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TV on Tap: Taye Diggs Investigates “Murder in the First” and Dominic Cooper Teams with “Agent Carter”

9 June 2014 4:34 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

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Lifetime has cast the lead for its upcoming Whitney Houston movie. Yaya DaCosta, who has kept herself busy with steady acting roles since her time on America’s Next Top Model, will play the pop diva.

Hayley Atwell let it slip that Dominic Cooper will appear in the upcoming Agent Carter series, reprising his role as Howard Stark, father of Tony Stark.

Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark

Nasim Pedrad doesn’t expect to return to Saturday Night Live next season, saying her role on Mullaney will keep her too busy.

The cast of The Casual Vacancy, the mini-series adapting J.K. Rowling‘s novel, will include Michael Gambon and Rory Kinnear.

Remember the homeless veteran Justin Walker befriended on Brothers & Sisters? He went on to get his head squished on Game of Thrones. Now that he’s charmed us as the Red Viper, Jezebel collects Pedro Pascal past roles on Buffy, »

- Lyle Masaki

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Ex-wga President Patric Verrone Outpaced in State Senate Race

3 June 2014 11:45 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Patric Verrone’s three-month campaign for a California State Senate seat has come to an end after gaining  meager support among voters in West Los Angeles, West Hollywood and Santa Monica.

With 18% of ballots counted in Tuesday’s primary, the TV writer and former president of the Writers Guild of America West was a distant seventh among eight candidates in the 26th District  to succeed Democrat State Senator Ted Lieu, who is running for the Congressional seat of retiring Rep. Henry Waxman. Verrone had 2.5% of the vote, or 1,111, as of 11:30 pm Pdt.

Verrone campaigned on a platform of preserving middle-class jobs and attracting new ones. He received endorsements from “Family Guy” showrunner Seth McFarlane, Judd Apatow, Greg Daniels (“Parks and Recreation”), “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner and “The West Wing” showrunner John Wells.

Santa Monica-Malibu school board member Ben Allen was leading the field with  22.8%, followed by Independent Seth »

- Dave McNary

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Briefs: “All-Star Celebrity Bowling,” Kylie Directs Traffic, And Jason Biggs Gets Naked Again

16 May 2014 2:55 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Here is last week’s caption pic winner. This week’s caption pic is at the bottom of the page.

“We really shouldn’t have let the twins dress us.”

Thanks to dostka for this week’s winning caption!

Weekend Birthdays! Jim Sturgess (above) is 36, Tori Spelling is 41, David Boreanaz is 45, Debra Winger is 59, and Pierce Brosnan is 61.

All-Star Celebrity Bowling is coming. Now, before you poo-poo it, the pilot episode has Jon Hamm and the cast of Mad Men up against Chris Hardwick and his fellow Nerdists.

Parade for Conchita Wurst banned by Russian officials

Male Soccer Players Share Kiss After Win — And Apparently People Need Answers About It

Gay marriage caused Godzilla. This is a parody, but sadly … is it really?

PETA adds are usually unwatchable, but this one features Jason Biggs getting naked at the end.

Here’s the first trailer for Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar, with Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway. »

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Judd Apatow, Matt Weiner, John Wells Endorse Patric Verrone for Senate

5 May 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

A long list of high-profile Hollywood writer-producers — including Judd Apatow, Greg Daniels (“Parks and Recreation”), “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner and “The West Wing” showrunner John Wells — are backing Patric Verrone’s campaign for the state Senate.

Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane and Richard Lewis announced their support last week.

Verrone, who won a two-year seat on the WGA West board in September, disclosed his candidacy to fellow writers in a March 15 email that included a pitch for funds. He’s best known for leading the WGA’s strike in 2007-08 and has worked on “Futurama,” “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” “The Larry Sanders Show” and “The Simpsons.”

The endorsement was included as part of a pitch to attend a fundraiser Thursday hosted by John Bowman, Verrone’s college roommate, who headed the WGA negotiating team during the strike.

Current WGA West president Chris Keyser and negotiating committee chiefs »

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Judd Apatow, Matt Weiner, John Wells Endorse Patric Verrone for Senate

5 May 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A long list of high-profile Hollywood writer-producers — including Judd Apatow, Greg Daniels (“Parks and Recreation”), “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner and “The West Wing” showrunner John Wells — are backing Patric Verrone’s campaign for the state Senate.

Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane and Richard Lewis announced their support last week.

Verrone, who won a two-year seat on the WGA West board in September, disclosed his candidacy to fellow writers in a March 15 email that included a pitch for funds. He’s best known for leading the WGA’s strike in 2007-08 and has worked on “Futurama,” “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” “The Larry Sanders Show” and “The Simpsons.”

The endorsement was included as part of a pitch to attend a fundraiser Thursday hosted by John Bowman, Verrone’s college roommate, who headed the WGA negotiating team during the strike.

Current WGA West president Chris Keyser and negotiating committee chiefs »

- Dave McNary

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Seth MacFarlane Endorses Ex-wga President Patric Verrone’s State Senate Run

28 April 2014 2:05 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane and comedian Richard Lewis have endorsed Patric Verrone’s campaign for State Senate.

Both have worked with Verrone during his career as a TV writer and producer. The former WGA West president announced last month that he was running for the 26th district seat; he is one of eight candidates who have filed to succeed Democrat State Sen. Ted Lieu, who is running for the Congressional seat of retiring Rep. Henry Waxman.

“I’m fortunate to have the support of my friends Seth and Richard, who are not only very funny guys, but are also passionate about building stronger communities and a stronger foundation for middle class families,” Verrone said. “We all have a sense of humor, but what’s been happening to California families is no joke. It’s time to get serious about the problems we face and move forward with concrete solutions. »

- Dave McNary

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Tribeca Film Review: ’5 to 7′

23 April 2014 9:22 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Aspiring novelist Brian Bloom (Anton Yelchin) receives nothing but rejection letters from publishers, but when it comes to romance, he has considerably better luck, earning coy encouragement from Arielle (Berenice Marlohe), a beautiful French woman he spies smoking on a New York sidewalk. There’s just one catch: She’s married, and the couple can only meet between the hours of 5 and 7, which isn’t nearly enough to satisfy this smitten scribbler. Courageously sentimental in an age of irony, Victor Levin’s refreshingly articulate “5 to 7” delivers romance of the sort thought lost since the days of Audrey Hepburn, for those who appreciate such finery. And who doesn’t?

Truth be told, the times are startlingly harsh for stories designed to make audiences actually feel something, and “5 to 7” risks ridicule from those who can’t abide Levin’s earnest, heart-on-his-sleeve approach. Like his naive 24-year-old protagonist, Levin would rather crash and »

- Peter Debruge

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Comedy Legend Carol Leifer on Writing 'Seinfeld', Life on 'Devious Maids' and Her New Book

17 April 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Carol Leifer  is a multiple Emmy nominee (Seinfeld, Modern Family, SNL, The Larry Sanders Show), writer of seven Academy Awards telecasts, five of her own comedy specials, and author of the bestseller When You Lie about Your Age, the Terrorists Win. The Hollywood Reporter asked Leifer (pronounced Leff-uhr), about her new, funny-but-serious memoir How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying and Lifetime's Devious Maids (back for a second Season Apr. 20), for which she is co-executive producer. THR: You told this great joke at my magazine's event in 1987: "Petula Clark sang, 'Don't Sleep in the Subway, Darling.' What kind of guys is she dating that

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- Tim Appelo

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'Captain America: The Winter Soldier': A reference guide

5 April 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Nine films in, the movies released by Marvel Studios comprise an elaborate narrative tapestry, with connections running between films, the short DVD-extra One-Shots, and the rapidly expanding universe of TV projects. The films are purposefully designed to appeal to newcomers. I’m guessing that the vast majority of people who love Iron Man have never read an Iron Man comic book. (Side note: Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man is much cooler than pretty much any comic book version of Iron Man.) But speaking as someone who grew up devouring comic books, part of what makes the Marvel Studios films »

- Darren Franich

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Interview: Jeff Garlin, Co-Directors Are ‘Finding Vivian Maier’

3 April 2014 12:29 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The story of a Chicago-based woman – who died in 2009 at age 83 – has become the subject of a remarkable new documentary. “Finding Vivian Maier” is a film about revelation, and was created by co-directors John Maloof and Charlie Siskel, with the support of Executive Producer and comedian Jeff Garlin.

