The only thing that Summer Bishil has come to expect when she shows up to the set of The Magicians is that she can forget her expectations. “It’s not the kind of show you can show up to and know what to expect and get comfortable,” Bishil said. “The stakes are always high and the circumstances shift rather quickly and often.” Bishil isn’t unfamiliar with these kinds of twists and turns. Over the course of her early life, her family moved from Pasadena, California to Saudi Arabia, then to Bahrain, and back to Southern California. It was after this return to the Golden State that Bishil decided to take her chance to become an actress.
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Now that Thanksgiving is well behind us, we’re officially in the holiday season. As the temperature goes down and people look for things to do while staying indoors, what’s better than watching a holiday film? There’s so many to chose from, but here are five that we especially enjoy. For some other picks, check out our previous post on the subject here.
“It’s unfortunate and magical. It’s such a blast.” While unfortunate and magical don’t seem like words that could be used to describe the same thing, they are exactly the right adjectives to describe the Netflix series A Series of Unfortunate Events. And it’s exactly that seemingly contradictory world that drew in Matty Cardarople.
When asked if he is anything like the character he plays on the FOX comedy series The Mick, Thomas Barbusca laughed. “No, not at all,” he said. “Chip’s a handful. He’s egotistical, he’s entitled. He thinks money is literally the answer to everything. He has some redeeming moments, but he’s still just a jerk.” Barbusca plays one of three spoiled kids who are forced into the care of their hard-living aunt after their parents flee the country. Even if he doesn’t relate to his character, Barbusca is loving every second of being on the show, which is currently in its second season.
There’s a simple formula to making a soundtrack that’ll be put on repeat. Of course, you need a collection of songs that are great and work together well. But really, you just need to throw together some songs from the ’60s, ’70s, or ’80s and you’ve got a guaranteed great soundtrack. There are three soundtracks that we currently love that just happen to highlight all three of these decades.
Though she may be best known to many for her 2015 role as Faith Duluth on the Lifetime series UnREAL, Breeda Wool has been a presence on screen both before that and ever since. She’s proved her range as an actress by appearing in a wide variety of TV shows and films including dramas, comedies, and horrors. Now she can be seen in the mystery thriller Mr. Mercedes on AT&T’s Audience Network. We talked with Wool about the new show, how she got started, and what’s coming up next.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle, directed by Matthew Vaughn, comes three years after its predecessor Kingsman: The Secret Service. With how well-received the first one was, it’s natural to be wary of whether a sequel could recapture what made the original great, while not just being a simple retread. Well, the Kingsman sequel lived up to the hype and has left fans excited and confident about the continued quality of the franchise.
Actors may say that they became close to their costars on set, but in Britt Baron’s case, she was literally close with the other actors while filming the Netflix series GLOW. “You’re in each other’s armpits and you’re rolling around with each other,” Baron said. “It made filming just an amazing, goofy, hilarious process and I think these girls are like my sisters for life.”
Dream Country may just sound like a nice album title, but for Sarah Darling, it’s also her own personal genre of music. “I call Dream Country my version of country music,” Darling said. “The subject transports you to the wide open spaces. It feels dreamy and cinematic.” Dream Country is the latest album by the Nashville-based country music singer and songwriter. It also marks a shift for Darling.
For Dana Gaier, voice acting originally didn’t seem like something she’d be suited for. “I never really thought that my voice was unique or distinct,” Gaier said. “Until my agent started sending me out for voiceover auditions.” Gaier has provided the voice for Edith in all three Despicable Me films, and she’s found voice acting to be something she really enjoys. She said that for the first film in the series, it was mostly a combination of excitement and anxiety throughout her recording sessions.
The word “retro” can represent different time periods to different people. For Justin Bryte, one-half of the New York based retro-pop duo Fly By Midnight, it’s license to draw from all eras of music to help craft their sound.
“It’s vague in the sense that it doesn’t limit us to a certain time period of inspiration,” Bryte said. “I think retro is really kind of paying a homage to any prior music, and that’s kind of what we do. We take inspiration from previous generations of music and kind of put this modern twist on it.”
In the last 15 years, audiences have seen two different Spider-Man film series come and go. So it’s understandable if some may be wary of jumping into a third one with this weekend’s release of Spider-Man: Homecoming. However, the decision to allow Spider-Man to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe has paid off with a wonderful new take on the character.