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Adrien Brody's next trick: turning into Houdini

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Before Adrien Brody was an actor, he did magic tricks. And on Sept. 1, Brody will return to the screen as the greatest magician of them all: Harry Houdini.

Brody learned the magic trade when he was six years old from one of his mother’s coworkers at The Village Voice who “had all these crazy gadgets and weird tricks and gizmos that he would review and discuss,” Brody said. “He would let me take a coin trick or something and show it to me, and I’d go around and practice on all of my mom’s coworkers and develop a pattern. »


- Jacob Shamsian

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Pivot Launches on University Streaming Service Philo

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Participant Media’s television network Pivot is launching on streaming service Philo, bringing its programming to university campuses across the United States, the network announced on Wednesday.

Philo, a television service that uses a university’s existing IP network and contracts with satellite providers to stream high-quality television on an authenticated basis, will bring Pivot to student laptops, tablets, smartphones and televisions across participating campuses at the start of the fall semester in September.

“As a network for Millennials, we are very excited to now be carried on Philo’s system, which is made for our core audience,” said Stephanie Ruyle, Pivot’s executive vice president of distribution.

Pivot also encourages its viewers to get involved online via its affiliated social action platform and news site, TakePart.com.

Pivot’s programming includes the Emmy-winning series “Hitrecord On TV” from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, “Please Like Me” and news and entertainment talk show “TakePartLive. »


- Shelli Weinstein

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'American Horror Story: Freak Show' exclusive: New teaser takes viewers under the big top

3 hours ago | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Ready for a look at American Horror Story’s latest incarnation, Freak Show?

We already knew that this season, set at a 1950s Florida freak show, will feature a bearded lady and a scary clown. Over the past few weeks, more details have emerged: Sarah Paulson’s character has two heads. The smallest woman alive has been cast. The handsomest man alive has been cast. Now EW can exclusively reveal the latest teaser for the series, which takes viewers under Freak Show’s big top. Needless to say, this ain’t the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Watch below. »


- Tim Stack

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El Rey Network, Mark Burnett Announce Production of ‘Lucha Underground’

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El Rey Network is putting its spin on lucha wrestling with “Lucha Underground,” an original unscripted series from Mark Burnett’s One Three Media.

The hour-long weekly series will feature five Luchadores: Blue Demon Jr, Sexy Star, Fenix, Drago and Pentagon Jr. Currently, Lucha Libre’s freestyle wrestling draws over 85% of Mexican television viewers, and “Lucha Underground” expects to bring drama, excitement and action to the U.S. as masked heroes and villains battle in the ring for wrestling supremacy.

“Not since ‘The Contender’ premiered has a new series combined this level of drama and athletic competition,” said Burnett, who will executive produce the series. “Our Luchadores are fantastic, the action will be intense – and this season is just the beginning.”

El Rey Network’s vice Chair Scott Sassa added, “The ‘Lucha Underground’ franchise is perfect for El Rey Network.  It features good versus evil, intense action, humor, drama, great »


- Shelli Weinstein

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‘Friends’ 20th Anniversary: Central Perk Replica to Serve Free Coffee in New York

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To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the “Friends” series premiere, Warner Bros. Television Group, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Eight O’Clock Coffee will team up to offer fans and coffee lovers a unique experience in Manhattan.

A fully functioning replica of Central Perk, the coffee shop frequented by the show’s characters, will headline the celebration and serve free cups of Eight O’Clock coffee to visitors beginning on Sept. 17. Guests will be able to check out signature props from the series in a decorated storefront, relax on the iconic orange “Friends” couch and win prizes.

The pop-up shop will also feature appearances from “Friends” star James Michael Tyler — who regularly recurred on the series as Central Perk’s deadpan barista Gunther — photo ops, in-store musical performances reminiscent of Phoebe’s from the series, contests and giveaways. A limited-edition “Central Perk Roast” has also been created for the occasion. »


- Shelli Weinstein

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'Pretty Little Liars' postmortem: [Spoiler] talks 'epic death'

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Fans of Pretty Little Liars knew someone was going to die heading into last night’s summer finale. But the question of who—and perhaps more importantly, which character would do the killing—remained unknown up until the final minutes of the episode.

After spending the episode helping the Liars track down recordings of Bethany Young’s therapy sessions and apaprently discovering solid proof that Alison Dilaurentis is “A,” Mona Vanderwaal, the Original “A,” put her life in the hands of one deadbolt … and it did not go well. Although her killer’s identity isn’t certain, there are strong hints that Ali murdered Mona. »


- Samantha Highfill

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First Look: 'Outlander' author Diana Gabaldon cameos on Starz series

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Make room, Claire Beauchamp: Another modern-day lass will find herself transported back to 18th-century Scotland during this week’s episode of Outlander. That lass? She’s none other than Diana Gabaldon, whose eight-part book series serves as the basis for Starz’s new drama.

