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‘Mad Men’ Director Jared Harris on Peggy’s Reveal and Playing Drunk

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Actor Jared Harris exited “Mad Men” in spectacular fashion at the end of season five when his character, Lane Pryce, hung himself in his Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce office. But Harris was back on the “Mad Men” set this season to direct the April 27 episode “Time & Life,” which had more than a few momentous moments for the remaining gang. Harris spoke with Variety about the experience of directing his first episode of TV, working with his old colleagues in a different way and the art of playing drunk.

How did you get this directing gig?

When Matt (Weiner) told me that Lane Pryce would die, he told me he was ambivalent about it and told me ‘I want to work with you in the future.’ I said ‘How about directing?’ He didn’t say yes right away. But Matt has brought people up through the show (as directors). Jennifer Getzinger was a script supervisor. »


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Bruce Jenner's Transgender Reveal: We Answer Your Tough Questions

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It's now been three days since Bruce Jenner made history in an unprecedented interview with Diane Sawyer.  ''Yes, for all intents and purposes I am a woman," Jenner said. "People look at me differently. They see you as this 'macho male,' but my heart and my soul and everything I do in life, it is part of me, that female side is part of me. It's who I am. I was not genetically born that way." (At this time, Bruce Jenner has not chosen to publicly identify as a woman and so E! News will continue to refer to him as Bruce and use male pronouns, until he indicates otherwise.) While the sit-down served as Jenner's long-awaited confirmation »


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Sam Worthington to Star in Heist Movie ‘Den of Thieves’ With Gerard Butler (Exclusive)

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Avatar” star Sam Worthington is set to join Gerard Butler in Relativity’s heist movie “Den of Thieves,” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Christian Gudegast will direct from a script he co-wrote with Paul Scheuring. Story follows a notorious crew of bank robbers who target the Federal Reserve in Los Angeles. Representatives for Relativity and Worthington did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Also Read: James Cameron's First 'Avatar' Sequel Pushed Back to 2017 Mark Canton and Butler’s G-Base producing partner Alan Siegel are teaming with Relativity’s Ryan Kavanaugh and Tucker Tooley to produce the film, »


- Jeff Sneider

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Watch Cookie Monster and 'Sesame Street' Spoof 'Avengers'

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Avengers: Age of Ultron explodes into movie theaters May 1st, and to celebrate the Marvel blockbuster's arrival, Sesame Street spoofed the superhero tandem to teach kids about healthy eating and the art of focus. In Aveggies: Age of Bon Bon, an Ultron-inspired baddie plots to turn the world's vegetables into desserts. The only thing that could stop the villain's giant chocolate chip cookie spaceship: An enormous, green Cookie Monster-turned-Hulk (via Daily Beast).

The Sesame Street spoof also features plenty of parent-friendly Avengers jokes that might elude younger viewers. "That's me secret, »


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Kim Kardashian on Marriage to Kanye West: ''We Don't Fight About Sex''

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It's safe to say Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have a very healthy sex life. In her latest interview with Today, Matt Lauer asks the 34-year-old Keeping Up With the Kardashians star if she and her hubby ever fight about how much time they spend in the bedroom. "We don't fight about sex," Kim smiled. "We don't fight about children." Kim says she and Kanye are pretty much always on the same page when it comes to parenting. "He's really strict on safety things," she said. "Like if something's really high up, he has to make sure there's a lock on it because when she gets bigger, what if she can reach it? And I'm like, 'We have years before that's »


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Drew Barrymore Dishes on Daughter Frankie's 1st Birthday, Looks Sweeter Than Ever While Gushing Over Her Kids: Watch!

