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Joe Satran
Joe is a staff writer for The Huffington Post. He currently writes about Hollywood, and has previous covered medicine and the food industry. He was an English major at Yale and has worked at DETAILS magazine, for the Huffington Post Blog Team and at the Yale Sustainable Food Project. In college, he started Yale's biggest campus blog, The Bullblog. He lives in Los Angeles.

Entries by Joe Satran

Miley Cyrus Releases Gay Rights Anthem 'Hands Of Love'

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 4:09 PM

Miley Cyrus has been an outspoken gay rights advocate for years -- and now she's bringing her views into her music, as well. 

The singer just released an emotional new song called "Hands of Love" about the struggle for equality. It's on the soundtrack...

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Rob Lowe Says Hollywood Objectifies Men, Too

(1) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 3:55 PM

What do you think of when you think of Rob Lowe? Hotness?  

Shame on you

In an interview with Vulture this week, the 51-year-old actor argued that Hollywood has a problem with the objectification of men, not just women.

"People go on...

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'90s Power Couple Pamela Anderson & Tommy Lee Reunite At Party

(1) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 2:34 PM

More than 20 years have passed since Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee got married, four days after meeting, on a beach in Cancun. Their relationship over those 20 years has been tumultuous even by Hollywood standards -- they got divorced in 1998, but got back...

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'Serial,' The Podcast Obsession Of 2014, To Become A TV Show

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 4:28 PM

When the "Serial" craze first got going last fall, one of the things you would hear from  listeners trying to get you on board was that the podcast was as compelling as a TV show. And it was true: once you started listening, the thirst for new installments rivaled the thirst for new episodes of great shows like "The Good Wife" and "Game of Thrones."

Looks like Hollywood (being Hollywood) isn't willing to cede such compulsiveness to public radio. Deadline reported today that Phil Lord and Christopher Miller -- the writing-and-directing duo behind comedic hits like "The Lego Movie" and "21 Jump Street" -- are adapting "Serial" into a scripted TV series. Several of the podcast's producers, including Season 1 host Sarah Koenig, "This American Life" host Ira Glass and "Serial" co-producer Julie Snyder, will be executive producers on the show. 

"Chris and Phil take an unexpected approach to telling stories and that is so appealing to us at 'Serial,'" Snyder said in a statement. "Developing a show with them is exciting because we feel like we speak the same language, only they’re smarter than us."

There were rumors, for a while, that producers might adapt the content of "Serial" Season 1 -- the murder of teenager Hae-Min Lee and the subsequent dubious conviction of her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed -- into a movie. But Lord and Miller's show will take a different tack. It will focus, instead, on the making of the podcast. And it apparently won't be about the original podcast's first season. It's not yet clear whether it will be based on some upcoming season -- such as the upcoming one, reportedly on ex-POW Bowe Bergdahl -- or a fictional season of their own devising.

A show about a group of podcast producers doesn't sound all that exciting on the face of it. But Lord and Miller specialize in adapting unpromising material -- schlocky '80s TV shows, plotless children's books, blocks -- into thrilling narratives. So if anyone can do it, it's them.

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'Hunted,' New CBS Reality Show, To Be Like 'Hunger Games' IRL

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 3:56 PM

An ordinary person is on the lam. They're alone. Defenseless. Afraid. Meanwhile, group of trained investigators are trying to find them. To hunt them down. They have to use their wits and guile to outrun their pursuers. And the world is watching their every move on TV. 


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George R.R. Martin, HBO Deny 'Game Of Thrones' Movie Rumors

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 2:26 PM

Earlier this week, British tabloid The Daily Star reported that A Song of Ice and Fire series writer George R.R. Martin had confirmed the long-running rumors that a "Game of Thrones" movie was in the works. Exciting, right? 

Except for one thing: It's not...

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Leaked ‘Game Of Thrones’ Video May Be Your First Look At Season 6

(1) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 5:38 PM

Filming of "Game of Thrones" season 6 is well underway. Thanks to the obsessive sleuthing of the fandom and some sneaky paparazzi work by enterprising locals, we already know a lot about what's in store (including the fact that Jon Snow almost certainly did not stay...

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'Girls' Will Likely End After Season 6, Lena Dunham Says

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 4:49 PM

Lena Dunham told radio host Elvis Duran on Tuesday that she thinks her HBO show "Girls" will end after its sixth season

“Never say never, but that is the way that we’re thinking about it right now, and we’re starting to think about sort...

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Beyoncé, Jay Z, Prince Among Acts Slated For Huge Charity Concert

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 4:14 PM

Beyoncé, Jay Z, Prince, Nicki Minaj, Usher, Lil Wayne, T.I.: It reads like a list of some of the most successful musical artists working today, or perhaps of our dream guest stars for an upcoming season of "Empire." In fact, though, it's the beginning of the lineup for...

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Aaron Sorkin Slams Sony Hack As 'Terrorism'

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 2:28 PM

Aaron Sorkin is still mad about the Sony hack.

