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Ted Cruz is lining up a plan B should his White House bid fall short, with an assist from BuzzFeed. The Texas Senator auditioned for a part on “The Simpsons,” angling to replace the departing Harry Shearer. “But dad, I’m a vegetarian, I don’t eat animals,” Cruz whined, imitating Lisa Simpson. Next, he stepped into the legendary Homer Simpson’s voice. Also Read: 'The View's' Rosie Perez Calls Out Ted Cruz for Dodging Confederate Flag Issue (Video) “But Lisa, animals are so delicious; there’s the animal we get bacon from, the animal we get ham from, »
- Jordan Chariton
"The greatest hits of arcade game characters in one movie - it's pretty insane." Sony has debuted a set of featurettes for Pixels, the video game invasion movie still due out this summer. The first one introduces us to the "arcade heroes" that we follow - Adam Sandler as Sam Brenner, Peter Dinklage as Eddie Plant, Josh Gad as Ludlow Lamonsoff, and Michelle Monaghan as Lt. Col. Violet Van Patten. Kevin James also co-stars. The other featurette focuses on Ashley Benson as Lady Lisa, another video game character come to life. She plays a badass villain of sorts, fighting Ludlow with swords most of the time. From Sony: "Watch the cast of Pixels describe what it was like working with their favorite 80s arcade characters." Enjoy! Check out these two featurettes for Chris Columbus' Pixels - one about the "Arcade Heroes" + "Lady Lisa": Pixels is directed by Chris Columbus (Home Alone, »
- Alex Billington
The greatest cat and mouse game in cartoon history will finally end this fall when Bart Simpson meets his unseemly demise at the hands of Sideshow Bob on The Simpsons' annual Halloween special, Entertainment Weekly reports.
Executive producer Al Jean revealed the plot during a Simpsons panel at Atx Festival in Austin, Texas over the weekend. "I'm one of the people that always wanted to see the Coyote eat the Roadrunner," Jean said. "I hated frustration comedy, so we'll scratch that itch."
Voiced by Kelsey Grammer, Sideshow Bob was introduced in Season One, »
Some shows just don't need to be canceled. Why ever cancel 'Survivor'? We don't tire of the conceit. It's not like "American Idol" where the glory of winning depends on our investment in an artist's market potential. "Survivor" is about "Survivor" and that''s that. Though quality may vary from season to season, we're never bored of the ludicrous machinations and maddening puzzle challenges. As we process the "Worlds Apart" finale, let's pick an underrated season to spotlight: I think "Survivor: Philippines" deserves a bit more credit -- not only because Denise Stapley was a valiant and cool winner, but because Lisa Whelchel's arc on the show was, um, astounding? She went from being a self-assigned, miserable hermit to a real player and pseudo-philosopher who was both sincere and successfully manipulative. A rare kind of character, even for "Survivor." Here's what else is going on at HitFix today. »
- Louis Virtel
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Once Upon a Time, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., NCIS and The Vampire Diaries!
1 | This week’s Hawaii Five-0 question comes to us from Catherine Rollins herself: “How long do you want me to stay?” (Speak up, Steve!!!)
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Ever since the start, "Saturday Night Live" has given us bold, weird character actresses who seesawed between deadly one-liners and powerful impersonations. Gilda Radner charmed you with insanity. Jane Curtin jarred you with sarcasm. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Nora Dunn, and Jan Hooks balanced goofy caricatures with serious thespian chops. But when Molly Shannon joined "SNL" 20 years ago in February of 1995, a new wave of female characterizations began on Lorne Michaels' revue: Suddenly women could be the zaniest, ballsiest performers in the entire telecast -- and with the biggest grins on their face, to boot. Shannon was joined in the cast by Groundlings loon Cheri Oteri later in 1995; Northwestern alum and onetime violin prodigy Ana Gasteyer came in '96. The trio found inventive ways to mock new distaff phenomena in pop culture like "The View" and Lilith Fair while injecting carnality, cool intelligence, and even scariness into familiar "SNL" roles for women. »
- Louis Virtel
Cinedigm is releasing sexual assault documentary “It Happened Here” on May 12 on digital platforms, Variety has learned exclusively.
The film is directed by Lisa F. Jackson (“The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo”) and produced by Marjorie Schwartz Nielsen. It explores sexual assault on campuses through the personal testimonials of five survivors who transform their experiences into a springboard for change.
The film debuted on Pivot TV on Jan. 21 and has screened on college campuses as a part of the “It’s on Us” campaign launched last September by President Obama and the White House.
The students describe surviving sexual assault only to be met with apathy, disbelief, blame and retaliation from authorities when they tried to report the crime.
“It Happened Here” includes the personal portraits of five students at three schools along with testimonials from college administrators, educators, mental health experts and legal scholars.
- Dave McNary
Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins has a lot to do. Not only is TLC heading out on tour with New Kids on the Block and Nelly in May, but she's also in the middle of organizing a concert with charity network Chideo and - despite the fact that it's already well past what can be considered lunchtime - graciously waiting to dig into a plate of takeout sushi so she can give an interview to this reporter. In person, T-Boz's petite stature seems at odds with her outspoken personality and the chart-topping dominance she's known for. The R&B singer, eyes slightly shrouded behind a pair of purple shades, is taking a pause for our chat in the greenroom at the Grammy Museum in downtown La, where the fundraising concert will be held. The show will feature acoustic performances by T-Boz and friends, including Raphael Saadiq, and benefit the Sickle Cell Foundation. »
The "Survivor: Worlds Apart" cast was a bit short on recognizable celebrities, if your idea of "celebrity" happens to be former professional athletes or nearly-forgotten '80s TV stars. If, however, you spend time around the world of reality TV or academia, or you spend time around those who spend their time around those worlds, there's no question that Max Dawson entered "Survivor: Worlds Apart" as the season's biggest superstar. As a member of Northwestern's Communications department, Max taught several years of a course titled "The Tribe Has Spoken: Surviving TV’s New Reality," as well as other courses on TV, new media and the business betwixt them. Several of my critical buddies, including Mo Ryan and Myles McNutt and Erik Adams, made appearances in the "Survivor" class. Since 2013, Max has worked as a consultant for and on the reality TV industry. He may not be Lisa Whelchel or Jimmy Johnson, »
- Daniel Fienberg
CBS has named Lisa Ammerman as VP of talent booking, the net announced Thursday.
In her newly created position, Ammerman, a former “Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” producer and casting producer on “Survivor” and “The Amazing Race,” will develop customized and strategic publicity opportunities for talent utilizing CBS’ portfolio of entertainment, news and talk shows including James Corden’s upcoming “Late Late Show,” “The Late Show With David Letterman” (soon to be Stephen Colbert’s), “Entertainment Tonight,” “The Insider,” “CBS This Morning,” as well as other platforms.
Chris Ender, exec VP of communications for CBS Corp., commented, “Lisa comes to the position with a diverse producing background and outstanding relationships with artists and representatives in all areas. She will be an additional strategic resource for CBS programs, a company ambassador to the talent community and a facilitator for creating mutually beneficial booking packages for everyone.”
Before her time on CBS shows, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
10 items from 2015
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