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Chicago – It’s difficult to think of a role better suited for the chameleon-like abilities of Toni Collette than Tara Gregson, a devoted wife and mother struggling with dissociative identity disorder. Every episode holds an element of surprise, since viewers are never quite sure which of Tara’s “alters” will emerge next. Will it be the perky ’50s housewife, the flirtatious teenager or the testosterone-oozing Vietnam vet?
Yet in order for the audience to buy any of these personas, they must believe in the character of Tara herself, and that’s where Collette excels the most. Though the actress has played a variety of harried yet loving mothers in everything from “The Sixth Sense” to “About a Boy,” Tara is unlike anyone Collette has tackled before. The character is the bold brainchild of Diablo Cody, a screenwriter who loves telling stories about female protagonists with issues that are worth putting up with. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Conservative British MP Nigel Evans has come out after pressure from a gay liberal politician and a chat with a fabulous soap star from Coronation Street. Evans voted against equalizing the age of consent and fought to leave the horrid Section 28 as law. I guess the rule about conservative anti-gay politicians remains true on either side of the ocean.
Matt Dillon is set to play Claire’s ex-boyfriend on Modern Family. After how poorly Phil handled his ex-girlfriend when she turned up, I’m hoping for more of the same. And that there’s an underwear scene for Dillon.
Shonda Rhimes has had a non-medical series picked up to pilot. This one is about public relations and crisis management. I’m willing to bet that we get at least one plot with a famous person facing being forcefully outed, but not a single regularly recurring character who’s gay.
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- Ed Kennedy
The United State of Tara star will appear on the second half of this season as Seth, Sarah's estranged ex-husband and the father of Amber and Drew.
This character has not appeared since the pilot, where he was portrayed by Darin Heames.
When Corbett returns as the musician, he'll be in town to perform a few shows with his band. His arrival will coincide with Parenthood's move to Monday nights in March. »
- email@example.com (Matt Richenthal)
TV news bites to keep you going for the holidays home stretch:
You'll see Sarah's ex on "Parenthood" in 2011, and he'll look a lot like John Corbett. The "United States of Tara" star will have a recurring part on the NBC show as Sarah's (Lauren Graham) screwup of an ex-husband, who hasn't been seen since the show's pilot (and who was played by Darin Heames at the time). [Deadline]
Occasional "Bones" squint and "Avatar" co-star Joel David Moore will guest on an episode of "Hawaii Five-0" in the new year. He'll play the deputy director of a tsunami tracking center whom the team calls on in a crisis. [Movieline]
The final episode of "Larry King Live" drew 2.24 million viewers on Thursday night (Dec. 16). That's way above its typical audience and led the cable-news race for its timeslot. [CNN]
NBC has announced audition dates and sites for its new singing competition "The Voice." They start Jan. »
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A recovering alcoholic and musician, Seth will return to the Braverman fold when he comes to town for a few concerts with his band. Nine months sober, he attempts to...
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- Kate Stanhope
Jim Carrey will be the first Saturday Night Live host of the new year - The Wrap In honor of Tron: Legacy, a brief history of computers in the movies - Rotten Tomatoes Hot: a mashup of Robert Pattinson's most smoldering looks - MTV Movies Blog Jeff Bridges's 10 best roles; bet you know what number one is - Moviefone Watch Anne Hathaway invite the students of P.S. 22 to perform at the Oscars - PopWatch Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, and Charlie Hunnam sign on for thriller Kin - Coming Soon John Corbett is joining Parenthood - Deadline Rosario Dawson and Lynn Collins cast in Ten Year - The Playlist See the most adorable marriage proposal using the Muppets - TrèsSugar »
John Corbett has signed to appear in multiple episodes of NBC's Parenthood. Corbett will join the ensemble drama in a recurring role starting next year, reports Deadline. The actor will portray Seth, the musician and recovering alcoholic ex-husband of Sarah (Lauren Graham). Actor Darin Hearmes originally played the part in the first episode of the show's first season. The multi-episode arc will see Corbett's character trying to (more) »
- By Mike Moody
Seems the role of Sarah Braverman's ex-husband, Seth, is going to be further integrated into the story and is getting a new (and familiar) face to boot!
According Deadline Hollywood, John Corbett will soon be gracing our screen and messing it up with the Braverman family. Seth, a recovering alcoholic and musician will be playing some shows in town, which is how he will get back in touch.
