June 25th, 2010
10:13 AM ET

Cynthia Nixon joins 'The Big C'

By and large, cancer isn’t a popular theme in the comedy world, but Showtime's darkly funny “The Big C” may change that.

Laura Linney stars in the forthcoming series as the repressed Cathy, a teacher, wife and mother from the suburbs who gets bolder and braver after she’s diagnosed with cancer, and "Sex and the City's" Cynthia Nixon will be along for the ride in a four-episode arc.

Nixon will play the flaky Rebecca, the “long-lost college roommate" of Linney's character "who re-enters her life and shakes things up in a wild way,” according to a statement.


June 22nd, 2010
12:01 PM ET

Judd Apatow to produce female version of 'Hangover'

Those who thought Judd Apatow’s protagonists were all drunk white frat boys, think again - Apatovian romps may have just become equal-opportunity.

Apatow is set to produce “Business Trip,” a comedy by Stacey Harman about “a group of women who go on a corporate trip but wind up doing anything but business while on company time,” reports Variety. And considering the movie will be produced by Universal Pictures and Benderspink, the latter of which was behind “The Hangover,” some say that “Business Trip” will be the female-oriented version of the Warner Bros. hit.

The movie will star Apatow’s actress wife Leslie Mann, according to Deadline.com. Mann also appeared in Apatow’s “Funny People.”


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June 15th, 2010
03:31 PM ET

'Blood' actor: 'I'm happy to throw my clothes off'

“True Blood” fans who wanted to see more of Alexander Skarsgard were gratified Sunday, when the third season premiered. The actor's first scene of the season was in the nude.

“I love the scene,” he told Access Hollywood. “It’s a fun scene. I think it’s a good introduction to Eric in Season 3.”

For Skarsgard, who plays vampire sheriff Eric Northman, the nudity isn’t an issue as long as the scene makes sense.


June 11th, 2010
04:36 PM ET

'Transformers' gets an upgrade

"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" is often used as a prime example of how critically panned movies can still blow up at the box office, but director Michael Bay swears the next “Transformers” will be better than last.

“One thing we're getting rid of is what I call the dorky comedy,” Bay told USA Today. The slang-spewing robot twins have been cut, but John Turturro will return to provide comic relief.

And the plot will have roots in real events, namely the space race between the U.S.S.R. and the USA. "The movie is more of a mystery," Bay said. "It ties in what we know as history growing up as kids with what really happened."


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