Category Archives: Hollywood Insider

Joonas Suotamo: A Wookie to Remember

In 2015, Joonas Suotamo worked with Peter Mayhew as they both played the famous wookie in the galaxy Chewbacca in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. By the time The Last Jedi came on to screen, Joonas has taken over the role. Now, he does something that very few Star Wars actors have done – played the past and future versions of their character. Suotamo suits up as we learn how Han and Chewie met in this Memorial Day weekend blockbuster “Solo: A Star Wars Story”. I was part of a roundtable to Joonas to know all that is Chewbacca

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Dawn Porter Explores The Run of Bobby Kennedy’s Presidency

Last night, the US Navy Memorial played host to the DC Premiere of the new Netflix docuseries “Bobby Kennedy for President”. Directed by Georgetown alum Dawn Porter, the four-part series brings together rare and never-before-seen archival footage as it reveals what America gained and what it lost in the life, vision, politics, and enduring legacy of Bobby Kennedy. The series comes as its marks the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s presidential campaign, which ended with his assassination on June 6, 1968.

Before the premiere event, I sat down with Dawn to discuss the wonderful moving series that debuted on Netflix – April 27th.

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Singer Carl Gershon Talks With Michelle about his Upcoming Tour w/ T Pain

Carl Gershon is the latest musician to launch his music career on YouTube. The singer’s sound is a mixture of funk with a bit of smooth R & B. Gershon is now traveling the country on T-Pain’s acoustic tour. The NYC native will be in the DMV area, Monday, October 30th at U Street Music Hall.. The full tour schedule is below. I recently did an interesting email interview and it went a little something like this. Check out his YouTube page.

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Danny Strong: Rebel With a Cause

On this edition, I talked to actor/screenwriter/producer Danny Strong. He is making his directorial debut with “Rebel in the Rye” starring Nicholas Hoult, Zoey Deutch, Sarah Paulson and Kevin Spacey. Author J.D. Salinger leads a reclusive lifestyle after the success of his popular and controversial novel “The Catcher in the Rye.”

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Exclusive: Nathan Burton A Master of Illusion Appears before Michelle!

Thanks to shows like The X-Factor, America’s Got Talent and now CW’s  Masters of Illusion which airs Friday nights on the CW Network, magic has made a big come back. One of these master magicians, Nathan Burton recently appeared on The CW Network’s Masters of Illusion.  I had a chance to have an interesting email interview with Nathan. Masters of Illusion airs Friday nights on The CW.

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Comic Con: Midnight Texas Cast Gives us the Scoop!

MIDNIGHT, TEXAS — Pictured: “Midnight,Texas_” Horizontal Key Art — (Photo by: NBCUniversal)

What up people people? NBC is pulling out all the stops for their upcoming supernatural thriller Midnight Texas. They had a huge presence at Wondercon a few months ago and they are doing it again at SDCC. The cast are hosting a big Comic Con panel and roundtables on Saturday, but you don’t have to wait, I did the roundtables at Comic Con. spoke with François Arnaud, Dylan Bruce, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Arielle Kebbel, Jason Lewis, and Sarah Ramos.   Too much hotness in one room, I’m sure I’ll be saying that all week. Midnight Texas launches on NBC, Monday, July 24th. Check out the interview. 

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Exclusive: Austin Basis Talks about Casual, working with Hulu and Life Unexpected!

Ok people who have visited EM for awhile know that I have weird obsessions and that one of them was Life Unexpected and I went on a hunt to meet members of the cast. A few weeks ago I caught up with Austin Basis. You may not know his name but if you are a fan of CW Network you’ve seen him guest star on several shows – he’s one of the popular Ghost Facers on Supernatural and star in two of my favorites – Life Unexpected and Beauty and the Beast.  In this wide ranging interview we talk about his new Hulu show Casual, what it’s like to work with a major streaming service, Life Unexpected and more!

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Sony Pictures’ “Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter” cast & crew chat sci fi & more!

 

Rogue Warrior : Robot Fighter is a science fiction film set in the distant future depicting the overthrow of humanity by A.I. (artificial intelligence) on Earth and other worlds. A hyper-weaponized robot army known as A.I. Scourge is bringing down cities, but rebellious robot fighting arms dealer Sienna (Tracey Birdsall) leaves Earth on a mission to find the mythical weapon that can neutralize any form of A.I. and take down the evil empire of robots.  Out in select theaters now, I had the opportunity to chat with the film’s director Neil Johnson along with cast and crew at Comic Con, the Action On Film International Film Festival, and the Los Angeles red carpet premiere.

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Exclusive: Netflix’ Sense8 Toby Onwumere Talks with Michelle

Sense8 is one of Netflix’s little talked about gems. It’s a weird little show that is stunning to look at in UltraHD and wears its heart on its sleeve. For good or bad it’s everything the Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski are known for – deeply personal journeys, social and political commentaries, a sometimes confusing story and gorgeous cinematography.

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Doctor Who: Steven Moffat Teases Season, New Companion and Begins The Long Goodbye!

The man behind the last several season of Doctor Who is hanging up his sonic screwdriver – not that he’ll be less busy, with another franchise (Sherlock) to take up with if he can find the time.

As his time on Doctor Who comes to a close, Moffat gets to introsuce a new companion and bring back one of The Doctor’s earliest and most deadly classic foes – the Mondrasian Cybermen.

In the following interview, Moffat reflects on his time on the show; talks about what made Pearl Mackie perfect for Bill, and how much fun it’s been working with Peter Capaldi,.

Doctor Who returns to BBC America on Saturday, April 15th (9/8C).

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Doctor Who: Matt Lucas Talks Nardole’s Development, The New Companion and More!

Doctor Who S10 – Episode: 1 – Nardole (MATT LUCAS) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Simon Ridgway

As a companion to The Doctor, Matt Lucas’ Nardole is only slightly less new than Bill Potts.

Nardole is something of a cipher – hiding the fact that he’s not entirely dim (he can fly the TARDIS, people!) behind the alien equivalent of an ‘aw, shucks’ demeanor, he is quite capable of keeping The Doctor from isolating himself post-tragedy (see: The Husbands of River Song), and turning high drama to perfect silliness (or vice-versa) with a single line.

In the following interview, Lucas holds forth on the new season of Doctor Who, The Doctor’s new companion, Bill Potts, and more.

Doctor Who returns to BBC America on Saturday, April 15th.

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