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David Alan Grier To Play The Principal Role In CBS' 'Bad Teacher' Pilot

17 February 2013 3:12 PM, PST

Comedian/actor David Alan Grier, who I think is an underrated talent, has been tapped to play the role of high school principal Carl Gaines in the CBS comedy series pilot Bad Teacher. In the pilot, which is based on the surprise box office sleeper hit movie starring Cameron Diaz, Grier will play the role which which played by John Michael Higgins in the movie. According to his character's desciption, Gaines a "sweet and well meaning but clueless. He's easily duped by (the main character's) charms and oblivious to her agenda who believes she has the best interests of the kids at heart. The recently divorced guy is living uncomfortably in an apartment where he's forced to do his own cooking. He's into yoga and crystals and the support group he created for people going through challenging times -- and still wears his Live Strong bracelet". Sounds like Grier could work with that character. »


- Sergio

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Watch: Oprah Winfrey Teases 2 New Tyler Perry Series - What We Know & What We Still Don't...

17 February 2013 3:06 PM, PST

As Tambay reported last month, Own's first scripted series from Tyler Perry are: a one-hour drama titled The Haves and the Have Nots; and a half-hour comedy series called Love Thy Neighbor, both shows set to debut on May 29, on Own. The Haves and the Have Nots will be a one-hour drama series that will follow the dynamics of the affluent Cryer family and the impoverished family of Hanna, their housekeeper, and the obstacles and secrets that exist within both families. The cast of The Haves and the Have Nots will be headlined by John Schneider as the patriarch of the affluent Cryer family, Jim Cryer. The family is white, which is a depature from the original Tyler Perry play that the TV series is based on. In the play, the family is black. In fact, both the affluent family and their housekeeper Hanna's family are black families. So this change-up is a notable one, »


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Keke Palmer, Drew Sidora Cast As 'Chilli' & 'T-Boz' In TLC Biopic - Fans Apparently Not Pleased

17 February 2013 1:25 PM, PST

According to Vibe magazine, Keke Palmer has been cast to play Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, and Drew Sidora has been cast as Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, in VH1's in-development biopic on pop/hip hop/R&B group TLC, which the network announced, last November, with shooting to begin next month. Palmer and Sidora join the Niatia Kirkland - aka Lil' Mama - who'll be playing the late Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. Likely the least known of the trio, Drew Sidora is an actress/singer known for her recurring role on That's So Raven, and her parts in movies like Step Up, Never Die Alone, White Chicks, Wild Hogs and others. Seemingly in response to Twitter comments about her not looking anything like Chilli, Keke Palmer took to the social media site this afternoon in defense of her casting, stating, verbatim: People kill me, I don't remember Angela Bassett...

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Awards Watch: Christoph Waltz Kills on SNL, Jacki Weaver on NPR, Ang Lee on Nightline

17 February 2013 12:49 PM, PST

In the final phase of the Oscar campaign, Christoph Waltz twinkled on SNL last night, in one of the best episodes of the season.  Nominated for Best Supporting Actor for "Django Unchained," Waltz's best sketch of the evening was a send up of Tarantino's "revenge fantasy," "Djesus Uncrossed."  With a million-dollar grin on his face, the Austrian actor teased his country a bit in the opening monologue -- posted below along with "Djesus." - Nominated for Best Director for "Life of Pi," Ang Lee made an appearance on ABC's Nightline to discuss the obsessive, detail-oriented work required for the film. Watching the clips from his movie, Lee acts like he's hosting a magic show, revealing what was real and what was not.  He also recounts that he loved the book, but didn't see it as a movie at all -- a thought that kept haunting him and ultimately drove his »


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Casting News: Ernie Hudson, David Alan Grier, Corey Reynolds, Sean Patrick Thomas Join Pilots

16 February 2013 10:43 AM, PST

A round-up of some casting news... - First, Ernie Hudson has joined that cast of ABC’s thriller pilot Reckless, which centers on "a resourceful problem solver who, when his wife is unjustly imprisoned during a political uprising overseas, resorts to entering a world of political intrigue, dangerous alliances and high emotional stakes in order to get her out." Mr Hudson will play a veteran CIA analyst who is being pushed out of the job. Reckless is written by Chris Black and produced by Martin Campbell. - Second, David Alan Grier has been cast in CBS' adaptation of the movie Bad Teacher - the 2011 comedy that starred Cameron Diaz. And somewhat like the film, although not entirely, the series will center on a vulgar recently-divorced woman, who becomes a teacher to find her next husband. Grier will play the school's principal, Carl Gaines, who is described as sweet and well meaning but clueless, »


