In ‘Child’s Play,’ Aubrey Plaza Gets Her First Child

You may not want to use the word “old” around Aubrey Plaza these days. Next Wednesday is her birthday, and she’ll turn 35 years old. But before that happens, she’s got a new movie coming out — a remake of the horror movie Child’s Play — and that may be making her feel even older. Why? For the very first time in her career, she’ll be playing a mother. We asked Plaza, who is not yet a mother herself, how she felt about that milestone. (Click on the media bar below to hear Aubrey Plaza)

Child’s Play opens in theaters on Friday.

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For Kristen Bell, There’s No Guesswork In ‘Veronica Mars’ Scripts

Sometimes you can go home again, and sometimes you can go back to Mars — Veronica Mars, that is. Fans have been clamoring for new episodes of the show ever since it was cancelled in 2007, and while a 2014 movie whetted their appetite, it wasn’t until now that their deepest desires became reality. The same creative team is behind the new episodes, led by creator/writer/producer Rob Thomas, so star Kristen Bell told us there’s no need to go off-script — everything they need is already on the page. (Click on the media bar below to hear Kristen Bell)

 

Veronica Mars returns with new episodes, streaming starting July 26 on Hulu

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For Joel McHale, ‘Card Sharks’ Is Sometimes The Crying Game

Joel McHale has done a lot of things in his show business career: sitcoms, movies, talk shows, animated shows, dramas, reality shows. But now, for the first time, he’s hosting a game show, ABC’s reboot of Card Sharks. It’s put McHale in the position of interacting with the contestants constantly throughout the show, and he tells us he’s really enjoying it — even when it makes him cry! (Click on the media bar below to hear Joel McHale)

Card Sharks airs Wednesdays at 9/8c during ABC’s Game Night.

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Box Office Hit ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Lands On Blu-Ray And DVD In August

The Curse of La Llorona hits Blu-ray and DVD on August 6, and the feature’s digital release is scheduled for July 16.

Set in 1973 Los Angeles, the tale centers on a mother (Linda Cardellini) who attempts to save her children from a spirit who is trying to take them away. The ensemble includes Marisol Ramirez (NCIS: Los Angeles), Sean Patrick Thomas (Save The Last Dance), and Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen (Selfless).

Directed by newcomer Michael Chaves, the film was budgeted at $9 million made over $121 million worldwide.

Special features include deleted scenes, storyboards, and three featurettes (“The Myth of La Llorona,” “Behind the Curse,” and “The Making of a Movie Monster”).

Were you a fan of this film and are you excited for the feature’s home video release? Feel free to comment below!

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Richard Curtis’ Lifelong Love For The Beatles Inspires ‘Yesterday’ Tale

With such screenplays as Notting Hill, Love Actually, and About Time under his belt, Richard Curtis is one of cinema’s most beloved writers. His latest story Yesterday centers on a struggling musician named Jack (Himesh Patel) who is the only person on Earth who seems to remember The Beatles. Capitalizing on that opportunity, Jack starts to perform their tunes and becomes an overnight sensation!

“The main message in this film is the same message in all of my films, which is life is good” said Curtis. “But in this one it’s life is good and listen to more Beatles songs.”

Click on the media bar to hear Curtis talk about two of his favorite Beatles tracks that were left out of the movie.

Yesterday, co-starring Lily James and directed by Danny Boyle, opens nationwide June 28.

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‘Toy Story’ Is Still A Big Deal To Tom Hanks

The Toy Story franchise might seem like a lot of fun and games — after all, some of the characters really are games — but to its stars, it’s also serious business. Tom Hanks, who has starred as Woody in all four of the films, told us that everybody involved in the movies, including the new cast members who have joined Toy Story 4, have taken their roles very seriously. (Click on the media bar below to hear Tom Hanks)

 

Toy Story 4 opens in theaters this Friday.

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Way Back In ‘Black’ – Will Smith & His First Casting Session

Unfortunately for the franchise, film fans worldwide told Men In Black this past weekend that things just aren’t the same without Will Smith and his signature shades. The first Men In Black film was Smith’s first after Independence Day, and it cemented his status among Hollywood’s elite leading men. When he was first being recruited for MIB, Smith could hardly believe his good fortune — literally. When he got the call, he really didn’t believe he was being contacted about the role of Agent J. (Click on the media bar below to hear Will Smith)

 

Will Smith can currently be seen in Aladdin, which is still playing in theaters.

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Judge Julianne Hough Just Wants To Enjoy The ‘Talent’

Before joining the show as a judge, Julianne Hough was a big America’s Got Talent fan. Now that she’s sitting in that chair, she’s trying to take the same approach she took as a viewer: She just wants to be entertained and see incredible things. With that in mind, Hough told us that, as a judge, she wants to give a lot of positive reinforcement and constructive criticism. (Click on the media bar below to hear Julianne Hough)

America’s Got Talent airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on NBC.

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Greg Kinnear Goes Behind The Camera With Intriguing New Comedy ‘Phil’

Greg Kinnear makes his feature directing debut in Phil, the story of a depressed dentist (Kinnear) who is surprised when one of his patients (Bradley Whitford) commits suicide.

In an attempt to figure out the motivations behind his patient’s decision, Phil pretends to be a Greek handyman and eventually befriends the late man’s wife (Emily Mortimer) and daughter. The picture is penned by Stephen Mazur, the screenwriter behind the first rate comedies Liar Liar and Heartbreakers. Taylor Schilling, Jay Duplass and Luke Wilson round out the cast. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!

Phil hits theaters, On Demand and digital on July 5.

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Tilda Swinton Loves The “Sandbox” Feeling Behind ‘The Dead Don’t Die’

Life and death are a part of director Jim Jarmusch’s universe, and these themes are explicitly found in a couple of his movie’s monikers (Dead Man, Only Lovers Left Alive).

With The Dead Don’t Die, Jarmusch delves into the zombie genre, as the denizens of a small town named Centerville must reconcile that they may be on the menu if they lose their battle with the undead.

Tilda Swinton, who previously worked with Jarmusch in Only Lovers Left Alive, plays the town coroner in this all-star filled ensemble (the feature co-stars Bill Murray, Selena Gomez, Adam Driver, and Iggy Pop).

Click on the media bar to hear Swinton talk about the “sandbox” atmosphere Jarmusch creates in The Dead Don’t Die:

The Dead Don’t Die is now playing nationwide.

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