Last season on The Flash, we saw a few crossover episodes with Arrow which were very entertaining. Flash star Grant Gustin really enjoyed the Arrow crossover episodes, and when we spoke to him we asked what other crossover DC heroes he would like to see. Gustin wouldn’t mind seeing Superman venturing into Central City and added that he’d love to do an episode with the CBS series Supergirl. These crossover moments are a no-brainer, as the show is part of the DC world and it’s produced by the same people who make The Flash and also Supergirl. Plus, both Gustin and Melissa Benoist have a familiarity with one another from their Glee days. (Click on the media bar below to hear Grant Gustin)
Flash fans - what crossovers would you like to see on The Flash? Let us know! The Flash airs Tuesday nights 8/7c.on The CW.
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Many are talking about the latest Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, and it’s safe to assume millions of fans can’t wait for its release. The trailer featured mainly new characters to the Star Wars universe while also bringing back some of the franchise’s tried and true characters. We recently caught up with Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams who told us that while film brings back Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia, it’s the new characters he can’t wait to introduce to the world of Star Wars fans (Click on the media bar below to hear J.J. Abrams)
What did you think of the latest Star Wars trailer? Did you like it or were you disappointed? Let us know! Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens December 18.
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It’s hard to believe the iconic 80’s movie Back to The Future is now 30 years old. To celebrate this milestone, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has released Back to the Future: The Complete Adventures - Limited Edition on Blu-ray. The collection contains all three films, the Back to the Future: The Complete Animated Series, and over two hours of special features.
Although Michael J. Fox has done a ton of great work throughout his career, the Back to the Future films holds a special place for him. When asked about which Back to the Future installment he cherishes the most, he says it was the first film, which was released in 1985. At the time he was working on the hit comedy Family Ties and he was going back and forth from the show’s set set to Universal Studios, where most of the film was shot. For Fox, working with such a talented ensemble and director Robert Zemeckis was a one of a kind experience, a journey which truly started him off on a successful acting career. (Click on the media bar below to hear Michael J. Fox)
Back to the Future: The Complete Adventures - Limited Edition is now available in stores or online.
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Actress Kristen Wiig (The Skeleton Twins, The Diary of a Teenage Girl) continues her forays into independent cinema with Nasty Baby, the latest offering from filmmaker Sebastián Silva. The Brooklyn centered drama centers on Polly (Wiig), a woman who’s wants to have a baby. With her close friends Freddy (Silva) and Mo (Tunde Adebimmpe) aiding in her process, the trio may actually start a family together.
Their dynamic, however, is threatened when they start bumping heads with a mentally unstable neighbor (Reg E. Cathey). Meanwhile, Fredddy’s anger management issues may take things to an even more dangerous level.
Wiig’s collaboration with Silva was a fruitful one. “We just instantly became friends, and we had to be very close friends in the movie,” said Wiig, who also starred earlier this year in the first rate drama The Diary of a Teenage Girl. “It was improvised, so I feel like we got to know each other during the filming of the movie and playing those characters. It was very inspiring for me to watch him work (and) to watch him make this piece of art that he had in his brain for so long.”
During the Nasty Baby interviews, Wiig nostalgically talked about missing her days on Saturday Night Live:
Nasty Baby hits theaters October 23rd and will be available on VOD October 30th.
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The Mindy Project is one of the best comedies that is currently airing online and television. Much of that success goes to the mastermind behind the show, star/writer/producer Mindy Kaling. A first rate performer who cut her comedic teeth on The Office, Kaling doesn’t mind being the butt of jokes on the show. She takes humor to a whole other level by also performing physical comedy. Kaling says she attributes this to her past experiences on prior shows she’s worked on, plus it doesn’t hurt to be funny and clumsy when you have wonderful leading men on the show. (Click on the media bar below to hear Mindy Kaling)
Catch The Mindy Project on Hulu.
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One of the movies that’s peaking our interest is the upcoming Walt Disney live action film The Jungle Book. Directed by Iron Man and Chef filmmaker Jon Favreau, The Jungle Book may be Favreau’s biggest challenge to date.
The project, which combines live action and CGI, features Neel Sethi as Mowgli and a talented voice acting ensemble that includes Bill Murray, Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong’o and Christopher Walken.
Favreau knows it’s going to be a tough task to possibly meet everyone’s expectations of the movie, as various versions Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale has hit the silver screen over the years. The good news is that Favreau himself is a diehard fan of the story, and hopefully some of his innate passion will come through with this iteration of The Jungle Book.
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The Jungle Book opens April 15, 2016.
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Tonight and tomorrow night the Battle Rounds continue on The Voice. Prolific music producer/performer Pharrell selected five time Grammy winner Missy Elliott to help mentor his hopeful singers through this process. Along with her Grammy wins and profound influence on hip-hop, Elliott has also amassed many top 10 hits on the music charts.
Elliot’s work ethic and dedication to her craft makes her one of the most sought after producers in the music business. While working on The Voice, Elliot shared her advice on how to succeed in the music business. Part of her success comes from her continued hunger, a drive that she learned from such icons as Michael Jackson. (Click on the media bar below to hear Missy Elliot)
The Voice airs Monday and Tuesday night 8/7c.on NBC.
>A special thanks to @PureJohn
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Goosebumps was the #1 film over the weekend, as it took in $23.5 million. With a projected budget of $58 million, the film is expected to make a solid profit for Sony, and a sequel is currently in development.
