GLAAD: ABC's 'Work It' no laughing matter
December 19th, 2011
12:46 PM ET

GLAAD: ABC's 'Work It' no laughing matter

ABC's new midseason comedy "Work It" doesn't air until January 3, but it's drawing a critical reaction from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and the Human Rights Campaign, reports Entertainment Weekly.

The premise of "Work It" centers on two manly men who are struggling to find employment, and thus dress as women in order to get jobs.

GLAAD posits in a write-up on its website that "during a period in which the transgender community now routinely finds itself in the cultural crosshairs, the timing couldn't be worse for a show based on the notion that men dressed as women is inherently funny."

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Filed under: television
Louis C.K. snags hosting duties at political gig
December 19th, 2011
12:46 PM ET

Louis C.K. snags hosting duties at political gig

Guess who's coming to dinner? None other than Louis C.K.

The comedian has been selected as the featured speaker for the 68th Annual Radio & Television Congressional Correspondents' Dinner, to be held in June.

According to a press release, the black tie event is "traditionally attended by the President, the Congressional Leadership, media executives, Capitol Hill broadcast journalists and prominent newsmakers."

The comic is perhaps best known for his starring role in the FX original comedy series "Louie" and his stand-up work, which includes his recent comedy special, “Louis C.K.: Live at The Beacon Theater.”


Filed under: 2012 Election • Celebrities • Politainment
'SNL' skit has Jesus visit Tim Tebow
December 19th, 2011
10:34 AM ET

'SNL' skit has Jesus visit Tim Tebow

After the Denver Broncos emerged victorious in their game against the Chicago Bears last week, some have been wondering if the Christian faith of Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow had something to do with it.

Over the weekend, "Saturday Night Live" poked fun at the headlines, invoking an appearance from Jesus himself - as played by Jason Sudeikis.

The skit begins in the locker room after the Broncos' win, with Tebow thanking "the most important person in my life, my Lord and savior Jesus Christ," and lo and behold - a bearded Sudeikis appears.

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Filed under: Saturday Night Live • television
Jennie Garth, Melissa Rycroft land CMT reality shows
December 19th, 2011
10:05 AM ET

Jennie Garth, Melissa Rycroft land CMT reality shows

She’s not particularly "country," but former “Beverly Hills, 90210” star Jennie Garth is headed to CMT. Deadline reports that Garth and her family will document their move to a seven-acre farm on an upcoming docu-reality series.

The actress, along with husband (and “Twilight” star) Peter Facinelli and their three daughters, will move from Los Angeles to central California. There she'll attempt a country lifestyle, away from the pressures of Hollywood (while starring in a TV show, we might add).

Eight half-hour episodes of “I Love Jennie” (a working title) have been ordered.

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Reese Witherspoon lands West Memphis Three movie
December 19th, 2011
09:32 AM ET

Reese Witherspoon lands West Memphis Three movie

Hollywood is at work on another film about the West Memphis Three, and Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon has signed on for it, reports Variety.

Witherspoon will appear in Atom Egoyan's "Devil's Knot," an adaptation of Mara Leveritt's 2003 book. The actress is slated to play one of the murdered boy’s mothers, Pam Hobbs.

Aside from Egoyan's project, there's also Peter Jackson's just-wrapped documentary about the case, called “West of Memphis." The dramatic story was also recently told via Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky’s "Paradise Lost" documentary series.

The West Memphis trio - Jason Baldwin, Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley Jr. - were released in August after serving 18 years in prison on child murder convictions.

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