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NBC Developing ‘The Russians Are Coming’ Comedy Produced By Mila Kunis

NBC has put in development The Russians Are Coming, a single-camera comedy from Universal Television and Mila KunisOrchard Farm Productions. Written/co-executive produced by Sam Wolfson (Finding Carter), The Russians Are Coming is not related to the 1966 feature comedy. It is described as a semi-autobiographical comedy that follows a fish-out-of-water husband when his Russian in-laws move in upstairs. Kunis executive produces along with her Orchard Farm partners Cami…
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X Factor semi-final results live blog: As it happened

Christmas came early for X Factor fans as the final four - Andrea Faustini, Lauren Platt, Fleur East and Ben Haenow - got into the festive spirit in the semi-final showdown.

However, for one unlucky act, Santa Cowell Claus will be delivering a lump of coal rather than a record contract.

The X Factor: What did the judges say about semi-final week?

The X Factor: All the best reactions to Saturday's semi-final

The X Factor semi-final live blog: Lauren, Andrea and Ben do battle

This evening, we will find out the 2014 Final 3 and who is heading back home for a glum festive season.

Join us from 8pm when we'll be bringing you all the action live as it happens on ITV.

21:02That's all for tonight folks. I'm off to see if I can catch a lift home on Lauren's Battle Bus. There must be plenty of spare seats.
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Star Wars Episode VII: casting Adam Driver as a villain is one very odd move

With the big heroes in their 50s, 60s and 70s, the usually reliable Jj Abrams is plunging the Girls star into a fearsome spotlight

Girls star Adam Driver set to play Star Wars villain, reports say

If there is one area where Jj Abrams usually gets it right, it is casting. He was on the money when he picked the relatively untried Chris Pine to play the new Captain Kirk in 2009's rebooted Star Trek. He nailed it when he saw the potential of Phillip Seymour Hoffman to portray one of the most sinister villains in recent Hollywood history in 2006's unexpectedly good Mission: Impossible III. And he may yet have come up trumps with the casting of Girls' Adam Driver as a Darth Vader-like nasty in the mega-hyped upcoming Star Wars revival: Episode VII. Even so, from what we think we know about the first Disney-produced film in the long-running space saga,
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The best albums of 2013: how our writers voted

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How did we come up with our chart? By tallying the votes of our pop writers – and here's what they plumped for

Tim Jonze

Albums

John Wizards – John Wizards

Disclosure – Settle

Paramore – Paramore

Hebronix – Unreal

Kanye West – Yeezus

Christopher Owens – Lysandre

Julia Holter – Loud City Song

Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

Sky Ferreira – Night Time, My Time

British Sea PowerFrom The Sea To The Land Beyond

Tracks

Julia Holter – Hello Stranger

Miguel and Mariah Carey – #Beautiful

Drake – Hold On, We're Going Home

Sky Ferreira – You're Not the One

Justin Timberlake – Suit and Tie

Jeffrey Lewis – Wwprd

Paramore – Still Into You

Disclosure feat. AlunaGeorge – White Noise

The 1975 – Chocolate

Stylo G – Soundbwoy

Tom Hughes

Albums

15-60-75 The Numbers Band – Jimmy Bell's Still in Town

Meat Wave – Meat Wave

The Drones – I See Seaweed 4

White Fence – Live in San Francisco

Ooga Boogas – Ooga Boogas

Superchunk – I Hate Music

Bits of
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X Factor finale approaches but show loses its voice in television ratings war

Simon Cowell's magic in question as his flagging karaoke show is shown a clean pair of heels by Strictly Come Dancing

It should have been cause for celebration for ITV, as the X Factor reaches the end of its 10th season.

But instead, as the talent show limps toward its conclusion this weekend producers, facing falling ratings and a lack of interest in the final contestants, are being forced to ponder whether Simon Cowell's magic touch may be losing some of its power.

"This has been the worst series finale in 10 years," said Peter Robinson, editor of the pop website Popjustice. "The live finalists simply aren't very interesting."

The three contestants who have made it to this final weekend are not necessarily the acts pegged for stardom at the beginning of the series.

