Author Elmore Leonard Very Happy To See ‘Justified’ In Such Good Hands

key_art_justifiedCurrently in its third season on FX, JUSTIFIED is the faithful depiction of characters created by iconic crime-fiction author ELMORE LEONARD for his popular series of stories centered on U. S. Marshall Raylan Givens, a Stetson-wearing, fast-drawing, no-nonsense lawman who has no trouble at all shooting to kill. As played by TIMOTHY OLYPHANT, the TV version of Raylan is an anti-hero as likeable as he is cool. At the recent press conference to promote the new season, LEONARD talked about being one of the producers of the series and how very happy he is with the way the writers are bringing his work to the screen. Turning his Raylan Givens stories into a series seems perfectly JUSTIFIED. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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JUSTIFIED airs tonight on FX

‘GLEE’S’ NAYA RIVERA REMEMBERS TRIP TO NEVERLAND RANCH

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This week’s episode of Glee has the cast performing songs from Michael Jackson’s extensive library.  For Naya Rivera, shooting the “Michael” episode evoked memories of her childhood love for the late singer.

“I grew up with Michael Jackson,” says Rivera, who actually visited Neverland Ranch.  “One of my first demo reels, when I was like five, was set to Jam; so I knew who he was, and my parents were huge fans, and they always played his music. So I was very familiar with Michael, watched all of his videos, loved all of them, so I couldn’t be happier and more proud to do his iconic songs.”

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Glee, which features renditions of the Jackson hits “Smooth Criminal,” “Bad,” and “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin,'”  airs Tuesday evening (Fox, 8 pm et/pt).

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RYAN REYNOLDS PLAYS THE CIA GAME WITH DENZEL WASHINGTON IN ‘SAFE HOUSE’

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After striking out last year on Green Lantern and The Change-Up, Ryan Reynolds tries to usher in the year with a bit of box-office success with Safe House.  The good news is the picture pairs him up with Denzel Washington, who plays a dangerous spy who is being protected by a wet behind his ears CIA agent (Reynolds).  The action film also stars Vera Farmiga, Ruben Blades, Brendan Gleeson, and Sam Shepard.

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Safe House opens February 10th.

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‘Magic Mike’ Promises To Bring An All-Star Sausage-Fest To The Big Screen

Magic MikeComing to theaters later this year, MAGIC MIKE tells the story of a young male stripper mentored to the top of the biz by more experienced colleagues. Directed by STEVEN SODERBERGH from a script by REID CARLTON, the story is loosely based on the real-life exploits of star CHANNING TATUM before he hit the big-time as an actor. Also in the cast are ALEX PETTYFER, MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY, MATT BOMER and JOE MANANIELLO, making this what appears to be the “beefcake” movie of the year.
We sat down with TATUM a few days ago to talk about his upcoming romantic drama THE VOW and he took a little time to fill us in on the details behind MAGIC MIKE. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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MAGIC MIKE opens in theaters 6/29
THE VOW opens in theaters 2/10

New To Blu: Shia LaBeouf Goes For Laughs In ‘Transformers 3’

transformers-dark-of-the-moon-bluray-boxWhen TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON arrives on DVD and Blu-ray tomorrow, it will be SHIA LaBEOUF’S third time heading the cast in the hugely popular franchise based on a vintage line of toys created by the Hasbro Company in the 1980s. This time around, planet Earth is collateral damage as the Autobots battle the Decepticons in a race to reach a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the Moon. Directed by MICHAEL BAY from a script by EHREN KRUGER, the cast also includes ROSIE HUNTINGTON-WHITELEY, TYRESE GIBSON, JOSH DUHAMEL, PATRICK DEMPSEY, KEN JEONG, JOHN MALKOVICH and FRANCIS McDORMAND.
Working with the TRANSFORMERS is not all just running-and-jumping action scenes. During the press conference to promote the original release of the film, LaBEOUF talked about how shooting the movie digitally allowed for a great deal of improv humor. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON will be available on DVD and Blu-ray tomorrow