NUP_177958_1638.JPGAs a judge and mentor on The Voice, Gwen Stefani gets to share her musical gifts with the show’s aspiring singers, many of whom undoubtedly look up to her as an artist and an inspiration. After all, she’s had an amazing career, both with No Doubt and as a solo artist. Until recently, Stefani said, she actually had a hard time digesting the fact that a generation of young performers looks up to her. (Click on the media bar below to hear Gwen Stefani)

The Voice airs Monday and Tuesday nights at 8/7c on NBC.

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In How To Be  A Latin Lover, Eugenio Derbez is Maximo, a gigolo who’s been living the high life after marrying an older woman during his youth. When that woman leaves him for another man, Maximo sets his sights on another elderly lady with money (Raquel Welch). Salma Hayek co-stars as Maximo’s level headed sister Sara, a woman who begrudgingly welcomes him into her home.

In real life, Derbez is in good shape and he had to gain a bit of weight to fill out his yellow speedo scene in How To Be A Latin Lover. The sequence, which has him showing off his flabby body in a pool in front of a crowd of people, is one of the movie’s funniest moments. However, shooting that sequence in front of Raquel Welch had its drawbacks!

“It was not a closed set and it was one of the most embarrassing moments of my career,” said Derbez, who starred last year in the faith based drama Miracles from Heaven.

Click on the media bar below to hear Derbez talk about his yellow speedo scene (Hayek is also heard in the clip)!

How To Be A Latin Lover, co-starring Rob Lowe, opens nationwide April 28th.

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Sam Worthington fans may have to wait until 2020 to catch him in Avatar, but thankfully he’s picked his share of first rate projects in the interim. His latest film, the faith based drama The Shack, hits Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand May 30th via Lionsgate.

Based on the New York Times bestselling novel, The Shack centers on Mack, a family man whose faith is understandably shaken after a family tragedy. His life is transformed after he’s invited to an abandoned shack, where God reveals himself in the form of three strangers (Octavia Spencer, Avraham Aviv Alush, Sumire Matsubara). Tim McGraw and Radha Mitchell co-star in the faith based film.

Special features on the disc include audio commentary from director Stuart Hazeldine, a deleted scenes, five featurettes, and the music video “Heaven Knows” by Hillsong United.

Worthington, who starred last year opposite Andrew Garfield in Hacksaw Ridge, was attracted to the film’s universal themes and ability to resonate with audience members long after the credits roll. Click on the media bar below to hear Worthington explain why The Shack is “great filmmaking.”

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UNFORGETTABLEThis year, Katherine Heigl celebrates her 25th year in the movie business. She made her debut at age 13, which means we’ve literally watched her grow up before our very eyes. While she’s still a beautiful woman at age 38, she’d be the first to admit she’s no longer the youthful-looking teen she was when she started out. And as she approaches her 40s — traditionally, a decade that’s not very kind to Hollywood actresses — she’s been reminding herself that she has more to offer than just her looks.

Katherine Heigl’s latest movie is the thriller Unforgettable, which is in theaters now.

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When you sign on to play a superhero in the movies or on TV, becoming a role model is just part of the package. Melissa Benoist knew this when she auditioned for Supergirl, and after landing the title role, she’s been working hard to live up to her end of the bargain. She’s especially been active lately as part of the women’s rights movement, and she told us she got some great advice from the original female TV superhero: Wonder Woman’s Lynda Carter. (Click on the media bar below to hear Melissa Benoist)

Supergirl airs Monday nights at 8/7c on The CW.

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Fate of the Furious, The (2017)

The Fate of the Furious trampled on the competition once again, as it made $38.7 million at the box office. Coming in a distant second was The Boss Baby with $12.7 million, and unfortunately the Katherine Heigl/Rosario Dawson thriller Unforgettable failed to capture a sizable audience (#7 with just $4.8 million). Here’s this weekend’s top 10:

1. The Fate of the Furious - $38.7 million.

2. The Boss Baby - $12.7 million

3. Beauty and the Beast - $9.9 million

4. Born in China - $5.15 million

5. Going in Style - The good news is that this $25 million budgeted comedy has amassed over $31 million domestically. This weekend, it makes $5 million and it should be a modest hit for Warner Bros.

6; Smurfs: The Lost Village - It’s made just $33 million on a $60 million budget, which is a disappointment. Picture takes in $4.8 million over the weekend.

7. Unforgettable - $4.8 million

8. Gifted - Chris Evans drama makes $4.5 million.

9. The Promise - $4 million

10.The Lost City of Z - Charlie Hunnam and Robert Pattinson epic, directed by James Gray, takes in $2.1 million.


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Taken

After successful runs on TV’s Friday Night Lights and Grey’s Anatomy, Teaneck, New Jersey native Gaius Charles is back with NBC’s Taken. Playing John, a special operation teams member who works in tandem with Bryan Mills (Clive Standen), Charles has seen his share of action sequences. That being said, John’s arc, like many of the characters on Taken, is fully fleshed out, as viewers get to immerse themselves into a world outside of Millsworld view and personal obsessions.

Speaking of viewpoints, Taken thankfully doesn’t have a partisan approach to its storytelling. “What’s unifying about our show is we deal with these very intense and sometimes challenging and even controversial topics,” said Charles, who started on his acting path back in seventh grade. “It’s about the characters and their relationships so no matter where you fall on the political spectrum, I think you’ll be able to plug in and enjoy our show.”

Click on the media bar below to hear Charles discuss how, when it comes to acting, there are many roads to a hopefully gratifying destination:


Taken, co-starring Jennifer Beals, airs Monday evenings on NBC (10 pm et/pt).

