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Q&A: Courtney Thorne-Smith Talks 'Two and a Half Men'

April 9th, 2012 8:00am EDT
Courtney Thorne-Smith
Courtney Thorne-Smith has made a name for herself in television, whether you remember her breakout role on the original Melrose Place, or her portrayal of Georgia Thomas on Ally McBeal, or her stint as Cheryl on the long-running According To Jim. These days, she's brought her experience and energy to Two and a Half Men as Lyndsey MacElroy, the on-again, off-again girlfriend of Alan (Jon Cryer).

I recently talked with Courtney about what she enjoys about the role, her thoughts on the transition from Charlie Sheen to Ashton Kutcher, and if she can possibly pick a favorite part from her sma...
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Portia De Rossi To Star In ABC Series Produced By Ellen DeGeneres

February 6th, 2012 8:43am EST
Portia De Rossi
Portia De Rossi is heading back to TV thanks to a new script developed by her comedienne wife Ellen DeGeneres.

The former "Ally McBeal" and "Arrested Development" star will lead the cast of comedy "The Smart One," which has just been picked up by bosses at ABC, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The plot centers on an intelligent professional who agrees to work for her dumb but popular sister who is a city mayor.

DeGeneres will executive produce the project.
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Lucy Liu Spent Years Hiding Her Artwork

September 29th, 2011 2:32pm EDT
Lucy Liu
Hollywood actress Lucy Liu spent years showcasing her art under a pseudonym because she was scared her onscreen reputation would "taint" her side project.

The star is an enthusiastic experimental artist and has been exhibiting her work since 1993 under the name Yu Ling, but she has now gone public with a display in London under her real name.

Liu admits she kept her work secret for such a long time because she didn't want art fans to be influenced by her acting roles, which have included feisty Ling Woo in TV show Ally McBeal and a deadly assassin in the Kill Bill movies.

She tells B...
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Christina Ricci May Fly with ABC's 'Pan Am'

February 23rd, 2011 2:08pm EST
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Christina Ricci is in talks to star in ABC's drama pilot Pan Am, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Set in the 1960s, the project revolves around pilots and flight attendants of the iconic airline that ceased operations in 1991 after declaring bankruptcy. Ricci would join ...

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Portia De Rossi Found 'Ally McBeal' Lingerie Scene 'Revolting'

February 9th, 2011 9:19am EST
Portia De Rossi
Portia De Rossi still shudders at the thought of her "Ally McBeal" underwear episode because she felt so demeaned trying to win over her TV boss with alluring lingerie.

The lesbian feminist hadn't 'come out' about her sexuality when she shot the saucy stripping scene for "Ally McBeal," and she felt humiliated standing there in nothing but lacy underwear.

She tells Bust magazine, "The show was a huge break for me, and of course I wasn't going to make waves...but I was definitely shocked and disappointed that I'd gone from this really professional, hard-working woman to someone who just str...
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Happy 89th Birthday, Betty White!

January 17th, 2011 9:34am EST
Betty White
Veteran actress Betty White celebrates the beginning of her last year as an octogenarian today - the beloved funnywoman turns 89.

The Emmy award-winning star rose to fame hosting her own radio shows before moving into TV with hit programs including "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "The Golden Girls."

Recently she's enjoyed a career revival, appearing in "The Proposal" alongside Sandra Bullock in 2009 and hosting comedy favorite "Saturday Night Live" last year after a Facebook campaign by fans.

To celebrate White's birthday and as a toast to her return to success, WENN has compiled 10 fas...
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'Wonder Woman' Remake Grounded

January 10th, 2011 12:25pm EST
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A small screen reboot of Wonder Woman has been shelved after producers failed to land a TV deal.

Lynda Carter starred as the scantily-clad superhero in The New Adventures of Wonder Woman, adapted from the classic DC Comics series, which aired from 1975 to 1979.

TV bosses recently announced plans to remake the show with Ally McBeal creator David E. Kelley, prompting rumors to fly speculating about who would land the coveted role as the new leading lady. Mad Men star Christina Hendricks even made a public appeal to be cast as the heroine.

Producers offered the show to a number of networ...
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Jane Krakowski Is Pregnant

January 8th, 2011 8:02am EST
Jane Krakowski
"30 Rock" star Jane Krakowski is pregnant with her first child.

The former "Ally McBeal" regular is currently planning a wedding to the baby's father, British clothing designer Robert Godley, after the couple became engaged last year.

A representative for the 42-year-old actress has confirmed the baby news, telling UsMagazine.com Krakowski "could not be happier".

