The Train To Busan 2 Is Finally Here And It’s Seriously Terrifying

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It has been 4 years since the release of the terrifying Train to Busan, now, the sequel is finally here.

The teaser trailer of Train To Busan 2: Peninsula is now officially out and it looks a heck of a lot terrifying than the first movie. The original Train to Busan revolved around a zombie outbreak that took over South Korea as passengers on board a speeding train struggled to stay alive. According to Rotten Tomatoes, the premise for this movie takes place four years after the zombie outbreak in Train to Busan. The Korean peninsula has been overtaken by the zombie outbreak and Jung-Seok, a former soldier who has managed to escape the zombies overseas, has been assigned to go back to the zombie-infested place.

Check out the trailer below courtesy of IGN:

Sonic the Hedgehog Review: Warm And Surprisingly Spot-On Funny

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Rating: 4/5 stars

When it comes to movies, I always do my research before shelling out 10$ to go see it in the theaters. I like to know who’s in it, what’s involved and to get an idea of what I’m getting myself into. Trailers can sometimes make or break a film and determine right away if it’s going to earn their cash. When the first trailer for “Sonic” came out, people were instantly horrified at the bizarre (and frankly, flat out ugly) design for the titular SEGA mascot. The film was met with instant scorn and hatred from the internet and forced the studio to spend thousands of dollars to go back and fix Sonic’s design; making him look less “realistic” and more towards his traditional design. The change was greeted warmly by fans but…what about the rest of the movie?

The story leads our speedy blue hero, Sonic (Ben Schwartz) arriving on Earth to escape dangerous forces trying to steal his speed powers from his home dimension. After living in isolation Green Hill city and secretly watching local cop Tom (James Marsden), Sonic’s existence eventually alters the attention of the government. They dispatch Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) to capture and study the otherworldly hedgehog. Now Sonic and Tom embark on a road trip to escape Robotnik, get Sonic back home and enjoy life on Earth one last time before his time runs out.

When I first heard this was a combo CGI/live-action blended film, I was deeply worried we were going to get another unwatchable heap of dumbed-down, brain dead garbage like the live-action “Alvin and Chipmunks” movies or the “Garfield” films. Thankfully, “Sonic” proved this film as more going for it than just a shiny, updated new design for the Blue blur. This story is about family and friendship; first and foremost. That may sound like a cheesy, sappy kinda message you’d expect to be beaten over the head within any typical kids film, but here, it treats Sonic more like someone longing to connect rather than relying on typical fish-out-of-water jokes. There is a connection being made here and it’s working on the cast as well as the audience.

Having Sonic be lonely and longing to connect with someone creates a warmth and a sense of purpose that feels very real and touching without playing it up for laughs or making it too serious to stomach. I’ve seen many incarnations of the iconic speedy hedgehog and this is by far the most likable and, more importantly, the least obnoxious. The humor goes hand in hand with the film’s values and morals and relies on the strength of the character’s bonds rather than overloading it with Easter eggs and in-game references. “Sonic” manages to strike the near-impossible perfect balance of quality storytelling and effective hat-tipping to please all audiences.

Schwartz is the perfect voice for Sonic. His youthful energy and quick-witted one-liners make him likable enough that, no matter how long he’s on-screen, he never wears out his welcome. I adored his relationship with Tom and felt Marsden was a great companion for Sonic’s juvenile antics to work off of. But as everyone has no doubt already announced on every media platform, Jim Carrey is the real core of the film as Dr. Robotnik. Carrey is back in top form; cranking out the zaniness and gold comedic timing he hasn’t whipped out since “Batman Forever.” He’s energetic, funny, fully commits to the eccentricities Sonic’s nemesis is known for and never EVER misses a beat. There’s never a dull moment or disappointing scene with him in it and I greatly look forward to seeing what he will do with Robotnik next when sequel time comes.

Overall, if I had any negative points with “Sonic” it’s that I feel there were missed opportunities with the government’s involvement in trying to catch Sonic. They vanished as quickly as they came and it felt like some more could have been done there. However, the warmth and surprisingly spot-on humor more than makes up for whatever the film lacks. Marsden and Schwartz make a top-notch duo, the fun and humor work with many ages on many levels and Jim Carrey is back in full force and he makes it impossible not to have fun when he’s around. “Sonic” is a prime example of how quality video game movies can be and here’s hoping that will continue into a franchise with many sequels to come.

