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Check Out The Trailer For Robert Rodriguez’s ‘The Limit’ Starring Michelle Rodriguez and Norman Reedus

Check Out The Trailer For Robert Rodriguez’s ‘The Limit’ Starring Michelle Rodriguez and Norman Reedus

STXsurreal, the VR studio for Robert Simonds’ STX Entertainment, have announced the launch of THE LIMIT, a first-of-its kind immersive cinema experience from visionary filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, starring Michelle Rodriguez and featuring Norman Reedus. The most widely distributed paid VR film to-date, THE LIMIT is a lean-back experience captured in an all-new cinematic VR format, wider than 180 degrees, that bridges the gap between large-format movies and 360-degree video. With THE LIMIT, STXsurreal has created an entirely new storytelling category by making the viewer a character in a high-octane, 20-minute action movie. The VR studio also partnered with Academy Award-winning visual effects company DNEG to offer audiences unprecedented production value.

“The launch of THE LIMIT is a watershed moment in VR, and gives fans of premium scripted entertainment a compelling reason put their headsets back on,” said Andy Vick and Rick Rey, co-presidents of Virtual Reality & Immersive Entertainment at STXsurreal. “In keeping with STX’s talent-driven model, we enlisted Robert, Michelle and Norman, who collectively have millions of passionate fans across the globe, to break new ground and bring this category-busting cinematic VR film to life.”

In THE LIMIT, you, the viewer, play a rogue agent with a mysterious past who enlists the help of enhanced super-assassin M-13 (Michelle Rodriguez) to retrieve your identity and strike against the deadly organization that created you.

THE LIMIT represents the first in a series of live-action, immersive cinematic experiences from STXsurreal. The VR studio currently has several other projects in development, including a Jay and Silent Bob project from writer and director Kevin Smith, a crime-thriller from director Christian Gudegast, an untitled Dave Bautista action-comedy, and an underwater Sci-fi-thriller from Johannes Roberts.
 
Robert Rodriguez will participate in a fireside chat on the Oculus Venues live event platform on Friday, November 23 to discuss THE LIMIT and show clips from the groundbreaking VR film. Audiences can tune-in on Oculus Go and Gear VR.

To learn more and download THE LIMIT visit thelimitvr.com.

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Sylvester Stallone Classic ‘Cobra’ To Hit Blu-ray On January 22nd, 2019!

Sylvester Stallone Classic ‘Cobra’ To Hit Blu-ray On January 22nd, 2019!

Lt. Cobretti is a one-man assault team whose laser-mount submachine gun and pearl-handled Colt .45 spit pure crime-stopping venom! Sylvester Stallone stars as Marion Cobretti. But to those who know him – and those who wish they didn’t – he’s Cobra, a street-tough, big-city detective who does jobs nobody else wants or dares to do.

On January 22, 2019, SCREAM FACTORY™ is proud to present 80’s action-packed cult thriller COBRA Collector’s Edition Blu-ray. Directed by George P. Cosmatos (Rambo: First Blood Part II, Tombstone), the film stars Sylvester Stallone (Rocky, Creed), Brigitte Nielsen (Creed II, Red Sonja), and Reni Santoni (Muder One, The Practice. A must-have for movie collectors and loyal fans, this definitive collector’s edition contains new 2K scan of the film, new interviews and special bonus content. Pre-order is available now at ShoutFactory.com!

Director George P. Cosmatos teams up again with Stallone for this thriller pitting Cobretti against a merciless serial killer. The trail leads to not one murderer but also an army of psychos bent on slashing their way to a “New Order” – and killing a witness along the way. Fortunately, her protector is Cobra, a man who delivers vigilante justice like no other!

COBRA Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Special Features:

  • NEW 2K Scan of the original film elements
  • NEW Stalking and Slashing – an interview with actor Brian Thompson
  • NEW Meet the Disease – an interview with actor Marco Rodriguez
  • NEW Feel the Heat – an interview with actor Andrew Robinson
  • NEW Double Crossed – an interview with actress Lee Garlington
  • NEW A Work of Art – an interview with actor Art LaFleur
  • Audio Commentary with director George P. Cosmatos
  • Vintage Featurette
  • Teaser Trailer
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Galleries – stills, movie posters and lobby cards

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Robert “Bronzi” Kovacs On His Unique Career Path and The Making of ‘Death Kiss’

Robert “Bronzi” Kovacs On His Unique Career Path and The Making of ‘Death Kiss’

Robert “Bronzi” Kovacs is a force to be reckoned with!

For decades, Robert “Bronzi” Kovacs has been turning heads with his uncanny resemblance to one of Hollywood’s most legendary action and western actors, Charles Bronson. However, it wasn’t until recently the Hungarian-born actor and stuntman was discovered by American audiences. The whirlwind journey began when “Bronzi” was spotted and cast by indie filmmaker Rene Perez in a western-horror flick, ‘From Hell To The Wild West.’ In what seems like the perfect natural progression, the duo re-teamed for an amazing homage to Bronson’s prolific ‘Death Wish’ film series, the very appropriately named ‘Death Kiss.’

Written and directed by Rene Perez, ‘Death Kiss’ centers around a vigilante with a mysterious past who goes to a crime-infested city and takes the law into his own hands, at the same time protecting a young mother and her child. Cool and stylish, the film serves as a beautiful throwback to the Cannon films of the ’80s. Filmed in picturesque Northern California, the film also stars Daniel Baldwin (John Carpenter’s ‘Vampires’), Richard Tyson (‘Kindergarten Cop,’ ‘Two Moon Junction’), Eva Hamilton (‘Ruin Me’), Stormi Maya, Leia Perez, Reese Austyn, and Sam Story.

