Aziza Scott stars as Mackenzie “Trip” Johnson III in Apple TV+’s hit show ‘Home Before Dark.’
M. Night Shyamalan has had a rollercoaster of a career.
Midnight In The Switchgrass, directed and produced by Randall Emmett, is a psychological thriller that follows FBI agents Karl (Bruce Willis) and Rebecca (Megan Fox) as they attempt to save abducted girls who have gone missing in the Florida panhandle. The duo find out about a girl who recently went missing from a gas station (played by Caitlin Carmichael) and eventually team up with state-officer Byron, played by Emile Hirsch, who is after a serial killer (Lukas Haas) that happens to be the main culprit of the case. With twists and turns, audiences will be on the edge of their seat riddled with anxiety waiting to uncover the truth behind the deadly murders.
The premiere screening was held at LA LIVE on Monday, July 19th. Attendees included film cast Emile Hirsch, Caitlin Carmichael and Sistine Stallone. Carmichael talked about the experience of playing a victim and the importance of representation of those girls on-screen.
“Knowing that my character serves as a symbol for thousands of missing girls whose stories that we’ve never heard, gave me this huge responsibility in playing Tracy to bring her to life in the most genuine way,” said Carmichael. “I was really excited to see when reading my sides that our writer Alan and director, Randall, didn’t want to shy away from the intensity and brutality of the story. It was exciting for me to take on the challenge of playing a kidnapped victim and bringing a true story to life, showing that authenticity on screen and not glamourising it in any way so I think that really adds to the bone chilling effect for viewers,” said Carmichael.
Emile Hirsch went on to talk about how grateful he and the cast feel to have made it to the premiere considering the challenges of shooting during the pandemic, noting that the filming process was halted several times.
“Part of my character, Byron Crawford, he’s this really determined homicide detective who has been on this case a long time with very little to show for it but it’s his determination that sort of sees him through to the end and by getting shut down multiple times as we were trying to go, I did kind of end up relating to the sense of just sort of wanting to finish something and the kind of marathon focus that takes.”
To celebrate Randall Emmett’s first feature film, the Vanderpump Rules cast came out to show support with Lala Kent, Brittany Cartwright and Jax Taylor on the carpet as well as James Kennedy DJ-ing the after-party at Katsuya LA Live. Love Island Season 1 girls, Alex and Elizabeth, walked the carpet as well.
Despite the intensity of the film, the crowd was lively after the screening and seemed to enjoy Katsuya’s fan-favorites. Rock Shrimp, Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna, Albacore Sashimi and Wagyu Sliders were all served as well as Snoop Dog’s INDOGGO® gin.
Midnight In The Switchgrass will be released for viewing on July 23rd.
Actress and broadway star Nikki M. James is best known for her Tony winning performance in The Book of Mormon. However, the thespian is adding director to her resume with episode 305 of The Good Fight.
The fifth episode of the season is Nikki’s first time directing for the series and tackles a variety of topics such as the current pandemic, marital struggles, medical racism, and of course life at a law firm. The imagery used within the episode takes audiences on a journey through the world of Reddick, Boseman, & Kolstad and its intersection with reality. Viewers will be able to notice emotions that feel familiar due to the pandemic such as loneliness, anxiety, and hope.
The episode uses the goals for the post-pandemic world to create a reality many of us long to transition into, while still being aware of the fact that Covid-19 has reshaped it forever. The somewhat poetic nature of filming was not lost on James due to the fact that mask mandates, frequent testing, and social distancing was still required in order to film the episode.
With a background in theater James was also able to learn from the stars while directing them. The greatest lesson she was able to take from the cast was to give herself grace as a performer. With working together to create episode 5 the storytelling process was extremely collaborative and the creative chemistry can be felt by viewers.
The Good Fight episode 305 will take audiences on a journey through the excitement of the law, the emotions surrounding Covid-19, and of course the diversity of the justice system.
Exclusive: Rufus Sewell, Alex Wolff, Vicky Krieps And More Talk M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Old’ At World Premiere [Video]
The cast of M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film ‘Old’ hit the red carpet for the world premiere.
Exclusive: Henry Golding, Úrsula Corberó, Andrew Koji and Haruka Abe Talk ‘Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins’ [Video]
Action films are a tough business. So many start great, then crash to earth under the weight of leaden acting, an aimless plot or a corny ending.
So it’s with great joy that I report ‘Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins’ obliterates damn-near every action thriller I’ve seen in a very long time. Not only does it feature some of the most well-choreographed and epic fights on film, but the filmmakers also take time to actually develop the characters, telling the story of warring factions, familial power struggles and double-agent intrigue with patience and aplomb.
Henry Golding is sensational as the titular character (Snake Eyes). He’s an endless well of charm, but behind those eyes lay a storm of conflicted motivations, a need for revenge and family.
Úrusula Corberó shines as The Baroness, a woman committed to the destruction of the worlds’ power structures, at any cost, by any means. She’s ruthless and witty to a fault, so unflappable that she’s tough to root against.
Andrew Koji continues his hot streak, bringing a level of commitment and soul rarely seen in any movie, let alone a beat-em-up action vehicle. He plays Storm Shadow, heir to the Arashikage clan throne. He’s a man obsessed with honor and family who’s as loyal as the day is long, at all times willing to give his life for those he loves.
Haruka Abe is an absolute firebrand as Akiko, head of security for the Arashikage. She has the most badass fight scenes in the film, and brings a curiosity and emotional depth to a character forced to be tough as nails.
Get into our interviews with the cast below!
Disclaimer: This interview was not sponsored by America Online no matter how enthusiastic Mr. McGrath is. 😂
PS. Shoutout to my Mom who ALSO still uses AOL.
There is nothing dark about rockstar and television host, Mark McGrath… except for maybe… his roots. He tells The Knockturnal‘s Kinsey Schofield that he still gets highlights and we applaud his candor. Yet somehow, McGrath’s raspy SoCal vocals add the perfect narration to VICE TV’s new docu-series, Dark Side of the 90’s.
Dark Side of the 90’s features ten episodes that explore some of the decade’s darkest moments from the paparazzi taking down a Princess to… Beanie Babies. Don’t tell me you didn’t rush out to McDonald’s for that Beanie Baby Happy Meal! McGrath, who was busy riding his wave of rock and roll success at the time, says that the docu-series has been a fun and informative experience.
The Knockturnal was given a preview of VICE TV’s Viper Room episode and we were excited to realize that Sunset’s Viper Room was a literal playground for Sugar Ray‘s McGrath who met his wife at the celebrity hotspot. While the episode itself delves into the sanctuary that Hollywood poster boy Johnny Depp helped create, as well as the untimely death of River Phoenix, we ask McGrath about his own Viper Room experience… which happens to feature a marriage proposal.
VICE TV’s Dark Side of the 90’s features Mark McGrath and a handful of familiar 90’s faces. Watch new episodes every Thursday.
PS. Because I know it’s already stuck in your head…
Ted Lasso written, executive produced and starred by Jason Sudeikis returns for Season 2 and breaks the record for most Emmy nominations with 20 noms, just surpassing Glee’s 19.