TED Talks: War & Peace Premieres on PBS Memorial Day 2016

Sebastian Junger speaks at TED Talks: War and Peace | Ryan Lash/TED Photo Filmed at New York’s The Town Hall theater and hosted by bestselling author and producer of “The Daily Show,” Baratunde Thurston, TED Talks: War & Peace explores...more

New Movies in Theaters – X-Men: Apocalypse, Alice Through the Looking Glass

New movies in theaters this week include Johnny Depp in “Alice Through the Looking Glass” and Michael Fassbender and other mutants in “X-Men: Apocalypse.” Let’s take a closer look at the new movies in theaters this week. ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS Rated PG for fantasy action/peril and some language | In Theaters 5/27 (2D, 3D, IMAX 3D) | Ok for Kids 8+ | Disney | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to the whimsical world of Underland to help the Hatter (Johnny Depp) in Disney’s ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS Featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories, this sequel to 2010’s “Alice in Wonderland” is directed by James Bobin. The story finds Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returning to the whimsical world of Wonderland ....more

INTERVIEW: Hell’s Kitchen Winner Meghan Gill On Telling Gordon Ramsay ‘Let’s Make Love to the Meat’

Hell’s Kitchen S14 Winner Meghan Gill In Season 14 of Hell’s Kitchen, executive chef Meghan Gill (follow her on Twitter @chefmeghan14)...more

Field of Vision, The New Yorker Present ‘The Journey’ Doc About Syrian Refugee Crisis

A still from “The Journey” “The Journey” is a six-part documentary series directed by Matthew Cassel, which follows the treacherous, 1,700-mile migration of a Syrian refugee who fled the perils of wartime Damascus to build a better life for his family. It’s being released by Field of Vision, The New Yorker, and co-creators Laura Poitras, AJ Schnack, and Charlotte Cook. More than a million people whose lives have been upended by desperation and violence in Syria have made similar journeys, but most of these treks take place in obscurity ....more

Netflix Releases ‘The Do-Over’ This Week Starring Adam Sandler, David Spade

In “The Do-Over,” Adam Sandler plays “Max” and David Spade plays “Charlie,” old friends tired of their mundane lives, who reunite at their 25th high school reunion for the ultimate mulligan: They decide to wipe the slate clean for a do-over. After faking their deaths and assuming new identities, could their lives be better the second time around? The new original Netflix movie, released on Fri., May 27, 2016, also features Paula Patton, Kathryn Hahn, Luis Guzman, Michael Chiklis, Sean Astin, Catherine Bell, Natasha Leggero, Nick Swardson, Torsten Voges, Renee Taylor, and Matt Wals ....more

Interview: Norbert Leo Butz Talks Season 2 of ‘Bloodline’ (Released May 27) & ‘Mercy Street’

Norbert Leo Butz as Kevin Rayburn in the original Netflix series, “Bloodline” | Netflix Photo Norbert Leo Butz is a two-time Tony Award-winning actor who has starred in such Broadway and Off-Broadway musicals as “Rent,” “Wicked,” “The Last 5 Years,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” “Catch Me If You Can,” and “Big Fish,” as well as straight plays. He’s one of my personal favorites, so I always try to catch him in a concert or on stage whenever possible. Now, however, he’s concentrating on the small screen with two series that have received a lot of buzz and critical acclaim – “Bloodline” on Netflix and “Mercy Street” on PBS ....more

Kate Beckinsale Talks Instagram, ‘Love & Friendship’

Kate Beckinsale attended a private Mamarazzi screening last week in Manhattan to talk up her new Jane Austen film, “Love & Friendship,” with Moms, Denise Albert and Melissa Gerstein. (Sponsored by Peter Pan Peanut Butter, audience members left with jars of the stuff.) Based on an early Austen novella about naughty Lady Susan Vernon (Kate), a beautiful and manipulative widow, who is seeking a rich husband for herself and her daughter, the film reunites the actress with director Whit Stillman and Chloë Sevigny, who last worked together on the 1998 satiric comedy “The Last Days of Disco.” Kate Beckinsale talks ‘Love & Friendship’ | Paula Schwartz Photo During a 30-minute talk back with the audience, Beckinsale, who is as witty and tart-tongued as her Lady Susan character, shared her views on motherhood, friendship and Instagram. Best known as the romantic lead in “Serendipity” and the butt-kicking vampire killer in the “Underworld” franchise, Beckinsale said of friendship, “For me, it’s very important to have a very solid inner circle of girls and gay men, and that’s how I operate.” Kate Beckinsale talks ‘Love & Friendship’ | Paula Schwartz Photo Beckinsale, who wore her hair in a casual ponytail, looked terrific in a pale pink outfit and matching lipstick that would have made anyone else look washed out ....more

EXCLUSIVE CLIP: Quackerz Family Movie from Shout Factory – New on DVD!

Quackerz | Shout Factory Photo It’s tough to find a good kids’ movie these days that hasn’t been done a gazillion times before. But Shout Factory is releasing a brand new family movie, Quackerz, that’s cute and fun and different. Quackerz will be in select theaters on June 3, 2016, and will hit Video On Demand, Digital, DVD, and Blu-ray Combo Pack on June 14, 2016 ....more

‘Gayby Baby’ Doc Profiles Same-Sex Couples & Their Children

A still from “Gayby Baby” – Ebony attends a gay pride parade with her moms “Originally, we just thought that Gus needed a film made about him.” This is what director Maya Newell of “Gayby Baby” said during a recent Q&A after a screening of the Australian documentary. Gus is a boy who is a subject of the film – the son of a lesbian couple who is exploring his masculinity through on obsession with professional wrestling (the kind of wrestling that’s largely fake and for entertainment value). That’s Gus in the poster at right ....more

The Stars Come Out for Book Expo America/BookCon 2016 in Chicago

Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Guy Berkeley Breathed, creator of Bloom County, signs books at Book Expo America 2016 | Melanie Votaw Photo Book Expo America and BookCon, annual events held concurrently for the book publishing industry and fans alike, were held in Chicago last week at McCormick Place. BEA and BookCon are usually held in New York, where they tend to attract more big authors and stars from movies and TV. But Chicago had its share as well ....more