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'The Muppets': Our Favorite TV Stars Join Mahna Mahna Craze

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 23rd 2011 10:35AM
The Muppets Mahna MahnaIt's safe to say we're pretty flipping excited for 'The Muppets' movie.

Not only does the new film star Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, but some of our favorite TV stars like Rashida Jones and Neil Patrick Harris round out the cast. And just like us, they're not immune to the Mahna Mahna song.

In the video below, Jones, Harris, Ken Jeong and more of our favorite scene-stealers join the Mahna Mahna phenomenon.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the video is promoting MuppetsMahnaMahna.com, a site where fans can upload clips of themselves singing the classic song.

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'Modern Family' Season 3 First Look: New Cast Photos

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 7th 2011 4:45PM
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family Season 3Family gatherings can be quite a circus, that's for sure. 'Modern Family' is taking that thought one step further with this new cast image.

The Season 3 cast picture features the gang dressed in classic circus attire -- there's even an animal in the mix! Each person is dressed like a specific circus character.

Last year's photo had the cast hanging out in vintage beach attire.

The new season kicks off with a 1-hour premiere that sees the Dunphy and Pritchett families heading to Jackson Hole, Wyoming for a dude ranch adventure. ABC promises big firsts, surprises and a face-off!

Check out a full gallery of ABC's new portraits -- including the new Lily, played by Aubrey Anderson-Emmons -- below.

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Rico Rodriguez Looks Forward To Season Three of 'Modern Family' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 19th 2011 4:45PM
Rico Rodriguez of 'Modern Family' on 'Access Hollywood Live'On 'Modern Family,' Rico Rodriguez plays the smart, sensitive, sometimes even too insightful kid Manny Delgado. Tuesday on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC), we learned the real Rodriguez is fairly smart and grounded, too. He loves playing Manny, whom he based on Antonio Banderas.

"He can get any girl he wants, but Manny can't," said Rodriguez of the Banderas connection, "but he has that mindset that he can. He's just trying to be that suave guy." And who wouldn't want to see Manny as Zorro?

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'Teen Mom' Star Jailed, Matthew Morrison Previews His Solo Album and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 28th 2010 11:45AM
Amber PortwoodAmber Portwood, one of the stars of MTV's 'Teen Mom,' is in jail following felony domestic battery charges.

"Amber is scared," Shawn Portwood, Amber's brother, told E! Online. "Gary is here with us. He's upset, too."

Portwood's legal trouble comes after MTV camera crews filmed her hitting Gary Shirley in front of their daughter. The 'Teen Mom' footage was subpoenaed from MTV after Indiana authorities received complaints from Child Protective Services.

Though Portwood already posted $5,000 bail, she has to remain in jail for a 24-hour hold, she . According to her brother, Amber was picked up just before a family Christmas celebration.

In other TV news ...

The blizzard in the Northeast has affected the Nielsen ratings. The snow caused NBC to cancel 'Sunday Night Football' for the night, sinking the network in ratings. Fox won the night with reruns of its animation comedy block. [Live Feed]

The upcoming 'Tron' animated series will bridge the gap between 'Tron' and 'Tron: Legacy.' Adam Horowitz and Eddie Kitsis, 'Tron: Legacy' screenwriters, are involved with the series and confirmed it will be considered in continuity. [Box Office Magazine]

'Modern Family' star Rico Rodriguez has launched a clothing line. Rodriguez, who plays Manny on the ABC hit, partnered with his sister to launch RAR It Fitz Fashions. [Movieline]

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Rico Rodriguez Talks Fame and Love on 'Bonnie Hunt' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted May 6th 2010 4:00PM
Aww! Could Rico Rodriguez of 'Modern Family' be any cuter? Rodriguez talked about his growing fame as an actor and his ideal love match on 'The Bonnie Hunt Show' (weekdays, syndicated).

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'Modern Family' - 'Travels with Scout' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 29th 2010 8:15AM
'Modern Family' - 'Travels with Scout'
(S01E21)
One of the strongest elements of 'Modern Family' is the strength of the ensemble cast. That brilliance in casting has continued to the various guest stars and extended family members we've met so far. I didn't fully grasp just how perfect Fred Willard is for the role of Phil's father until I saw them slinging jokes back and forth in this weeks' episode.

He drove cross-country to deliver a new dog to the Dunphy household, on account of his wife being allergic to it. This allowed Claire to have a clever conversation over the phone wherein she told him just how much trouble he was in for forgetting to tell her dear old dad was coming into town, without letting dad know what she was saying.

But then, brilliantly clever writing has been a staple of 'Modern Family' since the first episode. Aside from Phil's dad, we got to watch Jay scare the crap out of Manny, and Cameron rediscover his inner rock god.

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A Big Scare on 'Modern Family' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 29th 2010 1:00AM
A Big Scare on 'Modern Family'Is it a good idea to take your kid to a scary movie? On 'Modern Family' (Wed., 9PM ET on ABC), a dad takes his child to see a horror film -- and comes to regret it. Jay (Ed O'Neill) runs into a friend who is an actor in a new film, and so he takes stepson Manny (Rico Rodriguez) along with him to see the motion picture. Unfortunately, it turns out to be terrifying.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Rico Rodriguez Flirts With Joan Rivers on 'The View' (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 13th 2010 1:40PM
Rico Rodriguez The View'Modern Family' star Rico Rodriguez stopped by 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated) and proved to the ladies that he's got game.