While “Bronzi” does bring his familiar aesthetic to the projects of which he is a part, it’s important to note that he is far from one-dimensional. A professionally trained actor at Maria Mezey Theatre School (Budapest), his love for the wild west and classic American film have led him to travel the world. One of the most seasoned professionals in the game, Kovacs has worked as a carpenter, professional horseman, musician, stuntman, acrobat, former military service member and judo player. It’s an impressive resume to say the least! Best of all — he’s just getting warmed up!

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Robert “Bronzi” Kovacs to discuss his unique career path, the challenges he’s faced along the way and what the future might hold for this star on the rise!

You’ve followed a unique path in the entertainment industry. How did you get involved with the arts early in life and what made you pursue your passion for acting professionally?

I always loved acting and movies, ever since I saw the American Westerns in Cinema as a child. I was horse breeder as a young man and accomplished equestrian rider so performing as a cowboy in Live Western shows in Europe seemed like a great way to showcase my talents in front of crowds. I wished to hone my craft even further, so I even enrolled in professional acting classes.

Robert “Bronzi” Kovacs

As a fan of cinema, what are some of the films that had a large impact on you early in life?

The classic westerns, especially the films of Sergio Leone. The biggest impact was seeing ‘Once Upon a Time in The West’ on the big screen. The Harmonica character portrayed by Charles Bronson is a fine performance. Perhaps my favorite. I loved Bronson in ‘Chato’s Land’ and ‘Mr. Majestyk.’ These films really inspired me.

How did you break into the movie industry?

I was cast in some independent western short films and a few commercials for a very popular European market chain but did not make a feature until an American director discovered my talents at a western show in Spain.

I know you worked as a stuntman. What were some of the most exciting and challenging stunts you’ve performed?

I have done it all and mostly in front of live audiences. I have had choreographed fist fights in full cowboy regalia, saloon clearing brawls with dozens of costumed actors and stuntmen, broken wooden doors, glasses and bottles over people’s heads! I have fallen off of buildings, been chased by a wild stage coach and even run through fire and smoke during a shoot out — multiple times a day! The more the crowd applauded the more I enjoyed it.

Speaking to your work as a stunt professional, I’m sure you have certain expertise. What do you consider your specialties?

I have a fair knowledge of period rifles and pistols. I often do reenactments of historical battles, but my expertise is Western Riding. I have bred and raised horses since a young boy. I like anything having to do with horses so performing on a horse is always exceptional, often utilizing my ability to shoot and perform while riding full gallop. It takes control and concentration.

What was your first role as an actor?

I was hired to entertain as the sheriff at a western theme park Fort Bravo in Almeria, Spain. This trend continued at live performance venues throughout Europe for many years.

‘Death Kiss’ is one of your latest projects. How did you first meet director Rene Perez?

Rene was filming a television series in Spain and saw my picture on a saloon wall. He asked the bartender about the old Bronson photo and the bartender told him , “No! That is Bronzi!” Rene reached out to me and related he wanted to work together.

‘Death Kiss’ was you second project with him. What does he bring out in you creatively when it comes to your performances?

He is very clear in what he intends me to do, but allows me to explore the character. Rene would give me the motivation and allow me to portray those feelings on screen.

You gave an amazing performance in ‘Death Kiss.’ Did you have any reservations about playing this role?

Thank You! I appreciate that you enjoyed the performance. I was very excited when I heard about ‘Death Kiss’ and agreed with no hesitation. After working with Rene on the Wild West movie, I knew he could make a film that would satisfy fans of the action genre and create a character that would be engaging.

While you are playing a familiar face in the film, I’m sure you bring a bring a bit of yourself to any role. What did you bring to this character that might not have been on the original written page?

I like to do acting through body action and facial expressions. I am used to working in front of crowd and sometimes it is loud and chaotic. Often words are not an option, but you can show so much with your body and a stare.

What were the biggest challenges you faced with the project?

My English is getting better now but it was a real challenge during “Death Kiss.” Fortunately, Rene speaks Spanish fluently, so he and I could converse this way much easier. The other problem I had was manipulating the revolver for the shoot outs while wearing thick heavy leather gloves. I could shoot but reloading the pistol often proved difficult and sometimes looked awkward.

Robert “Bronzi” Kovacs and Eva Hamilton shine in ‘Death Kiss.’

What are your favorite memories of being on the set of ‘Death Kiss’?

I enjoyed working with such amazing professionals like Daniel Baldwin and Richard Tyson. Great well-known actors and so gracious. Always supportive and willing to give advice. Also, actress Eva Hamilton was delightful as well. There was such great camaraderie on set and positive energy. Everyone wanted to be there and make a great film.

Are there any plans in the works for you to reprise your role as this character? 

I am not sure what Rene intends to do with future installments of “Death Kiss,” if any. I’ve received many messages on social media about fans wanting another appearance by the stranger and Daniel Baldwin seems to be in favor of another foray as the Radio DJ Dan Forthright. It would be fun to see him more involved in a sequel. Maybe another vigilante on the loose…

Is there a dream role that you one day hope to play?

I would love to do a western with a classic epic feel; large in scope with shoot outs and posses. The good guy rides off into the sunset at the end.

You have a few projects in the works. What has you most excited?

‘Escape from Death Block 13’ is coming soon and is so much fun. It has prison fights and so much excitement. I don’t want to give away too much, but it will blow you away. Gary Jones is really making something great. I’m also looking forward to the ‘Mat Rats’ movie — a different kind of film for me. It is a feature comedy about a kids wrestling team. The producer wants to make ‘Bad News Bears’ meets ‘Rocky.’ It’s a great script and my character is kind of a bad guy; maybe not a really bad guy but a real scary guy known only as ‘The Dago.’

