‘Big Bang Theory’ Finale Brought Big Blubbering

The season finale of The Big Bang Theory delivered viewers a spherical projectile with a high torsional coefficient. In other words, it threw us a curveball. We weren’t expecting the emotional cliffhanger of Sheldon’s proposal to Amy. And even though they’d read the script, the cast members weren’t expecting how emotional the moment would be. Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar, and Kevin Sussman revealed how they reacted when Sheldon popped the question. (Click on the media bar to hear for Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar & Kevin Sussman)

Will Sheldon and Amy, in the words of Capt. Jean-Luc Picard, “Engage”? We’ll find out on the season premiere of The Big Bang Theory, Monday, September 25 on CBS.

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Antonio Banderas Powers Twist Laden Thriller ‘Black Butterfly’

blackbutterfly1Lionsgate is known for releasing a slew of genre films that appeal to B-movie buffs like myself, and its latest effort Black Butterfly is at the top of the list. Now out on Blu-ray and DVD, the thriller centers on a washed up, alcoholic writer named Paul (Antonio Banderas) who is trying to sell his woodsy residence.

With his home located over 2 hours plus from Denver, Paul’s remote location, though beautiful, is rife with danger. When he picks up a drifter (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) to return a favor, Paul immediately regrets the decision. What ensues is a cat and mouse game between the pair, as the stranger coaxes Paul to finally write his long delayed script – or suffer the consequences!

Though Piper Perabo co-stars as a real estate agent who’s helping Paul sell his domicile, the picture is essentially a tightly wound, intricately constructed two-hander. Without getting into spoiler mode, Black Butterfly also has a wonderful twist that will leave you guessing. Though the box art features Meyers brandishing a shotgun, Black Butterfly is not awash in bloody violence, and its thrills are mainly derived from first rate storytelling.

The Blu-ray and DVD versions come with  a featurette on the making of the film as well as audio commentary from director Brian Goodman and co-writer Marc Frydman.

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T.J. Miller Talks “Inside Joke” Elements Behind ‘The Emoji Movie’

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Remember the time you simply used a phone to call someone? The Emoji Movie is obviously inspired by our love of using emojis on our respective smartphones. Whether it’s the poop or the fist-pump symbol, emojis are simply here to stay.

T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley, Deadpool) is Gene, a malfunctioning emoji who has more than one reaction or feeling in his system. The higher ups are trying to place him in his little box, and although Gene wants to fit in with the crowd, his uniqueness stands out amidst the fray.

“It’s just a really solid, good, funny, heartwarming animated film,” said Miller. “It’s so good – and the pacing I just really loved. I really think it’s especially in films now especially (family driven movies) to move. The motion picture needs to have motion to it – and this is that . . . by the time (The Emoji Movie) it’s over you kind of believe that it’s done and you’ve been laughing the entire time.”

Click on the media bar below to hear T.J. Miller talk about the “inside joke” elements of The Emoji Movie.



The Emoji Movie is now playing nationwide. co-starring Maya Rudolph and Patrick Stewart, is now playing nationwide.

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Ray Romano Seriously Wanted To Be Less Funny

getshortyComing up through the Hollywood ranks as a stand-up comic, Ray Romano broke through with the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, which ran for nine seasons and won him an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy in 2002. After the show ended its run, he resisted the temptation to do another traditional sitcom. Instead, he took small steps toward more serious roles on dramedies like Men of a Certain Age and Parenthood. In 2016, he made the leap into drama, taking on a role in HBO’s gritty series about the ’70s music scene, Vinyl. And now, he’s started working on a new series: Get Shorty, based on the 1995 film. Romano says it’s been a natural evolution for him to move from comedy to more dramatic roles, and he’s welcomed the opportunity to expand his acting abilities. (Click on the media bar to hear Ray Romano)

Ray Romano stars with Chris O’Dowd in Get Shorty, which premieres August 13 on Epix.

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‘The Star’ Trailer Tells A Christmas Story With Steven Yeun

thestarIt’s been dubbed as the greatest story ever told and for Christians Christmas is obviously more than just Santa Claus and presents. The trailer to The Star, Sony Pictures Animation’s latest project, features Steven Yeun as the voice of a determined donkey named Bo. After breaking free, Bo finds adventure with Ruth (Aidy Bryant), a sheep who has lost her flick, and a dove named Dave (Keegan-Michael Key).

These three animals are probably a riff on the three wise men, and the trailer also shows them encountering Joseph (Zachary Levi) and Mary (Gina Rodriguez). Hopefully this movie, along with its share of comedy, will have its share of inspiring moments. Comedy is an integral aspect of most narratives, but telling the story of the birth of Jesus Chris should also have a requisite amount of drama and insight.

The Star, co-starring Oprah Winfrey and Kristin Chenoweth, opens nationwide November 10. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!

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