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'SNL' Scorecard: Did Spider-Man Rescue Emma Stone's Show?

by Mike Ryan, posted Nov 13th 2011 12:40PM

Last season, Emma Stone hosted 'SNL' for the first time, a show that would introduce us to "Sex" Ed Vincent and "Les Jeunes de Paris." For Stone's return visit, "Les Jeunes de Paris" was back for a third time (sadly, "Sex" Ed still isn't back) – in fact, for whatever reason, of the first eight sketches of the night (including the two Update segments), only the Digital Short wasn't a recurring sketch. Even the Spider-Man monologue was a recurring sketch! Regardless, it doesn't matter -- Stone has now proven twice that she's a terrific host. But, after four subpar shows in a row to start the season, could Stone keep the momentum going that started with Charlie Day's show last week? On to the Scorecard!

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ABC Strikes New Deals with Netflix, Amazon

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 31st 2011 11:30AM
ABCNetflix seems to be combating its bad press by striking up partnership deals with TV networks. Hot on the heels of its deals with The CW and AMC, Netflix and Disney-ABC Television Group have reached a new agreement, extending their existing licensing agreement.

As part of the new deal, episodes of new seasons from Disney-ABC shows will be available on Netflix 30 days after the last episode of each season airs.

'Switched at Birth' and 'Kick Buttowski' will now be available on Netflix. The new deal extends to the previous seasons of 'Lost,' 'Brothers & Sisters,' 'Ugly' Betty,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Private Practice' and 'Desperate Housewives' that are currently on the streaming service. 'Army Wives,' 'Melissa & Joey,' 'Make It or Break It' and various Disney Channel shows will also remain available.

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Top 5 Clips of the Week: Snooki & Sitch Have It Out, Colbert Offers Cooper More Pun-tastic Celeb Names & More (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Aug 20th 2011 2:00PM

What a week of clips! We watched our favorite TV characters get sloppy drunk, fight over whether or not they hooked up, giggle hysterically, perform with the Monkees and try desperately to stay on message.

Let us review the video evidence -- check out the clips after the jump and vote for your favorite in our weekly poll.

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Stephen Colbert Talks the Death and Replacement of Spider-Man (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 4th 2011 5:25AM
Miles Morales AKA Ultimate Spider-Man, 'The Colbert Report'Stephen Colbert is very upset about recent developments in the Ultimate Marvel Universe. He took to 'The Colbert Report' (Weeknights, 11:30PM ET on Comedy Central) to talk about the death of Peter Parker and the new guy who's taking on the Spider-Man mantle.

"Peter Parker is killed, presumably while appearing in 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,'" Colbert quipped. But he was more than confused by the identity of the new Spider-Man, a half-black, half-Hispanic guy named Miles Morales.

"What sort of origin story does he have?" Colbert pondered. "Was he a black guy bitten by a radioactive Hispanic, or a Hispanic guy bitten by a radioactive black guy?"

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Marvel Chief Talks About Miles Morales, the New Spider-Man (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 3rd 2011 2:00PM
Axel Alonso talks about Miles Morales, the new Spider-man, on 'The Early Show'Peter Parker has been Spider-Man since 1962, an orphan raised by his Aunt May and Uncle Ben. Now, with Parker's death in the Ultimate Fall-out series, there's a new Spider-Man -- Miles Morales, who takes over in Ultimate Fall-out issue number four, on stands Wednesday. Marvel Comics EIC Axel Alonso talked about the changeover Wednesday on 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM on CBS).

"We were concocting the story in Ultimate comics, which is a line of comics which is a parallel universe to the Marvel Universe, which involved the death of Spider-Man," said Alonso, "and the obvious question was, you know, when you have an iconic figure of this importance die, who do you replace him with? We've got a president now of mixed ethnicity, so we figured, why not the most recognizable super hero in the world?"

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Marvel Comics EIC Axel Alonso Looks at the History and Future of Comics on 'The Early Show' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 21st 2011 2:15PM
Axel Alonso of Marvel Comics talks 'Captain America' and other comics on 'The Early Show'Marvel Comics superheroes have never had a higher profile than they have this summer. 'Captain America: The First Avenger' is about to hit theaters Friday, joining releases of 'Thor' and 'X-Men: First Class' from earlier this year, a popular 'Iron Man' series, and an upcoming 'Spider-man' reboot. 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM on CBS) caught up with Axel Alonso, named editor-in-chief of Marvel in January, to talk about Marvel and the future of comics.

They began in a comic book shop, where Alonso handed anchor Jeff Glor a few books. "These are all little pieces of history you hold in your hands," he said. Captain America, it was noted, debuted in the spring of 1941. At that time, no one could have imagined such a full-color, live action, CGI-enhanced version of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby's creation coming to the big screen.

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John Krasinksi Dresses Up As Spider-Man, and Fights With a Bearded Batman (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 10th 2010 6:25AM
John Krasinksi Dresses Up As Spider-Man, and Fights With a Bearded BatmanAs you may have heard already, the superhero Spider-Man is generally considered to be a friendly neighborhood kind of guy. But this wasn't necessarily the case on the new 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (weeknights, 12AM ET on ABC).

Jimmy was supposed to have Ryan Seacrest as his guest, but Seacrest wasn't available, so Jimmy went looking for the next best thing: His pal John Krasinski. The two men are neighbors in Los Angeles, so the talk show host knew where to find Mr. Krasinski.

But wait. ... Where would you look for John Krasinski? If you said "he'd probably be hanging out on the streets and begging for loose change while dressed up in a Spider-Man costume," then you are correct! Granted, this was a little odd. But even more strangely, Jimmy's "friendly neighbor"' wasn't very friendly when he was wearing the red-and-blue outfit.

