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Jimmy Kimmel Baffled By Reaction to ‘Friends’ Sketch: ‘We Were Clearly Acting’ (Video)

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So many people thought that Jennifer Aniston wasn't in on the joke during Wednesday's “Friends” reunion on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” that the host had to stress during Thursday's show that Aniston was acting. “We were clearly acting, right?” Kimmel asked his audience during his monologue (above). “For some reason, maybe half, if not more of the people commenting online seem to think that was real. I'm not kidding.” See video: Jennifer Aniston Talks Feminism, Pressures to Procreate and Personal Evolution on ‘Today’ Kimmel proceeded to entertain his audience and viewers by reading examples of online commenters that were positive Aniston was not only. »


- Greg Gilman

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ABC's Diversity Push: Can it Put the Network Back on Top?

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Every network says it celebrates diversity. But ABC is going harder than any other broadcaster this season, airing three comedies in which race isn't just in the background, but right out front. In one case, it's even in the name. “To ABC's credit, we didn't want to do a show about a family that happened to be black,” Kenya Barris, creator of “Black-ish,” told TheWrap. “We wanted to do a show about a family that was absolutely black.” Also read: Paul Lee Talks ‘Black-ish,’ ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ and Diversity vs. Authenticity The network has given the show its ultimate vote of confidence: It. »


- Tim Molloy

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Ferguson Sued for $40 Million for Response to Protests

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A lawsuit filed Thursday accuses Ferguson, Mo., and St. Louis County police of using excessive force and falsely arresting innocent bystanders as they attempted to calm protests and unrest after the police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. The lawsuit seeks $40 million. The five plaintiffs include a clinical social worker who said she and her 17-year-old son were roughed up and arrested after not evacuating a McDonald's quickly enough, The Associated Press reported. Also read: Hillary Clinton Breaks Silence on Ferguson, Says America Is ‘Better Than That’ They also include a 23-year-old man who said police shot him with rubber bullets. »


- Tim Molloy

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Aaron Paul Talks Getting Chased by Fans During ‘Breaking Bad’ Scavenger Hunt (Video)

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Aaron Paul had an eventful Monday this week. The night ended with his show “Breaking Bad” dominating at the Emmys, and Paul himself winning his third supporting actor trophy. But before that, the 35-year-old actor was running around Los Angeles on a “Breaking Bad” scavenger hunt. He created the event, which he coordinated via Twitter, for fans of the show. As he explained on “Kimmel,” he was going through his house and found a bunch of memorabilia from the show and thought this would be a great way to thank the fans for their support of the show and his. »


- Jason Hughes

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‘Big Brother’ Eviction Leads to Guest Spot on ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’

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(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you have not yet watched Thursday's live eviction episode of “Big Brother”) The latest live eviction episode of “Big Brother” had a strong statement from America, and a surprise for the evicted Houseguest. Donny and Nicole were facing eviction, with the latter having just returned to the house. But an unexpected offer from “The Brave and the Beautiful” was waiting for the one who walked out the door. Team America consists of Donny, Derrick and Frankie and their mission this week was to come up with their own mission. Donny smartly suggested the. »


- Jason Hughes

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‘As Above, So Below’ Review: Deserves a Swift Burial

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If you did a shot every time the camera held still on an image for more than a few seconds in the new cheapjack suspense film “As Above, So Below,” you'd never get drunk. Director John Erick Dowdle and cinematographer Léo Hinstin keep their handheld camera style shaky, rattling and rolling throughout, even though most of the movie is supposed to be footage shot by hapless documentary filmmaker Benji (Edwin Hodge), who is following dishy Scarlett (Perdita Weeks) around as she goes on a dizzy quest to find the mythical philosopher's stone, an alchemical substance that turns metal into gold. »


- Dan Callahan

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The Wrap's ShortList Film Fest Crowns ‘Noah’ and ‘Not It’

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There are no small films, only shorter running times. That was the sentiment at Thursday's Third Annual ShortList Film Fest hosted at YouTube Space La. And while of course it's an honor to be nominated, the two big winners were “Not It,” which came out with the audience prize, and “Noah,” which took home the jury award. And what's surprising about each of the winners?  Both films cost only $300 to produce. Actress Rose McGowan, who recently became a short film director, presented the prizes to the filmmakers. She used her moment at the podium to plead with writers and directors to. »


- Gina Hall

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Philip Seymour Hoffman's Accused Drug Dealer Avoids Jail Time

