Break on the TV Beat: Doctor Who, The Good Place, Life Sentence + More

145692_8946-400x599Is there a doctor in the house? At least for one more season, as Peter Capaldi has announced via Twitter that the upcoming season of Doctor Who will be his last. For those who’ve followed the long-running series, it has become common for different actors to assume the role of the Doctor over the years. The new season will start on April 15.

There’s good news for The Good Place. The freshman NBC sitcom recently ended its first season with critical raves, and the peacock network has just signed off on a Season 2. The show stars Kristen Bell as a rather horrific person who mistakenly ends up in a heavenly afterlife community (or does she) designed by Ted Danson‘s character.

Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale has landed what could be her next TV gig. The CW has ordered a pilot for Life Sentence, which centers on a woman (Hale) who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But after learning it was all a mix-up, she must decide how to live with the choices she made when she felt like she was going to die.

Empire is getting a desperate housewife! Eva Longoria will guest star on the hit FOX series playing Charlotte Frost, the director of the state gaming commission who has the power to make or break Lucious’ (Terrence Howard) dreams of expanding the Empire reach to Las Vegas. According to Deadline, Longoria’s guest spot will come this spring.

Speaking of guest turns, former Graceland star Serinda Swan will turn up in a recurring role on the third season of HBO’s Ballers. According to Deadline, Swan will play Chloe Day, a hotel management executive at one of the nicest resort hotels in Las Vegas. The role is expected to span the length of Season 3.

‘Beauty And The Beast’ Final Trailer Features Ariana Grande & John Legend Pairing

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The final trailer of Beauty and the Beast, the live action animation of the animated classic, has just debuted and if you haven’t already check it out, the clip promises a highly entertaining and resonant experience.

Along with the pitch perfect casting of Emma Watson as Belle and Luke Evans as the narcissistic Gaston, Dan Stevens seems convincing as the emotionally complicated Beast. While staying true to the original, this film is bound to carve out its own voice under the directing hands of Bill Condon (Mr. Holmes, Dreamgirls). The picture also stars Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

The trailer also features a snippet Ariana Grande and John Legend’s wonderful rendition of the iconic “Beauty and the Beast” track. Josh Groban is also featured on the film’s soundtrack with “Evermore,” a track crafted by Alan Menken and Tim Rice. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think by commenting below!

Beauty and the Beast hits theaters March 17, 2017.

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Asa Butterfield Envisions The “Space Between” Earth And Mars

space25In The Space Between Us, Asa Butterfield plays Gardner, the first human to be born on Mars. His astronaut mother (Janet Montgomery) died after giving birth, and now Gardner’s determined to find the whereabouts of his father on Earth. Britt Robertson plays our protagonist’s best friend Tulsa, a youth who helps him on the journey.

The tech savvy Butterfield (he custom built his last PC), who also starred in the 2013 feature Ender’s Game, is excited about the idea of a life on Mars.

“I am interested in it,” says Butterfield. “I like science fiction. I am a technologically up to date person. I like seeing what the new developments are. Aside from that, going to Mars is the next logical step. I’m still hopeful that we’ll come up with some sort of way to try and help the s**t storm we stirred for ourselves. As long as technology is advancing, we should theoretically come up with a solution. If we don’t, we’re all screwed and we need to go to Mars.”

Click on the media to hear Asa Butterfield talk about whether or not he’ll attend college and why he’s “winging it” at the moment:


The Space Between Us opens Friday, February 3.

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‘This Is Us’ — Bringing Out The Fans’ Feelings

NUP_176234_0488.JPGPart of the genius behind NBC’s hit series This Is Us is that, with so many different types of family relationships and scenarios depicted in each episode, every viewer is bound to have one that strikes a familiar (and familial) emotional chord.  Sterling K. Brown and Susan Kelechi Watson, who play married couple Randall and Beth Pearson on the show, told us they often hear stories from fans about how the show has driven them to tears — or inspired them to strengthen their own relationships.

This Is Us airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on NBC.

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Blu-Ray Spotlight: Zoe Kazan and Ella Ballentine Take On ‘The Monster’

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The Monster, a nail-biting thriller and coming of age story directed by Bryan Bertino (The Strangers), was one of last year’s overlooked films. Featuring first rate performances from Zoe Kazan (Olivia Kitteridge) and Ella Ballantine (Anne of the Green Gables), this Ottawa shot production should have you on the edge of your seat.

Lizzy (Ballentine) is a strong willed child who’s saddled with an irresponsible  and verbally abusive mother (Kazan). Her parents are divorced, and now her mom is driving Lizzy to see her dad (Scott Speedman). Things go awry when a car accident leaves them stranded on a rainy night, waiting for assistance. A monster, however, lurks amidst the trees along the deserted road, and mother and daughter must use their wits and courage to escape the monster’s clutches.

Though there are several characters featured in The Monster, the picture is essentially a two-hander that delves into the fractured relationship of Lizzy and her mom (Bertino also employs flashback in the tale). While the monster is the scariest part of the tale, the heartbreaking and destructive arguments that are a part of Lizzy’s life are also hard to watch.

Running at 91 minutes, the film is a confident blend of horror (the final act is downright brutal) and family drama. It’s a shame the film didn’t receive wider acclaim during its release, and hopefully it can catch a wider audience with its recent Blu-ray release.

The disc comes with “Eyes in the Darkness,” a featurette which delves into the making of the film. Kazan, Ballantine, Bertino, the producers, and co-star Aaron Douglas are interviewed in the segment. Do not watch this featurette before checking out the movie, as there’s b-roll footage that gives out a huge spoiler in the film!



The Monster is now out on Blu-ray via Lionsgate.

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