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Viola Davis On the Pressures of Starring in 'The Help' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 15th 2011 1:15PM
Viola Davis talks about 'The Help' on 'The Early Show'Playing a role in the movie adaptation of a bestselling novel can be great exposure, but it also brings its own unique set of problems, according to Viola Davis. Monday on 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM on CBS), Davis spoke about playing Aibileen Clark in the new film 'The Help' based on the 2009 Kathryn Stockett novel of the same name.

"I want to rename this movie 'The Pressure Cooker,'" she said, "because so many people have read it, so many people have grown up with these surrogate mothers. And then there was a huge pressure with the African American community because I was playing a maid in 2011 and there's so much kind of stigma attached to playing a maid in movies."

Regardless, Davis said she was thrilled to be able to play the role. "It was such a joy to go on the journey," she said, "to just pay homage to these women who contributed so much to our culture." She was also happy it made anchor Chris Wragge cry. "I don't know if you want to say that on national television," she teased. Wragge didn't seem to mind.

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Viola Davis Talks 'Reluctant Sex Symbol' Denzel Washington on 'The Tonight Show' (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Aug 11th 2011 3:30AM
Viola Davis - Tonight Show with Jay LenoDenzel Washington must have appeared on hundreds of "hot" lists by now, so it's nice to hear that he hasn't let the worldwide lust go to his head.

Viola Davis, his co-star in the play 'Fences,' visited 'The Tonight Show With Jay Leno' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC) and just couldn't resist discussing the experience of working with Denzel every night.

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Shh! Audience Talks to Denzel Washington While Acting in Play (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted May 27th 2010 1:30PM
According to Viola Davis, who's currently co-starring in a Broadway revival of August Wilson's 'Fences' with Denzel Washington, the audience has a habit of talking to Washington while the play is ongoing, she said on 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated).

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'United States of Tara' - 'You Becoming You' Recap

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 13th 2010 1:02AM
Wow, just when you think you've seen it all from Tara, something happens and you're left with your jaw dropping to the floor. Creator Diablo Cody has clearly decided that Tara's psyche is not just split, it's a frigging kaleidoscope.

Last season, there was the animal creation that came out of nowhere, and in this episode, yet another variation on the theme. However, if you saw this one coming, you're better than me, 'cause I was stunned. And surprisingly excited, too. For more on Tara, Max, Marshall and Princess Valhalla, keep reading after the jump.

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Traveler: The Exchange (series finale)

by Brett Love, posted Jul 19th 2007 10:19AM
Traveler(S01E08) Well... that sucks. Not the episode, but the fact that there won't be any more episodes. I actually thought that the show had hit full speed at the end of last week's episode when Will popped up with his gun trained on Marlow. With the three boys back together again working to bring down Freed, and Marlow more convinced than ever that things were not what they seem, it could have been the perfect kickoff to the second half of the season.

Instead, we are left with what was a pretty entertaining hour of television, but one that suffered greatly from ten pounds of plot stuffed in a five pound bag, and the fact that so many of the questions that were brought up will never have an answer. Really, short of confirmation that the TV Squad readers correctly fingered Agent Chambers as Freed's man inside the FBI, they didn't really give us much at all in the way of answers.

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Traveler: The Reunion

by Erin Martell, posted Jul 12th 2007 12:01PM

Viola Davis

(S01E07) I guess George Costanza was right about fugitive sex. This week, both Jay and Tyler took advantage of their fugitive status to get some action. I would have thought that the guys had better things to do in New York--clearing their names, finding the terrorists, etc. Then again, who am I to complain about scenes that feature a shirtless Matthew Bomer?

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Traveler: The Trader

by Brett Love, posted Jun 28th 2007 3:00PM

(S01E06) This week finds Jay and Tyler back in New York, Will trying to track down Maya's killer, and the FBI still a step behind as Marlow heads to Boston. It was a crazy, fast paced episode that gave a lot of answers, but there was also that nagging little question in the back of my head. Holy smokes, only two episodes left? Are they going to be able to wrap all of this up? We'll see, but for now, let's talk about "The Trader."

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Traveler: The Tells

by Erin Martell, posted Jun 21st 2007 2:26AM
Matthew Bomer
(S01E05) This week's episode shifted the focus away from Jay and Tyler's perspective to that of Will Traveler. After several weeks of watching the guys figure out how they were framed, it was time to learn more about the people behind the set-up. Neal McDonough still doesn't have a name, but we did get the name of someone who could be a bigger threat to Jay, Tyler, and even Will.

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Traveler: The Out

by Erin Martell, posted Jun 14th 2007 8:41AM

Billy Mayo

(S01E04) This week, Jay and Tyler made another stop on their Tour of Innocence: Deer Harbor, Maine. I like the pattern of having each episode feature a different location with a new set of clues. There really haven't been any weak episodes yet, which may be a good sign for the show's future.

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Traveler: Pilot and The Retreat

by Erin Martell, posted Jun 6th 2007 1:05AM
Matthew Bomer, Aaron Stanford, Logan Marshall-Green

(S01E01 & S01E02) Ask and you shall receive, folks! TV Squad is officially covering ABC's Traveler. The show's third episode, "New Haven," airs this Wednesday, so it's time to play catch-up.The pilot episode and "The Retreat" provided a thorough look at all the key players and mysteries.

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Fantasia gets her own Lifetime true story

by Anna Johns, posted May 6th 2006 2:46PM
fantasia barrinoAmerican Idol winner Fantasia Barrino will star in a Lifetime Original Movie about her own life, called Life is Not a Fairy Tale: The Fantasia Barrino Story. The press release describes her story as "inspired by the true story of Fantasia Barrino, a teenage mother who overcame poverty, sexual abuse and illiteracy by using her incredible voice to rise to national prominence." Fantasia will play herself. Loretta Devine (Crash), Viola Davis (Traffic) and Kadeem Hardison (A Different World) will also star. Debbie Allen will direct.

Filming begins later this month in New Orleans.

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