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James Corden on Why U.S. Networks Failed to Successfully Adapt ‘Gavin & Stacey’

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James Corden on Why U.S. Networks Failed to Successfully Adapt ‘Gavin & Stacey’
British romantic comedy “Gavin & Stacey” was a huge hit across the pond, and seemed ripe for a U.S. adaptation a la “The Office.” And indeed, both NBC and Fox tried to make American versions of the show – but James Corden, who created the series with Ruth Jones, knows why those remakes fell flat.

“They never understood what the show was about,” Corden said of the U.S. networks. “They would buy the show and immediately change it.” Corden spoke Sunday to an audience of “The Late Late Show” fans at EW’s PopFest in Downtown Los Angeles.

“Gavin & Stacey” followed the budding relationship between Gavin (Mathew Horne) from Essex and Stacey (Joanna Page) from Wales, and how their families are brought together. Corden played Gavin’s best friend, Smithy, while Jones was Stacey’s pal Nessa. The show launched in 2007 on digital channel BBC Three, but was so popular
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13 British comedy stars lured to Hollywood in the 1990s

Hollywood went hunting for lots of British comedy talent in the 1990s - and lured the likes of Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry and Emma Thompson...

For some reason, Hollywood fell in love with British actors again in the 1990s. Sparked by Alan Rickman's turn as Hans Gruber in Die Hard at the back end of the 1980s, many movie villains were either Brits, or in the case of Cliffhanger, John Lithgow taking on the mannerisms of a British antagonist.

Yet in particular, Hollywood went recruiting British comedy talent, with faces then mainly - but not exclusively - known for their small screen work getting roles of various sizes in Hollywood productions. Here are some who racked up the air miles - starting with the man who arguably became one of the most successful...

Hugh Laurie - 101 Dalmatians

Laurie is a man of many talents, who ultimately cracked America with
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Inspire Entertainment Expands With Addition of Manager Ali Forman

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Inspire Entertainment is expanding with the addition of manager Ali Forman to the company.

Forman will be working closely with Inspire Entertainment partner Jason Spire on existing Inspire Entertainment clients as well as a select group of clients she will be bringing with her from Impression Entertainment.

“I am thrilled to have Ali join the company. Working with a like-minded, hard-working dear friend is a dream,” said Spire.

Also Read: ‘A Most Violent Year’ Named Top Film by National Board of Review

Inspire Entertainment has quickly become one of the “go-to” boutique management/production companies in the business, having managed
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Alex Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout Inks 3-Year Universal Deal

Universal’s making room for Alex Kurtzman and his Secret Hideout shingle. They’ve signed a three-year production deal with the writer-director-producer’s new banner, which is expanding its operations on the studio lot. Kurtzman, who first pacted with Universal in a two-year deal in 2012 with Star Trek co-scribe Roberto Orci and their K/O Paper Products, will be joined by Focus FeaturesJeb Brody and K/O’s Bobby Cohen as producers at Secret Hideout. Kim Rosen is also moving over to the new company from K/O Paper Products to serve as head of digital and interactive. Kurtzman & Co. will be adding additional offices on the Universal lot while developing filmmaker-driven projects with franchise and multi-quadrant potential.

Kurtzman continues to spearhead Universal’s relaunch of its classic monster franchises with Chris Morgan, starting with the Mummy reboot he’s helming for a summer 2016 release. He is also producing
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Jason Ritter on His Film I Am I, Why VOD Is Important, and His Fred Savage Fan Letter

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Jason Ritter on His Film I Am I, Why VOD Is Important, and His Fred Savage Fan Letter
Sometimes there’s a little bit of legwork involved in being a Jason Ritter fan. With a career that’s toggled between interesting character roles in limited-release movies (2005’s Happy Endings, 2008’s Good Dick) and bigger parts in short-lived TV shows (Joan of Arcadia, The Class, The Event), his always-nuanced performances can often prove hard to catch. That changes today with the Vimeo On Demand release of I Am I, a Kickstarter-funded movie about a woman posing as her recently deceased mother in order to get to know her long-lost father, who is suffering from memory loss. The actor co-stars with Jocelyn Towne, who also wrote and directed the film, and her husband The Big Bang Theory's Simon Helberg, who has been a friend of Ritter’s since high school. Next week will see the release of The Big Ask, another indie Ritter shot with a cast of TV thespians,
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New Year's Eve specials: Which one is right for you?

