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"Lyons & Bailes Reel Talk," NBC Universal's new weekly movie review series, has lined up several A-listers for its premiere episodes in national syndication.

In addition, the half-hour show, hosted by film critics Jeffrey Lyons and Alison Bailes, is set to launch an interactive Web site with its national debut Friday and Saturday.

Among the celebrities scheduled for in-studio interviews in the first episodes are Oscar winners Michael Douglas, Cate Blanchett and Anthony Hopkins.

"Viewers will get to hear them talk not only about the film they are plugging but their whole career," Lyons said. "Most (celebrities) don't get the chance to talk about their whole career."

The Web site, ReelTalkTV.com, will offer video reviews, extended interviews with celebrities, special Web-only features, trailers, discussion boards, boxoffice reports and daily updated entertainment news from "Access Hollywood," which also is distributed by NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution. Bailes added that she and Lyons will be contributing to the Web site on a regular basis, including a weekly blog.

"The show moves quickly, so we'll be contributing regularly with stuff we don't have time to get to," she said.

The show originates from and is produced by New York-based WNBC, where it debuted in October 2005 as a local weekend movie series before expanding to the NBC O&O stations and now making its nationwide debut. Michael Avila is the executive producer.
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