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Steve Coogan to Replace Philip Seymour Hoffman in Showtime’s ‘Happyish’

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

Steve Coogan has signed on to star in the Showtime comedy pilot “Happyish.” The half-hour pilot will be filmed in New York this December.

Happyish” had originally been planned as a starring vehicle for Philip Seymour Hoffman, but was put on hold after the actor’s death until the role could be recast.

Coogan will play Thom Payne, a 44 year-old man whose world is thrown into disarray when he gets a new 25-year-old “wunderkind” boss, who says things like “digital,” “social” and “viral.”  Is he in need of a “rebranding,” as his mentor insists, or does he just have a “low joy ceiling,” as his corporate headhunter suggests?

Happyish” was created, written and executive produced by critically acclaimed author and regular “This American Life” contributor Shalom Auslander.

“Steve’s range is astounding – he is a comedy legend, a gifted satirist, and he possesses the unique combination of talents this role demands, »


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Gotham Scoop: Morena Baccarin Checks In as Mythic Batman Figure

15 hours ago | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The doctor is in, and she’s hot for Detective Gordon!

Homeland‘s Morena Baccarin is joining Gotham in the iconic DC Comics role of Dr. Leslie Thompkins, TVLine has learned.

Thompkins is a gifted and dedicated physician who was a friend of the late Thomas and Martha Wayne. She is determined to use her skills to aid Gotham’s most in need, which currently means working at the newly opened Arkham Asylum’s Home for the Criminally Insane.

In addition to her medical skills, her coolness under pressure will serve her well as she finds herself drawn to Ben McKenzie »


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Renée Zellweger Doesn't Care About ‘Silly’ Uproar Over Her Appearance: ‘I Am Healthy’

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

People on the internet have been pretty busy noticing that actress Renée Zellweger looks different lately, and despite some nasty criticism, she's happy people noticed, because she's happier than she's been in a long time. “I'm glad folks think I look different! I'm living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows,” the 45-year-old actress told People. “”My friends say that I look peaceful. I am healthy.” Also read: Fox 21 Pays $6M for Renee ZellwegerCinnamon Girl’ Pilot for Lifetime (Exclusive) Her statement comes after an appearance at Elle's Women in Hollywood Awards in Beverly Hills on. »


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‘The Hobbit’ Takes Over Air New Zealand's ‘Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made’ (Video)

1 hour ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Air New Zealand found another use for all those “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” sets and costumes lying around now that the films are wrapping up, as the company created what they've rightfully dubbed “The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made.” Who wouldn't want to learn airplane safety guidelines from Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood), Radagast the Brown (Sylvester McCoy), the dwarf Fili (Dean O'Gorman),  special effects guru and Weta Workshops co-founder Richard Taylor and director Peter Jackson himself? See photos: Johnny Depp Enchants as Big Bad Wolf in Disney's ‘Into the Woods’ First Look With flight attendants looking like classic J.R.R. Tolkien. »


- Jason Hughes

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Benedict Cumberbatch's Menacing 'Hobbit' Motion-Capture Video Released

1 hour ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Just when you thought the Benedict Cumberbatch hysteria couldn't get any bigger, along comes a video of the Sherlock star totally embodying the terrifying dragon Smaug.  Cumberbatch plays the tyrannical dragon in the upcoming The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and from this motion-capture video we can see the actor isn't holding back despite the movie version of Smaug being rendered in CGI.  Read more Benedict Cumberbatch Wax Figure Unveiled at Madame Tussauds London With his deep voice and thoroughly posh English accent, Cumberbatch lends Smaug an air of regal menace, which makes things all the more frightening when you know

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Lost John Cleese TV Sketches Found After 47 Years

2 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Lost episodes from a television sketch show that featured John Cleese and fellow member of Monty Python member Graham Chapman have been found after 47 years. The Radio Times reports that two episodes of an ITV sketch series At Last the 1948 Show were found in the archives of the late famed television interviewer David Frost. The British Film Institute (BFI) said that both episodes will be aired for the first time since 1967.  At Last the 1948 Show was a satirical sketch comedy show that ran for 13 episodes. Despite the title the show was first aired February 1967 and

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Kat Dennings Was So Goth She Thought She Was Wednesday Addams (Video)

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

Kat Dennings brings the laughs from a very dark place on “2 Broke Girls,” and apparently that comes naturally to her. On “Conan,” she revealed her goth past, which was largely inspired by Christina Ricci. See photos: 45 Fall TV Actresses Ranked by Popularity Dennings was five years old when the first “Addams Family” movie came out in 1991 and seven when “Addams Family Values” premiered. And she certainly was't the only person enamored with Ricci's star-making turn as Wednesday Addams, the family's precocious and very dark daughter. “I went through a phase where I thought I was Wednesday Addams. I would introduce. »


