JONAH HILL HITS SHOWBIZ BIG LEAGUES WITH ‘MONEYBALL’

782613 - MoneyballWith great word of mouth for Moneyball and his animated Fox series Allen Gregory premiering October 30th, Jonah Hill’s star continues to rise.  Although he first gained notice for his work in 2007’s Superbad, Hill proved he could carry a film (and play the straight man) last year with the comedy Get Him to the Greek.

With an A-list co-star (Brad Pitt), an Oscar winning screenwriters (Aaron Sorkin and Steve Zaillian), and an acclaimed director (Capote’s Bennett Miller) behind Moneyball, Hill was understandably a bit nervous.

“I’ll be honest, the first week or two of rehearsals when it was just Brad and myself, or Brad, myself, and (co-star) Philip Seymour Hoffman – (those) were some of the most intimidating few days of my life,” says Hill.  “I was just so happy to be there and really wanted to learn from these people and hopefully I would do them proud and not embarrass myself.”

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Moneyball opens Friday.

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TAYLOR LAUTNER LIVING THE DREAM WITH ‘ABDUCTION’

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Taylor Lautner breaks out of the Twilight universe and is the lead in the thriller Abduction, where he plays a teen who finds himself on the run from the FBI and an assortment of bad guys.  Directed by John Singleton, Abduction will test whether or not Lautner can carry his own film.

“I love the (Twilight) franchise, I love that character,” says Lautner.  “But as an actor I want to go off and do different things.  I want to be able to play my own role.  And (Abduction) was that for me.”

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Abduction, co-starring Sigourney Weaver and Alfred Molina, opens Friday.

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‘UP ALL NIGHT’S’ WILL ARNETT: “SOMETIMES MY STUPIDITY COMES IN HANDY”

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The freshman sitcom Up All Night centers on a married couple’s (Will Arnett, Christina Applegate) journey in raising their newborn baby.  While Reagan (Applegate) is a career woman (Maya Rudolph is her talk show host boss), Chris (Arnett) is a stay at home husband.

“I think my character on the show is a lot more laid back than I am as a parent,” says Arnett, who has two sons with wife Amy Poehler.  “Because he’s a new parent, he doesn’t have the wisdom…I’m not saying that I’m wise but you gain some knowledge along the way just through experience with the kids.  I would just say don’t sweat when things don’t go exactly right, don’t try to plan it all out.  Just roll with it.”

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Up All Night airs tonight (NBC, 8 pm et/pt).

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MARISKA HARGITAY: NEW AND OLD FACES BRING ‘LAW & ORDER’

NUP_131895_0128Law & Order: SVU returns tonight for its thirteenth season. However, there will be a few major changes within the show. Christopher Meloini, who played Detective Elliot Stabler since the show’s inception, decided not to return. Also gone is BD Wong who played Dr. George HuangSVU star Mariska Hargitay says it was surreal to be back and is excited for the new season. Hargitay goes on to talk about new cast members Danny Pino and Kelli Giddish joining the cast, along with some old familiar faces returning to the series. (Click on the audio player to hear Mariska Hargitay)

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 Law & Order: SVU airs tonight 10/9 central on NBC

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HARRY CONNICK JR. SEES A “PARALLEL” INTELLIGENCE IN ‘DOLPHIN TALE’

Dolphin TaleHarry Connick Jr. plays a doctor in Dolphin Tale, the true story of Winter, a dolphin is rescued and sent to the Clearwater Marine Hospital after damaging her tail in a crab trap.  Morgan Freeman co-stars as Dr. Cameron McCarthy, who is tasked with developing a prosthetic tail for Winter.

“(Dolphins) are not intelligent like we are,” says Connick Jr. “It’s like a parallel sort of intelligence where you may cross paths with them occasionally and feel like there’s a connection but it’s almost like they have an equal but separate type of intelligence.  It’s really hard to explain.  But every once in a while you get the sense that they know what’s going on, but that’s coming from a condescending perspective.”

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