'Gangster Squad': Ryan Gosling' new thriller opens January 11

December 30, 2012
"Gangster Squad, "directed by Ruben Fleischer,  is a stylish retelling of events surrounding the LAPD's efforts to take back the city from one of the most dangerous mafia bosses of all time. The film stars Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Emma Stone, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Peña, Robert Patrick and Mireille Enos.

The movie opens January, 11 2013

Film synopsis: 

Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and—if he has his way—every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it all with the protection of not only his own paid goons, but also the police and the politicians he has under his thumb. It's enough to intimidate even the bravest, street-hardened cop...except, perhaps, for the small, secret crew of LAPD outsiders led by Sgt. John O'Mara (Josh Brolin) and Sgt. Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), who come together to try to tear Cohen's world apart.

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'All My Children': Darnell Williams and Debbie Morgan want happines for Angie and Jesse

December 24, 2012

There's a lot of good soapy drama for Angie and Jesse in Pine valley these days. Jeese knows that Maya is the biological mother of their daughter Lucy and Angie is still blind. Will Angie find out the baby she's raising as her own isn't hers? Will Jesse tell her that their actual daughter Ellie died during child birth? Will David be able to restore Angie's sight? Will Angie and Jesse ever agree on David's involvement in Angie's health?

There are so many unanswered questions in Pine Valley for the Hubbards between now and ABC's final broadcast of the show on September 23rd. Details are also still pending about All My Children's transition online with Prospeck Park in January. No matter what happens, both Darnell Williams [Jesse] and Debbie Morgan [Angie] hope that Angie and Jesse are together in the end.

"I want Angie and Jesse to continue dealing with everyday problems," Darnell says in the September issue of Essence Magazine. Adds Debbie, "That would be a nice tip to their relationship. Darnell ad-libbed during a scene and said, 'Baby, you know nobody stays together in Pine Valley except the Black folks," she laughs. "This couple has endured so much over the years. I'll always be proud of that."

"All My Children" airs weekdays on ABC.

(photo credit: ABC)
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'So Undercover' starring Miley Cyrus coming to on VOD, DVD and Blu-Ray

December 18, 2012
Miley Cyrus, Autumn Reeser, Alexis Knapp, Joshua Bowman, Kelly Osbourne and Jeremy Piven star in the upcoming comedy, "So Undercover."  The movie will be available VOD, DVD at an SRP of $28.98 and Blu-ray at an SRP of $29.98.

Scenario:

She may be a tough-as-nails, street-smart private investigator, but when Molly (Cyrus) is drafted by the FBI to go undercover in a college sorority, she quickly discovers she’s way out of her element amongst a sisterhood of snooty, high maintenance, materialistic college girls. But Molly accepts the top-secret mission in order to protect the daughter of a key witness in a case against the mob.

Available on VOD, DVD and Blu-Ray on February 5, 2013

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NAACP Image Awards announce 2013 nominees (complete list)

December 11, 2012
The nominees for THE 44TH NAACP IMAGE AWARDS were announced today during a live press conference from the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, CA. Anthony Anderson (Guys with Kids), Niecy Nash (The Soul Man), Yvette Nicole Brown (Community), Garcelle Beauvais (Flight), Tyler James Williams (Go On), and Zendaya (Shake It Up!) announced the categories and nominees.

The NAACP Image Awards celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors. Winners will be announced during the two-hour star-studded event, which will air live on Friday, February 1 (8 ET live/PT tape-delayed) on NBC.

ABC and CBS lead the nominees in the TV categories with 20 and 12 nominations respectively, followed by HBO and Lifetime with 10 and NBC with 9. In the recording category, RCA leads with 11 nominations, followed by Atlantic with 10 nominations. The Weinstein Company leads with 4 nominations, and Lionsgate and Paramount Pictures follow with 4 in the motion picture category.

"We are happy that once again the Image Awards will be aired on NBC," said NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. "For 44 years, the Image Awards have recognized the best that communities of color have to offer, both in the arts and in civil rights. The NAACP is proud to honor all of these achievements."

Founded in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. The organization's half-million adult and youth members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities and monitor equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

The 44TH NAACP Image Awards are sponsored by: FedEx, AARP, UAW/Chrysler, Wells Fargo, Ford Motor Company, Anheuser Busch, Hyundai Motors, AT&T, Southwest Airlines and Walgreens.

Following is the list of categories and nominees for the 44TH NAACP Image Awards:

TELEVISION

Outstanding Comedy Series
· "Glee" (FOX)
· "Modern Family" (ABC)
· "The Game" (BET)
· "The Mindy Project" (FOX)
· "The Soul Man" (TV Land)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
· Anthony Anderson - "Guys with Kids" (NBC)
· Damon Wayans, Jr. - "Happy Endings" (ABC)
· Don Cheadle - "House Of Lies" (Showtime)
· Donald Faison - "The Exes" (TV Land)
· Hosea Chanchez - "The Game" (BET)

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
· Amber Riley - "Glee" (FOX)
· Cassi Davis - "Tyler Perry's House of Payne" (TBS)
· Kellita Smith - "The First Family" (Syndicated)
· Tatyana Ali - "Love That Girl" (TV One)
· Wendy Raquel Robinson - "The Game" (BET)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
· Aziz Ansari - "Parks and Recreation" (NBC)
· Craig Robinson - "The Office" (NBC)
· Donald Glover - "Community" (NBC)
· Lance Gross - "Tyler Perry's House of Payne" (TBS)
· Tracy Morgan - "30 Rock" (NBC)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
· Anna Deavere Smith - "Nurse Jackie" (Showtime)
· Gabourey Sidibe - "The Big C" (Showtime)
· Gladys Knight - "The First Family" (Syndicated)
· Rashida Jones - "Parks and Recreation" (NBC)
· Vanessa Williams - "Desperate Housewives" (ABC)

Outstanding Drama Series
· "Boardwalk Empire" (HBO)
· "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC)
· "Scandal" (ABC)
· "Treme" (HBO)
· "True Blood" (HBO)

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
· Dulé Hill - "Psych" (USA)
· Hill Harper - "CSI: NY" (CBS)
· LL Cool J - "NCIS: Los Angeles" (CBS)
· Michael Clarke Duncan - "The Finder" (FOX)
· Wendell Pierce - "Treme" (HBO)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
· Chandra Wilson - "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC)
· Kerry Washington - "Scandal" (ABC)
· Khandi Alexander - "Treme" (HBO)
· Regina King - "SouthLAnd" (TNT)
· Sandra Oh - "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
· Clarke Peters - "Treme" (HBO)
· Dev Patel - "The Newsroom" (HBO)
· Omar Epps - "House M.D." (FOX)
· Rockmond Dunbar - "Sons of Anarchy" (FX)
· Rocky Carroll - "NCIS" (CBS)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
· Archie Panjabi - "The Good Wife" (CBS)
· Joy Bryant - "Parenthood" (NBC)
· Loretta Devine - "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC)
· Lucy Lui - "SouthLAnd" (TNT)
· Rutina Wesley - "True Blood" (HBO)

Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
· "Abducted: The Carlina White Story" (Lifetime)
· "Hallmark Hall of Fame's FIRELIGHT" (ABC)
· "Raising Izzie" (GMC TV)
· "Steel Magnolias" (Lifetime)
· "Sugar Mommas" (GMC TV)

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
· Afemo Omilami - "Steel Magnolias" (Lifetime)
· Cuba Gooding, Jr. - "Hallmark Hall of Fame's FIRELIGHT" (ABC)
· Michael Jai White - "Somebody's Child" (GMC TV)
· Rockmond Dunbar - "Raising Izzie" (GMC TV)
· Tory Kittles - "Steel Magnolias" (Lifetime)

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
· Alfre Woodard - "Steel Magnolias" (Lifetime)
· Jill Scott - "Steel Magnolias" (Lifetime)
· Keke Palmer - "Abducted: The Carlina White Story" (Lifetime)
· Phylicia Rashad - "Steel Magnolias" (Lifetime)
· Queen Latifah - "Steel Magnolias" (Lifetime)

Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series
· Aaron D. Spears - "The Bold and the Beautiful" (CBS)
· Erik Valdez - "General Hospital" (ABC)
· James Reynolds - "Days of Our Lives" (NBC)
· Kristoff St. John - "The Young and the Restless" (CBS)
· Rodney Saulsberry - "The Bold and the Beautiful" (CBS)

Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series
· Angell Conwell - "The Young and the Restless" (CBS)
· Julia Pace Mitchell - "The Young and the Restless" (CBS)
· Kristolyn Lloyd - "The Bold and the Beautiful" (CBS)
· Shenell Edmonds - "One Life to Live" (ABC)
· Tatyana Ali - "The Young and the Restless" (CBS)

Outstanding News/ Information - (Series or Special)
· "Ask Obama Live: An MTV Interview with The President" (MTV)
· "Judge Mathis" (Syndicated)
· "Save My Son with Dr. Steve Perry" (TV One)
· "Unsung" (TV One)
· "Washington Watch with Roland Martin" (TV One)

Outstanding Talk Series
· "Don't Sleep!" (BET)
· "Oprah's Lifeclass" (OWN)
· "Oprah's Next Chapter" (OWN)
· "The View" (ABC)
· "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell" (FX)

Outstanding Reality Series
· "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC)
· "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" (HBO)
· "The X Factor" (FOX)
· "Tia & Tamera" (Style)
· "Welcome to Sweetie Pie's" (OWN)

Outstanding Variety Series or Special
· "Black Girls Rock" (BET)
· "Oprah and the Legendary Cast of Roots 35 Years Later" (OWN)
· "Oprah's Master Class" (OWN)
· "The First Graduating Class: Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls" (OWN)
· "Verses & Flow" (TV One)

Outstanding Children's Program
· "Degrassi" (TeenNick)
· "Kasha and the Zulu King" (BET)
· "The Legend of Korra" (Nickelodeon)
· "The TeenNick HALO Awards 2012" (Nick@Nite)
· "The Weight of the Nation for Kids" (HBO)

Outstanding Performance in a Youth/ Children's Program - (Series or Special)
· China Anne McClain - "A.N.T. Farm" (Disney Channel)
· Keke Palmer - "Winx Club" (Nickelodeon)
· Loretta Devine - "Doc McStuffins" (Disney Junior block on Disney Channel)
· Nick Cannon - "The TeenNick HALO Awards 2012" (Nick@Nite)
· Tyler James Williams - "Let It Shine" (Disney Channel)

RECORDING

Outstanding New Artist
· Elle Varner (MBK / RCA)
· Gary Clark, Jr. (Warner Bros. Records)
· Lianne La Havas (Nonesuch Records Inc. / Warner Bros. Records)
· Melanie Amaro (Epic Records)
· The OMG Girlz (Pretty Hustle / Grand Hustle / Streamline / Interscope)

Outstanding Male Artist
· Bruno Mars (Atlantic)
· Lupe Fiasco (Atlantic)
· Miguel (ByStorm / RCA)
· Trey Songz (Atlantic)
· Usher (RCA Records)

Outstanding Female Artist
· Alicia Keys (RCA Records)
· Elle Varner (MBK / RCA)
· Estelle (Atlantic)
· Missy Elliott (Atlantic)
· Tamela Mann (Tillymann Music Group)

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration
· Chuck D, Johnny Juice, Will.i.am, Herbie Hancock (Iconomy Multi-Media & Entertainment)
· fun. feat. Janelle Monae (Atlantic)
· Lupe Fiasco feat. Guy Sebastian (Atlantic)
· Mary Mary (Columbia)
· Ne-Yo, Herbie Hancock, Johnny Rzeznik, Delta Rae, Natasha Bedingfield (Forward Song, LLC)

Outstanding Jazz Album
· "Bone Appetit [Vol. 1 and 2]" - Jeff Bradshaw (Hidden Beach)
· "Dreams" - Brian Culbertson (Verve Records)
· "Renaissance" - Marcus Miller (Concord Jazz)
· "Seeds From The Underground" - Kenny Garrett (Mack Avenue Records)
· "The Preservation Hall 50th Anniversary Collection" - The Preservation Hall Jazz Band (Legacy)

Outstanding Gospel Album - (Traditional or Contemporary)
· "Best Days" - Tamela Mann (Tillymann Music Group)
· "Go Get It" - Mary Mary (Columbia)
· "God, Love & Romance" - Fred Hammond (Verity Gospel Music Group)
· "I Win" - Marvin Sapp (Verity Gospel Music Group)
· "Le'Andria Johnson The Experience" - Le'Andria Johnson (Music World Gospel / Music World)

Outstanding World Music Album
· "Ayah Ye! Moving Train" - KG Omulo (KG Omulo)
· "Country, God, Or The Girl" - K'NAAN (A&M / Octone Records)
· "Diversionary" - Brother B (King Chero Records)
· "Wonderful Life" - Estelle (Atlantic)

Outstanding Music Video
· "Adorn" - Miguel (ByStorm / RCA)
· "Girl On Fire" - Alicia Keys (RCA Records)
· "Locked Out Of Heaven" - Bruno Mars (Atlantic)
· "This Christmas" - CeeLo Green (Elektra)
· "You're On My Mind" - KEM (Universal Motown)

Outstanding Song
· "Be Mine for Christmas" - KEM (Universal Motown)
· "Glorify the King" - KEM (Universal Motown)
· "I Look To You" - Whitney Houston and R. Kelly (RCA Records)
· "Locked Out Of Heaven" - Bruno Mars (Atlantic)
· "You're On My Mind" - KEM (Universal Motown)

Outstanding Album
· "Bad - 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition" - Michael Jackson (Legacy / Epic)
· "Girl On Fire" - Alicia Keys (RCA Records)
· "I Will Always Love You: The Best Of Whitney Houston" - Whitney Houston (RCA Records)
· "On the Shoulders of Giants - The Soundtrack" - Chuck D, Will.i.am, Herbie Hancock, Nikki Yannofsky (Iconomy Multi-Media & Entertainment )
· "Perfectly Imperfect" - Elle Varner (MBK / RCA)

LITERATURE

Outstanding Literary Work - Fiction
· "A Wish and a Prayer: A Blessings Novel" - Beverly Jenkins (HarperCollins Publishers (William Morrow Paperbacks))
· "Destiny's Divas" - Victoria Christopher Murray (Touchstone / Simon & Schuster)
· "Silent Cry" - Dywane Birch (Strebor Books)
· "The Reverend's Wife" - Kimberla Lawson Roby (Grand Central's Wife)
· "The Secret She Kept" - ReShonda Tate Billingsley (Gallery Books, a division of Simon & Schuster)

Outstanding Literary Work - Non-Fiction
· "Fraternity" - Diane Brady (Spiegel & Grau (Random House))
· "Guest of Honor: Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House Dinner That Shocked a Nation" - Deborah Davis (Atria Books / Simon & Schuster)
· "Power Concedes Nothing: One Woman's Quest for Social Justice in America, from the Courtroom to the Kill Zones" - Connie Rice (Scribner)
· "The Courage to Hope" - Shirley Sherrod (Atria Books)
· "The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court " - Jeffrey Toobin (Doubleday)

Outstanding Literary Work - Debut Author
· "A Cupboard Full of Coats" - Yvvette Edwards (HarperCollins Publishers (Amistad))
· "Antebellum" - R. Kayeen Thomas (Strebor Books)
· "Congo: Spirit of Darkness" - Mayi Ngwala (Genet Press)
· "Nikki G: A Portrait of Nikki Giovanni in Her Own Words" - Darryl L. Lacy (Darryl L. Lacy (iUniverse))
· "The Sister Accord: 51 Ways To Love Your Sister" - Sonia Jackson Myles (The Sister Accord, LLC)

Outstanding Literary Work - Biography/ Auto-Biography
· "Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change" - John Lewis (Hyperion)
· "Interventions: A Life in War and Peace" - Kofi Annan (The Penguin Press)
· "The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo" - Tom Reiss (Crown Publishers)
· "The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities " - Will Allen (Gotham Books)
· "The One: The Life and Music of James Brown" - RJ Smith (Gotham Books)

Outstanding Literary Work - Instructional
· "12 Ways to Put Money in Your Pocket Every Month Without A Part Time Job; The Skinny Book That Makes Your Wallet Fat" - Jennifer Matthews (Pickett Fennell Publishing Group)
· "Formula 50: A 6-Week Workout and Nutrition Plan That Will Transform Your Life " - 50 Cent (Avery (Penguin Group))
· "Health First: The Black Woman's Wellness Guide" - Eleanor Hinton Hoytt, Hilary Beard (SmileyBooks)
· "It's Complicated (But It Doesn't Have to Be): A Modern Guide to Finding and Keeping Love" - Paul Carrick Brunson (Gotham Books)
· "The No Excuse Guide to Success: No Matter What Your Boss or Life Throws at You" - Jim Smith, Jr. (Career Press)

