It's Game day, and athletes Troy Paw-Lamalau, Feline Manning and Tomcat Brady are on the field. Napping. Players as cute as those competing in the Hallmark Channel's first Kitten Bowl (Sunday, Feb. 2, noon/11 a.m. c) can get away with anything, even using a time-out to climb up cohost Beth Stern for a cuddle. In fact, that sort of behavior is encouraged. Just ask the animal activist (and wife of Howard Stern), whose latest project is raising funds for Bianca's Furry Friends, a planned 14,000-square-foot state-of-the-art Feline Adoption and Wellness Center at New York's North Shore Animal League America.
If you've watched a pirate movie, you've seen the stunt where the captain balances precariously atop a ship's mast, pierces its sail with his cutlass, grabs the hilt with both hands and slides fearlessly down to the deck. Daredevil Douglas Fairbanks Sr. originated the move in 1926's The Black Pirate. It's as ubiquitous on screen as an adventurer swinging from the rigs. But the dusty sea dogs of the new Starz period drama Black Sails would call it bloody foolish — unless cracked...
Nicole Beharie and Tom Mison
The end is nigh for Sleepy Hollow's first season. And it looks extremely...busy. It's a stinging-cold December morning at Wilmington, North Carolina's EUE/Screen Gems Studios. In the nearby woods, a stuntwoman wearing a low-cut, corseted frock is being pulled through the air on a thick cord and dropped nose-first onto a safety mat. "Can she be yanked even harder?" director Ken Olin (thirtysomething) asks the crew member at the other end of the rope. Yes, she certainly can. Yards away...
Never let it be said that Nikita wouldn't hurt a fly. The cast and crew are shooting the action drama's final fight scene — between Nikita (Maggie Q) and best frenemy Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca) — in a country estate outside Toronto. During a particularly intense take, a housefly alights atop a loaf of bread on the kitchen set. Prop guns are drawn, blanks are fired and blammo — a special-effects squib detonates inside the insect's meal, blowing dinner and diner to pieces. "Did you see that?" asks coexecutive producer Albert Kim, smacking his forehead while watching a replay over Maggie Q's shoulder. "Our effects crew always wants to blow up bread."
Can you keep a secret? Probably not as well as Doctor Who executive producer Steven Moffat's two sons, Joshua, 13, and Louis, 11. These days, nearly every television producer, director, writer, actor and caterer is apprehensive about revealing details and plot points from unaired episodes of their shows. But Moffat is the master. He even gave one of the series' characters the catchphrase "No spoilers." He purposely misleads the press. "I lied my arse off," Moffat told 6,500 attendees at this year's San Diego Comic-Con regarding the content of an upcoming episode. He also runs a tight spaceship: Nondisclosure agreements are as ubiquitous as silver alien masks on the British science-fiction show's set.
Joshua, however, is the first to...
It's 8am, and Stephen Merchant is in pain. The 6-foot-7 Englishman strained his back the night before while lip-synching to DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince's "Boom! Shake the Room" on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon in a clip that's about to go viral.
Molly Shannon and Martha Plimpton
Molly Shannon joins Raising Hope on Nov. 22 as supermarket Howdy's newest owner. Not satisfied with just pushing produce, she transforms the store into an art gallery and performance space after-hours, where Virginia (Martha Plimpton) and ...
Dominic West and Helena Bonham Carter
People who actually knew Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton never called them Liz and Dick. The late actors abhorred the tabloid shorthand. They nicknamed each other Lumpy (referring to her body) and Pockmark (referring to his face). Acquaintances addressed them as Richard and Elizabeth. Otherwise, it was Mr. Burton and Ms. Taylor, thank you.