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‘SNL’ Answers Critics by Booking All White Male Hosts, Musical Guests for December
“Saturday Night Live” announced Thursday its three hosts and accompanying musical guests for next month: chronologically, Paul Rudd will be paired with One Direction, John Goodman with Kings of Leon and Jimmy Fallon with his Bff Justin Timberlake. Sounds like it will be a “White Christmas” indeed in Studio 8H. All told, that adds up to 12-and-a-half white men gracing the famed stage in December. No women, no people of color — save 1D member Zayn Malik, who is half Pakistani. TheWrap’s inquiry to NBC about the bookings was not immediately returned. Also read: Why ‘SNL’ May Never Be This White Again While independently that. »
- Tony Maglio
Obama to visit DreamWorks Animation studio
White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the president will stop next Tuesday at DreamWorks Animation in Glendale, just north of Los Angeles. Earnest won’t provide details but he says the U.S. movie and TV industry is creating thousands of jobs around the country.
DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg is a big supporter of Obama and Democratic Party causes. Last year he gave $2 million to the group supporting Obama’s re-election. »
- Associated Press
Director Gavin O’Connor in Negotiations to Replace Ben Affleck on Thriller ‘Tell No One’
Guillaume Canet’s French thriller “Tell No One” was one of the best movies I saw in 2008 and Gavin O’Connor’s “Warrior” was my favorite film of 2011, so it’s fitting that O’Connor is in negotiations to direct an English-language remake of Tell No One” for Universal and Warner Bros. The twist-filled story has a simple premise: A doctor is implicated in the disappearance of his wife, and several years later, he receives an email suggesting she is still alive. To say more than that would give away some exciting surprises. Also Read: ‘Warrior’ Director Gavin O’Connor: »
- Jeff Sneider
Sony planning 'Spider-Man' movie spin-offs, but for which characters?
Spider-Man's cinematic universe is expanding. Sony is planning a number of spin-off films involving other heroes and villains in the web-crawler's universe, according to studio chief Michael Lynton during a Q&A with analysts on Thursday. “We do very much have the ambition about creating a bigger universe around Spider-Man," said Lynton. "There are a number of scripts in the works.” Lynton also mentioned that the studio is “working closely with Marvel and Disney” on the proposed spin-offs, though according to Deadline he is most likely talking about any merchandising opportunities surrounding the films (Sony only owns film rights to Spider-Man; Marvel »
- HitFix Staff
‘Game of Thrones’ Actor to Replace John Hurt in FX’s ‘The Strain’
Walder Frey is coming to FX. David Bradley, best known for playing the villainous character on the HBO swords-and-dragons epic “Game of Thrones,” has been cast in Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming FX drama series “The Strain,” which was picked up to series earlier this week. Also read: Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Strain’ Gets Series Order From FX The show, based on del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s series of books, follows Dr. Ephraim Goodweather played by Corey Stoll, the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a. »
- Tim Kenneally
Hugh Jackman Reveals Skin Cancer Scare
Hugh Jackman has experienced a skin cancer scare, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Photos: Photos of Hugh Jackman: An Unconventional Superstar The actor revealed Thursday that upon urging from his wife Deborra-Lee Furness, he recently had a facial mark checked for cancer cells, and was diagnosed with basil cell carcinoma, a common form of skin cancer. He appears to have had the mildly malignant tissues removed, and asks his fans to take precautionary measures. "Deb said to get the mark on my nose checked. Boy, was she right!" he posted on Instagram along with a photo of his bandaged
- Ashley Lee
Exclusive clip: Nine try to exit a polygamous cult on 'Breaking the Faith'
"Breaking the Faith" (premiering Sun. Nov. 24 at 10:00 p.m. on TLC) isn't just about a group of young people trying to start new lives -- it's about how (and if) they do that after escaping the controversial Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a cult run by convicted felon Warren Jeffs. Jeffs is serving a life sentence for child sexual assault (he's said to have 78 wives, 24 of whom were underage when he married them), but he's reportedly still the president of the organization. In this exclusive clip, watch what happens one day before "extraction," which aptly »
- Liane Bonin Starr
Al Roker, Hoda Kotb To Anchor NBC’s Rose Parade Coverage
“Today’s” Al Roker and Hoda Kotb will host NBC’s coverage of the 125th Rose Parade on New Year’s Day, the network announced on Thursday. Weather anchor Roker has hosted NBC’s live coverage for 17 years, but this will be Kotb’s first. The parade has been an annual tradition in Pasadena, Calif., for 125 years, and this year will feature a performance from the yet-to-be-crowned winner of NBC’s “The Voice.” Also Read: Hoda Kotb Renews Her Contract With NBC News Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully serves as the parade’s Grand Marshal. The 125th Rose Parade »
- L.A. Ross
NBC’s Leno, Fallon Off to Best Ratings Starts in Five Years
NBC continues to be the most popular latenight choice of Americans, with Jay Leno, who’s set to exit “The Tonight Show” in just a couple of months, and Jimmy Fallon, the man who will replace him, both off to their best ratings starts in five years.