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The man arrested after Philip Seymour Hoffman died on Feb. 2 from a lethal combination of cocaine, heroin and other drugs avoided jail time on Thursday. Robert Vineberg was never charged with any connection to Hoffman's death, but there were connections between the two. Also read: Philip Seymour Hoffman Didn't Want ‘Trust Fund Kids,’ Left Fortune to Their Mother Vineberg had said that he and Hoffman were friends, but had lost touch in recent years. Some speculated that he was Hoffman's drug dealer, though he insisted that he did not provide the drugs that killed the actor. The 58-year-old Canadian musician pleaded guilty. »


- Jason Hughes

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‘Fargo's’ Allison Tolman Seeks Romance on ‘The Mindy Project’

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Allison Tolman, fresh off an Emmy nomination for her performance in the FX drama “Fargo,” is heading to “The Mindy Project” for a blind date with Adam Pally's Dr. Peter Prentice. After this, she might want to book the first flight back to North Dakota! Tolman will portray a character named Abby Berkman, who is a romance novelist, as first reported by TV Guide Magazine. She agrees to a blind date with Pally's character, which turns into an absolute disaster. Also read: ‘Fargo's’ Allison Tolman Says Her First Emmy Nomination Is ‘Beyond Insane’ Pally portrays a doctor who is basically a man-child on. »


- Jason Hughes

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Joan Rivers’ Daughter Melissa on Comedian's Condition: ‘She Is Resting Comfortably’

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Melissa Rivers has released an update on the status of her mother, legendary comedian Joan Rivers. In a statement issued to “NBC Nightly News” on Thursday evening and posted on Twitter, Melissa said her mother “is resting comfortably and is with our family.” Just In: Statement from Melissa Rivers on her mother, Joan: “She is resting comfortably and is with our family.” pic.twitter.com/HIpKEXrp3A – NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) August 29, 2014 Rivers was rushed to Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City earlier in the day, after she stopped breathing during vocal cord surgery. The 81-year-old comedian and star of E! »


- Jason Hughes

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Ethan Hawke's Documentary ‘Seymour: An Introduction’ Bought by Sundance Selects

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Ethan Hawke‘s documentary “Seymour: An Introduction” has been bought by Sundance Selects, which announced it has acquired U.S. and Latin American rights from the Telluride Film Festival “Seymour: An Introduction” is the first non-fiction film directed by Hawke. It profiles legendary pianist Seymour Bernstein, who started playing the piano as a little boy and was teaching it to others by the time he turned 15. He enjoyed a long and illustrious career as a performer before he gave it up to devote himself to helping others develop their own gifts. Also read: Ethan Hawke Travels Through Time to Prevent Crime in First ‘Predestination’ Trailer. »


- Jeff Sneider

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Steve Carrell's Creepy, Violent Obsession Drives Latest ‘Foxcatcher’ Trailer (Video)

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Steve Carrell's stunning transformation into obsessive wrestling coach and eccentric millionaire John du Pont is the highlight of the new trailer for “Foxcatcher.” Also read: Channing Tatum's Ambition Intensifies in New ‘Foxcatcher’ Teaser (Video) “Athletes need role models,” he says a few seconds before slapping Olympian Mark Schultz, played by Channing Tatum. “Like anyone they need people to look up to.” “I want more than anything to win a gold medal and we have people who can do that, but there are psychological issues we need to take care of.” The upcoming film which is based on a »


- Travis Reilly

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Outrageous Lies About Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie O Exposed in New Report

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C. David Heymann's posthumously released account Marilyn Monroe and Joe Dimaggio's torrid marriage was favorably reviewed after its July release, but Newsweek's David Cay Johnston is now contesting the authenticity of the book and much of the author's entire biographical catalog. “For 30 years, I watched with astonishment and then bemusement as major publishers gave C. David Heymann big advances,” Johnston wrote in a story printed Thursday in Newsweek. ”Respected media outlets–The New Yorker, The New York Times, People, Vanity Fair, USA Today and NPR–praised and promoted his books,” See video: Jon Stewart's ‘Rosewater’ Trailer Shows »


- Travis Reilly

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Sam Rockwell, Marisa Tomei, Natasha Lyonne Comedy Sets U.S. Distribution

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Film and TV distributor The Orchard has acquired all U.S. rights to Adam Rapp's comedy “Loitering With Intent,” which features Sam Rockwell, Marisa Tomei and Natasha Lyonne, the company announced Thursday. Michael Godere (“The Affair”) and Ivan Martin (“Hollywood Ending”) star in the movie, which portrays the trials and tribulations of two down and out actors in New York. “Loitering With Intent” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and co-stars Brian Geraghty (“The Hurt Locker”) and Isabelle McNally (“House of Cards”). Also read: Sam Rockwell in Early Talks to Star in ‘Poltergeist’ Reboot (Exclusive) Godere and Martin also co-wrote the movie, »


- Jeff Sneider

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‘Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story’ Stars Reveal Which Iconic Scenes They Reenacted (Video)

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Lifetime has traveled back to the 90s with its upcoming “Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story” premiering on Labor Day. Discovered by the same casting director from “Saved by the Bell,” the actors step into the shoes of the Saturday morning show's stars to expose the behind-the-scenes antics. Have the show's fans accepted the new crew? See video: Watch the First 5 Minutes of Lifetime's ‘Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story’ “It's been sort of a mixed response,” said Dylan Everett, who played Mark-Paul Gosselaar/Zack Morris. “It was sort of what we expected. There's these really diehard fans who love »


- Jethro Nededog

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Hillary Clinton Breaks Silence on Ferguson, Says America Is ‘Better Than That’

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Former U.S. Secretary of State and potential 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke out about the events in Ferguson, Mo. On Thursday, Clinton made her first remarks on the tense and racially charged situation that followed the fatal police shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown on Aug. 9. See video: Jon Stewart on Ferguson, Fox News, White Privilege on Return to ‘Daily Show’ “This is what happens when the bonds of trust and respect that hold any community together fray,” Clinton said at a tech conference in San Francisco. “Nobody wants to see our streets look like a war zone. »


- Linda Ge

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Why Is California Tripling Film and TV Tax Credits While Other States Slash Them?

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California is about to more than triple its TV and film tax credit program to $330 million just as other states are eliminating their own incentives. California is betting the bold move can entice filming back to the state. But is California forging ahead foolishly, or will other states regret their decisions to scale back? States like Arizona, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota and Wisconsin have abandoned their incentive programs after lawmakers decreed that they failed to bring the economic boon the states were looking for. Also read: California Super-Sizes Its Film, TV Tax Credit Program North Carolina is the most recent to slash. »

- Gina Hall

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Venice Reviews: Michael Shannon's Indelible Performance in '99 Homes,’ Plus ‘Reality,’ ‘The Look of Silence’

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While writer-director Ramin Bahrani has continued to explore the dark underbelly of the American dream, he didn't quite nail the shift from his acclaimed, gritty early films (“Man Push Cart,” “Chop Shop”), known for their casts of unknowns and shot-on-the-streets aesthetic, to 2012's “At Any Price,” which suffered from the miscasting of Zac Efron as a hard-drinking stock-car racer in a glossy drama about failing farms. With “99 Homes,” Bahrani finds the right mix of the two phases of his career to date, mainly on the face of Michael Shannon, who's a known Hollywood quantity while also thoroughly believable as »


- Alonso Duralde

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Martin Starr, Paul Wesley Movie ‘Amira & Sam’ Lands U.S. Distribution

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Drafthouse Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Sean Mullin's romantic comedy “Amira & Sam,” which stars Martin Starr and Dina Shihabi as the title characters, as well as Paul Wesley. Sam (Starr) is an honorable army vet who, while visiting his old unit's Iraqi translator in New York, meets Amira (Shihabi), the translator's niece and an illegal immigrant. After Amira has an unfortunate encounter with the police, Sam reluctantly takes her in while she sorts out her immigration status. Their begrudging connection burgeons into an unlikely romance until Amira is threatened with deportation and Sam is forced to make a critical decision. »


- Jeff Sneider

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TNT and TBS Chief Michael Wright to Exit

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Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies, is leaving the company after 12 years with Turner. Wright, who joined TNT in 2002, was named to his current position in May 2012. The executive, who previously served as vice president of movies and miniseries for CBS Productions and CBS Entertainment, is responsible for all programming for the networks. Series launched under Wright's watch include “The Closer,” “Rizzoli & Isles” and “Falling Skies,” and he was responsible for TBS’ acquisition of the CBS hit “The Big Bang Theory.” Also read: Turner Plans Organizational Restructuring in Next Two »


- Tim Kenneally

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