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Anjelica Huston Crowned PETA Person Of The Year

December 29th, 2012 5:15pm EST
Anjelica Huston
Anjelica Huston has been named People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' Person of the Year for campaigning to keep chimpanzees out of TV commercials.

Thanks to the Smash star's volunteerism and work as a narrator of a hard-hitting video expose about how great apes suffer in the entertainment industry, the top 10 advertising agencies in the U.S. have adopted policies to stop using chimps in their ads.

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Representative Wendy Wegner adds, "Anjelica Huston is a true friend to all animals and the perfect choice for PETA's Person of the Year 2012."

Huston also spoke out against New...
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Sarah Jessica Parker, Anne Hathaway & Other Stars Dazzle At NYC Ballet Fall Gala

September 21st, 2012 8:46am EDT
Sarah Jessica Parker
Several celebrities attended Thursday night's New York City 2012 Ballet Fall Gala decked out in lavish gowns. Sarah Jessica Parker looked delicate and feminine in a white, whispy floor-sweeping gown. She pulled her hair back and wore a tiny purple flower headpiece.

Anne Hathaway opted for a high-necked floral dress with billowing sleeves, while supermodel Karolina Kurkova wore a vibrant red dress with a huge matching cape.

Olivia Palermo looked like she stepped out of th 1920s in a flapper-inspired black and white ensemble. She jazzed up the look with a bright purple handbag. Iman looked...
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'Smash' Season Finale – Let Karen Be Your Star

May 15th, 2012 2:17pm EDT
SMASH -- 'Bombshell' Episode 115
Previously on Smash: Movie star Rebecca Duvall ‘accidentally’ drank a smoothie laced with peanuts, and had a serious allergic reaction. Who will replace her when the show re-opens – Ivy or Karen?

“Break a leg!” The camera pans backstage, following someone who is about to take the stage. The chorus gets into place, the musicians tune up, and the curtain rises on ….

12 hours earlier: Julia, Tom, Derek and Eileen argue over the new song and ending to the show. They have the melody, rough lyrics, but no ‘Marilyn.’ They can’t afford to hold back the previews any longer. Derek storms out of the...
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'Smash' Recap – Who Put The Peanuts In Rebecca's Smoothie?

May 8th, 2012 2:18pm EDT
Smash Episode 14
Previously on Smash: Rebecca Duvall stole director Derek from under Ivy’s nose; Dev got the wrong answer when he proposed to Karen, and somehow ended up flirting drunkenly with Ivy; Michael Swift has been brought back to the show, despite Julia’s frantic pleas.

Welcome to Preview Week. Dev wakes up beside Ivy. Karen’s frantically trying to reach Dev, who stormed off after she turned down his proposal. Meanwhile, Jessica’s worried about Ivy, who confessed the previous night that she’d found out that Derek was sleeping with Rebecca. In Ivy’s bedroom, two phones ring – and Dev very nearly an...
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'Smash' Recap 113 'Tech': Swap Your Partners, One Two Three

May 1st, 2012 12:06pm EDT
Smash - Tech
Last week on Smash, things seemed to be looking up for Julia when husband Frank returned home, and for Eileen, who is getting closer to Nick. But Rebecca Duvall’s reign of terror continues, and Karen’s new friendship with Rebecca seems to be yet another excuse for Dev to get closer to RJ.

Everyone’s packing for Boston, where the tech week will begin. Tom serenades Sam with a piano version of “Another Opening, Another Show.” Julia snuggles with Frank, as son Leo teases that they’ve been at it for a week. It’s Karen’s first big show, and she’s like a kid in Candyland, completely in awe of th...
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Anjelica Huston Wants Fur Farming Banned In Ireland

April 25th, 2012 2:38pm EDT
Angelica Huston
Oscar-winning actress Anjelica Huston has penned a personal letter to an Irish politician urging him to honor a vow to ban fur farming in the country.

The Addams Family star, a veteran advocate of animal rights organizations, has written to Simon Coveney, Ireland's Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine, asking him to follow through on the commitment.

