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Why You Should Be Watching Netflix’s ‘The Umbrella Academy’

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Groups of individuals who band together to save the world from heinous crimes are nothing new to us in the realm of television. The Umbrella Academy, which debuted February 15th on Netflix, is a little different but still has all the good superhero stuff we like with a twist. The show is a TV adaptation of a six-issue limited series created by Gerard Way and illustrated by Gabriel Bá.

 

In 1989, 43 unconnected women from all over the world gave birth. The weird thing is, they showed no signs of pregnancy and the next minute were giving birth. Billionaire industrialist, Sir Reginald Hargreeves, adopted seven children. The purpose? To create a superhero group to save the world!

Now the adult part. As the years go by, the children grow apart and the family fractures. The six remaining children, all grown up, come together after their father’s mysterious death and now must save the world from an impending apocalypse.

What makes the show fun besides the satirical jokes are the issues each character brings to the table. Vanya (Ellen Page), #7, was outcasted as a child by her father and other siblings for being ‘ordinary’ and having no special ability. But I would keep an eye on her. It’s always the quiet ones. Vanya even writes a tell-all autobiography exposing the family when they were kids.

Ben (Justin H. Min), #6, was the first sibling to die, but we’re never exactly sure how. We do know he has a monstrous and terrifying ability. Think Flirkin from Marvel.

Number Five (Aiden Gallagher), #5, goes missing for decades when he time jumps through space and time to the future. I mean, who wouldn’t be tempted to see how the world turns out?

Klaus (Robert Sheehan), #4, is quite the character you’ll grow to love. He’s a flamboyant and exuberant character with the ability to speak with the dead. To silence the voices, he developed a drug addiction. He brings some serious flavor to the show.

Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman), #3, becomes the gloriously famous movie star, but in reality is dealing with custody of her daughter with her ex-husband. Her power, she can manipulate reality by saying the phrase,”I heard a rumor.”

Diego (David Castañeda), #2, is the bad boy, of course. Dark and alluring, he becomes a vigilante. He is able to curve the trajectory of anything he throws and he prefers a knife.

Luther (Tom Hopper), #1, is the golden boy, if you can’t tell by his number. He has the ability of super strength and is the only one who did not abandon his father. He also develops an ape-like problem.

If you want to have some fun with some good laughs, witty dialogue and Mary J.Blige, this is the show.

 

 

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Kai Wener Breaks Down His Character on “The Orville” and More

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With his first major role on FOX’s The Orville, ten-year-old Kai Wener is realizing his dream of becoming an actor. For Wener, working on the Seth MacFarlane created show, which is wrapping up its second season, has been both a lot of fun as well as a great place to learn the craft. When he’s not busy acting or working, you can find him playing video games online with his family and friends. We chatted with Kai about his character, Ty Finn, the feeling that he got being nominated for a Young Artist Award and his upcoming projects.

 

Cliché: How did you discover your passion for acting?

Kai Wener: I realized that I wanted to pursue acting as my career path when I was young. I would watch great cartoons on Nickelodeon and Disney Channel and then I would copy the characters from the shows. Besides doing that, I would also mimic the commercials that came on during the shows. Eventually, I realized that acting allowed me to have cool experiences on different sets while meeting some awesome people. I am having so much fun being an actor, it’s a dream come true for any kid.

What’s the experience been like working on The Orville?

The experience working on The Orville has been so much fun and it’s also been a learning experience. I get to work every day with the best cast like Penny Johnson Jerald who plays my mother and Mark Jackson who plays an artificial life form named Isaac. Another great actor who I get to work with is BJ Tanner who plays my brother. Some of the other great actors around me who are apart of the cast are Adrianne Palicki, Scott Grimes, J. Lee, Peter Macon, and Jessica Szohr. Not to mention that I get to learn about things that happen behind the camera from the show’s creator, Seth MacFarlane as well as from director Jon Cassar.

Can you describe your character, Ty Finn? Do you relate to him at all?

Ty Finn is the youngest son of Dr. Claire Finn on The Orville spaceship. He has one older brother and looks up to an artificial life form who is kind of like a robot, but better, named Isaac. Ty has already been through some pretty neat adventures for his age but is still very much a regular kid. He loves his mom and at the same time, will have fun watching his older sibling get in trouble, so yes, I definitely can relate to him.

Why should people watch The Orville?

The main reason people should watch the show is that each episode is like a mini-movie and there isn’t much of that on television at the moment. Each episode has super cool special effects and alien costumes that are realistic and out of this world. The show’s creator Seth MacFarlane makes sure to have a huge orchestra playing the music throughout the scenes. It’s like getting to watch something like Stars Wars or any other great sci-fi movie for free each week.

How did it feel to be nominated for a Young Artist Award?

After season one of The Orville aired, I started to see how many kids and teens loved watching the show and were fans which made me proud. I was able to represent the younger audience the show has by being nominated for an award that is for kids.

What was the best advice about acting that you’ve received and who was it from?

I’ll give you the same advice that my dad tells me. He told me, “As a young man growing up, to never compromise my values for an opportunity. Be patient, success will come.”

What are some types of roles or genres that you’d like to try in the future?

I’ve been working hard on reaching my goal to work on a feature film but I would also love to do some voice over work for a cartoon. I also hope that I will be able to play a superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe…fingers crossed for Miles Morales!

What are some things you enjoy doing when you’re not acting or working?

When I’m not acting or working, I love to play video games. The video game that is my favorite to play right now is Fortnite because it’s a source for me to hang out online with my friends and cousins when I’m not home. I also love to hang out with my parents and older sister at “The “Happiest Place On Earth,” which is Disneyland.

Are there any future projects that you are working on?

