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- 06/07/13--20:08: Daddy Issues Post Featuring Brody Jenner
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- 06/07/13--20:09: Percy Daggs III Signed to Veronica Mars Movie (plus video)
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Singer/rapper EVE has heaped praise on R&B star FRANK OCEAN for 'coming out', insisting he was "ridiculously brave" to open up about his sexuality in an industry where homophobia is widespread.
Ocean announced his homosexuality to his fans last July (12) by posting a blog on his Tumblr account, detailing a love affair with a man, and Eve is hopeful more stars will be inspired to follow his brave example.
The Let Me Blow Your Mind hitmaker admits she expected more of a backlash towards Ocean after his revelation and is convinced his positive treatment is an indication of the industry's changing attitude towards gay stars.
She tells Gigwise.com, "Frank Ocean was ridiculously brave, to do what he did, to be true to himself that way. In hip-hop, there are a lot more people that probably should come out.
"I was pleasantly surprised by the reaction of people, because it was mostly positive. I was shocked and happy about how people were (towards him) and it made me think maybe things were changing and people are more accepting of things."
This Bitch Story:
At the time of writing, eBay user estella598743987 is selling "2 X Frank Ocean Hardcopy GA Tickets Sydney Horden Pavillion" with the peak bid currently sitting at $405, and a pair of GA floor tickets to the Melbourne Festival Hall show are going for $396. Note that these prices are significantly higher than the retail sale price of tickets, which was around $89 including booking fee.
The problem here isn't the people who are on-selling the tickets, but with the purchase policies of the organisations like Frank Ocean concert promoter, Live Nation, that don't protect their customers - the genuine fans seeking tickets through legitimate means - from turning to scalpers time and time again.
Splendour In The Grass has worked with their ticketing company of choice, Moshtix, to ensure every ticket is distributed legitimately, making the process as democratic and fair to fans as possible. They have successfully prevented the illegitimate resale of tickets through a great system whereby each ticket is allocated to individual buyers using their personal details.
The Splendour ticketing policy states: Remember! You can only purchase legitimate Splendour tickets via our official ticketing provider, Moshtix. Do not buy tickets from unauthorised sellers - they CANNOT change the name and date of birth details on tickets, no matter what they tell you.
It's a proven system that sets a precedent. Why don't more concert promoters do the same?
We contacted Live Nation to ask what processes they have in place to prevent scalper re-sales from occurring and they didn't reply. YOLO.
Have you ever been ripped off using eBay?
Savage, Strong, Matthew Lawrence (Jack), Betsy Randle (the Mom!), Trina McGee (Angela), Maitland Ward (Rachel), and Lily Nicksay (Morgan #1) gathered with creator Michael Jacobs in the green room before greeting a sold-out theater of 300 fans who were watching the series finale. Jacobs told EW that the pilot for the reboot Girl Meets World, which will focus on Cory and Topanga and their 13-year-old daughter, has been shot and is awaiting pick-up from Disney. Strong is not in the pilot, though like all of the Boy cast members he’s been invited to participate in future episodes. Everyone’s beloved Mr. Feeny will appear—”interestingly,” Jacobs said coyly—in the pilot. And Randle says she expects to pop up on an episode every now and then with William Russ, who played her on-screen husband. “Surely we’ll show up for a Thanksgiving episode!” she said.
SOURCE: http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/06/07/boy-meets-world-cast-atx-fest/ and http://bmwsequel.com/2013/06/07/betsy-randle-and-william-russ-to-have-guest-appearances-on-girl-meets-world/
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Bruce Springsteen and his wife Pattie Scalfa watch their daughter Jessica compete in the Global Champions Tour at Olympic Park.
Race relations may be doing better than any of us think. We bet you'd be surprised to find out just how many of your favorite white celebrities are raising black babies. A few stars have made their adoptions part of their publicity. But some have been raising multicultural families on the down-low for years.
Way back in 1993, Michelle adopted her daughter Claudia Rose. Claudia Rose has stayed out of the limelight since then. She's now 20 and rarely shows up at red carpet events with her mother.
The dad from Modern Family is also a father in real life. He and Holly, his wife of 15 years, have adopted two black children. They adopted their first daughter Frances back in 2010. Two years later, in March 2012, they adopted another little black girl to add to their growing family.
Mary Louise Parker
The former Weeds star adopted Caroline "Ash" Aberash, from Ethiopia in 2007. This was right in the middle of the African and Asian adoption trend that touched a lot of celebrities.
When Wolverine isn't cutting up the X-Men's enemies, he's adopting babies. When he discovered that his wife Deborra-Lee Furness was infertile, he looked for other ways to expand his family. Both his son Oscar Maximillian and Oscar's sister Ava Eliot are half black. And adopting "mixed race" children was a conscious decision on Hugh and Deborra's part. When they found out that kids of mixed racial parentage are adopted the least, they wanted to be sure that they were the ones to help fill that gap.
The director of The Color Purple has two black children. His son, Theo Spielberg, is 20 and attending Yale University. His daughter, Mikaela, is 17. They may not show up on the red carpet much but they seem to be doing well.
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some on the list are well-known (...Angelina Jolie...) but I was surprised by the ones listed above.
The investigation into just who sent to those ricin letters to President Barack Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg continues to get stranger.
Shannon Rogers Guess Richardson, who has had roles on The Walking Dead and Vampire Diaries, was arrested on Friday in connection with the mailing of three letters containing a form of the poison ricin to President Obama, Mayor Bloomberg, and the director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, per NBC News.
Officials say the woman, also known as Shannon Rogers Guess, initially called the FBI to claim that her husband, Nathaniel, sent the letters. But FBI investigators have concluded it was she, not her husband, who sent them, NBC News reports.
Authorities say Guess Richardson was arrested Friday in Arkansas on charges to be filed this afternoon.
John Cho throws out the first pitch at the Dodgers vs. Padres game on June 5th.
Bonus sassy video cam:
I wonder why he's so perfect though.
Brody Jenner: Bruce Jenner 'Just Wasn't A Great Father To Me'
"The way I see Bruce with Kendall and Kylie and Brandon, I'm actually so happy for them," Brody says in a preview for the June 9 episode of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," obtained by Us Weekly. "I think Bruce is an incredible human being and I think that Bruce is an incredible father -- he just wasn't a great father to me."
In the clip, following a family lunch Brody tells Bruce, "It's interesting to watch how you are with the girls, because it's like, something I'm not really used to. You weren't around since I was a kid and it's like ..."
Bruce cuts in, telling Brody, "Now's not the time to talk about it."
Dieing in the movies works a little differently than it does in real life. For starters, it’s not permanent, and it doesn’t actually hurt. Which is why, I presume, the majority of actors aren’t too fussed when they flick through their latest script to find that their character is going to be electrocuted, thrown off a cliff, and eaten by dinosaurs in the third act. Hey, that’s show business – when you gotta get eaten by dinosaurs, you gotta get eaten by dinosaurs, right?
