Category: HBO

'Mildred Pierce' premiere: Kate Winslet, Guy Pearce, Melissa Leo go to HBO

Guy Pearce and Kate Winslet at 'Mildred Pierce' premiere Kate Winslet, Guy Pearce and the stars of "Mildred Pierce," the Todd Haynes-directed HBO series based on James M. Cain's 1941 cult novel, walked the red carpet Monday to debut their new miniseries.

The series stars Winslet as a divorcee and single mother attempting to make ends meet while gaining her daughters' respect during the Great Depression. Joan Crawford starred in the 1945 film also based on the book and snagged a best actress Oscar -- her only Academy Award -- for the role. 

Winslet arrived at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York in a black sheath with sheer polka dots down the left side. She posed for photographs with costar Pearce, who plays the fictional Pierce's second husband Monty Beragon.

Haynes co-wrote the script and directed the 2002 Julianne Moore movie "Far From Heaven."

Oscar-winner Melissa Leo, who plays Mildred's friend Lucy Gessler, made the scene -- and we like to imagine that she and Winslet discussed how to keep their Oscars so shiny.

Evan Rachel Wood, who stars as Mildred's disgusted and rebellious daughter, Veda Pierce, arrived in a plum-colored Elie Saab dress. Morgan Turner plays the younger version of Veda, while the adorable Quinn McColgan plays Pierce's younger daughter, Ray. Their father Bert Pierce is played by Brian O'Byrne, who posed for photographers with his on-screen daughters. Click the pics for more photos from the premiere.

MildredpiercegalleryMare Winningham, who plays Mildred's friend Ida Corwin, and "Mercy's" James LeGros walked the red carpet.

Also spotted: "30 Rock's Cheyenne Jackson and "Boardwalk Empire's" Gretchen Mol. Mariska Hargitay of  "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" showed up for the fete in all black.

Guests gathered later for an after-party in the Grand Ballroom at the Plaza Hotel.

The miniseries hits HBO on March 27.


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Left photo: Guy Pearce and actress Kate Winslet attend the premiere of HBO's "Mildred Pierce." Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press

Right photo: Evan Rachel Wood at the premiere. Credit: Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images

Felicia 'Snoop' Pearson of 'The Wire' arrested in drug raid


Felicia "Snoop" Pearson of "The Wire" was arrested Thursday morning at her downtown Baltimore apartment, allegedly in connection with a large-scale heroin and marijuana ring.

A five-month investigation led to raids in west and east Baltimore yielding more than 60 suspects believed to be linked to the crime operation, the Baltimore Sun reported. Pearson was arrested on a state warrant, though local and federal authorities were also involved in the raids.

The 30-year-old, who played a ruthless drug assassin on the HBO show and had hoped to continue acting, had been plucked off the Maryland streets to become the character. "The Wire," which ran 2002-2008, was about the Baltimore drug scene.

In this case, it seems that life now imitates art -- after art had already been imitating her life.

At age 16, she pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and had been recently arrested again for refusing to testify as a witness during a murder trial. She also wrote "Grace After Midnight," a memoir, and worked with at-risk kids.


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Julianne Moore to play Sarah Palin -- but can she compete with Tina Fey?

Julianne Moore will play Sarah Palin in HBO film

"The Kids Are All Right" star Julianne Moore is set to play Sarah Palin in the upcoming HBO film "Game Change" -- so step aside, Tina Fey and Kathy Griffin.

The adaptation of the bestselling John Heilemann and Mark Halperin book chronicles Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential bid with the polarizing then-governor of Alaska as his running mate on the Republican ticket, leading up to their loss in the general election.

Moore will make for an interesting Palin, who, of course, took the world by storm with her winks, Naughty Monkey heels and "you betcha" attitude. But can her Sarah compete with the gal from Fey's spot-on "Saturday Night Live" spoofs? (To relive the Fey-day of Palin, watch the video below.)

It's an interesting twist, casting an Oscar-nominated actress to play a politico who until recently was making a name for herself as a reality TV star. It's almost flattering that news that she'll be played by the classy redhead (Moore) broke soon after another ginger (Griffin) took jabs at Palin's limelight-lurching family.

Never one to hold her tongue, Griffin recently took a swipe at Bristol Palin's weight -- earning her a thwack from Mama Grizzly -- and is, ironically, set to play a Sarah Palin-like conservative in an upcoming episode of "Glee." Post-thwack, Griffin held firm, saying no, she wouldn't leave Willow Palin alone either.



