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'The Originals': 'The Pacific' and 'Pretty Little Liars' Vets to Recur

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Jon Seda Video Interview THE PACIFIC and LARRY CROWN at the 2010 Saturn Awards

If you enjoyed watching HBO's The Pacific, you're going to like the red carpet video interview I did with Jon Seda at last week's 2010 Saturn Awards. That's because we spent most of the time talking about what it was like making the show and did he feel like they had to one up Band of Brothers. We also talked about how he got cast in Tom Hanks next movie Larry Crown and who he plays. Hit the jump to take a look: Source & Video

The Full Story Behind the War in the Pacific

If "The Pacific," the 10-part miniseries that just concluded on HBO, has piqued your interest in the war against Japan, then I'd suggest you make your way to this little town about 90 miles west of Austin. It's home to the National Museum of the Pacific War, which tells the story of Pearl Harbor, Midway, Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima in exquisite and engaging detail. Having been to all the major war museums in Europe and the U.S., I left here thinking this is perhaps the most comprehensive, well-organized and informative military museum I've ever seen. Images of the Pacific War When visitors enter the newly remodeled George H.W. Bush Gallery, their tickets are given a 48-hour time stamp. Many will use all 48 hours. The museum is organized into small galleries that proceed chronologically from the opening of Japan and China by the Western powers in the 19th century to the war-crimes trials that followed the Japanese surrender that ended World War II. Each gallery provides an overview of the topic—a particular island campaign, U.S. treatment of the Nisei, flying "the Hump" in India—and then breaks it down with informative plaques, interactive kiosks and relics that keep visitors engaged without overwhelming them with too much information. I particularly liked the panels posted periodically that told visitors what was going on in the European theater at the same time. The museum opens with a film about the Depression and the economic hardships that made Germany and Japan vulnerable to the fervent promises of nationalism. It then steps back nearly 100 years to examine the internal struggles and regional conflicts that ultimately led to war in the Pacific. Most interesting is the fact that while China shunned Western imperialism, Japan embraced it as a model, especially its expansionist ambitions. Given this and Japan's martial shogun culture, it's no surprise that when Japan's 1890 education code asked students, "What is your dearest ambition?" the correct answer was "To die for the emperor." Read the rest of this story @ WSJ

The Pacific's Joe Mazzello Went from Dodging Dinosaurs to Dodging Bullets

As HBO viewers begin drinking in the second half of The Pacific this weekend, they'll see the story line of Marine Eugene B. Sledge really kick in - which means they'll be seeing a lot more of Joe Mazzello. Just like co-star James Badge Dale, Mazzello made sure he read his character's memoir (1981's With the Old Breed) and met his widow and children. The book was particularly helpful to prepare for a scene in which someone close to Sledge dies. Mazzello read the passage about that on-set, recalling: "I really felt like I was getting directions from the man himself. Eugene was speaking to me and telling me how he felt, and I just tried to use what he gave me and put that on-screen. "And then also talking to his two sons - I felt like I was talking to Eugene; they had his same characteristics and attitudes and humor and beliefs, and I really felt like when I spoke to them that I was actually getting to converse with the man that I'll never be able to meet." What struck him most about the book was that Sledge recounted "these brutal things that happened to him with total bluntness, like it's a grocery list," Mazzello says. To Read More Click Here .

THE PACIFIC on HBO - Part 4 (Episode 4) - Preview

Watch a sneak peek of part four of the HBO's new ten-hour miniseries, THE PACIFIC, which will air Sunday April 4 2010 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT). The Pacific Part Four Synopsis: Finally enlisted as a Marine, Sledge (Joe Mazzello) trains for combat at Camp Elliott. The 1st Marine Division lands at Cape Gloucester on the Japanese-held island of New Britain. As Leckie (James Badge Dale) and the other Marines battle the Japanese, they quickly realize that the more ominous enemy is the smothering jungle itself. Having survived Gloucester and stationed on the godforsaken island of Pavuvu, Leckie begins displaying the physical and mental effects of combat and is sent to a naval hospital on nearby Banika for psychiatric observation. Written by Robert Schenkkan and Graham Yost; directed by Graham Yost Source & Preview

James Badge Dale: If The Pacific Doesn't Make Him a Star, There's Always Hockey

James Badge Dale jokes that the boot camp that he and the other actors in The Pacific endured was so grueling that he's repressed any memory of it. Dale Dye, a retired Marine captain who served as the military adviser for The Pacific and 2001's Band of Brothers, "likes to see actors cry," Dale tells Even more difficult, says the actor of his role in HBO's 10-part World War II miniseries executive-produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, was feeling a responsibility to Robert Leckie, the real-life Marine he plays. To prepare, he read Leckie's memoir, Helmet for My Pillow, and spent time with Leckie's widow and children. (Leckie himself died in 2001.) "We all felt a lot of pressure to tell their stories with honor and integrity and respect," says Dale, whose co-stars include Joe Mazzello and Jon Seda. "The wild thing about Robert Leckie is that he hated the Marines when he was in 'em," says the actor, who goes by Badge. "He was always getting demoted. He was always getting into trouble. He had a famous quote where he said, 'The next time you promote me, you should put zippers on the bars so that you can take it right off.' ... But yet that defined him - you know, his time in the Pacific theater. To his death bed, he was a United States Marine. And that never left him." You might recognize Dale, 31, from his roles as CTU agent Chase Edmunds in the 2003-04 season of 24 and in a supporting role in Martin Scorsese's The Departed. However, he once dreamed of facing hockey pucks instead of movie cameras. His ambition was to win the National Hockey League's Vezina Trophy, and he jokes that he hasn't totally let go of that dream. To Read More Click Here .

