S3E26: Interview with Adam Santelli for 13 The Musical

Interview with Adam Santelli 13 the musical podcast

Now streaming on Netflix is the screen adaptation of 13: The Musical. We had the chance to sit down for an interview with Adam Santelli, the director of photography to talk about bringing 13 from stage to screen and more.

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Interview with Adam Santelli 13 the musical podcast

Interview with Adam Santelli for 13 The Musical

So what is it specifically about musicals and music videos that interests you most as a creative?

Adam: I’ve always been involved in music ever since I was a kid. I am the MTV generation, I was there when there were two videos on MTV. Basically spent most of my time watching MTV through middle school and high school.

I just remember my mom always going, what are you going to do with your life? I’m like, I’m gonna make music videos. And so that’s kind of where it all started, because of that, it just was an easy transition into musicals. And I’m a big musical fan. So a big Broadway fan.

Let’s talk about 13: The Musical and what made you want to work on this project? Did you come across challenges when adapting the stage play and book into the film?

Adam: I’m a big Tamra Davis fan, just that alone kind of got me excited about the project. But then when I read the script and started doing the research, I was like, I have to do it. We’ve all been there and we’ve all had those problems. So in a sense it was one of those kind of projects [and] all the stars have aligned.

The choreographer, Jamal, I know very well, from Descendents 3. It was just a great coming together of people I’ve always wanted to work with, or people I have been wanting to get back together with.

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About 13 The Musical

13 The Musical follows 12-year-old Evan Goldman after he leaves New York City following his parents’ divorce. Evan is devastated to leave all his friends, his father, and his rabbi behind. Especially since his Bar Mitzvah is coming up, But upon arriving at his grandmother’s house in small-town Walkerton, Indiana, he hatches a plan to win new friends by turning his Bar Mitzvah into the coolest party ever.

As an outsider, Evan quickly finds out he’s not the only one grappling with the all too familiar anxieties of eighth grade. While his new friends Patrice and Archie fret over the fate of the planet and unrequited love, popular cheerleader Lucy desperately plots to stave off a first kiss between her crush Brett and best friend Kendra. To make matters worse, Evan invites the popular kids to his party—who aren’t fans of Patrice. Evan faces the impossible task of bringing everyone happily together in time for his party, or else risk social ruin. It turns out, 13 isn’t looking as good as he thought it would be.

About Adam Santelli

Interview with Adam Santelli

Adam Santelli has worked on everything from Descendants 3 to Fear of the Walking Dead and so much in between. But as much as we wanted to talk about that Hades musical number and Hellraiser, we tried to focus on 13: The Musical. Okay, yes, we also asked about the other things, too, because Adam has such an expansive portfolio. How could we not?

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S3E25: Interview with Walker Scobell and Momona Tamada for Secret Headquarters

 Jerry Bruckheimer’s latest film Secret Headquarters premieres on Paramount+ August 12. We had the chance to interview Walker Scobell and Momona Tamada to learn more about the movie.

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Interview with Walker Scobell and Momona Tamada For Secret Headquarters

Secret Headquarters follows Charlie Kincaid (Walker Scobell), a 14-year-old boy sent to spend his birthday with his father Jack (Owen Wilson). Jack and Charlie’s relationship is strained due to Jack constantly bailing on both Charlie and his mother. Charlie assumes his dad just doesn’t want anything to do with his family. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Jack is actually the superhero the Guard, a hero chosen by an alien artifact to become the protector of Earth. When his dad leaves, Charlie invites his friends over, and together they discover his dad’s secret identity. Soon trouble comes calling when Argon (Michael Peña) shows up looking for the source of Jack’s powers. It’s up to Charlie and his friends to stop this villain in his tracks. 

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Walker and Momona are set to be household names soon. Walker will be starring as Percy Jackson in the upcoming Disney+ series. Momona is starring as Ty Lee in the live-action Avatar the Last Airbender series coming to Nickelodeon.

Secret Headquarters Movie Interview

Naturally, we had to talk superhero gadgets, stunt scenes, and working with two Marvel superstars. Walker is adding to his Infinity Gauntlet of costars that is for sure!

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S3E24: Interview with Simon Pegg for Luck

Interview with Simon Pegg for Luck

Apple TV Plus’ newest animated film, Luck, is coming to the streaming platform August 5. To learn more about and the adorable Bob the Cat, we sat down for an interview with Simon Pegg.

