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Tina Fey worked with dialect coach on new Muppets film

March 4th, 2014 8:30pm EST
Tina Fey
Actress Tina Fey worked with a dialect coach to perfect her Russian accent for her new film Muppets Most Wanted.

The former 30 Rock star, who plays a Russian government agent in the movie, refused to take her role in the puppet parody lightly and when she started to struggle with her accent, she agreed to work with an expert to perfect her voice.

She explains, "They (producers) brought this wonderful woman named Jill, who is like a real dialect coach, this British woman who works with like Keira Knightley."

And the coach imparted some important advice: "When you go to do it, it's actuall...

Tina Fey doesn't fall for George Clooney's Matt Damon prank

February 6th, 2014 8:30pm EST
George Clooney
Golden Globes co-host Tina Fey has managed to outsmart George Clooney after seeing through a note he sent as Matt Damon, criticising an awards show joke she made at the The Bourne Identity star's expense.

The 30 Rock comedienne and her fellow Globes presenter Amy Poehler poked fun at a host of famous faces at the Los Angeles prizegiving last month (Jan14), calling out Leonardo DiCaprio for his penchant for dating models, Clooney for his love of younger women, and they branded Damon "a garbage man" compared to the Hollywood heavyweights at the event.

Prankster Clooney decided to use the in...

Cheyenne Jackson engaged six months after divorce - report

February 6th, 2014 3:10am EST
Cheyenne Jackson
Actor/singer Cheyenne Jackson is reportedly engaged to her actor beau Jason Landau, just six months after she split from ex-husband Monte Lapka.

The former 30 Rock star is set to wed Landau, a source tells UsWeekly.

The couple went public with its romance in October (13), just two months after Jackson announced he and Lapka had "mutually decided to divorce".

Jackson and Lapka married in September, 2011 after 11 years together.

Alec Baldwin's daughter races to dad's defence following gay slur row

November 17th, 2013 8:30pm EST
Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin's model daughter Ireland has raced to her dad's defence amid reports suggesting the actor is homophobic.

The former 30 Rock star came under fire this past week (ends15Nov13) after using a gay slur during a street clash with a photographer that was caught on film.

Baldwin made an official apology for his rash remarks, insisting he did not "intend to hurt or offend anyone with my choice of words".

He added, "Words are important. I understand that, and will choose mine with great care going forward. What I said and did this week, as I was trying to protect my family, was offens...

Tina Fey pokes fun at Emmys nip-slip during Saturday Night Live ad

September 25th, 2013 8:42pm EDT
Saturday Night Live
Comedienne Tina Fey has laughed off her split-second wardrobe malfunction at the Emmy Awards by poking fun at herself in the teaser for her return to Saturday Night Live.

The 30 Rock writer and star will host the 39th season premiere of the sketch show on Saturday (28Sep13) and she is using promotional ads for the TV gig to address her nipple-slip moment onstage at the Emmys last weekend (22Sep13).

Fey was stepping up to accept her writing award for 30 Rock when cameras caught her right breast exposed as she celebrated the win.

The funny girl was not aware of the nip-slip until eagle-eye...

Alec Baldwin asked Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. for advice after Kim Basinger split

September 15th, 2013 8:41pm EDT
Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin turned to American political royalty Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. for advice following his split from actress Kim Basinger, according to a new diary expose.

The 30 Rock star separated from the Hollywood beauty in 2000 after seven years of marriage, and the actor decided to call on his pal Kennedy, Jr. to talk through his relationship problems and his concerns for their daughter Ireland, who was five at the time.

In a secret diary purportedly belonging to the nephew of assassinated U.S. President John F. Kennedy, he writes, "He is directing his first movie when she presented him wit...

Alec Baldwin to sign off on podcast

September 13th, 2013 3:10am EDT
Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin is signing off from his critically acclaimed podcast as he prepares to launch his own TV talk show.

The 30 Rock star and new dad has presented Here's the Thing since 2011, interviewing guests including funnyman Chris Rock, singer Billy Joel, director Judd Apatow and fellow Hollywood stars Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Stacy Keach and Rosie O'Donnell.

The radio show regularly ranked in iTunes' top 10 podcasts, but it will now be axed due to a lack of funding, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The actor has a new hosting venture on the horizon - he is set to star in his...

Alec Baldwin a dad again

August 23rd, 2013 8:50pm EDT
Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin is a dad again - the actor's yoga teacher wife Hilaria gave birth to the couple's baby girl on Friday (23Aug13).

Little Carmen Gabriela was born at New York City's Mount Sinai Hospital.

New mum Hilaria, who wed the 30 Rock star in June, 2012, has released a statement, in which she calls the newborn "absolutely perfect”.

The baby girl is the couple's first child together but Alec has a 17-year-old daughter, Ireland, with his ex-wife Kim Basinger.

