NUP_157216_2433.JPGThe NBC series Parenthood is one of the most underrated series on television. The series is a critics darling, and has a loyal fan base. As many know, the series is loosely based on the 1989 film of the same name, which Academy Award winner Ron Howard directed. The film starred Steve Martin, and is not only one of the most beloved Howard films by his fans, Howard told us that it happens to be one of his most personal favorite films that he has made. He also told us that he is so excited to see where the series takes the characters he created.


Parenthood airs Thursday nights on NBC.

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_mb23347_111The remaining 12 contestants sing for their lives this week on American Idol. Last week was very competitive, and it’s only going to get tougher. After last week’s show, we spoke to Idol judge Harry Connick, Jr., who said that for the contestants to be successful, they have to be very consistent with their song choice.


American Idol airs Wednesday and Thursday nights on Fox.

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300: Rise of an Empire (Warner Bros.) Although the brave, Greek fighters in 300: Rise of An Empire are not as physically intimidating as Gerard Butler and his crew of courageous Spartans, the actors were still put through an intense physical regimen during production.

As the dangerous and bloodthirsty Artemisia, Eva Green has her share of thrilling showdowns, most notably a two sword wielding exchange with the narrative’s main hero Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton).

During last week’s lively round of interviews for 300: Rise of an Empire, Eva Green explained why her training wasn’t as rigorous as one would think, and co-star Jack O’Connell (he plays eager young warrior Calisto) talked about feeling “triple hard” from all his intense workouts.

It’s a pretty funny clip, so check out the audio below:

300: Rise of an Empire, co-written and produced by 300 filmmaker Zack Snyder, opens March 7.

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11Beloved former American Idol contestant Adam Lambert reprises his role tonight as ‘Starchild’ on the Fox hit series, Glee. Lambert, who was the runner-up on the eighth season of American Idol, is one of the most well liked contestants to ever be on the show.

Since American Idol, Lambert has made a few albums, and has toured the world headlining a worldwide concert tour, Glam Nation. Lambert knows that none of his success would be possible if it wasn’t for American Idol. (Click on the media bar to hear Adam Lambert)


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CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATIONTed Danson is one of the most beloved actors in television history. Danson’s career has spanned almost four decades, having won the audience over in the 80’s hit series, Cheers, where he played the loveable Sam Malone. Danson went on to star in a few other hit series such as Becker, and the hit drama, Damages.

Danson has continued to do great work, currently starring on the CBS hit show, C.S.I.  At the age of 66, Danson is as excited about being an actor today as he ever was, and tells us that he loves going to work and feels very fortunate to have been on shows with great writing.  (Click on the media bar to hear Ted Danson)

C.S.I. airs Wednesday nights on CBS

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1Allison Janney, Emmy winner and star of the CBS hit comedy, Moms, stars as one of the voices in the new Dreamworks animated film Mr. Peabody & Sherman, which opens in theaters this Friday. It’s a safe bet that Mr. Peabody & Sherman will be one of the top movies at the weekend box office. Janney says there are many elements of the film that will entertain the whole family.


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The Counselor (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment)

Whether it’s the grueling showdown revelry of The Duelists, the And Then There Were None mystery mechanic of Aliens, or the father-daughter dynamic behind the underrated shaggy dog tale Matchstick Men, filmmaker Ridley Scott is an underrated storyteller. Sure, he’s considered one of cinema’s most talented visualists, but he’s also fearless in tackling prescient and, at times, existential driven narratives.

The Counselor, a movie that was either reviled or highly praised by critics, is a film that may put you square in either camp. I absolutely loved seeing the gradual moral and emotional disintegration of a high profile lawyer (Michael Fassbender, who is simply referred to as “the counselor” in the picture).

Although the film contains the visual expanse and expert lensing that’s expected from a Ridley Scott picture, the movie’s true bread and butter lies in the interesting monologues delivered by the people who serve as satellites to the Counselor’s seemingly privileged existence.

Whether it’s talking to a glorified middle man with a survivalist nature (Brad Pitt), a shady, Versace shirt wearing club owner (Javier Bardem), or a jeweler who expounds on the importance of a diamond (Bruno Ganz), the Counselor receives his share of potent advice which, considering his course of action, turn into unheeded warnings.

The storyline is a pretty simple one, as the Counselor engages in a drug deal which should make him easy money. Transactions, whether they’re done on either side of the border, are a tricky thing, and when a cheetah loving femme fatale (Cameron Diaz) enters the mix, the fates of the Counselor and his devoted fiancee (Penelope Cruz) are forever altered.

The Counselor (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, CR: Kerry Brown)No matter how much you love or hate the film, checking out The Counselor Unrated Extended Cut is a total must if you’re a movie buff or are interested in grabbing a camera and directing your own feature. Ridley Scott, as he’s shown from his audio commentary in Kingdom of Heaven and The Duelists, is all about transparency when discussing the nuts and bolts of filmmaking Truth of the Situation: Making The Counselor, is one of the more ambitiously mounted “making of” featurettes I’ve come across. Clocking in at over three hours, it combines B-roll footage, cast and crew interviews, deleted scenes footage, as well as audio commentary from Ridley Scott to give viewers a deeply incisive look at at the themes as well as the production journey of The Counselor.

