118In theaters this month, AND SO IT GOES is a light comedy that centers on the relationship between a good-hearted, middle-aged lounge singer and her overtly offensive misanthropic widowed neighbor. Directed by ROB REINER from a script by MARK ANDERS (AS GOOD AS IT GETS, LIFE AS A HOUSE), the film stars MICHAEL DOUGLAS and DIANE KEATON demonstrating the kind of killer chemistry that only stars of their wattage can come up with. While their paths have crossed socially over the years, DOUGLAS and KEATON have never worked together but always hoped they could find a project. On the other hand, this is a reunion for DOUGLAS and REINER who not only collaborated on THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT but acted together in the 1971 clunker SUMMERTREE.

During yesterday’s interview, DOUGLAS recounted that experience and talked about why he enjoys working with REINER. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)


AND SO IT GOES opens in theaters 7/25

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121Mark Wahlberg has been acting for so long, he’s almost made us forget he was once rapper Marky Mark. (Almost, but not quite.) Over the past two decades, he’s built up a remarkable Hollywood resume, mixing critical favorites like Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees, and The Fighter with blockbuster hits like Ted, The Perfect Storm, and Transformers: Age of Extinction.

It’s an impressive body of work that Wahlberg will someday be able to show his kids, although he admits he’s a little nervous about the work that shows off an impressive body part: Boogie Nights. (Click on the media bar below to hear Mark Wahlberg)


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120The FX series THE BRIDGE focuses on the tensions between the U.S. and MEXICO and the citizens living on both sides of the El Paso - Juarez border. An atmospheric show with stand out performances by leads DIANE KRUGER and DEMIAN BICHIR, the series more than lives up to its enormous potential for delivering taut drama and strong characters. Joining the cast this season is FRANKA POTENTE as a shunned Mennonite-turned-drug dealer’s accountant who is sinister and not just a little ruthless.

Created by MEREDITH STIEHM and ELWOOD REID (who adapted the series from the Scandinavian drama BRON), THE BRIDGE is another good fit for the FX roster of dynamic grown-up dramas.

Known primarily for her work on the big screen (INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, NATIONAL TREASURE), DIANE KRUGER took her time in finding work on TV. At a TCA press conference to promote the show, she talked about getting the role and her concerns about playing the cold and remote Sonya. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

The Bridge airs Wednesday nights on FX.

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122Yesterday proved to be major for fans of J. K. ROWLING’S series of books and movies based on the adventures of boy wizard HARRY POTTER. First came the word that ROWLING has just web-released a short story, scheduled to coincide with the World Cup, set around a championship Quidditch match and featuring a very grown-up, gray-haired HARRY POTTER.

Later in the day, Daniel RADCLIFFE appeared (via satellite) at a Television Critics Association press conference to promote the upcoming second season of his Ovation series A YOUNG DOCTOR’S NOTEBOOK and, of course, fielded questions about the new POTTER project.

Even though RADCLIFFE attempted an air of neutrality, it seemed fairly obvious to those in the room that he’s pretty much over the whole HARRY POTTER thing. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

A YOUNG DOCTOR’S NOTEBOOK (Season 1) is available via VOD

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boyhood (ifc films) Director Richard Linklater continues his collaboration with Ethan Hawke in Boyhood, a feature that centers on the life of Mason (Ellar Coltrane), an introspective youth whose loving parents (Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette) are divorced.

Linklater shot his film over 12 years, as viewers witness¬† Coltrane’s own growth from a little boy to a teenager (the director’s daughter Lorelei plays Mason’s sister in the narrative). Although Linklater describes Hawke and Arquette as two of the least vain actors he’s ever worked with, both actors also age right before our very eyes.

During a recent interview, Ethan Hawke, who previously worked with the director on the Before Sunrise trilogy, The Newton Boys, and Tape, talked about his own aging process in relation to Boyhood. Click on the media bar below to hear Ethan Hawke talk about getting older and wiser throughout the Boyhood production:



Boyhood, which clocks in at an epic 165 minutes, opens in select cities July 11.

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117Over the years, we’ve spoken to countless actresses who have told us the role they’ve enjoyed most is motherhood. And in many cases, they’ve talked about how motherhood has changed them, both personally and professionally. Some make a greater effort to stay away from roles that are “too adult,” opting to make movies their children will be able to watch.

Oscar-winner Halle Berry has made a name for herself by taking an incredibly diverse range of movies, from the downbeat drama of Monster’s Ball to her new sci-fi/drama television series Extant. So now that she’s got two children, does she take her role as a mother into account when she’s choosing her movie roles? (Click on the media bar below to hear Halle Berry)

Extant airs Wednesday night on CBS.

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115Returning this weekend to NETFLIX for its second season, HEMLOCK GROVE continues to be one of the best reasons around for taking a day off to ‘binge’ watch a TV series. Adapted by horror-meister ELI ROTH from the novel by BRIAN McGREEVY, the story is set in a small Pennsylvania town populated by vampires, werewolves and extremely photogenic young people. Add to this buckets of blood, over-the-top acting and just a touch of nudity and the result is a supernatural soap opera that might be the summer’s guiltiest of guilty pleasures.

Known for directing such big-screen fright-fests as CABIN FEVER and HOSTEL, ROTH took his time finding a TV project to get involved with. Sitting down with television critics to discuss HEMLOCK GROVE, he talked about his reasons for trying out the small screen. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

Season 2 of HEMLOCK GROVE premiers on NETFLIX 7/11.

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114Watching the ‘performance capture’ career of ANDY SERKIS has been nothing if not great fun. From his roots as Gollum in PETER JACKSON’S endless LORD OF THE RINGS epics to the titular role in KING KONG, from the creepy Capt. Haddock in STEVEN SPIELBERG’S slavishly loyal adaptation of THE ADVENTURES OF TIN TIN to the fierce simian Caesar in RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, SERKIS has reinvented acting for the CGI/Electronic age. A master of manipulating face and body for the FX recreation of the most unusual characters, SERKIS has created for himself an entirely new category of acting for the screen.

This week will see SERKIS back on the big screen as Caesar in the much anticipated sequel DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES and, once again, he knocks it out of the park. At a recent press conference to promote the film, he talked about why he wanted to return to the role of Caesar and his impression of director MATT REEVES. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)


DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES open in theaters 7/11.

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113A few days ago, the trailer for Horrible Bosses 2 was released and quickly became one of the most viewed trailers on the web.

The majority of the cast from the first film led by Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis is back. Also returning is co-writer/Bones star John Francis Daley. Daley, who co-wrote the first film, told us that the second films finds the guys in a much different position than they were in the first film. (Click on the media bar below to hear John Francis Daley)

Horrible Bosses 2 opens in theaters on November 26.

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112In theaters this week (and currently available on several VOD platforms), LIFE ITSELF is a chronicle of the career of ROGER EBERT, arguably this generation’s most famous and beloved movie critic. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago Sun-Times journalist’s own memoir, the film is directed by documentarian STEVE JAMES, whose film HOOP DREAMS was once named by EBERT as ‘the best film of the 1990s.” Add to that the generous input of EBERT’S wife, CHAZ, and it would be hard for LIFE ITSELF to be anything other than an unabashed valentine. All that said, the film is a celebration of movies and a man who loved movies as much as…well, life itself. And that’s certainly not a bad thing.

In town last week to promote the film, STEVE JAMES and CHAZ EBERT sat down with a small group of reporters to talk about what went into its making. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

LIFE ITSELF is currently available via VOD and in limited theatrical release

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