Busy Philipps Joins HBO Comedy Series ‘Vice Principals’

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busyWith Cougar Town wrapping its six-season run, the comedy’s co-star Busy Phillips has joined Vice Principals, HBO’s 18-episode comedy series from Eastbound & Down creators Danny McBride and Jody Hill. Vice Principals tells the story of a high school and the people who almost run it: the vice principals, Neal Gamby (McBride) and Lee Russell. Philipps will play Gale Liptrapp, ex-wife of Neal Gamby and loving mother to his child who has remarried and has no tolerance for Gamby’s antics.

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Hudson Changes Mind About All-Female ‘Ghostbusters’

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ernie-hudsonOriginal ghostbuster Ernie Hudson has had a change of heart about an all-female Ghostbusters cast, calling the new line-up “phenomenal” after previously saying a female cast “would be a bad idea.”

Hudson tells The Hollywood Reporter, “Four fiercely funny, foxy, females busting ghosts … phenomenal!”

The new statement is drastically different from the opinions he has previously expressed about an all-female cast. On Tuesday, Hudson responded to the new cast announcement on Twitter, writing, “No comment.”

Back in October, Hudson told the Telegram, “I heard [the new Ghostbusters] was going to be a total reboot, and that it would have nothing to do with the other two movies … If it has nothing to do with the other two movies, and it’s all female, then why are you calling it Ghostbusters?”

Hudson added, “I love females. I hope that if they go that way at least they’ll be funny, and if they’re not funny at least hopefully it’ll be sexy. I love the idea of including women, I think that’s great. But all-female I think would be a bad idea. I don’t think the fans want to see that.

“Maybe it will come out and be the most amazing thing, but in my opinion I think it would be wrong to do another movie that didn’t include the guys. And that didn’t include me!”

THR asked Hudson’s publicist for clarity on the change in position, but received no response.

Hudson is joined by his Ghostbusters co-star Dan Aykroyd in his support for the cast. Aykroyd called the new leading ladies — Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon — “magnificent.”

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I Would Consider A Marriage To Charlize My First!

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sean-penn-articleThird time’s a charm? In this case, third time would be a “first.”

Sean Penn said if he were to marry his girlfriend of one year, Charlize Theron, he would consider it his first union despite having been married to Madonna and Robin Wright.

“You say I’ve been married twice before, but I’ve been married under circumstances where I was less informed than I am today,” Penn said in Esquire UK’s March edition. “So I wouldn’t even consider it a third marriage, I’d consider it a first marriage on its own terms if I got married again. I mean, I like the tradition. A friend of mine wrote a line, ‘Without tradition, new things die.’ And I don’t want new things to die.”

Penn was married to Madonna from 1985 to 1989. In 1996, he married “House of Cards” actress Robin Wright, and their marriage lasted 14 years and resulted in two children. Despite not considering both relationships “marriages,” Penn said referred to both women as his “ex-wives.”

“I’m very friendly with my first ex-wife,” he said of his current relationship with Madonna. “I would say that I’m on extremely good terms with the children I share with my second ex-wife.”

With two failed marriages under his belt, the actor said he’s finally ready to be a husband at 54.

“Yeah, I’m surprised to be in love. Lot of reasons. I’m self-proclaimed bad at mathematics but I can do two plus two: [54] years old plus finally beginning to figure out why you haven’t been happy in a single relationship? It could seem too late,” he said. “But to run into somebody now who you care about is a much more passionate, deeper, truer and God!  a much happier feeling. It’s a lot more romantic and a lot more fulfilling to be in a relationship and to think you’re a good person within it.”

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Eddie Murphy Is Returning To ‘SNL’

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Eddie-MurphyThe last time Eddie Murphy made an appearance on “Saturday Night Live” was Dec. 15, 1984. Thirty-one years later, it appears Murphy will finally return to the show that helped make him a star. In an interview with Roland Martin for NewsOne Now. , Murphy said he’d appear on the forthcoming 40th anniversary special for “SNL” that NBC will air on Feb. 15.

“It just never worked out where the timing was right for me to do it,” Murphy said when asked why he hadn’t appeared on “SNL” in decades. “They’re actually having a 40th anniversary, I think, in two weeks. I’m going to that, and that’ll be the first time I’ve been back since I left.”

A representative for NBC was not immediately available for comment.

Murphy’s acrimonious history with the show dates back to a joke David Spade made about him on Weekend Update during the 1990s, when Murphy’s career had hit a low point after “Vampire in Brooklyn.” (“Look, children, a falling star.”)

