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‘The Real Thing’ Theater Review: Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal Live Up to Tom Stoppard's Title

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It takes real guts for Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal to make their respective Broadway debuts in “The Real Thing,” which opened Thursday at Roundabout's American Airlines Theatre. Tom Stoppard‘s comic meditation on what's the real thing in love, art, and politics has been blessed with Tony Awards in its two previous incarnations on Broadway, with lead actors Jeremy Irons and Glenn Close (1984), as well as Stephen Dillane and Jennifer Ehle (2000), being honored. See photos: ‘X-Men’ Stars Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen Tour New York City, Bring Joy to the Internet (Photos) For some reason, despite the star power, »


- Robert Hofler

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Charlie Sheen Says Network Is Open to His ‘Two and a Half Men’ Return (Video)

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Charlie Sheen is still talking about the possibility of him returning to his former CBS sitcom “Two and a Half Men,” now that the Chuck Lorre series is in its 12th and final season. His latest chat about it came during an interview on “Extra” with Terri Seymour Thursday. The interview came during filming of the 90th episode of Sheen's 100-episode commitment to FX's “Anger Management,” meaning his schedule should be open in time for filming of “Two and a Half Men's” final episodes. See photos: 11 TV Shows Canceled by Controversy – From ‘Honey Boo Boo’ to ‘Politically Incorrect’ When she asked. »


- Jason Hughes

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‘McCarthys’ Star Tyler Ritter Says His Gay Character's Sexuality Is ‘Not Really a Huge Storyline’

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Tyler Ritter is tackling the starring role of CBS's new sitcom “The McCarthys,” about Ronny McCarthy (Ritter), an openly gay man who's surrounded by a sports-obsessed family and is even recruited by his father to be his assistant high school basketball coach. The series is based — although loosely — on the life of series creator Brian Gallivan, with Ritter standing in for the “Happy Endings” alum. Also read: ‘The McCarthys’ Creator Brian Gallivan on the ‘Huge Gap Between Homosexuality and Professional Sports’ TheWrap spoke to Ritter about his role, playing his boss and why Ronny's sexuality is no big deal on the. »


- Tim Kenneally

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9 Most Popular Hollywood-Themed Halloween Costumes: From ‘Frozen’ to ‘Captain America’ (Photos)

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Hollywood movies have traditionally been a major source of inspiration for Halloween costumes and 2014 is no different. Between “Frozen,” “Maleficient,” and a score of beloved Marvel Cinematic Universe characters, the studio holding the most sway over the spooky holiday is clearly Disney. See photos: Halloween in Hollywood Costume Contest – You Be the Judge! (Photos) “Frozen,” in particular, is expected to be the spooky holiday's biggest draw. One study showed 1.2 million people were on the hunt for outfits inspired by the 2013 animated hit, with the characters Elsa and Olaf getting the most searches. Zombies are also expected to be a popular choice, »

- Greg Gilman and Travis Reilly

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Kelly Kulchak Named Head of Current Programming for DreamWorks Animation TV

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DreamWorks Animation has appointed industry veteran Kelly Kulchak as the head of current programming for its television division. Kulchak, who comes to DreamWorks Animation after serving as president and executive producer at Tagline Pictures, will oversee more than a dozen new series, including “All Hail King Julien” and “VeggieTales in the House,” which will be unveiled at the end of the year. Also read: DreamWorks Animation Q3 Earnings Jump on ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2' Success Kulchak has also been senior vice president of development at Worldwide Pants and has held development and current-programming positions with Fox, Gracie Films and the. »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘Queen Latifah Show’ Shoots Down Report It Canceled Bill Cosby Interview After Rape Allegations Resurfaced

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The Queen Latifah Show” is refuting a report that it canceled an interview with comedian and actor Bill Cosby. “Mr. Cosby's scheduled appearance on ‘The Queen Latifah Show’ was postponed at his request and was in no way related to any of our recent or upcoming scheduled guests,” a spokesperson told TheWrap. See photos: 26 Daytime Talk Show Personalities Ranked by Popularity TMZ reported on Thursday that the show canceled Cosby's appearance after his history of being accused of raping 13 women was brought up by comedian Hannibal Buress during a stand-up performance last week. “Bill Cosby has the f–king smuggest old black man. »


- Jethro Nededog

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‘Mom’ Star Anna Faris on Facing Gambling Addiction, Homelessness in Season 2

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Chuck Lorre's CBS comedy “Mom” — about a mother and daughter grappling with a number of issues while trying to maintain their sobriety — returns to the air for a second season Thursday at 8:30 p.m., bringing along another round of laughs mixed with tough topics. TheWrap recently spoke to series star Anna Faris, who plays Christy on the show, about the challenges she'll face this season (think: gambling addiction, homelessness), upcoming guest stars, and what she likes to do with series co-star Allison Janney‘s Emmys. See video: Anna Faris, Ellen DeGeneres Concoct Fake Arrest in Prank Call to Chris Pratt. »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘SNL’ Star Michael Che Won't Apologize for ‘Cat Call’ Comments in Bizarre Twitter Rant

