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“Extant” started with high hopes in outer space, before reentering the Earth’s atmosphere and, creatively speaking, gradually crashing and burning. Still, CBS had a sci-fi drama starring Halle Berry and a nifty Amazon deal to help defray the cost, which likely explains the second-season attempt to continue the project while undertaking a pretty dramatic makeover. As a result, much of the show has been jettisoned, leaving behind the bones of the original, while introducing Jeffrey Dean Morgan as a surly cop/bounty hunter who grudgingly gets involved. It’s a courageous effort, but still looks like a failure to launch.
Without giving too much away, the new season picks up six months after the first, when Berry’s Molly Woods discovered that the inexplicable pregnancy she experienced while on a space mission left her carrying an alien-human hybrid, one with strange powers and nefarious if ill-defined objectives. Back at home, »
- Brian Lowry
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart team up in this comedy about a rich hedge-fund manager who is sentenced to San Quentin; desperate for tips on how to survive prison, he looks for help from a black businessman, assuming he'll know what to do. That's not racist at all! As it turns out, Hart's businessman has never even had a parking ticket, so it's the blind leading the blind. The Blu-ray has tons of extras, including an unrated cut of the film, a gag reel, deleted scenes, and these featurettes: "Just Put Your Lips Together and Blow," "Get Hard Line-o-Ramas," "The Kevin Hart Workout," "Face Off with Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart," "-Ferrell Fighting," "A Date with John Mayer, »
- Gina Carbone
When it comes to hotly anticipated movies like, say, Star Wars: The Force Awakens or any of the upcoming slate of superhero films, most of what we think we know comes from the rumors and unconfirmed speculation that swirl around these projects. Jeffrey Dean Morgan recently responded reports about his participation in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The death of his parents plays a pivotal role in the life of Bruce Wayne, who you may have heard has an alter ego, the vigilante crime fighter Batman. When pictures from the set surfaced showing a painting of a man that looks an awful lot like Morgan, people began to speculate that the actor may play Thomas Wayne, Bruce.s murdered father. On a recent episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, the host asked Morgan about this point blank and he said: God dang, it sure looks like me, doesn.t it? »
San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has released their full schedule for Thursday, July 9. For your convenience, we have pulled out all of the movie, TV and DVD related panels and events below, but you can can visit Comic-Con.org to check out the full schedule including comic book and video game panels. Take a look at all of the movie, TV and DVD events that will take place during the first day of Comic Con.
Thursday, July 9
10:00am - 11:00am - Amazon: Hand of God
Amazon will introduce the Comic-Con audience to Hand of God; a one-hour drama series that stars Golden Globe winner Ron Perlman in his first lead television role since Sons of Anarchy, as the honorable justice Pernell Harris. The series centers on Harris, a powerful and corrupt judge who comes apart at the seams in the aftermath of a family tragedy. Stricken by grief, and in »
Way back in August of last year, when Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was still shooting exteriors on the streets of Detroit, a painting was spotted that looked suspiciously like Watchmen star Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Was he reuniting with his director Zack Snyder for a cameo? While the actor has never been confirmed for the movie, many believe he is playing Bruce Wayne's dad Thomas Wayne.
Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the host asked if this was the case. While Jeffrey Dean Morgan doesn't come right out and confirm that he has a role in the superhero movie, his smile all but gives it away. He goes onto say that the painting in question does look just like him.
"Gosh dang, it sure looks like me, doesn't it? I think you have to watch the movie to see if that's me. But that looks a lot like me, man! »
"Goddang it sure looks like me, doesn't it?" said Morgan.
"I think you probably have to go watch the movie to see if that's me, but that looks a lot like me, man."