Emmy Nominations: 'American Horror Story' Gets 17 Noms, Netflix's 'House Of Cards' Also Dominates

July 18th, 2013 10:01am EDT
House of Cards
After picking up nine nominations, Kevin Spacey's Netflix series "House Of Cards" will be a big contender at the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards. The political thriller was recognized in the Outstanding Drama Series category and picked up dramatic acting nominations for its leads, Spacey and Robin Wright. It received a total of nine nominations.

The Netflix series will be facing stiff competition from last year's big winners "Homeland" and "Breaking Bad" as well as "Mad Men", "Game of Thrones" and "Downton Abbey."

In the lead actor category, Spacey will face off against "Homeland's" Damian Lew...

Tracy Morgan is a new dad

July 2nd, 2013 9:21pm EDT
Tracy Morgan
Actor Tracy Morgan is a new dad after welcoming a daughter with his fiancee on Tuesday (02Jul13).

Megan Wollover gave birth to little Maven Sonae in the early hours of the morning and the comedian couldn't be happier.

The former 30 Rock star tells People.com, "Mother and child are doing fine. Love to all my fans and thank you for your support. We hope to see you soon."

The couple became engaged in 2011.

Maven is Morgan's fourth child - the 44 year old has three grown sons with his ex-wife Sabrina.

Alec Baldwin's wife not happy about Cannes red carpet pick-me-up

June 6th, 2013 8:41pm EDT
Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin has vowed never to sweep his wife Hilaria off her feet on the red carpet again after she reprimanded him for a wardrobe slip-up at Cannes.

The actor decided to pick the pregnant yoga teacher up as part of a photo opportunity for the media at the recent film festival - but Hilaria was not amused by the public display of affection.

And the 30 Rock star tells Access Hollywood, "I will never pick my wife up again at a film festival. She had a few choice words."

During the red carpet pick-up, Hilaria flashed a little too much flesh.

Alec Baldwin's Twitter hacked

May 27th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin fell victim to Internet pranksters on Monday (27May13) when his Twitter.com account was illegally accessed - for the second time this year (13).

A message promoting diets appeared on the former 30 Rock star's page - and he was less than impressed with the hack, which came just three months after his account was accessed without his permission in February (13).

In a series of posts, he writes, "This f**king hacking weight loss s**t. GOOOOOODDD!!! IGNORE this weight loss trash. I mean, I'm all for weight loss. But DAMN!!!"

Baldwin's Twitter drama comes after pop superstar Cher...

Katrina Bowden weds in New York

May 20th, 2013 3:01am EDT
Katrina Bowden
30 Rock star Katrina Bowden walked down the aisle with her rocker beau in Brooklyn, New York, on Sunday (19May13).

The actress exchanged vows with musician Ben Jorgensen in a romantic ceremony at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, a year and a half after they became engaged.

The bride and groom and their guests braved the rainy Big Apple weather for the private nuptials, but the newlyweds have some heat to look forward to - they are heading to Hawaii for their honeymoon.

Before their big day, Bowden admitted she was overwhelmed with her wedding plans. She revealed, "It's just crazy. I didn't k...

Katrina Bowden to wed this month

May 9th, 2013 4:02pm EDT
Katrina Bowden
Actress Katrina Bowden will reportedly wed her musician fiance Ben Jorgensen in New York next weekend (18-19May13).

The 30 Rock star and Jorgensen, who became engaged last year (12) after dating for seven years, will exchange vows at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden on 19 May, according to the New York Daily News.

A source tells the publication, "She's keeping it private, but it's happening."

Bowden recently admitted she was overwhelmed by all of the wedding planning after deciding against hiring a professional to organise her big day.

She said, "It's just crazy. I didn't know anything about...

Tracy Morgan Agitates An Australian Feminist Group With 'Misogynistic' Performance

April 18th, 2013 4:20pm EDT
Tracy Morgan
Over-the-top comedian Tracy Morgan, famous for playing... well... himself, on NBC's hit sitcom '30 Rock' has rattled some cages during his comedy tour through Australia.

Women's rights activists are calling for a boycott of Tracy Morgan's stand-up tour after last Saturday night's show in Melbourne, when 50 fans left the show half way through. The reason? An overabundance of misogynistic content.

His performance, part of the Melbourne Comedy Festival, was met by harsh reviews from critics who labeled the show as sexist, unfunny and wildly overpriced.

In the aftermath of the show, Melinda ...

Alec Baldwin To Auction Off Autographed '30 Rock' Wall

January 31st, 2013 3:00pm EST
Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin is offering one lucky 30 Rock fan the chance to own a piece of TV history from the set of the hit sitcom - he's auctioning off his autographed dressing room wall.