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Interview with Simon Pegg for Luck

Interview with Simon Pegg for Luck

Luck follows Sam Greenfield (Eva Noblezada), the unluckiest person in the world who desperately wants to help her friend. One day she meets a black cat named Bob (Simon Pegg) who leaves behind a lucky penny. Sam is excited and cannot wait to give it to her friend. But when it gets lost, she finds Bob again and follows him into the never-before-seen Land of Luck in hopes of tracking down a new penny. Nothing goes as planned and she is going to need more than luck if she wants to help her friend, the inhabitants of the Land of Luck, and herself. 

Ashley, born on Friday the 13th, loved how this movie turned superstitions on their heads. It was refreshing to see black cats get some much needed love. Because as you know, she is also a cat fan.

We asked Simon about what excited him most about Luck, how he related to Bob, as well as working on voice acting gigs versus live action.

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 Luck comes to Apple TV Plus August 5, 2022.

S3E23: The Bad Guys Interview with Producers Damon Ross and Rebecca Huntley

The Bad Guys Interview with Producers Damon Ross and Rebecca Huntley

The latest Dreamworks Animation Film, The Bad Guys is now available to own on Digital, Blu-ray, 4K, and DVD. We recently visited Dreamworks Campus for an interview with producers Damon Ross and Rebecca Huntley.

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The Bad Guys Interview with Producers Damon Ross and Rebecca Huntley

The Bad Guys Interview with Producers Damon Ross and Rebecca Huntley

After a lifetime of legendary heists, the notorious criminals Mr. Wolf, Mr. Snake, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Shark, and Ms. Tarantula are finally caught. However, if they want to avoid a prison sentence, the animal outlaws must pull off their most challenging con yet. AKA becoming model citizens. Under the tutelage of their mentor, Professor Marmalade, the dubious gang sets out to fool the world that they’re turning good.

The Bad Guys is Ocean’s 11 meets the animal world. It is packed with intrigue, action, and plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. This is one film the whole family will enjoy watching together. And, since it is based on a book series, there is potential for more films or a spin-off show, something Dreamworks is famous for doing with their films. 

Related: Interview with Directors Alastair Fothergill and Jeff Wilson

Rebecca and Damon were so fun to interview. We even set up a heist at Dreamworks, that totally worked! We really tried to find out if there would be any sequels. After all, Dreamworks is known for turning its hit movies into shows. They shared why they wanted to work on this project. And most importantly, what would be their Golden Dolphin? That question MAY have led to us stealing the heart-shaped stone. Just saying.

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The Bad Guys Bonus Features

The bad guys bonus features
  • ALL-NEW ORIGINAL SHORT “MARASCHINO RUBY” – The Bad Guys are at it again, but not in the way you think. They’ve gone good! Find out what happens to the team after they go rogue in this sweet original short.
  • DELETED SCENES
    • Original opening
    • Snake Attack
    • Extra Secret Base Tour
    • You Can’t Fake Good
    • Post Credits: Scientist Button
  • DEVISE THE PLAN: MAKING THE BAD GUYS – From book to storyboard to the silver screen, join the cast and filmmakers as they devise how to bring The Bad Guys to life.
  • ASSEMBLE THE CREW – Go face to face with the voices behind our favorite animated bad guys – Mr. Wolf, Mr. Snake, Mr. Shark, Ms. Tarantula & Mr. Piranha.
  • IT’S SHOWTIME: CAST TABLE READ – Teamwork is the ultimate ingredient in pulling off a job without a hitch. Now that they’ve agreed on the plan, it’s time to bring the cast of The Bad Guys together for their first table read.
  • SNAKE’S FROZEN POP SHOP – Want to learn how to make your own version of Mr. Snake’s favorite frozen pops? With these easy recipes, you’ll be on your way to chill-ville in no time. Want to go the extra mile? Create your own frozen pop disguises.
  • FROM THE DRAWING ROOM – Learn step by step from The Bad Guys head of story, Nelson Yokota, how you can create your very own storyboard and draw the film’s main characters
    • How To Storyboard
    • How To Draw Mr. Wolf, Mr. Snake, Mr. Shark, Ms. Tarantula, Mr. Piranha
  • FEATURE COMMENTARY – Feature Commentary with Director Pierre Perifel, Producer Damon Ross, Head of Story Nelson Yokota, Head of Character Animation JP Sans, and Production Designer Luc Desmarchelier.

S3E22: Interview with Directors Alastair Fothergill and Jeff Wilson

Interview with Directors Alastair Fothergill and Jeff Wilson

The latest Disneynature film, Polar Bear is coming to Disney+ this month. Ashley had the chance to sit down for an interview with directors Alastair Fothergill and Jeff Wilson to learn more about this project.

