Zeeko Zaki has had some brushes with the law in his television career, with appearances on shows like Homeland, Valor, and NCIS: Los Angeles. But now, he’s got a lead role in Dick Wolf’sFBI, and he told us that with each new story and each new investigation, he gets a much greater perspective about how not only the real FBI works, but also how different agencies come together to enforce the law and solve crimes. (Click on the media bar below to hear Zeeko Zaki)
Long before This Is Us, Mandy Moore started in the entertainment business as a pop singer; her biggest hit, I Wanna Be With You, made the Top 15 in the summer of 2000. As her acting career heated up, she took a break from the music industry. Her last album, Amanda Leigh, was released on an independent label in 2009 and sold just 16,000 copies. But playing an aspiring singer in her This Is Us character’s younger days has apparently re-lit her musical fire, and she’ll have a new album, Silver Landings, coming out on March 6. She told us she’s very happy to be making music again, and This Is Us co-star Justin Hartley concurs.
Jumanji: The Next Level has done big business at the U.S. box office, closing in on the $300 million mark. Outside the U.S., however, is where the film is really shining — its international take is nearly at $450 million and counting! The movie’s appeal has crossed borders and cultures, taking in $20 million or more in markets as diverse as the UK, China, Germany, and even Russia. When we spoke with the movie’s star, Jack Black, we asked him why he thought audiences all over the world were flocking to Jumanji. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jack Black)
Jumanji: The Next Level is now playing in theaters.
Like so many that came before him, this season’s star of The Bachelor, Peter Weber was chosen after being one of the contestants on The Bachelorette. Although he didn’t win, he went far enough in the competition to gain a really good understanding of what all of the contestants go through. So, what did he learn? He says it’s not easy, and it’s not a normal dating situation, so the best way to get through to his heart is to cut to the chase. (Click on the media bar below to hear Peter Weber)
Sarah Wayne Callies (Colony, Prison Break) has starred in her share of successful shows, and with the upcoming Council of Dadsshe is venturing into the family drama genre. Inspired by Bruce Feiler’s book, Council of Dads centers on a Scott (Tom Everett Scott) and Robin Perry (Callies), a couple who open up their family to close friends after Scott is diagnosed with cancer.
During our interview with Callies, the actress candidly pointed out one reason for her success in the entertainment industry.
“They saw a young white woman and that’s not hard to write for in television. If I had been a woman of color, my career would have been massively different,” said Callies who also had an acclaimed run on The Walking Dead. “And so it’s incumbent upon me now that I am writing, producing, and directing – to write roles for women of color and to try and bring women in whose voices have not been heard.
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Co-starring Tony Phelan and Clive Standen, Council of Dads premieres March 10 on NBC (10 pm pt/et).
When Korean production Snowpiercer was released in 2013, it wasn’t a big box office hit, but it was critically lauded and wound up gaining an immense cult following — helped, no doubt, by the presence of Chris Evans in the cast. Now the film, about a train carrying all that’s left of the human race after a great extinction, is being adapted into a TV series. Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs are two of the show’s stars, and they talked about what it was like to shoot a show that takes place in train cars where the confined space influences everything. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jennifer Connelly & Daveed Diggs)