Is Amazon’s Lord of the Rings at risk of losing viewers in New Zealand? It was recently announced that Amazon Studios will be moving the filming of its Lord of the Rings series from New Zealand to the UK. The first season of the upcoming fantasy epic was shot in the beautiful terrain found in the Oceania country, but the second season will be moving to pastures new. Kiwis have always been proud of their connection to J.R.R Tolkien’s Middle Earth, and there is a chance that this move could risk angering viewers in the country.
Amazon May Have to Change Tact to Attract Viewers
The Lord of the Rings series has long been touted as Amazon’s answer to Game of Thrones. When the HBO fantasy finished airing, other networks quickly scrambled to cash in on the readymade audience and create something similar. The studio may need to copy various other elements from GOT’s successful model if it is to succeed, though, especially in New Zealand.
Many Kiwis will have been planning to watch Lord of the Rings so that they can see the famous filming locations in the country. But now that it is moving, viewers will need a different motivation to watch. One of the reasons for GOT’s popularity was its franchise model, which spread out into related games. Among the most popular was the Game of Thrones slot from Microgaming.
With sites like BetPal New Zealand highlighting the prevalence of gambling in the country, a Lord of the Rings-themed slot game could help to win some viewers over. Aside from the bonuses on offer at the various online casinos in the country, this could be a major draw to bring players in. After playing the game, these people may then want to explore the world in more detail by watching the series and vice versa.
Why did the Filming Location Change?
One of the reasons why Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings took the world by storm in 2001 was down to the choice of filming location. The stunning and varied landscape of New Zealand represented the spots in Middle Earth perfectly, and the country became forever associated with the saga. It went on to be used in the Hobbit series as well, and Amazon kept that theme going with the first season of its series.
Recently, it was announced that after twenty years in the country, New Zealand will no longer be the home of Lord of the Rings. The production company has moved its operations to the UK as part of a plan to expand its studio space in the country. Aside from filming the Rings series, Amazon plans to create several other UK-based films and series over the next few years. The UK has a hilly landscape and vast countryside, like New Zealand, so the shift of locations should be unnoticeable for viewers.
There is a chance that Amazon’s Rings series may lose viewers in New Zealand, who could feel betrayed by the location change. The studio will have to go to great lengths to keep these people interested, and this could be done by releasing related material that will appeal to them.
There are a few achievements in an actor’s career that provide that “I’ve made it” feeling. Landing your first leading role, walking on a red carpet, winning an award are all obvious markers of this. However, one of the most underrated achievements is being able to lend your voice to a character in a Disney and Pixar film. This is an accomplishment that 12-year-old actress Emma Berman can cross off of her bucket list. Emma stars as Giulia in Disney and Pixar’s latest feature film Luca, out now on Disney+.
Luca, has been making a splash since its release on June 18th. Set in a beautiful seaside town on the Italian Riviera, Luca is a quintessential coming-of-age story about a teenage sea monster boy, Luca, voiced by Jacob Tremblay, who finds a friend in a fellow teenage sea monster named Alberto, voiced by Jack Dylan Grazer. Alberto introduces Luca to the world of possibilities that is living on land. The two, joined by Emma Berman’s character Giulia, enjoy a summer of gelato, scooter rides, and ultimate adventure.
While Luca marks the first Disney and Pixar film for Emma Berman, the actress is no stranger to voice acting. Since the age of 8, Emma has been voicing toys for the educational toy company LeapFrog. In addition to voice acting, she has appeared on stage in the Bay Area in productions of “Once” and “Gypsy” as well as in “A Christmas Carol” at the American Conservatory Theater. As a young performer who is dedicated to her craft, Emma’s future is bright and limitless. We were lucky enough to catch up with her to talk about Luca and much more!
Cliché: What made you want to become an actor?
Emma Berman: When I was 8 years old, I asked my mom to enroll me in a 2-week theater camp with the Bay Area Children’s Theater that was staging a production of Annie. I remember there were lots of little girls just like me there and we all wanted to get the part of Annie. It was very exciting to try out and even more thrilling when I got the part. It was the most incredible experience to perform in front of the audience. I got the theater bug and just wanted to keep doing theater from then on.
You’ve lent your voice to so many different projects. What are some secrets you can share about what it takes to be a great voice actor?
Emma Berman: I don’t know if I can really speak to what makes a “great” voice actor. I don’t think of myself as one, or maybe not yet, because there is so much more that I have to learn. But one thing that I really try to focus on with all of my auditions is making sure that I have really clear diction and that I have some specific emotions behind the lines. I always make multiple takes and listen back to see which one I like best. I try to make it funny by finding the beats and playing around with the speed of how I deliver the lines. Adding physicality when I say the lines helps me and I do it standing up. For my very first voiceover project for LeapFrog, I had no training or coaching at all. I just read the script and my mom recorded it on her cellphone. For the last few years, I have been taking classes in performing arts, voiceover, and acting. I think the combination of this training definitely helped to shape me into a more versatile voice actor. I love learning and discovering all the amazing things we can do with our voices.
Cliché: Tell us about your new Disney and Pixar film, Luca.
Emma Berman: I am so excited for everyone to see this film! It is not like anything you have seen before. Luca is about the kind of friendships that change us, make us curious, and help us overcome our fears and conquer our dreams! It’s a story about the unforgettable summer adventures of three underdogs, Luca, Alberto, and Giulia, set on the Italian Riviera in the post-war era (the 50s and 60s time). This film encourages kids who might not be very popular or think they don’t belong to accept themselves and all the aspects that make them who they are. Luca is a very inspiring story, and the main three characters are very unique and empowering. I think the coolest thing we learn from this film is that we should open our minds and hearts and be accepting of others. We can then make new friendships that change our lives in the most unpredictable ways.
