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Shonda Rhimes on How Oprah Winfrey Inspired Her: Suddenly, 'My Imagination Had No Limits'

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Shonda Rhimes on How Oprah Winfrey Inspired Her: Suddenly, 'My Imagination Had No Limits'
Turns out, we have Oprah Winfrey to thank for Shondaland’s #Tgit.

On Wednesday, Shonda Rhimes was honored at the 24th Annual Television Academy Hall of Fame ceremony in Los Angeles, where Winfrey took the stage to pay tribute to the writer/producer of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder.

“I’m here for Shonda,” said Winfrey, 63. “She could not have come at another time. She could not have come to another place. She belongs to this medium, and she belongs to this moment in a way that doesn’t so much defy the odds as redefine the odds.
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Felicity Jones Set to Play Young Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Mimi Leder’s ‘On the Basis of Sex’

Felicity Jones Set to Play Young Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Mimi Leder’s ‘On the Basis of Sex’
Oscar nominee and “Star Wars” heroine Felicity Jones is jumping back into prestige pictures with a hot property all about one of modern America’s most notable female leaders. Deadline reports that Jones will star as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Mimi Leder’s “On the Basis of Sex,” based on Daniel Stiepleman’s Black List script of the same name.

Per the outlet, “the drama follows the travails of Ginsburg as she faced numerous obstacles to her fight for equal rights throughout her career.” It it set to shoot in Montreal in September. Stiepleman’s script was an entry on the 2014 Black List of most liked unproduced scripts.

Read MoreFelicity Jones Explains Why the ‘Rogue One’ Team Insisted Her Costume Wasn’t Sexualized

Back in 2015, Natalie Portman was tapped to star in the film for Focus Features, and that version was set to be directed by “Diary
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5 Lessons For Actresses from Diane Keaton’s AFI Lifetime Achievement Award Tribute

5 Lessons For Actresses from Diane Keaton’s AFI Lifetime Achievement Award Tribute
When Diane Keaton accepted the 45th AFI Life Achievement Award from Woody Allen in Hollywood Thursday night, it was the end of one of the more memorable AFI tributes. And as one actress after another explained why Keaton was such a significant role model — from Oscar-winners Emma Stone, Reese Witherspoon (Keaton-directed TV movie “Wildflower”) and Meryl Streep (“Marvin’s Room”) to Rachel McAdams (“The Family Stone”) and comedienne Lisa Kudrow (“Hanging Up”) — it struck me that all actresses should pay attention to why Keaton is so admired and emulated.

Here are some wise lessons to be learned from the star of “Play It Again Sam,” “The First Wives Club,” “Crimes of the Heart,” “Shoot the Moon,” and HBO’s “The Young Pope.”

1. Stay single.

Keaton launched her Hollywood career with the day-long wedding scene in “The Godfather,” at the end of which she and fellow theater outsider Al Pacino proceeded to get royally drunk.
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5 Lessons For Actresses from Diane Keaton’s AFI Lifetime Achievement Award Tribute

5 Lessons For Actresses from Diane Keaton’s AFI Lifetime Achievement Award Tribute
When Diane Keaton accepted the 45th AFI Life Achievement Award from Woody Allen in Hollywood Thursday night, it was the end of one of the more memorable AFI tributes. And as one actress after another explained why Keaton was such a significant role model — from Oscar-winners Emma Stone, Reese Witherspoon (Keaton-directed TV movie “Wildflower”) and Meryl Streep (“Marvin’s Room”) to Rachel McAdams (“The Family Stone”) and comedienne Lisa Kudrow (“Hanging Up”) — it struck me that all actresses should pay attention to why Keaton is so admired and emulated.

Here are some wise lessons to be learned from the star of “Play It Again Sam,” “The First Wives Club,” “Crimes of the Heart,” “Shoot the Moon,” and HBO’s “The Young Pope.”

