After Taraji P. Henson, Tyler Perry Had No Plan B For ‘Acrimony’

With Tyler Perry’s Acrimony now in theaters, we’ve already learned how excited Taraji P. Henson was to work with Perry in another movie. And we’ve heard how Henson had to juggle her Empire schedule to make the shoot work. It turns out, though, that she had a little bargaining power she could have used, because when he wrote the movie, he couldn’t picture anyone other than Henson starring in it. (Click on the media bar below to hear Taraji P. Henson)

Acrimony is playing now in theaters nationwide.

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Turning Down ‘Titanic’? Claire Danes Has No Regrets

Claire Danes has had a great career, especially in television, bookended by highly acclaimed roles in her first series, My So-Called Life, and her current show, Homeland. She’s also made several movies, though only one — Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines — could be considered a blockbuster. Things could have been a lot different, though, if she hadn’t turned down one part she was offered: the role of Rose in James Cameron’s Titanic. Knowing it was going to be a huge movie, why did Danes decide to pass on the film? (Click on the media bar below to hear Claire Danes)

The seventh season of Homeland airs Sunday nights on Showtime.

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John Boyega Means Business As ‘Pacific Rim’ Producer

At age 25, John Boyega is already a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood — not just as an actor, but now as a producer. Building on his success in his two Star Wars movies, The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, Boyega decided to become a hyphenate in Pacific Rim: Uprising, both starring in and producing the film. Boyega told us there was a pretty steep learning curve in the new job, but he’s happy to be jumping into the business end of show business.

Pacific Rim: Uprising is playing in theaters now.

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Torrey DeVitto Aims To Evolve And Keep It Fresh With ‘Chicago Med’

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CHICAGO MED — “Lock It Down” Episode 314 — Pictured: (l-r) Torrey DeVitto as Natalie Manning, Lorena Diaz as Nurse Doris — (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)

Torrey DeVitto grew up appreciating the works of such diverse actors as Monica Bellucci, Jim Carrey, and Brittany Murphy. Though she has starred in movies, DeVitto’s acting foundation has actually been on television thanks to her work in Pretty Little Liars and now Chicago Med.

Working on a successful program does have its perks, and while it may breed an understandable level of complacency DeVitto continues to push herself as an artist. She admits that there are some days that doesn’t hit the mark when playing Dr. Natalie Manning. Candor is a great thing, and being self-critical actually helps DeVitto keep her Chicago Med success in perspective.

“It’s just kind of remembering why I’m doing this and why I love it,” said DeVitto. “And then just really going back through the script again and finding those little nuances that maybe I felt I’d missed from the day before in some of the scenes and making up for it that way.”

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Chicago Med airs Tuesday evenings on NBC (10 pm et/pt).

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Garbage Celebrate 20 Years of ‘Version 2.0’ With June Release

Garbage has announced that the 20th anniversary reissue of their sophomore album Version 2.0 is set for a June 22 release. The collection will feature 10 B-sides from that era.

“Version 2.0 is in my opinion the quintessential Garbage record,” said singer Shirley Manson who was honored with NME’s ‘Icon’ award in February. “We are all very grateful to the millions of people who took it to their hearts at the time it was released and to those who continue to love on it still.”

Released in May 1998, the album received four Grammy nominations including Album of the Year and Best Rock Album. Hits from Version 2.0 include “Push It,” “I Think I’m Paranoid,” and “Special.” In support of the album, the outfit will play a series of dates starting September 4 at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre. A complete list of dates will be released in the coming weeks. For further details on their performances and the album, check out the band’s official site.

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