If tonight’s debut episode is any indication, the new USA series MR. ROBOT is ‘one to watch’ this summer if for no other reason than the performances by co-stars RAMI MALEK and CHRISTIAN SLATER. An intense drama set in the world of corporate espionage, the series centers on a young, idealistic cyber security programmer who gets recruited by a mysterious underground vigilante group to destroy the corporation he’s been hired to protect. Given the times we’re living in, MR. ROBOT is not so much science-fiction as it is a cautionary tale and, to its credit, depicts the world of ‘computer hacking’ in a much more realistic way than we’re used to seeing it.
We recently sat down with MALEK and SLATER to talk about the series and they freely admitted that paranoia plays heavily in the show.
MR. ROBOT debuts tonight on USA.
America’s Got Talent host Nick Cannon and Howard Stern have a great rapport, and their chemistry is one of the show’s strongest aspects. . Whether it’s during America’s Got Talent or when Cannon has guested on Stern’s Sirius/XM Satellite Radio radio show, the two seem to really enjoy each other friendship.
However it wasn’t always like that. Cannon told us when he was on the radio a few years back the two of them didn’t exactly see eye to eye. Cannon told us he always had respect for Stern but once they started working together on AGT, the respect turned into a friendship. Now, he looks at Stern as a mentor.
America’s Got Talent airs Tuesday Night’s 8/7c.on NBC.
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It’s been over thirty years since Arnold Schwarzenegger promised “I’ll be back,” an iconic phrase that was uttered by his most popular role to date. Since the first Terminator, there have been two sequels and a prequel released. And now Schwarzenegger returns once again as the seemingly indestructible killing machine, as Terminator Genisys opens July 1.
Schwarzenegger, last seen with Abigail Breslin in the zombie flick Maggie, says he is honored to play the character once again and returning to a fantastical role is a rare luxury that he absolutely cherishes.
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Time flies, especially when one is trying to keep up with the ever changing face of the gaming industry. Some titles, such as the Devil May Cry franchise, continue to thrive, and the Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition is now available for download in North America on PC as well as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One systems.
The special edition features the action that turned the 2008 release into a gaming classic and three new playable characters, new costumes, Legendary Dark Knight Mode and Turbo Mode all come in the collection. Now gamers can play as five characters (Nero, Dante, Vergil, Trish, Lady), giving the title the biggest DMC roster to date.
For newbies to the franchise, the story centers on Nero, a young knight on the search for Dante, an assassin who killed the head of the Order of the Sword. Since Nero’s a member of the organization, his quest for vengeance has its complications as he learns the truth behind the motivations of the Order of the Sword.
Downloadable for $24.99, Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition also has improved visually, as it supports 1080p resolution and contains improved game tempo and balance.
It appears that Comedy Central has struck gold with its new scripted series ANOTHER PERIOD. Described by Entertainment Weekly as DOWNTON ABBEY meets KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS, this hilarious mockumentary is created, written and produced by its stars NATASHA LEGGERO (perhaps best known for her scathingly blue work on the Comedy Central roasts) and RIKKI LINDHOME (half of the popular GARFUNKLE AND OATES comedy team).
Set at the turn of the 20th Century, this send-up of societal mores features an all-star comedy cast that also includes PAGET BREWSTER, MICHAEL IAN BLACK, CHRISTINA HENDRICKS, JASON RITTER, DAVE KOECHNER and DAVID WAIN.
Best known to television audiences as the savvy and shapely Joan Harris on the hit series MAD MEN, CHRISTINA HENDRICKS recently addressed the press to promote the new series and talked about stepping into the world of absurdest comedy. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
ANOTHER PERIOD debuts tonight on COMEDY CENTRAL.
We are giving away Two (2) copies of the Sean Penn action thriller The Gunman.
The picture, directed by Taken filmmaker Pierre Morel, has Sean Penn playing Jim Terrier, a black-ops assassin who is now the target of his former organization. Racing through Africa and Europe, Jim must take down the person who framed him before he’s placed six feet under.
The all-star cast includes resident tough guys Idris Elba, Javier Bardem, and Ray Winstone.
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The Gunman, now available on Digital HD, will be released as a Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD as well as On Demand on June 30, 2015 via Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Producer Kenichiro Takaki has become a household name in the gaming community thanks to his popular Senran Kagura series. Drawing from Takaki’s youthful love for manga, the series centers on the adventures of a group of scantily clad, wide-eyed, and buxom female ninjas.
