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Chris Rock on the 'greedy' 'Top Five' strategy, Marvel movies and... Fincher's 'Anchorman?'

1 December 2014 6:19 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A Chris Rock interview is a lot like a Chris Rock stand-up special, bouncing from topic to topic, hitting hard truths laced with humor. What may be a nightmare scenario for publicists makes for great reading. In a new and lengthy interview with New York Magazine, writer-at-large and "Veep" producer Frank Rich inputs topics into conversation like the comedian-turned-director is a search engine. Enter "Obama," "Bill Cosby," or "censorship" into Chris Rock Google and out pops every thought on his mind. Tackling politics, his stand-up career, and the state of comedy in 2014, Rich’s interview eventually gets to the reason that they’re together in a room at this very moment: "Top Five." Earlier this Fall, Toronto Film Festival audiences went bananas for Rock’s jazzy, star-studded dramedy. Written, directed, and starring the comedian, "Top Five" rings autobiographical, following a comedian ready to hang up his jokey hat in favor of a "serious" movie career. »

- Matt Patches

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Dancing With The Stars 19 Eliminated Tavis Smiley & Sharna Burgess Tonight,September 23rd

23 September 2014 7:34 PM, PDT | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

Tonight's elimination show, kicked off with them getting right down to business with the results by revealing that Lea Thompson & Artem Chigvintsev, Randy Couture & Karina Smirnoff and Betsey Johnson & Tony Dovolani were all safe tonight. Next, there was a performance by Nico and Vinz, accompanied by a routine of Karina and Peta fighting over Val. Shortly after that, they revealed that Tommy Chong & Peta Murgatroyd and Jonathan Bennett & Allison Holker were safe this week, and that Michael Waltrip & Emma Slater landed in jeopardy. After a break, Janel and Val hit the dance floor to serve up an encore of their performance from last night since most of the Twitter voters wanted them to do one. Next, they revealed that Janel Parrish & Val Chmerkovskiy and Bethany Mota & Derek Hough were safe tonight, and that poor Sadie Robertson & Mark Ballas landed in jeopardy. After a break, Sia sang while Allison danced with some girl from Dance Moms. »

- Andre

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New Dancing With The Stars Season 19 Celebrity Cast & Partners Finally Unveiled By ABC

5 September 2014 11:47 AM, PDT | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

Yesterday morning, ABC finally unveiled their new celebrity cast for their upcoming "Dancing With The Stars" season 19 on "Good Morning America." They will be featuring 13 contestants. With no further ado, the celebrity contestants are: Alfonso Ribeiro: former "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" Carlton star. He will be paired with pro dancer, Witney Carson. Sadie Robertson: "Duck Dynasty" star. She will be partnered with Mark Ballas. Michael Waltrip: pro race car driver. He will be paired with pro dance partner Emma Slater. Lolo Jones: Olympic track-and-field star. She will be paired with pro dance partner, Keo Motsepe. Jonathan Bennett: former "Mean Girls" actor. He will be paired with pro dancer, Allison Holker. Lea Thompson: former "Back to the Future" Lorraine Baines star. She will be paired with pro dancer, Artem Chigvintsev. Antonio Sabato Jr.: former "General Hospital" and "Melrose Place" actor. He will be paired with pro dancer, »

- Chris

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ABC announces new 'Dancing with the Stars' cast including Alfonso Ribeiro

4 September 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Tune in to ABC on Monday nights this fall and you just may get to see the legendary Carlton dance.  The newest cast of "Dancing with the Stars" was revealed this morning and it include "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" star Alfonso Ribeiro.  Perhaps though, "Fresh Prince" was never your thing.  Might we then suggest a lovely trip to the Enchantment Under the Sea dance.  No need to park with your mother beforehand, Lorraine McFly herself, Lea Thompson, is also in the cast.  Also not for you?  How about legendary comedian Tommy Chong?  "Duck Dynasty" star Sadie Robertson?  Ufc champion and member of "The Expendables" Randy Couture?  PBS and Pri talk show host Tavis Smiley?  Nascar legend Michael Waltrip?  Soap actor and underwear model Antonio Sabato Jr?  Fashion designer Betsey Johnson? Summer and Winter Olympic athlete Lolo Jones?  YouTube celebrity Bethany Mota?  Two-time Teen Choice winner and "Pretty Little Liars" star Janel Parrish? »

