149Academy Award nominated actress Julianne Moore joins one of Hollywood’s most successful franchises, as she plays President Alma Coin in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2.

Getting inspired for the role wasn’t too hard, as she knew about the series’ popularity and first rate storytelling from her children. Moore even became a big fan before taking part in the project.(Click on the media bar below to hear Julianne Moore)

Most movie sets have a family environment, and one would expect a close knit community with the Hunger Games cast and crew. Moore says she was welcomed on set with open arms and that made her job an extremely pleasant and gratifying journey. (Click on the media bar below to hear Julianne Moore)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 opens in theaters November 21 and Part 2 opens November 20 2015.

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148This Fall will see the premiere of the seventh (and final) season of the popular FX drama series SONS OF ANARCHY and it appears it will be a bittersweet experience for fans. Picking up just ten days after last season left off, the show opens with Jax (CHARLIE HUNNAM) in jail and suspected of killing his wife. Created by KURT SUTTER, SONS OF ANARCHY (like its titular biker gang) has always been a bit of a rule breaker and fans can expect more of the same as loose ends are tied up and a few beloved cast members are sent to meet their maker.

Ever since word broke that this would definitely be the final season of the series, rumors have floated around that there was a possibility of a big screen theatrical film to continue the story. Speaking on the red carpet at a recent Television Critics Association press function, SUTTER pretty much put the kabosh on that hope.

Season Seven of THE SONS OF ANARCHY premieres on FX in September.

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147When Maroon 5’s debut album, Songs About Jane, was released in 2002, the band went on tour with Train, O.A.R., and Sheryl Crow — playing a second stage in each venue’s parking lot. They fought hard for their success, and it’s paid off with a career featuring four platinum albums and nine Top 10 singles, including their latest, Maps. The band’s accomplishments have made its lead singer, Adam Levine, a celebrity in his own right, with a regular gig on The Voice and a co-starring role in the new movie Begin Again.

But back in the pre-fame days, Levine tells us that he and his bandmates really struggled, and that without televised competitions and platforms like YouTube, they had to do things a lot differently than a lot of today’s artists.

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146Although The Hangover franchise is over, Bradley Cooper may have found himself another successful series with Guardians of the Galaxy. He may be relegated to doing the voice of the warrior raccoon Rocket, but it’s really hard to complain when you’re part of an impending blockbuster hit.

For Cooper, one of the many joys of partaking in Guardians of the Galaxy was his close knit collaboration with James Gunn, the filmmaker behind the underrated feature Super. The actor talked to us about loving every minute of creating Rocket. (Click on the media bar below to hear Bradley Cooper)

Guardians of the Galaxy, co-starring Vin Diesel, Chris Pratt, and Zoe Saldana opens in theaters this Friday.

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145One of the most highly anticipated shows of the Fall Season got a double push last week with high-profile publicity appearances at both the Television Critics Association semi-annual convention and the massive annual San Diego ComicCon. Set to premiere in September from Fox, GOTHAM is an action-adventure series centered on the origin story of BATMAN as well as the cadre of villains that eventually became such a large part of his legacy. Produced by DANNY CANNON (NIKITA), the series stars BEN McKENZIE, DONAL LOGUE, ROBIN LORD TAYLOR and JADA PINKETT SMITH.

Sitting down with reporters last week to promote the show, JADA PINKETT SMITH talked about her original thoughts regarding the show and her feeling that the ComicCon crowd would be a deciding factor in the series’ success.

GOTHAM premieres 9/22 on Fox.

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144Celebrating its 40th season on PBS, LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER has just announced the planned broadcast of two major theatrical events to launch the annual PBS Arts Fall Festival. First up is the New York Philharmonic’s critically lauded stage production of STEPHEN SONDHEIM and HUGH WHEELER’S musical thriller SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET. The astounding cast features BRYN TERFEL, EMMA THOMPSON, CHRISTIAN BORLE and AUDRA McDONALD.

The following month will see the broadcast of THE NANCE, DOUGLAS CARTER BEANE’S acclaimed drama set in the twilight of New York’s burlesque era and centered on a homosexual actor living and working in the secretive and dangerous gay world of 1930’s Manhattan. NATHAN LANE recreates the titular role which won him a Tony Award nomination in 2013.

Speaking last week to reporters at a press conference promoting the play, DOUGLAS CARTER BEANE explained why writing THE NANCE was important to him. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET debuts on PBS 9/26

THE NANCE debuts on PBS 10/10

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25Guillermo del Toro has been one of Hollywood’s most prolific filmmakers. Over the course of the past decade, he’s written, directed, or produced close to two dozen movies, often pulling double- or even triple-duty on several of those projects. He’s now bringing his talents to American television, as co-creator and executive producer of the FX horror series The Strain. (Not coincidentally, del Toro also wrote and directed the series’ pilot.) With so many movies to be worked on, why did del Toro want to take on TV as well? As he told us, he loved the idea of introducing characters that could grow and progress as the show went on.

The Strain airs Sunday night on FX.

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143Following the huge viral success of 2013’s SYFY horror/comedy hit SHARKNADO, SHARKNADO 2: THE SECOND ONE moves the action from the West to the East Coast and features a slew of famous faces in cameo roles. Directed by ANTHONY C. FERRANTE, the film reunites original stars IAN ZIERING and TARA REID along with newbies VIVICA A. FOX, JUDAH FRIEDLANDER, MARK McGRATH and KARI WUHRER.

We recently sat down with ZIERING and REID to talk about the SHARKNADO phenomenon and she reminded us that this isn’t her first experience working in the horror genre.

SHARKNADO 2: THE SECOND ONE premieres on SYFY 7/30.

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142For seven seasons, Lisa Edelstein played Dr. Lisa Cuddy on House, the beloved FOX drama. Edelstein left the series before its final run, and went on to guest star on many other shows. Edelstein is now returning to a starring role on the Bravo series, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, playing a self-help book author.

Edelstein says that starring on House was the best thing that ever happened to her and felt that it could never be topped. But finding a great role on her new series proved to her that good and better things  can happen.

Lisa Edelstein’s new series, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, premieres on December 2, 2014 on Bravo.

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141Throughout his remarkable film career, Academy Award winner Michael Douglas has shared the silver screen with several of Hollywood’s most illustrious leading ladies, including Kathleen Turner (Romancing The Stone, Jewel of the Nile & War of the Roses), Glenn Close (Fatal Attraction), Jane Fonda (The China Syndrome), and Gwyneth Paltrow (The Perfect Murder). Now, Academy Award winner Diane Keaton can be added to that list, as they star together in the new romantic comedy, And So It Goes.

Keaton has not only enjoyed a wonderful film career, she has also led a very interesting life off-screen. She is known for her charming personality  and her high-profile romances, having dated such celebrities as Al PacinoWarren Beatty and Woody Allen.

Douglas told us he definitely understands the attraction of Keaton – both on and off the screen — and said she is one of best actresses  he has ever worked with. (Click on the media bar below to hear Michael Douglas)

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