The newest DCOM ‘Upside-Down Magic’ makes its highly-anticipated debut on July 31. HollywoodLife has an EXCLUSIVE behind-the-scenes look at how the magical world came to be.
“So when we set out to make the movie, we knew that Sage Academy had to be really special,” director Joe Nussbaum says in our EXCLUSIVE video. “And what we embraced was the elemental, organic nature of so much of this magic. Turning into animals, talking to animals, creating fire, flying through the air all have to do with nature and elements.”
Upside-Down Magic follows best friends Nory and Reina as they begin their journey at Sage Academy for Magical Studies. Reina’s ability to harness the power of fire lands her at the top of her class of Flares, but Nory’s wonky magic and proclivity for turning into herself into a “Dritten” — a half-kitten, half-dragon — lands her in a class for those with upside-down magic.
Production designer Bill Boes revealed what influenced the design of the school. “We started off saying these are the rules. There’s no stainless steel. There’s only natural things like bark and wood. We wanted to say nature influenced the design of the school,” he said.
From just the trailers alone, Upside-Down Magic is truly embracing magic and nature. “I think that kids and familiars are going to go bananas for the magic aspect of this film because the effects are insane,” Vicki Lewis, who plays Headmaster Knightslinger, said.
The cast and crew went above and beyond with the special effects. Siena Agudong, who plays Reina, dished about how one particular aspect of Reina’s powers was created. “I had to have like a sparkle fireball, and so they put wires through my jacket and then they taped it to my hands,” Siena revealed. “Having to look down and pretend like there was something growing in your hand was incredible.”
Bill has received two Art Directors Guild Awards for Excellence in Production Design for his work on A Series of Unfortunate Events and Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow. His other production design credits include The Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline, and more. Joe has directed feature films like Sleepover, Sydney White, and Disney’s Prom. He also serves as the executive producer of Disney Channel’s Gabby Duran & The Unsittables.
Upside-Down Magic also stars Izabela Rose as Nory Boxwood Horace, Kyle Howard as Budd Skriff, Max Torina as Andres Padillo, Elie Samouhi as Elliot Cohen, and Alison Fernandez as Pepper Paloma. The Disney Channel Original Movie will premiere July 31 at 8 p.m. ET.
Few things shine brighter in Netflix’s ‘The Politician’ then McAfee Westbrook’s suits. Laura Dreyfuss dished on her character’s style inspo & her fierce loyalty to Payton.
McAfee Westbrook’s colorful and oversized suits are staples on Netflix’s The Politician, and in the recent season 2, they were as extra as ever. Who can forget the bubblegum pink ASOS double-breasted suit with her retro aviator glasses? Or her yellow oversized Acne Studios blur striped blazer and trousers? But of course, there’s the fan-favorite neon green Rachel Comey suit from Season 1 that cemented McAfee as a style icon.
When speaking to HollywoodLife.com, actress Laura Dreyfuss revealed that McAfee’s style inspiration comes from both her personal expression and political icon Gloria Steinem. “I think her style says a lot about who she is. I always envisioned her having an entire closet full of perfect suits,” Laura admitted in an EXCLUSIVE interview with HL. “They’re not even tailored, which is really fun. I would have some suits where they would measure the wrist length and then most of the time the costume designers Claire and Lily would say they don’t want to do too much with it because McAfee just kind of goes and throws things on, and there’s a carelessness about it.”
She continued, “I love how her hair is always messy, but at the same time, everything’s very monochromatic and there’s a uniform to it. It really speaks to how hard she works. She doesn’t have the time to be thinking about assembling a dress and and I love that there’s femininity in the power of a power suit.”
McAfee’s work ethic and ambition does resemble the other style icon Laura referred to, which is a young Gloria Steinem. “The long hair, the suits, the like pastels, I think that McAfee emulates that style, but also her drive. The drive of being a woman in politics and trying to create a better world and knowing her lane, knowing where she fits and really staying there and going for it,” she said.
When it comes to her unrelenting focus and loyalty to Payton (Ben Platt), Laura said she believes McAfee is the most loyal member of the young politician’s troupe. “I think she’s the most ambitious and most focused,” she revealed. “She’s very willing to take any risk to get to that goal. She is hyper-focused on that goal. I think that ambition linked with that intense hyper-focus is definitely one of the unique qualities that separates her from the rest.”
That drive will certainly come in handy as the gang makes their way to Washington, DC in what will hopefully be a season 3 of Ryan Murphy‘s The Politician! Be sure to binge watch season 1 and season 2 on Netflix if you haven’t already!
Elliot Stabler is starting a new chapter in ‘Law & Order: Organized Crime.’ Christopher Meloni reveals how Stabler’s changed and the major ‘challenge’ the character will be facing in the ‘SVU’ spinoff.
Almost a decade after he left Law & Order: SVU, Christopher Meloni is bringing Elliot Stabler back to New York City in Law & Order: Organized Crime. Stabler was last seen in the season 12 finale, and it was revealed that Stabler retired from the police force the next season. The 59-year-old spilled some Law & Order: Organized Crime scoop during an interview on SiriusXM’s The Jess Cagle Show.
Stabler will be a changed man when we meet him again in the SVU spinoff. He said that there will be a “mellowing” in how Stabler does his job. “I think he’s in a good place now with his family,” the actor continued. “I think he’s at a much better place with himself vis-à-vis the world. I think where we’re going to find him though, however, because he hasn’t been working in New York, NYPD in New York, I think he’s going to be coming back into a world that, I think as we’re all experiencing right now, has really changed with policing and the citizenry. It’s a new day and there are new ways of going about things. I think those are all issues to address in the show and I think it’s going to be a challenge for Elliot, one that I think he’ll meet.”
When asked whether or not Elliot has grown or regressed since fans last saw him, Christopher said, “Regression I don’t find particularly interesting. I always thought of Elliot, as flawed as he may have been, I think his heart was always in the right place. I think it was his sense of injustice that brought out the worst aspects of him.”
With Christopher back in the Law & Order universe, a reunion between Elliot Stabler and Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) is inevitable. The actor is set to appear in the Law & Order: SVU season 22 premiere before branching off into his own show. He’ll still be in New York City, but he’ll be leading an NYPD organized crime unit.
NBC’s official description revealed that Stabler returns to the NYPD after a “devastating personal loss. However, the city and police department have changed dramatically in the decade he’s been away, and he must adapt to a criminal justice system in the midst of its own moment of reckoning. Throughout the series, we will follow Stabler’s journey to find absolution and rebuild his life, while leading a new elite task force that is taking apart the city’s most powerful criminal syndicates one by one.”
During his interview The Jess Cagle Show, Christopher revealed that he hadn’t started filming yet due to coronavirus pandemic. He hasn’t seen a script yet, but he knows the writers are currently working on scripts. Law & Order: Organized Crime is set to premiere in fall 2020.