On the Eve of Oscar Nominations, Watch James Cromwell Defends "The Artist" from Silent Movie Haters! 

I’ve been such a big fan of James Cromwell ever since he sang that sweet lullaby to Babe, the talking pig, in “Babe.” Now, in the Oscar-frontrunner, “The Artist,” Cromwell stars as the loyal driver/bodyguard of fading star, George Valentin (Jean Dujardin).

In recent weeks, much like a Republican presidential candidate frontrunner, many negative things have been hurled at “The Artist.” One of the famous ones was the incessant demands of some U.K. moviegoers who wanted their money back after figuring out that “The Artist” was a silent movie. Huh?

So I asked Cromwell about this, and you will see his response at the end of the video. In this interview, we talked about:

*** Why does he think that most moviegoers fell in love with “The Artist?”
*** When he first heard that Michel Hazanavicius wrote a silent film, what did he think?
*** How was it shooting a silent movie?
*** What does he think of some news reports that U.K. Moviegoers wanted refund for the movie?


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“One for the Money” interview with Jason O’Mara and Daniel Sunjata 

Jason O’Mara (“Terra Nova”) and Daniel Sunjata (“Grey’s Anatomy”) co-star with Katherine Heigl (who plays Stephanie Plum) in the upcoming “One for the Money” based on the popular book by Janet Evanovich. O’Mara stars as Joe Morelli and Sunjata plays Ranger. The film opens this Friday, January 27th.

In this interview, we talked about:

*** (To O’Mara) – What made him want to jump from the world of “Terra Nova” to the world of bail bonds in “One for the Money?”

*** (To Sunjata) – What attracted him to the character of Ranger?

*** Did they use the novel by Janet Evanovich as a starting point for their characters?

*** Working with Katherine Heigl?

*** What else did they learn in exploring their characters that they did not learn from watching “Dog the Bounty Hunter?”

Have fun!

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Can You Read My Mind? My Fun Interview with Two-Time Oscar Winning Singer, Maureen McGovern! 

Two-time Oscar winner, Maureen McGovern, visits Palm Springs for the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies. She’s in town until March 10th for the show “Hot Hot Hot.” I was excited to interview McGovern for her songs are part of the soundtrack of my childhood.

In 1972, she helped win Best Original Song for the song “The Morning After” the theme for “The Poseidon Adventure.” Then in 1974, the theme for “The Towering Inferno,” “We May Never Love Like This Again,” won Best Original Song at the Academy Awards earning McGovern the title of Disaster Theme Queen.

But what I remember her most, is the theme song of 1978’s “Superman,” “Can You Read My Mind,” arguably one of the greatest theme songs in superhero history. The song was not eligible for the Oscars because it was not sung in the movie. Margot Kidder, who played Lois Lane, said the lines instead.

Nowadays, McGovern busies herself by touring across America with Palm Springs as one of her stops. It was an honor meeting the songstress, and if she could just read my mind, she’d figure out that I was such a fan.

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Producers Guild Honors "The Artist!" Check Out Complete List of PGA Awards Winners! 

"The Artist" is unstoppable! The black-and-white silent film by Michel Hazanavicius took home the big prize at the 23rd Annual Producers Guild Awards (PGA) winning the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures.

In the animation category, Steven Spielberg's "The Adventures of Tintin" beat "Cars 2," "Kung Fu Panda 2," "Puss in Boots," and awards-favorite "Rango."

Besides the competitive awards, the PGA paid homage to many individuals with tribute awards such as Leslie Moonves winning the Milestone Award, Steve Spielberg received the David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures, Don Mischer was given the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television, Stan Lee received teh Vanguard Award, and IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY by Angelina Jolie was given the Stanley Kramer Award.

