Ivy Dupler has voiced a wide range of video game characters, from the cybernetic detective protagonist in Whispers of a Machine to a nightmare dragon in Unavowed to a vampire magician in the upcoming Nighthawks: The Vampire. She’s a voiceover actor on the rise, and she spoke with me about her craft.
How do you approach a video game role?
I always start by trying to empathize with the character in some way, so I can make a personal connection and bring my experiences to the role. I’ve never been a hungry nightmare dragon forced to stay awake or an augmented homicide detective with a holographic boyfriend. But I have been so sleep-deprived that I was ready to just completely snap, and I’ve also experienced what it feels like to have a loved one remain just outside of your grasp. It’s all about finding that connection and translating it into an impactful performance.
Do you get to collaborate on the characters or writing at all?
Voiceover recording is absolutely a collaborative process. The best directors are the ones who let you try all sorts of different things in the booth and allow you to get creative, to really make the role your own. The biggest thing to remember is that everyone at the session — the director, the engineer, the actor, etc. — wants the same thing: to get the very best performance possible.
How hard is it to perform with other characters when you’re actually alone in the booth?
It’s definitely one of those things that gets a lot easier with practice! Observations and environment quips — you know, like the lines that a player character says out loud to themselves when you click on an item or hot spot — are some of my favorite things to voice. You learn to rely on your imagination for those, especially when you’re given limited context regarding the actual final visuals.
Fight scenes and death screams are always fun too, though the hardest thing about them is not accidentally damaging your voice!
What has your favorite role been so far?
Voicing non-human characters is always a blast: I’ve been a dragon, an elf, several robots, and a trio of creepy skulls who speak primarily in rhyme, to name a few. Roles like that can really push you when it comes to finding that personal emotional connection, which is always a fun challenge as an actor. That being said, my favorite roles are always the ones that are the most complex, with tons of emotional depth that allows me to show off multiple facets of the character.
What is your favorite video game to play?
Well, my absolute favorite game of all time is BioShock. The worldbuilding, the aesthetics, the gameplay, the performances — it truly has it all. I really love games that have strong narratives. I’m also an avid Overwatch player! I’m a platinum-ranked support player primarily, but I’d still consider Mei my main. I actually stream regularly on Twitch, and usually play adventure games on my channel — sometimes including games that I voice characters in!
Have you cosplayed any video game characters?
Yep! I’ve cosplayed as Lara Croft and Elizabeth from BioShock: Infinite (specifically her outfit from the Burial at Sea DLC). I’ve also completed the nerdiest of all voice actor goals by cosplaying a character that I voiced. I promised on Twitter that if the Kickstarter campaign for Nighthawks reached $100,000, I would cosplay my character, and sure enough, the goal was reached.
Jason Ginsburg has fond memories of the Atari 2600 he played as a child. He’s a digital producer for streaming television and lives in New York City. Follow him on Twitter @Ginsburg.
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Ice blonde model Elsa Jean is the It Girl of the adult entertainment industry. The AVN winner just made a major move over to Playboy Plus with her incredibly sexy photoshoot that features her undressing from a denim jacket and black lingerie until she’s wearing nothing at all.
Elsa Jean is not just drop dead gorgeous – she’s also incredibly nice to talk to! Egotastic was lucky to ask Elsa Jean a few questions about what her life is like as a model, what Playboy means to her, and what she has in store for us in the future. Oh, and some super hot pictures from her Playboy Plus spread to keep you entertained throughout. Keep reading to learn more!
Egotastic: What was your journey into the adult industry like?
Elsa Jean: “I’m not going to lie, my journey in the industry has been really special. I’ve been very fortunate. My 1st year in the industry I was one of the AVN trophy girls. I’ve won both AVN and Xbiz awards. I’m a “Cherry of the Year“. And now I’ve shot for Playboy Plus.”
Ego: What excites you about Playboy?
Elsa: “What excites me about Playboy is their reputation and how iconic it is. I’m beyond excited to be part of the family. I honestly feel like I’ve been waiting for this my whole life.”
Ego: How do you prepare for a shoot?
