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‘Insatiable’ Star Debby Ryan Defends Show’s Controversial Use of a Fatsuit, Comparing it to ‘Friends’

It would be putting it mildly to say that “Insatiable” has not been well received, as the Netflix drama about fat-shaming has been accused of doing what it’s ostensibly criticizing. One aspect of the show that’s received particular criticism is its use of a fatsuit in flashback scenes, something that star Debby Ryan said she was initially hesitant about — and didn’t want to come across like it did in “Friends.”

“We knew that this conversation needed to be had. We knew that this societal brokenness needed to be addressed, but we didn’t know how badly it needed to be addressed,” Ryan says in an interview with Teen Vogue, her first about the polarizing series. “My friend, a few days before the trailer hit, in reference to something else, said, ‘The size of the reaction is the size of the wound,’ and it stayed with me.”

As for the fatsuit,
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‘Will & Grace’: Debra Messing Talks David Schwimmer’s Guest Role

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‘Will & Grace’: Debra Messing Talks David Schwimmer’s Guest Role
Don’t expect to see Ross Geller on “Will & Grace.”

Debra Messing assures us that David Schwimmer’s character on the upcoming 10th season of “Will & Grace” is nothing like his iconic “Friends” persona.

“He’s as far away from Ross as he can possibly get because he’s already mastered Ross,” Messing told Variety on Saturday night in Los Angeles at Project Angel Food’s Angel Awards, where she was honored with this year’s Founder’s Award. “I think people will be excited to see him in our world playing a different part.”

NBC announced earlier this month that Schwimmer signed on for five episodes as a love interest for Grace. The gig marks Schwimmer’s return to comedy television since starring on “Friends” and a 3-episode stint on “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” He co-starred in Ryan Murphy’s 2016 FX drama “The People v. O.J. Simpson:
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‘Good Place’ Writer Megan Amram Wants an Emmy So Badly She Made a Whole Series About It

‘Good Place’ Writer Megan Amram Wants an Emmy So Badly She Made a Whole Series About It
A version of this story about Megan Amram first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

Watching last year’s Emmys, Megan Amram (whose day job is writing for “The Good Place”) decided that she could win one in the Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series category. So she filmed a web series, “An Emmy for Megan,” entirely about her desire to win an Emmy. So far, so good: She was nominated for two Emmys, one for acting and one for producing.

Talking to her about this requires becoming her straight man.

Congratulations. It would have been awful to do the whole web series and then not get a nomination.

I know. But part of me thought it’d be exciting either way. Because either I get the nomination, which is one step closer to what I really want, or I don’t,
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Scarlett Johansson Is 2018's Highest Paid Actress in the World

Scarlett Johansson Is 2018's Highest Paid Actress in the World
It has been reported that Scarlett Johansson is the highest paid actress in Hollywood, earning $40.5 million from June 1st, 2017 to June 1st, 2018. Last year's highest paid actress was Emma Stone, who earned $26 million, thanks to the wildly successful La La Land. However, Stone did not earn over $10 million this past year, so she didn't make the list. Helping Johansson take the number one spot was the worldwide box office smash Infinity War. Johansson's Black Widow wasn't even really in the movie a whole lot, but the Marvel Studios project was enough to command her the top spot of highest paid actresses.

Avengers: Infinity War arrived in theaters at the end of April and delivered the goods to Marvel Cinematic Universe fans all over the world. To date, the film has brought in over $2 billion worldwide, easily making it the highest grossing movie of the year. Adding to Scarlett Johansson's earnings
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Scarlett Johansson Is 2018’s Highest-Paid Actress With $40.5 Million

La La Land‘s Emma Stone is no longer perched at the top of the charts.

Per Forbes, Avengers: Infinity War actress Scarlett Johansson collected $40.5 million in pre-tax earnings between June 1st, 2017 and June 1st, 2018, which is almost twice that of her nearest competitor, Angelina Jolie (Maleficent), who lifted approximately $28 million during the same period.

Third place goes to former Friends star Jennifer Aniston ($19.5 million), who continues to rake in the big bucks thanks to her endorsement of Emirates Airlines, Smartwater and Aveeno. There’s serious money to be made in advertising, after all, which helps explain why Jennifer Lawrence managed to clinch fourth despite her two most recent titles – namely Mother! and Red Sparrow – struggling to leave much of an impression at the box office.

