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Summer Preview: "The Big C"

June 27th, 2011 3:00pm EDT
The Big C
I was intending on giving you a sneak peek into season two of Showtime's The Big C. That was before I actually screened it and lost the plot a bit. So this isn't going to be that type of column, folks, and for that, I do apologize.

It didn't hit me until I popped that disc into my DVD player, but I'm probably not the person who should've screened this show for you. Not when I'm going through my own health crisis. But while that made me lose focus when it came to the specifics of the season premiere, it gave me a sharper one when it came to what the show as a whole is actually mad...
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Review: 'X-Men First Class' 'Two Jews On Film' Just Like Prof X & Magneto Go Their Separate Ways (Video)

June 3rd, 2011 10:04am EDT
X-Men First Class
By Joan Alperin Schwartz: Right off the bat, I have to say that I gave 'X-Men First Class' 5 bagels out of 5. I absolutely loved it. The director, Matthew Vaughn did the 'X Men' franchise proud.

'X-Men First Class' is a prequel. Before Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) was Professor X and Eric Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) became Magneto, they were just two mutant guys discovering their powers and figuring out how to use them. Charles and Eric were also on the same side.

Charles is your typical nice guy...goodlooking, brilliant, and super rich. He's also an Oxford graduate whose sp...
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John C. Reilly To 'Scratch The Eyes Out' Of Anyone Who Wants His 'Guys & Dolls' Role

June 12th, 2010 1:09pm EDT
John C. Reilly
Things are about to get ugly in Hollywood if Guy Ritchie gets the greenlight to start work on movie musical remake "Guys & Dolls" - star John C. Reilly has threatened anyone who steals the role of Nathan Detroit from him with physical violence.

That means Justin Timberlake should be worried - if reports Ritchie has him slated for the iconic role are true.

The "Chicago" star tells WENN he has his sights set on the role Frank Sinatra played on the big screen in 1955.

He explains, "I'm still waiting for 'Guys and Dolls' to get made into a movie. I will scratch the eyes out of anyone who tri...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Please Give,' 'A Nightmare on Elm Street,' & More

April 26th, 2010 9:16am EDT
Nightmare on Elm Street 2010
I saw “The Losers” last Monday, which I did not particularly care for. The cliché action movie had all the wrong stereotypical aspects of the genre and none of the right ones. The only things that caught my interest were the actor Chris Evans who was the only one of the protagonists with a personality, a certain special song by the band Journey, and the dastardly villain played by Jason Patric. My Grade: C-

Since Thursday night I have been attending screenings of movies and documentaries for the Boston Independent Film Festival. I have seen some fantastic films including “Cyrus,” “Bass...
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Top TV & Movie Secretaries In Honor Of Administrative Professionals Day

April 21st, 2010 8:56am EDT
Top TV & Movie Secretaries
They work hard. They keep things in order. They are oftentimes unappreciated. In honor of Administrative Professionals Day (April 21), here are the 10 best and memorable TV and movie secretaries, receptionists and personal assistants.

TV

Sydney Andrews (Laura Leighton) Melrose Place

Let's do this list right by starting with some crazy. Sydney was the schizophrenic secretary who made her bitchy boss Amanda Woodward (Heather Locklear) look like a princess. With all that dying, coming back to life, murdering and plenty of revenge sex, who wouldn't want this chick answering the phone and sc...
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Cancer Drama 'The Big 'C' Gets Picked Up By Showtime

January 8th, 2010 5:49pm EST
Laura Linney
Laura Linney comes to series television on Showtime as star and executive producer of the provocative new half-hour original dark comedy series, "The Big 'C'" (working title).

Linney plays a reserved suburban wife and mother whose recent cancer diagnosis forces her to shake up her life and find hope, humor and the light side of a dark situation, while managing her immature but well-meaning husband, played by Oliver Platt.

"The Big 'C'" will begin shooting 13 episodes later this spring for a fall 2010 debut, it was announced today by Showtime President of Entertainment Robert Greenbla...
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Ted Danson Is The Best Thing About HBO's Disappointing 'Bored To Death'

September 18th, 2009 10:46am EDT
Bored to Death
HBO's unconventional new comedy Bored to Death, starring Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis, left us feeling a little bored. The show has great potential with a brilliant cast, but it failed to get us hooked. We're not ready to throw away the show all together, however. Here's hoping the remaining episodes will have stronger dialogue and more guts.

