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THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS Will Air Jeanne Cooper Tribute On Tuesday, May 28!
The Young & the Restless will air a special tribute episode to the late Jeanne Cooper on Tuesday, May 28, (12:30-1:30 p.m. ET; 11:00 a.m.-12:00 Noon PT) on CBS. Cast members, friends and family of the beloved actress will gather on set next week to shoot a celebration of the life of their late friend who passed away this week at the age of 84. Cooper, the Emmy Award-winning actress who portrayed Katherine Chancellor for more than 39 years, is the show’s longest-running cast member.
As part of the tribute episode, the cast of The Young & the Restless will share their favorite memories of working with Cooper, along with personal recollections of their friendships with her. Additionally, interviews with Cooper from the show’s recent 40th anniversary and classic clips of her years on the daytime drama will be included.
“Jeanne Cooper was a legend and we want to give her the tribute she deserves,” said Angelica McDaniel, Senior Vice President, Daytime CBS. “The cast will honor their longtime friend, family member and co-worker in the greatest way possible, as we celebrate her life and vibrant spirit and share it with the audience who loved her as much as we did.”
The Young & the Restless, recently nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Daytime Drama, has been the #1-rated daytime drama for more than 24 years
Brenda Dickson — who originated the role of Jill Foster Abbott on The Young and the Restless during the Golden Age of soaps — says she ended up broke and homeless after being blacklisted from Hollywood by legendary daytime producer William J. Bell.
In her new book, My True Hidden Hollywood Story, Dickson, now 64, also claims Bell enlisted “Mafia cartel judges and attorneys” to ruin her.
Now, nearly 30 years later, “I am fighting back,” she tells The Post.
Dickson became one of the biggest stars in daytime when Y&R debuted in 1973.
The former Miss California claims she began an affair with Bell — who was more than twice her age — soon after, when she was just 21.
Dickson was fired 15 years later and says she has been blocked from working ever since.
Bell — who later created The Bold and the Beautiful — died from complications of Alzheimer’s in 2005 at age 78.
A rep from his production company declined to comment.
Jeanne Cooper's death prompted an outpouring of love and support from the soap opera industry and beyond on Wednesday. Check out a roundup of reaction including official statements and on social networking sites.
Corbin Bernsen (ex-Todd, Y&R; ex-Durant, GH) & Family: "A beacon of light guiding us all toward humanity, humility, and equality has been extinguished but a shimmer of it will always remain as reminder from her to us all of a kinder world that is here for us each to embrace feed and make flourish in a way her truest work has just begun for us to honor her vision and make that her legacy. One of the last great Broads in our business - Jeanne Cooper (84 years old) - Mom - is now stirring up trouble in great beyond."
Jess Walton (Jill, Y&R): "Jeanne Cooper was one of a kind. No one who has ever known her would disagree with that statement. Her life force and energy were legendary. Many a time I marveled as she outlasted the rest of us on late night shoots. She was a moving, inventive, and powerful actress. She was a loving mother and grandmother. She was part warrior, part rabble rouser, part truck driver and part Diva, all wrapped up in one Great Lady. Most of all, to me, she was my friend and I loved her. For the last 26 years, hers was the face I most wanted to see when I came to work. Hers was the energy I most wanted to bounce off of on stage. Hers was the voice that kept me in stitches . And because of all that, hers is the presence I will never in my life forget."
Lee Phillip Bell (Y&R co-creator): "JEANNE COOPER: respected colleague, industry icon, woman of passion and grandeur; most important, beloved friend. She was a shining beacon. Her love was unexpendable, and was given freely to all, from fans to great celebrities. She was not jaded by success, nor impressed by wealth and fame. Her crowning glory was her family: her children Corbin, Collin and Caren and her grandchildren, whom she adored, and all of whom adored her in return. Her presence resonated in the lives of all those around her. Through her personal and professional journey, she saved hundreds, possibly thousands, from the depths of alcoholism. She embodied compassion and forgiveness. No daytime icon has ever been more influential in the lives of millions. She will be terribly missed, but her light will shine on forever. May angels guide you on your journey, dear Jeanne. I will love you forever."
Eric Braeden (Victor, Y&R) Statement: "She was an absolute joy to work with. We never did a scene without having laughs. After a painful struggle she has finally found peace. I will miss working with her a lot."
Lauralee Bell (Christine, Y&R): "Jeanne was the matriarch of the show in every sense of the word. When you did work you were proud of, you'd hope for approval or a "good job" from Jeanne as a child would from a parent. When things got too tense, she'd break the tension with her amazing wit. She would teach the younger actors without ever talking down to them. In fact, she would raise them up. She always had my back and my parents (and our whole family) always had hers. I am so grateful that Jeanne and I were on "Marie" together last month with my mom -- what a gift to sit next to her and hold hands. When she saw me breaking down watching a clip of my late dad, she rescued me on camera by speaking of her gratitude towards him and the ways he had helped her. She squeezed my hand harder and had my back yet again. Like everything else Jeanne did, she was very brave. I know she was the light of her family. I will miss her so much!"
Kate Linder (Esther, Y&R): "My heart is breaking for Jeanne Cooper's wonderful family and for all of us who truly loved Jeanne through the years. Jeanne was my mentor and an amazing actress and friend. We've been through so much together and I loved her like family. She and Bill Bell were the two people most responsible for my career on "Y & R." and the world is a darker place without them. When Jeanne welcomed you into her life, you knew it and it was a fantastic feeling. This is truly the end of an era, not just for fans of "The Young and the Restless" but for all of the people she touched throughout her long and distinguished career and life. She's always been larger than life and an inspiration to me and so many others. I can't imagine a world without Jeanne Cooper -- it won't be the same without her fighting spirit and lust for life and to say she will be missed is an understatement for what we are all feeling today."
Doug Davidson (Paul, Y&R) Statement: "She was one of a kind and she held my hand for 35 years. She helped me be a better actor, husband, parent, and friend. My life was so enriched having known her. She was such a loving, kind soul. With Jeanne, there was no judgment, no rules. She loved you for you. She always had time for you and was so gracious with her love. For me, she was a personal giant, an sublime example of how to behave on planet Earth. I will miss her more than I can describe. I will say with certainty, that Heaven just got a hell of a lot more interesting! ....God's speed, my dear friend. I love you."
Bradley Bell (B&B executive producer/head writer): "Jeanne Cooper - A genuine person, gifted performer, good friend to all. Never before and never again. A true artist and legend. She will be missed. My thoughts and my love are with her family."
Reaction from Twitter and Facebook:
Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren, Y&R): "@corbinbernsen I am beyond sad and so grateful for every minute I had with her. Love to you all. Oxox"
Joshua Morrow (Nick, Y&R): "These hallowed halls will never be the same :("
Michael Muhney (Adam, Y&R): "She lived a long life. She kicked her fair share of asses. The world just got a little less feisty today. You'll be missed, Jeanne Cooper."
Bobbie Eakes (ex-Macy, B&B et al): "My condolences to the family of the wonderful Jeanne Cooper. This is a sad day for me. Jeanne, you will be greatly missed."
Martha Madison (ex-Belle, DAYS): "Prayers up for Ms. Cooper! A legend!"
Eric Braeden (Victor, Y&R): "I am deeply saddened by Jeanne’s passing! She had struggled enormously to the very end! She loved her fans, & we all loved working with her! It feels like the end of an era! Everyone here is just deeply saddened! I loved working with her! We always had some laughs! She had a very loving family around her! Corbin and Collin and Caren and their loved ones were always at Jeanne’s side!"
Lauralee Bell (Christine, Y&R): "Jeanne took me under her wing from the moment I started Y&R. A friend, teacher, mother figure, a true joy. I will miss her so! #YR40."
Thom Bierdz (ex-Phillip, Y&R): "my friend, the great Jeanne Cooper has finished her earth existence at this time. The last time I saw her was in 2011, when this photo was taken. I told her that night how great she was so many times that her sister told me to stop kissing her ass. But I thought it may be the last time I see her and wanted to let Jeanne know, as an intelligent man who could see a big picture, just how much she had accomplished, and how many people thought about her in such reverence. Few people accomplish what she did, and as a driven man, I respect that most about Jeanne. But I also knew her personally, and we spent so many hours in her dressing room over the decades, just the two of us, talking about very personal stuff. She loved and touched so many people across the globe. I am just one. And eternally grateful to have shared this time, space, existence, dream, with her... Jeanne, may you see how bright you are/were..."
Barbara Crampton (ex-Leanna, Y&R): "RIP Jeanne Cooper. Amazing talent. Beautiful person. Intuitive. Kind. No one did classy and ballsy as well as she...xo Jeanne Cooper was gracious & welcoming to new players on the set. Extras, day players, to me. She made me feel like family on the first day."
Heather Tom (Katie, B&B; ex-Victoria, Y&R): "Just heard abt Jeanne cooper-my heart goes out to her family-she was an amazing lady-a true class act-I learned so much from her. Her grace and commitment to the work was an inspiration to us all-I will never forget her advice, support and encouragement."
Daniel Goddard (Cane, Y&R): "I am just crushed to hear that #JeanneCooper has passed away. We have lost an icon. She was the grand dame, a beautiful soul who touched the lives of millions. I am honored and so privileged to have been part of her miraculous life... and she will always be in my heart."
Marco Dapper (Carmine, Y&R): "Jeanne Cooper, you will be missed. Love you so much, you were such an inspiration to life! Godspeed Jeanne. Fare the well beautiful lady! Godspeed Jeanne Cooper."
Robin Strasser (Dorian, OLTL): "Sadly learned the GREAT Jeanne Cooper has passed. An enormous talent-energizing rooms by walking in. She lived a life to be celebrated."
Scott Reeves (ex-Steve, GH; ex-Ryan, Y&R): "Rest peacefully @Jeannecooper1. We love you and look forward to singing a new song. Psalm 23."
Jeff Branson (ex-Ronan, Y&R): "The world lost one of its original Dames today. To say Jeanne will be missed is a vast understatement. Love you Jeanne."
Tammin Sursok (ex-Colleen, Y&R; Jenna, PLL): "Rest in peace #JeanneCooper. You were always so kind to me. You are now the brightest angel in heaven."
Lindsay Bushman (ex-Summer, Y&R): "Can’t express how blessed I am to have worked with such a firecracker and icon. She willbe missed!@Jeannecooper1 #YR"
Ronn Moss (ex-Ridge, B&B): "Jeanne Cooper, your inspiration and generosity of positive spirit will live on in our hearts always. Thank you, my friend, for all you are. Love and Light… R"
Melissa Ordway (Abby, Y&R): "My thoughts and prayers are with Jeanne Cooper and her family. The world lost wonderful lady and talent. Thank you for being an inspiration."
Colleen Zenk (ex-Barbara, ATWT): "Just heard about Jeanne Cooper’s death. Never forget having lunch with her in ‘11. What a fab dame. And a helluva actress. Rest now, Jeanne." She later added: "Have been reading all the Jeanne Cooper accolades. Wish I had know her better. What a deep loss for the Daytime community. #whatanoriginal
Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea, Y&R): "Heaven just gained one feisty angel. RIP the beautiful Jeanne Cooper."
Steve Burton (Dylan, Y&R): "A legend may pass but their light never goes out. #RIPJeanne My prayers are with her family."
Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R): "No Words..."
Galen Gering (Rafe, DAYS): "My deepest condolences go out to @corbinbernsen and all of your family and everyone at @YandR_CBS. Jeanne was an amazing woman."
Ian Buchanan (Duke, GH): "Good night #JeanneCooper. You will be missed. Xoxox"
Frank Valentini (EP, GH): " Daytime has lost a legend. Our thoughts are with Jeanne Cooper’s family. Love and sympathy from everyone at GH."
Angelica McDaniel (Head of CBS Daytime): "Jeanne Cooper was a TV icon who touched millions and will live on in our hearts. My thoughts and prayers are with her family."
Emme Rylan (Lulu, GH; ex-Abby, Y&R): "This is truly a sad day for daytime. Rest in peace beautiful Jeanne Cooper. Sending love and prayers to her loved ones. #YR"
Jill Farren Phelps (Y&R EP): "It is with immeasurable sadness and our deepest condolences to her family, that The Young and the Restless mourns the loss of our beloved Jeanne Cooper."
Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R): "There are some people in the world who are just magical...Jeanne Cooper was one of those people #Legend #ripjeanne #originalbadass #beauty"
Hayley Erin (ex-Abby, Y&R): "Wow, rest in peace Jeanne Cooper"
Sean Kanan (A.J., GH): "Dearest Jeanne Cooper has passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family. Sleep with the angels."
Crystal Chappell (Danielle, B&B): "My condolences to Jeanne's family. What a divine lady she was..."
Drew Cheetwood (Max, GH): "Very sad to hear Jeanne Cooper has passed away..my thoughts and prayers go out to her family..daytime has lost a titan.."
Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke, B&B): "So sorry to hear about Jeanne Cooper. She was an amazing person, mother, and actress! She is an inspiration to all! Love u Jeanne! Miss u!"
Sonya Eddy (Epiphany, GH): "Sending my prayers to Jeanne Cooper's family and loved ones today. She was a class act & a truly great lady..."
Andy Cohen (WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE): "RIP Jeanne Cooper - a daytime LEGEND! And one of the most fun broads you could ever hope to meet!"
Adrienne Frantz (ex-Amber, B&B/Y&R): "My beautiful friend Jeanne Cooper passed away this morning. I am heartbroken! I love you so much Jeanne! Now coolest strongest angel ever!!!"
Adrianna Léon (ex-Brook Lynn, GH; ex-Colleen, Y&R): "@corbinbernsen Corbin, my heart, thoughts, love & prayers r with u & ur family. I adored ur mother & will forever cherish the memories that I have of her. Not only was she full of life, absolutely hilarious, an inspiration & one hell of a feisty/bold. presence but she took me under her wing & offered so much love, care, realism, support and amazing advice. She was a great woman and I consider myself very lucky to have shared that time with her. My sympathies for your loss. Huge hugs to you and yours. Xxoxo- Adrianna Leon"
Shenell Edmonds (ex-Destiny, OLTL): "RIP Jeanne Cooper. Soap Legend. Grew up watching Mrs. Chancellor with my gramma. @Official_YandR"
Samantha Bailey (ex-Summer, Y&R): "I am so saddened to hear that Jeanne Cooper passed away today. She is a legend! I loved seeing her and she gave the greatest hugs! Y&R won't be the same without her. Love you Jeanne!!! This isn't goodbye.... it is simply see you later."
Max Ehrich (Fenmore, Y&R): "The amazing Jeanne Cooper will be missed immensely.
Daniel Polo (ex-Jamie, Y&R): Hollywood has lost a legend.Very sad to hear about Jeanne Cooper's passing. Thoughts/Prayers with her family/friends & everyone at Y&R #YR40"
Gina Tognoni (ex-Kelly, OLTL; ex-Dinah, GL): "A dear sweet soul has passed today. I admired your strength and style- rest in peace- J. Cooper. You were always kind and bigger than life- you will be missed. God Bless your entire family, at home and in TV land-"
Steve Mosko (President, Sony Pictures Television): "Jeanne Cooper was a legend in daytime and a beloved member of our Y&R family," said Steve Mosko, president of Sony Pictures Television. "She touched the lives of millions, who watched her every day over the past 40 years. We send our sincerest condolences to her family as we also celebrate her wonderful life."
Jon Lindstrom (ex-Kevin, GH): "This was a good woman. Very sorry to see her go. But, what a life!"
Lisa Rinna (ex-Billie, DAYS): "RIP dear Jeanne Cooper. She was a mentor to me and I will be forever Grateful for her kindness. She was a Broad and she taught me a lot!"
Eileen Davidson (Kristen, DAYS; ex-Ashley, Y&R): "@YandR_CBS So sad 2 hear our Jean has gone.I'm happy & proud 2 have not only known this amazing woman but 2 have worked with her. #1ofakind"
Hunter King (Summer, Y&R): "We will miss you Jeanne Cooper. You are such an inspiration for all of us."
Don Diamont (Bill, B&B; ex-Brad, Y&R): "I just love Jeanne and have so much respect for her. She was such a supporter of mine when I started at Y&R as a young, green actor. That always meant so much to me. She was truly one-of-a-kind. This next saying is used far too often but is truly applicable in her case: when they made Jeanne Cooper they broke the mold."