The Invisible Man Review: A Fresh Take On An Old Classic

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Rating: 4 ½ stars out of 5 stars

At one point, sharing cinematic universes were all the rage thanks to the successful formula perfected by Marvel studios. Universal Studios wished to have their own “Dark Universe” with remaking classic Universal monsters and bringing them together in an “Avengers” like story. After the colossal failure of Tom Cruises’ “The Mummy,” the “Dark Universe” concept was scrapped and all other Universal monster films were either killed on the spot or morphed/reworked into something completely different/original, like with what Guillermo Del Toro did with his award-winning masterful piece of work, “The Shape of Water.”

“Saw” director Leigh Whannell also made a significant turnaround with his new take on “The Invisible Man.” This time, the focus is not on the titular monster but rather on one of his victims: Cecilia Kass (Elizabeth Moss) barely manages to escape her barbaric ex-boyfriend Adrian (Oliver-Jackson Cohen) and go into hiding. Two weeks later, she received word he’s committed suicide and left his entire billion-dollar estate to her provided she remains mentally competent. Things seem to be go better for her until she starts noticing odd events, strange instances leading her to one disturbing and horrifying conclusion: Adrian isn’t dead, and worst of all, he’s found a way to disappear completely and is back in her life with no one believing her.

While clearly being fueled and influenced by the “MeToo” movement in the narrative and structure of the film, “The Invisible Man” rarely skews off into implausible territory and keeps everything from the emotions, the relationships, and even the science to a fairly intense lens of reality. Cecilia’s story is entirely relatable and cleverly uses that victim perspective to make the story connect on levels no other take on the “Invisible Man” story has ever managed to accomplish. This is very much her story and that paranoid sense of being followed manages to be amplified brilliantly by simple camera shots of basic landscapes and environment. Every hallway, front lawn or parking lot becomes a potential death trap with a faceless enemy looming out there.

This is a fresh take on an old classic that anyone can sit down and understand through its excellent filmmaking and simple but effective story cues surrounding the concept. Elizabeth Moss truly exemplifies the longing for power sensation after feeling so powerless for so long and striving to conquer her fears and her enemy. You feel every shiver across her spine, every disturbing sound possibly signaling his presence, so much is said in the most silent of scenes. The family that takes Cecilia in contributes to the dangers and risks this unseen threat is presenting. Even when the titular character is making a move, it’s carefully planned and calculated and feels very natural and dangerously realistic to how someone with this power would act.

I think the best thing to commend this film is its unpredictability. While some of the supporting cast fall into predictable roles and lack any real growth in comparison to Cecilia, the movie has some “blink and you’ll miss it” shocker moments that will leave your jaws firmly planted on the floor; all without the use of jump scares I might add. The secret behind the “Invisible Man” is quite a clever one (no spoilers obviously) and is actually something I could see being a real possibility with today’s technological advancements. It seems the collapse of the “Dark Universe” project has ultimately been for the best. It’s given directors creative opportunities to recreate these monsters in new and exciting ways through top quality films.

Overall, “The Invisible Man” is a masterfully sculpted horror-thriller that invokes the essence of a supernatural threat but modernizes it for today’s day and age with relatable subtext, moral messaging and empathic motivations. The simplest pan shot creates incredible tension every time and Elizabeth Moss embodies everything flawlessly from start to finish. This is how you update a Universal monster character and THIS is how you make a great film.

Warner Bros. Has Officially Shut Down The Matrix 4 Production Due To The Coronavirus

Matrix 4 is the latest movie to get affected by the Coronavirus because Warner Bros. has decided to stop production for now due to growing concerns regarding the global virus outbreak.

According to Variety, the production on the film was supposed to take place from San Francisco to Berlin and the plan was to shoot this week in soundstages. But since Donald Trump just enforced a travel ban, sources have revealed that studio executives have decided to delay the shoot indefinitely for everyone’s safety.

