Emma Stone, who recycles at home, is having quite a summer. Currently on view in the contemporary romantic comedies "Friends With Benefits" and "Crazy, Stupid, Love," she plays Junior Leaguer-turned-journalist Skeeter Phelan in the excellent film adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's '60s-set bestseller "The Help," in theaters Aug. 10. "Every part means you're accessing different parts of yourself or living out different parts of your truth in a way," says Stone, who'll also star in "The Amazing Spider-Man" next summer and next shoots the 1940s-set "Gangster Squad." "This movie means an incredible amount to me," she says of "The Help," which is set against the backdrop of the civil rights movement and involves Skeeter secretly interviewing housemaids about their mistreatment by prejudiced employers. "This one is really personal." More from the cast and creators next week.
How green is producer Phil Rosenthal's home? "We've been on Ed Begley's show, that's how green," says Rosenthal, enumerating eco-items ranging from solar panels to cork flooring, a compost bin, an ionization filter for the pool and a waterless urinal in the bathroom. The creator of the long running, Emmy-winning sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond," which has been adapted for homegrown versions in dozens of countries worldwide, has a documentary about his experiences selling the series to Russian television called "Exporting Raymond," now out on DVD.
"They asked me to go to Russia to help the Russians turn 'Everybody Loves Raymond' into 'Everybody Loves Kostya.' I suffered. And people laugh," Rosenthal sums up his experience. Viewers will be able to compare versions since the DVD includes two episodes each of "Raymond" and "Kostya."
Rosenthal is currently working on a Broadway musical, two movie comedies that he'll direct, an animated series, a show for English TV, and a one-hour drama that he will produce but not write. He also invests in restaurants, including ten in L.A. and a new one called Next in Chicago. On Oct. 30, he'll take part in the first episode of PBS' four-part series "America in Primetime," an examination of archetypal characters the Man of the House, the Independent Woman, the Misfit and the Crusader. "It's the best series I've ever seen about television," Rosenthal raves. "I'm so proud to be even a tiny part of it. It's beautifully done."
Tune in: Visit the Grand Canyon without leaving your living room as PBS presents the breathtaking panoramas of this natural wonder set to the music of Tchaikovsky, Brahms and Dvorak in "Grand Canyon Serenade," premiering Aug. 7.
Discovery explores life's biggest questions in "Curiosity," a new series kicking off with a controversial subject. Astrophysicist Stephen Hawking asks, "Did God create the universe?" in the Aug. 7 premiere, which will be followed by a roundtable discussion featuring theologians' views. Subsequent topics include "Could we survive an alien invasion," hosted by Michelle Rodriguez from "Avatar" (Aug. 14) and "Why is sex fun," hosted by Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Nat Geo Wild takes viewers to the shark infested harbor surrounding Sydney, Australia in "Shark Invasion," airing Aug. 3, and stays Down Under for "The Invaders: Pigzilla," the premiere episode of a series about invasive species. The Aug. 6 opener examines the damage caused by 23 million feral pigs and what scientists and citizens are doing to combat it.
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