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Drew Barrymore loves being a mom times two.  "I just think it's even better!" the 40-year-old beauty gushed to E! News in Los Angeles on Sunday at an event benefitting Safe Kids Worldwide when asked how parenting is different now that she has two kids. "Your heart just grows bigger. And you worry, 'Oh gosh how am I going to split my love?' And there's just so much to give it's not a worry."  The actress welcomed daughter Frankie, her second child with husband Will Kopelman just over one year ago. The happy couple is also parents to three-year-old daughter Olive.  Video: Drew Barrymore shares tips for balancing work and family »


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M. Night Shyamalan's New Horror Movie Actually Looks Terrifying—Watch the Creepy Trailer Now!

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It might be way too soon to say this but we're feeling optimistic so what the hell: welcome back, M. Night Shyamalan! The trailer for his latest film, The Visit, was posted online late last week, and not only is Shyamalan returning to his horror film roots, but it looks like he's doing it with a good movie. Finally! Admit it; his film track record as of late has been less than stellar. And that's putting it nicely. These are the last four films he's made: After Earth (bomb) Devil (meh) The Last Airbender (bigger bomb) The Happening (even star Mark Wahlberg hated it) Basically, instead of being known for his creepy, unique film twists like he used to »


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‘Mr. Selfridge’ Actress Jessica Madsen Joins Horror Movie ‘Leatherface’ (Exclusive)

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“Mr. Selfridge” actress Jessica Madsen will join Sam Strike and James Bloor in “Leatherface,” the “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” prequel gearing up for production at Millennium Films, TheWrap has learned. Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, the French filmmakers behind cult hit “Inside,” are directing the horror movie, which was written by Seth M. Sherwood. The film, which explores Leatherface’s early years in the 1970s, will be presented as a mystery of sorts about three teenage psychopaths, one of whom grows up to be the chainsaw-wielding maniac. Also Read: 'EastEnders' Star Sam Strike in Talks for Lead in 'Texas »


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Bob’s Burgers Recap: Genethoven

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The Story In an effort to draw more customers to the restaurant, Bob enlists his kids to form a promo band. The band is such a (minor) hit that it encourages Gene to start a real band at school with the help of some classmates, including Regular-Size Rudy and Darryl. Their talent is debatable, but their fun is contagious, so they’re invited to play at the most popular sixth-grader’s birthday party. When Darryl finds out Gene only knows one key and three chords, however, the farting maestro is booted, Steve Jobs (or David Lee Roth) style, from the group. While Gene’s worrying about his future as a musician, Bob and Linda are worrying about their careers as restaurant owners, thanks to a gnarly armpit rash that has Mama Belcher sporting some major fur. The Highlight ReelClad in the burger suit, Gene takes his trusty keyboard and "strawesome »


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'Fantastic Four' chickens out, makes Reed less fantastic

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When it comes to superhero movies, everything is malleable. Spider-Man can go from needing web cartridges to producing silk organically from his wrists. Batgirl can become the niece of Alfred Pennyworth. Some changes work, some changes don’t.  And some just leave fans scratching their heads in bafflement. The new description of Reed Richards — aka Mr. Fantastic — from the Fantastic Four website, falls with a resounding thud into that last category. Hidden at the bottom of character biography, a bomb is quietly dropped. Reed doesn’t have the power of elasticity, despite the new trailer showing Mr. Fantastic in all his Stretch Armstrong glory. Wait, what? This is a perplexing choice. Especially considering the rest of the team remains intact. How is it that invisibility, spontaneous combustion, and physical transformation into a rock monster are acceptable, but “super stretchy” is considered too far out there? Does one of the best »


- Donna Dickens

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Don Mankiewicz Dies at 93; Screenwriter Wrote ‘I Want to Live!,’ ‘Star Trek’ Episode

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Don Mankiewicz, a member of a family of Hollywood royalty who earned an Oscar nomination for the screenplay to Susan Hayward starrer “I Want to Live!” and also worked in television, died Saturday of congestive heart failure at his home in Monrovia, Calif. He was 93.

Mankiewicz penned the pilot episodes of both ABC medical drama “Marcus Welby, M.D.,” which starred Robert Young and and James Brolin and ran 1969-76, and NBC cop drama “Ironside,” which starred Raymond Burr as a wheelchair-bound police detective on special assignment in San Francisco and ran 1967–75.