Cliché: How do you relate to your character, Giulia?
Emma Berman: Giulia is about my age, 12 years old. She is a bit awkward and goofy, and she really wants to make new friends. She has a great deal of determination, but everyone thinks she is this weird kid who doesn’t belong. That’s how she and Luca connect, they both feel like outsiders. For Giulia, winning is important because that is her chance to prove herself. She really wants to be accepted and be looked at by everyone as the winner. I would say that I am similar to Giulia because she is super outgoing, she loves to make new friends and she has a hunger for adventure. I think I am also kind of goofy and determined and we both follow our dreams. Oh!! And we both have a cat!
Cliché: The story takes place on the beautiful Italian Riviera and your character Giulia is Italian. How did you prepare to voice a character with an Italian accent?
Emma Berman: For the accent, I worked with the dialect coach Bettina Devin. She is a lot of fun to work with! She is really funny and an incredibly talented actress and coach. I also speak Russian at home which I think helps me pick up the accents in general. I also got the Babbel app on my phone to practice Italian words and was listening to Italian songs in the car. Before the recording sessions, my mom would take me out to get Italian food at the Trattoria da Vittorio, our local neighborhood restaurant in San Francisco and I would practice ordering in Italian. There are a lot of Italian food references in Luca and it was really fun and inspiring for me to discover so many pasta dishes and delicious flavors of gelato!
Cliché: How does it feel to be in a film alongside other great actors like Jacob Tremblay, Maya Rudolph, and Jack Dylan Grazer?
Emma Berman: It totally feels like a dream. I feel immensely lucky and honored to have given my voice to Giulia. I have always been a Pixar fan and these are the movies I grew up watching. Not in a million years would I have ever imagined that one day I would hear my own voice coming out of a Pixar character or see my name next to all the incredibly talented actors. It is really mind-blowing. I still can’t believe it!
Cliché: What’s your favorite Disney and Pixar film?
Emma Berman: Ooooh this is the hardest question because I am a huge fan of all Pixar movies! Well, I guess I’ll have to go with Inside Out because it is set in my hometown San Francisco where I was born and raised so it is just a little more special for me for that reason.
Cliché: What can we expect next from you?
Emma Berman: I am currently recording at home for a fun new animated series project coming up soon and I can’t wait to share more when I can!
“Out of this world, a short film about alien abductions and inspired by the film horse girl starring Alison Brie.”
Ashley Nicole is an indie filmmaker from Texas who has been making short films since 2020, she has already made films in various genres such as Horror, & Drama and some including a message like in Eternal Mind.
But her new short film titled “Out of this world” focuses on alien abductions. The story is about a young girl who is taken away by aliens one night and wakes up in a mysterious room with nothing but a tv in the middle.
As the film goes on she begins to see things including the alien that abducted her, inspired by the Netflix film “Horse Girl” starring Alison Brie and Nicole’s love for sci fi films such as “Independence Day” & “The Fourth Kind” she is determined to make this her best yet.
The Film stars Christian Gonzalez who happens to be her brother, he stars in the film as the alien abductor and with music provided by John Oberkirsch a composer from Denver it brings the film to life and bring it together.
Originally Out of this world was meant to be a feature film that Nicole wrote at the beginning of quarantine, and like all of us she had a lot of time on her hands to write it. Originally focused on a group college kids who work in a small diner in Colorado, begin to be terrorized by a vicious monster from another planet and the main protagonist “Nathan” who is blind.
In her words Ashley States, “since I don’t work with a budget and since I don’t have team obviously I couldn’t make a feature film, so instead I decided the best way to bring it to life was to make it into a short.”
“And after watching horse girl, I became even more inspired.”
But like every film there are subtle references to classic films, for example the TV in Out of this world pays tribute to the 1982 horror film “Poltergeist” the tv in out of this world acts as transporter which takes the girl to different parts of the aliens ship, but as the film goes on things get slightly creepy and slightly Weird.”
Ashley not only directs the project but also stars in it as the Young girl
The Film is available to watch on YouTube as of right now, and will soon be Available on other streaming platforms hopefully.
Out of this world, a short film centered on alien abductions & inspired by the film “Horse Girl.”
Director Dale Resteghini is shaking up boththe industry and the world with his mind bending, alternate history project. CRACKA was Inspired by his disgust in the rise of white supremacy within the last few years. Dale took it upon himself to create the jaw dropping project to push back at the entire situation of racism through media.
A present-day white supremacist is mysteriously transported back into an alternate past where African Americans rule the land and whites are enslaved.
Full of painfully rich, historical broad strokes of history, CRACKA drops us into the black and white mystique of slavery, with hopes to strengthen the outlook of pointless bigotry that is still haunting us today, 401 years later.
Co-writer Kevin D. Young, gives an absolutely brutally honest, in-depth look and new meaning to life, love, liberty, and justice for all. By using present day situations, blending daily headlines and adding a historical twist, the project is simply holding up a mirror for others to accept the history of America then, and the state of America now.
