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Art of Film is Ageless At Swanky, Star-Studded AARP Movies for Grownups Awards

Lori Loughlin

LORI LOUGHLIN LEAVING ‘90210’ ON ‘BEST OF TERMS’

Lori Loughlin says she has no regrets about departing “90210” and is leaving the CW show “on the very best of terms.”  Lori, who’s been playing mom to Shenae Grimes and Tristan Wilds on the series since 2008, departs at season’s end as the show’s young cast of characters graduates from high school and heads off into college life.

“The CW has a demographic and they need to write to that demographic and I think the CW does that really well, you know?” she says.

“I think, for me, it’s time to creatively move on, because there’s not that much for me to do, and again, I understand and I have no hard feelings.”

Not that Loughlin’s character has lacked for drama through the years, with her own hot romances and a rivalry with Jennie Garth that heated up in Season 2.  Garth told us recently that she disliked the direction “90210” has been taking.  Loughlin says, “You know, I think it’s fine.  Jennie had a different attachment to the show.  ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ was her show for so many years, and she felt protective, almost motherly toward it.  Along comes the new incarnation, and I don’t think she was happy with what they were doing.  But for me, I had no attachment to the old version, so I was completely fine with it.  I also thought it was a whole different show.  Also, I think she had some issues with what they wanted to do with her character, and I understand that, because nobody knows that character better than Jennie.  So at times I think she felt like they were misrepresenting Kelly.”

As for what Loughlin will do next, the mother of 11 and 12-year-old daughters, and wife of designer Mossimo Giannulli says, “I’m going to take a moment and breathe before I jump back into anything.  I love television, but a series is a grind and so I just want to take a moment before I make any decisions.”

Robert Redford

MEANWHILE:  We caught up with Loughlin at this week’s 10th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards, the elegant event honoring the best of 2010 films appealing to mature moviegoers, put on by AARP at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.  Sally Field, Tony Bennett, Angela Lansbury, Larry Hagman, Jacqueline Bisset, Mickey Rooney and dozens of other names were there to celebrate honorees including Lifetime Achievement Award winner Robert Redford.  Winners on hand included “The King’s Speech” Best Actor Colin Firth; Best Actress Lesley Manville (“Another Year”); Best Supporting Actress Phylicia Rashad (“For Colored Girls”); Andy Garcia, picking up Best Comedy Film honors for his “City Island”; and Rob Reiner, receiving his theater seat statuette for the Best Intergenerational Film, his charming “Flipped.”  Rob congratulated the AARP for making their award look less like an electric chair than it used to.

AGELESS:  “The King’s Speech” screenwriter David Seidler admitted to the crowd that initially, it was assumed that the film “would be seen by nobody under 40.  It was basically made for this audience.  I didn’t quite buy into that, and I was delighted when we realized that a youthful audience was able to see and enjoy this film.  They understood the teasing.  They understood the bullying.  They understood being marginalized.  They understood bravery. And they understood the power of a supportive friendship.  What that means to me is that film is universal and it doesn’t make any difference what age you are” — a view supported by the fact the film has now surpassed the $150 million mark in box office grosses.

He added, “If you still have a brain you can still be a pain and make a contribution to the art and commerce of film…I would like to think we can view this and see ‘Toy Story 3’ and love it, and the audience that ‘Toy Story 3’ was made for can see this film and love it.”

Jane Seymour ABC photo

SAY WHAT?:  Jane Seymour, ravishing in a form-hugging red cocktail dress, made it clear she is squarely in “The King’s Speech” camp, telling us “I loved it in every possible way.  Since I played Wallis Simpson years ago, I sort of had an inside feeling for that particular movie.  I know what went on.”

Jane’s own latest effort, the current “Waiting for Forever” — she’s a producer on the film directed by husband James Keach, not a star — has met with mixed response.  “People are seeing it and loving it.  Some of the critics don’t get it.  One of them talked about it being about stalkers, and said it’s irresponsible to make a movie like that with what happened in Arizona.  I thought, ‘What in the world has that got to do with this movie?'” admitted Jane.  That is a strange take on the off-beat comedy in which Tom Sturridge plays a street performing juggler who wants to court the love of his life, “The O.C.’s” Rachel Bilson.  Jane’s feeling about that critic:  “Clearly, he saw another movie.  It’s wild.  But anyway, I’m very proud of it.”

