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Dennis Hopper Dies of Cancer at 74

by Allison Waldman, posted May 29th 2010 3:24PM
dennis_hopper_cigarOne of the more distinctive American actors, Dennis Hopper, died today at the age of 74. Hopper, best known on television for his starring role in Starz 'Crash' as well as a memorable series of Nike ads, succumbed to a long battle with prostate cancer. He was at home surrounded by friends and family when he passed away early this morning.

Hopper had a long career in Hollywood since bursting on the scene in the early 1950s, part of the new generation of actors, among them Marlon Brando and James Dean, steeped in "the Method." He struggled to find his niche, but over the years Hopper made a name for himself with great roles in movies like 'Rebel Without A Cause,' 'Easy Rider,' 'Apocalypse Now,' 'Blue Velvet' and even the popcorn hit 'Speed.'

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What's On Tonight: Dollhouse, Ghost Adventures, Crash

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 18th 2009 12:20PM
Frosty the Snowman
  • At 8, ABC has a new Supernanny, followed by two new episodes of 20/20.
  • CBS has a new Frosty the Snowman at 8, then Frosty Returns.
  • FOX has two new episodes of Dollhouse at 8.
  • PBS has a new Washington Week at 8, followed by new episodes of NOW and Bill Moyers Journal.
  • MyNetwork TV has a new Smackdown! at 8.
  • AMC has National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation at 8.
  • At 9, Travel Channel has two new episodes of Ghost Adventures.
  • Lifetime has An Accidental Christmas at 9.
  • Also at 9: BBC America has a new Friday Night with Jonathan Ross.
  • At 10, NBC has a new Jay Leno Show.
  • Syfy has a new Sanctuary at 10.
  • Food Network has 24 Hour Restaurant Battle at 10.
  • STARZ has a new Crash at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What to Watch: December 18

by Kim Potts, posted Dec 18th 2009 6:00AM
'Crash' (10PM, Starz) season 2 finale
The second season concludes with a catastrophic event, but not before a busy finale that finds Ben (Dennis Hopper) and Anthony squaring off with the Manson freaks and getting the truth about Ben's daughter, and Seth throwing a soiree to celebrate development of his city for the homeless. But it's Wendy's participation in Seth's Byzantium project that steers the season towards its cliffhanger ending, as she's scheduled to be recognized for her work until Bo pops up with plans of his own.

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Crash: I don't know if I like Dennis Hopper cleaned up

by Jane Boursaw, posted Sep 11th 2009 1:01PM
Dennis Hopper as Ben Cendars on Starz' CrashI've checked out the first episode of season two of Crash, which airs Sept. 18 at 10 PM ET on Starz. After a major tragedy in his life, Ben Cendars, played awesomely by Dennis Hopper, has taken some time off to get sober. No more drugs.

Somehow, I find that a difficult pill to swallow, so to speak, and I really hope he goes south again soon. No one plays the drugged out crazy guy like Dennis Hopper. His wild eyes and erratic behavior are the best parts of the show, especially as he interacts with his driver Anthony, played by Jocko Sims. Those two have one of the weirdest, most dysfunctional bromances in TV history, and I'd hate to see it messed up with Ben's sobriety.

On the plus side, Eric Roberts has joined the cast as a billionaire entrepreneur who plans to bring a pro football team to Los Angeles. My other favorite character is Kenny, played by Ross McCall. He's definitely no angel, but he seems like he wants to make things right in this episode. Let's just say it's a bit of a heartbreaker.

Anyone else a Crash fan?

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What are you looking forward to catching up with this summer?

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 30th 2009 3:01PM
SkinsIn the DVR era, I have this new problem/blessing that happens to me every year. I jump on board these shows and then just get too busy to keep up with them and they pile up and sit there on my DVR unwatched. As an example, I just finished "Chapter 5" of John Adams last night; damn that's a good mini-series. But now that 99% of the network shows are wrapping up their seasons, I'm looking at three months of solid catch-up time.

I can also use the time to try out series I've always wanted to get into but just haven't for some reason or another; I'll use that "no time" excuse again. With more videos streaming online at Hulu (thanks ABC), seasons coming out ever faster on DVD and more vintage shows coming out the field is wide open. Of course, I'm probably taking on more than I can handle, but dammit I'm excited!