I feel we can learn something from everyone and we can look to you as an inspiration. What is the best lesson we can take from your journey?

I dreamt of performing in films for so many years. I keep working and keep performing. I am fortunate to get such attention now. It is a blessing. The best thing is to never give up your dreams. You work hard and keep doing what you love.

Where are the best places for your fans to follow your continuing adventures online?

Thank you for asking! The best place is on FacebookTwitter, and even on Instagram but still trying to figure this out. All the pages are linked on my official website at www.RobertBronziActor.com.

‘Death Kiss’ is now available on VOD and hits home video via Uncork’d Entertainment on December 4th, 2018. 

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Legendary Action Star Vernon Wells Returns In High Octane Pictures’ ‘The City of Gold’

Legendary Action Star Vernon Wells Returns In High Octane Pictures’ ‘The City of Gold’

400 Years Ago Sir Walter Raleigh Searched For El Dorado … Today, It Was Found!

In the tradition of Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider, comes a thrilling adventure in search of… the city of gold.

Vernon Wells (The Road Warrior, Commando, InnerSpace), Christopher Atkins (The Blue Lagoon, The Pirate Movie) and Branscombe Richmond (“Chicago Med”, The Scorpion King) star in The City of Gold, on VOD December 4 and DVD January 1, 2019.

An anguished media magnate, Jonathan Davenport, accompanies his estranged lover to the Peruvian Amazon in pursuit of a reclusive artist living in rebel occupation. Despite their philanthropic intentions, the mission proves to be the harbinger of something dark and ominous rooted deep within Jonathan.
John Charles Meyer (Avenged), Adrienne Whitney Papp (“The Resident”), Riley Dandy (Double Play), Robbie Allen (Hellblazer) and Jennifer Rikert Wolski (Escape Artist) star in a film directed by Harry Locke IV and written by Ronald A.Blum.

From High Octane Pictures, The City of Gold on VOD December 4 and DVD January 1, 2019.

Vernon Wells in ‘The City of Gold.’

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UNSTOPPABLE: John Hennigan On His Creative Evolution and New Film Projects!

UNSTOPPABLE: John Hennigan On His Creative Evolution and New Film Projects!

John Hennigan, one of most dynamic performers in the industry, continues to push his creative limits.

Born and raised in Southern California, John Hennigan was destined to become a star. Throughout his meteoric rise, he has proved time and time again to be one of most versatile performers in the entertainment business. He has been wrestling professionally since 2002 and has been a shining star in the U.S. and Mexico, where he also has competed for Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide. He is a crossover star, appearing on various TV shows, including “Days of Our Lives,” in addition to numerous film credits, including “Boone: The Bounty Hunter,” which he created, co-wrote and served as executive producer. Hennigan recently tied the knot with Taya Valkyrie (aka Kira Forster-Hennigan) this past June, with many personalities from their wrestling lives attending, including WWE Superstars The Miz, Dolph Ziggler and Zack Ryder. Ironically, Hennigan wasn’t around for much of his wedding planning, as he was instead in Fiji, filming Season 37 of the hit CBS TV show “Survivor,” which kicked off in September.

With each passing year, Hennigan continues expand his resume by taking on challenging projects in a variety of mediums. Whether it’s brining his passion project, ‘Boone: The Bounty Hunter’ to the screen or stepping behind the camera for his upcoming flick, ‘The Iron Sheik Massacre,’ this star-on-the-rise continues to push his creative limits and shine as a storyteller. This Fall, it’s man versus nature when Hennigan teams up with acclaimed actor Stephen Tobolowsky (’Silicon Valley,’ ‘Deadwood’) to play ‘leapfrog’ with mutated amphibians in Ojala Productions’ epic eco-thriller ‘Strange Nature.’ Based on true unsolved outbreaks of wildlife mutations, fall fright-fest the film marks the directorial debut of fx maestro James Ojala (‘Hellboy II: The Golden Army,’ ‘Thor,’ ‘Tron: Legacy,’ ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’) and stars Lisa Sheridan (“Invasion”), Stephen Tobolowsky (Memento), Tiffany Shepis (Victor Crowley), and Carlos Alazraqui (The Funhouse Massacre). 

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Hennigan to discuss his life inside and out of the squared circle, the challenges he has faced along the way, his role in Jim Olala’s ‘Strange Nature’ and what the future holds for him in behind the camera!

You’ve spent the past decade building a tremendous career for yourself. What drew you to professional wrestling as a young man?

I feel like it started with the larger than life characters. When I was a kid, I grew up on pro-wrestling and action movies. I moved to a new place in 6th grade and I was a wrestling fan who watched it all the time. When I got to the new town, as the new kid, pro-wrestling was the first thing that I bonded with kids in my school and neighborhood over. We’d watch wrestling and try to put each other in Boston crabs or sharpshooters in each other’s backyards after we would watch on Saturday or Sunday! [laughs] I feel like when you’re hooked on something like that when you’re a kid, you’re always going to be nostalgic for it and have a soft spot for it. As I grew up, I went to high school and college before starting collegiate wrestling. At one point, I was even going to try to be an Olympic wrestler, but I ended up falling into training for fight choreography in action movies. At one point I had this epiphany that professional wrestling was the thing that had been motivating me to do everything I had been doing in life. That’s when I ended up training and started doing “Tough Enough.”

Who had the biggest impact on your from the worlds of professional wrestling and action movies?

