If you’ve already listened to this weekend’s edition of Fox All Access on the radio, you’ve heard the sad news: After 18 years, we’re signing off the air.
Sure, we wish we could have kept the show going forever, but as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. So, just like Drs. House and Wilson did when “House” ended, it’s time for us to ride off into the sunset, heads held high.
From our days as the Fox Kids Countdown and Fox Family Countdown, to the decade we spent as Fox All Access, this radio show has been much more than just a job to those of us who have worked on it.
It’s been our passion.
We hope that’s come through in everything we’ve done, whether it’s the radio show, this website, our YouTube videos, or our social media updates.
We leave with tremendous pride in everything we’ve been able to accomplish in these past 18 years. Producing 938 unique radio shows is no easy task — that’s more original episodes than “The Simpsons,” “House,” and “Bones” combined! And in the last few years, we’ve also created more than 600 videos, a pretty astonishing number for a group that started with no video experience.
We hope we’ve left you with plenty of great memories. Maybe it was a really cool interview. Maybe Chris Leary said something that made you laugh. Maybe you heard a really awesome song for the very first time during “You Gotta Hear This!” Maybe you called in and got on the air, and your friends couldn’t believe they heard you on the radio. Or maybe you just came to count on us as a familiar friend you could spend time with each weekend.
If you listened to our final show, you heard the entire crew sharing our favorite Fox All Access memories, and now it’s your turn. Leave a comment, share a memory, and let us know if we succeeded in our #1 goal: to entertain you with two hours of great radio every weekend.
On behalf of the entire Fox All Access staff, thanks for listening. Keeping a radio show going for 18 years is a pretty spectacular thing in this business, and we couldn’t have done it without you.
So again, thanks. We’ll miss you.
Seriously? A Miss USA winner hasn’t been able to find a man to date?
Believe it or not, it’s true!
Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih, a 26-year-old Lebanese beauty from Michigan, hasn’t been able to find Mr. Right on her own, so she’s hoping she might be able to change her luck on national TV. This Thursday night, she’ll be a contestant on Fox’s hit dating show, “The Choice,” along with Carmen Electra, Sophie Monk, and model Hope Dworaczyk.
When Fox All Access host Chris Leary got to spend a few minutes backstage at the “American Idol” finale with Rima Fakih, as you’ll see in this video, he found out exactly why these beautiful women haven’t been able to meet their soulmates yet.
“The Choice” airs Thursday night at 9/8c after “Take Me Out” on Fox.
Now, he’s set his sights on America, and he’s already won over a lot of fans — including Taylor Swift, who’s asked him to help her write songs for her next album!
His first single, “The A Team,” has already started to climb the charts — and if you haven’t heard it, well, it has absolutely nothing to do with the TV show or movie. It is, however, a powerful, moving song — and if you haven’t seen the live rendition he recorded especially for us, you should.
Along with the live session, Ed talked with Fox All Access host Chris Leary about the song and its inspirations, along with plenty of other things, including his beginnings as a musician, his work ethic, and how he landed some prime gigs during his very first visit to Los Angeles.
So take a look at the interview, then check out Ed Sheeran’s debut album, “+.”
The movie industry has changed a lot over the years. These days, even the biggest movies will have a few good weeks, then fade away as the next big thing hits theaters. In fact, it’s been over a decade since any movie spent 10 consecutive weeks in the Top 5 at the box office. One film that stands out from the rest is the 1982 film, “E.T.” The accomplishments of E.T. were spectacular – it spent 27 weeks in a row in the Top 5, 16 of those at Number 1. And even though it was released at a time when movie tickets cost less than 3 bucks a piece, it’s still number one on the all-time list of top-grossing movies. We could quote its accomplishments all day, but perhaps the biggest is that it’s Steven Spielberg’s favorite film. (Click on the audio player to hear Steven Spielberg)
Drew Barrymore was just a little girl, only 6 years old, when she made E.T., and she remembers how working with Spielberg changed her life. (Click on the audio player to hear Drew Barrymore)
Today E.T. celebrates its 30th anniversary. So go ahead hop on your bike, turn on your heartlight, and phone home.
Hell’s Kitchen is one of the best and beloved reality shows currently on television. The cooking competition over the years has turned out exquisite aspiring chefs who go on to have successful culinary careers. Hell’s Kitchen is now in its tenth season, and it looks like it’s going to be one of the most intense seasons the show has ever had. The winner of this season’s competition will become the head chef at Chef Ramsay’s “Gordon Ramsay Steak” at Paris Las Vegas. Chef Ramsay explains that in order to win this season’s cooking competition, the contestants must be tenacious and have discipline. (Click on the audio player to hear Gordon Ramsay)
Hell’s Kitchen airs Monday and Tuesday nights 8/7 central on FOX.
Along with his run on Saturday Night Live, Adam Sandler cut his teeth recording comedy albums filled with suggestive language and headlining his share of R rated films. Although Funny People received an R rating, Sandler’s subsequent movies (Just Go With It, Jack and Jill, Grown Ups) have been comedy that the entire family can enjoy. With That’s My Boy, Sandler returns with more adult humor, and he says it was pretty fun using curse words, even if it irritates members of his family. (Click on the audio player to hear Adam Sandler)
That’s My Boy opens in theatres this Friday.
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted took the box office crown, earning $60,350,000 over the weekend. Since its first film in 2005, the Madagascar franchise, which features the voice work of Ben Stiller and Chris Rock, has been roundly loved by both children and adults.
Prometheus, director Ridley Scott’s return to the sci-fi genre, came in at second place, taking in $50,000,000. Starring Noomi Rapace and Charlize Theron, Prometheus serves as a prequel to Scott’s 1979 feature Alien, and the filmmaker has stated that more Alien installments are in the works. With the success of Prometheus, a sequel is pretty much a foregone conclusion.
Last week’s box office winner, Snow White and the Huntsmen, fell two spots to third place, grossing $23,021,000. Despite a 59% drop from last week, there are still strong rumors of a sequel.
Rounding out the top five is Men in Black III, which earned $13,500,000 in its third week of release. The film has earned over $135,505,000, proving that the franchise is still going strong (the first Men in Black came out in 1997). Over a month since its release, The Avengers is still going strong, as it came in at number five with $10,809,000. The Avengers is now the third highest grossing film of all time, trailing James Cameron’s two blockbusters, Titanic and Avatar.
Ben Stiller grew up in a show business family, as his parents are famed comedic team Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara (they were called Stiller and Meara). Some children go the opposite way career wise from their parents, but Stiller admits he loved movies as a kid and was determined to follow in his parents’ footsteps. (Click on the audio player to hear Ben Stiller)
It’s amazing to think that The Ben Stiller Show debuted over twenty years ago (1992) and he directed (and starred) in the 1994 feature Reality Bites. Now he’s one of the many voices in the family film Madagascar 3, which is out in theatres now.
Filmmaker Ridley Scott, who flourished in the sci-fi world thanks to Alien and Blade Runner, makes an ambitious return to the genre with the new film, Prometheus. Scott’s cinematic trademark is his unmatched visual style, and Oscar winner Charlize Theron was excited to work with Scott in the feature, which also stars Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender. Theron believes that movies like Prometheus are simply Scott’s “ball of wax.” (Click on the audio player to hear Charlize Theron)