Selena Gomez On Advising Gwen Stefani’s Team On ‘The Voice’; “I’m Learning A lot”

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(Access Hollywood) Gwen Stefani’s team is adding more than “just a girl” on “The Voice” Season 9. Selena Gomez will join the smash singing competition as an advisor to the No Doubt frontwoman.

Access Hollywood’s Liz Hernandez recently sat down with Gwen and Selena for their first interview together to talk about their collaboration, and the superstars shared a mutual respect and appreciation that they hope will translate into their work with the contestants.

“It’s so fun being on the show. It’s so inspiring,” Gwen said of her return to “The Voice” after taking Season 8 off. The industry veteran discussed why working with a young icon like Selena has helped her regain a fresh perspective after decades in the business.

“It’s just incredible to me to think of somebody that’s been doing it since they were a child, like it’s hard to understand it,” Gwen said of the former Disney star.

“The dedication and the years that she’s put in and to only be so young but have so much experience is kind of incredible,” she continued, explaining that Selena’s early start in showbiz has likely helped the 23-year-old find more solid ground than some of her peers.

As a result, Gwen added, the “Come and Get It” singer is ready to branch out. “I feel like I can feel her energy and like what she’s doing right now, she’s really blossoming and really coming to her own,” Gwen said. “She’s like really being honest and finding herself.”

Selena agreed, saying that she’s felt nothing but “good vibes” since joining the show and that Gwen has proven an ideal colleague.

“I’m learning a lot being here. I’ve been in a transition period with my music, so it is, like [Gwen] said, inspiring,” she began.

“I love being in the presence of women, especially women who are so comfortable in their own skin and support other women,” she continued.

Selena and Gwen will be in good company when “The Voice” Season 9 premieres on September 21 on NBC.

As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, the show has another serious dose of girl power in store for Season 9 when Rihanna makes her “Voice” debut as a key advisor to all four coaches’ teams. “I always feel like when I’m in the presence of someone older than me I have this respect and I love that I can learn,” Selena said. “I want to learn from people, I want to be around women who are, you know, nurturing and care and smart and creative.”

Her time on the show has already given Selena plenty to think about, but she admitted the decision to come aboard was a no-brainer. “First off, you don’t say no to Gwen,” she said.

For more with Gwen and Selena, tune in to Monday night’s “Access Hollywood” (check local listings).

Sony Pictures Animation Debuts New Hotel Transylvania 2 Trailer!

HotelTransylvania2_Poster(PCM) Sony Pictures Animation released an adorable new trailer for Hotel Transylvania 2 today, debuting new footage from the September 25th release. Watch it below!

Accomplished animation director Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack) returns to direct the sequel to his 2012 family comedy, Hotel Transylvania, from the script by star/executive producer Adam Sandler and Robert Smigel.

Everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania…

Dracula’s rigid monster-only hotel policy has finally relaxed, opening up its doors to human guests. But behind closed coffins, Drac is worried that his adorable half-human, half-vampire grandson, Dennis, isn’t showing signs of being a vampire.

So while Mavis is busy visiting her human in-laws with Johnny – and in for a major cultural shock of her own – “Vampa” Drac enlists his friends Frank, Murray, Wayne and Griffin to put Dennis through a “monster-in-training” boot camp.

But little do they know that Drac’s grumpy and very old, old, old school dad Vlad is about to pay a family visit to the hotel. And when Vlad finds out that his great-grandson is not a pure blood – and humans are now welcome at Hotel Transylvania – things are going to get batty!

Hotel Transylvania 2 stars Mel Brooks, Adam Sandler, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Kevin James, Molly Shannon, Jon Lovitz, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Fran Drescher, and Cee-Lo Green.

Watch the new teaser trailer for Hotel Transylvania 2, opening in theaters nationwide September 25, 2015, below and visit Facebook for more info!

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Dracula Has Questionable Teaching Tactics in the New Teaser Trailer for Hotel Transylvania 2!

Hotel_transylvania_2_Teaser_Trailer(PCM) Sony Pictures Animation debuted the first teaser trailer for Hotel Transylvania 2, starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi, David Spade, Keegan-Michael Key, Cee Lo-Green, and Mel Brooks.

The 2-minute teaser trailer opens on Dracula (Adam Sandler) attempting to teach his half-human, half-vampire grandson how to fly. Instead of a step-by-step tutorial or a demonstration, Dracula resolves to throw his grandson from the top of a very tall tower, hoping his instincts kick in on the way down.

Accomplished animation director Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack) returns to direct the sequel to his 2012 family comedy, Hotel Transylvania, from a script by star/executive producer Adam Sandler and Robert Smigel.

Watch the new teaser trailer for Hotel Transylvania 2, opening in theaters nationwide September 25, 2015, below and visit Facebook for more info!

Everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania…

Dracula’s rigid monster-only hotel policy has finally relaxed, opening up its doors to human guests. But behind closed coffins, Drac is worried that his adorable half-human, half-vampire grandson, Dennis, isn’t showing signs of being a vampire.

So while Mavis is busy visiting her human in-laws with Johnny – and in for a major cultural shock of her own – “Vampa” Drac enlists his friends Frank, Murray, Wayne and Griffin to put Dennis through a “monster-in-training” boot camp.

But little do they know that Drac’s grumpy and very old, old, old school dad Vlad is about to pay a family visit to the hotel. And when Vlad finds out that his great-grandson is not a pure blood – and humans are now welcome at Hotel Transylvania – things are going to get batty!

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William H. Macy Demonstrates He is Anything But ‘Rudderless’ With His Directorial Debut

RUDDERLESS7We love William H. Macy as the well-lubricated Frank Gallagher on Shameless, a role he will reprise when the series returns to Showtime in January. But there is more to Macy than just his acting talent, which he proves with his first-rate directorial debut, tackling a tender story about finding happiness after suffering loss and pain, known as Rudderless.

Rudderless is the story of Sam (Billy Crudup), a former high-profile advertising executive whose life is hijacked by the sudden death of his son Josh (Miles Heizer). Living off the grid on a docked sailboat two years following the loss, he wastes away his days while drowning his pain in alcohol. When Sam’s ex-wife (Felicity Huffman) drops off a box filled with Josh’s demo tapes and lyrics, his own child’s musical talent is a revelation for him, a grieving father yearning to reconnect with his son.

Sam begins to explore his son’s unknown talent, obsessively learning his songs, until one day he decides to play one of them at a local bar. The song captivates Quentin (Anton Yelchin), a young musician in the audience, and the two unlikely friends decide to form a rock ‘n’ roll band called Rudderless that becomes surprisingly popular and revitalizes both of their lives. But everything changes when Josh’s ex-girlfriend (Selena Gomez) shows RUDDERLESS_selenaup one night and reveals a dark secret.

In this interview with Pop Culture Madness, Macy talks about why he picked this particular script to make his directing debut, the importance of music to the story, how he acquired such a stellar cast, and more.

Of all the scripts in the world, why pick this one to make your directorial debut?

It had a lot of the things that I was looking for. I had decided that I wanted to direct and I had another script that I took almost to the finish line three times, and then it would fall apart at the 11th hour.

Rudderless came along and it checked a lot of boxes. It’s a profound story. It’s significant. I’ve never seen this story told before. It could even be controversial. It has music. The writing was very sharp and fun, and I loved the approach.

This is a topic that’s very much in the news. Do you think it’s important to do a film like this, to keep the discussion going, to show people what the people involved in these tragic events go through?

I think it’s a terrible idea to make a film in order to get people thinking about something, or to further an agenda. I think it’s pretty much guaranteed you’ll make a stinky film. What I liked about it is it’s a rollicking story and I loved the twist. I loved the storytelling and I found it redemptive, as a parent myself. I found it a great question of what would you do if…? What would you do if the phone rings and your life is irrevocably different?

And even though it is a heartbreaker, and I find that the audience sort of sits there a little bit decimated — gobsmacked if not decimated — that can be fun. You can see something and cry your eyes out but it’s entertaining.

The script already existed when you became involved in it, but you had some input. What do you feel that you contributed to that and what changes did you make?

Believe it or not, the twist. The twist did not exist originally. I’m not sure who came up with the idea. I say it was Casey Twenter, but he tells everyone that it was my idea, but I think it was his idea. From that point on, because we had to throw out the script as it existed and start anew, we would meet. They did most of the writing, but every once in a while, the three of us would write. Then I did the last patch, which is traditional in a film because it really is a production patch.

Also, I’m pretty good at being funny. I tried to sharpen the jokes. I tried to make sure there was enough. And the music was all me.

RUDDERLESS3The music is like a starring role. How did you song select? It couldn’t have been easy with all the music that’s out there. And also, who knew Anton and Billy could sing?

They’re pretty good, aren’t they?

That totally surprised me.

We did it in the traditional way. Liz Gallacher was the music supervisor and she hooked us up with the Indie music scene. A lot of people sent me a lot of songs, spec songs written just for the film.

First of all, the music is mostly all you see of the character of Josh. And I wanted Josh to be a big player in this film, and he’s only got three scenes. So the music, it had to speak for him. So I sent a letter out saying that I wanted the songs to be pop songs and friendly, and happy. I wanted you to be able to hum the hook after one hearing. I wanted them to be complicated with a verse and the chorus and the middle. I wanted them to be ironic. I did not want them to be about the plot. I said, you can write about anything just don’t write about what we’re watching.