Robert Newman (ex-Josh, GL) on FB: "Just got off the plane at JFK and heard about Jeanne Cooper from Y&R passing away. 84 years young and a true professional. A great loss. Love and prayers to her family." And later on Twitter: "Thoughts and prayers out to the family of Jeanne Cooper. And to her @Official_YandR family as well. A true pro."
Jen Lilley (ex-Maxie, GH): "Sad to hear about #JeanneCooper's passing. She was dearly loved by millions and a great asset to soaps!"
Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis, GH): "Today Heaven welcomed one fiesty, spirited, brilliant Diva. Jeanne Cooper's light will never go out. Thank God."
Eric Martsolf (Brady, DAYS): "Rest in peace #JeanneCooper . A true Veteran of what we do."
Shemar Moore (ex-Malcolm, Y&R): "Today. JEANNE COOPER passed away.. She played "MRS CHANCELOR" on The Young and The Restless.. She is a Legend. She made me laugh! All Love!!"
Marlee Matlin (Melody, SWITCHED AT BIRTH): "Dear @corbinbernsen so sorry to read about the passing of your dear mother. #JeanneCooper was pure class and she WAS Y&R. xoxo Marlee"
Kate Linder (Esther, Y&R): "Thank u all for ur love & support. I'm crushed to lose my mentor, friend & co-worker. Sweet dream, Jeanne. My love to ur family!"
Ashley Jones (Bridget, B&B): "My heart goes out to Jeanne Cooper's family, friends and all her fans. What a legend! Blessed to have had the opportunity to work with her."
Eden Riegel (Bianca, AMC): "I am terribly sad to hear of #JeanneCooper's passing. What a fine lady she was. Talented, huge heart, funny as hell, and sexy to the end."
Victoria Rowell (ex-Dru, Y&R): "Jeanne Cooper & I had many conversations on & off set about a lot of topics. She even joined me in Boston w/Shemar Moore. We had a ball! Jeanne Cooper: a woman of substance."
Kristoff St. John (Neil, Y&R): "And, through the darkness of the clouds, I swore that I saw my friend. Holy rays of sunshine. #JeanneCooper"
Melina Kanakaredes (ex-Eleni, GL): "Dear @corbinbernsen wishing you & ur family love & light. I adored Ur mom & loved spending time with her when I was on GL! Xo Melina"
Sarah Brown (ex-Madison, DAYS; ex-Carly, GH, ex-Claudia, GH): "Jeanne Cooper, lighting up my TV since I was 12 years old. She'll be missed by so many. Flirting with the angels now, rest in peace Jeanne"
Rebecca Budig (ex-Greenlee, AMC): "RIP @Jeannecooper1 Incredible actress"
Diana DeGarmo (ex-Angelina, Y&R): "Just heard the devastating news about the 1 & only Jeanne Cooper's passing. My love goes out to all of her family and friends-heart breaking"
Lauren Koslow (Kate, DAYS): "#JeanneCooper Rest in Peace gallant lady, I still remember your kind & encouraging words …on my first very first job #YR"
Jacklyn Zeman (ex-Bobbie, GH): "RIP @jeannecooper1 @corbinbernsen God Bless. May the love and the light within you continue to shine, always."
Christel Khalil (Lily, Y&R): "Lost a legend today. Jeanne Cooper who was an incredible woman, mom, grandmother, and actress. She was a firecracker and always spoke her...Mind which I admire more than anything. With Jeanne, what you saw is what you got. You will be missed, Katherine Chancellor will be missed.. I'm glad she lived a long full life. If only we all can be so lucky."
Ricky Paull Goldin (ex-Jake, AMC): "Wondering how WE will manage. Goodnight to the beautiful Jeanne Cooper."
Linda Dano (ex-Felicia, AW; ex-Rae, OLTL): "My early birthday celebration with good friends. I am so lucky. We toasted Jeanne Cooper pic.twitter.com/cJ4wIBDVYg"
Jacqueline MacInnes (Steffy, B&B): "So sad to hear about Jeanne Cooper's passing this morning. What a kind & talented woman. My thoughts & prayers are with her family & friends"
Melissa Reeves (Jennifer, DAYS): "so blessed to have had some sweet moments with jeanne cooper;) she is unforgettable. prayers for her family"
David Hasselhoff (ex-Snapper, Y&R): "SAD DAY Jeanne Cooper of THE Y&R passing away She was my mentor & loyal friend and Ill never forget her. Love to her family @corbinbernsen"
Darin Brooks (ex-Max, DAYS): "RIP Jeanne...you will be missed... @YandR_CBS @Official_YandR"
Lawrence St.Victor (Carter, B&B; ex-Remy, GL): "My sincerest condolences and heartfelt prayers go out to Jeanne Cooper's family and friends."
CBS Daytime: "The CBSDaytime family mourns the loss of our matriarch and beloved Jeanne Cooper. Her legacy will live on in our hearts forever."
Leslie Charleson (Monica, GH): "Daytime has lost one of it's brightest stars today. My heart goes out to the Cooper/Bernsen family."
Ron Carlivati (HW, GH): "My sincerest condolences to the colleagues, family & friends of @Jeannecooper1 AKA the one and only Katherine Chancellor from #YR. #GH"
Angell Conwell (Leslie, Y&R): "Her warm spirit, sincere hugs, bright smile, great sense of humor & timeless talent will never be forgotten ❤ #JeanneCooper"
Laura Wright (Carly, GH): "Sad sad day. RIP Jeanne Cooper. Love and prayers to your family. Hugs to all Y&R fans xo"
Jessica Collins (Avery, Y&R): "A very sad day for all of us. You will be deeply missed Jeanne Cooper"
One Life to Live (@onelifetolive): "We’re sad to hear that the soap world has lost a true legend today. Our hearts go out to the family of Jeanne Cooper."
All My Children (@allmychildren): "The Soap world has lost a true legend. Our hearts are heavy. Jeanne Cooper, you will be missed!"
When the Daytime Emmy nominations were announced, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Michael Muhney (Adam) was actually on his way to the set when he found out he'd been nominated for Lead Actor. "I got a text from an old friend in high school," he reveals. "He was watching GOOD MORNING AMERICA and he cursed me for making him drop his coffee when he heard my name!"
Muhney submitted an episode where Adam had dramatic interaction with Chelsea, Victor, Phyllis and Sharon so there would be a nice blend, but doesn't expect he has much of a chance to take home the trophy on Emmy night. "I'd have to say that Jason Thompson (Patrick, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has an 80% chance of winning," he declares. "Then, it's almost a toss up between Peter Bergman (Jack) and Doug Davidson (Paul) because they delivered some fantastic stuff. I shouldn't win — and I won't — but the most humbling thing for me is to be nominated and to be mentioned with three guys who gave such stellar performances."
Hunter King (Summer) was blown away to find herself up for Younger Actress. "It's so amazing to be nominated," she says, "especially a first nomination for when I've been on the show for only nine months, it's incredible. I'm so grateful for this opportunity and to be a part of something like this."
The episode she submitted was a heart-to-heart between Summer and Phyllis where the troubled teen opened up to her mother about why she had turned into a bully. "I picked that one not only because it was a good scene that I felt showed range, but it's something I felt that so many people experience — kids going through divorce, kids taking their anger out on others... so I just felt it was something a lot of people could relate to."
This will be the final time that Bryton James (Devon) will be able to compete in Younger Actor, since he's growing out of it, but he still knows the competition is strong. "From the first time I was nominated 'til now, the field has shrank," he admits. "But the competition is great as ever. I'm so happy for Max [Ehrich, Fenmore] and everyone else." But he's hoping his performance in the episode where Devon's hearing was restored brings home another Emmy for a matched set. "Absolutely," James says. "It's an honor to be recognized, but of course you want to win. I'm a very competitive person!"
Miller submitted an episode where Jack found out that Billy had double-crossed him, and hopes that his scenes opposite Bergman help him pull of a win in the Supporting Actor category. "Peter and I work together well," Miller says. "I've known him for a long time. We look like brothers."
Stafford knew her selection had to be just right, since there's no second round anymore — the episode that gets you the nomination is the same one used to judge whether or not you win the Emmy. "It was an episode where Phyllis confronted Christine after she was let off," the actress reveals. "I really liked it. I loved how it was written and I liked what I did with it. This is my tenth nomination and is special for many, many reasons."
Man, do we miss her! Susan Flannery, who last year walked away from her 25-year role as Stephanie Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful, is once again back in the Daytime Emmy race after four wins and three zillion nominations. TV Guide Magazine spoke with the Outstanding Lead Actress contender about her latest shot at the gold and how she's faring outside the showbiz spotlight.
TV Guide Magazine: Congrats, my dear, though I damn well bet you're more excited about Katherine Kelly Lang's nomination than your own, right?
Flannery: Thank you. I very much appreciate the congratulations. [Laughs] But you know me! I think it's much more wonderful that they finally nominated Katherine. I'm always the first to gripe about it when it doesn't happen.
TV Guide Magazine: How did you get the news?
Flannery: I was in bed [on nomination morning] listening to BBC World on my iPhone and I kept hearing that little buzz that says people are sending you emails. [Laughs] I figured it was Johns Hopkins telling me I've got dementia! So I just ignored it. Then a while later [exec producer] Brad Bell called and said, "I've tried desperately to wait until 7 a.m. to call you. You've been nominated!" The first thing out of my mouth was: "What about Katherine?" It's so funny. I was so excited about Katherine, I forgot to ask who else had been nominated in my category. About an hour later I saw the list and went, "Oh, my God! Peggy McCay!" I called her right away and congratulated her. What a capper for a career. She's been acting since the 1950s. It's just fabulous! Only in daytime can women really find a place after a certain age, and even then it's tricky. Last year when Erika Slezak was nominated again after many years, I called her and said "Congratulations. So they know you're not dead!"
TV Guide Magazine: You and Katherine both submitted the same episode — Stephanie dying with Brooke by her side. You never gave interviews at the end of your run on B&B so finally here's my chance to ask: How did you feel about the way your exit was written?
Flannery: I loved it. Toward the end, someone at the show told me Stephanie was going to die in, like, three weeks and I went up to Brad's office and said, "You're gonna have Brooke there with her at the end, right?" He looked up and gave me this great big grin and said, "Yes, that's who it is." I said, "Fabulous!" I think it worked out really well.
TV Guide Magazine: Didn't you think it was awfully heartless of Stephanie to tell her children she was going off to die in private and that they'd never see her again? It was so friggin' mean.
Flannery: I know it was. Everyone was so stunned but I thought it was a very interesting and original way to handle a character's departure, and I really admired Brad so much for that. He did it all beautifully and stayed true to Stephanie. It was so her! He didn't take the easy way out. When Brad told me she would make the rounds and tell all the important people in her life that she was going to be dead soon, I was very happy. [Laughs] I didn't want to have to lay there in some hospital bed while everyone else on the show, one by one, pulls up and chair and says, "Okay, I'm doing my Emmy reel now."
TV Guide Magazine: Do you ever miss the show?
TV Guide Magazine: Not ever?
TV Guide Magazine: How about acting itself?
Flannery: [Laughs] Nope. I really only think about that part of my life when somebody calls me. I don't mean to be unkind or anything. I had a great run and a wonderful time, but there's a time to go. And when you go it's over. You don't look back. My friend Joanna Johnson [B&B's Karen] was so worried that I was going to lose my mind if I stopped working. [Laughs] But I lost that a long, long time ago, so what the hell? She said, "You have too much energy! What will you do with it?" But it's all been fine.
TV Guide Magazine: What the hell do you do all day?
Flannery: Don't ask me. I mean, you can ask me. But I can't account for it! I remember, when I was a kid, how people who'd gone into retirement would say, "I've never been busier. I don't know how I used to find time to have a job!" And I thought that was crazy. [Laughs] But it's true! Somehow your days just fill up. I kind of credit my [decision to quit] to the way the B&B production schedule changed three or four years ago. Suddenly, instead of just having a couple of weeks off at Christmas we had these long stretches of dark weeks and I really loved it. I was always thinking, "Gee, I could get used to this." But, as I said, it was also time to go. I had a great career and you can't ask for more.
TV Guide Magazine: Well, actually we can. You will show up at the Emmys so we can see you again, right?
Flannery: Yes I will be there — just to watch Katherine win!
Our long national nightmare is over. The Bold and the Beautiful's Katherine Kelly Lang — aka eternal sexpot Brooke Logan — has scored her first Daytime Emmy nomination after 26 years on the job. The much-adored actress shared her excitement with TV Guide Magazine soon after she got the news.
TV Guide Magazine: Are you as shocked as we are?
Lang: [Laughs] Isn't it amazing? I remember years and years ago when Susan Flannery [Stephanie] was nominated for B&B for the first time and she said, "I never thought it would happen!" And somehow that always gave me hope, because if someone as amazing as Susan had to wait, then why wouldn't I?
TV Guide Magazine: So the year-in, year-out snub never bummed you out?
Lang: Not at all. I'm the kind of person who tries not to let things get me down. I love persevering. I love acting every day. I'm so lucky to have this job and to have it for so long.
TV Guide Magazine: Did you hear Robin Roberts give you a shout out on Good Morning America this morning after your name was read?
Lang: No, I don't know anything about that! Really? Wow, I hope I can find it online. I was at a dinner with some Italian friends having way too good a time last night and was out until 1a.m.. [B&B exec producer] Brad Bell called me at 6 a.m. to tell me the news. I'm like, "Who's calling me at this hour?" [Laughs] Hey, it's not the worst way to wake up!
TV Guide Magazine: What do you think made the difference this year? Was it your switch from leading actress to supporting?
Lang: I'm not the type to analyze or speculate. It was my choice to switch to the supporting category because [in 2012] that's what I was. Brooke didn't really have a story of her own. She was busy supporting her daughter, doing a lot of mom stuff, and of course supporting Stephanie as she was dying. We'll see how it all turns out. I'm just so satisfied being nominated.
TV Guide Magazine: Did you submit Stephanie's death to the Emmy judges?
Lang: Yes, the episode where Brooke takes Stephanie out into the woods, they sit down and talk and then she passes away. I only submitted one episode instead of two [as Emmy rules allow]. I didn't want too much pain or for it to get laborious. [Laughs] I didn't want people speeding ahead through my reel to get to the next actress.
TV Guide Magazine: Were you surprised Stephanie only wanted Brooke with her at the end?
Lang: I was happy! I thought it was perfect. [Laughs] Of course, the fans were going, "How come Brooke gets to be the one with Stephanie when she dies? This is sooo wrong!" Brooke was a huge thing in Stephanie's life for many years, a problem mostly, but in the end they were best friends. In a way, it was the love story of the show. They'd been through so much history, so much fighting. They were the supercouple of B&B.
TV Guide Magazine: Have you had a chance to congratulate Susan on her nomination this morning?
Lang: Yes! And she is so excited but she's even more excited about me. That's Susan. I love and admire her so much and have learned so much from her. She's so strong, so feisty. I'm in awe of her at every moment. I wish I could do what she does.
TV Guide Magazine: Will you celebrate tonight?
Lang: [Laughs] I don't think so, especially after being out with my Italians last night. I love Italians. I love Italy. We just couldn't stop! So I'm considering that my pre-celebration. I'm heading to the studio right now to shoot two shows today and then I'm really tempted to go home and collapse...in utter happiness!
DAYS’s Chandler Massey (Will) woke up to learn from his publicist, Jeff Ballard, that he received his third straight Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Younger Actor (he won the award last year).
But Massey was most excited about DAYS’s multiple nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series. “I’m thrilled about DAYS getting 17 nominations,” he grins. “Ari [Zucker, Nicole], Peggy [McCay, Caroline], and of course, Freddie [Smith, Sonny] got nominated. I’m thrilled for all three of them. The show made out well this year and I think DAYS deserves it. Everyone connected to the show works extremely hard and is very talented. I’m glad they’re getting recognized for it.”
As for Massey’s own reaction to being nominated for the third year in a row he shares, “I have the same feeling of gratitude and excitement I felt last year and the year before. Just being nominated is an honor and I appreciate it very much.”
