But yeah, it was tough. I don’t want to say necessarily any, because we’ve been talking about which ones to do next. I can’t turn on a “30 for 30” without wanting to know what happens at the end. We’re definitely going to try and do one pretty quick if we can. I think one of the things that was appealing to us was about doing these things is the reason those “30 for 30s” work so well, and the reason sports comedy movies, and sports drama movies work so well, is they have that great built-in dramatic structure, where you’re like, I know this is an event, it’s going to happen, and there are stakes, and there’s going to be a winner and a loser.I’m interested in that. The stuff he’s told me so far sounds really cool and funny.What’s the most out-there, niche sport that you’re finding yourself really attracted to? Do you have any ideas?Competitive eating is the first thing that comes to mind.Oh sh*t, that’s a good idea! Murray and I both love them. He doesn’t deserve to win. Yeah. Then Freddie, and Daveed, and John Cena are all very athletic and coordinated. Me, John Cena, Freddie Highmore, Orlando Bloom, and Daveed Diggs — and [James] Marsden, for the most part. Or do you have to invite total strangers, and say, “This is going to be fun — just trust me.”Definitely the latter on some of it. Also, looking all the way back and realizing that cheating was so engrained in the sport — like, if you read back far enough, the very first time they did a tour, a lot of the cyclists were, like, drinking booze and stuff to try and deal with the pain, because it’s actually just an impossible event.There is a story about one cyclist who left the race, got on a train and then rejoined the race down the line. They do it in their free time, and are great at it. And we were shooting in, like, 120 degree heat a couple of days. Per my conversations with him, it was kind of a little bit of both, where it was like, “We have an idea of where we’re going to take it, but it’s not written in stone, necessarily. You can make adjustments and add stuff after the fact, sort of streamline things, and it helps you also cut things that aren’t necessarily working to your liking, which is nice.Both of these films really pick up on the narrative of the “30 for 30” style. Do you have a sense of how you guys pull that off?Thank you. Our primary five riders were all there most of the time together, so that was great. Orlando Bloom and James Marsden are both like basically professional cyclists. I imagine you have to be pretty creative in the editing to make everybody look like they’re in the same room at some time. But we’re excited to come back. Abrams I was already somewhat friendly with. He knew what the joke that we wanted to do with him was, and we sent him the script, and I explained it to him even further when we talked on the phone. Why not? So all the premises of the big structured bits and style choice stuff is in place, and then a lot of the times with the talking heads interviews then we play around more.So we’ll be like, “Okay, we’ve got an hour with Jeff Goldblum next week. Obviously, people like Will Forte and Maya [Rudolph] I already knew. Which we had in one of the versions of the script, and we’re like, “It’s actually too unbelievable.” It supposedly happened, but who knows?How tightly do you guys script everything, and how much room do you leave for everybody to play around when you’re shooting?We script it pretty tightly, with the knowledge that we’re going to try a ton of alts when we’re shooting. He thought it was funny. Is that something that you’ve absorbed a lot of?Absolutely. Posted July 5, 2017 by Scott HuverFirst, there was Andy Samberg’s grand slam with HBO’s hilarious tennis mockumentary, “7 Days in Hell.” Now, he’s shifting into a new gear by focusing a satiric lens on the world of cycling — and the illegal doping that’s long dogged it — in “Tour de Pharmacy.”As star and executive producer, Samberg once again had a hand in every aspect of how the film came together, assembling an all-star assortment of sly comedic talents — including Will Forte, Maya Rudolph, Daveed Diggs, and Jeff Goldblum — with a roster of straight-faced dramatists — Freddie Highmore, Orlando Bloom, James Marsden, Kevin Bacon, and Julia Ormond among them — and an elite group of sports pros, like John Cena, Mike Tyson, Joe Buck, and even cycling’s fallen hero Lance Armstrong, to lampoon one of the world’s most popular and frequently controversial athletic competitions, the Tour de France.Samberg, who has a starring role as the obliviously privileged, inept, and unrepresentative Nigerian cyclist, takes Moviefone inside the creation of a sports-doc sendup, including merging the classic root-for-the-underdog structure with improvisational spirit, which wasn’t as easy as riding a bicycle — nor, for that matter, was riding a bicycle.Moviefone: Of all the niche sports to delve into, why was the cycling world the one that you found funny and fun to explore on a comedic level?Andy Samberg: The combination of the look, all the spandex, and also the fun of the early ’80s, both in terms of the way that we would style the world and the way we would shoot it. Even if I already know what happens at the end, because it’s based on real life or something I watched when it actually happened, I’m like, “Oh yeah, I want to relive that, to hear everyone’s take on what happened.”And then you also have a sports movie structure of more straightforward comedies that came out, like your “Happy Gilmore”-type movies that have the same thing, where I’m like, “I love ‘Happy Gilmore,’ not just because it’s super funny, but because I also, every time I watch it I’m like, come on, Happy, you’ve got to beat Shooter! This one was more like, we knew about the tour, and we knew about cycling, and we thought it was cool that it wasn’t, like, our favorite sport. We just thought it would be a fun one to do.Tell me about the process of digging into the research. Let’s write a ton of alt lines that we could possibly use throughout the story,” and then once we’re on set, we also will then throw like 50 new lines out at him and see what feels funny. So it definitely was a tough thing to do.Are you already back to work on the next season of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” or are you still waiting to get back to set?The writers are back, and we start shooting again, I think, at the end of July. But on the other hand, it makes production stretch for a really long time.Is everybody involved sort of in your professional circle in some way? How do you get all these people involved? He’s a bad guy!”You get sucked into the sports drama of it, for the same reason that I get sucked into real sports drama in real life, where I’m like, “Man, I sure hope my team wins.” Yeah, that’s a big part of why it’s appealing from a storytelling perspective.You guys had to do everything while on bicycles. Was that ever a particular challenge for the actors?It was a great challenge for myself. Murray Miller, who’s my co-EP and the writer on it, he knew a little more. I think I’ve watched pretty much every “30 for 30.” When we went into it, the thing we said to each other was like, “Man, how cool would it be to do a comedy ’30 for 30′ or HBO Sports Presents kind of a thing? Let’s air it and see how we feel.” The direction that it’s headed in is what I think we all thought it was going to be, and it sounds pretty good. Are you a big fan of sports documentaries? I’ve already heard a bunch about next season and it sounds good.It’s great how you guys leave everything so ripe at the end of a season, cliffhanger-y. Then we’ll sift through it all.This is as deep a bench of players as it gets. There’s all these tricks to how you edit it and put it together now that really hook you and keep your interest. I was very pleased with his stuff. J.J. So I’m on a little bit of a break right now, which is nice. Also just the sort of long history of the various behavior surrounding the sport, seemed like a fun place