December 19, 2017
In the 1995 hit film Jumanji, two kids find and play a magical board game, releasing a man trapped for decades in it and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game. In 2017’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, a video game turns the tables on four teenagers who discover an old game console and are thrust into the game’s jungle setting…and into the bodies of their avatars. What do both films have in common? You don’t just play Jumanji — Jumanji plays you.
IMTA alum Madison Iseman stars as Bethany in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle alongside a cast that includes Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Phys Darby, Nick Jonas, Alex Wolff, Morgan Turner and Ser’Darius Blain. “Bethany is your classic pretty, phone-obsessed, kind of mean, entitled teenage girl,” Iseman said of her character. “But underneath all that, she’s just an insecure girl trying to figure out who she really is.”
November 30, 2017
Although it has been nearly 100 years since the gangster Al Capone ruled crime in Chicago, many people are still familiar with what became known as the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. At 10:30 a.m. on February 14, 1929, seven men were murdered at the garage at 2122 North Clark Street, in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago's North Side. The victims included five members of George "Bugs" Moran's North Side Gang; the massacre was allegedly planned by the organization led by Capone to eliminate Moran.
Capone’s rise to power and the events that led up to the massacre are laid out in the new feature Gangster Land, told from the viewpoint of Capone’s second-in-command “Machine Gun” Jack McGurn. IMTA alum Sean Faris stars as McGurn, alongside Milo Gibson as Capone and Peter Facinelli as Moran. Jason Patric and Jamie-Lynn Sigler also star.
November 17, 2017
Mudbound follows a relocated Mississippi family trying to find their way after the tragic upheavals of World War II, experiencing pains that have struck both at home and abroad. While the film shows glimpses of the horrors of war, its larger aim is concerned with the racial divide of two families in the American South.
Transplanted from an upper class life in Memphis to muddy farm country, the McAllan family is made up of the head-strong Henry, his wife Laura (who still wants to hang onto a sliver of refined life through their piano), Henry’s hostile, racist father “Pappy,” and their daughter. After getting swindled on a more upscale home, they are forced to move into a ramshackle residence on their local farm where the harsh conditions are a shock to their system, but only the beginning of the turmoil they will experience.
November 16, 2017
IMTA alum Joseph David-Jones (“Jo Jo” to his friends) is back on screen as Marcus Jones in Roman J. Israel, Esq. In the crime drama, Denzel Washington stars as the title character, a driven, idealistic defense attorney who, through a tumultuous series of events, finds himself in a crisis after his partner has a heart attack — and soon uncovers details about the crusading law firm’s history that run afoul of his values of helping the poor and dispossessed. Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo and Nazneen Contractor also star in the drama, which was written and directed by Dan Gilroy.
“It was crazy just working with someone like Denzel,” said David-Jones. “It was one of the top five days of my life when we sat down at that table read and I got to meet him. It was crazy. Watching him work was like being in the best masterclass you could ever be in.” He added, “I feel as an actor I should always be trying to improve upon my craft and never get comfortable or complacent in any role. It should always challenge you and make you grow.”
October 26, 2017
When we ask young men and women to go to war, what are we asking of them? And when they return, what are we thanking them for?
These are the two essential questions posed by Thank You for Your Service, the fact-based film of the book of the same name by David Finkel that follows a group of infantry soldiers returning home after combat on the front lines in Bagdad, Iraq. As they struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, they must face living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they've left the battlefield.
Miles Teller is a soldier coming home to his child and wife, IMTA alum Haley Bennett, after serving in the Middle East. While initially he is happy to be home and spending time with his beautiful wife, PTSD quickly rears its ugly head. Reluctant to discuss what went on over there, he struggles to deal with the price of war and what he’s brought home with him. The cast also includes Hunter Burke, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Joe Cole, Omar J. Dorsey, Scott Haze, Amy Schumer and Kate Lyn Sheil.
