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Cuthbert playing pregnant lesbian; says Phaneuf “excited” about her new role

- January 16th, 2015

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PASADENA, Calif. – So what does Elisha Cuthbert’s husband – Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf – think about this?

Cuthbert (above left), a well-known Canadian actress, is playing a lesbian in her new NBC series One Big Happy, which debuts March 17. A pregnant lesbian, no less.

“My husband was really excited,” Cuthbert said when I asked her about it. “I had taken some time off (following the cancellation of her previous sitcom Happy Endings) and we got married and I enjoyed the year with him together before taking on anything new.

“And then this (One Big Happy, executive-produced by Ellen DeGeneres) came my way. I was so excited about it, and therefore he (Phaneuf) was excited about it.

“Without his support, it would be nothing.”

Does this role present any specific challenges for Cuthbert?

“No, it’s like playing a human being,” Cuthbert said. “(The character) is a little dorky at times and has a great collection of blazers. I love the wardrobe, let me say that.”

With Cuthbert’s acting schedule and Phaneuf’s playing schedule, the couple must be the world leader in frequent-flyer miles.

“We see other actually a lot, I make sure that we do,” Cuthbert said. “I make sure that I take time off. I focus on the show but once the show is over I don’t do very much else, because it’s family time. So we do, we make a lot of time for each other.

“I’m livin’ the dream, I get to be home in Canada and be here (in Los Angeles) and have a career and it’s wonderful. But I am on a plane a lot.”

bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

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Gwyneth Paltrow covers Nicki Minaj, Drake on Jimmy Fallon

- January 15th, 2015

What’s better than rap music? Rap music sung in a classic Broadway style by Gwyneth Paltrow and Jimmy Fallon, of course!

Paltrow appeared on Fallon’s late night variety show to promote her upcoming film, Mortdecai, when they decided to show off their musical talents.

Starting with Drake’s “Started From the Bottom,” and ending with a hilarious rendition of Big Sean’s, “I Don’t F— With You,” the three minute set seems to move a mile a minute as they coast from one song to the next.

Although clever, it’s clearly a cheap imitation –but with wealthier people- of Postmodern Jukebox’s popular YouTube channel that covers almost all of the songs listed on Billboard’s Top 40 list in a wide array of genres.

For example, they also covered Nicki Minaj’s, “Anaconda.”

We’ll let you decide which version is better.

‘Dexter’ spinoff would focus on Michael C. Hall as Dexter again

- January 15th, 2015

After months of speculative rumour surrounding a possible Dexter spin-off, it looks like Showtime is one step closer to making it a reality.

During the cable network’s presentation at the first Television Critics Association (TCA) of the year, President David Nevins said it’s a concept they’ve been seriously thinking about for quite some time.

Nevins, not one to disassociate himself from the criticism surrounding the show, did clarify that there would only be one way to do the show: bringing back Michael C. Hall and centering the Dexter spin-off on Dexter.

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Showtime President David Nevins.
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“I think if we were to do it, I would only do it if it was with Michael,” Nevins said, as reported by the A.V. Club.

Ready? It gets even more bizarre.

Even with bringing Hall back on board, Nevins said the show could only proceed if it felt like a completely new entity. Think Archie Bunker’s Place (a great comparison from the A.V Club’s Sean O’Neal) meets Better Call Saul.

“I’m not interested in doing it if it’s just a continuation,” Nevins said, adding the show would be, “in a completely new setting with a new supporting cast.”

Considering that infamous finale, it definitely seems plausible. If Dexter had indeed moved from Miami to a heavily wooded area like Seattle, Portland, or just about all of Canada, it would be pretty easy to introduce a whole new cast and create an entirely new show with a familiar face.

A win-win for a network that wants to revive its ratings and keep the idea of Dexter alive, even if they do manage to sacrifice the quality of the show by the middle of the fifth season.

The big question now is whether Hall is up for returning to the series.

In an interview with The Daily Beast’s Marlow Stern, Hall admitted playing a character like Dexter was emotionally draining and morally compromising.

“…you’re simulating murder and a life based on fundamental, formidable secrets and lies, and that’s going to do a number on you,” Hall said. “There’s a part of us that doesn’t distinguish between ritual and reality, and there’s some way that whatever you’re performing is encoded in you, hence the need to perform some sort of exorcism.”

Despite the feeling of moral dread and emotional ambiguity, Hall told Stern he wouldn’t toss out the possibility of returning to the series.

“It was definitely an anti-closure ending, and if the character –and show- has life behind it, it leaves the door wide open…if I said right now that there will never be another incarnation of anything involving the character of Dexter, cut to three months later and I’ll probably be on the set shooting it. Never say never.”

Still, the possibility of a spin-off is speculative.

As Nevin said, “If we were to do it, we would have to have a very good reason to do it.”

If Hall does sign on, expect more details about the show in upcoming months.

‘The Price is Right’ announcer George Gray runs on treadmill backwards, eats it

- January 15th, 2015



It’s evident that Price is Right announcer George Gray isn’t the most athletic person in the world.

During Thursday’s episode of popular game show, he may have had his worst moment so far – he ate ground after attempting to run backwards on a treadmill.

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The video explains it all, really:

FX Canada is re-branding as simply FX

- January 13th, 2015

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FX Canada is getting shorter in the hopes of long-term benefits.

As of Wednesday, Jan. 14, Rogers is re-branding FX Canada, dropping the “Canada” to be known simply as “FX.”

With the bulk of the Canadian channel’s marquee programming – The Strain, The Americans (pictured above), American Horror Story, etc. – airing on the same day as FX in the United States, the change is being made for the sake of simplicity and consistency. Also to save a few characters on Twitter, perhaps.

The Canadian version of FXX, also owned by Rogers, actually never has had the word “Canada” attached to it, so that’s another consistency with the new FX.

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