Tuesday, October 19, 2010

CBS' 'The Talk' tackles mom and pop-culture issues

Team Talk: Sara Gilbert, left, Leah Remini, Julie Chen, Sharon Osbourne, Holly Robinson Peete and Marissa Jaret Winokur
The Talk sounds familiar: a klatch of well-known women of varying ages, races and backgrounds sitting around a sofa opining for an hour on live daytime network TV.
But on this chatfest, which mouths off today on CBS (2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT, times may vary), don't expect any oh-no-she-didn't dust-ups over, say, the proposed Ground Zero mosque —√† la last week's brouhaha on ABC's The View. The stars of The TalkJulie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Leah Remini, Holly Robinson Peete and Marissa Jaret Winokur— say the show is avowedly apolitical.
"Every day they will be talking about the biggest news out there, but for this group of women, it might be being stuck in the carpool lane at school," says executive producer Brad Bessey. "We are not scouring the headlines, 'Oh, how do we produce a show to deal with these issues?' ... We're looking at the world around us, but through the eyes of the hosts," whose common denominator is motherhood.
That means discussions on subjects such as bullying, spanking and lying to your kids will dominate — "everything you would talk about if you sat with your group of friends over coffee," says executive producer (and mom of two) Gilbert, 35, who conceived The Talk as a kind of national mothers' group. (And yes, pop culture also will play a role: Premiere-week guests include Christie Brinkley and Jennifer Lopez.) "I totally respect The View and I think it's flattering to be compared to it, but I definitely think this is a different show."
The difference is the parental prism. "We have a lot of smart, funny things to say about that (motherhood) journey, and we haven't really seen that on television," says Chen, 40, a mom who has given up her Early Show anchor gig to moderate Talk. "We're from very different walks of life, so at least one of us is going to be relating to that woman at home who turns on the show and says, 'Oh, I've had that happen.' "
What's remarkable is that The View has been able to reign for so long — 13 years — without even a quasi-rival. "Because one (roundtable show) exists already doesn't mean that there can't be more than one," says analyst Bill Carroll of ad buyer Katz Television Group. "If (The Talk) is done well and it provides something that's a little bit different or unique, then there's a place for it."
As evidenced by recent test shows, the sparks are flying. "We're not fighting, but we're getting heated, which is good," says Remini, 40 and a mom of one. "I like emotions. I like a little life."

Friday, July 9, 2010


We have added the trailer for 20th Century Fox's forthcoming 'Twilight' spoof movie 'Vampires Sucks'. The film is directed by parody movie veterans Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer (Disaster Movie, Date Movie, Scary Movie, Meet the Spartans).

The film stars Ken Jeong, Anneliese van der Pol, Matt Lanter, Charlie Weber and Chris Riggi. 

Opening this weekend

Despicable MeDespicable Me
 A master villain planning the world's biggest heist has just met his greatest challenge: three little girls named Margo, Edith and Agnes.
  Predators Predators A group of elite warriors realize they've been brought together on a distant planet to be systematically hunted by alien Predators.
 The Kids Are All Right The Kids Are All Right Annette Bening and Julianne Moore are moms whose lives are turned upside down when their kids seek out their birth father.
 [REC] 2 [REC] 2 A terrifying virus takes hold of a quarantined apartment building, turning the occupants into mindlessly violent beasts.
  Winnebago Man
  Winnebago Man Documentary tracks down Jack Rebney, whose hilarious Winnebago sales video outtakes made him an internet superstar.

Carrie Underwood Gets Married This Weekend

1278623834_mike-carrie-lg.jpgCarrie Underwood will wed her Ottawa Senators hockey beau Mike Fisher in a luxe ceremony this weekend.
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The two will walk down the aisle Saturday, July 10, in Georgia.

After about a year of dating, Fisher, 30, popped the question last December with a 12-carat ring worth about $800,000. "We're both obviously excited and very happy," Fisher said shortly after.
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Underwood, 27, hired a wedding planner, but also ironed out many of the details herself.

"I bought a lot of magazines and am cutting out pictures," she told UsMagazine.com in January. "I have a folder and I cut out pictures and glue them in. It’s in kind of a binder thing."

