Lewis Tan is an actor, writer, director, photographer, and martial artist. Cast as Zhou Cheng in Marvel’s Iron Fist, Tan is given a chance to combine acting with martial arts, which allows him to express himself both artfully and physically. However, becoming a part of the most recent addition to Marvel’s Netflix universe did not come without controversy. Fans wanted to see an Asian American Iron Fist, and with Tan himself being considered for the part, it was as though it might happen. But when actor Finn Jones was later cast as Danny, coming so soon after Marvel’s missteps with regard to Doctor Strange, it just exacerbated an already tense situation. Here, we speak with Tan about Iron Fist, Asian American representation in Hollywood, and his work behind the camera.
Danielle Moinet, the former football player turned wrestler, has always had an affinity for sports from living in Chicago, famously known as a sports city. From becoming the captain of the city’s LFL (Legends Football League, formerly Lingerie) team to throwing out the first pitch in a game during this past World Series, Moinet has submerged herself in the culture of this sports city. But sports isn’t the only thing she is passionate about. She is also a part of a number of nonprofits, which range from support for families with children in intensive care to cyberbullying. We discuss her love of sports, what are her favorite and least favorite parts of social media, and social issues close to her heart.
Sophie Reynolds is a 17-year-old actress and dancer. As feisty gamer Ashley Parker on Disney XD’s Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything, Reynolds feels that her character is important because she challenges the notion that gaming is a “boys’ club.” Here, we also discuss her love of dance, what she considers the highlights of her year, and what, in her opinion, makes filming television more special than film.
Luna Blaise is a girl of many talents. In addition to starring as Nicole on ABC’s Fresh Off The Boat, the 15-year-old actress is also a singer, dancer, model, and activist. She’s involved in groups dedicated to both environmental and breast cancer awareness. She believes that when one has a platform, he or she should use it to the fullest to let their voice be heard and make a difference. Here, we discuss Blaise’s past acting experiences, dream roles (Maria from West Side Story), and what has been her favorite part of being on Fresh Off The Boat since its inception two years ago.
With Hairspray Live! being both a movie musical and a broadway musical in the past, there were a number of different interpretations to choose from. Would the acting for Tracy be more of a Ricki Lake, Nikki Blonsky, or Malissa Jared Winokur? Would Link be more Zefron or Matthew Morrison? Queen Latifah or Ruth Brown as Motormouth Maybelle? Or would the actors take the characters and make them their own? All in all, it was a fun remake. Here are the weakness and highlights of Hairspray Live!
Alexander has been writing and performing music for more than a decade. In his 10+ years of music playing, he has experimented with a number of different genres and has been inspired by a wide array of artists. In his most recently released EP, Alexander, and single “Can’t Sleep Without You,” he sets his sights on what he describes as a combination of pop, classic rock, and punk. Here, Alexander talks about how he found his sound, when he knew it was the right one for him, his creative process, and more about what makes this Nashville boy tick musically.
Being from Edinburg, Texas, a self-described small town, the members of the band Mayberry (Andrew Vela, Brayden Dillard, and brothers Esteban and Hector Rodriguez) feel that they have to work harder to succeed than if they were from a larger city. They do not see this as a slight, however. For them, the hard work is worth it. Not only does this small town of Edinburg have an affect on their work ethic, but it also has an affect on their writing.
The latest addition to the DCTV universe, Supergirl, premiered in the Fall 2015 season starring Melissa Benoist as the titular character, along with Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh, David Harewood, Jeremy M. Jordan, and Calista Flockhart. There were a number of conflicts in the first season of Supergirl. From Astra and Non and the constant threat of Myriad (imagine Invasion of the Body-Snatchers meets the Star Trek episode “Dagger of the Mind”), to Green and White Martians, to a long-dead father that wasn’t actually dead (Project Cadmus!), here are three reasons why you should be watching Supergirl.
Fall: the time of cool weather, Halloween, and brand new seasons of television. From Marvel shows to FOX comedies to, of course, Shondaland, here are the fall shows we can’t wait to watch this season Marvel’s Agents of Shield (September 20)
Season three saw the exits of Lincoln, Andrew, Bobbi and Hunter, who all premiered in season two. Also exiting is Brett Dalton’s Agent Ward. Over the three seasons, Ward was just one of a number of antagonists, going from undercover Hydra agent to Hydra itself.
In the season premiere of The Flash, Barry lives in the alternate timeline and deals with the effects of that. Wally is The Flash (or “Kid Flash” as the others like reminding him). Henry and Nora are alive, and “stupidly in love.” But Joe is a drunk, who’s constantly in danger of losing his job, and who Iris (and possibly Wally) isn’t speaking to. Cisco is the richest man in America, and Caitlin is a pediatric eye doctor. Barry finally asks Iris out on a date, but when he starts losing his memories, he decides that it’s time to help Wally defeat The Rival, and return to his own timeline.
Josh Levi is a 17-year-old singer, dancer, and actor. Since the age of 6, music has been an important part of his life. Although he auditioned as a solo artist on the U.S. version of X-Factor, he recently started a new chapter as a member of the boy band Citizen Four. Here, we discuss his career, how he came to join the band, and what’s next for him.
The Magnettes, made up of Sanna Kalla, Rebecka Digervall, and Tomas Bäcklund Thuneström, are self-described Riot Grrrls of the 21st century. We discuss their influences, sound (“Katy Perry meets Kathleen Hanna”), SXSW, and their dream performances.