Forbes didn’t disclose the actress’ pre-tax earnings between 2017 and 2018, though we can assume that her total paycheck fell in the region of $17M-$19M,
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Scarlett Johansson Dethrones Emma Stone as Hollywood's Highest-Paid Actress of 2018

Scarlett Johansson Dethrones Emma Stone as Hollywood's Highest-Paid Actress of 2018
Scarlett Johansson has landed the top spot on Forbes' list of the world's highest-paid actresses of 2018. According to the site, Johansson has quadrupled her 2017 earnings, raking in $40.5 million this year thanks in part to her role as Black Widow in the Avengers films. This news means that Johansson has dethroned 2017's top earner, Emma Stone, who didn't make the top 10 list this year. Coming in at No. 2 on the Forbes list this year is Angelina Jolie with $28 million, with a majority of her earnings stemming from her role in the upcoming Maleficent 2 movie. Jennifer Aniston has landed the third spot on the list for 2018, earning $19.5 million. The Friends alum rakes in most of her...
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Matthew Perry's Friends and Family Thought He Relapsed After First Hearing of His Recent Surgery

Get well soon, Matthew Perry. On Tuesday, Aug. 7, it was revealed that the Friends alum recently underwent surgery to repair his gastrointestinal perforation. According to Heathline.com, the condition "occurs when a hole forms all the way through the stomach, large bowel, or small intestine. It can be due to a number of different diseases, including appendicitis and diverticulitis. It can also be the result of trauma, such as a knife wound or gunshot wound." "Matthew Perry recently underwent surgery in an La hospital to repair a gastrointestinal perforation," the actor's rep confirmed with Life & Style. "He is grateful for the concern and asks for continued privacy as he heals." However, due to Matt's history of addiction issues, his family and friends, "immediately thought he had relapsed, but as far as they know, he’s still sober," a source told Life & Style. "His family and friends are pulling for him.
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How ‘Atlanta,’ ‘Black-ish,’ ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Defy Traditional Comedy Story Structure

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How ‘Atlanta,’ ‘Black-ish,’ ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Defy Traditional Comedy Story Structure
One big takeaway from this year’s crop of Emmy nominees in the comedy series category is it pays to break the mold — including your own.

Three nominated series executed daring stylistic departures from their established status quos: “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” savagely sent up true-crime documentaries with “Party Monster: Scratching the Surface,” delving into the history of DJ-turned-kidnapper/would-be cult leader the Reverend (Jon Hamm); the “Black-ish” episode “Juneteenth” adopted the Broadway musical “Hamilton’s” brand of historical enlightenment; and “Atlanta,” which has made unconventional narrative styles a signature, delivered the disturbingly creepy/funny horror pastiche “Teddy Perkins” and the poignant all-childhood flashback episode “Fubu.”

Another contender, “Glow,” didn’t defy format in its nominated season, but recent second season entry “The Good Twin” played as a complete episode of the fictional cheap-and-cheesy ’80s wrestling series the show’s characters star in.

Atlanta” executive producer Stephen Glover, who wrote the “Fubu” episode,
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The Best TV Comedies on Netflix

In the mood for laughs? We (and Netflix) have you covered. From classics like Friends, The Office and Parks and Rec to quirky series Trailer Park Boys and The Inbetweeners -- not to mention great Netflix originals like Glow -- below you'll find a list of shows that might make for great discoveries or even comfort TV to watch again and again. Like with our list of the Best TV Dramas on Netflix, we will be rolling out more lists of TV subgenres on the streaming giant over the next several weeks, including the Best Sci-Fi, …
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Marvel Seeking ‘Butt Double’ For Avengers 4 Reshoots

Here’s your bizarre McU tidbit for the day: Marvel Studios has reportedly cast the net in search of a ‘butt double’ for Avengers 4.

The untitled blockbuster (codename: “Mary Lou”) is scheduled to begin a series of reshoots over the coming weeks as it prepares for a lengthy spell in post, but according to the Georgia Central Casting Facebook page (Gcc), a portion of that additional photography calls for ‘butt double’ – presumably for Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) and/or Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson).

Much like its McU peers, Avengers 4 is headed to Georgia, Atlanta for its reshoots, so it shouldn’t be all that surprising to hear that Marvel Studios has put out a call for extras. This particular report also mentions that filming will most likely begin in early September, which is actually a little later than we had come to expect from Joe and Anthony Russo’s 2019 epic.
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‘Ozark’ Season 2 Review: Jason Bateman’s Netflix Drama Slows Way Down in a Sturdy but Bland Follow-Up — Spoiler-Free

‘Ozark’ Season 2 Review: Jason Bateman’s Netflix Drama Slows Way Down in a Sturdy but Bland Follow-Up — Spoiler-Free
Ozark” Season 1 made so many bold choices, so quickly, that Season 2 was bound to slow things down. Engaging viewers with the escalating series of crises Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) and his family had to deal with immediately, the Netflix drama ate up a ton of narrative to provide its breakneck pace. Now that the ex-suburbanites have their backwoods criminal enterprise up and sailing, instead of plugging holes in a sinking ship, a steadier, more character-driven story comes with the territory.

