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Octavia Spencer lands new TV series debut after Murder, She Wrote axe

February 17th, 2014 8:30pm EST
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Oscar winner Octavia Spencer has signed up to star in Steven Spielberg's new TV drama Red Band Society after plans to remake acclaimed crime show Murder, She Wrote with her as Angela Lansbury's replacement were scrapped last month (Jan14).

The Help star will portray the character of Nurse Jackson, "an authoritative, intuitive woman who doesn't put up with c**p" from the teenage patients at her hospital in Spielberg's new project.

The upcoming series, an adaptation of the Spanish show Polseres Vermelles, will be produced by the movie mogul and it will air on U.S. network Fox.

Spencer's ca...
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Murder, She Wrote reboot axed

January 22nd, 2014 3:20am EST
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Executives at America's NBC network have scrapped plans to revive Dame Angela Lansbury's popular TV series Murder, She Wrote.

Bosses at the network announced plans to revamp the mystery series last autumn (13), with Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer poised to take on Lansbury's iconic role of amateur detective Jessica Fletcher.

However, a source tells TheWrap.com that executives have now put the project on hold.

Lansbury, who voiced her opposition to the reboot, landed 12 Emmy nominations for her work on the series, which ran from 1984 to 1996. It spawned four TV movies as well as a spin-off ...
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Octavia Spencer 'fine' without kids

November 30th, 2013 3:20pm EST
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Octavia Spencer has no regrets about not having children.
The 'Fruitvale Station' star believes it is unlikely she will ever have a baby but insists she is "fine" with her decision to focus on her career instead of starting a family.
Speaking at a roundtable discussion for The Hollywood Reporter, the 43-year-old actress said: "I should be married and have 19 kids. And now I'm thinking my eggs are dying on the shelf. They're going to go past their expiration date. But it's what I chose, so I'm fine with that decision."
Julia Roberts also participated in the interview, along with Amy Adams, L...
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Octavia Spencer shocks Roberts & Thompson with Murder, She Wrote news

November 27th, 2013 3:20am EST
Octavia Spencer
Octavia Spencer left acting royalty Julia Roberts and Emma Thompson stunned when she revealed plans to revive one of their favourite TV shows Murder, She Wrote during a recent round table interview.

The three movie stars gathered for an in-depth chat about their craft with The Hollywood Reporter and The Help star thrilled her fellow Oscar winners when she confirmed her new TV role.

News of the series revival and original star Angela Lansbury's opposition to the project has been documented in the media for weeks, but it appears the news didn't reach Thompson and Roberts.

As Spencer reveal...
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Octavia Spencer To Star In 'Murder, She Wrote' Reboot, 'Star Wars' Script Shake-up, Lady Gaga's Crazy New Outfits

October 25th, 2013 9:34am EDT
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Octavia Spencer To Star In NBC's Reboot Of 'Murder, She Wrote'
Octavia Spencer has landed her first TV role. The Oscar-winning actress is set to star in a reboot of beloved 1980s murder mystery series Murder She Wrote. (keep reading...)

J.J. Abrams And Lawrence Kasdan To Finish Script For 'Star Wars: Episode VII' After Michael Arndt Pulls Out
A new screenwriting team for Star Wars: Episode VII has been announced following the departure of Oscar-winner Michael Arndt. News that the "Toy Story 3" scribe has left the project was confirmed on the official Star Wars website on Thursday. (keep ...
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Octavia Spencer To Star In NBC's Reboot Of 'Murder, She Wrote'

October 24th, 2013 11:21pm EDT
Octavia Spencer
Octavia Spencer has landed her first TV role. The Oscar-winning actress is set to star in a reboot of beloved 1980s murder mystery series Murder She Wrote.

Spencer will star as mystery author and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher, the role made famous by Angela Lansbury, earning her 12 Emmy nominations.