Saying that, there are some actors whose entire careers seem to hinge on the nature of their on-screen deaths. Almost as if it’s impossible to cast them unless you adhere to a small line of print in their contracts that details: “Actor must not survive until the end of the movie. Character must be shot, stabbed, thrown from a height, or killed by explosives.” Or perhaps a long career spent playing bad guys means they really have no choice but to die, ’cause typecasting.
Join me as I take a look at 10 actors whose collected responsibility appears to be “do all the dieing for the movies, ever.” Sometimes these actors are playing heroes, sometimes they’re playing villains, or maybe they’re playing characters with no moral alignment at all. It doesn’t matter: with these guys, it all means death. Though it probably goes without saying, there are a ton of death-related spoilers inherent to this article in its entirety…
5. Mickey Rourke
Notable Deaths Include: Rumble Fish, A Prayer For The Dying, Johnny Handsome, Picture Claire, Iron Man 2, Sin City, Once Upon A Time In Mexico, Sin City, Killshot, Passion Play, Immortals, White Sands, Double Team, Francesco, Bullet, Fall Time, Spun, Desperate Hours, The Last Outlaw, Man On Fire
Mickey Rourke looks like somebody who was born to be punched square in the jaw. That’s not an attack on him as an actor: he’s a big guy with a face like a leather punchbag, which makes him perfect for antagonising heroes and getting killed in the final moments of an action flick. Occasionally Rourke has played good guys or sympathetic characters, but he’s mostly spent his career playing villains. Way to rack up the deaths, Mickey.
You might be genuinely shocked to discover just how many times Mr. Rourke has succumbed to his wounds, though: it’s somewhere in the region of 20 movies, at least. Most of us remember when he met explosive doom at the hands of Tony Stark in Iron Man 2, of course, but even movies where Mickey is playing a character we can relate to still has to go out on an ambiguous finish. Take The Wrestler, which had to leave his death to interpretation. If the man’s career is anything to go by, though, he totally died when the screen cut to black.
4. Robert De Niro
Notable Deaths Include: Bloody Mama, Bang the Drum Slowly, Mean Streets, Brazil, The Mission, Cape Fear, This Boy’s Life, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Heat, The Fan, Jackie Brown, Great Expectations, 15 Minutes, Hide and Seek, Machete, New Year’s Eye, 1900
Robert De Niro has never been an actor who I associate with consistent on-screen deaths, and that’s mainly because – in what are arguably his “greatest” roles to date – he doesn’t die: Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas… he even “survives” in The Godfather Part II, because he’s playing a younger Don Corleone, and Marlon Brando handles the iconic death scene for that one.
But when you consider just how huge Robert De Niro’s filmography is to date, you begin to realise that the actor has been killed on-screen a lot. Like, loads. Mostly ol’ Bobby has been gunned down, because that’s the only real way you can take down a Robert De Niro character, apparently. In fact, in nearly every single one of the movies mentioned above (there are just a few exceptions), De Niro’s characters die after having been shot.
3. Gary Oldman
Notable Deaths Include: Sid and Nancy, Prick Up Your Ears, State of Grace, Leon, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The Fifth Element, Leon, Air Force One, The Book Of Eli, True Romance, Lost In Space, JFK, Hannibal, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Gary Oldman never really had a chance, did he? Aside from all the bad guys that the actor has spent his career immortalising, he has also taken on a fair few biopics that had to end in tragedy no matter what, assuring his death from the beginning: that’s what you get when you play Sid Vicious and Joe Orton, I guess. But Gary has lit up the silver screen with some truly monstrous and brilliantly evil creations over the course of his career.
For a while, in fact, he was Hollywood’s go to guy for mentally unstable or insanely quirky bad guys. As his career pushed on into the 2000s, the actor made the decision to stop playing such sinister characters, taking on roles in Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies and a few Harry Potter flicks. But even his turn in the Potter movies ensured that his performance would end in death (though it was one of his least violent offings). Still, it remains a pleasure to watch him get murdered over and over again. There has to be a better way to say that.
2. John Hurt
Notable Deaths Include: Alien, Spaceballs, The Wild And The Willing, Gideon’s Way, Sinful Davey, 10 Rillington Place, The Ghoul, I, Claudius, East Of Elephant Rock, Speectre, Watership Down, The Elephant Man, Heaven’s Gate, The Osterman Weekend, The Hit, After Darkness, The Black Cauldron, Jake Speed, Aria, Deadline, Little Sweetheart, Scandal, Monolith, Tabloid, Contact, Even Cowgirls Get The Blues, Hellboy, The Proposition, Beyond The Gates, V For Vendetta, Masters Of Science Fiction, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Lost Souls, Outlander, Sailcloth, Whistle And I’ll Come To You
When you think of John Hurt, you probably don’t think of an actor who has spent a career being mutilated on screen quite as much as you think “lovely old British bloke,” but Hurt has been, uh… hurt… a lot. In more than 40 of his movie appearances to date, John Hurt has ended up dead. Despite the fact that the actor is often brought in to be a movie’s calming or intellectual presence, he also makes a great bad guy (he’s posh and English, which helps on that front). And bad guys, as you full well know, rarely make it through alive.
Hurt’s most famous movie death, of course, also happens to be one of the famous movie deaths of all time (if not the most famous), in which the actor is literally bust wide open by a monster known as “the chestburster” in Ridley Scott’s seminal sci-fi classic Alien. Though his character his offed rather early, the death remains truly iconic even today. Hurt even opted to die again in exactly the same way when he parodied this role in Mel Brooks’ Spaceballs. Man just likes gettin’ his chest burst, I guess. It’s what he does best.
1. Sean Bean
Notable Deaths Include: Patriot Games, GoldenEye, Airborne, Essex Boys, The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship Of The Ring, Don’t Say A Word, Equilibrium, The Island, Far North, The Hitcher, Outlaw, Cash, Death Race 2, Black Death, Age Of Heroes, Red Riding, Lorna Doone, Caravaggio, The Field, Henry VIII, War Requiem
Who else did you really think was going to be sitting pretty here at number one? Yes, the actually loveable and otherwise modest English actor has found infamy the world over as “that actor who gets killed in every movie he’s in.” And to be totally honest, it’s a reputation well-deserved: Sean Bean has been killed 22 times over the course of his career, an amount which takes up the majority percentage of his roles to date (something like 90% of Sean Bean movie roles end in death, whereas with John Hurt it’s about 50%).
So in which inventive ways his our friend Sean kicked the bucket? You’ll know doubt remember him falling to his death at the hands of Pierce Brosnan in GoldenEye, only to be pierced (and exploded) by falling debris. Then there’s that horrid moment in Black Death where Sean gets ripped apart by two horses moving in separate directions (you have to see it). He’s also been chased off a cliff (by cows, no less), murdered in his bed, and shot, like, six times with gigantic arrows in Lord of the Rings.
We appreciate it, Sean. Nobody dies quite like you. Or anywhere near as often.
When Veronica Mars hits the big screen next year, the pretty private eye won’t be without her bestie.
