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Rose Byrne Struggles to Spell 'Indianapolos-as-es-is!' on 'Late Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 24th 2011 4:22AM
Rose Byrne, 'Late Show with David Letterman'David Letterman is a learned man, so when Rose Byrne put him on the spot with a spelling question, he turned the tables on her on 'Late Show' (Weeknights, 11:35P ET on CBS). Byrne is filming in Schenectady, New York, but after mentioning it, she asked Letterman if he could spell it.

He could and did. "You people in Schenectady can suck it!" he shouted in triumph. So he then put Byrne on the spot with a tricky city of his own: Indianapolis. Byrne has had higher education as well, but not being from the United States put her at a distinct disadvantage.

"I-N-D-I-A-N-A-P-O-L ..." She started off well, but then it all came apart around her.

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A Young Rose Byrne Once Threw Her Cat Off a Three-Story Building (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 22nd 2011 3:37AM
Rose Byrne, 'Chelsea Lately'Rose Byrne continues to impress us each week on 'Damages,' which is now in its darker and more explicit home on DirecTV. But on 'Chelsea Lately' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on E!), it was Byrne herself who revealed a darker side.

Granted she was only five or six years old, but it's still a crazy story for several reasons. The first thing that Chelsea Handler liked was that Rose Byrne had a cat named Tuna Puss. But Tuna Puss didn't like little Rose at all.

So Rose took the cat up to the roof of her family's three-story home and simply threw her off. This is, after all, what you do with animals that won't play with you. Especially if you want to upgrade "won't play with me" to "won't come near me at all."

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Craig Ferguson Gives Rose Byrne a Lap Dance on 'The Tonight Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 14th 2011 3:59AM
Rose Byrne & Craig Ferguson, 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno'We kind of think Craig Ferguson was just waiting for an invitation on 'The Tonight Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS). He was sitting on the couch while Jay Leno was talking to Rose Byrne about her experience working on 'Bridesmaids.'

When Byrne started talking about how Kristen Wiig took the ladies out for a night of bonding, that wound up at a male strip club, Leno started really probing her for details.

"Oh, don't act like you've never been there," Ferguson said to him.

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Review: 'Damages' Returns on a New Network With the Same Modus Operandi

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jul 12th 2011 1:00PM
'Damages' (10PM ET Wednesday, DirecTV's Audience Network) is on a new network -- its fourth season will air only on DirecTV, not on FX -- but some things about the show never change.

Patty Hewes (Glenn Close) is still an expensively clad, unrelenting near-sociopath, and her former protege, Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne), still thinks she can imitate Patty's moves and not end up exactly like her. As always, there's a time puzzle that is introduced in the first episode of the season: We see events in the present day and a few months down the road, and eventually we'll see how those various occurrences weave together to form one narrative.

Some things do change on the show. Each season is anchored by a different ripped-from-the-headlines story, and -- this is big -- Ellen wears her hair down for much of the new season. Byrne's more confident performance is of a piece with Ellen's ever-so-slightly sassier hairstyle.

But the one enduring thing I like most about 'Damages' is that it's basically summer camp for character actors.

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'Hand Test' Gives Regis Confidence With Rose Byrne (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 5th 2011 4:10PM
Regis Philbin shows his hand test off to Rose Byrne on 'Live With Regis and Kelly'The so-called "Hand Test" was a popular topic for discussion Tuesday morning. Kathie Lee and Hoda administered the test to the 'Today' crew, and then Kelly Ripa gave the test to Regis Philbin on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated). The test supposedly indicates that men with ring fingers longer than their index fingers are more well-endowed, and the Reeg scored favorably.

After learning the good news, Philbin couldn't help but show off a little for guest Rose Byrne ('Bridesmaids,' 'X-Men: First Class'). After noting that she was single, Regis asked her about the men in her native Australia, but then quickly offered his own opinion. "Well, I think they're pretty vigorous, although, have you seen this," said Philbin, smiling and holding up his hand.

