Directed by John Musker and Ron Clements, Moana is an Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature Film. The film is also nominated for Best Original Song for “How Far I’ll Go” — written by “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.
I remain a steadfast champion of reporting the good news and introducing great people. Despite what “they” might want “us” to believe, our race has done more than just weather the storms; we’ve excelled and have learned how to harness a bit of that wild natural energy called life.
Anyone who follows my ramblings know how much I absolutely loved the first two seasons of The 100 on The CW. You also probably followed my slow decent into madness during my weekly recaps of S3. I never believed that “rage quitting” was a real thing until The 100. It’s a strange feeling, being so passionate about something that it when it goes off the rails it literally enrages you enough to just saying “fuck it, I’m out.” I normally quit shows when I no longer care and am ambivalent.
This feels different, I know the cast and I still love the show and want to give S4 a chance but I know it’s going to drive me BatS crazy. I had the opportunity to talk to the show’s creator Jason Rothenberg and star Eliza Taylor and you all know I have no filter, so you can guess how it went. The 100 Season 4 premieres this week on The CW. Jason did tell Eliza to watch out for me, because I ask tough questions.
Starz’s Black Sails is finale season starts this week. A few weeks ago I had a talk with the two bad ass women from the show: Hannah New (Eleanor Guthrie) and Jessica Parker Kennedy (Max). We talk a lot about their character growth through the last 4 seasons, what items they want to take from the set, the many loves of Eleanor, playing badasses, the Eleanor/Max/Vane relationship and more! Check out the two audio interviews after the break. Black Sails airs on Starz, Sunday nights and you can catch the current and past seasons on their excellent App.
Everyone knows that I love a good musical and one of my favorite theaters is Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theater. I have front row season tickets (paid my own money). Last week the theater announced that yes, Hamiton IS coming to Baltimore in 2018. Ron Legler, President of the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at the Hippodrome Theatre, to talk about Hamilton and their amazing upcoming 2017 season which includes the American premiere of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Love Never Dies, the sequel to one of the biggest broadway show of all time The Phantom of the Opera.
Based on the music of Abba, the long running hit show Mamma Mia is in the middle of it’s farewell tour. The tour stops at Baltimore’s France-Merrick Hippodrome Theater this weekend for a very limited engagement. I caught up with one of the stars of the current production – Lizzie Markson. She plays the Sophie a young woman who is about to get married. Ahead of her wedding she wants to find out who her real father is. She invites the 3 candidates to her wedding and music and hi-jinks ensue. Really it’s just an excuse to wear funky 70’s outfits and sing Abba. Nothing wrong with that. Mamma Mia is at the Hippodrome, January 13 – 15th. Check out the official tour site for a stop near you.
Burkely Duffield has one of those everyman faces. The 24-year-old Canadian actor has started to string himself an impressive list of credits that include appearances in Minority Report The TV Series, Warcraft: The Beginning, The Tomorrow People and Supernatural. He’s now getting his big break heading up Freeform’s Sci-Fi series Beyond. If Stranger Things and Kyle XY had a baby it’d be Beyond. Beyond’s has a special 2-hr premiere Monday, January 2, 2016. The entire series is also going to be streaming on Freeform’s App after the special premiere. I’m not clear on if it’s going to be all 10 eps or will just be weekly.
In The Shelter, directed by John Fallon, homeless vagrant Thomas Jacob (Michael Paré) seeks shelter for the night when he discovers an abandoned two-story home. With an open door and lights on, it seemed like the perfect place to stay for the night, and sneak out undetected. Once inside, his past comes to haunt him and he soon realizes that he is not alone. There’s a supernatural force in the house and it won’t let him leave. Destiny has brought Thomas to this place but will he survive the ordeal? During the screening of The Shelter in Beverly Hills earlier this week, I had the opportunity of chatting with actor Michael Pare and director John Fallon about the film, which is currently out on video on demand and screening in select theaters.
In The Whole Truth, Mike Lassiter (Gabriel Basso) is charged with murdering the wealthy Boone Lassiter (Jim Belushi), his father. Family friend and defense attorney Richard Ramsay (Keanu Reeves) takes on this personal case when he swears to his widowed friend, Loretta Lassiter (Renée Zellweger), that he will keep her son Mike out of prison. Together with new colleague Janelle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), Ramsey reveals the dark side of Boone to the court and they fight to reveal the whole truth about Mike’s innocence. Of course, uncovering the truth is not as easy as it seems. Directed by Oscar nominated director Courtney Hunt and written by Rafael Jackson, we realize that uncovering the truth is not as easy as it seems. Check out incredible interview with director Courtney Hunt as she chats about compelling film The Whole Truth that opened in theaters today and available On Demand now.
Like all musical theater lovers I’ve been obsessed with Hamilton this year. Primarily because I was offered a chance to see the show during the press previews and I didn’t go because I was too lazy to see it. Now that it’s a worldwide phenom, the press people tell me to go away, whenever I ask for a ticket. I did manage to see it, by chance. I told Director Thomas Kail my Hamilton story and he got a laugh out of it.
Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel was in DC to receive the National Archive Foundation’s Record of the Year Award. We talked a bit about television and his mother’s love of The Fosters (a show I used to be obsessed with), making Broadway more accessible to everyone, politics and there’s a short clip of his Q and A at the end! Also receiving the award was Thomas Kail (Hamilton Director) and Hamilton biographer Ron Chernow. Also on hand were Hamilton Director Thomas Kail and Hamilton Author Ron Chernow.
As some one who started reading comics more than six decades ago and quickly got into science fiction, horror, and mystery movies and TV shows, I find today’s pop culture to be something I could never have even dreamed about even fifteen years ago.
Greg Grunberg, creator of AMC’s Geeking Out (and co-host with the always unfiltered Kevin Smith) is a man after my own heart – and Geeking Out seems to be a dream come true for him. Follow the jump for his take on what the show is all about.