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NBC Pulls 'Best Friends Forever' From Schedule
NBC has pulled the plug on midseason comedy Best Friends Forever, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Created by Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair, who also star, the half-hour series bowed in early April to 4 million viewers and a 1.2 rating in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demo before dipping in the ratings. "Bff Fans: Wanted to let you know that our show is being taken off the air until the summer. Hoping to post ep 5 & 6 online asap. We love u," Parham wrote Friday afternoon on Twitter. She followed up by thanking
- Philiana Ng
NBC Yanks Best Friends Forever
Bff is about to go Mia. The quirky NBC comedy Best Friends Forever has been pulled from the schedule, effective immediately, according to co-creator and star Lennon Parham. "Our show is being taken off the air until the summer," she tweeted. "Hoping to post ep 5 & 6 online asap." Except for Smash, NBC hasn't had much luck with its midseason replacements this year: The Firm flamed out early, Awake is struggling, and the network double-pumped and under-promoted its well-liked sitcom Bent. »
- Kyle Buchanan
Sam Raimi to Produce MGM's 'Poltergeist' Remake (Exclusive)
Sam Raimi is boarding MGM’s Poltergeist. The filmmaker, who got his start with the Evil Dead horror movies, will produce the remake of the 1982 film -- which Steven Spielberg produced and co-scripted from his original story -- with Nathan Kahane, Roy Lee, and Robert Tapert. Story: Disney's Sam Raimi Directed 'Oz' Begins Filming in Michigan Despite some reports, Raimi is not directing the remake but will help oversee the search for a helmer. David Lindsay-Abaire, who worked on Disney's Oz: The Great and Powerful for Raimi, is working on the script, which focuses on a family whose house was
- Borys Kit
American Idol's Jessica Sanchez: Why Does Akon Say He Wants Her Voted Off?!
There's no question that American Idol's Jessica Sanchez is one of this season's breakout stars. The 16-year-old vocal powerhouse has won over fans and the AI judges alike. So why is one of music's biggest stars hoping that Sanchez actually gets voted off the show?! Akon, who recently guest mentored on Idol, says Sanchez is by far his favorite contestant this season. "I know I shouldn't be saying this, but I kind of want her to get voted off so I can sign her," Akon told E! News at the Billboard Latin Music Awards in Miami. "She's beyond the talent that's supposed to be there," the R&B star gushed. "I think she's overqualified, I really »
Judd Apatow's Raunchy-Sweet 'This is 40' Comes of Age (Trailer)
Judd Apatow is bringing his brand of raunchy-sweet comedy to the big screen again in "This is 40." As the title suggests, Apatow's latest directorial outing -- his first since "Funny People" in 2009 -- finds a familiar cast of characters cracking wise about their midlife crises. Apatow's real-life wife, Leslie Mann, reprises her role as Debbie from "Knocked Up," with Paul Rudd picking up where Pete left off in this sequel (of sorts) to Apatow's 2007 hit. Jason Segel, Melissa McCarthy, Megan Fox and Lena Dunham round out the cast. Judging by »
- Kasia Anderson
Prince William and Kate Middleton's One-Year Anniversary: How Are They Celebrating?
