Despite glowing reviews, Brooklyn Nine-Nine never lived up to its rating potential during its run on Fox, but it’s getting a second chance now that it’s been picked up by NBC. For fans, it was a pretty tense few days last May while the show was in cancellation limbo, but for the show’s star, Andy Samberg, things weren’t quite as dire. The whole time, he felt pretty confident that the show would be back somehow, somewhere. (Click on the media bar below to hear Andy Samberg)
Brooklyn Nine-Nine makes its NBC premiere on January 10.
The YouTube series Cobra Kai brings us back into the world of The Karate Kid, reacquainting us with Daniel as an adult, along with his martial arts nemesis, Johnny. If you’ve seen the show, you knows there’s plenty of nostalgia to be found. That’s due, in part, to its star, Ralph Macchio, who insisted that the character of Mr. Miyagi be represented in the series, even though Pat Morita — the actor who played him — passed away in 2005. The good news for fans of the movie, Macchio told us, is that there’s even more to come. (Click on the media bar below to hear Ralph Macchio)
The second season of Cobra Kai will start streaming on YouTube in 2019.
The Fantastic Beasts story has continued with the release of The Crimes of Grindewald, once again taking us into another part of author J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world, the same one that brought us the Harry Potter books and films. Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne once again plays Newt Scamander, and he told us there’s something special about venturing into Rowling’s creations. (Click on the media bar below to hear Eddie Redmayne)
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald is playing now in theaters everywhere.
With Supernatural now in its 14th season, it must be doing something right to have achieved that kind of longevity. If you ask one of its stars, Jared Padalecki, there’s a lot that’s been done right — starting at the top, with the show’s creators, and going all the way down through the cast and crew. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jared Padalecki)
Supernatural airs Thursday nights at 8/7c on The CW.
Taraji P. Henson’s son was born in 1994, a year before Pixar made its big-screen debut with Toy Story, so it’s likely that she spent plenty of time watching Pixar movies during his youth. Now, she’s finally getting the opportunity to star in a Pixar film herself — she’s playing a computer algorithm in the Wreck-It Ralph sequel, Ralph Breaks the Internet. When we spoke to Henson, she told us she’s thrilled that she’s gotten the chance to work with Pixar. (Click on the media bar below to hear Taraji P. Henson)
Wreck-It Ralph 2 opens in theaters on November 21.
Things sure have changed over the years on The Big Bang Theory, with three of the quartet of geeky guys now married men. Of course, the one we’d been waiting for since the day the show premiered was the marriage of Leonard and Penny, which finally took place in the show’s ninth season. To the actors who play the characters, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco, the fact that they’ve had a long courtship and an imperfect marriage just makes them love the show and characters even more. (Click on the media bar below to hear Johnny Galecki & Kaley Cuoco)
The Big Bang Theory airs Thursdays at 8/7c on CBS.
With her recent turn in Netflix’s Outlaw King and the lead role in the upcoming mini-series The Little Drummer Girl, Florence Pugh is primed for A-list stardom. That road will probably come sooner than later as she’s the lead in the drama Fighting With My Family, a project that co-stars and is executive produced by Dwayne Johnson (who plays himself in the flick).
The project is based on the true story of retired WWE superstar Paige (Pugh), a woman who was raised in a family that was filled with wrestling ambitions. Written and directed by Stephen Merchant (The Office, Hello Ladies), the project already has a built-in audience thanks to its WWE connections, but will it go down as one of cinema’s best wrestling films? Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
Fighting With My Family opens nationwide February 22, 2019.
The new comedy Instant Familycenters on a couple (Rose Byrne, Mark Wahlberg) who enter the world of foster care adoption and become parents to three children. Filmmaker Sean Anders (Daddy’s Home), who co-wrote the film, took parts of his own life as a parent and infused that experience into this semi-autobiographical account.
Byrne was attracted to the film due to its personal nature, and that was a huge reason she decided to became a part of Instant Family. “To be honest, I don’t know if it hadn’t been,” said Byrne. “Because it gives an authenticity and a sensitivity and intimacy that you wouldn’t have otherwise. For me that was really important and a huge part of agreeing to be a part of it was this was Sean’s story. It’s so important to him, so it make me feel like it’s important to do a really good job more than ever.”
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Instant Family, co-starring Octavia Spencer and Tig Notaro, opens nationwide November 16.
The world lost a legend this week with the passing of Stan Lee. In a career that lasted nearly 80 years, Lee created enough characters to populate an entire universe — the Marvel Universe, that is. Writing his first professional comic book story when he was just 18 years old, Lee honed his craft for more than 30 years before giving life to his most famous characters, including Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, and the X-Men. We spoke to Lee on many occasions, and he always found it difficult to believe that his creations have not only lasted, but grown even more popular, after all these decades. (Click on the media bar below to hear Stan Lee)
In its first season, Star Trek: Discovery won rave reviews and brought a lot of new subscribers to the CBS All Access streaming service. Now, the show is back for a second season. We asked two of its stars, Doug Jones and Mary Wiseman, if there’s less pressure now that the show has one successful season to its credit already. (Click on the media bar below to hear Doug Jones & Mary Wiseman)
The new season of Star Trek: Discovery will premiere January 17 on CBS All Access.