- Courtney

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For Beyoncé, By Beyoncé: The Pop Star Offers an Extremely Guarded Self-Portrait in HBO Doc 'Life Is But a Dream'

16 February 2013 10:20 AM, PST

For Beyoncé, directed by Beyoncé, the documentary "Life Is But a Dream," which makes its premiere tonight, February 16th at 9pm on HBO, is the film equivalent of a selfie. A selfie, as you're surely aware, is a photo you take of yourself. Gone are the dark days of waiting on a roll of snaps someone else shot to be developed and hoping that some of them are flattering and that the ones that aren't get thrown into a fireplace somewhere. In our new era of technology, digital cameras as well as the ones on cellphones, tablets and laptops make self-portraiture easy, and people have been freed up to light themselves, showcase their best angles and take shot after shot until one is deemed acceptable. It's the lens as a mirror -- the combination of digital photography and video and the internet has allowed us to more easily present ourselves »

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How National Geographic's 'Killing Lincoln' Tries to Find a New Way to Put History on Screen

16 February 2013 7:27 AM, PST

Don't call it a docudrama. Premiering on Sunday, February 17th at 8pm, "Killing Lincoln" is National Geographic's first real venture into scripted television, aside from November's "Zero Dark Thirty Lite" acquired feature "Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden." The new movie about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln doesn't take the typical approach to a historical drama. Written by Erik Jendresen ("Band of Brothers") and directed by Adrian Moat ("Gettyburg"), "Killing Lincoln" is based on Bill O'Reilly's nonfiction bestseller of the same name, though the Fox News host had no direct involvement in the TV movie, which was handled by Ridley Scott's Scott Free Productions. It takes place in what's left as an ellipsis in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," delving into the conspiracy headed by John Wilkes Booth (Jesse Johnson) that lead up to the murder...

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- Alison Willmore

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Preview the "Downton Abbey" Season Finale

16 February 2013 6:30 AM, PST

Because the current season of Downton Abbey ended in the U.K. before it had even begun here on PBS – well the series’ worst-kept secret probably would have leaked out even if there hadn’t been all that rumbling about a certain lead who had decided not to return. But just in case, PBS has cooked up this spoiler-free preview,  with no hint of how the drama will sneak up on you. It gives away nothing to say that in the two-hour finale, the Granthams vacation in Scotland at the grand hunting lodge of their cousin, the Marquess of Flintshire, known to the family as Shrimpie (a name that sounds one step from Monty Python territory to us, but probably didn't when old Shrimpie got it in childhood.) Or that while the family is away, the servants will play, heading off to a local fair.   The vacation scenes are far »


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Interview: Larenz Tate Talks To S&A About His Upcoming Debut On 'House of Lies' w/ Don Cheadle

15 February 2013 2:36 PM, PST

"Where in the world is Larenz Tate?" I’d be rich if I was paid money every time I heard that question. There’s no doubt that he has many loyal fans and supporters around the globe. However, if truth be told, as of late, we have not seen a lot of him on screen - at the theater, or on TV.  Well, ahead of his debut on Showtime’s “House of Lies” this Sunday, February 17, 2013, Shadow and Act knew exactly where Larenz Tate was; and this afternoon we caught up with him and chatted very briefly about his debut on “House of Lies”, his friendship with Don Cheadle, and other current directing projects. Shadow and Act: Congrats on your new “House of Lies” role. For our readers that do not know a lot about the show can you tell us about it? Larenz Tate:  The tagline behind “House of Lies” is funny, »


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Fox News Hires Herman Cain - Shocking!

15 February 2013 9:27 AM, PST

Seriously, what took them so long? After letting go of Sarah Palin and Dick Morris in recent weeks, the Fox News Channel has added former Gop presidential contender in 2012, Herman Cain, as a contributor. "Cain’s impressive resume makes him a valuable addition to the Fox News and Fox Business lineup. As a political expert with business savvy, he brings an important voice to the nation’s debates," said Fox News Channel’s Executive VP of Programming Bill Shine, in a statement today. I wonder if his appearances on Fox News will mimic his appearances on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show With Jon Stewart. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook

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Cch Pounder Heading To CBS For Legal Drama 'The Advocates'

15 February 2013 7:49 AM, PST

Cch Pounder has joined the cast of CBS‘ legal drama pilot The Advocates, which is written and executive-produced by The Mentalist creator Bruno Heller. David Nutter will direct the pilot for The Advocates, which centers on "female lawyer Shannon Carter and male ex-con Henry Bird who team up as “victim advocates,” going to the very edge of the law to right wrongs and fight for the underdog." Pounder will play the head of the Victims Advocate office where Shannon, the lawyer works. She's described as dedicated. Up next for Pounder will be Sudz Sutherland's drama Home Again, on the big screen, amongst other titles.

