International film icon Keanu Reeves is the producer and host of PBS's Side by Side: The Science, Art and Impact of Digital Cinema, a documentary airing Friday, Aug. 30 (check tvguide.com listings) that is, in a way, like the Matrix: No one can be told what it is. You have to see it for yourself. And, trust us, it's so worth your time! TV Guide Magazine spoke with Reeves about this labor of love, which puts him face-to-face with some of the greatest filmmakers of our time — including George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, David Lynch, Steven Soderbergh, David Fincher, Christopher Nolan and James Cameron — as they fervently discuss a major tipping point in motion picture history.
Two-time Emmy winner Chandler Massey filmed his final scenes as Days of Our Lives' gay heartthrob Will Horton on Friday, Aug. 23 — only he didn't know they were his last until he was summoned at the end of his work day to the office of Greg Meng, the soap's co-executive producer. During this meeting, Meng informed Massey, who had been planning to depart the NBC soap when his contract expired in December, that he would have to leave immediately because a replacement had already been hired. Massey exited the studio sans fanfare — no farewell party, no goodbyes, no nothing — and sources close to the young actor say he was devastated and in tears. His last episode will air on or around Dec. 31.
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He didn't mean to throw the Twitterverse into a tizzy. Many fans of CBS's The Young and the Restless — at least the noisy ones on social media — were thrilled when news broke last week that controversial head writer Josh Griffith had exited the show. One fan on Twitter asked Y&R's alpha-dog star Eric Braeden (Victor) his opinion of Griffith's departure and Braeden tweeted back: "I'm very pissed off!!! Enough said!!!" That stunned a lot of folks who apparently assumed the Emmy-winning actor — currently on the back burner like a lot of other beloved Y&R vets — would be doing cartwheels at the prospect of a writer change. TV Guide Magazine sat down with Braeden to find out what he's really thinking — and get more out of him than 140 characters!
We knew this day would come. Last May, the soap community mourned the death of 84-year-old Jeanne Cooper, the great Emmy-winning star of The Young and the Restless. Now it's time to say goodbye to her character, Katherine Chancellor. In episodes airing Sept. 3 and 4, the citizens of Genoa City — past and present — will gather at Chancellor Park, a sprawling new set for the CBS soap, where they will pay their final respects to "the Duchess."
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She got her start as John Travolta's icy, superdiva love interest in the Saturday Night Fever sequel Staying Alive and now, 30 years later, Finola Hughes is back in the dance world with a role — as a god-awful dance mom! — in the just-wrapped indie feature Platinum: The Dance Movie. TV Guide Magazine sat down with the Emmy-winning General Hospital star to get the hot dish.
This little girl sure pulls big names! The Disney Junior animated smash Sofia the First — a fairy-filled tale about a young commoner who suddenly becomes a princess — already boasts a voice cast that includes Ariel Winter, Tim Gunn, Wayne Brady, Sara Ramirez, Ellie Kemper, Jeffrey Tambor, Kiernan Shipka and Viola Davis. Now comes Megan Mullally who begins a recurring role Friday, Aug. 23 (9am/8c) as Miss Nettle, a seemingly sweet fairy who teaches enchanted gardening at Royal Prep.
Don't tell these sci fi-fantasy geeks to "Get a life!" They already have one — and it's making them pretty damn famous. Syfy's new reality series Heroes of Cosplay, premiering Tuesday at10:30 pm/9:30c, will follow nine uberobsessed cosplayers — that's short for "costume players" — as they travel the comic-book conventions of America dressed as their favorite characters from film, TV, anime and video games. Their costumes are elaborate, self-made and, in some cases, quite erotic.
"If you assume the world of cosplay is filled with social misfits confused about the priorities in life, you're in for a surprise," says executive producer Mark Cronin.
Yeah, but whose turn is it to take out the garbage? The kicky new Disney XD toon series Marvel's Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. (premiering Sunday, Aug. 11 at 11am/10c) is a mix of high-octane action and screwball comedy that finds the incredible Hulk — voiced by Marvel vet Fred Tatasciore — fighting the usual assortment of intergalactic baddies while also living with four other gamma-radiated Hulks under the same roof.
The roomies include She-Hulk (Eliza Dushku), A-Bomb (Seth Green), Skaar (Ben Diskin) and Red Hulk (Clancy Brown), plus their T-Rex pet, Devil Dinosaur.
"They're trying to prove to the world that they're heroes, not destructive monsters," says Tatasciore. "But it doesn't always go so well. To help the PR campaign along, Hulk reluctantly lets A-Bomb film their family life for a reality web series." Which means the big green grunter has to work on his charm. Cracks Tatasciore: "He will actually speak in complete sentences!"
So what! Who cares? We do! On Friday, Aug. 9, funny lady Joy Behar checks out of ABC's The View after 16 seasons of fabulous sass and unapologetically leftist commentary. TV Guide Magazine just had to sit her down for one last blabathon!
TV Guide Magazine: It's been quite a while since your departure from The View was announced. Can you remind us why you're doing this? Because it really sucks.
Behar: I need a different kind of life. I have so many other things to do! I want to write, do standup, maybe do Broadway, do acting roles, and live my life without this daily regimen. I'm done! It's scary that 16 years have passed. How the hell did this happen? ...