For Justin Hartley, Brotherly Love Isn’t Easy On ‘This Is Us’

NUP_176703_3399.JPGSibling rivalry is a normal thing in most families; between the twins and an adopted triplet, the Pearson family on This Is Us is able to take it to a whole new level. Though there’s clearly plenty of love between the Pearson kids, there’s also plenty of tension. It’s those realistic, complex kinds of relationships that have helped the NBC series become such a big hit. The actors love those relationships just as much as the fans — Justin Hartley told us he’s especially intrigued by the dynamic between his character, Kevin, and Sterling K. Brown’s Randall. (Click on the media bar below to hear Justin Harley)

This Is Us airs Tuesday nights at 9/8c on NBC.

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Justin Hartley: Why ‘This Is Us’ Still Sizzles In Its Second Year

NUP_179682_3212.jpgWhen a brand-new TV show becomes an immediate hit with both viewers and critics alike, the pressure to live up to expectations can be overwhelming. In fact, it’s stopped some promising shows dead in their tracks. However, that hasn’t been the case with This Is Us. In its sophomore year, NBC’s hit family drama has a lot of fans and critics raving that the new season is even better than the first! While the show’s writing and acting have certainly contributed to its continued success, Justin Hartley — who plays Kevin Pearson on the show — says there’s a deeper, more fundamental reason for its success. He says the very premise of This Is Us — an interesting, realistic family dealing with interesting, realistic situations — is one that’s built to last, and one that can appeal to all walks of life. (Click on the media bar below to hear Justin Hartley)

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Mila Kunis Talks Empathy And Universality Of ‘A Bad Moms Christmas’

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One of last year’s sleeper hits was Bad Moms, as the comedy grossed over $183 million worldwide. The gang made a quick turnaround as A Bad Moms Christmas is now upon us, and this time Susan Sarandon, Cheryl Hines, and Christine Baranski are joining the motherhood!

With the original centering on a clash of wills among mothers (Christina Applegate was perfect as the antagonist), this installment focuses on how the “bad moms” handle their own parents. “A Bad Moms Christmas is everyone’s Christmas,” said Kunis. “It just what everyone goes through every year at Christmas. It’s not hokey pokey, there’s no like crazy story of like ‘And then the in-laws come in.’ No it’s just what we as women and what my dad (and family) have to deal with during the six days leading up to Christmas – the hell of getting Christmas perfect and magical.”

Click on the media bar below to hear Kunis talk about Amy’s (Kunis) relationship with her mother (Christine Baranski) in A Bad Moms Christmas:

A Bad Moms Christmas, co-starring Justin Hartley, opens nationwide today.

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Justin Hartley Gets A Kick Out Of Dancing In ‘A Bad Moms Christmas’

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Justin Hartley joins the Bad Moms family as Ty Swindle, a firefighter who moonlights as a stripper and eventually bonds with Carla (Kathryn Hahn) during a waxing appointment.

“I saw the first movie and I thought they pulled it off magnificently,” said Hartley. “I’m a huge fan of the cast really. Before I did this movie I had run into Kristen (Bell) a few times but I didn’t know anybody. They’re phenomenal – they’re as advertised. They’re just great, great ladies. And then they keep adding more names and wonderful people to the cast. Plus on This Is Us – I’m lucky I get to do some comedy on the show but we do a lot of really heavy drama on the show so it’s fun to do something like this and where it’s a complete opposite of what I’m used to doing.”

Click on the media bar to hear Hartley talk about why it was a “freeing” experience dancing in front of the Bad Moms!



A Bad Moms Christmas opens nationwide November 1.

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That’s a Wrap: The Week in Movie News

comingtoamerica_onesheet-1-500x756After names such as Michael Shannon, Brad Pitt, Russell Crowe and David Harbour were bandied about, the coveted role of Cable in Deadpool 2 has been cast with Josh Brolin landing the part. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Brolin inked a deal for four films. The original film featured an add-on scene during the final credits that teased the arrival of the popular character. Production is expected to start in June.

Jude Law will star as the younger version of a beloved film character, as he’ll appear as young Albus Dumbledore in the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Deadline reports that in the film, we get to see more of what the character’s life was like before he became the headmaster at Hogwart’s.

Don Cheadle has found his next passion project. The actor will star in and produce Prince of Darkness, a biopic of 19th Century millionaire Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street’s first black millionaire. Variety reports the film is being adapted from Shane White’s book of the same name, which follows Hamilton’s life as a larger-than-life businessman who purchased a mansion in New Jersey and owned railroad stock though he was not legally allowed to ride the train.

According to Tracking Board, a sequel to Eddie Murphy’s 1988 comedy Coming to America is in the works at Paramount. Original writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield have reportedly inked deal to pen the new film as well.

The Manny is ready to hang out with some bad moms. Justin Hartley, star of NBC’s breakout hit This Is Us, has joined the cast for the Bad Moms sequel, Bad Moms Christmas. Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn all return, and in the sequel Hartley plays a firefighter by day and erotic dancer by night who bonds with Hahn’s character.

Sly Stallone will return for a third Escape Plan film. The actor starred in the original film in 2013, while the second film is currently wrapping production.

Brett Ratner will reportedly oversee a film on the life of Playboy magnate Hugh Hefner. Deadline reports that RatPac Entertainment recently optioned the rights and Ratner will produce, while Hefner himself will be an executive producer.

According to Deadline, Robert Duvall has joined the cast of the Steve McQueen-directed film Widows. The heist-themed thriller also stars Viola Davis, Colin Farrell, Liam Neeson, Michelle Rodriguez and others. The film centers on the widows for four armed bank robbers who were killed while robbing a bank. The widows unite after their deaths with the idea of finishing the job.

Filmmaker James Gray and Ethan Ross have reportedly co-written a film called Ad Astra that has attracted Brad Pitt as its potential star. Collider reports that the film centers on a slightly autistic engineer whose father left 20 years ago on a mission to Neptune in his youth in an attempt to find signs of extra-terrestrial life. Now, as an adult, the engineer sets out to travel the solar system trying to track down his father and learn why the system failed.

Melissa Leo has signed on to star in Always on My Mind. Deadline reports the movie from writer/director Chris D’Arienzo finds Leo as the wife of an Alzheimer’s-stricken music legend, who starts to uncover his shocking secret as he begins to deteriorate. The role of the rock star has yet to be cast.

The news is not good for the long gestating film Triple Frontier. Deadline reports that Paramount has backed off the film, while stars Channing Tatum and Tom Hardy have exited as well. The film was also set to star Moonlight Oscar winner Mahershala Ali and Adria Arjona.