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Shailene Woodley, best recognized as the star of The Secret Life of the American Teenager (TV), was born on November 15, 1991, in Simi Valley, California, to Loni and Lorry Woodley, who are now divorced. She's the older sister to a brother, Tanner. Woodley more or less stumbled into acting, as she wound up with her cousin, a model, at a talent call. Asked by her mother if she wanted to try acting, Woodley -- who's called "Shai" by her family and friends -- said yes and has been pursuing the craft ever since. Did we mention that she was five at the time? And it wasn't long after that that Woodley was appearing in televison commercials and acting in shows and movies. "My friends went to soccer practice; I went to auditions," Woodley said during a 2008 conference call with reporters. "So I've never really thought of it as a job or »
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Actor-producer-screenwriter-all-around Renaissance man Justin Theroux is joining Parks and Recreation (a.k.a. this fall's most improved comedy) in a major recurring role, sources confirm to me exclusively. Theroux, whose previous tube work includes stints on The District, Ally McBeal, and Sex and the City, has been cast as a friend of Ann's (Rashida Jones) and a potential love interest for Leslie (Amy Poehler). His first episode is slated to air in early 2010. Last month it was announced that Theroux had signed on to produce a big-screen comedy for Paramount set in the world of air guitar competitions. He also »
- Michael Ausiello
Let's get retro. It's been 29 years since Hawaii Five-o wrapped for CBS, and that's 29 years too long. CBS recently announced that it will partner writing wunderkids Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Star Trek, TV's Fringe) with CBS producer Peter Lenkov (CSI: NY, 24, The District) to reboot the cop show. Lenkov will write the pilot, under strict supervision from Orci and Kurtzman, and the trio will executive-ly produce the show should it be picked up. The original series (created by Leonard Freeman) was filmed its 12-year run on location in Hawaii. If the show gets picked up, we can probably expect the same, due to beautiful vistas and equally beautiful tax breaks. We'll see what comes of this. With this team at the conceptual helm, I'm pretty confident that we'll be seeing a newer, sexier version of Hawaii Five-o coming to CBS in no time at all. What »
- Bethany Perryman
Michael Welch, who plays Mike Newton in Twilight and The Twilight Saga: New Moon, has just turned twenty-two today. Welch, a rather impressive career actor, has definitely made a name for himself among the Twilight fan community. One of the biggest reasons for that, aside from his spot-on performance as Newton in the first film, is his geniality and openness with the fans. Welch has been a source of great new information, updates, and interviews for many months. Welch began his acting career in 1998, starting with television series such as Frasier, Veronica's Closet, Two Guys, A Girl And A Pizza Place, before tackling the role of Artim in Star Trek: Insurrection. Over the past decade, you might have seen him on shows such as Walker, Texas Ranger, 7th Heaven, Norm, The Pretender, The Drew Carey Show, Malcolm In The Middle, The X-Files, Touched By An Angel, Judging Amy, The District, »
Under the seven-figure pact, Lenkov will continue as an executive producer on the crime drama, which returns for a sixth season in the fall.
Lenkov joined "CSI: NY" after the first season in 2005 as a co-exec producer, but his association with the "CSI" franchise and CBS TV Studios president David Stapf dates back another five years.
He said he was so intrigued by the promos for "CSI" that he found himself watching the forensic drama instead of his own series.
On the morning after the "CSI" premiere, Lenkov went to his daughter's soccer game and approached Stapf, then CBS' head of current programming, »
- By Nellie Andreeva
5 items from 2009
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