From Dexter To Jack!!
Carrie Mathison of “Homeland” had better watch out — the fictional arm of the CIA has a new maverick agent on the scene, and she doesn’t do “cry faces.”
“Oh, no!” laughs Yvonne Strahovski. The “24: Live Another Day” actress has never heard of Claire Danes’ famous emotive sobbing. Nor has she ever seen Showtime’s “Homeland,” the series to which her own adrenaline-pumping, terrorist-chasing franchise is often compared.
Strahovski, 31, says she plays her super-agent character, Kate Morgan, with a purposeful coldness and detachment. Morgan has been unwittingly married to a traitor, which she and the audience discover as the show opens. Strahovski delivers a star-making performance on the highly anticipated “24” reboot, which premieres May 5 on Fox and picks up four years after the original series ended its nine-year run in 2010 — with Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) living as a fugitive in London.
“You meet Kate at a point in her life when she’s feeling dejected and doesn’t have a lot to hold onto,” Strahovski says. “When Jack Bauer comes into the picture, and she has an opportunity to make things right and maybe prove herself, she jumps at it, and then turns into someone who’s hunting him in a way. It’s dark.”
Beyond that, Strahovski can’t reveal much more about the closely guarded plot.
The stunning Australian is in New York for a short break from shooting the show on location in London. She’s wearing fitted jeans, a scoop-neck top and strings of dainty Jennifer Meyer necklaces, but when the sun goes down, she slips on a Quiksilver hoodie — a nod to her newfound passion for surfing.
“I really enjoy playing dress-up, doing photo shoots, and I wish I could wear stuff like that by choice, but I will never be that person,” says Strahovski, who claims she’d never heard of Dolce & Gabbana until her first spin on the red carpet several years ago. “I’m such a boots-jeans-tops-blazer girl. If I can’t do high kicks or dance in it, then I won’t wear it.”
Strahovski moved to LA from Sydney — where she was a stage-trained actress and owned a theater company — “just for the hell of it” in 2006, and never used the return ticket home.
“I’ve just discovered Malibu. I had been in Laurel Canyon but sold my house and decided to downsize, pull back a little bit,” she says.
Her parents — Polish immigrants who moved to Australia in the 1980s “with their suitcases and 20 dollars” — followed their only child to California for support. They hated LA and moved back after only two years, but they didn’t need to worry: Small parts immediately poured in for the statuesque blond beauty, followed quickly by meatier recurring roles on Showtime’s “Dexter” (as sultry killer Hannah McKay) and NBC’s “Chuck” (as Sarah Walker, also a CIA agent).
In 2012, Strahovski spent four months in New York in what critics called her “striking Broadway debut” as Lorna in Clifford Odets’ “Golden Boy.” The role, in which she played opposite “Monk” star Tony Shalhoub, earned Strahovski a Theatre World Award.
“Yvonne possesses a rare combination of inner grace, dark mystery and unbridled devilish fun that seems to radiate straight through her arresting beauty,” Shalhoub says. “She is a courageous, deeply sensitive actress.”
To clear her head from her whirlwind career, Strahovski relishes the peace of outdoorsy athleticism, like hiking or rock climbing. (And a little bit of reality TV — she admits she’s a fan of Bravo’s “Vanderpump Rules.”) Surfing has proved to be a particularly unlikely source of calm — Strahovski is terrified of deep water.
“I’m scared of not knowing what’s underneath me, but I was tempted to stand on a surfboard,” she says. “The minute I did it, something happened and I was hooked. I’ve never been good at meditation, but surfing is the closest I’ve ever come to that inner something.”
It’s an added bonus that her boyfriend surfs, which is about all Strahovski is willing to say about him other than that he’s not “Hollywood.” “I like to stay separated from the acting world,” she says of her personal life.
Strahovski will say she’s become buddies with her “24” co-star Gbenga Akinnagbe, who plays CIA field operative Erik Ritter, another new character. “He’s a great guy, like a kid on set,” she says.
As for the star of “24,” Sutherland, she says he “knows the show inside and out. He lives and breathes his character. Between him and Jon Cassar, the in-house director and producer, they really know it very well.”