Dale Resteghini, also known as ‘Rage’ in the realm of music videos, has directed more music videos than anyone else in the industry. He has achieved nominations from both MTV and BET over years and nearly 10 billion views from his creative works with major artists. His iconic resume includes names like Ice Cube, DMX, Guns N Roses, Dipset, Busta Rhymes, Three 6 Mafia, Teyana Taylor, Lil Baby, Hitmaka, Keke Palmer, Lil Kim, Yo Gotti, TI, Snoop, DJ Khaled, John Legend, DJ Drama, Lil Jon, Jada Kiss, Trina, Sizzla, Jeezy, Gucci Mane, Quavo, Tory Lanez, The Game, Chris Brown, Pitbull, Nicky Minaj, Soulja Boy, Lil Kim, Rick Ross, Method Man, Akon, Keyshia Cole, Diddy, Lil Wayne, Fall Out Boy, Tyga, Ty Dolla, RZA, Flo Rida and hundreds of others.
Joining Executive Producers Antony Martini, Rob Garcia and Kim Resteghini are acclaimed author and activist Piper Monique Dellums, and singer/writer Tish Hyman, who curated the music and soundtrack.
Vyre Network represents a visually driven culture, from millennials to generations X, Y, and Z. Vyre distributes a wide range of entertainment that allows popular culture to express themselves as consumers and creators without boundaries. This includes original shows, feature films, short films, music videos, and exclusive live events. Vyre Network is available FREE for download globally on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire Stick, Android, iPhone, and the web.
CRACKA will premier exclusively on Vyre Network on June 19th.
As an actor, being able to successfully shift between dramatic and comedic roles can take years. However, a vast emotional acting range is something 13-year-old actor August Maturo developed early in his life. Since the age of 3, Maturo has been captivating audiences and casting directors with his ability to bring a story to life. Starring in renowned and beloved films and television shows of various genres, Maturo has become a star in his own right.
Audiences in the United States would recognize Maturo for his role as Auggie Matthews on the hit Disney Channel Original Series Girl Meets World. He also starred in the wildly successful horror movie The Nun as Daniel. Critics worldwide have taken notice of his incredible acting range. Maturo’s latest film Shepherd: The Story of a Jewish Dog is set to release in select US Theaters this Memorial Day Weekend! Based on the novel The Jewish Dog by Asher Kravitz and written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Lynn Roth, the film follows Kaleb, a beloved German Shepherd, who is separated from his original master ‘Joshua’ (Maturo) and his Jewish family when the Nuremberg Laws are enacted in World War II Berlin.
Later this year, Maturo is set to star as the lead in the upcoming horror/thriller Slapface.Slapface follows the story of a young boy Lucas (Maturo), who deals with the death of his parents and the physical and emotional abuse of being bullied by creating a dangerous relationship with a monster. The film recently premiered at Cinequest Film Festival and won the Audience Award for Best Thriller/Horror. As he continues to make his mark on the film industry, we chatted with August Maturo to discuss his blossoming career, upcoming projects, and much more!
Cliché: What made you want to become an actor?
Maturo: When I was very little everyone that would meet me would tell my mom “your kid should be an actor.” She didn’t think much about it until I was 3 years old, and I was in a church play. When it was over, and I had to get off the stage I got really upset and told my mom I wanted to be back up there. She decided then to get me an agent and I started working right away. I guess it was meant to be!
What is a special memory you have from your time playing Auggie Matthews on Girl Meets World?
My favorite memories were filming in front of a live audience. Those nights were so exciting. It’s so cool to hear an immediate reaction to your performance as you do it. That’s the great thing about filming live. It’s instant gratification as a performer.
Tell us about your film Shepherd: The Story of a Jewish Dog.
Shepherd is about a young boy named Joshua and his dog Kaleb during the Holocaust. I play Joshua. I filmed Shepherd shortly after I finished Girl Meets World. It was my first film role. I was 10 years old at the time and I had to travel to Budapest to film it. It’s finally releasing in the US this Memorial Day weekend in select theaters, and I can’t wait for people to see it! It was supposed to be released last year but got postponed because of Covid. I’m so glad theaters are opening back up and people can see it on the big screen the way it was meant to be seen. If you love history and you love dogs, you’ll love this film! And don’t worry, the boy and the dog don’t die!
You’ve starred in some very intense and dramatic films in your career. What draws you to those kinds of roles?
I love them because it challenges me as an actor. I always want to try difficult things. The longer you are an actor, the more you want to push yourself to see what you can do. Most people know me as the character ‘Auggie’ from Girl Meets World. I’m really excited for people to get to know me as different characters now.
Another film you have coming out this year is Slapface. What can you tell us about the film and your character Lucas?
I am so proud of Slapface! Ever since my role, playing Daniel in The Nun, I’ve been obsessed with horror. It was my dream to play a lead role in one, so when I got the offer for Slapface I was so excited. The film is about a boy named Lucas who is abused and bullied by everyone around him, so he ends up befriending a monster that lives in the woods. The monster becomes obsessed with him, so as you can imagine things start to get a little crazy. Slapface will be out this fall, and the plan is to be in theaters. You just never know how things are going to go because of Covid.
Is there a role or film genre you would love to play?
Since I love to try new things, I’d love to be in an action film. That would be exciting. But I think my dream role would be to mix my background in comedy and horror and do a horror/comedy, like the movie Shaun of the Dead or the show What We Do in the Shadows.
When you aren’t working, what are some things you do to relax and have fun?