October 19, 2017
It is not difficult to see that IMTA alum Sunny Suljic’s acting career is taking off. The young actor is receiving kudos for his role starring opposite Hollywood heavyweights Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell in the critically acclaimed The Killing of a Sacred Deer that opens in limited release on Friday. Alicia Silversone, Barry Keoghan and Bill Camp also star in the film that has been screening at numerous international film festivals—including its debut at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival where it was nominated for the Palm d’Or, the highest prize at the festival, and won the award for Best Screenplay.
In The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Anna and Steven Murphy are a married couple with two lovely children. She's a dentist, he's a doctor, and the kids are well adjusted—in short, the seemingly perfect family. Into this family comes Martin, a young man who happens to be the son of a former patient of Farrell's—a patient who is now dead, presumably at the hands of Dr. Murphy. As Martin integrates himself further into the Murphy family’s lives he makes a demand: the Murphy's must decide which of their kids is going to die and if they can't decide, the entire family will perish. The Killing of a Sacred Deer is an adaptation of the Greek myth of Agamemnon in which he kills a deer sacred to the goddess Artemis and is instructed to kill his daughter Iphigenia to appease her.
September 29, 2017
The convention was held aboard Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas August 8 through August 12. Since our official partnership in Shanghai this past April, 94 regional contests were hosted in ten major cities all over China, having attracted over 20,000 young contestants. One-hundred talents from different cities made their way into the final competition after a series of preliminary rounds.
The finalists were requested to compete in competitions that included jeans, swimwear, runway, fashion print, TV commercials, singing and dancing. The winners were awarded a scholarship to attend the IMTA LA 2018. Mr. Joey Hunter, of IMTA, was invited to be the chief judge of the final contest.
September 22, 2017
Each year as the fall television season begins, it is gratifying to take a look at the IMTA alumni who extend their résumés with work on “television.” With advances in technology, nowadays “television” or “TV” encompasses more than just the flat screen on the family room wall; it includes smartphones, tablets and PCs. “TV” can be viewed anywhere, anytime on any mobile device. And it is no longer only networks and cable channels producing programming and movies, but streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu have their own line-up of original shows and films. Amazon and YouTube offer original programming and serve as hosts for channels such as PixL and Reelz. YouTube and Vimeo serve as platforms for independent filmmakers and writers to release original series and movies. All of these outlets provide unlimited possibilities for IMTA alumni to appear on “the small screen.”
Below are just a few of the IMTA alumni working on network, cable or web series, appearing on returning or new series in regular or recurring roles, announced guest-starring appearances, and lead or supporting roles in TV movies and mini-series. Our apologies for any names missing. IMTA is equally proud of all of the alumni working in the entertainment industry and we try to keep track of as many as we can. Please let us know of castings, guest appearances and other successes of IMTA alums.
IMTA alum Amy Acker stars in the new FOX series “The Gifted,” premiering October 2. The action-adventure family drama from Marvel tells the story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive. Acker also guest stars on the Alan Tudyk/Nathan Fillion comedy “Con Man” which is currently re-airing on the SyFy channel.
August 31, 2017
“They call it the autism spectrum for a reason because it is a wide spectrum of behaviors and abilities…I think this film does a lot to open people’s eyes to the reality of what it’s like to raise a kid like Po.” – Christopher Gorham
IMTA alum Christopher Gorham’s 20 year career has included many memorable characters on some of television’s most popular shows, such as “Ugly Betty’s” boyfriend Henry Grubstick and “Covert Affairs’” blind CIA handler Auggie Anderson. He has had starring roles on “Jake 2.0,” “Harper’s Island” and “Medical Investigation,” and many featured appearances on series such as “The Magicians,” “Two Broke Girls” and “Once Upon a Time” among many others. Gorham has also branched out into the other side of the camera, directing several episodes of “Covert Affairs,” the short Gamechangers comedies, and the recently released We Love You, Sally Carmichael! But in the independent feature A Boy Called Po, Gorham takes on a role unlike most of his previous work; a role that it is both deeply personal and relatable to his own life.
