Critic’s Choice Award Nominations

December 06, 2017

Giant congratulations to Sterling on his nomination for Best Actor in a Drama Series!

Best Actor in a Drama Series
Sterling K. Brown – This Is Us (NBC)
Paul Giamatti – Billions (Showtime)
Freddie Highmore – Bates Motel (A&E)
Ian McShane – American Gods (Starz)
Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul (AMC)
Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan (Showtime)

Best Drama Series
American Gods (Starz)
The Crown (Netflix)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Stranger Things (Netflix)
This Is Us (NBC)

Sterling K. Brown Doesn’t Mind Taking His Work Home With Him

November 01, 2017

Sterling K. Brown has more than a decade’s worth of credits to his name, but none made him a household name until he signed on for This Is Us. Brown earned an Emmy Award for the role of Randall Pearson in Season 1 of NBC’s hit drama, and the show’s new season has Brown and his fellow cast members getting rave reviews again. Brown credits the show’s creator, Dan Fogelman, with creating characters that are both realistic and likable; in fact, Brown wishes he could be a little more like Randall in real life!

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Ryan Murphy on Sterling K. Brown: ‘This Guy Is, Like, Marlon Brando Good’

November 01, 2017

IndieWire Honors: Murphy says he’s eager to work again with Brown, and is exploring ways to even re-pair him with ‘People v. O.J.’ co-star Sarah Paulson.

Sterling K. Brown graduated to superstar status after his Emmy-winning turn as Christopher Darden on “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” Executive producer and director Ryan Murphy remains tight with the star, who has even been advising him recently on how to live a vegan lifestyle.

Brown is busy starring in “This Is Us,” but the two are already discussing ways to work together again. “We’ve talked a lot about it,” Murphy said. “I’m trying to figure out a way to give America what they want, and reunite Sterling and Sarah Paulson. I would love for him to be a part of ‘Five Days at Memorial’ [the Hurricane Katrina-themed “American Crime Story” installment] that we’re doing. I always want to work with Sterling. I’m a busy guy, but he’s just as busy as hell. How are we gonna make it work? We will. We had a really great director/actor thing going that I would really like to continue.”

Below, Murphy shares with IndieWire his respect for Brown, and his pride in seeing the actor become a household name.

I feel that Sterling K. Brown has become an iconic actor. He means a lot to a lot of people, and I think that he’s a trailblazer. I’m just super proud of him. I’m not surprised at all at his success, because once we started working together, I was like, “Oh. This guy is, like, Marlon Brando good. This guy has huge, huge depth of talent, and on top of that, he’s charismatic and good looking, and sexy.”

The hardest part that we cast on “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” was Chris Darden. We looked at hundreds of people. We met with a lot of famous people. But [executive producers] Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson and I kept saying, “Eh. I don’t know.” Sterling had auditioned, and we sort of overlooked his tape at first. But once we were nearing the difficult part, where we had to make a decision, we looked at all of them again.

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When you see a talent — particularly somebody’s who not 20, somebody who’s been working their ass off, and just paying the rent, somebody who clearly is a star —there’s no better thing than to say to that person, “I see you” and “I see what you’re capable of.”

Sterling fucking earned that job. We made him do a read with Sarah Paulson that he knocked out of the park. Sarah was instantly taken by Sterling, and I think that the thing that she felt was, “OK. I have a sparring partner here. I have somebody who can actually throw it back to me, just as hard.” I think she was super relieved.

When we shot it, and I was directing him, he was always the most prepared. He was the most humble. He was just so thrilled to be there, and to have material that was great, and I think worthy of his talent. Everybody on that show, from Sarah to John Travolta, to David Schwimmer, to Courtney, B. Vance everybody was so proud of Sterling. He was sort of like the baby brother of the group. I think people felt that, the night of the Emmy awards, when he won.

Sterling, when he works, is really ferocious. He, like Sarah, comes prepared to win. He has every line memorized. He has your lines memorized. He is a very technical actor. He’s an incredible role model, and I think Sterling is also somebody who can do anything. I found that when I was directing him. There’s a scene where he has to cry and be emotional and then the next scene we shot that day was him, I think dancing to some goofy song with Sarah, so I think that he can do any genre. He’s not just a drama guy. He can be a comedy guy. He can be a goofy guy. He can be a romantic lead. I think he’s got it all.

Sterling has what I call the “Julia Roberts factor.” When you work with Julia Roberts, or you work with Sterling K. Brown, everybody who works with them falls in love with them, not necessarily in a romantic sense, but you’re just overwhelmed by their soul in some weird way. I would say it’s a very rare thing to have the instant ability to make people fall in love with you, of all sexes and genders.

The hardest thing in the world to find is a leading man, between 30 and 45. It’s always been the thing that I have struggled with the most in my career, the male actors. Who are those male actors who can appeal to women and men, and have a huge reserve of talent?

