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Get Ready for a ‘More Adult’ Version of The Muppet Show

The series will examine the Muppets' personal lives as they start a new TV show

ABC’s revival of The Muppet Show will take a “more adult” approach, according to a new report.

Entertainment Weekly reports exclusively that the new show, shot in mockumentary style, will examine the Muppets’ personal lives as they start a new TV show.

According to ABC: “The Muppets return to prime time with a contemporary, documentary-style show that—for the first time ever—will explore the Muppets’ personal lives and relationships, both at home and at work, as well as romances, break-ups, achievements, disappointments, wants and desires; a more adult Muppet show, for kids of all ages.”

The show, from the co-creator of The Big Bang Theory Bill Prady and Anger Management writer-producer Bob Kushell, is returning to the small screen after 19 years.


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5 Things We Learned About George W. Bush From Insider’s New Memoir


Sarah Begley is a culture and breaking news reporter for TIME.

Anecdotes about Putin, Olmert and the shoe-throwing incident

As only the second woman to serve as a U.S. president’s press secretary, Dana Perino has plenty of inside-Washington stories. Not that she’s telling all of them in her new memoir, And the Good News Is… Lessons and Advice From the Bright Side. It’s a friendly book, careful to stay loyal to George W. Bush and to show what a good boss he was behind the scenes. But the anecdotes she does share paint her own unique view of the former commander-in-chief.

1. Perino was injured in the kerfuffle after someone threw a shoe at Bush in Baghdad; he thought she was just crying on his behalf.

The President rushed into the room to find me after the press conference. He leaned down and put his arm around me and asked, “What happened? I saw you crying but I thought it was just because the guy threw a shoe at me.” I leaned into him and let myself be comforted for a second, but I tried to lighten the mood and said, “You know I love you, Mr. President — but I grew up out West, and I’m a little tougher than that.

2. Bush stuck up for then-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert with gusto during 2008 peace talks. At a dinner at Olmert’s residence, where several Israelis were apparently against a deal, Bush stood up to make an announcement:

“[I]f there’s anyone sitting at this table that is waiting in the tall grass with plans to attack this good man”—pointing at Olmert—”as soon as he makes a tough decision, please tell me now. Because I am President of the United States of America, and I will not waste my country’s capital on you if you aren’t serious.”

He then asked the Israeli cabinet members to talk about their backgrounds and what brought their families to Israel. When they were done, Perino says, “they kept saying that they’d never known this or that about one another.” Bush concluded, “I had a feeling you all may have forgotten why you were here in the first place. Thank you for having us. Good night.”

On the plane the next day, Perino brought up the exchange and Bush said, “Pretty cool, huh?”

3. Bush tried to prevent Putin from embarrassing himself by stating that he thought Bush had fired Dan Rather from CBS, which revealed how little the Russian leader understood about American media.

“Why would I answer any questions about press freedoms in my country, when you just fired that newsman,” Putin said.

“Excuse me?” Bush asked.

“You know, you fired that newsman.”

The President looked puzzled but then he realized what was going on. He said, “Vladimir, are you talking about Dan Rather?”

“Yes, the man you fired.”

“No, Vladimir, that’s not how it works. A private company employed Dan Rather, and they made the decision to let him go. I had nothing to do with it… I’m telling you as your friend, don’t go out there and say that. It isn’t correct.”

Putin said it anyway.

4. Bush was hurt about not being included the 2008 Republican convention. As Perino explains it, they sensed that the McCain-Palin campaign “was stalling to make a decision until it was too late for us to leave in time.” Bush stayed at the White House to give a statement on Hurricane Gustav.

At the end of it, the President noticed the monitor showing the live shot of the convention floor.

He quietly asked, “Do you think they know they’re insulting me?”

I waited a beat, looking at the screen with him.

“Yes, sir. I believe they do.”

5. Bush had his own moment advocating for female journalists at briefings. In a 2006 press conference, ABC reporter Jessica Yellin was supposed to be allowed to ask a question, but ABC swapped in a man, Jake Tapper, at the last minute. Perino was indignant that the opportunity had been taken away from Yellin, and said so to the president.