- Josh Lasser

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‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 19 Cast Revealed

4 September 2014 7:27 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The celebrity cast for season 19 of “Dancing With the Stars” has been revealed, and once again includes a mix of nostalgic picks and current pop culture personalities.

“Fresh Prince of Bel Air” star Alfonso Ribeiro and “Back to the Future’s” Lea Thompson will compete with the likes of YouTube sensation Bethany Mota, “Pretty Little Liars” actress Janel Parrish and “Duck Dynasty’s” Sadie Robertson. Julianne Hough will also return to the show, this time as a judge instead of a pro, alongside Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba. Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews serve as hosts for the competition.

Check out the full list of contestants and their dance partners below.

Actor Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson

Fashion designer Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovolani

Duck Dynasty’s” Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas

Actor Antonio Sabato, Jr. and Cheryl Burke

Actress Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev

Nascar driver »

- Laura Prudom

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'Dancing with the Stars': Meet the season 19 competitors

4 September 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

ABC has announced the next group of celebrities who will be taking over the dance floor for season 19 of Dancing with the Stars. The cast features celebrities on both ends of the age spectrum, like 17-year-old Duck Dynasty star Sadie Robertson and 72-year-old fashion designer Betsey Johnson. The show also introduced a new career category, with the first digital star ever on the series: YouTuber Bethany Mota. Of course, there’s also the usual mix of athletes and actors, including Mean Girls actor Jonathan Bennet (You go, Glen Coco Aaron Samuels) and Alfonso Ribeiro, a.k.a. Carlton from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, »

- Jake Perlman

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Dancing With the Stars Season 19: Pll, Fresh Prince Actors Among New Cast

4 September 2014 5:55 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The usual mix of actors and athletes — plus a fashion designer, a reality star, a political commentator and one lone, glamorous YouTuber — will be vying for Dancing With the Stars‘ coveted Mirror Ball Trophy this fall.

Related Julianne Hough Returning to DWTS… As a Fourth Judge — Yea or Nay?

After much speculation, the Season 19 contestants and their pro partners were confirmed Thursday on Good Morning America, and we’ve got a full breakdown of the entire motley crew:

* Jonathan BennettMean Girls (with pro Allison Holker)

* Tommy Chong, actor (with pro Peta Meurgatroyd)

* Randy Couture, Mma champion (with pro Karina Smirnoff)

* Betsey Johnson, »

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Dancing with the Stars Celebrities Are Revealed

4 September 2014 5:45 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A member of Duck Dynasty's Robertson family and the latest murder victim on Pretty Little Liars will compete on the 19th season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars. Sadie Robertson, the granddaughter of Phil Robertson on the A&E reality show, will be paired with Mark Ballas. Janel Parrish, whose character Mona Vanderwaal was killed off last week on ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars, will dance with Valentin Chmerkovskiy. Some of the other stars who will vie for the mirror ball trophy are Back to the Future's Lea Thompson (paired with new pro Artem Chigvintsev) and designer »

- Lynette Rice, @lynetterice

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Dancing with the Stars Celebrities Are Revealed

4 September 2014 5:45 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A member of Duck Dynasty's Robertson family and the latest murder victim on Pretty Little Liars will compete on the 19th season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars. Sadie Robertson, the granddaughter of Willie Robertson, who heads the duck-calling business on the A&E reality show, will be paired with Mark Ballas. Janel Parrish, whose character Mona Vanderwaal was killed off last week on ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars, will dance with Valentin Chmerkovskiy. Some of the other stars who will vie for the mirror ball trophy are Back to the Future's Lea Thompson (paired with new »

- Lynette Rice, @lynetterice

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'Dancing with the Stars' Season 19 Cast Includes 'Fresh Prince' and 'Mean Girls' Guys

4 September 2014 4:54 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Get ready to see "The Carlton" on the ballroom floor!