In the note, sent on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the Animal Rights Action Network, she writes, "This issue means a lot to me as I grew up in Ireland and used to wear fur. I had a change of heart when I le...
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'Smash' Recap: Rebecca's Gal Pal And Hooray For Bollywood

April 24th, 2012 1:11pm EDT
SMASH -- Publicity Episode 112
Last week on Smash: The famous Rebecca Duvall arrived, Karen found out that Dev had lost the Press Secretary job he wanted and was drowning his sorrows with colleague RJ, Julia’s son Leo was having problems at school, and Karen and Ivy reached a ceasefire over their mutual dislike of Rebecca.

This week on Smash: Karen’s called in for a meeting with Derek. Naturally, Evil Ellis just happens to be within eavesdropping distance. Derek apologizes for not spending more time with her, working on the musical. He thinks she’d make a brilliant Marilyn; he’s seen it, in his head. Unfortunately, Ivy ...
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'Smash' Recap: How Do You Solve A Problem Like Rebecca?

April 17th, 2012 12:54pm EDT
Smash
Karen’s so excited to be Rebecca Duvall’s understudy that she’s even wearing lip gloss. Sam wonders if Rebecca may be a little old to be playing ‘Marilyn;’ Marilyn Monroe was 36 when she died, and Rebecca is 36ish – ‘ish’ being the operative word. Julia notes that Sam and Tom have been flirting away for over a week, and suggests they actually have a real date. She calls a restaurant and sets them up a dinner reservation for 7pm that very evening.

Rebecca, with Eileen, Derek and entourage, arrive at the rehearsal space. Without warming up, Rebecca launches into “Let Me Be Your Star” in a br...
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Chelsea Handler Urges NYC Mayor To Ban Carriage Rides

April 13th, 2012 11:30am EDT
Chelsea Handler
Funnywoman Chelsea Handler has become the latest star to throw her weight behind a campaign to ban horse and carriage rides from New York City's Central Park.

The talk show host has teamed up with animal-advocacy group NYClass and written a letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, urging him to replace the horses with electric cars modeled on vintage classics. Handler also reveals she has made a $15,000 donation to the cause.

She writes, "You're a man who has money and I'm a woman who loves money so I wanted to let you know that I'm donating $15,000 to a cause you don't believe in - yet..."
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'Smash' Recap – A Bucket Of Fire And A Glimpse Of Uma

April 10th, 2012 1:38pm EDT
SMASH 'Understudy' Uma Thurman as Rebecca Duvall
Last week on Smash – Ivy’s problems and prescription pill dependency caused her to make a fool of herself in the chorus of “Heaven on Earth.” Karen was there to help Ivy through. Julia’s husband Frank walked out after discovering Julia’s affair with Michael. Evil Ellis tried to weasel himself a co-producer title.

It’s a full house at the Rehearsal Space, as cast, chorus, production and prospective investors await the arrival of their star for a design presentation. Rebecca Duvall (Uma Thurman) is stuck in Cuba, and the investors are getting restless. Eileen is given two days to get her pre...
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'Smash' Recap: Karen And Ivy Drink To That In Times Square

April 3rd, 2012 11:12am EDT
SMASH - Hell on Earth
Everyone’s waking up with their honeys today, and preparing for the world. Both Karen and Ivy have auditions – wanna bet for the same job? – while Julia’s on her way to Tom’s. Tom’s reluctant to let John leave, until he finds out that John’s a Republican! Horrors!

As Frank looks for some adoption papers on Julia’s bed side table, he finds a song she’s written about her affair with Michael.

Sam is not impressed when Ivy tells him that she’s on several prescription drugs. It all started with the Prednisone for her throat, then a sleeping pill, then something for anxiety, and then another an...
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'Smash' Recap 'The Coup' – Mahatma Katie Saves The Show From Techno Popping

March 27th, 2012 12:30pm EDT
SMASH -- 'The Coup'
Previously on Smash – the workshop for Marilyn: The Musical did not receive the rave reviews expected. Derek, unhappy with Tom and Julia’s decision to fire Michael, and to replace Ivy with a ‘name’ star, determined to save the show. Julia and Michael broke up.