More traditionally chart-ready pop acts, such as Tamera Foster or the boy band Kingsland Road,
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Star Wars Episode VII auditions held in London and Dublin

Casting calls for Jj Abrams's continuation of the Star Wars franchise have hit the English and Irish capitals

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Thousands of hopefuls auditioned this weekend at an open casting call for Star Wars: Episode VII at Twickenham stadium in London.

Casting directors are visiting a number of British cities in their hunt for fresh faces for Jj Abrams's film. Having already stopped off in Bristol earlier this month, they will reportedly also head to Manchester and Glasgow before the process is complete. Auditions were also held at Dublin's Croke Park this weekend and there have been a number of open casting calls in the Us.

UK casting agent Kate Bone told the BBC: "We are doing this to find someone who might not have necessarily gone to drama school. They don't have to have acting experience – just the right look and then we
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Film today: what did you watch this weekend?

We want to know what you saw – and whether our reviews were right about it. Plus: all the film news and more coming up today

What did you watch this weekend?

The atmosphere in UK cinemas was full of one thing only: Gravity. The Sandra Bullock/George Clooney thriller exerted such a pull over distributors that few other new releases even bothered competing this week. But is the space saga suck you in or leave your orbiting? Let us know what you watched in the comment thread below, or watch the Guardian Film Show (this week: Gravity, Seduced & Abandoned, How to Survive a Plague) and pitch into the debate there.

In the headlines today

Saoirse Ronan failed to win Star Wars role, Jj Abrams praised English actors and Star Wars open auditions headed to Chicago

Lynne Ramsay dismissed the Jane Got a Gun suit

Zack Snyder: Superman and Batman
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The Star Wars open audition was my chance at fame. And I didn't get one

Sam Wolfson travels to Bristol with dreams in his head and a Coke/beer mix in his belly to join queues of young hopefuls

Wanted: an athletic, handsome man aged 19-23 and a street-smart and strong girl in her late teens. That was the casting call sent out by Disney as it appealed for unknown actors across Britain to audition for a part in the next instalment of Star Wars.

This seems like as a good opportunity for me to leave behind the bleak world of freelance journalism and head on the road to fame, so I head to the first audition in Bristol. As far as I can tell, there are only two things standing in my way.

First, I've never acted. I was once talked into auditioning for a Talk to Frank anti-cocaine advert, but on the day of the audition I had a terrible cold.

Second, and
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First Look: Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Rita Wilson in 'Jewtopia'

First Look: Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Rita Wilson in 'Jewtopia'
Hold off on the mazel tovs: The photo above is just a rehearsal wedding, one of five that dutiful Adam Lipschitz (Joel David Moore) and his overbearing fiancée (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) have in Jewtopia. Based on the Off-Broadway comedy hit, the movie (premiering April 26 at the Newport Beach Film Festival) follows the romantic exploits of Adam and his non-Jewish pal Christian (Ivan Sergei), who asks his buddy for help to woo the Jewish girl of his dreams (Jennifer Love Hewitt). Making matters tougher are their loving and meddling family and friends, played by a host of stars, including Rita Wilson, Tom Arnold,
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Avatar Thesp Joel Moore Joins Jewtopia Cast

Believe it or not, on a list of recognizable actors Joel Moore, who has landed the other male lead in Jewtopia has to rank somewhere near the top of the list.

People started paying attention to him as a member of Vince Vaughn’s team in comedy Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. Furthermore, Moore made his career of playing either geeks or the main character’s best friend in favorites as Grandma’s Boy and Hatchet. Of course, he didn’t miss the opportunity to lay out the fact he has a major role in the highest grossing film of all time as Norm Spellman, Avatar driver and colleague of Jake Sully (Sam Worthington). Moor also portrayed favorite lab technician, permanently sad inside Colin Fisher, on the Fox’s Bones.

