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James Wolk Loving Those Clooney Comparisons

James Wolk Fox photo by Joe Viles

Twenty-five-year-old actor James Wolk  can’t help but smile over the fact that he’s been likened to George Clooney.  “Are you kidding?  I’ll take that any day,” says the star of Fox’s forthcoming “Lone Star” series.

The handsome Wolk is actually younger than his con man character was originally written for the much-touted new show.  He tells us that his concern was “playing someone 10-15 years older than I am over a period of years, which could happen with a series.”  Once he went in to read for the role of Robert/Bob – who has two fraudulent lives complete with a wife in one and a girlfriend in the other – the series’ producers decided to rewrite his character as a younger man, which Wolk also can’t help smiling about.

Wolk tells us that while he was exploring how to go about playing his character, a friend suggested to him that he could be a “sweet” con man.  “You use whatever you have” in the confidence game, he points out.  And if that happens to include a sweet vibe, well, work it.  Wolk assures us, however, he really is nicer than Robert/Bob, who “feels guilty about some of the things he does, but does them anyway.”

Candace Silvers

STILL FUNNY:  With CBS Video releasing the first season of Phil Silvers’ classic “Sgt. Bilko” series on DVD this week, his acting coach daughter Candace has been spending a lot of time thinking back on the late, great comic and what made his fast-talking comedy so special.

“I’m so glad that his genius is going to touch a whole new generation,” she says.  “I’ve been teaching for 25 years.  I’ve taught people who’ve been up for Oscars and Emmys.  And I really believe, in a way, I’ve been extrapolating what he did.  He would fall into an action instead of thinking it through his mind”   The same dynamic was in play for Phil’s famous ad-libs.  Candace recalls that series creator Nat Hiken would lay out scripts in which “’So and so says this, so and so says that, and then Phil says something funny here.’”

Silvers herself couldn’t be much busier, and that’s the way she likes it.  The beautiful, young-looking mother of four and grandmother of one has a book coming out next year and three movies in the works — in addition to teaching at her Candace Silvers Studio.

Out With the Old, In With the New for Adrianne Palicki

Adrianne Palicki

Talk about out with the old, in with the new!  In the last few days, Adrianne Palicki has 1) played her final scene as Tyra Colette on “Friday Night Lights,” 2) joined in a cast and crew wrap party for the acclaimed show, and 3) flown to Dallas in time to begin production on her new series – Fox’s “Lone Star” – this week.

Adrianne tells us she’s glad for the immediate turn-around between the series.  It keeps her from getting too down about saying goodbye to a show and cast she’s loved.  According to her, creator Peter Berg and all of the original cast members of “Friday Night Lights” planned to be on hand for the farewell gathering, which she anticipated as “a good occasion for all of us.  It was such a beautiful thing to be a part of.”

Another series was hardly on top of her wish list when she first heard of “Lone Star,” she admits.  “I’d had such an amazing experience on ‘Friday Night Lights,’ I couldn’t imagine something else coming along of that level.  I was thinking about a movie, which would only be a three-month commitment.”  Then her reps asked her to read “Lone Star,” in which James Wolk plays a con man who has set up two different false lives for himself, including a rich fiancée (Palicki) in Dallas and an everyday home town girl wife (Eloise Mumford) in Midland.

“The character I would normally play is the girl from the wrong side of the tracks, so when they said Cat (the rich girl), I thought I’d love to play someone so different from anything I’ve done before.”  Meeting Wolk sealed the deal, she says.  “You have to have the right actor to play Bob, or the show can’t work.  He’s perfect.”

And there’s a side benefit – fashion.

“Oh, my God!  Even in the pilot alone!  I’ve never worn Manolos in my life and now I have three pairs in the wardrobe.  Amazing Versace and Valentino.  I thought, ‘Why didn’t I put it in my contract that I want to keep the clothes?’  I usually wear jeans, so kind of getting dressed up every day is really fun.”  Maybe she’ll take to it and we’ll be seeing her with a $40,000 handbag soon?  She laughs.  “Not unless it’s a rental.”

SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW:  Mark Olson, whose “Many Colored Kite” album is getting released today, says he’s wide open when it comes to doing more reunion shows with his former band, the revered alt-country group The Jayhawks.  They’ve already done three such shows this summer, and “We’ll see what’s going to happen,” he says.

Right now, he’s busy with his own cross-country U.S. tour for the folky, lovely “Kite” – with appearances from Santa Monica to Brooklyn and numerous points in between lined up this summer in support of the Ryko Records album.  The 48-year-old Olson says, “I have to admit, when people think of musicians, they usually think of coming out of the gate by the time they’re 20 and doing their best work.  I’ve kind of gone up and down, up and down – and it feels like in the past four years, it’s finally all come together.”

Olson’s gone through personal travail including a marital breakup, and his last album, the acclaimed 2007 “Salvation Blues,” was soul-baring and plaintive.  The new album, with his girlfriend, Norwegian singer-musician Ingunn Ringvold, collaborating, has the sun coming out from behind those clouds of the past.