Outstanding Literary Work - Poetry
· "Hurrah's Nest" - Arisa White (Virtual Artists Collective)
· "Maybe the Saddest Thing" - Marcus Wicker (HarperCollins Publishers (Harper Perennial))
· "Speak Water" - Truth Thomas (Cherry Castle Publishing)
· "The Ground" - Rowan Ricardo Phillips (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
· "Thrall" - Natasha Trethewey (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Outstanding Literary Work - Children
· "Fifty Cents and a Dream" - Jabari Asim (Author), Bryan Collier (Illustrator) (Little,nBrown Books for Young Readers)
· "Harlem's Little Blackbird" - Renee Watson (Author), Christian Robinson (Illustrator) (Random House Books for Young Readers (Random House Children's Books))
· "In the Land of Milk and Honey" - Joyce Carol Thomas (Author), Floyd Cooper (Illustrator) (HarperCollins / Amistad)
· "Indigo Blume and the Garden City" - Kwame Alexander (Word of Mouth Books)
· "What Color is My World?" - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Author), Raymons Obstfeld (Author), A.G. Ford (Illustrator) (Candlewick Press)

Outstanding Literary Work - Youth/Teens
· "Fire in the Streets" - Kekla Magoon (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing)
· "Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons - A Dialogue With America's Young Leaders" - Gregory Reed (Amber Books)
· "Pinned" - Sharon G. Flake (Scholastic Press)
· "The Diary of B. B. Bright, Possible Princess" - Alice Randall (Author), Caroline Williams (Author), Shadra Strickland (Illustrator) (Turner Publishing Company)
· "The Mighty Miss Malone" - Christopher Paul Curtis (Wendy Lamb Books (Random House Children's Books))

MOTION PICTURE

Outstanding Motion Picture
· "Beasts of the Southern Wild" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
· "Django Unchained" (The Weinstein Company)
· "Flight" (Paramount Pictures)
· "Red Tails" (Lucasfilm)
· "Tyler Perry's Good Deeds" (Lionsgate)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
· Denzel Washington - "Flight" (Paramount Pictures)
· Jamie Foxx - "Django Unchained" (The Weinstein Company)
· Morgan Freeman - "The Magic of Belle Isle" (Magnolia Pictures)
· Suraj Sharma - "Life of Pi" (20th Century Fox)
· Tyler Perry - "Alex Cross" (Summit Entertainment)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
· Emayatzy Corinealdi - "Middle of Nowhere" (AAFRM)
· Halle Berry - "Cloud Atlas" (Warner Bros. Pictures)
· Loretta Devine - "In The Hive" (Eone Entertainment)
· Quvenzhané Wallis - "Beasts of the Southern Wild" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
· Viola Davis - "Won't Back Down" (20th Century Fox)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
· David Oyelowo - "Middle of Nowhere" (AFFRM)
· Don Cheadle - "Flight" (Paramount Pictures)
· Dwight Henry - "Beasts of the Southern Wild" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
· Lenny Kravitz - "The Hunger Games" (Lionsgate)
· Samuel L. Jackson - "Django Unchained" (The Weinstein Company)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
· Amandla Stenberg - "The Hunger Games" (Lionsgate)
· Gloria Reuben - "Lincoln" (The Walt Disney Studios)
· Kerry Washington - "Django Unchained" (The Weinstein Company)
· Phylicia Rashad - "Tyler Perry's Good Deeds" (Lionsgate)
· Taraji P. Henson - "Think Like a Man" (Screen Gems)

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture
· "Beasts of the Southern Wild" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
· "Chico & Rita" (GKIDS)
· "Red Tails" (Lucasfilm)
· "Unconditional" (Harbinger Media Partners)
· "Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day" (Codeblack)

Outstanding International Motion Picture
· "Chico & Rita" (GKIDS)
· "For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada" (ARC Entertainment)
· "Special Forces" (eOne Films)
· "The Intouchables" (The Weinstein Company)
· "The Raid: Redemption" (Sony Pictures Classics)

DOCUMENTARY

Outstanding Documentary - (Theatrical or Television)
· "Black Wings" (Smithsonian Channel)
· "Brooklyn Castle" (Producers Distribution Agency)
· "First Position" (IFC Films)
· "Marley" (Magnolia Pictures)
· "On the Shoulders of Giants - The Story of the Greatest Team You've Never Heard Of" (Showtime)

WRITING

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
· Karin Gist - "House of Lies" - Mini-Mogul (Showtime)
· Marc Wilmore - "The Simpsons" - The Spy Who Learned Me (FOX)
· Michael Shipley - "Last Man Standing" - High Expectations (ABC)
· Prentice Penny - "Happy Endings" - Meet the Parrots (ABC)
· Vali Chandrasekaran, Robert Carlock - "30 Rock" - Murphy Brown Lied to Us (NBC)

Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series
· Cheo Hodari Coker - "SouthLAnd" - God's Work (TNT)
· Janine Sherman Barrios - "Criminal Minds" - The Pact (CBS)
· Shonda Rhimes - "Grey's Anatomy" - Flight (ABC)
· Shonda Rhimes - "Scandal" - Sweet Baby (ABC)
· Zoanne Clack - "Grey's Anatomy" - This Magic Moment (ABC)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture - (Theatrical or Television)
· Elizabeth Hunter - "Abducted: The Carlina White Story" (Lifetime)
· John Gatins - "Flight" (Paramount Pictures)
· John Ridley, Aaron McGruder - "Red Tails" (Lucasfilm)
· Keith Merryman, David A. Newman - "Think Like a Man" (Screen Gems)
· Ol Parker - "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
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Trailer: Jet Li in 'The Sorcerer and the White Snake'

Below is the trailer for the movie, "The Sorcerer and the White Snake," directed by Tony Ching and Siu-tung and starring Jet Li, Shengyi Huang and Raymond Lam.

Action director Ching Siu-Tung helms this fantasy film based on an old Chinese legend about an herbalist who falls in love with a thousand-year-old White Snake disguised as a woman. Jet Li stars as a sorcerer who discovers her true identity and battles to save the man's soul.

The movie will be available on VOD and iTunes January 3 and will open in theaters February 8, 2013.

Check out the trailer below: 




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TCM Film Festival: celebrates 50th Anniversary Screening of Hitchcock's 'The Birds'


Turner Classic Movies (TCM)has added five films, special appearances and tributes to its slate for theTCM Classic Film Festival, including a 50th anniversary screening of the Alfred Hitchcock classic "The Birds"(1963), which will be attended by the film’s star, Tippi Hedren. Documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles will be on hand for a tribute to his extraordinary career, including presentations of his films "Gimme Shelter" (1970) and "Salesman" (1968). The festival lineup will also feature a world-premiere screening of the newly restored World War I film "The Big Parade" (1925) and a presentation of the powerful anti-war drama The "Razor's Edge" (1946).

The TCM Classic Film Festival will take place Thursday, April 25 – Sunday, April 28, 2013, in Hollywood. 

Below is a list on movies scheduled. 
For tickets, visit TCM Film Festival


Tippi Hedren
The Birds (1963) – 50th Anniversary Screening, with appearance by star Tippi HedrenLeading lady Tippi Hedren will attend this year’s festival for a special 50th anniversary screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s technologically groundbreaking and horrifying tale of avian aggression.
Gimme ShelterTribute to Documentary Filmmaker Albert MayslesThe TCM Classic Film Festival will pay tribute to documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles, who will be on-hand for screenings of Gimme Shelter (1970) and Salesman (1968), two films he made with David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin.
Gimme Shelter
 (1970)
, which has been called "the greatest rock film of the greatest rock and roll band," chronicles the Rolling Stones and their tragically ill-fated 1969 free concert at the Altamont Speedway. This film is presented by festival program partner Bonhams.
SalesmanSalesman (1968) is a landmark documentary that captures in vivid detail the bygone era of door-to-door Bible salesmen and their daily frustrations with quotas and life on the road.
The Big ParadeThe Big Parade (1925) – World Premiere RestorationJohn Gilbert and Renée Adorée star in director King Vidor’s influential World War I tale of an idle rich boy turned soldier who finds friendship, love and loss in the trenches of France. This presentation features a pre-recorded original score by composer Carl Davis.  
The Razor's Edge
 
The Razor's Edge
 (1946) 
Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, Anne Baxter and Herbert Marshall star in Edmund Goulding’s adaptation of the W. Somerset Maugham novel about a young man’s search for life’s meaning after witnessing the horrors of war.