I just finished doing a national commercial for McDonald’s that should be airing soon. I’ve also had some great opportunities to read for some awesome television pilots and films. Hopefully, you’ll see me on one of those really soon. Of course, my fingers are crossed for a season 3 of The Orville so everyone can see Ty Finn grow up and go on more space adventures. 

 

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All The Loose Ends ‘Captain Marvel’ Tied Together

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The long awaited first female led superhero film from Marvel finally hit theaters March 8th. The film establishes the origin story for Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) who becomes Captain Marvel. As you may remember, we first got an insight of Captain Marvel’s role in the franchise in one of the post credit scenes for Avengers: Infinity War. Despite the film being an origin for the character, it also brought together loose ends that never really got an explanation in the Marvel films.

 

1. How Fury Lost His Eye

Nick Fury is known for looking like a badass with his eye patch. Although, we never really know how he loses his eye and oftentimes Fury brushes off the question. We get a look at Fury’s eye in Captain America: Winter Soldier when he says, “You need to keep both eyes open,” and lifts his eye patch to scan his eye to gain access to S.H.I.E.L.D.’s system. Now we have a viable answer. In Captain Marvel, Danver’s cat Goose, is a Flerkin! A seemingly normal cat that can manifest deadly octopus like tentacles from its mouth. The Flerkin ends up scratching Fury’s eye. Yep, that’s why he wears a eye patch.

 

2. Naming the Avengers

Fury being the creator of the Avengers Initiative, did you ever wonder how he came up with the name? Danvers, in her human life having been an U.S Air Force pilot, was given a nickname. One the side of her aircraft are the words, Carol ‘Avenger’ Danvers. When Fury sees the photograph he changes the name from ‘Protector Initiative’ to Avenger.

 

3. How Captain Marvel got her name

While Danvers was a pilot, she was under the wing of Dr. Wendy Lawson who was head of a project Danvers and pilot Maria Rambeau were a part of. It is discovered that Lawson was actually a renegade Kree scientist who was helping the Skrulls find a new home. Lawson’s real name was Mar-Vell, which inspired Danvers superhero name. What a coincidence.

 

4. How Captain Marvel got her powers

Mar-Vell was creating an engine using an energy source harvested from the Tesseract. Yes it’s back. Kree Starforce commander Yon-Rogg set out to capture the engine and find the location of Mar-Vell’s lab. Danvers, who piloted the aircraft with Mar-Vell to try to reach her lab, destroyed the engine’s energy core causing her to absorb the core’s powers.

 

5. How S.H.I.E.L.D came to really be

Fury and Agent Coulson are part of S.H.I.E.L.D in its early days when it was focused on espionage and counter terrorism. It is Vers (Captain Marvel) arrival to Earth that sparks the S.H.I.E.L.D we currently know in the Marvel film franchise. Fury comes to realize that maybe earth’s greatest threats don’t come from earth.

 

6. The Tesseract!!

This thing does not go away. Everywhere you turn there it is and Captain Marvel is no exception. The engine Mar-vell created harnesses its power from the Tesseract. In the franchise, there is a gap between Howard Stark finding the Tesseract at the bottom of the ocean in Captain America and it appearing in a S.H.I.E.L.D facility (The Avengers). Now we know how S.H.I.E.L.D got it. Danvers leaves Fury in charge of protecting the Tesseract and the Flirkin decided to gobble it up and in the post credit scene, the Flirkin upchucked it onto Fury’s desk.

 

7. The Pager

The post credit scene of Fury activating Captain Marvel’s pager, leaves us all to wonder how he got it and why he never pressed it before. It’s quite simple. Danvers modified the pager to work galaxies away while she was helping the Skrulls find a new home. She gave specific instructions to only activate it for serious emergencies. But, why weren’t the other major battles an emergency? Kevin Feige even said in an interview that we don’t know if Fury pressed it before.

 

 

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Brother Duo Eighty Ninety Talk Their “808s and Telecaster” Sound, Production Process, and RSVP Link For Upcoming Show

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Brothers Abner and Harper have been making music almost their whole lives. With their first single, “Three Thirty,” they formed their current project, Eighty Ninety. Receiving a spot on Taylor Swift’s, “Songs Taylor Loves” playlist, with their single, “Your Favorite Song,” the brothers have been on a steady trajectory to success. Writing and producing all of their own songs which have elements across all different genres from pop to indie rock to dance, the duo has crafted their own sound that they self describe as “808s and telecaster.”

 

Eighty Ninety will be  playing a small in-studio show on March 30th at Douglass Recording that will be filmed and live streamed on YouTube / Facebook. You can RSVP here to go in person or RSVP here to watch the live stream.  

 

Listen to “Your Favorite Song” here: 

 

Cliché: How did you get your start creating music together? Was this something you both always knew you wanted to do?

Eighty Ninety: We’re brothers, and have been playing music pretty much our whole lives. We always knew that we eventually wanted to be in a band together. It’s something we talked about growing up. So unofficially, we’ve been playing together for a while now. But Eighty Ninety started when we moved to New York and began working on what would become our first single, “Three Thirty”.

 

I recently saw you perform at the Ludlow House. It was awesome and the crowd was really engaged! What’s your favorite part about performing live?

Thanks so much for coming to the show, and glad you had a good time! Playing live is great because it’s a chance to just channel the emotions of the songs (rather than perfecting them, which is what the studio is for). It feels great and gives us a new perspective on the music that we can take back to the studio. Because of that, playing in-progress songs live sometimes is the final step before we finish producing them. Also, nothing is more motivating and incredible than meeting the people who come to the shows. We did an east coast tour last fall and saw our first Eighty Ninety tattoo — hard to put that into words.

