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.
Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie star in first-look for ‘Bombshell’
Starring Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie, “Bombshell” follows the story of several female Fox News personnel and their sexual harassment claims against the network’s founder, Roger Ailes.
Theron stars as Megyn Kelly, Kidman as Gretchen Carlson, Robbie as Kayla Pospisil and John Lithgow as Ailes.
Ailes’ sexual misconduct was first brought to the forefront in 2014 with Gabriel Sherman’s book, The Loudest Voice in the Room, in which he detailed how Ailes offered a well-known television producer a raise if she slept with him.
Two years later, Carlson filed a lawsuit against Ailes for sexual harassment and claimed she was fired for fending off his advances. Kelly later followed suit, detailing her experience with Ailes in her 2016 book, Settle for More.
After Ailes departed from Fox News in the same year, he later was named advisor for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
Bombshell is scheduled to arrive in theaters Dec. 20.
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The Irishman will make its debut at the New York Film Festival. The movie is expected to still have a limited theatrical release to make it viable in the Oscar race before it arrives on Netflix.
BBC Documentary ‘A Fresh Guide to Florence with Fab 5 Freddy’ headed US this Fall
Hip-hop pioneer Fred Brathwaite AKA Fab 5 Freddy has announced that his acclaimed BBC documentary — A Fresh Guide To Florence With Fab 5 Freddy, which debuted in the UK this past weekend — will be coming to the US this fall. The documentary follows Fab 5 Freddy as he embarks on a quest to uncover the hidden black figures of Italian Renaissance art.
“Not only were Renaissance artists making art that defined high aesthetic ideals but they were also groundbreaking in showing an ethnically diverse, racially mixed Italy in the 15th and 16th century. You just have to look at the art,” he said in a statement.”
The documentary centers the hip hop legend and art lover as he examines the 15th and 16th century Italian Renaissance art in 15th-century style – on horseback. Amidst superstar artists such as Michelangelo and powerful patrons such as the Medicis, Fab discovers ground-breaking images of a multi-racial and multi-ethnic society that have slipped through the cracks of art history. In a 5-star review, The Financial Times says Fab “visits Florence to insouciantly blow the dust off art history” and The Guardian says that he is “on terrific form.”
A Fresh Guide is just another chapter in the incredible year for Fab 5 Freddy. He released the highly praised 4/20 Netflix documentary Grass Is Greener, which traces the history of cannabis in America and its relationship to people of color. The film takes an unparalleled look at the history of cannabis usage in America through the lens of popular forms of music — jazz, reggae, and hip hop — while also examining the racial disparities and injustices within that world. The film has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and just was named to the UK-based Grierson Awards shortlist for Best Single Documentary (International).
A Fresh Guide To Florence With Fab 5 Freddy will come to US homes this fall, date and other details to be announced later this year.
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