The tale of Vivian Maier seems impossible. It began after her death with an auction of her storage locker, which contained negatives of her street photographer’s life – from the 1950s through the ‘90s. One of the directors of the film, John Maloof, stumbled onto her treasure by purchasing a box of these negatives. He then became her archivist, cataloging her photos, films, audio recordings and even material possessions, to reveal an artist of unique magnitude. “Finding Vivian Maier” is Maloof’s story, Vivian’s journey and the story of an artist’s life that easily could have been lost with her demise. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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'The Comedians': Billy Crystal discusses his return to series TV on FX

19 March 2014 1:50 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

After conquering the Oscars, for which he earned four Emmys, and winning a Tony, Billy Crystal is coming back to series television.

He'll tackle his first regular role on a prime-time series since the 1977-81 sitcom "Soap" by teaming with Josh Gad ("Frozen," "The Book of Mormon") in "The Comedians," which FX gave a 13-episode order Wednesday (March 19). (Crystal was also a regular on "Saturday Night Live" for one season in 1984-85.)

"It's based on a Swedish show, of all the places to be funny," Crystal tells Zap2it. "You think of that as the land of [filmmaker] Ingmar Bergman and death. This is the story of the pairing of a veteran comedian and a young comedian, and they're put together by a network to do a sketch variety show. Reluctantly."

Crystal likens the result to Garry Shandling's "The Larry Sanders Show," since it involves "our own show, which is »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Review: HBO's 'Doll & Em' good at satirizing friendship, less at Hollywood

19 March 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

One of the lessons drilled into any young writer is a simple one: "Write what you know." The problem, at least when applying this rule to television, is that what many of the people who work in television know about is television and nothing but, which is why there have been so many shows over the years — most of them failures — about characters who work in the entertainment industry. Inside showbiz stories aren't inherently bad, as seven seasons of "30 Rock," or even a showbiz-adjacent series like "Curb Your Enthusiasm" have amply demonstrated. But watching HBO's new comedy series "Doll & Em," all I could think about was how much I wished the setting was anywhere but Hollywood. The series was created by its stars, Dolly Wells and Emily Mortimer (who already has an HBO job on "The Newsroom"), and they play fictionalized versions of themselves. In reality, Wells is a working actress, »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Judd Apatow: Everything He’s Done Is Revenge for Canceling ‘Freaks and Geeks’

11 March 2014 12:08 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

All those who have spent the past few years complaining about Judd Apatow movies — about the length or the plotlines or that they’re all about shlubby guys getting attractive girls or that they’re nothing but pot jokes — all those people can take it up with the circa 2000 NBC executives who pulled the plug on “Freaks and Geeks,” the beloved, yet low-rated, teen angst dramedy he executive produced with creator Paul Feig that helped launch the careers of Seth Rogen, Jason Segel and many others.

“Even to this day, I think I didn’t want to admit that ‘Freaks and Geeks’ was cancelled,” Apatow said March 10 at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. “Everything I’ve done, in a way, is revenge for the people who cancelled ‘Freaks and Geeks.’ It’s really demented, but it’s just like ‘you were wrong about that person, and that person and that person. »

- Whitney Friedlander

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Judd Apatow: Everything He’s Done Is Revenge for Canceling ‘Freaks and Geeks’

11 March 2014 12:08 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

All those who have spent the past few years complaining about Judd Apatow movies — about the length or the plotlines or that they’re all about shlubby guys getting attractive girls or that they’re nothing but pot jokes — all those people can take it up with the circa 2000 NBC executives who pulled the plug on “Freaks and Geeks,” the beloved, yet low-rated, teen angst dramedy he executive produced with creator Paul Feig that helped launch the careers of Seth Rogen, Jason Segel and many others.

“Even to this day, I think I didn’t want to admit that ‘Freaks and Geeks’ was cancelled,” Apatow said March 10 at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. “Everything I’ve done, in a way, is revenge for the people who cancelled ‘Freaks and Geeks.’ It’s really demented, but it’s just like ‘you were wrong about that person, and that person and that person. »

- Whitney Friedlander

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PaleyFest: Judd Apatow Talks Canceled Shows, Working With Lena Dunham