Gabaldon, who will make a cameo as Iona MacTavish in an episode called “The Gathering,” filmed her scene back in February. She also chronicled the experience in a two-part post on her website. And, yes, she does have a speaking role.

Matt Roberts, the scriptwriter for this particular episode (and a lovely man he is, too, »


- Amy Wilkinson

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Pretty Little Liars Post Mortem: Latest Victim Reveals Her Ghostly Return, Revenge Plans for Alison and More

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Dry your tears, Pretty Little Liars fans, because the victim of Tuesday’s fatal finale tells TVLine that she’s not going anywhere. In fact, she’s “excited for this new twist” on her character.

Related Pretty Little Liars Summer Finale Recap: Death Becomes Her

“Basically, as Alison was the flashback girl for the past three seasons, it will now be [Mona],” Janel Parrish tells us. “I think it’s great! Even though Alison was ‘dead’ for the first three seasons, you found out everything about her through flashbacks, and now that’ll be happening through Mona.”

Read on for more scoop from Parrish, »


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MGM TV Prepping ‘In The Heat of the Night’ Series with Tate Taylor, Warren Littlefield (Exclusive)

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MGM TV is in the early stages of developing a drama series based on the 1967 pic “In the Heat of the Night,” with Tate Taylor and Warren Littlefield as exec producers.

Taylor, writer and director of “The Help,” and director of the James Brown biopic “Get On Up,” is set to adapt and direct the new incarnation of “Heat.” Set in the present day, the series aims to examine issues of race, justice and inequality through the eyes of characters in Mississippi, where Taylor is from. Project is expected to be shopped to cable buyers in the coming weeks.

The Help’s” John Norris is also on board as an exec producer with Taylor and Littlefield, who just won an Emmy for shepherding the MGM TV adaptation of “Fargo” for FX.

The 1967 pic (pictured), helmed by Norman Jewison, was a landmark film in the civil rights era as it starred »


- Shelli Weinstein

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First Trailer: Will Jeffrey Tambor's Transparent Be Amazon's First Big Hit?

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Is Amazon about to score its first breakthrough hit?

The online streaming giant — whose foray into original programming has yet to yield any Netflix-sized hits — may have a game-changer on its hands with Transparent, a 10-episode dark comedy from Six Feet Under’s Jill Soloway and starring Arrested Development‘s Jeffrey Tambor as Maura né Mort Pfefferman, the transgender patriarch of a Los Angeles family.

Related Amazon (Sorta) Sets Premieres for Chris Carter Drama, Boschand Other Series

The cast also includes Judith Light (Dallas) as Maura’s ex-wife Shelly, while Gaby Hoffmann (Girls), Amy Landecker (Louie) and Jay Duplass (Togetherness »


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Chris Harrison Explains Why Chris Soules Was Chosen as the Star of The Bachelor

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It's no secret that The Bachelorette's Chris Soules was a front-runner to star on The Bachelor. He's hot, successful, left his season broken-hearted — all the makings for the perfect lead. But with another past fan-favorite -- Arie from Emily Maynard's season -- also in talks for the gig, host Chris Harrison says the decision came down to the wire.

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- Robyn Ross

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We ranked the songs in 'Mary Poppins' for its 50th anniversary

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Today marks the 50th anniversary of Disney’s glitzy Los Angeles Mary Poppins premiere. As the recent movie Saving Mr. Banks showed, writing the music for Mary Poppins was not an easy task for composers Richard and Robert Sherman, who had to contend with prickly Poppins author P. L. Travers. “She was terrible to us—just very negative and unreceptive. I felt like we were drowning,” Richard told EW last year.

Despite all that, there’s a lot of music in this movie—probably more than you remember. The movie’s soundtrack features 16 songs with lyrics, and not all are »


- Esther Zuckerman

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'The Walking Dead' first look: Seth Gilliam as Father Gabriel Stokes

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Executive producers Scott M. Gimple and Robert Kirkman told Entertainment Weekly that we will be meeting several new characters in season five of The Walking Dead—some from the comic book and some not. Well, we’ve got your exclusive first look at one such newbie right here, and it is a big one: Father Gabriel Stokes. Introduced in issue #61, in the comic Father Gabriel offers the survivors shelter in his church as he attempts to atone for past sins. Will his introduction on the TV show mirror that of the comic, or could Gabriel somehow be connected to the folks at Terminus? »


- Dalton Ross

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Exclusive: 'Friends' Central Perk pop-up coffee shop hits Manhattan

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It’s been 20 years since Friends first hit the airwaves, and TV has yet to produce as iconic a coffee shop as the one where Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Phoebe, and—Joey, I think?—spent most of their days.