“[T]hey were shitty to me on ‘Saturday Night Live’ a couple of times after I’d left the show. They said some shitty things,” Murphy said in an interview with Rolling Stone in 2011. “There was that David Spade sketch. I made a stink about it, it became part of the folklore. What really irritated me about it at the time was that it was a career shot. It was like, ‘Hey, come on, man, it’s one thing for you guys to do a joke about some movie of mine, but my career? I’m one of you guys. How many people have come off this show whose careers really are fucked up, and you guys are shitting on me?’ And you know every joke has to go through all the producers, and ultimately, you know Lorne or whoever says, [Lorne Michaels voice] ‘OK, it’s OK to make this career crack.'”

Murphy added that he felt unhappy about that for years. “I wouldn’t go to retrospectives, but I don’t let it linger,” he added. “I saw David Spade four years ago. Chris Rock was like, ‘Do you guys still hate each other?’ and I was like, ‘I don’t hate David Spade, I’m cool with him.'”

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Saul Goodman’s Time To Shine At ‘Better Call Saul’ Premiere

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sgWith shockingly little meth in sight, the cast and crew of “Better Call Saul” gathered Thursday night at L.A. Live for the AMC drama’s premiere, with “Breaking Bad” cast members including Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris, R.J. Mitte and Betsy Brandt in attendance.

No meth, of course, because this isn’t Walter White’s show it’s Saul Goodman’s. Or, more appropriately, it’s Jimmy McGill’s, as the story begins in 2002, long before Jimmy McGill, attorney at law, becomes Saul Goodman, modern-day Tom Hagen.

Bob Odenkirk,who played Goodman in “Breaking Bad” and stars as McGill in “Better Call Saul,” said that to go back in time to Saul’s origins required completely revisiting the character.

“I did kind of clean slate it and I took these scripts that Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould wrote and I sat with them,” Odenkirk said. “I acted them out and thought about this guy. They added so many layers to the character. It’s a different person.”

Gilligan, who co-created and executive produces the show with Gould, who originally created the Saul Goodman character, said the writers were forced to figure out how to create a new show and narrative around a character that fans already knew.

“The biggest challenge of all (being) that Saul Goodman as we know him on ‘Breaking Bad’ is very self-assured, very confident. And that can be a tricky thing, dramatically,” Gilligan said. “It really helped us to go six years in the past and see him before he was Saul Goodman, and see him as an underdog and see him struggling and really trying to make it.”

The Emmy-winning writer/producer said the idea to spin Saul into a new show was born out of love the love he felt writing for him and he doesn’t expect to keep spinning infinite new shows off.

“As much as Walter White is into empire building, and as ‘Better Call Saul’ progresses, (you’ll see) Jimmy McGill is into a little of that as well, (but) I’m not particularly into empire building,” Gilligan said. “I want to keep doing great shows that intrigue me and interest me, but they do not all have to be in the ‘Breaking Bad’ universe.”

Odenkirk a writer and actor with credits including “Saturday Night Live,” “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Good Job!” and FX’s “Fargo”  said his role as Saul Goodman served to obfuscate the lines of his stardom. Now, when people recognize him and say they’re fans of his, he never knows what it’s going to be for.

Longtime Odenkirk fans will be happy to hear that Saul Goodman is not the only role he’s reprising in the near future a “Mr. Show with Bob and David” reunion of some kind is in the works.

“We’re working on something like that,” said Odenkirk. “It’s the 20th anniversary of ‘Mr. Show.’ We’re going to do something.”

In the aftermath of the Sony hacks Sony Pictures Television produces the series  the show’s production has been shrouded in secrecy, with Gould saying they just want fans to have the chance to experience it as a television show rather than a plot leak. Even with the producers’ best intentions, the top-secret nature of shooting put a hamper on some cast members’ bragging abilities.

“I would leave my trailer and be shielded visually,” said Julie Ann Emery, who plays Betsy Kettleman on the show. “They didn’t even want (anyone) to know which actors were in the show. … So the whole time I was shooting I couldn’t tell my family, I couldn’t tell my friends. And I’m a huge ‘Breaking Bad’ fan, so I was dying.”

The secrets will start to be unveiled with the two-night premiere of “Better Call Saul,” beginning 10 p.m. on Feb. 8 on AMC.

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Ringo Will Release ‘Postcards From Paradise’

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RingoRingo Starr will not go quietly into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. About a month before his induction, the ex-Beatle will release his 18th solo album, Postcards From Paradise, which will contain 11 original songs.

