As a three-time Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner, Johnny Depp must have been born to be an actor, right? Not exactly. He always wanted to be a performer, but early on, his artistic aspirations were to be a musician! But after a decade of pursuing his dreams of rock stardom, his life took a sudden turn. (Click on the media bar below to hear Johnny Depp)
Johnny Depp is currently channeling his inner Keith Richards in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which is playing in theaters everywhere.
NBC’s singing competition, The Voice, has been a fan favorite, generating solid ratings in each of its first 12 seasons. One thing it hasn’t done, though, is discover any Grammy winners or million-selling artists. When the show returns for its 13th season, maybe the two new judges can help put an end to that drought. After all, Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson are both artists who found critical and commercial acclaim after having their careers jump-started by a TV singing competition. Both of the American Idol alumni will be able to bring their real-life experiences to the judges’ table, and Hudson told us she’s thrilled to give aspiring artists the kind of advice that helped her succeed. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jennifer Hudson)
Dirty Dancing, featuring Oscar nominee Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) in the iconic role of Frances “Baby” Houseman, hits DVD and Digital HD on June 27th.
Though it’s virtually impossible to recapture the chemistry of Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze, Breslin and relative newcomer Colt Prattes (he lost twenty pounds to play dance instructor Johnny Castle).
Andy Blankenbuehler, best known for his work on Hamilton, is the film’s choreographer. The all-star cast featured in this remake include Debra Messing, Nicole Scherzinger, Katey Sagal, and Sarah Hyland.
Extras on the disc include the featurettes “Dirty Dancing: The Legacy Lives On” and “Dirty Dancing: Don’t Step on the 1, Start on the 2.”
Did you see this latest version of Dirty Dancing or is this remake not your cup of tea? Feel free to comment below, and remember, nobody puts baby in a corner!!
Nicole Kidman turns 50 this year (June 20th to be exact), and though ageism is an issue that will always be part of the entertainment industry, the actress is busier than ever. In the past two years Kidman has turned in first rate work in The Family Fang, Lion, the underrated Secret In Their Eyes, and the hit HBO mini-series Big Little Lies. In September she will be featured on the second season of Top of the Lake which reunited her with The Portrait of the Lady filmmaker Jane Campion.
During The Beguiled press conference at the Cannes Film Festival, Kidman talked about how having a foot in both television and acting has provided a creative boon to her career. (Click on the media bar below to hear Nicole Kidman talk about her career and supporting such female filmmakers as Coppola and Campion).
The Beguiled, directed by Sofia Coppola and co-starring Colin Farrell, opens in New York and Los Angeles June 23.
If Steve Harvey hasn’t found the Fountain of Youth, at least he’s found some supernatural source of endless energy. After all, he starts every day with a morning radio show, has his own daily TV talk show, and hosts NBC’s hit series Little Big Shots. As if that wasn’t enough, he’s taking on another gig: a new reality show, Steve Harvey’s Funderdome. Think of it as Shark Tank with a twist. Instead of having to win over a panel of investors, entrepreneurs can get up to $100,000 by pitching their ideas to a live studio audience, and the audience decides who gets funded. Harvey told us the goal is to create a much more fun, much less intimidating atmosphere than Shark Tank. (Click on the media bar below to hear Steve Harvey)
Steve Harvey’s Funderdome premieres June 11 at 9/8c on ABC.