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James Rebhorn penned own obituary before death

March 24th, 2014 9:30pm EDT
Late actor James Rebhorn penned his own obituary before his death last Friday (21Mar14).

The veteran character actor, known for his roles in Scent of a Woman and TV drama Homeland, died at the age of 65 at his home in New Jersey after a long battle with melanoma, and knowing the disease would take over his life, Rebhorn wrote an emotional and heartfelt obituary for himself, which was posted on the website for St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jersey City, New Jersey, where the actor was a member.

Titled His Life, According to Jim, the piece reads: "James Robert Rebhorn was born on Sept. 1, 1948...

Jennifer Lawrence freaks out as she meets crush Lewis

January 20th, 2014 8:30pm EST
Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence freaked out on the red carpet at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday night (18Jan14) when she was introduced to her latest crush, Homeland star Damian Lewis.

The actress had only just arrived on the red carpet when she found herself sharing an interview spot with Lewis and confessed she was a big fan of the Brit.

She told Access Hollywood correspondent Shaun Robinson, "Somebody has watched the two seasons of Homeland twice and I'm freaking out a little bit... I can't look (at him)."

She then begged Robinson not to introduce her to Lewis, but the TV presenter coul...

'Homeland' Season 3 Finale Review: Redemption And Betrayal

December 16th, 2013 9:03am EST
I'm not going to lie to you.  Although I'm a fan of Homeland, and although its season 3 finale was in some ways good television, there was little in the finale that I enjoyed.  Indeed, I found most of it infuriating.

I know that realism has its value but there is also something that should go beyond realism in great story telling. I don't mean fairytale happy endings.  I mean endings in which the triumph of the deserving at least has a fighting chance.

The one good thing about the ending of this season of Homeland was its redemption of Saul.  When he confirms that Akbari has indeed been a...

'Homeland' Season 3 Episode 11 Review: 'The Loyalist'

December 9th, 2013 8:32am EST
Homeland continues its improvement from earlier in the season, to the point where episode 3.11 was the best episode not only of this season, but in the three years of the series thus far.

The great strength of Brody as a character and therefore Homeland throughout has been that we can never tell exactly where Brody's ultimate loyalties reside - certainly not after the first season, when Brody decides not to set off the bomb out of love for his daughter not really his native country.  But we couldn't be sure of Brody all second season - until the end.   And in this season, it looked like Br...

Mandy Patinkin stunned by note from girl who was his first kiss

December 6th, 2013 3:10am EST
Mandy Patinkin
Actor/singer Mandy Patinkin received a shocking blast from the past during an appearance on TV in America on Thursday (05Dec13), after receiving a message from a woman who insisted she had been the first girl to kiss him.

The star was promoting his hit TV drama series Homeland on morning show Live! with Kelly and Michael, when host Michael Strahan announced they had received an email from a woman named Sandy, who was hoping to reconnect with him.

The note read, "Mandy Patinkin was the first boy I ever kissed. Say hello to him for me, it would be nice to catch up."

Patinkin immediately re...

'Homeland' Season 3 Episode 10: Someone Has To Die

December 3rd, 2013 6:25am EST
Another powerful, action-packed episode of Homeland - 3.10 - which has really hit its stride, as well it needed to finally do, with only two further episodes left this season.

The mission with Brody trying to infiltrate Iran was outstanding in all kinds of ways, including who dies at the end of the episode, and Brody's interaction with the team, which includes some first-class military repartee between Brody and various personnel.

The scene back home in the U.S. was good too, with Saul standing up to pressures to forsake the team when things start turning bad.  I'm still not getting or li...

'Homeland' Review 3.9: Perfect Timing

November 25th, 2013 10:08am EST
Homeland 3.9
Well,  Homeland 3.9 was the episode we've been waiting for.  And, in an exquisite feat of perfect timing, the episode reveals and revolves around Saul's plan for the guy he turned and his role in Iran. Brody will assassinate this guy's superior, putting Saul's turned spy into one of the top three positions in Iran.  With Saul running him, Iran will at last be in position to abandon its aggressive stance and sit down with the U.S. and the rest of the world in peace.

Does this sound familiar?  It's almost precisely what has just been announced about Iran on other television screens - screens...

'Homeland' 3.7: Revealing What We Already Knew

November 12th, 2013 8:18pm EST
I'm still enjoying Homeland, but episode 3.7 was the one weakest this season, with a big reveal of what we already knew: Brody was not responsible for the bombing that took out the CIA.

