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James Garner, TV legend from 'Maverick' and 'Rockford Files,' dies

James Garner, the rugged leading man who charmed generations of audiences with his roles in Maverick, The Rockford Files, and The Notebook, died of natural causes on Saturday night in Los Angeles, according to TMZ and the Associated Press. The Emmy winner—and 14-time nominee—had suffered a stroke in 2008 and was 86.

The persona he first projected in Maverick in 1957—handsome, charming, genial, a bit of a rogue, mostly a mensch—established Garner as America’s leading television actor. Born James Scott Baumgarner in Norman, Okla., in 1928, he survived an upbringing that was at best knockaround and often, at the hands of a cruel stepmother, abusive. “By the time I was 14, I’d become an independent little bastard,” he says. “Nobody was going to tell me what to do.” The attitude ebbed; the independence remained. As a young man, he played football, migrated to California, flunked out of Hollywood High, spent a semester at the University of Oklahoma, served in the Merchant Marines, won two Purple Hearts in Korea, modeled Jantzen swimsuits, and eventually fell into acting.

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Bryan Cranston to star in HBO adaptation of Broadway's 'All the Way'

Bryan Cranston is returning to television: HBO acquired the rights to Broadway’s All the Way, the Tony-winning play in which the Breaking Bad star portrayed Lyndon B. Johnson, the network confirmed to EW.

Cranston will reprise his role as the 36th president of the United States, with playwright Robert Schenkkan on board to adapt the stage version for the small screen. Steven Spielberg will serve as executive producer on the HBO Films project.

All the Way was named best play at the Tonys last month, where Cranston took home a trophy for his performance as LBJ. The show closed June 29 after 131 performances at the Neil Simon Theatre, breaking Broadway box office records when it grossed over $1.4 million over eight performances—more than any play ever brought in during a single week.

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck star in first 'Project Greenlight' revival promo

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck want to make your movie.

Actually, wait, strike that: The Oscar winners want you to make their movie. As Damon and Affleck explain in the first promo for their revived docuseries Project Greenlight—returning to HBO after an 11-year absence—they’re not looking for screenplay submissions this time around. Instead, the new Greenlight will focus only on the trials and tribulations of a first-time director making a major motion picture. (Their pick will be helming a “Hollywood-vetted script;” no other details about the film have been released yet.)

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Zoe Saldana talks 'Rosemary's Baby,' reveals how tight script security is with 'Avatar' and 'Star Trek' -- LISTEN!

There are three things that helped Zoe Saldana decide to take on the role of Rosemary in NBC’s two-part remake of Rosemary’s Baby, premiering Sunday (Mother’s Day, how nice!) and concluding May 15: She liked the people she’d be working with, she found a way to remove the pressure of worrying about how fans of the classic 1968 Roman Polanski film would receive the update; and oh yes, she’d be spending three months in Paris, where this version of the horror story is set. It may have been that last one that sealed the deal, which she jokingly admitted when she stopped by Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM 105). Listen to her chat with EW Morning Live hosts Dalton Ross and Jessica Shaw below. You will also learn that the French do not take it easy on gorgeous movie stars who don’t speak their language.

In the second clip, Saldana gives updates on the next Avatar and Star Trek films, reveals just how crazy script security on J.J. Abrams and James Cameron movies can get, and is very happy to hear Dalton say he’s genuinely looking forward to Guardians of the Galaxy (she got up at 3:30 a.m., six days a week, for five months, to spend four hours in the makeup chair to play Gamora). READ FULL STORY

Pluto.TV: Is this the new world of online video?

It started with Elmo. A little over a year ago, web entrepreneur Ilya Pozin was working on his computer with his two-year-old daughter perched in his lap. To keep her entertained, he was searching for online Sesame Street videos. He’d put one on, but after each one ended, his daughter would yell out, “More Elmo, Daddy!” —  and Pozin would have to go on the hunt for another video. “I’m sitting there thinking, ‘Why am I having to DJ for her every three minutes?’” Pozin says, laughing. “I should be able to just throw on a channel for my daughter that plays videos she loves constantly.”

