October 18, 2018
In Jonah Hill’s directorial debut, Mid90s, IMTA alum Sunny Suljic stars as Stevie, a thirteen year old boy growing up with an abusive older brother and a somewhat absent mother in Los Angeles in the 1990s. In an effort to escape his unhappy home life and find a place where he can feel he belongs, Stevie tries to teach himself to skateboard so that he can hang out with a group of other skaters from his neighborhood, each one of the kids having a similar life story. The film also stars Lucas Hedges, Katherine Waterston and Jerrod Carmichael.
Suljic, who is an avid skateboarder in real life, had a hard job appearing as a novice skater for the film. “He’s an amazing skateboarder! He’s not an arrogant person so he’s not going to say it, but he’s incredible,” said director Hill. “Not only is he a great actor, but it’s so hard to pretend to be worse than you are, to pretend to be just starting. We were so careful, and Sunny did such an amazing job of being worse than he actually is skill wise, which is very hard to do.” Hill added, “I've never had to carry a movie like that. I usually play supporting roles, and, like, it's crazy to carry — literally strap a movie at 11 years old to your shoulder and [have you] walk across the field with it. It's insane.”
October 11, 2018
In the small town of Wardenclyffe on Halloween Night, best friends Sonny and Sam find a manuscript in an abandoned house that was previously owned by author R. L. Stine. When they open the book, which is ominously titled “Haunted Halloween” and serves as a compendium of every Halloween-themed creature imaginable, they release a ventriloquist’s dummy named Slappy who plans to create the Halloween Apocalypse with the help of his Halloween monster allies. Now, Sonny and Sam, alongside Sonny’s sister, Sarah, must work to thwart Slappy’s plot before all is lost.
IMTA alum Madison Iseman stars as Sarah, together with Jeremy Ray Taylor as Sonny and Caleel Harris as Sam. The cast includes Wendi McLendon-Covey, Chris Parnell, Ken Jeong and Jack Black. “Sarah is a typical high-school senior. She’s struggling with school, and the balance of relationships and social life while trying to get into college…a lot of real stuff,” Iseman explained about her character. “And her mom’s putting a lot of pressure on her to take care of her brother and take care of the family…it’s a lot of relatable things that a lot of people are dealing with in today’s world. So, throughout the story she finds this confidence she never really knew she had, and she learns to believe in herself, and that she can do anything she puts her mind to.”
October 11, 2018
Based on the book “First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong” by James R. Hansen, the feature film First Man is a study of the life of the legendary American Astronaut from 1961-1969. While on his journey to becoming the first human to walk the moon, the film explores the sacrifices and costs on the Nation and Armstrong himself, during one of the most dangerous missions in the history of space travel.
Starring in the film as young Rick Armstrong, one of Neil’s sons, is IMTA alum Gavin Warren. Ryan Gosling stars as Neil Armstrong, with Claire Foy playing his wife, Janet. Also starring are Kyle Chandler, Pablo Schreiber, Corey Stoll, Ethan Embry, Jon Bernthal, Jason Clarke, Patrick Fugit, Lukas Haas and Shea Whigham. Damien Chazelle directed the biopic for Amblin Entertainment and Universal Pictures.
Coming to IMTA with Neal Hamil Centre in Houston, the LA13 Most Sought Male Talent—and finalist for both Child Actor and Child Model of the Year—decided he wanted to be an actor after watching the comedy Happy Gilmore. “What happened was I used to do gymnastics, and me and my brother were planning to do acting for like awhile. Then we finally decided we should both do it,” Warren says. “We said let’s ask mom so we can be like Adam Sandler.”