Her dream dress is "pretty traditional, maybe with flowers on it -- not like real flowers!" she joked to Us.
PHOTOS: Celebs' gorgeous wedding photos

Though she was envisioning a small ceremony, "I don't see that happening," she admitted. "There are so many people. He has a huge family; they’re all really close. My family is big, but we're not that tight-knit. His is about three times the size of mine."

Fisher was tasked with coordinating the honeymoon.
"[Planning] that was Mike's project," she said at the CMA Fest last month. "It's a surprise. I have no clue where we are going, which is nice. I know it will be warm, that's about it."

Bachelorette Jillian, Ed Split!

It's over!

Jillian Harris
and Ed Swiderski, who proposed on The Bachelorette, have called off their engagement, the new issue of Us Weekly reports.
PHOTOS: Check out the biggest Bachelor splits ever!

"I love him and I'm really sad, but I have to look out for me," Harris, 29, tells Us.

Adds Swiderski, 30, "We're both kind of resetting. Jillian isn't happy and I'm definitely sad about the whole thing, but we've got to work through some things on our own if we decide to move forward."
PHOTOS: Bachelorette bikini bodies
Last August, Us exclusively revealed that Swiderski juggled two girlfriends while wooing Harris on the fifth season of the ABC show (and even slept with one after proposing to Harris, but before the finale aired).
VIDEO: Watch Vienna call Jake "the biggest liar I have ever met in my life!"

"There's bumps on the road, and we don't always deal with them properly," Harris told Us in early June. "Our life is not always perfect."

Betty White Becomes a Pin-Up Girl at 88!

She may be 88, but that's not keeping Betty White from posing in a pin-up calendar!
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The Hot in Cleveland star poses with shirtless, hunky men in a calendar to raise money for her fave charity, Morris Animal Foundation. The group, of which White is a trustee, helps promote health and welfare research for animals and wildlife worldwide.
The $12.99 calendar hits stores this September; it features a mix of new and archived photos of the star.
VIDEO: Watch Betty White's Snickers commercial
White has been in the midst of a career resurgence since appearing in a hilarious Snickers ad that aired during the Super Bowl. Her sitcom, Hot in Cleveland, was renewed for a second season after just one month on the air, and her Saturday Night Live appearance in May was one of the highest-rated episodes of the season.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

World Cup Soccer Studs! DELISH!!!!

Carlos Bocanegra (USA)

Carlos Bocanegra (USA)

The single defender is known for his hard work ethic on the field. "We play scrappy, we play hard," Bocanegra has said. How does the 31-year-old defender handle attention from the ladies? "It's nice," the team captain has said. "It's flattering."

 Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

The single forward's hot body recently landed him an underwear campaign with Emporio Armani. Off the field, the Portugese superstar has been linked to Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian. "I'm living the dream, and I never want to wake up," Ronaldo has said.
 Fernando Torres (Spain)

Fernando Torres (Spain)

The 26-year-old striker married longtime girlfriend Olalla Dominguez Liste in 2001. The couple welcomed their first daughter, Nora, in July 2009.
 Kaka (Brazil)

Kaka (Brazil)

After a swimming accident threatened to paralyze the 28-year-old a decade ago, the Brazilian midfielder fought to become the biggest international success since Pele. "Every opportunity that presents itself, my main object is to conquer and be victorious," he has said.
 Landon Donovan (United States)

Landon Donovan (United States)

The 28-year-old player is currently separated from his wife, Rules of Engagement star Bianca Kajlich. In June, reports surfaced that he fathered a child out of wedlock with an unidentified British woman. "If I need to take responsibility, then I will provide the appropriate support," Donovan said.
 Manuel Neuer (Germany)

Manuel Neuer (Germany)

The goalkeeper, 24, is affectionately called "Ducky" by fans. To date, he's totaled 11 saves during the 2010 World Cup.

 Roque Santa Cruz (Paraguay)

Roque Santa Cruz (Paraguay)

Standing tall at 6'2", the 28-year-old striker has played for four separate teams throughout his career. "Every player wants to have the opportunity to play in Europe and play for the bigger clubs," he has said.

 Steven Gerrard (England)

Steven Gerrard (England)

Married to British fashion journalist Alex Curran since 2007, the 30-year-old midfielder is also the proud father of daughters Lilly-Ella, 6, and Lexie, 4.
 Tim Cahill (Australia)

Tim Cahill (Australia)

The married forward has landed more World Cup goals than any Aussie in history. "You just release an urge of passion when you score," the 30-year-old has said.

 Yoann Gourcuff (France)

Yoann Gourcuff (France)

The 23-year-old midfielder -- who is France's reigning Player of the Year -- is shy about his superstar status. "I am someone quite mysterious," Gourcuff has said. "I like to keep things to myself and not reveal too much."

Drew Barrymore: I Might Get Plastic Surgery

Add Drew Barrymore to the list of Hollywood actresses who haven't ruled out going under the knife.
"I don't want to be vain or fearful, and I don't think I'll do anything," Barrymore, 35, tells Elle magazine of potential plastic surgery.
"But if I want to do something, I will. From my perspective, there’s no reason to be afraid of aging, because if you age, you're lucky! The alternative is death."
PHOTOS: Drew's hair over the years
The grown-up child actress next stars in this summer's romantic comedy Going the Distance -- with her ex-boyfriend, Justin Long. Barrymore doesn't mind being without a man, she tells the mag. "If you're 35 and single and it's a choice, it feels fine," she says.
"So I didn't settle with the wrong person yet. Big deal!" Barrymore has been married twice (to bar owner Jeremy Thomas and comedian Tom Green) and has dated Strokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti.
PHOTOS: Drew and other stars who wed too young
The star -- who debuted in 1982's ET -- also shrugs off her goofy public image. "I make movies. I have a passion. Puppies and daisies don’t accomplish anything. That's not me at all."
Barrymore also concedes that she had exhausted herself at the end of 2009. "I've been burning the candle at both ends, and as of last December, I just didn't have anything left."
PHOTOS: Drew's wild style
She continues, "I've been so aggressive about living life to the fullest and being plugged into everything, but now I've ripped the plug out of the wall and put it on the floor for a while."
How is she rejuvenating? "I'm thinking about the same things as when I was 15, about spirituality and who I am, who I want to be. It's cocoon, pupa, larva, and f***, I'm reborn!"


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NADYA GINSBURG comes to the Renberg with her newest solo show! Madonna, Cher and all the other bitches are back for an evening of original characters, celebrity skewering and song.
Nadya has been called "the woman of a thousand voices: and has lent her talent for shape-shifting alongside the likes of Parker Posey and Roseanne Barr, along with everything from Animé cartoons to feature film and network television.
Come spend an evening with the deliciously twisted mind of Nadya as she takes you on a journey from Madonna to the Moon!
 THE RENBERG THEATREFriday & Saturday, July 9 & 10 at 8 p.m.

Tickets: $20Click here to purchase tickets

Glee Leads Emmy Nominees, True Blood Stars Snubbed

Beginner's luck?
Glee and Modern Family -- TV's new breakout hits last season -- lead the 62nd Primetime Emmy nominations, which were announced Thursday morning.
Both Fox's glee-club comedy scored 19 nominations, and ABC's family sitcom scored 14.
PHOTOS: See high school yearbook shots of Glee's stars
Among Glee's stars, Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison, Chris Colfer and Jane Lynch nabbed nominations; the freshman show is also up for Best Comedy Series.
Notably snubbed: the stars of HBO's mega-hit True Blood. Although the vampire series garnered nods for Outstanding Drama Series plus writing, casting and makeup, stars Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer were ignored by the Academy.
PHOTOS: How the stars looked at last year's Emmys
Up for Outstanding Comedy Series: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Glee, Modern Family, Nurse Jackie
The Office
and 30 Rock.
Joked Tina Fey (who was also nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series), "This is great news. We're grateful and excited. Especially since today is the fifth anniversary of the day NBC forgot to cancel us."
PHOTOS: Before they were on True Blood
In the Outstanding Drama Series category: Breaking Bad, Dexter, The Good Wife, Lost, Mad Men, and
True Blood.
See the full nominees list here. The statues are handed out August 29.
Tell Us: do you agree with this year's nominees?