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May 1st, 2013
11:40 AM ET

VIDEO: Looking 51? Sheryl Crow shares her secrets for looking great

Musician Sheryl Crow, currently featured in "People" magazine, on her secrets for looking great at 51.

Filed under: Aging well • Entertainment
May 1st, 2013
11:37 AM ET

Actress Sally Kellerman shares Hollywood memories from new memoir 'Read My Lips'

Actress Sally Kellerman, known for role in "M.A.S.H.," shares stories from her career in her new memoir "Read My Lips."

Filed under: Entertainment • Hollywood • Memoir
April 2nd, 2013
11:51 AM ET

ABC's 'Castle' celebrates 100th episode – Actress Stana Katic reveals secrets to the show's success

On ABC's hit show “Castle,” actress Stana Katic plays detective Kate Beckett who investigates crimes in New York with novelist Richard Castle, portrayed by Nathan Fillion. The show focuses on the romantic tension between the two and their passion for solving crimes.

Actress Stana Katic joins “Starting Point” to discuss the hit series and the recent celebration of its 100th episode.

When the show first began “we were starting off and just trying to make it through our days,” says Katic. “We work many long hours… but that was it you just kind of make it one step at a time and then all of sudden we turn to a few weeks ago and it’s oh wow we’re filming the 100th episode.”

Katic says when the network first saw the pilot for the show, executives asked that the romantic relations between Katic and Fillion’s characters be pulled back some because “they look like they’re about to get together in episode two.”

"I think that bounce and that chemistry was there from the start. Otherwise I don’t know that we would have had a show,” she says.

“It’s been really fun kind of navigating what does it mean to work together and be in a relationship… it also plays into kind of the comedy and drama of this story because it’s not easy and the two characters have a point of view and most times the point of view is on opposite ends,” Katic adds.

ABC aired the 100th episode of "Castle" Monday, April 1 on ABC. You can also catch the latest episode on

Filed under: A little fun • Entertainment • TV
March 29th, 2013
11:23 AM ET

New sci-fi thriller 'The Host' from 'Twilight' saga author hits theaters – Actors Max Irons and Jake Abel on making the film

If you like the blockbuster "Twilight" series, then you may love "The Host." It's based on a novel by the same author, Stephenie Meyer. "The Host" is about humans who are invaded by an alien race seeking to occupy their bodies.

Actors Max Irons and Jake Abel talk with Soledad O'Brien on "Starting Point" about their new sci-fi thriller and being part of a Meyer project.

Filed under: A little fun • Entertainment
March 27th, 2013
11:47 AM ET

Finding humor in a chemical attack? Julia Stiles on her new dark comedy 'It's a Disaster'

Imagine: You're at Sunday brunch, and the world is about to end. That's basically the premise of a new movie "It's a Disaster."

It's a dark comedy starring Julia Stiles and David Cross, who portray a group of 30-something friends at an obligatory couples brunch. As you can imagine, awkward moments abound.

The couples eventually learn they are in the middle of a chemical attack. The movie opens in theaters on April 12 and Julia Stiles joins Soledad O'Brien on "Starting Point" to talk about the dark but hilarious movie.

Filed under: Dark comedy • Entertainment
March 27th, 2013
11:09 AM ET

Actor Courtney Vance a 'Lucky Guy' in new Broadway show

From Hollywood to the Great White Way, Tom Hanks is making his Broadway debut as "New York" newspaper columnist Mike McAlary. He stars alongside two-time Tony nominee Courtney B. Vance, who plays McAlary's editor Hap Hairston. The play is also the final work of the late three-time Academy Award nominee Nora Ephron.

On "Starting Point" this morning, Vance talks with Soledad about the role, and coming back to Broadway after decades working in Hollywood.

Filed under: Broadway • Entertainment
March 22nd, 2013
12:27 PM ET

Finding humor in college 'Admission': Actors Wallace Shawn and Gloria Reuben talk about their new comedy film

Wallace Shawn and Gloria Reuben can both be seen in the new film “Admission." They sit down with John Berman on "Starting Point" to talk about their new movie, starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd.

The premise of "Admission" revolves around the competitive college admissions process. Fey plays a college counselor competing with another admissions officer, played by Reuben, for a job as dean of admissions at Princeton. Shawn plays their prospective bosses.

Shawn says the humor lies in the competition for the role of head of admissions. Fey was “great, obviously highly intelligent and so easy to work with. It was a great, fun experience all the way around,” he says.

Reuben has had some pretty serious past roles on the hit TV show “ER” and Steven Spielberg’s Oscar nominated film “Lincoln”. She is very “proud of the work on both”, but says that acting in a comedy “was a relief.”

Shawn, who many know from his role as the iconic villain in “The Princess Bride,” says he's glad people have an emotional connection to the classic. "It's nice that people have had a nice moment out of” the “Princess Bride,” but he admits the response to the movie has been “odd” for him.

“Admission” opens in theaters nationwide today.

Filed under: A little fun • College • Entertainment • Movies
March 18th, 2013
10:14 AM ET

Movie 'The Sapphires' called Australia's version of 'Dreamgirls' – stars sit down with John Berman

The movie "The Sapphires" is being called the Australian's version of "Dreamgirls."

It's the story of four young Aboriginal women in the 1960s who form an all-girl soul group who are then sent to Vietnam to entertain U.S. troops.

The movie opens Friday for U.S. audiences in New York and Los Angeles.

CNN's John Berman had the chance to sit down with the stars of "The Sapphires" - Jessica Mauboy, Miranda Tapsell, Deborah Mailman and Shari Sebbens - to talk about the true story behind this remarkable movie, and the global response to the film.

Filed under: A little fun • Entertainment
February 25th, 2013
10:53 AM ET

Oscar winner ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ used voices of 9/11 victims without consent – Brother of victim Betty Ann Ong weighs in

On September 11, 2001, San Francisco Native Betty Ann Ong was a flight attendant aboard the first plane to hit the World Trade Center in New York. Ong risked her life by alerting American Airlines that a hijacking was under way and ultimately died a hero. That message was recorded and heard in the Oscar nominated film "Zero Dark Thirty". Her family says that it was improperly used and they wanted an apology for it. This morning Ong’s brother, Harry Ong joins “Starting Point” to share his thoughts after not receiving an apology during the Academy Awards for improper use of his sister’s voice.

Ong who has never seen the film first became aware that his sister’s voice had been used after a family friend attended a prescreening of the movie back in Boston area and sent the Ong family an e-mail. He says, “right away during the first 90 seconds of that movie in a very darkened background scene, 10 or 11 voices came out. Real voices; they were not makeover voices, in which she immediately recognized Betty's voice.” After the movie Ong says the family friend went up to the film’s producers and asked whether the families of those whose voices were used were notified to which the producers responded no.

Ultimately Ong says whether or not the film’s producers want to apologize is “really up to them.” He adds however that he was hoping that the film’s multiple nominations would “give them a platform to … give an apology and …to mention the names of the victims that they had used in the film to give credit basically.” Ong says “there are credits to be given, and none of the victims really were given credit at all. And as far as I know, my family and Mr. and Mrs. Frank and Mary Thatchet of the voices of September 11th, they were also not asked for permission as well, and we both have the same feelings and concerns about this issue.”

Filed under: 9/11 • Entertainment • Movies
February 20th, 2013
11:55 AM ET

The boyfriend on 'Girls' – actor Alex Karpovsky on the hit HBO show

Alex Karpovsky, actor in the hit HBO show "Girls," on working with Lena Dunham on the show and his upcoming projects.

Filed under: Entertainment
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