Percy Daggs III will revisit his role of Wallace Fennel in the former CW series fan-funded film adaptation, creator Rob Thomas announced Friday.
“As so many of you wrote to remind me, Wallace’s friendship with Veronica has always been one of the foundations of the show,” Thomas wrote in an email to those who pledged the project on Kickstarter.
“And now that he’s officially signed, I can admit that there was never a version of the script that didn’t include him. It just wouldn’t happen.”
Thomas also passed along a video (embedded below) of Daggs thanking fans himself. “What can I say, man? The reunion is real,” the beaming actor says in the self-shot clip, which also includes shout-outs to co-stars Kristen “KB” Bell and Enrico Colantoni.
As previously announced, original cast member Jason Dohring has also signed on to the film, which is set 10 years after the events of the series 2007 finale and — as Thomas notes in his email — will begin shooting in about 10 days.
Press PLAY to hear Daggs’ grateful thoughts, then hit the comments, Marshmallows!
Hoping for that "Veronica Mars" tag sooner than later, but for now, all VM stuff is under "Kristen Bell" tag.
I can't express how happy I am that Percy is officially signed (even though the script even showcased a little Wallace). I just hope they give him more screen time. I love their friendship SO much! :)
Watch out, Kevin and Joe. It looks like Nick Jonas has found two new heartthrobs to jam with.
The singer was in North Carolina last month shooting the movie Careful What You Wish For and was enjoying barbecue and baseball with the crew at Sherrills Ford Optimist park on May 19 when he was asked if he would listen to a kid who had a song for him, an eyewitness exclusively tells E! News.
Nick then ambled up to two young lads, Joseph and Noah, who were tooling around on a guitar and a mandolin.
Nick listented to the wee guitarist pluck out a bluegrass tune (the name of which the kid had "kinda forgot"), telling him, "That's awesome. I play a Fender Telecaster."
Then Nick asked if he could see the guitar for a second and returned the favor, making for a regular unplugged jamfest.
"Nice guitar, I like it a lot," the JoBro complimented his young protégée. "Sounds better than mine."
He then conversed with the young mandolin player for a bit, learning that he also plays piano and bass. Finding out that neither kid plays drums, Nick told them the skill would come in handy "once girls start breaking your hearts, you can go get angry."
Nick then thanked both kids for letting him play and we're told that he autographed the neck of the guitar, a moment not caught on video.
"I signed it on the neck, so when you look down, you know I'm cheering you on," he said, according to our source.
I know it happened a few weeks ago but the parents just posted the video yesterday and E!Online had an article about it. It's kinda cute cause Nick is always kinda awkward with little kids.
Truth is stranger than fiction for Christoph Waltz.
The Django Unchained star has come on board to star in the thriller True Crimes, based on the real-life events surrounding a cold case.
Adapted from David Grann’s 2008 New Yorker feature, the story involves the case of Krystian Bala, a Polish writer who was convicted of murder in 2007. The murder for which he was convicted had been a cold case, baffling the Polish police for years, and had been called a perfect crime. Bala, never a suspect in the case, attracted attention when he published a novel that detailed a murder very much like the one that was frustrating the police.
The project originally was set up at Focus Features, but the specialty label put it into turnaround last year. With Waltz newly attached, producers Brett Ratner, John Cheng and David Gerson (who is producing the upcoming Fan Bingbing-Jackie Chan vehicle Skiptrace) are now looking for a new distribution partner.
Waltz will play Jacek Wroblewski, the police officer who reopens the cold case and becomes entangled in the dark underworld of Poland's sex rings, prostitution and drugs. The role will offer Waltz (known for playing memorable villains like a brutal Nazi in Inglourious Basterds)the chanceto play a good guy again, like his Django bounty hunter. The two-time Oscar winner recently signed on to play a Cold War consigliere posing as a typical American suburbanite in Stephen Gaghan's The Candy Store.
There is no director attached yet to True Crimes, but Roman Polanski has been mentioned as a possibility to helm. The next step is locking in a director for the gritty European thriller, which is tonally similar to such films as The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
didn't you learn the first time, christoph? smh
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After delving into movies dedicated to bad girls such as Jodi Arias and Casey Anthony, Lifetime is going historical with the concept with a movie about Lizzie Borden.
Lifetime is tackling a project about Borden, who was tried but ultimately acquitted of killing her father and stepmother with an ax in the late 1800s.
Christina Ricci will play the role of Borden.
Nick Gomez ("Drowning Mona,""Burn Notice") is directing the project, with Sony Pictures Television producing.
A writer has not yet been confirmed for the movie.
Did Susan Lucci Dodge a Bullet? Revived Soaps in Disarray!
No one could figure out why Susan Lucci hasn’t made it to the new All My Children. But Lucci and her clever manager husband Helmut Huber may have dodged a bullet. Today Prospect Park have gone on hiatus on All My Children and One Life to Live two weeks early.
The early hiatus comes just after another a surprise: instead of showing four new episodes each week the company said it would show two new episodes of each show, with a catch up show on Fridays. Their reasoning was that fans couldn’t keep up with the amount of new shows. Anyone who believed this also bought land in Pakistan.
Prospect Park says it shut down early in a dispute with IATSE. Under their agreement if costs for the shows rise above $120,000 per episode, the union fees go up. Clearly, the costs of both soaps are more than that. Prospect Park says it can’t pay higher fees.
When Prospect Park announced the cut of episodes, the company knew it was running out of money. Prospect Park has run this operation in disarray from the start. They sued ABC, which licensed the soaps to them, over the move of three characters from One Life to Live to General Hospital.
No surprise to anyone who covered Kwatinetz in his prior incarnations. A Hollywood manager with a checkered past, Kwatinetz burned a lot of bridges in the music business during tenures with Britney Spears and Kelly Clarkson. He merged his company, The Firm, with Mike Ovitz and Rick Yorn’s AMG ten years ago. The whole thing collapsed quickly, with Ovitz leaving the business and Yorn taking top clients like Leonardo DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz.
Lucci and Huber obviously felt they weren’t on stable ground. When Kwatinetz first tried to relaunch the soaps, he couldn’t secure the star. In the press he made it appear that Lucci was wildly demanding and unreasonable in her salary negotiations. But Lucci and Huber told me last winter that in the middle of talks, Prospect Park simply cut them off.
In the end, they may have lucked out after all. But that doesn’t help the crews and casts of both shows who bought into Prospect Park’s promises.
Joanna Johnson is seen — though not often enough — as late-blooming lesbian Karen Spencer on CBS's The Bold and the Beautiful. But her main claim to fame these days is as writer-executive producer of the new ABC Family drama The Fosters (premiering Monday at 9/8c). The series stars Teri Polo and Sherri Saum as lesbian parents Stef and Lena who preside over a multiethnic mix of kids, one biological, the others from the foster-care system. TV Guide Magazine spoke with Johnson — creator of the hit Kelly Ripa-Faith Ford sitcom Hope & Faith — to get the scoop on her newest primetime gig, where she's sharing exec-producing duties with the one and only Jennifer Lopez. And, of course, we had to find out if Johnson will ever come back to her much-missed storyline on B&B!