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Director James Gunn is getting out ahead of the inevitable questions. Speaking on his Facebook page, Gunn stated that he will return to write and direct a third installment in the Guardians of the Galaxy series. The second installment is set to arrive May 5.

After Robin Williams‘ scene-stealing role, it may be hard to imagine anyone else in the role of the Genie in Aladdin, but a new live action version of the animated favorite from Disney may have found their man. According to Deadline, Will Smith is in talks for the role.

HBO Films is preparing an adaptation of the popular book Fahrenheit 451 and according to Deadline, two of the central characters have been cast. Michael B. Jordan will star as the young fireman Montag, who forsakes his world, battles his mentor Beatty (Michael Shannon) and struggles to regain his humanity.

Riz Ahmed has joined the cast of The Sisters Brothers, a film that centers on a pair of brothers who are hired to kill a prospector who stole from their boss. Set in the 1850s, Variety reports that the movie also stars Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Rosamund Pike has been tapped to play American reporter Marie Colvin in a still untitled film. Colvin, who lost her left eye in 2001 and wore a distinctive eye patch, worked primarily in conflict zones like Chechnya, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka. The reporter died in 2012 during a rocket attack while covering the civil war in Syria.

Amy Schumer has signed on to star in I Feel Pretty. Deadline reports that the script was written by and will be directed by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein. The storyline is being kept under wraps.

Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War drama The Shape of Water now has a Dec. 8 release date. The fantasy adventure film stars Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Lauren Lee Smith, Michael Stuhlbarg and Octavia Spencer.

Deadline reports that David Oyelowo has signed on for Only You, a thriller written and directed by Mean Creek’s Jacob Estes. The film is expected to be a time travel thriller.


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maxresdefaultThe accolades keep coming for Atlanta, Better Things, Horace and Pete and Veep, who were among the names called this week as Peabody Award winners.

Deadwood fans, there appears to be some movement on the series return to the small screen. Actor Ian McShane, who portrayed series standout Al Swearengen, told TV Line that a two-hour movie script has been delivered to HBO.

Blackfin revealed that they have been creating a documentary TV series based upon jailed former NFL star Aaron Hernandez who was found guilty of the 2013 murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. Hernandez committed suicide earlier this week at the age of 27. Deadline reports the series reportedly follows a recent murder trial in which he was acquitted of double homicide. The documentary was expected to be shopped to streaming services, cable and premium networks before Hernandez ended his life this week.

TV Land has re-upped two of their comedy series, with Younger already picked up for a fifth season ahead of the June 28 start for the fourth season. Meanwhile, Teachers, which returns for the back half of season two this fall, will get a third season as well.

Variety reports that WGN will not be bringing back Outsiders for a third season. The drama centered on an off-the-grid family who clashed with a local coal company and the community below at the bottom of the mountain on which they lived.

Days of Our Lives is welcoming back a fan favorite as Alison Sweeney is set to reprise her role as Sami Brady/DiMera, a role she played for over a decade before exiting the soap in 2014. She’s expected to start shooting new episodes in May and June.

USA Network’s Shooter is getting some new acting firepower. According to Deadline, Entourage’s Jerry Ferrara and True Blood’s Todd Lowe will play former marines, while Bring It On’s Jesse Bradford will recur as a D.C. staffer and love interest for Nadine (Cynthia Addai-Robinson). The second season returns July 18.

On a show with a high body count, it’s good to have turnover in the cast. TV Line reveals that Steven Ogg, Katelyn Nacon and Pollyanna McIntosh have been upgraded to series regulars on The Walking Dead ahead of Season 8.

Kathy Bates as a stoner? Netflix celebrated 4/20 with the announcement that the Bates-led weed-themed comedy Disjointed will premiere on Aug. 25. Bates stars as the owner of an L.A. marijuana dispensary. Chuck Lorre will be a co-creator and executive producer of the series.

Who in the world is Carmen Sandiego? In a new Netflix animated series, Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez will serve as the voice of the titular character. According to Screen Crush, the show will arrive in 2019.

The stars are turning out for the upcoming Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams anthology series. The show will feature 10 stand-alone episodes and according to the Hollywood Reporter, Mireille Enos, Greg Kinnear and Steve Buscemi have all signed on for episodes. Other cast members include Bryan Cranston, Timothy Spall, Jack Reynor, Benedict Wong and Geraldine Chapline.

Now THAT’s a genius idea! National Geographic Channel revealed that they’ll be picking up their biopic anthology Genius for a second season. The first season, which starts April 25, tells the story of Albert Einstein at two different ages with Geoffrey Rush and Johnny Flynn playing the theoretical physicist. A second season would focus on a still-to-be-determined different historical figure.

TNT has announced a July 10 premiere for their new series Will, which tells the tale of a young William Shakespeare. Newcomer Laurie Davidson will star as Shakespeare during his wild 20s.


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Chris Pratt returns as Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and the great news is the movie is getting getting great word of mouth. Along with a stellar ensemble, the project also features inspired filmmaking from director James Gunn. One can expect even more awesomeness the second time around.

“It’s a great script, a great story,” said Pratt, who was seen last year opposite Denzel Washington in The Magnificent Seven. “We’re just so thrilled to get to come back. The first movie got a great response and there were really high expectations (with the sequel) and I think we’ve met them. James Gunn made a great movie.”

Another one of the franchise’s strengths is its ability to seamlessly fuse some underrated melodies from the past into the storytelling (for example, Elvin Bishop’s “Fooled Around And Fell In Love” is beautifully employed during a bonding sequence between Star-Lord and Gamora in the original). During this week’s premiere at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Ca., Pratt talked about his love for the music behind the Guardians of the Galaxy films.



Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens nationwide May 5.

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