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I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER: New Trailer and Poster For IFC Midnight’s Upcoming Release Revealed!

I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER: New Trailer and Poster For IFC Midnight’s Upcoming Release Revealed!

Check out the official poster and trailer for IFC Midnight’s release of I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER.  The film will be available in select theaters, on VOD, and via digital platforms on August 26 from IFC Midnight, and is on the best-selling novel by Dan Wells (the first in the John Cleaver series). Directed by Billy O’Brien, the film stars Max Records, Laura Fraser and Christopher Lloyd.

Official Synopsis
Sixteen-year-old John Wayne Cleaver (Max Records, Where the Wild Things Are) is not a serial killer—but he has all the makings of one. Keeping his homicidal tendencies and morbid obsessions with death and murder in check is a constant struggle that only gets harder when a real serial killer begins terrorizing his sleepy Midwestern town. Now, in order to track down a psychopath and protect those around him, John must unleash his darkest inner demons. Based on the cult novel by Dan Wells, this twisted, genre-bending thriller co-stars Christopher Lloyd and Breaking Bad’s Laura Fraser.

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‘OUTATIME: Saving the DeLorean Time Machine’ Documentary Coming To Blu-ray On July 19th from Virgil Films

‘OUTATIME: Saving the DeLorean Time Machine’ Documentary Coming To Blu-ray On July 19th from Virgil Films

Coming to Blu-ray this July!

Coming to Blu-ray this July!

The iconic time-traveling car from the Back to the Future movies almost got left in the dust once filming was done, and the tireless efforts to save it are recounted in OUTATIME: SAVING THE DELOREAN TIME MACHINE. The film, which provides a deeply satisfying coda to the beloved trilogy, comes to digital platforms, Blu-ray and DVD from Virgil Films on July 19, 2016.

OUTATIME tells the incredible comeback story of the world’s most famous movie car – the DeLorean Time Machine from the beloved Michael J. Fox comic adventure ‘Back to the Future’ and its sequels. Plagued by souvenir hunters, rats and the elements, this cinematic icon – created by lunatic genius Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and featuring the all-powerful “flux capacitor” – seemed destined for the junkyard. Director Steve Concotelli’s film chronicles the efforts of ‘Back to the Future’ co-creator and producer Bob Gale, Universal Studios and the trilogy’s dedicated fan community as they tirelessly work together to bring the Time Machine back to life.

In the vein of Top Gear, Counting Cars and American Choppers, OUTATIME will appeal to fans of the trilogy and gearheads alike. It is the perfect companion to the original films, which continue to score high ratings whenever they are aired.

Bonus features on the OUTATIME Blu-ray and DVD include full-length audio commentary with director Steve Concotelli and Joe Walser, who headed up the car’s restoration; deleted scenes; OUTATIME world premiere footage; a restoration photo gallery and more.

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LEGO DIMENSIONS: Voice Cast To Include Michael J. Fox, Chris Pratt, Alison Brie And More!

LEGO DIMENSIONS: Voice Cast To Include Michael J. Fox, Chris Pratt, Alison Brie And More!

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has revealed some of the famous voice talent in LEGO Dimensions, the upcoming entertainment experience that merges physical LEGO brick building with interactive console gameplay. LEGO Dimensions will fuse 14 fan-favorite universes from film, television and games together with the principal actors voicing their characters from almost every property lending authenticity to the game’s epic story.  

Some of the talent and entertainment properties featured in the video include Michael J. Fox who played Marty McFly and Christopher Lloyd who played Doc Brown in the Back to the Future films, and have rerecorded and reprised their roles in LEGO Dimensions. From The LEGO Movie,Chris Pratt returns as Emmet, Elizabeth Banks as Wyldstyle, Alison Brie as UniKitty and Charlie Day as Benny, among other actors from the film. And as part of the original LEGO Dimensions story, Joel McHale is X-PO, the game’s robot guide, and Gary Oldman is Lord Vortech, the evil mastermind who seeks to control the LEGO Multiverse.

LEGO Dimensions includes many other famous voice actors in addition to those featured in the video. Members of the original cast of GhostbustersThe Lord of the RingsThe Simpsons and Scooby-Doo will also be reprising their roles for the game. In addition, Chris Pratt is Owen Grady and Irrfan Khan is Simon Masrani from Jurassic World, along with other members of the film’s original cast. Peter Capaldi is the 12th Doctor, Jenna Coleman is Clara Oswald, Michelle Gomez is Missy from Doctor Who, and many other original actors from the long running British science fiction television series have also returned to voice their characters in the game as well. From the world of DC Comics, Troy Baker is Batman and Tara Strong is Harley Quinn. Stephen Merchant is Wheatley and Ellen McLain is GLaDOS from the Portal video game series. 

Launching September 27, 2015, LEGO Dimensions will be available for Xbox One, the all-in one games and entertainment system from Microsoft and the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation4 and PlayStation3 computer entertainment systems and the Wii U system from Nintendo.

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‘Back To The Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy’ To Be Released On October 20th!

‘Back To The Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy’ To Be Released On October 20th!

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Great Scott! In 1985 Director Robert Zemeckis, Executive Producer Steven Spielberg and Producer/Screenwriter Bob Gale embarked on a three-part journey through time that broke box-office records worldwide and catapulted Back to the Future into one of the most beloved trilogies in motion picture history.  In 1989, the filmmakers gave us a glimpse of the future in Back to the Future Part II as Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled to 2015…or, if our calculations are correct, October 21, 2015, to be exact.  “The Future” has finally arrived.

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‘Back To The Future’ 30th Anniversary Trilogy

Now, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment celebrates this once-in-a-lifetime date, as well as the 30thAnniversary of the groundbreaking first film, with three new releases debuting on October 20, 2015.  Available on Blu-ray™ & DVD, the Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy will include all three movies plus a new bonus disc with more two hours of content. Back to the Future: The Complete Animated Series will be released for the first time ever on DVD featuring all 26 episodes from the award-winning series and Back to the Future: The Complete Adventures will include all three movies, the complete animated series, a new bonus disc, a 64-page book and collectible light-up “Flux Capacitor” packaging.  Featuring more than two hours of content, the bonus disc will include all-new original shorts, documentaries, two episodes from the animated series and more.

In addition to the home entertainment release, the Back to the Future celebration continues in theaters when the films go back to the big screen on October 21, 2015.  Check local listings for show times.  Additionally, Universal Music Enterprises is reissuing an all-new 30th Anniversary picture disc vinyl soundtrack, available October 16th in stores and through all digital partners.

About Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy (Blu-ray & DVD)
Experience the future all over again with the Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy! Join Marty McFly(Michael J. Fox), Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and a time traveling DeLorean for the adventure of a lifetime as they travel to the past, present and future, setting off a time-shattering chain reaction that disrupts the space time continuum! From filmmakers Steven SpielbergRobert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, this unforgettable collection features hours of bonus features and is an unrivaled trilogy that stands the test of time.