TV Guide: Executive producer. Soap star. Lesbian icon. We love your life!
Johnson: It's crazy, right? My world is so wild these days. [Laughs] I'm definitely calling this "My Gayest Year Ever"! It was just over a year ago that you and I sat down and did the interview for TV Guide Magazine where I publicly came out. Then there was the lesbian storyline on B&B and then The Fosters shows up in my life. The same day my last show, Emily Owens, M.D., got cancelled I started getting emails from friends saying, "The Fosters is perfect for you!" They needed someone to help the creators, Peter Paige and Brad Bredeweg, run the show — and who better than me because this show is my life! I'm married to a woman and we have two adopted, multi-racial children. [Laughs] It's the same story!
TV Guide: Then why the heck didn't you create a series like this?
Johnson: Everyone is asking me that! I should have written it. It was pretty dumb that I didn't, but thank God somebody did. The truth? I never wrote it because I never thought anybody would buy it! But here we are and isn't it amazing? ABC Family has been so incredibly supportive. I did Make It or Break It for them and just love working with the network. And Jennifer Lopez has been awesome as an executive producer. She's one of the biggest stars on the planet, yet she's been so available to us, so devoted to giving the show the kickoff it deserves. I haven't been this excited in a long time.
TV Guide: Word is, you turned down another series hoping the pilot for The Fosters would get picked up. True?
Johnson: Peter and Brad made a beautiful pilot, which I had nothing to do with. I met with them after it had been filmed and got very excited, even though I had an offer to do another show that was all set to shoot. Since The Fosters hadn't yet received a pickup from ABC Family, my agents said, "You gotta take the sure thing." In this business, you don't say no to work, but I really wanted to do The Fosters. It was so worth taking the risk. I couldn't stand the idea that it would get picked up and I'd be working on some other show, playing it safe. I would have kicked myself forever. This show can achieve so much! It's a great opportunity to raise awareness and inspire people to open up their hearts and get into the foster-care program.
TV Guide: Even though The Fosters breaks new ground in family programming by having lesbians as its main characters, their sexuality is a total side note.
Johnson: As it should be. There are so many interesting issues that come up in this series, and Stef and Lena being a same-sex couple isn't a big one because the series is set in California where gay adoption is increasingly common. But in many other states this is an issue, because gay couples or single gay people are not allowed to adopt or foster, and that's a real shame. There are a lot of wonderful families willing and wanting to get into the program but the law in some places just won't allow it. Of course, with our show set in California, we have an issue some other states don't — gay marriage isn't legal. Maybe that'll change in the future and it will be reflected in our show. We'll see what the courts decide. Another theme we'll tackle is how a lot of people want to adopt or foster but they only want babies. It's a huge challenge for the foster system to place older kids. It's sad and really tough, but it makes good drama.
TV Guide: Speaking of that, are you feeling any guilt that you loused up some "good drama" on The Bold and the Beautiful by abandoning your storyline for these producing jobs?
Johnson: Yes! I do feel bad, even though [B&B exec producer] Brad Bell always knew that was the deal. My writing-producing always comes first. But it does look like I'll be going back to B&B pretty soon. Brad and I are talking about my returning for a really fun story in July when The Fosters has wrapped for the season. I really do miss B&B — both the people and the news. I went to the GLAAD awards a while back with Crystal Chappell [Dani] and Linsey Godfrey [Caroline] and found out that Karen's daughter has turned into a total badass crazy person since the last time I was on the show. I couldn't believe it! [Laughs] Clearly, I need to come back. That girl needs some mothering!
Grab a tissue, or 12. The Hallmark Channel talk show Marie welcomed actor Corbin Bernsen, who sat down with host Marie Osmond for an emotional interview about the recent death of his mom, Jeanne Cooper, longtime star of CBS's The Young and the Restless.
"We were honored that Corbin chose Marie to share his wonderful memories of his mother," the show's executive producer Jim Romanovich tells TV Guide Magazine. "Jeanne appeared on our Y&R 40th anniversary special, which I have been told was her final television appearance. I had a chance to talk to her before the show and could tell she was a little tired. But she told me she wouldn't have missed it for the world and I will forever be grateful for her generosity. I truly loved that woman."
Check out these two exclusive clips of Bernsen's interview.
There will soon be another pretty little liar in the family.
Tammin Sursok, who portrays Jenna on Pretty Little Liars, announced on Twitter Thursday that she's pregnant with her first child.
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"And the[n] THIS happened #pll #positive #baby #pregnant" Sursok tweeted along with a photo of her positive pregnancy test. "Finally! Don't worry. Still shooting #pll. I wouldn't let you down!"
This is the first baby for Sursok, 29, and husband Sean McEwen, who wed back in 2011.
HLN, the host network of the annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards show, now in its 40th year, presented live from The Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 16, 8-10 p.m. ET/PT, today announces ABC’s GOOD MORNING AMERICA's Sam Champion along with HLN’s own A.J. Hammer and Robin Meade to host this year’s landmark awards show.
Additionally, Kathy Griffin, Rachael Ray, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Erika Slezak, Kristen Alderson, Nancy Lee Grahn, Lindsey Morgan, Freddie Smith, the ladies of THE TALK including Julie Chen, Sharon Osbourne, Sara Gilbert, Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood, Jason Thompson, Chandler Massey and Jacqueline MacInnes Wood have also been confirmed to present. Teen powerhouse Italian Opera trio – IL Volo is confirmed to perform their hit song, "Mas Que Amor" during the “In Memoriam” tribute.
Previously announced presenters include some of the biggest names in television, past, present and future including Steve Harvey, Betty White, Wayne Brady, Alex Trebek, Todd Newton and the newest additions to daytime TV, Bethenny Frankel and Kris Jenner. THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS' hot, young stars Max Ehrich, Bryton James and Hunter King were also announced to present with Corbin Bernsen and Jess Walton to introduce the “in memoriam” tribute. Additionally announced, Wayne Brady to present Game Show Icon Monty Hall and Betty White to present Legendary Producer Bob Stewart with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Awards.
Nearly $20 million was raised for President Obama's re-election in the Los Angeles area, where Hollywood fundraisers played a significant role. So it's no shock that an unprecedented number of showbiz insiders are finalists for diplomatic appointments during Obama's second term.
Whomever Obama decides on for the coveted Paris post, he or she will join a surprising number of nominees with Hollywood ties. Among them: Emmy-nominated television producer Colleen Bell, said to be in line for Belgium or Hungary; longtime Democratic activist and executive John Emerson, whose name has come up as a possible ambassador to Germany; HBO executive James Costos, who according to sources is under consideration for Spain; media executive-turned-political activist Rufus Gifford, who is being eyed for Denmark; and political consultant Noah Mamet, who is in the running for Argentina. Tennis Channel chief Ken Solomon is in the mix as an appointee for later in Obama's term; the president is expected to make some appointments for two-year terms rather than four to allow for more picks.
