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If you’ve seen “The Proposal,” you know that Betty White steals nearly every scene she appears in.  The actress, long admired for her comedic abilities on sitcoms from “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” to “The Golden Girls,” considers the new movie to be one of the highlights of her career, thanks to the rapport she built with co-stars Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR BELOW TO HEAR BETTY WHITE)
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ben-bratt-the-cleanerGet out your hankies for tonight’s season premiere of the A&E series THE CLEANER. Star BENJAMIN BRATT plays an interventionish who steps in to help a man who relapses after his wife is diagnosed with terminal cancer. At the recent press conference with the show’s stars, BRATT talked about why he wanted in on this series. Listen in below:

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Season premiere of THE CLEANER airs tonight on A & E

 


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call-of-the-wild-posterOn this day in 1935, UNITED ARTISTS released the big screen adaptation of JACK LONDON’S classic adventure novel, THE CALL OF THE WILD. Directed by WILLIAM WELLMAN and starring CLARK GABLE, LORETTA YOUNG and JACK OAKIE, this film has been getting junior high students through book reports for decades.


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On this day in 1971, 14-year-old Carrie Fisher makes her performing debut, appearing in her mother’s nightclub act in Sparks, Nevada. Her mother, Debbie Reynolds, was a popular actress with MGM in the 1950s, but her film career faded as she aged, and she shifted her focus to live performance. Fisher went on to co-star in the blockbuster Star Wars movie and its sequels. She wrote a best-selling novel, Postcards from the Edge, based on her struggle with drugs, and another, Surrender the Pink, about her ill-fated marriage to singer Paul Simon.


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harlow2On this day in 1965, PARAMOUNT PICTURES released HARLOW, one of two biopics released that year based on the life of legendary actress JEAN HARLOW. Based on the tawdry bestseller by IRVING SCHULMAN and directed by GORDON DOUGLAS the film starred CARROLL BAKER, RED BUTTONS, ANGELA LANSBURY, PETER LAWFORD, MIKE CONNORS and MARTIN BALSAM. Completely wrong on so many levels, this movie remains watchable just for the presence of BAKER.


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Word has just come in that TV pioneer ED McMAHON has died at the age of  86 as a result of cancer.

McMAHON’S long presence in television included career defining stints on THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JOHNNY CARSON, STAR SEARCH and as spokesman for PUBLISHER’S CLEARING HOUSE.

We attended a TCA panel consisting of McMAHON, DICK CAVETT, BETTY WHITE and TIM CONWAY a couple of years ago. Listen in as ED talks about some of the changes he’s seen in the world of television:

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1162In what will be her first movie star role in a decade, Cher is set to join Christina Aguilera in “Burlesque,” a contemporary musical for Screen Gems.

Steven Antin will direct from a script he wrote that was revised by Susannah Grant (Daily Variety, May 4).

Aguilera will play an ambitious small-town Iowa girl with a big voice who comes of age in a neo-burlesque club on Sunset Boulevard that’s run by Tess (Cher), a former dancer who struggles to keep the club open and gives the young girl a chance to shine.

Cher will sing onscreen. While her voice has been heard in many films, “Burlesque” will mark the first time she’ll be seen singing in a film she stars in. Cher last starred in “Tea With Mussolini” in 1999


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We might have finally reached the end of the online battle between Danny Gokey’s and Adam Lambert’s fans.

For nearly a week now, supporters of the “American Idol” finalists have been feuding over a handful of Facebook pictures (and comments) posted by Gokey’s cousin, a statement Gokey made during a Comcast live chat, and a prank Gokey played on Lambert during a dinner party in Los Angeles. There have been accusations of homophobia and jealousy and of “Glamberts” not being able to take a joke.

It got to be too much, and over the weekend, the two men at the center of this storm — Gokey and Lambert — decided it was time to weigh in. Both took to their Twitter accounts Sunday morning in an attempt to quash any rumors of beef.

“Hey u all, there has never been any drama between [Adam Lambert],” Gokey wrote. “We have always fully respected each other. Relax!!”

“Danny Gokey and I have not ever and do not have any drama,” Lambert added. “We are friends. Chill out with all the gossip kiddies!”

Despite the Tweets, as of Monday morning (June 22), fans of both “Idol” contestants don’t show any sign of letting up. Comments continue to pile up on both stories MTV News has written about the incident, with most now hypothesizing that 19 Entertainment — the company that produces “Idol” and many of the contestants’ post-show careers — forced one or both of them into brokering a truce.


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disneys-a-christmas-carolWe had the chance to sit in on a twenty minute presentation of scenes from the upcoming holiday film DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL in IMAX 3-D and can only say that, visually, it is nothing short of AMAZING. Directed by ROBERT ZEMECKIS (THE POLAR EXPRESS) and starring JIM CARREY, COLIN FIRTH and GARY OLDMAN, this is one very cool holiday present.


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1159The process of filming “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” was complicated by Shia LaBeouf’s car accident, which broke the actor’s left hand right in the middle of the movie’s shooting schedule.  That forced director Michael Bay to make some difficult decisions — and do another round of “casting.” (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR BELOW TO HEAR MICHAEL BAY)

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