Before he was Bruno Mars: Superstar, he was Bruno Mars: Struggling artist, songwriter and producer. His career seemed to be an endless series of false starts, and it got so bad, there was a time when he didn’t know where he’d find the money to pay his rent. But once he turned the corner, he did it in a big way — he’s now one of the world’s top-selling artists, and his always-energetic stage shows have been selling out all over the world. Still, he remembers what it was like when he couldn’t seem to catch a break. (Click on the media bar below to hear Bruno Mars)

While his latest single, That’s What I Like, climbs the charts, Bruno Mars is currently touring Europe. His North American tour starts July 15 in Las Vegas.

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Baseball enthusiasts have probably grown up collecting Topps cards as a way to support their respective teams and favorite players. Diehard collectors obviously purchase baseball cards for investment purposes, hoping a respective card or pack will earn them a sizable profit in the future. Topps MLB Bunt 2017, now available via the App Store and Google Play Store, is a digital card trading card app merges the love of card collecting and gaming.

This free to lay title gives players a random combination of 5 cards face down which includes strikes, foul balls, and balls. Every round has players revealing three cards by dragging them to the batter’s box and receiving coins for each hit. Huge coin payouts are given to Grand Slams, along with a player’s tendency to gamble by playing on without striking out (if one strikes out, their winnings are erased). The amount of digital card packs a player can open each day is based on their daily amount of coins amassed.

Do you still collect baseball cards or have you entirely switched to mobile gaming for your card fixations? Feel free to comment below!!

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Fresh off the box office smash Beauty and the Beast, Emma Watson is back with The Circle, a thriller that co-stars Karen Gillan, Tom Hanks, and the late Bill Paxton.

Mae (Watson) is a bright young upstart who lands a job at a powerful tech company. She gradually develops a father-daughter type bond with the her charismatic boss Eamon Bailey (Hanks), and her ascent through the ranks is seductive at first. Things go south when she discovers that the company’s stranglehold on society has its damaging effects.

“As someone who has been in the public eye quite a bit and obviously since i was very young, I did always feel that the boundaries between the personal and the private - I always felt like they were important,” said Watson.”But I think even more so playing this role and exploring this world. I think it made me think about it more than I was before.”

Click on the media bar below to hear Watson explain why The Circle is a movie that, though filled with technology, is a tale that’s ever so prescient.

The Circle opens nationwide April 28.

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Now that This Is Us has wrapped up its first season, we can look back in retrospect at the amazing moments and touching storylines the first 18 episodes brought us. Our vote for the most affecting plot of the season goes to the one that got a whole episode to itself: Memphis, where Randall took his dying biological father on a “bucket list” road trip back to his hometown. It was one of the more profoundly moving hours of television we’ve ever seen, and definitely one you should watch (or watch again, whatever the case may be). Ron Cephas Jones, who played Randall’s father, say he wasn’t prepared for the outpouring of emotion he got from the show’s fans after that episode aired. (click on the media bar below to hear Ron Cephas Jones)

While you wait for the season two premiere of This Is Us, you can watch (or re-watch) the entire first season on the NBC app.

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Kurt Russell has starred in several noteworthy movies over the course of his career. In fact, they’re so noteworthy, many have either been remade or are being remade! The Thing was redone for the big screen, Stargate and Backdraft got the TV treatment, and two of his most iconic movies are on deck. Escape From New York, which has been in development for over a decade, has finally gotten a screenwriter (Neil Cross, the creator/writer of the BBC hit Luther). Big Trouble in Little China has hired Dwayne Johnson to take over the Russell role. When we spoke to Russell, he said he was happy his old projects were getting the love they deserve, but aside from sending his best wishes, he hasn’t been involved with any of the remakes. (Click on the media bar below to hear Kurt Russell)

Kurt Russell is currently starring in America’s #1 movie, The Fate of the Furious, and will likely be in another box office topper, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, when it opens on May 5.

