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'Ray Donovan' 1.7 and Whitey Bulger

8/13/2013 8:52pm EDT
Ray Donovan
Just as Showtime's Ray Donovan is really picking up steam, the Whitey Bulger trial in Boston comes to a head with a verdict.   Showtime must be delighted with the coincidence - it almost makes up for the Showtime (Viacom-CBS) dispute with Time Warner which has deprived New York City viewers of Ray Donovan, Dexter, and much more.  On that issue, I say a pox on both your houses - Viacom and Time Warner, you both are worth billions, give the viewers a break, one or both of you accept a little less, and get on with it.  (See my comments on this in The Christian Science Monitor.)  But I digress-...

James Woods, 66, Shows Off 20-Year-Old Girlfriend At Film Premiere

6/28/2013 12:00pm EDT
James Woods & Kristen Bauguess
There must be something special about James Woods that makes young women fall in love with him. Earlier this week the actor made his red carpet debut with a new girlfriend, who happens to be 46 years younger than he is.
The 66 year old posed for photos at the New York City premiere of his new film "White House Down" on Tuesday with Kristen Bauguess, 20, by his side.

The white haired actor wore a black suit and blue shirt, and Bauguess wore a matching dress and jacket.

It isn't the first time Woods has dated a much younger lady. He started dating aspiring actress Ashley Madison when she ...

James Woods Confirms Split From 26-Year-Old Girlfriend

4/17/2013 6:49pm EDT
James Woods
Casino star James Woods has split from his girlfriend of seven years.

The Veteran actor, who will turn 66 on Thursday, began dating aspiring actress Ashley Madison when she was just 19 years old, but they parted ways several months ago when Woods stepped out of the limelight to take care of his ailing mother Martha. She died last year at the age of 86 after a long illness.

They have both since moved on and Madison insists she will "always have special feelings for James," while Woods tells the National Enquirer, "I've met someone who is not in the business. We'll see where it goes."


Forgotten Friday Flick - 'Split Image'

2/3/2012 10:05am EST
split Image photo
With so many older flicks hitting Blu-ray this week (although "The Piano" was sadly sans special features – damn you!) it felt like time to shed a little light on a hidden gem that hasn’t even made it’s way to DVD yet – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! If there were any justice in the home video world, this week’s selection would see a fully restored special edition with a cast group commentary that would blow every cinefile mind. (And I’m not talking a Tony Kaye cut of "American History X" with Edward Norton and Kaye tag-team commentary!) It’s a film about kidnapping and cults (not ne...

Forgotten Friday Flick - 'Cop'

12/16/2011 12:45pm EST
Cop photo
With plenty of good guy/bad guy action (via new Mission Impossible!) and sleuthing (another Sherlock Holmes...already?!) hitting theaters this week, we’re jumping on the bandwagon to bring the home happy folks a five-star detective flick that’s little known, but should be...welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! Nothing says savory story like tale involving a cop who goes to the edge to get his man and today’s selection is no different. Featuring James Woods in the best (and most caustically clever!) role of his career, this one will have you guessing right till the end – it’s the 1988 thrill...

'The Help' Tops List Of 2012 SAG Film Nominees

12/14/2011 10:22am EST
The Help
The Help has been tipped for glory at the 2012 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards after receiving four nominations.

The movie will compete for the coveted Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture prize, alongside The Artist, Bridesmaids, The Descendants and Midnight in Paris.

The film also earned nods in the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role category for Viola Davis, as well as Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role thanks to Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer.

Trailing with three nominations was silent film The Artist and...

Slideshow: Celebrity Male Equivalent Cougars... Old Panthers?

9/24/2009 12:00pm EDT
Old Panthers
Courteney Cox's new comedy Cougar Town premiered Thursday on ABC at 9:30 pm. She plays Julie, a 40 year old Florida real estate agent and recent divorcee who is interested in dating younger men. The show mirrors her real life marriage to David Arquette, who is seven years younger than she is. In honor of the show's premiere, we picked out a few of the top male equivalent cougars.

George Clooney has always had a thing for younger women. Before his recent Italian fling, he was involved with 30 year old Sarah Larson. Recently he stepped out with his new young eye candy, Elisabetta Canalis...

Smarter Than The Average Celebrity

9/1/2009 10:03am EDT
Natalie Portman
Celebrities are not generally known for being scholarly, brainy, or bookish. On the whole, these types of words are reserved for people like Stephen Hawking, Marilyn Vos Savant, and Kim Ung-Yong. If a celebrity is fortunate, their claim to fame is achieved via artistic talent and entertaining know-how. There are, of course, celebrities who are not so fortunate, like Li Lo, Paris, and Brit, the Hollywood train wreck trifecta, whose notoriety is due more to excessive bed-hopping, drug use, feuds with friends, and wardrobe malfunctions than it is to arty aptitude. But what would the celebrity ...