Cassar says of Strahovski: “Yvonne has been a great addition to the new ‘24.’ Not only is she very comfortable with the physical demands of her character but she moves through those scenes with a gravitas that makes you believe she’s been a CIA agent all her life. And if that isn’t enough, she does it all with a great attitude under very difficult shooting circumstances.”
Strahovski acknowledges shooting is “taxing on your body,” but she carves out time to take care of herself.
“I try and be as natural as I can. Less is more,” she says. “I had an addiction to sugar growing up — major, major, major. I calculated once that I ate about 400 liters of Nutella in a 10-year period. And I had to stop,” she says. “I had terrible skin because of it and I refused to believe sugar was my issue, because so many other people don’t have that problem.”
Banning sugar is as strident as Strahovski gets with her health and diet. For fitness, she relies not on the gym — “I hate putting aside time to work out” — but on what she calls “manual living.” This means using a whisk instead of an electric mixer, biking to the grocery store or taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
“Often in the shower if I’m shaving my legs, instead of resting my foot on something, I’ll stand on one leg and balance,” she says, calling it “accidental yoga.”
Even as she steps further into the spotlight, Strahovski maintains she will stay true to her natural beauty. With a smile, she says, “Crow’s feet are nice.”
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Odd, no mention of her wonderful work in Dexter….
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A total of 24 new episodes will air on Crackle, in addition to the previously announced upcoming fourth and fifth seasons.
Crackle and sponsor Acura said on Wednesday that four more seasons of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee will air on Sony’s Crackle and ComediansInCarsGettingCoffee.com. Seasons six through nine will begin following the previously announced fourth and fifth seasons of the show, which are set to launch early this summer and fall, respectively.
The digital series, created by and starring Seinfeld, has previously featured his conversations with such comedy heavyweights as Jason Alexander, Alec Baldwin, Todd Barry, Mel Brooks, Louis CK, Larry David, Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, Wayne Knight, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Seth Meyers, Patton Oswalt, Carl Reiner, Michael Richards, Chris Rock, Sarah Silverman and Howard Stern.
The show, which debuted in July 2012, has earned more than 40 million streams overall as well as an Emmy nom in the category of outstanding special class — short-format nonfiction programs.
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The years since “High School Musical” have been hard on the former child star, replete with hits (“Hairspray”), misses (“Charlie St. Cloud”) and substance abuse. Now, with “Neighbors,” he’s working on his life as an adult: “I needed to learn everything I did.”
“No matter who you are, you face challenges growing up,” he says. “You go with your things, you learn, you have to. It’s impossible to lead an honest and fulfilling life as a man and not make mistakes and ‘fess up to them when you need to. But it’s especially humiliating when they happen to be so public and so scrutinized.”
He pauses. “When you have success young, and you accept the good things, you have to accept all of it. You have to accept the moments of glory but also a great responsibility. And that responsibility, to some degree, involves being a role model. At the same time, I’m a human being, and I’ve made a lot of mistakes. I’ve learned from each one.”
It’s April 11, mere weeks since the 26-year-old star of the High School Musical franchise and such movies as Hairspray and 17 Again got into a tussle with a homeless man in downtown Los Angeles in the early hours of the morning. Add that to his well-publicized stint in rehab, and any reporter might be forgiven for expecting the worst. But as we sit for lunch at West Hollywood’s Soho House, I’m surprised to find him thoughtful, gracious and candid about the growing pains he has endured while navigating the shoals from teen celebrity to adult stardom.
“I was drinking a lot, way too much,” he says, acknowledging there were drugs, too. “It’s never one specific thing. I mean, you’re in your 20s, single, going through life in Hollywood, you know? Everything is thrown at you. I wouldn’t take anything back; I needed to learn everything I did. But it was an interesting journey, to say the least.”
That journey is one well traveled by other young stars, with varying degrees of success — from Judy Garland to Corey Haim to Lindsay Lohan to Robert Downey Jr. Like them, Efron has had his travails well documented: First, he entered rehab for an addiction to alcohol and drugs last spring; then he suffered the indignity of having his jaw wired shut following a fall in his Los Feliz home, when he skidded by an indoor fountain; and finally came the March incident when his car clunked to a halt in a dubious part of town, after which Efron grappled with a homeless man. Precisely what happened has given rise to endless tabloid speculation, and Efron is coy about the details.
