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Rashida Jones: 'I Had To Get Mouth-To-Mouth Resuscitation From Rip Torn'

May 22nd, 2011 6:07pm EDT
Rashida Jones
Parks and Recreation star Rashida Jones steams up the June issue of GQ magazine and discusses her hit NBC show and her latest film.

The 35-year-old actress - and daughter of legendary music producer Quincy Jones - speaks highly of her Parks and Recreation castmates, but given the context of a sexy GQ photo shoot, her words don't exactly come out right.

"Every week, someone on that show will tickle me in a new and fun way. Wow, that sounds really bad. Please put that next to a topless picture of me in GQ," she says.

Rashida plays Zooey Deschanel's lesbian girlfriend in the upcoming comedy...
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NBC Announces New Fall TV Shows, 2011-12 Schedule

May 16th, 2011 11:30am EDT
The PlayBoy Club
NBC just introduced its 2011-12 primetime schedule, showcasing six new dramas and six new comedies from a roster of renowned hitmakers that includes Steven Spielberg, Lorne Michaels, Brian Grazer, Tom Werner, John Grisham and Peter Berg, among many others.

The season's new dramas are "Smash," "Prime Suspect," "The Playboy Club," "Awake," "Grimm" and "The Firm"; and the new comedies are "Up All Night," "Whitney," "Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea," "Free Agents," "Best Friends Forever" and "Bent."

Returning shows include "Parenthood," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Harry's La...
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Stephen Colletti Dishes On 'One Tree Hill' And A Televised Youth

May 11th, 2011 12:09pm EDT
Stephen Colletti
After gaining fame as a cast member on the reality series Laguna Beach, Stephen Colletti has segued from MTV to The CW’s One Tree Hill. Recently promoted to the main cast this season after four as a recurring character, Stephen sat down with me recently to talk about Chase’s future, the prospects for the show’s future, and where he himself might head next.

There is only one more episodes left in One Tree Hill‘s eighth season. What’s left in store for Chase?

There’s some decisions to be made. We’ve been teasing them all year. It’s going to come to a resolution with the decisions I’...
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Rob Lowe On Partying Days With Charlie Sheen: "We Competed To See Who Could Play Harder"

March 29th, 2011 12:30pm EDT
Rob Lowe, Charlie Sheen | Photo Credits: Chelsea Lauren/FilmMagi
Back in the '80s, Rob Lowe and Charlie Sheen competed frequently — but not for movie parts.

"We competed to see who could play harder, then show up for work and still kick a--," Lowe tells Vanity Fair. "The verdict: Charlie by a nose."

Charlie Sheen hopes Rob Lowe replaces him on Two and a Half Men

Lowe, who recently finished his autobiography, shared excerpts with the magazine. In the book, he calls Sheen "one-of-a-kind ... a Polo preppy ...

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Paul Reiser Comedy Replaces 'Perfect Couples'

March 28th, 2011 7:30pm EDT
Paul Reiser
Paul Reiser's NBC comedy project has finally found a home, and a date. His show will premiere April 14, displacing the network's 'Perfect Couples' to bubble show purgatory. With two episodes left to air, its odds for renewal are not good.

Reiser's show, cleverly titled 'The Paul Reiser Show,' will feature him as a guy named Paul Reiser, who lives with his wife and kids and hangs out with other dads. It's a single camera comedy, and the first major TV project for Reiser since 'Mad About You' ended in 1999.

The announcement comes on the heels of NBC's announcement last week that it renew...
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Rashida Jones Wants To Record An Album Someday

March 17th, 2011 10:06pm EDT
Rashida Jones
Quincy Jones' actress daughter Rashida Jones has revealed she was in the running to play the lead in Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge! - until Nicole Kidman expressed interest in the musical role.

The TV star admits she auditioned for the role of Satine before producers decided to go for a bigger name.

And she wowed movie executives with a routine she worked out with her super-producer dad.

Jones tells Eonline.com, "You had to sing a song and I decided I wanted to sing and play a song. I wanted to play this arrangement of "Somewhere" from West Side Story that my dad had done for Aretha Frankl...
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Steve Carell's 'Office' Farewell Gets An Airdate

March 10th, 2011 1:00pm EST
Steve Carell, The Office | Photo Credits: Dean Hendler/NBC
NBC's Steve Carell exit from The Office promises to be a big one — that's what she said — and it now has an airdate.

The episode, which wrapped production last week, is expected to air on Thursday, April 28. That's the first night of May sweeps, when the networks load up on events and special episodes. And the departure of Carell certainly qualifies.

