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Lena Dunham Brings New Characters To 'Girls' Season Three

January 10th, 2014 1:20pm EST
Lena Dunham at the NY premiere of Girls season three
When HBO presented the third season of “Girls” to the Television Critics Association, they also announced they signed off on a fourth season as well. Lena Dunham spoke on the “Girls” panel about what we can expect in the new season.

“I think, [in the] third season, we are finally finding room to expand the world because we’ve sort of given you their backstories,” Dunham said. “We’ve given you their lives. We never want to start a story line that we are going to kind of let flitter off. So, now, we are finding ways to introduce people who are more lasting because we are ready to kind of ope...
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Julia Roberts Talks About Her Role In HBO's 'The Normal Heart'

January 10th, 2014 8:47am EST
Julia Roberts
The cast of HBO’s upcoming movie The Normal Heart met the Television Critics Association on Thursday. Based on the play by Larry Kramer, it tells the story of the beginning of the AIDS epidemic from the point of view Ned Weeks (Mark Ruffalo), a gay activist raising awareness about the then unknown disease afflicting, at that time, predominantly gay men. Roberts plays Dr. Emma Brookner, a polio survivor fighting for the medical community to study this disease. 

Roberts initially thought she couldn’t play Brookner, until director Ryan Murphy, with whom she worked on Eat Pray Love, convinced ...
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Emma Thompson Loved Playing 'Rude' Marry Poppins Author In 'Saving Mr. Banks'

December 12th, 2013 8:20am EST
Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks
Saving Mr. Banks tells the story of the making of Mary Poppins. Tom Hanks plays Walt Disney himself and Emma Thompson plays Poppins author P.L. Travers, who fought Disney on making the film a musical and including animation. The film portrays Travers as an abrasive British curmudgeon (Travers was Australian and moved to London), and Thompson embraced her impolite side.

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“Is it not rather nice for all of us who’ve been so well brought up and we’re all...
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Tom Hanks Talks Playing Walt Disney In 'Saving Mr. Banks'

December 11th, 2013 11:36am EST
Tom Hanks Rita Wilson - 'Saving Mr. Banks' Los Angeles Premiere
There are arguably no current stars as famous as Tom Hanks. The two-time Academy Award winner has starred in films that are part of everyone’s collection for decades. Perhaps then it was appropriate that our era’s biggest star played Walt Disney, one of the century’s most famous figures. Or, maybe it made it more challenging for Hanks to disappear into the character of Walt Disney in his new movie, Saving Mr. Banks.

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Which 'Hunger Games' Costar Told Jennifer Lawrence To Give Her Oscar Back?

November 22nd, 2013 5:30pm EST
Jennifer Lawrence at the NY premiere of Catching Fire
Jennifer Lawrence won the Academy Award earlier this year for her performance in last year’s film Silver Linings Playbook. She returns to her role in the Hunger Games franchise as Katniss Everdeen, champion of last year’s Hunger Games. She joked about filming Catching Fire after her Oscar win.

“Absolutely, I brought it to work,” Lawrence said. “I put it on video village and I was like, ‘Things are going to be very different.’”

Of course Lawrence was actually very modest about her win. “Winning the Oscar, something like that is a wonderful gift that I was so grateful for and confused by sl...
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Jennifer Lawrence Moved To Tears By Scarred 'Hunger Games' Extra

November 20th, 2013 8:13am EST
Jennifer Lawrence - 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Los Angele
Jennifer Lawrence is up for her second turn as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games saga, Catching Fire. As Katniss becomes an inspiration for a rebellion, Lawrence reflected on her own opportunity to make a difference to young viewers. Even making the first film, she saw firsthand the difference a heroine like Katniss could make. 

“I remember on the first movie I met a girl who was an extra and she was covered in scars,” Lawrence said at a press conference for Catching Fire. “She had been burned and I remember her coming up to me and saying that she was self-conscious to go to school when...
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Tom Hanks Terrified His Granddaughter At Disneyland

November 11th, 2013 6:08pm EST
Tom Hanks
In the upcoming movie Saving Mr. Banks, Tom Hanks plays Walt Disney during the development of Mary Poppins. In one scene, he takes Poppins author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) to Disneyland. Hanks took his granddaughter to the happiest place on earth while filming there, and thought everything would go well. 

“An interesting thing happens as a grandparent, that you see no reason whatsoever that your granddaughter shouldn’t be delighted to take a ride on The Winnie the Pooh Adventure,” Hanks told reporters at a press conference this weekend. “It’s Winnie the Pooh, it’s fun, it’s Pooh Bear, i...
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Chloe Grace Moretz: 'Filming Fateful 'Carrie' Scene Had Tense Moments'

October 18th, 2013 2:46am EDT
Chloe Moretz
This weekend, a new modern take on Stephen King’s Carrie opens in theater. Chloe Grace Moretz stars as Carrie White, the girl with telekinetic powers who gets teased by the high school mean girls. The new film follows the same story as King’s book and previous films, culminating in a prom night prank that sets Carrie off on a reign of terror. Moretz recalled shooting the fateful scene where she is covered in pig’s blood.

“At the end of the day, I was just the actor who had to stand there and get it dumped on me,” Moretz said. “They did something like 50 or 60 or 70 blood tests with one gir...
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'Carrie' Star Julianne Moore Speaks Out Against Teen Bullying

October 17th, 2013 8:20pm EDT
Julianne Moore
Carrie is a story that has been around since Stephen King’s book was published in 1974. It may be more poignant than ever today, with teen bullying leading to suicides and sparking a national conversation. Julianne Moore stars in the latest film version of Carrie, as Carrie’s mother Margaret White. A mother of two herself, she is proactive about dealing with bullying.

“One of the things I always say to my kids, and this is back to the theme in Carrie too, is that the most dangerous thing for a person to feel is isolated,” Moore said. “So I’m like, ‘If you ever see a kid sitting alone, if t...
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Fox Will Address Cory Monteith's Death In 'Glee' Episode, Feature Anti-Drug PSAs

August 1st, 2013 3:45pm EDT
Cory Monteith
Fox Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly met the Television Critics Association today for an executive session. Addressing the death of Cory Monteith and Glee’s plans to write him out of the show, Reilly revealed additional plans to have the Glee cast record public service announcements to illuminate the sort of drug problems that claimed Monteith’s life.

“Ryan is going to shoot some PSAs with the cast,” Reilly said. “Cast members as friends of his are going to speak directly to the audience. I think they’re going to be very, very impactful. What everybody knows is you see some people strug...
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