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Hugh Dane, aka Hank the Security Guard from 'The Office,' Dead at 75

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Hugh Dane, aka Hank the Security Guard from 'The Office,' Dead at 75
Dunder Mifflin fans have lost a member of their TV family -- Hugh Dane, who famously played Hank the security guard on "The Office," has died. One of Hugh's costars on the sitcom, Rainn Wilson, tweeted out the news Monday with a link to a nonprofit Hugh was involved with. The org., The Inner City Cultural Center in L.A., posted about Hugh's death late last month ... they say he died in mid-May. Rip Hugh Dane,
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Hugh Dane, Hank the Security Guard on ‘The Office,’ Dies at 75

Hugh Dane, Hank the Security Guard on ‘The Office,’ Dies at 75
Hugh Dane, who played no-nonsense security guard Hank on “The Office,” has died. He was 75.

The actor portrayed characters in memorable films and series such as “The Office,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” and “Bridesmaids,” for nearly 30 years. The Inner City Cultural Center posted a notice of his death on Facebook.

Dane originally broke into acting in the late 1980s with a role in the video game “It Came From the Desert,” but his first television part as the Father in “Hunter” followed soon after, setting into motion a career’s worth of TV acting. While Dunder Mifflin’s Hank
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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles To Host Annual Accessories For Success Scholarship Luncheon

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles (Bbbsla) hosts its annual Accessories for Success Scholarship Luncheon on Sunday, April 22nd at the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills presented by City National Bank.

Three exemplary women, who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and support for children facing adversity in Los Angeles, will be honored. Tracy D. Underwood, Senior Vice President of ABC Signature, and Laurie Zaks, President of Mandeville Television, will receive the “Excellence in Mentoring Award”. Martha Henderson, Executive Vice President of Entertainment Banking at City National Bank will receive the “Innovator Award”. Amber Valetta will emcee the luncheon; stylemeister Lloyd Boston will emcee the fashion show; and actress and activist Yara Shahidi (Grown-ish) is set to present the awards. Rebecca Campbell, Nancy Daniels, Stephen Galloway, Anne Globe, NJ Goldston, Barbara Lazaroff, Laura Lizer, Nicole Lorey, Loyola Marymount University, Lori McCreary, Kate Nichols, Charon Harroun Peirce, Nina Shaw, Sandra Stern, and Nancy Taylor are Honorary Co-Chairs.
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Lionsgate in Talks to Acquire 3 Arts Entertainment

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Lionsgate is looking to acquire the management and production company 3 Arts Entertainment.

According to Deadline, which first reported the news, Lionsgate is offering between $300 and 350 million for 50 percent of 3 Arts, and wants the option to take over the remaining half within five years. Should the deal go through, Lionsgate is expected to keep top management at 3 Arts in place, Deadline reports.

3 Arts has recently approached several potential buyers, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Representatives for Lionsgate and 3 Arts declined to comment.

Also Read: Eric and Kim Tannenbaum Sign Multi-Year Deal With Lionsgate TV

Founded in 1991, 3 Arts currently boasts a slate of shows including “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “The Resident,” “Champions,” “Insecure,” “Silicon Valley,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Man With a Plan,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “The Good Place” and “The Mick.”

The company’s prior production credits include television shows “Parks and Recreation,” “

Everybody Hates Chris,” “The Mindy Project,” “Difficult People,” and films “Edge of Tomorrow,” “Unbroken,” “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” and “The To Do List.”

Read original story Lionsgate in Talks to Acquire 3 Arts Entertainment At TheWrap
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Chris Rock Sets First Netflix Stand-Up Special Premiere Date

Chris Rock Sets First Netflix Stand-Up Special Premiere Date
Chris Rock’s first Netflix comedy special has a premiere date just in time for Valentine’s Day.

The legendary stand up comedian will release his first special in ten years this Wednesday, Feb. 14, on Netflix. Titled “Chris Rock: Tamborine,” the special will see Rock cover the gamut of contemporary issues like relationships, race, and society. It was directed by Bo Burnham and filmed at New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Music (Bam).

