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‘Downton Abbey’ Ending After Season 6
Gareth Neame, Carnival’s managing director and executive producer of “Downton Abbey,” said in a statement: “Millions of people around the world have followed the journey of the Crawley family and those who serve them for the last five years. Inevitably, there comes a time when all shows should end, and ‘Downton’ is no exception. We wanted to close the doors of ‘Downton Abbey’ when it felt right and natural for the storylines to come together and when the show was still being enjoyed so much by its fans. We can promise a final season full of all the usual drama and intrigue, but with the added excitement of discovering how and where they all end up.”
- Laura Prudom
Here's another reason to be creeped out by Woody Allen
Not a huge surprise, but: Woody Allen tried to seduce Mariel Hemingway when she was 18 years old. The revelation appears in Hemingway's upcoming memoir "Out Came the Sun," in which the actress and star of Allen's 1979 film "Manhattan" describes how the Oscar-winning filmmaker invited her on a trip to Paris after her 18th birthday, and even went so far as to fly out to her parents' Idaho home to ask for their permission. She relates telling her parents “that I didn’t know what the arrangement was going to be, that I wasn’t sure if I was even going to have my own room. Woody hadn’t said that. He hadn’t even hinted it. But I wanted them to put their foot down. They didn’t. They kept lightly encouraging me.” It says a lot about Allen's power and influence -- not to mention the less-enlightened era in »
- Chris Eggertsen
History’s ‘Vikings’ Renewed for Season 4
History has picked up a fourth season of “Vikings,” the network announced Thursday.
The series, created and written by Michael Hirst (“The Tudors”), has been a reliable ratings performer for History with an average of 4.3 million viewers in the first five episodes of season three, according to Live +3 ratings. Production for season four will begin this spring in Ireland.
“We are so proud of our immensely talented cast and crew led by Michael Hirst, whose intriguing storylines and pivotal arcs have the perfect balance of scope, smarts and bloodshed to keep our loyal fans watching and wanting more,” said Dirk Hoogstra, executive vice president and general manager of History and H2.
Five new episodes remain in the current season, which airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on History, with the season finale slated for April 23.
- Seth Kelley
Craig T. Nelson to Star in 'Coach' Follow-Up Series for NBC
TV's Year of Revivals continues. NBC has handed out a 13-episode straight-to-series order for a Coach follow-up comedy, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Craig T. Nelson, fresh off his six-season run on NBC's Parenthood, will reprise his role as coach Hayden Fox in the comedy. Barry Kemp — who created the original series that ran on ABC for nine seasons — will return to write the NBC follow-up and exec produce the Universal Television multicamera series with Nelson. See more Broadcast TV's Returning Shows 2015-16 NBC's sequel picks up 18 years after Coach
- Lesley Goldberg
George Lucas "Honors" Fox News on 'Daily Show', Promises to Make Films "Blindly Uncritical of America"
The Daily Show host Jon Stewart enlisted some heavyweight Hollywood help in ripping his 'favorite' news channel for congratulating itself for its own coverage of Ferguson. On Thursday night's show, Stewart took exception to Fox's Megyn Kelly calling on other media outlets to acknowledge and credit her station's decision not to rush to judgment over the incidents in Ferguson. Stewart wasted no time in pointing out that Fox had built its reputation on rushing to judgment citing Benghazi in particular. He did however concede that Fox getting things right was "newsworthy" in and of itself and cause for celebration. Read more George Lucas,
- Abid Rahman
Can Top Gear Survive Without Jeremy Clarkson?
