Let's hear it for the 'Girls'
The screwball '00s TV classic "Gilmore Girls" has found a new following on Netflix, so how about a new season? The streaming service hopes to bring back creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and stars Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel for four 90-minute installments. The biggest breakout star from the show, Melissa McCarthy, is not expected to reprise her supporting role as Sookie the chef.
Oct. 21 was "Back to the Future Day," i.e. the day Marty McFly time-traveled to in the classic sequel. All three movies in the trilogy were screened nationwide, taking in $1.65 million at the box office. … To celebrate the day, Chistopher Lloyd appeared in character as Emmett "Doc" Brown to hang out with presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Sanders tweeted a reference to the original movie's script: "Tell me, future boy, who's president of the United States in 2017?" He might need 1.21 jigawatts to win the Democratic nomination. … Also in commemoration, Michael J. Fox received the first pair of Nike power-lace shoes as depicted in "Part II." Whatever — we're still waiting for the flying cars.
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Chris Rock will host the "new and improved" 88th Oscars. … Simon Cowell will replace Howard Stern as a judge on "America's Got Talent" next year. … Jon Hamm will play a cop killer in the crime thriller "Baby Driver" (with "Shaun of the Dead" director Edgar Wright). … "Orange Is the New Black" star Laverne Cox will play gender-bending Frank-N-Furter in Fox's TV movie remake of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." … NBC alum Vincent D'Onofrio is off to be the Wizard in the network's 10-episode "Emerald City."
Simon Peter Groebner