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From Apple To Zowie: The Craziest Celebrity Baby Names

October 21st, 2012 3:14pm EDT
Ashlee Simpson
Uma Thurman and her French financier boyfriend Arpad Busson revealed the name of their newborn baby girl this week, and the tot's title is a mouthful.

Not content with the typical first/middle/last -- or in this case hyphenated last -- name, the little girl surely has a challenging future ahead of her when it comes to filling out any types of forms.

The couple named their three-month-old Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence Thurman-Busson. Where they got her nickname, "Luna," from is a mystery; but their rep says each name has a special reason and meaning.

But Uma and Arpad -- who ...

TV on DVD: 'Brothers & Sisters: The Fifth and Final Season'

August 25th, 2011 11:00am EDT
Brothers & Sisters
This week, ABC Home Entertainment released the fifth and final season of the award-winning Brothers & Sisters. Here's my review of the five-disc DVD set.

The Show

Brothers & Sisters (not to be confused with the late ABC series Sons & Daughters) feels familiar, because its cast is composed of many people who have had previous defining roles on television. Sally Field had her acclaimed guest stint on ER. Calista Flockhart will always be the title character from Ally McBeal to many people. Rachel Griffiths previously had a major role on Six Feet Under. These are people you've probably ...

Check Out 'Brothers & Sisters: The Complete Fifth And Final Season' On DVD Aug. 23

August 15th, 2011 11:45am EDT
Brothers and Sisters
We're sad ABC canceled Sunday night favorite "Brothers & Sisters," but thankfully fans can watch the Walkers in the fifth and final season on DVD.

The series featured Sally Field, Calista Flockhart, Rachel Griffiths, Patricia Wettig, Rob Lowe, Ron Rifkin and Dave Annable among its all-star cast.

The final season shows Kitty moving on from her husband's death with a much younger love, Kevin & Scotty expanding their family, and Uncle Saul falling in love. Norah reconnects with an old flame, and Sarah and Luc take their relationship to the next level.

Field won a 2007 Outstanding Lead Actre...

ABC Cancels 'Brothers & Sisters'

May 15th, 2011 2:10pm EDT
Brothers & Sisters
Calista Flockhart and Sally Field's family drama Brothers & Sisters has been canceled.

The show's recent fifth season will be its last - due to falling ratings. The finale airs Sunday night.

Brothers & Sisters also featured Rachel Griffiths, Patricia Wettig, Rob Lowe, Ron Rifkin and Dave Annable among its all-star cast.

Field won a 2007 Outstanding Lead Actress Emmy Award for her portrayal of matriarch Nora Walker on the TV drama.

Rachel Griffiths Gives Birth To A Daughter

June 22nd, 2009 8:11am EDT
Rachel Griffiths Gives Birth
Actress Rachel Griffiths has welcomed her third child with husband Andrew Taylor.

The Australian star gave birth to a baby girl last week and is ecstatic with the new addition to her brood. Griffiths and Taylor are already parents to five-year-old son, Banjo Patrick, and Adelaide Rose, three.

However, the news might not be welcomed by Griffiths pals - who insist the star is a much nicer person when she's pregnant.

She explained before the birth, "Apparently I'm really nice pregnant. The wardrobe department begged me never to have this baby. They said, 'We love you pregnant; you'...

Gilles Marini Joins 'Brothers & Sisters'

June 8th, 2009 8:35am EDT
Gilles Marini
"Dancing With The Stars" runner-up Gilles Marini is joining ABC series Brothers & Sisters. He will play Sarah Walker's (Rachel Griffiths) potential love interest, according to Variety.

Marini came in second place on "Dancing" to Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson. His other acting credits include a role in Sex and the City: The Movie.

See more photos of Gilles here!

Image © Tina Gill / PR Photos

Rachel Griffiths: 'Pregnancy Is Making Me Nicer'

April 1st, 2009 2:43pm EDT
Rachel Griffiths
Pregnancy has turned Rachel Griffiths into the nicest star in Hollywood - so much so the cast of her TV show are begging her never to give birth.

The Brothers & Sisters actress is currently expecting her third child with husband Andrew Taylor; a little brother or sister for Banjo, five and Adelaide, three.

And she reveals the pregnancy has changed her entire personality, telling Us Weekly, "Apparently I'm really nice pregnant. The wardrobe department begged me never to have this baby. They said, 'We love you pregnant; you're so much nicer.' Maybe I'm less hormonal."


'Brothers & Sisters' Star Looking For A New Job?

January 22nd, 2009 8:41am EST
Balthazar Getty
Sienna Miller's on-off boyfriend, Balthazar Getty, is heading to jail as part of a storyline in hit TV drama Brothers & Sisters. The actor, who plays Tommy Walker on the show, has long been the subject of firing rumors, following his affair with Miller in 2008.