Martin Landau

AND:  Martin Landau also told us he’s a fan of “The King’s Speech” and is impressed by “The Town” as well.  “Ben Affleck is a really good director,” noted Landau, the 82-year-old Oscar winner who still heads The Actors Studio’s West Coast branch — and keeps up a schedule demanding enough to daunt folks half his age.  Currently, “I’m doing Tim Burton’s new ‘Frankenweenie,’ his new animated feature.  And I’m doing ‘The Simpsons,'” added Landau, whose tender “Lovely, Still” love story with Ellen Burstyn is newly out on DVD this month. “Then there’s a script I’m reading now, a two-character road picture.  I like it, so I may do it.  A bunch of stuff is going on.  That’s better than not, right?”  Right.

Will Tom Sturridge Join Pal Pattinson as a Top Movie Dreamboat This Year?

Rachel Bilson, Tom Sturridge

Will 2011 be the year that Tom Sturridge joins his close pal Robert Pattinson as a leading big screen dreamboat?  That’s what some movie insiders are predicting, with the 25-year-old British actor of “Vanity Fair” and “Pirate Radio” fame coming up with back-to-back films of interest this year, including the highly-anticipated adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” with Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund.

First, however, there is the February release, “Waiting for Forever,” in which Sturridge plays a street performing juggler who chases after the love of his life, “The O.C.’s” Rachel Bilson.  The cast also includes “The Vampire Diaries”‘ Matthew Davis, “Eruotrip’s” Scott Mechlowicz, Blythe Danner, Nikki Blonsky, and Richard Jenkins.

“It’s hard to describe.  It’s somewhere between a love story and a quirky kind of comedy.  It will make you laugh and cry, the same way as ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ or ‘Little Miss Sunshine,'” claims Jane Seymour.  “It’s a different kind of movie and you can’t put it in a genre.”

How does she know?  It so happens that the star of “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” fame is one of the producers of “Waiting for Forever” — which was directed by her husband, James Keach.  “We’re incredibly proud of it,” she says.

Jane Seymour Hallmark Channel photo

MEANWHILE:  Jane does not have a role in “Waiting for Forever,” but she’s going to be highly visible on big and small screen in the New Year.

First, there’s her Hallmark Channel original movie, “Perfectly Prudence” coming up Saturday (1/8) — the movie that reunites her with her “Dr. Quinn” leading man, Joe Lando, in a romantic comedy that also stars her daughter, Katie Flynn, with a fun cameo by hubby Keach.  Jane returns to her popular character as television do-it-yourself maven Prudence McCoy, with Joe as a producer charged with revamping her show against her will.

Jane also recently completed filing the indie drama “Lake Effects,” with Scotty Thompson and Madeline Zimmer.  Also:  “I did a movie with Adam Duritz of Counting Crows called ‘Freeloaders,'” she notes, referring to the comedy about a gang of hangers-on enjoying the life at their rock star buddy’s luxurious mansion — ’til he sells.  (That feature also stars Olivia Munn, Clifton Collins, Jr. and Dave Foley.)

“And I did a movie called ‘Love, Wedding, Marriage’ with Mandy Moore and Jim Brolin.  That’s a wonderful comedic turn.  I’m really excited about that one,” continues Jane, who is also in the current limited release “The Assistant,” in which she sports a short blond wig.  “So I have a lot of movies.”

Does she ever sleep?

She laughs.  “I sleep very well.”

Blake Shelton Knows He’s in for it With Marriage Comment

Blake Shelton

Hot country heartthrob Blake Shelton knows he’s in for it after having let drop the other day that he’s thinking of marriage with his long-time girlfriend and fellow country star Miranda Lambert.  “Anytime you say something like that, you know, ‘Oh, man.  I’m going to have to hear about this for awhile,’ and you kinda kick yourself,” he tells us.

But that’s how he feels, right?  “Yeah, I definitely can see that happening one of these days.”

And what does she say?  “I don’t’ know what she wants to says about that,” he replies.  “You’ll have to ask her.”  Stay tuned.

