The season finale of The Big Bang Theory delivered viewers a spherical projectile with a high torsional coefficient. In other words, it threw us a curveball. We weren’t expecting the emotional cliffhanger of Sheldon’s proposal to Amy. And even though they’d read the script, the cast members weren’t expecting how emotional the moment would be. Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar, and Kevin Sussman revealed how they reacted when Sheldon popped the question. (Click on the media bar to hear for Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar & Kevin Sussman)

Will Sheldon and Amy, in the words of Capt. Jean-Luc Picard, “Engage”? We’ll find out on the season premiere of The Big Bang Theory, Monday, September 25 on CBS.

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blackbutterfly1Lionsgate is known for releasing a slew of genre films that appeal to B-movie buffs like myself, and its latest effort Black Butterfly is at the top of the list. Now out on Blu-ray and DVD, the thriller centers on a washed up, alcoholic writer named Paul (Antonio Banderas) who is trying to sell his woodsy residence.

With his home located over 2 hours plus from Denver, Paul’s remote location, though beautiful, is rife with danger. When he picks up a drifter (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) to return a favor, Paul immediately regrets the decision. What ensues is a cat and mouse game between the pair, as the stranger coaxes Paul to finally write his long delayed script - or suffer the consequences!

Though Piper Perabo co-stars as a real estate agent who’s helping Paul sell his domicile, the picture is essentially a tightly wound, intricately constructed two-hander. Without getting into spoiler mode, Black Butterfly also has a wonderful twist that will leave you guessing. Though the box art features Meyers brandishing a shotgun, Black Butterfly is not awash in bloody violence, and its thrills are mainly derived from first rate storytelling.

The Blu-ray and DVD versions come with  a featurette on the making of the film as well as audio commentary from director Brian Goodman and co-writer Marc Frydman.

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Remember the time you simply used a phone to call someone? The Emoji Movie is obviously inspired by our love of using emojis on our respective smartphones. Whether it’s the poop or the fist-pump symbol, emojis are simply here to stay.

T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley, Deadpool) is Gene, a malfunctioning emoji who has more than one reaction or feeling in his system. The higher ups are trying to place him in his little box, and although Gene wants to fit in with the crowd, his uniqueness stands out amidst the fray.

“It’s just a really solid, good, funny, heartwarming animated film,” said Miller. “It’s so good - and the pacing I just really loved. I really think it’s especially in films now especially (family driven movies) to move. The motion picture needs to have motion to it - and this is that . . . by the time (The Emoji Movie) it’s over you kind of believe that it’s done and you’ve been laughing the entire time.”

Click on the media bar below to hear T.J. Miller talk about the “inside joke” elements of The Emoji Movie.



The Emoji Movie is now playing nationwide. co-starring Maya Rudolph and Patrick Stewart, is now playing nationwide.

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getshortyComing up through the Hollywood ranks as a stand-up comic, Ray Romano broke through with the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, which ran for nine seasons and won him an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy in 2002. After the show ended its run, he resisted the temptation to do another traditional sitcom. Instead, he took small steps toward more serious roles on dramedies like Men of a Certain Age and Parenthood. In 2016, he made the leap into drama, taking on a role in HBO’s gritty series about the ’70s music scene, Vinyl. And now, he’s started working on a new series: Get Shorty, based on the 1995 film. Romano says it’s been a natural evolution for him to move from comedy to more dramatic roles, and he’s welcomed the opportunity to expand his acting abilities. (Click on the media bar to hear Ray Romano)

Ray Romano stars with Chris O’Dowd in Get Shorty, which premieres August 13 on Epix.

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thestarIt’s been dubbed as the greatest story ever told and for Christians Christmas is obviously more than just Santa Claus and presents. The trailer to The Star, Sony Pictures Animation’s latest project, features Steven Yeun as the voice of a determined donkey named Bo. After breaking free, Bo finds adventure with Ruth (Aidy Bryant), a sheep who has lost her flick, and a dove named Dave (Keegan-Michael Key).

These three animals are probably a riff on the three wise men, and the trailer also shows them encountering Joseph (Zachary Levi) and Mary (Gina Rodriguez). Hopefully this movie, along with its share of comedy, will have its share of inspiring moments. Comedy is an integral aspect of most narratives, but telling the story of the birth of Jesus Chris should also have a requisite amount of drama and insight.