One of the film’s strengths lies in Jack Black’s portrayal of real life author R.L. Stine as a curmudgeonly author. “My introduction to Goosebumps was the screenplay to the movie,” said Black. “I had never read any of the books or seen any of the television episodes, but I loved the screenplay and read some of the books as my research. They’re great and they’re really fun to read.”
The good news is that R.L. Stine was supportive Jack Black’s performance which, according to Black, was inspired by Orson Welles’ portrayal of Charles Foster Kane in Citizen Kane. In the audio clip below the actor and Goosebumps director Rob Letterman talk about Stine’s love for the project and such TV classics as Your Show of Shows. (Click on the media bar below to hear Black and Letterman):
Goosebumps also stars Dylan Minnette and Odeya Rush.
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We’ve seen director Steven Spielberg use his platform as one of the most respected auteurs in Hollywood to not only create great adventures and entertainment, but also to inform, inspire and showcase moving stories about the human spirit and great character over the years. With Bridge of Spies, Spielberg is delving into history with a story loosely based upon the ’50s cold war era paranoia with spies and the men of character who kept the world at peace amidst great risk to themselves.
For this film, Spielberg reunites with Tom Hanks, who has portrayed men of great character in some of the director’s other flicks like Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can and The Terminal. Hanks is Jim Donovan, a smooth talking stickler for the facts insurance lawyer, who ends up being asked to provide a defense for the newly arrested Russian spy Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance) after the government steps back to show no signs that a fair defense is not given. Initially reluctant, Hanks is swayed with the idea that it is his patriotic duty to defend the rights of the constitution by his boss (Alan Alda) and the government, even in the eyes of disdain from his peers and the general public who have already tried Abel in the court of public opinion.
As the film opens, Abel, who has been living as an artist in America, is captured after receiving intelligence. Rylance portrays Abel in an understated manner, a man unfazed in the midst of what is facing him, but unwilling to break. He too is a man of great character, who shrewdly sizes up Donovan in the same manner, agreeing to take him on as legal counsel. A key moment in the film comes when Abel calls Donovan, who is plotting out an appeal for Abel, ”the standing man,” telling him the story of a family friend Abel initially felt was unremarkable, who continued to stand amidst the pummeling provided by soldiers who invaded his home as a youth.
While Hanks is no doubt the star of the film and likely to earn another Oscar nomination, do not be surprised to see Rylance’s name pop up during award season. His portrayal of Abel has bits of humor, understated strength and has the viewers inevitably liking what should on the surface be considered an enemy. A Best Supporting Actor nod seems like a possibility here.
The movie explores the lengths that Donovan will go to in order to defend what he believes in and not bowing when violence comes knocking on his door (or whizzing through his window as is the case in the film). He’s also a man of great foresight, understanding that Abel may have more value alive than dead, a point that comes to fruition when a young fighter pilot (Austin Stowell) is shot down in Russia and a message is sent through to Donovan that could lead to a possible trade.
While defending Abel was one thing, Donovan’s American loyalties and character are once again put to the test when the government calls upon him to negotiate the exchange of the fighter pilot Powers for Abel, but a few wrinkles pop up along the way, including the imprisonment of an American student (Will Rogers) in East Germany just as the wall has gone up. The lawyer is sent to a divided Berlin to negotiate the swap, unaware of who the players may truly be representing, unsure of the politics involved and all the while essentially entering enemy territory to do so with no assurances of safety.
The Bridge of Spies script penned by Matt Charman and the Coen Brothers is sharp, wrought with intensity at the key moments, offering bits of humor when needed and ultimately showing the power of the human spirit. Donovan’s homey and safe family life are contrasted with the danger he’ll soon face in Berlin where snipers are present, ready to pick off people attempting to scale the wall to freedom. It’s a high stakes game and one that the men of character — Donovan and later Abel — are willing to play. The stink eye glances are worth it all as Donovan is truly the “standing man” by the time all is said and done — an ordinary man who perseveres under extraordinary circumstances.
With Spielberg at the helm, you’re more that likely going to receive a quality film. But Bridge of Spies, with the inherently respected Hanks as the central character, could be regarded as one of the director’s best works of the 21st Century to date. Expect Hanks, Rylance, Spielberg and the film score of Thomas Newman to be on the shortlist of potential nominees come Oscar time.
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Sandra Bullock stars in Our Brand Is Crisis as political strategist Jane Bodine. Living in solitude smack dab in the middle of snow capped mountains, Jane is lured out of semi-retirement to spearhead the campaign of a Bolivian presidential candidate. Billy Bob Thornton is Pat Candy, a colleague who has bested Jane in previous campaigns, and now she’s ready to settle score.
Developed by Bullock’s Gravity co-star George Clooney and Grant Heslov, Our Brand Is Crisis was initially created with a male lead in mind, but Bullock expressed her interest in the project and the plan was set in motion.
“I learned that you can’t worry about getting a no,” said Bullock. “As actors, we are used to getting (rejected) in this business, but you have to keep going forward or you’ll never work again. So I’ve learned that it can’t hurt to ask. They could have said “no” but they didn’t.”
In the audio below, Bullock talks about the joy of collaborating with Clooney and Heslov in Our Brand Is Crisis.
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