Aug 14, 2020 Ali No Comment Events shares that Skylar will be participating in this benefit concert!

A dazzling roster of stars is set for Broadway for Racial Justice’s Amplified virtual concert, which will take place on August 21 at 8PM ET on YouTube. The event will raise funds for BFRJ’s Emergency Assistance Fund, which will launch on September 1.

The evening’s lineup will include Hailey Kilgore, Andre Malcolm, Arianne Meneses, Jessie Mueller, Solea Pfeiffer, Joey Rosario, Kalen Allen, Skylar Astin, Shoshana Bean, Brittany Campbell, Kayla Davion, Deon’te Goodman, Sapphire Hart, Morgan James and Empty Royalty.

“This concert has been a labor of love and would not be a thing if it weren’t for the help of the entire BFRJ board of directors, especially Sharrod Williams, who specifically has been assisting with this project,” said the organization’s Executive Director Brandon Michael Nase in a statement. “We were very fortunate to have Douglas Peck and Skylar Astin on the producing team for this event as well. Their allyship in the planning of this concert has been so appreciated and I can’t thank them both enough for their help and support. Andrew Barth Feldman and Alex Boniello are helping to run all the technical aspects of the show. The planning of this concert has been a great illustration as to how allyship in this time should function.”

Here is the full clip of the Paley Front Row that took place last Friday.

Stars of NBC’s Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (Jane Levy, Skylar Astin, Alex Newell, John Clarence Stewart, Mary Steenburgen, Lauren Graham, and Peter Gallagher), along with creator Austin Winsberg and choreographer Mandy Moore, gather at Paley Front Row 2020 to celebrate their show. Topics include: the show’s “mission statement” of empathy; Levy’s “genuinely moved” reactions to watching her castmates perform; Graham’s depiction of Joan as more than a “tough boss lady”; Astin and Stewart’s praise for their vulnerable, flawed characters; Newell’s thoughts on Mo’s outward confidence and inner fears; crafting authentic stories with elements from the actors’ real lives; inspiration from Winsberg’s father, who had PSP, and from Gallagher’s mother’s Alzheimer’s disease; working with the Deaf West Theatre; the audacious “American Pie” number in the season finale; and finding Mitch’s physical limitations as well as his pre-disease persona. has this fun article about Skylar and his work on Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.

It’s no secret that Skylar Astin is a polished performer. He’s got the voice of angel and the dance talent to match. But what happens when he has to rein in his professional skills to sing a little less perfectly? That’s exactly what he had to do in Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.

During the first season of NBC’s musical dramedy, Astin’s character, Max, performs the Shawn Mendes song “If I Can’t Have You” for his BFF Zoey (Jane Levy), declaring his feelings for her. At first, Zoey’s annoyed — she’s heard this all before, thanks to her superpower of tuning into people’s inner thoughts and desires through songs that only she witnesses. She’s seen Max declare his love for her through song multiple times now. But halfway through the performance, she realizes that Max is actually singing this song to her — in real life. He’s hired a flash mob to help him declare his love for her in a grand romantic gesture. She freaks out and runs off without responding, and Max is left hurt and confused.

The implications of this moment change everything for Max and Zoey’s friendship, but the scene itself was important for another reason. Because it’s the real Max singing and not the idealized Max in Zoey’s head, he couldn’t be a professional singer with the pipes of a Broadway star like Astin.

Below, Astin breaks down the challenges of filming that scene, his hopes for season 2, and more.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: When did you find out you’d be doing this musical number not just in Zoey’s mind, but as Max in reality?

SKYLAR ASTIN: When we were filming episode 6, Austin [Winsberg, the showrunner] told me that the following episode I was going to be singing a Shawn Mendes song, and he gave me the whole “you’re welcome speech” because I have been mentioning how I wanted to do a Shawn Mendes song. And then when he told me the way I’d be singing it, I was like, “Wait, so you’re basically giving me exactly what I want, but I’m not allowed to execute it the way I want, really at all?” [Laughs] I was like, “You owe me another Shawn Mendes song, then!” It was interesting because I couldn’t bomb the performance, because if I sound off-key or something there’s no way Zoey would be able to sit through that for 90 seconds; she’d be like, “Something’s off here.” So it has to be convincing enough for her, but Max isn’t as good of a singer as I am.

How did that change your performance, both in how you sang it and how you danced?

Vocally I couldn’t do any embellishments or alternative melodies that somebody who has a lot more musicality than Max would do. And then as far as performance was concerned, Mandy [Moore, the choreographer] gave us very basic, fun flash mob choreography that most people could be able to pick up. But during the performance, I realized that filling it with the pure joy that I was feeling actually gave Max his performance voice. That’s who he was with his movements, he was just this fun jelly bean.

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‘Secret Society of Second Born Royals’ was pushed from it’s July 17 release to September and this is totally a bummer. The film that sees a new breed of superheroes follows a fiery and rebellious princess living in the shadow of her older sister ready to take the throne. The Disney film is directed by Anna Mastro (‘Pussycat Dolls Present’) and it features an ensemble cast and is based on an original story by Litvak, Green and Austin Winsberg.

Here’s what we know ahead of the film’s release.

Release date
‘Secret Society of Second-Born Royals’ will release on Disney+ on September 25, 2020.

