Hayley Atwell Continues ‘Agent Carter’ Adventures With January Premiere

Premiering on ABC Tuesday, January 6 (8-10 pm et/pt), Marvel’s Agent Carter follows Peggy Carter’s (Hayley Atwell) post-Captain America adventures, as she works for the covert organization SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve).

Though she’s proven her mettle in the battlefield, Peggy has to balance doing administrative work for Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) while undertaking secret missions on the side.

Hayley Atwell, whose previous film credits include the Woody Allen drama Cassandra’s Crossing and The Duchess, talks about Carter’s dilemma when the 7-episode series begins:

We find her in 1946, the year after the end of the first Captain America – we know that she’s lost Steve and she finds herself working at the SSR. It’s a position that’s one that she wants but she’s not used to the full extent of her abilities.

We’ve got the backdrop of gender roles and the politics involved in an environment like that – in a male dominated world for her. So she’s very frustrated – she’s not doing what she’s set out to do. She’s nowhere near (to) fulfilling her destiny. And we see the frustrations (and) what that means to her and her fight to be taken seriously.

Hayley Atwell in Marvel's Agent Carter - (Credit: ABC/Eric McCandless)
Hayley Atwell in Marvel’s Agent Carter – (Credit: ABC/Eric McCandless)

The show also stars Chad Michael Murray (“Agent Jack Thompson”), Enver Gjokai (“Agent Daniel Sousa”), and Boardwalk Empire’s Shea Whigham (“Chief Roger Dooley”).

Nicolas Cage Is ‘Left Behind’ With Flight Bound Trailer

LEFT BEHIND (Stoney Lake Entertainment)

Nicolas Cage stars in Left Behind, a film based on the bestselling 1995 novel of the same name. The story centers on pilot Ray Steele (Cage) whose jet plane is flying the skies when the Rapture takes place. Yahoo! Movies premiered the trailer today, and you’ll be able to check out the clip at the end of this post.

Nicolas Cage in Left Behind (Stoney Lake Entertainment)Whether or not you’re a huge fan of Cage, it’s hard to deny he’s starred in his share of classics (Raising Arizona, Leaving Las Vegas, Moonstruck, Adaptation). His body of work may seem all over the place (I love his ability to easily move from project to project), but there is a method to the madness. During the Joe press conference (it’s one of Cage’s finest performances, if you haven’t checked it out), he explained why, when it comes to choosing movie roles, he beats to the sound of his own drummer:

“If you look carefully at my filmography, in between my adventure films, there have been a Bad Lieutenantor a World Trade Center or a Lord of War or a Matchstick Men. I want to keep it eclectic. I see myself as a student. I would never consider myself as a master or a maestro and if you take the path of the student, that means you have to try a little bit of everything in the hopes that you’re going to learn something or strike some kind of new note or new sound or expression in the process. I’m not going for grades – I’m going for an education.”

To hear the full audio of Nicolas Cage talking about his acting process, check out the media bar below:

Left Behind, co-starring Chad Michael Murray and Cassi Thomson, opens October 3.

Skylar Astin On Acting Career: “I Don’t Want To Be A Flash In The Pan”

Well Go USA EntertainmentNow out on VOD & playing in select theaters, Cavemen centers on a struggling Los Angeles writer named Dean (Skylar Astin) who, even though he’s still quite the bachelor, wants to find his true love. Dean’s best buddy is Tess, an understanding and loyal confidante who is played by Camilla Belle. Since Astin and Belle have a natural chemistry, one pretty much assumes Dean will get the proverbial happy, Hollywood ending.

The movie, shot in Downtown Los Angeles, is a low budget affair but thankfully director Herschel Faber finds a solid visual tone for the picture. Shooting Angelenos cavorting and socializing at night is a tricky thing, and even though technology has profoundly improved since the Swingers day, shooting in near dark is still a challenge.

