Once Upon a Time in Hollywood may be a fictional story, but it’s set in real-life Hollywood, circa 1969, and some of the characters in the film are infamous figures from that period. Margot Robbie plays Sharon Tate, the actress who was killed by members of the notorious Manson Family. Obviously, there’s been a lot said and written about Tate and her tragic fate; Robbie went through a lot of it while researching the role, and she talked to us about how she wanted to present her character. (Click on the media bar below to hear Margot Robbie)
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood opens in theaters on July 26.
Grammy winning writer, producer, and performer Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic) has a new job as a judge on NBC’s songwriting competition Songland. Previously, he told us how he didn’t want to join a reality show if it wasn’t the perfect fit for him, but now that he’s on Songland, he’s been blown away by the diversity and quality of writers who have competed on the show so far. He told us he’s really enjoying the experience, and that he would’ve tried out for the show himself in his pre-fame days. (Click on the media bar below to hear Ryan Tedder)
Though they’re forever bound by family ties, the Jonas Brothers had been on a hiatus as a musical group for the last five and a half years. But they’re back with Happiness Begins, their first new album in 10 years, and the chart-topping single Sucker (their first-ever #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100). Of course, you can’t be a family in the limelight in 2019 without making it into a reality spectacle, so they filmed a documentary that wound up being about their reconciliation and recording of the new album. However, Nick Jonas told us that Jonas Brothers: Chasing Happiness wasn’t originally meant to chronicle the making of a new album; instead, the film helped bring the brothers back together as a group. (Click on the media bar below to hear Nick Jonas)
Jonas Brothers: Chasing Happiness is now streaming on Amazon Prime.
As the most decorated actress of her generation, Meryl Streep hasn’t just become part of our culture — she’s helped to influence it. She’s been involved with plenty of socially significant projects in her career, from Silkwood to The Post. She’s now part of HBO’s Big Little Lies, the drama that’s generated a pretty big buzz of its own. When we spoke to Streep, we asked her whether she thinks TV and movies mirror the times we live in, or if they help shape the times we live in (Click on the media bar below to hear Meryl Streep)
Summer should be all fun and games, right? That’s what ABC is doing once again with its Wednesday night lineup, stacking it top to bottom with new versions of old game shows. Press Your Luck originally ran from 1983-86, with a brief revival in 2002, and now it’s back as the anchor for Game Night. Elizabeth Banks is the new host of the show, and she told us that, while most of the game has remained the same, there are a few new twists that will make this version even more fun to watch. (Click on the media below to hear Elizabeth Banks)
Meanwhile, Joel McHale presides over a new version of the ’70s classic Card Sharks. He thinks that, like many classic games, the concept of Card Sharks has stood the test of time, so people are bound to enjoy it. (Click on the media bar below to hear Joel McHale)
ABC’s Game Night features Press Your Luck at 8/7c, Card Sharks at 9/8c, and Match Game at 10/9c on Wednesdays.
By design, Rocketman isn’t your ordinary biopic. The retelling of Elton John’s early rise to fame takes a few liberties with the tales, the timelines, and the tunes as it turns his life story into a Mamma Mia-style musical. Playing the role of Elton John, Taron Egerton did his own singing. No pressure there, right? Especially considering that the rock star himself was one of the film’s producers. Egerton, though, told us he embraced the challenge, and that having John on his team actually helped as they crafted new versions of some of his greatest hits. (Click on the media bar below to hear Taron Egerton)