One of the most lasting legacies of American Idol is one that many people never even consider. Back in 2009, when Adam Lambert was contending for the Idol title, the producers of the show brought in one of his favorite bands, Queen, to play with him on the show’s finale. While it was certainly meant to be a one-off gig at the time, nobody realized that a new musical partnership was being born on television: Lambert has toured with the band as its lead singer since 2011, with another set of shows planned for this summer. With Queen’s popularity renewed once again by the Oscar-winning biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, Idol will feature a Queen night next Sunday, with Lambert returning to the show as a mentor for the Top 8 contestants. Lambert told us he definitely looks at it as an opportunity to pay it forward, since being on Idol really prepared him for the stardom he’s found since being on the show. (Click on the media bar below to hear Adam Lambert)
American Idol airs Sunday and Monday nights at 8/7c on ABC.
The third John Wick film is also the third in the series for its director, Chad Stahelski. Of course, one of the challenges of maintaining a franchise is to give the audience what it wants to see, but without repeating too much. So, what’s new in John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum? Well, first of all, there’s Halle Berry, who’s been brought in as a co-star. Stahelski and Berry also say the type of action you’ll find in the movie has been revamped, too. (Click on the media bar below to hear Chad Stahelski & Halle Berry)
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum opens in theaters on May 16.
When The Voice premiered, very few people could have predicted that it would last 16 seasons. As the show prepares to celebrate its 8th birthday this week (it debuted on April 26, 2011), we spoke to Blake Shelton. The country star, who — like Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine — has been with The Voice since the very beginning, told us why he thinks the competition has had such amazing longevity. (Click on the media bar below to hear Blake Shelton)
The Voice airs Monday and Tuesday nights at 8/7c on NBC.
This is going to be a bittersweet week for Chris Evans. While he’s proud to see Avengers: Endgame hitting theaters, he’s also very sad to see the series coming to an end. But this week will be nothing compared to what it was like to shoot the movie’s final scenes, when he said the emotions were running incredibly high, which he thinks will translate into a really emotional experience for audiences. (Click onbt he media bar below to hear Chris Evans)
On the critically acclaimed series Killing Eve, Jodie Comer plays the show’s villain — the one who is obsessed with, of course, killing Eve, the protagonist played by Sandra Oh. Because of that, the two of them share some pretty intense scenes with each other, scenes in which you can actually believe Comer is the psychopathic character she plays. When we spoke to her, we asked where she gets that intensity from when she’s doing those scenes. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jodie Comer)
Killing Eve airs Sundays at 8/7c on both AMC and BBC America.
It was the early 1970s, and a Hollywood revolution was under way. It’s just that nobody knew it yet. But a couple of friends were hard at work, honing their craft. And by the time the decade was done, they would change the way we looked at movies forever. Those two friends, of course, were Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. A new podcast, Blockbuster, traces their paths and their friendship from their early days through their big breakthroughs with Jaws and Star Wars. We’ve spoken with both men before, and while Spielberg knew there was something different about Jaws, he also told us the success of the film also had to do with something far beyond his control. (Click on the media bar below to hear Steven Spielberg)
Star Wars, on the other hand, kind of defied all expectations and explanation when it was released. Lucas has told us what it was like as he waited for word on how his movie’s modest opening went. (Click on the media bar below to hear George Lucas)
Of course, after they had each achieved great success on their own, they came together and worked on Raiders of the Lost Ark. They knew there was going to be something special about the character, Indiana Jones, and Lucas told us that creating Indy was really a labor of love. (Click on the media bar below to hear George Lucas)
Blockbuster, the podcast tracing the rise of Spielberg and Lucas, can be found at Apple iTunes, Spotify, and other streaming platforms.