The show succeeds in originality with the main character doing freelance detective work, which gives the cast a lot to play with. But it seems to come up empty sometimes. Jason plays Jonathan Ames, a young Brooklyn writer who...
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Lauren Graham And Oliver Platt Shine In Broadway's Guys And Dolls, Just Not Together

March 24th, 2009 12:15pm EDT
Lauren Graham
Remember on Seinfeld when George Costanza gave Jerry two tickets for Guys and Dolls on Broadway? I've probably seen this episode 15 times. I remember thinking: Who gives someone tickets to Guys and Dolls? Is this what people in New York City do? Also: What exactly is Guys and Dolls?

I now live in New York City; I have now seen Guys and Dolls.

There is a lot of hype surrounding this revival considering Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls) and Oliver Platt (Frost/Nixon) are starring. So much, indeed, that it was next to impossible to not read, or at least hear about, a review -- especially...
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Made In Connecticut: Filmmakers Turn East Coast State Into Moviemaking Mecca

May 8th, 2008 8:45am EDT
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Is Connecticut the new Hollywood? Probably not, but it has become a hotspot for filmmaking. The quaint, colonial towns and Yale's impressive architecture led director Steven Spielberg to direct a portion of his highly anticipated "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" in New Haven. Director Sam Mendes admits that the state is a central character in his latest movie, "Revolutionary Road," starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Sure, the New England state is beautiful in the fall with its crimson leaves, pumpkin patches, and white picket fences. It features beautifu...
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John Cusack & Amanda Peet Star In 'Martian Child' On DVD Feb 12

January 10th, 2008 7:15pm EST
Martian Child
Discover the magical world of a little boy whose universe collides with a very special family in the poignant film, Martian Child, arriving on DVD on February 12, 2008, from New Line Home Entertainment.

Based on the award-winning short story, the film follows David, a recently widowed man (John Cusack; (Say Anything,High Fidelity) who hopes to adopt a fragile young boy, who believes he is from Mars. Undeterred by the special emotional needs of the boy, David quickly accepts the child's differences and the two learn how to open their hearts and embrace the power of love.

The ens...
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Outrageous Comedy 'The Ten' Comes To DVD January 15

December 16th, 2007 9:00am EST
The Ten
Masters of comedy David Wain and Ken Marino team up for outrageously funny movie, The Ten- a series of laugh-out-loud stories that reinterpret- and reinvent- the Ten Commandments!

The film features an All-Star Ensemble Cast including Adam Brody, Rob Corddry, Famke Janssen, Kerri Kenney-Silver, Ken Marino, Gretchen Mol, Oliver Platt, Paul Rudd, Winona Ryder, Liev Schreiber, Justin Theroux and Jessica Alba!

-Ten YouTube Clips

DVD Special Features:

· Audio commentary with David Wain, Ken Marino and Paul Rudd -- plus soothing jazz and David’s parents!

· Alte...
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'Nip/Tuck' Returns Oct. 30 On FX

October 29th, 2007 12:00pm EDT
nip-tuck
Pack up your suitcases, but leave the baggage behind - it's time to move from Miami to L.A., and that means a fresh start on season five of "nip/tuck."

Sean McNamara (Dylan Walsh) and Christian Troy (Julian McMahon) are enjoying their plush new office in the mecca of America's plastic surgery capital, but the only consultations they are booking are each other.

After boundless free time and a visit from the repo man, the boys decide to leave their Rodeo Drive office and search for some potential clientèle. Nevertheless, even this doesn't turn out conventionally for the presumptuo...
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Ten Things You Need To Know About 'The Ten'; Opening August 3

July 26th, 2007 1:34pm EDT
The Ten
Ten Things You Need To Know About The Ten (The Gospel According to Director David Wain):

1) The Ten Commandments have been a cornerstone of our society for nearly one hundred years. Whether it's taking a Sunday off, or not murdering someone, many of us follow the Ten Commandments every day, without even knowing it. The pervasiveness of these simple directives inspired me and Ken Marino to spin the tales that make up The Ten.

2) In early June 2007, we began our exhaustive research. After ninety long seconds on Google, we'd learned not only what The Ten Commandments were, but wha...
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Portia De Rossi To Play A Lesbian On Nip/Tuck

June 28th, 2007 10:37am EDT
Portia De Rossi
Former Ally Mcbeal star Portia De Rossi is set for a return to TV in America after signing up to play a manipulative lesbian mother in plastic surgery drama Nip/Tuck.

The real-life lesbian lover of comedienne Ellen DeGeneres will join Rosie O'Donnell and Oliver Platt among the special guests in the upcoming season of the hit show.

-More Portia De Rossi Pictures

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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Stars Dress Up For Disney

January 28th, 2007 2:00pm EST
Beyonce
Beyonce, Scarlett Johansson and Lyle Lovett are bringing the magic of Disneyland and Disney World to life in a series of arty new ads, snapped by celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz.

The acclaimed photographer persuaded a host of famous friends to help her publicise Disney's Year of A Million Dreams campaign - and dressed them up as their favourite animated characters.

Beyonce conjured up Alice in an Alice In Wonderland scene, which also features Oliver Platt as the Mad Hatter and Lovett as the March Hare, while Johansson poses as Cinderella for another of the breathtaking ads....
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Celebrity Birthdays, January 12

January 12th, 2007 3:00am EST
Howard Stern
Happy Birthday to Spice Girl Melanie Chisholm (1974), rapper Raekwon (1970), ex-Rage Against the Machine singer Zack de la Rocha (1970), rocker/horror film director Rob Zombie (1966), "Huff" actor Oliver Platt (1960), radio hosts Howard Stern (1954) and Rush Limbaugh (1951), "Fat Actress" star Kirstie Alley (1951), singer Ruth Brown (1928), "The Great Ziegfeld" actress Luise Rainer (1910), and "Call of the Wild" author Jack London (1876; d. 1916).
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'24' Wins Best Drama & 'The Office' Is Best Comedy

August 28th, 2006 8:45am EDT
24
Last night the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the winners of the 58th Annual Emmy Awards. The Fox drama 24 was named Outstanding Drama Series for the first time after five nominations in the category, and in its first season, the NBC series The Office, a U.S. adaptation of the hit British series of the same name, was named Outstanding Comedy Series. Winners in the lead categories follow in bold:

Outstanding Comedy Series

Arrested Development

Curb Your Enthusiasm

The Office

Scrubs

Two And A Half Men

Outstanding Drama Series

Grey’s Anatomy

The So...
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'24' Gets 12 Emmy Nods, 'Grey's Anatomy' Receives 11

July 6th, 2006 10:36am EDT
24
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences just announced the complete list of nominations for the 58th Primetime Emmy Awards. The TNT miniseries Into The West garnered the most nominations (16), followed by Elizabeth I (13), Mrs. Harris and 24 (12), Grey's Anatomy (11), and Bleak House and Will & Grace (10).

Nominations in the lead categories are:

Outstanding Comedy Series

Arrested Development

Curb Your Enthusiasm

The Office

Scrubs

Two And A Half Men

Outstanding Drama Series

Grey’s Anatomy

The Sopranos

24

The West Wing

House

Outstanding Miniser...
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HUGE Hollywood Cast For 'Scarface: The World Is Yours'

May 4th, 2006 1:30pm EDT
Scarface: The World Is Yours
Vivendi Games' ("VG") Sierra Entertainment has unveiled part of the A-list talent that will help bring drug-lord Tony Montana's criminal empire to life in the upcoming video game Scarface: The World Is Yours. Attracting an unprecedented array of Hollywood's brightest film and television stars as well as returning cast members from the 1983 classic film, the hotly-anticipated game will plunge players deep into the seedy underbelly of 1980s Miami as they rebuild Tony Montana's empire and seek vengeance on his enemies.

The cast includes stars from the original film including Robert Loggia...
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Sharon Stone Talks About Landing a Role on 'Huff'

March 30th, 2006 9:09am EST
Sharon Stone
Sharon Stone is such a fan of the TV show Huff, she took the writers out to lunch and begged them to create a part for her on the show. The series features a psychiatrist, played by Hank Azaria, who is experiencing his own midlife crisis.

Stone explains, "That show is full of amazing actors. I started watching the show because all of the actors are my favorites - Blythe Danner, Swoosie Kurtz and Hank was in my acting class. I called my agent and said I have to take these writers out to lunch. I took them out to lunch and said, 'Would you write some shows for me because I'm nuts about...
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Celebrity Birthdays, January 12

January 12th, 2006 3:00am EST
Rob Zombie
Happy Birthday to Spice Girl Melanie Chisholm (1974), rapper Raekwon (1970), ex-Rage Against the Machine singer Zack de la Rocha (1970), rocker/horror film director Rob Zombie (1966), "Huff" actor Oliver Platt (1960), radio hosts Howard Stern (1954) and Rush Limbaugh (1951), "Fat Actress" star Kirstie Alley (1951), singer Ruth Brown (1928), "The Great Ziegfeld" actress Luise Rainer (1910), and "Call of the Wild" author Jack London (1876; d. 1916).
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