“I had a friend come pick me up late at night — we were looking for a place downtown to get a bite and catch up,” he says, without identifying the friend. “We were having trouble finding somewhere — a lot of places were closed — and the car ran out of gas off the 110. It was ridiculous. We had to pull over, and I called Uber.”
While waiting, “A homeless guy, or vagrant, tapped on the driver’s-side window. Before I knew it, he [the friend] was out of the car, and they started fighting. I saw that [the homeless man] was carrying some sort of a knife, or shank, and I got out of the car to disarm him. At some point, he dropped the knife, and I got hit pretty hard in the face — and almost instantly the police were there to break up the fight.” After that, the two friends went home. Efron calls it “the most terrifying moment in my life.”
The timing of the occurrence hardly was ideal, just weeks before the May 9 release of Efron’s new comedy, Neighbors, in which he stars with Seth Rogen. The $18 million film is getting terrific buzz for the younger actor, who plays a frat boy spinning frighteningly out of control.
“His character tests through the roof, and the most common comment we hear is how much the audience loves seeing him in this new kind of role,” says Peter Cramer, co-president of production at Universal Pictures.
Insiders say Efron took a major pay cut to make the film in exchange for a heftier share of the back end (sources say he can get around $5 million a picture, but he often has cut his salary to do work that challenges him). Since then, he has received a surge of offers based on strong word of mouth about his performance but has opted not to shoot anything.
He is trying to shed an unwanted skin, cleanse himself mentally and physically, purge a past that has come to haunt him. A self-described insomniac, he acknowledges wrestling with anxiety (“100 percent”) and being plagued by “thoughts, just thoughts, just overthinking things.”
Currently single, he speaks of “the struggles of dating, of falling in love, of searching for love and being there for your friends when they need you. There’s no question that to receive anything great, like love or respect, or to better yourself, you have to give a piece of yourself away.”
As he tries to change, he is living an ultrafit life, using weights and a rowing machine, and swimming 20 laps a day. He has the type of regimen that makes older men weep — working out daily, eating healthily and even drinking pH-balanced water from a specially installed alkaline faucet.
He gets ready for bed around 9 p.m., when he’ll watch a movie and read a script, turning in before some of his peers even rise because “I like to get up early and swim and train.”
He has joined Alcoholics Anonymous and also has been seeing a therapist. “I just started going,” he says. “And I think it’s changed my life. I’m much more comfortable in my own skin. Things are so much easier now.”
Still, he admits of his battle with addiction, “It’s a never-ending struggle.”
“On the grand scale of things, he’s doing a pretty good job,” says Rogen. “He was a child actor, and you don’t need to have a sociology degree to see the pitfalls, especially as they transition to becoming an adult actor. But people are rooting for him. You can see his performance was incredibly good in the movie.”
Efron and Rogen met six or seven years ago at the Sunset Tower, where both were attending an awards party, when Efron was riding the High School Musical bandwagon. “He passed me, and I just stopped and was compelled to say something,” recalls Efron. “I blurted out: ‘Hey, Seth, my name’s Zac. I’m an actor, and I just wanted to tell you that I really love your work. And thank you for everything you’ve done.’ “
Rogen looked up in shock. “And he goes, ‘Are you serious?’ ” continues Efron. “And I was like, ‘Yes, I’m 100 percent serious.’ And he goes, ‘Aw, man, I just wanted to hate you.’ And I’m like, ‘Seth, I get it. I don’t even like myself at this point.’ “
Several years later, when Rogen was working with writers Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien on Neighbors, he remembered that friends like Jonah Hill had spoken well of Efron, and approached him to play the leader of an Animal House-like fraternity that moves in next door to Rogen and his onscreen wife (Rose Byrne).
