Friends star Matt LeBlanc returns to network television with his new CBS sitcom Man With a Plan. After spending ten seasons on the television classic Friends, LeBlanc quickly jumped into the spinoff Joey which was considered a major flop.
However, he quickly he redeemed himself starring in the Showtime series Episodes which garnered him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Television Series Musical or Comedy. The series will be back for one more season sometime in 2017. During this time, LeBlanc was looking at many scripts and when he read Man With a Plan he knew he found the right project. LeBlanc, who’s also producing the show, always has a vision of how he envisioned the series and told us he understands the highs and lows of working on a television series. He goes on to say that the audiences are going to see a new side of him that he has rarely played on television. (Click on the media bar below to hear Matt LeBlanc)
Man With a Plan airs Monday nights 8:30/7:30 on CBS
Melissa Benoist has found a lot of success starring on very successful television shows. For two seasons she starred on hit series Glee where the fans known as Gleeks embraced her and fell in love with her character. And now she has found another devoted fan base with Supergirl.
Glee and Supergirl are polar opposites shows but both shows have a passionate following. We spoke to Benoist and asked her about the Gleeks and the Supergirl fans and she told us to this day the Glee fans are still just as supportive. Diehard Supergirl fans, some of whom are also loyal intense comic book fans, have embraced her.
Supergirl airs Monday nights 8/7c on The CW.
Executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, The Ivory Game is a documentary that centers on the horrific universe of ivory trafficking, wherein poachers are constantly in the hunt for what is deemed as “white gold.” Directed by Richard Ladkani (The Devil’s Miner) and Kief Davidson (A Lego Brickumentary), the project features interviews with intelligence operatives, activists, rangers, and journalists who are all trying to make a difference in an operation which seemingly can’t be stopped. An estimated 150,000 elephants have been killed due to poaching in the past five years, and thankfully this Netflix documentary will shed light on the crisis.
The filmmakers spent over 16 months working on this ambitious project, which was honored with the International Wildlife Film and WWF Golden Panda Award at the Wildscreen Festival in Bristol, England. Along with producing a slew of feature films, DiCaprio has also produced the documentaries 11th Hour and Catching the Sun.
The Ivory Game opens in select theaters and will be streaming on Netflix starting November 4th.
Playing Lucy Preston, an adventurous history professor turned time traveler, is one of the many reasons why Timeless has been a creatively gratifying experience for Abigail Spencer, and during our interview she also gave credit to the work of the show’s producers.
“First it starts with our creators Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke,” says Spencer, who describes them as a ‘creme de la creme’ pairing.’ “Shawn Ryan has created The Shield and many other shows and Eric Kripke (created) Supernatural. They’re kind of a genre explosion in (and of) themselves and they work so well together too. It’s like My Two Dads (laughs). I get the best of both worlds with them. So that was a huge and compelling for me.”
Whether it’s meeting Ian Fleming in the flesh or witnessing the assassination of President Lincoln, Timeless is filled with bucket list (and heroic) moments for Lucy. That being said, Spencer also loves the show’s exploration of the characters’ personal lives.
Click on the media bar below to hear Spencer discuss the “utter humanity” behind Timeless:
Timeless airs Monday nights on NBC (10/9c).
Tyler Perry’s string of hits continue with his latest effort Boo! A Madea Halloween, as the comedy beat fellow newcomer Jack Reacher: Never Go Back with a $27.6 million debut. Though it received mixed reviews, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back had a solid opening weekend with $23 million. The new comedy Keeping Up with the Joneses sputtered with a seventh place finish and a paltry $5.6 million take. Here’s the top 10:
1. Boo! A Madea Halloween - $27.6 million
2. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back - $23 million
3. Ouija: Origin of Evil - $14 million
4. The Accountant - $14 million
5. The Girl on the Train - $7.27 million and worldwide the film has reached over $104 million
6. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children - $6 million this weekend and currently its over at $74 million stateside
7. Keeping Up with the Joneses - Couldn’t keep up with the competition and bombs with just $5.6 million
8. Kevin Hart: What Now? - $4.1 million
9. Storks - $4 million
10. Deepwater Horizon - $3.62 million
Directed and penned by Jeff Nichols (Mud, Midnight Special), Loving centers on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving (Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga), an interracial couple who fought to live in their hometown without being harassed by the law. The civil rights case Loving v. Virginia went all the way to the Supreme Court, and in 1967 it was ruled that anti-miscegenation laws were unconstitutional and a violation of equality.