The three previous films were monster hits at the blockbuster. The Matrix (1999), The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003) – have earned a combined total of more than $1.6 billion at the global box office and were all top-10 domestic hits in their respective years of release.

For this sequel, Lana Wachowski co-wrote the script with Aleksander Hemon and David Mitchell and she will direct the film as well. The actual plot on the fourth live-action film in The Matrix franchise hasn’t been revealed as of yet so we just have to wait and see. The Matrix 4 is scheduled to be released on May 21, 2021.

The Verdict On In The Tall Grass: Is It Worth Watching??

Rating: 1 ½ out of 4 stars

One of the advantages of streaming services like “Netflix” and “Hulu” is they can provide smaller budget adaptations to certain films or stories big-budget Hollywood studios like Warner Bros. wouldn’t think twice about. Stephen King had great success with his story “Gerald’s Game” being adapted to a film on Netflix. Unfortunately, Netflix tried to strike gold again but ended up with a freshly polished turd that doesn’t work, doesn’t make sense and doesn’t do Stephen King, the director, the cast and Netflix any justice whatsoever. This is the creepy, winding, confusing Stephen King adaptation of his novella story, “In the Tall Grass.”

Siblings Becky and Cal DeMuth (Laysla De Oliveira and Avery Whitted) are on a road trip when they are stopped by a young boy calling out for help inside a field of tall grass. When they go inside to investigate, they can’t find the boy and also discover they can’t find their way out of the grass fields. A sinister force lurks in the seemingly endless grassy fields, warping reality, confusing the people inside and turning things around to the point people start losing their minds and turning on each other. Now they must escape this unavoidable prison and return to the outside world before they become a part of these grassy fields forever and ever.

I never heard of this story by King before, let alone read it so I can’t really say how accurate it is or isn’t. I will say though that if this film is an accurate adaptation of the novella, then the quality issues of this film clearly started with the ludicrously off-putting source material. “In the tall grass” has a simple yet eerie premise that (typical of King’s work) combines simplicity with supernatural themes seamlessly. While films landlocked in one central location for the duration of the story (Phone Booth, The Shallows) can be tense, engaging thrillers, “In the tall grass” feels like it’s already worn out its welcome about 15 minutes into the film. Even with all the twists and disturbing turns, the characters experience while in the fields, it all starts to look and feel the same and the horror and confusion end up becoming sluggish and even annoying.

Even once the story gets to the “supernatural setting is turning people against each other” angle, another common trope of King’s work, things only get even more confusing and poses more questions than it answers (and those they do answer are done quite poorly). There are some images and sequences that really crank up the absurdity and weirdness of the film’s mysterious threat, effective and unusual at times but don’t stay long enough to linger in your mind. The cast is a serviceable one, decent at times and dismal at others with only a very small window of talent being displayed. That window I spoke of gravitates almost exclusively around Patrick Wilson, who plays the father of the boy who called people into the grass. His talent is being wasted on this film. He’s clearly giving A+ effort in a D- film and it’s a commendable effort.

Harrison Gilbertson is the only other person who actually tries, he does a good enough job and I greatly enjoyed learning more about his character; though can’t say the same for anyone or anything else that happens. The content in the film borderlines mind-bending to outright uncomfortable, almost to the point of wanting to turn it off and re-watch “The Office” for the thousandth time. It’s creepy and eerie at times with its fairly decent camerawork and soundtrack, but it never lives up to its full frightening or even comprehensible potential. It’s a weird film that doesn’t know what it’s trying to present or if it does, it’s doing in the most asinine and mind-numbing way; just like the last act of “Arrival.”

“In the tall grass” could have been more chilling, more effective and more cerebral but it falls short every time on every front. Patrick Wilson is literally carrying the whole movie and the rest of the story can’t keep it together long enough for the movie to make sense or for you, the viewer, to care if it does or doesn’t. Just go watch “Gerald’s Game” or “The Mist” movie, Hell. Even “Silver Bullet” has more entertainment value than this film does.

Gentlemen Movie Review: Highly Entertaining But Borderlines Offensive

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Nothing is as mesmerizing as a Guy Ritchie movie.

His recipe consists of fast-paced dialogue, a spritz of the black comedy and marinated in metaphors and embellishments of cinematic genius. The movie “Gentlemen” has been marked as Ritchie’s return to his signature cockney crime genres such as Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barriers and it definitely did not disappoint.

Told from the perspective of Fletcher (Hugh Grant), a selfish and conniving private investigator who was hired by newspaper mogul to trail multi-millionaire British expatriate, Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConahey) who owns a marijuana empire, through sheer tyranny, violence, and coercion. Word got out that Pearson is going to retire from his criminal career and plans to liquidate his weed farm to potential buyers including; Jewish – American billionaire, Matthew Berger and British- Chinese mobster, Dry Eye (Henry Golding). However, instead of relaying the information to and cooperating with the newspaper, Fletcher goes to the belly of the beast and decides to blackmail Raymond (Charlie Hunnam), who is the resident’s right-hand man of Mickey Pearson.

With Fletcher being an unreliable narrator, he hopes to exploit Mickey Pearson’s empire and his criminal activities through writing a movie script, called BUSH, which he is planning to sell to Miramax studios if he does not get his money. A very meta-reference about the film within a film, distributed by the said studio.

The movie is entertaining nonetheless, with nonsensical dialogue that borderlines offensive which makes viewers laugh nervously to every unpredictable turn of events. Every actors’ performance in this movie is hilarious and over the top. Hugh Grant who usually is typecast as the polished English gentlemen has been subverted into a grimey, calculating and obnoxious private investigator who has ill-intentions. Hugh Grant completely disappears into the character and leaves slightly amused about the actor/character conceit. The same with Henry Golding, the actor who played Nick Young in Crazy Rich Asians – he turned into a two-faced, arrogant gangster who had the audacity to rip off Pearson.

 Much of the movie itself is a colossal conceit, which says a lot about the title of the film, “The Gentlemen,’ meant to be an ironic nod to the character’s unruly, destructive and violent personalities. Although with the black comedy, there were some distasteful jokes such as Raymond and Coach pronouncing an Asian name as a pseudo – swear word or Jewish billionaire speaking in a ‘stereotypically gay’ way- having a lisp.

After decades of directing films that are huge franchises such as Sherlock Holmes, King Arthur, and more significant projects, Ritchie finally gives his fans want they wanted in the Gentlemen. A chaotically organised, nonsensical movie filled with never-ending hypotheticals and lightning-fast dialogue for two straight hours that makes you want to watch it over and over again.

Find Out More About Narcos: Mexico Star Alberto Zeni

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Mexican-born actor Alberto Zeni has just made his way to the small screen in the second season of Netflix’s crime drama “Narcos: Mexico.” Heis starring alongside Diego Luna (Gallardo), Scoot McNairy (the narrator) and Teresa Ruiz (Bautista).

It has been over a year since the Season 1 release of “Narcos: Mexico”, which effectively shifted the long-running drug cartel drama into new territory. The first season of “Narcos: Mexico”, was the fourth season of “Narcos” overall and it reset the Netflix series when it traveled back to 1980s Mexico to show the birth of the Guadalajara cartel and trace the origins of the Mexican drug war, beginning at the time when Mexican traffickers were a loose and disorganized confederation of small-time independent cannabis growers and dealers.

Born in Monterrey, Mexico, Alberto first caught the acting bug when he was 14 years old while working for Parque Plaza Sesamo in his hometown of Monterrey, Mexico; a family-friendly destination with a Sesame Street theme featuring rides, games and a water park. Singing, dancing and playing characters at the park wasn’t his only direction as he had goals of becoming an inventor and even received a degree in Engineering.

After completing his studies, Alberto continued working in the entertainment industry starring in telenovelas such as “Hoy Soy Nadie,” “Trillizas de Colores,” “Bajo el Alma,” “XY. La Revista” and the web series “Vidas Cruzadas” starring Kate del Castillo.

It wasn’t until his mid-twenties, where he decided to make a drastic change, pack up his bags and move to Los Angeles, CA to continue his acting journey. While in LA, Alberto immersed himself in the craft – training in the Meisner Technique and teaching himself English.

