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Salma Hayek and Antonio Banderas Bicker Like an Old Married Couple (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 12th 2011 2:00AM
Antonion Banderas & Salma Hayek, 'The Graham Norton Show'There is an evident closeness between Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek in interviews. But perhaps they are starting to get on one another's nerves with all the press they've been doing for 'Puss in Boots.' On 'The Graham Norton Show' (Sat., 10PM ET on BBC America) the pair were bickering like an old married couple.

It got so bad that fellow guest Jimmy Carr had to interject a few times, finally offering up a solution. Hayek kept teasing Banderas for his claims -- which were true, like training with the Spanish Olympic swordfighting team for his role as Zorro -- and his accent.

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Robin Williams Talks Michael Jackson and Propofol, Which He's Taken (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 5th 2011 12:30AM
Robin Williams, 'The Graham Norton Show'Propofol was the powerful drug that was administered to Michael Jackson before his death, and helped lead to the manslaughter charge against his doctor, Conrad Murray. On 'The Graham Norton Show' (Sat., 10PM ET on BBC America), Robin Williams talked about the power of the drug and his own experiences with it.

Put quite simply, Williams was on Propofol during heart surgery, giving a pretty clear indication of its strength. "It's a devastatingly powerful drug that has to be administered in a hospital situation, and he was doing it at home," Williams said of Jackson.

He talked about waking up from the surgery, disoriented from the drug. He'd received his surgery in Cleveland, and yet when he was told where he was, his first question was, "Why?"

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'Doctor Who' Star Matt Smith Strips, Plus a Sneak Peek at the Christmas Special (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 21st 2011 11:00AM
'Doctor Who' Christmas special'Doctor Who' star Matt Smith performed a striptease on TV Friday night, but it was all for a good cause. As part of the BBC's annual 'Children in Need' telethon Smith stripped off a signature 'Doctor Who' outfit before putting it up for auction together with a signed script.

Talking on this morning's 'BBC Breakfast' Smith said he hopes the items will fetch as much as possible, and he reiterated his belief that "bow ties are cool." He also talked about the "massive challenge" of taking on a role that's been part of the British cultural landscape for 50 years. Smith joked that at a recent party he was starstruck to meet two of his predecessors in the role, David Tennant and his father-in-law Peter Davison, thinking "Wow, it's Doctor Who!" before realizing "I'm Doctor Who!"

'Children in Need' also showcased a sneak peek at that staple of the festive season, the 'Doctor Who' Christmas special. Catch it and Smith's striptease after the jump.

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Johnny Depp Talks About US Customs Pulling Guns on Him for 'Drugs' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 14th 2011 12:30AM
Johnny Depp, 'The Graham Norton Show'On 'The Graham Norton Show' (Sat., 10PM ET on BBC America), Johnny Depp said he once told a customs agent that he had piranha and vampire bats in one of his bags. We thought he was cracking a joke for Norton's audience. Then, we thought maybe he was cracking a joke for the customs officials.

It turns out he really did have these things, along with a powdered vitamin supplement that somehow exploded all over the contents of the bag. At this point, Ricky Gervais completely hijacked the interview to get Depp back on point. The actor was talking about the powder, but that clearly wasn't the most interesting part of this story.

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Kate Winslet Carried Richard Branson's Mother From a House Fire (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 31st 2011 1:00AM
Kate Winslet, 'The Graham Norton Show'Kate Winslet is a hero, though not to hear her tell it. Apparently, in her reality, everybody runs toward a burning fire and carries people down the stairs and to safety. She was more concerned about her support, or lack thereof, on 'The Graham Norton Show' (Sat., 10PM ET on BBC America).

Actually, in the moment when a fire broke out at Richard Branson's house, she decided she wasn't concerned at all.

"I started to put on a bra, then I thought, No that's gonna take me too long," she revealed. This was, apparently, a detail the press did not feel their readers needed to know in their reports of the dramatic incident, so Winslet filled us in.

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Get Ready for McTV: McDonald's to Launch In-Store TV Channel

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 17th 2011 7:15AM
Big Mac and friesYou want a side of TV with those fries? If so, great news: McDonald's TV channel could be coming to a fast-foood restaurant near you.

The 'Los Angeles Times' reports that the burger giant is launching its own in-store TV channel over the next few months, with content provided by reality TV impresario Mark Burnett ('Survivor'), BBC America and KABC-TV Eyewitness News.

The concept has already been trialled in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Diego, and the company aims to have it up and running soon in over 800 branches of McDonald's in Southern and Central California. With an audience estimated at a Big Mac-tastic 18-20 million viewers each month, the new channel could land one of the largest daytime audiences in the area.

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Review: 'Luther' Is a Cop (and a Show) on the Edge

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 28th 2011 10:30AM
As is the cast with its lead character, 'Luther' (BBC America, 10PM ET Wednesday) spends a lot of its time trying to resist its lesser impulses.

Watching the show walk a fine line between finely observed character drama and pulpy, overwrought cop thriller creates its own kind of tension, and sometimes 'Luther' just gives in and steps over the edge into grandiosity or cliche.

Yet this four-part British import has a lived-in, evocative atmosphere, good supporting performances and provides an excellent star turn from Idris Elba. All of that makes up for a lot, even as you get the sense that with a lesser actor than this masterful 'The Wire' veteran, the entire enterprise would have probably fallen apart.

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New Season of 'Doctor Who' Encounters Time Delay

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 22nd 2011 4:00PM
After the current season of 'Doctor Who' wraps up Oct. 1, settle into your time machine for a good long wait for the Doctor's return.

