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Laurence Fishburne Talks 'Pee-wee' Reunion on 'Lopez Tonight' (VIDEO)

Dear Laurence Fishburne, You've got an amazing acting career behind you -- why must it always go back to Cowboy Curtis on 'Pee-wee's Playhouse'? Aren't we beyond that by now? Apparently not. On last night's 'Lopez Tonight,' Fishburne spoke about his cowboy past and of the 'Pee-wee's Playhouse' reunion show in L.A., but something fishy is going on....

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'Pee-Wee's Playhouse' and More New TV Shows on DVD

More times than not, when you ask a person to name a celebrity that never ages, a majority of folks will probably sputter off "Cher" or "George Hamilton." We're going to add Paul Rubens aka Pee-Wee to that list. Almost 25 years after 'Pee Wee's Playhouse' first aired in 1986, Pee-Wee has not shown the signs of age one bit. That's a very good thing now that Pee Wee is experiencing a resurgence of popularity nationwide, after performing a series of live shows, including on Broadway, this year. To catch a glimpse of the playhouse that started it all, the complete 'Pee Wee's Playhouse' collection hits DVD shelves this week, turning your DVD player into an instant time machine. Find out a list of other titles being released this week after the jump!...

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Pee Wee's Playhouse movie has a script, but does it have a screen?

Now that Pee Wee Herman's big comeback is officially in full swing, more news is coming down the pike and today's secret word is "movie." Pee Wee told the press he has a script for a movie (AHHHHHHHH!) based on his popular Saturday morning kids' show Pee Wee's Playhouse. He said the movie (AHHHHHHH!) would bring back all of the show's original characters and take them out of the playhouse and into the broader, fictional world of "Puppetland." It's also described as a family-friendly movie (AHHHHHHH!), although judging from the reaction my old man had to the show when I watched it as a kid, "family-friendly" might be a loose term for this movie (AHHHHHHH!). A Pee Wee's Playhouse film has always been lurking around in development hell. An earlier version with Johnny Depp as the title character was being shopped around way back in 2007. If Pee-Wee's Playhouse became a mo.., er, feature film, would you watch it?...

America's Next Top Model ads pulled in Santa Monica

The city of Santa Monica, located in western LA County, has been considered so far to the left politically and so paternalistic in its ordinances that some travel guides refer to it as The People's Republic of Santa Monica. Helping bolster that image are moves such as yesterday's announcement that America's Next Top Model ads were to be removed from city buses due to complaints made by residents. What exactly was so offensive about the ad, which featured Tyra and the show's contestants in bathing suits against a waterfall? The city's director of transit services said that most of the complaints came from people who felt that the city was endorsing a show that was disrespectful to women. Whether you find ANTM disrespectful to women depends a great deal on whether or not you think the entire modeling industry is disrespectful to women. I find ANTM's labor practices more offensive than I do the content of the show, and almost all advertisements turned into a big, blurry morass of noise for me back in the mid-90...

FOX's press tour gala - Simpsons, swag, Santa Monica - TCA report

Two days of presentations from FOX wrapped up with yet another outdoor "all-stars" party. FOX held its gala at the Santa Monica Pier just in time for out-of-town TCA members to see the sunset and the Pacific Ocean. While there was plenty of swag in sight (mostly various sizes of dolls from The Simpsons), you had to earn it! Party attendees played carnival games (ring toss, shooting baskets, knocking down bottles with baseballs, popping balloons with darts) in order to take home prizes....

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Pee-wee Herman's comeback show is fun and nostalgic - TCA Report

Saturday night, I decided to get away from the hotel and join a small group of critics on a field trip to Club Nokia in downtown LA to see Paul Ruebens' new stage production of The Pee-wee Herman Show. It was a heck of a lot of fun, which is saying a lot because I've never been a huge fan of Pee-wee or his classic CBS Saturday-morning show Pee-wee's Playhouse. But most of the people who were there were die-hard fans, many of whom either caught Pee-wee's original stage show in the mid '80s, grew up watching his movies or Playhouse, or likely spent their Saturday mornings in college working on their first weekend high while watching his show. For fans, it was pure comfort food. The stage was set up exactly like the set of Playhouse, complete with his complement of talking household items: Chairry, Magic Screen, Clocky, Pterri, Fish, etc. Jambi was also there to grant Pee-wee his wishes....

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What happened to Playhouse Disney this morning?

