After taking time off from television Emmy award winner, Kiefer Sutherland has found another hit series starring as the president on the ABC political thriller Designated Survivor.
Playing the iconic character Jack Bauer on the hit series 24 made him one of the biggest television stars in the world. After the long run of playing Jack Bauer which includes him returning for the 24 mini-series 24: Live Another Day, Sutherland wasn’t looking for another television series.
Though 24 was a great creative experience for Sutherland, he was reluctant to once again return to television. Once he read the script for Designated Survivor the idea of inventing another great character that could evolve as the show progressed once again intrigued him.. (Click on the media bar below to hear Kiefer Sutherland)
Designated Survivor, co-starring Natascha McElhone, airs Wednesday nights 10/9c. on ABC.
Gilmore Girls should be pleased, as Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life premieres on Netflix November 25. Most of the original cast is returning, along with headliners Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel.
Whether it’s being discovered on Netflix or on its original run on The CW, Gilmore Girls has remained a popular series. Centering on the lives of a mother and daughter living in Stars Hollow, Connecticut, the series maintained solid performances from the ensemble and excellent writing throughout its storied run. (Click on the media bar below to hear Lauren Graham)
Lauren Graham, who plays Lorelai Gilmore, told us she learned many things while starring on the show. One of the main things she learned was the inextricable bond between a mother and daughter. (Click on the media bar below to hear Lauren Graham)
Tom Cruise has found himself another successful franchise once again playing Jack Reacher in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. The film opens in theaters October 21.
The first film, simply titled Jack Reacher, was released in 2013 grossed over $200 million worldwide. Cruise had a great time playing the character, and he knew he eventually wanted to return to the role. We spoke to Tom Cruise, who told us there were many qualities that he loved about playing Jack Reacher. This time out, he wanted to explore more of the character. (Click on the media bar below to hear Tom Cruise)
This year’s most anticipated film is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and considering it’s directed by Godzilla filmmaker Gareth Edwards, the movie has a good shot at excellence. A new trailer was just released this morning, and it gives viewers a more in-depth look at the “rogue” crew that is tasked with stealing the plans to create the Death Star. Mads Mikkelsen also gets a bit more attention with this trailer, as Galen Erso’s (Mikkelsen) influence on the Empire is evidenced with the new footage.
It will also be interesting to see if this standalone Star Wars story will truly resonate with the audience, since we all know the Death Star was actually birthed into existence. Will watching a team presumably fail their mission be an interesting experience for moviegoers?
With an excellent filmmaker behind the camera and a solid ensemble (Felicity Jones, Riz Ahmed, Forest Whitaker, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen) to support all the special effects, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will definitely find an audience. I’m betting this movie absolutely hits the mark, and hopefully Edwards’ storytelling flair is evident throughout the film.
Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens December 16, 2016.
Directed and co-written by Jonás Cuarón, Desierto centers on a group of men and women attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexican border are attacked by a gun toting vigilante (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). The genre driven film, co-starring Gael García Bernal, doesn’t waste time with tons of exposition, and fans of white knuckled thrillers should appreciate Desierto’s aesthetic.
Cuarón attempted for several years to make a picture with anti-immigration as its central theme, and he finally found his way through after watching Steven Spielberg’s 1971 feature Duel.
“I realized that it would be interesting, that instead of creating a rhetorical piece that spoke about the subject matter, but instead create a horror experience that would bring them kind of through this journey,” said Cuarón.
While Desierto works as pure entertainment, its deeper themes also attracted Bernal to the proejct. “We’re just criminalizing the wrong people all the time,” said Bernal who previously worked with Jonas’ father, director Alfonso Cuaron, on Y Tu Mama Tambien. “We need to develop narratives that are much more comprehensive and benign with humankind. Every political thing we do has an international repercussion.
Click on the media bar below to hear Jeffrey Dean Morgan talk about his decision to jump aboard Desierto:
Desierto, which is Mexico’s official submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards, opens in select theaters Friday, October 14.
Last season on The Bachelor saw Ben Higgins, one of the show’s most beloved reality stars, select Lauren Bushnell as the woman he wants to spend his life with. Once the season ends, fans only hear tidbits if the couples are still together. But in the case of Ben and Lauren, who are still engaged, we get the new series Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After? Airing Tuesday night on Freeform, the show follows the soulmates’ path to planning their wedding and the possible drama which leads up to that blessed day.
Many fans of The Bachelor are curious to see if the new series will succeed. Ben and Lauren told us the series will show what really happens after The Bachelor, giving fans an up close and personal look at the couple’s journey into planning their wedding. (Click on the media bar below to hear Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell)
Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever? airs Tuesday nights 8/7c on Freeform.
Tom Hanks reprises his role as Robert Langdon for the third time with Inferno, which is based on the novel by Dan Brown. The Oscar winning actor previously played Langdon in the box office hits The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. Though Hanks has played many characters throughout his great career, Langdon may be at the top of his list. Along with working once again with his close friend, Academy Award winning director Ron Howard, Hanks gets the opportunity to play one of the smartest men in the world. Immersed in Dan Brown’s ever evolving and complex storytelling universe, Hanks is grateful to be part of this successful franchise. (Click on the media bar below to hear Tom Hanks)
Inferno, co-starring Felicity Jones, opens in theaters October 28.
Chicago Fire is the most successful show out of the Chicago franchise that Dick Wolf (Law & Order) has created. Now in its fifth season, the character driven drama centers on the firefighters and paramedics who put their lives on the line working under the Chicago Fire Department.
There are many reasons why the show has captivated television viewers, who can’t get enough of following the trials and tribulations of the Chicago Fire characters. We spoke to Jesse Spencer, who plays Lieutenant Matthew Casey, and he told us that both the Windy City as well as its diverse inhabitants are huge reasons for the show’s success.
Chicago Fire airs Tuesday nights 10/9c on NBC.
The Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and The Outer Limits are the paragons of the anthology series, and thankfully Black Mirror is bringing that genre back in full force.
The connective tissue behind the series centers on the potentially damaging and all-consuming effects technology has on humanity. Whether it’s a laptop or a Smartphone, our dependence on tech serves as an interesting template to the series.
Bryce Dallas Howard, Alice Eve, Cherry Jones, Wyatt Russell, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Mackenzie Davis are just a few of the actors involved in the third season. The directors of the six stories are Joe Wright (Atonement), Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane), James Watkins (The Woman in Black), Owen Harris, Jacob Verbruggen (London Spy), and James Hawes. Charlie Brooker is the program’s creator.
Check out the trailer for the third season of Black Mirror and let us know what you think!
Black Mirror’s third season premieres Friday, October 21.
Ben Affleck is Christian Wolff, the titular character in director Gavin O’Connor’s (Jane Got A Gun, Warrior) latest film The Accountant. A math genius who works as an accountant to criminal organizations, Christian’s latest job, which has him working with a clerk (Anna Kendrick) who has found a discrepancy in a robotics company, leads to violent consequences.
Christian is a talented accountant but an even more skilled gunman, and Affleck was attracted to the duality of the character. “This is a really distinct character and a unique film and that’s what drew me to it,” said Affleck. “It was very unusual. You think you’re getting one kind of movie and I think then you get something, in my view, that’s smarter, more interesting, and more challenging. Thematically, (it’s about) people who are different and what they are capable of. It’s about how we try to protect our children from harm and in some ways harm them more. That is what interested me about the movie.”
Click on the media bar below to hear Ben Affleck discuss how the theme of family ends up being the most “heartbreaking” aspect of The Accountant.
The Accountant opens Friday, October 14.