Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Q and A: Week of Oct. 11

Q: My husband and I think “Men of a Certain Age” was the best show on TV last year. Can you tell us if it’s been picked up for a second season? We sure hope so. — Carmen G., via e-mail

A: I am happy to report that TNT’s hit comedy starring Ray Romano, Andre Braugher and Scott Bakula has been renewed for a second season, which will premiere Nov. 29. You can relive the first season soon, as Season One will make its DVD debut Nov. 2. The two-disc DVD set will include all 10 episodes from the first season. Bonus features include commentary, deleted scenes, gag reel and behind-the-scenes footage.

Q: I just found out that actors Bradley Whitford and Jane Kaczmarek have divorced. How are they doing, and how do they make it work with their children? — Sasha F., Ontario, Canada

A: I spoke with Jane recently while she was promoting her Lifetime movie “Reviving Ophelia” (which I highly recommend), and she told me how she and Brad are able to make it work since getting divorced in 2009: “Brad and I have a really wonderful relationship. The marriage couldn’t work anymore, but I think that we still have an incredible fondness and love for each other that we really want our kids to see as we become friends. We just think of it as a family that lives in two different houses.”

Q: I was so sad to read that Gloria Stuart had passed away. “Titanic” is one of my all-time favorite movies, and Gloria did a wonderful job in it. What other films has this beautiful actress been in? — Phyllis S., via e-mail

A: Gloria Stuart, who passed away Sept. 26 of respiratory failure at the age of 100, got her start early in Hollywood. She was a blond beauty who starred in “The Invisible Man,” “Gold Diggers of 1935 and “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.” She was semiretired by the 1940s, and returned to acting in the ’70s with sporadic roles in TV and film.

She returned to the acting forefront in the 1997 epic romance/disaster film “Titanic,” and both she and Kate Winslet were nominated for an Academy Award for the same role (Kate playing Young Rose, and Gloria playing Older Rose), which was an Oscar first. Upon hearing of Gloria’s passing, Kate released this statement: “I feel blessed to have met her, known her and to have acted alongside her. She will be deeply missed.”

Q: What are these rumors I’m hearing about a “Sound of Music” reunion? — Gerry D., Wilmington, Del.

A: I think you’re referring to the news that the entire cast of the hit 1965 musical will reunite on “Oprah” on Oct. 29 in honor of the film’s 45th anniversary. All the cast members (as well as members of the real Von Trapp family) will be on hand, including stars Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. Color me ecstatic!

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