In the past decade Josh Lucas has starred in his share of studio features (Sweet Home Alabama, Stealth, Hulk, Poseideon) and has also turned in excellent work in indie, character driven pieces (David Gordon Green’s heartbreaking and compelling drama Undertow comes to mind), but now he’s ventured into the TV world with The Firm.
It’s a huge challenge to play lawyer Mitch McDeere, since Tom Cruise made a huge impression as McDeere in the original film (which is based on John Grisham’s bestseller). During the Television Critics Association tour, I asked Mr. Lucas why McDeere always seems to be literally running away from something. Thankfully, he took my running question in stride (and with a little humor). Click on the mediabar to hear Lucas talk about all that running in The Firm:
In Man on a Ledge, newcomer Genesis Rodriguez plays Angie, a loyal woman who helps her boyfriend (Jamie Bell) steal a diamond from a shady businessman (Ed Harris). Their clandestine operation is aimed to prove the innocence of the boyfriend’s ex-cop brother (Sam Worthington), who’s planted himself on a Manhattan ledge to serve as a diversion.
Rodriguez also has a co-starring role in Will Ferrell’s comedy Casa De Mi Padre (House of My Father), which centers on a rancher’s son (Ferrell) who falls in love with his brother’s (Diego Luna) fiancee (Rodriguez). “It’s incredible,” says Rodriguez, when asked about Ferrell’s command of the Spanish language. “He can improvise in Spanish. He learned on Rosetta Stone! He would even say bad words.”
Click on the media bar and listen to Rodriguez talk about Casa De Mi Padre, which opens March 16th and also stars Gael Garcia Bernal:
In the new season of TABATHA TAKES OVER…, Bravo reality star TABATHA COFFEY expands her make-over of failing beauty salons to include such diverse businesses as a B&B, a frozen yogurt shop, a doggie day care center and a gay bar. In tonight’s episode, CLUB RIPPLES, a Long Beach California gay dance bar and long-time fixture of the club scene, gets the TABATHA treatment in the hopes of resuscitating a flagging business. We spoke with COFFEY recently at the Television Critics Association press event in Pasadena and she talked about what to expect in the new season.
Airing tonight on Fox-TV, MRS. SMARTYPANTS is an episode of the popular sitcom RAISING HOPE that has the entire family returning to school to get their GEDs. One of the freshest and funniest sitcoms this season, RAISING HOPE is a dysfunctional family comedy centering on a single dad living at home with his parents and grandmother while trying haplessly to raise his infant daughter. Created by GREGORY THOMAS GARCIA , the ensemble cast includes LUCAS NEFF, MARTHA PLIMPTON, GARRET DILLAHUNT and CLORIS LEACHMAN.
During our interview at last week’s Television Critics Association press event, PLIMPTON and DILLAHUNT gave us a sneak peek at what fans can expect this season.
Returning to Showtime for its second season, THE BORGIAS is an epic series centered on the BORGIA family, an Italian dynasty of Spanish origin and massive wealth. Created by NEIL JORDAN, the Award-winning series stars JEREMY IRONS, FRANCOIS ARNAUD, HOLLIDAY GRAINGER, JOANNE WHALLEY, DAVID OAKES and COLM FEORE.
As Rodrigo Borgia, the family patriarch who becomes Pope Alexander VI, JEREMY IRONS plays an ambitious and ruthless leader oblivious to the poverty of the common people outside the family castle. At the recent press conference to promote the upcoming season, IRONS likened the BORGIAS to the current “occupy” movement. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)