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‘McCarthys’ inspired by creator’s modern family

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — After the sitcom “Happy Endings” was, ironically, abruptly canceled, writer Brian Gallivan looked close to home for his next gig: His own family inspired “The McCarthys,” a new CBS comedy about sports-obsessed brood with one gay son. Fiction, he says, is funnier than fact. For one, the son, Ronny, played [...]

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Kristin Scott Thomas to play UK queen onstage

  LONDON (AP) — Kristin Scott Thomas is about to don Helen Mirren’s tiara. Producers announced Friday that Scott Thomas will star as Queen Elizabeth II in a new West End production of “The Audience.” Mirren won an Olivier Award for the original 2013 production of Peter Morgan’s play, which explores the monarch’s relationships with [...]

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Melissa Fumero goes from daytime to prime time

  NEW YORK (AP) — Melissa Fumero, who plays Detective Amy Santiago on Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” can remember the first time she had to ad-lib with co-star Andy Samberg. It was during her screen test for the role. “They just kind of threw it at me as the last thing to do. I didn’t have [...]

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Rowling reveals new tidbits on Pottermore site

LONDON (AP) — Just in time for Halloween, J.K. Rowling has given fans a glimpse of what makes a wicked witch tick. The creator of boy wizard Harry Potter published a 1,700-word essay Friday revealing the real-life inspiration behind one of her most memorable villains, the supernatural bureaucrat and Hogwarts teacher Dolores Umbridge. An ice-cold [...]

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Jorge Garcia makes the most of ‘Hawaii Five-O’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Since playing the lucky-unlucky lottery winner Hurley on “Lost,” Jorge Garcia’s career has moved along nicely from “Alcatraz” to “Hawaii Five-O” and upcoming big-screen movies. It’s logical that he might indulge himself in, say, a fast car or pricey wristwatch. But to think that is to badly misjudge the man and, [...]

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Tiny Harris defends implants to change eye color

NEW YORK (AP) — Reality TV star Tameka “Tiny” Harris, the wife of rapper T.I., has the attention of skeptical eye doctors and social media haters over a procedure she underwent to permanently lighten the color of her eyes. Harris, once a member of the ’90s R&B group Xscape, told ABC News on Thursday that [...]

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Monica Potter wants to save her show ‘Parenthood’

  NEW YORK (AP) — Monica Potter is like most fans of NBC’s “Parenthood” — she’s in denial that the show is in its final season. “I actually was talking to Jason Katims, our producer, creator about this,” Potter said in a recent interview. “I’m like, ‘What about Netflix? What about Amazon? What about Hulu?’ [...]

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Neil Patrick Harris to host new NBC variety series

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC is bringing Neil Patrick Harris back to series television as host of a comedy-variety series. The new show is based on the successful British TV format “Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.” NBC didn’t announce an official title or premiere date for its adaptation, which will air for 10 episodes. The series [...]

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Senators stage their own ‘Survivor’ show

NEW YORK (AP) — Jeff Flake and Martin Heinrich were willing to go to great lengths to prove that a Democratic and Republican U.S. senator could work together. Like halfway around the world. The freshman senators traveled to an uninhabited tropical island north of Australia this summer for a week documented by the Discovery Channel [...]

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MTV turning horror movie series into TV

NEW YORK (AP) — With Halloween imminent, MTV is ready to “Scream.” The network announced Tuesday that it is turning the horror movie franchise into a television series. The goal is to put 10 episodes on the air starting next October. Jill Blotevogel, who worked on the series “Harper’s Island” and “Ravenswood,” is the executive [...]

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Review: ‘Language’ explores a relationship in 3-D

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Written, directed and edited by Jean-Luc Godard, the fragmented French drama “Goodbye to Language 3-D” explores a relationship’s dynamics through three-dimension technology. A dog. An often naked couple. A ship docking. 3-D in your eye. A snippet of Beethoven. Blood down a bathtub drain. A big TV screen. Literary quotations. [...]

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