WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Avengers Infinity War, Steve Martin, Hostiles, Midnight Sun, Chappaquiddick, The Trade, Ricky Gervais, Shout! Takes Podcast and Voltron

Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War Cast Unite for Children’s Charities!

In anticipation of Avengers: Infinity War, The Walt Disney Company announced Marvel: The Universe Unites, a charity campaign of epic proportions bringing together the cast of Marvel Studios’ next big blockbuster to support children’s charities through funds raised from the release of the latest line in action figures and toys from the upcoming film.

This week-long event seeks to bring the stars together in a series of #HeroActs and social media challenges to raise funds and awareness for foundations that support children and families impacted by serious illness.

Watch Marvel: The Universe Unites kick-off with stars Sebastian Stan, Karen Gillan and Paul Bettany from this week’s Good Morning America appearance:

Marvel: The Universe Unites brings the cast of Avengers: Infinity War together in a series of #HeroActs and social media challenges to raise funds and awareness for foundations that support children and families impacted by serious illness.

Members of the cast have already accepted the challenge, including Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Zoe Saldana (Gamora) and Dave Bautista (Drax) among others who are expected to share the initiative on social media. Their combined support has now reached over one million cumulative likes, which has unlocked a $250,000 US donation to Starlight Children’s Foundation® from Marvel!

Check out the upcoming line of Avengers: Infinity War action figures and toys here:

Marvel: The Universe Unites will culminate the weekend of March 3 when and Disney stores in the U.S. will donate 10% of sales of all Marvel products made between March 3-4, 2018 (up to $50,000) to Make-A-Wish® to help grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

Netflix Announces New Comedy Special Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life

Comedy legends Steve Martin and Martin Short announced today a new comedy special, Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life, that will launch globally on Netflix later in 2018.  


The special was taped at the Peace Center in Greenville, South Carolina during Short and Martin’s current national tour. It features new material presented in a variety of musical sketches and conversations about their iconic careers, most memorable encounters, and of course, their legendary lives in show-business and stand-up.


Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life features music from Grammy Award-winning bluegrass band The Steep Canyon Rangers and renowned jazz pianist and Jimmy Kimmel Live band member, Jeff Babko.

Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life was directed by Marcus Raboy and Executive Producers include Steve Martin, Martin Short, Lorne Michaels, Erin David and Marc Gurvitz.

HOSTILES on 4K, Blu-ray & DVD 4/24

A star-studded cast leads the powerful and critically acclaimed western, Hostiles, arriving on Digital April 10 and on 4K Ultra HD™ (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand April 24 from Lionsgate. The highly successful independent director, Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Black Mass) reunites with his Out of the Furnace star and Oscar® winner Christian Bale (Best Supporting Actor, The Fighter, 2010) in what is being hailed by Entertainment Weekly as “the first great western since 1992’s Unforgiven.” Hostiles also stars Oscar® nominee Rosamund Pike (Best Actress, Gone Girl, 2014), Wes Studi (Avatar, The Last of the Mohicans), Primetime Emmy® nominee Jesse Plemons (Best Actor, “Fargo,” 2014), Golden Globe® nominee Adam Beach (Best Actor, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, 2007), and Ben Foster (Hell or High Water, Lone Survivor).


Set in 1892, Hostiles tells the story of a legendary Army captain (Bale) who, after stern resistance, reluctantly agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief (Studi) and his family back to tribal lands. Making the harrowing and perilous journey from Fort Berringer, an isolated Army outpost in New Mexico, to the grasslands of Montana, the former rivals encounter a young widow (Pike), whose family was murdered on the plains. Together, they must join forces to overcome the punishing landscape, hostile Comanche, and ruthless outliers that they encounter along the way.


The Hostiles 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD copies include an in-depth 3-part “making of” documentary, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99, and $29.95, respectively.



  • “A Journey to the Soul: The Making of Hostiles” 3-Part Documentary
    • o “Provenance” Featurette
    • o “Removing the Binds” Featurette
    • o “Don’t Look Back” Featurette


Here’s a clip from Midnight Sun!

In Theaters March 23, 2018
MIDNIGHT SUN is a romantic tearjerker about 17-year-old Katie Price (Bella Thorne), sheltered at home since childhood with a rare genetic condition, a life-threatening sensitivity to sunlight.  Having only her father Jack (Rob Riggle) for company, Katie’s world opens up after dark when she ventures outside to play her guitar.  One night, her dreams come true when she’s noticed and asked out by her longtime crush Charlie (Patrick Schwarzenegger), whom she’s secretly watched from her bedroom window for years.  As they embark on nightly summer excursions, Katie’s risk to sunlight grows and she’s presented with the gut-wrenching dilemma of whether she can live a normal life with her newfound soul mate.
CAST: Bella Thorne, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Quinn Shephard, Ken Tremblett, Suleka Mathew, Rob Riggle

New Trailer for CHAPPAQUIDDICK | Starring Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, Ed Helms & Jim Gaffigan

In Theaters April 6th
In the riveting suspense drama, CHAPPAQUIDDICK, the scandal and mysterious events surrounding the tragic drowning of a young woman, as Ted Kennedy drove his car off the infamous bridge, are revealed in the new movie starring Jason Clarke as Ted Kennedy and Kate Mara as Mary Jo Kopechne. Not only did this event take the life of an aspiring political strategist and Kennedy insider, but it ultimately changed the course of presidential history forever. Through true accounts, documented in the inquest from the investigation in 1969, director John Curran and writers Andrew Logan and Taylor Allen, intimately expose the broad reach of political power, the influence of America’s most celebrated family; and the vulnerability of Ted Kennedy, the youngest son, in the shadow of his family legacy.
Cast: Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, Ed Helms, Jim Gaffigan, Clancy Brown, and Taylor Nichols with Olivia Thirlby and Bruce Dern
Directed by: John Curran (TracksThe Painted Veil)
Written by: Screenplay by Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan
Producers: Chris Fenton is executive producing with Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan alongside producer Chris Cowles
Distributor: Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
Genre: Suspense, Drama, Thriller
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 101 Minutes

Here’s a trailer for the last episode of The Trade premiering on Showtime this weekend!