Shelton will be in the spotlight this weekend, in Las Vegas for the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards which is being carried live on CBS Sunday (4/18).  He and buddy Trace Adkins, who have an instant bar classic with their good time rolling “Hillbilly Bone” duet – up for Vocal Event Of The Year honors – will perform.  There’ll be radio appearances to do, gatherings to drop by, before the big event.

“I know I’ll have fun.  I have fun wherever I go.  Just because I’ll have the chance to see a lot of people I don’t get to see that often, I know it’ll be a great time,” he says.  He adds that the awards “are a great chance, especially for new artists, to get exposure in front of a wider audience than they get on country radio or cable TV.”  Reba McEntire hosts the show that boasts a bonanza of star performers (John Fogerty, Rascal Flatts, Miranda Lambert, Toby Keith…) in addition to presenters the likes of Kristen Bell, Jamie Foxx, Julianne Hough, LL Cool J and Matthew McConaughey.

Shelton gets lots of exposure in old media and new.  He built a gigantic Twitter following with his funny, unguarded remarks, though recently he cut back on tweets to focus on other things.  A current offering on his blakeshelton.com site allows fans to download clips of Shelton telling their ex-girlfriend, boyfriend, bad boss or various others (their choice) to “Kiss My Country A—“ as in one of his popular tunes.  And he’s blazing a trail with his “Hillbilly Bone” album that Warner Music Nashville released in a  new “six pak” format consisting of a half dozen tunes at a slashed price.  He reveals that his next six pak will be out “in late August or early September.”

AND IN THIS CORNER:   Little people have been have been trying to fit in for years, as can be seen on shows like TLC’s “Little People, Big World,” but the guys on Spike TV’s “Half Pint Brawlers,” are embracing their differences.

“I’ve been debating those guys for the last eight years on radio and such and it’s great debates,” says Puppet – a “midget wrestler” who runs the Half Pint Brawlers wrestling organization.  “They don’t like that I use the word midget in my advertising, but I refuse to bend on that because it’s a marketing tool.  Midget wrestling gets people out to the shows.  They won’t come out to see little people because they won’t know what it is.  I understand where these other ‘little people’ are coming from but we’re professionals and we’re just out there to entertain.”

The guys will certainly be doing a lot of entertaining both in and out of the ring when their show premieres June 7 on Spike TV.  “A lot of times when people hear midget wrestling they think it’s so degrading but once they see it, they realize it’s a lot of fun.  People think it’s going to be more of a joke but these guys are athletes.  They come off the top rope and do hardcore moves.  Anything that you see on WWE, these guys are going to do it.  You didn’t use to see that back in the day.  It used to be that the midgets were the joke.  It was more of a circus.  I’ve really pushed away from that,” Puppet tells us.  “This company is just a great way to be an entertainer.  How many people can say they tour around the nation, they wrestle, meet girls, have a few beers, and get paid to party?”

WOMAN OF MANY TALENTS:  Jane Seymour is sitting on top of the world.  And now her fans can sit there with her.  She’s making couches.  Jane will on hand tomorrow (4/17) in High Point, North Carolina, to introduce the line of furnishings she has designed for the major AICO firm, with founder and designer Michael Amini.  The High Point Market is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, bringing more than 80,000 people to High Point every six months when  the top manufacturers and retailers gather to study what’s new in the furniture world.  This year, it’s Jane.  She has already had grand success with her Open Heart line of necklaces, rings, bracelets, brooches and other shiny objects, all reflecting the open heart philosophy Jane has put forward in several books.  And although the artist formerly known as “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” is also painting up a storm as one of the top-selling oil and watercolor artists in the land, she’s not neglecting her acting.  She has signed to star in a romantic comedy feature film called “Love, Wedding, Marriage.”  She’ll race off to start it right after High Point.  It seems Jane’s career is always at a high point.

THE BIG SCREEN SCENE:  Casting is being completed for Kathleen Turner’s indie film “The Perfect Family” – which certainly sounds like a juicy acting vehicle for her.  The movie has Turner as a wife and mother who is in the running for Devout Catholic Woman of the Year honors – while unbeknownst to her fellow faithful, her daughter is gay and having an in-virtro baby with her lesbian mate, her son has just left his wife, and her own marriage is in trouble.  Production starts in early May.

(With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster)