Actor/singer TERRENCE HOWARD is nothing if not outspoken when it comes to his views on well,….on everything. But it’s music that he’s especially passionate about. We spoke to HOWARD not too long ago and he talked about society’s ills having some base in today’s music. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR BELOW):

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Catch TERRENCE HOWARD’S new film FIGHTING in theaters this week-end

 


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The new Los Angeles based drama THE INFORMERS stars BILLY BOB THORNTON, KIM BASINGER, MICKEY ROURKE and LOU TAYLOR PUCCI in multiple story threads set in the 80’s and illustrating the various class struggles in L.A. culture. Directed by GREGOR JORDAN from a screenplay by BRET EASTON ELLIS and NICHOLAS JARECKI, some of the film was shot in Argentina. We caught up with LOU TAYLOR PUCCI (THUMBSUCKER, EMPIRE FALLS) on the red carpet at THE INFORMERS premier and he talked about the shoot. Listen in below:

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If they gave out awards for Hollywood’s biggest practical joker, without a doubt George Clooney would have another award to put next to his Oscar.  Nobody Clooney comes into contact with is immune, but his favorite targets are his best friends.  Possibly the most infamous example of his mischievous mayhem is the prank he pulled on character actor Richard Kind, and Clooney can’t help but remember it fondly. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR BELOW TO HEAR GEORGE CLOONEY)

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At the recent press conference for the upcoming romantic comedy GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST, movie star mom JENNIFER GARNER talked about making movies when you’ve got a couple of wee ones to keep an eye on. It sounds like she’s got it down pat. Listen in below:

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After several years of development, THE FIGHTER is finally seeing the light of day, thanks to Mark Wahlberg and latest addition Christian Bale.  The picture is a biopic of famed pugilist Mickey Ward (Wahlberg, who has been diligently training for the role) and his manager/half brother Dicky Eklund (Bale).  THE WRESTLER filmmaker Darren Aronofsky was originally attached to direct, with Matt Damon set to play Ecklund. Brad Pitt stepped in when Damon dropped out, but Pitt and Aronofsky eventually left the project.  Now Wahlberg, who has been part of the project from the get-go, is reteaming with his THREE KINGS and I HEART HUCKABEES director David O.Russell for THE FIGHTER, and he talks about the project. (as well as his ongoing friendship with Mickey Ward) (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR BELOW TO HEAR MARK WAHLBERG)

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This just in from MARC BERMAN’S PROGRAMMING INSIDER

Coming Up on E!: She may have just been bounced from Celebrity Apprentice, but Khloe Kardashian has landed a new non-scripted gig: Kourtney and Khloe in Miami, which will air on E! The half-hour Keeping Up With the Kardashians spin-off will feature Khloe and sister Kourtney as they open up a new boutique and work on their social lives in Miami. Also coming up on E! is The Lamas Family, which will center on former The Bachelor winner Shayne Lamas (and will feature her actor father Lorenzo). Both shows are expected to begin later this year.

Early Return for Ugly Betty on ABC:
Fans of Ugly Betty anxious for its return should mark their calendars for April 30 (instead of May 7 as originally planned). ABC has announced that current occupants In the Motherhood and Samantha Who? will exit this Thursday instead of the following week.

Debra Messing Expected to Return to NBC:
Former Will & Grace star Debra Messing is in negotiations with NBC to headline a single-camera comedy about a downsized CEO who tries to readjust as a full-time wife and mother. With My Name is Earl potentially on the chopping block, the untitled sitcom could fit right into the network’s two-hour Thursday comedy block.

Another “D” Lister Joins I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!:
Yesterday I reported that NBC’s upcoming revival of reality/competition I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! will include supermodel Janice Dickinson, talk show host Geraldo Rivera, Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman, The Hills couple Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt and (pending court approval) ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. The next “celebrity” to join the fracas is former American Idol contestant Sanjaya Malakar. Let’s just hope he does not sing in the house!

I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! will kick-off with a two-hour installment on Monday, June 1 at 8 p.m. ET (and will air Monday through Thursday at 8 p.m. for the first three weeks, and Monday through Wednesday in the final week).


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CRANK: HIGH VOLTAGE star AMY SMART is just a local girl working in a company town. When we spoke with her recently, she talked about growing up in the Los Angeles suburb of Topanga and working in movies while living in a ‘movie’ town. Listen in below:

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At the recent press conference for the hit ‘body swap’ comedy 17AGAIN co-stars ZAC EFRON and MATTHEW PERRY talked about working together and their rehearsal process. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR BELOW):

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The upcoming romantic comedy GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST ha been in various states of production for over six years and director MARK WATERS has been along for the entire ride. We spoke with WATERS last week-end and he talked about how JENNIFER GARNER came to be cast in the lead. Listen in below:

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On this day in 1989, UNIVERSAL PICTURES released what some consider the greatest baseball movie ever made. KEVIN COSTNER stars as an Iowa corn farmer who hears voices telling him to build a baseball field. When he does, the Chicago Black Sox show up. Directed by PHIL ALDEN ROBINSON, this is a near perfect meld of the sports and fantasy genres.


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