Includes:

  • Back to the Future, Back to the Future Part II, Back to the Future Part III
  • Bonus Disc with More than Two Hours of Content
  • Digital HD with UltraViolet (Blu-ray™ Exclusive)
  • Collectible Packaging (Blu-ray™ Exclusive)

Bonus Features:

  • All New Original Shorts:  Including Doc Brown Saves the World!, starring Christopher Lloyd.
  • OUTATIME: Restoring the DeLorean: An inside look at the 2012 restoration of the most iconic car in film history.
  • Looking Back to the Future: A 9-part retrospective documentary from 2009 on the trilogy’s legacy.
  • Back to the Future: The Animated Series: 2 episodes (“Brothers” and “Mac the Black”) from the 1991 series featuring live action segments with Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown.
  • Tales from the Future 6-Part Documentary

Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy (Blu-ray & DVD) Bonus Features Continued:

  • The Physics of Back to the Future
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Michael J. Fox Q&A
  • Eight Archival Featurettes
  • Behind the Scenes Footage
  • Music Videos
  • Audio Commentaries
  • Back to the Future: The Ride

About Back to the Future : The Complete Animated Series (DVD)
It’s about time!  The adventures continue with all 26 episodes of the award winning Back to the Future: The Complete Animated Series, in its entirety and uncut! Join Marty McFly and Doc Brown, Doc’s wife Clara, sons Jules and Verne, and dog Einstein for more hilarious escapades as they time travel to Prehistoric Hill Valley, Ancient Rome, Medieval England, the Civil War, the days of the pirates, the far future and beyond.  Featuring live action segments with Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown, science experiments by Bill Nye the Science Guy and the vocal talents of Mary Steenburgen (Clara), Thomas Wilson (Biff) and Dan Castellaneta (Doc), it is family entertainment at its best and a true treasure for all Back to the Future fans!

Bonus Features:

  • Drawn to the Future: New interview with creator/writer Bob Gale and writer John Ludin.
  • Galleries: Rare archival materials featuring character art, DeLorean designs and more.

About Back to the Future : The Complete Adventures (Blu-ray & DVD)
Great Scott! For the first time ever, Back to the Future: The Complete Adventures pairs together the original beloved trilogy starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd along with the complete TV series.  Join Marty McFly, Doc Brown and a time traveling DeLorean for the adventure of a lifetime as they travel to the past, present and future, setting off a time-shattering chain reaction that disrupts the space time continuum.

Includes:

  • Back to the Future, Back to the Future Part II, Back to the Future Part III
  • Back to the Future: The Complete Animated Series DVD
  • Bonus Disc with More than 2 Hours of Content
  • Digital HD with UltraViolet (Blu-ray Exclusive)
  • Back to the Future: A Visual History 64-Page Book
  • Light-Up “Flux Capacitor” Packaging

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COLD MOON: Supernatural Thriller Rolls Into Louisiana

COLD MOON: Supernatural Thriller Rolls Into Louisiana

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Griff Furst

A series of grisly small town murders erupts into a supernatural revenge tale in Cold Moon, a horror thriller that begins shooting this month in Louisiana. It stars Josh Stewart (Interstellar), three-time Emmy winner Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future), Robby Kay (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Academy Award nominee Candy Clark (Zodiac), Frank Whaley (Pulp Fiction), Rachel Brooke Smith (A Matter of Time), Laura Cayouette (Django Unchained) and introduces Sarah Catherine. Griff Furst (Mask Maker, Swamp Shark) directs from a script he wrote with Jack Snyder, based on the novel Cold Moon Over Babylon by two-time Hugo Award-nominated novelist and screenwriter Michael McDowell (Beetlejuice). Furst produces under his Curmudgeon Films banner. Furst’s brother, Nathan, is composing the music. Pixel Magic is handling FX.

From the writer of Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas, Cold Moon is a chilling tale that takes place in tiny Babylon, Florida, where Evelyn Larkin’s (CANDY CLARK) granddaughter, Margaret (SARAH CATHERINE) is brutally murdered by a mysterious assailant, her body sunk into the black waters of the Styx River – the river where her parents disappeared from their boat ten years earlier. Evelyn is convinced that the murderer is Nathan Redfield (JOSH STEWART), a duplicitous banker, but Nathan, and his wealthy father (CHRISTOPHER LLOYD) own the town, and with secrets of his own, Nathan’s not about to let Sheriff Ted Hale (FRANK WHALEY) find the real killer. Meanwhile, Nathan’s budding romance with the Sheriff’s comely daughter, Belinda (RACHEL BROOKE SMITH), takes a back seat as Nathan begins to see awful specters hell bent on vengeance, ready to dole out nightmarish deaths to everyone responsible for their departure.

Josh Stewart recently provided the voice of CASE the robot in Interstellar. He also had the recurring role of Detective William LaMontagne, Jr. on Criminal Minds.

Christopher Lloyd recently portrayed the recurring character of Professor Hargraves on Granite Flats. He also starred in the action thriller 88.

Rachel Brooke Smith recently starred opposite Shelley Long and Kevin Sorbo in the indie romantic drama A Matter of Time.

Candy Clark received her Oscar nomination for the classic comedy American Graffiti. Her most recent credit was the recurring role of Sandy Jareau on Criminal Minds.

Frank Whaley recently finished the teen comedy The Outskirts, opposite Victoria Justice and Eden Sher. He’s currently shooting Monster Trucks.

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ON THE CUTTING EDGE: April Mullen On Bringing ’88’ To The Screen And More!

ON THE CUTTING EDGE: April Mullen On Bringing ’88’ To The Screen And More!

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When it comes to making it in the entertainment industry, sometimes you have to take matters into your own hands and blaze a trail all your own. Such is the case with the multi-faceted, creative dynamo that is April Mullen. Skilled both in front and behind the camera, April is a maverick filmmaker whose been producing and directing for ten years and acting for over fifteen years.

Co-founder of WANGO Films, launched in 2005, she has produced and directed every one of the company’s feature films to date. The company’s first two feature films, ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors: The Way of the Tosser’ and ‘GravyTrain,’ both garnered theatrical releases in her native Canada and were picked up by Alliance Films for distribution. Her next feature, ‘Dead Before Dawn 3D,’ not only generated a buzz from genre fans but established her as the youngest person and first female to ever direct a live action stereoscopic 3D Feature Film. As a producer, she has participated in a number of major co-production markets and producer labs from around the world including: Cannes, Belinale, TIFF, Mip and Tokyo TIFFcom.

Her continued hard work and dedication to her craft, both in front and behind the camera, have begun to turn the heads of both critics and fans alike. Her latest film, ’88,’ is one of her most ambitious projects to date. Featuring Katharine Isabelle, Christopher Lloyd, and Michael Ironside, the fast paced thriller follows Gwen (Katharine Isabelle), a young woman who comes to in a road side diner with no idea where she is or how she got there. Split between two timelines, blurring reality and fiction, Gwen gets taken on a revenge-fueled journey as she seeks out the person responsible for her lover’s death. ’88’ is an immersive and satisfyingly mind bending cinematic ride, which is sure to leave the viewer spellbound. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with director April Mullen to discuss her blossoming career, the origin of the film’s storyline, the challenges of bringing it from script to screen and what the future holds for this creative powerhouse!