“Tamborine” is the first of two specials Rock will release on Netflix under a deal he signed with the streaming service in 2016. Insiders told Variety at that time that the two-special-deal was worth $40 million.

Rock’s last stand up special was “Kill the Messenger,” which premiered on HBO in 2008. He also directed the special “Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo” for HBO in 2015. Rock has won four Emmys, three Grammys and is an Oscar nominee. Some of his most notable credits include “[link
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Kevin Hart Has a New Animated Comedy Series Coming to Fox Called Lil Kev

If you're a fan of Kevin Hart and his comedy style, you'll be happy to learn that he's got a new animated series coming to Fox called Lil Kev. The show is based on Hart's comedy and this is the synopsis that was released for the series:

Lil Kev is the story of a 12-year-old, pint-sized, optimistic, highly imaginative kid who navigates growing up in the crime filled inner-city of North Philly with the help and sometimes hindrance of his strong, quick-tempered mother, drug addicted father, pessimistic older brother, ex-con uncle and wise-ass talking dog.

Hart will be providing the voice of the main character and he will be joined by Wanda Sykes, Keith Robertson, Gerald “Slink” Johnson and Deon Cole.

The project is one of many animated projects being developed at Fox. It's being written by Michael Price (The Simpsons) and Matt Claybrooks (Everybody Hates Chris), so we know
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Kevin Hart to Star in Fox Animated Comedy Lil Kev, Based on His Childhood

Kevin Hart to Star in Fox Animated Comedy Lil Kev, Based on His Childhood
Kevin Hart is getting animated. (Well, even more so than usual.)

The actor/comedian will star in and executive-produce an animated Fox sitcom based on his childhood, according to our sister site Deadline. Fox has ordered a pilot presentation for Lil Kev, which follows a highly imaginative 12-year-old boy as he navigates the streets of North Philadelphia with the help of “his strong, quick-tempered mother, drug-addicted father, pessimistic older brother, ex-con uncle and wise-ass talking dog.”

Along with Hart, Lil Kev will feature the voices of Wanda Sykes (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Deon Cole (black-ish), Gerald “Slink” Johnson (Black Jesus) and stand-up comic Keith Robinson.
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Fox Orders Kevin Hart Presentation ‘Lil Kev’ As Part Of Big Animated Series Push

Exclusive: Fox has picked up Lil Kev, an animated pilot presentation based on the comedy of Kevin Hart, which he will be voicing alongside Wanda Sykes, Keith Robertson, Gerald “Slink” Johnson and Deon Cole. The 20th Century Fox TV/Lionsgate TV project, written by Michael Price (The Simpsons) and Matt Claybrooks (Everybody Hates Chris), is one of several animated series in the works at Fox, including another pilot presentation for a half-hour comedy from Amy Poehler, The Si…
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Jason Alexander to Guest Star on ‘Young Sheldon’ (Exclusive)

Jason Alexander to Guest Star on ‘Young Sheldon’ (Exclusive)
Jason Alexander is returning to sitcoms with a special guest star role on CBS’ “Young Sheldon,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Alexander will play Mr. Lundy – Medford High School’s resident drama teacher who “boldly shepherds” Sheldon (Iain Armitage) into the world of acting. He will appear in the 16th episode of “The Big Bang Theory’s” prequel’s first season, which will air this spring.

Alexander, who most famously portrayed George Costanza in sitcom “Seinfeld” for nine years in the 1990s, was most recently seen in Audience Network’s comedy, “Hit The Road.” Some of his other television credits include “Friends,” “Everybody Hates Chris,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Listen Up” and “The Grinder.”

Alexander is repped by Innovative Artists, Abrams Artists Agency and UTA.

“Young Sheldon,” which is executive produced by Chuck Lorre, Steve Molaro, Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak, is the No. 1 new comedy in viewers, adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 and the No. 2 comedy in all
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Chris Rock Sells $3.35 Million Brooklyn Carriage House He's Owned Since His SNL Days

Chris Rock Sells $3.35 Million Brooklyn Carriage House He's Owned Since His SNL Days
Chris Rock is making a fresh start — in his real estate portfolio.