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'Dallas on TNT': Ewing family to say good bye to JR


J R Ewing Funeral Dallas"Dallas," the TNT reboot of the 80s classic series is preparing to say good bye to legendary character J.R. Ewing when the show returns next season, TVLine reports. The show will officially say good bye the character following Larry Hagman's death from cancer last month. The episode will air on March 11. Hagman had already filmed Six out of Season 2's fifteen episodes and several episodes will have to be rewritten to address his character's death.

Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy, who starred with Hagman on the original series, reprised their roles on the reboot series as well.

TNT's "Dallas" returns with all new episodes beginning January 28th at 9pm EST.
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Trailer: 'The Impossible' starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts

December 9, 2012
Below is a trailer for the movie "The Impossible" starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor.
In the synopsis for the movie:

Maria (Naomi Watts), Henry (Ewan McGregor) and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand, looking forward to a few days in tropical paradise. But on the morning of December 26th, as the family relaxes around the pool after their Christmas festivities the night before, a terrifying roar rises up from the center of the earth. As Maria freezes in fear, a huge wall of black water races across the hotel grounds toward her. Based on a true story, THE IMPOSSIBLE is the unforgettable account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time. But the true-life terror is tempered by the unexpected displays of compassion, courage and simple kindness that Maria and her family encounter during the darkest hours of their lives. Both epic and intimate, devastating and uplifting, THE IMPOSSIBLE is a journey to the core of the human heart.

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TCM offers Barbara Stanwyck in its December highlights

November 28, 2012
TCM's December highlights features Barbara Stanwyck. 

Here is some of the featured programming:

Star of the Month: Barbara Stanwyck – Wednesdays in December
Throughout December, TCM will pay tribute to one of the most popular stars of the 1930s and '40s, Barbara Stanwyck. The salute begins Dec. 5 with a collection of romantic melodramas, including such favorites as Ladies of Leisure (1930) and Stella Dallas (1937), along with the TCM premieres of This Is My Affair (1937), The Other Love (1947) and A Message to Garcia (1936). On Dec. 12, a night of romantic comedies kicks off with the TCM premiere of Banjo on My Knee (1936). Film noir fills the lineup on Dec. 19, including Double Indemnity (1944) and The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946). Stanwyck's western roles take center stage Dec. 26, beginning with the TCM premieres of Forty Guns (1957) and The Maverick Queen (1956). Additional films air during the daytime on Dec. 20 and 27.

TCM Spotlight: Director Ernst Lubitsch – Fridays in December
TCM salutes the timeless wit of filmmaker Ernst Lubitsch through the month of December. The tribute begins Dec. 7 with the TCM premiere of the silent epic The Loves of Pharoah (1920). The night also includes Maurice Chevalier, Claudette Colbert and Miriam Hopkins inThe Smiling Lieutenant (1931) and James Stewart and Margaret Sullivan in the holiday charmerThe Shop Around the Corner(1940). Dec. 14 brings the sparkling gems Trouble in Paradise (1932),Design for Living (1933) and One Hour with You (1932), while Dec. 21 features The Love Parade (1929) and the TCM premiere of Monte Carlo (1930). The tribute wraps up Dec. 28 with the TCM premiere of That Lady in Ermine (1948), along with two films widely regarded as Lubitch's finest: Ninotchka (1939) and To Be Or Not to Be (1942).

Baby Peggy: The Elephant in the Room – World Television Premiere: Monday, Dec. 3, at 8 p.m. (ET)
TCM presents the world television premiere of Baby Peggy: The Elephant in the Room (2010), an intimate portrait of one of the last survivors of Hollywood’s silent era. The documentary features the 92-year-old star speaking openly for the first time about her life and experience as a child star. Diana Serra Cary's sudden rise to fame and fortune as Baby Peggy had a severe impact on her family life. The frustrations of her father, the naivety of her mother and the jealousy of her senior sister created a love/hate relationship between the young star and those around her. But she reserved her greatest anger and resentment for the Baby Peggy persona itself. Now with the discovery of her lost films, Cary has seen her childhood talent through fresh eyes and slowly reconciled with her younger self. TCM's presentation of the documentary will be followed by the TCM premieres of four Baby Peggy shorts:Captain January (1924), Carmen Jr. (1923), Such Is Life (1924) and Peg o' the Mounted(1924).

TCM Guest Programmer: Lee Child – Thursday, Dec. 6, beginning at 8 p.m. (ET)
British thriller novelist Lee Child, whose novels feature ex-Army MP Jack Reacher and works including award-winning Killing Floor and, most recently, A Wanted Man, sits down with Robert Osborne to present an evening of his favorite films. The night includes Michael Curtiz's quintessential wartime romantic drama Casablanca (1942), starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman; Carol Reed's exciting thriller The Third Man (1949), with Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles; Terrence Malick's turn-of-the-century dramaDays of Heaven (1978), starring Richard Gere and Brooke Adams; and Michael Anderson's World War II thriller The Dam Busters (1955), with Richard Todd and Michael Redgrave.

TCM Celebrates the Holidays – Throughout December
This holiday season, TCM will be presenting numerous favorites, along with a big surprise discovery. Each Sunday in December, TCM will present a special Christmas double-feature, with titles like Little Women (1949), A Christmas Carol (1951),The Bishop's Wife (1947), It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947) andWe're No Angels (1955). On Sunday, Dec. 16, TCM will present the very rarely seen made-for-television movie Carol for Another Christmas (1964), a unique take on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol written by Rod Serling, directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and starring Sterling Hayden, Eva Marie Saint, Ben Gazzara, Steve Lawrence, Pat Hingle, Robert Shaw, Peter Sellers, Britt Ekland and James Shigeta. The movie was originally televised in 1964 as a Xerox-sponsored special promoting the United Nations. TCM's holiday programming also includes a collection of movies featuring the armed forces at Yuletide on Dec. 17, five holiday-themed musicals on Dec. 18, a night of holiday films set in New York on Dec. 20 and an evening of holiday classics of all types on Dec. 24. On Christmas Day, TCM will present a lineup of religious favorites, including Going My Way(1944) and King of Kings (1961). That night, TCM invites movie fans to spend Christmas with the Hardys, with an entire evening of Andy Hardy films, starring Mickey Rooney.

TCM Remembers Pearl Harbor – Friday, Dec. 7, beginning at 6 a.m. (ET)
TCM remembers the attack on Pearl Harbor that prompted America's entrance into World War II with a daytime lineup of some of the greatest films depicting the conflict within the Pacific theater. The seven-film collection includes the Best Picture Oscar® winner From Here to Eternity (1953) and the epic American-Japanese co-production Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970). Also featured are Howard Hawks'Air Force (1943), John Ford's They Were Expendable (1945), Delmer Davies' Task Force (1949)

Academy Conversations: The Magic of Moviemaking – Co-hosted by Oscar®-Nominated Production Designers Guy Hendrix Dyas and Lilly Kilvert– Monday, Dec. 10, beginning at 8 p.m. (ET)
In partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, TCM is proud to present an evening of production design. Oscar-nominated production designers Guy Hendrix Dyas (Inception, 2011) and Lilly Kilvert (Legends of the Fall, 1993 and The Last Samurai, 2003) will join Robert Osborne in the evening’s program. Hendrix Dyas and Osborne will discuss Best Picture winner Grand Hotel (1932), which features the art direction of 11-time Oscar winner Cedric Gibbons, and My Fair Lady (1964), with Oscar-winning designs by Gene Allen, Cecil Beaton and George James Hopkins. Kilvert will then join Osborne to introduce Bernardo Bertolucci's The Conformist (1971), which spotlights the production design of Academy Award® winner Ferdinando Scarfiotti followed by John Ford's The Grapes of Wrath (1940), which highlights the art direction of Richard Day and Mark-Lee Kirk and set decoration by Thomas Little.

Les Misérables – Thursday, Dec. 13, beginning at 8 p.m. (ET)
As moviegoers prepare to take in the Christmas Day release of the new big screen adaptation of the Broadway musical, TCM presents three previous cinematic versions of Victor Hugo's oft-told Les Misérables. The Dec. 13 lineup begins with Fredric March as Jean Valjean and Charles Laughton as Inspector Javert in the meticulously crafted 1935 production. Then Michael Rennie and Robert Newton head an all-star cast in the 1952 edition from director Lewis Milestone. And finally, TCM presents Raymond Bernard's epic French-language version of the story from 1934, regarded by many critics as the greatest adaptation ever of the Hugo novel.

