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Noah Wyle Enjoys Daddy Duty After ‘Falling Skies’ Production

Noah Wyle says he’s been enjoying a little down time of late, doing daddy duty and decompressing after wrapping four and a half months’ worth of production of his TNT “Falling Skies” series’ second season.  Sounds like he needed it.

After Season 1, “An amnesia settles in that is analogous to childbirth,” says the erudite star with a smile.

“You forget how painful it was to go through.  It’s a tough show to produce, a tough show to execute.  We do very little work on soundstages.  We’re outdoors in inclement weather; we know what Vancouver winters are all about.  But, you know, a little state of deprivation and discomfort strengthens the camaraderie among the cast.”

According to Noah, viewers can expect the new season — launching June 17 — to be even bigger than the first season of the Steven Spielberg-produced drama in which human resistance fighters are struggling to survive against alien invaders.  It’s bigger, at least in terms of production, that is.  “It started with getting a little bit more money to spend on the episodes, more on spaceships and aliens, more action on the show,” Noah tells us.

Last week, the former “ER” star was time-tripping backwards — decked out in a 1960s-style three-piece suit for his role as one-time Mattel CEO Art Spear in the big screen “Snake and Mongoose.”  The film covers the real-life story of drag racers Don “The Snake” Prudhomme and Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen, whose famous rivalry inspired the Hot Wheels toys.  In July, he will film “Scribble,” an independent feature about “a group of amateur writers tearing each other to shreds.”

Of his schedule, he says, “It’s not too bad.  I’m only working a few days on each movie.”  Which leaves more time for Noah, who has been separated from his wife since 2010, to spend with nine-year-old son Owen and six-year-old daughter Auden.  He credits “Falling Skies” for “giving me street credibility with my son’s third grade class.  They’re actually more interested in it than he is.”  The show is inappropriate for Auden, he adds.  “But they’ve both been to the set numerous times.”

‘Falling Skies’ Rising Star: Sarah Sanguin Carter

Sarah Sanguin Carter

TNT didn’t waste any time committing to a Season 2 pickup of the Steven Spielberg/ DreamWorks Television “Falling Skies” sci fi series. And no wonder.

“We’re thrilled it’s as successful as it is — with an average of 6.4 million viewers a week,” enthuses Sarah Sanguin Carter. The blond beauty plays the tough, mysterious Margaret on the Noah Wyle starrer about humans contending with life after an alien invasion. She tells us they’ll resume filming this coming October in Vancouver — which the rising young actress/singer says “is nice for me, because my Dad lives in Vancouver.”

Carter makes it clear she’s not one to pore over blogs and reviews about the show, but she is aware that response to her character has been positive. “It’s such a treat to play a character as complicated as she is. She obviously wants to be with the community, and the protection and the safety that comes with that. But she has this deep wisdom that she’s ultimately alone. Her nature is one of a survivor, one of a warrior, that kind of comes first. It’s lovely to watch her progression through the season,” says Cartner, whose prep for the role included immersing herself in the Israeli self-defense techniques of Krav Maga.

As all-consuming as it might seem to be playing a hardened survivor of the earth’s worst cataclysm on a hit series, Carter has other irons in the fire. The performer (previously seen on “Shark” and “Entourage” among other shows) is also managing to take on two movie roles and the making of her band’s first album this year.

“I had one episode off and during that time I was able to squeeze in a great little role in ‘The Vow’ with Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum. Talk about switching gears!” she notes, referring ot the forthcoming Screen Gems film. “I was so deep in Margaret’s world, and then I had to clean up, brighten up, and show up on this huge wonderful set and deliver romantic comedy.”

Next month, she’ll join James Van Der Beek to make the Lifetime movie, “Salem Falls,” which she describes “a sweet romantic story and I play an Erin Brockovich-type character.”

And right now, she and her Sanguindrake band mates are figuring out the title of their debut album, which she expects to have out later this summer. She describes it as “Abbey Road psychedelic folk rock — but it turned out to be a sound that I haven’t heard before. I’m more excited about that than anything.”

Peter Shinkoda: Steven Spielberg’s ‘Falling Skies’ a Test of Actors’ Endurance

Peter Shinkoda

Steven Spielberg’s forthcoming summer biggie for the small screen, TNT’s “Falling Skies,” is about as far away from his last  series as one could imagine — but former “The L Word” actor Peter Shinkoda says he’s been having a blast on the alien invasion drama.

