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Why Kayla Cromer deserves an Emmy nod for her groundbreaking turn in Everything’s Gonna Be Okay

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Kayla Cromer deserves an Emmy

Her performance as an autistic teen grieving the loss of her father doesn’t just mark an important step forward for . It’s full of nuance, hilarity, and heartbreak.

“What if I can really change the industry?”

Kayla Cromer wondered this, as she told Teen Vogue in January, while weighing the power of what’s become a breakout role in Freeform’s Everything’s Gonna Be Okay. But the 22-year-old , who is on the autism spectrum, didn’t quite leap at the opportunity to play a nuanced, flawed autistic lead TV character — quite the rarity across American TV and film — because she was worried about being . She knew — knows — she could play neurotypical roles, too.

But take the role she did, and audiences for the critically acclaimed hit created by Josh Thomas ought to be grateful. Not only is Cromer’s character groundbreaking, but her performance is revelatory — a disarming mix of sweet, sad, and sharply funny that would deserve awards consideration regardless of its social impact.

Everything’s Gonna Be Okay follows Nicholas (Thomas) as he moves from to the U.S. to care for his two adolescent half-sisters after the death of their father. Cromer plays eldest Matilda, whose life in many ways resembles any high school student’s. She and sister Genevieve (Maeve Press) are, in the early-going of the show, largely defined by their experiences with grief, mourning the loss of their dad and struggling to adjust to the strange new day-to-day rhythms instituted by Nicholas and, to a lesser extent, his boyfriend Alex (Adam Faison). The show introduces itself in its first few installments by observing how this new kind of family unit constructs itself, growing pains and all.

As Matilda, Cromer immediately emerges as a fierce, funny performer. The gaps in social cues between herself and Nicholas, particularly, make for terrific comedy, and the actress mines the depths of her character’s conflicted sadness with impressive range.

But then Everything’s Gonna Be Okay goes to some more surprising places — particularly, in its uncommonly rigorous and empathic treatment of Matilda’s sexuality. Working off loads of research, Thomas and his writers created an arc for the character that challenged on-screen depictions of autistic teens in a sort of bluntly liberating way — and gave Cromer ever more juicy material to work with. (Some light to follow.)

The multi-episode storyline begins when Matilda loses her virginity to a male schoolmate who takes advantage of her while drunk. The scene is tough to watch, but no less agonizing than the muted fallout: Matilda attempting to bury the trauma and save face, in order to prove her maturity and “normalcy.” Her sister chastises her for putting herself in the situation at all, and challenges her to face it. But in Cromer’s hands, we see the turmoil of a young woman trying desperately to experiment and explore without fear or shame. To see her family come to her rescue, in a way that she doesn’t necessarily welcome, proves quietly heartbreaking.

But Matilda isn’t boxed into any kind of sentimental subplot, either. From here, the show totally throws away the rulebook. One episode depicts an attempted threesome between Matilda and two other autistic characters in the show, both of whom are crushing on her hard. (One is male, the other female.) It’s a marvelous take on teenage sexuality in general, as the trio negotiate boundaries and desires with clarity and excitement. Against the backdrop of Nicholas — again, Matilda’s guardian — all but willing this to happen, it’s also brilliantly awkward. Cromer anchors the scene marvelously, as Matilda asserts what she wants and how.

Indeed Matilda is, at times, a very self-centered character. She is, like any teenager, in a position of figuring out who she is and pursuing that — even at the expense, perhaps, of those in her path. It’s high time a character on the spectrum received this kind of depth. In the season finale, Matilda and the gang to New York, as a kind of trial run to see if she can handle life in the Big Apple while attending college at Julliard — to which she was just accepted. Her experience is frustrating, exhilarating, disappointing, and maybe, in the end, a little crushing. But watching Cromer’s face on that subway car, you see a determination that won’t quit. That goes both for this galvanizingly fresh character, and for a performance that reveals new layers by the episode. That’ll be surely true when the recently-ordered season 2 comes around — and until then, it’s your move, Television Academy.

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Amitabh Bachchan Shares Details About His Charity Works, Says ‘Every Individual Effort Counts’

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Megastar Amitabh Bachchan on Friday shared the “arduous” process of procuring oxygen concentrators and ventilators for donation as he said every individual effort goes a long way in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Giving an update about the Care Centre at Delhi Rakabganj Gurudwara for which he had donated Rs 2 crore, Bachchan said the facility currently has 300 beds, which will be upgraded to 400. Amitabh Bachchan Contributes Rs 2 Crore Towards COVID-19 Care Facility in Delhi, Tweets Manjinder Singh Sirsa.



