Monday, November 28, 2011

Q and A: Week of Nov. 28

Bill Pullman with Marcia Gay Harden,
photo by James Dittiger
Q: I loved seeing a different side of Bill Pullman in “Torchwood: Miracle Day.” Where else can I see him? — Betty T., via e-mail

A: Bill is headlining TNT’s Mystery Movie Night by starring in “Scott Turow’s Innocent,” which is the sequel to “Presumed Innocent,” picking up the lives of Rusty and Barbra Sabich two decades later. The movie opens with Rusty being accused of murdering his wife, mirroring the accusation he was cleared of years before with his mistress.

You can catch your favorite stars this winter in crime-novel adaptations of books by authors like Scott Turow, Mary Higgins Clark, Sandra Brown and more. While Bill himself is not a big television watcher, he loves the artistic opportunities it presents to actor and viewers, telling me: “I like the image of people on their sofas on a winter night just getting down with a good, compelling thriller. Makes me want to watch more television.” Check your local listings for the date and time of each movie’s airing during TNT’s Mystery Movie Night series ("Scott Turow's Innocent" premieres tomorrow night, Nov. 29, at 9 ET/PT). Come back here tomorrow to read my entire interview with Bill.

Q: I was reading that Universal is going to pull the “Harry Potter” movies from the shelves soon. Is this true? — Andrew R., via e-mail

A: On Dec. 29, Universal is indeed pulling “Harry Potter” movies from the shelves — right after the Christmas rush — and offer them only on a sporadic basis, like Disney has done with its animated classics. If you can, I’d hold off on buying the eight-disc boxed set featuring years one through seven. It contains only the movie discs with no special features or extras. At the end of 2012, Universal plans to release a more comprehensive boxed set of all eight movies, with the extras and special treats we’ve all been waiting for.

Q: What is the lovely Annabeth Gish up to lately? I loved her on “The X-Files.” — Gabrielle V., Portland, Ore.

A: Annabeth is starring alongside Pierce Brosnan in A&E’s miniseries “Bag of Bones,” which is based on the Stephen King novel. In the miniseries, best-selling novelist Mike Noonan (Pierce) can’t stop grieving after the death of his wife, Jo (Annabeth). A dream inspires him to return to the couple’s lakeside retreat in western Maine. Of course, mysterious things are going to happen. Check back here next week to read my full interview with Annabeth about her role in this series, which premieres Dec. 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Q: I loved Sheldon’s “Soft Kitty Song” on “The Big Bang Theory.” My roommate told me I can buy the Soft Kitty stuffed animal. Please tell me this is true! — Paula F., Youngstown, Ohio

A: Just in time for Christmas, Stylin Online is offering the official Soft Kitty cat and T-shirt for all you “Big Bang” fans. From episode “Pancake Batter Anomaly” comes one of most memorable moments in the history of the show. An ill Sheldon explains to Penny that his mother used to sing him a song as a child whenever he became sick. The song goes: “Soft kitty, warm kitty, little ball of fur, happy kitty, sleepy kitty, purr, purr, purr.” The stuffed cat will sing you the “Soft Kitty Song” from the show, and it’s available at

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