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Jason Momoa Says 'Game of Thrones' Helped Land Him 'Conan' Title Role (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 16th 2011 3:00PM
Jason Momoa, aka Khal Drogo on 'Game of Thrones' and 'Conan the Barbarian,' on 'Access Hollywood Live'Playing a muscle-bound TV warrior gave Jason Momoa the opportunity to play a muscle-bound warrior on the big-screen. The actor told Kit Hoover Tuesday on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicate on NBC) that his intimidating performance as Khal Drogo on HBO's 'Game of Thrones' landed him the starring role in the movie reboot of 'Conan the Barbarian,' which opens Friday.

On 'Thrones,' Drogo is a chieftan who leads his hordes into battle. Momoa said his performance impressed the 'Conan' people. "I did the haka," said Momoa, "which is like this Maori war dance, war chant, and it's very intimidating and scary, and obviously the same casting director was there for Conan.

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'Access Hollywood Live' Looks at the Final 'Lopez Tonight' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 12th 2011 3:45PM
Eva Longoria and George Lopez on the Final 'Lopez Tonight' on 'Access Hollywood Live'Thursday night marked the end of the line for George Lopez on 'Lopez Tonight,' and Friday, 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC) devoted a considerable amount of time to clips from the show. The main guest on the final 'Lopez Tonight' was Eva Longoria, and she and Lopez had a loose and open conversation about the end of the show. After the clips, Brian Williams gave his opinion on who might replace Lopez in the late night slot.

Lopez asked Longoria about her "wardrobe malfunction" on Letterman in April, when a button popped loose on an already revealing top. Nothing improper actually got shown, but Longoria said it was the most downloaded video of the month. "Maybe if I did that here, we would still be on," said Longoria. Lopez suggested in might not be too late. Longoria also noted that when the show started, she and Lopez were both employed and married, and now they are both divorced and jobless.

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Billy Bush and Kit Hoover Analyze the 'Lopez Tonight' Cancelation (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 11th 2011 5:20PM
George Lopez and 'Lopez Tonight' not renewed on 'Access Hollywood Live'If you're looking for well-researched, cogent analysis and conclusions concerning TBS's decision not to renew 'Lopez Tonight' for a third season, watching Billy Bush and Kit Hoover spitball theories on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC) might not be what you're looking for. They showed a clip of George Lopez announcing the decision Wednesday night, and then hypothesized reasons it might have happened.

"So hey, did you guys see the news?" Lopez said on his show. "Unemployment is at an all-time high and for Latinos, it just got a little higher." Bush thought it might just be that TBS is a difficult station to find. He shouted out to the live audience to see who know what station it was. "I think it's a legitimate point," he said. "I think it's hard to find. I don't know, it's like two-fif- I really don't know. 252 maybe? Something like that?"

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Pauly D Talks 'Jersey Shore' Fight: 'You'd Be Surprised at What Actually Hit Sitch' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 10th 2011 2:45PM
Snooki and Pauly D on 'Access Hollywood Live'MTV's 'Jersey Shore' Season 4 promo includes a scene where where Ronnie and The Situation get into an intense-looking situation. Perhaps to avoid confusion, Pauly D, Snooki, Billy Bush, and Kit Hoover called The Situation "Sitch" on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC). So what really happened in the Florence throwdown? Pauly D tried to stay vague on the details, but let a crucial clue slip.

"It was just some built up stuff," he said of the fight. "This has been built up for awhile. They had some tension, we had to just let them release it. We had to just let them do what they had to do." Asked if alcohol was involved with the fight, Pauly said, "Always. A little bit."

He then added this bit of intrigue, when Bush asked if Ronnie had actually clobbered Sitch, or if perhaps Sitch was being overdramatic. "You'd be surprised at what actually hit Sitch," said Pauly. Not who hit Sitch, but what hit Sitch. We're intrigued.

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Jimmy Fallon Thanks the Internet For 'Late Night's' Three Emmy Nominations (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 9th 2011 3:45PM
Jimmy Fallon talks about 'Late Night's' three Emmy nominations on 'Access Hollywood Live'Jimmy Fallon said on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC) that he and his 'Late Night' staff didn't expect their three Emmy nominations, but were thrilled with them nonetheless. The show got nods for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series, Writing For A Variety, Music or Comedy Series, and Creative Achievement in Interactive Media. Fallon said the office was a love-fest when he walked in the morning after the nominations.

