Zach Braff Earns ‘Style’ Points For His Cast

untitled-08872.dngWhat the stars of Going In Style lack in youth, they more than make up for with accolades.  Sir Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Alan Arkin have all won Academy Awards, and co-star Ann-Margaret is a two-time Oscar nominee.  The allure of working with such a decorated cast brought director Zach Braff to the project, a remake of the 1979 heist caper starring George Burns.  Braff — who previously wrote and directed the critically acclaimed film Garden State — told us the movie is a love letter to fans of its legendary stars.  (Click on the on the media bar below to hear Zach Braff)

Going in Style opens in theaters April 7.

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For Adam Levine, ‘The Voice’ Is Educational Programming

NUP_177105_3867.JPGAs lead singer for three-time chart-toppers Maroon 5, Adam Levine has learned his fair share about the music industry over the past two decades.  But even a string of hit songs, #1 albums and sold-out tours don’t teach you everything, and Levine says the situations he’s encountered as a judge and mentor on The Voice have continued to educate him.  (Click on the on the media bar below to hear Adam Levine)

What will Adam Levine learn next?  Watch The Voice, Monday and Tuesday nights at 8/7c. on NBC, to find out.

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Boreanaz & Deschanel Say Bye-Bye To ‘Bones’ (But Not To Each Other)

On September 13, 2005, viewers were invited into the Jeffersonian Institute for the first time.  Tomorrow night, they’ll revisit (what’s left of) it for the last time.  Over the 244 episodes that aired in between, Bones became a fan favorite and a testament to resilience.  It may very well be the only prime-time series in television history to be scheduled in eight different time slots — including at least one on every weeknight — and survive to a double-digit age.

The premise of Bones was a new twist on an old formula made popular at the time by CSI: Scientists and law enforcement team up to solve puzzling murders.  And while the team behind Bones has to be given credit for inventing plenty of unique (and often quite grisly) ways to discover dead bodies, it wasn’t the corpses that kept viewers tuning in.  It was the chemistry between FBI agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) and forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) that drove the show. (Click on the media bar below to hear (Emily Deschanel & David Boreanaz)

Tomorrow night, when we return to the rubble of the bomb-stricken Jeffersonian lab, we’ll learn the fates of Booth and Brennan, along with Hodgins, Angela, Cam, and the Squinterns on the scene.  Long-time fans are sure to shed a few tears during the series finale of Bones, airing Tuesday at 8/7c on FOX.
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Want more behind-the-scenes interviews from the cast and crew? Fox has put together a full-length series retrospective, and you can watch it here.

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Scarlett Johansson Faces “Daunting” Task With ‘Ghost in the Shell’

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In the futuristic thriller Ghost in the Shell, Scarlett Johansson is Major, a human whose life is saved from a terrible crash thanks to cyber enhancements. When Major discovers that she has been lied to by her superiors, she embarks on a quest of revenge to uncover the mysteries of her past.

For the part, Johansson did her share of physical preparation.

“Of course I did a lot of training because I wanted to be able to have the physical presence of somebody who seemed very capable,” said Johansson. “And then, of course, I had to actually be quite capable. Luckily I had a lot of fight training and weapon training for all those “little” Marvel movies (laughs). So it actually comes in quite handy because (the films) have a (similar) vocabulary. It’s a lot of repetition and then a lot of tactical training which I had never done before with room clearing. And just to be efficient with a weapon as much as possible.”

Click on the media bar below to hear Johansson talk about the first time she came across Ghost in the Shell.



Ghost in the Shell opens nationwide March 31.


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Sean Conlon Builds New Home With CNBC’s ‘The Deed: Chicago’

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On the new show The Deed: Chicago real estate mogul Sean Conlon helps people who are in a bit of trouble with their property project. Conlon, an Irish immigrant who came to the U.S. with just $500 in his pocket, knows a thing or two about hard work, and he’s more than willing to invest in these people – as long as they have a viable business plan.

“I obviously came from Ireland,” said Conlon. “One of my most vivid memories, of course, was my father built a house and when I was 12 (or) 13, the bank came to take it. He was the most incredibly charismatic man but the absolute worst businessman in the world. So that was ingrained in me (at) how important the house was to my mother.”

Though one can make money in this world through a myriad of fashions, owning your own home is usually a solid foundation when it comes to building assets. In the clip below, Conlon explains why real estate is a tried and true manner in building personal wealth.

The Deed: Chicago premieres Wednesday, March 29 on CNBC (10 pm et/pt).

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