Bryan Cranston Brings Holiday Cheer With “You Have To F*cking Eat”

You Have To F*cking Eat

If you’re lucky enough to have a big appetite and a loving group of family and friends for company, then eating shouldn’t be a problem for come holiday season. If you need a little encouragement,  Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston narrates the audiobook for You Have to F**king Eat.

The audiobook is available for just $1.95 at audible.com/eat, as Cranston reads the mock bedtime prose of Adam Mansbach (the scribe previously penned Go the F**k to Sleep and the audiobook version was narrated by Sam Jackson).

Cranston’s intimidating, calculating and ultimately seductive voice was one of the many elements that made Walter White such a memorable TV anti-hero, so throwing the actor into the audiobook world must have been second nature.

“This is a very funny book and my hope is that listeners will agree I can swear with just as much panache as Sam Jackson can,” said Cranston, who was also seen this year in the box-office hit Godzilla.

To hear a sample of Mr. Cranston’s narration of You Have to F**king Eatclick on the media bar below:

Bea Miller Readies Debut Album For Spring 2015 Release

One of my favorite aspects of watching The X Factor came from its second season, as Beatrice Miller’s unique talent (think a Lana Del Rey and Ellie Goulding hybrid) garnered her an immediate fanbase.

Though singing is her number one passion, Miller is also an actress, and being a Stephen Dorff fan, I saw her performance in the cop thriller Officer Down. Since I’m as old as the sun is bright, I had zero knowledge of Miller’s recent success (when you’re in your forties, it’s hard to keep up with the the cool kids).

Miller’s career post The X-Factor is gradually building momentum, as she’s releasing her full-length debut album for Hollywood Records this coming spring.

In 2014, the songbird (who know goes by the moniker Bea Miller) released her debut EP Young Blood (the title track was a top 40 hit), toured in the fall with The X-Factor judge Demi Lovato, and performed on The Today Show

Bea Miller - "Young Blood" - Hollywood Records
Bea Miller – “Young Blood” – Hollywood Records

At just 15, Miller is headed in the right direction, a path that’s praised in the recent Cosmopolitan article “12 Super Successful Teens Who Will Inspire You to Get Your Sh*t Together in 2015.” 

Although “Young Blood” is getting the most play for Miller (the video has reached over 2.3 million views on YouTube), my personal favorite from her EP is the anthemic and inspiring track “Fire N Gold.” Take a listen below:

Considering the vagaries and fickle nature of the entertainment industry, I had doubts if Miller could flourish outside the nurturing confines of The X Factor. It’s a paranoid thought that, considering what I’ve seen of Miller’s recent work, was misplaced.

To download Bea Miller’s EP Young Blood, please go to this iTunes link.

I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things music wise – and will definitely check out her full album next year. If you have any thoughts regarding Bea Miller and her music, please comment below!

Bea Miller - Hollywood Records

‘American Sniper’ Actor Bradley Cooper: “I Love Storytelling So Much”

Bradley Cooper produces and stars in American Sniper, the true story of U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle (Cooper), a sharpshooter who spent four tours of duty in Iraq.

With his affection for such films as Unforgiven and Letters from Iwo JimaCooper was more than ready to work with American Sniper director Clint Eastwood, who was actually Kyle’s first choice for the movie adaptation of his book American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper In U.S. Military History.

“Movies, for me, have always been healing,” said Bradley Cooper during the American Sniper press conference. “When I was a kid, growing up, The Elephant Man was a movie that affected me in such a massive way that it made me want to be an actor. I love storytelling so much.”

Cooper, who is currently starring in Broadway’s The Elephant Man (limited engagement runs through February 15, 2015) praises Clint Eastwood and talks about his early acting ambitions in the media clip below:

Co-starring Sienna Miller as Taya Kyle, American Sniper opens December 25.

 

Bradley Cooper in AMERICAN SNIPER - Warner Bros. Pictures, Keith Bernstein
Bradley Cooper in AMERICAN SNIPER – Warner Bros. Pictures, Keith Bernstein

The Band Perry Release “Gentle On My Mind” Video With Alexander Ludwig

The Band Perry have released a new video for their Grammy nominated version of “Gentle On My Mind,” the group’s current single which is featured on the soundtrack for the documentary Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me.