Filming on the TV show's seventh and final season wrapped in New York in December, and the actor is taking part of the backstage area with him to auction off for charity. The winner of the unique lot will also get to meet Baldwin backstage at his new Broadway play Orphans.

The actor states, "Nearly all of 30 Rock's remarkable gallery of well-known guest stars autographed my dressing room wall. That piece of wall c...

Alec Baldwin Almost Quit '30 Rock' Over 'Anemic' Writing

January 17th, 2013 5:48pm EST
30 Rock
Alec Baldwin considered bowing out of hit TV comedy 30 Rock when he felt the quality of the scripts began to suffer.

The Hollywood star has played TV boss Jack Donaghy since the sitcom began in 2006, but in a new interview Baldwin admits he almost quit after season five because he wasn't happy with 30 Rock's "anemic" writing.

He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "It was a low point. Though even anemic 30 Rock writing is still better than everybody else's writing. I go, 'I'm going to get the f**k out of here, I'm done,' because I'm an employee, I don't have any say. So season five ends, and ...

Katrina Bowden Sizzles In The January/February Maxim

January 10th, 2013 8:59pm EST
Katrina Bowden Sizzles In The January/February Maxim
Katrina Bowden is flaunting her sexy figure in Maxim magazine's February 2013 issue.

The 30 Rock star's pictorial focuses mainly on her backside with the headline "Your Dream Girl's Back -- Literally", showcasing her derriere in several arrays of skimpy lingerie.

The show's youngest star says she's excited for what's to come afer her show ends its run this spring.

"I don't know, but I'm definitely excited for a new chapter," she says. "I'd love to do a completely different kind of show, like 'Breaking Bad' or 'Homeland'. I'm really open to anything whether it's TV or more films."


Alec Baldwin Says He Offered To Take A Pay Cut To Save '30 Rock'

October 5th, 2012 8:08am EDT
Alec Baldwin
Thursday marked the beginning of the end for 30 Rock, as the show premieres its seventh and final season. But according to cast member Alec Baldwin, it may not have had to be that way. On Thursday, he posted on his Twitter page that he had attempted to save the show.

"I offered NBC to cut my pay 20% in order to have a full 7th and 8th seasons of 30 Rock," he said. "I realize times have changed. I am looking forward to some time off."

Reuters says that they attempted to contact NBC about Baldwin's comments but that NBC did not reply.

The show's time may have come, though, and even if it's...

2012 Television Premiere Dates

September 8th, 2012 9:45am EDT
The Voice
It's that time of year again. Television fans have appointments with their couches as the fall season kicks off this month with tons of returning favorites and new shows. DVRs will be working overtime as viewers record their must-see-TV programs and talk about them later at the watercooler.

Check out the premiere dates of the new season (brand new shows are indicated with italics and by *). All times are eastern unless otherwise indicated.

Monday, September 10
The Voice 8 p.m. NBC

Tuesday, September 11
Go On 9 p.m. NBC *
The New Normal 9:30 p.m. NBC *
Parenthood 10 p.m. NBC

Wednesday, ...

Multiple HBO Series, 'Mad Men,' & 'Downton Abbey' Among 2012 Emmy Nominees

July 19th, 2012 10:00am EDT
Mad Men
Early this morning Jimmy Kimmell and Kerry Washington announced the nominees for the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards. Multiple nominees include "Mad Men," "Downton Abbey" and "30 Rock."

Battling it out for the Outstanding Drama Series award will be "Mad Men," "Homeland," "Downton Abbey," "Dexter," "Breaking Bad," and "Boardwalk Empire."

Outstanding Comedy Series nods go to "30 Rock," "Girls," "Modern Family," "The Big Bang Theory," "Veep," and "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

Notable nominees include Zooey Deschanel from fledging series "New Girl," Julia Louis-Dreyfus from HBO's "Veep," Claire Danes f...

'Two And A Half Men' Moving To Thursday Nights

May 17th, 2012 10:35am EDT
Two and a Half Men
CBS had announced that Two and a Half Men won't be returning to Monday nights this fall, and will instead be airing after The Big Bang Theory on Thursday nights to create a comedy block.

Big Bang Theory has mostly failed as a lead-in to other shows on the network (How to be a Gentlemen, Rules of Engagement and Rob all sputtered after the hit comedy). Surprise hit 2 Broke Girls will be moved to Monday to take up the vacated timeslot.

The move could possibly bring 2 and a Half Men higher ratings, as it will no longer compete with ESPN's Monday Night Football in the fall. However, it will ...

NBC Confirms '30 Rock' Will End After Next Season

May 14th, 2012 8:52pm EDT
30 Rock
TV bosses at NBC have confirmed reports that hit comedy 30 Rock is to end after one more season.