Though the film covers their dealings with the case, Loving’s main focus is on their rock solid relationship, and Nichols’ intimate approach to the narrative gives his film a deep layer of resonance.
Although Edgerton and Negga had director Nancy Buirski’s documentary The Loving Story as source material, a huge key for the actors came from building their world around Jeff Nichols’ screenplay.
“A performance of a real person has to go beyond an impression or mimicry,” said Edgerton, who previously worked with Nichols on Midnight Special. “Because otherwise you end up on set just concentrating on ‘well this is me on set with a funny walk and a funny accent.’ It’s about the relationship in this movie . . . that’s the hard thing to study (and) quantify but it became the important part for us.”
Click on the media bar to hear Joel Edgerton talk about the sublime beauty behind Jeff Nichols’ script for Loving.
Loving opens in select theaters November 4th.
It’s hard to imagine a director who’s on a bigger hot streak than Denis Villeneuve. Though he’s been working in film since the 1990s, he first gained international acclaim for his 2010 feature Incendies, and then gradually grew momentum with his films Prisoners and Enemy (both which starred Jake Gyllenhaal). Last year he directed Sicario, a drug cartel drama headlined by Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro.
He’s getting tons of great word of mouth with Arrival, a sci-fi drama about an elite team (Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker) who investigate a spacecraft that has landed on Earth. Along with its astronomically high Rotten Tomatoes score, the picture is sure to be remembered come Oscar time.
After Arrival, Villeneuve will direct Blade Runner 2049, the follow up to Blade Runner which stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford. But before we get too ahead of ourselves, check out the final trailer to Arrival.
Arrival, co-starring Michael Stuhlbarg (Trumbo) and Tzi Ma (The Ladykillers), opens nationwide November 11th.
Rachel McAdams proved that she can play a physically and mentally tough protagonist with her work in True Detective, and though she would have been perfect in the Marvel Universe as one of its iconic heroines (Ms. Marvel and Hellcat come to mind), it’s great to see her as part of Doctor Strange’s ensemble.
She plays Christine Palmer, a surgeon and colleague of Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) in the Scott Derrickson directed feature. Since Strange’s world has its share of twists and turns, one can expect there will be more than meets the eye to Palmer’s character (though rumors of Palmer being the “Night Nurse” were shot down by Marvel head Kevin Feige.
“I was just thrilled because of this incredible track record,” said McAdams, who was one of the voice actors of this year’s critically acclaimed The Little Prince. “You know so much care and consideration and attention is going to go into the film before you’ve even begun. And you’re going to get to work with the best of the best in the world in what they do. It’s just this treasure trove of talent. I just couldn’t wait to dive into that.”
Click on the media bar to hear Rachel McAdams, who has her own history with the medical field (her mom is a nurse), talk about the research she did for Doctor Strange:
Co-starring Tilda Swinton, Doctor Strange opens nationwide November 4th.
Hugh Laurie is back playing a doctor once again on the riveting Hulu series Chance. Of course, who can forget Laurie playing the iconic Dr. Gregory House on the hit series House which ran for eight seasons.
While acting was always in Laurie’s blood, he in fact wanted to be a doctor and told us he still has fantasies about being a doctor. But playing a doctor on House and now on Chance is much easier than playing a real doctor. All he had to do was research and read a few books, where as being a real doctor requires medical school. The actor readily admits he took the shortcut to live out his dream. (Click on the media bar below to hear Hugh Laurie)
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Grammy winner Kelly Clarkson seems to have done it all. She has had five singles that have topped the music charts and along the way she has won three Grammys. If those accomplishments weren’t enough, you can now add author to her resume as Clarkson wrote the children’s picture book River Rose and the Magical Lullaby which is currently on the New York Times bestsellers list. The book is about a little girl and puppy’s adventure during their first zoo trip.
Clarkson did not intend to be a published author, and she was writing a book just for her daughter about her travels as a young toddler. However, that all changed when her husband and nanny saw what she was writing. They said she should publish the book and the rest was history.
River Rose and the Magical Lullaby is now available on Amazon and wherever books are sold.