Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Jacob B. Wright - TV

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Jacob B. Wright - TV

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Jacob B. Wright

Conquering Hollywood One Stunt At A Time!

Jacob B. Wright (Photo Andre B. Murray)
Most TV and Movie viewers love the action they are enjoying on screen but few pay attention to, or even know the stunt people performing in those scenes. They risk life and limb in some cases to achieve super physical effects that wow us beyond imagination. Jacob B. Wright is a Hollywood stuntman whose star is beginning to shine on TV and movie sets. Wright has always been physical and athletic from a child. He earned an athletic scholarship to UNLV (University of Nevada Las Vegas) where he competed in gymnastics. After receiving his degree in psychology and business management he took courses in computer animation and graphic design at Art Institute of Las Vegas then headed for LA.

Wright in high fall training
    How did he get into doing stunts? Wright laughs, “When I first moved out to LA I was originally a dancer because I could slip and do break dancing. I slowly made that transition into to stunts because the dance career didn’t take off as much as I would have liked it to. So a few of my buddies who were transitioning from dance to stunts as well were saying hey man if you are unhappy with how dance is going maybe you should try stunts. You’re very athletic. And then if kind of went from there with me going to all of the different training clinics, taking driving courses, fair fall and high fall courses which are kind of underground. You have to be invited to it. You have to do a lot of leg work and getting your name creditable enough to where people feel like they can vouch for you and get you into these types of classes. That’s kind of how my journey took off. From a young guy flipping off of his grandmother’s porch to being in front of green screens, driving and all of that fun stuff. So when I look back, it’s an incredible, amazing journey.”

   Wright is currently the stunt double for superstar funnyman Kevin Hart on BET’s “Real Husbands of Hollywood.” When asked about his adventures on the show he runs it down, “The show is just incredible. It’s a very high energy show mainly because we have a lot of the cast that are young talent and the experience that they have. It’s mostly acomedy show so that energy and that wittiness has to be there for everyone to make the show a success. I enjoy it a lot, it’s awesome.”

(R) Kevin Hart  (L) Jacob B. Wright
Kevin is the one who gets physically handled a lot on the show, is that a lot of work for the stuntman? “Wright explains, “It’s funny because everyone is dogging on Kevin on the show. He is getting beat up or taken down in almost every episode. So as far as me being a stunt person on the set, my main focus just to be there and take the brunt end of Kevin’s abuse. On any stuff where he can actually be compromised, that’s when they throw me in there and let me use my experience to make sure the scene gets done correctly.”

     Does Kevin get amusement out of watching Wright do his thing and then it looks like him in the finished product on screen? Wright gets a chuckle out of this, “He gets a kick out watching how it’s all done and set up. I think part of him wants to be able to actually do the stunt but some people are trained for it and some aren’t.” In terms of staying in shape for stunt work Wright advices, “There are no days off basically. You have to be developing your skills one way or the other. If you are not on set, you need to be in the gym, you need to be training, you need to be learning something new just so you can stay well rounded and healthy is the main thing.”

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Rych McCain Top Ten Youth List 2013 - TV/Film

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Rych McCain's Top Ten Youth List 2013 - TV/Film

By Rych McCain International/Nationally Syndicated Entertainment Columnist
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Rych McCain’s 2013,

9th Annual

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     It is that time of year again where I personally select favorites for my TOP TEN LIST OF HOLLYWOOD’S MOST TALENTED YOUTH! The candidates (18 yrs and under) are selected strictly from the interviews that I have conducted with them, which intern ran in my Weekly Internationally/Nationally Syndicated Entertainment Column as a photo-interview feature. If I didn’t interview you – you don’t qualify for my list! It’s that simple (hint publicists, young artists and anyone else who feels left out)!

     As with every year, my hat goes off in a major salute to the parents of these exceptional young artists who have made untold sacrifices well beyond what many parents would be willing to make such as pulling up stakes and moving the entire family to LA or whatever else it took for their child or children to make it in the biz. The ten winners selected are without question the best of the best! They too have sacrificed, trained hard, done without and burned gallons of the midnight oil it took to get to where they are and they are just getting started! Rych McCain salutes all ten of you who are now a part of my media family and I wish that the best is yet to come for each of you! May continued success be yours! 

     The ladies on my list will receive The San Francisco Collection Nail Lacquer kit by O.P.I., the world’s leading beauty marketer for nail Lacquers.

The awardees are listed alphabetically starting with:

Onota Aprile

1.  Onota Aprile (age 7); Onota has the distinction of being the baby of this year’s List. She basically carried the entire film in her lead role as Maisie, a child torn between two fighting divorced parents in “What Maisie Knew” for Millennium  Films.

Jacob Bertrand

2. Jacob Bertrand  (age 13);  Jacob is being groomed as the next Disney XD Channel superstar and he has the acting chops, the looks and a large body of work for experience to pull it off, no questions asked!

