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Amy Schumer Gears Up for Season 2 of Comedy Central's Inside Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer

Either Amy Schumer is the most modest woman in show business — or else she needs to have her hearing checked. Consider the facts: The 32-year-old's surprise Comedy Central hit, Inside Amy Schumer, is entering its sophomore season with a rabid following. Like Schumer herself, the series — a kinetic mix of sketches, man-on-the-street-style interviews and her live stand-up — is at turns racy, shrewd and deliciously warped, saved from actual wickedness by an undercurrent of chipper naïveté. (It's no surprise that Schumer cites Shirley Temple as a major inspiration.) She is also touring the country with her wildly popular stand-up act — while simultaneously writing and starring in a Judd Apatow movie, slated for release next summer. And yet, when asked about becoming the next big thing — Kristen Wiig comparisons come to mind — she balks. "Um... read more

Girls Renewed for Season 4, Bosses Defend Series' Nudity

Adam Driver, Lena Dunham

For some viewers, Girls is just a bit too revealing. read more

Weekend Review: Downton Abbey, Dateline on Asthma, Best of Fallon, All-Star Simpsons

Downton Abbey

Was it really so hard finding good help in those days? When Robert, aka Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville), is informed that his wife is once again bereft of a lady's maid, he overdramatically moans, "Are we living under a curse?"

There's no question a pall thicker than London fog hangs heavy over Downton Abbey in its fourth year as Masterpiece Classic's signature series (Sunday, 9/8c, on PBS; check tvguide.com listings). Not only has Lady Cora's bedchamber not been the same since her scheming servant O'Brien left — she slinks away in the opening scene, and boy, is she missed — but the family and staff are in sustained mourning over the untimely (and contrived) death, six months earlier, of heir Matthew Crawley, Lady Mary's husband, in last year's unhappy finale.

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Ray Donovan Producer Bryan Zuriff Sentenced in Gambling Case

Brad Zuriff

Former Ray Donovan executive producer Bryan Zuriff has been sentenced to six months of home confinement and two years of probation for his role in an illegal gambling enterprise, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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The Weekend Playlist: Finales (Girls, Banshee) and March Madness

Antony Starr

Things get awfully bloody on Friday with the explosive first-season finale of Cinemax's violent noir Banshee (10/9c), in which shootouts and long-simmering feuds leave such a gory trail that it almost puts to shame a new episode of Starz' reliably visceral Spartacus: War of the Damned (9/8c).

"I must admit, you have an admirable knack for survival," understates the lethal ...
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Box Office: The Hobbit Stays Strong Against Newcomers

The Hobbit

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey continued its box office reign this weekend, taking the top spot with an additional $36.7 million Box Office Mojo reports.

Though the Peter Jackson epic  dropped 57 percent from its opening weekend, it still far outperformed new releases from Hollywood favorites Tom Cruise, Judd Apatow and Barbra Streisand. read more

Has HBO Already Renewed Girls for a Third Season?

Girls

Season 2 of HBO's buzz magnet Girls doesn't start until January, but apparently the comedy is already revving up for its third season.

Judd Apatow, who executive-produces the series, implied as much in an interview Monday. "We're about to shoot the... read more

Top Moments: Breaking Bad's Trainwreck and Al Roker Throws Matt Lauer Under the Bus

Matt Lauer, Al Roker

Our top moments of the week:

14. Mr. Wrong Award:
Never go out again with a guy who sleeps with you and then goes MIA for three months. Maura never gets that memo on Rizzoli & Isles, as her on-again beau Dennis (guest star Eddie Cibrian) turns out to be the serial killer that Jane has been tracking. As police burst into his home, interrupting their "date," Dennis takes Maura hostage and explains that she ...
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Think Like a Man Holds Steady as No. 1 in Weekend Box Office

Michael Ealy, Taraji P. Henson

For the second weekend in a row, romantic comedy Think Like a Man nabbed the top spot in the weekend box office. The film, adapted from the non-fiction book by Steve Harvey, pulled in $18 million this weekend — down from last weekend's $33 million, according to Box Office Mojo.
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Time Announces Its 100 Most Influential People List

Claire Danes, Kristen Wiig

Kristen Wiig, Claire Danes, Chelsea Handler and Jessica Chastain are among Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World.

As part of the honor, each recipient's entry is written by a notable friend or colleague. Judd Apatow calls Wiig's breakout Bridesmaids performance "vulnerable, explosive and hilarious." read more

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