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July 2020

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Spotlight!

Yellowstone

Yellowstone season 3 is now airing on Paramount Network (Starring Luke Grimes and Kevin Costner)

Yellowstone

  • By Paige Petrone
  • Photo Courtesy of Paramount

Yellowstone has returned (with season three) on Paramount Network and I’m obsessed. After binge-watching season two last week I’m anxious to see more! I’m thinking about the ranch and the very handsome (Oscar and Emmy Award- winner) Kevin Costner – who still has it! What a hottie! And, if there wasn’t enough eye candy in every episode with all the rough and tough cowboys flexing their muscles, Josh Holloway (Lost) has recently joined the cast.

Yellowstone is the name of the largest ranch in the U.S. and is owned and run by the head of the family John Dutton (Costner) and his wild and complicated clan. I think it compares to Dallas from the ‘80s as it has soap opera feel. Jammed packed with tragedy, love, forbidden lust, murder, blackmail, and kidnapping … how can it not?!

The series showcased an amazing line-up of guest players during the first two seasons including the incredible Danny Huston (The Aviator, Wonder Woman, Magic City). It also features an epic ensemble cast with Wes Bentley, (American Beauty), Kelly Reilly (Sherlock Holmes), Luke Grimes (True Blood, Brothers & Sisters), Cole Hauser (2 Fast 2 Furious), and Gil Birmingham (Twilight). I don’t want to spoil anything, but some cast members don’t return in the new season. Hopefully that will entice you to tune in. Do it! This is one not to miss!

Season 3 of “Yellowstone” is airing on Paramount Network.

Taste of a Nation

Taste of a Nation is now streaming on Hulu (with Padma Lakshmi)

Taste of a Nation

  • By Paige Petrone
  • Photo Courtesy of Hulu

If you enjoy Bravo’s Top Chef, you might really enjoy seeing Indian-born Padma Lakshmi host the new show Taste of a Nation now streaming on Hulu. She really loves food the way I do! She embraces and devours every delicious bite with her chic style and elegance. In Nation she gives us an intimate look at her personal life by showcasing her mom and daughter in the first couple of episodes. She exhibits raw emotion about her humble upbringing along with her passion and love of food.

In the first episode she travels to El Paso, Texas, to mingle with hard core Republican Americans and research the origin of the Burrito and authentic Mexican/Tex-Mex food in America. I found the episode to be intriguing, tender, and interesting. It also made me hungry for tacos! In the second episode she goes to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and learns how to make German beer, their famous sausages, and hot dogs.

In episode three, she goes home to Washington Heights, New York, and explores and shops Indian specialty stores with her mom and teaches us about Indian cuisine and how it has grown in America since she immigrated here as a young girl. She also visits with an old friend and really shows so much more of her personality here than on Top Chef. It’s refreshing. Check it out!

Taste of a Nation” is streaming on Hulu.

Love Life

Love Life is now streaming on HBO Max (Starring Anna Kendrick)

Love Life

  • By Michael Jacobo
  • Photo Courtesy of HBO Max

We all remember our first love, right? When it was, where it was, and, most importantly who it was. They stay fixed on our lives, as we find new romance after romance. How would that look like on screen? Messy, funny, or just sad? HBO Max’s new comedy, Love Life, imagines a person’s romantic life, from their very first to their very last.

Hollywood’s sweetheart, Anna Kendrick, stars in Love Life as Darby Carter, a woman searching for love, but who, for the life of her, can’t seem to find the one, yet. As she recounts her love life to her therapist, Dr. Magnus Lund (Nick Thurne), different issues arise: fear of rejection, fear of commitment. As Darby traces back her love life, she realizes it’s not just the romances she’s met, but the people along the way, that make up her identity. Zoë Chao (Strangers), Peter Vack (Mozart in the Jungle) and Scoot McNairy (Halt and Catch Fire) also star. Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread) narrates the series. Sam Boyd created the series in his first major credit. He also wrote and directed the pilot. The premise of the series is an anthology one; each season will follow a new set of characters, focusing on one’s love life.

“Love Life” is streaming on HBO Max.

Summer Camp

Michelle Danner Acting Studio (Live Acting Classes)

Summer Camp

  • By Arlene Winnick

Are you living with a future Seth MacFarlane, Penelope Cruz or Chris Rock?  Is your child fascinated by performing or making films?  If so, The Michelle Danner Acting Studio’s summer camps are the answer to your ‘quarantine prayers.’ Classes are offered online and in person and are divided by ages (8-12 and 13-17). The classes are customizable too aimed at a child’s interest and ability. The Acting & Improvisation online class (Friday, Saturday and Sundays) is very interactive helping students develop a solid acting technique using fun improvisational games and exercises. There is even a session on successful auditioning techniques. In July there are Monday thru Friday intensive weekly sessions. For budding film makers, Danner offers an online class where they can collaborate with other students to create a final movie.  They’ll learn writing, directing, cinematography and production techniques. For serious students, Danner offers an intensive online workshop on Breaking into Hollywood from getting headshots, a show reel to getting an agent and securing an audition. Michelle Danner is an international film director and acting coach. And yes, she has worked with Seth, Penelope and Chris and other noted performers. Her classes are taught by top acting coaches who utilize a variety of proven activing techniques. One key goal is for each student to develop their personal “Golden Box” of tools and talent. Check online for class times and fees.

For more details, click here or email actingclass@michelledanner.com.

What's Hot!

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve adjusted our content this month.

LAArtsOnline now features two NEW pages: BOOKS and EXTRA! We’ll look at what’s hot in the world of books and reading along with some suggestions of EXTRA! things to check out, read about, and do!

Stay positive, stay safe.

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Founder / Publisher

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