From Columbus, Ohio to Guerrero, Mexico and countless cities in between, the opioid epidemic has ravaged communities on both sides of the border. On Friday, March 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, the finale of SHOWTIME’s “The Trade” strives to find hope and closure for the stories highlighted throughout the season.


In Columbus, Sergeant Nate Smith zeroes in on a dealer mixing heroin with lethal Fentanyl, and also helps recovering addicts get treatment. In Mexico, Don Miguel finds himself trapped in the drug trade, while Mario, a young activist, looks for his missing brother.  Back in Atlanta, Skyler signs himself up for long-term treatment but struggles to follow through. 


Directed and executive produced by Oscar nominee and Emmy® winner Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land) along with executive producer and showrunner Pagan Harleman, “The Trade” seeks to break through the simplistic and often erroneously counterproductive assumptions surrounding the opioid phenomenon by spotlighting those caught in the crisis: friends and neighbors, sisters, and brothers.

Netflix debuts Trailer for Ricky Gervais: Humanity – Premieres March 13


Filmed at the Apollo Hammersmith in London, the Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning British comedian returns to the stage in London with a scathing special that touches on aging, becoming spoiled, his perspective on having kids and more.

Ricky Gervais: Humanity premieres globally Tuesday, March 13, 2018, only on Netflix.

Shout! Factory Announces New Slate for ‘Shout!Takes’ Podcast

Shout! Factory, a leading multi-platform entertainment company, unveils the new slate for its weekly podcast, Shout!Takes. Hosted by Shout! Factory’s Brian Ward, Shout! Takes grants pop culture enthusiasts a listen to in-depth interviews from some of the people behind fan-favorite movies and TV series.
The upcoming lineup features episodes with Rose McIver (iZombie), Jerry Levine and Matt Adler (Teen Wolf), Samantha Newark (Jem and the Holograms), Len Wein (Swamp Thing) and Norman Lear (All in the Family).
Shout! Factory, long known for its award-winning bonus features, created Shout!Takes as an opportunity for fans to hear the raw, mostly uncut interview footage only previously heard as edited documentaries and featurettes on favorite Shout! Factory and Scream Factory releases. New episodes are available each Friday wherever podcasts are found.
Recently launched episodes of the podcast have featured Reginald Hudlin (Black Panther), Peter Dinklage (Living in Oblivion), LeVar Burton (Captain Planet), Rob Reiner (Misery), Megan Ward (Dark Skies), Robert Guillaume (Sports Night), Jeff Goldblum (Into the Night), Keith David (The Thing), John Lithgow (Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai, Raising Cain), and many more.
In addition to his duties as President of Entertainment at the BET network and producing and directing hit movies and TV shows, Reginald Hudlin became known as one of the foremost writers of Marvel’s Black Panther comic book and adapted the first six issues of his run as an animated mini-series. In this episode of Shout!Takes, Brian Ward sits down with Reginald to discuss his lifelong love of comics, getting the opportunity to write for Black Panther, the importance of the character in media, and converting the series to animation for Marvel Knights. Plus, despite the interview having been shot in 2011, Reginald even discusses his favorite character’s inevitable presence on the silver screen in his own film; a desire that has finally come true, as the film Black Panther officially joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe today.
Though the other characters didn’t always see it, in Soap and its spinoff sitcom, Benson, his character was always the smartest man in the room. In Aaron Sorkin’s Sports Night, not only was he the smartest man in the room, he also got to be the boss. Of course, we’re talking about the iconic Robert Guillaume, who, sadly, passed away in October of 2017. This week, we honor his memory by presenting the complete interview with the man behind “Isaac Jaffe.” In this episode, Robert talks about why he found Isaac’s name so interesting; the power of Aaron Sorkin’s writing; mentoring the up-and-coming cast; which cast member did the best Richard Pryor impersonation; and the fateful day he survived a stroke in his dressing room.
This week saw the fourth season debut of iZombie, but before she was sautéing brains, Rose McIver was kicking butt as Summer Landsdown in Power Rangers: RPM. In this episode, the down-to-earth star talked about her character, working on the hit franchise in her native country New Zealand, and the loving Power Rangers fans.
Episode 13 – Jerry Levine & Matt Adler (Teen Wolf) – Coming March 9
As “Stiles,” Jerry Levine was the conniving best friend everyone loved and, quite possibly, the inventor of the snarky t-shirt craze. As “Lewis,” Matt Adler played the conscience of the 1985 Michael J. Fox hit, Teen Wolf. But in 2017, we reunited the two of them to discuss the film’s productions and its legacy over the last three decades.

DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender Season 5 is Available Now on Netflix

Get your Paladin armor ready because DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender Season 5 is available today on Netflix.


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