The pint-sized actor told Joan Rivers that she was a "sweet smelling flower in my garden of love." Not even a second later Rodriguez pulled out a rose for Rivers. However, he didn't stop charming the ladies there, Rodriguez set his sight on Sherri Shepherd and created a secret (well, maybe not so secret since it was on national TV) handshake.

Watch the video after the jump.

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'Modern Family' - 'Game Changer' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 1st 2010 4:21AM
'Modern Familiy' - 'Game Changer'
(S01E19)
One of the reasons that Cameron and Mitchell are so fun is that Cameron manages to be both the more flamboyant one, and he's clearly the more badass of the two, as well. Mitchell is always kind of whiny and too uptight with his little fists. Unfortunately, when his ineffectiveness as a tough guy leads him to think he's letting his daughter down as a father, Mitchell decides he needs to toughen up.

Phil's birthday celebration took up the bulk of the episode. Well, actually it was the build-up to his birthday celebration, but most of the events happened on that day. So how'd it go? Well, I'll say that I've had plenty of birthdays that went about as well as Phil's did.

I also taught my sister how to play chess, and she beat me ... that very game. That's right. Now, we were both still children, but come on! That's just ridiculous!

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'Modern Family' - 'Starry Night' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 25th 2010 4:43AM
Eric Stonestreet & Sofia Vergara, 'Modern Family'(S01E18) It's time to mix up the relationships and find out which ones work the best. My theory: they all do. Tonight, we got to see Cameron hit the town with Gloria, while Jay brought Manny along on his and Mitchell's regular astronomy evening. The new dynamics worked better than anyone could have expected.

Cameron's constantly sticking his foot in his mouth while in Gloria's company created so many moments of hilarity, I had to pause the show several times just to make sure I didn't miss anything.

The Dunphy family stayed at home, because their kids are like all of our kids and neglected to tell their parents about a couple of major things that needed to be done before school the next day. One was a diorama on the life and work of Vincent Van Gogh, while the other was a batch of cupcakes.

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Ed O'Neill on Being the 'Modern Family' Patriarch

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 17th 2010 5:02PM
Ed O'Neill of 'Modern Family''Modern Family' is a repeat tonight, so I figured it would be a good opportunity to give fans a little taste by posting the quick talk I had with Ed O'Neill in January. It was the last day of the press tour, and the critics were in the middle of an epic day of set visits; one of the most fun aspects of the day was that were able to wander through the sound stages at 'Family' and talk informally to the show's stars.

I found O'Neill in the kitchen of the house where his character, Jay Pritchett, lives with his trophy wife Gloria (Sofia Vergara) and old soul stepson Manny (Rico Rodriguez). As my fellow critics were beckoning me to get on the bus to go to the next set, I asked Ed a few questions about how Jay has changed this season, and what he thinks the legacy of 'Married... With Children' might be.

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'Modern Family' - 'Truth Be Told' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 11th 2010 4:42AM
Ed O'Neill, 'Modern Family'(S01E17) Dammit! Wives are more right than we'd like to admit, aren't they, guys? I was convinced Claire was completely overreacting to Phil's Faceook communications with his ex-girlfriend. My wife and I both have several people from our pasts that we talk to online, and it is completely innocent.

If anything, perhaps the events of this episode could be criticized by saying that they are promoting negative sexual stigmas attached to social networking sites. While the sites do have their dangers, they're certainly not worthy of fear-mongering.

But I'm not going to jump on that soap box. Instead, I'm going to say that this episode was absolutely brilliant. Everything from Flyza Minelli to "A little bit louder" was pitch perfect comedy. I laughed out loud more at this episode than I do entire seasons of most comedy series.

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'Modern Family' - 'Fears' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 4th 2010 3:01AM
'Modern Famliy' - 'Fears'
(S01E16)
What are you afraid of? That was the question facing the three families that make up this exceptional comedy series. Whether it's a fear of roller coasters, tight places, passing your driver's test, getting asked to dance, or that your daughter isn't connecting to you, it's how we deal with our fears that defines us as people.

'Modern Family' actually surpassed itself in one regard this week. In 16 episodes, most of which were fantastic, this was the first one to choke out a genuine emotional response from me. Phil's closing monologue was touching, and touched on another fear that all parents face: the fear of your children growing up too fast. That, and the fear that they're going to kill someone in your car.

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'Modern Family' - 'My Funky Valentine' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 11th 2010 2:02AM
'Modern Family' - 'My Funky Valentine'
(S01E15)
The myriad relationships and characters in 'Modern Family' make it the perfect show to spotlight all the difficulties one can face in love and romance. As Valentine's Day descends on our cast of characters, they each explore new ways to express how much they care about one another, and they each find challenges along the way.

Jay takes Gloria out for a romantic evening, though it's not the one she expects. Mitchell and Cameron, who've agreed to watch Manny for the evening, wind up helping him express his true feelings to the girl he pines for, after another boy took credit for his poetry and scored a date with her.

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Review: 'Modern Family' - 'Moon Landing'

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 4th 2010 2:22AM
The Dunphys, 'Modern Family'(S01E14) Sometimes I wonder if I could just write up a review of 'Modern Family' by listing all of the great quotes that come out of this show. Line for line, this has to be one of the cleverest series on television today. Even the episode title, 'Moon Landing,' recalls a great moment.

The action this week was split between Jay and Cameron heading off to the gym to play racquetball, Mitchell helping Gloria with a traffic-related legal problem, and Claire's reunion with an old work colleague from before Claire became a stay-at-home mom. Minnie Driver was well cast as the friend, Valerie, but her performance was completely overshadowed by the brilliance of the episode itself.

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