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Well, it’s about that time again for another great hour of cinematic fun and adventure for every honorary screener! If you missed the gang on this Sunday’s broadcast of The Screening Room, have no fear, your trusty online blogger is here to bring to you all of the topics covered.

Brother Wells holds a fun interview with actor, Chris Mulkey from the 2014 production of The Surface. Hayley gives the scoop on an exciting week in Hollywood. And, last but not least, the gang reviews your film picks: Sleeping with Other PeopleThe Perfect Guy and The Visit.

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News on the March

Let’s start off with this week’s top news stories for the cinema! Hayley shares a lot of exciting new things about upcoming projects and first-time actor debuts.
The_Jungle_Book_(2016)For all of you Disney lovers out there, get ready for a new live remake of an old time Disney classic, The Jungle Book. Yes, you read that right. The bare necessities of life will be coming to a theatre near you in April of 2016. A story about an orphan boy, raised in the jungle with the help of a pack of wolves, a bear and a black panther is getting it’s own live-action adaptation. While human characters like Mowgli (played by Neel Sethi) are real on the screen, the animal companions will be CGI animated. Voicing some of the characters will be Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba and Bill Murray.

What’s new in the DC Comics universe you may ask? “Prepare for some super news,” Hayley says, pun intended. Wonder Woman is on the lookout! When an Amazon princess comes to the world of Man to become the greatest of all superheroines, she takes the world by storm. Gal Gadot is set to play Wonder Woman alongside actor, Chris Pin. Gadot will make her debut in June of 2017, as that is when the movie will hit theaters.


War Room star gets emotional. , a first time actress, gets emotional her first day on-set. Shirer, cast as the role of Elizabeth Jordan in the film over A-list actors, received the role because of her powerful personality as a motivational speaker.


After years of playing McDreamy on Grey’s Anatomy, Patrick Dempsey has announced his upcoming role in the third installment of Bridget Jones’ Diary. The 49-year-old actor will star alongside Renee Zellweger and Colin Ferth who will be reprising their roles as Bridget and Mark Darcy in their long-time love quest.


danish-girl-poster-redmayneZeroville-AFM14-one-sheetAfter the release of The Danish Girl starring Eddie Redmayne, the gang thought there couldn’t be any news bigger than that! But, James Franco’s new production of Zeroville seems to have taken the cake. Director, producer and actor Franco will star alongside Megan Fox in a film that highlights a young actor arriving in Hollywood during a transitional time in the Industry.

Feature Story: Interview with Chris Mulkey

MV5BMTY0NzIyNjg1Ml5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNzE2MzAyNjE@._V1_UY317_CR10,0,214,317_AL_Chris Mulkey, an actor from Viroqua, Wisconsin, talks with Mandela about his role in the 2014 film, The Surface.

Mulkey says, “The story about two guys trying to survive in the middle of a body of water immediately attracted me. In the film, the only thing that keeps the main character from killing himself is the responsibility that he has to save the other character’s life. Essentially, by saving my life, he saves his own.”

After reflecting on a similar experience to the film, sailing a ship from a pier in New York all the way to France, Mulkey answers a question posed by Mandela. Mandela asks, “Do you find these rolls slowly peeled back to be intriguing, difficult, exciting?”

Mulkey replies, “It always intrigues me why people do things or fail to do things. It’s a wonderful movie in that way.”

Throughout the interview, Mulkey speaks very highly of his co-star Sean Astin, who is best known for his role as Sam in The Lord of the Rings. He says that he has followed Astin’s career for years and was extremely excited to work with him. “Sean is a great human being. In our first time working, I told the director that he’d better get two guys for the film that would get along. He couldn’t have gotten a better guy than Sean Astin.”


Working in a vast body of water can be difficult. Mulkey shares with Mandela some of the hardships that came with adjusting to nature and its spontaneity. To make sure that they were fully prepared for each scene, the cast and crew would gather in a room in the Milwaukee Hilton, an area they called, “The War Room.”

“We would all go up there and figure out exactly what we’d want to do so that when we got onto the water, we wouldn’t waster any time. If you weren’t ready to instantly work as an actor, it could be very costly time wise,” says Mulkey.


While reflecting back on his impressive career, Chris Mulkey states that he is more patient now than when he was younger. Mulkey says, “Making a movie is a team sport. If you’re not in it for the team and you’re just in it for you, it’s not going to work out well. Don’t forget the groove. Respect the groove and stay in the moment. That’s how I feel about acting.”


Sleeping with Other People

UnknownA man and a woman, no longer virgins, try to maintain a plutonic relationship but, in most cases, develop feelings for each other. Allison Brie and Jason Sudeikis play Lainey and Jake in this film. Madela says that his story was nicely written and had a great script. One of Jason’s greatest performances, according to Mandela and the rest of the gang. Ultimately, you should definitely go see this one!

The Perfect Guy


David M. Rosenthal’s, The Perfect Guy hit theatres just this Friday. The film tells the tale of a professional woman who, after breaking up with her boyfriend, gets involved with a man who almost seems too good to be true. Mandela says that this film portrays the perfect example of a bad script. “There is no freshness about this production. Terrible acting. Not realistic. Doesn’t get you at all. Do not go and see this one,” says Mandela.

The Visit


When a mom leaves her two children at grandma and grandpa’s for the weekend, things go terribly wrong. The gang agrees that this movie provided a sufficient amount of thrill balanced by great acting. They claimed it be a descent horror film that you can go see.

The Box Office

  1. The Perfect Guy – 9.9 million opening weekend
  2. The Visit – 9.2 million opening weekend
  3. War Room – 2.1 million this weekend & 33.9 million overall
  4. A Walk in the Woods – 1.4 million this weekend & 16.7 million overall
  5. Straight Outta Compton – 1.2 million this weekend & 152.8 million overall

Top 10 Best “Hook-up” Scenes


10. Daniel Craig and Olga Kurylenko, Quantum of Solace

9. Scarlett Johansson and Joseph-Gordon Levitt, Don Jon

8. Diego Luna and Maribel Verdu, Y Tu Mama Tambien

7. Kristen Wiig and John Hamm, Bridesmaids

6. Amy Schumer and John Cena, Trainwreck

5. Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis, Friend with Benefits

4. A Clockwork Orange (scene with kiss)

3. Tom Cruise and Rebecca De Mornay, Risky Business

2. Brad Pitt and Geena Davis, Thelma & Louise

1. Neve Campbell and Denise Richards, Wild Things

That’s all for this week’s recap of The Screening Room. Be sure to tune in every Sunday at 10 AM on 88.7 WRHU Radio Hofstra University for more on all things coming to the big screen.