The quote, “What happens in the past stays in the past” does not apply to the film world. While we do want to leave the infamous 2020 year in the past, let us instead reminisce on 2019 which was arguably one of the greatest years of cinema. Blessed with exceptional film after exceptional film, Booksmart is one of these blessings.
Directed by Olivia Wilde, Booksmart is both a coming-of-age story and comedy that follows two high school seniors Amy and Molly (played by Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein). Realizing they spent all their academic years with their eyes only glued to studies, the two decide to break the rules and fit all the missed-out fun moments in one night, their pre-graduation night. From there on, the chaos ensues. Just the summary itself reels you in already.
Booksmart is a blend of heart, humour, and adventure. It causes its audience to laugh, cry, smile, and for some, feel nostalgic remembering those teen years. Well-written and directed, the film puts a unique and fresh twist to a classic high school plot, making it an unforgettable 2019 gem.
Along with its screenplay and plot development, its actors are the core to what makes Booksmart so lovable. Not just in their electrifying performances but in their personalities and on-screen chemistry. It is a mix of fresh and seen-before faces, each person perfectly casted for their role bringing in their own natural charisma and energy. Why don’t we introduce you to the cast.
What do you get when you blend Netflix’s Unbelievable with Ladybird with Stars Wars? The cast of Booksmart! The film is centered around our two main characters, Katilyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein, who both already have multiple credits.
From the TV mini-series Unbelievable to movies such as Beautiful Boy, Men, Women & Children, Them They Follow and more, Dever has been named one of Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch. Beanie Feldstein is another well-known star. From Greta Gerwig’s nominated Ladybird to Netflix’s Orange is the New Black to Neighbors 2, Feldstein returns to being a main character in her new 2020 film How To Build a Better Girl. May I also add most of are today-years-old when discovering Feldstein is related to director and actor Jonah Hill. They. Are. Siblings. You learn something new every day.
Along with these stars, the cast is made up of more talent such as American Horror Story and Star Wars’ Billie Catherine Lourd, Glass’ Diana Silvers, Good Boys’ Molly Sterg and a minor cameo from TV show Friends’ Lisa Kudrow. Next to these actors, Olivia Wilde shared pictures of more of the cast during the costume fitting process on her Instagram.
Speaking of Olivia Wilde, the creator herself is also a Hollywood veteran, being both a director and actor. While Booksmart is Wilde’s directorial debut, roles she has starred in are the medical TV drama House, Richard Jewell, Her, BoJack Horseman, The Lazarus Effect and so on. Also, a little Booksmart easter egg: Olivia Wilde’s partner, Jason Sudeikis, also stars in the film as the high school’s principal.
Now, if you are a more technical person when it comes to persuasion towards seeing a certain film, Booksmart is still for you. Just adding this in here because where to begin?!
Favorite Movie: Spider-Man Far From Home Favorite Book: The Hunger Games Favorite Artist: Ed Sheeran Favorite Song: Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley Favorite Color: Red
What got you into singing?
I’ve been singing ever since I was a kid and have always loved it and felt passionate about it. When I was 15, I picked up ukulele and started getting more serious about my music. By 16, I was writing more music and got picked up by my first producer.
What was the first song you ever recorded?
The first song I ever recorded was “My Whole World.” I had written it when I was 16 and my producer at the time, Shannon McArthur, lived the song so much that we eventually flew out to LA to record the song with Rick Seibold when I was 17.
What’s it like working with Andrew Lane as your music manager?
Working with Andrew Lane is one of the best experiences and opportunities I have ever had. It’s such an honor and a privilege to work and learn from a multi-platinum producer! We have a lot of fun and bounce ideas off of each other and make great music together. He is so sweet and caring and I love working with him.
What was it like working with your cousin on your music video?
Getting to work with Symonne on my music video was really fun! She had been in another video of mine before, “Seams,” and I love getting to have her be part of my videos. Symonne and I are very close and it’s always so great working with her because she’s so talented.