Don Mankiewicz was a son of Herman J. Mankiewicz, who won the screenplay Oscar for “Citizen Kane” together with with Orson Welles, and a nephew of Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who won Oscars for writing and directing best picture winner “All About Eve” (1950).

Don’s brother, Frank Mankiewicz, who served as an aide to Democratic presidential candidates Robert F. Kennedy and George McGovern, »


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Don Mankiewicz Dies at 93; Screenwriter Wrote ‘I Want to Live!,’ ‘Star Trek’ Episode

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Don Mankiewicz, a member of a family of Hollywood royalty who earned an Oscar nomination for the screenplay to Susan Hayward starrer “I Want to Live!” and also worked in television, died Saturday of congestive heart failure at his home in Monrovia, Calif. He was 93.

Mankiewicz penned the pilot episodes of both ABC medical drama “Marcus Welby, M.D.,” which starred Robert Young and and James Brolin and ran 1969-76, and NBC cop drama “Ironside,” which starred Raymond Burr as a wheelchair-bound police detective on special assignment in San Francisco and ran 1967–75.

Don Mankiewicz was a son of Herman J. Mankiewicz, who won the screenplay Oscar for “Citizen Kane” together with with Orson Welles, and a nephew of Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who won Oscars for writing and directing best picture winner “All About Eve” (1950).

Don’s brother, Frank Mankiewicz, who served as an aide to Democratic presidential candidates Robert F. Kennedy and George McGovern, »


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'Mad Men' Vet Jared Harris Channels Classic Episodes for Directorial Debut

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Any viewers overly concerned with Mad Men's recent surge of guest stars and steady movement during these final episodes could not accuse Sunday's episode of being uneventful. "Time & Life" seemed to seal the fate of Sterling Cooper after seven seasons and the ad agency's many iterations. Spoilers ahead for anybody who has yet to watch. The brass at McCann Erickson surreptitiously absorbed the agency after acquiring its majority stake during the first half of the season. The office, the Sterling Cooper moniker and much of the staff won't stick around for the change. And while the partners attempted to

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Peggy and Pete, Together Again on Mad Men

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Mad Men loves a loop, an echo. This final chapter of the show has hammered home this repetition, with many of our characters reliving and redoing processes we've seen before. Last night's "Time & Life," during which Don insisted we were at "a beginning," brought back one of the most important threads of the show: the bond between Peggy and Pete.Peggy bravely told Stan about the baby she placed for adoption (and Stan was chastened and compassionate in response), but of course the real callback was the scene with Peggy and Pete sitting on the couch in Pete's office — notably, right after Pete sees a gleeful child wrap her arms around Peggy. Peggy and Pete — those two sit on the couch together. They've had sex on the couch in Pete's office, back in the old space in season one, but sex on Mad Men is not intimacy. Secrets are »


- Margaret Lyons

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Salma Hayek-Produced ‘The Prophet’ Opens Annecy Festival

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Paris– Salma Hayek-produced animated feature “The Prophet” is set to open Annecy International Animation Film Festival, the world’s leading toon fest.

The nine-part feature, penned and helmed by Roger Allers (“The Lion King”), is inspired by Kahlil Gibran’s masterpiece. Each segment is directed by Tomm Moore, Michal Socha, Joan Gratz, Nina Paley, Bill Plympton, Joann Sfar and Mohammed Harib, respectively.

Set on the imaginary island of Orphalese, “The Prophet” centers around the unlikely friendship between Almitra, a mischievous and mute 8-year-old girl, and Mustafa, a political prisoner under house arrest.

