Kate Hudson has signed on for season 2 of the Apple TV+ drama Truth Be Told. In her first regular TV series role, Hudson will star with series lead Octavia Spencer, who plays true crime podcaster Poppy. Hudson will play a lifestyle expert, Micah, and friend of Poppy’s who is involved in a new case that puts the women’s friendship at odds.
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Eddie Murphy’s Coming 2 America Is Coming to Amazon(Photo by Paramount Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection)Eddie Murphy’s much-anticipated Coming to America sequel, Coming 2 America, was scheduled to hit movie theaters in December. But, like so many other movie projects this year, like Aaron Sorkin’s Trial of the Chicago 7, which just debuted on Netflix after an abandoned theatrical release, streaming is riding in to save the day for viewers.Variety reports that, with movie theater business yet to rebound during the pandemic, Paramount has made a deal to release the sequel on Amazon instead. It will premiere on Amazon on Dec. 18.Coming 2 America finds Murphy’s Prince Akeem, who married his American love Lisa (Shari Headley) in the original 1988 comedy classic, set to become the new king of his native Zamunda just as he finds out he has a son he knew nothing about in America. With his father (James Earl Jones) hoping that the grandson will be made a prince, Akeem returns to America to unite with his son.Arsenio Hall also returns in the sequel, as Akeem’s best friend, Semmi, as does John Amos as Lisa’s father Cleo. Also in the cast: Jermaine Fowler, Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones, Garcelle Beauvais, Rock Ross, Louie Anderson, and Tracy Morgan. Joshua Jackson: There’s a New Dr. Death at Peacock(Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Dunhill)Jamie Dornan is out of the title role in Peacock’s upcoming podcast-inspired drama Dr. Death, and The Affair/Dawson’s Creek/Fringe/Little Fires Everywhere alum Joshua Jackson has signed on as the new series lead.Based on the podcast of the same name, the series is the fact-based story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch, a well-respected young member of the Dallas medical community as a neurosurgeon. But just as his career really began to take off, his patients, ones going into the operating room for fairly routine procedures, began leaving permanently harmed … or worse. Two fellow surgeons – to be played by Alec Baldwin and Christian Slater – began to suspect Duntsch of some very sick behavior, and set out to stop him from continuing to perform surgeries. Unfortunately, they found out that the patients who needed this protection might be the last ones to get it.Dornan had to drop out of the project because of pandemic-related rescheduling, as did Stephen Frears, who was set to direct the first two episodes. Maggie Kiley (Dirty John and Riverdale) will replace him, meaning there will be an all-female directing lineup for the limited series.NEW TRAILERS: HBO Unleashes His Dark Materials Season 2 First LookThe next installment of HBO s adaptation of Philip Pullman s acclaimed fantasy novel trilogy premieres November 16, 2020. Season 2 of His Dark Materials begins after Lord Asriel has opened a bridge to a new world, and, distraught over the death of her best friend, Lyra (Dafne Keen) follows Asriel into the unknown. Season 2 series regulars include Keen, Ruth Wilson, Amir Wilson, Ariyon Bakare, Andrew Scott, Will Keen, Ruta Gedmintas and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Joining the cast this season are Terence Stamp, Jade Anouka and Simone Kirby.More trailers and teasers released this week:• The Crown season 4 takes viewers into the Princess Diana era of the British royal family. Stars Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth, Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip, Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles, and Emma Corrin as Princess Diana. Premieres Nov. 15 (Netflix)• Hillbilly Elegy is the Ron Howard-directed adaptation of J.D. Vance’s memoir about growing up in a southern Ohio Appalachian family with an addict mother, and making his way to Yale law school. Stars Glenn Close, Amy Adams, and Gabriel Basso, and premieres Nov. 24 (Netflix)• The Mandalorian, season 2, finds the return of Pedro Pascal, Giancarlo Esposito, and Baby Yoda, and new figures played by Timothy Olyphant, Rosario Dawson, and Michael Biehn, Premieres Oct. 30 (Disney+)• Soul is Pixar’s next animated movie, directed by Pete Docter, about a music teacher ( Jamie Foxx) who is separated from his soul just as he gets the chance to make his dreams come true. Also stars Tina Fey, Questlove, Daveed Diggs, Angela Bassett, and Graham Norton. Premieres Dec. 25 (Disney+)• This Is Us season 