Director James Wan, the man behind “The Conjuring 2,” continues to be surprised that Patrick Wilson hasn’t risen higher in the ranks of Hollywood leading men. Wan’s done his best to help Wilson, casting him in both the “Conjuring” films and the first two “Insidious” productions.
“I had worked with Mr. Wilson many times before and I just love Patrick. He is such a great leading man that the world has not latched onto yet,” Wan says. “He’s such a great actor.”
Wan’s trying a little different tactic with “The Conjuring 2.” He has Wilson sing an Elvis Presley number.
You might be saying to yourself that it seems weird to have a musical number in a movie based on the most documented case of paranormal activities in England. It works because the movie is as much about family as it ghost busting.
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The song fits in the story, with the haunted family talking about the father taking all the music, including the Elvis albums, when he left. Wilson’s character uses the song to bring back a little bit of music into their lives.
As if the song wasn’t enough to earn Wilson the title of Musical Master of the Macabre, there’s also a dance number. Credit for that one goes to Wilson’s co-star, Vera Farmiga✔ who pushed to have the Warrens, the married couple she and Wilson portray, share a dance (to the same Elvis tune) as a way of showing how much they love each other.
Wilson jokes that if there is a third film, the Warrens will enter a dance competition.
“The Conjuring 2” is in theaters now.
Vanessa Lengies, star of the new Disney XD series “LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures,” stops to catch her breath after getting emotional about a discussion of one of the best TV series to mix singing, dancing and interesting characters.
No, it’s not “Glee.”
The Canadian actress did spend four seasons on the former FOX series playing Sugar Motta. And, she still gets stopped by Gleeks who want to talk about the show.
But, she was referring to “American Dreams,” the NBC drama set against the backdrop of “American Bandstand” in the ‘60s. Lengies played Roxanne Bojarski.
“That show was ahead of its time and it didn’t click on the right with the world at the right time,” Lengies says. “The world wasn’t ready for that show. It had song and dance, it had history, it had beautiful costumes. It had a beautiful soundtrack. It would have been a great show for social media. But, the world was not ready for it.”
She has a new passion now. She provides the voice of Kordi Freemaker, one of three siblings who scour the universe collecting the bots and pies of spaceships left after a big battle.
Lengies, who built a fan base after “American Dreams” and “Glee,” says nothing compares to becoming part of the “Star Wars” universe.
“I have gained a lot of new friends after being cast on this show because there is such a vast and deep community of ‘Star Wars’ lovers. I feel honored to be on a show that sticks to the integrity of the original movies,” Lengies says.
The new animated series blasts off at 10 a.m. Monday, June 20, on Disney XD.
“American Dreams” ended in 2005 after three seasons. “Glee” would come along four years later.
Asked if “American Dreams” impacted “Glee,” Lengies pauses and says: “‘Glee’ would not have been possible without ‘American Dreams.’”
No fairy tale: The story of the teen sons and daughters of Disney’s most infamous villains will continue in “Descendants 2,” a Disney Channel Original Movie set to begin production this summer for a 2017 premiere.
More coming: TLC has ordered additional seasons of the series “Who Do You Think You Are?” and “Long Lost Family.”
Take me to your leader: Britt Robertson will star in “Girlboss,” a Netflix series inspired by the New York Times best-selling book #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso, founder of the fashion brand Nasty Gal. The series will premiere in 2017.