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Rob Lowe Won't Be Replacing Charlie Sheen On 'Two And A Half Men'

March 10th, 2011 9:03am EST
ROb Lowe
Michael Schur reveals that Rob Lowe is under a "multiyear contract" and therefore won't be replacing Charlie Sheen on the CBS comedy, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Parks and Recreation executive producer Michael Schur shot down the idea that Rob Lowe would be leaving the NBC comedy to replace Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men.

Lowe, who joined Parks this season, is one of several names -- including John Stamos -- that have surfaced as a possible replacement for Sheen, who was fired from Men on Monday.

At the Parks panel at PaleyFest on Wednesday night, Schur was adamant that Low...
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Rob Lowe In Talks To Replace Charlie Sheen?

March 8th, 2011 3:45pm EST
Rob Lowe
Rob Lowe is in talks to replace Charlie Sheen in Two And A Half Men.

Sheen was fired from the sitcom on Monday following a 10-day media blitz, during which he blasted show producers and show creator/writer Chuck Lorre for cancelling the remaining episodes of the current eighth season of the program.

And Lorre is already lining up the star's replacement following speculation TV veteran John Stamos would be the man for the job.

TMZ.com reports Lorre's team has been talking to Lowe, who is currently starring in sitcom Parks & Recreation after stints on dramas Brothers & Sisters and The W...
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Get To Know 'Parks and Recreation's' Aubrey Plaza

January 27th, 2011 11:14am EST
Aubrey Plaza | Photo Credits: Justin Lubin/NBC Universal
She plays: April Ludgate, the Parks and Recreation staffer known as much for her back-and-forth flirtation with dimwit Andy (Chris Pratt) as for her chronically dry wit — something the actress admits to sharing with her alter ego. "Personality-wise, I guess I'm kind of sarcastic," confesses Plaza. "She's a younger, more rebellious, heightened version of me."

Where You've Seen Her
Hanging out with funny people. She played ...

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Returning Mid-Season Shows: What's Worth Watching?

January 4th, 2011 12:00pm EST
The new 'American Idol'
We’ve already been over what new shows are premiering mid-season. There are lots of returning favorites as well, and some promise to be some of this year’s highest-rated programs. Others are sure to be stinkers. Here’s our guide to what’s returning, and what’s worth watching.

‘V’ – ABC, Jan. 4

Starring Elizabeth Mitchell (‘LOST’) as FBI agent Erica Evans and Morena Baccarin as the leader of the visitors, this season kicks off after a long hiatus. ABC calls it “a show we’d like to run as uninterrupted as possible.” Time will tell if the long wait has dented the show’s audience. Anyo...
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2010 Emmys: Who Should Win & Who Will Win

August 28th, 2010 1:00pm EDT
2010 Emmys
It’s a transitional year for the Emmys, meaning this is one of the more exciting races in recent memories. The flood of new nominees (brought on by a stellar development slate) means that we can no longer rely on the predictable Emmy voting to determine winners. Instead, this is a year where we can see many newcomers emerging and starting a whole new slate of predictable nominees.

Yes, that was a little cynical, but it’s the sad truth of the Emmys – habits are hard to break for the voters. Luckily, this year the virgin nominees have afforded them an extensive choice for brand new habits.

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Would You Date 'Scott Pilgrim' Star Aubrey Plaza?

August 11th, 2010 3:16am EDT
Aubrey Plaza
"Parks And Recreation" actress Aubrey Plaza would rather be single. She explained, "I don't date. No, I'm too awkward to date I think."

Aubrey is far from a household name, but she's starting to get noticed. In addition to her show on NBC, she also starred opposite Seth Rogen and Adam Sandler in "Funny People."

She appears in the upcoming film "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" in which a young man (Michael Cera) must fight a girl's (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) seven sinister ex-boyfriends in order to win her hand. The Universal Pictures film is an adaptation of Bryan Lee O'Malley's Oni Press co...
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'Glee,' HBO's 'The Pacific' Land Massive Emmy Nominations

July 8th, 2010 10:26am EDT
Glee
Hit TV musical "Glee" is set to be the toast of the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards after landing a massive 19 nominations.

The comedy about a group of high school students in a choir club will fight for the Outstanding TV Comedy prize against "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Modern Family," "Nurse Jackie," "The Office" and "30 Rock," which has taken home the title for the last three years.

"Glee's" leading stars Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele have been nominated in the male and female categories for the outstanding comedy actor awards, while their co-star Chris Colfer has received a best supporting...
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Amy Poehler's Baby Bump & Bellybutton

July 5th, 2010 8:20am EDT
Amy Poehler
A pregnant Amy Poehler attended a special screening of "The Kids Are Alright" at New York's Landmark Sunshine Cinemas.

