Month: February 2015

Exclusive Interview: Adi Shankar (Producer, "The Voices")

Adi Shankar is the man behind Sundance’s favorite serial killer film, The Voices, starring Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick, and Jacki Weaver. The dark comedy focuses on a seemingly well-meaning guy who, unfortunately, hears the psychopathic voices of his pets in his head, who “convince” him to kill the women he likes. There’s a girl he’s trying to pursue romantically (Kendrick), but when she turns him down for a date, things begin to go south.

I was happy to speak with Shankar about his work on the film, how he got into production, and advice he has for others who are growing into their respective fields. I also asked him what it was like to be honored by GQ India.

The Voices is currently available On Demand and is in theaters now. You can also see more of Adi’s work on his YouTube page, where he uploads animated Judge Dredd cartoons to his “Bootleg Universe” miniseries.

"Sleepy Hollow": Four Storylines to Use in Season Three (and Two That Need Wrapping Up)

I’m still in the belief that Sleepy Hollow will be renewed for a third season (probably with some changes which can be read about here and here). Because I believe it’s coming, there are some storylines I hope the writers use. These storylines will not only keep the show focused, but it’ll also make the viewers really happy (I think so, anyway). Let’s take a look.

TV Review: "The Book of Negroes"

Synopsis (BET/CBC): ‘The Book of Negroes’ depicts the extraordinary life journey of Aminata Diallo – an indomitable African woman who cuts a swath through a world that is pre-disposed to underestimate her. Kidnapped by slave traders in West Africa and subsequently enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata must navigate her way through the American Revolution in New York, the isolated refuge of Nova Scotia and the treacherous jungles of Sierra Leone, before ultimately securing her freedom in England at the dawn of the 19th century. As great as her accomplishments are, Aminata discovers that her desire to reclaim the home of her childhood can never be fulfilled and that in order to find peace, she must carve out a new home of her own.

"Sleepy Hollow": The Ratings Are Returning to To Normal (with One Episode Left)

“Awakening,” the first in the two-part season finale of Sleepy Hollow, truly is an awakening on many fronts. Of course, it’s an awakening to Katrina’s evilness, something I’ll be discussing in even more depth in an upcoming post, but it’s also an awakening to the plagues of this season and literally rebooting the show, even having a person out of time.

"Sleepy Hollow" recap: "Awakening"

WHAT AN EPISODE. Also, it’s a strange (and, in many ways, fitting) to go into this episode, “Awakening,” with an already heated mindset from watching The Book of Negroes, since Abbie gets sent back to that time period. At the very least, we can hang our hats on the fact that Sleepy Hollow is on standard television and also is not a faithful rendering of the horrors of the 18th century, so we won’t see Abbie beaten or worse. But Abbie just being back in the 18th century is trying enough on the nerves, not to mention the worry of how she’ll convince 18th century Ichabod that she’s trustworthy.

Exclusive Interview: Kevin Daniels ("Sirens")

Everyone’s favorite Chicago paramedics are entertaining us in a new season of Sirens, which means that we’ll all get to see more of Hank. I was happy to speak with Kevin Daniels about playing Hank, his specially-made role on Modern Family, and how Sirens has been the bringer of even more representation on television.

Sirens, which is in its second season, airs every Tuesday at 10/9c on USA. 

MOC Monday: Michael Ealy

I haven’t featured Michael Ealy yet on my site, and it’s only out of restraint, because at the time (many months ago), the whole post would consist of “I’VE TALKED TO MICHAEL EALY! *FLAIL* *FLAIL*”

Now though, I can say calmly that I have spoken to Michael Ealy, and it was great. But I’ve also got more to say than just repeating the fact that I’ve interviewed him.