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The mayor of Hartford, Connecticut blasted Dave Chappelle over his performance walk-out last Thursday night, telling him to “quit whining” following a gig in Chicago, Illinois where he blasted the city. Some might say he got racist, and he also called for North Korea to nuke the city. (story)

Katy Perry’s video for her latest single, ‘Roar’, has arrived, and the song has also knocked Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” from the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. (story)

Naomi Watts stars as Princess Diana in the new movie biopic “Diana”, and she dazzled on the red carpet for the film’s London premiere. (story)

Unfortunately, British critics are blasting the movie, calling it as awful as the car crash that took her life in 1997. (story)

Nobody can seem to get their Lamar Odom facts straight. The NBA star reportedly checked into rehab on Wednesday, but that story wasn’t confirmed and he reportedly fell off the radar. Now they’re saying he spent a day in rehab and left already. He’s also suppopsedly gone on a crack binge. (story)

Gina Gershon will be playing fashion icon Donatella Versace in a new movie, and she looks exactly like her — well, without all the weathering. Naturally, since we’re talking about Gina Gershon, it’s a made-for-TV movie that will air on Lifetime (you didn’t seriously think she’d land a leading role for a big Hollywood production, did you?) (story)

Jack Osbourne’s wife has reportedly suffered a miscarriage. The reality star’s wife, Lisa Stelly, announced that the couple was ecpecting their second child last month, but things took a turn for the worse last week. (story)

Justin Bieber‘s hanging around with Chris Brown now. This should be good. (story)

Everyone’s talking about the recent casting for “Fifty Shades of Grey”. No one likes who producers picked for the lead roles of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. We came up with 10 stars who would be better in each role, both lists are based on who we’d want to see getting it on hardcore S&M style, of course:

Better Christian | Better Anastasia

Katy Perry

The Blacklist - Season Pilot

Harry Lennix is pulling double duty this September. The 24 and Dollhouse alum is one of the stars of NBC’s highly anticipated new drama series The Blacklist, and he’s also starring in a new star-studded film called Mr. Sophistication, which is out today. BFTV connected with Harry recently to chat with him about both projects, and how he became the veteran character actor we’ve come to know and enjoy.

On The Blacklist, Harry plays FBI Assistant Director Harold Cooper, the boss of newbie agent Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone, from Law & Order: Los Angeles), who has a past with the master criminal that Keen has to work with. “I was excited to be asked to be a part of it,” he told us. “First of all, it’s got a masterful actor in James Spader. Secondly, the dialogue and the storyline is intriguing. I was very exciting about it. It’s a cut above most of the material that we get.”

While he couldn’t reveal too much about the show NBC is banking on as its next big drama hit, Harry did give us one hint that’s already got us curious. “To a large extent, we’re finding out who these characters are and what they’re going to be doing,” he said, before he revealed, “The longest-standing relationship on the show [is] between James’s character and my character. I think that’s rife with potential and possibility, and I’m excited as everybody else.”

He thinks the relationships are what’s going to separate The Blacklist from your garden-variety crime show. “You’re interested in the characters,” he continued. “There’s a great combination between procedural drama and interpersonal relationships and I think it’s uniquely positioned in that way.”

Here’s the trailer for The Blacklist.

Harry is a TV veteran, who’s best known to audiences for roles like Islamic-American activist Walid Al-Rezani in the sixth season of 24 and former cop Boyd Langton in Dollhouse. He’s also appeared on shows like ER, House and Emily Owens M.D. But none of these are his favorite small-screen part. “My favorite show was Commander in Chief,” he said, naming the ABC political drama for which he earned an Image Award nomination in 2006. “I played the Chief of Staff. I had a blast doing it. In a lot of ways, I wish that show was still on. I think it was ahead of its time in a lot of ways, and I don’t think it was given its just due.”

Playing authority figures like an FBI Assistant Director or the White House Chief of Staff is something Harry is familiar with both in television and film; he also appeared as a general in Zack Snyder’s blockbuster Man of Steel earlier this year. Why does he think he keeps ending up in power? “I’m a tall fellow. I have a deep voice. I appear authoritative,” he theorized.

“Although in reality, in fairness to my career, I’ve played a number of parts. If you look at my work in feature films over the years, I’ve been in Spike Lee movies, [and] in my own film, I play a comedian who ruined his own career. I think that just the more popular films and TV series have me in more or less authoritative roles.”

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Sharknado

The people have spoken! Five thousand fans helped decide the title of the highly anticipated “Sharknado” sequel via Twitter, and the winner is – “Sharknado 2: The Second One.”

