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The fate of comedy "The Interview" is looking grim, after Sony has canceled domestic and international theatrical release this week. The James Franco and Seth Rogen-starrer had been in the works for half a decade. In it, a tabloid news show host and his producer are roped into an assassination attempt on North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un via the urging of the FBI. While the plot sounds somewhat serious, it looped its way through plenty of weiner and butthole jokes, and also grounded its digs in North Korean propaganda, the criminal dehumanization of its people and the un-deifying of its Dear Leader (through dick and butt jokes, of course, plus violence). But cutting down a tyrannical world leader is no new feat, of course. "South Park" and "Looney Tunes" took down Kim Jong-Il and Hitler in cartoons. "Arrested Development," "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock" brought abroad baddies to their knees for the small screen. »
- Katie Hasty, Alan Sepinwall, Drew McWeeny, Daniel Fienberg
Just when you thought Parenthood‘s farewell season couldn’t get any more emotional, we now know the exact date we’ll say goodbye to the Bravermans.
Creator Jason Katims joined Twitter on Thursday and, in his first-ever tweet, confirmed the series finale will air Thursday, Jan. 29.
See Katims’ full tweet below:
Thank you to all the fans for 6 great seasons. Tune in to say goodbye to »
Things are about to get a little dicey — emphasis on “little” — in Winston’s ongoing journey toward becoming an Lapd officer on New Girl.
Fox’s Tuesday-night comedy has cast Saturday Night Live grad Nasim Pedrad as Aly, the new training officer/partner for Lamorne Morris’s goofball roommate, TVLine has learned exclusively. Aly’s diminutive stature will apparently be a cause of consternation for Nick and Coach, who are already freaking out about Winston’s recent graduation from the police academy and impending entry into the field.
Pedrad’s episode, titled “Shark,” will air Tuesday, Jan. 6 (9/8c) — and we’ve got first-look photos below. »
Once Upon a Time is knocking on wood — again.
In Season 2’s “Selfless, Brave and True,” August died (from a magical Taser wound?) while trying to warn Emma about Peter Pan’s minion Tamara. Blue was able to save him, but only in the form of his seven-year-old self.
Since August is just a young lad now, it’s likely Bailey will appear only in flashbacks — perhaps some connected to the storybook’s sought-after author? »
Prepare to meet the people who gave life to Girls‘ Shoshanna.
Girls returns for Season 4 on Jan. 11.
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* Comedienne Sarah Silverman will star in a half-hour comedy pilot for HBO, our sister site Deadline reports. Written by Secret Diary of a Call Girl creator Lucy Prebble, the untitled project is a comic look at a pathologically honest woman having a mid-life crisis.
Rapper Rick Ross is looking pretty amazing.
The 38-year-old "Every Day I'm Hustlin'" rapper talked to Good Morning America on Thursday about his recent incredible 85-pound weight loss, revealing the secrets to his stunning success.
"I wanted to cut back on some of the drinking I was doing and sleep a little more, you know, watch what I ate," he says.
Photos: Biggest Celebrity Weight Loss Transformations
Clearly, Rick had to undergo a lifestyle change to get healthier, which included dropping soda from his diet and late-night eating at the recording studio.
"I would wake up and eat my breakfast, I'll maybe eat three eggs and some turkey bacon, and get ready for my workout," he says about what a typical day is now like for him. "I put a twist on that CrossFit."
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In October 2011, Ross suffered two seizures in one day, which he says »
CBS’ Survivor Cycle 29 finale on Wednesday night drew 9.7 million total viewers and a 2.4 demo rating, steady week-to-week but ticking down from its previous two closers.
That said, it dominated the night in both measures (and likely will tick up once 15 minutes of overrun is factored in). The reunion special retained 7.9 mil/1.9.
Over on NBC, the Michael Buble Christmas special (7.4 mil/1.3) popped 48 percent in audience versus last year while steady in the demo. The Sing-Off (5.1 mil/1.3) was down from both last December’s opener (8.4 mil/2.4, on a Monday) and its year-ago telecast (5.5 mil/1.6, on a Wednesday).
The CW’s winter finale »
The CBS “Survivor” finale on Wednesday didn’t just survive — it thrived.
The show topped the night in both the key demo and in total viewers. While it is currently sitting at an all-time finale low for the long-running reality show, a 15-minute overrun — which included the announcement of the winner — took the episode to 10:15 p.m., so it is likely to adjust up in the finals when Nielsen finalizes the timeslots.
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Meanwhile, over on NBC, Michael Buble’s Christmas special earned its most viewers ever, »
- Tony Maglio
This weekend, Bilbo and company fight Smaug and an array of combatants to save Middle-Earth in "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," the political BBC mini-series "The Honorable Woman" starring Maggie Gyllenhaal comes to Netflix, and the annual special "A Home for the Holidays" airs this Friday at 9 p.m. on CBS with performances from Earth Wind & Fire, Train, Jennifer Hudson, and more.
Also in theaters this weekend: The musical "Annie" gets a modern-day twist with Quvenzhané Wallis as Annie, Jamie Foxx as the business tycoon, and Cameron Diaz as foster mother, Hannigan. Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale round out the All-Star cast. In "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb," favorite and new characters are united as Larry (Ben Stiller) spans the globe to save the magic before it is gone forever. Owen Wilson, Rebel Wilson, the late Robin Williams, and many more star in supporting roles. »
- Jonny Black
Kristen Wiig is taking the road less traveled, and after a bumpy start, it's starting to show signs of life. Most former "Saturday Night Live" standouts either head to Hollywood to make as many studio comedies as they can or try to fashion a comedy series on TV. Wiig exploded — and earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay — in Paul Fieg's blockbuster "Bridesmaids," but for the most part she's been exploring her range in indies such as "Girl Most Likely," "Hateship Loveship" and "Welcome to Me." Whether or not it's a deliberate strategy, it's paid off with Craig Johnson's "The Skeleton Twins." The dramedy reunited Wiig with her former "SNL" co-star Bill Hader as siblings who, after years of semi-estrangement, need each other more than ever. The duo earned raves for their performances, but neither has made a significant mark on the awards season this year. The good »
- Gregory Ellwood
Ladies and gentlemen, after 13 weeks of blood, water sweat and tears, we have a new Survivor champion.
