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In The Press: Us Weekly Honors Jenna Dewan-Tatum at Their Stars Who Care Event

20 November 2010 2:42 PM, PST | Channing Tatum Unwrapped | See recent Channing Tatum Unwrapped news »


First and foremost, I want to say Congrats to Jenna Dewan-Tatum!!! She’s been nominated for a 5th Annual Libby Award for Best PETA Ad!! Let’s all help her win by quickly voting for her at Peta2.com.

I know first hand how important giving back is to Jenna, and I would love to see her get the recognition she deserves. Us Weekly seems to feel the same way, because they decided to salute the talented actress, producer, and all around do-gooder for her recent work with PETA.

On Thursday night, Jenna joined the who’s who in Tinseltown at Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood “Stars Who Care” Event at La’s The Colony. Jenna was recognized along side other celebs who have donated their time, knowledge and influence to worthy causes.

Here’s some really cute photo booth pics of Jenna from the event with professional »

- Channing Tatum Unwrapped

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Entertainer of the Year 2010: Cast of 'Glee' is No. 3!

17 November 2010 12:00 PM, PST | Extra | See recent Extra news »

The cast of "Glee" comes in at No. 3 in "Extra's" Entertainer of the Year poll!

Since its 2009 premiere, the Fox phenomenon has captured the hearts and giddy souls of American audiences older than the "High School Musical" crowd, but still who crave the musical theatricality provided weekly by "Glee."

The show's avid followers download every mashup and cover, as the cast sings everything from old show tunes to new music, spotlighting artists like Lady Gaga, »

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Living a Role

4 November 2010 1:05 PM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Kimberly Elise had five gray hairs when she started working on Tyler Perry's film "For Colored Girls." By the time it wrapped, she had 50. Playing the tormented, abused Crystal was so emotionally wrenching, "my body thought Crystal's experiences had actually happened to me," Elise says. "Once it was over, I was sure my hair would grow back black. It didn't. The body doesn't know 'pretend.' "During shooting, Elise was so committed to becoming her character, she relinquished an offscreen lifestyle that includes vegetarianism, hiking, yoga, and meditation. She knew the loss would throw her off-center, "but that's where Crystal was: off-center," she says. "That was hard—not to be able to go home and meditate and come back down." Elise, who has never taken an acting class and doesn't view it as a detriment, says she can't articulate her technique, short of saying it's not cognitive but deeply emotional and spiritual. »

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Simon West Will Chase the Medallion for McG

28 October 2010 7:24 AM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Word on the street (aka the LATimes) has Simon West (aka the British version of Michael Bay) signing on to direct the cabbie thriller “Medallion” for producer McG. Besides explosion fests like “Con Air” and “Lara Croft”, West has directed TV pilots for “The Human Target” and “Close to Home”. The story of “Medallion” goes thusly: …the story of a father who has just a few hours to locate his kidnapped daughter, who has been locked by hostage-takers in the trunk of an unidentified New York City cab. West will direct from a script by David Guggenheim, who also wrote the upcoming Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washingotn CIA actioner “Safe House”. Both Clive Owen and Nicolas Cage have been previously attached to the lead role, though neither stuck. With West onboard and McG producing, they should have a big-name star pretty soon. Let’s hope whoever lands the father role, »

- Nix

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Morning Meme: Tim McGraw Helps Teens, Tim Gunn Loves Pee Wee, and to David Archuleta, Dude Looks Like a Lady

8 October 2010 6:25 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

At the request of his 11-year-old nephew, Tim McGraw crashed Grassland Middle School’s assembly to tell the kids to be kind to each other and to stand up when someone else gets bullied. He mentioned the sad suicide of Asher Brown by name, and said he had been bullied to death. I think it’s pretty great to see another country star stepping forward like this.

If you press play on this video at Deadspin, it will be Nsfw. And what will you see? Allegedly it’s the peen of Brett Favre. It’s remarkably unimpressive.

Lookout Oprah, Ryan Seacrest is in negotiations for his own network, just like the big O. Seacrest already controls half the shows on E!, including being responsible for unleashing the Kardashians on the world.

If you look at the Seventeen Films that Influenced Tim Gunn, you’ll see all the gay classics, Mommie Dearest, »

- Ed Kennedy

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Has Jerry Bruckheimer lost his touch?

19 July 2010 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Jerry Bruckheimer, of all people, shouldn't have to worry about maintaining a production deal.

And Disney says he doesn't have to, with execs labeling Bruckheimer's lucrative arrangement with the studio as secure despite a recent string of theatrical misfires. Yet whispers of a growing breach between the multibillion-dollar producer and his studio partner circulated in the aftermath of a disappointing $17.6 million first weekend for "The Sorcerer's Apprentice."

"No producer can have four flops and have there be no repercussions," one Disney insider mused.