TCM Salutes Gene Tierney – Thursday, Dec. 27, beginning at 8 p.m. (ET)
TCM presents an evening of films starring striking beauty Gene Tierney, beginning with the TCM premiere of the mystery thrillerBlack Widow (1954), with Ginger Rogers and Van Heflin. The lineup also includes the wartime drama The Left Hand of God (1955), with Humphrey Bogart; Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950), co-starring Dana Andrews; Belle Starr (1941), with Randolph Scott; Night and the City (1950), starring Richard Widmark; and the TCM premiere of Fritz Lang's The Return of Frank James (1940), with Henry Fonda.

Happy New Year, TCM – Monday, Dec. 31, beginning at 8 p.m. (ET)
TCM pops the champagne for a night of New Year's movies. The lineup includes Woody Allen's nostalgic gem Radio Days (1987), with Mia Farrow heading up a pitch-perfect ensemble cast. Crime solvers William Powell and Myrna Loy booze it up inAfter the Thin Man (1936), while Jack Lemmon loans out his flat with disastrous results in Billy Wilder's The Apartment (1960). The night also includes the Rat Pack in Ocean's Eleven (1960) and James Stewart and Carole Lombard in Made for Each Other (1939).

The Essentials – Hosted by Drew Barrymore and Robert Osborne – Saturdays at 8 p.m.
• Dec. 1 – Sullivan's Travels (1941) – part of a night of road pictures.
• Dec. 8 – Summertime (1955) – kicking off a night of seasonal offerings.
• Dec. 15 – The Band Wagon (1953) – one of five films with fading stars.
• Dec. 22 – Rebel Without a Cause (1955) – part of a night of movies from the 1950s.
• Dec. 29 – The Way We Were (1973) – starting a night of romantic tearjerkers.

All times Eastern. Please note programming is subject to change. Schedule for TCM in Canada may differ slightly.
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Chatting with 'Grey's Anatomy" star James Perkins

November 27, 2012
 James Perkins of "Grey's Anatomy" recently recieved the Lifetime Achievement Award at the NAACP Theater Awards. Check out our interview with James below:

 James Perkins -- "Grey's Anatomy"

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Talking with Yoshiki of X-Japan at 2012 American Music Awards

From Examiner:

The 40TH Anniversary American Music Awards, produced by dick clark productions, inc, took place at L.A. LIVE’s Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday, November 18th, and was telecasted “live” as a three-hour, prime-time special on ABC. Artists were honored in the categories of Pop/Rock, Country, Rap/Hip-Hop, Soul/R&B, Alternative, Adult Contemporary, Latin, Contemporary Inspirational, and for the first year ever, Electronic Dance Music. For the sixth year, winners were determined by online voting.
For the fourth consecutive year, the live online pre-show “Coca-Cola Red Carpet LIVE! streamed live for fans and was hosted by Lance Bass, Kimberly Cole, Brad Goreski, Sean Kingston, Eden Sher and Tristan Wilds, as well as Nokia correspondent Andy Grammer.
Performers included: Carly Rae Jepsen, Carrie Underwood, Christina Aguilera, Justin Bieber, Kelly Clarkson, Ke$ha, Linkin Park, Nicki Minaj, No Doubt, P!nk, Pitbull, Psy, MC Hammer, Taylor Swift, Usher, Stevie Wonder, The Wanted and Swizz Beatz, featuring Chris Brown and Ludacris.
Presenters included: 50 Cent, Apolo Ohno, Backstreet Boys, Brandy, Colbie Caillat, Cyndi Lauper, Elisha Cuthbert, Eric Stonestreet, Florida Georgia Line, Gavin DeGraw, Ginnifer Goodwin, Gloria Estefan, Hayden Panettiere, Heidi Klum, Jennifer Morrison, Jenny McCarthy, Karmin, Kelly Rowland, Kerry Washington, Lucy Hale, Luke Bryan, Neon Trees, Ne-Yo, Phillip Phillips, Ryan Seacrest, Stacy Keibler and will.i.am.
“The 40th Anniversary American Music Awards” was produced by dick clark productions, inc. Allen Shapiro and Orly Adelson executive produced the show. Larry Klein produced the show. The program was broadcasted in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format with 5.1 channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-14,D,L,S parental guideline.

Click on the link below to see what he had to say.

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'Downton Abbey': British series renewed for a fourth season

November 26, 2012
From Examiner:

**warning: spoiler alert***

"Downton Abbey," the hit program that tells the lives a British family and their servants in England in 1912 has been renewed for a fourth season. The show, written and created by Oscar winner Julian Fellowes, just completed its third season on the BBC and will begin airing season three to America fans on PBS come January 2013. Production for season fourth is expected to begin in February.
Executive producer Gareth Neame said, “Viewers can look forward to more drama, comedy, love, hatred, jealousy, rivalry, ambition, despair and romance” when the show returns to British screens next fall and to American audiences in 2014. The show is also expected to have some new faces.

Downton Abbey season three premieres in January on PBSSeason three sees Cora Crowley's mother, Martha Levinson, (played by the fabulous Shirley MacLaine0, arriving for the wedding of Matthew to her grand-daughter Mary. Her visit is less than pleasant as Downton faces a financial crisis that Martha may be the only one to fix. Youngest Crowley daughter Sybil is married to Tom, a young Irishman who is believed to be in part of the Irish resistance against the British. His politics is combative with his in-laws to say the least. Edith's infatuation with a much older man causes a disagreement with the family, with her father Lord Crowley (Hugh Bonneville) questioning the man's motives.

Downstairs in the servant's quarters, the search for a new footman to replace Mr. Bates gets very competitive between Mrs. O'Bryan and Tom, while Daisy, the kitchen worker, goes on a one-woman strike. Bates, who is currently serving a prison term for murder, has trouble with his cellmate and is feeling the pains of being separated from his wife Anna. Anna meanwhile works day and night to prove his innocence. Also, Mrs. Hughes has a health scare and Isobel works to help the troubled women in town get back on their feet.
On 2-hour first look and season 2 recap of the show called "Downton Abbey Revisited," will air on PBS in December before season three premieres on January 6th, 2013.

Classic TV Examiner talked to Fellowes earlier this year about his hopes for a fourth season of the show and also gave a little insight into MacLaine's character and her relationship with Lady Violet, played by Maggie Smith, who won a Best Supporting Actress Emmy for the role. Check out the video below.



"Downton Abbey" stars Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Brown Findlay, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Siobhan Finneran, Joanne Froggatt, Thomas Howes, Rob James-Collier, Allen Leech, Rose Leslie, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Matt Milne, Lesley Nicol, Amy Nuttall, Maggie Smith, Ed Speleers, Dan Stevens and Penelope Wilton.

 
For the latest in entertainment news, including recaps of "Downton Abbey" and interviews with the cast and crew, follow me on Twitter @Phyllis_Thomas
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Hollywood Christmas Parade to air on The Hallmark Chanel

November 22, 2012
The Hollywood Christmas Parade which benefits Marines Toys For Tots will be held in the streets of Hollywood, CA this Sunday, November 25, 2012, kicking off with a Pre-Parade Spectacular Show from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., followed by the parade from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
JabbawockeezPre-Parade performers will include: American Musical and Dramatic Academy’s Choral Group performing “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town;” Cirque de Soleil’s “IRIS” – 20 Cast Members, including Tumblers and Dancers; Jabbawockeez, World-Famous Dance Crew; Ashlee Keating, Pop Recording Artist with dancers performing “All I Want For Christmas;” "American Idol" finalist Kimberley Locke singing “Silver Bells;” West Coast Singers – Gay and Lesbian Chorus singing “Hey Santa” and Joel Ward, Magician from “Masters of Illusion” performing to music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.”

