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Kris Allen Meets Former 'Boy Meets World' Star In An Airport

11 December 2009 7:09 AM, PST | MTV Newsroom | See recent MTV Newsroom news »

In his role as the winner of "American Idol" and the man behind an excellent self-titled debut album, Kris Allen has come in contact with a number of huge stars. Kanye West, Kelly Clarkson, Miley Cyrus and Stevie Wonder all visited "Idol" during Allen's season, and he got to work with some of his favorite artists on his debut album. But on Thursday (December 10), Allen encountered a star that made him freak out just a little bit. While in transit for the Z100 Jingle Ball on Friday night at New York's Madison Square Garden, Allen ran into former "Boy Meets World" star Ben Savage and snagged a picture with the actor.

"Do not freak out Ben Savage. Do not freak out Ben Savage. Do not freak out Ben Savage," he wrote on his Twitter page. Allen followed that tweet up with a photo of him and Savage. The "Live Like »

- Kyle Anderson

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TV Review: ‘Better Off Ted’ Deserves to Develop an Audience

8 December 2009 9:38 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – With their renewal of “Better Off Ted” and “Scrubs,” it’s clear that ABC is unwilling to throw in the towel and give up on a comedy that’s not finding its audience. Before the wonderful arrival of “Modern Family,” easily one of the best shows on TV, ABC was not recently known as the place for laughs and there has clearly been a conscious effort to change that including giving the relatively audience deficient “Better Off Ted” another shot at finding a following (as well as scheduling an entire night of new comedy to start the season on Wednesdays).

Television Rating: 4.0/5.0

With a second-season premiere tonight and the recent arrival of the first season on DVD, if “Better Off Ted” has a shot at even cult status, it better happen soon. The ratings near the end of last season were abysmal and I’ll admit that I had written off the show, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Five join 'Brother's Keeper'

7 December 2009 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Patricia Clarkson, Devon Graye, Madeleine Martin, Danny Glover and wrestling champ John Cena have been cast in "Brother's Keeper," a PG-rated family drama from WWE Films.

Mel Damski ("Mischief") will direct a screenplay by John Posey about a teenage boy (Graye) who tries to reunite his mother (Clarkson) and estranged older brother (Cena) 10 years after the death of their father, a state college wrestling legend. A brilliant student with no apparent athletic talents, the teenager decides to join the high school wrestling team as a way to pull the family together.

WWE Studios vp David Calloway ("The O.C.") is producing. WWE execs Mike Pavone and Steve Barnett are executive producing.

The project, which might undergo a title change, begins shooting today in New Orleans.

The CAA-repped Clarkson had roles in the Woody Allen films "Whatever Works" and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona." She next appears in Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island," which hits theaters in February. »

- By Jay A. Fernandez and Nellie Andreeva

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Indonesia Bans Balibo

2 December 2009 11:21 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Officials in Indonesia have banned critically acclaimed new movie Balibo over the film's politically sensitive subject matter.

The film, which stars Without A Trace actor Anthony Lapaglia, tells the story of five journalists working for Australian TV networks who were slaughtered by Indonesian troops during the 1975 invasion of East Timor.

The killing of the group - known as the Balibo Five - has been a source of tension between Indonesia and Australia ever since, and now the Australian-made movie has been banned from public screenings in the Asian country.

The Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club (Jfcc) was due to show the movie on Tuesday night, but it was called off along with a planned screening at the Jakarta International Film Festival (Jiffest).

Jfcc president Jason Tedjasukmana says, "I haven't received anything official but after consulting with our legal advisers, we decided it would be too risky because, while this is a private screening, it would be in a public place thus violating the law."

Jiffest manager Nauval Yazid adds, "They told us that we cannot show the movie. The reason was not really clear. It is likely because of concerns that it will affect relations with East Timor and Australia."

At least 100,000 people are said to have died in the Indonesian invasion of East Timor and the subsequent 25-year occupation. The country achieved formal independence in 2002. »

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Chuck Returns to NBC on January 10th

19 November 2009 5:08 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

NBC's action-comedy series Chuck returns to the NBC lineup on Sunday, January 10 with all-new missions and two action-packed, back-to-back original episodes in its season premiere (9-11 p.m. Et) before the series -- starring Zachary Levi in the title role -- moves to its regular day and time (Mondays 8-9 p.m. Et) beginning January 11.