Director April Mullen

Director April Mullen

A career in the entertainment industry is not the easiest route for someone to pursue. How did you get started on your journey?

I started really, really young. If you were to ask my parents, they would tell you I was putting together neighborhood kids, cousins and other family members at a very young age to put on plays and productions. I was doing that when I was 7 years old, so it started way back when! [laughs]

I started getting really serious about my career and acting when I graduated theater school. There was a huge strike with the SAG and I decided to start creating my own work. Writing and creating my own stuff had always been really important to me, so it sort of propelled things a little faster than I had initially envisioned.

Who were some of the people who impacted you as an artist?

That is a difficult question. I think, overall, I have always been heavily impacted by real life and the people I meet on a day-to-day basis. I am also heavily influenced by images I see each day. I sort of take note of moments that stand out to me and make an impact on me, no matter if they are big or small. I usually somehow embed them into the films in one way or another or they inspire a character trait, a story, a character I am portraying or something we are writing. I think I just pull a lot from what is around me and what excites me about life in general. In terms of directors, the list is so long! [laughs] Right now, I am right back on a Martin Scorsese train for some reason. I have been so amped up about everything he does! I love people who create entire worlds like him and Tim Burton. “Edward Scissorhands” is one of my favorite films!

'88' - The latest from director April Mullen

’88’ – The latest from director April Mullen

Tell us a little bit about your latest film, “88,” and what made this the project you wanted to take on as your latest feature.

Tim Doiron and I have worked together for over 10 years now. We had done a lot of comedy and comedy-horror. That is where our strengths were. We had always wanted to do this fractured, fragmented story, a revenge story. We didn’t know what it was called but “88” was in our minds and bubbling in our imaginations for about three years. That was before we even did “Dead Before Dawn” that we had plans to do “88.” We were just waiting it out until our experience as filmmakers sorta met what we wanted to achieve. We are from Canada and that is where our funding source was. We were doing comedy, so that was a lot easier for us at the time for us to continue to do something we were known for. When the timing was right, we felt it was time after three comedies to attack “88.” That is how it happened!

What were you eager to accomplish as a writer/director from a storytelling standpoint or stylistically with this project?

Definitely. With “88,” because we are dealing with the fugue state, which is a state of amnesia, there was a lot of creative freedom in the way we edited and shot the film. With the two different timelines going back and forth, we sort of separate them with stepbacks. We wanted the viewer to feel that they were immersed in what a fugue state would feel like. By that I mean your mind would feel like it is pulling at different memories or moments or things that trigger an emotion. We were really trying to go for something new and frenetic, so the audience members could feel what people would go through when they are in the fugue state. We were hoping to achieve new things in our editing with the fast-paced flashbacks. When it comes to storytelling, the fugue state has a hyper-realistic look to it. We just wanted to use that to share with audience members what people in a fugue state really do go through. Some parts gave us a lot of leeway to explore and push the creative boundaries of what we were normally allowed to do. I think it is fun to be able to step outside your comfort zone and give audiences something they haven’t seen before. Whether they love it or hate it, it is something new! Because of the fugue state and the whole theme of the film, we were allowed to do that without having to overly explain anything. With the fugue state, there are auditory and visual hallucinations and that adds so much to the film!

The always amazing Katharine Isabelle in '88'

The always amazing Katharine Isabelle in ’88’

As you mentioned, the idea for this film was percolating for a while. How did the film evolve from the script to the screen?

That is a great question. The original idea, when we started putting it to paper, we had the timeline of the present state and the fugue state on the office walls for a year-and-a-half. What we did at first was play it in sequence so it happened from present state all the way through and then fugue state all the way through. We just felt that would play out like a very run-of-the-mill thriller with the story unraveling itself along the way. Then we thought, as I mentioned before, it would be interesting to have the audience feel like they are thrust into Gwen’s world and try to capture what the feeling of broken memory is like. We were really excited about having the timeline go from one to the other and back and forth. It sort of came about organically. It was definitely a very well plotted and laid out map on which we meticulously pinpointed every single thing. The more you watch it, the more hidden gems you will find!

You have a terrific leading lady in Katharine Isabelle. What did she bring to the table for this project?

She was bold and unafraid! She was willing to take the risks of going too far and then pulling back. I think another really exciting thing she brought to the role was it wasn’t overly done. It could have been that the person in the fugue state, like Flamingo, would have been over the top and a totally different person and Gwen would be something totally different. I think she did it ever so slightly but because of the writing and the situations both women are thrust into, that helps to do some of the story writing on its own. She did a terrific job of making Gwen vulnerable and a lot more fragile but without overdoing it. I thought that was a really beautiful choice to have it not be over the top and in the audience’s face. It was very based in reality with the circumstances that are happening around whichever woman she was playing. I think that was really exciting!

Katharine Isabelle and director April Mullen on the set of '88'

Katharine Isabelle and director April Mullen on the set of ’88’

You are an actress yourself. What type of advantage has that given to you as a director?

I literally don’t think I could be a director without having the backbone of my acting training that I have had for the past 25 years. I feel that my toolbox is what I know and my communication skills with the actors is my strength. That comes from practicing the art form in every different facet for the past 15 years. I think all of those things are a blessing and they really help me. Having communication with the actors, finding those moments, allowing the freedom and pushing them when they need it is such a very fine, fine line. I think because I understand the craft so well and I have lived and breathed it my whole life, it really makes me feel very comfortable. I feel like I am in a very comfortable space and can run on instincts and impulses when it comes to choices with actors and different personalities. I feel like because my tool belt is loaded with so many years of experience, it is very natural and almost second nature. It’s natural and not forced in any way. It is a blessing because I don’t have to think about it because it isn’t coming from my head, it’s coming from my gut instincts.

What do you consider your biggest evolution as a director in your career to date?

You know what? I don’t think I have even come close to where I want to go and where I want to be as a creative person, whether it be as a director, a writer or performer. I feel like it is a constant learning curve and every script that I read or film I see makes me so in awe of what is around me. I am constantly striving to do better and try new things. I am really striving for new and exciting things that audiences haven’t seen. I am really striving to one day make a film that one day has a large impact on people in general. I hope to create those magical moments of film that impact people with an everlasting image. I think it is an ongoing journey. I definitely feel very, very excited at this point in my life and I feel blessed to be able to create every day, hone my craft and try new things. I feel a lot more confident because I’m getting older and with age I am very excited to come into my voice. I feel with “88,” Tim and I were both able to showcase what we have going on in our imaginations, when five years ago I don’t think we would have been able to literally put it to paper, whereas now we can totally surpass that. I think “88” is very complicated in its structure with its broken timelines. After having done that and 3D in the past, I feel I am ready for a totally new challenge. I am certainly up for new challenges all the time!