1. Stay single.

Keaton launched her Hollywood career with the day-long wedding scene in “The Godfather,” at the end of which she and fellow theater outsider Al Pacino proceeded to get royally drunk.
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Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition set for release in May

With the Amazon Princess’ live-action solo movie fast approaching, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced a Commemorative Edition re-release of the acclaimed 2009 DC Universe Animated Original Movie, Wonder Woman, which is set to hit Digital, Blu-ray and DVD this May. Take a look at the cover art, synopsis, special features and trailer here…

On the mystical island of Themyscira, a proud and fierce warrior race of Amazons have raised a princess of untold beauty, grace and strength – Diana. When U.S. fighter pilot Steve Trevor crash-lands on the island, the rebellious and headstrong Diana defies Amazonian law by accompanying Trevor back to civilization. Meanwhile, Ares (the God of War) has escaped his imprisonment at the hands of the Amazonians and has decided to exact his revenge by starting a World War that will last for centuries and wipe out every living being on the planet, starting with the Amazons. It
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Warner Re-releases Wonder Woman Animated Film in May

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Burbank, CA (March 28, 2017) — Return to the realm of Amazonian warriors, Greek gods and mythological creatures – all unleashed on modern civilization – as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment honors the world’s greatest female super hero with the release of Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition. The feature-length, PG-13 rated animated film, one of the best-reviewed entries in the decade-long history of the DC Universe Original Movies (we liked it when the film was first released in 2009), will be distributed on Digital HD on May 2, 2017 and on Blu-rayTM Combo Pack and DVD on May 16, 2017.

Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition will be available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack ($24.98 Srp) and DVD ($19.98 Srp) starting May 16, 2017. The Blu-rayTM Combo Pack includes copies of the film on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and Digital HD.

On the mystical island of Themyscira, a proud and fierce warrior race of Amazons have raised a princess of untold beauty, grace and strength – Diana.
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WB Announces Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition On Blu-Ray

With the Wonder Woman live action movie set to arrive in theaters in just over two months, it’s understandable that Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment will want to put out as much merchandise bearing the likeness of the Amazon Princess as possible. One item in particular that’s worthy of attention is that of the forthcoming Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition.

Truth be told, it’s technically not a new offering, but rather a repackaging of the amazing animated film originally released back in 2009. Unfortunately, no R-rated cut will be included as was previously reported. Despite any second guessing you may have, do know that one exists out there somewhere, as the filmmakers have admitted they had to make some alterations in order to get the PG-13 rating because, at the time, WB didn’t afford as much leeway with mature content as they do now.

Moving on to the official synopsis,
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USC School of Cinematic Arts Launches John Wells Division With Endowment

USC School of Cinematic Arts Launches John Wells Division With Endowment
John Wells, best known for executive producing “The West Wing,” “ER” and “Shameless,” has endowed USC’s School of Cinematic Arts with a significant gift to name its Division of Writing for Screen & Television.

The division will be called the John Wells Division of Writing for Screen & Television. The gift was announced by the school’s dean, Elizabeth Daley. Wells is a 1982 graduate of the school’s Peter Stark Producing Program.

The dedication of the school took place Thursday and featured a conversation between Wells and “The West Wing” star Bradley Whitford. The division’s curriculum covers feature-length screenplays and television episodes in comedy and drama, web series and scripts for games and immersive media.

Wells is currently executive producer on the TNT drama series “Animal Kingdom” and on Showtime’s “Shameless.” He was executive producer on “Southland,” “Mildred Pierce” and “China Beach.” He’s also directed “Love and Mercy,
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USC School of Cinematic Arts Launches John Wells Division With Endowment

USC School of Cinematic Arts Launches John Wells Division With Endowment
John Wells, best known for executive producing “The West Wing,” “ER” and “Shameless,” has endowed USC’s School of Cinematic Arts with a significant gift to name its Division of Writing for Screen & Television.

The division will be called the John Wells Division of Writing for Screen & Television. The gift was announced by the school’s dean, Elizabeth Daley. Wells is a 1982 graduate of the school’s Peter Stark Producing Program.

The dedication of the school took place Thursday and featured a conversation between Wells and “The West Wing” star Bradley Whitford. The division’s curriculum covers feature-length screenplays and television episodes in comedy and drama, web series and scripts for games and immersive media.

Wells is currently executive producer on the TNT drama series “Animal Kingdom” and on Showtime’s “Shameless.” He was executive producer on “Southland,” “Mildred Pierce” and “China Beach.” He’s also directed “Love and Mercy,” “August: Osage County
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CSI Vet Marg Helgenberger Joins Fox's Behind Enemy Lines Pilot

CSI Vet Marg Helgenberger Joins Fox's Behind Enemy Lines Pilot
CSI vet Marg Helgenberger is heading Behind Enemy Lines as a “fierce but fair” Navy Admiral in Fox’s McG-directed pilot.

