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Report: Bruce Jenner Filming a Docuseries Detailing His ‘Life Changes’

Thursday, January 29th, 2015 by

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Bauer-Griffin/GC Images(LOS ANGELES) — Bruce Jenner has been filming a docuseries about his “life changes” that will air on TV, TMZ reports.

The gossip website says the footage was shot over the last few months and chronicles what Jenner’s stepdaughter, Kim Kardashian, described to Entertainment Tonight as “Bruce’s Journey.”

According to TMZ, the footage “is a very personal look from Bruce’s vantage point of the process of changing” and includes “interaction with Bruce’s kids and ex-wife Kris [Jenner] and how they are receiving the news.”

A source close to the production tells the website the 65-year-old former Olympian talked openly with family and Kris Jenner, at one point, “lost it.”

An insider tells TMZ that Bruce’s kids have been “extremely supportive.” TMZ’s sources say the docuseries will air on E!, the home of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

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Lindsay Lohan’s Community Service Credits Questioned at Hearing

Thursday, January 29th, 2015 by

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ABC News(SANTA MONICA, Calif.) — Are meet-and-greets with fans a form of community service? Lindsay Lohan probably hopes so.

A hearing regarding the actress’ sentence in her reckless driving case was held in Santa Monica, California, Wednesday. Prosecutor Terry White questioned whether Lohan has completed the terms of her community service, based on documents submitted by a London volunteer organization.

According to the papers from Community Service Volunteers, Lohan received several hours’ worth of community service credit for meet-and-greets with fans that followed performances of her London production of Speed-the-Plow, TMZ reports.

Lohan was also given credit for hours in which young people shadowed her in what was termed “work shadowing experience.”

White was given two weeks by the judge to investigate Lohan’s community service hours.

Lohan, who currently lives in the U.K., was ordered to perform community service as part of her sentence for the 2012 case involving her crash with a truck on the Pacific Coast Highway.

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“Parenthood” Ends Six-Season Run Thursday Night

Thursday, January 29th, 2015 by

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Colleen Hayes/NBC(NEW YORK) — After six seasons, the NBC drama Parenthood signs off on Thursday night.

Parenthood, which was inspired by the movie of the same name, has followed the Braverman family, including single mom Sarah Braverman, played by Lauren Graham.

Craig T. Nelson, who co-stars as Sarah’s father Zeek, laments the fact that his show is coming to an end.
“I wish there’d been probably another season,” he told ABC News Radio.

The 70-year-old veteran actor gushed about the cast and crew he’s worked with on Parenthood, which also includes Dax Shepard, Peter Krause and Monica Potter. He said, “It’s a wonderful group of people. It’s the best I’ve ever been with. From the very beginning you could just tell. They’re so invested in doing this.”  

Nelson’s role has been a challenging one this season, given that Zeek has been battling heart problems. Nelson said the story line has not been “fun” for him, explaining, “I gotta spend like seven hours in a place I don’t like. Really don’t like. It brings up issues of mortality, all kinds of stuff. You’re confronted with them and I don’t like that.”

In the series finale, airing at 10 p.m. Eastern time on NBC, Sarah is poised to marry Ray Romano’s Hank.

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“Scandal” and “How To Get Away with Murder” Return Thursday, Stars Dish on What Viewers Can Expect

Thursday, January 29th, 2015 by

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ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) — Gladiators, get ready because Scandal is back Thursday. The last time we saw Olivia Pope, played by Kerry Washington, she was just kidnapped from her Washington, D.C. apartment.

Guillermo Diaz, who portrays Huck on the hit ABC series, tells ABC News Radio that viewers will quickly learn why. “You’re gonna find out what happened to Olivia in that first episode pretty much right away and who was involved,” says Diaz.

Scott Foley, who plays Olivia’s love interest, Jake Ballard, echoed Diaz’s hint, adding, “We’re gonna find out who took her, why they took her, if we get her back, how they get her back…[and] what the ramifications of her being gone are.”

Olivia was snatched when she was dancing and laughing in her living room with Jake, the former head of the secret spy agency B613. Many thought the rendezvous meant the love triangle between Olivia, Jake and President Fitzgerald Grant, played by Tony Goldwyn, had finally ended.