“In physical terms, it’s by far the most difficult production I’ve ever been on, demanding all the time.  There’s a lot of running, sprinting and scrambling.  I was hyperventilating at one point.  I wasn’t prepared for some of that action I performed.  I’m not 17 anymore,” Shinkoda says happily.  “I think, physically, everyone is giving 110 per cent.”

Debuting June 19, “Falling Skies” centers on a group of resistance fighters outside Boston — six months after vicious space aliens have taken over the earth.  Noah Wyle stars as the college history professor and father of three sons who finds himself charged with leading a group of survivors.  The series has lots of big budget bells and whistles, from otherworldly explosions to the alien critters themselves.

Executive producer Spielberg did spend time on the Toronto set, according to Shinkoda.  “It might have been nerve-wracking for the director, but for the other 300 people, including the extras on set those days, it was great.”

Certainly, the stresses under which the “Falling Skies” humans find themselves — starvation, deprivation, and constant threat of annihilation — make things like the deficit and Anthony Weiner look not so bad.  Still, will viewers want to share such a post-apocalyptic world week after week?

“I don’t think it’s too dark,” Shinkoda responds.  “The gritty reality is being played, there’s no punches pulled.  It really respects the audience.  But it is very much a story about hope and humanity, and certainly the drive to survive.  Not everyone exhibits commendable behavior.  The situation brings out the best and worst of people,” he says.  However, “My character is actually quite a noble person.”

Henry Jaglom Touts Noah Wyle Performance, Pooh-Poohs Tabloid Tales

Tanna Frederick, Noah Wyle

Henry Jaglom is looking forward to unveiling a heretofore unseen Noah Wyle when his “Queen of the Lot” hits screens, beginning in October.  Says the esteemed indie filmmaker, “He totally breaks that ‘ER’ image.  He shows enormous depth and has a quality about him like those old movie stars – Jimmy Stewart and Henry Fonda – a kind of earnestness and charm.”

Speaking of his leading lady, Tanna Frederick, Jaglom adds that Wyle also “sparks with Tanna to an amazing degree.  She’s really met her match here.”

That sparking ignited tabloid reports that had the “Queen of the Lot” couple continuing their burning passion off camera, particularly as Wyle and his wife of 11 years separated last year.  However, Jaglom is quick to say, “They made that up.  Nobody was more surprised than Noah and Tanna to see that.  It’s kind of a tribute to their chemistry; people would like it to be real.”

Henry Jaglom

We erred the other day in indicating that Noah, as well as some others in the ”Queen of the Lot” cast, were playing themselves.  He’s playing the kind of reporter who covers celebrity scandals, as a matter of fact.  Jaglom stresses, “I surrounded Tanna and Noah with such a great supporting cast, I want to be sure they get credit.”  That cast includes Peter Bogdanovich, playing a “down on his luck director” who is a member of the multi-generational Hollywood family at the heart of the movie.  The matriarch is played by Kathryn Crosby, a.k.a. Kathryn Grant, a.k.a. Bing Crosby’s widow.  Mary Crosby is playing the daughter.  Dennis Christopher of “Breaking Away” also has a role.

“It’s a backstage look at the breakdown of the Hollywood studio system through this family.” And Frederick’s starlet character, Margie – who now goes by Maggie — is “a young woman trying to figure out a way to reconstitute it,” Jaglom says.

“Queen of the Lot” is the sequel to Jaglom’s 2007 “Hollywood Dreams,” which has acquired a cult following thanks to Tanna’s fearless performance and Jaglom’s way with Hollywood insider content.  Don’t be surprised if there’s a third Maggie film.  First, though, he’s making the movie version of his play “Just 45 Minutes From Broadway” – shooting now – with Tanna starring and Mary also in the cast.

Borgnine Keeping a Pace That Could Scare Guys Half His Age

Ernest Borgnine on "ER"

Ernest Borgnine on "ER"

Ernest Borgnine may be 92 years old, but he’s keeping up a pace that could scare a man half his age.

The “Marty” Oscar winner just wrapped up work on “The Genesis Code” big screen drama with Louise Fletcher and Fred Thompson in Michigan, and he leaves next week for New Orleans to start work on the comedy “Snatched” — his 202nd picture.

He’s also been busy this summer with book signings for his recently-launched “Ernie, the Autobiography.”  “I love being out meeting the people!” he enthuses.

He helped launch “Another Harvest Moon,” his ensemble drama with Anne Meara and Cybill Shepherd, at this month’s Rhode Island International Film Festival — where Lifetime Achievement Honors were bestowed upon him.  And he squeezed in a visit to Naval Station Newport, where he went through boot camp some 74 years ago.