Should we be preparing for another royal wedding-esque extravaganza this weekend? On Sunday, Prince William and Kate Middleton will be celebrating their first wedding anniversary (can you believe it's already been a whole year?!), and we're guessing there's gonna be some huge event taking place. So cue the trumpets, shut down the streets and bring out your most exquisite hats because it's (royally) going down...again! Right?! Wrong. Remember when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge decided to lie low for a while and just enjoy their newlywed time? Well, that seems to be sticking. A royal source tells E! News that the couple are going to spend the weekend »
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon Renew Wedding Vows in Paris
They do - again! Almost four years after their surprise wedding in the Bahamas, Nick Cannon got down on one knee before Mariah Carey in a vow renewal ceremony Friday night atop the Eiffel Tower. In a photo shoot beforehand, Carey is beaming in a stunning white mermaid dress with spaghetti straps and a black bow at the waist as Cannon, in a white suit and black tie, locks his eyes with hers. "Tonight was an incredible night," the singer Tweeted. "I can't express how amazing it was to renew our vows in Paris at the top of the Eiffel tower. »
'Five-Year Engagement's' Jason Segel, Nicholas Stoller Explain Cutting Full-Frontal Nudity, Reveal Other Deleted Scenes (Video)
Fans of Forgetting Sarah Marshall will most likely enjoy The Five-Year Engagement, which reunites Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller. Segel, who wrote and starred in Sarah Mashall and Stoller, who directed it, return to co-write, star (Segel) and direct (Stoller) The Five-Year Engagement. Photos: 'The Five-Year Engagement' Premiere Red Carpet Arrivals Forgetting Sarah Marshall not only proved Segel’s abilities as a leading man and writer, but also left him fully exposed to the world in one major full-frontal nudity scene. However, moviegoers won’t get to see a repeat performance from Segel in Five-Year Engagement,
- Rebecca Ford
The Weekend Watch: 'Bernie,' 'The Inkeepers,' and McKee's 'Woman'
You've got a lot of options for what to watch and how, and we want to help you plan your weekend with a new column where we'll highlight three things you can see in theaters, three things you'll find streaming, and three titles new to home video. Appropriately enough, we call this The Weekend Watch. Does the summer movie season really start next week? Wow. This year is flying by, and I guess it feels like it really just raced up on us this year. Still, there's plenty of good stuff to see in theaters this weekend, so it's not like »
- Drew McWeeny
Disney Picks Up Neil Gaiman's 'Graveyard Book'
Disney has picked up Neil Gaiman’s Newberry Award-winning novel The Graveyard Book. Gil Netter, a veteran producer with adaptations including Marley & Me and the upcoming Life of Pi among his credits, is producing with Ben Browning. The book tells of a boy named Nobody Owens who is raised by ghosts in a cemetery after his family is murdered. When he is a teen, he is pursued again by his family’s killer, a being named “the Man Jack.” Several companies, Miramax among them, have tried and failed to get an adaptation of the 2008 book off the ground. Neil
- Borys Kit
Channing Tatum's 32nd Birthday Present? A Surprise, Dancing Flash Mob!
Channing Tatum's 32nd birthday packed quite the (musical) surprise. The Magic Mike star thought he was meeting his pals for a mellow birthday dinner on Thursday night at Southern Hospitality BBQ Restaurant in N.Y.C. - but, instead, it turned into an all-out dance party. "Jenna Dewan surprised him with a choreographed flash mob," a source tells People. After the actor arrived, "I've Had the Time of My Life" from Dirty Dancing began to play. Explains the source: "Much to his surprise, the nearby tables of what he thought were restaurant patrons jumped up, ripped off their regular »
Uggie Is Writing a Book Now
So much for retirement! Since the Oscars, The Artist's mysteriously shaking wonder dog has lined up gigs pitching Nintendo and attending the White House Correspondents' Dinner; now the AP reports that a division of Simon & Schuster has inked a deal with Uggie to write his autobiography, Uggie: My Story, which will be out in October (so long from now!). Let's hope it has as much humping as Frank Langella's memoir. »
- Kyle Buchanan
Jimmy Fallon's 1998 'SNL' Audition Surfaces Online (Video)
Have you ever wondered what it takes to win a spot on Saturday Night Live? Consider this newly surfaced video of Jimmy Fallon auditioning for the legendary sketch comedy show in 1998 a master class on the subject. Cramming over 20 characters into 8 minutes that would change his life forever, Fallon cycled through every celebrity impression in his repertoire -- everyone from from Jerry Seinfeld to Chris Rock to Robert Smith of The Cure. Video: President Obama on 'Jimmy Fallon': Slow Jammin' the News, Talking College and Energy But as Fallon recalled in a 2010 Sirius Xm interview, it
- Seth Abramovitch
Game of Thrones Star Teases Sex, Family Feuds and the Big Battle Scene You've Been Waiting For!
