TV Review Jackie K Cooper "In My Dreams" (Hallmark Hall of Fame)Hallmark Hall of Fame's latest offering "In My Dreams" may be premiering on Easter Sunday night but the content of the film is worthy of a Valentine's Day schedule. This is HHoF's most romantic offering in years and it presents the beautiful Katherine McPhee with one of the best roles of her short acting career. She and co-star Mike Vogel bring a boatload of chemistry to this fantastical story of true love meant to be.Both Nick (Vogel) and Natalie (McPhee) are at a crossroads in their lives. He is an amazingly talented architect who is laboring for a firm that doesn't appreciate him. He also is coming out of a bad relationship that left him emotionally scarred. It is time for him to make some crucial decisions about his professional and social lives.Natalie is trying to maintain the success of the Italian restaurant founded by her now deceased mother. She wants to continue honoring her mother but she needs to make the restaurant reflect her skills and tastes. Plus she needs to let some romance into her life.Strangely enough Nick and Natalie are at a certain park fountain at the same time one day. They don't notice each other but toss coins into the fountain at the same time. Then they go on their separate ways. That night however they both dream the same dream and in it they are meeting each other. Could they be destined to be together or are they destined to always be apart?Vogel and McPhee create wonderfully romantic characters who come alive most fully in their dreams. McPhee is impressive with her acting skills which is a surprise since in most of her prior outings she has used her singing voice to impress. This time it is just Katherine and believe me that is enough.There are also delightful supporting characters. JoBeth Williams plays Nick's playfully dominating mother. She wants to see her son happy with the right girl and she will go to any lengths to achieve that goal. Then there is Joe Massingill as Joe, Nick's co-worker who basks in Nick's glow. Finally there is Jessica Wanlim as Sharma, Natalie's best friend and co-worker. She is pushing Natalie to take some risks and find Mr. Right.All of the actors seem determined to make this romantic story a success and they do. Hallmark Hall of Fame has had some glorious hits in the past but lately not too many. This movie strikes just the right tone of romantic entertainment. It is semi-lightweight fare for HHof but it is a story that entertains. If you are in the mood for romance then settle down with that someone special and watch this movie about finding the right person. It strikes all the right notes from beginning to end.Hallmark Hall of Fame's "In My Dreams" airs on ABC, Sunday, April 20 at 9PM. Jackie K Cooperwww.jackiekcooper.com
Kristen Bell was her usual wonderful, charming self during her appearance on "The Ellen Show" on Friday, April 18. The 33-year-old's visit was nothing short of delightful as she revealed that her 1-year-old daughter Lincoln can say a total of three words, including "boobies.""She says, 'Mama,' 'Dada,' and tries to say 'boobies,' which sometimes comes out, which is really cute," Bell told host Ellen DeGeneres. "For her [it's a necessary word] because all day she looks at me and ... wants milk. I'm a walking food truck."Bell, who earlier in the segment said she would definitely be on board if Disney makes a sequel to "Frozen," also demonstrated her daughter's awesome dance moves. Just watch.
Former "Boy Meets World" star Maitland Ward was surprised to learn that one little dress could cause such a commotion. The 37-year-old actress best known for her role as Rachel McGuire on the beloved ABC sitcom got people talking this week when she wore a sheer black dress that made it clear exactly what she wasn't wearing underneath, to the Los Angeles premiere of "A Haunted House 2."Ward, whose last role was a guest spot on "Rules of Engagement" in 2007, is only slightly baffled by all the attention her revealing dress has garnered. "I have been bombarded with messages, press, questions today about THAT DRESS last night. Had no idea it would cause such a stir... Well, maybe I did a little," she wrote on Instagram on April 17.
