This Is Validation: Fan Feedback Makes It All Worthwhile For Sterling K. Brown

THIS IS US — “Lights and Shadows” Episode 410 — Pictured: Sterling K. Brown as Randall — (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)

Sterling K. Brown spends a lot of time on set at Hollywood’s legendary Paramount Studios filming This Is Us.  Shooting in front of an audience of cast and crew members, the instant feedback he gets after he’s done his scenes — well, it might just be a little biased, so he takes it all with a grain of salt. But when he’s out in the real world and gets face-to-face feedback from the show’s fans, he says he hears the most incredible stories about how “This Is Us” has touched them, and it’s incredibly gratifying. (Click on the media bar below to hear Sterling K. Brown)

This Is Us airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on NBC.

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Making ‘Call Of The Wild,’ Harrison Ford Had A Dog Gone Secret

On the set of Call of the Wild, it turns out that man’s best friend was … a man. While you see Harrison Ford interacting with a dog in the film, he let us in on a little behind-the-scenes secret. As they were shooting Ford’s scenes with the dog, it turns out the “dog” was actually a digitally erased human! (Click on the media bar below to hear Harrison Ford)

The Call of the Wild is playing now in theaters.

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Norman Lear Never Doubted His ‘One Day At A Time’ Reboot

At the age of 97, Norman Lear is still working harder than some people a quarter of his age. Even when he thought he was going to get a little bit of time off, he didn’t: His show One Day at a Time, after being dropped by Netflix, was picked up for a new season by Pop TV. Of course, the show is a reboot of Lear’s successful ’70s sitcom of the same name, but recast with a Latino family. While the producers of Charmed and Party of Five, which have gotten similar racial makeovers for their reboots, have caught a lot of flak from fans, One Day at a Time got a lot of praise from critics and audiences alike. Lear told us he had absolutely no misgivings about giving the show a new focus, as long as they were telling stories he could relate to as a human being. (Click on the media bar below to hear Norman Lear)

The new season of One Day at a Time premieres April 14 on its new home, Pop TV.

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What’s ‘The Conners’s’ Appeal? Sara Gilbert Says Fans See Themselves

THE CONNERS – “Bad Dads and Grads” – Dan starts to bond with his younger half-brother (guest star Noel Fisher), but he can’t get over the fact that their father paid for Ed Jr.’s college education, something he refused to do for Dan. Jackie hits it off with a fun married couple (guest stars and real-life husband and wife Clark Gregg and Jennifer Grey), so much so that they “invite” her into their relationship. Harris and Mark do not react well to the news that Darlene is trying to have a baby with Ben on “The Conners,” TUESDAY, FEB. 25 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EST), on ABC. (ABC/Eric McCandless)
LECY GORANSON, AMES MCNAMARA, NOEL FISHER, SARA GILBERT, JOHN GOODMAN

Over the past three decades and through three different incarnations of the show, people have come up with all kinds of reasons to explain the appeal of The Conners and its predecessor, Roseanne. For Sara Gilbert, though, it doesn’t require a lot of thought. She told us that, for years, fans have been telling her that the show is like looking in a mirror. (Click on the media bar below to hear Sara Gilbert)

The Conners airs Tuesdays at 8/7c.

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‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Hits Blu-Ray In March With Over Two Hours Of Extras

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, and DVD on March 31. The feature arrives on Digital on March 17.The feature, directed by J.J. Abrams, took in over $1 billion worldwide during its theatrical run..

Over two hours of extras are featured in the release. The plethora of features include:

  1. The Skywalker Legacy – A feature-length documentary on the making of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
  2. Pasaana Pursuit: Creating the Speeder Chase – A look into the fil’s landspeeder chase and how the filmmakers captured it on screen. 
  3. Aliens in the Desert – Featurette focuses on the creation of the Pasaana desert scenes. 
  4. D-O: Key to the Past – Spotlights the ship that connects Rey to the mystery of her parents and a look at the latest droid to grace the Star Wars universe.
  5. Warwick & SonWarwick Davis, who played Wicket in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, puts on the Ewok costume once again and this time he is joined by his son Harrison!
  6. Cast of Creatures – A look at the movie’s memorable creatures as they are brought to life by puppetry, makeup, and digital magic. 

Digital Exclusive:

  1. The Maestro’s Finale – Composer John Williams talks about his work on the Star Wars films and shares thoughts on scoring Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Are you excited for the home video release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker? Feel free to comment below!

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‘Good Girls’ Actor Manny Montana Continues To “Appreciate The Game”

Manny Montana’s scene stealing work as Rio in Good Girls makes one think, at least from the outside looking in, that success has always been a part of the actor’s life. Montana was also a cast member on the underrated series Graceland and back in 2018 he starred in the Clint Eastwood feature The Mule.

That said, Montana’s acting path was borne out of perseverance. “Literally I started from the bottom – student films, independent films (like) all of these other kids that are trying to chase their dreams as well,” said Montana. “It took off, and I’m just really grateful that it took that route as opposed to starting from the top and not being able to appreciate the bottom. I feel like every step that I go on, I appreciate the crew, I appreciate the cast, and I just appreciate the game.”

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Good Girls airs Sunday evenings on NBC (10 pm et/pt).

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Jim Carrey Found A Lot Of Common Ground With ‘Sonic’s’ Robotnik

Jim Carrey in SONIC THE HEDGEHOG from Paramount Pictures and Sega. Photo Credit: Doane Gregory.

Sometimes, it’s good to be bad. Jim Carrey is fiendishly fun as Dr. Robotnik, the diabolically evil villain in the Sonic the Hedgehog movie. When it came down to finding the core of the character, Carrey told us he didn’t have to search very far — not because Carrey’s such a bad guy, but because Robotnik’s motivations were very relatable. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jim Carrey)

Sonic the Hedgehog is playing now in theaters.

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Want To Be A Big Loser? Bob Harper Says Try It, Diet!

THE BIGGEST LOSER — Season:1 — Pictured: Bob Harper — (Photo by: Scott McDermott/USA Network)

After a four-year break, The Biggest Loser is back. Bob Harper, the fitness guru who hosted the show in the final season of its original run, is back at the helm for the reboot. As always, you’ll be getting a lot of fierce competition, a lot of great personal stories, and a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. At the same time, though, you’ll also be getting plenty of valuable weight loss and fitness tips. Want a taste of what you’ll be getting? Harper shared some of his best advice with us about how to best transform your body.(Click on the media bar below to hear Bob Harper)

The Biggest Loser airs Tuesday nights on USA Network.

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Ben Affleck Likes That ‘The Way Back’ Goes Its Own Way

At first glance, The Way Back sounds like it could be based on a real-life story: A former high school basketball star, now an alcoholic, is given a chance to redeem himself when he’s offered the coaching job at his old school. While truth may sometimes be stranger than fiction, Ben Affleck says one of the things that attracted him to the movie was that its story never became predictable. (Click on the media to hear Ben Affleck)

 

The Way Back opens in theaters on March 6.

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Who Needs Experience? Nick Jonas Thinks He’s Got The Newbie Edge On ‘The Voice’

THE VOICE — “Blind Auditions” — Pictured: Nick Jonas — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

There’s no doubt that Nick Jonas will be feeling a little bit of pressure as a coach on The Voice. Not just because he’ll be taking Gwen Stefani’s chair, but because he’ll be working alongside — and competing against — three Voice veterans: Black Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, and John Legend. However, if he’s worried, Jonas isn’t showing it. In fact, he feels like being the new guy just may work to his advantage. (Click on the media bar to hear Nick Jonas)

The Voice airs Monday and Tuesdays nights at 8/7c on NBC.

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