‘Do No Harm’ Leads Reflect On Their Acting Journey

Do No Harm (NBC/Patrick Harbron) Premiering tonight (NBC, 10 pm et/pt), the midseason series Do No Harm centers on Dr. Jason Cole (Rescue Me star Steven Pasquale), a neurosurgeon who turns into another personality during the evening. Unfortunately, this other persona, who goes by the name of Ian Price, is a total sociopath who throws a wrench into Cole’s personal life.

During our interviews with Steven Pasquale and his Do No Harm co-star Alana De La Garza (Law & Order), the pair talked about how they both got into acting.  To hear their rather interesting answer (De La Garza is a former teacher), click on the media bar below:

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Top Chef Seattle Recap: Surf N’ Turf Challenge Hits Alaska

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Last night’s Top Chef installment left me with mixed feelings.  On the one hand, Sheldon Simeon’s continued growth and quiet confidence during the competition is one of this season’s highlights, and his Quickfire Challenge victory, in which the chefs spotlighted iceberg lettuce, continued his momentum.

Things can go funny on a cruise ship to Alaska, however, as Simeon’s huge advantage over the elimination challenge (he had first choice of proteins in a Surf N’ Turf theme) did him a disservice. Brooke Williamson won the challenge with a frog legs and mussels dish, and she also received a Caribbean cruise ship trip as her prize (Brooke said the reward was ironic, since she didn’t really have sea legs before this cruise).

The bottom two were Sheldon, whose tempura lobster ended up soggy and not crispy, and Stefan Richter, whose crunchy braised pork belly, though appreciated by Curtis Stone, was met with sheer horror from Tom Colicchio. The crunchiness was the greater of two evils, as Stefan Richter has to pack his knives and go.

Although I’m a huge fan of Sheldon and am proud of his accomplishments as a fellow Filipino, failing to properly cook tempura and actually whipping up a literal translation of the Surf ‘N Turf challenge (he also cooked Korean BBQ filet mignon, sesame cabbage, and kimchi) should have sent him home. At least Stefan tried something different with his eel ravioli, but that dish was also met with substandard results.

With Stefan’s elimination, he must now battle his “wifey” Kristen Kish in Last Chance Kitchen, with Tom Colicchio serving as their judge and jury.  It’s a pretty cool head to head match, as the pair, flirty throughout the season, continued their playful banter as they cooked away.

Top Chef fans can save their favorite eliminated chefs from the show, as a head to head Twitter vote features the recently eliminated chef from Last Chance Kitchen vs. the previous week’s highest vote getter. This week’s Twitter matchup is #savechefcj vs. #savechefjosie. Tweet the name and hashtag of the chef you want to return to the competition.

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Melissa McCarthy Finds Midwest Inspiration For Roles

Identity Thief Jason Bateman reteams with Horrible Bosses director with Identity Thief, the story of a dude (Bateman) who has his identity stolen a woman named Diana (Melissa McCarthy).  Bateman is also a producer on the comedy.

During the press conference for Identity Thief, McCarthy talks about how growing up in a farm has influenced her career. To hear McCarthy, click on the media bar below.

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Identity Thief, which co-stars Jon Favreau, Amanda Peet, Genesis Rodriguez, and T.I., opens nationwide February 8th.

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Top Chef Seattle Goes Cruising With Curtis Stone

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On tonight’s Top Chef, Curtis Stone joins judges Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio, and Hugh Acheson as the chef-testants leave Seattle and board a cruise to Alaska. During their journey, the chefs learn the trials of operating a cruise ship kitchen. Although Kristen Kish is still surviving on Last Chance Kitchen, I’m also pulling for Sheldon Simeon (Kish’s competitor during restaurant wars) to also survive another week.

Top Chef fans can also save their favorite eliminated chefs from either the show or Last Chance Kitchen.  A head to head Twitter vote features the recently eliminated chef from Last Chance Kitchen vs. the previous week’s highest vote getter.  This week’s Twitter matchup is #savechefcj or #savechefjosie. If you’ve read last week’s Top Chef post, you know where my heart lies!
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In the following video, Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi elaborates on her bond with the contestants (she specifically cites her friendships with former cheftestants Kevin Gillespie and Stephanie Izard).

Top Chef airs tonight on Bravo (10 pm et/pt).


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Julianne Hough Finds A ‘Safe Haven’ In Nicholas Sparks’ World

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After working on dance and music oriented films such as Rock of Ages, Footloose, and Burlesque, Julianna Hough spreads her acting wings with Safe Haven, a feature based on the Nicholas Sparks novel.

Lasse Hallstrom, who also directed the Sparks adaptation Dear John, is behind the camera once again for Safe Haven, which centers on Katie (Hough), a woman who seeks refuge in the small town of Southport, North Carolina.

During her stay, Katie falls in love with a widower (Josh Duhamel), but their love may be short lived after her past threatens to destroy her present day happiness.

Click on the media bar and listen to Hough talk about her love for Nicholas Sparks’ novels and she also praises the work of Lasse Hallstrom.

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