The Late Leslie Nielsen Would Go To Great Lengths To Get Good Laughs

The late Leslie Nielsen’s 55-year show business career can be neatly divided into two halves: pre-Airplane! and post-“Airplane!” During the first part of his career, he was known as a serious dramatic actor, with notable starring roles in Forbidden Planet and Tammy and the Bachelor. But in his post-Airplane! years, he reigned as Hollywood’s silver-haired bastion of buffoonery, willing to do nearly anything to get a laugh in movies like Spy Hard, Dracula: Dead and Loving It, and, of course, the infamous Naked Gun trilogy, based on his Emmy-nominated role in the short-lived cop comedy Police Squad. Nielsen told us he loved the sudden change, because he’s always had a great sense of humor. (He was known to often carry a Whoopie Cushion with him.) And he worked hard on his comedic persona, wanting to make sure that he could deliver even the most tasteless lines in a tasteful way. (Click on the media bar below to hear Leslie Nielsen)

 

Nielsen’s hysterical Naked Gun movies are streaming now on Netflix.

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KJ Apa ‘Believes’ He Had The Perfect Co-Star in Britt Robertson

Melissa (Britt Robertson) and Jeremy (KJ Apa) in I STILL BELIEVE. Photo Credit: Michael Kubeisy

In the film I Still Believe, KJ Apa plays Christian music star Jeremy Camp, and the movie tells the story of Camp’s first marriage to wife Melissa. Sadly, it was a short-lived marriage, as she succumbed to ovarian cancer within half a year of their wedding. Britt Robertson plays Melissa in the film, and Apa told us it was an on-screen match made in heaven. (Click on the media bar below to hear KJ Apa)

I Still Believe is available now for streaming rentals.

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Looking Back At The ‘Good Times’ With Good Times

At age 80, John Amos can look back at an incredibly diverse career, one that’s featured work on stage and on screen, in movies and on television. He’s well known for his recurring roles on two iconic TV series, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The West Wing. About a decade ago, he even recorded an album of country music. However, he’ll always best be known as James Evans, the head of the household on Norman Lear’s groundbreaking sitcom, Good Times. It was the show that introduced us to Jimmie Walker’s catchphrase “Dy-no-mite!” and, in later seasons, featured a young Janet Jackson. Above all else, though, the show tried to take a gritty (yet funny) look at life in the inner city. Recalling his days on the show, Amos told us why he thought it was such a special experience. (Click on the media bar below to hear John Amos)

Amos’s legendary clashes with the producers during the show’s third season resulted in one of the most memorable TV moments of the ’70s — when his TV wife, played by Esther Rolle, learned of his death. Her reaction still haunts Amos to this day. (Click on the media bar below to hear John Amos)

 


Good Times is playing now on Starz and the Starz app.

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It Takes A Legend To Rattle Kelly Clarkson On ‘The Voice’

THE VOICE — “Battle Rounds” Episode 1806 — Pictured: Kelly Clarkson — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

Sure, Kelly Clarkson has a spectacular winning record on The Voice, with three coaching wins in her first four seasons on the show. She does, however, admit to being intimidated by the coach who’s kept her from a perfect record: John Legend. (Click on the media bar below to hear Kelly Clarkson)

The Voice airs Mondays at 8/7c on NBC.

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John Hughes Classic ‘Sixteen Candles’ Hits Blu-ray In April With New Interviews

John Hughes’ directing debut Sixteen Candles turned Molly Ringwald into a star and sent him on a path to a distinguished film career. Arrow Video will release Sixteen Candles on April 14 on Blu-ray with a plethora of special features.

Samantha Baker’s (Ringwald) 16th birthday may turn out nightmarish, as her crush Jake Ryan (Michael Schoeffling) discovers a “sex quiz” filled out by Sam in which she claims she was saving her virginity for him. Scene stealer Anthony Michael Hall is the nerd who continues to pester her, and Gedde Watanabe is the eccentric foreign exchange student named Long Duk Dong. The release comes with a new restoration by Arrow Films (from a 4K scan of the original negative).

Blu-ray special features include:

  1. High definition Blu-ray presentation of the Theatrical version as well as the Blu-ray Extended Version (94 minutes) with an additional and remastered cafetera scene.
  2. All new audio interview with Sixteen Candles casting director Jackie Burch.
  3. “When Gedde Met Deborah” is a new conversation between co-stars Gedde Watanabe and Deborah Pollack.
  4. New interviews with actor John Kapelos, camera operator Gary Kibbe, and composer Ira Newborn.
  5. Director Adam Rifkin reflects on working as an extra on the set.
  6. The first pressing of the Blu-ray contains an illustrated collector’s booklet with new writing on the movie by Nikki Baughan and Bryan Reesman.

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Director Cindy Meehl Spotlights A Veterinarian’s Holistic And Integrative Approach In ‘The Dog Doc’

Director Cindy Meehl was a novice filmmaker when she made Buck, the 2011 documentary which focuses on the life and work of horse whisperer Buck Brannaman. Meehl was passionate about telling the story of Buck after getting to know him, and sometimes a personal connection to a subject can serve as the motivation behind creative endeavor.