to take reality and explode it even further.Did you have any special affinity for the sport beforehand, or did you just know as much as the average person who casually follows sports?I think more the latter. Then we can sort of move around and tell different stories with it.” Hopefully, this one will go over well, and we can just keep making more.I was impressed with how you’re able to go really far out with the comedy and get into some adventurous, absurdist territory, but you still have a narrative that works. He was like, “Yeah, f*ck it. Let’s try it.” And it turned out really good. I imagine not many comedy projects require a lot of research, but I bet it was kind of fun to dig into the history and the era in particular.It was. Like, “How can we make a story around this oddball sport?”Good question. Then there’s people like Orlando, who I never really met before, but I thought he would be super funny for it. Just learning about the intensity of the competitiveness of it, stuff like chasing the badger, and all that. So we kind of shot all of that in a big chunk all in a row. It’s been making people laugh in the screenings we’ve had so far.Tell me about the lessons that you learned making “7 Days in Hell” that you were able to carry over here.Something we learned on “7 Days in Hell” and also learned even more when I was working with Akiva [Schaffer] and Jorma [Taccone] on “Popstar,” was that when you make a mockumentary, you can definitely shift and adjust how you’re telling your story as you’re editing by just picking up new talking heads, or like adding a little piece of fake news footage.You don’t have to be completely tied to the script if it’s not clear enough, or if it’s not playing how you feel like it should be playing. He really went for it. Then I also was a part of it, and I was not good.Luckily we wrote my character so it kind of made sense. We did a bunch of research, and read about the history of the Tour de France and cycling and stuff, and that informed a lot of the bits that we tried.But yeah, it wasn’t like the first one, “7 Days in Hell,” where we were both avid tennis fans. We just call him up and say, “What do you think?” And “Trust me” [Laughs]I imagine “trust me” was used a lot in landing Lance Armstrong.I did say, “Trust me,” but I also felt like we were wholly transparent with Lance. I’m glad you think that, because we worked hard. We’ll give you a “thank you” in the credits if the next one is competitive eating. Did you guys already know where you were going to go with the results of Jake’s verdict, or did you just leave it and say, “Okay, we’ll think about it over the summer and come back”?Dan Goor would have to answer that question. It’s like, “Man, it’d be fun to do basketball, or football, or soccer, or something,” but then it’s like, “How the hell would we shoot that?” It’s so massive, and there’s so many people involved, and that kind of thing.So in terms of niche, I don’t know if there is one that’s too niche. Then we sort of picked up talking heads and weird sidebar stuff, like the Finnish credit card commercial and stuff like that on different days when people were available.Because of that, we’re able to get a ton of really awesome people, because you’ve just got to find an hour or two here or there that they could do it. It’s interesting, because the big ones are actually the hardest, too, because of budget.
Directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck are also back for the follow-up, as are Oscar-winning songwriting duo Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.Groff can’t wait to reunite with the crew. “The four of them are such an awesome team and I really, really love them.” Cast member Jonathan Groff, who voiced Kristoff in “Frozen,” revealed that recording will begin very soon. “I’m just excited that I’m in it [laughs], you know? Stars Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell return as Elsa and Anna, respectively. I don’t know anything about it yet other than I’m about to start recording my section of it.”Groff also voices Kristoff in the upcoming short “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure,” which will run in front of Pixar’s “Coco” (opening November 22). “I think I just got an email yesterday where I’m about to go into the recording studio in a couple of weeks, or maybe a month?” he told Entertainment Weekly. Posted July 5, 2017 by Kelly Woo”Frozen 2″ is heating up! “They’re about to really get into the thick of recording it, which I’m excited about. Very little is known about the “Frozen” sequel, which is scheduled to hit theaters November 28, 2019. Excited to be in it and that creative team is also just so amazing, so I’m excited to get back in a room with them and play around,” he said.
Star Tom Holland certainly did, admitting to Collider that they almost made him cry.Collider talked to Holland last week, right after the initial screening; the reporter said he loved the movie, and suggested Holland check out Twitter to read the reactions.Holland: “I have been on Twitter, and it’s been blowing my mind. And there are a few “rotten” reviews at RT arguing the movie “lacks inspiration” and “breaks no new ground.”Not trying to take away Spidey’s shine. Here are six more things you should know about “Homecoming” before you see it.Want more stuff like this? But that said, I put my heart and soul into this movie, and to see that people are enjoying it is so amazing to me.”Yes, early reviews were glowing, but there are some critics calling for caution. I genuinely nearly had tears rolling down my face.”(Question: Does the Spidey suit come with a hidden pocket for one of those mini Kleenex packets, for when you need a good cry?)Collider said a lot of people don’t realize it’s hard work and long days to make a movie like this, it’s not like a sitcom.Holland: “You’re on set for sort of 15 hours every day in that suit, and it’s hard work. It’s long, it’s tough. Posted July 5, 2017 by Gina CarboneGuys, you’ve made Underoos so happy.”Spider-Man: Homecoming” is certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, with a 92 percent rating so far, after about 100 reviews. I woke up this morning and nearly cried. It really is hard. Like us on Facebook. People do a lot harder jobs. It doesn’t open to the general public until this Friday, July 7, but when it was screened for the press last week, the early reviews were beyond glowing. You must’ve seen the tweets. Just saying: Fans should be cautiously optimistic, but don’t go in high on hype or it might let you down. Over at Metacritic, “Homecoming” currently has a Metascore of 73, based on 30 critics, which is lower than “Baby Driver” (86), “Wonder Woman” (76), and “The Beguiled” (76).
— ⚡️TheFlashVibes⚡️ (@aveiestweets) July 4, 2017The original caption from @FLASHProdOffice read, “Ready for our first day of filming Season 4! The entire @FLASHProdOffice account appears to have been deleted, for whatever reason, but the tweet image remained:
Ok this is getting exciting! We get started tomorrow, and it’s gonna be epic!” Epic indeed. Got work to do this evening, but Zoë… Iris is really struggling to deal with that, and she does it in her own way.”Candice and fellow stars tweeted about their return to set to film what happens next…Up first tomorrow for episode 401 of The Flash. Posted July 5, 2017 by Gina Carbone”The Flash” cast is now back at work, as of today, taping the Season 4 premiere fans will see in October.Candice Patton (Iris) told TVLine the premiere takes place six months after the events of the Season 3 finale, “and we still don’t have Barry out of the Speed Force. #TheFlashSeason4 is back filming as of tomorrow woot woot! Like us on Facebook. ❤ pic.twitter.com/BaHig4MzAl
— Candice Patton (@candicekp) July 4, 2017We’re back! It’s gonna be awesome!! As TVLine noted, if “The Flash Reborn” is the premiere title, that “strongly suggests a take on Geoff Johns’ six-issue ‘Rebirth’ arc from spring 2009, which revolved around Barry’s return from an absence.”
