Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the NY Times ScreenTalk series with the cast of Call Me By Your Name, a film that has been making the festival rounds since Sundance ‘17 and is now, finally, about to make its wide release. I’m not exaggerating when I say that this is one of, if not the, most beautiful film I have ever seen. If I could afford it, I would buy everyone I know tickets to see this movie just to ensure that no one I care about misses it. It’s THAT good, and I’ve already seen it twice.
Truly one of the most nuanced and honest actresses of her age, 18-year-old Emma Kenney is a force to be reckoned with. Over the past 8 years on Showtime’s Shameless, we’ve seen Kenney tackle issues such as abandonment, neglect, and teen pregnancy with a sense of grace and poise you would expect from a veteran actor—not someone just 13 at the time. After a night of binge-watching The Real Housewives, Kenney caught up with us to chat about growing up on screen, being a teen in Hollywood, and the future of her character Debbie.
Nick Fink is a name that should be on your radar. In his early 20s, Fink has already landed the role of Tyler Finn on MTV’s new show Sweet Vicious—the story of two badass girls who fight back against rape culture on their college campus. We caught up with Fink as season one wrapped to discuss his start in LA and what’s up next for him.
You may know him from Nick’s True Jackson VP and The Real O’Neals, but we got to know the real Matt Shively. Learn about the man behind his funny characters as we discuss his introduction into acting, resident doppelgänger Evan Peters, and what’s on the horizon for this year.
First written for a University of Michigan workshop, Ben Budick, Steve Mackes, and Dave Ogrin’s Wild Women of Planet Wongo lands in New York City with a bang. After re-working the originally standard performance, the show has transformed into an immersive experience where the audience members get to roam around Planet Wongo (that’s right, there is no stage and no seats) and interact directly with the actors one on one for a theatre experience like no other.
When the trailer for Amma Asante’s “A United Kingdom” popped up on YouTube as a pre-roll ad, I was captivated by it. Instead of eagerly awaiting the moment I could skip after thirty seconds, I was hooked and immediately added it to the extensive list of ‘movies I need to see’ in my the notes on my phone. So, when an email from Fox Searchlight popped into my inbox inviting me to the New York premiere, I was, quite obviously, psyched.
Last night, NYU’s Skirball Center was flooded with fans of the HBO series Girls as the cast of the show took to the stage to bid farewell ahead of its final season. We were there, too–second row and trying not to cry. Sorry, sometimes the inner fan-girl tries to break through.
Gabriel Conte, best known for his popular Vines and YouTube channel, is immersing himself in a new role as actor in the Go90 series Mr. Student Body President. Conte caught up with us to chat about growing up, his journey into entertainment, and who he idolizes as an actor.
I vividly remember the moment that Gilmore Girls ended. It was spring of 2007 and Samantha’s living room was cluttered with a scattering of used tissues, empty take-out containers, and pairs of mothers and daughters with red-rimmed eyes. For those 42 minutes, the room, tucked away in a small Connecticut town much like our beloved Stars Hollow, remained completely silent. Well, silent apart from the rapid-fire dialogue and infamous ‘La La’s bellowing from the TV in front of us one final time.
This past weekend, cinemas once again opened their doors and invited us into the magical world of wizardry–a place I’ve called home since I was 7 years old and just learning to read. Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is an exciting reintroduction to a world we all know so well. A prequel of sorts to the original Potter franchise, Beasts takes place across the pond in New York in 1926, an age where wizards are feared and banished underground–an interesting parallel to the Prohibition era in which it takes place.
“My family knew nothing about this. No one in my family had ever been in the ‘industry,’” explains 20-year-old Kelli Berglund, who shot to fame following the premiere of her widely popular Disney XD show, Lab Rats, four years ago. Fast forward to today and she is quickly becoming one of Hollywood’s actors to watch. “I was 9 years old and doing a dance performance and there was a talent agent in the audience. She came up to my mom and I afterwards and was gushing, saying, ‘She’s amazing! It would be so cool to get her with an agency!’”
“I have this insanely vivid memory where I’m sitting in my fifth grade classroom, looking at the bulletin board with the world map on it, and thinking, ‘One day I will travel the world.’ I think I’ve been unconsciously obsessed with it ever since,” admits Tara Higgins, the 22-year-old mastermind behind Read To Travel, a budding blog that documents Higgins’ life as an expat traveling across New Zealand—but we’ll get to that later.