Like so many that came before him, this season’s star of The Bachelor, Peter Weber was chosen after being one of the contestants on The Bachelorette. Although he didn’t win, he went far enough in the competition to gain a really good understanding of what all of the contestants go through. So, what did he learn? He says it’s not easy, and it’s not a normal dating situation, so the best way to get through to his heart is to cut to the chase. (Click on the media bar below to hear Peter Weber)
Director F.W. Murneau’s Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans will be front and center this Sunday at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, as this 1927 silent film classic will be accompanied by a brand new score from Emmy winning composer Jeff Beal (House of Cards, The Biggest Little Farm). Grant Gershon, the Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, will serve as the conductor for Sunday’s highly anticipated world premiere.
Along with its striking visual compositions, Sunrise’s universal story of a man (George O’Brien) driven torn between his wife (Janet Gaynor) and a liberated woman in the city (Margaret Livingston) continues to strike a chord with modern day audiences. Beal, who describes himself as a “process person,” meticulously delved into the feature’s themes as he crafted the score.
“The idea of togetherness in a couple is so incredibly beautiful, but sort of baked into the seeds of that whole equation are the possibilities for it to go awry,” said Beal who previously collaborated with the Los Angeles Master Chorale on his work The Salvage Men. “I think everybody that has been in a relationship sees that unbelievable power of that love and friendship, but also that possibility for darkness. I think that was something that I was really fascinated with; the way in which romance and sexuality were really explored the best that they could through these three characters. And the way in which we sort of wrestle today with those same sides of ourselves and try to heal and express them.”
Click on the media bar to hear Beal talk about the “waking dream” aspect of Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans:
Grant Gershon’s leadership over 200 Master Chorale performances is, for lack of a better word, impressive. He illustrates that the unusual “amount of space” within Sunrise’s narrative as well as the feature’s timelessness serves as the perfect vehicle for Beal’s score as well as creating music that is driven by the “human voice.” “This classic film, the Disney Concert Hall, the Master Chorale and of course this incredible music of Jeff Beal,” added Gershon. “It’s a really compelling combination and people are finding it very intriguing. What we really hope is that from this concert event at Disney Hall that this piece with this score will have a new life and that more people will discover this film and really feel this connection between the 21st Century and early 20th Century.”
Click on the media bar to hear Gershon talk about having the Los Angeles Master Chorale being “open to discovery” as they rehearse for the upcoming performance:
When Korean production Snowpiercer was released in 2013, it wasn’t a big box office hit, but it was critically lauded and wound up gaining an immense cult following — helped, no doubt, by the presence of Chris Evans in the cast. Now the film, about a train carrying all that’s left of the human race after a great extinction, is being adapted into a TV series. Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs are two of the show’s stars, and they talked about what it was like to shoot a show that takes place in train cars where the confined space influences everything. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jennifer Connelly & Daveed Diggs)
Troop Zero tells the story of a young girl who has one obstacle to overcome to win the prize of her dreams: She needs to win a “Birdie Scouts” talent show. The only problem is, she’s not part of the group, so she needs to assemble her own troop to make it into the competition. It’s a sometimes whimsical, sometimes touching movie that co-star Allison Janney says is perfect for a family movie night. (Click on the media bar below to hear Allison Janney)
Troop Zero is streaming now on Amazon Prime Video.
In Dolittle, Robert Downey Jr. works with a long line of big-name co-stars, including Oscar winners Emma Thompson, Octavia Spencer, and Rami Malek, along with Ralph Fiennes, Selena Gomez, and Tom Holland, just to name a few. Except, well, Downey never actually got to work with them. Downey plays the human title character, Dr. John Dolittle, who has the unique ability to talk to animals … and the animals are voiced by that amazing array of talent. Downey told us it was actually a difficult process, because when he was shooting his parts, he was acting against special effects animals who hadn’t been voiced yet, so he had to use a lot of imagination to make it sound credible. (Click in the media bar below to hear Robert Downey Jr.)
When the original Bad Boys hit theaters in 1995, one of the things critics and audiences loved about the film was the chemistry between stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. At the time, both actors were much better known for their TV sitcoms — The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Martin — than their movie roles, and Bad Boys turned both into bankable leading men at the box office. When we spoke to Lawrence and Smith, they talked about how their common comedic experiences really helped them gel, on-screen and off. (Click on the media bar below to hear Will Smith & Martin Lawrence)