Do you have any future songs coming up?
I have many songs that I have yet to release! I don’t have a plan for them yet, but we take things a step at a time and when it feels right to release them, we will. I think everyone will really like all of the songs that I have to release!
Favorite book? Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
Favorite movie? The Others
What made you want to get into acting?
One of my mom’s friends had a good friend who was a manager and he asked my mom if he could manage my sister, Bria and I. So of course she sad yes!
How did you get your first agent and manager?
One of my mom’s friends had a good friend who was a manager and he asked my mom if he could manage my sister, Bria and I. So of course she sad yes!
What was your first ever acting job?
My first job was a McDonalds commercial when I was 8 months old
What’s it like having your sister in the working in the same industry as you?
I love it because occasionally I get the pleasure of working with her on some of the same projects and that is always fun! We really support each other.
What was the casting process like for the role you played on 911?
I got called in for the role and auditioned. I was later told that I was pinned and then I booked. My agent told my mom I booked and then my mom surprised me when I got home from school. I was really excited.
Tell us about your experience on your first day on set?
I was immediately intrigued by all the cool special effects they had in hair and makeup. The day went like any normal day on set but with a cool stuntman, nachos and an awesome cast and crew.
What was the casting process like for Stuck in the Middle?
I was called into casting to audition. Casting was really impressed by my commitment to the character, they pinned me right away and the. I booked.
Tell us about the day you worked on Stuck in the Middle?
The day was wonderful! The cast and crew were extremely nice to me and made me feel welcomed. The day went like any other job, school, hair and makeup, getting miked, lights, camera, action!
When you book an ADR/Looping job, what is it that you do that differs from a traditional acting job?
Sometimes when you audition for ADR, you audition over the phone whereas for a traditional acting job you send in a tape or go in person to meet with the casting director.
What was it like doing ADR/Looping for A Wrinkle in Time and Little?
It was so cool! I got to work with a lot of kids my age on that project and it was fun getting little sneak peaks of some of the movie before it hit theaters.
Frudy Says…Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won (“Parasite”)
Rian Johnson (“Knives Out”) Noah Baumbach (“Marriage Story”) Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns (“1917”) Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”) Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won (“Parasite”)
Frudy Says…Taika Waititi (“Jojo Rabbit”)
Taika Waititi (“Jojo Rabbit”) Steve Zaillian (“The Irishman”) Anthony McCarten (“The Two Popes”) Greta Gerwig (“Little Women”) Todd Phillips and Scott Silver (“Joker”)
Frudy Says…Roger Deakins “1917”
Rodrigo Prieto “The Irishman” Lawrence Sher “Joker” Jarin Blaschke “The Lighthouse” Roger Deakins “1917” Robert Richardson “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
Best Original Song:
Frudy Says…“I’m Gonna Love Me Again” “Rocketman”
I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” “Toy Story 4” “I’m Gonna Love Me Again” “Rocketman” “I’m Standing With You” “Breakthrough” “Into the Unknown” “Frozen 2” “Stand Up” “Harriet”
Best Original Score
Frudy Says…Hildur Guðnadóttir “Joker”
Hildur Guðnadóttir “Joker” Alexandre Desplat “Little Women” Randy Newman “Marriage Story” Thomas Newman “1917” John Williams “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”
Best Animated Movie
Frudy Says…“Toy Story 4″
Animated Feature “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” “I Lost My Body” “Klaus” “Missing Link” “Toy Story 4″
Frudy Says…Thelma Schoonmaker, “The Irishman”
Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland, “Ford vs. Ferrari” Thelma Schoonmaker, “The Irishman” Tom Eagles, “Jojo Rabbit” Jeff Groth, “Joker” Yang Jinmo, “Parasite”
Best International Film
“Corpus Christi” “Honeyland” “Les Miserables” “Pain and Glory” “Parasite”
Best Costume Design
Frudy Says…Jacqueline Durran, “Little Women”
Sandy Powell and Christopher Peterson, “The Irishman” Mayes C. Rubeo, “Jojo Rabbit” Mark Bridges, “Joker” Jacqueline Durran, “Little Women” Arianne Phillip, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Frudy Says…“Bombshell” (Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker)
“Bombshell” (Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker) “Joker” (Nicki Ledermann and Kay Georgiou) “Judy” (Jeremy Woodhead) “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” (Paul Gooch, Arjen Tuiten and David White) “1917” (Naomi Donne, Tristan Versluis and Rebecca Cole)
Best Short Film
Short Film (Live Action) “Brotherhood” “Nefta Football Club” “The Neighbor’s Window” “Saria” “A Sister”
I started acting when I was 5 years old with my performing arts studio.
