Gregory Smith: How This ‘Rookie’ Almost Quit The Game

rookie-blueThere are child actors, and then there is Gregory Smith, who was an infant actor. Smith, who stars on the ABC summer cop drama Rookie Blue, started acting even before he started talking. When we caught up with him, he told us about how his career got started, but also admitted that by the time he was a teenager, he was thinking about giving it up.

Check out Rookie Blue Thursday night 10/9c on ABC.

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SCOTUS Equality Decision Gets Seal Of Approval From ‘Governator’ Arnold Schwarzenegger

arnoldIn theaters early next month, TERMINATOR: GENISYS is the state-of-the-art fifth installment in the popular sci-fi franchise introduced by JAMES CAMERON over three decades ago. The first in what is slated to be a new trilogy, TERMINATOR: GENISYS marks an amazing return to the series by ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER who, through the miracles of modern movie making, finds himself in mortal combat with a much younger version of himself. At the ripe young age of 67, SCHWARZENEGGER seems none the worse for wear and proves to be a formidable foe against his younger self.

SCHWARZENEGGER took a sabbatical from acting when elected to the office of California Governor in 2003 and served in that capacity until 2011. And, while stepping seamlessly back into the world of show biz, the former ‘Governator’ has continued to keep his eye on world affairs.

At yesterday’s press conference to promote the release of the upcoming TERMINATOR: GENISYS, SCHWARZENEGGER responded candidly to a question regarding the landmark SCOTUS decision on marriage equality.

TERMINATOR: GENISYS opens in theaters 7/1.

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In Theaters Today, ‘Max’ Seems Destined For Greater Success On The Home Screen

maxOpening in theaters today, MAX is a ‘family’ film that suffers primarily from trying to be all things to all people. Directed by BOAZ YAKIN (REMEMBER THE TITANS) and produced by KAREN ROSENFELT (MARLEY & ME), the movie is an old-school mash-up of military jingoism, boy-and-his-dog sap and coming-of-age cliche. Centering on a wayward teen entrusted with the care of the military service dog that belonged to his older brother, who was killed in action while serving in Afghanistan, the film is not so much ‘bad’ as it is relentlessly familiar (despite the inclusion of several more plot twists and diversions). And, this being the middle of summer tent-pole season, MAX feels more like a home video release than a big screen contender.

Newcomer JOSH WIGGINS is great as the teen trying to come to terms with being a teen and LAUREN GRAHAM and THOMAS HAYDEN CHURCH add some ‘name power’ as his concerned parents.

During recent studio generated interviews to promote the film, LAUREN GRAHAM talked about why she thinks MAX will appeal to a very broad audience.(CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

MAX opens in theaters today.


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A TV Bomb Spawns A Possible Broadway ‘Bombshell’

bombshellWord hit earlier this week that BOMBSHELL, the Marilyn Monroe-inspired musical that served as an intricate plot point in the now defunct NBC series SMASH, is actually headed for Broadway. Produced for the stage by CRAIG ZADAN and NEIL MERON (who also produced the series) and featuring original songs by composers MARK SHAIMAN and SCOTT WHITTMAN, the show was recently performed as a one-night concert presentation to both critical and audience acclaim.

The press release issued by Universal Stage Productions indicated the show has not yet been cast and no time-line was given but the word is that the project definitely has a ‘green light’.

While this news seems to have surprised a lot of people, the fact is, rumors of BOMBSHELL heading to the great white way actually surfaced about three years ago. Just for giggles, we dug up the 2012 interview we did with SMASH stars KATHERINE McPHEE and MEGAN HILTY, where we asked directly what they thought about the rumors of the show-within-a-show going to Broadway. We’re not sure if they were out of the loop or just playing coy but, either way, they weren’t having it.

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Samuel L. Jackson: Just Call Him ‘Mr. Box Office’

samuel-l-jacksonSamuel L. Jackson has had his share of hits, but did you know he is arguably the biggest box-office star in movie history?

Movies like Pulp Fiction, his participation in the Star Wars and Jurassic Park franchises, plus his long affiliation with Marvel have all played a part in his box-office success. To date, his films have amassed over $4 billion worldwide.

Jackson spoke to us about his storied movie career and how fortunate he is to be able to star in very successful films. (Click on the media bar below to hear Samuel L. Jackson)

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