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Last Comic Standing: Norm Macdonald pays it forward

  Norm Macdonald emits a vibe of genuine decency, much like Jimmy Stewart and Tom Hanks. It can’t be faked, much as politicians may try. MacDonald, 51, takes his place at the judges’ table with Roseanne Barr and Keenen Ivory Wayans when Last Comic Standing returns on NBC July 22 at 9pm ET/PT. After decades as a standup (he still does some 250 gigs annually), Macdonald has the experience to impart wisdom to those trying to make it in such a tough field. “Standup is more like a craft than an art so it can be learned more,” Macdonald says […]

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5 Questions With Jeffrey Dean Morgan of “Extant”

Jeffrey Dean Morgan spends enough time without his shirt on in CBS’ Extant to make most women take notice. It’s surprising with Morgan’s movie star looks that acting came about accidentally. After helping a friend move to Los Angeles, Morgan met a casting director, and “the next thing you know, I did a Roger Corman movie.” “If you are my age or older, you started doing Corman movies,” Morgan, 49, continues. “And I did a couple of those and I did not know what I was doing. I did not know what a mark was or how to memorize lines, […]

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Catching up with “So You Think You Can Dance” judge Paula Abdul

Paula Abdul was an early multi-hyphenate — singer, songwriter, dancer, choreographer and TV personality — but at her essence, she’s a dancer. After a stint as a guest judge on So You Think You Can Dance and fresh off judging Australia’s version of the show, Abdul, 52, takes a permanent place on the judging panel for SYTYCD’s 12th season, which begins with a two-hour premiere Monday, June 1, at 8pm ET/PT on FOX. “I have been a teacher for pretty much all of my late teens and adulthood, and having a phenomenal career as a choreographer around the world, I […]

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5 Questions With Kellan Lutz

Kellan Lutz is one amiable fellow. As one of eight children, he knows how to get along. Lutz is chatty and loves to play extreme sports, so hosting FOX’s Bullseye, beginning May 27, is a natural fit. It’s the sort of show that appeals to those who find bungee jumping ho-hum and who don’t mind signing endless insurance forms. Lutz, who played Emmett Cullen in the Twilight movies, Chris MacNess on The Comeback and George Evans on 90210, is making his debut as a host. To be fair, he has hosted charity events but not a TV show, and this […]


TWO Bachelorettes? Britt and Kaitlyn admit fear, excitement for Season 11

Perhaps it’s no more bizarre than the usual Bachelorette and Bachelor scenarios. In Season 11 of The Bachelorette, two women familiar from the last go-round of The Bachelor compete. The new season premieres over two nights on ABC beginning Monday, May 18, at 9pm ET/PT. Britt Nilsson, 28, a Hollywood waitress, squares off against Kaitlyn Bristowe, 29, a Vancouver, British Columbia, dance instructor. ALSO SEE: Interview with Britt Nilsson who talks hygiene, gowns, Larry David, “The Bachelorette” and more Kaitlyn Bristowe says she’s “100 percent” sure she’ll have a ring on her finger at the end of “The Bachelorette” “Shock […]

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Kaitlyn Bristowe says she’s “100 percent” sure she’ll have a ring on her finger at the end of “The Bachelorette”

It’s a cold day in late winter that clings to New York City as Kaitlyn Bristowe is being driven to a date in Manhattan — going on dates is her job these days. Bristowe, 29, is one of the two women competing on The Bachelorette in the series’ first shot at pitting two women who had been on The Bachelor against each other. (The Bachelor tried a similar stunt years ago.) The Vancouver, British Columbia, dance instructor returns to the contest determined to find a husband, saying she has “mixed emotions, a lot of fears and excitement at the same […]

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Interview with Britt Nilsson who talks hygiene, gowns, Larry David, “The Bachelorette” and more

Britt Nilsson is not the cliché you might assume. Sure, she is a waitress in Hollywood, however, she is not the usual — an aspiring actress. That may put her in a more rarified league than why she’s in the spotlight. Nilsson is one of the two contenders on ABC’s The Bachelorette, premiering May 18. Admittedly, Nilsson did have a brush with acting. “I did a short film one time and it haunted me,” she says. And that was it. Nilsson is not taking acting lessons or expecting the reality show for the lovelorn to be anything more than a […]

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Ben McKenzie on Gotham season finale, his dream job, Batman and more

Ben McKenzie’s clear-eyed stare makes him the perfect cop, as he proved on Southland and continues to prove on FOX’s Gotham. (Gotham season finale is set to air on FOX Monday, May 4.) “As we begin the series, he is an old-fashioned hero, a man of principle, a veteran,” McKenzie says of his character, James Gordon. “He is very much his father’s son — his father being a revered D.A. — and Jim has modeled himself in his father’s image. He comes into Gotham to take on that cause from his father only to find out Gotham is not exactly […]

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Interview: Orphan Black star Ari Millen on Season 3, “the pace does not slow down”

It’s enough to make an actor lose his mind. Actors once stretched to play two characters in a movie, but that was decades before cloning was in the realm of possibility. On the BBC America hit Orphan Black, returning for its third season April 18 at 9pmET, Tatiana Maslany has portrayed seven characters. This season, Orphan Black star Ari Millen is playing several. While shooting the sixth episode of the 10-episode new season, Millen says he still isn’t sure just how many people he will be playing. Last season, Orphan Black revealed two more characters for Millen. “There’s Rudy with […]

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Alex Gibney on his Sinatra documentary, “All or Nothing at All”

Almost a century ago, Francis Albert Sinatra sat on the stoop outside a no-frills bar, waiting for his dad. In those days, he was a kid singing for coins, Sinatra says in the sweeping two-night, four-hour HBO film Sinatra: All or Nothing at All. We go to Hoboken, N.J., to meet filmmaker Alex Gibney, who settles into Moran’s, that neighborhood bar, largely unchanged over the years. It’s a frigid morning in the one-square-mile city of squat brick buildings and mixed cultures. What intrigues Gibney is how Sinatra’s life mirrored the American dream. “To me it was The Great Gatsby,” Gibney […]