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Interview with Directors Alastair Fothergill and Jeff Wilson

Disneynature Interview with Directors Alastair Fothergill and Jeff Wilson

Narrated by Catherine Keener, Disneynature’s Polar Bear tells the story of a new mother whose memories of her youth help her raise her cub. But things have changed. Her world is increasingly challenging and different from the one she grew up in.  Alastair Fothergill and Jeff Wilson, the directing team behind Disneynature’s Penguins, helm this film. They craft the bear’s story by going back and examining her days as a cub. By showing how much has changed for this bear during her lifetime, Fothergill and Wilson capture the resiliency and plight of polar bears.

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Polar Bear is an amazing film and like every other Disneynature outing made me cry at least once. What made you want to focus on polar bears?

Alastair: We’d worked a lot in the arctic with polar bears and we always knew there was an amazing Disneynature film to be made. Polar bears are amazingly beautiful, they have wonderful cubs which is great for Disneynature. More than anything else they are the queens of their worlds… Also, we felt it was a very timely film because polar bears are at the cutting edge of climate change, it’s happening very fast in the arctic. We thought it was a film that had to be made now. 

They also explained the difficulty of finding a bear family to work with. After all, polar bears are solitary creatures.

Disneynature Polar Bear starts streaming on Disney+ April 15.

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S3E19: Interview with Tom Kenny and Bill Fagerbakke

Interview with Tom Kenny and Bill Fagerbakke

Today we are going to Kamp Koral with SpongeBob and Patrick themselves! We had the chance to sit down for an interview with Tom Kenny and Bill Fagerbakke. These two are friends both on- and off-screen. From friendship to multiverse happenings, we had a blast chatting with these guys.

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Season 1 of Kamp Koral SpongeBob’s Under Years is now available on DVD. 

Interview with Tom Kenny and Bill Fagerbakke

Interview with Tom Kenny and Bill Fagerbakke

SpongeBob and Patrick have been a staple for decades and Kamp Koral goes back to the beginning. SpongeBob and Patrick are youngsters attending Kamp Koral in Bikini Bottom. We asked the guys what it was like going back to play their younger selves and the challenges that came with it.

And since we are best friends and they are best friends, naturally we spoke about the importance of friendship, after all everyone needs a bestie. It was fun to hear why they think SpongeBob and Patrick’s friendship has resonated throughout the years. And honestly, it’s a lesson we should all take to heart.

Did you know Tom and Bill have done other voices as well? They sure have. Which of their other characters would they like to visit Bikini Bottom? You will have to listen to find out!

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About Kamp Koral

The series follows 10-year-old SpongeBob as he spends his summer at Kamp Koral. The camp is run by Mr. Krabs. SpongeBob shares a cabin with his friends Patrick and Sandy. Squidward, acts as a counselor. He is slightly older as well as pessimistic, which is a relief because who wants a happy Squidward? The local chef Plankton is secretly running a laboratory beneath the camp. There he is attempting to invent things to help him take over the world.

Season 1 of Kamp Koral SpongeBob’s Under Years is now available on DVD. 

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S3E15: Interview With Raising Dion Cast

interview with cast of raising dion podcast

We had the chance to speak with the stars of Netflix’s Raising Dion. Rome Flynn, Alisha Wainwright, and Jason Ritter, shared a little about season 2, comic books, stunt work, and more.

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Interview With Raising Dion Cast: Alisha Wainwright, Rome Flynn, and Jason Ritter

This season, Dion (Ja’Siah Young) continues honing his powers with the support of his mom (Alisha Wainwright) and Tevin (Rome Flynn). The latter is his new BIONA trainer who catches Nicole’s eye. After befriending new student, powered kid Brayden (Griffin Robert Faulkner), evil things begin to happen. Dion quickly learns that danger is still looming. Dion and his friends must fight not only to save themselves but the entire city of Atlanta.

Related: Raising Dion Season 2 Review A Few Upgrades Make For The Best Season Yet

With the origin story out of the way, season 2 of Raising Dion is free to explore Dion’s powers, his family dynamics, and introduce exciting newcomers. Combine that with upgraded effects and more laughs, and the result is the best season of the show yet.

Related: Raising Dion is Back with an Electrifying Season 2

Since the show is based on a comic book and Jason Ritter’s Pat is a comic book fan, we naturally had to ask him about his own love for comics. Spoiler alert he is a geek like us. Flynn is one of the newcomers on the show this year and his character Tevin is a powered being. Seeing himself in all of his powered glory was definitely a thrill for Flynn. Plus he is all about landing those epic stunt sequences. Watch out season 3!

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Raising Dion is a family-friendly superhero show that manages to bring something unique to the table. Unlike others in the genre, instead of focusing solely on the powers, this show centers itself on family. What is more super than a family who loves you?