New Year's Eve specials: Which one is right for you?
It’s that time of year again, when people on TV giggle over the phrase “balls dropping.” As the countdown to 2014 begins, you might choose to binge-watch your way through zombie carnage or Happy Endings reruns. But if you prefer to watch something live — and by “live,” we mean “while guzzling cheap champagne at a safe distance from Times Square’s Port-o-Potties” — we’ve got you covered. Below, check out our rundown of which special might be right for you.

Dick Clark’S Primetime New Year’S Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2014(ABC)

Hosts: Seacrest will get some help from
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Your guide to New Year's Eve marathons 2013

Your guide to New Year's Eve marathons 2013
Before you attend your New Year’s parties, you have to decide what to do during the day on New Year’s Eve. Surely it can’t take you 12 hours to get ready for a party. And if you choose to relax a little (or a lot) in front of the television, we’ve rounded up your viewing options. Well, if by viewing you mean marathoning and never leaving the sofa.

Check out your TV marathon options below:

*Note: Final time is when final episode begins; all listed in Et

The Mindy Project season 2 (Bravo, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.
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'Broadway Idiot' review: Superficial Green Day show documentary goes backstage

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Getting a Broadway show up and running is a journey often fraught with drama, hurt feelings and failure. Happy endings are rare and best appreciated if we know the struggle, revisions, hard work and tough casting and re-casting decisions it took to achieve success.

Much of that is missing from "Broadway Idiot," a tuneful but extremely superficial slice of cinematic triumphalism celebrating the conversion of Green Day's 2004 concept album, "American Idiot," into a stage musical that ran for 422 performances at Broadway's St. James Theatre. Producers had to update a Bush-era screed about suburban angst and post-9/11 American ennui into something that felt fresh in 2009-10.

Though we're treated to some wonderful moments and we develop a pretty thorough understanding of the back story on the songs and the era that spawned this angry, defiant, anarchic song cycle, there's never a discouraging word uttered in "Broadway Idiot's" 80 minutes. 

We don't see the casting process,
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People's TV Critic: My Apology to Honey Boo Boo

Dear Honey Boo Boo Child:

When Here Comes Honey Boo Boo debuted on TLC last summer, I thought the sky was falling and that civilization was ending. The show seemed to expose viewers to a new low in what passes for American life on TV – I never got over that local swimming hole with the warning sign about flesh-eating bacteria – and at the same time I thought it exploited you, your Mama June and your siblings.

I thought it was especially condescending, and insulting, for the show's producers to supply subtitles translating your dialogue, even though your family's Southern accents are admittedly jowl-shakingly thick.
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People's TV Critic: My Apology to Honey Boo Boo

Dear Honey Boo Boo Child: When Here Comes Honey Boo Boo debuted on TLC last summer, I thought the sky was falling and that civilization was ending. The show seemed to expose viewers to a new low in what passes for American life on TV - I never got over that local swimming hole with the warning sign about flesh-eating bacteria - and at the same time I thought it exploited you, your Mama June and your siblings. I thought it was especially condescending, and insulting, for the show's producers to supply subtitles translating your dialogue, even though your family's
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Poll: Which departing Comedy Series do You want to receive an Emmy hug?

