Lori Loughlin Thankful for Full Slate Including 'Northpole' Sequel; Cameron Mathison Thankful 'Murder' Movie Fits With 'E.T.' Chores Lori Loughlin is feeling immense gratitude as this Thanksgiving rolls around. The actress has the Hallmark Channel's simply delightful "Northpole: Open for Christmas" original movie, which debuted Nov. 21. She has more of her "Garage Sale Mystery" …Read more. Ask Stacy -- Week of 11/21/15 DEAR STACY: I read that Eddie Murphy did a scathing impression of Bill Cosby when Murphy was given an award in D.C. some weeks ago. Is this going to be on the air at some point? I'd like to see it. — Erick J., Torrance, California DEAR ERICK: …Read more. Co-Stars Turned Lovers: Gwen and Blake the Latest in Show-Business Tradition In case you have been living under a rock, you know that music stars and fellow "The Voice" coaches Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton have confirmed their romance. Last week, we got to see the chemistry between the pop goddess and the country charmer …Read more. Dear Stacy DEAR STACY: OMG, I saw a photo of Tom Hanks with white hair. Please tell me it's for a part. — Jen, Warren, OH DEAR JEN: It's for a part. The 59-year-old actor was transformed for the role of Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, the pilot who …Read more.more articles
Color of Magic' a Painful Experience For Tim Curry/'Hotel For Dogs' Gives Lisa Kudrow a Wanna-See For Her Son
For Tim Curry, playing the evil maniac, Trymon, in "Terry Pratchett's The Color of Magic" was a painful experience — literally.
He tells us that after playing King Arthur in "Spamalot" in New York and London, he was having foot problems that worsened during "The Color of Magic" due to the fact his character "wears all these appalling shoes." Since then, he's been in for foot surgery — twice. Curry took four to five months off to recuperate after his first operation, then went off to Marrakech to film an Agatha Christie mystery series installment for British TV, "and it became clear the first operation hadn't done it. So I had another one, and I'm just back now, finally ready, I hope. A good three or four months you're lugging this boot around … But it meant I had a wonderful summer." Enforced rest, he adds, "is not always such a bad thing."
Bringing to life author Terry Pratchett's fantastical Discworld, "Color of Magic" also stars Sean Astin, Sir David Jason and Christopher Lee. It's due to make its U.S. premiere on ION in early '09. "The sets were amazing. You really felt you were in this extraordinary world," Curry says. And as for playing Trymon, he asks, "What's not to like? He's entirely venal. He makes Machiavelli look shy."
THE BIG SCREEN SCENE: "Hotel for Dogs" isn't due on screens 'til January, but it already has produced excitement — at least in some quarters. Lisa Kudrow tells us her 10-year-old son Julian is looking forward to the flick in which Emma Roberts leads a group of young people who manage to hide a bunch of stray pooches in a vacant building. It's the first movie she's done, she reports, "that my son saw a preview for and said, 'Hey, I want to see that.'
"'Romy and Michele' was not for him, 'Friends' has not enough action…'" The zany "Hotel" was "really fun to shoot," says Lisa. "Kevin Dillon is hilarious. And I love Emma Roberts. I think she is so good."
Kudrow has several other projects on the way — including the youth musical "Bandslam" in which she costars with Vanessa Hudgens, Scott Porter, Alyson Michalka and Gaelan Connell, and the forthcoming indie drama "Powder Blue" with Forest Whitaker, Jessica Biel, Patrick Swayze, Ray Liotta and Kris Kristofferson. The latter is writer-producer-director Timothy Linh Bui's tale set in the seamy underbelly of Los Angeles on Christmas Eve.
"I play this waitress who's one of the people who is actually trying to be healthy," Lisa says.
Now, says the actress, whose credits include voicing a grizzly bear in the 2001 "Dr. Dolittle 2," "I would really love to do a voice in an animated movie."
OUT OF THE ASHES: Butch Walker, who's known for producing hit songs for Avril Lavigne, Katy Perry, Pink and Fall Out Boy, lost all of his possessions last year when his house burnt to the ground during the Malibu wildfires. The musician/producer tells us the experience led to his newest album, "Sycamore Meadows," which just hit stores. "It's 12 songs of me having a lot of things to get off my chest after last year's cleaning of the house, so to speak. It was sad. You can't help but be disgusted by all of the things you lost," he says of the destruction.
But it also evoked some much-needed creativity. "I wasn't inspired to write much before the fire. I felt like I had hit a wall of complacency," notes Walker. "When that happened, I definitely wasn't complacent anymore. I felt like I had a lot to talk about. I was very emotional, obviously, and it helps with writing songs that are more heartfelt."
Walker tells us he's been able to look on the bright side thanks in part to Red Hot Chili Peppers' guitarist Flea, who actually owned the home. "It was a rotten deal for both of us. He technically still owned the house, but he hadn't lived there for a year so he didn't have anything in it." Walker had a contract to buy the home, but had not yet done so, and thus had no homeowner's insurance, "so that made it a lot tougher of a loss financially," he notes.
Flea "was a good sport about it. We both walked away from it going, 'Well, that's that. Carry on.' He was more than helpful with the financial trauma. He also helped in seeing the good side. It's sort of a relief to know you don't have all this stuff anymore. It lifts this weight of responsibility off of you."
A DIFFERENT ROLE: Reality TV's queen of mean, Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, who earlier this year appeared in "The Celebrity Apprentice," says she's having a ball doing television these days, but there are times she thinks about one of her previous professions. "I used to be a journalist. I miss writing," she admits. "There's something great about capturing the news and bringing it to the people."
With reports by Emily Feimster.
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