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Loosely based on the 2001 Owen Wilson/Gene Hackman movie, the Fox project is described as a military soap thriller wherein a group of U.S. soldiers find themselves trapped — you guessed it — behind enemy lines. The “distinctly patriotic series” will offer a multi-perspective narrative that follows soldiers on the ground, the officers and service men and women on a nearby aircraft carrier and intelligence officers in D.
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Marg Helgenberger Boards Fox's 'Behind Enemy Lines' Reboot

Marg Helgenberger is moving back to the military.

The CSI and China Beach vet has joined Fox's Behind Enemy Lines reboot pilot, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Loosely based on the 2001 movie of the same name, the pilot is described as a military soap thriller wherein a group of U.S. soldiers find themselves trapped behind enemy lines. The drama's multi-perspective narrative closely follows the soldiers on the ground, and the officers and service men and women on a nearby aircraft carrier, along with intelligence officers in Washington as they attempt to bring our heroes home safely and under the radar.

The...
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This Is Us' Chrissy Metz Says Her Contract Includes Mandatory Weight Loss, Calls It 'A Win-Win For Me'

This Is Us' Chrissy Metz Says Her Contract Includes Mandatory Weight Loss, Calls It 'A Win-Win For Me'
When Chrissy Metz signed on to play Kate, a 30-something struggling with her weight on NBC’s This Is Us, it soon became clear that — one way or another — life was gonna imitate art.

Kate’s journey is “parallel to my life,” the actress tells TVLine. And to realistically portray a woman working toward a major goal, that meant that Metz would have to agree to lose weight as her character did.

The actress says she happily signed on the dotted line.

RelatedTVLine Items: This Is Us Casts Mom, Scream Queens‘ Oz Tie-In and More

“In our contract, it did
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Comedians in Cars Season 8 Trailer: Jerry Seinfeld Invades Lorne Michaels' Emmy-Adorned Bathroom

Comedians in Cars Season 8 Trailer: Jerry Seinfeld Invades Lorne Michaels' Emmy-Adorned Bathroom
Look for Jerry Seinfeld to sprinkling a little toilet humor into the new season of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

VideosJulia Louis-Dreyfus Hosts Seinfeld Reunion on SNL

The just-released trailer for Season 8 of his mobile talk show (premiering June 16 on Crackle) features the first footage of Seinfeld’s interview with Lorne Michaels. Despite being a very reluctant participant, the Saturday Night Live creator grants Seinfeld unprecedented access inside his kingdom — including a tour of his over-the-top, kudos-cluttered bathroom.

PhotosMegan Mullally Dishes on Will & Grace, Parks, Seinfeld, China Beach and More

The promo — embedded above for your viewing pleasure
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Bob's Burgers 100th Episode/Season Finale Sneak Peek, Plus: The Cast Chooses Its Favorite Episodes

Bob's Burgers 100th Episode/Season Finale Sneak Peek, Plus: The Cast Chooses Its Favorite Episodes
After six seasons on the air, not only will Bob’s Burgers grill up its 100th episode Sunday, the milestone will come with a side of season finale, as well.

The two-part event begins at 8:30/7:30c, when Tina works on earning her next Thunder Girls badge by volunteering at a nursing home whose residents make her reconsider her ideas about love. (Raising Hope alum Cloris Leachman lends her voice to the ep.)

PhotosMegan Mullally Dishes on Will & Grace, Parks, Seinfeld, China Beach and More

Then, at 9:30, the second half of the finale centers on how a
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Goodbye to 'The Good Wife,' whose heroine only let you see what she wanted you to

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Goodbye to 'The Good Wife,' whose heroine only let you see what she wanted you to
Midway through the penultimate episode of The Good Wife, Julianna Margulies' Alicia Florrick is presented with evidence of yet another one of her husband Peter's infidelities. Alicia, who's long been secretly estranged from Peter, is unfazed by the news, viewing it simply as useful to his defense in a corruption trial, until she notices that the man who brought it to her — rival lawyer Louis Canning (Michael J. Fox) — seems disappointed by her lack of emotion. "Were you wanting me to cry, Mr. Canning?" she asks, before screwing her face up like Lucille Ball's and pretending to sob as she wails, "Oh my god, I thought my husband no longer cheated!" As Alicia's expression reverts to its familiar blankness, an impressed Canning admits, "God, I love you." "I know," Alicia replies. That moment was striking not only because it was one of the few genuinely entertaining moments in
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Bob's Burgers Thanksgiving Video: Gayle Tries Bob's Turkey-Day Patience

Bob's Burgers Thanksgiving Video: Gayle Tries Bob's Turkey-Day Patience
Ugh, Bob’s Burgers‘ Gayle, we love you… but could you please get your stuff together?