The Black Donnellys: James Badge Dale Plays Robert Leckie on 'The Pacific'

As far as war movies go, this HBO mini-series has a lot to live up to. But since The Pacific is executive-produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, it already has a lot to back it up. It also stars James Badge Dale, known for portraying Samson Dawlish on NBC's The Black Donnellys. On the war drama, Dale plays author Robert Leckie, who wrote several popular books regarding American military history. He served in the Marine Corps during World War II, as well as becoming an intelligence scout and machine gunner in other battles. There have been but a couple of episodes aired so far, and The Pacific is already getting favorable reviews. Despite acquiring only three million viewers during its premiere, the series is still holding on. To Read More Click Here .

Top Moments: Breaking Bad, the Veep and Pamela Anderson Go Big

TV went big this week. Desperate Housewives' Katherine picked the worst possible moment for a heart-to-heart. Some Amazing Race contestants made a mistake of Biblical proportions. Breaking Bad made its play to be the best show on the air. And - as our noble leaders are duly elected to do - Vice President Joe Biden put everything in perspective. Welcome to Top Moments, Big F---ing Deal Edition. 12. Kill-Your-Chances Award: Challenged to kill or be killed as part of his spy training, the titular star of Chuck finds himself unable to take another's life. (This is Chuck we're talking about.) Casey steps in to carry out the killing, unbeknownst to anyone else, including Sarah. Has her belief that Chuck crossed the line destroyed any hopes of their being together? 11. Best Effort: During a night attack, The Pacific's John Basilone is a one-man Army as he repels the Japanese advances on a crucial U.S. airstrip. Not only does he gun down hundreds of enemy soldiers with his own machine gun, but he also fights hand-to-hand, repairs a fellow soldier's weapon, and runs right into the middle of the crossfire to move a pile of dead Japanese soldiers out of his men's line of sight. Oh, and he does it all with third-degree burns on his arm. 10. Best Branding: On 30 Rock, prolongued exposure to Kenneth (the always hilarious Jack McBrayer) causes Tracy and Jenna to have a series of "Kenmares" - disturbingly realistic and erotic dreams about everyone's favorite page. The storyline comes to a head as Kenneth's dream-self spreads, Freddy Krueger-like, to infiltrate Pete's dreams. He appears this time in jockey shorts with an NBC Peacock on the front and back - which Liz suggestively slaps. Do they sell these at the NBC gift store? To Read More Click Here .

TV Top Moments of the Week: The Good Wife's Threesome, South Park's Tiger Spoof, and More!

This week, TV confused us. On Ugly Betty , little Justin kissed a girl... and a boy. Lost threw us for a loop by making bad-boy Sawyer a cop. American Idol 's Kara DioGuardi made us ask: Ignorance or just a really dry sense of humor? And the titular heroine of The Good Wife went bad, cheating on her cheating husband with her attentive boss. Welcome to Top Moments: Land of Confusion Edition. 13. Weirdest Love Triangle, Part I: On Ugly Betty , little Justin finds himself torn between two acting-class pals: sweet Lily and snarky Austin. When the trio gets together to watch DVDs, Lily asks: "Which Romeo + Juliet should we watch - Zefferelli or Luhrmann?" "Luhrmann," Justin and Austin reply in unison. Justin frets about kissing Lily during a scene, but in the end it's an impromptu peck from Austin that totally unnerves him. 12. Best Moment of Reckoning: In the premiere of HBO 's World War II epic, The Pacific , we watch as Marine Bob Leckie guns down hundreds of Japanese soldiers. He's stopped dead in his tracks when he rifles through a dead man's pack and finds a picture of the dead soldier's wife - and a toy that presumably belongs to his child. To Read More Click Here .

HBO Offering 'The Pacific' Premiere for Free Online Streaming

Reviews of the first installment of HBO's ten-part mini-series 'The Pacific' have been mixed -- I liked it, though -- and ratings figures aren't in yet. Nevertheless, the network has taken the bold step of putting that entire episode online for free viewing; you can catch it here. Is it a response to poor ratings -- even though we don't know those figures yet, the network likely does -- or just an attempt to lure people in who don't already have HBO? The premiere was more style over substance, which is one of the major problems critics had with it, but it did offer some stunning visuals and established an atmosphere very different than 'Band of Brothers.' As a companion piece of sorts to the modern classic 'Brothers,' brought to us by the same production team including Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, expectations were pretty high for 'The Pacific' coming out of the gate. To Read More Click Here .