Thursday, March 31, 2011

BET's 'The Game' Season Finale Draws 4.4 Million

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The half-hour sitcom, which drew record numbers for its premiere, averaged 2.1 million viewers on its old network the CW.

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Justin Bieber And Ashton Kutcher Ask 'What Would Kenny Do,' But How About Reinventing These Other Classic Buddy Comedies?

Justin Bieber's already told you to never say never, and he's living up to that motto by following his massively successful documentary with his first scripted big-screen role ? opposite Ashton Kutcher, no less!
The Los Angeles Times reports that Bieber and Kutcher are joining forces for "What Would Kenny Do?," a buddy movie that focuses [...]


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Justin Timberlake Is 'Hilarious' In 'Bad Teacher,' Cameron Diaz Says

'He gives us a character that you have not seen yet before,' she tells MTV News.
By Eric Ditzian, with reporting by Josh Horowitz

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Maybe folks were surprised when Justin Timberlake hosted "Saturday Night Live" in 2003 and slayed the crowd alongside Jimmy Fallon during "The Barry Gibb Talk Show." Perhaps, though, you missed that skit and only caught Timberlake's digital short a few years later, when he and Andy Samberg busted out a Christmas comedy classic called "Di-- in a Box." But by the time JT reunited with Samberg for "Motherlover" in 2009, the secret was out: The dude knows how to make people laugh.

That's why Cameron Diaz knew Timberlake was the perfect pick to star in "Bad Teacher," their upcoming foul-mouthed comedy.

"I don't think Justin Timberlake is a hidden treasure of comedy any longer," she told MTV News when we caught up with her at CinemaCon this week. "I think he burst that bubble a long time ago on 'SNL.' Everybody knows he's got the chops. We all felt, and why he was cast, was he was the best person for the job. He's so wonderful in it."

Diaz plays the titular dreadful educator, a woman who's more concerned with getting her drink on after school than shaping minds during it. All that changes, however, when she decides to try out her gold-digging skills and sets her sights on a substitute teacher played by Timberlake. The sub seems like a super sweet guy, but, as Diaz let us know, he's not all he's cracked up to be.

"He gives us a character that you have not seen yet before — not just him, but pretty much anyone," she said. "It's just a very interesting character and a lot of fun to watch. By the end of it, you're like, 'What is up with that dude?' It's hilarious."

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All About Aubrey: Mommy Made Me This Way!

All About AubreyIf you want to know All About Aubrey, that level of comprehensive information is going to include her resentment-fueled relationship with her mother. Here, upfront Aubrey lets the...


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David Schwimmer Hopes Parents Take Kids To R-Rated 'Trust'

'The difficult scenes are all implied,' director tells MTV News.
By Kara Warner

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Photo: MTV News

In this current day and age dominated by all things digital, and the speed with which people are able to quickly connect to one another via the Internet, smart phones, iPads, WiFi, etc., the importance of educating our youth about the dangers of communicating with strangers online is at an all-time high.

In the new film "Trust," directed and produced by David Schwimmer, starring Clive Owen, Catherine Keener and newcomer Liana Liberato, the issue is tackled head-on, via a story that revolves around a family torn apart after their daughter is victimized and sexually assaulted by a man she meets online.

When MTV News caught up with Schwimmer, we asked him whom he most wants to see the film, how he dealt with capturing such a difficult subject matter and the film's tricky rating.

"It's rated R, which makes it hard for a teenager to go by him or herself, so my hope is that parents do come with their kids," Schwimmer said. "There's no violence, there's no nudity. The difficult scenes are all implied, really. It's really the subject matter [that garnered the R rating]."

Schwimmer went on to say that he didn't want to compromise the intensity and integrity of the story by lightening the assault scenes or the profanity.

"I didn't want to lose the profanity, because I felt you'd lose credibility," he said. "When most parents find out that some guy has done this to their kid, they don't go, 'Oh darn, oh shucks, how did this happen?' They swear, and I think it's more believable and credible. I didn't want to alter that, and I realize it would make it more challenging for young adults to see it, but I'm hoping that parents bring their kids."

"Trust" opens Friday in New York, L.A., Chicago, Oklahoma City and Columbus, Ohio.

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Lindsay Lohan Hits Streets of NYC (Literally)

Lindsay LohanJust another Wednesday night in the life of Lindsay Lohan. In case you haven't heard, L.L. is back in NYC. She arrived on a private jet, but last night, she was totally slumming it...


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Jonathan Groff to Return to 'Glee' for Three Episodes

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The actor appeared in several episodes in the second half of the Fox show?s first season.

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Disney Channel's 'Suite Life Movie' Draws 5.2 Million Viewers

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The telefilm, starring "Suite Life on Deck's" Cole and Dylan Sprouse, was Friday night's most-watched scripted telecast.

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Judge Judy Rushed to the Hospital to "Chill"

Judge Judy Rushed to the Hospital to "Chill"

Judge Judy was admitted to the hospital Wednesday afternoon, after complaining of intestinal discomfort and becoming visibly ill while filming her eponymous TV show. But the sharp-tongued television personality insists that she really just needed some rest.

"I'm just exhausted, and my body was telling me it needed a day to chill," Judith Sheindlin, 68, told TMZ from her hospital bed in Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Her Honor was rushed to the hospital via ambulance, where she was admitted in serious condition. Yet Judy swears that there's nothing serious about her condition at all.

"I'm really fine. I wanted to go back to work this afternoon," she said, adding, "I'm exhausted. I'm just tired. A lot of things just zoned together, including the bad news of the world. At my age, I know my body. My body is fine."

Doctors performed an MRI on the judge, who admitted to feeling "funky" earlier in the day, but so far all tests have come back negative.


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Jake Gyllenhaal 'Just Fascinated' With 'Source Code'

'There are a million ideas that come out of it,' actor tells MTV News.
By Kara Warner

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Photo: MTV News

In addition to the thrill ride and action-oriented aspects the "Source Code" trailers and TV spots are selling — as well as the film's very capable leading man, Jake Gyllenhaal — the plot's underlying subject matter leaves a lot of room for discussion and debate.

When MTV News caught up with Gyllenhaal recently during the film's press day, we asked him how the idea of occupying someone else's mind for eight minutes appeals to both his sci-fi and philosophical interests.

"First, I was just fascinated with the idea, the concept of what the Source Code was because it felt like the center of the movie is this computer program," Gyllenhaal explained. "So I thought, 'Well, does this hold water?' And then I thought, 'It does because it's a computer program that allows somebody to go into the body of another person for the last eight minutes of their life.' Had it been a computer program that allows somebody to go into somebody else's body, just anybody's body, it wouldn't be interesting, but this plays on the usurping of the electromagnetic impulses in the brain right before somebody dies."

Gyllenhaal went on to say that the idea of going back into a catastrophe and figuring out how it happened was particularly interesting, and he hopes it leaves audiences wanting to explore their own analysis as well.

"It opened up a world of possibilities, philosophically, for me," he revealed. "And psychologically, what effect does this have on the human brain, the person experiencing it, but at the same time, what effect could it have on history and what could it be used for? It was just fascinating: There are a million ideas that come out of it."

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