11 March 2014 2:26 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

PaleyFest kicked off Monday night when the Paley Center for Media presented writer-director-producer Judd Apatow with the second annual PaleyFest Icon Award. In presenting the award – which recognizes individual creative achievements in television – Paley Center CEO Pat Mitchell highlighted Apatow’s TV works, including The Larry Sanders Show, The Ben Stiller Show, Undeclared, Freaks and Geeks and, most recently, Girls. Roseanne Barr introduced the honoree, reminiscing about the time she hired Apatow to write jokes for her on an HBO comedy special. “I discovered him and I’m proud of it,” she told The Hollywood Reporter before the event. “He’s a great filmmaker, director,

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- Bryn Elise Sandberg

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Indie Spotlight: For ‘The Cleanists’, Tidying Up Is Serious Business

31 January 2014 3:11 PM, PST | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

The Aussies are cooking up some quality web content, and the latest hit from Down Under is The Cleanists, a web series about a mismatched group of professional cleaners. The Cleanists is written and directed by Tristam Baumber, who, despite his country of origin, seems most inspired by American sitcoms. In an interview with Splitsider, Baumber references Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Larry Sanders Show and Seinfeld. The series that The Cleanists most resembles, however, is The Office. The four leads are basically Dwight, Michael, Jim, and Pam in yellow t-shirts, and the show derives its humor from the power struggles between them. The series also employs the same documentary-style camerawork, which is pulled off exceptionally well, resulting in a comedy that looks and sounds great. By the second episode, multiple plots twist out of each house visit, with ten installments representing the series' complete run

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- Sam Gutelle

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Steve Coogan is Taken Hostage in First Us Trailer for 'Alan Partridge'

27 January 2014 9:39 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

We've already seen a teaser trailer and theatrical trailer for Alan Partridge from when the film arrived in the United Kingdom last year under the title Alpha Papa. Now the film is finally hitting the United States, and it might get a better audience after people saw Steve Coogan in the Oscar contending film Philomena. Of course, Alan Partridge is an entirely different kind of film as it's based on a British TV series which focused on a fictional chat show host similar to that of "The Larry Sanders Show" here in the states. Anyway, the first trailer for the release over here has arrived, and it might be a fun intro to the character. Watch it! Here's the first Us trailer for Declan Lowney's Alan Partridge from YouTube: Alan Partridge is directed by TV helmer Declan Lowney, who has worked with Steve Coogan many times before, and worked »

- Ethan Anderton

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NBC orders Rob Lowe comedy pilot

23 January 2014 4:54 PM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

NBC is hoping that Rob Lowe can serve up more laughs on its air even after leaving Parks and Recreation.

The network has ordered a pilot for the single-camera comedy The Pro, which is set at a country club and stars Lowe as an ex-tennis doubles champion who reunites with his former partner after a public feud that resulted in both of them bottoming out. Lowe also will serve as executive producer along with Peter Huyck and Alex Gregory (The Larry Sanders Show), who will write the pilot, and Todd Holland (Malcolm in the Middle), who will direct.

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- Dan Snierson

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Sundance 2014: Infinitely Polar Bear reaction

19 January 2014 2:24 PM, PST | TotalFilm | See recent TotalFilm news »

More than any other festival, Sundance has acted as the launchpad for some of the most interesting, cool and uniquely voiced directors of modern cinema. This year, it could just be writer and first time director Maya Forbes who kickstarts her major movie career, thanks to the sweet, warm, funny and nowhere-near-as-annoying-as-the-title-may-suggest dramedy, Infinitely Polar Bear. Having already written 2009's under-appreciated Monsters vs Aliens, Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3, and a host of episodes of The Larry Sanders Show, she's certainly no...

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- Matt Risley

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Infinitely Polar Bear’

18 January 2014 6:49 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Intimate yet expansive, clear-eyed yet deeply personal, “Infinitely Polar Bear” marks an irresistible feature debut for writer-director Maya Forbes. Drawing on a tough but rewarding chapter of her own childhood, during which she and her sister were raised by their bipolar father while their mother went to grad school, Forbes brings a marvelous warmth and specificity to this story of a mixed-race family struggling to survive, aided considerably by one of Mark Ruffalo’s richest, most appealing performances. Retaining a hand-crafted feel even as it develops into a unique snapshot of evolving family dynamics and social expectations in late-’70s America, this assured crowdpleaser looks like an early candidate for Sundance-breakout status.

While Forbes divides the story among all four members of the unconventional Stuart clan, it’s perhaps her most empathetic gesture that she places the viewer’s primary point of identification with the family’s most problematic individual. »

- Justin Chang

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