The comedian, 52, is letting go of a huge townhouse in Brooklyn’s rapidly gentrifying Clinton Hill neighborhood. The house, listed with Douglas Elliman, sold for $3.35 million in September and the sale was first reported by 6sqft this week. The 3,700-square-foot property, which Rock put on the market in May, went for $500,000 below the original asking price of $3.85 million.

Related: Ellen Pompeo Lists Just-Completed ‘Modern Barn’ in the Hamptons for $3.8 Million

The gutted interior of the Beaux-Arts building boasts a loft-like style with exposed beams and brick walls. It
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Mara Brock Akil, Salim Akil Own Drama ‘Love Is__’ Adds Five Series Regulars

The upcoming Own series “Love Is__” has added five more series regulars to its cast, Variety has learned.

From creators Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, the series is based on the true story of the husband and wife team, telling the story of a power couple navigating the landscape of Black Hollywood. The new regulars join the previously announced series leads Michele Weaver, who plays Nuri, and Will Catlett, who plays Yasir.

Idara Victor has been cast in the role of Angela. A member of the same writing staff as Nuri, Angela doesn’t always agree with everything Nuri says, mainly because she is a disgruntled drama writer stuck in a comedy she doesn’t believe in. Victor has appeared on shows like “Law & Order,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “Mad Men.” She was also a series regular on the TNT series “Rizzoli & Isles” and recurred on all four seasons of AMC’s “Turn: Washington
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7 Things You Need to Know About Paris Hilton's Fiancé, Chris Zylka

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7 Things You Need to Know About Paris Hilton's Fiancé, Chris Zylka
Paris Hilton rang in the new year with a big ol' diamond ring and a proposal from her boyfriend, Chris Zylka. On Tuesday, it was confirmed that Paris and Chris are in fact engaged, and like the 36-year-old heiress always says, "That's hot!" The same day, Paris shared a series of photos on Instagram from the Colorado mountaintop proposal, and it appeared to be a magical moment. "I said Yas!
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Hawaii Five-0 Taps Vincent Pastore to Play Danny's 'Uncle' From Jersey

Hawaii Five-0 Taps Vincent Pastore to Play Danny's 'Uncle' From Jersey
Well, this Hawaii Five-0 casting should be a big hit with TV fans: The Sopranos veteran Vincent Pastore is joining the cast of the CBS procedural in a recurring role.

Our sister site Deadline reports that Pastore will play Danny’s “uncle” Vito, a contractor who hails from (you guessed it) New Jersey. Vito prides himself on being a Mr. Fix-It and travels to Hawaii to help Danny open his restaurant. Danny always assumed Vito was in the mob… even though the guy really doesn’t have any ties to organized crime.
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Critics Pick the Best Modern Shows Set in the ’80s, From ‘Stranger Things’ to ‘The Americans’

Critics Pick the Best Modern Shows Set in the ’80s, From ‘Stranger Things’ to ‘The Americans’
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What’s the best modern show set in the ’80s? (To qualify, the show must have aired sometime 2000-present.)

Alan Sepinwall (@sepinwall), Uproxx

Recency bias would suggest “Halt and Catch Fire,” even though its strongest season, this last one, took place in the 1990s, or “Stranger Things,” which is an extremely fun show but not an all-timer. That leaves two clear-cut favorites: “Freaks and Geeks,” Paul Feig and Judd Apatow’s ode to high school outcasts; and FX’s Cold War spy thriller “The Americans.” The former is one of the great one-season wonders, one of the best shows ever made about teenagers, and — between Feig,
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Cha-Ching! Terry Crews Approves Woman’s Request to Put His Face on Her Debit Card

Cha-Ching! Terry Crews Approves Woman’s Request to Put His Face on Her Debit Card
Terry Crews saved the day!

After a woman was told she couldn’t get a picture of Crews on her debit card without the actor’s permission, she asked for the Internet’s help getting his attention — and it worked.

It all started on Monday, when a woman named Darrel Kennedy announced on Twitter that she was ordering a new debit card with an image of Crews from his role as the very frugal father on Everybody Hates Chris — which she later joked would help inspire her to spend less money.

“Ordering a new debit card,” Kennedy wrote, alongside a
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Daytime Divas Cancelled at VH1

Daytime Divas Cancelled at VH1
Time has run out for the ladies of The Lunch Hour, with VH1 canceling Daytime Divas after just one season.

RelatedCable/Streaming Scorecard: What’s Renewed? What’s Cancelled?

The dramedy starred Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty) as Maxine Robinson, the host and creator of a View-esque talk show, though her scandalous personal life — which included a sordid love affair, a murder cover-up, etc. — frequently overshadowed her on-air persona.

Maxine was joined at The Lunch Hour table by a parade of diverse co-hosts: war correspondent Nina Sandoval (played by Happyland‘s Camille Guaty), former child star Kibby Ainsley (Pretty Little Liars
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Ali LeRoi Inks Overall Deal With CBS Television Studios

Everybody Hates Chris co-creator Ali LeRoi is returning to the studio behind the praised Upn/the CW comedy, signing a two-year overall deal with CBS Television Studios. Veteran comedy showrunner LeRoi is currently developing a single-camera comedy starring stand-up comedian Ms. Pat at Fox and 20th Century Fox TV, with Lee Daniels and Brian Grazer executive producing via their Lee Daniels Entertainment and Imagine Entertainment banners, respectively. (The project, which is…
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Terry Crews Reveals He Was Groped By Hollywood Executive in 2016

Terry Crews Reveals He Was Groped By Hollywood Executive in 2016
In the midst of allegations being made against Harvey Weinstein involving decades worth of sexual harassment, Terry Crews has taken to Twitter to share his own experience with sexual misconduct in the industry. The NFL-athlete-turned-actor revealed in a 16-part thread that he was groped by a Hollywood executive at a function in Los Angeles in 2016. Crews said all the allegations emerging about Weinstein was “giving [him] Ptsd.”

“My wife [and] I were at a Hollywood function last year [and] a high level Hollywood executive came over [to] me and groped my privates,” Crews wrote. “Jumping back I said, ‘What are you doing?!’ My wife saw everything [and] we looked at him like he was crazy. He just grinned like a jerk.”

Read More:Harvey Weinstein Accused of Rape By Asia Argento and Two Other Women

Crews did not name the groper, although he did think about “kicking his ass” before ultimately deciding to hold back.
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‘Black-ish’ Vets Courtney Lilly, Peter Saji Sign Overall Deals at ABC Studios

‘Black-ish’ Vets Courtney Lilly, Peter Saji Sign Overall Deals at ABC Studios
ABC Studios has signed two veterans of “Black-ish” to its talent roster.

Courtney Lilly and Peter Saji, both co-executive producers on the Kenya Barris-created comedy, have landed overall deals at the studio.

Lilly had previously served as as a co-executive producer on NBC’s multi-camera comedy “Undateable” and as a co-producer on on Fox animated comedy “The Cleveland Show.” He also was a writer on the CW’s “Everybody Hates Chris” and Fox’s “Arrested Development.” He is represented by UTA and The Shuman Company.

Saji, who has been with “Black-ish” since the show premiered, previously spent four seasons on the ABC and TBS comedy “Cougar Town.” He launched his career through the Disney/ABC Writing Program. He is represented by UTA and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman L.L.P.

In three seasons, “Black-ish” has been nominated for eight Primetime Emmy Awards. It was nominated this year and last for
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‘Black-ish’ Co-Exec Producer Duo Ink ABC Studios Overall Deals

ABC Studios has signed overall deals with Courtney Lilly and Peter Saji, both co-executive producers on the hit ABC/ABC Studios series Black-ish. The move comes ahead of the Emmy-nominated comedy’s Season 4 premiere on October 3. Lilly's credits include co-executive producer on Undateable and co-producer on The Cleveland Show. He also was a writer on Everybody Hates Chris and Arrested Development. He’s repped by UTA and The Shuman Company. Saji, who began his career at…
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