goth_39-jada-publicity-two_3195rca-11Entertainment communities on both sides of the pond are mourning today’s passing of RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH. The actor/director/producer was 90 years old.

A veteran of almost 80 films, ATTENBOROUGH made his screen debut in NOEL COWARD’S 1942 war story IN WHICH WE SERVE. From there he went on to act in such familiar titles as I’M ALL RIGHT JACK, THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX, THE SAND PEBBLES, A BRIDGE TOO FAR and, of course, the JURASSIC PARK franchise (to name just a few). As a director and producer he won two Academy Awards for the 1983 biographical epic GHANDI and was nominated for several awards for his work on CHAPLIN, CRY FREEDOM and (the often derided) A CHORUS LINE. An enduring force in the world of entertainment, LORD

RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH will certainly be missed. During one of our many interview sessions, he talked about working both in front of and behind the camera and what it meant to him.

LORD RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH 1923-2014

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ar8d48862Soon to hit theaters, A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES is the big screen adaptation of one of the many titles in the series of best selling novels by LAWRENCE BLOCK featuring former-cop-turned-unlicensed-private eye Matthew Scudder. A recovering alcoholic who more often than not casts a blind eye to the finer points of the law, Scudder is BLOCK’S most popular creation and a bona fide action anti-hero.

Directed by SCOTT FRANK (from his own screenplay), the film stars LIAM NEESON as the iconic private eye and places him smack dab in the center of the action as Scudder searches for the kidnapped daughter of a notorious drug lord.

This isn’t NEESON’S first time as an action star and at the age of 62, he hopes it isn’t his last. In town this week to promote the new film, he talked about his action inspirations. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)


A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES opens in theaters next month.

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129Currently airing on BBC America, INTRUDERS is a taut slice of supernatural storytelling that should have audiences on the edge of their seats. The answers come slowly (if at all) as an ex-cop investigates a secret society determined to achieve immortality by inhabiting the bodies of others.

Based on the novel by MICHAEL MARSHALL SMITH and slated for an 8-episode run, the first four episodes are directed by EDURADO SANCHEZ (THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT), produced by GLEN MORGAN (THE X-FILES) and feature a cast that includes Academy Award-winner MIRA SORVINO, JOHN SIMM, DARYL SHUTTLEWORTH, JAMES FRAIN and ROBERT FORSTER.

Although she’s barely around in the pilot episode, Oscar-winner SORVINO assures us there’s a lot more of her to come. At a Television Critics Association press conference to promote the series, SORVINO talked about her reasons for taking on the role. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)


INTRUDERS airs Saturday nights on BBC America.

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31In theaters this week, SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR is the sequel to the 2005 cult fave SIN CITY and succeeds in being an extremely stylized, high-concept film that is absolutely stunning in its reimagining of classic film noir tropes.

Directed by ROBERT RODRIGUEZ, the film’s all-star cast includes BRUCE WILLIS, MICKEY ROURKE, JESSICA ALBA, JOSH BROLIN, JOSEPH GORDON LEVITT, ROSARIO DAWSON and EVA GREEN (just to name just a few). Adapted for the screen by the legendary FRANK MILLER from his own graphic novels, SIN CITY manages to captivate as an inventive mash-up of past and future. With the graphic novel acting almost as a storyboard for the film, RODRIGUEZ tells us (on the red carpet at this year’s ComicCon) that he wasn’t actually ‘directing’ so much as he was ‘facilitating’.

SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR is in theaters now.

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26Currently in theaters, IF I STAY is a romantic tale of life, love and loss that is almost guaranteed to have you reaching for your hankie. Directed by R. J. CUTLER (AMERICAN HIGH), the film’s cast includes CHLOE GRACE MORETZ, JAMIE BLACKLEY, MIREILLE ENOS, JOSHUA LEONARD and STACY KEACH.

Adapted for the screen by SHAUNA CROSS, IF I STAY is based on the best selling young adult novel by GAYLE FORMAN that has managed to capture the hearts and minds of millions of teen readers. Officially classified as a ‘Young Adult’ title, the book actually explores universal themes that have crossover appeal
to several demographics.