Action movie-wise, when I was a kid it was probably a toss up between Schwarzenegger, Van Damme and Stallone. I got really, really into Jackie Chan when I got into intermediate school. He is definitely my number one movie influence! It made me want to do high school wrestling, flips, kicks and martial arts. When I got to college, that kind of action was the kind of stuff I was going for. With professional wrestling, it’s another example of how your tastes change over time. When I was really young, it was all about The Ultimate Warrior, Hulk Hogan and Macho Man Randy Savage. As I got older, I got into HBK but I never stopped liking Macho Man! [laughs] I also got into some of the ECW stuff with Rey Mysterio and Rob Van Damme, when I was older. It’s tough to pick just one person as my biggest influence. They are all so good!

It takes a lot to make it in the world of professional wrestling. What are the keys to success and longevity?

Patience. Passion. You know that speech that Rocky gives in “Rocky Balboa”? He says, “It’s not about how hard you hit. It’s about how much you can get hit and keep moving forward.” I feel like that’s very true for pro-wrestling. Obviously, it’s a nice analogy because you take bumps and get up in the ring but on you path of getting into and learning the business you hear the word “no” so many times. You have to have this clear vision and belief in yourself. If you don’t have that, eventually your motivation is to wane, you are going to find something else and stop training. If you have that clear vision and belief in yourself, then you can do anything you set your mind to and that’s really what it takes.

Who had the biggest impact on you behind-the-scenes? Did anyone serve as a mentor or give you a push when you needed it most?

So many! Tommy Dreamer has been there as a friend/mentor since I started in Louisville with OVW. I put Joey Mercury in that same category and Al Snow from “Tough Enough.” I also learned so much from Lance Storm when he was training at OVW. The way pro-wrestling works best, in my opinion, is that when you start wrestling a ton, the guys that you are in the ring with teach you more when you are in the ring. When the bell rings then you can learn more there than you can by talking about it, thinking about it or watching stuff on tape or on TV. All of the vets that I was in the ring with were all mentors to me.

That’s a great outlook. Was this work ethic of yours something that was instilled in you early on in life or something you had to work toward?

Wow! Man, this is a crazy interview! [laughs] Both! Growing up, I feel like the way that I validated myself was achievement oriented. When I first started wrestling in high school it was the first thing that I was really good at and I had a lot of early successes. For example, I won the championships the first year in high school and that made me focus, double down and try that much harder. It’s never a really good idea, especially as you get older, to see yourself only on what you’ve accomplished but that is what I did when I was younger. It made me really ambitious and it’s something I have carried with me since I was a kid.

What do you consider some of the biggest obstacles you have faced and overcome along the way?

Wrestling is tough. Sometimes it can get monotonous and you might have doubt. I don’t know if the coin has been turned but it’s kind of like “creator’s guilt” or “artists guilt,” when you reflect on the things that you are doing and ponder things like “Is the story I’m telling currently, or the time I’m spending to tell it, what I should be doing or the best use of my time?” Ruminating on that sometimes is an obstacle for me because the answer to that question is subjective and it changes. Sometimes it’s tricky. I don’t know if that’s the answer you’re looking for. You might be looking for an answer speaking to the physical aspect of the job. I tore my MCL in 2007, had neck surgery in 2011 and just dislocated my elbow three months ago. The first time I’m going to wrestle without my elbow brace is on Sunday at Bound for Glory. It’s hard to come back from injury but I think the mental and emotional obstacles are more difficult for me.

How do you feel you have most evolved over the course of your career, both inside and outside the ring?

At some point in pro-wrestling, you have that Neo moment where you can see the Matrix, so to speak. [laughs] For me, those moments when I know exactly what I’m doing, and everything makes sense, happen sometimes. It’s not like a switch that is flipped on or off, where you constantly know everything. You have to fight to stay relevant, keep everything you are doing fresh and figure out what people want. What people want changes and that’s one of the hardest things about wrestling. If you can figure out what people want, then you pretty much have the answer to everything in life! That idea of keeping yourself fresh and motivated is a big part of it. It’s less about keeping yourself relevant and more about keeping yourself interested in what you are doing and motivated to move forward.

Your arrival in Impact Wrestling is a huge deal for fans. What made this the right move for you at this point in time?

I’ve been all over, and I have worked for most of the companies in the world. When I came to Impact, I felt it was one of the only places with a roster of talented people who I hadn’t worked with that much. Currently, I believe Impact Wrestling is at a really interesting spot. The roster has evolved into a younger, hungry, talented roster. If you look at the comments that people are making when they watch a lot of the Impact Wrestling shows, it feels like something really great is happening at Impact and it’s happening now. That makes me excited to be a part of the company. It’s fun to be a part of an organization that’s evolving and changing into something that people really like!

You recently tied the knot To Taya Valkyrie (aka Kira Forster-Hennigan). Congratulations! Pardon the pun but you two clearly make a terrific tag team. What do you feel that you bring out in each other creatively?

[laughs] That’s a long answer! It’s tough because in this business so people say, “Never date anyone in the business.” When I met Kira, I instantly felt like I was with someone who understood me, my motivations and the business of pro-wrestling. We connected on so many different levels. As far as what we bring out in each other creatively, I think it starts with us understanding and accepting each other. That leads us to double down. She believes in me enough so that I feel like whatever I feel like doing, I just do it and I know she is going to be cool with it. For example, on our honeymoon, we wrote this crazy horror-comedy thing that we shot in our house a few weeks ago. It’s going to take a couple of months to finish it. I’ll just say that it’s crazy and that we destroyed our house. The whole house is covered in fake blood and stuff from the movie. I feel like that’s the kind of thing where both of us said, “Should we do this?” The answer is “Yeah, why not!” If we’re going to make a cool little horror movie, let’s go all the way with it. That’s what we did! I think that’s one of the reasons we love each other so much. We support each other, and we are all in.

