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Brent Butt in Corner Gas

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BIG-SCREEN GAS

Get ready for Corner Gas: The Movie. Bell Media has announced plans for a feature film based on the successful Canadian comedy series starring homegrown comedian Brent Butt. During Corner Gas's original 2004 to 2009 run, the low-key sitcom ranked among Canada's most-watched programs and earned six Gemini Awards. The producers of the film have also launched a Kickstarter campaign at cornergasthemovie.com, which hopes to raise $100,000 for the production in the next 30 days. Shooting for Corner Gas: The Movie is scheduled to commence next month in Rouleau, Sask. – the same filming location for the original series – with a planned holiday release date. The entire cast from the original series is expected to reprise their roles.

Source: CTV News

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SNEAK PEEK

AMC is making broadcast history with the roll-out of the new series Halt and Catch Fire. The U.S. cable channel, which also airs Mad Men and The Walking Dead, has launched a two-week, full-episode sneak preview period on Tumblr and AMC.com, which makes it the first-ever TV show to debut on Tumblr. Created by Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers, Halt and Catch Fire documents the rise of the personal computer to mainstream public acceptance in the early 1980s. The first episode will be available until May 31. The regular TV premiere of Halt and Catch Fire will take place on AMC on June 1.

Source: CNN

BACKUP PLAN

If Justin Bieber's music career ever fizzles out, he can always become a strip-club spokesperson. The Canadian singer has reportedly received a $1-million (U.S.) job offer from Hustler Clubs to front their U.S. campaign to get American men to stop "outsourcing visits to strip clubs and from now on buy only American." Hustler Clubs, which is owned by infamous pornography kingpin Larry Flynt, recently sent Bieber the proposal for a TV commercial that would feature him kissing a woman in an American-flag bikini. The proposal allegedly included the offer of a party for Bieber and his father Jeremy to take place on the singer's 21st birthday next March.

Source: New York Daily News

STILL ADORABLE

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Zooey Deschanel has proven to the world that she's just as adorable with messy hair and without makeup. The New Girl star posted a makeup-free selfie on Twitter last weekend showing her standing in front of a mirror with dishevelled hair. The 34-year-old actress also wore a long-sleeved T-shirt with the words "French Kissing in the U.S.A." on the front. Deschanel captioned the photo with the message, "Good morning! #nomakeup #nofilter."

Source: E!

CLASS ACT

Sandra Bullock surprised students at Easton Charter High School by speaking at their commencement ceremony. The Oscar-winning actress has been public in her efforts to rebuild the New Orleans school, which was closed from 2005 to 2006 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and showed up unannounced at last week's sendoff to graduating students. Among other words of advice, Bullock told graduates to "stop worrying so much" and to "stop being scared of the unknown, because anything I worried about didn't happen. Other stuff happened. The unknown we can't do anything about."

Source: Us

BOTTOMS UP

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Was Channing Tatum trying to be funny or was he revealing a serious personal problem with his recent claim that he's a "high-functioning" alcoholic? In an upcoming GQ interview, the 34-year-old 22 Jump Street star said that he really, really likes getting boozy. "I probably drink too much, you know," said Tatum. "My wife [actress Jenna Dewan Tatum], that's what she bought into. I'm probably a pretty high-functioning, I guess, you know, I would say, alcoholic, I guess." The reason behind Tatum's tippling: "There's probably a tendency to escape. I equate it to creativity, and I definitely equate it to having a good time."

Source: Us

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