'Mystic Pizza': Jula Roberts reunites with cast for 25th anniversary

October 20, 2013
The cast of the 80s classic movie "Mystic  Pizza," got together recently to celebrate the 25th anniversary for Entertainment Weekly's Reunion Issue with a cast interview this week on "Good Morning America."

Julia Roberts joined cast mates, Annabeth Gish, Vincent D'Onofrio, Lili Taylor, William R. Moses and Adam Storke to talk about their experiences making the movie, and share some of their secrets and favorite moments.

The film told the coming of age story of two sisters and their friend through the romantic lives of the three main characters: Kat Arujo (Annabeth Gish), Daisy Arujo (Roberts), and Jojo Barbosa (Taylor), who are waitresses at Mystic Pizza in Mystic, Connecticut. 

Check the interview with the reunited cast below:

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'Grimm': David Giuntoli previews season 3

"Grimm" is back with all new episodes as season 3 returns to NBC on Friday, October 25th. As we head into season 3, Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) has learned Nick’s (David Giuntoli) secret and now he can bring her into the fold with his partner Hank (Russell Hornsby) and his Wesen friends Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee (Bree Turner).  Following the events of season two, Nick will learn his abilities have grown exponentially.  Unfortunately, so have the dangers, and he now will need all the help he can get to bring order to Portland’s Wesen community.

In Europe, major events have begun to unfold on behalf of the Royals. Nick’s Captain, Sean Renard (Sasha Roiz), has done what he can about his estranged family while working stateside, but may find himself needing to take a long overdue trip across the Atlantic.   Also overseas is Adalind (Claire Coffee), who continues her quest to regain her Hexenbiest powers by using the biggest bargaining chip she has – her unborn child. 
Reggie Lee returns as Sgt. Wu.  His time spent working with Nick and Hank may finally cause him to change his tone, however, when he sees more than he can handle.

 Series star, Giuntoli, previews what's ahead for Nick in the interview below:


'Betty White's Off Their Rockers': picked up by Lifetime

Betty and her friends are back. Lifetime networks has picked up "Betty White's Off Their Rockers," rescuing it from cancellation after NBC pulled the plug on the series, THR reports. Twenty original half-hour episodes of the hidden-camera series has been ordered and White will return to host the third season of the series in 2014. A formal premiere date has not yet been determined.

The series, in which White introduces a group of elderly comedians pranking the younger generation with hidden camera skits, aired on NBC for two seasons. White also stars in TV Lands "Hot in Cleveland."

'Styled to Rock': Rhihanna headlines new design competition series

Music meets fashion in Bravo’s newest competition series “Styled to Rock” from executive producer and fashion icon Robyn Rihanna Fenty.  The series premieres on Friday, October 25th on Bravo. The hour-long 10-episode series will give 12 up-and-coming designers, hand-picked by Rihanna, the opportunity of a lifetime – to create unique fashion pieces for some of the biggest names in entertainment.
The stakes will be high as these up-and-coming designers vie for the title of America’s next trendsetting designer. The winning contestant who pushes the creative envelope and proves that they have the trendsetting vision fit for a star will receive a $100,000 cash prize, a fashion feature in Glamour magazine and the chance to become the next member of Rihanna’s design team.

A weekly one-hour competition series, “Styled to Rock” will give 12 designers the coveted opportunity to dress some of the biggest names in entertainment. Pharrell Williams, Erin Wasson and Rihanna’s stylist Mel Ottenberg serve as mentors to these designers as they experience demanding real-life challenges made to push their creative boundaries. With only a limited time frame, they will need to create an innovative outfit and complete look based on the celebrities’ detailed brief. 

In a surprising twist, midway through the weekly competition, the mentors will decide which designs are worthy enough of the star’s attention.  The designers who fail to impress at this stage will not present to the celebrity guest — and will be faced with the threat of elimination. 

During the showcase, the celebrity guest will decide which designer best achieves their vision – and advances to the next level of the competition.  As an added bonus for the budding designers, their winning garment will be worn by the celebrity to an upcoming high-profile event, giving the contestants the exposure that could potentially catapult their career into a household name. Later, the designers who did not present that week must then meet with the mentors to discuss where they fell short and ultimately, who will be sent home. In the end, one designer will be named the winner of “Styled to Rock.”

Music: Song of the Day -- Lionel Richie All Night Long (All Night) (video)

Lionel Richie just wrapped up his "All the Hits, All Night Long Tour." Check out one of his classics, "All Night Long."


'All Is Lost': behind the scenes featurette with Robert Redford (video)

Robert Redford stars in "All Is Lost," an open-water thriller about one man's battle for survival against the elements after his sailboat is destroyed at sea.

Using only a sextant and nautical maps to chart his progress, he is forced to rely on ocean currents to carry him into a shipping lane in hopes of hailing a passing vessel.

The movie is now open in theaters across the country.

Check out a featurette of the movie below:


'The Sound of Music Live' starring Carrie Underwood coming Dec. 5th on NBC

NBC Universal partners with the multi-talented Oscar and Emmy-winning producing team of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (“Smash,” “Chicago”) to ring in the holidays with an unprecedented world premiere television event.

The musical will be performed on a Long Island  sound stage.

“The Sound of Music Live!” -- a live telecast based on the stage version of the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, starring Grammy Award winner Carrie Underwood as Maria and acclaimed British actor Stephen Moyer ("True Blood") as Capt. von Trapp.

Also appearing in the special are Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti and Christian Borle.


'Doctor Who': 50th anniversay sneak peek (video)

BBC has released a 50th anniversary trailer for its "Doctor Who" bicentennial special. The program will be simulcast in the U.S. and UK and 75 countries on November 23rd.

Check out the trailer below:


Music: Q& A with Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun

October 19, 2013
   Scooter Braun Q&A: Justin Bieber's Manager Explains 'Music Mondays' & Previews 'Believe 3D'

 Billboard Magazine caught up with Scooter Braun to talk about his famous superstar client and the challenges he faces in the spotlight.

"He hasn't had the easiest run, and at times he knows that he hasn't made it easy on himself," says the pop superstar's longtime manager.

Billboard: Before the 'Music Mondays' series, you announced that Justin would be releasing new music from October through December, with a movie coming on Christmas. When was all of this planned?

Braun: We developed the film with [director] Jon Chu throughout the year. We shot it in Miami. We had a film ready that was basically about his concert and how it all came together that was pretty much in the "This Is It" vein, and then all this press and all these rumors came out about Justin over the last six months, and he went through a very tough time. We decided that there were so many rumors coming that there was no point in addressing them.

In addition to Bieber, Braun brought Korean pop sensation PSY to American with his hit "Gangham Style."

For the full article, head to Billboard.com

'Dracula': Jonathan Rhys Meyers preview new series (video)

Check out the video below of Jonathan Rhys Meyers as he previews his new series.
"Dracula" premieres Friday, October 25th at 10:00 p.m.


NBC's 'Dracula': first look at the characters

Here are some first look photos of the series "Dracula" on NBC. The show stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Dracula. Set in the late 19th century, Dracula has arrived in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. He’s especially interested in the new technology of electricity, which promises to brighten the night — useful for someone who avoids the sun. But he has another reason for his travels: He hopes to take revenge on those who cursed him with immortality centuries earlier. Everything seems to be going according to plan… until he becomes infatuated with a woman who appears to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.

Victoria Smurfit (“About a Boy”), Thomas Kretschmann (“King Kong”), Jessica De Gouw (“Arrow”), Oliver Jackson-Cohen (“Mr. Selfridge”), Nonso Anozie (“Game of Thrones”) and Katie McGrath (“Merlin”) also star.
"Dracula" premieres on Friday, October 25th at 10:00 p.m.



TheAsylumNet Presents Halloween Horror Month

October 14, 2013
Fresh of the popularity of its "Sharknado" series, AsylumNet is hosting "Halloween Horror Month," an event featuring the studio’s best-loved horror films from its 15-year archive. The new October horror selections are "Halloween Night," "A  Haunting in Salem," "Death Valley: The Revenge of Bloody Bill" and "The Amityvlle Haunting." 

Users can view trailers and promos for free, but premium content is available only to subscribers. A subscription to TheAsylumNet, which unlocks all content with no advertising, costs $2.99 a month or $24.99 a year after a 14-day free trial.

Visit TheAsylumNet: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheAsylumNet.

Web series 'Close Friends' returns for season 2

October 11, 2013

"Close Friends," a drama web series that focuses on a group of friends during their mid-twenties, returns for a second season on October 16th. The series focuses on the friends as they deal with relationships, infidelity and forgiveness.

The cast includes: Julian Hanlan as Nathan, Erica Nicole as Valerie, Austin Buda as Kevin, Ashley Arielle as Tori, Debbie Obile as Kira and
Nigel Hylton as Raheem.

The second season will have 12 episodes, airing weekly, an increase from the previous successful first season.

Check out the series on their channel at:  http://www.youtube.com/2klifetv

Marvel’s "Thor: The Dark World" Giveaway - win a trip to the Los Angeles premiere

October 10, 2013

"Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World" the movie and Time Warner Cable are giving Thor fans a chance to attend the premiere in their "Mighty Marvel Movie" Sweepstakes. Participants can enter for a chance to win a trip for two to Los Angeles to attend a future Marvel Premiere and other great prizes.

In addition, two First Prize winners will receive a tablet PC and one year subscription to Marvel Unlimited. Four Second Prize winners will receive a “Thor: The Dark World” prize pack.

The Grand Prize package includes:
  • Three-day, two-night trip for two to Los Angeles (includes roundtrip economy air transportation, hotel accommodations, and ground transportation)
  • Two tickets to a future Marvel premiere
  • One year of Time Warner Cable service
  • Tablet PC
  • One year subscription to Marvel Unlimited
Participants who “like” the Time Warner Cable Facebook page can enter daily by submitting the registration form by November 7. The winners will be selected on or around November 8. Time Warner Cable video subscribers can also relive their favorite Marvel comic book hero films beginning October 15 on Movies On Demand.

For more information on the Sweepstakes, please visit the Time Warner Cable Facebook page.

Marvel’s "Thor: The Dark World" continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s "Thor" and "Marvel’s The Avengers," Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos...but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. To defeat an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor sets upon his most dangerous and personal journey yet, forced into an alliance with the treacherous Loki to save not only his people and those he loves…but our universe itself.

Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” is directed by Alan Taylor, produced by Kevin Feige, p.g.a., from a story by Don Payne and Robert Rodat and screenplay by Christopher L. Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, and is based on Marvel’s classic Super Hero Thor, who first appeared in the comic book “Journey into Mystery “ #83 in August, 1962.

“Thor: The Dark World” opens November 8, 2013. 

Latino Film Fesrival Los Angeles runs Oct. 10th to Oct. 14

October 9, 2013
The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival is a five-day cinematic and social adventure held in the heart of Hollywood. The festivities begin Thursday the 10th of October with the premiere presentation of an award-winning film, followed by a gala where attendees can feast and celebrate in a joyous ambiance. Beginning the next day the Festival is in full force, presenting its collection of features, documentaries, and shorts, as well as workshops, panels and lectures. The public here has the special opportunity to interact with filmmakers in Q and A sessions following each screening. The audience is not only Latino, but multicultural, including many celebrities and industry professionals.
At every level, the Festival seeks to involve as many facets of society as possible, including public television, radio, and outreach programs. In addition, the Festival’ web site offers up to the minute news regarding festival information and it’s history.

The 16th Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival Opening Night Presentation & Gala opens with remarks from our co-founders, the Mayor of Los Angeles and key invited guests. This special evening marks as well the presentation of the Gabi Lifetime Achievement Award.  A recognition of a film artist’s outstanding achievement, innovation, and vision in filmmaking. Following the Gabi Lifetime Achievement presentation we welcome and present our opening feature film.  At the conclusion of the film the Opening Gala reception will follow immediately at a selected venue.
LALIFF Closing Night Awards Presentation & Gala – October 14, 2013
Location: Orpheum Theatre, 842 Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

The Closing Night Gala our conclusion and celebration of LALIFF’s 16th year begins with the presentation of ‘Nosostros Nos Nobles’, Mexico’s highest grossing film of all time and it’s first release here in the US. Afterwards follows our commemoration for Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Opera Prima, Best Documentary, Best Short and the Audience Award. Our festival concludes with our Closing Night Celebration that brings together the community, filmmakers, and industry professionals.

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General Screenings
Location:TCL Chinese Theaters 6, Hollywood & Highland Center
Weekdays: 3:00 pm – midnight – Friday
Weekends: 10:30 am – 2:00 am – Saturday & Sunday
Outside Screenings depending on weather conditions at time of the festival.
General Screening Tickets: $ 13.00 ea.* 
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*General Admission for regular screenings.

NAACP Image Awards heads to TV One

NAACP Image AwardsThe NAACP Image Awards will be broadcast on TV One next year. Th show, which recognizes excellence in people of color in all fields of entertainment, will air in February 2014.

The NAACP Image Awards honors “the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.”
The network will host a live Red Carpet Show as well before the telecast. 

Nominees for the 45th NAACP Image Awards will be announced in January.


Namm: Todd Rundgren to recieve Les Paul award at 2014 TEC Awards

October 8, 2013
[via Press release] Legendary musician, producer and electronic music revolutionary Todd Rundgren will be honored with the Les Paul Award at the 2014 Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards (TEC). The awards recognize outstanding achievement in professional audio technology and production and will be presented Friday, Jan. 24 at the Anaheim Hilton during the 2014 NAMM Show held in Anaheim, CA.

The Les Paul Award, named for the revolutionary inventor and musician, is presented annually to honor individuals or institutions that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of audio and music technology. Past recipients of the award include Pete Townshend, Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young and Peter Gabriel.

Rundgren is an all-around musician, often performing multiple tasks on his solo albums - writing, playing, singing, engineering, producing and distributing - and has been a pioneer of interactive and online distribution. Between his solo work and his creative output with his progressive band, Utopia, Rundgren has released more than 25 critically acclaimed albums.

NAMM and The TEC Awards will also induct two new members to its Hall of Fame, audio engineer and sound researcher John Meyer and session musician Hal Blaine.

The TEC Awards ceremony will be held on the second night of The NAMM Show. As it approaches its third decade, the TEC Awards under the auspices of NAMM continues to grow both technically and artistically and has become established as one of the entertainment industry's most important annual events.

'Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Deluxe Edition' - DVD Release

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases a new Blu-ray DVD Combo Pack of "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Deluxe Edition"on Tuesday, Oct. 8th. This two-part "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns" has several bonus features, including a 70-minute Frank Miller retrospective, an all-new filmmaker commentary, four exclusive collector cards with never-before-seen artwork, and all of the extra content originally found on the original Part 1 & 2 releases.

Based on Frank Miller’s celebrated graphic novel, the film finds the Dark Knight, along with new sidekick Robin, battling iconic villains, including Two-Face and The Joker. Beyond his longtime foes awaits a global catastrophe racing toward Gotham City, and with it comes a familiar face, Superman – though this time he has Batman in his sights. Witness this aging Dark Knight as he wages a tireless war against crime while proving that courage and will are indeed timeless.

Target stores also have an exclusive Steel Book version of the Blu-ray Combo Pack pictured below:

The all-star cast of the film include Peter Weller as the voice of Batman, Michael Emerson as the voice of The Joker and Mark Valley stars as the voice of Superman. 


Trailer: '12 Years a Slave,' opening in theaters Oct. 18

Here is a trailer for “12 Years a Slave.” Directed by Steve McQueen, the film opens in theaters nation-wide October 18th.

“12 Years a Slave” is the true story of a man’s fight for a return to the freedom that he once held. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty at the hands of a cruel slave owner (Michael Fassbender) as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) forever alters his life.

Along with Ejiofor, Fassbender and Pitt, the film also stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Garret Dillahunt, Paul Giamatti, Scoot McNairy, Lupita Nyong’o, Adepero Oduye, Sarah Paulson, Michael Kenneth Williams, Alfre Woodard, Chris Chalk, Taran Killam and Bill Camp.

Check out a trailer for the film:

 "12 Years a Slave":


'24': new series adds alums Wiliam Devane and Kim Raver

October 4, 2013
Jack is back, but so is his love Audrey. FOX has announced that William Devane and Kim Raver are returning as Audrey Raines and James Heller for the upcoming revival of the series, “24: Live Another Day." Introduced in season 4, Devane was the Secretary of Defense and Raver played his daughter who fell in love with Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland). The two were last seen at the end of season six in 2007.

As previously announced, Mary Lynn Rajskub will return as Chloe O’Brian, Jack's CTU confidante. Set in London, “24: Live Another Day” begins several years after the series finale in 2010.

Trailer: 'Sal' directed by James Franco

October 1, 2013
Here's a trailer for "Sal," James Franco's latest project. The movie tells the story of the actor who was nominated for an Academy Award and starred in "Rebel Without a Cause" opposite James Dean and Natalie Wood.
The movie stars Val Lauren as Sal and opens in theaters on November 1st.

Check out the trailer below: