Medalion Rahimi Reflects on Playing a Princess in ‘Catch,’ ‘Still Star-Crossed’

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Medalion Rahimi is a modern-day princess. At least, she’s played one in two Shondaland series — “The Catch” and “Still Star-Crossed,” which bowed May 29 on ABC. The show, based on Melinda Taub’s novel, invents life in Verona after the death of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Rahimi, an L.A. native, also appears in this year’s… Read more »

‘Beauty and the Beast’ Will Open Huge for Disney, but Just How Huge?

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“Beauty and the Beast” is expected to open huge for Disney this weekend, but just how huge? The Mouse House’s biggest openings have come from its acquisition of Lucasfilm and Marvel Studios, with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and both “Avengers” films among the top debuts of all time. Experts project Disney’s latest film, “Beauty and… Read more »

Julie Andrews and Daughter Demand Elected Representatives Protect the Arts

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In a new op-ed for CNN, Julie Andrews and her daughter, fellow actress Emma Walton Hamilton, espouse the benefits that the arts bring to individuals and society. They also call on the public to do everything possible to preserve funding for the arts and demand the same of elected representatives. They open by asking, “What if there… Read more »

‘Beauty and the Beast’ Stars, James Corden Stage ‘Crosswalk Musical’

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If you often drive past Beverly Boulevard and Genesee Avenue in Los Angeles, you may have been lucky enough to catch James Corden and his Crosswalk Theater Company perform an abridged version of the Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” … in the middle of the road. If not, don’t fret. Corden aired the segment featuring… Read more »

‘Star Wars’ Land Teaser Shows Giant AT-AT Walkers (Watch)

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“Star Wars” fans are one step closer to taking a walk on the Dark Side. Disney Parks shared a construction update and teaser Thursday on the two new lands at California’s Disneyland and Walt Disney World in Florida, scheduled to open in 2019. The teaser reveals plans to build full-sized AT-AT walkers, the Empire’s land-based mobile weapons… Read more »

TV News Roundup: ‘My Little Pony’ and ‘Master of None’ Get Premiere Dates

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In today’s TV News Roundup, “My Little Pony” and Aziz Ansari’s “Master of None” get premiere dates for their upcoming seasons, Hailey Baldwin and Method Man get a hosting gig on James Corden’s celebrity rap battle show, Disney Junior renews “The Lion Guard,” and more. DATES Thanks to Aziz Ansari‘s Instagram and Twitter, fans know to save the… Read more »

National Board of Review Reveals Dates for Awards Announcement and Gala

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The National Board of Review will name the recipients of its year- end honors on November 28, the organization announced Wednesday. It also announced that Willie Geist of NBC’s “Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist” and MSNBC ‘s “Morning Joe” will return to host the January 4 annual film awards gala, held at Cipriani 42nd Street, for… Read more »

Donald Trump’s Lawyer Demands Apology From Snoop Dogg for Controversial ‘Lavender’ Video

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“Shame on you, Snoop,” President Donald Trump’s team fired back at Snoop Dogg following the release of the music video for his latest song, “Lavender.” The parody video includes a shot of the rapper firing a toy gun at a clown version of Trump, alluding to the “clownery” of police and state violence against citizens. Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael… Read more »

TV News Roundup: Fox News’ Jesse Watters to Interview President Trump, Baron Vaughn Gets Fusion Doc

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In today’s TV News Roundup, “Untold Stories of the ER” is renewed for a 12th season, Fusion announces a documentary following comedian Baron Vaughn in his search for his father, and Fox News Channel’s Jesse Watters will interview President Donald Trump. RENEWALS Unscripted medical series “Untold Stories of the ER” has been renewed for a 12th… Read more »

Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Jason Blum to Keynote Variety’s Entertainment Marketing Summit Massive

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Academy Award-winning filmmakers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer will keynote Massive, Variety’s annual entertainment marketing summit. The March 22 conference, to be held at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, will also feature keynote speeches from Emmy Award-winning producer Jason Blum, and Universal Pictures worldwide marketing president Josh Goldstine and co-president Michael Moses. As executive… Read more »

Freida Pinto, Christina Hendricks & More Support Environment and Sustainability Research