 

You’ve been receiving recognition across the industry, including Taylor Swift putting you on her playlist, “Songs Taylor Loves.” What does it all mean to you and for your continuing success?

Taylor Swift adding “Your Favorite Song” to her playlist was a totally surreal moment for us in a lot of ways. We have so much respect, admiration, and unabashed fan-love for her and her music music (Abner once saw her two nights in a row) that it was definitely a pinch-me moment and also so motivating and inspiring to keep going and trust ourselves to keep making the music we want to make. And having “Three Thirty” connect and go viral the way that it did was amazing in a different way — seeing how many people across the world have listened feels like real evidence that writing and making something so personal can resonate in a universal way. That was really moving. It would be an understatement to say we didn’t expect any of this – we’re so grateful every day.

 

Describing yourselves as “808s and telecasters” is such an interesting and perfect way to describe your sound. Can you tell me a little more about your instrumentation and style?

When we’re in the studio we don’t really think about genre and as a result there are elements of pop, electronic, country, dance, and indie rock in our songs. “808’s and telecasters” felt like a good way to get that across – but also highlights the two things that show up the most frequently. Live, we’re a three piece band (vocals, guitars, drums + samples and tracks) that comes across a little more rock — so that dichotomy is also in there.

 

You write, produce, and mix all of your songs right out of a small space in NYC. What does that process look like for you? How do your songs come to life?

We usually finish a song before we start to produce it. We think of production as doubling down on a song’s emotional core — so we need to be clear on what that is before we start producing. Once the song is finished we talk about a big-picture vision and how we imagine the song coming across. Then we’ll get down the basic (main guitar part or pad) and do vocals until they feel right. After that we slowly build up around the voice and keep pushing until we feel like it’s finished. That last part of the process sometimes takes an afternoon, and sometimes takes weeks.

 

Who are your own musical inspirations, and who are you listening to now?

We’re really inspired by the new artists we see around us – so those two things are one in the same. We have a constantly updated playlist called “Our Favorite Songs” (get it!) that right now has artists like FINNEAS, Muna, Phoebe Bridgers, The Band CAMINO, Yoke Lore, lovelytheband, Des Rocs, pronoun, LANY, Queue, Sorcha Richardson, Aaron Taos, Mallrat, Loote, The Japanese House. And of course Taylor Swift.

 

You’ve said that you love collaborating. Is there anyone specific in mind you want to have the opportunity to collaborate with, and why?

If anyone from that playlist that we just listed wants to collab in any way – our studio door is always open!

 

What can listeners expect from you coming up in the near future?

We’re in the final stages of finishing a new EP. The plan is to start releasing singles soon – and not to stop.

 

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Brother Duo Eighty Ninety and Their “808s and Telecaster” Sound, Production Process, and RSVP Link For Upcoming Show: Featured Image Credit: Mallory Turner 

5 Unsolved Celebrity Deaths That Still Have People Searching for Answers

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Almost on a daily basis, celebrities find themselves tangled up in bizarre situations that have people questioning their validity. But aside from these wacky events, there are also several painfully unfortunate ones. We’re talking about heartbreaking celebrity deaths. While most have had simple explanations, some of them are still unsolved to this day. Here are 5 unsolved celebrity deaths that still have people searching for answers – for the truth.

 

The Death of Natalie Wood

Actress Natalie Wood was born on July 20, 1938, and had already received three Academy Award nominations before she turned 25. She is best known for her roles in West Side Story, Gypsy, and Rebel Without a Cause. On the weekend of November 28, 1981, Natalie was on a boating trip with actor Robert Wagner, whom she had married for a second time. Along with them on the boat was actor Christopher Walken. According to Wagner, he and Wood had gotten into a drunken argument. After the argument, she walked away. When Wagner went to bed, Wood was nowhere to be found. At 8:00 am on November 29, Wood’s body was recovered one mile away from the boat with a small inflatable dinghy found nearby. The autopsy revealed Wood had bruises on her body and arms in addition to an abrasion on her left cheek. The autopsy also revealed that, in addition to alcohol, there were also two types of medication in her bloodstream: a painkiller and a motion sickness pill. To this day, at age 89, Robert Wagner maintains his innocence. He believes she fell off the boat into the water and drowned. By February of 2018, the case had been reopened and Wagner was named of Person of Interest, but no other details have been given on the case. But what really happened? Did Robert Wagner push Natalie? What about those bruises? Does Christopher Walken really know what happened? Will we ever find out?

 

The Death of Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy was a rising and promising star in Hollywood. Aside from her roles in Uptown Girls and Drop Dead Gorgeous, she gained widespread critical praise with her role as Alex Latourno in 8 Mile, starring alongside Eminem. But her life was tragically cut short on December 20, 2009, at just 32 years of age, reportedly due to pneumonia. But was it as simple as that? In February of 2010, autopsy reports revealed that Murphy had iron-deficiency anemia as well as multiple drug intoxication. Just 5 months later, her husband Simon Monjack was also found dead in the same home, also with acute pneumonia and severe anemia. In addition, it was also reported that there was toxic mold in the home that could have played a role in the deaths of both Murphy and Monjack. In November 2013, Murphy’s father, Angelo Bertolotti claimed that a new toxicology report showed that Brittany was deliberately poisoned with heavy metals, including antimony and barium, which was a possible cause of death. So what really happened to Brittany Murphy and her husband Simon Monjack? Were their cause of deaths as simple as what was reported? Or is there more to the story that we just haven’t been made aware of?

