Anna Kendrick Actually Compares Filming Twilight To Surviving A ‘Hostage Situation’. Yes, You Read Right!

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Anna Kendrick has decided to reveal the terrible filming conditions she had to endure on the set of the first Twilight movie – it was so bad that she compared the experience to that of a “hostage” situation.

While the end of result of watching Twilight was quite majestic and magical – what went on behind the scenes wasn’t as amazing as it looked on the big screen.

Anna played Jessica Stanley in the vampire franchise and she actually compared the Portland, Oregon, shoot to surviving a “hostage situation”. Speaking to Vanity Fair, she said: “I just remember being so cold and miserable, and I just remember my Converse being completely soaked through, and feeling like, ‘You know, this is a really great group of people, and I’m sure that we would be friends in a different time, but I want to murder everyone.”

She further said: “Although it was also kind of bonding. There was something about it, that was like, you go through some trauma event. Like, you imagine people who survive a hostage situation, and you’re kind of bonded for life.”

To watch the full interview with Vanity Fair just scroll down to watch the video below:

Disney & Lucasfilm Stand Behind John Boyega’s Black Lives Matter Speech: “You Are Our Hero”

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After Star Wars star John Boyega delivered a powerful speech at a Black Lives Matter protest in London, Lucasfilm and Disney have both confirmed that their 100% behind the actor. He may no longer be part of the Star Wars galaxy after the release of last year’s The Rise of Skywalker, but he is definitely still a part of the Disney family.

A demonstration was recently held in London’s Hyde Park and Boyega revealed his own experiences as a black man as well as delivered an emotional speech about America’s history of police brutality against African-Americans.

“We are a physical representation of our support for George Floyd. We are a physical representation of our support for Sandra Bland. We are a physical representation of our support for Trayvon Martin. We are a physical representation of our support for Stephen Lawrence.” Boyega said in his speech. “I’m speaking to you from my heart. Look, I don’t know if I’m going to have a career after this, but f*** that.”

“I need you to understand how painful this s*** is,” he further said. “I need you to understand how painful it is to be reminded every day that your race means nothing and that isn’t the case anymore, that was never the case anymore.”

“Today is about innocent people who were halfway through their process, we don’t know what George Floyd could have achieved, we don’t know what Sandra Bland could have achieved, but today we’re going to make sure that won’t be an alien thought to our young ones.”

After his speech, the official Star Wars Twitter account has since tweeted: “Lucasfilm stands with John Boyega and his message that, ‘Now is the time. Black lives have always mattered… Black lives have always been important. Black lives have always meant something. The evil that is racism must stop. We will commit to being part of the change that is long overdue in the world. John Boyega. You are our hero.”

You can watch John Boyega’s entire speech via the video below courtesy of Guardian News:

10 Of The Best Netflix Series To Binge Watch Right Now

Movies are a great way to pass the time during the quarantine but sometimes, you need something that’s a bit more time consuming and a bit lengthier; that’s where TV shows come in. TV shows on streaming services allow people to binge-watch entire seasons in a day or so; catching up on the latest hit show everyone’s talking about or reliving a beloved favorite instantly with the click of a button. With nothing but time on our hands, there are lots of high quality shows on Netflix to soak up your time. These are my picks for the top 10 best TV shows available on Netflix right now.

1. NBC’s “The Office”

The show that everyone goes to when they can’t find what they’re looking for, “The Office.” People have made memes about how common it’s become for people to just end up rewatching after scrolling through titles trying to find something new. “Office” is easy to sit down and enjoy a comedy ensemble piece that just works no matter which episode or season you find yourself landing on. It’s great as background noise or to fully absorb and focus, either way, nothing says “Best TV show” than the one you always find yourself going back to again and again.

2. “The Good Place”

Despite having ended just last year, “Good Place” has not only become one of my favorite shows ever but is, in my humble opinion, one of the greatest TV shows ever created. This show is exploding with creativity, brilliant humor, and an excellent core group of characters that features some exciting new talents and the ever-lovable Kristin Bell and Ted Danson. To speak too much of this show would spoil mountains worth of clever writing and plot twists that even the sharpest viewer can’t see coming. It’s about a girl who dies and goes to Heaven (referred to as ‘The Good Place’) only she’s not supposed to be there and belongs in “The Bad Place” and tries to become better so she can stay and that’s all I’ll say. Highly, HIGHLY recommended, a must-watch.

3. Stranger Things

This was the Netflix flag show that put them on the map and remains easily their most creative and impressive, high-quality original programming to date. With 3 seasons under their belt and a 4th one on the way, “Stranger Things” nostalgic 80’s sci-fi story about a psychic girl opening up dimensions that leak monsters in a sleepy little town continues to grab people’s attention and wow them with their incredible cast and original writing and unique storytelling. Even after countless new shows have come out of Netflix’s original TV slate, “Stranger Things” is a landmark accomplishment that brings viewers everything they never knew they wanted and more.