I’m excited to see where that project leads. You’ve already established yourself in the film industry. Are there parallels between the worlds of film and professional wrestling?

Movies, pro-wrestling, television and theater are all forms of storytelling. For me, it’s cool to be able to tell stories in each of those different areas. In film, it’s really about storytelling just as much as it is in pro-wrestling. The type of stories you can tell with movies can be a little more complex or intricate because of the medium. It’s fun to think about the different type of tools and ways you can tell a story. It’s definitely something I’m eager to explore more in the future.

When did you come into your own as a storyteller within the realms of wrestling, film and television?

That’s another tough one. There are a ton of moments. I’ve had so many more moments in the world of pro-wrestling than I’ve had in the worlds of film and TV that they seem more profound because they are on a bigger stage! [laughs] For wrestling, there were a couple of tag matches that I had at OVW, when MNM was first clicking, versus Mac Johnson and Seth Skyfire. That was an early moment where I felt like I knew what I was doing and I understand who Johnny Nitro, who I was at the time, really was. I knew what my job was and what the crowd really wanted and what they didn’t want. A similar moment was when we debuted on Smackdown and MNM wrestled Eddie [Guerrero] and Rey [Mysterio]. I also had a moment against CM Punk in 2007 where I felt I made a big jump and I finally understood what it finally meant to be a heel. In 2010, in Baltimore, versus Jeff Hardy was another standout moment. Now, with Impact and Lucha Underground, they continue! I feel like that’s one of the addicting things about professional wrestling. You have these moments and thoughts and when you execute your plan, you get instant feedback. You feel it from the crowd and that lets you know if you’re right or wrong! [laughs] Wrestling fans aren’t afraid to let you know that you’re not right! With movies, it’s weird. Like I said, I feel that wrestling, movies, TV, theater and rock concerts are all about storytelling and conveying emotion. For an actor, in my category, it’s all about figuring out what people want to see from me, what I really like and conveying that emotion. Having that as my base is something that took me a long time to figure out. That’s not to say that if I’m in a movie that I have to be goofy all the time. However, if that is who I am when I start and what’s in the script and story creates circumstances that my character goes through, figuring out that starting point is something that a lot of actors never really figure out. For me, going through the process of “Boone: The Bounty Hunter” was a true learning experience. I worked on that, wrote it and re-wrote it so many times and worked on it with my acting coaches and finally did it on set. That helped me discern my best starting moment that I feel is correct for me. I carried that over to “Strange Nature” as well.

How did “Strange Nature” land on your radar?

The first thing that brought me to the project was Jim Ojala. We met through Seth Skyfire [aka Steve Adkins]. He helped me on a project called “Darkness Descending,” which I was a co-producer of and I wanted to have sweet tats! He was the best practical effects guy that Seth Skyfire knew, so he introduced us. Jim helped with that project. I also wanted to do a thing called “Ghost Puncher” about a guy who punches ghosts and Jim and Seth both came on for that. I just really dig Jim. He is really quirky and smart! [laughs] When I found out he was working on “Strange Nature,” I was excited to be a part of it.

What made you want to be a part of bringing the film to life?

This has been his passion project that he’d been working on for years. He came up with the idea for “Strange Nature” something like 15 years ago, so it’s something that has been marinating in his head for a long time. It really wouldn’t have mattered too much what he wanted to do because I had so much faith in him but it turned out to be even better because the story is based on facts. It’s a fictional tale about mutations in frogs and what would happen if you expanded on that phenomena and what it could mean to society with its political and ecological implications and, what’s most interesting, how it affects people. That’s really what the heart of “Strange Nature” is. Jim is a horror guy, so there is a great horror slant to this thing, which I think is really cool!

What did you bring to this character that wasn’t on the original written page?

Biceps! [laughs] Ya know, I really brought myself to it. I came in with an open mind. I think Jim did a really good job of writing the character with some depth. It wasn’t just a superficial, redneck, small-minded guy. The psyche of the character I play in “Strange Nature” is based on personal experiences. The way that the character deals with things makes sense logically but is also not very nice.

John Hennigan playing Strange Nature’s ringleader, Sam, with Carlos Alazraqui (Greg) and Justen Overlander (Larry) reluctantly backing him up.

What do you look for in the projects you take on at this point in your career?

Depth. With both acting and wrestling, I’m looking to work with talented people who like to create stories that I believe in. As an actor, I’m looking for a multi-layered character who is like a layer cake — delicious, creamy and filling! [laughs] I’m just constantly on the lookout for stuff that is interesting!

Earlier, you mentioned shooting a horror film in your house with you wife. Can you give us insight into this intriguing new project?

It’s called “Iron Sheik Massacre.” It involves the Iron Sheik, who is helping out. Jim Ojala helped to produce and do all the effects for the film as well. The exact idea of it we haven’t really put out there yet. It’s in post and we’re not rushing it. I feel like you get the best results if you take your time with post and we don’t really have a firm deadline. I think “Iron Sheik Massacre” will probably be completed next year, maybe Aprilish, and we plan on submitting it to festivals.

Are you serving as director on the “Iron Sheik Massacre?”

Oh yeah, this is the first thing that I’ve directed in a very long time. It’s the first truly substantial thing I have directed since film school. I’ve directed shorts, skits and online things but this made me realize that directing is not easy.

What is the biggest thing you took away from projects like “Boone: The Bounty Hunter” and “Strange Nature?”