Greenlighted by since-departed film boss Oren Aviv and studio chairman Dick Cook, "Sorcerer's Apprentice" cost at least $160 million to produce what was supposed to launch a franchise of the four-pic "Pirates of the Caribbean" variety. The film's marketing came with a price tag of upward of $50 million, and though M.T. Carney wasn't installed as marketing topper on the Burbank lot until after the launch of its pricey campaign, »

- By Carl DiOrio

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'Body of Proof': ABC's new medical mystery series

18 May 2010 10:33 AM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

"Body of Proof" is joining the ABC fall lineup. It was previously known as "Body of Evidence" and stars Dana Delany ("Desperate Housewives") as a neurosurgeon-turned-medical examiner whose expertise helps solve murder cases.

Chris Murphey wrote the pilot, and "CSI: Miami" veteran Sunil Nayar is joining the show as an executive producer. The cast also includes Jeri Ryan ("Leverage," "Shark"), John Carroll Lynch ("K-Ville," "Close to Home"), Nicholas Bishop ("Past Life"), Geoffrey Arend ("Trust Me") and Wendell Middlebrooks ("Scrubs").

Dr. Megan Hunt (Delany) was in a class of her own, a brilliant neurosurgeon at the top of her game. But her world is turned upside down when a devastating car accident puts an end to her time in the operating room. Megan resumes her career as a medical examiner, determined to solve the puzzle of who or what killed the victims. Her instincts are sharp, but she's developed a reputation »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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'Red Dead Redemption' Guide: Welcome To New Austin!

18 May 2010 10:00 AM, PDT | MTV Multiplayer | See recent MTV Multiplayer news »

You've torn off the cellophane and loaded the disc into your console of choice. Watched the opening cutscene unfold with John Marston's arrival in Armadillo, ridden off to Fort Mercer and had a bullet lodged in your gut. Now you're fully recovered and wandering around the idyllic setting of MacFarlane's Ranch. You've got your trusty six-shooter, any number of horses to hop on and ride, and an massive open world waiting before you.

Sooooooo... now what?

(1) Stay Close To Home

The Wild West beyond the borders of MacFarlane's Ranch isn't overwhelmingly dangerous, certainly no worse than some of the more gang-infested areas of Liberty City, but there's more than enough to keep you occupied in the early going in the immediate vicinity of the ranch.

(2) Learn From The Master

Bonnie MacFarlane is a kind woman, but also a tough one. She and her father Drew have put together a »

- Adam Rosenberg

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ABC picks up 2 more: 'Body of Proof' and 'Off the Map'

14 May 2010 6:19 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

ABC is keeping pace with NBC for the "most new shows ordered" title at the 2010 upfronts, adding two more dramas to its roster for 2010-11.

The latest pickups, according to several reports, are a crime show called "Body of Proof" and the Shonda Rhimes-produced "Off the Map," about doctors working in a remote South American clinic. They join comedies "Happy Endings," "Mr. Sunshine" and "Better Together" and dramas "No Ordinary Family," "My Generation" and "Detroit 187" -- bringing ABC's pickup total to nine series, which is just behind NBC's 11.

(Fox has picked up five shows so far, and CBS and The CW will probably each add three or four.)

"Body of Proof" (previously known as "Body of Evidence") stars Dana Delany ("Desperate Housewives") as a neurosurgeon-turned-medical examiner whose expertise helps solve murder cases. Chris Murphey wrote the pilot, and "CSI: Miami" veteran Sunil Nayar is joining the show as an executive producer. »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Samuel Maoz: my life at war

3 May 2010 1:57 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The former Israeli tank gunner turned award-winning director talks about his controversial film, Lebanon, and why he's still in the line of fire

Samuel Maoz was 20 years old when he killed a man for the first time. It was 1982 and Israel had recently begun fighting a war against the Plo and Syria in Lebanon, a campaign which, although supposed to last for just three weeks, would continue, in various guises, for 18 bloody and horrifying years. Maoz, an Israeli soldier by dint of the fact that he was still doing his national service when the war began, was a member of the tank corps. Specifically, he was a gunner. At 6.15am on 6 June, in the stony hills of southern Lebanon, he looked down the sight of the gun of his rackety, ageing tank. In the crosshairs was a small truck. It was speeding down a dirt track towards him, its middle-aged »

- Rachel Cooke

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Everything You Wanted to Know about 'Glee'!

13 April 2010 8:21 AM, PDT | Extra | See recent Extra news »

In honor of its return to Fox Tuesday, "Extra" has gathered little-known facts about "Glee" -- the cast, the characters, and every little tidbit you've ever wanted to know about the hit musical series!

Everything About 'Glee'Popular Pilot

The pilot of "Glee" premiered after the finale of "American Idol" in 2009, and averaged 9.619 million viewers. The pilot generated a lot of buzz before returning four months later.

