Starring In ‘Call Of The Wild,’ Harrison Ford Must Love Dogs

Harrison Ford stars in a new film version of the classic story The Call of the Wild, a tale — as originally written by Jack London — of a dog’s struggle to survive in the harsh wilderness of Alaska. Ford’s character partners up with the dog as they both try to make their way back to someplace they can call home. Playing a dog’s companion came naturally to Ford; when we talked to him, Ford told us his lifelong love of dogs has given him a strong understanding of them. (Click on the media bar below Harrison Ford)

Call of the Wild opens in theaters on Friday.

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson Extremely Shocked By ‘Makeover’ Secrets

Sometimes, “reality TV” seems too contrived to truly be reality. And most of the time, that’s an accurate statement. Even Extreme Makeover — seriously, with all the red tape homeowners have to go through to make minor alterations to a house, how can the show do a major reconstruction on a big-time fixer-upper in just a week? Turns out, Jesse Tyler Ferguson was just as skeptical when he joined the show. And he says he was equally as shocked when he learned the truth. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jesse Tyler Ferguson)

 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition airs Sunday nights on HGTV.

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‘Sonic’ Is A Blast From James Marsden’s Past

James Marsden and Sonic (Ben Schwartz) in SONIC THE HEDGEHOG from Paramount Pictures and Sega. Photo Credit: Courtesy Paramount Pictures and Sega of America.

The video game Sonic the Hedgehog started to take off at about the same time James Marsden was starting his acting career. In between auditions and rehearsals, Marsden had the time to play a few video games, including Sonic. Now, things have come full circle, as he and Sonic are teamed up in the long-awaited film based on the game. Looking back, Mardsen told us he’s glad he got to know the character so well through the game back then. (Click on the media bar below to hear James Marsden)

Sonic the Hedgehog is playing now in theaters.

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This ‘Bachelor’ Is Committed To Finding Romance

The idea of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, of course, is for somebody to try to find their soulmate using a casting director, after bars, online dating, and singles mixers have all fallen through. Peter Weber, the current Bachelor, says that even though he’s struggled in the past to find “the one,” he wants to inspire fellow singles to never give up on finding the right person. (Click on the media bar below to hear Peter Weber)

The Bachelor airs Mondays at 8/7c on ABC.

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Bob Dylan Feature ‘Masked And Anonymous’ Hits Blu-Ray In March Via Shout Select

Music icon Bob Dylan has dabbled now and again with movies (Renaldo and Clara, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid) and his 2003 collaboration with director Larry Charles (Borat) is finally making its way to Blu-ray on March 10 as part of the Shout Select line.

The narrative centers on Jack Fate (Dylan), a troubadour who is spring from jail to topline a concert whose proceeds are allegedly going to poverty relief. The picture, co-penned by Dylan and Charles (both using a different pseudonym), is a freewheeling romp that received its share of mixed reviews upon its release. As with most of Dylan’s work, however, this project should merit a deeper look, and an all-star cast (John Goodman, Jeff Bridges, Penelope Cruz, Jessica Lange, Luke Wilson, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Dern) should help the proceedings. 

Special features include commentary by Larry Charles, deleted scenes, “The Making of Masked and Anonymous,” and theatrical trailers. Are you excited for the release of Masked and Anonymous? Feel free to comment below!

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Director Joe Dante Takes On Producing Duties With Supernatural Suspenser ‘Camp Cold Brook’

Directed by Andy Palmer, Camp Cold Brook centers on a reality show host named Jack Wilson (Chad Michael Murray) who, along with his crew (Danielle Harris co-stars as his producer), investigate a camp that is reportedly haunted. Campers were drowned in a nearby creek some 20 years ago, and Jack is determined to uncover this mystery (or at least revive his soon to be canceled show).

Palmer  had the benefit of collaborating with filmmaker Joe Dante (Gremlins, The ‘Burbs) for Camp Cold Brook, as Dante served as an executive producer on the project. During his early years in the industry, Dante worked with producer Roger Corman, and that mentorship has had a marked influence on his respective career. Thus, helping independent movies is a passion of Dante’s.