“We met with him and pitched the idea — there was no script yet,” says Rogen. “We got him attached, then we went to studios.” Efron said yes then and there and was instrumental in the screenplay’s development, arguing that his character should be more human, less a villain just spouting venom. “One thing he was vocal about, which was very smart, was making a movie that wasn’t just critical of fraternity life,” notes Rogen. “Most of us are nerdy comedy-writer guys, and he’s not, so it was very helpful to have the voice of the other group. It was a defining moment for the movie.”
Universal agreed to finance the film, and early last summer a 41-day shoot took place in and around the West Adams district of Los Angeles.
Filming came shortly after Efron’s stint in rehab, presenting its own set of challenges. “The best part of the shoot by far was hanging out with Seth and the guys,” he says. “The hardest part? Every single day was more or less a party. You went into this kind of dream state: You show up, it’s dark, and there’s a raging party. Drive home, and the sun’s up, go to sleep and then get back to set. Glow lights, girls in bikinis, electronic dance music blasting in between takes, people jumping around. It was pretty cool, but it was a lot. It was a lot. It sort of became real.”
It didn’t help that Efron broke his hand during a fight sequence with Dave Franco, who plays his best friend. “It was amazing and really scary,” says Rogen. “I couldn’t believe it. In the scene, he punches Dave and maybe hits the ground. He kept going for a while, and slowly his hand was getting very swollen. He had to have surgery. We were budgeting what it would cost and writing it into the [script]. But he was back a day or two later. We didn’t change our shooting schedule at all.”
Adds Rogen: “A lot of actors are looking at any opportunity to not do their very easy job. The fact that he instantly was willing to get surgery and go back to work was huge. It showed a very good character and a good work ethic, and I immensely appreciate that he was willing to do that because he could have derailed the movie.”
Efron had all but given up hope of a career as an actor and was set to study film at USC when the then-17-year-old was invited to a cattle call for a new Disney TV movie.
“My mom dropped me off out of a minivan somewhere in North Hollywood,” he remembers. “I had no idea what to expect. There were about 40 guys. And we walked in, and [director] Kenny Ortega was there with a piano, and they put everybody in a room together, and we ran through different phases of what we would need to do — first dancing, then singing — and a few of us got tapped on the shoulder [to leave], and I didn’t. And next came the scene-reading sections, and I got paired with Vanessa Hudgens.”
That combination proved golden, and High School Musical became an international phenomenon, making Efron and Hudgens celebrities, not to mention boyfriend and girlfriend. (The two no longer are in close touch, but, says Efron, “She was a really interesting, sweet person.”) HSM led to two sequels, the third of which was released theatrically in 2008 and made $252.9 million worldwide.
“I’m grateful for every bit of that early success,” he adds. “It was hands down the most honest, carefree, passionate experience of my life. There were no expectations. [But later] I definitely felt that pressure. I’m not comfortable with it at all times. The people that I saw and the people that I started to meet, the majority were young. These were kids, and I looked into their eyes and I saw myself as a fan, and it was shocking to be on the other end of that. You just want to please every single one.”
The son of an electrical engineer father and a mother who is a former secretary, Efron grew up in Arroyo Grande, Calif., near San Luis Obispo, and stumbled into acting only when his parents insisted he do some extracurricular activity.
Efron’s mother, Starla, was the more nurturing figure, while his father, David, a graduate of the California Maritime Academy, pushed him to succeed. “My dad’s a rock,” says Efron. “He’s in every sense a man’s man. He raised us [Efron and younger brother Dylan] with a firm hand and instilled in us, ‘If you’re going to do something, do it right.’ With him behind me, I could excel at anything. He was very driven, very motivated. He always had us doing something. You could say he was strict. But to this day, there’s nobody that I go to more for advice. My dad, he’s probably the best guy I know.”
Efron’s father encouraged his son to perform when he overheard him singing and realized he had memorized every word of Michael Jackson‘s songs. “We had the Greatest Hits album playing in my mom’s car constantly,” says Efron. “One day, I started singing all the songs consecutively, word for word. My dad was like, ‘How do you know all the words?’ He said, ‘If you’re not going to play sports, you have to do something.’ “
Soon, Efron signed up for classes at nearby Allan Hancock College, home of the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, where he took small roles in stage productions of Gypsy and Peter Pan. Initially, he says, “I was terrified. But within a week of [the first] rehearsal, I was immersed in this world of college-age theater kids. They were so different. They were carefree. They were incredible dancers and movers. They took me under their wing and treated me like one of their own, and onstage I remember watching them and saying, ‘God, this is magical.’ “
After winning two improv competitions with his friends, Efron landed his first professional roles, appearing on such TV shows as ER, CSI: Miami and Joss Whedon‘s Firefly. Then came 2006’s HSM.
