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Though Kate McKinnon’s film career is taking off thanks to her work in Ghostbusters and Rough Night, she’s best known as one of the regular players on Saturday Night Live. McKinnon has shown, whether it’s channeling Justin Bieber or a woman who claims she was abducted by aliens, that she’s adept at voice work and impressions. Thus her role (she plays three characters) in the animated flick Leap! is a natural fit.

“I wanted to do this movie because I love Paris and French stuff,” said McKinnon. “And Mel Brooks and Elle Fanning are in it and I love them both.  I just leap at the opportunity to do great cartoon characters. And I have not necessarily played a villain.”

Click on the media bar below to hear McKinnon discuss her various roles in Leap!:


Featuring the voice talents of Maddie Ziegler and Dane DeHaan, Leap! opens nationwide August 25.

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You could argue that director Steven Soderbergh enjoyed his finest moments on the big screen with heist flicks — Ocean’s 11 and its sequels as well as Out of Sight — so it makes sense that the director ended his self-imposed retirement from films with the new heist flick, Logan Lucky.

However, this film offers a fresh take on the genre with the key players neither slick (Ocean’s 11) or slyly charming (Out of Sight). Instead, Logan Lucky centers on a down-on-their-luck family viewing their somewhat simple ruse as their only course of action. Leading this heist is Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum), a former local football star and struggling divorced father whose past war injury has led to his recent unemployment. Jimmy had been working fixing the sinkholes beneath the race track at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, where he discovered how the venue’s money was distributed. With his ex-wife (Katie Holmes) set to move his daughter out of state, Jimmy’s in need of some fast cash to remedy a strained family situation.

For the heist, he enlists a ragtag crew made up of fellow family members and childhood friends. Adam Driver is Clyde Logan, Jimmy’s somewhat dim and family curse-obsessed younger brother who lost his arm in the same war accident as Jimmy. The appendage also serves as a comedic device at times bringing levity to the film. Jimmy sister Mellie (Riley Keough) is a streetwise hillbilly hottie playing a key role in the heist, while the rest of his crew features another family led by the incarcerated explosives expert Joe Bang (Daniel Craig) and his hard-partying brothers Fish and Sam (Jack Quaid and Brian Gleeson).

Included in the plan is a prison break for Bang, with the criminal returning to his confines before anyone realizes he’s left and the expected twists implemented by Jimmy, leading to a somewhat surprising outcome even by some of those involved. Though building the characters onscreen as players who are punching above their weight class who somehow win against all odds, the heist that Jimmy has planned out is actually more involved than initially seen onscreen, but part of the fun is seeing Soderbergh revisit the key details of what actually went down.

If there is a flaw in the film and the plan, it’s the arrival of a hard-nosed investigator played by Hilary Swank late in the film. While the final act reveals all that had to happen for the plan to succeed and centers on whether they will actually get away with it, it feels as though the film didn’t know where to end and the introduction of Swank’s character leading to the final payoff was a bit rushed. Still, Logan Lucky does feature a stellar cast (with smaller roles for Seth McFarlane, Dwight Yoakam, Katherine Waterston and Sebastian Stan among others), some light humor and enough twists and turns to keep things interesting.

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The Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds action flick The Hitman’s Bodyguard was the box office champ over the weekend as it took in $21.6 million. Coming in second was the hit horror flick Annabelle: Creation, followed by director Steven Soderbergh’s latest cinematic effort Logan Lucky. Below is this weekend’s top 10:

1. The Hitman’s Bodyguard - It makes $21.6 million and considering its budget is $29 million million, this movie should make a decent profit.

2.Annabelle: Creation - $15.5 million

3. Logan Lucky - The latest Steven Soderbergh and Channing Tatum (Magic Mike) collaboration makes $8 million.

4. Dunkirk - WWII flick makes $6.7 million and to date has amassed over $165 million in domestic ticket sales.

5. The Nutjob 2: Nutty By Nature - $5.1 million

6. The Emoji Movie - $4.3 million

7. Spider-Man: Homecoming - One of this year’s most successful films collects $4.2 million.

8. Girls Trip - $3.8 million

9. The Dark Tower - $3.7 million

10. Wind River - Action thriller starring Jeremy Renner and Elisabeth Olsen makes $3 million.

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gemini3Director Aaron Katz’s last film, the visually arresting friendship tale Land Ho! (he co-directed with Martha Stephens), was an absolute wonder, and now he’s back with the intriguing film noir  Gemini.

Lola Kirke (Mistress America) is Jill, a personal assistant to an unpredictable and unhinged actress named Heather (Zoe Kravitz). Whether it’s her agent (Michelle Forbes) or an irate writer-director (Nelson Franklin), Heather has her share of people frustrated with her behavior. When a homicide occurs Jill is pulled into the center of the investigation, as a detective (John Cho) attempts to solve this puzzling case (Jill’s own gun is the murder weapon).