Sure it took Susan Lucci ("All My Children") and Jeanne Cooper ("The Young and the Restless") multiple nominations over decades before they won a Daytime Emmy. But their dreams were eventually realized.
Consider those stalwarts of daytime drama who toil for decades without ever taking home a trophy from the TV academy. Some of them were never even nominated for this top honor.
Susan Seaforth made her debut on "Days of Our Lives" 45 years ago. She took over the role of Julie Olson after three others had played the part for a short time since being introduced in 1965. Seaforth went on to fall in love with her leading man Bill Hayes who joined the show in 1970 to play Doug Williams.
The pair married on both the show and in real-life in 1974 and were the first supercouple on daytime TV, even landing on the cover of Time. And they found themselves in the Emmys spotlight as well -- she contended unsuccessfully for Best Actress four times (1975, 1976, 1978, 1979) while he had two losing bids for Best Actor in 1975 and 1976.
They are only recurring characters on the show these days but each of their appearances is a highlight. That they never took home Daytime Emmys is a shame but they have won over legions of fans.
Kathryn Hays played matriarch Kim Sullivan Hughes from the character’s debut in 1972 till the show was canceled in 2010. She was never nominated for a Daytime Emmy.
Deidre Hall has played psychiatrist Dr. Marlena Evans since the character’s debut in 1976 with minor breaks. She contended for Supporting Actress in 1980 and for Actress in 1984 and 1985.
John Beradino began as Dr. Steve Hardy, the chief of staff at General Hospital in Port Charles, on the first episode of the series in 1963 and continued in the role until his death from pancreatic cancer in 1996. During his 33-year run, he reaped three consecutive Best Actor nods (1974-1976).
Leslie Charleson has been playing Port Charles cardiologist Dr. Monica Quartermaine since 1977. She has yet to win a Daytime Emmy despite four bids for Best Actress (1980, 1982, 1983 and 1995).
Doug Davidson has been playing Paul Williams since 1978. His character began as a detective and is now police chief in Genoa City. He has reaped three lead bids -- 2003, 2010, 2013 -- as well as a supporting nod in 2011.
Patricia Bruder began playing loyal volunteer Ellen Lowell Stewart in 1960 after the original actress, Wendy Drew, was dropped. While she played the part for 35 years until the character was written out in 1995, Bruder never reaped an Emmy bid.
Michael Storm began playing Dr. Larry Wolek, who rose to become Chief of Staff at Llanview Hospital, in 1969 after the first two actors (including his brother, Jim Storm) left the role. His character was written out of the show in 2004 with Storm never being nominated.
Marie Masters played the ambitious and tragedy-prone Dr. Susan Stewart from 1968 until 1979 and then returned in 1986 staying until the final show in 2010. Though her character was a fan favorite, she was never nominated for an acting Emmy. However, Masters did win back-to-back Emmys in 2001 and 2002 as part of the writing team.
Melody Thomas Scott has played Nikki Newman since 1979 taking her character from a stripper to interim editor-in-chief of “Restless Style” magazine. She contended for Best Actress just once, in 1999.
Jacklyn Zeman has played nurse Barbara Jean “Bobbie” Spencer since 1977. She left the show in 2010, only to return as a recurring character in 2013. She contended in supporting in 1981, 1995 and 1997 as well as for lead in 1998.
Eileen Herlie played Pine Valley boarding house and boutique owner Myrtle Fargate from 1976 until her death in 2008. Beginning in 1983, she lost four consecutive races for Best Supporting Actress.
Colleen Zenk played fashion designer and businesswoman Barbara Ryan from 1978 until the show’s end in 2010. She lost all three of her Emmy bids -- Supporting Actress in 2001 and Actress in 2002 and 2011.
Kate Linder created the character of Esther Valentine, maid and friend of Katherine Chancellor as well as an alcohol abuse counselor in 1982. She has provided comic relief for more than three decades but has yet to be nominated for a Daytime Emmy.
James Reynolds' portrayal of police commissioner Sam Carver on 'Days of Our Lives' marks the longest tenure of an African American actor in daytime history. He lost his 2004 bid for Supporting Actor. He was nominated in lead in 1991 for “Generations."
Don McLaughlin played attorney Chris Hughes for three decades from the time of the show's debut in 1956. He was never nominated for an Emmy.
Zap2it: You've left and returned to "All My Children" several times. Now that you're back for its online life, how do you assess how soap operas have gone?
Vincent Irizarry: This is such an important genre. It has a history that goes back to the beginning of broadcasting. "Guiding Light" was the longest-running show in broadcasting, and you think about not only the millions of people who have been entertained by the genre but also the probable millions who have been employed by it throughout all these shows.
When I first started on "Guiding Light" in 1984, I think there were 12 or 14 soaps at the time. As the years went on, we started to see them get whittled down, and it's tough.
Zap2it: What's your recollection of the time when ABC canceled "All My Children" and its Online Network mate "One Life to Live"?
Vincent Irizarry: I don't know why it happened the way it did. From all appearances, it seems like it was terribly mishandled. Being there at the epicenter while it was happening, it was confounding to all of us. We were like, "What is going on?" It was really disheartening to see ["All My Children"] come to that end, and it just seemed so unnecessary. It never should have happened.
So all of us on the show are grateful, and the audience is just overwhelmingly excited that this has happened. This is due in great part to them, because of the fact that they were so vigilant; they were such staunch loyalists of the show.
"My advice is: Don’t marry somebody in advertising. You know, it helps to have a spouse who understands what you do, and who is either a part of the world or just understands it and is very nonchalant about it, I guess. I’m married to an actor, so he gets it. I don’t think my husband ever watched love scenes, because he didn’t have to, he didn’t particularly want to. But he understands what it is."
"A producer said, 'I want you to lose weight.' And I said, 'I weigh'— whatever I weighed at the time, 120 pounds or something, which was a perfectly acceptable weight, and I’d been on the show for a number of years at that point. I thought it was rude of him to say it. I wasn’t fat. I was never skinny, skinny, skinny. But I had a very acceptable body. And I was upset with him, that he did that. And I did not lose the weight."
"The producer who hired me, actually, I used to come to work in sneakers and pigtails. And she looked at me one day and said, 'Would Joan Crawford come to work like that?' She was kind of kidding. But I think she really did want me to get dressed up just to walk down the street."
Over the last 24 hours, Irizarry took to his facebook page to recommend and urge fans and colleagues to submit the name of legendary All My Children and One Life to Live creator Agnes Nixon to become a Kennedy Center Honoree!
