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Interview with Amandla Stenberg

29th October 2018 | Films

Interview with Amandla Stenberg

When it comes to choosing her acting roles, Amandla Stenberg doesn’t take the choice lightly.

In her most recent roles – as the lead characters in 2017’s Everything, Everything (where her portrayal of Maddy Whittier got her nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress) and 2018’s The Darkest Minds and The Hate U Give – there are two things that are very clearly in common:

Firstly, all of the characters that Amandla play showcase characterisations of black women that don’t fall into stereotypes.

Secondly, they all also portray young people as being strong and with the ability to truly change the world.

And Amandla isn’t quiet about that fact that this is very much her intention – not just for these roles either, but also in featuring in the music video for Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ and as Rue in The Hunger Games in 2012.

In her latest role in The Hate U Give, Amandla plays Starr Carter, a black teen balancing life living in a black neighbourhood whilst attending a rich, mostly white, prep school.

She’s successfully keeping both worlds apart until she witnesses her best friend get shot by a police man… and then it becomes clear that either she can continue standing in the dark and trying to fit in, or she can find a way to stand out and make her voice heard.

Read our review of The Hate U Give, here.

James Gilmore interviewed Amandla Stenberg about The Hate U Give, what she looks for in roles and Sabrina Carpenter’s role in the film.

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Review: The Hate U Give

18th October 2018 | Films

Review: The Hate U Give

It goes without saying that the USA – and the rest of the world, but especially the USA – is incredibly divided at the moment. The United States are not so united as people are split – rich vs poor, white vs black, republican vs democrat.

A story that has consistently kept the world’s eyes focused on the US over the past few years has been the mistreatment of black people at the hands of the police.

The headline “unarmed black man shot dead by police officer” has become commonplace – whether in 2014 with Eric Garner who was murdered after a police officer used a banned chokehold to restrain him, Michael Brown in the same year who was fatally shot by a policeman in Ferguson or Freddie Gray in Baltimore in 2015 who died after police caused a severe spinal injury whilst carrying him to the police van. These are just 3 of hundreds of stories.

It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that these stories are nothing new. It may feel like a recent “phenomenon”, but the truth is that this is a historical truth that has existed for decades. It’s only now that, as witnesses on the scene can film the events with their phones, that they are becoming as viral as they are. But, even in 1991, when Rodney King was beat to death by policemen more than 50 times – it was nothing new.

This is the landscape that The Hate U Give exists in, and it’s the issue that the film (directed by George Tillman Jr. and based on the novel by Angie Thomas) tackles head-on.

The case in this film might be fictional – the victim, Khalil (played by Algee Smith), is a made-up character, but…

Interview with Will Arnett

3rd September 2018 | Films

Interview with Will Arnett

Will Arnett has one of the most famous voices in the world.

His voice has featured in Pixar's 'Ratatouille, 'Despicable Me', he voices the lead character of BoJack in the Netflix series 'BoJack Horseman and he's the voice of Batman in 'The LEGO Movie' and 'The LEGO Batman Movie'.

When it comes to his face... you may recognise that too! He plays Gob in the Netflix series 'Arrested Development' and he's been in 'Blades of Glory' and 'Hot Rod'.

For his latest film role though he's back behind the booth as a producer and voice in the film 'Teen Titans GO! To The Cinema' based on the DC Comics superhero team Teen Titans.

In the film, a villain (voiced by Will!) and his maniacal plan for world domination sidetracks the plans of the Teen Titans as they dream to make it in Hollywood.

James Kleinmann interviewed Will Arnett in New York about his career to-date and the new movie.

Broadcasted exclusively worldwide on W!ZARD Radio Station.

James Kleinmann interviews Will Arnett

James Kleinmann interviews Will Arnett in New York about his career to-date and the new Teen Titans GO! To The Movies.  (5 minutes)