Opening in theaters next month, G.I. JOE: RETALIATION is the sequel to 2009’s G.I. JOE: RISE OF THE COBRA and features some personnel additions in the form of DWAYNE JOHNSON and BRUCE WILLIS. This time around, the G.I. Joes continue to be pitted against their mortal enemy COBRA while, at the same time, contend with threats from within the government. Directed by JON M. CHU from a screenplay by RHETT REESE and PAUL WERNICK, the cast also includes CHANNING TATUM, ADRIANNE PALICKI, RAY STEVENSON, WALTON GOGGINS, JOSEPH MAZZELLO and RZA.
From big-time wrestler (known then as THE ROCK) to big-time action star, JOHNSON has enjoyed a pretty impressive career and, during our recent interview, admitted that he’s well aware there was a little bit of luck involved. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
G.I. JOE: RETALIATION opens in theaters 6/29
Airing tonight on NBC, BETTY’ WHITE’S OFF THEIR ROCKERS takes a page from the PUNK’D playbook and turns it on its ear by having elderly individuals pulling pranks on members of the younger generation. It’s all good-natured fun and a testament to the enduring popularity of BETTY WHITE. Still going strong as one of the stars of the hit TV Land sitcom HOT IN CLEVELAND and recently heard as the voice of “Grandma” in the big screen adaptation of the DR. SEUSS classic THE LORAX, the nonagenarian actress is as popular today as she was when she first conquered television as the star of LIFE WITH ELIZABETH in the early 1950s, embodied Sue Ann Nivens on THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW in the 70s and played Rose Nylund on THE GOLDEN GIRLS in the 80s.
Sitting down with entertainment reporters recently, WHITE confessed that, of all the roles she’s played, one stands out as a favorite. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
BETTY WHITE’S OFF THEIR ROCKERS airs tonight on NBC
HOT IN CLEVELAND airs tonight on TV Land
Opening in theaters later this season, PROMETHEUS is the highly anticipated prequel to the classic 1979 sci-fi adventure ALIEN. Actually, it’s never been made clear that the film is actually a prequel but snippets of footage seen in teasers suggest there is some sort of tie. Directed by RIDLEY SCOTT from a script by JON SPAIHTS and DAMON LINDELOF, the cast features NOOMI RAPACE, CHARLIZE THERON, MICHAEL FASSBENDER, IDRIS ELBA and GUY PEARCE.
Appearing on a panel at the recent WonderCon fan-fest, THERON addressed a full-house crowd and talked about how excited she is to be part of the film. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
PROMETHEUS opens in theaters 6/8
Opening in theaters this week, BERNIE is an oddball take on a real-life Texas murder that involved a fastidious mortician and the notoriously hateful rich old woman he befriended and, eventually, stood trial for murdering. Directed by RICHARD LINKLATER from a magazine article by SKIP HOLLANDSWORTH, the cast features JACK BLACK, SHIRLEY MacLAINE and MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY.
Ten years in the making and shot in and around actual Texas locations, the film is elevated by an outstanding performance by JACK BLACK as well as a fascinating story of small town hypocrisy and mores. At last week’s press conference to promote the movie, director LINKLATER talked about what attracted him to this story. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
BERNIE opens in theaters Friday
Opening in theaters later this week, THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT is a very funny comedy that charts the ups-and-downs of an engaged couple as they wend their way to the altar. Produced by JUDD APATOW and directed by NICHOLAS STOLLER, the cast includes JASON SEGEL, EMILY BLUNT, CHRIS PRATT, ALISON BRIE, MIMI KENNEDY, DAVID PAYMER, JACKI WEAVER and JANE CARR.
Clocking in at just over two hours, the film seems a bit long for a standard romantic comedy. But, during our recent interview with APATOW and STOLLER, the producer talked about his view of going long when editing a film. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT opens in theaters Friday