NOC Interview: Olga Kurylenko on ‘Black Widow’

Incredibly excited to share this all with everyone. First of all, it’s the first Marvel Studios interview I’ve conducted in my life! And second, it couldn’t have been with a more wonderful actress — Olga Kurylenko!

Now for those of you who have not seen Black Widow yet, I not only encourage you to do so because 1.) it’s awesome (I really don’t care what the haters say!), and 2.) the below contains pretty heavy spoilers pertaining to the movie.

**WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD FOR BLACK WIDOW**

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Writer/Director Leigh Janiak on Bringing ‘Fear Street’ to Life

Leigh Janiak serves as director, writer, and executive producer for Netflix’s new Fear Street trilogy, which is made up of Fear Street Part 1: 1994, Fear Street Part 2: 1978, and Fear Street Part 3: 1666. The films were all shot back-to-back-to-back with the same cast in three different period settings. All of them are connected by an epic narrative, making one terrifying story. Fear Street Part 3: 1666 premieres on July 16.

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NOC Interview: AnnaSophia Robb Discusses Her Role in ‘Dr. Death’

AnnaSophia Robb stars as the empowering Michelle Shughart in the new Peacock Original series Dr. Death. Based on Wondery’s hit podcast of the same title, which has over 50 million listeners to date, the show will also tell the horrifying true story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch. Dr. Death begins streaming on Thursday, July 15.

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Geraldine Viswanathan and Karan Soni on ‘Miracle Workers: Oregon Trail’

Geraldine Viswanathan and Karan Soni star in Miracle Workers: Oregon Trail on TBS. The third season of the comedy will take the audience and cast on a new adventure, this time set in 1844. Soni plays The Gunslinger and Viswanathan portrays Prudence. Miracle Workers: Oregon Trail premieres on Tuesday, July 13 at 10:30 PM ET/PT. Recently, both actors can be seen together in 7 Days, which was shown at Tribeca Film Festival this year.

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Jordan Fisher on ‘The Flash’ and Waving Through the Speed Force

When you’re running through the Speed Force, and there’s nobody around, do you ever really crash or even make a sound?

That’s one of the questions I didn’t ask the Dear Evan Hansen star Jordan Fisher when he sat down with me over Zoom to talk about his heavily hyped debut as Impulse on The Flash.

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Tim Rozon and Sarah Levy on Their New Series ‘SurrealEstate’

Tim Rozon and Sarah Levy star in SYFY’s SurrealEstate. The two actors have worked together previously on the beloved comedy series Schitt’s Creek, but now they will be serving as real estate agents that specialize in closing the deal on haunted and possessed houses. The new series will premiere Friday, July 16 at 10 PM ET/PT.

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Daniel Radcliffe and Steve Buscemi Discuss ‘Miracle Workers: Oregon Trail’

Daniel Radcliffe and Steve Buscemi star in TBS’ hit series Miracle Workers, which is heading into its third season. This season of the comedy will be taking audiences as well as the cast back to 1844. Radcliffe will play a small town preacher and Buscemi is a wanted outlaw; the two of them together definitely make an entertaining pair. Miracle Workers: Oregon Trail premieres on Tuesday, July 13 at 10:30 PM ET/PT.

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NOC Interview: ‘Gunpowder Milkshake’ Director Navot Papushado

Gunpowder Milkshake director Navot Papushado feels blessed when he brings up the cast of his upcoming action film starring Karen Gillan, Lena Heady, Angela Bassett, Michelle Yeoh, Carla Gugino, Chloe Coleman, and Paul Giamatti.

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Sydney Sweeney, Brittany O’Grady, and Fred Hechinger Discuss ‘The White Lotus’

Sydney Sweeney (Euphoria), Brittany O’Grady (Little Voice), and Fred Hechinger (Fear Street) star in HBO’s newest show, The White Lotus. The six-episode limited series is a social satire set at an exclusive Hawaiian resort and premieres on Sunday, July 11 at 9PM ET/PT. The White Lotus will air on HBO and also be available to stream on HBO Max.

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The Middle Geeks: Shayan Sobhian of ‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’

Shayan Sobhian, aka Behrad Tarazi of Legends of Tomorrow, joins Swara to discuss his upcoming episode, “This is Gus!” They talk about how Shayan relates to his character, the importance and impact of representation, and how Behrad may be developing this season. Enjoy listening! 

This is a podcast form of the interview published here for The Nerds of Color.

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Xalavier Nelson, Jr. Brings Representation to New Heights with ‘El Paso, Elsewhere’

Xalavier Nelson, Jr. — the award-winning narrative designer, writer, and former journalist — doesn’t just make games that are out of the box, he supplants the box with stock photos of dogs and then has them run an airport for aliens. As silly a concept as it may sound initially, Xalavier and his team at Strange Scaffold released an indie game earlier this year whose premise was just that, and folks really dug it. Xalavier is sincere in his approach to video game development, with a particular emphasis on sustainability, and he strives for it when thinking about any game idea.

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NOC Interview: Sadie Sink Talks Netflix’s New ‘Fear Street’ Trilogy

Sadie Sink stars as Ziggy Berman in Fear Street Part 2: 1978, which begins streaming on July 9. This is the second installment in Netflix’s new horror trilogy Fear Street, leading up to the final film Fear Street Part 3: 1666. The actress is best known for her role as Max in the critically acclaimed Netflix hit Stranger Things; the series is currently heading into its fourth season.

