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"Walking Dead" and "Vampire Diaries" bosses don't remember the accused ricin sender
Shannon Richardson, AKA Shannon Guess, listed both shows on her IMDb resume, but she may just have been a glorified extra.
Christina Ricci signs on to play Lizzie Borden in a Lifetime movie
She'll play the woman who was tried and acquitted in the 1892 ax murders of her father and stepmother.
Perhaps "Daily Show" fans need this break from Jon Stewart
Will three months off rid Stewart of some of his "annoying tics," like his overreliance on goofy accents?
Rock rules on next week’s Billboard 200 as Queens of the Stone Age, Sleeping with Sirens, and Megadeth all bow in the Top 10.
As expected Queens of the Stone Age’s “...Like Clockwork” will debut at NO. 1 with sales of up to 95,000. Rockers Sleeping With Sirens’s “Feel” will land at No. 2 with 70,000, while Megadeth charges in at No. 6 with sales of up to 32,000 for “Super Collider.”
This week’s No. 1, Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories,” will drop to No. 3, mustering another 65,000 in sales.
Darius Rucker’s “True Believers” and Blake Shelton’s “Based on A True Story” are tied for No. 4 with each slated to move up to 35,000 copies, according to Hits Daily Double. Shelton’s album sees an uptick after hosting last week’s tornado charity concert.
Imagine Dragons’ “Night Visions” and Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” find themselves in the same situation, with both poised to sell up to 28,000 for the No. 7 slot.
The soundtrack to “The Great Gatsby” continues its top 10 turn and will likely be at No. 9 if it can hold off a charge from George Strait’s “Love Is Everything,” which will be at No. 10.
AUSTIN -- Clinic already knows what their next album is going to sound like.
Sometime in the next few weeks, I'll be running my coverage of my visit to the set of "Kick-Ass 2," where I had a few days to myself to see how director Jeff Wadlow is working with the returning cast, including Chloe Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, to make the sequel even more dangerous and deranged than the original. Of course, a big part of that coverage will be my conversation with Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who returns to the sequel as Dave/Kick-Ass, the main character.
I was on the set for the original, and then really hadn't seen much of him since, so when I finally ran into him on the sequel, I was amazed by just how much muscle he's packed onto his frame. The difference that a few years make is monumental, and I suspect Johnson is a guy who studios are going to cast in action leads for many years to come. He's a smart actor who can play vulnerable very well, and for his age, he has a remarkable sense of maturity.
Why "Game of Thrones" Red Wedding was more traumatic on TV than in the books
For one thing, Robb Stark wasn't even a major character in the books. For another, the TV show was able to throw viewers off its scent, unlike the books. PLUS: George R.R. Martin gives "spoilers" to Conan, "GoT" criticized for its use of British accents, Martin sits down with Ryan Seacrest, about the Season 3 costumes, "Brienne" gets a call from Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and "Gendry" talks the season finale.
Neil Patrick Harris touts this year's "supersized Tonys"
This year, the show is moving to the much-bigger Radio City Musical Hall, which gives him room for the Rockettes.
"Boy Meets World" cast reunites
Ben Savage, Rider Strong and Danielle Fishel reunited today with other former castmates at the ATX Television Festival in Austin.
Matthew Weiner: I cast James Wolk on "Mad Men" because he's so mysterious
As for Bob Benson, Weiner says, "I'm not going to comment on whether or not he's a government spy." PLUS: "Ted Chaough" feels lucky that his role was expanded, and Bryan Batt things Sal would still be in the closet.
Watch the trailer for NBC's "Siberia"
"Lost" meets "Survivor" on this fake reality show.
"The Following" may jump ahead in time
Kevin Bacon says writers are mulling putting his character "in a different sort of head space."
Tyler Perry is making OWN more attractive to black viewers than BET
Oprah didn't create her channel for African-American viewers, but OWN has emerged as the No. 2 network among black women ages 25 to 54.
Bog Saget returns to his "Full House" home
"In San Fran. Couldn't resist," he tweeted.
"Graceland" has a respectable debut
About 3.3 million tuned in for the USA series' premiere.
Why more TV shows should kill off their characters
Killing off characters makes great business sense, according to Forbes.
Do complex TV shows need to be rewatched?
"Game of Thrones," for instance, is a much better on repeated viewing.
Reality TV hoaxer appeared on 8 different shows as 8 different people
Ken Tarr fooled everybody from Judge Joe Brown to Judge Mathis.
Bravo strands its stars on the beach for new summer promos
Check out a soaking web Padma Lakshmi and James Lipton playing cards with a monkey. PLUS: Brandi Glanville's dog kidnapped.
"Survivor: Caramoan" star creates a comic book based on his experiences
Erik Reichenbach's "Starving, For Attention" is a "completely legal parody."