According to Disney, the official logline reads: “‘Secret Society of Second-Born Royals’ follows Sam, a teenage royal rebel second in line to the throne of the kingdom of Illyria. Just as Sam’s disinterest in the royal way of life is at an all-time high, she discovers she has super-human abilities and is invited to join a secret society of similar extraordinary second-born royals charged with keeping the world safe. With guidance from their Secret Society instructor James, Sam and a new class of royal recruits must first learn to harness their new powers at a top-secret training camp before they can save the world.”


Jul 14, 2020 Ali No Comment Ghosts of War has an exclusive Ghosts of War clip for Vertical Entertainment’s upcoming WWII horror movie starring Brenton Thwaites (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Titans, The Giver). You can check out the clip in the player below!

Five battle-hardened American soldiers are assigned to hold a French Chateau near the end of World War II. Formerly occupied by the Nazi high command, this unexpected respite quickly descends into madness when they encounter a supernatural enemy far more terrifying than anything seen on the battlefield.

The movie also stars Alan Ritchson (Titans, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Blue Mountain State), Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, 21 & Over), Theo Rossi (Sons of Anarchy, Luke Cage, Lowriders), Kyle Gallner (American Sniper, The Finest Hours, Dear White People), Billy Zane (Titanic, The Phantom, Dead Calm), and Shaun Toub (Iron Man, Crash, Snowpiercer).

Ghosts of War is written and directed by Eric Bress (The Butterfly Effect, Final Destination 2, Kyle XY). The movie will be available on DirecTV on June 18, 2020, and will release via virtual cinema screenings, On Demand, and digitally on July 17, 2020.

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Almost forgot to share this! So excited! Bring on Season 2! Thank you Deadline for the news!

NBC has ordered a second season of musical dramedy Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist starring Jane Levy. We hear the order is for 13 episodes.

A co-production between Lionsgate TV and Universal TV, the series had been considered the strongest contender among NBC’s bubble shows this season. It has a passionate following and recently topped USA Today’s annual Save Our Shows poll with record support.

Of the other NBC bubble series, the network this week canceled Lincoln Rhyme: The Hunt for the Bone Collector and Perfect Harmony. Manifest is still very much in contention as NBC and producer Warner Bros. TV are discussing a deal, while Indebted is not expected to continue.

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist has been a digital phenom with huge online/social media following whose very modest Live+Same Day linear ratings are dwarfed by its delayed multi-platform numbers. It is one of NBC’s strongest digital performers, with digital sources generating more than half its 35-day viewership in the 18-49 demo.

For instance, Season 1 of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist averaged a ho-hum 0.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 3.1 million viewers overall in Live+7 Nielsens. But the Jan. 7 series premiere has grown to a 3.3 rating in 18-49 and 7.9 million viewers to date when digital and linear delayed viewing is factored in.

Because digital breakouts of that caliber don’t come along often, NBC, Lionsgate TV and Universal TV had been trying to find a business framework to make a renewal on the linear network feasible, including possibly pursuing a full-season streaming pact.

All episodes of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist are available on NBCUniversal’s new streaming service, Peacock, whose premium tier offers next-day episodes of the show.

“We were overwhelmed by the number of people who fell in love with Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist and how much joy it brought to everyone,” said Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, Co-Presidents of Scripted Programming, NBC Entertainment. “We’re thrilled to bring it back and can’t wait to see how Zoey’s journey continues.”

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist is created/executive produced by Jake in Progress creator Austin Winsberg, who serves as showrunner. It stars Levy as Zoey Clarke, a whip-smart computer coder forging her way in San Francisco. After an unusual event, Zoey, who always preferred podcasts over pop songs, suddenly starts to hear the innermost wants, thoughts and desires of the people around her – her family, co-workers and complete strangers – through popular songs. At first, she questions her own sanity, but after getting some guidance from her musically adept neighbor, Mo (Alex Newell), and making a breakthrough with her ailing father (Peter Gallagher), Zoey soon realizes this unwanted curse might just be an incredibly wonderful gift as she connects with the world like never before.

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist is being featured as part of Paley Front Row in two weeks.

The Paley Center for Media has announced two new additions to its Paley Front Row Presented by Citi series: Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: A Conversation with the Stars and Creators and NBC’s Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist: A Conversation with the Stars and Creators.

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist will follow on Friday, July 10 at 12 p.m. ET.

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist is a new musical dramedy from NBC. The series follows Zoey, a computer coder who discovers she can hear the innermost thoughts of other people, imagined as songs and other musical numbers. Joining the conversation will be Jane Levy (Zoey), Lauren Graham (Joan), Mary Steenburgen (Maggie), Skylar Astin (Max), Alex Newell (Mo), Peter Gallagher (Mitch), John Clarence Stewart (Simon), and the creative team of Zoey’s.

To view the upcoming panels as well as previous ones, visit The Paley Center’s YouTube channel. All panels are free to the public.

Jun 10, 2020 Ali No Comment Ghosts of War, Videos

This trailer is intense! Check it out!

The horror/psychological thriller film stars Brenton Thwaites, Alan Ritchson, Skylar Astin, Theo Rossi, Kyle Gallner, Billy Zane, Shaun Toub and was written and directed by Eric Bress.

A fun video of the cast of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist talking about the season of some of their fun memories like favorite music numbers, etc.

Austin Winsberg chats with the cast and choreographer about shooting the first season of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. Featuring Jane Levy, Skylar Astin, Lauren Graham, Alex Newell, Peter Gallagher, Mary Steenburgen, John Clarence Stewart and more.