Jewtopia is a feature adaptation of the off-Broadway hit play from Bryan Fogel and Sam Wolfson which stars Ivan Sergei
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Joel David Moore joins Jewtopia

Jewtopia has cast Joel David Moore with Ivan Sergei and Jennifer Love Hewitt in Bryan Fogel's adaptation of the Off-Broadway hit. Also in the cast are Tom Arnold, Jon Lovitz, Nicollette Sheridan, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Rita Wilson, Wendie Malick, Camryn Manheim, Peter Stormare, Lin Shaye, Christine Lakin, Hayes MacArthur, Bree Turner as well as Phil Rosenthal, creator of "Everybody Loves Raymond," reports Variety. Sam Wolfson co-wrote the script alongside Fogel. Sergei plays a non-Jewish man who falls for a Jewish girl (Hewitt). She however, is only interested in marrying a Jewish man. Moore is in as Sergei's best pal who aids him in pretending to be Jewish
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Joel David Moore joins Jewtopia

Jewtopia has cast Joel David Moore with Ivan Sergei and Jennifer Love Hewitt in Bryan Fogel's adaptation of the Off-Broadway hit. Also in the cast are Tom Arnold, Jon Lovitz, Nicollette Sheridan, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Rita Wilson, Wendie Malick, Camryn Manheim, Peter Stormare, Lin Shaye, Christine Lakin, Hayes MacArthur, Bree Turner as well as Phil Rosenthal, creator of "Everybody Loves Raymond," reports Variety. Sam Wolfson co-wrote the script alongside Fogel. Sergei plays a non-Jewish man who falls for a Jewish girl (Hewitt). She however, is only interested in marrying a Jewish man. Moore is in as Sergei's best pal who aids him in pretending to be Jewish
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Joel David Moore joins Jewtopia

Jewtopia has cast Joel David Moore with Ivan Sergei and Jennifer Love Hewitt in Bryan Fogel's adaptation of the Off-Broadway hit. Also in the cast are Tom Arnold, Jon Lovitz, Nicollette Sheridan, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Rita Wilson, Wendie Malick, Camryn Manheim, Peter Stormare, Lin Shaye, Christine Lakin, Hayes MacArthur, Bree Turner as well as Phil Rosenthal, creator of "Everybody Loves Raymond," reports Variety. Sam Wolfson co-wrote the script alongside Fogel. Sergei plays a non-Jewish man who falls for a Jewish girl (Hewitt). She however, is only interested in marrying a Jewish man. Moore is in as Sergei's best pal who aids him in pretending to be Jewish
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Casting Bits: Holt McCallany in ‘Gangster Squad’, Julia Stiles and America Ferrera in ‘It’s a Disaster’, Dennis Quaid in ‘What to Expect’, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Ivan Sergei in ‘Jewtopia’

Casting Bits: Holt McCallany in ‘Gangster Squad’, Julia Stiles and America Ferrera in ‘It’s a Disaster’, Dennis Quaid in ‘What to Expect’, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Ivan Sergei in ‘Jewtopia’
[1] Last season, FX's boxing drama Lights Out entered the canon of brilliant-but-cancelled television series, when piss-poor ratings brought about its demise despite plenty of critical love. Thankfully, things seem to be working out better for the series' acclaimed star, Holt McCallany, than they did for the show. The actor is now in talks for Gangster Squad, Ruben Fleischer's highly anticipated (well, by us) period cop drama. McCallany would be joining an absolutely top-notch cast which already includes Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Anthony Mackie, Michael Peña, and Giovanni Ribisi, with Bryan Cranston in negotiations [2]. How can you not get excited with a cast like that? Based on a series of articles by Paul Lieberman, Gangster Squad tells the story of an Lapd task force which was formed to fight organized crime and corruption in 1940s Los Angeles. Gosling, Brolin, Mackie, and Cranston will be on the Lapd side
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Stage Play Jewtopia Lends to Big Screen Adaptation

If you missed one of the 27 previews and 1,052 regular performances in L.A. or you are just interested in the film adaptation, Jewtopia, a comedic play and bestselling book by Bryan Fogel and Sam Wolfson is finally heading to the silver screen with Jennifer Love Hewitt and Ivan Sergei attached to star.

Author Bryan Fogel is directing from a script he co-wrote with Sam Wolfson. Fogel will also produce.

Described as mix between Wedding Crashers and My Big Fat Greek Wedding, indie film tells of two childhood best friends as they reunite as adults when one asks the other to help him pretend to be Jewish in order to attract woman.

Sergei will play Christian O’Connell, a non-Jewish plumber who poses as a Jewish doctor in order to enrich a Jewish girlfriend who will be making all his own decisions in life. Hewitt will play Alison Marks, the object of Christian’s love,
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Jennifer Love Hewitt to star in Jewtopia film

Ghost Whisperer actor to play Jewish love interest of gentile man in screen adaptation of hit Broadway comedy

The popular American stage play Jewtopia will be turned into a feature film starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, it has been announced.

