HBO’s ‘Westworld’ pilot lands Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood

07.22.14 5 years ago

HBO”s “Westworld” pilot lands Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood
J.J. Abrams and Jerry Weintraub are producing the futuristic theme park pilot based on Michael Crichton”s 1973 film, with Hopkins poised for his first regular TV role.

Elisabeth Rohm joins “Stalker”
The “Law & Order” alum will become a series regular on the CBS drama, taking on another DA role.

FXX promo shows the scary aftermath of “Simpsons World”
This is what happens when 552 episodes are immediately available. PLUS: “Simpsons World” will be blocked in Canada.

“The Mindy Project” taps Rhea Perlman to play Danny”s mom
The “Cheers” alum will recur throughout Season 3.

Regina King is headed to “American Crime”
King is keeping busy on TV, with plans to return to “The Big Bang Theory” and direct an episode of “Scandal.”

“Face Off” returns tonight, eliminating 2 contestants before the contestant even begins
“Oh, my God, the shocked and disappointed faces! I felt so horrible delivering the news,” host McKenzie Westmore says of tonight”s season premiere.

Ken Burns” “The Roosevelts” won”t say if Eleanor Roosevelt was a lesbian
The 14-hour documentary won”t, however, shy away from “the facts,” including Eleanor”s affectionate letters to a female friend.

White House confirms it opted to cancel President Obama”s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” visit due to world troubles
White House press secretary Josh Earnest explained: “We ultimately elected not to have the president do that interview over the course of this trip, and that is at least in part related to the  challenges of doing a comedy show in the midst of some of these other more serious matters that the president is dealing with on the  international scene.”

Why do “Under the Dome”s” ratings keep falling?
Every episode in Season 2 has had fewer viewers than the previous episode.

“Chuck”s” Sarah Lancaster will recur on “Witches of East End”
Her character”s name: “Raven Moreau.”

How is Terry Crews juggling “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”?
“We tape five episodes at a time,” says Crews, who”s already taped 75 episodes. “It's not scripted. It's in real time; you're playing a real game with people. So it's not that bad. I do it on hiatus weeks.”

Nathan Lane would like to see “Modern Family” spin off “A Dash of Pepper”
“I think we could do something!” he says of a Pepper Saltzman sitcom.

“Sharknado 2” writer: I wouldn”t call the sharknadoes the “bad guys”
“Who says they're the bad guys?” says Thunder Levin. “I think this question just displays your own prejudices. You're going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view. So who's to say the sharks aren't taking honorable vengeance on their only predator?”

Jay Leno”s fake George W. Bush once fooled Joe Biden
Dave Berg, author of a new behind-the-scenes book on “The Tonight Show,” recalls the time in 2008 that Biden, then a VP candidate, bumped into Bush impersonator Steve Bridges backstage. “God damn, is that you, George?” Berg recalls Biden saying.

“True Blood” vet to play a Russian agent on “Covert Affairs”
Lynn Collins, who played Dawn on “True Blood,” will cross paths with Piper Perabo.

“NCIS” star Pauley Perrette had to be hospitalized following an allergic reaction to hair dye
Perrette posted a photo of her puffy face after suffering the severe allergic reaction.

“E.T.” mom gets to reunite with Steven Spielberg on “The Whispers”
“It”s great to be reunited with the director who put me on the map,” says Dee Wallace, who played Elliott”s mom.

“True Detective” Season 1 director Cary Fukunaga has no idea what”s going on in Season 2
Fukunaga, who won”t be directing next season, will retain an executive producer credit. Still, he says, “I have the excuse of having been out of the loop, because I”ve been in Africa the last five months.”

“The Fosters” tackles the controversial subject of late-term abortion
Last night”s episode was “really damn sad.”

How the “Seinfeld” Emoji came to be
From the creator of the @Seinfeld2000 Twitter, the “Seinfeld” Emoji are more about his world than the show itself.

“Gotham” will also feature Harvey Dent and Hugo Strange
Both Batman villains should turn up in Season 1.

Check out the “Sherlock” sand castle
Britain”s Sandworld also created an homage to “Doctor Who.”

Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar celebrate their 30th anniversary
See the “19 Kids and Counting” stars on their wedding day.

“Key & Peele”s” crew laughed the hardest at this image
Check out the Comedy Central stars as older women.

“The X Files”” Scully gets a musical tribute
Scully”s love of science has been set to music.

“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” daughter arrested for DUI
Yolanda Foster, 17, was taken into custody early this morning on the Pacific Coast Highway.

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