‘Do No Harm’ An “Acting Smorgasbord” For Steven Pasquale

Do No Harm (NBC, Matthias Clamer)

Intriguing premises usually grab my attention, and even though most don’t last past one season (NBC’s Awake, and ABC’s Last Resort are prime examples), at least they made it to broadcast.

Do No Harm, centering on Dr. Jason Cole (Steven Pasquale), a neurosurgeon cursed with a sociopathic alter ego.  This split personality leads to a high level of complication in his own life.  During a recent TCA interview, Pasquale says he doesn’t see the show, which also stars Alana De La Garza (Law & Order), as a garden variety variation on the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story, and he describes his role as an “acting smorgasbord.”

To hear Mr. Pasquale, who previously starred in the FX series Rescue Me, talk about his latest creative venture, click on the media bar below (De La Garza is also heard in the clip):

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Do No Harm premieres Thursday, January 31st (NBC, 10 pm et/pt)

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Nicholas Hoult Was A Trooper With ‘Warm Bodies’ Zombie Makeup

WARM BODIES (Summit Entertainment, Jan Thijs) In Warm Bodies, Nicholas Hoult (Skins) plays a zombie who falls in love with a young woman (Teresa Palmer), and their relationship unfortunately can’t be consummated due to a couple of reasons. For one, he has no blood circulating in his body.  Plus, our conflicted protagonist also killed and proceeded to eat the young lady’s boyfriend (Dave Franco) during a humans vs. zombies confrontation.

One of the most challenging aspects of shooting Warm Bodies was the daily grind of sitting in the makeup chair to transform into a walking corpse.  Hoult, however, reminded us that he played The Beast in X-Men: First Class.

In the following audio clip, Hoult explained why the makeup process behind Warm Bodies wasn’t such a big deal.  Click on the media bar below to hear Hoult:

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Warm Bodies, co-starring John Malkovich, opens February 1st.

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‘Top Chef: Seattle’ Recap – The End of the Josie Show?

TOP CHEF: SEATTLE (Bravo/David Moir)After last week’s restaurant wars left a pit in my stomach due to Kristen Kish’s unexpected elimination, Top Chef: Seattle needed to put a smile on my face. The only way this week’s episode could ever meet my expectations was, and I know this sounds vindictive, if Josie Smith-Malave packed her knives and headed straight to Last Chance Kitchen.

The beginning of Top Chef features a surprisingly remorseful Josie sniffling about Kristen’s decision to take one for the team and get cut by the judges. It’s the first time all season that Josie, whose time management skills led to Kristen’s exist, actually started to acknowledge her failures. But was this a learning experience for the abrasive and obnoxiously loud chef? We will see.

The quickfire challenge had the remaining six preparing sushi for Katsuya Uechi, with the winner taking home $5,000. Since Brooke claimed that she and her husband ate and prepare sushi quite frequently, I thought her Octopus with yuzu and grated wasabi would win over Uechi.  Although she did impress the chef, the prize went to Stefan for his yellowtail with green shiitake and raw lobster with seaweed and unagi.

This week’s elimination challenge was a killer – cook fried chicken for Ma Peche owner David Chang, Tom Colicchio, Emeril Lagasse, Wolfgang Puck, Michelle Bernstein, and Animal co-owners Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook. When Brooke Williamson brought out her chicken breast dish, Dotolo and Shook claimed they applied for a job with Brooke, but she never hired them! That coincidence was actually a rather bad omen for Brooke.

Contestant Joshua Valentine, whose love for meats has been well documented this season, is giddy beyond belief with the elimination challenge, as he decides to cook his spin on his grandfather’s fried chicken.  Valentine’s smoked fried chicken, along with Sheldon Simeon’s fried chicken two ways, and Lizzie Binder’s chicken with peach cabbage slaw, won the chefs over. The winner of the challenge was Valentine, who nabbed his first solo victory of the season.

Josie’s management skills continued to do her wrong, as her chicken with hot sauce and cayenne concoction was among the bottom three dishes.  Stefan had the audacity to make chicken cordon bleu, and during the judges round Padma Lakshmi was visibly upset with Stefan’s excuse that fried chicken was not a delicacy in Germany. Wolfgang Puck chimed in and added his love for fried chicken started in his childhood years in Austria.  Brooke’s chicken breast concept was also poorly received by the judges.