What was the casting process like for Ace & The Christmas Miracle (Coming Fall 2021)?
The casting process was a little different with Ace. The film was shooting near where I live and I had a few friends in the film. One of the parents of those friends called my mom and let her know they needed my part. I spoke with some people over the phone and was cast for the part. I met the rest of the cast and production team when I came to set to work.
What was a typical day on set like?
For Ace, it was fun! Typically a day on any set is fun. We check in, usually eat some breakfast and then get into wardrobe, hair and makeup. Once everything is ready, I go on set with my set teacher and we shoot the scene. Usually there are several different takes of the same scene with different angles and stuff so the director can get what he/she needs.
How did you prepare for the role?
I prepare for a role by memorizing my lines and then reading the character’s traits so that I can then start to go over my lines how I believe the character would respond. I write down a lot of notes and become very aware of what is happening in each scene, even ones I am not in, so I can be sure my character reacts correctly in my scenes.
Tell us more about your music. What inspired you to start singing and releasing music?
My music is mostly about family, friends and what it’s like to be someone my age in the world today. I like my music to have a positive message. I love to sing and have wanted to be a professional performer since I was 6 years old. Releasing music is the next step in my journey.
What’s your new song about?
My new song, Good Life, is a celebration of the first day of summer with one’s friends and family. It’s a summer anthem song about having fun and enjoying life. After being quarantined for almost a year, a lot of us are really looking forward to hanging out with friends and enjoying being together outside in the summer sun.
Any advice you’d give to another Actor/Singer your age?
My best advice is to not give up. Also, you have to practice. One may be naturally talented, but if one does not put the work in, that talent is not going to be at its full potential. Work hard, be prepared, don’t be late and treat everyone with respect.
Zoe Nazarian was born and raised in Southern California, Zoe had a passion for performing at a young age. Her career started with acting, but at just 13 years old she dove into the world of social media, creating her own YouTube videos. Taking on the “big sister” role in her videos Zoe is known for sharing advice, how-to’s and her life as a Southern California teen, Zoe quickly became a YouTube sensation. She was selected to be the youngest participant in YouTube’s Women in Comedy Program in partnership with Elizabeth Bank’s Production Company WhoHaHa in which she wrote, produced, directed, and acted in her own video. Zoe has been nominated as Best Influencer at the Young Artist Awards and has written for Tiger Beat Magazine as well as collaborating with such brands as Beauty Blender, Tarte Cosmetics, and Reebox. When not influencing the tween and teen market, Zoe enjoys creating videos on TikTok, spending time with her family, and hanging out with her friends. Bio courtesy of Imagine PR Group.
First Acting Job:
My first acting job was a commercial for a medical, liquid bandage that aired everywhere but the USA! It was a cool experience for me, but I had to pretend to almost kiss a boy and at 13, that was super awkward!
Favorite Project You’ve Worked On:
My favorite video I’ve ever made was How to Find Your Confidence. I was chosen as the youngest participant in Youtube’s Women in Comedy program (in partnership with WhoHaHa, an Elizabeth Banks production company) where I wrote, produced, directed, and acted in my own production on set, with a professional crew. I also got to play two characters and even got to include my actual mom in the video!
