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Watch Ali Larter Get 'Obsessed'

19 December 2008 9:45 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

On the heels of a few images that popped up earlier this month, you can check out the newly released trailer for Obsessed above. Does it look just a little bit familiar?

It should, if you ever watched Glenn Close stalk Michael Douglas in Fatal Attraction. Jumping ahead a few years with Obsessed, Idris Elba plays the poor man who just tried to have a quick fling with his new temp (Ali Larter), only to have her go psycho. She gets busy with suicide attempts, stalking, cutting the wife (Beyoncé Knowles) out of the family pictures -- all that fun stuff. Larter even tries to pull off the trench coat seduction, although set to the music, it looks pretty funny and not at all comfortable or seductive. On the plus side, we need more Jerry O'Connell!

It looks like it could be some good campy fun, although I doubt that's »

- Monika Bartyzel

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Stars Battle Strike Threat

17 December 2008 4:16 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

More than 130 stars including George Clooney, Cameron Diaz and Charlize Theron have signed an open letter pleading with a union not to stage an actors strike next year.

The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) is due to ballot its members next month to authorise industrial action in an ongoing row with leading Hollywood studios and TV networks over royalty payments.

Cardholders of the 120,000-strong SAG rejected a three-year deal offered by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) earlier this year, and union bosses will now ballot members over a walkout which could cripple the upcoming awards season.

Now more than 130 leading actors have signed a letter - written by Danny DeVito's wife Rhea Perlman - to officials at the SAG to call off the vote.

Stars including Glenn Close, Eva Longoria Parker, Tom Hanks, Tobey Maguire and Morgan Freeman have all put their name to the document, which was sent on Monday.

The letter reads: "We support our union and we support the issues we are fighting for, but we do not believe now is the time to be putting people out of work."

SAG is pushing for more money for actors when their work is released on DVD, plus a greater say in the endorsement of products on-air.

Union bosses have persuaded 31 high profile actors, including Mel Gibson and Martin Sheen, to put their names to a rival letter endorsing the strike bid. »

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SAG: Over 130 Stars Against Strike

15 December 2008 1:45 PM, PST | Digital Media Law | See recent Digital Media Law news »

Over 130 stars have weighed in on the SAG strike authorization, coming out firmly against. Citing the economy, the A-listers “strongly” urged SAG members not to authorize a strike, and instead “take the high road … unite with our brothers and sisters in the entertainment community and … three years down the line … make a great deal” when all the union contracts expire roughly simultaneously.

Finally, we’re hearing from the A-listers, and it may be enough to pull SAG back from the brink. Meanwhile SAG Board members in NY and Chicago came out against the authorization over the weekend.

In addition, SAG President Alan Rosenberg was forced to cancel the emergency in-person National Board meeting he had scheduled for this Friday, after SAG activists pointed out in the strongest terms that Rosenberg had no right under the SAG constitution or state law to require that the meeting be in person, rather than by videoconference. »

- (Jonathan Handel)

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Damages Season 2 Begins In January On FX

13 December 2008 8:24 AM, PST | | See recent Screen Rant news »

Damages season 2 is coming at us and we’d better strap in for this high-stakes litigation drama.

Starring Glenn Close, Rose Byrne, Ted Danson & Tate Donovan, season two will add William Hurt and Timothy Olyphant to the star studded cast. (is that an oxymoron?). Damages has it all: Mystery, subterfuge, suspense and some confusion and it only gets better from there.


Season one was an insidious piece of quality story telling. When I pick up on new shows, it’s hard to miss the formulaic outlines of a scripted show. Damages took that scripted play book and apparently used it as a booster seat for someones child because they never even went there.

Last Season (One):

The show premiered with Ellen Parsons (Played by Rose Byrne) running through the streets covered in blood. This becomes an investigation of the murder of her fiancé, David, who was killed in their apartment. »

- Bruce Simmons

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Golden Globe Nominations announced; diversity loses again

11 December 2008 1:30 PM, PST | | See recent news »

This morning’s announcement of nominations for the Golden Globe Awards brought good news and bad news. The good news: Tina Fey and 30 Rock still rule.

The bad news: Julia Louise-Dreyfus does not.

So, who took Dreyfus’ place in the Best Actress category for TV musical or comedy? Debra Messing, for The Starter Wife. That leads me to believe that none of the Golden Globe voters has ever watched The Starter Wife. L-a-m-e.