So he and co-founders Nick Grouf and Tom Ryan built a new web platform, Pluto.TV, to do just that. The platform, which launched today, March 31, essentially sifts through the millions of online videos available on Youtube and elsewhere, finds the best ones, and then put them into channels, and shows on those channels, that run 24/7. It’s like a cable menu for online video. So, for instance, if you’re really, really into cute cat videos (and let’s face it, who isn’t), you can click on Pluto’s Cats channel, and watch a curated list of the best of those  —  everything from shows on “Big Cats” to “Kitten Zone” — all.day.long., for free. You can also DVR stuff and invite friends via Facebook to watch videos with you (and chat about them) live.

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Clara Mamet on her movie, having aliens for 'Neighbors' and her famous last name -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

You might recognize Clara Mamet from her ABC show The Neighbors, which is about keeping up with the Joneses—if the Joneses were aliens. (Much like Keeping Up with the Kardashiansexcept Neighbors is scripted.) Or you might recognize her because she looks quite a bit like her sister Zosia Mamet, who plays Shoshanna on Girls. (Yep, that makes her another daughter of David Mamet.)

But soon, you may recognize her from movies as well. Mamet just wrote, directed and starred in her first film, Two-Bit Waltz, an autobiographical jaunt that features William H. Macy (Fargo), Rebecca Pigeon (Red), and Jared Gilman (Moonrise Kingdom). We stopped to catch up with the 19-year-old to discuss her movie, what it’s like having aliens for neighbors, and whether we can expect to see a Mamet Sisters project anytime soon. We also got a sneak peek at tonight’s episode of The Neighbors; check below to watch.

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Read the full text of Chuck Lorre's vanity card about Ben Affleck

Today in “Things I Thought We Wouldn’t Be Discussing”: Ben Affleck’s genitals.

Let’s back up: At the Producers Guild Awards Sunday, Chuck Lorre made a joke about Ben Affleck. “In accepting a career achievement kudo from the PGA, Lorre confessed that when he found himself standing next to Affleck at a urinal, he scoped out the size of the actor-director’s penis, [and] assured the crowd that Affleck  is sufficiently endowed to take on the role of the Dark Knight,” according to Variety.

Generating a fair amount of laughs in Hollywood, Lorre is now walking back from his silly story. (For the record, as this video shows, Affleck was amused. “I’m often confused with Matt Damon, not Michael Fassbender, so it was a nice change,” he quipped.) Last night’s vanity card during Moms was a message from Lorre addressing the controversy. While noting the joke worked in the venue told, it “got way too much traction afterward,” making him feel the need to say something.

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A 'Sherlock' movie? 'We don't rule anything out'

Might Sherlock fans one day get to see Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman sleuthing it up on the big screen? Given the episodes of the Conan Doyle update are already feature-length and Sherlock now boasts two genuine film stars, that seemed like a reasonable question to ask cocreator Steven Moffat when EW visited the show last year for this week’s cover story. “We don’t rule anything out,” Moffat replied.

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Sundance 2014: Joseph Gordon-Levitt gives stirring tribute to late brother at HitRECord event

Joseph Gordon-Levitt screened the first three episodes of his new Pivot television series, HitRECord on TV, at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday night. Gordon-Levitt has become a Sundance fixture, ever since he starred in Manic in 2001. His Internet production company, HitRECord—founded in 2005 to showcase videos Gordon-Levitt made in his free time—made its festival debut in 2009. “When we launched the third version of the site that my brother and I made together,” said Gordon-Levitt, whose older brother and creative partner, Dan, passed away in 2010, “we pushed the button here in the snow at Sundance 2009 on Jan. 20.”

