Hoboken denies film permit for 'Shore' spinoff
February 1st, 2012
03:45 PM ET

Hoboken denies film permit for 'Shore' spinoff

Although Seaside Heights is awash in publicity thanks to MTV's "Jersey Shore," Hoboken, New Jersey seems to want none of it.

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer has denied a film permit that would allow a "Jersey Shore" spinoff to film in public locations in the interest of "protecting public safety and quality of life concerns for Hoboken residents," a statement on the city's website says.

In a letter addressed to a representative of "Jersey Shore's" production company, 495 Productions, Zimmer further details the decision, noting that the proposed filming locations would "take place on the very doorsteps and beneath the windows of our citizens, unnecessarily degrading their quality of life." You can read the letter in full here.

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Filed under: Jersey Shore • television
Newt Gingrich: Brad Pitt could play me in a movie
February 1st, 2012
01:31 PM ET

Newt Gingrich: Brad Pitt could play me in a movie

We've all played the "which famous person could play me in the story of my life" casting game, and Newt Gingrich has joined in.

According to TMZ, the Republican candidate for the presidential nomination has said that if he had to pick someone to portray him in a film, he'd pick straight from the A-list.

"Brad Pitt," Gingrich told radio host Rich Stevens Tuesday of who could portray him. "Why not go for it?"

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Filed under: 2012 Election • Brad Pitt • Politainment
Mindy Kaling comedy pilot lands at Fox
February 1st, 2012
01:03 PM ET

Mindy Kaling comedy pilot lands at Fox

While Rainn Wilson's potential "Office" spin-off would stay at NBC, Fox appears to be snapping up the talents of his "Office" co-star Mindy Kaling.

The network has reportedly picked up an untitled comedy pilot from Kaling that would star the writer/actress as a Bridget Jones-esque OB/GYN.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Kaling would also write and executive produce the comedy along with "The Office's" Howard Klein as an exec producer.

If this show were to turn into a series, THR alludes that Kaling would exit "The Office" to focus on this effort with Fox.


Filed under: television
ABC moves forward with 'Scruples' pilot
February 1st, 2012
11:54 AM ET

ABC moves forward with 'Scruples' pilot

ABC is plucking its latest project from the bookshelf: The network is moving ahead with a pilot for an adaptation of the best-selling novel "Scruples," The Wrap reports.

Undoubtedly sweetening the deal, Oscar winner Natalie Portman is also signed on to executive produce the hour-long drama. Written by Judith Krantz in 1978, "Scruples" has already been on TV before, thanks to a 1980 miniseries starring Lindsay Wagner.

ABC's version is being sold as a "sexy soap set in the '70s" that follows a widowed socialite as she opens a boutique in Beverly Hills. According to Entertainment Weekly, Krantz's son Tony will executive produce the potential series alongside Portman.

The network has also picked up four other drama pilots - including a new one from "Desperate Housewives" creator Marc Cherry.


Filed under: television
Nick and Aaron Carter's sister Leslie dies at 25
Leslie Carter attended a 2006 event with her brother Aaron, center, and musician AJ McLean.
February 1st, 2012
11:52 AM ET

Nick and Aaron Carter's sister Leslie dies at 25

Singers Nick and Aaron Carter are suffering a loss. Their sister Leslie, an aspiring singer, has passed away at the age of 25, CNN confirms.

"Our family is grieving right now and it's a private matter," the Carter family says in a statement. "We are deeply saddened by the loss of our beloved sister, daughter, and granddaughter, Leslie Carter. We request the utmost privacy during this difficult time."

E! News reports that she passed away Tuesday in upstate New York. Like her brothers, Leslie also had an interest in music, and her song "Like Wow!" was featured on the 2001 "Shrek" soundtrack. She also appeared with her siblings on the 2006 E! reality show, "House of Carters."

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Filed under: Celebrities • Music
Julian Assange to guest on 'The Simpsons'
February 1st, 2012
11:12 AM ET

Julian Assange to guest on 'The Simpsons'

Although he's been under house arrest in Britain, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will nevertheless have a cameo in an upcoming episode of "The Simpsons."

The controversial figure will voice the "Simpson-ized" version of himself in the 500th episode of the long-running series, which will air February 19.

Entertainment Weekly reports that Assange will serve as a sort of "new Flanders" for the animated family after they "go off the grid" once Marge and Homer learn that Springfield's residents have been holding secret meetings to try to kick them out of town.

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Filed under: television • The Simpsons
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