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FIRST LOOK: Halle Berry in Her New TV Role | Halle Berry

Halle Berry Is Drawn to Her 'Strong, Complicated' Role in CBS's Sci-Fi Thriller Extant

Originally posted 04/07/2014 09:00AM

Halle Berry is coming to a TV near you – and she can't wait.

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The Royal Tennenbaums Star Kumar Pallana Dies at 94

Kumar Pallana, of The Terminal and The Royal Tennenbaums, Dies at 94

Originally posted 10/18/2013 01:30PM

Kumar Pallana, an Indian character actor with small parts in movies such as The Terminal and The Royal Tennenbaums, died suddenly Oct. 10 at the home he shared with his son in Oakland, Calif. He was 94.

"He lived life to the fullest," said his daughter Sandhya Pallana of Dallas, who confirmed the death to the Associated Press. "It was really wonderful how well he was received and how well he was liked and that people appreciated his unique and creative style."

Pallana was a yoga instructor living in Dallas in the mid-1990s when he met Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson, who were working on their breakout movie Bottle Rocket, the Los Angeles Times reported. They cast Pallana as a bumbling safe cracker.

His thick accent and diminutive stature combined to help him steal scenes and earned him parts in more films, including three more directed by Anderson and one by Steven Spielberg.

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See George Clooney Photobomb Steven Spielberg and Jerry Seinfeld

George Clooney Photobombs Steven Spielberg and Jerry Seinfeld at N.Y.C. Gala

Originally posted 10/05/2013 01:15PM

George Clooney strikes again!

Hollywood's reigning prankster did not disappoint Thursday when he snuck up behind Steven Spielberg, Jerry Seinfeld and Seinfeld's wife, Jessica, for a funny photobomb at the USC Shoah Foundation gala at New York City's American Museum of Natural History.

Clooney, 52, peeks above the clueless trio, raising his hand and eyebrows in mock alarm.

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Halle Berry to Star in TV Series Next Summer | Halle Berry

Halle Berry to Star in TV Series Next Summer

Originally posted 10/05/2013 06:30AM

Halle Berry isn't only expecting a baby with new husband Olivier Martinez at any moment now, but CBS says the Oscar winner will star in a serialized drama coming to the network next summer.

Berry, 47, will headline Extant, a 13-episode thriller. Berry will play an astronaut trying to reconnect with her family when she returns after a year in outer space. Her experiences lead to events that change the course of history.

The series is being made in partnership with Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television, which made last summer's surprise hit for CBS, Under the Dome.

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Ben Affleck Calls Wife Jen 'Best Person in the World' after DGA Awards Win | Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck Wins Directors Guild Award, But Doesn't Consider Himself a 'Real Director'

Originally posted 02/03/2013 03:00PM

Oscar, who?

Ben Affleck took home the top prize Saturday night at the 65th Annual Directors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, where he once again reigned supreme following a snub from the Academy Awards.

It was a celebratory evening for Affleck – and it was also date night with his doting wife, Jennifer Garner, by his side (and often with her hand on his back).

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It's Oscar Time! And the Nominees Are ... | Emma Stone, Seth MacFarlane

UpdatePosted 01/10/2013 09:05AM

Academy Award Nominations: Lincoln Leads the Pack

Originally posted 01/10/2013 08:15AM

This year's Oscars may not take place until Feb. 24, but the ceremony's host, Seth MacFarlane, already started earning his salary Thursday morning – by joining Emma Stone to announce the nominees for the 85th annual Academy Awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' headquarters in Beverly Hills.

And the name that kept coming up: Lincoln, which reaped the lion's share number of nominations, 12, including those for Best Picture, Best Director Steven Spielberg, Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis and Supporting Actress Sally Field.

Other highly recognized films were Life of Pi, with 11 nominations; Les Misérables, with nine; and Argo, with seven, though, surprisingly, not one for its director Ben Affleck.

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Who Was Nominated for a Golden Globe? | Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field

Golden Globe Nominations Shine on Lincoln, Argo and Big Bang Theory

Originally posted 12/13/2012 09:15AM

Time to start the party: Thursday morning brought good news to Tinseltown – with the announcement of the Golden Globe nominations from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Among the major names topping the list – nominees were announced by Megan Fox, Ed Helms and Jessica Alba – are such favorites as Anne Hathaway and Sally Field (for their respective supporting roles in Les Misérables and Lincoln), Nicole Kidman (for HBO's Hemingway and Gellhorn and the film The Paperboy), Leonardo DiCaprio (for his supporting role in Django Unchained) and Argo director Ben Affleck, who'll compete in that category along with Kathryn Bigelow, for Zero Dark Thirty; Ang Lee, for Life of Pi; Steven Spielberg, for Lincoln; and Quentin Tarantino, for Django Unchained.

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Oprah Winfrey Steps Out for Lincoln Screening in N.Y.C.

Oprah Winfrey Steps Out for Lincoln Screening in N.Y.C.

Originally posted 10/30/2012 06:00AM

Honest Abe was a hit!

Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King attended Time magazine's screening of Lincoln and Q&A in New York City on Thursday.

Winfrey and King weren't the only celebrities at the event – Bill O'Reilly also came out to see Daniel Day-Lewis in the biopic.

"Oprah stayed through the entire film and Q&A with Daniel Day-Lewis and director Steven Spielberg," an onlooker tells PEOPLE. "She ran out after calling for Steven and rushed up the escalator to chat with the director!" (Spielberg gave WInfrey her very first big break, in The Color Purple.)

"Just saw Daniel Day-Lewis performance as LINCOLN .. PHENOMENAL!! Must, Must MUST see!" the OWN network powerhouse Tweeted Thursday.


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Drew Barrymore (as a Kid) Spills a Secret About Steven Spielberg

Originally posted 10/04/2012 11:20AM



She practically stole E.T. out from under the space alien when she was 6, and now the 37-year-old mother of week-old Olive Barrymore Koppelman, Drew Barrymore, can be seen as she was back in her early filmmaking days.

Speaking about her director, Steven Spielberg, in a behind-the-scenes clip from the about-to-be-released (on Oct. 9) Blu-Ray and DVD edition of the 1982 box-office smash, the young Barrymore says: "He's a nice director, that's for sure, and he needs a lot of sleep, because he has to work late at night."

Costar Henry Thomas, then 10, also isn't shy when talking about Drew. He says that when she introduced the unplugged E.T. robot to her mother Jaid, Drew said, "He doesn't want to talk to you right now" – prompting Thomas to note that Drew is "quite imaginative."

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POLL: Are You Smitten with Smash? | Katharine McPhee

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Smash Premieres: Is NBC's Musical Drama a Hit?

Originally posted 02/06/2012 11:00PM

Smash has finally arrived!

After months of heavy promotion (and access to the pilot on iTunes), NBC's buzzed-about musical drama that goes behind the scenes of a Broadway show premiered Monday night – but will it be a hit? Caution: Spoilers ahead.

In the first episode, we meet the players – struggling actors, conflicted writers, an egotistical director and an ambitious producer – involved in launching a musical about the life of Marilyn Monroe.

"Everyone's doing her now," says Debra Messing's character, writer Julia Houston. "There's a Marilyn movie, diaries. You know what there's an app for the iPad now? You blow on it and the skirt goes up."

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