Who will claim the throne? The playoffs are coming.Sixteen title aspirants from across North America have reached the 2014 NBA Playoffs. Among that group, only a select few franchises have true claims on the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy. Two will reach the 2014 NBA Finals. Only one will emerge victorious and live forever in basketball history. The NBA's postseason will unfold as the fourth season of "Game Of Thrones" plays out on HBO during April, May and into June. In both unpredictable dramas, egos and strategies will clash as legacies are forged and broken. “When you play a game of thrones you win or you die.” -Cersei LannisterWith elite basketball players dominating the action on the court as well as the plotting during the offseason to such an extreme extent relative to other professional leagues, the NBA-GOT mashup has become increasingly popular since HBO first brought George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice And Fire" series to the small screen. Grantland, Bleacher Report and others have reveled in the parallels between the NBA's annual playoff chase and the ongoing battle for the Iron Throne at King's Landing in Westeros in years past. With HBO's adaptation of Martin's unfinished epic delivering gasp-inducing twists with seemingly every new episode and the NBA's constantly shifting landscape, these two unrelated realms make for endless combinations and fresh comparisons each season. For decades, the NBA's Iron Throne has been held by a small set of powerful houses. Since 1984, only eight teams have claimed the Larry O'Brien Trophy as NBA champions. In place of sigils, NBA franchises have logos. In place of words, they increasingly have playoff slogans and hashtags. In 2014, the Miami Heat will look to win a third consecutive title while a host of rivals from various locales around the continent will attempt to usurp them. Here are some of the parallels between characters in "Game Of Thrones" as Season 4 heats up and key players in the 2014 NBA Playoffs: NOTE ON SPOILERS: The winner of the 2014 NBA Finals is not named below but details of certain events from Season 4 of HBO's "Game Of Thrones" may be found. All GOT references are to the HBO series as opposed to Martin's books. Miami Heat: The LannistersWith two titles in two seasons and three of the game's biggest stars at his feet, Miami Heat team president Pat Riley is the NBA's Tywin Lannister. Riles has risen through the NBA ranks, amassing a fortune in championship rings and league-wide respect. Sunny and wealthy South Beach is the Association's Lannisport and AmericanAirlines Arena its Casterly Rock. That would make the Heat's Big Three the hoops stand-ins for the trio of Lannister children who drive so much of the action and intrigue in Westeros. The undervalued Chris Bosh seems to be the underestimated Tyrion of the Heatles with the oft-injured Dwyane Wade filling the role of the vainglorious, valiant and maimed Jaime. That would leave LeBron James as Cersei, beautiful to behold but terrible in her single-minded pursuit of power. United they can seem unbeatable. (GIF via @CoupNBA)But divided? As far as Joffrey, the Heat's three main stars treat point guard Mario Chalmers as if he were a young problem child but it is likely that there are some fans in Miami who would be better cast as the spoiled brat offspring of Jaime and Cersei.Will these fans be celebrating another title in Miami? Or will they be shocked by a Purple Wedding? Toronto Raptors: The WildlingsThe surprising Toronto Raptors are the NBA's wildlings storming down from beyond a northern border. With general manager Masai Ujiri in the role of Mance Rayder, the Raptors managed to win the Atlantic Division away from the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks with a 48-34 record. Nobody expects the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs to be factor in the title race but nobody expected them to get this far either. Watch out for the #NorthernUprising.The #NorthernUprising begins on Saturday. #RTZ #WeTheNorth #Raptors pic.twitter.com/nPAgfC8Dvq— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) April 17, 2014Oklahoma City Thunder: Daenerys And Her Dragons Just as fans of "Game Of Thrones" on HBO have been waiting for the young Targareyan princess and her menagerie of dragons to finally set sail -- or fly? -- to war in the Seven Kingdoms, NBA fans have been waiting for the Oklahoma City Thunder to mature into NBA champions. With a savvy that made him the darling of the league, Thunder general manager Sam Presti gathered three young dragons to him in the NBA outpost of Oklahoma City. He drafted Kevin Durant in Seattle and later added Russell Westbrook and James Harden as the team moved to the Midwest. Unlike Daenerys, Presti willingly parted with one of his young dragons over money. Even without Harden, Durant has emerged as the most devastating offensive force in the game and has four scoring titles in five years straight to prove it. (GIF via @JDonSports)When healthy, Westbrook brings an athleticism that few match. (GIF via @JDonSports)The Thunder appeared in the 2012 NBA Finals but were defeated by the Miami Heat. At the time, the Thunder's defeat was widely viewed as a prelude to future successes. Is their time finally coming? (GIF via @JarettSays)Chicago Bulls: The StarksBoth the Chicago Bulls and Starks of Winterfell manage to remain stoic and formidable after the losses of great leaders. Even after losing point guard Derrick Rose to another knee injury and trading away Luol Deng during the 2013-2014 NBA season, the Bulls still secured the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. With head coach Tom Thibodeau ...
