Toy Story of Terror
For all the laughs and sweet surprises, the Toy Story franchise can also deliver big frights, from the freaky mutant toys in the 1995 original to the deadly incinerator that nearly claimed the lives of Woody, Buzz and the gang in 2010's Toy Story 3. Now the peeps at Pixar are dishing up more chills with their first-ever Halloween special, Toy Story of TERROR!, a takeoff on the old Agatha Christie chestnut And Then There Were None (aka Ten Little Indians).
"Toy Story has...
They're all the rage these days — on film, on TV, even on Broadway — but there was a time when America had no superheroes. So, just like with jazz and blue jeans, we had to invent them. The three-hour PBS documentary Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle (Tuesday, Oct. 15) will track their evolution from the birth of Superman in the Great Depression to the powerhouse dominance of Spider-Man and...
Patricia Arquette, Steve Buscemi
When Nucky Thompson lets a woman enter his world of dirty politics and bootleg hooch, she usually ends up in his bed. Or dead. Or both. Is the Boardwalk Empire crime lord, played by Steve Buscemi, finally ready to move beyond prostitutes, showgirls and helpless hausfraus? He'll give it a shot with Sally Wheet, a no-baloney speakeasy owner from Tampa played by Patricia Arquette, who spent seven seasons — and won an Emmy — as crime-busting psychic Allison DuBois on Medium.
General Hospital's Luke Spencer is slowly dying from polonium poisoning so what better time to interview the guy who plays him, seven-time Emmy winner Anthony Geary? TV Guide Magazine corralled daytime's lion king to discuss his character's current bout with mortality and other dishy topics — from his issues with Luke and Laura to the GH head writer who wanted him fired!
TV Guide Magazine: What's the trick to making us believe Luke is at death's door when we know damn well they'd never get rid of you?
Geary: That's very kind but, in the soap business, everyone is expendable and you never take anything for granted. That said, I'm not sure the audience does buy this. When that ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned with polonium a few years back — they think by Putin — he was covered in gruesome sores. It's a hellish death. I really wanted to go there but they wouldn't let me. [Laughs] I do love to look bad.
It's a question that has long baffled even the most diehard Disney fans: Is Goofy a dog or not? And, if not, then what the heck is he? The Walt Disney Company is about to have some fun with this decades-old mystery in "Dog Show," the latest in an Emmy-winning series of new but vintage-looking Mickey Mouse shorts airing on the Disney Channel.
Peg + Cat
The research is alarming, but PBS is ready to fight back. PEG + CAT, a new animated children's series premiering Monday is designed to combat recent studies that show young girls are increasingly buying into the belief that boys are better at math.
"Not only is the notion ridiculous, it's a real shame, because it's encouraging girls not to pursue math in school, and that will greatly affect their career options," says Lesli Rotenberg, the general manager of children's programming at PBS. "We wanted a show that will address the issue in a fun way and help reverse this crazy thinking."
This is so not the Maya Rudolph version. Gina Gershon plays uberdiva fashionista Donatella Versace in Lifetime's House of Versace (Saturday, Oct. 5, 8/7c), a bio-flick packed with high fashion and epic tragedy. The film kicks off in 1996 in Milan with Donatella serving as creative muse to her brother, superstar designer Gianni Versace (Enrico Colantoni). When Gianni is slain by a serial killer, Donatella is forced to take his place as head couturier to keep the company afloat. All that grief and pressure soon has her strung out on booze and cocaine, and profits slide 60 percent. Cue the family intervention and a forced stint in rehab. TV Guide Magazine spoke with Gershon about the challenge of playing Donatella minus the Saturday Night Live shtick.
Frank Langella and Christopher Plummer
He could float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. That we remember. But a lot of us have forgotten — and most younger people haven't a clue — that the world's most famous prizefighter, Muhammad Ali, lost many of his prime boxing years because he refused to take part in the Vietnam War. The HBO movie Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight reexamines his politically charged battle for a...
Buckle your seatbelt and keep your lip zipped! When ABC's new hit series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns for episode 2 (Tuesday, 8/7c) its covert team of superhero wranglers and alien investigators will fly to Peru to check out a bizarre object of unknown origin. Then, on Oct. 8, they race against the clock to locate a scientific genius who's been kidnapped. And on Oct. 15, they're after a female superthief. But don't expect any deets from Ming-Na Wen. TV Guide Magazine spoke with the actress, who plays badass pilot Melinda May, about the pros and cons of starring on such a high-security show. Warning: This job can be hell on your friendships!