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BritWeek 2015: 9th Annual Brit Week Launch

Jane Leeves - BritWeek 2015: 9th Annual Brit Week Launch at British Consul Generals Residence - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 21st April 2015

2015 TV LAND Awards

Jane Leeves - 2015 TV LAND Awards at The Saban Theatre - Arrivals at The Saban Theatre - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 11th April 2015

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Jane Leeves

'Hot in Cleveland' Crew Surprise Betty White with Flash Mob to Celebrate Her 93rd Birthday


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The cast and crew of Hot in Cleveland presented Betty White with a special surprise to celebrate her 93rd birthday on Saturday (17th January). Check out White's heart-warming reaction! 

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Betty White's reaction to her birthday flash mob is heart-warming.

Read More: Betty White Sitcom Hot in Cleveland Cancelled After 6 Seasons.

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Betty White Sitcom 'Hot in Cleveland' Cancelled After Six Seasons


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TV Land has announced that sitcom ‘Hot in Cleveland’ will end its run after finishing its sixth season. The comedy which starred former ‘Golden Girl’ Betty White along with Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendy Malick was the channel’s first original scripted comedy.

Hot in Cleveland castWendy Malick, Jane Leeves, Valerie Bertinelli and Betty White

The series followed three entertainment industry veterans from Los Angeles (Bertinelli, Leeves and Malick) who escape Hollywood for the less shallow Cleveland, leasing a home from a sassy caretaker (played by White). It debuted on TV Land in 2010 to strong ratings, but has seen a steady decline in viewing numbers in recent years.

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Jane Leeves and her daughter at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Jane Leeves and Isabella Coben - Jane Leeves and her daughter at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 6th November 2014

Jane Leeves and Isabella Coben
Jane Leeves and Isabella Coben
Jane Leeves and Isabella Coben
Jane Leeves and Isabella Coben
Jane Leeves and Isabella Coben

James Corden's Gone All USA: But Which Other Comedy Brits Have Flown Across The Pond?


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It looks like British favourite James Corden has successfully sealed his fate as another Brit over on American shores with his appointment as the new host of CBS’ Late Late Show all but confirmed by the broadcaster itself. Of course, just because he’s travelling over to the US to have a go in the host seat of a different studio does not automatically mean he’s going to be a hit and, so far, his selection has not been met with too raucous an applause, mainly because most Americans don’t know who he is.

James Corden
James Corden is said to be the next host of American chat show, The Late Late Show

However, that’s not to say he won’t win his new state-side audience over because, if Corden has proved anything with his British career to date, it’s that he’s not too bad at his job.

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Russell Brand Among All-Star Cast For Eric Idle's Latest Play


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Eric Idle Play Cast

A truly special comedy moment as [L-R] Sophie Winkleman, Russell Brand, Tim Curry, Tracey Ullman, Billy Connolly, Jane Leeves, Jim Piddock, Eric Idle and Eddie Izzard join forces in Los Angeles.

Look at that line-up, it's one for the ages is it not? Los Angeles comedy fans were given an absolute treat as an all-star cast featuring world renowned stand-up comedians, Hollywood actors and sitcom legends performed improvisational musical called What About Dick? Written by Monty Python man Eric Idle, the show saw comedians-cum-actors Eddie Izzard and Russell Brand join up with the likes of acting stalwart Tim Curry, US 80s comedy star Tracey Ullman, Scottish stand-up Billy Connolly and Frasier star Jane Leeves and more for the hilarious play. 

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Picture - Eric Idle's latest comedic masterpiece... , Monday 5th November 2012

Eric Idle's latest comedic masterpiece What About Dick? This incredibly rare comedy event was filmed live over four sold-out nights at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Los Angeles, featuring an all-star cast, including Russell Brand, Billy Connolly, Tim Curry, Eric Idle, Eddie Izzard, Jane Leeves, Jim Piddock, Tracey Ullman, and Sophie Winkleman Monday 5th November 2012

Eric Idle, What About Dick and Orpheum Theater

Music of the Heart Review


Good
The creator of A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream is toying with our conscience again, only this time his weaponry isn't Freddy's claws or a murderous prank caller. Director Wes Craven's latest endeavor, Music of the Heart, switches gears to more virtuous human emotions in order to tell us the story of one woman's triumph and the revival of a downtrodden urban community. Oddly enough, this film is just as powerful as any of Craven's horror films and can evoke strong emotion and sentiment, if you let it.

Music of the Heart begins like any of the other "triumphant teacher" dramas we've all seen. Stand and Deliver and Dangerous Minds both crossed my mind as I sat through the first hour of Roberta Guaspari's (Meryl Streep) struggle to teach a handful of young urban kids how to play the violin. This part of the story is hackneyed and clichéd, and you've seen it before--if not in a previous movie than in some boring after-school special. But where other "triumphant teacher" dramas fail because they concentrate too much on the saintliness of the teacher, this movie succeeds in its captivation of Roberta Guaspari's character flaws, and her struggle as a single mother attempting to raise her two children in East Harlem. When the film expands beyond the existence of just "Roberta the teacher" and into the rest of her life, the film becomes genuinely enjoyable.

