Freddie Highmore: Expect ‘The Good Doctor’ To Get Even Better

When The Good Doctor premiered last season, we saw a brilliant young doctor who, thanks to his place on the autism spectrum, had great difficulty interacting with both his co-workers and his patients. Freddie Highmore, who plays Dr. Shaun Murphy, told us the growth you saw in his character throughout the first season was no fluke, and that you’ll continue to see him making progress in the new season. (Click on the media bar below to hear Freddie Highmore)

The Good Doctor airs Monday nights at 10/9c on ABC.

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Daniel Craig: Why Bond Was Built To Last

Having found a new director, the 25th installment in the James Bond series is finally back on track. The as-yet-untitled film will start shooting in March under the direction of Cary Joji Fukunaga, who was brought in after Danny Boyle dropped out. This new film is a pivotal one for the series — it’s the final one under Daniel Craig’s current contract. After making the new movie, will Craig want to come back, or will the producers be searching for a new 007? A lot could depend on how this shoot goes. With or without him, though, Craig believes the series will go on because the franchise was built so well. (Click on the media bar below to hear Daniel Craig)

 

You can expect to see the next Bond film in theaters on February 14, 2020.

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‘SVU’ @ 20: Mariska Hargitay Can’t Believe Her Good Fortune

Procedurals tend to be the longest-running shows on television, but if you’d told Mariska Hargitay back in 1999 that her new show, Law & Order: SVU, would still be on 20 seasons later, she probably would have laughed at you. After all, at the time, only one TV drama (Gunsmoke) had ever crossed the 20-year threshold, so who could blame her for being incredulous? Yet here we are, at the start of the 2018-2019 television season, and SVU is about to begin its record-tying 20th year. (One of the shows it’s tying, along with Gunsmoke, is the show SVU was spun off from, Law & Order.) She may not be laughing now, but Hargitay still finds it amazing and unbelievable that her show’s still going strong after all these years. (Click on the media bar below to hear Mariska Hargitay)

The 20th season of Law & Order: SVU premieres Thursday night at 9/8c on NBC.

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Henry Winkler Gives A Thumbs-Up To The Life Lesson He Learned On ‘Happy Days’

Henry Winkler once had his face on T-shirts and lunchboxes all across America, but until this week, he didn’t have an Emmy Award. After more than four decades in show business, he finally won an award for his role in the series Barry. Of course, it’s hard to find TV stars who have been at it as long as Winkler has, and he credits his longevity to the lessons he’s learned along the way. One of the biggest came from Happy Days creator and producer Garry Marshall, who taught him a lot about self-discipline and keeping his ego in check. (Click on the media bar below to hear Henry Winkler)

Barry has been renewed for a second season by HBO, and subscribers can stream the first season on demand.

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Emily Blunt: ‘Mary Poppins’ Still Has A Story Left To Tell

Mary Poppins is widely acknowledged as a classic, and rightly so. It was nominated for 13 Oscars and won five of them, including a Best Actress trophy for its legendary star, Julie Andrews. Now, 54 years later, Disney is continuing the story with a new movie, Mary Poppins Returns. It’s had some people scratching their heads, wondering why a movie like Mary Poppins would ever need a sequel. But Emily Blunt, who was given the daunting task of taking the role Andrews played to perfection, says the reason is simple: There’s more we can learn from Mary and the Banks family. (Click on the media bar below to hear Emily Blunt)

 

Mary Poppins Returns opens in theaters on December 19.

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Ellen DeGeneres & The Day She Achieved Stand-Up Stardom

Since she’s been doing her talk show for 16 years, it’s become difficult to remember a time when Ellen DeGeneres made her living by doing stand-up comedy. And it was a long time since she’d done any stand-up comedy — 15 years, to be exact. But she decided to take her summer hiatus and go back on the road again, working on material that would be filmed for a new Netflix special. Of course, our earliest memories of her stand-up career were her standout performances on The Tonight Show. Those came back in the days when Johnny Carson was the host, and she told us how making Carson laugh — and getting called over to the couch after she finished her routine — were moments that changed her life forever. (Click on the media bar below to hear Ellen DeGeneres)

 

Netflix will begin streaming the new Ellen DeGeneres stand-up special, Relatable, on December 18.

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Timothée Chalamet And Steve Carell Forge Family Bond In Gripping ‘Beautiful Boy’ Trailer

Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet are no strangers to Oscar talk and nominations, and the actors should be prime contenders once again with Beautiful Boy. Based on the memoirs of David Sheff (Carell) and Nic Sheff (Chalamet), the feature centers on Nic’s struggles with drug addiction and its effect on his family. The good news is the film received heaps of critical praise at the Toronto Film Festival, and the trailer suggests that this drama may be an insightful and not overly manipulative or maudlin look at a devastating situation.

The picture, will delve into two different points of view (David’s memoir is titled Beautiful Boy, and Nic penned the book Tweak) on the events at hand, and with two excellent actors steering the ship, this film has definite potential. Check out the new trailer and tell us what you think!

Co-starring Maura Tierney and Amy Ryan, Beautiful Boy opens October 12.

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Casey Affleck Praises “Charismatic” ‘The Old Man & The Gun’ Co-Star Robert Redford

Casey Affleck has collaborated with director David Lowery in the critically acclaimed films Ain’t Them Bodies Saints and A Ghost Story. The pair continue their work with The Old Man & The Gun, but this time out a huge focus of the film is its celebration of Robert Redford’s career. The true story centers on the life of career criminal Forrest Tucker (Redford), and the iconic actor said The Old Man & The Gun will be his last performance.

“I wouldn’t even begin to try to analyze or capture his career because it’s too long and there’s been too many great movies,” said Affleck. “I think this thing fits in with the spirit of what his career is and who he is as a person which is just incredibly charismatic and just genuinely decent all the way to the core. It feels like a Robert Redford movie through and through. If it is his last acting role, it’s a beautiful way to go out.”

Click on the media bar to hear Casey Affleck talk about playing Detective John Hunt in the flick (co-star Tika Sumpter, who plays his wife in the flick, is also heard on the clip):

The Old Man & The Gun opens nationwide September 28.

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The Silent Spider: Tom Hardy’s ‘Venom’ Acting Challenge

When actors sign on to play a superhero, it’s often a “double your pleasure, double your fun” experience. After all, not only do they get to play the superhero, but also the character’s alter ego. For Tom Hardy, getting the lead in Venom was, indeed, such an experience, but he admits it was a little bit tougher, too, because when he is playing Venom in the film, he’s doing it without saying a word.  (Click on the media bar below to hear Tom Hardy)

 

Venom opens in theaters everywhere on October 5.

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Can Ballet Points Helps Alexis Ren Score On ‘DWTS’?

Model Alexis Ren knows her way up and down the catwalk, but does she know her way around the dance floor? That’s what we’ll be finding out on the new season of Dancing with the Stars, as she competes for the title. She might have a leg up, so to speak, on the competition because of some previous dance experience, but she’s not convinced it’s an advantage. (Click on the media bar below to hear Alexis Ren)

Dancing with the Stars airs its season premiere next Monday night at 8/7c on ABC.

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