Who Green Lights These Movies In Hollywood?

4/30/2009 4:12pm EDT
No one ever seems to listen. When reading through the announcements that come out of Hollywood, one gets the feeling that the industry should know better by now. A Max Payne movie? Aliens vs. Predator 2? A Drop Dead Fred remake? Who green lights this stuff? The film industry is rife with bad ideas, often resulting in empty-pocketed executives standing around wondering why Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li didn't make any money. People keep losing money, yet the bad ideas keep pouring in. Here are a few upcoming bad ideas:

Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Warning: Warning: ...

The Best & Worst Films Starring Drew Barrymore

4/2/2008 3:00pm EDT
Drew in 50 First Dates
There is perhaps no greater polarizing figure in the film world than Drew Barrymore. Very few waffle on Drew Barrymore's ability as an actress - you either love or hate her.

Some are entranced by the starlet's positive attitude and sunny demeanor. Others see that personality as a perfect compliment to her blonde hair. (Personally, we're pro-Drew, for who can hate a genuine sweetheart)? Either way, no one can deny that the actress has engaged her audience her entire life - from childhood celebrity to teenage addict to serial bride to nude poser. All the while, and quite amazingly, Barr...

It Takes A Predator To Put One Away! Shark Season One Arrives On DVD Oct. 2

9/20/2007 8:00pm EDT
CENTURY CITY, Calif. - Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the courthouse… Fox Home Entertainment presents the dramatic first season of one of last fall's surprise television hits when Shark Season One comes to DVD October 2nd.

Three-time Emmy®* winner James Woods (Be Cool, Casino) stars as top-notch celebrity defense attorney Sebastian Stark aka "Shark," a nickname earned through his merciless style of practicing law. When a simple twist of fate forces him to question his methods, Stark finds himself on the opposing team, working as a prosecutor for the Los Angeles Distric...

Celebrity Birthdays, April 18

4/18/2007 3:00am EDT
Maria Bello
Happy Birthday To "Arrested Development" actress Alia Shawkat (1989), "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch" actress Melissa Joan Hart (1976), "A History of Violence" actress Maria Bello (1967), late-night talk show host Conan O'Brien (1963), "Will & Grace" actor Eric McCormack (1963), "Frasier" actress Jane Leeves (1961), "Less Than Perfect" star Eric Roberts (1956), "Strange Brew" actor Rick Moranis (1956), prolific actor James Woods (1947), bluesman Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, and "Fantasia" conductor Leopold Stokowski (1882; d. 1977).

Henry Simmons Becomes A Series Regular On 'Shark'

2/28/2007 10:01am EST
Henry Simmons
Henry Simmons (NYPD Blue, Lackawanna Blues, Madea's Family Reunion), who has had a recurring role on Shark since he first guest-starred in the series' second episode, joins the cast in a regular role. Simmons plays Isaac Wright, who was first introduced in the Sept. 28, 2006 episode ("LAPD Blue") of "Shark."

In Simmons' debut episode, Sebastian (James Woods), ironically, won his case against a murderous drug dealer by revealing that Isaac (Simmons), an LAPD detective, had planted evidence on his dead partner in a desperate attempt to ensure that the drug dealer-killer would definitely...

Diaz, Gyllenhaal, Swank & Woods To Present Golden Globe Awards

1/5/2007 10:17am EST
Jake Gyllenhaal
Cameron Diaz, Jake Gyllenhaal, Hilary Swank and James Woods have been added as presenters at "The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards" to be telecast live on NBC Monday, January 15 (8 - 11:00 p.m. EST) at The Beverly Hilton.

They join previously announced presenters George Clooney and Rachel Weisz (2006 Golden Globe recipients for Best Performance by an Actor and Actress in a Motion Picture Supporting Role), Sarah Jessica Parker, John Stamos, Felicity Huffman, Salma Hayek, Ben Stiller, Justin Timberlake and Reese Witherspoon.

Warren Beatty will receive this year's Cecil B. DeMille Aw...

'The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion' Stuns 'Gears of War' At Spike TV Video Game Awards 2006

12/12/2006 11:26am EST
In a result that will surely send fanboys into a rage, action-RPG The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion beat out favorite Gears of War for Game of the Year at Spike TV Video Game Awards 2006. You can watch the star-studded event on Spike TV this Wednesday, December 13, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. List of nominees below, winners in bold:


The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Bethesda)

Okami (Capcom/Clover Studio)

Gears of War (Microsoft/Epic Games)

Guitar Hero 2 (Red Octane/Harmonix)

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter (Ubisoft)


(game to be release...

CBS Gives Full-Season Order to 'Shark'

10/24/2006 9:24am EDT
James Woods in Shark
CBS has given a full-season order to “Shark,” its freshman drama about the professional and personal life of charismatic, self-confident defense attorney turned prosecutor Sebastian Stark (James Woods).

