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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...

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...

'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....

Comic-Con: Michael Keaton Says New 'RoboCop' Costume Is 'For Sissies'

July 21st, 2013 9:20am EDT
Michael Keaton
The cast of the upcoming new RoboCop movie came to San Diego Comic-Con to preview next year’s film for the fans, and new RoboCop Joel Kinnaman complained about his RoboCop costume. His costar in the movie, Michael Keaton, the original movie Batman, called Kinnaman out in a press conference for RoboCop.

“I’ve seen his suit,” Keaton said. “It’s air cooled. I was the pioneer of bad suits. His suit is for sissies.”

Kinnaman quit his whining after Keaton’s scolding. “Yeah, he was giving me a lot of flak,” Kinnaman said. “He was like, ‘Ah man, you got it easy. You got it easy!’”

The 1989 Batma...

Andrew Garfield: 'Gay Peter Parker' Comments Were 'Tongue In Cheek'

July 20th, 2013 4:37pm EDT
Andrew Garfield at the Amazing Spider-Man premiere
Andrew Garfield made a lot of news for his Entertainment Weekly interview where he suggested Peter Parker have a boyfriend in the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man sequels. At a Comic-Con press conference, Garfield was asked about the progress of his suggestion. Garfield explained the statements, which were controversial amongst Spider-Man fans but embraced by the gay community.

“Listen, what I said in the Entertainment Weekly interview was a question,” Garfield said. “It was just a simple philosophical question about sexual orientation, about prejudice. I obviously long for the time where sexua...

Shailene Woodley: 'Jennifer Lawrence Gave Me Beautiful Advice For 'Divergent' Role'

July 19th, 2013 10:11am EDT
Shailene Woodley
Shailene Woodley made an appearance at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend for the film Divergent. Based on the book by Veronica Roth, the film is set in a future society where people are divided into groups based on five single traits. Roth has written two sequel books so there’s already a franchise if audiences respond.

In a press conference at Comic-Con, Woodley spoke about vying for a role in the Hunger Games series, and the advice she got from the star who ultimately won that role, Jennifer Lawrence. 

“I did audition for Hunger Games back in the day and Jen Lawrence actually helped me w...

Octavia Spencer On Her New Movie 'Fruitvale Station'

July 15th, 2013 4:15pm EDT
Octavia Spencer at the premiere of Fruitvale Station
Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer has a new movie opening this week. Fruitvale Station has been the talk of many film festivals, since it premiered at Sundance and was acquired by The Weinstein Company. Spencer plays Wanda, the mother of Oscar Grant, who was killed in a tragic altercation with Bay Area police at a stop on the BART line as the film depicts. 

Now a household name because of The Help and her Oscar win for that movie, Spencer said she still finds it difficult to get roles in Hollywood. Writer/director Ryan Coogler’s debut film offered her a special one.

“I think [costar] M...

Henry Cavill Reveals Secret Of his Superman Workout

June 11th, 2013 9:30pm EDT
Henry Cavill as Superman
Henry Cavill is the newest actor to play Superman in Man of Steel, and he looks the part. Cavill got his Superman body the old fashioned way, by working out hard, and he explained what helped him push through when mere mortal men would call it a day.

“When you feel that you can't push any harder or you can't lift any more weight, you think, ‘Well, hold on a second. I've got to look like Superman. There's a whole bunch of people out there who are relying on me to be that super hero.'” Cavill said. “So it really helped to push those extra few reps and just become that character.”

Man of Ste...

Baby Superman Poops On Russell Crowe In 'Man of Steel'

June 11th, 2013 1:22pm EDT
Man of Steel
In the movies, the role of Superman’s father goes to an actor often more legendary than the Superman himself. Marlon Brando played Jor-El in the original Superman: The Movie. In Man of Steel, we get Russell Crowe as Jor-El, the Gladiator himself sending his son away to earth. 

A father himself, Crowe shared stories of infant accidents from the babies who played newborn Kal-el. “On this movie, I got farted on first,” Crowe said. “That was okay. Pissed on, that was a little inconvenient, then the topper happened happened. Under those hot lights, it was after lunch, to be expected, and I got ...

Howard Stern Remembers His Mentor As 'America's Got Talent' Begins

June 4th, 2013 10:12am EDT
Howard Stern
America’s Got Talent premieres its latest season of competition this week, and judge Howard Stern returns to evaluate their performances. The reigning King of All Media himself, Stern knows how important mentorship is, and looks forward to offering his feedback this summer.

“I really value the idea that I could mentor someone,” Stern said. “When they come before me, I think of my own career, how I had longevity and how I managed to keep things going. So when I looked at it, I said, ‘You know, I could say to a young guy or young woman, “You could really make it if you did this, this and thi...