Sarah Wayne Callies Discusses The “Honor” Of Being Part of ‘Council of Dads’

Sarah Wayne Callies (Colony, Prison Break) has starred in her share of successful shows, and with the upcoming Council of Dads she is venturing into the family drama genre. Inspired by Bruce Feiler’s book, Council of Dads centers on a Scott (Tom Everett Scott) and Robin Perry (Callies), a couple who open up their family to close friends  after Scott is diagnosed with cancer.

During our interview with Callies, the actress candidly pointed out one reason for her success in the entertainment industry.

“They saw a young white woman and that’s not hard to write for in television. If I had been a woman of color, my career would have been massively different,” said Callies who also had an acclaimed run on The Walking Dead. “And so it’s incumbent upon me now that I am writing, producing, and directing – to write roles for women of color and to try and bring women in whose voices have not been heard.

Click on the media bar to hear Callies discuss why it’s an “honor” to be a part of Council of Dads:

Co-starring Tony Phelan and Clive Standen, Council of Dads premieres March 10 on NBC (10 pm pt/et).

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Director York Alec Shackleton “Grateful” For ‘Disturbing The Peace” Collaboration With Guy Pearce

Disturbing the Peace centers on Jim Dillon (Guy Pearce), a small town marshal who hasn’t carried a gun after a tragic shooting occurred while he was a Texas Ranger. When a vengeful man named Diablo (Devon Sawa) rolls into town with his gang, Jim must find a way to outwit these cutthroats to ensure the safety of the townspeople.

Disturbing The Peace, though a modern film, also has has Western elements in its narrative, and for director York Alec Shackleton this action thriller exists as more than just a visceral thrill.

“It’s hard for me to build scenes just based on visuals alone,” said Shackleton, who previously helmed the underrated Nicolas Cage feature 211. “I really tend to build these scene structures off of what are these underlying character bumps and what are the overall arcs and how are they working? I still take it back to a lot of the original teaches that have somewhat have been lost or somewhat are not as big of a concern for (some) filmmakers.”

Click on the media bar to hear Shackleton talk about what makes Guy Pearce a unique actor:

Disturbing the Peace hits theaters, Digital and On Demand on January 17.

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‘Troop Zero’ Filmmakers Bert & Bertie Are Driven By A “Story First” Aesthetic

Troop Zero centers on Christmas Flint (Mckenna Grace), an eccentric girl who dreams of connecting with life forms in outer space. A competition that gives Birdie Scouts a chance to record their voices on NASA’s Golden Record inspires her to form a makeshift troop. Co-starring Viola Davis, Jim Gaffigan, and Allison Janney, this 1977 feature is a feel good film that, although it has its humorous moments, is also grounded in reality.

During my interview with filmmakers Bert & Bertie, I asked them about their approach to filmmaking (the script is penned by Beasts of the Southern Wild scribe Lucy Alibar). “We always put the story first,” said Bert. “When you’re collaborating, it’s what best serves the story. We come at it with different ideas and a lot of ideas that are very much the same but when you’re trying to decide which you’re moving, it’s a lot about instinct and that means what does this story need from us? And that’s what we used to move forward.”

Click on the media bar to hear Bertie talk about the meticulous planning that went into making Troop Zero.

Troop Zero debuts on Prime Video January 17.

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Alan Tudyk Goes For A Not From This World Experience With ‘Resident Alien’

Based on the Dark Horse comic book series, Resident Alien centers on Harry (Alan Tudyk), an alien who crash lands on Earth and attempts to pass himself off as a small town doctor.

A veteran of his share of TV series (Firefly, Suburgatory, Powerless) and films (3:10 to Yuma, Tucker and Dale vs Evil), Tudyk is a master at being a chameleon. Thus playing an alien in human form should be as easy as pie for Tudyk.

Click on the media bar to hear Tudyk explain how the series slightly differs from the comic book series:

Co-starring Sara Tomko and Corey Reynolds, Resident Alien premieres this summer on SyFy. Are you a fan of Tudyk’s work and is Resident Alien on your radar? Feel free to comment below!

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Matthew McConaughey Influenced By The “Eye For Detail” Behind ‘The Gentlemen’

Director Guy Ritchie (Aladdin) returns to his adrenalized gangster based roots (Snatch, RockNRolla) with The Gentleman. The feature centers on Mickey (Matthew McConaughey), an American expat who heads a money making marijuana empire in London. When rumors surface that he may be selling off his business, a plethora of predators attempt to muscle in on his territory.

Colin Farrell, Hugh Grant, Michelle Dockery, Henry Golding, and Charlie Hunnam (who worked with Ritchie in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword) are just several of the A-list talent featured in the ensemble.

Click on the media bar to hear McConnaughey discuss who he was influenced by director Guy Richie’s “eye for detail” and style during the making of the film.

The Gentlemen, which is also penned and produced by Ritchie, hits theaters January 24.

 

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CinemAddicts Podcast Reviews Michael B. Jordan Drama ‘Just Mercy’

Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, Just Mercy is the true story of civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson’s (Michael B. Jordan) attempts to prove the innocence of death row inmate Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx). Brie Larson, who worked with Cretton in Short Term 12 and The Glass Castle, co-stars as Eva Ansley, an advocate who teamed with Stevenson to create the Equal Justice Initiative in 1989. The picture’s biggest surprise comes from the standout performance of Rob Morgan (The Last Black Man in San Francisco) who plays fellow prisoner Herbert Richardson.

Also covered on the latest episode of CinemAddicts is a preview of the Robert Downey Jr. film Dolittle and The Lighthouse. Take a listen below!

Just Mercy, now in limited release, hits theaters nationwide on January 10.

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