Actress Jessica Biel is slated to make a return to the small screen with a guest role on hit U.S. sitcom New Girl.
Biel has been tapped to play "the hottest scientist in the world" in an episode for the comedy's upcoming fourth season, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The actress' character will also serve as a rival for Zooey Deschanel's Jess Day, as the two vie over a fellow male guest at a wedding.
Biel's appearance on New Girl marks her first return to the small screen in nearly eight years.
She starred in family drama 7th Heaven for the first seven seasons before departing in 2003, and returning for the series finale in 2006.
"I'm not really curious about it. We know the lives we led. I have no idea what their picture of it is." Former Saved By The Bell star Elizabeth Berkley has no interest in watching the upcoming made-for-TV movie about their popular teen sitcom.
Broadway icon Elaine Stritch was convinced her stomach cancer was in remission after undergoing surgery just two months before her death on Thursday (17Jul14), according to her agent. The Two's Company star, who relocated from New York to her native Michigan last year (13), passed away at the age of 89 and it has since been revealed she was quietly battling cancer at the time of her death.
Now her agent and longtime friend Joel Dean has remembered Stritch as "a great lady" and revealed she was in high spirits just weeks ago after her last operation, before the disease came back.
Dean, who believes her health struggles were complicated by her diabetes, tells People.com, "They (doctors) took out a good part of her stomach, that was maybe two months ago. She said, 'They got it all, they got it all'. But it came back quite aggressively."
Meanwhile, 30 Rock creator and star Tina Fey has added her tribute to Stritch, who was cast as Alec Baldwin's sharp-tongued mother Colleen Donaghy in the hit sitcom.
She says, "Elaine was a 'tough old bird,' but I suspect she may have been a 'tough old bird' since birth. I loved her voice, her timing, her stories and her natural elegance."
Fey will also remember the acting veteran for her generous nature, adding, "One day she was wearing a beautiful butterfly cocktail ring, and when I admired it, she gave it to me on the spot - like an Arab sheik in black pantyhose. I feel very lucky to have worked with her as much as I did."
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Alec Baldwin is leading the tributes to his TV mum, stage and screen legend Elaine Stritch, following her death on Thursday (17Jul14). The actor worked with the Two's Company star on his hit sitcom 30 Rock, in which Stritch played his sharp-tongued mother Colleen Donaghy - a role which won her an Emmy Award in 2007.
And he was among the first celebrities to honour her memory on Twitter.com on Thursday as the news of her passing broke. Sharing an article about the loss of the 89 year old, Baldwin writes, "A woman that I loved and admired, and a true one in a million, has gone to her rest."
Girls creator and star Lena Dunham celebrated Stritch's lengthy career by making reference to her Tony-nominated Broadway performance of The Ladies Who Lunch from Stephen Sondheim's 1970 musical Company, tweeting, "Here's to the lady who lunched: Elaine Stritch, we love you. May your heaven be a booze-soaked, no-pants solo show at the Carlyle (New York hotel she once called home). Thank you".
Meanwhile, singer Josh Groban remembered the veteran actress as "one of a kind and just the wittiest", and Anna Kendrick added, "Elaine Stritch man. Hell of a performer, spirit and woman. This one really hurts. Today's work is for you ma'am. Crazy love."
Early tributes have also poured in from the likes of Christina Applegate, James Van Der Beek and writer/director Joss Whedon.
Looks like they won't be "live from New York" any longer. After a difficult, uneven season that saw an influx of new cast members, controversy and the loss of Head Writer and "Weekend Update" host Seth Meyers halfway through the year, Saturday Night Live is by cutting down its slate of featured players down to a more manageable size. Brooks Wheelan announced that he would be leaving Tuesday morning on Twitter (via a joke, natch). Later in the day, it was announced that Noël Wells and John Milhiser also wouldn't return after they failed to make an impression with audiences this year. Those announcements come about a month after Nasim Pedrad, one of the current longest-running cast members, would be leaving to work on Mulaney.
But just because they won't be on SNL any longer, that doesn't mean that it's the last we'll ever see of Wheelan, Wells, Milhiser and Pedrad. There are plenty of people who only lasted a couple of seasons on the show and then went on to become major stars: Sarah Silverman, Damon Wayans, Rob Riggle, and Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr., to name just a few. With that in mind, we decided to take a look back at their tenure on SNL in order to best predict what's next for Wheelan, Wells, Milhiser and Pedrad. Although if any one of them is going to wind up playing a superhero, our money's on Heshy.
