- - Thursday, January 26, 2012

Kristen Bell enjoying return to television

Kristen Bell is such a fan of “Homeland” that she just had to tell the cast of the hit Showtime drama at a recent party.

“I felt at one point one of them kind of take a step back like, ‘She’s a little intense,’ and then I got insecure,” she said.

Now Miss Bell is sharing a network with her favorite show with her new series, “House of Lies,” about a management consulting firm that specializes in damage control, the Associated Press reports. The show airs 10 p.m. Sundays on Showtime.

The 31-year-old Miss Bell first wowed critics playing a teen private investigator on the smart series “Veronica Mars,” which debuted in 2004 and aired for three seasons. The film industry took notice and began casting her in such movies as “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Couples Retreat.” She also narrates “Gossip Girl” as the show’s title character.

Miss Bell realized she missed TV but said she wanted to do something edgier than anything she had done before. She also liked the idea of being part of an ensemble cast. She found what she was looking for in “House of Lies.”

The blistering comedy stars Don Cheadle as a slick, ruthless management consultant. Miss Bell plays the ambitious Jeannie, who loves the high life but can flirt with the low life.

“If he’s a great actor, he’s an even cooler person, and I don’t think there’s a ton of people you can say that about,” Miss Bell said about Mr. Cheadle. “But he’s a really genuine, grounded, nice, funny guy.”

Tracy Morgan back at work after hospitalization

Comedian and “30 Rock” cast member Tracy Morgan is back at work in New York after a brief hospitalization in Utah, his publicist said Wednesday.

“He appreciates everyone’s support and concern,” Lewis Kay wrote in an email to the Associated Press.

The actor was hospitalized Sunday while attending the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, where the elevation is 7,000 feet.

Mr. Kay said Mr. Morgan suffered from exhaustion and problems with the altitude. Mr. Morgan also has diabetes.

Recordings of 911 calls made on the night he collapsed, which were obtained by the AP, indicate Mr. Morgan passed out at the Blue Iguana restaurant.

“I don’t know if he’s been drinking,” said one caller, who added that Mr. Morgan had vomited. He also said the actor was unconscious and had been loaded into the back seat of a taxi, ready to be rushed to a hospital. The dispatcher told the caller to remain there and wait for an ambulance.

An ambulance arrived a short time later and took Mr. Morgan to a hospital. He was released a day later.

The hospital found no drugs or alcohol in Mr. Morgan’s system, Mr. Kay said.

British lawmakers want action on Leno joke

British lawmakers say Prime Minister David Cameron should complain to the United States over a Jay Leno routine that joked about the holiest site in the Sikh religion.

In a motion published at Parliament on Thursday, two legislators said Mr. Leno had shown a complete misunderstanding of the Sikh faith.

Mr. Leno made a joke Jan. 19 on the “Tonight Show” when he showed a photo of an impressive gold building and said it was Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s summer home.

The site was actually the Golden Temple, a revered Sikh site.

British opposition Labor Party lawmakers Virendra Shrama and John McDonnell proposed a motion demanding that Mr. Cameron call on the U.S. to show more respect toward Sikhs. The move does not compel Mr. Cameron to take any action.

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