 

The Death of Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain, best known as the guitarist and frontman of the rock band Nirvana, is considered to be one of the most influential and brightest young rock musicians. But on April 5, 1994, his life was cut short at just 27 years of age, due to what was reported as a suicide by gunshot. Kurt Cobain is infamously a member of the “27 Club”, a group of musicians that have all tragically passed at the young age of 27. This group also includes Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Brian Jones, and Jim Morrison. Cobain suffered from a number of health issues, including drug addiction, depression, suicidal thoughts, and alcoholism, all of which were public knowledge. It wasn’t until April 8th that his body was finally found in his Seattle Home. According to the Seattle Police Department, Cobain was found with a shotgun across his body, had a visible head wound, and a suicide note that was discovered nearby. However, since then, several individuals have come forward, including self-declared independent journalist Richard Lee, as well as private investigator Tom Grant (who was employed by Courtney Love, Cobain’s wife), both of whom have said there’s more to the story than what was reported. Both have said that Cobain may have been murdered, and there are many people in the public who agree with these theories. Did Kurt Cobain commit suicide? Was he murdered? If so, by whom? Will we ever know?

 

The Death of Princess Diana

As a member of the Royal Family of Great Britain, Princess Diana of Wales was one of the most beloved and cherished public figures in the world. On August 31, 1997, Princess Diana’s life came to a tragic end at age 36, when her two sons, Prince Harry and Prince William were still young boys. She sustained injuries from a car crash that occurred in the Pont de l’Alma road tunnel in Paris, France. Her romantic partner during this time, Dodi Fayed, was also killed in the accident. After an investigation, blame was placed on the driver, Henri Paul, who lost control of the Mercedes while intoxicated with prescription drugs. Paul was also killed. However, despite all of this information, Fayed’s father, Mohamed Al-Fayed has publicly claimed that the crash was not an accident, but instead, was a result of a conspiracy. He added that crash was orchestrated by MI6, the foreign intelligence service of the government of the United Kingdom, on the instructions of the Royal Family. His claims were later dismissed by a French judicial investigation. However, many people do believe there is more to the story than what was reported. It was also known that while on their way to the hospital, the ambulance that was carrying Diana apparently stopped short of the hospital, even though the entrance of the hospital was in sight. So what is the real deal? Was it truly an accident? Or were the deaths of Diana and Fayed orchestrated by bigger and more powerful forces? Will we ever know the truth? Interesting to note is that Diana famously said that she felt the Royals viewed her as “a threat of some kind.”

 

The Death of Marilyn Monroe


Marilyn Monroe is one of the most recognizable names and faces in the entertainment world. Famous for portraying comic “blonde bombshell” characters, she is best known for her roles in Niagara, How To Marry a Millionaire and The Seven Year Itch. On August 6, 1962, at 3:00 am, her housekeeper Eunice Murray, who was staying overnight, went to check on Marilyn. She was troubled to find that although she saw light from underneath Marilyn’s bedroom door, there was no response when she called out to her. In addition, the door was locked. Because of this, Murray called Marilyn’s psychiatrist, Dr. Ralph Greenson, who broke into Marilyn’s bedroom via a window and found her dead in her bed. She was only 36 years old. The toxicology report revealed that the cause of death was acute barbiturate poisoning. Also, empty medicine bottles were found next to her bed. Due to a lack of evidence of foul play and because the dosages of prescription drugs found in her body were several times over the lethal limit, the popular opinion is that Marilyn committed suicide. However, there are a select few, such as Irish author and Pulitzer Prize finalist, Anthony Summers, who believe that Marilyn’s death was actually a cover-up. According to Summers, Marilyn threatened to reveal her romantic involvement with the Kennedys. Because of this, the Kennedy’s orchestrated a plot to enable Monroe’s drug addiction. She apparently accidentally overdosed and died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. Her body was then returned back to her home and set the scene to make it look like a suicide. So what really happen? Did she intentionally overdose? Accidentally overdose? Did her blackmail of revealing her involvement with the Kennedy’s play a role in her death? We may never know.

 

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Top Robin Hood Films

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Out of all the bedtime tales that were told, there needs to be some recognition for the tights wearing crusader, Robin Hood. If you are unaware of the classic story, Robin of Locksley was a man born of noble birth and is depicted taking part in the Crusades. Known for his skills in archery, his bow and arrows are his main weapon along with some spanky bright green tights. He donned the name Robin Hood as an alias to rob the rich to give to the poor. Over the years Robin Hood has been seen in many depictions across the big screen.

 

Robin Hood (1973)

Let’s start with a classic and what’s better than a film by Disney. Premiered in 1973, the legendary tale of Robin Hood (Brian Bedford) and his sidekick Little John (Phil Harris) takes twists and turns in an adventurous tale. Using animals and an animated storyline, Prince John (Peter Ustinov) takes away the power of Sheriff Nottingham (Pat Buttram) to collect unreasonable and cruel taxes from citizens of Sherwood Forest. It is up to Robin Hood and Little John to save the day.

 

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

Now we are going to move on to non-animated films. Kevin Costner embodies the legendary thief playing Robin of Locksley. This 1991 film takes on a serious tone as Robin Hood escapes a prison in Jerusalem alongside Azeem (Morgan Freeman). Upon arriving in England, his estate has been destroyed and his father is dead. Behold! We get the evil villain Sheriff of Nottingham, played by the glorious Alan Rickman, who is responsible for the crime. To save the kingdom from the evil hands of Sheriff Nottingham, Robin Hood must join forces with outlaws.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robin Hood: Men In Tights (1993)

If you’re looking for a good laugh and some serious men in tights, this is the film for you. Filled with outrageous jokes and outbursts of song and dance, this 1993 film is a comedic twist on the Robin Hood tale. Robin of Loxley (Cary Elwes) finds his home ransacked and destroyed after escaping a Jerusalem prison. The evil Prince John (Richard Lewis) is to blame and is abusing his power. Enlisting the help of his blind servant Blinkin (Mark Blankfield) alongside Will Scarlett O’Hara (Matthew Porretta) and Little John (Eric Allan Kramer), they band together to form the ‘Men in Tights’ in order to regain control against Prince John. Robin Hood also hopes to get past Maid Marian’s (Amy Yasbeck) chastity belt and I do not mean that figuratively.