My dream car is a black Range Rover with black interior and red stitching!
Does watching hours of TikTok count as a hobby? I also love shopping, hanging out at the beach and playing with my dog Malibu!
Favorite Vacation Spot:
My favorite vacation spot so far has been Jamaica! I even filmed an entire tour of the resort I stayed at! Come on vacation with me!
Maya Jai is an Actress, Writer and Director who recently scored three Young Artist Awards Nominations for her short film “I’m Ready”. Maya was nominated in the Outstanding Producer and Writer Categories and additionally received a nomination in the Short Film Role Teen Actress Category.
Song: Until the End of Time by Justin Timberlake ft Beyonce
Artist: Jhene Aiko or Brent Faiyaz
Book: My Two Bestfriends are Hamsters
TV Show: Grown-ish
Congrats on your Young Artist Awards Nominations
After receiving notification that I was a nominee for the 42nd Annual Young Artists Academy Awards, I was ecstatic and surprised to learn that someone thought highly of my talents to nominate me in 3 categories (Outstanding Producer, Outstanding Writer, & Short Film Role Teen Actress). I am very proud of myself and very grateful for this notable recognition. When I started the journey of writing I’m Ready, I never thought beyond the message of helping others. To be acknowledged for my writing, acting and work behind the scenes is very humbling especially since I had no idea the film would garner such a prestige’s honor.
How did you first know that you wanted to become an actress?
I first realized I wanted to pursue acting when I earned my first speaking role in 2017. Before that, I participated in a few plays, and I played an extra in a couple of films, but being able to showcase my talent in a film vocally inspired me to become an actress.
What was the first role you ever booked?
The first role I ever booked was the role of Kate Williams in a short film called Believe. I was the best friend of the main character, who also helped him interact with Aliens.
Your film recently has been on a film festival circuit. What’s it like to go to the various film festivals?
It’s super exciting. I received my first award at the I’m Ready movie premiere, and I was ecstatic. Watching your vision come to life is a sublime feeling, but also, being recognized for your work is awesome. Most awards were sent via mail or email due to COVID-19. I attended my first in-person film festival in March at the Garden State Film Festival, where I received “Best Student Short Film of 2021”. I was honored to receive such a high award.
What inspired you to make “I’m Ready”?
I wrote I’m Ready to promote open communication and honesty amongst teens and adults. I know some kids aren’t comfortable approaching their parents with certain topics, and some parents don’t know how to talk to their kids about some things. I’m Ready will serve as a bridge to get parents and teens comfortable talking to each other, especially about the topic of dating.
What was it like filming “I’m Ready”? What camera did you use?
Filming I’m Ready was an exciting and educating experience. Prior to filming I’m Ready, I’ve only acted on camera and written a book. Writing, directing, producing, and acting in I’m Ready allowed me to see life behind the camera. Since then, I’ve learned that I love directing and would like to direct more projects!
Any advice to other young filmmaker?
Films start with a vision or an idea. You are the one who has to make it a reality, something tangible. The best way to do this is by being organized, persistent and seeing your art through.
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After a long holiday weekend, the Stock Market will reopen today. With the rise of social media, comes the rise of stocks thanks to meme stocks AMC and GME. With just the search of a $ on Twitter, you’ll find tons of chatter about what everybody thinks will be the next big players.
Moving over from the meme stocks into penny stock land or pink sheets, you’ll find viable small companies that could be the next big thing! These companies are considered micro cap or smaller companies on the rise and can be cheaper to purchase that the larger companies out their on the stock market. Penny stocks do come with a risk, like any investment does.
We decided to put our own list of our favorite penny stocks together, that we feel are on the rise and could could make some big moves soon.
