the-hunger-games-mockingjay-part-1-491714835_rgb1Over the course of That 70′s Show run on television, Mila Kunis won a devoted fan base. Now that she is starring in films, her fan base has even grown larger. Kunis told us that her biggest fans are her parents. Even if she hadn’t chosen acting as her profession, they would have supported her in anything she chose to do. (Click on the media bar to hear Mila Kunis)

Mila Kunis currently stars in the drama Third Person

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21Set to premiere on PBS in the Fall, THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY is a truly exciting 14-hour documentary by KEN BURNS. Over the course of seven nights, the series will weave the stories of Theodore, Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt, three members of one of the most influential and powerful families in American politics. In addition to using rare photos and previously unseen film footage, readings from personal letters and writings will be performed by MERYL STREEP, PAUL GIAMATTI, EDWARD HERRMANN, PATRICIA CLARKSON, ADAM ARKIN, JOHN LITHGOW, BILLY BOB THORNTON and the late ELI WALLACH (to name just a few).

Written by longtime BURNS collaborator GEOFFREY C. WARD, this will be the first time the individual stories of the dynastic ROOSEVELTS have been woven into a single narrative.

In development for almost thirty years, THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY is a stunning achievement. Speaking to reporters at the Television Critics Association, BURNS talked about the genesis of the series. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)


KEN BURNS’ THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY premieres on PBS in September.

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126Currently in theaters, BEGIN AGAIN is proving to be the little indie that could. Released in under a thousand theaters just a few weeks ago, the film continues to hold a spot in the box-office TopTen. Directed by JOHN CARNEY (who created the indie hit ONCE), the film stars KEIRA KNIGHTLEY, MARK RUFFALO, CATHERINE KEENER, HAILEE STEINFELD and (in a revelatory role) ADAM LEVINE as it tells the story of a couple of lost souls who connect through their love of music. Sincere and earnest, the film manages to be a perfect antidote for the usual summer blockbuster.

We recently sat down with KEIRA KNIGHTLY to talk about her role in BEGIN AGAIN and she revealed what drew her to the story and character. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

BEGIN AGAIN is in theaters now.

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the-hunger-games-mockingjay-part-1-491714835_rgbBuckle up horror fans. If binge-watching season 2 of HEMLOCK GROVE over on Netflix hasn’t worn you out, tonight’s premiere of the new FX series THE STRAIN could put you over the top. A vampire horror series based on the graphic novels written by GUILLERMO DEL TORO and CHUCK HOGAN the series is part epic horror story and part forensic procedural. Produced by CARLTON CUSE, whose primary claim to fame is his writer/producer credit on the cult favorites LOST and BATES MOTEL, the series is violent to the extreme and even more suspenseful. CUSE sat down with the Television Critics Association recently to talk about his collaboration with Del Toro and why he wanted to be a part of it. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

THE STRAIN premieres tonight on FX.

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32Picking up where season one left off, the hit Showtime series MASTERS OF SEX opens season two with the budding romance of sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson slightly stalled because of professional and personal speed-bumps. Beautifully set in the ’50s and based (we’re told) on the real-life experiences of Masters and Johnson, MASTERS OF SEX was created by MICHELLE ASHFORD and boasts an all-star cast that includes MICHAEL SHEEN, LIZZY CAPLAN, CAITLIN FITZGERALD, TEDDY SEARS, BEAU BRIDGES and JULIANNE NICHOLSON.

Finding the balance between the comedic and dramatic is tough when dealing with sex and nudity in a repressed mid-century America. Talking with reporters at a TCA press conference, SHEEN and CAPLAN admitted that the key to this show’s success is finding the right ‘tone’. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

Season 2 of MASTERS OF SEX debuts tonight on Showtime.

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31Airing tonight on Lifetime, the Sophomore Season finale of the popular nighttime soap DEVIOUS MAIDS promises to deliver the expected number of surprises and cliffhangers. Set in the glitzy world of Beverly Hills and centered on the relationship between a close-knit group of domestics and the families they work for, the series covers all the adult soap staples: murder, adultery, mystery and blackmail.

Created by MARC CHERRY (DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES), the cast includes such names as SUSAN LUCCI, JUDY REYES, ANA ORTIZ, ROSELYN SANCHEZ, REBECCA WISOCKY, GRANT SHOW, TOM IRWIN and WOLE PARKS.

Picked-up by Lifetime after being passed on by ABC, DEVIOUS MAIDS originally faced some criticism for the possible depiction of stereotypes. At a recent TCA press conference, LUCCI thanked CHERRY for writing the show and credited it for avoiding the use of stereotypical characters. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

The season finale of DEVIOUS MAIDS airs tonight on LIFETIME.

