ut_9w5a0597rc_-_1_hires2Tonight, FOX unveils a new reality show from the creator of Big Brother called Utopia. Utopia centers around 14 people who are referred to as “Pioneers”
from all different walks of life. The contestants come together for a year long stay to form a civilization from scratch.

One of those 14 contestants is 33 year old Mike Quinn, an attorney from New York, who explains why he was willing to give up a year of his life to be on Utopia.

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goth_publicity_003_v7_rr_ff_hires2Airing tonight on HBO, the final season of BOARDWALK EMPIRE kicks off with a bang. Titled ‘Golden Days For Boys And Girls’, the episode sees the story advanced from the ‘roaring twenties’ to depression-era 1931 and has Nucky (STEVE BUSCEMI) and Sally ( PATRICIA ARQUETTE) trying to hook up with rum-runners in Cuba while Lucky (VINCENT PIAZZA) climbs the ranks of the Mafia. Directed by TIMOTHY VAN PATTEN, the show is a promising start to a season that appears to be action packed.

A highly regarded character actor/director/writer, STEVE BUSCEMI has taken the role of Enoch ‘Nucky’ Thompson and made it his own. As the corrupt Atlantic City politician who rules the town with an iron fist, he’s won several awards and been nominated for an Emmy twice. At a press conference to promote the series, BUSCEMI talked about how much he’s enjoyed the role. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

The final season of BOARDWALK EMPIRE begins tonight on HBO.

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red_band_society_group_ly2_hires2Nine years after the demise of the HBO series PROJECT GREENLIGHT, another film-making competition is being introduced by STARZ called THE CHAIR. Produced by ZACHARY QUINTO and CHRIS MOORE, the series will pit two fledgling directors against each other in an effort to win $250,000 by making a film using one script. The contestants here are ANNA MARTEMUCCI (a screenwriter looking to direct) and SHANE DAWSON (a YouTube sensation with over 10 million subscribers and hundreds of videos to his credit). T

We’ve been wondering for a couple of years now just how long it would be until producers realized what a fertile talent pool YouTube has become and it’s no surprise that they’re finally catching on. The always entertaining DAWSON is another of several YouTubers we’re seeing attached to
prime time TV.

At a recent Television Critics Association press conference to promote the new series, DAWSON talked about the thrill of getting to make a film that he doesn’t have to fund himself. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

THE CHAIR airs Saturdays on STARZ.

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red_band_society_group_ly2It’s been reported that iconic funny lady JOAN RIVERS has died from complications following throat surgery at the age of 81. Known as a ‘Jack of all trades’, RIVERS made her mark in show business as an actress, comedian, writer, producer, director and television host. Known for her caustic wit and taking on some of the biggest celebrities in the business, she also wasn’t afraid to pick on herself and her many cosmetic surgeries. Mentored by the late JOHNNY CARSON, their subsequent feud when she accepted an offer to host her own show made headlines and was never resolved. The author of 12 best-selling books, RIVERS also wrote comedy material for many comics in the 60’s.

Of late, she was the subject of a 2011 documentary feature JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK, served on the E! channel’s Fashion Police, co-starred with daughter MELISSA RIVERS in the ‘reality’ series JOAN KNOWS BEST? and hosted an on-line weekly talk show IN BED WITH JOAN on YouTube. The world of comedy will not be the same without her.

During a promotional tour, we sat down with JOAN and MELISSA and she talked about doing stand-up and her early influences.

JOAN RIVERS 1933-2014


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gotham_pilot_alleywaygothamtheater_3310To support their new album, V, Maroon 5 will be hitting the road for a world tour. The #MaroonVTour starts   next February in Dallas and, after 27 North American dates and 10 European shows, will end in Portugal next June. (With all the travel they’ve got ahead of them, it’s fitting that their current hit is called Maps.) The band has always been dynamic in its live performances, led by frontman Adam Levine, who tells us that the stage is where he feels most empowered as a performer. (Click on the media bar below to hear Adam Levine)


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Lionsgate Presents "The Expendables 3" Los Angeles PremiereWhen you play the leading man in several adventure movies, it’s easy to be branded as the hero, and Harrison Ford has certainly played his share of those roles. From Han Solo to Jack Ryan to Indiana Jones, audiences have grown accustomed to seeing Ford save the day. The only person who doesn’t see those characters as heroes may be Ford himself; he insists that there’s a lot more substance to them than the term “hero” implies. (Click on the media bar below to hear Harrison Ford)

Ford will be reprising his first “heroic” role, Han Solo, as he films Star Wars VII.