"Shark" is averaging 14.36 million viewers, 5.3/13 in adults 25-54 and 4.1/11 in adults 18-49 in its Thursday (10:00-11:00 PM) time period.

"Shark" becomes the second freshman drama CBS has given a full-season order to, following the previously announced Jericho.

Tonight's TV Highlights: 'Shark,' 'Six Degrees,' 'Grey's Anatomy' & More

9/21/2006 8:00am EDT
Jeri Ryan stars in Smith
James Woods, Jeri Ryan, Sam Page, Sophina Brown, Alexis Cruz, Sarah Carter and Danielle Panabaker star in the new drama series Shark, premiering tonight (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS. “Shark” follows the professional and personal life of Sebastian Stark, a charismatic, supremely self-confident defense attorney who, after a shocking outcome in one of his cases and a personal epiphany, brings his cutthroat tactics to the prosecutor's office.

As the head of the Los Angeles District Attorney's High Profile Crime Unit, Sebastian Stark (James Woods) is forced to work for his former nemesis...

TiVo Subscribers Get First Look at New CBS Shows

9/5/2006 2:10pm EDT
Jason Ritter stars in The Class
CBS today announced plans to make TV history by partnering with TiVo Inc. to launch a new Fall show in an entirely original way -- not via a network premiere, a DVD, or the Internet, but on the TiVo service. TiVo subscribers will be the first in the nation to see the hot comedy CBS show The Class as early as a full week before its premiere on live TV.

The Class, starring Jason Ritter, is a new comedy about a group of twenty-somethings who are inextricably bound together by sharing the same third grade class.

In this innovative launch, TiVo subscribers will have an unparalleled opp...

NAACP Points Out Lack of Diversity on TV

6/15/2006 1:33pm EDT
Dennis Haysbert stars in drama The Unit
According to the NAACP, with the cancellation of the Bernie Mac Show, for the first time in recent history, there is not a comedy with an African-American lead character left on the big four networks. When it comes to returning sitcoms and the announced new comedies, African Americans are missing in action.

While the genre is not as popular as it once was, there is not a shortage of sitcoms on the schedule. Out of the nearly 20 sitcoms on network television this fall, it is unconscionable that there is not an African American lead among them.

When you take into account the recent...

CBS Reveals 2006-07 Primetime Schedule

5/17/2006 11:08am EDT
Ray Liotta stars in Smith
CBS just announced the addition of four new series to its 2006-07 primetime line-up. The four new shows feature a roster of award-winning actors and executive producers and a unique mix of concepts and genres. The freshman series include The Class, a young and sexy ensemble comedy; Smith, a high octane heist thriller starring Ray Liotta and Virginia Madsen; the apocalyptic drama Jericho starring Skeet Ulrich; and Shark, a glossy, high-stakes courtroom drama starring James Woods.

In an impressive achievement, CBS is returning six of its freshman series, which strengthened four nights o...

HUGE Hollywood Cast For 'Scarface: The World Is Yours'

5/4/2006 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...

James Woods Given Clean Bill Of Health

5/4/2006 9:23am EDT
James Woods
James Woods has been given the all-clear after undergoing tests for chest pains. The actor - who was nominated for Oscars for his roles in Salvador and Ghosts of Mississippi - went into hospital for an angiogram on Monday.

Doctors who performed the procedure said no blockages, or "anything to cause concern", had been found and gave the star a clean bill of health. He is now back at his California home recuperating.

The 59-year-old star's spokesman, Ron Hoffmann, told People magazine: "He was in and out of the hospital but now he's home and he's fine."

Celebrity Birthdays, April 18

4/18/2006 3:00am EDT
Maria Bello
Happy Birthday To "Arrested Development" actress Alia Shawkat (1989), "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch" actress Melissa Joan Hart (1976), "A History of Violence" actress Maria Bello (1967), late-night talk show host Conan O'Brien (1963), "Will & Grace" actor Eric McCormack (1963), "Frasier" actress Jane Leeves (1961), "Less Than Perfect" star Eric Roberts (1956), "Strange Brew" actor Rick Moranis (1956), prolific actor James Woods (1947), bluesman Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, and "Fantasia" conductor Leopold Stokowski (1882; d. 1977).

James Woods To Guest Star On ER

11/18/2005 1:01am EST
James Woods
Multiple-award winning actor James Woods ("Casino," "Nixon") will guest star on NBC's "ER" (Thursdays, 10-11 p.m. ET). Woods will play Dr. Nate Lennox, a patient suffering from ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) who was once a professor of Dr. Abby Lockhart's (Maura Tierney). The episode featuring Woods is scheduled to air on Thursday, February 2, 2005 at 10:00pm (ET/PT).

Woods, the son of a US Intelligence officer, completed a degree in political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Upon completion, he headed off to New York to pursue an acting career. After appearing in numb...