Melissa Benoist has found a lot of success starring on very successful television shows. For two seasons she starred on hit series Glee where the fans known as Gleeks embraced her and fell in love with her character. And now she has found another devoted fan base with Supergirl.
Glee and Supergirl are polar opposites shows but both shows have a passionate following. We spoke to Benoist and asked her about the Gleeks and the Supergirl fans and she told us to this day the Glee fans are still just as supportive. Diehard Supergirl fans, some of whom are also loyal intense comic book fans, have embraced her.
Executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, The Ivory Game is a documentary that centers on the horrific universe of ivory trafficking, wherein poachers are constantly in the hunt for what is deemed as “white gold.” Directed by Richard Ladkani (The Devil’s Miner) and Kief Davidson (A Lego Brickumentary), the project features interviews with intelligence operatives, activists, rangers, and journalists who are all trying to make a difference in an operation which seemingly can’t be stopped. An estimated 150,000 elephants have been killed due to poaching in the past five years, and thankfully this Netflix documentary will shed light on the crisis.
The filmmakers spent over 16 months working on this ambitious project, which was honored with the International Wildlife Film and WWF Golden Panda Award at the Wildscreen Festival in Bristol, England. Along with producing a slew of feature films, DiCaprio has also produced the documentaries 11th Hour and Catching the Sun.
The Ivory Game opens in select theaters and will be streaming on Netflix starting November 4th.
Playing Lucy Preston, an adventurous history professor turned time traveler, is one of the many reasons why Timeless has been a creatively gratifying experience for Abigail Spencer, and during our interview she also gave credit to the work of the show’s producers.
“First it starts with our creators Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke,” says Spencer, who describes them as a ‘creme de la creme’ pairing.’ “Shawn Ryan has created The Shield and many other shows and Eric Kripke (created) Supernatural. They’re kind of a genre explosion in (and of) themselves and they work so well together too. It’s like My Two Dads (laughs). I get the best of both worlds with them. So that was a huge and compelling for me.”
Whether it’s meeting Ian Fleming in the flesh or witnessing the assassination of President Lincoln, Timeless is filled with bucket list (and heroic) moments for Lucy. That being said, Spencer also loves the show’s exploration of the characters’ personal lives.
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Tyler Perry’s string of hits continue with his latest effort Boo! A Madea Halloween, as the comedy beat fellow newcomer Jack Reacher: Never Go Back with a $27.6 million debut. Though it received mixed reviews, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back had a solid opening weekend with $23 million. The new comedy Keeping Up with the Joneses sputtered with a seventh place finish and a paltry $5.6 million take. Here’s the top 10:
1. Boo! A Madea Halloween – $27.6 million
2. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back – $23 million
3. Ouija: Origin of Evil – $14 million
4. The Accountant – $14 million
5. The Girl on the Train – $7.27 million and worldwide the film has reached over $104 million
6. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – $6 million this weekend and currently its over at $74 million stateside
7. Keeping Up with the Joneses – Couldn’t keep up with the competition and bombs with just $5.6 million
Directed and penned by Jeff Nichols (Mud, Midnight Special), Loving centers on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving (Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga), an interracial couple who fought to live in their hometown without being harassed by the law. The civil rights case Loving v. Virginia went all the way to the Supreme Court, and in 1967 it was ruled that anti-miscegenation laws were unconstitutional and a violation of equality.
Though the film covers their dealings with the case, Loving’smain focus is on their rock solid relationship, and Nichols’ intimate approach to the narrative gives his film a deep layer of resonance.
Although Edgerton and Negga had director Nancy Buirski’s documentary The Loving Story as source material, a huge key for the actors came from building their world around Jeff Nichols’ screenplay.
“A performance of a real person has to go beyond an impression or mimicry,” said Edgerton, who previously worked with Nichols on Midnight Special. “Because otherwise you end up on set just concentrating on ‘well this is me on set with a funny walk and a funny accent.’ It’s about the relationship in this movie . . . that’s the hard thing to study (and) quantify but it became the important part for us.”
Click on the media bar to hear Joel Edgerton talk about the sublime beauty behind Jeff Nichols’ script for Loving.