Variety and PBS SoCal to Air Emmy Edition of ‘Variety Studio: Actors on Actors’

Variety and PBS SoCaL will air the eighth installment of “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors,” the publication’s awards-season video series. The latest in the series will feature conversations between television actors who are contending for Emmy Awards.

“Some of the most brilliant and compelling names in television have gathered together to engage in one-on-one discussions about the art of acting,” said Claudia Eller, co-editor-in-chief of Variety. “With the success from our series debut in December 2014, we are excited to bring the Emmy Edition of ‘Variety Studio: Actors on Actors’ to the distinguished viewers of PBS.”

The Emmys edition will feature actors Kerry Washington, Jimmy Kimmel, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jeffrey Tambor, Taraji P. Henson, Mindy Kaling, Conan O’Brien, Jessica Lange, Uzo Aduba, Gina Rodriguez, Michael Sheen, Jamie Dornan, Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson with Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein and many more.

“We had a tremendous response to the premiere season of ‘Variety Studio: Actors on Actors,’ and our partnership with Variety has been terrific,” said Andy Russell, PBS SoCal general manager. “Working with one of the most respected entertainment industry publications, we’re excited to bring to PBS audiences a new season of great conversations and fascinating insights from some of the best actors on television today.”

The Emmy edition of “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors” will premiere at 7 p.m. June 14 on PBS SoCal, and will then be distributed to PBS stations across the country in July. A second episode airs at 7 p.m. on June 21. The interviews will also air on WNET/WLIW in New York and will stream on beginning in June.


Posted by Lauren on April 10, 2015 | No Comments

14 Pieces Of Advice Mindy Kaling Has For Women

1. What is one thing you think women in their twenties should experience? —emilya48a8f0fd8 via BuzzFeed


I went on a vacation with my mom and dad to Buenos Aires for 10 days and I always had a good relationship with my parents, but I wasn’t one of those girls — you know those girls or guys, I’m always very jealous of them, who talk to their mom or dad once a day? Although I got along very well with my mom and dad, I was never like that. I don’t know why we all decided to go on this trip just the three of us, but it was one of the most memorable trips I ever had and the reason I say you should do it in your twenties is that if you just got out of college and you haven’t lived with them for a while, it really was the time when I started loving my parents as people and not as my mother and father. I got to spend a lot of time with them individually and it strengthened and really deepened my love for them in a way that I later really appreciated. Especially now that I don’t have my mom around anymore. I felt like,Oh, I got to see what she was like as a woman. Not in a way where you’re too young — you don’t want to see that at all, you’d rather die — but in my twenties I was able to handle it and really appreciated it, so I recommend that.


Posted by Lauren on April 10, 2015 | No Comments

Episode Stills Added

#3.15 – “Dinner At The Castellanos”
#3.16 – “Lahiri Family Values”
#3.17 – “Danny Castellano Is My Nutritionist”
#3.18 – “Fertility Bites”
#3.19 – “Confessions of a Catho-holic”
#3.20 – “What to Expect When You’re Expanding”
#3.21 – “Best Man”

Posted by Lauren on April 09, 2015 | No Comments

Chris Messina on Making His Directorial Debut and The Mindy Project’s Unsure Future

Tuesday night’s Mindy Project finale, with its grand romantic gesture, left us wondering if this could perhaps be the end. (Say it ain’t so!) Not only that, but Mindy stars are already off doing other things — take Chris Messina, who is making his directorial debut with Alex of Venice(in theaters and VOD on April 17), a sweet indie drama that stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as a young working mom whose family is thrown for a loop after her husband (played by Messina) decides to leave. We spoke to Messina about doing triple duty, being a first-time director, and the future of The Mindy Project.

You’re out in L.A., right?
I’m in L.A., where it’s very sunny. Sorry.

It’s always nice there. While I was watching Alex of Venice, I kept dreaming of Venice, California. It’s so kooky and great.
Yeah, it’s a great place. I love it. I was happy to shoot a movie there. Everybody kept telling us that it would be hard to shoot a movie there, and they were kind of suggesting that the people that lived in Venice wouldn’t be accommodating, but it was quite the opposite. Everybody was very kind and welcoming.