Jason Thompson (Patrick, GENERAL HOSPITAL) actually kind of forgot that the nominations for the Daytime Emmys were going to be announced this morning! "I wasn't feeling well last night, so I didn't get the best sleep," he confesses. "But then I heard my phone buzz this morning. My dad called and congratulated me. For a second, when I picked up the phone, I didn't know if he was going to say, 'Oh well, maybe next year,' or 'Congratulations!' Thankfully it was 'Congratulations!'"
While the actor had plenty of juicy material to choose from, he struggled to choose an episode to submit. "It wasn't an easy decision," Thompson admits. "I looked for a while. I had a feeling on a couple of things and then some people gave me some good advice. I put it in the hands of some people that I respected and trusted. I tried to not judge it myself as much."
"I ended up putting in the episode with the tie scene," he adds. "Where he wakes up and sees the ghost of Robin a couple ties when he's in bed, when he's in the shower and when he's tying his tie. Then he comes downstairs and sees Emma for a quick second and says 'I don't know how I'm going to do this.' I was happy with a lot of the stuff that happened last year as a team."
And it's that team mentality at GH that has him noticing some glaring omissions on the ballots this year. "I'm shocked that Finola Hughes (Anna) wasn't nominated," Thompson declares, "because I know what we went through as a team and I know what she went through was real. As an actor, that's what you want."
"Kelly Sullivan (Kate/Connie), too," he continues. "She had a fantastic year. I know how hard she worked. But I also know the way these things go. I'm happy to be on this side of it, but it's a crap shoot. I'm proud of the year I had. Whatever happens from here on out as of this morning, I'm happy and it's a cherry on a good year."
Bradford Anderson (Spinelli, GENERAL HOSPITAL) woke up this morning to news that he had been nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor. Well, technically, baby daughter Juna woke him and wife Kiera a little after seven, at which point he discovered text messages on his phone from former castmate Steve Burton (ex-Jason, now Dylan, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) and Emmy winner Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Y&R)!
"We looked at the monitor to see if maybe Juna would go back to sleep," Anderson laughs. "I put the phone in front of [Kiera's] face and showed her the texts. So my first congratulations in person was from my wife because we were still in bed!"
Anderson reveals that the episode he submitted that earned him the nod was one from last summer when he had a confrontation with Jen Lilley's Maxie at Kelly's. "He gives her a speech about friendship," he says. "Sometimes it's hard when picking Emmy shows because my character isn't the kind of character that gets the knock down, drag out material. I'm not Lucky Spencer."
"I don't get that stuff very often," he continues, "so sometimes in picking a show, I have to look outside the box a little bit. Sometimes you have to look for an episode that has a beginning, middle and end. This episode did. And I guess it worked out!"
And whether he wins or loses on Emmy night, there's one thing the actor is definitely looking forward to that evening. "One of the things I'm very excited about this year is that it's a sure-fire way of seeing Julie Berman (ex-Lulu) again," Anderson confides. "I don't see her as much. I'm excited that she's nominated and I'm excited that I will for sure see my friend again!"
Actress Erin Chambers, who played Siobhan McKenna on GENERAL HOSPITAL, has joined the cast of THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, according to Daytime Confidential. Chambers will be playing the recurring role of Melanie Daniels.
Chambers will debut on June 5. Look for Melanie to mix it up with the Newman clan.
Since former GENERAL HOSPITAL executive producer Jill Farren Phelps took the reins at THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, a few former GH actors have appeared on the show including Bruce Weitz, Ignacio Serricchio and Steve Burton.
It didn't take Lindsey Morgan long to score a couple of bookings after being let go as GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kristina! "I booked a pilot for Fox Digital [Studios] and a guest star role on [TNT's] FRANKLIN & BASH," she tells In Depth. "Maybe GH was a good luck charm. I miss it already but am grateful to have found work so quickly!"
Fox's new media pilot, EXTR, is about an electronic dance music DJ intrigued and eventually obsessed with a machine that channels energy and turns it into sound. Is this contraption actually tapped into the universe? That's the big question. Morgan plays a street-smart young woman who's always got an angle... and is always up for a little partying! "My role is very vixen-like and, let's just say, I'll be stretching myself as an actress," Morgan hints.
The former DAYS OF OUR LIVES actress and her husband AJ Gilbert are expecting a baby girl. The actress posted on her Twitter account, "My wise husband once said, "Life isn't a fairy tale. It's a series of complex chapters." This should be fun! #ItsAGirl #HalloweenBaby."
Does Bill have a relative coming to town? B&B is looking for a Caucasian female in her mid-to-late 40s to play Julie Spencer, a beautiful, smart and sophisticated businesswoman. The role is recurring, with a possibility of it becoming contract.
The show wants recognizable names only.
While there won't be any ONE LIFE TO LIVE actors nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award when the contenders are named next Wednesday -- even though the show did have three weeks of eligibility from the 2012 calendar year before their final ABC broadcast last January, none of their stars made the pre-nomination list -- castmembers from the soap, as well as ALL MY CHILDREN, will be able to compete next year!
David Michaels, senior executive director of the Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards, tells Soaps In Depth that the beloved soaps (set to relaunch on Monday from The OnLine Network), will be eligible for consideration in 2014... it's just a matter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences deciding in which category to place them! "In May, we have an awards committee meeting. We're going to start discussing that now," Michaels reveals. "There are a bunch of different ways to go. They are obviously going to be eligible for the contest; we're just trying to decide how they should be eligible."
Congratulations are in order for AS THE WORLD TURNS alum Billy Magnussen, who today earned a Tony nomination for Best Performance By An Actor In A Featured Role In A Play for his performances as Spike Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike! The Broadway play by Christopher Durang nabbed a grand total of six nominations, including Best Play.
On hiatus since last September, Emmy-winning Web soap opera THE BAY is at long last returning to production. What secrets and lies will be revealed? Will they pick up from where last summer's foray into Bay City's seedy scene left off in the "Darkside Of The Bay" special?
Soaps In Depth was the first to know about the series' brand-new promo for the third season, featuring Mary Beth Evans (Sara), Matthew Ashford (Steve), Nicolas Coster (Mayor Madison), Jacklyn Zeman (Sofia), Kristos Andrews (Peter) and more. The spot was shot just last weekend in beautiful Marina Del Ray, CA, on Coster's personal boat. The show's creator, Gregori J. Martin, says that THE BAY is "expected to return by late summer or early fall."
To catch up on what you might have missed, visit http://www.thebaytheseries.com/videos2012.html.
Per the Sami/Lucas message board, Second Chances, Bryan Dattilo (Lucas) was taken off contract at the end of his 13-week cycle in February 2013. The change should take effect in the credits sometime in late May/early June. He will remain with the show on a recurring basis.
The news comes just as Dattilo celebrated the 20th anniversary of his "Days" debut earlier this month and with him just 50 episodes shy of reaching the 2,000 episode appearance mark, something only 14 "Days" actors have done in the show's 47-year history.
Greenlee ran from Ryan before responding to his proposal. JR urged Kendall to trust Ryan. Greenlee and Kendall ran into each other on Ryan's doorstep. Greenlee decided to accept Ryan's proposal but urged Kendall to make peace with him. Liza was almost caught in the tunnel. Ryan and Greenlee agreed on the ground rules for their marriage. Kendall was hurt by Ryan's absence from Fusion's daily operations. Bianca began her job at Fusion. Krystal and Mary argued over Babe and JR's wedding. Babe wanted Bianca to be part of the wedding. Greenlee kept her marriage plans secret from Kendall. Ryan told Bianca why he and Kendall couldn't be together. Tad confronted Liza. Livia drafted Ryan's prenuptial agreement. Kendall couldn't find Ryan to make peace with him. Ryan and Greenlee decided to elope. Tad convinced Krystal he really wanted a relationship with her.
Carly defended Barbara when Paul and Jennifer found out about Barbara's brain tumor. Katie ended up in a mental institution. Alison continued to lie. Jordan and Rosanna were married. Doc got in a lot of trouble with Kim. The IRS investigated the Rose Foundation for money laundering.
In Hawaii, Brooke pulled away from Nick, saying that she was having a hard time getting over Ridge. Samantha discussed her one true love with Caitlin. Hector revealed Priscilla's deception to Stephanie. Hector told Sam that her child was still alive - and that she was Caitlin. Brooke told Ridge that she wants to try to keep their dream alive.
John, emotionally shaken and discouraged, advised Marlena that she confessed to all the serial killings while under the influence of sodium pentothal. Marlena signed a confession and was returned to lockup where another fight erupted fueled by Nicole's friend to "shut up" Marlena before she could incriminate her and Jan in Victor's death. Bo was determined to insure Marlena's execution for her heinous crimes against Salem's loved ones. Kate pushed Philip and Belle together while Shawn dealt with his feelings and considered leaving Salem. Lucas stood by Sami in her time of need despite Kate's objection. The Horton family gathered to pay final tribute to all their loved ones following Marlena's confession and arrest. Jennifer's bearer bonds, and inheritance from Alice, were missing, and Patrick, who left town without a goodbye, appeared to be the likely suspect until Julie found Bonnie's purse bulging with cash.
Luke, Skye, Tracy and Coleman wonder who moved Ross' body. Lucky informs Luke and Skye that Laura has vanished from her room in the institution as a blonde woman seems to be stalking an unaware Skye around Port Charles. Emily tells Jason that Sam is pregnant and he confronts Sam and tells her if she doesn't tell Sonny, he will. Sonny and Carly decide that their marriage is not based on sex or even friendship, but just for co-parenting and they inform others of this so that there are no confusions as Sonny continues to see Sam. At Tracy and Jax's engagement party Mary admits to Alcazar that she knows that "Connor" is Nikolas and that she is knowingly deceiving Emily and Nikolas. When Emily knocks over her purse and Jax finds the prenatal vitamins that Emily is supposed to deliver to Sam, Jax asks if Sam has had a paternity test and then goes to confront Sam and ask her if he could be the father. Later, Emily falls asleep on a pew at the church and "Connor" sees her as he is picking up his payment for working at the church. Mac and Felicia walk in to find Georgie and Dillon together.
Lizzie convinced a reluctant Cassie, Reva and Edmund to try to help Tammy see the light. Lizzie's plan to separate Tammy and Joey backfired, but the rift between Tammy and Cassie seemed to worsen. Olivia asked Cassie to buy out her share of the Beacon so that she could insure a future for her and Emma in the Spaulding Empire. Joey tried to convince Tammy to reconcile with Cassie; meanwhile Lizzie was overjoyed at Phillip's homecoming, while Olivia seemed more frightened than relieved at her husband's return. Ed seriously considered his return to Africa. A frightened Eden pressured Bill to elope once she realized that Vinnie would never let her escape him or her past. Danny and Michelle were about to face their own problems with their new mob boss and neighbor, Vinnie Salerno.
A man named Laser kidnapped Starr from Central Park by pretending to be one of Travis' friends. Natalie accepted Paul's proposal, but John whisked Paul away before he could run off with her. Nigel offered to help Roxy deal with the bookie. Kevin's suspicions of Kelly and Todd grew. Antonio accepted a dangerous undercover assignment from Evangeline. Marcie decided to poke around to find out what Paul and Dr. Long were up to. Viki suffered serious chest pains upon learning from Dorian that Starr had been kidnapped. After several near misses, Todd and Blair spotted Starr and Laser at the train station, but Laser managed to escape with Starr.
Whitney worried about her father's reaction when she learned Luis was going to expose all the Crane secrets at the dance. TC anticipated the Cranes' downfall. Ivy coped with feelings of inadequacy while Sam worked to make something happen between them. Tabitha feared love would win if the Cranes were brought down. Alistair forced Beth to help him stop Luis from showing the entire town the CD-ROMs. Sheridan worried about Luis' information being true, while Antonio prepared to take his wife away. Pilar struggled with her illness. Theresa lost the baby, and opted to get pregnant by Ethan in order to get Little Ethan back.
Brad, Ashley, Victor, and Nikki faced off about Abby. The police found clues that could lead to proving Kevin's innocence. Michael received an emergency call from the prison about Kevin's grave condition following a beating. Grace again accused Sharon of killing Cameron, while Sharon secretly had hallucinations of Cameron being present in her home and even kissing her. Katherine and Arthur spent a romantic afternoon together. Neil was named acting CEO of Newman Enterprises. Kevin flatlined, but he awakened to Michael's words of love for his brother.
Kate is devastated to find Rafe's body in the alley; Abigail demands answers from JJ.
Tuesday ("Rafe's Condition Worsens")
Gabi learns that Rafe's health is deteriorating; Chad asks Abigail if they have a future together.
Kristen and Brady argue about her family; Marlena asks John if he wants a divorce; Jennifer learns that JJ has been lying to her.
Thursday ("Cold Feet")
Kristen has second thoughts about her scheme; Hope suspects EJ may have been involved with Rafe's attack.
Friday ("Secret Agendas")
Sami has questions for EJ regarding Rafe's assault; Nick and Gabi encounter a dangerous situation.
Monday ("Morgan's Injured")
Michael rushes Morgan to the hospital; Sonny attempts to get more information on Morgan.
Tuesday ("The Blame")
AJ and Tracy blame one another; Rafe comes clean to Molly about his feelings for her.
Tracy threatens to expose AJ if he doesn't take responsibility for the relish debacle; Olivia and Connie give Sonny some useful information.
Thursday (Britt's Pregnancy')
Emma is upset to learn that Britt is pregnant; Sabrina can't believe that Britt approached Patrick about moving in with him.
Mac is hesitant about giving Luke a drink; Liz asks AJ to be her date for Laura's wedding.
Monday ("Relationship Woes")
Brooke and Hope discuss their relationship problems; Liam prepares a romantic evening for Steffy.
Tuesday ("Rick Attempts to Dump Caroline")
Bill has a plan to shock Maya; Caroline refuses to let Rick end things between them.
Wednesday ("Bill's Plan")
Bill instructs his staff to ensure that Maya will return to jail; Hope tells Thomas her reasoning behind making amends with Steffy.
Thursday ("Jesse's Offer")
Jesse has an intriguing proposal for Maya; Taylor, Bill and Thomas offer their support for Steffy and Liam.
Friday ("Brooke's Request")
Brooke's request surprises Eric; Taylor stands by her daughter.
5/13, Nick confronts Kyle about Summer; Chloe must pay for Kevin's antics.
5/14, Dylan prepares for the future; Billy cannot resist temptation.
5/15, Jack tries to plead Phyllis' case to Traci; Cane and Lily have a romantic evening.
5/16, Adam rethinks his involvement with Sharon; Nick's concern for Summer is questioned.
5/17, A shocking secret is revealed as Michael and Carmine have a confrontation.
He was an all-action Sherlock Holmes for TV and now he’s conquering Hollywood in Star Trek. Caitlin Moran joins the actor at his parents’ home for Sunday lunch
I don’t know if you remember, but some time last summer – between the end of the Olympics and the return of The X Factor – it briefly became the thing to have a go at Benedict Cumberbatch for being “a posho”.
However many times Cumberbatch tried to explain that he was “just middle class, really”, a sum kept being done, over and over: “Harrow education” + “called ‘Benedict Cumberbatch’ ” = “A man who wipes his bum on castles”. There was a series of catty columns about it, with headlines like “Posh off to America” and “Poor posh boy”.
I climb out of the car, and stare at a gigantic, honey-coloured mansion, with immaculately tended lawns. Parked in the driveway are a black London taxi and a vintage silver Rolls-Royce.
Last night, Benedict had offered to pick me up from the station, saying he has a “loooooooooovely car”.
“Yes – you have, haven’t you, Benedict?” I think to myself, staring. “You’ve got a lovely pair.”
I crunch up the drive, carrying a massive bunch of flowers and a bottle of wine, and shout through the letter box.
“Hello! I’m from London! I’ve come on holiday, to the countryside, by accident!”
Silence. I circle the house. The place is so big, I can’t work out where the front door is.
I decide to go to ask a neighbour for advice on how to penetrate the Cumberbatch estate.
I head towards a nearby peasant’s cottage.
Benedict Cumberbatch is standing in the doorway of the tiny cottage, in a pair of knackered navy corduroy slippers, watching my progress across the lawn – lavishly strewn with hyacinths – with some curiosity.
“What were you doing at Kate Moss’s house?” he asks, mildly.
Ah. Kate Moss. The working-class girl from Croydon made good. That mansion is her house.
The “posh” Cumberbatches, by way of contrast, live next door: three small rooms downstairs, three small rooms upstairs. Every available surface is covered in books, family photographs or owls.
