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EXCLUSIVE: That’s My Entertainment Interviews Roots star Brandon Stacy

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HISTORY® premieres “Roots” on Memorial Day 2016, airing over four consecutive nights at 9 p.m. beginning Monday, May 30, it was announced today by Paul Buccieri, President of A&E and HISTORY. The four-night, eight-hour event series developed by HISTORY, from A+E Studios, is a historical portrait of American slavery recounting the journey of one family and their will to survive and ultimately carry on their legacy despite hardship.
We spoke to one of the stars of the series, Brandon Stacy (Clingman).

What inspired you to become an actor?
The power of imagination. Growing up I would see films and get so sucked into that world that afterward, my imagination would keep me there. So I would go outside and play make-believe as characters from the movies either by myself or after coercing my friends into playing the other characters. Even if they hadn’t seen the movie, I would assign them the characters that were opposite me. In this sense, my professional life is basically a continuation of that little boy Brandon Stacy. I’ve always wanted to do the same thing.
When I see children playing, talking to themselves, or describing to their friends the imaginary scenario in which they going to play, it really makes me smile. It’s that imagination that allows me to keep doing what I do.

Did you cut your teeth doing commercials and shorts like most people?
There really is no set path to the industry. I certainly have done many shorts and tiny roles in commercials. The important thing for me was to work where I could. If that means doing a short or making a web series, then great. Work begets work, and you get to act in the process.

What would you say has been the biggest break of your career so far?
ROOTS airs on The History Channel, A&E, and LIFETIME. It has the ability carry a message and reach a lot of people from all different backgrounds. That is a powerful thing. The weight of that can cause a pretty big “break”.

How did Roots come about?
I’ve been working in south a lot over the past few years and I have great relationships with my reps at Louisiana Talent Agency and have established a trusting repour with Casting Director Meagan Lewis, who brought me in for ROOTS. Thankfully they have the vision to see me in characters that some might not assume I can play.

Was Roots shooting near home to you or did you do some  relocating?
Roots was shot in the beautiful state of Louisiana. I live a very nomadic life. The industry now is so spread out, and changes so much due to film incentives given at certain times, in particular states. The job can lead you anywhere. Just as diverse as the roles I intend to play, I am open to do the work where I need to do the work. If that means I have to be on the moon to play the game, I’ll pack my boots and learn to moonwalk.

Are you a history buff? Were you personally taken with the story?
I have always been compelled to study history. We all are personally affected by it. It shapes who we are as individuals and as a society. In studying the past we have the opportunity to learn from our mistakes and our successes in order to shape the future.

Was it a physically demanding or emotionally gruelling shoot?
The content is highly emotional and moving. That certainly takes its toll on your body, especially in the heat with the bugs. The atmosphere definitely adds to the performances though.

What’s next for you?
Recently I was cast in the Doug Liman/Tom Cruise Crime Thriller “MENA”. I also have role in the CRACKEL ORIGINAL Show called “STARTUP” that will be out later this year. Currently I’m working on a sci-fi series called “BLADE OF HONOR”.

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Caesar’s Reign Comes To The Big Screen With New Trailer For Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes

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Director Wes Ball breathes new life into the global, epic franchise set several generations in the future following Caesar’s reign, in which apes are the dominant species living harmoniously and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike. “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is directed by Wes Ball (the “Maze Runner” trilogy) and stars Owen Teague (“IT”), Freya Allan (“The Witcher”), Kevin Durand (“Locke & Key”), Peter Macon (“Shameless”), and William H. Macy (“Fargo”). The screenplay is by Josh Friedman (“War of the Worlds”) and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (“Avatar: The Way of Water”) and Patrick Aison (“Prey”), based on characters created by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, and the producers are Wes Ball, Joe Hartwick, Jr., p.g.a. (“The Maze Runner”), Rick Jaffa, p.g.a., Amanda Silver, p.g.a., Jason Reed, p.g.a. (“Mulan”), with Peter Chernin (the “Planet of the Apes” trilogy) and Jenno Topping (“Ford v. Ferrari”) serving as executive producers.

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Masterchef Is Back! For Halo Season 2

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A quick recap – Halo is set in a war-torn 26th century, where humanity led by the United Nations Space Command or UNSC and their supersoldiers known as Spartans, fights against the onslaught of the alien conglomerate known as the Covenant. The full dust-up of Halo Season 1, can be found here. Onward into the introduction of Halo Season 2!

It’s been six months since the forced separation of Spartan Masterchief John (Pablo Schreiber) and Cortana (Jen Taylor), and the Silver Team has been sent on a mission to evacuate residents of the planet Sanctuary before the Covenant glasses the whole thing. This comes with its own set of challenges, given the resistance of the planet’s inhabitants, and it doesn’t help that Masterchef starts seeing things right in the middle of trying to save some marines. Or is he? Those energy swords the squad of Elites were carrying looked worryingly real.

Back on Reach, the Silver Team is entirely dismayed to learn they have a brand new Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) representative come in as the new boss, to finally replace the traitorous Halsey, James Ackerson (Joseph Morgan). And of course, Ackerson manages to immediately get under Masterchief’s skin, by not only expressing far too much interest in John’s relationship with Cortana but also apparently disbelieving of John’s report of his encounters on Sanctuary. That just means Masterchief has to go around, if not entirely over, Ackerson’s head.

Elsewhere, Soren (Bokeem Woodbine) is trolling the slave markets in his boredom, only to stumble across a soon-to-be indentured servant who claims he knows the whereabouts of the UNSC’s most hunted human, Catherine Halsey (Natascha McElhone). That should bring a huge bounty, but really, Soren should’ve known better by now.

Halo Season 2 premieres Thursday, February 8th, 2024, and will continue to air every Thursday, only on Paramount+!

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Reborn as a Vending Machine I Now Wander the Dungeon’: I look forward to your next use!  

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If the title of this delightful little isekai anime entry didn’t give it all away, our nameless protagonist is a vending machine fanatic who, after being killed by a vending machine, gets reincarnated in another fantasy-style world as one! 

Japan has a tendency to give birth to all sorts of crazed fads that can last for decades, and no one does better when it comes to the vending machine industry, too. These days there are vending machines that will serve you sushi you can actually eat, hot pizza in the box, wagyu steaks, freshly popped popcorn, and a whole mind-boggling array of tasty treats, and other non-edible but still useful items! Umbrellas! Condoms! Oxygen masks, sterile bandages, shoes, and emergency clothing! Actually, far more things that we use on an everyday basis, could be considered as technically a vending machine, and the anime explores that beautifully. Into the world of vending machine fanaticism, we dive! 

So our poor protagonist never gave a name, and inevitably when he’s discovered by his first official friend the starving hunter Lammis, she dubs him “Boxxo”. Like many isekai that seem to take inspiration from video games and RPGs, Boxxo discovers he ways he can communicate, level up his existence, and even evince magic-like powers and attack and defend against monsters and enemies. Though in the beginning, and as an underlying theme throughout the show, Boxxo is primarily concerned with providing unique never-before-tasted-in-this-world food and drink to the amazed folk, human and otherwise. 

Boxxo’s prices are entirely reasonable and hey, he can even choose to give out his wares for free on occasion, so his popularity immediately skyrockets. Lammis with her awkward charm and prodigious strength blessing, introduces Boxxo to other friends of Clearflow Lake Village and associates along the way – Director Bear, an actual bear-monster who’s the head of the Hunters Association; Lammis’ friend Hulemy, the insane genius magic item engineer; the Bearcats Suco, Pell, Short and Mikenne, cheerful hunters with astronomic appetites; even suspicious Kerioyl, leader of the Menagerie of Fools party. 

The show approaches the practicality and versatility of the true vending machine with amusement, but also with the love true fans display for things they’re passionate about. Certainly, things like a brothel needing a condom vending machine exist in our world, but to toss them into a potentially more innocent other-world isekai is a welcome and often hilarious treat. The show celebrates the cheerful idiocy and devotion of the fans to their chosen fandom, in this case, yes vending machines, but also the spirit of the lonely otaku finally finding their Tribe! 

Pay your coins to watch ‘Reborn as a Vending Machine’ on Crunchyroll now! 

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