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)
TV’s Fall 2005 season launched some memorable network shows (How I Met Your Mother, Bones, My Name Is Earl) and some that were utterly forgettable Reunion, E-Ring, and Hot Properties). Two shows from 2005’s freshman class are still on the air in their 15th seasons — Criminal Minds and Supernatural. And though this season will be Supernatural’s curtain call, there’s no denying the show’s run has been anything short of amazing, especially since it premiered on a network (The WB) that shut down the following year! Why did Supernatural beat the odds and survive for so long? Stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles credit their characters’ brotherly love, backed up by quality writing and the two actors’ incredible chemistry. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jared Padalecki & Jensen Ackles)
Every year, thousands of tourists flock to the Universal Studios theme park, which is part of the Universal Studios complex in Universal City, CA. And one of the highlights of every tourist’s visit is the tram tour of the Universal backlot. Because it’s a working studio, the trams often pass by active soundstages where movies and TV shows are being filmed. If you’re lucky, you might even spot an actor or two. Or, if you’re a superfan and let the cast know you’re coming, you may just get a very special surprise. Lauren Ash told us the story about how this happened for one big Superstore fan. (Click on the media bar below to hear Lauren Ash)
Before Awkwafina was Awkwafina, she was Nora Lum, a young girl of Chinese-Korean descent living a quiet life in Queens. Then, when she was 16, she adopted her new name and persona as she started to perform and rap. She hasn’t completely done away with her original identity — her new Comedy Central series, Awkwafina is Nora from Queens, has her starring as Nora Lum and playing a somewhat fictionalized version of herself. So why did Awkwafina, who’s also currently starring in Jumanji: The Next Level and just won a Golden Globe award for The Farewell, choose her distinctive stage moniker? (Click on the media bar below to hear Awkwafina)
Jumanji: The Next Level is playing now in theaters, and Awkwafina is Nora from Queens premieres January 22 on Comedy Central.
Modern Family is heading into its home stretch; in a few months, the entire cast is looking at unemployment for the first time in 11 years. Granted, we can’t feel too sorry for them, because everyone in the show’s exceptional ensemble will certainly be in high demand. Some of them do, however, seem to feel it will be difficult to land another job as good as Modern Family has been. When Sofia Vergara told us how amazing the Modern Family experience has been, co-stars Julie Bowen and Ty Burell couldn’t resist seconding that emotion. (Click on the media bar below to hear Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen & Ty Burell)
While Betty White will celebrate her 98th birthday this week, she’s got some competition as the hardest-working actor over 85 in Hollywood. There’s also 88-year-old Rita Moreno. Her series, One Day at a Time, has been picked up by Pop TV following its Netflix cancellation, and she’s also got a role in the new big-screen remake of West Side Story. Moreno, of course, figured prominently in the original 1964 version of the movie musical, and she says her appearance in the new version will be a substantial one. All things considered, she says, she feels like she’s doing extraordinarily well for an actor her age. (Click on the media bar below to hear Rita Moreno)
One Day at a Time makes its Pop TV premiere on March 24.