NBC president Robert Greenblatt announced the official news during a press conference on Monday.

He said, "I know Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin and the rest will deliver some of their best work. We think the world of Tina and hope she will be in the NBC family for years to come."

30 Rock has been a critical hit since it first aired in 2006, and the show and its stars have won a string of Emmy and Golden Globe awards.

NBC Hopes More Comedies, Expanded 'Voice' Will Help Turn Around The Network

May 14th, 2012 9:35am EDT
Matthew Perry Go On
Yesterday NBC announced its 2012-13 primetime schedule, which includes several new comedies and a few more dramas.

Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, explained, "We've taken a few first steps toward a turnaround over this past season and now we're seeing a real opportunity to accelerate that process. We've got a lineup of new shows that will really get people to sit up and take notice.

"And with the Olympics coming this summer and two nights of 'The Voice' in the fall, we've also got the tools we need to give our shows the kind of launch they deserve."

Highlights include a...

'30 Rock' To End After Next Season

May 11th, 2012 11:45am EDT
30 Rock
Tina Fey's hit comedy 30 Rock will come to an end after one more season.

The series has been a critical smash since it first aired in 2006, and has won a string of Emmys and Golden Globe awards.

It was reported Fey's co-star Alec Baldwin was leaving the hit show earlier this year, but bosses at NBC have confirmed the main cast will all return for a seventh and final run.

The move comes amid falling ratings for the show, which has attracted star cameos from Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Aniston, Susan Sarandon, Matt Damon and environment campaigner Al Gore.

When asked by a fan on Twitter.c...

Alec Baldwin To Receive Honorary Musical Arts Degree

May 10th, 2012 6:01pm EDT
Alec Baldwin
Actor Alec Baldwin is set to receive an honorary degree from a prestigious school in his native New York.

The 30 Rock star, 54, will be feted with a special Doctor of Musical Arts accolade alongside renowned classical pianist Lang Lang on Friday during the Manhattan School of Music's 2012 commencement ceremony.

Baldwin actually attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in the late 1970s before transferring to New York University.

He didn't finish his studies, but went on to focus on acting at the famed Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in the Big Apple. He later returned...

Jerry Seinfeld To Return To Television In New Reality Series

May 9th, 2012 2:30pm EDT
Jerry Seinfeld
Funnyman Jerry Seinfeld is returning to TV in a new reality series.

The actor and star of long-running sitcom Seinfeld will show off his love for the auto industry in upcoming program Comics and Cars.

The 58 year old will team up with his pals Alec Baldwin, Ricky Gervais, and former writing partner Larry David to test-drive cars from their youth and trade stories and laughs.

According to The Daily, the project has not yet been picked up by a network, but the news should come as no surprise to fans as the stand-up comedian has been dropping hints about the gig over the last several wee...

Tracy Morgan Hospitalized In Colorado, 'Sorry' For Canceling Stand-Up Show

May 8th, 2012 9:31am EDT
Tracy Morgan
Tracy Morgan axed a stand-up show in Denver, Colorado, Saturday after he was hospitalized with flu-like symptoms. The "30 Rock" star, who has diabetes, was also treated for dehydration and was released after several hours.

Morgan was too weak to perform and had to cancel a show in the city that night, according to TMZ.com. He was photographed in a wheelchair at Denver International Airport on Sunday.

Morgan had a health scare in January after fainting during a party at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. His representative blamed that incident on exhaustion and altitude sickness.

On Mond...

'30 Rock' Airs Two Live Shows, Invites Paul McCartney And Kim Kardashian

April 27th, 2012 1:07pm EDT
30 Rock
For the second time in the show's history, 30 Rock was performed as a live show. That, of course, means that a second show has to be done for the west coast audience watching hours later. That caused an issue when the script called for a gratuitous celebrity cameo.

On the east coast, viewers were thrilled to see Paul McCartney for a few brief moments. After waving to the studio crowd, he shook Alec Baldwin's hand and slapped his shocked face! He later tweeted, "To be slapped on live TV by Sir Paul... #filethatinmydiaryunderperfect."

The studio audience wasn't as thrilled with the west c...

Alec Baldwin: '30 Rock' Is Ending Next Season

April 18th, 2012 12:03am EDT
Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey
Alec Baldwin sparked rumors he was leaving NBC with a few cryptic tweets recently, but he said all was well and he's still going to be in 30 Rock. Until the show ends in 2013, anyway.

Baldwin dropped that bomb on Monday talking to the Associated Press, saying that the seventh season of the hit comedy will be its last, while also mentioning NBC ought to change its lineup to get out of ratings trouble.

Alex previously tweeted "I think I'm leaving NBC just in time," causing a ruckus among TV viewers. He followed it up with "As far as I know, 30 Rock is back next year. But all things must pa...

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