April 18, 2014

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The Burnetts and the History Channel are putting their all into pulling viewers into “The Bible”

Roma Downey and Mark Burnett are bracing themselves for reaction to their ambitious, 10- hour History Channel adaptation of the Bible that launches this Sunday night (3/3) and runs through Easter. “I’m sure people will hurl what they want to hurl,” the “Touched by an Angel” actress told us. But, she added, the miniseries was made “with full hearts.”
Certainly the Burnetts and the History Channel are putting their all into pulling viewers into “The Bible,” with a full court press of promotion including: advance screenings in theaters and sports arenas; plugs from faith leaders including Joel Osteen, Rick Warren, T.D. Jakes and Maya Angelou; a huge array of support materials available to churches and individuals; a webinar; a You Tube video in which Roma asks believers to pray for the miniseries; even a kit for hosing Bible viewing parties (http://www.outreach.com/campaigns/the-bible-resources).
“We’ve had scholars and theologians help. We’re not pretending to be biblical experts,” she stressed. “We brought experts in once the scripts were created to take a look at the scripts to make sure we were accurate and true to the Bible, but obviously we’re making a movie, and so we breathed creative expansion into that.”
Roma is hoping the TV event will attract the faithful and those unfamiliar with the Bible alike. “Yes, it’s going to be a faith journey, but it’s also going to be really exciting and dynamic television,” as she put it. The filmmakers were able to bring up-to-the-minute CGI special effects artistry to familiar stories from Noah’s ark and Moses’ parting of the Red Sea to Jesus walking on water — “Genesis to Revelation.”
The intensity of their belief in this project is such that Burnett told Variety, “I am certain that if you took ‘Survivor,’ ‘The Voice,’ ‘Shark Tank,’ ‘The Apprentice’ and all the other shows I’ve done, over the next 25 years more people will see ‘The Bible’ miniseries than all those other projects combined.”
Roma is seen in the miniseries as well as serving as an executive producer along with her husband. She plays Mary, mother of Jesus, in scenes depicting the final chapters of his life story.
“We have a young actress of course playing Mary during the nativity and the early years of Jesus’ life, and 30 years go by. An early version of the script referred to that as Young Mary and Old Mary and when I stepped into [...]

Kate Middleton on ‘Vanity Fair’s’ International Best Dressed list

HollywoodNews.com: Kate Middleton’s fashion choices are closely watched, and it seems she is doing well as she has been named to ‘Vanity Fair’s’ International Best Dressed list.
Middleton is reportedly set to be the cover girl of the issue as her fashion has caught everyone’s eye, states RadarOnline. But she isn’t the only royal woman on the list as Princess Alexandra of Greece and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark were also named on it.
Other stars on the list included Jessica Chastain and Diane Kruger.
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Beyonce bothered by Lauryn Hill insult

HollywoodNews.com: Beyonce seems like a pretty kind person, which is exactly why she will step up if someone says something she doesn’t agree with.
Beyonce recently made a point at the BET Awards after one member of the group Mindless Behavior insulted Lauryn Hill while presenting, states TMZ. “You sing BAD … like Lauryn Hill’s tax accountant bad,” the member said, referencing her recent issues.
However, when Beyonce ended up winning that award, she made sure to make a point in her speech: “I want to thank all the talented R&B women that came before me like Lauryn Hill and Mary J. Blige.”
She reportedly then cleared things up backstage: “I just felt [the diss] was wrong.”
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Prince William, Kate Middleton’s palace open for Halloween tours

HollywoodNews.com: Prince William and Kate Middleton will apparently be celebrating Halloween all out this year as the palace they are living in will be open for ghost tours.
It is reported that Kensington Palace will be open from October 28th to October 31st for ghost tours, states UsMagazine.com. It is rumored that the palace is haunted by Queen Mary, William’s great-grandmother.
The event, the Eerie Evening Tours of the Enchanted Place, will reportedly be an hour and a half long and cost about $33.
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Katy Perry’s parents’ book still in question