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Jon Prasida Knows Nothing… About Ryan’s Love Life on The CW’s ‘Kung Fu’

Jon Prasida understands everyone’s frustration when it comes to his character in The CW’s Kung Fu. Prasida’s character Ryan, the handsome medical student and only son of the Shen family, had finally gotten the acceptance he’s been longing for from his parents over his sexuality. Even more exciting, his parents like his new boyfriend, Joe (Bradley Gibson). But, with the last episode, which ended on the last day of Pride month, Joe delivered some devastating news — he’s accepted a job in Chicago, which means he’s leaving San Francisco. Feeling frustrated, Ryan walks away before discussing it further with Joe. 

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Kiana Madeira, Olivia Scott Welch, and Benjamin Flores Jr. on Netflix’s ‘Fear Street’ Trilogy

This new horror trilogy starts off with Fear Street Part 1: 1994 on July 2. Kiana Madeira leads as Deena Johnson, Olivia Scott Welch portrays Sam Fraser, and Benjamin Flores Jr. brings the character of Josh Johnson to life. The trio stars in all three parts and really are the heart of the story. The movies will each begin streaming over three consecutive weeks on Netflix this July, ending with Fear Street Part 3: 1666.

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Valerie Armstrong and Craig DiGregorio Discuss All Things ‘Kevin Can F**K Himself’

Kevin Can F**K Himself is created by Valerie Armstrong, while Craig DiGregorio serves as both showrunner and executive producer. The new dark comedy premiered June 13 on AMC+ and June 20 on AMC. The eight-episode series will continue to air on AMC+ one week ahead of the AMC linear airings on Sundays at 9 PM ET/PT. I got to speak with Armstrong and DiGregorio all about their new series, their personal favorite sitcoms, seeing the characters brought to life by the cast, the dark comedy genre, and much more! Keep reading to see what they said.

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Noveen Crumbie and Adriana Colón on Arkane Studios’ New Game ‘Redfall’

With the reveal of incredible new indie titles, new and upcoming downloadable content, and major blockbuster games dropping on Game Pass the day of their release, this summer’s E3 gave gamers a lot to appreciate following a year and a half of some of the industry’s most challenging times. For me and thousands of other gamer nerds, the standout for the summer was the reveal of Arkane Studios’ new open-world co-op FPS Redfall.

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Davionne Gooden is One of the Dopest Indie Developers You’ll Meet

As I prepped my Zoom background with a gorgeous wallpaper of She Dreams Elsewhere game art, I hadn’t really anticipated the kind of indie developer I’d be sitting down with. Oftentimes you’ll hear stories of conversations that turned sour because of personalities that couldn’t share the same room but the cameras turned on and Davionne Gooden and I were vibing.

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Sophia Bush Discusses All Things ‘False Positive’

Sophia Bush portrays Corgan in Hulu’s new thrilling horror film, False Positive. She is best known for her roles in Chicago P.D. and One Tree Hill. On top of being an actress, Bush is also an activist, entrepreneur, and global education access advocate. False Positive premiered on June 25 on Hulu, and in this interview, we will be discussing spoilers so be sure to watch it after you see the film!

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Ming-Na Wen on Exploring Fennec Shand in ‘Star Wars: The Bad Batch’

The latest Star Wars animated series, The Bad Batch, finds the galaxy at a turning point. The Clone Wars just ended and the Empire is quickly rising to power. Clone Force 99, a squad of elite clone troopers with genetic mutations, along with a young female clone named Omega, must navigate this rapidly changing galaxy. Along the way, they are quick to learn that to play it low might be the most difficult task, when they have the likes of Fennec Shand after Omega.

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Ludi Lin is Ready to Show His Dark Side on ‘Kung Fu’

Actor Ludi Lin has always played the good guy. Whether it be as a Power Ranger or an Earthrealm warrior in Mortal Kombat, Lin has always been on the right side of the law. Now, in The CW series Kung Fu, Lin is getting a taste at playing the bad boy aka the villain.

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Mary Hollis Inboden and Eric Petersen on Their New Series, ‘Kevin Can F**K Himself’

Kevin Can F**K Himself stars Mary Hollis Inboden as Patty O’Connor and Eric Petersen as the protagonist husband, Kevin McRoberts. Patty is Allison’s tough, glass-half-empty neighbor who hides an intelligence and dissatisfaction that bonds her to Allison. Kevin is Allison’s husky and “lovable” man-child. The new dark comedy premiered June 13 on AMC+ and June 20 on AMC. The eight-episode series will continue to air on AMC+ one week ahead of the AMC linear airings on Sundays at 9 PM ET/PT.

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The Middle Geeks Interview: Amin El Gamal of ‘Breaking Fast’

For Pride Month, we are so excited to have on Amin El Gamal, who plays Sam on the amazing queer Ramadan rom-com Breaking Fast, which is now on Hulu! We dig into what drew Amin to acting, the experience of filming Breaking Fast and working with Mike Mosallam, their thoughts on the current landscape of MENA and queer stories in film and, what he’d love to see more of in the industry, and much more!

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Exclusive NOC Interview: All-In with Mayling Ng of ‘The Suicide Squad’

Don’t let the orange prosthetics and tough alien warrior demeanor fool you! Deep down, The Suicide Squad‘s Mayling Ng is a generous, gorgeous, artistic, hard-working actress who…. yes…. can kick the ass of any action star in Hollywood!

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