“Well, do we have to call on him?” the President asked, raising his eyebrows.

Catching his drift, I said, “No, sir, I don’t think you do.”

Tapper was “furious,” but Perino hopes he understands.

And the Good News Is hits shelves this week.

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Game of Thrones Piracy Reaches Record High


The first episode was illegally downloaded 13 million times

Illegal downloading of Game of Thrones has reached a record high in season five, despite HBO’s new streaming service.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the season five premiere was illegally downloaded 13 million times, a new record for the series. Of those downloads, 10% were from the U.S., more than from any other country. One estimate found that piracy of the premiere episode cost $44 million in lost U.S. revenue, EW reports.

But the show’s legal viewership is also at an all-time high: the season five premiere had a record 8 million live viewers on HBO.

Read more at EW.com

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Fred Armisen Joins Cast of Zoolander 2

The sequel is due to hit theaters in February 2016

Fred Armisen of Saturday Night Live fame is joining the cast of Zoolander 2, the actor announced on Tuesday.

In an Instagram video, Armisen packs a suitcase for a trip. He captioned the video “Upcoming trip to Rome. #zoolander2.” Zoolander star Ben Stiller reposted the video, confirming Armisen’s upcoming role.

“Excited @sordociego (Fred Armisen!!) is joining the #zoolander2 cast!” Stiller wrote.

Zoolander 2, which will also feature Will Ferell and Owen Wilson, is due in theaters next February, 15 years after the release of the original film.

Excited @sordociego (Fred Armisen!!) is joining the #zoolander2 cast!

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Sandra Bullock Named People Magazine’s ‘World’s Most Beautiful Woman’


"I've told no one"

Sandra Bullock has been named the most beautiful woman in the world by People magazine.

But the actress, 50, told People that despite her glamorous cover photo shoot, real beauty isn’t based on looks.

“Real beauty is quiet. Especially in this town, it’s just so hard not to say, ‘Oh, I need to look like that,'” she said. “No, be a good person, be a good mom, do a good job with the lunch, let someone cut in front of you who looks like they’re in a bigger hurry. The people I find most beautiful are the ones who aren’t trying.”

Accordingly, she said this was her response when she heard she was named the most beautiful woman: “I just said, ‘That’s ridiculous.’ I’ve told no one.”

Read more at People.com

Read next: Sandra Bullock Called Police From Closet When a Stalker Entered Her Home, a Court Hears

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Stanley Tucci Will Play a New Piano Character in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Karwai Tang Stanley Tucci attends the London Critics' Circle Film Awards on January 18, 2015.

He's described as a "neurotic maestro"

There is going to be a new character in the upcoming Beauty and the Beast movie, and it will be played by Stanley Tucci.

Tucci will play Cadenza the grand piano, Variety reports, a character described as a “neurotic maestro.” Tucci as Cadenza will be joined by Emma Watson as Belle, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere the candlestick and Ian McKellen as Cogsworth the clock, among the rest of a star-studded cast.

The live-action Disney movie is set to be released March 17, 2017. It is unclear how fans will be able to wait that long to see the film.

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Netflix Orders Second Season of Marvel’s Daredevil

Netflix Marvel's Daredevil

But there's a twist: Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight is stepping down from the series

Daredevil will return! Marvel’s acclaimed superhero drama just received a second season order on Netflix.

But there’s a twist: EW can exclusively report that showrunner Steven S. DeKnight (Spartacus) is stepping down from the series. Instead, writers Doug Petrie (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Marco Ramirez (Sons of Anarchy)—who worked closely with DeKnight and creator Drew Goddard in the first season—will both serve as the showrunners for season two.

The next edition of Daredevil will debut in 2016 as Netflix gets ready to release several other Marvel dramas: A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. After all four shows debut, Marvel plans to team all its Netflix heroes for an Avengers-style series called The Defenders.