“This facility is giving succour free of cost – bed care, food medicine and medical care all,” the 78-year-old actor wrote on his blog. The veteran actor also announced that he had contributed for another COVID care facility in ’s Juhu, which is now ready and will be operational in a day. He expressed his gratitude to the government of Poland, the Mayor of the City of Wroclaw, the Ambassador of India at Warsaw and the LOT Polish Airlines for their support in the procurement of oxygen concentrators. Amitabh Bachchan Urges People To Follow All Health Protocols and Stay Disciplined Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic (Read Tweet).




“The general call from the places that were in need of help had been for the urgent need of oxygen concentrators. These are and were difficult to procure. When I was not getting any immediate source to them, my friend and the Indian Consul in Wroclaw stepped forward. “He at first realising the situation that we were was sending a portable O2 concentrator for my personal emergency use, but I dissuaded him. When he insisted I said if you do send it to me I shall donate it to any institute that was in immediate need,” he said.

Bachchan said the Indian Consul in Wroclaw recommended him with the name and details of a Polish Company that manufactures oxygen concentrators and he decided to place an order for 50 units, which will be shipped out on May 15.”This is most humbling and filled with the true spirit of coming together and demonstrating by extending a helping hand for humanity and for those that suffer,” he said, adding that he will be another 50 oxygen concentrators and donating them to a hospital.




Bachchan also said the demand for ventilators has been equally acute and he has placed an order for 20 units. So far, ten have been delivered to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and a few municipal hospitals in the city, while the remaining will be received by May 25 and distributed to hospitals in need, he added. “The BMC, when I said I wished to donate something for the cause, told me to not give money, but to get them ventilators. This has been an arduous task as well, but luckily another agency has stepped forward and is helping me with my order,” he said.



“Oxygen concentrators have also been ordered from another source and about 60 of them should be coming in a few days,” he added. Earlier this week, Bachchan shared a detailed note about some of the charitable work that he has done for COVID-19 relief as well as for farmers and martyrs of the Pulwama terror attack. The note came in response to his detractors who called out celebrities on social media for not helping people amid the grave health crisis in the country. Bachchan said he will continue to offer help and assistance to places where it is most needed.

“This is the FIGHT that we must all fight each hour… This fight we need to win and God willing we shall. The fight in its literal meaning is often looked upon as putting on boxing gloves in a ring or a wrestling bout with this virus. That’s a silly approach. The will is the fight,” the veteran star wrote. “Every individual effort counts… even if it’s a small drop in the ocean of need… May all our prayers be answered,” he said. Extending his wishes for the of Eid, Bachchan said he prays for peace, happiness and the safety of everyone.”EID Mubarak… to all the Ef from different parts of the world and prayers to the Almighty to give us His blessings,” he said.

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‘Radhe’ Baddie Sangay Tsheltrim: Wanted To Get Punched By Salman Khan, But Ended Up Bagging A Film With Him! (LatestLY Exclusive)

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Actor who made his Bollywood debut with the Salman Khan starrer Radhe is on cloud nine.  The ex-Army officer-turned-bodybuilder- turned model Sangay bagged an opportunity that looks like a dream indeed. “Right now I am on cloud nine. I am very excited to be a part of the film and officially enter Bollywood”. He continued, “Like any other fan, I went to meet Salman sir at of his shoots. I met him through my friend.  Luckily, Salman sir was free then and no one was around him. I got a chance to sit down with him and have a cup of coffee. We chatted for a while, as we had a lot of common topics to about such as fitness and bodybuilding.”



That Sangay has a physique that makes him stand out is a given, but what other qualities apart from his striking presence caught Salman’s interest, we wondered. “I think, that is a special thing about Salman sir. He comprehends your potential the moment you meet him. I don’t know maybe looking at my physique or my army background he must have cast me for the film. But I have never even imagined in my dreams that I will be a part of a project like this one! I used to jokingly tell my friends, get me a role in Salman sir’s film, where I can get a punch from him. Bagging the role as one of the main antagonists is something I had never even imagined”




This rare opportunity with the country’s biggest superstar should open the doors of opportunities for him. So what’s his next move? “When I got this opportunity and when I came to Mumbai saw the strugglers out there and when I mingled a bit in the atmosphere of B-Town. I asked myself why not capitalize on it in the correct way and make use of the opportunity?  that’s the reason why I did not go back to my native land Bhutan and stayed back till Radhe’s release.” Watch Radhe Online: Here’s How You Can Watch Salman Khan-Disha Patani’s Film on ZEEPlex From the Comfort of Your Home!

