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Hgtv Remembers ‘House Hunters’ Host Suzanne Whang As “Warm, Funny And Kind”; Jane Lynch Praises “A Champ”

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Hgtv Remembers ‘House Hunters’ Host Suzanne Whang As “Warm, Funny And Kind”; Jane Lynch Praises “A Champ”
Suzanne Whang, the 56-year-old former host of House Hunters who died Tuesday of breast cancer, was remembered today by Hgtv for her warm personality and welcoming voice.

“Suzanne was warm, funny and kind with a distinctive voice that made everyone feel at home,” the channel said in a statement. “Our Hgtv family mourns her loss and wishes to express deepest condolences to her friends, fans and family who knew and loved her.”

Whang hosted Hgtv’s House Hunters from 1999 to 2007, and was also known for her recurring role as Polly the spa manager on NBC’s drama Las Vegas. Other TV credits include For The People, The Mick, Now We’re Talking and Kingdom.

Her friend, the actress Jane Lynch, remembered Whang as “a champ. We crossed paths for many years and spoke deeply and laughed heartily every time. A bright light has gone out.”

Suzanne was a champ. We
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Suzanne Whang, Hgtv’s ‘House Hunters’ Host, Dies at 56

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Suzanne Whang, Hgtv’s ‘House Hunters’ Host, Dies at 56
Suzanne Whang, best known as the voice of Hgtv’s “House Hunters,” died this week following a long-running battle with breast cancer. She was 56.

“Suzanne was warm, funny and kind with a distinctive voice that made everyone feel at home,” Hgtv told TheWrap in a statement. “Our Hgtv family mourns her loss and wishes to express deepest condolences to her friends, fans and family who knew and loved her.”

Whang hosted “House Hunters” from 1999 to 2008 and spinoff “House Hunters International” from 2009 to 2012.

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In addition to masterfully voicing the classic home-buying series, Whang also had numerous recurring acting roles, including on NBC’s “Las Vegas” and on Fox’s “The Mick.” Other credits on her resume include “Kingdom,” “General Hospital” and an episode of “Arrested Development.”

“Suzanne was one of a kind,
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‘Lethal Weapon’ Team Lands Put Pilot Order at Fox for Cop Drama ‘Dead Eddie’ (Exclusive)

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Matt Miller and Alex Taub are staying in business with Fox.

The pair, who previously worked together on Fox’s series adaptation of “Lethal Weapon,” have scored a put pilot commitment at the broadcaster for a new drama project, Variety has learned exclusively.

The drama is titled “Dead Eddie.” In the series, after a near-death experience, misanthropic ex-cop-turned-private investigator Eddie Bana is burdened with the ability to talk to the dead. Eddie’s nice enough to help them sort out their unfinished business, but always for a price.

Miller and Taub will write and executive produce, with Miller executive producing under his Good Sessions Productions Banner. Warner Bros. Television, where Miller is under an overall deal, will produce along with Fox Entertainment.

Miller developed “Lethal Weapon” for television and served as executive producer and showrunner during its three-season run at the network. He also co-created and served as co-showrunner on
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Gail Mancuso on Why Her Feature Directorial Debut Had to Be ‘A Dog’s Journey’

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Gail Mancuso on Why Her Feature Directorial Debut Had to Be ‘A Dog’s Journey’
Gail Mancuso always thought her feature-film directorial debut would be a comedy, given her background of having directed some of the biggest sitcoms in the history of TV. Instead, she found herself drawn to “A Dog’s Journey” due to the emotional connection she has to animals as well as the messages the film sends to viewers.

“Everything was leaning towards the comedy genre,” Mancuso told TheWrap. “I thought naturally I would do a comedy and I was working on one with Amblin, but then all of a sudden Amblin told me, ‘We have this other one that’s ready to go.’ [‘A Dog’s Purpose’ and ‘A Dog’s Journey’ producer] Gavin Polone knew me from ‘Gilmore Girls’ and we powwowed, and he knew I was an animal lover and had all these dogs, so I read it and, being a woman and loving the Cj story, I knew we could make it into something very special. A girl
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Spotlight: Molly Sims's Charity Work

In addition to participating on an Operation Smile medical mission to Lima, Peru, in 2007, actress and model Molly Sims, best known for her role on the popular TV show “Las Vegas,” co-hosted Operation Smile’s The Smile Collection fundraising gala in New York.

Of her experience in Peru, Sims said, “These kinds of experiences in life are not easily come by. We thank Operation Smile for enriching our lives and showing us a new frontier. Operation Smile volunteers are wonderful, beautiful people who change children’s lives. This experience with Operation Smile in Peru touched our hearts and made us realize how truly lucky we are, and how lucky these people are to have Operation Smile in their lives.”

She is also a Baby2Baby Angel.