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the-league-season-6Returning tonight to FXX, the first episode of season six of THE LEAGUE reunites those combative (and thoroughly entertaining) Fantasy Football competitors played by an amazing ensemble of actor/comedians featuring MARK DUPLASS, NICK KROLL, KATIE ASELTON, STEPHEN RANNAZZISI, PAUL SCHEER and JON LAJOIE. Created by the husband-wife team of JEFF SCHAFFER and JACKIE MARCUS SCHAFFER, the series is a celebration of friendship in all the best, worst and hilariously funny ways.

Contrary to popular perception, you don’t have to be a participant in a Fantasy Football league to enjoy the show. You don’t even have to particularly like football at all. This is a show about exaggerated relationships and wacky friendships that could easily appeal to fans of SEINFELD or IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA.

At a recent Television Critics Association press conference, producer JEFF SCHAFFER talked about the universal appeal of the show. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)


Season Six of THE LEAGUE debuts tonight on FXX.

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goth_39-jada-publicity-two_3195rca-1For the first time in its long history, the season finale of the hit series SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE will feature the talents of two tap dancers. Both 20 years of age, ZACH EVERHART and VALERIE ROCKEY each hail from less than show-biz capitols (a small town in Georgia and an Indianapolis suburb respectively) but are accomplished in several forms of dance. Their competition tonight consists of RICKEY UBEDA of Miami and JESSICA RICHENS of California. In addition to the ‘Final 4′, the top 20 will be reunited and the audience will be treated to a performance by ENRIQUE IGLESIAS.

In an interview to promote the finale, the always entertaining SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE judge MARY MURPHY talked about having two ‘tappers’ in the final four and her faith that America will get the vote right.

The Season 11 finale of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE airs tonight on Fox.


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fu_05-nikki-noce-doctor-yoga_0473_lya_hires2It’s being reported that the popular 80’s series THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO is headed back to television. Word has it that Fox has ordered a pilot from the 21 JUMP STREET team of PHIL LORD and CHRIS MILLER.

Originally an ABC series that ran from 1980 to 1983, the show centered on a nerdy teacher who becomes a reluctant superhero after aliens give him a special suit with super powers and no instruction manual. Created by legendary producer STEVEN J. CANNELL, the cast featured WILLIAM KATT, ROBERT CULP and CONNIE SELLECCA.

Every bit as popular as the series was THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO theme song written by award-winning composer MIKE POST. Often referred to as ‘BELIEVE IT OR NOT’, it was one of the few TV theme songs to make the Billboard Hot 100 chart. A longtime associate of CANNELL’S, POST created the signature sounds for almost all of his series including THE A-TEAM, THE ROCKFORD FILES and BAA BAA BLACKSHEEP. No word yet on whether the pop classic will be included in the reboot but producers LORD and MILLER would be crazy to leave it out.

Shortly before his death, we talked with CANNELL about his working relationship with POST and he explained how their process worked. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO pilot is in pre-production now.

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3In a career filled with plenty of memorable movies, Tom Hanks’ most beloved role would have to be the title character from a film that was released 20 years ago this summer: Forrest Gump. Released on July 6, 1994, Forrest Gump won six Academy Awards, including a second consecutive Best Actor win for Hanks (who had won the previous year for “Philadelphia”) and the Oscar for Best Picture.

Starting Friday, Gump fans can take a walk down memory lane, as the film is being re-released for the first time in the IMAX format. Although it may be more appropriate to take a run down memory lane, since Hanks spent a good portion of the film running — on a football field, in the fields of Vietnam, or on his famous cross-country run. Hanks did almost all of the on-screen running himself, and when the movie was first released, he spoke to us about the pressure he felt to stay in shape during filming. (Click on the media bar to hear Tom Hanks)

Another aspect of the movie that amazed viewers at the time was how Hanks‘ character was inserted into historical film footage, which effectively showed him interacting with U.S. Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon, along with meeting John Lennon on The Dick Cavett Show. Hanks recalls being amazed by the process of making those scenes, and how the revolutionary visual effects pushed the boundaries at the time. (Click on the media bar to hear Tom Hanks)

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