Elsa: “There’s two ways I prepare for a shoot. First, I have to prepare myself appearance wise. I make sure my hair and nails are fresh. Sometimes I’ll make sure I go to the spa or get a facial a few days before.”
Ego: Do you ever get nervous on set?
Elsa: “I’ve been in the industry for four years and I still get nervous on set. For some reason, I get really nervous when I have to do voiceovers. I absolutely hate them. I get so nervous I can’t even read them. It’s literally the easiest thing to do and I for some reason get so nervous.”
Ego: Who are Playboy models that have inspired you?
Elsa: “A Playboy model who has inspired me is Kendra Wilkinson. When I was in high school I read both her books and watched her on Girls Next Door. I was such a huge fan that she’s basically the reason I wanted to be in the industry.”
Ego: Who are your celebrity crushes?
Ego: Do you have a preferred social media platform? What’s your favorite thing about interacting with your fans on social media?
Elsa: “My favorite social media platform is Instagram. I have the most followers on there and it’s easier for me to use. I can just click on the photos and comment back. Twitter my feed goes to fast and I tend to miss tweets. My favorite thing about interacting with fans is how supportive everyone is. I also love to know what they want to see from me.”
Ego: We know you’re very busy, but are there upcoming projects you can talk to us about?
Elsa: “I actually took a few months off from shooting for I plan to put out a few scenes soon. I also have some more sets of photos coming from Playboy Plus so stay tuned!”
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There are few actors as brilliantly gifted and eminently likable as Oscar Isaac. Thanks to his candor, charm, and easy-going manner, he’s become one of the most respected actors of his generation, and he has very few negative things to say about his career in this new video interview with GQ.
The one film he doesn’t mind trashing, however, is 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse, where he played the titular villain under a layer of purple makeup and a ridiculous Mr. Freeze in Batman & Robin style suit. While he’s not openly negative about the film itself, his attitude toward making the film shows that it was more trouble than it was worth…
“X-Men: Apocalypse, that was excruciating. I didn’t know when I said yes that that was what was going to be happening. That I was going to be encased in glue, latex and a 40-pound suit — that I had to wear a cooling mechanism at all times.“I was like, ‘oh, I get to work with these great actors that I like so much,’ but I couldn’t even see them because I couldn’t move my head. And I had to sit on a specially designed saddle, because that’s the only thing I could really sit on, and I would be rolled into a cooling tent in-between takes.”
The troubles didn’t end once filming was over, either…
“And every time I moved, it was just like rubber and plastic squeaking, so everything I said had to be dubbed later as well. And then getting it off was the worst part, because they just had to kind of scrape it off for hours and hours. So, that was X-Men: Apocalypse.”
So remember kids, as painful as it was to watch X-Men: Apocalypse, it was apparently no easy task to shoot the film either. Watch the full video to see him discuss his roles in Drive, Inside Llewyn Davis, A Most Violent Year, Ex Machina, The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and this year’s Annihilation.
Director and noted Stanley Tucci lookalike Peyton Reed has already directed two films in the MCU—tying him with Jon Favreau, Joss Whedon, and James Gunn for second place behind three-timers, the Russo brothers. Therefore, he must have a pretty good idea of what its like to work for the studio, both for better and for worse.
In a new interview with SlashFilm, Reed talks a bit about what it’s like to take notes from Kevin Feige, as well as a bit about his readiness for a third big screen outing for Ant-Man and the Wasp. When asked about that first point, he says that Feige’s very savvy about his productions and though it reeks a bit of, “Please, Kevin, hire me for Ant-Man 3,” he seems to be fairly earnest…
The notes are always very smart. Whether you agree or disagree with his notes, he comes from a really smart place, and they come from someone who has no desire to repeat themselves, and really his chief goal is to entertain and surprise an audience. So they can come in different forms, and really as we’re in the very beginning trying to formulate the story.