“The Flash” Season 4 premieres October 10 on The CW.Want more stuff like this? and it looks like the show’s production office tweeted out a premiere title spoiler, suggesting a certain comic book storyline ahead. @CW_TheFlash#TheFlash#Season4pic.twitter.com/N0M20ufjk0
— Danielle Panabaker (@dpanabaker) July 3, 2017
-DDK”Season 8 premieres September 29 on CBS. I’ve got new acting projects on the horizon, and as a producer, my company, 3AD, has its first show, THE GOOD DOCTOR, set to air this fall on ABC. The path to equality is rarely easy. I will not be returning to Hawaii Five-0 when production starts next week. To my local community, mahalo nui loa.Finally, I want to thank all of you, the fans. What made him even more special is that he was a representative of a place my family and I so dearly love. I hope you’ll tune in. 5-0 continues on after one of its strongest seasons. I’m back now and didn’t want to let any more time go by without reaching out. I am so deeply thankful to our crew, writers and everyone associated with the show – and especially the cast, who have been nothing but supportive through this entire process. In the meantime,Aloha, thank you and Happy Independence Day! I will always be grateful for their faith in me to bring Chin Ho Kelly to life. Like us on Facebook. Kim’s new Facebook post seems to confirm that, leading to his “sad” and “difficult choice” to leave the show.Here’s what the “Lost” alum posted on July 5:”A MESSAGE TO MY FANS ABOUT HAWAII 5-0Sorry for the delay in hearing from me, but like you I’m sure, my July 4th holiday was busy with friends and family. As an Asian American actor, I know first-hand how difficult it is to find opportunities at all, let alone play a well developed, three dimensional character like Chin Ho. I never, ever forget that YOU are the reason Hawaii Five-0 is the success that it is, and interacting with you online and in person around the world(!) has been one of the greatest joys of this entire experience. I’m so sorry we won’t be continuing this journey together.I’ll end by saying that though transitions can be difficult, I encourage us all to look beyond the disappointment of this moment to the bigger picture. By now many of you have heard the news, and I’m sad to say it is true. Posted July 5, 2017 by Gina Carbone”The path to equality is rarely easy,” writes Daniel Dae Kim in a lengthy, heartfelt post explaining his departure from “Hawaii Five-0” after seven seasons.Fans of the CBS show were shocked by the recent news that both Daniel Dae Kim (Chin Ho Kelly) and fellow original cast member Grace Park (Kono Kalakaua) would not be returning for Season 8. I am. I will miss him sincerely. I’ve read your messages and I can’t tell you how much they’ve meant to me. Want more stuff like this? It has been nothing short of an honor to be able to showcase the beauty and people of Hawaii every week, and I couldn’t be prouder to call these islands home. They and the crew have been my second family for seven years and I wish them nothing but success for season 8 – and beyond.I also want to say to thank you to Peter Lenkov, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and everyone at CBS. Though I made myself available to come back, CBS and I weren’t able to agree to terms on a new contract, so I made the difficult choice not to continue.As sad as it feels to say goodbye, what I feel most is gratitude. But I hope you can be excited for the future. Initial reports claimed the stars were seeking pay equity with Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan, and the talks didn’t work out. There’s a lot to look forward to and I’ll be sure to share it with you.
Instead, Adrian Toomes, aka The Vulture (Michael Keaton), will be making his cinematic debut. It’s not an origin story.The nice thing about “Spider-Man: Homecoming” being a “Civil War” follow-up (aside from the copious MCU cameos) is the fact that viewers won’t be subjected to yet another take on Spidey’s origin story. There are two more sequels planned.Look for Spidey to remain a fixture in the MCU for the foreseeable future. Iron Man is stopping by.”Homecoming” will be the first Spider-Man movie to feature familiar characters from the MCU. “Homecoming” will also introduce a new love interest for Peter in the form of fellow geek and introvert Michelle (Zendaya).4. It’s a follow-up to “Captain America: Civil War.””Homecoming” isn’t a follow-up to 2014’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” Instead, it features the rebooted Spidey who made his debut in last year’s “Captain America: Civil War.” Tom Holland will reprise the role of Peter Parker/Spidey, a young hero trying his best to live up to his uncle’s example and make his city a safer place while also navigating the treacherous world of high school.2. It’s a high school comedy.Marvel made a point of casting a younger actor this time around. It’s possible the film will flash back to the fateful night where Uncle Ben died and Peter learned his important lesson about power and responsibility. From what we’ve seen in the trailers, it seems that Toomes runs a salvage company that cleans up after New York’s superhuman disasters. Vulture is the villain.Though this is a reboot for the Spider-Man franchise, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” won’t be recycling one of Spidey’s old villains. Not only is the character appearing in 2018’s “Avengers: Infinity War,” Marvel has at least two direct “Spider-Man: Homecoming” sequels planned. Stark will be accompanied by his faithful bodyguard/driver, Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau).Don’t be surprised if other Avengers mainstays also make cameo appearances here. There have been conflicting reports as to whether these films will actually be connected to the MCU, but here’s hoping Holland’s Spider-Man keeps plenty busy in the years to come. At the very least, there will surely be a new cameo for the ever-present Stan Lee.5. But for the most part, this is a story about a hero who’s been on the job for several months and confronting the first real challenge in his budding superhero career.3. When that company is threatened by Tony Stark’s bigger, sexier rival, Toomes dons a flight harness and begins terrorizing the city.Vulture will be joined by at least two other Marvel villains — Shocker (Bokeem Woodbine) and the Tinkerer (Michael Chernus).6. We hope so, because your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is about to return to the big screen in “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” The latest entry in the ever-growing Marvel Cinematic Universe explores Peter Parker’s struggle to balance the warring pressures of high school and his superhero career.Here are six key things you should know about the new movie before heading to the theater.1. Look for Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) to play a big role in the film as he mentors Peter and helps him make sense of his high-tech new costume. The first of those is already scheduled for release on July 5, 2019.That’s to say nothing of Sony’s ambitious plans for the expanded Spider-Man franchise. Where the previous two Spider-Man franchises mostly glossed over Peter’s high school days (with 2002’s “Spider-Man” having him graduate midway through the film), “Homecoming” presents Peter as a 15-year-old charter school student fighting a losing battle to keep his grades up and dealing with all the social pressures of high school.He’ll have a little help in the form of best friend/LEGO fanatic Ned Leeds (Jacob Batalon), who will discover Peter’s secret at some point in the film. The studio is developing several spinoff movies, including “Venom” (starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock) and another film featuring the characters Black Cat and Silver Sable. Posted July 5, 2017 by Jesse SchedeenAre you ready for another Marvel movie?
