American Idol returns this weekend, with a new home (ABC) and new judges (Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan). What else will change about the show? Perry says that while the judges’ goal is the same — to find a music superstar — they may be going about it in a different way. (Click on the media bar below to hear Katy Perry)
The new season of American Idol premieres Sunday night at 8/7c on ABC, with episodes airing on Sunday and Monday nights throughout the season.
Steve Harvey’sLittle Big Shots is back for a third season on NBC. Now that the show has a proven track record, Harvey says it’s getting a bigger budget and a bit of a makeover this year. But, he adds, the show itself is going to stick to the formula that’s made it a success. (Click on the media bar below to hear Steve Harvey)
The season premiere of Little Big Shots airs Sunday, March 18 at 8/7c on NBC.
Before a single word was uttered in the Star Wars franchise, you heard the music. The unmistakable theme John Williams wrote for the original Star Wars (now known as Episode IV: A New Hope) literally set the tone for everything that followed. But now comes word that Williams may bow out of the Star Wars saga after the next film. According to a Screen Rant story, Williams is set to score Episode IX for director J.J. Abrams, but has no plans to work on any new Star Wars films after that. With Episode IX reportedly bringing the story of Luke Skywalker to a close, Williams has said nine films will have been “quite enough” for him.” Can Star Wars continue without Williams? Well, Rogue One did have a different composer (Michael Giacchino), and it certainly did well at the box office. But the creator of the Star Wars universe, George Lucas, says the contributions Williams made to the films can not be understated. (Click on the media bar below to hear George Lucas)
Will Star Wars be the same without John Williams and his captivating scores? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
With the Tomb Raider franchise being rebooted, Alicia Vikander takes on the Lara Croft role played by Angelina Jolie in the original movies. When it came to preparing for the role, though, Vikander had one big advantage over Jolie: She grew up playing the Tomb Raider video games upon which the films are based.
Roseanne returns to television with new episodes later this month, after having been away for nearly 21 years. Most of the original cast will be back, but will the viewers? Roseanne Barr thinks they will be; she told us she feels like the show feels like a long-lost friend to those who watched it back in the ’90s. (Click on the media bar below to hear Roseanne Barr)
Greg Berlanti has made a name for himself by creating superhero shows like The Flash, Supergirl,Legends of Tomorrow, and Black Lightning. Berlanti, who last directed a movie in 2010 (Life As We Know It), has a new film coming out that goes in a completely different direction — Love, Simon is about a closeted gay teenager who’s trying to find balance in a chaotic life. Berlanti explained to us that the challenge of doing something totally new is why he wanted to direct the film. (Click on the media bar below to hear Greg Berlanti)
Love, Simon starring Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel, and Jennifer Garner, opens in theaters on March 16.