 

 

 

Robin Hood (2010)

This is film is good just on the fact that is has Russell Crowe. The story line of this film tweaks certain details of the original tale. Robin Longstride (Crowe) travels to Nottingham to find that the people are crippling under severe taxation and suffer under the wretchedness of the sheriff. This also has the love story between Robin and Marian (Cate Blanchett). On a mission to save Nottingham, Robin and his warriors find themselves having to save much more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robin Hood (2018)

The new rendition of Robin Hood takes you on a weird mix of old England, but with a modern twist. Robin of Loxley (Taron Egerton) is drafted to the Crusades to serve his time in war where he meets Moorish commander, Little John (Jamie Foxx). Hardened by war and a lost love, Robin takes on the name ‘The Hood’ to lead a revolt against a corrupt England who tax the poor of their every penny. Playing the socialite nobleman and a masked crusader, the film is full of action, greed and has a classic tale of romance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Actress and Producer Chantelle Albers Discusses Her Film The 6th Friend and Her Bucket List

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For actress Chantelle Albers, she doesn’t wait for opportunities to come knocking at her door but instead, she chases her own destiny. She has a number of shorts and films to her credit, although the film that she holds closest to her heart is The 6th Friend. We chatted with the stunning actress about her character, Melissa White, the misconception that she hears most often as an actress in Hollywood, and the best advice that she’s received about the acting industry.

 

Cliché: What was the transition like to film and television after getting your BFA in Theatre Performance? How do you feel acting has changed your life?

Chantelle Albers: The transition to film is another element of the artwork in acting. It’s a different style but with the same truth and meaning. Acting on stage is filling a bigger space and a bigger physical audience. Acting in film is filling a more condensed space. The intention, truth, meaning, and intensity is the same, but with a different style and a different space to fill.

Acting has changed my life by giving me a solid hold on who I am and my awareness of details. When you’re acting you need to have a solid hold on your own self-awareness, and that self-awareness has grown and matured me into the person I am today. Acting has made me aware of my own actions and instilled in me a sense of childlike wonder. I still feel like a kid in many ways because as actors we need to tap into that part of ourselves that’s uninhibited like a child.

Not only are you staring in your next film, The 6th Friend, but you are also producing it. What attracted you to this project? What was the experience like working on this film?

What attracted me to the film was meeting my friend, Jamie Bernadette. We were filming another movie together and we really hit it off on set. When she said that she had a script she wanted to make and I had the means to finance a film, I thought we would make a good team. After I read it, I loved how it was female-driven, and featured strong female characters. The role of Melissa always spoke to me because she does a 180 in her character, all the while remaining the same personality type throughout. I thought Melissa had a lot of humor in her character and I wanted to play that up, especially in the shocking ending.

Producing this film from the ground up was incredibly educating. As you said, I have a BFA in Theatre Performance, so making a movie is something entirely different. I learned so many aspects of filmmaking on the business end, the technical side, and the creative side. You learn what you are really capable of doing and what can be done when you have the determination and will power to not give up. Having a solid team and always being grateful to everyone is very important in getting the project done right. I’m ready to produce another movie from the ground up and it’s something I want to continue doing in my career.

Can you describe your character, Melissa White? Do you relate to her at all?

Yes, I do. Melissa is the life of the party who constantly needs reassurance, adding a delicate quality to her. She’s a quirky, fiery, redhead with something to say and something to do. She is the diva of the group with a big personality, but there is something tender and genuine about her. Even at the shocking ending, you realize that she never really lied. Instead, you realize this was her the whole time, we just didn’t see it. I think when you are playing a character you always have to find the personal parallels between yourself and the character. As actors, we have to relate to the character and be on their side. It’s kind of like looking at things from multiple angles and having a different interpretation of reality. Melissa certainly has a different perception of reality than the rest of the characters, so playing her made me see the world of the film from her side of the story.

What’s the message of the film and what do you hope viewers take away when watching the film?

What we wanted to create with this film is a sense of strong and powerful women. The last couple of years in Hollywood have really opened up and listened to a lot of issues that have gone on in the industry with women. We wanted to create a female-driven film where it isn’t sex and gore that we are selling. Instead, we wanted it to be about the chase, the strong relationships between these women, and show that women can save themselves and be resourceful. They weren’t waiting for a man or anyone to save them. They bonded together and relied on each other to save themselves.

Can you describe the emotions and feelings knowing that this film won several awards while on the festival circuit? What was your initial reaction once you heard that the film won these awards?

It was sort of surreal when you hear your name being called and the name of your film is called. It’s a very rewarding, thankful, and gracious feeling. We had some nights where my team and I were all smiling from ear to ear at the festivals due to the audience reaction to the ending and hearing your film being called is such a rush of thankful joy.

What’s the assumption or misconception that you’ve heard most often as an actress in Hollywood?

The assumption or misconception that I’ve heard most often as an actress in Hollywood is that actors lie. I’ve heard a lot of people say that you can’t trust an actor because you can’t ever tell if they are lying or not. But I think it’s the opposite. To me, acting isn’t just having a good poker face but it’s being truthful at the moment and showing real emotion which is not lying at all. It’s putting yourself mentally in the situation of your character and telling the truth. If you’re going to lie and have a good poker face, the lie becomes the reality. I think good actors are very truthful and genuine because good acting requires truth and genuinity.