I’ve learned so many things. If you are working with the right people, a lot of the potential problems are already going to be solved. All the jobs on set exist for a reason. Your line producer, first AD, camera op, assistant camera op, digital image technician (DIT), script supervisor are all there for a reason. If you hire or happen to be really good friends with talented people in those categories, you’re going to free yourself as a director or producer to focus on creative stuff and that is way more fun than putting out fires and getting permits! By fires I mean the little things that go wrong like people not being able to find the place or the catering being late — all of those little things that come up with production. The faster you take care of something correctly, the less you have to learn about it later.

What the biggest lesson we can take away from your journey so far?

If you believe and invest in yourself, you’ll never regret it, even if it doesn’t pay off the way you want it to. That’s a good bet. Always bet on yourself!

Thanks so much for taking time out to connect with me today! I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us in the years to come. 

Great talking to you today, Jason! Thank you so much! I hope we talk again soon!

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MAN OF ACTION: Richard Tyson Talks Career, Longevity, ‘Death Kiss’ and More!

MAN OF ACTION: Richard Tyson Talks Career, Longevity, ‘Death Kiss’ and More!

The legendary Richard Tyson in Rene Perez’s ‘Death Kiss.’

Veteran actor Richard Tyson has been lighting up the screen in Hollywood for over 3 decades. He left an undeniable mark on audiences in his silver screen debut as the ultimate bully, Buddy Revell, in Phil Joanou’s 1987 classic, “3 O’clock High.” His passion for the craft of acting, coupled with his unrelenting drive, has allowed him to amass one of the most diverse resumes in the entertainment industry. He’s a man who has truly done it all. Through the years, he’s played everything from the suave leading man in “Two Moon Junction” to a formidable foe for Arnold Schwarzenegger in “Kindergarten Cop” to knockout comedic performances in three different Farrelly Brothers pictures — “Kingpin,” “There’s Something About Mary” and “Me, Myself, and Irene.” It’s important to note that his work isn’t limited to film and television, as he’s also received rave reviews for his extensive work in theater. As an actor, Tyson continually challenges himself with the material he explores and elevates the quality of every project he takes on. Through it all he has remained humble. Most importantly, has never forgotten his humble beginnings as a kid from Mobile, Alabama who dreamed of making his way to Hollywood and becoming a star. Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Richard Tyson to discuss his unique career path, the challenges he’s faced along the way, and what the future might hold for him!

Hello, Richard! I know you have plenty going on, so it’s great to connect with you! Where are you at the moment?

We’re on Sunset Boulevard right now, driving down through Hollywood. There’s the Viper Room! Wow! Look at that! That’s were River Phoenix died. Anyway, we are on Sunset Boulevard and it might be the perfect time to talk!

You’ve become such a familiar face through the years with your roles in film and television. How did the journey begin for you?

Ya know what? I was lucky. I grew up in Alabama and I came out to Hollywood on a Greyhound bus with a hundred dollars in my pocket to come be in the movies. My father was my biggest fan, but he wanted me to be a senator. When I came out here, I went to my friend’s girlfriends house, but she had moved already. I ended up at the Hollywood YMCA! [laughs] It all started with me being in front of 1500 first graders and I changed their faces through acting. That’s why my production company is called Change The Face today. They were just not happy but I made them happy, ya know. I made the switch from becoming a lawyer to an actor because I thought I could help kids smile. That’s all!

Rolling the dice and coming to Hollywood is a big step to take for a young man. Did you have any reservations?

I had no reservations!

When did things begin to break for you as a professional actor?

I’m one of eight kids and I have four brothers. The first movie I ever did was “3 O’clock High.” They saw it and said, “You’ll never make a better movie.” I was like, “Thanks. That is my first one! Assholes!” [laughs] It’s funny, a couple years ago, a guy came up to me in a restaurant. As you know, Buddy Revell in “3 O’clock High,” if you touch him he will knock your block off! This guy comes up to me, he didn’t touch me, but he says, “Buddy Revell.” I turned around slowly and low and behold it’s Sean Penn! He didn’t know me, but he knew Buddy Revell! So, long story short, when they finally put me in the ground, they will say, “Buddy Revell.” [laughs] Honestly, I love it when people know something about my work and they feel something about it. I love that!

Richard Tyson as Buddy Revell in “3 O’Clock High.”

Who had the biggest impact on you as an actor?

Ivan Reitman! He told me, “You can go into the room and you can get the job! 98% of actors cannot do it, but you can!” Ivan Reitman was one of my biggest supporters, along with Dr. Cook at the beginning. Ya know, I accidentally got into theater. I was kicked off the baseball team and I was walking across the campus. I saw a girl and I followed her into the building. I talked to her and she said she was auditioning. I ended up getting the lead in the play and I got on that bus after that!

It’s funny you mentioned baseball. I know you have a true love for the game.

Yeah! It has. You know more ridiculous information about me than anyone! [laughs] I was in “The Babe.” There is a line where Rizzo says, “This is for everyone who ever wore the jersey…” It was like I was right back there in 1933 as a Chicago Cub. I felt it. I mean, I’m pitching at Wrigley Field and it was one of the best moments of my life! I have loved baseball all of my life. I was actually up for the Charlie Sheen movie, “Major League.” I told my agent, “I’ve played baseball all of my life. I play 3rd, base, right field, I’ve pitched and everything!” They said, “We only have one option. You’re playing lefty.” I said, “Lefty! Are you kidding me?” Ya know what? I went to the basketball court with my friend Malcom and I told him, “I can’t pitch left handed. I have to work on it!” I did! I worked on it for two weeks and then I said, “Okay, I can go in.” I didn’t want to do it if I couldn’t. That was the only thing I couldn’t do on a baseball field! [laughs] So, I ended up doing it and they said, “You’re too young.” That was the last time they said that! [laughs] I’m not too young anymore!

What lessons did you learn early on in your career that impacted you moving forward?

