April 24, 2014

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Matt Bomer is the “Hollywood TV Star of the Week”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Sorry, Franklin and Bash. Our favorite pair on the small screen remains con man Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) and FBI Special Agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay) on USA Network’s suspenseful and incredibly smart “White Collar,” which just entered its third season.
For those who’ve yet to catch on to the award-winning program (it nabbed the coveted “Favorite TV Obsession” trophy at the 2010 People’s Choice Awards, with good reason), “White Collar” finds Bomer’s convict assisting DeKay’s law-enforcer as part of a strange work-release program. Together, these actors form the ideal yin-and-yang that drives intelligent cable dramas like “Damages,” “Dexter” and “White Collar.”
“The great thing about the writing on this show is that there is a lot of foreshadowing. Nothing ever comes out of the blue … even if it’s one line, three episodes earlier,” Bomer recently told TV Guide. “One of the things we always talk about is ‘how do you give it up?’ Is there always gonna be the next big score? Will there always be something more tempting?”

Right now there’s nothing more tempting to us than new episodes of “White Collar,” thanks to Bomer’s spectacular character work as slick con artist Neal. He’ll be heating up screens all summer, so be sure to tune in and learn why we’ve proudly named Matt Bomer of “White Collar” our “Hollywood TV Star of the Week.”

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Mark-Paul Gosselaar on ‘Saved by the Bell’s’ popularity

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: You often hear about former child stars who feel like their early work on a TV show typecast them for life and thwarted their career.
Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who we first got to know as Zack Morris on ‘Saved by the Bell,’ is not one of them.
He played Zack for seven years (starting with 1988′s ‘Good Morning, Miss Bliss’ – as the show was originally called – right through ‘Saved by the Bell: The College Years’ in 1994. He was the central character of a show that also launched future stars Mario Lopez, Tiffani Thiessen and Elizabeth Berkley.
Once it left the air, Mark-Paul kept busy doing TV movies (‘The Princess and the Marine’), a feature film (‘Dead Man on Campus’) and starred in two short-lived TV series (‘Hyperion Bay’ and ‘D.C’.)
Then in 2001 came the breakthrough role of Det. John Clark on ABC’s ‘NYPD Blue.’ For four seasons, Mark-Paul played Dennis Franz’s young partner and has not stopped working since including roles on two follow-up series ‘Commander In Chief’ and ‘Raising the Bar.’
I got the chance to chat with Mark-Paul last month at the TV Critics Association Press Tour where he was promoting his latest series ‘Franklin & Bash.’ I wasn’t sure how open he’d be to talking about ‘Saved by the Bell’ but I wanted to ask him if he was surprised by its enduring popularity with reruns on several times a day.
“Yeah I am surprised because the show didn’t get legs until we were finished shooting and it wasn’t until we were in syndication that it started taking off,” he explained. “We always thought we were going to be canceled after every season. It always seems to generate a new generation of viewers and it hasn’t stopped. I don’t know when it’s gonna stop. We still have 12 year olds now that are just finding it.”
It was refreshing to hear how much regard he still has for the show and at 36, he makes no attempt to distance himself from work he did as a teen.
“I’ve been lucky,” he said. “Because we started so young I’ve had a lot of time, I want to be in this industry for a long time whether it’s as an actor or a producer or a director. I like this industry and I’ve worked very hard to stay relevant in it. I’ve been fortunate.”
Breckin Meyer, who co-stars with Mark-Paul in the [...]

Aretha Franklin wants Halle Berry for planned biopic

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Aretha Franklin has come out and stated – repeatedly – that she’d like Halle Berry to play her in a planned biopic. Now the ball is in the Oscar winner’s court.
“Halle Berry is my pick,” the legendary singer said during an interview on “The Wendy Williams Show,” according to MTV. That echoes a sentiment Franklin stated in a press release sent out late last year.
However, Berry has yet to officially respond. That didn’t necessarily stop Franklin from edging toward the idea that a production could be up and running soon, if all of the pieces fell into place.
“For the last four years, we’ve been talking about [the film], and I have had a number of offers. Unfortunately, they were not good offers,” she said. “Now, we have something on the table. They have all of the financing on one project and the second project, and he’s in the process of writing things for me to approve on the tele-film.”
We know certain actors have had great success playing legendary singers, whether it be Joaquin Phoeix playing Johnny Cash or Jaime Foxx playing Ray Charles. Would Berry be the right pick to play Aretha Franklin in a biopic? Would she need to learn how to sing like Franklin, or could she bluff her way through? Let us know in the comments section, and we’ll continue to track this story.
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Jada Pinkett Smith’s ‘Hawthorne’ coming back for a 3rd season

