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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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Leigh Whannell: Upgrading from Horror to Sci-fi

For years, Leigh Whannell was responsible writing the screenplays to the Saw and Insidious franchises. This weekend, Leigh has made the leap from horror to sci-fi with the film “Upgrade”. A brutal mugging leaves Grey Trace paralyzed in the hospital and his beloved wife dead. A billionaire inventor soon offers Trace a cure — an artificial intelligence implant called STEM that will enhance his body. Now able to walk, Grey finds that he also has superhuman strength and agility — skills he uses to seek revenge against the thugs who destroyed his life. I sat with Leigh to explore the usual movements, going from writing to directing and filming back home in Melbourne, Australia

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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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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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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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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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Doctor Who: Pearl Mackie On Being The New Kid In The TARDIS!

Doctor Who S10 – Episode: 1 – Bill (PEARL MACKIE) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Simon Ridgway

Pearl Mackie is The Doctor’s new companion, Bill Potts, in season ten of Doctor Who.

In the following interview Mackie talks about being the new kid on the block/in the TARDIS; working with Peter Capaldi and Matt Lucas, and learning to deal with the unique situations that being a companion puts her in.

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

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Doctor Who: Peter Capaldi Talks New Companions, Final Season!

Doctor Who S10  – Episode 1 – The Doctor (PETER CAPALDI) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Simon Ridgway

Peter Capaldi’s last season as The Doctor on the timey-wimey sciience-fiction series Doctor Who returns to BBC America on Saturday, April 15th (9/8C).

The 12th Doctor will be breaking in a new companion before he regenerates, and the show’s showrunner, Steven Moffat will hand the reins to Life on Mars veteran Chris Chibnall.

In the following interview, Capaldi talks about The Doctor’s new companion, Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie), his slightly less new companion, Nardole (Matt Lucas), and teases the 10th season premiere.

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