Thursday, September 23, 2010

NBC's "Undercovers"

From Zap2it

"Undercovers" stars Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw play married caterers who get re-activated by the CIA to get back into the spy game.

The new fall show has a few distinctions: It could be NBC's best shot at redemption, but it also stars two black leads. Their ethnicity shouldn't be considered unusual, considering the country's diversity, but it's the first question a critic poses at Friday's (July 30) NBC press tour day.
"J.J. [Abrams] and I wrote the script originally, we decided we wanted to write it like 'The Philadelphia Story,'" says executive producer Josh Reims. "You know, Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn, but they're dead, so we didn't hire them. We started out by saying, 'Let's just see every possible incarnation.' We didn't want to see the same people we've seen on TV 10 million times, who look like any other cast. When Boris and Gugu came in, we knew immediately. 'Okay, these are them.'"
Reims emphasizes that it wasn't the goal to find black actors, but they were thrilled to hire them. "We don't consider that we're revolutionizing TV, at the same time we realize it is a big deal. Unfortunately that's the way it is right now."
Kodjoe agrees, "I think it's important to recognize the fact that it's not the norm, although it should be the norm because that's the way the world looks like. The world is diverse and we come in all shapes, sizes and shades. Let's inspire people to regard it as normal so more and more people don't consider it taking a chance, but just being creative."
Ethnicities aside, what's probably more fascinating is that the two leads on "Undercovers" are foreigners. In the TV landscape, it's become fairly common that at least one lead and perhaps a supporting actor could have accents, but be playing American.
Reims observes, "The funny thing is that when we started casting, J.J. and I said adamantly to the casting director, 'We are not hiring any foreign actors for these roles. We can't deal with them faking American accents.'"
What did they get? Mbatha-Raw is from Oxford in the UK, and has a very posh British accent, while Kodjoe is German-born and still cooks schnitzel for his kids.
"[My dialect] wasn't always like this," says Kodjoe in seemingly flawless American. "I came here in '93 on a scholarship to play tennis for VCU. They brought a bunch of international players and I was one of them. There were two Swedes. They spoke Swedish to me, and I spoke German to them. That's how we learned English. My English was so bad, someone walked up to me on the street and asked, 'What's up?' and I looked up. Literally, I had no idea.
"I met some gerat dialect coaches," he continues. "It was three hours a day I was studying, and when you see my earlier work you can detect a distinct German accent. And after 12 hours on the set, it comes out. It's funny to have a Brit and a German portray American spies at 12 a.m., it all comes out. It's all a big mess."
Mbatha-Raw at least grew up speaking English, so she only had to pick up an American accent, which she doesn't find too difficult.
"In terms of culture and television and movies, I was brought up very much with American TV shows and American films," she says. "I was immersed in the culture all the time, so it subliminally seeps in. And I've always had a good ear for mimicry. Even when I was a kid I used to do voices and things like that."

Show aired last night, I liked it a lot!!!!!!!!

Helen Willis

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Iman Global Chic on HSN

Born in Mogadishu, Somalia, and the daughter of a diplomat, Iman travelled the world from a very young age, becoming engrossed in various cultures. She attended school in Egypt and Kenya and reached fluency in five languages (Arabic, English, French, Italian, Somali). As she rose to adulthood, Iman continued her globetrotting ways as a professional model on some of the most glamorous high-fashion runways in the world.
Today, Iman is one of the most celebrated supermodels of all time. Wife to rock star legend David Bowie, a proud mother of two and CEO of her own company, Iman brings her appreciation and understanding of the world’s myriad styles and fashion choices to her IMAN Global Chic label.
With each collection, Iman takes the hottest trends in accessories and beauty from around the world and brings them to HSN. Iman wants to give her customer access to global luxury at an affordable price everyone can enjoy.
Because no matter where you grow up and where you live today, the love for fashion is universal.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Katie Holmes' Life Is "Really Exciting"

By Single In The City

Katie Holmes covers the October Issue of Marie Claire and talks about her marriage to super star Tome Cruise and expanding their family.

On her marriage to Tom Cruise:

"It's really exciting. Tom's as big at home as he is on the movie screen. He's so passionate about everything, whatever he's doing. When he's being a dad, he's right there; he's giving it his all. It's inspiring and it's fun. It's an amazing life, but we always remind ourselves of how incredibly lucky we are."

On expanding their family:

"Maybe in a couple of years, but right now I want to make sure I'm really there for Suri. I'm the youngest in my family--my closest sister is 5 years older than me, and the next one is nine years ahead of me, so I was a bit of an only child, and I liked it! I liked having all of my mom's attention, and sometimes I think I still do."

Katie Holmes has been married to Tom Cruise for nearly 5 years, did anyone really think it would last this long??

Halle Berry & Olivier Martinez dating?

By The Daily Dish

Halle Berry has sparked rumors she is romancing her "Dark Tide" co-star Olivier Martinez after the pair was spotted enjoying an intimate date in Paris.

The Oscar-winner ended her four-year relationship with the father of her child, Gabriel Aubry, in April and plunged into work on her new shark attack movie, which also features Kylie Minogue's French ex-lover Martinez.

And it seems the pair has hit if off away from the set -- reports they were seen smooching in the actor's romantic home city on Sunday.

An onlooker tells the website, "It was the classic 'I'm going to kiss you here in a dark corner' move. And she was waiting to be kissed.

"They had their arms around each other as they walked. They were both smiling and laughing. Their body language was very flirtatious. They definitely seemed like a couple -- absolutely looked like more than friends."

PS Loved him in "Unfaithful"! And he looks just like my Russian ex.