The next season of the sci-fi show won't air in the UK until fall 2012, according to the Doctor Who Magazine, a reliable source for all things TARDIS-related. And given that BBC America, 'Doctor Who's' American network, has followed the UK airing pattern of the show very closely, it stands to reason that we'll have to wait about a year for the next season as well.

We don't have the new issue of the Doctor Who Magazine, which came out today, but Doctor Who TV, a UK fan site, does have a copy and said the the magazine "officially confirmed" the fall 2012 return of the show.

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Production Gets Underway on the 'Doctor Who' Christmas Special

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 21st 2011 8:30AM
'Doctor Who'Great news for 'Doctor Who' fans! Details of this year's Christmas Special have been unwrapped.

The BBC has announced that production is underway on the annual staple of the festive season, and it's expected to film until mid-October.

Matt Smith's second Christmas special as the Doctor will find him embarking on an adventure in war-torn England with a widow and her two young children.

He will be joined by guest stars Claire Skinner ('Outnumbered'), Bill Bailey ('Black Books'), Arabella Weir ('The Fast Show') and Alexander Armstrong ('Armstrong & Miller').

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BBC Update: More 'Luther,' 'The Hour' On the Way

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 30th 2011 4:35PM
Idris Elba, LutherGood news for two of our favorite British series: both 'The Hour' and 'Luther' are returning for more episodes.

'The Hour,' which premiered Aug. 17 on BBC America, just got a second-season order from BBC Two. That means at some point in the undetermined future, Americans will get six more episodes of the drama, which takes place behind-the-scenes of a news show in the 1950s. The series will return to BBC Two in 2012.

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'Ab Fab' is Back! Logo, BBC Partner for New 'Absolutely Fabulous' Specials

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 29th 2011 12:00PM
Absolutely FabulousBrace yourselves: Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone are returning to your TV. Yes, the dynamic duo of Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley -will star in three new 'Absolutely Fabulous' specials.

BBC Worldwide is partnering with Logo and BBC America for the series of specials.

"We are thrilled to be able to celebrate our 20th birthday with all of the original cast," Saunders said in a statement. "We hope that, like a good bottle of champagne, we have grown better with age but lost none of our sparkle."

Saunders, who wrote and created the series, plays Edina, a public relations professional who is always up on the current trends and fashions. Lumley plays Patsy, a hard-partying magazine exec.

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'Doctor Who' Mastermind Steven Moffat Talks River Song, Matt Smith and Time Travel

by Maureen Ryan, posted Aug 26th 2011 10:00AM
Who is River Song and what's her connection to other characters on 'Doctor Who'?

Why do stories have to be told in a linear fashion, and what does "linear" even mean?

Do you have to fully understand what's going on in a story -- any story, even one that doesn't involve alien incursions -- in order to enjoy it?

I discussed all those things and more with 'Doctor Who' executive producer and head writer Steven Moffat in anticipation of the show's Saturday return on BBC America.

Truth be told, I was a bit nervous to talk to Moffat. I'd read other interviews in which he seemed -- well, prickly is the wrong word, but (justifiably) unwilling to suffer fools gladly. And when it comes to timey-wimey stories and the kind of puzzle plots that he sometimes creates for 'Doctor Who,' I don't mind admitting that I can be a bit of a head-scratching fool.

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'Doctor Who' Star Matt Smith Previews New Episodes, Plus Lots of Intel on What's to Come

by Maureen Ryan, posted Aug 24th 2011 11:30AM
'Doctor Who' returns 9PM ET Saturday on BBC America. Finally.

It feels as though we've had to wait an eternity for the show's sixth season to recommence, and there were dozens of unanswered questions floating around by the end of 'A Good Man Goes to War,' the ripping mid-season finale that aired in June. The good news is, the show's executive producer, Steven Moffat, and star, Matt Smith, both said in recent interviews that all those big questions will be answered by the time the seventh season wraps up Oct. 1. My interview with Smith is below, and I'll post the interview with Moffat soon.

Many of the biggest 'Doctor Who' questions revolve around River Song, a.k.a. Melody Pond, who, it emerged in 'A Good Man Goes to War,' is the daughter of the Doctor's companions, Rory and Amy. Be assured that the interview with Matt Smith below doesn't contain any specific intel about what's to come. But after the interview with Smith, you'll get a River Song-style warning about "Spoilers!" which include the very interesting (and River-centric) title of the upcoming season finale.

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'Doctor Who' Preview: The Doctor Meets Hitler (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 21st 2011 10:30AM
Doctor WhoWhat happens when a Time Lord meets a reviled dictator? Viewers will have to wait until Aug. 27 when the eagerly anticipated 'Doctor Who' episode 'Let's Kill Hitler' airs.

In this preview clip below, the TARDIS seems to be having a bit of a problem. When the Doctor and his companions gather their bearings, they're face to face with ... you guessed it, Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.

What happens next? You'll have to wait until the series returns to BBC America on Aug. 27 to find out.

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The BBC Cancels 'MI-5'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Aug 11th 2011 6:00AM
'MI-5'It's the end of the road for Harry Pearce and the gang. It's been announced that stylish spy drama 'MI-5' -- a.k.a. 'Spooks' -- will bow out at the end of the upcoming Season 10, which is due to air in the UK later this year.

In a press release, the BBC said that 'MI-5' "has been famous for killing off its much-loved characters in their prime, and now the series itself is going to be killed off at the top of its game."

Jane Featherstone, Chief Executive, Kudos Films & Television, the makers of 'MI-5,' said "It's hard to believe that as 'Spooks' enters its tenth series, the world prepares to face the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 atrocities. It feels like now is the time for 'Spooks' to bow out and make way for new spy dramas which reflect the changing world around us."

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