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‘Masters of Sex’ and ‘Ray Donovan’ Renewed for Third Seasons at Showtime

6 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Showtime has renewed “Masters of Sex” and “Ray Donovan” for third seasons, the premium cabler announced Wednesday. Both hourlong series will receive 12-episode orders that will begin production in early 2015.

“Both ‘Ray Donovan’ and ‘Masters of Sex’ are quintessentially Showtime: bold, provocative, premium television with production values at the top of the food chain,” said David Nevins, president, Showtime Networks. “These acclaimed shows are filled with complex and interesting characters and settings that will no doubt give audiences compelling television to invest in for seasons to come.”

Masters of Sex” has garnered five Emmy Award nominations this year, with Allison Janney already taking home the trophy for guest actress in a drama at the Creative Arts Emmys ceremony. “Ray Donovan’s” Jon Voight is also nominated for an Emmy for his role as Mickey Donovan. “Masters of Sex” currently averages nearly 4 million viewers across multiple platforms per week, while “Ray Donovan” averages 5 million weekly viewers. »


- Laura Prudom

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Alan Cumming Ain’t Going As Emma Stone Signs On For Broadway’s ‘Cabaret’

6 hours ago | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

It’s official: Emma Stone will make her Broadway debut in Cabaret beginning November 11th and hanging around Studio 54 as B-grade chanteuse Sally Bowles through February 1, 2015. Michelle Williams, who opened in this revival of Sam Mendes’s Tony Award winning production in the spring, will play Sally for the final time on November 9th. Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man franchise) stars with Zack Galafianakis, Michael Keaton and Edward Norton in Birdman, opening October 17.

Showing faith in the show’s even longer-term prospects, Studio 54 owner the Roundabout Theatre Company also announced that headliner Alan Cumming, reprising as the Emcee, and co-stars Linda Emond and Danny Burstein, have re-upped through March 29, 2015.

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- Jeremy Gerard

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Billy Crystal to Present Robin Williams Tribute at Emmys

6 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Billy Crystal will present tribute to Robin Williams at Monday's Emmy Awards, executive producer Don Mischer said on Tuesday. Sara Bareilles will handle the In Memoriam musical duties. Following Williams’ suicide, during a show at the Greek, Bareilles dedicated her song “Hercules” to his memory and family. Last week, Mischer said that the 66th annual Emmy Awards will remember Williams with a “proper and meaningful remembrance.” At the red carpet rollout and Emmy's Governors Ball preview in downtown, Los Angeles, Calif. this morning, Mischer also said that there will be 26 awards handed out in. »


- Tony Maglio and Mikey Glazer

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Ray J Arraigned for Sexual Battery and Resisting Arrest at Beverly Wilshire Hotel Bar

22 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Ray J found himself in legal hot water on Tuesday. The singer and actor was arraigned on charges of sexual battery, vandalism, battery of a police officer and resisting and delaying a peace officer, stemming from a May incident at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel bar during which he allegedly groped a woman. Also read: Ray J Arrested, Clashes With Cops at Beverly Hills Hotel The 33-year-old Ray J, real name Willie Jay Norwood Jr., faces four years in county jail if convicted of all counts, which are misdemeanors. Norwood pleaded not guilty through his attorney, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide Ending After 45 Years – Internet Kills Iconic Print Paperback

19 August 2014 3:21 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Another print icon bites the dust.  Leonard Maltin’s 2015 Movie Guide will be the final edition of this film lovers’ guide which started in 1969 under the title TV Movies. But in recent years the annual guide, which now numbers 1,611 pages and features nearly 16,000 capsule movie reviews, has become a victim of the changing times and the way information is consumed by a new generation. The new edition, which comes out on September 2nd is the last and that will be bad news for many industry-ites and film lovers who used it religiously. “An entire generation has been raised to acquire all their information online from their mobile devices or computers. These are not the likely customers for a physical paperback reference book. Our sales have sharply declined in recent years,” Maltin told me this morning.  The virtual death of bookstores likely didn’t help the cause either. “We still have a loyal readership. »


- Pete Hammond

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Celebs' Scruff-Tastic Showdown—Vote for the Best Beard!