It can be things we talk about like, here’s a piece of imagery that as a fan could we get this, or what if this were the case? What if we know we want to progress the Scott, Cassie relationship? What if we start dropping hints about she really is her father’s daughter, and things like that. And that can be on the backend of things and very, very specific moments as we cut screens, and things about whether jokes are played or not, or conceptual things. And it’s miraculous that he’s able to do that in a way that never feels like annoying studio meddling. I think it’s just because we all come from a place of wanting these things to kind of … You know, Ant-Man and the Wasp is the twentieth MCU movie? So you really have to kind of pivot and try and mix things up.
Sure. All of that. As far as whether or not there will be a third Ant-Man movie, he’s not sure, but he’s got some ideas…
I personally do have a trilogy arc in mind for them. Some of which I share with Marvel, and some of which I haven’t. But definitely where we kind of tool those characters in the second movie was very much in line with what I want to do, and I know specifics of Scott Lang was something that Paul and I talked a lot about is that in the first movie, particularly the first half of Ant-Man, he’s a little more laconic and straight forward, and a bit more straight man. And it was really kind establishing Paul Rudd as an action hero. That was something, and audiences had never seen him in that type of role. But the second time out we could have had the luxury of knowing that audiences have accepted that character. So we could really allow that character, Scott Lang, to be even funnier and take him in a direction where he’s sort of a step behind. He’s a little bit more of the … Big Lebowski-style. A little bit more Jeff Bridges.
You can read the full interview over at SlashFilm
This week’s Mr. Skin Podcast is spending some extra time in the library!
Legendary cam model Kendra ‘Library Girl’ Sunderland is stopping by the Mr. Skin podcast today to talk about her infamous library video and brief but beautiful career in the adult film industry. The nudity news of the week has to be Juliette Lewis’ surprise full frontal on the new HBO series Camping.
It’s also been quite a week for lesbian scenes on the boob tube, with Courteney Cox, Shay Mitchell, Kate Siegel and more all serving up sexy girl-on-girl scenes. We also got a great bottomless scene (with merkin) from Kathryn Hahn in Private Life, and India Eisley making her nude debut with a shocking full frontal in Look Away. And last but not least, an interview with our Streammate Cam Model of the Week, xoMissElizabethxo
Click on the player below to listen to the show and then click over to the Mr. Skin Podcast page for all the links mentioned in the episode, as well as your chance to call into the show and make your voice heard!
If you’re one of the countless people that flocked to see Venom this weekend, one thing may have struck you as a bit odd in retrospect. Spoilers lie ahead, so if you haven’t seen the movie yet, bookmark this article to read after you see it.
In the film’s first act, the symbiote known as Riot escapes custody of Carlton Drake’s Life Foundation and goes on a rampage in Malaysia, eventually bonding with an old woman. The film soon makes a six month time jump—following Eddie Brock’s boneheaded confrontation of Drake and dismissal from his job—and Riot is still bonded to the old woman.
As Gamespot points out, in posing this question to director Ruben Fleischer, that the film goes on to establish that no one host could sustain a symbiote for that long…
Six months has gone by, yet when we catch up with Riot again, it seems virtually no time has passed. The Symbiote is still inhabiting the same host, which other scenes in the movie confirm is virtually impossible, since all but the most compatible hosts are quickly used up when bonded with a Symbiote. And furthermore, Riot has apparently only just made it to the airport.
Fleischer wasn’t much help on the matter, confirming that it is rather unfortunately a certified plot hole…
“Our idea was that Riot was using up the life force of whoever he took, and then he jumped ship when he’d consumed them and then find a new host to carry him further on his journey,” Fleischer explained. Obviously that idea got lost somewhere in that six month time jump, when Riot stayed bonded with the old woman for half a year. What was Riot doing for those six months?
“Yeah, that’s a good question,” Fleischer said. “That’s one of our few–hopefully–few logic bumps. But we had to have a passage of time in order to show Eddie’s downfall, and that was the one thing that doesn’t entirely track.“
“But I like to think that old lady was going around murdering all throughout Malaysia, and she was just having a good old time just shooting shards through different people in Malaysia,” he continued.
Yeah, sure thing guy. Venom, plot hole and all, is in theaters now.
If you were lurking on the site yesterday, you may have seen the story about DC making their Joker origin film starring Joaquin Phoenix official, but you may still be wondering why the actor would take on such an iconic role when he’s spent most of his career avoiding such things.