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Parvati Shallow Breaks Down 'Survivor': Rice Games

3 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Parvati Shallow is a Survivor champ and three-time competitor on the show. The Og Miss Survivor and Survivor Hall of Famer now covers health and wellness for CBS News in New York City. Find her on Twitter @parvatishallow. I think this season of Survivor needs a new title: Survivor Rice Games. People are starving much earlier on this season than we usually see. What gives? Hunapu has been on an immunity tear since the beginning of the game. Maybe there’s a link between the amount of carbohydrates and protein they’ve been fueling themselves with for challenges. After further thought

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The Battle for ‘Gotham’ Reaches Full Boil in Latest Fox Trailer (Video)

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

Fox took advantage of the World Series to draw attention to one of its success stories of the fall. Paired with last season's breakout hit “Sleepy Hollow” on Monday nights, “Gotham” has been quietly building tension between several key players as the corrupt city sits on the verge of all-out war. See photos: 19 Best and Worst Superheroes to Hit TV: What's Flown? What's Blown? In a single minute, the trailer does a good job of introducing the major characters, with Jada Pinkett Smith and Robin Lord Taylor shining the brightest. Smith is chewing scenery every week as aspiring kingpin Fish Mooney, »


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See 14-Year-Old Kim Kardashian Predict Her Future Stardom

3 hours ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

In honor of her 34th birthday, Et released some vintage footage of the future Mrs. Kardashian-West celebrating her eighth grade graduation. Turns out that even as a bob-sporting 14-year-old, she’s still the same self-absorbed Kim we know and love (she even has Kris and Kourtney in tow). Some highlights: “Does everyone get a tape of this? Because I hope you do, so you can see me when I’m famous and old you’ll remember me as this beautiful little girl.” “My name's Kim Kardashian. I’m the dopest on the ropest person in this class. I’m dope on a rope and you should learn my vocabulary.” (Then, when someone asks her what dope is: “Dope is Kim.”) After declaring herself “more popular than Lisa,” she has this to share about someone named Chris: “Chris loves me the most out of anyone and everyone’s just like jealous »


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Steve Carell and Charlie Kaufman Team Up for I.Q. 83

3 hours ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Deadline reports that Steve Carell is in talks to star in the long-gestating film adaptation of Arthur Herzog’s 1978 science fiction novel I.Q. 83, with Charlie Kaufman rewriting the script. The book chronicles the outbreak of an airborne virus that causes I.Q. level to gradually decrease in the afflicted. While the novel was written as serious sci-fi, the film is being envisioned as a satire in the vein of Dr. Strangelove. So, ideally we're looking at an Eternal Sunshine-esque Kaufman head trip with Brick Tamland as protagonist? Great. »


- Anna Silman

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Hollywood Blvd. Brawl Between Batgirl and Mr. Incredible Superheroes Prompts Costumed Crackdown (Video)

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

Costumed characters are meant to delight and spark the imagination. While they're usually about smiles, sometimes things can get out of hand, and one recent brawl between two people dressed as Mr. Incredible and Batgirl was anything but funny to one Los Angeles city councilman. The fight broke out Tuesday along Hollywood Boulevard, with video showing the surreal encounter, including individuals dressed as Chewbacca, Waldo and Freddy Krueger attempting to stop the altercation. The area has become known for costumed characters and celebrity impersonators, with tourists often seen taking photos with them. See photos: 19 Best and Worst Superheroes to Hit TV:. »

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'Survivor' recap: Dramatic tribe switch ruins some peoples' games, saves others'

4 hours ago | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

"This is perfect. I'm in a beautiful spot right now," said an unassuming Jeremy Collins on Night 10 in San Juan del Sur after having just voted out snake wrangler Drew Christy. Unfortunately for Jeremy, Day 11 came to "Survivor" and brought with it the dreaded tribe switch. "All right, let's get ready for another shock," said host Jeff Probst. "Everybody, drop your buffs." Cue the theme music. Psst: Here's how to predict reality TV shows and win bragging rights And prizes! -Break- For those keeping track at home, here's how the tribes were divided after this season's random grab-bag switch: The Hunahpu tribe is now composed of Josh Canfield and his boyfriend Reed Kelly, Wes Nale, Alec Christy, Jeremy Collins, Julie McGee and Natalie Anderson. That's one couple and five singles. And the Coyopa tribe is now home to Kelley Wentworth and her dad Dale Wentworth, Baylor Wilson and her mom Missy Pa. »