Charities & foundations supported

Molly Sims has supported the following charities:

Alzheimer's AssociationArtists for Peace and JusticeBaby2BabyClothes Off Our BackFeeding AmericaFree Arts NYCGlobal GreenGlobal
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Lakshmi Manchu's 'Mrs Subbalakshmi' to release on March 8

TollywoodTo be telecast on Zee5, the show will mark Lakshmi Manchu's foray into the digital platform.Digital NativeLakshmi Manchu, Tollywood actor and television host, will be soon making her debut in the digital platform. Titled as Mrs Subbalakshmi, the show will be telecast on Zee5 on March 8 to commemorate the International Women’s Day. Lakshmi Manchu herself confirmed the news via Twitter last week. Sharing the details, Lakshmi Manchu wrote in her tweet, “#MrsSubbalakshmi arrives on your favorite digital platform this #WomensDay, #8thMarch! Gear up for a full on fun and fantastic comedy entertaining series on @ZEE5India..Super excited for this one! Zee5 channel also confirmed the same via a tweet. “Ladies, you are sure to strike a chord. And dear gentlemen, watch it till the end. #MrsSubbalakshmi Premieres on March 8 #ZEE5. @LakshmiManchu @AvasaralaSrini @MaheshVitta #comedianvenutillu #ZEE5Originals,” they wrote. Reports are that Mrs Subbalakshmi will be based
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‘Rashomon’ TV Series in the Works From Amblin Television

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Amblin Television has acquired the rights to Akira Kurosawa’s acclaimed film “Rashomon” with plans to develop it as an anthology series.

Each season of the 10-episode series would focus on a singular event told from multiple points of view where each of the main characters provides a unique and different perspective of the event based on their specific and subjective point of view. Only by watching each of the episodes, and seeing the differing character’s perspectives, will the audience come away with the truth behind the mystery.

Amblin TV’s Co-Presidents, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, will executive produce along with Atmosphere’s Mark Canton and David Hopwood, with Leigh Ann Burton from Opus 7 also executive producing

“We couldn’t be more excited to adapt this extraordinary film as the foundation for a new dramatic mystery thriller series,” said Frank and Falvey. “It will explore the boundaries of
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2018 DGA Awards TV predictions: Amy Sherman-Palladino (‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’) will be fifth female comedy winner

2018 DGA Awards TV predictions: Amy Sherman-Palladino (‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’) will be fifth female comedy winner
More marvelous news for Amy Sherman-Palladino: The “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” creator is the odds-on favorite to win the Director Guilds Award Saturday for comedy directing, according to our predictions. If she does triumph, she’ll be the fifth woman — all in the last six years — to win that honor.

Sherman-Palladino, who’s up for helming the pilot, has 5/6 combined User, Expert and Editors odds. She’s just ahead of Melina Matsoukas (21/10 odds), who’s contending for “Thanksgiving” from “Master of None.” Beth McCarthy-Miller (“Chicklet” from “Veep”) is third with 11/1 odds, followed by Aziz Ansari (“The Thief” from “Master of None) with 20/1 odds and Mike Judge (“Server Error” from “Silicon Valley”) with 80/1 odds.

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McCarthy-Miller is one of the previous female winners in this category; she prevailed for her work on the “30 Rock” series finale “Hogcock!”/”Last Lunch” four years ago.
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Hilton And Seacrest Team Up For New TV Series

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Hilton And Seacrest Team Up For New TV Series
Socialite-turned-reality-tv star Paris Hilton has made plans develop yet another small screen project with U.S. radio and TV host Ryan Seacrest.

According to People.com, 27-year-old Hilton has teamed up with Seacrest's production company to produce a new scripted series.

Hilton's reality TV credits include her forthcoming U.S. and U.K.-based TV shows Paris Hilton's My New BFF and 2003 show The Simple Life co-starring her gal pal Nicole Richie.

She has also guest-starred in episodes of U.S. TV series The O.C., The George Lopez Show, Las Vegas, American Dreams and Veronica Mars.

As WENN went to press, additional details on the new series were not made available.

Sims' Run-in With Caan

Sims' Run-in With Caan
Molly Sims credits James Caan with making her a better actress, after they initially clashed on the set of U.S. TV drama Las Vegas.

The former model played Caan's daughter for four seasons of the show, which was cancelled in February.

And she has confessed they didn't see eye to eye at first, until a bust-up brought them together.

Sims reveals, "The first two seasons were extremely intimidating. Then we had a battle and then things were Ok.

"I think he did it to encourage me to have more confidence and stand up for myself.

"It was a face to face (fight) and I held my own. He came back and said, 'We're good, right?'"

And she insists the confrontation has helped her: "He is fantastic. I would not be where I am without him. He's amazing, he's such a talent."

