The challenge of doing a medical drama, first and foremost, is spouting out all that medical jargon without making it look like you’re struggling to find the words. But it’s the second season for Chicago Med, and actor Colin Donnell (Dr. Rhodes) is more than up to that task.
“All of that technical stuff that goes along with doing a medical drama was, over the course of the first five episodes, especially I think the first half of the first season was like getting shot out of a cannon,” said Donnell. “It was really great to see the progress of it all throughout the season (when) things started to click a little bit more and make sense . . . I was pleasantly surprised that it all sort of came back when we hopped back in (for season two). Everything felt like it hadn’t completely gone away.”
Click on the media bar below to hear Colin Donnell is like “opening a new chapter of a book.”
After taking some time off from the big screen, Zach Galifianakis returns in the comedic heist film Masterminds and the feature boasts an A-list ensemble. Based on the true story about one of the biggest bank heists in U.S. history, Masterminds is directed by Napoleon Dynamite filmmaker Jared Hess. Along with Galifianakis, the movie contains a great cast which includes Owen Wilson, Emmy Award winner Kate McKinnon, and Kristen Wiig. Galifianakis had nothing but praise with Wiig, who he claims is one of the goofiest and most fearless actors he knows. Some comedians are funny but simply can’t act their way out of a paper bag (or vice versa), but thankfully Wiig is a master at both. (Click on the media bar below to hear Zach Galifianakis)
Masterminds opens in theaters September 30.
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Academy Award winner Renée Zellweger has acted with some of Hollywood’s most talented leading men. Tom Cruise (Jerry Maguire), Richard Gere (Chicago), George Clooney (Leatherheads) and her Bridget Jones co-stars Hugh Grant and Oscar winner Colin Firth have all graced the silver screen with Zellweger . That is a mind blowing list of A-List stars. We spoke to Zellweger and asked her about starring with all these great actors, and she told us she’s felt over the moon starring with all these leading men. (Click on the media bar below to hear Renée Zellweger)
Renée Zellweger stars in Bridget Jones Baby, which is out in theaters now.
One of this year’s finest films, the heartbreaking and uplifting documentary Gleason (R, 110 minutes), hits DVD November 1 and digital October 25 via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The project centers on Steve Gleason, a former New Orleans Saints defensive back who was diagnosed with ALS at the age of 34. Several weeks after receiving the news, Gleason and his wife discover that they are having their first child. Saints quarterback Drew Brees, former Saints linebacker Scott Fujita, and Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder are among the participants in the documentary.
The documentary chronicles Gleason’s determination to bond with his son via the use of video journals and the formation of his Team Gleason foundation.
Both the DVD and digital releases feature commentary from Gleason’s wife Michel Varisco and director Clay Tweel. For our review on Gleason, check out our CinemAddicts episode below (the show is a collaboration between Hollywood Outbreak and Cold Cockle Productions):
Chicago P.D. actor Jesse Lee Soffer, who plays Detective Jay Halstead on the show, has never been afraid to express his opinions on his Twitter account, and it’s refreshing to come across someone who isn’t afraid of dishing out some honest insights. During our interview with Soffer, said that Chicago P.D. offers viewers, no matter what side of the political fence they’re on, a break from the daily tensions of the day.
“We do get to portray the police in a light we think justifies them staying in good standing with the community,” said Soffer. “Because we work with cops, day in and day out, who see the problem and hate the problem just as much as you or I or anyone else in the country. Because they’re doing a good job and they’re pissed off when someone makes a terrible mistake and gives (the) police a bad name . . . that’s not to say that it isn’t a problem . . . but it’s a fine line to walk in this gray area.”
Click on the media to hear Jesse Lee Soffer explain why there hasn’t been any backlash with Chicago P.D.
Chicago P.D., co-starring Sophia Bush and Jason Beghe, airs Wednesday evenings on NBC (10 pm et/pt).
