Lecy Goranson: ‘The Conners’ Is A Conversation-Starter

With everything that’s going on in America today, a productive discussion of the issues facing Americans is more important than ever. That’s exactly what The Conners specializes in, says star Lecy Goranson, and she thinks the show really shines when it’s speaking for the people living in places that are too often ignored on television. (Click on the media bar below to hear Lecy Goranson)

The Conners airs Tuesday nights at 8/7c on ABC.

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Bench-Warmer — Felicity Jones Sits In As Ruth Bader Ginsburg

With the Supreme Court being such a hot topic of conversation over the past few months, perhaps there’s no better time for a movie about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. On the Basis of Sex tells the story of Ginsburg’s struggle to navigate the American legal system and make her way to the top of the profession. Felicity Jones plays Ginsburg, and she told us she spent a lot of time learning about her younger years and what made her tick.

 

 

 

On the Basis of Sex opens on Christmas Day.

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For Kelly Clarkson, ‘The Voice’ Takes Her Back To The Future

Where would Kelly Clarkson be without American Idol? There’s no telling for certain, but we’re almost certain that place wouldn’t contain the hit records or Grammy Awards she’s collected since winning that competition. Now she’s a coach on The Voice, and she told us that being on the show gives her the unique opportunity to not only look back into her own past, but also into the contestants’ future.  (Click on the media bar below to hear Kelly Clarkson)

The Voice airs Monday and Tuesday nights at 8/7c on NBC.

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Jennifer Lopez Gets A ‘Second’ Chance With Leah Remini

Jennifer Lopez has a new movie called Second Act, a comedy about a woman who gets the chance to reinvent her career and, with it, her life. She’s not alone on her mission — she’s got her best friend along for the ride. Fortunately for Lopez, her co-star also happens to be a real-life friend, Leah Remini, and she says their off-screen chemistry made their on-screen relationship — and the movie — that much better. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jennifer Lopez)

 

Second Act opens in theaters next Friday (12/21).

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Michael Weatherly: Shooting The ‘Bull’ With Dr. Phil

Because Bull is about a professional jury consultant, a job that Dr. Phil McGraw had before he got famous, there’s been plenty of speculation that the show is based on his life. The fact that McGraw is an executive producer on the show has certainly added fuel to the fire. But the show’s star, Michael Weatherly, recently went on record as saying Bull isn’t biographical at all, and that McGraw’s input is with the science behind the show. Weatherly and McGraw have become very close over the last several years, and Weatherly talked to us about how that relationship started and blossomed. (Click on the media bar below to hear Michael Weatherly)

Bull airs Mondays at 10/9c on CBS.

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Andy Serkis Makes ‘Mowgli’ A Motion-Capture Masterpiece

Andy Serkis has established himself as one of the masters of motion-capture technology, having done amazing work in the medium on the Lord of the Rings and Planet of the Apes movies. Now he’s directed Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, which makes extensive use motion-capture effects to make the story come to life. Serkis told us the film wouldn’t have been nearly as powerful using traditional animation techniques, because some amazing performances by his all-star cast of actors would have been wasted.

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is streaming now on Netflix.

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