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Anthony D’Alessandro is Managing Editor of AwardsLine. After stealing comedic thunder from the goddesses in her 2000 debut as the foul-mouthed Jewish princess Jenny Brier in Sex And The City, Kat Dennings made an impression on the show’s creator, Michael Patrick King. So when King offered Dennings a shot at playing a free-spirited New York waitress in the CBS series 2 Broke Girls, which he co-created with Whitney Cummings, choosing between film or TV was a little easier for the actress. Kind of a Laverne & Shirley for the millennial set, the series finds Dennings is right at home as Max Black, delivering one-liners in the style of Bea Arthur, Megan Mullally or even Fran Drescher. In fact, since her early teens—and without any acting lessons—Dennings has vamped and deadpanned, a natural talent that’s given her the opportunity to work with director Judd Apatow on The 40-Year-Old Virgin »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
The "Veronica Mars" actress revealed during a Hollywood Reporter roundtable with fellow funny ladies Mayim Bialik ("The Big Bang Theory"), Zosia Mamet ("Girls"), Kaitlin Olson ("It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia"), Jessica Walter ("Arrested Development") and Betty White ("Hot In Cleveland") that she'd love to guest star on the hit HBO series.
"I want to wear one of those cloaks, I want to have a dragon baby. I want everything," Bell said in the video below at the 46:12 mark. "I've now got so into the series you can go on and do interactive stuff. Look at the maps and see where Winterfell is in relation to Westeros."
Bell, who recently gave birth to her first daughter, said she's gotten soaked up in the world of "Game of Thrones" in an attempt to keep busy.
The actress, who is currently filming the "Veronica Mars" movie, »
- Chris Harnick
Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to submit nomination ballots, EW.com will feature interviews with some of the actors and actresses whose names we hope to hear when nominations are announced on July 18.
Even if you’ve never seen Girls, you’ve probably heard about Adam Driver — or, at least, something his character, also named Adam, did on the show. Alongside Lena Dunham, Driver was responsible for the buzzy moments that kept people watching, talking and tweeting throughout the HBO comedy’s dark second season. Fans’ thoughts about Adam can (and did) change moment to moment, »
- Erin Strecker
This story first appeared in the June 28 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Betty White has the power to take a supporting role and steal every scene she's in. And she's not alone. The six funny ladies invited to chat on a warm afternoon -- Kristen Bell, 32 (Showtime's House of Lies); Mayim Bialik, 37 (CBS' The Big Bang Theory); Zosia Mamet, 25 (HBO's Girls); Kaitlin Olson, 37 (FX's It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia); Jessica Walter, 72 (Netflix's Arrested Development); and White, 91 (TV Land's Hot in Cleveland) -- represent the best of TV's co-stars. They chatted about their strangest
- Stacey Wilson, Lacey Rose
Wilmer Valderrama and Demi Lovato sparked rumors that they were back together when they were spotted furniture shopping in Los Angeles on June 7. However, the former flames spent the weekend of June 15 apart — Demi in Chicago and Wilmer in Las Vegas — and Wilmer’s activities have us questioning their alleged rekindled romance.
Wilmer spent a guys’ weekend in Las Vegas, and while he was drinking beer at a sports bar and posing with pretty blonde waitresses on June 15, Demi was telling a Chicago crowd about her struggles with substance abuse. Why wasn’t Wilmer there to support Demi if they’re back together?
Wilmer spent June 16 poolside at Planet Hollywood’s Pleasure pool, »
- HL Intern
Tags: Afternoon DelightFeltMelissa EtheridgeAngelina JolieLinda WallemIMDbFrozenLady Gaga
Good afternoon everyone!
If you were just saying to yourself, “why aren’t there more lesbian puppets in the world?” Then your cries have been answered. Check out a (slightly Nsfw) preview for Logo’s next episode of Felt (which airs Mondays @ 10/9c on Logo).
Melissa Etheridge weighed in on Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy announcement and confirms that she and Linda Wallem are still going strong. When asked to comment about Jolie’s big news Etheridge said, “I have to say I feel a little differently. I have that gene mutation too and it’s not something I would believe in for myself. I wouldn’t call it the brave choice. I actually think it’s the most fearful choice you can make when confronting anything with cancer. »
- Bridget McManus
Michael Slezak is Senior Editor at TVLine. You know those people who brag about not having a television? Girls’ Allison Williams has a handy response for ’em. “I always say very dryly and very honestly, ‘You should invest in one. I’m not even saying you would necessarily like our show. But TV is so good right now.’” Williams’ awareness of the number of great performances under consideration this Emmy season makes it all the more “exciting and unbelievable” when her name gets floated as a possible contender for supporting actress. And while she’s quick to credit Girls creator and star Lena Dunham—as well as the show’s writers, directors and hair and makeup staff—for helping her bring to life the rudderless Marnie Michaels, Williams admits that “it’s a really fun challenge to play someone who seems to have it all together and yet has this anxiety bubbling beneath the surface. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Following behind the successful Veronica Mars Kickstarter campaign and the not-so-successful public funding ventures of Zach Braff and Girls star Zosia Mamet, James Franco wants you to come out of pocket and help him raise $500,000.
