JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS OPENS UP ABOUT VEEP, CANCER: Ahead of the final season of HBO’s Veep, Julia Louis-Dreyfus says she’s ready to start a new phase of her life. "I’m good; I’m really good. And I’m not just saying that…. I’m here, and I know we have to get this cancer s— out of the way, so bring on the questions!" she joked during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, referencing her recent cancer battle. "I feel very strong and I’ve got red lips, so what could go wrong? Everything is good. I’m back at work on Veep, which is amazing." She said that ending the show is "bittersweet."
CATE BLANCHETT REVEALS ACTRESS SHE’S OBSESSED WITH: Cate Blanchett appeared in Rome at the premiere of The House with a Clock in Its Walls on Friday, and while she was there, she told The Hollywood Reporter about how she wants to portray one of her heroes, Lucille Ball, in the upcoming Lucy & Desi: "I’ve long been obsessed by Lucille Ball. Who hasn’t? I mean she’s not only as an actress, as a comedian, but as a producer, as a parent, as a force of nature within Hollywood. You step onto a film set in America and the male and female bathrooms on a filmset are called Desi and Lucy," she said. "Such is her influence." When THR asked what she’d do if she had magical powers like the witch in The House with a Clock, she said: "I would make sure that everyone of the age 18 and up registers to vote in the American midterm elections. I come from a country where voting in a democracy is compulsory. And I think freedom is a responsibility that is fast becoming a massive responsibility."
MARK RUFFALO-LED SERIES GETS GREEN LIGHT FROM HBO: I Know This Much Is True, starring Mark Ruffalo, is getting a six-episode commitment from HBO. The limited series about the parallel lives of twin brothers, is based on Wally Lamb’s New York Times bestseller of the same name. Ruffalo will play twin brothers Dominick and Thomas Birdsey.
LEAH REMINI TO TACKLE JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES IN SCIENTOLOGY AND THE AFTERMATH: A&E has announced the airdate for Leah Remini’s two-hour special on Jehovah’s Witnesses. It will air on November 13th at 9 p.m. before the premiere of season three of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath. "I thought Jehovah's Witnesses were just nice people knocking on doors," Remini says in a teaser. "We have received many letters, saying, 'Please look into the Jehovah's Witnesses.'"