Five castaways remained at the top of Wednesday’s three-hour San Juan Del Sur finale/reunion combo — Natalie Anderson, Keith Nale, Missy Payne, Jaclyn Schultz and Baylor Wilson — ready to face whatever host Jeff Probst could throw their way.
Baylor’s mother Missy obviously faced the biggest challenge, heading into the final competitions with an injured foot, but the 47-year-old Texan wasn’t about to let it keep her from trying to win (even though she couldn’t compete in the season’s final immunity challenge, »
Parenthood‘s milestone 100th episode is right around the corner — Jan. 8, to be exact — and we’re dreading it, to be honest.
Judging by a batch of new photos that NBC has released from the installment (the show’s first of 2015), Braverman patriarch Zeek will suffer a major health setback. Most of the episode, it seems, will take place at the hospital, where the entire family (including Hank and Joel) gathers to hear the latest news.
Speaking of Joel, the photos also confirm that he and Julia have taken their reconciliation into the bedroom. (In November’s fall finale, the »
Exclusive: After November’s Dumb And Dumber To scored $128 million worldwide (and counting), it’s a no-brainer that Red Granite would want to stay in the Jim Carrey business. I hear the finance and production shingle led by Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland has snapped up comedy pitch Deep Cover from writer Johnny Rosenthal. If deal sticks it’ll be a starring vehicle for Carrey, continuing his successful relationship with Red Granite, while Carrey would also produce alongside Michael Aguilar for their Some Kind Of Garden banner.
Plot details of the original pitch are being kept under wraps. This summer Rosenthal sold The Three Tenors to Lionsgate. He’s also got action comedy Iron Jack in development at Sony and wrote Bad Santa 2 for Dimension.
- Jen Yamato
The Interview will not be released in theaters.
Following the massive Sony hack that leaked everything from embarrassing executive emails to charming messages from huge stars to full-length unreleased movies, the drama has finally culminated in Sony pulling the comedy from theaters entirely.
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"In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release,” Sony said in a statement to Et on Wednesday. "We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers."
The statement continues to explain the situation, "Sony Pictures has been the victim of an unprecedented criminal assault against our employees, our customers, and our business. Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails, and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought »
A powerful Suit is on her way to the Hamptons.
In addition to her dreams of conquering high society — Natalie comes from “humble-but-ambitious roots” — she’s also arriving with a few enemies in her sights, though it’s not yet clear which Hamptons resident she’ll want to “drive a stake into.”
Your thoughts on Torres’ casting? Which Hamptonite do you suspect Natalie will target first? Drop a comment with your predictions below. »
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Elliot will guest-star in an upcoming episode of Scorpion, according to The Hollywood Reporter, playing a former Secret Service agent named Bruce Jones. When terrorists threaten to break into a nuclear missile silo, Bruce turns to the Scorpion gang to recover an important, 15-year-old memory.
It’s possible Bruce could become a recurring character.
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Over the years, Marvel has done a ton of crossover comics, one of the most recent was The Avengers and Attack on Titan. It was short, but it was really freakin' cool. Affter doing a little research I came across six Marvel crossover comics that were ridiculous. The comic book publisher sure has some doozies over the years. Most of them offer some good, fun entertainment, while others simply sucked. Check out the list below:
Eminem/Punisher - Kill You
In 2009, Frank Castle and Marshall Mathers team up after the Punisher kills a bunch of Eminem’s bodyguards over a misunderstanding. After a concert, Punisher stops the limo from leaving so Slim-Shady and his entourage get out angrily to make him get out of the way. So what does Punisher do? He just automatically opens fire, killing many of them. After Eminem pistol whips Punisher, and an assassin named Barracuda »
- Joey Paur
One of the best pieces of storytelling from any medium this year is happening on a podcast. Many, many people (myself included) have become addicted to Serial, a podcast hosted by Sarah Koenig that follows her investigation into a decades-old murder and the questionable trial and imprisonment that followed. The final episode of this season, which will wrap up this particular case, premieres tomorrow, and much like some memorable series finales in recent memory (notably Lost), everyone’s wondering how it’s going to end. The folks at Funny or Die decided to take a humorous look at what Koenig may or may not be dealing with as audience members are hoping for a satisfying conclusion to a case that remains unsolved (remember folks, this is real life, not an episode of Law & Order). Regardless, SNL alum Michaela Watkins does a swell job of playing Koenig, and yes, there are Mail Chimp jokes. »
- Adam Chitwood
“Los Angeles, CA – Get ready, Freddy. Scream Factory is going to the opera! A Blu-ray release of The Phantom of the Opera, including several bonus features, has been announced for release on February 17, 2015.
Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Galaxy of Terror, Freddy vs. Jason) assumes the classic role of The Phantom in this shocking, nerve-jangling retelling of Gaston Leroux’s timeless tale of music, madness and murder.
An aspiring opera singer finds herself transported back to Victorian-era London – and into the arms of a reclusive, disfigured maestro determined to make her a star. The silver-throated Christine (Jill Schoelen, The Stepfather) enjoys success through the arrangements of her new lover (Englund)… until she realizes that he has been committing unspeakably grisly murders in her honor and won’t stop until he’s completed his masterpiece… »
- Jonathan James
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