Here’s our favorites for this week:
Apt Systems, Inc. (APTY)
This multifaceted technology company is trading right around a penny and has been building steady accumulation around that price for last week or so. The company specializes in the creation of financial platforms and innovative stock research tools, an equities trading application called Intuitrader and Verifundr is a platform to manage escrow. It also owns mobile gaming app developer called SNAPT Games and has a stable coin called Spera.
Many on social media are fired up and excited about this stock because of its crypto connection with Spera.
The company also has a small float of around 133m shares.
APTY Executives have said on their twitter account that they are in the process of getting their company current by submitting the proper paperwork to the OTC Markets.
We look forward to watching this stock and are keeping our eyes on it.
GD Entertainment and Technology, Inc. (GDET)
This stock you can purchase for under a penny right now and recently just got Pink Current status. GDET focuses on “high growth industries to fulfill a diverse selection of premium products worldwide”. Recently, GDET launched a high end custom debit/credit card that “simply takes an existing debit or credit card and transfer its data and EMV chip into a new metal, 24karat or Stainless Steel card of the cardholders design and ships it to the holder”.
The company also has a small float of around 357m shares.
This one is a going to be a fun one to watch as its price is so cheap and its float is incredibly low!
Western Sierra Resource Corp (WSRC)
WSRC has been seeing huge returns for some its investors already. In the middle of June, the stock price was just .03 and now its .253 as of the close on Friday. At one point the stock rose to a high last week of .40. WSRC is “a multifaceted natural resource company focused on applying its $40,500,000 in water assets to “beneficial use” for irrigation and cultivation of high value industrial hemp with which to manufacture “green” building products for construction of affordable homes. This has led to the Company’s involvement in, and acquisition of associated “green” technologies for construction; for energy and water conservation; and for alternative and renewable off-grid power sources.”
The company also has a small float of around 111m shares.
The fascinating thing about this stock is its focus in the green resources space. We are excited to see where this one swings to as green resources become ever more prevalent to combat climate change.
Parents prepare for lots of whining from yourself when taking your kiddo to see this dreaded sequel. Boss Baby 1 was excellent with a great, funny and charming script and well directed animated film. This catastrophe of a sequel could not even even be saved by Alec Baldwin’s slightly impressionable performance as the Boss Baby.
Your child, however, may enjoy some of the toddler-like humor throughout the film. Buy some extra popcorn and prepare to daydream and binge eat while your child laughs at the big screen.
Fun fact, for those that don’t have A-List status at AMC like they have some sort of July special Buy 2 tickets, Get 1 Free. Check the AMC app for more details!!
Paris Newton is most known for her role playing Franny Gallagher on Showtime’s hit tv series “Shameless”.
Song: Speechless from the new Disney Aladdin Movie Artist: Miley Cyrus Movie: Jurassic Park because it has my TV grandpa William H Macy in it! TV Show: Puppy Dog Pals! My brother plays Rolly on the show and I love watching him!!
What inspired you to become an Actress?
My brother was an actor first and so I would always watch him on TV or modeling for Disney store and I wanted to do it too! When I was 3, I started trying to go into my brothers auditions with him so I could try to audition too. I begged my parents to let me try acting too! They finally let me try, and my second audition was for Franny Gallagher on Shameless and I booked the job!
How did you get discovered in Hollywood?
Since my big brother was already in acting and had an agent, I just had to go in and audition with his agent to get started. Luckily, I did good in the audition and they picked me up too!
What was the casting process like for Shameless?
They found me off my headshot that was online and asked me to come in. When I got there, they brought me on set and showed me around and then gave me things to say and do and I did it! After that , they gave me three longer scenes to memorize and perform for a producer session! I must have done good because after that they booked me for the role of Franny Gallagher!
What’s a typical day on set like?
Being on set is SO much fun! We normally start super early with 6am call times! First you have to COVID test, then once you are done with that you can go to your dressing room or crafty ( my favorite place to get snacks!) After that wardrobe brings me my clothes for the day and hair comes into my dressing room and they turn me into Franny! They actually have to temporarily dye my hair red every day I am on set because I’m really a blonde and Franny is a red head! After that we go into rehearsal and start filming for the day and I get to play with my TV family-which is the best part of the day!
