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Kal Penn Shares Old Scripts to Blast Hollywood Typecasting: ‘They Were Awful!’

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Kal Penn Shares Old Scripts to Blast Hollywood Typecasting: ‘They Were Awful!’
Kal Penn is opening up about his experiences with what he deemed offensive typecasting in Hollywood — and he’s using Twitter to do it.

The 39-year-old actor shared a slew of photos of old audition scripts for shows like Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Smart Guy and King of Queens to highlight his experience with stereotypes in the industry.

“Jeez I remember this one! They were awful. ‘Can you make his accent a little more Authentic?’ That usually meant they wanted Apu,” Penn wrote alongside one script, as he referenced the name of a fictional Indian-American character on The Simpsons.

Found
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Kal Penn Shares Scripts From Some of the Stereotypical Roles He Auditioned for at the Beginning of His Career

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Kal Penn Shares Scripts From Some of the Stereotypical Roles He Auditioned for at the Beginning of His Career
In the ABC drama series “Designated Survivor,” Kal Penn plays White House Press Secretary named Seth Wright, with no accent. But this wasn’t always the case for the New Jersey–born actor of Indian descent, who recalls auditioning for some stereotypical roles at the beginning of his career.

Read More: Kal Penn Raises More Than $200,000 for Syrian Refugees ‘In the Name of the Dude Who Said I Don’t Belong in America’

On Tuesday, the actor shared screenshots of scripts he found of shows he auditioned for during his “first years trying to be an actor.” According to Penn, he was nearly always asked to speak with an accent and one script even requested a “Ghandi lookalike.” The actor further revealed that when he auditioned for a small part in “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” he got “into it” with the production because they insisted his character, Prajeeb, had to have an accent.
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Kal Penn Shares Scripts From Some of the Stereotypical Roles He Auditioned for at the Beginning of His Career

Kal Penn Shares Scripts From Some of the Stereotypical Roles He Auditioned for at the Beginning of His Career
In the ABC drama series “Designated Survivor,” Kal Penn plays White House Press Secretary named Seth Wright, with no accent. But this wasn’t always the case for the New Jersey–born actor of Indian descent, who recalls auditioning for some stereotypical roles at the beginning of his career.

Read More: Kal Penn Raises More Than $200,000 for Syrian Refugees ‘In the Name of the Dude Who Said I Don’t Belong in America’

On Tuesday, the actor shared screenshots of scripts he found of shows he auditioned for during his “first years trying to be an actor.” According to Penn, he was nearly always asked to speak with an accent and one script even requested a “Ghandi lookalike.” The actor further revealed that when he auditioned for a small part in “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” he got “into it” with the production because they insisted his character, Prajeeb, had to have an accent.
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Interview: John Marshall Jones Talks Most Significant Career Roles and Lessons

If you’ve been paying attention to television for the the last 30 years, you’ve seen John Marshall Jones around. Whether he’s the witty patriarch of a genius on the hit sitcom Smart Guy, a federal agent on Bosch, or a convict on Rectify, it’s clear that Jones is a jack of all trades. In our interview with Jones, he talks about his most recent roles, how the industry has changed, and one of the most special memories of his career involving the late great Robin Williams. For those who aren’t familiar, describe your “Bosch” character Special Agent Jay Griffin. What

Interview: John Marshall Jones Talks Most Significant Career Roles and Lessons
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ABC relaunches streaming app featuring full seasons of classic shows

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ABC relaunches streaming app featuring full seasons of classic shows
This morning, ABC announced that it has relaunched its streaming service with a new name and a ton of new shows. ABCd will not just have digital short series but also has full seasons of 38 "throwback" shows such as 8 Simple Rules, My So-Called Life, Felicity (which aired on The WB but is owned by ABC), Ellen, Ugly Betty, and more. ABCd also has a whole new interface for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Apple TV and access to full episode of current shows on demand (such as Modern Family and Quantico). One of the most interesting elements is its collection of original digital series. Per the press release, here are descriptions of each series. “All My Gay Friends are Getting Married” A celebration of gay marriage through the eyes of only mildly bitter single girl, Michelle Collins, who’s realizing that everyone is now getting married – except her. She’ll
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ABC Streaming App Adds Brothers & Sisters, Felicity and More 'Throwback' Fare, New Ty Burrell Comedy

ABC Streaming App Adds Brothers & Sisters, Felicity and More 'Throwback' Fare, New Ty Burrell Comedy
ABC has relaunched its streaming service with not just a new name — ABCd — but a bevy of new bells and whistles.