Following the two sequels, Efron unexpectedly pulled out of a Footloose remake that would have reteamed him with Ortega. “I was aching to do it,” he says. “It just sounded like so much fun. But I knew if I did that, it would ultimately be limiting. And at that point, I was really searching for something else. It was never about money for me, [but] the hardest part was saying no to Kenny because I adore him so much.”
“He called me and said: ‘I need to see you. Can I come to your office?’ ” recalls the movie’s producer, Craig Zadan. “What he had done was extremely smart. He’d picked actors he admired and went to them and said, ‘If you were me, what would you do?’ He spoke to Tom Cruise, a lot of people. And he said, ‘I’m not going to do another musical for a long time.’ It was smart, but it was also sad.”
Efron’s team — CAA agents Joel Lubin and Mick Sullivan and Alchemy Entertainment manager Jason Barrett — then lined up roles in everything from Richard Linklater‘s period piece Me and Orson Welles (2008) to the romantic comedy 17 Again (2009) to Lee Daniels’ Cannes entry The Paperboy (2012). Throughout, Efron felt an urge to keep working, a need to perfect himself, a dissatisfaction that still drives him.
“I’m constantly searching for characters that are about betterment of self and betterment of others,” he says. “And I’m searching for those parts because those are the ones that make me happy. They’re the ones that fulfill me personally.”
Taking on three diverse films in a row was too much, he admits: “I had done films back-to-back-to-back. I was burnt out.” It was this workload, rather than any individual precipitating event, that pushed him over the edge, he says, though he grants there were deeper causes, too. “There was something lacking, some sort of hole that I couldn’t really fill up.”
Work, he says, “started to become the reason to go anywhere, the reason to talk to anybody. The phone calls I received were regarding [work], the ones I wanted to make were regarding scripts or to producers. Slowly but surely, I was no longer living in my house. It was just hotel to hotel. So my hobbies went out the window.”
He stopped seeing friends, grew distant from his family and hopped from location to location, living out of a suitcase, turning to alcohol and drugs to make the rush of it all tolerable. “I was just so deep into my work, it was really the only thing I had,” he says. “I clung to it in a way that became a little bit destructive.”
Efron took a major step away from that lifestyle last year when he moved out of his classic Case Study home in Laurel Canyon and into a contemporary residence in Los Feliz, where he lives with his 22-year-old brother.
“That house was sort of in the middle of everything,” he says of the Laurel Canyon home. “It spit you out on one end on Sunset and on the other end onto Ventura Boulevard. It was a great idea initially — concrete floors, metal windows — a great bachelor pad, in my opinion. But it was surrounded by windows, and at night people started coming up and tapping on the glass while I was asleep. It started to get a little bit strange.”
Now, says Efron, “I try to stay as low-key as possible.” He spends as much time as he can at home, where he consumes books and screenplays, among them Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha, the sixth-century-B.C. Chinese Tao Te Ching and Christopher McDougall’s Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen.
He also collects vinyl records and listens avidly to music, everything from Kings of Leon and Black Keys to Ray Charles. “I’m on Spotify 24/7,” he says. “Kendrick Lamar and his album good kid, m.A.A.d city is one of the coolest things I’ve ever heard.”
He loves to travel and recently returned from a trip with his father to Peru’s 15th-century Inca site Machu Picchu, a vacation he calls part of a “reset” of his family relations: “I’ve turned a corner with them in a big way, and we’re coming back into each other’s lives.” He refuses to blame them for his issues. “I had a great dad; my parents were fantastic.”
