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Oliver Stone Accused of Groping Former Playboy Model in ’90s

Oliver Stone Accused of Groping Former Playboy Model in ’90s
After coming to disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein’s defense, Oliver Stone is now facing a sexual assault allegation of his own.

Former Playboy model Carrie Stevens has accused the renowned director of groping her at a party 26 years ago.

Stevens wrote in a Facebook post that Weinstein and Stone are “two of a kind.” Stevens, who was Playboy’s Playmate of the Month in June 1997 and has had small acting roles since then, said the filmmaker grabbed her breast at a party.

“I was only 22 years old. Oliver walked past me and grabbed my boob as he waltzed out the front door of a party,” the now 48-year-old wrote on Thursday.

“I still remember the cocky grin on his face like he got away with something,” she added. “These douchebags are not above the law, and they should be held to the same standard as every other man. It’s common decency Not to grab boobs, pu–ies
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Daniel Licht, ‘Dexter,’ ‘Children of the Corn’ Composer, Dies at 60

Daniel Licht, composer for TV’s “Dexter,” died of cancer late Wednesday. He was 60.

Licht scored all eight seasons of “Dexter,” the Showtime serial-killer drama, from 2006 to 2013. Although he also wrote music for movies and other TV projects, it was his quirky music for “Dexter” – employing unusual sounds using bones, knives, scissors, duct tape, wine glasses, didgeridoo, Irish harp and other instruments – that became his best-known work.

Seven albums of “Dexter” music, all featuring his scores, were released. Licht himself played many of the percussion instruments in a 10-minute orchestral suite of “Dexter” music performed live at Poland’s Krakow Film Music Festival in 2015.

Said “Dexter” executive producer Clyde Phillips: “Dan was an incredibly talented musician and composer, but most of all, he was a dear friend. His passing leaves all of us a bit quieter, a bit sadder, and without the gift of his music and his love
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Daniel Licht, ‘Dexter,’ ‘Children of the Corn’ Composer, Dies at 60

Daniel Licht, composer for TV’s “Dexter,” died of cancer late Wednesday. He was 60.

Licht scored all eight seasons of “Dexter,” the Showtime serial-killer drama, from 2006 to 2013. Although he also wrote music for movies and other TV projects, it was his quirky music for “Dexter” – employing unusual sounds using bones, knives, scissors, duct tape, wine glasses, didgeridoo, Irish harp and other instruments – that became his best-known work.

Seven albums of “Dexter” music, all featuring his scores, were released. Licht himself played many of the percussion instruments in a 10-minute orchestral suite of “Dexter” music performed live at Poland’s Krakow Film Music Festival in 2015.
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‘Grandfathered’ Creator on John Stamos: ‘He’s a TV Star in a ‘Way That Very Few People Are’

‘Grandfathered’ Creator on John Stamos: ‘He’s a TV Star in a ‘Way That Very Few People Are’
John Stamos is returning full-time to TV with Fox’s “Grandfathered,” in which the “Full House” alum plays a somewhat parodied version of himself, as a 50-something ladies’ man. The big difference? His character finds out he’s a father — and a grandfather.

Creator Danny Chun says that “Grandfathered” was the result of wanting to come up with a comedy vehicle for Stamos.

“It came from me wanting to create a show for John Stamos. John and I were kind of interested in working together,” Chun told Variety. “I’m a recent parent so the theme of being in over your head with parenting was funny to me, and then with John, I thought of the funny twist.”

Chun, one of Variety‘s 10 Scribes to Watch, has high hopes for Stamos’ star-power.

“He’s just at such an interesting moment. It’s really just a perfect moment in his career for a role like this.
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TV Review: ‘Grandfathered,’ ‘The Grinder’

TV Review: ‘Grandfathered,’ ‘The Grinder’
Seldom do two new programs arrive looking as compatible as “Grandfathered” and “The Grinder,” for good and ill. John Stamos and Rob Lowe both play image-spoofing versions of their red-hot-in-the-’80s personas, the former as a Lothario who suddenly meets a son and granddaughter he didn’t know he had, the latter as a TV star who, with his show over, decides to go back home, much to the chagrin of his down-to-Earth brother. Each series possesses modest charms, although it’s not clear either is going to age particularly well — even if its stars have — once the novelty wears off.

