DENNIS QUAID BONDS WITH ‘SOUL SURFER’ FATHER

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The upcoming film Soul Surfer centers on Bethany Hamilton (AnnaSophia Robb), who lost her left arm in 2003 after a shark attack when she was just 13.  After the tragedy, Hamilton remained passionate about surfing, and overcoming her various challenges serve as the heart of the inspirational picture. Dennis Quaid (Legion) and Helen Hunt co-star as Bethany’s parents, Tom and Cheri Hamilton.

“I enjoy it now more than my early twenties and thirties, I really do,” said Quaid when asked about how he approaches acting these days.  “I have more enthusiasm because I think I have less angst about it.  Certainly at this point of the journey, when you talk about being an apprentice and journeyman I would say I am at the masters level of it.  I still feel like I’m a student at what I’m doing. That’s what makes it really fun and interest for me, to kind of learn something new.”

Click on the media bar and listen to Quaid talk about meeting Tom Hamilton during the production of Soul Surfer, which opens April 8th.

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BETTY WHITE’S PUNKING PROGRAM “BETTY WHITE’S OFF THEIR ROCKERS” GREEN LIT

Pictured: Betty White -- Photo by: Isabella Vosmikova/Bravo

Pictured: Betty White -- Photo by: Isabella Vosmikova/Bravo

Because we can never get enough of Betty White, NBC has announced a new hidden camera reality show entitled Betty White’s Off Their Rockers (working title).

The legendary actress and multiple Emmy winner will not only host the series, but will executive produce the show as well. The show will follow a band of seven senior citizens who make it their mission to play pranks on unsuspecting younger people…a sort of Punk’d with 80-somethings in control.

“People have been telling me that I’m ‘Off My Rocker’ for years — now I can prove it,” commented White in a written statement released by the network.

NBC has ordered 12 episodes of Betty White’s Off Their Rockers.

RYAN SEACREST RELEASES “WANGO TANGO” LINE UP FOR 2011

AMERICAN IDOL host Ryan Seacrest announced this year’s “Wango Tango 2011” line up. Photo courtesy: Tony Duran / FOX.

AMERICAN IDOL host Ryan Seacrest announced this year’s “Wango Tango 2011” line up. Photo courtesy: Tony Duran / FOX.

Ryan Seacrest has announced the line up for this year’s Wango Tango 2011.

The all-day concert – courtesy of KIIS FM in Los Angeles, will feature live performances by: Ke$ha, Pitbull with Jennifer Lopez, Selena Gomez, Lupe Fiasco, T-Pain, Jason Derulo, Far East Movement, New Boyz, Cobra Starship and newcomer Cody Simpson.

Seacrest will host the yearly musical extravaganza, but guess what? He’ll be joined in his hosting duties by special guest host, Britney Spears!

Wango Tango 2011 takes place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on May 14th. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 1st, 10:00 a.m. PT for KIIS Club VIP Members. The remaining tickets (if there are any) will go on sale to the public Saturday, April 2nd, 10:00 a.m. on the KIIS FM website www.kiisfm.com, or through Ticketmaster.com and Charge-By-Phone (800) 745-3000.

‘BIG BANG THEORY’S’ KALEY CUOCO MEETS A RUSSELL BRAND BUNNY IN ‘HOP’

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The Big Bang Theory actress Kaley Cuoco plays a career woman whose slacker brother (James Marsden) bonds with the son (Russell Brand) of the Easter Bunny in the family feature Hop (opening Friday).  In a recent interview to promote the picture, Cuoco talked about how her early start in acting (she started at 5) helped her get a “thick skin” for show business.

“When I was acting and auditioning, I always had to do two things. So if I was going to act, I had to do a sport.  I couldn’t just focus on one.  It was kind of brilliant because if something bad happened to one of them, I always had something to fall back on,” said Cuoco. “I was never devastated.  I never felt bad about myself, and I learned rejection so young.  My parents told me that it’s not going to be fun all the time.  When I was little,  I was working a lot and it was great and I was thinking this is the easiest thing ever.  Anyone can do this.  But then you get older and people say `You are so not right for this.’  I was right for everything when I was 6!!  I formed a very thick skin at a young age.  Even now, even though it’s such a great job, it is still to me a job.  I do other things.  This is not my life.”

Click on the media bar and listen to Cuoco compare her character in The Big Bang Theory to her latest role in Hop.

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JAKE GYLLENHAAL GETS “TENSE” WHEN WATCHING ‘SOURCE CODE’

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In the thriller Source Code, Jake Gyllenhaal plays a soldier who travels back in time to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train.  Unfortunately, the soldier has his own motives for the mission, as he initially tries to stop the bombing and save the train’s passengers (which includes co-star Michelle Monaghan).

“The whole movie has this sort of strange, psychological, sort of physiological effect on your body,” said Gyllenhall, who was last seen with Anne Hathaway in Love & Other Drugs.  “I’m even tense watching it now when I see it and I know everything that happens in the movie.  And that was the same way shooting it.  Constant questioning, making sure we put the clues in all the right places and making sure we’re a step ahead of the audience.”

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Source Code opens Friday.


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