The parents-to-be are currently vacationing in the Caribbean.

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Calista Flockhart Says Eating Disorder Rumors Damaged Her Career

January 4th, 2011 8:33am EST
Calista Flockhart
Calista Flockhart is still angry about the eating disorder rumors which plagued her after she shot to fame, insisting the untrue stories damaged her career and led to a bout of depression.

The actress shot to stardom in the late 1990s playing a ditzy lawyer in hit TV show Ally McBeal, but her super-slender frame made her the target of gossip columnists who speculated about her weight.

Flockhart has always denied suffering from an eating disorder, and admits the nasty rumors nearly forced her out of acting for good.

She says, "I still weigh exactly what I did back then. I've always bee...
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Christina Hendricks Eyeing 'Wonder Woman' Role

December 23rd, 2010 6:10pm EST
Christina Hendricks
Mad Men star Christina Hendricks is appealing to TV bosses to cast her in a small screen revamp of Wonder Woman because she has always wanted to play the sexy superhero.

Lynda Carter starred in The New Adventures of Wonder Woman, adapted from the classic DC Comic series, which aired from 1975 to 1979.

A 1990s remake was scrapped due to casting concerns over Carter's successor but Ally McBeal creator David E. Kelley has signed a deal with Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment bosses to write and produce a revamped version.

Casting details have yet to be announced but busty beauty Hendricks...
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Portia De Rossi Rejects 'Dancing With The Stars' Offer

December 9th, 2010 8:28am EST
Portia De Rossi
Portia De Rossi has turned down the opportunity to become one half of the first same sex couple to compete on . reality show "Dancing With The Stars."

The former "Ally McBeal" star, who is married to comedienne Ellen DeGeneres, recently admitted to radio personality Ryan Seacrest she would consider taking part in the competition, after learning TV producers were keen to have her dance opposite a professional female on the next season of the hit program.

But De Rossi has since decided against the idea and rejected a formal offer from Dancing With the Stars.

Her representative tells Eonlin...
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Portia De Rossi Urges Australian Politicians To Support Gay Marriage

November 19th, 2010 8:35am EST
Portia De Rossi
Portia De Rossi is urging politicians in her native Australia to support same-sex marriage - insisting she is "disappointed" in the country's prime minister for failing to tackle the issue.

The Aussie actress married talk show host Ellen DeGeneres in 2008 and has recently turned her attentions to campaigning for gay rights. De Rossi has been back Down Under this month as part of a promotional tour for her new book Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain, and she took the opportunity to address the topic of same-sex marriage during a radio interview.

The Ally McBeal star admits sh...
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Portia De Rossi Bans Male Reporters Down Under?

November 18th, 2010 8:16am EST
Portia De Rossi
Actress Portia De Rossi has come under fire from a top TV host in her native Australia after allegedly refusing to be interviewed by male journalists while promoting her new book Down Under.

The former Ally McBeal, who is married to comedienne Ellen DeGeneres, is currently on a promotional tour for her memoirs, Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain. The book chronicles her battles with anorexia and her sexuality. However, the star has caused controversy in Australia after reportedly insisting that no men interview her.

David Koch, the host of hit morning show Sunrise, reveals h...
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Lynda Carter Warns Megan Fox Not To 'Trash' Wonder Woman

November 9th, 2010 8:14am EST
Lynda Carter
Original Wonder Woman star Lynda Carter has ordered Megan Fox to stop "trashing" the superhero after the actress branded the character "lame".

TV bosses are planning to revive Wonder Woman, originally played by Carter in the 1970s, for a new small screen outing and Fox was said to be one of the actresses in contention for the role. The Transformers beauty spoke out about the rumors, insisting she would never play such a part, telling Britain's FHM magazine, "She's lame. She flies around in an invisible jet, but she's not invisible. I don't get it."

And Carter admits she was annoyed by F...
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Jill Clayburgh, 66, Dies Of Leukemia

November 6th, 2010 10:33am EDT
Jill Clayburgh
Hollywood veteran Jill Clayburgh has died. She was 66. The actress, who starred opposite Burt Reynolds in 1979's "Starting Over," passed away on Friday at her home in Lakeville, Connecticut, following a long illness.

Clayburgh's husband, playwright David Rabe, has revealed she suffered from chronic lymphocytic leukemia for over 20 years, reports the Associated Press.

She was nominated for two Academy Awards throughout her career, for her roles in "Starting Over" and "An Unmarried Woman," which won her the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1978.