Posted by Lauren on April 09, 2015 | No Comments

Mindy Kaling and Ike Barinholtz Reflect on Season 3

Much like the public persona that star and creator Mindy Kaling has developed for herself, the beauty of the Fox comedy “The Mindy Project” is that there is a considerable amount of heart and social consciousness beneath its pop culture references, stellar clothing and rom-com like situations. As the show ends its third season with Kaling’s character, the wise-beyond-her-words OB/GYN Mindy Lahiri, pregnant and contemplating what a future will be like with her boyfriend Danny (Chris Messina) while also starting her own fertility clinic, Variety talked to Kaling and Ike Barinholtz (who plays registered nurse/sidekick Morgan and also serves as a writer-producer) about the show’s take on women’s liberation, body issues and yes, that sex scene.

One of the major storylines this season has surrounded Mindy’s surprise pregnancy with boyfriend Danny (Chris Messina). Why did you decide to go this route this year?

Kaling: With the two characters, I feel like they’re not using the same rhythm that normal couples would do and I felt that, at the end of the season … they’ve been dating for this amount of time and I didn’t want to be this sweet honeymoon period where they were just this happy couple where there were no roller coasters happening to them. Why would you want to watch a show with two people who are just blissfully in love and care about their problems?


Posted by Lauren on April 09, 2015 | No Comments

Why did Mindy Kaling start crying at a casting session for new Pixar film Inside Out?

Mindy Kaling started crying during a casting session for Inside Out, the new Disney/Pixar animated film that turns emotions into colourful characters inside a young girl’s head.

Producer Jonas Rivera and writer/director Peter Docter were taken aback. With collaborative credits that go all the way back to Toy Story in 1995 — Docter co-wrote that CGI groundbreaker; Rivera was Pixar’s first intern — they thought they were just making another entertaining movie.

But actress Kaling, star of TV’s The Mindy Project, told them it was much more than that.

“I’ll never forget it,” says Rivera, 43, during a recent Toronto visit with Docter for an advance press sampling ofInside Out, due June 19 in theatres.

“She started to tear up as we were pitching her, and we said, ‘Are you OK?’ And she said, ‘Just the fact that you’re making a movie that tells little girls it’s hard to grow up and it’s OK to be sad about things, it’s really profound.’

“We were like, wow! We didn’t know we were doing that, but it feels really good. It was like this receipt that it was working, that there was a deeper well there.”


Posted by Lauren on April 09, 2015 | No Comments

Mindy Kaling Talks Potential Season 4

The third season of the hit romantic comedy TV series “The Mindy Project” has just recently ended with what E! Online called an “incredibly crafted” finale episode.

Fans saw how Daniel (Chris Messina) proved to Dr. Mindy (Mindy Kaling) that she is really the one by flying over to India.

Now that it’s officially over, followers of the show were wondering what comes next for Mindy and the rest of the Shulman & Associates. Here’s what we heard:

Prior to the airing of the concluding segment, Kaling spoke to Entertainment Weekly to dish out her thoughts about the show.

“I just don’t think this is the end for (the cast),” the 35-year-old actress told EW’s Jessica Shaw and Melissa Maerz. “I feel me and the writers have so many stories to tell, and I just have a good feeling that it’s going to come back.”

And one of those stories would definitely be about Mindy and Danny as parents.


Posted by Lauren on March 27, 2015 | No Comments

Beth Grant on THE MINDY PROJECT Season 3

Prolific actress Beth Grant plays Beverly on Fox’s THE MINDY PROJECT, which has its season finale Tuesday, March 24. Grant’s character has gone from being homeless to trusted employee at the hospital where heroine Dr. Mindy Lahiri (played by series creator Mindy Kaling) works. In the show’s third season, Mindy is pregnant and about to have a baby – it’s probably a good thing Beverly is around when the doctor needs a hand.

The Alabama-born Grant has done many stage, TV and film projects, including DONNIE DARKO, RAIN MAN, FLATLINERS, THE GOLDEN GIRLS, SPEED, THE X-FILES, FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS,NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN and DEXTER. She’s also married to fellow actor Michael Chieffo (ARGO, MAD MEN) who is Grant’s date for a party thrown by Fox for the Television Critics Association at Pasadena’s Langham-Hilton Hotel. Like many longtime couples, Grant and Chieffo often complete each other sentences during an interview.


Posted by Lauren on March 24, 2015 | No Comments

Mindy Kaling on Conan

Posted by Lauren on March 22, 2015 | No Comments

#3.21 – “Best Man” Episode Summary

#3.21 – “Best Man” – Mindy starts to question Danny’s commitment to their relationship when he’s a no-show for dinner with her parents. Meanwhile, when Morgan thinks he overhears Mindy saying Danny is not the father of her baby, he gathers all the guys with whom she’s ever slept, in an attempt to figure out who is the real father.

Posted by Lauren on March 17, 2015 | No Comments

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