He also is trying to restore links with old friends, including ones who go back to his time at Allan Hancock College. “I hadn’t seen any of my very close friends in months,” he says. “I didn’t realize how incredibly isolated I had become. I had a fantastic excuse to put myself at ease, which was: ‘It’s for the work. It’s for the art. You should be lonely when you’re working like this. That’s what artists do.’ “
As he moves deeper into his 20s, his goals are becoming more defined. He is keen to take charge of his career and has started producing through his Ninjas Runnin’ Wild Productions, where he is partnered with Michael Simkin. His first movie as producer, That Awkward Moment (about three guys who vow to remain single, only to have their plans derailed) was released in January, and while it didn’t light up the box office with its $26 million gross, it cost only a reported $8 million. He recently bought the rights to John Grisham’s The Associate (which centers on a Yale Law School graduate forced to go undercover in a law firm with defense-industry connections) after Paramount let it lapse and is developing it with producers Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher.
His production slate also includes a Bourne-like espionage thriller, Fire, which he is producing with Neal Moritz; and the lower-budget psychological thriller Black Math, to be sold at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival, with Efron and Barrett paying for its development out of their pockets.
“Professionally speaking, I’m incredibly impressed with his work and his ethic,” says Rogen. “I know he’s been going through things, but he’s been adamant about getting himself in shape, and as we’ve been promoting the movie, it’s been an amazing show of energy and willpower, and I’m psyched to see how happy he is.”
Adds Zadan: “He is the most delightful person to work with. Always in great spirits, always excited about the work. Hollywood is very forgiving of actors when they go through the stress of being stars and being followed around by paparazzi — to a point. If you become one of those people where every single day is another misuse of alcohol or drugs or car crashes, that’s different. But Zac has never been that. He’s very well grounded.”
Sitting with him, as we wrap up 2½ hours of conversation, it’s hard not to empathize with Efron’s struggles, and he is lucid about their impact. “Without those moments where you feel like your lowest, it’s impossible to appreciate the high ones,” he says. “But I sit here in front of you today much happier and healthier than I’ve probably ever been.”
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Brett Rossi’s dreams of being Mrs. Charlie Sheen just got one step closer to coming true: RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned that her divorce form her first husband, John Ross, was finalized on April 18.
As Radar has reported, Rossi had been in the midst of divorce proceedings from Ross since he filed for divorce from her on July 18, 2013. Rossi didn’t file a response to the divorce documents until January 30, 2014 – after meeting Sheen – and was represented by Sheen’s family law attorney, Mark Gross. The couple had been married for about a year and do not have any children together.
According to court records reviewed by RadarOnline.com, on April 23, an entry of judgment was entered, with the termination of the marriage stated as April 18.
But that doesn’t mean Sheen and Rossi will be rushing off to Vegas. (Then again, stranger things have happened!)
Sources tell Radar that Sheen is currently planning to take his fourth trip down the aisle on November 22, a long seven months away.
“The wedding date has been set for November 22, 2014,” an insider previously revealed. “It’s going to be extremely elaborate, and Charlie has told Brett to plan the wedding of her dreams, with no cap on the budget.”
Expect Rossi “to wear a custom couture wedding gown, nothing off the rack for her!” the source said. “This will be very different from Brett’s first wedding.” Indeed, the porn star has been married before, and that relationship is putting a damper on plans to start a new life with Sheen.
The couple will be getting a pre-nup before the wedding takes place, since Sheen’s fortune is estimated to be around $125 million, largely because of royalties he receives from Two and a Half Men.
Sources told Radar, “Charlie will be a little more generous with Brett in regards to the pre-nup, than he was with [his ex-wife] Brooke [Mueller].”
Mueller was given a $500,000 marriage signing bonus, $300,000 for each year they were married, a one-time cash payout of $2.35 million for her share in Sheen’s Beverly Hills mansion, and $100,000 in relocation fees, as Radar reported. She waived her right to spousal support, but had been receiving $55,000 in child support until Brooke lost custody of the twins last year.
In total, the former reality starlet walked away from her marriage to Charlie, after less than three years, with $3.5 million.
Sheen and Rossi “both had the idea to invite Brooke to their wedding,” an insider revealed. “They all get along and are one big happy family. It might be unconventional for most people, but not for Charlie’s wacky world!”
