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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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Michael J. Fox Doesn't Want To Be A Novelty On His New Show

July 28th, 2013 7:48am EDT
The Michael J. Fox Show
Michael J. Fox is coming back to television on “The Michael J. Fox Show.” Addressing his Parkinsons head on, he plays Mike Henry,  a newsman going back to work while managing his condition, just like the real Fox is doing with this show. Fox has been inspiring people since he revealed his diagnosis, but on the show he’s having fun with the public sympathy. The network puts together a schmaltzy promo reel with slow motion and inspiring music.

“That’s a little meta,” Fox said today in a session with the Television Critics Association. “We’re playing on that because it’s funny, the struggle w...
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Mike O'Malley Praises Cory Monteith, Plans To Return to 'Glee' For Finn's Funeral

July 27th, 2013 4:30pm EDT
Mike O'Malley
Glee fans know Mike O’Malley as Kurt's (Chris Colfer) father, a single dad who dated Finn's (Cory Monteith) mother. O’Malley has a new show on NBC, Welcome to the Family, and when NBC presented the show to the Television Critics Association, O’Malley shared his thoughts on Monteith's death and plans to appear in the Glee episode about Finn's funeral.

“I hope to," O'Malley said. "I’m here doing Welcome to the Family and we shoot one episode five days a week, but Burt is a very, very important role to me. It’s been a great, great part and I’ve said to all those guys I’ll work early in the mo...
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'Breaking Bad' Stars Reveal The Back Stories & Secrets Of Their Characters

July 27th, 2013 10:30am EDT
The cast of Breaking Bad
As Breaking Bad ends its run, the stars of the series met the Television Critics Association one last time. Of course, they would not reveal what happens in the series finale, but the cast did reflect on aspects of their characters they’d explored as well as things that didn’t quite make it onto the small screen.

“I actually have some thoughts about Saul but I’ve never run them by [series creator] Vince [Gilligan],” Bob Odenkirk said. “I’ll tell you one thing, I think he’s from Chicago. I’m from outside of Chicago. A lot of Chicagoans love to go to the southwest, get out of the weather....
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