Are there any genres that you’d like to act it in that you haven’t yet?

Yes, I would love to do western. I’m a very experienced horseback rider and I would love to do a scene where I am galloping on a horse. I grew up on a ranch and so I have also herded cattle. I would love to do an epic film like Lonesome Dove where there is adventure, love, pain, loss, and a solid heartfelt story to tell with little action.

What was the best advice about the acting industry that you’ve received and who was it from?

I don’t remember who told me this, but I heard it from multiple sources many years ago, and that is to create your own work. That seems to be where the industry is headed. It’s really great that so many people have access to quality equipment these days. Creating your own projects and collaborating on others is a lot more involved than just acting. As a creative person, I like being involved and collaborating on all aspects of art. It’s part of my love for creating a film that means something to me and I can take full pride in it. When you’re only acting in something and don’t have a creative say, that project might not represent who you are or what you’re capable of. It’s truly rewarding to collaborate and be involved in producing projects that you act in.

Are there any future projects that you are working on or will be working on?

I have several films premiering on the festival circuit and one that I am really proud of called The Desert. It was produced by the creators of NBC’s Grimm, Lynn, and Jim Kouf, directed and written by Ben Bigelow, and produced and written by Gabe Rivin. It premiered in Sweden at the Lund Film Festival and played in London in January 2019. It’s a really cool stylized sci-fi film that examines feminist heroism and was inspired by melodramas of the 1950s. I’m really excited for it to be officially released.

I’m also working on another stylized film called Waiting. I play a “mother”, and all the other characters are stock characters. The baby that I have in my carriage is never revealed because this movie is oozing with symbolism and interpretations. It kind of reminds me of Darren Aronofsky’s film Mother with Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem. I fell in love with that film because of all the biblical symbols. I thought it was so clever and creative and when I read this script I was eager to do it.

 

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Pop-Alternative Artist Novul Talks Her Latest Single “Boys Like You” and Supporting the LGBTQ+ Community

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If there’s one singer you should keep a keen eye out for this year, that would be Canadian-born artist Novul. The sassy pop star peaked at #16 on the Billboard Dance Charts with her debut single “Spark”, and after taking a short break from music, she’s ready to embark on a new chapter in her career. You can listen to her latest single “Boys Like You” on Spotify and YouTube. We chatted with Novul about her relationship with producer Poet Name Life, the creative process working on “Boys Like You” and the greatest highlight of her career. 

 

Cliché: How did you first get involved with music? When did you know you wanted to be a singer?

Novul: I have always known I wanted to sing but there is a funny story to it. When I was 7-years-old I was at my brother’s hockey game and I was asked to sing the national anthem. I was blown away. My mom didn’t know that I could sing but I went ahead and sung for the crowd and just loved everyone’s responses. Then I had the first live television performance that I auditioned for called Telemiracle at age 10 and Gloria Loring was the host. After that, I began taking vocal lessons and decided that I wanted to become a professional singer.

Being a Canadian-born artist and then moving to Los Angeles after graduating from high school, how did you adjust to a new culture?

My mom is American so I have dual citizenship. I started flying to Los Angeles with my parents all throughout high school for training so I adapted quickly into a new culture. I come from a small town in Canada and people would often tell me that I didn’t look like I belonged here. I knew that I never wanted to live in a small town and wanted something bigger.

Can you describe your relationship with producer Poet Name Life? How do you feel he prepared you to be the singer that you are today?

I was in the studio with Poet Name Life and he really liked me. We gravitated towards each other and we really understood each other. He was the one who gave me my artist name Novul. He helped me get out of my comfort zone and pushed me to the next level. We have an amazing relationship and I talk to him all the time.

He has always told me to be myself and to never try to be like someone else. I have learned to not be afraid to say what I want because that is how I connect with my fans by being honest and telling them what I am going through in life.

What was the creative process like working on “Boys Like You”? How did this song reflect your own personal experience?

I had a session and I was going in to start a new song. I started to write a bunch of melodies and then I took it to the studio and presented it to all my writers and producers and everyone really liked it. It actually happened in 2 hours.

Everything I write is from my personal experience. I think people don’t see that side of me and don’t know other things so that’s why I want to be honest in my relationship with my fans.

What’s the message of the song and what do you hope listeners take away when listening to the lyrics of the song?

I think the message is to have a recognition of your part in a relationship and about moving on from a relationship.

What has been the greatest highlight of your career so far?

One of my favorite greatest highlights in my career was when my single charted #16 on the Billboard Dance Charts. That was an amazing feeling. Another major highlight for me was when I performed for Pride events in New York, L.A., and Las Vegas and seeing thousands of people having a lot of energy because it allowed me to connect with them.

What was the best advice that you’ve received about the music industry and who was it from?

The best advice that I received was from DJ Poet and Will. They told me, “Do what you want to do because if you keep doing what you are doing then it’s only a matter of time.”

Over the years, you’ve been a huge supporter of LGBTQ+ equality and have performed at Pride events in New York City, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. Why was it important for you to get involved with this?

It was important for me to get involved with this organization because I have such a loving big heart. I love to be involved with the LGBTQ+ people because it makes me feel so good and life is all about love and people should not judge one another on who should be with who.

What is your number one goal in 2019?

My number one goal in 2019 is to make more music and I would like to get on tour. I would also like to spread my music to more parts of the world and connect with people from those parts of the world.

 

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Why You Should Be Watching Bob’s Burgers

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Let’s forget for a second about Family Guy and The Simpsons and focus on another dysfunctional yet seemingly relatable television family that’s a barrel of laughs. This is why you should be watching Bob’s Burgers, currently on its ninth season on FOX.