"I've always considered myself an armchair detective and in a recent meeting with Bob Greenblatt (NBC chairman), he asked me what type of character would be able to lure me to TV," Spencer says. "Naturally, I said J.B. Fletcher meets Colombo... And here we are. I'm ecstatic to have the op...
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Octavia Spencer writes kids mystery book

October 16th, 2013 3:01am EDT
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Oscar winner Octavia Spencer has released a new children's novel about a young crime-fighting ninja.

The Help star's new book, Randi Rhodes: Ninja Detective, was released on Tuesday (15Oct13) and tells the tale of the adventure-loving heroine on the hunt for her small town's lost time capsule.

The book is a big deal for Spencer, who struggled with dyslexia as a child.
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Octavia Spencer On Her New Movie 'Fruitvale Station'

July 15th, 2013 4:15pm EDT
Octavia Spencer at the premiere of Fruitvale Station
Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer has a new movie opening this week. Fruitvale Station has been the talk of many film festivals, since it premiered at Sundance and was acquired by The Weinstein Company. Spencer plays Wanda, the mother of Oscar Grant, who was killed in a tragic altercation with Bay Area police at a stop on the BART line as the film depicts. 

Now a household name because of The Help and her Oscar win for that movie, Spencer said she still finds it difficult to get roles in Hollywood. Writer/director Ryan Coogler’s debut film offered her a special one.

“I think [costar] M...
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Octavia Spencer Shows Off Slimmer Figure In Cannes, Unveils Her Secret

May 23rd, 2013 3:29pm EDT
Octavia Spencer
After losing 20 pounds, "The Help" star Octavia Spencer has signed on as the new spokesperson for weight-loss system SENSA.
 
The actress has struggled with her weight and found that sprinkling the brand's flavor-enhancing crystals on her food has helped her drop pounds.
 
She explained, "I've tried nearly every diet out there, and none of them worked for me. If you tell me I can't eat something, I'll obsess over it and end up overeating. SENSA is the perfect tool for me... I just shake it on my food to help me eat less and lose weight, and, more importantly, I feel great and am a healthier...
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Octavia Spencer loses 20 pounds on weight-loss system

May 22nd, 2013 8:41pm EDT
Octavia Spencer
Actress Octavia Spencer has signed on as the new spokesperson for SENSA after losing 20 pounds (9 kilograms) on the weight-loss system.

The Help star has often struggled to keep her figure red carpet-ready, but she recently began sprinkling the brand's flavour-enhancing crystals on her food, and now her body is reaping the benefits.

She says, "I've tried nearly every diet out there, and none of them worked for me. If you tell me I can't eat something, I'll obsess over it and end up overeating. SENSA is the perfect tool for me... I just shake it on my food to help me eat less and lose weig...
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Best & Worst Dressed At The 2013 Critics' Choice Movie Awards

January 11th, 2013 9:01am EST
Critic's Choice Awards Fashion
On the heels of Wednesday's People's Choice Awards, the stars filled the red carpet at the 18th Annual Critic's Choice Movie Awards on Thursday.

Jennifer Lawrence, who took home the Best Actress In A Comedy award for "Silver Linings Playbook," looked incredible in a black draped Gurung gown with a train.

Also a hit was "Les Miserables" actress Anne Hathaway in a metallic floor-length Oscar de la Renta gown.

Hathaway's co-star Amanda Seyfried didn't impress us so much with her topknot hairstyle and Mario Schwab blue lace dress.

And perhaps Eva Longoria looked better in person, but her Mo...
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Star Pay Tribute To 9/11 Victims On 11th Anniversary

September 11th, 2012 11:51am EDT
Mia Farrow
Actress Mia Farrow and singer Mandy Moore are among the stars who have paid tribute to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the 11th anniversary of the tragedy.

A host of famous faces took to Twitter.com on Tuesday to mark the 11th anniversary of the atrocity, in which al-Qaeda terrorists killed almost 3,000 people in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania.