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David Letterman took a moment during his Tuesday night show to address Craig Fergusons’s announcement Mondaythat he would be stepping down as host of CBS’ The Late Late Show in December when his contract expires.
Letterman said:”Did you hear this last night? Craig Ferguson announced that he will be leaving his show, The Late Late Show, which comes on right after this show, at the end of the year, which is too bad. He’s been on that program, the star of the show, since 2005 and he’s going on to do other things, I guess a new show that is in the works for him. But his show was unlike any other late night show, and I’m telling you, to be unique in the world of television — virtually impossible. So congratulations to Craig on a great run and we all wish him well.”
Letterman was likely referring to Ferguson’s new gig as host of the syndicated game show Celebrity Name Game this fall.
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British actor Bob Hoskins, whose varied career ranged from Mona Lisa to Who Framed Roger Rabbit? has died aged 71.
A family statement released Wednesday by agent Clair Dobbs said Hoskins died in a hospital after a bout of pneumonia.
His wife Linda and children Alex, Sarah, Rosa and Jack, said: “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Bob.”
A versatile character actor capable of menace, poignancy and Cockney charm, Hoskins appeared in some of the most acclaimed British films of the past few decades, including gangster classic The Long Good Friday.
In 2012 Hoskins announced that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and was retiring from acting.
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Kaley Cuoco and husband Ryan Sweeting really are closer than ever.
The 28-year-old shared a topless photo on her Instagram over the weekend, in which her husband’s tattooed arm serves as a makeshift bikini top. Sweeting’s arm shielded Cuoco’s breasts in the picture, which she captioned: “Tattoo swimsuit made by @ryansweething.”
Cuoco’s been open about her assets before, telling Cosmopolitan that she got breast implants at age 18 — and that it was “the best decision I ever made.”
The Big Bang Theory actress’ only other attire for the topless selfie was a pair of black sunglasses, which she donned along with her new, chic haircut.
The blonde recently chopped off her locks, sharing the entire makeover process with fans on her Instagram.
“Cut,color, joy, joy,joy !!! Thank u @clsymonds and Vanessa @andylecomptesalon,” the star shared after the transformation, clearly satisfied.
Sweeting and Cuoco tied the knot this past New Year’s Eve, after just six months of dating.
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Patrick Stewart stars in the comedy that’s being exec produced by MacFarlane and “Bored to Death’s” Jonathan Ames.
Starz is getting serious about comedy.
The premium cable network has greenlighted two seasons of original live-action scripted comedy Blunt Talk, from producers Seth MacFarlane and Bored to Death‘s Jonathan Ames.
The 20-episode pickup will be divided between two seasons of 10 each and air in 2015. X-Men‘s Patrick Stewart will star in and also produce the series. Ames, who conceived the idea, will executive produce, write and serve as showrunner on the series, which hails from Media Rights Capital.
Blunt Talk is a character-driven comedy revolving around Walter Blunt (Stewart), a British transplant intent on conquering the world of American cable news. Through the platform of his nightly interview show, Blunt is on a mission to impart his wisdom and guidance on how Americans should live, think and behave. Besieged by network bosses, a dysfunctional news staff, numerous ex-wives and children of all ages, Blunt’s only supporter is the alcoholic manservant he brought with him from the U.K. to join him in Los Angeles. The series follows the fallout from Blunt’s well-intentioned, but mostly misguided decision-making, both on and off the air.
“In the character of Walter Blunt, Seth, Jonathan and Patrick have found the alchemy that makes a borderline alcoholic, mad-genius-Brit the man you want fighting in America’s corner. Seth and Jonathan have struck the right balance between biting wit and outright absurdity in building this world, and we cannot wait for Patrick to breathe life into Walter,” Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said in a statement announcing the news Tuesday.
MacFarlane will produce via his Fuzzy Door Productions, with Starz retaining all domestic and multiplatform rights including TV, home entertainment and digital.
Blunt Talk reunites MacFarlane with the studio behind the prolific writer-producer’s big-screen directorial debut Ted. The film ranks as the highest-grossing original comedy of all time worldwide. MRC and MacFarlane previously teamed for his 2008 original YouTube series Seth MacFarlane’s Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy. They next team for MacFarlane’s acting debut, A Million Ways to Die in the West, and the Ted sequel.
