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This Week on Stage: James Franco dishes, Audra McDonald dazzles (again)

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Lesson learned this week on Broadway: if he does not like what you wrote about him, James Franco will call you “a little bitch”. Franco, who made his Broadway debut this week in Of Mice and Men opposite Bridesmaids charmer Chris O’Dowd, took on the New York Times’ Ben Brantley on Instagram, making it the 453rd silly thing he’s done this year. (Or is it incredibly shrewd and constant self-promotion? One cannot be sure.) In more benevolent news, a bevy of much-loved stage, film, and TV triple threats returned to their roots, including Audra McDonald (channeling the haunted spirit of Billie Holiday, »


- Jason Clark

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Is Gwen Stefani a good fit for 'The Voice'? -- Poll

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The Voice has had its fair share of megastar mentors, starting with original quartet Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton. And the reality contest has been able to keep up its twice-a-year schedule by cycling out some of those judges with the equally star-powered Shakira and Usher.

So it comes as no surprise that Gwen Stefani might be the next superstar to join the NBC show. TMZ reports that it’s a done deal, while The Hollywood Reporter says the No Doubt singer is simply in talks, but NBC wouldn’t confirm the news when EW reached out for comment. »


- Katie Atkinson

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'Salem' star Shane West knows nothing about 'Harry Potter' -- Video

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As far as first celebrity crushes go, Shane West’s childhood love for Cougar Town star Courteney Cox is anything but embarrassing. In fact, it’s adorable — like most of the answers he gave when he took EW’s Pop Culture Personality Test.

These days, when the Nikita alum isn’t answering our questions about his complete lack of Harry Potter knowledge (“I know it’s a bunch of young wizards fightin’ some old wizards”), he’s hard at work on his new show Salem, which premieres April 20 at 10 p.m. Et on Wgn. (The show is the network’s first original scripted program. »


- Sandra Gonzalez

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'Scandal' star Scott Foley's Reddit Ama: 9 things we learned

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After Thursday night’s drama-filled third season finale of Scandal, Scott Foley (a.k.a. Jake Ballard) took some time to participate in a Reddit Ama. The chat mainly consisted of eager Gladiators wanting answers to their biggest fan questions, but there were also some personal ones (boxers or briefs?) and inquiries about his stint on another Shonda Rhimes soap (Grey’s Anatomy) as well his breakthrough role as Noel Crane on Felicity.

Below are nine things we learned from the conversation:

He prefers Scandal over his stint on Grey’s Anatomy. “Ooh wow. For me, more satisfying to film is Scandal. »


- Stephanie Robbins

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Who's the biggest monster on 'Scandal': Rowan or Cyrus?

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Talk about a clash of the chatty titans.

Scandal isn’t short on unsavory characters. In this universe, torture set against a bouncy Motown tune is de rigueur; each episode features at least two or three or nine betrayals. At this point in the show’s run, practically everyone but baby Teddy Grant has killed somebody, either directly or indirectly. Still, there’s no denying that the show’s two most ruthless, dastardly, outright evil characters are White House Chief of Staff Cyrus Bean and CIA bigwig Rowan Pope.

Thursday night’s season finale confirmed that neither of these men is to be trifled with, »

- Hillary Busis

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'Salem' review: 'American Horror Story' lite

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In the 17th-century saga of Wgn America’s first-ever scripted series, Salem, black magic is legit, religion is an oppressive farce, and witches keep nipples in the dardnest places. The fiction reimagines infamous history. Those witch trials of Puritan-era Salem, Massachusetts? A conspiracy hatched by honest-to-God witches — a relatively gender-neutral term in this world; they can be female or male — as part of a takeover of the town. It’s hard to see why they’d be so hot for this piece of New World real estate. Salem’s an allegedly prosperous port — computer-generated ships mill in the harbor — but »


- Jeff Jensen

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'Devious Maids': Five ideas for plot twists this season

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When I began covering Lifetime’s new soap Devious Maids last year, I was every bit the open-minded – albeit conflicted – journalist. The internal debate I was having about the show – about five Hispanic maids – went something like: “Well, there’ll finally be a television show with a primarily Latina cast!” Followed by, “But they’re all maids.” A slew of thoughts ensued, all along the lines of “We Latinas are more than maids – we’re doctors, engineers, bankers and more,” and then “maids are people too and that’s how many immigrants earn their start in this country.”

It went on like that, »


- Nina Terrero

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'Parks and Recreation' and babies: What will happen to the show?

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[Spoilers Ahead if you haven't watched the latest episode of Parks and Recreation!]

The news is out: Ben and Leslie are having triplets! In real life, this would be cause for congratulations (and a hearty “good luck”), but this is TV, so of course this is the perfect opportunity to think about what will come of this revelation.

But first of all, why triplets? “It was sort of like, well, Leslie is famously sort of an overachiever, and having her body overachieve in terms of starting her family just seemed like a very logical thing to have happen,” showrunner Mike Schur said in a conference call Friday. “Twins was sorta like okay, that’s one level of overachievement, »


- Ariana Bacle

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The 20 Best Summer Blockbusters of All Time: 'Ghostbusters'

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Every summer has a dominant blockbuster, but it’s not every year that the season’s biggest movie inspires a legitimate mania. Ghostbusters, which surrounded some of the funniest guys on the planet with expensive — though slightly cheesy — special effects, was a certifiable phenomenon. In 1984, your classmates, your teacher, your pen-pal in Nairobi, even your half-deaf grandmother knew the emphatic, enthusiastic chanted response to the winking question, “Who you gonna call?” Thirty years later, everyone still knows the answer.

Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis played the trio of disgraced parapsychologists who pick the perfect time to go into »


- Jeff Labrecque

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A 'Southland' movie? Here's what we'd want to see

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It’s been a year since I said goodbye to the members of Southland’s incredibly attractive, incredibly damaged Lapd, and I still can’t let them go. You can blame it on the fact that we left John Cooper lying on the ground bleeding, or you can blame it on the fact that the finale was one of the show’s greatest episodes to date, but honestly, I think it’s simpler than all that. I blame it on the fact that I still can’t wrap my head around the idea that some people think a show that »


- Samantha Highfill

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'Orphan Black' season 2 review: Tatiana Maslany continues to be one of a kind

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For the women of Orphan Black, the world is an open prison, and self-determination is a tenuous contract with The Powers That Be, who view them only as property. Some take this raw deal to survive. Prim, panicky Alison sells out for security in the suburbs with a schlubby hubby who is secretly her jailer. Brainy Cosima ­bargains with a Faustian devil for a gilded cage — her own super lab — where she and her ladylove can pursue a cure for the disease that’s killing her. But woe to the one who refuses to settle: Sarah and her daughter are »


- Jeff Jensen

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'Scandal' finale: Were you underwhelmed?

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Spoiler alert: If you haven’t watched the season 3 finale of Scandal, stop reading now (or Rowan might kill you)!

Last night’s Scandal finale was packed full of twists: Fitz found out about Mellie’s rape, Rowan murdered Fitz’s son, Rowan is Command again, Harrison might be dead, Huck found his family, Fitz is President for four more years, and Olivia and Jake are currently headed out of the country to start a new life … to name a few.

And overall, I thought it was a good finale. It set up a lot of stories that I’m intrigued to watch play out. »


- Samantha Highfill

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Obama's toughest 2012 interview: Jon Stewart -- Video

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The Daily Show just got major props from the White House.

Obama press secretary Jay Carney told the audience at a George Washington University forum on Thursday that Jon Stewart was the president’s “toughest” interviewer during the 2012 campaign. He offered the compliment despite admitting that the Obama team wasn’t sure that the president should appear on Comedy Central in the first place.

“I remember we had some discussion during 2012 about, well, is it appropriate for the president, the sitting president and candidate, to give interviews with Jon Stewart and others,” Carney recalled. “And the answer was yes, again, »


- Amber Ray

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Kim Novak speaks out against Oscar night 'bullies'

18 April 2014 8:19 AM, PDT

If you made a mean joke about Kim Novak’s changing face on Oscar night, she wants you to know you really hurt her feelings.