Beyond casting Lowe, “The Grinder” is primarily built around that familiar joke that he’s not a lawyer but plays one on TV. In this case, he’s Dean Sanderson, who starred as an attorney in a long-running show, so much so that he can (or at least believes
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John Stamos Turns 50 -- See "Full House" Stars Then & Now

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Believe it or not, John Stamos turns 50 today. Have mercy!The former Jesse and the Rippers frontman/"Full House" star is definitely one of the hottest older men in Hollywood -- and has had a steady stream of gigs since the Tgif show went off the air back in 1995.He currently stars on "Necessary Roughness," appeared on "Glee," "Jake In Progress" and "E.R." and found time to marry (and divorce) Rebecca Romijn.In celebration of the actor's milestone birthday, check out the gallery above to find out if his Tgif costars aged as well as him.Yeah, he set the bar pretty high. See more sexy Stamos below: Read more
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NBC Buys Internet Comedy From Writer Austin Winsberg, Hypnotic & Ucp

The impact of the Internet on Generation Y is the subject of iQuit, a half-hour comedy project at NBC from Jake In Progress creator Austin Winsberg, Universal Cable Prods. and Doug Liman and David Bartis’ studio-based Hypnotic. Written by Winsberg, iQuit explores modern relationships through the prism of technology and the challenges it creates in forming real, meaningful connections. It revolves around five friends from Uc Berkeley, who – seven years after graduation – find their lives affected in wildly different ways by the Internet. From a guy who made millions selling an app, to a girl who is famous on YouTube (but still works at the local burrito place), to a wannabe politician whose life has been completely ruined by Facebook. Winsberg executive produces with Bartis, Gene Klein and Lindsay Sloane. This is the second network sale for Winsberg this season. He also is writing/executive producing the Imagine TV/20th
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Martha Stewart To Executive Produce ‘Tao Of Martha’ Comedy Project For Fox

Exclusive: After dipping her toe in the sitcom waters with a guest spot on CBS’ 2 Broke Girls last May, lifestyle mogul Martha Stewart is entering the space in a major way with Tao Of Martha, a single-camera comedy she is executive producing for Fox. The project, from Imagine TV and 20th TV, is based on Jen Lancaster’s upcoming book Tao Of Martha, which is in the vein of Julie And Julia, with domestic diva Stewart as a role model instead of cooking icon Julia Child. The Tao Of Martha centers on a highly disorganized, scattered former party girl who decides she needs to grow up after her husband leaves her because he can’t handle her chaotic lifestyle anymore. She decides to kill two birds with one stone: become a better role model for her daughter and write a new book about changing her life according to the “teachings” of Martha Stewart.
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John Stamos Getting His Own Show!

John Stamos Getting His Own Show!
Bouncing around in well-received guest roles since the end of "ER" in 2009, it looks like John Stamos will soon have a brand new, permanent TV home. And he'll be the series lead, to boot.

Deadline reports that Stamos is attached to star in "Dead Lawyers," a series pitch that was picked up by Sony following its failed development, eight years ago, for the Syfy channel. Stamos would play, according to the site, "a hotshot defense attorney is run over by a bus and finds himself in his own version of hell: a law firm on earth composed of other dead lawyers, all trying to right miscarriages of justice in order to redeem themselves."

Stamos has led a series before, though without much success; his "Jake In Progress," in which he played a New York publicist, lasted just one season, 2005-2006. He also featured as lead in "Thieves," which lasted just 10 episodes in 2001.

Since ER ended,
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Beauty Charlotte Ross Will 'Drive Angry'

Charlotte Ross ( "Jake In Progress", "NYPD Blue") has been cast alongside Nicolas Cage, William Fichtner, Amber Heard, Billy Burke and David Morse in Nu Image/Millennium Films' Drive Angry 3D an action-revenge thriller arriving in theaters February 11, 2011 from Summit Entertainment. She will play a waitress who is seduced and then protected by Cage's character. Reteaming My Bloody Valentine director Patrick Lussier and writer Todd Farmer, the story centers on a man (Cage) driven by rage who is chasing the people who killed his daughter and kidnapped her baby. The vendetta/rescue spins out of control as the chase gets bloodier by the mile, leaving bodies strewn along the highway.
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Crow Couples Up With Stamos

Crow Couples Up With Stamos
Rocker Sheryl Crow has reportedly found love with Jake in Progress star John Stamos. The singer, who has recovered from breast cancer surgery, broke off her engagement to biker Lance Armstrong earlier this year. A source tells US publication Life & Style a mutual friend set up the celebrity pair. The couple had their first date a few weeks ago in Malibu, California, where they walked around the Malibu Country Mart shopping centre and stopped for a coffee. The source says, "They've been talking a lot and plan to have dinner together soon. They're really into each other, so it could blossom into something more."

Espenson in 2-year NBC Uni TV deal

Espenson in 2-year NBC Uni TV deal
Buffy the Vampire Slayer veteran Jane Espenson has inked a two-year overall deal with NBC Universal Television. Under the seven-figure pact, Espenson will join an existing NBC Uni TV series and will develop new projects for the studio. The deal is open to one-hour and half-hour projects given Espenson's diverse experience working on such drama series as Fox's Tru Calling, The Inside and Firefly, dramedy Gilmore Girls and such half-hours as ABC's Jake in Progress and Ellen.