The Peacock latenight hosts have opened up considerable distance on their CBS competition and also had no problem topping ABC’s revamped lineup, which has had “Jimmy Kimmel Live” leading into “Nightline” since January.
Leno saw a boost in his final months the first time he was ready to ankle “Tonight” in 2009, but it must be encouraging for NBC to see his replacement come on so strong this fall. In fact, Fallon is now outdrawing David Letterman’s CBS show in young adults even though the latter starts an hour earlier.
Looking at the numbers for the first eight weeks of the television season (Sept. »
- Rick Kissell
Rory Peck Awards Recognize Cameramen Who "Stuck Their Necks Out To Get That Story"
This year’s Rory Peck Awards were presented Thursday at London's BFI Southbank, hosted by Christiane Amanpour of CNN and ABC News, and James Mates of ITV News. The annual Sony-sponsored event, named after the respected freelance cameraman who covered war conflict around the world and helped found independent cameramen co-op Frontline Television News, recognizes freelance cameramen and women in news and current affairs. It is also the main fundraiser for the Rory Peck Trust, which looks after the safety and welfare of these freelancers and their families. Below is the Trust's listings and descriptions of this year’s winners.
- Carolyn Giardina
Syfy Ventures into ‘Woods’ with Scribe Liz Phang, Chris Fedak
Phang wrote “Woods” as a spec script and brought it to Amblin TV, which is exec producing with Universal Cable Prods. Amblin then recruited Fedak to help Phang shape the concept.
Story revolves around a woman who returns to the mysterious mansion and discovers that the sinister beings behind her sister’s disappearance years ago are still there.
Phang spent two seasons on CW’s “90210″ and also logged a stint on HBO’s “Hung.”
Fedak, who became an in-demand showrunner following his five-season run at the helm of NBC’s “Chuck,” is having a busy selling season with drama projects percolating at NBC and TNT, among other prospects.
Phang and Fedak are repped by Wme.
- Cynthia Littleton
Gavin O’Connor to Direct ‘Tell No One’ Remake for Universal, Warner Bros.
Gavin O’Connor is in negotiations to direct the remake of the French pic “Tell No One.”
The co-production between Universal and Warner Bros. was originally eyeballed as a Ben Affleck gig, but scheduling forced Affleck to move on, and the film was stuck in limbo until O’Connor climbed on board.
The original pic, which was based on a novel by Harlan Coben, revolves around a doctor originally suspected of murdering his wife eight years prior and is again suspected of murder after two bodies are found near the spot where his wife’s body was found. Things become even more interesting when he receives an email that includes a photo of his wife who appears to be alive and older.