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Golden Globes: HBO after-party gets 'Social,' vampires and ... Diddy

Golden Globes winner Steve Buscemi with Bill Paxton

Sometimes, you can't deny the obvious -- even at its Golden Globes after-party, HBO had something for everyone. Like Andrew Garfield, Diddy, Kyle Richards, Joe Manganiello and Aziz Ansari.

Talk about a grab bag: The cable network celebrated various wins Sunday with home-team guests and a few special surprises, including Hayden Panettiere, 50 Cent, Chris Noth, Zooey Deschanel, and Jon Hamm with partner Jennifer Westfeldt.

Claire Danes at the HBO Golden Globes party Partying poolside at the packed Beverly Hilton, where the Globes are televised each year, HBO reliably had victories to toast -- including Claire Danes' win for "Temple Grandin," Al Pacino's for "You Don't Know Jack" and Steve Buscemi's for "Boardwalk Empire," the series that also knocked "Mad Men" off its three-year Globes perch.

New "Spider-Man" love interest Emma Stone turned up in her hit Calvin Klein gown, talking to names attached to heavyweight Globe winner "The Social Network," including Aaron Sorkin and Andrew Garfield

Manganiello stayed with his "True Blood" pack, along with fiancée Audra Marie, roaming with the likes of Sam Trammel and Rutina Wesley, while Leighton Meester of "Country Strong" charmed at the inside bar.

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones made an appearance, but only an appearance, before jetting off to another bash.

And perhaps with synergy in mind, Bill Paxton swung by on the same night the network aired the first episode of his "Big Love," playing out its final season.

What's your final say on the HBO bash? Tell us in comments below, and click the photos for more  Golden Globe Awards party pictures.


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Photos, from top:  Bill Paxton of "Big Love," left, with "Boardwalk Empire" and Golden Globe winner Steve Buscemi at the HBO after-party at the Beverly Hilton on Jan. 16, 2011. Credit: Dan Steinberg / Associated Press. Claire Danes arrives with her trophy. Credits: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images


'Big Love': Ginnifer Goodwin, Chloë Sevigny, Bill Paxton premiere final season

Chloe Sevigny at the Big Love final season premiere As "Big Love" prepared to take a bow with its final season, the cast of the HBO polygamy hit -- including Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloë Sevigny and Ginnifer Goodwin -- gathered in West Hollywood to start saying their goodbyes.

Jeanne Tripplehorn at the Big Love premiere The leads were all smiles as the core family of husband and wives, greeting industry types and fans at the Directors Guild of America on Wednesday.

Never disappointing in her sartorial choices, Sevingy showed up in a halter dress that certain spoofers would adore. Goodwin kept up her fashion-pixie shtick with handsome fiancé Joey Kern.

Other "Love" folks, including Mary Kay Place, new addition and "Melrose Place" alum Grant Show, and Universal movie head Donna Langley, partook in festivites held afterward at the DGA.

A dessert spread included wedding cakes for Paxton's Bill Henrickson and all three of his brides. Big names absent from the fete included Amanda Seyfried and series co-producer Tom Hanks. Click the photo of Tripplehorn, above, to see more pictures from the premiere.

Will you miss the thrice-wived Henrickson family when "Big Love" goes dark after Season 5? Tell us in comments.


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Photos: Right, Chloë Sevigny at the "Big Love" Season 5 premiere in Los Angeles on Jan. 12, 2011. Jeanne Tripplehorn, right, greets fellow cast member Ginnifer Goodwin at the Directors Guild of America on Jan. 12, 2011. Credit: Chris Pizello / Associated Press

Richard 'Dick' Winters, 'Band of Brothers' inspiration, dies at 92

Richard 'Dick' Winters of Easy Company, Band of Brothers Retired Maj. Richard "Dick" Winters, a World War II veteran made famous by the miniseries "Band of Brothers," died last week in Pennsylvania at 92 after a years-long battle with Parkinson's disease.

The leader of the Army 101st Airborne division's Easy Company was among those Stephen Ambrose talked to for his 1992 book "Band of Brothers," which Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg brought to the HBO small screen in 2001. In addition to dramatizations of Easy Company's exploits, including the invasion of Normandy, the miniseries featured documentary interviews with the company's surviving veterans, Winters among them.

"He was one hell of a guy, one of the greatest soldiers I was ever under," said Edward Heffron, 87, who had the nickname "Babe" in the company, and said thinking about Dick Winters brought a tear to his eye.

