'Pushing Daisies'“Pushing Daisies” is stepping it up this season – more movie homages, more guest stars, more musical numbers, and of course, more pie.

For the season premiere tonight (October 1), featuring French Stewart and Autumn Reeser, Kristen Chenoweth cracks after keeping the secret about Chuck’s mother, and joins a nunnery, “which of course lends itself to a ‘Sound of Music’ homage,’” creator Bryan Fuller chuckled.

“Once you have someone in a nunnery, you do have those moments,” producer Barry Sonnenfeld said, “standing on a hillside, singing out loud.”

Last season, which, if you missed it, is now available on DVD, featured three musical numbers, including They Might Be Giants’ “Birdhouse In Your Soul.” This season, they hope to have even more breaking-out-into-song moments. By episode eight, Fuller said, “Pushing Daisies” will “get our Bangles on,” when Chenoweth sings “Eternal Flame.” Read More...

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Daniel Radcliffe in 'Equus'OK – so there’s no actual “horse sex” in “Equus,” whatever some of the theater-goers might say, but that doesn’t mean Daniel Radcliffe and Lorenzo Pisoni, the man who plays his horse Nugget, haven’t gotten a little cozy during the performances thus far.

There are long moments on stage where Radcliffe stands with Pisoni, holding him, caressing him, stroking him – as co-star Richard Griffiths puts it, “like a necking couple."

“Thea [Sharrock], the director, really made a point of that, that the relationship between the boy and the horse had to be as intimate as possible,” Pisoni said, “so that the audience understood that when he was with a girl, that wasn’t what he wanted. So there was one day we kind of had a talking to, and we looked at each other, and it was like, ‘Well, alright!’ And that was that.”

“We’ve been getting on very well indeed,” Radcliffe laughed. “I’ve written him some really, really deeply sexual things on some of the cards I’ve given him for opening night, but just to wind him up.” Read More...

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Could Keira Knightley's love interest in "The Duchess," Dominic Cooper, be a steampunker?

When we caught up with the actor at the opening night of "Equus", he didn't want to talk Harry Potter, as did a lot of the celebs who came to see Daniel Radcliffe on Broadway. Nope -- for Cooper, the fantasy series he's most into is "His Dark Materials," the Philip Pullman trilogy from which the movie "The Golden Compass" and inspiration from steampunk came. Cooper had played the part of Will during the Royal National Theatre adaptation, and he hopes to land a part in one of the proposed sequels.

"I tried to get Keira," who's read all the Harry Potter books, "into the Philip Pullman ones, but she wasn't having any of it," Cooper said. "No luck. I think you're either a fan of one or the other, is how it works. But why can't you be both in life?" Read More...

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"I'm always the bad guy, aren't I?"

Garret Dillahunt is laughing that yet again, he's playing a character who's after someone else's son -- on his current television show "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles," he's Cromartie, a Terminator who relentlessly pursues the Connors, and in his upcoming movie "The Road," out November 26, he's a nameless gang member who's another kind of killing machine. But just because his character has no name does not mean it's a bit part.

"No one has a name in 'The Road,'" Dillahunt explained. Like Cormac McCarthy's novel from which it's adapted, "The Road" features characters such as the man, the boy, the wife, the old man and the veteran. "Viggo Mortensen plays the man," Dillahunt said. "Kodi Smit-McPhee is the boy, and I play the gang member. We all have names like that, because it's not important, almost, in this post-apocalyptic world they create."
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In the space between Harry Potter films, the young actors who play the trio of Harry, Ron, and Hermione have been trying to cram as much non-wizarding world work on their resumes as possible -- to prevent typecasting when they grow up. Dan Radcliffe, for instance, is starring in the controversial play "Equus" on Broadway. But Rupert Grint, who plays Harry's best bud Ron Weasley, is trying to go Radcliffe one step further -- by taking on violent roles in the independent films "Wild Target" (which he just started) and "Cherrybomb" (which he just finished).