It’s been a few days since the workshop, and Ivy and the cast have not heard when or if they’ll be continuing to work on the musical. Even Tom and Julia have not heard from Eileen, who is ignoring their calls. Frank attempts to cheer up Julia, who is depressed and afraid the musical’s future is in jeopardy, by serenading her with a G...
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'Smash' Recap – Some Like It REALLY Hot

March 20th, 2012 12:50pm EDT
Smash - Megan Hilty as Ivy Lynn
Good morning! Outside the rehearsal studio, Julia and Michael exchange little smiles and a sly handclasp as Eileen and Derek arrive. Derek’s all business, barking out orders and comments. With a showcase to present to investors in one day, there’s no time for niceties.

Karen arrives at a studio to record a track for her meeting with hotshot Bobby Raskin. Her big stage voice is over powering, but when she tones it down to sing Colbie Caillat's "Brighter Than the Sun," the engineer is charmed. In fact, he thinks he loves her!

Julia and Michael can’t keep their hands off each other. When he ...
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'Smash' Recap – 'Chemistry' And History Are Made At Night

March 13th, 2012 12:20pm EDT
Smash
Ivy wakes up to a singer’s nightmare – she’s lost control of her higher notes, a condition commonly caused by strain. She puts on a happy face, rather than let Derek know the problem.

Eileen’s best backer, Ralph, is surprised that she’s only asking for $7 million; he says she’ll need $15 million if she’s taking “Marilyn: The Musical” to Broadway. She says that the $7 million is just to fund the workshop and an out of town try out. He’s not committing until he sees a rough workshop, but he’s intrigued. She’s surprised when Ellis comes by to report on the state of things at the rehearsal s...
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'Smash' Episode 5 – Karen Discovers Her Inner Marilyn While Ivy Droops

March 6th, 2012 2:00pm EST
Katharine McPhee as Karen Cartwright
Eileen’s busy day gets worse when her assistant Scott calls to tell her that he’s now working for Jerry, her ex-husband. Later, Ellis comes to Eileen’s rescue when she has trouble with her computer. Eileen realizes that Ellis has the inside scoop on Tom, and the status of the script.

As the chorus wait for rehearsal to start, Derek asks Karen to help him work out some choreography for the ‘Marilyn’ character. She is stiff and uncomfortable. Derek accuses her of being afraid of herself, and anything below her neck. They settle into a rhythm as Julia arrives, on the phone with Frank, who’s s...
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'Smash' Recap – Even Nick Jonas Can't Satisfy Diva Ivy

February 28th, 2012 12:16pm EST
Smash - The Cost of Art
It’s the first day of Workshop for the musical, and Karen is excited to be joining the other performers. Ivy’s friends in the ensemble aren’t impressed with new girl ‘Iowa,’ however, and treat her rudely. Speaking of rude, Julia snubs Ellis, and asks that he be moved to another desk. Michael assures Julia that everything will be fine, referring to the rehearsal, but she assumes he’s alluding to their past relationship. Eileen’s lawyer tells her that they can’t locate the money she needs for the workshop, as it is in escrow until the divorce is finalized.

Everyone cheers and applauds “Mar...
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'Smash' Recap: Final Callback, And The Winner is…

February 14th, 2012 1:38pm EST
Smash Callback
Why are we rushing to the casting of ‘Marilyn’ in ‘Marilyn: the Musical’? Not saying that I wanted to draw out the process through the entire season, a la any of a zillion reality shows, but come on! Choosing Ivy over Karen, post director pounce … is that all there is?

Okay, I’m rushing. I’ll slow down. The second episode of the hotly anticipated ‘Smash’ had it’s ups and downs. Although primarily about the trials and tribulations of a Broadway musical production, we continued to have glimpses into the private lives of the main characters. Producer Eileen had a creepy encounter with her alm...
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'Smash' Is A Smash!

February 7th, 2012 11:47am EST
'SMASH' is a smash
“Overture, curtain, lights!“ “There’s a broken heart for every light on Broadway.” We know all the clichés, and, in a society awash with musical reality shows, we know that lightning can strike, and that the little, mousy, unknown with the big voice can be catapulted into overnight stardom.

Or so we’d like to think. In reality, it takes years of study, practice, and endless “go sees”, humbling auditions, and menial jobs to pay for training and those courses supposedly guaranteed to catapult the wannabe into the starring role.

“Smash” follows the story of two female triple-threat (singing,...
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'Smash' Review: 'Pilot' Lives Up To The Buzz

February 7th, 2012 1:57am EST
Smash
When I first heard of the idea for Smash, I thought, "How is this going to work?" The answer is, "Pretty fantastically, actually."

The general premise of the series comes together pretty quickly. While hopefuls Karen (Katherine McPhee) and Ivy (Megan Hilty) search for their big break, writing partners Julia (Debra Messing) and Tom (Christian Borle) talk about new ideas, and thanks to Tom's new assistant, they start mulling the idea of another Marilyn Monroe musical. Tom is a friend of Ivy's, and has her in mind for the lead, while Karen finds reassurance in her boyfriend Dev (former...
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Anjelica Huston Angered By Career Builder's Super Bowl Chimp Ad

January 29th, 2012 5:30pm EST
Anjelica Huston
Anjelica Huston has blasted the bosses of a job-hunting website for opting to use real chimpanzees in their upcoming big-budget Super Bowl commercial.

The star sent CareerBuilder.com chiefs multiple copies of her PETA video expose about the shady and cruel side of the ape acting industry when she first heard about the ad plans, but the website owners ignored her concerns - and the footage.

Now, animal lover Huston has fired off a letter to company CEO Matt Ferguson, urging him to reconsider - and use animatronic apes instead.

She writes, "It is astonishing that you are unmoved by the vid...
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Steven Spielberg Struggled To Sell 'Smash'

January 17th, 2012 9:29am EST
Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg spent five years trying to bring his new TV drama Smash to the small screen because the concept failed to win over network executives.

The Jaws director came up with the idea of a series set behind-the-scenes of a Broadway show, and teamed with his Dreamworks Television company and writer Theresa Rebeck to turn his vision into a program.

However, despite Spielberg's power in Hollywood, it took years to persuade TV executives to take on the show - until NBC entertainment boss Bob Greenblatt agreed to commission the series.

Spielberg tells Access Hollywood, "I came up w...
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5 New Mid-Season Television Shows To Check Out...Or Not

January 2nd, 2012 10:00am EST
The Firm
Every Jan. 1, I heave a sigh of relief because I not only made it through another year and survived the frenzied stress of the holiday season but also because mid-season television shows will be unveiled. Like Christmas presents from an adoring aunt, mid-season shows can be just what you need or exactly what you don't.

Check out five new shows you may or may not want to check out:

The Firm (NBC)

NBC took John Grisham’s best-selling novel and big screen hit, “The Firm,” and continued the story in the spin-off of the same name. It follows Mitch McDeere, the Memphis lawyer who brought ...
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Two Jews' Review 'The Big Year' And Both Find This One Is For The Birds (Video)

October 13th, 2011 11:00am EDT
The Big Year
Two Jews on Flim - By Joan Alperin Schwartz: What does a Fork tailed Flycatch, a Yellow Crested Finch and a Pink Footed Goose have in common with Jack Black, Owen Wilson and Steve Martin? They are all in a new comedy called 'The Big Year', directed by David Frankel (Devil Wears Prada)

The Big Year refers to a real life competition where birders (people who are obsessed with our feathery friends) race to see, who can spot the most species of birds, within a calendar year.

Sounds exciting? Well if it does, then this is the film for you to see.

When 'The Big Year' begins, we meet thre...
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'50/50' Review: 'Two Jews On Film' Cheer This Beautiful Heartfelt Dramedy' (Video)

September 28th, 2011 11:00am EDT
50-50
A doctor tells a young man he has cancer - a tumor. The man replies 'Tumor...Me?' The doctor says 'yes'. The man responds...'That's impossible...I don't smoke...I don't drink...I recycle.'

The young man is Adam Lerner (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and he not only has cancer...but he has a super rare cancer...a giant tumor growing along his spine and his chances are...50-50.

So what does a person do with this kind of news? Well, writer Will Reiser, the real life person that this happened to, turned his life threatening disease, into a very funny, very touching and very beautiful movie entitled...
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Review: Equal Parts Storytelling And Acting Give Powerful '50/50' Real Resonance

September 26th, 2011 6:00pm EDT
50/50 photo
I recently spotted an ad for "50/50" which proudly proclaimed 'brought to you by the guys who did Superbad' – bad move. Not that there isn’t some Seth Rogen-esk humor within or some amusing levity brought to the morose subject of cancer, but the true impact behind the brilliance of "50/50" lies in its drama.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Adam, a young man who has a great life, good friends and a wonderful girlfriend. But at the early age of twenty-seven he finds his life altered virtually overnight when he is suddenly diagnosed with cancer. It’s proves to be a whole new world for Adam w...
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Paul McCartney's 'Ocean's Kingdom' Ballet Premieres In NYC

September 23rd, 2011 1:04pm EDT
Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney premiered his ballet with a performance in New York on Thursday night in front of a star-studded audience.

The Beatles legend wrote the score for the New York City Ballet's Ocean's Kingdom, marking his first foray into the world of classical dance scores, and his fashion designer daughter Stella looked after the costumes.

McCartney was in attendance with his fiancee Nancy Shevell as the curtain went up on the production at Manhattan's Lincoln Center and the audience was packed with famous faces including Sarah Jessica Parker, Liv Tyler, Anjelica Huston, Alec Baldwin, Jon ...
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Shocking And Funny New '50/50' Movie Poster!

July 13th, 2011 1:30pm EDT
50/50 poster
With a poster that's as shocking and funny as the film itself, the new cancer themed dramatic comedy "50/50" has a new one sheet and it's a trip indeed. The movie, which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a man who finds out he has cancer, is a clever mix of serious drama with bits of humor to add levity. (See Seth Rogen!) The flick also stars Anna Kendrick as Gordon-Levitt's counselor, Bryce Dallas Howard as his girlfriend and features a stand-out performance by the mighty Anjelica Huston as his over-protective mother. (Her best work since "The Grifters!") In any case the film does bring b...
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NBC Announces New Fall TV Shows, 2011-12 Schedule

May 16th, 2011 11:30am EDT
The PlayBoy Club
NBC just introduced its 2011-12 primetime schedule, showcasing six new dramas and six new comedies from a roster of renowned hitmakers that includes Steven Spielberg, Lorne Michaels, Brian Grazer, Tom Werner, John Grisham and Peter Berg, among many others.

The season's new dramas are "Smash," "Prime Suspect," "The Playboy Club," "Awake," "Grimm" and "The Firm"; and the new comedies are "Up All Night," "Whitney," "Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea," "Free Agents," "Best Friends Forever" and "Bent."

Returning shows include "Parenthood," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Harry's La...
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Top Ten Memorable 'Movie Moms'

May 6th, 2011 2:00pm EDT
Mother poster
Like ‘em, love 'em or hate ‘em, everyone has a mother. The person who carried us for nine months, mended our boo-boos and smothered us with so much love that sometimes it felt like a woolen blanket on an extra hot day. (Wait, maybe that was just mine - kidding mom!) In any case Mother’s Day is coming up on May 8 and Starpulse thought it only respectful to pay a little cinematic love to the ladies who first gave us life. So here is an ever-eclectic list of the funniest, toughest, scariest, strangest and downright quirkiest caregivers to ever grace the silver screen – it’s our...Top Ten M...
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Alec Baldwin, Kellan Lutz & Other Stars Oppose McDonald's Slaughtering Method

October 5th, 2010 9:45am EDT
Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin, Anjelica Huston and Kellan Lutz are among the stars who have signed a petition urging McDonald's bosses to adopt a less cruel chicken slaughter method.

The trio was among the stars who agreed to be part of the PETA 30th anniversary petition.

The stars want McDonald's chiefs to heed the advice of the company's own advisory board and switch to the much less violent chicken slaughter method that McDonald's already uses in Europe.

According to PETA, McDonald's suppliers cut chickens' throats while they are conscious and scald birds to death in defeathering tanks.

The celebriti...
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