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Greta Gerwig to Interview Laura Dern for ‘Inside the Actors Studio’ — Exclusive

Greta Gerwig to Interview Laura Dern for ‘Inside the Actors Studio’ — Exclusive
Ovation TV has announced the latest hosts and guests of the new season of “Inside the Actors Studio,” and the new network’s rotating host format is proving very exciting so far. Academy Award nominee Greta Gerwig will be interviewing Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Laura Dern in an upcoming episode, as well as Tony Award nominee Latanya Richardson Jackson interviewing four-time Emmy Award winner Alfre Woodard. Both episodes have yet to be taped.

“Inside the Actors Studio” aired for 22 seasons on Bravo, where it was hosted by James Lipton. Famous for his penetrating index card questions and comically subdued delivery, Lipton has interviewed 74 Oscar winners and has been parodied by “The Simpsons.” Each episode ends with his famous ten questions, borrowed from French television personality Bernard Pivot and inspired by Marcel Proust.

Last year, it was announced that the series was moving to Ovation TV for its 23rd season,
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Levity Live Ups Francesco Pace To Svp Production, Adds Two Development VPs

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Levity Live, which owns production houses including Triage Entertainment and Lando Entertainment, has promoted Francesco Pace to Svp Production and added Hayden Boal and Ben Wood as VPs Development.

Pace will oversee physical production for all Levity Live production companies in both linear and streaming programming. For the past four years, He was in charge of production for such lifestyle programming as Guy’s Grocery Games, Iron Chef America and Kids Baking Championship. He also served as executive producer of A Very Brady Renovation, which launched this week as the highest-rated season premiere in Hgtv history.

New VPs Development Boal and Wood will report to Ashley Hoff, Svp Development across all of Levity’s production companies. They worked together at Relativity Television and Critical Content on such projects as The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey for CBS, Who Shot Biggie & Tupac? (Fox), and Chi-Town Flip (Hgtv).

“I’m thrilled to reunite with Hayden and Ben,
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Ryan Reynolds Tweets Link to ‘Pokémon Detective Pikachu’ Full Movie on YouTube

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Ryan Reynolds Tweets Link to ‘Pokémon Detective Pikachu’ Full Movie on YouTube
Ryan Reynolds appeared to have found a pirated pre-release copy of “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” — and then made the ill-advised move to share it with his 13 million-plus fans on Twitter.

Of course, not really.

The “Deadpool” star, who voices the adorable yellow rodent-like creature in the upcoming Warner Bros./Legendary Entertainment release, hadn’t blundered into facilitating a massive piracy scheme three days before the theatrical release of “Pokémon Detective Pikachu.”

Reynolds’ tweet, under the guise of alerting Warner Bros. about the leak, was in fact a classic rick-roll-style prank, engineered to remind people that his movie opens Friday. The “pirated” copy of the movie on YouTube includes 60 seconds of what looks like the actual opening sequence of “Detective Pikachu” — followed by 102 minutes of Pikachu aerobicizing on a dance floor.

Um…. Attn @DetPikachuMovie @warnerbros https://t.co/UF7qYtKOYV

— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) May 7, 2019

The “full movie” (at this link) in its
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Ovation’s ‘Inside the Actor’s Studio’ Sets Alec Baldwin, Jane Lynch as First Hosts

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Ovation’s ‘Inside the Actor’s Studio’ Sets Alec Baldwin, Jane Lynch as First Hosts
Alec Baldwin and Jane Lynch will be the first post-James Lipton hosts for Ovation’s version of “Inside the Actors Studio.”

The retooled show is moving from its longtime home on Bravo and will debut on Ovation on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 10 p.m. Et/7 p.m. Pt.

Lynch will be interviewing David Oyelowo, while Baldwin, co-president of The Actors Studio, will interview Henry Winkler. Lynch and Baldwin are the first hosts to be announced following longtime host Lipton’s exit last September.

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“As an independent television network dedicated to celebrating and supporting all forms of arts and culture, Ovation is perfect as the new home for Inside the Actors Studio,” stated Scott Woodward, executive vice president of programming and production, Ovation. “We plan to honor the legacy
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Sean Penn Clowns Bradley Cooper at Event Honoring 'Star is Born' Star

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Sean Penn Clowns Bradley Cooper at Event Honoring 'Star is Born' Star
Sean Penn busted out his sense of humor all over his pal Bradley Cooper ... just in time for Bradley's huge Hollywood achievement. BC was honored with the American Cinematheque Award Thursday night at The Beverly Hilton. The star-studded dinner featured plenty of tributes from his fellow actors and collaborators, but Sean's stood out because it included a pretty funny stroll down memory lane. Sean started off his toast by telling the crowd something felt strangely
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The Evolution of Bradley Cooper, From ‘Sex in the City’ to ‘A Star Is Born’ (Photos)

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The Evolution of Bradley Cooper, From ‘Sex in the City’ to ‘A Star Is Born’ (Photos)
“He’s the kind of hot where, trust me, when he’s in front of you, you would just grab your ankles,” Amy Schumer said about Bradley Cooper in her “Saturday Night Live” monologue. And yet of course, Cooper has gone from relative obscurity and bit parts on television to playing perfect asshole types to now being looked at as a bona fide auteur after his directorial debut. Cooper’s good looks, charm and humor have kept him out of action hero roles and superhero tights and made him better suited to play over-eager boyfriends and charismatic jerks. His latest film “A Star is Born” has him playing opposite Lady Gaga and channeling Eddie Vedder. Here’s Cooper’s evolution across the years.

Sex and the City” (1999)

Bradley Cooper’s very first acting role was in the second season of “Sex and the City,” where he had a quick-fling with Carrie Bradshaw.
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James Lipton Ends Run As ‘Inside The Actors Studio’ Host As Show Moves To Ovation TV

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James Lipton Ends Run As ‘Inside The Actors Studio’ Host As Show Moves To Ovation TV
James Lipton, host of the interview series Inside the Actors Studio that has run on Bravo since 1994, is hanging up his index cards as the series has set a deal to move to Ovation TV in fall 2019.

Lipton is creator, executive producer and host of the show, which features actors, writers, directors and other entertainment figures discussing their craft — and always with Lipton. The Bravo run included more than 200 episodes and the series earned 20 Emmy nominations — its lone win came in 2013 for Outstanding Informational Series or Special. Lipton won a Critics’ Choice Award for hosting in 2016.

A Bravo rep told the network’s The Daily Dish that “now that there will be a new host, we felt it was time to close this chapter and pass the baton.”

The Ovation incarnation announced Monday will feature rotating guest hosts chosen by the network and The Actors Studio. The series is part
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James Lipton Retiring From 'Inside the Actors Studio'

James Lipton Retiring From 'Inside the Actors Studio'
James Lipton, the creator of Inside the Actors Studio, is stepping down from his hosting role on the long-running series.

Lipton has served as host of the interview program, which features sit-downs with some of the most powerful stars in Hollywood in front of the Actors Studio Mfa program at Pace University, since 1994. The show has welcomed such esteemed guests as Tom Hanks, Jim Carrey, Meryl Streep, Viola Davis, Barbra Streisand, James Gandolfini and many, many more.

The series ran for 23 years on Bravo and will move in fall 2019 to Ovation TV, where a rotating panel of guest ...
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‘Inside the Actors Studio’ Jumps From Bravo to Ovation TV, as Host James Lipton Retires

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‘Inside the Actors Studio’ Jumps From Bravo to Ovation TV, as Host James Lipton Retires
Nearly 25 years after its debut on Bravo, “Inside the Actors Studio” is swapping networks — and hosts. Ovation TV is set to announce Monday morning that it has sealed a new deal with the Actors Studio to become the new home and producer of the long-running interview series.

