By Cindy Elavsky
Q: What’s Kirstie Alley been up to lately? I’ve always been a fan of hers, but haven’t seen her in a while. — Kathy D. in Maryland
A: Aside from her occasional Twitter battles with Joy Behar, Kirstie has been keeping a pretty low profile as of late. However, all of that will change when her new A&E reality series, “Big Life,” premieres on Sunday, March 21. “Big Life” follows Kirstie as she tries to shed the 75 pounds she has put on (and lost, and put back on) in recent years, as well as raise her two teenage children, produce a feature film and care for eight ringtail lemurs (yes, I said lemurs).
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Q: I heard that Kate Winslet is going to star in a television show. Is that true? I can’t imagine her leaving the big screen behind to be a TV star! – Delilah M., via e-mail
A: Oscar-winning British actress Kate Winslet is indeed coming to a television set near you, but the move is definitely not permanent. Kate has signed on to star in the HBO miniseries “Mildred Pierce,” which begins shooting in April. But she is not leaving the big screen behind. She has one as-yet-untitled movie in the can (co-starring the likes of Gerard Butler, Naomi Watts, Hugh Jackman and Emma Stone) and another feature film in the works called “Contagion,” which stars Matt Damon, Jude Law and Marion Cotillard.
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Q: I am a big fan of “The Twilight Saga,” and I really need to know if “Breaking Dawn” is going to be one movie or split into two. I don’t see how all that’s in the book could ever fit into one movie. — Livy T., West Palm Beach, Fla.
A: It would be next to impossible to make “Breaking Dawn” as a single movie without losing a LOT in the translation. Author Stephenie Meyer is of the same belief, and she pretty much has the final say when it comes to the movies. Many sources within Summit Entertainment are confirming (although not officially yet) that “Breaking Dawn” will follow in the footsteps of the Harry Potter series and be broken up into two movies. This should make everyone happy: Fans of the book series won’t feel as if the conclusion is being rushed; fans of the movie series will get to see more Rob Pattinson; and the folks behind the scenes will get more cash in their pockets.
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Q: I was shocked by the sudden death of actress Brittany Murphy. Before she passed, was she working on or had she completed any movies that we fans will get to see her in, one last time? — Heather G., via e-mail
A: Before her death in December, Brittany, 32, had completed work on a movie called “Abandon,” which co-stars Dean Cain and Mimi Rogers. Anchor Bay Entertainment plans to release the thriller this summer.
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