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Dark Knight, Slumdog Score DGA Nods

Christopher Nolan

Start finalizing your Oscar predictions. The Directors Guild of America announced its nominees for achievement in directing Thursday — the last of the Guilds to release nominations — and a certain Caped Crusader is still in the running.

The Dark Knight helmer Christopher Nolan was one of the five directors shortlisted for the feature film honor. His nomination comes on the heels of the film's PGA and WGA nods earlier this week, reinforcing the flick's status as a key Oscar player. The superhero sequel only missed out on a SAG ensemble mention.

Joining Nolan in the race are David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) ...
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Discovery Makes a Splash with New Slate

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Get your survival gear ready because Discovery will be exploring new terrain with several "how will they ever get themselves out of that snowy ravine/swamp/cave with only a toothpick and dental floss?" docudramas and a scripted TV movie.

The network has greenlighted at least seven new projects, including several from top docudrama pros Thom Beers and Craig Piligian, in order to increase its number of original programming hours, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

First is But Wait ... There's More, executive produced by Beers, which follows longform ad salesmen Billy Mays and Anthony "Sully" Sullivan as they check out quirky new products and craft pitches and take to the airwaves to sell their wares. Discovery has ordered 13 episodes and plans to premiere the show... read more

TNT Greenlights Medical and Police Dramas

Jada Pinkett Smith, Dylan McDermott

TNT has given the greenlight to two new original series.

The network announced their new babies Thursday: A character-driven medical drama Time Heals, starring Jada Pinkett Smith (The Matrix Trilogy), and the fast-paced, undercover police drama The Line, starring Dylan McDermott (The Practice).

"Our new series are consistent with our belief that audiences are drawn to relatable, complex characters showcased in exciting, emotional settings and storylines," said Michael Wright, executive vice president of TNT, TBS and TCM.

"These new series also reflect our belief that great television comes from great talent. The talent at work on these shows is among the best in the business at delivering quality entertainment," said Wright... read more

Weeds Creator Growing New Showtime Comedy

Jenji Kohan

Jenji Kohan, creator and executive producer of Weeds, has a new series in store for Showtime and Lionsgate TV.

Kohan will executive produce and co-write Ronna and Beverly, a new comedy project along with actor-writers Jessica Chaffin (The Mighty B, Zoey 101) and Jamie Denbo (Reno 911), reports Variety.

Ronna and Beverly is based on a comedy sketch that Chaffin and Denbo created and performed... read more

Georgina's Back on Gossip Girl, But... Why?

Michelle Trachtenberg, Gossip Girl has confirmed that Michelle Trachtenberg will reprise the role of mean-girl Georgina on several upcoming episodes of Gossip Girl. But... why? Read on...

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Dark Knight, Underwood Are the People's Choice

Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight

A-listers reigned supreme at the 35th Annual People's Choice Awards Wednesday night at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

The Dark Knight continued to make an impact this award season by nabbing five trophies, including Favorite Movie and Favorite Action Movie. Batman himself, Christian Bale, was named Favorite Superhero and was also recognized, along with the late Heath Ledger, in the Favorite On-Screen Match-up category.

Also awarded in the film categories were Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who were missing in action from the ceremony. Pitt was named Favorite Leading Man, while Jolie was voted Favorite Female Action star.

Will Smith was a double winner, nabbing Favorite Male Movie Star and Favorite Male Action Star, while Reese Witherspoon was named Favorite Female Movie Star.

Ellen DeGeneres presented the first award of the night, filling in for Kate Hudson whom, she said, was stuck in traffic and "40 minutes away." DeGeneres quipped, "That's no way to sell a movie." Later, DeGeneres... read more

NBC Trumps Up New Celebrity Apprentice Cast

Dennis Rodman, Khloe Kardashian, Tom Green

A whole new round of celebs better get ready to hear "You're fired!"

NBC and Donald Trump announced Thursday the all-star celebrity cast for the second season of The Celebrity Apprentice.

The upcoming season will feature 16 new celebrities, with the men competing against the women once more. The men include everyone from musicians to athletes to comedians including Clint Black, Andrew Dice Clay, Tom Green, Scott Hamilton, Jesse James, Brian McKnight, Dennis Rodman, and Herschel Walker.

The women include reality stars like Khloe Kardashian, mother and daughter duo Joan and Melissa Rivers as well as Annie Duke, Natalie Gulbis, Claudia Jordan, Brande Roderick and Tionne Watkins.

"Last season's Celebrity Apprentice became one of the hottest shows on television - and this season will be even better," said executive producer Donald Trump. "We have an amazing cast of celebrities and we are looking forward to some fantastic entertainment."

All the celebrities will be vying for the coveted title as they fight for their respective causes. They will ultimately face judgment in the boardroom by... read more

Grey's Anatomy Preview: Eric Stoltz Discusses His Killer Role

Eric Stoltz in director mode, on the set of Grey's Anatomy.

When Grey's Anatomy resumes its season this Thursday at 9 pm/ET, Seattle Grace's finest will get a collective case of the heebie-jeebies when a death row inmate is admitted with critical injuries. Eric Stoltz (Pulp Fiction), who occasionally directs for ABC's hit medical drama, steps in front of the camera for the next three episodes to play the enigmatic serial killer. Stoltz gave us a look at the doctor-dividing dilemmas to come. There's a bit of a disconnect between "Eric Stoltz" and "serial killer." One, are you glad there's that disconnect? And two, do you think it helps you bring something different to the role?
Eric Stoltz: [Laughs] Yes, I am happy that I really don't have much in common with killers. Absolutely. But, that being said, it's always bracing to explore what I might actually have in common with them underneath at all. Throughout the course of the day, I do have impulses to lash out at someone or to ram the car that took my parking space or yell at the cab that splashed water on me. But because I'm living in society and want to be a good person, I don't let those impulses out. Is your character, William, remorseful at all?
Stoltz: You think he might have some remorse, but he could also be playing at having remorse, in order to get what he wants. Sociopaths tend to be ... read more

Dancing's Maks and Karina Gush about Engagement

Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff

Barely a week after getting engaged, Dancing with the Stars pros Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff are gushing about their newly public relationship.

"I'm in love and..." read more

Mickey Rourke Close to Clamping Down on Iron Man 2

Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell

Mickey Rourke could soon be going from wrestling to wrapping deadly coils around Tony Stark.

The recent Wrestler star is in talks to join Iron Man 2 as a Russian heavy weight who becomes Whiplash, a character with deadly coils he can unfurl with deadly results.

Sam Rockwell is also in talks to join the franchise's follow-up, according to the Hollywood Reporter. If a deal closes, the indie maven (Frost/Nixon, Snow Angels) would play Tony Stark's nemesis, multibillionaire Justin Hammer.

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