Get ready to see "The Carlton" on the ballroom floor!

The season 19 cast of Dancing with the Stars was revealed on Thursday's Good Morning America, and it includes renowned athletes, former teen heartthrobs and some of television's fan favorites.

Photos: Complete List of Dancing with the Stars Winners

Here's who you'll see vying for the coveted mirror-ball trophy this season alongside their pro partners:

Fresh Prince of Bel Air star Alfonso Ribeiro with Witney Carson

Duck Dynasty's Sadie Robertson with Mark Ballas

Pro Race-Car Driver Michael Waltrip with Emma Slater

Olympian Lolo Jones with Keoikantse "Keo" Motsepe

Mean Girls star Jonathan Bennett with Allison Holker

Actress Lea Thompson with Artem Chigvintsev

Model Antonio Sabato Jr. with Cheryl Burke

Mma athete Randy Couture with Karina Smirnoff

Pretty Little Liars star Janel Parrish with Valentin "Val" Chmerkovskiy

Cheech & Chong's Tommy Chong with Peta Murgatroyd

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Meet the New Stars of 'Dancing With the Stars' Season 19

4 September 2014 2:51 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Apparently "Dancing with the Stars," ABC's competitive series that partners celebrities with talented young dancers and then has them square off against each other, to much heartbreak and sprained ankles, is still, very much, a thing. This fall is actually the nineteenth season of the series, and ABC has announced the cast of the new season (via EW).

Among the celebrities recruited this time around: male model and one-time "General Hospital" star Antonio Sabato, Jr., fashion designer Betsey Johnson and "Back to the Future" star Lea Thompson (wonder if they'll manage to squeeze in a "Howard the Duck" reference in there). Also, Alfonso Ribeiro from "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" is also in the mix, so expect him to do "The Carlton" at least once during the season. Maybe the most wondrously Wtf-worthy inclusion in this cast is erudite PBS talk show host Tavis Smiley. It'll be quite interesting to »

- Drew Taylor

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'Dancing With The Stars' Season 19 Cast Announced: Jonathan Bennet, Alfonso Ribeiro & LoLo Jones Among The Celeb Competitors

3 September 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

ABC has announced the full lineup of celebrities for Dancing with the Stars' 19th season, as well as their pro partners for the duration of the season.

'Dancing with the Stars' Cast

Dancing with the Stars showrunner Rob Wade broke the news Thursday morning, revealing the list of 13 actors and athletes, reality TV stars, a digital celebrity and a fashion designer.

“There still is no shortage of who wants to do this show,” Wade told Entertainment Weekly. “It’s not just about name value or something like that. It’s about the stories you can tell with these casts. We want to be original and different. We want archetypes, not stereotypes, going in.”

Among the cast of celebrities will be actors, including Mean Girls’ Jonathan Bennet (Aaron Samuels), The Fresh of Bel-Air’s Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton) and Pretty Little Liars' Janel Parish (Mona). Athletes Lolo Jones »

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John Williams To Appear At The Academy’s ‘Behind the Score: The Art of the Film Composer’ Program on July 21

30 June 2014 9:28 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Composers Gustavo Dudamel, Gustavo Santaolalla and John Williams will gather at the Academy for “Behind the Score: The Art of the Film Composer,” on Monday, July 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Bing Theater in Los Angeles.

In a conversation hosted by Tavis Smiley, the illustrious trio will discuss significant musical moments in film that have inspired their work as they examine the art and process of creating a film score as well as the director-composer collaboration.

