The Notebook may not be the biggest box-office movie Rachel McAdams has starred in (that would be Doctor Strange), and it’s not the movie that earned her an Oscar nomination (that would be Spotlight). It wasn’t even her first big hit movie — Mean Girls opened two months earlier. But The Notebook still resonates with many of her fans, who associate her first and foremost with the weepy romantic drama, and even McAdams admits that it may still be the favorite of all the movies she’s done. (Click on the media bar below to hear Rachel McAdams)
Mark Hamill may always be known best as Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars franchise, but he’s actually been much more prolific as a voiceover artist than as an on-screen actor. In fact, between TV shows, movies, and video games, Hamill’s got well over 100 voiceover credits on his résumé. His latest has him playing the evil doll Chucky in the remake of Child’s Play, and while some of his voiceover roles find him playing characters for their camp value, he definitely treated Chucky differently, and when we spoke to him, he explained why. (Click on the media bar below to hear Mark Hamill)
As one of the three new faces on the new season of America’s Got Talent, Gabrielle Union is just getting her bearings on NBC’s talent competition. She says it’s helped, though, that she’s had a decades-long friendship with new host Terry Crews, and she’s been having a great time as she gets to know her new colleagues at the judges’ table, Julianne Hough, Howie Mandel, and Simon Cowell. (Click on the media bar below to hear Gabrielle Union)
America’s Got Talent airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on NBC.
The space adventure Lost Orbit: Terminal Velocity will hit PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Steam starting July 16. The upgrades will enable gamers to battle space pirates and blow up asteroids. Lost Orbit, originally released in 2015, is actually making its Xbox One and Switch debut.
With Lost Orbit: Terminal Velocity players can teleport, swim, leap, evade, and bounce through a series of obstacles as they try to find their way back home. Along with the aforementioned ability to smash through asteroids, the game’s upgrades include 12 story driven levels (there is a total of 65 levels), a challenge which has players clearing a path for a starship in danger, and a boss chase that involves pirates. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
Director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting) and screenwriter Richard Curtis (Love Actually) have teamed up for Yesterday, a feature that’s based on a fantastical premise.
Jack (Himesh Patel) seems to be the only one in existence who knows that The Beatles existed. When this struggling musician starts playing their songs, he becomes an overnight sensation! Songs featured in the film include “The Long & Winding Road,” “Something,” and “In My Life.” The feature co-stars Lily James and Ed Sheeran.
Click on the media bar to hear Patel discuss the “magic” of The Beatles:
Eva Longoria is behind the cameras on the new ABC drama Grand Hotel as the show’s executive producer. Having been involved with successful dramas like Desperate Housewives as an actor, Longoria feels like she knows what that audience wants: good characters, good stories, and good twists. So she’s made sure that Grand Hotel delivers exactly that — and plenty of it. (Click on the media bar below to hear Eva Longoria)
One of the constants through the whole Toy Story franchise has been the music of Randy Newman. Four of the composer’s 20 Oscar nominations (and one of his two wins) have come from Toy Story movies, and he’ll likely wind up with another with the song I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away from Toy Story 4. Like the other cast and crew members who were brought back, Newman was thrilled at the prospect of writing new music for Woody and his friends, and he was especially excited about the movie’s new characters. (Click on the media bar below to hear Randy Newman)
Toy Story 4 is playing now in theaters everywhere.
As the new correspondent on American Ninja Warrior, Zuri Hall brings a fresh perspective to a show that’s now in its 11th season. Obviously, to last that long, ANW has been a huge success for the network. Coming in with a fresh pair of eyes, Hall told us the best part of the show is the fact that it is truly representative of what America is all about. (Click on the media bar below to hear Zuri Hall)
American Ninja Warrior airs Mondays at 8/7c on NBC.
Naomie Harris (Moonlight) stars in Black and Blueas a Detroit cop who captures the killing of a drug dealer on her body cam. The crime, however, was committed by corrupt cops (led by Frank Grillo), and she teams up with the one person (Tyrese Gibson) from the neighborhood who can help her.
With a price on her head from both cops and criminals, this cop is still determined to take down these crooked lawmen no matter what the price. Deon Taylor, a first rate filmmaker who directs films at a rapid clip (since 2018, his films Traffikand The Intruder hit theaters), is the man behind the camera.
Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!
The narrative centers on Aja (Dhanush), a man who leaves India for a big adventure after his mother passes. Attempting to find a father he never knew, Aja instead stumbles onto an entirely different path after meeting a girl (Erin Moriarty) at an Ikea. This love at first sight has a huge hiccup, as fate once again puts Aja in an entirely different direction. The picture is based on the bestselling novel The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Caught In An Ikea Wardrobe.
The opening chapter of the film is set in Mumbai, but the narrative also takes place in England, Libya, France, Spain, and Italy. With so many set-ups, Scott made sure he focused on the most important element of the feature. “For me, working with so many different actors and shooting in so many different countries, it was important that I keep a tone and make sure that we are in the same movie from the beginning to the end,” said Scott, who cites Hal Ashby’sBeing There as an inspiration for the narrative. “Yet I did want to make sure that each one of these cultures, each one of these actors had a huge influence on the ambience of the movie and the scenes that they were in.”
Click on the media bar to hear Scott elaborate on why Dhanush was the perfect actor for this multi-layered role:
The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir, co-starring Bérénice Bejo, is now playing in theaters.