There's something oddly cruel about naming a comedy show that features D-list comedians Who Gets the Last Laugh? (It's all of us at them, right?) Alas, the likes of Andy Dick (who, between this and Dancing with the Stars seems hell-bent on taking up your television), Bam Margera, D.L. Hughley, Bill Bellamy, Tom Green, Charlie Murphy, Bobby Lee, Luenell, and Nicole Sullivan, are hoping they actually will get the last laugh on a new hidden comedy prank show on TBS this fall.
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According to TVLine, the series — which is hosted by Scrubs and Clueless star Donald Faison and developed by Punk’d creators Jason Goldberg and Ashton Kutcher (because they apparently can't get enough of watching people with egg on their face) —will have different celebs come up with outrageous pranks. Whoever has the best one that week (as determined by a live audience) will win $10,000, which they will donate to the charity of their choice.
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The show features of a mix of people with obligations to TBS (The Big Bang Theory's Kunal Nayar, Men At Work's Danny Masterson), former SNL players (Cheri Oteri, Chris Kattan, Finesse Mitchell), and people with actual clout who have absolutely no reason to be there (what the hell are you doing, Alan Thicke and Kevin McDonald?). Who Gets the Last Laugh? debuts on TBS on Tuesday, April 16 at 10 PM ET. Remember, we're apparently laughing with them this time.
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The God of Legion secular Hollywood’s latest Biblically-inspired action flick is old-school an angry spiteful Almighty with a penchant for Old Testament theatrics. Fed up with humanity’s decadent warmongering ways He’s decided to pull the plug on the whole crazy experiment and start over from scratch.
Fortunately for us the God of Legion is also a rather lazy fellow. Instead of doing the apocalyptic work himself and wiping us out with a giant flood which worked perfectly well last time He opts to delegate the task to His army of angels — a questionable strategy that starts to fall apart when the archangel charged with leading the planned extermination Michael (Paul Bettany) refuses to comply.
Michael who unlike his boss still harbors affection for our sorry species abandons his post and descends to earth where inside the swollen belly of Charlie (Adrianne Palicki) an unwed mother-to-be working as a waitress in an out-of-the-way diner sits humanity’s lone hope for survival. Why is this particular baby so important? Is it the one destined to lead us to victory over Skynet? Heaven knows — Legion reveals little details its script devoid of actual scripture. What is clear is that God’s celestial hitmen want the kid whacked before it’s born.
But Michael won’t let humanity fall without a fight. Armed with a Waco-sized arsenal of assault weapons he hunkers down with the diner’s patrons a largely superfluous collection of thinly-sketched caricatures from various demographic groups led by Dennis Quaid as the diner’s grizzled owner Tyrese Gibson as a hip-hop hustler and Lucas Black as a simple-minded country boy.
Together they mount a heroic final stand against hordes of angels who’ve taken possession of “weak-willed” humans turning kindly old grandmas and mild-mannered ice cream vendors into snarling ravenous foul-mouthed beasts. They descend upon the ramshackle diner in a series of full-frontal assaults commanded by the archangel Gabriel (Kevin Durand) the George Pickett of End of Days generals.
Beneath its superficial religious facade Legion is really just a run-of-the-mill zombie flick a Biblical I Am Legend. Bettany an actor accustomed to smaller dramatic roles in films like A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code looks perfectly at ease in his first major action role wielding machine guns and bowie knives with equal aplomb. Conversely first-time director Scott Stewart a former visual effects artist does little to prove himself worthy of such a promotion serving up some impressive CGI work but not much else worthy of note.