Still, Foley says an unlikely alliance may be coming. “Are Jake and Fitz going to team up [to rescue Olivia], which would be a big deal if they did,” he teased.

Katie Lowes, who portrays Quinn on Scandal, adds to the hype of the series’ return.  Hinting at what viewers can expect in week two, she says, “There is a massive moment coming; like a massive-OMG-Twitter breakdown-every curse word you could imagine-moment that none of the fans are ready for.”

But when it comes to her own character, Lowes has her own ideas of how Quinn should evolve. “The transition she’s taken from season one, I think she’s so grounded and strong and kind of running [Olivia Pope & Associates]. And I’m really happy about that. I’d like to see her take the reins even more,” says Lowes.

Diaz would like to see his character’s family life improve. “I would love to see Huck have a really strong relationship with his son. I’d like to see him interacting with his son a lot more and possibly having joint custody with his wife, with his son,” he said.

The last time we saw Huck with his son, he was running away terrified after watching Huck kill a man.

Scandal returns Thursday on ABC at 9 p.m. Eastern time. It will be followed by the return of How to Get Away with Murder, starring Viola Davis as hard core lawyer Annalise Keating.

Davis promises “more excitement and more mystery involved in the murder” and says viewers “will see the why of these characters — the why they are the way they are.”

Davis’ co-star Liza Weil, who plays Keating’s tough-as-nails associate Bonnie Winterbottom, adds that “layers are getting peeled away, loyalties are questioned and more betrayals are going to come — it’s getting horny.”

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“Cabaret” Star Joel Grey Comes Out as Gay

Thursday, January 29th, 2015 by

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Jennifer Graylock/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — Oscar- and Tony Award-winning actor Joel Grey has come out as gay.

Grey, best known for his award-winning role as the MC in both stage and film versions of Cabaret, opened up to People magazine, saying, “I don’t like labels, but if you have to put a label on it, I’m a gay man.”

While he’s never publicly discussed his sexuality before, he says people close to him have known for years “who I am.”

“[Yet] it took time to embrace that other part of who I always was,” he adds.

Grey was married to actress Jo Wilder for 24 years. They have two children together: actress Jennifer Grey and son James, a chef.

On his Facebook page, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Clark Gregg, who is married to Jennifer Grey, enthused, “Congratulations to my brilliant dad-in-law @JoelGrey Could not love you more.”

Joel Grey’s more recent credits include the TV series CSI, Nurse Jackie, Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice.

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“Empire” Viewers Can Expect a New Woman on Wednesday’s Episode

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 by

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Frank Micelotta/FOX(NEW YORK) — When Empire returns Wednesday night, a new woman is welcomed into the life of Lucious Lyon, the head of Empire Records, played by Oscar-nominated actor Terrence Howard.

According to E! News, viewers should “expect a new woman, Roxanne, a reporter tasked with profiling Lucious, to really hit it off with the Empire CEO.” 

“Sexy banter will go down and Lucious will find the audacious and stylish Roxanne hard to resist,” according to E!

The new woman may cause problems at home for the married Lyon. His wife, Anika, is portrayed by Grace Gealey.

E! adds that Lyon’s ex-wife Cookie, played by Oscar-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson, is also getting a love interest. Could it be Cookie’s childhood friend and songwriter, Puma, portrayed by Cuba Gooding Jr., who we were introduced to last week?

Empire, which airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. Eastern time, centers on a music mogul who doesn’t have long to live, and must decide to which of his three sons he’ll leave his empire.

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Scientology Documentary Claims Tom Cruise Wiretapped Nicole Kidman’s Phone, Church Rejects Claims

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 by

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ABC/RICK ROWELL(NEW YORK) — Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman’s well-publicized split after nearly 11 years of marriage is one of the subjects explored in Alex Gibney’s HBO documentary, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, and the church has wasted no time denying the claims made in the film.

The film, based on Lawrence Wright’s 2013 book, delves deeply into the Hollywood couple’s breakup, which was shrouded in secrecy.

According to Us Weekly, the movie alleges that after Kidman fell in love with Cruise on the set of the 1990 film Days of Thunder, she was labeled a P.T.S. or Potential Trouble Source by the Church because her father was a psychiatrist and Scientologists don’t recognize the profession.

The tabloid says the documentary claims the Church went to great lengths to keep Cruise in the fold after it feared he had “drifted” away during the marriage.