Over quarantine, I started to ride my bike a lot. I created a small pod of friends that I like to hang out with, and we love to ride together. I also draw, A LOT. If I’m not doing school work, I’m probably drawing. I’ve also recently gotten back into Pokémon Go again and love to ride my bike around and catch them.
What can fans expect next from you?
I do have something exciting in the works, but I can’t talk about it just yet. In the meantime, I hope that everyone goes to watch Shepherd & Slapface and enjoys them as much as I did making them. As an actor, that’s all you could hope for!
Heilung and The Heroes of Valhalla: immerse yourself in the magic of viking mythology. In 2020, fans of Vikings finally discovered the fates of their favorite Norse heroes in the sixth and final season of the Emmy award-winning television epic. The series follows the life of Ragnar Lothbrok, a farmer who becomes an infamous warrior, with the support of his formidable family and strength from the mythical Norse gods of the Aesir and Vanir. Since the show first hit television screens across the US and Canada back in 2013, it has not only gained a huge fan base, but has also inspired an explosion of interest in Norse mythology.
For those of you who haven’t seen it, it’s well worth a watch. Not only will you be inspired by strong characters and entertained by the epic battles and intrigue, but you will also be introduced to the magic of the Norse myths which brought meaning to the lives of the legendary Vikings. For those who are already fans and can’t wait for the spin-off Vikings: Valhalla to hit Netflix, why not immerse yourself in the magic of Viking mythology in other ways.
Fill the Viking longship-sized void by listening to some dark Norse music by Scandinavian folk band Heilung. Their name means “healing” in German and their music is inspired by texts and runes dating back to the Viking Age. They debuted their first album Ofnir back in 2015 and have since gained a cult following. They’re known for their live performances, dressing in lavish headdresses, and beating human bones on a horse-skin drum, blessed by a blood sacrifice…
You’ll have heard their music on the soundtrack of Vikings, discover more here and join them for a ritualistic evening on tour in 2021.
If you’re looking for something slightly less immersive, thanks to the growing interest in Norse mythology inspired by the TV show, there is now a huge choice of fun, Viking-themed entertainment to enjoy. You can battle Vikings from the comfort of your own home through mobile apps such as Vikings: War of Clans and some mobile sites even let you earn bonuses whilst discovering more about Norse mythology through slot titles such as Book of Vikings, and you can find more info here about the best online casinos, as well as what they offer.
Feast with Odin in the Great Hall of Valhalla
Even the big names in video games are embracing the rising popularity of Viking history and mythology. Last year, Ubisoft released a Viking-inspired installment of their hit video game franchise, Assassins Creed: Valhalla.
Vikings believed if they fought well in battle and died, they would be greeted by the war god, Odin, in the Great Hall of Valhalla and enjoy an eternity of feasting and fighting. It gave them the courage to be legendary warriors. And now you can be one too – learn more about the game and how you can fight for Valhalla.
Immerse yourself and fear not! Vikings: Valhalla will be on our screens before we know it.
While not all of us would like to admit it, if we had to choose between a New York rom-com or an action film, the majority votes to fantasize about love in one of the most romantic, lively cities in the world. There’s something about a Matthew Mcconaughey and Kate Hudson film that warms your heart and makes you daydream about what it would be like to move to the city of opportunities and become a big dreamer.
Speaking from experience, I am one to support the rather cliche idea of moving to the big city to start your life over, fall in love and become successful in your career path. But where did these ideas stem from?
The answer is simple. Rom-coms. I blame (yet hopelessly admire) all the classic ‘90s films and television series’ that allowed me to daydream about the perfect New York apartment and imagine that living in the snow was as white and dreamy as it sounds. Reality check— it’s not exactly like the movies portray it to be…
Don’t get me wrong, living in a New York apartment is a treasurous milestone within itself. Apartment hunting, learning to navigate the subway, and standing on your own two feet is exhilarating and oh, so rewarding. Every day is an adventure, not everybody is meant to live in New York, that’s for sure. But after obsessively rewatching the hit-sitcom television show FRIENDS and binging all fashion-related movies starring Anne Hathaway, I seemed to have built up a false annotation of what living in New York is truly like.
Not every day is filled with the stereotypical city activities you imagine— especially not in COVID-19 times. Most evenings don’t consist of getting drinks at The Plaza or taking a sunset stroll through Central Park. Some days are pure magic when you step outside and simply feel the energy roaming through the air with a hot coffee in hand. Then there are laundry days, which are…not so glamorous.
So far, here’s what I’ve learned:
Hailing a cab isn’t as easy (or graceful) as it looks.
The subway is nice and all, but have you heard of Uber?
There’s no way that Carrie Bradshaw could afford her Upper East Side apartment AND her Manolo Blahnik shoe collection. Carrie, you can’t have your cake and eat it, too.
A savings account? Never heard of her.
Avoid Times Square. Don’t ask why, just do it.
You better get comfortable living in a shoebox-sized apartment, probably with a roommate!
Monica Geller’s two-bedroom flat is not a reasonable New York apartment. That thing is huge.
Most of us don’t live above a coffee shop or bakery, most of us live above a Thai restaurant or Dumpling kitchen.
If your apartment doesn’t have window air conditioners, get two to start, then buy two more.
Stay away from the moving trash piles on Tuesdays (squeak, squeak).
That job you and 567 others applied to on LinkedIn? Yeah, you’re not hearing back from them.
Dating is non-existent in the winter time, less people out on the street.
Dating apps are definitely, most definitely not as romantic as how J-Lo met her man in the rain underneath the nearest dry hotel overhang.