Michael Jackson not "manhandled" by sheriff's deputies
Michael Jackson, who told CBS' 60 Minutes last year he was "manhandled" by sheriff's deputies who took him into custody on child molestation charges in November, received preferential treatment instead, according to an investigation by the attorney general's California Bureau of Investigation. At the time, Jackson told the TV news magazine he suffered a dislocated shoulder because of the way sheriff's deputies handcuffed him when he surrendered to authorities at Santa Barbara Municipal Airport on Nov. 20. He also said he was placed in a feces-smeared restroom for 45 minutes before being released. Shortly after Jackson made the allegations, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Jim Anderson requested an independent investigation into the matter. But the attorney general's California Bureau of Investigation sent a three-page letter to Anderson, concluding sheriff's deputies did not manhandle the 45-year-old pop former pop icon. Ryan's office assigned a dozen people to investigate Jackson's complaint, conducting interviews with sheriff's deputies, jail inmates, airport employees and Jackson's own chiropractor and security detail. According to the letter, some inmates said Jackson's speedy booking indicated he had actually received preferential treatment. Jackson's chiropractor, meanwhile, said his shoulder was not dislocated and the pain he suffered--most likely was caused by being handcuffed--was treated successfully with physical therapy, The Associated Press reports.
Nicky Hilton ties the knot in Vegas
Hotel heiress and socialite Nicky Hilton, Paris' younger, dark-haired sister, married boyfriend Todd Andrew Meister in a ceremony at the Las Vegas Wedding Chapel early Sunday. According to the AP, the Hilton sisters were in town for a Stuff magazine party being thrown at the Palms Casino Resort and were joined there by Meister and Nicole Richie for dinner late Saturday. Hilton, 20, and Meister, a 33-year-old New York money manager, have known each other for several years, according to her spokesman Elliot Mintz. He said the newlyweds returned to Los Angeles Sunday and planned to spend their first night as newlyweds at a local hotel. Entertainment Tonight reported Lance Bass, Tara Reid and That 70's Show's Danny Masterson were on hand at the impromptu ceremony, as well as sis Paris and Bijou Phillips.
Rowling Hints at Harry Potter's demise
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling told fans at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in Scotland Sunday the young protagonist will survive to the seventh book in her series, but refused to say whether he would reach adulthood. Rowling, who is still working on the sixth book, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, gave a reading from the fifth book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and told the youngsters, "He will survive to book seven, mainly because I don't want to be strangled by you lot, but I don't want to say whether he grows any older than that." She also encouraged fans to try to piece together future plots for themselves, and urged them to focus on why Harry's nemesis, the evil warlock Voldemort, had not been killed and why Dumbledore hadn't attempted to kill him.
Stones' Watts battles throat cancer
Charlie Watts, the 63-year-old drummer for the Rolling Stones, was diagnosed with throat cancer but is on the road to recovery, Reuters reports. Watts, who has a reputation as the quietest member of the legendary British band, was diagnosed in June after a minor operation and is now reaching the end of his radiology treatment at a London hospital, a spokesman said in a statement to British media. "He's expected to make a full recovery and start work with the rest of the band later in the year," he added. The spokesman also said Watt's treatment had not interfered with any of the Stones' tour or recording plans. The rest of the group was "relaxing between work commitments," he said.
Lil Kim calls perjury charges a "witch hunt"
Rapper Lil' Kim called the perjury charges against her a "witch hunt against the hip-hop industry," the AP reports. Kim, whose real name is Kimberly Jones, allegedly lied to investigators about her involvement in a 2001 shooting outside a Manhattan radio station, in which one man was shot in the back. Kim was first indicted in April and charged with one count of conspiracy, three counts of perjury, three counts of making false statements and one count of obstruction. The 28-year-old MC had been scheduled to go on trial Nov. 15, but U.S. District Judge Gerard Lynch delayed the case until Feb. 28 to give the defense lawyers more time to prepare. "I am completely innocent of the charges I have been accused of, and am very confident that my co-defendants and I will win this case in the courtroom," she said in a statement. "This case is a witch hunt against the hip-hop industry."
Olympics soars in ratings
The opening ceremonies for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens attracted 56 million viewers Friday, Reuters reports. NBC said it was the third-highest-rated Summer Olympics opener on record, behind the 2000 festivities in Sydney and the 1960 games in Rome. Olympic viewership was still steady on Saturday for NBC, which showed swimming and gymnastics events, averaging 20.2 million viewers for the night, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research.
Rhea could be a Loser
Caroline Rhea is in talks to host The Biggest Loser, an upcoming NBC reality series that challenges contestants to lose weight. According to the Hollywood Reporter, NBC described the series as a "life-altering" competition that would employ medically sound weight-loss techniques to help contestants change their lives and lifestyles without resorting to surgery to shed pounds. The network has not settled on a premiere date as yet.