Down Time

The show picked up »

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Women in Film Taps Four For Awards

5 April 2010 7:03 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

The spotlight will shine on Universal co-chairman Donna Langley, actresses Courteney Cox and Zoe Saldana and director of photography Cynthia Pusheck at the 2010 Crystal + Lucy Awards.The annual benefit dinner, which supports Women in Film, Los Angeles, will be held June 1 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City."At the dawn of a new decade, it is heartening to acknowledge careers marked by independent vision, daring creative choices and unique talent," Wif La president Jane Fleming said in announcing the honorees.Iris Grossman, the group's president emeritus, will chair the awards.Langley is to receive the Crystal Award in recognition of her efforts in expanding the role of women in the entertainment industry. She was named co-chair of Universal in October and with Uni chairman Adam Fogelson oversees the studio's business and production strategies.Langley joined Universal as senior vp production in 2001 and four years later was upped to president of production. »

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Tyler Labine finds 'True Love,' 'Melrose Place' star moves on

30 March 2010 12:41 AM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

"Sons of Tucson" star Tyler Labine initially turned down a role in CBS' pilot "True Love." He's changed his mind.

Labine, who also starred in The CW's "Reaper," will play one of the lead roles in the comedy, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Elsewhere, "Melrose Place's" Jessica Lucas is joining an NBC comedy, and "Jag" star David James Elliott has come aboard ABC's "Scoundrels."

Labine was initially offered the "True Love" role in January, before "Sons of Tucson" premiered. He said no then, but now -- after "Sons" has debuted and has performed only modestly in the ratings -- he decided to say yes.

"True Love" centers on four people whit differeing views on love. Jason Biggs will play a guy who falls for a woman played by Minka Kelly, even though he's in a relationship, while Labine will play Biggs' friend, who doesn't believe in love.

Other casting news:

- Lucas, »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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"Larry Crowne" Full Cast Announced

28 March 2010 8:58 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

In an interesting announcement, actor Tom Hanks revealed the cast for the upcoming Universal Pictures comedy "Larry Crowne" via a photo on his Twitter account.

Hanks snapped a shot of the casting board, something seen in practically every film production office, which displays head shots of all the major lead and supporting roles in the film. Hanks though took the shot at enough of a distance that the names are blurred, leading to many playing "guess the headshot".

From left to right we have: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Cedric the Entertainer, Rami Malek, George Takei, Dale Dye, Peter Scolari, Bryan Cranston, Wilmer Valderrama, Taraji P. Henson, Malcolm Barrett, Mamie Gummer (unconfirmed), Bob Stephenson, Jon Seda, Maria Canals Barrera and Holmes Osborne.

Mbatha-Raw is best known for her work on British TV in shows like the short-lived "Bonekickers", as the sister of time-travelling former companion Martha Jones in "Doctor Who »

- Garth Franklin

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'Pacific,' 'Sopranos' stars join ABC drama pilots

2 March 2010 10:46 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"The Pacific" star Jon Seda and "Sopranos" Emmy winner Michael Imperioli have both landed leads in ABC drama pilots.   According to The Hollywood Reporter, Seda will join Roselyn Sanchez in "Cutthroats," about a Beverly Hills soccer mom and widow who becomes the leader of an international drug cartel. Seda is set as her cousin and second-in-command.   Seda is about to bask in the glow of HBO's ambitious "The Pacific," in which he plays John Basilone. One of the most familiar faces in the WWII epic, Seda's series credits include "Close to Home," "Kevin Hill," "Uc: Undercover" and "Homicide: Life »

- HitFix Staff

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Cameron Diaz’s Bad Teacher Is Hot for Justin Timberlake

2 March 2010 12:46 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Cameron Diaz’s Bad Teacher has found the apple of her character” scheming eye as Justin Timberlake has been cast in the lead male role.  Directed by Jake Kasdan (Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story), Bad Teacher centers on a “foul-mouthed, gold-digging seventh-grade teacher who, after being dumped by her boyfriend, sets her sights on a colleague (Lucy Punch) who is dating a substitute teacher, who also is the scion of a watch fortune.”  According to Sony Pictures’ press release Timberlake is the watch fortune scion (which is one of the under-utilized jobs in many role-playing games).

Along with Timberlake Molly Shannon and Eric Stonestreet (who plays Cameron Tucker on the hilarious Modern Family) are also joining the cast, which also includes (as we reported last month) Jason Segel as the school’s gym teacher and John Michael Higgins as the principal.

Filming begins this month in Los Angeles.  Hit »

- Matt Goldberg

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Heroes Review: "Close to Home"

12 January 2010 3:50 AM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

We gave you a chance, Heroes fans. We asked if anyone that still liked this trainwreck of a program wished to review it.

No one replied, leaving you once again in the recapping hands of someone that can't help but laugh (and, occasionally, vomit) at how far this series has fallen. This week was another example of an abysmal, plodding episode that accomplished absolutely nothing.

Read more about "Close to Home" now and then check out our review below, as we pick apart each terrible storyline...

Hiro rescued Mohinder... from the same mental hospital in which Hiro originally placed him. Nice to see this arc come full, pointless circle. Also, was it really necessary to make Hiro speak jibberish just to illustrate that he's sick? More importantly, was it necessary to dedicate a millisecond of this show's time to Mohinder?

Sound off in our Heroes forum about this all-important mission to save Mohinder! »

- matt@iscribelimited.com (M.L. House)

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