Insiders claimed the romance had caused a rift between Getty and his co-stars, but the actor recently insisted there were no problems on the set, claims backed up by his TV sister Rachel Griffiths.

Earlier this month, Getty told TV Guide, "There were all these stories that the set was divided... but we're family. You have u...

Who Will & Who Should Win An Emmy

September 18th, 2008 9:22am EDT
30 Rock
Ah, the Emmys, the most entertaining awards show and often the most frustrating. Why is it so frustrating? Because the voters get it wrong. They get the winners wrong more often than casual sports bettors. In fact, they get it so wrong that predicting the winners is often a fool's errand since it's impossible to determine what will strike the Academy's fancy as the reasons for their choices are as mystifying as the results.

Luckily, Starpulse.com has one such fool. So it's time for a round of everybody's favorite game: Who Will Win and Who Should Win?

Best Comedy Series Nomine...

Spotlight On Australian Entertainers

July 21st, 2008 9:00am EDT
Russell Crowe
What is it about Aussies that Americans find so fascinating? Is it the cute accents? The laid-back attitudes? The "party animal" reputations? It could be a mix of all of these traits. It could also be because, although we speak the same language and our cultures have many similarities, many of us know very little about Australia. That strange yet familiar vibe makes those down under denizens appear exciting and mysterious - an irresistible combo!

Since Americans are also fascinated with celebrities, it's no surprise that so many awesome Aussie entertainers have found fame in the U.S. ...

Emmy Nominations Reaction: Who Was Snubbed, Who Shouldn't Be A Nominee

July 18th, 2008 9:13am EDT
Neil Patrick Harris
With the writer's strike a distant memory and an exciting new fall season dead ahead, we're finally ready to celebrate TV again. And what better way than with a lavish awards show?

Yes, the Emmy nominations were revealed at dawn in Los Angeles Thursday morning in a delightful little ceremony that saw Neil Patrick Harris and Kristin Chenoweth squeeze about two-dozen jokes in between their reading off the teleprompter.

There were surprises leading to gasps from the press, and plenty of nominations they all saw coming. Newcomer "Mad Men" led the drama category with 16 nominations w...

TV Stars Who Deserve Emmy Nominations On July 17, Part 1

July 8th, 2008 11:55am EDT
Boston Legal
Last week, I helped the Emmy panelists decide upon which series to cast their vote for, and now it's the actors' turn.

The Emmy blue ribbon panel received a group of lists from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences last week. These were top ten lists from which they were to select the five nominees for the big Emmy show. They will view select episodes from each nominee and base their decision on what they see.

It's nigh on impossible to glean an accurate impression from a small sample, especially when it comes to acting. Many characters are given complex arcs from which the...

TV On DVD Recommendation: 'Six Feet Under'

February 8th, 2008 2:08pm EST
Six Feet Under
A very eclectic recommendation for a very eclectic series that those without premium channels have only heard about. Alan Ball's ("American Beauty") landmark HBO series "Six Feet Under" seamlessly blended family drama and whimsical fantasy into the morose confines of a funeral home.

"Six Feet Under" tells the story of the Fisher family. They are a Southern California clan no more dysfunctional than the usual 21st Century family with a few wrinkles: they run a funeral home and their patriarch, Nathan Fisher, Sr., (Richard Jenkins) is hit by a bus in the series premiere.

As the fa...

Fascinating Facts

January 16th, 2008 9:20pm EST
Celine Dion
Josh Groban and will.i.am joined Celine Dion onstage in Los Angeles on Saturday for a low-key fan-only concert that has been filmed for a new TV special. The concert, at the Wiltern Theater, was Dion's first show since she wrapped her five-year A New Day residency at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas in December. Celine Dion: That's Just The Woman In Me will air in America on February 15.

America's love for the Wild West is still evident - new allstar TV mini-series, Comanche Moon, is a big hit. The series, featuring Val Kilmer, Steve Zahn and Rachel Griffiths, lured almost 16 million viewe...

'Sweeney Todd' Wins Two Golden Globe Awards; See Full List Of Winners

January 14th, 2008 8:53am EST
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street
Johnny Depp's dark musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street was a double winner at the Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

Depp himself claimed his first Globe after being nominated seven times - he took home gold in the Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical category and the Tim Burton film was named one of the night's two Best Films.

Acclaimed TV drama Mad Men also celebrated two awards, claiming the Best TV Drama Series and Best TV Actor honors at the Globes.

It was a semi-disappointing night for Kiera Knightley's period drama Atonem...

What Might Have Been: A Different Perspective on 'Brothers & Sisters'

January 10th, 2008 9:51am EST
Brothers & Sisters
I used to think that there was no crisis facing the Walker family that they would not rise to face. I was wrong. It seems that during the circus that is the writers strike, ABC quietly ousted show creator Jon Robin Baitz from "Brothers & Sisters."