As far as touring, “We’ve done it before and I know we can do it, know the kind of places we’ll be playing.  Getting to play every night — as long as you get to travel under reasonable circumstances, it’s a lovely way to live,” says Olson, who lives in the California desert in Joshua Tree – and in Oslo, Norway.  He’ll return to Europe to tour in the fall.

Dylan McDermott Hopes Daughters Don’t Go into Show Business

Dylan McDermott TNT photo

Dylan McDermott hopes his two young daughters (ital.) don’t (end ital.) follow his footsteps into show business careers.  “It’s too hard, this business – especially for women,” says the star of TNT’s “Dark Blue” drama that begins its second season Aug. 4.

“Actors – guys – can get old, but for women it’s tougher,” he explains.  “There’s always the younger girl coming up and it’s rough.”

McDermott’s looking forward to focusing on quality time with his girls – Colette and Charlotte, ages 14 and 5 — now that he’s completed filming of the second season of his series about cops who work in the deep undercover netherworld.

Last season of the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced show began with critical kudos, but the season finale ratings crashed.  Why?  “I think it was a bunch of things.  We had a rerun of ‘Leverage’ instead of an original episode.   That obviously didn’t help for the finale,” answers McDermott.  But this year, I think it will help that we’re in an earlier timeslot – Wednesdays at nine.”

He also notes, “Every show is a work in progress. I look back in Season 1 and see really good things – but also ask, ‘What do we have to change?’  We’ve definitely made adjustments in my character and in the show, lightening it up a little bit, bringing in romance.”

For the latter, Tricia Helfer of “Battlestar Galactica” has come aboard.

“My character, Carter Shaw, was underwater with his marriage over, the loss of his wife last season.  The character was very dark.  This year, he’s believing again in – I don’t want to say ‘love,’ but the possibility.  He’s trying to change.  He knows there’s a real chance for him to be a different person.  I think the shows is a lot more dynamic this year.  There’s more at stake, more at risk.”

However, the former “The Practice” star still has ample opportunity to play multiple characters as Shaw takes on different personas for the job.  “Every episode, I really try to bring in different things.  I’ve done an Argentinean guy, a guy from Texas…a drug dealer.  There are so many guys I’ve played within the seasons.  That’s my favorite part of the show.  That’s why I did it.”

Eloise Mumford

FROM THE INSIDE LOOKING OUT:  If Fox’s forthcoming “Lone Star” drama fails to click, it certainly won’t be because of a lack of chemistry within the attractive young cast including James Wolk, “Friday Night Lights’” Adriennne Palicki, and beautiful blond Eloise Mumford.  The ladies play con man Wolk’s fiancée and wife, respectively, in the show about a guy who has set up false lives for himself while bilking unsuspecting oil people out of millions.

Mumford tells us, “I hadn’t known any of them before, but we all got along so well shooting the pilot in Dallas, we’d get together and go around to each other’s hotel rooms.  When we finished shooting, we all tried to get on the same flight back to L.A.  And when they were in New York for the Upfronts,” she adds, referring to the networks’ new season presentations for advertisers, “they all stayed at my apartment.

“We love each other and feel it’s unusual in this business.”

To hear Mumford tell it, her casting was almost as charmed as the group’s interpersonal dynamic.  “It actually happened really fast,  This was the fist time I’ve done this whole process so I feel really lucky,” says the actress, who previously had a recurring role on “Crash.”

Jon Voight: Sacrifice of New ‘Lone Star’ Series Will Be Missing Grandkids

Jon Voight

Jon Voight’s shopping living quarters in the Dallas area.  He’ll be residing there while shooting is underway on Fox’s forthcoming “Lone Star” series, in which the Oscar-winning actor plays the patriarch of a powerful Texas oil family.

“I don’t really consider myself a Hollywood guy, but I’m very connected to a lot of the work and what goes on in this town, so it’s going to be a bit of a sacrifice not to be here in that sense – but the big sacrifice is, I won’t be so close to my grandchildren and Angie and my son James,” he tells us, referring, of course, to Angelina Jolie and her children with Brad Pitt, and to James Haven.

“It would be wonderful to think they could come down and visit, but I don’t know if they ever will do that.  They get so much press every time they move it becomes impossible,” he adds.  “You’d have to have a place that’s pretty secure.”

We caught up with Voight the other night at Fox’s “Lone Star” reception at the Boudoir at Coco de Ville in West Hollywood.  The smart new show, debuting this fall, is about an incredibly charming, handsome and gifted young con man – James Wolk, who not only pulls it off in the pilot, but is getting likened to George Clooney – who has built two phony lives in two different cities, complete with a wife in one and a girlfriend in the other, while bilking business people of millions.  Now he wants to go legit without losing anything, even as suspicions about him are running ever hotter.

Voight does plan to make visits back to L.A., but he knows he’ll be busy.  He says of the series, “I took a look at it, and then I talked it over with my dearest friends and we decided that it might work out.  I had done ‘24’ and it turned out to be very successful for me — the success was that I enjoyed it.

“Then I met the cast.  It doesn’t come along that often that you meet a group of people you really care for immediately, and I did I came to care about each one of these kids very much,” says Voight.  “Somehow we just all clicked and it was like it was just meant to be.”