"He was a wonderful officer, a wonderful leader. He had what you needed, guts and brains. He took care of his men, that's very important." Heffron was portrayed by actor Robin Laing.

Winters was portrayed in the 2001 miniseries by British actor Damian Lewis, who was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for the role.

Damian Lewis as Richard Winters in Band of Brothers "Band of Brothers" actor Scott Grimes shouted out on Monday: "Love you major dick winters!! You changed many lives!!"

When people asked whether he was a hero, Winters echoed the words of his World War II buddy, Mike Ranney (played by Stephen Graham): "No, but I served in a company of heroes."

Winters asked that news of his Jan. 2 death be kept private until after his funeral. Read a full obituary here.


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Photos: (top) A December 1945 photo of retired Maj. Richard "Dick" Winters, who died Jan. 2. Credit: Courtesy of retired Sgt. Maj. Herman W. Clemens

(bottom) Damian Lewis, left, and David Schwimmer as Winters and Herbert M. Sobel in "Band of Brothers." Credit: David James / HBO

Adrian Grenier says leave paparazzi bait Paris Hilton alone


Japan may have bounced Paris Hilton, but she has safe passage with actor Adrian Grenier.

The "Entourage" star premiered his new documentary "Teenage Paparazzo," which heavily features the heiress and entrepreneur in a larger discussion of celebrity culture, in Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

"Leave Paris alone, is what I say," Grenier told us. "I don't know the details of her case, but I wish her the best."

Grenier was inspired to make his second documentary after meeting Austin Visschedyk, then a 14-year-old working as a paparazzo in Los Angeles. Home-schooled, snarky and working as late as 3 a.m. chasing the likes of Lindsay Lohan, the boy grabbed Grenier's interest.

"I was coming home one night and I was photographed by this kid and I thought, this paparazzi culture has just -- there's something rotten in Denmark," he said.

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'Eastbound & Down' premiere: Danny McBride, Will Ferrell step up to the plate for a second season


Eastbound-gallery-refer OK, dream machine. That "Bienvenidos a Mexico" sign on the lawn at Paramount Studios didn't fool anyone. We knew it was really just a place to scarf down yummy tacos and quesadillas after taking in Thursday's second-season premiere of HBO's "Eastbound & Down," which finds burned-out ballplayer Kenny Powers (Danny McBride) moving to cock-fightin' Mexico.

Well, supposedly, anyway. Even the Mexico you see onscreen isn't really Mexico.

"We filmed in Puerto Rico. We fooled you, right? You thought it was Mexico," McBride said accurately as he ambled through the fiesta, parting seas of well-wishers.

"There's stuff happening in Mexico, so HBO didn't think it would be safe. We really wanted to shoot down there, but the powers that be didn't want us to so we went to Puerto Rico. But it ...

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Porn star Sasha Grey is one New York nightclub's Sept. 11 party host

Sasha-grey Just in time for Sunday's "Entourage" season finale, porn star Sasha Grey will be the celebrity host at a Sept. 11 club event in New York City.

Grey, the California girl born Marina Ann Hantzis, has been knocking on mainstream entertainment's door since her turn in Steven Soderbergh's "The Girlfriend Experience," and her story arc as the girlfriend to Adrian Grenier's Vincent Chase on "Entourage" has introduced her to the nation's HBO-subscribing living rooms.

As to whether New York can handle the award-winning Sasha hosting Webster Hall's weekly Circus on the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks (it's not a benefit) -- well, what's more American ...

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Emmy focus on feet, starring Rita Wilson and Thomas Jane


Witness two ends of the foot-fashion spectrum from Sunday night's Primetime Emmy Awards festivities in Los Angeles.

At left, the feet of one Rita Wilson, whose shoes continued the chunky crystal look of her Prada dress, and whose husband, Tom Hanks, dropped the F-bomb loud and proud to media backstage and then promptly apologized, which was almost unnecessary, as it had been a pretty amusing F-bomb. All the Rage loved Rita's look, though others disagreed.

On the right, the feet of one Thomas Jane, star of HBO's "Hung," who's known for his alternative-footwear (or no-footwear) habit. In a blow to fans, however, the naked feet did not continue any theme from higher up in Jane's ensemble. Probably made it easier for him to get admitted to the green carpet at HBO's post-Emmy bash.

To see both outfits in their entirety, keep reading after the break ...

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