Along with The Band Perry members (Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry), the video features Alexander Ludwig (TV’s Vikings, Lone Survivor, and When The Game Stands Tall) as a young man who’s craving for a little time outdoors, even if it means leaving his girl (Shelley Hennig from TV’s Teen Wolf and the flick Ouija) behind.

Though the pair have a few seconds of time together, Hennig and Ludwig have a palpable chemistry, and it’s quite understandable why our wandering protagonist realizes that running back to the one he loves sure beats the open road and sky.

Owen Thomas, the creative director for The Band Perry, helmed the video, which features the band performing at Union Station in Indianapolis, IN. Whether it’s hiking up a trail, washing his face beside a thriving stream, or climbing an impressive peak, Ludwig proves that he and Mother Nature are welcome bedfellows (his scenes were shot in Death Valley, Ca).
The Band Perry - Kenny Brown
The Band Perry – Kenny Brown
The Band Perry received a Grammy nomination for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “Gentle On My Mind,” and they also are nominated in the “Favorite Country Group” category for the People’s Choice Awards (it airs on CBS come January 7, 2015).
Along with their December 31 performance on Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution (airing on Fox), the group will be hard at work on their third studio album next year. For more info on the band, please go to  www.thebandperry.com.

Cameron Diaz On Social Media: “It’s Just Not My Instinct”

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Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) stars in the latest version of the musical Annie, with Cameron Diaz playing Annie’s irascible caretaker Miss Hannigan and Jamie Foxx starring as mayoral candidate Will Stacks.

In director John Huston’s version of Annie, Miss Hannigan’s (Carol Burnett) venom was borne out of being a spinster. Diaz sees her Hannigan as a woman whose major flaw lies in her insecurity. It’s a parallel the actress sees in our culture’s fixation with social media:

“Hannigan looks to be validated not by the love of one man, but of millions of people and being famous. And I think that’s a syndrome – an epidemic in our culture and society – that we feel that we’re not validated if we’re not seen by millions of people. We balance our self worth on whether or not we are accepted by people through social media – how many likes you get, how many people follow you, if you don’t have that – then you’re really not worth anything.”

New York, NY - December 4, 2014: Director Will Gluck, Bobby Cannavale, Quvenzhané Wallis, Sandy the Dog, Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx at the Junket Photo Call for Columbia Pictures´ ANNIE at the Crosby Street Hotel.
New York, NY – December 4, 2014: Director Will Gluck, Bobby Cannavale, Quvenzhané Wallis, Sandy the Dog, Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx at the Junket Photo Call for Columbia Pictures´ ANNIE at the Crosby Street Hotel.

Cameron Diaz’s own relationship with social media is lukewarm at best:

“I don’t like social media – it’s not my instinct. I tried it and it’s just not my instinct to tell people what I’m doing and it’s not my instinct to look and see what other people are doing. I’m a very present, immediate person. I like to be where I’m at with the people that I’m with.”

To hear the audio version of Diaz’s complete answer, click on the media bar below.

Annie, co-starring Rose Byrne, opens Friday, December 19, 2014.

“The Red Road: The Complete First Season” Hits DVD In March

Red Road

The Red Road: The Complete First Season comes out on DVD via Anchor Bay Entertainment on March 10.

Starring Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) and Martin Henderson (Devil’s Knot, Smokin’ Aces), the six-episode series centers on two seemingly different men – an ex-con named Phillip (Momoa) and Harold (Henderson), a sheriff in Walpole, N.J. who’s simply trying to keep his family together.

Conflicts for both men arise thanks to the relationship between Harold’s daughter (Allie Gonino) and Phillip’s younger brother (Kiowa Gordon). When tragedy strikes, they are faced with a dire situation which can only lead to even more devastating repercussions. Lisa Bonet and Julianne Nicholson also star in the series.

The 2-disc DVD’s special features include:

  1. Sundance on Set: The Red Road
  2. Behind The Screen: The Red Road
  3. The Red Road: Cast and Crew

The Red Road’s second season starts up in spring 2015 on SundanceTV.

Jonah Hill & James Franco Team-Up For A “True Story”

Jonah Hill and James Franco raised their share of comedic mayhem with This is The End, but now they’ve reunited for the upcoming drama True Story.
Jonah Hill & James Franco in "True Story" - Fox Searchlight
Jonah Hill & James Franco in “True Story” – Fox Searchlight

The narrative, based on journalist (and former New York Times magazine writer) Michael Finkel’s memoir True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa, centers on Finkel’s (Jonah Hill) relationship with accused killer Christian Longo (James Franco).

