By Cindy Elavsky
Q: I was thrilled to see that Luke Perry and Jason Priestley were working together again in the Hallmark Channel movie “Goodnight for Justice.” How did that opportunity come about for them to get together? — Gina H., via e-mail
A: I spoke with Luke recently, and he gave me the scoop on how it all went down: “I like working with Jason a lot. There is a company involved in making this movie called Entertainment One. They work here in the United States, but they are based in Canada. So, if you are in business with them you have to do your stuff in Canada, which means you have to have a Canadian director. And when they said Canadian, I thought, ’I’ve got one of those.’ That was easy enough, and it was the right way to go because he’s a smart director. It was great working with him on this.”
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Q: Is Donald Trump going to film another “The Celebrity Apprentice”? I like the original “Apprentice” just fine, but the celebrity version is always so much more fun! — Tiffany T., Atlanta
A: You can bet The Donald knows a good thing when he sees it. Another round of celebs have been rounded up for this next installment of the competition, which crowned Bret Michaels as its winner last year. This time around, the participants are: David Cassidy, NeNe Leakes, LaToya Jackson, Lisa Rinna, Dionne Warwick, Gary Busey, Jose Canseco, original “Survivor” winner Richard Hatch, Lil Jon, Meat Loaf, Mark McGrath, John Rich, Hope Dworaczyk, Star Jones, Marlee Matlin and Niki Taylor.
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Q: What did you think about Ricky Gervais’ hosting of the Golden Globes? Some people think he was too mean, but to be honest, I thought he was spot on. — Eric P., St. Louis
A: I agree with you, Eric. Either the Hollywood Foreign Press Association did not give out enough booze to loosen up the celebs, or some of them are feeling a bit too self-important these days. As we learned last year, Ricky’s style of hosting is roast-like, which is a style of comedy most Americans love — as long as they are not the intended target. Instead of people like Bruce Willis, Tim Allen and Tom Hanks getting their shorts in a bunch about Ricky’s jokes, it would have been funnier — and would have made it all less awkward — if they would have just played along instead of pompously butting heads.
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Q: One of my favorite shows was “Six Feet Under.” I know Peter Krause is in “Parenthood” and Michael C. Hall is the star of “Dexter,” but what is Lauren Ambrose, who played Claire, up to lately? — David F., via e-mail
A: The beautiful redhead just joined the cast of “Torchwood,” which is set to premiere its fourth season July 1 on Starz. According to Entertainment Weekly, Lauren, 32, will play a heartless public-relations guru named Jilly Kitzinger for 10 episodes.
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