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NFL’s first openly gay player Michael Sam is getting an OWN docuseries
“The Untitled Michael Sam Project" will follow Sam as he tries to make the St. Louis Rams, which on Saturday made him the first openly gay player to be drafted.“We are honored that Michael is trusting us with his private journey in this moment that has not only made history but will shape it forever,” says Oprah Winfrey. “I am proud of the focus on authentic storytelling in our new documentary series format. The next real-life story we follow in The Untitled Michael Sam Project promises to spark valuable, important discussion on life in America today. Acceptance and illumination start here.”
At CBS’ Upfronts, Letterman recalled a “2-day, 48-hour phone fight” he had with Les Moonves
It started soon after Moonves joined CBS in 1995, and Letterman says he was convinced that Moonves would be bad news for the network. The two, though, made up, and Moonves has been nothing but supportive of Dave.
Ryan Murphy: “Naya’s coming back next year” to “Glee"
“I don’t think there is a story between Naya and Lea,” he tells “Extra." "I always marvel at the things that become headline news that most of the time are completely fabricated. Naya’s coming back next year, Lea’s coming back next year, anybody ever in that cast has an open invitation to come back and finish the character they so beautifully started.”
“Jeopardy!” creates a category for a Broadway costume designer
Six-time Tony winner William Ivey Long will get the honor on Friday of having his very own category, the first for a Broadway costume designer.
Given the crowd at the Television Academy last night for History's "Vikings," you'd be hard pressed to guess that the season 2 finale didn't score the numbers of the first (3.4 million, representing a drop of 6 percent from last year). Still, the network is making a solid play for Emmy nods. Given the dark twists of this season, from an unexpected final betrayal to a demanding and brutal character arc for Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), a little recognition doesn't seem out of the realm of possibility for this cast, many of whom were in attendance. I'll be posting my one-on-one interviews with them soon, but here's the download on a panel that went from jovial to emotional and, in one case, very personal.
When Paramount held the first screening for "Star Trek Into Darkness," Robert Orci was one of the people who showed up to introduce the film, and during the Q&A afterwards, it was immediately clear that Orci wanted to be the director of the next film in the series. He treated it as a joke, but it didn't matter. The desire on his part was palpable, and I'm not remotely shocked to see that he's now been confirmed as the director.
So what does this mean? What is an all-Orci "Star Trek" going to look like?
To be honest, I'm not sure anyone can answer that question yet. The series itself is at a very strange place. While very few people seemed to be satisfied with the last film, it did leave things in a great place for a sequel because the crew has finally been sent away from Earth on their "five-year-mission," meaning pretty much anything is on the table for where they can go and what they can do. And Orci inherits a tremendous ensemble cast. I'm willing to admit that the reason I went easy on "Into Darkness" the first time around is because I just plain enjoy watching these people together.
CBS’ Les Moonves: “Under the Dome” was “the highest-rated drama this year”
“That’s pretty amazing,” Moonves said, that "the highest-rated drama was on in the summer.” Moonves was emphasizing that the midseason is dead and that CBS is committed to programming year round, meaning big shows will air during the summer.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will visit “Duck Dynasty” when it returns in June
Jindal has been one of the Robertsons’ biggest vocal defenders, especially when Phil Robertson was suspended.
Lifetime developing a movie on Cleveland kidnapping victim Michelle Knight
"The Michelle Knight Story” will tell of Knight’s captivity by Ariel Castro from 2002 to 2013.
Neil Patrick Harris: Les Moonves approached me about replacing Letterman
Harris tells Howard Stern that he told Moonves that he thought he’d get bored doing the late-night format — he’d prefer doing a weekly variety show.
Tyra Banks producing a VH1 docuseries on transgender women
Over eight episodes, “TransAmerica” will tell the story of a group of transgender women in Chicago.
Dave Grohl gets his own HBO show
The Foo Fighters frontman will expand on his “Sound City” documentary and tour and record at the world’s most iconic recording studios.
Norm Macdonald “congratulates” Joel McHale for “The Late Late Show"
Does the “SNL” alum know something about Craig Ferguson's replacement?
Lana Del Rey has set a June 17 release date for “Ultraviolence,” as well as released the album's cover art.
In addition to standard and deluxe editions on download, CD, and vinyl, there will also be a Collectors Box edition that will include a deluxe LP Picture disc, a deluxe CD digipak and art prints, which was assume are suitable for framing.
In addition to first single “West Coast,” the new album contains some intriguing titles, including “F*cked My Way To The Top,” “The Other Woman” and bonus track, “Guns And Roses.”
Del Rey is current on tour in the U.S. Her remaining dates are listed below the track listing.
1. CRUEL WORLD
3. SHADES OF COOL
4. BROOKLYN BABY
5. WEST COAST
6. SAD GIRL
7. PRETTY WHEN YOU CRY
8. MONEY POWER GLORY
9. FUCKED MY WAY UP TO THE TOP
10. OLD MONEY
11. THE OTHER WOMAN
12. BLACK BEAUTY
13. GUNS AND ROSES
14. FLORIDA KILOS
2014 North American Tour Dates:
5/15 - Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theatre
5/16 - Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
5/19 - Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
5/25 - Vancouver, BC @ PNE Amphitheatre
5/27 - Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theater
5/30 - Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Expo Hall
It's almost that time of year: August, when something aims for the heartstrings at the end of a blockbuster summer and just before the prestige movie season of the fall. We've seen films like "Eat, Pray, Love," "The Help," "Hope Springs" and "Lee Daniels' The Butler" succeed in that frame in recent years, and this year, it will be "The Hundred-Foot Journey" looking to cash in. Whether it can translate that potential success into an awards trajectory a la "The Help" (the only one of those three to find Oscar traction) is anyone's guess.
While making fun of the royal family is a national pastime across the pond, here our take on royalty is mingled with a curiosity about something that seems glamorous -- from a distance. BBC America's first comedy series, "Almost Royal," proposes to plop two young British aristocrats in our backyard to see how they take to 'Murican ways. The show, which stars Ed Gamble (Georgie) and Amy Hoggart (Poppy), tears a page out of the Sacha Baron Cohen rulebook by letting the actors interact with real people. Real people including Fabio. That happens.
CBS announced its 2014-15 schedule on Wednesday (May 14) morning, or at least the first half of it.
As of now, we still don't know where the Vince Gilligan-created "Battle Creek" will go, nor where CBS will premiere Matthew Perry's "The Odd Couple," but we do now have pretty pictures from both "midseason" -- CBS hates the word "midseason" now -- projects.
CBS also unveiled pictures of Katharine McPhee helping nerds solve problems in "Scorpion" and Maggie Q and Dylan McDermott getting very intense about stalkings in... "Stalker."
Check out the first pictures from CBS' new 2014-2015 shows:
"Godzilla" rampages into the multiplex this weekend, and as I've already detailed, I'm pretty well in the tank for it. It's an exciting, suspenseful, and above all, artful piece of work that really sits on a higher tier than most movies of its ilk.
Max Borenstein was the man given the impossible task of re-imagining this iconic story for a new era (working from a story by Dave Callaham), and I think he and director Gareth Edwards have delivered. And not only that, but Borenstein had a chance to expand the universe a bit with his work in the graphic novel prequel "Godzilla: Awakening," which we've already grilled him about.