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Lady Gaga performs on 'Letterman' for the first time ever

Posted: 02 Apr 2014 11:10 PM PDT

The singer marched Late Show audiences across the street to see her performance at New York's iconic Roseland Ballroom.

In true Lady Gaga style, the eclectic singer made a big surprise on the Late Show With David Letterman when she walked into the set with a big canary yellow wig and fishnet stockings, and promptly invited everyone to see her performance at the historical Roseland Ballroom, which is across the street from the Ed Sullivan Theatre in New York.

"Hey, what are you guys doing tonight, 'cause I have a show across the street and if you want to come over, I'll bring you. You can see the performance. I'll bring the audience ... You can come over and I'll sing you some songs," said the Bad Romance singer, before heading out of the theatre with the crowd and into Roseland.

Incidentally, actor Bill Murray, who was sitting on the guest chair chatting with host David Letterman when all this happened, had been showing off his bucket list which included, "... to meet Lady Gaga".

Lady Gaga had been playing a series of concerts at Roseland, which has been around since 1919. The singer is the last artiste to perform there, as it will close its doors for good on Friday.

This was Lady Gaga's first performance on Late Show With Letterman; she only appeared as a guest on the show in 2011.

Dermot Mulroney lives through Crisis

Posted: 02 Apr 2014 09:00 AM PDT

Dermot Mulroney takes on a regular role in a TV series for the first time, as a man whose daughter is abducted.

Actors are usually drawn to a project because of a good script or because of the prestige names attached to it.

But actor Dermot Mulroney offers a more offbeat reason for taking up the television series Crisis.

He says drily over the telephone from Los Angeles: "For me, what sold me is when I had my own pinky cut off. The amputation of the finger is what sold me."

He plays Francis Gibson, a former CIA analyst who volunteers as a chaperone for his estranged daughter's school field trip - one which ends with the children getting abducted.

The cast includes The X-Files' Gillian Anderson as a high-powered chief executive whose daughter is also abducted, Rachael Taylor as her FBI agent sister and Lance Gross as a rookie Secret Service agent protecting the President's son.

Well, the thrilling plot did not hurt either and he sounds excited about it when he says: "It seems like a big story with important people and a terrible crisis that's playing out in the media. But believe me, it's a lot worse than it seems."

As a father himself, the character of Gibson also resonated with Mulroney. He says that was an "easy way into the character" for him and adds: "All parents everywhere will understand the story because that is the pressing question: How far will a parent go to protect his child? What would you do if asked? At several times in the series, you will see people pushed to their very limit."

Mulroney has a son, 15, with his former wife, actress Catherine Keener. He and his second wife, Tharita Catulle, have two daughters, aged six and five.

He is better known for his turns in films such as My Best Friend's Wedding (1997) and August: Osage County (2013), both of which also starred Julia Roberts. Crisis marks the first time that he is taking on a lead role on the small screen after guest spots in, among others, comedy series New Girl and Enlightened. Or as he puts it with a laugh: "I've never had steady work since I started as an actor, I've only ever worked in films, temporary jobs."

One thing that stood out for him was the fact that when he started the part, he "didn't know what happened at the end", as opposed to movies which come with completed scripts. He adds: "I was really looking forward to exploring a character over a length of time."

He gets to work with Anderson on the show though the trailer suggests they do not have much interaction at first.

"That storyline finally intersects later on and I had to anticipate and really got to look forward to how our characters meet. For me, it was a thrill for it was a long time to wait. And she's fantastic, I've admired her work forever. It was really fun to have this ride with her," he says.

Mulroney has been having quite a "nice little run" having just completed the Oscar-nominated drama August: Osage County with Meryl Streep and Roberts just before he started work on Crisis.

"That was a great role for me to get into," he says of his part as the unsavoury fiance of the younger sister of Roberts' character. "And I was pleased to join an Oscar-level cast. The whole experience of making that movie - George Clooney was the producer - it was just a dream."

So, no mid-life crisis then for the actor who turned 50 last year? He says: "I saw it coming for a while and I've enjoyed myself immensely so far this year. No crisis, no catastrophe, I welcomed it. It came as no surprise at least." – The Straits Times, Singapore/Asia News Network

> Crisis premieres tonight at 9.50pm on Fox (Astro Ch710).

