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Did You Know Viola Davis Grew Up Poor & Hungry?

Viola Davis, star of ABC’s hit series How to Get Away with Murder, grew up in Rhode Island in a household of eight that could barely afford to eat even one meal a day. In a revealing interview with AARP The Magazine, Davis shares her thoughts on the crippling effects that growing up poor and hungry have on young people today and relates it back to her early years, when she faced the same adversity. Additionally, from the love she now shares with her husband and young daughter to the luxuries she never dreamed of affording, the two-time Oscar nominee reflects on her achievements, biggest anxieties and the determination that has led to her greatest successes.

Viola said, “I was 9. The store owner screamed at me to get out, looking at me like I was nothing, and the shame of that forced me to stop.”

She goes on to talk about going hungry, “Most of the time, the school lunch was the only meal I had. I would befriend kids whose mothers cooked three meals a day and go to their homes when I could.”


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Movies Opening This Weekend – July 31, 2015 [videos]

This week and weekend we have Tom Cruise in Mission:  Impossible – Rogue Nation, Vacation where Clark Griswold’s son Rusty takes his family on a humorous adventure to Wally World, The End of the Tour starring Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel, plus some extremely interesting documentaries, Best of Enemies,  A LEGO Brickumentary, and Listen to Me Marlon.

I hope you enjoy the movie or movies you see this weekend.  I know I will.

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
Action | Adventure | Thriller
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Stars: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson

Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate – an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF. [watch trailer]

Vacation
[R] Adventure | Comedy
Directors: John Francis Daley | Jonathan M. Goldstein
Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Elizabeth Gillies, Leslie Mann, Christina Applegate

Rusty Griswold takes his own family on a road trip to “Walley World” in order to spice things up with his wife and reconnect with his sons. [watch trailer]

Best of Enemies
87 min – Documentary | History | News
Directors: Robert Gordon | Morgan Neville
Stars: John Lithgow, Kelsey Grammer, Gore Vidal, Dick Cavett

‘Best of Enemies’ is a documentary about the legendary series of nationally televised debates in 1968 between two great public intellectuals, the liberal Gore Vidal and the conservative William F. Buckley Jr. Intended as commentary on the issues of their day, these vitriolic and explosive encounters came to define the modern era of public discourse in the media, marking the big bang moment of our contemporary media landscape when spectacle trumped content and argument replaced substance. Best of Enemies delves into the entangled biographies of these two great thinkers and luxuriates in the language and the theater of their debates, begging the question, ‘What has television done to the way we discuss politics in our democracy today?’ [watch trailer]

The End of the Tour
[R] 106 min – Drama
Director: James Ponsoldt
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Anna Chlumsky, Jason Segel, Mamie Gummer

A magazine reporter recounts his travels and conversations with author David Foster Wallace during a promotional book tour. [watch trailer]

A LEGO Brickumentary
[G] Documentary
Directors: Kief Davidson | Daniel Junge
Stars: Jason Bateman, Jamie Berard

A look at the global culture and appeal of the LEGO building-block toys. [watch trailer]

Listen to Me Marlon
95 min – Documentary | Biography
Director: Stevan Riley
Stars: Marlon Brando

With exclusive access to his extraordinary unseen and unheard personal archive including hundreds of hours of audio recorded over the course of his life, this is the definitive Marlon Brando cinema documentary. Charting his exceptional career as an actor and his extraordinary life away from the stage and screen with Brando himself as your guide, the film will fully explore the complexities of the man by telling the story uniquely from Marlon’s perspective, entirely in his own voice. No talking heads, no interviewees, just Brando on Brando and life. [watch trailer]

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OMG Here Comes Tremors 5: Bloodlines

A deadly threat resurfaces halfway around the world when giant, man-eating worms attack a South African wildlife park in the sci-fi comedy, Tremors 5: Bloodlines, available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on October 6, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Michael Gross (“Family Ties,” “Suits,”) returns as Graboid hunter extraordinaire Burt Gummer, with Jamie Kennedy (“The Cleveland Show,” Scream franchise) as his new tech-savvy second-in-command, in this all-new adventure. The latest chapter of the franchise known for its campy humor and voracious monsters features thrilling new special effects, 25 minutes of bonus features; extended scenes and outtakes, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film.

The stakes are raised for survivalist Burt Gummer (Michael Gross) in his most dangerous monster hunt yet. When Gummer’s hired to capture a deadly Assblaster terrorizing South Africa, he and his new sidekick, Travis Welker (Jamie Kennedy), find themselves in a battle to the death against the fiercely aggressive Assblasters and Graboids. Discovering that the monsters have evolved into even more lethal creatures, their mission takes on a whole new level of unseen terror — far more than they bargained for.


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Key & Peele is About To Go Off The Air

Comedy Central’s sketch comedy series Key & Peele is coming to an end after this season.  This sad news for fans for the show was confirmed this weekend by the network.

Co-creator and star Keegan-Michael Key told The Wrap, the decision to stop after the fifth season was his and Jordan Peele’s. Key said it will give him and Peele time to “explore other things.”

The show won a Peabody Award in 2013 and received a handful of Emmy nominations this year, including Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Key.


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Empire Season Two Teaser Released

In what appears to be the first glimpses of season two of Fox’s hit show, Empire, not much has changed.

With the words “New Music, New Money, New Power, New Season” flashing on the screen, the 30-second teaser features Taraji P. Henson as matriarch Cookie Lyon, along with her three sons: Hakeem, Jamal and Andre, played by Bryshere “Yazz” Gray, Jussie Smollett and Trai Byers respectively. “Boo Boo Kitty,” otherwise known as Anika, played by Grace Gealey, also seems to survive the first season.

One image is a definite hint at things to come: it’s an outdoor concert, where the words #FreeLucious, are prominently displayed.  The teaser ends with Terrence Howard’s Lucious Lyon wearing an orange prison jumpsuit as he emerges into the common area, where Cookie’s waiting for him, seeming to show he’s still locked up when the season starts.

But does this also mean Lucious and Cookie are finally on good terms? Find out when Empire returns to Fox September 23.


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