151Currently airing on TNT, MURDER IN THE FIRST is a police procedural that follows the course of one case over a seasonal 10-episode arc. Taking the leads are TAYE DIGGS and KATHLEEN ROBERTSON as a pair of San Francisco homicide detectives doing their best to balance their own personal baggage with solving a pair of murders that seemingly have nothing to do with each other but ultimately cross paths. Co-created by crime drama godfather STEVEN BOCHCO and newcomer ERIC LODAL, MURDER IN THE FIRST is classic ‘cop drama’ form and is reminiscent of such iconic shows as STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO, NYPD BLUE, HILL STREET BLUES and, maybe even, DRAGNET. But the show it most brings to mind is BOCHCO’S own MURDER ONE, a police procedural that debuted almost 20 years ago and concentrated on solving one case over the course of a 22-episode season. Thought to be ahead of its time, the series lasted just two seasons.

At a recent press conference to introduce the new show BOCHCO addressed references to his earlier program. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

MURDER IN THE FIRST airs Monday nights on TNT.

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150Craig Ferguson, the host of the CBS late night talk show, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, can also be heard as one of the voices in the hit family animated film How To Train Your Train Dragon 2. Ferguson is one of the funniest people working in television and film today.

Aside from being a successful talk show host, Ferguson has also had major success as a stand-up comedian, writer, and actor. Not many have the comedic abilities that Ferguson has. We spoke to Ferguson and asked him which funnymen he has looked up to.

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149The CBS mystery/drama Unforgettable is one of the most enjoyable shows on during the Summer. The series focuses on NYPD police detective Carrie Wells, played by Poppy Montgomery. Her character has a very unique medical condition called hyperthymesia, which is the ability to remember everything–including exact days and events that took place.

While hyperthymesia seems like something made up, it’s not. In fact, actress Marilu Henner has the condition and has displayed her abilities on many talk shows. During a press event for Unforgettable, Montgomery was asked whether she thought it would be a blessing or a curse to have hyperthymesia, and Montgomery said that after talking to Marilu Henner she has very mixed feelings. (Click on the media bar below to hear Poppy Montgomery)

Unforgettable airs Sunday night on CBS.

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147Airing Sunday nights on HBO, THE LEFTOVERS is a character driven drama about the aftermath of a ‘rapture’-like event that leaves the world frightened and grieving over the mysterious global disappearance of over 140 million people. Beautifully adapted by DAMON LINDELOF from the best selling novel by TOM PERROTTA, THE LEFTOVERS is a delicious combination of creepy and cool.

When it comes to cinematic adaptations, PERROTTA has been luckier than a lot of best selling authors. In 1999, ALEXANDER PAYNE wowed the critics with his theatrical adaptation of PERROTTA’S novel ELECTION and in 2006 TODD FIELD’S stunning film version of LITTLE CHILDREN was released by New Line to huge acclaim.

Earlier this season, PERROTTA spoke to TV critics about THE LEFTOVERS and talked about letting his books go for adaptation to the screen. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

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148Far and away the biggest performer at this week-end’s box-office, TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION is the fourth film in the series directed by MICHAEL BAY and estimated to have taken in a whopping $100M. And, while cast members in this CGI uber-franchise may come and go, it has always been (for better or worse) largely BAY’S vision and imagination that has driven the series to become Paramount’s best performing film series.

Given his record with the franchise, it’s hard not to imagine BAY a life-long fan but apparently that isn’t the case. We went back to an interview we did with the director shortly before the release of the first film and he admitted that working with theTRANSFORMERS wasn’t always a priority.



TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION is in theaters now

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146Sure, Barbra Streisand may have starred in a movie called Funny Girl back in 1968, but for a variety of reasons, it hasn’t been easy for funny girls to get their own Hollywood movies. But Melissa McCarthy thinks that’s going to change… quickly. The star of Bridesmaids and the new film Tammy tells us she thinks the next few years will see even more women breaking through in Hollywood comedies. (Click on the media bar below to hear Melissa McCarthy)

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145It was a huge box office hit. It turned Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams into huge stars. It became the poster child of “chick flicks.” And now it’s 10 years old.

The Notebook was released a decade ago on June 25, 2004 - and as Gosling told us, the movie is still something special for him (Click on the media bar below to hear Ryan Gosling)

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144Already renewed for a second season, SHOWTIME’S successful new horror series, PENNY DREADFUL, will conclude its eight-episode, freshman run tomorrow night. Set in Victorian England, this stylish mash-up of classic horror origin stories wove together such high-profile literary figures as JACK THE RIPPER, VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN and DORIAN GRAY in a wry yet sinister montage. Created by the masterful JOHN LOGAN (who wrote the screenplays for SWEENEY TODD and SKYFALL), the cast includes JOSH HARTNETT, EVA GREEN, REEVE CARNEY, and TIMOTHY DALTON.

At a press conference to introduce the series, JOHN LOGAN talked about the genesis of the project. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
LOGAN also explained the necessity of the use of graphic sex and violence in telling this story. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

The Season One finale of PENNY DREADFUL airs 6/29 on SHOWTIME.

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2Currently in theaters, BEGIN AGAIN is the second cinematic romance of the season designed to reestablish date-night as a summertime staple. Hot on the heels of the teen-centric FAULT IN OUR STARS, this tuneful rom-com aims for a slightly older demographic and tells the story of two very lonely people brought together by their love of music.

Written and directed by JOHN CARNEY (whose previous outing, ONCE, mesmerized audiences and found new life as a Broadway musical), the film stars MARK RUFFALO, KEIRA KNIGHTLEY and ADAM LEVINE.

Crowned this year’s People Magazine reigning ‘Sexiest Man Alive’, LEVINE has already conquered the music world as frontman for MAROON 5 and as the compassionate judge on the television competition show THE VOICE. Here, LEVINE gets his shot at a supporting role as KNIGHTLEY’S smarmy, cheating rising-rock-star boyfriend and manages to knock it out of the park. With just a couple of very small TV roles under his belt, he takes to the big screen like a pro.

Earlier this week, LEVINE spoke with the press about his work in the film and, while quick to point out that he’s not the jerk in the movie, admits seeing some similarities. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

BEGIN AGAIN opens in theaters today

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142Set to air tonight on Fox, the 13th and final episode of RAKE will see the irascible Keegan Deane attempting to deal with an annoying boy whose father was the only bidder on a ‘Spend A Day With A Lawyer’ auction.

Based on a popular Australian TV series created by PETER DUNCAN, this transplanted American version stars GREG KINNEAR as Keegan Deane (the titular ‘rake’), a narcissistic criminal defense attorney who somehow manages to be likeable despite massive personality problems (think HOUSE in a courtroom).

The series premiered in January to mixed reviews and was officially dropped last month. Many thought RAKE might have been better suited to one of the Fox cable outlets (rather than the regular network) and, speaking to TV critics at a press conference to introduce the show, KINNEAR spoke to exactly that issue. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

The series finale of RAKE airs tonight on Fox.

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