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12 items from 2008


Messing's Post-Pregnancy Weight Blues

25 November 2008 8:12 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Debra Messing was left hurt and "depressed" by criticism of her fuller figure following the birth of her son Roman in 2004.

The former Will + Grace star, 40, found herself a target for tabloid critics when she failed to shed the extra weight she'd gained during her pregnancy immediately after welcoming the tot.

She tells the January issue of Shape magazine, "It was written about in the tabloids a lot. On one page it showed all the actresses who got skinny in six weeks or less (after giving birth), and on the other page was me! I was so depressed and frustrated."

Messing admits she struggled to find time in her busy schedule to hit the gym, but is happy she has finally regained her pre-baby figure - dropping 42 pounds (18 kilograms) three years after giving birth.

She adds, "I was exhausted! I couldn't work out three hours a day and do my job as a mother and an actress. So I took the pressure off. I cut back on seeing the trainer but started eating healthier.

"Ultimately I'm very proud of how I dropped the weight because I think it was the healthy approach. I've finally taken ownership of my body." »

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Messing Won't Return To Her Roots

23 October 2008 7:06 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Redheaded actress Debra Messing has refused to return to her natural hair colour - because casting directors ignored her as a brunette.

The former Will + Grace star blended in with the legions of struggling actresses desperate for work in Hollywood before she was cast in her first feature film in 1995.

And she is convinced a botched attempt to dye her hair blonde for the role is what really launched her career.

She says, "My first movie was A Walk in the Clouds with Keanu Reeves and they wanted me to be a 1940s harlot and they said, 'We want you to be blonde.' And I said, 'Ok, I'm an Eastern-European Jew - if you make me blonde, I will look like a heroine addict...'

"(The colourist) poured this bright Titian red colour... I started getting working immediately. I could not get a job as a brunette." »

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Promises, Promises - Hathaway Ready For Her Broadway Bow?

21 October 2008 6:31 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Anne Hathaway is Broadway bound, according to Internet reports.

The actress and former Will + Grace star Sean Hayes are in negotiations to hit the high notes in comedy musical Promises, Promises.

The stageshow is a musical rendering of Billy Wilder's The Apartment.

According to BroadwayWorld.com, the original Promises, Promises Broadway musical ran from 1968 until 1972. »

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Messing To Recreate Channing's Dolly

25 August 2008 6:32 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Former Will + Grace star Debra Messing has filmed a tribute to Carol Channing for the second season of her hit new show Starter Wife.

Messing recreates the funny lady's famous "Hello Dolly" routine from Hello Dolly!, wearing a copycat red gown outfit, a Channing wig and replicas of the stage and screen great's famous eyelashes for the song-and-dance skit with her castmates.

The actress says, "It was amazing. The dress is a replica of the one Carol Channing wore on Broadway. It's spectacular.

"And you would be amazed at how many options there are for eyelashes... We had pictures of Carol all over the place. We were like, 'Ok, how close can we make it?'" »

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Leslie Jordan Is Looking For A Husband

4 July 2008 8:57 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Gay actor Leslie Jordan is looking for love now same-sex marriages are legal in California.

The Will + Grace actor is desperate to make the most of the changes in the law, but is struggling to find a willing and suitable husband.

The 53-year-old tells CYInterview.com, "I think if I met the right person ...I am just afraid I'll end up with some hustler, fall in love with the rent boy, take me for all I am worth."

Jordan laments his perfect man - TV presenter Matt Lauer - is straight and married: "He was on 'Will + Grace,' and I was like a shy Japanese girl behind my hand fan. Every time he came around, all I could do was giggle. I think maybe he thought I was autistic or something." »

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Mullally puzzled by nude requests

24 June 2008 12:18 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Former Will & Grace star Megan Mullally has revealed that she keeps being offered roles that require her to strip on screen. The 49-year-old, who recently had to appear naked for a guest role in the US drama Boston Legal, is quoted by WENN as saying: "I'm not a naked person. I had to be naked in that show. I had to take off all my clothes in front of James Spader. "They were like: 'We're going to close the set.' Cut to - there were like 25 guys." (more) »

- By Simon Reynolds

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Mullally Baffled By Nude Demand Before Turning 50

18 June 2008 12:03 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Megan Mullally has been bombarded with offers to strip off on screen for the first time as she approaches 50.

The 49-year-old star was first asked to shoot a scene semi-nude for a guest appearance on U.S. TV series Boston Legal last year - and is now being called on to shed her clothes more regularly.

But the move has left Mullally confused - because she was never asked to flaunt her figure when she was younger.

The former Will + Grace star says, "I'm not a naked person. I had to be naked in that show (Boston Legal). I had to take off all my clothes in front of (co-star) James Spader. They were like, 'We're going to close the set.' Cut to - there were like 25 guys.

"'Why naked? Why now?' is my question. Because I'm going to be 50 in November and I just did a television pilot for a show for another network and I have to be naked in that. Why not when I was 26 and I was really cute? Why is there such demand for me to take all of my clothes off?" »

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ABC sets comedy with Kohan, Mutchnick

16 February 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

In the first major scripted TV sale after the end of the writers strike, ABC has picked up a multicamera comedy from Will & Grace creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick.

The network Friday handed out a pilot order to the project, which was written on spec before the work stoppage.

Overall, network development picked up right where it left off before the strike. In addition to reviewing outlines and waiting for scripts commissioned before Nov. 5, TV studios are frantically prepping pitches, mostly comedy, that originally were planned to go to the networks in November.

The broadcast nets are expected to pick up an average of five to 10 additional projects each this abbreviated pilot season, some of them going straight to series.

NBC is said to be looking to pick up six to eight more drama and two to three comedy pilots in addition to the ones the network ordered before the strike. »

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Three join 'Soul Men'

13 February 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NEW YORK - Jennifer Coolidge, Sean Hayes and (no relation) Isaac Hayes are joining Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mac in Malcolm Lee's comedy Soul Men for Dimension Films.

Musician John Legend, Affion Crockett, Adam Herschman, Fatso Fasano and Jackie Long are also joining the feature about two former bandmates (Jackson and Mac) forced to reunite when a third member (Legend) passes away. The pair fight with each other all the way across the country when they're forced to take a road trip together for a reunion concert.

Soul marks a return to the big screen for former South Park voice star Hayes, who plays himself. The veteran soul singer suffered a stroke in 2006.

Longtime Christopher Guest ensemble member Coolidge (For Your Consideration) plays Mac's love interest. Former Will & Grace star Hayes plays the band's obnoxious manager.

The film, written by Robert Ramsey and Matthew Stone, is now shooting in Shreveport, Memphis and Los Angeles. Producers David T. Friendly, Charles Castaldi and Steve Greener are aiming for an October theatrical release through MGM. »

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Messing joins 'Park' cast

5 February 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NEW YORK -- Debra Messing is rounding out the ensemble cast of the Latino family drama Humboldt Park for Overture Films.

In Alfredo De Villa's film, Messing plays the wife of John Leguizamo's character and joins him on a trip back to his parent's home. Executive producer Freddy Rodriguez, Alfred Molina, Jay Hernandez, Mercedes Ruehl, Luis Guzman, Melonie Diaz and Vanessa Ferlito also star.

The State Street Pictures and 2DS Productions feature was written by Rick Najera, Ted Perkins and Alison Swan. Robert Teitel and George Tillman Jr. are producing. Filming is set to begin Feb. 13 in Chicago.

Former Will & Grace star Messing recently earned a SAG Award nomination for the miniseries The Starter Wife, and will appear in a USA Network series version of the project this summer. She will also be seen in Picturehouse's remake of The Women this fall.

