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Patti LuPone Returns to ‘Penny Dreadful’ as Series Regular

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Tony Award winner Patti LuPone is returning to Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful” as a series regular for season three, the network announced Tuesday. LuPone guest starred last season as the Cut-Wife, and will take on the new role of Dr. Seward for season three. Seward is an American therapist who treats Vanessa (Eva Green) with an unconventional new treatment. Also, Shazad Latif (“The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Spooks”) joins this season as Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Henry Jekyll, adding to the lineup of literary characters featured in the show. Also Read: Showtime's 'Shameless' Casts Chris Brochu »


- Joe Otterson

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Judge Joe Brown Compares His Jail Cell to ‘Slave Quarters’

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Judge Joe Brown is free a last after a five-day jail sentence for contempt of court — and he has plenty to say about his stay in the pokey. In an interview with People published Tuesday, the former television judge likened his jail time to “being in slave quarters,” adding, “It’s boring, it’s dirty.” On the plus side, the 68-year-old Brown noted, “But I survived. I’m breathing free air.”Also Read: Judge Joe Brown Locked Up in Jail After Bizarre Courtroom OutburstBrown was sentenced to jail due to an outburst in March 2014, when he reportedly hectored Juvenile Court Magistrate Harold Horne. »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘Scandal’ Casts Julie Claire for Season 5 (Exclusive)

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Julie Claire has joined the cast of ABC’s drama “Scandal” in a guest role, an individual with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap. She has previously held recurring roles on the third season of the Lifetime drama “Devious Maids” and the first season of Netflix’s “Bloodline.” The fifth season of the Shondaland drama starring Kerry Washington also sees Portia de Rossi and Cornelius Smith Jr. upped to series regular. Also read: Here's Why Shonda Rhimes' 'Scandal' and Zombies Rule Twitter Guillermo Diaz, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes, Tony Goldwyn, Jeff Perry, Bellamy Young, Joshua Malina and Scott Foley also star. »


- Jeff Sneider and Reid Nakamura

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Kanye West Makes His Stand-Up Comedy Debut in Recut Version of His VMAs Rant (Video)

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If this whole music thing doesn’t work out for Kanye West, he might have a career in comedy. For all of those (that would be most of us) who were befuddled by West’s  ramble-thon while accepting the Video Vanguard Award at the MTV VMAs on Sunday, the internet has provided a perfectly reasonable explanation. As it turns out, West’s awards-show filibuster was actually a comedy routine. It was just missing a laugh track. Also Read: Kanye West for President 2020? It's Not as Crazy as You Think A cleverly recut video of West’s appearance unearths the comic potential of the event, »


- Tim Kenneally

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Jorge Ramos Doubles Down Against Donald Trump: He’s ‘Fomenting Hatred’

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Jorge Ramos is keeping his fight against Donald Trump alive, writing a scathing piece on Tuesday that accused the Gop frontrunner for “fomenting hatred.” “Trump is speaking out against a minority and fomenting hatred against the most vulnerable people in our nation,” the Univision anchor wrote for Fusion. “And who will be influenced by his rhetoric? Who will succumb to his fear-mongering? Who will buy into the premise that immigrants are at the heart of America’s problems?” Ramos answered himself, pointing to an incident between he and a Trump supporter backstage at a Trump press conference he was kicked out of. »


- Jordan Chariton

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Michael J. Fox to Voice Super-Powered Robot Dog in Animated Movie ‘A.R.C.H.I.E.’

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Michael J. Fox is set to provide the voice of the lead character, a dog named Archie, in the animated movie “A.R.C.H.I.E.,” it was announced Tuesday by Jason Moring, president of Double Dutch International, which will begin shopping the project next week at Toronto. “A.R.C.H.I.E.” will be written and directed by Robin Dunne (“Just Friends”), who’s making his feature directorial debut. Clairwood Capital Management is financing the film, which is being produced by Shayne Putzlocher, Glenn Paradis and Sara Shaak from Trilight Entertainment. In addition to Fox, the movie stars Katherine Isabelle (“Freddy vs. Jason”) and Dunne himself. See Video: Michael J. »


- Jeff Sneider

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Funny Or Die Hires Gary Sanchez’s Owen Burke as First Editor-in-Chief, Promotes Chris Bruss to Digital President

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Funny Or Die has promoted Chris Bruss to president of Digital Content and hired Gary Sanchez creative executive Owen Burke as the company’s first editor-in-chief of content. “As Funny Or Die continues to expand our digital content in all forms on all platforms, I am incredibly excited to have two so talented people to run it on a daily basis,” said Funny Or Die CEO Dick Glover. “Chris is a great executive who has successfully led our Branded Entertainment division since inception.” “Owen was born to be the day-to-day creative head of Fod. He’s collaborative, smart, and most of all, »