We all like animated comedy shows about families who seem to never have a normal day. Each member is unique in their own way and you somehow find yourself thinking, “Oh yeah! That’s totally me.” The Belchers of Bob’s Burgers have a bit of everything you could want, while it still being PG-13.

Each episode is completely different, but follow the daily lives of a nutty family. Bob Belcher is an ‘entrepreneur’ who owns a burger restaurant on Ocean Avenue in a state we are never really aware of. His wife Linda and his three children, Louise, Gene and Tina help run the restaurant, but episode locations span beyond the restaurant.

In all honesty, if this family was real you would think they are a complete trainwreck.

Let’s start with Bob. He is a pudgy, grumpy, not very exuberant man who really thinks of himself as a craftsmen with his flare for artisanal burgers of the day. We never really see him smile, like ever. He has a classic pessimistic attitude and seems the most sensible of the bunch, but has his exasperated moments. He is also quite stubborn. Is this reminding you of anyone?

Female matriarch Linda is quite the woman. She’s the complete opposite of Bob. Opposites attract I suppose. Linda is go lucky, happy, fun, completely flamboyant and is more than happy to go with the flow of any odd plan. She encourages her children to be themselves, no matter how weird it really is. She’s the definition of exuberant, loves to belt out in song and is loud. She probably resembles you one of your aunts.

Tina Belcher is a special entity all on her own. As a pubescent pre-teen, she is OBSESSED with boys and her number one crush, Jimmy Pesto. She also has a weird knack for writing erotic fanfiction. This includes lots of butts and zombies. Tina even has a hobby for horses and like any tween, a fixation for a boy band. Think One Direction, but worse. Although, you can relate to her social awkwardness and insecure character.

Gene is something else. Being the only boy and middle child, he is out there. He is also carefree and likes to make people laugh like Linda. He consistently likes to annoy people with fart sounds he records on his Casio SK-5 keyboard. He’s the more comical and more childlike character out of the bunch. He reminds you of your little cousin who’s more than happy to sit in a tub of beans.

Finally, we have the mastermind that is Louise. You can spot her a mile away because of her pink bunny ears hat she always wears. You will never see her hair. She is witty, maniacal, devious, smart, cunning and it’s all in one tiny person. She is the one responsible for most of the issues the family has to resolve or the adventures her and her siblings go through. Despite you thinking she is almost narcissistic, she loves her family and is a total Daddy’s girl. You often think Louise in the future will either be a mob boss, in jail or some evil villain.

Each episode will have you snickering with how much each character play off each other and just how much you seem to relate to all the characters in one way or another. Each episode is a brand new problem and adventure The Belcher’s must conquer.

 

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Fighting With My Family Movie Review – Is It Worth Checking Out?

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Professional wrestling is undoubtedly one of the most polarizing facets of our pop culture. The debate of whether or not it truly fits the description of a sport has gone on for decades. When it comes down to it, professional wrestling is entertainment, performed by athletes who have made it their mission to be the best inside the squared circle. Just be careful not to call it “fake”, as the term is pretty much considered derogatory to the wrestling community. Whether or not you’ve been a fan for years (like myself), or you’ve completely fallen out of love with it (like the person who got me into it in the first place: my brother), or perhaps you’ve never watched it and don’t have a desire to, Fighting With My Family, based on a true story, is a film worth checking out. That’s because it’s for everyone.

Dwayne Johnson (center), along with Florence Pugh (left), and the real Saraya “Paige” Bevis (right).

Co-produced by Dwayne Johnson (who also makes appearances in the film) and starring Florence Pugh, Vince Vaughn, and Lena Headey from Game of Thrones, Fighting With My Family tells the story of professional wrestler Saraya Bevis – better known to wrestling fans as “Paige”. The film follows her journey from growing up in a family of professional wrestlers to making it to the biggest professional wrestling company on the planet: World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Pugh portrays Paige, the anti-diva. She’s not your typical blonde, model-esque, female wrestler that people were used to seeing for years. She’s a tough, black-haired, pale-skinned, British girl from Norwich, with dreams of superstardom. She shares this dream with her ride or die brother, Zak, portrayed by Jack Lowden. However, as seen in the trailer, Paige is the only one of the two to get that shot at glory.

The film is essentially a dramedy, mixing intense scenes with ones that will give you a good laugh – more particularly by Paige and Zak’s loving and supportive parents, Patrick and Julia Bevis. You can also count on Vince Vaughn to give you those much-needed laughs in between those emotionally draining parts. It’s a story you’ve probably never seen played out in a movie before about a young woman you’ve probably never heard of either. But none of that matters when the film’s themes are ones that anyone can relate to.

With a cast that is fully committed to their performances, you’d start to question why all the big film studios ultimately passed on the project. You’ll be cheering for Paige as she struggles to find herself, and Zak as he searches to find his true purpose in life. No longer are the days that female wrestlers must look like they came off the pages of a centerfold. Because of Paige and her story, you can look and be different, and still make it.

Due to a serious neck injury that she sustained at a WWE Live Event in Long Island, Paige was forced to retire at just 26 years of age. But even though her in-ring career was cut short, her journey from humble beginnings to wrestling champion is still a very inspiring and undeniable one. After watching the film, you will feel like, just as Paige has, you can go against the status quo and drown out those around you who are saying you’re just not good enough. 

Fighting With My Family is now playing in select theaters in the United States. The film will open nationwide on February 22, and February 27 in the United Kingdom. Check out the trailer below.

 

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What Do We Really Think Of The Ted Bundy Movie Trailer?

