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Stars Gather to Record 'We Are the World' Remake (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 10th 2010 11:25PM
Entertainment Tonight, Barbra Streisand, We Are the WorldDozens of stars gathered to out-sing and out-diva each other for 'We Are the World - 25 for Haiti,' a remake of the song that brought in $63 million for the Ethiopian famine 25 years ago. New footage of the recording was shown on 'Entertainment Tonight' (weekdays, 7PM ET on CBS).

Sure, it's a great cause, and we're sure director Paul Haggis will do it justice. Still, we have a feeling that Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion and all the rest will show up on an episode of 'The Simpsons' (Sun., 8PM ET on FOX) real soon.

Watch the video after the jump.

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'We Are the World' Remade for Haitian Relief

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 2nd 2010 11:43PM
we_are_the_world_25th_anniversaryOver 80 stars from the music and entertainment world gathered in Los Angeles on Monday to remake the classic benefit recording 'We Are the World,' and this time the victims of the Haitian earthquake will receive aid as a result of this song's sale and download.

What makes this remake so exciting is that here it is 25 years later and an entire new group of musicians took part, including Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Pink, the Black Eyed Peas, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Harry Connick, Toni Braxton, Snoop Dogg, Jason Mraz, Josh Groban, Tony Bennett, LL Cool J, Jonas Brothers... whew! The news might be that Lady Gaga couldn't make it.

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I like Dennis Hopper's character in Crash - VIDEO

by Jane Boursaw, posted Sep 12th 2008 10:03AM
Crash Trailer and Video ClipI posted last week about the new series Crash, premiering on Starz on Oct. 17. It's been a long time coming. I started hearing buzz about a TV series shortly after the film debuted in May, 2005, and the cast looks good (though I know some of you disagree with me).

The lineup of the ensemble drama includes Dennis Hopper, D.B. Sweeney, Ross McCall, Clare Carey, and Luis Chavez, among others. I also appreciate the fact that Paul Haggis and Don Cheadle, who worked on the film, are producing the TV series. So whatever else happens, I have to think they'll keep the integrity of the film intact.

The Crash press kit is now online, and it's interesting to watch the trailer and hark back to the movie. Some of it looks the same -- like the shot of a cop feeling up a woman -- and the racial tension is definitely in place.

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Tom Sizemore in for Crash

by Jane Boursaw, posted Sep 8th 2008 9:24AM
Tom Sizemore in for CrashI've been waiting for Crash the TV series to materialize ever since I heard about it shortly after the movie premiered in May, 2005. The Starz/Lionsgate series will feature 13 episodes with a different cast of characters from the film.

Now I have even more reason to be excited, because Tom Sizemore has joined the series in a recurring role. He'll play Detective Adrian Cooper, whose unorthodox methods cause havoc when he investigates a police-involved shooting. Sizemore joins Dennis Hopper in the series, with Paul Haggis serving as executive producer.

I've had a major crush on Sizemore since he played Sgt. Vinnie Ventresca on China Beach during the 1989-1990 season. Sure, he's had some challenging times. According to his IMDB.com page, in February, 2005, he failed a court-ordered drug test after he was caught trying to use a prosthetic penis to fake the results. And that was the second time he was caught trying that.

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'The Facts of Life' Cast: Where Are They Now?

by Kim Potts, posted Aug 4th 2008 10:05AM
Whatever happened to Tootie, Blair, Natalie and the other Eastland girls?

Quick -- how many '80s sitcoms can you name that featured three future Oscar winners amongst their cast and crew?

We're not talking about 'Charles in Charge;' it's 'The Facts of Life,' the 1979-1988 boarding school comedy that gave us wise-crackin' teens, a roller-skatin' Tootie and that trio of Oscar-caliber talent.

Who were those Academy Award-worthy 'Life'-ers? Read on.



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Dennis Hopper to star in Crash

by Kristin Sample, posted Jun 5th 2008 9:02PM
Dennis Hopper Dennis Hopper is set to star in the new original series Crash, produced by Starz and Lionsgate. This is the first drama series for the network. Based on the Academy Award-winning movie, Crash has begun filming in New Mexico and Los Angeles. Sanford Bookstaver (Jericho, Bones, The O.C.) will direct the premiere episode.

According to the press release, the show "will continue to focus on an ensemble cast of characters" and "will explore the complexities of social tolerance in contemporary America by digging at the meaning of what it takes to reach the American dream." Hopper will play Ben, a veteran, maverick producer in the music biz who is looking for his last big score. Other stars include Clare Carey, Luis Chavez, Ross McCall, Jocko Sims, Brian Tee, and Arlene Tur. Crash will come to Starz in October.

Watch your backs, HBO and Showtime! This show looks good. And Paul Haggis is on the team of executive producers. He didn't just give us Crash. He gave us thirtysomething and The Black Donnellys. Don't mess with the Hag.

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Crash gears up with cast

by Jane Boursaw, posted May 30th 2008 8:22AM
Shortly after the release of 2005's Crash in theaters, I remember reading that a TV series based on the film was in the works. I even pitched the story to a TV trade magazine, but the editor didn't go for it. She must have guessed the show would be years in the works, and she was right.

Three years later, a TV series is finally starting to gain some steam. The Hollywood Reporter just posted a story that five actors have joined the cast of the series produced by Don Cheadle, Paul Haggis (pictured), Mark R. Harris, Robert Moresco, Tom Nunan, and Bob Yari, all of whom were involved with the movie. Produced by Lionsgate, the series is anticipated to premiere on Starz in 2009.

