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<p>John&nbsp;Lithgow at the 2010 Primetime Emmy&nbsp;Awards</p>

John Lithgow at the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards

Credit: AP Photo

John Lithgow joins the cast of Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar'

Yet another awesome ensemble has taken shape

The cast of Christopher Nolan's upcoming "Insterstellar" is, well, stellar. There are a handful of amazing ensembles out there these days, from "12 Years a Slave" to "Out of the Furnace," but this one is just jam-packed with prestige, movie stardom and just about anything you'd want out of a cast. And now we can add John Lithgow to the ever-expanding list.

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<p>Hugh&nbsp;Jackman in &quot;The Wolverine&quot;</p>

Hugh Jackman in "The Wolverine"

Credit: 20th Century Fox

Lucky 7: Seven actors who played the same role at least seven times

Hugh Jackman joins a select group with the upcoming 'Days of Future Past'

Comic-Con is on the way but I'm skipping out on San Diego entirely this year for various reasons -- none of them unfortunate. Meanwhile, James Mangold's "The Wolverine," one of at least 10 comic book adaptations hitting screens this year, is right around the corner.

The new film will be Hugh Jackman's sixth as the mutant Logan/Wolverine after "X-Men" (2000), "X2" (2003), "X-Men: The Last Stand" (2006), "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" (2009) and "X-Men: First Class" (2011). Not only that, but next year's "X-Men: Days of Future Past" will bring him into the rare air of a seventh portrayal, and as he told HitFix's Drew McWeeny in a recent interview, the actor is "not ready to give him up just yet."

All of this got me thinking: Who else has played a character seven times?

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Cloris Leachman

Cloris Leachman

Credit: Fox

Cloris Leachman talks Emmys, tire irons, Peter Pan and 'Raising Hope'

The Emmy winner could be headed for a tenth win

I hesitated before deciding to interview Cloris Leachman. Of course, her resume is intimidatingly impressive. The "Raising Hope" star has won an Oscar (for "The Last Picture Show") and nine Emmys (eight primetime, one daytime). She has played some of the most memorable roles in recent memory, including Phyllis on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and Frau Blucher in the film "Young Frankenstein." She's been the oldest contestant on "Dancing with the Stars," and heck, she even competed in the Miss America pageant (she was Miss Chicago). But her credits weren't what almost deterred me.

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Vancouver police: There's nothing to indicate Cory Monteith's death was due to illicit drug use


Vancouver police: There's nothing to indicate Cory Monteith's death was due to illicit drug use
It will take several days for toxicology results to come in. PLUS: Monteith reportedly led a double life.


"The Glee Project" officially canceled

Fox says the cancelation after two seasons has nothing to do with Cory Monteith's death.


PBS hints "Where In The World is Carmen Sandiego?" is coming back
See the clue dropped on the PBS Tumblr.


Whitney Cummings tears up as she recalls the "negative backlash" to her TV success

She tells Howard Stern that a lot of comics hated her when she had a bunch of TV shows on air.


"Saved by the Bell" musical is coming to NYC's Off-Broadway

"Bayside! The Musical!" describes itself as "the unauthorized musical parody of TV’s 'Saved By The Bell.'"


"Billy on the Street" renewed
Billy Eichner's Fuse series will be back next year.


Liev Schreiber to narrate PBS' comic book documentary
He'll also host "Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle."


Conan O'Brien will get a temporary sidekick when Andy Richter tapes his game show pilot

Jimmy Pardo, Conan's warm-up comedian, will fill in for Richter while he's away.


"Heroes" is coming back as a comic book
The new comic will tell the unofficial "Season 5" story of the canceled NBC series.


CW reviving magic show "Masters of Illusion"

The former MyNetworkTV show aired for three seasons.


Watch the "Teen Mom 3" trailer
Featuring four brand-new teen moms.


"King of the Hill's" "Principal Moss" dies

Actor Dennis Burkley was 67.

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Tim Gunn

Tim Gunn

Credit: Lifetime

Tim Gunn talks about the big changes to his role on 'Project Runway'

The mentor has a new role and can save a lucky designer - once

Even more than watching the clothes swish down the catwalk on "Project Runway," I love watching mentor extraordinaire Tim Gunn do this thing. When the show returns on Thurs. (July 18, 9:00 p.m. on Lifetime), the good news is that we'll be getting even more Gunn than before. This time around, his role is expanded -- not only does he present the models to the judges, he gets to talk to them about what he saw in the workroom. Plus, Gunn gets the chance to save a designer from elimination -- though this is a once-a-season opportunity. Gunn spoke to reporters in a conference call this week about his new job, whether or not he exercised his "save" -- and the first episode scandal over one model walking the runway showing enough skin to require pixelation.

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<p>The eponymous space station of &quot;Elysium,&quot;&nbsp;inspired in part by the work of Syd Mead</p>

The eponymous space station of "Elysium," inspired in part by the work of Syd Mead

Credit: Sony Pictures

On 'Elysium,' Syd Mead and science-fiction production design at the Oscars

It's far too rare that the genre is recognized by the designers branch

I'm pretty well stoked for Neill Blomkamp's "Elysium," which looks to put a bow on the summer spectacle season next month. And with Comic-Con around the corner, I'm reminded of that first screening of "District 9" four years ago and how much of a knock-out the experience was. I'm still shocked it managed to navigate the season and end up with Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay nominations. It's such an anomaly to me for that, even in an expanded Best Picture scenario.

Will "Elysium" be so fortunate? Time will tell. Starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, it certainly has more A-list talent on board to get AMPAS members to take notice. Or it could just be another fantastic entry in sci-fi cinema, which has of late become mired in the same high-gloss franchise-mongering that manages to ruin just about everything. And that would be fine, too.

Over at Wired, Mark Yarm has cranked out a wonderful profile of Blomkamp in advance of the film's release. It's a thorough consideration of the young filmmaker, tracing his relationship with actor Sharlto Copley, his eventual partnership with Peter Jackson and the failed "Halo" project, the complete opposite mentality that went into "District 9" and "Elysium"'s likely place in a socio-political conversation. What caught my eye, though, was the involvement of futurist designer Syd Mead in the project. Sue me, I wasn't aware.

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<p>Lil Wayne in &quot;God Bless Amerika&quot;</p>

Lil Wayne in "God Bless Amerika"

Watch: Lil Wayne's searing, powerful 'God Bless Amerika' video

This isn't the New Orleans tourists are going to

Lil Wayne delivers his most politically-charged video with “God Bless Amerika,” a look at Hollygrove, the devastated New Orleans neighborhood where he grew up.

[More after the jump...]

 

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David Bowie's a scary monster in new video for 'Valentine's Day'

David Bowie's a scary monster in new video for 'Valentine's Day'

His intensity dominates clip about school shooter

David Bowie’s eyes star in the video for the spare, yet artsy video for “Valentine’s Day,” from his current album, “The Next Day.”

As all Bowie devotees know, it looks like he has two different colored eyes— one blue and one brown— when actually, both are blue, but his pupil on his left eyes stays dilated because of a childhood fight. Those eyes are the key to Bowie’s eerily-possessed soul in the clip, directed by Indrani and Markus Klinko.

Close ups of his non-smiling face as he sings about a school shooter-- either of arrows or bullets, your interpretation--add to the intensity of the video.

Bowie appears in an abandoned column-filled building, perhaps the ghost of the school. The only other images are of an ethereal, blurry Bowie roaming the grounds and shadows of Bowie.  Forget about fearing Valentine, Bowie’s the scary monster here.

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'American Dad' leaving Fox for TBS


"American Dad" leaving Fox for TBS

Next season, Season 10, will be "American Dad's" final season on Fox. In late 2014, the Seth MacFarlane comedy will begin airing on TBS.

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Showtime renews 'Ray Donovan' for 2nd season


Showtime renews "Ray Donovan" for 2nd season

The Liev Schreiber fixer drama "is on track to be our biggest season one show ever," says Showtime's president.

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Report: Oprah paying Lindsay Lohan $2 million to talk


Report: Oprah paying Lindsay Lohan $2 million to talk

OWN has been negotiating with Lindsay for four months, according to TMZ.


MTV will reveal VMA nominees via Instagram and Vine videos
MTV has hired a popular stop-motion animation creator to make the videos that will be tweeted out throughout Wednesday.


John Stamos' "Full House" band will reunite on Jimmy Fallon
Jesse and the Rippers will perform on Friday's show.


Fox orders an Andy Richter game show pilot
Contestants will earn "life-changing" amounts of money by climbing a pyramid.


Kristen Wiig goes on Jimmy Fallon as Michael Jordan
Watch Fallon and "Jordan" sing a duet together.


Bryan Cranston: "I had one girlfriend I wanted to kill"
The "Breaking Bad" star tells GQ that he, like his character, has had violent urges.


Watch a clip of Kanye West's failed HBO pilot

It was supposed to be like "Curb Your Enthusiasm."


"Supernatural" bringing back a dead character
"Didn't see this coming."


Toyota unveils a "SpongeBob" SUV

Check out the 2014 Highlander with a Bikini Bottom makeover.


Syfy previews "Ghost Shark"

Could this be the next "Sharknado"?

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<p>Spike Lee, seen here at a recent Las Vegas event, is set to make some sort of announcement next Monday via Twitter.</p>

Spike Lee, seen here at a recent Las Vegas event, is set to make some sort of announcement next Monday via Twitter.

Credit: David Becker/Invision/AP Photo

Spike Lee postpones a major announcement, but hints at a possible retirement

Let's hope we're reading the signs wrong on this one

On July 12, director Spike Lee took a little time out from whatever he's doing in Marrakech to write the following:

@SpikeLee I Want To Thank One And All For The Love And Support You Have Given Me Over The Course Of My Film Life. Monday I Will Be Making Announcement.


I am absolutely overwhelmingly pro-Spike Lee. I have been fascinated by him and by his work since "She's Gotta Have It," and one of the things that made Spike so interesting in those early days was the books he would publish for each film, very frank books about how he got the movies made that also included his screenplays. It may be hard for younger viewers to understand just how big of an impact he had on independent film. And when I say that, I don't just mean African-American indie films. I mean any indie films. Spike was just as crucial as Steven Soderbergh or Jim Jarmusch or Kevin Smith or anyone you want to point to as a symbol of the explosion that took place in the '80s. Honestly, it never occurred to me to think of Spike as a black filmmaker first because he, like many of the guys who helped blow things up at that point, was just a filmmaker with a big voice. Watching how he got his personal material made was inspirational.

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