The teenager shows just how promising his acting chops are
Netflix is riding high with one of its originals, The Umbrella Academy as it introduced a whole new take on a world of superheroes. We got to see time travel, approaching doomsdays, alien patriarchs and a guy wearing a fishbowl as his head.
In season two, we got to see them travelling to the 1960s where Five, played by Aiden Gallagher, met a decades-old version of himself and caused a condition called the paradox psychosis. As the episode went on, we got to see Five behaving more and more erratic and slowly going insane, and in an interview, the actor himself spoke about how he made it look so intense.
Gallagher spoke about how excited he was when he got the script and spoke about Five’s vile and vengeful impulses which he shows from time to time, after witnessing the apocalypse and working as an assassin to the commission, and then binding his DNA with some truly evil people. While he tries to control all that, every now and then, something happens to make the insanity take over. And one such thing is the paradox psychosis.
If you’ve seen the second season, you can see Five behaving like an addict desperately in need of a score. Five goes more and more crazy as he’s trying to stop his older self from associating with President Kennedy’s assassination.
Gallagher said that his secret to acting through the psychosis induced state was to sprint to the point where he had to start and then they yelled action. He said it helped him bring that angst and bitterness to his face. This seems to be a genius idea, instead of downing a few cups of coffee.
Natasha Lyonne, Alia Shawkat To Develop Amazon Series On Iraqi Immigrants
Actors Alia Shawkat and Natasha Lyonne are developing a series titled The Desert People for Amazon.
The series will follow an Iraqi immigrant family running a gentleman’s club in Palm Springs, California.
Shawkat will star in, write and executive produce the series along with Lyonne, reported Variety.
The 31-year-old actor will play the family’s elder daughter who is trying to come to terms with her sexuality and identity as a first generation American.
Maya Rudolph, Danielle Renfrew Behrens, and Dianne McGunigle are also serving as executive producers on the half-hour series.
Lyonne’s Animal Pictures is currently under a first-look deal at Amazon. The banner is also developing the animated comedy The Hospital for the studio.
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Tom Hanks and His Adidas Tracksuit Are Ready to Make Movies Again
Remember how Tom Hanks, one of the world’s most-famous men, was also one of the most-famous people to have contracted COVID-19 early into the pandemic? The beloved actor did so while on Baz Luhrmann’s set in Queensland, Australia, where they were filming a new Elvis Presley biopic (Hanks plays Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker). And so, back in March, he and wife Rita Wilson went through it, recovered, and went home. Well now, months later, they’re back in Australia, putting their antibodies to good use on the up-and-running film set. (That is, in addition to the big bag of plasma he already donated.)
On Tuesday, he had a post-quarantine coming-out party at a mall, like a debutante for these strange times. A paparazzo got a clip, which is published on the Daily Mail, of him going in a store. In it, his handler says “…get a thing of him shopping,” and to which Hanks adds, “You’re the first, man! You’re the first.” The iPhone video functions like an establishing shot of a film back in production after the customary 14 days of lying low. For the occasion, Hanks wore an Adidas tracksuit with a backpack and no mask. It’s a very sporty look. It really suits him.
When Hanks touched down a couple weeks ago, he became an unlikely tabloid subject, unusual for a man named “the nicest” 40 years in a row by newlyweds doing engagement photos in Central Park. The Mail said Hanks and Wilson is thought to have quarantined at their own chi-chi resort rather than in one of the hotels approved for those arriving in the country (some have complained about the food and air quality in the hotels, according to local reports). But it’s all part of a plan to get filming back up and running so those jobs can continue, Premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk told parliament when it asked her about special treatment. She confirmed Hanks is in compliance, saying, “Under that plan they have to stay in the place for two weeks just like everybody else, and they will have random checks, as my understanding, by the police.”
What would really smooth things over is if Baz Luhrmann reprised his narrative role in the sequel to “Everybody’s Free (to Wear Sunscreen),” called “Everybody’s Free (to Wear Mask)” on behalf of the production, but well, he’s understandably busy bringing Elvis back to life.
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Screen Australia unveils funding for 12 documentaries
Screen Australia has announced AUS$1.3 million of production funding for 11 documentaries funded through its Producer program and one through its Commissioned program.
The project receiving Commissioned program funding is season two of Love on the Spectrum, from Northern Pictures and the creative team of director/producer Cian O’Clery, producer Jenni Wilks and executive producer Karina Holden for Australia’s ABC. The series also streamed its first season on Netflix.
The 11 projects receiving funding from the Producer program include: Logan Documentary (w/t) from writer/director Sari Braithwaite, with producer Chloe Brugale and executive producers Robert Connolly and Robert Patterson of Arenamedia; feature doc Meet the Wallers from director/producer Jim Stevens, writer/producer Gil Scrine of Petrie Street Pictures, and executive producer Trish Lake; feature doc MuM – Misunderstandings of Miscarriage from Neon Jane for Stan and the creative team of writer/director Tahyna MacManus, producer Kelly Tomasich and executive producers Jennifer Cummins and Michael Lawrence; Phil Liggett: The Voice of Cycling, a feature doc from writer/director Eleanor Sharpe and producer Nickolas Bird; Revenge: My Dad, the Nazi Killer, a doc from writer, director and producer Danny Ben-Moshe and producer Lizzette Atkins; six-part AR series Rewild from director/producer Rayyan Roslan, director/writer Trent Clews-de Castella, director Joseph Purdam, writer/producer Angie Davis, writer Gemma Hannan and producer Blair Burke; and Stage Changers from director/producer Ella Wright, and producers Aidan O’Bryan and Janelle Landers of WBMC.
Remaining films receiving funding in the Producers program are: three-part online docuseries Strong Women (pictured), written, directed and produced by Corinne Innes and Alexandra Gaulupeau, and produced by Ann Megalla; The Department, directed by Sascha Ettinger Epstein and produced by Mary Macrae and Ian Darling (Shark Island Productions); five-part short doc series There Is No ‘I’ in Island from writer, director and producer Rebecca Thomson and producer Catherine Pettman; and feature doc Under Cover from writer, director and producer Sue Thomson and producer Adam Farrington-Williams, and producer Alexandra Curtis.
The Producer program is intended to provide producers with foundational funding required to leverage projects creatively and commercially. Marketplace attachment is not needed at the application stage.
Meanwhile, the Commissioned program is intended to support a diverse range of quality projects for television broadcast, airing on streaming platforms or similar outlets. A local presale with a minimum license fee is required at the application stage.
Bernadine Lim, head of documentary for Screen Australia, said in a statement: “The projects in this slate not only shine a light on social issues but also offer a number of personal experiences and family stories that I’m confident will inspire important conversations.”
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