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Head And Shoulders Above The Rest: The 15 Tallest Actresses In Hollywood

April 30th, 2014 7:00pm EDT
Gwendoline Christie
We recently profiled the tallest actors in show business, so naturally we wanted to also honor the women who stand out - for both their height and acting ability.

Gwendoline Christie, 6'3". Christie plays the towering Brienne in Game of Thrones and told Stylist, "As someone who has always felt at times pretty genderless because of my size, it interests me to challenge ideas of prejudice and femininity and what it is to be a woman."

Brigitte Nielsen, 6'1". At the height of her fame in the 80s, the danish actress was unfairly branded an "amazon" by several newspapers when she was marrie...
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The Funny Side Of Allison Janney

December 9th, 2013 2:08pm EST
Allison Janney
We're all fans of Allison Janney's dramatic work as press secretary C.J. Cregg on The West Wing. But well before she was serving the country, Allison was making us laugh with her comedic talents, which are now on full display as she stars in the CBS sitcom Mom. BFTV had the pleasure of talking with Allison about her new leading role last week, and gaining some insight into this whole other side of her awesomeness.

What made her want to sign on to another TV series in the first place? "I've been looking ever since West Wing," explained the actress, who also took a stab at comedy with the sh...
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'The Help' Cast To Be Honored At Hollywood Film Awards

September 20th, 2011 8:14am EDT
The Help
The star-studded cast of hit movie The Help will reunite to accept an ensemble honor at the upcoming Hollywood Film Awards.

Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer and Emma Stone will be together onstage to pick up the Ensemble Award at the 15th annual ceremony, which kicks off the film awards season.

The leading ladies of the drama will be joined by fellow cast members Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Ahna O'Reilly, Sissy Spacek, Mary Steenburgen and Cicely Tyson, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The Help took the box office by storm this summer, raking i...
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Allison Janney Goes From Political Heavyweight to Politically Incorrect on Mr. Sunshine

February 9th, 2011 10:15am EST
Allison Janney | Photo Credits: Adam Larkey/ABC
According to Allison Janney, it only took one line of dialogue to convince her to return to series television after a four-year absence.

"'Have you seen a small white pill with some Spanish written on it?'" she said, quoting her Mr. Sunshine character. "I read the first line that Crystal said and I knew I was going to play it."

After playing White House press secretary (and later Chief of Staff) C.J. Cregg on The West Wing for six seasons, the 51-year-old actress says she was looking for a role as far from the morally upright C.J. as possible. Crystal is the pill-popping, narcissistic ow...
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2011 Midseason TV: Christian Slater Tries Again & A Few 'Friends' Clones

December 29th, 2010 1:04pm EST
Christian Slater
It’s almost the new year – and you know what that means. No, it’s not time to wonder when Dick Clark is going to retire from his New Year’s Eve show. Midseason is almost upon us – and several new shows are set to premiere shortly, while other favorites are slated to return. Here’s a rundown:

'Breaking In’ – FOX – April 6

This is Christian Slater’s third attempt at a series in as many years. This go round, he’s part of a team of tech experts who are tapped to be consultants on cyber security for large corporations. Here’s hoping third time’s a charm.

'Body Of Proof’ – ABC – premie...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Salt,' 'Valhalla Rising,' & More

July 19th, 2010 10:20am EDT
Salt
I saw both the “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and “Inception,” which premiered last week. Personally I thought “Inception” is the best movie that I have seen all year. “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” was fun, but in no way does it even reside on the same level of filmmaking. If you’re interested in reading my thoughts on each, check out my reviews here.

Angelina Jolie’s action thriller “Salt” arrives in theaters this week, as well as the dark age adventure “Valhalla Rising,” the dramedy “Life During Wartime,” the family film “Ramona and Beezus,” and the documentary “Countdown to Zero.”

SALT
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'LOST' Recap: 'Across The Sea'

May 12th, 2010 4:39pm EDT
Lost accross the sea
This is the episode of the LOST's that all the fans were breathlessly awaiting, and now that it has come and gone ... the general feeling afterward is 'meh.' The problem comes down to expectation, and with only a few episodes left of this incredible show, people are getting impatient for answers. Honestly, I don't expect them to answer half of the questions they should, because then it would just be three hours of telling the audience exposition. Still, in an episode that is said to have long reaching answers and prove they knew what they were doing from the beginning, there should actuall...
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'The West Wing' Ruled Allison Janney's Life

February 8th, 2010 7:00pm EST
Allison Janney
Allison Janney felt "adrift" when long-running drama The West Wing ended - because the hit show had taken over her life. The actress, who played press secretary C.J. in the White House-based series, worked 18-hour days and rarely had time to socialize with pals.

And when the show eventually ended its seven-year run in 2006, Janney realized how much of life she had missed out on.

She tells the U.K.'s Sunday Express, "It was relentless. We did 18-hour days - and we were so happy to be where we were. But as the years went by, we started to be less happy. There are so many things I miss...
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Faux Documentaries Entertain Film & TV Audiences

August 5th, 2009 11:52am EDT
Bruno
Documentary films, the traditional kind that the average person simply ignores, have long since given way to the popular faux documentary. These films, unlike their parent genre, have been and continue to be wildly successful. In fact, they are now so tightly woven into our culture that we truly forget what they are.

Christopher Guest's films Best in Show, For Your Consideration, and A Mighty Wind were all based on a fake, typically unseen camera crew following a group during or to an event. Sacha Baron Cohen also took this approach, with an obviously irreverent tone, with Da Ali G S...
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Dulé Hill Answers 'Psych' Fan Questions

August 5th, 2009 9:44am EDT
Dulé Hill
A few weeks ago we interviewed James Roday from "Psych" (returning Friday, August 7 at 10pm on USA). And when we say "we," we mean all the legions of dedicated Psych-Os that sent in their questions for Roday via Twitter. Since then, the Psych-Os have been relentless that they want... nay (!), need round two with co-star Dulé Hill. We were determined, no matter how long it took, to give the "Psych" fans exactly what they want. So, yes, Dulé Hill now answers your questions about the upcoming season of "Psych," his time on "The West Wing" and even writes a scene involving him and President Bar...
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Coming-Of-Age Films That We All Remember

July 8th, 2009 1:00pm EDT
SuperBad
Making the transition from adolescence into adulthood is a critical phase in an individual's life. This coming-of-age period, which has been coined "emerging adulthood" by Clark University research professor, Dr. Jeffrey Arnett, is characterized by identity exploration, self-focus, instability, a belief in boundless possibilities, and feeling in-between. According to Arnett's theory, in industrialized societies the types of experiences that people have who are in their late teens to mid-20's have changed dramatically over the past 50 years. Instead of being quick to make that walk down the ...
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Starpulse's Explosive Summer Movie Preview

May 1st, 2009 10:06am EDT
Star Trek
Since the dawn of the American cinematic blockbuster in the late 1970s and early 1980s, moviegoers have eagerly waited for May - the unofficial beginning of summertime. This summer is no different. Films, and most popular media, are social mirrors, and this summer season supports that. The large box office contenders all deal with very similar themes: escapism and the support of the lone, outlaw hero figure (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Star Trek, Terminator Salvation, Up, Transformers 2, Public Enemies, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, Inglourious Basterds, et...
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Lights, Cameras And Action Abound As Hollywood Prepares For Oscar Night

February 24th, 2008 8:30am EST
Oscar Feature
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jewels and parties. Stars and stand-ins. Rehearsals and news conferences. So much swag even Hollywood canines could rack up free goodies. The city is abuzz with all things Oscar as celebrities flock from all over the world fortTonight's Academy Awards...

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STAR-STUDDED REHEARSAL: On Sunday, the Kodak Theater will be filled with stars. On Saturday, they appeared one at a time.

The eve of the Academy Awards is rehearsal day for celebrity presenters. One by one, in 15-minute increments, Oscar winners and other famous folks come to the Kodak to walk on stage and...
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Reaction To The Oscar Nominations

January 23rd, 2008 9:17am EST
No Country for Old Men
And then there were five. Oscar morning has come and gone, featuring the usual mix of surprises, sure things and people getting up way too early. Here's a rundown of who's in, who's out, and what to expect come Oscar night.

Best Picture

"No Country for Old Men"

"There Will Be Blood"

"Juno"

"Michael Clayton"

"Atonement"

Front-Runner: "No Country for Old Men"

Surprise: "Into The Wild" out, "Atonement" in.

Snub: "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"

This category came up pretty much according to plan. Every movie nominated had a very good shot at it with about...
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Soundtrack To The Quirky New Film 'Juno' Out January 15

December 12th, 2007 5:38pm EST
Juno
Rhino will release the soundtrack for Juno, a comedy from Fox Searchlight Pictures directed by Jason Reitman (Thank You for Smoking) and written by Diablo Cody.

Opening in select theaters December 5, the film's soundtrack mixes classic artists, such as The Kinks and Mott The Hoople, with indie faves Sonic Youth and Cat Power. The soundtrack is currently available as a download from digital outlets and will be available for purchase in stores January 15.

The 20-song collection includes eight songs by Kimya Dawson - a featured solo artist as well as member of the groups The Moldy P...
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Celebrity Birthdays, November 19

November 19th, 2007 3:00am EST
Jodie Foster
Happy Birthday to Olympian Kerri Strug (1977), actor Jason Scott Lee (1966), Star Trek actress Terry Farrell (1963), actress Jodie Foster (1962), actress Meg Ryan (1961), designer Calvin Klein (1962), The West Wing actress Allison Janney (1960), TV personality Dick Cavett (1936), St. Louis Cardinals hall-of-famer Bob Gibson (1935), talk show host Larry King (1933), baseball legend Roy Campanella (1921; d. 1993), bandleader Tommy Dorsey (1905; d. 1956), and the 20th President of the United States James A. Garfield (1831; d. 1881).
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'Hairspray' Opens July 20; Cast Performed Soundtrack Out July 10

June 2nd, 2007 11:00am EDT
Hairspray
Sixteen years after the release of the original film, New Line Cinema is bringing a feature film adaptation of the Tony award-winning Broadway production Hairspray to life. Featuring new and original material based on John Waters' 1988 cult classic about star-struck teenagers on a local Baltimore dance show, the comedy features a remarkable collection of talent including John Travolta, Queen Latifah, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Amanda Bynes, Allison Janney, Brittany Snow, Zac Efron, Elijah Kelley, producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Chicago), and director Adam Shankman (Bringin...
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Celebrity Birthdays, November 19

November 19th, 2006 3:00am EST
Jodie Foster
Happy Birthday to Olympian Kerri Strug (1977), actor Jason Scott Lee (1966), Star Trek actress Terry Farrell (1963), actress Jodie Foster (1962), actress Meg Ryan (1961), designer Calvin Klein (1962), The West Wing actress Allison Janney (1960), TV personality Dick Cavett (1936), St. Louis Cardinals hall-of-famer Bob Gibson (1935), talk show host Larry King (1933), baseball legend Roy Campanella (1921; d. 1993), bandleader Tommy Dorsey (1905; d. 1956), and the 20th President of the United States James A. Garfield (1831; d. 1881).
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Lifetime Details Labor Day Programming

September 2nd, 2006 9:00am EDT
Mandy Moore stars in How To Deal
While Labor Day marks the traditional end of summer, Lifetime Television is sending the season out with a bang by giving viewers a weekend festival of movies featuring Elisabeth Rohm, Mandy Moore, Allison Janney and Meredith Monroe, while sister network LMN presents an original movie showcasing Emma Caulfield.

On Sunday, September 3, at 8PM (ET/PT), Meredith Monroe portrays a woman suffering from headaches that create visions of her living with a man other than her husband in the U.S. Television Premiere of “Not My Life.”

Lifetime kicks off Labor Day, Monday, September 4, with do...
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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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'The West Wing' Series Finale To Air in May

January 23rd, 2006 11:51am EST
The West Wing
NBC just announced that The West Wing will conclude its run on Sunday, May 14, after seven seasons with an hour-long retrospective (7-8 p.m. ET) followed by a special series finale (8-9 p.m. ET). "We are proud to have had the opportunity to bring television viewers one of the most acclaimed series in television history," said Kevin Reilly, President, NBC Entertainment. "From the venerable, moving performances by the first-rate cast to the sterling creative team behind the camera, this series has left an indelible imprint on the landscape of television drama."

“The West Wing” has offer...
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Celebrity Birthdays, November 19

November 19th, 2005 3:00am EST
Meg Ryan
Happy Birthday to squeaky Olympian Kerri Strug (1977), actor Jason Scott Lee (1966), Star Trek actress Terry Farrell (1963), actress Jodie Foster (1962), actress Meg Ryan (1961), designer Calvin Klein (1962), The West Wing actress Allison Janney (1960), TV personality Dick Cavett (1936), St. Louis Cardinals hall-of-famer Bob Gibson (1935), talk show host Larry King (1933), baseball legend Roy Campanella (1921; d. 1993), bandleader Tommy Dorsey (1905; d. 1956), and the 20th President of the United States James A. Garfield (1831; d. 1881).
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'Alias' Spy is America's Favorite Government Character

November 11th, 2005 2:11pm EST
Alias
CIA agent Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner) of Alias is America's “Favorite TV Fed,” according to a new poll by the Council for Excellence in Government. Agent Bristow earned 29.6 percent of the vote, squeaking out White House Chief-of-Staff C.J. Cregg (Allison Janney) of The West Wing by less than one percentage point (28.7 percent). Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) on 24 came in third with 16.2 percent of the votes.

The West Wing's President Josiah “Jeb” Bartlet dominated his competition in a hypothetical presidential election. Bartlet—play...
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Charlize Theron & Nicole Kidman's Lingerie Fetches Big Bucks

October 28th, 2005 11:06am EDT
Charlize Theron
Mix Charlize Theron with some satin and heavy beading and the result is an $18,000 corset. Designed for the Frederick's of Hollywood Third Annual Lingerie Auction, the Oscar-winning actress' corset sold for a record amount at the event's live auction.

Ms. Theron was in good company; her corset was auctioned live along with fellow Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman, whose white satin, floral and sequin design fetched $10,000. Designs by Jessica Alba (who hand-painted her creation), Tea Leoni, Sandra Bernhard and event chair, Julianne Moore were all auctioned at the Frederick's event to benef...
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