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3Airing Sunday nights and now in its second season on Showtime, RAY DONOVAN stars LIEV SCHREIBER as the titular professional Hollywood ‘fixer’ whose unorthodox methods of handling tricky situations more often than not turn a blind eye to the law. Created by ANN BIDERMAN (SOUTHLAND), the supporting cast features JON VOIGHT (currently Emmy-nominated for the role), STEVEN BAUER, EDDIE MARSAN, DASH MITOK, PAULA MALCOMSON and KATHERINE MOENING. Special guest-stars slated to show-up this season include ELLIOTT GOULD, ANN-MARGARET, SHERILYN FENN, VINESSA SHAW and KIP PARDUE.

An almost ‘noir-ish’ crime drama with a great eye for both the shiny and the seamy sides of Los Angeles, RAY DONOVAN belongs to SCHREIBER and his performance. Addressing reporters at a TCA press conference, he talked about why he was drawn to the role. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

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Land Ho! (Sony Pictures Classics)If you’ve checked out the trailer to Land Ho! or even read a few of its reviews, the premise of two amiable elderly men (Paul Eenhoorn, Earl Lynn Nelson) journeying to Iceland seems like pleasure enough jaunt. And in fact, thanks to the fine acting work of the lead players and the surefooted direction of Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz, Land Ho! is wonderful and funny escapist fare.

Iceland’s beautiful vistas also give the film an added visual texture, proving that even low budgeted films, thanks to the use of digital cameras and a beautiful backdrop, can look absolutely expensive. But Land Ho! is more than just a few funny jokes between a couple of lifelong friends (they’re former brothers-in-law) or an exercise in gorgeously shot cinema. Colin (Eenhoorn) is a reserved soul who is slowly receding into complacency while the straight talking and oftentimes rowdy Mitch (Nelson, who is related to Stephens in real life) wants to squeeze as much as he can from this lifetime. Both men couldn’t be more different personality wise, and occasionally they butt heads during their Icelandic trip.

Still, they share one common goal, as both are looking to find their footing in the world or as Nick Drake once sang, they’re just looking for a “place to be.” Tragedy affects us all, and maybe within its wake, we lose a bit of that fire. That fate, however, hasn’t befallen Earl Lynn Nelson.

“I love life,” says the actor, who along with being an actor is also a oculoplastic surgeon. “I know that because of my experience with death.  I spent four years, three months and thirteen days in Vietnam.  I found both of my parents dead, and tomorrow, I could be dead.  Therefore, I squeeze life for every nickel that I can get out of it every day. I work hard and I play hard.”

Click on the media bar to hear Nelson continue to offer his take on life, a philosophy that Mitch also espouses in Land Ho!:


To check out our interview with directors Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz (they talk about using the RED camera for the film), please go to our sister site Deepest Dream.

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125After a slow start, it appears that there might be a summertime box office boost with the release of DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. In theaters today, DAWN is one of the most anticipated tentpoles of the season and, thankfully, delivers on its promise to be a real crowd pleaser. Directed by MATT REEVES from a screenplay by MARK BOMBACK, ANDY SERKIS absolutely steals the show with his ‘performance capture’ turn as Ceasar, the simian leader of the violent revolution against humankind. GARY OLDMAN leads the resistance and KERI RUSSELL and JASON CLARKE are on hand for support.
Rich with state-of-the-art technical effects, the film is just lush in its depiction of a post-apocalyptic war zone.

We caught up with OLDMAN on the red carpet at this year’s WonderCon and he talked about how impressed he is with what REEVES accomplished.


DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES opens in theaters today.

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124It’s a great weekend for series TV fans, in addition to several season premieres and finales the stylish HEMLOCK GROVE returns to NETFLIX for a second season of guilty pleasure chills and thrills. Produced by ELI ROTH (HOSTEL, CABIN FEVER) and adapted from the BRIAN McGREEVEY novel of the same name, the story centers on the friendship between Roman (the vampire son of a wealthy and powerful family) and Peter (the werewolf progeny of a family of poor gypsies). Photogenic to the point of being positively swoon-worthy, BILL SKARSGARD and LANDON LIBOIRON lend a real swagger to what is, essentially, a supernatural soap opera. Also noteworthy as the rich, beautiful and extremely bitchy mother of Roman, FAMKE JANSEN personifies an air of imperious entitlement and is just a treat to watch.

Of course, one of the great things about a NETFLIX series is the ability to ‘binge watch’. It started with HOUSE OF CARDS and moved on through ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK and, now, HEMLOCK GROVE. Sitting down with TV reporters just yesterday, FAMKE JANSEN and ELI ROTH talked about the huge appeal of ‘binging.’ (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)


Season 2 of HEMLOCK GROVE will be available on NETFLIX in its entirety starting today.

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