It’s all about who you know.
You learn to love it.
Some people question why you would want to move to New York, pay the expensive rent, work excessive hours, and live uncomfortably; both in weather and apartment size. It’s because we hope and dream that somewhere, somehow in such a city that never sleeps, there’s something waiting for us. May that be a job, a lover, a friend or an opportunity, it’s there. You just have to find it.
Disney’s iconic twin stars, The D’Ambrosio Twins, have been acting alongside one another for as long as they can remember. As actresses, singers, and and best friends, Bianca and Chiara D’Ambrosio have extensive experience in television, film, and music, and are most well-known for their roles as Frankie and Reagan on 19-time Emmy Award-winning series “The Bay” and for starring in its spinoff series “yA.” Additionally, they have been recognized for their performances in “See Dad Run,” “Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, & Dawn,” “Diary of a Future President,” and, most recently, Disney Plus’ new film, “To the Beat!: Back 2 School,” the sequel to the hit teen comedy, “To the Beat!”
This week, I had the pleasure of speaking with the twins about their prolific career paths and numerous professional milestones at such a young age. In this candid conversation, the twins reflect upon their journey to stardom as both independent actresses and partners in crime and share their most memorable experiences and lessons with their fans.
You’ve both been acting since the age of 3, when you were cast in the role of Summer Newman on CBS’ The Young and Restless. Please tell us about your experiences on a mainstream television channel at such a young age. Do you have any distinct or formative memories?
BIANCA: I was three years old when I started working on “the Young and the Restless.” I can’t remember much, but I do have memories of bonding with my on-screen parents playing Disney cards and eating candy!
CHIARA: Because I was so young on “the Young and the Restless,” I can’t remember a lot. I do remember fond memories of Michelle Stafford coming to our dressing room to see us before going to set. She would hold my hand and walk me to set sometimes.
On both The Young and Restless in 2008 and Parks and Recreation in 2009, you shared the role of Summer Newman and Lennon Parham’s daughter, respectively. What was it like to take turns playing the role?
BIANCA: It was fun! Chiara and I got to work together and experience everything at the same time.
CHIARA: Switching places with my sister while on set was super fun because we always got to hang out with each other and practice our lines with each other.
What was the best part of being cast together as twins from an early age? Did it ever cause confusion on set, or did it ever create any tension between you as independent actresses?
BIANCA: It never caused tension between us. We have always loved being cast together because we get to do what we love together. A lot of people got us confused on set, so we would just have fun with it.
CHIARA: Being cast together as twins has always been a blast. We get to work together in scenes and make life-long memories together. I don’t think that us being known as twins caused tension for us to book projects independently. I was lucky to work on Disney Plus’ show “Diary of a Future President” last year while Bianca worked on a film. We are happy for each other!
When did you start making music? Please tell us about your breakthrough song “Let Your Light Shine.”
BIANCA: We started making original music when we were seven. I love to play instruments and wanted to try singing for a change. I ended up loving it and combined my love for playing instruments with singing to create “Let Your Light Shine.” I knew that I wanted our first song to touch on the topic of bullying since we experienced that back in school, so after talking with our parents, we created the song!
CHIARA: We started making music by releasing our debut song “Let Your Light Shine.” We had been bullied at school when we were younger, so we wanted to create music to encourage others to tell someone when they are experiencing bullying. Our song reached a lot of people, and that’s when we realized how our music can inspire others.
Please tell us about the process of creating your first album, “Got You Covered.” What was the source of inspiration behind your album?
BIANCA: “Got You Covered” was a cover album we did to music hits from the 80s, 90s, and even 70s. My parents raised me listening to older music, and I developed a love for songs created in those eras. My sister and I wanted to do something fun with our music and decided to use our parents influence’ on us to create “Got You Covered.”
What is the best part of being twin actresses?
BIANCA: For me, working with my sister is an amazing experience. She is my best friend and I love that we get to work and do what we love together. Having those memories together on set is something I will remember forever.
CHIARA: I think the best part of being twin actresses is that I have someone who can experience the highs and lows of the entertainment industry with me, and I always have someone to talk to.
How do you differ as actresses and singers?
CHIARA: We differ as actresses because Bianca enjoys drama and single-camera comedy roles, while I love comedic roles. We differ as singers because Bianca’s voice is higher than mine. Bianca loves the piano and guitar, while I love the drums.
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What is your single favorite memory from your career thus far, independently or as twins?
BIANCA: There are so many incredible memories that it’s hard to choose just one. I would have to say one of my fondest memories was back in early March of this year when we got to see ourselves on the big screen! We got to watch ourselves surrounded by our family, friends, and the rest of the cast and crew. It was a memory I will never forget.
CHIARA I have many favorite memories from my career as an independent actress and as a twin actress. My favorite memory so far in my career was when we wrapped filming yA and I shared a moment of celebration with my sister that has stuck with me since last year. We were so proud of each other and it was a magical experience.
You’ve both had quite a diverse array of experiences as actresses. What is your favorite character you’ve played?
BIANCA: That’s a tough one! I’m so grateful for every experience I’ve had, and It’s so hard to choose one. I would have to say it’s a tie between my character on “yA,” Frankie Sanders, and Donna from the upcoming film, “Slapface.” Donna and Frankie are two completely different characters who I loved equally. Frankie is the spunky twin who hides her feelings and puts her sister before herself. Donna is a mean girl who only cares for her sister and her best friend, Moriah. It’s a tie between those two!