Planning a movie takes a lot of work, as coordinating a filmmaker’s and an actor’s schedule’s isn’t an easy task. But sometimes putting movies together can happen very quickly. That was the case with Sully. Tom Hanks told us he has witnessed the challenges of making a movie, but with Sully the decision to jump on board was an easy decision. After reading the script and calling director Clint Eastwood, it was was a relative no-brainer for Hanks. (Click on the media bar below to hear Tom Hanks)
After clobbering Blair Witch and Bridget Jones’s Baby over the weekend, Sully is not just a box-office hit but will also be remembered come awards season.
Tim Burton has made some great movies throughout his illustrious career. Films such Edward Scissorhands, Batman, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure and Beetlejuice are some of his biggest hits that are as popular today as they were when they were first released.
Burton has received many accolades, including two Oscar nominations. However, he just received what to him is one of his biggest honors he has ever received - his hand and footprints on the famed Hollywood Walk of Fame. Burton told us he is in awe of getting such an honor in the city where he grew up. (Click on the media bar below to hear Tim Burton)
Burton’s imprints are located right outside the legendary Chinese Theater, the location of his first movie premiere (Pee-wee’s Big Adventure). (Click on the media bar below to hear Tim Burton)
Burton’s next film Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children opens September 30.
The Emmy nominated comedy series Black-ish is one of the best comedies on television. The great ensemble cast, led by Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, put in great work every week.
Part of what makes the show so great are the universal and often humorous storylines that originate from the writers’ room. Anthony Anderson, who also produces Black-ish, told us he is very proud of that show has resonated with viewers. The actor, whose movie credits include The Departed and Scream 4, also says the feedback he is getting from show is what drives him to work hard every day and make great television. (Click on the media bar below to hear Anthony Anderson)
Black-ish returns for its third season Wednesday 9:30/8:30c on ABC.
Dear Esther, a critically acclaimed, atmospheric narrative that was initially released on PC by The Chinese Room, is now available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
The story centers on a man who travels through Hebridean Island, a seemingly uninhabited world that may hold the clues to his wife’s death. The Dear Esther: Landmark Edition also features commentary from the original development team (Jessica Curry, Rob Briscoe, Dan Pinchbeck) as they look back on the crafting of this unique title.
“Dear Esther has been with us for eight years now, but our passion remains undiminished - and we are as excited about it now as we were the first time,” says The Chinese Room’s Dan Pinchbeck. “This Landmark Edition is the culmination of the work of an extraordinary team of individuals and we’re excited to see how console players will respond.”
In celebration of its console release, Dear Esther: Landmark Edition is just $7.99, 20% off its SRP ($9.99).
Since I’m a huge fan of ambiguity and mystery, Dear Esther: Landmark Edition is a title I’ll play immediately, but I’d love to hear from gamers who’ve actually embarked on this hopefully intriguing adventure. Feel free to comment below!!
The oft-used phrase “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” may come to mind with movie buffs enamored with Akira Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai and John Sturges’ The Magnificent Seven. But director Antoine Fuqua’s latest film The Magnificent Seven will hopefully stand on its own while paying subtle homage to its predecessors. Fuqua, who once again teams with Denzel Washington (the pair previously worked together on Training Day and The Equalizer), is confident his movie will deliver the goods.
“Akira Kurosawa - he’s like Shakespeare,” said Fuqua. “Kurosawa was a master. Fear is the mother of failure - you can’t be afraid of what everybody’s going to think once you take on that job. I believe he would have loved to have seen a version today. He was a very forward thinker. As long as the DNA stayed the same as far as (Kurosawa’s) film and John Sturges’ film, then I felt like we were in good shape.”
Although it’s downright surprising that Denzel Washington has never seen The Magnificent Seven, at least we’ll know it’s a performance that was borne out of the actual screenplay rather than previous iterations. Click on the media bar below to hear Denzel Washington explain why he’s never seen The Magnificent Seven.
The Magnificent Seven, co-starring Ethan Hawke and Chris Pratt, opens Friday.