Among them are “Island in the Sun,” the first he has written with his All-Starr Band Steve Lukather, Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Richard Page, Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette and songs featuring appearances by a number of his famous friends. “If I am recording and you’re in town and drop by, you’re going to be on the record,” Starr said in a statement. Joe Walsh, Dave Stewart, Richard Marx, Peter Frampton and Glen Ballard, among many others, will make appearances on Postcards.

Postcards From Paradise will come out on March 31st, a couple of weeks after his North and South American tour, and weeks before his Hall of Fame induction on April 18th. The former Beatle will receive the Award for Musical Excellence.

When Rolling Stone asked Starr what the honor meant to him, he said, “It means recognition.” He also said he was excited to join the company of his former bandmates. “Finally, the four of us are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame even though we were the biggest pop group in the land,” he said.

He also said that he wasn’t planning on performing at the event unless Paul McCartney took the initiative to get him on the stage. “If he puts a band together, I’ll do ‘With A Little Help From My Friends,'” he said.

Ringo Starr, Postcards From Paradise Track List:

1. “Rory and the Hurricanes”
2. “You Bring the Party Down”
3. “Bridges”
4. “Postcards From Paradise”
5. “Right Side of the Road”
6. “Not Looking Back”
7. “Bamboula”
8. “Island in the Sun”
9. “Touch and Go”
10. “Confirmation”
11. “Let Love Lead”

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Jaden Smith, Maya Rudolph Join HBO Pilot

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mayajadenAfter passing over the duo’s Michaels-produced reporter comedy, the network is moving forward with Brothers in Atlanta, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The new pilot is described as a comedy about struggling entertainers and best friends Langston (Riddle) and Moose (Salahuddin) trying to navigate relationships and life in the black mecca of Atlanta. In addition to starring  with Jaden Smith and Maya Rudolph recurring  the pair will again pen the script and exec produce alongside Michaels and his Broadway Video banner. The shingle’s Andrew Singer will also exec produce, while Field Entertainment’s Jeff Field and Doug Griffin will produce with Anna Dokoza. Tim Story (Fantastic Four) will exec produce and direct the pilot, which will shoot in Atlanta in the spring.

Rudolph will play Shirle, Moose’s demanding boss who is an R&B diva whose heyday was in the 1990s, while Smith is set as Curtis, a “New Atlanta” teenager who is Langston’s rowdy neighbor with unpredictable interests and suspicious income. Both will guest-star in the pilot and have recurring roles should the comedy move to series. For Smith, it would mark his largest TV commitment since 2006.

For their part, Riddle’s Langston is an Atlanta native and aspiring DJ whose career has stalled largely because of his lack of focus and get-rich-quick schemes; Salahuddin’s Moose is an Atlanta newbie and perennial backup singer with dreams of the spotlight who keeps putting his foot in his mouth.

The casting reunites Rudolph with the duo, who served as writers on her NBC variety special.

The pair’s previous comedy featured the duo writing, producing and starring as 30-year-old reporters trying to make it big in Atlanta. Michaels produced with Singer co-producing and Dave Flebotte on board as showrunner.

Brothers in Atlanta marks the pair’s latest venture with HBO after starting their career with web series The Message. Their credits included Late Night With Jimmy Fallon  where they wrote “Slow Jam the News With Barack Obama.” For Michaels, meanwhile, Brothers marks his latest project with the premium cabler after family comedy People in New Jersey, which did not move forward.

Riddle and Salahuddin are repped by CAA and Morris Yorn; Rudolph is with WME, 3 Arts and Hirsch Wallerstein; Smith (After Earth) is with Paradigm and Overbrook.

Brothers marks HBO’s second pilot pickup in as many days. The cabler also greenlighted musical period drama Virtuoso from Alan Ball and Elton John on Tuesday and has drama Laughs Unlimited as well as comedies starring Sarah Silverman an Sarah Jessica Parker in the pilot stage.

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‘CSI’ Star Gary Dourdan Declares Bankruptcy—Again!

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gdFormer CSI star Gary Dourdan is dead broke. The troubled actor filed for bankruptcy for the second time in three years and court documents obtained by RadarOnline.com reveal that he has only $905 to his name!

Dourdan, 48, originally filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2012, claiming he had $1.8 million in assets but owed a total of $1.73 million to various creditors. The actor failed to file the proper docs in the case and it was dismissed months later with none of his debt getting canceled.

Then in September 2014 the actor filed once again for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, stating in legal documents that he had $988,000 in assets and $1.46 million owed to creditors.

