Mark Cuban: Living Your Best Deals at Any Age

Give Mark Cuban credit for getting things done.  He went from tapings of the hit ABC reality show Shark Tank to his long-awaited insider-trading trial last week (a civil suit involving a 2004 stock sale), purportedly dazzling admiring jury members, while still managing to keep up with myriad business demands. On top of it, he emailed fast answers to our questions.  Here, the billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner, 55, shares his thoughts on living your best deals at any age. Is …

Allison Janney Finds Satisfaction in ‘Masters of Sex’

If you have any qualms about watching nudity, masturbation and copulation, Showtime’s Masters of Sex, premiering tonight (9/29), is not for you. The miniseries about pioneering sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson shows us wired-up subjects giving their all for science, stroke by stroke, surging past taboos like Masters and Johnson did, climaxing in a heady new experience. Even for Showtime, it’s breathtaking stuff — yet Allison Janney is convinced, “The public is going to embrace this, they’re going …

Jeff Daniels: Emmy Goes With AARP Award

Jeff Daniels, who won Outstanding Lead actor in a Drama Series Sunday night for his performance in HBO’s The Newsroom, will indeed be placing his new Emmy statue next to AARP’s Movies for Grownups Award, which he won for the 2005 movie The Squid and the Whale. The genial TV and movie actor, who lives with wife Kathleen in Chelsea, Mich., had some fun in the backstage media room after his win, playing off his onstage acceptance speech in which he …

Craig T. Nelson Talks Facing ‘Third Act’ on ‘Parenthood’

One of the reasons I love “Parenthood” is the acclaimed series’ consistent way of bringing us storylines that feel as real as what’s going on down the street or inside our own homes.  The show returns for its fifth season next Thursday, Sept. 26, including a storyline for Braverman family patriarch and matriarch Zeek and Camille (Craig T. Nelson and Bonnie Bedelia) that certainly keeps up that practice. According to Nelson, “They’re being faced with a decision financially, and I think, …

Blair Underwood is Not Our Mama’s ‘Ironside’

Warning:  Do not tune into NBC’s new “Ironside” with any expectation of a show resembling Raymond Burr’s series of 40 years ago.  As star Blair Underwood himself attests, they really didn’t keep much outside of the name and the central conceit of a disabled lawman operating his own team.  Oh, and Underwood’s Robert Ironside tipples a bit of bourbon at the end of a long day, an homage to Burr. This “Ironside” is as different from that one as 2013 …

Arsenio Hall Hoping #backisbeautiful

It’s been 17 years since Arsenio Hall loomed large on the TV landscape, since his show was a pop culture force, since a visit with Hall was a must for those seeking to reach the “MTV generation.”  He returns in syndication Sept. 9 with The Arsenio Hall Show, 2013 style. “It’s kind of the same Arsenio, you know.  Less hair, less shoulder pads,” he says, his familiar raffish smile in place. Can the same Arsenio work in this radically changed …