When producer Dick Wolf announced a spin-off series from his wildly successful Law & Order back in the last millennium, he felt confident that he was getting a quality female lead in Mariska Hargitay, who was just coming off a recurring role on ER at the time. Twenty-one years later, his choice has been validated over and over and over again. Not only has Hargitay done a phenomenal job as Olivia Benson over the years, but Wolf likely couldn’t have picked an actress who would be more passionate and dedicated about the role, the show, and its mission. With the show still going strong, Wolf is amazed — and gratified — that Hargitay is just as excited about the show as the day it premiered. (Click on the media bar below to hear Dick Wolf)
Through 15 seasons, Supernatural has been more than just a television show. To its fans, it’s also been a community… and an obsession! “Supernatural” star Jensen Ackles told us he’s heard hundreds — if not thousands — of stories from fans who have bonded with fellow fans of the show, and he’s elated that so many of those friendships will be around, even after the show’s series finale. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jensen Ackles)
Before he was hired for Terminator: Dark Fate, Tim Miller had directed only one feature-length film before. But seeing what he’d done with Deadpool was enough to convince the movie’s producers — including star Arnold Schwarzenegger — that he was capable of taking on such a massive, effects-laden project. After shooting the film with him, Schwarzenegger told us that faith in him was entirely justified. (Click on the media bar below to hear Arnold Schwarzenegger)
If you ask Al Pacino to describe himself, chances are he won’t use the word “director.” Yes, he has four directing credits — two dramas based on stage plays, a “making of” documentary, and a documentary about Shakespeare. But these projects have certainly given him an appreciation for the world-class directors he’s worked with, such as The Irishman director Martin Scorcese. So when Pacino does look back at his time behind the camera, he’s thankful for the education he got and the way it’s helped shape him into a more complete Hollywood professional. (Click on the media bar below to hear Al Pacino)
The Irishman is now playing in selected theaters, but will begin streaming November 27 on Netflix.
The origins of Charlie’s Angels goes back more than four decades, to the original 1970s TV series. Then, it was revived for a couple of movies with a new set of Angels after the turn of the century. And though the stars have changed once again, Naomi Scott told us that the new Charlie’s Angels movie exists in the same universe as the other Angels properties, but the story carries even more weight and relevance for women in the present day. (Click on the media bar below to hear Naomi Scott)
Through seven seasons’ worth of twists and turns, Homeland has been lauded for the quality of its writing. There’s no reason to believe that will change in its final season As the show’s star — and also a producer — Claire Danes certainly has a vested interest in the stories and scripts. Looking back through the earlier seasons, she’s amazed by the way the writers took her character and expanded her story in unexpected new directions. (Click on the media bar below to hear Claire Danes)
The final season of Homeland will premiere February 9 on Showtime.