But the degree to which “Ozark” slams on the breaks is disconcerting; the downshift in pacing creates an antsy viewing experience that transitions into blandness, as the follow-up season spends nearly seven hours setting up a moral turning point it could’ve easily implemented much sooner. While still a sharp, attentive, and altogether capable drama, the benefits of a successful first season don’t transfer to the Byrdes in Season 2 — or viewers watching them.
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Fricke’s Picks: Guitar Wonders From Circles Around the Sun, Howlin’ Rain and More

The theme is simple here: four albums with guitars galore — solo and in tandem; loaded with effects and stripped to pure tone; in settings where you least expect them, but always in flight.

Circles Around the Sun, Let It Wander (Rhino)

This tripping-instrumental quartet was certified authentic psychedelia before they ever appeared on record — by no less than the surviving members of the Grateful Dead. Guitarist Neal Casal of the Chris Robinson Brotherhood started Circles Around the Sun with keyboard player Adam MacDougall (another member of the Brotherhood), bassist Dan
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70th Annual Emmy Awards Predictions: Best Comedy Series

70th Annual Emmy Awards Predictions: Best Comedy Series
“Veep” has won Best Comedy Series at the Emmys for three years in a row but wasn’t eligible to contend this year as it do not air any new episodes. That means a new winner in this top Emmy Awards race from a whopping eight nominees. Hoping to finally win after losing at least once are “Atlanta,” “Black-ish,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (back after a six-year hiatus), “Silicon Valley” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” A trio of rookies are hoping that their first time in contention will be the charm: “Barry,” “Glow” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

Be sure to make your own predictions in this race as well as the rest of the Primetime Emmy categories and compete against our Emmy experts who cover this race year-round for such leading media outlets, as well as the two dozen amateurs who ranked in the top 24 last year, the all-stars who did
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Teen Choice Awards Winners Include Mark Consuelos, Michael B. Jordan, Gina Rodriguez, Grant Gustin

Riverdale stars Mark Consuelos and Kj Apa at the Teen Choice Awards.The Teen Choice Awards were held Sunday at the Forum in Los Angeles. This year's event honored the best in film, television, music, sports, fashion, comedy and the internet based on more than 150 million votes cast by teens on Twitter and Fox.com.

Below is a complete list of the winners:

Movies

Choice Action Movie

"Avengers: Infinity War"

Choice Action Movie Actor

Robert Downey Jr. -- "Avengers: Infinity War"

Choice Action Movie Actress

Scarlett Johansson -- "Avengers: Infinity War"

Choice Sci-Fi Movie

"Black Panther"

Choice Sci-Fi Movie Actor

Chris Hemsworth -- "Thor: Ragnarok"

Choice Sci-Fi Movie Actress

Letitia Wright -- "Black Panther"

Choice Fantasy Movie

"Coco"

Choice Fantasy Movie Actor

Anthony Gonzalez -- "Coco"

Choice Fantasy Movie Actress

Carrie Fisher -- "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"

Choice Drama Movie

"The Greatest Showman"

Choice Drama Movie Actor

Zac Efron
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China Box Office: ‘The Meg’ Makes $50 Million in Third Place Opening

China Box Office: ‘The Meg’ Makes $50 Million in Third Place Opening
A lucrative but controversial weekend at the Chinese box office saw “The Meg” score $50 million and take third place, coming in well behind local films “iPartment” and “The Island,” which made more than $70 million each.

Granted 125,000 screenings on its opening day, “iPartment,” a takeoff of a popular sitcom, earned $44.2 million on Friday, ahead of comedy “The Island” with $22.1 million from 86,000 screenings, according to data from Ent Group. “Meg” had 74,000 screenings and came in third with $15.5 million. But controversy dogged the Friday outcome, as distributors of “iPartment” were accused of heavily buying their own film’s tickets to create the appearance of success.

On Saturday, “iPartment’s” screen count increased, while “The Meg’s” went down. But “The Island” came up the winner, earning $27.9 million, ahead of “iPartment” with $18.6 million and “The Meg” with $16.6 million.