Texas Rising is The History Channel's miniseries about Texas's revolution against Mexico and the creation of the Texas Rangers, but if you zoned out thinking about all that history, there are plenty of other reasons to watch. Let's start with the stars: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Trevor Donovan, Max Thieriot, and more rugged men anchor the series, and they all have this habit of taking their shirts off. It's better to show than tell, so without further ado: meet your new heartthrobs of the Old West. »
It’s been a long time since Jeffrey Dean Morgan was last season as John Winchester, father of hunters Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) on The CW series Supernatural, but that hasn’t quieted fans’ desire to see him reappear at some point. Even the actor himself admitted that he can’t leave the house or do an interview without someone asking if/when they’ll see him on the show again. We recently got some time to chat with Jeffrey Dean Morgan about his latest TV project, Season 2 of CBS’ summer event series Extant, premiering on July 1st, and when we asked him what the chances were that he might ever return to Supernatural, before the show’s time is done, he not only expressed his desire to do so, but said that he’d love to do a good three-episode arc, be directed by Ackles (who »
- Christina Radish
While part one of Lifetime's The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe showed the bombshell's rough childhood and rise to fame, the second half was all about the star's tragic demise. As the men and movies piled up, the fame started to become too much for poor Norma Jean (Kelli Garner) -- and, well, you know how it ends. Part two opened in a smoky, boozy bar where we were introduced to baseball player Joe Dimaggio (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), setting the tone for what’s to come. You know: [...] »
In our ever-more-fragmented media landscape, we're seeing fewer and fewer recognizable brand-name stars for *everybody*, but we're probably getting more and more recognizable brand-name stars for *somebody*. And that means that people who, to certain individuals, are clearly stars of a certain stature are virtual unknowns to great masses, possibly to majorities. And that's even the case with culture-watching professionals. Take Britt Robertson. I didn't see many "Tomorrowland" reviews calling her an unknown or even a newcomer, thankfully, but plenty of critics are still bending over backwards to reference credits like "Dan in Real Life" or "Delivery Man" as if audiences may struggle to place her. I hear her name and I think of an actress who has been the unquestioned star of at least two network TV shows and one of the stars (if only for a for a season) of a bona fide hit. In the sphere of what I do, »
- Daniel Fienberg
Get the details on Colbie Caillat's sweet engagement - Us Weekly Find out why Jessica Alba landed the cover of Forbes - HuffPost Celebrity Carey Mulligan soaks up her free time with Marcus Mumford in NYC - Lainey Gossip Inside Jeffrey Dean Morgan's shocking crash diet for a new role - Dlisted Here's what Bruce Jenner thought of the TV show Transparent - Et Nicki Minaj opens up about her sex life in new interview - Just Jared Kendra Wilkinson's cleavage game is so strong - Hollywood Tuna Could Janet Jackson's new single be on the horizon? - Pink Is the New Blog Katy Perry might be prepping for a Taylor Swift backlash - The Superficial Who's going to win RuPaul's Drag Race? Explore the evidence - Popbytes »
Warning: if you're a fan of the series, and you don't like spoilers, you probably should skip this post. CBS' sci-fi summer series "Extant," starring Halle Berry, returns for a second season this July, with Berry back in the lead, as astronaut Molly Woods, as she discovers that she has unwittingly put the human race on a path to destruction and that she and mysterious stranger J.B. Richter (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) may be the only hope for survival. Discussing what fans can expect in season 2, producers of the series spoke to Yahoo TV, sharing a handful of details on what's to come. Here are a few of note: - "I think Season 2 is a little sexier, a »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Warning: if you're a fan of the series, and you don't like spoilers, you probably should skip this post. CBS' sci-fi summer series "Extant," starring Halle Berry, returns for a second season this July, with Berry back in the lead, as astronaut Molly Woods, as she discovers that she has unwittingly put the human race on a path to destruction and that she and mysterious stranger J.B. Richter (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) may be the only hope for survival. Discussing what fans can expect in season 2, producers of the series spoke to Yahoo TV, sharing a handful of details on what's to come. Here are a few of note: - "I think Season 2 is a little sexier, a little soapier,” said Kruger, adding, “It’s a substantial reboot, in that we’re going to come in, in this time and place, several months [after the Season 1 finale], and that puts Molly in a completely different head space. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
It takes some chutzpah to title something “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe,” given all the books and movies devoted to her life. But Lifetime has taken the 2009 tome, and turned into an eponymous four-hour miniseries. What sets this latest rehash of the star’s existence apart, marginally, is a knockout performance by Kelli Garner and, to a lesser degree, Susan Sarandon’s turn as her mentally disturbed mother, the relationship through which everything else about the girl born Norma Jean is filtered. Mostly, it’s a dutiful but nothing-new account of the ultimate anti-feminist icon — a sex symbol heavily defined by romances with famous men.
