With so many of America’s schools closed right now, you can always go back to campus via the movies — and there haven’t been many high school movies that can rival 1982’s Fast Times at Ridgemont High. With a cast that included several young stars-to-be, a witty script from then-newcomer Cameron Crowe, and an amazing soundtrack, Fast Times has attained the legendary status that few teen-oriented movies ever achieve. (In fact, it’s been preserved in the U.S. National Film Registry at the Library of Congress.) With hindsight being 20/20, though, a couple of those young stars remember the filming process very differently: For Sean Penn, it was an amazing experience; for Nicolas Cage, it was one he’d rather forget. (Click on the media bar below to hear Sean Penn & Nicolas Cage)
Fast Times at Ridgemont High is now streaming on the Starz app. It’s also available for purchase digitally and on those old-fashioned DVDs and Blu-Rays.
With a little extra free time on their hands these days, Netflix subscribers have been digging deeper into its library and discovering some of the shows they’ve been missing. Thanks to great reviews and word of mouth, Ozark has been picking up a lot of streams, and with each new viewer comes new recommendations on social media. Stars Jason Bateman and Laura Linney say they’re grateful for all the kind words and referrals. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jason Bateman & Laura Linney)
Evelyn (Emily Blunt) braves the unknown in “A Quiet Place Part II.”
A Quiet Place Part II was supposed to be playing in theaters right now. Rather than going the streaming route, its studio is betting it’s a movie you’ll want to see in theaters, so its release date has been pushed back instead. Emily Blunt is back for the sequel, as is her husband, writer/director/co-star John Krasinski, and she told us she still finds it hard to believe the first movie — which grossed over $340 million worldwide — was so incredibly successful. (Click on the media bar below to hear Emily Blunt)
A Quiet Place Part II is now scheduled to open during Labor Day weekend.
Jim Sturgess and Brooklynn Prince in “Home Before Dark,” now streaming on Apple TV+.
Hilde Lysiak has published a newspaper, written a series of books, and now has a TV series based on her life. And she’ll be turning 14 this November. The young Pennsylvania native launched her first newspaper when she was just 7 years old, and she told us she’d been a budding journalist for as long as she could remember. (Click on the media bar below to hear Hilde Lysiak)
The new series based on Lysiak, Home Before Dark, is now streaming on Apple TV+.
LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT — “Dance, Lies, & Videotape” Episode 21017 — Pictured: Kelli Giddish as Detective Amanda Rollins — (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC)
Unless you’ve been stranded on a desert island for the past two decades, you’re aware that Law & Order: SVU delves into the dark world of sexual assault victims. It is, unfortunately, a world with a large population, and many of those victims appreciate the light that SVU shines on the subject. Kelli Giddish told us she’s always running into fans of the show who show their appreciation for her and SVU. (Click on the media bar below to hear Kelli Giddish)
Glen Howerton attends as Universal Pictures presents a special screening of THE HUNT at the ArcLight in Hollywood, CA on Monday, March 9, 2020. (photo: Benjamin Shmikler/ABImages)
Glenn Howerton is, of course, best known for the show he helped create, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, now up to 14 seasons and counting. But with that show’s shorter seasons, it’s given him the opportunity to branch out into other TV and movie projects, including The Hunt. The action/horror film is definitely a change of pace for Howerton, who’s used to playing for laughs. But he does think “The Hunt,” even though it has a lot of gore, doesn’t take itself too seriously, and it asks a lot of interesting questions about today’s society and the partisan divide. (Click on the media bar below to hear Glenn Howerton)
The Hunt is currently available for streaming rentals.