Film Magazine recently caught up with Alberto courtesy of the Anderson Group to talk about her journey in the entertainment industry so far and here’s what went down:

How were you actually ‘discovered’? A chance encounter on the street? Audition?

To be honest, I don’t know anyone that has been discovered, ever. It’s a very romantic idea, though. For me, it’s been a process of a couple of decades now of hard work, training, preparation, travel, moving, leaving people and places behind, going back to them, leaving them again and a constant belief that what I love to do will transform into something bigger and more diverse. I can say the hard work, dedication and discipline have paid off many times fold.

What do you like most about acting?

I get to have different experiences. Through the eyes of different personalities, characters and stories, I get to be a doctor one week, a policeman the next, a bounty hunter, an astronaut, the owner of a conglomerate and so many others. The possibilities are endless, and I get a taste of what existence is in a more personal way, as well as a broader, way.

Can you tell us about your role in Narcos: Mexico?

I play a former Mexican Judicial, which is like a federal agent, that gets integrated into the DEA team that infiltrates Mexico’s territory to find out who killed Kiki Camarena (Michael Pena’s character) and destabilize the criminal organization involved in that. Amat Palacios, which is my name on the show, is a very cunning, very charming man who is savvy about how things run on both sides of the border and that makes him an invaluable asset to the team.

What sort of person is going to love your character?

Anybody that has a light heart and anybody who loves their family. This is a character that does things because he wants to do them and because they bring a benefit to his own. That said, he is always looking out for his team and himself.

How do you relate to your character? How are you different from Amat?

I believe every character I portray has some of my essences, to a degree. In the end, I am the one feeling what he is going through and thinking his thoughts. For Amat, the idea of being present with his team, joking around and protecting them, is where I can say we are very much alike. The part where he may look the other way or get involved in unsavory things is where we are very different. Nevertheless, it was a lot of fun playing him.

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What’s the biggest challenge to taking on this role?

Fortunately, Amat was not based on any historical figure so I had the freedom to create a new persona, which in itself is a challenge. I thought to myself, ‘how am I going to create a man that has qualities I don’t necessarily have myself.’ So, I began to think of the qualities I DO have and from then on, I built upon the idea of Amat until the entire persona was created – I got to live through him. Added to that, other small traits and nuances were incorporated by reading on history from that era and watching documentaries. It was a lot of information that went into creating him. I hope you get to see a human being on screen.

Besides yourself, which actor on this show is going to blow people away?

Why thank you for that compliment! To be honest, this season is packed with extraordinary and ultra-talented actors, just the ones on my team – Scoot McNairy, Jesse Garcia, Matt Beidel, Miguel Rodarte, Jero Medina, and Alex Knight are something to behold. We created a very solid and interesting way to watch the DEA team which like to make it easy for viewers to fall in love with. We are as excited about the so-called criminals on this season. Things are going to get wild!

If you could play any other character on this show, who would it be?

Well, obviously Miguel Angel Gallardo Felix, the super boss. That is a very complex character and I would love to get into developing and getting in his psyche. Also, he is the lead of the show and why not aspire to be the point of the spear, right?

What has been the most memorable experience of your career so far?

Working with Sylvester Stallone has been the most memorable. Especially because my dad loved his work and followed his career. Now, I don’t have my dad with me but I know he would’ve been very happy to have seen me work alongside Mr. Stallone.

Who has been the most interesting people you’ve met so far?

When I was living and working in Mexico, I met Brad Dourif, who gave me the idea to move to the States and pursue training in acting. He doesn’t know the impact he had on my life when we met, he gave me his advice. I hope to meet him again one day and be able to thank him in person for the incredible impact he had on my life. He is one of the most incredible actors in Hollywood!

Which artists would you like to work with in the future?

Well, of course, Joaquin Phoenix is someone I would love to learn from, as well as Meryl Streep. Also, Alfonso Cuaron, Guillermo del Toro, Iñarritu, JJ Abrams, Christopher Nolan, The Wachowski, Ava DuVernay, Shonda Rhimes, George Tillman Jr., Reese Witherspoon, and many others who are creating incredible projects today.

How active are you on social media? Where can we follow you?