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: What a riot

Posted: 01 Apr 2014 09:00 AM PDT

Brooklyn Nine-Nine raised eyebrows when it won two Golden Globes, but the cop comedy flick deserves the awards.

LIKE many viewers, I only took notice of Brooklyn Nine-Nine after it picked up two Golden Globes earlier this year, despite being only in its first season.

Nine-Nine beat out heavyweights The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, Parks And Recreation and last year's winner, Girls, to clinch the Best Television Series (Musical or Comedy) award.

Even more surprising, first-time nominee Andy Samberg who plays the show's protagonist Detective Jake Peralta took home a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a TV series (Musical or Comedy), surpassing veteran comedian (and four-time Golden Globe winner) Michael J. Fox and Jim Parsons, Jason Bateman, Don Cheadle who have all won in the category at least once.

Nine-Nine, created by Michael Schur and Daniel J. Goor, is a workplace comedy set in the fictional precinct, Brooklyn's 99th of the New York City Police Department.

The show begins with the introduction of Captain Ray Holt (Andre Braugher) to the precinct as its new Commanding Officer.

The no-nonsense, by-the-book captain implements new rules and practices, rocking the boat a little in the hopes of steering it to the right direction.

But of course there are those who prefer to catch their own waves. Jake is one of the team's finest cops who thrives on following his gut and ignoring orders. Unfortunately, he acts like a kid stuck inside the body of a 33-year-old.

He eats cereal with orange soda, comes up with intricate fictional storylines to go with his real-life crime-solving endeavours and has rented Olympus Has Fallen 12 times - basically the maturity of a caterpillar. OK, that was a little mean.

But a workplace comedy is as good as its characters are. And Jake's transitioning to his adult life conjures some hilarious situations and one-liners ("Don't worry, I know what I'm doing, I saw the first 15 minutes of The Hurt Locker," he says after being assigned a task). At its core, he speaks to the part of all of us that don't want to grow up no matter how old we get.

Other quirky, endearing characters include his trusty sidekick Detective Charles Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio) whose adoration for Jake is adorable to watch; driven, ambitious Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero) who would lick dirt off her captain's shoe to impress him (wait, I'm not sure if that was a figure of speech or it actually happened) and my favourite character, office administrator Gina Linetti (Chelsea Peretti) who doesn't do much around the office (if at all) except spew out awesome lines like, "I was born for politics. I have great hair and I love lying."

The script is incredibly witty, to say the least, but what's a cop comedy show without some slapstick? That's where Sergeant Terry Jeffords played by physical comedy veteran Terry Crews steps in.

He leaves audiences in stitches (besides pulling those signature silly faces) because of the juxtaposition between his tough guy, muscle man image and his timid personality (he fears that being on the field could lead to his children being fatherless one day).

All this talk about the comedy aspect of the show might have you thinking if this is even a cop show anymore. A majority of its episodes do feature a different investigative case each but it must be said that Nine-Nine is decidedly character-driven and by extension, comedy-driven.

These cases are used to flesh out the characters' idiosyncrasies, and in doing so, lap up plenty of laughs. Some episodes don't even revolve around a case at all (my favourite one is when the team attends the fearsome Captain's birthday party). So if you're hoping to catch some crime-busting action, well, watch Law & Order.

I also love the fact that the scriptwriters make it a point to put their characters in situations outside their comfort zones – the serious Captain getting hooked on a game on his phone; the free-spirited Jake learning to put on a tie; and the precinct's scariest cop Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz) cracking a smile.

My only criticism is the show's characters remind me too much of Parks And Recreation.

Schur, who also co-created Parks, probably couldn't help but bring Ron Swanson to his new show in the form of the precinct's captain.

Both come off as cold and uncaring and speak in this low, monotonous drone. Rosa is obsessed with violence and is expressionless most of the time like April Ludgate of Parks and Nine-Nine's resident clumsy duo Michael Hitchcock (Dirk Blocker) and Norm Scully (Joel McKinnon Miller) is basically a carbon copy Jerry Gergich. These characters are no less funny but it doesn't hurt to see something new and fresh.

There's plenty of talk suggesting Nine-Nine shouldn't have won the Golden Globes purely because it is only in its first season.

But, that would be like a school teacher downgrading an A test score to a B+ so the poor student wouldn't be "overconfident" and would "try harder" next time.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is what it is and it is good.

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