U.S. President Barack Obama held a one-minute silence on the White House Lawn with wife Michelle by his side as victims' families gathered at Ground Zero in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and near Shanksville,...
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Octavia Spencer To Be Honored With Her Own Day In Home State Of Alabama

March 17th, 2012 10:00am EDT
Octavia Spencer
Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer is set to be honored with her own day in her native Alabama.

The actress, who claimed Oscar gold last month for her critically acclaimed role in The Help, will be feted by Governor Robert Bentley and Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange on Wednesday, which will be proclaimed Octavia Spencer Day.

Her career will then be celebrated by Representative Mike Hubbard and fellow officials at the State Legislature with a private reception, during which Mayor Strange will present the actress with a key to the city.

She will be welcomed into the State Legislature with ...
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84th Annual Academy Awards - Red Carpet Fashion (See Pictures!)

February 27th, 2012 2:39am EST
Oscars 2012
The Academy Awards aren't just about the movies - they're about the fashion and what the stars wore on the red carpet at the year's biggest event.

This year, much like the ceremony itself, there were few surprises and all the stars looked fabulous on the red carpet outside the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles. Well, okay - Kristen Wiig's brown J. Mendel dress and Meryl Streep's gold Lanvin gown? Not so much.

This year's highlights include Angelina Jolie looking stunning - although also a bit thin - in a black Atelier Versace dress that's almost an exact match of the one Jennifer Aniston wore ...
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'The Artist' & 'Hugo' Top Oscars With Five Wins Each (Full List Of Academy Award Winners)

February 27th, 2012 12:46am EST
The Artist and Hugo
Tom Hanks, who ended last year's Academy Awards by announcing Best Picture winner The King's Speech, started things off at this year's Oscars by handing out the evening's first two awards, for Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction. Both awards went to Martin Scorsese's 3D family film Hugo, quickly setting the tone for a possible upset in the coveted Best Picture category at the end of the ceremony.

But that wasn't to be, as frontrunner The Artist took most of the night's major awards, including Best Picture, Actor (Jean Dujardin) and Director (Michel Hazanavicius).

Both films finishe...
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Watch As The Stars Arrive On The Red Carpet At The Oscars (Live Stream)

February 26th, 2012 4:00pm EST
Academy Awards
Hollywood's top stars will begin arriving on the red carpet outside the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, Calif., for the 84th Academy Awards this afternoon and you can watch all the action right here.

The live stream begins today at 2:00pm PST (5:00 pm EST), and will run until 4:30pm PST (7:30pm EST), when the stars will begin taking their seats before the show gets underway.

Check out all the hot fashions and watch all the stars and Oscar nominees as they arrive for Tinseltown's biggest night.
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'The Artist', Christopher Plummer And Octavia Spencer Lead Experts' Oscar Race

February 23rd, 2012 11:07pm EST
The Artist
The Artist appears to be a slam-dunk to win the 2012 Best Picture Oscar on Sunday - all 30 experts picking the victors on top awards website GoldDerby.com have chosen the film to score gold.

Christopher Plummer (Beginners) and Octavia Spencer (The Help) also appear to be clear favorites to pick up the Best Supporting Actor and Actress trophies, but the 30 'Oscarologists' are split on the Best Actor and Actress honors.

The majority has picked Viola Davis (The Help) and Jean Dujardin (The Artist), but there are still experts pulling for Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) and George Clooney (The D...
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Octavia Spencer: 'I Am Going To Get My Boobs Lifted'

February 23rd, 2012 8:28am EST
Octavia Spencer
The Help star Octavia Spencer is planning to go under the knife later this year for breast augmentation surgery.

The Oscar-nominated actress, 41, wants to celebrate her recent career success by treating herself to cosmetic surgery and she hopes to have the procedure booked in for November after she finishes filming her latest movie project.

She tells Parade, "I am going to get my boobs lifted. That's going to be my first gift. I figured going into my forties I want my boobs where they were when I was 17..."

