Wayans Wanted To Give ‘Marlon’ A Fresh Take On Family Matters

After it was a summer hit last year, Marlon has returned for a second season on NBC. The show, of course, is named after its star, Marlon Wayans, who is also the show’s executive producer and creator. He told us he wanted a show that looked at the realities of modern relationships, but in a way we hadn’t seen before. (Click on the media bar below to hear Marlon Wayans)

Two episodes of Marlon are airing on Thursday nights, starting at 9/8c on NBC.

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Bryce Dallas Howard: ‘Fallen Kingdom’ Is A Whole New ‘Jurassic’ World

With the Jurassic Park franchise reaching its fifth feature, the writers and producers knew it was time to shake things up a bit. So with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, star Bryce Dallas Howard told us the dynamic between the humans and dinosaurs has changed completely! (Click on the media bar below to hear Bryce Dallas Howard)

 

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which also stars Chris Pratt and Jeff Goldblum, opens in theaters on June 22.

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Samuel L. Jackson Talks About ‘Incredibles’ Changes

A lot has changed since the original 2004 release of The Incredibles — in both the real world and the film’s fictional world. Samuel L. Jackson says change is a major theme running through the long-awaited sequel, because all of the characters are having to adjust to different kinds of new realities in their lives.

 

 

The Incredibles 2 is now playing in theaters.

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Want ‘The Bachelor’ Without The Wait? Now, ABC Has ‘The Proposal’

Having given us 22 seasons of The Bachelor and 14 seasons of The Bachelorette, ABC has had the on-air relationship genre covered pretty thoroughly. Now, they’re raising the stakes with a new show that feels like speed dating compared to its other shows. Jesse Palmer hosts The Proposal, and he talked to us about the premise of the show. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jesse Palmer)

The Proposal premieres next Monday night on ABC.

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For Jon Hamm, The Heart Of ‘Tag’ Is Its Heart

Jon Hamm’s new movie is called Tag, a comedy about a group of friends who have stayed connected over the years by playing an ongoing game of tag. Based on a real story, it shows the ups and downs of how their lives have changed on the way from adolescence to adulthood. Even though it’s a funny movie, it does have moments that will tug at the heartstrings, and that’s one of the reasons Hamm said he was attracted to the script. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jon Hamm)

Tag, which also stars Jeremy Renner, Jake Johnson, Isla Fisher, and Rashida Jones, is now playing  theaters everywhere.

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‘American Ninja Warriors’ Helping Families Stay & Play Together, And So Much More

The success of American Ninja Warrior has been nothing short of astounding. Now in its 10th season, it has been a consistent summer ratings champion, and co-hosts Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila say they’re proud that the show’s impact goes much deeper than just the numbers.

 

 

American Ninja Warrior airs Wednesday nights at 8/7c on NBC.

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Tim Burton Takes Flight With Iconic Story In ‘Dumbo’ Teaser Trailer

Director Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) has reinterpreted his share of iconic work over the years, and now he’s the maestro behind the live action adventure Dumbo. The storyline centers on how a former circus star named Holt (Colin Farrell) and his kids (Nico Parker, Finley Hobbins), care for a newborn elephant who has the power to fly. Danny DeVito co-stars as circus owner Max Medici, with Michael Keaton co-starring as entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), the creator of Dreamland.

The just released teaser trailer suggests a movie that should pull on our heart strings, and one has to hope that this film reaches the emotional heights of such previous Burton work as Edward Scissorhands and Big Fish.

Co-starring Eva Green, Dumbo hits theaters March 29, 2019. Check out the teaser trailer and tell us what you think!

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‘Outlander’ Star Sophie Skelton Talks ‘211’ Journey Into Bulgaria

Sophie Skelton as Lisa MacAvoy in the action / thriller film “211” a Momentum Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Momentum Pictures.

Best known for her work in Outlander, Sophie Skelton stars in 211, an action-drama that’s headlined by Nicolas Cage. Skelton is Lisa MacAvoy, the pregnant daughter of a cop named Steve (Dwayne Cameron) who’s about to experience his most harrowing day on the job. Cage is Mike, Steve’s partner and father to an understandably distraught Lisa.

Dwayne was so easy to get on with,” said Skelton. “He’s really warm and we just sort of managed to muster up that chemistry straight away and we played the scene first where I tell him that I’m pregnant. We talked about it quickly and we and just decided to play the scene whereby they have been trying for a baby for a long time so you get that release and ecstasy that it’s finally happened. That makes the rest of the day and the events that unfold a lot more hard hitting because it goes from ecstasy to a complete 180 flip. Their lives are really shattered.”

Click on the media bar to hear Sophie Skelton talk about shooting in the Nu Boyana studios in Bulgaria:

211 is now available on VOD and Digital HD.

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Martin Scorsese Produced Tale ‘A Ciambra’ Hits Blu-Ray In July

Executive produced by director Martin Scorsese, A Ciambra hits Blu-ray and DVD July 10 via IFC Films. The narrative centers on Pio (Pio Amato), a 14-year-old who decides to explore the family business after his dad and brother are arrested. Directed by Mediterranea filmmaker Jonas Carpignano, the feature was honored at the Cannes Film Festival with the Europa Cinemas Label Award. It was also Italy’s official entry for the 2018 Academy Awards (Carpagnino also received an Independent Spirit Award nod for Best Director).

Along with its critical acclaim, another reason to check out A Ciambra is the director’s passion for shooting on film in an overwhelmingly dominant digital age (it was shot on Super 16mm). Special features on both versions include deleted scenes and the documentary A Ciambra: The Other Side of the Story.

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Sarah Shahi Explores The Highs And Lows Of Technology With ‘Reverie’

One of the interesting themes that’s explored in the freshman series Reverie centers on humanity’s complex relationship with technology. Former hostage negotiator Mara Kint (Sarah Shahi) is tasked with entering a virtual-reality program to save people who have become way too addicted to this experience. Though many narratives warn us about the horrific repercussions of tech, Reverie subtly explores both sides of the coin.

Various participants in the “Reverie” program have to be pulled out of that world as it’s threatening their overall health, and Mara may be undergoing her own mentally challenging issues while on the job, but that doesn’t mean the program has its benefits. Meeting loved ones who have passed, even in a virtual existence, would be an offer many folks wouldn’t pass up. Click on the media bar to hear Sarah Shahi talk about why the “wonderful things” that could come out of Reverie:

Reverie, co-starring Dennis Haysbert, airs Wednesday evenings (10 pm et/pt) on NBC.

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