Here's the complete list of winners (bolded) and nominees of the 23rd Annual Producers Guild of America Awards (to check winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, visit our Awards Avenue coverage right here)

The theatrical motion picture nominees and winners are:

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:

Producer: Thomas Langmann

Producers: Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel, Clayton Townsend

Producers: Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor

Producers: Ceán Chaffin, Scott Rudin

Producers: Michael Barnathan, Chris Columbus, Brunson Green

Producers: Graham King, Martin Scorsese

Producers: George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Brian Oliver

Producers: Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum

Producers: Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz, Brad Pitt

Producers: Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:

Producers: Peter Jackson, Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg

Producer: Denise Ream

Producer: Melissa Cobb

Producers: Joe M. Aguilar, Latifa Ouaou

Producers: John B. Carls, Gore Verbinski

The television nominees and winners are:

The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television:

"Cinema Verite” (HBO)
Producers: Zanne Devine, Karyn McCarthy

*"Downton Abbey” (Masterpiece) (PBS)
Producers: Julian Fellowes, Nigel Marchant, Gareth Neame

"The Kennedys” (ReelzChannel)
Producers: Jon Cassar, Jonathan Koch, Stephen Kronish, Steve Michaels, Michael Prupas, Jamie Paul Rock, Joel Surnow

"Mildred Pierce” (HBO)
Producers: Todd Haynes, Pamela Koffler, Ilene S. Landress, Christine Vachon

"Too Big To Fail” (HBO)
Producers: Carol Fenelon, Jeffrey Levine, Paula Weinstein

*The Long-Form Television category encompasses both movies of the week and mini-series.

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures:

Producers: Debra Koffler, Frank Mele, Edward Parks, Michael Rapaport

Producer: Philip Gefter

Producer: Simon Chinn

Producer: James Gay-Rees

Producers: Cameron Crowe, Michelle Panek

The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy:

"30 Rock” (NBC)
Producers: Robert Carlock, Tina Fey, Marci Klein, Jerry Kupfer, Lorne Michaels, David Miner, Jeff Richmond, John Riggi, Don Scardino

"The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
Producers: Chuck Lorre, Steve Molaro, Faye Oshima, Bill Prady

"Glee” (FOX)
Producers: Ian Brennan, Dante Di Loreto, Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy, Kenneth Silverstein

*"Modern Family” (ABC)
Producers: Paul Corrigan, Abraham Higginbotham, Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, Jeff Morton, Jeffrey Richman, Dan O’Shannon, Brad Walsh, Bill Wrubel, Danny Zuker

"Parks and Recreation” (NBC)
Producers: Greg Daniels, Dan Goor, Howard Klein, Amy Poehler, Morgan Sackett, Michael Schur

The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama:

*"Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)
Producers: Eugene Kelly, Howard Korder, Stephen Levinson, Martin Scorsese, Rudd Simmons, Tim Van Patten, Terence Winter

"Dexter” (Showtime)
Producers: Sara Colleton, John Goldwyn, Chip Johannessen, Robert Lloyd Lewis

"Game of Thrones” (HBO)
Producers: David Benioff, Frank Doelger, Mark Huffam, Carolyn Strauss, D.B. Weiss

"The Good Wife” (CBS)
Producers: Brooke Kennedy, Michelle King, Robert King, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, David W. Zucker

"Mad Men” (AMC)
Producers: Jonathan Abrahams, Scott Hornbacher, Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton, Blake McCormick, Dwayne Shattuck, Dahvi Waller, Matthew Weiner

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television:

*"The Colbert Report” (Comedy Central)
Producers: Meredith Bennett, Stephen T. Colbert, Richard Dahm, Tanya Michnevich Bracco, Tom Purcell, Jon Stewart (*additional producers eligibility pending arbitration completion)

"The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (Syndicated)
Producers: Mary Connelly, Ellen DeGeneres, Melissa Geiger Schrift, Ed Glavin, Andy Lassner, Kevin A. Leman II, Jonathan Norman, Derek Westervelt

"Real Time with Bill Maher” (HBO)
Producers: Scott Carter, Sheila Griffiths, Marc Gurvitz, Dean Johnsen, Bill Maher, Billy Martin

"Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
Producers: Ken Aymong, Steve Higgins, Erik Kenward, Lorne Michaels, John Mulaney

"The 64th Annual Tony Awards” (CBS)
Producers: Ricky Kirshner, Glenn Weiss

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Competition Television:

*"The Amazing Race” (CBS)
Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Elise Doganieri, Jonathan Littman, Bertram van Munster, Mark Vertullo

"American Idol” (FOX)
Producers: Charles Boyd, Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Simon Fuller, Patrick Lynn, Nigel Lythgoe, Megan Michaels, Ken Warwick

