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I'm a freelance writer and producer based in Canada and Los Angeles.

Can 'The Office' Survive Without Steve Carell?

7/7/2010 11:00am EDT
The Office
After seven years of playing bumbling boss Michael Scott on NBC’s hit sitcom The Office, Steve Carell recently announced that this would be his final season on the show. Fan reactions have ranged from relief that the series will be ending sooner than later to anger that NBC would even consider an Office without his character. Starpulse weighs in on fan opinions and predicts the future of the show.

The U.S. version of The Office, adapted from the BBC series of the same name, has always focused on the misgivings and mistrials of the oddly loveable and despicable Michael Scott. Although the o...

A Show About Everything: Louis CK's New Sitcom 'Louie'

6/29/2010 7:25pm EDT
Maybe you know Louis CK from his stand up on Conan O’Brien, or noticed his role as Ricky Gervais’ best friend in “The Invention of Lying.” Or maybe you caught his short but sweet stint as a police officer on “Parks and Recreation”. Wherever you know him from, you’re about to see a lot more of Louis CK. The funnyman is gaining a wider audience thanks to his sharp brand of brave and brash comedy, his work ethic and for just plain being hilarious. Starpulse gets the scoop on his new FX sitcom, Louie.

Louis CK is not your typical comedian, and Louie is not your typical sitcom. “Every episode i...

Natural Charm & Craigslist Ad Landed Tyson Houseman 'Twilight' Saga Werewolf Role

6/25/2010 9:51am EDT
Tyson Houseman
The next time you’re on Craigslist, scan the postings carefully. You could end up in with a role in a blockbuster film! That’s exactly how Tyson Houseman became a member of the Wolfpack in The Twilight Saga: New Moon.

Starpulse caught up with the Canadian actor to talk vampires, werewolves, and his exciting new career.

“I never thought I’d be asked to take my shirt off so many times!” Houseman quips when asked how his life has changed since playing Quil Ateara, the shape-shifting werewolf and best friend of Taylor Lautner’s character, Jacob Black.

Over lunch at The Grove in Los Angeles,...

Producer Jon Landau Talks About The 'Avatar' DVD Release, 3D Technology & 'Titanic'

4/22/2010 2:23pm EDT
Jon Landau & James Cameron
James Cameron's 'Avatar' is now the highest grossing film of all time, and the eagerly awaited DVD and Blu-ray of the film is being released today. It's no coincidence that it was timed with Earth Day, as nature (and its unnecessary destruction)is a large theme in the film. The hugely successful blockbuster tells the story of an alien planet threatened by a human mining project, but also manages to be a romance, a cautionary tale, and a stunning visual-effects masterpiece at the same time. No wonder it's a hit with audiences of all ages, across the globe!

Starpulse contributing writer Meli...

Celebrity Matchmaker: Tiger Woods, Sandra Bullock & More

4/21/2010 8:24am EDT
Kate Winslet
Romantically, things are looking bleak for celebrities right now. From Tiger’s betrayal to tattooed mistresses and out-of-nowhere divorces for seemingly stable couples, it looks like stars’ love lives are in shambles.

Here are some (unsolicited) suggestions for the lonely hearts in Tinseltown:

1. Tiger Woods

Wood’s divorce hasn’t been finalized, but considering the leaked texts, the harem of mistresses and the fact that his wife came at him with a golf club when she found out, it’s safe to say this swinger will soon be on the market. Woods should play it safe by dating casually instead o...

Iyaz Talks About His Career, Passion For Music & Upcoming Plans

4/8/2010 11:00am EDT
What would you do if a hit recording artist liked your music and sent you messages on Myspace? If you’re anything like Iyaz, you’d probably think they were fake, delete them, and move on. In this case, the messages were being sent from Sean Kingston - and they were real. That’s when Iyaz’s life took a new turn. Starpulse talked with Iyaz about his career, his passion for music and his upcoming plans – and how those messages changed everything.

“Sean Kingston kept hitting me up on Myspace. I was deleting his messages, thinking it was a joke.” Iyaz even gave him a fake phone number. But it w...

Cast Members Give Exclusive Details Of New FX Drama 'Justified'

3/16/2010 10:20am EDT
Justified - FX
At the Hollywood premiere of the new FX series "Justified," Starpulse caught up with the cast members for exclusive details about their characters, the show, and the drama!

The new series, created by Kurt Sutter ("Sons of Anarchy"), airs March 16 on FX. Timothy Olyphant stars as Raylan Givens: a blue-blooded Deputy US Marshal who rose above his complicated past to become a respected law enforcement officer, leaving behind his hometown in the process. After shooting a gun thug in Miami, he is stripped of his hero status, and the Marshal service punishes Givens by sending him back to the one...

Q&A: Jason Derulo Talks About His Debut Album & Touring With Lady Gaga

3/9/2010 9:44am EST
Jason Derulo
When does Jason Derulo have time to sleep? His #1 hit songs "Whatcha Say?" and "In My Head" are getting serious airtime the radio, and probably on your iPod. He can sing, dance, act, and has written songs for some of the biggest names in pop and hip hop - when he was as young as sixteen!

Derulo recently toured with Lady Gaga (and hinted to an upcoming tour of his own), created a web series based on his rise to fame and contributed his time to Haiti relief. To top it off: this talented performer's debut album came out on March 2!

Despite all of his talent and success, Derulo is humble, tha...

Helen Mirren: Queen Of Style

3/6/2010 9:00am EST
Helen Mirren
The 2010 Academy Awards are fast approaching, and all eyes will be on the red carpet: spotting new trends, old classics, risky choices and, of course, the most stunning haute couture gowns. Nobody can predict who will sport what look, but one thing is certain: Helen Mirren will take home top prizes for her style.

Mirren is no stranger to dressing for awards shows but admits that she used to be hopeless at dressing for high-profile events. The stunning 64-year-old, whose role in "The Queen" earned her a Best Actress Oscar nomination in 2006, claims she is "always a mess" unless walking a re...

Top 5 Embarrassing Oscar Moments

3/3/2010 1:35pm EST
Gwyneth Paltrow
As the highest honor anyone in Hollywood can hope to receive, the night of the Academy Awards is always a classy, star-studded and suspenseful event to remember. But whether due to tense nerves, poor planning, big egos, or maybe just an overabundance of champagne, the Oscars not only award great talent, but produce some very memorable embarrassing moments. Here’s the top five list, stretching all the way back from 1939!

James Cameron’s Titanic Acceptance Speeches – 1998

After producer John Landau rattled off a long list of thanks when Titanic won best picture, Cameron asked the audience t...