Mingle Media TV’s Red Carpet Report host Ashley Bornancin were invited to come out to Warner Bros Studios Lot, Stage 22 for a set visit with the cast of the ABC Family hit series “The Fosters.” We’ve been dying to post this as it actually happened in early December and we had to wait until today to share with you!
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The series is a one-hour drama about a multi-ethnic family mix of foster and biological kids being raised by two moms. From executive producer Jennifer Lopez and created by Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige (“Queer As Folk”), who will also serve as writers and executive producers comes The Fosters. Stars Teri Polo (“Meet the Parents”), Sherri Saum (“In Treatment”), Jake T. Austin (“Wizards of Waverly Place”), Hayden Byerly (“Parenthood”), David Lambert (“Aaron Stone”), newcomer Maia Mitchell (star of Disney Channel’s upcoming “Teen Beach Movie”), Danny Nucci (“Titanic”) and Cierra Ramirez (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager”).
Series Premieres on Monday, January 13 at 9/8c on ABC Family!
“The Fosters” returns with all-new episodes on Monday, January 13, 9:00PM – 10:00PM ET/PT, picking up from the summer cliffhanger. The repercussions of Callie’s decision to run away impact every member of the Foster family, including newlyweds Stef and Lena, who had offered to adopt the troubled teen. Both Jude and Brandon struggle with their own personal guilt about her running away. Mariana inadvertently discovers the whole story about Lexi’s upcoming trip to Honduras. “The Honeymoon” was written by Bradley Bredeweg & Peter Paige, and directed by Jim Hayman.
We spoke with Andy Garcia after viewing a screener of Christmas in Conway, where he plays the husband, Duncan Mayor to Mary Louise Parker’s character, Suzy, who is the love of his life. The movie is an emotionally charged one where Garcia plays a hard-working, determined man who says little to those around him, all with a mission in mind for his wife, one last grand gesture that shows his love for her. Don’t miss the trailers below and the original song that is performed by Andy for the movie!
Mark your Calendar
The Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of Christmas in Conway, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2013 (9:00-11:00p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Our Interview with Andy… and he sings (below)
We all know Andy as an Oscar®, Emmy® and multiple Golden Globe® award nominee for movies like The Godfather Part III and For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story but he’s genuinely an artist as he shares why he made this film.
We asked Andy what drew him to this project? He told us that he was struck by the idea of this romantic notion where a couple would be in this place in their lives, at the end of her life (his wife), and his character challenges himself to get it done, the final gesture was beautiful.
When asked how he got into character for this role, he told us there were no tricks, it’s the craft, you have to live truthfully in this imaginary place created for you to tell the story.
Working with Mary-Louise Parker:Andy tells us that she was magnificent to work with. They shot the movie in 20 days and didn’t have a lot of prep-time and their relationship was very spontaneous in that they felt a kinship. Andy tells us there wasn’t much time to establish the bond they had to portray in the movie but from the moment he brings her home, walking her in the house in the opening scene, they showed up and executed.
Working with Cherie Oteri:Andy said when he heard she would be int he film he was excited because he knew she could bring levity to the role she was cast in and was very fun to work with.
We asked Andy what he liked about his character, Duncan Mayor?He told us that being a family man himself, being married for 35 years, helped him prepare for the role as he tells us that you will do for the person that is the greatest love of your life what you have to, especially if you are about to lose them.
His character feels the pain and suffering but doesn’t show it to his wife, everyone sees it, but she sees his love and enjoyment of her company. His character doesn’t want help, or want to ask for help, he wants to do everything for his wife.
Andy tells us that on set they were focused at the task at handeven though there were times where they laughed a lot there was a great ease and enjoyment in making the film, even though they had to make it look like winter while suffering the humidity and heat of a North Carolina summer. The people in the town they shot this movie in were very hospitable.
Christmas In Conway End Credits Theme Song performed by the movie’s own Andy Garcia.
Christmas In Conway (End Credits)
Performed by Andy Garcia
Lyrics by Andy Garcia
Music by Arturo Sandoval and Andy Garcia
Arrangement by Arturo Sandoval
Arturo Music Company ASCAP (Andy Garcia)
Sandoval Enterprises of America ASCAP ( Arturo Sandoval)
Between now and December 1st, you can enter the Hallmark Hall of Fame Sweepstakes for this movie.
Grand Prize Winner will receive a Christmas in ConwayTwig Reindeer and a Hallmark Hall of Fame DVD ofChristmas in Conway
Second Place Winners will receive a Christmas in Conwayt-shirt and a Hallmark Hall of Fame DVD of Christmas in Conway
Runners-Up will receive a Hallmark Hall of Fame DVD ofChristmas in Conway.