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Saturday Night Live's” newly-anointed “Weekend Update” anchor Michael Che made headlines this week over his sarcastic comments in response to a viral sexual harassment video. Instead of apologizing after he came under fire on social media, the NBC comedian blasted out a series of bizarre tweets on other subjects, including race, cats and “white celebrities.” See photos: ‘Saturday Night Live's’ Not So Colorful Past: A History of Its Diversity “Just one time I'd like a white lady that took my cab to say ‘No he was first. Take this,'” Che tweeted Thursday. “I wouldn't even take it. »


- Travis Reilly

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‘The McCarthys’ Creator Brian Gallivan on the ‘Huge Gap Between Homosexuality and Professional Sports’

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Brian Gallivan's new comedy “The McCarthys” revolves around a gay man named Ronny in Boston who's surrounded by a sports-obsessed family. It's a situation Gallivan knows well, having grown up in the same circumstances himself. But Gallivan, a veteran of lamentably canceled ABC series “Happy Endings,” cautions that the new series — which stars Tyler Ritter, Joey McIntyre, Laurie Metcalf and Jack McGee, and premieres Thursday at 9:30 p.m. — isn't a carbon copy of his own experience. Also read: ‘The McCarthys’ Review: CBS's New Family Comedy Is a Slam Dunk “Any press opportunity, my mother says, ‘Tell them I'm not like. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Sam Raimi Reteams With ‘Evil Dead's’ Fede Alvarez for ‘A Man in the Dark’

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Sam Raimi is reteaming with Fede Alvarez, who directed the 2013 remake of his 80s horror hit “Evil Dead.” See photos: Halloween in Hollywood Costume Contest – You Be the Judge! (Photos) Alvarez will direct “A Man in the Dark,” a new horror project he co-wrote with Rodo Sayagues, which will be produced under Raimi's Ghost House banner. Also read: Halloween Viewing Guide: 19 of the Week's Most Hauntingly Awesome Offerings “A Man in the Dark” follows three teens who get away with perfectly-planned home robberies. But when they set their sights on one last payout that will get them out of crime forever, »


- Linda Ge

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Bravo's ‘Millionaire Matchmaker’ Returns With Stars and Sex in Season 8 Trailer (Video)

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Bravo's “Millionaire Matchmaker” is coming back for Season 8 with a slew of Hollywood clients who all turn to Patti Stanger for help finding true love. See photos: 10 of Bravo's Biggest Hits and Misses The season premiere will see Stanger working with Larry Birkhead, the father of Anna Nicole Smith's daughter Dannielynn. Blogger Perez Hilton, TLC's Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and TMZ's Max Hodges are also in need of Stanger's match-making services, but it comes with her patented straight talk. “If you can get pus*y on every street corner in America, then what the fu*k do you need me for? »


- Ryan O'Connell

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‘Meredith Vieira Show’ Renewed for Season 2

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The Meredith Vieira Show” will be back for a second round. The freshman daytime talk show, hosted by “The View” alum Vieira, has been renewed for Season 2 by NBC Owned Television Stations. See video: Meredith Vieira Trashes Matt Lauer's Dressing Room, Dares Debra Messing to Top Her Bluff The syndicated offering premiered Sept. 8 and hit a ratings high in the women 25-54 demographic for the week ending Oct. 19, averaging a 0.7 for the week. “We are proud to have Meredith Vieira on our stations for a second season,” said Valari Staab, President, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations. “Meredith is genuine, smart, »


- Tim Kenneally

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Jon Stewart Calls His ‘Meet the Press’ Talks Part of NBC's ‘Weird’ Strategy

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Meet the Press” with Jon Stewart? It was a lot closer to happening than anyone could have ever imagined — and that's according to the man himself. Stewart confirms that he had talks with NBC to make him the successor to David Gregory on the network's venerable Sunday political show. See photos: Party Report in Pictures: Jennifer Lawrence, Reese Witherspoon, Jon Stewart and SNL's Week Off “My guess is they were casting as wide and as weird a net as they could,” Stewart told Rolling Stone. “I'm sure part of them was thinking, ‘Why don't we just make it a variety show? »


- Mike Fleeman

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‘Batman v Superman’ Shoot Forces Gal Gadot to Pass on ‘Ben-Hur’ (Exclusive)