NEW YORK (AP) — A veteran Fox executive who used her company email account to plan aid for loved ones of the missing Malaysian airplane's passengers has been fired. Darlene Tipton, who was vice president of standards and practices for the Fox Cable Networks Group, said Saturday she had wanted to arrange swift financial aid to families and other loved ones, sparing them lengthy court fights. She said she began by emailing Sarah Bajc, an American whose boyfriend, Philip Wood, was a passenger on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and who has made frequent TV appearances since the plane's March 8 disappearance. Fox spokesman Scott Grogin said Tipton's "conduct and communications" violated company policy. Citing privacy concerns, he declined to discuss particulars, but he said, "As soon as we became aware, we took appropriate steps." He confirmed that Tipton has left the company. Tipton was with Fox for a quarter-century before her April 9 dismissal. She said she plans to continue with her initiative, soliciting contributions through the crowdfunding website GoFundMe. "We want to raise money for families, to give them immediate relief," Tipton said during a phone interview from her Los Angeles home. "Otherwise, they could be in court for years." A condition of accepting the money she hopes to raise: Recipients must waive the right to seek legal remedy. "If they're getting money through contributions," she said, "it isn't right for them to seek money through legal channels, too." But she plans to sue Fox for wrongful termination, said her husband, Ken Tipton, a writer and producer. He said the idea for the fundraising effort stemmed from his Los Angeles hospital stay last month, shortly after the plane disappeared. He said that while he was under medication he had hallucinations of being with the plane's passengers and the power of his visions spurred him and his wife to try to help. "She wanted to do it because it could be done," he said. "So why not try?" The investigation into what happened to Flight 370, a Boeing 777 that was en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board, continued Saturday with searches of a patch of the Indian Ocean seabed. Tipton's firing was first reported by Christine Negroni in her blog Flying Lessons.
Apparently one fun-filled weekend of music, parties and over-the-top bohemian outfits wasn't enough for Kendall and Kylie Jenner.The sisters attended the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., after just rocking out for three days straight last weekend. This time around, they brought some of their other friends, including famous BFF Jaden Smith. Kendall, 18, opted to leave her humongous nose ring at home and wore a green shirt and cut-off white shorts while Kylie, 16, donned a big floppy hat and a rock 'n' roll t-shirt adorned with bird feathers. (Yes, real feathers.)Also in attendance for back-to-back weekends was Vanessa Hudgens, who slipped into a tiny bra-top and high-waisted skirt for round two of festiviites.Oh, the fabulous life of a young star. 2nd Weekend 2nd Weekend 2nd Weekend 2nd Weekend 2nd Weekend 2nd Weekend 2nd Weekend 1st Weekend 1st Weekend 1st Weekend 1st Weekend 1st Weekend 1st Weekend 1st Weekend 1st Weekend 1st Weekend 1st Weekend 1st Weekend 1st Weekend 1st Weekend 1st Weekend 1st Weekend 1st Weekend 1st Weekend
A long hospital stay isn't stopping Miley Cyrus from having a little fun. The 21-year-old singer, who just postponed the rest of her U.S. Bangerz tour due to a a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics, shared a photo of her duck-face oxygen mask on Instagram Friday, April 18, writing, "This hospitals full of a bunch of QUACKS
Mary Elizabeth Winstead has starred in such movies as "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" and "Live Free Or Die Hard," but she cites her role in "Alex of Venice," which premiered Friday night, April 18, at the Tribeca Film Festival, as a rare opportunity to play a more three-dimensional female character."I think just getting to be more than one thing as an actress is always so exciting," the 29-year-old told HuffPost Live's Ricky Camilleri. "When you don't have to just be the sexy girl, or just be the quirky girl, or whatever the one quality that is so often kind of given to you as an actor.""She's just a human being," Winstead said of Alex, the character she plays in the film. "She kind of gets to be everything in one, and that to me is always really exciting.""Alex of Venice" stars Winstead alongside Chris Messina, who also directed the feature.Watch the full HuffPost Live interview with the actors and screenwriter of "Alex of Venice" here.