While the Star Trek franchise has always delivered strange new worlds, a diverse assortment of aliens, and epic battles in space, it has also always had a heart and a conscience. Key to Gene Roddenberry’s original vision was a desire to hold a mirror up to mankind’s own issues, and the franchise’s various TV shows and movies usually deliver. With a new season of Star Trek: Discovery set to debut next month, star Sonequa Martin-Green told us it will be some of the most emotional “Trek” you’ve ever seen. (Click on the media bar below to hear Sonequa Martin-Green)
Season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery will begin to boldly stream January 17 on CBS All Access.
Looks like Jane Fonda,Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton will be putting in a little overtime. The three women, who starred together in 9 to 5 nearly four decades ago, are set to reunite for a sequel. After all this time, they’ll still be working for the same dysfunctional company, but the modern workplace has definitely changed a lot since the original, giving them a whole new set of issues to deal with. When Parton found out a sequel script was in the works, she was ecstatic, since she had such an amazing experience working on the first movie all those years ago. (Click on the media bar below to hear Dolly Parton)
The 9 To 5 sequel is still in the pre-production phase, but we certainly hope they start filming in 2019!
Timeless fans are getting a very special Christmas present this year — a two-hour episode to wrap up the series. Sure, die-hard fans wish the series could go on for at least another year, but considering the show was actually canceled before being brought back for a second season, every new episode is a gift. With the Time Team traveling back to 1848 California and 1950 Korea in an effort to save Rufus and finally thwart Rittenhouse’s plans, Matt Lanter promises closure for the show’s fans. After the investment they’ve made in the series, he says, they deserve it. (Click on the media bar below to hear Matt Lanter)
Timeless series finale will air next Thursday night (12/20) on NBC.
When we last saw Tom Holland as Spider-Man, he wasn’t feeling so good. But his Avengers misadventures notwithstanding, he’ll be back in a new stand-alone movie, Spider-Man: Far From Home, next summer. As Holland tells us, the movie is aptly named, because Spider-Man and Mysterio (played by Jake Gyllenhaal) will be racking up the frequent-flyer miles as the movie takes them through some of Europe’s most beautiful cities. And shooting the movie, he says, was an incredible adventure. (Click on the media bar below to hear Tom Holland)
Spider-Man: Far From Home will swing into theaters next July 5.
After originating the role on The Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals, Danielle Rose Russell stars as vampire/werewolf hybrid Hope Mikaelson on Legacies, which follows her as she tries to navigate the mortal world. Russell told us she’s thrilled to get her own spinoff, because she feels a strong connection to the character, and she can’t wait to explore her more as the show goes on. (Click on the media bar below to hear Danielle Rose Russell)
While her Ralph Breaks the Internet co-star, Taraji P. Henson, is not a big fan of social media, Sarah Silverman loves it. Since joining Twitter, she’s posted over 13,000 times, and she’s amassed a follower base of 12.6 million fans. So she knows a thing or two about going online, and we asked her to give her best advice to someone who might be an Internet newbie.
Ralph Breaks the Internet in playing now in theaters everywhere.
A Star Is Born, which received 9 Critics’ Choice nods (including Best Picture), hits Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD February 19 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
The narrative, directed by Bradley Cooper, centers on a successful music artist named Jack (Cooper) who finds a kindred soul in Ally (Lady Gaga). As Ally’s “star” continues to rise, Jack’s alcoholism and physical ailments drives him down a much darker path.
Included in the package are nearly 10 minutes of never-before-seen musical performances by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga which is featured in the “Jam Sessions and Rarities” special feature (“Baby What You Want Me To Do,” “Midnight Special,” “Is That Alright”). Other extras include the featurette “The Road to Stardom: Making A Star Is Born,” several music videos (“Shallow,” “Always Remember Us This Way,” “Look What I Found,” “I’ll Never Love This Way”)
Stephan James’ year has been a creatively gratifying one, as he received great notices for his work in the Amazon Prime Video series Homecoming and filmmaker Barry Jenkins’ (Moonlight) latest film If Beale Street Could Talk. Based on the James Baldwin novel, If Beale Street Could Talkis a 1970s, Harlem set story about Tish (KiKi Layne), a pregnant woman who is trying her best to free her boyfriend Fonny (Stephan James) from prison. Fonny has been wrongly accused of rape, but even against seemingly impenetrable odds the couple do whatever it takes to make it through intact.
In the audio clip below, James discusses the deep love that is shared between Tish and Fonny in If Beale Street Could Talk.
If Beale Street Could Talk, now playing in select theaters, opens nationwide December 25.
Mary Poppins Returns has something the original never had — Lin-Manuel Miranda. The multimedia star and Hamilton creator loved the look and feel of Mary Poppins, so he’s proud to be part of the sequel. He told us the new movie carries on the whimsical spirit of the first, and that’s something we could all use these days.
Mary Poppins Returns opens in theaters next Wednesday.
If you’ve watched Ellen DeGeneres on her syndicated talk show, you know there’s nothing she enjoys more during the holidays than giving away stuff. Now that she’s got her own game show, she’ll be able to double down on that holiday spirit of giving, and she says that if you watch the holiday version of Ellen’s Game of Games, you’re going to have some spirited fun, too. (Click on the media bar below to hear Ellen DeGeneres)
Ellen’s Game of Games Holiday Spectacular airs Wednesday at 8/7c on NBC.