Shonda Rhimes Calls for Better LGBT Representation in Hollywood: ‘People Deserve Realistic Portrayals’

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The Los Angeles LGBT Center hosted its 48th Gala Vanguard awards on Saturday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Hosted by comedian Jimmy Kimmel, this year’s honorees included co-CEO of William Morris Endeavor Ari Emanuel and former senior advisor to President Barack Obama Valerie Jarrett. Also in attendance were J.J. Abrams, Peter Berg,… Read more »

‘Will & Grace’ Star Wants Revival to Be as ‘Progressive and Offensive’ as Possible

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The “Will & Grace” cast and crew aren’t afraid of offending audiences — or President Donald Trump — with the NBC comedy’s anticipated revival, which held its first-ever screening at the inaugural Tribeca TV Festival in New York City on Saturday. When asked what his response would be if the president called him “a son… Read more »

Russell Simmons Speaks Up for Animal Rights at EMA Awards

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Stars, filmmakers, and philanthropists strolled down an appropriately green carpet and gathered in a vast hangar at Santa Monica airport for this year’s Environmental Media Association awards on Saturday night. Among the honorees at the ceremony, which recognizes both individuals and corporations who have demonstrated a commitment to protect the environment through their work, were… Read more »

Jeff Dunham’s Growing Empire Looks Forward

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Jeff Dunham has always maintained full control over the world of characters that he’s created, and over the years has built various companies (On a Stick Prods., Red Wire Blue Wire — “a nod to Achmed”) that produce and finance all his projects across all distribution platforms, including live, television, film, merchandise and home video…. Read more »

Lifetime Banks on Buzzy Beauty Industry for Next Reality Competition Series

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Lifetime is home to fashion’s biggest reality show, “Project Runway,” and now the network is banking on the beauty industry for their next competition series. “American Beauty Star,” hosted by supermodel Adriana Lima, brings celebrity stylists and salon professionals head-to-head to compete in a series of hair and makeup challenges over the course of 10… Read more »

Will Forte Teases ‘Exciting Surprises’ in ‘The Last Man on Earth’ Season 4

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The cast and creators of Fox’s “The Last Man on Earth” gathered on the Dream On yacht in Marina Harbor Tuesday afternoon to celebrate the upcoming Season 4 premiere of the post-apocalyptic comedy. The first two episodes of Season 4 were screened with the caveat from creator Will Forte that post-production effects had not quite… Read more »

Inside Emmy Parties With Nicole Kidman, Donald Glover, Elisabeth Moss and More

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TV’s top talent and executives celebrated this year’s Emmy nominees far after the ceremony ended. Emmy darling Sterling K. Brown was caught dashing from party to party with wife and “This Is Us” co-star Ryan Michelle Bathe on his arm. Another popular guy about town was none other than Alex Skarsgard, who brought his mom (all the way… Read more »

Emma Stone Imagines a World Where ‘Everyone Is Absolutely Equal’ at ‘Battle of the Sexes’ Premiere

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Love and equality reigned supreme at Regency Village Theatre Saturday night, where stars, athletes, and tennis fanatics alike united for the Los Angeles premiere of “Battle of the Sexes.” “[I hope we] come to a place where it doesn’t matter what gender you are, it doesn’t matter what race you are, it doesn’t matter what… Read more »

George Lopez Says There Will Be a Lot of Trump Jokes in ‘Comedy Get Down’ With Cedric the Entertainer

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As PaleyFest 2017 draws to a close, the festival hosted Cedric The Entertainer and George Lopez for a screening and panel discussion for BET’s latest TV show “The Comedy Get Down.” The conversation was moderated by actress Yvette Nicole Brown at the Paley Center for the Arts in Beverly Hills. “The Comedy Get Down” as… Read more »

Lena Waithe Opens Up About ‘Master of None’ Thanksgiving Episode at Sublime Primetime

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Kicking off Emmys weekend, the WGAW, the Writers Guild Foundation and Variety hosted a panel of nominated writers at the Writers Guild Theater Friday night. Writing from experience wove a common thread among panelists, which included writing talent from top drama, comedy and variety series. “We’re always thinking of what we can pull from our lives,”… Read more »

Nick Kroll, Jenny Slate Talk Puberty, Getting Personal in Netflix’s ‘Big Mouth’

