gn-fp-0069When you see the new comedy Game Night, you’ll see the cast - which includes Rachel McAdams, Jesse Plemons, Jason Bateman, and Lamorne Morris - having a lot of fun on the screen. Bateman told us the laughter was 100% genuine, because the movie brought together a lot of very funny people who had no problem cracking each other up on the set.

Game Night opens this Friday in theaters everywhere.

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Kelly Clarkson, as you can imagine, is intimately acquainted with the details of American Idol, the show that first brought her stardom back in 2002. Now that she’s joined The Voice, she’s had the opportunity to find out what makes that show tick. So, given the choice between joining the “Idol” reboot or The Voice, why did she choose the latter?(Click on the media bar below to hear Kelly Clarkson)

The new season of The Voice, featuring Clarkson as a first-time coach, premieres next Monday at 8/7c on NBC.

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ANNIHILATIONThe female revolution in Hollywood continues. In the last couple of years, we’ve had new heroines in the Star Wars saga, a trio of Ghostbustin’ gals, and now an action movie where it’s the women leading the way in the fight for survival. Annihilation stars Natalie Portman as a biologist who goes on a risky mission into an environmental disaster zone, and she says she’s been amazed at the way this latest gender twist has been received.

Annihilation, which also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, and Tessa Thompson, opens in theaters this Friday.

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Father Figures, a comedy starring Owen Wilson and Ed Helms, hits Blu-ray and DVD April 3 via Warner Bros. Entertainment.

The narrative centers on fraternal twins (Wilson, Helms) who realize that the man on a family photo isn’t actually their dad, and instead it’s a lie that was concocted by their mom (Glenn Close). The pair go on a road trip to find out the identity of their dad and meet an interesting cast of characters along the way.

Co-starring Oscar winner J.K. Simmons and Terry Bradshaw, the picture marks the directorial debut of The Hangover cinematographer Lawrence Sher.

Special features on the Blu-ray include deleted scenes and a gag reel (the DVD does not have the gag reel).

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One midseason program that is gaining its share of hype is the drama Rise, a collaboration between Friday Night Lights producer Jason Katims and Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller. The project centers on Lou Mazzuchelli (Josh Radnor), a teacher who attempts to inject new life into the school’s struggling theater department.

Co-star Damon J. Gillespie personally related to his character Robbie Thorne’s journey on Rise, as Robbie attempts to balance his football endeavors along with his burgeoning passion for theater. Gillespie also had his share of experiences on the football field and eventually studied musical theater at Roosevelt University in Chicago.

Click on the media bar below to hear Gillespie elaborate on how football and theater made an impact on his life.


Co-starring Auli’i Cravalho (Moana) and Rosie Perez, Rise premieres March 13 on NBC (10/9c).

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Tracy Morgan’s hiatus is over. Granted, it wasn’t one he chose to take - he was involved in a near-fatal auto accident nearly four years ago, and his rehab has been a long, grueling process. Now, he returns with a new TBS show called The Last O.G., and Morgan says it feels like he’s getting a fresh start. (Click on the media bar below to hear Tracy Morgan)

The Last O.G. premieres Tuesday, April 3 on TBS.

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For six years, Jerry Seinfeld’s been keeping himself busy with a cozy little interview show called Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. It’s just like it sounds: Seinfeld picks up his guests in a classic car and talks to them as he takes them out for coffee. Seinfeld’s guests - or passengers, as it were - have included several of comedy’s legends, including Steve Martin, Don Rickles, Garry Shandling, Tina Fey, Chris Rock, David Letterman, and the classic duo of Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner. And, in one memorable segment, he even drove to the White House for a cruise and chat with President Obama. How does Seinfeld get access to all of these A-listers? He told us it’s pretty simple. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jerry Seinfeld)

Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is currently streaming on Netflix.

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redsparrowluncheon410-2_rgbIn the ballet world, apparently, it’s all about colors and birds. First we had Black Swan; now Jennifer Lawrence stars in Red Sparrow, a movie about a Russian ballerina recruited to be a spy Lawrence told us this was one of her most difficult roles, simply because of the exhaustive level of training she went through. (Click on the media bar to hear Jennifer Lawrence)

You can see Lawrence’s newfound ballet skills on display when Red Sparrow hits theaters on March 2. (A month late… a ballet movie should have been released on 2/2, right?)

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Please Stand By, an overlooked drama headlined by Dakota Fanning, hits Blu-ray and DVD May 1. If you’re a fan of Star Trek and also appreciate Fanning as an actress, this picture should be up your alley.

The story centers on Wendy (Fanning), a woman with autism who lives in a group home and works at a local Cinnabon. Life is very regimented for her, and by sticking to a daily plan, she is able to live a productive life.

Her life gets thrown a curve ball when she enters a 500-page Star Trek script into a screenplay competition but realizes that she will not be able to meet the mailing deadline. With her script in tow, Wendy travels to Los Angeles on a trek that has its share of bumps and minor victories. Alice Eve plays Wendy’s understandably concerned sister Audrey, with Toni Collette serving as the protagonist’s nurtured (yet harried) therapist. Patton Oswalt also chimes in, delivering some of the movie’s best scenes as a cop who bonds with Wendy’s Star Trek passions.

The Blu-ray and DVD versions come with cast and crew interviews, a making-of featurette, and deleted scenes. My favorite sections of Please Stand By deal with Wendy’s relationship with the Star Trek universe (her script is actually pretty good!), and hopefully one of these sequences will be one of the deleted scenes.

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ANNIHILATION

Oscar Isaac’s first collaboration with Alex Garland was the sublime futuristic thriller Ex Machina, a project which turned Alicia Vikander into a star. Now he’s back with Garland with Annihilation, and he says that “95%” of his scenes are with fellow Star Wars vet Natalie Portman.

The picture, based on the James VanderMeer novel, centers on a biologist and ex soldier (Portman) who joins an expedition team to figure out what happened to her husband (Isaac).

Click on the media bar to hear Isaac discuss the “freeing” experience of working with Portman sans a ton of exposition.

Garland, who penned Annihilation’s script, previously wrote the scripts for Sunshine, 28 Days Later and Dredd. Co-starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, and Tessa Thompson, Annihilation opens nationwide February 23.

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