Katharine Isabelle and Christopher sharing the screen in April Mullen's '88'

Katharine Isabelle and Christopher sharing the screen in April Mullen’s ’88’

Where do you see yourself headed for your next project?

Tim and I are going back to what is sort of a comedy. It is a paranormal comedy that is a big budget feature that we are developing. It is already written and we are really excited about it! I am also going to start shooting an action/drama in March called “Badville.” I am very excited about that as well!

On The Rise: The multi-faceted April Mullen

On The Rise: The multi-faceted artist April Mullen

It is very exciting to see someone like yourself out there creating their own work and forging your own path. What is your advice to young creatives looking to make their career in the entertainment industry in today’s climate?

That is a great question. I would say stay focused, take really big risks, never doubt yourself, work as hard as you possibly can and never stop being inspired by the little things! It’s the little things that will keep you going! Working in the industry is like walking through a tornado every day, especially if you are self-generated and building your own path. It can be as if you are a ship in the midst of tidal waves. I think you have to constantly remind yourself to stay grounded. You have to look at the little things like the sunsets! I know that sounds so cheesy! [laughs] But really, it is the little things that play a huge role in keeping you inspired on a daily basis so that you can continue to self-generate and create new things. Never give up!

Terrific advice, April! It has been terrific talking to you today! We can’t wait to spread the word on all you have going on!

Thank you, Jason! Thank you for your support!

For all the latest news and updates from April Mullen and Wango Films, visit the official website at www.wangofilms.com. ’88’ is now available on Blu-ray and digital media. Be sure to check it out!

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The Awesome Fest Releases Full Summer 2014 Lineup!

The Awesome Fest Releases Full Summer 2014 Lineup!

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Following an exciting announcement of their first-time partnership with Wizard World, the Awesome Fest is proud to reveal a complete summer festival lineup with presenting sponsor Visit Philadelphia™, and radio sponsor Classic Rock 102.9 MGK. The Awesome Fest will host an eight-week celebration of music and film taking on a central theme of rock ‘n roll rightly titled “The Soundtrack of Awesome!”

Back bigger than ever, The Awesome Fest is bringing independent cinema, retro screenings, yet-to-be-released Hollywood Blockbusters, music, stand-up comedy and more to Philadelphia! For the fifth straight year, all outdoor screenings and concerts are completely free of charge. Outdoor venues include Liberty Lands Park (Northern Liberties), the historic Clark Park (University City), and the bustling Eakins Oval (Ben Franklin Parkway/Art Museum). Hitting the streets with an impressive festival lineup through August, The Awesome Fest yet again brings premium fanfare and general all around “awesomeness” to the City of Brotherly Love.

Opening with a City Gardens retrospective and punk rock/hardcore themed weekend of festivities (co-presented by This Is Hardcore Fest), The Awesome Fest will kick off on Wednesday, June 25th with a City Gardens tribute concert featuring INTO ANOTHER & MURPHY’S LAW. The following evening, The Awesome Fest will host the Philadelphia Premiere of Steve Tozzi’s RIOT ON THE DANCE FLOOR, the story of postman/promoter Randy Now & City Gardens, outdoors at Clark Park in University City. Other opening weekend screenings include the Philly Premiere of Robin Bell’s POSITIVE FORCE: MORE THAN A WITNESS featuring legendary punk icon Ian Mackaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi) and an Alex Cox double-feature of SID & NANCY/REPO MAN in celebration of the latter’s 30th anniversary.

Closing Weekend will feature two of 2014’s best rock docs, including the Philadelphia Premiere of Florian Habricht’s PULP: A FILM ABOUT LIFE DEATH AND SUPERMARKETS, and Mike Fleiss’s stunning and passionate documentary, THE OTHER ONE: THE LONG, STRANGE TRIP OF BOB WEIR.

“Rock ‘n Roll and Independent Cinema are two of my greatest passions”, said Awesome Fest Founder/Artistic Director Josh Goldbloom. “There’s a shared counter-culture between these two forms of artistic expression, and that’s the underlying theme I really wanted to explore within our festival design this year. Other than that, we’ll be attempting to launch a piece of bacon into outer space, throwing the city’s largest pizza party with Macaulay Culkin’s The Pizza Underground, and hosting a 90’s themed Prom in front of The Art Museum. And like any good rock show, we still have an encore set full of surprises.”

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AWESOME FEST 2014 PROGRAM

The Awesome Fest Lineup at Wizard World Comic Con
All screenings (except where noted) are free with your Wizard World ticket.
Tickets for Wizard World Comic Con are on sale at www.wizardworld.com

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

THE KARATE KID (30th Anniversary Screening), 5:30PM
Q&A with Ralph Macchio & Martin Kove!

The Doug Benson Movie Interruption (30th Anniversary Screening of REVENGE OF THE NERDS)
Trocadero Theatre, 9:00PM
Comedian Doug Benson brings his now infamous live movie interruption to the Trocadero for a 30th Anniversary screening of REVENGE OF THE NERDS. Curtis Armstrong (Booger) and other cast members (TBA) will join Doug from the front row, performing a live comedy show as they riff on one of the great nerd classics of all time. Tickets are on sale now at www.thetroc.com

Friday, June 20th, 2014

WIZARD’S WAY (Metal Man | 76 min.) Philadelphia Premiere, 12:30PM
Joe and Chris are two ambitious young filmmakers looking for subjects for a reality TV show. They set out to find “Windows” – a living legend amongst gamers dedicated to Wizard’s Way, an aging online fantasy video game. Julian “Windows” Andrews turns out to be a stereotypical nerd, sharing a minuscule apartment with his best friend Barry Tubbulb. Their entire existence revolves around playing Wizard’s Way. Joe and Chris see an opportunity to exploit the gamers and further their own careers; soon they’re blatantly crossing ethical lines. Jack Black and his Electric Dynamite production company recently purchased the rights to remake WIZARD’S WAY. Black is also the Executive Producer of the original.

KUNG FU ELLIOT (Matthew Bauckman & Jaret Beliveau | 93 min.) Philadelphia Premiere, 2:00PM
Elliot “White Lightning” Scott plans on becoming Canada’s first action hero with his low-budget karate epic, Blood Fight. This surreal documentary captures two years in the lives of a passionate amateur filmmaker, his supportive partner Linda, and their outrageous cast-all trying to realize their dreams. With everyone’s hopes and dreams pinned on Elliot, this comedic-drama unfolds into a shocking and complex examination of how we lie to ourselves. Winner of the Audience Award at Slamdance.

WICKER KITTENS (Amy Elliot | 52 min.) Philadelphia Premiere, 4:00PM
Director Amy Elliott in attendance
In Minnesota, the winters are long but the jigsaw puzzling is fierce. Join some of the top teams in competitive puzzling as they prepare for the largest contest in the country at the St. Paul Winter Carnival. And feel the loneliness, despair and bitter cold that drives them to be the best.