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Based on the notorious 1970’s serial killer Ted Bundy, the new film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile takes us on a tale of the relationship between the killer and his longtime girlfriend. But, the question is how do we really feel about a film that portrays an evil and vile individual who wholeheartedly believed he was innocent of dozens of heinous murders.

The film starring Zac Efron as Ted Bundy and Lily Collins as Elizabeth Kloepfer, the story revolves around this seemingly functional relationship while everyone around Bundy, as well as Kloepfer, are completely unaware of Bundy’s true nature.

There were various mixed reviews when the trailer to the film was first made public. Some with intrigue on how Efron would portray Bundy and some who were dismayed at the mere fact that this type of film was even made. The initial thoughts that surround the film was that it portrays Bundy as too suave and likeable when you watch the trailer for the first time. To many of the viewers, this does not represent the Ted Bundy that plagued the news and caused a major stir in the justice system back in the 70’s. He was a man who murdered and tortured women in ways that at the time was blasphemous and unheard of. We have all seen various Ted Bundy documentaries to know the truth.

Now there are two sides to the coin. Ted Bundy was known for being the guy next door. He was a man who you would not believe would be capable of these crimes. He was charismatic, suave, charming and an all around good enough guy you would have no problem if he dated your daughter. Bundy was able to sway the people around him to believe the words he said. Although, you might say that this is the scary part about Bundy, the fact that he could manipulate people.

The film is not about Ted Bundy the serial killer, it is about Ted Bundy the charming guy next door. Yes, Zac Efron looks like Bundy and adds to that appealing quality, but it’s about the persona Ted Bundy presented to the world and the courtroom. It becomes about the man who was able to daze women into believing him, especially the woman who lived and loved him and did not know a thing.

Of course, there are moral issues to this type of film. There have been responses saying the issue of the family members of his victims having to see the man who murdered their daughter being portrayed this way on the big screen. There is this idea that in one way or another they are glorifying Ted Bundy because serial killers are now a trend. The film is a two sided coin and whichever way you flip it you can not have one reaction without the other.

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‘True Detective’ Star Lauren Sweetser Talks About Why Crime Dramas Keeps You Coming Back

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What does it take to be a true detective? HBO’s third installment of their show True Detective takes it up a notch in the crime anthology drama category. Separated from its previous installments,True Detective follows two detectives in three different time periods attempting to find the truth behind the disappearance of a boy and girl from Arkansas in the 1980s. New to the show is actress Lauren Sweetser, who adds a complex and rich character to a drama that will keep you on your toes.

 

“At the root of it is what makes a true detective. I think they do a really good job this season of making you answer that question for yourself. I have seen the first two episodes so far and these characters are so rich. I think people can expect to see incredible performance, very good production design and great writing,” said Sweetser.

Sweetser plays a character by the name of Isabell who is seen later in the show. Although, she admits she can’t give much away about her character and her role. Certain plot elements are kept secret in order to maintain the suspense.

“She is an extremely interesting woman. It was such a joy to work with Daniel (Sackheim) and collaborate to make a very complex, but beautiful character.”

Having been a fan of season one of the show, Sweetser was instantly attracted to the role. She praises the show’s executive producer and writer, Nic Pizzolatto, for his creativity. “I just loved how Nick created this world that can be different every season. The incredible performances and writing instantly drew me to it. Everyone is on top of their game on a show like this.”

Sweetser is not the only one attracted to the show. True Detective leads viewers on a path of uncertainty, mystery, suspense and even has you questioning what clues you might have missed. Sweetser describes the show as something that never really leaves your mind. She often finds herself still thinking about the show hours or days after the episode finishes airing.

“It keeps viewers coming back for more. Every episode gets better with even more puzzling questions you crave to be answered. The overall mystery of what’s happening and trying to get to the bottom of it is what keeps viewers coming back.”

One of many perks of working on True Detective for Sweetser was being able to film in her hometown of Fayetteville, Arkansas. For her, True Detective has been one of the biggest shows she’s been a part of. It was even better that it filmed in her hometown where her creative expression first sparked.

Having been a dancer since she was a little girl, Sweetser always had a creative outlet, but it wasn’t until high school that she really found an interest in acting. “I was carpooling with a friend of mine and she said her mom was going to be late because she (her friend) was auditioning for a play. She suggested I should audition for it too. After a nudge in the right direction, I thought “Why not?” After auditioning, I ended up getting the part!”

Sweetser jokes that it was a funny experience because she got the role her friend was originally auditioning for. Having been a lover of movies and an avid cinema goer (she even keeps the movie stubs she collected as a child), Sweetser fell in love with acting.

Movie roles haven’t always come Sweetser’s way in the most conventional way. She took the opportunity to do a movie where she lived in Hawaii for two months after being approached by two regulars at an Irish bar she was bartending at who turned out to be AD and line producers.

“I never thought I would get a role, but things work out how they’re supposed to. I’ve had a lot of strange things like that in my life where I’ve been in a completely different position and get offered to do a movie or meet a producer. Those things keep me on my path knowing I’m doing the right thing.”

Sweetser is certainly on the right path having taken part in numerous movie projects. She just wrapped up a guest appearance on NCIS and produced and starred in the film Riot Act, which will be available on DVD and streaming platforms in the coming months.

She stars in a film called Sweet Inspirations where she plays a survivor of domestic violence. For Sweetser, this film and plot is close to her heart. “I worked with women and children of domestic violence in college and a few different philanthropies for them. This was one of the roles where it all came together.”

In the future we might see Sweetser on HBO’s Westworld, a show she is absolutely obsessed with. But for now, catch her on True Detective and find out for yourself what her character Isabell is all about.

 

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