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Tracy Morgan Shuns 'Spider-Man' Over Tobey Maguire Debt (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 16th 2010 4:07AM
Tracy Morgan on 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart'Is there anyone who has not seen the 'Spider-Man' films? Apparently, Tracy Morgan. The guy holds grudges, as revealed by Jon Stewart on last night's 'Daily Show' (weeknights, 11PM ET on COM). "The gentleman says to me, 'Ask Tracy Morgan if he never saw 'Spider-Man' because Tobey Maguire owes Tracy Morgan $75,'" said Stewart. True or False?

Watch the video after the jump.

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Ellen DeGeneres Has Some Fashion Ideas for Usher (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 1st 2010 4:59PM
Usher Gets a Makeover on 'Ellen'R&B star Usher has an excellent sense of style. But when he appeared on the latest episode of 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' (weekdays, syndicated), the singer got some new fashion tips from an unlikely source.

DeGeneres first inquired about Usher's tattoos, suggesting a new addition to the singer's body-ink: "Maybe you want my face on you somewhere?" "...Ooh," said Usher. "As a tattoo!" DeGeneres clarified.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Gone Too Soon: 'Freaks and Geeks'

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 22nd 2010 4:02PM
Freaks and Geeks
Created by Paul Feig and produced by Judd Apatow, 'Freaks and Geeks' is one of those rare television treasures that no one saw or appreciated until it was too late. Okay, that's unfair. Critics, the press and the loyal fans who did find the show on NBC immediately knew that it was something special. Unfortunately, it didn't find wide enough appeal to last beyond its first season.

Ironically, the show's cast of virtual unknowns now reads like an all-star comedy troupe, which is a testament to the brilliant casting that went on behind the scenes of the show. Finding such talented kids, and then coupling them with brilliant writing crafted on of the most revered television shows of all time.

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'Spider-Man' Director Marc Webb to Helm 'Midland' Pilot

by Oliver Miller, posted Jan 26th 2010 10:00AM
Marc WebbThe good news keeps on coming for Director Marc Webb. One week ago, he was picked to helm the upcoming 'Spider-Man' reboot, and now, the hot young director has a pilot coming out for Fox.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Webb will be directing a pilot called 'Midland.' The pilot will be a soap opera set in Texas oil-country, featuring a protagonist who is a "polygamist leading a double life." (Which makes sense, if you think about it. It'd be hard to be a polygamist and not lead some kind of double life.)

That's about all the information that is currently available for the pilot, but to us, it basically sounds like 'Big Love' meets 'Dallas.' Or even 'Big Love' meets 'There Will Be Blood' ... maybe.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 16th 2009 6:05PM
Andy Barker, P.I.Here are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

Who would buy Hammertime on DVD? I'm actually asking. Is that something that you would actually watch again after you've already watched it on TV?

There are some good complete series sets being released this week, though: Andy Richter's Andy Barker, P.I., a Rome gift set, Farscape, and a new box for The Sopranos.

  • 7th Heaven - Season 9
  • Andy Barker, P.I. - Complete Series
  • Ben 10: Alien Force - Vol. 5
  • Drawn Together - Complete Series

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James Franco goes from movies to soap to 30 Rock

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 4th 2009 9:28AM
James_Franco_General_HospitalWouldn't you love to know who's giving actor James Franco career advice these days? I'm not knocking him or her, but I'd love to figure out the strategy. Or maybe this is just Franco being Franco (like Manny being Manny, for you baseball fans out there)?

James has just started filming his two-month arc on General Hospital -- check out the first pic (right) -- and now Michael Ausiello reports that James Franco will do a guest spot on 30 Rock.

How's that for a career trajectory -- from box office bonanza (Spider-Man) to Oscar feature (Milk) to daytime soap (General Hospital) to Emmy-winning sitcom (30 Rock). He's like a human pinball machine looking for a perfect score!

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Movie star James Franco checking into General Hospital...for two months

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 1st 2009 2:43PM
James_FrancoIn the biggest casting shocker since Elizabeth Taylor appeared on General Hospital as Helena Cassadine, movie star James Franco is joining General Hospital for a couple of months as a mystery man who comes to Port Charles. Although not confirmed by the show, it's likely that Franco will be playing Vlad Cassadine, another member of that evil family that vexes the citizens of Port Chuck. His first airdate is November 20.

Why would Franco, who's busy with movies and has appeared in Spider-Man, The Pineapple Express, Milk and other hits, take a role on a daytime soap? There's no word from the actor yet, but it could be that they threw a lot of money at him. There's also the possibility that he's a soap opera fan and thought it would be a lark. Ummm, I'm thinking it's more likely the former.

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Disney acquires Marvel

by Brad Trechak, posted Aug 31st 2009 11:25AM

Spider-ManWhile this news doesn't only affect television, it does affect the industry enough to warrant a mention since both companies have historically had a television presence. Disney has purchased Marvel Entertainment for about $4 billion.

So does this mean we'll be seeing Spider-Mickey cartoons in the near future? Beats me. There are certainly benefits to Disney's acquisition. Marvel is predominately known as a comic book company and that market has been shrinking. However, the visibility of its characters has been growing due to the myriad of Marvel movies out there.

I'm sure words like 'synergy' and 'downsizing' are going to be used when describing this situation in the future. Will there be layoffs at Marvel? Should editor-in-chief Joe Quesada fear for his job?

My biggest concern is content interference on the part of Disney and the "toning down" of the more adult storylines and characters at Marvel in an effort to maintain the corporate image of its new parent. One can only hope that Disney lets Marvel be Marvel.

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