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Larenz Tate: The TV Squad Interview

by Kona Gallagher, posted Apr 2nd 2009 11:26AM
larenz tate rescue me

After several high-profile movie roles in films such as Menace II Society, Dead Presidents, and Crash, Larenz Tate headed to New York City for a regular gig on the FX drama, Rescue Me. Tate plays "Black Sean," the newest probie forced to contend with Tommy Gavin and the rest of the motley crew at the firehouse.

Tate joined in season four, which had its season finale in the summer of 2007. That November, the writers' strike began, which pushed production of season five back, oh, about twenty years or so. Okay, maybe not that long, but I've moved at least twice since I watched Rescue Me last. The series (finally) returns to FX on Tuesday, April 7.

I got to speak to Tate recently about what's in store for his character in season five, including some good dish on Sean's love life and how FX is planning on making it up to the fans who have been waiting so long for Rescue Me to return.

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TV News Daily: Feb. 24, 2009

by Thomas DiChiara, posted Feb 24th 2009 2:53PM
Patrick DempseyMcDreamy may be quitting Seattle Grace, 'Melrose Place' gets a reboot and more ...

Who cares about George and Izzie when Derek may be the next doc to go on 'Grey's Anatomy'? That's right, Patrick Dempsey fans: An official plot description for an upcoming episode reveals that McDreamy himself is quitting Seattle Grace. But does that mean he's leaving the show?

In other news, the CW has officially greenlit a reboot of '90s primetime soap 'Melrose Place' (finally!); this year's Oscar ratings are all Jackman-ed up; and 'Fringe' is relocating to Canada.

See more of today's TV headlines, casting scoops and premiere dates after the jump.

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What to Watch Friday, Jan. 9

by Kim Potts, posted Jan 9th 2009 5:00AM
monk and psych'Monk' and 'Psych'
(9PM & 10PM, USA)
USA's Friday night characters are back in action, and for Monk, that means a family reunion.

His half-brother, Jack. Jr., is on the lam after he escapes from prison, and Jack makes his way to casa de Monk for help. Someone's framed him, he claims, and he wants his OCD bro to help him crack the case.

Meanwhile, 'Psych' buds Shawn and Gus are on the hot on the trail of a murderer ... a murderer whose victim is Shabby the Sea Lion. And their lead suspect: A TV animal show host played by the patron saint of Jumping the Shark, Ted McGinley. Be careful, 'Psych' dudes; he's killed before.


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What to Watch Friday, Dec. 26

by Kim Potts, posted Dec 26th 2008 5:00AM
jennifer aniston'Jennifer Aniston: An E! Entertainment Special'
(8PM, E!)
That GQ magazine cover would seem to prove that there's little yet to be revealed about the 'Friends' and 'Marley & Me' star.

But the E! folk claim otherwise, as this special delves into her early career, her 'Friends' days and her more recent comedy works, including her well-received guest gig on '30 Rock' this season.

And, of course, no Aniston bio would be complete without a peek into her personal life, which includes interviews with celeb pals Marlo Thomas and Kathy Najimy, and dish on the Brangelina brouhaha, her tempestuous relationship with her mom and her recent on-again, off-again romance with playboy rock star John Mayer.


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What to Watch Friday, Oct. 17

by Kim Potts, posted Oct 17th 2008 5:00AM
Crash'Crash'
(10PM, Starz) series premiere
'Crash' opens with Dennis Hopper berating his penis, and from there gets a little less weird, though more intense.

The drama, based on the surprise Best Picture Oscar winner, doesn't rely on the racial themes that drove the 2004 movie, but, like the flick, does show how a disparate group of Los Angeles residents meet and mingle.

Hopper's aging record producer Ben, who seems to be based on Phil Spector, is the most over-the-top character in the bunch, which also includes corrupt cops, a gang member-turned-paramedic, marrieds warring over the wife's father and a musician who gets more than he bargained for when he becomes Ben's driver.


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I like Dennis Hopper's character in Crash - VIDEO

by Jane Boursaw, posted Sep 12th 2008 10:03AM
Crash Trailer and Video ClipI posted last week about the new series Crash, premiering on Starz on Oct. 17. It's been a long time coming. I started hearing buzz about a TV series shortly after the film debuted in May, 2005, and the cast looks good (though I know some of you disagree with me).