Other musicians attending include:
“Big Time Rush,” James Maslow, Carlos Pena, Jr.
Blush, Pop Singing Group consisting of Alisha Budhrani (India); Natsuko Danjo (Japan), Angeli Flores (Phillippines), Victoria Chan (China) and Ji Hae Lee (South Korea)
Brandon & Savannah, Pop Singers
Kenton Duty, “My Name Is Khan,” “Shake It Up” (Riding with Daphne Blunt and Knott’s Berry Farms’ Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Lucy
“Shake It Up!,” Roshon Fegan, Caroline Sunshine
Presented by The City of Los Angeles, the Hallmark Channel and Associated Television International, which is executive producing the live parade and telecast of it, this year’s parade will feature: 200 Film, Television and Stage Celebrities and VIPS; 7 Pre-Parade Live Performers; 21 Award-Winning Bands, including 14 from the state of California and 7 from out of state; 8 Equestrian Units; 6 Floats; 14 Balloons and 52 Special Characters/Novelties.
Celebrities from popular television shows like: “Baby Daddy,” “Criminal Minds,” "Days Of Our Lives", “General Hospital,” “Glee,” “Jessie,” “Supah Ninjas,” “The First Family,” and “The Neighbors", "Young and The Restless" among others, will participate. Hollywood’s Santa Parade, LLC serves as a producer of the live parade.
Joe Mantegna, Film/Television/Stage Star, Tony Award and Emmy Award-Winning and Golden Globe Award-Nominated Actor (“Glengarry Glen Ross” – Broadway, “Bleacher Bums” – PBS, “Criminal Minds,” “The Rat Pack,” “The Godfather: Part III,” “The Simpsons Movie,” “Joan of Arcadia,” “The Starter Wife,” “The Last Don,” National Spokesperson for The U.S. Army Museum) serves as Grand Marshal.
Erik Estrada (“World’s Funniest Moments,” “CHiPs”) and Laura McKenzie(“World’s Funniest Moments,” “Laura McKenzie’s Traveler”) serve as Parade Broadcast Hosts. Elizabeth Stanton (“Elizabeth Stanton’s Great Big World”) and Rob Pinkston (“Punk’d,” “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide”) serve as Parade Roving Reporters.
Grandstand tickets for The 2012 Hollywood Christmas Parade Benefiting Marine Toys for Tots are now on sale!!! Parade attendees can view the event in style and comfort. Reserved Grandstand Seating for The 2012 Hollywood Christmas Parade Benefiting Marine Toys for Tots are now available for purchase within Associated Television International’s “live set” area located on Hollywood Boulevard between Orange Street and Highland Avenue.
Tickets are available at Ticketmaster, including Ticketmaster.com (search for Hollywood Christmas Parade), select Walmart locations, select Simon Mall locations, Curacao locations or charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000. On Saturday, November 24th and Sunday, November 25th, Grandstand Tickets will be available for purchase at a Ticket Booth Kiosk located on the north side of Hollywood Boulevard, west of Highland Avenue in Hollywood, CA.
For updates and further information about The 2012 Hollywood Christmas Parade Benefiting Marine Toys for Tots, please call the 24/7 Parade Hotline at 1-866-PARADE1 (1-866-727-2331) and visit the parade’s official website, WWW.THEHOLLYWOODCHRISTMASPARADE.COM.
This year’s live parade on November 25th will be taped for national broadcasts on The Hallmark Channel to air on December 10th and on the The Hallmark Movie Channel on December 21st.
For a complete list of attendees: www.thehollywoodchristmasparade.com
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'Don't Trust the B in Apt 23': Krysten Ritter talks Chloe, upcoming shows

November 20, 2012
From Examiner:

This week on "Don't Trust the B ---- in Apartment 23," it's Thanksgiving as Chloe and June discovers they have different feelings about Thanksgiving; Chloe hates it while June loves it. Sadly, June can't afford to fly home this year, so Chloe persuades June to come with her to her parents' house for the holiday -- but under the most strange and awkward conditions.
Meanwhile, James volunteers at an exclusive celebrity soup kitchen in order to get a photo opp, and is unpleasantly surprised when he and Luther get roped into actually working.

Classic TV Examiner caught up with actress Krysten Ritter who plays the outrageously funny Chloe on the show. The actress previewed what's coming up on the show's upcoming episodes, including the Thanksgiving episode which airs this week. Check out the interview with Krysten below.

"Don't Trust the B ---- in Apartment 23" tells the story of June who moves into an Manhattan apartment with Chloe, the world's worst roommate or in other words, "The B --- in Apartment 23." Chloe befriends June and pulls her into her colorful band of friends, which includes their very own narcissistic celebrity – former teen heartthrob James Van Der Beek. With Chloe's help, and that of her oddball friends, June learns to survive in the big city and and maybe even teach Chloe and her friends a thing or two.

The Tuesday, November 20th episode of "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23," entitled "It's a Miracle," airs on ABC.

For the latest in entertainment news, follow me on Twitter @Phyllis_Thomas

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'Hart of Dixie': Olympic medalist McKayla Maroney guest star

November 18, 2012
On Tuesday, November 20, at 8/7c, Olympic Gold Medalist McKayla Maroney is stopping by HART OF DIXIE, playing Tonya, one of Rose’s best friends. McKayla will be reprising her role in a January 2013 episode, as well! Check out a first look at McKayla’s acting chops and hear what series star Rachel Bilson has to say about her in this behind the scenes video.

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WonderCon returns to Anaheim in 2013

November 13, 2012
WonderCon officials have announced at its popular San Francisco area event will be in Anaheim instead in 2013.  The Moscone Center, which held the event every year up until 2012 when it received major renovations is complete however but the event, known as ComicCon's "Mini-Me" clashes with another convention in San Francsico, creating a hotel room price hike and over "unavoidable conflicts."

“This, along with the expected difficulty of exhibitors and attendees in securing airfare for those outside of driving distance of San Francisco for that weekend, has resulted in us not being able to secure San Francisco as a location for WonderCon in 2013,” read a statement on WonderCon‘s website. “Hopefully we will be able to return WonderCon to San Francisco sometime soon.”

The event in Anaheim is scheduled to runs March 29-31, and announced guests include Dean Koontz, Marjorie Liu, Doug Mahnke, Ann Nocenti, Jason Palmer, Dan Slott, Jeff Smith, Steranko, Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier.

The full 2013 schedule will be announced soon.  
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Sneak Peek: 'The Americans' on FX

November 10, 2012
Check out a sneak peek of "The Americans," a new show coming to FX. The show stars Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell as a married couple of KGB sleeper agents whose mission is just getting started!

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'Deadfall': starring Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde now on VOD and iTunes

November 5, 2012
The new movie "Deadfall" starring Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, Sissy Spacek, Kris Kristofferson and Charlie Hunnam is now available on Video On Demand and iTunes.

In "Deadfall":

Siblings Addison (Eric Bana) and Liza (Olivia Wilde) are on the run from a casino heist gonewrong. When a car accident leaves their wheelman and a state trooper dead, they split up and make a run for the Canadian border in the worst of circumstances – a near whiteout blizzard. While Addison heads cross-country, creating mayhem in his wake, Liza is picked up by ex-boxer Jay (Charlie Hunnam), en-route for a Thanksgiving homecoming with his parents, June (Sissy Spacek) and retired sheriff Chet (Kris Kristofferson). It’s there the siblings are reunited in a terse and thrilling showdown that pushes the bonds of family to the limit.

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'Let's Make a Deal': Wayne Brady talks honoring Eddie Murphy (Video)

November 4, 2012
Comedy Central paid tribute to Eddie Murphy with a star-studded special of some of the actor's closest friends, including Wayne Brady. We caught up with "The Let's Make a Deal" host on the red carpet and chatted with him about the special and about "Let's Make a Deal."

Check out the interview below:


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'Reality Show' premieres tonight on Showtime

November 1, 2012
Showtime has a new show premiering tonight called "Reality Show." The series is a "darkly comedic satire about the world of reality television." From filmmaker Adam Rifkin, "Reality Show" focuses on an amoral reality show producer who puts an unsuspecting American family under all encompassing surveillance without their knowledge for his new genre of reality show, his "reality re-boot".

The concept is to let real life unfold before the cameras. However, the family is boring and the network wants some sizzle. So the producer starts to introduce drama into the unwitting family's lives. Temptation to cheat, drinking, work problems…. chaos ensues. Everything unravels in a big, big way with shocking consequences.

"Reality Show:" premieres Thursday, November 1st, 11:30 p.m. ET/PT, 10:30 p.m. CT

Check out a preview below:

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'America's Got Talent': open casting call for new season begins in Los Angeles in November

October 31, 2012
If you've always been wanting to try out for "America's Got Talent," now's your chance. The Nick Cannon hosted talent competition show for all ages and for any acts, heads out on tour looking for talent in cities across the country.

The series will begin its nationwide search for season eight contestants with auditions beginning in Los Angeles on November 14 and 15.  With the talent search open to acts of all ages, the auditions then continue in Seattle (November 29), Portland (December 1), New Orleans (December 8 and 9), Birmingham (December 10), Memphis (December 11), Nashville (December 13) and continues onto the East Coast, making stops in Savannah ( December 14), Raleigh (December 15), Norfolk (December 16), before heading to San Antonio (January 12 and 13) and Chicago (January 26 and 27.) Additional auditions cities will be announced shortly. 

Updates, pre-registration forms, audition tips and a full list of details with all venue information can be found at www.AGTauditions.com.