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Gal Gadot's commitment to Wonder Woman has forced her to pass on Timur Bekmambetov‘s remake of “Ben-Hur,” which is being mounted by Paramount and MGM, TheWrap has learned. Neither studio immediately responded to a request for comment. Jack Huston stars in “Ben-Hur” as the titular Jewish prince who is forced into slavery by his former friend Messala, who will be played by Toby Kebbell. Morgan Freeman co-stars in the film, which will employ today's cutting-edge technology to reimagine the original film's classic chariot race. Also read: Which Female Filmmaker Should Direct ‘Wonder Woman'? (Poll) Two weeks ago, »


- Jeff Sneider

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‘Fury’ Star Jon Bernthal Joins Catherine Zeta-Jones in ‘The Godmother’

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Jon Bernthal, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Oscar Jaenada and Mehdi Dehbi will join Catherine Zeta-Jones in “The Godmother,” which Sierra/Affinity will be selling to international buyers at the American Film Market next month. Eva Sørhaug will direct from a screenplay by Frank Baldwin, and production will begin next spring. Oscar winner Zeta-Jones stars as the notorious Colombian drug queenpin Griselda Blanco, also known as “The Godmother of Cocaine.” Sierra/Affinity holds Blanco's life rights. Also read: ‘Furby’ Mashes Brad Pitt's ‘Fury’ With Classic Toys to Make Ultimate Sequel (Video) Blanco was the first and only woman in history to »


- Jeff Sneider

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Taylor Kitsch Battles Futuristic War in ‘Call of Duty’ Trailer Directed by Peter Berg (Video)

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Peter Berg and Taylor Kitsch are continuing their streak of military-themed projects by teaming up for the “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” video game trailer released Thursday, which sees the actor embroiled in a futuristic war. The “Battleship” and “Lone Survivor” actor-director duo take the viewer on an action-filled journey through 2059 war-torn Lagos, the setting of the eleventh “Call of Duty” video game installment. See photos: See Andrew Garfield, Taylor Kitsch, Zachary Quinto, More at GQ Gentlemen's Ball (Photos) The first-person Pov belongs to Jack Mitchell, who is voiced by Troy Baker in the actual game itself, a one-armed soldier who joins the. »


- Linda Ge

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Alison Sweeney Says Goodbye to ‘Days of our Lives’ After More Than 20 Years: Watch Her Farewell (Video)

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Say goodbye to Sami. Or at least to Alison Sweeney. Sweeney bids adieu to the NBC soap “Days of our Lives” on Thursday after more than 20 years of playing Sami Brady, in what will surely be an emotional day on set. See video: Alison Sweeney Has 30 Seconds to Answer Questions About Her ‘Days of Our Lives’ Character, Or Else Sweeney prepares to say goodbye to Sami in a farewell video reflecting on her time on the soap. Among the highlights of her video farewell is Sweeney running down her favorite Sami storylines. Also read: ‘Days of our Lives’ Newcomer Billy Flynn. »


- Tim Kenneally

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TruthCo. President Linda Ong Urges Reality TV Producers to ‘Stop Copying’

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TLC's decision to cancel “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” amid reports of Mama June's relationship with a convicted child molester has once again focused a spotlight on the state of reality television. If anyone is able to explain where unscripted TV is and where it needs to go, it's Linda Ong. She's the president of TruthCo., an independent consultancy firm that has been studying reality TV since the first season finale of MTV's “Jersey Shore” in 2010. “Paula Deen's views are seen as odious,” Ong told TheWrap. “Phil Robertson‘s views are considered intolerant. The Benham Brothers views are considered out of. »


- Jethro Nededog

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We Tv's ‘The Divide’ Canceled After One Season

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We Tv is putting distance between itself and “The Divide.” See photos: 11 TV Shows Canceled by Controversy – From ‘Honey Boo Boo’ to ‘Politically Incorrect’ (Photos) The network has decided not to renew the legal drama about a district attorney who uncovers new evidence that spurs the reinvestigation of a murder case. Also read: We tv Climbs Into the ‘Sex Box’ With New Pilot The series, created by Richard Lagravenese (“12 Years a Slave”) and Tony Goldwyn, starred Damon Gupton, Marin Ireland and Joe Anderson. Also read: Halloween Viewing Guide: 19 of the Week's Most Hauntingly Awesome Offerings “We are extremely proud of ‘The Divide’ and. »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘True Detective’ Adds Kelly Reilly, Abigail Spencer, Michael Irby and Leven Rambin

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HBO has mostly locked down their leads for Season 2 of “True Detective,” and now they're moving onto casting supporting and recurring roles around Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn and Taylor Kitsch. Michael Irby, Kelly Reilly, Abigail Spencer and Leven Rambin are all signing on for heavily recurring roles on the second season of HBO's hit drama, an individual with knowledge of the castings told TheWrap. Also read: Taylor Kitsch Confirms He's on ‘True Detective’ Season 2 Season 2 of “True Detective” will focus on three police officers and a career criminal navigating a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder. Farrell. »


- Linda Ge and Tim Kenneally

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