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howto9Eugenio Derbez is charming and likable in the engaging comedy How To Be A Latin Lover. Derbez plays Maximo, a gigolo whose rich elderly wife leaves him with another man (Michael Cera). Forced to reunite with his estranged sister (Salma Hayek) and his nephew (Raphael Alejandro), Maximo sets his sights on another woman (Raquel Welch) in an attempt to continue his luxurious lifestyle. Directed by Ken Marino, the flick, along with featuring fine comedic work from Derbez and Hayek, contains fine supporting work from Rob Riggle, Kristen Bell, and Rob Corddry.

Also covered this week is Black Rose, an action thriller which centers on a Moscow cop (Alexander Nevsky who also directs) who is transferred to Los Angeles to catch a serial killer. Kristanna Loken (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, BloodRayne) plays his partner, with the ever dependable Robert Davi (Profiler, Licence to Kill) starring as their superior.

Check out this week’s episode of CinemAddicts below and feel free to comment below!

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KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

Although it clocks in at nearly two minutes, the trailer for Kingsman: The Golden Circle, with its quick cutting and bevy of star-studded cameos, is much more of a tease than an actual explanation of things to come. That’s absolutely fantastic, however, as our appetites have already been whetted with the return of Harry Hart (Colin Firth), aka Eggsy’s (Taron Egerton) late mentor from the original film. Is Harry resurrected from the dead, or is Harry’s appearance simply a figment of Eggsy and Merlin’s (Mark Strong) imagination?

Channing Tatum and Halle Berry are among the A-list stars taking part in director Matthew Vaughn’s deliriously fun escapade, but The Big Lebowski fans are probably psyched to see Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore in another film together (a sequel featuring the Dude and Maude needs to be made!).

Check out the trailer to Kingsman: The Golden Circle, which features the wonderful inclusion of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way,” below!

Kingsman: The Golden Circle, co-starring Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones), hits theaters September 22nd.

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No matter how you look at it, Guardians of the Galaxy was a massive success. Here in the U.S., it was the third-biggest movie of 2014, taking in $333 million at the box office. Internationally, it did even better; worldwide, it grossed $774 million. With its origins in a popular Marvel comic, an all-star cast and the weight of Disney behind it, very few people were surprised at how well the movie did. Some of those people, though, were the people making the movie! Star Chris Pratt admits they were caught off guard by how big a blockbuster the movie became. (Click on the media bar below to hear Chris Pratt)

You can bet that Pratt and his castmates have higher expectations for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which opens on May 5.

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Kiefer Sutherland is, without a doubt, one of the primary reasons for the success of ABC’s political thriller Designated Survivor and his old show, 24. President Tom Kirkman and Jack Bauer are both characters that require a strong, confident presence, and Sutherland plays both to perfection. Of course, part of it is acting, but part of it is hard-wired into Sutherland’s persona. He’s one of the most affable, confident people in Hollywood, especially when it comes to interacting with fans or the press. He told us he learned a very valuable lesson about talking to people in the aftermath of his very painful, very public breakup with Julia Roberts back in the 1990s. (Click on the media bar below to hear Kiefer Sutherland)

Kiefer Sutherland stars in Designated Survivor, airing Wednesday nights at 10/9c on ABC.

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Created by Tracey Wigfield, Great News centers on Katie Wendelson (Briga Heelan), a hard working news producer who is stuck doing dead end segments which will never gain her acclaim or a promotion. Andrea Martin co-stars as Katie’s loving but way too involved mother who lands an internship at Katie’s workplace!

This mother and daughter dynamic comes from Wigfield’s close knit relationship with her own mother.

“My mother kept saying as I was developing the show - ‘just try to make it like Frasier,’” said Wigfield, who previously served as an executive producer on The Mindy Project and writer on 30 Rock. “Obviously if I knew how to do that, I would do that! But I think what she meant by that is - I grew up watching and loving Frasier. Shows like Frasier and Cheers and Seinfeld have very specific characters that are weird in their own ways and you come back every week because you’d like to hang out with them. They seem like kind of fun. Keeping that in mind, I just tried to populate the newsroom with sort of specific weirdos who you want to see getting into trouble together.”


Great News, co-starring Nicole Richie and John Michael Higgins, airs Tuesdays on NBC (9 pm et/pt).

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