ABC's sitcom duo stumbles Monday

ABC's new Monday lineup got off to a good start at 8 p.m. with Wife Swap but stumbled at 9 p.m. with the comedies Emily's Reasons Why Not and Jake in Progress and the 10 p.m. return of The Bachelor. CBS had a big night, with Two and a Half Men hitting its highest adults 18-49 marks of the season with an average of 17.2 million viewers and a 5.9 rating/14 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to Nielsen Media Research. But the eye network is still soft at 9:30 p.m. with the rookie comedy Out of Practice (13.7 million, 4.7/11). At 10 p.m. CSI: Miami carried the rest of the night for CBS with a solid 20.2 million viewers and a 6.6/17 in the key demo.

ABC's sitcom duo stumbles Monday

ABC's sitcom duo stumbles Monday
ABC's new Monday lineup got off to a good start at 8 p.m. with Wife Swap but stumbled at 9 p.m. with comedies Emily's Reasons Why Not and Jake in Progress and the 10 p.m. return of The Bachelor. CBS had a big night with Two and a Half Men hitting its highest adults 18-49 marks of the season with an average of 17.3 million viewers and 5.9 rating/14 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. But the eye network is still facing softness at 9:30 p.m. with rookie comedy Out of Practice (13.9 million, 4.7/11). At 10 p.m. CSI: Miami carried the rest of the night for CBS with a solid19.6 million viewers and 6.5/16 in the key demo.

ABC unveils post-'MNF' midseason plans

ABC unveils post-'MNF' midseason plans
ABC has its midseason game plan in place to kick off a new programming lineup once Monday Night Football leaves the air. Beginning Jan. 9, the new series Emily's Reasons Why Not will lead a new 9-10 p.m. comedy block, paired with returning midseason half-hour Jake in Progress. They will be hammocked between Wife Swap, which will stay in the 8 p.m. slot it has occupied since the new fall season began, and The Bachelor, which will return for its eighth season at 10 p.m. The new night of programming is important to ABC, which will seek to establish entertainment programming on Mondays all season long going forward given that "MNF" won't be back next fall.

ABC unveils post-'MNF' midseason plans

ABC unveils post-'MNF' midseason plans
ABC has its midseason game plan in place to kick off a new programming lineup once Monday Night Football leaves the air. Beginning Jan. 9, new series Emily's Reasons Why Not will lead a new 9-10 p.m. comedy block, paired with returning midseason half-hour Jake in Progress. They will be hammocked between Wife Swap, which will stay in the 8 p.m. slot it has occupied since the fall began, and The Bachelor, which will return for its eighth season at 10 p.m.

Whitfield makes 'Progress' at ABC

Whitfield makes 'Progress' at ABC
Dondre Whitfield has joined the cast of ABC's single-camera comedy Jake in Progress as a regular. On the show starring John Stamos as Jake, a shallow publicist looking for more substance in his life, Whitfield will play a recently divorced old college buddy of Jake's. Whitfield is the second new addition to the cast of the 20th Century Fox TV series in its upcoming second season after the recent recruitment of Charlotte Ross (HR 10/28). Production on the sophomore season of Jake in Progress begins this week for a January premiere. Whitfield's credits include the NBC series Hidden Hills and Inside Schwartz and the feature Mr. 3000.

Ross scores date with ABC's 'Jake'

Charlotte Ross, best known for her four-year role as Detective Connie McDowell on ABC's NYPD Blue, has joined the cast of the alphabet comedy series Jake in Progress. Ross will portray Annie, the former fiancee of Jake (John Stamos), a handsome publicist looking for more substance in his life. Annie's unexpected arrival causes Jake to have thoughts about settling down, even though Annie is engaged to someone else. Wendie Malick, Ian Gomez and Rick Hoffman also star in Jake, from Brad Grey Television Prods. in association with 20th Century Fox Television. The show is scheduled to return in January for its second season. Ross' credits also include the Showtime series Beggars and Choosers and the NBC miniseries A Will of Their Own. In addition, she has guest-starred on NBC's Frasier and ER. Ross is repped by Endeavor, management firm the Collective and attorney Phil Davis.

'ER' gets dose of Stamos for two episodes

'ER' gets dose of Stamos for two episodes
John Stamos has been tapped for a guest-starring role on NBC's veteran medical drama ER. The actor will appear in two episodes of the Warner Bros. TV series that are set to air during the November sweep. He'll portray a flirtatious paramedic who also is a medical student and a veteran of the first Gulf War. Stamos stars in the ABC comedy Jake in Progress, which is scheduled to return for its second season in January.
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