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For one, full seasons of 38 “throwback” series — including Brothers & Sisters, Felicity, My So-Called Life, Body of Proof and Sports Night — will be available via the free, ad-supported service.

Other past programs now streaming include 8 Simple Rules, Benched, Betrayal, Commander in Chief, Detroit 1-8-7, Dinosaurs, Dirty Sexy Money, Ellen, FlashForward, Happy Town, Hope and Faith, I Survived a Japanese Game Show, The Knights of Prosperity, Less Than Perfect,
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ABC Relaunches Free Streaming Service With 7 Short-Form Originals, Full Seasons of 38 Older Shows

ABC Relaunches Free Streaming Service With 7 Short-Form Originals, Full Seasons of 38 Older Shows
ABC is not going down the subscription VOD route, at least for now: The Alphabet network is relaunching its video-streaming service with seven original digital short-form series, including shows starring Ty Burrell and Iliza Shlesinger, plus full seasons of 38 older shows — all available on the free, ad-supported service.

The network is launching the new digital shorts under the “ABCd” banner, an initiative that got under way last year as previously reported by Variety. Those, along with the “throwback” series, which include “Betrayal,” “Brothers & Sisters,” “Felicity,” “My So-Called Life,” “School House Rock,” “Sports Night” and “Ugly Betty,” will be available to all viewers on ABC.com and the ABC apps for mobile and connected TV devices without signing in. Other broadcasters, by contrast, have introduced Netflix-style pay services, like NBCUniversal’s Seeso and CBS All Access (while The CW’s CW Seed is also a free, ad-supported service with original series and library content).

“Our team has completely
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'Rocky Horror' TV Remake Lands Christina Milian as Magenta

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'Rocky Horror' TV Remake Lands Christina Milian as Magenta
Grammy Award nominee Christina Milian has joined the cast of Fox's The Rocky Horror Picture Show as Magenta. Milian will play the castle's compliant maid, who, along with her brother, Riff Raff, plots a secret plan to return to their native planet of Transsexual. Reeve Carney (Penny Dreadful) has already been cast has Riff Raff.

Previously announced cast members include Laverne Cox (Dr. Frank-n-Furter, Orange Is the New Black), Victoria Justice (Janet, Victorious), Ryan McCartan (Brad, Liv and Maddie), Adam Lambert (Eddie, Glee), Staz Nair (Rocky, Game of Thrones), Annaleigh Ashford (Columbia, Sylvia, You Can't Take It With You, Masters of Sex) and Tim Curry, the original Frank-n-Furter, who returns as the show's Criminologist Narrator. It isn't known how many other major characters are left to be cast. Fox hasn't announced when the remake may debut on the network.

A reimagining of the cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show
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Cruise Classic: Mission Impossible

Every Friday for the last few weeks we’ve been looking at a different cinematic classic featuring a certain Tom Cruise. Past editions have focussed on Top Gun, Jerry Maguire, and Minority Report, now our attention turns to his one franchise, the Mission Impossible series.

Tom Cruise had his first taste of fame in the 1980’s and, unlike many of his peers, has never really left the spotlight. His body of work features an impressive 38 films giving him the opportunity to work with many acclaimed directors such as Steven Spielberg, Cameron Crowe, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Oliver Stone, and Stanley Kubrick. He’s also done pretty much every genre under the sun, giving him a wide ranging show-reel. He’s also been the first actor to get his own Sky movies channel devoted purely to films he stars in (available now for a limited time). This week sees his latest
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PaleyFest NY 2014: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Laurence Fishburne and Show Creator Bryan Fuller Talk Hannibal

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The twistedly haunting, creepy and unexpected NBC series Hannibal is one of the best shows currently on television. With shocking revelations, psychological cat-and-mouse games, and intricately detailed murders, it certainly stays with you, long after it airs. And after the wild Season 2 finale that left everyone in a state of peril, the anticipation for Season 3 and answers for where it will all go next is growing, as fannibals wait for the show’s return. As part of PaleyFest NY, which is considered the ultimate TV fan festival, co-stars Hugh Dancy (“Will Graham”), Mads Mikkelsen (“Dr. Hannibal Lecter”) and Laurence Fishburne (“Jack Crawford”), along with show creator Bryan Fuller, talked about their first encounter with the Hannibal Lecter mythos, how the undercurrent of love between Hannibal and Will shapes their understanding of their characters, that Season 3 will show how much everyone has been changed by the events of the finale, what Hannibal will be wearing now,
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Random Celebrity Guest Star Moments of the ‘90s

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The ’90s were sort of weird. Everyone’s clothes were too big for them, and there was a lot of sincerity going around. It was also a time when some of today’s biggest stars weren’t such big stars yet, and randomly appeared on some of your favorite TV shows. Whether it was a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo or the dominating story arc of an entire episode, everyone from a young Ryan Reynolds to Yoko Ono made a guest appearance on shows as disparate as The X-Files and Mad About You.

If you want to find out which basketball star showed up to face-off against Uncle Jesse on Full House, or which iconic musical powerhouse appeared on Smart Guy, you’ll need to click through our gallery. Take a trip down memory lane with ’90s cameos from Coolio, Britney Spears, and even Nancy Kerrigan. There are some you might remember,
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Quiz: Which Gabrielle Union Is Older?

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Quiz: Which Gabrielle Union Is Older?
Who says dudes are the only ones with the power to remain ageless? So far, we’ve quizzed you on the age-defying wizardry of Jared Leto, Paul Rudd, and Pharrell Williams. But having followed Gabrielle Union’s career from 2000’s Bring It On (and the slew of TV guest appearances before that, including: Moesha, Smart Guy, Sister, Sister, and 7th Heaven) to this year’s well-reviewed Being Mary Jane, we’ve started to realize that the 41-year old actress might also have a secret painting in an attic of her own. Or, more likely, she’s just beautiful and that's too bad for the rest of us. See if you can tell which Union is older.
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Exclusive Interview with Director Jimmy Hayward for ‘Free Birds’

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Thanksgiving came a little early this year.

The animated “Free Birds” follow a couple of turkeys time traveling back to the very first Thanksgiving in order to stop serving Turkey as its holiday tradition.

The voice cast included Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson and Amy Poehler.

Latino-Review exclusively interviewed director Jimmy Hayward on the lovable children’s animated “Free Birds.” We discussed the animation production, voice acting and most importantly…..Thanksgiving.

Free Birds” is currently in theaters.

Read the full transcript below or listen to the audio of the interview.

Latino-Review: Tell me, why do you hate Thanksgiving?

Jimmy Hayward: [Laughter] I don’t hate Thanksgiving. I love Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is an amazing holiday that deserves a family movie that everyone can get together and watch. This movie is not anti-Thanksgiving. It’s actually the opposite. Thanksgiving is a great time to be together with the people you love and that love you.
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Omar Gooding -- 'Wild & Crazy Kids' Host Charged with DUI and Pot

  • TMZ
Welcome to "Wild & Crazy Kids!" The show that goes anywhere and does Anything to find kids having fun! Here's your host ... Omar Gooding, who has just been criminally charged with DUI and weed possession after his arrest last month.TMZ broke the story ... 36-year-old Gooding was busted for DUI early in the Am in L.A. on August 20th. Law enforcement sources tell us, Gooding was pulled over for running a stop sign. After approaching Gooding's vehicle,
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Omar Gooding Arrested -- 'Wild & Crazy Kids' Host Popped for DUI

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Omar Gooding -- host of Nickelodeon's '90s show "Wild & Crazy Kids" and a bunch of other stuff -- had a w-wild and crazy night on Tuesday ... TMZ has learned, the actor was busted for DUI.Law enforcement sources tell us, Gooding -- the younger brother of actor Cuba Gooding Jr. -- was arrested early Tuesday Am in L.A. and was released hours later on his own recognizance.Details surrounding the arrest are unclear.
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'90s Stars of The WB -- Then & Now!