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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NBC Sets a Premiere Date for 'Silence of the Lambs' Prequel Series 'Hannibal'

15 February 2013 6:59 AM, PST

Bryan Fuller's last project, a reimagining of "The Munsters" entitled "Mockingbird Lane," turned into an expensive mess for NBC, the pilot eventually airing as a stand-alone movie last October before any chances of it going to series were officially snuffed out. But the network seems much more attached to his new show "Hannibal," a prequel to "Silence of the Lambs" starring Mads Mikkelsen in the title role and Hugh Dancy as Will Graham, a criminal profiler working with Lecter and not yet aware of the doctor's own murderous ways. Fuller, who developed "Hannibal" and is serving as its showrunner, announced on Twitter yesterday that the series will premiere on Thursday, April 4 at 10pm, a fact confirmed later by NBC. "Hannibal" also stars Caroline Dhavernas, the star of Fuller's short-lived but critically acclaimed "Wonderfalls," as well as Lara Jean Chorostecki,...

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Watch: Better to Be Successful Than to Be Loved in the Trailer for 'The World According to Dick Cheney'

15 February 2013 6:03 AM, PST

"If you want to be loved, go be a movie star," former Vice President Dick Cheney says in the trailer, below, for Showtime's upcoming documentary "The World According to Dick Cheney." The film will have its television debut on the premium cable network on Friday, March 15th, having had its world premiere at Sundance in January. Directed by R.J. Cutler, the filmmaker behind the "The September Issue" and the executive producer of "Nashville," "The World According to Dick Cheney" includes interviews with Cheney in which he directly and unapologetically addresses controversial aspects of his time as VP, from the war in Iraq to the use of "enhanced interrogation techniques." The film is the first in Showtime's new documentary strand "Sho Closeup" -- next up will be Antoine Fuqua's "Suge Knight: American Dream/American Knightmare," in April.

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- Alison Willmore

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5 Things We Learned About the Unconventional Assembling of 'House of Cards' From Media Rights Capital's Modi Wiczyk

14 February 2013 1:31 PM, PST

"House of Cards," the Netflix original political drama from David Fincher, Kevin Spacey and Beau Willimon that launched exclusively on the site on February 1st, has been an fascinating experiment both in terms of storytelling and as a business venture. It's a show that, in accordance with our DVRing/streaming habits, was released all at once and seems like it was made with that mode of consumption in mind, its episodes feeling more part of a 13-hour whole than single serve installments. And it's one that, like the cable series to which it is intended to be compared, feels very much defined by the vision of its creators, particularly the chilly, beautiful visual style set in the first two episodes, which were directed by Fincher himself. "House of Cards" is produced by Media Rights Capital, a film and TV production company whose past work includes "The Adjustment Bureau," "Ted," "The Box, »


- Alison Willmore

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FX Picks Up The Bridge from Meredith Stiehm

14 February 2013 11:36 AM, PST

FX has picked up creator Meredith Stiehm’s The Bridge for a thirteen episodes. Production is set to begin in April. The detective drama stars Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir. Marco Ruiz (Bichir), is a homicide investigator for the state of Chihuahua Mexico, living in Ciudad Juarez. Ruiz is one of the last non-corrupt cops in a police force that is becoming increasingly corrupted and overran by the drug cartel. Ruiz is partnered with his U.S. counterpart, Sonya Cross (Kruger), who is excellent at her job but also unbelievably candid. Cross also suffers from an undiagnosed disorder that in the Autism spectrum (similar to Homeland). The two team up to track a serial killer who is operating on both sides of the border. The show is an adaptation of Bron—which took place on the Sweden/Denmark border. FX President John Landgraf is anticipating the new series. For years »


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Chris & Paul Weitz Adapting Neal Stephenson’s 'Reamde' For Fox TV

14 February 2013 9:39 AM, PST

If there were a Bro Code for business, it would dictate that a career shared with one’s sibling is likely to be a good call. This fraternal model has had an illustrious history, from Marx to Coen to Farrelly (and to a lesser extent, Lehman). And so it is for Chris and Paul Weitz, whose "American Pie" redefined the teenage-boy-and-his-friend’s-mother-who’s-still-got-it dynamic, and simultaneously dealt an awkward blow to America’s baked goods industry. Deadline reports that the Weitzes (who have gone solo on a few projects from time to time including "A Better Life," "In Good Company" and "The Golden Compass") are back on the bro wagon with a TV adaptation in the pipeline for Neal Stephenson’s bestseller "Reamde." The novel, which will be executive produced for Fox TV Studios, is a broad-scale thriller which tracks the overlap of the real and the virtual as a malfunction in a sophisticated online. »


- India Ross

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Watch: Kyle MacLachlan Does a 'Twin Peaks'-Style Harlem Shake

14 February 2013 9:01 AM, PST

With everyone and their mother getting in on the Harlem Shake dance phenomenon, it was only a matter of time before Hollywood folks joined the action. Still, this we didn't see coming. In a "Twin Peaks" edition of the dance (yes, you heard that right), the defunct show's leading man, Kyle MacLachlan, sporting a white mask, shuffles awkwardly from side to side before being joined by props from the David Lynch series and a dead woman in a body bag. We doubt Lynch would approve, but it's worth a watch for a good chuckle. How many references from the show can you spot?

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Watch: Host Andy Samberg Has Bear Legs and a Doppelganger in Two Spirit Award Teasers

14 February 2013 7:41 AM, PST

The Independent Spirit Awards are fast approaching, and while that means many of your more under-seen and modestly budgeted favorite films of last year may finally be getting their due, it also holds the promise of a more fun and freewheeling alternative to the drag that is the Oscars ceremony. This year Andy Samberg takes over the hosting mantle from folks like Seth Rogen and Joel McHale, and IFC has just released two trailers that showcase Samberg's surrealist sense of humor that will hopefully be on full display at the ceremony. You can watch Samberg sprout bear legs and give himself a staredown below. The 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards air on Saturday, February 23rd at 10 Pm Et on IFC with "Beasts of the Southern WIld," "Bernie," "Keep the Lights On," "Moonrise Kingdom," and "Silver Linings Playbook" fighting it out for Best Picture. Presenters include Anna Kendrick, Zoe Saldana, Common, Aubrey Plaza, »


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'Burning Love' Kicks Off Its Second Season With New Cast Members Adam Brody, Michael Cera, Nick Kroll and More

14 February 2013 7:28 AM, PST

Timed for Valentine's Day, the "most romantic web series that will ever be," "Burning Love," has kicked off its second season on Yahoo. Executive co-produced by Ben Stiller, "Burning Love" is a "Bachelor"/"Bachelorette" parody that's a little less dark than The Onion's similarly reality show-skewering "Sex House." The first season starred Ken Marino as fireman Mark Orlando, while this second round stars June Diane Raphael ("Ntsf:sd:suv::") as Fresno dental hygienist/Mark rejectee Julie, who is also looking for true love in the best place possible -- on television. First season cast members Marino, Raphael, Michael Ian Black and Adam Scott are being joined by a crew of familiar faces from "The State," "Party Down" and the general comedy scene this season, including Jerry O’Connell, Michael Cera, Adam Brody, Colin Hanks, Joe Lo Truglio, Ryan Hansen, Rob...

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Aja Naomi King Joins Cast Of Amazon Studios Comedy Pilot 'The Onion Presents: The News'

14 February 2013 7:23 AM, PST

A day after Wolfe Releasing acquired distribution rights to the indie drama she co-stars in with Wendell Pierce, Four, Aja Naomi King has joined the cast of the Amazon Studios comedy pilot, The Onion Presents: The News, written by The Onion’s Will Graham and Dan Mirk, and directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson. In case you haven't been paying attention, Amazon.com is in the content creation business now. King joins a cast that already includes Jeffrey Tambor and Cheyenne Jackson in the project which is described as a scripted comedy that's set behind-the-scenes of the infamous, hilarious Onion News Network, showing just how far its journalists will go to get their story right. King will play a character named Jillian Chase, described as an overworked Associate Producer with dreams of being a reporter, but who doesn't have "the complete facial symmetry required," as she's apparently been told, according to Deadline. »


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