Cut? Vote on the Fate of Castle, Sleepy Hollow, Other ‘Bubble’ Shows

The network announced today that the series — starring Ellen Barkin (The New Normal), Scott Speedman (Felicity) and Shawn Hatosy (Southland) — will premiere June 7.

Animal Kingdom centers on 17-year-old Joshua “J” Cody (Peaky BlindersFinn Cole), who moves to »

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What one choice could end Hulu as a company completely?

3 February 2016 8:00 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, Time Warner is in the early stages of conversations that would see the media giant buy 25% of Hulu. Seems rational enough to me. But in the story, one of the ideas that is floated is that Time Warner is worried about cord cutting and looking to downplay or even end one of the main functions of Hulu as a service by doing away with next-day streaming episodes of current TV shows. If it's true, then my relationship with Hulu Plus will end immediately after a very happy nine year subscription to the service. I was an early adopter, first signing up in late 2007, and, yes, I would love to cut the cable cord completely. I have Charter Communications as my cable/Internet provider right now, and my service on the cable side is, in a word, awful. I detest cable. »

- Drew McWeeny

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Watch Josh Brolin's Kim Kardashian Impression on 'Tonight Show'

27 January 2016 6:53 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Jimmy Fallon recruited Josh Brolin and SNL cast member Kate McKinnon for a round of "First Impressions" during Tuesday's Tonight Show – and the obvious highlight was Brolin attempting to impersonate Kim Kardashian. Unable to recreate the reality star's accent, the Hail Caesar! actor held a tissue box against his ass and flipped back his imaginary long hair. To his credit, Fallon and McKinnon guessed correctly. 

Brolin started the game with a spot-on characterization of Regis Philbin's impatient shout – "I was riding my snowblower around all weekend. My ass is killing me! »

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Watch 7 Movie Stars Do Hilarious Robert De Niro Impressions

20 January 2016 12:10 PM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

With Dirty Grandpa, we may have officially reached the point where a Robert De Niro impression is guaranteed to be more enjoyable than a Robert De Niro performance. Fortunately, the indisputable fact that he's one of the most iconic actors in movie history means that there's a ton of imitators out there.

If the man behind Travis Bickle, Jake La Motta and young Vito Corleone isn't quite as common a target as Christopher Walken or Al Pacino, that's only because he's a little bit harder to get right (watch the »

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Jimmy Fallon and the Sesame Street Gang Photobombing Unsuspecting Kids Is the Cutest Thing You'll See All Day

15 January 2016 7:20 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

What do you get when Jimmy Fallon teams up with the Sesame Street characters to play a prank on a few unsuspecting kids? Complete and utter adorableness. In a new clip, the Tonight Show host teaches the PBS stars a lesson in photobombing: "Okay guys. Be quiet. We're doing a photobomb. You know what a photobomb is, right?" Fallon, 41, tells Elmo, the Cookie Monster and Abby Cadabby."Well, a photobomb is when someone takes a picture and then we jump in the background and surprise them, and then they don't know that we're there until they see it on their phone. »

- Aurelie Corinthios

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‘Sesame Street’ Shakes Up Its Neighborhood to Woo Digital Kids

13 January 2016 5:45 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Cookie Monster, Elmo and Abby Cadabby, three of the most popular residents of Sesame Street, have long talked to children. Now they must also answer to HBO – and many other forces beyond their control.

Sesame Street,” the revered program that has taught preschoolers about letters, numbers and even how to handle the death of a loved one over the course of nearly half a century, debuts on the Time Warner pay-cable service this Saturday, the first time its new episodes will not be seen initially on PBS. As it does so, it will function not just as one of America’s best-loved tools for teaching preschoolers their first words, but also as a pillar in HBO’s strategy to win new subscribers during one of the most confused times in media-industry history.

That’s because HBO is no longer just a cable network, and, as such, “Sesame Street” is no longer something just for kids. »

- Brian Steinberg

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Ratings: College Football Championship Game on Espn Down 15%, Still Huge

12 January 2016 9:31 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

ABC’s “The Bachelor” and special off-night repeats of CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” were the top draws among young adults on the broadcast networks Monday, a night that was dominated by Espn’s coverage of college football’s championship game. Also of note, NBC’s new comedy “Superstore” held up pretty well in its second week, down about 12%, while there was no Trump bump in late-night for the network’s “Tonight Show.”

While more detailed numbers for the football game between Alabama and Clemson will be released later today by Nielsen, it averaged a 15.8 overnight household rating — down 15% from last year but expected to come in with an average audience of nearly 30 million viewers in the finals. This year’s game was a thriller, won 45-40 by Alabama, but featured two teams from the same part of the country. A year ago, the more geographically desirable Ohio State-Oregon matchup »

- Rick Kissell

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HBO Orders Bill Hader Comedy Pilot ‘Barry’

11 January 2016 10:18 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

HBO has ordered “Barry,” a half-hour comedy pilot from “Saturday Night Live” alum Bill Hader, Variety has confirmed.

The pilot centers around an ex-Marine (Hader) who works as a low-rent hitman in the Midwest. Lonely and dissatisfied in his life, he begrudgingly travels to Los Angeles to kill someone and ends up finding an accepting community in a group of eager hopefuls within the La theater scene.

Hader serves as writer, director, executive producer and star on the project, which is a product of his development deal with the premium cabler. “Silicon Valley” exec producer Alec Berg is also co-writer and Ep on the pilot.

Hader most recently co-starred in Amy Schumer’s hit comedy “Trainwreck” on the big screen, and co-created and co-stars in IFC’s “Documentary Now!” mockumentary series with fellow “SNL” alums Fred Armisen and Seth Meyers. He’s repped by UTA, Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment and Fred Toczek »

- Laura Prudom

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