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Before The CW, there was The WB. With shows like "Unhappily Ever After," "The Jamie Foxx Show," "Popular" and "The Parent ‘Hood," the network had a very diverse slate of sitcoms -- but what do their stars look like now? As Nikki Cox celebrates her 35th birthday today, check out the gallery above to see how much she and the casts of shows like "The Wayans Bros." and "Smart Guy" changed through the years.For some, it ain't pretty.And if The WB's dramas were more your thing, be sure to click the following links to check in on the casts of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Felicity." Read more
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Win A Haunted House on Blu-ray

Today, April 16th, the horror comedy A Haunted House hits Blu-ray and DVD, and we have your chance to score a copy on us. Hey, it's free, why not right? Read on for details so that you may exclaim to a friend, "A winner is you!"

To enter for your chance to win, just send us an E-mail Here including your Full Name And Mailing Address. We’ll take care of the rest.

From the Press Release

Go beyond the supernatural in A Haunted House, the hilarious comedy starring Marlon Wayans (White Chicks, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) and Cedric the Entertainer (Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, Ice Age) that pokes no-holds-barred fun at our deepest fears. A Haunted House will be available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack with UltraViolet™, on DVD and On Demand on April 23, 2013 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Also available on Digital Download beginning April
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A Haunted House Blu-ray and DVD Arrive April 23rd

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A Haunted House Blu-ray and DVD Arrive April 23rd
Go beyond the supernatural in A Haunted House, the hilarious comedy starring Marlon Wayans (White Chicks, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) and Cedric the Entertainer (Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, Ice Age) that pokes no-holds-barred fun at our deepest fears. A Haunted House will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack with UltraViolet, on DVD and On Demand on April 23, 2013 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Also available on Digital Download beginning April 9, 2013.

When a young couple moves in to their dream place, they soon discover they're not alone. Now, Malcolm will go to hilarious extremes - including hiring a priest, a psychic, and a team of modern-day Ghostbusters to get his place and his sex life back to normal. Co-starring Essence Atkins (Smart Guy), Nick Swardson (Just Go with It) and David Koechner (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy), the film is demonically good fun that critics are calling "the
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A Haunted House Starts Creaking on Blu-ray and DVD

Were you one of the few who dared to visit A Haunted House during its theatrical run? Do you want to relive that nightmare over again? Well now you can thanks to the magic of DVD and Blu-ray! Read on for details... that is, if you're brave enough!

From the Press Release

Go beyond the supernatural in A Haunted House, the hilarious comedy starring Marlon Wayans (White Chicks, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) and Cedric the Entertainer (Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, Ice Age) that pokes no-holds-barred fun at our deepest fears. A Haunted House will be available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack with UltraViolet™, on DVD and On Demand on April 23, 2013 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Also available on Digital Download beginning April 9, 2013.

When a young couple moves in to their dream place, they soon discover they’re not alone. Now, Malcolm will go to hilarious extremes - including hiring a priest,
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A Haunted House: Blu-ray/DVD Release Details and Cover Art

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Universal Studios Home Entertainment has announced that A Haunted House will be released to Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download next month. Continue reading for specific release details and a look at the cover art:

Universal City, California – Go beyond the supernatural in A Haunted House, the hilarious comedy starring Marlon Wayans (White Chicks, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) and Cedric the Entertainer (Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, Ice Age) that pokes no-holds-barred fun at our deepest fears. A Haunted House will be available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack with UltraViolet™, on DVD and On Demand on April 23, 2013 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Also available on Digital Download beginning April 9, 2013.

When a young couple moves in to their dream place, they soon discover they’re not alone. Now, Malcolm will go to hilarious extremes – including hiring a priest, a psychic, and a team of modern-day Ghostbusters to get his place
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