August 18, 2017
“This business is so unstable, and you never really know where you’re going to be … My child is the most important person to me, and her upbringing is paramount to my work right now.” – Katie Holmes
IMTA alum Katie Holmes is having a very good year career wise. As she has added to the complexity of her résumé with directing and producing projects (All We Had, Touched with Fire) that have enhanced her star-power in Hollywood, her acting roles reflect a variety and depth sure to please her fans.
In the Steven Soderbergh-directed caper comedy Logan Lucky, brothers Jimmy and Clyde Logan set out to reverse a family curse by executing an elaborate robbery during the legendary Coca-Cola 600 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Holmes is in the role of Jimmy’s ex-wife, who plans to take their daughter and, with her new husband, move far away from Jimmy—triggering the Logan brothers’ robbery plan as a means to fund a lawyer to keep his daughter near. In a statement oddly reflective of Jimmy’s motivation for the robbery, Holmes recently said about herself in an interview with People magazine, “I think the most important thing in my life is giving my child the childhood I want her to have. That comes first. That dictates where I work and when I work because it’s my main job right now.” In addition to Holmes, the film also stars Channing Tatum, Daniel Craig, Adam Driver, Seth McFarlane, Sebastian Stan, Hilary Swank and Riley Keough.
August 03, 2017
“Whenever I’m not working I like to capitalize on that time by spending it with the people I love, traveling, working on music. Being able to just step back and enjoy all the things life has to offer.” – Joseph David-Jones
A police raid in 1967 resulted in one of the largest citizen uprisings in United States' history, with riots that lasted five days, an event that brought into focus the systemic racism that was present during those times in urban Detroit. The telling of that period comes to the screen in the feature Detroit, directed by Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow. Detroit stars John Boyega, Kaitlyn Dever, Anthony Mackie, John Krasinski, and IMTA alum Joseph David-Jones.
“Detroit tells the story of one of the most horrifying events that took place during the 1967 Rebellion in Detroit,” said David-Jones. “An incident which took place at the Algiers Motel changed the lives of everyone unfortunate enough to be involved in it. In the film, I play Morris, a Musician who winds up getting caught in all the chaos of the rebellious activity happening around him. Morris finds himself being affected in more ways than one by the events that took place on those tragic days.”
August 01, 2017
“I think that she believes that when she commits that crime and she's in prison, now she's almost safe… There's a relief. It's easier to be here than it is to live in the real world.” – Jessica Biel
On a beautiful summer day at the beach, a young mother—who appears to be living the perfect life with her loving husband and son—suddenly and inexplicably stabs a man to death. The shocking scene kicks off the USA Network’s limited summer series “The Sinner,” starring IMTA alum Jessica Biel. The subsequent investigation into what happened, and why an ordinary person would do something so out of the ordinary, are the heart of the series that is adapted from Petra Hammesfahr’s book of the same name.
“When I read the book, every step of the way for me was a shock,” said Biel. “I feel like nothing can shock me anymore. There’s nothing too weird, nothing too dark. We’ve all seen it all in a sense, the way we’re exposed and have access to everything. But every time there was a surprise in the book, it was a genuine surprise for me. It just felt incredibly rare to find a piece of material where you didn’t expect every twist and turn along the way. That felt incredibly rare. I wanted to play (Cora) and be a little nuts.”
June 23, 2017
“It’s the craziest set I’ve ever been on…because there were just so many toys. He [Director Michael Bay] had helicopters, and drones and these giant – like two or three cranes going at once with the Porsche Cayenne flying around…” – Josh Duhamel
Josh Duhamel’s Colonel William Lennox has outlasted all of the other human characters who were introduced in Michael Bay’s 2007 Transformers. Though Lennox was absent from the fourth entry in the movie mega-franchise, he returns in Transformers: The Last Knight and finds himself in the uncomfortable position of treating his former allies like criminals. As a member of an anti-Transformer taskforce called the TRF, Lennox is charged with rounding up Autobots and Decepticons alike, as well as hunting down one of the Autobots’ greatest allies.