- Tony Maglio

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VMAs Hosted by Half-Naked Miley Cyrus Lose MTV 3.3 Million Viewers

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The Video Music Awards got a mere 5.03 million viewers on MTV Sunday. That single-channel number is down 3.3 million viewers — or minus 39 percent — from last year’s 8.3 million. On Monday, TheWrap reported that the VMAs lost 500,000 viewers overall from 2014’s show. This year, the show was simulcast on 10 Viacom channels; last year it played on just four. Sunday’s VMAs drew 9.8 million viewers across the 10 nets. In 2011, the VMAs hit a high with 12.4 million total viewers. Also Read: Miley Cyrus-Hosted MTV VMAs Lose 500,000 Viewers Despite Adding 6 Channels To be fair, social and streaming numbers »


- Tony Maglio

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Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Dakota Johnson Drama ‘A Bigger Splash’ Gets Summer 2016 Release

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A Bigger Splash” will hit U.S. theaters on May 13 in 2016, Fox Searchlight announced on Tuesday in conjunction with Lucky Red and Studiocanal. The independent film stars Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Matthias Schoenaerts and Dakota Johnson, and is directed by Luca Guadagnino. “A Bigger Splash” follows rock legend Marianne Lane, who is recuperating on the volcanic island of Pantelleria with her current partner, Paul. However, her world is turned upside down when her old flame Harry arrives with his daughter, Penelope. Also Read: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke Drama 'Everest' to Open Venice Film Festival Searchlight has decided against »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Christina Applegate Plays Meryl Streep in Funny or Die Lifetime Spoof (Video)

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Christina Applegate is ready to show the world the real Meryl Streep in the Lifetime original movie, “Meryl.” At least that is the premise of the new Funny or Die video featuring Applegate. She plays the multiple-Oscar winner in the behind-the-scenes story of some of her most famous roles, like “Kramer vs. Kramer,” “The Devil Wears Prada” and “Adaptation. “We also learn the secret to Streep’s ability to cry on command. However, the narrator admits that finding salacious details of Streep’s life proved challenging. “Honestly, we kind of struggled to find dirt on Meryl,” he says. “So we made things up. »


- Joe Otterson

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Miley Cyrus to Pull Double Duty on ‘SNL’ Premiere: Musical Guests Revealed for First 3 Episodes

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Miley Cyrus will pull double duty as both host and musical guest on “SNL’s” Season 41 premiere next month. The next two weeks, The Weeknd and Demi Lovato will perform their hits, respectively. The “Wrecking Ball” singer was previously announced as the first host of the season on Oct. 3, to be followed by Amy Schumer and former cast member Tracy Morgan.Also read: Tracy Morgan to Host 'SNL' in OctoberOn Sunday, Cyrus served as host of the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, where she performed the song “Dooo It” off of the surprise new album “Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, »


- Tony Maglio

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‘Dark Matter,’ ‘Killjoys’ Renewed for Second Seasons by Syfy

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Syfy has renewed both “Dark Matter” and “Killjoys” for their second seasons. “Dark Matter” will run 13 episodes next year, while “Killjoys” will get 10. “Dark Matter,” based on the eponymous Dark Horse graphic novel about six people who wake up on a spaceship with no memory of who they are or how they got there, averaged 1.8 million viewers in its first season on Syfy. “With its mysterious premise and fascinating characters, ‘Dark Matter’ has built an incredibly loyal, passionate and engaged fan base,” said Chris Regina, senior vice president, Program Strategy, Syfy. “We look forward to another out-of-the-world season from this talented. »


- Tony Maglio

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Rooster McConaughey’s ‘West Texas Investors Club’ Shoots Down Fly-by-Night Business Idea (Exclusive Video)

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It doesn’t look like Rooster McConaughey and Butch Gilliam will be flying the friendly skies with one young entrepreneur anytime soon. In an exclusive clip obtained by TheWrap of Tuesday’s episode of CNBC’s “West Texas Investors Club,” a young man is seeking $75,000 to help launch his own air travel app. The money would go toward obtaining a Part 135 certificate. “What the hell is a 135? What is that?” McConaughey asks. “It’s a certificate that allows you to fly and charge people money for your services,” Gilliam explains. Also Read: Matthew McConaughey's Brother Rooster on CNBC's Investors »