"We're proud of our show," he said. "We didn't think about it, that we'd get nominated for anything, we were just happy. But then when it happened, we got, you know, three nominations, I walked in, people were hugging. People were crying. I didn't even make to my office before I hugged like 50 people."

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Kathie Lee Doesn't Think Regis Will Retire (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 8th 2011 2:15PM
Billy Bush, Kit Hoover, and Kathie Lee Gifford talk about Regis Philbin on 'Access Hollywood Live'It's been well-publicized that Regis Philbin is leaving 'Live With Regis and Kelly' at some point this year. What we don't know is what Philbin plans to do after he wraps the show for the final time. On 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC), his former co-host Kathie Lee Gifford said she doesn't think Philbin will retire.

Gifford and Philbin hosted the show back when it was 'Live With Regis and Kathie Lee,' and the two had a nightclub act together. She said Monday she still sees Philbin and his wife Joy frequently. "I think he's ready for the next thing," she said. "Regis is not going to retire. He wants to own his own schedule a little bit more."

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'Modern Family' Star Sarah Hyland Is Pulling For Her TV Dad In the Emmys (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 3rd 2011 4:30PM
Sarah Hyland of 'Modern Family' is pulling for Ty Burrell in the Emmy race on 'Access Hollywood Live'Sarah Hyland, who plays Haley Dunphy on 'Modern Family,' has her hands full choosing who to root for in the Outstanding Supporting Actor In a Comedy Series Emmy race. Four of her co-stars -- Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ed O'Neill, Eric Stonestreet, and Ty Burrell -- are nominated in the category. Kit Hoover put Hyland on the spot on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC) and asked her to choose who she'd most like to see win.

Hoover thought Hyland might have a soft spot for TV veteran O'Neill. "I do, I do," said Hyland. "Of course I love everyone in our cast and I wish them all the luck. But it has to be, for me, it has to be between Ed and Ty. He's my daddy. I want my daddy."

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Bianca Kajlich Talks About Her Topless Scene in '30 Minutes or Less' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 1st 2011 2:45PM
Bianca Kajlich of 'Rules of Engagement' talks about her topless '30 Minutes or Less' scene on 'Access Hollywood Live'Bianca Kajlich plays a stripper named "Juicy" in the new film '30 Minutes or Less,' a role that's a tad more revealing than Jennifer on 'Rules of Engagement.' But her co-star Danny McBride helped put her at ease when they were filming the topless scene, even though they had to shoot it two different ways, said Kajlich on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC).

"Danny McBride is such a professional," she said of filming her risque scene with the actor. "He's such a fun, great guy and he made it totally comfortable. And it was fun." Billy Bush was a little suspicious of McBride, wondering if the film was an elaborate plot to see Kajlich nude. "Suspiciously, we actually shot it two different ways, so we had to do double the takes," Kajlich said.

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Pauly Shore Previews His 'Vegas is My Oyster' Special on 'Access Hollywood Live' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 26th 2011 3:20PM
Pauly Shore on 'Access Hollywood Live'Pauly Shore is coming back to TV with a new special called 'Pauly Shore's Vegas is My Oyster,' which airs August 6 on Showtime. Shore appeared on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC) to preview the special, a live show shot in Las Vegas with comedians and porn stars. It was, after all, "porn weekend" in Vegas when they shot it.

"It's like a throwback to the old '70s variety specials," said Shore. Some of the guests include comedians Tom Green, Maz Jobrani, Bobby Lee, and porn star and former Charlie Sheen goddess Bree Olson. It will be a mix of interstitial comedy sketches mixed in with the live performance.

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'Spartacus' Star Talks Bulking Up For The Role on 'Access Hollywood Live' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 25th 2011 4:40PM
Liam McIntyre of 'Spartacus' on 'Access Hollywood Live'The Starz show 'Spartacus' is filled with heavily muscled warriors wearing very little to hide their physiques. Monday on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC), 'Spartacus' stars Liam McIntyre, Lucy Lawless and Manu Bennett talked about the series, and McIntyre discussed having to bulk up to take over the title role from Andy Whitfield, who was forced to leave the show due to a recurrence of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

"I had to work out non-stop," said McIntyre. Host Kit Hoover asked if she could describe McIntyre as "skinny" when he won the role. "You can say 'skinny' because that's very accurate. I had lost 20 kilos, which in pounds is about, 45 pounds. It was like a fifth of my body weight or something. And then I had to put it back on plus muscle, and that was just non-stop training. And it's not as fun as they make it look in all those late night videos."

