For well for a decade Chicago Fire, star Jesse Spencer has been part of our TV culture. For eight seasons Spencer starred as Dr. Robert Chase on the hit medical drama House. After the long run he found another hit series on the Dick Wolf hit series Chicago Fire which returns for its fifth season Tuesday October 11 on NBC.
After having long runs on television, many would want to take a break and explore other acting opportunities, but Spencer sees the value of working in television on a consistent basis. The actor told us while he didn’t set out to star on long running shows, but he has immensely enjoyed working with the same people year after year and developing the characters on a long term basis in addition to falling in love with the Chicago community.
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Gina Rodriguez, Golden Globe winner and star of The CW hit series Jane the Virgin, stars alongside Mark Wahlberg in the action thriller Deepwater Horizon which is based on a true story about the Deepwater Horizon explosion which happened in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
Rodriguez, a great leading lady, was floored by the how Wahlberg’s generosity on and off the set not just to the actors, but by all those people behind the scenes. She goes on to tell us that the second ‘Action!’ is called she sees the greatness and intensity he brings to his acting. (click on the media bar below to hear Gina Rodriguez)
Deepwater Horizon opens in theaters September 30.
Though some of Hollywood’s most successful actors star in a slew of films, they obviously have personal favorites that stand out, especially if they’re working on something special. Chris Pratt certainly felt that way while making The Magnificent Seven, the remake of the classic 1960 film directed by John Sturges that had an all-star cast led by Steve McQueen, Yul Brynner, Charles Bronson, Eli Wallach and James Coburn.
Making the film will always stand out to Pratt, and he talked to us about the joy of working with Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua. The film’s theme also resonated with him and Fuqua couldn’t agree more. (Click on the media bar to hear Chris Pratt & Antoine Fuqua)
The Magnificent Seven opens in theaters September 23.
Whether it’s The Twilight Zone episode “To Serve Man” or Close Encounters of the Third Kind, communicating with aliens is an age old story that continues to intrigue us, and the top notch cast and crew behind Arrival is a good sign that it will be remembered come Awards season.
The Paramount Pictures project doesn’t hit theaters until November 11, but one huge reason why Arrival should generate some Oscar buzz lies in Amy Adams, a five time Oscar nominee who, from the looks of the trailer, is absolutely carrying the film. Director Denis Villeneuve is on a creative hot streak thanks to Sicario, Prisoners, and the absolutely surreal, Kafka-esque tale Enemy, and it’ll be great to see him paint on a much bigger canvas with Arrival. Co-starring Jeremy Renner and Oscar winning actor Forest Whitaker, the film has a ton of great ingredients, and though nothing in life is ever a sure thing, we’re betting Arrival will be one of this year’s most talked about projects.
Do you think Arrival will nab its share of Oscar nominations? Will it be a better film than the Charlie Sheen flick The Arrival? Feel free to comment below and tell us what you think!
There is a lot of anticipation for the season three return of The CW hit series The Flash. After losing his father to Zoom in last season’s finale, The Flash (Grant Gustin) decides to travel back in time to save his mom, but that fateful action leads to huge repercussions which changes Barry Allen’s (The Flash) present time. This story arc of The Flash is based on Flashpoint, one of Flash’s most popular comic book story arcs. Many are wondering if the whole season will revolve around that specific storyline.
We spoke to The Flash star Grant Gustin who told us that while there will be repercussions that will run throughout the season of Flashpoint, the storyline will not last the whole season and he also give us a preview of the season three. (Click on the media bar below to hear Grant Gustin)
Don’t miss the The Flash season premiere Tuesday, October 4 on The CW.
Academy Award winners Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks are getting early Oscar buzz for their new film Sully. Eastwood directs Hanks in the true story of pilot Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger who saved 155 people as he glided his plane to safety amidst the Hudson River and the tribulations that came after.
Eastwood knew there was only one guy to play Sullenberger and that was Tom Hanks. Eastwood explains that Hanks was his one pick for the role, as the actor brings some many genuine qualities to the film in addition to having some similarities to the Sullenberger.
Sully opens in theaters this Friday.
Jodie Foster has starred in her share of excellent thrillers (The Silence of the Lambs, Flightplan), and this year she directed the nail-biting thriller Money Monster, a creative venture which is blessed with a top notch script from Jamie Linden and an A-list cast (George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell). Paying a slight homage to the Sidney Lumet, New York set dramas from the 1970s (most notably Network), Money Monster is a movie that thankfully doesn’t let up on the adrenaline.
