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Roseanne Barr And Wanda Sykes Don't Pay Attention To 'Women Aren't Funny' Comments

4/11/2014 11:35am EDT
Roseanne Barr
Roseanne Barr has joined the new judges panel on NBC’s competition Last Comic Standing. In an industry still facing a bias from male comics saying “women aren’t funny,” Barr says such comments are irrelevant.

“It's just something that stupid people say,” Barr said on a panel for Last Comic. “It's totally irrelevant, and I don't pay any attention to it. There's a lot of great women standup comics in this competition. There's a lot of great women comics for many years. That's just something easy that people are allowed to get away with. If you were going to change the word ‘woman’ to an e...

Amy Poehler Mistaken For Swedish, Sets Record Straight

4/10/2014 1:30pm EDT
Amy Poehler Mistaken For Swedish, Sets Record Straight
Amy Poehler produced the new show Welcome to Sweden with her brother Greg Poehler. Greg stars as an accountant who moves to Sweden with his girlfriend, based on his own experiences dating and marrying a Swedish woman. Amy recalled her visits to Sweden, and set the record straight about her heritage.

“Once I was in Sweden, someone mistook me for being Swedish and it really was the nicest compliment,” Amy said. “We’re not Swedish. Greg met and fell in love with a Swedish person. We unfortunately don’t have that in our heritage. We’re kind of mutts, mostly English and Irish.”

Sweden has beco...

Heidi Klum On Single Motherhood: 'I'm Happy'

4/10/2014 10:15am EDT
Heidi Klum
After divorcing from singer Seal in 2012, Heidi Klum has been a single mother to their four children. At a press event for the new season of America’s Got Talent on NBC, Klum told reporters she was doing well.

“Everything is good,” Klum said. “My kids are doing great, I’m happy.”

In the Klum home, Heidi says the kids are focused on academics and family life. “So far, they don’t really think about what they want to be when they grow up. Right now it’s about going to school, having good grades, listening, helping at home. I like to teach them how to cook. I’ve been doing that for a few year...

Gina Carano On Nightclub Brawls and Unnecessary Boobs

4/4/2014 12:36pm EDT
Gina Carano On Nightclub Brawls and Unnecessary Boobs
MMA fighter Gina Carano became a movie star when Steven Soderbergh decided to build an action vehicle around her. After Haywire, Carano landed a role in Fast & Furious 6. You can see Carano in action again in the all new movie, In the Blood, now available on VOD, downloads and in theaters.

In a tropical honeymoon gone wrong, Carano plays Ava, a woman whose husband (Cam Gigandet) goes missing after a ziplining accident. Things were already stressful when a local kingpin (Danny Trejo) picked a fight with Ava in a nightclub, so she goes on the warpath through the Puerto Rican crime syndicate ...

Kurt Russell Gets Emotional At Sundance Movie About His Father

1/26/2014 10:29am EST
Kurt Russell Gets Emotional At Sundance Movie About His Father
Kurt Russell attended the Sundance Film Festival with a film about his father, Bing Russell. The Battered Bastards of Baseball chronicle’s Bing’s minor league baseball team the Portland Mavericks, and Kurt gives an interview. When asked a question by the audience in the Q&A after the screening, Kurt choked up.

“You know, for me this is a pretty interesting night,” Russell said. “My dad died 12 years ago and that’s the first time I’ve seen him talk since then. He was just a great man.”

Kurt himself played for the Mavericks briefly. “My favorite moment with the Mavs was the night my dad and...

Shailene Woodley Premieres New Film 'White Bird in a Blizzard' At Sundance

1/25/2014 11:31am EST
Shailene Woodley Premieres New Film 'White Bird in a Blizzard' A
The new Shailene Woodley movie, White Bird in a Blizzard, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Having taken time off after her Oscar-nominated role in The Descendants, Woodley was picky. Last year’s Sundance hit The Spectacular Now and this Gregg Aracki directed film were her first post-Descendants roles.

“I’ve just been a fan of Gregg’s work, everything that he’s done,” Woodley said, turning to Aracki at the premiere. “I feel like it’s a rite of passage to be in one of your films in a way. You don’t make very many films so when the opportunity came about, it was a really special exper...

Valerie Harper Talks Returning To Work And Twerking In Up Channel TV Movie

1/12/2014 2:02pm EST
Valerie Harper
Valerie Harper appeared before the Television Critics Association on Saturday to promote her “special appearance” in the Up TV movie The Town That Came A-Courtin’. When she arrived at the hotel, people stopped the cancer survivor to share stories of how she inspired them. She told the press her health is relatively good.

“I’m feeling very good and there are so many people that have cancer that are out there suffering terribly,” Harper said. “I have no side effects, very few. My brain scans keep improving. I was supposed to be dead by easter and here it is now 2014. I’m doing quite well, I’...

Lena Dunham Brings New Characters To 'Girls' Season Three

1/10/2014 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...

Julia Roberts Talks About Her Role In HBO's 'The Normal Heart'

1/10/2014 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 ...

Emma Thompson Loved Playing 'Rude' Marry Poppins Author In 'Saving Mr. Banks'

12/12/2013 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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