It’s been nine years since Christopher Meloni said goodbye to Law & Order: SVU. He left the show after 12 seasons in a heated contract dispute, but apparently those bridges weren’t totally burnt, because it’s been announced that Meloni will bring back the character of Elliot Stabler in a new Law & Order show that’s already been picked up as an NBC series. Since he’ll be bringing back his old character, the new series will be set in the same world as SVU. It’s a world Meloni knows all too well, because he’s talked a lot with the men and women who do the job in real life. (Click on the media bar below to hear Christopher Meloni)
So far, no start date or official title has been given for Meloni’s new show. Stay tuned!
June will mark the 45th anniversary of the movie that became Hollywood’s first true blockbuster and put a young director named Steven Spielberg on the map. That film, of course, is Jaws. Adjusted for inflation, it still ranks in America’s Top 10 grossing films of all time, and new generations keep discovering it. Worldwide, Jaws made more than $470 million — not bad for a film that cost just $7 million to make! But while he was working on it, Richard Dreyfuss had no idea they were creating something that would soon become massively huge. (Click on the media bar below to hear Richard Dreyfuss)
Jaws is currently playing on Cinemax and streaming on the Cinemax app.
One of the running themes throughout the first three seasons of The Good Fight has been the show’s disdain for the Donald Trump presidency. It definitely wasn’t planned that way. In fact, star Christine Baranski told us the original premise was much different, but Trump’s surprise election win in 2016 changed the show drastically and, Baranski thinks, for the better. (Click on the media bar below to hear Christine Baranski)
Season 4 of The Good Fight will begin streaming next week on CBS All Access, with new episodes every Thursday. The first three seasons are all available for streaming (and bingeing) now.
MODERN FAMILY – ABC’s “Modern Family” stars Nolan Gould as Luke Dunphy, Ariel Winter as Alex Dunphy, Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy, Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy and Sarah Hyland as Haley Dunphy. (ABC/Robert Ashcroft)
As its title would suggest, Modern Family is a show about a family. And families, of course, have children. Some of the Modern Family actors started out on the show when they were just kids, and now they’ve grown up. As the family expanded, we saw new youngsters added to the cast. Now that the show is coming to an end after 11 seasons, Ty Burrell gets to reflect on watching all of these kids grow up on the set. (Click on the media bar below to hear Ty Burrell)
Mike (WILL SMITH), Marcus (MARTIN LAWRENCE) on the streets of Miami in Columbia Pictures’ BAD BOYS FOR LIFE. Photo Credit Ben Rothstein
The term “chemistry” is thrown around pretty indiscriminately in the movie business. It’s that elusive quality that helps co-stars bond and makes their performances better than they might have been otherwise. Martin Lawrence and Will Smith have definitely had chemistry as the stars of the Bad Boys franchise, and they were able to pinpoint the precise reason why that chemistry was so good: balance. (Click on the media bar below to hear Martin Lawrence & Will Smith)
Bad Boys for Life is now available for streaming rentals.
While British actor Hugh Laurie has moved on from House — he’s now starring in HBO’s Avenue 5 — he will never lose the love he’s got for the long-running medical drama, which propelled him to stardom on this side of the pond after he’d been a staple of British comedies for years. Playing the role of the cantankerous, damaged doctor (without his British accent, no less) still stands out to him as the highlight of career thus far, and he told us why he still loves the character so much. (Click on the media bar below to hear Hugh Laurie)
Margot Robbie got to play Harley Quinn in the ensemble cast of Suicide Squad film a few years ago. Now, she’s the headliner in Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn. She told us she was thrilled to have a strong supporting cast backing her up, and that working with them helped her breathe fresh life into her own character. (Click on the media bar below to hear Margot Robbie)
Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn is now available for streaming purchases and rentals.
Even with a Canadian host, Jeopardy! has become an American institution. The show, which just celebrated its 56th birthday on Monday, is still as popular as ever. Alex Trebek has been the game’s emcee for the past 36 years — far surpassing the show’s original 15-year run under Art Fleming — and he doesn’t see the allure of Jeopardy! waning anytime soon. After all, he told us, Jeopardy! makes its viewers at home feel like they’re part of the action. (Click on the media bar below to hear Alex Trebek)
Jeopardy! is syndicated throughout the United States; find your local affiliate at www.Jeopardy.com.
Blumhouse’s Fantasy Island hits Blu-ray and DVD on May 12, and its digital release is set for April 14. Directed by Jeff Wadlow (Cry Wolf), the feature made $48 million worldwide (it had an estimated $7 million budget).
The feature centers on Mr. Roarke (Michael Peña), a man who can supposedly make everyone’s dreams come true. Ricardo Montalban played Mr. Roarke in the TV series, and while that show had a more positive spin in realizing one’s fantasies, this movie takes a darker turn. As the guests discover, their granted wishes can turn into tragic regrets, and they must solve the island’s mystery if they want to survive the experience.
Lucy Hale, Maggie Q, and Ryan Hansen are among the ensemble in this different take on the iconic program. Special features include deleted scenes and an unrated director and cast commentary with Jeff Wadlow and the Cast (unrated version only).
Were you a fan of the original show and are you excited about Fantasy Island’s Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital release? Feel free to comment below!
Directed by Eliza Hittman, Never Rarely Sometimes Always centers on Autumn (Flanigan), a pregnant teen who travels to New York with her cousin Skylar (Talia Ryder) to get an abortion. Their trip to the Big Apple has its share of trials and tribulations, as Hittman delivers an incisive look at the challenges of teen abortion. Co-starring Ryan Eggold (New Amsterdam) as Autumn’s deadbeat stepfather, the feature was honored with the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival.
Never Rarely Sometimes Always also focuses on the detrimental effect men have on younger women, and its relatable journey appealed to Ryder. “I think a lot of women watching this will see these moments in the supermarket and on the bus and all these little interactions throughout the day in relation to that and – you don’t see the male gaze portrayed so honestly really ever in film,” said Ryder, who will be seen later this year in Steven Spielberg’s version of West Side Story. “And I think a lot of people will watch the film and be shocked (and think) ‘Oh my gosh, that happened to me too.'”
Click on the media bar to hear Sidney Flanigan talk about the bond she continues to share with Hittman and Ryder:
Never Rarely Sometimes Always hits On Demand Friday, April 3.