“Incredibles 2” Is Breaking Records But Brad Bird & John Walker Are Too Cautious To Celebrate

“Incredibles 2” is breaking all of the records – it has taken in over half a billion dollars in the US alone, and over $812 million dollars globally and climbing! So, why are Director, Brad Bird, and Producer, John Walker, too cautious to celebrate this success?

I sat down with them to find out. They also shared  why getting the villain right can be tough; how they have had the confidence to back themselves in life, but still feel like, at times, they are faking it until they make it; and why talking about a third “Incredibles” is too painful right now.

“Incredibles 2” is in cinemas now

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Emmy Nominated Shauna Keogh Shares Her Coming Out Story

Shauna Keogh built a successful career telling other people’s stories – so much so that she has been nominated for an Emmy. But, while she was telling others people’s stories, including Peter Andre & Katie Price’s love story, she had never told her own – not even to her family.

She’s now breaking down her own barriers and celebrating everything about herself while also launching a new clothing line 5428.

It was such a privilege and honour to sit down with Shauna as she opened up to me and shared what it was like growing up gay in Ireland, embracing herself and her sexuality, her fears, the power of therapy and lots more.

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Shailene Woodley & Sam Claflin Talk “Adrift”, Sick Days On Set & The Sisterhood Of “Big Little Lies”

“Adrift” is a survival story, based on true events that happened when Tami Oldham (Shailene Woodley)  and Richard Croft (Sam Claflin) set sail for San Francisco but were caught in one of the biggest hurricane ever recorded.

I caught to chat to Shailene and Sam about the pressures that come with telling a true story, getting through the tough days on set, the sisterhood of “Big Little Lies”, and Sam shares details about his upcoming projects with Charlie Murphy (“The Corrupted”) and Jamie Dornan (“Borderland”)

“Adrift” is in Irish cinemas now.

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Sarah Paulson, Cate Blanchett & Sandra Bullock Talk “Ocean’s 8”, Ignoring The Media & Why They Act

This has to be one of the coolest and most fab interviews I have had the chance to do.

I loved chatting to some of the most successful actors in Hollywood, Sarah Paulson, Cate Blanchett and Sandra Bullock about such a wide spectrum of topics from their cool, slick, fabulous and fun new heist movie, “Ocean’s 8”, to feeling safe and protected on set, to ignoring the media, to the pressures and fun of dressing up, and why they act.

Ocean’s 8 is in cinemas now.

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“When people say they’re liking ‘Queer Eye’, they’re saying they’re liking us – and that’s a nice feeling.” Karamo Brown

“Queer Eye” Season 2 lands on Netflix next week (Friday 15th June) but this week you can listen to my chat with one of the Fab 5, the show’s culture guy, Karamo Brown (full interview at the end of this post).

Some people say there is no need for “Queer Eye” in today’s society, that it is an outdated show. I couldn’t disagree more. This show is not just about physical transformations, it is also about transforming the way people think and starting cultural conversations that really need to be out there.

Karamo feels that this couldn’t be a better time for this show to be back because, “as a world we’re so divided, we’re just not speaking to each other anymore. So to have a show that’s positive and uplifting, and that’s saying, let’s figure out our similarities and not just our differences, is very important.”

Even though it’s hard to imagine anyway else in the role of the cultural guy, it almost was that way as Karamo was refused an initial audition. His agent begged the casting agents to see him. When he eventually got through that door, he impressed them right away with his attitude to the casting process. He didn’t see it as a competition, he was actually passing on advice to his fellow auiditionees, “I was helping the other guys to succeed”, he said. His kindness is what actually got him the part! He practices what he preaches – no better a person for the “Cultural Guy” role.

The chemistry the five have on screen is one of the reasons this show works so well. They didn’t know each other before the show but when they saw each other at the casting, they gravitated to each other. “Bobby even started up a text group called the Fab 5, before we even got the parts!”, Karamo said.

As much as they love each other, the audience has fallen in love with them even more so. They all saw their social media accounts explode as soon as the show started on Netflix. “When people say they’re liking the show, they’re saying they’re liking us – and that’s a nice feeling.”

Someone who really likes Karamo is his fiancé, Ian Jordan. They’ve been together for 8 years and Karamo knew that this was going to be forever and that Ian was totally committed, but he also knew that Ian was too shy to propose. “Sometimes in life we want the romantic comedy and we wait for someone else to give it to us but I said, ‘No, I’m going to make my own romantic comedy. I am going to star in it'”. With the help of fellow Fab 5er, Bobby Berk, he created the most spectacular proposal, and Ian said yes.

The wedding planning has begun and Karamo hopes to have all 4 “Queer Eye” guys as his Best Men.

So back to the show that has changed his life. What has Karamo learnt from it? “The biggest thing is not to define someone by the lables we put on them. Sometimes we assumes one vote, or your position makes you who you are, and we start to forget that we are all holistic people. We have so many different parts to of ourselves. And, it’s remembering in those moments – especially someone you disagree with one part of them – to not forget there’s other parts that you may agree with them. That they’re human being; that they’re family members; that they’re children; that they’re parents; and remembering that at the end of the day we all just want love and support – and I think that’s the biggest thing for me.”

And this is why Karamo is the “Culture Guy”. It’s not just about going to the theatre or art galleries, it’s opening your mind up to so many things. He imparts more of his great advice on season 2, which sees the game change again. There a a range of participants getting the “Queer Eye” makeover – inside and out.

I know Season 2 hasn’t even landed yet, but will we see a season 3? “We’re hoping people like season 2 enough to get season 3.” We’re all hoping the same. In the meantime, you can get your “Queer Eye” fix on Netflix by re-watching season 1, while you count down the days to season 2 dropping on Friday 15th June.

Listen to the full interview below.

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Chris Pratt & Bryce Dallas Howard on Worlds Colliding, Over Packing & Fan-Girling

Bryce and Chris are back to look out for the dinosaurs in the latest Jurassic World instalment – “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”.

I caught up with them to chat about how they feel about handing the film over to the fans, their kind of normal, their worlds colliding, overpacking, and who they would camp out to meet.

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” is out in Irish cinemas on Wednesday 6 June.

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Jeff Goldblum on the Jurassic World, Imelda May & Putting Out Pleasant Tunes

I don’t usually leave in the small talk part before an interview as it can sometimes be quiet awkward or quiet even. Not with Jeff Goldblum. He goes out of his way to make you feel comfortable. He is one of the nicest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of interviewing.

When the camera did start to roll we chatted about his love for the Jurassic World, why he admires Imelda May, and how he has managed to get his unique voice heard.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is in Irish cinemas on Wednesday 6th June.

 

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