21 minutes ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Well this is a hairy situation. It's not even no-shave November yet, but it seems the beard is having a moment early this year. And while we won't admit to being full-on facial hair fanatics or just five-o-clock shadow supporters, we are asking this—which dude has best scruff? Bring on the beards. Jared Leto is basically the poster child for beards. And his grungy-good look goes right along with that. The long hair and beard combo sometimes makes the 42-year-old look a little more caveman than rocker, but still the guy is famous for his facial flow. And Leonardo DiCaprio—we're not sure how to feel about your beard. Sure, the mustache-beard fusion is impressive. But we think we like »


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‘Tolkien & Lewis': Why I Chose to Tell This Fascinating Story (Guest Blog)

23 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Growing up in England, I became a huge fan of the work of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. I even recreated some scenes from ”The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” in an 8mm film I made as a teenager. The fact that the two most imaginative fantasy authors of the 20th century were friends was remarkable to me. I felt that their story had to be told — and not in a dry, dusty, academic way — but with as much wonder and excitement as their books contained. The men were very different but shared many common experiences, not least the horror. »


- Simon West

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'American Horror Story: Freak Show' sets its October premiere date

24 minutes ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

We always knew that the latest installment of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's "American Horror Story" would have an October premiere. All three prior installments did, so why should this one be any different? Now, however, we have an actual premiere date for "American Horror Story: Freak Show." The 1952-set "American Horror Story: Freak Show" will premiere on Wednesday, October 8 at 10 p.m. on FX. In addition to familiar pieces of the "Ahs" reparatory company including Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Frances Conroy and returning players Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett, the new season has added Michael Chiklis, plus Wes Bentley, John Carroll Lynch and Patti Labelle among many, many others. FX describes the season thusly: "'American Horror Story: Freak Show' begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952. A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Find Out How Sofía Vergara Gets in Top Shape Before the Emmy Awards

25 minutes ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

When it comes to looking fit on the red carpet, nobody pulls it off quite like Sofía Vergara. The Modern Family star manages to look incredible every single time she steps out, and now with the Emmys just around the corner she's hitting the gym even harder—and we have a feeling it's going to pay off on the big night. So we caught up with Sofía's trainer, Jennifer Yates, who is the founder of Pasadena-based Pilates and Spin Studio Metamorphosis. Jennifer gave us the dish on how she helps get Sofía looking so fit and toned for the Emmys. "Ramping up for Emmy season, we have changed up Sofía's workout routine to stimulate her muscles further and push her to the »


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Ken Jeong to Star in WWE Studios Comedy with Hulk Hogan, David Hasselhoff

26 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ken Jeong has signed on to star in a comedy for WWE Studios that the company will co-produce with Hyde Park Entertainment. Project also features David Hasselhoff and WWE’s Hulk Hogan.

The project, currently being developed under the working title “Untitled Celebrity Death Pool,” will have the thesp portray a struggling nightclub owner who after amassing a large debt from a loan shark, sets out to win a long-running celebrity death pool by attempting to kill Hasselhoff.

Hogan will also appear in the film in a cameo, as will Hasselhoff, while other celebs are also expected to make appearances as celebrities with targets on their backs.

Jeong is currently lensing “Ride Along 2″ with Ice Cube and Kevin Hart for Universal.

Diary of a Mad Black Woman”-helmer Darren Grant will direct the celebrity death pool project from a script by Peter Hoare.

Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park Entertainment, »


- Marc Graser

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Rian Johnson swears: The new 'Star Wars' movies will have less CG, more practical f/x

29 minutes ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

(Cbr) Not long from now, in this very galaxy, new "Star Wars" movies will emerge — not just a new trilogy kicked off by J.J. Abrams, but spinoffs as well, from the likes of Josh Trank and Gareth Edwards. Rian Johnson, the director of "Brick," "Looper" and three episodes of "Breaking Bad," is the filmmaker responsible for "Star Wars: Episode VIII," and possibly even "Episode IX." As such, he’s been on the set of Abrams’ "Episode VII," and knows much more behind-the-scenes details than … well, just about anybody. Johnson was the guest on a recent episode of Grantland’s Girls in Hoodies podcast, and while there wasn’t much he’s able to reveal about his upcoming "Star Wars" movie, he did say the new series will very much lean on practical, rather than computer-generated, effects — a notable change of pace from George Lucas’ divisive prequels, and closer to the style of the original trilogy. »


- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources

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Holidays With David Hasselhoff to a Kardashianniversary & More, Chelsea Lately's Favorite Moments—See the Hilarious Pics!

