While most of us think of Marilyn Manson as a goth rock icon with an impressive contact lens collection, he's also known for other stuff, like writing and painting and being an impressively clear-headed talking head on hot topics like gun control. He also pops up in acting roles, sometimes unrecognizably (see his shot on "Eastbound & Down"). Now he has a new role to add to his resume -- he'll be joining the cast of the FX show "Sons of Anarchy" in a recurring role.
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Jennifer Lopez’s stunning new black-and-white video, “First Love,” features her in the desert with Dolce & Gabbana model David Gandy, who is hotter than the Mojave and also seems around the same age as Lopez. Though she lives in a shack, she has her love to give her everything she needs. The Max Martin-produced track is the new single from JLo's June 17 release, "A.K.A."
In the midst of an ambitious plan to reinvent the way the broadcast networks operate, FOX entertainment chief Kevin Reilly ran into a very traditional problem: not enough hits. So the man who wanted to cancel pilot season and seasonal scheduling has instead resigned from the network, effective immediately.
Here's something I keep forgetting about the upcoming "Annie" remake: Emma Thompson (the Oscar-winning screenwriter of "Sense and Sensibility," lest we forget) is one of its three credited writers. I'm not sure at what stage Thompson worked on the project -- early, I'm guessing, unless she's tighter with producer Jay-Z than I'd previously imagined -- but from everything we've seen of the project thus far, it doesn't bear much trace of the Englishwoman's involvement. Anyway, that's an aside: the second trailer for "Annie" has landed, and it looks, if anything, even brasher than the much-maligned first glimpse suggested.
“The Bachelor” Juan Pablo is headed to “Couples Therapy”
Juan Pablo Galavis and Nikki Ferrell will get counseling on the 5th season of the VH1 reality show.
Fox boss Kevin Reilly is stepping down after a disappointing season
The Fox Entertainment chairman is exiting after Fox placed 4th in total viewers and 2nd in the key 18-49 demo. Reilly put shows like "The Mindy Project" and "New Girl" on the air. Before Fox, he was NBC Entertainment president, responsible for shows like "The Office," "30 Rock," "Friday Night Lights" and "Heroes."
How will ABC’s “Rising Star” use real-time voting when the U.S. has 4 time zones?
It looks like the vast majority of the country, from the Mountain Time Zone to the Eastern Time Zone will get the show live. But what about the Pacific Time Zone?
Julia Collins predicted she'd become a “Jeopardy!” champion in her 8th grade yearbook
Collins, though, predicted she’d become the "'Ten Time Jeopardy Champion,’ winning each tournament twice.”
“Hell on Wheels” gets a Season 4 premiere date
The AMC Western returns Aug. 2.
“Covert Affairs” hires a new spy
Max Martini will guest in Season 5.
“Hannibal” debuts an 8-minute gag reel
This gag reel may make you actually gag.
British singer-songwriter Foxes will guest on “Doctor Who”
She’ll also perform a song on the BBC series.
Maggie Smith gets a “Downton Abbey” made
Actress Sue Johnston is joining the ITV series.
Marilyn Manson joins “Sons of Anarchy”
The goth rocker will play a white supremacist prison power player associated with Jax Teller in the final season.
Edward Snowden interview brings in just 5.9 million viewers
The NBC News exclusive special tied for 2nd in the ratings, while the premiere of “So You Think You Can Dance” was first.
"Millionaire Matchmaker” star facing federal felony extortion charges
Adam Winters, 25, who appeared on the Bravo series in February and claimed to be worth more than $1 million, was arrested and could not afford to pay for his own attorney.
“American Idol” winner takes runner-up to her prom
Jena Irene Asciutto asked Caleb Johnson to escort her to prom at her Michigan high school.
Elisabeth Moss’ 1st post-“Mad Men” gig: “The Heidi Chronicles” on Broadway?
Moss is wrapping up filming of “Mad Men” and is in negotiations to star in the beloved Wendy Wasserstein play.
Man who punched Brad Pitt is on probation for crashing the Grammys stage last year
Vitalii Sediuk surprised Jennifer Lopez last year when he crashed the Grammys stage before Adele’s speech.
Louis CK buys Babe Ruth’s summer Hamptons beach house for $2.5M
After bombing in the Hamptons in the season premiere of “Louie,” Louis CK is set to own the house that the Yankees legend used to spend his summers at.
"Blood Lake: Attack Of The Killer Lampreys” a ratings dud
Animal Planet’s first original B-horror film didn’t come close to the cable channel’s other offering that night, "Mermaids: The New Evidence."
Why Edward Snowden should’ve liked “The Wire” Season 2
Season 2 of the HBO series critiques the war on terror. And as Vox points out, “The Wire’s” critique "closely resembles ones Snowden himself has made.”
