Emma Watson’s ‘Belle’ An “Activist” In ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Beauty and the Beast, one of this year’s most anticipated films, may be a grand romance and adventure. However, it also manages to subtly spotlight the importance of reading and expanding one’s knowledge and imagination. Audio from Emma Watson, as she talks about how Paige O’Hara influenced her as a child, is found after the jump.

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Monica Barbaro And Philip Winchester Talk Collaborative Spirit of ‘Chicago Justice’

There’s many reasons behind the continuing success of the Dick Wolf’s Chicago series, and one of the biggest ingredients comes from the collaborative spirit of the ensemble and crew. Chicago Justice actors Monica Barbaro and Philip Winchester talked about their work with Wolf and showrunner Michael S. Chernuchin, and the video is found after the jump!

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Blu-ray Pick: Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton Deliver Powerhouse Performances in ‘Loving’

For such a groundbreaking story, Jeff Nichols’ Loving, now available on DVD and Blu-ray, is notable for its silence. Although the quiet solemnity of a sparse script served Nichols well in the case of his other 2016 critical darling, Midnight Special, the historic Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court decision invalidating laws that prohibited interracial marriage may have required a bit more dramatic build-up. Fortunately, Loving’s two lead actors – Ruth Negga, nominated for an Academy Award for this role, and the chameleon-like Joel Edgerton – elevate the movie through their characters by tenderly tapping into the steady strength that defines their humanity.

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Exclusive: ‘The Voice’ Alum Siahna Is ‘Untouchable’ With New EP

 

Since her successful run on The Voice (Season 9), Siahna has continued to hone her singer-songwriter skills. With her recently released 6-song EP Untouchable, the jazz and soul loving songstress is adding a bit of pop flavor to her repertoire. My audio interview (apologies for quality as it was a phoner) with Siahna, as well as the transcription, is found after the jump!

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Flipping the Script on: ‘Pacific Rim’

Welcome to “Flipping the Script,” a monthly column where I will reconsider recent films that have been panned, frowned upon, or simply under appreciated. I believe that movies should speak to us on a deep, personal level, and this column will consist of films that have done that for me despite widespread derision or apathy. Join me on my noble quest for cinematic redemption!
Robots vs. monsters. Enough said, right?

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Justin Hartley On How ‘This Is Us’ Has Impacted His Life

 

Justin Hartley and the ensemble of This Is Us have received their share of acclaim. But aside for the critical praise, loyal fan support, and series’ overall success (it’s been renewed for a second season), the program has also made an impact on Hartley’s personal life. Check out the video below to hear Hartley talk about how This Is Us has helped him “slow down” and appreciate life on a deeper level.

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Alan Tudyk Talks ‘Powerless’ And Tackling Comedy Over Drama

 

If you check out Alan Tudyk’s resume, his body of work runs the gamut. Whether it’s his collaborations with Joss Whedon (Firefly, Dollhouse) or spearheading his own series (Con Man), Tudyk is a highly diverse actor. During the interviews for his new show Powerless, I asked him if he actually found comedy to be a harder genre to tackle than drama.

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‘Human: Fall Flat’ Splatters Onto Xbox One & PS4 This Spring

 

I haven’t played the game on Steam, but considering the memorable moniker should be emblazoned on a shirt and the simple plotline is actually intriguing, I’m excited to catch Human: Fall Flat’s Xbox One and PlayStation 4 release this spring. Details on the game after the jump!

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Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts Shine a Spotlight on Syria

As someone with a short attention span who also embraces opportunities to learn more about the world, I have always appreciated the allure of documentary shorts. As usual, however, the 2017 crop of Academy Award nominees in the Documentary Shorts category fixate on weighty, worldwide topics: Three out of the five nominees deal with the humanitarian crisis caused by the violent rise of ISIS (“4.1 Miles,” “The White Helmets,” “Watani: My Homeland”), while a third spotlights end-of-life care (“Extremis”). Yet there is a common theme threaded throughout all of these docs, and that is the unwavering kindness of strangers, and the undaunted strength of the human spirit. In a cruel and chaotic world, that’s definitely something to root for.

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