Daredevil debuted last week and received some of the best reviews of any superhero TV series, with critics praising the show for bringing grown-up dramatics, a cinematic style, and more realistic violence to the small-screen genre. Its single-take hallway fight scene became an instant classic. A fair measure of the show’s creative success can doubtless be attributed to to DeKnight, who said he was trying to push Marvel’s comfort zone, and made many unique storytelling moves. (For instance: the show’s major villain, Wilson Fisk, was originally supposed to be introduced in the first episode, but DeKnight rather boldly pushed him back to the very end of the third hour to more effectively build suspense around the character.)

Clearly, the new showrunners will have to clear a high bar—but they both have strong past credits, and now have a great foundation to build on for season 2.

“While previous commitments unfortunately prevent me from continuing on with Daredevil into its second season, I could not be happier that Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez are carrying the torch,” DeKnight said in a statement. “They were invaluable collaborators during our first season, and I for one can’t wait to see what they do with the show moving forward.”

This article originally appeared on EW.com

Read next: Rosario Dawson on Being a Hero, Not a Love Interest, in Netflix’s Daredevil

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Ben Affleck Apologizes for Trying to Hide Slave-Owning Ancestors

Ben Affleck
Bill Clark—AP Ben Affleck testifies during the Senate Appropriations Committee State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee hearing on "Diplomacy, Development, and National Security" on March 26, 2015.

PBS is conducting an internal review

Ben Affleck publicly apologized for asking PBS to conceal his slave-owning ancestors on the show Finding Your Roots, as PBS announced that it is going to conduct an internal review of the case.

Emails about Affleck’s request first surfaced in the hacked Sony documents that WikiLeaks made public last Friday. Affleck broke his silence on the controversy by posting an apology on Facebook Tuesday night, saying, “I regret my initial thoughts that the issue of slavery not be included in the story. We deserve neither credit nor blame for our ancestors and the degree of interest in this story suggests that we are, as a nation, still grappling with the terrible legacy of slavery. It is an examination well worth continuing. I am glad that my story, however indirectly, will contribute to that discussion. While I don’t like that the guy is an ancestor, I am happy that aspect of our country’s history is being talked about.”

Affleck later sent out a tweet identifying his ancestor who owned slaves.

Also on Tuesday, PBS and WNET issued a joint statement announcing an internal investigation.

“In order to gather the facts to determine whether or not all of PBS’ editorial standards were observed, on Saturday, April 18, we began an internal review,” the statement said. “We have been moving forward deliberately yet swiftly to conduct this review.”

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How Twitter Brought the Frozen Songwriters and John Green Together

The three met up at the annual TIME 100 gala

Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the husband-and-wife songwriting team behind Frozen, attended the TIME 100 Gala last year as honorees, but they still felt a little out of place this year’s event.

“If you are at the Time 100 event and don’t know anyone, come find us in the corner and we will sing showtunes,” Anderson-Lopez tweeted early in the evening. “We are at the #time100 party awkwardly taking selfies in the corner,” her husband posted a few minutes later.

But after the two told TIME that a Twitter follower suggested they seek out The Fault in Our Stars author John Green, an introduction was quickly made—though it turned out this wasn’t the first time the three had met.

“I know what you guys did!” Green laughed after the couple told him who they were. “I talked to you last year but you don’t remember!” Green then introduced the pair to his wife, who, as the mother of small children, is extremely familiar with “Let It Go” and other songs from the movie. “You guys have changed her life, maybe not for the better,” Green said.

Lopez and Anderson-Lopez are still deep in the Frozen universe, writing additional songs for the Broadway musical adaptation of the Disney animated hit, but with last month’s news that a sequel was officially on its way, the two say they haven’t yet come up with a “Let It Go” follow-up—not that they’re sweating it.

“Definitely not!” Anderson-Lopez said. “We’re waiting till it comes [to us],” Lopez added.

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This Is the First Image from the Next Pirates Of The Caribbean

Captain Jack is back

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer on Tuesday tweeted out the first image from the set of Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which shows Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow caught in what appears to be another episode of dire straits on the high seas.

Depp was temporarily sidelined last month after sustaining a hand injury on set in Australia that forced him to fly back to the U.S. to undergo an immediate operation.

However, the setback will not delay the premiere of the latest Pirates installment, which is slated to hit the silver screen in July 2017.

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