“Come in, come in,” Benedict says – tilting his head slightly to get through the low door. Even in slippers, he’s 6ft, and not built for a 17th-century cottage. “Thank you for coming.”
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The Ventham-Carlton-Cumberbatches are an incredibly hospitable crew.
Benedict’s father Timothy’s first words, on coming in from the garden – earth still on his knees – are, “Would you like a large drink?” He pours a cripplingly strong gin, which is exactly the right thing to do.
Benedict’s mother, Wanda, meanwhile, manages to combine “cooking a Sunday roast” with “emitting the background radiation of someone scorchingly hot in the Sixties, and who could still clearly reduce a room to rubble now, if she flashed her eyes”.
Benedict is second-generation pretendy: Google reveals Wanda Ventham or Timothy Carlton (birth name Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch) in Doctor Who, Carry On up the Khyber, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Saint.
As Timothy and Wanda move around each other in the kitchen, preparing lunch – Wanda still spars with her husband as if he were a young suitor, even as he sits down with an involuntary, “Ooof!” It’s rather touching to watch – Benedict takes me on a tour of the house. If we weren’t dallying, it would take less than a minute – it’s so small.
“They bought this house when I was 12,” he says. “Look. There’s me, off for my first day at Harrow.”
He points at a junk-shop painting of a young Fauntleroy type, skipping off to school in a huge sailor’s hat.
“So posh,” I say.
“So posh,” he laughs.
All up the stairs are pictures of him as a child. Benedict running, Benedict as a toddler. Benedict aged 10 – white-blond, skinny, in tiny swimming trunks, on a rocky beach in Greece. One of the pictures shows Wanda pulling his trunks down and kissing his bottom.
“That is a picture of my mother kissing my arse,” he confirms.
This was around the age he was learning to play the trumpet – the event he credits with shaping his much commented upon mouth.
“Playing a trumpet wounds you,” he explains, gleefully. “That’s how this happened.” He presses his finger into his generous lower lip. “I have trumpet mouth.”
We look around his bedroom, which is small and floral. On the chintzy dressing table is a small china pot, with “I Feel Pretty & Witty” painted on the lid, in curlicue script.
I’m just asking him if this is his morning affirmation – “Well, I do feel quite pretty,” he’s saying, thoughtfully – when his mother comes upstairs, and interrupts in the way that is the birthright of all mothers. She addresses me with some urgency: “Can you just… find him a bird?” she asks. “You must be able to find him a bird. There must be someone in London who’s suitable. I want grandchildren. Please – find my son a bird.”(
IM RIGHT FUCKING HERE MAMA CUMBERBATCH.IM RIGHT FUCKING HERE)
It is interesting – watching Sherlock Holmes being berated by his mother for still being single. Especially as, where we are standing, we are surrounded by Wanda’s collection of stuffed barn owls (“Mum’s obsessed with owls”) who are all staring at him with pretty much the same gimlet expression as his mother.
“I’m doing all right,” he pleads – body language now that of an awkward teenager.
“I can’t wait much longer,” she rejoins, firmly. “Get a bird. Anyway, it’s time for lunch. Come and have another drink.”
Here’s what it’s like interviewing Benedict Cumberbatch: a bit like interviewing a waterfall. It won’t really answer any of your questions, but it’s fabulous to watch. It’s not that it’s trying to ignore or avoid your questions – God, no. It is endlessly, eagerly forthcoming, and shows a touching courtesy towards the whole notion of being interviewed. It will tell you a story about being stung on the penis by a sea anemone in the same breath as discussing the panic of entering the library at Harrow for the first time: “Because I thought, I probably won’t have a lifetime long enough to read the first shelf – let alone the first room, let alone the whole f***ing library. I’ve always been after the idea of betterment – to know exactly everything about that wine, and tell you about the birdsong I can hear, and to understand the world around me.”
But as you can already see, and as his mother has lamented, he is just an energy – he never stops. This is the force he plays into these huge, notably unusual characters: Van Gogh and Hawking and Holmes; Tietjens in Parade’s End with his genius; a dragon – Smaug – in The Hobbit; in the West End, in turn Frankenstein, then his monster. And, soon, Hamlet, and Julian Assange, and Brian Epstein, manager of the Beatles.
As we’re already late, Benedict tries to map out a schedule. He’s due on set in Bristol at 7.30am tomorrow, for the third series of Sherlock. At pains not to give away any plot, but keen to show what his workload is like, he picks up the script and flicks through it.
“This scene is 40 pages long. It’s a 40-page-long deduction,” he says. “Basically a monologue. And I have to learn it before I go to bed.”
As we’re already in the past – surrounded by photos – we stay there.
The conversation at lunch got us as far as Harrow, where Benedict boarded – leaving his parents’ top-floor flat in Kensington, “when Kensington was run-down; smalls hanging out in the smog, riots in Notting Hill. A two-bedroom flat for £2,000 – the wallpaper the same now as it was then.”
When he got to Harrow, did he find out he was clever?
“Not that clever. Not ridiculously clever. Sharpish – I was a quick learn. A good impersonator.” Was he bullied? “No. Because…” he chooses his words carefully, “my parents loved the f***ing life out of me. So I felt confident about the world. Not… entitled. Just like… I could step into the world. Investigate it.”
He loved his school days – “I really did. Sports and outings… I made lifelong friends.
In my letters home, I wrote, ‘I am blissfully happy,’ and I really meant it.”
The first and only time someone tried to bully him, it felt so alien – “He made me feel insecure and shy, and all I wanted was to be confident and happy” – that Cumberbatch pinned him against the wall, in utter fury, and his assailant stuttered an apology.
He continued being the class clown – not, as it is with almost all future performers, to prevent bullying, but, oddly and sweetly, to get the respect and attention of younger children, instead. “You could make younger kids go to bed and brush their teeth on time if you made them laugh,” he recalls, fondly.
The only fly in Cumberbatch’s ointment was physical: “I was a very late developer,” he says. “Very late. 15, 16 – maybe even 17.” The worry was so great, he even went to the doctor. “I was a kid until I was 18, really. But the one grace of an all-boys boarding school is that you could lie about what you’d done on your holidays. Not like a mixed school, where you had to parade your girlfriend around the playground. I was a bit Hugh Grant around women. ‘Good gosh, er, do you mind if I, erm, touch, ah, it? Gosh, I feel funny now.’ I don’t hold it against my parents at all, but that’s why I would never send my kids to a single-sex school. I would have killed for experience. F*** the grades. I was all, ‘I understand what girls are now – where are they?’ ”
He’d already had his first kiss: “Underwater. Mary. I was 11. The wettest lips you could possibly kiss. I think that was definitely my first kiss. Unless I’d kissed a boy at school in a f***ing play – which would ruin that very erotic Humbert Humbert-like memory I have of my first female obsession.”
In his last year at Harrow he discovered “pot and girls and music”, “got a bit lazy” and forfeited his chance of Oxbridge. He took a year out – working for six months in a perfumier’s to earn the money to allow him to teach English in Tibet. At the perfumier’s, he learnt to prefer “bright citruses – bergamot, vetiver”.
For the complete interview read at the
Benedict and him mom and dad seem like really great people.Very nice interview.Made me love him more tbph!
The New Normal has been canceled after one season at NBC.
The semi-autobiographical comedy (this is why it sucked lbr) from Glee's Ryan Murphy and Ali Adler marked Murphy's first half-hour comedy and aired as part of NBC's Tuesday comedy block. Boosted by The Voice, the Justin Bartha-Andrew Rannells starrer about a gay couple starting a family earned a full-season order in October despite early protests from conservative watchdog groups.
The series, like the rest of its Tuesday block, suffered without The Voice, notching a string of lows before the singing competition returned to revitalize the lineup. While its April season finale was penned to serve as a potential series finale, producers said that a second season would have featured the newly married couple raising their newborn son.
The 20th Television entry marks Murphy's first show to not move beyond its freshman run. Meanwhile, Fox handed out a two-season renewal to Glee, FX has ordered a third season of anthology American Horror Story and Oxygen has yet to make a formal decision on its reality competition effort The Glee Project. In the meantime, the prolific showrunner is keeping busy readying an adaptation of The Normal Heart at HBO as well as a sexuality drama pilotOpen, in addition to feature fare.
With the cancellation, NBC has axed nearly its entire freshman class save for drama Hannibal and Save Me, which will debut in the summer.
I speak up for women, which sometimes involves criticizing men. I don't believe that "rape jokes" should be a completely unregulated market. And I understand that, to you, criticizing a comedian's execution on certain subject matters can seem indistinguishable from censorship and conservatism. So I know you're mad at me and I know why.
But comedy has a serious gender problem, and I really can't stop complaining about it until it's fucking fixed. Comedy clubs are an overtly hostile space for women. Even just presuming we can talk about comedy gets women ripped to shreds by territorial dudes desperate to defend their authority over what's funny. "Jokes" about rape and gendered violence are treated like an inevitability instead of a choice; like they're beyond questioning; like they're somehow equally sacred alongside women's actual humanity and physical sanctity. When women complain, however civilly, they're met with condescension, dismissal, and the tacit (or, often, explicit) message that this is not yours, you are not welcome here. It's fucked up, you guys. And I'm saying that as a friend with the best intentions.
Comedy has always been my go-to art form—it's been more valuable to me, in terms of emotional solace, than film or music, and it's certainly on par with literature. I know a lot of you can relate to that feeling. That doesn't mean I have the same perspective as, say, a hardened road comic, but I get paid to perform on stages, in various contexts, all the time. I've done stand-up in a brightly-lit pizzeria at 6 pm in front of four people who were not informed that there would be comedy (try it, it's great). I've written a weekly comedy column in the newspaper. Most of my friends are comics (many of them are white males!) and my boyfriend is a comic. But I get that there's no amount of experience that could give me "cred" with every single one of you, and anyway, these goal posts are easy to move—even if I were a full-time comic, you could always say I wasn't "good enough" for my opinion to matter. (Plus, it's no secret that plenty of people don't think female comics count as comics at all.) So fuck it. Whatever. What I'm saying here is that I'm not a fucking tourist. I'm not a bachelorette party. And if you're not performing for people like me—discerning lifelong comedy fans—then I don't know why you're doing comedy at all.
More importantly, though:
I have more experience doing comedy than you have being a woman.
And I want to try and convey to you, broadly, how you are hurting women and hurting your own art form, and how easy it would be to stop. Because right now you're coming across like a bunch of entitled babies terrified of a few girls in your clubhouse—demanding that women be thick-skinned about their own rapes while you're too thin-skinned to handle even mild criticism. It's embarrassing.
Listen. Being a woman is a bitch. Not only does everyone treat you like a fucking idiot all of the time, being a woman can be scary! Not scary in a big, obvious, goofy way—it's less like a horrible slavering dog running toward your face (except for when it is like that) and more like when you can't find that huge spider you saw on your bed earlier (if spiders also had the capacity to transform into slavering face-hungry dogs). We're not walking around actively terrified in the middle of the afternoon, but there's always a small awareness that we are vulnerable simply because we are women. Cavalier jokes about domestic violence and rape (jokes that target victims, not perpetrators) feed that aura of feeling unsafe and unwelcome—not just in the comedy club, but in the world.
Women are 50% of the population, but when it comes to our interests and grievances we're treated like a niche group. Think about how crazy that is. You don't know what it feels like to be a part of the group that has never gotten to be the president. You don't know what it feels like to get up to do your set and hear, "Here's your obligatory girl comic for the night." You might not relate to any of that, but you can perceive why it's bad, right? How it puts damaging limits on women's lives?
That's hard to live with, but it's especially hard—as a comedy fan and a woman who writes jokes for a living—to watch that paradigm being perpetuated by people I look up to as bastions of sanity on pretty much every other social issue. It sucks to hear your heroes telling you to sit down and know your place. Molly Knefel has an impeccable piece in Salon today about the disparity between male comics' reactions to rape and their reactions to other types of violence:
As eloquent as Oswalt’s message about Boston was, it is not particularly challenging to side with the victims of a horrible act of violence committed against civilians. Americans are united in their desire to condemn such atrocities. Many comedians, including Oswalt, also condemned the Aurora theater shooting and made an explicit point not to joke about it. None of this is to compare these different types of violence, but to offer an observation on the types of violence that are universally condemned as opposed to culturally sanctioned. The consensus formed by the majority-male comedy population is that sexual violence is not just OK to joke about, but joke about with extraordinary frequency and viciousness, where the targets of the jokes are the victims, not the perpetrators.
Knefel, of course, is currently being lambasted by aggrieved male comedians. So aggrieved, you guys! Always so aggrieved! But why? What did she really say that's so outrageous? That the oft-silenced victims of sexual assault and domestic violence (which includes men and boys, by the way) deserve as much respect and care as the victims of gun violence? If basic compassion is such anathema to you, but only when it comes to "women's issues"—if you're determined to go down with the Good Ship Rape—then you have issues with women. And that's not women's fault—it's yours.
If you just don't care, that's fine—that's your choice—but understand this: I know you think you're being transgressive and edgy and bad-in-the-cool-way when you are careless with the trauma of strangers, but you're not. You are being conservative. You are a conservative comedian. You are moving your art form backwards, you are a bully (a bully who has likely experienced bullying himself, which is the worst kind), and you are propping up the status quo in the most boring way possible. If that's what you want, at least have the grace to own it.
Comedy and social responsibility are not mutually exclusive. Comedy and empathy are not enemies. And no subject matters or words are off limits, in the abstract. (Though, as I've written before, I'm pretty sure there are literally hundreds of things to joke about that don't involve the violent invasion of my vagina!) You do not have to stop talking about rape. I've made my feelings clear on that matter and won't be wasting much time on specifics here. You do not have to stop talking about your bitchy ex-girlfriend. You do not have to stop talking about race or class or midgets or whatever the fuck you think is worth talking about (though you should probably stop talking about midgets, seriously). But you do have to live with the consequences of what you say, and how your words color people's perceptions of what kind of human being you are. If you do nothing but shower your audiences with hate and garbage, they're going to start thinking of you as a hate and garbage machine.
To paraphrase white male comic Derek Sheen (who was kind enough to let me pick his white male brain in the course of writing this article—big ups also to Guy Branum), you are more than welcome to style yourself the bloody, shit-covered G.G. Allin of comedy. But when people get mad at you for smearing feces on them, you don't get to feign outrage at those people, because FECES IS DISGUSTING. Are you seriously trying to sit there and tell me that feces isn't disgusting? IT'S FECES.
Now. You can talk about controversial subjects—in fact, you should talk about controversial subjects, because comedy is an incredibly powerful subversive tool—but if you want people like me to stop bitching at you (a dream we share, I promise!), you need to stop using your comedy to make those things worse. You don't have to make things better—you are under no obligation to save the world—but if you are actively making things worse for people, especially when you are not a member of the group whose existence you are worsening, don't be surprised when people complain.
If you're an able-bodied straight white male, you are by definition a member of the least number of systemically oppressed groups. It takes an entire blog post for me to make you feel diminished and misunderstood (my bad)—but you could do that to me or a gay person or a trans person or a person of color or a disabled person with just a word. Because you get to live your life on the firm ground of being a human being first and a man/white person/comedian second. I don't get to do that. I'm not a person, I'm a woman, which is something I'm reminded of incessantly any time I enter a male-dominated space like a comedy club.
Having had approximately one million conversations like this before, I'm pretty sure I'm familiar with all of the things you have to say to me in response. (For a case study in how these "dialogues" nearly invariably play out, this is a must-read: Sady Doyle's measured, impassioned, well-researched plea about rape jokes, and comedian Sam Morril's prototypical response.) So just to save time, let's go through them one by one.
1. But [members of x group] make jokes about [xyz subject] too.
Sure they do. Some women make smart, constructive jokes about rape culture on stage. That's great. Some women make lazy, shitty, harmful rape jokes on stage. That's less great. Some women also marry Donald Trump, but that doesn't make marrying Donald Trump a great plan for women. And regardless, surely you're caught up on how context and reclamation work. A person making fun of issues within their own cultural group—issues that they intimately and viscerally understand and are affected by—is not the same as you making fun of a cultural group in whose oppression your cultural group is complicit. Basically, be careful when you're handling other people's valuables.