According to Us Weekly, the film alleges that church head David Miscavige sanctioned a plan to “facilitate the breakup” by auditing the actor’s mental state and stirring up his paranoia. One church member alleges in the film that Cruise hired a private investigator to wiretap his wife’s phones.

The Church flatly denies the allegations. “The accusations made in the film are entirely false and alleged without ever asking the Church,” Scientology officials said in a statement. The Church said in its statement that “free speech is not a free pass to broadcast or publish false information.”

Church officials also took to task the people who participated in the film, noting in its statement that “Gibney’s sources are the usual collection of obsessive, disgruntled former Church members kicked out as long as 30 years ago for malfeasance, who have a documented history of making up lies about the Church for money.”

Additionally, the religion launched a Twitter account called Freedom Media Ethics and recently took out an ad in The New York Times criticizing the movie.

Cruise’s attorney tells E! Online, “Tom Cruise did not hire any private investigator to spy on or investigate Nicole Kidman in any way.  Nor did he ask the Church of Scientology to do that.  Any statement to the contrary is provably false.”

A rep for Kidman declined to comment on the story.

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New Season of “The Americans” Begins Wednesday Night

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 by

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Frank Ockenfels/FX(NEW YORK) — The third season of The Americans premieres Wednesday night on FX at 10 p.m. Eastern time.

The critically-acclaimed period drama stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as Russian spies living as an average American couple in the U.S.

Part of the new season will focus on their characters possibly having to turn their American-born teenage daughter into a spy as well.

Russell likes the fact that she not only plays a sleeper agent, but also a mom and wife, too. She told journalists at the recent Television Critics Association winter press tour in California, “The scenes I love the most are those emotional scenes about the complicated marriage. And then you get to go and have a day that’s, like, beating dudes up outside.”

Rhys agreed, saying, “The scheduling is incredibly athletic in that you have to go from these incredibly intense emotional scenes to putting on sort of wigs and then fighting.”

For that reason, Rhys says, there’s no danger of his role becoming “dull.”

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Rebel Wilson Says Her ‘Bigger’ Size Is an Asset in Comedy

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 by

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Universal(SYDNEY) — Rebel Wilson thinks her supposed “bigger” frame is an asset and something that is in no way holding her back when it comes to starring in comedies like Pitch Perfect 2.

“Bigger girls do better in comedy,” she told Australia’s site Daily Life. “I don’t know why. Maybe because people find it easier to laugh. It’s very hard to laugh at someone who’s very attractive, I think.”

The Sydney, Australia native, 28, continued: “And normally those people don’t have a great personality anyway.”

Wilson is proudest of her Pitch Perfect character Fat Amy and what’s she done by using her weight as a positive, not a negative.

“I took something that was seen as a disadvantage — no one thinks, if you’re fat, that you’re going to be an actress and everyone’s going to love you — and turned it into a positive,” she said.

Furthermore, Wilson has no plans to try and shrink down for Hollywood. She’s happy the way she is.

“I do have these dreams, like, ‘What if I just went to a health farm and lost 50 kilos? What would happen? Would it affect my career?’ But then I think, that’s never going to happen,” she added.

Fans know Wilson from hits like Bridesmaids, but she eventually would like to follow in the footsteps of Jonah Hill, who moved into more serious roles and earned Oscar nods for his later work.

“I’ll have to go super dark when I go dark. You don’t want people to think, ‘Is this Fat Amy?'” she said, referring to her Pitch Perfect character.

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Jennifer Aniston Reveals Her “Bachelor” Obsession

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 by

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ABC/Fred Lee(LOS ANGELES) — Jennifer Aniston is winning kudos from critics for her role in the film, Cake, but not everything about the actress is high-brow. When asked about her guilty TV pleasure, Aniston copped to loving The Bachelor.

“I’m not gonna lie,” she told Access Hollywood. “It’s junk food. It’s great junk food.”

Aniston, 45, has been watching this season of the ABC reality show, gushing about Jimmy Kimmel’s appearance last week. However, she can’t help but laugh at the women who are vying for Chris Soules’ affections.

“It’s a train wreck! Have you seen them?” she asked. “You can’t feel bad for them. They’ve done that to themselves, just to entertain us.”

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