BUZZARD (Joel Potrykus | 97 min.) Philadelphia Premiere, 5:15PM
Paranoia forces small-time scam artist Marty to flee his hometown and hide out in a dangerous Detroit. With nothing but a pocket full of bogus checks, his Power Glove, and a bad temper, the horror metal slacker lashes out.

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

TO BE TAKEI (Jennifer M. Kroot | 93 Min.) Philadelphia Premiere, 11:00AM
Followed by a performance from The Roddenberries, a Star-Trek themed cabaret act
George Takei doesn’t shy away from digging into his remarkable career and personal life in Jennifer Kroot’s delightful and incisive film TO BE TAKEI.

TROMEO & JULIET with a Live Commentary from Lloyd Kaufman!, 1:15PM
James Gunn (Director of Marvel’s highly anticipated Guardians of The Galaxy) began his career with Troma, for whom he wrote his debut feature, Tromeo & Juliet. Join us as director & Troma head-honcho Lloyd Kaufman provides a live interactive movie commentary discussing the making of the film, working with Gunn, and all films from the infamous Troma catalogue.

A Conversation with Christopher Lloyd, 3:00PM
Join us as we turn on the flux capacitor, and go back in time with Christopher Lloyd to discuss his amazing and historic career in acting.

A Conversation with John Carpenter, 4:00PM
THE MASTER OF HORROR!!

SUMMER OF BLOOD ( Onur Tukel | 86 min.) Philadelphia Premiere, 6:15PM
Eric Sparrow, a schlubby NYC hipster, lousy lover, and pseudo intellectual goofball with a complete lack of ambition, is dumped by his girlfriend after rejecting her marital proposal. After a few failed dates his luck turns when a chance encounter with a vampire turns him into a sex god with a thirst for blood. Written, directed, and starring Onur Tukel, Summer of Blood is a bitingly funny, often bloody, and refreshing take on the vampire genre.

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE (Lucky McKee & Chris Sivertson | 90 min.) Philadelphia Premiere, 12:00PM
From Director Lucky McKee (May, The Woman).
Producer Andrew van den Houten in attendance.
A rebel girl signs up a group of cheerleaders to help her take down the captain of their high school football team, but a supernatural turn of events thrusts the girls into a different battle.

TENTSQUARE PANEL, 1:30PM
Featuring Jeffrey Reddick, the creator, writer and executive producer of the FINAL DESTINATION series.
Tentsquare is the first completely crowd sourced production studio with an integrated social network. From the earliest development phases all the way through post-production, members have the opportunity to weigh in. Projects are 100% funded via the company, not the followers. Tentsquare recently launched at SXSW and are currently underway developing their first feature to be directed by Jeffrey Reddick.

A BRONY TALE (Brent Hodge | 80 min.) Philadelphia Premiere, 2:30PM
Director Brent Hodge in attendance
Straight from the Tribeca Film Festival and recently acquired by Morgan Spurlock, A BRONY TALE delves into the world of adult heterosexual males obsessed with the children’s cartoon “My Little Pony’.

THE AWESOME FEST 2014 OUTDOOR SUMMER SERIES
“The Soundtrack of Awesome“

Opening Nights – Wednesday, June 25th & Thursday, June 26th, 2014

CITY GARDENS TRIBUTE SHOW featuring INTO ANOTHER & MURPHY’S LAW + BANDS TBA
Co-presented by This Is Hardcore Fest
The Trocadero Theatre (6/25)
Tickets (416) go on sale Friday, May 30th at noon – www.thetroc.com

RIOT ON THE DANCE FLOOR (Steve Tozzi | 114 min.) Philadelphia Premiere
co-presented by the This Is Hardcore Fest
Directed by Steve Tozzi
Riot on the Dance Floor: The story of Randy Now and City Gardens is a documentary from director Steve Tozzi, that features the stark and iconic photography of Thrasher Magazine’s Ken Salerno. It is told through an oral history format of in-depth interviews and archival footage, bringing to life the gritty story of one of New Jersey’s most infamous clubs and its larger than life promoter. City Gardens was a venue for underground music and during its time it traversed the entertainment spectrum; from the comedy of Henny Youngman to Nine Inch Nails, New Order to Nirvana. Riot on the Dance Floor is a journey of musical champions and underdogs and above all, the freedom and liberation of having complete creative control.

Closing Night Events – Saturday, August 16th, 2014 & Sunday, August 17th, 2014

PULP (Florian Habicht | 90 min.) Philadelphia Premiere
Outdoors at Liberty Lands
Saturday, August 16th, 2014
Pulp found fame on the world stage in the 1990’s with anthems including ‘Common People’ and ‘Disco 2000’. 25 years (and 10 million album sales) later, they return to Sheffield for their last UK concert. Giving a career best performance exclusive to the film, the band share their thoughts on fame, love, mortality – & car maintenance. Director Florian Habicht (Love Story) weaves together the band’s personal offerings with dream-like specially-staged tableaux featuring ordinary people recruited on the streets of Sheffield. PULP is a music-film like no other – by turns funny, moving, life-affirming & (occasionally) bewildering.

THE OTHER ONE: THE LONG, STRANGE TRIP OF BOB WEIR (Mike Fleiss | 86 min.) Philadelphia Premiere
The Trocadero Theatre
Sunday, August 17th, 2014
Mike Fleiss’ (God Bless Ozzy Osbourne) stunning and passionate documentary chronicles the life and career of legendary Grateful Dead rhythm guitarist (and founding member), Bob Weir. Containing never before seen archival footage, performances, and extensive interviews with Weir himself, this is a cinematic must-see journey that fans and music lovers alike will unquestionably applaud.
Tickets ($12) go on sale, Friday May 30th at 12:00PM – www.thetroc.com

Centerpiece (of Pizza) Event – Friday, July 18th, 2014

THE PIZZA UNDERGROUND
Free Concert & Pizza Party outdoors at The Oval – Followed by an outdoor screening of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) The Pizza Underground will perform at 8pm. Screening will immediately follow.
The Pizza Underground is an American comedy rock band based in New York City. Namely parodying songs by The Velvet Underground with pizza-themed songs names and lyrics, the group consists of Macaulay Culkin (kazoo, percussion and vocals) along with Matt Colbourn (guitar, vocals), Phoebe Kreutz (glockenspiel, vocals), Deenah Vollmer (pizza box, vocals), and Austin Kilham (tambourine, vocals)

OUTDOOR PREMIERES & SCREENINGS, BY LOCATION

Clark Park
4398 Chester Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104
All outdoor screenings are free to attend and begin at 9:00PM

RIOT ON THE DANCE FLOOR (Steve Tozzi | 114 min.) Philadelphia Premiere
Thursday, June 26th, 2014
*Opening Night event

LIVING STARS (Mariano Cohn, Gaston Duprat | 63 min.) Philadelphia Premiere
Thursday, July 3rd, 2014
In Buenos Aires, they are dancing. Dozens of real people, identified simply by name and occupation, are presented in their kitchens, living rooms, offices, and streets-each dancing to a fairly well-known pop song. Young and old, alone and with others, they perform for the camera with a rawness usually only reserved for the bathroom mirror. LIVING STARS is one of the true crowd-pleasers of the year!

