Regina King is making her Southland directorial debut tonight, and she stopped by our LA studios to tell us all about playing double duty. Regina has starred on the cop drama since the first season aired on NBC in 2009 and continued her role as Detective Lydia Adams as the show made its move to TNT. Regina's flexed her directing muscle in the past, but this was the first time she's directed her own series and her Southland costars. Check out our interview to see what she told us about working motherhood and her teenage son, as well as her memorable real-life interactions from female police officers who watch the show. Southland airs Wednesdays at 10/9 Central. On Lindsay: bebe blazer.
Sandra Bullock wore a black and blue Vera Wang and hot fuchsia shoes to the People's Choice Awards in LA this evening. She posed backstage with friends like Heidi Klum and Regina King. Sandra also had a sweet reunion with her costar from The Blind Side, Quinton Aaron. Sandra is there to be honored with the favorite humanitarian award during the show. It's the first time the PCAs have ever had this category, and Sandra was their pick based on her many philanthropic efforts, including ongoing work rebuilding a school in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
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Regina King hit the SAG Awards in a strapless Alberta Ferretti purple gown embellished with frothy tiered ruffles. The color contrasts perfectly against her skin tone, and we love how she accessorized with luxe gold earrings and a matching clutch. To finish off her look, Regina opted for dramatic eyes via lavender eyeshadow and extralong lashes, a nude lip, and a short, cropped hairstyle. Does she get your vote?
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Ben McKenzie joined his Southland costars Shawn Hatosy, Regina King, and Michael Cudlitz for a discussion panel at LA's Paley Center last night. The cast congregated to chat about the gripping finale, working together under extreme circumstances, and what lies ahead for their emotionally charged characters. Ben has a few more months to relax and work on his new project, voicing Bruce Wayne in the animated Batman: Year One series, before slipping back into uniform and returning to the streets of LA to begin shooting their fourth season in October. The O.C. alum will be in good company on primetime this Fall, when his old pal Rachel Bilson makes her comeback to the small screen in the CW's Hart of Dixie.
The entire Pinkett Smith family was out last night for the premiere of Jaden's new movie, The Karate Kid. Will and Jada were inseparable on the red carpet when they weren't posing with fans, family, and old friends like The Fresh Prince of Bel Air's Tatyana Ali. The evening belonged to Jaden and his costar Jackie Chan, as well as the original film's karate kid, Ralph Macchio. Jaden is having quite the week after the MTV Movie Awards where he joked about his ladies' man status and fought with Tom Cruise in the Les Grossman opening. Jaden may be becoming quite the celebrity just like his parents, but he apparently still feels as though his sister Willow usually gets more attention — during fights, he said, "I scream for my mom. She usually takes Willow's side. My dad takes Willow's side, too. That's why I usually hang out with my brother." Will has lately focused on playing the role of doting husband and father, but he's rumored be considering returning to the Men in Black franchise, this time in 3D.
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Last night's Lakers game at the Staples center was the place to bring your date as Hilary Duff and Mike Comrie shared courtside PDA watching the home team win game one of the Western Conference finals against the Phoenix Suns. Basketball fans Jessica Alba and Cash Warren came out to support the team, tweeting cute photos from their front-row seats before heading to dinner after the big game. Khloe Kardashian made the evening a family affair, cheering on husband Lamar Odom with her mom, Kris, and brother, Rob. The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star has been a constant fixture at the games, but Khloe's looking forward to the end of the playoffs so she can enjoy a postponed honeymoon with Lamar.
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Heidi Klum and Kim Kardashian united in NYC last night to strut the runway at the annual Heart Truth Show. The charity presentation usually kicks off Fall Fashion Week, with last year's event bringing out the likes of Amanda Bynes and Hilary Duff. Kim spent last weekend supporting her boyfriend Reggie Bush during his Super Bowl, but it was his turn to do the cheering on yesterday as he watched her from the front row. Real Housewife of New York Bethenny Frankel showed off her growing baby bump, while Heidi Klum brought two red dresses along after spending the afternoon launching her new maternity line and talking about how she got back in shape after pregnancy. Heidi's adding to her growing list of jobs with an upcoming cameo on Desperate Housewives, but her first TV baby, Project Runway, was back with a new episode last night — do you think the right designer was sent home?
Considering that television holds second-rate status to film in a lot of people's minds, it's amazing to think of all of the stellar silver screen actresses who are currently working on TV. In a recent panel organized by The Hollywood Reporter, a whole bunch of them — including Sigourney Weaver, Regina King, January Jones, Anna Paquin, Rose Byrne, and Mary McDonnell — talked about the great roles available for women on the small screen right now.
That got me wondering if TV is providing actresses with better opportunities than film. But then there are actresses like Kate Winslet, who prove that meaty, interesting movie roles for women are still out there.
Take a look at this discussion and then tell me: Are the best roles for women on TV right now? Or are women getting more interesting opportunities in the movies?
In addition to Harper's Island and Parks and Recreation, tonight also brings a new police drama to TV. Southland starts tonight in ER's old time slot. I recently checked out the first episode (which is also streaming online), and here are my initial thoughts:
What's it about? Set in Los Angeles, the story is about the police officers that patrol the sprawling city and the criminals and victims that affect their lives.
Who's in it? Ben McKenzie, Michael Cudlitz, Regina King, Tom Everett Scott, Kevin Alejandro
The good: It makes sense that a show slipping into the time period occupied for so long by ER would have the same feel: It's a big ensemble drama with lots of characters to meet; it's got high production values; it's a sweeping story that keeps moving, covering multiple cases in the first 40 minutes. The acting is generally strong, especially from King in one scene near the end. It's definitely ambitious, attempting to cover a good deal of the problems plaguing Los Angeles in just a single episode.
The bad: Some of the dialogue is downright cringe-worthy, and it can feel like a paint-by-numbers version of a cop show as a result, with characters saying things like, "This is a front-row seat to the greatest show on earth." Just because the characters are well-established from the start doesn't mean I want to spend more time with them, and a few — especially the most sexist of the bunch, who were given a lot of harsh lines but few redeeming moments in the pilot — just rubbed me the wrong way. It's a little like The Wire Lite, which just made me want to pull out my DVDs of The Wire instead.
Will I watch? I might check in from time to time. I'm curious to see the structure of future episodes, because the first one is very focused on McKenzie's rookie cop character and his mentor, but I assume the show will branch out before long.
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One of the Spring shows many of you said you'd check out is Southland, a new police drama on NBC that will take over ER's time slot when that show retires in April. The show actually shares some producers with ER; could it be NBC's next long-running Thursday drama?
Southland centers on a group of LAPD cops, notably The OC's Benjamin McKenzie as rookie Ben Sherman. Sherman's taken under the wing of a seasoned officer, John Cooper (Michael Cudlitz), and immediately starts to question whether he really has what it takes to be an LA cop. Other cast members include Regina King as Detective Lydia Adams, Tom Everett Scott as Detective Russell Clarke, and Kevin Alejandro as Detective Nate Moretta.
From the promos, Southland strikes me a little as cop-show-by-the-numbers, but I'm hoping the storylines and characters reveal more depth when the series premieres April 9. Are you curious to see how this one turns out? To watch a couple of promos, just read more