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Behind the ‘Boo!’: How Haunted House Actors Scare Guests

Behind the ‘Boo!’: How Haunted House Actors Scare Guests

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SurfacingWhat does it take to scare the candy corn out of someone? Performers at two of New York’s hallowed haunted attractions explain the secrets behind the shocks.Angie Hansen knows what she wants: energy, professionalism, a gift for ad-lib. “And then somebody that really likes to scare people,” she said cheerfully.As the creative director of Blood Manor, a 10,000-square-foot haunted house nestled inside a TriBeCa skyscraper, Hansen assembles 60 performers annually, many of them Blood Manor veterans. She sorts the newcomers into appropriate roles — clowns, killers, corpse brides, victims weeping silicone wounds. In just three or four days of rehearsal, she teaches them to terrify the thousand or so guests who enter Blood Manor, a Halloween staple since 2005, each weekend evening.About t...
Jay Ellis Comes Home to Harlem

Jay Ellis Comes Home to Harlem

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Jay Ellis was buying snacks at a corner bodega in Harlem when a woman in a crop top and Ray-Bans approached him. “Oh my God, I’m so happy!” she said.This was on a sticky Monday in September, halfway through a walking tour of Harlem, where Mr. Ellis had lived, on and off, in the mid-2000s, when he was a model trying to break into acting. After years of sporadic work, he landed a starring role on BET’s “The Game,” a comedy-drama set in the world of professional football, then booked the romantic lead on the HBO comedy “Insecure,” playing Lawrence, the boyfriend of the series creator Issa Rae’s Issa.At the end of the show’s first season, Issa cheats on Lawrence. Lawrence retaliates by dangling the promise of a reunion, then bedding a co-worker. Which means that attitudes toward the character ...

Paulina Alexis, an Indigenous Canadian Actress, Is Breaking Barriers

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Name: Paulina AlexisAge: 21Hometown: Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation Reserve, Alberta, CanadaCurrently Lives: A one-bedroom apartment in Edmonton, while her family home on the reservation is being renovated.Claim to Fame: Ms. Alexis is an Indigenous Canadian actress whose portrayal of Willie Jack on the FX dark comedy “Reservation Dogs” has garnered praise, including from Hollywood power players like Barry Jenkins. Created by Taika Waititi and Sterlin Harjo, “Reservation Dogs” is the first television series to boast an all-Indigenous writers’ room and roster of directors. “I always wanted to be an actor, but I felt embarrassed to tell anyone my dream,” Ms. Alexis said. “There was no representation on TV. I didn’t think I would make it.”Big Break: Ms. Alexis comes from a family of filmmakers and...

Selma Blair Wants You to See Her Living With Multiple Sclerosis

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Selma Blair could only talk for a half-hour in our first session. That was as long as she trusted her brain and her body to cooperate — any longer and she feared that her focus might start to wander or her speech might begin to trail. “We’re being responsible in knowing that smaller moments will be clearer moments,” she said.For Blair no day is free from the effects of multiple sclerosis, the autoimmune disease that she learned she had in 2018 but that she believes began attacking her central nervous system many years earlier.This particular Friday in September had started out especially tough: She said she woke up in her Los Angeles home feeling “just bad as all get out,” but she found that talking with people helped alleviate her discomfort. Blair said she had had good conversations earl...
Léa Seydoux on ‘No Time to Die’ and More

Léa Seydoux on ‘No Time to Die’ and More

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The stories in Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch” take place in the fictional town of Ennui-sur-Blasé. Léa Seydoux — who plays a prison guard who models for an inmate — finds the name hilarious.“It’s so great! It’s exactly the image that an American can have of the French: they are just so bored,” Seydoux said with a laugh.This year has been anything but boring for the actress. The long-awaited Anderson picture follows the equally long-awaited juggernaut, “No Time to Die,” starring Seydoux as Madeleine Swann opposite the outgoing Bondsman Daniel Craig. “The French Dispatch” screened last week in the New York Film Festival and premiered last summer at Cannes, alongside three other Seydoux-starring films: Arnaud Desplechin’s Philip Roth adaptation, “Deception”; Ildiko Enyedi’s period piece...

The 2022 Oscar Race Has Begun. Here’s Who Is Already Ahead.