“‘The Prophet’ by Kahlil Gibran has been read by more than 120 million people in the world without being adapted. It zqs therefore a challenge for me to adapt it into… an animated series. That’s why I enlisted nine of the best animation directors (Tomm Moore, Michal Socha, Joan Gratz, Nina Paley, Bill Plympton, Joann Sfar, Mohammed »


- Elsa Keslassy

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‘Burning Love’ Duo Announces Multiplatform Fox Slate Including ‘Filthy Sexy Teen$’

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The first slate of projects to be produced under Fox’s multiplatform deal with “Burning Love” team Keith Quinn and Jonathan Stern’s Abominable Pictures includes at least one very search engine-friendly title: “Filthy Sexy Teen$,” which received an eight-episode order and will have its global premiere on Youtube multichannel network Fullscreen in North America.

The half-hour comedy centers on two wealthy teen siblings who return home after being thought lost at sea and attempt to re-climb the high school social ladder. It is created by Curtis Gwinn (“Ntsf:sd:suv::,” “The Walking Dead”), Paul Scheer (“Fresh Off The Boat,” “The League”) and Stern.

“We are pleased to announce this first slate of projects, which are a direct result of the unique creative freedom and flexibility of this venture,” said Quinn and Stern. “The talented creators we are working with see the benefit in being able to shoot something right away without a long development process. »


- Whitney Friedlander

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Aubrey Plaza Joins Zac Efron in Fox’s ‘Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates’ (Exclusive)

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Aubrey Plaza is set to join Zac Efron and Adam Devine in 20th Century Fox and Chernin’s comedy “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.”

Anna Kendrick is also on board to co-star.

Jake Szymanski will direct, with Chernin Entertainment producing along with Jonathan Levine. Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien penned the script, which tells the story of two hard-partying and immature brothers who place an ad online to find dates for a wedding and find a pair of women who can out-party them.

Daria Cercek is overseeing the project for Fox.

This marks a reunion for Plaza and Efron, who recently wrapped production on the Lionsgate comedy “Dirty Grandpa.” The films also allows Plaza to team with Kendrick, with whom she regularly has snarky Twitter exchanges with and previously appeared with in “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.”

Plaza currently stars in Hal Hartley’s dark comedy “Ned Rifle” as Susan, »


- Justin Kroll

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Castle Actress Stana Katic Marries Kris Brkljac—Inside Their Private Wedding!

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Castle shippers have something new to celebrate! Actress Stana Katic Aka Kate Beckett on the show married longtime boyfriend Kris Brkljac, E! News confirms. A rep for Katic tells E! News that she tied the knot with Brkljac over the weekend in a private family monastery on the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia. The 37-year-old actress and her husband shared a black-and-white photo of their hands overlapping, showing off their new wedding bands on those fingers. Katic has had a busy year so far! In addition to getting married, she has been busy filming Castle and The Tourist, a film that is set to hit the big screen later this year. She has an unnamed role in the movie. Brkljac works as a business efficiency consultant. She »


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Cookie Monster saves the day in Sesame Street's 'A-Veggies: Age of Bon Bon'

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It's good to know we can count on a true hero like Cookie Monster in this confusing age of both Ultron and Adaline. Watch as "Sesame Street" slays us with healthy living in "A-Veggies: Age of Bon Bon." It's a shame that Prairie Dawn didn't get to wear her Black Widow outfit, but otherwise this is a good example of why "Sesame Street" is and always will be the best of children's programming. »


- Louis Virtel

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‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ Star Joins Barkhad Abdi in Drama ‘Wolf Who Cried Boy’ (Exclusive)

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Dwight Henry, who parlayed a riveting turn in “Beasts of the Southern Wild” into an appearance in Steve McQueen‘s Oscar-winning “12 Years a Slave,” has signed on to join Barkhad Abdi in the indie drama “Wolf Who Cried Boy,” TheWrap has learned. Luke Jaden and Cort Johns will direct from a script they co-wrote together. Torrey Wigfield (“Lost River”) and Peter Carey (“Real Steel”) co-star in the film, which starts production next month in Detroit. The anti-coming-of-age story centers on a young man who gets swept into the seedy underbelly of the scrapping industry. Abdi, the Oscar-nominated star of “Captain Phillips, »


- Jeff Sneider

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