The Thanksgiving episode reminded us of what a big role Seth actually has in the lives of the Bravermans, even though he has not been on screen since the pilot. Sarah's son, Drew had a nice long conversation with his dad after Zeek took the bitter pill and called him to let him know how much Drew needed his father in his life. Sarah's daughter, Amber, refused to speak to him. Knowing the angst Seth caused this line of the Braverman family, »
- Carissa Pavlica
Ramona and Beetlejuice? Now that would.ve been interesting. However, Beverly Cleary.s rambunctious creation Ramona springs to life in this big screen adaptation. It.s a great time for the whole family. Ramona Quimby (Joey King) is a rambunctious third grader, the bane of her teacher Mrs. Meacham (Sandra Oh), living on Klickitat Street. She lives with her older sister Beatrice .Beezus. (Selena Gomez), baby sister Roberta (Aila and Zanti McCubbing), mom Dorothy (Bridget Moynahan), and dad Robert (John Corbett). Beezus was the unfortunate nickname bestowed upon Beatrice by the baby Ramona and there.s no love lost because of it. Beezus is always trying to impress Henry (Hutch Dano) but Ramona seems to accidentally sabotage those encounters. The Quimby.s live next door »
- Jeff Swindoll
Courtesy 20th Century Fox
She’s not technically a celebrity baby, but actress Joey King, 11, is a celebrity in her own right.
The pint-sized actress, who’s appeared in Reign Over Me and on Entourage, took a major star turn this year in the title role of Ramona and Beezus, costarring Selena Gomez, and currently out on DVD and Blu-ray disc.
“I had the best time ever working on the film,” King recently told People Moms & Babies. “I looked up to everyone there, especially Selena. She was like a big sister to me. She’s a good role model.”
Chicago – With junk like “Marmaduke” and “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore” pitching themselves to children like bad fast food, it can be hard for an honestly-good and genuine family film to find an audience. “Ramona and Beezus” is the kind of family offering that will hopefully find a large audience on Blu-ray and DVD. It’s no classic and far from perfect but it’s definitely a success for its target audience that could surprisingly appeal to people outside of its demographic as well.
Blu-Ray Rating: 3.5/5.0
A film like “Ramona and Beezus” must satisfy two major requirements for this critic. One, unlike most Hollywood family films, don’t talk down to your audience. Writer Beverly Cleary, the author of this film’s source material, is a multi-generational icon because she refused to write fart jokes, simple moral messages, and slapstick. She knew her readers were smarter than most »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Even in your mid-50s, you still look like a perfect 10!
Bo, maybe the secret to your eternal youth is your hot younger finance’ actor John Corbett. With a peaceful and romantic life at home and your fulfilling charity work with verterans, this year will continue to bring you nothing but happiness. Astrology.com has all the details
Happy birthday, Bo Derek! Since your jaw-dropping debut (if we don’t count ‘Orca: The Killer Whale’) in ‘10,’ you’ve been immortalized as sex symbol. Your Scorpio brethren would not be disappointed! Love and romance get serious for you this coming year, although planets hitting your Mars in the twelfth house may set off hidden reservations about commitment. Ever diplomatic (Venus in Libra), you seem to carefully strike a balance between your lust for independence and your need for passion.
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- HL Intern
The fun, the fashion, the friendship: Sex and the City 2 brings it all back and more as Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Samantha (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte (Kristin Davis) and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) take another bite out of The Big Apple—and beyond—carrying on with their busy lives and loves in a sequel that truly sparkles. What happens after you say “I do”? Life is everything the ladies ever wished it to be, but it wouldn’t be “Sex and the City” if it didn’t hold a few more surprises… This time in the form of a glamorous, sun-drenched adventure that whisks the women away from New York to one of the most luxurious, »
- David Sztypuljak
When a show has the luxury to end on its own terms, without the interference of a studio mandated end date, it has the rare opportunity to bow gracefully out of the spotlight instead of getting the vaudevillian hook. Calling it a luxury in today’s ratings-oriented market is an understatement; it’s a rarity and one that most shows wish they had. So when a show like Sex and the City, which had a six season run and then let the characters disappear into their New York penthouses to live happily ever after, gave its fans a respectable farewell, the fans were ready and waiting to watch the send-off. The only thing is, the exit of Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte from HBO’s bejeweled lineup was the highest ranked episode of the series, and thus talks of Sex and the City movies became inevitable - and now we »
- Lex Walker
Hitting movie theaters this weekend:
127 Hours – James Franco (limited)
Movie of the Week
The Stars: James Franco
The Plot: A mountain climber (Franco) gets trapped under a boulder in Utah and must resort to drastic measures in order to survive.
