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"Drop Dead Diva"

 "Drop Dead Diva"

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'Drop Dead Diva' creator Josh Berman talks about resurrecting his TV show

The upbeat show creator says fighting cancelation 'was exciting, really'

It seems only fitting that a TV show about a character who cheats death would itself come back to life after cancelation. That's exactly what happened to Lifetime's "Drop Dead Diva," which returns for a fifth season Sun. June 23 at 9:00 p.m. despite having been given the axe after last season wrapped -- and just as the show had tossed in a direction-changing twist. Needless to say, fans mourned first -- and started campaigning next.

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HBO let Aaron Sorkin re-shoot 'The Newsroom's' 1st two Season 2 episodes


HBO let Aaron Sorkin re-shoot "The Newsroom's" 1st two Season 2 episodes
Sorkin tells The Hollywood Reporter: "I doubt HBO's going to be happy with my telling you this, but I got off to a false start with Season Two... With my hat in my hand, I went to HBO and said, 'Would it be all right if I started again? I know it's going to cost time and it's going to cost a lot of money.'"


"Veronica Mars" brings back Max Greenfield
The "New Girl" star will reprise his role as Deputy Leo.


"The Soup" to probe "The Bachelor" with spinoff "The Soup Investigates"

Joel McHale will be joined by a team of "reporters" in the spoof of investigative shows.


"Psych" adds Loretta Devine and Peggy Lipton

They'll appear in Season 8, starting with the 5th episode.


Howard Stern "grills" Matt Lauer
On his manhood, on his favorite "Today" co-anchor, but not Ann Curry.


Watch Heather Locklear & Jane Seymour kiss

From tonight's season premiere of "Franklin & Bash."


Will "Community" get a 6th season? Is Donald Glover's future in doubt?
Why did Sony bring back Dan Harmon? Because he was the best chance that the Sony had of extending the series beyond next season, thus increasing syndication profits, according to Josef Adalian. But "Community" may have a Donald Glover problem. Though he is signed on for Season 5, reports Adalian, Glover is "still making noises about not wanting to return for the full fifth season, even with Harmon back in the fold, so he has more time to pursue his Childish Gambino career."

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<p>&quot;Hannibal&quot;&nbsp;star Hugh Dancy as Will Graham in a scene from tomorrow's season finale.</p>

"Hannibal" star Hugh Dancy as Will Graham in a scene from tomorrow's season finale.

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'Hannibal' producer Bryan Fuller on cannibal cuisine, renewal and more

How did the 'Pushing Daisies' creator avoid cloning previous Hannibal Lecter adaptations?

NBC’s “Hannibal” concludes what’s been a fantastic first season tomorrow night at 10. What could have felt like a bad retread of — well, of all the other serial killer dramas and movies that have been ripping off the original Hannibal Lecter stories for the last few decades — turned out, under the guidance of producer Bryan Fuller (“Pushing Daisies”), to be a riveting, nightmarish story about the impacts and causes of violence, and the effect investigating the crimes of a man like Dr. Lecter (played in cool, hypnotic fashion by Mads Mikkelsen) would have on criminal profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy).  

Last week, I spoke with Fuller about how he chose to approach the material — the show spins out of a few passages in Thomas Harris’ first Lecter novel, “Red Dragon” — the casting of Mikkelsen, the care taken to creating Dr. Lecter’s disgusting and yet beautiful meals, and more. I'm splitting this interview into two parts: 1)This first one about Fuller's approach to the familiar source material(*), his philosophy about Dr. Lecter's meals, and other things that won't spoil the finale; and 2)A second interview that will be published after the finale airs, discussing the events of it and what may be coming down the road (including when or if the series might be adapting the main plots of "Red Dragon" and "Silence of the Lambs"). 

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<p>Guillermo Del Toro illustrates his point on the set of his new epic adventure movie 'Pacific Rim'</p>

Guillermo Del Toro illustrates his point on the set of his new epic adventure movie 'Pacific Rim'

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Ron Perlman and Charlie Day battle invisible monsters on 'Pacific Rim' set

Plus a visit to one of the most amazing art departments ever

TORONTO - We're in China.