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— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) July 3, 2017The Rock shared more “Dodgeball” related videos on his Insta, so check them out.Want more stuff like this? One of the animals infected – a rare Albino gorilla named, George, is my best friend. With all the cool advanced technology in our movie, the #1 thing you’re gonna experience when you watch it, is FUN. Posted July 5, 2017 by Gina Carbone”F*ck you, Jar Jar Binks!”Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson spent Independence Day at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, but the day before, he was hard at work getting #BloodiedAndBattered on the set of “Rampage.” And before that, he was hard at work getting hilariously ridiculous to support Ben Stiller’s “Dodgeball” charity campaign.The “Rampage” movie, based on the 1986 video game, has been filming since the first week of May for its April 2018 release date. George, is played by 6’9 Jason Liles, pictured here. #OnSet #Rampage #BloodiedAndBattered 🇺🇸A post shared by therock (@therock) on Jul 3, 2017 at 2:51pm PDTBack on May 2, to kick off the first day of production, Johnson posted the first photo and details about the film:”In our story we have three animals who fall victim to evil genetic editing, rapidly changing every strand of their DNA so they grow, evolve and mutate. Everything becomes amplified.. Jason has been studying gorillas for months now preparing for this motion capture role. Honored to put in work on this July 3rd.. Do not go gentle into that good night. It’s scheduled for release April 20, 2018.The Rock also spent part of his weekend showing off a pitch-perfect (but R-rated, for f-bombs) promo for Ben Stiller’s “Dodgeball” reunion project:When @RedHourBen calls me out.. Like us on Facebook. Gorillas movements, body language, and all emotions – joy, pain, sadness, love, aggression etc. Because when my best friend, George no happy, then me no happy. We have the best mo-cap team in the world (WETA Digital) working on our RAMPAGE MONSTERS and you’ll get a taste of this new technology in the upcoming WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES as well as James Cameron’s AVATARS. 80’s wrestling promo style. Your hard work will pay off. This is the most fascinating advanced VFX/motion cap process I’ve ever worked with in my career. their size, strength, speed, agility.. Grateful to our entire crew who’s droppin’ sweat with me today puttin’ in long hours. Johnson shared a set photo on July 3, to show off his (and the crew’s) hard work even during a long holiday weekend:Do not go gentle. It’s insane when you get around this man and how he’s able to embody a gorilla. Told em just roll the camera and let me riff… bad people become our lunch.””Rampage” also stars Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman, Jake Lacy, Joe Manganiello, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. the eve of our Independence. And when me no happy.. and violent aggression.
And when it’s over, we’ll probably have several more characters to cry over.Want more stuff like this? “Game of Thrones” Season 7 premieres Sunday, July 16 at 9 p.m. on HBO. It’s been just over a year since “The Door” aired as Season 6, Episode 5 on May 22, 2016. Posted July 5, 2017 by Gina CarboneDammit, we just finished crying and you do this.KFC just posted a new ad on its UK and Ireland YouTube account, and it should really air in the U.S., too. And too soon for our hearts. “Hold the Door” and “Hodor” immediately entered the pop culture lexicon, and now apparently they’re fair game for a chicken ad. It stars “Game of Thrones” alum Kristian Nairn (Hodor), re-imagining the now famous “Hold the Door” scene from GoT Season 6.In the “Lunchtime is coming…” video, Nairn works at KFC and is overwhelmed by people rushing in to demand “chicken with fries.” Like Hodor on GoT, the words become blurred for him in repetition until they become “chicken with rice.” Cue the one dude who actually ordered chicken with rice, leading to the point of the ad — to promote “Ricebox,” adding rice instead of fries.It’s brilliant. Like us on Facebook. But still sad.
This is important. WeAreStillNotAlone.com”What was happening? This year marks the 40th anniversary of “Close Encounters,” and Sony plans to re-release the film theatrically in select theaters for one week on Sept. Posted July 5, 2017 by Gina CarboneThose five music notes. The truth is still out there.Want more stuff like this? 1.So — unfortunately/fortunately depending on where you stand on this — it doesn’t look like there are any plans for a “Close Encounters” reboot or sequel. We’d know them anywhere.On July 3, Sony dropped a 56-second teaser video simply titled “This Means Something.” The video started with old school computer — black screen, green type — featuring these words:”Every day air traffic control tracks
thousands of planes.But every so often, they see something…That cannot be explained.”The video synopsis added:”This means something. Turns out … not quite.WeAreStillNotAlone.com takes fans to a page where you can “sign up to receive updates on UFO sightings,” but — according to Variety — it’s a Sony page for fans to connect with the campaign. But considering today’s movie climate, it wouldn’t shock us to hear, after the re-release in September and official anniversary in November, that there were plans for more. Like us on Facebook. Not yet, anyway. Those last music notes clued fans into a connection to Steven Spielberg’s 1977 sci-fi classic “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” leading many to think this was a teaser for a sequel or reboot.
Right?!”Homecoming” stars Tom Holland (Peter Parker / Spider-Man) and Jacob Batalon (Ned) sit down to answer your questions — and make up a few of their own — in Moviefone’s signature series … and things get unpredictable in record time. Oh, also, Tom Holland recalls his first (and still best) kiss.”Spider-Man: Homecoming,” directed by Jon Watts and starring Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Gwyneth Paltrow, Zendaya, and Donald Glover, opens in theaters everywhere July 7th. Topics discussed include making dinner arrangements with co-star Robert Downey Jr., creative uses for discarded toilets, and a not-entirely-scientific numerical breakdown of eating spiders in your sleep. Posted July 5, 2017 by Moviefone StaffWhat better way to celebrate Spider-Man’s first, full-length entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe than with a “Spider-Man: Homecoming” episode of “Unscripted”?
