Lupita Nyong’o Pursues The “American Dream” In Jordan Peele Thriller ‘Us’

Jordan Peele’s horror thriller Get Out was a massive success, so expectations for Us are at an astronomical level. Lupita Nyong’o is getting massive praise for her work in the feature, but there have been divisive early reactions. Some moviegoers view Us as another brilliant effort from Peele while others have given a rather lukewarm response.

For Nyong’o, her love for Us began as soon as she read the screenplay. “It did such an incredible job of keeping the suspense and actually it was quite frightening to go through,” said Nyong’o. “I remember immediately investing in the family dynamic and relating to it.”

Click on the media bar to hear Nyong’o talk about the American Dream aspect that is infused in Us.

Us, co-starring Elisabeth Moss and Winston Duke, opens nationwide March 22.

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Michael Kingsbaker Talks Acting Journey Of ‘Welcome To Acapulco’

In the diverting action comedy Welcome to Acapulco, a video game designer named Matt Booth (Michael Kingsbaker) is scheduled for a New Mexico flight but winds up in Mexico. Instead of the usual business trip, Booth is now being hunted down by federal agents and criminals. A mysterious woman (Ana Serradilla) with her own agenda is out to ensure Booth’s safety, but unfortunately the odds of his survival are slim!

“That sort of fish out of water adventure story is always fun especially because you’re talking about a really relatable person that’s involved in these extreme type of circumstances,” said Kingsbaker. “He’s not Jason Bourne or a super trained killer. I thought that was a lot of fun.”

Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs), William Baldwin (Backdraft), and Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas) are among the talented ensemble behind Welcome to Acapulco. The star of the narrative, however, is Kingsbaker who landed his biggest movie role to date.

“This is my first foray to being on call every day so that was a new experience for me,” said Kingsbaker. “Obviously I’ve done enough work to think I’m ready for it but you never know until you get there. I had to learn a few things about myself as far as keeping your stamina going and how to get to bed on time.  They took care of us really well, but this was run and gun. This was a film where it would take three months to shoot at least and we shot it in seven weeks. It was a big step up for me in a lot of ways.”

Welcome to Acapulco is now available On Demand and Digital.

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Dr. Imani Walker Embraces “Sacrifice” With ‘Married To Medicine’ Journey

Dr. Imani Walker serves as Medical Director of Gateways Hospital & Mental Health center where she deals with patients who suffer from schizophrenia and chronic depression.

With an important and taxing job and family to raise (she and husband Phil Johnson have a son), how does one find the time to be a part of Married to Medicine Los Angeles?

For Walker, being part of the show entails a bit of a “sacrifice” when it comes to privacy, but she is determined to show that people can “have it a” when it comes to one’s work and life goals (click on the media bar below to hear Walker).

Married to Medicine Los Angeles, which also features Shanique Drummond (her voice is also in the sound clip) airs Sunday nights on Bravo (9/8c).

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Rob Marshall Realizes Early Movie Dreams With ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

Rob Marshall is one of cinema’s most successful filmmakers, as he’s taken on highly touted projects in narrative (Memoirs of a Geisha, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) and musical (Into the Woods, Chicago) form.

His latest project Mary Poppins Returns has grossed over $348 million worldwide, and the feature debuts today on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD.

During the home entertainment press day for Mary Poppins Returns, Marshall divulged that Mary Poppins was the first film he ever saw.

“I was four years old,” said Marshall. “I saw it in a movie theater and it changed the course of my life even as a four-year-old. It stays with you so deeply (and) it means so much to everyone.”

Click on the media bar to hear Marshall explain why making Mary Poppins Returns was a “rare” and “extraordinary” experience.

Special features on the Mary Poppins Returns Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD versions include a trip down Cherry Tree Lane with Dick Van Dyke, deleted scenes, the deleted song “The Anthropomorphic Zoo,” and a sing-along version that includes the Oscar nominated track “The Place Where Lost Things Go.”

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Taraji P. Henson Takes On “Powerhouse” Role In ‘The Best Of Enemies’

The Best of Enemies is the true story of the relationships between civil rights activist Ann Atwater (Empire’s Taraji P. Henson) and Ku Klux Clan leader C.P. Ellis (Sam Rockwell). Although the pair initially battled over the desegregation of schools in Durham, North Carolina in 1971, they would form an inextricable bond. The feature is based on the book by Osha Gray Davidson.

Before she passed in 2016, Atwater was honored that Henson was going to play her. Click on the media bar to hear Henson talk about what made Atwater a “powerhouse” person:

Co-starring Wes Bentley and Anne Heche, The Best Of Enemies opens nationwide April 5.

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‘Abby’s’ Star Natalie Morales Recounts Own Bartending Experiences

Natalie Morales toplines the freshman series Abby’s, playing a Marine vet who opens up a bar in her own backyard. The cast includes Neil Flynn (The Middle), Jessica Chaffin (Big Mouth), Leonard Ouzts (Set It Up) and Rosie (Kimia Behphoornia).

Abby’s has also drawn a ton of comparisons to an iconic NBC series that centered around a bar.

“We’ll take any comparison to Cheers,” said Morales. “Obviously, that is the best show ever. I will gladly take any comparisons to Ted Danson. Yes, (Abby’s) is set in a bar and there’s a great group of people that you get to know. But other than that, the bar is outdoors. It’s in San Diego and it’s a little different than Boston.”

Click on the media bar to hear Morales talk about her own experiences at bartending.

The season premiere of Abby’s is set for March 28 (NBC, 9:30 pm et/pt).

 

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