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I'm not sure which was more abrupt: Frank Darabont's departure from The Walking Dead, or his lawsuit against the show's distributor, AMC.
The three-time Oscar nominee developed the comic book series into the hit series that it is today, but he was quietly fired from the production just shortly into the show's second season. Now Darabont is suing the network - which gave TV fans Mad Men and Breaking Bad - for tens of millions of dollars in profit he believes that they owe him due to a sweetheart deal they made in licensing the show to itself.
In Darabont's lawsuit, which he filed yesterday in New York, the director claims that AMC never told him why they dismissed him from the show (something they never discussed publicly, either).
“AMC’s conduct toward Frank to date has been nothing short of atrocious. Unfortunately, the fans of The Walking Dead have suffered as well by being deprived of his creative talent," Darbont's lead lawyer Dale Kinsella said.
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Kanye West appears on South Park as a gay fish in which he defends "hobbit" Kim Kardashian.
The animated series' season 17 finale shows character Butters telling a classmate that he wants to date a woman like Kim since "she knows how to look good." However, his classmate Wendy says the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star is "a hobbit" since her beauty is derived from Photoshop. Kim's fiance Kanye - who is animated like the other characters - comes to her rescue and defends her reputation in a scene where he gives a lecture to a classroom of students.
Britney Spears has unveiled a sneak preview of I Am Britney Jean.
The "Work B***h" singer teased fans on Twitter before posting a link to a short 30 second clip today, in which her crew members reveal she has been under "pressure" in the lead up to her residency in Las Vegas which launches later this month. The 32-year-old singer is seen performing a series of complicated dance routines before a crew member explains, "There is a lot more people watching which creates a lot more pressure for her. I'm actually worried about whether the show is going to be ready."
Gwyneth Paltrow wants to work with Claire Danes.
The 41-year-old actress is good friends with the 34-year-old Homeland star, and since they both have similar facial features and are petite blondes, she is hoping they'll have the chance to team up on screen and play sisters.
"Gwyneth has known Claire personally, but casually, for almost 20 years and when Gwyn was in her early 20s and Claire was a late teen actress, they both became famous around the same time in the mid-90s. Much has been made of the pair's similar looks and Gwyneth has finally decided that she and Claire have to find a project where they can play sisters!" a source said.
Gwyneth is said to be keener on the idea while Claire - who is currently starring as CIA agent Carrie Mathison on the third season of hit TV series Homeland - is taking things "one day at a time." The source added, "But for now, this seems like a bit of a one-way street. Claire is a cool customer and doesn't get all worked up about 'dream projects' the way Gwyneth does. She's a 'one day at a time' kind of girl, so no one knows if Gwyneth's dream will come true."
Kanye West doesn't like how Keeping Up With the Kardashians is filmed.
The 36-year-old rapper, who is engaged to the reality show's star, Kim Kardashian, admits he refuses to appear on the E! series because he doesn't think the production is up to his "meticulous" standards. "I don't do her show just because I don't like the way the producer shoots some of the shots. I'm very particular to that. I'm meticulous right. And I like to get a different DP [Director of Photography] or whatever," The "Bound 2" hitmaker told New York's 92.3 NOW radio station.
Alec Baldwin's talk show has been officially axed.
The 55-year-old actor's late night MSNBC series Up Late has been cancelled after claims the former 30 Rock actor made a homophobic slur against a photographer earlier this month. A spokesperson for Alec and MSNBC issued the following statement to UsMagazine.com: "We are jointly confirming that Up Late will not continue on MSNBC. This is a mutual parting and we wish Alec all the best."
The star reportedly called a paparazzo a "c**ksucking f*g" hours after winning a court case against his stalker in New York, but he later insisted he had called the man a "fat head." An insider told the New York Post's Page Six that executives were not impressed by his behavior and decided to cancel his show on Tuesday. "The decision has been made. He's gone. The [parent company] Comcast guys have decided. Word is spreading through the building," the source said.
The chat show was suspended from the Friday night slot two weeks ago and Alec admitted in a blog post at the time that the future of his talk show was unclear. "Whether the show comes back at all is an issue right now," he wrote.
"A lot of what the Kardshians do, I don’t think they get enough credit for what they do. They prep America to accept interracial relationships. I’m not talking about me, I can hope on a plane. I can date a white woman, I can date a black woman, and no matter what they say in the barber shop don’t matter, because I don’t get my haircut there. For the people that do, though, there’s a white woman that’s getting talked down to by her friends because she’s dating a black guy. Now you’ve got a point of reference, that you can say, 'Well, actually this couple right here, that’s dope.'"
- Kanye West points out the importance of the Kardashians' reality show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
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The Monty Python gang want to work with South Park.
Terry Jones is reuniting with his old comedy collaborators John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Eric Idle for the Monty Python Live (Mostly) show, and he claims the controversial American animation is the modern-day equivalent of their iconic British sketch show, Monty Python's Flying Circus.
"It's so successful and brilliant. It makes me laugh. We'd like to do something with them but I don't know yet because it's early days for the Python reunion. Besides, I'm just getting used to being in my 70s," the 71-year-old star told The Sun newspaper.
Terry credits South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker - who have admitted the show's style of animation is inspired by the paper cut-out cartoons made by Terry Gilliam for Monty Python's Flying Circus and have cited the group's work as a major inspiration - for making the Pythons' reunion happen in the first place: "They sparked it off when they said they'd like to do a show with us - they were big followers of Monty Python. That sowed the seed of the Python reunion," he explained.
Harry Styles has been banned from appearing on Keeping up with the Kardashians.
The One Direction hunk reportedly struck up a romance with Kendall Jenner earlier this week, but there won't be any reference to the new couple on the reality TV show as Harry's management have forbidden E! network from mentioning him in future episodes.
"Whatever happens, if the relationship develops or not, E! have been told that Harry is not to be mentioned on the program," a source told The Sun.
The singer - who split with Taylor Swift in January before being linked to model Cara Delevingne - took Kendall, the half-sister of Kim Kardashian, to Craig's restaurant in West Hollywood on Wednesday night, before driving her home in his swanky Range Rover.
However, the pair are keen to keep their blossoming romance under wraps as they don't want to go the same way as Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries, who split two months after filming their wedding for the popular series. "Harry wants to keep things as private as possible and isn't going to become part of the reality series like others in the past who have been linked to the Kardashian-Jenner clan," the source added.
Alec Baldwin's talk show has been pulled off air for two weeks.
The late night American program Up Late has been removed from the Friday night slot by MSNBC after claims the former 30 Rock actor made a homophobic slur against a photographer.
"I did not intend to hurt or offend anyone with my choice of words, but clearly I have - and for that I am deeply sorry. Words are important. I understand that, and will choose mine with great care going forward. What I said and did this week, as I was trying to protect my family, was offensive and unacceptable. Behavior like this undermines hard-fought rights that I vigorously support," the 55 year-old star said in a statement.
The star reportedly called the paparazzi photographer a ''f**'' hours after winning a court case against his stalker, but he said he didn't use the homophobic word and instead called the man a "fat head." In a blog post on Huffington Post, the actor said the future of his talk show was unclear. "Whether the show comes back at all is an issue right now," he wrote.
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