One song bubbled up, Home. It’s the first song Billy sings. Simon Steadman and Chartlon Pettus had written that. And then I heard another of their songs, I’m an Asshole, and from there I thought, “These are the boys.” With the exception of Over Your Shoulder which was by Fink, they wrote all of the music.

How did you get your cast? You have some really great actors in this.

I watched all the films I could find about movies that have bands in them or songs in them, just to see how they did it, and particularly how they shot the songs. I had seen Almost Famous before and I just loved Billy in it. And then through the casting process, we decided we would go younger. So Billy’s name popped into my head immediately and in a very un-actor like way, we sent it to him on a Friday, he read it immediately and called me. And I said, “Thank you man.” He said, “Yeah, let me think about it. I’ll call you tomorrow.” And he did. For that, I will follow him to the ends of the Earth.

We know how you got Felicity. What about Laurence Fishburne? RUDDERLESS5

I’ve known Fish for a long time and gave him the script. He took forever to say yes. As a matter of fact, I don’t think he’s ever said yes, but he did show up and he shot it. He’s stunning in the thing, isn’t he?

What do you hope people take away from it?

I hope they have a good time. I hope they like the music. I hope it gives them a laugh or two. I hope they have a cathartic experience, have a good cry. For me, it speaks to the human soul. We are such a remarkable species.

Rudderless opens in theaters on Friday, October 17.

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William H. Macy Makes Directorial Debut with ‘Rudderless’

Rudderless_1(PCM) Academy Award-nominated actor/writer/producer William H. Macy makes his directorial debut with Rudderless, opening in theaters on a limited run October 17, 2014.

Billy Crudup plays Sam, a former high-profile advertising executive whose life is torn apart by the sudden death of his son.

Living off the grid on a docked sailboat, he wastes away his days while drowning his pain in alcohol.

When Sam discovers a box filled with his son’s demo tapes and lyrics, his own child’s musical talent is a revelation for him, a grieving father who felt he’d been absent from his son’s life.

Communing with his deceased son’s dashed dreams, Sam learns each song and eventually musters the will to perform one at a local bar.

When Quentin (Yelchin), a young musician in the audience, is captivated by the song, the unlikely duo forms a rock band that becomes surprisingly popular and revitalizes both of their lives.

Starring in Rudderless with Billy Crudup (Almost Famous, Princess Mononoke) and Anton Yelchin (Star Trek, Fright Night) are Felicity Huffman (TV’s Desperate Housewives, Transamerica), Jamie Chung (Sucker Punch, The Hangover pt. II), Selena Gomez (Spring Breakers, Hotel Translyvania), Kate Micucci (Rio 2, When in Rome) and Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix, Mystic River).

Rudderless marks the first time William H. Macy has directed a feature length film. Macy, who was nominated for an Academy Award in 1997 for his performance in the Coen brothers’ Fargo, directed the 1988 TV movie Lip Service starring Griffin Dunne, Paul Dooley, and Jonathan Katz.

Rudderless is receiving positive praise so far; the film has a 7.2/10 on IMDb and a fresh score of 80% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Watch the trailer for Rudderless below and visit the official Facebook page for more info/updates.

Rudderless opens in theaters on a limited run October 17, 2014.

Rudderless has a run time of 1 hour and 45 minutes and is rated R for language.

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“Behaving Badly” in Theaters August 1

BehavingBadly(PCM) Vertical Entertainment’s Behaving Badly opens in theaters on a limited run starting August 1st.

In this fast-paced, outrageously funny, all-star romp, socially awkward high schooler Rick Stevens (Nat Wolff) is willing to do whatever it takes to win the heart of the girl of his dreams … and he does mean anything.

But love’s a bitch! Particularly when your sights are set on the most beautiful and popular girl at school, Nina Pennington, (teen queen and pop superstar Selena Gomez). © Vertical Entertainment

Behaving Badly stars Selena Gomez (Spring Breakers), Nat Wolf (The Fault in Our Stars), Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds), Elisabeth Shue (The Karate Kid), Heather Graham (The Hangover), Ashley Rickards (Awkward), Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride), Patrick Warburton (Rules of Engagement), Jason Lee (Almost Famous), and Dylan McDermott (The Perks of Being a Wallflower).

Behaving Badly originally had a release date of July 1, but it would seem that something happened that lead to the film’s release being postponed by a month.

Fun Fact: according to IMDb, Justin Bieber, on-again-off-again boyfriend of star Selena Gomez, has a small cameo in the film as in inmate.

Behaving Badly opens in theaters on a limited run starting August 1st. Visit the film’s official Facebook here and watch the official trailer below!

Behaving Badly is rated R for crude sexual content and language throughout, some graphic nudity, and drug material and has a run time of 1 hour and 38 minutes.

 

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