Dan Stevens has lost 30 pounds since leaving "Downton Abbey"
He shed the weight for a new role. PLUS: Stevens on hysterical Twitter fans, and there will be a shocking storyline in Season 4.
Watch Starz's trailer for "The White Queen"
Could this be the next "Game of Thrones"?
ABC ordering "The Black Box" from Bryan Singer and "The L Word" creator
The series would follow a renowned neuroscientist named Elizabeth Black who secretly suffers from mental illness.
Why "Big Bang Theory" changed Raj's problem with women
The character needed to grow, though he won't be changing that much.
Every fake "Arrested Development" video, compiled
Watch a mashup of the fakest websites.
Paula Deen coming out with her own line of butter
Walmart and Walgreens will sell the special Deen butter in five flavors.
Jimmy Kimmel hangs with his fiancee and Sarah Silverman
Kimmel reunited with Silverman last night at the AFI tribute to Mel Brooks.
Here's the 1st trailer for "Luther" Season 3
BBC America brings back Idris Elba's series for four consecutive nights in September.
George Takei employs a joke-writer for his Facebook page
The "Star Trek" star reportedly pays his joke-writer $10 per joke.
"Falling Skies" is back for an action-packed Season 3
The new season kicks off Sunday seven months after the end of Season 2.
A psychiatrist explains the science of binge-watching
According to psychiatrist Richard Rosenthal, Netflix is "taking advantage of human nature" with its "post play" model. PLUS; Kate Walsh: "I love binging on shows."
"Phineas and Ferb" meets Marvel superheroes
It's Disney synergy at its finest.
WEtv star Tamar Braxton welcomes a boy
The "Tamar & Vince" star gave birth to her 3rd child.
Linda Cardellini gets engaged
The "Freaks and Geeks" and "Mad Men" actress is set to wed her longtime boyfriend and father of her daughter.
Though he remains an all-time favorite, I try to keep my expectations firmly clamped down for any new Woody Allen these days: even supposed return-to-form "Midnight in Paris" didn't quite land right with me, so it's best to let the sporadic pleasures of his latter-day work come as pleasant surprises. Yet I've broken protocol and allowed myself to get increasingly excited about his dramedy "Blue Jasmine," which hits theaters on July 26.
First, there is no point comparing this to the Max Brooks book of the same name. This is not an adaptation of the book. It's barely related. This is a case of a studio liking a title and building a brand-new high concept around it after they buy the rights. Love it or hate it, this "World War Z" is its own thing.
I am of very split mind on this film. It's fairly well-made, even though Marc Forster still prefers chaos over choreography in his action, making it hard to see what's happening much of the time. Brad Pitt's fine in it, although he's barely playing a character. There is so little time spent defining who Gerry Lane is or why he's the central figure in the narrative that they should have just gone the same way as "This Is The End," letting Pitt play himself. That's the ad campaign anyway. "Brad Pitt versus zombies." And I'll give them this… it's truth in advertising. This is Brad Pitt flying around the world so he can run from zombies in new and exciting places, and nothing more than that.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Robert De Niro and Morgan Freeman never worked with Mel Brooks, and the Oscar winners came to a ceremony in his honor to let him know they resent it.
Brooks received the American Film Institute's 41st Life Achievement Award Thursday, and Freeman and De Niro were among a galaxy of stars who paid tribute to the man behind "Blazing Saddles," "Young Frankenstein" and "The Producers."
De Niro asked whether there was a casting-couch process he could participate in, and Freeman quipped, "I've never even been on the same bus as Mel Brooks." Still, they thanked him for the decades of laughs.
Actress who played a "Walking Dead" zombie arrested in Obama/Bloomberg ricin case
Shannon Richardson, AKA Shannon Guess, was arrested Friday in connection with the mailing of three letters containing ricin to President Obama and Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Richardson, who has also appeared on "The Vampire Diaries," originally called the FBI to report that her husband sent out the letters.
Showtime orders a drama about truckers
"Heartland Trucking" will focus on the world of trucking in middle America.
Kristin Cavallari is now Kristin Cutler
The former "Hills" Star posted a photo of her wedding ring.
Ah, the "early, funny ones." That seemingly innocent, but bitterly loaded, phrase for the evolved artist's simpler, less conflicted juvenilia was coined by Woody Allen in his 1980 film "Stardust Memories" to playfully antagonize fans with limited patience for his tonal experimentation. He was hardly the first nor the last filmmaker to look down his nose at his own foundational work, even as he backslid towards less risky creative territory in years to follow. Rarer is the established auteur who exhibits an active hankering for his own "early, funny ones," whether or not his audience is demanding the same -- but then, Pedro Almodóvar has never played by anyone's rules but his own.