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

15 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, »


- Debra Birnbaum

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Gotham Scoop: Morena Baccarin Checks In as Mythic Batman Figure

16 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’

19 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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Keanu Reeves Reflects on Turning 50 and His First Acting Gig (Video)

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

Keanu Reeves may not look it, but the “John Wick” star recently turned 50. He said that it kind of crept up on him during an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Wednesday. “The week before I was like, Oh gosh, I'm 50,” he said. “Then I was like, What happened to the forties?” See photos: 13 of Keanu Reeves’ Most Insane Movie Premises – From ‘John Wick’ to ‘Johnny Mnemonic’ Despite fifty years on Earth, and three-and-a-half decades as a professional actor, Reeves surprised Kimmel by not only remember what his first role was, but also remembering his first line. He got his start. »


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Christopher Nolan's ‘Interstellar’ Explodes at Intimate, First-Look Screening

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

An undeniable awards contender exploded onto a huge Imax screen for a select audience of Hollywood tastemakers and talent on Wednesday. “Interstellar,” by writer-director Christopher Nolan, has been held tightly under wraps and eagerly awaited, not least because the filmmaker (“Inception,” “The Dark Knight”) consistently works with big ideas on a vast visual canvas. “Insterstellar” did not disappoint in that regard, offering up the filmmaker's stunning vision of a future in which the survival of humanity is not a given. The movie stars Matthew McConaughey as Cooper, an astronaut seeking new habitats in space as humanity chokes on a dying earth. »


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Former HBO Films Boss Colin Callender's Playground Adds U.K. Managing Director

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

Playground Entertainment, the production outfit set up by former HBO Films boss Colin Callender, is expanding its British operations by hiring Louise Pedersen from U.K. production giant All3Media, which has been acquired by Discovery Communications and Liberty Global. Pedersen joins as managing director of Playground in the U.K. and will head up the company's new London office due to open in early 2015. She will report directly to Callender who spent 21 years at HBO before leaving in 2008 and founding Playground in 2012. Read more Discovery, Liberty Global Complete Acquisition of U.K. Producer All3Media "Louise will

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Matthew McConaughey Must Choose His Daughter or All of Humanity in Latest ‘Interstellar’ Trailers (Video)

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

“Your daughter's generation will be the last to survive on Earth,” Michael Caine says in the opening moments of the first of two new trailers for Christopher Nolan‘s upcoming science fiction epic “Interstellar. Matthew McConaughey plays a father tasked with finding a new home for humanity, setting him off on a harrowing mission through a wormhole into unknown space. See photos: Inside Matthew McConaughey's Cinematheque Night: All His Female Co-Stars Still Love Him Set in a future where the environment of Earth has been ravaged to the point it is jeopardizing mankind, new hope arises upon the discovery of this wormhole. »


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Japanese Startup Unveils Box-Office Prediction System at Tokyo Content Market

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

At a promotional seminar on the last day of the Tokyo International Film Festival's Tiffcom content market, Japanese startup Crunchers introduced a system that it has developed to forecast the box-office performance of movies, calling its service the "world's first practical box-office simulator." Crunchers CEO Daichi Ishiii said the high-risk, high-return nature of the film business makes accurate forecasting vitally important for production companies. "Internet content creation is very low risk, but for in the film business one big-budget flop can cause a crisis in a corporation," Ishii said. Ishii and Japanese director

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BSkyB's Sky Living to Air 'Madam Secretary' in U.K.

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

U.K. pay TV giant BSkyB has licensed new CBS drama Madam Secretary, starring Tea Leoni and Morgan Freeman, for its Sky Living network. CBS Studios International and BSkyB announced the deal for the exclusive U.K. TV rights on Thursday without disclosing financial details. The show will premiere on Sky Living in the coming months. Read more Fall TV: 14 Showrunners Reveal How They Named Their New Series   The show is Sunday’s most-watched scripted show on U.S. broadcast TV. It premiered to more than 17 million viewers, making it one of the top-rated new fall

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

2 hours 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. »


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

3 hours 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

3 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)

4 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

4 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)

5 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

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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

5 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. »


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

5 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'

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"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

6 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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