Sean Hayes' U.S. TV series Sean Saves The World has been cancelled by bosses at America's NBC network, just weeks before he was due to shoot the final episodes of the season. The former Will & Grace actor landed his own self-titled sitcom last year (13), but production has now been shut down before the end of the run.
Production on the show, which features Hayes as a divorced gay father, ended on Tuesday (28Jan14) with four of the total 18 episodes still left to shoot, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
A number of familiar faces were slated to appear in the final episodes of the first season, including Portia de Rossi, Guy Pearce, and Hayes' former Will & Grace co-star Megan Mullally.
Here are some of this week's festive highlights from Flavorwire, VH1, Celebuzz, and Hollywood.com, ranging from twerking to tinsel.
Check out Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi's Kanye-inspired Christmas card. It's a parody of the "Bound 2" music video, but it has to be seen to be believed. See for yourself at Celebuzz.
Miley twerks on Christmas tree, Santa. This stuff isn't even surprising anymore. Listen to VH1 Celebrity's commentary on Miley's Jingle Ball adventures.
Which Christmas classics were recorder by Jewish singers?Flavorwire uncovers the famous Christmas renditions that are sung by Hanukah celebrators. Find out the top ten tracks.
Geek out with these famous holiday sweaters. Hollywood.com provides a guide to the geekiest sweaters you can buy for that super fan you know. Check out the list here.
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It's always good to be able to laugh at yourself, and thanks to Shia LaBeouf's short film HowardCantour.com, online movie critics everywhere have the chance to do just that.
The 12-minute short, which originally screened earlier this year at the Cannes Critics' Week, follows the online film critic Howard Cantour (played by comedian Jim Gaffigan) who is faced with writing a review of the latest work by a director that he has idolized for decades. Cantour also goes up against some verbal and psychological abuse from two other critics/competitors/snobs (played by Thomas Lennon and Portia Doubleday). From free cookies at press junkets, to the behind-the-scenes politics that goes into deciding who gets to interview who, to the relationships between fellow critics, LaBeouf creates a sardonic and (relatively) on-point image of critics through the lens of an outsider. As Gaffigan's character so courageously says, "A critic is a warrior. Each one of us on the battlefield have the means to glorify or demolish."
In an interview with Short of the Week, LaBeouf explained his inspiration for making the short: "I know something about the gulf between critical acclaim and blockbuster business. I have been crushed by critics (especially during my Transformers run), and in trying to come to terms with my feelings about critics, I needed to understand them. As I tried to empathize with the sort of man who might earn a living taking potshots at me and the people I’ve worked with, a small script developed."
Well, thanks to LaBeouf, the criticism has come full circle with the criticizee criticizing the critic. Did you get that? Good. (Oh, and in case you're wondering, yes, I am definitely laughing.)
Check out the actor-turned-director's cinematic jab at online reviewers below:
It’s been said that lightning doesn’t strike twice. But how have the following actresses been able to star on more than two successful shows? With so many actresses cursed to star on failed TV shows, these actresses all seem to have the golden touch to make a series last. They have all been series regulars on television shows that have taken off and lasted insanely long ... in some cases unnecessarily long.
Thorne-Smith has bright blue eyes, a slightly raspy voice, and a general likable folksiness. She starred in Melrose Place from day one. Despite initial bumps in the road, the series went on to last seven seasons partly because of her on-again/off-again relationship with Andrew Shue (who was never heard from again). Ally McBeal became a huge must-see series with the insane antics of an off-beat law firm. It lasted five seasons and launched the careers of Calista Flockhart, Lucy Liu, Jane Krakowski, and Portia de Rossi. Then despite all sense of rhyme or reason, According to Jim managed to last eight seasons.
Garth managed to do the impossible. She was on both a series and its reboot and both did extremely well. She was on the wildly successful Beverly Hills 90210 and managed to star on the show for a startling ten seasons. When the series was rebooted, she was the anchor to tie the new series, 90210, to the original. She didn’t stay on the series, but it did go on to last a respectable five seasons. This is a great achievement considering the number of television channels grew exponentially since the original series hit the airwaves. She also played Amanda Bynes’ older sister for the five season run of What I Like About You.
Malick has the perfect blend of beauty, brains, and comedic genius that it’s no wonder she can help keep a series on the air. She has done a million guest spots but has helped more than a few series find their groove. She starred on HBO’s T&A comedy Dream On with Brian Benben. It lasted six seasons, which is a lot for a series on premium cable in the early '90s. She then starred in the eight seasons of NBC’s Just Shoot Me. Now, she’s currently lending her magic to Hot in Cleveland, already in its fifth season.
Holly Marie Combs
Did someone say magic? Combs is best be remembered for playing Piper, a witch that could freeze time on Charmed for eight seasons. The series held the record for the longest running series with an all-female cast until it was eclipsed by Desperate Housewives. Combs started her career playing Kimberly Brock on the David E. Kelly series Picket Fences, which lasted a respectable four seasons. She is currently starring on Pretty Little Liars. It has five seasons under its belt and shows no sign of ending anytime soon.