The Star, co-starring Oprah Winfrey and Kristin Chenoweth, opens nationwide November 10. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!

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The Night Shift

One of the many wonderful creative strokes of The Night Shift was the casting of Becky Ann Baker (Girls) as Dr.Drew Alister’s (Brendan Fehr) mother. During the episode “Turbulence,” Lily wasn’t afraid to shout out her son was a doctor when a passenger needed attention (Drew wasn’t as forthcoming), and she also admits to Rick (Drew’s husband) that she’s accepted their relationship in hopes of forming a deeper bond with their adopted daughter.

During our interview with Fehr, the actor talked about how Drew has evolved throughout the show.”He’s made progress,” said Fehr. “He’s accepted himself. There’s some things that he’s come to terms with which makes him more comfortable in his own skin but now he’s dealing with being responsible for another human being and that’s life changing.”

Fehr also had an insightful take on why the characters on The Night Shift have chosen the medical field as their vocation (Drew, like Dr. TC Callahan is also a military vet). Click on the media bar to hear Fehr explain why many of these individuals bury themselves in their work:

The Night Shift,co-starring Jill Flint and JR Lemon, airs Thursday evenings on NBC.

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As production on the 25th James Bond movie starts to ramp up, one of the biggest questions surrounding the film — will Daniel Craig return as Bond? — has now been answered. Despite rumors to the contrary, Craig has signed on to play Agent 007 for the fifth time. The Bond movie franchise celebrates its 55th anniversary in October, and when we spoke to Craig, he offered his theories about why James Bond has been able to maintain its popularity through six decades. (Click on the media bar below to hear Daniel Craig)

The next Bond movie, which doesn’t have a title or a director yet, is due to be released on November 8, 2019.

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Having worked with Steven Spielberg on his breakthrough movie, Jaws, Richard Dreyfuss was thrilled to join the cast of Spielberg’s next film, the 1977 sci-fi classic Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The film, which finished second only to Star Wars at the box office that year, really showcased the incredible working dynamic between the Oscar-winning actor and the up-and-coming director. While he’s certainly proud of the work he did on the two movies, Dreyfuss gives the lion’s share of the credit for their success to Spielberg’s vision.¬†(Click on the media bar below to hear to Richard Dreyfuss)

For its 40th anniversary, Close Encounters of the Third Kind will be re-released in theaters for just one week, starting September 1. If you’ve never watched the movie on the big screen before, this is a must-see!

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Genre thrillers that are straight ahead visceral experiences are my cup of tea, and the trailer for The Vault promises a scary, twisty time.

The project centers on two estranged sisters (Taryn Manning, Francesca Eastwood) who rob a bank to save their brother’s life. Everything seems to be coming up roses when the bank manager (James Franco) correctly points them to the underground vault. Unfortunately, the vault doesn’t hold a seemingly endless supply of cash and valuables. There’s something much more sinister going on than a bank robbery, and the women eventually realize that they may have bitten off a bit more than they can chew.

The flick co-stars Q’Orianka Kilcher, aka Pocahontas from Terrence Malick’s epic flick The New World, so that’s definitely a plus. Running at 91 minutes, The Vault looks like a lean and mean thriller that is worth a look. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!

The Vault opens in theaters and On Demand September 1.

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Brigbsy Bear is already a success story for director Dave McCary and actor/co-writer Kyle Mooney, as their film was purchased for $5 million by Sony Pictures Classics after receiving acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival. The feature centers on James (Mooney), a guy whose life’s passion has been centered on exploring the universe of a children’s TV show named Brigsby Bear. When James’ world gets upended after he realizes his parents (Mark Hamill, Jane Adams) are not what they seem, he still finds a way to keep his love for Brigsby Bear alive. The feature co-stars Greg Kinnear as a cop who befriends James and Claire Danes as a therapist who tries to help our protagonist through his challenges.

The movie, though it has its share of melancholic moments, is essentially a look at the importance of following one’s passions in the face of tragedy. Brigsby Bear’s refreshing intimacy and lack of cliche may stem from McCary and Mooney’s long standing friendship. The San Diego raised collaborators, who both work on Saturday Night Live, have known each other since they were 10 and started their artistic endeavors in middle school.

Click on the media bar to hear Mooney break down his friendship with McCary (who is also heard in the clip):




Brigsby Bear opens in New York and Los Angeles July 28.

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