The This Is The End actor is looking to make his series of short stories into movies (Memoria, Killing Animals and Yosemite), and has decided to do this through the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. "We just need a little more help," Franco, 35, says to camera in an effort to raise money. "I'm putting money into these projects because I believe in them and I believe in these filmmakers. These stories are very important to me and very personal."
While some may be asking why Franco and his millionaire friends don't put up the cash, this project is a little different from the similar ones attempted by other celebrities. Franco »
Every year, a gaggle of gagmen and funnywomen set out in pursuit of that holiest of TV grails: the first-person sitcom — a show written around a comedian’s distinctive personality. Nothing can curb their enthusiasm for stepping out of standup or sketch comedy into their own keylight.
“Most comedies work when there’s a strong personality at the center,” says producer Judd Apatow, who has godfathered Garry Shandling and Lena Dunham in their sitcom quests. “And though most of it is fabricated, the core of it comes from truths about a lead actress or actor.”
The secret seems to be finding the topliner’s sweet spot where real-life personality, stage persona and fictional role magically click into place.
In fact, this kind of comedy is older than television itself. Nobody, they say, was kinder or more generous offstage than vaudevillian Benny Kubelsky. But his slightly prickly streak gave radio star »
- Bob Verini
★★★☆☆ Following on from 2009's Funny People, director Judd Apatow has spent the last few years working as a producer on films such as Bridesmaids (2011) as well as TV shows like Lena Dunham's Girls. He returned to the director's chair in 2012 for This Is 40, a sort-of sequel to his successful 2007 rom-com Knocked Up. Taking the supporting characters Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann), This Is 40 doesn't so much as mention main characters Ben (Seth Rogen) and Alison (Katherine Heigl) from the former. With such notable omissions, is it possible to satisfy fans of the first instalment, whilst also appealing to a new audience?
After years of marriage, Pete and Debbie's relationship has become lacklustre and routine. With financial pressures weighing on their minds and the care of their two young daughters to contend with, all romance has been well and truly sucked out of their lives. As »
- CineVue UK
Exclusive: Following a five week run at The Barrow Street Theatre in New York City last month, Colin Quinn Unconstitutional will be re-opening at The Cherry Lane Theatre on July 4. Quinn, the former Weekend Update anchor on Saturday Night Live, wrote and stars. Rebecca A. Trent directs him. It is presented by Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Mike Lavoie. Basically, Quinn tackles 226 years of American Constitutional calamities in 70 minutes. The reviews were strong in its first limited run. The show will also hit the road, with Quinn starring in a tour that starts with the 13 original American colonies, sometime in the fall. Quinn’s last one man stage show, Colin Quinn Long Story Short, debuted in 2010 with Jerry Seinfeld directing. The show received a Drama Desk nomination as well as an Emmy Award for the HBO broadcast of the play. Onscreen, Quinn will next be seen in Grown Ups 2 for Sony, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
"Congratulations Kim & Kanye, enjoy this beautiful moment together," Beyonce wrote in a post on her website Monday, just two days after the E! star gave birth to their first child. The "Rise Up" singer also included an adorable black-and-white photo of the new parents.
Queen Bey fans seem happy, too. The message has already received over 90,000 "likes" on her Facebook page.
It also goes to show there is no truth to the Beyonce-Kardashian feud, talk of which has been circulating since the 32-year-old hooked up with West last year. The rumor mill claimed the two never quite hit it off despite the fact that West and Jay-z are good friends and music partners.
Even though they »
- The Huffington Post
A host of Us shows portray mental health in fun, helpful and realistic ways. It's a good change from the 'straitjacket' days
Mental illness is having quite the year on the small and big screens. The stereotypical images of straitjackets and Frankenstein-inspired psychiatric procedures have been replaced by very human portrayals of mental health problems. We laugh, cry and identify with these characters and their issues. The triumphant Silver Linings Playbook sent a message that those affected shouldn't hide from society and can work with their illness in a positive manner. And a wide variety of TV shows are tackling mental health and mental illness in surprisingly deep ways.
Here are my top 5 American shows depicting mental illness:
1. Wilfred (Season 3 premieres 20 June on the FX channel)
When Ryan (Eljah Wood) succumbs to the stress of following in his father's footsteps as an attorney, he begins to see Wilfred – a man »
- MaryLee Sudworth
Thumping Kanye West beats introduce Martin Scorsese's take on the Cosa Nostra of our time: the hard-partying, money-hoovering, morality-eschewing corporate trader. With a Goodfellas-ish voiceover, Leonardo DiCaprio sets the scene of for a quick spin through a lifestyle of comprehensive illegality – "we were making more money than we knew what to do with"; he plays the real-life figure of Jordan Belfort, on whose book the film is based. Girls, yachts, and flagrant disregard for the value of folding currency all feature heavily.