Online entries must be received by 11:59:59 PM (ET) on 12/1/13 for Grand prize and received by 11:59:59 PM (ET) on 12/15/13 for remaining prizes (Second Place and Runners-Up). Limit one entry per person/per day.
Christmas in Conway is directed by John Kent Harrison (What the Deaf Man Heard, The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler). The script is by Stephen P. Lindsey (Hachi: A Dog’s Tale) and Luis Ugaz. Hawk Koch (Source Code, Gorky Park) and Brent Shields (The Magic of Ordinary Days, Remember Sunday) are executive producers. It is produced by Andrew Gottlieb (Have a Little Faith,Christmas with Holly). It is from Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions.
Lorraine Bruce and Matt Long from the new ABC drama, “LUCKY 7”
Lucky 7 Series airs on Tuesday Nights at 10 PM ET
“Lucky 7” stars Summer Bishil (“Towelhead”) as Samira Lashari, Lorraine Bruce (“Eden Lake”) as Denise Dibinksy, Alex Castillo as Bianca Clemente, Christine Evangelista as Mary Lavecchia, Stephen Louis Grush (“Detroit 1-8-7”) as Nicky Korzak, Matt Long (“Private Practice”) as Matt Korzak, Anastasia Phillips (“Stoked”) as Leanne Maxwell, Luis Antonio Ramos (“The Ruins”) as Antonio Clemente and Isiah Whitlock, Jr. (“The Wire”) as Bob Harris.
We got to speak with Kylie Bunbury from the new ABC Family Hit Show, Twisted, about her role and the upcoming season finale tomorrow night.
We asked how she got the role? She said she got the script outside of pilot season and was really intrigues by the dynamics between the three main characters.
Kylie tells us she went in to read for Lacy and Adam (Adam Milch, Executive Producer) liked me. She got a call back and then did a chemistry read with Maddie (Maddie Hasson, her co-star).
Kylie says everything happened very fast, like a whirlwind.
We asked Kylie what she liked about the character she plays and she told us she likes how she has a “hard exterior” but is nice when it counts and is vulnerable. There are reasons she is the way she is and Kylie says she likes how the character development is not all out in the open, which keeps the audience guessing about what she will do next.
Kylie also tells us that she is like her character and she makes some mistakes but is true to herself and a bit reserved in letting people into her life, but she shares that confidence and softness with her TV character as well.
Since the show is about high school and popular kids play a big role in the interaction of the three main characters and the mystery surrounding Avan Jogia’s troubled past, we asked about the importance of being in the “in crowd.” Kylie tells us that she realized when she got into the real world things aren’t as they seem, her character became popular because she didn’t want the issue that happened in the past when she was eleven to define her.
She does tell us that what she found to be true in real life is to be yourself, be true to yourself and know you worth, that’s what’s important. Kylie says to never compromise and keep your integrity, if you just want to fit in and you compromise to do so, you won’t feel good after.
Sorry – no spoiler here!You’ll have to watch the final season summer final episode entitled “Out With the In-Crowd,” airing Tuesday, August 27th at 9:00pm ET/PT on ABC Family.
Kylie and her cast mates go back to work in October on new episodes so don’t miss out on the season finale tomorrow night! Be sure to follow Kylie on Twitter! https://twitter.com/kyliebunbury
“Twisted” is a one-hour mystery full of twists and turns that is centered on a charismatic 16-year-old with a troubled past (Avan Jogia) who has recently reconnected with his two female best friends from childhood (Maddie Hasson and Kylie Bunbury). He becomes the prime suspect when a fellow student is found dead in her home. The series also stars Kimberly Quinn, Sam Robards, Ashton Moio and Denise Richards. “Twisted” is executive-produced by Gavin Polone, David Babcock and Adam Milch. “Twisted” is produced by Prodco, Inc.
Spell-Mageddon World Premiere July 24 – Watch Each Wednesday at 9/8c on ABC Family
We love this new ABC Family show hosted by Alfonso Ribeiro, imagine the fun and what you could learn in one hour? Yes, the one hour game show makes the spelling bee something to strive for and not be afraid of… but watch out, the contestants on Spell-Mageddon are not only distracted but stuff happens to them while the spelling challenges get increasingly tougher!
Watch this Clip
We got to speak with Alfonso before the premiere and he is just as funny and entertaining as we remember him from his Fresh Prince of Bel Air days.
Alfonso Ribeiro, Host of Spell-mageddon, star of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
We had to ask: Were you a good speller in school?
He tells us that spelling was not his “best area” but math was #1! That’s why he can feel for the contestants when they get a spelling wrong…
Does Alfonso rely on his autocorrect on his mobile?
Oh no, he’s very careful and reads as he goes, he doesn’t do 100MPH, he proofreads… (smart!)
So if spelling isn’t really his passion, why this project?
Alfonso tells us that it’s a fun ride and he always wanted to be involved with something fun, like this, take the spelling bee and add crazy distractions! It’s pure comedy and the contestants are so great and so focused. The Zapp electric shockers and sounds that are made by them when they react are too funny. The best part is they want to be there and we get to see their real reactions and have fun.
Alfonso tells us that people are very excited about a show that is positive and they really enjoy it. It’s truly LOL – laugh out loud fun. It’s naturally, not staged funny and very positive in nature.
How do you describe the show to people who don’t get it?
He says – think of the ABC Wipeout Show and it’s like that but you are learning words.
Imagine summer fun, TV and learning all rolled into one TV show!
Spell-Mageddon is an hour game show where contestants take on hilarious distractions while spelling increasingly challenging words!
If you haven’t discovered “The Fosters” on ABC Family, tune in tonight to see what you’ve been missing. We got to speak with one of the “foster” kids about her role and what it’s been like to be on this series a few days ago.
Maia Mitchell, the talented actress from down under, who plays Callie on the series is a hardened character in survival mode and learning to slowly begin to trust those around her. She’s very protective of her younger brother and will do what it takes to be there for him, even if it means breaking the rules and putting her relationship with her foster parents at risk.
We asked Maia how she found this role and she told us that she read the script for the pilot 3 or 4 times and auditioned twice, she really wanted to be cast as Callie because she as she tells us, she was “obsessed” with the character and knew the show was going to be a hit.
Here’s Maia talking to us on the blue carpet a few weeks back at the Monsters University premiere about her role on The Fosters.
How does an actor so young portray such a powerful performance?
Maia tells us that “Callie’s journey is to learn how to trust people” and the upcoming episode entitled “The Fallout” is a dramatic one, where she needs to understand that she has to face her past. She’s being encouraged to go to therapy, but as Maia tells us “a therapy session is not going to do it for Callie, she butts heads with the concept and she can’t face the demon’s in her past…” at least not yet.
Maia tells us that “the dialog is so strong and the character arcs are so clear in the writing that the more (I) am in character, the easier it is to be that character.”
She also tells us that she “learned more about (my)self in the pilot, it was so raw and I allowed myself to get lost in the character, dig deep beyond my comfort zone, and be challenged on a deeper level” than she had been at this point in her career.
Here’s a clip from a past episode about “Callie and her little brother Jude”
Finally, we asked who her favorite cast mate was on the show?
She tells us that’s a really tough question, but she finally shared it was Hayden Byerly, who plays her little brother Jude,”because we have a character history and I have a little brother (in real life) so I enjoy his company he reminds me of Charlie, my brother, Hayden’s very precocious and very clever.”
Be sure to tune in to “The Fosters” on Monday Nights at 9 PM ET. You can also find out more about this series, watch past episodes and even follow Maia on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MaiaMitchell
(ABC FAMILY/Eric McCandless) MAIA MITCHELL
About The Fosters
From executive producer Jennifer Lopez and created by Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige (“Queer As Folk”), who will also serve as writers and executive producers comes The Fosters. The series is a one-hour drama about a multi-ethnic family mix of foster and biological kids being raised by two moms.
Starring: Teri Polo (“Meet the Parents”), Sherri Saum (“In Treatment”), Jake T. Austin (“Wizards of Waverly Place”), Hayden Byerly (“Parenthood”), David Lambert (“Aaron Stone”), newcomer Maia Mitchell (star of Disney Channel’s upcoming “Teen Beach Movie”), Danny Nucci (“Titanic”) and Cierra Ramirez (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager”).
Mingle Media TV and Red Carpet Report executive producer, Stephane Piche, spoke with Elizabeth Perkins & Brad Garrett about the their new TV show, “How To Live With Your Parents (For The Rest Of Your Life)” which premieres Wednesday, April 3rd at 9:31-10:00 p.m., ET / PT on the ABC Television Network.
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“How To Live With Your Parents (For The Rest Of Your Life)” stars Sarah Chalke as Polly, Elizabeth Perkins as Elaine, Jon Dore as Julian, Rachel Eggleston as Natalie, Stephanie Hunt as Jenn, and Brad Garrett as Max.
