PLAYING A MIDDLE CLASS MATRIARCH IS JUST FINE WITH PATRICIA HEATON

We recently visited the set of the ABC sitcom THE MIDDLE to talk with series star PATRICIA HEATON about her character of a middle class, middle of the road and middle of the country matriarch. HEATON told us that, while she identifies with the ‘middle-ness’ of her character, at the heart of the show is a family trying to get by.
 
THE MIDDLE airs tonight on ABC

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THIS IS IT MUSICAL DIRECTOR TALKS OF ‘CREATIVE JOUSTING’ WITH JACKSON

THIS IS IT Musical Supervisor MICHAEL BEARDON recently sat down to discuss his part in the MICHAEL JACKSON documentary film footage that has the world talking. One of the things BEARDON wanted to emphasize was JACKSON’S strong sense of collaboration and cooperation. (Click on the media bar below for audio):
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THIS IS IT is in theaters now

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“SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE” – OUT ON A LIMB

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: Host Cat Deeley (C) announces the eliminated contestants Brandon Dumlao (L) and Ariana Debose (R) on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE airing Tuesday, Oct. 27 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2009 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Kelsey McNeal/FOX.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: Host Cat Deeley (C) announces the eliminated contestants Brandon Dumlao (L) and Ariana Debose (R) on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE airing Tuesday, Oct. 27 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2009 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Kelsey McNeal/FOX.

So You Think You Can Dance faced its first two casualties for season six even before the top 20 began competing.

Billy Bell, who nearly broke his nose impressing the judges during Las Vegas week, is ill and won’t be able to return to the competition.  And Noelle Marsh, who made leaping backbends look effortless, blew-out a knee and may not be able to continue either.

Bell was replaced by Brandon Dumlao, who barely fell short of getting into the top 20.  Melanie LaPatin, who is one of the premiere choreographer’s on SYTYCD stood in for Marsh.  Dumlao’s excitement , however, was short lived.  At the first round of cuts, he was out along with Ariana Debose, the tractor driving Contemporary dancer from Newbern, NC.

Executive Producer, Nigel Lythgoe and judges Adam Shankman and Mary Murphy understand the pain dancers go through for the sake of their art and they admit injury and illness are a fact that can’t be overlooked.

They did, however, end the show on a bright note.  Brandon Dumlao may just get to skirt the rules next season and get a E-ticket back to Las Vegas.  All the judges agreed he never got a fair shake after jumping in for Bell with one day’s notice.

Click onto video for Nigel Lythgoe, Adam Shankman and Mary Murphy‘s insights into dancer pain and suffering on SYTYCD.

So You Think You Can Dance continues with a two-hour show next Tuesday, beginning 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

PAULA ABDUL CAN AND WILL “DANCE” – UPDATE

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: (L-R): Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy and Adam Shankman judge the competition on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE airing Tuesdsay, Oct. 27 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2009 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Kelsey McNeal/FOX.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: (L-R): Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy and Adam Shankman judge the competition on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE airing Tuesdsay, Oct. 27 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2009 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Kelsey McNeal/FOX.

Practically everyone already knows that So You Think You Can Dance Executive Producer, Nigel Lythgoe has asked Paula Abdul to be on the show, but if you were watching last night, you saw Lythgoe holding a chair with the former American Idol judge’s name on it.

Lythgoe tells HollywoodOutbreak.com that Abdul has said yes, but they haven’t discussed finances yet.  Still, when she’s ready, he has set a place for her at the table.

Click onto video for the status of Paula Abdul joining So You Think You Can Dance from Executive Producer, Nigel Lythgoe.

The SYTYCD competition continues with the 18 remaining finalists facing off Tuesday night, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

BILL NIGHY WAS LATE TO THE ASTRO BOY PARTY BUT NOW LOVES THE STYLE

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One of Britain’s most popular actors, BILL NIGHY has two features on American screens this season. In PIRATE RADIO, he plays leader to a bunch of rag-tag DJ’S who set up an illeagal radio station off the UK coast in the 60’s. And, in theaters now, he provides a character voice in the big screen version of the popular comic book, ASTRO BOY. We spoke with NIGHY recently and he talked about how the world wide phenomenon of ASTRO BOY managed to elude him before taking this gig.
 
ASTRO BOY is in theaters now

TRAILER TIME: ALICE IN WONDERLAND (EXTENDED VERSION)

johnny_depp_helena_bonham_carter_alice_in_wonderland_tim_burtonJust hitting the web yesterday is an extended version of the much-anticipated big screen version of ALICE IN WONDERLAND. Directed by TIM BURTON and giving a visual twist to LEWIS CARROLL’s classic tale of a little girl who finds a very disturbing, topsy-turvy world at the bottom of a rabbit hole. And we all know that nobody does ‘disturbing’ better than TIM BURTON.