Gary Owens' Legacy of Charity and Humor It won't be surprising if tribute is paid to Gary Owens when this year's Carousel of Hope gala for the Children's Diabetes Foundation rolls around. The late, great announcer of "Laugh-In" lore and "Roger Ramjet" renown was a long-time supporter of …Read more. Ask Stacy -- Week of 2/28/15 DEAR STACY: Can you tell what TV shows or movies I've seen Ta'Rhonda Jones in before? She plays Porsha, Cookie's personal assistant, on "Empire" and she's dynamite. — F.G., Bloomfield, New Jersey DEAR F.G.: On a plane or at the grocery store, …Read more. Oscars 2015, Backstage Interview Notebook Eddie Redmayne enjoyed being in a weird dream, Julianne Moore gushed about her husband, and Patricia Arquette honored Meryl Streep in backstage interviews at the 87th Academy Awards. "It just felt like a euphoria really, an extraordinary euphoria," …Read more. Ask Stacy -- Week of 2/21/15 DEAR STACY: I miss "Raising Hope." What is Lucas Neff doing now? — Lorrie B., Cedar Rapids, Iowa DEAR LORRIE: The actor is doing voice work — the lead character, in fact — in Pixar's upcoming animated movie, "The Good Dinosaur," …Read more.more articles
Scott Bakula Sorry He Talked About 'Quantum Leap' Movie
Ever since Scott Bakula indicated to Comic-Con fans that there is movement on the long-desired "Quantum Leap" movie, the Internet has been rife with buzz. But now, the actor who starred in "QL" from 1989-1993 tells us, "I regret that I said anything having to do with a movie script in the works. It ended up agitating the masses, and I have to do disclaimers everywhere. There is a script in the works. Don (producer Don Bellisario) is part of it. I'm not. It's become this whole other thing."
What Bakula is part of, and very gladly so, is "Men of a Certain Age," Season 1 of which comes out Tuesday (11/9) on DVD. Season 2 is in production for a Dec. 6 debut.
"Going into this thing, we had no idea whether people would watch it or not," he recalls of the drama-with-comedy about three pals going through mid-life malaise. "We knew a certain audience would tune in, but it was a big chance that TNT took. Of course, it doesn't hurt to have Ray," he says with a smile, referring to Ray Romano, who co-created and serves as writer-exec producer on the show with Mike Royce — in addition to starring along with Bakula and Andre Braugher.
"Andre and I are, I think, pretty good add-ons. Ray and Mike were able to stay true to what they pitched and not dumb it down, as things happen so often on television. The response was great from viewers, and critically, the response was wonderful. The biggest complaint was that there wasn't more of us. I'm very excited that we're shooting 12 episodes this season instead of 10."
Look for his character, Terry, the actor whose career never quite took off, to take some baby steps toward actually growing up. It's already leaked that Majandra Delfino of "Roswell" fame will be a love interest for the womanizing Terry. However, according to Bakula, "He'll have this relationship with Melinda McGraw, which is an old relationship, and start exploring a much more serious relationship. But there are ups and downs, and when it's down, he's in bed with someone else." And one of those someone elses is Delfino.
LEAGUE OF THE LEGENDARY: "Life Unexpected" star Britt Robertson takes off in an unexpected way with her role in the Disney Channel's Nov. 12 original movie "Avalon High" — a fantasy yarn in which a high school girl discovers that her new classmates are reincarnations of King Arthur and his court. Taking on a changeup from her CW contemporary drama series was part of the attraction, says the talented 20-year-old.
"I love adventurous-type things and the adventure world," notes Robertson, who shot the movie in New Zealand with Gregg Sulkin, Joey Pollari, Devon Graye and Steve Valentine.
She's certainly not kidding about liking adventure. While on location, she filled her off-camera time with activities including bungee jumping and shark diving. "Sharks have always been one of my biggest fears, so going down with them was a brave-your-fears kind of situation," she explains. "It was freezing. It's insane to see these creatures, so calm and serene, this life underwater that's so different."
"Avalon High" is adapted from Meg Cabot's ("The Princess Diaries") book of the same title. "If you read the book, you see she does a brilliant job incorporating lightheartedness with the mystery, combining all these different elements," says Britt. "The screenplay writer did the same thing. There's action, comedy, drama, romance and mystery. It's got a little bit of everything. A few things are different from the books for time's sake, working within the hour-and-a-half time constraints. But they did a brilliant job of adapting it."
THE BIG-SCREEN SCENE: A January production start has been set for "The Home" — the horror movie that promises to turn moviegoers' fears about nursing homes into nightmares. With Louis Gossett Jr., Ed Asner, Fionnula Flanagan, Gemma Jones, Cloris Leachman, Louise Fletcher, Jeff Fahey, Brian Cox and Michelle Rodriguez — as Nurse Emily — "The Home" has a hapless accident victim being brought into a secluded care facility called the Everbrook Home. He quickly realizes that something is very wrong there, and the elderly residents' delusions ... are real. According to casting notices, it is "a place of evil where residents are systematically slain by something in the walls." Sounds downright horrible, all right, but what a great cast.
Speaking of great casts, they're finishing up casting on Robert Rodriguez's "Spy Kids 4" starring Jessica Alba, Jeremy Piven and Joel McHale, in addition to original "Spy Kids" family members Antonio Banderas, Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara and Danny Trejo. Conspicuously missing from the cast list is Carla Gugino, who played the mama spy, Ingrid Cortez, in the first three "Spy Kids" movies. She's been working back-to-back movie assignments including next year's "I Melt With You," "Sucker Punch" and "Mr. Popper's Penguins" — but we'd be surprised if Rodriguez didn't find a way to at least get in a cameo of Ingrid.
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