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Paris' New Presidential Spoof!

8 October 2008 3:36 PM, PDT | TheInsider.com | See recent The Insider news »

See more Paris Hilton videos at Funny or Die Paris Hilton launched her latest presidential video today on www.funnyordie.com, this time, asking advice from a former American "president," (or at least someone who played one on TV), Martin Sheen! "Nowadays, soundbites, not sound policy, determine our country’s course. I plan to bring a fake balanced approach to these real problems," Hilton promises in the video. “Being a fake president is a lot harder today than it was when I was a fake president," Sheen tells the heiress. "My fake administration started before the country took some hits. It was the ‘go go ‘90s’ when people invested in a Web site that sold dog food because a puppet told them to do it." “America was at its best when it was on NBC,” Paris tells Sheen, referring to his NBC hit drama, “The West Wing," in which he »

- TheInsider

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Hilton Shoots Another Political Spoof With President Sheen

8 October 2008 6:58 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Martin Sheen and Paris Hilton have become Hollywood's hottest odd couple after teaming up to film a new FunnyorDie.com spoof political ad.

Hilton hit the headlines in August when her 'Paris For President 2008' campaign ad first appeared on the comedy website, and she was so overwhelmed by the response to her poolside fun at the expense of presidential candidate John McCain, she's back for another skit - with former TV president Sheen.

In the new video, the West Wing star admits, "Being a fake president is a lot harder today than it was when I was a fake president. My fake administration started before this country started taking some hits."

Hilton admits she used a few neighbourhood contacts to get Sheen onboard: "Charlie Sheen, his son, lives a couple of houses down the street from me in my gated community, so it just worked out perfectly."

The video was shot in an hour at Hilton's home on Sunday during a party she was hosting for family and friends. »

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Video: Paris Hilton Gets (Fake) Presidential Advice - From Martin Sheen

8 October 2008 1:10 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

See more Paris Hilton videos at Funny or Die Move over Barack Obama and John McCain, there's a new presidential nominee in the running – "fake" nominee that is. Paris Hilton, in her latest FunnyorDie video clip, confers with "one of the greatest fake presidents," Martin Sheen, who played President Bartlet on The West Wing, as she herself runs for "fake president." While the two sit in a kitchen discussing politics, Hilton admits to Sheen that "running for fake president is a little daunting." So what about the issues, Paris? "I plan to bring a fake balance approach to these real problems. »

- Christina Tapper

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The West Wing: President Bartlet Returns to Help Obama

4 October 2008 8:38 AM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Without a doubt, the current presidential election has been the most interesting political competition in recent history. Though Hillary Clinton was the obvious frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, she was ultimately beaten in the primaries by underdog Barack Obama. It seemed like Obama had the election all sewn up but then John McCain chose Sarah Palin for his running mate and the Republican ticket's popularity rose.

Though Obama is ahead in the polls at the moment, this election has certainly proved that things can change very quickly. Aaron Sorkin, the creator of The West Wing and an outspoken supporter of the Democratic party, recently imagined that Obama might need a little no-nonsense advice. Who better to give it to him than the finest President to ever rule the NBC primetime schedule?

That's right, after a few years away, Sorkin raised former President Josiah Bartlet to give Presidential candidate Obama some »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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'Weeds' Actress Joins James Franco and Paul Rudd in Biopic

29 September 2008 1:00 AM, PDT | buddytv.com | See recent BuddyTV news »

Now that the fourth season of Weeds is over, production has settled down to take a break after a tumultuous season that ended with Nancy Botwin revealing that she is pregnant with what we assume is Esteban’s baby.  More intrigue came about when we reported about Justin Kirk, who is still hopeful that his character, Andy would still have a shot in winning Nancy’s heart come season 5.

Meanwhile, Weeds star Mary Louise-Parker is gearing up for a new project. Earlier this month, it was announced that she will be part of a new biopic, which will be written, directed and produced by Oscar-winning documentarians Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman.