During an interview to promote the film, stars BLACKLEY and MORETZ discussed how the film should not just be thought of as a ‘teen movie’.


IF I STAY is in theaters now.

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128Arriving tomorrow in theaters and on VOD platforms, TO BE TAKEI is a new documentary that explores the life and career of actor/activist GEORGE TAKEI, from his childhood and time spent in a WWII internment camp to his early career in films, his rise to fame on STAR TREK and his immense popularity in the world of ‘geek culture’. The film also emphasizes TAKEI’S activism and advocacy of LGBT rights and his 2008 marriage to BRAD ALTMAN, his partner for over 18 years. Produced and directed by
JENNIFER KROOT (IT CAME FROM KUCHAR), the film has been well received by critics and is a really informative and entertaining look at the life of a survivor.

We had the pleasure of interviewing GEORGE TAKEI a few years ago and he talked to us about how getting the role of SULU on STAR TREK was a major breakthrough in his career. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)


TO BE TAKEI opens today in theaters and is available via VOD.

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127Okay SIMPSONS fans, set your DVR for hyper-drive because, starting at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow morning, FXX will be running every single episode of THE SIMPSONS ever aired. Slated to end at midnight on 9/1, THE SIMPSONS marathon will give fans a chance to bask in the nostalgia of fave episodes while, at the same time, introducing ancient eps to a whole new generation.

Originally conceived as an interstitial bumper for THE TRACEY ULLMAN SHOW, artist MATT GROENING’S characters caught on and THE SIMPSONS debuted on Fox in 1989 and has aired upwards of 600 episodes.

Widely considered one of the best television shows ever produced, the series has undergone an interesting evolution that will be evident to die-hard fans ‘binge watching’ this unprecedented event.

At a recent Television Critics Association press conference to promote the marathon, Executive Producer AL JEAN admitted that the writing has always been on track but the animation has been the most evolved. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

THE SIMPSONS marathon runs from 10:00 a.m. 8/21 - midnight 9/1 on FXX

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126Opening in theaters later this week, IF I STAY is a heart-wrenching yet hopeful story of love, loss, family and fate. Centering on a beautiful and talented young woman who, because of a tragic accident, finds herself in a coma. While in the hospital, she has an out-of-body experience that allows her to watch as family and friends gather at her bedside and forces her to make a life or death decision. Based on the hugely popular young adult novel by GAYLE FORMAN, the film is directed by R. J. CUTLER and stars CHLOE GRACE MORETZ as the young woman whose story will tug at your heart.

At 17, MORETZ has been acting for over ten years and has taken on all sorts of roles in all sorts of genres. Everything from KICK-ASS and LET ME IN to HUGO and THE TEXAS KILLING FIELDS. Her tendency to gravitate towards darker, troubled characters has been well noted and at last week’s press conference to promote IF I STAY, she explained how she chooses her roles. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

IF I STAY opens in theaters 8/22

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125Now in its second season on Ovation, A YOUNG DOCTOR’S NOTEBOOK is such a delightfully quirky period piece that, at four episodes, it might be the shortest guilty pleasure on T.V.. A showcase for actors DANIEL RADCLIFFE and JON HAMM (who play the younger and older version of the same cocaine/heroin addled 19th century Russian surgeon), the series is a dark comedy much blacker (and deadpan) than what we’re used to and all the better for it.

That RADCLIFFE and HAMM (two of the busiest actors in the business) could even find the time to headline a small independent series is pretty hard to fathom. And, during a recent Television Critics Association press conference to promote the series, RADCLIFFE talked about how they were able to get it done. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)


A YOUNG DOCTOR’S NOTEBOOK airs Tuesday night on OVATION.

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124Marvel Studios has just issued a press release confirming that principal photography started today in San Francisco on its newest Super Hero franchise, Marvel’s ANT-MAN. Directed by PEYTON REED, the film brings one of Marvel comics original founding members of the AVENGERS into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and stars PAUL RUDD as the titular anti-hero.

Caught on the red carpet at this year’s San Diego ComicCon, where he was promoting the upcoming (and highly anticipated) film, RUDD seemed almost giddy with the excitement of being involved and attending SDCC for the first time.

Marvel’s ANT-MAN is slated for theatrical release 7/15/15.

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