Irizarry posted: “Please read, everyone, regarding Agnes Nixon! Someone sent me this link this morning on Twitter to submit a recommendation for the next Kennedy Center Honors, awarded by the President each year to those who have committed their lives in excellence for the arts. Last year’s honorees were Dustin Hoffman, Led Zeppelin, David Letterman, Buddy Guy, and Natalia Makarova. I’ve already submitted my choice for AGNES NIXON, truly one of the great storytellers of our time, and pioneer of broadcasting in television, who has recently transitioned successfully, once again as a pioneer, from TV to New Media with the new incarnations of both All My Children & One Life to Live for the internet. Join me in supporting our great national treasure, Agnes Nixon, by submitting your own recommendation for her to receive this illustrious honor. This could be our collective thank you to Ms. Nixon for all the years of joy she has brought to countless millions of us; throughout the many generations. Very few could possibly deserve it more!”
As Jess Walton noted in the tribute episode to the late Jeanne Cooper on The Young and the Restless, the series will eventually deal with the death of Katherine Chancellor and are deciding how best to craft the story.
Of course, the natural thing would be to develop a story on who inherits the Chancellor fortune, company, mansion, etc, and that would mean bringing back the character of Katherine’s son, Tucker McCall last played by Stephen Nichols.
According to the latest issue of Soap Opera Uncensored, “Insiders report that Tucker is returning to Genoa City long term but he won’t be played by fan fave Stephen Nichols, who returned recently for Jeanne Cooper’s tribute episode." Says a mole, “They’re working on finding someone to play him since Nichols will not be returning.”
Nick and Sharon's daughter on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS is going to be looking a little different very soon. Due to scheduling issues, Alyvia Alyn Lind will be unavailable for an upcoming summer storyline, so the soap has recast the role of Faith with Mckenna Grace. "I have a new little daughter now," says Sharon Case (Sharon). "She's very cute and sweet. She's not nervous at all. She didn't have to warm up. She's very confident and has a big personality." Look for Lind to make her final appearance on Tuesday, July 2, and Grace to debut on Friday, July 12.
Pictures recently started popping up on social media sites of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS's Michael Damian (ex-Danny), Patty Weaver (ex-Gina) and Quinn Redeker (ex-Rex) on the set. Is there an on-air Romalotti family reunion in the works? Well, the answer is yes and no. While the trio of actors appeared camera-ready in the pictures, a Y&R rep says that they were at the studio to shoot a Web tribute to their late pal and co-star Jeanne Cooper (Katherine).
THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Diana DeGarmo (ex-Angelina) married Ace Young on Saturday, June 1, at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel in Los Angeles, CA according to People Magazine.
Some of her Y&R co-stars attended the ceremony, including Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael), who tweeted both his congratulations and that the bride looked "Stunning!"
Bianca called Erica. Kendall told the attorneys that Greenlee and Ryan's marriage was legitimate. Erica hung up on Jack when he mentioned her drinking. Bianca scolded Kendall for spying on Ryan. Babe took Krystal to David. Erica battled her inner demons as she prepared to go on stage. Kendall ran into Ryan and Greenlee at Jack's birthday party. Lily hugged Jack. Erica begged for Ryan's help. Liza told David he had gone to medical school with Babe's father. Tad questioned Krystal. Bianca admitted to Kendall that she was afraid of facing Erica. Kendall convinced Ryan to take her with him to take Erica home. Erica hallucinated she was in a coffin. When Ryan and Kendall arrived, Erica's room was trashed. Bianca and Greenlee realized Kendall had followed Ryan to Las Vegas. Zach told Ryan he didn't know who Erica was. JR asked Liza to help him take back Chandler Enterprises. Krystal confronted Liza.
Simon returned Katie and Henry's jewelry after discovering that Pilar was the burglar. Simon was the one who hired Pilar to keep Mike and Katie apart but he refused to pay her any money because she hurt Katie. Mike apologized to Katie after realizing she wasn't lying about Pilar. Paul and Barbara visited the orphanage where Jordan grew up, found out that James was Jordan's father but Barbara is not his mother. Jordan later found out the truth but refused to yield to him. Rosanna left the country with Cabot. Dusty saved Lucy from being kidnapped.
Ridge visited his father in jail and told him that he was happier being a Forrester than a Marone and was prepared to continue being a Forrester. When his biological father surprised him by telling him that he had shown he was a Marone by breaking up his brother's marriage to Brooke. Brooke told Nick she loved him and wanted to continue with the wedding plans. Darla and Thorne had their wedding rehearsal and Darla asked Sally to be her matron of honor. Sam moved in with Hector, their daughter and his adopted son. Oscar stepped up and offered to help Marone Industries while Massimo and Nick were in jail.
Tek told John that Nicole's alleged accomplice may have something to do with Shawn's disappearance. Bo and Hope frantically try to locate Shawn while Jan threatened to kill Belle if Shawn didn't promise to "love and obey." Marlena learned that Victor was alive, and Jennifer had a hard time convincing Patrick, Julie and Mickey that Jack was alive and was sending her messages on her computer. Jennifer's life was in peril as the residents of the "other Salem" assumed that Jennifer would be the next guest on their island. Patrick's superiors warned him to get rid of Jennifer or else. Bonnie and Patrick had a mother/son chat, and Mickey felt closer to Bonnie for the first time since Maggie passed on.
Sam left Jason at the altar and fled town. Emily convinced Connor to try hypnotherapy. Ned's thoughts were on his ex-wife when she showed up at the Quartermaine mansion. Lynn admitted to Georgie and Dillon that she was a runaway and that the cop who had been following her had probably been sent by her mother to take her back. Skye's trial date was set. Ric offered Alexis and Skye a deal that they both rejected. Jax whisked Courtney away to Italy.
Jeffrey, Harley, Danny, Gus, Tony and Reva's big bust to nail Vinnie and the mob went awry when Vinnie decided to keep Reva close to the action during the drug switch. Brad Green was one partner in crime, while Cassie broke Edmund's heart when she assumed and accused him of dealing drugs with Vinnie Salerno via San Cristobel. Lizzie was determined to break up Joey and Tammy when she told Joey about Tammy and Edmund's kiss and then set up Joey to see Tammy in an innocent, but comprising position with Edmund. Phillip taunted and embarrassed Olivia in front of the Spaulding board members who attended the San Cristobel Gala at the Beacon. Phillip had even more ammunition on Olivia when he saw Bill kiss Olivia even though she was really trying to comfort him about losing Eden.
Todd convinced Blair that he never slept with Kelly. David tried to calm Kelly's fears, saying that Todd would not expose her secret. Kelly learned that Paul was alive, but refused to help him. Meanwhile, a Santi thug grabbed Paul. Marcie told Jennifer that she had seen Antonio stripping at the Hook Up. Jessica saw Antonio stripping, but he couldn't explain things to her because it would have blown his cover. Asa continued experiencing memory problems. Matthew told Bo that Nora had accepted a date with Daniel. Viki was released from the hospital. Starr and Travis went to a dance at the community center...and it erupted in flames.