CHIARA: Any opportunity I get to play someone else is surreal. My favorite character I’ve played so far is Regan Sanders from yA. Playing Regan was a wild ride. She is so similar yet so different from me as a person, so it was amazing to step into her shoes.
What’s the one biggest piece of advice you’d give to a fan looking to pursue acting and music?
BIANCA: To never give up. I know it sounds cliché, but it is so true! Giving up just puts you one step further away from achieving your dream.
CHIARA: My advice to a fan looking to pursue a career in the entertainment industry is to never give up hope. Sign up for classes or audition for school plays so that you get an experience of working on set. If this is something you really want to do, then go for it and don’t let anyone stop you
What’s next for you both?
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BIANCA: Right before quarantine, I had the chance to work with Justin Long, Judy Greer, and Melanie Lynskey on a comedy movie called “Lady of The Manor” which will be premiering next year. Chiara’s and my new show called “yA”, which is a spinoff of “The Bay,” will also premiere next year.
CHIARA: We finished filming yA last fall and are looking forward to the release. We are also going to be in a few episodes of “The Bay” coming up, so stay tuned if you want to see a little bit of our characters Frankie and Regan Sanders.
BIANCA AND CHIARA: Thank you so much for the interview. Happy Holidays!
Alanna Ubach has been racking up some of the most enviable credits in the industry for over two decades. Now, she’s making a splash playing Jeanine Pirro in the hotly anticipated film Bombshell, which gives an inside look at the sexual harassment allegations brought against Roger Ailes by Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson – and the resulting controversy that shook Fox News to its core. Catch Bombshell in theaters Dec. 20th! Also be on the lookout for her new show, Filthy Rich, airing on Fox this spring.
Cliché: In the span of your entire career, what was your favorite set that you worked on?
Alanna Ubach: My fave set would have to be Meet the Fockers. I tackled 7 bucket list wishes! There’s a reason why Stiller and DeNiro and Streisand and Hoffman are living legends. They’re absolutely fearless.
Who was your favorite actor to work with?
Danny De Vito. I played his daughter in Renaissance Man and years later, I was lucky to play his fiancé crack whore on Sunny. There’s a lot of chemistry there! Lol!
What advice would you give your 18-year-old self?
GO BACK TO DRIVING SCHOOL, YOU SPEED FREAK JERK FACE!
Talk about your new movie, Bombshell.
I play Jeanine Pirro, the well known Fox News personality and former judge. Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson decide to bring the predatory Roger Ailes to justice. Pirro comes to Roger Ailes’ defense. She’s technically a villain.
Have you ever experienced sexism or harassment in working environments? How did you deal with it?
There were a few directors and actors that I was terrified of. How they got away with the things they said and did is beyond me. I was too young and afraid to stand up for myself. Nowadays, I’m more assertive and confidant in the workplace.
How much did you know about Fox News prior to taking the role?
Not much! Thank god for YouTube!
How did you prepare yourself to play Jeanine Pirro?
She was so much fun to study. There’s such an intelligence and glamorous stoicism to her representative, but behind the curtain, she’s driven and strong and very sharp. I had to find both sides to Pirro!
Both Fox News and Jeanine can be polarizing topics. Did you hesitate to take on such a politicized role, or were you excited?
There’s nothing more fulfilling than playing someone whose thoughts and opinions are different from yours.
What overall lesson did you learn from making the film?
It’s amazing what prosthetics and colored contacts can do.
What message do you hope the audience will take away?
Trust your instincts. They’re always correct.
Any plans or projects for 2020 that you’re particularly looking forward to?
Yes! There’s a great new show coming out on Fox called Filthy Rich, created by Tate Taylor and starring Kim Katrall. I play a wild hustler and I’m having a blast! Tune in this coming March I believe! It’s FANTASTIC!
Read moreCelebrity Interviews on ClicheMag.com Alanna Ubach Makes Waves in “Bombshell.” Photo Credit: Glen Wexler.
A supposed seven foot, red skinned, horns on his head and stone right hand isn’t scary right? Especially, when he is a demon from the underworld. It’s okay though, he has a soft side and favors Baby Ruth candy bars.
Based on the graphic novel, Hellboy: Seed of Destruction, the film adaptation HellBoy (2004) loosely follows the same storyline of a demon baby taken into the care of Professor Bruttenholm after coming out of a dimensional portal. Named Hellboy, he becomes a special agent of the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense (BPRD). Like any human being, Hellboy deals with a broken heart for a woman he loves, jealousy, slight father issues and of course saving the world from supernatural entities.
Played by Ron Perlman, Hellboy has a natural sarcastic and witty sense of humor and Perlman only adds to the character who inhibits the same type of character. His voice is also a nice touch The film also has the incredible Selma Blair as Liz Sherman, a pyrokinetic who becomes the one Hellboy must save. The film combines humor, action and the supernatural in a way that felt natural and entertaining to watch.
The film itself had good reviews with Guillermo Del Toro’s visuals adding to the witty humor and action. The sequel, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, was also praised with it stunning visuals in a supernatural setting. The Hellboy films became an epitome representation of the red skinned comic book character.
In 2019, Hellboy was reimagined. Originally planned as a sequel to the first two installments, the film became a reboot after Del Toro was not offered the same creative role. Subsequently, Perlman refused to reprise his role if Del Toro was not involved.