Amy, wife of Will Arnett, is expecting the couple's second child in autumn. The baby will join big brother Archie, 19 months. Poehler, 38, married Arnett, 39, in August 2003.

The "Parks and Recreation" star has two films projects in production, "Lunch Lady" and "Groupies."

See more photos of Amy here!
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Check Out 'Pretty Bird' On DVD June 29

June 27th, 2010 6:56am EDT
Pretty Bird
At once a humorous look at the folly of human ambition and a parable about the dark side of the American Dream, the wildly entertaining independent film "Pretty Bird" makes its DVD debut on June 29 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Featuring an outstanding ensemble cast including Billy Crudup, Paul Giamatti, Kristen Wiig, David Hornsby and Anna Camp, "Pretty Bird" is based on the outrageous true story of three would-be entrepreneurs who set out to invent and market a personal rocket belt.

As personalities clash and individual agendas emerge, the partnership begins to unravel in shoc...
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Deborah Puette Takes the Lead In A New Indie Short, 'Nuture'

June 15th, 2010 7:00am EDT
Deborah Puette
You may not realize that you know versatile actress, Deborah Puette, but chances are you do. Puette has been in everything from NBC’s hit comedy ‘The Office’ to the Pulitzer Prize nominated play ‘The Glory of Living’ in which she plays a pregnant teenager turned serial killer. Along with wrapping a staring role in an upcoming Independent short film, ‘Nuture’ the actress took on three roles in this year’s May sweeps including; ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Criminal Minds’, and ‘Parks and Recreation’.

Yeah, we said she was versatile.

We were lucky to get the opportunity to interrupt Puette’s busy sche...
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Tracy Morgan And Betty White Get Playful In New York Magazine (Video)

May 18th, 2010 2:54pm EDT
Tracey Morgan and Betty White
Tracy Morgan and Betty White got a little playful for their New York Magazine photo shoot, including a role-reversal that had Tracey in a dress and Betty in a gangster outfit.

A behind-the-scenes video captured the duo as they posed in serious and playful shots for the magazine. Things got a little silly when Betty groped at Tracy's chest before saying "Just so you know, this is a one-sided game." Tracey then took off his shirt for the next photo.

It's part of a "Televisionaries" issue that also includes Modern Family, Dexter, The Good Wife, Parks and Recreation, Breaking Bad and Party Do...
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Amy Poehler & Will Arnett Expecting Their Second Child

March 17th, 2010 12:48pm EDT
Amy Poehler
Amy Poehler and Will Arnett are expanding their brood. A rep for the "Parks and Recreation" comedienne confirms exclusively to UsMagazine.com that the couple is expecting their second child. No due date has been released.

The baby will join big brother Archie, 16 months. Poehler, 38, married Arnett, 39, in August 2003. Read more about the news here at Usmagazine.com.

See more photos of Amy here!
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Underappreciated TV Stars

March 9th, 2010 10:00am EST
Glenn Close - Damages
They’re talented. They’re loveable. They’re hard-working TV thespians. Yet they don’t always get the credit they deserve. Here are 10 (seven, with three Honorable Mentions) out of the many TV stars that are often underappreciated.

Glenn Close – Alright, Close gets tons of credit for her work, including a string of film roles and awards galore, but she still earns a nod here. With Oscar nominations for The Big Chill, The Natural and Fatal Attraction, Close shines just as bright on the small screen. She currently stars as the lead character Patty Hewes, the ruthless litigator on the FX drama...
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TV Year End Recap

December 26th, 2009 3:00pm EST
TV Year End Recap
Ah, the year has come to an end once more. Well, actually the decade has come to an end. But enough of all that end-of-the-decade nonsense. We still have a year in TV to discuss. A year that finally saw the networks once again deliver us some new shows worth watching, a year when several cable dramas took a massive step forward. A year when Paula Abdul wasn't the worst "Idol" Judge!

Yes, it was a strange year on the small screen, but a good one all the same. Here's the best, and some of the worst, of TV 2009.

Great Performances:

Jane Lynch in "Glee"

Sure, she's been hailed...
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Macy's 2009 Thanksgiving Day Parade: Meh

November 28th, 2009 8:51am EST
Macy
So, in the spirit of Turkey Day and all that is holy in the holiday season traditions, I got up too early to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade along with an equally weary Liz Lewis. This year was pretty run of the mill.

Like all years past, NBC rolled in with semi truck filled with shameless plugs, an overload of NBC promotions, and puns corny enough to even make younger kids grimace. The route changed, to the chagrin of all those with pricey Broadway real estate who look forward to this fall classic, and the cast of Glee was glaringly absent. With NBC bringing out some real...
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Rashida Jones & Chris Pratt Talk 'Parks And Recreation'

November 5th, 2009 2:53pm EST
Rashida Jones
Starpulse recently had the chance to join a conference call with actors Rashida Jones and Chris Pratt of NBC's Parks and Recreation where they discussed their characters' relationship, their personal park experiences and more.

