vacation_ver2Currently in theaters (and probably number two on this weekend’s box-office list), VACATION is a far cry from its original source material. More a reboot than a sequel, the film centers on Rusty Griswald (the young son originally played by ANTHONY MICHAEL HALL), all grown up and recreating, with his own family, his childhood vacation to Wally World. Written and directed by JOHN FRANCIS DALEY and JONATHAN GOLDSTEIN, the new cast features ED HELMS, CHRISTINA APPLEGATE, SKYLER GISONDO, STEELE STEBBINS, CHRIS HEMSWORTH and LESLIE MANN and offers a tip-of-the-hat reference to the 1983 original with cameos by CHEVY CHASE and BEVERLY D’ANGELO.

In the film, CHRIS HEMSWORTH’S character is incredibly egotistic and the proud owner of what can only be referred to as an ‘admirable appendage’ that becomes a bit of an issue for the Griswalds. During our recent interview, CHRISTINA APPLEGATE shared her memory of having to deal with being in what could have been an uncomfortable scene. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

VACATION is in theaters now.

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prophet11Opening August 7, the animated film Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet is based on Gibran’s seminal work but is seen through the eyes of a young girl named Almitra (Quvenzhané Wallis) who’s living in a Mediterranean seaside town.

Initially unable to speak due to the tragic death of her father, Almitra finds solace and inspiration in an exiled poet named Mustafa (Liam Neeson). Hayek serves as the voice of Almitra’s mother Kamila. Featuring songs from Damien Rice, Glen Hansard, and Yo-Yo Ma, along with animation work from Tomm Moore, Nina Paley, and Bill Plympton, the movie is filled with skilled collaborators who interpret Gibran’s resonant message.

“This is a movie that, if you watch it with your children, or with your teenagers, or with your parents or your grandparents,” says Hayek, whose previous producing credits include the TV series Ugly Betty and The Maldonado Miracle. “Everybody’s going to have an intimate experience with the film.

Click on the media bar below to hear Hayek talk about her inspiration for Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet:

John Krasinski, Frank Langella, and Alfred Molina are among the other voice actors in the film. To read how Salma Hayek’s trip to Lebanon changed the course of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, please go to Deepest Dream.

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bts1_key_vMaking its debut 8/22 on STARZ, BLUNT TALK is a new comedy series from SETH McFARLANE and the brilliant author/performer JONATHAN AMES. Set in Los Angeles, the story follows Walter Blunt (PATRICK STEWART), a Brit import intent on conquering the world of American cable news.

Unfortunately, the fallout from his misguided decision-making (both on and off the air) dilute his efforts to impart his wisdom on how Americans should live, think and behave. Under fire from network bosses, a dysfunctional news staff, several ex-wives and children of all ages, his only support comes from the devoted (but alcoholic) manservant he imported from the U.K..
Joining STEWART in the cast are JACKIE WEAVER, ADRIAN SCARBOROUGH, TIMM SHARP and DOLLY WELLS.

During yesterday’s press conference to promote the series, SETH McFARLANE admitted he isn’t very hands-on as a producer but it was his position in the industry that helped facilitate the production. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)


BLUNT TALK premiers on STARZ 8/22.

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ash_vs_evil_dead_xlgPremiering on Starz this fall, ASH vs THE EVIL DEAD is a scripted half-hour series and the much anticipated follow-up to the classic EVIL DEAD horror film franchise. Set to reprise his role from the 1975 original film, BRUCE CAMPBELL returns as Ash, an aging lothario and chainsaw-wielding monster hunter who ‘has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the EVIL DEAD. Executive producer SAM RAIMI directs the first episode and joining CAMPBELL on screen are LUCY LAWLESS, MIMI ROGERS and JILL MARIE JONES.

Originally created as a sort of grindhouse horror film intended to service the drive-in market, THE EVIL DEAD franchise has developed an intense and loyal fan base. During yesterday’s TCA press conference to promote the new series, BRUCE CAMPBELL and SAM RAIMI talked about how this series was developed to serve the fans. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)


ASH vs THE EVIL DEAD debuts on STARZ this fall.

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gothamPart of Gotham’s allure, along with its in-depth look at James Gordon and Bruce Wayne’s origin stories, lies in its film noir drenched aesthetic. Gotham was never a sunny place to live, and the series’ creators have accurately draped the town in seductive black and grey. That visual palette translates into the show’s main character, James Gordon (Ben McKenzie), who spent season one learning the ins and outs of the system, is now a hardened vet going into season two with justice on his mind.

“Gordon is basically a new man in the sense of he feels emboldened to do whatever it takes to get it done,” says McKenzie.

