In the real world, six years have passed since Disney released Frozen, which captured hearts, ears, and Oscars with its tale of sisters Anna and Elsa. The young girls who grew up loving the movie are in a different phase of their lives now, a fact the film’s producers definitely took into account when coming up with the story for the sequel. Idina Menzel, who voices Elsa, told us the Frozen 2 storyline is definitely deeper and more mature, but still manages to keep the same spirit of sisterhood audiences loved about the original. (Click on the media bar below to hear Idina Menzel,)
If you want to see a movie with a lot of young stars in the making, it’s always fun to revisit Fast Times at Ridgemont High. The hit 1982 comedy features either debuts or early performances from the likes of Sean Penn, Phoebe Cates, Forest Whitaker, Anthony Edwards, and a young man who appeared in the credits as Nicolas Coppola. These days, we know him better as Nicolas Cage, and though it was his first opportunity to go in front of a movie camera, the Oscar winner surprisingly doesn’t have very good memories of the experience. (Click on the media bar below to hear Nicolas Cage)
Cage’s latest film, Primal, is now available for viewing on demand on most cable and satellite TV systems.
In his own Hollywood career, John Aniston achieved a decent amount of success, highlighted by a role on the long-running daytime soap Days of Our Lives. But his achievements were eclipsed a hundred fold by his daughter Jennifer’s. Ever since rocketing to stardom 25 years ago with Friends, the younger Aniston has remained on Hollywood’s A-List. You’d think her father would be proud of her; at this point, we’re certain that he is, but she admits there was a time when the last thing he wanted her to do was try to make a living as an actor. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jennifer Aniston)
Jennifer Aniston’s newest project, The Morning Show, is now streaming on Apple TV+.
While some names from World War II, like General McArthur’s, have become extremely well-known, most of the WWII heroes who fought on the front lines served and have lived in near anonymity. Their families have heard their stories, and maybe some have made Veteran’s Day headlines in local newspapers, but by and large, many of their tales have gone untold. Though it focuses on just one major battle during the war, Midway brings some of those heroes to light on the big screen, and Darren Criss says he felt a great responsibility stepping into the shoes of a real-life war hero. (click on the media bar below to hear Darren Criss)
If the title of Emilia Clarke’s new movie, Last Christmas, makes you think of the Wham! holiday hit of the same name … well, that’s exactly what it’s supposed to do. Following in the mold of Mamma Mia, the story of Last Christmas is loosely based on the music of George Michael and his ’80s duo. The film even includes some previously unreleased material from Michael, but Clarke is convinced you’ll leave the theater singing the movie’s catchy (and ubiquitous) title track. (Click on the media bar below to hear Emilia Clarke)
If somebody told you that we’d be seeing new Rambo and Terminator movies in the same year, nobody could blame you for thinking it was 1989 rather than 2019. But here we are, nearly two decades into the new millennium, and the most iconic action heroes from the ’80s are still at it. It’s especially surprising to see Arnold Schwarzenegger still at it, given his detour into politics. But even when he was governor of California, acting was still close to his heart, and he told us that he’s wanted to follow in the footsteps of the actors he admired — actors who continued to make movies long after others their age would have been collecting Social Security checks. (Click on the media bar below to hear Arnold Schwarzenegger)
Patricia Heaton’s new show, Carol’s Second Act, is about a woman who — facing an early retirement from one career — decides to pursue an entirely new line of work rather than slipping into a more sedentary life of retirement. Heaton, of course, is certainly in a position where she could afford to rest on her laurels (and her residuals) and enjoy a life of leisure. But that’s just not in her DNA, she told us, saying that even a short break from work leaves her antsy to get back to it. (Click on the media bar below to hear Patricia Heaton)
Carol’s Second Act airs Thursdays at 9:30/8:30c on CBS.
It’s been a long time since The Shining was released as a movie. And it’s been a long time since Doctor Sleep was released as a novel. So author Stephen King is well aware that people will criticize the film, the filmmakers, and even himself just because the movie’s being made now. When we spoke to King, he said he’s developed a pretty thick skin about the kind of criticism that’s comes with so many of his works being made into films, and he tries not to pay too much attention to the haters. (Click on the media bar below to hear Stephen King)
Yes, existentialism can be funny. While that might not be true when it comes to, say, Camus, it definitely applies when talking about The Good Place. The show, which is currently in its fourth and final season, has masterfully managed to walk a fine line between comedy and the deeper meaning of life, giving us plenty of laughs and food for thought along the way. It’s for that very reason that Ted Danson is so proud to be part of the show, and he’s especially happy when he meets young fans of the show. (Click on the media bar below to hear Ted Danson)
When Elizabeth Banks decided to reignite the Charlie’s Angels franchise, she didn’t want to do a reboot. So instead, her new movie picks up the same storyline from the earlier movies, but introduces us to a new generation of Angels, played by Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska. Banks — who wrote, produced, and directed the movie along with playing the Angels’ boss, Bosley — told us she couldn’t have asked for a better cast, whether they were Angels or villains. (Click on the media bar below to hear Elizabeth Banks)
Charlie’s Angels opens in theaters on November 15.