Voters did, however, keep their wits about them when they nominated America Ferrera (Ugly Betty), Mary Louise-Parker (Weeds) and Christina Applegate (Samantha Who?). Although I could never be untrue to Tina, I have to say that I’m secretly rooting for Applegate this year. What an amazing woman.

In the TV drama category, Best Actress nominees are Sally Field (Brothers & Sisters), January Jones (Mad Men), Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer), Anna Paquin (True Blood) and Mariska Hargitay »

- thelinster

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Beyonce, Morgan and Barbra Join Bushes at the White House

8 December 2008 1:30 PM, PST | | See recent Popsugar news »

George and Laura Bush were gracious hosts one more time in their home stretch at the White House last night for the annual Kennedy Center Honors gala. Barbra Streisand, who played nice and even hugged G. W. Bush at the event despite her personal feelings towards the outbound president, Morgan Freeman and Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey of The Who were among the honorees. They were joined by political heavyweights Condoleezza Rice, Dick Cheney, the Bush family and more. Beyonce lit up the red carpet in her gown before taking the stage to sing "The Way We Were" while Jack Black managed to make the formal red carpet a little more fun. Congrats to all the honorees — the event airs on CBS December 30. To see more photos including Queen Latifah, Clint Eastwood, Taye Diggs and others just read more. Images include: Beyonce Knowles, Barbra Streisand, Clint Eastwood, Glenn Close, Jack Black, »

- PopSugar

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The year of the Ellen DeGeneres snub

8 December 2008 10:00 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Entertainment Weekly just published its list of “The 25 Smartest People in TV” and The Hollywood Reporter gave us their “Power 100 Women in Entertainment” list. Now, I could delve into a philosophical discussion of the differences between “smart” and “powerful,” but I’m not feeling that philosophical right now. So I’ll just point out the most glaring omission from both lists.

Ellen dos not appear in either list? I still don’t really understand how Entertainment Weekly defines “smart” — it seems to be some combination of successful and savvy — but I have to believe that Ellen fits their definition. I mean, she came back from oblivion to helm a highly rated talk show that’s won 25 Daytime Emmy Awards.

I would think this would make her powerful as well. She’s not just the star of her show, she’s an executive producer. She was also the second woman to »

- Ace14

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Von Bulow Dead

7 December 2008 3:02 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Martha 'Sunny' Von Bulow, the heiress Glenn Close portrayed in Reversal Of Fortune, has died after spending almost 28 years in a coma. She was 76.

Von Bulow was found unconscious on the floor of her bathroom in her mansion in Newport, Rhode Island, on 21 December, 1980.

Her second husband, Claus von Bulow, was convicted and later acquitted of trying to kill his wife with injections of insulin. »

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The Life and Mysterious Death of Sunny von Bülow

7 December 2008 9:45 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Long before Paris Hilton, there was Sunny von Bülow: rich, blond, a fixture of upper-crust New York and Newport, the very definition of a glamorous 1950s socialite. And with her death Dec. 6 after nearly 28 years in a persistent vegetative state – a coma-like condition her husband was accused of causing with a shot of insulin intended to kill her – von Bülow, 76, will remain forever n enigma. Born Martha Sharp Crawford – and nicknamed “Sunny” for her cheerful disposition – Bülow inherited an estimated $75 million fortune from her father, energy magnate George Crawford. With a beauty that earned comparisons to Grace Kelly and a party budget seemingly without limit, »

- Beth Perry

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Women leading in a brave new world

5 December 2008 2:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

It has become a December tradition: a sizzling red carpet at 8 a.m., poached eggs and a room full of the most powerful women in Hollywood.

Friday's 17th annual Women in Entertainment breakfast, done in conjunction with the release of The Hollywood Reporter's annual Power 100 List, mixed talk about politics and economic woes with poignant speeches and messages about empowering women.

The event honored Glenn Close and featured a Q&A with the top three women on the list: Oprah Winfrey, Disney's Anne Sweeney and Sony Pictures' Amy Pascal as well as a speech by Sigourney Weaver.

"Companies do better with more women in management," Andrea Wong, president and CEO of Lifetime, the breakfast's sponsor, said in her opening remarks, urging everyone in the room to launch "an informal Women in Entertainment mentorship program."

