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Austin Powers' Verne Troyer Dead at 49

Austin Powers' Verne Troyer Dead at 49
Verne Troyer, best known to audiences for his role as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers franchise, died on Saturday afternoon at the age of 49.

Troyer, who has publicly battled alcoholism, was first admitted to the hospital earlier this month after authorities were made aware that he was drunk and suicidal. There, he was treated for possible alcohol poisoning, according to TMZ.

The Austin Powers actor first began working in the mid-90s, appearing as a stunt double in the 1994 film Baby’s Day Out. That was followed by small parts in Men in Black, Jingle All the Way and Dustin Checks In.
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Pilot News: Vanessa Williams' Profits, Jeri Ryan Joins Suspicion and More

Pilot News: Vanessa Williams' Profits, Jeri Ryan Joins Suspicion and More
Vanessa Williams is back at her old Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives network digs.

The actress has joined the cast of the ABC drama pilot False Profits, which also stars Bellamy Young (Scandal) and Shelley Hennig (Teen Wolf).

The project centers around a team of down-and-out women in suburban Arizona who are fighting their way to the top of a cosmetics marketing business. Williams will play Suzanne, the queen bee of a highly successful group of cosmetics saleswomen.

In other pilot casting news, per our sister site Deadline:

* Jeri Ryan (Body of Proof, Boston Public) has been cast in NBC’s Hitchcockian thriller Suspicion,
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Memorable Grey's Villain Joins Scandal's Final Season In Mystery Role

Memorable Grey's Villain Joins Scandal's Final Season In Mystery Role
Michael O’Neill, who on Grey’s Anatomy years ago played hospital shooter Gary Clark, is set to recur during the final stretch of Scandal‘s farewell season, TVLine has learned.

No details on whom O’Neill will be playing are being released at this time. (His Grey’s Anatomy character, a grieving widower out for vengeance, took his own life after terrorizing Seattle Grace, killing at least one and wounding several others, including Drs. Derek Shepherd, Alex Karev and Owen Hunt.)

Since that infamous spring 2010 Grey’s arc, O’Neill has had runs on series such as Rectify, NCIS,
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Will Ferrell Shares Just How Much Bostonians Love Mark Wahlberg

According to Will Ferrell, it's very hard to travel around Boston with Mark Wahlberg and not get noticed. The two appeared on Conan where Ferrell said that everywhere the two went there was someone who appeared who apparently knew Wahlberg personally from some portion of his life. 

That can be kind of a pain considering the Boston public at large are known to be ball busters. Most people who have been to Boston (or the East Coast in general) tend to know this, but the stories told by Wahlberg and Conan really drive it home with a hilarious result. Check out the video below. 
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Veronica Mars' Brad Bufanda Dead at 34

Veronica Mars' Brad Bufanda Dead at 34
Brad Bufanda, best known to TV audiences for his recurring role as Felix Toombs on Veronica Mars, died Wednesday.

Bufanda committed suicide after jumping from a building, according to our sister site Deadline. He was 34 years old.

Bufanda appeared in a total of 10 Veronica Mars episodes. Creator Rob Thomas on Friday said he was “heartbroken” to hear of Bufanda’s passing:

I'm heartbroken to hear of Brad Bufanda's passing. He did great work on Veronica Mars. My heart goes out to his family.

Rob Thomas (@RobThomas) November 3, 2017

Ahead of booking Veronica Mars, Bufanda’s TV credits included mainly one-off guest spots,
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'Veronica Mars' Actor Brad Bufanda Commits Suicide at 34

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'Veronica Mars' Actor Brad Bufanda Commits Suicide at 34
Brad Bufanda -- an actor best known for his role on "Veronica Mars" -- has committed suicide ... TMZ has learned. A rep for Bufanda confirmed with us the actor committed suicide Wednesday. The details of his death are unclear. Brad had a recurring role as Felix Toombs on "Veronica Mars" during seasons 1 and 2. He also appeared on other TV shows like "CSI: Miami," "Malcolm in the Middle," "Boston Public" and "Days of our Lives" ... and
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Couple Born on the Same Day in the Same Hospital Marry 27 Years Later: ‘We Both Knew We Were Right For Each Other’

Two lovebirds who came into the world together are now going to spend the rest of their lives together, too.

