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Entertainment Film Interview

Goosebumps and Jumanji Star Madison Iseman talks Annabelle, Social Media Cleanses, and Her Sure Fire Party Trick!

The 21-year-old whose Harry Potter obsession turned into an acting career lands the lead role in the third installment of the Annabelle movie.

I had the pleasure of having a hilarious conversation with Madison Iseman. Bright and full of life Iseman dishes about falling in love with film and working with acting legends. As a child, her love for Harry Potter books and seeing the words projected onto screen ignited an interest in acting. “[…]I wanted to be a film editor at first.” she admits.

What was it like working with Nick Jonas, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and The Rock for Jumanji? Did you feel any pressure remaking such a huge classic?

Awesome!,” she replied eagerly. “I never expected to be in a movie like that this early on in my career, but everyone was so nice and accepting. It was a little intimidating. I read a bunch of write ups online, and felt a little discouraged.” She admits. However, “Everybody was easy to work with, it was refreshing.” Iseman says working with the comedy world’s finest was an unexpected blast.

We remained on the topic of the internet and how it’s necessary to take a break from social media. Iseman shared that sometimes it’s okay to sit your phone down for two hours out of the day and just relax. We joked about reverting to the old days of “house phones,” sending letters, and memorizing each other’s phone numbers.

In her first recurring role, Iseman was able to work with the legendary Billy Ray Cyrus. I was very curious to know what it was like working with such a staple in the music and acting world. After all, Cyrus did catapult the career of his eldest daughter, Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana). He coached her as an artist and actor. While the show is no longer being made, it still proves a popular watch for the kids of today. Parents whose children are fans of the show noticed that they engage will with the music and so also try getting them to watch kids learning songs on youtube.

Did Billy Ray Cyrus give you any advice on handling your career early on?

He taught me everything.” She notes, Cyrus was very interesting to watch. “He’s such a mentor. He was my second set father. We shared music, I left my guitar at home and he let me use his to practice. He also ended up letting me keep it.

I wanted to find out more about the thriving young actress. We explored how the role of Annabelle came about, her favorite genres of film, her dream role, and more. One thing’s for certain, Madison Iseman cannot be put in a box. Her acting knows no bounds.

Badass women are my favorite characters to play,”  was her first thought. “Every new script is special. I would love to play in a Rom-Com (romantic comedy), or act as a wizard and more Sci-Fi films.

Iseman confessed that she had always been a Horror film fan. “I love the Human Centipede, it’s one of my favorite movies.” She continues, “I had previously auditioned for the second Annabelle movie, so when the third installment came up I was excited to audition again.” After that it was pretty much set for Madison. “Gary, the director wanted to Skype with me and we hit it off.” Iseman plays the role of a babysitter given the task of caring for the Warren’s daughter, Judy. However, the unsuspecting sitter has no idea what she is in for. McKenna Grace stars as Judy Warren. Iseman adds “We had a great read. Be sure to watch all of The Conjuring and Annabelle films, there are a lot of pieces to pick up on. We just started filming and I’m really excited.

Top by vintage, Pants by Rag and Bone & Shoes by Steve Madden

Actors and actresses always have their one idol they look to as children. I asked Who would you want to play you in a biopic? Iseman picked a great choice. “…if she could Reese Witherspoon. She’s been my favorite since I was little. I agreed that she’d found her perfect match.

Iseman isn’t all business, she likes to have fun too. Reading, nature walks, and family are great escapes when work looms a little to heavily. Her hidden talent is something only one in a million people can do without breaking their necks or arms.”I can lick my elbow, that’s my party trick.” We giggled hysterically. Such a pleasantly beaming personality, I had just one final question for rising star.

What can we expect in the near future from Madison Iseman?

Lots of things, Annabelle, I’m doing some Indie films.” She continued “I have Feast of Seven Fishes coming up with Skylar Gisand. I’m working with some of the actors from the Sopranos

The star of the new Annabelle movie gives us so much to look forward to. Make sure to watch each movie in the series so that you don’t miss out on anything.