I am fairly active now, it has taken me some time, but I am finally consistent. You can find me on Instagram @albertozeni and Twitter @AlbertoZenioOF

What is your favourite social media platform?

So far, I use Instagram the most but soon, we will be launching a new social media platform that will empower people to follow their dreams and make them a reality.

What are your future plans? Within your career or aside from it.

There are many projects in motion as we speak, with both my US and Mexico agencies. We are talking to different people about different projects and soon we will have more news on the acting side of my career. I own a production company in Mexico City that offers services to international productions and we are also developing content for the international market. We are also developing a crowdfunding social media platform that will enable people to capitalize on their ideas, projects, content and funding campaigns. The name of this platform is MeThere.

The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

Last good movie I’ve seen: Parasite

What do you consider beautiful and why? Life. We are here to experience life and there is just beauty in all of it. The down moments as much as the up ones. AlbertoZeni-010820-046RTMini What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? Empower people to live the life they dream of. But don’t worry, I’m working on that right now.

Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear, I’d…” Love deeply, take life with open arms and be present to everyone.

What is the trait you wouldn’t change about yourself? My optimism

Joker Star Joaquin Phoenix Actually Rescued A Cow And Her Week-Old Calf From A Slaughterhouse

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Joaquin Phoenix is such an awesome person. His heart must be bigger than the moon.

This video footage shows actor and activist Joaquin Phoenix helping rescue a cow and her one-week-old calf from a slaughterhouse in Los Angeles. Joaquin got permission from the CEO of the Pico Rivera slaughterhouse, Anthony di Maria, to take the two animals and the video was posted online by animal rights organization Farm Sanctuary.

Check out the video below courtesy of Farm Sanctuary:

One On One Interview With “I Can Only Imagine” Star Nicole DuPort

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Born and raised in Northern California, Nicole DuPort grew up playing sports, and by a twist of fate when her brother came home with an acting audition flyer, jumped head first into the world of acting. Performing in plays at a community college while she was still in high school, Nicole went on to attend UC Berkley with an art history major and theater minor. It was there that she caught the attention of a young filmmaker’s eye and landed her first starring role in the Indie festival winning psychological thriller ‘Sonata.’ The role eventually earned her The Jack Nance Breakthrough Performance Award at New York’s VisionFest.

Upon arriving in Los Angeles, Nicole soon booked the female lead in Mark Young’s art-house thriller ‘Southern Gothic’ alongside Yul Vazquez and William Forsythe. Young enjoyed working with Nicole so much that he wrote the lead role in ‘Tooth & Nail’ for Nicole to play opposite Michael Kelly (House of Cards), Rachel Minor, and Rider Strong. Since then, Nicole has earned Guest Star roles on shows like ‘Vegas,’ ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ and ‘NCIS.’ Nicole also recurs as Carol DeParis in Amazon’s Original Series ‘The Last Tycoon’ starring Matt Bomer and Kelsey Grammer.

Next, Nicole will appear as singer Amy Grant in ‘I Can Only Imagine,’ directed by The Erwin Brothers and starring Dennis Quaid. As a lifelong Amy Grant fan, Nicole couldn’t pass up the opportunity to audition to play her in this movie. Post auditioning for the role, a tarot card reader foretold Nicole singing to a large crowd of fans. Cut to a pinnacle scene showing Nicole, as Amy Grant, singing to a massive audience of adoring fans. The impact and touch of fate didn’t fall on deaf ears. The highly anticipated, feel-good film, directed by the Erwin Brothers (Mom’s Night Out and Woodlawn) follows the inspiring and unknown true story behind MercyMe’s beloved, chart-topping song that brings ultimate hope to so many. It’s a gripping reminder of the power of true forgiveness and is sure to touch audiences of all spiritual leanings. Starring opposite Dennis Quaid, J. Michael Finley, Trace Adkins and Cloris Leachman, Nicole steps into the shoes of the “Queen of Christian Pop,” Amy Grant to tackle her show-stopping, pivotal role. Amy a fixture throughout the film connects with Bart (J. Michael Finley) while he is on his journey of fate and self-discovery learning to find his voice after a troubled childhood and mental roadblocks surrounding his relationship with his father.