I found this out not in a news story, but rather in an article Baitz posted on the Huffington Post. In his article he described his life in Los Angeles, his work on the show, the compromises that were made and the eventual parting of ways between Hollywood and himself. What got me thinking was his mention that if "Brothers & Sisters" was on ...

Golden Globes Ceremony May Be Cancelled But We Still Have Our Predictions

January 8th, 2008 3:17pm EST
The writers' strike has officially infiltrated awards season. The Golden Globes have been reduced to a lackluster news conference. That means no best and worst dressed list. No boozy celebrities making a fool of themselves. All that remains is an hour-long meeting at the Beverly Hilton Hotel with angry WGA picketers surrounding the premises.

So, until the Hollywood powers-that-be finally buckle down and give the writers what they want and deserve, we here at Starpulse are going to call the winners and losers. We looked at reviews, other expert predictions, viewer attitudes and who we ...

Starpulse Quiz: Test Your TV Knowledge

December 19th, 2007 12:36pm EST
Think you know everything there is to know about today's TV stars and their climb to fame? Then take our quiz to see how tuned in you really are:

1) Which "Grey's Anatomy" actress starred in "Knocked Up?"

Katherine Heigl

Sandra Oh

Ellen Pompeo

Sara Ramirez

Katherine Heigl

Sandra Oh

Ellen Pompeo

Sara Ramirez

We started with an easy one to give you confidence.

2) In what film did "Heroes" actress Hayden Panettiere get her start?

Finding Nemo

Fantastic Four


A Bug's Life

Finding Nemo

Fantastic Four


A Bug's Life


Val Kilmer, Steve Zahn & Rachel Griffiths To Star In 'Lonesome Dove' Prequel

October 2nd, 2007 9:33am EDT
Val Kilmer
Val Kilmer, Steve Zahn, Rachel Griffiths, Karl Urban, Linda Cardellini, Elizabeth Banks and Wes Studi star in "Comanche Moon," a new six-hour mini-series based on the book by Larry McMurtry.

The book is a the prequel to McMurtry's bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "Lonesome Dove," which was the basis for the multiple Emmy Award-winning mini-series "Lonesome Dove," to be broadcast Sunday, Dec. 30, Tuesday, Jan. 1 and Wednesday, Jan. 2 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT each night) on CBS.

"Comanche Moon," the last book in the "Lonesome Dove" saga to be made into a movie, follows Tex...

Winners At Sunday's Primetime Emmy Awards

September 17th, 2007 8:29am EDT
The Sopranos
Winners in major categories for the 59th annual Primetime Emmy Awards announced by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (in bold):

Drama Series: ''Boston Legal,'' ABC; ''Grey's Anatomy,'' ABC; ''Heroes,'' NBC; ''House,'' Fox; ''The Sopranos,'' HBO.

Comedy Series: ''Entourage,'' HBO; ''The Office,'' NBC; ''30 Rock, NBC; ''Two and a Half Men,'' CBS; ''Ugly Betty,'' ABC.

Miniseries: ''Broken Trail,'' AMC; ''Prime Suspect: The Final Act (Masterpiece Theatre), PBS; ''The Starter Wife,'' USA.

Made-for-TV Movie: ''Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,'' HBO; ''Inside the Twin Tow...

Rachel Griffiths Vowed To Quit TV Until 'Brothers & Sisters' Came Calling

June 29th, 2007 2:34pm EDT
Rachel Griffiths
Rachel Griffiths made an embarrassing u-turn when she agreed to star in new TV show Brothers And Sisters after vowing never to appear on the small screen again. The actress made the promise after starring in Six Feet Under, but was blown away when presented with the new program's script.

She says, "I really wasn't going to do anything - you know, the reality of having two young kids...And then I read this script. I really had a strong reaction to how it would feel to be (Sarah), where I was at in my life, where she was. That felt good.

"Then I went off to the interview, hoping t...

Rachel Griffiths Denies Rift With Toni Collette

May 15th, 2007 2:01pm EDT
Rachel Griffiths
Golden Globe winner Rachel Griffiths has refuted claims of a rift with her Muriel's Wedding co-star Toni Collette. It was rumored the pair were at loggerheads after Collette and husband Dave Galafassi reportedly refused to have their photo taken with Griffiths and spouse Andrew Taylor at an exhibition last week.

But Griffiths denies a rift, claiming their 13-year friendship is still strong. She says, "It's a crap story and disgusting. It was great to see her and I really appreciated seeing both of them. Dave and Andy are really close and get on like a house on fire and Toni was the fi...

