Compared To The Real ‘NCIS,’ Wilmer Valderrama Has It Easy

Now that he’s in his third season playing agent Nick Torres on NCIS, Wilmer Valderrama has gotten past the stage where he’s trying to figure out who his character is. He’s still driven to find the character’s motivations, though, and he told us a lot of that comes from the show’s real-life counterparts in the American military, whose job is much more difficult than his is. (Click on the media bar below to hear Wilmer Valderrama)

NCIS airs Tuesday nights at 8/7c on CBS.

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For Gal Gadot, ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Is A Sequel That’s Not A Sequel

Wonder Woman 1984 may still be a year away from hitting theaters, but after the first movie’s phenomenal performance last year, there’s already a buzz starting to build. Though the film is, of course, a sequel, don’t tell that to its star, Gal Gadot. She says the whole crew is treating the movie like it’s something brand new. (Click on the media bar below to hear Gal Gadot)

Wonder Woman 1984 will be in theaters on November 1, 2019.

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Milo Ventimiglia: ‘This Is Us’ Spotlight Is On Jack & Rebecca’s Love Story

It’s a good thing This Is Us tells its stories out of order — otherwise, Milo Ventimiglia would be out of a job. Fortunately, the show’s non-linear storyline allows for plenty of flashbacks and exposition, so we’ll still see plenty of Jack Pearson this season. In fact, Ventimiglia told us we’ll delve even further into Jack and Rebecca’s love story in the new episodes. (Click on the media bar below to hear Milo Ventimiglia)

This Is Us airs Tuesday nights at 9/8c on NBC

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Jason Patric And Lou Diamond Phillips Go For The ‘Big Kill’ In Upcoming Western

Shooting an indie Western should be a tricky thing, and writer/director Scott Martin ups the ante by also starring in his film Big Kill. The project centers on an accountant named Jim (Last Man Standing’s Christoph Sanders) who heads West after his wife’s death to go into business with his brother. Along with the help of rogues Jake (Martin) and Travis (Clint Hummel), Jim tries to find his footing in a new town, but unfortunately gunfire and bad folks have a way of ruining your day.

One huge draw for watching Big Kill is the supporting players hired for his movie. Jason Patric, excellent in the underrated, Walter Hill directed Western Geronimo, and Young Guns member Lou Diamond Phillips are on board along with Danny Trejo (Machete) and Michael Paré (Streets of Fire, another Hill film) are also on board. As a fan of the genre, I’ll watch most Westerns that come my way, and Big Kill definitely is on the list. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!

Big Kill hits theaters October 19.

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Jeff Bridges Latches On To “Pop” Factor Of ‘Bad Times At The El Royale’

There are few actors who have surpassed the distinguished body of work that 69-year-old actor Jeff Bridges has amassed, so when he has high praise for his new film Bad Times At The El Royale, one better listen! Cutter’s Way, The Big Lebowski, Starman, Crazy Heart, and The Last Picture Show are just a few of the wonderful scripts that have come his way, and it looks like his latest film is a keeper.

“It’s rather rare that I read a script and it pops,” said Bridges. “When I say pop, I mean this is something I’ve never seen before. This is the kind of movie I like to see. That was certainly my reaction to this film. And to find that writer, Drew Goddard, is also directing it – that was a big plus.”

Click on the media bar to hear Jeff Bridges talk about why he doesn’t want to say too much about the plotline behind Bad Times At The El Royale.

Bad Times At The El Royale opens nationwide October 12.

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‘Big Bang’ Beginnings: How Jim Parsons & Johnny Galecki Bonded

As The Big Bang Theory begins its 12th — and final — season tonight, our thoughts drift back to the very beginnings of the show. Before the girlfriends, before the weddings, wives, and children, there were two nerdy roommates with a beautiful new neighbor. So much of the show’s initial success depended on that relationship between Sheldon Cooper and Leonard Hofstadter, so it was important that the characters were cast well. Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki were the first two actors signed for the show, and they reminisced with other cast members about the way they first met and developed that perfect chemistry. (Click on the media bar below to hear Johnny Galecki & Jim Parsons)

 

 The Big Bang Theory begins its farewell season tonight at 8/7c on CBS, before moving back to its normal time slot, Thursdays at 8/7c.

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Kevin Hart & Tiffany Haddish Take Comedy To A New Degree In ‘Night School’

In the new comedy Night School, Tiffany Haddish is a teacher trying to help a group of misfit adults finally earn their GEDs, and Kevin Hart is one of her students. Of course, by putting a group of troublemaking high school dropouts into the same room, there are plenty of laughs to be found, but Hart and Haddish think the true magic of the movie is the way it shows all of the characters’ struggles and determination to finally achieve a kind of success that they didn’t have the first time around. (Click on the media bar below to hear Tiffany Haddish & Kevin Hart)

 

Night School opens in theaters this Friday.

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Adam Levine: You’ll See ‘Crazy’ Talent This Season On ‘The Voice’

Having been a judge on the show since its very first season, Adam Levine has literally heard (and sometimes seen) hundreds — if not thousands — of hopeful singers on The Voice’s stage. With the show now going into its 15th cycle, Levine is incredibly impressed by the performers he’s heard so far, and he’s a bit amazed that the talent can still be so strong, so many years into the show’s run. (Click on the media bar below to hear Adam Levine)

The new season of The Voice premieres tonight, airing Mondays & Tuesdays at 8/7c on NBC.

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Jason Mitchell Encounters A Catskills Nightmare In ‘Tyrel’ Trailer

Thanks to the films Straight Outta Compton, Mudbound, and the Showtime series The Chi, Jason Mitchell is one of today’s most intriguing actors. In Tyrel, Mitchell plays a dude (his name’s actually Tyler, but someone mistakenly calls him Tyrel) who spends a weekend with relative strangers in the Catskills. Tyler is the only non-white guy of the bunch, and with excessive drinking and obnoxious behavior all around him, this seemingly innocuous getaway turns into a nightmare.

The ensemble is bolstered by talented young actors Caleb Landry Jones (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri), Christopher Abbott (Sweet Virginia), and Michael Cera (Arrested Development). Sebastián Silva, who directed Cera in Crystal Fairy & The Magical Cactus and Magic Magic, is the man behind the camera. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!

Tyrel hits theaters December 5 via Magnolia Pictures.

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‘Halloween’ Director Delves Into The “Core Essence” Of Michael Myers

One of the more diverse and thereby surprising filmmakers working today is David Gordon Green. After receiving his share of acclaim early in his career with the indie films George Washington, All The Real Girls, and Undertow, Green has branched out and tried his hands at various genres. Whether he’s dabbling in political satire (Our Brand Is Crisis) or delving into the inspiring true story of Jeff Bauman (Stronger), Green always seems to change it up with each successive film. His latest journey has led him to Halloween.

“The most intimidating part of tackling a franchise like Halloween is how to bring your own fingerprint to it,” said Green. “So many stories have been told of Michael Myers. So much mythology has evolved. How can I make something that feels intimate and epic. My goal was to strip it down to its core essence of evil, tell a story that felt personally self-indulgent and bring great collaborators on board.”

Click on the media bar to hear Green talk about Michael Myers’ transcendent appeal to moviegoers.

Produced by Jason Blum, co-written by Danny McBride (with music composed by Halloween filmmaker John Carpenter), Halloween opens nationwide October 19. 

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