May 17, 2011
FOX held it's upfront presentation
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NBC passes on David E. Kelly's 'Wonder Woman' reboot

NBC has decided not to include the much talked about "Wonder Woman" pilot on its upcoming fall schedule. At the networks upfront presentation in New York, network head, Robert Greenblatt, officially announced the passing which had been first made public by a cast member.

The series, if it were picked up would have starred Adrianna Palicki, Elizabeth Hurley, Justin Bruening and Tracie Thoms.

Thoms took to her Twitter page to express her disappointment in the decision. "I am very sad that NBC passed on Wonder Woman," Thom said. "But that just goes to show you: There is no such thing as a 'sure thing' in this biz."

The series generated early buzz when the reboot was first announced and then grew more when set photos surfaced of Palicki's costume, which looked considerably different than the original and widely recognized costume that original television star Lynda Carter wore in the 1970s series.

Greenblatt explained his reason for the decision:

"They did a great pilot and worked really hard on it. And I have huge respect for David E. Kelley," Greenblatt said in an interview with TV Guide. "But we looked at the schedule and our needs and where things were falling into place. And it just didn't seem to fit."
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'Reel Love': Burt Reynolds and LeAnne Rimes team as father and daughter for CMT movie

May 11, 2011

When Holly (LeAnn Rimes) finds out her father Wade (Burt Reynolds) has suffered a heart attack, she drops everything and rushes back to her small Southern lake town to help him. Cantankerous Wade doesn’t want to rest, or take his meds, or eat healthy – all he wants to do is fish. And all Holly wants to do is return home, but what she doesn’t count on is developing an attraction for Jay (Shawn Roberts) -- the new guy in town. And once she gets back into small town living and reconnects with her old friends and the joys of walking around barefoot, she also doesn’t count on seeing her stuffy lawyer boyfriend in a different light…one that makes her realize that perhaps she really doesn’t want all the trappings of a big city life but instead wants the simple joys of a smaller one.
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Met Gala Fashion Show 2011 (PHOTOS)

May 8, 2011
Hollywood royalty was out in full force at the Met Gala event held last week of New York gala. Check out the night's best or worst below:
(Photo Credit: Larry Busacca/Getty Images and Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

Singer and Actress Beyonce

Actress Blake Lively and designer Karl Lagerfeld

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest and Dancing With The Stars' Julianne Hough

Taylor Swift

Actor Josh Duhamel and Black EyeD Peas singer Fergie

Madonna

Actress Dakota Fanning
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Namm: Halle Berry, Conan O'Brien, Robert Pattinson top America's Favorite Unexpected Musicians List

May 6, 2011
Actress Halle Berry was recognized for her lesser-known role as a flutist, in a national survey commissioned by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM). According to survey results, Berry was hailed as America’s favorite “Unexpected Musician,” a personality not primarily known for playing a musical instrument with a majority of 29 percent.

Warren Buffet, and his ukulele-playing ability tied with Gwyneth Paltrow, and her cello and guitar skills for second place (16 percent).

Last year, in response to a Gallup poll that found 85 percent of Americans who do not play a musical instrument, wish that they did , NAMM created the Unexpected Musicians Database on its Wanna Play? public awareness campaign website to help aspiring musicians find further musical inspiration from celebrities that they already admire.

The extensive list includes professional athletes, actors, politicians and more. From Chevy Chase’s skills on the saxophone to Bruce Willis’ hidden harmonica talents, the detailed database offers fans the opportunity to find out just how talented their favorite celebrities really are, demonstrating that anyone can become a musician despite age, experience or profession. The Unexpected Musicians Database can be found at www.wannaplaymusic.com/look-whos-playing.

This year, as part of National Wanna Play Music Week (May 2-8, 2011), NAMM commissioned the survey to learn which Unexpected Musicians Americans most favor. Key survey findings include:

Women (64 percent) were significantly more excited to learn about Halle Berry, Gwyneth Paltrow and Rob Pattinson’s (guitar, piano) musical talent, while men (28 percent) were more impressed by Warren Buffett and Aaron Rodgers’ (guitar) musical prowess
While Halle Berry topped the list across varying age ranges, Gen Xers (40 percent) and younger Baby Boomers (31 percent) showed the most excitement
Millenials chose Conan O’Brien (19 percent) over Robert Pattinson (15 percent), both guitar players
Older Baby Boomers (27 percent) were most excited to discover Gwyneth Paltrow’s musical talents, while older Americans from the Silent Generation (23 percent) were most interested to learn that Warren Buffet plays the ukulele

The findings are the result of a nationally-representative telephone survey of 1,010 adults ages 19 and over, conducted by KRC Research, April 14-17, 2011, on behalf of NAMM. The margin of error for this study is +3.1 percent at the 95 percent confidence level. The data was weighted by demographic variables to ensure the sample accurately reflects the U.S. adult population.
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TCM Festival 2011: Peter O'Toole receives hand and footprint honors at Grauman's Chinese Theater

May 2, 2011

Hollywood living legend, Peter O'Toole was just one of the stars helping salute Hollywood at TCM's TCM Festival 2011.

During the 4 day weekend event all over Hollywood's cinematic hotspots, O’Toole was honored by placing his hand and foot prints in the sidewalk in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater. The historic theater was the host for many of the festivals film showings including "Spartacus," "Breakfast at Tiffanys" and "Taxi Driver."

The Oscar nominated O'Toole was all over the festival with a showing of "Becket" and a Q&A with festvsl host Robert Osbourne for a special to be shown on TCM.

O'Toole's resume includes an impressive list: "My Favorite Year," " Lawrence of Arabia," and "Goodbye Mr. Chips."

Others in attendance to honor the festival's great films were Debbie Reynolds, Warren Betty, Julie Andrews and Kirk Douglas.



(Photo Credit: TCM.com)
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TCM Festival 2011: An evening with Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas

May 1, 2011

The TCM Festival attendees were honored with a special appearance by Kirk Douglas. Douglas was on hand to talk about his career and to introduce a screening of his classic film "Spartacus."

During the Q&A, Osborne introduced him by saying that "Spartacus" premiered there 50 years ago. The ever-sharp Douglas corrected Osbourne by saying “Wait a minute! I’m only 94 years old. I won’t be 95 until December.”

Douglas talked about his successful career and reflected on his one man Broadway Show in which Douglas recited one the most prominent lines in the entertainment industry. When he as a young man in the video talked about how he was going to build his career, older Kirk says to the younger one on the screen, "are you sure you know what they want?"

He mentions that though out his career that his favorite film the 1962 release "Lonely Are the Brave."

Douglas also mentioned how his stroke change his life. “The most important thing was 10 years ago, when I had a stroke,” he said. “It made me realize how much we take for granted. It made me appreciate the things I have.”

Douglas also shared some stories of his famous offspring, son Michael, who produced the Oscar winning film "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest." Douglas, who starred in the Broadway production jokingly talks about not being cast in the film. The now famous role went to Jack Nicholson.

"People told me I couldn’t do a one-man show, but I’m stubborn,” he said when talking about 'Before I Forget.' "For an old guy who can’t talk, I’m still saying a lot!”
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