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James and the Giant Peach Review


Good
Lemme tell ya, this was the most unusual screening I've been to in a long time. After all, what better way to spend a Saturday morning than with 200 hyperactive children, all of whom are fawning over a guy dressed up in a giant, fuzzy, grey bat suit, complete with six-foot wingspan? (Note: as far as I can tell, the bat had nothing to do with the film.) And lemme tell ya, none of this was as strange as the film I was about to see....

Now I'm probably the last person in the world who ought to judge what makes for a good children's movie, but if you'd asked me that yesterday, I certainly wouldn't have said James and the Giant Peach. This is a story about a young boy, James (Paul Terry), whose parents are eaten by a spiritual rhinoceros. He is adopted by his cruel aunts (Miriam Margolyes and AbFab's Joanna Lumley), who abuse him cruelly. Then an "old man" (Pete Postlethwaite) gives James some "alligator tongues" which he spills on a peach tree, creating the aforementioned giant peach. Inside this peach, where James hides to get away from his aunties, he finds a bunch of giant bugs: a Brooklyn centipede (Richard Dreyfuss), a cowardly earthworm (which is, by the way, not a bug--David Thewlis), a sultry spider (Susan Sarandon), a matronly ladybug (Jane Leeves), and sundry other insects.

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Music of the Heart Review


Good
The creator of A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream is toying with our conscience again, only this time his weaponry isn't Freddy's claws or a murderous prank caller. Director Wes Craven's latest endeavor, Music of the Heart, switches gears to more virtuous human emotions in order to tell us the story of one woman's triumph and the revival of a downtrodden urban community. Oddly enough, this film is just as powerful as any of Craven's horror films and can evoke strong emotion and sentiment, if you let it.

Music of the Heart begins like any of the other "triumphant teacher" dramas we've all seen. Stand and Deliver and Dangerous Minds both crossed my mind as I sat through the first hour of Roberta Guaspari's (Meryl Streep) struggle to teach a handful of young urban kids how to play the violin. This part of the story is hackneyed and clichéd, and you've seen it before--if not in a previous movie than in some boring after-school special. But where other "triumphant teacher" dramas fail because they concentrate too much on the saintliness of the teacher, this movie succeeds in its captivation of Roberta Guaspari's character flaws, and her struggle as a single mother attempting to raise her two children in East Harlem. When the film expands beyond the existence of just "Roberta the teacher" and into the rest of her life, the film becomes genuinely enjoyable.

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The Event Review


Terrible
Who wouldn't want to have a party before they died? In The Event, Matt Shapiro (Don McKellar), a talented young cello player dying of AIDS, decides to do just that before having his friends and family help him to kill himself. Everyone gets together, blasts music, has champagne, and twirls under the disco ball, wishing Matt a fond farewell into the afterlife. This is all well and good until district attorney Nick (Parker Posey) starts nosing into Matt's death, noting that several of the recently dead people who were under the care of AIDS clinic worker, and Matt's friend, Brian (Brent Carver), died with unusually high amounts of drugs in their system.

Although director and co-writer Thom Fitzgerald sets us up for a mystery at the beginning of the film - Who is Matt? Did he commit suicide? What will Nick find? - the story quickly derails into an extremely sappy and self-indulgent amble through Matt's life, which didn't seem to be terribly interesting. We are given hardly anything of Matt prior to his disease, he is only presented as an AIDS victim, and one particularly prone to flights of self-pity. While The Event is refreshingly candid about many of the particulars of the disease, resisting the melodramatic impulse to keep the more physically unpleasant aspects of it hidden away, it is much less honest and forthcoming about Matt's relationships.

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The Adventures of Tom Thumb & Thumbelina Review


OK
I have no idea if there are prior Tom Thumb or Thumbelina movies before this one (actually, I'm sure there are -- I just don't know if they're actually related to it), but this new Adventure certainly features an all-new, all-star cast.

Jennifer Love Hewitt (who's making a cottage industry out of voicing animated heroines) and Elijah Wood (who's making a cottage industry out of playing smaller-than-normal characters) take center stage as the titular leads, ultra-short teens in search of destiny (and quite naturally, one another, though they don't know it yet).

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Music Of The Heart Review


Weak

About three minutes after the film "Small Wonders" won Best Documentary at the 1997 Academy Awards, somebody was probably on the phone pitching its story as the perfect crossover for a feel-good feature drama.

The film tracked the astonishing tenacity of a violin teacher named Roberta Guaspari who built, from the ground up, an extraordinary music program that teaches inner city kids in East Harlem to play the violin. Guaspari inspired hundreds of students to strive, and battled budget-cutting bureaucrats and miscreant kids for 10 years before having her program yanked out from under her, only to be save it by raising private funds through a concert that featured her students performing along side the likes of Itzhak Perlman, Isaac Stern and Nashville fiddler Mark O'Conner.

Now in 1999 comes "Music of the Heart," the fictionalized version of this up-lifting story, starring Meryl Streep as a more deeply examined Guaspari, a distraught divorcee, abandon by her philandering Naval officer husband, who lands in Harlem with her two young boys after talking her way into what at first seems like a temporary, thankless and very possibly pointless job.

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