The beatnik biopic entitled Howl is based on Allen Ginsberg’s epic book-length poem of the same title.  The film will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the poem, and will feature animated visualizations of the piece, courtesy of graphic novelist Eric Drooker. »

- BuddyTV

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Bravo heads to 'Swingtown'

28 September 2008 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

"Swingtown" is swinging to Bravo, which has acquired exclusive cable rerun rights to the CBS drama from CBS Television Distribution.

Bravo has picked up all 13 produced episodes, which aired over the summer to modest ratings. CBS has not made a final decision about the future of "Swingtown," but a second-season pickup is considered a very long shot.

"Swingtown" producer CBS Par TV had also been shopping the drama about partner-swapping couples in 1970s suburbia to cable, but a Bravo source said the deal is a straight acquisition and that the network has no plans to produce new episodes. The off-network sale essentially closes the door on the show continuing with originals on CBS or another network.

Bravo is scheduled to premiere "Swingtown" in the fall, joining an off-net lineup that includes "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" and "The West Wing."

"Swingtown" is executive produced by creator Mike Kelley, Alan Poul and Carol Barbee. »

- By Kimberly Nordyke

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Eye of the Beholder

25 September 2008 1:59 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

When actor Kito Robinson first started submitting herself for roles, she had no particular strategy in mind; she just followed the rules. Or what she perceived as the rules, anyway. "I guess I have this rules-based background, where if you fit into a box, you check that box and you follow that line of thinking," says the Los Angeles-based Robinson, who identifies as black-multiethnic. "When I'd see roles for African Americans, those are the ones I would submit myself to. But I felt confined by that box, by that designation 'black.'" At some point she realized that limiting herself to roles designated for African-American females meant that she was submitting infrequently. She decided to broaden her horizons by submitting for more "open ethnicity" parts. She also started submitting for gigs for which she felt like she fit the type producers were looking for, even if the breakdown called for »

- Sarah Kuhn

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Affleck eyes role in 'The Company Men'

24 September 2008 6:36 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Ben Affleck is in talks to star in financial drama The Company Men. The movie is to be written, directed and produced by John Wells, an award-winning writer-producer on TV series ER and The West Wing. Affleck is considering playing a lead role in the film, which tells the story of a man who has been laid off from (more) »

- By Sarah Rollo

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Aflleck eyes role in 'The Company Men'

24 September 2008 6:36 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Ben Affleck is in talks to star in financial drama The Company Men. The movie is to be written, directed and produced by John Wells, an award-winning writer-producer on TV series ER and The West Wing. Affleck is considering playing a lead role in the film, which tells the story of a man who has been laid off from (more) »

- By Sarah Rollo

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Ben Affleck to star in "The Company Men"

23 September 2008 11:02 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Ben Affleck is in talks to star in "The Company Men," which John Wells (writer of "Invisible Man," TV's "The West Wing") is set to helm. Apparently, according to sources, it's a timely drama about a man whose life changes due to financial downsizing. Wells will produce and write the screenplay focusing on a man who is laid off and left to deal with financial difficulties as well as trouble at home. Another male lead is needed for the screenplay. This was originally at Warner Bros. and marks the directorial debut for Wells whose only previous directing credit is for "ER." »

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DVD Review: CSI: Miami - The Complete Sixth Season

14 September 2008 11:28 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I was rather savage in my review of the fifth season of "CSI: Miami", but it really deserved it as it had completely given up on telling a story in favor of over saturated visuals in an effort to be cool rather than interesting. The principal cast was more on display rather than used as actual characters. The sixth season doesn't exactly depart from the idea of making an hour-long music video in which a crime must be solved, but it does manage to tone it down just enough to make it tolerable for the show's 21-episode shortened season. Fortunate to only be affected by the writers'strike to the tune of missing only three episodes, the sixth season of "CSI: Miami" is once again bathed in bright orange and highlighting the greens and blues of the cityscape as Horatio Caine (David Caruso) stands slightly askew and leads his team as »

- Brad Brevet

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'Choke' Hold

12 September 2008 1:59 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Clark Gregg has one of those faces; you've seen him in countless TV and film roles, usually looking serious and determined and carrying a gun. He's played enough cops, lawyers, and FBI agents — among them his recurring role as Agent Michael Casper on The West Wing and his appearance as the mysterious operative looking to recruit the title character in Iron Man — to start his own task force. It's a casting trend that amuses the 46-year-old Gregg and his friends. "I did kind of become the go-to guy for authority figures, which is something that everyone who knows me gets a really good laugh out of," he notes. "I guess I have an FBI face, I don't know."At any rate, it's one that is becoming increasingly familiar to audiences, thanks to turns in films like the aforementioned Iron Man and his regular role as the wry ex-husband to Julia Louis-Dreyfus »

- Jenelle Riley

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Teaching & Doing

11 September 2008 1:59 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

"If I am not an actor, if I am not a singer, if I don't do what I teach, who am I?" Carol Fox Prescott recalls asking herself two years ago on her way to see a student perform. Though it was not the most comfortable query the veteran acting coach had ever asked herself, it certainly was an exciting one — inspiring her to explore a new relationship between her teaching and performing. "If I wanted to continue to become a better teacher after all these years, it was time to get back on the stage," says the New York-based Prescott, a theatre actor for close to 40 years who transitioned from performing to teaching in the early 1980s. The result was her one-woman show, Some of These Days: A Jewish Woman's Journey Through Chutzpah, Passion and Pastry With Sophie Tucker. Though she performs the show in venues across the country, »

- Paul Helou

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Ping Pong Playa Movie Clip Ninja Mode

6 September 2008 8:06 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Watch the latest movie clip “Ninja Mode” from the upcoming comedy “Ping Pong Playa” by director Jessica Yu ( Grey’s Anatomy, The West Wing ) and starring Jimmy Tsai, Roger Fan ( Drillbit Taylor, Stuck on You ) and Shelley Malil. Synopsis: Christopher “C-Dub” Wang is a suburban guy who waxes political on all things Asian American and clings to pro basketball pipe dreams. But when misfortune strikes his family, C-dub must overcome living at home, working a dead-end job and his worldly older brother, to run his Mom’s ping pong classes and defend the family’s athletic dynasty. In theaters September 5th! For more info, visit: http://www.pingpongplaya.com »

- Brian Corder

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Ping Pong Playa Movie Clip Your Awesome

3 September 2008 6:00 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Watch the latest movie clip “You’re Awesome” from the upcoming comedy “Ping Pong Playa” by director Jessica Yu ( Grey’s Anatomy, The West Wing ) and starring Jimmy Tsai, Roger Fan ( Drillbit Taylor, Stuck on You ) and Shelley Malil. Synopsis: Christopher “C-Dub” Wang is a suburban guy who waxes political on all things Asian American and clings to pro basketball pipe dreams. But when misfortune strikes his family, C-dub must overcome living at home, working a dead-end job and his worldly older brother, to run his Mom’s ping pong classes and defend the family’s athletic dynasty. In theaters September 5th! For more info, visit: http://www.pingpongplaya.com »

- Brian Corder

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Chenoweth Risks Upsetting Parents With Controversial New Roles

31 August 2008 4:18 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Former The West Wing star Kristin Chenoweth is set to test her conservative parents again by playing a "suicidal prostitute" in a new movie and singing about dirty sex and bowel movements online.

The actress/singer has to be careful with the professional choices she makes after upsetting her mum with a swimsuit spread in FHM magazine.

And she admits her latest roles, in independent film Into Temptation and as part of a FunnyOrDie.com comedy skit about drug abuse, won't exactly thrill her religious folks back in Oklahoma.

She explains, "(In Into Temptation) I play, like, a suicidal prostitute. It was filmed in Minneapolis, which is beautiful, but it was bad weather... I was depressed. It was easy to play."

