William Shatner and Jeff Dye Talk ‘Better Late Than Never’ Travel Stories


Better Late Than Never features William Shatner, comedian Jeff Dye, former boxer George Foreman, NFL legend and analyst Terry Bradshaw, and Henry Winkler traveling to Asia for a whole set of adventures.

Thanks to an long and illustrious career, Shatner has seen a healthy amount of traveling, and during our interview with the Star Trek (he’s also an Emmy winner for his work on Boston Legal) he gave us a pretty solid advice on how to travel.

“If you can get a good night’s sleep and a decent cup of coffee somewhere, you can travel anywhere,” said Shatner. I travel light. I haven’t checked in a piece of luggage in years.

Click on the media bar below to hear Shatner and Dye explain why, even though they enjoy traveling, they are both homebodies.

Better Late Than Never premieres tonight on NBC (10 pm et/pt).

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Matt Iseman Sees ‘Camaraderie’ Behind ‘American Ninja Warrior’ Competition


American Ninja Warrior returns for the second half of its season starting tonight on NBC (8 pm et/pt), and though the show is all about the hardworking and inspiring athletes, the program’s hosts Akbar Gbajabiamila, Matt Iseman, and Kristine Leahy form an engaging trio.

We asked Iseman, whose fever pitch banter with Gbajabiamila is one of the show’s trademarks, about his infectious energy. “I’ve always been an enthusiastic guy,” said Iseman. “I love anything where people push themselves and achieve something they didn’t think they (could). And with our show, we have the best seats for watching these unbelievable athletes and because we get to know them and know their story, it really is easy to cheer for them. I left a career as a doctor and I’m out here now making a living with ninjas and telling their story! I realize how lucky I am.”

Click on the media bar to hear Matt Iseman explain why American Ninja War is a show, though competitive by nature, is all about “camaraderie.”

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‘Suicide Squad’ Continues Box Office Reign With $20.7 Million Weekend

SUICIDE SQUADThe good news is Suicide Squad continues its box office dominance with a $20.7 million weekend, proving its naysayers absolutely wrong. Unfortunately, the $100 million epic Ben-Hur was a total misfire, as it debuted at #5 with a lackluster $11.35 million.

The Jonah Hill and Miles Teller feature War Dogs, directed by The Hangover filmmaker Todd Phillips, did decent business with $14.3 million. Considering its budget is estimated at $45 million, the picture should do solid enough business for Warner Bros.

1. Suicide Squad – $20.7 million and domestically the film has already raked in over $262 million.

2. Sausage Party – $15.3 million

3. War Dogs –  $14.3 million

4. Kubo and the Two Strings – $12.6 million

5. Ben-Hur – $11.35 million

6. Pete’s Dragon – $11.33 million and though it cost just $65 million, the worldwide box office of $57 million is disappointing.

7. Bad Moms – $8.06 million

8. Jason Bourne – $7.98 million

9. The Secret Life of Pets – $5.77 million and one of this summer’s breakout hits with a worldwide total of over $674 million.

10. Florence Foster Jenkins – $4.33 million

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Jonah Hill And Miles Teller Are “Dynamic” Duo In ‘War Dogs’


Based on a true story, War Dogs centers on David Packouz (Miles Teller) and Efraim Diveroli (Jonah Hill), two reckless yet resourceful opportunists who land a $300 million contract from the Pentagon to arm the U.S. allies in Afghanistan with 100 million rounds of AK-47 ammo. Bradley Cooper, who reunites with The Hangover director Todd Phillips for the film, plays an arms dealer who becomes a middleman for the two young men.

“With David, when the movie starts he’s completely unaware of what this business model is, what this formula is or how we even go about doing it,” said Teller. “David kind of acts as the audience in a way so as Efraim is explaining it to David the audience is beginning to understand the infrastructure of what these guys are going to do. So yeah, you start off the movie pretty aimless and directionless and to me that didn’t seem all that long ago (laughs). I was just really interested in the dynamic between Efraim and David and what that friendship was.”

Click on the media bar below to hear Jonah Hill talk about how his War Dogs character is connected to his previous roles in Moneyball and The Wolf of Wall Street.

War Dogs opens nationwide today.

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Jennifer Hudson And Harvey Fierstein Talk ‘Hairspray Live!’ Collaboration

The highly anticipated musical Hairspray Live! airs on NBC December 7  (8 pm et/pt), and the stellar cast includes Ariana Grande, Kristin Chenoweth, Harvey Fierstein, and Oscar winning actress Jennifer Hudson.

Fierstein reprises his Tony award winning role as Edna Turnblad and Hudson, whose Broadway experience includes a run on The Color Purple, plays Motormouth Maybelle. The project reteams Fierstein with The Wiz Live! director Kenny Leon (Fierstein penned the teleplay).

Hudson will perform “I Know Where I’ve Been,” the musical’s most evocative tune, and Fierstein believes the actress will knock it out of the park. “She’s such an individual artist,” said Fierstein. “It’s like saying, well somebody played that Chopin piece before.’ yeah, but nobody’s every played it like that.”

Click on the media bar below to hear Jennifer Hudson and Harvey Fierstein talk about how they will approach Hairspray Live!

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