You know, I love him. I feel very protective of him, and yet I feel like I don’t have to be, because he has a great family. He has a wonderful wife, and Sterling really is smart and has a great business sense. He’s just supremely focused on being the best that he could be. Sterling is somebody who also continually loves to be challenged. He picks his material correctly, and you know, we talked a lot about that, like what he should do, or what he shouldn’t do. He has such a strong group of people around him, who love him and protect him and offer incredible guidance.

Success happened later for him in his life. He had already been married. He had already had children. He really has a great gratitude for it, and a great humbleness about it, because he waited a long time for it. When it finally happened, he was ready. His development as a person … He got there at the right time. I think that’s another thing that people sense about him, is he’s just grateful, and humble as a person, and incredibly fun to hang with as well.

— as told to Michael Schneider


This Is Us Season 2 Promotional Shoot

October 26, 2017

NBC has released these great images from the promotional shoot the cast of This Is Us did for Season 2.

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This Is Us – Brothers Episode Stills

October 26, 2017

Some new stills from last night’s episode of This Is Us titled “Brothers” has been added to the gallery.

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‘Whoa Didn’t See That Coming’: This Is Us Cast & Fans React to Mysterious Family History of Jack’s Brother

October 26, 2017

People goes over the revelation that came out in yesterday’s episode of This Is Us, Brothers.

[Spoiler alert: This story contains plot details from Tuesday’s episode of This Is Us, titled “Brothers.”]

This Is Us fans and viewers got to see more glimpses into Jack Pearson’s past on Tuesday night’s episode, specifically his family before the Big 3.

In season 1, we met his abusive alcoholic father, Stanley Pearson (Peter Onorati), and saw a moment of Jack’s military service in the Vietnam War. And now, in the sophomore season, we see that Stanley may die of cirrhosis without saying a final farewell to his son. In addition, we learn more about Jack’s life as a soldier.

Tuesday’s episode revealed that Jack had been hiding a major truth about himself for the past decade: his brother Nicky. (Nicky could be the reason why Jack wanted his sons Kevin and Randall to get along.)

Flashbacks showed Jack with his younger brother waking up from the backseat in a car and putting on his black-rimmed glasses before the older sibling said, “Don’t worry Nicky. I’m not going anywhere, I’m not going anywhere.”

Then the scene fast forwarded to adult Jack looking through a memory box filled with dog tags and old photos from his military days, including a group picture that showed Nicky wearing glasses and a nametape that read “Pearson.”

Previously, during the second episode of this current season, titled “Manny-Splendored Thing,” we saw the blades of a helicopter as the camera panned down to show two men in full Army attire jumping out of the aircraft. One of them was Jack, who was wielding an assault rifle.

And during the first season, fans and viewers saw Jack transition from Army vet to neighborhood mechanic. Remember when Mrs. Peabody asked Jack: “How did you come back from Vietnam so nice? Seems like most of the boys lose their damn minds over there.” And Jack told her, “I was just a mechanic. You know, maybe we had it a little easier over there.”

Well, it appears Jack wasn’t just a mechanic.

Fans and stars Sterling K. Brown and Chrissy Metz reacted to Nicky on social media with many wondering how much of an impact he could have on Jack’s life.

“Jack and Nicky, brothers, soldiers in Vietnam. Looks like there’s more to Jack’s story than he let’s on,” Brown live-tweeted during the episode.

“Niiicky! I must know everything, now!” Metz live-tweeted.

Mandy Moore also took to Twitter to share her reaction to the surprise twist. “Whoa. Didn’t see that coming. Introducing Jack’s younger brother, Nicky,” the actress wrote.

And fans couldn’t believe there was another Pearson family introduction.

While we have more to learn about Jack and Nicky’s brotherly bonding, next week’s episode will give viewers an in-depth look at a crucial decade for the Big 3.

This Is Us airs Tuesdays (9 p.m. ET) on NBC.

‘This Is Us’ actor Chris Sullivan reveals 3 secrets from the set

October 26, 2017

Chris Sullivan who plays Toby shares some information from the set of This Is Us and it’s cast members with the Today Show!

We’ll take any secret we can get the cast of “This Is Us” to spill, and fortunately for us, Chris Sullivan is ready to dish.

The actor, who stars as the boyfriend to Kate Pearson (played by Chrissy Metz), stopped by Megyn Kelly TODAY Wednesday and shared three nuggets from the “This Is Us” set. (And no, Jack’s death is not one of them but we’ll never stop asking!)

Here are the three juicy tidbits he shared:

Sterling K. Brown, who plays Kate’s on-screen brother Randall, can sing! “He has a wonderful baritone,” Sullivan said, adding that he often hears musical theater music in Brown’s trailer and that the actor’s not one to shy away from singing “Frozen” or music from the Broadway show “Wicked.”

Mandy Moore, who plays mom Rebecca Pearson, has a unique way of getting into character. “Right before she starts a take, she does this full-body shake,” says Sullivan. Sounds like a nice way to shake off any nerves!

As for Metz, the two have an odd way of showing their bond when the cameras aren’t rolling. “Chrissy and I communicate in two Southern characters a lot of the time,” Sullivan said. “For no reason except we’re a couple of idiots.” We disagree — but we’d love to hear those accents!

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