Salma Hayek Raises Funds For Mexico City Earthquake Victims; J.K. Rowling, Edward James Olmos Make Pleas
Salma Hayek’s fundraising efforts for the victims of Mexico’s recent disasters were approaching the $300,000 mark today, a day after the actress-producer launched the Crowdrise project for Unicef.
“After the 1985 earthquake in Mexico City,” Hayek says in a video on the Crowdrise page, “I was evacuated from my building. A lot of friends died, including an uncle that was very, very close to me. I have lived through the aftermath of a disaster of this magnitude and it’s… Read
Trevor Noah, Hasan Minhaj & Conan O’Brien Sign on For 11th ‘Heroes’ Concert
The 11th edition of Stand Up for Heroes – an annual fall concert benefiting injured servicemen, women and their families – is set for November 7 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. The event, which also launches the New York Comedy Festival, will include performances by Hasan Minhaj, John Mulaney, Trevor Noah, Conan O'Brien, John Oliver and Jon Stewart, with more to join the lineup. The really big show is presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation and the Comedy… Read
Star Trek Day Celebrated On Twitter: William Shatner Pokes ‘Star Wars’
Despite all the grim news from Florida, Happy Star Trek Day anyway — and yeah, that’s apparently a thing, at least on . Noted fans from Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost to cast members George Takei and the man himself, William Shatner, are tweeting their best wishes on this 51st anniversary of the debut of the TV’s most successful sci-fi franchise.
That last stat, by the way, comes from Guinness World Records via Shatner himself, who tweeted it out this morning… Read
CBS Sets Its First ‘Big Brother’ Celebrity Edition For Winter
CBS said tonight that it will air its first celebrity edition of reality staple Big Brother. The special winter edition will feature multiple episodes per week during a concentrated run and include the series' signature Head of Household and Power of Veto competitions and live evictions. Julie Chen will host.
The network didn’t announce a premiere date, but it could be counterprogramming to NBC’s 2018 Winter Olympics, like ABC is doing with its all-star edition of The Bach… Read
DACA Gets Hollywood, Silicon Valley Support: Shonda Rhimes, Tim Cook, Rob Reiner Blast Trump’s Holiday Cliffhanger
As President Donald Trump turned a long holiday weekend into a cruel cliffhanger, Hollywood and Silicon Valley were raising their voices about Tuesday’s expected announcement about ending DACA, the program that protects nearly 800,000 working and school-going people brought into the U.S. illegally as children.
Some folks, like Shonda Rhimes, Jonny Lee Miller, Susan Sarandon and Frances Fisher, linked to petitions, planned actions and further reading about the Deferred… Read
Jay Thomas: ‘Murphy Brown’ Creator, Tom Arnold & Bryan Cranston Among Tributes
Jay Thomas, the comic actor and radio host who died today of cancer, was remembered by his friend, actor Tom Arnold, for “the many inappropriate laughs every time we worked together.”
Arnold was one of the first in the Hollywood community to offer remembrances of the late Cheers and Murphy Brown actor. Another was Diane English, creator of Murphy Brown and its “Jerry Gold” character that won Thomas two Emmy Awards. She wrote, “He was gifted. I would have loved to write… Read
Hollywood Slams Trump Refusal To Call Out White Supremacists; Mika Brzezinski Says President Is “Weak & Pathetic”
President Donald Trump’s choice to blame “many sides” for the now-fatal violence in Charlottesville today has drawn outrage and condemnation from Hollywood players, Beltway pundits and even, in a subtler way than some, his old rival Jeb Bush.
In his speech from Bedminster, N.J., the president said, “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides. On many sides."
Today’s “Unite the Right” rally was organized… Read
Glen Campbell Remembrance: The Battle With CBS To Get Him The Smothers Brothers’ Summer Slot
Ken Fritz was a co-executive producer of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and was instrumental in getting The Summer Brothers Smothers Show (subsequently The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour) greenlighted as its summer replacement in 1969. But it wasn't easy, with CBS censors already nervous about the Smothers' brand of irreverent humor. In a guest column for Deadline a day after Campbell’s death, Fritz reveals how the censors finally relented:
In the late '60s The Smothers Br… Read
Ron Livingston, Larry Miller & Rizwan Manji Cast In ‘The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot’
EXCLUSIVE: Boardwalk Empire and Office Space alum Ron Livingston, Larry Miller, and Rizwan Manji round out the cast of the Robert Krzykowski-helmed drama The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot, which is in the middle of principal photography. The film, from Epic Pictures, stars Sam Elliot as an American war veteran.
Written by Krzykowski, the story is set in 1987 and follows Calvin Barr (Elliott) who, decades after serving in World War II and assassinating Adolf… Read
Tarek & Christina El Moussa Set ‘Chi-Town Flip’; Ex-Couple Not Onscreen
Flip or Flop stars and ex-couple Tarek and Christina El Moussa unveil Chi-Town Flip Sunday afternoon, their latest HGTV project. But they won’t be onscreen.
“Super excited that our first HGTV pilot as Executive Producers is airing!,” Tarek El Moussa said in an Instagram post. “We aren’t on camera this time…we are behind the camera which is super exciting!!”
Despite their domestic split last year, the tabloid darlings have continued their working relationship. In April… Read
MTV Sets YouTube Star Liza Koshy To Co-Host ‘TRL’ Revival Under First-Look Overall Deal
She’s got more than 10 million YouTube subscribers and hosted a live Golden Globes preshow this year, and now Liza Koshy has inked an overall first-look deal with MTV. The pact includes her providing on-air celebrity hosting duties for the erstwhile Music Television’s revival of its long-running video countdown show TRL, which premieres October 2.
Koshy, who plays high school bad girl Violet on Hulu’s Freakish, also will develop and executive produce original content for… Read
John Leguizamo, Katie Holmes Headline ‘One Film, One New York’ Campaign
Following up on the popularity of its One Book, One New York program, in which New Yorkers were invited to share in reading and discussing a single, New York-centric book, Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment Commissioner Julie Menin today announced "One Film, One New York." New York Times chief film critics A.O. Scott and Manohla Dargis selected five films, all shot in the city. Beginning today and all through the month of August, New Yorkers will cast their votes… Read