The film takes a deviation from the original films by cutting out characters such as Liz Sherman (Blair) and Abe Sapien (Doug Jones). Instead, they followed a storyline introducing the blood queen Vivienne Nimue (Milla Jovovich) who wants to plague the world as she planned in 517 A.D. It is up to the BPRD, a medium and Hellboy to save the day.
Taking on the role of Hellboy is Stranger Things actor David Harbour. There were mixed reactions as people felt that Perlman was the perfect portrayal of Hellboy. The film was received with mixed reviews with Hellboy having a more defined and furrowed brow expression to his face. Despite the film dialogue still having a witty sense of humor, critics felt the film was unnecessarily gory and tried to have a darker edge that did not deliver. Critics also felt the film created a mess of combining folklore, gruesome battles and humor.
Overall, putting the films head to head seems unfair and fan bases have a clear winner. When visualizing a red demon with samurai like hair, we all picture the same film.
Hellboy (2004) Vs. Hellboy (2019): Image Credit: Columbia Pictures
Nick Hounslow is no stranger to turning heads. At 17, he was scouted off the street by a modeling agency. Within a year, he was walking at Paris fashion week. Work brought him to LA and he fell in love with the city. Acting gigs followed suit, though not without initial struggle. Now, he’s set to reprise his role as Prince Alexander in the Christmas film, Christmas With A Prince: Becoming Royal. When he’s not acting, Nick is a popular celebrity fitness trainer, lending his expertise to stars like Gal Gadot, Julie Benz, and Claire Holt. He loves connecting with this clients to help them feel their best. You can catch Christmas With A Prince: Becoming Royal on November 3rd at 7 PM on UPtv.
Cliché: How did you originally get involved in modeling?
Nick Hounslow: I was 17 years old walking around London and was approached by Storm agency who represent Kate Moss. They took a couple of pictures and the rest was history. I had no idea what modeling was or what it entailed. At 18 I had my first Paris fashion week and walked in 3 shows. It was pretty surreal.
You’ve lived in quite a few places! What made you finally decide on LA?
Honestly it was work. I was in London and my model agency in Cape Town said I had booked a 4 day shoot for Bloomingdale’s in Los Angeles. That was my first trip here and I fell in love. I booked a target commercial and a pre-Oscars fashion show on the same trip. At the fashion show i was approached by a management company interesting in repping me for acting. A month later i was screen testing for Days of Our Lives. It all happened so fast. I didn’t get the Days gig. BUT I was intrigued enough by LA. I flew home to London, as I landed at Heathrow my mobile rings and it was my agents saying I had booked another commercial and had to fly right back without leaving the airport. I felt like that was a sign!
What was it like trying to get into the acting scene?
It wasn’t easy, that’s for sure. It still isn’t. When I first got here I was modeling jobs, screen testing for various projects and then all of sudden it just stopped. It is definitely not for the faint of heart. LA can be a very tough place and you have to keep pushing forward and enjoy the process. That’s the trick right there to master!
Talk about your upcoming movie, Christmas With A Prince: Becoming Royal.
Christmas With A Prince: Becoming Royal is the sequel to Christmas With A Prince which aired last Holiday season. The first movie we see this playboy prince who gets injured skiing and is hidden from the paparazzi in a children’s hospital. There he is reacquainted with a former high school friend who is now his doctor. After some initial drama and misunderstandings they end up together. In the sequel we see their journey continue as a couple which lets just say isn’t without a ton more drama as they travel back to his native country.
What is your character, Prince Alexander, up to in the sequel?
From his initial playboy persona portrayed in the first movie we see a shift in Prince Alec as he realises he has a duty to uphold. His Father the King played by the amazing Charles Shaughnessy needs a successor and since his oldest son passed away it falls upon the youngest more irresponsible son Prince Alec to step up to the plate. However that seems a little harder for him to do.
If you were a prince in real life, what would you do?
Firstly use my powers for good….second, fix healthcare in America (coming from the UK I cant believe how lucky we are!), thirdly take a loooooong vacation maybe for 6 months traveling after fixing health care… Although fixing healthcare here might take a second so that vacation may come in about 2087!
Why do you think the movie was such a hit with viewers?
Who doesn’t love a feel good holiday movie? I honestly didn’t appreciate how big the holiday movie genre is. Being from the UK we have a couple of movies that replay every Christmas, but over here it’s a real thing. It’s so awesome! I’ve had the most amazing messages from fans all over the US and globally. One in particular was from a Mum whose little girl was in hospital over the holiday season and they watched the movie with all the kids in the hospital. She said how great it was and her daughter loved it. That was pretty cool for me!
You’re also a huge fitness buff and a trainer! Why is fitness such an integral part of your life?
I’ve always been into fitness since I was a teen. Fitness is such a huge part of my life. I qualified as a trainer at 17 so I could learn more and then started training others. Since being in LA I’ve helped other actors get into shape for certain movie or TV roles, traveling on set to foreign locations and managing their workouts and nutrition. I get the best of both worlds. For me, fitness keeps me sane. It’s my time to decompress, put headphones in and detach from the world even just for an hour. The bonus is it keeps you looking good. It’s 80% mental for me.
How do you go about connecting with your clients to motivate them to be a healthier version of themselves?
Every single client like every single role is unique. You have to get inside that clients head and understand who they are and what makes them tick. I approach both acting roles, auditions and clients the same way. You have to listen, watch, understand. Everyone’s journey is different. From the client who has to lose a large amount of weight to the skinny kid who wants to bulk up. I also use my own personal story to help motivate them. I used to be an overweight teen. I struggled and was bullied. I know what it feels like to not fit in and to dislike being in your own skin.
