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Snowden Gets an Acting Gig Alongside Daniel Radcliffe

Well, kind of

(Newser) - Edward Snowden: whistleblower, fugitive ... thespian? He can add that last descriptor to his résumé after Saturday, when the documentary-style play Privacy is set to kick off at NYC's Public Theater, the New York Times reports. Snowden will have a one-minute-long cameo appearance (a pre-recorded tape transmitted from Moscow),... More »

Reclusive Pynchon to Cameo in Film Version of His Book?

Director's lips are sealed about author's appearance, but Josh Brolin's aren't

(Newser) - The first movie adapted from one of Thomas Pynchon's novels, Inherent Vice will feature slapstick humor and starring turns from Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, and Reese Witherspoon—and, apparently, a top-secret cameo by the reclusive Pynchon himself, the New York Times reports. And while it may seem that getting... More »

Coming to Big Bang Theory: Stephen Hawking

Physicist stars in cameo April 5

(Newser) - The Big Bang Theory just got a big guest star: Famed physicist Stephen Hawking filmed a cameo as himself last Friday, the New York Post reports. The sitcom, which focuses on a group of scientist friends, has been trying to snag Hawking for years, but health issues kept him from... More »

Bill Clinton Films Hangover 2 Cameo

Ex-prez joins cast in Bangkok

(Newser) - The cast of The Hangover 2, who nixed a Mel Gibson cameo , welcomed Bill Clinton to filming in Bangkok over the weekend, TMZ reports. The former president, who was in Thailand to deliver a speech on clean energy, will appear in the sequel as himself in a small cameo role.... More »

Despite Cameo, Ron Paul Plans to Skip Brüno

(Newser) - Ron Paul is more likely to be out biking this weekend than watching Sacha Baron Cohen’s Brüno, though the congressman and 2008 presidential candidate has a cameo. “Doesn’t exactly reflect my best moments,” the Texas Republican, 73, told the Hill. Paul appears in a scene... More »

Clooney Gives ER a Shot in the Arm

(Newser) - George Clooney’s appearance on ER last night gave the NBC standby a boost, E! Online reports. Thursday’s episode, which also featured cameos by Noah Wyle, Julianna Margulies, and Eriq La Salle brought in 10.7 million viewers, 2 million more than the previous week—though CBS’ Eleventh Hour,... More »

Clock Ticking on Real Palin's SNL Debut

Head writer: She's welcome ... until Election Day

(Newser) - Sarah Palin won’t be on tonight’s Saturday Night Live prime-time special, but head writer Seth Meyers tells Newsday the door's still open. “There's nothing specific yet, but our window of opportunity is before the election," Meyers says. “We'd love to have her.  We'd love... More »

Palin Considers Saturday Night Live Appearance

Security detail has already toured the studios; Fey may return, too

(Newser) - Sarah Palin may make an appearance on a Saturday Night Live, where she was so accurately mimicked by Tina Fey on the season premiere, OK! reports. The Republican’s security detail has already cased NBC’s studios in New York. Fey could also come back to reprise her role, setting... More »

'Dr. Greene' to Return to ER

Edwards will reprise role as dead character in flashbacks

(Newser) - Dr. Mark Greene is coming back to ER, but he's not coming back from the dead. Anthony Edwards will reprise the role of Greene, who died of a brain tumor at the end of the 2002 season, in flashback scenes in the Nov. 13 episode, NBC says. Other County General... More »

Another Cameo for Britney

She's in the new Pussycat Dolls video and shoot her own soon

(Newser) - Britney Spears may have a long way to go until her next album, but the comeback kid is trying to stay relevant. Spears filmed a music video cameo this week for the Pussycat Dolls’ latest single, People reports. Next week, the 26-year-old will jet to London to shoot the video... More »

McCain Pitches Old Geezer Jokes on SNL

Candidate, 71, not too ancient to chase youth vote

(Newser) - Although renowned for his fiery temper, John McCain turned up on Saturday Night Live last night to poke a little fun at his age. "What should we be looking for in our next president?" he asked. "Certainly, someone who is very, very, very old.” If elected McCain,... More »

Top 10 Movie Cameos

These small parts left a big impression

(Newser) - Neil Patrick Harris just about stole Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle with a cameo, and he's not alone. runs down its top 10 movie cameos, including a stealth visit from Cate Blanchett in a hazmat suit.
  1. Bob Barker, Happy Gilmore
  2. Will Ferrell, Wedding Crashers
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Britney Solid in TV Cameo

Troubled star back on TV, acting normally this time

(Newser) - Britney Spears looked "fresh-faced and relaxed" in her role on How I Met Your Mother last night, AP reports. The pop tart played a love-struck receptionist with a big crush on Josh Radnor in her cameo on the CBS sitcom. Reviewers—relieved to see Britney on-screen and acting normally—... More »

Warren Buffett: Soap Star

Billionaire investing guru will make a cameo on "All My Children"

(Newser) - Well, sure, he can make a billion at the drop of a hat. But can the man act? We'll see. Warren Buffett, he who sits atop the list of wealthiest people, with $62 billion, will make a cameo on the soap "All My Children" during May sweeps week, Reuters... More »

Brit Behavin' in Sitcom Cameo

Sharpens her acting chops for CBS' How I Met Your Mother

(Newser) - Britney Spears is acting like a lady on the set of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, her cast-mates report—and Spears is "having a blast" herself, she tells People. Spears arrived promptly for work at a Los Angeles studio early yesterday morning, then again this afternoon... More »

Tina Fey Will Host SNL's Return Show

30 Rock star and former head writer is booked for Feb. 23

(Newser) - Saturday Night Live's first new show since the writers' strike began will be hosted by former head writer Tina Fey, MSNBC reports. SNL was the only late-night comedy show to go AWOL for the whole strike. "SNL thrives during an election year and they can’t wait to get... More »

Seinfeld Spot May Backfire for 30 Rock

Sitcom king's cameo could be series' jump-the-shark moment, critic says

(Newser) - Seinfeld played Seinfeld once again in an irony-drenched cameo on "30 Rock" last night: In order to boost ratings, a fictional NBC exec decides to digitally insert Jerry into all prime-time shows. The kicker is that the self-parodic comic may not liven things up anymore, the New York Observer's... More »

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