2. But comedy is trial-and-error. I need this stage time to perfect my act.
It's the process. It's how comedy works. Sure. But here's the thing. I write jokes every day. Every day I write a bunch of jokes about very serious subjects, as quickly as I can (blogs move fast), and then two minutes later they go up on the internet where millions of people read them. I don't have the luxury of workshopping a joke for months. So don't tell me that it's impossible for you to discern in advance what will be genuinely harmful and what won't. If you actually give a shit, you can take the time to craft something that doesn't throw exploited and marginalized people under the bus for a cheap laugh.
We all make mistakes. I am not angry at you for your mistakes. I've written plenty of things I regret, and we all say unthinking, clumsy things in off-the-cuff moments. But part of being a human being who's committed to craft, novelty, and the evolution of ideas is owning your mistakes. If you begin hearing from a lot of people that a joke is hurtful or regressive (beyond just "I don't like that joke"), especially if they are all members of a group whose experience you do not share, how hard is it to just listen? If you're really committed to "workshopping" your shit, you owe it to yourself to hear them, assess your responsibility, and have enough humility to accept that you might be wrong.
3. But it's just a joke. Calm down.
Yeah, dude, but this shit isn't magic. It's not a game. It's not like you get to declare the comedy stage "base" and the rest of the world "hot lava" (spewing from the vaginas of feminazi gargoyles, I'm sure) and everything you say on the stage exists in some sacred loophole that's exempt from criticism and the expectation of hard work. Rape, domestic violence, brutalization, marginalization, the struggle to make yourself heard—all of this shit is REAL to a lot of people. They're not cute little thought experiments for you to mess around with without pushback. You can lie to yourself all you want, but if you say something awful to somebody in the course of your regular day, it is exactly the same as if you say it on stage. If anything, its emotional impact is magnified.
And anyway, anyone who says "but it's just a joke" has never had their life profoundly changed by a joke.
4. But Louis CK!
Ugh, this part is so boring. Okay. Do you know what else Louis CK does? He changes. He evolves. He thinks. And when he fucks up, he gets criticized like crazy, and some of that criticism makes it into his brain—and, eventually, his act. Also, just because one of comedy's sacred god-kings manages to be funny and smart when broaching certain sensitive topics doesn't mean they can't also be harmful. You know, Thomas Jefferson owned slaves. Etc. Just because Jeffrey Ross can (debatably) pull off a "haha, faggot" once in a while doesn't mean that identical "haha, faggot"s aren't actively moving gay kids to kill themselves all over the fucking country. It's real, and it deserves critical thought, not kneejerk defensiveness.
Also, you're not Louis CK. Maybe don't invite the comparison.
5. But comedy is subjective—lots of people do laugh.
So? People are terrible. At least, like, half of people are terrible. And beyond that, people laugh for all kinds of reasons. People will laugh to cover up the fact that they don't get a joke, people will laugh at shock-value buzzwords like "rape" and "midget," and people will laugh to fill silence if the night turns awkward. If that's enough for you—if cobbling together your validation from whatever misguided laughs you can drag out of your audience—then I question your commitment to this art form. Don't you want to make something? Something that comes from inside of you—that's a creation rather than just a reflection?
If you really think comedy is entirely subjective, then there's no such thing as a "bad room." Any time you don't get a laugh, it's 100% on you. Enjoy that, if that's what you want.
6. Stop being so sensitive. If you don't like it, don't listen.
Nope. I have as much of a right to be here as you do and I will not be elbowed out of this space anymore without complaint. I also have a right to go out and do my job (sometimes my job takes place inside a comedy club or theater) without being reminded that I'm just a bag of disposable fuck-holes taking up space that isn't mine. Nope.
Women are already excluded from this boys' club. Telling us to get the fuck out if we don't like being excluded is the opposite of a solution. I also have the right to complain about odious shit that marginalizes human beings I care about. Nope nope nope.
7. Stop silencing me.
Please. You are not being silenced. There is no "thought police." Your freedom of speech is firmly intact. You are a member of the single most powerful political bloc on earth. Your voices and your perspectives saturate nearly all media. You are fine. We are just having a conversation about your art, and your art is what you care about the most, right? Right?
I know I just wrote 8 trillion fucking words about it, but really, this whole mess is simple. You get to choose what kind of a person you want to be. Do you want to cause pain or release tension? Do you want to be careful or careless? Do you want to confront hard things or take easy outs? Do you want to connect with other human beings about the shared horrors of the world or do you want to feed into a culture that perpetuates those horrors? You can do whatever you want, but you can't stop me and everyone else who hears you from telling you when you're full of shit. Comedy isn't yours. It's ours.
Long but very interesting read. Patton Oswalt tweeted about it earlier.
And then followed that up with this tweet:
The article is called "Rape is Bad? Really...I Had No Idea."
T-ara‘s subunit T-ara N4 will apparently make their way to the States after receiving a love call from Chris Brown!
According to Core Contents Media, the T-ara members were able to get in touch with Chris Brown thanks to their upcoming member Dani. Dani has apparently known Chris Brown since her elementary school days, and hearing that she is currently in the States, Chris Brown invited her to his performance in San Jose, California for a radio station concert event, ‘94.9 Wild Jam‘.
After the concert, Dani met up with Brown and when she mentioned that she’s training as a member of T-ara, he showed immediate interest as he’s been taking a closer look at K-pop lately thanks to Psy.
Seeing T-ara’s unit’s MV for “Countryside Life“, which Dani showed him, Brown shared his wish to collaborate with T-ara N4 and invited the subunit to his music video filming on the 11th. However, as the unit has their performance at ‘Dream Concert’ in Korea, T-ara N4 will be heading over to meet him at Los Angeles a day later on the 12th.
A CCM representative revealed, “T-ara N4 will meet up with Chris Brown, after he returns to LA following his San Jose performance, to discuss music-related topics.”
What do you think about a possible collaboration between T-ara N4 and Chris Brown?
For those of you who don't follow kpop or T-ara, they were in a major scandal last year that nearly destroyed the group. They allegedly bullied a newer member for years until their boss had to remove the bullied member from the group. Korea pretty much despises them now.
John Cho is best known for playing Harold Lee, the investment banker and pothead from the Harold & Kumar movies. Not exactly the kind of guy you want behind the wheel, but in Star Trek Into Darkness he is Sulu, the senior helmsman of the USS Enterprise.
Harold and Sulu are as different as the fans they attract. “They’re more sober,” says the actor of his Star Trek fans. “They call me John Cho. The Harold fans call me Harold.
“Star Trek fans have been wonderful. I’ve been blown away by the variety — there are fans all over the world. There are fans of many generations and they are thoughtful people. I was fearful of them. People worked me into a frenzy about how the fans might take a dislike to the things I did, but they’ve been very warm.”
Interestingly, he didn’t consider himself a Star Trek fan when he signed on to take over for George Takei in J.J. Abrams’ 2009 reboot of the series.
“When I was a kid I thought the original series looked goofy because of the velour and all that,” he says. “But when I was doing research for the first one I went back and watched them and I realized I had seen them all. I didn’t realize how much I had consumed over the years and how much I liked it.
“I think what I liked about it as a kid is that it was overtly intellectual. They had a way of dealing with issues that didn’t speak its name. They talked about racism and poverty or whatever, but they perfected these worlds; an almost sterile environment in which you could discuss an issue.”
Playing Sulu has earned him some new, unexpected fans.
“I was at Griffith Park Observatory in L.A. with my family and we were going to see the big telescope and it was closed to the public, but there was an astronomer in there who (recognized me) and he said, ‘Come on in. I became an astronomer because of Star Trek.’”
As for the future of the series, Cho says, “(I’m) part of something bigger than yourself and it is a special feeling.”
“I have a checkered past. I’m known as a stoner,” he says. “I’m a father now and I’d be happy to make more of these and have my kids watch them.”
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Unhappy with this movie but never with him.
This might be tough to swallow, but the actor buzzed off his luscious locks for his role in How to Catch a Monster, directed by Ryan Gosling.
Filming of the new "Star Wars" movie will take place in England, returning the franchise to its British roots, Disney's Lucasfilm said on Friday.
"We've devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of 'Star Wars' as inspiration for our process on the new movie, and I'm thrilled that returning to the UK for production and utilizing the incredible talent there can be a part of that," Kathleen Kennedy, Lucasfilm president, said in a statement.
The six previous "Star Wars" films were all partly filmed in the UK at famed studios including Pinewood, Elstree and Shepperton.
Disney announced three new "Star Wars" films in October 2012, when it purchased George Lucas' Lucasfilm company for $4.05 billion.
The news was welcomed by the British finance minister, George Osborne, who tweeted on Friday: "Great news for our creative industries. May the force be with us."
"Star Wars: Episode VII" will be made by director J.J. Abrams, and will further boost the British film industry that has been regenerated by the popular James Bond and Harry Potter film franchises.
The "Star Wars" franchise has grossed more than $4.4 billion at the worldwide box office since the first film was released in 1977.
"Star Wars: Episode VII' is scheduled to be released in 2015.
Mets and David Wright launch `The Wright Thing' community program to honor and recognize Sandy relief volunteers
Jerry Chan is Initiative's First Honoree for His Work Helping 3,000 Lower East Side Residents
The New York Mets today announced the launch of "The Wright Thing," a community program created by David Wright to honor and recognize volunteers who made an extraordinary impact on the lives of individuals and organizations impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The season-long initiative seeks to raise awareness that more work needs to be done as our hometown continues the recovery and rebuilding process.
The Mets and Wright today will welcome Jerry Chan to Citi Field as the program's first honoree. Chan coordinated relief efforts for thousands of residents at Knickerbocker Village in Manhattan, a community of 13 buildings that was without power for one month after Sandy. Chan led a group of volunteers that worked seven days a week going door to door, delivering food and supplies to many of the 3,000 middle- to low-income residents, many of whom were elderly and only spoke Cantonese. Chan is a volunteer for the Community Emergency Response Team, organized by the New York City Office for Emergency Management.
As a Wright Thing honoree, Jerry Chan will meet with Wright before tonight's game and receive an autograph mini-replica of third base. He will sit in VIP seats behind third base and be honored on Citi Vision during the game.
Wright was inspired to create The Wright Thing after a trip to Staten Island last December to make a $250,000 donation with the Mets Foundation to the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City supporting hurricane restoration efforts. Wright witnessed the devastation caused by the storm and those images and dedication of the residents and volunteers to rebuild their communities left a lasting impression.
"My visit to Staten Island was truly eye-opening," Wright said. "I wanted to do something to help repay the thousands of volunteers who devoted countless hours to helping our City recover. It's an honor and inspiration for me to meet people like Jerry who gave so much of themselves to help others during this ongoing crisis."
Wright also shot a public service announcement that will air in park about the importance of Sandy relief efforts and encourage those wanting to help to visit NYCService.org.
WWE News: Christian's Health Status and Update on His Return
For all of Christian's peeps who have been waiting for him to return from injury, there is some good news with a slight caveat.
WWE has been minus Christian since July of last year thanks to a shoulder injury that has apparently healed. He's no longer waiting on clearance from the doctors, but rather on WWE creative.
Wrestling Observer Newsletter (via WrestlingInc.com) reports that, "Christian has been cleared to return to action but is waiting on WWE creative to come up with a storyline that will bring him back. Sin Cara returns next week and Christian should be back shortly after."
As frustrating as it has been to not have Christian in the mix, it's refreshing to see WWE creative take their time with his return. This should allow the company to properly milk drama from having him back rather than just having him appear randomly on WWE Raw. It's hard to keep a return secret in the age of the Internet, but having it be an intriguing return is more important.
This SmackDown match vs. The Miz in July 2012 is the last we've seen Christian. That's too long.
Christian's charisma and athleticism will be a welcome re-addition to WWE programming.
Injuries have interrupted his momentum since around Survivor Series 2011. His ankle (h/t CagesideSeats.com) and then his shoulder have had his tenure starting and stopping. It's great news to hear that he should be on his way back, but it's news WWE fans have been hearing for some time.
It seems Christian's return has been inevitable and just around the corner for months now.
If the story surrounding Christian's return or the rivalry he hops into is something especially compelling, the wait will have been worth it. If the opposite is true and Christian's return is nothing special in terms of narrative or excitement, fans will be confused as to why it has taken so long to get such a talented guy back on TV.
Antonio Cesaro vs. Christian, a match that WWE should definitely revisit.
Antonio Cesaro is in need of a quality feud, as is Wade Barrett, Big E. Langston and others. Christian could be a great rival for any of those men. The timeline that Wrestling Observer is reporting will leave Christian out of the Extreme Rules picture, but could have him thrust into an angle heading into WWE's newest addition to the pay-per-view schedule, Payback.
With CM Punk taking time off and with Dolph Ziggler possibly missing action due to a recent concussion (h/t WrestlingInc.com) this is the perfect time for Captain Charisma to get back in the ring. As long as WWE isn't planning for him to take part in the recent wave of WWE Raw dance-offs, fans are going to be happy to see him hitting the Killswitch once again.
Ticket Pic of Derrick Rose Rubs Salt in Chicago Bulls Fans' Wounds
(Featured Columnist) on May 10, 2013
As if slogging through an entire regular season without Derrick Rose weren't enough, Chicago Bulls fans had to stomach a very tangible reminder that the former MVP won't be offering up any help against the Miami Heat in Game 3, either.
That's right, the tickets for Chicago's home opener in Round 2 featured the image of none other than Rose himself. And what's worse, he looked surprisingly active and healthy in the picture.
That's got to sting, especially for a fanbase that has had to put up with near daily reminders that the man they believe could be their savior is physically capable of suiting up. But, because Rose's mind isn't yet right, he's sitting out.
It must be difficult to tweak the layout of tickets. Let's at least hope that's the case because the visual reminder of the guy who won't be playing against the Heat only serves to twist the knife amid a slew of other injuries to the Bulls.
Although, maybe there's a conspiracy afoot. If the Bulls really wanted to stick it to Rose because he's been unwilling to get back on the floor, they could have used this visual hint to alert their fans that the organization certainly thought he'd be back by now.
If Game 3 is any indication, maybe Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen will be on the tickets for Game 4. They're not going to be able to help the Bulls in this series, either, so perhaps the organization would like to remind its fans of that, too.
The cherry on top of this disappointment sundae is the caption: "See Red."
If Bulls fans weren't ticked off about their team losing its composure in Game 2, the never-ending series of injuries and illnesses afflicting the entire roster and, of course, Rose's absence, that caption should help them remember just how unlucky the franchise has been.
So, to whoever's responsible for the ticket-printing in the Bulls' front office, nice going.
Now, somebody make sure to alert the ball boys that they'll need to mop up a few gallons of frustration tears from the fans sitting courtside.
Gabby Douglas gives Radio Disney her approved list of nicknames: EXCLUSIVE VIDEO + Talks About Return To Olympics
Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas has a lot of things to talk about these days, from her second book Raising the Bar, to her experience on the world stage last year, to an upcoming guest appearance on Disney XD’s Kickin’ It this summer. But when Radio Disney’s Candice asked her what other nicknames we could use for her besides the well-known Flying Squirrel, she had a list ready to go.
Check out the exclusive clip below to to find out what she had to say. Gabbinator is my personal favorite.<---- sorry it won't embed
Gibson, 19, Makes Stellar Debut for U.S. at World Championships
John Gibson of the United States, center, made a save on Antti Pihlstrom of Finland in Helsinki on Wednesday.
HELSINKI, Finland – It is rare for the United States to use a teenage goalie at the International Ice Hockey Federation world championships, and John Gibson’s performance in his tournament debut was of rare quality.
Gibson, a 19-year-old from Pittsburgh, made 31 saves to backstop the Americans to a 4-1 win over Finland on Wednesday. The Finns are co-hosting the tournament with Sweden this year, but he was unfazed by the boisterous, flag-waving crowd of 12,484 at Helsinki’s Hartwall Arena.
“Gibson played great,” said Craig Smith of the N.H.L.’s Nashville Predators, who scored three goals for the United States. “He’s a pretty mature kid, and for him to step it up and get a win is big for us. We’re pretty happy for him.”
The last 19-year-old American netminder to suit up at the world championships was Rick DiPietro of the Islanders in 2001. Jack Campbell, a Dallas Stars prospect, was on the roster at age 19 in 2011, but did not play in any games.
