Ellen DeGeneres Recalls the Night Her Life Changed Forever

48Ellen DeGeneres is one of the most beloved talks show hosts/comediennes in the world. DeGeneres will be returning for the second time to host the Academy Awards.Many don’t remember that DeGeneres started her career as a standup comedienne. Her career really took off when she made her first appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1986. Back when the iconic talk show host Carson was on the air, comediennes would do anything to get on the show to perform. If Carson liked the comedy routine, he would then give a thumbs up sign or call you back to the couch to talk. If that happened, a comedienne’s career was made. Such is exactly what happened to DeGeneres on that night after she performed what is possibly the funniest standup routine in the history of The Tonight Show. We spoke to DeGeneres, who recalled the night that changed her life forever. It’s a great emotional story. (Click on the media bar below to hear Ellen DeGeneres)

Check out DeGeneres on her talk show Ellen, and when she hosts the 86th Academy Awards on March 2, 2014 on ABC.

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Charlie Hunnam Relishes Bike Riding Freedom Of ‘Sons of Anarchy’

Sons of AnarchyAside from the ability to play the always complex Jax Teller on Sons of Anarchy, actor Charlie Hunnam has found a sense of fulfillment by picking up one of the show’s most necessary skill sets: bike riding.

During the recent Sons of Anarchy session at the Television Critics Association Tour, Hunnam talked about how SOA’s bike culture has shaped his own experience.

“Living in Los Angeles, as I’m sure you all know, it’s kind of frustrating to get around,” said Hunnam. “And so much so that it really inhibited my desire to go out into the world and I just had this epiphany the first day on set on riding a bike around that this is the way I really want to get around. I just love it. There’s this sense of freedom and a sense of being a part of the environment around you. It’s fun riding a bike.”

Click on the media bar below to hear Hunnam, who was seen this summer in Pacific Rim, talk about the joy of riding a bike (SOA creator Kurt Sutter is heard at the tail end of the clip).

A new season of Sons of Anarchy begins September 10 on FX.

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For Arsenio Hall Celebrity Apprentice was an Emotional Experience

TCA Summer Press Tour 2013Arsenio Hall is returning to late night television after almost two decades. Hall’s last late night show turned him into a household name. Part of the resurgence of Hall’s popularity was being a contestant on Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice a few seasons ago, wherein he won the competition. Hall looked at his time on the reality series as an emotional experience.  The charity Hall represented was the Magic Johnson Foundation, which helps fund the research for the cure of the AIDS Virus. (Click on the media bar to hear Arsenio Hall)

The Arsenio Hall Show premieres September 9. To find what channel he will air on in your area, check out http://www.arseniohall.com/
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Under The Dome Review: A Show Fit for Stephen King?

UNDER THE DOME (CBS Broadcasting Inc., CR: Kharen Hill)

Under the Dome, a new mini series premiered last Monday night on CBS. Based on the novel by Stephen King, the story centers on a rural town that becomes disconnected from the rest of the world when an invisible force field surrounds the town of Chester Mills.

Perhaps due to director Jack Bender, best known for his creative involvement in the TV show Lost, the show covers the lives of multiple people in the town, each with their own troublesome past. The show also is eerily similar to CBS’ post-apocalyptic drama, Jericho (2004), which only lasted two seasons. Both programs were about small/rural towns cut off from the outside world after acts of terrorism force the towns’ residents into conflict. Much like Jericho, which CBS initially canceled after one season, Under the Dome features a unique and compelling plot, but not much else. The show’s acting is nothing special, and the dialogue seems very generic at times. It’s as if CBS has an outline for their post-apocalyptic TV scripts, where the screenwriters just fill in the names of their characters.

Under the Dome opens on a mysterious character burying a dead body deep in the woods, then cuts to a scene of a standard basic-cable sex scene. And with that, we begin one of our sub-plots that follows a college dropout turned obsessive stalker and his summer “fling” turned kidnap victim.
Similar to Jericho, the show features the town sheriff, played by Jeff Fahey (Lost), who possesses both a heart issue, and a secret about the town. Then we have Big Jim, a city councilman and car salesman played by Dean Norris (Breaking Bad). Big Jim is responsible for sending out an alert message over the only radio station in town that still works to the town’s residents.

Despite being the town hero for a while, the sheriff and Big Jim seem to have some bad blood. We also have the town newspaper editor, played by Rachelle Lefevre, who is called to investigate suspicious amounts of propane being imported into the town just before the dome appears.  While viewers learn that it is impossible to hear anything on the other side of the dome, very little information is given about the cause or source of the dome. Several characters do experience the same odd seizures, followed by mysterious mumblings, which likely ties back to the characters’ close proximity to the edge of the dome – something that will explained in later episodes.

Unfortunately, Under the Dome fails to bring a fresh take to the over-crowded post-apocalyptic-for-TV table. Hopefully, the next episode will leave us on the edge of our seats in the way that the pilot episodes of Lost and Jericho did. Though it’s much more likely that the summer mini-series will follow the same path as many of end-of-the-world TV flops, such as The Event, V, and many others.

** Under The Dome airs tonight on CBS (10 pm et/pt).

By Caleb Dorfman

Betty White’s Humor is Hereditary

117At the age of 91, Betty White is easily still the funniest woman on television. White currently stars on the TV Land hit series, Hot in Cleveland.

White’s career spans over six decades, and she has always been one of the most must beloved comedic actresses. Many will remember White’s roles as the man crazy Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and Rose Nylen on the 1980’s classic television series, The Golden Girls. Throughout her career, she has always played comedic roles, and off camera she is just as funny. White credits her great sense of humor to her parents, who she says had great humor. (Click on the media bar below to hear Betty White)

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