Meehl first came up with the idea for The Dog Doc during the making and release of Buck, and she spent over two and a half years bringing her latest documentary to life. The feature centers on Dr. Marty Goldstein’s attempts to bring a bigger spotlight on integrative veterinary medicine. Along with treating the disease, Goldstein also focuses on helping build an animal’s immune system in hopes to enhance their quality of life (and possibly add years to their existentence).

“Conventional medicine has a great place in our world,” said Meehl. “But people have gotten to quick to take a pill and to ignore the whole body that grew the tumor. We don’t want to look at the big picture at what is creating the issue, without being preachy! But you’re immune system is so important and I think right now more than any other time that should be really something to think about.”

Along with focusing on Goldstein’s approach, the documentary also givese viewers a look into how other doctors at Smith Ridge Veterinary Center (where Goldstein worked) apply this integrative approach to several dogs. Click on the media bar to hear Meehl discuss how Goldstein impacted the life of her own dog:

The Dog Doc is now available On Demand.

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Box Office Smash ‘Bad Boys For Life’ Hits Blu-Ray And DVD In April

Bad Boys For Life, headlined by Will Smith and Martin Lawrence hits Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, and DVD April 21 via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The feature, which made over $425 million worldwide, comes out on Digital March 31.

This time out Mike Lowry (Smith) convinces his longtime partner Marcus (Lawrence) to hold off retirement one more time to take down the leader of the ruthless Aretas Cartel. The ensemble includes Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, Kate del Castillo, and Bad Boys vet Joe Pantoliano.

The release comes with over 50 minutes of special features which include: extended scenes and an alternate ending, outtakes and bloopers, easter eggs, and the featurettes “Ride or Die: Making Bad Boyd For Life,” “Partners in Crime,” and “It’s About Time.” DVD owners will get the extended and aleternate scenes and the outtakes and bloopers extras.

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Will Ferrell And Julia Louis-Dreyfus Explore The Darkly Comic Depths of ‘Downhill’

These days staying in and social distancing are the norm, and various films that were released earlier this year have made their way onto digital much earlier than anticipated.

Downhill, a comedy starring Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, falls in that category, and it proved to be a more than worthy remake to the critically acclaimed feature Force Majeure.

The movie centers on Billie (Louis-Dreyfus) and Pete (Ferrell), a couple whose family skiing trip becomes a nightmare after Pete turns tail and leaves the family during an avalange. Pete’s act has repercussions throughout the vacation, leading one to question if this marriage will ever get back on track.

“I was blown away by the script,” said Ferrell. “Not having any knowledge of the original version, I thought it was such an interesting story and way to approach a relationship movie. To add this external event that becomes immediately to yourself. Like how would I react with my spouse? Would I do the right thing? And if didn’t, would I confess? Would I try to bury it deeper and hope that no one notices because everyone is okay? It just examines so many things in an interesting way while being funny but being dramatic at the same time.”

Click on the media bar to hear Julia Louis-Dreyfus talk about her character and the family dynamic behind the film:

Downhill, directed and penned by Jim Rash and Nat Faxon, is now available on Digital.

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The Spark Of Stark: Robert Downey Jr. Looks Back At ‘Iron Man’

When Robert Downey Jr. signed on for the role of Tony Stark in 2008’s Iron Man, it was, of course, a life-changing decision. It was the first film in the new Marvel Cinematic Universe and, having laid the foundation, it put Stark and his alter ego right in the middle of the action for many of the films that followed. All told, Downey has appeared in 10 MCU movies, with an appearance in Black Widow still to come. Looking back, he told us he’s really grown to appreciate all of the little things that he, director Jon Favreau, and the crew did to make the movie and the experience so memorable. (Click on the media bar below to hear Robert Downey Jr.)

 

You can see Robert Downey Jr.’s Marvel movies, including the Iron Man and Avengers films, streaming on Disney+.

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‘Homeland’ To The Max: Stars, Showrunner Talk About Its Unsung Hero

(L-R): Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison and Maury Sterling as Max in HOMELAND, “****** Shot Me”. Photo Credit: Sifeddine Elamine/SHOWTIME.

Barring any unexpected cameo appearances later in the show’s final season, there are only three actors who were on Homeland when it started in 2011 and are still on the show today. Two, of course, are easy to figure out: stars Claire Danes (Carrie Mathison) and Mandy Patinkin (Saul Berenson). The third is a little tougher to figure out, but he’s played a prominent role in recent episodes — Maury Sterling’s character, intelligence agent Max Piotrowski. When we spoke to Danes, Patinkin, and Homeland writer/producer Alex Gansa, they talked about how, against all odds, Max (and Sterling) have made it all the way through to the show’s last episodes. (Click on the media bar below to hear Claire Danes & Mandy Patinkin & Alex Gansa)

Homeland airs Sunday nights on Showtime.

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