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If guests at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability’s annual gala, honoring Paul G. Allen and Toyota needed a reminder of what they were gathering to raise money for and celebrate Monday night, hosts Jeanne and Tony Pritzker were happy to provide. Their Beverly Hills home has not only a sweeping view of the green city of Los… Read more »

‘Roseanne’ Reunion: John Goodman and Sara Gilbert Play Dan and Darlene for First Time in 20 Years

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While we always knew that Dan Conner would support his daughter, Darlene, no matter what, we now have concrete proof. On Friday’s episode of “The Talk,” host Sara Gilbert reunited with her “Roseanne” on-screen dad John Goodman to revive their memorable characters for the first time in 20 years. As the harmonica plays, dragging fans back… Read more »

Katy Perry and America Ferrera to Be Honored by Human Rights Campaign

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Katy Perry and America Ferrera will be honored at the Human Rights Campaign’s 2017 Los Angeles Gala Dinner on March 18. The two are being recognized for their work toward LGBTQ equality. Perry will receive the HRC’s national equality award, while Ferrera will be given their ally for equality award. “We are thrilled to honor Katy Perry… Read more »

‘Thor: Ragnarok’: Photos Show Chris Hemsworth’s New Haircut and Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster

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Cue the infighting in the “Thor” fandom. New photography from the set of “Thor: Ragnorak” debuted in Entertainment Weekly on Wednesday and Chris Hemsworth’s short haircut is sure to divide fans into two camps: lovers of the long hair and crushers on the new cropped cut. Related Content Jeff Goldblum, Karl Urban Join ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ In the… Read more »

‘Wicked’ Composer Stephen Schwartz to Be Honored With ASCAP Founders Award

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Prolific lyricist and composer Stephen Schwartz will be honored at the 32nd annual ASCAP Screen Music Awards. Schwartz’s nearly 50-year-long career has earned him a spot among the greats, and will be awarded the Founders Award at the Wiltern in Los Angeles on May 16. Since his 1971 breakout Broadway musical “Godspell,” Schwartz has gone on to compose scores… Read more »

TV News Roundup: Patricia Clarkson Cast in Gillian Flynn Drama, Judd Apatow Comedy Special Release Date

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In today’s TV News Roundup, Patricia Clarkson is cast in a new HBO and Gillian Flynn television drama, Shaunette Renée Wilson joins Fox’s “The Resident” pilot, HBO reveals its release date for the Judd Apatow and Chris Gethard special, and Viacom and Warner Bros. make promotions.  CASTING Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Patricia Clarkson has… Read more »

UTA to Observe ‘Day Without a Woman’ With Offsite Events

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UTA plans to observe Wednesday’s “Day Without a Woman” national strike effort. Employees will be encouraged to attend offsite events planned by agency to coincide with the day of activism. The “Day Without a Woman,” planned by organizers of the Women’s March on Washington, aims to foster economic solidarity with women and “all gender-oppressed people” as… Read more »

‘Fargo’ Season 3 Teaser Offers First Look at Ewan McGregor, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

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Ewan McGregor adds pounds and sheds his handsome exterior (and some hair) as Ray Stussy in the first look at Season 3 of “Fargo.” A 30-second teaser, released online on Monday, offers a glimpse at the cast and a just a spoonful of drama as Carrie Coon’s Sheriff Gloria Burgle spooks McGregor and Mary Elizabeth Winstead into… Read more »

Josh Gad Responds to Controversy Over ‘Beauty and the Beast’s’ ‘Gay Moment’

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Josh Gad says the “gay moment” in Disney’s new “Beauty and the Beast” film is “subtle but incredibly effective,” and “everything that needed to be said on this issue has definitely been said.” In an interview with People, Gad shut down the criticism of his character’s sexuality, noting that the “film is one of inclusiveness.”… Read more »

SXSW: What TV Shows Are Heading to the Austin Festival?

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Now in its 30th year, SXSW is heading back to Austin for more than a week filled of music, screenings, BBQ and tacos — and this year, television has a major presence at the Texas fest. Historically a celebration of film, music and interactive events, SXSW started introducing TV to its lineup with panel, screenings… Read more »