Good question. The answer is do it yourself. The first day I was in LA, I snuck into MGM. I asked an old man at the 3-dollar steak counter, “What are you doing?” He said, “What are you doing?” I said, “I’m out here to be in the movies.” He goes, “Look, everybody has their idea of how to be in the movies. Let ’em talk. Then ask them why they aren’t in the movies because they’re not! The one thing you need is patience.” Then I said to him, “Why aren’t you in the movies?” [laughs] He goes, “I think ya got it kid! I think ya got it!” [laughs]

What do you consider the keys to longevity in Hollywood?

You know what? You’ve got to go train! Go train! Go back! I went back for 5 years and I got my master’s from Cornell University. I stood out on the parking lot to meet Jane Feinberg, who was one of the biggest casting directors ever. She said, “Go away!” I said, “Wait a minute! I’m trying to get in the movies. I’m here at Fox Studios. She said, “Go away, train and then come back.” So, that’s exactly what I did. When I came back, I found her. She said, “Where’s the accent?” [laughs] I said, “I can bring it back, ma’am. However, I don’t think Shakespeare would appreciate it! [laughs] I’ve been working steadily ever since she got back to me. She was the one who put me on “Moonlighting” and I have been working ever since but that is definitely all thanks to my training.

What is your process for bringing a new character to life?

You see something in the script that talks to you, it’s called the anchor. I knew I was always going to play “A Streetcar Named Desire,” because I’m from Alabama. I never watched Brando’s movie, even though I always wanted to. Being from Alabama, I knew I could bring something that he wouldn’t bring. When I finally did “A Streetcar Named Desire” on stage in Topanga Canyon, I brought something that he couldn’t have. You have to find something in the material that you connect with on some level. That is the key.

“Death Kiss” is available everywhere on October 2nd, 2018.

One of your most recent projects is “Death Kiss.” This is truly unique flick and brings the spirit of the Charles Bronson “Death Wish” films back to the screen. While we haven’t gotten word of a potential sequel just yet, I think their is amazing potential!

Honestly, I love it! My friends and I have been making independent movies for the past 5 years or so. I don’t know if I should tell ya this, but we were making independent movies and I was going to be Charles Bronson because I can wear a little mustache and I have slanty eyes. But then, my friend saw this little guy in Spain and called me up. He said, “I’ll send you the picture.” I’ve done 5 movies with my friend and he’s a very good filmmaker but when I saw that picture I said, “Okay, alright!” I think I could have really done something, man. I hope for the best for this film. I hope they do a full series on it and I would love it. They say success breeds success and I am all for it! I haven’t seen the finished film yet, but I think I end up tied to a tree.

Yeah, ya do. You even have a little BBQ sauce on you. [laughs]

[laughs] BBQ Sauce! Yeah, it’s not funny. [laughs] Yeah, it is!

You definitely have a lot happening behind-the-scenes and it looks like you’re going to be stepping behind the camera again in the near future.

Yes, I am. We’re doing “Bama P.I.” You know, “Magnum P.I.,” of course. Well, we’re doing “Bama P.I.” It’s almost more like “Entourage,” meaning we don’t have to catch the bad guy every episode. We are doing it from New Orleans to Fort Walton Beach, Florida, which means were going to include Mobile, Alabama and all the casinos. Did you know that they have 35 casinos in Biloxi, Mississippi? No one knows that! It’s fantastic! What we want to do is introduce the Southern part of United States back into conversation, since we have been trampled on for years and years. This will allow people to come home and see us. I feel like every time I have an audition and I’m getting close, they say, “Oh, and where are ya from?” I say, “I’m from Mobile, Alabama.” I feel like people look down upon that. I mean, it took George W. Bush, when he was President, it took two weeks to get down to us after the hurricane problem. But anyway, I’m really looking forward to doing this. You know what they say, “You want to do a movie to get famous. You want to do a play to get better and you want to do TV to get rich!” And ya know what? I think my family could use some money and I want to do it for them, not for me. I realized I couldn’t do this in Alabama in July, August or September because it’s too hot. It’s brutal. You see, I had this Civil War story I wanted to do. Comcast loved it and said they had just done “Birth of A Nation,” so they needed to relax on the Civil War thing. That’s what lead to “Bama P.I.” and I think it will take off and introduce the Southeastern States into the world again in a positive way. I hope so!

Richard Tyson is truly one of Hollywood’s unsung heroes.

How do you feel you’ve most evolved as an actor through the years?

Ya know what, I think I’m better than I’ve ever been. I can get there in a second. Ya know, my father passed away about two years ago and I’m better because he said he’d see me soon. I’m better because of him.

What’s the best lesson we can take from your journey as an artist?

GO FOR IT! Don’t let anyone talk you out of it. Like I said, I got on the bus with only a hundred dollars to go be in the movies. No one talked me out of that. I don’t know why they didn’t! [laughs] I’m sorry, I’m a little emotional talking about my dad. Just do what you want. I got on the bus to show my nieces and nephews how to go for it. Ya know what? They don’t live in Mobile anymore! Don’t let anyone talk you out of it!

I want to thank you again for your time today, Richard. Congratulations on all you’ve achieved. I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us in the years to come!

Man, I hope I talk to you again soon and meet you in person. I love ya, man!

Uncork’d Entertainment will unleash the action-vigilante feature ‘Death Kiss’ on digital/VOD on October 2nd. Check out action-packed the trailer below!

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Paramount Pictures Unleashes Action-Packed Trailer For ‘Bumblebee’

Paramount Pictures Unleashes Action-Packed Trailer For ‘Bumblebee’

Paramount Pictures has released a brand new, action-packed trailer for BUMBLEBEE, the first spinoff film from the long-running ‘Transformers’ franchise. Director Travis Knight (Kubo And The Two Strings) helms in his live-action feature debut stars Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena.

