Alice Braga Explores The Female Perspective With ‘Queen of the South’ Universe

Alice Braga is now in her third season of Queen of the South, a series that focuses on the life of drug queenpin Teresa Mendoza. Most of this season has centered on Teresa doing her best to survive in a cutthroat business while also making moral decisions that could directly threaten her livelihood.

“When I decided to play this part my main concern was that I don’t want to glamorize the violence or the drug dealing world,” said Braga. “I accepted (the role) because I felt it was such a strong female character that we barely see being played – this is a male driven world. It was interesting to get the chance to (experience this world) through a woman’s perspective.”

Click on the media bar to hear Braga talk about the day to day recognition she receives from fans of Queen of the South:

Queen of the South airs Thursday evenings on USA Network (9 pm et/pt).

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Would Kate McKinnon Dump Acting And Become A Spy?

Kate McKinnon stars with Mila Kunis in The Spy Who Dumped Me, an action comedy that leads the women into a web of international intrigue. Of course, Hollywood has glamorized the life of spies for decades, so we asked McKinnon how she felt about playing a spy, and whether she thought she could take on the job in real life. (Click on the media bar below to hear Kate McKinnon)

 

The Spy Who Dumped Me opens in theaters on August 3.

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For Some, Trying To Beat ‘The Flash’s’ Grant Gustin Is A Running Gag

If you’re looking for a lifetime’s worth of bragging rights, what better way than to beat the world’s fastest man in a foot race? No, we’re not talking about running against an Olympic athlete — we’re talking about racing The Flash! Grant Gustin, who plays the character on The CW’s superhero show, told us that, yes, he does occasionally get challenged. (Click on the media bar below to hear Grant Gustin)

Gustin is currently at work filming the fifth season of The Flash, which will premiere October 9 on The CW.

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Gratitude Rocks Dwayne Johnson’s World

Dwayne Johnson has led a charmed life, and he knows it. When his career as a football player didn’t pan out, he quickly rebounded by becoming a wrestling superstar. His celebrity status, in turn, led him to Hollywood, where he was able to prove he was no flash in the pan. Since starring in his first feature, The Mummy Returns, in 2001, he’s been working steadily, with dozens of films to his credit. Right now, he’s starring in Skyscraper, and by the end of 2019, we’ll see him in at least four more movies. Life has been good for Johnson, and he told us he isn’t the type who takes it for granted. (Click on the media bar below to hear Dwayne Johnson)

Skyscraper is playing now in theaters everywhere.

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Brian De Palma’s ‘Sisters’ Lands Criterion Collection Release In October

Director Brian De Palma is known as the one of the masters at the suspense thriller genre thanks to Dressed to Kill, Blow-Out and Body Double. His 1973 feature Sisters is just as scary as the aforementioned features, and it comes out as a Criterion Collection release on October 23 (on both Blu-ray and DVD versions). The feature also is a great showcase for Margot Kidder (Superman) who passed earlier this year.

Dominique (Margot Kidder) is a woman whose life is filled with trauma after being separated from her Siamese twin. This lack of a bond leads her on a darker path, and a reporter (Jennifer Salt) believes Dominique is actually a murderess. 

Sisters was previously released on Criterion years ago, but this version comes with a 4K restoration approved by De Palma and a new interview with Salt (who went on to carve out an acclaimed career as a writer and producer). Salt, whose credits include co-writing the script for Eat Pray Love and executive producing American Horror Story, is the daughter of late screenwriter Waldo Salt (Midnight Cowboy, Coming Home).

Previously released extras that are also featured in this edition include a 2004 interview with De Palma, producer Edward R. Pressman, and Sisters co-stars William Finley and Charles Durning (both have since passed) and a 1970 appearance by Margot Kidder on The Dick Cavett Show.

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Kristin Cavallari Cites “Good Timing” In Return To Reality Television

Kristin Cavallari is as busy as they come thanks to her lifestyle brand Uncommon James and the launch of her latest reality series Very Cavallari. Though she’s authored two books and also co-hosted E!’s The Fabulist, Cavallari has spent much of the past decade raising a family while husband Jay Cutler played football (he retired after last season’s stint as the Miami Dolphins quarterback).

“It’s been eight years almost since we wrapped The Hills,” said Cavallari. “And so a lot has changed in my life. I’m married. I have three kids. I live full time in Nashville and with my husband being done with playing football it felt like a good timing for me to be able to go back to TV. We’ve sort of lived based on Jay’s schedule for the last several years and now I feel like it’s my time.”

Click on the media bar to hear Cavallari reflect on her experiences on Laguna Beach and The Hills.

Very Cavallari airs Sunday evenings on NBC (10 pm et/pt).

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Break A Leg? Nah, Tom Cruise Just Broke A Foot While Filming ‘Mission: Impossible’ Movie

Tom Cruise has a reputation in Hollywood for giving 110% when he makes a movie, and that includes doing a lot of his own stunts. Of course, that may not always be the best idea: While Cruise was filming his latest movie, Mission: Impossible — Fallout, filming was delayed by several weeks because of an injury he sustained while doing one of those stunts. When we spoke to Cruise, he gave us all of the details. (Click on the media bar below to hear Tom Cruise)

 

Mission: Impossible — Fallout opens on July 27.

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Simon Cowell’s Constantly Amazed By America’s ‘Talent’

Once again, there were plenty of uniquely talented people on display during the auditions for this season of America’s Got Talent. With the show now moving on to the judges’ cuts, we spoke to Simon Cowell, who said that he was again surprised by many of the performances he’s seen on stage in front of him. (Click on the media bar below to hear Simon Cowell)

America’s Got Talent airs Tuesday nights at 8/7c on NBC.

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Not Equal: Denzel Washington, Director Say ‘Equalizer 2’ Is Greater Than The First

Four years after the first movie, The Equalizer 2 picks up the story of Robert McCall, who finds himself in a much more personal dilemma this time around. Star Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua credit the movie’s writer, Richard Wenk, with coming up with a storyline they goes much deeper than the first movie’s.

 

 

 

The Equalizer 2 opens in theaters on Friday

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Slappy Is Back For More Scares With ‘Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween’

Goosebumps was a hit in 2015, as it amassed over $158 million in worldwide box office, and now Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween is just around the corner. Based on R.L. Stine’s popular book series, the franchise should be in good hands with director Ari Sandel (he recently helmed the engaging romantic comedy When We First Met).

Though Jack Black isn’t back as R.L. Stine for Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, it does feature a selection of scene stealing veterans (The Goldbergs’ Wendi McLendon-Covey, Archer’s Chris Parnell, Ken Jeong) to pair with up and coming actors Jeremy Ray Taylor (It), Caleel Harris (Castle Rock), and Madison Iseman (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle).

The real star, however, is Slappy the dummy and all the creatures that come to life with the opening of one of Stine’s books (the abominable snowman is prominently featured in the clip). Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween opens nationwide October 12.

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