Category Archives: Hollywood Insider

Terrence Blanchard: Delivers an Inspiring Score to A Maryland Legend

 

Film Composer Terence Blanchard is gearing up to bring an amazing score to the upcoming biopic, Harriet this weekend. Last October, he was recognized for his contribution to film and was awarded the Distinguished Composer Award, which was presented at a tribute concert featuring his own quintet E-Collective and a 35-piece orchestra at the 7th Annual Middleburg Film Festival. Now, he is preparing for the operatic adaptation of Charles M. Blow’s gripping memoir Fire Shut Up In My Bones which will have an upcoming production staged by the Metropolitan Opera in a few years. I sat down with Terence to discuss his involvement with directors Spike Lee and Harriet’s director Kasi Lemmons, his beginnings and the future!

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For All Mankind Interviews Part 1

Apple TV+ makes its debuts today in streaming media. One of the most anticipated shows comes from the mind of creator Ronald D. Moore. The new series, For All Mankind, tell the story of an alternate history depicting “what would have happened if the global space race had never ended” after the USSR succeeds in the first manned Moon landing. The show has already been renewed for a second season and recently had a DC premiere at the National Air & Space Museum this past Sunday with majority of its cast in attendance.

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CW’s All American Hunter Clowdus Talks To Michelle!

I recently did an email interview with Hunter Clowdus, one of Spencer Jame’s teammates JJ Parker from the hit CW Show All American. Let me just say Hunter’s abs are crazy, he’s like the new Archie Andrews this season, always an excuse to show them off. While I didn’t talk about it much last year, due to my ongoing issues with CW Network, one of my favorite new shows last year was the Network’s All American.

Which  l like to call the black version of 90210 or the real life Serious version of Fresh Prince of Bel Air. It’s about a star football player from the troubled neighborhood of Crenshaw who is recruited to play for Beverly Hills High. It’s full of tasty drama and is a nice, welcome departure from the Supernatural, Super Hero stuff I find myself always watching. It returned for it’s 2nd season and airs Monday nights on The CW Network.

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John Travolta: From Being a Fan to playing a Fanatic

On this edition of the INTERVUE, legendary actor John Travolta takes us on the dark side of being a fan in the upcoming thriller, The Fanatic. Directed by Fred Durst, the film tells the tale of a celebrity-obsessed man named Moose who felt slighted by his favorite movie star, Hunter Dunbar, and embarks on a quest to get a response from the actor. I sat down with John to discuss all sides of being a fan – who he idolized growing up and playing a fanatic whose willing to do anything to meet his idol.

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Giancarlo Esposito Talks About Mandalorian with Michelle!

One of the biggest surprises last month was the discovery of how much the great Giancarlo Esposito loves yours truly. I interview so many people, but it’s rare they remember me, so I always appreciate the rare times they do. Last month I had a chance to talk to Giancarlo about his upcoming guest spot on Shudder’s upcoming Creep Show revival. But of course before we got into that, I had to pepper him with questions about Mandalorian. Check out the video below. I will post his interview related to Creepshow later this week. That was a talkative cast!

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WHY WOMEN KILL premieres on August 15 on CBS All Access

Three decades, three women, one house.  WHY WOMEN KILL is a dark comedy created by Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives, Devious Maids) detailing the lives of three women – a housewife in the 60s, a socialite in the 80s, and a lawyer in 2019.  They deal with infidelity in their marriage.  The series looks into how roles of women have changed, but their reaction to betrayal has not.  WHY WOMEN KILL stars Lucy Liu, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Kirby Howell-Baptiste alongside Jack Davenport, Sam Jaeger, Reid Scott, Alexandra Daddario, and Sadie Calvano. It premieres on CBS All Access on August 15.

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Exclusive Interview: Michelle Talks to Umbrella Academy’s Ken Hall

Ken Hall is one of those unsung actors that I love talking to. You wouldn’t recognize his face, but the Motion Capture actor, (is this a new title I just created?) played the alien in TBS’ weird little comedy series People of Earth and recently played the sage, talking monkey Pogo in Netflix’s Umbrella Academy – one of my surprise favorite shows of the year. In this interview we talk about how far Motion Capture performance artists have come and UA and more.

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John David Washington: BlacKkKsman & a Baller

On today’s edition of the HOLLYWOOD INSIDER, Dean on the Scene talks to John David Washington. The Morehouse grad got his acting by playing a small role in the biopic “Malcolm X” working with director Spike Lee. Twenty-five years later, he not only stars in the HBO drama “Ballers” but he’s also working with Spike Lee once again in the new Focus Features film “BlacKkKsman”. Based on a true story, the movie follows Ron Stallsworth, a newly minted Colorado Springs detective who sets out to infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. I sat down with J.D. to talk about playing Ron on the big screen and playing football again on the small screen.

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Dretzin and Solomon on “Far from the Tree”

 On this edition of the HOLLYWOOD INSIDER, a new documentary brings to life the bestselling book about families who have overcome extraordinary challenges through love, empathy, and understanding. I talked to director Rachel Dretzin and the author of the book “Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity” author Andrew Solomon about the new IFC Film doc “Far from the Tree”.

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Putting the Pieces of “Puzzle” Together with Macdonald and Turtletaub

On today’s edition of the Hollywood Insider, we are in for a treat as Sony Pictures Classics presents Puzzle starring Kelly MacDonald. Agnes, taken for granted as a suburban wife and mother, discovers a passion for solving jigsaw puzzles which unexpectedly draws her into a new world – where her life unfolds in ways she could never have imagined.

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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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