The Vertigo star — whose current appearance became one of the buzzier moments of the Oscar ceremony this year — told the Associated Press that the cruel comments really surprised her. “It really did throw me into a tailspin and it hit me hard,” she explained. “I thought, ‘Perhaps Hollywood is ready to receive me in a different way’…I was just not prepared for such a negative reaction and it just caught me off guard.”

On Thursday, »


- Erin Strecker

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'Reign' recap: For king or country

18 April 2014 8:00 AM, PDT

All I can say is that I’m very happy that I live in the 21st Century, and that my future husband will likely not own a castle with some sort of lock tower. And let’s be honest: Even if he did, he’d never have the power to lock me away in it (because, you know, equality and stuff).

That being said, I’m not totally mad at Francis right now. Is he looking out for France? Of course. Is he looking out for Mary? Yes. Is he still a teenager with a ridiculous amount of responsibility? Always. »


- Samantha Highfill

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Lindsay Lohan says 'sex list' is real, but there's an unfortunate reason it's public -- Video

18 April 2014 7:45 AM, PDT

Another sad chapter in the saga of Lindsay Lohan went down when the actress stopped by Watch What Happens Live Thursday night.

Ostensibly there to promote Lindsay, which concludes its run this Sunday, Andy Cohen wasted no time playing one of the show’s most popular games with the actress — Plead the Fifth, where the guest is asked three dish-y questions and allowed to “plead the fifth” on only one. And naturally, Cohen used this opportunity to ask Lohan about the alleged “sex list” that’s been making the rounds in the tabloids. His exact question for her: “Recently, an »


- Erin Strecker

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'Space Jam' live read features Seth Green, Blake Griffin, Danielle Fishel and more -- Video

18 April 2014 7:15 AM, PDT

Cue up “I Believe I Can Fly.”

Last month, there was a live reading of the 1996 Michael Jordan/Looney Tunes “masterpiece” Space Jam, featuring Seth Green, Danielle Fishel, Ben Schwartz, Nick Kroll and many more. Unfortunately, the whole thing isn’t available online — but Funny or Die has released a 10-minute highlight reel, which clearly proves that the comedians showed up ready to (space) jam. Sadly, there is no surprise Bill Murray appearance.

Led by Blake Griffin as Jordan, the footage from the reading is intercut with interviews in which the cast explains their memories of the movie; Kroll’s »


- Erin Strecker

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What we learned when Shonda Rhimes went 'Behind the Scandalabra' -- Video

18 April 2014 6:51 AM, PDT

Scandal showrunner Shonda Rhimes doesn’t want her political drama to be something you can watch while folding the laundry — she wants it to have your full attention. And Thursday’s surprise-packed season finale ensured that it would.

After the episode aired, Jimmy Kimmel turned Live! into Behind the Scandalabra — a special featuring Rhimes, who discussed the finale and gave viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the show. Among the highlights: a blooper reel that reveals Bellamy Young’s go-to word when she messes up a line is “fart,” and that Josh Malina was once pied by a crew member while filming a scene. »


- Ariana Bacle

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'Parenthood' finale react: A house is not a home

17 April 2014 9:44 PM, PDT

Even though I knew it was coming, losing the Braverman house hurts, guys. It hurts bad. Let’s be honest: Next to Joel, it was arguably my favorite thing about this show. Okay, that’s taking it too far, but I am going to miss that beautiful house for a number of reasons, and I didn’t even grow up there!

That being said, losing the house was not the thing that made me cry the hardest in this episode. Nope, that award (not surprisingly) goes to Mae Whitman and Matt Lauria. At the hospital, we finally got to meet Ryan’s mother, »


- Samantha Highfill

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'Scandal' finale: Talk about it! -- Updated

17 April 2014 6:30 PM, PDT

Updated: Holy Scandal, Gladiators! Want to know what happened in the season 3 finale of Scandal? Click below, and check out our full recap!

Earlier: The third season of Scandal has all led to tonight’s explosive finale, starting at 10 p.m. Et on ABC. When that bomb goes off at Senator Hightower’s funeral — and the promos indicate that it’s definitely going off — we Gladiators are going to need to lean on one another for support. (Well, if Sally Langston is a goner, we’ll probably brush that right off. But anyone else? There will be tears.)

…yeah, there were tears. »


- EW staff

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