While the Alien movies might have made Sigourney Weaver a bankable Hollywood star — and made her a role model as one of the first female ass-kicking action stars — she still felt like there was something missing from her career. She had a funny feeling she knew that it was… something funny. And then came Ghostbusters. Weaver had an amazing time making the Bill Murray/Dan Aykroyd/Harold Ramis comedy and its sequel back in the ’80s, so much fun that she’ll be seen in the next-generation follow-up Ghostbusters: Afterlife when it’s released next year. Weaver told us she’ll always be grateful to the Ghostbusters team that took a chance on her comedic talents. (Click on the media bar below to hear Sigourney Weaver)
The original Ghostbusters movies are available for streaming purchase or rental on most digital platforms, and also available on DVD and Blu-Ray.
Some of us who got to know Steve Carell on The Office couldn’t help but trace the lineage of his character — Michael Scott felt like a direct descendant of Leslie Nielsen’s Dr. Rumack in Airplane! or any of the band members in This Is Spinal Tap: a character playing it straight and unaware that he was the joke. The fact that Carell made the role work is more a testament to his dramatic abilities than his comedic chops, because if he’d played the role strictly for laughs, The Office would have been a very different series. So, maybe not so surprisingly, Carell filled us in on a little secret: He thought he’d wind up succeeding as a dramatic actor, not a funny guy. (Click on the media bar below to hear Steve Carell)
Carell’s new comedy series, Space Force, is streaming now on Netflix.
CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD – ABC’s Celebrity Family Feud” stars Steve Harvey. (ABC/Byron Cohen)
Admit it — while you enjoyed watching the game itself, you were also watching Family Feud for the inevitable train wrecks, those “I can’t believe they just said something that stupid!” moments. It’s OK, that’s part of the show’s charm. Now that the show is back as Celebrity Family Feud, host Steve Harvey says the stakes have been raised, because now it’s somebody famous causing those train wrecks. (Click on the media bar below to hear Steve Harvey)
Celebrity Family Feud airs Sundays at 8/7c on ABC.
Central Park is an interesting little hybrid of a show, an animated comedy that’s not afraid to break into song on a regular basis. Kristen Bell and Daveed Diggs both get to showcase their vocal talents on the show, and they told us they’re doing things they very likely couldn’t do if it was their real faces on-camera. (Click on the media bar below to hear Kristen Bell & Daveed Diggs)
THE VOICE –Pictured: Kelly Clarkson — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)
In many successful lives, there’s one moment people can look back at and identify as a turning point. For Kelly Clarkson, that moment isn’t difficult to figure out at all — if not for American Idol she wouldn’t have all of those No. 1 hits, all of those platinum records, all of those Grammy Awards, and a highly successful talk show that’s already earned seven Daytime Emmy Award nominations. Because of that, she can never, ever forget her first Idol audition, and she told us about encountering judges Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson for the very first time. (Click on the media bar below to hear Kelly Clarkson)
Clarkson recently released a new single (in six languages!), I Dare You, and her syndicated talk show, The Kelly Clarkson Show, is airing on stations throughout the country.
After his last appearance in Justice League, it was reported that Henry Cavill was ready to walk away from the Superman character for good. But now, it appears he’s softened his stance a bit. Deadline has reported that while he’s not interested in making a standalone Superman film after Man of Steel, he’s in talks to bring the character back to one (or possibly more) films in the Warner Bros. DC universe. Cavill, who famously made a point of not watching any other Superman movies before making Man of Steel, told us that even though he was playing one of the best-known characters in the world, he didn’t really feel any more pressure than he usually feels when making a movie. (Click on the media bar below to hear Henry Cavill)
It hasn’t been determined when or how Cavill’s Superman might return to the DC universe, but we’ll let you know when we find out!
Once upon a time, there was a young man named Reginald Dwight. He was a talented piano player, and he had some musical aspirations. But never in his wildest dreams could he have imagined that he would grow up to be one of the most famous musicians in the world! Of course, he wouldn’t do it as Reg … he did it under an assumed stage name: Elton John. Over the span of his 50+-year career, he’s sold millions of albums, sold out thousands of stadiums and arenas, and written and performed the soundtrack of many people’s lives. His musical career has crossed paths with Hollywood many times — he’s produced several movies, he’s appeared in a handful of them, and he’s written songs for some memorable movie soundtracks, including both the 1994 and 2019 versions of The Lion King” for Disney. (And, of course, he was the subject of last year’s biopic, Rocketman.) John told us he still can’t believe the things he’s accomplished — including numerous Grammy Awards and Oscars — and that he considers his work with Disney to be a turning point in his career. (Click on the media bar below to hear Elton John)
Both versions of The Lion King are currently streaming on Disney+, while Rocketman is streaming through Amazon Prime Video and available on DVD and Blu-Ray.
COUNCIL OF DADS — Pictured: (l-r) Michael O’Neill as Larry Mills, Clive Standen as Anthony Lavelle, J. August Richards as Dr. Oliver Post — (Photo by: Seth F. Johnson/NBC)
Michael O’Neill falls into that category of “I know I’ve seen him before” actors — and you’d probably be right. Over a career that’s spanned nearly 40 years, he’s made guest appearances on a lot of very popular TV series, including multiple appearances on The West Wing, Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS, 24, The Unit, and Scandal. Now he’s got a recurring role on Council of Dads, and O’Neill, who’s one of the nicest actors we’ve met, told us that being a father is one of the motivations that’s driven his career, while his Council colleague J. August Richard raves about his co-worker. (Click on the media bar below to hear Michael O’Neill & Michael O’Neill & J. August Richard)
One year after the show said goodbye, The Big Bang Theory is saying hello again … kind of. For the first time, all seasons of the show are available for streaming on the new HBO MAX service, so you can see the way it progressed through its 12 seasons. Kaley Cuoco, who got to see all those changes first-hand as part of the original cast, thinks the thing that stands out most about the show is how the characters managed to outgrow their stereotypes. (Click on the media bar below to hear Kaley Cuoco)
MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D (ABC/Mitch Haaseth)-CLARK GREGG
Clark Gregg was there for the inception of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, appearing in the original Iron Man and Iron Man 2 as agent Phil Coulson. Although he was largely absent from the films after The Avengers, he (and his character) then turned up on ABC’s MCU-based series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Of course, all of the extra work came as a big surprise to Gregg; when he was first recruited for “Iron Man,” he says there was no talk of an MCU … or Iron Man 2 … or Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Click on the media bar below to hear Clark Gregg)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Wednesday nights on ABC.