Financial TV host Lee Gates (George Clooney) is a cynical shill whose successful program Money Monster gives viewers stock and investment tips. Even if his tips end up being horrible financial advice to his captive audience, Gates remains undeterred and continues to persuade his fans to keep following his lead. When a disgruntled and somewhat mentally unhinged investor named Kyle (Jack O’Connell) sneaks into the news station to hold Lee and his crew hostage (Julia Roberts is Patty, the producer of Money Monster), Lee’s devil may care lifestyle, as well as the lives of his fellow employees may come to a tragic end. What starts off as a tense standoff between Kyle and Lee evolves into actually finding out the culprit behind an $800 million conspiracy. A melange of thriller, comedy, and melodramatic elements, Money Monster is a tight, 99-minute narrative which doesn’t disappoint. As the frustrated and down on his luck investor, O’Connell delivers the film’s most memorable performance while Clooney and Roberts‘ age old chemistry is also on display.
Interviews with Jodie Foster, George Clooney, Jack O’Connell, the film’s producers, and writer Jamie Linden are sprinkled throughout the extras. Special features on the Blu-ray include:
1. Deleted Scenes (2:23) - Three scenes overall, with one of them being an alternate opening to the film.
2. “George Clooney: The Money Man” (5:28) - A featurette on the actor but also a look into Lee Gates’ evolution throughout the story.
3.”Inside The Pressure Cooker” (9:56) - An interesting look at the challenges of making the film, as the production featured both broadcast and film cameras (director Jodie Foster breaks down the difference between the two). Foster also adds that Clooney and Roberts actually only spent two days working together on the production, as most of their scenes were shot separately.
4. “Analysis of a Scene: The Showdown” (7:10) - A breakdown of shooting the third act of Money Monster in New York’s Financial District. The ambitious sequence was a logistical challenge for Foster and her crew, and these scenes were shot over four weekends in New York.
Money Monster is now out on Blu-ray and DVD via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
For five decades, Star Trek has been part of our culture in so many different ways. Whether it’s the original series that first aired 50 years ago and the many different series that it’s spun off, or even the various films, fans can’t get enough of Star Trek. We also can’t forget the many professionals it’s inspired when they were young such as scientists, astronauts, and so many more.
There are many reasons why Star Trek remains relevant. We spoke to William Shatner, the actor whose career was forever changed thanks to his work as Captain James T. Kirk, and he gave us his theories as to why Star Trek continues to transcend time and weather.
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The phrase “go big or go home” is best received when the risk taker actually achieves his or her goal, but unfortunately the losers that went home this box office season were aplenty. Steven Spielberg absolutely whiffed with the children’s movie The BFG which grossed over $160 million worldwide. Unfortunately, the flick cost $140 million, making the film one of this year’s biggest bombs.
Paramount’s release schedule has been dramatically trimmed down over the years, and the studio even canceled The Little Prince’s theatrical plans during the midnight hour. Unfortunately, Paramount’s investment in $100 million budgeted feature Ben-Hur didn’t pay off, as the flick took in just $42.9 million domestically. Although the studio’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows had a worldwide gross of $244.4 million, that’s still a disappointment compared to the original’s $493.3 million take.
Although Popster: Never Stop Never Stopping is a hilarious film, it drew just $9.5 million at the box-office. The biggest comedic fail, however, was Ghostbusters, which currently has grossed an estimated $218 million. Sony had high hopes of this re-imagning of the franchise, but considering it will need to make $300 million at the box office just to break even, a sequel is highly unlikely.
Here are the the top 10 films over the Labor Day Weekend (through Sunday).
1. Don’t Breathe - $15.7 million
2. Suicide Squad - $10 million
3. Pete’s Dragon - $6.71 million
4. Kubo and the Two Strings - $6.46 million
5. Sausage Party - $5.3 million
6. The Light Between Oceans - $4.98 million
7. Bad Moms - $4.74 million
8. War Dogs - $4.7 million
9. Hell or High Water - $4.5 million
10. Mechanic: Resurrection - $4.28 million
Though season four of The Blacklist debuts September 22 on NBC (10 pm et/pt), fans of the show are also looking forward to its spin-off The Blacklist: Redemption. One reason various spin-offs fail is that building a character that people want to see on a weekly basis takes time, and fortunately the ever unpredictable Tom Keen (Ryan Eggold) is a prime time staple.
For Eggold, playing a man with shifting motivations is a pretty good job.”It’s kind of fun to play those different sides of good and evil and play into and against people’s expectations,” said Eggold. “I feel like he was the sweet, doting husband and then he was this sociopathic killer and now we’re landing somewhere in the middle where he’s attempting to incorporate all of these elements into one cohesive individual which is not always easy.”
Click on the media bar below to hear Eggold talk about collaborating with Famke Janssen on the upcoming The Blacklist: Redemption (an official premiere date for the show is TBA):