Interview: NASHVILLE star Hayden Panettiere chats about singing her heart out

Hayden Panettiere stars in NASHVILLE | (c) 2013 ABC/Jon Lemay

In ABC’s NASHVILLE, which airs Wednesday nights at 10 PM, up-and-coming crossover country music star Juliette Barnes, played by Hayden Panettiere, is locked into a rivalry with more traditional and established country icon Rayna Jaymes, played by Connie Britton. Both actresses were nominated for Golden Globes for their work on the Callie Khouri-created series, still in its first season. Juliette represents something of a departure for Panettiere. Although the New York-born actress has been a thespian since her early childhood and has also cut an album as a singer/composer, she is usually known for playing kindly and selfless characters – …Read On »

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TV Review: HOUSE – Season 8 – “Everybody Dies” – Series Finale

Hugh Laurie in HOUSE - Season 8 - "Everbody Dies" - Series Finale | ©2012 Fox/Ray Mickshaw

Stars: Hugh Laurie, Robert Sean Leonard, Omar Epps, Jesse Spencer, Peter Jacobson, Odette Annable, Charlyne Yi Writers: David Shore, Peter Blake, Eli Attie Director: David Shore Network: Fox, airs Mondays Original Telecast: May 22, 2012 Anyone checking into the Series Finale of HOUSE expecting Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie) to change his colors was given a little bit of a surprise. “Everybody Dies” is a puzzle, the one’s House loves to solve, but it’s a different kind of puzzle – one that House needs to solve about himself. When a resourceful drug addict shows up (James LeGros) with a strange …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Robert Sean Leonard on the end of HOUSE

Robert Sean Leonard in HOUSE - Season 8 | ©2012 Fox/Pamela Littky

HOUSE ends its eight-year run tonight with a two-hour finale beginning at 8 PM on Fox. We caught up very briefly with Robert Sean Leonard, who has played Dr. James Wilson, exasperated best friend of Hugh Laurie’s difficult-to-get-along-with Dr. Gregory House, for the entire run, and got his views of two topics – his love of theatre and his dislike of the term “bromance,” especially as applied to Wilson and House. ASSIGNMENT X: You’ve been on Broadway twelve times so far. Do you have a preference for doing series television or theatrical film or stage? ROBERT SEAN LEONARD: Yes. It’s …Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: HOP

HOP - Blu-ray | ©2012 Universal Home Entertainment

Rating: PG Stars: James Marsden, the voice of Russell Brand, Kaley Cuoco, the voice of Hank Azaria, the voice of Hugh Laurie Writers: Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio and Brian Lynch, based on a story by Paul and Daurio Director: Tim Hill Distributor: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Suggested Retail Price: $39.98 While Santa Claus has the market cornered on movies made on his life, the Easter Bunny, the second most important children’s holiday icon, has not been overly exploited as it could have been. Aside from the classic Rankin-Bass stop motion animated productions in the early 1970s (THE EASTER BUNNY …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: ARTHUR CHRISTMAS director Sarah Smith finds a new spirit of Christmas

Arthur in ARTHUR CHRISTMAS | ©2011 Sony Pictures Animation/Aardman Animation

Finding a new take on the familiar Santa Claus adventures is a formidable task, but writer-director Sarah Smith and co-writer Peter Baynham were up for the challenge with the new animated film ARTHUR CHRISTMAS. A CGI co-production between Aardman Animation and Sony Pictures Animation, the story follows wayward Santa Claus offspring Arthur – a well-to-do nebbish who believes in the true spirit of Christmas, but will sadly never be next in line for the Santa job with his much more together older brother Steve – who has completely streamlined the Santa operation for dear old Santa dad with a state-of-the-art …Read On »

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Movie Review: ARTHUR CHRISTMAS

ARTHUR CHRISTMAS Movie Poster | ©2011 Sony Pictures

Rating: PG Stars (voices): James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy, Ashley Jensen, Imelda Staunton Writers: Peter Baynham & Sarah Smith Director: Sarah Smith Distributor: Columbia Pictures Release Date: November 23, 2011 Some fantasy subgenres are so populous that they have arguably outgrown the designation of “sub”: the lovelorn vampire, the quest through mystical lands, the zombie apocalypse. Add to this list (and check it twice) the genre of Santa having gift delivery issues on Christmas Eve. The newest iteration of this last is ARTHUR CHRISTMAS, the first 3D CGI animation (as opposed to stop-motion Claymation) offering from Aardman, …Read On »

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TCA 2011: HOUSE – Season 8 may or may not be the final season on Fox

Hugh Laurie in HOUSE - Season Seven | ©2010 Fox Broadcasting Co./ Justin Stephens

With HOUSE returning for Season 8 with a leaner cast this fall, and a long negotiation process that delayed the announcement it would be returning, the question mark of whether the show will return for a Season 9 was in the air at today’s Summer 2011 Television Critics Association session for Fox. Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly says he still has no word if this will be the show’s final season. “I can’t confirm it’s the last season,” says Reilly. “Hugh [Laurie] is mulling it. The producers are. This is the original team of creators who have been there from …Read On »

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Movie Review: HOP

HOP movie poster | ©2011 Universal Pictures/Illumination Entertainment

Rating: PG Stars: James Marsden, the voice of Russell Brand, Kaley Cuoco, the voice of Hank Azaria, the voice of Hugh Laurie Writers: Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio and Brian Lynch, based on a story by Paul and Daurio Director: Tim Hill Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: April 1, 2011 Pixar’s made their mark, Dreamworks Animation has their brand and even Blue Sky has a decent track record with their ICE AGE movies. Who would have figured that Illumination Entertainment housed at Universal would be the new cool animated kid on the block? With last year’s DESPICABLE ME and the …Read On »

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Exclusive Photos: HOP World Premiere at Universal Studios Hollywood

Russell Brand and E.B. at the World Premiere of HOP | ©2011 Sue Schneider

Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment held the World Premiere of the live action/CG-animated comedy HOP at Universal Studios Hollywood on March 27th. HOP is from the creators of DESPICABLE ME. Blending state-of-the-art animation with live action, Hop tells the comic tale of Fred O’Hare (James Marsden), an out-of-work slacker who accidentally injures the Easter Bunny’s teenage son E.B. (voiced by Russell Brand). E.B. headed to Hollywood, determined to become a drummer in a rock ‘n’ roll band and now Fred must take him in as he recovers. As Fred struggles with the world’s worst houseguest, both will learn what it …Read On »

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TV Review: HOUSE – Season 7 – “Selfish”

Hugh Laurie in HOUSE - Season 7 | ©2010 Fox

Stars: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Robert Sean Leonard, Omar Epps, Jesse Spencer, Olivia Wilde, Peter Jacobson Writer: Eli Attie Director: Daniel Attias Network: Fox, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: September 27, 2010 Did we get our first real HOUSE episode of the season? Not to knock the season premiere, “Now What?” (which was good but hardly resembled a HOUSE episode), but “Selfish” showed us that Huddy and HOUSE can coexist and in fact make for some darn good television. To be honest, that was what was on the line this week: whether HOUSE can truly pull this off or if, …Read On »

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