Cuoco is plucky, pretty, and a great addition to any television show. Cuoco starred on 8 Simple Rules which survived a notable name change and the loss of comedic genius John Ritter, and lasted a respectable three seasons. She also joined the cast for the final season of Charmed without causing a jump the shark situation. She has done voice-over work on shows like Brandy & Mr. Whiskers and 6Teen which have lasted more than one season. Most notably, she is starring on The Big Bang Theory. It’s in its seventh season and still going strong.
Sagal is the definitive actress with the magic touch. She has managed the impossible more than once. She starred in Married With Children which helped launch the Fox network. She starred on 8 Simple Rules with Cuoco, and helped the series survive. She lent her lovely voice to Futurama as the voice of one-eyed beauty Turanga Leela. The sci-fi animated series went on to last seven seasons, four movies, and multiple cancellations. She’s currently flexing her dramatic muscle in FX’s dark biker drama, Sons of Anarchy as matriarch Gemma Morrow. Not only is she great at playing a mother, she’s great at being a mother to a successful series.
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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If you haven’t seen Better Off Ted, you don’t know how you’ve been robbed. Much like Arrested Development, this series is a work of comedic brilliance that was never given a chance to grow an audience. Portia de Rossi plays the role of her career as an ice-cold executive. Plus, the series grasps the subtleties of the office work environment that will give even the most irate office worker the lulz.
Ted Crisp (Jay Harrington) is the head of a research development team for Veridian Dynamics. They make everything from microwaves to nuclear weapons. His boss, Veronica (de Rossi) is blunt, sexy, self-absorbed and unable to be stopped. His love interest, Linda (Andrea Anders) is morally opposed to the company and steals creamer from the coffee station as her act of civil disobedience. His science team includes nerdy Lem (Malcolm Barrett) and high-strung Phil (Jonathan Slavin) who seem to share a brain. Ted tries to balance it all while raising a precocious daughter, Rose (Isabella Acres).
The series includes some hilarious commercials for the faceless corporation. There’s also really amazing ensemble chemistry. Each episode, the group deals with a new mishap in the lab or a crazy rule coming down from human resources. Better Off Ted is a perfect storm of different types of comedy: physical humor, dirty puns, and outrageous situations. The series is just wholeheartedly funny and enjoyable to watch. Here are a few choice moments from an episode:
The series is great to binge watch. Both seasons of the series are about 13 episodes and available on Netflix. Amazingly, series creator Victor Fresco is currently in charge of Sean Saves the World, which has a similar storyline (single father, crazy boss, selfish co-workers) but just isn't anywhere near as good.
Actress Portia De Rossi will always have fond memories of the 2005 Golden Globe Awards because it was the first time she officially stepped out as a lesbian in Hollywood. Rumours about the former Ally McBeal star's sexual orientation began surfacing in the early 2000s, during her four-year relationship with singer Francesca Gregorini, but she didn't confirm the reports until the night of the big awards show in January, 2005 as she faced the media glare with her now-wife, comedienne Ellen DeGeneres.
During a TV interview on a special Arrested Development episode of Inside the Actors Studio, she says, "I think when I really, truly came out was the Golden Globes when Arrested Development was nominated. Ellen and I had been together for a month and I was very, very nervous going to that because I knew that I was going to meet up with her after the show, and that there was press.
"That was the first time we stepped out together as a couple, but, for me, it was the first time I stepped out as a gay woman, really."
De Rossi had previously been married to documentary filmmaker Mel Metcalfe from 1996 to 1999.
The interview is due to air in America on Thursday night (07Nov13).
The cast of hit comedy Arrested Development is to reunite for a TV special. Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Alia Shawkat, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter and creator Mitch Hurwitz will appear on U.S. show Inside the Actors Studio on 7 November (13).
Comedienne Ellen Degeneres and her actress wife Portia De Rossi have offloaded their Californian ranch for $10.9 million (£7.2 million). The couple initially attempted to convince buyers to pay $13 million (£8.7 million) for the property in August (13), but have since agreed to settle for the smaller fee.
And now for some news that absolutely everyone is excited about — Ellen DeGeneres is hosting the next Academy Awards!
This will be Ellen's second time hosting the Oscars, having previously hosted in 2007. She also hosted the Emmys in 2001 and 2005 and co-hosted them in 2003.
Ellen tweeted the news, saying, "It's official: I'm hosting the #Oscars! I'd like to thank @TheAcademy, my wife Portia and, oh dear, there goes the orchestra."
Hopefully the orchestra won't be as rude as it usually is, but that's obviously just wishful thinking. Ellen, though, is sure to be wonderful. Maybe she'll even throw in some dance moves.
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