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Jul 30, 2011

Kelsey Grammer ditches comedy for dark drama “Boss”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Frasier” star Kelsey Grammer makes an abrupt change of direction in his upcoming new TV series, playing a ruthless, power-hungry mayor in a drama series that he calls “the greatest time of my life creatively.”

After years of playing comedy roles on television, Grammer, 56, said on Thursday he had decided to return to his roots for the October drama series “Boss” on cable channel Starz.

Jul 29, 2011

Rosie O’Donnell puts laughter at center of new show

By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) – Rosie O’Donnell said Thursday her upcoming daily talk show on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN channel would blend celebrity chat, game shows, news topics and a big dose of her own brand of humor.

As for controversy? Well, maybe.

“We are going to have a controversy segment,” the often outspoken O’Donnell deadpanned. “No, we’re not!”

Jul 29, 2011

“Entourage” creator says movie of hit show will happen

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – It seems only fitting that Vince Chase and his buddies may soon be seen on movie theater screens after ending their successful run on television,

“Entourage” creator Doug Ellin said on Thursday he sees a feature film spinoff from the popular HBO series, which is now in its eighth and final season.

Jul 28, 2011

Bush explains slow reaction to September 11 attacks

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Former President George W. Bush says his apparent lack of reaction to the first news of the September 11 2001 attacks was a conscious decision to project an aura of calm in a crisis.

In a rare interview with the National Geographic Channel, Bush reflects on what was going through his mind at the most dramatic moment of his presidency when he was informed that a second passenger jet had hit New York’s World Trade Center.

Jul 22, 2011

David Hasselhoff swaps life with namesake for TV show

LOS ANGELES, July 22 (Reuters) – Everyone knows David
Hasselhoff, right? The acting, singing former “Baywatch” star
with a 30-year Hollywood career.

Think again. David Haseloff is a 27 year-old electrical
technician and landscaper from a small Texas town who has never
set foot in Los Angeles. That is, he never had until TV
producers with their next big idea came calling.

Jul 21, 2011

Cash-strapped Lohan hit with $1 million lawsuit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Lindsay Lohan on Thursday added financial woes to four years of legal problems when she was slapped with a $1 million assault lawsuit and a court heard she was having problems paying for private counseling.

Lohan, 25, whose Hollywood career has been derailed since 2007 by drug and alcohol problems and repeated trips to jail, was ordered to undergo psychological counseling earlier this year as part of her sentence for stealing a gold necklace in January.

Jul 14, 2011

Young plus skinny = hot? Think again, say Emmy voters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Who says you have to be skinny, young and glamorous to make it in Hollywood?

Not the voters at the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences who spread the love in their Primetime Emmy Award nominations on Thursday to a slew of actors who smash the stereotype of wafer-thin blondes and tall, dark handsome men.

Jul 14, 2011

“Mad Men,” “Modern Family” to defend Emmy wins

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Stylish 1960s advertising drama “Mad Men” and mockumentary comedy “Modern Family” will vie again for the top prizes at the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards in a field packed with newcomers and veteran actors in new roles.

“Mad Men,” the three-time Emmy winner for best dramatic show, scored 19 nominations on Thursday for TV’s highest honors, including best drama series and acting nods for its stars Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss.

Jul 14, 2011

‘Mad Men’, ‘Modern Family’ among top Emmy nominees

LOS ANGELES, July 14 (Reuters) – Stylish 1960s drama “Mad
Men” and comedy “Modern Family” were among the regular series
leading nominations on Thursday for the 2011 Primetime Emmy
Awards, the highest honors in the television industry.

“Mad Men”, the three-time Emmy winner for best dramatic
show, scored 19 nominations, including best drama series and
acting nods for its stars John Hamm and Elisabeth Moss.

Jul 11, 2011

From stars to Skid Row: Royals end California tour

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince William and wife Kate ended their southern California stay on Sunday, bearing witness to both the poverty of Skid Row and the power of Hollywood.

In their first trip to the United States since marrying in April, the royal couple chose to favor charity and business over celebrity in their three-day visit.

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      "I'm a British import to Los Angeles who still hasn't managed to lose the accent after 10 years. I cover all things celebrity -- Hollywood award shows, stars in trouble, U.S. television and California lifestyle. Before arriving in Los Angeles, I worked for Reuters in London and Italy, covering stories like the death of Princess Diana, the Italian Mafia, and the Good Friday Northern Ireland peace agreement."
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