THE WIZARD OF OZ/DARK SIDE OF THE MOON
Thursday, July 10th, 2014
Join us as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of one of the all-time greats, The Wizard of Oz. Experience the film as you’ve never seen it before, outdoors on a giant movie screen, synced up with Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of The Moon!

DEATH METAL ANGOLA (Jeremy Xido | 83 min.) Philadelphia Premiere
Thursday, July 17th,2014
Co-presented by BlackStar Film Festival
War ravaged and potentially the richest country in Africa, Angola is the epicenter of the African hardcore music scene. Sonia Ferreira and Wilker Flores live and breathe rock and roll. They run and live in the Okutiuka orphanage in Huambo, Angola and have a dream. They are going to mount the first ever national rock concert, bringing together for the first time the best and the brightest in Angolan hardcore death metal, thrash metal and melodic death-core.

JINGLE BELL ROCKS! (Mitchell Kezin | 94 min.) Philadelphia Premiere
Thursday, July 24th, 2014
Jingle Bell Rocks! is a trippy, cinematic sleigh ride into the strange and sublime universe of alternative and underground Christmas music, featuring The Flaming Lips, Run-DMC, The Free Design, Low, Miles Davis & Bob Dorough, Clarence Carter, John Waters, Akim & The Teddy Vann Prod. Co., The Mighty Sparrow, A Girl Called Eddy, El Vez and many more.

PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE (30th Anniversary Screening)
Thursday, August 7th, 2014

SKANKS (David McMahon | 85 min.) Philadelphia Premiere
Thursday, August 14th, 2014
In the winter of 2012 a community theatre in Birmingham, Alabama mounted an original drag musical, “Skanks in a One Horse Town.” “Skanks” follows the actors and creators from rehearsal through performance, at work, at their homes, and with their families. The cast of amateur performers bond to form a family of sorts while creating an unconventional show in religion and football-obsessed Alabama.

The Oval
Intersection of Benjamin Franklin Parkway & 24th Street
All outdoor screenings and events are free to attend.

THE PIZZA UNDERGROUND
Friday, July 18th, 2014
Free Concert & Pizza Party outdoors at The Oval – Followed by an outdoor screening of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
The Pizza Underground will perform at 8pm. Screening will immediately follow.
*Centerpiece event

SCHOOL OF ROCK
Friday, July 25th, 2014
Live music TBA

THE 2ND ANNUAL (KEVIN) BACON FEST!
Sponsored by Godshall’s Turkey Bacon
Friday, August 1st, 2014 – 5pm. APOLLO 13 at 8:30
Philadelphia’s largest Kevin Bacon Festival is back for another year of bacon-mania. Bacon themed truck offerings plus samplings of Godshall’s feature Maple Bacon, Turkey Bacon, Chicken Bacon and Beef Bacon will be part of the fest’s menu. Godshall’s will also be pulling out all the stops with recipes, contests and lots of bacon fun, including a bacon space capsule and a bacon astronaut who will be launching into “space”, courtesy of the Franklin Institute. Godshall’s is proud to make the leading real meat, real wood smoked, Turkey Bacon in America, right here in the Philadelphia area and we are excited to have them and all of the participants be part of another awesome Bacon Fest!

90’S PROM ON THE PARKWAY FEATURING THE BAYSIDE TIGERS!
Free concert at The Oval
Friday, August 8th, 2014 – 8pm
Party like it’s prom night in 1999 with NYC’s hottest 90’s cover band, The Bayside Tigers. All you need to do is where your freshest neon outfits, and we’ll take care of the rest, including: a beer garden, photo booths, prizes for the prom king & queen, food trucks, and more!

WAYNE’S WORLD
Friday, August 15th, 2014 – 9pm

Liberty Lands
926 N American St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
All outdoor screenings are free to attend and begin at 9:00PM

POSITIVE FORCE: MORE THAN A WITNESS (Robin Bell | 70 min.) Philadelphia Premiere
Saturday, June 28th, 2014
Punk activist collective Positive Force DC emerged in 1985, rising from the creative, politically-charged ferment of DC punk’s Revolution Summer.
This feature-length film skillfully mixes rare archival footage (including electrifying live performances from Fugazi, Bikini Kill, Anti-Flag, and more) with new interviews from key PF activists. Covering a span of 30 years, More Than A Witness documents PF’s Reagan-era origins, the creation of its communal house, FBI harassment, and the rise of a vibrant underground that burst into the mainstream amidst controversy over both the means and the ends of the movement.

THE CROW (20th Anniversary Screening)
Rochelle Davis (Sarah) in attendance!
Saturday, July 5th, 2014

JOHNNY WINTER: DOWN AND DIRTY (Greg Olliver | 80 min.) Philadelphia Premiere
Saturday, July 12th, 2014
“LEMMY” co-director/producer Greg Olliver spent two years following Johnny from his home in Connecticut to France, Japan and beyond to create an intimate portrait of the Texas musician who played Woodstock, partied with the Rolling Stones and John Belushi, dated Janice Joplin, and jammed with Jimi Hendrix. Aptly named “JOHNNY WINTER, DOWN & DIRTY” by Johnny himself, this documentary explores what it’s like to live a life of sex, drugs and rock & roll debauchery with only a few regrets… but not without consequences.

DAZED AND CONFUSED
Saturday, July 26th, 2014

BIG IN JAPAN (John Jeffcoat | 100 min.) Philadelphia Premiere
Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
Big in Japan is a rock and roll road movie about a struggling Seattle band determined to not fade away. The film, which is based loosely on actual events, follows real life rockers, Tennis Pro, as they travel to Japan- a last ditch attempt to prevent their day jobs from becoming their careers. Director John Jeffcoat (Outsourced) utilizes a fresh narrative approach, guerrilla production style mixed with an international storyline to craft a dynamic and entertaining story where music and film intersect with two cultures to reveal simple, oftentimes hilarious, universal truths.

MIAMI CONNECTION
Saturday, August 9th, 2014
The year is 1987. Motorcycle ninjas tighten their grip on Florida’s narcotics trade, viciously annihilating anyone who dares move in on their turf. Multi-national martial arts rock band Dragon Sound have had enough, and embark on a roundhouse wreck-wave of crime-crushing justice. When not chasing beach bunnies or performing their hit song “Against the Ninja,” Mark (kung-fu master/inspirational speaker Y.K. Kim) and the boys are kicking and chopping at the drug world’s smelliest underbelly. It’ll take every ounce of their blood and courage, but Dragon Sound can’t stop until they’ve completely destroyed the dealers, the drunk bikers, the kill-crazy ninjas, the middle-aged thugs, the “stupid cocaine”…and the entire MIAMI CONNECTION!!!

PULP (Florian Habicht | 90 min.) Philadelphia Premiere
Saturday, August 16th, 2014
*Closing Night event

The Trocadero
1003 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
$3 gets you in and goes towards a drink or snack (except where noted). 21+
*Trocadero events are indoors. Doors at 6:30. Movie at 8.

SID & NANCY/REPO MAN Double Feature
Monday, June 30th, 2014

HIGH FIDELITY
Monday, July 7th, 2014

JUDGEMENT NIGHT
Monday, July 14th, 2014

VELVET GOLDMINE
Monday, July 21st, 2014

HEAVY METAL
Monday, July 28th, 2014

HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH
Monday, August 4th, 2014

PURPLE RAIN
Monday, August 11th, 2014

THE OTHER ONE: THE LONG, STRANGE TRIP OF BOB WEIR (Mike Fleiss | 86 min.) Philadelphia Premiere
Sunday, August 17th, 2014 – $12.00 admittance
*Closing Night event

Check out the lineup at:
www.theawesomefest.com
facebook.com/theawesomefest
twitter: @theawesomefest

ABOUT THE AWESOME FEST
Recognized for their unique events and innovative approach to programming, The Awesome Fest was created as an outlet to bring the most cutting edge and just plain awesome titles from both the independent festival circuit, as well as Hollywood’s finest, to play some of the more unique venues and non-traditional spaces in the city of Philadelphia.
Since the Summer of 2010, The Awesome Fest outdoor summer series has showcased well over 200 Philadelphia Premieres from the world’s most prestigious film festivals, completely FREE to all who attend.

The Greater Philadelphia Film Office is a proud fiscal sponsor of The Awesome Fest.

ABOUT WIZARD WORLD

Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD) produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.
The full event schedule can be found at www.wizardworld.com

ABOUT VISIT PHILADELPHIA
VISIT PHILADELPHIA™, formerly the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC), is the region’s official destination marketing organization. It builds the brand and image of Greater Philadelphia, thus increasing business and economic impact for the five-county region.
www.visitphilly.com

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Horror Business: Director John Gulager Discusses The Creation of ‘Piranha 3DD’

Horror Business: Director John Gulager Discusses The Creation of ‘Piranha 3DD’

Director John Gulager is no stranger to the grizzlier side of cinema. He first came onto the scene when his stint on “Project Greenlight” lead to the creation of his terrifying feature “Feast”. The success of the first film lead to two sequels and opened the door for him to direct his latest project, the sequel to Alexandre Aja’s 2010 hit, “Piranha 3D”. In our opinion, when it comes to blending comedy and horror, there was no better choice for a director than John Gulager! “Piranha 3DD” incorporates the classic elements of the teen horror/exploitation movies of the 1970s, packed with ferocious flesheaters, scantily-clad young victims, and bizarre and exciting twists and turns. Whereas “Piranha 3D” took place on a lake, the 2012 sequel is set at a water park, complete with water slides and a lazy river – the perfect places for piranha mayhem! Back for more outrageous fun, Christopher Lloyd reprises his role as the eccentric piranha expert. After the terror unleashed on Lake Victoria in Piranha 3D, the prehistoric school of bloodthirsty piranhas are back and this time, no one is safe from the flesh-eating fish as they sink their razor-sharp teeth into the visitors of summer’s best attraction, The Big Wet Water Park. Now with double the action, double the horror, and double the D’s, “Piranha 3D” stars Danielle Panabaker, Matt Bush, David Koechner, Chris Zylka, Katrina Bowden, Gary Busey, Christopher Lloyd, and David Hasselhoff. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently sat down with John Gulager to discuss the process of bringing the film from script to screen, the challenges of shooting in 3D and much more!

What was the initial spark that made you want to become a filmmaker?

My whole family has been involved with filmmaking and my Dad, Clu Gulager, wanted to be a director. I would act in things for him. At one point, he bought me a Super 8 camera. I wanted to do animation at the very beginning, probably when I was in sixth or seventh grade. He had bought me a little Vivitar camera and I could do things like that with it because it had the little release where you could shoot one frame at a time. We had gone over to Hanna-Barbera and they had shown me how to animate by drawing the cells, paint them and everything else. Needless to say, I was big into animation for quite a while for all of my little school projects and stuff like that. From there, I started shooting live action stuff. I was making little shorts with my brother. He was just a little kid but we would get little packets of ketchup and he would squeeze them at the right moment, so that it looked like he got shot in the head! It was the usual thing that you always hear about from someone getting into filmmaking during that time period. Since my parents were always involved in the industry, I was just used to that kind of environment. At some point, I was either going to make films or be a bum! I was pretty much a bum for a long time! [laughs] Then I slipped on a banana peel and ended up on “Project Greenlight” and then I could actually earn a living! I expected it to happen a lot earlier in my life, that is for sure! I expected it to happen when I was a teenager or in my early twenties but at the same time, I am kinda lazy, so it didn’t! [laughs]

Things are looking up!

I think so! I can actually earn a living and pay the rent doing this — doing something that I love. You hear about people who don’t like their jobs and I can’t relate to that at all. I can’t think of something I would rather be doing! I think you can think of different projects and different movies as a portion of your job but being able to go out and shoot stuff, put it together and have it come out has been mind blowing!

What intrigued you about helming “Piranha 3DD” and what state was the project in when you came aboard?

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I had seen the first film, “Piranha 3D”, and I was a big fan and I loved it a lot. I took Diane, my old ball and chain. I said “I really want you to see this!” I had already gone to see it. I took her down to the Chinese Theater and she liked it too. At the time, we didn’t have any idea that any of this was going to happen. The I got a phone call and they said “Hey! We want to do a sequel to this film. Are you in? Do you want to do it?” I was kinda like “Yeah!” [in an excited tone] This was at the very, very, very beginning. They had the genesis of the title and wanted it to be “Piranha 3DD”. I thought that would be pretty funny! They also knew that it would involve piranhas going through pipes and that was it. That was all they had! That was the studio, Bob Weinstein. It was at that time when I came on along with writers Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton. From there, we went to Louisiana to find a water park. We found one that we really liked and wrote the script. The water park read the script and said “NO WAY!” [laughs] We ended up checking out water parks from Michigan to Florida to Georgia and everywhere in between! Everywhere except California because they wanted this tax break thing. Ultimately, we ended up in North Carolina at a little Mom and Pop water park called Jungle Rapids. That is why some of the story changed a bit to accommodate that type of water park as opposed to some giant extravaganza type of place. That’s what it is all about, ya know? Adapting to certain circumstances and using what is available.

I came on at the very beginning and the script went through many stages as you can imagine. At first, they didn’t even know if they were going to have the rights to the movie. That lead to us writing a script that wasn’t necessarily a sequel but a script that was about piranhas! [laughs] If you can imagine the craziest scenario of what someone would say to you over the phone about going forward with a project — that’s what happened! [laughs] In the end, everything worked out. Obviously, there are boobs, there are piranhas and a water park! [laughs] The water park was just us goofing on “Jaws 3D” because that was set in a water park but it was more of a “Shamu” type of water park. Even though no one would necessarily know, that was our idea — set it in a kids water park where the piranhas can come in through the pipes. There are always these little stories that probably don’t matter for the public but for us that is where it came from.

How did shooting in Real 3D affect the filming process and how you tackled the project as a director?

Ya know, it definitely changed a few things. Everything took a little longer than anticipated. It was fun because you got to use a crane and all of these different things because everything was so heavy, you had to have it supported all of the time. Then we had the underwater version that used the silicone imaging cameras, which were a little bit smaller so they can be maneuvered a little bit. It did make everything take longer, I can say that for sure, so you have a plus and you have a minus when it comes to shooting. As a director, one of your main battles is always with time. People might think that it is equipment but the most expensive thing on any set is the whole crew being there for day after day and hour after hour. Any downtime you have, you are aware that the clock is ticking and the dollars are flying! [laughs] We had a finite amount of time to work with because the water park was set to open on Memorial Day and we couldn’t shoot there after that because of all kinds of health regulations regarding the water and the blood and everything, so we were limited that way also. Although the 3D stuff did take a lot more time, it was a lot of fun to watch in the dailies though! Every now and then our heads would explode! [laughs] If something went a little bit wrong in the dailies, we had a stereographer who would be on set with a black cloth over his head to see the monitor, like those old -time photographers with the 8 x 10 cameras taking the pictures in the Wild West, he looked like that kinda! [laughs] He would be working the stereo live while we would be doing the shots but every once and a while it would still be a little out there and it would be fixed a little more in post. The whole 3D thing was quite an experience!

As you mentioned, you were on the project since the beginning. How did the casting shake out and did anyone bring something to the project you may not have been expecting?

John Gulager

Well, for one thing, Ving [Rhames] wasn’t in the going to be in the movie originally. I think this is on the commentary but he actually called and left a message for us that said “Hello. This is Ving “You never saw me die at the end of Piranha 3D” Rhames…” [laughs] So after that, we wrote those scenes and stuck him in there! That was kinda surprising that he was even there! He actually ended up having one of my favorite lines, you know the “Bring me my legs…” line. David Hasselhoff was another element that was there from the beginning but then he didn’t want to do it, which we were a little freaked out over. We had to rewrite the script a little bit to make him not so down and out. [laughs] I wanted him to be so down and out that he had to open this crappy water park. He didn’t want to be that down and out, so we put two girls in his bed! [laughs] That whole thing was really interesting. There would be women across the street from where we were shooting screaming “David! David!” and stuff like that. I had never been around anything like that before on anything I have worked on! [laughs] That was really interesting! I think the kids in the film, like Danielle Panabaker, Matt Bush, Chris Zylka and Katrina Bowden, are all really good actors. I feel bad that Adrian Martinez, who plays Big Dave, got cut out of it so much because he was so freakin’ funny on the set, man! Paul James and Meagan Tandy were great as well and then you had Christopher Lloyd! That was pretty interesting because he was just the quietest guy. You expect him to be kinda whacky or kooky but he is so down to earth. Then there was Gary Busey and he is exactly what you expect — totally out there! [laughs]

Director John Gulager

Of course, any time any actress would take their clothes off, I would be so grateful! Even with a movie that has a title like “Piranha 3DD,” it is tough to have nudity in the background or whatever. It is harder than you think, no pun intended! [laughs] It is tougher than you think to get people to do this! People will show up and then change their minds at the last minute, so anytime people would come through, so to speak, I would be like “Ahhhhh!!!! Thank You!” There was no Spring Break or anything like that that was going on at the time. We actually had to go out and find people and cajole people into it. Obviously, some people came.That whole process was pretty interesting. I came from a different era but I think a lot of the actors today are scared of nudity. Maybe it is because of the internet but ya know, Sissy Spacek did it and it never hurt her career! [laughs] What can I say, it’s a different era!

Is there a particular type of film or genre you are looking forward to tackling in the future?

Yeah! One that is not funny! [laughs]

Is that on the horizon then?

No! [laughs] I know they say that sometimes you can’t help what you are but I think I want to try to make something that is a little more serious and a little more filmic! Possibly! [laughs] So we will see!

Thank you so much for your time today, John! All the best to you!

Thank you so much!

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PIRANHA 3DD: David Hasselhoff Flexes His Acting Might In New Clip!

PIRANHA 3DD: David Hasselhoff Flexes His Acting Might In New Clip!

'Piranha 3DD'

David Hasselhoff may be getting older, but he’s still got what it takes to save lives. Watch The Hoff rescue an innocent child with style and grace in the latest clip from Piranha 3DD, now live on Hulu.

Check out the official site for the film at www.piranha-3d.comPiranha 3DD opens in theaters on June 1st, 2012.

Synopsis: After the terror unleashed on Lake Victoria in PIRANHA 3D, the pre-historic school of blood thirsty piranhas are back. This time, no one is safe from the flesh eating fish as they sink their razor sharp teeth into the visitors of summer’s best attraction, The Big Wet Water Park. Christopher Lloyd (BACK TO THE FUTURE) reprises his role as the eccentric piranha expert with survivor Paul Scheer (THE LEAGUE) and a partially devoured Ving Rhames (PULP FICTION) back for more fish frenzy. David Hasselhoff trades in the sandy beaches of ‘Baywatch’ to be a celebrity lifeguard at the racy water park. Prepare for double the terror, double the action and double the Ds in this sequel also starring Gary Busey (LETHAL WEAPON), Katrina Bowden (30 ROCK), Danielle Panabaker (THE CRAZIES), Matt Bush (ADVENTURELAND), Chris Zylka (THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN) and David Koechner (ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND OF RON BURGUNDY).

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PIRANHA 3DD: Gary Busey Makes A Splash In The Blooper Reel!

PIRANHA 3DD: Gary Busey Makes A Splash In The Blooper Reel!

'Piranha 3DD'

Head over to HitFix to see fan favorite Gary Busey share some knowledge, including the real acronym for FART in the most insane clip ever! Watch the brand new blooper reel from Piranha 3DD now. Take the plunge! – Click Here!

Check out the official site for the film at www.piranha-3d.com. Piranha 3DD opens in theaters on June 1st, 2012.

Synopsis: After the terror unleashed on Lake Victoria in PIRANHA 3D, the pre-historic school of blood thirsty piranhas are back. This time, no one is safe from the flesh eating fish as they sink their razor sharp teeth into the visitors of summer’s best attraction, The Big Wet Water Park. Christopher Lloyd (BACK TO THE FUTURE) reprises his role as the eccentric piranha expert with survivor Paul Scheer (THE LEAGUE) and a partially devoured Ving Rhames (PULP FICTION) back for more fish frenzy. David Hasselhoff trades in the sandy beaches of ‘Baywatch’ to be a celebrity lifeguard at the racy water park. Prepare for double the terror, double the action and double the Ds in this sequel also starring Gary Busey (LETHAL WEAPON), Katrina Bowden (30 ROCK), Danielle Panabaker (THE CRAZIES), Matt Bush (ADVENTURELAND), Chris Zylka (THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN) and David Koechner (ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND OF RON BURGUNDY).

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