Emily VanCamp To Join Cast of 'Brothers & Sisters'

January 30th, 2007 2:56pm EST
Emily VanCamp
Emily VanCamp (Everwood) will join the cast of the hit drama series Brothers & Sisters as a series regular later this season in her second time teaming with executive producer Greg Berlanti. VanCamp will play Rebecca Harper, the daughter of William Walker (Tom Skerritt) and mistress Holly Harper (Patricia Wettig), whose existence has been kept secret for twenty years. The series airs Sundays (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

The cast of Brothers & Sisters also includes Calista Flockhart as Kitty, Rachel Griffiths as Sarah, Sally Field as Nora Holden, Ron Rifkin as S...

Christina Applegate Was Devastated By Fashion Faux Pas

October 3rd, 2006 8:47am EDT
Christina Applegate
Christina Applegate was left devastated at a recent celebrity dinner when she arrived wearing the same dress as fellow actress Rachel Griffiths. Applegate claims the event was her "worst nightmare" as both she and Griffiths realized they were dressed the same.

Speaking on The Ellen Degeneres Show yesterday, Applegate said, "I recently went to this very important evening of women in Hollywood. I showed up and someone else was wearing the same dress as me. Which is your worst nightmare. It was a beautiful dress and it looked just as good on Rachel Griffiths as it did on me.


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July 21st, 2006 10:00am EDT
Step Up Contest
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In Theatres August 11th - Everyone deserves a chance to follow their dreams, but some people only get one shot. A street smart juvenile delinquent with a reckless streak gets in trouble after he and his friends trash an auditorium at a high ...

Sally Field Joins ABC's 'Brothers & Sisters'

July 12th, 2006 8:41am EDT
Sally Field
Sally Field has signed on to play the mother of Calista Flockhart and Rachel Griffiths in the new TV drama Brothers & Sisters. The Oscar-winning actress has replaced Betty Buckley, who played the matriarch in the pilot.

Field, who turns 60 in November, will play the mother of five adult children on the show, including Balthazar Getty, Dave Annable and Welsh newcomer Matthew Rhys.

This will be Field's first regular primetime role since 2002's short-lived ABC drama “The Court.” She previously appeared on TV drama ER which netted her an Emmy award.

(This news article provided ...

ABC Announces 2006-07 Lineup

May 16th, 2006 10:08am EDT
Anne Heche stars in Men In Trees
ABC just announced its plans for next season and unveiled the network’s 2006-07 fall schedule. Scheduled to debut next season are six new comedy series and six new drama series. Following, in alphabetical order, are descriptions of the new series joining the network's primetime schedule (all times are Eastern):


“Brothers & Sisters” (Sunday, 10:00 p.m., ET) As told through the insightful eyes of the family's most outspoken and public sibling, Calista Flockhart stars alongside Rachel Griffiths and Ron Rifkin in this warm, humorous and relatable drama.

“Day Break” Detecti...

Johnny Depp Is Top Pick To Star in Film About INXS Singer

April 26th, 2006 8:22am EDT
Johnny Depp
Producers of the Michael Hutchence biopic are trying to convince Johnny Depp to play the late INXS frontman. The film is being fast-tracked, and most of the production will take place in

the singer's homeland of Australia. In addition to Depp, filmmakers are also looking to cast Eric Bana, Sienna Miller, Naomi Watts and Rachel Griffiths in the movie.

The film's tentative title is "Slide Away," which refers to the duet Hutchence sang with U2's Bono, according to MovieHole.net. Contrary to press reports that the late singer's family was not happy about the film, producers say Hutchen...

Val Kilmer, Steve Zahn & Others To Star in 'Lonesome Dove' Prequel

April 21st, 2006 12:23pm EDT
Val Kilmer
Val Kilmer, Steve Zahn, Rachel Griffiths, Karl Urban, Graham Greene, Linda Cardellini and Elizabeth Banks will star in Comanche Moon, a new six-hour mini-series based on the book by Larry McMurtry, the prequel to the multiple Emmy Award-winning mini-series Lonesome Dove. The series has started production in Santa Fe, NM, for broadcast on CBS.

“Comanche Moon” follows Texas Rangers Augustus McCrae (Zahn) and Woodrow F. Call (Urban), now in their middle years, as they continue to deal with the ever-increasing tensions of adult life -- Gus with his great love, Clara Forsythe (Cardellini),...

Calista Flockart Returns To The Small Screen

February 25th, 2006 11:55am EST
Calista Flockhart
Former Ally McBeal star Calista Flockhart is returning to TV in the drama series "Brothers And Sisters." The actress will join star Rachel Griffiths in the nighttime soap, which features siblings who wind up running the family business after their father dies. The show will mark Flockhart's first return to regular TV series since Ally McBeal ended its run in 2002.

Griffiths was last seen as Brenda Chenowith on Six Feet Under, which finished last year. The actresses will join cast members Balthazar Getty and Ron Rifkin for the new show.

(This news article provided by World Enterta...

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