Weaver -- referencing her upcoming Lifetime movie "Prayers for Bobby," based on the true story of Mary Griffith, »

- By Nellie Andreeva and Steven Zeitchik

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Oprah Winfrey tops THR's Power 100 List

5 December 2008 2:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Oprah Winfrey, chairman of Harpo, has been named the most powerful woman in entertainment on The Hollywood Reporter's 17th annual Women in Entertainment: Power 100 special issue.

Published under separate cover today, the Power 100 List honors the top 100 women in the motion picture and television industries. The unveiling of the ranked list will be Friday morning at The Reporter's annual breakfast at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

"The decision to place Oprah at the top of the list was based on her dizzying array of Oprah-branded media and her immense cultural influence," THR editor Elizabeth Guider said. "Today's most powerful woman in entertainment might just be the most influential woman in America."

Winfrey's is the most notable shift on the list, moving up from 2007's No. 6 spot. Of last year's top 10, nine are making at least their third consecutive appearance; only Mary Parent is new to the top 10.

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Is nice! Preview clips from 'Damages,' '24'

1 December 2008 2:12 PM, PST | The Watcher | See recent The Watcher news »

Sometimes the video clips we stick in that player on the right side of the page are just so tasty that I have to give them their own blog posts as well. Such is the case with this "Damages" preview, which gives us glimpses of William Hurt, Ted Danson and Glenn Close in Season 2 of the FX show, which returns Jan. 7: And then there's this promo for "24's" new season, which begins Jan. 11. Ever wonder what would happen if Patty Hewes' icy glares met Jack Bauer's can-do, shoot-first-then-shoot-again determination? Oy. »

- Tempo

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Is nice! Preview clips from 'Damages,' '24'

1 December 2008 2:12 PM, PST | The Watcher | See recent The Watcher news »

Sometimes the video clips we stick in that player on the right side of the page are just so tasty that I have to give them their own blog posts as well. Such is the case with this "Damages" preview, which gives us glimpses of William Hurt, Ted Danson and Glenn Close in Season 2 of the FX show, which returns Jan. 7: And then there's this promo for "24's" new season, which begins Jan. 11. Ever wonder what would happen if Patty Hewes' icy glares met Jack Bauer's can-do, shoot-first-then-shoot-again determination? Oy. »

- Tempo

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Pacino Picked Close For Pfeiffer's Scarface Role

21 November 2008 4:13 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Al Pacino originally wanted Glenn Close to be his co-star in Scarface - but producers didn't think she was sexy enough.

The actor played a gangster in the 1983 film, and thought Close was perfect to play his sexy sidekick Elvira Hancock.

But producer Martin Bregman didn't see Close, then aged 36, as the right woman for the role - and the part went to Michelle Pfeiffer, according to Ken Tucker, author of Scarface Nation.

Tucker tells New York gossip column, "I said to Al, 'Elvira has to be half a hooker. Glenn Close is many things, but she is not half a hooker.' " »

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Timothy Olyphant into 'Crazies' redo

20 November 2008 6:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Timothy Olyphant has signed on to star in "The Crazies," Overture's remake of the George Romero horror movie being directed by Breck Eisner.

The story revolves around the inhabitants of a small Kansas town who are beset by death and insanity after a plane crash lets loose a secret biological weapon into the water supply. Olyphant is playing the town's sheriff.

Scott Kosar and Ray Wright wrote the screenplay.

Michael Aguilar and Dean Georgaris are producing, with Romero executive producing. Overture's Sean Furst is overseeing for the studio.

Olyphant, repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, starred in "Hitman" as well as "Live Free or Die Hard." He next appears in an upcoming arc on FX's "Damages" opposite Glenn Close. »

- By Borys Kit

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Déjà Views

20 November 2008 12:59 AM, PST | | See recent Backstage news »

Returning favorites seem all the rage in the TV categories for this year's Screen Actors Guild Awards. 30 Rock is the comedy front-runner, and Mad Men might coast on its wins at the Emmys and Golden Globes to take home SAG statues for its second season. But don't count out the newcomers. Back Stage spoke with TV critics Robert Bianco of USA Today, Ray Richmond of The Hollywood Reporter, and Michael Ausiello of Entertainment Weekly to get their takes on the upcoming nominations. Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series "This is a fairly thin category," Richmond says, "because comedies are not in a growth spurt right now." So we'll probably see return visits from previous nominees. Last year's winner, Alec Baldwin of 30 Rock, is the clear favorite among the critics, especially after the show's triumph at the Emmys. Earlier nominees Steve Carell of The Office, Charlie Sheen »