“At my company Renfield, we’ve been on occasion, getting involved with backing independent pictures that are made by people who can use a little help trying to get them set up,” said Dante. “When this script came along, my partner Mark Alan and I thought that this was probably a pretty good bet as something we understand and could contribute to and hopefully get made. The whole business now is about trying to get your picture made.”

Click on the media bar to hear Dante talk about how he appreciated the steady and suspenseful approach to Camp Cold Brook’s narrative.

Camp Cold Brook is now playing in select theaters and is available On Demand and Digital.

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‘Sonic The Hedgehog’ Overwhelms Box Office Competitors With $57 Million Weekend

Sonic the Hedgehog was the #1 film at the box office as it pulled in $57 million to easily trounce the competition. Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn was second with $17.1 million. Here’s the top 10:

  1. Sonic the HedgehogJim Carrey’s latest collects $57 million.
  2. Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn – $17.1 million.
  3. Fantasy Island – Feature debuts with a $12.4 million gross.
  4. The Photograph – Fellow newcomer collects $12.3 million
  5. Bad Boys for Life – Hit flick has amassed over $369 million worldwide. This weekend it makes $11.3 million.
  6. 1917 – WWII film generates $8 million in business.
  7. Jumanji: The Next Level – Family film keeps making money with $5.7 million. Domestically, the movie has made over $305 million.
  8. Parasite – Best Picture winner checks in with $5.5 million.
  9. DolittleRobert Downey Jr. family flick makes $5 million.
  10. DownhillWill Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus movie collects $4.7 million.

 

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Matthew Lillard Discusses Directing Goals And Success Behind ‘Good Girls’

There are a lot of questions to be answered with Good Girls after the shooting of Rio (Manny Montana). Odds are, considering his popularity on the show, he may still be alive, something which may throw a wrench in the criminal activities of Beth Boland (Christina Hendricks), Annie Marks (Mae Whitman) and Ruby Hill (Retta).

Matthew Lillard plays Beth’s husband Dean, who hopes that after Rio’s shooting life will take a turn for the better, especially with his relationship with Beth. “I think the reason that the show has found such success is that it’s normal, every day women doing extraordinary things,” said Lillard.. “And I think that there is that inner fantasy of a common housewife that wants more and wants that adrenaline or rush or is seeking more from their life. I think that’s why Good Girls strikes a chord,”

Click on the media bar to hear Lillard elaborate on why, if he had his druthers, he’d be a full time director (Lillard helmed the feature Fat Kid Rules The World)!

The season three premiere of Good Girls airs tonight on NBC (10/9c).

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Why Scott Bakula Thinks ‘Quantum Leap’ Speculation Stays So Strong

Appearing on the CBS daytime talk show The Talk, Scott Bakula teased Quantum Leap fans by saying that Dr. Sam Beckett would have “lots to do” in terms of setting right things that had gone wrong. While Bakula made the remark in a purely hypothetical context, it echoed the thoughts of thousands — if not millions — of Leap fans who have been waiting for the day that one of the many rumored comebacks becomes official. (The latest rumor, if you haven’t heard, has a reboot of the show as a possibility for NBC’s upcoming Peacock streaming service.) All of the rumors and speculation come as no surprise to Bakula himself; he thinks creator Don Bellisario crafted a show with a timeless appeal that could work in any era. (Click on the media bar below to hear Scott Bakula)

 

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Young Talent Rocks Lionel Richie’s ‘Idol’ Expectations This Season

AMERICAN IDOL – Ò301 (Auditions)Ó Ð ÒAmerican IdolÓ returns to ABC for season three on SUNDAY, FEB. 16 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), streaming and on demand, after dominating and claiming the position as SundayÕs No. 1 most social show in 2019. Returning this season to discover the next singing sensation are music industry legends and all-star judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, as well as Emmy¨-winning producer Ryan Seacrest as host. Famed multimedia personality Bobby Bones will return to his role as in-house mentor. (ABC/Eliza Morse)
LIONEL RICHIE, DOUG KIKER

Lionel Richie now has two full seasons as an American Idol judge under his belt, so he had a good idea of what to expect from the new season’s auditions. Or so he thought. Once he started seeing some of the young people trying out for the first time, he had to re-evaluate a little bit, because he says he was blown away by not just their talent, but their confidence. (Click on the media bar below to hear Lionel Richie)

American Idol airs Sundays at 8/7c on ABC.

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