And she jokes that when her folks see the film, she'll insist she's not in it: "(I'll say) I wasn't there... It's one of the Olsens (twins)."

But, at least this time she's letting her folks know, unlike when she posed in a bikini for FHM.

She recalls, "I decided to wait until it came out to tell them and that was probably my mistake. My mom called me and she was crying and she said, 'Y'know, I can't go to 7-Eleven (convenience store) or church ever again.' It was so cute... I didn't do it nude or anything."

Chenoweth admits she has been offered a string of raunchy roles, and Playboy magazine bosses have asked her to bare all - but she refuses to show too much skin.

She adds, "I have a nephew that's 16 and I just think he's gonna see whatever it is I do... I don't see anything wrong with doing a swimsuit shot or anything but beyond that..."

Meanwhile, in her new FunnyOrDie.com spoof of hard-hitting TV series Intervention, Chenoweth sings a Broadway-style number while trying to force a gay man with a crystal meth addiction to seek help.

She says, "I was a little nervous (about it) at first... with the subject matter and singing, 'You make cash giving head, and you use it to buy Sudafed!' (I thought) 'Did I really want my young fans hearing me say that?'" »

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West Wing's Sorkin To Make Facebook Movie

28 August 2008 8:58 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The creator of U.S. drama The West Wing is to make a film about the founders of social networking website Facebook.

Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, who wrote the Tom Hanks movie Charlie Wilson's War, has even opened an account on the site to aid his research.

Sorkin writes on his web page, "I figured a good first step in my preparation would be finding out what Facebook is, so I've started this page. If anyone has any questions, I'd be happy to answer them as best I can. If anyone has any comments, I'm glad to listen."

The 47-year-old admits he doesn't understand Facebook, or "how I'm going to write the movie", so is relying on fans to help him.

He adds, "I have a fairly specific idea of what the first 15 pages of the screenplay will be and no idea what will happen on pages 16 through 130. I have very strong feelings about the internet and its effect on our national culture, but frankly those feelings are being countered by the sophistication, kindness, curiosity and wit of the posts in this site."

Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg in 2004 and has more than 100 million users worldwide. »

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Facebook Movie

28 August 2008 6:42 AM, PDT | Filmonic.com | See recent Filmonic news »

Aaron Sorkin, writer of The West Wing and Charlie Wilson's War, has announced on his Facebook profile that he will be writing a movie about the site. At first I was confused as to how a Facebook movie would work, who would be the villain and where would the explosions come from? However, I read the… »

- Liam

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"Facebook: The Movie" by Aaron Sorkin—Uh, what?

28 August 2008 2:23 AM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

There is a Facebook movie in the works. I don't know why it caught me as off-guard as it did. Surely this isn't that surprising, given the growing popularity, functionality and importance of these social networking sites to 21st century relationships. After all, we've already had a MySpace online movie and a Craigslist documentary. This is different, though, because the man behind it is The West Wing creator (and my personal messiah) Aaron Sorkin.

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- Arya Ponto

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Sheen Blasts Screen Actors Guild

22 August 2008 9:08 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood legend Martin Sheen has slammed leaders of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) for exploiting its A-list members' names to gain support for a controversial revision of its voting policy.

The West Wing star hit out at a new faction of the organisation - Unite for Strength - whose leaders want to impose a stricter work requirement for union members voting on contracts.

Sheen says: "If you're one of the tens of thousands of SAG members who don't work enough or earn enough as an actor, you're in danger of losing one of your fundamental rights as a union member.

"They've proudly and publicly touted their list of supporters, including the names of very high-profile actor-producers. They and their supporters have signed a petition that would end democracy in the Screen Actors Guild and create a 'class system' between the 'haves' and the 'have nots'."

The actor's son, Hollywood star Charlie Sheen, is among the A-list names who have endorsed the union's proposed voting policy. »

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