Oliver Stone’s biopic Snowden came out on September 16, 2016 to mixed reviews, even though it smashed the highly anticipated Bridget Jones’s Baby in the box office. This film tells the story of Edward Snowden, the famed whistleblower who exposed the NSA and USA’s government for spying on their own citizens in 2013. The film stars Joseph Gordon Levitt as Ed Snowden, who was absolutely suburb in this role. Never before have I seen him disappear into a character this much.
Best known for writing the script for Lifetime’s film Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?, screenwriter and actress Amber Coney is back this summer in the new hit Freeform show Dead of Summer. We caught up with Coney to chat about her love of acting, absolute dream role, and experiences so far in her career.
With just a few weeks left of the glorious sun before real life comes back with a vengeance this fall, I’ve put together the top five books that you should be reading this summer to achieve optimal relaxation while you take advantage of the dwindling beach days! Happy reading!
You’ve probably seen Paul James all over your TV for the past few years. Following the series finale of the popular ABC Family show Greek, where he played Calvin Owens, James has kept busy with guest appearances on shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Shameless. He also recurs as O’Connor on the TNT series The Last Ship, which is airing now for its third season.
One evening on a chilly night in Idaho, Colette Butler filmed her husband Shay as he pranced around their home in one of her old leotards. Although a mindless action with the sole purpose of capturing her husband’s obscure behavior, this turned out to be the moment that changed her family’s lives forever. After hearing about a relatively new website where you could upload your own videos, Shay, who has never been one to take himself too seriously, decided to throw the clip online and share the hilarity with whomever happened to stumble across it. So, with a few minutes of processing and one swift click of the upload button, the ‘Shaytards’ were born.
Jack Howard and Dean Dobbs are at it again, this time with a full series on Fullscreen called Jack and Dean of All Trades. I was lucky enough to get a sneak peak of the first two episodes and let me tell you, it is seriously funny. I mean the ‘I’m sitting on a silent train during rush hour trying not to anger the Manhattan businessmen by laughing out loud, but end up just making weird noises because I can’t hold it in’ type of funny — not that that happened to me. I was eager to chat the guys and pick their brains apart about this clever new project, so I caught up with them amidst the chaos of VidCon to discuss the series, their characters, and that wonderful Marv (who I want to be my best friend).
When I heard that the Hollywood gods were making an adaptation to Jojo Moye’s heartbreaking novel Me Before You, I’ll admit I was skeptical. Would anyone would be able to re-create the magic that lies in those pages? Would they find an actress that could bring to life Louisa Clarke’s quirky charm without making her seem ridiculous? Would someone be able to capture the complexity of Will Trayner’s personality and stay away from the problematic Hollywood clichés that often accompany a character with a disability? The answer to all, and my pleasant surprise, was a rousing “yes.”
“My agent said the words ‘Shondaland’ and ‘Mireille Enos,’” recalls Jay Hayden, the handsome star of Shonda Rhimes’s latest hit show The Catch. “I then replied, ‘Where and when?’” Although he grew up with a normal family in New England, Hayden’s life in show business was set in motion from an early age. “You know,” he says, “I was a totally normal kid who probably would have grown into a totally normal adult, but my cousins and sisters decided that we needed to be a lip syncing cover band that performed at all the family’s get-togethers. So I, the 5-year-old, was forced to be the lead singer of The Basics while my 10-year-old cousins and sisters played fake bass, drums, and guitar. Judging by the VHS tapes, I was always interested in entertaining… and my own boogers.”
Three years ago as I sat in a crowded arena in Anaheim, an entire summer’s worth of a babysitting funded VidCon lanyard fastened securely around my neck, Shay Butler and Corey Vidal premiered the trailer to their documentary, Vlogumentary. Fast forward to 2016 and I’m on the red carpet at the Tribeca Film Festival for the world premiere of the film. Life is wild sometimes, huh?
Do you ever walk into a movie, not knowing what to expect (aside from an exceptionally vague synopsis you read online) and leave feeling overwhelmed by an array of emotions you can’t quite define? No? Just me? Well, if you’re in the mood to experience a surge of emotion, check out All This Panic, a documentary filmed over three years that chronicles the trials and tribulations of growing up as a girl that premiered at The Tribeca Film Festival this year.
Jonathan Pine, played by the devilishly handsome Tom Hiddleston, is a former British soldier who, after failing to find the relaxed lifestyle he so craves, gets swept up in a socio-economic war in the new AMC miniseries The Night Manager. The show, which is based off the novel of the same name written by British author John le Carré, was adapted by Danish director Susanne Bier and had its US premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival last Thursday.
Although it pains me to say this, the latest installment of the Divergent Series, Allegiant, was subpar at best. For one, the people who adapted the film from its original novel decided to take out two major storylines. Now Allegiant is a long and dense book, so of course they had to make changes, but one would ...