At the hospital, Sam attacked Miguel for spearing Kay with a metal rod, but Charity explained it was an accident. Kay made it through surgery, but Tabitha played on Charity's feelings of guilt to get the girl to stay away from Miguel. Theresa made a confession to a stunned Fox, and the two broke up. After remembering her tragic past life with Luis, Sheridan alerted Antonio and Hank to the cave, in hopes of saving Luis' life. Even after being arrested, nothing would deter Luis from believing he and Sheridan would be together again. Martin and Katherine's lives were thrown into turmoil when it became clear that Alistair knew where they were and wanted them dead.
Kevin escaped from the mental hospital after he heard that the evidence that would free him had fallen through. Lily, Sierra, and Cassie volunteered at the recreation center. Grace confronted Cameron about the dead body Nikki had mentioned, and she wanted an explanation. Paul went to see Eddie Prather, the investigator Neil had hired. Kevin turned up at Gloria's home in Detroit. Phyllis and Christine had a heated argument about Daniel. Nick accepted Cameron's job offer. Nick implored Victor to trust that Nick had important issues to resolve, but they had nothing to do with their father-son relationship.
Jennifer finds Daniel yelling at J.J.; Kristen confronts Nicole after seeing her with Brady; John's admission upsets Marlena; Sami tries to help Rafe.
Kristen and Nicole battle over Brady; Marlena tells John their relationship is over; E.J. helps Sami out of a dire situation.
Kristen vows to get revenge against Marlena; things become increasingly complicated for Sami; Sonny makes a suggestion about Gabi and the baby.
The police take Sami into custody; Gabi decides to move in with Sonny and Will; Jennifer and Daniel fight about J.J.
Stefano leaves town; Kristen has a meeting to discuss her revenge scheme; Daniel sides with Jennifer against Anne; something Cameron says gives J.J. an idea; Cameron tells Abigail he will not let Chad come between them.
Monday ("A Hit on Someone from Carly's Past")
Over dinner with Shawn, Carly discusses taking out someone from her past; Felix informs Britt that he plans to expose her deception.
Tuesday ("Who Gets Shot")
Shawn goes to conceal his rifle, but must contend with interference
Wednesday ("Carly Played Sonny and Shawn")
Sonny realizes Carly used him and Shawn, vowing to get even with her; Shawn exposes himself in a lie to Alexis.
Thursday ("Neither Sonny nor Shawn Spill to Anna")
Sonny and Shawn manage to keep Anna in the dark; while awaiting Danny's test results, Sam has a confrontation with Silas.
Friday ("Alexis Confronts Shawn")
Alexis probes Shawn for answers about the shooting; Tracy makes a play for control over ELQ.
Brooke harbors another secret; Taylor poses a difficult question to Liam.
Thomas annoys Liam by discussing Steffy; Steffy makes a startling revelation to Hope.
Maya poses for a new photo shoot for Forrester Creations; Caroline plans to seduce Rick.
Maya stands up to Bill and his blackmail; Steffy opens up to Liam.
Steffy asks Katie for another favor; Rick attempts to reunite with Maya.
Nick receives the paternity results
Chloe faces the truth about Kevin
Michael and Lauren take steps to fix their marriage
Nikki urges Victoria to get answers from Billy
Leslie and Neil fight fire with fire
David finds satisfaction as one Pine Valley resident takes a fall
Zach finds himself in the center of a budding mystery
Miranda gets a surprise at her party
Dixie sees a ghost
David rescues a damsel in distress
Blair and Tea work together to figure out where someone
Bo discovers something shocking about Dani's overdose
Todd lets Blair in on his plan
Natalie confronts Viki and Clint over the latest news about John
It's true – the Spice Girls really are no more.
After I revealed Baby, Sporty, Ginger and Scary had scrapped plans to tour as a foursome – which Mel C took to Twitter to furiously deny – Geri Halliwell has confirmed the sad, sad news.
But it’s not all doom and gloom because Geri is plotting another solo foray into the charts – with a little help from fellow ginge Ed Sheeran.
In an unlikely turn of events, the singer-songwriter has put Gezza in touch with his chief songwriter Amy Wadge and together the pair have been making sweet music. Well, music.
Gone are her It’s Raining Men days – for 40-year-old Geri, it’s now all about acoustic grooves.
Speaking at yesterday’s Ivor Novello awards at London’s Grosvenor House hotel, she said: “Amy wrote Gold Rush with Ed Sheeran – and we wrote in her shed together in Wales.
“I’m writing a new album and we’ve been doing stripped down, acoustic sets – I’m progressing to new sounds.
“My daughter [Bluebell] listens to my own music – the way I test a really great song is to ask a child whether they like it.
“Music for three minutes is like an antidepressant – it can lift you up, take you there, transport you to that first kiss, make love to it. Writing music should be joyful – I’m writing about love and filth.”
The former Spice Girl, who was originally spearheading plans for the band to do a 2014 world tour , confirmed the gigs were no more.
She said: “With the Spice Girls we all go, ‘No, I’m not going to do that’.
“So it’s a no for now but I’m learning that you never know what’s going to happen with us lot.”
Meanwhile, in a story so incredibly Geri Halliwell, the singer went on to describe an average day in the life of, well, Geri Halliwell. Explaining how her biggest compliment is when someone else performs one of her songs, she continued: “Once I was in George Michael’s house and he was going around humming a song.
“I caught him singing Mi Chico Latino – that was quite flattering. When someone else sings your song, you know you’ve written something good.”
A brilliant mental image.
Her last album was good, but her final single ever was one hot mess:
Joe Comicbook for Comicbook.com writes:
While The Walking Dead might not be returning until the fall, Norman Reedus is appearing in a new movie, which is opening in fifteen major cities today. While we tend to primarily review comic book, science fiction, and horror movies on Comicbook.com, we were invited to view an early screening of Hello Herman and didn’t want to pass up on the opportunity of seeing Norman Reedus in a feature film.
Hello Herman is the type of movie that Hollywood rarely makes, but should make more often. Hello Herman deals with some very serious issues, many that most people would probably rather not think about. However, the issues that Hello Herman addresses need to be dealt with, so that perhaps through gaining some measure of understanding future tragedies might be prevented.
At the heart of Hello Herman is a story about bullying, and the damaging effect it can have on children. Herman is a kid who is relentlessly bullied, and he lashes out through a killing spree at his school. Garrett Backstorm does an incredible job playing the very difficult role of Herman. He walks the narrow line of helping the audience understand what drove Herman to become a mass murder, but he never crosses the line of trying to make Herman into a sympathetic character.
Herman committed a horrible act, and the movie deals head on with the repercussions of his actions, not only the impact it has on him but how it affects his poor mother as well. At times, Herman seems to think that people will remember him because of his crime, but as Norman Reedus’ characters Lax Morales points out the type of notoriety he has achieved will be fleeting.
As complex and complicated as Garrett Backstorm’s role was, Norman Reedus’ role was equally as challenging. When someone plays an extremely popular character like Daryl Dixon on The Walking Dead, it’s sometimes difficult for viewers to not think of the character anytime they see the actor. However, Norman Reedus shows his range and capabilities as an actor by engulfing himself in the role of Lax Morales, and convincingly so.