When the made-for-television film first aired on Syfy in July, only 1.4 million watched, but there were more than 5,000 tweets-per-minute about the B-movie on the night of its debut, grossing over 604,000 in total.

Buzz for the film was so intense, Regal cinemas even hosted midnight screenings of “Sharknado” on over 200 screens on Aug. 2.

The first film centered on Los Angeles where a tornado picks up a school of hungry sharks and sends them flying through the air. The man-eating storm wreaks havoc on a small town that becomes the site of a feeding frenzy.

Stars Tara Reid and Ian Ziering return for the sequel, which will be set in New York City and will air in July 2014.

Reid told U.K. newspaper the Sunday Mirror about making the film: “I read it and I was laughing so hard because it was the most ridiculous movie I’d ever heard of. It was so insane.”

Sharknado

Photo Credits: Syfy

Syfy

The strange success of Syfy’s Sharknado movie – which former “90210” star Ian Ziering called his “John Travolta ‘Pulp Fiction’ moment,” by the way – can probably be attributed to the same cultural normative (or abnormative, we should say) that made “Bubba Teeth” a hit: Every now and then, people just like to drop all pretense and participate in the humor of things.

But it looks like it may just be those producers who took a chance on such an utterly ridiculous movie concept who get the last laugh when this thing hits actual theaters. ‘Cause that’s happening now.

Yep, “Sharknado” took the TV-observing world by storm, pun intended, for several reasons, not the least of which was an out-right social media frenzy over the unashamed ridiculousness of the film. Live-tweeting it was kind of the thing to do that night (’cause what else is going down on some random Thursday evening?).

While viewership itself was ultimately just so-so, it was the web impact that really had teeth; at one point, the title was reportedly the subject of 5,000 tweets a minute.

And though Syfy’s been responding to the interest with shark-themed marathons and, yes, even plans for a sequel (!!), they’ve now got even bigger aspirations to see what kinda damage this thing can do on the big screen.

That’s right. Regal Entertainment will be hosting midnight screenings of “Sharknado” on Aug. 2 at some 200 theaters across the country.

“‘Sharknado’ has become a force of nature in its own right,” a rep for the theater chain explained. “The project transcends the original television platform and has created tremendous buzz. There’s just something epic about watching these huge beasts on the big screen with your friends and family. The crowd reactions will make for a memorable experience in our theatres … Regal is proud to be giving our guests this chance to fuel the social media whirlwind by inviting friends to come to the show and tweeting reactions.”

So … sticking with the weather-y theme, will lightning strike twice with this “Sharknado” thing?

Photo Credits: Syfy

Homeland

Fans are eagerly waiting for the next riveting season of “Homeland” on Showtime, which will focus on the aftermath of the terror attack at Langley and prompt a massive manhunt for Nick Brody (Damian Lewis).

According to the network, “As Carrie (Claire Danes) and Saul (Mandy Patinkin) begin to pick up the pieces of their shattered professional and personal lives, they are swept up in the political and media firestorm surrounding the terror attack and the subsequent search for Brody’s whereabouts.”

Spoiler #1: At the start of season three, Carrie and Saul will be on trial, testifying for the CIA about the terrorist attack. Executive producer Alex Gansa told TVLine.com, “The CIA itself is on trial.” The third season will center on “the cost that being an intelligence officer exacts on the people in that career,” Gansa added.

Amy Morton will play Erin Kimball, Carrie’s CIA appointed attorney.

Check out more spoilers from the upcoming season, which premieres on Sunday, Sept. 29, at 9 p.m. on Showtime…

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Mike O'Malley

Glee fans know Mike O’Malley as Kurt’s (Chris Colfer) father, a single dad who dated Finn’s (Cory Monteith) mother. O’Malley has a new show on NBC, Welcome to the Family, and when NBC presented the show to the Television Critics Association, O’Malley shared his thoughts on Monteith’s death and plans to appear in the Glee episode about Finn’s funeral.

“I hope to,” O’Malley said. “I’m here doing Welcome to the Family and we shoot one episode five days a week, but Burt is a very, very important role to me. It’s been a great, great part and I’ve said to all those guys I’ll work early in the morning, late at night, Saturdays, Sundays to participate in not only continuing to be on that show, but honoring Cory and his passing and that character. He is on the show my stepson so I certainly plan on being there, and they may possibly be shooting that episode in the time we’re on hiatus.”