4. Marvel’s “Daredevil”

Another “big first” for Netflix, this was Marvel’s first streaming service only TV series made exclusively for Netflix and man; what a way to start. “Daredevil” was a dark, violent, gritty and brutally intense take on the superhero character Ben Affleck famously butchered in film form. This show allowed Marvel to explore darker, mature levels that none of its films could attempt, and not only that, but they did it smashingly well. Charlie Cox, Deborah Anne Woll and Vincent Dinofiro lead a stellar cast of compelling characters and continue to push the boundaries of a more grounded superhero approach. Of all the Netflix spawned Marvel shows, “Daredevil” remains the cream of the crop and with 3 full seasons, it’s a fantastic show to get sucked into.

5. The Dragon Prince

Netflix not only excels with live-action programming, but it also has a few home runs in the animation ballpark as well. From the creators behind “Avatar: the last air bender,” “Dragon Prince” follows two young human princes and a female elf assassin as they try to prevent a war between the mystical world and the human world by returning a dragon egg back to its royal mother. What the show lacks in animation polish it makes up for with elaborate world-building and likable characters. It’s a show that has a little bit of something for everyone and continues to grow in maturity, raising the stakes, expanding relationships, and becoming a deeper and more emotionally powerful show with each season. It’s great for adults, young adults and teens alike.

6. The Haunting of Hill House

Horror TV series is a relatively new trend that has grown thanks to such shows as “The Walking Dead” (another great series to see on Netflix) and “Scream: The Series.” Netflix’s TV adaptation over the book is genuinely terrifying and macabre and also very human and real with well-developed fleshed out characters and family drama story explored over a unique narrative approach. The great thing about this show is its replay value. You can watch this show multiple times, still, be scared witless and discover new story elements, new hints, and new ghosts with each viewing. It’s fright fest for sure but so well made and written, it’s worth the nightmares.

7. Sex Education

Looking for something a bit different? “Sex Education” is a comedy teen series with a very mature flavor that continues to explore all kinds of wild sides for your viewing pleasure. Asa Butterfield is an awkward teen whose mother (Gillian Anderson) is a sex therapist and her profession has given him some unique insight into the student body at his high school. The show digs deep into every kind of sexual/mature subject matter, from masturbation, LGBT relationships to defining family labels in a weird world of sex and it’s highly amusing and fascinating. Season 3 got delayed from the pandemic but you got 2 full seasons to enjoy.

8. Marvel’s “Jessica Jones”

Those seeking female empowerment can’t get much more literal than Marvel’s booze binging, female PI; Jessica Jones played to perfection by Kristen Ritter. “Jones” is another fine example of Marvel branching out and exploring different genres, this one is mystery mixed with superhero drama and it works surprisingly well. It’s a shadowy story that showcases the worst of humanity’s underbelly and holds nothing back. Little by little, new pieces to the expanding story is discovered and it easily sucks you in with its cryptic clues. On top of that, “Doctor Who” himself, David Tennant plays one of the best TV villains ever put to film; he is reason alone to binge this show.

9. Marvel’s “Luke Cage”

Another different approach to superhero television, “Luke Cage” brings a cultural aspect to Marvel’s universe with a simple concept that excels and works on so many levels: a bulletproof African American man in the rough streets of Harlem. Featuring a predominantly African American cast, “Cage” puts a camera on life on the streets and displays gang/gun violence with a superhero lens; bringing quality tension and drama in a world of people with powers and science experiments. The cast is the real powerhouse of the show and becomes even more phenomenal in the second season. With the likes of Mike Colter, Alfre Woodard, and Mahershala Ali, this show is a different taste of edge you won’t be disappointed in.

10. A Series of Unfortunate Events

One of the first series I saw when I got Netflix, “Unfortunate events” is truly a unique show in every sense of the word. It’s a fractured fairy tale about 3 orphans who embark on a weird and wild adventure to escape the clutches of their villainous guardian; Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris). The show is a mixed bag of genre combinations: humor, drama, tragedy, family-friendly, musicals and so many more. The show plays like its children aimed but its humor and unique narrative structure can easily capture anyone’s attention. And with numerous cameos from multiple stars such as Peter MacNicol, Tony Hale, Joan Cusack, Patrick Warburton, Nathan Fillion, and many more, this show will continue to surprise you episode after episode.

Salma Hayek Without Makeup Is So Stunning It’s Almost Unfair To The Rest Of The World

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Salma Hayek just shared another candid makeup-free selfie on her Instagram — and wow, she looks incredible!