It's the biggest pop-culture news story in every country except for the one that publishes this website: Jeremy Clarkson was let go from Top Gear this week! Clarkson, if you're unfamiliar, had been the lead presenter of the BBC2 car show since its re-launch in 2003; Top Gear, if you're more unfamiliar, is one of the most popular television shows in the world: one part travelogue, one part reality competition, and one part chat-show. Like Manchester United, it's become one of those global brands of "Britishness," and Clarkson was its Wayne Rooney — a potato-faced brute who just so happened to be incredibly good at his job. In Britain, where grumpy old men still inspire a widespread affection they've mostly lost here, Clarkson is a major cultural force, expounding upon his likes (fast cars) and dislikes (everything else, with a special focus on public transit and foreigners) in newspaper columns, »
- Nate Jones
Review: What new animated Dreamworks comedy 'Home' has to teach George Lucas
Once again, Dreamworks is undone by trailers that managed not to convey the actual experience of the film they're selling. They have this weird habit of making their films look worse than they actually are, almost like they're trying to tank them. By now, I shouldn't be surprised when they make something that's good, but they keep cutting these trailers that promise crap. "Home," based on the book "The True Meaning Of Smekday" by Adam Rex, serves as an interesting example of someone doing the right version of something that someone else has bungled. In this case, "Home" is an example of someone setting out to create a character like Jar Jar Binks… and pulling it off. Because no matter what you think of "The Phantom Menace," there's a specific character type that they're doing, The Fool, the bumbler who somehow becomes a hero by virtue of being decent but stupid. »
- Drew McWeeny
Don't worry, Naomi Watts is a much better dancer in real life than in 'While We're Young'
At this time 12 months ago, Naomi Watts was coming off back to back indie misfires "Diana" (possibly one of the worst choices of her career) and "Adore." Sadly, the sheen of her second Oscar nomination for the global smash "The Impossible" only a year earlier was starting to fade. What a difference a year makes. Watts earned a surprise Supporting Actress nomination at the SAG Awards for the indie hit "St. Vincent" in December. The following month she took home her first SAG statue as part of the ensemble for Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman," one of many ensemble honors she earned for the critically acclaimed drama. In February she took the stage with Iñárritu and her co-stars to celebrate "Birdman's" Best Picture win at the Academy Awards (the first Best Picture on her resume). And there's more! Last weekend she joined the "Divergent" franchise and "Insurgent's" $52.2 million debut »
- Gregory Ellwood
Kendrick Lamar Tops Billboard Chart With First No. 1 Album Featuring 'Pimp' in its Name
Here's a double dose of good news for Kendrick Lamar: To Pimp a Butterfly is his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200; it's also anyone's first time getting the word "pimp" to the top of the chart. The next highest-charting album with pimp in its title was Pimp C's Pimpalation (No. 3 in 2006). As Billboard pointed out, the word "butterfly" is much more well-acquainted with the top, thanks to Mariah Carey and Bob Carlisle, which just proves the ancient adage: It's hard out there for "pimp." »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Coach Is Coming Back to NBC With Craig T. Nelson
Coach Hayden Fox will return to the gridiron, Vulture has learned. NBC is ordering 13 episodes of Coach, with its original lead Craig T. Nelson attached to star. The revived '90s multicam sitcom won't be a reboot, but a sequel, picking up 18 years after Coach left ABC. Nelson's character will ditch present-day retirement to become the assistant coach of his son's Ivy League team in Pennsylvania. The show's original creator, Barry Kemp, will write, and both he and Nelson will Ep. Casting and production-timeline info are under wraps, but you can get pumped up with this. Go Screaming Eagles! Or whatever this new, not-Minnesota team will be. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Julia Louis-Dreyfus Might Be in a Force Majeure Remake
Julia Louis-Dreyfus might flex her dramatic muscles again, THR reports. The Veep actress is currently in talks to star in a remake of Force Majeure, the Swedish movie about an avalanche that indirectly ruins a family's vacation. The original cleaned up nicely on the international awards circuit, and almost took home a foreign film Golden Globe. Other personnel info is unavailable at the moment, but Louis-Dreyfus will also likely produce the Fox Searchlight project. Might Tony Hale be the cowardly husband? One can only hope. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Vote for your favorite (and bitchiest) Derbyites in our new awards
Finally, this website that's so obsessed with awards will bestow kudos upon ourselves! Yes, even you can be a nominee or winner. Hurry up and cast your votes for our new Derbyite Awards to determine Funniest Derbyite, Best Forums Debater, Breakthrough Forum Poster of the Year, Bitchiest Derbyite, Best Expert, Best Editor and more. Nominations will be unveiled on April Fool's Day. Winners to be unveiled on April 21. To cast your vote, click here to go to our Predictions Center, click on "Derbyite Awards," scroll down on that page and click on one of the category boxes. Choose up to 10 nominees by typing in their Screen Names, User Names or real names. You can even vote for yourself. Hey, such selfishness worked for Barbra Streisand, who was a member of the academy when she won Best Actress for "Funny Girl" in 1968, tying Katharine Hepburn ("The Lion in Winter"). Assuming she »
Viola Davis Living The Dream: Papa John’s and Hot Tubs on Hiatus From ‘How to Get Away With Murder’ (Video)
“How to Get Away With Murder” star Viola Davis spends her free time pretty much the way you’d fantasize she does: luxuriating in a hot tub with prosecco and pizza. Shondaland’s hit freshmen drama went off the air Feb. 26, and in the weeks since Davis has been living the good life with her family. TheWrap caught up with her at Saturday’s GLAAD Media Awards and asked how she’s spending her downtime, to which she warned “you don’t want to know because it’s not pretty.” See video: ‘Scandal’, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘How to Get Away with Murder »
- Matt Donnelly
Ficci-Frames: Indian Media Grows 12%, But Film Industry Slows, Says Report
Mumbai — The Indian film industry’s revenues grew by just 0.9 % from 2013 to 2014, according to the annual media industry report compiled by consulting firm Kpmg.
The report is published with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. It was released at the Ficci-Frames convention in Mumbai.
Theatrical and ancillary revenues for the film industry rose marginally from $2 billion to $2.02 billion as opposed to the projected $2.21 billion in the 2014 report. This was mainly due to weak box office returns.