It isn’t long, however, before Lennox finds himself caught up in a situation that’s much bigger than humans vs. Transformers. From secret societies to an evil Optimus Prime and a decrepit Cybertron threatening the destruction of Earth, The Last Knight brings all hands on deck to stave off complete disaster – and Lennox is there for the ride.
February 24, 2017
After winning the Grand Jury Prize—the highest honor at last month’s Sundance International Film Festival—and critical acclaim, the comedy-revenge-thriller I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore begins streaming on Netflix today. It is the story of Ruth, a nursing assistant who—quite simply—is tired of people being jerks. When she comes home one day to find that her house has been broken into—with the thieves stealing her laptop, her grandmother’s silver set, and her depression and anxiety medications—and the police are less than helpful, Ruth decides to take matters into her own hands. She enlists the help of Tony—who is actually one of the jerks in her neighborhood—to help her track down the offenders. Unfortunately, they soon find themselves dangerously out of their depth against a pack of desperate criminals
IMTA alum Elijah Wood co-stars in I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore as Tony, alongside Melanie Lunskey as Ruth. Jane Levy, Christine Woods, David Yow, Devon Graye, Robert Longstreet and Lee Eddy also star in actor Macon Blair’s feature writing/directorial debut.
October 17, 2016
“I’m working on directing now. I’ve been acting since I was little and now I’ve ventured into the whole directing world. It’s exciting! It’s a lot of work, but it’s exciting.” – Mika Boorem
Nearly every year there are new horror films released in October to ensure you can have a very scary Halloween. This year is no exception with the premiere of Minutes Past Midnight, the first release of a promised series of anthology feature films. In Minutes Past Midnight, as midnight falls, all manner of terror invades the Earth. Demons, cannibals, killers, ghosts and monsters swarm the world in these tales of the supernatural, the fantastic, and the just plain horrific.
Minutes Past Midnight is nine short horror films curated from Toronto’s long-running, very popular, monthly short film festival known as Little Terrors which promises “Two full hours of the craziest, goriest, most-disturbing and off-the-wall short films the genre has to offer” and warns “We are not responsible for your mental state upon leaving the theatre.”
October 17, 2016
“Brimming with authenticity and humor, First Girl I Loved offers a delightful, contemporary perspective on the jitters of new romance and the age-old heartbreak of love.” – SlashFilm.com
Shortly after IMTA alum Brianna Hildebrand completed filming her scene-stealing, breakout role as Negasonic Teenage Warhead for the hit Deadpool, she quietly filmed a role in a small independent movie titled First Girl I Loved alongside fellow alum Mateo Arias. And while Deadpool catapulted Hildebrand’s star into the X-Men universe, it was the premiere of First Girl I Loved at last January’s Sundance Film Festival—nearly a month prior to Deadpool’s release—that made audiences and Hollywood take notice of Hildebrand, particularly when the film was the winner of the Festival’s Best of NEXT Audience Award. Arias, already an established actor, has appeared in several films and TV shows, including starring for four seasons on Disney’s “Kickin’ It” as the quirky, loveable Jerry Martinez.
In First Girl I Loved, an awkward love triangle forms when Anne (Dylan Gelula) realizes she is in love with Sasha (Hildebrand), the most popular girl at her high school. She confesses this to her friend Clifton (Arias), who has a thing for her. He becomes jealous and, predictably, it gets awkward.
“They might seem different, but there are similarities,” Hildebrand said about her roles in her first films. “In Deadpool, Negasonic Teenage Warhead is a goth mutant with a very tough exterior, but deep down she feels misunderstood, so she’s built this hard, apathetic outer shell. In First Girl I Loved, my character is not yet sure who she is. Both teenage girls are struggling with their identities and figuring out what they want.”