Well, Collider wondered the same thing and asked him about it, and Phoenix was very candid about his reasons for taking the role. First things first, Phoenix made it clear that he didn’t jump into this quickly. He took a lot of time carefully considering the pros and cons of playing The Joker…
“I take a lot of time and consideration when making decisions and what I’m gonna work on always. So, in some ways, the process, which is obviously reading a script and meeting a filmmaker and then continuing to have meetings and discussions with Todd [Phillips]. I think he’s very impressive and he seems to have a very interesting understanding of this world and what he’s trying to say. And so there is something very appealing about that and working with him on this particular project. It feels unique, it is its own world in some ways, and maybe, mostly, it scares the fucking shit out of me or something. It might as well be the thing that scares you the most.”
He was also attracted to the project because of its standalone nature and the fact that it’s not linked to any other films in the current DC Universe…
“Three or four years ago, I called my agent and said ‘Why don’t they want to take one of these characters and just make a lower budget film about it, a movie but a character study, and why not take one of the villains?’ And I thought, ‘You can’t do the Joker, because, you know, it’s just you can’t do that character, it’s just been done.’ So I was trying to think of other characters, and he said ‘I’ll set up a general meeting with Warner Bros.’ And I said ‘I’m not gonna go, I can’t go to a general meeting.’ So I completely forgot about it, and so then I heard about this idea, I was like, ‘Oh that’s so exciting, that’s the kind of experience I wanted to have, with a movie based on a comic character.’ I felt like you could get something on screen.”
Phoenix is also clearly placing a ton of faith in director Todd Phillips, whom he hopes to aid in seeing his vision realized on screen…
“I wouldn’t quite classify this as like any genre. I wouldn’t say it’s a superhero movie, or a studio movie or a … It feels unique, and I think more then anything, and probably the most important thing, is Todd seems very passionate about it and very giving, and so that’s exciting. I think, underneath the excitement of these films, and the size of them, there are these incredible characters that are dealing with real life struggles. And sometimes that is uncovered and exposed, and sometimes it isn’t, and so I always felt, like, there were characters in comics that were really interesting and deserve the opportunity to be kind of studied. And so I think that’s what Todd sees appealing about this idea.”
So there you have it. Phoenix is on board mainly because this won’t be like any other comic book movie. Back when he was in talks to potentially play Doctor Strange, I thought he’d never end up doing it because of the commitment to the universe of films. This is right in his wheelhouse, and if he seems excited for it, I think we should be as well, though as always, we should at least wait until we see a trailer before getting our hopes too high.
While not without its problems, Ready Player One was a fairly enjoyable adaptation of a much better book, but the best book adaptations should always play like two hour commercials for the book, anyway. Whether you loved or hated the film, though, you have to admit that the sequence set within the world of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining was the highlight of the film.
Director Steven Spielberg recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the scene’s inception, its personal meaning, and how the whole thing was created. Book purists may remember that the film worlds they entered in the book were WarGames and Blade Runner, but Spielberg felt that The Shining worked better within the context of his film, mostly because of his personal connection to it…
“It was nostalgic for me because I first met Stanley Kubrick on the set that I depict in Ready Player One,” Spielberg tells EW.
“The main living area with the grand fireplace in the Overlook is where I first encountered Stanley in 1979 when I went to look at the soundstages. They were about to build the sets for Raiders of the Lost Ark in Elstree Studios,” Spielberg says. “When I found out Stanley had completed a set and was planning his shots, I asked if I could meet him.”
He then gave some insight into Kubrick’s creative process…
“The set was exactly the way it is in the movie, all finished. They weren’t shooting yet,” Spielberg says. “Stanley had a model of the set on a table where the typewriter is, and he was using a Nikon camera with an inverted periscope lens, actually taking still photographs with tiny stick figures. He was prospecting for shots.
“I looked at that and I said, ‘You’ve got the whole set and you’re looking for shots on a small quarter-inch of the scale tabletop model?’” Spielberg recalls. “And Stanley said, ‘Yeah, what’s wrong with that?’”
