Considering the former host of The Celebrity Apprentice has gone on to a political career, it’s a strange kind of synchronicity that brings the former governor of California into the board room. Like his predecessor, Arnold Schwarzenegger is well versed in strong-arm tactics and doesn’t shy away from controversy. While his personality might be polarizing, Schwarzenegger says that’s why he’s the right choice to lead the show. (Click on the media bar below to hear Schwarzenegger)
The All New Celebrity Apprenticeairs Monday night at 8/7c on NBC.
One of this year’s most notable Blu-ray releases was Carrie: Collector’s Edition. Any new iteration of Carrie is highly anticipated in the home video market, but this Scream Factory version celebrates the film’s 40th anniversary. Plus, this version is a 4K scan of the original negative, giving more pop and depth to the feature.
The film, which was the first Stephen King book to ever be adapted to the screen, also increased the star power of lead actress Sissy Spacek (who previously received notice for her work in Badlands). Brian De Palma, who was just coming off directing Obsession, took on Carrie with aplomb, visualizing every frame of the story months before production even started. What started out as the tale of an introverted teenager (Spacek) with destructive powers morphed into a box office hit.
The two-disc collection, while containing some of the previous special features from past releases, also includes new interviews with screenwriter Lawrence D. Cohen, editor Paul Hirsch, director of photography Mario Tosi, casting director Harriet B. Helberg, and several actors (Piper Laurie, P.J. Soles, Nancy Allen, Betty Buckley, William Katt, Edie McClurg). Previously released Carrie interviews with Spacek, De Palma, art director Jack Fisk (Spacek’s husband), and Amy Irving are also featured in the disc.
The most notable anecdotes, along with De Palma’s insight on how he visualized Carrie, comes from Cohen. The writer details his initial attraction to Stephen King’s story and breaks down the long and winding process it took to get Carrie to production. He also explains how the films Throne of Blood and Deliverance were heavy influences in some of Carrie’s most memorable moments.
Directed by J.A. Bayona (The Impossible), A Monster Calls centers on Conor (Lewis MacDougall), a 12-year-old who is understandably shaken up by his mother’s (Felicity Jones) deteriorating health. Conor finds solace, as well as a bit of confrontation from a the “Monster” (voiced by Liam Neeson), a 40 foot tree who teaches the boy how to deal with his seemingly insurmountable challenges. The film is based on Patrick Ness’ book of the same name.
“It’s a lovely film, isn’t it,” said Neeson, who also stars in the Martin Scorsese directed drama Silence. “It’s very entertaining and emotional. It’s like the book. I remember it was a very quick read but it kept coming up and biting me on the back of my head again. I’d keep reaching for it. It was wonderful.”
Click on the media bar to hear Liam Neeson talk about working with “computer nerds” to effectively capture his character in “A Monster Calls.”
A Monster Calls, now playing in New York and Los Angeles, opens nationwide January 6.
Though Carrie Fisher died on Tuesday, Deadline reports that the actress had already completed filming on Star Wars: Episode VIII. It was expected that Fisher would return for Episode IX, but shooting wasn’t expected to start for about a year. Fisher also recently wrapped filming for her recurring role on Amazon’s series Catastrophe, where she appeared as Rob Delaney‘s mother.
Nic Cage as Ronald Reagan? It could happen. Page Six reports that the actor has been offered the lead in a still untitled Ronald Reagan project. Will Ferrell was previously attached to the movie, but dropped out after two of the late president’s children slammed the film. The movie reportedly centers on an ambitious intern who is tasked with convincing the senile commander-in-chief that he is an actor playing the president in a movie.
It was a big year for Scarlett Johansson, who tops the Forbes annual Top Grossing Actor list. The actress grossed a reported $1.2 billion thanks to Captain America: Civil War and voice roles in the animated films Sing and The Jungle Book. Johansson also appeared in the Coen Brothers film Hail, Caesar early in 2016. Johansson bested her Captain America co-stars Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans, who finished tied for second with $1.15 billion. See the full Top 10 below.
1. Scarlett Johansson $1.2 billion
2. Robert Downey Jr. $1.15 billion
2. Chris Evans $1.15 billion (tie)
4. Margot Robbie $1.1 billion
5. Amy Adams $1.04 billion
6. Ben Affleck $1.02 billion
7. Henry Cavill $870 million
8. Ryan Reynolds $820 million
9. Felicity Jones $805 million
10. Will Smith $775 million
The end of 2016 is upon us, which means it’s time for various lists to pop up. For TV viewers, one interesting list of note comes from TorrentFreak, who have revealed the 10 Most Pirated TV Shows of 2016. It should come as no surprise that the hugely popular Game of Thrones tops the list. Check out the full Top 10 below:
1. Game of Thrones
2. The Walking Dead
4. The Flash
6. The Big Bang Theory
10. The Grand Tour
Things aren’t so “super” at home. TMZ reports that Supergirl star Melissa Benoist and Edge of Seventeen star Blake Jenner have filed for divorce. The couple met while starring on the Fox series Glee and Jenner did make a few guest appearances on Supergirl. The couple wed in 2013. In court documents, TMZ reports that Benoist cites “irreconcilable differences” and is seeking to block spousal support for either she or Jenner.
George Lucas is coming to TV … sort of. In an upcoming episode of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, the time jumping heroes will land in the ’60s where they find the prolific director deciding to drop out of film school after a time aberration. Producer Marc Guggenheim reveals to EW that the ripple effect will affect two of the show’s characters who were influenced to enter their fields because of Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Lucas will be played by Matt Angel, when the series returns on Jan. 24 at 9PM ET on the CW.
Though the Americanized version of Broadchurch called Gracepoint failed stateside, the BBC America edition is about to enter season three. A new trailer for the third season of Broadchurch has surfaced and can be seen below. David Tennant and Olivia Colman return to investigate a new case that features past familiar faces and some new characters, setting up the show’s farewell. Look for an early 2017 premiere on BBC America.