Give yourself time to digest it and let the emotional reaction dissipate. 6. Then you’ll have distance and be in a position to make the best decision for the work. I’ve found that writers, if they trust the source, generally respond in a few key ways. Know when you’re seeking a second opinion because you’re looking for additional clarity or dialogue (because it always helps to talk these things through), and when you’re trying to get someone else to make the hard decisions for you. This is the stereotypical response of the inexperienced writer, who gets prickly and looks for ways to defend their work or excuse the weaknesses. I’ve often heard experienced novelists say that when they receive feedback that makes them angry or upset, they immediately put it away and don’t act on it. Their work is more enlightened because it’s not blindly following in the footsteps of all the other mediocre work out there. You ask questions. 1. This is not a bad idea, assuming you have the time (and the resources, budget and/or necessary relationships). Its success isn’t a surprise to me because writers who receive criticism, constructive or otherwise, almost never forget it—and this post gave writers of all stripes an opportunity to sigh with satisfaction and say, “I knew it all along. Whether you react to feedback with ease or anger, it’s always wise to sit on feedback for at least a few days before making any big decisions about it, or even responding to it. Such changes can rarely be made overnight or even in a week or month. (And it’s right to do so—not all feedback is useful.) But you also should consider evidence that the feedback might be right. Worse things could happen. Some writers do exactly the opposite of defend their work: they immediately look for ways to fix the problem. At some point, the writer’s first chapter was criticized. But easy or fast fixes tend to have a high failure rate. 3. No shame in it. “My writing group loves this” is a common defense. If you pull on one thread in a story, or reconsider something as seemingly simple as your first page, you’ve suddenly got a rewrite on your hands. You sit on the feedback for a while. Not just that, they try to fix the problem within 24 hours of it being pointed out. But they could be. Or, “I worked with [another] professional editor.”
It’s perfectly normal to think of all the reasons the feedback might be wrong. (And that’s why writing groups can be more dangerous than helpful.)
But how about cases where the person offering feedback is an experienced professional—someone who makes a living at offering and selling informed feedback? And hiding from it may mean abandoning the project, either temporarily or for good. But it can put responsibility on other people—who may not be appropriate—to figure out the best way forward with your work. Alternatively, writers may cite other positive opinions they’ve received. This is my theory as to why so many prologues exist in unpublished manuscripts. With any piece of feedback you receive, whether positive or negative, there were a million choices that went into crafting that feedback. This can be as problematic as ignoring feedback because it results in cosmetic changes that don’t really affect the quality of the work. (Like myself?)
Let’s assume (and I know it can be a big assumption) that the experienced professional is self-aware and careful, and can offer feedback that’s useful and isn’t delivered in bad faith—that it’s an accurate and fair assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the work, at least from a market perspective. If the feedback is discouraging or overwhelming, sometimes you just want to hide from it. Writers can argue that they’re trying to work against formula, or break the mold of what’s typically done. They’re not likely interested in having an argument or defending their position; in the end, you are the arbiter of what’s best for the work. One of the most popular guest posts at my site this year is How to Spot Toxic Feedback, which discusses signs that the writing advice you’re receiving may do more harm than good. Sometimes we’re not ready to complete the projects we start and have to return at a different time. 2. Let me know in the comments: What strategies have you found successful for using feedback to improve your work? The solution: add a prologue! You get a second opinion. Writers build on their strengths, and you want to know what parts of your work ought to be preserved. You give up or move onto something else. But some writers don’t have the patience or fortitude for that. This is the “special snowflake” argument; the writer becomes the exception to the rule. You rush to make changes. You defend what you’ve done. Looking for the pattern of your response can be useful in understanding if you’re getting the most from professional feedback, or if you’re inadvertently sabotaging progress. But there are more subtle ways that writers defend their work without looking defensive. 5. Such-and-such critique was invalid and harmful and I should’ve been ignoring it.”
That might be true when it’s inexperienced writers or readers offering the critique. Avoid taking your second (or third…) opinion back to the first person who offered you the feedback. Then, after a week or two, they go back to it, and see that much of it was correct. Just ask, especially during moments in the feedback where you wish: “Boy, I want to know more about that.”
After discouraging feedback, a good follow-up is always: What am I doing right that I can build on? Quality feedback can lead to large-scale revision or edits. 4. Some things were left unstated; some matters were not expanded upon.
“But the ones that kind of went to really far reaches from myself were challenging and exciting.”She’s hoping that, very soon, she’ll be showing her own face to the camera more frequently. An unbelievable performance, and it’ll never be seen. Posted July 4, 2017 by Scott HuverKathryn Alexandre is the Ginger Rogers to Tatiana Maslany’s Fred Astaire.As the “Orphan Black” star’s acting double when the many clone sisters Maslany plays appear in scenes together on BBC America’s sci-fi thriller, Alexandre not only has to rise to the same performance level as the leading lady, she has to do it with her back to the camera.”It was such a unique, wonderful experience,” Alexandre told Moviefone. Because I inevitably play a character before she does in every scene, I’m trying to anticipate how Tatiana will play the character, and how Tatiana will kind of interpret the scene. “I have to play Tatiana’s characters from her impulses. “That’s what makes her reactions very genuine, because she’s acting off a human being that’s giving her something interesting and different, and alive as opposed to just looking at a mark of tape on the wall or a tennis ball.”Maslany recently told a PaleyFest audience she was in awe of what Alexandre delivered. So we’re able to talk before. Same with Sarah — Sarah’s very different than myself, so I was always scared to play her and go to the depths that she goes to. I’m a pretty quiet person, so to scream and to get really dirty and raw was tough for me.””I had, kind of, fun playing Cosima and Alison because they’re a little more predictable, they’re a little more put together,” she adds. “I’ve done some smaller roles on different shows,” she says. “Helena was so challenging for me,” she says, “I liked playing her because I was scared to play her, which is a good feeling. We’re able to kind of rehearse, and she gives me a lot of freedom to play and explore.””What we learned as the seasons went on was that the differences in how I play the characters are kind of really beautiful and important,” Alexandre revealed. And it’s so frustrating. “It’s exciting to kind of move on and be completely open to new projects, so I’m excited to see what comes next for me.” “Kathryn and I were doing a scene and it’s totally my coverage; it’s a close-up of me and the camera is [inches away] on me, and Kathryn is next to the camera,” remembered the star. “My job was to give Tatiana as much as I could give her to make her be the best that she can be, so there was nothing that was egotistical about it, which was so freeing.””It’s hard to not follow your own impulses as an actor, in a way,” she admits. “The camera’s only on me, and she’s giving me literally, like, 10 times what I was even remotely giving her on my side. Maslany, of course, collected an Emmy last year for her jaw-dropping work playing multiple but diverse DNA-identical characters — the determined central heroine Sarah, suburban housewife Alison, deadly but loyal Helena, hipster lesbian scientist Cosima, scheming Rachel and many more — and Alexandre, who’s a match for the star in both stature and commitment, has been playing all the same roles, just with her face obscured, since the very beginning.”It was such a dream for an actor because it was completely selfless,” says Alexandre. I couldn’t even believe the generosity of it.”Alexandre admits that not all of the clones were always equally accessible for her.