5 kicks off with a two-hour premiere, and the aftermath of that awful thing Kevin said to Randall in the finale, on Oct. 27 (NBC)• Firefly Lane is a drama about a teenage friendship between two girls, which continues across several decades. Starring Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke, and based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Kristin Hannah (Netflix)• Operation Christmas Drop is a romantic comedy about a congressional aide who falls for an Air Force pilot whose base – and holiday gifting program – she may be shutting down, starring Kat Graham, Virginia Madsen, and Alexander Ludwig. Premieres Nov. 5 (Netflix)• Pennyworth season 2 finds Jack Bannon returning as Alfred Pennyworth in this origins story of Batman’s beloved butler. Premieres Dec. 13 (Epix)• The Stand is a limited series adaptation of Stephen King’s apocalyptic tale of the same name, starring Whoopi Goldberg, Alexander Skarsgård, Greg Kinnear, James Marsden, Owen Teague, Marilyn Manson, and Heather Graham. Premieres Dec. 17 (CBS All Access)• American Gods season 3 continues the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel, with Ian McShane and company returning and Ricky Whittle’s Shadow Moon fleeing and assuming a new name to hide from the New Gods. Premieres 2021 (Starz)• Animaniacs is the reboot of the ‘90s animated classic, with Steven Spielberg returning as executive producer. The series will include Yakko, Wakko, and Dot, as well as Pinky and the Brain. Premieres Nov. 20 (Hulu)• For Life season 2 follows Aaron Wallace (Nicholas Pinnock) as he leaves prison and tries to forge a new life as a licensed attorney on the outside in the 50 Cent-produced drama. Premieres Nov. 18 (ABC)• John Bronco is a mockumentary about the titular (fake) spokesman for the Ford Bronco, played to perfection by Walt Goggins. Premieres Oct. 15 (Hulu)For all the latest TV and streaming trailers, subscribe to the Rotten Tomatoes TV YouTube channel.CASTING: Leonardo DiCaprio and Meryl Streep Join All-Star Cast of Netflix’s Jennifer Lawrence Drama Don’t Look Up(Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)Adam McKay’s upcoming Netflix film Don’t Look Up, about a pair of astronauts who set out to warn the public about an asteroid that is about to destroy the planet, has added a list of talent to join previously announced lead Jennifer Lawrence. Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Matthew Perry, Cate Blanchett, Jonah Hill, Himesh Patel, Rob Morgan, Timothée Chalamet, Kid Cudi, Tomer Sisley, and Ariana Grande join the movie, which is written, directed, and co-produced by Oscar winner McKay.HBO Max has announced the cast for Mindy Kaling’s comedy The Sex Lives of College Girls, about four young women randomly thrown together as roommates at a prestigious New England college: Pauline Chalamet (The King of Staten Island), Amrit Kaur (Star Trek: Short Treks), Reneé Rapp (Mean Girls on Broadway), and Alyah Chanelle Scott (The Book of Mormon national tour). And yes, Chalamet is the older sister of the aforementioned Timothée.Better Call Saul star Rhea Seehorn will lead the voice cast of the CBS All Access animated comedy The Harper House, about the “overconfident female head of a household, as she struggles to regain a higher status for herself and for her family of oddballs, after losing her job and moving from the rich side to the poor side of an Arkansas small town.” To save cash, the family moves into the Harper House, an old Victorian fixer-upper they inherited. Jason Lee, Tatiana Maslany, Gabourey Sidibe, and Gary Anthony Williams also star.Susan Sarandon will be the lead in HBO Max’s psychological thriller Red Bird Lane, about eight strangers invited to an isolated house, with no idea of the danger they face. Danny Huston and Kiersey Clemons also star in the series written by Sara Gran and with John Wells as executive producer.Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Kelly Marie Tran, Matt Lanter, Tom Kane, James Arnold Taylor, and Dee Bradley Baker have joined the cast of Disney+’s LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special, which premieres on the streaming service on Nov. 17.Keira Knightley has dropped out of the Apple TV+ adaptation of the novel The Essex Serpent, about an abused woman whose husband dies. The period drama was set to begin filming next month, and is on hold until Knightley can be replaced. (Daily Mail)Stumptown star Michael Ealy has joined the cast of the upcoming ABC medical drama pilot Triage. He will play a brilliant neurosurgeon and good friend of the surgeon played by Parisa Fitz-Henley. (Deadline)Pen15 star Maya Erskine, Brenda Song, George Takei, Masi Oka, and Randall Park are the voice stars of Netflix’s upcoming animated action series Blue Eye Samurai, about a sword master (Erskine) who is living in disguise while she seeks revenge, set 400 years ago in Japan.Manifest’s Yasha Jackson will have a recurring role in The Flight Attendant, HBO Max’s dark comedy thriller starring Kaley Cuoco as the titular airline employee who wakes up in a hotel room with a dead man, and no idea how she or he got there. Jackson will play a fellow – rival? – flight attendant.
