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Oscar Winner and Queen of MGM on TCM: Still Relevant Adult Themes

Norma Shearer: The Boss' wife was cast in 'The Divorcee.' Norma Shearer movies on TCM: Early talkies and Best Actress Oscar Note: This Norma Shearer article is currently being revised and expanded. Please Check back later. Norma Shearer, one of the top stars in Hollywood history and known as the Queen of MGM back in the 1930s, is Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month of Nov. 2015. That's the good news. The not-so-good news is that even though its parent company, Time Warner, owns most of Shearer's movies, TCM isn't airing any premieres. So, if you were expecting to check out a very young Norma Shearer in The Devil's Circus, Upstage, or After Midnight, you're out of luck. (I've seen all three; they're all worth a look.) It's a crime that, music score or no, restored print or no, TCM/Time Warner don't make available for viewing the
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Jonathan Ross: 'I punched an angry goat to defend son'

Jonathan Ross reveals he had an altercation with an angry goat in tonight's (March 10) episode of Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled.

Ross explains that he was faced with the unusual situation while visiting a zoo with his young son Harvey.

"This goat ran, hit [Harvey] full in the chest and sent him flying," Ross said. "Before I knew what I had done, I punched that goat and he went right over on his side."

Ross also said that the zoo employees got the wrong idea from his reaction.

He said: "The bloke came over and said, 'Get out of the pen - he's attacking the goats!'

"I said, 'No, no, the goat's attacking the boy'. They weren't interested in Harvey, they thought I was going on some sort of goat rampage."

Germaine Greer, Tom Wrigglesworth and Lucy Beaumont also feature in tonight's episode, where topics range from '60s underground porn,
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Jon Richardson engaged to fellow comedian Lucy Beaumont

Jon Richardson has announced his engagement to fellow comedian Lucy Beaumont.

The 8 Out of 10 Cats star proposed after filming Channel 4's Jon Richardson Grows Up, revealing news of the engagement at the end of last night's episode (September 15).

Speaking on the show about their relationship, Richardson said: "It's odd when we met. You obviously get that instant spark of romance and all that, but then also, with me and Lucy, we were very comfortable together very early."

He continued to say: "I am very lucky. If I'd have read that I met someone and - within a couple of dates - we were going out, and then we went on holiday together, and then she moved in a few months later, I would have scoffed at it."

"Fundamentally I've come back feeling that me and Lucy will probably get married, which - in terms of the view I've held all my life,
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Russell Kane: kill BBC3 and you kill risk-taking comedy

Cutting the BBC's 'home of new comedy' means comics will have fewer opportunities to try and fail – it's an end to experimentalism

So BBC3 has been axed and will exist as an etiolated version of itself in the windowless basement of the internet. But that's alright cos that's what all the kids do innit? They watch dat stuff online.

Well, no. That's what some young people do, the ones from families who can afford the internet. I've been overwhelmed with tweets and messages from people complaining that they only have their phones and nowhere near enough data to stream TV programmes. Surprisingly some have mentioned that watching (particularly comedy) has a social element, which is lost when hunching over a Samsung Galaxy. Who knew?

Yet again, this decision smacks of hitting the people who are least likely to hit back. You cut Roger and Fiona's documentaries about Titian, you can
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Tim Allen demands to use the n-word

The Us actor sparks a fresh debate about racial jokes – and isn't the only one. Meanwhile, could Ricky Gervais swing a record deal for David Brent? And Spotify launches a comedy app

This week's comedy news

Comedian and actor Tim Allen is in a spot of bother this week. Specifically for telling the Tampa Bay Times that he should be able to say the n-word as much as he likes. "If I have no intent, if I show no intent, if I clearly am not a racist, then how can 'nigger' be bad coming out of my mouth?" asked Allen. The comic, who claimed to use the word regularly in his standup, added that "[the phrase] 'the n-word' is worse to me than nigger." African-American commentators politely but firmly disagreed. "Here's a general rule of thumb to follow when using the n-word for white people," said sociologist, author and radio host Michael Eric Dyson on MSNBC: "Never.
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Why we're watching: Lucy Beaumont

The 29-year-old comedian from Hull on being the new 'Les Dawson'

She looks familiar. Is it Kristen Wiig? It's Lucy Beaumont. She may not be a household name yet, but her star is rising rapidly on the comedy circuit.