Vimeo announces its 1st original TV series
The video-sharing website is getting into original programming with cannabis dealer series "High Maintenance.” The web series has already been shown on Vimeo, but Vimeo has ordered six more episodes.
I had more compassion for the 13-year-old version of myself after watching the movie "We Are The Best!"
The Swedish film centers on middle school-aged girls who, even after the punk era has seemingly crested in the early '80s, decide to start a punk band. Their bedrooms are lined with posters of the records and bands they like, they disappear into records when their parents annoy them or let them down. They lust after the boys featured in music mags (even though they scarcely know what lust even is) as much as they'd like to compete with them on stage.
"We Are the Best!" is a merciful and subtly celebratory portrait of the goof-toothed age of girls, when friendships start forming around the things you can't stand as much as the things you love, when your personality is defined by group view and your own rebellion within that crew... and by your hair, and makeup and your independence to wield all of the above like weapons.
In the exclusive clip above, the problem for these Stockholm kids Bobo and Klara -- as it is for so many budding bands -- is that they can't play anything. They don't own instruments, they have no songs. The guitar-wielding bro-dudes at the rec center just took the wind out of their sails by mocking the girls' looks, the mohawked, socially awkward "prettiest girls in town."
They take the power back by using good old-fashioned bureaucracy: they reserved the rehearsal room out from under their hecklers. As the latter files out of the room, the girls suppress laughter, and then they get to work making noise.
Overall, the flick is recommended watching for everyone in need of some good, hearty racket, tweens and beyond. "We Are the Best!" -- directed by Lukas Moodysson and starring the phenomenal Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin and Liv Lemoyne -- opens Friday (May 30).
“Wonder Years” cast reunites to announce that the DVD is coming soon
Check out Kevin Arnold with his family, plus Winnie Cooper and Paul Pfeiffer.
Time puts “Orange is the New Black’s” Laverne Cox on its cover
She talks to Time about the transgender movement in this week’s cover story, “The Transgender Tipping Point."
Neil Patrick Harris will perform at the Tonys, along with Idina Menzel, Sting, Patti LaBelle
Also performing: Fantasia, Alan Cumming and Sutton Foster.
LeVar Burton posts video of him tearing up over his “Reading Rainbow” Kickstarter
“It is our first day. I am overwhelmed, thank you so much, this is going to enable us to really, really, really do a lot of good,” he said.
Edward Snowden has been watching “The Wire,” but says Season 2 is “not so great”
Snowden told Brian Williams “I’m really enjoying” the HBO series about surveillance, but PLUS: Why Snowden is wrong about Season 2, and “Wire” creator David Simon is not a Snowden fan.
Why Hulu should not bring back “Community”
A 6th season would be nothing but pandering to fans, especially since the canceled NBC comedy exhausted all its storylines.
“SNL’s” Jay Pharoah makes another rap parody music video
“Problems” is a follow-up to last year’s “I Am a Dog.”
Anna Gunn’s ex-husband is reportedly seeking her “Breaking Bad” money
Alastair Duncan, the actor father of Gunn’s two daughters, stopped seeking child support after their divorce in 2009. But according to TMZ, he wants “a piece of” her earnings, including the $1 million she made from “Breaking Bad” last year.
Lena Dunham’s dog bites her in the butt
The “Girls” star posted a blood-stained photo, taken by co-star Jemima Kirke, of the aftermath of yesterday’s incident.
Cartoon Network’s "DreamWorks Dragons” is jumping to Netflix
The animated series will debut on Netflix early next year.
I interviewed "Undateable" executive producer Bill Lawrence and Adam Sztykiel at a noisy bar in Pasadena shortly before a press conference in mid-April.
Going back and transcribing the 35-minute interview is bittersweet.
At the time, Lawrence had two shows in limbo -- TBS' "Cougar Town" and FOX's newly premiered "Surviving Jack," which he EPed along with creators Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker. While Lawrence wasn't directly involved with "Enlisted," he has a close relationship with "Enlisted" and "Cougar Town" creator Kevin Biegel, whose comedy was newly shelved.
Since that time, "Enlisted" and "Surviving Jack" were both cancelled. "Cougar Town" was renewed for a final season on TBS.
At the time, Lawrence also wasn't feeling especially confident about "Undateable." The multi-cam sitcom, which features Chris D'Elia as seemingly cocksure ladies man Danny, who mentors the less confident Justin (Brent Morin) and his group of allegedly "undateable" friends.
"Undateable" had been announced for NBC's 2013-2014 slate at the May 2013 upfronts and went without a premiere date until spring. And when a premiere date was slated, NBC gave "Undateable" a launch on May 29, after the conclusion of the season. The network also announced plans to double-pump the comedy, airing two episodes per week.