The trailer suggests a film that will be zip along like the cocaine freak we assume these Wall Street types to be; all the insanity is certainly a little hard on innocent crustacean bystanders. Belfort's shenanigans have inspired at »
- Andrew Pulver
ABC 8:00 The Bachelorette (new) 10:00 Mistresses (new) 11:35 Jimmy Kimmel Live! (new) 12:37 Nightline (new) CBS 8:00 How I Met Your Mother (repeat) 8:30 Mike & Molly (repeat) 9:00 2 Broke Girls (repeat) 9:30 Mike & Molly (repeat) 10:00 Hawaii Five-0 (repeat) 11:35 Late Show With David Letterman (new, with guests Bill O'Reilly and Greta Gerwig) 12:37 The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (new, with guests Carson Kressley and Rachelle Lefevre) Fox 8:00 Raising Hope (repeat) 8:30 The Goodwin Games (new) 9:00 New Girl (repeat) 9:30 Anger Management (repeat) NBC 8:00 The Voice (new) 10:00 The Winner Is . . . (new) 11:35 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (new, with guests Billy Crystal and Pitbull) 12:37 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (repeat) The CW 8:00 Oh Sit! (new) 9:00 The Carrie Diaries (repeat) More TV to watch when you read more. »
- Maggie Pehanick
Feature David Menzies 17 Jun 2013 - 07:00
In hindsight, Smallville's depiction of Clark Kent's teen years reverberates with real-world parallels...
This feature contains Smallville spoilers.
By the end of its decade-long run in 2011, Smallville still had a loyal and fervent fanbase that averaged between two and three million people. The CW series ended with a finale that had ratings on the higher end of that scale, but the viewership had certainly declined from the eight million-plus people who tuned in for its 2001 pilot. This isn't too uncommon for any series, but among a Superman fandom that saw the character of Clark Kent soar to such great heights with Christopher Reeve in Richard Donner's Superman and the Bruce Timm/Paul Dini animated series of the late nineties (the live-action nineties series Lois and Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman, for all of its virtues, had a bit more camp than »
You know those people who brag about not having a television? Girls’ Allison Williams has a handy response for ’em. “I always say very dryly and very honestly, ‘You should invest in one. I’m not even saying you would necessarily like our show. But TV is so good right now.’”
Williams’ awareness of the number of great performances under consideration this Emmy season makes it all the more “exciting and unbelievable” when her name gets floated as a possible contender for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. And while she’s quick to credit Girls creator and star »
- Michael Slezak
Title: Hannah Has a Ho-Phase Directors: Nadia Munla and Jamie Jensen Starring: Meredith Forlenza, Genevieve Hudson Price, Quincy Dunn Baker, Mike C. Nelson, Matt Servitto, Kate McKinnon Agreeably cast but burdened with an overly predictable narrative and junior flyweight comedic punching power, New York-set indie “Hannah Has a Ho-Phase” is one of those post-”Bridesmaids” laffers (no matter its exact date of origin) that tries to put a Title IX spin on (slight) raunchiness and sexual acting out. In the zeitgeist shadow of something with a much more strongly defined voice, however, like Lena Dunham’s HBO series “Girls,” this slice of mock-shock has little going for it except for that great [ Read More ]
The post Hannah Has a Ho-Phase Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
The envelope-pushing, please: In what has become an annual tradition, Family Guy has gone to great/outrageous lengths to grab the attention of Emmy voters. Last year, the animated show’s for-your-consideration ad took a shot at the Academy’s “bloated, overprivileged Brentwood Jews,” and a few years before that, it tried the heartstring-pulling “Vote for us or you’re racist” approach with a Precious parody.
This year, the Academy itself is not in Family Guy’s comedy crosshairs, but Girls is. Peter & Co. spoof the HBO comedy’s iconic four-women-crowded-onto-a-sofa poster and top it off with a family-unfriendly tagline, »
- Dan Snierson
On June 9, Tina Wargo tweeted to @girlsHBO asking for help in procuring a photograph of the words "All adventurous women do" -- a much-discussed line from "Girls" season 1 -- handwritten by Lena Dunham, the show's creator and star:
@tinabeenawargz @girlsHBO If you are serious I will obviously do that! I will instagram it tomorrow morning when I locate a pen!
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) June 9, 2013
Dunham, being the all-around awesome lady that she is, was into the idea and posted a few tattoo options on her Instagram account within 24 hours of receiving the request:
After Wargo got the tattoo this week, she tweeted a photo at Dunham and the star tweeted her excitement back:
Adore! My handwriting's never looked better Rt @tinabeenawargz If you ever wanna see it in person, »
- Emma Gray
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