Stars Show Off Their Injuries on Fashion's Big Night

Model/actress Molly Sims braved the red carpet at the Costume Institute gala in New York on Monday while nursing an injured foot. Sims fell while performing a stunt on hit TV drama Las Vegas and needed eight stitches to close a wound on her foot. But the model refused to miss New York fashion's most glitzy night, where she joined stars like Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Lopez, Gisele Bundchen, and Lindsay Lohan in their favorite designer gowns. Sims wasn't the only star sporting a bandage at the event; former Will & Grace star Debra Messing had her right hand in a plaster cast. She said, "I was in a skiing accident and I had surgery, but I'm fine." The stars' injuries weren't the only things grabbing the attention at the gala; pregnant Salma Hayek made her first public appearance with fiance and fashion tycoon Francois-Henri Pinault since her engagement announcement, Renee Zellweger sported a new cropped look and Sandra Bullock spoke about her recent scare at the hands of an obsessed fan. The actress filed a request for a restraining order against Marcia Valentine after the fan attempted to run over her husband Jesse James on the couple's Orange County, California estate - but she told reporters she feels a little sorry for the woman. She said, "She's getting help. She deserves to get help... Nobody wants to be like that."

Selleck Set for 'Las Vegas' Role?

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Tom Selleck is in negotiations to return to TV as James Caan's replacement in hit drama Las Vegas. The former Magnum, P.I. star is in talks to play a casino owner on the show. His character is designed to fill the void left by the departure of Caan, who recently announced he wouldn't be returning for a new season of the show earlier this year. Josh Duhamel and model/actress Molly Sims are expected to return for the fifth season of the show.

Mohr and Cox Marry in California

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Jerry Maguire star Jay Mohr and his actress girlfriend Nikki Cox rang in 2007 as husband and wife after exchanging vows in Los Angeles on Friday. The couple staged a low-key ceremony at the Hotel Bel-Air. Cox, 28, met comedian Mohr, 36, in 2004 when he guest-starred on her hit TV show Las Vegas. The pair became engaged in February. This is the first marriage for Cox, who was formerly engaged to Police Academy star Bob Goldthwait. Mohr was previously married to model-turned-actress Nicole Chamberlain from 1998 to 2004 and they have one son together, Jackson.

Lara Flynn Boyle Confirms Marriage

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Lara Flynn Boyle has confirmed she is now a married woman, after tying the knot with Donald Ray Thomas on Monday. The former star of The Practice met Thomas two years ago and they became friends before starting to date six months ago. A representative for the star tells American publication People, "She's ecstatic. She's very, very happy." The Men In Black II star wed Thomas in the garden of his home in San Antonio, Texas. Boyle, 36, appeared on Showtime's series Huff, as the bipolar character Melody Coatar, and on the TV show Las Vegas, as the owner of a new hotel. She was previously romantically linked to her Twin Peaks co-star Kyle MacLachlan, David Spade and Jack Nicholson, who was 33 years her senior. The couple went public with their relationship at the 1999 Emmy Awards and dated until the end of 2000.

Fergie Rules Out 'Newlyweds' Show

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Fergie Rules Out 'Newlyweds' Show
Black Eyed Peas singer Stacy 'Fergie' Ferguson has slammed rumors she's planning a Newlyweds-style reality show with actor boyfriend Josh Duhamel. The singer, who recently appeared in Hollywood blockbuster Poseidon, met the movie star on the set of American TV show Las Vegas. It has been rumored they are due to follow in the footsteps of pop princess Jessica Simpson and her ex Nick Lachey by appearing on a show about their relationship. But Fergie says, "We don't have any plans to work together again and we would never do a reality show, like a Newlyweds thing - absolutely not. I love to watch them, I just don't want to be on one."

Hefner Laughs Off Stroke Reports

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Hefner Laughs Off Stroke Reports
Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner has laughed off reports he suffered a mini-stroke over the weekend, insisting he's as healthy as ever. A newspaper gossip column claimed yesterday the 80-year-old was recovering from a stroke. However, his spokesman Rob Hilburger says, "That's completely untrue." Hefner says, "We had a lingerie party Saturday night and I went up a little early because (girlfriend) Holly Madison had a cold. I am in very good health. I've never felt better." In addition to his appearance on Playboy bunnies reality show The Girls Next Door, which features Madison, Hefner was on US TV show Las Vegas in 2003, portraying a justice of the peace, and appeared as himself on Curb Your Enthusiasm in 2005.

James Caan Files for Divorce

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Movie tough guy James Caan has filed for divorce from his fourth wife Linda Stokes. The couple were married for almost 10 years and had two children. In court papers filed on Monday in Los Angeles' Superior Court, Las Vegas TV star Caan cites "irreconcilable differences" for the split, and is seeking joint custody of their kids, aged six and nine.

Caan Hospitalised After Ignoring Hernia

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Movie veteran James Caan has been hospitalized after collapsing on the set of his new TV drama Las Vegas. The Godfather star reportedly ignored a hernia from roping cattle on his ranch and then doubled over when the pain became too much for him to bear two days later. An on-set source says, "The make-up girl noticed that under the make-up, his face was as white as a sheet and sweat was making streak marks down his face. He was trying to do a scene, but Jimmy just grabbed his stomach, doubled over and knelt down on the ground." The 63-year-old actor was taken to Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Hospital, where doctors performed an emergency hernia operation on him.

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