But his financial situation hit a new low this year when Dourdan filed documents on Jan. 22 in his bankruptcy case that show that for the month of December he pulled in a total of $4,500, but after he paid all his expenses he was left with a paltry $905 to his name.

The legal filings list Dourdan’s expenses as including $135 for a Yoga class, $1,500 in child support, $5 on iTunes charges, $172 to stay at a Marina Del Rey, California motel for a night, and various other charges.

His 2014 documents show that his assets didn’t even total $5,000. He claimed on the documents that he had only $20 cash on hand, $1,000 in his savings, $1,000 in household items, $1,000 in clothing, a watch worth $1,000 and an LLC that was worthless.

Dourdan’s debt list was much more extensive, with the documents noting he owes $949,000 on his Los Angeles home mortgage, over $200,000 in back taxes, $1,400 to American Express, $626 to Time Warner, $4,368 in fees due to his criminal probation, $2,000 to a California hospital, over $2,000 for a storage unit and $130 for a traffic ticket.

Dourdan, the one-time successful actor, who pulled in tens of thousands per episode while on CSI, stated that his income is $11,500 a month but his expenses total $11,302 leaving him with only $198 in spare cash to spend.

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It’s Time To Take Sarah Silverman’s Acting Career Seriously

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ssSarah Silverman is one of the most successful stand-up comedians working today, but it’s her role as a drug-addled, depressed mother in “I Smile Back” that proves she’s more than just funny jokes: she’s also an amazing actor.

The film, which debuted at Sundance this year, is a downer. It’s a raw portrayal of a troubled woman who seems to have it all: the loving husband, two adorable children, a beautiful house and the car to match. But within the first two scenes of the film, we see Silverman at a take-away counter throwing back a shot and later snorting lines of cocaine as if it’s as natural as taking a sip of water. She is deeply unhappy but we don’t know why. Silverman expertly embodies a woman so uncomfortable in her own skin that she stacks substance atop substance just to make being awake feel bearable.

And how could we have known that the famously funny comedian could confront this kind of darkness? This kind of depth? (The closest she’s come to a dramatic turn onscreen is 2011’s “Take This Waltz.”) She communicates a deeply rooted, free-floating unhappiness through the squint of her eyes, a boiling, nasty temper, sexual desperation and inappropriate behavior around her children.

Her young son begins to exhibit his own signs of anxiety at school and at home. One night she wakes him up from a nightmare and he tells her that they were walking down the street and he was trying to talk to her but she had headphones on. And then she was killed by a car. Even her son is intuitively aware of his mother’s disconnection. It’s like she is continually under water.

The daughter, who is younger, is less aware of these problems, but when Silverman says to her, “Promise me you’ll never leave me,” even the young child awkwardly diffuses the comment with a joke.

“I Smile Back” is not exactly the portrayal of someone spiraling out of control. It’s slower than a spiral — it’s more like a constant, steady descent. A descent that takes her to rehab for 30 days and it’s there that we learn she has not been taking her Lithium (although it’s never specified for what disease).

Silverman’s anxiety and anger in the film feel so real, that it’s hard to shake once the lights come back on. Her character is a woman so unwell and so in the depths of substance abuse that even with help, love and support, she cannot crawl out of the darkness that ultimately impairs her vision like glasses that have been cracked into a thousand pieces.

“I need to remember how to be a real person,” she tells her therapist in rehab. “What’s the point of loving anything if it’s going to die,” she asks her husband, played by Josh Charles. And follows the question with a statement: “Nothing is going to be okay.”

The cycle continues and in many ways, Silverman’s exquisite performance sheds a light not only on addiction, but also on the very real battles those with mental disease endure. Silverman has proved she has far more inside her than her standup performances have let on.

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One Person Dies On Set Of Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’

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msOne person has died during preproduction on the set of the Martin Scorsese-directed Silence. Two others were injured when a ceiling collapsed. The accident occurred on the backlot of CMPC Studios in Taiwan.

THR contacted CMPC Studios; their statement on the accident said:

“Our studio was rented for the use of a production team. The production team has hired contractors to build sets, and the construction has led to an accident, injuring the contractors. The production team immediately reported the accident to the emergency services, while our company also gave assistance. Our company and the production team had reached an agreement for the production team to be held responsible for the health and safety of the personnel of the studio and the set.”

Scorsese chose to shoot at CMPC Studios on the recommendation of Ang Lee. Principle photography on Silence was slated to start on Jan. 30, and it is not yet known whether the accident will affect the beginning of the shoot.

The film, which is to star Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver, is an adaptation of a Shusaku Endo novel.

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