As part of the announcement, series creator, host and executive producer James Lipton has announced that he is retiring. Lipton will be replaced by a rotating list of celebrity guest hosts until a permanent guest host is eventually identified.

The new “Inside the Actors Studio” season won’t premiere on Ovation until fall 2019, giving the network time to stockpile at least 10 episodes to air as a full season.

“For years, we’ve been very interested [in the show], but the timing never quite came together,” said Scott Woodward, executive vice president of programming and production at Ovation. “Three months ago it all seemed to work out all at once.
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‘Inside the Actors Studio’ Heads to Ovation TV in New Partnership

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‘Inside the Actors Studio’ Heads to Ovation TV in New Partnership
Inside the Actors Studio” is on the move.

Ovation TV and the Actors Studio have partnered to produce and air future episodes of the award-winning interview series about the art of acting, which has aired on Bravo since its launch in 1994. As part of the agreement, Ovation will also curate content from the series’ extensive library for additional episodes.

Ovation will premiere the new episodes in the Fall of 2019. James Lipton, the series’ creator, original host and executive producer, will turn the microphone over to a number of rotating guest hosts, who are in consideration now by the network and The Actors Studio.

“It’s very gratifying to see the legacy of ‘Inside The Actors Studio’ being carried forward for a new generation to appreciate and enjoy,” said Lipton. “I made a vow early on that we would not deal in gossip — only in craft, and Ovation, as a network dedicated to the arts,
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Ted Danson Inside the Actors Studio: What You'll Hear About The Good Place, Cheers, His Early Work and More

Ted Danson Inside the Actors Studio: What You'll Hear About The Good Place, Cheers, His Early Work and More
Cheers drinkslinger and Good Place Architect Ted Danson will undergo a thespian rite of passage tonight on Bravo: being grilled by James Lipton for an episode of Inside the Actors Studio.

The interview, filmed before a live audience in New York in December, covers Danson’s 40-year career in television and movies. TVLine was on hand for the taping, which ran more than two hours (!) and was later edited to fit Studio‘s one-hour runtime. Because we haven’t seen a screener, we’re not sure exactly what did or didn’t make the cut. But because we know you love The Good Place
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Kristen Wiig Was 'Terrified' of Working with Matt Damon on Downsizing: 'I Didn't Want to Suck'

Kristen Wiig Was 'Terrified' of Working with Matt Damon on Downsizing: 'I Didn't Want to Suck'
Kristen Wiig may have spent seven seasons performing live sketch comedy on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, but when it came to filming scenes in a big screen movie with Oscar winner Matt Damon, that’s when she really got nervous.

The actress, 44, stars alongside Damon in Downsizing, the new comedy from Election director Alexander Payne that imagines a scenario where the solution to overpopulation and climate change is Norwegian scientists shrinking people down to five inches tall.

During an appearance on Inside the Actors Studio airing Thursday, Wigg tells host James Lipton why she signed on to the project.
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Spotlight: James Franco's Charity Work

James Franco is an American actor, writer, comedian and musician.

During an Inside the Actors Studio interview in 2012, Franco explained to the audience, “Helping people – that’s the key to life, the key to happiness… As an actor, you can get wrapped up in yourself and your career…A little secret is one of the greatest ways to break that is to stop thinking about yourself for a second.”

He credits Kirsten Dunst with introducing him to the joy of helping others. Dunst suggested he spend time volunteering with her chosen charity, The Art of Elysium, and the experience changed his life.