All of that context is great for fans of Kubrick and The Shining, but how did they actually, you know, re-create the movie?
“It’s a combination of set construction and digital set construction,” Spielberg says. “So we built the elevators and we built the hallway leading up to the elevators, but the main living area of the Overlook with the fireplace is digital.”
Production designer Adam Stockhausen then elaborated further on the process…
“It was determined by the needs of the visual-effects people. Whenever we have our characters walking around, Aech and Parzival and Art3mis, there’s no need for any real-life scenery. In fact, it would just get in the way because it would block the infrared cameras that were trying to record the performance of the actors.”
Those needs reverse when the movie includes shots of real human beings.
“When we were filming the girls in the hallway going to the elevator, and when we were filming the woman who was stepping out of the bath, we had the real bathtub and real shower curtain, and we matched the elevator doors just for those pieces,” Stockhausen says. “We had a real background behind an actor so you wouldn’t get that green-screen effect.”
Well, it looked amazing and was undeniably the best scene in the entire film. You can watch the first four minutes or so of the sequence in the video above. Ready Player One hits DVD & Blu-ray two weeks from tomorrow, July 24.
When George Lucas inked that four billion dollar deal with Disney for Lucasfilm, he allegedly presented them with his outlines for Episodes VII, VIII, and IX. However, Disney decided to move in a different direction, and Lucas hinted as much in a recent interview he did with James Cameron for the latter’s AMC miniseries James Cameron’s Story Of Science Fiction.
However, Lucas apparently let on even more in further interviews. Livio Ramondelli—an illustrator for IDW Publishing—tweeted out these excerpts from an upcoming book that goes into further detail with the various people Cameron interviewed during his special…
As far as I’ve seen, these are the first specifics George Lucas has shared about what his vision of Episodes 7-9 would have been. This comes from @insighteditions awesome companion book to “James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction series” on AMC: pic.twitter.com/Wtlw8zlrqv
— Livio Ramondelli (@LivioRamondelli) June 12, 2018
So yeah, those of you who love midichlorians and the whole Jedi mythos that Lucas established in the Star Wars prequels are likely beside themselves with anger at the moment. Personally, I don’t know that I would have wanted a deep dive into the “microbiotic world” of Star Wars, but then again I never really thought much of the prequels. I’m sure many of you feel otherwise and will let me know about it in the comments section below.
James Cameron is the text book example of a dude you should never underestimate. He’s also incredibly easy to make fun of, just look…
He’s sort of the epitome of a guy you’ve got to respect despite all of the absolutely stupid shit he says. For example, listen to what he thinks about comic book movies and their proliferation…
“I’m hoping we’ll start getting ‘Avenger’ fatigue here pretty soon… Not that I don’t love the movies. It’s just, come on guys, there are other stories to tell besides hyper-gonadal males without families doing death-defying things for two hours and wrecking cities in the process. It’s like, oy!”
Hyper-gonadal males. Classic Cameron. Dude can manage to sound intellectual, insufferable, and clueless all at the same time. That quote, by the way, comes to us from Indiewire, will make its debut on April 30th in a documentary series on AMC titled Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction.
According to Deadline, in the doc Cameron also reveals the film his first two Avatar sequels are most influenced by, and it’s a doozy…
“It’s a family drama, so it’s The Godfather. Obviously a very different genre [and] a very different story but I got intrigued by that idea, so that’s really what it is. It’s a generational family saga very different than the first film. Now, it’s the same type of settings and the same sort of respect for that shock of the new that we want to show you things that not only that you haven’t seen, but you haven’t imagined, ” he said adding the story is not what we might expect.
“It’s a continuation of the same characters but what happens when warriors, willing to go on suicide charges and leap off cliffs on to the backs of big orange Toruks, grow up and have their own kids. Now the kids are the change makers. It’s interesting. Everyone is either a parent or they had parents at the very least. If you look at the big successful franchises now they are pretty much uninterested in it. So this could be the seeds of utter damnation and doom for the project or could be the thing that makes it stand apart and continue to be unique. Nobody knows until you make the movie and put it out. Anyone who thinks this is easy or they are just printing money over there at the Avatar studio, it doesn’t work that way.”