Chris discussed the raggedy romance of Ann and Andy.

Chris Pratt: I thought that there was a chance I wouldn't be coming back and I was a little worried. I always knew that that could possibly the case, they don't have to bring me back...(it was) originally I think intended as a six episode arc. And then I was delighted to find out that they found room for me o...
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New Fall TV: Keep It Or Kill It

October 21st, 2009 10:41am EDT
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It's that time of year. You've checked out the new shows and by now you know if you love them or hate them. Networks are either ordering additional episodes of their fledgling series or quietly letting them burn off until nobody notices they are gone. And some networks stayed cautiously conservative by looking back to previous television icons and failing miserably (we are talking to you, NBC).

Check out the crop of new series and whether we think they should stay on the air or be put out of their misery. Let us know if you agree!

ABC

FlashForward - Keep it

ABC took a gamble o...
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Pre-Season 2009 TV Report Card: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

September 21st, 2009 12:30pm EDT
Desperate Housewives
Since CNN has such a blast creating a report card to track the Presidency, we decided to have some fun with television. Which networks come out strong and which ones need to do better homework?

MAJOR NETWORKS

ABC: B

The Good: The dramas are what keep us coming back to ABC. Grey's Anatomy, Brothers & Sisters, FlashForward, and V are worth looking forward to. The one comedy that stands out and may hold itself against NBC's stellar comedies, Modern Family, is worth a few episodes past the pilot.

The Bad: Dancing With The Stars is extremely popular, however sometimes too much of a ...
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Is 'Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Thursday' Too Much?

September 17th, 2009 1:59pm EDT
Amy Poehler
"Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Thursdays" returns tonight and in the words of co-anchors Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler, all we can say is 'Really?!?!' Last year's brief inaugural run of the show at least made some sense as the country was in the midst of an election, and with controversial candidates like Sarah Palin and Barack Obama, there was a goldmine of controversy for the writers to feed off (not to mention any reason to bring Tina Fey around is a good reason).

Now, however, there will only be one night in between "WUT" and "SNL" and how much could possibly happen during t...
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Amy Poehler & Aziz Ansari Talk About The New Season Of 'Parks And Recreation'

September 16th, 2009 10:02am EDT
Parks & Recreation
Eternally optimistic small town park director Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) spent the first season of NBC's "Parks and Recreation" working to transform a vast garbage-filled trench known as "the pit" into a family-friendly green space. Much like Leslie's steering committee, "Parks" has its own work ahead if it hopes to avoid falling into its own pit of TV oblivion.

"We're lucky that we had a little [six episode] first season so we're still getting into the groove," says Poehler. "I think like any new show you have to get things up and running and figure out where the bathrooms are. It's a c...
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New TV On DVD, Sept. 8

September 8th, 2009 8:00am EDT
Fringe season 1
Phenomena that exist on the Fringe of science unleash their strange powers in this thrilling series, co-created by J.J. Abrams (Lost, Alias), combining the grit of the police procedural with the excitement of the unknown. Season one is now available. Also on DVD: Criminal Minds season 4, Harper's Island the complete series, Mr. Belvedere season 3, The Office season 5, Parks and Recreation season 1, and Worst Week the complete series.
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TV Sitcoms: The Laughs Are Dying

August 7th, 2009 11:53am EDT
Entourage
Say what you will about "According To Jim", but it at least it had jokes. Yes, jokes. Remember those? The old set-up, punch line routine intended to make audiences laugh. They used to be a staple of television comedies. Laugh-track or no, comedy shows on television were once designed to simply elicit guffaws from the viewing audience, whether or not we heard them.

But today, the laughs are dying. And this isn't a "Parks and Recreation" kind of demise where the jokes are just bad. Instead, comedies have stopped making jokes altogether.

Consider the comedies on television this sum...
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Faux Documentaries Entertain Film & TV Audiences

August 5th, 2009 11:52am EDT
Bruno
Documentary films, the traditional kind that the average person simply ignores, have long since given way to the popular faux documentary. These films, unlike their parent genre, have been and continue to be wildly successful. In fact, they are now so tightly woven into our culture that we truly forget what they are.

Christopher Guest's films Best in Show, For Your Consideration, and A Mighty Wind were all based on a fake, typically unseen camera crew following a group during or to an event. Sacha Baron Cohen also took this approach, with an obviously irreverent tone, with Da Ali G S...
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