Against Finland, the 6-foot-3, 191-pound Gibson displayed the same focus and athleticism that helped him capture best goaltender and tournament most valuable player honors when the United States won gold at the under-20 world championship in Ufa, Russia, earlier this year. At that tournament, Gibson, the starting goalie for the Ontario Hockey League’s Kitchener Rangers, set a new American record with a .955 save percentage. He is a graduate of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program for under-18 talents.
“It’s been a busy few months,” said Gibson, who was also named best goaltender when the United States won the 2011 under-18 world championship.
He said the United States Coach Joe Sacco told him there was a good chance that he would play against Finland.
“My job coming into the tournament was just to be ready whenever my name was called,” said Gibson, a 2011 second-round pick of the Anaheim Ducks.
The game against Finland was the Americans’ fourth game in five days. Goalie Ben Bishop of the Tampa Lightning had played three consecutive times, defeating Austria, 5-3, and Latvia, 4-1, before losing, 5-3, to the defending champion Russia.
The United States, captained by Paul Stastny of the Colorado Avalanche, has three round-robin games left before the elimination round, including back-to-back weekend tilts against France and Germany. It is likely that Gibson will see more action as the Americans seek their first medal at this tournament since winning bronze in 2004.
Gibson has only played in one professional game, with the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League last month. But the world championships have long served as a springboard to prominence for American goalies.
Tim Thomas played in four world championships before earning two Vezina Trophies (2009, 2011) and the 2011 Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff most valuable player when the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup. Thomas also earned a spot on the 2010 Olympic team. The Sabres’ Ryan Miller, who was named the M.V.P. of the last Olympics, won the 2010 Vezina Trophy after suiting up at the world championships three times early in his career.
These are the final world championships before the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and national teams are using them to evaluate talent for the Games in February.
Sergio Ramos has serious talk with Real Madrid teammates
During the absence of Spain’s FC Real Madrid Manager José Mourinho, Spanish national football squad and Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos had a serious talk with his club teammates.
The Spanish international called upon his fellow players to forget about all the conflicts in the team and to focus on their Spanish Cup final against Atlético Madrid, Marca reports.
To note, the Spanish Cup final between FC Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid will be played on May 17.
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If Spock were capable of expressing emotion, he would be horrified by the characters Zachary Quinto has played in "American Horror Story." Stopping by "Watch What Happens Live" as part of his promotional tour for the new "Star Trek Into Darkness" flick, in which the actor reprises his role as Spock, Quinto cheerfully fielded questions from fans. When one caller asked him to name the creepiest scene he's filmed for "AHS," he recounted a particularly uncomfortable moment from season two. In the "Asylum" scene, his sadistic psychiatrist Oliver Thredson ordered his lesbian patient Lana Winters to engage in an unusual method to "cure" her of her homosexuality.
"The weirdest scene I had to film was with my great friend Sarah Paulson. I was doing this aversion therapy ..." he said, laughing along with host Andy Cohen and fellow guest Alyson Hannigan. "It was really weird because we've been friends for a long time."
Fans of the creepy FX series likely know exactly which non-family-friendly scene the actor was describing. "AHS" is full of eyebrow-raising moments, but Quinto spent half a year missing most of his bushy facial feature. "For seven months I had to shave them," he grumbled good-naturedly about his "Star Trek" character's angled eyebrows. "It wasn't a good look for me. There was waxing, there was shaving. I (wore) a lot of glasses and hats."
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As the five broadcast networks prep their nearly 100 pilots ahead of May's upfront presentation to Madison Avenue buyers, executives must weigh the options of bringing back returning favorites and make decisions on the numerous bubble shows that currently line their respective schedules.
Here's The Hollywood Reporter's handy guide to help keep track of what's coming back, what's canceled and what will be new to the 2013-14 schedule for Fox, CBS, NBC, ABC and The CW. Keep checking back through upfronts as we continue to update this accordingly.
*Renewed Shows In Bold
America's Funniest Home Videos (currently airing season 23)
The Bachelor (currently in its 17th cycle)
The Bachelorette (in its ninth cycle)
Body of Proof (in season three) -- canceled
Castle (in season five) -- renewed
Dancing With the Stars (in its 15th cycle)
Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23 -- canceled
Grey's Anatomy (in its ninth season) -- renewed
Happy Endings -- canceled
Last Man Standing -- renewed for season three
The Middle (in its fourth season) -- renewed
Modern Family (in its fourth season) -- renewed
Once Upon a Time (in its second season) -- renewed
Private Practice -- ended after six seasons
Revenge (in its second season) -- renewed
Scandal -- renewed for season two
Shark Tank (in its fourth season)
Suburgatory (in its second season) -- renewed
Wife Swap (in its second season)
Family Tools (order cut from 13 to 10 episodes) -- canceled
How to Live With Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life -- canceled
Last Resort -- canceled
Malibu Country -- canceled
Nashville -- renewed for second season
The Neighbors -- renewed for second season
Red Widow -- canceled
666 Park Avenue -- canceled
Zero Hour (midseason) -- canceled
Super Fun Night* (rolled from CBS last year)
Logline: Revolves around three nerdy female friends, including Pitch Perfect's Rebel Wilson, on a "funcomfortable" quest to have "super fun" every Friday night.
Cast: Rebel Wilson, Kelen Coleman, Kevin Bishop, Lauren Ash, Liza Lapira
Team: W/EP Rebel Wilson; EP Conan O'Brien, David Kissinger, Jeff Ross, EP/D John Riggi
Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Conaco Productions
The Goldbergs* (previously How the Hell Am I Normal, untitled Adam F. Goldberg)
Logline: A dysfunctional Wonder Years set in the simpler times of the 1980s, inspired by Adam F. Goldberg's childhood.
Cast: Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jeff Garlin, George Segal, Hayley Orrantia, Darien Provost, Troy Gentile, Sean Giambrone (as a young Adam F. Goldberg)
Team: W/EP Adam F. Goldberg (Breaking In); EP Doug Robinson, EP/D Seth Gordon; co-EP Bill Wee
Studio: Sony Pictures Television, Happy Madison
Back in the Game* -- (formerly the untitled Cullens project)
Logline: When Terry Gannon (Psych's Maggie Lawson), a recently divorced, single mother, temporarily moves in with her estranged father (James Caan), a beer-swilling former baseball player, she reluctantly starts coaching her son's (Griffin Gluck) underdog little league team and is drawn back into the world of sports she vowed to leave behind.
Cast: James Caan, Maggie Lawson (1st position before USA's Psych), Griffin Gluck, Ben Koldyke, Kennedy Waite, Lenora Crichlow, J.J. Totah, Cooper Roth
Team: W/EP Mark Cullen, Robb Cullen (Las Vegas); EP Aaron Kaplan; EP/D John Requa, Glenn Ficarra
Studio: 20th Television, Kaplan Entertainment
Logline: A reformed party girl named Kate (Malin Akerman) finds herself with an instant family when she falls in love with a man named Brad (Bradley Whitford) who has three manipulative children and two judgmental ex-wives.
Cast: Bradley Whitford, Malin Akerman, Marcia Gay Harden, Michaela Watkins, Natalie Morales, Ryan Scott Lee, Albert Tsai, Gianna LePera
Team: W/EP Emily Halpern (Private Practice), Sarah Haskins; EP Gene Stupnitsky, Lee Eisenberg; D Jason Moore
Studio: ABC Studios
Logline: A high-concept single-camera comedy from the writers behind The Hangover set in the world of a sexy Manhattan bar chronicling the exploits of singles in search of love -- all over the course of one night.
Cast: Kate Simses, Ginger Gonzaga Mercedes Masohn, Blake Lee, Andrew Santino, Adam Campbell, Vanessa Lengies (1st position over Fox's Glee), Craig Frank, Alexis Carra, Sarah Bolger, Adan Canto
Team: W/EP Jon Lucas, Scott Moore (The Hangover); EP Nina Wass, Ryan Seacrest; D Larry Charles
Studio: ABC Studios, Ryan Seacrest Productions
Mind Games* (previously Influlence)
Logline: Provocative workplace ensemble centered on the complicated relationship between two brothers (SteveZahn, Christian Slater) who head a unique agency designed to attack their clients’ problems using the real science of human motivation and manipulation.
Cast: Steve Zahn, Christian Slater, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Cedric Sanders, Gregory Marcel, Wynn Everett, RonRifkin (guest star)
Team: W/EP Kyle Killen (Awake); EP Keith Redmon; D Miguel Sapochnik
Studio: 20th Television
Logline: It's hard to fit in when you're the only woman in the notoriously male Texas Rangers, but that doesn't stop Molly Parker (BattlestarGalactica's Tricia Helfer) -- our ballsy, beautiful badass who knows how to get to the truth and isn't afraid to ruffle a few feathers on her way there. Based on the Argentine series Mujeres Asesinas.
Cast: Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica), Marc Blucas (Buffy), Michael Trucco, Alex Fernandez, Marta Milans
Team: W Hannah Shakespeare (The Raven); EP Sofia Vergara; EP/D Martin Campbell
Studio: ABC Studios, Electus, Latin World Entertainment
Resurrection (The Returned)*
Logline: What happens when the people you have mourned and buried suddenly appear on your doorstep as if not a day's gone by? The lives of the people of Aurora Arcadia are forever changed when their deceased loved ones return. Based on a novel by Jason Mott.
Cast: Omar Epps (House), Devin Kelley (Covert Affairs), Matt Craven, Frances Fisher, Samaire Armstrong, Sam Hazeldine, Nicholas Gonzalez, Mark Hildreth, Kurtwood Smith, Landon Gimenez
Team: W/EP Aaron Zelman (Criminal Minds); EP JoAnn Alfano, Jon Liebman, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner; D Charles McDougall
Studio: ABC Studios, Brillstein Entertainment, Plan B
Logline: An adaptation of British drama The Syndicate, the drama revolves around seven employees of a service station in Queens whose lives are changed in unexpected ways when they win a lottery jackpot.
Cast: Stephen Louis Grush, Matt Long, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Summer Bishil, Anastasia Phillips, Christine Evangelista, Lorraine Bruce, Luis Antonio Ramos
Team: W/EP David Zabel, Jason Richman (Detroit 187); EP Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, Steven Spielberg; D PaulMcGuigan
Studio: ABC Studios, Amblin TV
Logline: A beautiful but unhappily married female photographer (Boss' Hannah Ware) begins a torrid affair with a lawyer for a powerful family. When he turns out to be defending a murder suspect who is being prosecuted by her husband (Chris Johnson), the relationship and the case begin a spiraling series of betrayals with cataclysmic results for everyone involved.
Cast: Hannah Ware (Boss), Stuart Townsend, James Cromwell, Henry Thomas, Chris Johnson (Against the Wall), Wendy Moniz, Elizabeth McLaughlin, Braeden Lemasters
Team: W/EP David Zabel (ER); EP Rob Golenberg, Alon Aranya; D Patty Jenkins
Studio: ABC Studios
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Logline: In Victorian England, the young and beautiful Alice (Sophie Lowe) tells a tale of a strange new land that exists on the other side of a rabbit hole. An invisible cat, a hookah smoking caterpillar and playing cards that talk are just some of the fantastic things she’s seen during this impossible adventure. Surely this troubled girl must be insane and her doctors aim to cure her with a treatment that will make her forget everything. Alice seems ready to put it all behind her, especially the painful memory of the genie she fell in love with and lost forever -- the handsome and mysterious Cyrus (Peter Gadiot). But deep down Alice knows this world is real and just in the nick of time, the sardonic Knave of Hearts (Michael Socha) and the irrepressible White Rabbit (John Lithgow) arrive to save her from a doomed fate. Together, the trio will take a tumble down the rabbit hole to this Wonderland where nothing is impossible.
Cast: Sophie Lowe, Peter Gadiot, Michael Socha, Emma Rigby, John Lithgow Paul Reubens(voicing the White Rabbit)
Team: W/EP Eddy Kitsis, Adam Horowitz; EP Jane Espenson, Zack Estrin, Steve Pearlman
Studio: ABC Studios
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (previously S.H.I.E.L.D.)
Logline: Based on Marvel Comics' secret intelligence organization that has appeared in countless titles including Iron Man, Captain America and The Ultimates since being introduced in the 1960s. The military law-enforcement agency's moniker stands for Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistic Directorate, which also has evolved over time in the comics.
Cast: Ming-Na, Clark Gregg, Brett Dalton, Elizabeth Henstridge, Ian De Caestecker, Chloe Bennet
Team: W/EP/D Joss Whedon; W/EP Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, EP Jeffrey Bell, Jeph Loeb,
Studio: ABC Studios, Marvel TV
Location: Los Angeles
The Amazing Race -- renewed for 23rd cycle
The Big Bang Theory -- renewed through 2013-14, its seventh season
Blue Bloods -- renewed for fourth season
Criminal Minds (in its eighth season) -- renewed for ninth season
CSI -- renewed for 14th season
CSI: NY (in its ninth season) -- canceled
48 Hours Mystery -- renewed for 27th season
The Good Wife -- renewed for fifth season
Hawaii Five-O -- renewed for fourth season
How I Met Your Mother -- renewed for ninth and final season
The Mentalist -- renewed for sixth season
Mike & Molly -- renewed for fourth season
NCIS -- renewed for 11th season
NCIS: LA -- renewed for fifth season
Person of Interest -- renewed for third season
60 Minutes -- renewed for 46th season
Survivor -- renewed for 27th season
2 Broke Girls -- renewedfor third season
Two and a Half Men (in its 10th season) -- renewed for 11th season
Undercover Boss -- renewed for fifth season
Rules of Engagement (in its seventh season) -- canceled
Elementary -- renewed for second season
Golden Boy (midseason) -- canceled
The Job (unscripted) -- canceled
Made in Jersey -- canceled
Partners -- canceled
Vegas -- canceled
The American Baking Competition (unscripted summer entry)
Under the Dome (scripted summer drama)
Logline: Follows Ellen (Toni Collette), a Washington, D.C., surgeon who is thrown into a political conspiracy after being chosen to operate on the president of the United States. Her family is taken hostage, and it's her responsibility to save their lives. It is based on an Israeli format by Alon Aranya, Rotem Shamir and Chayim Sharir that was never produced.
Cast: Toni Collette, Dylan McDermott, Tate Donovan (second position to NBC's Deception),Rhys Coiro, Billy Brown, Sandrine Holt, Mateus Ward, Quinn Shephard, James Naughton
Team: W/EP/D Jeffrey Nachmanoff (The Day After Tomorrow) EP Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Omri Givon, Rotem Shamir; EP/showrunner Rick Eid (CSI); Chayim Sharir; Co-EP: KristieAnne Reed, Alon Aranya
Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Jerry Bruckheimer Television
Logline: Centers on U.S. Cyber Command, a unit that has been created around one agent (Lost's Josh Holloway) with a very special gift: a microchip that has been implanted in his brain that allows him to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum.
Cast: Josh Holloway (Lost), Marg Helgenberger (CSI), Meghan Ory (1st position to ABC's Once Upon a Time), Michael Rady, James Martinez (Breaking Bad), PJ Byrne, John Billingsley (guest), Will Yun Lee (guest star)
Team: W/EP Michael Seitzman (North Country); EP/D David Semel (No Ordinary Family); EP Tripp Vinson, Rene Echvarria
Studio: ABC Studios, CBS Television Studios
We Are Men (previously Ex-Men)
Logline: A young guy (Chris Smith) who finds camaraderie living among the more experienced guys (Kal Penn, Jerry O'Connell, Tony Shalhoub) he meets in a short-term rental complex.
Cast: Chris Smith, Kal Penn, Jerry O'Connell, Tony Shalhoub, Rebecca Breeds
Team: W/EP/D Rob Greenberg (How I Met Your Mother); EP Eric and Kim Tannenbaum
Studio: CBS Television, Tannenbaum Co.
Mom (from spec)
Logline: Revolves around a newly sober single mom (Scary Movie's Anna Faris) who tries to pull her life together in Napa Valley.
Cast: Anna Faris, Allison Janney, Nate Corddry, Matt Jones (Breaking Bad), Spencer Daniels, Blake Garrett Rosenthal, Sadie Calvano, French Stewart
Team: W/EP Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky, Gemma Baker (Two and a Half Men)
Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Chuck Lorre Productions
The Millers (previously the unauthorized Greg Garcia project)
Logline: A recently divorced man's (Will Arnett) life is complicated when his parents decide to move in with him.