I don’t think anyone thinks it works that way except you, which is why you brought it up.
Again, it’s impossible not to admire the man, but he sure does make it difficult. The first of his four planned Avatar sequels hits theaters in December 2020.
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Good for NBC's Connecticut affiliate here.
The local television station owned by NBC that covers the area including Newtown, Connecticut, will NOT be broadcasting Megyn Kelly's highly controversial interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
In an internal memo at the company that was obtained by the Associated Press on Friday, station executives at WVIT NBC Connecticut made the decision to not air the interview after hearing from employees, viewers, and families that were so horribly affected by the awful tragedy that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School there in 2012.
Jones has said repeatedly on the record that the killing of those 26 people -- including many small children -- was a hoax. Kelly has drawn a ton of criticism for even interviewing him, but now at least it seems one station has found a solution.
All in all, with Kelly's ratings in the toilet and this controversy rung squarely around her neck, it really hasn't been a great start to her career at NBC.
Of course, it pales in comparison to the pain Jones' conspiracy theories have brought to Sandy Hook families.
Hopefully more NBC affiliates across the country take the lead from this one and adjust their programming accordingly.
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If you’re familiar with Ray Liotta’s career, you might have seen the commercials for his latest project Shades of Blue, and thought it was familiar ground for Liotta. The actor, who is known for cult projects like Goodfellas, Field of Dreams, Cop Land, and Narc, has played his fair share of dirty cops and intimidating characters over the years, but Shades of Blue stood out.
Liotta found an interesting arc that made him say yes to NBC’s newest show, which just so happened to be the network’s best debut in seven years. On Shades of Blue, the New Jersey native plays a controlling and corrupt boss named Lt. “Woz” Wozniak. While the show is mainly about Jennifer Lopez, Liotta’s talent shines in a way that makes the actor an important part of the show, without taking away from its main star.
Ray Liotta sat down at the AOL studio to speak about what made him return to television, and what it’s like to work with Jennifer Lopez.
On why he took on television with Shades of Blue:
I was looking to do a 13 episode type thing just to have some consistency with work, and to help with the movies. It’s changed a lot — when I first started in the 70s and 80s, if you were doing television, you were going out to pasture. Now movie people are looking towards these cable shows. I read this and I really liked it. Jennifer, I didn’t know — in terms of her doing edgy stuff, I hadn’t seen anything, so that was a question, but when they had Barry Levinson directing the pilot and the second episode, I thought I would give it a shot.
On how Shades of Blue was pitched to him:
The character is extremely different and it will unfold itself as the time goes on. It was just the script. I didn’t want to be in “the J.Lo show.” I didn’t want to be the guy behind the desk, telling everybody else to do something. The script had some really interesting things that shocked me. Then I met the show runner and he showed me what direction they were going in. I saw that the character was really involved, and intricate. So, I decided to do it.
On his dynamic with Jennifer Lopez:
You just play make believe. You do what you’re supposed to do. We didn’t have a lot of rehearsal time, but I’ve been doing this for a long time. Some of it, what’s in the script, gave us an idea of what was going to happen in the future. You just go with that. Jennifer is great — she’s a real pro.
On consulting real cops for various roles:
A couple of episodes they did [consult], which is helpful to talk to them, because it’s fascinating what a cop does. I’m just so pro-cop. I know there’s been some incidents, but most cops are good and it’s a really tough job. Early on in my career, I would do ride alongs with actual cops in LA. It [...]
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Mostly set in one room, director Quentin Tarantino gives his audience a visual feast in only the way he can. The Hateful Eight is not your typical Western. The genre is put into a blender, along with the mystery genre, and spun into a stylistic vision with loquacious dialogue and witty humor that cuts throughout the blood and gore. While Tarantino’s style is certainly unique and signature, it’s also growing in its own art form, and seems to be building to a grand opus.
As it is, Tarantino recently admitted that he might only just make ten movies in his career, but that said, The Hateful Eight once again proves that he’s going to make each movie count for something worthwhile.
For The Hateful Eight, the famed director uses Wyoming as a backdrop, as its harsh winter, a blizzard specifically, traps eight strangers, but these strangers aren’t ordinary people. Each carries dark secrets within them, including bounty hunters Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson) and John “The Hangman” Ruth (Kurt Russell). We learn that Ruth is not alone as he’s chained to Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh), set to be hanged for a murderous crime in the town of Red Rock. The real star of the film is Justified’s Walton Goggins, who plays Chris Mannix, who is said to be the new sheriff of Red Rock.
These characters are joined by cowboy Joe Cage (Michael Madsen), Senor Bob (Demian Bichir) Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth), and General Sandy Smithers (Bruce Dern).
A few of “the hateful eight” showed up at AOL for a chat to speak about creating one of the most experimental moments in Tarantino’s body of work.
This is a massive role in a Quentin Tarantino movie, that seems like it was written just for you.
Walton Goggins: I’ve been around for a long time, just like everybody up here on this stage, but for me my career path started in earnest in television with The Shield. You hope if you hang around long enough and do work that you’re worthy of getting the attention of someone like Quentin. And you get to work with a cast like this.
He creates this place where magic can happen, and to be invited back, and be around people you consider icons from a distance — it’s an extraordinary opportunity. I’m grateful to Quentin for it.
Kurt, this is your second time out doing a Quentin Tarantino film. How did Quentin approach you for this role?
Kurt Russell: I got a phone call from Quentin, and he said, “I’m doing a reading for this thing I wrote. Would you do it? And I said, ‘Yeah that would be fun.’ He wanted to rehearse it, and I thought, “Well, that’s strange, usually you don’t do that.” And then, we rehearsed it on a Thursday, I got to meet all the guys the next day, and then he wanted to rehearse it again, and I thought, “Wow, he’s really getting this in shape for somebody.”
Then I found out that day that we were [...]
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Amazon’s original show Transparent is one of the leading voices in the transgender movement. Not only has it given a clear narrative on the experiences of trans people, but it puts a large focus on the family of a transgender person. The family dynamic and how it shifts when a trans person, in this case their patriarch, goes through changes to find their true identity, isn’t usually covered and if anything is marginalized.
The timing of this show as well as cultural trans figures like Caitlyn Jenner opening up feels kismet. Aside from niche productions like the documentary Paris Is Burning, we’ve only been given glimpses of portrayals of transgender people, and the lives they touch. And in most cases, it was always in a comedic light. Not until trans actress Laverne Cox boldly showed the inner and outer struggles of being a trans person by portraying a character on Orange Is The New Black, did these important stories spring up in the mainstream. Not only are people open to understanding the plight of many trans people, but their stories, as varied and heartbreaking as they are, are finally being shown in all mediums. Creator Jill Soloway’s Transparent is just one of those stories.
Actress Gaby Hoffmann, who portrays the daughter of a transgender woman Maura (Jeffrey Tambor) attended AOL’s studio for a chat about how relevant Transparent is and the platform it gives to trans people.
What can you say about Ali character arc for Season 2?
She’s in a really interesting moment in her life. I feel like when we came out in Season 1 she was coming out of a long period of depression sort of a technical term I like to use stuck-edness, with Maura’s coming out, like everyone in the family she was jostled awake. So when we see her in this season she’s on a path to self discovery, and she’s very curious about who she is and who she is in relation to the family and to her history, as a Jew, and as an intellectual. It’s a huge exploration of her identity that is done with many missteps, but a lot of thought and serious curiosity. It’s a wild ride.
How do you find room to improv scenes?
It’s pretty easy when you have writing like this. You just have to show up and listen and say these words that have been offered. Jill [Soloway] is at the helm and she has this unbelievable way of slapping you in the face and tickling you at the same time, and I just follow her lead. I’m a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants intuitive kind of actor so I wouldn’t know any other way, but in this scenario I can trust that that’s okay.
Sometimes a scene is written one way and we get to set and it doesn’t work, and we get to just keep trying. We know in the end the right version will be found because we have extraordinary editors. There’s incredible space to find it and all the time in the world thanks [...]
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George Takei On His Family’s Internment Camp Experience And How It Inspired Broadway’s ‘Allegiance’ [Interview]
It’s rare that a Broadway play staged in the past can be so reflective of the cultural issues America faces currently, but George Takei’s Allegiance pulls that off effortlessly.
The Broadway play, which brings a fusion of big band Americana music with Japanese influences, is based on George Takei’s childhood. Takei was five-years-old when his family was shipped to an internment camp, caught in the thick after shock of the Pearl Harbor attacks. His parents were raised in America, as was George, but since they looked like enemy number one, they were stripped of their American identity and were treated as a threat by the nation they were so very proud of.
Allegiance tells the story within the internment camp and the oppressive nature that the government posed against its own people. The story focuses on a single family — the Kimuras, as their lives are turned upside down when they are moved out of their home and to a camp. While they’re there their loyalty is put into question along with their patriotism to the United States.
George Takei stars alongside Tony award winner Lea Salonga in this powerful musical that recently hit the stage.
The Star Trek actor sat down in AOL’s studio to tell his personal story and explain why Allegiance was his life’s mission.
How his family history lent a hand in Allegiance:
I was five-years-old at the time the soldiers came to our home to order us out. We were taken to the horse stables because the camps weren’t built yet. That was our temporary assembly center. Pearl Harbor had been bombed, and we Americans of Japanese ancestry look like the people that bombed Pearl Harbor. Mass war terror, racism and failed political leadership put us into those camps. The failure of political leadership is important right now because it’s the echo of 70 years ago here.
Back then California had an attorney general, the top of the state, and he was a good man, he knew the law, but he was an ambitious politician, and he saw that the single most popular issue was the “Get Rid of The Japs” movement, and he became an outspoken leader of the movement.
On the offensive nature of “weeding out” “trouble makers” of Japanese-Americans in the United States:
The origami flower (in the show) is made out of a loyalty questionnaire, which was an offensive piece of paper. The most offensive one was 28 – which was one sentence that had two conflicting ideas. It asked, “will you swear your loyalty to the United States of America, and will you foreswear your loyalty to the Emperor of Japan.” We’re Americans — and for the government to the assume we have a genetic inborn loyalty to the Emperor was outrageous.
My mother was born in Sacramento and my father was born in San Francisco, and I as a child didn’t have to respond to the questionnaire, but I was born in Los Angeles. If you answered no for the first part, you were saying no to the very [...]
Angelina Jolie-Pitt and Brad Pitt may be Hollywood’s most famous power couple, but it looks like that fame may not translate to the silver screen. The couple covered Vanity Fair Italia this month, looking loving and sultry in a black-and-white photograph, wrapped around each other.
Meanwhile, the first film in which they appeared together since Mr. and Mrs. Smith in 2005 has tanked disastrously at the box office.
By The Sea, directed by Jolie and starring the couple, was inspired by a European art house aesthetic and takes an in-depth look at marital dysfunction. Jolie and Pitt star as Vanessa and Roland, a married couple traveling through France in the mid-70s. They befriend a young couple and try to grow closer in their marriage, amid strife.
Despite the mega-popularity of its two stars, By The Sea was a total tank. Poorly reviewed, the film’s release was scaled back to only ten theaters, and made only $95,440. The film reportedly took at least $10 million to make.
Why was this film, which from the looks of it, had all the makings of a moderately successful film (considering its two leads), such a failure? Well, history has shown that films starring long-married or long-established couples tend to flop, possibly because off-screen chemistry doesn’t necessarily translate on screen. Also, the reviews for this film were mixed to negative at best, and the film’s release had to contend with more accessible, popular films. And now, of course, it’s only in ten theaters nationwide.
Even though the film will likely be seen by virtually no one in the States, it’s likely that worldwide, the film will at least break even. In the meantime, we’ve got some beautiful photographs of one of Hollywood’s most infamous couples to feast our eyes upon. Which is the only thing any of us wanted, anyway.
Check out the photos from inside Vanity Fair Italia:
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