In playing Lax Morales, Norman Reedus plays a character who is also struggling to deal with his own past and demons. While we don’t want to give away what is one of the most shocking and surprising moments of the film, we can say there is a very specific reason why Herman chose Lax Morales as the person that he wanted to deliver his message. One of Norman Reedus’ most powerful scenes actually occurs with director Michelle Danner, who plays Herman’s mother. The scene captures the despair and the confusion that family members face in situations such as the one that occurred with Herman.
One of the big reasons that Hello Herman works is because of the cast. Garrett Backstorm and Norman Reedus are both at the core of the movie, and if either of them didn’t carry their weight, the movie would have failed. Fortunately, they are both brilliant in their roles. Hello Herman is a film that succeeds at the difficult task of delivering multiple messages. The film should make those that engage in bullying think long and hard about their actions, and it also makes it clear that lashing out through violence is not the answer. Hello Herman is a powerful film, which gives viewers a lot to think about and discuss.
Here’s a listing of cinemas where Hello Herman is playing on Friday, June 7.
- Cinema Village / NYC
- Laemmle Noho / LA
- Atlanta – Plaza Theatre
- Miami – Palace 18
- Tempe/Phoenix – Harkins Valley Art Tempe
- Cleveland – Great Lakes, Mentor, OH
- Modesto/Sacramento – Brenden 18
- El Paso – Premiere 18
- St. Louis – Jamestown 14
- Lake Park, Florida – Mos’ Art
- Philadelphia – Montgomeryville Stadium 12
- Albuquerque – The Guild
- Boonton, New Jersey – Darress Theatre
- Lake Worth, Florida -The Stonzek Theater
- Shreveport, Louisiana – The Robinson
An Alaskan police detective pursues an elusive serial killer who abducts women, and frees them in the wilderness to hunt in this thriller starring Nicolas Cage and John Cusack. A madman has been on the loose in Anchorage for over 13 years. Every attempt to capture him has only led to frustration for the local police, but Sgt. Jack Halcombe (Cage) is certain he can success where his colleagues have failed. Later, Sgt. Halcombe gets the break of a lifetime when terrified teen Cindy Paulson (Vanessa Hudgens) manages to beat the killer at his own game. Cindy's struggle, however, has just begun. Now the closer she and Sgt. Halcombe come cracking the case, the more cunning their sadistic target seems to grow. 50 Cent and Radha Mitchell co-star.
vanessahudgens Also… just sayin hahahahahhahahahah
Spotted this amassing mani on my girl @ChrmdBySarah’s IG. Loveee!! #ManiMonday #ManiEnvy
Yea camping was the shit. #photoOfAphotoFromMyCamera #tooLazy2upload lol
Ugh this is when I hate la #trafficsABITCH
Strong like a bull #TBT
Can’t believe I was only 6 years old when Clueless was released. Such a cult classic! When I heard it was playing at Hollywood Forever Cemetery this past weekend, we got our tix right away. And, of course, we had to play dress up :) #ASIF!!!
So many memories! What’s your favorite cult classic?
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Lisa Vanderpump from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills took her dog Giggy out to dinner at Boa Steakhouse in West Hollywood. Vanderpump's husband, Ken Todd, was also in attendance. Giggy was "forced to wave goodbye" as the trio drove off for the night.
Aaron Tveit Opens Up About Transitioning from Broadway to 'Graceland' (JJ Interview!)
The 29-year-old actor is best known for his extensive Broadway background (Hairspray, Wicked, Catch Me If You Can) and recent role as Enjolras in the Oscar-winning adaptation of Les Miserables.
Now, Aaron is starring in Graceland as an FBI rookie who anticipates a traditional D.C. desk job when he’s unexpectedly shipped to a home known as “Graceland” where he lives with a group of undercover agents.
He gave JJ the scoop on what we can expect from the show, which premieres TONIGHT @ 10PM on USA!
JustJared: You have a background in theatre, film, and you’ve even done a little TV here and there. What made you want to do Graceland and why TV now?
Aaron Tveit: I’m happy to be doing a drama, even though it’s a lighter drama. It’s kind of the stuff that I watch, frankly. I’m a big hour-long drama television watcher. When we really got into the teeth of it, I thought that this is a show that I would like to watch. So that was a big sign for me. It’s been great.
I never did pilot season because I was never available. I did Gossip Girl and I did guest spots in New York, which was great because I feel like really got to cut my teeth with those guest spots in New York. But after Catch Me If You Can, it was the first time I’ve been completely available. I didn’t have another show development on stage. I didn’t have a plan that television was going to be next. It might sound cheesy, but I said whatever I read that was great, that was what I was going to go for. At the time, I was auditioning for Les Mis and I also read the Graceland pilot. I liked the pilot because, different from Tripp Vanderbilt, I thought Mike was a really good guy who had good intentions. No matter what, he was going to go at everything in a positive way. I liked that off the bat. I thought it was different and I hadn’t done that yet. But then also that it was going to shoot on the beach. And I was just really drawn to the writing. I got this and found out I got Les Mis two days later, so that was crazy. It was really exciting.
JJ: Tell us more about your character, Mike.
AT: Mike is a great guy, a really smart guy, but I see some bad stuff. I thought it was going to be very interesting how I’m changed. Especially my relationship with Daniel [Sunjata]‘s character. I feel like they are very similar, but they’re each on one side of right and wrong. I thought it was going to be neat to see how each of us would be affected by each other. It’s a great part.
JJ: You surf in the pilot. Had you ever done that prior to filming?
AT: I only surfed once before the pilot, but it was perfect because I was supposed to be terrible at surfing. They were like, ‘You think you can go out there and fall and make it look good?’ I was like, ‘Got it. No acting at all.’ It was great.
JJ: There are ads for this show, literally, all over New York City. That has to be pretty surreal.
AT: The other day, I was getting on the subway and I had my headphones on and I was standing in front of one of them and didn’t notice it. I was like, ‘Oh! OK, move down a little bit’ (laughs). And the double-decker buses wrapped in them is pretty insane.” The Graceland poster at my subway station was REPLACED this week, so now I'm boycotting season 2 of Copper for taking away the bright spot of my awful morning commute!
JJ: What can you tell us about the rest of the season?
AT: As an undercover agent, I have these things that I know are right and there’s a way to do it. But for instance, I get in this long undercover operation. And to get the big picture, you need to be OK with all these little things going on. So that’s what gets tested. The morality of being an undercover agent comes up later on because I particularly witness a lot that I basically let happen to get to the big picture. So basically, what makes me different than the criminal that I’m investigating? So I think that’s a big question for me as the season goes on. I’ve always wanted to be an FBI agent. I really get a sense of what that is, and then I have to make a choice of whether or not I’m OK with that. Because you really need to let a lot of stuff go. There’s a lot of gray area.
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If you didn't watch the Graceland pilot last night, or if you just want to watch it again, it's now on Hulu.
Levi's fucked up life thanks you for your time.