"Right after the Oscars I start a Diablo Cody movie. We're taping out of the c...
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Jessica Chastain Bets Octavia Spencer A Spa Day She'll Win An Oscar

February 22nd, 2012 8:59pm EST
Jessica Chastain
Jessica Chastain has bet her The Help co-star Octavia Spencer a spa day treat that she'll take home the Best Supporting Actress Oscar on Sunday.

The actress initially bet Spencer $1,000 she'd win a Golden Globe on a flight to the awards show - but she felt guilty about cashing in the bet because her co-star was such a huge favorite.

And now she's the clear favorite to win an Oscar, Chastain has offered to take her to a spa after the awards season is over.

She tells Celebuzz.com, "In the very beginning we were traveling from New York to L.A. and it was before the Golden Globes. We're sitt...
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'The Help' Dominated NAACP Awards While Stars Honored Whitney Houston

February 18th, 2012 9:55am EST
The Help
Critically-acclaimed drama "The Help" was the toast of the 2012 NAACP Image Awards on Friday after landing three top honors.

The movie adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's bestselling book of the same name was crowned Outstanding Motion Picture, seeing off competition from "Pariah," "Tower Heist," "Jumping the Broom" and "The First Grader."

Viola Davis scooped the Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture prize, while her co-star Octavia Spencer was presented with the Outstanding Supporting Actress award at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) ceremony in Los A...
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In Case You Missed It: Celebrity Fashion At The 2012 BAFTAs

February 14th, 2012 2:30pm EST
Michelle Williams
The 2012 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTAs) were overshadowed on Sunday by the Grammy Awards and the passing of superstar Whitney Houston, but we have some great photos from the event.

Many stars stuck to their favorite hues - black and white - but there were a few colorful celebs in the bunch.

"The Artist" was this year's biggest winner, taking home seven awards: Best Film, Best Actor for star Jean Dujardin, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Original Music and Best Costume Design.

Check out the fashion on the following pages:

Chris H...
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'The Artist' Dominates The 2012 BAFTAs

February 13th, 2012 9:56am EST
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"The Artist" continued its award season dominance this evening as the Oscar favorite followed up its Golden Globe, Critics' Choice and Directors Guild victories with seven more wins at this year's BAFTAs, including Best Film, Best Actor for star Jean Dujardin and Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for Michel Hazanavicius.

"The Artist" also took home the trophies for Best Cinematography, Best Original Music and Best Costume Design.

For a silent film, "The Artist" sure is making a lot of noise these days.

Presented annually by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the B...
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2012 SAG Awards Fashion: A Skinny Angelina, Lots Of Black Gowns & More

January 30th, 2012 9:10am EST
2012 SAG Fashion
Many stars attended last night's Screen Actors Guild Awards, and black was one of the most popular colors on the red carpet.

Angelina Jolie showed off her particularly thin figure in a draped black gown. Other stars in black included Stacy Keibler, Jayma Mays, Amber Heard, Ashlee Simpson, Emma Stone, Glenn Close, Heather Morris, Tina Fey and Melissa McCarthy.

But there were some spots of color in the bunch, including Sofia Vergara's bright pink gown and Emily Blunt's seafoam green dress.

Check out all the looks on the following pages:

Michelle Williams

Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie...
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'The Help' Triumphs At The 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards

January 30th, 2012 8:07am EST
Viola Davis
The Help was the toast of Hollywood on Sunday night after landing the two top actress honors and the cast prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, who played maids in the period drama, picked up the night's Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress accolades, respectively, while they were also among the stars who triumphed with the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture category.

The Artist's Jean Dujardin beat George Clooney to the Best Actor award, while Christopher Plummer was named Best Supporting Actor for his role as a dying gay fathe...
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'Hugo' & 'The Artist' Lead 2012 Oscar Nominations (See Full List)

January 24th, 2012 9:20am EST
Oscars 2012
Martin Scorsese's first foray into 3D filmmaking, Hugo and director Michel Hazanavicius' black & white silent comedy-drama The Artist topped this year's list of nominations, pulling in 11 and 10 nominations, respectively, for the 2012 Academy Awards.

Both films are nominated for Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay awards.

Jennifer Lawrence, who was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar last year for her role in Winter's Bone and stars in the upcoming, highly anticipated The Hunger Games, joined the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Tom Sherak in Beverly Hills to announ...
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'The Help' Leads 2012 NAACP Image Awards Nominations

January 19th, 2012 2:40pm EST
The Help
Critically-acclaimed drama The Help looks set to dominate the 2012 NAACP Image Awards after landing eight nominations.

The movie adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's bestselling book of the same name will compete for Outstanding Motion Picture against seven-time nominee Pariah, comedy Tower Heist, Jumping The Broom and The First Grader, while stars Viola Davis and Emma Stone will go head-to-head for the title of Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture.

The Help co-stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer and Cicely Tyson are also nominated in the Outstanding Supporting Actress field, alon...
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Nine Random Moments To Love At The 69th Annual Golden Globes

January 16th, 2012 3:00pm EST
Nine Random Moments To Love At The 69th Annual Golden Globes
Hollywood's elite found their way back to the red carpet for the highly anticipated 69th Annual Golden Globes. And, like every awards show, it was ripe with all the ingredients of must-watch moments: those fashion hits and misses, awkward moments, tech hiccups, touching speeches and funny faces caught on camera.

That said, in watching through all of that we handpicked a series of those moments that do wonders to sum up the show, whether or not you caught last night's awards action. So keep reading and check out some of the highlights:

1. Julianne Moore & Rob Lowe Script Hiccup: The vet a...
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2012 Golden Globes Fashion: Who Rocked The Red Carpet & Who Didn't?

January 16th, 2012 9:30am EST
2012 Golden Globes fashion
The Golden Globes are the first big awards show of the season, and the stars came out in colorful ensembles to attend one of Hollywood's most prestigious events leading up to the Academy Awards.

There were very few fashion missteps at this year's event. "Homeland" actress Morena Baccarin wore a daring black dress that showed quite a bit of cleavage (is that appropriate?), while "Ringer" star Sarah Michelle Gellar took a chance with a blue and white tie-dyed gown (too bohemian?).

There wasn't a lot of flash on the red carpet. Few stars wore sequins (Laura Dern, Madonna, Diane Lane and did)...
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'The Descendents' & 'The Artist' Triumph At The Golden Globes (See Pics & Full List Of Winners)

January 15th, 2012 11:57pm EST
2012 Golden Globes
Oscar favorites The Descendants and The Artist were the big winners at the Golden Globes in Los Angeles on Sunday night, picking up the top movie awards and the two Best Actor honors.

The Artist was a triple winner, in addition to Best Picture the film won for Best Actor (Jean Dujardin) and Best Original Score; while director Alexander Payne's The Descendants took home the Best Motion Picture Drama prize and a Best Actor gong for George Clooney.

There were no multiple wins for any other movie, but TV series Homeland picked up two honors for Best TV Drama and Best Actress (Claire Danes).

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2012 Critics Choice Awards Fashion: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

January 13th, 2012 9:14am EST
Critics Choice Awards
Unlike the upbeat and youthful People's Choice Awards, the stars at Thursday night's Critics Choice Awards showed up in more subdued attire, taking their jobs much more seriously (and not in a good way).

Where was the pop of color? Where were the glittering gowns? We have one word for this bunch of celebs: boring.

Emma Stone continued her green trend from the People's Choice Awards in an emerald dress last night. But what's with the cutouts, strings and belt? Thumbs down.

We salute Elle Fanning for dressing her age, but we dislike the yellow and turqoise gown.

Check out all the good, ba...
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