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Best ActorWill Smith and Denzel Washington went toe to toe once before at the Oscars, when Smith’s performance in “The Pursuit of Happyness” lost to a volcanic Washington in “Training Day.” This season offers quite the rematch, as Washington’s expert work in “The Tragedy of Macbeth” may be the only real threat to Smith winning his first Academy Award, for “King Richard.”Cumberbatch and Dinklage could grab two of the other spots here, but I’m curious if Joaquin Phoenix will score a nomination for the appealing “C’mon C’mon,” in which he plays a normal guy taking care of his nephew. It’s Phoenix’s follow-up to the Oscar-winning “Joker,” but the last time he played someone this warm and grounded, in Spike Jonze’s “Her,” voters overlooked him. (They prefer their Phoenix with bright plumage.)Ad...
How the ‘Succession’ Star Nicholas Braun Elevates Cousin Greg

How the ‘Succession’ Star Nicholas Braun Elevates Cousin Greg

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The big man had come to Little Island.One Friday morning last month, Nicholas Braun ambled his six-foot, seven-inch self across a bridge over the Hudson River and into this man-made floating park that has fascinated him since it opened in the spring. Or as he put it, “I’ve seen this place a lot from the highway, but it doesn’t ever feel like the moment to go.”He wandered its landscapes and worked his way up and down its topography. He spent a few moments admiring the hypnotic rotations of a giant spinning disc (“Oh, that made me dizzy in five seconds,” he said) and somewhat less time listening to a slightly repetitive band play in an amphitheater (“They could use a few more lyrics”). He eagerly explored a cavernous tunnel that turned out to lead to the restrooms.All in all, he came away wi...
Alessandro Nivola Put His Foot Down and Won the ‘Many Saints’ Role Anyway

Alessandro Nivola Put His Foot Down and Won the ‘Many Saints’ Role Anyway

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The throbbing in the back of Alessandro Nivola’s head was growing more intense.It was fall 2018 when he’d auditioned for the role of Dickie Moltisanti in “The Many Saints of Newark,” the “Sopranos” prequel, and “I felt pretty sure I was onto something,” he said. Though he wasn’t sure what that something was.Then after a lunch with David Chase, creator of the series, and Alan Taylor, the film’s director, the full script arrived and the stakes shot through the roof. Dickie, it turned out, was the film’s protagonist, and Chase had been told he could cast anyone he wanted. And the word was that Chase wanted Nivola, who hadn’t carried a movie of this magnitude in his nearly 25-year film career.That’s when the throbbing kicked in. “I’d been down that road so many times,” Nivola said, “and the nu...

In ‘Alma’s Way,’ a Young Latina Thinks for Herself, Like Her Creator

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That little Sonia is voiced by another Bronx Latina: Summer Rose Castillo, a 9-year-old from Throgs Neck who said she identified with Alma. Castillo added, though, that the series is “not just about Puerto Ricans, it’s not just about Latinas; it’s about so many different types of families.”For Manzano, that meant not only giving Alma playmates who are African American, South Asian and white but also creating friends and family members who are Hispanic in different ways. Alma’s papi, for instance, is Afro-Caribbean, while her Uncle Nestor is Cuban, and a neighbor, Beto, is Mexican American. These distinctions are reflected in the tastes, vocabulary and appearance of the characters, whom the animators at Pipeline Studios, a company near Toronto, portray with varying skin tones.“Latinos aren’...

Ann Dowd Sails Around New York Harbor

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The actress Ann Dowd stood straight-backed at the helm, hands gripping the wheel, eyes fixed on the green-gray-blue river spread before her like a rumpled blanket. The Statue of Liberty beckoned just beyond.“Everyone looks awesome behind the wheel of a sailboat,” Jonathan Horvath, the captain, said. “But some people look more awesome than others.”Ms. Dowd, 65, perhaps best known for playing Aunt Lydia, a brutal enforcer of the theocracy on “The Handmaid’s Tale,” grew up boating. She and her six siblings spent summers at Lake Sunapee in New Hampshire, piloting motorboats and a Sunfish. They still gather there on weekends, though she insists that her siblings are all better sailors.“This sister,” Ms. Dowd said, pointing to herself. “I don’t know what happened there.”Ms. Dowd, who lives in an...