The pickup will give MacFarlane at least four shows on the air in 2015: TBS’ American Dad, Fox’s Family Guy and freshman Bordertown, with Blunt Talk the only live-action comedy among them. (The future of Fox’s MacFarlane-produced Cosmos and Fox live-action comedy Dads also remain to be seen.)
For MRC, Blunt Talk marks the studio’s latest TV entry, joining Netflix’s award-winning House of Cards.
The comedy expands Stewart’s relationship with MacFarlane. The Star Trek: The Next Generation alum has voiced Avery Bullock on Fox’s American Dad for more than 60 episodes, in addition to voicing multiple roles on Family Guy and appearing in Cosmos and narrating Ted.
For Starz, the pickup marks a large investment — the cabler typically renews series for second seasons ahead of their debuts. The show also comes as the network is prepping to launch its first original scripted comedy with LeBron James basketball comedy Survivor’s Remorse, which is due in the fall.
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After more than a year of speculation, the cast for “Star Wars: Episode VII” has finally come into focus. Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher will reprise their original franchise roles in director J.J. Abrams’ sequel, where they’ll be joined by actors Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. Many of those actors had been previously linked to “Episode VII” in some capacity through various trade reports.
“We are so excited to finally share the cast of ‘Star Wars: Episode VII.’ It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again,” Abrams said in a statement. “We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.”
Ford, Hamill and Fisher will, respectively, play iconic “Star Wars” fixtures Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia in the new film. (According to Deadline.com’s Mike Fleming, Ford, who turns 72 this year, will have a “gigantic role” in “Episode VII.”)
Driver, who stars on the HBO series “Girls,” will likely play a villain in the new film. His involvement was first reported back in February by Variety. The venerable Hollywood trade magazine was also the first publication to put Boyega’s name into the “Star Wars” rumor mill. The 22-year-old British actor is best known for his part in “Attack the Block,” and it’s expected he’ll play one of the lead roles in “Episode VII.”
Isaac’s connection to “Star Wars” was more recent. The 2013 breakout star, who was on the short list of Best Actor candidates for his role in “Inside Llewyn Davis” during much of the last awards cycle, was first mentioned as a possibility for the film by Deadline.com on Monday night. It’s unclear what role he’ll play, but it’s expected to be a significant one.
Newcomer Ridley may have landed the role that was rumored for both Maisie Richardson-Sellers and Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o.
Gleeson, Serkis and von Sydow were not previously referenced as possibilities until the reveal on Tuesday.
Written by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (the pair took over for original writer Michael Arndt) and directed by Abrams, “Star Wars: Episode VII” is due out in theaters on Dec. 18, 2015.
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In celebration of the film’s 50th anniversary, cities across the U.S. will screen movie on Fourth of July weekend
The Beatles‘ silver-screen debut A Hard Day’s Night will return to theaters this summer to mark the 50th anniversary of its premiere at London’s Pavilion Theatre. Janus Films has digitally restored the movie’s picture and hired Giles Martin – son of Beatles producer George – to remix and remaster its soundtrack for 5.1 sound systems at Abbey Road, Los Angeles Times reports.
Director Richard Lester helmed the comedy musical, which Alun Owen wrote, at the height of Beatlemania with a production budget of a little over half a million dollars. It went on to make over $12 million, according to The Numbers. The plot follows the Fab Four as they travel from Liverpool to London for a TV appearance, and tackle the hurdles of hysterical fans, the disappearance of Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney‘s trouble-prone grandfather, among others.
The soundtrack, which ranked Number Four on Rolling Stone’s list of the 25 Greatest Soundtracks of All Time, contained the hits “I Should Have Known Better,” “Can’t Buy Me Love” and, naturally, “A Hard Day’s Night.” The U.K. version of the album was the first to feature songs exclusively written by John Lennon and McCartney.
The restored version of the film premiered earlier in April at the TCM Classic Movie Film Festival in Hollywood. The anniversary engagement will take place in more than 50 cities nationwide over the Fourth of July weekend.
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