HollywoodNews.com: TNT has written a prescription for a third season of the powerful medical drama “Hawthorne,” starring and executive-produced by Jada Pinkett Smith (“Collateral,” “The Matrix” trilogy). TNT has ordered 10 new episodes of the hit series, which is slated to return in 2011.
Created by Emmy® winner John Masius (“St. Elsewhere,” “Providence,” “Dead Like Me”), “Hawthorne” premiered in summer 2009 and ranked as one of ad-supported cable’s Top 5 new series of the year. In its second season in summer 2010, the series continued its success, averaging 3.7 million viewers and ranking as ad-supported cable’s #1 Tuesday program among women 25-54.
“With its memorable characters, powerful performances and moving storylines, ‘Hawthorne’ takes us on a dramatic journey through the world of a hospital on the brink of collapse,” said Michael Wright, executive vice president and head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “This series has performed extremely well among our key demos and proven itself to be a great summer series. We are very excited to continue working with Jada and “Hawthorne’s” outstanding production team and cast.”
“Hawthorne” stars Pinkett Smith as Christina Hawthorne, an impassioned Chief Nursing Officer struggling to whip a failing hospital – and her personal life – into shape. Michael Vartan (“Alias”) co-stars as Dr. Tom Wakefield, who has a complicated personal relationship with Christina. The series also stars Suleka Mathew (“Men in Trees”), David Julian Hirsh (“Lovebites”), Christina Moore (“90210″), Vanessa Lengies (“American Dreams”) and Hannah Hodson (“The Ron Clark Story”).
“Hawthorne” comes to TNT from Sony Pictures Television in association with Overbrook Productions and Jamie Tarses’ FanFare Productions. The second season of “Hawthorne” was executive-produced by Pinkett Smith; Glen Mazzara (“The Shield,” “Crash, Life”); Jamie Tarses (“My Boys,” TNT’s upcoming series “Franklin & Bash”); Masius; and Miguel Melendez.
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Bret Michaels breaks attendance records with Custom Built tour

HollywoodNews.com: Bret Michaels, who recently performed for 13 million viewers on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” on the national hit television show, “American Idol,” as well as ABC’s “Good Morning America” with Miley Cyrus, continues to break attendance records on his own with his high energy performances.
In an era that sees many concert tours forced off the road, Bret remains active by touring while playing to SOLD OUT crowds in cities such as Cape Cod, Wendover, Franklin (Ohio), Shawnee (Oklahoma) & in Boise (Idaho) where 70,000+ people were in attendance.
If you were unable to secure tickets for the SOLD OUT La Crosse, WI or Franklin, OH dates, DO NOT WASTE TIME, pick up your tickets NOW for the remaining Wisconsin & Ohio shows such as this Saturday, August 14th in Milwaukee (West Allis), WI at the WI State Fair, Saturday, August 21st in Hayward, WI at LCO Casino & Friday, August 27th in Lima, OH at Allen County Fair.
Remaining Bret Michaels live dates are selling out quickly, do not miss your opportunity to catch Bret on tour this Fall. Be sure to tune into NBC on August 23rd to check out Bret co-hosting The 2010 Miss Universe Competition in Las Vegas.
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More ‘True Blood’ Season 3 spoilers

HollywoodNews.com: Where will “True Blood” go next after last week’s shockingly twisted closing scene? To some equally interesting places, if promos for episodes 4 and 5 are any indication. Additionally, new spoilers for the rest of this season have been released, and they reveal that the complicated love lives of our favorite Bon Temps residents won’t be getting any simpler anytime soon.
Entertainment Weekly reports that Lafeyette will be getting a new love interest in handsome caretaker Jesus, seen nursing his mother in a previous episode, and Jason’s brief glimpse of a mysterious disappearing blonde girl will turn into something much more when Crystal (played by Lindsay Pulsipher) reappears to knock him off his feet with a “powerful, explosive relationship.” Plus, Alan Ball reveals that escalating tensions throughout the season will result in vampires and werewolves “throwing down” by season’s end; we can only assume that phrase is open to interpretation.
No new “True Blood” this weekend, but get ready to sink your fangs into an all-new episode on July 11, featuring Sookie and Alcide at an engagement party, Tara and Franklin on a road trip, and Bill and Lorena at dinner. Check out the preview.
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