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Raising Dion Season 2 is now available on Netflix.

Although season 3 has yet to be announced, there are plenty of storylines left to explore. Plus the ending will definitely leave fans wanting more. 

S3E14: Interview with REACHER Cast

Willa Fitzgerald and Harvey Guillen in REACHER on Prime

We had the chance to speak with the stars of REACHER on Prime Video. Willa Fitzgerald and Harvey Guillén shared a little about the new Amazon Studios original series.

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S3E14: Interview with REACHER Cast
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S3E14: Interview with Willa Fitzgerald and Harvey Guillén of REACHER on Amazon Prime

Photo: Amazon Studios

Willa Fitzgerald talks about portraying Roscoe, being a psych major, deadpan comedy, and more. Harvey Guillén shared how he almost turned down the role of Jasper, about bringing a Laninx to a Southern character, his comedic stylings, and more in our exclusive interview.

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REACHER follows Jack Reacher, a veteran military police investigator who has just recently entered civilian life. Reacher is a drifter, carrying no phone and the barest of essentials as he travels the country and explores the nation he once served. When Reacher arrives in the small town of Margrave, Georgia, he finds a community grappling with its first homicide in 20 years. The cops immediately arrest him and eyewitnesses claim to place Reacher at the scene of the crime. While he works to prove his innocence, a deep-seated conspiracy begins to emerge, one that will require Reacher’s keen mind and hard-hitting fists to deal with. One thing above all is for sure: They picked the wrong guy to take the fall. 

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Season One of REACHER is based on Lee Child’s first Jack Reacher novel “Killing Floor,” and is written for television by Emmy-nominated writer Nick Santora (Scorpion,  Prison Break), who also executive produces and serves as showrunner for the series as part of his overall deal with Skydance Television. 

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Reacher, starring Alan Ritchson, is based on the novels by Lee Child. All 8 episodes of the first season of the Amazon Original series will premiere exclusively on Prime Video on Friday, February 4, 2022.

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S3E12: Interview With Kevin James | Home Team, Sean Payton, & More

Interview With Kevin James

Fan of the Saints? How about Kevin James? If you answered yes to either of those you are in the right place. We sat down for an interview with Kevin James to hear more about Home Team his latest film now streaming on Netflix.

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Interview With Kevin James

Interview With Kevin James

Kevin James stars as Sean Payton, the Super Bowl-winning, former coach of the New Orleans Saints in the new Netflix film, Home Team. It is based on the true story of the greatest season of Payton’s life, coaching his son’s football team to the championship. But it wasn’t an easy road to the big game. First, he had to reconnect with his son and then help the team learn to work together.

We recently chatted with Kevin about the film and what it meant to step into the shoes of Sean Payton. Not only did he get to embody the coach but he also got to work with him. Sean Payton has a small cameo at the end of the film. Apparently, Payton himself is a funny guy. Who knew?

Related: Home Team Movie Review: A True Story About Sean Payton’s Greatest Season

As football fans we asked the most important question of all, did he actually get to touch the real Vince Lombardi Trophy? You will have to listen to find out. This film also features a cast packed with comedy titans. Any improv that was happening definitely came from Schneider according to Kevin.

Home Team is rated PG for crude material, language, and some suggestive references with a runtime of 95 minutes.

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S3E11: Interview With Mokey and Wembley For Fraggle Rock

Interview With Mokey and Wembley For Fraggle Rock

We had a chance to sit down for an interview with Mokey and Wembley for Fraggle Rock Back to the Rock. Yes, that Fraggle Rock! Their new show Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock is now streaming on Apple TV +.

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Dance your cares away, and come on down to Fraggle Rock!

Interview With Mokey and Wembley For Fraggle Rock

Interview With Fraggles Mokey and Wembley For Fraggle Rock Back to the Rock

Although Mokey and Wembley have no idea what a TV show is or that we can actually see their adventures, they were excited to talk with us silly space creatures. Not sure who was more excited, us or them. It’s not every day you get to talk to a Fraggle!

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Since we couldn’t ask them about their show we did talk to them about their latest adventures, what they do for fun, and more. They even asked us questions and invited us to live with them down in Fraggle Rock. With a 30-minute workweek that sounds absolutely divine.

About Fraggle Rock Back to the Rock

Jim Henson’s fun-loving, musical Fraggles are back! Join Gobo, Red, Wembley, Mokey, Boober, and new Fraggle friends on hilarious, epic adventures about the magic that happens when we celebrate and care for our interconnected world.

Fraggle Rock Back to the Rock season 1 is available on Apple TV+ starting January 21, 2022.

Fraggle Rock Back to the Rock