"Dancing with the Stars” (ABC)
Producers: Ashley Edens Shaffer, Conrad Green, Joe Sungkur, Rob Wade

"Project Runway” (Lifetime)
Producers: Jane Cha Cutler, Desiree Gruber, Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, Jonathan Murray, Sara Rea, Colleen Sands

"Top Chef” (Bravo)
Producers: Daniel Cutforth, Casey Kriley, Jane Lipsitz, Dan Murphy, Nan Strait

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television:

"30 for 30” (ESPN)
Producers: John Dahl, Connor Schell, Bill Simmons

*"American Masters” (PBS)
Producers: Susan Lacy, Julie Sacks

"Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” (Travel Channel)
Producers: Christopher Collins, Julie Lei, Lydia Tenaglia, Tom Vitale

"Deadliest Catch” (Discovery Channel)
Producers: Thom Beers, Jeff Conroy, John Gray, Sheila McCormack, Ethan Prochnik, Bill Pruitt, Matt Renner

"Undercover Boss” (CBS)
Producers: Chris Carlson, Susan Hoenig, Eli Holzman, Sandi Johnson, Stephen Lambert, Allison Schermerhorn

**Below are new categories for the 2012 Producers Guild Awards; three television categories and one web category. As such, these programs were not vetted for producer eligibility this year.

News Programs:

"Anderson Cooper 360” (CNN)

"BBC World News America” (BBC)

"NBC News with Brian Williams” (NBC)

"The Rachel Maddow Show” (MSNBC)

*"60 Minutes” (CBS)

Sports Programs: (*There was a tie, which is why there are six nominees.)

"Monday Night Football” (ESPN)

"Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” (HBO)

"Sports Center” (ESPN)

*"30 for 30” (ESPN)

"2010 FIFA World Cup” (ABC / ESPN / ESPN2)

"U.S. Open Tennis Championship” (CBS / ESPN2 / Tennis Channel)

Children’s Programs:

"Dora the Explorer” (Nickelodeon)

"iCarly” (Nickelodeon)

"Phineas and Ferb” (Disney Channel)

*"Sesame Street” (PBS)

"SpongeBob Squarepants” (Nickelodeon)

Web Series:

"Ask a Ninja” (blip.tv)

"The Guild” (WatchTheGuild.com)

"Parks and Recreation Presents: ‘April & Andy’s Road Trip’” (NBC.com)

*"30 Rock Presents Jack Donaghy, Executive Superhero” (NBC.com)

"Web Therapy” (LStudio.com)

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"Underworld: Awakening" Bites Back! Vampire Franchise Tops U.S. Box-Office with $25.4M Opening! 

Welcome back Kate Beckinsale! The actress, who ditched the third flick in the "Underworld" franchise returned for the fourth installment and helped the film soar atop North American box-office. "Underworld: Awakening" debuted at No. 1 with an estimated $25.4 million opening meeting the expectations of its distributing studio, Sony Screen Gems.

At No. 2 was executive producer George Lucas' flick about the Tuskegee Airmen, "Red Tails." Starring Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding Jr., the flick debuted with a $19.1 million opening which was well above expectations. And it's good for Lucas because he financed the film down to its itsy-bitsy penny since no Hollywood studio wanted to touch it.

But Hollywood can rest easy for now, box-office is up 31 percent compared to the same weekend last year!

"Contraband," the Mark Wahlberg flick which was the king of the box-office world last week fell to the No. 3 spot with $12.2 million.

At No. 4 is awards-hopeful, "Extremely Loud & Incredible Close" starring Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks which made $10.5 million in wider release. Rounding out the Top 5 is Steven Soderbergh's "Haywire" starring Gina Carano. The action flick failed to spark interest with moviegoers as it opened with $9 million.

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box-Office films for weekend of January 20th:

1. “Underworld Awakening,” $25.4 million

2. “Red Tails,” $19.1 million

3. “Contraband,” $12.2 million

4. “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” $10.5 million

5. “Haywire,” $9 million

6. “Beauty and the Beast (3-D),” $8.6 million

7. “Joyful Noise,” $6.1 million

8. “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol,” $5.5 million

9. “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” $4.8 million

10. “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” $3.75 million

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