Interviews

WHITE FAMOUS: Utkarsh Ambudkar on playing an agent on Season 1 – Exclusive Interview

Utkarsh Ambudkar as Malcolm in WHITE FAMOUS - Season 1 | ©2017 Showtime/Michael Desmond

In WHITE FAMOUS, which just completed its first season on Showtime, Jay Pharoah portrays standup comic Floyd Mooney, who is trying to balance his original fan base with “breakout” fame. Utkarsh Ambudcar plays Floyd’s agent Malcolm. Ambudcar, originally from Maryland, has an arc on THE MINDY PROJECT as the heroine’s relative. He’s also been in a host of other series and films, including PITCH PERFECT and BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT. Often, actors have to go into strange surroundings to research their characters, but most of them have met at least a few agents. Ambudkar talks about playing someone from the […]Read On »

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OUTLANDER: Sophie Skelton on family ties in Season 3 and the new DAY OF THE DEAD: BLOODLINE – Exclusive Interview

Sophie Skelton is Brianna Randall and Caitriona Balfe is Claire Randall Fraser in OUTLANDER - Season 3 | ©2017 Starz

OUTLANDER has its third-season finale this Sunday, December 10, on Starz. Fans of the series based on Diana Gabaldon’s novels need not fear. OUTLANDER, which chronicles the enduring romance between twentieth-century nurse-turned-doctor/accidental time traveler Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) and her soulmate, eighteenth-century Highlander Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan), has been renewed for a fourth season and is in talks for a fifth. English actress Sophie Skelton plays Brianna Randall, the daughter of Claire and Jamie, who grows up in America believing Claire’s twentieth-century spouse Frank Randall (Tobias Menzies) is her real father. Some time after Frank’s death, Claire tells Brianna the […]Read On »

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WHITE FAMOUS: Co-creator Tom Kapinos chats about new Showtime series – Exclusive Interview

Jay Pharoah as Floyd in WHITE FAMOUS - Season 1 Key Art | ©2017 Showtime

Showtime’s Sunday-night half-hour comedy WHITE FAMOUS is loosely based on the life of Jamie Foxx. Jay Pharoah plays Floyd Mooney, balancing the success he enjoys as a standup comedian among black audiences with trying to work as an actor and gain traction with white viewers. Tom Kapinos, who had previously created Showtime’s long-running dark comedy CALIFORNICATION, created WHITE FAMOUS with Buddy Lewis and Chris Spencer. He talks about the series’ beginnings and how it all works. ASSIGNMENT X: How did WHITE FAMOUS come together? Did Jamie Foxx come to you with it? TOM KAPINOS: No. Showtime came to me a […]Read On »

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THE GIFTED: Emma Dumont on playing Polaris on Season 1 – Exclusive Interview

Emma Dumont is Polaris/Lorna Dane in THE GIFTED - Season 1 | ©2017 Fox/Ryan Green

In THE GIFTED, Fox Network’s Monday night series about superpowered mutants on the run from the authorities, Emma Dumont plays Lorna Dane, aka Polaris. Polaris is a famous figure in Marvel Comics (Marvel is a participant in the series), but when she started, Dumont wasn’t aware of the extent of Polaris’ metal-manipulating abilities. Matt Nix, who created and show-runs THE GIFTED, tells a story about Dumont during a Fox-sponsored Q&A session for the show. “In the pilot, there’s a scene where she’s moving cars around [at a distance, using her powers]. As scripted, she actually didn’t stop bullets. [But when] […]Read On »

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Dorking Out – Episode 75: The Three Billboards Outside Avengers Tower Edition

Dorking Out Podcast | © 2017 Dorking Out Show

Hey there, dorks. In this week’s episode we review THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI. Sonia connects it to the current wave of sexual harassment and abuse allegations, and Chris thinks it’s good Coen Brothers fan fiction. In our second segment, Peter Brown, associate editor of Assignment X, joins us to talk about the new AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR trailer. Someone’s going to die in this one, huh? We make our predictions. And finally, we end our show with what we’re dorking out about, including Sam Rockwell’s dancing and, well, what the focus of Dorking Out with Chris and Sonia should be in 2018. We hope you […]Read On »

