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CBS’ Fall 2015 Lineup: Attempting Change Without Changing At All

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Most of the major networks are, understandably, gunning for change in the 2015-16 season. NBC is replacing smart comedies with absurd dramas, Fox is introducing a ton of new shows ranging from family sitcoms to literal Minority Report ripoffs, and The CW is cautiously trying out comedy (again) by pairing Jane the Virgin with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, an hour-long comedy seemingly about a woman and a pretzel. (Meanwhile ABC is in the unique position where it’s stable enough to keep three nights’ lineup entirely intact.) CBS, too, is shaking things up a little bit, though not as much as it believes it is.
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Mike Epps Is Uncle Buck, Jane Lynch Is an Angel: Next Season’s Most Exciting TV Casting News

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We’re still in the thick of the current television season, but networks are gearing up for the 2015-16 season by packing their pilots with desirable names. During the last two weeks, there has been a ton of casting news announced for upcoming pilots, both broadcast and cable, comedy and drama. Here is a roundup of some of the most notable casting updates, from Fred Savage’s return to television to Jane Lynch’s post-Glee project to Eddie Izzard’s Salem witch trials role.
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50 Great Pre-Fame Performances by Famous Actors

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This week, the Criterion Collection is releasing a double bill of the mid-‘60s Westerns The Shooting and Ride the Whirlwind, a treat not only for fans of revisionist Westerns and director Monte Hellman, but also for those who admire Jack Nicholson, here seen in two terrific performances that predate his breakthrough in Easy Rider. There’s a specific kind of pleasure in revisiting the early work of actors who would later become famous — not the roles that made them stars, but their earlier, quieter gigs, in which we glimpse an actor just trying to do good work, yet already exhibiting the spark that would mark them for fame. Here are a few of our …Read More

Hilarious Portraits of Comedy Legends From Matt Hoyle’s ‘Comic Genius’

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Celebrity photographer Matt Hoyle’s wonderful new book Comic Genius: Portraits of Funny People (out today from Chronicle Books) gathers over 130 of comedy’s biggest legends for portraits that are funny, clever, and downright gorgeous. Of his desire to create the project, Hoyle told Flavorwire, “I love comedy and decided to do the book to make a sort of photo album of all the times I’ve laughed in my life. So I naively made a wishlist and we spent the last year and a half begging, bugging and shooting as many of those names that said yes.” Some of our favorites from the book are collected after the jump.
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Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Flicks to See in October

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October is upon us, and the race whose name we dare not speak is getting competitive: this month sees the release of such awards bait as 12 Years a Slave, Captain Phillips, The Fifth Estate, All Is Lost, and, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa. (What? It could happen — they love it when actors age up.) Meanwhile, it’s a quieter month for indie releases, but there are still several smaller pictures worth seeking out; our recommendations for the month are after the jump.
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15 of the Greatest Celebrity Commencement Speeches

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We’re almost through the month of May, and you know what that means: it’s college commencement speech season! While some of us had boring academics speak at our college graduations, there are a lot of other people who get to listen to folks like Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Amy Poehler, or Meryl Streep. So if you’re like me and are still annoyed that the creator of Joan of Arcadia was the celebrated guest who spoke while you baked in your black polyester cap and gown, take a short break and listen to these famous (and, generally, hilarious) people give advice to 22-year-olds.
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The Embarrassing Early TV Commercials of Your Favorite Comic Actors

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Last week, the folks at Gawker did a bit of celebrity archaeology, discovering a 1993 TV ad for the NRA that featured a very young Molly Shannon. The soon-to-be Mary Catherine reached out to the site, emphasizing that she appeared in the spot when she was — direct quote, with emphasis — “A STRUGGLING ACTRESS,” and while we understand her taking pains to separate the spot from her own views, she’s hardly the first future famous funny person whose early work was only humorous in retrospect, and unintentionally. After the jump, we’ve got early commercials by several of our favorite comic actors — all equally embarrassing.
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12 Celebrities on Their First Crushes

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If we remember anything from elementary school, it’s that there’s nothing quite like a first crush. It’s a truly inexplicable and unforgettable feeling… and who has more feelings than celebrities? Click through to find 12 actors and musicians discussing the somewhat bizarre apples of their childhoods’ eyes. Julia loved Abraham (yes, that one)? Janet loved Barry? Scarlett loved Jareth?! (Okay, we’re secretly with her on that …Read More