Well, technically, we're in Hong Kong by way of Toronto, standing on a soundstage that has been transformed into a city street that appears to have been wildly smashed to pieces, but when you're in the middle of it looking around, it's pretty convincing. We're in China, and the giant monsters were evidently here right before us.

It's March of 2012, and there is a small group of us who are visiting the set for Guillermo Del Toro's monsters vs. robots epic as the film nears the home stretch on what was, all things considered, a relatively quick shoot. Most of the stuff involving the Jaeger pilots was shot earlier in production because there is so much CGI that they're going to have to do to those scenes that they needed the lead time. On the day we visit, we're watching Charlie Day and Ron Perlman working together, which seems like a good deal to me.

The Pinewood Toronto Studios is a great facility, and it's funny that I'm running two set reports this week, one from each of the Pinewoods. We were met at the front door of the building where "Pacific Rim" had its production offices by Ian Gibson, Guillermo's badass assistant. And believe me… I've been in Los Angeles long enough to know when someone's assistant is of the particularly badass variety, and Gibson is one of those guys. The right match to Guillermo, and a great host for the first half of the day.

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Seth MacFarlane to voice another talking dog, on 'Futurama'


Seth MacFarlane to voice another talking dog, on "Futurama"

He'll voice the doggie Seymour, who was last seen in a 2002 episode.


"Big Brother" twists revealed: 1 housemate will become "MVP"

This season will also see three nominees each week, instead of two.


Miss Utah sings her fumbled answer on Jimmy Kimmel

Kimmel interviewed Marissa Powell in a classroom setting.


Paula Deen admits to racism?
The TV chef reportedly admitted using the N-word in a taped deposition in the lawsuit her ex-employees have filed against her.


Danielle Bradbery excited by her "Voice" victory
Says the 16-year-old: "I definitely would love to have Blake included in everything. The music, I want to make my own song and… Oh man I'm just so excited for whatever comes." PLUS: "The Voice" has its best finale vs. NBA Finals.


Nickelodeon refuses to set nutritional standards for kids' ads
The cable channel won't follow Disney Channel's lead.


Jimmy Fallon and Brad Pitt yodel at each other

From building to building.


"Dancing" exes Karina & Maksim are reuniting on Broadway

Former engaged couple Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy will perform together in "Forever Tango."


Men's Wearhouse fires its iconic TV pitchman who founded the company

George Zimmer was famous for saying, "You're going to like the way you look. I guarantee it."

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<p>Christian Bale</p>

Christian Bale

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Christian Bale drama 'Out of the Furnace' moves to a November release slot

Brotherly-love thriller is director Scott Cooper's follow-up to 'Crazy Heart'

One film we're keeping half an eye on for the upcoming awards season is Scott Cooper's "Out of the Furnace," a starry thriller about fraternal loyalties tested to the limit, with a starry cast led by Christian Bale and Casey Affleck. It's Cooper's first film since 2009's "Crazy Heart," which won two Oscars (including Best Actor for Jeff Bridges), while producers include Leonardo DiCaprio, Ridley Scott and the late Tony Scott.

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<p>Max Greenfield as Schmidt on &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Max Greenfield as Schmidt on "New Girl."

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If I Had An Emmy Ballot 2013: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

We know the 'Modern Family' men will dominate the real nominations, but who else is worthy?

Part 4 of our journey through the Emmy ballot brings us to Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. As always, Fienberg will attempt to rank the contenders from most likely to least likely to be nominated, throwing in a bunch of preferential wild cards along the way. And, as always, I will pretend that I am an actual Academy member who has a ballot and therefore has to narrow his choices down to six people.

Same rules apply: we are working off of the actual Emmy ballot, so we can't nominate people who didn't submit themselves (like if I wanted to nominate Tony Hale for "Arrested Development" rather than "Veep"), and we have to consider people in the category they submitted themselves for, even if that means supporting actors submitting as leads (Rob Lowe, every year) or vice versa (Amy Schumer as supporting for a show that's named after her).

Dan's exhaustive analysis is here, and also embedded below (click Launch Gallery to see it), and my picks are coming right up.

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"The Big Brain Theory: Real Genius"

 "The Big Brain Theory: Real Genius"

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Exclusive clip: Buzz Aldrin joins in the 'Big Brain Theory' season finale

The final challenge will decide who wins $50,000 and a dream job

It's time for the season finale of "The Big Brain Theory," which finds astronaut and guest judge Buzz Aldrin joining host Kal Penn to see if the final two contestants are up for the toughest challenge yet: creating a portable bridge that can be deployed from the bed of a truck. You mean that doesn't come included? 

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"So You Think You Can Dance"

 "So You Think You Can Dance"

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What we know about the 'So You Think You Can Dance' top 20 dancers

Some have already emerged as the ones to beat

We now have our "So You Think You Can Dance" top 20, and the good news is that it seems like a talented bunch. In past seasons, there have definitely been some people who squeaked through on personality and an impressive core competency (cough, Cyrus, cough), and while that will might be true this season as well there's still a lot to like. Finding any dance who can sashay seamlessly through hip hop to ballroom and Sonya Tayeh routines is sort of like finding a diamond in your sofa cushions. Not impossible, but pretty rare.

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<p>Paul Rudd, Will Ferrell, David Koechner and Steve Carrell are all back for 'Anchorman 2:&nbsp;The Legend Continues'</p>

Paul Rudd, Will Ferrell, David Koechner and Steve Carrell are all back for 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues'

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The new trailer for 'Anchorman 2' finally sets up the premise and shows new footage

Everyone's back and some new faces pop up, too

Finally… an "Anchorman 2" trailer that features some actual footage from the film.

What amazes me is that they've got footage in there from the last day of shooting, which was only two weeks ago. I would imagine they've been cutting as they've been shooting because they're going to be in theaters in December, and knowing the way Adam McKay works, they probably shot about a bazillion feet of footage to give themselves plenty of options for each scene.

When I was at the "Despicable Me 2" press day last week, I wrapped up my interview with Steve Carrell and, as I stood up to leave, mentioned that I had visited the very end of the shoot, and Carrell just lit up. He told me that he thinks it's going to be completely insane this time, and even trying to describe his reaction to what they shot, he had a hard time keeping himself from laughing.

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Outstanding Supporting Actor Comedy - Emmy Nomination Preview 2013

Outstanding Supporting Actor Comedy - Emmy Nomination Preview 2013

'Arrested Development,' '30 Rock' and 'Office' men target 'Modern Family' vets
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy is one of the real challenges when it comes to Emmy prognostication. All six nominees return and if Emmy voters are determined to keep honoring a whopping FOUR "Modern Family" cast members, that leaves even less wiggle room to recognize somebody from the final seasons of "30 Rock" and "The Office" or one of the previously nominated co-stars of "Arrested Development," which was resurrected by Netflix. At least there aren't any entirely new comedies likely to complicate this field.
 
Check out the full gallery below:
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"So You Think You Can Dance"

 "So You Think You Can Dance"

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'So You Think You Can Dance' recap: 'Meet the Top 20'

The finalists make their official Hollywood debut

It's time to walk the green mile, dancers! This is the point at which the show finally starts getting interesting. Not that the auditions aren't interesting, but it's impossible to get invested in anyone when there are so many people (and so many of them go home). This is really the first time we get to see the chosen few with customized choreography, actual costumes (and not sweats) and the benefit of some rehearsal on a few hours of sleep. While Vegas Week seems to exist to test exactly how much crap they can put up with and still perform in a relatively good mood, we're now at the part of the series where we can see what everyone's got, without the "Survivor" element at play. 

If you simply can't wait to see the final 20, go ahead and click here for our photo gallery. 

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