The CAA-repped O’Connor recently wrapped production on the Western “Jane Got a Gun,” starring Natalie Portman. »
- Justin Kroll
'Chuck's' Chris Fedak Developing Haunted House Drama at Syfy
Chuck co-creator/showrunner is Chris Fedak is heading to Syfy. The writer/executive producer is developing mystery thriller The Woods for the NBCUniversal-owned cable network, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The drama centers on a young woman who returns to the mysterious wooded mansion her sister disappeared from when they were girls, only to learn that the sinister beings that took her are still there. Fedak will executive produce the drama alongside Liz Phang (90210, My Generation, Hung, The Ex-List), who will pen the script. Amblin TV's Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey are also on board to executive produce the
- Lesley Goldberg
10 Things We Learned About Sarah Silverman on Reddit
Foul-mouthed funny lady Sarah Silverman hosted a no-holds-barred “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit Thursday, chatting with fans about her everything from her favorite traffic sign to her dislike of 3D glasses. The comedienne, whose HBO special airs Saturday night, admitted she sometimes feels threatened by the backlash her often dirty — very, very dirty — humor creates. “But I’m still alive so I’m still gonna express myself as I see fit as I encourage you to do as well,” Silverman wrote. See video: Jimmy Kimmel Finally Gets His Stuff Back From Sarah Silverman Here are 10 more highlights from Silverman’s chat. »
- L.A. Ross
Gavin O'Connor in Talks to Direct 'Tell No One' Remake
Gavin O’Connor, the director who stepped in to save Jane Got a Gun, is in negotiations to direct Tell No One, the remake of the French thriller being made jointly by Universal and Warner Bros. The project is a remake of the 2006 French movie Ne le dis a personne written and directed by Guillaume Canet, which was based on the English novel Tell No One, written by Harlan Coben and published by Delacorte Press in 2001. Frank Marshall is producing the adaptation, which has a script by Argo scribe Chris Terrio. The story centers on a doctor who was
- Borys Kit, Tatiana Siegel
'Hunger Games: Catching Fire': What the Critics Are Saying
Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire appears positioned for a big box-office haul with its Friday release. The second of four film adaptations from Suzanne Collins' popular Ya trilogy, Catching Fire has garnered generally positive reviews, touting a solid 92 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Jennifer Lawrence returns as the story's heroine, Katniss Everdeen, who finds the odds stacked against her once again as she enters into a new phase of dystopian warfare. After conquering the Hunger Games in the first installment, spurring public discontent throughout the Districts, Katniss becomes subject to the whims of a virulent ruler, President
- Kyle Jaeger
Martin Scorsese wants your support for Indiegogo campaign of Roger Ebert doc 'Life Itself' -- Exclusive Video
Martin Scorsese gives it two thumbs up — and thinks you should too.
In an EW exclusive, the Oscar-winning director shares his thoughts on film critic Roger Ebert and the upcoming documentary on Ebert’s life and legacy, Life Itself. Directed by Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters), the documentary is based on the well-known critic and film lover’s eponymous memoir. It chronicles his life as an advocate for great cinema and his inspiring battle with cancer.
The video also marks the launch of Life Itself’s Indiegogo campaign to complete the film, currently in post-production. One of the key »
- Maricela Gonzalez
‘Parks and Rec’s’ Amy Poehler Performs Cross-Dressing ‘Grease’ Karaoke (Video)
Amy Poehler is doing a little cross-dressing karaoke on Thursday’s “Parks and Recreation,” in Leslie Knope’s latest attempt to win over nemesis Councilman Jamm. The two sing “Summer Lovin’” from “Grease,” just with role — and jacket — reversals. Jamm (Jon Glaser) rocks the Pink Ladies jacket and sings Olivia Newton-John’s (“Sandy Olsen”) part of the famous song. Knope dons the classic leather T-birds jacket as she does her best Danny Zuko (John Travolta). Also read: NBC Universal Sued by Male Stripper for $1 Million — Again The standout performer in the three-minute, 41-second preview clip, Chris Traeger (Rob Lowe), wasn’t even on stage. »
- Tony Maglio
Box Office: 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Nabs $25.3 Million Thursday Night
Living up to the hype, Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire devoured an estimated $25.3 million in Thursday night grosses as it began rolling out in North America. The sequel surpassed by 28 percent the $19.7 million earned by the first Hunger Games on its first night of release in spring 2012. That film went on to gross $152.5 in its domestic debut, and many are betting on Catching Fire to take in considerably more. Photos: Meet 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire's' Key Characters Earlier this year, Disney and Marvel Studios' Iron Man 3 raked in $15.
- Pamela McClintock
‘Gravity’ Beating ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ on First Day of China Box-Office Battle, Warner Bros. Says
Early numbers show “Gravity” is beating the “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” in the first day of their head-to-head battle in China, Warner Bros. reported Thursday. The studio said its 3D space epic was holding the No. 1 spot Thursday, the first day that “Catching Fire” joined it in the market. “Gravity” debuted at No. 1 in China on Tuesday. Lionsgate hasn’t yet reported its opening day numbers for the Jennifer Lawrence sequel,which opens Friday in the U.S. and 65 foreign markets. Chinese officials, who routinely seek to protect homegrown movies at the box office, scheduled the two blockbusters’ openings just two. »
- Todd Cunningham
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