The GLEE Cast Sings National Anthem at the World Series Game

The talented cast of Glee performs the USA National Anthem live at the World Series 2009 Game 3 in the Citizens Bank Park on October 31, 2009.
Amber Riley (Mercedes) singing  lead is accompanied by the  rest of the cast who make up the high school Glee Club students. Joining Riley (front and center in the clip) are (L-R): Jenna Ushowitz (Tina), Chris Colfer (Kurt), Lea Michelle (Rachel), Amber Riley (Mercedes), Cory Monteith, (Finn), Mark Salling (Puck), Dianna Agron (Quinn), Kevin McHale (Arty).
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‘White Collar’s Matthew Bomer Talks with “My Take On TV”

Matthew Bomer as Neal Caffrey in "White Collar" (Photo: Variety)

Matthew Bomer as Neal Caffrey in "White Collar" (Photo: Variety)

Reviews have been favorable for the USA Network’s new show White Collar. White Collar tells the “Catch Me If You Can”-like story of a white-collar criminal who partners with the FBI to help them solve crimes. The series stars Matthew Bomer, Tiffani Thiessen, Willie Garson, Tim DeKay and Diahann Carrol. The website “My Take On TV” visited the New York set for an exclusive interview with the some of the cast and crew from the show.

When “My Take On TV” asked what were some elements that set the show apart from other crime dramas on currently on TV, Bomer said, “Well, I think—I always say I think before I say—please cut that out. [laughs]  Because it’s just—I should just say it.  The signature of USA Network is, characters welcome.  So, first and foremost, you’re gong to get all the great procedural stuff.  It’s really intelligently written.  We’re—I’m no fool, I know this is a writer’s medium.  You can put the biggest stars on the TV screen, but if the writing’s not there, the shows aren’t going to last and we’re so blessed to have Jeff Easton at the helm.  Because these scripts are really smart and fun and unique.  The White Collar world is unique, hasn’t really been completely explored yet and so you’re going to get all the fun procedural stuff, but at the same time, there’s going to be a lot of character elements that come into play as well.  That keep it light and fun and sometimes serious.  So, you do get more back story elements and a lot of interplay, fun interplay between characters that you might not get on a show that’s straight procedural.”

Read the full article here: White Collar

Tuc Watkins Wins Celebrity Charity Poker Tournament


Tuc Watkins (Photo: ABC/Yolanda Perez)

Tuc Watkins (Photo: ABC/Yolanda Perez)


One Life To Live and Desperate Housewives star, Tuc Watkins, can now add poker champion to his resume. He participated in a Celebrity Poker Tournament over the weekend.  Children’s Institute, Inc., held its “First Annual Celebrity Poker Tournament” at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles. Hosted by Emmy and Golden Globe winner Camryn Manheim (Ghost Whisperer). The fundraiser was to benefit children who have been affected by violence in their homes or communities. More than 20 celebrities supported the tournament including Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jamie Kennedy, Kevin Nealon, Joely Fisher, Mekhi Phifer, Cheri Oteri, Mimi Rogers, Allison Sweeney, Jennie Garth and Nicholas Gonzalez; four made it to the final table: Cheryl Hines (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), Ricki Lake, Kevin Rahm and Tuc Watkins. Kevin Rahm and Tuc Watkins, both on “Desperate Housewives”, battled it out as 2 of the final 3 players. Tuc Watkins ultimately won the grand prize.

Mary J Blige, ‘Glee’s’ Lea Michelle and Sara Evans to appear at the Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film and TV Music Conference

Lea Michelle (center on stairs) will appear at the Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film and TV Music Conference. Glee cast pictured (L-R): Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale (seated), Amber Riley, Lea Michele (center), Jenna Ushkowitz, Cory Monteith.(Photo: FOX/Matthias Clamer)

Lea Michelle (center on stairs) will appear at the Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film and TV Music Conference. Glee cast pictured (L-R): Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale (seated), Amber Riley, Lea Michele (center), Jenna Ushkowitz, Cory Monteith.(Photo: FOX/Matthias Clamer)

The 8th annual Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film and TV Music Conference will be held on October 29-30 in Beverly Hills.  The most highly anticipated panels at the event this year will be for the TV show “Glee”, the movie “Twilight:New Moon”, the Sara Evans and SOAPnet panel and Mary J. Blige’s keynote panel.

The Glee panel will be called BACKBEAT: THE ANATOMY OF A TV SHOW- Fox’s “Glee”
A look behind-the-scenes at how “Glee” uses music — from on screen in synchs to the soundtrack for stores. Adam Anders (Glee music producer) and Grammy winner Lea Michelle who plays Rachel on the show will be just a few who will be on the panel.

The “New Moon” panel will feature a discussion called SOUNDTRACK CASE STUDY:”THE TWILIGHT SAGA:NEW MOON”. The masterminds behind the 2.1 million-selling soundtrack to “Twilight” discuss how they selected the bands and songs to appear on the soundtrack to film’s sequel, “The Twilight Saga: New Moon. Paul Katz, music consultant of Summit Entertainment will be one of the speakers on the panel.

Day 1 Keynote Speaker will be country singer Sara Evans — Multiple-platinum selling and award-winning country artist Sara Evans talks about her deal with ABC Daytime and SOAPnet for promotion, placement and tour sponsorship.

Day 2 Keynote Speaker will be R&B legend, Mary J. Blige.  –R&B legend Mary J. Blige discusses her career and  contributions to film and TV music, including a preview of the song she wrote  for Lionsgate’s “PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL ‘PUSH’ BY  SAPPHIRE.” The film, directed by “Monster’s Ball” producer Lee Daniels  and adapted for the screen by Geoffrey Fletcher, stars Mo’Nique, Paula Patton,  Mariah Carey, Sherri Shepherd, Lenny Kravitz and introduces Gabourey Sidibe.  PRECIOUS will be in theaters  beginning on November 6, 2009. Blige’s next album will be released this fall.

For more information and tickets: Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Conference

Gerard Butler Takes Hilarious Turn As Host of SNL

gerard_butler_to_host_snl_and_present_at_the_vmasGerard Butler channeled his inner Hugh Jackson to host Saturday Night Live last night. The versatile actor, who has starred in every genre in movies from romantic comedy, to action films and musicals, was right at home in front of the live New York audience.

The first time host added funny man to his resume. In his opening monologue, he reminded us of his starring role in “The Phantom Of The Opera” with a sketch of him singing the signature “Music of The Night”. As he sang, a group of assassins tried to kill him, including the Phantom’s Christine played by Kristen Wiig.

Butler held an impressive American accent for some of his sketches but spoke in his native Scottish tongue during a segment from Weekend Update in which Seth Meyers translated for the US audience–“I slept with a hooker last night”, Butler told his mother watching at home through Meyers.

Other memorable sketches of the night were a spoof of “300” in which Butler  The General

Gerard Butler

Gerard Butler

addressed his troops about his army’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. In it, he was surprised to find out that all of his soldiers were gay and Butler was as the hilarious “White Pete” in a sketch in which, Kenan Thompson hosts a talk show called called “What’s Up, What’s That” where he sings the opening theme song that never seems to end as guests (including surprise guest James Franco) look on, wondering if they will ever be interviewed. “White Pete” comes out and sings an addition to the theme song. Butler did his best soul crooner impersonation as “Pete” wondered “What’s Up, What’s That” in song.

International superstar Shakira was the musical act, singing two electrifying songs, including her hit song “She Wolf” and “Did It Again”.

Trying out a new concept, the show had only one sponsor Bud Light Golden Wheat which allowed them to show limited commercials in favor of showing clips throughout the show of some of SNL’s funniest moments and outtakes from the dress rehearsals with alums, Amy Poehler, Tim Meadows, Chris Rock, and Chris Parnell.

The audience stayed energized throughout the 90 minute show which proved to be one of the funniest shows of Season 35 thus far.

The show will show repeats for the next two weeks before returning with a new show on November 7 with Taylor Swift pulling double duty as  host and musical guest.

Johnny Depp Presents Keith Richards with The Rock Immortal Award at The Spike TV Scream Awards 2009

Keith Richards and Johnny Depp (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Keith Richards and Johnny Depp (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

The Associated Press is reporting that Johnny Depp attended Spike TV Scream Awards 2009.  The event, which was held Saturday at the Greek Theatre, honors the best in sci-fi, horror, fantasy and comic-inspired movies and TV shows.

Fans voted online for the winners. Some of the year’s most popular shows and movies honored were “Transformers 2,” “Twilight,” “True Blood” and “Star Trek.”

Keith Richards received the Rock Immortal Award. The Rolling Stones guitarist and rock legend was welcomed with a standing ovation as Johnny Depp presented him with the award. The show airs October 27 on Spike TV.

For more about the awards show, see the full article: Scream Awards

‘Ugly Betty’ is Back With 2 Hour Season Premiere October 16 on ABC.

The cast of Ugly Betty Photo: ABC

The cast of Ugly Betty Photo: ABC

ABC’s Ugly Betty is back for it’s fourth season with a 2 hour premiere. The series,  starring Emmy Winner America Ferrera, enters it’s new season on a new day and time. Also there will be a whole new look and a whole new job for the show’s heroine Betty Suarez. Ana Ortiz, who plays Betty’s sister Hilda, shared some details about Betty’s new look during her guest co-host spot ABC’s daytime talk show The View. “‘They are coming off [in season four]”, said Ortiz of Betty’s signature braces. “Even in the first episode – it’s a two-hour episode, it’s brilliant – she starts to make the transition. It’s really exciting.”  Betty will also begin her new job as associate editor and will have a new co-worker when she shares an office. Actress Smith Cho joins the cast as Betty’s office-mate. The new season of ‘Betty’ begins Friday, October 16 on ABC.

Check out a sneak peak at the season premiere of  Ugly Betty below:

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