After going dormant for 14 years, the Jurassic Park franchise came roaring back with Jurassic World in 2015. It was a huge hit, grossing over $650 million here in the U.S. and more than a billion dollars overseas. That, of course, left the door wide open for another movie. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has already earned nearly $400 million ahead of its U.S. release date, which probably means another installment will be on its way. That’s great news for stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, who told us they love being part of such a big franchise. (Click on the media bar to hear Chris Pratt & Bryce Dallas Howard)
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom opens in U.S. theaters on Friday.
Uncle Drew began its life as a series of online episodes, but now it’s making the leap to the big screen. The basketball flick teams current NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving with a crew of legends, including Reggie Miller, Chris Webber, and Shaquille O’Neal, who says Uncle Drew has immediately jumped onto his list of all-time great basketball movies. (Click on the media bar below to hear Shaquille O’Neal)
Since he’s an Oscar-winning movie star and director, you wouldn’t expect to see Kevin Costner starring in a new cable TV show. Yet that’s exactly what’s happening — Costner leads the cast of Yellowstone, a 10-episode series starting this week on The Paramount Network. He’s also an executive producer on the show, and he told us he was drawn to it by the passion and the writing of series creator/director Taylor Sheridan. (Click on the media bar below to hear Kevin Costner)
Yellowstone airs Wednesday nights at 9/8c on The Paramount Network.
In a reality TV landscape filled with competitions and romance, The Last Defense definitely breaks the mold. The show takes an in-depth look at crimes and trials in which the defendant may have been wrongly convicted, trying to reopen their cases. It’s a show that could literally mean life or death for the featured defendants, and in a country where some think the justice system is broken, executive producer Viola Davis says it’s a show America needs to see. (Click on the media bar below to hear Viola Davis)
The Last Defense airs Tuesday nights at 10/9c on ABC.
The character of Ant-Man has come a long way from its last stand-alone movie — after all, it was an origin story. With a new movie, Ant-Man and the Wasp, on the way, Paul Rudd says you’ll see a much different, more highly evolved character on the screen. (Click on the media bar below to hear Paul Rudd)
Ant-Man and the Wasp opens July 6 in theaters everywhere.
Social media feeds lit up this past week after 13-year-old Courtney Hadwin got the Golden Buzzer from Howie Mandel, sending her directly to the live shows. Could she be the season’s breakout star? Host Tyra Banks is convinced that, after the success of last season’s winner, the show will definitely find another star this time around. (Click on the media bar below to hear Tyra Banks)
America’s Got Talent airs Tuesday nights at 8/7c on NBC.