Poll: Which departing Comedy Series do You want to receive an Emmy hug?
Parting is such sweet sorrow... unless you're a TV fan. This year, just like every other, the TV networks played God with our remote controls by cancelling some of our favorite comedy series. But this is no laughing matter. In some cases, as with 2006 Best Comedy Series winner "The Office" and three-time champ "30 Rock" (2007, 2008, 2009), the showrunners were involved in the decisions and had ample time to write fitting conclusions to the stories and characters we'd come to love. But, in most instances, the cancellation axe swung fast and without notice. Laura Dern fans are still mourning their light-hearted "Enlightened" being axed by HBO while vocal cult audiences are in a state of denial about the cancellations by ABC of "Happy Endings" and "Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23." NBC let go a pair of little-watched laffers -- "Up All Night" and "Whitney" -...
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Emmys 2013: 13 TV shows likely to be overlooked

Since the Emmy ballots have been sent out to voters, the entertainment world is busy speculating about which shows will get Emmy nominations in 2013.

But what about the many deserving shows that will most likely be ignored? Every year, plenty of television programs fail to get any Emmy love. From "Psych" to "Hannibal" to "Fringe," here are 13 of the biggest errors the Emmy voters of 2013 are about to make.

Last-minute disqualification: "Orphan Black"

Were it not for Tatiana Maslany's surprise win at the Critics' Choice Awards, this BBC America wouldn't even be on anyone's radar. It's still a long-shot.

13. "Raising Hope"

For three seasons, this comedy about five generations of a love, blue-collar family is as sweet as it is insanely funny. The acting is uniformly good -- even baby Hope is entertaining -- and the humor of everyday life never gets old. Cloris Leachman and Martha Plimpton have
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Robert Downey Jr On For Chef

Robert Downey Jr On For Chef
Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr are reuniting – and this time the only metal involved will be pots, pans and cutlery. The old Iron Man collaborators are working on Favreau’s new indie comedy drama Chef.Favreau, who is also in development on big projects such as Magic Kingdom, has decided to get back to his Swingers/Made roots for a low-budget character drama that will also feature Bobby Cannavale, Sofia Vergara and John Leguizamo.In addition to directing from his script, Favreau will star as a man who loses his job in a posh restaurant and faces estrangement from his family to boot. In the hopes of reigniting his career and winning the love back, he decides to start up a food truck, which are so trendy right now (see also: What To Expect When You're Expecting, TV show Happy Endings, The Five-Year Engagement etc.)We don’t yet
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Body of Proof, Red Widow and 3 More Canceled by ABC

Body of Proof, Red Widow and 3 More Canceled by ABC
And the ABC bloodbath continues. In addition to axing Happy Endings (Boo! Hiss!), the network has canceled five more series. Freshman series How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life), The Family Tools and Red Widow have both been canceled, while the network opted not to renew sophmore comedy Malibu Country starring Reba McEntire and Dana Delany's procedural Body of Proof. But it wasn't all doom and gloom as ABC also renewed Scandal, Grey's Anatomy, Once Upon a Time and several other shows. New series picked up by the network include a comedy from Rebel Wilson, Joss Whedon's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Once Upon a Time's buzzed-about Wonderland...
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GLAAD Media Awards honor President Clinton, 'American Horror Story' and more

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The 2013 GLAAD Media Awards were given out in Los Angeles Saturday night (April 20), with former President Bill Clinton being awarded the Advocate for Change Award. Watch his acceptance speech above.

"The whole history of our country has been sometimes racing, but usually stumbling in the right direction. All of you have helped us to be more worthy of what we said we were about in the beginning," says Clinton.

