From Extra To *Elvis* Austin Butler Interview

Elvis star Austin Butler and Kelly Clarkson bond over being shy kids, and share how the arts — acting for Austin and singing for Kelly — helped break them out of their shells. Austin also dishes on his childhood obsession with playing guitar, getting his big break as a Nickelodeon extra, his special relationship with Denzel Washington, and the “intimidating” experience of meeting Priscilla Presley for the first time.

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The Super Secretive Star Wars Auditions Process

Collider – May 27, 2021 at 10:47AM:

Ever wonder what it’s like auditioning for one of the biggest film franchises in history?

Let’s ask Kelly Marie Tran. Prior to joining the Star Wars film franchise as Resistance mechanic Rose Tico, Tran was working hard to break through by making her mark in the improv and sketch comedy scene. Little did she know, she was bound for an audition that would send her star soaring in Hollywood via a single film.

How exactly does the process of auditioning for a Star Wars movie even begin? Here’s how it went for Tran:

“I remember getting an email, just like you normally would for an audition, but the email said the project was ‘The Untitled Rian Johnson Project,’ which after a little bit of light Googling, it was pretty clear that he was doing Episode 8.”

As we’ve come to expect from major franchises like Star Wars, the MCU and more, the folks in charge will do everything possible to preserve the mystery until the films are ready for the big screen. Their efforts to keep plot details under wraps doesn’t just apply to us fans; there are also measures in place to keep that information top secret during the audition phase. Tran continued:

“We didn’t get sides to prepare. They wouldn’t even let you have them. So we would get to the audition and then you’d be given these sides that were printed on red paper so that you wouldn’t take them with you.”

Star Wars Auditions: Kelly Marie Tran Details the Super Secretive Process

Michael Cera | Interview

Deadline – October 9, 2020 at 02:18PM:


With no fewer than three acclaimed Broadway productions of plays written by Kenneth Lonergan to his credit – This Is Our Youth, Lobby Hero and The Waverly Gallery –actor Michael Cera seems the playwright’s ideal, go-to stand-in, an embodiment of the confusion, awkwardness, deadpan humor and sly charm that helps give Lonergan’s work its punch.

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Simon Rich Knows the Secret to Staying Productive During the Pandemic

Variety – October 8, 2020 at 03:11PM:


Writer Simon Rich, who counts Seth Rogen (for “An American Pickle”) and Lorne Michaels (for “Miracle Workers” and “Man Seeking Woman”) among his collaborators and Seth Meyers and John Mulaney among his friends, hasn’t had trouble staying productive during the pandemic. “It’s much easier to be a fiction writer than a feature director right now.”

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Evan Rachel Wood on Dolores’ ‘Westworld’ Fate and Her Favorite Acting Roles

Film – Variety – October 3, 2020 at 11:15AM:


As Old Dolio Dyne in Miranda July’s “Kajillionaire, Evan Rachel Wood is feral. The character, a Los Angeles 26-year-old who has been bred by her parents, Robert and Theresa (Richard Jenkins and Debra Winger), to help them carry out their small-scale scams, has never known life outside of their distorted, cold worldview.  But after the family meets the charismatic […]

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‘The Boys’ Showrunner Eric Kripke Actually Regrets Killing Off That One Superhero

TV Line – October 3, 2020 at 11:09AM:


Let’s just start by saying this post will absolutely spoil the seventh episode of Season 2 of The Boys, so if you haven’t gotten your weekly fill of superhero mayhem, maybe save this tab in your browser until you do. You’ve been warned.

The penultimate episode of the show’s second season had a lot of heads exploding once again, as the show continues to ramp up the brutality and shock in a variety of ways. But one of the more unexpected moments of the show was the death of a (former) member of The Seven. TV Line talked to showrunner Eric Kripke (careful: there’s also a spoiler in the story’s URL as well) about the episode and he detailed what the writer’s room was thinking when it decided that Lamplighter, who was introduced in the last episode, needed to go.

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Dustin Nguyen Talks ‘Warrior’, ’21 Jump Street’ And Being An Asian Hollywood Pioneer

TV – Deadline – October 2, 2020 at 11:27AM:


The sophomore season of Warrior premieres October 2 (that’s tonight) on Cinemax and actor Dustin Nguyen returns as a series regular in the role of the big baddie Zing, who was introduced at the end of the first season. For some, this is the first introduction to the actor, but for many — specifically the Asian American […]

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