The film is slated for a December 21st, 2018 release.

Official Synopsis: On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug.

 

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CM Punk Wraps Shooting On New Horror Film From Queensbury Pictures

CM Punk Wraps Shooting On New Horror Film From Queensbury Pictures

The recently launched production company, Queensbury Pictures, today announced the production wrap of GIRL ON THE THIRD FLOOR, the writing and directing debut of producer Travis Stevens and starring pop culture staple and former WWE superstar, Phil Brooks (aka CM Punk).

Shooting has wrapped in the Chicago suburb of Frankfort, Illinois – in a house that has long been considered by local residents to be haunted.

A name consistently in the news and synonymous with pop culture, mixed martial artist and comic book writer Phil Brooks is best known for his record setting career in the WWE under the name CM Punk. Brooks has a recurring role in Marc Maron’s IFC comedy series Maron and will appear in the remake of David Cronenberg’s RabidGIRL ON THE THIRD FLOOR marks his first leading role.

“I’m thrilled to have had the opportunity to take on the lead role in GIRL ON THE THIRD FLOOR,” said Phil Brooks. “I’m a longtime personal fan of genre films and this project was an absolute natural fit for me.”

Producer Greg Newman said, “Phil Brooks has proven his abilities as an actor outside of the ring and is a natural fit for the lead.  His range and performance will surely delight and surprise those who know him best from his athletic career.  We’re thrilled and honored to have him on the project.

Writer/Director of GIRL ON THE THIRD FLOORTravis Stevens, has produced such acclaimed, wide-ranging films as We Are Still Here and Starry Eyes,and Buster’s Mal Heart. Stevens will now be stepping behind the camera for the first time as a director.

Stevens said, “After many years nurturing the creative vision of other talented storytellers, I’m both grateful and humbled to receive the support of Queensbury Pictures, MPI Media and all the cast  and crew who have crossed the threshold of this very strange, incredibly beautiful and unflinchingly terrifying house.”

The cast includes Trieste Dunn of Applesauce, United 93, Banshee and many other films and TV series, Elissa Dowling, a genre veteran best known for We Are Still Here and newcomer Sarah Brooks in a breakout role. Award-winning Special FX Technician Dan Martin (High Rise, Free Fire, Lord of Chaos) is creating the film’s jaw-dropping special make-up and creature effects.  Producers on the film include Greg Newman, Giles Edwards, Nicola Goelzhaeuser and Travis Stevens.

Film Synopsis:
At the heart of the film is Don Koch (CM Punk), a man who is failing as a husband. For years he has skated by on charm and charisma, until it nearly landed him in jail. He now views fixing up an old house as a chance to make up for past mistakes. Meanwhile, his wife, Liz Koch, is concerned about the renovation timeline as they have a baby on the way. With all this pressure it’s no wonder Don responds to the flirtations of an attractive stranger. As Don tears the house apart, it begins to tear him apart as well, revealing the rot behind the drywall.

Queensbury Pictures was launched this past spring by film industry vets Greg NewmanTravis Stevens and Giles Edwards to produce films in-house as well as nurture the next wave of great filmmaking talent. The company will shepherd a wide range of projects from conception to production, distribution and exhibition. GIRL ON THE THIRD FLOOR marks its initial step in this direction.

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DEATH KISS: Director Rene Perez’s Highly Anticipated Revenge Flick To Receive October Release!

DEATH KISS: Director Rene Perez’s Highly Anticipated Revenge Flick To Receive October Release!

Uncork’d Entertainment announces a digital/VOD release date of October 2nd for new action-vigilante feature DEATH KISS.

Filmed in Northern California, the film stars Robert Kovacs (who has gained attention for his uncanny resemblance to a certain well-known action star), Daniel Baldwin (JOHN CARPENTER’S VAMPIRES), Richard Tyson (KINDERGARTEN COP, TWO MOON JUNCTION), Eva Hamilton (horror fest fave RUIN ME), Stormi Maya, Leia Perez, Reese Austyn, and Sam Story.

DEATH KISS concerns a vigilante with a mysterious past who goes to a crime-infested city and takes the law into his own hands, at the same time protecting a young mother and her child.

Writer-director is Rene Perez (PLAYING WITH DOLLS: HAVOC).  Producer is Jeff Miller (THE TOYBOX, OUIJA HOUSE), through his company Millman Productions.  Gary Jones helped executive produce through his company Mosquito Entertainment.  Zach Carter served as Supervising Producer.

“Rene’s movie is very cool and stylish.  It feels like a throwback to the Cannon films of the ’80s,” says Miller.  “After an enthusiastic response at Texas Frightmare Weekend in May, we’re excited to show the film to the general public.”

The DVD, with special features such as director’s commentary and the trailer, will be released December 4th.

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THE PREDATOR: Final Red Band Trailer For Shane Black’s New Film Unleashed!

THE PREDATOR: Final Red Band Trailer For Shane Black’s New Film Unleashed!

20th Century Fox has released a new red band trailer for THE PREDATOR! Directed by Shane Black, the film stars Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Alfie Allen, Thomas Jane, Augusto Aguilera, Jake Busey and Yvonne Strahovski. Purchase advance tickets for the film at www.ThePredatorTix.com.

For fans headed to TIFF, THE PREDATOR will kick-off the Midnight Madness screenings on September 6th. For more information, please visit: www.tiff.net/midnightmadness.

Watch the new red band trailer below! THE PREDATOR opens in theaters on September 14, 2018!

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