Sunday was different again. “The Island” and “The Meg” both gained screens and posted their best days,
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China Box Office: ‘The Meg’ Makes $50 Million in Third Place Opening

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China Box Office: ‘The Meg’ Makes $50 Million in Third Place Opening
A lucrative but controversial weekend at the Chinese box office saw “The Meg” score $50 million and take third place, coming in well behind local films “iPartment” and “The Island,” which made more than $70 million each.

Granted 125,000 screenings on its opening day, “iPartment,” a takeoff of a popular sitcom, earned $44.2 million on Friday, ahead of comedy “The Island” with $22.1 million from 86,000 screenings, according to data from Ent Group. “Meg” had 74,000 screenings and came in third with $15.5 million. But controversy dogged the Friday outcome, as distributors of “iPartment” were accused of heavily buying their own film’s tickets to create the appearance of success.

On Saturday, “iPartment’s” screen count increased, while “The Meg’s” went down. But “The Island” came up the winner, earning $27.9 million, ahead of “iPartment” with $18.6 million and “The Meg” with $16.6 million.

Sunday was different again. “The Island” and “The Meg” both gained screens and posted their best days,
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13 Most Ridiculous TV Fat Suits From Insatiable, Friends, Pll and More

Warning: What you’re about to see is not tasteful.

With the first season of Netflix’s Insatiable stirring up so much controversy this weekend — the show has been accused of fat-shaming, among many other grievances — Team TVLine got to thinking: Which other shows have stuffed their main characters into ludicrous-looking fat suits?

There are the obvious ones, like Monica on Friends and Schmidt on New Girl, but they aren’t alone. Who could forget the fake pounds Mad Men packed on January Jones in Season 5? Or the crafty pillow-in-a-shirt technique employed by the likes of Once Upon a Time
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Wendie Malick Reveals Betty White Would Be up for a 'Hot in Cleveland' Reboot! (Exclusive)

Could Hot in Cleveland be the next sitcom to make a comeback? "They were trying to get us together to do another batch [of episodes], but it's so hard," Wendie Malick exclusively told Closer Weekly at Aarp's recent TV for Grownups Honors. "It's like wrangling cats — we're all off doing our own thing." But Wendie would relish the opportunity to work with co-star Betty White again. "Jane Leeves and I had lunch with Betty not too long ago," she said. "She's one of my favorites — she's a little salty, but she's a trip and a half, with the biggest heart." At 96, "Betty would be up for it," Wendie said of the potential reboot. "We all adore one another." As did many people on the Hot set. "Everybody who came on the show said, 'I just want to hang out on the sofa with you guys. You're having so much fun.'
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15 Years After Friends, David Schwimmer Is Starring on Another Hit NBC Sitcom

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15 Years After Friends, David Schwimmer Is Starring on Another Hit NBC Sitcom
David Schwimmer will be returning to NBC's Must See TV lineup! The actor is set to star in a recurring role on Will & Grace this upcoming season, according to Deadline. Schwimmer, who played Ross Geller on the hit show Friends from 1994 to 2004, will play Grace (Debra Messing)'s latest love interest in a "five-episode arc," the outlet reported.

Related: 40 Moments From Will & Grace That Will Never Not Be Funny

The second season of the successful reboot will premiere in the Fall. In March, NBC also renewed the Will & Grace revival for an 18-episode third season. Schwimmer's role marks his return to network TV since Friends; his last small-screen project was the crime drama The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, and his portrayal of the late Robert Kardashian earned him an Emmy nomination in 2016. One question: will they give his Will & Grace character a pet monkey?
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15 Years After Friends, David Schwimmer Is Starring on Another Hit NBC Sitcom

David Schwimmer will be returning to NBC's Must See TV lineup! The actor is set to star in a recurring role on Will & Grace this upcoming season, according to Deadline. Schwimmer, who played Ross Geller on the hit show Friends from 1994 to 2004, will play Grace (Debra Messing)'s latest love interest in a "five-episode arc," the outlet reported.

Related: 40 Moments From Will & Grace That Will Never Not Be Funny

The second season of the successful reboot will premiere in the Fall. In March, NBC also renewed the Will & Grace revival for an 18-episode third season. Schwimmer's role marks his return to network TV since Friends; his last small-screen project was the crime drama The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, and his portrayal of the late Robert Kardashian earned him an Emmy nomination in 2016. One question: will they give his Will & Grace character a pet monkey?
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