Of all the segments I have done for the TODAY show in the last 3 years, this was by far the most challenging and visually dynamic one I’ve done. The concept is simple: discuss three cultural topics, under 5 munutes, on three stages with three hosts. It sounds like an obstacle course, right? Lol. From what I was told, these types of segments have been done before but with THREE contributors. The fact that TODAY producers allowed me to do all three means they have tremendous trust in me which I highly appreciate them for it. Also, I found out it was the first time they were testing out the new format so whatever you see here has never been done before on their show. I’m very fortunate to have had the opportunity and for actually pulling it off!
On this ninth episode, I talk about Tom Cruise’s new movie ‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’ with my good friend Mike Sargeant as we tackle Tom’s career, his longevity and our opinions on why he doesn’t seem to want to collaborate with another A-List actor (3:20). We also review Broadway’s new family feel-good musical Holiday Inn (24:46) as well as take a look at Ava DuVernay’s Queen Sugar (21:34), and I ask a New Yorker what he’s seeing, listening and downloading (27:43), plus, we recap the most important pop culture news you might have missed this week.Read More
According to the press release I got, HBO has confirmed the debut date for HIGH MAINTENANCE, with the comedy series slated to kick off its six-episode season on Friday, Sept 16 (11:00 – 11:30pm). It used to be stream on Amazon Prime which I spoke about once on VH1’s Big Morning Buzz, but Viacom took down all the videos… well that’s a whole other conversation for another day.
When one says the name Rob Reiner, plentiful thoughts of superlatives comes to mind, but what most people associate the name Rob Reiner with is his character Michael ‘Meathead’ Stivic from “All in the Family” and for his romantic-comedy classic “When Harry Met Sally,” at least for this writer. A further look into Reiner’s cinematic oeuvre and you’ll slowly understand how the tag of living legend might apply.Read More
Doctor Who has been a staple of British culture for well over fifty years. First premiering in 1963, the show had something of cult following here in the United States during its original run. Since returning to the air in 2005, it’s become an international hit. Currently in its Ninth Season (Or Thirty-Fifth, depending on your measure) the series follows the adventures of the 12th Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and his companion Clara (Jenna Coleman).Read More
Last week, the 2014 FIFAWorld Cup — the biggest event in the world — finally kicked off with its first game between Brazil and Croatia. Four for years, teams and fans have been preparing for their one moment to prove themselves worthy of the golden cup, and brands all around the world are making sure that they ride that wave soccer passion. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “the top 20 World Cup 2014 ads have so far attracted 6.9 million shares across social media — 31.4 percent more than the top 20 ads from Super Bowl 2014 (4.7 million).”
It’s obvious that ads are just as important as the matches themselves and that’s why I’ve chosen the 5 best commercials of this year’s World Cup:
“Power” is a new series by Executive Producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and show creator Courtney Kemp Agboh premiering on Starz June 7. The show stars Omari Hardwick as James “Ghost” St. Patrick and co-stars Joseph Sikora as Tommy Egan. I had a chance to sit down with the two actors and Kemp, who spoke to me about the creation of the show, what it offers and 50 Cent’s involvement.
This past Sunday, “Metastasis,” the Spanish version of the Emmy Award-winning series “Breaking Bad,” premiered simultaneously on UniMas, Univision and Galavision. The remake tells the same story as the AMC original, but with cultural adaptations that allow it to makes sense with Bogota, Colombia as its backdrop.Read More
You can probably count on two hands the number of shows that have had a Latino lead or Latino cast in an English-speaking show that aired on network television until 2007 when “George Lopez” had its final episode. But now in 2014 alone there are about 12 shows that have a Hispanic leads or co-stars! It’s obvious that we’ve come a long way, and so in celebration of this feat, here are the shows airing in 2014 that feature Latino talent:Read More