Has his newfound celebrity status changed his family’s or his friends’ perspective towards him, we quizzed. “Definitely not, back there in Bhutan I already am a fitness icon and I have done a couple of films there but for me, I don’t consider myself an actor or a celebrity. I am always a soldier. But I had to give up my profession to pursue my passion which is to a gold medal for my country. I was never very ambitious about acting.”

Radhe has bagged mixed reviews with most critics not saying favorable things about the movie. How does Sangay react to this criticism? “For me, negative reviews do not matter. And for Salman sir also it won’t matter. He is such a big star and not everybody will love him, but that won’t make any difference to him. I am not bothered about the negative comments at all.” Radhe Movie Review: Salman Khan and Disha Patani’s Tone-Deaf Remake of The Outlaws Is Terribly Dated! (Onhike Exclusive)



Is there any quality that this tough man discovered about Salman Khan while working with him, something unique that no one knows about Bhai.

“He (Salman) is a very hardworking person. Me despite being an army officer, I like to relax but Salman sir still works very hard in the gym. I get tired by merely looking at him doing his workout. The kind of determination he puts in is what most people don’t know about him. And he is a very kind person. He takes care of people who work with him. I am an outsider, I am from Bhutan but still, I was looked after by SKF and Salman sir which I did not even expect. They went beyond and gave me VIP treatment, and I am very grateful. I am an outsider and for me, it felt like home.” he recalled.

How does the ex-military officer see his journey from here on, we asked. “Whatever excites me and if I get a good project so I’ll surely take it up. Or else I have a couple of projects back in Bhutan and I am also a producer in Bhutan. And I have a special movie that I want to give my country that is my entry into Bollywood”

We are sure there must be something the real heroes, the military guys poses something that our on-screen heroes don’t. Sangay responds to that statement with a hint of a smile. “I would not want to compare and I have huge respect for everyone. I am very much still a soldier who wanted to bring a gold medal for his country, which I made sure I did and good skills and aptitude is what I possess but I don’t know about other actors” concluded Sangay.

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Knives Out 2: Kathryn Hahn Is the Recent Addition to the Cast of Daniel Craig’s Netflix Film Starring Dave Bautista and Edward Norton

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American actor Kathryn Hahn has joined the starry ensemble of ace film director Rian Johnson’s Knives Out sequel for Netflix. As per Variety, Hahn has joined previously announced cast members which include Dave Bautista, Janelle Monae, and Edward Norton. Actor Daniel Craig, who essayed the role of master sleuth Benoit Blanc in the hit 2019 whodunnit, will reprise the role in the sequel. Knives Out 2: After Dave Bautista, Edward Norton Boards Sequel to Daniel Craig’s Murder Mystery Movie.



The upcoming second installment will be written and directed by Johnson. He is also set to produce with Ram Bergman under their T-Street banner. Plot details are being kept under wraps but the follow-up will be another star-studded murder mystery anchored by Craig’s character Blanc. The original ‘Knives Out’ starred Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ana de Armas, Christopher Plummer, Michael Shannon, and Toni Collette, among many others. Daniel Craig Birthday Special: From Royale to Knives Out, 7 Best Films of the James Bond Actor Ranked As per IMDB Rating (Onhike Exclusive).




Netflix will release the sequel and a third installment in the whodunit franchise after agreeing to shell out USD 450 million for the rights. ‘Knives Out’ was released by Lionsgate and became a sleeper hit, grossing USD 311.4 million when it opened in 2019. Writer and director Rian Johnson an Oscar nomination for his screenplay. It is currently unclear whether or not any of the original film’s cast members will join Craig for the new murder mystery, which is planning to start production in Greece this summer.



Hahn recently had a memorable supporting role as the diabolical Agatha Harkness in Disney Plus and Marvel’s ‘WandaVision’. Her film and TV credits include ‘Bad Moms,’ ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,’ ‘Stepbrothers,’ ‘I Know This Much Is True,’ ‘Private Life’ and ‘Transparent.’ Her upcoming projects include ‘ Transylvania: Transformania’ and ‘The Shrink Next Door,’ opposite Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd.

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