Tom Colicchio, unafraid to mask his season long frustration with Josie’s excuses, also looked visibly annoyed with the chef.  After spending her fair share of time on the Top Chef chopping block, it was Josie who finally got the boot.  Her behavior didn’t win her a ton of friends on the program, and after her elimination Josh sarcastically remarked that the “Josie show” is canceled.

But is The Josie Show really gone for good? She faces Kristen this week on Last Chance Kitchen, and although I hate giving out spoiler alerts, let’s just say karma is a piece of salmon that’s accidentally dropped on the floor!

Top Chef fans also have the power to save one of their favorite eliminated chefs from either the program and 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 #savechefkuniko or #savechefcj . My vote goes to Kuniko, who exited the competition way too soon.

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So who will win Top Chef? Does Sheldon have a shot to win it all thanks to his overall consistency, or will the winner of Last Chance Kitchen rise like the phoenix and take the crown?  Tell us what you think!

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Keith Urban Engages In “Debate 101” On American Idol

American Idol (FOX/Frank Micelotta)

Keith Urban and his fellow American Idol judges have their opinions on which singers should make it to the competition, and as last week’s two-part premiere displayed, the arguments can get a bit animated.

“It turns into Debate 101 I’ve watched Nicki (Minaj) debate, she is very good at it,” says Urban.  “She is really good because she will sort of say ‘well how about this one or that’ and you are like at a certain point you will say, ‘that is a good point’ and I am going to change my question mark to a yes, you know, or my no, I might change that to a yes.”

Urban is also surprised that at the “level of passion” he has for certain contestants, and sometimes being a judge doesn’t always come with being objective and dispassionate.  To hear Keith Urban talk about being “invested” with the singers, click on the media bar below:

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Urban’s most memorable moments from last week was his “Baby It’s Cold Outside” duet with fifteen-year-old songbird Isabelle Parell, who I hope makes it past the Hollywood rounds (fingers crossed).  Why Randy Jackson voted “no” on Parell makes me seriously question his eardrums and his judging acumen.  Anyways, check out the video below:

Tonight’s two-hour American Idol installment (FOX, 8 pm et/pt) has the judges checking out singers in Charlotte, NC.

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Nintendo Wii U Future Features Two Zelda Games And Expanded Social World

The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker During today’s installment of Nintendo Direct, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata unveiled a long list of Wii U news that should excite its current owners and entice even more gaming fans to buy the company’s latest console.  Along with the announcement of new Wii U games in the works, the console aims to bring a deeper level of social interaction to the gaming experience.

“The fun of video games is not only just playing the games, but also sharing experiences together with people – even though they live far away, their skill levels are different or their experience does not happen at the same time,” said Iwata.  “We want Wii U to be the system that brings everyone together.”

Here are some of the announcements made on today’s Nintendo Direct, which can be found at this location:

**Two new Zelda games were announed for the Wii U, including an HD remake of the GameCube title The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker (pictured above).

**A 3D Super Mario action game is in the works, and will be playable at this year’s E3 conference.  A new Mario Kart installment is also in the works, and it will also be playable at E3.

**The creators of Kirby’s Epic Yarn are working on a game which will feature Yoshi as the main character. Takashi Tezuka, the director of Yoshi’s Story and Yoshi’s Island, is supervising the development of the project.

**Nintendo is collaborating with Atlus on RPG titles that features the franchises Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem.

**Wii U Virtual Console: A spring update will add Virtual Console software for the Wii U (available on the Nintendo eShop). Gamers who purchased select NES or Super NES titles on their Wii version and transfiered it to their Wii U console can purchase an enhanced Wii U version of the same title for a reduced price ($1 for NES titles and $1.50 for Super NES games).

**Miiverse On Smartphones – Nintendo nuts can start browsing Miiverse on their smartphones starting this spring.

**System Updates – Along with its spring update, another huge update is expected this summer. Among the improvements is the shortening of time it takes players to start their software and return to the menu screen.

To view a little teaser on the Nintendo/Atlus collaboration, check out the video below:

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