Brooks Wheelan What’s Next: Wheelan doesn’t have a lot lined up at the moment, though he does have a short film titled Lose Yourself, Save Yourself, where he plays Fighter 2. His Strengths: Possibly because he comes from a standup background rather than a sketch one, Wheelan didn’t create very many memorable characters, and his most significant moments on the show were his two appearances as himself on “Weekend Update,” where he would warn audiences against the dangers of getting terrible tattoos and binge drinking. Where We See Him: Wheelan seems to embody the same kind of “goofy, wisecracking All-American” guy that actors like Jake Johnson or fellow SNL alum Jason Sudeikis trade on. We could easily see him bringing some of the energy to a sitcom where he plays the sarcastic straight guy to a group of off-the-wall characters. Still, his weirdly funny exterminator bit with Ed Norton proves he’s capable of some truly strange characters, and so we could see him playing smaller, supporting roles in films for a while as a variety of strange, obnoxious characters. And of course, there’s always his stand up career to fall back on…
Noël Wells What’s Next: Wells has the TV series Gentleman Lobsters, which is slated for a 2014 premiere. She’s also a photographer in her spare time, and her work has been showcased in exhibitions and been printed in magazines. Her Strengths: Though they were slightly hit and miss – her Nancy Grace was four minutes of eye twitches and catchphrases – Wells made the biggest impact on the show through her impressions, most notably, playing Lena Dunham in the season premiere’s parody of Girls. Where We See Her: Though her talent with impressions and slightly offbeat characters would serve her well on another sketch show, something along the lines of Inside Amy Schumer or Key and Peele, Wells most reminds us of two other early SNL departures: Jenny Slate and Casey Wilson. Like them, Wells has a quirky charm to her that would serve her well in indie films (she actually earned solid reviews for her work in last year’s Forev) and in an ensemble sitcom, where she would be free to play up her weirder side.
John Milhiser What’s Next: Like Wheelan, Milhiser has a short film on his slate, Little Horribles, and he also starred in the indie film Camp Takota, which is available online. His Strengths: Milhiser didn’t get much of a chance to make an impression on audiences, although eh did show off a pitch-perfect Jon Cryer impression during a Family Feud sketch. He did, however, have one highlight during his tenure, a sketch where he and Lady Gaga played “encouraging” stage parents helping their child through a talent show performance, which let him show off his goofier side, and his ability to execute a high kick. Where We See Him: Milhiser strikes us as a Ben Falcone or Nat Faxon-type, someone who pops up in different things all the time, playing characters with varying levels of insanity and oddity. He’s definitely shown that he can play both weird and silly characters, but since he didn’t make that much of an impression, he’ll probably be “that guy from that thing” for a while, until he manages to find the right project to help him break out.
Nasim Pedrad What’s Next: After five years on SNL, Pedrad is leaving in order to play Jane, the roommate of John Mulaney’s character on the FOX sitcom Mulaney. Her Strengths: During her time on the show, Pedrad played a wide variety of characters, including Kim Kardashian, Arianna Huffington, Bedelia, the awkward teenager whose best friend is her mother and Shallon, the world’s most dangerous fifth grader. Though she never made the kind of impression that Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon have, she’s become a vital part of the ensemble over the past five years, thanks to her ability to inhabit both the sanest and the oddest human beings. Where We See Her: Hopefully, her role on Mulaney will be exactly what she needs to properly break out, since she never quite managed to on SNL. From there, we could see her following a similar career path to Wiig or Tina Fey, playing both broad comedy and more serious roles in both television in movies. Alternatively, she could become more of a Michaela Watkins/Ana Gasteyer- type, and becoming the go-to actress for slightly odd, scene-stealing characters.
Actress Diane Kruger celebrated her 38th birthday on TV on Monday night (14Jul14) when she was presented with a cake during an appearance on America's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The Inglourious Basterds beauty blew out the single candle and dug into the sweet treat on air. She was also gifted with a DVD of her favourite U.S. sitcom, The Nanny, after confessing she's a big fan of its lead star, saying, "I'm obsessed with Fran Drescher. I'm serious. Honestly, if I met her, I might not be able to say hi. She's my biggest, next to (Miami Vice actor) Don Johnson, she's my biggest celebrity crush!"
Actor Fred Savage has reunited with his The Wonder Years co-stars for the first time in 16 years for a special TV interview.