One of the many nuggets you’ll learn about Scott’s creative aesthetic is his preference of shooting with digital cameras. It’s a change that most filmmakers, unless you’re Steven Spielberg or Christopher Nolan, have adhered to, and when it comes to moving along with the times, Scott is not exactly nostalgic. During the featurette, Scott pointedly remarks that “There was a time when I used to like grain, but I like clarity.”

The featurette also delves into Scott’s fast and efficient approach to filmmaking, as he prefers capturing the moment right on the spot as opposed to over rehearsing (or analyzing) a certain sequence. This brisk and precise methodology serves him well during production, and Scott also gives a few tricks of the trade in how to effectively keep one’s movie budget on a manageable scale. The key, according to the director, is to stay at a specific location and use the surrounding exteriors to shoot other sequences within your narrative. Scott also goes into depth on how he successfully used Spain and the UK to double for Albuquerque, New Mexico and Mexico during production.

The Counselor Unrated Extended Cut also features the theatrical cut, which was set at 117 minutes. Since I was a huge fan of the initial release getting an extra twenty minutes is pretty much icing on the proverbial cake. If you appreciate the original version, you’ll be treated to even more extended dialogue in the extended cut. One deleted scene that’s added to Scott’s cut gives added depth to a young and thrill seeking biker (Richard Cabral). In the theatrical version, the biker is more of a peripheral character, and thanks to all those added minutes, his motivations are more fleshed out in the longer version.

Ridley Scott fans or directing nuts in need a few filmmaking tips should definitely check out The Counselor Unrated Extended Cut. Even if you end up hating the picture, stick around for the enlightening featurette. You won’t be disappointed.

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NUP_158611_1373.jpgThe Voice is considered one of the best talent shows on all of television. The series, now in its sixth season, is already off to another great start. After taking a season off, Usher returns as a judge/mentor for the new season. Usher isn’t just one of the most talented performers in the world, he is also a great producer and writer, and has a keen eye for finding and grooming talent.

Usher did a great job his first season, and it seems so far this season he is as intense and dedicated as he was in the previous season. Usher says he takes his job on The Voice very seriously and knows his tough love approach with the contestants will help lead them on the right path.


The Voice airs Monday and Tuesday nights on NBC.

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Matthew McConaughey (ABC, CR: Rick Rowell)

Matthew McConaughey’s long journey in getting Dallas Buyers Club made has been an arduous one, and even though he’s an A-list actor, getting the project off the ground wasn’t an easy sell at all.

Cut to Oscar night and Mr. McConaughey has won a Best Actor award for his work as Ron Woodroof, with Jared Leto taking home the Supporting Actor trophy for Dallas Buyers Club.

Before all the awards hubbub and the ensuing success of the project, there were also periods of struggle, and McConaughey reflected on the challenging and ultimately rewarding journey in getting the film, which also stars Jennifer Garner, made.

To hear him talk about Dallas Buyers Club, click on the media bar below:


In the clip below, the actor talks about how the humor in Dallas Buyers Club brings forth its humanity:

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Twice Born

We’re giving away Three (3) DVD copies of Twice Born, an epic mystery/drama starring Penelope Cruz and Emile Hirsch.

To enter our contest, please follow these  instructions:

1.  Please follow @Hollyoutbreak & our sister site @DeepestDreaming on Twitter.

2.  On either one of our Twitter accounts, tweet us your favorite Penelope Cruz or Emile Hirsch movie and briefly tell us why you love the film!

3. Email your address info once you complete steps 1 & 2. You can reach me at: editor@deepestdream.com

4.  Entrants must live in the U.S. and be at least 17.

5.  The three DVD winners will be randomly drawn.

**** The Deadline for this Giveaway is Monday, March 3 at 10 pm pt. Good luck!!

Here’s the boilerplate press release regarding Twice Born:

Based on the runaway European bestseller by Margaret Mazzantini, TWICE BORN begins as the Italian professor Gemma (Cruz) heads off on a summer vacation to the battle-scarred city of Sarajevo with her discontented teenaged son Pietro.  She longs to show him the country where she fell passionately in love with his father, Diego (Hirsh) - but she is about to discover a long-hidden secret, one that will reveal far more to their knotted past than even her haunted memories can disclose.

Years before, when she herself was still a student, Gemma traveled to a very different Sarajevo, an electric, youthful city in the midst of the triumphant 1984 Winter Olympics.  It was then that she began a heated love affair with the young American photographer Diego, drawn to his intense zest for life and art.  For a time, she was compelled only by the all-consuming desire to start a family with him; but that desire would soon be complicated by her struggles to conceive, and her hopes of becoming a mother would in turn be interrupted by the coming of the brutal Balkan war and the longest violent siege of a city in modern history. In a series of transforming events, Gemma would finally make it back to Italy - but alone with an infant son who has never known the story of who he is or how he was born.

Roaming Sarajevo for the first time in 18 years, an unnerved Gemma at last begins to uncover the hidden truth of both the terrifying incidents and the remarkable acts of generosity that brought her and Pietro together — and now to a crossroads. In the face of a mother’s ultimate moral dilemma, she finds the redemptive power of love in this poignant and powerful film, also starring Jane Birkin (La Belle Noiseuse, Death on the Nile), which Roger Moore of McClatchey Tribune calls “an old-fashioned war romance…packed with third-act surprises”.

Here’s the trailer:

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