The lineup of the ensemble drama includes Dennis Hopper, D.B. Sweeney, Ross McCall, Clare Carey, and Luis Chavez, among others. I also appreciate the fact that Paul Haggis and Don Cheadle, who worked on the film, are producing the TV series. So whatever else happens, I have to think they'll keep the integrity of the film intact.

The Crash press kit is now online, and it's interesting to watch the trailer and hark back to the movie. Some of it looks the same -- like the shot of a cop feeling up a woman -- and the racial tension is definitely in place.

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Tom Sizemore in for Crash

by Jane Boursaw, posted Sep 8th 2008 9:24AM
Tom Sizemore in for CrashI've been waiting for Crash the TV series to materialize ever since I heard about it shortly after the movie premiered in May, 2005. The Starz/Lionsgate series will feature 13 episodes with a different cast of characters from the film.

Now I have even more reason to be excited, because Tom Sizemore has joined the series in a recurring role. He'll play Detective Adrian Cooper, whose unorthodox methods cause havoc when he investigates a police-involved shooting. Sizemore joins Dennis Hopper in the series, with Paul Haggis serving as executive producer.

I've had a major crush on Sizemore since he played Sgt. Vinnie Ventresca on China Beach during the 1989-1990 season. Sure, he's had some challenging times. According to his IMDB.com page, in February, 2005, he failed a court-ordered drug test after he was caught trying to use a prosthetic penis to fake the results. And that was the second time he was caught trying that.

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Dennis Hopper to star in Crash

by Kristin Sample, posted Jun 5th 2008 9:02PM
Dennis Hopper Dennis Hopper is set to star in the new original series Crash, produced by Starz and Lionsgate. This is the first drama series for the network. Based on the Academy Award-winning movie, Crash has begun filming in New Mexico and Los Angeles. Sanford Bookstaver (Jericho, Bones, The O.C.) will direct the premiere episode.

According to the press release, the show "will continue to focus on an ensemble cast of characters" and "will explore the complexities of social tolerance in contemporary America by digging at the meaning of what it takes to reach the American dream." Hopper will play Ben, a veteran, maverick producer in the music biz who is looking for his last big score. Other stars include Clare Carey, Luis Chavez, Ross McCall, Jocko Sims, Brian Tee, and Arlene Tur. Crash will come to Starz in October.

Watch your backs, HBO and Showtime! This show looks good. And Paul Haggis is on the team of executive producers. He didn't just give us Crash. He gave us thirtysomething and The Black Donnellys. Don't mess with the Hag.

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Crash gears up with cast

by Jane Boursaw, posted May 30th 2008 8:22AM
Shortly after the release of 2005's Crash in theaters, I remember reading that a TV series based on the film was in the works. I even pitched the story to a TV trade magazine, but the editor didn't go for it. She must have guessed the show would be years in the works, and she was right.

Three years later, a TV series is finally starting to gain some steam. The Hollywood Reporter just posted a story that five actors have joined the cast of the series produced by Don Cheadle, Paul Haggis (pictured), Mark R. Harris, Robert Moresco, Tom Nunan, and Bob Yari, all of whom were involved with the movie. Produced by Lionsgate, the series is anticipated to premiere on Starz in 2009.

Here's a rundown on the actors who've just signed. It's interesting that most of these folks are not big-name actors, which I find refreshing in an era where many mega-movie stars are crossing over into TV:

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Starz first series will be Crash

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 26th 2008 10:38AM
Cheadle HaggisStarz, the cable network, is getting into original production and their first project will be based on the 2005 Best Picture Oscar-winning film Crash. Glen Mazzara, whose credits include Life, The Shield, Stand-Off and Nash Bridges, has been named executive producer/showrunner for the drama series. Lionsgate TV will co-produce with Starz, and they've greenlighted 13 episodes.

The controversial film, which dealt with the intersecting lives of a myriad of people living in Los Angeles in just 48 hours, centers on the character of Detective Graham Waters. Waters, a police detective, is struggling with his career, his drug addict mother and a criminal brother. The role was played by Don Cheadle (Picket Fences), who was also one of the film's producers. He is expected to reprise the part in the Starz production and may even direct a few episodes. In addition, director/co-writer/producer Paul Haggis and others from the film are also on board for Starz.

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