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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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Rihanna, Zendaya, Natalie Portman, and more attend World Premiere of Queen & Slim

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Lena Waithe, Writer/Producer, and Melina Matsoukas, Director/Producer, attend the QUEEN & SLIM World Premiere Gala Screening at AFI FEST 2019 in Hollywood, CA on Thursday, November 14, 2019.

Entertainment’s elite descended on the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California last night (Nov. 15) for the premiere of Queen and Slim starring Academy Award nominee Daniel Kaluuya and newcomer Jodie Turner-Smith.

The film, written by Emmy winning screenwriter Lena Waithe, addresses police brutality, centering a black couple who, after a traffic stop gone-wrong, have to make the choice of escaping from the corrupt justice system or face incarceration.

See highlights from the premiere below:

Images courtesy of Eric Charbonneau.

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Kevin Hart makes first Public Appearance since Car Crash

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Kevin Hart made his first appearance last night in Los Angeles at the 2019 People’s Choice Awards after a long recovery from a nearly-fatal car crash.

 The American comedian and actor fractured his spine in September of this year. Hart later began intensive physical therapy following the incident. 

On Sunday (Nov. 10) the father of three took to the stage at the ceremony to accept The Comedy Act Of 2019 award.

“First and foremost thank God because I definitely don’t have to be here,” Hart said. “Being that I am, it makes me appreciate life more. It makes me appreciate the things that really matter. I want to thank my wife and my kids. They really stepped up for me.”

 The comedian who attended the event with wife Eniko Parrish, 35, and his daughter Heaven Hart, 14 added:

“I also want to take the time to thank the People’s Choice Awards, just for this. This is amazing. But more importantly, the people, man. You have no idea the effect that you have on us as entertainers. Your energy, your support, it means the world and I truly want to thank you guys for being there for me in my difficult time. This is special. They all are. I do not take them for granted. Thank you so much. God bless everyone in this room. Peace.” 

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Donald Trump Jr. lauds Kanye West’s ‘Jesus is King’ Album

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Kanye West onstage during his Jesus Is King album and film event at The Forum on Oct. 23, 2019 in Inglewood, California. KEVIN WINTER / GETTY IMAGES 

Donald Trump Jr. has publicly displayed his support for Kanye West’s new Christian album, Jesus is King via Twitter while simultaneously firing shots at the “Leftists.”

“Kanye is ‘cracking the culture code,” the politician asserted. “Jesus Is King is the ‘epitome of fearless creativity and “dangerous, unapproved” ideas,” he added.

He then slammed The Democratic Party for silencing “those who are speaking truth.”

Although Mr. West has made previous claims of being a reformed MAGA supporter, leaving politics beneath his tight-knit Yeezy’s. Perhaps, Trump Jr. will persuade the indecisive rapper to join forces with the red hat clan once more.

West, 42, has not yet responded. See the tweet below.

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