In addition, Chuck returns with guest stars galore in its third season. These include: Angie Harmon (NBC's Law & Order), who will play Sydney, an enemy operative; Brandon Routh (Superman Returns), who is set to play CIA Agent Daniel Shaw; Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgement Day) will play Colonel Keller, a soldier and spy from Casey's past; Kristin Kreuk (Smallville), who will portray Hannah -- a potential love interest for Chuck; Armand Assante (Judge Dredd) as dictator Premier Goya, who is the target of an assassin; Steve Austin (WWF Smackdown!) will portray Hugo Panzer, who becomes »

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Chuck Returns to NBC’s Schedule Sunday, January 10th with 2 Hour Event! Plus Message From Chuck!

19 November 2009 3:25 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

NBC has just announced Chuck will finally return to the airwaves on Sunday, January 10th with back-to-back original episodes (9-11 p.m. Et) before the series moves to its regular day and time (Mondays 8-9 p.m. Et) beginning January 11.  For fans of the show, this is welcome news, as it’s getting back its original time slot and it’s being paired again with Heroes.

If you aren’t aware, NBC has loaded up this season with tons of guest stars like Angie Harmon (Law & Order), who will play Sydney, an enemy operative; Brandon Routh (Superman Returns), who is set to play CIA Agent Daniel Shaw; Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day) will play Colonel Keller, a soldier and spy from Casey’s past; Kristin Kreuk (Smallville), who will portray Hannah — a potential love interest for Chuck; Armand Assante as dictator Premier Goya, who is the target of an »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Acquisitions head Katz leaving Turner

18 November 2009 10:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Turner Broadcasting's head of acquisitions Jonathan Katz is leaving the company.

Linda Yaccarino, executive vp and COO of Turner Entertainment ad sales/marketing and acquisitions, broke the news to company staffers in an internal memo.

"Jonathan joined our programming acquisition group in 2000 from CNN Newsource Sales and helped establish the repositioned TNT and TBS by acquiring series like 'Cold Case,' 'Without a Trace,' 'The Office' and 'My Name is Earl,' and recent movies including 'The Dark Knight,' 'Get Smart' and 'The Women,' " she wrote.

Katz served as senior vp/general manager of program planning and acquisitions and added Peachtree TV to his responsibilities two years ago.

"He has helped make that business another Turner Broadcasting success story, Yaccarino said.

She indicated that the company will announce management changes in the acquisitions division and at Peachtree TV in the coming weeks. »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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Eckhart Dating Sims?

17 November 2009 5:46 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The Dark Knight villain Aaron Eckhart has a new leading lady - he's dating model-turned-actress Molly Sims, according to U.S. reports.

The pair was spotted dining together earlier this month in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, sparking speculation they are now a couple, and Sims isn't exactly hiding her feelings for the actor.

She tells entertainment blog Fox411, "Aaron’s a great guy!"

The beauty has previously dated Without a Trace star Enrique Murciano, while Eckhart was most recently linked to Ashley Wick. »

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Interview With Kevin Rankin: "Trauma" Character Just Happens to be a Gay Emt

9 November 2009 2:52 PM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Talk about traumatic!

NBC recently announced that they are canceling Trauma, their new show about paramedics set in San Francisco (although they have said they will air the remaining few episodes).

This is a shame for gay viewers, because the show's cast includes Tyler, a major gay character who is actually complicated and gets actual screentime. In the October 26th Halloween episode “Masquerade,” Tyler, played by Kevin Rankin, revealed a mask of a different kind when he came out to his riding partner, Boone, an African American man who is clearly uncomfortable with gays.

In other words, the show is "going there" on the complicated emotions and politics of homophobia in the African American community.

Recently, we talked to Kevin, who might also be familiar to viewers from his reoccurring role as a paralyzed athelete on Friday Night Lights. The interview took place before NBC had made a final decision regarding Trauma's fate. »

- michael

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'Gossip Girl' threesome: do parents really have reason to worry?

6 November 2009 4:05 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Tantalizing promos that tease a possible sexual threesome during the Nov. 9 episode of Gossip Girl may have ticked off the Parents Television Council but it seems unlikely the CW will give the advocacy group anything to complain about to the FCC. Though the CW wouldn't comment on next week's episode, those familiar with the network's standards and practices procedures say the infamous Without a Trace teen orgy scene on CBS had a big impact on how the CW depicts sexual intercourse between teen characters, especially on Gossip Girl. In 2006, the FCC fined 111 CBS affiliates a record $3.6 million for airing what »

- Lynette Rice

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'The Mentalist' sold into syndication at TNT

5 November 2009 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Patrick Jane should have a good feel about this: CBS' sophomore drama "The Mentalist" has netted a rich off-network syndication deal with TNT.

TV studios should feel good too. The off-network syndication market is heating up again, with two young dramas, "Mentalist" and another CBS procedural, "NCIS: Los Angeles," on Thursday selling for more than $2 million an episode after healthy bidding.

According to the pact between TNT and Warner Bros. Domestic TV Distribution, "Mentalist" will begin running weekly on the cable network in fall 2011, followed by a full-blown launch in 2012.

Neither side would discuss the financials of the deal, but the Simon Baker starrer is said to have fetched from $2.2 million-$2.3 million an episode.

"The demand for the off-network rights (to 'Mentalist') began almost immediately following its debut on CBS last fall and has steadily increased as the show blossomed into a true broadcast hit," Wbdtd president Ken Werner said. »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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"Law & Order: Criminal Intent" nabs two new leading ladies

3 November 2009 6:00 AM, PST | AfterEllen.com | See recent AfterEllen.com news »

Talk about your shift change. Law & Order: Criminal Intent is getting an overhaul and then some as its adds bisexual actress Saffron Burrows and Oscar-nominated actress Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio to its upcoming ninth season.

The new cast members come in the wake of the departure of four series regulars: original stars Vincent D’Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe along with Eric Bogosian and Julianne Nicholson. Jeff Goldblum will be the only remaining principal cast member.

Nicholson’s Det. Megan Wheeler is being replaced by Burrows, who will be Goldblum’s new partner. Mastrantonio, meanwhile, will become the first female captain for the Major Case Squad, taking over for Bogosian.

Mastrantonio had a recurring role on Without a Trace, but this will be her first regular TV gig. I’m glad to see she is back; I had a little thing for her back in her Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves days. »

- dorothy snarker

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'Criminal Intent' has a new captain

1 November 2009 2:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio has joined USA Network's "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," completing the casting transformation on the police procedural for its upcoming ninth season.

She will play the new captain taking over the Major Case Squad on the Wolf Films/Universal Cable Prods. series.

Mastrantonio's character, who comes from a working-class background, succeeds Capt. Danny Ross (Eric Bogosian), who headed the division for the past three years, following the departure of Capt. James Deakins (original cast member Jamey Sheridan).

Mastrantonio is one of two new faces on "L&O: Ci" for next season, joining Saffron Burrows. The hires follow the exit of four regulars on the show: original stars Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe as well as Bogosian and new mom Julianne Nicholson, who is being replaced by Burrows.

With the departure of D'Onofrio, the cop drama is taking on a lighter tone. It centers on Jeff Goldblum, whose »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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Kidman And Jackman Snubbed At AFI Awards

29 October 2009 5:06 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Baz Luhrmann's epic Australia has been nominated for six Australian Film Institute awards - but stars Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman have been passed over for the country's most prestigious ceremony.

The $130 million (£81 million) blockbuster, the most expensive film ever made Down Under, was expected to lead the pack at the upcoming awards show, but missed out on nominations in the main categories - including the coveted AFI Best Film prize.

Both Kidman and Jackman were also noticeably absent from the best actor/actress lists.

Luhrmann's romance was nominated for the New Member's Choice Award, Best Sound, Original Music Score, Production Design, Costume Design and Best Supporting Actor for young star Brandon Walters.

Australia was outdone by director Robert Connolly's Balibo, which earned 14 nominations, and Samson and Delilah, which scooped 13.

Both will compete in the Best Film category against Beautiful Kate, Blessed, Mao's Last Dancer and Mary and Max.

Russell Crowe is in the running for the AFI International Award for Best Actor for his role in State of Play, alongside Martin Henderson of TV hit House, Anthony Lapaglia from Without A Trace and Guy Pearce for Bedtime Stories. »

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TNT greenlights George Clooney pilot

26 October 2009 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

TNT is singing the "Delta Blues," greenlighting a drama pilot executive produced by George Clooney.

"Delta," from Clooney and Grant Heslov's Smokehouse Pictures and Warner Horizon, was penned by Liz Garcia ("Cold Case") and Josh Harto. It centers on an outstanding but unusual Memphis cop who moonlights as an Elvis impersonator and lives with his mother.

Clooney, Heslov, Garcia and Harto are executive producing. Smokehouse's Abby Wolf-Weiss also is expected to receive a producing credit.

"Delta" was put in development at TNT about a year and a half ago and was included in the cable network's development slate during its May 2008 upfront presentation. That explains Smokehouse and Warner Horizon's collaboration on the project; the two parted ways in June, when Clooney and Heslov moved their production banner to Sony.