I suppose this clears the boards, but it's not enough, especially with Brody MIA this season, with the exception of the one excellent, standalone episode.  Otherwise, Quinn is doing a good job, but other than his heroic action at the beginning of the season, he's fighting small potatoes battles.  And Dar continues to be intriguing - I still think he's working for Saul - but with no development at all of his...

'Homeland' Review Season 3 Episode 6: Further Down The Rabbit Hole

November 4th, 2013 8:17am EST
Well, another Homeland - 3.6 - in which pretty much everything goes from bad to worse for our major characters. This comes after last week's surprise that the Senator who was persecuting Carrie expects to be appointed head of the CIA - that is, not Saul.

We find that the repulsive Dar Adal seems to be cooperating with Senator Lockhart to Saul's detriment.  It occurs to me that possibly, just possibly, Adal may be double-agenting Lockhart and actually working on Saul's behalf.  We do see the two of them talking.  But as is always the case with good double-agenting situations, we just can't ...

Claire Danes to host Nobel Peace Prize concert

October 31st, 2013 4:00am EDT
Claire Danes
Claire Danes has been tapped to host the 20th anniversary Nobel Peace Prize concert this December (13).

The Homeland actress will be the emcee at the event in Oslo, Norway, which will celebrate the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

The leaders of the agency received the honour earlier this month (Oct13), just days after the organisation's inspectors began their work in Syria to oversee the dismantling of President Bashar Assad's chemical arsenal.

While the performers for the 11 December concert have yet to be announced, the event usually attracts some of the world's b...

'Homeland': Crazy Carrie's Got a Plan

October 24th, 2013 9:32am EDT
Carrie’s not so crazy! Turns out her and Sal have had a plan all along. Carrie’s next objective is to find out more about this swanky lawyer who has Iranian contacts. In the end of the episode Carrie shows up at Sal’s place but we find out that they’ve been in contact all along and have this idea…like they always do. It’s Sal and Carrie against the world. Whatever happened to Abu Nazir?

Meanwhile, Dana runs off with her crazy boyfriend. He escapes from the asylum and runs into Dana’s awaiting car. Then they decide to sell Dana’s moms car and trade it in for an older beaten up Honda. Later,...

Showtime Renews 'Homeland' & 'Masters Of Sex'

October 23rd, 2013 6:23pm EDT
Showtime has greenlit new seasons of "Homeland" and "Masters of Sex." The spy thriller, starring Claire Danes and Damian Lewis, is getting a fourth season, while new series "Masters of Sex" will return for a second season, the network announced on Tuesday.

Both programs will return in 2014 with 12 episodes each.

Showtime entertainment president David Nevins said in a statement: "Homeland continues to prove its strength for Showtime, and is one of television's most exciting, provocative and widely-discussed shows. It has grown its audience significantly in each of its three seasons."


'Homeland' Recap 3.4: A Brilliant Twist!

October 21st, 2013 9:11am EDT
Well, Homeland 3.4 checked in with its best episode of the season so far, and a brilliant twist that was at once unforeseen yet in introspect felt instantly plausible and confirming of all that we knew in our hearts all along.

Fans have been chafing under Saul's cruel behavior to Carrie - I couldn't quite believe that he'd desert Carrie like that, and have her institutionalized, but Dar Adal made it just about believable.  We even see Adal at the peripheries of Carrie's release hearing - Carrie does too - and her release being denied thus makes infuriating sense.

We can thus pretty much b...

'Homeland' Review 3.3: Two Prisons

October 14th, 2013 8:25am EDT
A strong episode 3.3 of Homeland tonight, perfectly balanced in the misery Brody and Carrie are enduring, in two separate prisons.

Brody is back, yes, but not in very good shape.  He's "rescued" by some people in Venezuela, whose leader has some loyalty to Carrie.   But his rescue turns out to be a prison, because his rescuer doesn't want him to leave.   Along the way, Brody learns the hard way that he can't rely on Muslims to help him, even if he speaks the language.  There's a young woman who is liking him, but she's the rescuer's daughter.  And there's a doctor who's also stuck in the u...

Fall 2013 TV Report (So Far)

October 5th, 2013 2:06pm EDT
Sleepy  Hollow
Here’s how the Fall TV season has been shaping up.


ABC doesn’t have a lot to celebrate about. Once Upon A Time and Revenge are both down season-to-season, yet up from last season’s finales. So, really, you could say they are even for the night. Their new drama, Betrayal, however is a disappointment. Low ratings. Does ABC have anything ready to replace Betrayal though? They’re already definitely going to cancel the much lower rated Lucky 7 (an almost certainty), can they afford to axe two shows?

CBS has a nice strong lineup of returning shows, all performing well. FOX’s shows are ...