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Nick Kroll and his childhood best friend Andrew Goldberg mined their adolescent experiences for the upcoming raunchy coming-of-age comedy “Big Mouth.” Co-creator Goldberg, voice actors Jason Mantzoukas, Jenny Slate, and Jessi Klein, and executive producers Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett attended a PaleyFest Fall TV Previews panel on Thursday, while Kroll joined via Skype to discuss how the animated sitcom came… Read more »

How ‘This Is Us’ Music Team Chooses Tracks to Help You Cry

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“This Is Us” now has an official soundtrack to accompany the show’s emotionally charged moments. Cast members Chris Sullivan and Jon Huertas were joined by music supervisor Jennifer Pyken and composer-musician Siddhartha Khosla at the “This Is Us (Music from the Show)” album release at Clutch in Venice, Calif. on Wednesday night. The soundtrack opens with “Death With… Read more »

Jennifer Lawrence Recalls Seeing ‘Mother!’ for the First Time: ‘We Took It Too Far’

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Not every director would start their U.S. movie premiere with an apology, but then again, Darren Aronofsky isn’t just any director. “You’re laughing and smiling now, but you’re all going to really hate me in about an hour and a half. So the first thing I want to do is apologize,” he joked ahead of… Read more »

‘Master of None’ Star and Writer Lena Waithe: Hollywood Needs to ‘Cash in’ and Not ‘Exploit’ Inclusivity

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The Television Academy’s fifth annual dynamic and diverse celebration on Tuesday evening showed diversity isn’t just another buzz word floating around the industry for the stars who call TV home. With the growing success of diverse voices in front and behind the camera, stars took to the North Hollywood’s Saban Media Center not only to… Read more »

Stephen Colbert Reveals the One Topic That’s Off Limits at the Emmys

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Preparation is officially underway for the 69th Emmy Awards, and host Stephen Colbert said so far there’s only one topic off limits for Sunday night’s broadcast — his butt. “I shot a piece already where I was buck naked and they said, ‘You can’t show your butt,’” Colbert told Variety. “I said, ‘What? This is… Read more »

Jimmy Kimmel and Celebrity Chefs Help Raise $1.3 Million at L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade

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Jimmy Kimmel was among the celebrity food-lovers who helped raise more than $1.3 million to fight pediatric cancer at the eighth annual L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade fundraiser on Saturday. It was Kimmel’s first time at an event with 5-month old son Billy, and the talk show host was extra emotional about the cause of fighting childhood… Read more »

Russell Simmons, Martin Lawrence Reunite at Netflix’s Star-Studded ‘Def Comedy Jam 25’ Special

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It was like a class reunion for comedy legends as they shared one stage — for some, not in many years — at the Netflix taping of “Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam 25” special. Hollywood heavy hitters like Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, and D.L. Hughley took selfies and gave long hugs with their comedic colleagues on the carpet… Read more »

‘Dynasty’ Boss Teases CW Reboot: ‘You Never Know Who’s Going to Show Up’

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The CW’s reboot of classic 1980s show “Dynasty” visited PaleyFest Fall TV Previews on Saturday in Beverly Hills. Panelists, including Esther Shapiro (one of the executive producers of the original show) along with fellow producers Brad Silberling, Sallie Patrick, Josh Schwartz, and Stephanie Savage, and the new cast, assembled to talk about the reboot at a discussion moderated… Read more »

Tracee Ellis Ross Honors Evan Ross, Ashlee Simpson at Operation Smile Gala

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International medical charity Operation Smile’s ambassadors and benefactors gathered at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica on Saturday evening to celebrate Evan Ross and Ashlee Simpson-Ross as the couple received the 2017 universal smile award for their philanthropic work for the organization. NBC’s president of entertainment Jennifer Salke, who became a dedicated sponsor of the organization… Read more »

‘Valor’ Creator Hopes Female Lead, Diverse Cast Help CW Military Drama Stand Out

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Up against a fall lineup peppered with military-centric pilots, “Valor” creator Kyle Jarrow is looking to the story’s strong female lead to set the series apart. “It’s centered around a female soldier. And frankly there are tons of female soldiers, but the media depictions are very few. It feels like a story that’s really important… Read more »

‘The Mayor’ Mixes Politics, Community and Laughs at PaleyFest Fall TV Previews

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New ABC comedy “The Mayor” debuts next month, and tells a story about community and friendship, with music playing a central role. The show’s cast and creatives introduced the series at the Paley Center’s PaleyFest Fall TV Previews on Saturday. Co-stars Yvette Nicole Brown, Lea Michele, Brandon Micheal Hall, Bernard David Jones, Marcel Spears, and executive… Read more »