It was the year 1994 that the epic Disney movie The Lion King roared its way into our lives. The story, the songs, the magic still resonates with us today. This weekend, we get to experience the magnificent adventure of Simba, Nala, Timon, Pumbaa and the mighty Mufasa all over again with an updated version of the movie. I recently sat down with the youngest stars of the movie, JD McCrary and Shahadi Wright Joseph play the young Simba and Nala. We talked about feeling the love that is The Lion King.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.