 Last year the winning act, Richard and Nick Olate of Olate Dogs, beat out thousands of hopefuls to take home the coveted $1 million grand prize and a headlining show in Las Vegas.

2012/2013 Audition cities:

Nov 14 & 15, 2012 - Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles Convention Center

Nov 29, 2012 - Seattle, WA - Venue TBA

Dec 1st, 2012 - Portland, OR - Oregon Convention Center

Dec 8 & 9, 2012 - New Orleans, LA - Ernest N. Memorial Convention Center

Dec 10, 2012 - Birmingham, AL - Sheraton Birmingham Hotel

Dec 11, 2012 - Memphis, TN - Venue TBA

Dec 13, 2012 - Nashville, TN - Nashville Convention Center

Dec 14, 2012 - Savannah, GA - The Westin Savannah Harbor Resort and Spa

Dec 15, 2012 - Raleigh, NC - Raleigh Convention Center

Dec 16, 2012 - Norfolk, VA - Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel

Jan 12 & 13, 2013 - San Antonio, TX - Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

Jan 26 & 27, 2013 - Chicago, IL - McCormick Place

The next season of "America's Got Talent" is here! To audition and show America and the Judges your talent, visit www.agtauditions.com orwww.nbc.com/agt for more information.

"America's Got Talent" returns to NBC next summer. 
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Video: Clipper Blake Griffin visits Conan

October 30, 2012
LA Clippers basketball player Blake Griffin stopped by Conan recently to talk about the upcoming basketball season and to talk about The Clipper's chances this season.
Conan airs weeknights on TBS

Check out some of the interview  below:

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The Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade to honor Dr. Robert K. Ross

October 28, 2012
The Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade will honor Dr. Robert K. Ross at its annual Pioneer of African American Achievement Awards Dinner on Nov. 2, 2012.

Ross is being recognized with the distinguished Bremond-Bakewell Award for his efforts to create healthy communities locally, statewide, as well as throughout the country. Since 2000, Dr. Ross has headed The California Endowment and was previously the director of the Health and Human Services Agency for the County of San Diego, commissioner of Public Health for the City of Philadelphia.

The theme for the 2012 awards dinner is Ways of Giving, and this exciting evening will celebrate the facets of philanthropy, and how each of us has the power to change the world by giving and serving within our own communities.

“I am very excited about honoring Dr. Ross,” said Charisse Bremond-Weaver, president and CEO of Brotherhood Crusade. “He is a man who makes giving and serving a priority.”

With a background as a clinician, in recent years he has championed such causes as providing health coverage for children, strengthening community health centers, and improving the pipeline for bringing racial and ethnic diversity into the health professions.

“At The California Endowment, our giving is a partnership between the foundation and the community,” said Dr. Ross. “We know that just giving money will not necessarily result in change. It’s the community itself that makes the change. Our funding is just one of the vehicles that help communities get there.”

The evening’s master of ceremonies will be local KTLA TV co-anchor Chris Schauble and 94.7 Wave radio personality Pat Prescott. Said Schauble: “For many years the Brotherhood Crusade has served to uplift the greater Los Angeles community, and once again it's my honor to serve this remarkable organization. I keep this night circled on my calendar because I consider it so special!” And about his co-host, he added: “If I’m working with Pat, I know it’s going to be an amazing night.”

Motown recording artist KEM will perform at the event. The singer's latest album, What Christmas Means, was released this month and this year, KEM made his acting debut in the film Sparkle. A survivor of drug abuse and homelessness, he gives back through his foundation, Mack & Third, Inc., a non-profit corporation that benefits Detroit’s homeless community.

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Quentin Tarantino’s 'Pulp Fiction' returning to theaters

October 26, 2012
Two of Quentin Tarantino’s classic films are headed to the big screen again.  “Reservoir Dogs,” starring Harvey Keitel, Steve Buscemi and Tim Roth and the Oscar winning “Pulp Fiction,” each in theaters for only one night this December. “Tarantino XX: ‘Reservoir Dogs’ 20th Anniversary Event” will hit select movie theaters nationwide on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 7:00 p.m. local time, and “Tarantino XX: ‘Pulp Fiction’ Event” will follow two days later on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7:00 p.m. local time, with matinees in select markets. Each cinema event will include a special feature showcasing Tarantino’s 20-year career and a selection of hand-picked movie trailers from films that inspired him as a filmmaker.

Tickets for “TARANTINO XX: ‘Reservoir Dogs’ and ‘Pulp Fiction’” are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com or www.tarantinoxx.com. The events will be presented using new digital cinema projection systems in more than 625 movie theaters across the country. For a complete list of theater locations and prices visit the NCM Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

Audiences across the country will be exhilarated by these gritty and innovative films that launched Tarantino’s iconic career, in which he has received the industry’s top honors including an Academy Award®, a Golden Globe Award®, as well as nominations for both an Emmy® and a Grammy® award.

“There is no doubt that Quentin Tarantino’s writing and directorial style has reinvented filmmaking as we know it,” said Shelly Maxwell, executive vice president of NCM Fathom Events. “Join Vincent, Jules, Marsellus Wallace, Mr. Orange, Mr. Pink, Mr. Blonde and the rest of his infamous characters as they return to the big screen in this special two-night Fathom event.”

“Reservoir Dogs”
Released on Oct. 23, 1992, and named the “Greatest Independent Film Ever Made” by “Empire Magazine,” Tarantino’s directorial debut assembles four perfect strangers to pull off the perfect crime. But when their botched robbery reveals a police informant among them, their simple robbery explodes into a bloody ambush. Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival (1992) and awarded the International Critics Award at the Toronto International Film Festival (1992), “Reservoir Dogs” is raw, violent and unforgettable.

“Pulp Fiction”
Two years after his groundbreaking debut, Tarantino released “Pulp Fiction” – hailed by critics and audiences worldwide as a film that redefined cinema. Recognized as one of AFI’s “Top 100 Films of the Last 100 Years,” “Pulp Fiction,” set in the basking sun of L.A., follows a burger-loving hit man (John Travolta), his philosophical partner (Samuel L. Jackson), a drug-addled gangster’s moll (Uma Thurman) and a washed-up boxer (Bruce Willis), as their four tales converge in a story of violence and redemption. Honored with an Academy Award® for Best Original Screenplay (1994) and earning seven total nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director, “Pulp Fiction” has been listed as one of the best films of all-time by Time and Entertainment Weekly.

Miramax and Lionsgate Home Entertainment will release the “Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection,” on Blu-ray™ Nov. 20. The set contains eight films personally selected by Tarantino to illustrate the first 20 years of his career, plus two extra discs packed with over seven hours of exclusive, never-before-seen interviews and special features. The set also features striking, original artwork designed and illustrated by MONDO (www.mondotees.com). Tarantino’s newest film, “Django Unchained,” will be released in theaters on Dec. 25.
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First Lady Michelle Obama visits 'Jimmey Kimmel Live'

On Thursday night's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" the First Lady Michelle Obama stopped by the late night show to remind and encourage everyone to vote on November 6th. One of Kimmel's pressing questions for Mrs. Obama was 'what if I forget to vote?' Lucky for him, FLOTUS has created a personal plan just for Jimmy Kimmel.

"Jimmy Kimmel Live" airs late night weeknights on ABC. 

Check out the video below: 

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'Flipping The White House': new special airs on Discovery Channel

October 24, 2012
(Photo: Peter Souza Credit: The White House)
In the wake of an election year, Discovery Channel will air a special about what happened behind the scenes at The White House when a U.S. President is sworn into office. Called "Flipping The White House," the special focuses on a hand-picked and highly trained team who is tasked with transitioning the old administration out as the new administration moves in - all in less than six hours. 

The outgoing president exits the home on inauguration day, and the incoming president enters the home complete with pictures on the walls, books on the shelves, and socks in the drawers just a few hours later. Discovery Channel takes viewers behind the scenes of past "flips" in the special set to air on Sunday, October 28th at 10PM ET/PT.

This new one-hour special features interviews with former key White House staffers, including former President Regan Chief-of-Staff James Baker, former President George W. Bush Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief-of-Staff Karl Rove, former President Clinton Chief-of-Staff Mack McLarty, former President George W. Bush advisor Karen Hughes, former Vice President Dan Quayle, former President Obama social secretary Desiree Rogers and White House Chief Usher from 1986-2007, Gary J. Walters. The White House insiders share valuable insight about the flips which oftentimes happen under very tense circumstances, including President Carter's transition which was scheduled in the midst of the Iranian hostage negotiations. 