Rupert Grint in 'Cherrybomb'

"My character Malacy [in 'Cherrybomb'] works at a leisure center in Belfast," Grint explained. "It's not really a proper job, but this girl Michelle is my boss' daughter. She's really exotic and fashionable and she gets his attention, along with his friend Luke, and she starts this crazy competition thing between them." Read More...

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Outside of that whole encyclopedia mess, J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. have been pretty supportive -- or at least tolerant -- of all the creative responses to Harry Potter, from fan fiction to wizard rock and beyond. But it wasn't always so, as documentarian Josh Koury explores in his new film, "We Are Wizards."

"Right now, they've got a pretty good relationship with the fan community," Koury said, "but that's because of PotterWar and what Heather [Lawver] did in 2001. That's why people like Harry and the Potters are allowed to do these things today." (Check out an exclusive clip from the film after the jump!) Read More...

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"AAAAAAAAAAARGH!" a voice screamed. And then, suddenly calmer, it continued. "Malfoy let out a terrible scream and bolted -- so did Fang. The hooded figure raised its head and looked right at Harry."

Twenty-two-year-old Cindy Del Rosario was just reading aloud from the anniversary edition of J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" -- as did some 600 other people on Tuesday (September 23) at the New York headquarters of Scholastic, each of them sitting in the throne Rowling herself had used for appearances at Carnegie Hall and Radio City.

Potter fans -- from eight-year-old Adam Abadi (and Harry Potter lookalike) to celebs like KayCee Stroh from “High School Musical,” Marcia Gay Harden and MTV News' own Kurt Loder -- stood in line for their chance to help read the first book in the series cover-to-cover. Some had been there since just after midnight, camping out. Others showed up at 8 a.m. on the dot, when the reading began. Read More...

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J.K. RowlingJ.K. Rowling might not have exactly have a new book out this year -- do you count "Beedle the Bard"? -- but for her boy Harry's 10-year "birthday," she's got the next best thing. Leaky Cauldron webmistress Melissa Anelli interviewed the author -- and got Rowling to write the intro -- for her upcoming book, due out November 4, called “Harry, A History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon.”

"It was never a selling point to any publisher, 'Hey, I know J.K. Rowling,' you know? It was never like that," Anelli said. "I was actually planning on writing it without her [participation]. It's like when you watch the show 'The West Wing': yes, the president is very important, but it's more about the staff. This is more about the people, the companies, the entities that brought Harry Potter into fruition. And using that analogy, having the president there adds so much, and adds so much interest, but I was counting on not having her." Read More...

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Draco and the MalfoysHow do you know you're at a wizard rock show and not just any ol' Muggle concert?

- When members of the audience wear witch hats.

- When, instead of throwing panties, girls yell out to the resident hearthrob, "Alex, you're my Patronus!"

- When the Ramones' "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker" becomes "Ginny Is A Punk Rocker"...

- When drink napkins have brooms on them and read, "Don't drink and fly."

- When bands introduce a song by saying, "This is about the coolest gay wizard I've ever known..."

- When people in the crowd wear ties to signify whether they're Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, or Slytherin -- and the bands ask them questions like, "Are there any Slytherins in the house?" and warn them, "If there are any Hufflepuffs, we might kick you in the face." Read More...

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'Star Trek: The Next Generation'Usually, the "Star Trek" movies are borne out of the television shows -- not the other way around. "Star Trek"'s I through VI were with the original cast, then there was a spate of "Next Gen" films, (though never anything with "DS9," "Voyager," or "Enterprise").

But now that J.J. Abrams is rebooting "Star Trek" to back when the original crew of the Enterprise were young, it’s the first time in eleven films that there wasn’t a corresponding TV series. Former "Star Trek" scribe and “Pushing Daisies” creator Bryan Fuller says that means it’s ripe time for "Star Trek" to hit the small screen once again.

“I would love to do another 'Star Trek' series,” Fuller said. “One where you could go back to the spirit and color of the original 'Star Trek,' because somehow, it got cold over the years. I love ‘Next Generation,’ but it’s a little cooler and calmer than the ones from the ‘60s, which were so dynamic and passionate.” Read More...

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