Normally, that would be a sign of pessimism, but just because Lawrence wasn't confident doesn't mean he lacked confidence. A network veteran who burst onto the scene as a wunderkind on "Spin City," had a huge hit with "Scrubs" and has most recently been shepherding a series of protégées including Biegel, Halpern and Sztykiel, Lawrence has watched the TV business shift and watched the business of TV comedy shift and he's never been shy when it comes to holding court on Small Screen State of Affairs.
In this wide-ranging interview, Lawrence and Sztykiel talk about why they're not discouraged about "Undateable," why they think the show is special and why they think the cast is special. They also talk about TV ratings, the eternal battle between multi-cam and single-cam comedy and other industry shifts.
It's a huge interview -- 6200 words of transcribing -- but I think it's a good one... [And remember the timing of the interview as it relates to "Cougar Town," "Surviving Jack" and "Enlisted." Lawrence was hopeful on all three shows. Oh well...]
While there must be many, many Justin Bieber fans in the world (apparently 52 million of them, judging from his Twitter feed), it seemed that just as many haters popped up when when it was announced that the singer would be appearing on the first four episodes of "So You Think You Can Dance." Dance fans were upset that Bieber would be taking away the spotlight from hardworking, under-appreciated dancers. I'm sure someone, somewhere started an online petition. Toe and tap shoes were surely tossed.
LeVar Burton’s “Reading Rainbow” campaign easily beats its $1 million goal in 1 day
"Reading Rainbow" joins "Veronica Mars" in becoming one of the rare Kickstarter projects to hit its goal in less than 24 hours.
A female contestant is making “Jeopardy!” history, but is getting scant media attention
Julia Collins -- who's already surpassed Arthur Chu -- is set to tie the second-longest streak in “Jeopardy!” history. She’s already the winningest female in the game show’s history.
“The Goldbergs” creator: MTV has forbidden us from celebrating its ‘80s past
"We wanted to use their old logos and videos in the pilot,” says Adam Goldberg, "but they rejected us. MTV said they wanted to look to the future, and not dwell on the past. I hope they change their minds and realize they defined my generation— and need to be celebrated.”
Could “True Detective” Season 2 become overwhelmed by all the speculation?
As Tom Ley notes, "Making a good TV drama is hard enough without having to invent new characters and an entirely new plot every season, and all of this anticipation is going to make it damn near impossible for this show's encore to live up to expectations.” PLUS: 8 actresses perfect for Season 2, and which beer will replace Lone Star?
“America’s Next Top Model” contestant has vitiligo on her face
Chantelle Young’s skin is lightened around her mouth.
Why does “Louie” have so many uninterrupted shots this season?
This season has boasted one 7 1/2-minute shot, about a dozen longer than two minutes and about five longer than three minutes. PLUS: “Louie’s” flashback was “deeply sad."
Nielsen plans to increase its TV ratings sample audience size
Los Angeles will go from 1,000 homes measured to 1,300 homes.
Why does TV only show lesbians engaging in oral sex?
Even shows like “Orange is the New Black” and “The L Word” would feed the misconception that oral sex is the only sex lesbians engage in.
CW unveils an extended “Jane the Virgin” trailer
This four-minute trailer explains how a virgin got impregnated.
Alex Trebek: "I consider myself a social liberal and a fiscal conservative”
With Pat Sajak getting political on Twitter, the “Jeopardy!” host explains his political views: “I would point out that anyone who has ever asked me, or investigated, would know that I am a registered ‘Independent,’ and I have voted for both Democratic and Republican candidates in the past, and will continue to do so.”
Forbes’ Most Powerful Women list: Sofia Vergara tops Ellen DeGeneres
The “Modern Family” star was ranked No. 32, while Ellen is No. 46.
Piers Morgan pantsed by a member of One Direction
Watch Harry Styles embarrass the former CNN host in the middle of a soccer stadium.
Ricky Gervais says of “Dexter”: “I think this is the most sincere thing I’ve done”
Says the comedian: “I’ve left behind that sort of veil of irony that I sort of explored with ‘The Office’ and ‘Extras.’”
Kate Gosselin is back with "Kate Plus Eight: Sextuplets Turn 10” on June 19
The two-part TLC special follows the season premiere of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.
Nigel Lythgoe: My least favorite part of “SYTYCD” is when we go live
“You won’t believe this, but I get very, very nervous,” he says. “Your brain works much faster than your mouth. Especially as you get older. I’ve forgotten someone’s name who I met yesterday!"
Amateur hockey team names itself after “Full House”
Check out the uniform for “The Rippers.”