Jewtopia, written by Bryan Fogel and Sam Wolfson, is a comedy about two twentysomething men, one gentile and one Jewish, who both want to date women from each other's religion.

The play originally opened in La in 2003, with Fogel and Wolfson in the two lead roles. It then went on to a successful off-Broadway run, closing in 2007 after three and a half years.

Fogel and Wolfson also published a book, Jewtopia: The Chosen Book for the Chosen People, boasting in the blurb that "owning a copy ensures that Elijah himself will show up at your Passover Seder!"

Hewitt, best known for the TV series Ghost Whisperer and the I Know What You Did Last Summer films,
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Jennifer Love Hewitt In Jewtopia

Jewtopia may have began as a bestselling book, but an adaptation of the same name is headed to theaters with actress Jennifer Love Hewitt in a starring role. Her hot co-star is Crossing Jordan alumnus Ivan Sergei. Gee, and we thought the former Ghost Whisperer might be tied up on television’s Law & Order: Svu.

Jewtopia is described as a little bit Wedding Crashers and a little bit My Big Fat Greek Wedding. That formula sounds like a winner. The indie romance follows two childhood best friends as they reunite as adults. The plot thickens when Sergei’s character asks the female friend “to help him pretend to be Jewish so he can romance a woman,” reported Variety. Ah ha! That also sounds very My Best Friend’s Wedding, which is another winning ingredient. Sergei’s character is a plumber after a certain nice, if not bossy Jewish girl, portrayed by Hewitt.
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Casting Call: Julia Stiles and America Ferrera Join It’S A Disaster, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Ivan Sergei to Star in Jewtopia

We’ve got a couple of casting stories regarding some indie films for you this evening. First up, Julia Stiles and America Ferrera have signed on to star in Todd Berger’s (Scenesters) comedy It’s a Disaster. Deadline reports that the film centers around four couples who meet up for Sunday brunch when they’re suddenly stranded in a house as the world may be coming to an end. Berger himself and fellow The Vacationeers comedy troupe-mates Kevin M. Brennan, Jeff Grace, Blaise Miller will also star. Berger wrote and will direct the pic, which starts filming this fall. Additionally, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Ivan Sergei (Crossing Jordan) are set to star in the film adaptation of the book and stageplay Jewtopia. The story centers on two childhood best friends who reunite as adults when one needs the other to help him pretend to be Jewish in order to woo a woman.
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Jennifer Love Hewitt and Ivan Sergei to star in Jewtopia

Jewtopia stageplay bigscreen adaptation, stars Jennifer Love Hewitt and Ivan Sergei Playwright Bryan Fogel is directing from a script he co-wrote with Sam Wolfson, based on the bestselling book and stageplay Jewtopia and will also produce alongside Andy Fickman, Pavlina Hatoupis and Courtney Mizel. Apparently it's being described as a cross between My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Wedding Crashers. The indie film tells of two childhood best friends who reunite as adults when one asks the other to help him pretend to be Jewish so he can win over a woman he's keen on. In Jewtopia, Sergei plays Christian O'Connell, a gentile plumber who poses as a Jewish doctor to get a Jewish girlfriend who will make all his decisions for him. Hewitt will play Alison Marks, the object of Christian's affection and the two meet at a temple during a singles mixer.
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Jennifer Love Hewitt and Ivan Sergei to star in Jewtopia

Jewtopia stageplay bigscreen adaptation, stars Jennifer Love Hewitt and Ivan Sergei Playwright Bryan Fogel is directing from a script he co-wrote with Sam Wolfson, based on the bestselling book and stageplay Jewtopia and will also produce alongside Andy Fickman, Pavlina Hatoupis and Courtney Mizel. Apparently it's being described as a cross between My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Wedding Crashers. The indie film tells of two childhood best friends who reunite as adults when one asks the other to help him pretend to be Jewish so he can win over a woman he's keen on. In Jewtopia, Sergei plays Christian O'Connell, a gentile plumber who poses as a Jewish doctor to get a Jewish girlfriend who will make all his decisions for him. Hewitt will play Alison Marks, the object of Christian's affection and the two meet at a temple during a singles mixer.
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