StarCentral Magazine recently caught up with Nicole courtesy of the Anderson Group and here’s what went down:

1. How were you actually ‘discovered’? A chance encounter on the street? Audition?

I was never really discovered… it’s been a lot of hard work! My first feature film role did come from being “discovered,” I suppose. I was playing Juliet at a theater in Berkeley, and a director saw me and ended up writing a feature film that he asked me to star in. For me, it’s been a series of small breaks like that.

2. What do you like most about acting?

I love the opportunities for learning something new.

3. Can you tell us about your role in I Can Only Imagine?

I play singer/songwriter Amy Grant. I was a big fan of Amy’s when I was growing up, so it was a tremendous honor to play her.

4. What sort of person is going to love this character?

I think this movie will appeal to people from all walks of life. It’s a story about getting through difficult times, finding your voice, and forgiving others. I think most people can relate. Fans of Bart Millard (whose life story the movie is based on) and MercyMe will Love the film.

5. How is this character like you? Different?

Amy Grant is a very grounded, calm person. I really tried to channel that aspect of her. I tend to be a little more animated and excitable than I think she is. But I think we are both kind and humble people.

6. What’s the biggest challenge to taking on this role?

I think the biggest challenge for me was playing guitar! I’ve been trying to learn guitar for years, but am still a novice. I practiced so much to be able to play acoustic guitar in concert for the big scene in ‘I Can Only Imagine.’

7. Besides yourself, what celebrity would you like to see tackle this character?

It would have been fun if Amy had played herself!

8. Besides yourself, which actor in this production is going to blow people away?

Dennis Quaid gives a heartbreaking performance. People will love his transformation in the film. J. Michael Finley, who plays Bart in the movie, is going to be a breakout star. He is so funny and talented.

9. If you could play any other character in this show, who would it be?

I would have loved to play a member of MercyMe and gotten to do more concert scenes.

10. What has been the most memorable experience of your career so far?

Definitely playing in concert to 3,000 fans while filming ‘I Can Only Imagine.’ That was an incredible experience. I felt like such a rock star.

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11. Who have been the most interesting people you’ve met so far?

I had a crush on Patrick Dempsey when I was a kid, so working with him on Grey’s Anatomy was a highlight. He’s a great guy – super fun and easy to work with.

12. What sort of marketing do you do to make your image and brand more appealing to the audience?

I try to stay positive on social media and in all my marketing materials. For me, it’s about being authentic and creative. I like to keep it fun and upbeat. That’s my brand, I guess.

13. How active are you on social media?

I should be more active! I can be kind of shy, but I try to post as often as possible.

14. What is your favorite social media platform?

Instagram is my favorite. Follow me! @nicole.duport

15. I’m guessing you’ve been in the entertainment industry for a few years now, what has been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned.

I think the biggest lessons I’ve learned is to take risks and be kind to everyone (yourself included!). Surround yourself with people who are creative, supportive and positive.

16. Working in an industry whose only emphasis is on the outside characteristics of a person, how have you stayed grounded?

I try to practice balance. I listen to my body. I try not to compare myself to others and only compete with myself. I eat real foods that make me feel good and move my body every day.

17. What are your future plans? Inside your career or out of it.

I’m excited to continue my creative journey. I love to paint, write, direct, as well as act. So, I’m excited to make new things! I’m working on directing a feature this year. And I always look forward to what acting roles will come my way next.

‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

1. Last good movie you’ve seen? LADYBIRD

2. What do you consider beautiful and why? Everything natural and kind. I think nature and love are the two most beautiful things in the world.

3. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? Visit Machu Picchu.

4. Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear, I’d…” Sing in a band.

5. What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? My crooked canine tooth.

Brad Pitt & Adam Sandler Just Got Paired Up In The Most Unexpected Pairing EVER

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The era of Brangelina is long gone. Make way for… Brandler.

In their Actors on Actors conversation via Variety, Brad Pitt talked about going to Tarantino’s house to read the one copy of the “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” script and Adam Sandler talked about his colonoscopy scene in “Uncut Gems.”

Check out the video below courtesy of Variety: