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Jennifer Aniston Is Ready for Her Triumphant Return to TV in "The Morning Show"

"Watching a beloved woman's breakdown is timeless American entertainment."

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Almost two years ago, Apple TV announced their plan to launch a streaming service, along with an epic project—a show starring and executive produced by Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston.

On Monday, The Morning Show released its first official trailer. The highly anticipated show will dive into the interpersonal drama of broadcast journalism: the network politics of a newsroom, strong-willed executives, and anchors' struggles against ageism, all the while vying for America's hearts.

The trailer begins with Alex Levy (Jennifer Aniston) sitting alone at her desk and announcing that her co-host of 15 years, Mitch Kesser (Steve Carell), was fired for undisclosed allegations, suggesting that the show will unpack the effects of the MeToo movement. Then, insert Bradley Jackson (Reese Witherspoon), a hard-hitting, on the ground reporter recruited to join the show's staff and ready to shake things up. Cue the drama between a younger, rising star and a seasoned, beloved host as they're pitted against one another. Throw in a couple of male showrunners and executives (played by Billy Crudup and Mark Duplass) to exasperate those tensions, and you've got Apple TV's first hit show!

Watch the first trailer below:

The Morning Show — Official Trailer | Apple TV+ www.youtube.com

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'Almost Famous' Coming to Broadway!

The popular 2000 film is returning for a live rendition

It has been 18 (yes 18!) years since Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous became an instant classic.

The semi-autographical film was beloved (and still is) by movie and music fans who love the idea of passion and performance lived out by young people determined to make their dreams come true, through riveting rock-and-roll-led lives.

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If you've never seen the movie, W Magazine sums it up: "Almost Famous follows the journey of a 15-year-old boy who lands a once-in-a-lifetime assignment from Rolling Stone to write about a rising rock band. The assignment leads to a life-changing experience for the main character as he navigates professionalism and being swept up in the rock scene himself. The story was, in fact, a fictional version of Crowe's experience working for the publication in the 1970s." Sounds like Broadway gold, and that's exactly what is in the works.

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As Deadline reports, "The project was confirmed by producers Lia Vollack on behalf of Columbia Live Stage, Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner and John Johnson. The new musical will feature a book by Crowe based on his Academy Award-winning screenplay, music by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Tom Kitt (Next to Normal), lyrics by Kitt and Crowe, and directed by Jeremy Herrin (People, Places and Things)."

The cast of the movie was a "cool crowd" collection of up-and-comers and seasoned actors who had chemistry and charisma, making the people on screen as fascinating as the plot. From Billy Crudup to Kate Hudson to Philip Seymour Hoffman to Frances McDormand, the all-star line up made this film one to watch, and still holds its own nearly two decades later.

Rather than a reboot or a sequel, the story is sure to succeed on The Great White Way. While the cast will change, the storyline will be just as captivating, set in the '70s and wrapped up in the rock star way of life. The live music aspect of the Broadway version is sure to add even more authenticity as we watch the performers give their all to the "groupies" in the audience.

The screenplay for Almost Famous won an Oscar, giving the Broadway version a Tony to try for. But when can we get tickets? So far, there is "no official timeline for the project's release," as reported by W Magazine. But when the wheels are in motion, it won't be long until the seats cost hundreds and critics are all over the latest show of the moment.

Will Hudson have a cameo? As Vanity Fair notes, " No word yet on the cast, but expect plenty of attention around the casting for Penny Lane, the role that earned Kate Hudson an Oscar nomination and may still be the gold standard for cinematic dream girls." Can we expect new music or theatrical twists? Something special is sure to arise, making the Broadway rendition of Almost Famous fined-tuned and fresh.

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Stay tuned 'till more news emerges about this highly-anticipated Broadway show. Rent the movie and watch it again and remember why you loved it so much back in 2000.


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Claire Danes is opening up about that whole Billy Crudup leaving his pregnant wife for her thing, and it seems she kinda, sorta, maybe feels a little bad about it—but, then again, despite her apparently “going through it” she says it’s all OK now.

We suspect that Mary Louise Parker—the then-pregnant wife in question, might still feel a little differently about the situation however.

Danes and Crudup started hooking up on the set of Stage Beauty, their 2003 movie together—leading to Crudup ditching Parker for his co-star—they had been in a relationship for eight years, and the Weeds actress was seven months pregnant with their child at the time.

I mean, seriously….. he couldn’t just wait another couple of months?!!

The scandalous new couple ended up dating for four years, before Danes eventually moved on to pastures new, in the form of another of her co-stars—Hugh Dancy—who was, thankfully, then unmarried and not about to be a father.

Dancy and Danes married in 2009, and have a 3-year-old son together, named Cyrus.

The 36-year-old was grilled about the cheating scandal by Howard Stern on his Sirius XM show Monday—and, being an actress, it was, of course, all about HER….

Not surprisingly, given the situation, both Danes and Crudup were subjected to a ton of media scrutiny over the affair, in addition to the inevitable public backlash—both of which, Danes admitted to finding “scary.”

“[The backlash] was a scary thing," she told Stern. "That was really hard. I was just in love with him. And needed to explore that and I was 24... I didn’t quite know what those consequences would be."

She went on to confess to being “careless” by hooking up with a married guy who was expecting a child, but, she says, she’s moved past it all now.

Good for you Claire! What a relief!

“It’s okay," she said. "I went through it."

For her part, Parker has always publicly maintained a dignified silence when it comes to her cheating scumbag of a then-husband—however, it appears that’s about to change with the publication of her first book.

In her memoir, Dear Mr. You, the 51-year-old tells her life story through a series of letters written to the most important men in her life, which will presumably include Crudup, and shed some light on her feelings about his affair with Danes.

Dear Mr. You is released November 1.

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Selena Gomez revealed her celebrity crush on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, and, like her, it's just adorable.

The 21-year-old has apparently had a thing for Billy Crudup ever since seeing him in Almost Famous, and was thrilled to discover she would be working with him in new movie Rudderless.

"I had a crush on him," she told Jimmy. "I went through my whole Almost Famous phase, so I was like Penny Lane for a good month—I wore the outfits and had the hair and the glasses...and then, I found out I was going to be a part of the movie [with Billy] and it took me a minute at first, because I kind of had a little bit of a crush on him!"

When Jimmy asked her if she was still carrying a flame for the now-46-year-old, Selena's response was hilarious. Watch the video below to see what she said!