It’s one of the most iconic video games of all time, and now Mortal Kombat returns with an all-new live-action film featuring many of your favorite characters from the game duking it out in bloody, badass battles. Rotten Tomatoes correspondent Naz Perez caught up with the entire ensemble cast of the highly anticipated action film to talk about bringing these characters to life in the modern era. Among the cast who spoke to us: Joe Taslim (Sub-Zero), Ludi Lin (Liu Kang), Max Huang (Kung Lao), Josh Lawson (Kano), Jessica McNamee (Sonya Blade), Lewis Tan (Cole Young), Mehcad Brooks (Jax), and director Simon McQuoid. From the ancient martial arts that appear in some of the fights to the ways improv was used to balance the drama with some humor, the cast break down just how physically demanding it was to film. Also: Why is there a “K” in the title “Mortal Kombat” instead of a “C”? We asked! Plus: Find out everyone’s favorite character to play in the game! Their answers may surprise you…Mortal Kombat is in theaters and on HBO Max from Friday April 23, 2021.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
ive Pepsi Super Bowl ads. The 28-day shoot wrapped without incident, and seven months later Macgruber was released into 2,551 theater screens, only for critics and audiences to react as if MacGruber had personally upper-decked their toilets. Critics throat-ripped the film, which ended up with a Rotten 48% on the Tomatometer, and audiences proved to be as stingy as MacGruber himself, resulting in a million worldwide box office and a theatrical run of about three weeks.Ten years later, the film has built an audience of die-hard fans who embrace MacGruber’s mission to stop villain Dieter Von Cunth (Val Kilmer) from destroying Washington D.C. The once maligned screenplay by Forte and John Solomon is now appreciated for its flipping of action movie tropes and its borderline psychopathic dedication to making MacGruber as horrible as possible while still somehow making him likable. The film looks like a million dollar movie because of the inspired work by cinematographer Brandon Trost and production designer Robb Wilson King, and the assured direction by Taccone, who was making his feature debut, is so focused and fearless that it has to be appreciated (his drunk DVD commentary is pretty epic, too).As MacGruber celebrates 10 years of polarizing audiences, we decided to look back at what makes it such a beloved cult classic.ITS BOX OFFICE FAILURE WASN T SURPRISING, BUT NEITHER IS ITS CULT STATUS(Photo by Greg Peters/©Universal courtesy Everett Collection)Looking back at MacGruber now, Taccone, Forte, and Solomon couldn’t have believed that their hilariously aggressive R-rated comedy would be as successful as other SNL-based films like Wayne’s World or The Blues Brothers. They were asking summer movie audiences to embrace a profane movie best suited for midnight screenings and home viewings courtesy of the cool friend who let you borrow the DVD. It didn’t feature any A-list stars, it earned poor critical and audience (C- Cinemascore) reviews, and it was sandwiched between 0+ million earners Iron Man 2, Shrek Forever After, Sex and the City 2, and Robin Hood.MacGruber also features one of the most unlikable, insecure, and chauvinistic protagonists which was the joke ever put on screen. Unsuspecting audiences expecting an SNL farce were treated to moments like MacGruber urinating on the charred corpse of his nemesis and sex scenes punctuated by grunting and sweating with pliers and a ghost. These rough edges chased off the majority of the film s viewers but were embraced by a loyal audience who were able to get on the film’s wavelength.Will Forte’s MacGruber follows in the footsteps of other oddball cult characters like Jack Burton (Big Trouble in Little China), The Dude (The Big Lebowski), and Ash Williams (particularly in Army of Darkness), who initially threw audiences for a loop but became fan favorites years later when people began to realize how amazing they were. Between its disappointing box office results, middling Tomatometer score, and divisive comic sensibilities, MacGruber is the perfect example of a cult classic.WILL FORTE WAS 100% COMMITTED TO THE ROLEThere’s a moment in MacGruber when his teammates Vicki Gloria St. Elmo (Kristen Wiig) and Lt. Dixon Piper (Ryan Phillippe) are being shot at by