Now, fans can get a chance to feel like one of the gang, so long as they travel to New York City this autumn. Warner Bros. Television Group, Warner Bros. Consumer Products, and Eight O’Clock Coffee are partnering to re-create the Central Perk coffeehouse at a pop-up location in downtown Manhattan this September, and there are plenty of reasons to »


- Marc Snetiker

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New Survivor Cast Includes Race Twins, Baseball Bad Boy, Clay Aiken's Ex

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CBS on Wednesday unveiled the nine teams competing on the upcoming 29th season of Survivor — and it’s already clear this island is going to be no paradise.

Related Rising Star Finale Recap: And the ‘Winner’ Is…

Among the lot is former baseball star John Rocker — who famously badmouthed New York City and its gay, culturally diverse residents — and Broadway star Reed Kelly, who was romantically linked to former American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken. (Those two should get along swimmingly.)

Keep reading to see all 18 contestants, then drop a comment with your initial thoughts on the bunch.

Brothers:

Drew Christy, »


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NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent’ Rises Tuesday; Special ‘Bachelor’ Boosts ABC

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NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” was the dominant program in Tuesday’s ratings race, matching its August high and carrying the net to an easy victory in key demos.

The Peacock opened with “Food Fighters” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall), which was up a tenth for a three-week demo high. And from 9 to 11 p.m., the net swept all categories with “America’s Got Talent” (2.1/7 in 18-49, 9.4 million viewers overall), which was up 5% from last week’s national average and 11% above its prelim score (1.9). “Talent” hasn’t done a higher 18-49 rating since a July 29 installment earned a 2.4.

At ABC, a special two-hour episode of Monday reality series “Bachelor in Paradise” (1.3/5 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall) outperformed in the demo every episode of “Extreme Weight Loss” to air in the 8-10 p.m. time period since its May 27 premiere; it also bested every “Weight Loss” in total viewers. The »


- Rick Kissell

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Welcome to Sweden Exclusive Sneak Peek: Amy Poehler Is A Real Douche

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For Thursday's big Welcome to Sweden season finale, star Greg Poehler once again enlisted his sister, Parks and Rec's Amy Poehler, to play a douched-up version of herself. In this exclusive sneak preview of the first of two back-to-back episodes, Amy berates Bruce for wanting to return to his fiancé in Sweden. (Imagine if the passion and tenacity of Leslie Knope were used for evil instead of good.)

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- Sadie Gennis

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Watch the 'Grey's Anatomy' cast dance it out in the season 10 gag reel

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Grey’s Anatomy fans might not believe it, but Sandra Oh’s last season on set wasn’t overflowing with “remember when” stories and goodbyes. In fact, things at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital were the same as they’ve always been: Full of drama onscreen, and full of laughter (and strange noises) offscreen.

Before season 10’s DVD release Sept. 2, we’ve got an exclusive first look at its gag reel—in which Oh may or may not fire someone. (Spoiler: She’s kidding.) »


- Samantha Highfill

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Full 'Survivor: San Juan del Sur' cast and twists (Exile Island) revealed

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Earlier today, Entertainment Weekly exclusively revealed six of the players who would be competing on Survivor: San Juan del Sur — Blood vs. Water. Now the rest of the cast — which is comprised of pairs of loved ones — that will be challenging for the million dollars can be announced as well. In addition to previously disclosed controversial former baseball player John Rocker and his girlfriend Julie McGee, Amazing Race twins Nadiya and Natalie Anderson, and Broadway boyfriends Reed Kelly and Josh Canfield, there will be 12 other contestants.

Originally there were supposed to be 20 contestants total, but one pair was forced »


- Dalton Ross

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Controversial Mlb Player, Amazing Race Twins Join the Survivor: San Juan del Sur Cast

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It's a family affair this fall as Survivor storms the beaches of Nicaragua for Survivor: San Juan del Sur. The 29th season of the CBS reality franchise (premiering Wednesday, Sept. 24, 8/7c) resurrects last year's fan-favorite Blood vs. Water twist, this time pitting 18 brand new contestants against each other and their family members. But fans of reality television will recognize two faces: twin sisters Natalie and Nadiya Anderson, who have already appeared on two cycles of The Amazing Race.

Other castaways include ...

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- Rob Moynihan

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