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AMC Show ‘Wheels’ To Finale

Q: One of my favorite shows is AMC’s “Hell on Wheels.” Can you give me any clues about the season finale?
– Holly F., via email

Kasha Kropsinski, star of AMC’s  “Hell on Wheels”

Kasha Kropsinski, star of AMC’s “Hell on Wheels”

A: Well, I don’t want to give too much away and spoil the surprise! But I did speak recently with series regular Kasha Kropinski (who plays Ruth), and she gave me a little tease as to what to expect as the season winds down. The South African beauty (who is a total sweetheart!) told me: “People are going to be totally and utterly shocked by what happens in these last few episodes. It is totally left-field what transpires. I think that people already have created an idea of what they think is going to happen. But I don’t think anyone could come up with what actually transpires.
“Some new relationships develop; some unexpected relationships come to fruition. Expect some death and destruction, as usual — it is ‘Hell on Wheels,’ after all. I don’t think that’s a spoiler at all. Just hold onto your socks because they might blow off.”

Kathy Wakile, Real Housewife of NJ

Kathy and Rich Wakile have fun with a fan who stopped by Mohegan Sun Friday night for Kathy’s free Reality Check event.

Kathy and Rich Wakile have fun with a fan who stopped by Mohegan Sun Friday night for Kathy’s free Reality Check event.

On Friday night, Kathy Wakile of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey visited Mohegan Sun with her husband Rich.  The housewife, who is a pro in the kitchen with her own dessert line, started her visit by judging the finale of Mohegan Sun’s Chef Battle which concluded Restaurant Week. Next, Kathy headed over for her free Reality Check event in The Shops concourse and was joined by Rich, which fans loved!  Both Wakiles were greeted very warmly by dozens of fans who stood in line for autographs and photos.

“China Beach” Released on DVD


Dana Delany-starring hit TV series “China Beach” on DVD, October 1.

Q: I think I’ve read this question in your column before, but I can’t remember your answer. Will “China Beach” ever be released on DVD? I loved that series, and I wish I could watch it again.
– Beverly W., via e-mail

A: I’ve gotten scores of letters asking that same question, and I finally have a definitive answer for you: On Oct. 1, fans can at last own the critically acclaimed, Dana Delany-starring hit series. For the show’s 25th anniversary, the complete series will be available in a 21-disc collector’s set in stores and online.
Q: You mentioned a show set in the 1940s about the Mafia that was supposed to air on TNT called “Lost Angels,” but I can’t find mention of it anywhere. Can you help?
– Douglas B. in Ohio

A: The latest TNT drama has been renamed “Mob City” and is set to premiere Dec. 4. The show centers on the epic battle between a determined police chief and a dangerous mobster that inflames 1940s Los Angeles, and stars Jon Bernthal, Neal McDonough and Ed Burns.

Daniel Stars as Doctor Again


Daniel Radcliffe, star of “A Young Doctor’s Notebook.”

Q: I read somewhere that “A Young Doctor’s Notebook,” starring Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe, has been renewed for a second season; however, I’m not sure where to find the first season. The show looks incredibly interesting, so I’d like to get caught up.
– Patrick S., via e-mail
A: You’re in luck, Patrick, because Ovation has acquired the first season of “The Young Doctor’s Notebook” and will begin airing it in October. Based on Russian writer and playwright Mikhail Bulgakov’s book, “A Young Doctor’s Notebook” is a darkly humorous account of the turbulent experiences of a newly graduated doctor (Daniel Radcliffe), artfully told through the eyes of his older, opiate-addicted self (Jon Hamm). The young doctor lands a post at a small hospital in a remote village during the Russian Revolution, where the patients, staff and extreme medical maladies cause him to doubt his own competence.

‘Real Housewife’ Star Kyle Richard Featured at Sun

Kyle Richards visits Mohegan Sun

Kyle Richards

by Susan Cornell
The queen of the 90210 zip code and star of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” Kyle Richards paid a visit to Mohegan Sun on February 24 for a special “Reality Check” event. A Realty Check brings stars from the reality TV world to the Sun, allowing fans to meet their favorites from the small screen at home.
The glamorous mother, author, and, yes, housewife started her day with a visit to Shine 360. The Shine 360 website describes itself as “a space where guests can experience the excitement of a ‘phygital’ experience.” Shine 360 features cameras that digitally capture an image of all 360 degrees of guests, which can then be shared through Facebook, Twitter, or email.
Before meeting with a line of more than 200 fans, Kyle was featured in a live Q&A segment. She was very personable throughout her event and thanked fans for taking the time to wait.
Dressed in a leather jacket, jeans, and a pair of knee-high boots, Kyle kept it casual. Everything she wore, she told a fan, came from her new store, Kyle by Alene Too, which recently opened in Beverly Hills.
Before flying back to the West Coast, Kyle stopped by Once Upon A Time Toys, Mohegan Sun’s toy store, to pick up a few gifts for her youngest daughter, Portia.
“This was Mohegan Sun’s first ‘Reality Tour.’ We took Kyle to all three properties we are affiliated with (Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania, Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, and here at Mohegan Sun,” explained the Sun’s Kimberly Miller, Public Relations Specialist.
Kyle left behind a warm message: “I want to thank everyone who came out here today, I had the best time. And remember—it’s always more fun at Mohegan Sun!”

Joseph Gordon-Levitt: New Star

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

by Tony Rizzo

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has come a long way from playing Tommy Soloman on “3rd Rock from the Sun” (1996-2001). Among his many films since 1992 are “A River Runs Through It,” “Angels in the Outfield,” “Halloween H20: 20 years Later,” “10 Things I Hate About You,” “(500) Days of Summer,” “G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra,” “Inception” and “50/50.” In 2012 he had four major films, “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Premium Rush,” “Looper” and “Lincoln.”
He received raves at the Sundance Film Festival for “Don Jon’s Addiction,” which he wrote, directed and starred in with Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore and Tony Danza, with cameos by Channing Tatum and Anne Hathaway. In his next film, “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” he stars with Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Rosario Dawson, Bruce Willis and Mickey Rourke. The film, directed by Robert Rodriguez, is due out October 4. Also, Joseph Gordon-Levitt turns only 32 this month!
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Clint Eastwood: Visionary

Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood

by Tony Rizzo

When Clint Eastwood appeared at the Republican Convention to support his party and its candidate, he unfortunately became the object of ridicule. The backlash hurt his current film, “Trouble With the Curve,” which cost $60 million to make and only took in $46,342,888. People need to cut Clint a break. Here’s a man who started his career doing bit parts in B movies such as 1955’s “Revenge of the Creature” (the sequel to “The Creature from the Black Lagoon”) with John Agar; “Francis in the Navy” (about a talking mule) with Donald O’Conner; “Lady Godiva of Coventry” with Maureen O’Hara; and “Tarantula,” again with John Agar.

In 1964, he starred in Sergio Leone’s $225,000 spaghetti Western, “A Fistful of Dollars”; in l965 he made the $600,000 “For a Few Dollars More”; and then the $1.2 million “The Good, the Bad and The Ugly” in 1966, which grossed $25 million. In 1992, he won Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture for “Unforgiven,” which grossed $159 million. In 2004, he won Oscars again for Best Director and Best Picture for “Million Dollar Baby,” which cost $30 million and grossed $216,763,646. The man is a visionary, and if he wants to talk to an empty chair, we should let him!

Hollywood: Hugh Jackman Stars in ‘Movie 43’

Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman

by Tony Rizzo

Hugh Jackman, who hit screens Christmas Day in “Les Miserables,” has completed “Movie 43” with Halle Berry, Gerard Butler, Kristen Bell, Kate Bosworth, Bobby Cannavale, Josh Duhamel, Richard Gere, Uma Thurman, Emma Stone, Kate Winslet and a host of others. He’s also completed shooting the “X-Men: Origins” sequel: “The Wolverine.” Budgeted at $100 million, it shot in New South Wales, on the shores of Botany Bay, around Sydney, and finished shooting in Picton, Australia, which doubled as a town in Canada’s Yukon region. The next seven months will be used to lay in special effects, and it will premiere July 26, 2013.

Ryan Reynolds, Wade Wilson/Deadpool in the original “X-Men: Origins,” will not reprise the role because producer Shuler Donner stated she wants to “ignore the version of Deadpool we saw in ‘Wolverine’ and just start over again. Reboot it.” Reynolds next film is “R.I.P.D.” (“Rest in Peace Department”), with Jeff Bridges and Kevin Bacon, due out July 19. With “The Wolverine’s” big budget and special effects, Ryan’s “R.I.P.D.” is opening a week earlier — hoping they won’t rest in pieces when “The Wolverine” opens and slashes everything in sight at the box office!

Hollywood: Bomer Goes Public With Real Life

Matt Bomer

Matt Bomer

by Tony Rizzo

White Collar” star Matt Bomer is the real thing. He and his partner, publicist Simon Halls, have three children: Kit, Henry and Walker Bomer. Matt and Simon recently received the “Inspiration Award” from The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network. It was presented to them by Matt’s “Magic Mike” co-star Joe Manganiello (they were together in college at Carnegie Melon University in Pittsburgh). Manganiello said, “You are the example that the rest of our country needs to wake up to and see in terms of equality and putting an end to the bullying epidemic and making sure that every family is respected in our schools and our society.”

Going public with his real life hasn’t hurt Bomer’s “reel” life. He’s got the film “Space Station 76,” which is being called a sci-fi comedy, with Liv Tyler, Patrick Wilson and Jerry O’Connell, and then “Winter’s Tale” with Will Smith, Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt and Eva Marie Saint.

Bomer explains why he went public with his relationship, “When you aren’t allowed to speak about who you love or who you’re attracted to, it makes you feel invisible.” On the plus side… he never has to worry about getting lipstick on his “White Collar.”

Hollywood: Funny Name, Serious Actress

by Tony Rizzo

Imogen Poots arrived in Hollywood from London in June, met director Terrence Malick and was cast in his “Knight of Cups.” She’ll appear in the upcoming Jimi Hendrix biopic “All Is by My Side,” and co-stars with Oscar-winner Phillip Seymour Hoffman in “A Late Quartet,” playing a violin virtuoso. Poots is currently shooting “A Long Way Down” with Emmy-winner (for “Breaking Bad”) Aaron Paul and former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan.

Poots is on the launch pad. You’ll be able to follow her work as she becomes the next big star!

Hollywood: Elvis’ Granddaughter Hits Screens

by Tony Rizzo
I chatted with Gena Rowlands, enroute to the Toronto Film Festival to view “Yellow,” written and directed by her son, Nick Cassavetes. It stars Gena, Ray Liotta, Sienna Miller, Melanie Griffith, David Morse and Riley Keough. Cassavetes hopes to land a distributor based on the reviews in Toronto.
Which brings us to Riley Keough. Her mother’s name is Lisa Marie, her grandmother’s name is Priscilla and her grandfather’s name is Elvis! Yes, Presley! Nick Cassavetes’ sister Xan cast Riley in her film “Kiss of the Damned,” with Milo Ventimiglia, which just screened at The Venice Film Festival. It’s a tongue-in-cheek tribute to old-school horror films. She’s currently filming the sequel “Mad Max: Fury Road,” with Tom Hardy as Max and Oscar-winner Charlize Theron. On Nov. 2, Riley hits screens in the controversial film “Jack & Diane,” about two teenage girls who meet in New York City and spend the night kissing ferociously. Did I mention that Riley has one of the title roles … Jack!

Hollywood: James Howson Stars as “Heathcliff”

James Howson

In 1939, undoubtedly the greatest year for films in movie history, MGM released “Wuthering Heights” starring Laurence Olivier, Merle Oberon and David Niven. In 1970, it was remade with a former James Bond, Timothy Dalton, and Anna Calder Marshall. In 1992, it was remade yet again with Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche. Then, in 2009, it became a two-part mini-series (90 minutes each) with Tom Hardy and Charlotte Riley.
In 2008, Natalie Portman was cast to play Cathy in another remake, but other commitments forced her out of the project. She was out, and Michael Fassbender was in as Heathcliff, with Abbie Cornish playing Kathy. By 2009, the director left, as did Fassbender and Cornish. When Peter Webber took on directing, he cast “Gossip Girl’s” Ed Westwick and Gemma Atherton.
In Emily Bronte’s original novel, Heathcliff was a gypsy. Director Arnold found James Howson through open auditions, and despite his lack of experience — just miniscule roles in “Trainspotting” and “Slum Dog Millionaire” — he became the first man of color to be cast as Heathcliff. The film cost $5 million and finished shooting in November 2010. It made the rounds of film festivals in Venice, Toronto, Zurich, Leeds, London and Sundance and was well-received. You can judge for yourself when it opens nationwide on Friday, Oct. 12.