Clayburgh later tur...
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Portia De Rossi-DeGeneres Once Weighed 82 Pounds On 300 Calorie-A-Day Diet

October 30th, 2010 2:15pm EDT
Portia DeRossi
Former "Ally McBeal" and "Arrested Development" star Portia De Rossi ate just 300 calories a day as an eating disorder took over her life.

The actress, who is married to Ellen DeGeneres, has opened up about her battle with anorexia in her new book Unbearable Lightness - and she fought back tears as she talked frankly about her lowest period during a recent taped interview with Oprah Winfrey.

In the tearful chat, which will air on Monday, the Australia-born star reveals she once weighed just 82 pounds.

She says, "It wasn't that I was proud of it, but it was certainly a recognition for my ...
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Brooke Burns Looked Beautiful At Beverly Hills Benefit

October 19th, 2010 11:00am EDT
Brooke Burns
Brooke Burns was smoldering on the red carpet at the 7th Annual Night by the Ocean Gala in Beverly Hills on Sunday. She wore a long black dress that showed her off in just the right way.

The actress recently starred in the direct-to-DVD feature "Titanic II" and appears in the upcoming made-for-television movie "Fixing Pete."

She is famous for her roles on "Ally McBeal" and "Baywatch."

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Portia De Rossi Changes Her Name To DeGeneres

September 23rd, 2010 5:45pm EDT
Portia De Rossi
Former "Ally McBeal" and "Arrested Development" star Portia De Rossi has changed her name again to officially become Mrs. DeGeneres.

The Aussie actress, who was born Amanda Lee Rogers, adopted the name Portia de Rossi when she first became a model - years before arriving in Hollywood.

A Los Angeles judge granted the actress official permission to change her name in court on Thursday.

She'll now be known as Portia Lee James DeGeneres.

The actress married comedienne-turned-TV personality Ellen Degeneres in 2008.

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Former TV Stars We'd Like To See Back On The Boob Tube

August 31st, 2010 8:06am EDT
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JENNIFER ANISTON: Once the sole reason many viewers tuned into "Friends" during the show's heyday in the 90s, Jen made boys swoon and girls run to the salons to get the most sought-after do of the decade, The Rachel. While Aniston has enjoyed some success with movies such as “The Good Girl” and “Along Came Polly”, we like her best on the tube portraying a ditzy, spontaneous character with a rosy romantic outlook.

GEORGE CLOONEY

Oh, George. Why did you go ahead and become such a movie star? Never mind Dr. Dreamy and McSteamy. You will always be our favorite TV doc. Who can forget “ER”? ...
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Portia De Rossi Wants To Change Her Name To DeGeneres

August 9th, 2010 10:10pm EDT
Portia De Rossi
Former "Ally McBeal" star Portia De Rossi has filed court papers to legally take on her partner Ellen DeGeneres' last name.

The couple wed in a same sex ceremony in 2008 when gay marriage was legalized in the state of California.

The Aussie actress lodged the name change petition in Los Angeles County Superior Court last Friday, asking to be formally known as Portia DeGeneres.

A judge is expected to approve the request as such petitions are routinely granted, reports TMZ.com.

Same sex marriage was outlawed in California just months after its legalization by the Proposition 8 bill.

Howe...
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Jane Krakowski: 'My Parents Would Kill Me If I Eloped'

July 19th, 2010 2:00pm EDT
Jane Krakowski
Engaged actress Jane Krakowski is adamant she won't follow in the footsteps of her Ally McBeal co-star Calista Flockhart by eloping with her fiancé - because she's enjoying making elaborate plans for her big day.

Flockhart and her longtime partner Harrison Ford married in secret last month in a low-key ceremony in New Mexico with only one guest - the actress' nine-year-old adopted son Liam. And although Krakowski admits she's thrilled for her friend, she's looking forward to a big wedding when she marries designer Robert Godley, who proposed to her over Christmas.

She tells People.com, ...
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Harrison Ford & Calista Flockhart Got Married

June 16th, 2010 9:16pm EDT
Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart
Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart are man and wife, according to a new report.

The celebrity couple was married by New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson on Tuesday.

TMZ.com reports Flockhart and Harrison exchanged vows at the Governor's mansion in Santa Fe, near where Ford is currently filming "Cowboys & Aliens."

The couple has been an item for seven years. Ford proposed to the former "Ally McBeal" star over Valentine's Day weekend last year.