- Joe Otterson

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Jimmy Kimmel Proves Kanye West Should be Donald Trump’s Running Mate (Video)

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If Kanye West actually runs for office in 2020, voters should expect to hear more of what they’re already hearing leave Donald Trump’s mouth. Jimmy Kimmel compared the rapper’s MTV VMAs acceptance speech for the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award with a number of Trump’s media appearances, and found the public figures hold nearly identical positions — making them perfect running mates on a dream team of absurdity. “I think Kanye would make a very compelling candidate,” Kimmel said Monday while introducing the segment to his viewers. “He has a great deal in common with another famous person who wants to. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Jimmy Kimmel Responds to Viewers Outraged by Jokes About YouTube’s Video Game Watching Service (Video)

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Jimmy Kimmel responded to angry gamers on Monday night after a segment poking fun at YouTube’s new platform, YouTube Gaming, garnered a considerable amount of backlash last week. Friday’s video, in which the comedian makes fun of those spending their time watching other people play video games, has over 500,000 views and almost 56,000 dislikes on YouTube. According to Kimmel, it’s one of the most disliked videos the ABC late-night show has ever uploaded. “Watching another person play video games is like going to a restaurant and having another person eat your food for you,” Kimmel joked on Friday. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Donald Trump to Visit ‘Tonight Show’ on 9/11 Anniversary to Plug Presidential Campaign

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Step aside, friend-of-the-program Chris Christie: fellow Gop presidential candidate Donald Trump is set to visit Jimmy Fallon‘s “Tonight Show” on Sept. 11. Two days earlier, the NBC late-night host’s Bff Justin Timberlake will return to the program for the first time since Fallon’s premiere week. That star-studded episode, which will also include guests Ellen DeGeneres and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, will simultaneously be displayed on a huge digital billboard in the heart of Times Square in midtown Manhattan. Finally, the broadcast network promised fans “a special never-before-seen performance” by Pharrell Williams on next Friday’s broadcast. Also Read: »


- Tony Maglio

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Memorial Services Announced for Slain Wdbj Journalist, Camerman

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The families of the Wdbj reporter and camerman killed on the air in Virginia last Wednesday will hold services to honor their memories. Cameraman Adam Ward’s family will hold a funeral service for him on Sept. 1 at the First Baptist Church in Roanoke, Virginia. His family also held a memorial service at Salem High School for friends to gather and share memories of Ward. Reporter Alison Parker’s family has not announced a date for her funeral, but they will hold a celebration of her life after a private memorial service. In lieu of flowers, her family asks that donations be made. »


- Joe Otterson

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Marissa Mayer Pregnant With Twins, Will Take ‘Limited’ Time Off

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Marissa Mayer is expecting twin girls by year’s end, the Yahoo! CEO announced on Tumblr on Monday. “I’m pregnant!” she wrote.  “In fact, I’m expecting identical twin girls, likely arriving in December.  The twins part was quite a surprise, because I have no family history of twins or any other predisposing factors.” Mayer, who returned to work two weeks after delivering her son, won’t be taking much time off after she gives birth for the second time. Also Read: Marissa Mayer on Yahoo Earnings: 'We Are Not Satisfied' “Since my pregnancy has been healthy and uncomplicated »

- Jordan Chariton

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‘Homeland’ Casts Max Beesley to Work Under Claire Danes (Exclusive)

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Claire Danes has a new “Homeland” underling — and she’ll probably want to keep an eye on this one. The Showtime drama just locked recurring “Suits” actor Max Beesley for one episode. He’ll play Mike Brown, an ex-Royal Marine turned private military contractor. Brown is described as smart, but he is not entirely comfortable working under Carrie Mathison (Danes). Beesley is best known for a variety of roles on British TV including “Hotel Babylon,” “Mad Dogs,” “Ordinary Lies” and “Survivors.” Film-wise, he was a co-lead with Mariah Carey in “Glitter,” and could also be seen in “The Emperor’s Wife” and “Pawn. »


- Tony Maglio

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James Bond Author Gets Crushed for Saying Idris Elba Is ‘Too Street’ to Play 007

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New James Bond author Anthony Horowitz probably wishes he could redo a recent interview, during which he said that Idris Elba is “too street” to play the iconic spy. “Idris Elba is a terrific actor, but I can think of other black actors who would do it better,” Horowitz told the Mail Online, and suggested Adrian Lester (“Hustle”) instead. “For me, Idris Elba is a bit too rough to play the part. It’s not a color issue. I think he is probably a bit too ‘street’ for Bond,” the “Trigger Mortis” author continued. “Is it a question of being suave? »


- Tony Maglio

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