‘Idol’ Prepared Adam Lambert For A Career Fit For Queen

Not surprisingly, Bohemian Rhapsody has rekindled interest in Queen’s music, so the band will be going back out on tour again. For the past several years, lead singing duties have been handled by former American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert, who told us the show was the perfect training ground for him. (Click on the media bar below to hear Adam Lambert)

 

The Queen tour, featuring Adam Lambert, will begin on July 10.

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Why Hugh Laurie Had To Heed The Call Of ‘House’

Dr. Gregory House was one of the most memorable doctors we’ve seen on television; this year, it will be 15 years since we first met the character on House. The show made British actor Hugh Laurie a household name in America, earning him six Emmy Award nominations and two Golden Globes awards. Why was he so convincing in the role? Laurie told us the role was a particularly appealing one for him, since he’d always had an interest in medicine. (Click on the media bar below Hugh Laurie)

 

House is currently streaming on Amazon Prime and can still be seen in syndication around the world.

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Keanu Reeves Saw Double Duty On ‘Replicas’ Out Of Love

Not only is Keanu Reeves the star of the new movie Replicas, he’s also one of its producers. He’s been enamored of the project since he first became aware of it, and he hopes to be able to share his passion for the film with audiences. (Click on the media bar below to hear Keanu Reeves)

Replicas is playing now in theaters.

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How Samuel L. Jackson Earned Hollywood’s Most Awesome Career

Is Samuel L. Jackson the most influential actor of all time? That’s the assertion made in a lengthy new feature published by The Hollywood Reporter, citing a recent published study. Of course, his fans don’t need a study to tell them that — they’ve seen him in dozens of influential movies, both blockbusters and cult favorites. Did Jackson set out to try and build his career into something that would be called “influential”? When he talked to us, he said he just wanted to be able to keep making more movies. (Click on the media bar below to hear Samuel L. Jackson)

Jackson’s new movie, Glass, opens next Friday in theaters.

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Jim Parsons: ‘Shel’-Shocked By Iain Armitage’s ‘Young Sheldon’ Audition

After The Big Bang Theory signs off later this year, at least fans will still be able to get their Sheldon Cooper fix through Young Sheldon. The show has been a hit with fans and critics, who have had great things to say about Iain Armitage, the actor playing the title character. Jim Parsons, who plays “old” Sheldon and contributes voiceovers to the series, is also an executive producer on the show. He told us that when he and the show’s creators, Chuck Lorre and Steven Molaro, came across Armitage in the audition process, they realized right away they’d found something special. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jim Parsons)

Young Sheldon airs Thursday nights at 8:30/7:30c, right after The Big Bang Theory on CBS.

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Looking Back At James Gandolfini & ‘The Sopranos’: A Series You Couldn’t Refuse

On January 10, 1999, America witnessed the premiere of a groundbreaking new TV series: The Sopranos. Never had there been a crime series as gritty and intense — it’s no wonder the show aired on cable. Taking an intimate look at the intertwined professional and personal lives of New Jersey mobster Tony Soprano, the series treated its subject matter in a way we’d never seen outside a movie theater, and there were episodes that nearly matched the genre’s gold standard — The Godfather — in intensity. The late James Gandolfini, who played Tony Soprano so masterfully, once told us the series may have been about the mafia, but managed to tell its stories in a way where its main characters may have been sympathetic at times, but they were never glorified for their evil deeds. (Click on the media bar below to hear James Gandolfini)

 

For those who have never stopped believing, The Sopranos is still streaming on the HBO GO app.

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For Melissa Fumero, ‘Brooklyn’s’ Big Bounce Was Bigger Than Her Baby

This is the day that Brooklyn Nine-Nine fans have been waiting for: the show’s return after NBC literally brought it back from the dead. Every single cast member we’ve talked to has spoken about how chaotic and emotional the show’s cancellation and resurrection were, and Melissa Fumero is no different. In fact, she told us she’d never experienced anything like it in her entire life. (Click on the media bar below to hear Melissa Fumero)

Brooklyn Nine-Nine airs Thursday nights at 9/8c on its new home, NBC.

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Viola Davis And ‘Big Bang’ Cast To Present At Critics’ Choice Awards

Viola Davis (Widows) and the cast of The Big Bang Theory are among the presenters who will hit the stage at this weekend’s 24th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards.

Davis, a previous #SeeHer Award recipient, will present the honor to Claire Foy at this year’s event. The Big Bang Theory cast members Mayim Bialik, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Jim Parsons and Melissa Raunch will be on hand to honor show creator Chuck Lorre with the Critics’ Choice Creative Achievement award.

Additional presenters include Angela Bassett, Kristen Bell, Stephan James, Chrissy Metz, Mandy Moore, Olivia Munn and Ben Stiller. The Critics’ Choice Awards, hosted by Taye Diggs, airs on The CW Network on Sunday, January 13th (7 pm et).

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Bryan Cranston Sees “The Upside” of Making A Remake With Kevin Hart

Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and Kevin Hart have a challenging task with The Upside, as it is a remake of the critically acclaimed 2011 feature The Intouchables.

The story centers on a quadriplegic rich man’s (Cranston) gradual friendship with the ex-convict (Hart) who takes care of him. The tale is inspired by the relationship between French businessman Philippe Pozzo Di Borgo and his caretaker Abdel Sellou.

“He was very gracious and willing to tell me what he could of himself and his life,” said Cranston who discusses his own contact with Di Borgo. “And he had no delusions of what he is and what his life is like. It’s challenging, still to this day. He’s been in the chair for 25 years and that’s a long time for someone who is in that position. He lives in Morocco and he and Abdel are still friends to this day.”

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The Upside, directed by Neil Burger (Limitless) opens nationwide January 11.

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For Padma Lakshmi, ‘Top Chef’ Is Fulfilling — And Filling

For the past 15 seasons, Padma Lakshmi has been a judge and host of Top Chef, cable TV’s longest-running cooking competition. It’s been a great job for her, but there are times when the pressure can get to her — and, by pressure, we mean the pressure that comes from a stomach that feels like it’s about to burst. (Click on the media bar below to hear  Padma Lakshm)

Top Chef airs Thursday nights at 8/7c on Bravo.

 

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