For someone who wants to start a workout routine, what exercises would you suggest?
I would suggest body weight exercises first. Movements that are not complicated and won’t result in injury. I also say do your research. find a trainer that can educate and motivate you and give you the tools to take away and train yourself. Start small and slowly increase. I hear all the time too many people rush in, train heavy and hard then crash and burn, injured and/or exhausted.
Are you working on any other projects at the moment or are there certain things that you would like to get involved with that you haven’t gotten the chance to?
I’m working on some really cool things that i can’t talk about just yet but watch this space! It is also highly likely that Prince Alec isn’t quite finished yet … Holiday Season 2020 …
Read more Celebrity Interviews on ClicheMag.com Nick Hounslow Melts Hearts in Holiday Sequel, “Christmas With A Prince: Becoming Royal”. Photo Credit: Nick Hounslow.
Katy Davis quite literally can’t remember a time where she didn’t want to act. She was scrutinizing other actors performances by the age of five. This tenacity came in handy when she chose to move to LA (without knowing anyone!) nine years ago. After adding some more impressive voice-over credits to her collection, she now graces the screen in noir detective thriller, Motherless Brooklyn, in which she plays a young Irish secretary encountered by Edward Norton in his quest to solve the twisty who dun it.
Cliché: How did you discover your love of performing? Katy Davis: Honestly, I never remember a time before wanting to be a performer. In fact my earliest memory is at the age of 3 of asking my Dad to “give” me an audition because I thought it was something that he could physically give me that would make me an actor. At age 5 I remember watching Australian soap operas at lunchtime and then rewatching the repeats at dinnertime to see if I could catch the actors doing something differently. So I suppose I’ve always had a fascination with the world of acting and performing. When I was 12 I started taking speech & drama classes at The Betty Ann Norton Theatre School that also acted as a children’s agency in Dublin. They got me my first audition (which I booked!) and the rest is history!
When did you decide to move to LA? How was that experience for you? I moved to LA nine years ago not knowing one single person. At the time it all seemed like one big adventure but looking back now I’m not quite sure how I did it. There were so many challenges and obstacles I had to deal with that I never could have imagined sitting in my bedroom in Dublin planning the move. In fact my husband quite often asks me to stop when I start telling stories of my first few months alone in LA! I truly believe though that your life shrinks or expands in proportion with your courage – so without that courageous move nine years ago we wouldn’t be having this conversation today…
You did voiceover work for Avengers: Age of Ultron. What was it like to have the opportunity to be involved in a Marvel movie? It was so fun! The best thing aboutAvengers: Age of Ultron hands down was working with the legend that is Joss Whedon. Even though the additional voices at the end of the film making process may not seem very important to some he was present and engaged and grateful for our work (plus I was a big Buffy fan growing up!)
You’re an established voiceover artist! How does voice work compare to acting on screen? I actually started doing voiceover work as a child actor in Dublin and never really stopped! It always felt like such fun for me rather than a job and I adore the freedom there is behind a microphone as opposed to a camera. With voiceover I’ve been given the chance to play roles and voice characters I would never have gotten away with on screen.
Talk about your new film, Motherless Brooklyn. Motherless Brooklyn is a smart detective thriller, set in the 1950s and presented in the classic noir style which I think makes it both timely and relatable. The story focuses around Lionel (Edward Norton). When Lionel’s boss and only friend, Frank (Bruce Willis) gets into something bigger than he can handle, Lionel is determined to find out who was behind it – and why.
The principal character, Lionel, has Tourette’s. You don’t often see Tourette’s portrayed onscreen. Do you think this portrayal will help dispel some of the misconceptions around the condition? I hope so. I think any time a condition can be portrayed on screen in a truthful, compassionate manner then the likelihood is high that audience members will connect and feel empathy on a human to human level.
What role does your character play? Welllll I can’t give too much away as the entire plot of the film is one long who dunnit. Set in NYC, the role I play is that of a “fresh off the boat” young Irish girl. She works the front desk at an office where Edward Norton’s character encounters her on his journey to solve the mystery…
What was it like working with such an all-star cast, including Edward Norton, Alec Baldwin, Bruce Willis, and Leslie Mann? I only worked opposite Edward Norton but it was incredible. He’s a fiercely talented and generous actor as well as director, writer, producer and screenwriter (he wears all those hats on this particular film). There was room for some improv within the written scene and the whole experience felt very collaborative.
The film is set in 1950s Brooklyn. Was it interesting to learn about life in New York in the 50s? The attention to detail on set was breathtaking. Down to the manual typewriter sitting on my desk. My wardrobe, hair and makeup were also such a treat as they stayed true to the classic noir style.
On a totally different end of the spectrum, you also play Valkyrian Prime in the Star Wars parody series, Troopers! Do you consider yourself a Star Wars nerd? Ha! Not at all!!! But I’m an actor and I love a challenge so I jumped at the chance to play Valkyrian Prime. She’s described as “a force of raw evil known as “The Mistress of Management” & “The Iron Consultant.” She is confident, deadly & ruthless.” Honestly she was a dream role to play. Someone who doesn’t care about what anyone thinks of her and has all the power in almost every situation.
The tone of Troopers is definitely a combination of Sci Fi and wacky comedy. My job was mostly to be the straight man to the College Humor cast members with all the jokes and one-liners but I’ll take it!