The former child star, who played lead character Kevin Arnold in the coming-of-age sitcom, recently sat down with cast members Josh Saviano, Alley Mills, Jason Hervey, Olivia d'Abo and Danica McKellar, who portrayed his love interest Winnie Cooper, to reminisce about their time on the late 1980s series for U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America.
During the interview, which aired on Tuesday (15Jul14), Savage admitted he was a ball of nerves as he filmed his first ever onscreen kiss with McKellar, confessing, "It was terrifying! We were both really scared and nervous and didn't know what was gonna happen, if we were gonna do it right. All that stuff (their characters experienced) was very real..."
Savage adds, "I see these episodes, and I remember shooting. It's an incredible kind of time capsule for us. I mean, this was our childhood."
Meanwhile, actor Dan Lauria, who played Savage's TV dad Jack Arnold, credited the young stars' parents with keeping the kids focused and grounded on set, helping them avoid the pitfalls of fame as they grew up in the spotlight.
Lauria, who was interviewed separately, said, "I think that's why they're all still involved in the (entertainment) business. You know, Josh is a big entertainment lawyer, Jason's a producer and Fred's a director. All this crap about kids from TV shows having terrible lives? Look at The Wonder Years. They all did great."
The series ran from 1988 until 1993.
Sci-fi sequel Transformers: Age Of Extinction has destroyed its rivals to land at the top of the U.K. box office chart. The action movie, starring Mark Wahlberg, took $19.8 million (£11.7 million) in its opening weekend (11-13Jul14), easily outstripping its nearest challenger How To Train Your Dragon 2, which netted $13 million (£7.7 million).
TV sitcom spin-off Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie was toppled from its perch at the top and sunk to third place, with $1.7 million (£1 million), and romantic drama The Fault in Our Stars dropped from second to fourth, with $949,664 (£558,626).
It was a disappointing opening weekend for Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo's new comedy Begin Again - the movie limped into fifth place with takings of just $775,944 (£456,438).
Singer/actress Ariana Grande has written a 'thank you' letter to the cast and crew of Sam & Cat following the cancellation of her hit U.S. TV series. The teen sitcom, starring Victorious' Grande and iCarly's Jennette McCurdy, was put on hiatus in April (14) and now executives at the show's network Nickelodeon have announced the programme will not be returning for another season.
Sharing her thoughts on the end of the show, Grande took to Twitter.com on Sunday (13Jul14) to give thanks to those who have been involved with the series since its inception.
She wrote, "I want to thank Nickelodeon for making a childhood dream of mine come true, for being a family to me, for being so accommodating and supportive of my multitasking with my music career, and for of course introducing me to many of my fans however many years ago.
"I will always hold (character) Cat near and dear to my heart and appreciate her help in my personal growth from teenager to adult. I know she seems like a simple, daft character (and she is) but she played such a huge part in my life.
"Thank you to the cast and crew who I spent almost every day with for a good 4 or 5 years... The guys behind the scenes couldn't have been more pleasant or hard working and I appreciate them for that so much. I can't imagine that there is a more pleasant or professional crew in Hollywood.
"Thank you from the bottom of my heart to a true friend of mine, (series creator) Dan Schneider. I will never take these memories or lessons learned for granted.
"Lastly, thank you to my fans who have been with me since all of this started... you are the most loyal, dedicated and continuously loving supporters I could ever imagine. We've been through so much and you are still here... and we've got a long way to go. Thank you for believing in me, accepting me and loving me. I love you forever."
Ariana Grande's U.S. TV series Sam & Cat has been cancelled after one season. The teen sitcom, starring the Problem hitmaker and actress Jennette McCurdy, was put on permanent hiatus in April (14) and now executives at the show's network Nickelodeon have announced the programme will not be returning for another season.
A statement issued on Sunday (13Jul14) reads, "Nickelodeon will not be producing more episodes of Sam & Cat. We are very proud of the show and its very talented cast and we wish them all the best."
McCurdy hit headlines in March (14) after boycotting the network's Kids' Choice Awards and subsequently claiming her absence was in protest of TV executives who had put her in an "uncomfortable, compromising, unfair situation".
She did not elaborate on the behind-the-scenes feud, but bosses at Nickelodeon refuted the actress' allegations and insisted they had nothing but "the utmost respect" for McCurdy.
A spoof of network television situation comedies as seen through the eyes of the Gooseberrys, a less-than-intelligent American family fraught with problems. The pilot episode depicts the efforts of the father, Bronco, to start up his own business -- making decoy ducks -- after he is laid off form his job.