Nicole Kidman’s ‘Bombshell’ Detonated At Fox News, But Resonates Far Beyond

Fox News Channel, like it or not, has become a big part of the national conversation, especially when it comes to American politics. And, like American politics, it has gone through its fair share of scandals. Lately, the story and scandals of Fox News have captivated Hollywood, from Russell Crowe’s excellent miniseries The Loudest Voice to Nicole Kidman’s new movie, Bombshell. (Ironic that both lead actors, like Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch, are Australian.) In Bombshell, Kidman plays Gretchen Carlson, one of the several women within Fox News who exposed the rampant sexual harassment by CEO Roger Ailes. And while the film — which also stars Charlize Theron and Margot Robbie — is specifically about the Fox News scandal, Kidman believes the story in representative of many women’s stories in the #MeToo movement. (Click on the media bar below to hear Nicole Kidman)

 

Bombshell opens in theaters on December 20.

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Walton Goggins Has Real Life Roots In ‘The Unicorn’

On his new show, The Unicorn, Walton Goggins plays a man who re-enters the dating pool after becoming a widower. Sadly, the role carried a lot of personal resonance for Goggins, whose first wife died suddenly 15 years ago. (He remarried in 2011.) Goggins told us that, unfortunately, he’s known several people who have suffered through similar experiences, and that he’s been able to incorporate that pain, grief, and understanding into the character. (Click on the media bar below to hear Walton Goggins)

The Unicorn airs Thursdays at 8:30/7:30c on CBS.

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‘Addams’ Appeal Is Timeless & Obvious To Charlize Theron

As far as MGM is concerned, The Addams Family is already a sequel-worthy hit after its strong opening weekend. That’s why they’ve already greenlit a second animated Addams, slated to open in October 2021. That’s great news for Charlize Theron, who had a great time working on this movie and will be excited to do it again. When we spoke to her about the movie — and the overall franchise, going all the way back to the cartoons — she told us she can clearly see the universal appeal of the family, quirks and all. (Click on the media bar below to hear Charlize Theron)

The Addams Family is playing now in theaters.

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‘Sunny’ Stars Think They’ve Left Their (Good) Mark On Philadelphia

Philadelphia is a proud city with grand traditions. History buffs will, of course, tell you that it was the first capital of the United States. Now, the city that was once home to Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, and Thomas Jefferson is the television home of the Reynolds family, Mac, and Charlie. What can It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia add to the city’s illustrious reputation? Rob McElhenney and Danny Devito think Sunny — even though it’s more cracked than the Liberty Bell — manages to show the city in a good light. (Click on the media bar below to hear Rob McElhenney & Danny Devito)

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on FXX.

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It Took An Older, Wiser Will Smith To Make ‘Gemini Man’

Gemini Man finds Will Smith playing two different versions of himself –– one that’s Smith’s own age, and one that’s a computer-generated version of his younger self. Of course, the producers could have gone with a younger actor and artificially aged him upward, but Smith believes the only way to do it right was to have the older actor playing younger. (Click on the media bar below to hear Will Smith)

Gemini Man is playing now in theaters.

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‘Stumptown’ Has Cobie Smulders Embracing Her Character’s PTSD Struggle

In her new series Stumptown, Cobie Smulders plays a character named Dex Parios, a former Marine who now has a career as a private investigator. It’s not easy — Dex has had a hard time keeping her head in the game since her time in Afghanistan left her with a serious case of PTSD. And that’s one of the things Smulders loves most about the series: that Dex is a character who needs to work through some very serious, real-world problems. (Click on the media bar below to hear Cobie Smulders)

Stumptown airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on ABC.

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