Law & Order: SVU enters its 17th season tonight on NBC. Over the course of the past few seasons, we’ve seen such series stalwarts Christopher Meloni and Dann Florek depart from the show. One thing that remains constant, however, is continued dedication from Emmy/Golden Globe Winner Mariksa Hargitay and Ice T..
Ice T, who plays Detective Odafin ‘Fin’ Tutuola and has been with the series since the second season, has given gut wrenching performances over the years. With the changes that the drama has seen over the years, he says it doesn’t seem that SVU has been on for 17 seasons. Though there has been many changes, SVU remains a strong series. (Click on the media bar below to hear Ice T)
Law & Order: SVU airs 9/8c on NBC.
Airing tonight on ABC, THE GOLDBERGS returns for season three and the word is that big changes are coming. And, by changes, we mean the advent of puberty for young protagonist Adam (SEAN GIAMBRONE). Meanwhile, his doting ’smother-mother’, Beverly (WENDI McLENDON-COVEY), unwittingly does everything possible to make it an uncomfortable experience. As for the rest of the show, it’s business as usual but with even more crowd-pleasing 1980’s tropes, memes and pop-culture references.
Tonight’s episode, titled A KICK-ASS RISKY BUSINESS PARTY, is a riff on that iconic 80’s Tom Cruise movie and, later in the season, audiences will get tributes to the likes of MILLI VANILLI, SHORT CIRCUIT and A CHORUS LINE.
Created by ADAM GOLDGERG (and based on his real-life family and experiences), the cast features TROY GENTILE, HAYLEY ORRANTIA, JEFF GARLIN and GEORGE SEGAL.
During a TCA press conference earlier the summer, producer GOLDBERG talked about what fans can expect to see this season and, in one instance, NOT see. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
THE GOLDBERGS airs Wednesday nights on ABC.
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Since Carrie Underwood won American Idol in 2005, she conquered has the country music world, and has since crossed over from country to mainstream radio. Underwood’s concerts have sold out all over the world. Once again Underwood has another hit song climbing the country music charts with her new single Smoke Break.
Since hitting it big, Underwood has put her fame to good use, dedicating much of her time to charity work. From working with young children to cancer research, Underwood has done unbelievable work outside of show business. Her other passions include working with PETA, as well as The Humane Society. Underwood told us that her love for dogs and other animals inspires her to get involved charities that support the humane treatment of animals. (Click on the media bar below to hear Carrie Underwood)
Throughout her career, Academy Award winning actress Anne Hathaway has worked with some of the silver screen’s most talented leading, a list which includes Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Matthew McConaughey among them. In her newest film The Intern she co-stars with two time Oscar winner Robert De Niro.
Some might be intimidated working with such high caliber of actors, but even as a youth Hathaway received her share of mentorship from Julie Andrews, one of cinema’s biggest icons. Working with De Niro is an honor for the actress, and she describes him as a down to earth thespian. (Click on the media bar below to hear Anne Hathaway)
The Intern opens in theaters this Friday.
Chuck star Zachary Levi was virtually unrecognizable as Fandral in Thor: The Dark World, and now he stretches those limits even further as Luke Collins in Heroes Reborn.
“I was always slightly envious of it when I was working on Chuck,” said Levi. “Not that I didn’t love playing Chuck and knowing kung fu and all the things I did there, but who doesn’t want to be a mutant powers and all that stuff?”
Although Luke Collins doesn’t have any super powers, he and wife Joanne (Judith Shekoni) are one of the main antagonists on the event series, as their mission is to hunt down and eliminated as many evolved humans as possible.
“There is a massive incident that takes place that is considered a terrorist attack,” adds Levi. “Thousands die, including our son, and this is blamed on people with abilities. So that sends us down this very tragic, crazy rabbit hole of not only to avenge our son’s life (but to) eradicate the world of (evolved humans) because we don’t think they can be trusted. That fuels our ability to continue down this road.”
Click on the media bar below to hear Levi talk about the differences between Chuck and Luke Collins:
Co-star and Heroes newbie Ryan Guzman talks about his character in the following Deepest Dream post. Heroes Reborn premieres Thursday night on NBC (8/7c).
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Triumphantly returning to FOX tonight for its second season, EMPIRE pulls no punches in getting things moving. From the opening scenes of Cookie’s gigantic musical rally (keep an eye out for celebrity cameos) to Lucious’ many ‘issues’ while still in prison for Bunky’s murder, this delicious dynastic drama somehow manages to be even more stylish and fast-paced than last season. Despite the huge popularity and growth from season one, EMPIRE continues to hold on to everything that the audience originally fell for.
Created by LEE DANIELS, the huge cast includes TERRENCE HOWARD, TARAJI P. HENSON, TRAI BYERS, JUSSIE SMOLLETT and BRYSHERE Y. GRAY as well as several well-known cameo surprises.
When we sat down with TERRENCE HOWARD and TARAJI P. HENSON last season, they were quick to tell us what to expect. After seeing part of season two, that response is just as applicable now as it was then:
EMPIRE airs Wednesday nights on FOX.
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Currently in limited large-format 3D theatrical release, EVEREST presents a no-holds-barred depiction of the 1996 tragedy that took the lives of eight climbers as they attempted to conquer Mount Everest. Shot largely on location using state-of-the-art technology, EVEREST avoids the usual sentimental Hollywood clichés usually seen in disaster movies and is arguably one of the most effective ’man against nature’ films to date.
Directed by BALTASAR KORMAKUR from a script by WILLIAM NICHOLSON and SIMON BEAUFOY, the cast includes JAKE GYLLENHAAL, JASON CLARKE, JOSH BROLIN, JOHN HAWKES, ROBIN WRIGHT, SAM WORTHINGTON, EMILY WATSON and KIERA KNIGHTLY.
At a recent press conference to promote the film, JAKE GYLLENHAAL explained why being a part of EVEREST was important to him. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
EVEREST is currently in limited large-format release and will open wide in theaters September 25.
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For the fourth time in their illustrious careers, Academy Award winners Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks partner up again in the political thriller Bridge of Spies, which is based on a true story.
After working together on Saving Private Ryan, The Terminal, and Catch Me If You Can, Hanks and Spielberg have developed one of the best partnerships in cinematic history. While making Bridge of Spies, Spielberg drew upon his close friendship with Hanks to help anchor the narrative. Their mutual bond and faith in one another has led to seamless collaborations, and Spielberg says one of Hanks’ manifold skills is the ability to create and listen to a wealth of ideas.
(Click on the media bar below to hear Steven Spielberg talk about his longtime collaboration with Tom Hanks)
Bridge of Spies opens nationwide October 16, 2015.
It’s hard to believe, but the 80’s sitcom The Golden Girls is now 30 years old. The series premiered September 14, 1985 and ran until 1992. Since the last episode aired, the show has continuously played on television, where new generations have grown up with four lovable senior women living together in Miami, FL.
One of the big reasons why the Golden Girls continues to shine lies in the everlasting popularity of 92-year-old actress Betty White. With a career that dates back to 1939, the only surviving Golden Girls cast member explains why Rose Nylund remains the closest character to her heart. (Click on the media bar below to hear Betty White).
Golden Girls fans all know and love Rose Nylund’s loveable and eccentric stories about St. Olaf, the fictional town in Minnesota of her childhood. White recalls filming those scenes with her great co-stars Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty, and Bea Arthur, as they would all wait to see if she’d trip over the hard-to-pronounce words the writers put in those stories. (Click on the media player to hear Betty White)
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Now in its 9th season, The Voice continues to be one of the best reality shows on all of television. One of the main reasons for the show’s success rests on the star power of judges Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams, Gwen Stefani, and Adam Levine. Along with their hands on and nurturing approach to their respective team members, the judge also have an undeniable chemistry with each other. Adam Levine who along with Blake Shelton has been a coach on The Voice for its entire run, has a playful, brotherly bond with the country star, and that innate respect and camaraderie extends to Pharrell and Gwen Stefani. (Click on the media bar below to hear Adam Levine)
The Voice airs Monday and Tuesday nights 8/7c.on NBC.