Jacket by Stella McCartney
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Film School Speaking Engagements Video

Siani Leigh Speaks with Students at the Academy at Palumbo

I had the pleasure of speaking with charismatic High School students at the Academy at Palumbo in my hometown of Philadelphia, PA! Their English instructor, Rob Paul reached out to have me come in and speak about journalism.
I shared the beginnings of my career as well as my opinions on today’s musical climate and how I maneuver the entertainment business. The conversation was very open. I kept it very candid with students and let them know the truth about how things work in the real world.
I let them know that this has been a beautiful struggle. Pursing your dreams is never an easy thing. The first word I ever remember learning that stuck with me: Perseverance. I remembered it b/c it was such a big word for us in kindergarten and I was determined to learn and remember it forever! Who knew that I would grow to actually embody the word. Perseverance means: steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.
Watch me connect with the youth below. We discussed how I choose which music to write about, Gunna, Lil Baby, Jacquees, Tekashi, and more! I hope you all enjoy it!

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Entertainment Film Love Music

Watch: Cardi B Recreates Kill Bill Scene in 'Be Careful'

Cardi B is not letting up!

Last week amidst a frail beef antagonized by Azelia Banks, Cardi removed herself from Instagram. However, Bartier Cardi is back. She posted a sneak peek clip along with several aiding videos including this one:
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Cardi pays homage to Quentin Tarantino’s critically acclaimed, Kill Bill film series. She plays the bride, seeking and achieving revenge. The visual features some familiar faces.
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Entertainment Film Love Music

Watch: Cardi B Recreates Kill Bill Scene in ‘Be Careful’

Cardi B is not letting up!

Last week amidst a frail beef antagonized by Azelia Banks, Cardi removed herself from Instagram. However, Bartier Cardi is back. She posted a sneak peek clip along with several aiding videos including this one:

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Cardi pays homage to Quentin Tarantino’s critically acclaimed, Kill Bill film series. She plays the bride, seeking and achieving revenge. The visual features some familiar faces.

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Entertainment Film Funny Sports

New Music from The Uncle Drew Movie Soundtrack


We all know the NBA is full of vibrant actors. When the second quarter isn’t going as planned and someone falls dramatically drawing a foul. This time the fellas of one of the best sports associations get to do some real acting.
After pouring his savings into the Rucker Classic basketball tournament, Dax (Lil Rel Howery) finds himself against all odds. While raking his brain for a solution to his problems, Dax somehow finds the basketball legend UNCLE DREW (Kyrie Irving) and gets him to lend a hand to the cause. The two set out to find Drew’s old B-Ball gang including no other than: Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Webber, Reggie Miller, Nate Robinson, and Lisa Leslie.
Aside from the athletic star power, Uncle Drew also features tracks by some of the hottest names in Hip-Hop. A$ap Rocky, Gucci Mane, and 21 Savage team up on the London on the Track assisted tune, Cocky. Uncle Drew will hit theaters June 29, 2018. In the meantime check out the track below and hit up the comments section with your opinion.
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Entertainment Film Music

Watch: A Clip of Dame Dash and Kanye West's Movie 'Honor Up'

Dame Dash’s latest film venture is set to hit theaters and streaming services on February 16th.  Honor Up, which was produced by Kanye West and Dash, is a tale of an OG drug lord who is trying to keep merit alive in his crew, by any means necessary. Reminiscent of a scene straight out of Paid in Full, Cam and Dame Dash sit down to discuss some “business.” The film stars his flighty cousin Stacey Dash, Murda Mook, and other familiar faces.
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Watch: A Clip of Dame Dash and Kanye West’s Movie ‘Honor Up’

Dame Dash’s latest film venture is set to hit theaters and streaming services on February 16th.  Honor Up, which was produced by Kanye West and Dash, is a tale of an OG drug lord who is trying to keep merit alive in his crew, by any means necessary. Reminiscent of a scene straight out of Paid in Full, Cam and Dame Dash sit down to discuss some “business.” The film stars his flighty cousin Stacey Dash, Murda Mook, and other familiar faces.

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Check out this clip from the movie above and leave a comment below!