The two-parter’s framing device relies on Marilyn, near what will tragically be the end of her life, pouring her heart and entire history out to a psychologist (Jack Noseworthy), who patiently listens as she flashes back through it all. That begins with being »
- Brian Lowry
The CBS drama series Extant is a mystery thriller about female astronaut Molly Woods (Halle Berry, also one of the show’s executive producers), who discovers she has unwittingly put the human race on a path to destruction. When she meets Jd Richter (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), a cop of the future who stumbles upon a case that only she may have the answers to, she quickly realizes that they may be the only hope for survival of the human race. During a panel at the CBS Summer Junket, to discuss the network’s summer programming, actors Halle Berry and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, along with show creator Mickey Fisher and co-showrunners Liz Kruger and Craig Shapiro, talked about the story arc they’re exploring with Season 2, why this season is a reboot, upping the levels of action and heat, why the character of Jd Richter was named after the actor now playing him, »
- Christina Radish
Marilyn Monroe was a study in contradictions. She was the giddy, cooing blonde who became one of America’s haughtiest sex symbols, as well as a woman haunted by a thorny relationship with her mentally ill mom and the pressures of fame. The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, a two-night mini-series on Lifetime, tries to peer into the woman behind the legend, opening up the scars that most viewers couldn’t see under the flash and sizzle of the big screen. However, the mini-series is too disjointed and melodramatic to completely work as a biopic. Nevertheless, Kelli Garner is masterful as Monroe, digging into the pain and vulnerability of a cultural icon without ever succumbing to mere impersonation. It’s a terrific performance, the magnetic core of an otherwise muddled misfire.
- Jordan Adler
“Texas Rising,” the 10-hour History miniseries, couldn’t come close to reaching the high-bar ratings standards set by the networks’ blockbusters like “Hatfields and McCoys” and “The Bible,” but nonetheless opened to a sizable audience on Monday night.
Nielsen estimates that the first two hours of “Texas Rising” averaged 4.1 million viewers overall, making it the calendar year’s second most-watched cable premiere, behind only AMC’s “Better Call Saul,” which bowed behind “The Walking Dead.” It also puts it ahead of other recent limited/event miniseries, including History’s “Houdini” last September (3.7 million), Discovery’s “Klondike” in January 2014 (3.4 million) and USA’s “Dig” in March of this year (1.8 million).
Still, Monday’s tune-in for “Texas Rising” was less than one-third of that for the opening night of History’s record-setting “Hatfields & McCoys” on Memorial Day in 2012 (13.9 million) and “The Bible” in March 2013 (13.1 million). “Texas” also skewed old, with only 1.1 million »
- Rick Kissell
Jeffrey Dean Morgan went all out for his latest role! The former "Grey's Anatomy" star dropped a staggering 40 pounds for his role in "Texas Rising" by following a strict diet of just one can of tuna per day. The 6'2" actor was encouraged to lose 10 pounds from his 175-pound frame, but he took it way too far ... weighing in at just 130 pounds during shooting. "He had a consumption of tuberculosis," Morgan explained on "Today" last week. "And so I got there and I was probably about 175. I left and I was about 130." "I ate a can of tuna fish a day," he continued. "I did it in the most unhealthy way possible...I didn't consult with a doctor or anything. We had said maybe we should lose, like, 10 pounds, and I just kept going and going, and by the end of the movie, I was just [moving] like a snail!" The »
- tooFab Staff
Which DC Comics baddies are en route to Gotham? Who has Defiance in their crosshairs? How does one get to Wayward Pines? Which procedural is planning the “worst honeymoon” ever? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.
What I’ve got is… Fox’s Gotham casting for Season 2 a “male DC Villain” described as “intelligent, cultured and highly articulate,” “extremely attractive, both seductive and threatening,” as well as a female DC »
Will Denny Duquette ever be healthy?! Jeffrey Dean Morgan Aka beloved Duquette of Grey's Anatomy fame broke our hearts by unexpectedly dying of a blood clot on the medical show, but now the actor has put himself in real-life danger by losing 40 pounds for a new role on Texas Rising in the unhealthiest way possible. Instead of dieting and exercising in addition to consulting a doctor, Morgan lived solely on one can of tuna per day to lose the weight. Producers recommended that Morgan lose 10 pounds to play the character, who is sick on the show, but he took it too far. "He had a consumption of tuberculosis," Morgan explained on Today, as excerpted by Oh No They Didn't. "And so I got there »
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