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THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE: Carmen Ejogo on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE - Season 2 Key Art| ©2017 Starz

In Season 2 of Starz’s Sunday-night drama THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE, each hour-long segment contains two separate stories. The title of THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE, which is adapted from the film of the same name made by series executive producer Steven Soderbergh, refers to a business arrangement with women who offer not just sex but a facsimile of romance to their wealth clients. One half of this season of THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE. The other half, written and directed by series co-creator Amy Seimetz, follows ex-GFE practitioner Bria Jones, an Englishwoman who is under federal witness protection in New Mexico. British actress Carmen […]Read On »

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THE ORVILLE: Scott Grimes beams up for Season 1 of new space trek – Exclusive Interview

Seth MacFarlane and Scott Grimes in THE ORVILLE - Season 1 |©2017 Fox/Noah Schutz

In Fox Network’s Thursday-night space dramedy THE ORVILLE, Scott Grimes plays helmsman Lt. Gordon Malloy aboard the title vessel, steering it through galactic adventures. Massachusetts native Grimes had previously worked with THE ORVILLE’s creator/star Seth MacFarlane, voicing multiple characters on MacFarlane’s FAMILY GUY and AMERICAN DAD. Grimes has also been a series regular on PARTY OF FIVE and E.R., had a major role in the miniseries BAND OF BROTHERS and starred in the cult favorite horror comedies CRITTERS and CRITTERS 2. ASSIGNMENT X: Were you a big genre guy before becoming involved in THE ORVILLE? SCOTT GRIMES: STAR TREK – […]Read On »

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OUTLANDER: Richard Rankin gives the Season Three scoop – Exclusive Interview

Sophie Skelton is Brianna Randall and Richard Rankin is Roger Wakefield in OUTLANDER - Season 3 | ©2017 Starz

Like his OUTLANDER cast mate Sam Heughan (who plays heroic eighteenth-century Highlander Jamie Fraser), actor Richard Rankin speaks with an authentic Scots accent. Rankin hails from Glasgow; his OUTLANDER character, Roger Wakefield, is from Inverness. The adult Roger entered OUTLANDER at the end of Season 2. English couple Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) and her husband Frank (Tobias Menzies) met the orphaned boy as a child during their fateful ‘40s trip to Scotland, when Claire accidentally traveled 200 years into the past. It is there that she and Jamie meet and fall in love. At the end of Season 2, Claire […]Read On »

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Dorking Out – Episode 74: The COCO and Underappreciated Animated Movies Edition

Dorking Out Podcast | © 2017 Dorking Out Show

Hey there, dorks. In this week’s podcast we review Pixar’s COCO with Juan Uriarte of the Instant Ramen podcast and Sonia’s better half and co-host of Old Movies, New Beer podcast, David Tracy. In our second segment, we talk about underappreciated animated movies, which gives Chris a reason to talk about his love of TREASURE PLANET. And finally, we end our show with what we’re dorking out about this week, including Amazon’s Echo and the new podcasting app CastBox. We hope you enjoy our dorky podcast. You can listen to us here, or you can find us on iTunes and Stitcher. Related: Dorking Out – Episode 72: The […]Read On »

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WHITE FAMOUS: Actors Kendrick Sampson and Lyndon Smith on Season 1 – Exclusive Interview

Jay Pharoah as Floyd and Kendrick Sampson as Robbie in WHITE FAMOUS - Season 1 | ©2017 Showtime/Eddy Chen

Showtime’s first-season comedy WHITE FAMOUS is loosely based on the life and career of one of its executive producers, Jamie Foxx. In WHITE FAMOUS, Jay Pharoah stars as stand-up comedian Floyd Mooney. Floyd is famous in the black community, but his non-black representatives are urging him to take acting roles so he can become “white famous.” Kendrick Sampson plays British actor Robbie MacDonald, a possible Floyd rival, and Lyndon Smith plays Gwen, a possible Floyd romance. Sampson is a veteran of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, GRACEPOINT, HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, is in the upcoming series RELATIONSHIP STATUS, and has […]Read On »

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