Posted July 4, 2017 by Moviefone StaffIf you don’t watch “Independence Day” every July 4th (or, Independence Day, if you will), then you’re not a true American.Here’s why, after all these years, ID4 still rules.
Jordan), the young man whose father he killed in “Rocky IV.””Here’s a chance to stretch your imagination,” Stallone captioned the photo. #creed2 # agentnickycA post shared by Sly Stallone (@officialslystallone) on Jul 2, 2017 at 8:19pm PDTWhile we still haven’t gotten any official confirmation of Drago’s return, the idea is an intriguing one. #CREED 2 #MGM @dolphlundgrenA post shared by Sly Stallone (@officialslystallone) on Jun 25, 2017 at 4:06pm PDT[via: Sylvester Stallone/Instagram; h/t: EW] Maybe it’s time to try to again?A post shared by Sly Stallone (@officialslystallone) on Jun 29, 2017 at 10:49am PDTSparring with heavyweight Giants can be a little tiring, but great fun.#CREED2A post shared by Sly Stallone (@officialslystallone) on Jun 26, 2017 at 2:05pm PDTReally like this RARE picture… “HISTORY WILL ALWAYS REPEAT ITSELF IN ONE FORM OR ANOTHER, JUST GOT TO BE READY! Sins of the Father…. … Posted July 3, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongThe “Creed” sequel is sticking close to its Rocky series roots.Sylvester Stallone has been using social media to tease a tie-in between “Rocky IV” and the upcoming “Creed 2.” Since late June, he has shared a flurry of photos featuring Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), the Russian boxer who killed Apollo Creed in the 1985 film. Sins of the Father…”Here’s a chance to stretch your imagination … … A matchup in the ring might be strange considering that most boxers would be retired by Drago’s age now, but maybe he has another fight in him. ROCKY making DRAGO’S life difficult between takes!!! HISTORY WILL ALWAYS REPEAT ITSELF IN ONE FORM OR ANOTHER, JUST GOT TO BE READY! Stallone seems to be hinting at the character’s return in the spin-off series, which would make sense given their history.In the latest image, posted July 2, Drago’s head is Photoshopped into a picture, putting him face-to-face with “Creed” protagonist Donnie (Michael B. Lundgren has kept in shape, as we can see in the 2016 Instagram video below.Fun in the makeup trailer!A post shared by Dolph Lundgren (@dolphlundgren) on Oct 17, 2016 at 6:14am PDTWe’re sure they can find a way to work the Rocky villain into the story somehow.See more of Stallone’s recent Drago-centric Instagram posts below.Directing APOLLO AND DRAGO , The two best “cinema “boxers that ever lived!…
People do that? ‘Wow! “The more we talk about sexual assault the better, and screw the people who are saying we shouldn’t be putting this on TV and screw the people who are saying they’re going to boycott the show because of it,” she said.”This sort of thing used to happen and it continues to happen now, and if we treat it as such a taboo and precious subject, then how are people going to have the strength to come out and feel comfortable saying that this has happened to them?””Game of Thrones” Season 7 premieres July 16. Being on ‘Game of Thrones.'”Turner also addressed the controversial depiction of Sansa’s rape in Season 5. At the time, some viewers felt it was too graphic and unnecessary, but Turner defended the scene. Posted July 3, 2017 by Kelly Woo”Game of Thrones” has been a real education for actress Sophie Turner — sex education, that is.Turner was 13 when she began playing Sansa Stark on the HBO fantasy drama, which contains some very explicit scenes. “The first time I ever found out about oral sex was from reading the script,” she told the Sunday Times. “I was like … That’s fascinating!’ I guess that was my sex education.
Since Diesel is a producer with a lot of sway behind the scenes, and since Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s “candy asses” post was reportedly about him, Diesel may have worried for a moment that it was another shot across is own bow. But he and Rodriguez — who play married Dom and Letty — are tight and in Diesel’s new Instagram video, she makes it clear that he has always been “the biggest supporter of strong women,” and no posts from her are ever about him.Proud of Our saga… Dom and Letty.A post shared by Vin Diesel (@vindiesel) on Jun 30, 2017 at 8:33pm PDTDiesel’s caption suggests he’s taking Rodriguez’s evolution point seriously. Like us on Facebook. you have been the best fans in film history and we are forever grateful… but we must try to reach higher each time. Posted July 3, 2017 by Gina CarboneNot *every* “Fast and Furious” Instagram rant is about Vin Diesel. The challenge is what makes it fun and exciting. Some still are, but producer/star Diesel made sure it was clear that Michelle Rodriguez’s ultimatum about her involvement in the franchise was not directed to him.Rodriguez posted about maybe leaving the “Fast” franchise if they don’t do more for the women in the next two films. Its also why this saga has reached the level that it has… We’ll see what’s next for Letty, Dom, and company when “Fast 9” opens April 19, 2019; “Fast 10” is scheduled for April 2, 2021.Want more stuff like this?
GoT Season 7 premieres Sunday, July 16 at 9 p.m. — David Chen (@davechensky) July 1, 2017Fairfield’s big challenge with the dragon sounds this year: making the “pitch” of their sounds not conflict with the score. The first six seasons all had 10 episodes mostly airing under 60 minutes, so this would be close to a normal-length season, in terms of actual aired footage.Vanity Fair and Deadline seem encouraged about the news, with Deadline pointing out that feature-length episodes could be similar to what “Sherlock” and “Black Mirror” have done. So start praying to the gods, old and new, that it really happens.”Game of Thrones” Season 7 starts next week on July 16, and those seven episodes will end with an 81 or 82 (depends on where you look) minute finale, the longest episode to date. Little birds have been whispering to that effect. Posted July 3, 2017 by Gina CarboneThe final season of “Game of Thrones” will have the fewest number of episodes, but each one may be a mini movie. Six episodes x 85 minutes = 510 minutes = 8.5 hours. But sound designed Paula Fairfield gave fans hope about those final episodes, telling the Con of Thrones audience they may all be feature-length, aka 80 minutes or longer, as opposed to the usual 50-60 minutes.David Chen, who hosted the Spotlight panel at Con of Thrones, tweeted the report:I’m at a #ConofThrones panel with sound designer Paula Fairfield this morning. on HBO.Want more stuff like this? Season 8 is the final season, and it will only feature six episodes. pic.twitter.com/FoQd3xZn92
— David Chen (@davechensky) July 1, 2017Fairfield just said the Season 7 finale of GAME OF THRONES will be 82 mins. Excited about this one. #ConofThrones
— David Chen (@davechensky) July 1, 2017
They haven’t even started filming Season 8 yet, and we’re not sure whether it will air in 2018 or 2019, so this is a very early preliminary report with an emphasis on “considering.”But still. Like us on Facebook. We’ll see. Final season they’re considering making each ep feature length!