XSEED Games is set to release the Nintendo 3DS title Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson this summer, and the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game Senran Kagura Estival Versus is slated for a stateside debut this winter.
Hollywood Outbreak had the opportunity to interview Kenichiro Takaki at last week’s E3 2015, held at the Convention Center in downtown Los Angeles, and we asked him about the sexuality that is inherent in the Senran Kagura titles.
“The game does heavily emphasize on the sexuality and it’s an easy way to understand what the game is,” said Takaki. “But of course, if you want to make it a series that has longevity, it’s not like we just wanted to create a sexual content driven game. There’s a solid core, game playing aspect behind it.”
Adapted from the popular podcast hosted by science superstar NEIL deGRASSE TYSON, STAR TALK is the National Geographic Channel’s attempt to blend pop culture with science for the masses. Probably best known for his role as host of the immensely popular reboot of COSMOS, as well as his day job as director of the Hayden Planetarium, TYSON explores new territory on STAR TALK by bringing in a variety of guests from the worlds of entertainment, sports and journalism to discuss how aspects of science affect their lives.
Previous guests have included GEORGE TAKEI (on life as seen through the filter of STAR TREK) and CHRISTOPHER NOLAN (on the relativity of science to INTERSTELLAR). Tonight’s guest is veteran TV writer/creator NORMAN LEAR (and who knows where that conversation will go?).
Addressing reporters a few months ago to introduce the series, NEIL deGRASSE TYSON talked to us about the genesis of and his vision for the series. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
STAR TALK (with guest star NORMAN LEAR) airs tonight on NAT GEO.
After her run on the Twilight films and Snow White and the Huntsman, Kristen Stewart has focused her work on more independent driven material, as evidenced with Still Alice and Clouds of Sils Maria.
The actress also worked with first-time writer/director Peter Sattler in Camp X-Ray (Rated R, 115 minutes), a feature which also stars A Separation actor Payman Maadi.
Amy Cole (Stewart) is a dedicated and initially gung-ho soldier who serves as a guard at the Guantanamo Navy Base. Though she split her lip in a confrontation with a detainee during her first day on the job, Cole is actually enervated by the experience, as military life suits her to a tee.
Her initial perceptions of Guantanamo, as well as her job, are forever changed after striking up a friendship with Ali (Maadi), a well-read detainee who, after years of living in a cramped cell, simply wants a copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (he’s been waiting for the book for two years, a broken promise that was issued by a previous guard).
With an abusive commander named Ransdell (Prison Break’s Lane Garrison) making her days a living hell (John Carroll Lynch also does fine work as Ransdell’s superior), Cole is biding her time until she’s transferred to her next detail. Both Stewart and Maadi turn in memorable performances as strangers who attempt to find common ground even in the most dire of circumstances, while filmmaker Peter Sattler brings a strong visual eye to the proceedings.
Iconic filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein wrote that “the most important thing is to have the vision,” and that certainly applies to Sattler. Doing away with any of the politics or religious issues that could have bogged down an otherwise tight narrative, Sattler opts for a more intimate look at the flourishing of a surprising friendship.
Special Features: The Blu-ray and DVD versions both come with a Featurette (12:30 minutes) which contains interviews with Kirsten Stewart, Lane Garrison, John Carroll Lynch, Peter Sattler, and Payman Maadi. One of the takeaways from the featurette is that Stewart actually is a solid golfer (she and Garrison hit golf balls during production breaks, and the actress definitely knows how to drive a ball).
Camp X-Ray Facts: Fans of the 1980s TV series Newhart and Designing will also be treated to a cameo from actress Julia Duffy, who plays Cole’s mother. Director David Gordon Green (Manglehorn, Joe, Pineapple Express) executive produced the film.
Camp X-Ray is now available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Download from IFC Films via MPI Media Group.
One of several new series to grace HBO’s summer roster is THE BRINK, a political satire in the spirit of Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 classic ‘Dr. Strangelove: or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb‘. Written by ROBERTO and KIM BENABIB, the series centers on a Secretary Of State (TIM ROBBINS) and a low-level embassy bureaucrat JACK BLACK) frantically trying to defuse a governmental crises in Pakistan.
Executive produced by JAY ROACH (who also directed tonight’s pilot, the series reflects the kind of political savvy that made him an HBO favorite with such award-winning films as GAME CHANGE and RECOUNT. At a recent press conference to promote the series, ROACH talked about taking on the project and setting the kind of comedic tone that, hopefully, sets it apart from his other projects. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
THE BRINK airs Sunday night’s on HBO.
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