Kit Bowen contributed to this report.
A group of real-life barbers from the National Association of Cosmetologists, led by Chief Executive James Stern, are asking the Rev. Jesse Jackson to apologize for demanding an apology from the filmmakers of Barbershop. Jackson made it known last month that he and several black leaders were offended by some of the off-color jokes made by a character (played by Cedric the Entertainer) about civil rights pioneers Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. and asked for an apology, which the filmmakers provided. After viewing the film themselves and finding nothing offensive about it, Stern told Reuters he and his group feel Jackson's remarks have hurt the creativity of black filmmakers, as well as their own businesses. "Reverend Jackson did not consider the future of black filmmakers," Stern said to Reuters. He also said that if Jackson did not apologize himself, his group would sue for defamation of character.
The late George Harrison will be honored by the British Independent Film Awards for his work as an independent producer. The former Beatle, who died last year at 58, financed a string of low-budget hits including Time Bandits and Withnail and I. The awards will be handed out in London Oct. 30.
Actor Scott Plank, known for his roles on several TV series including Baywatch Hawaii, Melrose Place and Walker, Texas Ranger, died of apparent natural causes in Los Angeles. He was 42. An autopsy is pending.
Killer Films, the New York-based production company known for such edgy releases such as Boys Don't Cry and One Hour Photo, will tackle children's literature in its next project. Killer Films, under the new banner of Sunshine Films, is developing an adaptation of All-of-a-Kind Family, based on a series of young-adult novels by Sydney Taylor that follows a family of five sisters growing up in an Orthodox Jewish household at the turn of the century.
Actors Mila Kunis, Danny Masterson, Laura Prepon and Wilmer Valderrama of the TV series That '70s Show have signed lucrative deals with Fox which will keep them groovin' on the show through May 2005. The other two key members of the '70s ensemble--Topher Grace and Ashton Kutcher--are negotiating separate deals with the studios, Variety reports.
A veteran writer for the WB sitcom Reba has filed an age discrimination lawsuit against the network. Gary H. Miller, 54, whose past credits include Laverne & Shirley, Bosom Buddies and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, says he was passed up for a promotion and eventually fired because he was told the network was looking for "greener writers," Reuters reports.
Oh boy! Get ready for round two of The Anna Nicole Show as E! Entertainment Television announced they are renewing the reality series for a second season. The current season--which follows the exploits of the former Playboy Playmate and her lawyer, Howard K. Stern; teenage son, Daniel; assistant, Kim; and her dog, Sugarpie--wraps up Nov. 3.
Latin sensation Shakira topped the first-ever MTV Video Music Awards for Latin America Thursday, taking home the prize for female artist, pop artist, artist from the north region, video and artist of the year. Juanes picked up male artist honors and La Ley won for group or duo and rock artist, while Pink won for international pop artist and Red Hot Chili Peppers won for international rock artist. The show aired live on MTV2 and will be rebroadcast on MTV.
Imagine putting this on a resume under scholarships and awards.
CBS has established a $50,000 endowed journalism scholarship in the name of veteran CBS anchor Dan Rather at his alma mater, Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, The Associated Press reports.
The scholarship will provide full tuition for a student majoring in journalism or broadcast journalism. Rather has requested that preference be given to students who work on the college newspaper, which he edited before graduating in 1953.
SURRENDER YOUR BADGE: Kim Delaney will move over to a new legal drama by TV producer Steven Bochco on ABC after she finishes up this season of "NYPD Blue," Daily Variety reports. Delaney, who won an Emmy for her portrayal of Detective Diane Russell, will miss two episodes as she films the as-yet-untitled project before returning to "NYPD Blue" to finish out the year.
A DRAMA ABOUT SINGLE MOTHERHOOD: Mary Stuart Masterson ("Some Kind of Wonderful," "St. Elmo's Fire") will star in "Raising Kate," a CBS drama about a struggling single mother, according to Variety. The network has approved six episodes, and this will be Masterson's first regular role on a TV series.