Jaden Betts
 3. Jaden Betts (age 11); Jaden is the jubilant voice of the animated character Donny McStuffins on the Disney Junior Channel.

Skylan Brooks
 4.  Skylan Brooks (age 13); Skylan demonstrated an awesome display of acting chops range as a child named Mister in the Code Black/Lionsgate film “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete.”

Ethan Dizon

5. Ethan Dizon (age 11); Ethan brilliantly played Pete, the younger partner to Mister in the Code Black/ Liongate saga “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister And Pete.”

Savanna Jayde

6. Savanna Jayde (age 19); Savanna was 18 when her feature ran and just turned 19 so she is still eligible for my list. She plays Dani in the Arc Entertainment movie “Space Warriors.”

Chloe Grace Moretz

7. Chloe Grace Moretz (age 16); Chloe makes my list for a second time and is starting to become one of my favorites. For this go-round, she reprises the role of Carrie White in the re-make of the Stephen King classic horror film “Carrie” for MGM/Screen Gems Pictures.

Sydney Park

8. Sydney Park (age 15); Sydney portrays elder step daughter Gabby for Nick At Nite’s, Nickelodeon Channel’s sitcom “Instant Mom.”

Yara Shahidi
9. Yara Shahidi (age 13); Yara has been melting hearts on the big and little screens for some time. She is gaining big time attention as the young Olivia Pope on the mega hit  ABC-TV drama “Scandal” as well holding down her regular cast role as Chloe Johnson on the CBS-TV sitcom “The First Family.”

Hailee Steinfeld

10. Hailee Steinfeld (age 16); Hailee turned a lot of heads her way with a “Best Supporting Actress” Oscar® nomination in 2011 for the re-make of “True Grit” for Paramount Pictures. She makes my list for her touching portrayal as Juliet in the yet another re-make of the Shakespearian classic “Romeo and Juliet.”

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Jacob Bertrand - TV

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Jacob Bertrand - TV

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Jacob Bertrand

Disney’s Next Big Superstar?

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Jacob Bertrand
You know something big is cooking when the Disney XD channel has cast you for two pilots to make it a can’t loose situation. That is exactly what has happened to thirteen year old Jacob Bertrand. Only one other child actor in Disney’s history has ever been cast in two pilots simultaneously  when Selena Gomez was given the honor and the smash hit “Wizards Of Waverly Place” was the result which catapulted Gomez into a teen superstar. Bertrand may be young but he is a veteran actor with a long list of TV and film work including Voice over’s for “Rise of The Guardians,” “ParaNorman,” “Tom and Jerry’s Giant Adventure” to name some. Such high expectations from the brass at Disney to place Bertrand in position to become their next bread and butter star is an awful heavy weighted situation to place on a thirteen year-old.  

How is he handling it? Bertrand is very upbeat and responds, “Yeah, the pressure can sometimes get to you but I don’t know. I look at it more as a fun time. I love acting so it’s not really that much like oh my gosh I have to turn in perfect. Deep thoughts like that do get to my head but it’s not so overwhelming that it’s kind of dyslexic. It’s a lot of fun.”

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    Did the Disney execs give him some kind of guidelines of what they expected so he knew what he needed to do once he got in there? Bertrand explained, “The Disney Execs are all super-super awesome. They said just keep doing what you’ve been doing. We love how you play the characters. Just be who you are.” Bertrand has already shot both pilots and enjoyed them. He beams as he says, “They’re both so different and they’re both such great pilots. They are so well written. I love both of the characters and I’m excited for which ever one they pick up. I just cross my fingers. They were so much fun to film and the cast for each one was really, really cool.”

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   How does Bertrand’s family react to the Disney superstar talk? He laughs, “All of my siblings; my younger brother and my older sister have been acting for a long time. I’ve been with the Osbrink Agency for ten years. We all kind of have our own things going and they definitely don’t even see me as a (superstar).” Now we all know of the Disney child stars who became older and went off the deep end lifestyle wise for the worst. Is there a gameplan for that? Bertrand beams with pride saying, “Yeah, my parents, I would call them strict parents because I’m usually the one that almost doesn’t get to maybe go to the sleep over because I have a test the next day. They are super tight about my grades, the roles I play and their big things are focused on acting and school. They are just super, duper tight about that stuff and that’s kind of like all of my family is. We’re very outdoors. We love to go on hikes. It’s rare that we are inside with video games.” 

 Off set Bertrand love to go mountain biking with his brother and dad. He also plays basketball in a city sponsored league and loves soccer as well. His favorite color is blue and he loves brussel sprouts and broccoli with cheese, sushi, pizza and salmon. Hype or not, Bertrand is a young man who definitely on his way.

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