During the Cavemen interviews, Skylar Astin, who is best known for his roles in Pitch Perfect and 21 & Over, talked about his career goals as an actor. In a celebrity driven age, coupled with the overwhelming deluge known as social media, simply just doing the work really won’t cut it. It’s a Faustian bargain Astin understands, as he alludes to in the following quote:

“I want to work, I don’t want to be famous,” said the actor, who’s also the lead in the TV series Ground Floor. “It’s cool if that comes along with it. If people know who I am for my work, then hopefully I’ll be able to continue to work.”We live in real celebrity and status obsessed culture, and Twitter and Instagram haven’t helped that. I have accounts. I’m not saying I’m perfect. I feed into it only slightly. I don’t take anything too seriously.”

Acting is Astin’s main focus and priority. “I want to do this until I’m old,” he added. “I don’t want to be a flash in the pan and I don’t want to be the most famous person in the planet, because I don’t want people to get sick of me. I really want longevity, and I really want to do a multitude of different characters throughout my career.”

To hear Mr. Astin talk about the difference between social interaction in New York and Los Angeles, especially when it comes to finding a prospective date, listen to the clip below:

Chad Michael Murray Reflects on ‘Cavemen’ & A Creatively Gratifying Year

Cavemen (Wellgo USA)

Opening Friday in select theaters and on VOD, Cavemen centers on several young men who live and love the night away in Los Angeles. Chad Michael Murray stars as one of the perpetually on the make bachelors.

While his friends Dean (Skylar Astin) and Tess (Camilla Belle) are the kind of buddies who are destined to be with each other, Jay (Murray) throws a monkey wrench into the equation after showing his affections for Tess. Along with Cavemen, Murray’s role on Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas, Fruitvale Station (in a pivotal cameo), and the Crackle original series Chosen is proof that he’s making a concerted effort to diversify his body of work.

During the Cavemen interviews, Murray talked about going into a “dark place” while playing a homeless man in the indie feature Other People’s Children. He lost twenty five pounds for that role, and that upcoming project, along with much of his recent work, signals a possible subtle yet significant shift in his career.

I asked him about the creating gratification of doing such a challenging role as Other People’s Children. “You know, I didn’t understand it up until this last year,” said Murray. “Now that I’m starting to see the fruits of the labor on film, it’s really validating, because you know you gave it your all and you know that you really committed.”

To hear Murray talk about why he loves a “blue collar” approach to acting and filmmaking, click on the media bar below:

I haven’t checked out Chosen, after hearing Murray’s absolutely praise the project (he said it looks like a “60 million dollar movie”), I’ll definitely give it a shot. Click on the audio to hear him talk about the series, as well as his work on Other People’s Children and Cavemen:

Camilla Belle & Skylar Astin Explore Inner ‘Cavemen’ In Downtown Los Angeles

Cavemen (Well Go USA)Cavemen doesn’t place us back in prehistoric times, but the primal nature of humanity still exists, especially if you’re trying to find love in the City of Angels. Skylar Astin, who’s gained his share of momentum thanks to 21 & Over and the series Ground Floor, is Dean, a womanizer whose best friend Tess (Camilla Belle) is his sounding board on relationships. Tired of one night stands and looking for a bit of meaning, he probably doesn’t see the opportunity that’s right before his eyes, and when his good buddy Jay (Chad Michael Murray) complicates matters, Dean must reconcile his friendships while finding a love of his own.

We’ve seen this story a million times, but the trailer suggests that Astin and Belle have a tangible chemistry, and Murray’s portrayal of a likable d-bag doesn’t come off as forced. I also love Cavemen’s poster tag line of “Downtown LA Is Their Playground.” Having lived in the vicinity for almost a decade, I’ve seen just a handful of films that have made use of its locale (Collateral and 500 Days of Summer are examples). Hopefully director Herschel Faber had a reasonable budget and ingenuity to make use of my beloved city, which is #5 on the 52 Places to Go (according to The New York Times ).

I’m pulling for this film, and hopefully if I get a shot at interviewing the good folks from Cavemen, I’ll be posting interviews down the road. Check out the trailer below, comment if you want, and make sure Downtown Los Angeles isn’t too far from your rear view.

Cavemen hits theaters and VOD on February 7.

Cavemen (Well Go USA Entertainment)