Digging deeper in his never-ending war on everyone, Joe Francis has now suggested that the jurors in his recent trial be shot by firing squad.
The founder of the soft-porn "Girls Gone Wild" video empire was found guilty this month of imprisoning three women at his Bel-Air home. Francis did not like the verdict, as became clear in a just-published interview with the Hollywood Reporter.
"If that jury wants to convict me because I didn't show up [to court], which is the only reason why they did, then, you know, they should all be lined up and shot," Francis told the Reporter.
It's been seven years since the end of President Jed Bartlett's second term on the NBC drama, "The West Wing," but the memory of the series is still fresh enough that when Rob Lowe unexpectedly stepped into the real White House briefing room, the assembled reporters couldn't help but geek out.
Lowe played White House deputy communications director Sam Seaborn on the first four seasons of the series, which ran from 1999 to 2004.
Though the real-life journalists have been raging against the real-life White House Press Secretary Jay Carney lately after the news of the Justice Department's surveillance of the Associated Press and Fox News, the attitude toward the actor was warm.
Fox News reporter Ed Henry even tweeted a picture of Lowe in full-Sam Seaborn mode. (Or perhaps it's semi-C.J. Cregg mode, since she was the Bartlett press secretary).
Lowe was visiting the White House to meet with National Economic Council director and assistant to the president for economic policy Gene Sperling,...
Now that we've raised the "mission accomplished" banner on the "Arrested Development" reunion, can we get the wheels in motion and reassemble the cast of another dearly departed cult TV favorite -- "Freaks and Geeks"?
"Oh, we couldn't afford them," "Freaks" creator Paul Feig says. "It'd be the most expensive cast ever."
We think Feig, who's following up his acclaimed directing work on "Bridesmaids" with the upcoming female buddy cop flick "The Heat," is being a bit disingenuous. Yes, we know "Freaks" cast members James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel and Linda Cardellini (was this a great ensemble or what?) have made it big since Feig's astutely observed high school comedy-drama ended in 2000. But you have to figure they'd take a pay cut just as a way of thanking Feig and executive producer Judd Apatow for jump-starting their careers.
"Homeland" in its upcoming season will feature a number of guest appearances from actors who have been in series as varied as "How I Met Your Mother" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."
The third season of the Emmy-winning drama, which stars Claire Danes, Damian Lewis and Mandy Patinkin, premieres Sept. 29, and opens during the aftermath of the horrific terrorist attack that decimated the U.S. intelligence apparatus and prompted a global manhunt for the world's most wanted terrorist, Nicholas Brody (Lewis).
As agents Carrie (Danes) and Saul (Patinkin) recover personally and professionally from the attack, they are swept up in the political and media firestorm surrounding the incidents and the subsequent search for Brody.
Among the guest stars are Joanna Merlin ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"), Nazanin Boniadi ("How I Met Your Mother"), Amy Morton ("Boss"), Gary Wilmes ("Louie") and Tracy Letts ("Prison Break").
Jennifer Aniston joined Ellen DeGeneres as guest co-host Wednesday on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." To prepare for the gig, she went to the house of former co-star Matthew Perry with cameras in tow to ask for advice. What she got was a mini "Friends" reunion.
Yes, it was an obviously staged bit. One of those faux-awkward inside-Hollywood encounters that stars love to indulge in from time to time. But at least it resulted in getting three of the stars of "Friends" -- Aniston, Perry and Courteney Cox -- back on screen together for the first time in years.
In the context of the bit, Perry wasn't happy to see Aniston at his house at 8 in the morning, but Aniston tried to recall their happy past together.
"Bad Teacher," a movie starring Cameron Diaz as a foul-mouthed junior high school teacher, is moving to a new class.
The film is being adapted into a CBS comedy that will premiere in the 2013/14 season. Ari Graynor will take over the Diaz role as an always inappropriate, fearless and unapologetic former trophy wife who masquerades as a teacher in order to find a new man after her wealthy husband leaves her penniless.
The executive producers include Hilary Winston, Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky.
Graynor previously appeared in "Fringe," and in the films "Celeste & Jesse Forever" and "The Sitter." She has also provided voices for "Family Guy" and "American Dad!"
Notable alumni said to be under consideration include Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert and Clay Aiken (sorry, Bo Bice fans). While Fox declined to comment, it appears there will be at least a few empty seats at the judge's table next season: Two weeks ago Randy Jackson, the sole remaining original judge, announced his departure from the series amid rumors that Fox was also giving the ax to his fellow panelists Minaj, Keith Urban and Mariah Carey.
The cable network announced Wednesday it has ordered the comedy pilot "The Comedians," starring longtime actor / comedian Billy Crystal.
The half-hour single camera comedy, which will be produced by Fox Television Studios, will feature Crystal as an established veteran comedian paired with a younger, edgier comedian for a late-night sketch show. Youngsters: It's like "Conan" meets "Nashville." Eh, not really.
The comedy is based on a Swedish format of the same name. The network, which has established itself in the drama arena, has been steadily building its clout in the comedy game, most notably with critics and awards darling "Louie." The announcement also comes as FX prepares to launch FXX in the fall, a cable network largely focused on comedy bent toward the younger set.
They say there are no atheists in foxholes. But apparently, they do exist in the middle of category EF-5 tornadoes. That's what CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer learned during a recent interview with survivors of the destructive Oklahoma tornado on Tuesday.
In a clip making the rounds online, Blitzer stands in front of tornado wreckage in Moore, Okla., and asks survivor Rebecca Vitsmun, holding her 19-month-old son, "Do you thank the Lord?" for her survival from the storm.
After an awkward pause, Vitsmun replies, "I'm actually an atheist." Then gives an awkward laugh.
"All right, but you made the right call," Blitzer said, trying to recover.
"We are here, and you know, I don't blame anybody for thanking the Lord," Vitsmun said.
While some on Twitter accused Blitzer of being no better than Glenn Beck or working for "The 700 Club," others, including a Twitter user with the tag Ozark Atheist, noted, "I wonder if that atheist interviewed by Wolf Blitzer knows that she's a Twitter hero?"
If you’re an “Arrested Development” fan, you are probably already counting down the minutes until Sunday, when 15 new episodes of the beloved sitcom will premiere on Netflix, more than seven years after it was canceled by Fox. And if you’re not, well, you’re probably wondering why everyone suddenly seems mad for frozen bananas.
Jason Bateman, who plays level-headed Michael Bluth on the series, has witnessed the feverish “Arrested Development” anticipation firsthand. Tuesday on “The Late Show,” he opened up to David Letterman about a rather uncomfortable photo op he experienced at one of the “Arrested Development” frozen banana stands that have popped up around New York, Los Angeles and London.
Of their own accord, Bateman and co-star Will Arnett decided to pay an impromptu visit to the stand in Times Square last week. It was, he explained, their way of saying thank you to the show’s obsessively devoted fans.