mercenaries, and a distraction is necessary. Rising to the occasion, MacGruber pulls down his pants, shoves a stalk of celery in his posterior (Forte’s mom was on set that day), and prances around to draw attention away from his partners. His plan works, the bad guys are wiped out by Piper, and MacGruber takes credit for the kills (classic MacGruber). What makes the scene work is that there’s no winking at the camera or goofy caricature; Forte plays MacGruber totally straight. It s this commitment that allows him to pull off the kind of moment when MacGruber explains exactly how far he s willing to go to enlist Lt. Piper s help. You believe his desperation, hubris, and sadness, and that s what makes him unique.Will Forte fully inhabits the 54-year old character (someone did the math), who has no problem crying, pleading, or getting naked in a cemetery to have loud sex with the ghost of his wife. Forte somehow finds a way to make MacGruber nuanced enough for us not to hate him, but also not quite likable enough for us to admire him. The guy is a complete idiot who uses his teammates as human shields, and he doesn’t understand why Von Cunth his former best friend hates him after he stole his fiancée and convinced her to abort his child (pretty dark for an SNL movie, right?). Despite all of that, MacGruber actually gets things done (albeit usually in a roundabout or incorrect way); he rips throats, defuses bombs, and gets revenge on KFBR2392 (Forte actually wrote out all of the KFBR2392 doodles in his notebook).Forte does everything in his power to make the character look bad onscreen, and we appreciate that effort. It takes someone who is committed to the role and doesn’t mind looking stupid in the process, which is admirable in its own way and frequently priceless in comedy.DIRECTOR JORMA TACCONE AND WRITERS WILL FORTE AND JOHN SOLOMON HAD FREE REIN TO DO WHAT THEY WANTED Our budget was not huge, and as a result of that, we were kind of given free rein to do whatever the hell we wanted to do, which was really exciting. Will Forte, A.V. Club, 2010One benefit of a miniscule budget (for a modern-day, wide-release film) is that there aren’t many studio notes to consider or nervous executives lingering around. Nowadays, million is probably the budget for a Marvel movie’s craft services alone, and since Taccone and crew were able to stay on schedule and complete each day’s shot list, they further avoided more eyes on the project. They took that freedom and created an action film with moments so twisted, you don’t know if you should laugh. MacGruber’s monologue about how he met his deceased wife is jaw-dropping, and it’s told in such a matter-of-fact way that it takes a moment for the joke to register. Even Ryan Phillippe’s disgust is so subtle that it doesn’t immediately clue you in to the fact that it s supposed to be funny. That’s the occasional brilliance of MacGruber.The finale of the film sees Mac engaging in a super violent confrontation with Von Cunth. At first, MacGruber is only too eager as he has been for the entire film to cut off Von Cunth’s penis and shove it down his mouth. But when Mac realizes the appendage in question was blown off in an explosion he himself failed to prevent, he pushes Von Cunth off a cliff, shoots him with a machine gun on the way down, launches a grenade at his lifeless body, and finally urinates on the flaming corpse. The overkill is exceptional, and even though it’s playing on over-the-top kills in prior action films, the scene is edited so straight that it gives viewers zero catharsis in regards to the villain dying. Taccone and Forte ask the viewer to accept an awful lot of awfulness and doesn t apologize for it, because MacGruber the rare film that really goes for it, consequences be damned.IT’S A PERFECT SPOOF OF BOMBASTIC 1980s ACTION FILMS“The Legendary MacGruber. Former Navy SEAL, Army Ranger, and Green Beret. Served six tours in Desert Storm, four in Bosnia, three each in Angola, Somalia, Mozambique, Nicaragua, and Sierra Leone. Recipient of 16 Purple Hearts, three Congressional Medals of Honor, seven Presidential Medals of Bravery, and starting tight end for the University of Texas, El Paso.” When we are first introduced to MacGruber, we learn that he faked his death and has been living in Rambo-esque isolation in Ecuador since his fiancée was blown up by Dieter Von Cunth on their wedding day. After Phillippe s Lt. Piper recalls MacGruber’s past achievements, a child disrespectfully steals MacGruber’s necklace and makes a fool out of him. For the next 85 minutes, the film pumps MacGruber up, only to promptly deflate his hero credentials each time.Taccone and Forte were inspired by Die Hard, Rambo: First Blood Part II, and Road House, and they wrote MacGruber as an homage