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Tyga Disses Drake by Calling Him "Fake," Sets the Record Straight on Kylie Jenner Dating Rumors

4 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Ooooh, shots fired! Tyga came into the game as part of Young Money Entertainment and Cash Money Records, but during an interview with Vibe magazine, the rapper admitted he's currently trying to distance himself from Lil Wayne's Ymcmb label because he doesn't get along with a few of their famous members. "Yeah, I'm tryna' go independent. I don't really get along with Drake. I don't really get along with Nicki [Minaj]," the 24-year-old spilled, but that wasn't all he had to say. "I don't like Drake as a person. He's just fake to me. I like his music; you know what I'm saying? I think his music is good, but we're all different people. We were forced »


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Sorry, Clown Club! Ahs Introduces Yet Another Creepy Clown: Our Rants and Raves

4 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

A lot of dreams came true tonight, you guys. Actually it was just one dream, and it involved a black cat, a fake gynecologist, and the realization that Sabrina the Teenage Witch ended 11 years ago, and thus we are quite old. But first, American Horror Story clearly hates us and has no respect for the fact that we didn't really want that first clown, since now they've gone and added another. Plus, Arrow went on a trip! One of those shows featured people pouring boiling water on their hands, and it's (probably) not the one you're thinking. Read on for all of our rants and raves! Rant: Ahs: Freak Show: Uh, did we ask for another clown? No, we did not, so're gonna need Dandy to stop that creepy cosplay »


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Jonathan Demme Is Filming Justin Timberlake's World Tour

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Entertainment Weekly reports that Oscar winner Jonathan Demme — who directed Silence of the Lambs as well as concert films such as Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense and Neil Young's Heart of Gold — will film the final two shows of Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience world tour, which are taking place January 1st and 2nd in Las Vegas, presumably to make a chilling psychological thriller that will haunt the dreams of generations to come. You still wake up sometimes, don't you? Wake up in the dark and hear the screaming of the J.T. fans? »


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James Blunt Apologizes for "You're Beautiful"

4 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

James Blunt offered a mea culpa for his biggest hit "You're Beautiful," admitting after all these years that the treacly love song "was force-fed down people's throats" and that "it became annoying." In the latest issue of Hello! magazine, Blunt says that the derision that met "You're Beautiful" began to affect him as an artist. He said that the "annoying" song meant that "people start to associate the artist with the same word."  Blunt is under no illusions that he became pigeonholed as a certain artist: "I think, at the end of the day, I was

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Elizabeth Hurley Gets in the Disney Spirit During Mother-Son London Outing—See the Pic!

4 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Who says you need to visit the theme parks to experience a little Disney magic? Elizabeth Hurley headed to Harrods, a luxury department store, Tuesday afternoon to enjoy a little time with her son, Damian. While wearing matching Disney headbands, it became perfectly clear where these two were headed on their day off. "With my little man at the Disney Café @Harrods," The Royals star wrote on Twitter while posing for a selfie with her son. According to the restaurant's official website, guests like Hurley were able to submerge themselves into Disney magic with "superbly delicious and nutritious dishes" such as Mickey-shaped ravioli, soups, salads and other hot »


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13 things we learned from the 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' trailer

5 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

After months of waiting, the "Avengers: Age of Ultron" trailer is finally here - and let's just say it doesn't disappoint. From Hulk vs. Hulkbuster to Thor vs. Stark to Ultron's maniacal Pinnochio complex to our best look yet at Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, the highly-anticipated spot is crammed full of cheer-worthy moments for fans, and we've broken down a few of the most pertinent (and educational) ones in the gallery below. After scrolling through, let us know what you thought of the trailer in the poll further down the page. "Avengers: Age of Ultron" is slated to hit theaters on May 1, 2015. »


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Fox Adapting Will Smith's ‘Hitch,’ Classic ‘Frankenstein’ for TV

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

Fox unveiled big adaptation plans for two very different properties on Tuesday. The network has a script commitment for a single-camera “Hitch” remake, which will be executive produced by the 2005 rom-com's star Will Smith, and a put pilot commitment for “Frankenstein,” a sci-fi cop drama about a reincarnated FBI agent based on concepts from Mary Shelley ‘s classic novel. See photos: ‘American Horror Story’ to ‘True Detective': 8 Anthology Series That Are Changing TV Deborah Kaplan (“Leap Year”) and Harry Elftont (“Made of Honor”) will executive produce and co-write “Hitch,” a single-camera remake of Smith and Eva Longoria‘s big-screen comedy. »


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