The film industry was saved from a revenue drop only by the Christmas 2014 release of “P.K.” that grossed more than $100 million worldwide. Kpmg is projecting 2015 revenues at a modest $2.18 billion.
(Recent data from the Motion Picture Association put 2014 theatrical revenues in India at $1.7 billion. The comparable figure for 2013 was $1.5 billion, implying theatrical growth of some 13% in 2014.)
Films aside, the overall entertainment industry picture is rosier. The Indian media and entertainment »
- Naman Ramachandran
‘How to Get Away With Murder’ Star Jack Falahee Reflects on First Season, His ‘Significant’ Character (Video)
Jack Falahee, who plays “How to Get Away With Murder’s” outspoken gay hunk Connor Walsh, spent all season getting dirty — and now the actor is cleaning up. “I’m doing laundry and seeing family,” Falahee told TheWrap at Saturday’s GLAAD Media Awards of his hiatus from the show, which had its finale a month ago. One of the breakout stars of the ABC Shondaland hit, Falahee reflected on his good fortune in joining a cast that includes Viola Davis and Matt McGorry. Also Read: GLAAD Media Awards 2015 Winners: Kerry Washington, ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ Honored (Complete List) “It’s a privilege. »
- Matt Donnelly
Why Katy Perry Is Keeping Her Hair Black: She's in Mourning
Katy Perry won't be changing her hair color anytime soon. She's keeping her raven locks just the way they are—at least for now. "It's black [because] I'm in mourning because this tour is almost finished," the "Firework" singer told me tonight at the premiere of her new concert movie Katy Perry: Prismatic World Tour (premiering March 28 at 8 p.m. on Epix) at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown L.A. She's also a bit too tired to think about another hue change. "I think it's time for me to have a nap, a little sleeping beauty for a second," said Perry, whose various hair colors have included pink, blue, green, purple and blonde. Perry insisted »
‘Scandal’s’ White House Gay Wedding Lights Up Social Media With Secrets, Lies and a Ring
(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you haven’t watched Thursday’s episode of “Scandal.”) Thursday night’s episode of “Scandal” exploded on social media when fans lost it over ABC telling them to “Put a Ring On It.” The latest installment focused on Cyrus Beene (Jeff Perry) in flashbacks about his two previous marriages and his upcoming one to prostitute Michael, which Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) was pushing him to have at the White House to make a big splash. “There is no bigger stage, there is no bigger moment,” she said. The secret-spilling episode got Twitter followers fired up, »
- Debbie Emery
National Geographic's 'Killing Jesus': Tales from the Morocco set
Ouarzazate, Morocco. Officially, the Moroccan city of Ouarzazate is nicknamed "The door of the desert," resting south of the High Atlas Mountains and on the edge of the Draa Valley. Thanks to the presence of Atlas Studios, though, Ouarzazate is perhaps more appropriately known as The Hollywood of Central Morocco, or perhaps even The Hollywood of Morocco. Ouarzazate has a population of just over 50,000, but in late October of 2014, that population includes a disproportionate number of Jesuses, Judases and an absurd number of Marys, both Jesus' mom and of the Magdalene variety. It's late October of 2014 and Ouarzazate is the beating heart of TV's Biblical world. "It's a very holy town right now," laughs Haaz Sleiman, one of the Ouarzazate Jesi -- Yes, that should be the name of a fantasy baseball team -- specifically playing the title role in National Geographic's "Killing Jesus," the project that has brought me to this region. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Producers Who Brought Us Bad Oscars Are Definitely Not Returning
After hinting at their departure earlier this month, Oscars producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron told Deadline they're officially done with the awards show. The producers have finished out the end of a three-year contract with the Oscars, and have embarked on numerous other projects. "Frankly, before the Oscars this year were even broadcast, we were questioning whether or not, if we were ever asked, whether we wanted to do it again, and we had long talked about it, and also had casual discussions with [President] Cheryl [Boone Isaacs] and [CEO] Dawn [Hudson] about it way back when, and the past couple of years have been incredible, but at the same time, we've also put a lot of projects on hold, and they haven't been getting our full attention," Meron said.Zadan and Meron will reportedly turn their attention to developing Broadway shows, a third live musical for TV (maybe The »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Alex Trebek and Florence Henderson to Host Daytime Creative Arts Emmys
Alex Trebek and Florence Henderson will host the Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards next month. The “Jeopardy!” host and “The Brady Bunch” actress will take to the stage on April 24 at the Universal Hilton in Los Angeles, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) told TheWrap in a statement. The Academy also announced that this year’s Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement will go to producer, director, Michael Gargiulo, for his work on TV classics such as “Password,” “I’ve Got A Secret,” “The Tell the Truth,” The Thanksgiving Day’s Parade,” and the “Tournament of Roses, »
- Debbie Emery
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