The series is executive-produced by Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo and Claudia Lonow.
Ladies, get ready for another exciting season of The Bachelor.
Most of us remember, heart-throb, Sean Lowe from the season of The Bachelorette with Emily Maynard, who passed on “the perfect man” eliminating him and shocking not only Sean but all of us watching.
Now, it’s Sean’s turn to find love and we believe he has his hands full with this group of single ladies.
We’re excited to say that we got to speak with Sean about the next edition of ABC’s hit romance reality series, “The Bachelor,” and want to recommend that our Red Carpet Report fans tune in on Monday, January 7, 2013 for the season opener… it’s one you won’t want to miss!
In case this is your first time hearing about the new Bachelor, Sean, here’s some deets: he’s 29 years old and is a successful entrepreneur who lives in Dallas. He’s very close to his family, and a true Southern gentleman. He’d also like to have a big family and is very focused on family values as demonstrated by his relationships with his parents and sister. Sean is 6’3″ and attended Kansas State on a full football scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. He started in finance and then moved into the insurance industry but now he is the proud owner of an upscale, custom furniture business. Sean loves to camp, wakeboard, dance, be outdoors, go to concerts and have fun with his two dogs, Lola and Ellie.
First Impressions – The Bachelor
Now that you know something about him, you can size up the single ladies as they try to make their BEST first impression Sean. But before you do, check out this fun video of past Bachelor shows and some of the memorable first impressions that happened on the show.
Our Chat with Sean
Operator: Your next question comes from Stephanie Piche from Red Carpet Report.
Stephanie Piche: Hi Sean. I really enjoyed getting to know you on The Bachelorette, and we’re excited to see what happens this season. My question for you is, how many rules are you going to break this time around?
Sean Lowe: You know, I’ve never been one to really conform to rules that are set, so you’re going to see me break quite a few rules, and I did The Bachelor for a specific reason. It was to find the love of my life, and I feel like there were certain points in the season where I couldn’t follow the rules. I had to follow my heart as opposed to the rules, and so I think you’re going to see me breaking quite a few rules this season.
Stephanie Piche: OK. And, what’s the best advice your parents have given you about participating in this process?
Sean Lowe: You know, my parents know me better than anyone else, and they told me, just be yourself and stay true to who you are and then, you know, of course, stay in prayer and everything’s going to work itself out. And, they trust me and they trust my judgment and so they knew that, you know, I would follow my heart, and they knew that I’d represent the family well and ultimately make the decision that’s best for me.
Stephanie Piche: Great… And, one quick question. What’s your pet peeve, stuff that you’ve found with this whole process with these ladies?
Sean Lowe: Oh, biggest pet peeve. Like I said earlier, it’s almost inevitable for this to happen, but it always irritated me when girls would get caught up more in the drama and then they would lose focus on the real reason that they were there. And, you know, of course, I want them to focus on the relationship that we’re developing and not focus on all the other BS going on with the other women in the house.
Stephanie Piche: Of course. Thanks so much and good luck.
Sean Lowe: Thank you very much.
Follow The Bachelor
Be sure to follow The Bachelor on ABC Monday Nights and you can even watch the playbacks and find out more about the single ladies who are on the show by visiting the official show site here on ABC.
Mingle Media TV and host, Kristyn Burtt, were invited to The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills for a preview screening of an upcoming episode “Many Happy Returns” from CBS’s new series “Person of Interest”, followed by a conversation with the show’s cast and creative team.
More About “Person of Interest” on CBS
Person of Interest is a crime drama TV Series based on a screenplay developed by J. J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan. The series revolves around a former Green Beret and CIA agent played by Jim Caviezel who is recruited by a mysterious billionaire played by Michael Emerson to prevent violent crimes in New York City. Taraji P. Henson and Kevin Chapman also star in this series. CBS announced that the series had been renewed for a second season on March 14th 2012.
Mingle Media TV was invited to The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills will present a preview screening of an upcoming episode of ABC’s new series Missing, followed by a conversation with the show’s cast and creative team.
More About Missing on ABC
Ashley Judd headlines the series as Becca Winstone, a retired superspy and current flower-shop owner who is compelled to dust off some of her old skills—like kick-ass hand-to-hand combat with would-be assassins—after her eighteen-year-old son goes missing in Rome. A woman on a mission, Becca is like Sydney Bristow of Alias, forced back into the international-intrigue game against her will, but hell-bent on succeeding, with her son’s life at stake.
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