The official word: – ABC Family today announced the second season of hit comedy series “Young & Hungry,” along with the season premiere of the funny, scary prank show “Freak Out,” will premiere on Wednesday, March 25th, 2015.
“Young & Hungry”’s second season picks up with Gabi (Emily Osment) surprised by the return of ex-boyfriend Cooper (guest star Jesse McCartney), just as her boss, Josh (Jonathan Sadowski), has called off his wedding due to his feelings for her. “Young & Hungry” executive producer Ashley Tisdale will reprise her guest role as formidable magazine editor Logan Rawlings in Season 2, and Jesse McCartney will return as tech genius Cooper in several episodes. “Young & Hungry” will premiere Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 at 8:00 PM ET/PT.
“Young & Hungry” ranked as basic cable’s #1 telecast in its time period in Adults 18-34 and Women 18-34, as well as other key demos during its debut season. The show was recently nominated for two Teen Choice Awards for Choice Summer TV Show and Choice Summer TV Star – Female for Osment, as well as a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Cable TV Comedy.
“Young & Hungry” is produced by David Holden, Ashley Tisdale, Jessica Rhoades, Caryn Lucas, and Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum in association with CBS Television Studios. Gabi Moskowitz, a San Francisco-based food blogger, of BrokeAssGourmet.com, contributed to the development of this project. The show stars Emily Osment, Jonathan Sadowski, Aimee Carrero, Kym Whitley, and Rex Lee.To read more or comment...
The official word: On FEBRUARY 28 (9:00 p.m., ET/8:00 p.m., CT), the ABC Television Network will air an exclusive concert event, “Shania: Still the One Live from Vegas.” International superstar, Shania Twain, wrapped up her successful 2 year residency in Las Vegas, Nevada in December. The five-time Grammy Award winner performed 105 shows and is one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. Produced by Twain, “Live From Vegas,” captures the full “Shania: Still the One” stage performance plus over an hour of never-before-scene footage tracking the conception, training, rehearsals, costumes, and all the decisions in between that go into creating a one-of-a-kind experience for the audience. The show features a 13-piece live band, dancers, trained horses, and a flying motorcycle with plenty of Vegas flash.
With more than 75 million albums sold worldwide and U.S. sales topping 34.5 million, Twain remains the top-selling female country artist of all time. Her 1997 release Come On Over has sold in excess of 15.6 million making it the top-selling country album and places it in the Top 10 all genre best sellers of all time.
“Shania: Still the One Live from Las Vegas” is produced and directed by Mark D. Allen and Raj Kapoor and is executive produced by Shania Twain.
The official word: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” returns to Logo TV with a gaggle of queens so ingenious, a competition so unpredictable and a judges’ panel so packed with talent, you’ll be seeing stars! New this season, RuPaul welcomes pop culture aficionados Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews to the permanent judging panel alongsideMichelle Visage. Kressley and Mathews will leave fans gagging with their rapid-fire quick wit, impeccable sense of style and signature sass. Think you know this race? Honey, you have no idea. “RuPaul’s Drag Race” returns with a new season on Monday, March 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
"Yes, Virginia, there is a gay Santa Claus!” exclaimed Executive Producer, RuPaul. “I asked for a new, wickedly funny, smart and experienced judge…and I got two! Ross and Carson are the perfect addition to the ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ family because they're not just show biz experts, they’re superfans and longtime lovers of the art of drag."
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The official word: Steve Carell (Crazy, Stupid, Love.), Channing Tatum (22 Jump Street) and Academy Award® nominated Mark Ruffalo (Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, The Kids Are All Right, 2010) star in the multiple Golden Globe and Academy Award-nominated psychological thriller FOXCATCHER, available on Digital HD and on Blu-ray™ & DVD on March 3 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
Based on actual events, this critically acclaimed film from Academy Award® nominated Director Bennett Miller (Best Director, Capote, 2005) tells the story of Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler Mark Shultz (Tatum), who is invited by eccentric multi-millionaire John du Pont (Carell) to his state-of-the-art training facility in preparation for the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Hoping it will catapult him out of his brother’s shadow, Mark jumps at the opportunity. But du Pont soon becomes unsatisfied with Mark’s performance, driven by hidden needs, and seeks backing from Mark’s revered and charismatic brother, Dave (Ruffalo). Misguided loyalty, jealousy and ultimately betrayal lead to an unexpected and tragic end.
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See a note at the end about program content. The official word: VH1 Classic celebrates the 40th anniversary of the longest-running sketch comedy show in history by bringing fans 40 years of “SNL” in one place: “The SNL Rewind: 2015 – 1975 Mega-Marathon” beginning Wednesday, January 28th and wrapping on Sunday, February 15th.
Fans can relive the best moments (or binge on all the ones you missed) of “SNL” history with 19 days of back-to-back SNL episodes in this 433-hour “SNL” marathon -- the longest ever mounted for a single series on television ever.*
The marathon showcases 40 seasons of Not Ready For Primetime Players many of whom are now known around the world: Chevy Chase, Eddie Murphy, Billy Crystal, Dana Carvey, Mike Myers, Will Ferrell, Adam Sandler, Kristen Wiig, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Jimmy Fallon, and Seth Meyers. VH1 Classic will deliver the best moments -- which will leave fans demanding “even more cowbell.”
VH1 will also join the party with a marathon of retrospective specials by decade for at least 10 hours on Sunday, February 15th, ending at 8pm.To read more or comment...
Saw this on Sunday. Very good, although not near the top of my Oscar list. The official word: – The compelling and critically acclaimed drama WHIPLASH arrives
on Blu-ray™, DVDand Digital HD Feb. 24 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Inspired by writer/directorDamien Chazelle, this Sony Pictures Classics film follows the journey of a young jazzmusician with a passion for drumming and dreams of greatness.
Andrew Neiman,played by rising star Miles Teller (That Awkward Moment),
is a determined19-year-old student. His rigid music teacher, Terence Fletcher, played byJ.K. Simmons (Golden Globe®winner and Oscar®nominee for his role), sees Andrew’s raw talent, but will accept nothing less than perfection. Nominated for five Academy Awards®(Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Adapted Screenplay, Editing, Sound Mixing), WHIPLASHalso stars Paul Reiser (Life After Beth) as Andrew’s father and Melissa Benoist (“Glee”) as Andrew’s love interest, Nicole.
Winner of both the Audience and Grand Jury Prizes at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, WHIPLASH was first screened at the festival as a short film a year earlier to excellent reaction. Chazelle returneda year later with a full-length version, which captured the top prizes in Park City and continued on as a festival favorite throughout the year.Film critics took to the film immediately, as evidenced by a 95 percentrating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Variety’s Peter Debruge wrote that “[WHIPLASH] demolishes the clichés of the musical-prodigy genre, investing the traditionally polite stages and rehearsal studios of a topnotch conservatory with all the psychological intensity of a battlefield or sports arena.”In addition, Rolling Stone called the film “electrifying,” and Peter Traversproclaimed that WHIPLASHis “A spellbinder. Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons will blow you away.”To read more or comment...
The official word: The U.S. Justice Department was already investigating the Cleveland Police when one of the division’s officers gunned down a 12-year-old playing with a pellet gun last November. In his first national interview since that tragedy, Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams disagrees with parts of the Justice Department’s report and defends his troubled force, saying the majority are good, but there are bad officers he is working hard to rid from the division. Bill Whitaker reports from Cleveland, where he accompanies the city’s law enforcement officers on routine patrol and as they engage in community outreach for a story on the hot-button issue of policing in America. He also conducts the first sit-down interview with the family of a mentally ill woman killed in an altercation with Cleveland police officers. His story will be broadcast Sunday, Jan. 25 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
“Of course there are [bad guys among the Cleveland Police], and it’s my job to make sure we weed out the bad people from this division, and that we nurture and grow and support the good officers that are out there,” says Williams. Watch an excerpt.
He also aims to keep potentially unsafe policemen off the force. The rookie officer who shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice had been deemed emotionally unfit by another police department. “Those are things that are under investigation,” Williams tells Whitaker. “We know some of the things that happened in that process and we’re… changing the way some of that is done.”
In the Rice incident that made national headlines, the boy was shot dead within a few seconds of the arrival of the police cruiser. “A 12-year-old boy lost his life. Period,” says Williams. “And what makes it even more difficult for me, not just as a person who lives in the city but as a chief, is that that happened at the hands of a police officer.”To read more or comment...
The official word: Lionsgate’s (NYSE: LGF) global juggernaut The Hunger Games franchise continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 arriving on Digital HD February 17 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and On Demand Friday, March 6, the Company announced today.
Mockingjay – Part 1 became the highest-grossing domestic release of 2014 when it reached nearly $333.2 million at the domestic box office yesterday. The last two installments of The Hunger Games franchise (Catching Fire and Mockingjay – Part 1) have become the highest-grossing releases at the domestic box office each of the past two years, the first time in decades that a studio has scored back-to-back #1 films of the year and the first time ever for back-to-back sequels. Mockingjay – Part 1, which opens in China on February 8, has already grossed more than $700 million worldwide, bringing global box office for the franchise to over $2.2 billion.
“The number one theatrical release of 2014 is poised to become one of the biggest home entertainment events of 2015,” said Lionsgate Home Entertainment President Ron Schwartz and Lionsgate President of Worldwide Television & Digital Distribution Jim Packer. “With the film’s home entertainment rollout beginning on Digital HD next month and continuing on Blu-ray, DVD and on demand in March, we’re continuing to expand the portfolio of choices we offer to enrich the experience of our consumers.”To read more or comment...
Make your own "wiggle" joke. The official word: World-renowned choreographer, performer, singer and songwriter Paula Abdul and global superstar, singer/songwriter/dancer Jason Derulo will join Nigel Lythgoe at the judges’ table, alongside returning host Cat Deeley, for the 12th season of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. The upcoming season will feature a new twist in the competition: stage dancers vs. street dancers.
“With the new and exciting format comes a new and exciting panel of judges,” said executive producer and judge Lythgoe. “I’m delighted that Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo will be joining me at the judges’ table this season on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. Paula is an incredible artist and she brings the perfect combination of expertise and heart to the panel. Jason’s insight, humor and creativity will add a new perspective to the panel that we haven’t had before.”
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