Here's a rundown on the actors who've just signed. It's interesting that most of these folks are not big-name actors, which I find refreshing in an era where many mega-movie stars are crossing over into TV:

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Starz first series will be Crash

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 26th 2008 10:38AM
Cheadle HaggisStarz, the cable network, is getting into original production and their first project will be based on the 2005 Best Picture Oscar-winning film Crash. Glen Mazzara, whose credits include Life, The Shield, Stand-Off and Nash Bridges, has been named executive producer/showrunner for the drama series. Lionsgate TV will co-produce with Starz, and they've greenlighted 13 episodes.

The controversial film, which dealt with the intersecting lives of a myriad of people living in Los Angeles in just 48 hours, centers on the character of Detective Graham Waters. Waters, a police detective, is struggling with his career, his drug addict mother and a criminal brother. The role was played by Don Cheadle (Picket Fences), who was also one of the film's producers. He is expected to reprise the part in the Starz production and may even direct a few episodes. In addition, director/co-writer/producer Paul Haggis and others from the film are also on board for Starz.

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The Black Donnellys: The Only Thing Sure

by JJ Hawkins, posted Apr 3rd 2007 10:50AM
(S01E06) Let me start by saying, Whitey's uncle is not someone I'd like to know let alone do business with in real life.

In fact, I don't think I'd really want to know or do business with any of the shady characters on this show; well, with the exception of Jenny Reilly for obvious reasons.

I live in relatively sheltered Oklahoma. While sketchy people no doubt exist, I rarely found myself encountering them in day to day life. It makes me realize that I'd have a pretty difficult time trying to make it in a city where this stuff actually occurs on a regular basis.

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The Black Donnellys: Run Like Hell

by JJ Hawkins, posted Mar 27th 2007 12:02PM

black donnellys(S01E05) Was it me or did Tommy Donnelly look borderline stalker crazy sitting across the street from Reilly's Diner Shop waiting for Jenny? If I didn't know his character better, I'd have been certain he was on the verge of assasinating her with a box.

Of course, we all understand two things. Tommy is madly in love with Jenny and Tommy has already crossed that fine line between being a good citizen and being a bad citizen.

This is why he was the absolute last person who needed to hear that Jenny's diner was in the midsts of a cash crisis because her dad can't tell the difference between a giant blue box that says U.S. Postal service and the night deposit drawer at his local bank. I wonder if he hails hot dog cart vendors when he needs a cab...idiot.

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The Black Donnellys: The World Will Break Your Heart

by JJ Hawkins, posted Mar 13th 2007 12:22PM

The Black Donnellys Episode 3(S01E03) Let me be the first to say, I'm tired of show recaps. I'm referring to that first two to three minutes of a show where, in this instance, Joey Ice Cream rants about what happened in the first few episodes.

I realize it serves a purpose. It helps loyal but forgetful viewers recall what happened in previous weeks and it helps newcomers catch up on the show if they're just getting into it. I understand all that, but being an extremely impatient person I find recaps annoying.

However, I do applaud this show's intro. Bang, bang, bang, bang, bang - done. If there's a category for "Most Concise Show Intro" at the Emmys this year, The Black Donnellys will win hands down.

Of course, that would probably be the only category they'd win...

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The Black Donnellys: A Stone of the Heart

by JJ Hawkins, posted Mar 6th 2007 11:22AM

The Black Donnellys Episode 2(S01E02) Murder, sex, and gratuitous violence - the things I love most about television - and this episode had them all.

That being said, does anyone else think it was a mistake not to stick this series on a Showtime or at the very least FX? If this were the case, maybe the producers wouldn't have to do things like air special web episodes of the show so that material deemed too "edgy" doesn't get stuck on the cutting room floor.

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Still choked up from Heroes, I forgot to turn off the TV

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Feb 27th 2007 1:01PM
When a good art student goes postal on The Black DonnellysWhen The Black Donnellys finally made its premiere, I was still sniffling and looking for my box of tissues after that heart wrenching episode of Heroes before I could do anything about it.

Like not being able to look away from a train wreck, I found myself watching again. If you have this episode TiVo'd, do not continue to read on because there is a big spoiler ahead.

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The Black Donnellys: Pilot (series premiere)

by JJ Hawkins, posted Feb 27th 2007 12:04PM

The Black Donnellys(S01E01) I have a confession to make. I'm an idiot and didn't re-prioritize some Season Passes My TiVo failed to record the first 15 minutes of The Black Donnellys and I missed it. Not the gesture of someone who is supposed to write up a review, I know.

Luckily for me, NBC has been like the pushy neighborhood crack dealer with this show and airs no less than 10 promos an hour and has a healthy web presence, which has already spawned a number of fan sites which made it easy to familiarize myself with what I missed.

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Who are The Black Donnellys?

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Feb 26th 2007 10:05AM
The cast of The Black DonnellysThere are a lot of initial discrepancies about NBC's The Black Donnellys from the moment you watch the show.
If you are a born and raised New Yorker, you might find it initially hard to relate to the creators insistence on piecing together different but real geographical areas and their claim that it's one fictional neighborhood, unlike other shows using a New York backdrop such as The Sopranos, Law and Order or even Sex and the City.

If you are Canadian, you might be even more confused by the creators choice of the title, which until recently has been a famous historical reference to one of the most gruesome murders in Canadian history.

Bobby Moresco and Paul Haggis, the Oscar winning team behind Crash and the creators of The Black Donnellys implore you to throw pre-conceived notions out the window when you watch the premiere Monday night and want to remind us that although the show is heavily based on their personal experiences growing up in New York City's Hell Kitchen, the story and places are indeed fictional and should feel timeless.

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