The Buzz: Director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) brings this “based on a true story” to life. Can it ready be Oscar worthy? Can it really make some people nearly pass out? Can Franco really hold your attention the entire time? Lots of questions, but I’ve already seen this flick, and the quick answer to everything is “yes.”
Every Friday we’ll have new reviews of the latest films.
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- Jeff Bayer
Chicago – Those of you longing for a film version of “The Sopranos,” “Friends,” or “24” (all of which have been rumored at some point or another), should look no further than “Sex and the City 2,” which was recently released on Blu-Ray and DVD, for a cautionary tale. HBO’s “Sex and the City” was a fantastic comedy but both films based on it have been disastrous. Their only value is for filmmakers to learn what not to do with a creative property.
Blu-Ray Rating: 2.0/5.0
Even after the mess that was “Sex and the City,” there was reason to hope that writer/director Michael Patrick King and his talented ensemble would reignite the magic of the show in “Sex and the City 2.” Every series has a few subpar episodes and perhaps that was all that went wrong with the first movie. Well, it happened again. After a reasonably-strong first hour, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
At least not yet.
As famous for his grizzled look as the deep, unmistakable voice that has promoted everything from beef to (currently) trucks, the veteran actor reportedly is among the top choices to play Daily Bugle publisher J. Jonah Jameson in the next chapter of the Sony Pictures franchise that will introduce Andrew Garfield ("The Social Network") as the new friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
"I had no idea," Elliott tells Zap2it of the apparent interest in him for the Jameson part. "I just like to work, and the first consideration is that it be decent work, good work. That said, I feel like I'm lucky. I've had this career for a long time. It's what I've wanted to do since I was a little kid, and I've just been blessed. »
Easy A (15)
There's always room for a smart-mouthed high-school comedy in a Juno/Mean Girls vein – it's just a pity they come along so rarely. This doesn't quite make that grade but it aims for it, tackling issues of virginity and sluttishness through the story of a nice girl who lies about who she's laid and suffers the fallout – especially from the Jesus freaks.
The life of the terrorist serves as a thrilling survey of cold war-era geopolitics in Assayas's swift, stylish, serious biopic, which covers a staggering amount of ground. See feature, p10.
Senior-citizen assassin comedy that gets away with a lot thanks to its cast. As a ride, it's more stairmaster than a rollercoaster. »
- The guide
Wholesome comedy about a family fallen on hard times, suitable for 12-year-old girls. Suitable, but not that entertaining
If your 12-year-old daughter has a bunch of her friends round in future for a sleepover and you need something bland to stick in the DVD player to keep them quiet, then this might do. Although come to think of it, they'll probably put it on, wait till you've gone away, then whack on Saw or The Texas Chainsaw Massacre instead. Anyway, this is a wholesome comedy, shot in a flat, Cornflakes-ad style, about a family that falls on hard or hard-ish times when their dad (John Corbett) gets laid off; daughters Ramona (Joey King) and Beezus (Selena Gomez) have to figure out how to help. Nothing to frighten the horses, as they say, or interest or entertain them much, either.
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- Peter Bradshaw
Review by Mike Gregory
After watching “Haunting Vallisca,” I approached “‘Christmas in the Clouds with extreme trepidation. I needn’t have worried; I liked this movie from frame one. “Christmas in the Clouds” is a low-key screwball comedy that is so likable that it’s almost unfair. The characters are lovable and the whole movie gives off great warmth. It’s not a laugh-a-minute kind of movie (although there are a good few hearty laughs), but it will leave you with a constant smile on your face. Watching this movie, I was reminded of two movies: “City Island” and “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” I was surprised at the former association because I hated it and really liked this one. Still, there are similarities in the film’s tone. Why I was reminded of the latter is a little more obvious. Both of them derive a lot of their humor »
- Tom Stockman
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