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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
Editor Obsessions: Diane Von Furstenberg Luggage, Juicy Couture Sweaters and More!
Not surprisingly, this week we've got the holidays on our minds. With Thanksgiving in exactly one week it makes perfect sense that we are planning what to wear, gift and bring for the long weekend. First up? Our luggage. To keep from over-packing we're turning to Diane Von Furstenberg's 20-inch roller bag—sturdy and small is the way to go! Inside that tote we're bringing a few fun gifts—such as coaster sets and pretty paperweights—from Ben's Garden to make sure we show each hostess our appreciation. We're also packing a few cozy layers to keep warm, naturally. Our top picks are a Stella & Dot printed scarf and Juicy Couture sweaters. Finally after having our fair »
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
Miley Cyrus Is Almost 21: How Kristen Stewart, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez & More Celebrated Their Milestone Birthdays
So far, Miley Cyrus is approaching her 21st birthday in true singular fashion—spending most of the preceding year very scantily clad, giving her tongue lots of breathing room and, most recently, bleaching her eyebrows. But what should she actually do to celebrate her milestone birthday on Nov. 23? Legally buying some booze, proudly flashing her valid ID at a 21-and-over club or heading to Vegas is so...normal. A source has told E! News that Miley's party is going to be Sunday, either at Beacher's Madhouse at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, where she already hangs out a lot, or at her home—where the Madhouse will be brought to her, courtesy of her good pal, nightlife impresario Jeff Beacher »
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
Inside Lindsay Lohan's Posh New York City Apartment—See the Pics!
Rest assured that Lindsay Lohan is living the good life in the Big Apple! Just a few weeks ago, Lilo shared a snapshot of her fab bedroom featuring some lovely interior elements including a shaggy cream rug, embroidered cushion seat and antique-looking dresser, and now we've got more details on her posh pad in the city! A source close to the actress confirms to E! News that the star has been renting out a swanky downtown apartment for a cool $16,800 per month—and it's just as impressive as one would hope! And of course, it goes without saying that's one hefty price tag for a rental. Nevertheless, Lilo deserves only the best, and we're pretty sure this cool space delivers »
Holly Madison Gushes About Baby Rainbow's Latest Milestone—Watch the Video to Find Out What It Is!
When you're a first-time mother, you celebrate every milestone, no matter how big or small. And new mom Holly Madison, who welcomed baby girl Aurora Rainbow into the world back in March, is no different from proud mamas the world over! In fact, when we recently caught up with the Girls Next Door star at the Homefront premiere in Las Vegas, she was eager to share the latest development in her little one's life. "I am loving motherhood," she gushed to E! News. "I have the cutest daughter and she has two teeth already." They grow up so fast! But the 33-year-old is relishing her little girl's early years while she can, and has even taken more than one »
Stop Whatever You're Doing and Look at This Adorable Baby Lion Playing in the Leaves!
Forget Lol cats and grumpy cats and cats who can play piano. Who needs 'em. The Internet should be ruled by big cats. Specifically, this little big cat, an 11-week-old lion cub at the Blair Drummon Safari Park in Scotland. Her name is Karis and she loves playing in leaves. Like, she loooooooooooooooves it. Park manager Gary Gilmour said, "She's loving them, just like any child would." Which is the understatement of the century. We wish we loved anything as much as Karis loves playing in leaves. "I can haz leaves?!" (Read that in a Scottish accent.) Karis apparently also enjoys playing in cardboard boxes. So does every cat. Whatever. Back to Karis »
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
Ringless Leighton Meester and Adam Brody Step Out Separately For First Time Since Engagement News
Serious question, Leighton Meester: where's your bling from Adam Brody?! On Wednesday, Nov. 20 , E! News confirmed that the former O.C. stud and the 27-year-old actress got engaged after less than a year of dating, and one day later, the erstwhile Gossip Girl beauty appeared at a promotional event in Shanghai, China for skincare company Biotherm. And while the actress undoubtedly looked beautiful in her jumpsuit by Marchesa Voyage, there was one thing noticeably missing from her ensemble...her engagement ring! Meester, who wore her short brown hair in soft curls, was glowing at the event, flashing a subtle smile as she took the stage in the midst of the widespread Internet chatter surrounding the »
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
Elizabeth Banks Looks Like a Genie in a Black Tie Bottle
Is Elizabeth Banks finally fulfilling her fashion wish to dress like I Dream of Jeannie? That is literally the only reason we can come up with to excuse this ensemble... Our apologies to designer Jenny Packham, but the velvet jumpsuit makes The Hunger Games: Catching Fire star look like she just escaped an ancient bottle! Yes, harem pants come in and out of style, but they've never been acceptable for a red carpet affair! Our issue with the outfit isn't just that it looks like a super fancy Halloween costume. Elizabeth has an incredible frame and yet these baggy pants make her look giant on the bottom. Yes, the intricate beading along the top is the first thing that catches our eye, but then we're forced »
'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
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