Jessica Gomes and Aaron Bairos met in 2007 as students at rival high schools in Taunton, Massachusetts. Mutual friends of the two pushed them to connect with each other, and they soon started dating.

“I knew from the very beginning that he was different—he was respectful, and he made me laugh” Gomes, 27, tells People. “He still makes me laugh! No one else can do that. From the start, we both knew we were right for each other.”

The two soon
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‘Shiloh’ Star Blake Heron Dies at 35

‘Shiloh’ Star Blake Heron Dies at 35
Blake Heron, who gained fame as a teen actor during the 1990s, has died at his home in La Crescenta, Calif. He was 35.

The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner and his former manager confirmed his death. Heron was found unresponsive at his residence on Friday morning. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene. His cause of death has not been determined yet.

Heron was discovered by a friend who told authorities that he had been sick with the flu for the last few days.

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Heron, a native of Sherman Oaks, Calif., made his film debut in the 1995 Disney movie “Tom and Huck,” playing Ben Rodgers, and in the TV series “Reality Check” as Bud McNeight. In 1996, he starred in the Warner Bros. family drama “Shiloh,” portraying an adolescent who rescues an abused hunting dog in a small town. Michael Moriarty, Ann Dowd, and Scott Wilson co-starred in the pic. The
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Fox Developing Sci-Fi Drama From ‘Vacation’ Duo of John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein (Exclusive)

Fox Developing Sci-Fi Drama From ‘Vacation’ Duo of John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein (Exclusive)
Fox is developing a one-hour sci-fi drama from “Vacation” co-writers and co-directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, Variety has learned exclusively.

Currently titled “Proxy,” the project is centered on a technology that allows online followers to live voyeuristically through the experiences of hedonistic young “Proxies” on a remote island paradise. Fox has ordered a script for the project with a penalty attached. Daley created the series and will write and executive produce, with Goldstein executive producing. Should the project move forward, Goldstein will also write. They will both executive produce through their GoldDay banner. Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar, who has also executive produced “13 Reasons Why,” “The Oa” and the upcoming series “Maniac” for Netflix, will also executive produce “Proxy” along with Anonymous’ vice president of television and features, Ashley Zalta. Twentieth Century Fox Television will produce along with Anonymous Content and GoldDay.

Daley and Goldstein made their directorial debut on the 2015 installment of the “Vacation
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A Timeline of Justin Bieber's Recent Behavior: What He's Been Up to During His Purpose Tour

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A Timeline of Justin Bieber's Recent Behavior: What He's Been Up to During His Purpose Tour
Justin Bieber is “okay for now” but is “super exhausted” from his 18-month international Purpose tour, resulting in the cancellation of the 14 remaining tour dates.

Shortly after the “Sorry” singer, 23, kicked off his Purpose World Tour in March 2016, a string of questionable behavior began fueling headlines. Indeed, a source told People in May 2016: “Two months into it, and he already feels beat. He’s not losing it, though. He’s just trying to find ways to focus.”

The extended jaunt took Bieber all over North America, Asia, Europe, Africa, and Latin America. However in July, the pop star is no longer welcome in China.
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Thomas Schlamme Elected Directors Guild President

Thomas Schlamme Elected Directors Guild President
Veteran TV director Thomas Schlamme has been elected president of the Directors Guild of America for a two-year term, succeeding Paris Barclay.

Schlamme was selected by acclamation of the 147 delegates at the DGA’s convention on Saturday at DGA headquarters in Los Angeles.

Barclay announced earlier this year that he would not seek a third term in accordance with the DGA tradition of presidents only serving two terms. The DGA represents more than 17,000 members.

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Schlamme has been on the DGA national board since 2005 and was most recently third VP. He was co-chair of the 2014 and 2017 negotiating committees together with secretary-treasurer Michael Apted.

In February, the DGA honored Schlamme with the Robert B. Aldrich Achievement Award for service to the DGA and its membership. Schlamme joined the DGA in 1978.

“It is a tremendous honor to be chosen by my peers to lead our Guild, and
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Supergirl's Sharon Leal Boards CBS' Alan Cumming-Led Drama Instinct

Supergirl's Sharon Leal Boards CBS' Alan Cumming-Led Drama Instinct
J’onn J’onzz’s lady love on Supergirl has found a new network to call home.

Sharon Leal — who last season recurred on the aforementioned CW program as White Martian M’gann — has booked a series-regular role on CBS’ midseason drama Instinct, it was announced Thursday.

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Instinct follows Dr. Dylan Reinhart (The Good Wife‘s Alan Cumming), a former CIA operative who has since built a “normal” life as a gifted professor and writer. He is lured back into his old life when tenacious
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Exclusive: How Joey McIntyre’s New Series Strengthened His Marriage

Exclusive: How Joey McIntyre’s New Series Strengthened His Marriage
For years, Joey McIntyre has pursued his singing, acting and comedy career while his “awesome” wife Barrett took on being a stay-at-home mom, but the New Kids on the Block singer credits working together on their new show, Return of the Mac, for strengthening their bond after 13 years of marriage.

The couple and their three children are the focus of McIntyre’s new Pop TV sitcom Return of the Mac, loosely based on the 44-year-old musician’s quest to find success as an actor in Hollywood while juggling family life and daddy duties.

Exclusive: Joey McIntyre Goes to Prom and Shares His First Dance With a Starstruck Fan!

“It was fun to share the experience with her, and I think couples can relate -- they both have jobs, they come home after a long day, and it’s all about the kids, then you barely have time to talk about your lives,” McIntyre tells Et
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David E. Kelley Has Given Up on the Broadcast Networks, Partly Because His Last Show ‘Wasn’t Very Good’

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David E. Kelley Has Given Up on the Broadcast Networks, Partly Because His Last Show ‘Wasn’t Very Good’
David E. Kelley is preparing another comeback – and this time, he’s leaving the traditional networks behind.

Kelley’s next series, the Billy Bob Thornton legal drama “Goliath,” debuts Oct. 14 on Amazon. Early next year, he’ll premiere HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” starring Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, and Shailene Woodley, and after that, DirecTV’s serial killer thriller “Mr. Mercedes.”

Read More: ‘Goliath’ Trailer: Billy Bob Thornton is a Lawyer With Nothing to Lose in David E. Kelley’s Amazon Drama

But here’s what’s not on Kelley’s docket: Anything in broadcast, where he once upon a time he was king.

“I don’t see a reason to, at this point,” Kelley told IndieWire. “If broadcast TV evolves and really cares about product more than exalting ratings over product, I might. If they got rid of commercials, I might. It’s just hard to succeed with good,
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Fyvush Finkel, ‘Boston Public’ and ‘Picket Fences’ Actor, Dies at 93

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Fyvush Finkel, ‘Boston Public’ and ‘Picket Fences’ Actor, Dies at 93
TV actor and Yiddish theater favorite Fyvush Finkel has died. He was 93. The “Boston Public” and “Picket Fences” star’s passing was confirmed to the New York Times by his son, Ian, who told the paper that his father had been having heart problems for many months. Finkel won the Best Supporting Actor Emmy in 1994 for his “Fences” role of defense lawyer Douglas Wambaugh. Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2016 (Photos) The lifelong thespian resided in Manhattan, where he died. In 1997, the 75-year-old had a star added to the Yiddish Theater Walk of Fame, which is located on the sidewalk outside the former site of.
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Fyvush Finkel, 'Picket Fences' Actor, Dead at 93

Fyvush Finkel, 'Picket Fences' Actor, Dead at 93
Fyvush Finkel, a longtime bastion of Yiddish theatre and actor who appeared on the stage of vaudeville, Broadway, television and film, died Sunday at his Manhattan home. He was 93.

Finkel's son Ian confirmed the actor's death to the New York Times, adding that Finkel had suffered from heart problems in recent years.

The Brooklyn born-Finkel started his career when he was just nine years old, performing vaudeville to Yiddish crowds along the "Borscht Belt." In 1965, Finkel made his Broadway debut in the original 1964 production of Fiddler on the Roof, at
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Fyvush Finkel, ‘Picket Fences’ and ‘Boston Public’ Actor, Dies at 93

Fyvush Finkel, ‘Picket Fences’ and ‘Boston Public’ Actor, Dies at 93
Fyvush Finkel, an Emmy Award-winning actor who is best known to contemporary audiences for his roles on “Picket Fences” and “Boston Public” but who spent most of his early career on Gotham’s Lower East Side performing in the Yiddish theater, died Sunday in his Manhattan home. He was 93.

His son, Ian, confirmed the news to the New York Times, and said Finkel had been suffering from heart problems.

While Finkel was popular in his niche stage community, he broke out into the mainstream in 1964 with the national production of “Fiddler on the Roof,” in which he played Mordcha the innkeeper; in 1981 he took on the role of Tevye the milkman in a national touring production. Soon thereafter he landed a part in “Little Shop of Horrors” Off Broadway and won an Obie Award for his work in the New York Shakespeare Festival revival of “Cafe Crown.”

On the bigscreen, Finkel
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Fyvush Finkel, ‘Picket Fences’ and ‘Boston Public’ Actor, Dies at 93

Fyvush Finkel, ‘Picket Fences’ and ‘Boston Public’ Actor, Dies at 93
Fyvush Finkel, an Emmy Award-winning actor who is best known to contemporary audiences for his roles on “Picket Fences” and “Boston Public” but who spent most of his early career on Gotham’s Lower East Side performing in the Yiddish theater, died Sunday in his Manhattan home. He was 93.

His son, Ian, confirmed the news to the New York Times, and said Finkel had been suffering from heart problems.

While Finkel was popular in his niche stage community, he broke out into the mainstream in 1964 with the national production of “Fiddler on the Roof,” in which he played Mordcha the innkeeper; in 1981 he took on the role of Tevye the milkman in a national touring production. Soon thereafter he landed a part in “Little Shop of Horrors” Off Broadway and won an Obie Award for his work in the New York Shakespeare Festival revival of “Cafe Crown.”

On the bigscreen,
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Picket Fences' Fyvush Finkel Dead at 93

Picket Fences' Fyvush Finkel Dead at 93
Fyvush Finkel, best known to audiences for his role as Douglas Wambaugh on the David E. Kelley drama Picket Fences, passed away on Sunday at 93. A cause of death has not yet been disclosed.

The stage and screen star won an Emmy for his work as Picket Fences‘ small-town lawyer, whom he played from 1992-96. He later re-teamed with Kelley on Boston Public in the role of history teacher Harvey Lipschultz.

Finkel began his career more than 80 years ago doing local theater in New York City. His first big break came at 43 when he joined the Fiddler On the Roof touring company.
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Dwight Yoakam Reunites With Billy Bob Thornton in New Drama 'Goliath'

Dwight Yoakam Reunites With Billy Bob Thornton in New Drama 'Goliath'
Twenty years after their Oscar-winning Sling Blade, Dwight Yoakam and Billy Bob Thornton are pairing on screen again. The country icon is the newest addition to the cast of Goliath, a straight-to-series drama for Amazon Prime with Thornton in one of its lead roles.

Yoakam will play the leader of a huge aerospace company defended by the law firm at the center of Goliath. Thornton and fellow Hollywood legend William Hurt play two of the firm's partners in what's described as "the ultimate David vs. Goliath battle fought in the 21st century American legal system.
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