R.I.P.: Monkees Star Davy Jones Boards The Last Train To Clarksville

120229-davy-jones-10a_380380770It’s being reported that DAVY JONES, former teen idol and member of the iconic ’60s boy band THE MONKEES, has died of a heart attack at the age of 66. He is survived by his wife, JESSICA, and four daughters.
Originally cast by television producers as part of a BEATLES knock-off band called THE MONKEES, JONES joined MICKEY DOLENZ, MIKE NESMITH and PETER TORK to become one of the most popular groups of the era.
We spoke with him last summer at the Television Critics Association PBS press event where he confessed that, despite his training in acting for the theater, he has no problem recalling his days as a teen heartthrob. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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FX Confirms Summer Start Date For Charlie Sheen Comback

charlie-sheen-anger-managementJune 28 has been officially confirmed as the start date for ANGER MANAGEMENT, the small-screen comeback of former TWO AND A HALF MEN star CHARLIE SHEEN. He’ll play “Charlie”, a non-traditional therapist specializing in anger management, with a successful private practice. Sharing the screen will be SELMA BLAIR, SHAWNEE SMITH, DANIELA BOBADILLA, MICHAEL ARDEN and NOUREEN DeWULF.
Speaking to the Television Critics Association in January, FX president JOHN LANDGRAF admitted that he picked-up the series based solely on a pitch and outlines of the first 15 episodes (something the network very seldom, if ever, does). (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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ANGER MANAGEMENT is scheduled to debut 6/28 on FX with two back-to-back episodes

Director Andrew Stanton Did Double Duty On ‘John Carter’

john-carter-posterOpening in theaters next week, JOHN CARTER is an epic sci-fi adventure based on a series of stories by TARZAN author EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS and telling of a Civil War vet who suddenly finds himself transported to Mars where he finds himself in the middle of a whole wagon full of intergalactic turmoil. The film is being released in conjunction with the centennial anniversary of the character’s debut and will, hopefully create a new generation of BURROUGHS fans.
Marking the live-action directorial debut of ANDREW STANTON (THE INCREDIBLES), the cast includes TAYLOR KITSCH, LYNN COLLINS and WILLEM DeFOE.
STANTON thought that, by taking on this assignment, he’d be taking a little vacation from working in animation but he confessed to us that wasn’t quite the way it turned out. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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JOHN CARTER opens in theaters 3/9

‘Project X’ Is Definitely Not Your Parents’ Party Movie

project-x-poster1Coming to theaters this week, PROJECT X is a very hard R-rated teen party pic that’s being referred to as “The Hangover on crack”. Produced by TODD PHILLIPS and directed by NIMA NOURIZADEH from a script by MICHAEL BACALL and MATT DRAKE, the cast of (mostly) unknowns features THOMAS MANN, JONATHAN DANIEL BROWN, OLIVER COOPER, DAX FLAME, KIRBY BLISS BLANTON, ALEXIS KNAPP and MILES TELLER.
Given the preponderance of “politically incorrect” behavior in the film (teen sex, binge drinking, drug use and racial/sexual pejoratives), there’s not much doubt it will be targeted by a few special interest groups and that holds little concern for producer PHILLIPS who tells us that his best defense against protests is not to acknowledge or respond to them. ( CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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PROJECT X opens in theaters Friday

‘Psych’ Returns Tonight For Midseason Premiere 6

psychPsych-Os rejoice! After a three month hiatus, PSYCH returns tonight to prime time with all new episodes. Created by STEVE FRANKS, PSYCH is the longest running original series on the USA Network and stars DULE HILL and JAMES RODAY as wise cracking partners-in-crime consulting. Tonight’s episode, INDIANA SHAWN AND THE TEMPLE OF THE KINDA CRAPPY, RUSTY OLD DAGGER, sees the return of guest star CARY ELWES to his popular role of Despereaux.
After six years, the chemistry between RODAY and HILL is as fresh as ever and, during our recent interview, RODAY gave his take on why that is. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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PSYCH air tonight on USA