To hear Ben McKenzie talk about James Gordon’s journey in Gotham, check out the media bar below:

Season two premieres on FOX September 21, and you can stream season one via the FOXNOW app or watch Gotham tonight at (8/7c).

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todrick-hallDebuting on MTV in August, TODRICK is an eight episode reality series documenting YouTuber TODRICK HALL and his team as they race to make weekly music videos. A self-confessed ‘Broadway kid’, HALL has more than found a home and career on YouTube with upwards of two million subscribers and over 160 million views. Last year he and his crew were able to go on a successful cross-country tour and plans for another are reportedly in the works.

Facing reporters earlier this week at a TCA press conference, HALL was very clear that, despite the series deal with MTV, he has no intention of abandoning his YouTube channel. Instead, the series will serve as a tool to further his brand.

A former American Idol semi-finalist (ninth season),HALL also talked about how his experience on that show influenced his work. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

TODRICK premieres on MTV 8/31.

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whas-netflix-posterSince its original release in 2001, the low-budget, raunchy comedy WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER has become a cult ‘guilty pleasure’ largely because of its (then somewhat unknown) cast of amazing talents. Now, producers/writers MICHAEL SHOWALTER and DAVID WAIN have reassembled that cast (and even increased it) for the new NETFLIX series WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER: FIRST DAY OF CAMP.

Set in 1981, the eight episode series reinvents all the wacky raunch of the original film as it follows the counselors and campers on their first day at Camp Firewood. It also reunites cast members AMY POEHLER, PAUL RUDD, BRADLEY COOPER, DAVID HYDE PIERCE, CHRISTOPHER MELONI, MICHAEL IAN BLACK, ELIZABETH BANKS as well adding such names as JON HAMM, JOHN SLATTERY, CHRIS PINE, JOSH CHARLES, JASON SCHWARTZMAN and KRISTEN WIGG.

When asked at a recent TCA press conference if this marks the end of the line for WHAS, producer MICHAEL SHOWALTER indicated that there are plenty more stories to tell. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER: FIRST DAY OF CAMP premieres in its entirety on NETFLIX 7/31.

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aziz-ansari-netflix-tcaMaking its debut later this year on NETFLIX, MASTER OF NONE follows the personal and professional exploits of a hapless 30-year-old actor living in New York City. Produced by and starring comic/actor AZIZ ANSARI, the series will use a mix of his stand-up routines, his book (MODERN ROMANCE) and new material written specifically for the show to incorporate ANSARI’S unique and always interesting viewpoints.

Topics will be as diverse as ‘the plight of the elderly’, ‘the immigrant experience’ and ‘where to find the most delicious pasta for dinner’.

Earlier this week, ANSARI spoke at a TCA press conference to promote the upcoming series and he talked about how he and co-producers ALAN YANG and MICHAEL SCHUR developed the show and how his role will be different from the character he played on his previous series, PARKS AND RECREATION. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

MASTER OF NONE debuts on NETFLIX 11/6

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fast611Dwayne Johnson’s connection with the WWE runs deep, as his own father Rocky Johnson was a popular wrestler as well who actually helped train The Rock. While promoting the hit HBO series Ballers at the Television Critics Association in Beverly Hills, Johnson was asked about Hulk Hogan’s racist comments about an African American who dated his daughter Brooke Hogan.

Rocky Johnson also helped train Hulk Hogan back in the 1970s, so Dwayne Johnson’s own connection to Hogan also goes back a healthy amount of years. Even though he admits that some people may say offensive comments behind closed doors, Johnson admitted he is deeply disappointed in Hogan. (Click on the video to hear Dwayne Johnson offer his thoughts on Hulk Hogan)

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Claustrophobic thrillers such as Wait Until Dark and Repulsion feature actresses at the top of their game, and Short Term 12 star Brie Larson may have found such a gem with Room. Premiering at the Toronto Film Festival, Room centers on 5-year-old Jack (Jacob Temblay) and his loving mom (Larson) who have been confined in a 10-by-10-foot space. Within this room, the mother has created an elaborate universe for Jack to keep his sanity in check, but when her own stability reaches its breaking point the pair decide to escape their dangerous environment.

The teaser trailer also features other folks (the film co-stars William H. Macy and Joan Allen) who inhabit Room’s environment, but whether they are individuals from the past or a figment of their imagination is not, if you haven’t read Emma Donoghue’s novel, specified.

Director Lenny Abrahamson may be the perfect choice to direct Room, as challenging perceptions and perspectives was one of the more alluring aspects of last year’s feature Frank. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think!


Room, which premieres at the Toronto Film Festival, opens in New York and Los Angeles October 16. A nationwide release is set for November 7.

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