- David Sheward

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FX sets Return Dates for 'Nip/Tuck' and 'Damages'

13 November 2008 7:09 AM, PST | | See recent Comicmix news »

FX announced the return dates of two of its award-winning dramas, Nip/Tuck and Damages.  The continuation of the fifth season of Nip/Tuck begins on Tuesday, January 6 at 10 p.m. for eight weeks, while the second season of Damages premieres on Wednesday, January 7 at 10 p.m. with 13 new episodes.

Nip/Tuck revolves around the lives of Dr. Sean McNamara (Dylan Walsh) and Dr. Christian Troy (Julian McMahon), two plastic surgeons, close friends and business partners who run McNamara/Troy, an overwhelmingly successful plastic surgery practice. 

Earlier this season, Sean and Christian departed Miami for Los Angeles seeking a fresh start for McNamara/Troy in a new city.  As season five continues, Sean tries to re-build his life after surviving a brutal attack from Colleen Rose.  McNamara/Troy faces an unexpected, serious medical crisis. Christian decides to settle down with one woman and Sean discovers a new love in a moment of extreme vulnerability. »

- Robert Greenberger

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Glenn Close to Receive Achievement Award

10 November 2008 11:01 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Glenn Close will be honored December 5th, 2008 by The Hollywood Reporter for her outstanding film career as it unveils its 100 Most Powerful Women in Entertainment feature, done annually in the publication. The Sherry Lansing Leadership Award is named after the former CEO of Paramount Pictures, who was the first woman to head a major movie studio, and celebrates Hollywood’s most successful actresses. This year will mark the 17th year The Hollywood Reporter has held this award ceremony. Close has earned five Oscar nominations throughout her 33 year career for her roles in Dangerous Liaisons, Fatal Attraction, The Natural, The Big Chill and The World According to Garp. She won two Golden Globe awards, two Emmys (one of each for her [...] »

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Close Honoured With Leadership Award

10 November 2008 8:23 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Glenn Close will be honoured for her long-running Hollywood career next month by industry publication The Hollywood Reporter as it unveils the annual 100 most powerful women in entertainment list.

The Fatal Attraction star will receive the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award when the publication reveals the revered list for 2008 at the 17th annual ceremony on 5 December.

The award is named after the former CEO of Paramount Pictures - the first woman to head a major movie studio - and celebrates Hollywood's most successful actresses.

Close has earned five Oscar nominations throughout her 33 year career, as well as garnering two Golden Globe awards, two Emmys and three Tony Awards for her theatre and musical roles.

The 61-year-old enjoyed a career revival in 2007 playing hard-hitting litigator Patty Hughes in hit U.S. series Damages.

The Hollywood Reporter's editor Elizabeth Guide, says, "It's the amazing performances she's had of late on cable (TV), which has brought her back in the public consciousness, and the fact she's been active in community fundraising and a real industry leader."

Former winners of the honour include Jodie Foster, Meryl Streep and Barbara Walters. »

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Hell hath no fury: 22 films about vengeful women

2 November 2008 9:02 PM, PST | | See recent The AV Club news »

1. Fatal Attraction (1987) "Don't you know that when you sleep with someone, your body makes a promise whether you do or not?" a spurned Cameron Diaz asks Tom Cruise in Vanilla Sky, before taking an act of life-changing vengeance on him. Avenging-women movies often focus on righteous revenge for the raped and abused, but sometimes they're about the irrational acts of a woman who thinks an erstwhile lover has reneged on that unspoken body-promise. The modern era's best-known example is Fatal Attraction, Adrian Lyne's sleazy thriller about a husband and father (Michael Douglas) whose body makes a promise to Glenn Close that the rest of him has no intention of keeping. She isn't pleased, and when she retaliates, she brings the crazy in a number of memorable ways. In an era of rapidly increasing sexual freedom (and rapidly lowering social stigma for women who chose not to remain »

- Tasha Robinson, Scott Tobias, Noel Murray, Nathan Rabin, Leonard Pierce, Josh Modell, Jason Heller, Amelie Gillette

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