During the recent press conference for the upcoming comedy, 17 AGAIN, director ADAM SHANKMAN (HAIRSPRAY, BEDTIME STORIES) talked about his involvement with the hugely popular viral video, PROP. 8: THE MUSICAL. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR BELOW):
In the new comedy OBSERVE AND REPORT quirky actor SETH ROGEN plays an over zealous mall cop who takes his job very, very seriously. Under the direction of JODY HILL (THE FOOT FIST WAY, EASTBOUND AND DOWN) the fim puts a new shine on the term “dark comedy” and in our recent interview with ROGEN, the actor talked about how he enjoys “pushing the envelope”. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR BELOW):
OBSERVE AND REPORT opens in theaters today.
While both the original series and the new HANNAH MONTANA:THE MOVIE take a look at the schizophrenic life of a teen superstar who just wants to be ‘one of the girls’, the film paints the picture with a little less broad strokes. MILEY CYRUS tells us they were after the delicate balance of reality and comedy. Listen in below:
HANNAH MONTANA: THE MOVIE opens in theaters today.
On this day in 1955, WARNER BROTHERS released the big screen adaptation of JOHN STEINBECK’S classic novel, EAST OF EDEN. Directed by ELIA KAZAN and starring JULIE HARRIS, JAMES DEAN, RAYMOND MASSEY, BURL IVES, JO VAN FLEET and ALBERT DEKKER (DR. CYCLOPS also released on this day) the film continues to be looked at as genius to this day.
On this day in 1975, African-American dancer Josephine Baker died. Baker, born in 1906 in St. Louis, was stranded in Paris in 1925 when a show in which she was performing went bankrupt. She landed a dancing job in the Folies Bergere, where her dancing and skimpy costumes became an instant hit with Parisian audiences. In France, Baker was considered the epitome of the jazz era, and French fans continued to adore her for 50 years.
Tonight’s episode of SAMANTHA WHO? gets points for it’s title alone (THE AMAZING RACIST) but also features a great turn by series star CHRISTINA APPLEGATE. We spoke with APPLEGATE shortly after she signed on for the series and she talked about how this show offers so much more for character development than things she’s done in the past, (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR BELOW):
SAMANTHA WHO? airs on NBC tonight
Two years after the demise of THE O.C., BEN McKENZIE is back on television in a role that’s almost the exact opposite of Ryan Atwood. While his O.C. character was a bad boy who came from the streets and found himself thrust into a life of privilege, his role on NBC’s SOUTHLAND is that of a rookie cop from a privileged background who must adapt to the mean streets of L.A. The show’s pedigree is solid: It’s from producer JOHN WELLS, whose previous work includes ER and THE WEST WING. The gritty, compelling pilot also features cast regulars REGINA KING, MICHAEL CUDLITZ and SHAWN HATOSY. McKENZIE told us about his character, Ben Sherman, and the difficulties he faces as the new guy on the force. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR BELOW)
NIP/TUCK creator RYAN MURPHY’S next outing will be GLEE, a musical dramedy series about a quirky mix of kids in a high school glee club. We spoke with CORY MONTEITH and LEA MICHEL (two of the cast members in the glee club) and they talked about their affection for MURPHY. Listen in below:
GLEE will premier in the Fall but will have a sneak preview after the AMERICAN IDOL finale on 5/19