Dudamel, now entering his sixth season as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, made his first foray into composing for motion pictures with “The Liberator (Libertador),” a biopic about Simón Bolívar that screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival earlier this month.  The score for this film, as well as a CD on Deutsche Grammophon, was recorded with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, of which Dudamel is music director.  Dudamel »

- Michelle McCue

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Logo Delivers More “Bad Sex,” the “Teen Wolf” Gang ‘Cant Go Back’ and Another “Game of Thrones” Record

20 May 2014 4:29 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

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This week in Mad Men history lessons: Time looks at the history of Burger Chef while Vulture explains I Am Curious (Yellow) the “dirty movie” Don and Megan saw.

AMC is previewing Halt and Catch Fire, the upcoming period tech drama. This is the first time a cable channel has previewed a show on its Tumblr page. Too bad AMC still insists on streaming video in that tiny window.

Halt and Catch Fire

How accurate was Lysa‘s claims about what happens to the victims of the Moon Door on Sunday’s Game of Thrones? Surprisingly, it turns out the show overstated the dramatic impact. However, it would still be pretty deadly. Lysa probably hates finding out she was wrong.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, departing Dancing with the Stars showrunner Conrad Green says the show has been increasingly difficult to cast, “The problem is, we’re »

- Lyle Masaki

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FX Renews “The Americans,” Bd Wong Returns to “Law & Order” and “Portlandia” Does Gay Pride

17 April 2014 4:46 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

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FX has officially renewed The Americans for a third season. Ratings aren’t great for this terrific show, but apparently FX was able to make it work thanks to DVR numbers and critical praise. Too bad that kind of equation wasn’t able to save Terriers from cancellation.

To paraphrase a pair of wise bears, “More wigs more fun!”

Barney Stinson‘s catchphrase, “Legend — wait for it — dary” is what linguists call that a “tmesis,” where a word or phrase is interrupted for (usually comedic) effect.

In a profile in The Hollywood Reporter, John Oliver says that making a satirical news show on a premium channel like HBO means more freedom to tackle challenging topics. “To do a very aggressive piece on [General Motors] before a congressional investigation, that’s potentially a problem on commercial TV. I don’t think it would be outlawed. But I think there would be a sense of, »

- Lyle Masaki

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“Blue Mountain State” Hopes Fans Will Crowdfund a Movie and Chelsea Handler Won’t Replace Craig Ferguson

16 April 2014 4:50 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

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Yesterday, Ed told you that This Week with George Stephanopoulos hired anti-gay pundit Laura Ingraham. Salon‘s Alex Pareene says that’s just the latest step in a rightward lurch for the Sunday morning talk show, one that involves hiring conservative pundits who make for terrible television. But, really, if you want to watch a Sunday morning talk show, you should be watching Up with Steve Kornacki. Under Kornacki, Up is a lot more political, and Kornacki has turned out to be incredibly skilled at asking the tough questions that cut to the truth of the matter.

It’s finally happening. EW says that NBC has scheduled The Maya Rudolph Show for May 19. The variety special will feature appearances by Sean Hayes, Kristen Bell, Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen, Craig Robinson and Chris Parnell with a performance by Jannell Monae. The variety show is a genre that has struggled on TV (oh, »

- Lyle Masaki

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“Flash” Characters Will Cross Over to “Arrow”, “Banshee” Closes Big and “Glee”‘s 100th Episode

18 March 2014 4:50 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

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ABC Family has ordered additional seasons of Melissa & Joey and Baby Daddy. Additionally, the channel is developing three more dramas, including one about brother and sister tennis stars.

While Arrow still won’t be airing an episode that previews the proposed Flash spin-off, fans will still get a first look as two Flash characters — the S.T.A.R. Labs scientists played by Danielle Panabker and Carlos Valdes — will appear in an Arrow episode. However, Grant Gustin‘s Barry Allen will not come out from his coma until Flash premieres (if it becomes a series).

Tyler Perry‘s latest movie, The Single Moms Club did terribly at the box office. However, that’s not going to stop Own from turning it into a TV series. Apparently, that’s what a The Haves and the Have Nots-sized hit gets you at Own.

The Boston Globe looks at shows that »

- Lyle Masaki

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