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Mehcad Brooks Reveals the Secret to His Great Abs on 'Access Hollywood Live' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 22nd 2011 2:50PM
Mehcad Brooks and his abs on 'Access Hollywood Live'Mehcad Brooks has the abs to be a Calvin Klein model, 'True Blood' eye candy, and to play a star football player on 'Necessary Roughness,' the new sports drama on USA. Many people admire those abs, and would perhaps like to know how to get a set just like them. However, we wouldn't advise you to follow the method Brooks mentioned Friday on 'Access Hollywood Live.' At least the first method he jokingly mentioned.

While Billy Bush did a feeble Rocky impression, Kit Hoover asked how Brooks got his perfect abs. "Four hundred years of slavery," he said. "I'm kidding! I'm just joking." Actually, Brooks said the routine is simple -- one thousand sit-ups a day.

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Amber Riley Addresses Her 'Glee' Future on 'Access Hollywood Live' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 21st 2011 6:45PM
Amber Riley of 'Glee' on 'Access Hollywood Live'We've already heard that Chris Colfer (Kurt), Lea Michele (Rachel), and Cory Monteith (Finn) are leaving 'Glee' after the third season. But what about Amber Riley, who plays powerhouse singer Mercedes Jones? On 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC) Thursday, Riley addressed the future of the cast, rumors of a possible spin-off, and assured Billy Bush she will not be stripping for season three.

Riley said her departing co-stars are fine with the situation, and looking forward to filming season three. She also hinted at her own 'Glee' future. "It's been a roller coaster ride," she said. "It's been absolutely amazing, but, I mean, I don't want to be a 30-year-old high school student, either. And 'Glee' was just a great catapult for us. Nobody knew who we were and we'll always be thankful for it. It's just been an amazing blessing."

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Lisa Kudrow Talks About Moving 'Web Therapy' to TV (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 20th 2011 2:30PM
Lisa Kudrow talks about 'Web Therapy' on 'Access Hollywood Live'Adapting a Web series for TV comes with its own unique set of advantages and drawbacks. Lisa Kudrow is familiar with the process, having just moved her 'Web Therapy' show from the Internet to Showtime, adapting it from short segments to a 30-minute weekly format. It was surprisingly easy, she said Wednesday on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC).

"We always had some kind of narrative going that, I think when you just watch one Webisode online, you miss that," said Kudrow. "And that's fine, because they were built to stand alone. But when you can put them together in a half-hour form, you can see the narrative more, and it actually works as a half-hour TV show. We were so thrilled."

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Rico Rodriguez Looks Forward To Season Three of 'Modern Family' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 19th 2011 4:45PM
Rico Rodriguez of 'Modern Family' on 'Access Hollywood Live'On 'Modern Family,' Rico Rodriguez plays the smart, sensitive, sometimes even too insightful kid Manny Delgado. Tuesday on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC), we learned the real Rodriguez is fairly smart and grounded, too. He loves playing Manny, whom he based on Antonio Banderas.

"He can get any girl he wants, but Manny can't," said Rodriguez of the Banderas connection, "but he has that mindset that he can. He's just trying to be that suave guy." And who wouldn't want to see Manny as Zorro?

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William Mapother Talks 'Another Earth' on 'Access Hollywood Live' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 18th 2011 3:30PM
William Mapother of 'Lost' talks about 'Another Earth' on 'Access Hollywood Live'William Mapother has a knack for finding strange roles in complicated stories. On 'Lost,' he played Dr. Ethan Rom, one of the Others. His latest role in the indie science fiction film 'Another Earth' may be even stranger than that. Mapother talked about the new film Monday on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC).

In 'Another Earth,' Mapother plays a composer whose family is killed in a car accident. When the woman responsible for the accident gets out of prison years later, he develops a relationship with her. And, oh yeah, a mirror version of planet Earth has appeared on the skyline, complete with its own population.

So how did Mapother wind up signing on for the project? "The script arrived and they said, you know, we've got a first-time director, an actress who's really very new, and there's almost no money," he said. "Would you be interested?" 'Another Earth' was a hit at Sundance, so it looks like his intuition worked out.

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