Charities & foundations supported

James Franco has supported the following charities:

826 NationalAmerican Foundation for AIDS ResearchArtists for Peace and JusticeCommunities in SchoolsDonorsChoose.orgFree Arts NYCHillsidesThe Art of Elysium Read more about James Franco's charity work and events. Related articles Hollywood Domino Attracts Stars On Both Sides Of AtlanticCelebrities
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James Lipton (‘Inside the Actors Studio’) recalls extraordinary Emmy win and which Hollywood star burst into tears [Exclusive Video]

James Lipton (‘Inside the Actors Studio’) recalls extraordinary Emmy win and which Hollywood star burst into tears [Exclusive Video]
“That was extraordinary! It did take a long time and was the sweet 16th nomination when we won the Emmy,” recalls James Lipton about his first victory for “Inside the Actors Studio” at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony in 2013. In our recent interview (watch the exclusive video above), he adds, “I was sitting […]
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Seven Bucks Productions hires Chelsea Friedland

Friedland joins as vice-president of development as Seven Bucks aims to bolster television development slate.

Seven Bucks Productions, co-founded by Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia, have announced that Chelsea Friedland has joined as vice-president of development.

Friedland will be oversee the development of scripted and unscripted television projects and work closely with Seven Bucks Digital Studios, the digital arm of Seven Bucks Productions, to identify long-form opportunities in the digital space.

Prior to joining Seven Bucks Productions, Friedland served as the director of development for Red Bull TV, part of the first team responsible for creating original content for Red Bull’s Ott platform.

Friedland was also the senior director of development and production for MTV, where she worked on the reality series Are You The One?, and developed Nev Schulman’s spinoff, Suspect.

Before MTV, Friedland served a long tenure at Bravo, developing and producing series such as What What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, [link
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Watch: Scarlett Johansson Says Woody Allen 'Loves to Talk About Sex'

Watch: Scarlett Johansson Says Woody Allen 'Loves to Talk About Sex'
Woody Allen is often described as a man of few words — but Scarlett Johansson knows exactly which topics get him talking.

In a clip shared exclusively with People, the Rough Night actress tells Inside the Actors Studio host James Lipton that the 81-year-old director didn’t have “much interest” in talking to her about her roles while they worked together on projects, yet “he talks a lot.”

“About food? Dinner?” Lipton asks, to which Johansson quips: “Oh, any old thing — loves to talk about sex, people’s relationships, neurotic behaviors, wonton soup. All kinds of stuff.”

Johansson, 29, has starred in
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Exclusive: Scarlett Johansson Gets Candid About Growing Up in a Low-Income Family: 'We Were Living on Welfare'

Exclusive: Scarlett Johansson Gets Candid About Growing Up in a Low-Income Family: 'We Were Living on Welfare'
Scarlett Johansson is opening up about about being raised in a low-income family.

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The 32-year-old actress gets candid about living on welfare as a kid, telling James Lipton on Thursday's episode of Inside the Actors Studio how she was brought up.

"We were living on welfare, we were on food stamps," Johansson says in a clip from tonight's episode. "My parents
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Scarlett Johansson talks Black Widow on Inside the Actors Studio

Scarlett Johansson has revealed new details about her role as Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, during an appearance on Bravo’s Inside the Actors Studio. In one clip from tonight’s episode the star, the highest-grossing female actor of all time, reveals how when she first saw the catsuit she had to wear it totally freaked her out. She tells host James Lipton the prospect of wearing such a revealing and figure-hugging item was “daunting”. Lipton says: “You have described the first time you saw the catsuit as a bit of a freak-out moment. Why?” She says: “What do mean why?...read more
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Every Adorable Thing Jim Parsons Has Said About His Longtime Love (and Now Husband!) Todd Spiewak

Every Adorable Thing Jim Parsons Has Said About His Longtime Love (and Now Husband!) Todd Spiewak
Congratulations are in order to Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak — they’re married!

A rep for Parsons confirmed to People on Sunday that the Big Bang Theory actor tied the knot with graphic designer Spiewak after more than 14 years together. On Monday, Parsons took to Instagram to share an adorable photo of their Saturday nuptials at the Rainbow Room, keeping the caption short and sweet with just the date and a simple heart emoji.

Parsons, 44, quietly came out in a May 2012 New York Times profile that matter-of-factly described him as “gay and in a 10-year relationship.” At the time, Spiewak’s identity wasn’t disclosed,
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