Hayek captioned the selfie: “Agua #water”, along with the hashtag “#nomakeup” and her 14.7 million followers were all praises for her as the post garnered more than 740,000 likes in less than 24 hours.

Last month, she captioned another makeup-free selfie with: “#sundayvibes #grateful que tengan un lindo domingo” – which translates to: “Have a nice Sunday.”

Check out the selfie below courtesy of Salma Hayek’s Instagram and you be the judge:

One On One With “The Rookie” Star Titus Makin

Butterfly Ali is an up and coming artist who’s destined to have a meteoric rise. If he looks familiar, you’re right. Born and on IMDB as Titus Makin, Butterfly Ali currently stars as gritty rookie LAPD officer on ABC’s “The Rookie,” and is recognized from his teenage breakout roles in the hit TV series “Glee” and “Pretty Little Liars.”

In his new single “Listen to Me,” Butterfly Ali makes a true musical statement of who he is in under three minutes. He has all the charm and careful attention to detail as you would expect from a perfectionist obsessed with 60’s Motown, Stax Records, and 70’s funk. For him, music delivers something that Hollywood just can’t, where he accepts nothing but complete control over his art.

StarCentral Magazine recently caught up with Titus Makin aka “Butterfly Ali” to talk about his 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?

I was able to do a showcase in Los Angeles in front of agents and ended up getting signed.

What do you like most about acting? –

I love that it gives me an opportunity to tell someone’s story that wasn’t raised like and is not similar to mine. I enjoy getting to live life from somebody else’s perspective

Can you tell us about your role in The Rookie?

I play rookie officer Jackson West. he’s the son of the commander of internal affairs so everyone thinks that this position was handed to me, but I continuously try my best to prove that I deserve to be in the position that I’m in and that I didn’t expect a handout.

What sort of person is going to love this character?

I feel like Jackson really identifies with people who may consider themselves an underdog. Jackson has to continuously prove himself to people until finally earning his keep, in his opinion.

How is this character like you? Different?

Jaxon and I are similar in the sense of our work ethic but extremely different in every other facet. I’m a little bit more confident and willing to stand my ground/stand up to people a little bit more than he is.

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

It’s been a blast actually, learning police jargon has been proven to be pretty challenging at times.

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

Maybe Jaden Smith.

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

Every single character to be quite honest. Guest stars and leading cast alike are all powerhouse actors and do a fantastic job.

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

I would play Officer Harper‘s role. I think it’s awesome that she gets to go undercover and have an alter ego. Seems like that would be a lot of fun to play with.

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

Honestly playing this role in the rookie but also going on the world tour with Glee many years ago.

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

I got to meet one of my favorite actors, Will Smith. Not many things have topped that meeting quite yet, but I’ve been blessed to meet some amazing people.

How active are you on social media?

I would say moderate.

What is your favourite social media platform?

Instagram, but TikTok is coming close.

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

I would love to go on tour with my music and occasionally pop over and do an amazing film before going back on tour.

The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

1. Last good movie you’ve seen: Invisible Man

2. What do you consider beautiful and why? Humanity, because God created us in his image.

3. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? Go on a stadium tour with my solo music.

4. Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear, I’d…” – skydive

5. What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? Sometimes I love way too hard

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:

A New Netflix Rom-Com Is About To Drop Soon And It’s Perfect For Everyone In Isolation

The current global lockdown caused by the coronavirus has everyone stuck inside their houses so what better way to cope with the isolation than to start getting up to speed on the latest romantic movies and TV shows in Netflix right?

If you’re a fan of rom-com then you’re in luck because Netflix has something special coming up for you.

A new romantic film called “Love Wedding Repeat” is about to be released by Netflix and it stars Sam Claflin and Olivia Munn. They’re joined by a notable cast that includes Joel Fry (Game of Thrones), Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark), Jack Farthing (Poldark). Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) and comedian Aisling Bea.

The film revolves around Jack (Sam Claflin) who tries his best to make it through his little sister’s wedding without any hiccups. Unfortunately, chaos eventually ensues created by ex-girlfriends, jealous rivals, and even party crashers.

Jack himself is focused on getting a second shot with Dina (Olivia Munn), the “one who got away” years ago. As he tries to maintain peace within the wedding guests, Jack also attempts to finally make things work with Dina.

BUT…. there’s actually a big twist in Love Wedding Repeat: each wedding day scenario takes place in an alternate universe, which generates a new outcome depending on Jack’s every decision. Cool huh?

Love Wedding Repeat premieres on Netflix on April 10th and we can’t wait – check out the trailer below:

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.

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: