Kevin Bacon’s ‘Hill’ Agent: Grittier Than ‘The Following’

City on a Hill is a fictionalized version of what was called The Boston Miracle, a program aimed at cleaning up the crime-ridden streets of Boston back in the early 1990s. Kevin Bacon stars as a corrupt FBI agent with a reputation for breaking the rules and being a loose cannon. That description would also apply to the character Bacon played for three seasons on The Following, but Bacon told us that’s where the comparisons end, because “City on a Hill’s” Jackie Rohr is a much different kind of man. (Click on the media bar below to hear Kevin Bacon)

 

City on a Hill airs Sundays at 9/8c on Showtime.

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Steve Harvey Loves To See The Famous Fail On ‘Family Feud’

Americans have been watching Family Feud for more than 40 years, and it’s always been a treat to watch celebrities play the game. Steve Harvey has been hosting Family Feud since 2010, and he’s also been hosting Celebrity Family Feud since 2015. While the game remains essentially the same no matter who’s playing, Harvey thinks he knows why people seem to love watching the celebrity edition even more than the regular game. (Click on the media bar below to hear Steve Harvey)

 

Celebrity Family Feud airs Sundays at 8/7c on ABC.

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Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson Take Their Marvelous Chemistry To ‘MIB’

After working together closely on Thor: Ragnarok and then again in Avengers: Endgame, Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson were excited about joining forces again to make Men In Black: International. The chemistry they developed on-screen is a direct extension of the chemistry they share off-screen. When we spoke with them, they talked at length about the things they’ve enjoyed most about each other. (Click on the media bar below to hear Chris Hemsworth  & Tessa Thompson)

Men In Black: International is now playing in theaters.

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No Fake News: Kiefer Sutherland Tells It Like It Is

Kiefer Sutherland has been a fixture in Hollywood since starring in Stand By Me as a 19-year-old in the mid-’80s. He’s certainly had his share of ups and downs over the years, many of which have been chronicled in the press, especially the tabloids. Around the time his engagement to Julia Roberts fell apart, you couldn’t go through a supermarket check-out line without seeing their faces. You couldn’t blame him if he got a little reluctant to deal with the press after some of the grief they’ve given him, but over the years, he has proven to be one of the nicest, most professional people we’ve spoken to. We spoke to him about his relationship with the press and how he’s managed to keep things civil with them.(Click on the media bar below to hear Kiefer Sutherland)

 The new season of Sutherland’s latest series, Designated Survivor, is now streaming on Netflix.

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For Bill Murray, Zombies Are A Killer Subject

Bill Murray’s dealt with the dead before — after all, he’s busted plenty of ghosts. His latest project is a “zombie horror comedy” called The Dead Don’t Die. Of course, it wouldn’t be Bill Murray if he didn’t have a unique perspective on the project, and when it co mes to zombies, he thinks the best part is that you’re actually doing them a favor by trying to kill them! (Click on the media bar below to hear Bill Murray)

The Dead Don’t Die is playing now in theaters.

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“Men In Black: International” Is Flawed & Forgettable, But Fun

It’s ironic that there are cineplexes currently playing both Aladdin and Men In Black: International. After all, Aladdin finds Will Smith filling the shoes of another actor’s iconic performance in the original Aladdin; Men In Black finds an actor trying to fill the shoes of Smith’s iconic performance in the original MIB.

First, let’s get something straight — though entertaining, the stories were never the main attraction behind the original MIB films. It was the “opposites attract” chemistry between Smith and Tommy Lee Jones that drove the movies, bolstered by a bevy of amusing animated aliens.

Fortunately, chemistry is one thing International’s leads, Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, do have. Honed over the course of their work together in the Marvel universe, the two share an easy rapport when they’re on the screen together. In this case, though, it’s both a blessing and a curse.

Whereas the work relationship between Smith and Jones developed through the brash newcomer and the grizzled veteran butting heads while they learned to function as a team, the relationship between Hemsworth’s Agent H and Thompson’s Agent M develops because, well, M thinks the H stands for hot. While that brings a playful sexual tension to the proceedings that obviously wasn’t in the original partnership, it ultimately makes the partnership less interesting.

There’s also a role reversal that feels a bit jarring — in MIB: International, it’s the newcomer who’s all business, much more competent in her new role than the experienced agent who supposedly saved the world.

Granted, it’s a job M’s been training for ever since she was a little girl, when she witnessed the MIB in action after a cute, furry, Gremlins-like alien turned up in her family’s New York apartment and she avoided the agents’ infamous Neuralizer. Yes, she’s been obsessed with the MIB organization and extraterrestrial existence for years, going so far as hacking into NASA’s computers to do her own real-time research on alien activity. But when her trial-by-fire first field assignment lands her in the midst of an alien dignitary’s murder and in possession of the most destructive weapon in the universe, you might expect a few more newbie nerves. Instead, Thompson plays M as someone who was born for the gig — a cool, collected bundle of kick-ass energy, always ready to go where the action is.

By contrast, Hemsworth’s Agent H is portrayed as a bit of a hard-drinking, womanizing buffoon who’s able to coast along on his reputation as one of the agents who once helped defeat a nefarious alien species called The Hive. He’s also an inferior fighter compared to M — one clumsy effort to attack an oversized alien brings about the movie’s biggest laugh, a cheeky reference to the actor’s time spent playing Thor. (In all fairness, the film’s resolution does partially explain the character’s behavior, but it doesn’t explain all of his deficiencies.)

In the grand scheme of all things MIB, however, these things are forgivable, because Hemsworth and Thompson are fun to watch, there’s plenty of action, and yes, you’ll find aliens galore. One new character, Pawny (voiced by Kumail Nanjiani), looks a bit like an animated acorn with a skin disorder, and he walks a line somewhere between Groot and Jar Jar Binks — he would be grating if used too much or in the wrong way, but stays just on the right side of sanity in this film. Rebecca Ferguson also gets to camp (and vamp) things up as a sexy, four-armed alien who once had a fling with H, but must now be defeated in the MIBs’ quest to save the world.

You’ll also find a couple of formidable actors, Emma Thompson and Liam Neeson, co-starring as the New York and London MIB bureau chiefs, and they bring a bit of gravitas to the proceedings, though the roles themselves are hardly Oscar-caliber.

Again, the plot — Alien threat! New weapon! Mole in the MIB! — is secondary here, and it’s just serviceable enough that the movie doesn’t fall apart. But it’s not quite good enough to make the film stand out as anything special. Given a better script — and with their characters’ introductions out of the way — Hemsworth and Thompson could be a formidable duo if they continue to extend the franchise. And with the film largely succeeding as an effects-laden popcorn movie, chances are we will see them again. Because as long as CGI designers keep coming up with new aliens, there will always be new jobs for the MIB.

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