Adriftis based on the true story of couple Tami Oldham (Shailene Woodley) and Richard Sharp (Sam Claflin), sailors whose lives take a tragic turn when they experience a catastrophic hurricane. The feature was shot over several months in Fiji, and most of the scenes are shot in natural light, on water, and amidst the elements. Shooting on water is not the easiest of experiences (anyone remember Waterworld?), and Claflin talked about shooting Adrifton the ocean.
“It’s a very unpredictable beast,” said Claflin. “And we kind of had to resign ourselves and sort of hand ourselves to Mother Nature. Thankfully it kind of embraced us and we were very lucky.”
Click on the media bar to hear Claflin talk about the challenge of playing a seasoned sailor (the actor didn’t wear shoes during his scenes) in Adrift:
Sarah Shahi (Person of Interest, Life) headlines the new series Reverie, a thriller that centers on Mara Kint (Shahi), a former hostage negotiator turned college professor. Haunted by a personal tragedy, Mara is offered a new job by her former boss (24’s Dennis Haysbert) to save people from an addictive virtual-reality program that has dangerous repercussions.
“These people are getting stuck in there and they don’t want to come out,” said Shahi. “I’m somebody who has to go in, learn about them, learn about their subconscious behavior and try to convince them to come back to reality.”
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Reverie, co-starring Kathryn Morris (Cold Case) and Jessica Lu, premieres May 30 on NBC (10 pm et/pt).
Trevor Jackson (Grown-ish) will continue to see his star rise thanks to his lead role in SuperFly, a modern day remake of the 1972 feature. The project, which features music from Future (his single “Walk On Minks” can be heard on the film’s official site), also puts a spotlight on the diverse and artistically flourishing city of Atlanta.
“I think Atlanta is to the world what New York was in the 70s,” said Jackson. “I think it was the hub for music, for creativity, even movies. Every movie now is shot in Atlanta. It’s a great place to be. It’s the fashion. It’s the women. The hair. My hair I feel like it’s a huge piece of his character – his superhero uniform. His hair. His jacket. His boots. So I think it was very important to do it in Atlanta.”
Click on the media bar to hear Trevor Jackson talk about the diverse and talented elements that are working on SuperFly:
SuperFly, co-starring Jason Mitchell, opens nationwide June 15.
RED NOSE DAY SPECIAL — “American Ninja Warrior” — Pictured: Nikki Bella — (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)
Nikki Bella is part of the star studded lineup for the Celebrity Ninja Warrior for Red Nose Day. The program is part of Thursday’s Red Nose Day programming to raise money and awareness for children living in poverty.
“My ninja isGrant Mccartney,” said Bella. “He’s one of the top ninjas. He’s absolutely amazing. He’s our island ninja. And I’m really fortunate to have him because already really coached me very well on all the details you need for these courses. But more than anything he’s really helped boost my confidence.”
Click on the media bar to hear Bella talk about why she wanted to be part of the Red Nose Day Special:
Celebrity Ninja Warrior for Red Nose Day also featuring Colton Dunn (Superstore) and Ne-Yo (World of Dance), airs Thursday, May 24 (8 pm et/pt).
Jeff Goldblum, Zachary Quinto and Jodie Foster in HOTEL ARTEMIS to be released by Global Road Entertainment.
Jodie Foster is back on the silver screen with Hotel Artemis, a flick set in the not too distant future of Los Angeles. Foster plays the Nurse, a woman who runs an exclusive emergency room that treats criminals.
The film’s art-deco, film noir infused aesthetic gives Hotel Artemis a distinct, eye-catching look, and Foster had nothing but praise for filmmaker/writer Drew Pearce. “Best first time director I’ve ever worked with actually,” said Foster, whose last feature directing effort was 2016’s Money Monster.. “Most prepared. Had everything in his head. A complete vision. He really loves old Los Angeles. He’s not a native. He just came here and fell in love with it and I grew up here and I feel that same way. This film really reflects that.”
Click on the media bar to hear Jodie Foster talk about the diverse cast that inhabits Hotel Artemis:
Hotel Artemis, co-starring Dave Bautista and Sofia Boutella, opens nationwide June 8.
Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin star in the true story Adrift, a project based on Tami Oldham’s memoir Red Sky in Mourning: A True Story of Love, Loss and Survival at Sean. Engaged couple Oldham and Richard Sharp set sail from Tahiti to San Diego, only to encounter a hurricane weeks into their travels.
“As soon as I read the script I knew there was no way that I could not do this film,” said Woodley. “There was no way I could let the opportunity to portray this character and to express the love that these two people shared in a way that was so uniquely formatted and written. The way that they had written the script was so different compared to how most films are formulated. It was sort of a dream come true in every sense of the way.”
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