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Portia De Rossi:'I Can Make A Difference'

February 9th, 2010 8:49am EST
Portia De Rossi Puts Gay Rights Campaigning Before Acting
Ellen Degeneres' wife Portia De Rossi is thankful she's one half of a Hollywood power couple - because she wants to use her fame to "make a difference" in the fight for gay rights. The openly gay pair wed in 2008, taking advantage of the Supreme Court ruling which legalized same-sex unions in California.

However, their rights were revoked just months later after the passing of the Proposition 8 bill, which reversed the previous ruling permitting the marriages. De Rossi believes she has finally found her real calling as she steps into her new role as a gay rights campaigner - and hopes s...
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New TV On DVD, Oct. 6

October 6th, 2009 8:00am EDT
Ally McBeal
Ally McBeal centered around the life of Ally McBeal, the quintessential "little girl lost," who, after graduating with a law degree from Harvard University, found herself in a law firm populated by an extraordinarily unconventional staff. Season 1 is now available. Also on DVD: Bones season 4, Medium season 5.
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Amusing Photo Of The Day: Lucy Liu's Clown Nose

August 27th, 2009 4:18pm EDT
Lucy Liu goodwill ambassador
This week Lucy Liu, a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, visited Peru in a fund raising campaign for poor children. We love charitable stars! She makes a clown nose look sexy, don't you think? See more photos after the jump...

Image © AP Photo/Karel Navarro

Lucy's family refuses to admit they're related to the star because they're embarrassed by her fame. She says, "There's always sacrifices. My family don't generally say that they're related to me - my sister doesn't say she's my sister - because they don't want to be judged or lauded based on who I am."

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An Open Letter To Paul Abdul: Leaving 'Idol' Is A Bad Idea

July 22nd, 2009 9:31am EDT
Paula Abdul
Dear Paula Abdul,

I am writing on behalf of the Shelley Longs, Geri Halliwells, Wayne Rogers and Sherry Stringfields of the world when I give you three simple words of advice regarding your decision to leave American Idol: Don't do it.

I'm not really sure why you'd need me to tell you this, but based on the rumors flying across the Internet and the statements of your own manager, you're really thinking about leaving the most successful television series of the decade over some sort of personal insult. Or is it money? Nobody can really be sure what's going through your pill-filled head...
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Hayden Panettiere: Can She Transcend TV And Become A Movie Star?

July 6th, 2009 10:00am EDT
Hayden Panettiere
In her upcoming film I Love You, Beth Cooper (July 10) Hayden Panettiere plays the popular girl in school who fulfills a nerd's dream fantasy by going on a date with him. This film may be the beginning of a successful movie career for Panettiere, who is widely known for her television role on NBC's Heroes. Panettiere has appeared on the big screen before, but that was when we knew little about her. Now with her newfound fame, can she capitalize on her television success and become a movie star?

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Hayden certainly has...
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One To Watch: Nicki Aycox

June 8th, 2009 10:55am EDT
Nicki Aycox
If you sift well enough past your Lindsay Lohans, Megan Foxes, etc. you can still find talented, younger (20s-30s) actresses worthy of your time. One of the best examples is Nicki Aycox.

Like most newcomers, Aycox began her career with sprinkling guest appearances bouncing from popular television shows including 3rd Rock From The Sun, Boy Meets World, and Ally McBeal. She stood out in the "Rush" episode of X-Files. While a small role, it was enough for us to remember her two years later as Syl on Dark Angel. Her resume is impressive; she also appeared on CSI, CSI: Miami, Ed, Provi...
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'Boston Legal' Season 5 Comes To DVD May 5

April 22nd, 2009 12:24pm EDT
Boston Legal
Please rise for the closing season of pure legal chaos at the law firm of Crane Poole & Schmidt, as Boston Legal Season 5 rests its case on DVD May 5 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. This final installment of the show that put a facetiously refreshing spin on the legal drama genre tackles timely and controversial judicial and personal issues without objection, including the 2008 presidential election, Mad Cow disease, gay marriage rights and health regulations for an unapproved Alzheimer's drug.

Headlining the outstanding ensemble cast are James Spader (Secretary, Sex Li...
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Sister Spotlight: Elle And Dakota Fanning

January 21st, 2009 12:36pm EST
Fanning Sisters
The Fanning family is lucky. They have two pretty young girls, both are established or establishing themselves as respected actresses in an age when tween sexpots sell, and have managed to stay out of the unflattering light of Hollywood - thus far. Two talented daughters, bound to make large amounts of money due to their talent, must deal with the downfalls of normal child stardom. For those who are only familiar with Dakota Fanning, she has a younger sister, Elle, who is fast becoming just as well known as her sister. Let's investigate this perfect storm of child actors done right, and wha...
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