32 minutes ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

As we prepare to bid our final farewell to Chelsea Lately in a live finale on August 26, we'd like to take a moment to look back on some of host Chelsea Handler's favorite moments from the show! From the Chelsea Lately political cheer squad and Cirque du Solame to Foo Fighters' frontman Dave Grohl teaching the history of music and David Hasselhoff stopping by for the holidays, it's been a wild ride these past seven years with some of the most outrageous stunts and skits. And we can't forget Chuy Bravo's oversized martini stunt to celebrate Chelsea Lately's 500th episode or the Kardashianniversary special. Click the pics below to see the Chelsea Lately's favorite moments! »


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Sacramento Sees Rally to Boost California TV and Movie Tax Credits

32 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The below-the-line community joined with Ron Perlman, Carl Weathers and Daniel Stern in Sacramento at the state capitol Wednesday in support of a sweetened incentive program for movies and TV shot in California.

W/ actor Ron Perlman at rally to pass #ab1839, which increases CA's film/TV production tax credit to keep jobs in CA. pic.twitter.com/EbodzhTYHB

— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) August 20, 2014

The two-hour event attracted more than 300 attendees to demonstrate that Assembly Bill 1839 has strong backing outside the industry’s Hollywood core. The rally included appearances by the crew of “Pretty Little Liars” and displays of hair, makeup and green screen technology to give a behind-the-scenes look at the industry.

@MPEG700 crew members from Pretty Little Liars on the steps of the Capitol http://t.co/FFEGXAYOob—

Mpeg (Editors Guild) (@MPEG700) August 20, 2014

The actors and the crew were also introduced on the Assembly and Senate floors.

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- Dave McNary

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Sacramento Sees Rally to Boost California TV and Movie Tax Credits

32 minutes ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The below-the-line community joined with Ron Perlman, Carl Weathers and Daniel Stern in Sacramento at the state capitol Wednesday in support of a sweetened incentive program for movies and TV shot in California.

W/ actor Ron Perlman at rally to pass #ab1839, which increases CA's film/TV production tax credit to keep jobs in CA. pic.twitter.com/EbodzhTYHB

— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) August 20, 2014

The two-hour event attracted more than 300 attendees to demonstrate that Assembly Bill 1839 has strong backing outside the industry’s Hollywood core. The rally included appearances by the crew of “Pretty Little Liars” and displays of hair, makeup and green screen technology to give a behind-the-scenes look at the industry.

@MPEG700 crew members from Pretty Little Liars on the steps of the Capitol http://t.co/FFEGXAYOob—

Mpeg (Editors Guild) (@MPEG700) August 20, 2014

The actors and the crew were also introduced on the Assembly and Senate floors.

The legislation »


- Dave McNary

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Madonna Vacations in the World's Weirdest Southern Belle Costume—See Her Strange Look!

34 minutes ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Looks like Madonna needs to change her nickname to the "way-too-much Material Girl." The original pop diva was spotted off the coast of Spain wearing what can only be described as a South Carolina debutante dress in 1980s New York animal print. Why the giant hat? Why the long-sleeved white shirt? Why, oh why, the Adidas sneakers? We could see the "Messiah" singer rocking this sun protection style alone in her living room, but she's out in the open surrounded by half a dozen men. Is she "over it" to the point of a total fashion fail? We support keeping that gorgeous peaches-and-cream skin healthy with some fabric-based sunblock, but this is taking things way too far. It might work »

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P.U. – Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift Weak Fragrance Sales Blamed for Double Digit Loss at Elizabeth Arden