Recalling his time with Monteith, O’Malley praised his work in a famous scene where Burt caught Finn using the F-word towards his son. “I had many of my scenes on Glee with either Chris Colfer or Cory Monteith,” O’Malley said. “I think that I had what was probably the toughest scene I’ve ever acted in my career as an actor opposite him when I had to throw him out of the house because his character Finn out of the house because of a slur that he used. It was remarkable to me when we were shooting that scene over and over again, the depth of emotion that he was able to portray, the sorrow, the shame.”

Since Monteith died, all of his Glee costars have spoke about his kindness and work ethic, O’Malley included. “Ever since I met him, he was the fictional quarterback on that show and he was the very real quarterback on that set. He was an incredibly warm guy, a guy who was welcoming to everyone who came on that show from the beginning through the new folks who came onto the show this past year. He was a very, very hard working actor. I just loved working with him. He was a great guy. I miss him very much.”

Glee returns this fall on Fox and look for Welcome to the Family on NBC.

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Kelli Berglund

“There are a ton of new things that I’m very excited about. There’s a lot of secrets and twists involved in the story,” said Kelli Berglund, talking about season two of her Disney XD series Lab Rats, which premieres tonight. “Last season ended with Marcus trying to sabotage all of us and nobody knows why. Season two begins that storyline again, and you find out why Marcus is so evil, who he’s working for and how it relates to all of us. There’s some new characters that come into play. I think with season two, you kind of see the Lab Rats bond closer as a family. It definitely takes the whole team for the job to get done.”

Kelli plays Bree Davenport, one of three engineered teenagers with superpowers, on the hit series – but off-camera, she’s a fan of all the characters in the Lab Rats ensemble. “Of course, I love Bree as a character, but I think each and every one of the characters on the show has their own personality in such a unique way,” she said. “You have Adam [played by Spencer Boldman], he’s the not so bright one and he gets some of those really, really funny jokes. Spencer plays that character very well.”

“I really like Hal’s character, Mr. Davenport, because Hal is such a fun person to work with,” she continued, referring to multi-hyphenate Hal Sparks, the underrated performer who portrays the Lab Rats’ creator, Donald Davenport. “He’s like a kid in an adult body, basically. We’re always like joking around with him on set and he’s literally one of the smartest people I’ve ever met. He’s really, really good at portraying this super-smart billionaire inventor. “

Her starring role on Lab Rats, which stands as Disney XD’s most-watched series, is also a breakout role for Kelli, who came to acting through her career as a dancer, when she was spotted during a school district production. “I was a featured dancer and there was a talent agent there,” she explained. “We went to that agency and I started doing dance auditions and commercial auditions, and that was kind of a hobby of mine. I started to transition more to television and movie auditions – and I was getting really, really close on some of these auditions.

“I think Lab Rats has been that stepping stone,” she continued. “I had just been dreaming of getting that one opportunity for years and years. I’d gotten little roles here and there, but I was really waiting for that one opportunity to set my career in motion and for me to be super-serious about this, and I think Lab Rats has definitely been that.”

Now that she’s made the leap to TV, Kelli is enjoying the perks that come with being part of a successful show. “Going to work is probably my favorite thing to do. I do that five days a week for probably ten hours a day, but it doesn’t even feel like work and it shouldn’t,” she said. “When you enjoy a job so much like I do, it’s not work, it’s play. It’s hanging out with people that you love. Getting along with all these people and meeting new people and learning new things every day. I learn something new every day whether it’s from Hal or learning about how different camera things work.

“I work with the greatest people in the entire world,” she added. “We get along so well and it’s always been that way. We hang out off-set all the time, and we’re really close with our producers and our director, too. We all know that we can talk to each other about anything. And I get to film the show for hundreds of thousands of fans. I do it for the fans, of course. That’s the number one reason why!”

While she’s in no hurry for Bree to leave the lab, she also knows that as a young actress, she has a whole career ahead of her – and there are plenty of things she’d love to do in the future. “Acting is something I want to do whatever [the part],” she said. “A dream role would just be anything at this point. I would love to get into feature films; I’m willing to do an action flick, I’m willing to do a romantic comedy. I think it’d be the coolest thing if I could get a role in a dance movie. That’s something I’m always going to love.”

“I would love to work with Kristin Wiig one day. I find her hilarious and I totally idolize her,” she continued. “Also Johnny Depp. He’s an amazing person all around. I admire him greatly. I would probably die if I got to work with either of them!”

What does Kelli watch when she has the opportunity to be a fan? “Movie-wise, my favorite is The Avengers. That was a favorite of mine last year. I totally loved Black Widow’s character because they kind of modeled my character after her,” she said. “I don’t have a lot of time for television anymore because I’m working all the time, [but] I really like The Vampire Diaries. I’m only on season two; I’m a little bit behind!” Perfectly understandable, considering that Bree has more missions to go on!

You can keep up with Kelli on Twitter (@KelliBerglund). Lab Rats starts its second season tonight at 9 PM ET/PT on Disney XD.

(c)2013 Brittany Frederick. Appears at Starpulse with permission. All rights reserved. No reproduction permitted.

Photo Credits: Francis Bertrand

Justified

Raylan Givens can’t seem to catch a break. In this week’s Justified episode, crafted from a story idea co-written by none other than the legendary Elmore Leonard himself, that’s bad for Raylan but great for those of you scoring at home.

Six days ago, Raylan was turning Jody Adair (guest star Chris Chalk) – the guy he caught and stuffed in his trunk in the season premiere – over to his old friend the bail bondswoman. Once she’s got her prey, she moons over Raylan for a bit to her partner, but is shut up by the need to make a sudden pit stop. Once she’s gone, Jody explodes out of the back of her van, kills her partner, and then shoots her. This horrifies his apparent partner in crime (guest star Michael Gladis), who didn’t think anyone was going to die. You’re on the wrong show for that, dude.

In the present day, at the Marshals Office, Raylan and Art discuss how the Drew Thompson case is going nowhere. Art suggests that Raylan go talk to the former Harlan sheriff and then his father – two people our hero wants absolutely nothing to do with. On the road, Raylan gets a call from local law enforcement about his friend’s untimely death, and tells the deputy “I think I know who you’re looking for.”

Johnny Crowder (guest star David Meunier) is sleeping with Teri (guest star Cathy Baron) the working girl that he saved last week, but he knows it wasn’t Max that hit her. She pleads with him to leave it alone, but he’s able to figure out in thirty seconds that it was Colt, sending her into a panic. “He was tweaking, pissed off, asking about Ella Mae,” she tells him, which clues Johnny into the fact that Ella Mae is still alive.

Jody tells his still-complaining accomplice about his plan to come into a large sum of money, and is sitting across from him when said accomplice gets a call from the cops about how well he knows Raylan’s late friend. With that they know they need to get the heck out of there. The two of them decide to visit Jody’s ex-wife’s place, but they’re beaten there by Raylan, who meets Jackie Nevada (The Secret Circle star Shelley Hennig), who’s housesitting while Jody’s ex is at Dollywood with the kids. This being Justified, she’s far more than just a friendly civilian with an awkward name. Raylan susses out that she’s likely working him from the moment she gets into his car.

Elsewhere, Boyd is not looking forward to attending Napier’s fancy party, but Ava convinces him that it’s the best way for them to find which one of the rich old folks there could be Drew Thompson. The two of them awkwardly mingle, with Ava getting a tour and some career advice from the party’s hostess, and Boyd finding out everyone knows his name. It’s like Cheers with better decor!

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Matthew Perry and Courteney Cox

Matthew Perry and Courteney Cox

The Bings are back and they’re better than ever!

Courteney Cox and Matthew Perry, the beloved duo behind Mr. and Mrs. Chandler Bing on Friends, took to Twitter yesterday to upload behind the scenes photos on the set of Go On. Cox is currently filming a guest appearance on the NBC series, portraying a date for Perry’s character, Ryan King.

Judging by their tweets, it seems like there’s nothing but love on the set:

@MatthewPerry Courteney Cox shooting Go On today..! She is fantastic, obviously. And my desire to show off in front of her is back in full swing!

@CourteneyCox Shooting GO ON today and having a blast with Matthew!

This isn’t Cox’s first Friends reunion since the series ended. Both Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow have made guest appearances on Cox’s show Cougar Town.

How do you feel about Cox’s guest appearance on Go On? Will you tune in?

Lena Dunham

Girls creator and star Lena Dunham has opened up about her battle with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and anxiety.

The actress, who was diagnosed with OCD as a young girl, reveals she came up with strange rituals after becoming obsessed with the number eight.

She tells Rolling Stone magazine, “I’d count eight times… I’d look on both sides of me eight times, I’d make sure nobody was following me down the street, I touched different parts of my bed before I went to sleep, I’d imagine a murder, and I’d imagine that murder eight times.”

Dunham now takes anti-anxiety medications to help with her condition, but she admits the anti-depressants she took as a teen often had unpleasant side effects.

She says, “(I felt) drugged like a big horse. I was so exhausted all the time, night sweats. I was pretty fat in high school if I look at it, because it just slows down your metabolism. My mom would always be like, ‘I think you’re having a lot of side effects.’ And I’d be like, ‘You’re such a b**ch; you just want me to be skinny!'”

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