Why Claire Danes Never Boarded ‘Titanic’

How would “The Heart of the Ocean” looked on Claire Danes? We’ll never know. But we almost did. Danes was under serious consideration for the role of Rose, but turned it down. Kate Winslet wound up getting an Oscar nomination for the role, so why would Danes turn it down? Well, it had to do with the leading man. Director James Cameron recently revealed the casting decision came down to two young actors — Matthew McConaughry and Leonardo DiCaprio. Had McConaughey won the role, we might have seen Danes acting opposite him. But when DiCaprio was cast, Danes knew she had to let somebody else have the role. It wasn’t that she didn’t like DiCaprio, she points out … it was because she had just finished doing another movie with him! (Click on the media bar below to hear Claire Danes)

Even without Titanic on her resume, Danes has done pretty well for herself. The last season of her Emmy-winning series Homeland will premiere on Showtime later this year.

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Eric McCormack & His Real-Life Television Obsessions

It won’t come as a shock for us to report that people love Will & Grace. After all, they kept the original series on TV for eight seasons, and their continued love for the show made it possible for Will & Grace to return from the dead last year, resurrected with brand-new episodes. Do the cast members understand this passion? Absolutely! Eric McCormack says he’s fanboyed other shows the same way Will & Grace fans have supported his show. (Click on the media bar below to hear Eric McCormack)

 

Will & Grace airs Thursdays at 9:30/8:30c on NBC.

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Yara Shahidi: It’s Called ‘Grown-ish’ For A Reason

Grown-ish follows the Zoey Johnson character from Black-ish as she leaves the nest and faces the new, more mature demands of college. But the show isn’t called “College-ish,” and star Yara Shahidi says there’s a good reason for that: While it takes place against the backdrop of college, Grown-ish is a show that’s more about growing up than it is about going to class. (Click on the media bar below to hear Yara Shahidi)

Grown-ish airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on Freeform.

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Tyler Perry: What Made Madea & Her Madness Work

Movie audiences first met Madea in 2005, when Tyler Perry made her first film, Diary of a Mad Black Woman. Over the course of 14 years and nine sequels, we’ve gotten to know the character really well — warts and all. As Perry gets set to retire the character with Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral, we asked him why he feels Madea has become such a fan favorite over the years. (Click on the media bar below to hear Tyler Perry)

 

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral opens in theaters on February 28.

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AJ Michalka Hearts ‘Schooled’s’ Heart

AJ Michalka is certain that fans of The Goldbergs will also be fans of her spinoff, Schooled. First of all, it comes from the same creators. Secondly, it features a couple of characters who got their start on The Goldbergs. And, most importantly, Michalka feels like Schooled hits all the right emotional notes, just like The Goldbergs. (Click on the media bar below to hear AJ Michalka)

Schooled airs Wednesday nights at 8:30/7:30c on ABC, right after The Goldbergs.

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WWE’s Paige & The Phone Call That Rocked Her World

The life of WWE wrestler Paige has already been groundbreaking — at age 21, she was the youngest woman ever to win a WWE title. Then, she was able to parlay her fame into a show business career. One day, she got a surprising call from somebody whose career had taken the same trajectory … and Dwayne The Rock Johnson had some very exciting news to share with her. (Click on the media bar below to hear Paige)

Fighting With My Family opens in theaters this Thursday.

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