The trailer pulled me in right from the get go, and it’s great to see Katz once again working with Land Ho! composer Keegan Dewitt and cinematographer Andrew Reed. Check out the trailer for Gemini and tell us what you think!



Gemini, co-starring Ricki Lake, is set for a Spring 2018 release.

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After five seasons, some TV shows have a tendency to lose a little steam. But not Arrow. The CW’s superhero show ended last year on a high note, and star Stephen Amell — who plays Oliver Queen/Green Arrow — says that based on the scripts he’s seen so far, Arrow is only upping the ante in Season 6! (Click on the media bar below to hear Stephen Amell)

The new season of Arrow premieres October 12 on The CW.

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awrinkleintime9-350x518Chris Pine was already in this summer’s biggest blockbuster, Wonder Woman. And it looks like he’s got another hit lined up for next year. Pine will be starring in the movie adaptation of the classic children’s book, A Wrinkle In Time, alongside Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, and Mindy Kaling. He told us he was overwhelmed by the experience of working on the movie with a director he really admires, Ava DuVernay.


A Wrinkle In Time opens in theaters on March 9, 2018.

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In today’s TV landscape, the old adage rings true — everything old is new again. In the last few years, we’ve seen reboots of old shows like Hawaii Five-O, Beverly Hills 90210, and MacGyver. This season brings The CW’s new version of Dynasty and a CBS remake of ’70s cop show S.W.A.T. Of course, these days, people are more likely to remember the S.W.A.T. name from the 2003 movie, which starred Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Farrell. But former Criminal Minds star Shemar Moore, who’s leading up the new S.W.A.T. cast, says he isn’t thinking about the show as a remake, because the issues it will be tackling will be coming straight from today’s headlines. (Click on the media bar below to hear Shemar Moore)

S.W.A.T. premieres November 2 on CBS.

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NUP_176200_0154.JPGRight now, there is no more polarizing figure in sports than Lavar Ball, the father of top Los Angeles Lakers draft pick Lonzo Ball. The elder Ball has made the headlines even more than his son has, with his outspoken opinions, outrageous antics, and out-of-touch attitudes toward women. Kristine Leahy, the co-host of NBC’s American Ninja Warrior, has injected herself into the conversation about Lavar Ball through her co-hosting gig on Fox Sports Radio’s The Herd with Colin Cowherd. Leahy hasn’t been afraid to openly criticize Ball, especially when it comes to his sexist remarks and actions. Her remarks have drawn a lot of press and a lot of controversy, but when we spoke to her, she told us she felt like she had no choice but to speak out on behalf of those who are offended by Ball, and her American Ninja Warrior co-host, Matt Iseman, says he supports her 100%.

Watch Leahy and Iseman on American Ninja Warrior, Monday nights at 8/7c on NBC, and listen to Leahy daily on Fox Sports Radio’s The Herd with Colin Cowherd.

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whitesnakeIf you lived through the 1980s, then Whitesnake’s eponymous record, released in 1987, was probably not a stranger to your eyes and ears.

To celebrate its 30 years, Rhino is releasing Whitesnake: Super Deluxe Edition on October 6, and the 4-CD/DVD collection will include remastered sound, unreleased live and studio recordings, a 30 minute documentary, and a new interview with band founder and lead singer David Coverdale. Also included is a 60-page hardbound book featuring unseen photos from the period, an extended essay centering on the Coverdale interview, and handwritten album lyrics from Coverdale. The audio will also be available for download and streaming services.

Three other versions (a 2 CD, 2 LP, and single disc remastered) will also be available on the same day.

“It gives me great joy to finally have so much of my Whitesnake catalog all under the same roof with the Warner family (Rhino is part of Warner Music Group) and I’m thrilled to be now working with this tremendous team on a worldwide basis,” said Coverdale. “I have great memories of being with Warner back in my days with Deep Purple then when I was with Geffen, when they were distributed by Warner, so it feels like coming home to now have Whitesnake there. This elaborate reissue is the perfect project to kick off the new relationship.”


Are you excited to hear Whitesnake: Super Deluxe Edition (for my money “Here I Go Again” never gets old) or have you had your fill of Whitesnake? Feel free to comment below!!

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147275_6965Jason Ritter stars in Kevin (Probably) Saves the World as Kevin, a regular guy who returns to his Texas hometown to help his widowed sister (JoAnna Garcia Swisher) take care of her teenage niece (Chloe East). Aside from helping out his family, Kevin is also tasked with saving the world with the guidance of a celestial mentor (Kimberly Hebert Gregory).

During interviews for the show, Ritter was asked how he would go about saving the world. “There’s a lot that is completely out of your control,” said Ritter. “And you can obsess about things that are out of your control and let them bother you or you can focus on the things that are in your control. And one of the things that is in our control is bettering ourselves and looking inward. Before you look outward and blaming other people or getting upset with other people, you can look at the way that your actions affect the people around you.”

Click on the media bar below to hear Ritter discuss he “locked into” his role for the program:


Kevin (Probably) Saves The World premieres October 3 on ABC (10 pm et/pt).

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