to them. They took the well-known tropes of those films the heroes are amazing lovers, brilliant with guns, and impossible to kill and flipped them on their heads. While MacGruber is occasionally successful (he literally can rip throats, remember), his lovemaking is sweaty and loud, he’s afraid of guns, and he rather enjoys having bullet holes in his body.In the end, MacGruber saves the day, but he blows up his first team of war heroes, uses his comrades as human shields, and puts his crew in dangerous situations that are so frightening they pee their pants. In other words, he’s far from a hero, despite his heroics, but that also makes him a rather effective parody of the action stars who preceded him.THE SUPPORTING CAST IS ACESAfter 10 years, the sight of Kristen Wiig disguised as MacGruber or the bearded hitman Hoss Bender is still hilarious. Wiig’s performance as capable agent and talented vocalist Vicki St. Elmo is an absolute delight. It’s an all-in performance that features her screaming loudly in coffee shops and dodging Will Forte’s sweat during their outrageous love scene. The brand of weird self-delusion that she brings to the film serves as the perfect complement to MacGruber s antics the two of them seem happily in sync discussing whether Vicki’s going to take a number one or two when she walks off to the bathroom.On the other hand, Ryan Phillippe’s performance as Lt. Dixon Piper is wonderfully straight-faced, and he’s at his best when he’s listening to MacGruber recall the shocking details of his history with Cunth, his body language subtly communicating the gradual horror that overcomes him. Val Kilmer is also perfectly cast as the pony-tailed Dieter Von Cunth, bringing balance to Forte s manic energy with his wry delivery and sarcasm. Powers Boothe adds dignity and gravitas to the role of Colonel Faith, and former WWE wrestler Chris Jericho offers a scene-stealing cameo as Frank Korver, a friend of MacGruber who loves hearing his dick jokes.MacGruber is the star of the show, of course, but without a supporting ensemble who understood the material, the movie couldn’t have worked. That’s why we hope the folks at NBCUniversal have the good sense to recruit the same cast for the MacGruber TV series co-written by and starring Forte that was announced earlier this year for the Peacock streaming service. That s right: Soon you ll be able to watch the clueless buffoon spout casually offensive lines and blow up his friends every week, and if done right, it could be a lot of fun.Where You Can Watch It NowFandangoNOW (rent/own), Amazon (rent/own), Google (rent/own), iTunes (rent/own), Vudu (rent/own)MacGruber was released on May 21, 2010. 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(Photo by © STX Films)Moviemaking is incredibly… complicated. A million things can – and often do – go wrong, myriad questions and unforeseen problems pop up, and all the while issues like budgeting and scheduling consistently hover around, like annoying flies you just can’t swat away. But making a movie during lockdown? “It was intimidating and surreal, to be honest,” Adam Mason says of the prospect (at the time uncharted territory) of doing just that.Back in early July, the co-writer-director’s romance-thriller, Songbird (out December 11 on demand), became the first studio feature film to shoot in Los Angeles since the industry was put on ice for the foreseeable future in March. “The entire city shut down in one day, and nobody was working,” Mason recalls, “and it was like, How can we get back to work? More than anything to do with the story, that was a huge priority.”When the lockdown went into effect, Mason had to essentially shelve his indie passion project, which was in pre-production, leaving him “very despondent,” as he puts it. The next morning, his writing partner Simon Boyes rang him, and the duo cooked up a found-footage, lockdown-set “monster movie akin to something like Cloverfield.” That idea was greenlit by producer Adam Goodman, and eventually Michael Bay signed on, and Songbird ballooned from an iPhone-shot indie to a slick, big-budget Hollywood production about lovers (KJ Apa and Sofia Carson) trapped in a near-future COVID-plagued L.A., with a cast that boasts Bradley Whitford, Demi Moore, Peter Stormare, and Craig Robinson. “It became something a lot bigger than I anticipated,” Mason concedes. Zone Systems, PPE, And Just 19 Days For a Michael Bay Blockbuster (Photo by © STX Films)That bigness presented a big problem. “It’s the only project I’ve ever been involved in where I was thinking about something other than the narrative,” says Mason. “I was thinking about safety and how we could pull off this kind of monumental task.” To do that, the production, in conjunction with unions, laid down a set of guidelines: There would be constant testing. “I was tested three times a week,” says Mason, “and if anyone came into my bubble – the amount of people I’d see day to day was tiny – I would know that that person had been tested negative that morning.”There would be a “zone system,” in which anyone on set was designated to a particular area, to limit interactions with non-masked actors when cameras rolled. The crew would be capped at 40 people. And personal protective equipment (PPE) and quarantining measures would be in place. “We had a rule very early on that we wouldn’t hire an actor that was out of town,” says Mason. “And then everyone quarantined whenever they left set, so I would know that everyone I was working with hadn’t mingled with anyone outside of their families.” (As Deadline reported in July, the SAG-AFTRA union hit Songbird with a Do Not Work order, only to rescind it the following day once an agreement was made.)It helped that Songbird was a film about lockdown conceived during lockdown, written with a lot of those logistical hula hoops in mind – namely, not being able to have blocking (“It wasn’t like actors had to hit marks because we didn’t have the full crew to warrant that kind of traditional filmmaking,” Mason says) or “massive movie lights” or makeup retouches or time (it wrapped in 19 days) or anything else that would require inessential on-set interaction. And if there was a moment that called for a lot of actors, there was a workaround: “Because Songbird is set four years in the future during the pandemic,” Mason says of the more extra-heavy scenes, “all of the military were wearing hazmat suits and gas masks and things that actually were extremely safe in terms of being PPE.”Certified Fresh Horror Via iPhones and Direct Messages(Photo by © Shudder)That same ethos – doing what you can with the limited lockdown means you have – has propelled indie films shot during the pandemic as well. Host, a grippingly fun horror film Certified Fresh at 100% (and currently streaming on Shudder) started as a lark. “[Host director] Rob Savage played a prank on us,” explains the film’s star, Haley Bishop. “He told us that there was this noise in his attic when we were all on Zoom, and then he somehow seamlessly made it seem like he had gone up into his attic and then cut to the zombie shot from the horror film [•REC]. He put the video up of us screaming online, and it got millions of views within a couple of days.”Viral exposure led to a deal with Shudder, and Host, about a séance over Zoom gone wrong, began shooting a mere two weeks later, in April. “When we started, the U.K. was in full lockdown,” Bishop says. “Rob never set foot in any of our apartments.” Host had a scriptment – “the little points we had to hit” – but the dialogue was completely improvised, so Savage and producer Douglas Cox, on blacked-out screens over Zoom, would instant-message actors notes in real time.“Rob would write, ‘Okay, call Jemma [Moore] a bitch’ or ‘Keep poking at her until she cracks,’ and he’d be sending other private messages to her,” Bishop says, noting that all footage from the film was shot from iPhones attached to the actors’ laptops. “That was the beauty of it: We didn’t have to reset lights or wait for any departments to fix anything. We could just start again immediately. The most challenging aspect, though, was because we had to do so much intense crying and screaming and because we weren’t being ushered back to a trailer between takes, I was like, I can’t cry anymore. I’m so dehydrated. ”When COVID restrictions in London loosened, a small stunt team donning PPE visited the necessary actors’ homes – with medics on standby outside – to rig them with the pulleys and ropes and crash mats and whatnot needed to achieve Host’s scares. “Luckily, my partner was physically strong enough to drag me down a hallway, so he was very involved with helping,” Bishop says of one particularly jump-worthy moment.A Playwright Pivots, Turning to Zoom to Bring Nora Highland to the Screen(Photo by Ryan Spahn )Even fewer frills – no chilling VFX or stunts or medics – are present in Nora Highland, writer-director Ryan Spahn’s comedic, Zoom-shot drama that screened in October (virtually, of course) as part of this year’s NewFest, an LGBTQIA+ focused film festival in New York. Spahn originally wrote Nora Highland as a play, but after hosting a reading of it for an online benefit in the early days of the pandemic – the reading featured Tessa Thompson in the role Marin Ireland plays in the film – he decided to adapt it into a shutdown-set feature. “I realized, Oh this really works on this platform, ” he says. “So then I adjusted it to the format of it being a found-footage or video conferencing film, like Searching or Unfriended.”The centerpiece of Nora Highland is a lengthy Zoom chat, in which a theater director (Ireland) and actor (Michael Hsu Rosen) spat over the casting of gay characters – the thorny ethical issue of casting straight actors in the roles – while discussing an upcoming Broadway revival. “They’re big New York stage actors, so we rehearsed it for two weeks and then they got off book, as if we were doing a play,” Spahn says of the process. “One was in Upstate, and the other was in Chelsea. But because it was designed for [Zoom], the way you’d rehearse it is exactly the way it was filmed. So we did it in one take, and I hoped there wasn’t an internet or cell-phone problem.”Despite some initial editing quibbles – “we couldn’t sit next to each other, so the editor had to screen-share his desktop, and there were weird delays and volume issues,” he explains – Spahn found filmmaking during the pandemic “very freeing.”Although Songbird has polar-opposite stakes and circumstances, Mason shares that sentiment: “Because there weren’t loads of people around, weighing in with opinions and thoughts and so on, there was this incredible sense of freedom that I haven’t felt for years. I think it kind of stripped away all of the bulls t of filmmaking.”Songbird is available on video on demand from December 11. Host is available now on Shudder. Nora Highland is currently screening at online festivals. On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
魔方3官方下载 (Photo by 20th Century Fox Film Corp. / Courtesy: Everett Collection.)How and when did you decide to jump from acting to directing? Did you always know that was something you wanted to do?When I did Roswell, there weren t female directors. We had 61 episodes and we had one female director on the last episode. I didn t grow up seeing an image of a female director, so I never thought it was something that I could have. I definitely spent my time in editing during Roswell and asked a lot of questions and paid attention, but during my 20s, you just didn t see it.Then when I was on Life Unexpected they brought on a female director, Liz Allen, and it really kind of rocked my world. Through my relationship with her, she was like, You can do this. I started shadowing a lot after I got off Life Unexpected. That s where I was like, OK, this is something that I can do. By the time I did UnREAL, I came to them right away, and I was like, I have done my homework. I am prepared. I would really love an opportunity. I m really grateful to them that in the second season they gave me an episode to direct. I ended up doing four during the course of the series.What has your experience been like directing a show that you re also acting in, versus something like Roswell, New Mexico and Pretty Little Liars where you re not appearing on screen? The difference is that you re not really splitting your focus, but at the same time when you re directing and acting, it s pretty powerful. You know, you re really in it and you can really command the energy of a scene because your acting is putting that out. So, you can really craft how you want it to be.When you re not acting in it, when you re sitting back, you can take a breather and really see the scope of the piece. I think it s incredibly rewarding to work in this space. All this information that I ve learned and all of these tricks of the trade, of crafting an episode of performance and an episode of TV — to be able to push that information forward and share with these young actors and watch their performance blossom, it is so gratifying. It s a way of giving back in some ways, and I am just really relishing it.(Photo by Lewis Jacobs/The CW)It s mentorship from a totally different angle.Absolutely. You know, there are directors that come through your career that really give you these little nuggets that change the way you work. I try to give it as much as I can, because I want to have an impact in the few days that I m with them.Do you think that there will be an opportunity for you to appear on screen in Roswell, New Mexico?Carina MacKenzie — she s so talented — if she wants to figure out a way, I ll do it.Can you share anything else about your upcoming projects? Do you have any on-screen appearances planned?I did an episode of Law Order: SVU and Lucy Liu was directing it. That was really fun. I just did an episode of Drunk History that aired. But, quite honestly, following up Rachel Goldberg on UnREAL, there are big shoes to fill. I m just kind of taking a minute to find the right thing… because I really want to give it my all and find the next right character and the next right story.Roswell, New Mexico episode Songs About Texas airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. on The CWLike this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.