The summer variety show that audiences can’t seem to get enough of is back! America’s Got Talent with former American Idol judge Simon Cowell who takes over for the great radio icon Howard Stern. For the next couple of weeks the AGT will crossing the country during the audition phase of the show. Of course we all know the audition shows can be hilarious at times, and even for the judges it’s hard to restrain themselves.Simon Cowell told us even after all these years of doing competition shows, he still laughs at some of the crazier auditions. (Click on the media bar below to hear Simon Cowell explain why being critical is a “public service).
America’s Got Talent airs Tuesday nights on NBC (8/7c).
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. Megan Fox returns as April O’Neil to the satisfaction of many males all over the world. Back in 2014, the first film grossed $493 million at the worldwide box office. Many will remember back in the early 1990’s there were three very successful Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films. The turtles are still as popular today as they were over two decades ago. Megan Fox has her philosophical (and yes we mean it!) theories as to why the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are so popular.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows opens in theaters on Friday.
Season three of The Night Shift begins Wednesday evening on NBC (10 pm et/pt), as the crew at San Antonio Medical Center treat a woman who was severely hurt in a car accident. Jennifer Beals, who was recently seen in the suspense thriller Manhattan Night, joins the ensemble in a recurring role as Doctor Syd Jennings, an Army Major who works with Dr,. Drew Alister (Brendan Fehr) in Afghanistan.
Chemistry, solid acting, and top notch writing are all ingredients that have given The Night Shift its legs, and cast members Robert Bailey Jr. (“Dr. Paul Cummings”), Eoin Macken(“Dr. TC Callahan”), and Scott Wolf (“Dr. Scott Clemens”) credit show creators/producers Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah for fostering such a creatively nurturing environment.
Click on the media bar below to hear the actors talk about working on The Night Shift:
As far as superhero franchises go, the X-Men franchise is one of the most enduring. Having revitalized the brand a few years ago by taking the plot back a few decades and recasting younger actors in already established roles and carefully introducing new characters into the X-Men movie universe, the films have thrived. But we’re now onto the third film with key players James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult, and things are feeling less fresh. And with a title like ‘X-Men: Apocalypse,’ you might fear its time to blow up the universe again, but that’s not the case here, while the plot may suggest otherwise.
Once again at the heart of the story is the long-running faith in humanity debate. McAvoy’s Professor Xavier is the optimistic idealist, trying to get through to his old pal Erik Lehnsherr, who has more reason than ever to turn on the human race. In the decade since the last film, the erstwhile Magneto has relocated, found peace with a wife and young daughter and a community that has embraced him, though unaware of his mutant powers. But when a slip-up saving a co-workers life alerts the police and inadvertently leads to a tragic loss in his life, he’s ripe for the picking by a supreme mutant being recently returned and looking to take over the world.
This being, known as Apocalypse (and played by a virtually unrecognizable Oscar Isaac), is believed to have been the first mutant and responsible for catastrophic carnage throughout history. Typically accompanied by four defenders, Apocalypse pulls in a pre-X-Men Storm (Alexandra Shipp), the enforcer Psylocke (Olivia Munn), a defeated winged warrior Angel (Ben Hardy) and Magneto to ultimately do his bidding. Seeking to be all powerful, Apocalypse puts his sights on Professor Xavier when he realizes he can consume his ability to be in contact with all mutants.
With Xavier captured by Apocalypse and his henchmen, it’s up to a rag-tag crew of X-Men to save the day. Led by Mystique (Lawrence), Beast (Hoult), the recently returned Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne) and new students Quicksilver (Evan Peters), Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan) and Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), the adventure is on.
As with most X-Men films, the visuals are stunning, the stunts are visually appealing and the action keeps you on the edge of your seat. There are also a few line and sight gags to make the hardcore fans and passive followers chuckle equally and several reveals that add to the X-Menmythology. However, the big bad Apocalypse almost felt like more of a plot device to force the oft-revisited mutant prejudice and acceptance debate that has been a constant throughout many of the X-Men films.
While it’s not on par with the other films featuring the newer cast, X-Men: Apocalypse does provide moviegoers with an enjoyable couple of hours of action and adventure. However, with the core cast contracts up and a film viewed by some as relying on old tropes, it could be time to infuse theX-Men universe with some fresh blood and new ideas.
The Fundamentals of Caring hits Netflix on June 24, and the trailer shows off some pretty solid chemistry from Craig Roberts, best known for as the lead from Submarine, and Paul Rudd (Prince Avalanche, Captain America: Civil War).
Based on Jonathan Evison’s novel, the plotline centers on Ben (Rudd), a retired writer who becomes a caregiver to Trevor, an 18-year-old (Roberts) with muscular dystrophy who, as the trailer points out, is highly attracted to pop star Katy Perry. Selena Gomez co-stars as a runaway who joins the pair on a road trip through Americana (one of their destinations is to check out the “World’s Deepest Pit”).
Jennifer Ehle, an underrated actress who’s done excellent work in Pride and Glory and MI-5, co-stars as Trevor’s concerned mom. Rob Burnett, an executive producer of Late Night with David Letterman and director of the 2012 comedy We Made This Movie, wrote and directed The Fundamentals of Caring. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!