The full list of winners below, some of which were announced at the New York event March 16:

Outstanding Film - Wide Release

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Cloud Atlas (Warner Bros. Pictures)

ParaNorman (Focus Features)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Summit Entertainment)

Your Sister's Sister (IFC Films)

Outstanding Drama Series

Degrassi (TeenNick)

Grey's Anatomy (ABC)

The L.A. Complex (The CW)

Smash (NBC)

True Blood (HBO)

Outstanding Comedy Series

Glee (Fox)

Go On (NBC)

Happy Endings (ABC
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Meme: Renault Shows Va Va Voum, Jonathan Knight Talks About His "Coming Out," and Cher Jokes About #nowthatchersdead

In the new issue of Gay Times, Jonathan Knight talks about being "outed" by Tiffany in 2011 for the first time in detail. And he finds the whole thing ridiculous. "I felt stupid having to make a public statement. Even when the band got back together in 2008, New Kids fans knew I was gay. Everyone did." Uh, no. Not everyone, Jonathan. But he saves the harsh words for Perez Hilton, who had been chasing him ever since an ex had sold private pictures to the National Enquirer. "Perez tried to out me many times and I hate that guy for doing that. I was already gay and living a gay lifestyle but he wanted me to talk about it. Why? My brother and the rest of the guys don't go on interviews saying 'I'm straight" etc. so why do I need to just because I'm gay? People like him want me
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Tom Arnold is a dad

Tom Arnold has become a father for the first time. The 54-year-old comedian's wife Ashley Groussman, 37, gave birth to a baby boy called Jax Copeland Arnold at 9.53am on Saturday morning (06.04.13), weighing 8lbs 12 oz. and measuring 21 inches long. A spokesperson for the 'Happy Endings' star confirmed the birth of their first child and the proud parents told People.com: ''We are still in a bit of shock. It has been a long journey and the healthy birth of our son is a miracle.'' The 'Sons of Anarchy' star was very open about his fertility problems, which he discovered while in
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Tom Arnold is a dad

Tom Arnold has become a father for the first time. The 54-year-old comedian's wife Ashley Groussman, 37, gave birth to a baby boy called Jax Copeland Arnold at 9.53am on Saturday morning (06.04.13), weighing 8lbs 12 oz. and measuring 21 inches long. A spokesperson for the 'Happy Endings' star confirmed the birth of their first child and the proud parents told People.com: 'We are still in a bit of shock. It has been a long journey and the healthy birth of our son is a miracle.' The 'Sons of Anarchy' star was very open about his fertility problems, which he discovered while in college, before Ashley became pregnant and the couple were thrilled when they announced the news in January.
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Now and Then: 'Enlightened' and the Perfect TV Ending

Now and Then: 'Enlightened' and the Perfect TV Ending
Saying farewell to a beloved series is tough going, so I was gratified to have "Enlightened" do it for me. Even if its cancellation isn't yet assured, "Agent of Change," the second season's finale, felt like a goodbye nonetheless -- and a perfect one at that. As Salon television writer Willa Paskin noted yesterday, the series' most ardent fans have taken to the Internet to save the show, replicating not only the new millennium’s foremost form of viewer engagement (see under-watched, much-praised comedies like "Arrested Development," "Happy Endings," and "Community"), but also the crazed idealism of protagonist Amy Jellicoe (Laura Dern). "It’s sweet that 'Enlightened,'" Paskin writes, "a show all about the cost of caring too much, should inspire such dedication." Yet this season, almost a mirror image of the first, convinced me that "Enlightened" has reached a stopping point worth savoring. I almost want to
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Enlightened Finale Post Mortem: Mike White on Amy's Future and Her Explosive Final Showdown

Enlightened Finale Post Mortem: Mike White on Amy's Future and Her Explosive Final Showdown
If you’ve yet to watch Sunday’s Enlightened, avert your eyes now. Everyone else, read on…

Enlightened‘s Season 2 finale ended with a bang — but also with a peaceful meditation.

After an entire season of working to expose the sins of Abaddon’s greedy, felonious CEO Charles Szidon, Amy finally saw all the information she’d gathered land on the front page of the L.A. Times.

But before the story broke, Szidon learned of Amy’s whistleblowing ways (thanks to Tyler coming clean to his girlfriend/Szidon’s executive assistant Eileen).

Related | Enlightened Season 2 Finale Preview: Mike White
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