What’s your favorite episode/scene from the show?
I think my favorite episode is season 11 episode 3 where Frank and Franny bond and I got to do so many one on one scenes with William H Macy! If you haven’t seen it yet, please go watch it!
What is it like working with so many high profile talent on Shameless?
It’s great! They are so nice and caring to me on set, they have really turned into family for me.
When the three of us were growing up, our dad was a big influence because he was always playing music around the house. Grace started taking piano lessons and singing when she was around 6 years old. Later after, Gabriella started taking Guitar lessons and Scarlett was always banging on things, so we knew drums were perfect for her. One of our teachers was retiring from our elementary school and someone asked if we would be willing to perform something for her. That was one of the 1st times we played together and we knew this is what we wanted to do! After we recorded our 1st mini album, and I was in 5th grade, we went to celebrate at a sushi restaurant! We were enjoying our food and coming up with band names because at the time we were just called the Mason sisters! Out of nowhere our dad said, what about “Hello Sister”? We thought it was absolutely perfect because we were 3 sisters saying Hello to the world. Shortly after, we started to play gigs, live shows, and started our own Instagram account!
What was it like recording your first ever song “Summer Time”?
It was an amazing experience for us and it was great to see what was behind the songs and how songs come to be.
What inspired you to make your latest hit single
WAVE OF LOVE?
Our dad who is also a songwriter and was was in a band 20 years ago wrote that song, but didn’t get a chance to release it. We thought this would be a perfect time to release a song about spreading love and make it our own!!
How did you come up with the idea for the music video?
We actually saw the place that we were going to shoot a music video weeks before we filmed it weeks after. So I think the props and the backgrounds of the space inspired us to think of the vintage TVs and the animated bubbles. And because this song was about spreading love we wanted to video to be fun and happy.
Any advice you’d give to somebody who wants to be a singer?
To work hard and do what you love!! Be patient because it takes time to see growth and success.
How did you get your start in the entertainment industry?
I started modeling at 5 but didn’t really start taking off until I was 11 When I became an Influencer.
What was the first ever job that you booked?
A national voiceover commercial.
How did you meet Gavin Magnus?
I met Gavin when I was asked to come to LA and meet Goatfam to see if it was a right fit for me to join which obviously it has been!
What was the casting process like for joining GoatFamLA?
I actually got DMed by the owner and at the time their PR. They asked if I could jump on a call to discuss if this might be something that we could potentially be interested in. I had already been in the process of meeting with my Producer Drew Lane at the time, So everything just kind of fell together. Then My family decided it was the time after a few months to make the move.
What’s it like filming videos with the GoatFamLA?
Crazy lol, But a ton of fun. Things can get a little chaotic at times, But it is so much fun making content for you guys! I love it.
Tell us about your new song. What was the inspiration behind it?
My new song is called “Pointless” I am absolutely in love with it! The inspiration is that I wanted something heartbreaking but relatable. And to me this is the perfect mixture of both those things!
How did you come up with the creative for the music video for “Dark Holiday”?
For My “Dark Holiday” Christmas original? Well I felt like not everyone’s Holiday season is perfect. I wanted to show that there are alot of people who are alone and sad for holidays and BH Studios Helped bring that to light. I honestly couldn’t do any of this without the amazing team that I have, always pulling everything for me together.
Any advice you’d give to somebody who wants to become a Model/Influencer?
Be tough and have a thick skin. Let what others think of you roll off! Remember why you are here and what you are doing. And set goals that are realistic, You want to be able to feel accomplished at the end of the day.
Any exciting projects coming up that you’d like to share with us?
Well a few things that I can’t just yet talk about. But obviously my new song “Pointless” Coming out on all major music platforms soon!!!