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New Amsterdam tops off SCAD aTVFest with humor and sage advice

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The male members of the hit NBC hospital drama New Amsterdam were in rare form at the finale SCAD’s aTVFest along with the show’s creator David Schulner who penned the show two years ago during America’s downward spiral of healthcare reform.

Supporting cast members Anupam Kher and Jocko Sims (Jarhead) discussed how they were moved by a recent visit to Grady Hospital here in downtown Atlanta. They even invited Grady staff who were pointed out in the audience to a well-deserved round of applause. Unfortunately, the female co-stars weren’t available for the appearance but their precence was definitely felt in the room at the latest episode preview.

aTVFest honored the crew with Best Cast which marked as Jocko Sims acting first award. The whole evening felt like a close knit family gathering due to their undeniable chemistry.

For example, Ryan Eggold who serves as the show frontrunner was the only member of the ensemble who lived in New York while the rest of the cast had to relocate. They teased about going out to dinner and other events without him. Ryan was the only original cast member and was the first to see the script inspired by the book 12 Patients: Life and Death at Bellvue Hospital written by Eric Manheimer. All of the cast expressed gratitude for being able to bring the stories of the underserved to life.

When giving advice to those not yet in the industry, they pointed out David Schulner as a reference of how a solid script attracts great talent. “Everything starts with the script.” And that if you “Write something great the people will come, he said.”

It doesn’t hurt that the show’s casting director is his wife Liz Dean. The talent professed of being in awe of each other and it was easy to see why.
In the Q&A portion when filmmakers were told by Anumpam Kher to make sure to listen to their actors, that skill is the most important. There was also a lively debate about social media which cast member Tyler Labine who plays psychiatrist Dr. Iggy Frome, recently abandoned so he can have more time for his wife and three kids. The cast playfully asked him if he deleted it entirely to which he admitted he did not. When asked about working with actors, Jocko cited the book Friendly Enemies: The Director-Actor Relationship by Delia Salvey as a must read.

The highlight of the Q&A was when a SCAD film student stated that she wanted Anumpam to be in her film and he told her he would. Anumpam has an acting school in India and came to the United States to jump into another world, the Hollywood of the United States a far cry from Bollywood where he’s quite famous. Jocko is delighted to finally play a doctor after 16 years in the game, since he actually at one point considered going to medical school, even putting the symbol for medicine on his high school class ring.

The whole evening was delightful to witness and very educational for those in attendance. Make sure to tune in for the next episode of NBC’s New Amsterdam, Feb. 12 at 10 pm/et.

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Veteran actor John Cusack to appear in Atlanta for LIVE conversation

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For fans of John Cusack and “High Fidelity”, a visit to Championship Vinyl definitely would make a “top five” list. 

The hit comedy “High Fidelity” is the story of record shop owner Rob Gordon (John Cusack) on a search for love (and the reasons behind his failed relationships) against a backdrop of over 70 songs spanning multiple decades and genres of music. With – or without – the help of his record store buddies Dick (Todd Luiso) and Barry (Jack Black’s breakout role), Rob revisits past relationships in hopes of figuring out where he has gone wrong. Released in 2000, The New York Times praised John Cusack as “a master at easygoing camaraderie.” Rotten Tomatoes has “High Fidelity” ranked #14 on the list of Best Romantic Comedies. 

Now, join John Cusack for a screening of “High Fidelity” on the big screen followed by a LIVE conversation regarding his career and the making of the film. Fans will get the opportunity to experience a moderated discussion, with John answering audience questions as well. A limited number of VIP seats will be available that include a post-show photo op with John.

Release provided by Mills Entertainment. For tickets, click here.

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Disney releases new ‘Lion King’ Trailer

The Lion King is set to be released on July 19, 2019, a month after the original flick’s 25th anniversary. And it isn’t the only live-action adaptation in the works for Disney—fans can also look forward to Aladdin (coming in May), Mulan, and The Lady and the Tramp.

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Issa Rae, Marsai Martin & Regina Hall attend the Premiere of LITTLE in Los Angeles

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Last night, local celebrities and influencers gathered at Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles for the Blue Carpet Premiere of LITTLE. Stars in attendance included the cast – Issa Rae, Marsai Martin, Regina Hall and Luke James as well as Janelle Monae, Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, Bresha WebbKenya Barris and others!

Check out photos below from the premiere and after party.

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