After all — as becomes abundantly clear in this exclusive sneak peek from Sunday’s Thanksgiving episode (Fox, 7:30/6:30c) — the longer Linda’s scattered sister takes to leave her apartment, the lower the chances that Papa Belcher will get back to his family in time for turkey.

PhotosMegan Mullally Dishes on Will & Grace, Parks, Seinfeld, China Beach and More

“Gayle has stepped on some salsa while salsa dancing and sprained her ankle,” Megan Mullally, who voices Linda’s sister, explains. “There’s
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Megan Mullally Dishes on Will & Grace, Parks, Seinfeld, China Beach and More

Megan Mullally Dishes on Will & Grace, Parks, Seinfeld, China Beach and More
Megan Mullally has had one dinner with Michelle Pfeiffer in her entire life. This is how it went.

The actresses were in Missouri shooting the 1981 TV movie The Children Nobody Wanted, a heartwarming tale about a young bachelor who founds a residence for homeless boys. A waitress ran into the restaurant dining room where some of the cast members were eating, holding a transistor radio, and announced that a tornado was about to pass through the area.

RelatedApocalyptic NBC Dramedy to Star Rob Lowe, Jenna Fischer, Megan Mullally

“So Michelle Pfeiffer and I hid under a card table in a Ramada Inn,
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For Carlton Cuse, Collaboration Is the Key to Creativity

For Carlton Cuse, Collaboration Is the Key to Creativity
When Carlton Cuse was starting out in the business, his office on the Warner Bros. lot was next to that of John Sacret Young, creator of “China Beach.” He spent hours at Young’s side, not only learning the craft of writing for television and features, but also about the process of showrunning. “He was very generous with me,” recalls Cuse. “And I appreciated that.”

That experience — as well as his later partnership with screenwriter Jeffrey Boam (the “Lethal Weapon” movies, “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”) — taught him the value of creative collaboration. As he worked his way up through the industry — from “The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.” and “Nash Bridges” to the groundbreaking “Lost” — he’s been paying it forward, again and again. The ranks of television’s top producers include many graduates of what Damon Lindelof jokingly calls the Carlton Cuse School of Showrunning: Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz.
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John Wells Productions Promotes Jinny Howe To Lead TV

John Wells Productions Promotes Jinny Howe To Lead TV
John Wells Productions has turned to a 10-year company vet to lead its television operations.

Jinny Howe has been promoted to exec VP and head of television for the Warner Bros.-based banner. She fills the vacancy left last month by Andrew Stearn, the longtime president of TV for Jwp who joined Working Title Films.

Howe joined the company in 2005 and in recent years took on more responsibility for TV development and production of current series including the Showtime series “Shameless.” She also worked with Wells as an associate producer on his 2011 directorial debut, “The Company Men.”

“Over the past five years, (Howe) has proven herself to be an exceptionally talented executive with excellent relationships within the creative community,” Wells said. “Jinny’s contributions to ‘Shameless’ and to our growing development slate have been central to the company’s continuing success. I look forward to our working together for many years to come.
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‘Hand of God’ Review: Amazon Drama Inspires Little Faith

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‘Hand of God’ Review: Amazon Drama Inspires Little Faith
Amazon’s new drama “Hand of God” boasts a stellar cast of veteran and newer actors, yet it fails to compel as it weaves a story of attempted suicide, rape and religious fervor. With a cast including Ron Perlman (“Sons of Anarchy”), Dana Delany (“Body of Proof,” “China Beach”), Garret Dillahunt (“Justified”) Andre Royo (“The Wire”) and Julian Morris (“New Girl”), “Hand of God” is packed with proven talent. Though the pilot episode has calculated moments of high drama, it doesn’t make us care about the recently baptized Judge Pernell Harris (Perlman), his coolly detached wife Crystal (Delany), or his daughter-in-law.
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