HollywoodNews.com: It has recently been rumored that Katy Perry’s mother, Mary, may be trying to pitch a book about her life and famous daughter, but it seems everyone is keeping very quiet about it.
Perry’s parents are reportedly avoiding the subject all together, states RadarOnline.com. Perry’s father reportedly commented that they will not be commenting: “We have been inundated with calls on this subject and we are not going to comment on any book release.”
It has been rumored that the book might be about Perry, but also that it was not a tell-all.
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Oscars: “The King’s Speech” royalty Claire Bloom on Firth, Rush, Hooper and The Queen

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: She has collaborated with Woody Allen. She shared the London stage with acting titans like Richard Burton and John Gielgud. She acted alongside Charlie Chaplin on film, and even turned up in Sylvester Stallone’s “Daylight” (in case you unnecessarily feared it was all pomp and circumstance for this award-winning British talent).
But on the eve of this year’s Academy Award nominations, Claire Bloom is talking to HollywoodNews.com about her involvement in “The King’s Speech,” as Tom Hooper’s crowd-pleasing historical drama is expected to be an Oscar juggernaut once the noms are revealed Tuesday morning.
“It’s very, very thrilling to be part of a great film,” Bloom, 79, told us by phone from London. The stage and screen icon plays Queen Mary in the film, a support system for Colin Firth’s stammering King George VI as well as Guy Pearce’s responsibility shirking Edward XIII.
“It doesn’t happen often,” Bloom continued. “And you certainly don’t know it while you are making it. I thought it was going to be splendid and I recognized that both Colin and Guy were superb. I didn’t get to see Geoffrey Rush, because he’d done his role. But you kind of know instinctively if something is going to be first-rate or not, and I knew that this was going to be.”
When asked how Bloom was lucky enough to find herself in a royal role for Hooper’s production, she modestly responds, “I was asked to be in it.” Her agent gave her the script, and she recognized David Seidler’s screenplay was “pretty terrific, and one that I very much wanted to be a part of.”
“I admired Tom Hooper from the ‘John Adams’ miniseries, which I thought was just one of the most outstanding television programs I had seen,” Bloom continued. “But when I found out that my two sons would be Colin Firth and Guy Pearce, that kind of settled that.”

Perhaps Bloom helped secure the role by telling Hooper about the time she actually met Queen Mary.
“I was so young,” Bloom recalls. “I was 18. It was very brief. She came to the play that I was in. And you were, as they say, presented to her in the intermission. It was very quick, and you’d curtsey. Of course, I’d never met royalty then, and I didn’t quite know how to behave. And I remember saying, ‘But I can’t meet the Queen. I’ve got a quick costume [...]

D.C. Housewife Michaele Salahi’s mother defends her

HollywoodNews.com: The ‘Real Housewives of D.C.’ are in the midst of their reunion show and Michaele Salahi’s mother feels like the other women have been ganging up against her daughter all season.
Her mother, Rosemary Holt, wishes “it would have been a nicer show,” reports RadarOnline.com. Michaele’s mother reportedly believes that every season one person is picked on more than the others and this time it is her daughter.
And she reportedly really doesn’t understand the cruel treatment considering how she thinks Michaele helped some of the other women: “When she was first interviewed for this she recommended some of the ladies—Lynda and Mary.”
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Mary J. Blige doing double time for charities

By Roger Friedman
HollywoodNews.com: Mary J. Blige is one of the coolest performers out there. To prove it, she’s doing double time for charities over the next week.
This Thursday, Mary J. will join Sting, Elton John, Lady GaGa, and Shirley Bassey at the annual concert for the Rainforest Foundation at Carnegie Hall. Trudie Styler puts together this amazing show every other year, and has been for 21 years. Mary J, of course, has sung with Sting before, so there may be a duet on that program.
But then Mary J will o-”blige” AmFAR and be the special guest in Cannes next Thursday, May 20th at the Cinema Against AIDS gala at the Hotel duCap. Mary J finishes her shows with her anthem, “I See Colors.” The folks at the duCap have never heard anything so crazy. Be ready to be dazzled! Alan Cumming is the night’s emcee, and stars could run the gamut from Sean Penn to Mick Jagger to Naomi Watts.
To read more go to Showbiz411.com.

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