“This time, they were saying, ‘What can we get for you, Mr. Borgnine?’  None of the finger-pointing and ‘Hey you’s!’ I remember from before,” says the Navy veteran of 10 years, including WWII.

With all that going on, he’s barely had time to celebrate his Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama.  He tells us he and wife Tova will definitely be on hand to see whether he’ll win the honor for his portrayal, on the final episode of “ER,” of a man whose wife of many years is dying.   He played it with such honest simplicity, it was a four hankie job, for sure.

“It was hard in the sense that it never happened to me and to make it look like it was real, I had to really dig into my heart and my head,” he says.  “It turned out fine.”

So fine, he got nominated — while returning stars George Clooney, Eriq LaSalle and Noah Wyle did not.

“I know,” he says and smiles.  “I shouldn’t gloat, believe me.”

Nevertheless, Ernie’s competition is fierce – Michael J. Fox on “Rescue Me,” Ted Danson on “Damages,” Jimmy Smits on “Dexter,” and Edward Asner on “CSI: NY.”

He assures, “I’m just glad I was nominated.  I was also nominated for the Golden Globe and I missed out on that one.  People were saying they were sorry, but I said, ‘Hey, man – I won the nomination!  Are you kidding?’”

BAD BOY: Moviegoers who remember Daryl Sabara as Juni, the cute younger brother of Robert Rodriguez“Spy Kids” movies, are in for a paradigm shift of perception if they see him in “World’s Greatest Dad” starring Robin Williams, opening tomorrow (8/21).  Sabara plays the teenage son you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy, a profane and mean-spirited kid whose departure from this earth could only improve it.  So how did writer-director Bobcat Goldthwait come to know that the 17-year-old actor had this ability to play rotten?

“Daryl is a funny guy.  He came in and lied, saying he wanted to play Andrew, the sweet kid in the movie” – when in fact, he had his sites set on terrible Kyle instead.  Bobcat let him read for the latter, and found “he was such a convincing creep – a teenage Gary Oldman, you know?  I had him come in again just to meet with him.  I needed to know he wasn’t really a jerk.”

Goldthwait also tells us there was a surprise when it came to casting Robin Williams as the beleaguered, bereaved title parent in the truly twisted black comedy that was a Sundance Festival hit.  According to Goldthwait, Robin recently confessed, “he thought he was going to help me out and do a cameo.  But then he read the script and said, ‘I’d like to be the guy.’  It really changed everything.”

These days, Goldthwait does stand-up if he needs to support his efforts as an auteur filmmaker.  Admits the show business veteran once thought of as a way-too-out-of-control comic, “The early part of my career, I had the kind of career you usually have when your career is ending.  Having a new career now at 47, I have much more appreciation.”

READ NO EVIL:  Joan Rivers, the queen of jabs, tells us she has one big secret to her success.  If you’ve written something about her, she wants no part of it.  “I don’t read it.  I absolutely don’t read it.  I don’t read good reviews and I don’t read bad reviews,” admits Rivers.  “Obviously I’m told about good reviews,” she adds.  “I know when it’s been a good show and I know when it’s been a bad show.  I don’t need an outsider to tell me.  I can come off stage and tell you how it was and what went wrong a lot faster than somebody else can say it.  I’m sure they say terrible things about it.  I don’t need it.  I don’t need to look at it.”  So, there!

Rivers currently can be seen enjoying the high life with some fellow hard workers in the TV Land series “How’d You Get So Rich?” “We go to their houses and we see all of their toys.  It’s fascinating how differently they spend their money. One man made all this money so he bought himself a Lamborghini for every day of the week,” she says.  “I think it’s very uplifting that in this day in age you can do it if you’ve got the right attitude and the right product.  But it teaches you a good lesson that you’ve got to work for it or win the lottery.”

A WEIGHTING GAME: Angie Dickinson was one of those perpetually perfectly lean ladies in her heyday on small and big screen, but now the still-beautiful septuagenarian complains that she’s 20 pounds overweight.  “If I lost 20 pounds I’d be more viable.  I’m serious about that,” she says.  “I watch ‘The Biggest Loser’ and I am so enamored of those incredible people, how they shame themselves and go through whatever it takes to get in shape.  I could no longer get out there in a little top and shorts.  They expose their worst sides and I admire them beyond belief – but I still don’t lose the weight.”

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster