Last night, Lifetime premiered its destined to be Peabody-, Emmy-, Golden Globe-, and (why not?) Nobel Prize-winning film Anna Nicole. A prestigious (and I must add, courageous) group of EW staffers convened at my apartment to see whether the biopic could give Citizen Kane a run for its money. Read on for a sampling of our reactions to Anna Nicole. READ FULL STORY
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Step aside Toddlers & Tiaras, there’s a new crop of (middle-aged) contestants threatening your reign.
On July 10, TLC will unveil Crown Chasers, a reality special set in the pageant world that will follow five women aged between 30 to 50 as they vie for the title of Mrs. Colorado Golden Queen. The contestants might be much older than their T&T counterparts, but rest assured they manage to throw just as many tantrums. Expect to see a whole lot of name-calling, backbiting, and bickering about very dramatic things like getting de-friended on Facebook. And of course, quite a few garish gowns.
Check out an exclusive sneak peek of some of the ladies, including contender Jocelyn Morrow above, in their evening wear gowns, and then hit the comments to let us know if you plan to tune in to watch the show. READ FULL STORY
Miss Hannigan is not a sacred role.
Hundreds have played the negligent, booze-soaked ward of that Depression-era orphanage. That’s one of the great things about musicals. The parts are interchangeable by design. We may have our favorites, but on a certain level, we accept that the part is expected to live on separately from any individual performance, transcending generations and even the beloved soundtrack. Committing that performance to film, however, does tend to get people riled up in a way that, say, Nick Jonas playing Marius in Les Misérables on stage does not.
After months of wondering whether Sandra Bullock would take on the part in Will Gluck’s adaptation of Annie, news broke Wednesday that the coveted part would in fact go to Cameron Diaz. Unless they’d announced that some Broadway crossover (à la Sutton Foster) had snatched up the role, the knee-jerk reaction was never going to be great. Diaz is pure Hollywood. Is she too beautiful? Too young? Too old? Can she sing? Is this a case of disaster stunt casting that is just indicative of our worst fears that Jay-Z, Will Smith, and Gluck aren’t interested in making a good film?
But let’s step back for a moment. Diaz’s casting is not only not a bad thing, she may actually make the movie. Bear with us.
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Devious Maids — the latest from Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry and based on a Mexican soap opera, Ellas son la Alegría del Hogar – follows the lives of four Latina maids working amongst the rich and crazy in southern California. With Eva Longoria as one of the executive producers and starring Ugly Betty‘s Ana Ortiz, Entourage‘s Dania Ramírez, Scrubs’ Judy Reyes, and Without A Trace‘s Roselyn Sánchez, there’s some serious Latina power coming from this show. Nonetheless, for a show with this type of premise, there was always going to be some evidence of stereotypes. READ FULL STORY
America, if you’ve been Keeping up with the Kardashian baby name saga, the speculation game is officially over.
And the answer isn’t Kaidence. (Unfortunately?)
People confirms that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have named their celebspawn … NORTH WEST.
Think six seconds just aren’t enough to properly illustrate Ryan Gosling refusing to eat cereal, or the cast of Much Ado about Nothing having a goof, or Lucille Bluth shouting epithets at Princess Jasmine? Instagram has heard your cries — and is answering them by adding its very own video capability. Just call it A Longer Vine.
As the Facebook-owned photo service announced Thursday, users now have the option of creating 3- to 15-second videos, altering them with 13 filters, and posting them to their Instagram accounts. This new feature promises to revolutionize the way we procrastinate, share shaky concert footage, and — in all likelihood — watch celebrities behaving badly.
Check out a dreamy, Apple-ad-esque clip of Instagram in Motion (courtesy of, uh, Vimeo) below — and catch Instagram’s own maiden video at the company’s official page. (The next step: Making these videos embeddable on WordPress! Pretty please, guys?)
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The good news: Dan Harmon is probably coming back to Community! The bad news, possibly: Dan Harmon is probably coming back to Community. Will this move revive NBC’s crazy college-based show — or could it spell certain doom? Here’s how two EW writers see things.
DARREN FRANICH: I really enjoyed the first three seasons of Community. The show wasn’t perfect by any means, but what I liked about it was the total go-for-broke spirit, the sense that every episode took a concept that could’ve been gimmicky — Law & Order spoof! Spaghetti western! Alternate-universe chaos theory! — and then rapaciously attacked it from every angle
I credit that spirit entirely to Dan Harmon, who is by all accounts an insane person who pours everything of himself into his work and desperately wants to make great television. When Harmon was fired from his post as showrunner, he immediately became a sanctified Great Man Of Television, because everyone loves a martyr.
But martyrs are boring. I was worried that Harmon would spend his post-Community career playing the martyr — which, much as I love him, is basically what Conan O’Brien did post-Tonight Show. Without Harmon, Community was pretty boring too: Even when it was funny, it never felt insane the way that old Community could.
Sex and the City, the show you claim you’re totally over because it’s so annoying and materialistic but you find yourself re-watching on E! more than you’d ever admit, is 15 years old today. That’s right: It’s been 15 years since Carrie originally confidently stumbled around Manhattan and met Mr. Big, setting up women for a decade of unrealistic expectations about everything from New York real estate to how charming the average person will find a plethora of puns.
But dashing guys and great friendships are only part of the show’s enduring pop culture legacy. We couldn’t, ahem, help but wonder: What else did Sex and the City introduce to mainstream culture over the past 15 years? Read on to find out the original reason you can’t get away from Manolo Blahnik, Cosmos, or even the phrase “He’s just not that into you.”
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Remember a few weeks ago when Diddy announced he was joining the cast of Downton Abbey and everyone said, ‘No way!’ and then it kind of happened, albeit via a Funny or Die video? Well, now the Rolling Stones are rumored to be possibly dropping by Downton next season. U.K. paper The Mirror reports Hugh Bonneville is friends with Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood and is trying to get the group to film an appearance. “Obviously they wouldn’t play themselves, but they could be a rag-tag bunch of traveling entertainers or even a circus act. It would be such a coup, and fun for the Stones. They really are huge fans of the show,” an anonymous source told the paper.
BOOM! There are so many things to unpack here. Cousin Robert parties with Ronnie? The Stones really watch Downton? Did Mick Jagger cry over Matthew’s death? A rep for the show didn’t immediately respond to EW’s request for confirmation that the Rolling Stones may actually, in real life, be filming a guest spot on Downton. [UPDATE: A rep for the show tells EW it's not true.] But, for fun, let’s assume this is totally happening. Below, what we’re hoping to see if Mick Jagger and Co. swing by the estate next season. READ FULL STORY
After last night, The Voice is officially on it’s way to the Top 6 and quickly falling into the all-too-familiar pattern of last season. With the shocking elimination of Team Adam’s Sarah Simmons and Judith Hill — both of whom my colleague Adam Carlson and I had pegged for the final four — America has once again sided with Team Blake. Deja vu, anyone? READ FULL STORY
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