American Idol (FOX, CR: Michael Becker)

For Jennifer Lopez, there are no huge favorites to win it all this season on American Idol. “I don’t think there’s a front runner this year,” said Lopez, who performed her hit single ‘I Luh Ya Papi’ on the show.” I think anybody can win and I think it’s very performance based and that’s what we’re seeing with the bottom three. (It’s) different every single times whereas in past seasons it’s kind of like you knew.”

“Certain people were never in the bottom three. Certain people just skated all through to win or just make the top four or five. That’s not what this year is like.”

It appeared that Lopez wanted to save MK Nobilette, who received mixed reviews this week with her rendition of Pink’s “Perfect,” from elimination. Unfortunately, fellow judge Harry Connick Jr. dished out the bad news to MK, saying: “It breaks our heart, but we have to say goodbye to you.”

As for Lopez, she was asked after the show about what type of music she listens to these days (her own album comes out June 17). Click on the audio below to hear her answer:

To hear what MK Nobilette had to say after her American Idol, check out the article on our sister site Deepeest Dream.


American Idol airs on FOX on Wednesday and Thursday nights (8 pm et/pt).

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Flu (CJ Entertainment)

We are giving away Two (2) DVDs of Flu, a viral outbreak thriller that is directed by Kim Sung-soo (Beat, Scream City) and starring Jang Hyuk (The Client), Su Ae (Sunny, A Family), Yoo Hae-jin (Musa The Warrior, King and the Clown) and Park Min-ha.

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*** The Deadline for this Giveaway is Tuesday, March 25 at 10 pm (pacific time). Good luck!!

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Flu (CJ Entertainment)

Here’s the official synopsis for the Korean film, which is being distributed by CJ Entertainment:

A human trafficker is infected with an unknown virus and dies in a Bundang hospital, covered in red rashes and coughing up blood. Less than 24 hours after the death of the first patient, similar cases are reported all over Bundang. The medics despair over the super virus that has no known cure, but they soon find hope when they hear of a sole survivor who may have developed antibodies against this ruthless viral mutation. As medical professionals rush to find the sole individual with the potential key for a cure, fatalities rise and soon the government has no choice but to quarantine the city. Amidst the ensuing panic, wild desperation and violence, the struggle for life between the infected and non-infected begins to spiral out of control.

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Glee (FOX, CR: Adam Rose)

Glee celebrates its 100th episode tonight on Fox (8 pm et/pt), so expect a ton of surprises and guest appearances on the program. Gossip Girl actor Chace Crawford makes an appearance as Quinn’s new preppy boyfriend, but Quinn’s big Glee moment should come with her team-up with longtime friends Santana (Naya Rivera) and Brittany (Heather Morris) for another rendition of “Toxic.”

Former McKinley High students Mike (Harry Shum Jr.) and Puck (Mark Salling), as well as colorful characters Holly Holliday (Gwyneth Paltrow) and April Rhodes (Kristen Chenoweth) are also taking part in the special episode, which will feature performances of the songs “Raise Your Glass,” “Defying Gravity,” and, of course, “Don’t Stop Believing.”

Darren Criss, who plays Blaine on the series, talks about celebrating Glee’s 100th episode below:


To hear Jane Lynch talk about the evolution of Sue Sylvester over Glee’s storied run and also read what Matthew Morrison had to say about the show’s success, check out Deepest Dream.

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Crisis (NBC, Vivian Zink)

As evidenced from her work in The X-Files and The Fall, Gillian Anderson knows how to pick excellent TV projects. We’re hoping tonight’s premiere of the kidnapping based thriller Crisis completely follows suit, and on the show she plays a powerful CEO whose daughter is among the endangered children.

The project also stars Dermot Mulroney (Enlightened, New Girl) as an adult chaperone (and former CIA analyst) who gets kidnapped along with the other teenagers, one of who is his own daughter. “To play a parent who doesn’t have the relationship or the time with his daughter that he once had, it’s interesting shooting this show, we shoot in a city that none of us live in,” said Mulroney. “We’re all traveling (and) leaving our kids and working on the show while I’m missing them. And weirdly it applies to shooting these scenes and bringing your own life into the character.”

When asked by reporters if his character has any ulterior motives in the storyline, Mulroney adds that “he is able to achieve his goals even with adversity thrown in, he adjusts to the situation…and continues to prevail.”

Click on the media bar to hear Mulroney, Lance Gross, and Gillian Anderson talk about their characters on Crisis:

Since Crisis, which airs tonight on NBC (10 pm et/pt) has its share of twists and turns, Mulroney had to be playfully cryptic in his answers. As for Gillian Anderson, it’s been 10 years since she’s done American television. Check out the Deepest Dream video to find out why she took the part of CEO Meg Fitch.

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Bad Words (Focus Features)

With Bad Words as his feature film directing debut, Jason Bateman also undertook the huge task of acting in the movie. This creative step ensured Bateman, even though he had the huge help of cinematographer Ken Seng, did double duty on the production - and it wasn’t easy.

The narrative centers on a middle aged guy named Guy Trilby (Bateman) who decides to partake in a Los Angeles set spelling bee contest, irritating everyone in the process. Even though it’s a comedy, Bad Words was pretty serious business for Bateman, and during our interview he explained how not having the immediate help of “video village” (which is seeing an actor’s performance immediately on the monitor) was a bit of a challenge for the filmmaker.

Click on the media bar to hear Jason Bateman talk about how he managed to balance the acting and directing work for Bad Words (the movie is now playing in select theaters).


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American Idol (FOX, CR: Michael Becker)

On this week’s American Idol, country singer Ben Briley was eliminated, as his rendition of Elton John’s “Bennie and the Jets” proved to be a costly gamble. To judge Keith Urban, there’s nothing wrong with taking chances, as long as that respective song can show off one’s talents.

“I think that’s where Ben went wrong last night,” said Urban of the performance. “He took a chance and that’s great. But you got to know that chance (will) play to your strengths.”

Harry Connick Jr. is one of this season’s highlights thanks to his brutal honesty towards the performers.  The musician clearly understood why Briley took the gamble and performed out of his comfort zone, but he also admitted every singer has their own strategy when approaching American Idol.

Click on the media bar below to hear Harry Connick Jr., who also performed on last night’s show talk about Ben Briley’s risk taking move on American Idol.


Jennifer Lopez added that the singer has a lot of fight in him, but made a “misstep” with “Bennie and the Jets.” Click on the clip to hear Lopez talk about Briley’s elimination from American Idol.


To check out Ben Briley’s reaction to being eliminated from American Idol, go to Deepest Dream.

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13In the brilliant (and underrated) Fox sitcom ‘ENLISTED‘, GEOFF STULTS, PARKER YOUNG and CHRIS LOWELL play dysfunctional brothers all stationed on the same military base. It’s a show that relies heavily on personal chemistry and these three manage to knock it out of the park. We recently sat down with them to talk about their on-screen relationship.


ENLISTED airs Friday nights on Fox.

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300 Rise of an Empire (Warner Bros.)

The biggest takeaway from 300: Rise of an Empire is that although it stays faithful to director Zack Snyder and Frank Miller’s original vision, it’s not a slavish continuation of the franchise. King Leonidas’ (Gerard Butler) and his Spartans are dead at the hands of golden god Persian king Xerxes (Rodrigo Santiago), and now all of Greece is ready for the taking.

Sullivan Stapleton, who plays pensive Athenian leader Themistokles, and his men are not be as physically imposing as the Spartans. Yet amidst this collection of devoted fathers, farmers, and honest wage workers lies a collective, resolute spirit that can’t be broken. Director Noam Murro, a filmmaker whose only feature film credit is the 2008 Dennis Quaid/Ellen Page drama Smart People, is a completely out of left field choice from producers Zack and Deborah Snyder, but it absolutely works. Murro brings a balletic and operatic style to the $100 million budgeted, 3-D dripped narrative, and his creative arias are best personified in the sheer delirium of Eva Green’s work as Artemisia.

Themistokles passion for Greek unification, as well as Queen Gorgo’s (Lena Headey) drive to avenge her husband’s death may serve as the narrative spine behind 300: Rise of An Empire, but it’s Artemisia’s bloodlust and tragic past brings the ravages of war to full light. Thanks to her work on Ridley Scott’s vastly overlooked Crusades epic Kingdom of Heaven, Green is no stranger to spectacle, and if you see Scott’s director’s cut of the film you’ll see that the actress really played Sibylla’s conflicting passions to a tee. Her portrayal of Artemisia, a one-woman army she describes in recent interviews as “bonkers,” continues her first rate portrayal of morally complex characters.

On the battle front, most of the conflicts occur at sea (aka a green screen laden soundstage), as the outnumbered Greeks attempt to outwit the intimidating Persian fleets. Much of the film’s enervated spirit stems from the primal chemistry between Themistokles and Artemisia. Although they are fighting on two different sides of the waters, their inevitable meeting of the minds (and body) is, depending on your own proclivities or sense of decorum, either a sexually charged encounter or an absolutely violent game of domination.

Most audience members will come to 300: Rise of an Empire clamoring for nonstop action and visually arresting 3D visuals, and thankfully the sequel more than delivers on that bargain. However, it’s Murro’s microscopic focus on the characters which gives this epic film a surprising level of gravitas. Whether it’s young fighter Calisto (Jack O’Connell) joining the war to fight by his father’s (Callan Mulvey) side or Themistokles’ painstaking efforts to convince Queen Gorgo to unite Greece, the film contains its share of thematic resonance.

But let’s not kid ourselves, since 300: Rise of an Empire exists as a pure, cinematic escapade. By the movie’s final frames, when we see our heroes ready for another go round with Xerxes, we thankfully realize that maybe, if the Snyders have their way, this war is far from over.

300: Rise of an Empire: Rated R. 142 minutes. Directed by: Noam Murro Cinematographer: Simon Duggan - Screenwriters: Zack Snyder, Kurt Johnstad - With Eva Green, Sullivan Stapleton, Lena Heady, Jack O’Connell


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Suits (IAN WATSON, USA NETWORK)

Suits is back tonight (USA, 9/8c), as there are six more episodes before the close of the show’s successful third season. Although following the twisty road known as Harvey Specter’s life is one of the program’s strongest facets, we’re wondering if Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman) will finally uncover Mike Ross’ (Patrick J. Adams) big secret. Mike and Louis have always had an up and down relationship, and the key question is whether this discovery will have significant reverberations in the office.

Harvey Specter’s lone wolf days may be over with his relationship with Dana Scott (the always charming Abigail Spencer), or maybe this will be a coupling that will eventually fade down the stretch. The series’ main romantic relationship centers on the Mike and Rachel  (Meghan Markle) connection, so we’re assuming Mr. Specter’s happily ever after may just have to wait.

During the TCA interviews with Gabriel Macht, he talked about when he actually knew Suits was a solid success.


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NEED FOR SPEEDAfter starring on Breaking Bad for five seasons, Emmy winner Aaron Paul is ready to make the transition from a leading man on the small screen to a leading man on the big screen. Paul stars in the action film Need for Speed,opening in theaters on March 14.

Need for Speed is based on the best selling video game, and is a high budget action thriller. Paul told us that he is ready to jump into big studio films, but still has passion to make small independent films, which he has liked to do.

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