Team: W/EP Greg Garcia (Raising Hope); D James Burrows
Cast: Will Arnett (2nd position to NBC's Up All Night), Margo Martindale (Justified), Beau Bridges, JB Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Mary Elizabeth Ellis (It's Always Sunny),Michael Rapaport, Eve Moon, Cole Ewing
Studio: CBS Television Studios
Logline: A father-daughter (Robin Williams-Sarah Michelle Gellar) workplace comedy set in the world of advertising.
Cast: Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar, James Wolk, Hamish Linklater, Amanda Setton (The Mindy Project)
Team: W/EP David E. Kelley (Boston Legal); EP Dean Lorey, Bill D'Elia, John Montgomery, Mark Teitelbaum; EP/D Jason Winer
Studio: 20th Television
America's Next Top Model -- renewed for 20th cycle
Gossip Girl -- ended
Hart of Dixie (in its second season) -- renewed for third season
90210 -- ending after season five
Nikita (in its third season) -- renewed for abbreviated fourth season
Supernatural -- renewed for ninth season
The Vampire Diaries -- renewed for fifth season
Logline: Ninety-seven years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, a spaceship housing the lone human survivors sends 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth to investigate the possibility of re-colonizing the planet. Based on the forthcoming The Hundred book series (initial two-book order), written by Kass Morgan and published by Little, Brown.
Cast: Eliza Taylor, Henry Ian Cusick (Lost), Kelly Hu (Arrow), Isaiah Washington (Grey's Anatomy), Eli Goree, Bob Morley, Marie Avgeropoulos (Cult), Paige Turco, Thomas McDonell, Christopher Larkin
Team: W/EP Jason Rothenberg (Body Politic); EP Leslie Morgenstein, Gina Girolamo; D Bharat Nalluri
Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Alloy Entertainment
Star-Crossed* (formerly Oxygen)
Logline: Passion and politics threaten the peace and an epic romance ignites between a human girl (Friday Night Lights' Aimee Teegarden) and an alien boy when he and eight others of his kind (The Orion 9) are integrated into a suburban high school ten years after they and hundreds of others landed on Earth and were immediately consigned to an internment camp where they’ve been imprisoned ever since.
Cast: Aimee Teegarden, Matt Lanter (90210), Malese Jow, Titus Mankin Jr., Grey Damon, Natalie Hall, Chelsea Gilligan, Greg Finley, Maggie Elizabeth Jones
Team: W/EP Meredith Averill (The Good Wife); EP Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Scott Rosenberg, Richard Shepard, Bryan Furst, Sean Furst, Daniel Gutman; D Gary Fleder
Studio: CBS Television Studios, Ole Productions, Isla de Babel, 360 Powwow
Logline: The previously unknown and untold story of Mary Queen of Scots' rise to power when she arrives in France as a 15-year-old, betrothed to Prince Francis, and with her three best friends as ladies-in-waiting. The secret history of survival at French Court amid fierce foes, dark forces and a world of sexual intrigue.
Cast: Adelaide Kane, Toby Regbo, Torrance Combs, Celina Sinden, Jenessa Grant, Megan Follows, Caitlin Stasey, Anna Popplewell, Rossif Sutherland (recurring)
Team: W/EP Stephanie Sengupta (Outlaw), Laurie McCarthy (CSI: Miami); D Brad Silberling
Studio: CBS Television Studios
The Tomorrow People
Logline: Based on the U.K. series created by Roger Price, the drama tells the story of several young people from around the world who represent the next stage in human evolution, possessing special powers, including the ability to teleport and communicate with each other telepathically. Together they work to defeat the forces of evil.
Cast: Robbie Amell, Peyton List (Mad Men), Luke Mitchell, MarkPellegrino, Madeleine Mantock, Aaron Yoo
Team: W/EP Phil Klemmer (Political Animals); EP Greg Berlanti (Arrow); Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries); co-EP Melissa Kellner Berman; D Danny Cannon
Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Berlanti Productions, FremantleMedia
Logline: A spinoff of the CW's The Vampire Diaries revolving around the Original family in New Orleans. In the episode, Klaus returns to the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans, a town he helped build centuries ago, and is reunited with his diabolical former protégé Marcel (Charles Michael Davis). Elijah, intent on helping his self-destructive brother find redemption, must side with Marcel's enemies in order to keep Klaus in line.
Cast: Joseph Morgan, Phoebe Tonkin, Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt, Charles Michael Davis,Danielle Campbell, Danielle Campbell, Leah Pipes
Team: W/EP Julie Plec, EP Leslie Morgenstein, Gina Girolamo
Studio: Warner Bros. Television, CBS Studios Television, Alloy Entertainment
Location: New Orleans, Atlanta
American Dad -- renewed for eighth season
American Idol (in its 12th season)
Bob's Burgers -- renewed for fourth season
Bones -- renewed for ninth season
The Cleveland Show (in its fourth season)
Family Guy -- renewed for 11th season
Fringe -- ended its run
Glee (in its fourth season) -- renewed for seasons five and six
Hell's Kitchen (in its 11th season) -- renewed for 12th and 13th seasons
Hotel Hell -- renewed for second season
Kitchen Nightmares (in its sixth season) -- renewed for seventh season
MasterChef -- renewed for fifth and sixth seasons
New Girl -- renewed for third season
Raising Hope -- renewed for fourth season
The Simpsons -- renewed for two more seasons through 2014-15
So You Think You Can Dance (season 10 starts in May)
Touch (in its second season) -- canceled
The X Factor -- renewed for third season
Ben & Kate -- canceled
The Following (midseason) -- renewed for second season
Goodwin Games (midseason)
The Mindy Project -- renewed for second season
The Mob Doctor -- canceled after initial order
Almost Human (previously Human, the untitled Bad Robot/J.H. Wyman project)
Logline: The action-packed police drama is set 35 years in the future, when police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids. An unlikely connection is forged when a cop with an aversion to robots and a robot with unexpected emotional responses investigate cases in a brave new world.
Cast: Karl Urban, Michael Ealy (Common Law), Lili Taylor, Mackenzie Crook, Michael Irby, Minka Kelly, Mekia Cox (guest)
Team: W/EP J.H. Wyman (Fringe); EP J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk; co-EP Kathy Lingg, Reid Shane; co-EP/D Brad Anderson
Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Bad Robot Productions, Bonanza Productions
Logline: A rising star in L.A.'s elite Gang Task Force (Ramon Rodriguez) is teamed with longtime member Cassius Green (RZA) to take on three of the city's most dangerous gangs -- including one he has ties to.
Cast: Ramon Rodriguez (Charlie's Angels), RZA, Jay Hernandez, Sung Kang (Fast and Furious), Inbar Lavi, Cliff Curtis, Shantel VanSanten, Tom Berenger Terry O'Quinn
Team: W/EP Chris Morgan (Fast and Furious); EP Scott Rosenbaum, Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo; EP/D Allen Hughes
Studio: 20th Television, Imagine Entertainment, Chris Morgan Productions, Skeeter Rosenbaum Productions
Logline: Greg Kinnear makes his broadcast TV series debut as a brilliant but self-destructive criminal defense lawyer named Keegan Joye in a drama based on the Australian series of the same name.
Cast: Greg Kinnear, Miranda Otto, John Ortiz, Necar Zadegan, Bojana Novakovic, Tara Summers, David Harbour (guest star), Ian Colletti
Team: W/EP Peter Duncan (creator of the Australian version), Peter Tolan (Rescue Me); EP Michael Wimer (2012), Richard Roxburgh, Ian Collie; co-EP Greg Kinnear; D/EP Sam Raimi
Studio: Sony Pictures Television, Fedora Entertainment, Essential Media & Entertainment
Logline: A modern-day retelling of Washington Irving's classic. The supernatural thriller centers on Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) who is resurrected and pulled two and a half centries through time to find the world on the brink of destruction. With Crane as humanity's last hope, he's teamed with a contemporary police officer (Nicole Beharie) to unravel the mystery.
Cast: Tom Mison (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen), Nicole Beharie (Shame), Orlando Jones, Katia Winter, John Cho (guest star)
Team: W/EP: Alex Kurtzman, Bob Orci (Fringe); W/Supervising producer: Phil Iscove; EP: Heather Kadin; D/EP Len Wiseman
Studio: 20th Television, K/O Paper Products
Surviving Jack (previously I Suck at Girls)
Logline: Based on Justin Halpern's book I Suck at Girls, the 1990s Southern California-set comedy is a story about a boy becoming a man, and a man becoming a father, in a time before coming of age was something you could Google.
Cast: Christopher Meloni, Alex Kapp Horner, Connor Buckley, Claudia Lee, Kevin Hernandez, Tyler Foden
Team: W/EP Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker (S#*! My Dad Says); EP Bill Lawrence, Jeff Ingold; D Victor Nelli
Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Doozer Productions
Logline: Based on Kevin Biegel's relationship with his siblings, the comedy follows three very different brothers working together in the Army at a small base in Florida.
Cast: Geoff Stults, Angelique Cabral, Keith David, Chris Lowell (Private Practice), Parker Young (Suburgatory)
Team: W/EP Kevin Biegel (Cougar Town); EP Mike Royce (Men of a Certain Age); D Phil Traill
Studio: 20th Television
Us and Them (previously Friends and Family)
Logline: Based on the BBC series Gavin & Stacey, friends and family are the best support and the worst nightmare when two very different lovers (Jason Ritter, Alexis Bledel) meet and try to make a long-distance relationship work.
Cast: Jason Ritter, Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls), Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle), Kurt Fuller, Kerri Kenney, Dustin Ybarra, Ashlie Atkinson
Team: W/EP David Rosen (I Just Want My Pants Back); EP Steve Coogan, Jane Tranter, Julie Gardner, James Corden, Ruth Jones, Henry Normal; D Michael Patrick Jann
Studio: Sony Pictures Television, BBC Worldwide Productions, Baby Cow Productions
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (previously the untitled Dan Goor/Mike Schur comedy)
Logline: Revolves around a diverse group of detectives at a New York precinct and what happens when a detective who doesn't take anything seriously gets a new by-the-book boss who wants him to grow up and respect the badge.
Cast: Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Stephanie Beatriz,Chelsea Peretti, Joe Lo Truglio
Team: W/EP Dan Goor, Mike Schur (Parks and Recreation); EP David Miner; P Andy Samberg; D Phil Lord, Chris Miller (21 Jump Street)
Studio: Universal Television, 3 Arts
Logline: Centers on two successful childhood best friends (Seth Green, Giovanni Ribisi) whose lives are turned upside down when their nightmare dads (Martin Mull, Peter Riegert) unexpectedly move in with them.
Cast: Seth Green, Giovanni Ribisi Tommy Dewey (The Mindy Project), Brenda Song, Peter Riegert, Martin Mull, Tonita Castro (Go On), Vanessa Lachey Erin Pineda
Team: W/EP Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild (Ted); EP Seth MacFarlane; D Mark Cendrowski
Studio: 20th Television, Fuzzy Door Productions
30 Rock -- ended
The Biggest Loser (in season 14)
Betty White's Off Their Rockers (in its second season)
Celebrity Apprentice (in season 13 of The Apprentice; sixth season of the celebrity incarnation)
Community (in season four) -- renewed
Fashion Star (in season two)
Grimm (in season two) -- renewed for third season
Law & Order: SVU (in season 14) -- renewed for 15th season
The Office -- ending after ninth season
Parenthood (finished season four) -- renewed for 22 episodes
Parks and Recreation (in season five) -- renewed for sixth season
Rock Center With Brian Williams (in its second season) -- canceled
The Sing-Off -- renewed for season four
Smash (in season two) -- canceled
Up All Night (in season two) -- canceled
The Voice (in its fourth cycle) -- renewed for fifth cycle
Whitney (in season two) -- canceled
1600 Penn -- canceled
Animal Practice -- canceled
Chicago Fire -- full season order; renewed for second season
Deception -- canceled
Do No Harm -- canceled
Go On -- canceled
Guys With Kids -- canceled
Next Caller -- canceled before it premiered
The New Normal -- canceled
Ready for Love -- canceled
Revolution -- full season; renewed for second season
Save Me (summer)
Crisis (previously untitled Rand Ravich)
Logline: When Washington's most powerful players are pulled into an international conspiracy, an unlikely puppeteer will bring everyone from CEOs to The President of the United States to their knees by threatening the things they hold most dear.
Cast: Dermot Mulroney, Max Martini, Gillian Anderson, Rachael Taylor, Stevie Lynn Jones, Halston Sage (How to Rock), Lance Gross (House of Payne), Joshua Erenberg, Max Schneider, Michael Beach, James Lafferty, Max Martini
Team: W/EP: Rand Ravich (Life); EP Far Shariat
Studio: 20th Television
Logline: An unlikely relationship develops between a young girl named Bo (Johnny Sequoyah) with a gift and a man named Tate (Jake McLaughlin) sprung from prison who has been tasked with protecting her from the evil elements that hunt her power.
Cast: Jake McLaughlin (Savages), Kyle MacLachlan, Delroy Lindo (The Chicago Code),Sienna Guillory (Resident Evil), Jamie Chung (Once Upon a Time), Johnny Sequoyah, Arian Moayed
Team: W/EP Alfonso Cuaron (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), Mark Friedman (The Forgotten); EP J. J. Abrams, Bryan Burk
Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Bad Robot
Logline: The Chicago Fire spinoff revolves around two different groups: Uniformed patrol cops and the Intelligence Unit, the team that combats the city's street major offenses. Leading the Intelligence team is Sergeant Hank Voight (Jason Beghe), a man not against skirting the law in the pursuit of justice. Demanding and tough, only those who can take the heat survive under Voight’s command. Take Detective Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda) -- despite his troubled history with his boss, Dawson has ambitions of running the unit … so if that means facing off against Voight every day, he’ll persevere. From the street cops with dreams of moving up to the elite crew who are already in, “life on the job” is a daily challenge. The enormous responsibilities that come with the territory take an emotional toll, as we’ll find when we follow the personal lives of our characters outside the walls of District 21.
Cast: Jason Beghe, Tania Raymonde, Scott Eastwood, Kelly Blatz, Melissa Sagemiller, Jon Seda
Team: W/EP Derek Haas, Michael Brandt, Dick Wolf, Matt Olmstead; EP Peter Jankowski, Danielle Gelber; EP/D Joe Chappelle
Studio: Universal Television, Wolf Films
Logline: A remake of the 1960s series that starred Raymond Burr. The reboot stars Blair Underwood as a tough, sexy but acerbic police detective relegated to a wheelchair after a shooting who, hardly limited by his disability, he pushes and prods his hand-picked team to solve the most difficult cases in the city.
Cast: Blair Underwood, Spencer Grammer, Brent Sexton (The Killing), Pablo Schreiber (Lights Out), Neal Bledsoe, Kenneth Choi
Team: W/EP Michael Caleo (Rescue Me, The Sopranos); EP David Semel (No Ordinary Family), Teri Weinberg (Ugly Betty), John Davis, Jon Fox, Ron West
Studio: Universal Television, Davis Entertainment, Yellow Brick Road Productions
Logline: The world's most wanted criminal mysteriously turns himself in and offers to give up everyone he has ever worked with. His only condition is he will only work with a newly minted FBI agent (Megan Boone) with whom he seemingly has no connection.
Cast: James Spader, Megan Boone, Ryan Eggold (90210), Diego Klattenhoff, Harry Lennix, Ilfenesh Hadera
Team: W/EP Jon Bokenkamp (Perfect Stranger); EP/Showrunner John Eisendrath (Alias); EP John Fox, John Davis
Studio: Sony Pictures Television, Davis Entertainment
The Night Shift (previously titled After Hours)
Logline: An ensemble medical show following Army doctors working the late shift at a San Antonio Hospital.
Cast: Brigid Brannagh, Eoin Macken, Freddy Rodriguez, Jeananne Goossen, Jill Flint, Ken Leung, Robert Bailey Jr., Brendan Fehr, J.R. Lemon
Team: W/EP Gabe Sachs, Jeff Judah (Life as We Know It); EP/D Pierre Morel
Studio: Sony Pictures Television, Sachs/Judah Productions
About a Boy
Logline: An adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel and the 2002 Hugh Grant feature film, it follows the relationship between a bachelor man-child (Bent's David Walton) and the young boy (1600 Penn's Benjamin Stockham) who moves in next door with his crazy, single mother (Minnie Driver).
Cast: David Walton, Minnie Driver, Benjamin Stockham (2nd position to NBC's 1600 Penn), Anjelah N. Johnson, Leslie Bibb (guest star), Al Madrigal
Team: W/EP Jason Katims (Parenthood), EP Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Jane Rosenthal, Robert DeNiro; D Jon Favreau
Studio: Universal Television, True Jack Productions, Working Title Productions, Tribeca Productions
Sean Saves the World (previously untitled Victor Fresco/Sean Hayes project)
Logline: Centers on Sean (Hayes), a guy who must figure out how to parent his 14-year-old daughter -- who just moved in -- while juggling a temperamental new boss at work.
Cast: Sean Hayes, Thomas Lennon, Echo Kellum, Linda Lavin, Lindsay Sloane, Samantha Isler, Vik Sahay (guest)
Team: W/EP Victor Fresco (Better Off Ted); EP Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner; D Jim Burrows
Studio: Universal Television, Hazy Mills
The Family Guide -- formerly untitled DJ Nash
Logline: A son who idolizes his blind father and is bemused by his mother’s (Parker Posey) newfound adolescence watches his family come closer together post-divorce. Loosely based on Nash's life.
Cast: Parker Posey, J.K. Simmons, Harold Perrineau, Eli Baker, Ava Deluca-Verley, Lance Lim
Team: EP/W: DJ Nash (Up All Night); EP Jason Bateman, Jim Garavente; D David Schwimmer
Studio: Universal Television, Aggregate Films
Logline: A young ensemble centering on a group of friends dubbed the "Undateables" whose lives are altered when a more confident character enters their world. Based on the book by Ellen Rakieten and Anne Coyle.
Cast: Chris D'Elia (2nd position to NBC's Whitney), Brent Morin, Matthew Wilkas, Rick Glassman, Ron Funches, Briga Heelan (guest star) Aly Michalka, Bianca Kajlich
Team: W/EP Adam Sztykiel (Due Date); EP Bill Lawrence, Jeff Ingold; D Scott Ellis
Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Doozer Productions
Welcome to the Family
Logline: Cultures collide when a white family and a Latino family are bonded together by their children who fall in love followed quickly by an unplanned pregnancy.
Cast: Mike O'Malley, Mary McCormack, Richardo Chavira (Desperate Housewives), Ella Rae Peck, Aramis Knight, Justina Machado, Joey Haro
Team: W/EP Mike Sikowitz (Rules of Engagement)
Studio: Sony Pictures Television
The Michael J. Fox Show -- ordered straight to series
Logline: Inspired by the former Family Ties actor's life, Fox stars as a husband and father of three from New York City dealing with family, career and challenges -- including Parkinson's disease -- as he goes back to work as a news anchor.
Cast: Michael J. Fox, Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad), Katie Finneran (Wonderfalls), Wendell Pierce (Treme), Ana Nogueira, Conor Romero, Juliette Goglia, Jack Gore
Team: W/EP Sam Laybourne, EP Michael J. Fox, Richard Schwartz, EP/D Will Gluck; co-EP Richard Schwartz
Studio: Sony Pictures Television, Olive Bridge
Location: New York
Brooke Candy Ft Lakewet - "Pussy Make The Rules"
MODS: I fixed it
Do you have the pu$$y (or pu$$y stick), ONTD? Do you make the rules?
Cutest couple ever?
Farrah told HollywoodLife.com exclusively, “I probably would do Playboy, but keep it classic and feminine. I think I would be open to that. I am focusing on my restaurant endeavors and modeling and the same things I’ve always done. Maybe doing more books, and maybe a fitness video and those things I’m working on. I’m just being me. I am thinking about writing more music, but way different to what I have done in the past. Like maybe more light hearted and not so serious.”
Farrah’s sex tape is already breaking records with 2 million viewers in the first 12 hours of the tape’s release on May 6. Having her pose in Playboy sounds like it’d be an immediate hit! Plus, Kim Kardashian posed in the magazine before her, and Farrah seems to be following in Kim’s footsteps.
Despite it’s high sales, don’t expect a sequel. Even though Farrah would do Playboy, she said that she would never do anything “of this sort ever again (a sex tape), because I dont want any more issues.”
Farrah is so mature and honest about the challenges she will face as a single mom, and she says that when Sophia is set to enter her teenage years, she will tell her about her
"I’ll tell her when she is around 13 [years old] and the periods start! We are just gonna sit down and have this talk so she can process her own way to ask me questions and make her own choices, and I think that will let her make way better choices than I have."
Farrah has clearly thought about this a lot, and she only wants what is best for her daughter. While she may have suffered harsh criticism for releasing the
Farrah Abraham may be pleased with the outcome of the
“I feel like if she was in the position I was in and she like knew me… I don’t understand why she would say what she said,” Farrah tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. ”It’s either jealousy or immaturity, but I dn’t understand why at this point and time she would say that. I’m just moving on and not talking to people who don’t support me.”
The bikini model said she and Catelynn would only talk and text occasionally about business-related events — about Teen Mom-related stuff, surely — but don’t expect those friendly conversations to continue.
“I will never speak to her again,” Farrah tells us.
All I have to say Is she sounds like a dying horse!! 😂 U kno who I'm talking about— Catelynn Lowell (@CatelynnLowell) May 6, 2013
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I love how everyone acts like the big issue people have is that she did this in the first place instead of the way that she just lied about it and is pretending to be a victim. People with kids make porn every single day who gives a shit. Own up to it. Although coming from Miss I was drunk, and driving, but not drunk driving this is not a shocker. Stay as classy as you think you are forever Farrah.
Yves Saint Laurent Babydoll Mascara added the spark to their commercial the newly released fervent clip of which shows Cara Delevingne in her usual form putting on the essential mascara to head towards a day full of fun without any suspicious powder contributing to it this time.
It looked like Cara needed absolutely no preparation to shoot the scenes as they were something she could easily relate to from her lifestyle!
The other day she was kissing Sienna Miller on the lips during the Met Ball event while the video for the beauty product just showed her close to a girl/woman as they partied hard while another clip caught her lying on a table in an about-to-kiss gesture with a male model.
I especially liked the way the colours were used in the video focusing on certain facial features with hues while other factors remaining black and white.
Sadly the eyebrows didn’t have much to offer on its own in the clip but the grayscale theme brought out her brows and eyes in a sexy way! Sometimes I get the feeling that Cara Delevingne’s eyebrows are symbolic of all the eyebrow-raising activities she finds herself in, this time however it’s just a harmless scene for the advertisement!
Cara Delevingne & Rita Ora Get Behind The Camera For Rankin
We're all for the sisterhood thing - especially when it comes to Cara Delevingne and Rita Ora. Cast your minds back to THAT twitter pic that Reets posted back in January, yes the one of the two gal pals kissing. Raunchy.
Well, that was just the teaser. Cara and Rita teamed up with, the very awesome fashion photographer, Rankin for a shoot on Hunger TV that features the two dressed up to the nines rocking some very punk updos. We spy Prada too.
Rita has also collaborated with Hunger TV for an exclusive dirty video for her latest track Facemelt which you can check out here. Sadly Cara does not appear in the video, but guaranteed they've done the duet thing... after a tipple or two. Watch this space - another UK No.1 hit could happen.
The Broken City actor - who has children Ella, nine, Michael, seven, Brendan, four, and Grace, three, with wife Rhea Durham - was in trouble with police more than 20 times when he was a teenager and eventually sent to jail for assault, and while he isn't ashamed of his past, doesn't want his kids to think it is acceptable to behave recklessly.
He told Red Bulletin magazine: "They are still young, and I'm not telling them anything until I have to. I will wait until the last possible minute.
"I certainly don't want to hide my past, but I don't want to make it seem like, 'Daddy went through bad stuff and he came out OK. We can do what we want, it will work itself out,' because that isn't the case.
"I don't know any other success stories of people who survived the kind of place I grew up in and the choices I made and still have the freedom and luxury to talk about it."
Mark feels lucky to have escaped his past, especially when he thinks about what has happened to his old friends.
He said: "Let's say I was a petty criminal for a while, but I was lucky enough to be able to get clean, unlike most of my friends from that time, who are dead or in jail. Today, the only real vice I have is golf."
So now we know: “John Harrison”, Benedict Cumberbatch’s character in the new Star Trek film, is actually Khan Noonien Singh.
Khan is one of the more legendary villains in the annals of Star Trek. He first appeared in 1967, in an episode called Space Seed, when Captain James T Kirk chanced upon an abandoned ship while boldly going forth where tv series (and blockbuster sequels) go.
In that ship were Khan and a few other survivors of a eugenics project conducted in the 1990s. Eventually, it was revealed that Khan was a superhuman from India, who was so mighty and dangerous that he had been chucked into deep space with others like him to keep the world safe.
Yes, “John Harrison” is actually Indian. Cue in outrage, because dammit all, why is the thoroughly Caucasian Benedict Cumberbatch playing a desi character? So what if Katrina Kaif — who thanks to her Kashmiri father and English mother is probably only half a shade darker than Cumberbatch — regularly plays the parts of Indian women who technically should have a far more sincerely brown complexion than hers? At least Kaif has a connection of sorts with South Asia.
What’s Cumberbatch’s Indian connection? None. So why, when there are so many brown actors in the world at large and in Bollywood in particular, did director JJ Abrams pick Cumberbatch to play Khan?
Some may argue that aside from being a fine actor, Cumberbatch has an international fan following thanks to the tv series Sherlock. However, this doesn’t change the fact that no matter which part of India you plonk him in, Cumberbatch would stand out like a piece of chalk in a box of crayons. Also, considering the fact that Abrams picked a non-entity like Chris Pine to play Captain Kirk, why not take a chance and cast a brown guy as Khan?
Cumberbatch’s fans will direct you to their favourite episode of Sherlock to explain his wonderfulness, but let’s face it: Star Trek Into Darkness is no Hamlet. Acting chops can be kept on the backburner when the real focus of your character is to pack a punch and blow things up. However, in case you’re not overwhelmed by lust-tinged admiration for Cumberbatch and are instead feeling a tsunami of postcolonial rage wash over you, let us consider the case of Khan Noonien Singh.
First, one may conclude from the name that research and realism were not critical to the writing of this character. Then why expect the casting to follow any kind of logic as far as race is concerned? But just because the writer of Space Seed, Carey Wilber, couldn’t be bothered to figure out whether an Indian gent, in any decade, was likely to have both Khan and Singh in their name — and Noonien? Seriously? — it doesn’t mean the makers of Star Trek Into Darkness couldn’t have done a little research before casting Khan’s character.
After all, it’s not like we’re short of options of men who think they’re supermen in India. One could argue that’s one of the central characteristics of brown men. Then there’s the historical aspect. If we follow the timeline suggested in “Space Seed”, Khan and his band of Indian supermen would have been created in the 1980s, since the Eugenics Wars took place in the 1990s in the Star Trek universe. As it happens, the 1980s did see a few supermen in Bollywood.
For example, Puneet Issar put on the blue tights and red chaddis to save India and win his lady love’s affections of his lady love. Then there was Govinda, whose role may not have been that of the caped crusader in Dariya Dil (1988) but that didn’t stop him from dressing up as Superman in a song sequence. Not just that, when he wasn’t busting dance moves in a garden, Superman Govinda flew over Mumbai, thanks to some special effects that make Supermen of Malegaon‘s effects seem cutting edge). Incidentally, his girlfriend in the film was Kimi Katkar and in this song, she wore a Spider-Girl outfit. Beat that.
But no, Abrams didn’t look east. Instead of boldly going forth to Bollywood, he went with Cumberbatch. Here’s what’s interesting about the choice that Abrams made: the man named Khan who reduces skyscrapers to rubble and terrorises Americans is a white man and not a bearded chap with an olive complexion who may be considered suspicious by airport security personnel in large parts of the world. He is, as Cumberbatch said in an interview, a “home-grown terrorist”. He doesn’t seem foreign, he’s doesn’t look like ‘the other’; in fact, he looks no different from the others who make up the American majority. But his name is Khan and he is here to wreak terror.
Rumors surrounding the film adaptation of the bestselling bathtub novel Fifty Shades of Grey have been frequent, titillating, and circulated around the internet more than actual porn (just kidding, not possible). People went blind with excitement trying to cast Christian Grey. Ian Somerhalder, Alex Pettyfer, Stephen Amell? Rumors of Emma Watson being cast as Ana were intriguing, but ultimately disappointing. The most recent report says the movie might have found its director: Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice, Anna Karenina)
1. The build-up: This will be the hottest part. Elizabeth and Darcy couldn’t even touch in Pride & Prejudice, but the electricity in this scene in the rain could light Manhattan. Wright knows how to film longing, and although that’s not what sold the books, it could keep viewers plenty satisfied in the movie. We expect tons of under the table hand holding, wry smiles that could kill, and eye-seduction so intense you’ll be curling your toes in anticipation of…
2. The sex: A big worry about the Fifty Shades movie is that reading the novel in the privacy of your own laundry room is one thing, but going out to a theater is another. Some of these debates come off as a little sexist to me — in an equal world we would all have to delete our browser history every once in a while. Will 50 Shades get an NC-17 rating? Maybe. But you better believe Wright can make it steamy, sexy, and rated R if he has to. You could probably watch the Atonement sex scene at work without once seeing something that will make someone call HR, but you’d still feeling uncomfortable the whole time, worried that your office mates know exactly what you are doing. It’s incredibly titillating without being raunchy. So maybe Wright could find a way to make the sex kinky, but still R-rated, with lots of sound effects, dark shadows, close-ups on legs and jawlines, whips that hit, but not too hard. Now is that what fans want? Well, we’ll leave that to you and your browser history. We still sort of assume Wright wouldn’t sign on to direct a straight porn.
3. The contract: Wright has achieved varying degrees of success adapting literary classics. While he’s done great work with some (Pride & Prejudice), he’s watered down other incredibly layered masterpieces (Anna Karenina). So what will he do with a novel that’s basically as deep as a “Holy Cow!”? Well, he’ll probably add something else, right? Maybe as we pan across Anastasia’s face, we see a this-whole-contract-is-really-just-a-reinforcement-gender-stereotypes-disguised-as-a-dominant-and-submissive-relationship-but-what-it-really-is-is-just-a-desire-to-go-back-to-the-a-time-when-women-didn’t-have-to-work-and-could-stay-home-and-have-their-husband-buy-stuff-for-them-constantly-but-now-that-we’re-in-the-21st-century-and-we’ve-all-held-money-and-seen-episodes-of-Mad-Men-maybe-this-isn’t-the-way-we-want-to-live-but-also-the-job-market-is-really-hard-now-and-gym-memberships-are-so-expensive-and-like-dieting-would-be-easier-if-you-had-someone-to-prepare-your-food-for-you-and-maybe-it-would-all-be-better-if-you-had-a-Christian-Grey-who-could-take-care-of-you-but-wait-you-definitely-took-too-many-feminism-classe- in-college-and-your-mother-and-grandmother-fought-too-hard-for-your-right-to-have-a-career-but-anyway-lets-just-get-back-to-the-spanking-and-forget-about-this glance.
Or maybe he’ll just go all blindfolds, silver ties, handcuffs, and red rooms of pain and throw caution to the wind. Most importantly though, if Wright actually does direct this movie, when will the Keira Knightley rumors start?
KATIE Price saw the Queen of Pop in her punk gear at the Met Gala and thought: "What's my ex Alex doing there?"
The Material Girl singer dressed up in a fishnet top over a black bra, with stockings and suspenders — just like the cagefighter's alter ego Roxanne.
And Sun columnist Katie had to look twice just to check her former hubby wasn't at the glitzy bash in New York
Katie revealed: "I had to do a double take when I saw that picture of Madonna at the Met Ball this week.
"I thought it was my ex-husband Alex Reid."
Katie is not shy in making remarks about celebs.
In February she compared model Kelly Brook to a "heifer"
And later she also lashed out at Peter Crouch's missus Abbey, claiming she looked way too skinny.
But this time she may have a point as these outfits are remarkably similar.
Fortunately though, Madonna only donned the crazy garb for the punk-themed do.
Madonna on E!'s Fashion Police "Must See Look of the Week"
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