John Boyega who plays the lead character Moses is a new face on the big screen and shows amazing depth in his first feature film. Boyega, a native of London has been acting since age five, but Attack the Block is his first professional acting credit and his first time as a film lead. Recently Boyega completed his second film, the British indie feature, Junkhearts — a film by television director, Tinge Krishnan.
Attack The Block is currently showing in select theaters.
This is your first feature film. How does it feel to be part of a project that’s been so well received?
It feels good, I’m humbled to be a part of such a film. It’s actually entertaining and fun — people seem to really to like it.
Your character Moses is pretty complicated. How did you define him and how did Moses change from the original script to what we saw on screen?
Well, I always knew Moses was a silent, strong, complicated character from the get-go, but I also knew there was a journey to make him [from] a thug to a hero. He didn’t show a lot of emotion at the beginning … and was a hard character to crack and try to understand. So what I did was strategically plan certain bits where I would show a different kind of emotion at a certain scene. So If you saw Moses smiling you would notice that. Or if you saw him cry you would notice it because he has this hard shell and after that you build from self sacrifice to bravery and then to humility and it builds and he becomes this hero. So that’s his journey and how I built on that.
In "Superman", Guggenheim profiles five extraordinary young students and their families who are fighting for a quality education within the public school system. Recently, we sat down (over tea) with the acclaimed director to discuss the film, the problems with the education system and what he thinks we can do to save our schools.
Waiting For "Superman" opens in select theaters on Friday, October 8.
Rizzoli and Isles partnership goes back long before tonight’s series premiere. In fact, the two crime busters made their introductions in The Apprentice, a thriller penned by season author, Tess Gerritsen. Since creating the awkward relationship, Gerritsen has written eight books featuring her dynamic duo.
Recently, Gerritsen was in Atlanta for a special sneak preview of the series and answered questions to the press and her fans about the TV show and her collected works.
Rizzoli and Isles premieres tonight at 10:00 pm on TNT.
How does it feel to see your book characters come to life?
It was a real blast. It helps that I love these two actors: Sasha and Angie — they have so much charisma, they’re fun to watch it also helps that the head writer, Janet Tamaro has a wicked sense of humor and that comes through in the TV show.
How does it feel to be a part of the Twilight sensation?
Very humbling, very blessed. I mean the books themselves started it off. Stephanie Meyer started it and then someone did such a great job of casting it and then you’re just kind of thrust in this world and people are just screaming at ya and sometimes they don’t even know who you are, but they’re just gonna scream at ya. But…I don’t think I’m going to realize it until like maybe a year from now I’ve been away from the whole world.
Why is that? Why will it take a year?
I just think with things like this, you’re so caught up. You know, you’re right in the eye of the storm and you don’t really realize what you’ve gone through until you go away from that storm because you can sit back and reflect, because I literally feel like George Clooney in Up in the Air, like I’m through living in a suitcase…so it’s just, you never really get a true sense of what’s happening until you just walk away from it, until you just kind of watch it.
How has your family reacted to all this, especially your brothers?
My brothers are funny because they’re both professional athletes and so, they kinda just laugh. They like to rip. And it’s the brother kind of dynamic, you know? It’s always trying to one up the other guy.
What was your favorite scene to shoot for Eclipse?
Um, I think it woulda been the one scene that me and Dakota had just because it’s fun to act with her. She’s such a cool girl and a good person and so talented, so it was just — it was a lot of fun to interact on that one. It’s weird. She’s 16 years old, but you sit there and talk to her and it’s like she’s 35.
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