'Homeland' 3.2: Sneak Preview Review

October 2nd, 2013 4:24pm EDT
Homeland 3.2
Just saw Homeland 3.2, to be aired this Sunday, courtesy of a screener provided by Showtime. Herewith a review, with some spoilers.

The main theme, as far as the central story goes, is Saul's continuing lack of support aka betrayal of Carrie. Saul insists to everyone who questions him about this - Carrie's family and Quinn - that he has something bigger in mind, and he's doing this to protect Carrie.

But it's hard to see how that would work. Carrie's being locked up against her will, prevented from pursuing her drug-free approach which seemed to be working, doesn't ring true as a way of h...

'Homeland' Returns With Lots Of Action And Surprises

September 30th, 2013 9:45am EDT
I just watched the first episode of the new season - #3 - of Homeland, courtesy of a screener from Showtime. Here is a review, with some spoilers.

The action starts some two months after the deadly attack that took out the CIA and 219 people, including Counterterrorism Director David Estes. He's been replaced by Saul - which might seem like a good thing, because he has implicit faith in Carrie, and is smarter than Estes. In fact, Saul's the smartest non-bipolar thinker on the show.  But he's subject to incredible pressure when he makes decisions, even though he strives mightily to do the r...

'Homeland' Returns: Season 3, 'Simpsons' Parody, Blu-Ray

September 29th, 2013 12:14pm EDT
This is a huge week if you're a Homeland fan. Not only does Season 3 launch tonight, but The Simpsons kicks off its 25th season with a parody of the hit Showtime series, and Season 2 has already arrived on Blu-Ray in spectacular form.

Season 3 resumes the action two months after Season 2's attack on Langley, with the CIA simultaneously targeting the responsible parties and still searching for the fugitive Brody (Damian Lewis). Saul (Mandy Patinkin), as the acting director of the Agency, finds himself in hot water when a Senate investigation into CIA practices is launched. And Carrie (Clair...

'Breaking Bad,' 'Modern Family' Lead 2013 Emmy Awards

September 23rd, 2013 7:31am EDT
Breaking Bad
'Breaking Bad' and 'Modern Family' were the big winners at the 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards last night.

The critically acclaimed Bryan Cranston-starring show - which is due to conclude later this month after five seasons - was lauded with the night's top prize for Best Drama and actress Anna Gunn, who plays Skyler White, added to the accolades with a Best Supporting Actress trophy.

Show creator and writer Vince Gilligan admitted he didn't expect the victory as he took the stage at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

He said: "I did not see this coming. I thought this was going to be '...

David Harewood devastated by Homeland exit

September 22nd, 2013 8:41pm EDT
David Harewood
Actor David Harewood was upset when he was written out of hit TV show Homeland just as he was beginning to enjoy his first taste of success.

The Brit played Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) boss David Estes in the show for two seasons before his character was dramatically killed off in the second series finale.

Harewood has now admitted he was distraught to have to leave the show when he was riding high on its popularity.

He tells Britain's Sunday Express, "Suddenly getting blown up in the middle of all that success was somewhat disappointing. I suppose having spent so long climbing the...

2013 Emmy Awards Predictions: Who Are The Favorites To Win?

September 20th, 2013 8:48pm EDT
2013 Emmy Awards Predictions

It’s been a while since we’ve had such a wild card Emmy season. Last year, Homeland was all but a lock in each of its major categories, but after a shaky second season, some strong competition from other long-running shows, and a buzzworthy new Netflix series, things are really up in the air pretty much all over the place. Still, I’ll do my best to make some predictions in the big categories. Just remember: This year, pretty much anything goes.

Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Mad Men

While I’d love to see Game of Thrones’ confident t...

Homeland Israel shoot scrapped over Syria concerns

September 17th, 2013 8:42pm EDT
The producers of hit U.S. TV drama Homeland have axed plans to film in Israel due to concerns over the escalating civil war in Syria.

The cast and crew of the show were set to shoot several sequences for the upcoming third season in the Tel Aviv area, but due to Israel's proximity to the war-torn country, and the possibility of American military action, production will be heading to Morocco instead.

The decision comes as tensions rise across the Middle East, with Israelis rushing to buy gas masks amid fears of a U.S. strike on Syria following claims that President Bashar al-Assad's troops...

'Homeland' Season 3: Five Spoilers You Need To Know

September 6th, 2013 3:39pm EDT
Fans are eagerly waiting for the next riveting season of "Homeland" on Showtime, which will focus on the aftermath of the terror attack at Langley and prompt a massive manhunt for Nick Brody (Damian Lewis).

According to the network, "As Carrie (Claire Danes) and Saul (Mandy Patinkin) begin to pick up the pieces of their shattered professional and personal lives, they are swept up in the political and media firestorm surrounding the terror attack and the subsequent search for Brody’s whereabouts."

Spoiler #1: At the start of season three, Carrie and Saul will be on trial, testifying for th...

Mandy Patinkin: 'I behaved abominably on TV sets in the past'

August 21st, 2013 8:31pm EDT
Mandy Patinkin
Homeland star Mandy Patinkin has publicly apologised to his former TV directors for acting "spoiled" and "abominably" on dramas like Chicago Hope and Criminal Minds.

In a recent New York Times Magazine profile, the veteran star admits he regrets his past behaviour and the way he treated TV bosses.

He says, "I struggled with letting in other people's opinions. During Chicago Hope, I never let directors talk to me, because I was so spoiled. I started off with people like (directors) Milos Forman, Sidney Lumet, James Lapine - unbelievably gifted people - so there I was saying, 'Don't talk to...

Claire Danes studies bipolar sufferers online

August 1st, 2013 3:11am EDT
Claire Danes
Claire Danes studies bipolar sufferers online to perfect her portrayal of top C.I.A. agent Carrie Mathison in TV drama Homeland.

The actress has won much acclaim for the role and she puts it all down to the amount of research she does.

She tells WENN, "I've got a stack of books by the bed - madness, bipolar I and II, and, you know, sanity, insanity, and I watch a lot of confessionals on YouTube.

"People who have this condition, bipolar, are often up late at night and have a lot of energy and a desire to talk and no one to talk to, so they talk to the camera and that's always very useful....

Emmy Nominations: 'American Horror Story' Gets 17 Noms, Netflix's 'House Of Cards' Also Dominates

July 18th, 2013 10:01am EDT
House of Cards
After picking up nine nominations, Kevin Spacey's Netflix series "House Of Cards" will be a big contender at the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards. The political thriller was recognized in the Outstanding Drama Series category and picked up dramatic acting nominations for its leads, Spacey and Robin Wright. It received a total of nine nominations.

The Netflix series will be facing stiff competition from last year's big winners "Homeland" and "Breaking Bad" as well as "Mad Men", "Game of Thrones" and "Downton Abbey."

In the lead actor category, Spacey will face off against "Homeland's" Damian Lew...

Claire Danes almost gave up acting prior to Homeland role

July 15th, 2013 8:41pm EDT
Claire Danes
Claire Danes nearly missed out on a leading role in hit TV series Homeland after almost quitting acting months before landing the job.

The star admits the screen offers started drying up not long after winning an Emmy Award for her TV movie Temple Grandin in 2010 and she began to consider a different career path.

Danes, who wed British hunk Hugh Dancy in 2009, tells Vogue magazine, "It was grim. I was very hurt. Two years of not working was brutal. And a point came where I thought, 'I really like interior design.' Someone suggested, 'Maybe your real success is in your personal life.'"


Morena Baccarin pregnant - report

May 14th, 2013 8:41pm EDT
Morena Baccarin
Homeland star Morena Baccarin is pregnant with her first child, according to a U.S. report.

The actress, who plays Jessica Brody on the hit U.S. TV drama series, is expecting a baby with her director/producer husband Austin Chick, according to People.com.

The pair wed in November 2011.

'Homeland' Executive Producer Henry Bromell Dies At 65

March 19th, 2013 5:38pm EDT
Henry Bromell
Homeland writer/producer Henry Bromell has died after suffering a heart attack.

The TV veteran passed away on Monday at the age of 65, according to Deadline.com.

A statement from studio executives at Twentieth Century Fox TV, which produces the Emmy Award-winning series, reads, "We were lucky to work with Henry on and off for the past 18 years. He was a supremely talented writer and as kind and warm a person as you could ever meet. He will be deeply missed at the studio and on Homeland. Our hearts and prayers go out to his wife and children."

Bromell graduated from the prestigious Amh...

Sexy 'Homeland' Star Morena Baccarin Sizzles In The March Issue of British GQ

February 10th, 2013 11:51am EST
Morena Baccarin
Homeland star Morena Baccarin sizzles in a new photoshoot for British GQ magazine.

The 33-year-old Brazilian, who stars as Nicholas Brody's (Damian Lewis) wife on Showtime's hit drama, isn't sure if her character will be returning in late September for the show's highly anticipated third season.

"I don't know! I've asked and harassed but I haven't gotten any information," she tells British GQ. "But I don't think anyone is safe."

Baccarin played the leader of the alien species that came to Earth in NBC's brief re-hash of 80s sci-fi TV miniseries V in 2009; and she also starred in the...

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