The following item is for those of you parents out there with young children. Those of you who watch soft-core porn in the morning can disregard this post. Did any of you notice something weird with the Playhouse Disney schedule this morning? Starting at 6 a.m. EST you get JoJo's Circus, Johnny and the Sprites and The Wiggles, and those mini-episodes that the network imports from Canada. That wasn't the case this morning. Instead we got Phineas and Ferb, Imagination Movers and Handy Manny. In addition, Ooh and Ahh, and all of the labels that it was Playhouse Disney were gone as well. By 8:00 a.m. things looked to have been corrected as Little Einsteins aired at its normal time....

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Watch a Teenage Anne Hathaway Sing, Dance and Rap on 'Lopez Tonight' (VIDEO)

When Anne Hathaway appeared on 'Lopez Tonight' (weeknights, 12AM ET on TBS), she reminisced about working with George Lopez in 'Rio.' In addition to voicing characters, they both sang in the film. "'Rio' was not the first time that Anne Hathaway was singing," noted Lopez. And he wasn't referring to the Oscars. Before showing the clip, he added, "This will bump up your street cred." Unbeknownst to Hathaway, the show's producers had dug up footage of a teenage Anne singing, dancing and even rapping at Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, N.J. Horrified, Hathaway screamed, "Oh, no!!" and then began to laugh. "Thank you, Paper Mill Playhouse," she said sarcastically....

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Pee Wee says: don't smoke crack - VIDEO

Okay, just for a moment let's set aside the fact that Pee Wee Herman doing a serious commercial about using crack is really, really (unintentionally) funny, and focus on just how logical it was to use that character in the first place. One assumes this commercial was made when Pee Wee's Playhouse was on the air, which means his main audience was grade school children and not so much the older hipsters who knew the more "adult" Pee Wee character Paul Reubens created while with the Groundlings....

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TV Obits: Burns, Kowalski, Anderson, Lee, Kuney

A roundup of TV people from in front of the camera and behind the scenes who have passed away. Ronnie Burns: He was the son of George Burns and Gracie Allen and played himself on The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show and The George Burns Show. He also appeared in other TV shows, including The Honeymooners, Playhouse 90, The Jack Benny Show, and Happy. He died of cancer at age 72 in Pacific Palisades, CA. ...

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TV Obits: Morse, Schwed, Kepler, Horton, Barrows, Hemion

A roundup of TV people from in front of the camera and behind the scenes who have passed away. Barry Morse: He's probably best known has the relentless Lt. Gerard on the classic series The Fugitive. He also appeared in many other series, including The Twilight Zone, Playhouse 90, Naked City, The Untouchables, The Outer Limits, The Invaders, Space 1999, Sirens, La Femme Nikita, and many more. He died at age 89 in London. ...

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TV Obits: Wald, Bliss, Huntsman, Dahlbeck, Rescher

A roundup of TV people from in front of the camera and behind the scenes who have passed away. Malvin Wald: He is best known for writing the screenplay to The Naked City, which later became a TV series and pretty much spawned later police dramas such as NYPD Blue and Law and Order. He also wrote for The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, Daktari, Combat, Playhouse 90, and The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. He died at age 90 in California. ...

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Five Stars Launched On 'Pee-wee's Playhouse'

After nearly two decades, Paul Reubens is becoming Pee-wee Herman, that silly man-child in the tight gray suit, again. Reubens stars in the revival of the 1981 production, 'The Pee-wee Herman Show,' which premieres Oct. 26 on Broadway. And the character isn't just making a comeback on stage -- Reubens and Judd Apatow are also working on a third Pee-wee Herman film. It's wonderful to see our favorite childhood comedian working again. It inspired us to watch a few episodes of 'Pee-wee's Playhouse,' and we were surprised to see how many faces we recognized. Not just because we remembered the characters, but because many of them have gone on to be acting stars themselves. ...

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Pee Wee's Playhouse: The Movie, staring ... Johnny Depp?

According to the Daily Stab, Johnny Depp is considering playing Pee-Wee Herman in a movie version of the former kid's show (and former HBO special) Pee-Wee's Playhouse. Depp has a history of taking on unusual roles and this would certainly be no exception. The script would be by Paul Reubens, the original Pee-Wee. The two actors have known each other for a while, having worked together in the 2001 movie Blow. Also, both are casting favorites of director Tim Burton (Burton's professional directorial debut was the movie Pee-Wee's Big Adventure)....

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TV Obits: Letts, Baer, Kenwith

A roundup of TV people from in front of the camera and behind the scenes who have passed away. Dennis Letts: He was a teacher who taught at universities for 30 years and then decided to get into acting. He appeared in several TV shows, including Walker, Texas Ranger, Once and Again, and The CBS Summer Playhouse, as well as the TV movies Dallas: The Early Years, Challenger, and The Last Prostitute. On the big screen he was in Cast Away, Infamous, Passenger 57, A Perfect World, and many others. He died of cancer at age 73. ...

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