"Delta" marks the first pilot for Smokehouse. With previous producing partner Steven Soderbergh, Clooney fielded two improv series, "K Street" and "Unscripted, »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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Christina Hendricks wants to reach gay women

16 October 2009 11:00 AM, PDT | AfterEllen.com | See recent AfterEllen.com news »

Whether you caught on to AMC’s Mad Men in its first season, or the buzz is slowly drawing you into its third, most of us by now know of Sterling and Cooper’s gorgeous, red-headed office manager, Joan Holloway. Who we should be getting to know more, however, is Christina Hendricks, the woman who makes Joan our favorite, and apparently has become Mad Men’s gay icon.

In the November issue of the Advocate, Hendricks somehow manages to make herself even more drool-worthy. She’s witty, hilarious, loves the gays and “would love” for Joan to “explore bisexuality” at some point on the series, to which I say "please, please do."

In the interview, Advocate writer Brandon Voss declares that Joan is key in attracting a gay audience to the show, but the actress claims she has yet to feel the lesbian love:

I did get some really nice »

- jen sabella

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Players in place for CBS drama

13 October 2009 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

CBS has put in place the new executive structure of its drama development department following the August departure of senior vp drama Robert Zotnowski, who left to team with producer Sam Raimi.

Senior vp Christina Davis, who co-ran the department with Zotnowski for the past five years, will spearhead drama development, with Yelena Chak and Bryan Seabury elevated to serve as her No. 2s.

Chak, who has worked in CBS' drama department as a director for the past two years, is being promoted to vp.

Seabury comes to the network from sibling CBS Television Studios, where he had been vp drama development since 2006. He's being named vp drama development at CBS.

Chak and Seabury will report to Davis and work with her on the development of new drama projects for the network. They already have a rapport from working together on CBS/CBS Studios projects.

This past season, both were »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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Nicole Steinwedell Discusses The Unit

8 October 2009 7:07 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After going through the usual string of career-starting roles in guest-starring TV stints and small film roles, Nicole Steinwedell found her big break when she was cast as Bridget Sullivan in The Unit, although sadly that break was short-lived when the series was canceled earlier this year. Thanks to the magic of DVD, though, the series can live on in homes forever with the recent release of the 19-disc complete series set The Unit: The Complete Giftset, which was released on DVD on September 29 along with the final season DVD sets The Unit: Season 4 on DVD and Blu-ray. I had the chance to talk to this lovely young actress over the phone recently, and here's what she had to say.

So, can you first talk about how you came on board with The Unit and maybe your first experiences meeting with (creator) David (Mamet) of (executive producer) Shawn (Ryan)?

Nicole Steinwedell: Yeah, »

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'Diva' producers secure two projects

29 September 2009 7:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

On the heels of the early renewal of their freshman Lifetime series "Drop Dead Diva," producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have set up hourlong projects at Fox and NBC.

At Fox, the duo has teamed with writer Dana Calvo ("Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip") for "Laney Sparrow," a character-driven legal drama to be produced by 20th Century Fox TV.

Zadan, Meron and Calvo are executive producing.

At NBC, the "Hairspray" producers have "Inside Mary Baxter," a dramedy set in a women's prison. Maria Maggenti ("Without a Trace") is writing the script and exec producing with Zadan and Meron.

Both projects have landed script commitments.

"Diva," which Zadan and Meron are exec producing with creator Josh Berman, premiered in July with Lifetime's best debut ratings for an original drama series since the 2007 launch of "Army Wives."

Zadan and Meron's recent credits include the Lifetime movie "Living Proof," starring Harry Connick Jr., »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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TV Review: ‘Medium’ Jumps Networks, Still Delivers Thrills

25 September 2009 1:24 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – When NBC committed five hours a week to “The Jay Leno Show,” we knew a few corners would have to be cut when it came to scripted programming at the peacock network but no one really expected that the consistent (both creatively and in the ratings) “Medium” would get the axe. NBC’s unwanted program has found a new home on CBS and makes the network jump largely unaltered and ready to keep delivering the thrills that fans expect.

Television Rating: 3.5/5.0 In what would have been a cruel joke on the audience if CBS hadn’t save the day, the fifth season of “Medium” ended with Allison Dubois (Patricia Arquette) in a coma. After playing with the traditional “dream sequence opening” of the show, the sixth season premiere of “Medium” opens with Allison coming back to life. But has she returned the same?


Photo credit: CBS/Michael Yarish »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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