Messing is repped by Gersh and 3 Arts. »

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Actress Suzanne Pleshette Dies at 70

21 January 2008 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Suzanne Pleshette, who started out in films such as The Birds but became a television star playing Bob Newhart's wife on The Bob Newhart Show, died Saturday night of respiratory failure at her home in Los Angeles; she was 70. Pleshette had been battling lung cancer since 2006, when she underwent chemotherapy and had part of one lung removed. A fresh-faced beauty with a distinctive, husky voice, Pleshette worked mostly onstage in the 50s, with one of her most notable roles as Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker, replacing original star Anne Bancroft. She made her film debut opposite Jerry Lewis in The Geisha Boy and worked steadily in television as she launched her film career. Her most notable screen role was in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, where she played a local schoolteacher who befriends out-of-town socialite Tippi Hedren and helps protect the children of the town during one of the film's terrifying bird attacks. In 1964, she married screen heartthrob Troy Donahue, her co-star in the romantic drama Rome Adventure, though the marriage lasted less than a year, and in 1968 married Texas oilman Tommy Gallagher.

Despite a prolific career in film and television, Pleshette gained her fame playing Emily Hartley, the down-to-earth wife of psychiatrist Bob Hartley (Bob Newhart) on the 70's sitcom The Bob Newhart Show, which ran for six years and earned her two Emmy nominations. Pleshette was so well-known as the small-screen wife of Newhart that she reprised her role in an unexpected cameo in the series finale of Newhart's second major sitcom, Newhart. The episode, where Newhart awakens in the bedroom set of his old show with Pleshette by his side (as they often ended episodes of their old show, trading dry banter) is considered one of the most clever, and surprising, series finales in television history. Pleshette continued working in television through the rest of her career, earning another Emmy nomination for playing Leona Helmsley in Leona Helmsley: The Queen of Mean, and made appearances in sitcoms Good Morning Miami, 8 Simple Rules... and Will & Grace (where she played the mother of Megan Mullally's character, Karen Walker). Pleshette also provided the voices of Yubaba and Zeniba in the English language version of Hayao Miyazaki's Oscar-winning animated film Spirited Away. In 2001, after the death of her second husband, Pleshette married actor Tom Poston, whom she had met 40 years ago and who had co-starred in Newhart; they remained married until his death last year. --Mark Englehart, IMDb staff »

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Actress Suzanne Pleshette Dies at 70

18 January 2008 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Suzanne Pleshette, who started out in films such as The Birds but became a television star playing Bob Newhart's wife on The Bob Newhart Show, died Saturday night of respiratory failure at her home in Los Angeles; she was 70. Pleshette had been battling lung cancer since 2006, when she underwent chemotherapy and had part of one lung removed. A fresh-faced beauty with a distinctive, husky voice, Pleshette worked mostly onstage in the 50s, with one of her most notable roles as Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker, replacing original star Anne Bancroft. She made her film debut opposite Jerry Lewis in The Geisha Boy and worked steadily in television as she launched her film career. Her most notable screen role was in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, where she played a local schoolteacher who befriends out-of-town socialite Tippi Hedren and helps protect the children of the town during one of the film's terrifying bird attacks. In 1964, she married screen heartthrob Troy Donahue, her co-star in the romantic drama Rome Adventure, though the marriage lasted less than a year, and in 1968 married Texas oilman Tommy Gallagher.

Despite a prolific career in film and television, Pleshette gained her fame playing Emily Hartley, the down-to-earth wife of psychiatrist Bob Hartley (Bob Newhart) on the 70's sitcom The Bob Newhart Show, which ran for six years and earned her two Emmy nominations. Pleshette was so well-known as the small-screen wife of Newhart that she reprised her role in an unexpected cameo in the series finale of Newhart's second major sitcom, Newhart. The episode, where Newhart awakens in the bedroom set of his old show with Pleshette by his side (as they often ended episodes of their old show, trading dry banter) is considered one of the most clever, and surprising, series finales in television history. Pleshette continued working in television through the rest of her career, earning another Emmy nomination for playing Leona Helmsley in Leona Helmsley: The Queen of Mean, and made appearances in sitcoms Good Morning Miami, 8 Simple Rules... and Will & Grace (where she played the mother of Megan Mullally's character, Karen Walker). Pleshette also provided the voices of Yubaba and Zeniba in the English language version of Hayao Miyazaki's Oscar-winning animated film Spirited Away. In 2001, after the death of her second husband, Pleshette married actor Tom Poston, whom she had met 40 years ago and who had co-starred in Newhart; they remained married until his death last year. --Mark Englehart, IMDb staff »

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