36 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber have been called out by Elizabeth Arden for contributing to the beauty conglomerate's decline in net sales. The pop stars’ fragrances — Swift's Wonderstruck and Enchanted and Bieber's Girlfriend, Someday and The Key — grossed weaker than expected sales, while the company saw a 13.4 percent decline in sales overall over the past year. Also read: Taylor Swift vs. Groot in Best Dance-Off Ever Elizabeth Arden said they expected weaker than usual sales, but were not anticipating how dismal sales for celebrity perfumes would be. “The decline in sales of celebrity fragrances, particularly Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift. »


- Linda Ge

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The Orchard, New York Television Festival Announce Offer for Six-Episode Digital Series

45 minutes ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

As part of a new deal with independent film, television and music distribution company the Orchard, New York Television Festival has announced that it will award a six-episode digital series order to a selection from its upcoming annual fest.

The winner of the Orchard Go Project will be selected from the festival’s official artists, and will produce their series alongside the Orchard and Nytvf.

“We’re thrilled to be part of such a unique partnership with Nytvf,” said Paul Davidson, senior VP of film and television at the Orchard. “We’re proud to offer independent artists in television a platform where they can develop, produce, and distribute their exceptional creative achievements.”

Operating in over 25 global markets, the Orchard has been expanding its film and television distribution efforts with a slate of newly acquired films, including “Community” creator Dan Harmon’s “Harmontown,” Sundance winner “Rich Hill” and Tribeca Film Festival »


- Shelli Weinstein

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The Orchard, New York Television Festival Announce Offer for Six-Episode Digital Series

45 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As part of a new deal with independent film, television and music distribution company the Orchard, New York Television Festival has announced that it will award a six-episode digital series order to a selection from its upcoming annual fest.

The winner of the Orchard Go Project will be selected from the festival’s official artists, and will produce their series alongside the Orchard and Nytvf.

“We’re thrilled to be part of such a unique partnership with Nytvf,” said Paul Davidson, senior VP of film and television at the Orchard. “We’re proud to offer independent artists in television a platform where they can develop, produce, and distribute their exceptional creative achievements.”

Operating in over 25 global markets, the Orchard has been expanding its film and television distribution efforts with a slate of newly acquired films, including “Community” creator Dan Harmon’s “Harmontown,” Sundance winner “Rich Hill” and Tribeca Film Festival »


- Shelli Weinstein

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NFL Great Mike Ditka on ‘Stupid’ Washington Redskins Debate: ‘It's So Much Horse S–t, It's Incredible’

45 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

NFL Hall of Fame coach Mike Ditka thinks the “stupid” controversy surrounding the Washington Redskins “is so much horse shit, it's incredible.” The Super Bowl champ who coached the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints before becoming an Espn analyst after his retirement was very blunt when expressing his dismay over the pressure being placed on Redskins owner Dan Snyder to change the team's name. Also read: Kevin Hart Tussles With CNN's Don Lemon Over ‘Redskins’ Controversy: ‘Don't Compare It to the N-Word’ (Audio) “What's all the stink over the Redskin name? It's so much horse shit it's incredible. We're going to let. »


- Greg Gilman

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Oscar watch: First look at Jason Reitman's 'Men, Women and Children''

53 minutes ago | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

As we can see in this newly released trailer for "Men, Women and Children," director/writer Jason Reitman is revisiting a topic he explored so successfully in "Juno" – teen angst. Now he layers on parental angst, too, as we watch two lost generations in search of human connection via text message, web hookups and other forms of digital connection. Paramount is giving this an Oscar-friendly release date of Oct. 3. Reitman's "Juno" scored admirably with academy voters, nabbing four nominations and one win (original screenplay) in 2007. His "Up in the Air" reaped six bids two years later. Both film were nominated for Best Picture and Director. -Break- "Men, Women and Children" is based on a novel by Chad Kultgen. Cast includes Ansel Elgort, Adam Sandler, Judy Greer, Jennifer Garner, Emma Thompson, Dean Norris, Dennis Haysbert, Rosemarie DeWitt and Jk Simmons. Follow Gold Derby on Facebook, Twitte...' »


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