The Writers Guild Awards took place this evening in NY and LA with big wins going to Can You Ever Forgive Me? and Eighth Grade. The Writers differs from that of the Academy in that they have stricter rules than the Oscars. Put it this way: A screenplay could sweep the boards with critical acclaim and miss out on a Writers Guild nomination. In a perfect world, Bo Burnham would have a a chance to repeat…"2019 Writers Guild Awards Winners: The Writers Have Spoken"
Not every animated series or film works in live-action but I feel that Kim Possible was able to pull it off in the newest Disney Channel Original Movie. A quick prologue–serving as a glorified cameo for Professor Dementor (Patton Oswalt)–sees Kim Possible (Sadie Stanley) in action alongside sidekick Ron Stoppable (Sean Giambrone). The duo are aided by tech genius Wade (Issac Ryan Brown). This takes place shortly before the duo enter the freshmen class at Middleton…"Kim Possible works in Live-Action"
Avengers and Black Monday star Don Cheadle wore a “Protect Trans Kids” shirt on Saturday Night Live this weekend before introducing Gary Clark, Jr. Being a transgender woman who moved to Chicago for improv and has friends working on SNL, Don Cheadle’s shirt made my night. This isn’t the first time in which someone used their platform for transgender rights. Most recently, Cecily Strong did so when Scarlett Johansson hosted the show back on March…"Don Cheadle’s shirt on SNL: Protect Trans Kids"
Actors Jake Horowitz and Sierra McCormick joined producer Adam Dietrich in speaking with Solzy at the Movies about The Vast of Night at Slamdance. Unfortunately, director Andrew Patterson was not feeling well on the Sunday afternoon in which this interview took place. As such, producer Adam Dietrich took his place four days after his wife gave birth to their new child. The Vast of Night was truly the gem of the 2019 Slamdance Film Festival. …"Slamdance 2019: The Vast of Night Interview"
The cast and crew took some time to speak with Solzy at the Movies about Top End Wedding during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Director Wayne Blair, actress/co-writer Miranda Tapsell, actor Gwilym Lee, and co-writer Joshua Tyler were among those that I spoke with during the interview. The interview took place on the Tuesday prior to the world premiere at the Eccles Theater. It also took place less than a week after a story was…"Sundance 2019: Cast, crew talk Top End Wedding"
Tim Mason and Abby McEnany took the time to speak about Work in Progress with Solzy at the Movies during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. The duo are also a pair of improvisers from Chicago. Naturally, it makes perfect sense to interview Chicago improvisers in Park City rather than just down the street. But hey, at least I got to avoid the polar vortex that hit the city of Chicago! This interview took place on…"Tim Mason, Abby McEnany talk Work In Progress"
Maribeth Monroe, Sam Richardson, Stephanie Laing, and Dave Hill sat down during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival to discuss Bootstrapped, an Indie Episodic. Unfortunately, series creator and star Danielle Uhlarik was unable to make the trip due to her pregnancy. Bootstrapped is a very funny pilot set in Kansas City. The pilot alone features so many alumni of the Chicago and Detroit improv families in minor and cameo roles–including Brad Morris, Andy St. Clair, Jaime…"Sundance 2019: Bootstrapped Interview"
Scraps stars a small cast of Chicago improv comedians in a film that makes one really examine how they feel about life when one of them cheats death. Writer-director Daniel Shar assembles quite the ensemble comedy. Just as we think we know these characters, everything changes in a matter of minutes. It may be dark but it’s a really quick way to get to know what makes our characters tick. Erin (Jo Scott) and Isaiah…"Scraps allows Chicago Improvisers to shine"
Patrick is a cute little comedy that comes from across the pond in Britain but let’s be honest in that we’re only watching for the lovable pug. The only thing that Sarah Francis (Beattie Edmondson) was looking forward to doing was starting her new job as an English teacher. Her grandmother (Ann Queensberry) had other plans when she suddenly dropped dead. Her death is sad but she only serves one tragic purpose her by moving…"Patrick Will Still Your Heart With Cuteness"
Richard Ladkani and Andrea Crosta took some time to speak with Solzy at the Movies about Sea of Shadows during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. The interview took place a few days after the premiere but before the film took home the Audience Award for World Cinema Documentary. When I first watched Sea of Shadows, I knew that this would be a very important film. One in which I immediately requested an interview after watching…"Richard Ladkani, Andrea Crosta talk Sea of Shadows"