celebrated with new details on the film — doled out in a creative way, of course.J.K. https://t.co/bMw3epLBkr
— Pottermore (@pottermore) July 3, 2017Or maybe some new ones? — Pottermore (@pottermore) July 3, 2017To uncover part of the next @fantasticbeasts plot, click here: https://t.co/sXnxTFmEeR
— Pottermore (@pottermore) July 3, 2017You may spot some familiar faces… Like us on Facebook. confirmed that the film will be set in New York, London, and Paris.”Fantastic Beasts 2″ is scheduled for release, directed by David Yates, on November 16, 2018.Want more stuff like this? Follow our chain of tweets and track down the information… Posted July 3, 2017 by Gina CarboneIt’s time for the second adventure to begin! https://t.co/ZFk1Kpr5CE
— Pottermore (@pottermore) July 3, 2017Last but not least, find out where the action will take place in the next @fantasticbeasts film: https://t.co/2CAXSzbM6k
— Pottermore (@pottermore) July 3, 2017
In “Fantastic Beasts 2” — which will reveal its official title later — Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) will team up with Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to take on Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp).Grindelwald will “make a dramatic escape” from MACUSA custody, forcing Dumbledore to join the wizarding world’s efforts to stop him. According to Pottermore, the villainous Grindelwald has been busy “gathering more followers to his cause – elevating wizards above all non-magical beings.” Dumbledore will look to his former student Newt for help, and Newt will again be joined by Queenie and Tina Goldstein in the next film, as well as his No-Maj friend Jacob Kowalski, and many new characters. Rowling’s site Pottermore tweeted out teasers with separate stories sharing various information:It’s time to discover some tidbits about the next @fantasticbeasts film. Principal photography just started today on the sequel to “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” and Warner Bros. (Also, Credence will be back, in a “mysterious” way.)New characters include a bounty hunter called Grimmson, played by Icelandic actor Ingvar Sigurdsson; William Nadylam as a wizard called Yusuf Kama; Ólafur Darri Ólafsson as Skender, the owner of a wizarding circus and Claudia Kim as one of the circus’s “featured attractions.” It was also confirmed that Callum Turner will play Newt’s “war hero and Auror” older brother, Theseus Scamander, while Zoë Kravitz returns as Leta Lestrange, who was seen briefly in a moving photo in the first movie.The sequel is set in 1927, months after Newt helped in the capture of Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, and Warner Bros.
Everybody stop’. That doesn’t mean he’s leaving anytime soon, but he is thinking about the end game.RDJ joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe — gave birth to it, really — with 2008’s “Iron Man.” He is currently 52-years-old, promoting the 16th MCU film, “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” and filming the 19th film, “Avengers: Infinity War.” He talked to News Corp Australia Network about his future in the franchise, and they pointed out that he hasn’t made a non-MCU movie since “The Judge” in 2014. I have to start over every time but I am starting over with a pretty solid base. But to me it’s always about people and opportunities, like the [Avengers directors Anthony and Joe] Russos, who I adore.Everyone says to me it’s like a glove that fits so well. Everyone looks to him.” Evans made headlines when it sounded like he might be reading to hang up his own jersey as Cap, but he later told USA Today, “Downey is far closer to reaching that point where he may walk away. Like us on Facebook. I just want to hang up my jersey before it’s embarrassing.”Chris Evans (Captain America) called Downey the leader of the franchise, saying, “If the first Iron Man movies hadn’t worked, none of this would have happened. I could have said when the first Avengers came out: ‘It’s never going to get any better than that. Downey is the patriarch. Posted July 3, 2017 by Gina CarboneRobert Downey Jr. I just never want to blow it for the last six or seven (MCU movies) I have done by dropping the ball because I decided to go do it one more time. And I don’t know how you replace Downey as Tony Stark. “Avengers 4” will be the 22nd film in the MCU, and the projects just keep going and going. Since that point, he’s been in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Captain America: Civil War,” and now “Homecoming,” and “Infinity War.” (And “Avengers 4”?)He currently has no plans for an “Iron Man 4,” but also no plans to quit while he’s still ahead.”It’s this cyclical thing. They are very popular (and very good) so there’s no urgency to put an end date on anything, but you can’t blame RDJ for wondering when he should get off the ride.Want more stuff like this? I don’t know who else can touch that.”But at some point you do have to think about the end game, for a franchise and as an actor/character. wants to retire Tony Stark at the top of his game, without feeling like he overstayed his welcome.
