April 23, 2014

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Oprah and Rosie O’Donnell feud, Oscar film noms and more

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: So yesterday I reported on Rosie O’Donnell and Ashley Fink clearing the air over Rosie’s remark about Ashley’s storyline on ‘Glee.’
Today, it’s time to clear up reports that Rosie and her new boss, Oprah Winfrey, are already on the outs.
Rosie is set to headline a daily talk show on Oprah’s OWN network this fall and Oprah took to Twitter to torpedo the rumors: “I get so sick of people trying to create fights and feuds when women are in business. Don’t buy into it. There’s no feud between Rosie and me. We haven’t even had a discussion about the new show.”
BISSETT ON BEST PICTURE: The lovely Jacqueline Bisset and I chatted at the BAFTA/LA Awards Season Tea Party about Sunday’s Academy Awards.
Since she is an Academy member, I wondered what she thought of the Academy rules, changed last year, that widened the best picture category from five to 10 slots.
The star of such films as ‘Rich and Famous,’ ‘Death In Love,’ ‘The Greek Tycoon,’ ‘Latter Days’ and ‘Bullitt’ is not a fan.
“I’m uncomfortable with that at this point,” Miss Bissett said. “When I filling it out I was thinking, ‘This feels excessive.’ I have a tendency to like small movies so it doesn’t take me into that area of the big Hollywood movie any more than it ever did.”
At 66, Miss Bissett is still a stunning woman and keeping busy with meaty roles on television (Did you see her during season 4 of ‘Nip/Tuck’?) and in film.
“I am keeping busy,” she said. “I’m pretty willing to take risks and I don’t mind if I look bad at this point. I like to find substantial things.”
She’s found a lot of the better roles in smaller independent films but there’s also a down side to that.
“You’re paid virtually nothing for those movies, you virtually do it for free – it costs you money to do them! The whole economic thing for actors, it’s tough these days. I had a lucky year this year. I’m a spokeswoman for Avon and it’s been a fun thing to do. We’ve done a very nice commercial and a photo shoot and stuff. I’ve never done anything like that before, I’ve always resisted it.”
Well, a girl’s gotta make a living!
MADDOW GETS MAD: MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow sure knows how to stick up for herself.
On her nightly show last night, she defended her reporting on [...]

Snippets from 10th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith
HollywoodNews.com: Lori Loughlin says she has no regrets about departing “90210″ and is leaving the CW show “on the very best of terms.” Lori, who’s been playing mom to Shenae Grimes and Tristan Wilds on the series since 2008, departs at season’s end as the show’s young cast of characters graduates from high school and heads off into college life.
“The CW has a demographic and they need to write to that demographic and I think the CW does that really well, you know?” she says.
“I think, for me, it’s time to creatively move on, because there’s not that much for me to do, and again, I understand and I have no hard feelings.”
Not that Loughlin’s character has lacked for drama through the years, with her own hot romances and a rivalry with Jennie Garth that heated up in Season 2. Garth told us recently that she disliked the direction “90210″ has been taking. Loughlin says, “You know, I think it’s fine. Jennie had a different attachment to the show. ‘Beverly Hills, 90210′ was her show for so many years, and she felt protective, almost motherly toward it. Along comes the new incarnation, and I don’t think she was happy with what they were doing. But for me, I had no attachment to the old version, so I was completely fine with it. I also thought it was a whole different show. Also, I think she had some issues with what they wanted to do with her character, and I understand that, because nobody knows that character better than Jennie. So at times I think she felt like they were misrepresenting Kelly.”
As for what Loughlin will do next, the mother of 11 and 12-year-old daughters, and wife of designer Mossimo Giannulli says, “I’m going to take a moment and breathe before I jump back into anything. I love television, but a series is a grind and so I just want to take a moment before I make any decisions.”
MEANWHILE: We caught up with Loughlin at this week’s 10th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards, the elegant event honoring the best of 2010 films appealing to mature moviegoers, put on by AARP at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Sally Field, Tony Bennett, Angela Lansbury, Larry Hagman, Jacqueline Bisset, Mickey Rooney and dozens of other names [...]

Jacqueline Bisset Hoping Money Can Be Found to Complete Hopper’s Final Film

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith
hollywoodnews.com: Jacqueline Bisset is awaiting word on the fate of “The Last Film Festival” — Linda Yellen’s big-screen comedy in which she stars with Chris Kattan and the late Dennis Hopper, which, she reveals, “We still haven’t quite finished. We still need more money to finish it. It’s a pity. They’re just struggling with the end of it, hoping someone comes forward. It’s Dennis Hopper’s last film, and it’s fun — really pretty funny.”
Bisset, who has the Hallmark Channel Original Movie, “An Old-Fashioned Christmas” coming up Dec. 11, tells us that the cancer that took Hopper’s life in May was not apparent when they worked together. She adds, “I was actually an admirer of Dennis for years as a painter and photographer” — in addition to his work as an actor and filmmaker.
“He was such a fascinating character, a gentlemanly person to work with, a sensitive personality. I hope we find some angel who’ll find the money to get the film finished. With the recession, everyone is suffering,” she notes.
Bisset inhabits a world of wealth and 19th century elegance in her persona as the imposing Isabella Crawford, in “An Old-Fashioned Christmas.”
Continuing the character she first played in The Hallmark Channel’s hugely successful 2008 “An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving” — drawn from Louisa May Alcott’s short story — Bisset and on-screen granddaughter Catherine Steadman this time find themselves in Ireland for a tale of money, manners and romance.
“I think my character has more aspects in this film than the first one,” comments the British actress, who was often hailed as the thinking man’s sex symbol back when she graced such films as “Bullitt” and “The Deep.” “In the first film I was pretty uptight. I get to sort of explain myself a little bit now. I still get to be a little bossy, but I mean well and I’m trying very hard to to have everything messed up. My rapport with the character of Tilly, the granddaughter, has grown, as she’s definitely thinking for herself and not following politely. She’s taken on some quite ballsy atittudes, in fact. She’s fallen in love with two men at the same time. One of them, she doesn’t quite know his motives — but I do,” adds Bisset with a laugh.
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