Almost a year has passed since a group of hackers tied to the North Korean government infiltrated Sony Pictures' servers to steal thousands of confidential emails, which they then released to the press. Sorkin -- the prolific...

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'Fear The Walking Dead' Is Getting Its Own Spinoff

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2015 | 6:33 PM

 What do you call the spinoff of a spinoff? A spinoff-squared? A double spinoff? A re-spinoff? A spin-way-off? 

How about "Fear The Walking Dead: Flight 462"?

That's the title of an upcoming Web-only spinoff of AMC's new "Fear The Walking Dead," itself a prequel...

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Ariana Grande Teams Up With Opera Superstar Andrea Bocelli

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2015 | 3:01 PM

Anyone who's listened to Ariana Grande's music knows that homegirl can SING. She has a vocal range and technical proficiency rare among pop stars this side of Mariah Carey, to whom she's often compared.

Still, it takes real guts for any pop singer, no matter...

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Leah Remini Tells All In New Memoir About Scientology

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 3:12 PM

Actress Leah Remini announced this week that she will soon release a memoir about her 30 years as a member of the Church of Scientology. The book will be "bold, brash, and bravely confessional," according to publisher Ballantine Books. Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology...

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Jennifer Lopez Is Getting A Post At The United Nations Foundation

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 2:36 PM

Jennifer Lopez is getting a new job in Manhattan -- and yes, she can ride the 6 train there.

The singer, actress and producer is becoming the first-ever Global Advocate for Girls and Women at the United Nations Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to building support for...

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'Game Of Thrones' Creators 'Never Set Out To Offend Anyone'

(1) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 4:28 PM

The fifth season of HBO's "Game of Thrones" made history at the Emmy Awards on Sunday, when it became the first sci-fi or fantasy show ever to win Best Drama and its 12 total awards broke the record for the most won by any show in a...

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Hilarious Video Exposes How Pixar Makes You Cry In All Its Movies

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 2:48 PM

It is a truth universally acknowledged that when you go to see a Pixar movie -- well, except maybe one of those "Cars" ones -- you are going to cry at some point, if not through three-quarters of the movie. It's almost like Pixar has sadness and pathos down to a science. 

But wait: maybe they do. That's the suggestion of this hilarious video from the team at Above Average, which gives a peek into Pixar's "SadLab" -- a full-fledged scientific lab that the Disney-owned animation studio runs to come up with new ways to make audiences cry.

OK, OK, it's not real. But it does contain a kernel of insight. Because Pixar actually does have some ironclad rules for emotionally affecting storytelling. It's not quite a lab, but it sure does work. Case in point: Pixar's most recent movie, the tearjerking "Inside Out," has now hauled in $750 million at the box office worldwide, making it the third-highest-grossing movie released in 2015.

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Louis C.K. Has Very Strong Feelings About Cell Phones

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 2:05 PM

Louis C.K. isn't just a hilarious comedian: he's one of our most incisive -- and insightful -- social critics. When he has something to say about the way we live today, it's worth paying attention. Because he's probably right. 

And one of his big messages -- as revealed by the masterful supercut above, cut together by Luis Azevedo of The A to Z Review -- is that we rely way too much on our cell phones. 

The video includes clips from his FX show "Louie" and several of his stand-up routines on the subject of cell phones, all of it very funny and disturbingly accurate. But the heart of his critique of cell phones comes in the form of an interview on "Conan." It's there that he expresses the belief that we use cell phones to block out the pain of modern life -- which ultimately makes that pain even worse, even more omnipresent. 

"You need to build an ability to just be yourself and not be doing something. That's what the phones are taking away -- the ability to just sit there," he says. "Underneath everything in your life, there's that thing -- that forever empty thing. You know what I'm talking about? That it's all for nothing and you're alone." 

When we get this feeling, he explains, we instinctively reach for our cell phones and start to text our friends for reassurance. Even when we're driving!

"People are willing to risk taking a life and ruining their own because they don't want to be alone for a second," he said.

That's dark. But don't worry: the video that delivers this borderline-brutal message is leavened with plenty of LOL-worthy jokes. Just be sure not to watch it while you're sitting in the driver's seat. 

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Shonda Rhimes Is Producing A New Medical Drama

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 5:26 PM

Shondaland is expanding to a place where most empires fear to tread: Iraq. 

ABC is reportedly developing yet another show from "Scandal" and "Grey's Anatomy" producer Shonda Rhimes, a drama about a team of military doctors working out of Baghdad at the height of...

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Paula Deen Almost Spoiled Tracy Morgan's Emmy Surprise

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 3:06 PM

One of the most emotional moments of Sunday's highly emotional Emmy Awards was the surprise appearance of comedian Tracy Morgan -- the "30 Rock" star's first public appearance since his nearly fatal car accident in June 2014. When he walked onto the stage to present...

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Netflix Reveals The Point Of No Return For Binge-Watching Shows

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 1:41 PM

Watching a TV show on Netflix is a little like flying a spaceship near a black hole. You can only be casual about it for so long. If you go too far, you'll eventually encounter a point of no return. Once you cross this threshold, gravity takes hold, and...

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