It was a good time to be in all that, and for me, it was a constant morality check, where I was going, and where I was coming from, and how to bring where I was coming from to where I was going. You’re right: It’s important to kind of define who we are asNot to sound corny, but look at the lineup for this show. Look at the effect they have on people, and the music still has.” It will for thousands of years. That became a big deal, I guess, this guy! I see that happening some day.Obviously, we’ll see you again on “Fuller House” in the fall. They’ll be singing the same. Me!”I started hanging around with them, and I knew a friend of mine was in the band — he’s still in the band, Jeffrey Foskett, who plays guitar — I was starting to become famous from “General Hospital,” I guess, and they were like, “Who’s this kid?” “I play drums.” “Come out on the encore and play ‘Barbara Ann’ with us.” I’m like, “Oh, great!”One of the first times, I’m not kidding — and this kind of brings it all back — was in D.C. Again, this is different than last year. Along with The Beach Boys — including Stamos on drums as well as guest vocalist Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray — the special features an all-star roster from across a variety of very American musical genres, including Motown icons The Four Tops, Blues Brothers Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi, country artists Trace Adkins and Kellie Pickler, gospel artist Yolanda Adams, Broadway star Laura Osnes, and “The Voice” champion Chris Blue, plus Disney Channel star Sofia Carson singing the National Anthem.A television fixture since his breakout role on “General Hospital” and stint on the hit sitcom “Full House” through recent turns on the sequel streaming series “Fuller House” and the comedy-horror series “Scream Queens,” Stamos has long been a part of the fabric of America’s popular culture, and he reveals to Moviefone his feelings about having spent three decades as a de facto member of his favorite band, this particular moment in American discourse, his plans for the future, and where his movie ticket money was going in 1997.John Stamos: Moviefone is the thing you used to call — “This is Moviefone,” that voice? I’m jumping on to producing things that I feel close to.I have a project that is not sold yet, but I’m out pitching with Universal TV, loosely based on my life in the soaps. What’s on your plate right now?Since “Grandfathered” and then “Scream Queens” last year, I felt like it was time to kind of sit back and re-evaluate the business, and who I am, and my brand, whatever that’s about. Some sort of patriotic song under this interview!All I’ve got here is the soundtrack to “Booty Call.”Very good callback! What else do you have cooking as a producer or as an actor? You see it happening. I love “God Only Knows” — it’s just a perfect song.Now it’s like, you can look at the crowd — and I think that’s why they’re so perfect for this special — and there’ll be a five-year-old and a 75-year-old singing the same song. Run me through that whole experience of going from super-fan to one of the guys in the band.First of all, I’ve never been so presumptuous as to call myself a Beach Boy — I’ll put that out there! I remember thinking, I wasn’t thinking about the million people out there. It was an interesting time, obviously, politically. You get it? They’re smiling, and they’re dancing, and they’re celebrating. It’s heart music.I think more than just going, “Oh my God, I’m playing with The Beach Boys,” it’s like, “Oh, my God. I think that’s what this special is going to be about. Jimmy Page was playing guitar, and this was one of the real first times I played like four or five songs with them. A long time ago.Well, it doesn’t get more Americana than The Beach Boys.And then add the Fourth of July to it, and add Washington, D.C. Maybe some of it is simpler than we’re making it out to be. We need to get together. There were a million people there. Saying I’m not one of them but a fan, and thinking that there was a time in the ’80s when they were starting to fade away, early ’80s, before “Kokomo,” I’m like, ‘Well, I’m on a TV show where there’s a bunch of kids that watch.” I knew kids weren’t getting turned on to The Beach Boys because they weren’t playing on the radio unless their parents played them or they heard them in movies.So one of the proudest things I have is when somebody comes and says, “I got turned on to The Beach Boys because of ‘Full House’ or ‘Kokomo.'”What’s the song, when you’re on stage with the guys, that still gives you an electric thrill to be playing with them?”Good Vibrations” usually will hit me. It’s gotten very complicated, hasn’t it?Let’s go all the way back: Here you are, a kid who grew up on Beach Boys music, and then you meet these guys, these pop music icons, and then eventually you’re able to perform with them, and now you essentially are a Beach Boy yourself after all these years. Just because we have different backgrounds, and different personal stories, we’re still linked by the values that we share, and by the love of this country that we have, no matter where we’re coming from, right?”Values” is an interesting word because I think decency is at an all time low now, and discord is high. I grew up in a very Republican Orange County!You’ve always been very proud about your Greek heritage. Then you have this cast of characters. We’re going to come together, and sing, and laugh, and pay tribute to our beautiful country together. So I’m working on getting that a home somewhere, and I think it’ll find a home soon.I would watch that in a second. And I’m not kidding you, all of it. I just got off a month tour with them. You could select a thing: “You selected ‘Booty Call.'”Moviefone: Did you actually go see “Booty Call”?Probably! They’re smart, these kids. I’m still their number one fan. I’ve been doing this since before ’85, I think like ’84. It’s interesting. This Fourth of July is a different world we’re living in, right? in 1985 at the Washington Monument. Every word, too. Does anybody out there know these songs?'” I’d be like, “Me! You’re a fool if you’re not paying attention to what these kids are doing in new media. I was 18, I grew up in Orange County, and I got thrown on to “General Hospital,” and it was basically “Boogie Nights” in the soap world in the ’80s. to it, and add a Greek-American like myself, add PBS, and there you go.Tell me what it means to you, especially at this moment in the American culture with the kind of dialogue that we’ve been having the last several months, what does it mean to you to be able to celebrate with all those great American things you just mentioned?I think it’s one of the reasons why I jumped at the chance to do this, because I think now more than ever, is the time to celebrate who we are, try to figure out what being an American means to us now, right? This year is different. I’m looking to do things that are a little off-center.”Grandfathered,” the Josh Pecks of it all in this world — I was at his wedding the other day with David Dobrik and YouTubers, and they fascinate me. “Stamos, you get together and you sing Beach Boys songs, and our country’s fine?” It’s a start. I think a concert like this, if you’re at the concert or if you’re at home watching it, it’s now a time for us to unite and come together on this country that we love, or it’s going to get worse, right?This diverse lineup that they have I think is fantastic, and from Trace Adkins to The Beach Boys, there’s a lot of different musical styles. I think the movie or the musical, if it gets done, would be more about their music and not their personal lives, because we all have crazy things that have happened. The life outside the soap was almost more dramatic than what was happening on the TV show half the time. Is that still in the works?Yeah, that got put into turnaround at Fox. I’ve got to play it really good.”It’s been quite a journey. Again, it’s a time when I think people want to connect on something, and also, forget about some of the darker things that are going on for an hour or two. Posted July 3, 2017 by Scott HuverJohn Stamos may be too humble to officially consider himself a member of The Beach Boys, but after sitting in as a drummer with the surf-pop pioneers for over 30 years — more than half the band’s existence — he still gets a thrill whenever he launches into one of their classic hits.Stamos’s latest gig with the originators of the California Sound happens on July 4th when he hosts the 37th annual edition of the PBS staple “A Capitol Fourth,” a live, fireworks-packed extravaganza from the West Lawn. It’s a melting pot, and it’s beautiful. Versus last year, even — it’s so different.My grandfather came over, through Ellis Island, from Greece. I remember me and my friends would put it on speaker phone. I think I was like 13 or something. I remember thinking like, “Oh, maybe the drummer broke a finger, and they’re going to come out and say, ‘I’ve got a broken finger. My name was Stamotopoulos, and it got chopped to Stamos. I still can’t believe it. Let’s bring it back to the Fourth of July; tell me more about being a Greek American and celebrating both sides of your heritage.One hundred percent! I still get chills. And you’ll see: everybody will be dancing the same. I did a miniseries about them, and I did some other things. These songs will affect people that way for the rest of time, I think.I know there was talk at some point of doing a musical with their music, and you producing. I don’t know. That’s a good message.I hate to oversimplify it. The first concert I went to was a Beach Boys show in California. I’m still trying to set it up somewhere else. No matter where we come from, what side of politics we’re on.Gosh darn it, I need some music, theme music playing under me. I was like, “I’ve got to play this right for these guys. That’s so funny. Thanks to everything that this country had to offer, all the blessings of this country, I’m here today, right? AIDS was coming, and feminism. So I’m digging into all that.