How rapidly? She started writing and performing real-life material just two years ago, "specifically when I was working as a cleaner and a crow tried to pick me up in its talons. I felt like I was turning into Frank Spencer." Acclaim and major awards followed almost immediately. Johnny Vegas has praised the Hull comedian's perfect timing, hailing her as "the new Les Dawson".

Is that a compliment? To comedians, there is no higher honour.

Wow. So women can be funny? I'm going to pretend I didn't hear that.

Sorry. I meant, where can I judge for myself? Take your pick. Alongside her Radio 4 special To Hull and Back and the stand-up circuit,
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Russell Kane to host 'Live at the Electric' new series

Russell Kane is to host a second series of Live at the Electric.

The BBC Three show celebrates the UK's emerging comedy scene and will present up-and-coming comedians through sketch, stand-up, short film and music from July.

> Russell Kane Q&A: 'The geeks are ruling the earth'

The new acts featuring are Lucy Beaumont, who won the 2012 BBC Radio New Comedy Award, Edinburgh Fringe favourite Marcel Lucont, internet smash Chris Kendall's Film Fizz, Antonio, Toby, Bubba Duke & Noogie, Loretta Maine and Paul Currie.

Wittank, Totally Tom and Two Episodes Of Mash will all return to the Live at the Electric stage.

This series, Kane will write and star in his own sketches, including 'The Only Way is Shakespeare' performed entirely in Shakespearean blank verse.

Russell Kane recently announced details of his 2013 tour 'Smallness'.

Live at the Electric returns to BBC Three in July.
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Pippa Middleton Attends Another Royal Wedding

Stepping out for another royal affair, Pippa Middleton attended the wedding of Michael Marsham, son of the Earl and Countess of Romney, and Lucy Beaumont, daughter of Viscount and Viscountess Allendale, at Hexham Cathedral on Saturday (April 27).

The sister of Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton looked lovely in a half-sleeve knee-length blue dress with a tiny gray hat perched on her head and matching heels.

Earlier this week, the 29-year-old party planner headed to a charity event at Le Caprice with Tom Kingston.

Following in the footsteps of her royal in-laws, she also focused on service at the Mary Hare School for deaf children in Berkshire that week, where she serves as an ambassador.
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Jim Carrey takes aim at NRA – and Rowan Atkinson's brother isn't amused

Elsewhere in comedy this week: John Cleese targets BBC comedy chiefs, Tina Fey resurrects her Sarah Palin impression and Peter Kay's new sitcom gears up for an iPlayer premiere

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This week's comedy news

Comedians are picking fights this week. Here's Jim Carrey versus the National Rifle Association, in the form of a Funny or Die? video that's got danders up in the Us. It sees Carrey team up with the band Eels on a comic country-and-western number, Cold Dead Hand, mocking Charlton Heston and Us gun-lovers. Backed by a band including John Lennon, Gandhi and Abraham Lincoln (all killed by guns), Carrey's alter ego Lonesome Earl accuses gun enthusiasts of having small penises, and sings: "On the ones who sell the guns/ [God would] set the vultures and coyotes/ Only the devil's true devotees/ Could profiteer from pain and fear." Carrey announced
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Jim Carrey takes aim at NRA – and Rowan Atkinson's brother isn't amused

Elsewhere in comedy this week: John Cleese targets BBC comedy chiefs, Tina Fey resurrects her Sarah Palin impression and Peter Kay's new sitcom gears up for an iPlayer premiere

Reading this on mobile? Click here to watch video

This week's comedy news

Comedians are picking fights this week. Here's Jim Carrey versus the National Rifle Association, in the form of a Funny or Die? video that's got danders up in the Us. It sees Carrey team up with the band Eels on a comic country-and-western number, Cold Dead Hand, mocking Charlton Heston and Us gun-lovers. Backed by a band including John Lennon, Gandhi and Abraham Lincoln (all killed by guns), Carrey's alter ego Lonesome Earl accuses gun enthusiasts of having small penises, and sings: "On the ones who sell the guns/ [God would] set the vultures and coyotes/ Only the devil's true devotees/ Could profiteer from pain and fear." Carrey announced
See full article at The Guardian - TV News »

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