Dan, better known as Burning Dan for his many appearances at the Burning Man arts festival in Nevada, was clearly on Gordon-Levitt’s mind as the little website grew into a formidable enterprise with a new TV show. On Friday night in Park City, when an audience member at the post-screening Q+A asked Gordon-Levitt about Dan’s impact and legacy at HitRECord, the 32-year-old choked back tears and gave a stirring tribute:

“So my brother is named Burning Dan and he helped me set up this first website, and he and I ran HitRECord together for the first several years before it became a professional anything. What Dan was all about was getting people to try something that they didn’t think they could do. His favorite book was Green Eggs and Ham. … HitRECord to him — and to me too, but really even more to him — was about somebody who was like, ‘I want to be a writer and I sometimes write but I don’t show it anybody.’ Or, ‘I want to be a singer but I’m too afraid to sing in front of anybody.’ And when he could get people … to do that, that was his… I’m sorry… that was his favorite. And it didn’t matter to him so much how it turned out. It didn’t matter to him so much how it turned out or what the finished product was. He just wanted people to do it and what you’ll find when you come to our site is, even though there’s all this professional production going on and we’re making a tevleision show, there’s a lot of stuff going on besides that. Stuff that won’t make it onto the show — because I’m too brutal a director — but nonetheless, is received with such warmth and encouragement, and that always makes me think of him because that’s what he did, more than I did. … He would be so f–king happy to see all of you guys here, so thanks so much.” READ FULL STORY

Jordan Belfort, the real Wolf of Wall Street, shopping reality show

Jordan Belfort, the former financier who pulled off, in the words of EW’s review of Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, “one of the most brazen and boneheaded scams in history,” is hoping to star in a reality TV show. Electus, the studio behind Fashion StarMob Wives, and Dwayne Johnson’s The Hero, sought out Belfort, an ex-con who now works as a motivational speaker. Electus
 CEO Chris Grant tells The Hollywood Reporter that networks have been taken with Belfort, who’d help others looking for redemption: “He was described to 
us after leaving the room as ‘TV gold,’” Grant said.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus on Golden Globe noms for 'Veep' AND 'Enough Said': 'I'm out of my mind with happiness'

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association gave Julia Louis-Dreyfus one of the best mornings a star could ever wish for. Not only did she score a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Television Series (Comedy) for Veep, she got one for Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) for Enough Said.

You can bet she was excited about it:

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Congrats on a great morning.
JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS: Goddammit! Thank you!

For some reason, I imagined Jonah delivering this news to you. How do you think Selina Meyer would react if Jonah told her she was nominated for a Golden Globe?
Well, you have to understand that Selina is an egomaniac, of course, and she detests Jonah. But since the news is good news — and it’s good news about her — she might even hug Jonah before kicking him out of the office. READ FULL STORY

Ron Burgundy -- er, Will Ferrell -- will return to 'Conan' in November

Prepare your mustache combs and dust off the old jazz flute: On Nov. 21, Ron Burgundy is coming back to ConanUpdate: The Burgundy bit will now air on Conan‘s Nov. 20 episode.

As you may recall, Burgundy — a.k.a. Will Ferrell — last stopped by Conan O’Brien’s TBS show to break the news that Anchorman‘s long-anticipated sequel had finally been greenlit. This time around, Ferrell-as-Burgundy will apparently stick around for “a much longer conversation,” according to a release — one mainly about Let Me Off at the Top!: My Classy Life and Other Musings, an Anchorman 2 tie-in book/Burgundy “autobiography” that hits shelves Nov. 18. Anchorman 2 debuts a month later, on Dec. 20.

“It’s thrilling to be on the Conan O’Brien show, a top flight show. I’m excited to hear he’s still on television,” “Burgundy” said in a statement.
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'Doctor Who' 50th anniversary show to be screened in more than 300 theaters

This November’s Doctor Who 50th anniversary show really will be bigger on the inside — the inside of cinemas, anyway. BBC America announced today that on Nov. 23, the 75 minute-long “The Day of the Doctor” will be screened in theaters in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, and Minneapolis at the same time the special is being simulcast around the world. The screenings will be 3-D with tickets going on sale Oct. 25, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. ET. READ FULL STORY

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