Set to debut later this month on Sprout, THE CLANGERS is a contemporary take on a Brit classic designed to escort preschoolers into surreal adventures involving peculiar new friends and unexpected curiosities. Narrated by WILLIAM SHATNER (whose iconic voice is familiar to all generations), the series takes kids to a little blue planet far out at the end of space that exists only for kindness, inventiveness and discovery.
A veteran of over 50 years of being an award-winning actor, director, writer, recording artist and horseman (and, despite his appearance in several unforgettable TV shows and movies), SHATNER remains probably best known for his role as Capt. James T. Kirk in the original incarnation of TV’s STAR TREK.
We recently sat down with the always affable WILLIAM SHATNER to discuss the new show but we couldn’t resist getting his take on the seemingly endless popularity of STAR TREK and why those Trekkers just can’t ‘get a life’.
THE CLANGERS debuts on SPROUT on 6/20.
Jurassic World, the fourth installment on the blockbuster Jurassic Park franchise, opens Friday. Back in 1993, Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg directed the first film, which took the world by storm and the critics raved. While the next two films were box-office hits, they failed to reach the creative heights of the original.
Things may change, however, with the anticipated release of Jurassic World. Lead actor Chris Pratt says the film honors the 1993 classic Spielberg film and adds that Jurassic World adds a new flavor that audiences will like.
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It’s been well over a decade since Bad Boys II was released. Since then audiences as well as Hollywood bigwigs have been pushing Martin Lawrence and Will Smith to reunite for Bad Boys 3. Deadline.com’s Mike Flemming Jr. is reporting that director Joe Carnahan (Narc, The A-Team & The Grey) is in early talks to helm the film. Sony Pictures, who released the previous Bad Boys installments, hopes to fast track the project.
While Lawrence seems to be gung-ho, Smith has previously expressed reservations about continuing the franchise. When we spoke to him a few years ago, Smith indicated he would be interested in a Bad Boys reunion, but only under the right circumstances. (Click on the media bar below to hear Will Smith)
Should there be another Bad Boys movie, or should the franchise be put to rest? Let us know!
There are many stereotypes of what makes a Hollywood movie producer, and although the cigar chomping, power and money hungry type certainly exists within Tinseltown’s confines, certain producers are primarily passionate about developing great material.
Producers Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi take on projects that require a diligent level of nurturing and championing, and their solid eye for compelling narratives was proven with the acclaim and success of Fruitvale Station. Their latest film Dope is also a labor of love that, judging from word of mouth, should find a sizable enough audience to reap a solid profit.
But again, profits and the bottom line is not why Whitaker took on producing duties for Dope, the story of an Inglewood, Ca. teenager (Shameik Moore) who dreams of attending Harvard.
“Not only is it set in Inglewood and it’s dealing with black culture,” says Forest Whitaker. “It (also) deals with identity - being able to find your authentic voice . . . and it deals with issues of profiling and how we perceive people. And I think that’s important to talk about.”
During the interviews for Dope, we asked Whitaker and Bongiovi about their respective producing styles. Click on the media bar below to hear Bongiovi answer explain why when it comes to projects she and Whitaker shepherd, it’s all about “one-stop shopping.”
Dope hits theaters June 19. To check out an interview with Dope lead actor Shameik Moore, please check out a post on our sister site Deepest Dream.
In what appears to be a ploy to gain more viewers, Lifetime issued a press release announcing that the network will be streaming the first four episodes of its terrific new scripted satire Un-REAL. Set behind-the-scenes at a fictional reality dating competition show, UN-REAL is the brainchild of filmmaker SARAH GERTRUDE SHAPIRO and longtime TV vet MARTI NOXIN and features a cast that includes SHIRI APPLEBY, CRAIG BIERKO, CONSTANCE ZIMMER, JOHANNA BRADDY, ALINE ELASMAR and NATHALIE KELLEY.
Authentic to the eyes and ears of anyone who has spent any time with reality TV, Un-REAL is devilishly delicious fun and as perfect for Summertime viewing as a juicy paperback beach-read.
At a recent press conference to promote the series, co-creators SHAPIRO and NOXIN talked about the genesis of Un-REAL. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Un-REAL airs Monday nights on LIFETIME (and the first four episodes can be streamed at mylifetime.com )
Newbie RJ CYLER is in theaters this weekend playing the longtime best friend of the leading character in ME & EARL & THE DYING GIRL. Based on the popular YA novel by JESSE ANDREWS and directed by ALFONSO GOMEZ-REJON, the role is a big deal for CYLER who, up until now, has only had one small part in an indie film.