While Finkel suffered embarrassment after being accused of falsifying elements of an investigative article, his life is thrown for a deeper loop after Longo finds his way into Finkel’s already precarious universe.

James Franco in "True Story" - Fox Searchlight
James Franco in “True Story” – Fox Searchlight

The project marks the feature film debut of Rupert Goold (The Hollow Crown), who also co-wrote the screenplay with David Kajganich.

Rupert Goold - True Story
Rupert Goold – True Story

True Story opens nationwide April 10 and makes its exclusive Trailer debut on Yahoo! Movies on December 18.

Of Mice & Men Come “Full Circle” With ‘Restoring Force’ In February

Metalcore band Of Mice & Men, who earlier this year released their album Restoring Force, have added three new songs and an acoustic version of their single “Feels Like Forever” for Restoring Force: Full Circle. Coming out February 24, Restoring Force: Full Circle comes in a deluxe double-disc, foil stamped digipack.

The three songs (“Broken Generation,” “Never Giving Up,” “Something To Hide”) and the acoustic take on “Feels Like Forever” were recorded during the fall in Southern California with producer David Bendeth (Paramore, Bring Me The Horizon).

Restoring Force continued the band’s growing momentum, as it peaked at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart and scored #1 spots on the Billboard Top Independent and Top Rock Album Charts.

The group’s arena tour with Linkin Park begins January 15 at the Amway Center (Orlando, FL). In February they play three dates at the Soundwave Festival and then embark on a European tour that begins March 11 in Paris (Machine Moulin Rouge). That leg of their tour ends April 4 (Academy/Manchester, UK).

For more info on Of Mice & Men’s tour dates, please go to: www.ofmiceandmenofficial.com.

‘John Wick’ With Keanu Reeves Hits Blu-Ray & DVD In February

Keanu Reeves in "John Wick" - Lionsgate
Keanu Reeves in “John Wick” – Lionsgate
One of my favorite moviegoing experiences this year was John Wick, an immersive and adrenaline filled action flick propelled by Keanu Reeves’ intense performance as a hitman with vengeance on his mind.

 

Keanu Reeves in "John Wick" - Lionsgate
Keanu Reeves in “John Wick” – Lionsgate

Lionsgate is releasing the feature, which also stars Adrianne Palicki, John Leguizamo, and Ian McShane, as a Blu-ray Combo pack, DVD, and On Demand February 3. For Digital HD viewers,  John Wick comes out January 13.

Special Features Include:

  1. “Don’t F*#% With John Wick” featurette
  2. “Calling in the Cavalry” featurette
  3. “Destiny of a Collective” featurette
  4. “Assassin’s Code” featurette
  5. “Red Circle” featurette
  6. “NYC Noir” featurette
  7. Audio Commentary with Filmmakers Chad Stahelski and David Leitch (Blu-ray only feature)
The film’s boilerplate summary is below: 

When sadistic young thugs senselessly attack John Wick – a brilliantly lethal ex-assassin – they have no idea that they’ve just awakened the boogeyman.  With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, Wick embarks on a merciless rampage, hunting down his adversaries with the skill and ruthlessness that made him an underworld legend.

‘Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3′ Takes Aim For Xbox One & PlayStation 4 In 2016

 

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 is currently in development from CI Games (Lords of the Fallen) for a spring 2016 release. The title, the first AAA effort from CI Games, will be available for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Steve Hart, senior producer of Rebellion’s Sniper Elite V2 and game developer (and former Marine) Paul B. Robinson, are part of Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3‘s creative team (the game will be utilizing CryEngine).

“The Sniper: Ghost Warrior franchise is one of the most popular in the CI games portfolio with over 5.5 million copies sold, so we’re investing a significant amount of effort into the third installment,” said Marek Tyminski, CEO of CI Games. “We’re fully committed to creating a AAA franchise that gamers can rely on for the ultimate first-person sniper experience.”

Set in Eastern Europe, gamers will play a sniper who’s caught amidst three warring factions. Open ended maps, coupled with a first-person shooter aesthetic and sandbox style gameplay are among the elements featured in Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3.

CI Games
CI Games

For more news go to CI Games’ official website.

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