They also share little known moments, such as President Clinton's late arrival to his own scheduled exit - sending White House Chief Usher Gary J. Walters into a panic.
A typical move is not an option, particularly in The White House. Every trace of the previous presidency must be erased as the new family moves in. The team must move quickly to remove all remnants of the previous administration from the West Wing offices plus 3,100 square feet of living quarters. One item out of place during a flip could mean a significant delay on urgent presidential actions.
It's a race against time before the new President of the United States and family cross the threshold to begin a new page in history.
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Trailer: 'Skyfall' with Daniel Craig as James Bond

October 20, 2012
Here is another trailer for the highly anticipated Bond movie "Skyfall." Daniel Craig once again returns as 007 in what marks the 50th anniversary of everyone's favorite spy.
The movie hits theaters November, 8.

Check it out below:

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Trailer: 'Hecho En Mexico' opening November 30th

Director Duncan Bridgeman (1 Giant Leap, What About Me?) weaves a rhythmic cinematic tapestry in the new movie "Hecho En Mexico," composed of original songs, conversations, reflections, wisdom and humor featuring many of the greatest performers and sharpest minds of Mexico today.

The film showcases the richness of Mexican music both young and old, from traditional music to pop rock and rap blended with interviews from Diego Luna, Lila Downs and many more leading personalities. The result is an inspiring and often funny musical road trip through modern day“Mexicanity”, which resonates globally.

The movie features Alejandro Fernández, Kinky, Carla Morrison and Chavela Vargas.

The movie lands in theaters November 30th. Check out a trailer for the movie below:





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Trailer: Ang Lee's 'Life of Pi'

Here is a special scene from "Life of Pi." The film is directed by Ang Lee who introduces this clip.

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'Total Blackout': new episodes air on Syfy beginning October 30

Hosted by Jaleel White ("Family Matters"), Syfy’s highest-rated new program of 2012 returns with new episodes. "Total Blackout" is a half-hour, extreme game show in which contestants battle each other and their fears in a series of challenges played in complete darkness. There are no lights, no blindfolds and no-holds barred as the players must face their anxieties and overcome unexpected surprises in a series of new and never-before-seen challenges that raise the stakes to new heights.

There are no lights, no blindfolds and it’s no-holds barred as the players face their fears and unexpected surprises in a series of nerve-wracking games.  From smell, touch and taste to even controlling their own motor movements, all the contestants’ senses will be pushed to the ultimate test in "Total Blackout."

"Total Blackout" is produced by Fremantle Media and was created by Henrik Nielsen ("Can You Duet?," Danish versions of "The X Factor," "Got Talent" and "Pop Idol").  Nielsen and Jeff Apploff ("Million Dollar Money Drop," "Don’t Forget the Lyrics") serve as executive producers.  Jack Martin ("Who’s Still Standing," "Deal or No Deal") is co-executive producer. 

White is best known for his role as pop culture staple Steve Urkel on the ABC sitcom "Family Matters" and for his time as a contestant on "Dancing With The Stars." 

"Total Blackout" premieres Tuesdays on Syfy (9-10 p.m. ET) with a preview on October 30 (10-10:30 p.m. ET)


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'The Hour' heads to BBC America

"The Hour," the sequel to BBC America's popular drama "Dramaville" will premiere on the channel on Wednesday, November 28 at 9:00pm. The show written and created by Emmy® nominee Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady, Shame, Sex Traffic), sees the return of the highly competitive, sharp-witted and passionate news trio Bel (Romola Garai), Hector (Dominic West) and Freddie (Ben Whishaw). It’s one year later, with Bel now reporting to the eccentric new Head of News, Randall Brown (Peter Capaldi). 

The team is still striving to broadcast stories they believe in, as they grapple with the looming specter of the Cold War and changing social mores. Themes of political intrigue and corruption are set against the highly charged backdrop of a country in the grip of unsettling and rapid change. With the space race and nuclear power in full swing, Britain seems on the threshold of a new era of modernization, economic optimism, scientific progress and cultural change in the face of new immigration from the Commonwealth. But under the buoyant veneer, our characters become deeply embroiled in cover-ups, sexual intrigues and the resurgence of Mosley’s fascism. Welcome to the end of the fifties…"The Hour" premieres Wednesday, November 28, 9:00pm ET/PT as part of BBC America’s "Dramaville."
 
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'Copper' renewed for a new season at BBC America

"Cooper," BBC America's first original scripted series, has been renewed for a second season. The season finale of the series first year will air on October 21st.

"Copper" follows Detective Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones), a rugged Irish immigrant cop, as he seeks justice for the powerless in 1864 New York City. The series has been building to this Sunday's explosive finale that will change lives and the city forever. With Confederate terrorists threatening to destroy the city as they know it, unexpected traitors will be revealed and once air-tight bonds will be broken beyond repair.

On the season finale episode, with Confederate terrorists threatening to destroy the city as they know it, unexpected traitors will be revealed and once air-tight bonds will be broken beyond repair. The gripping drama – filled with intrigue, corruption, mystery and murder – will close its record-breaking season with Detective Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones) giving everything he has to protect his town from the terrorist attack he knows is coming.

"Copper" airs Sundays on BBC America. 

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National Congress of Black Women hosts health event at Kaiser Permanente

October 19, 2012
The National Congress of Black Women, Inc, Los Angeles Chapter with support from Kaiser Permanente is sponsoring a health event on Saturday, October 20, 2012 for teens age 14-17. Teens will learn how to be certified ambassadors of healthy lifestyle choices, interesting food facts, leadership tips and more. Also, there will be fun activities, good food, special gifts and great networking.

The event will be held at Kaiser Permanente Medical Building, 1550 West Manchester Ave. L.A. from 9:30am to 12:30pm. Some of this year's participates El Nido, Alliance Health Services, Academy High School, Delta Sigma Theta (local chapters), Young Black Scholars, NAACP Youth Group, Watts Counseling Center, concerned Black Men of L.A, Ward AME and more.

Make sure you don’t wait and register now, space is limited. Call 323 783-4371 or 310 672-1464. Email ncbwlac@gmail.com.
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'Girls' star Lena Dunham pens 'Nobody Walks' opening Oct. 19


Television's breakout star Lena Dunham tries her hand at the big screen but not as an actress. The "Girls" star has written the new movie "Nobody Walks" starring John Krasinski, Olivia Thirlby and Rosemarie Dewitt.

"Noboday Walks" tells the story of Martine, a 23-year-old artist from New York, who arrives in Los Angeles to stay in the pool house of a family living in the hip and hilly community of Silver Lake. Peter, the father, has agreed to help Martine complete sound design on her art film as a favor to his wife. Martine innocently enters the seemingly idyllic life of this open-minded family with two kids and a relaxed Southern California vibe. Like a bolt of lightning, her arrival sparks a surge of energy that awakens suppressed impulses in everyone and forces them to confront their own fears and desires. 

The movie opens On Demand and in theaters on October 19th. 

Check out an exclusive clip below: 
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Judd Apatow leads Career Study at Film and TV Music Conference

October 18, 2012
Writer/director Judd Apatow will appear at the Billboard/Hollywood Reporter for a Career Study for their Film and TV Music Conference. The director will have a conversation on the importance of music in Apatow's work. 
Some of Apatow's movies include "Pineapple Express," "Knocked Up" and the upcoming "This is 40." He also was behind the acclaimed television shows "Freaks and Geeks" and "Girls." 

He will be joined by longtime collaborators Manish Raval and Mike Andrews as well as legendary British rocker Graham Parker.

Tickets Going Fast! REGISTER NOW! -- www.FilmAndTVMusicConference.com

 
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'Nikita': season 3 sneak peek (photos)

October 15, 2012
"Nikita" is back for a whole new season of action and drama. On the premiere episode airing Friday, October 19th on The CW entitled, "3.0," Ryan (Noah Bean) takes charge of Division with Nikita (Maggie Q) by his side. Their first mission under the new regime is to bring in “The Dirty Thirty,”the rogue agents who failed to respond to the Division recall after Percy was killed. Unfortunately, their first mission doesn’t go as planned and Michael (Shane West) is arrested, forcing Nikita to change gears and hatch an escape plan for him. Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca) reprises her alter ego, the spoiled Russian princess Alexandra Udinov, in a very unique way as part of the plan to spring Michael. Meanwhile, Birkhoff (Aaron Stanford) struggles to maintain a working relationship with Sonya (guest star Lyndie Greenwood), despite his growing attraction to her.

"Nikita" stars Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca, Aaron Stanford and Noah Bean and airs Fridays on The CW.

Check out some photos (credit; Sven Frenzel/The CW©2012 )from the episode:








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