Haaz Sleiman: “Killing Jesus” is “a celebration for us as humans”

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Haaz Sleiman relaxes in the simple cafe of a 400-year-old casbah in tiny Tamnougalt, Morocco. Grime-streaked and dressed in a simple cloth robe, the actor is nearly beatific, having just wrapped a pivotal scene in Killing Jesus, National Geographic Channel’s latest and most ambitious epic culled from the popular book series by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. Sleiman introduces himself, then smiles and gestures at the Atlas Mountains visible through an ornately grated window and says, “Every day I am grateful, because it is overwhelmingly beautiful being here. Morocco is such a beautiful country; it feels like you are on a movie set just looking at the … Continue reading

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Seeds of Yesterday on Lifetime: James Maslow explains the art of Bart

James Maslow as Bart Winslow in Seeds of Yesterday

Seeds of Yesterday, the fourth movie in Lifetime’s V.C. Andrews Dollanganger series, premieres Sunday, April 12 at 10/9CT on Lifetime. What It’s Based On: The follow-up to Thorns hit bookstores in 1984 and marked a 15-year leap forward in the Sheffield family story. Lifetime of a Lesson: Sometimes your brother is a really lousy keeper. Seeds‘ most notable swerve from the novel is its omission of Corrine’s devious sibling Joel; instead, the now grown Bart (Big Time Rush’s James Maslow) remains deeply influenced by his zealot great-grandfather Malcolm Foxworth and turns his home into a re-creation of Foxworth Hall. Bart invites Cathy, Chris and … Continue reading

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VOD Spotlight: Unbroken

VOD Spotlight: Unbroken

The film Unbroken follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini (pictured below), who survived on a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash during World War II — only to be caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a series of prisoner-of-war camps. Author Laura Hillenbrand’s 2010 book (also called Unbroken) is the basis for the film, directed by Angelina Jolie. When Zamperini found out that a well-known actress was going to direct the film, it required some getting used to. It wasn’t long, however, before he embraced Jolie and welcomed her … Continue reading

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On Demand DVD New Releases March 23-29

On Demand DVD New Releases March 23-29

On Demand DVD New Releases March 23-29 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (pictured below) After Smaug decimates the countryside, Bilbo and company set off to finish the quest. Only they are about to engage armies in some of the most intense warfare of the series. And what of Gandalf? He who was left in a precarious situation is there to help everyone survive. Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage (PG-13, 2:24) 3/24 Into The Woods Director Rob Marshall brings a talented cast of actors together in this reimagined compilation of classic fairy tales. Take Little Red Riding … Continue reading

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We talk Lifetime’s If There Be Thorns with Heather Graham!

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If you were among the nearly 10 million total viewers who tuned in last year for Lifetime’s film adaptations of the V.C. Andrews cult classic novels Flowers in the Attic and Petals on the Wind, prepare yourself for an April shower of Dollanganger goodness. Or Dollanganger badness — which is really what makes the films such escapist fun. The network will debut the next two installments, If There Be Thorns and Seeds of Yesterday, on back-to-back Sundays this month. Heather Graham reprises her role as family matriarch Corrine Dollanganger Foxworth Winslow in Thorns; otherwise the films feature new casts fleshing out the … Continue reading

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On Demand DVD New Releases March 16-23

On Demand DVD New Releases March 16-23

On Demand DVD New Releases March 16-23 Annie A kid living with her mean foster mom and a variety of other young girls gets thrust into the middle of the New York mayoral race. Business tycoon Will Stacks is the candidate who sees opportunity in Annie and uses her to help his campaign. Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Cameron Diaz (PG, 1:58) 3/17 Top Five Long a comedian and star of blockbuster crowd-pleasing fare, Andre Allen is setting out on a new path in a serious role. After spending an extended period with a reporter, Andre realizes that there might be other … Continue reading

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ABC’s 20/20 to air Sound of Music special March 18

ABC's 20/20 to air Sound of Music special March 18

Diane Sawyer and Julie Andrews travel to Salzburg to explore the family and the story behind the beloved, Oscar-winning musical The Sound of Music. ABC’s 20/20 will present a special hour celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music on Wednesday March 18, at 10pm ET/PT. Diane Sawyer travels to Austria with the film’s star Dame Julie Andrews to explore the real story behind the beloved, Oscar-winning Rodgers and Hammerstein musical and retrace the steps of the real-life von Trapp family, including the house where Maria von Trapp lived and the train station where the family made its final escape from the Nazis. Mother Abbess … Continue reading

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On Demand DVD New Releases March 9-15

On Demand DVD New Releases March 9-15

On Demand DVD New Releases March 9-15 Cymbeline Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris, Dakota Johnson and Milla Jovovich star in this gritty story of an all-out war between dirty cops and a drug dealing biker gang. (R, 1:38) 3/13 Available same day as theatrical release The Cobbler (pictured above) Max Simkin repairs shoes in the same New York shop that has been in his family for generations. When he stumbles upon a magical heirloom, he steps into the lives of his customers. Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi (PG-13, 1:38) 3/13 Available same day as theatrical release. Availability dates subject to change. Check with … Continue reading

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2015 MTV Movie Awards nominees announced

2015 MTV Movie Awards nominees announced

Guardians of the Galaxy, The Fault in Our Stars and Neighbors lead the way among 2015 MTV Movie Awards nominations, with seven each, as announced today. The ceremony will air live on MTV April 12 at 8pm ET, with Amy Schumer hosting. Fans can vote for their favorites through Saturday, April 11. 2015 MTV Movie Awards Nominations Movie Of The Year Presented By Geico American Sniper Boyhood The Fault in Our Stars Gone Girl Guardians of the Galaxy The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 Selma Whiplash Best Female Performance Scarlett Johansson — Lucy Jennifer Lawrence — The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 … Continue reading

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Tom Selleck returning as Jesse Stone in Hallmark Movies & Mysteries original film

Tom Selleck returning as Jesse Stone in Hallmark Movies & Mysteries original film

Tom Selleck will be back in the ninth installment of the popular Jesse Stone mystery film franchise, based on the books by Robert B. Parker, in a Fall 2015 original film debuting on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. The movie, titled Jesse Stone: Lost in Paradise, is currently in pre-production in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and finds Paradise Police Chief Jesse Stone (Selleck) agreeing to help the Massachusetts State Homicide Division track down a serial killer. The previous installments of the Jesse Stone franchise have aired on broadcast television, and have made their cable premieres on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. This is the … Continue reading

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