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Rose Byrne Talks 'Damages' & the Admirable Ambition of Ellen Parsons

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 5th 2011 10:30AM
Rose ByrneChances are, if you didn't know who Rose Byrne was before, you do now after her tour de force summer.

Between the smashing successes of her films 'Bridesmaids' and 'X-Men: First Class,' and the return of 'Damages' (Wed., July 13 at 10PM on DirecTV's Audience Network), there's no escaping this talented Aussie -- and no reason you should want to!

When viewers last saw Byrne's Ellen Parsons, she was walking away from Patty Hewes (Glenn Close). It's now been three years in the world of 'Damages' and a lot has changed.

"She's had a lot of time away from Patty," Byrne told AOL TV. "She's sort of been given her space and I think space from what she wants from the law. She's working at a completely different law firm. When [Patty and Ellen] meet again, it's on much different terms."

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Melissa McCarthy Dishes on Making Co-Stars Laugh, on 'Chelsea Lately' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 5th 2011 5:45AM
Melissa McCarthy on 'Chelsea Lately''Mike & Molly' star Melissa McCarthy and host Chelsea Handler swapped tips for making their co-stars crack up, on 'Chelsea Lately' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on E!).

McCarthy had stopped by to talk about her new movie, 'Bridesmaids,' and said that she'd gone after one particular actress "pretty hard."

After Chelsea said that "when I'm on set I like to make people not say their lines right," McCarthy confessed that she'd targeted Rose Byrne, who plays the "Stepfordish" Helen in the movie.

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Celebrate Australia Day With 11 Actors You Forgot Were Australian

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 26th 2011 4:45PM
Portia De Rossi, Ryan Kwanten, Toni Collette

Today is Australia Day, which means millions of Aussies around the world are celebrating the discovery of their homeland in 1788. At TV Squad, we're celebrating by watching clips of 'Summer Heights High' and thinking about our favorite Australian TV actors.

Believe it or not, many of our biggest small screen stars aren't actually Americans -- they just play ones on TV. Take, for example, Portia De Rossi, hilarious actress and successful memoir author (not to mention wife of Ellen DeGeneres). Betcha forgot she comes from the land Down Under. Same with Ryan Kwanten, shirtless 'True Blood' star and all-around charming guy. Emmy- and Golden Globe–winning 'United States of Tara' star Toni Collette? Yep, a true-blue Sydneysider.

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Emmy Picks: Best Supporting Actress in a Drama

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 20th 2010 5:00PM

For the next few days, I'll be listing the Emmy nominees in the major categories and giving you picks and possible dark horses. Feel free to agree, disagree, and make your own picks in the comments.

Let's start with an interesting mix of the safe and the new: the Best Supporting Actress in a Drama category.

Nominees:
Christine Baranski, 'The Good Wife'
Rose Byrne, 'Damages'
Sharon Gless, 'Burn Notice'
Christina Hendricks, 'Mad Men'
Elisabeth Moss, 'Mad Men'
Archie Panjabi, 'The Good Wife'

Who will win:
The Academy just loves, loves, loves Christine Baranski. Sure, she only won once, for 'Cybil' in 1995, but she's been nominated six times since then, including twice this year (she got a guest actress nod for playing Leonard's mom on 'The Big Bang Theory'). And now that she's nominated in the drama category for the first time, they'll jump at the chance to give her the statuette. Even though she did a good job as ice queen law firm honcho Diane Lockhart in 'The Good Wife,' the Academy will likely just give her the award because she's an old friend.

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'Damages' - 'The Next One's Gonna Go In Your Throat' Recap (Season Finale)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 20th 2010 8:30AM
(S03E13) "When I die, I don't want to be buried and put in the ground. I want to be cremated ... I want my ashes scattered here." - Patty to Ellen, as the two of them stand on the dock at Patty's cottage

If this is indeed the end for 'Damages,' it seems like a pretty nice way to go out. Sony is still in talks with DirectTV to work out a deal to save the show, and I can visualize it moving forward. But it would definitely be a re-boot, now that Tom Shayes is out of the picture.

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'Damages' - 'You Were His Little Monkey' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 13th 2010 3:14AM
Damages, You Were His Little Monkey
(S03E12) "I can only think of one. Turn the Tobins against each other, because we won't find the money unless we tear that family apart." - Patty to Ellen, after Ellen said there must be another angle they can play, now that Tessa is dead.


Hoo boy. You know the end of 'Damages' is near (next week is the finale), because a lot happened in this episode to tie things together. Not everything, but a lot. And I love how near the end, they put the emphasis on "3. Days. Later." If they'd used a drama button in this episode, it would have been there. Well, follow me after the jump and we'll see if we can piece this freaky puzzle together.

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'Damages' - 'All That Crap About Your Family' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 6th 2010 6:42AM
Damages, Lily Tomlin(S03E11) "I'm not your mother, Ellen, if that's what you were thinking." - Ann Connell

Well, my goodness. Louis Tobin's Ponzi scheme seems like small potatoes now, doesn't it? Joe Tobin was worried about having to live out his father's crime-ridden legacy? No worries on that; Joe's creating his own twisted legacy all by himself.

And Marilyn Tobin - gack! She's willing to waste her own granddaughter for the sake of what? A few bucks? 'All That Crap About Your Family' is a great title for this episode.

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'Damages' - 'Tell Me I'm Not Racist' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 30th 2010 4:36AM
Damages, Tell Me I'm Not Racist
(S03E10) "Your Honor, when I find the Tobins' money, nobody's gonna care how I did it." -- Patty Hewes to a judge who cautions her on working outside the boundaries of his courtroom

This was sort of an even-keeled episode of 'Damages,' in that nothing particularly earth-shattering happened. Well, I guess the escalating dysfunction of Lenny and his dad could be considered earth-shattering, though not unexpected. One of those two is going down, either physically (Lenny will send a thug to take out his dad) or emotionally (his dad will reveal Lenny's elaborate hoax of a life). I can't wait to find out which way it goes.

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'Damages' - 'Drive It Through Hardcore' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 23rd 2010 6:08AM
Damages, Glenn Close(S03E09) "We'll find Patty's humanity and we'll drive it through hardcore." - Gail Sturmer

What is up with that horse? In a previous review, I wondered if maybe Patty Hewes was harking back to an earlier time in her life when she wanted a pony. But it's hard to imagine Patty being so innocent and carefree and, you know, the pony-coveting type.

On the other hand, she doesn't seem like the bad guy when you put her in a room with Arthur Frobisher. Hence her comments when Frobisher, Terry Brooke and Gail Sturmer sat down for a meeting.

"The Arthur Frobisher that I know: foolish, vain, pathetically insecure, a despicable bully," she told the would-be filmmakers. "He stole from his employees and manipulated the system to escape life in prison with a slap on the wrist."

If there's anything Patty loves, it's seeing the bad guys behind bars, even if she herself manages to escape all of that turmoil for her wrongdoings.

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'Damages' - 'I Look Like Frankenstein' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 16th 2010 1:15PM
Damages, Rose Byrne
(S03E08) "What is the point of doing anything unless you're doing good?' - Arthur Frobisher, on his Whirlwind Initiative to spread the word about wind power

So Arthur Frobisher is back, trying to rebuild his image with the wholesome message of wind power. He seems a little out of place to me, though. Like they stuck him in there just to bring him back, but he doesn't really fit into the big picture here. The scenes with him and Terry Brooks almost seemed like they were in the wrong season.

And Matthew McConaughey? That seemed like an odd placement in the show, for some reason. I guess I sort of think of 'Damages' as being in an alternative universe or something.

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