It's Tyrion Lannister's (Peter Dinklage) King's Landing—and we're all just living in it on Game of Thrones! For Lancel Lannister (Eugene Simon), truer words have never been spoken as he has now become a very important pawn in the intense battle of wits and power between the fan favorite Lannister and his sister Cersei (Lena Headey). But the sibling's personal battle isn't the only battle Lancel will be taking part of this season. We chatted with Eugene Simon about Lancel's role in the Lannister family feud, his relationship with Cersei (Lena Headey), his cousin/lover (ew!), and why fans shouldn't be worried about the epic battle scenes in the highly-anticipated episode »
Box Office Report: 'Avengers' Breaks Records Overseas, Already Earning $36 Million
Joss Whedon's The Avengers continues to wreak havoc at the foreign box office, earning $36 million in its first two days and breaking records in a number of territories. From Disney and Marvel Studios, Avengers scored the third best Thursday opening ever in the U.K. ($4.1 million) after posting the second highest opening day of all time in Australia on Wednesday. Photos: 28 of Summer's Most Anticipated Movies Moreover, the superhero extravaganza is showing strength across the globe. In Argentina, the pic grossed $600,000 on Thursday, the third best opening of all time. And Avengers debuted to
- Pamela McClintock
Tony Bennett talks Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and ‘Zen’
Most of Tony Bennett’s family, Lady Gaga’s parents, Amy Winehouse’s parents and even Harry Belafonte were on hand for the premiere of “The Zen of Bennett” on Monday night, making a one-show-only bow at the Tribeca Film Festival. It was a temperate all-ages event, but it's fine if it wasn't too flashy: “Conceived, created, and produced by his son,” the documentary was what Danny Bennett described as a “love letter” to his 85-year-old father. The 84-minute portrait covers the period during which Bennett collaborated with more than a dozen popular artists for his “Duets II” album, his most commercially successful full-length »
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon Renew Their Vows in Paris—How Many Times Is That?!
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon are a couple of vow-renewin' fools! Ahead of their fourth anniversary on Monday, the dream lovers have taken advantage of their romantic Parisian surroundings and renewed their wedding vows—something they've done every year since doing it the first time, making this their fifth time saying "I do"! Take a moment to get that straight while we gather the details. "Mariah and Nick renewed their vows at the summit of the Eiffel Tower in an intimate ceremony after a romantic dinner at the beautiful Jules Verne restaurant," Carey's rep tells E! News, noting that they did the deed at around 12:30 a.m. Paris time. Clad in a white mermaid gown »
Universal Extends Working Title Films Deal
Universal Pictures has extended its production deal with Working Title Films, co-chairmen Adam Fogelson and Donna Langley announced Friday. Working Title, run by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, will now have a first-look deal rather than an exclusive deal. That is similar to what happened when Universal re-upped with Imagine Entertainment in January. “Working Title has been an invaluable partner for Universal with our two companies enjoying tremendous success on films that have delighted audiences all over the world,” Fogelson and Langley said in a statement. “Tim and Eric are true leaders in »
- Lucas Shaw
Chelsea Handler's 'After Lately' Renewed for Third Season on E!
E! wants to see more of Chelsea Handler. The Chelsea Lately host, who signed a deal in November to remain with the series through 2014, is finalizing a renewal to keep scripted spinoff After Lately on the network for a third season, an E! rep confirms to The Hollywood Reporter. The move comes as the NBCUniversal-owned network continues to grow its relationship with the 37-year-old comedian, who's developing and producing series for E! through her Borderline Amazing Productions shingle. After Lately, which follows the fictional and largely improvised work lives of Chelsea Lately's cast, crew and writers,
- Michael O'Connell
Deadfall: Tribeca Review
New York – A modern outlaw Western that brings Southern Gothic flavor to the wintry North, Deadfall is slicker and more compelling than its overdetermined script has any right to expect. Headlining Eric Bana in wryly subdued psycho mode, the sinewy genre piece builds to a bloody Thanksgiving dinner faceoff over roast goose and pumpkin pie. Magnolia might want to consider ditching the title for something less generic and positioning this as a nasty slice of holiday counter-programming. Photos: Tribeca Film Festival 2012: THR's Red Carpet Interviews Shot by Shane Hurlbut with an atmospheric feel for the snowbound landscapes
- David Rooney
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