A native of Jacksonville, Florida, the young actor and his family were persuaded to make the move to Hollywood to pursue a showbiz career and it appears to be paying off (his next project is the upcoming HBO series VICE PRINCIPALS with DANNY McBRIDE and WALTON GOGGINS).
An enthusiastic charmer, CYLER was admittedly star-struck while shooting ME & EARL & THE DYING GIRL. Being surrounded by cast mates OLIVIA COOKE, THOMAS MANN, CONNIE BRITTON, JON BERNTHAL and NICK OFFERMAN had him excited and appreciative. During our recent interview, CYLER told us that he considered his time on set to be a real learning experience. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
ME & EARL & THE DYING GIRL opens in theaters 6/12
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In the tradition of truly great musical biopics such as THE HELEN MORGAN STORY, LADY SINGS THE BLUES and THE ROSE (to name just a few), the HBO presentation of BESSIE gives star QUEEN LATIFAH what is, arguably, the role of a lifetime. A sumptuous period piece detailing the rise, fall and rise again of legendary blues singer BESSIE SMITH, the film allows its star to demonstrate both acting and singing chops we’ve not seen or heard from her in the past.
Produced by LILI and RICHARD ZANUCK, directed by DEE REES and featuring a cast that also includes Academy Award-winner Mo’NIQUE, BRYAN GREENBERG, KHANDI ALEXANDER, OLIVER PLATT, MIKE EPPS, TIKA SUMPTER and MICHAEL KENNETH WILLIAMS, the film is top-notch from beginning to end.
Already the recipient of several Critics’ Choice Television Award nominations, BESSIE will, undoubtedly, be mentioned several times in the upcoming Emmy nominations on 7/16 as well.
At a recent press conference to promote the film, QUEEN LATIFAH talked about getting involved with the role. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
BESSIE is currently running on HBO and HBOGO.
Wrapping up its first season tonight on TV Land, YOUNGER stars SUTTON FOSTER as a 40-year-old divorced mom pretending to be in her mid-20’s in order to secure a position in the youth populated world of publishing. Along the way, she picks up a circle of young gal pals as well as a hunky young tattoo artist. In tonight’s season finale, all of her fibs disastrously come to a head threatening both her professional and romantic worlds.
Joining FOSTER in the cast are DEBI MAZUR, MIRIAM SHOR, NICO TORTORELLA and HILLARY DUFF. And, for fans concerned with the fate of the show, the network has officially given the green light to a full 12 episode season two.
At a recent press conference to promote the series, SUTTON FOSTER addressed the issue of playing younger on YOUNGER. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
The season finale of YOUNGER airs tonight on TV LAND.
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Tonight, Gordon Ramsay will pick the winner of Hell’s Kitchen. The beloved cooking competition series is wrapping its 14th season and, judging by its loyal fanbase, it won’t be leaving anytime soon.
Hell’s Kitchen is arguably the most intense cooking competition series on television. Ramsay breaks down why his show has been such a resounding success. (Click on the media bar below to hear Gordon Ramsay)
Catch the Hell’s Kitchen season finale tonight 9/8c. on FOX.
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Me And Earl And The Dying Girl centers on Greg (Thomas Mann), a high school senior forced by his mom (Connie Britton) to befriend Rachel (Olivia Cooke), a fellow classmate who’s been diagnosed with cancer. Based on Jesse Andrews’ novel (he also penned the script), the film won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
During my interview with Olivia Cooke, I asked her if she related to the film’s theme of continuing discovery. As one teacher (Jon Bernthal) sagely says to Greg, “Life can keep unfolding to you just as long as you pay attention.”
“It’s completely reassuring as well that you don’t completely vanish off the face of the earth,” says Cooke, who is best known for her work on Bates Motel. “And especially, doing my job, hopefully if I make good movies - after I’m gone people are still going to watch these movies and keep my memory alive. And I’m going to watch movies of my friends after they’re gone - and that’s me keeping them alive. (And with) just reading books - you’re keeping the author alive. It’s such a reassuring thing that you’re not completely forgotten.”
To hear Olivia Cooke also talk about “being hit by mortality” at age 18, click on the Soundcloud media bar below:
Another audio clip from our Cooke interview has her talking about her early acting dreams and ambitions. To check out the post, please go to our sister site Deepest Dream.
Me And Earl And The Dying Girl, co-starring RJ Cyler as Greg’s best friend Earl, opens Friday, June 12.
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