127Okay SIMPSONS fans, set your DVR for hyper-drive because, starting at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow morning, FXX will be running every single episode of THE SIMPSONS ever aired. Slated to end at midnight on 9/1, THE SIMPSONS marathon will give fans a chance to bask in the nostalgia of fave episodes while, at the same time, introducing ancient eps to a whole new generation.

Originally conceived as an interstitial bumper for THE TRACEY ULLMAN SHOW, artist MATT GROENING’S characters caught on and THE SIMPSONS debuted on Fox in 1989 and has aired upwards of 600 episodes.

Widely considered one of the best television shows ever produced, the series has undergone an interesting evolution that will be evident to die-hard fans ‘binge watching’ this unprecedented event.

At a recent Television Critics Association press conference to promote the marathon, Executive Producer AL JEAN admitted that the writing has always been on track but the animation has been the most evolved. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

THE SIMPSONS marathon runs from 10:00 a.m. 8/21 - midnight 9/1 on FXX

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126Opening in theaters later this week, IF I STAY is a heart-wrenching yet hopeful story of love, loss, family and fate. Centering on a beautiful and talented young woman who, because of a tragic accident, finds herself in a coma. While in the hospital, she has an out-of-body experience that allows her to watch as family and friends gather at her bedside and forces her to make a life or death decision. Based on the hugely popular young adult novel by GAYLE FORMAN, the film is directed by R. J. CUTLER and stars CHLOE GRACE MORETZ as the young woman whose story will tug at your heart.

At 17, MORETZ has been acting for over ten years and has taken on all sorts of roles in all sorts of genres. Everything from KICK-ASS and LET ME IN to HUGO and THE TEXAS KILLING FIELDS. Her tendency to gravitate towards darker, troubled characters has been well noted and at last week’s press conference to promote IF I STAY, she explained how she chooses her roles. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

IF I STAY opens in theaters 8/22

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125Now in its second season on Ovation, A YOUNG DOCTOR’S NOTEBOOK is such a delightfully quirky period piece that, at four episodes, it might be the shortest guilty pleasure on T.V.. A showcase for actors DANIEL RADCLIFFE and JON HAMM (who play the younger and older version of the same cocaine/heroin addled 19th century Russian surgeon), the series is a dark comedy much blacker (and deadpan) than what we’re used to and all the better for it.

That RADCLIFFE and HAMM (two of the busiest actors in the business) could even find the time to headline a small independent series is pretty hard to fathom. And, during a recent Television Critics Association press conference to promote the series, RADCLIFFE talked about how they were able to get it done. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)


A YOUNG DOCTOR’S NOTEBOOK airs Tuesday night on OVATION.

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124Marvel Studios has just issued a press release confirming that principal photography started today in San Francisco on its newest Super Hero franchise, Marvel’s ANT-MAN. Directed by PEYTON REED, the film brings one of Marvel comics original founding members of the AVENGERS into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and stars PAUL RUDD as the titular anti-hero.

Caught on the red carpet at this year’s San Diego ComicCon, where he was promoting the upcoming (and highly anticipated) film, RUDD seemed almost giddy with the excitement of being involved and attending SDCC for the first time.

Marvel’s ANT-MAN is slated for theatrical release 7/15/15.

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25Airing tonight on NBC, RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS sees the world-renowned survivalist dragging TOM ARNOLD through the coastal mountains of Oregon. Through steep terrain, river crossings and oceanside cliffs ARNOLD discovers that the world of extreme survivalism is no walk in the park. Besides his notoriety as the ex-husband of ROSEANNE BARR, ARNOLD has established himself as an actor, producer and writer as well as being the affable host of several television shows and the recipient of both a Peabody and Golden Globe Award.

So far this season, we’ve seen GRYLLS explore the Northeast Appalachian mountains with ZAC EFRON, Scotland’s Isle of Skye with BEN STILLER and Yosemite National Park with CHANNING TATUM. It’s definitely a show for bros and none of it looks staged for the camera.

When we last sat down with GRYLLS, he was very clear in his theory on what it really takes to survive in the wild.



RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLES airs Monday nights on NBC.

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123Returning tonight to TNT, DALLAS is ready to complete the season it left hanging back in April. In the episode titled DENIAL, ANGER, ACCEPTANCE, fans will finally find out who set and who survived the big fire at Southfork and whether Pamela survived her suicide attempt. Needless to say, relationships among the Ewings are becoming pretty strained. Directed by STEVE ROBIN from a script by BRUCE RASMUSSEN, the DALLAS cast includes JESSE METCALF, JOSH HENDERSON, JULIE GONZALO, JORDANA BREWSTER, PATRICK DUFFY and LINDA GREY.

It should be noted that, in this reboot of the 1970’s original series, GREY absolutely kills in the role of the aggressive Sue Ellen Ewing. When we spoke with her a couple of years ago, she talked about her concerns regarding returning to the role and admitted she took a proactive role in making sure Sue Ellen got a chance to shine in this reboot.



Season Three of DALLAS returns tonight to TNT.

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122Currently riding high at the top of the weekend box-office chart, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES is yet another reboot of the perennially popular comic book characters that first appeared on the pop culture scene in 1984. Originally conceived by KEVIN EASTMAN and PETER LAIRD for Mirage Studios, the story centered on four teen anthropomorphic turtles (all named after Renaissance artists) trained in martial arts by their anthropomorphic rat sensei. Over the course of three decades, the franchise has gone on to conquer the worlds of comics, film, television animation and video games.

The latest film incarnation is simply titled TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, is directed by South African JONATHAN LIEBSMAN and stars MEGAN FOX, WILL ARNETT and JOHNNY KNOXVILLE as well as ALAN RITCHSON, NOEL FISHER, PETE PLOSZEK and JEREMY HOWARD as the titular super heroes.

With theatrical attendance going strong, it appears the TMNT haven’t lost any of their appeal and, at a recent press conference to promote the movie, director LIEBSMAN offered up his theory on their popularity (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES is in theaters now

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ray_donovan_ver3Airing tonight on FX, episode six of the delightfully creepy series THE STRAIN is titled OCCULTATION and sees Eph arrested by the FBI after warning Kelly to take Zack and get out of the city before the plague spreads any further. Based on the novels by GUILLERMO DEL TORO and CHUCK HOGAN, produced by CARLTON CUSE and directed by PETER WELLER, the show stars COREY STOLL, DAVID BRADLEY, MIA MAESTRO, SEAN ASTIN and KEVIN DURAND.

Now, one doesn’t expect a lot of job security for actors in a series about a zombie apocalypse so when we recently sat down with star SEAN ASTIN, we asked how his character fares over the course of the action. And, while he couldn’t offer up any ’spoilers’, he did indicate that he’s taking it one episode at a time.

THE STRAIN airs tonight on FX.

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ar8d48861Returning tonight for its third season on the History Channel, 10 THINGS YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT is an educational series that details ten fun facts about historical tales, figures and places you only thought you knew everything about. Hosted by punk rock icon HENRY ROLLINS, the show has uncovered twists and tidbits from such diverse subjects as centuries-old documents at the National Archives to the inside of a dead gangster’s speakeasy. Always seeking the odd, the fascinating and the shocking seems to be the series’ number one priority.

The former frontman for the hardcore punk band BLACK FLAG, ROLLINS is also known as a writer, journalist, actor and radio host as well as being a political activist who has campaigned for such causes as LGBT rights and World Hunger Relief. During a recent interview to promote the series, ROLLINS talked about what we can expect from the new season.

Season Three of 10 THINGS YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT debuts tonight on the History Channel.

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red_band_society_group_ly2Forty-five years ago this weekend, what was originally billed as ‘three days of peace and music’ became the largest rock concert in music history and changed the way people would forever look at the 60’s. Originally expecting a crowd of a few thousand, producers were overwhelmed when over 500,000 spectators descended on a farm in the vicinity of the Catskills town of Woodstock to see such performers as RICHIE HAVENS, ARLO GUTHERIE, JOAN BAEZ, SWEETWATER, SANTANA, JOHN SEBASTIAN, CANNED HEAT, GREATFUL DEAD, CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL, JIMI HENDRIX, JOE COCKER and JANIS JOPLIN (to name just a few).

And, despite the huge crowd and the arrival of several substantial rainstorms, there was no looting, crime or violence making it a victory for ‘the Summer of love.’
A few years ago, we spoke with singer/songwriter JOAN BAEZ about her WOODSTOCK experience and she shared a memory of seeing the festival for the first time. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)


WOODSTOCK, the Academy Award-winning 1970 documentary, is available on DVD and Blu-Ray

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