Apparently the Marvel Cinematic Universe still isn’t quite done with the storyline that culminated with Avengers: Endgame. Even though we know what happened to Scarlett Johansson’s character, Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow), in Endgame, there’s still plenty we don’t know about the mysterious superhero, but the prequel film, Black Widow, will change that. Johansson, of course, will be reprising her character, and Rachel Weisz has been cast as Melina, another Black Widow. Weisz told us she’s absolutely thrilled to be part of the movie, especially given the strong female influence both in front of and behind the camera.(Click on the media bar below to hear Rachel Weisz)
“Oscar-nominated” and “Oscar-winning” are not ordinarily phrases you hear used in conjunction with a Fast & Furious movie, so it was certainly a surprise to see Dame Helen Mirren when she showed up in The Fate of the Furious. But once she had that experience, she couldn’t get enough! Not only will she reprise her character in the next Fast & Furious sequel, she showed up in its first spin-off, Hobbs & Shaw. The four-time Oscar nominee (and one-time winner) told us she was more than just pleasantly surprised when the producers called her about Hobbs & Shaw. (Click on the media bar below to hear Dame Helen Mirren)
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is playing now in theaters.
Chasing the Cure Live is clearly doing something unique, in the way the show is crowdsourcing medical knowledge to come up with diagnoses for real people’s medical mysteries. Of course, figuring out the malady is only half of the issue. After they’ve been diagnosed, these people will need to be treated … and that will cost money. But just as the medical knowledge will be crowdsourced, host Ann Curry is hopeful that the medical community — and maybe even some of the show’s viewers — will help the show’s patients get cured. (Click on the media bar below to hear Ann Curry)
Chasing the Cure Live airs Thursday nights on both TBS and TNT.
The Terminator franchise is returning with a bang this fall, reuniting Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, and Edward Furlong in Terminator: Dark Fate. With the T2 trio reunited, co-star Diego Boneta — who plays the brother of a woman targeted by a new Terminator — says the new movie is sure to give fans of the franchise everything they’re expecting from it … and more. (Click on the media bar below to hear Diego Boneta)
Terminator: Dark Fate opens in theaters on November 1.
Brain Games isn’t your ordinary game show. Instead of the standard Q&A format, contestants have to face increasingly difficult challenges. As the host of the show, Keegan-Michael Key doesn’t have to solve the problems himself, but he really enjoys trying to play along with the contestants, and he feels like he’s found the secret to succeeding on the show. (Click on the media bar below to hear Keegan-Michael Key)
Brain Games premieres Sunday, December 1 on Nat Geo.
Knives Out is a dark comedy, a murder mystery that plays out like a twisted game of Clue. Writer/director Rian Johnson has assembled an all-star list of suspects for the film, including Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Toni Collette, Don Johnson, and Jamie Lee Curtis. When we spoke to Curtis, she said the idea of a new take on the old “whodunit” genre made the movie something she couldn’t resist. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jamie Lee Curtis)
As someone who’s both written and produced plenty of hit songs, Ryan Tedder knows more than most about the art and craft of songwriting. And, having worked with artists in a wide variety of genres, that makes him perfect for NBC’s Songland He says he’s impressed by the amount of ground the show and its songwriters cover, the kind of big-name talent that’s gotten involved, and the amount of exposure the show’s contestants are already getting. (Click on the media bar below to hear Ryan Tedder)
The new film Blinded By the Light takes its title — and some of its inspiration — from the music of Bruce Springsteen. It’s based on the real-life story of British journalist Sarfraz Manzoor, who wrote a memoir about how his life was profoundly changed when he was introduced to Springsteen’s music. Hayley Atwell, who stars in the film, told us she was instantly gripped by the script when she first saw it. (Click on the media bar below to hear Hayley Atwell)
Blinded By the Light opens in theaters this Friday.
The new show Undercover Billionaire follows entrepreneur Glenn Stearns as he literally tries to build a new business from scratch. Stearns, who built up his consumer loan company to be one of America’s biggest, starts the show with $100 in his pocket and 90 days to turn it into $1 million. Some have questioned whether he’s starting with an unfair advantage, since — as the name implies — he’s already a billionaire and doesn’t have a lot to lose. But Stearns told us that doesn’t matter much when starting a brand-new business, and he feels like he’s putting his reputation on the line as he tries to rise to the challenge. (Click on the media bar below to hear Glenn Stearns)
Undercover Billionaire airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on Discovery Channel.
With computer animation dominating so many films these days, it can sometimes seem like Silicon Valley is the new Hollywood. So how did producer Guillermo del Toro want Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark to stand out? He says the production team made the decision to steer away from digital technology, concocting the film’s book-based creatures the old-fashioned way. (Click on the media bar below to hear Guillermo del Toro)
Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark is playing now in theaters.