BGN Interview: Hugh Grant Talks about…Hugh Grant

No one can laugh at Hugh Grant more than Hugh Grant. The actor has long been known for his self-deprecating humor. That humor is shown in his many movies — from Notting Hill to the Bridget Jones movie series, Florence Foster Jenkins and that dance in Love Actually. However, recently Grant’s been changing his game...

Trey Songz On His New Film ‘Blood Brother’

This isn't Trey Songz' first rodeo at acting.  We've seen him featured in films such as Texas Chainsaw 3D and Baggage Claim. His latest movie — Blood Brother — is his first starring role. Blood Brother is a film about an ex-con who takes murderous revenge against childhood friends whom he believes let him take the...

Filmmaker, Producer, and Writer Joslyn Rose Lyons

When I told filmmaker, director, and producer, Joslyn Rose Lyons that I was calling from Gary, Indiana, she immediately mentioned acting in a play about Gary as a child. I knew she was talking about the classic production, The Music Man and the song, Gary, Indiana. Both Gary and Oakland breed hometown talents. Gary...

Nijla Mu’min Creator of ‘Jinn’ on Her Filmmaking Journey

Written by: Megan Maher BGN had the opportunity to catch up with director Nijla Mu’min again after the successful premiere of her film Jinn at SXSW. Jinn is a coming of age film that centers around Summer (Zoe Renee), a senior in high school trying to find her place in the world. In the film, we follow...

‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Joi McMillon on Editing Movies and Her Friend Barry

Joi McMillon shattered a record at the Oscars last year as the first Black woman to be nominated for the award in the film editing category. She shared the nomination for the work on the film Moonlight with Nat Sanders. The duo teamed up again for If Beale Street Could Talk, a project that...

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, ‘Aquaman’ Villain, Talks “Fighting” Jason Momoa and More

Aquaman hits theaters on December 21, introducing the world to DC Comic's favorite underwater hero, played by Jason Momoa. The film also introduces a new villain who is probably the most focused in the entire comic world. He doesn't want to rule the world or destroy it. Black Manta, played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II,...

Angela Bassett, Voice of Shatter in ‘Bumblebee’

With Paramount Pictures’ Bumblebee, the Transformers saga enters new territory, and so does Angela Bassett. In a departure from her other roles, Bassett plays the villain — and she's undeniably good at it. The film's narrative is emotionally engaging and showcases the power of science and technological advancements as well as the power of bravery and...

Filmmaker Chris Butler of LAIKA’s ‘Missing Link’

Chris Butler is a storyboard artist and writer/director most notably known for this work in films such as Kubo and the Two Strings, ParaNorman and next year his latest project is LAIKA's Missing Link.  Starring Zack Galifianakis as Mr. Link. He recruits explorer Sir Lionel Frost to help find his long-lost relatives in the fabled...

Finding Solace: An Interview with Filmmaker Tchaiko Omawale

Written by: Nina Yeboah @gotmyniinaa In talking about her debut feature, Solace, Tchaiko Omawale tells me about the Black women who’ve helped her develop a language around it. Fellow filmmaker, Ja’Tovia Gary is among those women. Omawale tells me about their friendship and the text Gary sent earlier to check in. “She cares for my emotional...

María Gabriela de Faría on Her Anxiety and Playing Fan-Wielding Assassin on ‘Deadly Class’

María Gabriela de Faría is no stranger to the small screen. She’s an award-winning television actress who was also the star of telenovela La Virgen de la Calle, based on Jane the Virgin's Venezuelan predecessor. BGN chatted with the 26-year-old Venezuelan actress on the set of SYFY’s new show, Deadly Class, where she plays Maria Salazar....