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Fred Durst Begins Principal Photography On ‘Moose’ Thriller, Flick Inspired By His Real-Life Stalker!

Fred Durst Begins Principal Photography On ‘Moose’ Thriller, Flick Inspired By His Real-Life Stalker!

Principal photography is now underway in Alabama on the thriller “Moose” starring two-time Oscar® nominee John Travolta with Limp Bizkit frontman, Fred Durst directing for Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s AMBI Media Group.

Based on events from Fred Durst’s own life, “Moose” was written by Durst with Dave Bekerman.

John Travolta is playing the title character Moose – a rabid movie fan obsessed with his favorite celebrity action hero, Hunter Dunbar, played by Devon Sawa (“Final Destination,” “Nikita”). As Moose’s obsession grows stronger, his fixation turns from stalking to ambition of destroying the star’s life. The story was inspired by a real life fan who stalked Durst many years ago.

Producers are Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi (AMBI Media Group) and Oscar Generale and Daniel Grodnik (Wonderfilm Media).

AMBI Pictures and Media Finance Capital (MFC) are fully financing the film and Executive Producers on behalf of Media Finance Capital are David Gilbery (McQueen, The Survivalist, Bone Tomahawk), and Charles Dorfman (The King’s Speech, Shame).

Richard Salvatore, Kirk Shaw, Bret Saxon and Jeff Bowler also serve as Executive Producers. Co-Executive Producers are Linda Favila and Anson Downes.

Wonderfilm Media is a collaboration of four seasoned film executives that will be traded shortly on the Toronto Stock Exchange and is a Finance, production and distribution entity.

AMBI Distribution, the worldwide sales arm of AMBI Media Group, will handle worldwide sales for the film.

“Moose” marks the second collaboration between AMBI and John Travolta in the last year. Travolta starred with music superstar Shania Twain in AMBI’s father/son stock car racing film “Trading Paint,” which is currently in post-production.

Durst previously directed the feature films “The Education of Charlie Banks” and “The Longshots”.

Said Andrea Iervolino, “There certainly is no shortage of amazing Fred Durst stories to tell, but this one in particular is unequivocally cinematic in how it plays out. John’s range as an actor will once again be shown off as he steps into a character that Fred is all too familiar with – making this pairing so exciting. We have great producing partners in Dan and Oscar, and great story for John and Fred to bring to life. We couldn’t be happier.”

About AMBI

AMBI Group is a consortium of vertically integrated film development, production, finance and distribution companies wholly owned and operated by Andrea Iervolino and Monika Gomez del Campo Bacardi, Lady of Bayfield Hall, better known as “Monika Bacardi.”

AMBI has emerged as one of the industry’s most prolific financing, production and sales companies with the capacity to develop, package, finance, produce and distribute a broad array of films for the worldwide marketplace. Among the films on AMBI’s burgeoning film slate are the father/son stock car racing film “Trading Paint,” starring Two-time Oscar® nominee John Travolta, Shania Twain, Toby Sebastian and Michael Madsen; the romantic drama “Best Day of My Life” starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Renée Zellweger, Common and Simon Baker; Lamborghini biopic “Lamborghini – The Legend” starring Antonio Banderas and Alec Baldwin; the revenge thriller “Bent” from Academy Award® winner Bobby Moresco, starring Karl Urban, Sofia Vergara and Andy Garcia; the heist movie “Finding Steve McQueen,” starring Travis Fimmel, Rachael Taylor, William Fichtner and Forest Whitaker, directed by Mark Steven Johnson; the Andrea Bocelli biopic “The Music of Silence”, directed by Oscar® nominated Michael Radford and starring Antonio Banderas, Toby Sebastian and Jordi Molla; the psychological thriller “Black Butterfly” starring Antonio Banderas and Jonathan Rhys Meyers; the faith based children’s film “Beyond the Sun,” featuring His Holiness Pope Francis; and the 3D, CGI animated family film “Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad” starring Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin, Heidi Klum, John Cleese, James Franco and Anjelica Huston.

The AMBI movie and television library includes an incredibly diverse portfolio of critical hits, commercial blockbusters and cult favorites such as “Begin Again,” “Cruel Intentions,” “Donnie Darko,” “End of Watch,” “Ides of March,” “Hit & Run,” “Memento,” “The Mexican,” “Parkland,” “Rush,” “Sliding Doors,” “Snitch,” “Undefeated” and “The Way Back,” to name a few.

Andrea Iervolino has produced, funded and distributed over 60 feature films including “The Merchant of Venice” and “The Humbling.” He is considered one of the youngest and most accomplished entrepreneurs in the film industry and was the recipient of the coveted Mimmo Rotella Award for his contributions to the Italian cinema industry – presented to him at the 2014 Venice Film Festival, alongside fellow recipients Al Pacino and Barry Levinson. Iervolino was most recently the recipient of a special award from Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on behalf of the Lazio Federation of Ontario distinguishing himself in both the Italian-Canadian community and Canadian society at large. He also the Ambassador of Italian Cinema in the World for the Italian Contemporary Film Festival (ICFF).

The prestigious University of Pisa commissioned and just published a biographical book based on Iervolino’s life titled “Da Cassino Ad Holliwood”.

Renowned for her passion of modern art and love of photography and movies, Monika Bacardi is a highly successful businesswoman who is now committed to producing films, through AMBI, on top of her numerous philanthropic activities.

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Tom Delonge And “Teen Wolf” Star Tyler Posey Team For Live Action Poet Anderson Film

Tom Delonge And “Teen Wolf” Star Tyler Posey Team For Live Action Poet Anderson Film


Dylan Sprayberry, left, Tyler Posey and Tom DeLonge on set of the upcoming and as-yet-untitled short film in DeLonge’s “Poet Anderson” franchise.

As reported in today’s Los Angeles Times, multi-platinum-selling artist TOM DELONGE has written and directed a live-action short film featuring “Teen Wolf” star Tyler Posey. On October 13th, DeLonge will premiere an exclusive scene from the yet-to-be-titled film at the Grammy Museum in downtown Los Angeles. Tickets and information about the event (“A Conversation with Tom DeLonge”) can be found at  this location – Click Here.

The film, due for release later this year, also stars Dylan Sprayberry (Man of Steel), Taylor Spreitler (”Melissa & Joey”) and Samantha Logan (“The Fosters”).

Posey, best known for his starring role as Scott McCall in the hit MTV series “Teen Wolf,” will play Poet Anderson, a character DeLonge created and introduced last fall via the award-winning animated film, Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker.  Winner of  Best Animated Film at the Toronto International Short Film Festival, Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker is about a young boy who is a Lucid Dreamer that can tunnel between the Waking and Dream Worlds, an alternate universe created by mankind’s shared unconscious thoughts.

It’s worth noting that the live-action film has a completely separate plot line from its animated predecessor. DeLonge describes it as “a brief and modest look into the mythology of the Poet Anderson universe. Meant to be a bit ambiguous and artistic, the plot traces the edge of a girl having recurring dreams of a boy at her school. While the dreams are romantic, fun and adventurous, a real threat exists requiring someone there at all times to protect her.”

Enter Posey as Poet Anderson. “As a big fan of Tom’s, I knew all about the Poet franchise and couldn’t have been more stoked to be a part of it,” he says. “And I was so humbled that he picked me to bring Poet to life. It was nothing short of a dream to work with him, let alone having him compliment me on my work and feeling like a true friend of his rather than just a work partner. He’s a real genuine, ambitious and inspiring person that I love calling a friend.”

“I was introduced to Tyler through some common friends, says DeLonge,” and after a brief conversation it became very apparent we needed to work together. He was a passionate guy, and desiring opportunities to create art that was out of the box and forward-thinking. This made him a great match for the way I think. Tyler, as a person, has a gravity and calmness that came through on this film. He added ‘cool’ to the Poet character, a steady hand of youth and bravado. The emotional range he brought showed the heart, and passion for what a ‘Poet’ does…and is.”

Next up for DeLonge is the much-buzzed-about novel Poet Anderson …Of Nightmares (Simon & Schuster), the first of a planned trilogy of YA Poet Anderson adventures co-written with New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Young. Set for an October 6th release, the novel explores an unknown world where dreams meet reality and the disappearing chasm in-between. DeLonge will be discussing and signing copies of the book at the October 13th Grammy Museum event.

DeLonge and Young will also be signing books October 7th at Anderson’s Bookshop in Chicago, October 10th at Powell’s City of Books in Portland (Tom only) and November 7th at Book Passage, Corte Madera in San Francisco.

DeLonge’s band Angels & Airwaves just released a companion EP for the novel titled ‘…Of Nightmares,’sections of which will appear in the new film. Billboard premiered “Home,” one of the EP’s tracks, along with an animated excerpt from the book, which can be seen HERE. That followed the recent Rolling Stone premiere of lead track, “Into The Night.” The new EP follows last year’s Angels & Airwaves album, The Dream Walker, which hit No. 1 on iTunes. 

About Tom DeLonge

Tom DeLonge is an award-winning musician, producer and director, best known as the lead vocalist and songwriter for the platinum-selling bands Blink-182 and Angels & Airwaves.   Under his media production company To The Stars…, Tom has created transmedia entertainment properties that span music, film, comics and books.  ToTheStars.Media will bring together all media formats for one major compelling visual landscape of the Poet Anderson universe.  An advanced book club community will also be live for fans that want to immerse themselves in the book prior to publication date and experience a directors cut of the book with rich media content.

About Tyler Posey

Tyler Posey stars on “Teen Wolf,” currently in its fifth season.  Host of TEEN CHOICE 2014 and the winner of the TEEN CHOICE 2013 award for “Choice Male Summer TV Star,” Posey has also won an ALMA Award for “Favorite TV Actor”  and was one of Variety’s “Power of Youth” honorees for his work with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In 2013, Posey appeared on the big screen in “Scary Movie 5.” He also starred in the indie film “White Frog,” and in Kevin Smith’s upcoming feature comedy “Yoga Hosers.”

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AMERICAN ULTRA: New Comic Con Poster Released!

AMERICAN ULTRA: New Comic Con Poster Released!

Get lit and get hit with a new custom Comic-Con poster from Lionsgate’s AMERICAN ULTRA! Award-winning artist Jim Evans (aka T.A.Z.), the designer behind hundreds of gig & movie posters including those for The Beastie Boys, The Wu Tang Clan, Rage Against The Machine, Pearl Jam, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the Saw franchise, crafted the badass print featuring Jesse Eisenberg & Kristen Stewart. Don’t miss Eisenberg & Stewart reunite in the supercharged action-comedy lighting up theaters nationwide on August 21!


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New Red Band Trailer For ‘American Ultra’ Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart

New Red Band Trailer For ‘American Ultra’ Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart


Jesse Eisenberg & Kristen Stewart let sparks fly in two new trailers from Lionsgate’s AMERICAN ULTRA! Burn one with a kick-ass crew including Eisenberg & Stewart alongside Connie Britton, Topher Grace, Tony Hale, John Leguizamo, & Bill Pullman in the rip-roaring action-comedy about a stoner turned sleeper agent opening in theaters on Friday, August 21!

‘American Ultra’ is a fast-paced action comedy about Mike (Eisenberg), a seemingly hapless and unmotivated stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend, Phoebe (Stewart), is suddenly turned upside down.  Unbeknownst to him, Mike is actually a highly trained, lethal sleeper agent. In the blink of an eye, as his secret past comes back to haunt him, Mike is thrust into the middle of a deadly government operation and is forced to summon his inner action-hero in order to survive.

Written by Max Landis and directed by Nima Nourizadeh, the film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Connie Britton, Topher Grace, Tony Hale, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman and Walton Goggins.

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IN BLOOM: Laura Vandervoort Talks Career, Breakout Role On ‘Bitten’ and More!

IN BLOOM: Laura Vandervoort Talks Career, Breakout Role On ‘Bitten’ and More!


Over the past decade, Laura Vandervoort has poured her heart and soul into each project, establishing herself as one of the most versatile actresses in the entertainment industry. She not only crosses over genres, but also changes from character to character flawlessly embracing the essence of every role she plays. From being listed in Maxim’s Top 100 hottest women two years in a row, to spearheading a national PETA campaign, to starring in a hit studio films, it is evident that Laura’s career is blossoming into something wonderous. Best known for her roles on the television shows “Smallville” and “V,” she continues to turn the heads of genre fans and critics alike.

Laura first began her career in background work on Canadian commercials and TV shows, then landed her first speaking role at the age of thirteen, for the children’s series “Goosebumps” and “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” She went on to take acting classes and book other TV guest star roles and at nineteen, while attending York University, Laura landed the lead on the CTV TV series “Instant Star,” a popular series that ran for four seasons.<

Landing the coveted role of “Supergirl” AKA “Kara” on the hit The CW series “Smallville,” Laura became the main focus of the 7th season of the popular sci-fi drama. Following “Smallville,” Laura booked the sequel to the Jessica Alba/Paul Walker feature film “Into The Blue” titled “Into the Blue 2: The Reef.” Following “The Reef,” the in-demand actress went directly into filming “The Jazzman,” “Out of Control,” “Damage” and s miniseries that was the SyFy channel’s re-launch of Philip José Farmer’s “Riverworld.” Laura also booked a series regular spot for ABC’s sci-fi series “V” amongst Elizabeth Mitchell (“Lost”) and Scott Wolf (“Party of Five”). After “V,” she booked and shot five feature films back to back: the psychological thriller, “The Entitled” starring Ray Liotta, followed by McG’s romantic comedy, “This Means War” starring Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine, the lead in “Desperately Seeking Santa,” with Nick Zano, “Broken Trust,” and the hit side-splitting comedy, “Ted” directed by Seth Macfarlane, starring Mark Wahlberg.

Laura Vandervoort’s latest project is her most ambitious and challenging to date; allowing her to push her limits as an actress. Based on the ‘Women of the Otherworld’ novels by #1 NY Times best-selling author Kelley Armstrong, ‘Bitten’ is an emotionally charged supernatural thriller where she stars as Elena Michaels, the lone female werewolf in existence. Desperate to escape both a world she never wanted to be part of and the man who turned her into a werewolf, Elena has abandoned her pack and taken refuge in a new city. There, she works as a photographer and hides her werewolf existence from her new boyfriend. When bodies start turning up in her pack’s backyard, Elena finds herself back at Stonehaven, the werewolves’ ancestral domain. Torn between two worlds and two loves, she quickly realizes that – when push comes to shove – she’ll stop at nothing to defend her pack.

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Laura Vandevoort to discuss her blossoming career, the challenges of bringing her character from script to screen and what the future might hold for both on-screen and behind the camera!

I wanted to give our readers a bit of background on you. They say a career in the entertainment industry isn’t for the faint of heart, what made you choose to go in this direction?

Laura Vandervoort

Laura Vandervoort: A star of the rise!

I know they say it takes a thick skin to be in this industry but I don’t have that! [laughs] That is something I struggle with on a day to day basis. I can’t say the industry isn’t for the faint of heart because that is me! It is never an easy process being in this industry. I am competitive, I challenge myself and I strive to do my best. I also grew up doing martial arts, so I was very motivated and dedicated to whatever it was I was doing at the time. When I decided to become an actor, it was something that I decided to do at the age of 13 and I asked my parents if I could try it. It was tough and I don’t do well with rejection but I just developed an outer shell. I wouldn’t say it is a thicker skin but an outer shell to deflect negative comments or the ongoing rejection you experience as an actor. I am much better at handling that than I used to be, especially as I have gotten older. Yet, it is still not easy! That’s for sure! [laughs] It is tough for everybody!

Who would you cite as your biggest influence when it comes to being an actor?

I have a distant relative that is a Canadian actor, Gordon Pinsent. He is my third cousin or something like that. He was really the only person I knew who was an actor when I decided to be one or to try it. He is older than I am and he was my mentor in many ways. He visited me on my first set and we would write letters and he would tell me to stay true to myself and work hard. He was definitely my first mentor. Like most actresses, I look up to a lot of people I see when I go to the movies or watch television. Obviously, Meryl Streep is everything! [laughs]

Where do you look for inspiration these days as a working actor?

Laura Vandervoort

Laura Vandervoort

It hasn’t happened a lot lately but if I go to a film and I am truly enraptured with the script, the characters or the female actors, that is something I find very inspiring. I get truly inspired when I leave a movie feeling I need to do something different or step outside of my comfort zone, along with working with other incredible actors who encourage you to do better than you have been doing. I am just inspired to create. I have a lot of Canadian friends who are here in Los Angeles now who are producing their own projects where they are also writing, starring and improvising in them. Taking comedy classes is another thing that has encouraged me to maybe do something like that as well. I have created a kids show that we are working on that will be a TV series. That is something that came from me having a year off and I wasn’t super busy. In that time, I wrote a book and was inspired to create. Now, it will be a live action kids series called “Super Duper Deelia!” That has allowed me to be a producer/creator, which is also inspiring to me. I am learning about everything on the other side of the camera!

That is awesome to hear. I was curious if you wanted to explore the world behind the camera but clearly you already started down that path!

Yeah! It is definitely a little scary because I have been on only one side of the camera for a long time but I’m hoping it goes well and isn’t too terrifying for me. At the same time, I hope that it is and I am constantly learning, that’s for sure!


‘Bitten’ Returns on Friday, April 17th on Syfy!

It’s important to note you are still very busy in front of the camera, as well. One of your projects is “Bitten” and it is back for its second season. What can you tell us about how you got involved with the project?

“Bitten” was a project that came to me. I had done a show in Halifax, Nova Scotia called “Haven” with eOne. I did a guest star on the show as sort of an evil villain that killed women and wore their skin. It was a creepy character! [laughs] After that project, I think eOne had me on their radar. They had “Bitten” optioned and J.B. Sugar had me in mind for Elena. I was actually at a friend’s viewing party for “Haven” when I was approached by one of the people from eOne about the project. I read the script, spoke to my agents and our executive producer about how he envisioned the show to look, along with Elena herself. I had a great creative conversation with him and the last thing on my mind was the werewolf aspect. I was more interested in how she became who she was and what she had been through. It was a great story and a really strong female lead that I was really excited to be a part of, so that is sort of how I got on board. We did a chemistry reading with a lot of the guys and now we are onto Season 2! It has been a great ride!

Laura Vandervoort as Elena Michaels

Laura Vandervoort as Elena Michaels

How did you prepare for the character in the series?

With Elena, it was trying to understand what is going on in her heart and in her head. Obviously, having the books as source material was helpful but for me it was about understanding where the character is coming from, where they have been and where they are going. Then I try to find what part of me relates to or connects with what that character has going on. With any character, I try to find some sort of parallel with myself and try to inject that wherever possible without changing too much of the character. Physically, I had to be in fighting condition and had to train for it. The majority of the character is being mentally where she is at the moment. In the beginning of the first season, she was rather torn between the human world and the wolf world. She was very confused. She came from a foster care system and had been abused as a child, so I always want to keep those things in mind when she is dealing with people, relationships and trust issues.

As an actor, you bring something special to each character you play. What did you bring to this character that wasn’t on the written page?

That is a good question. There was so much about Elena that I could relate to and it was within me to play. Perhaps I brought a bit of a sensitivity, a softer side or a more motherly, nurturing nature to her when it comes to the pack and the boys. I think that is what I brought to the role, especially this season. With our new young witch that nurturing side of her is coming forward. Ironically, Elena was born the same day I was born in Toronto on September 22nd. She has twins in the book, which is interesting because my mom is a twin and it skips a generation. There was definitely a weird alignment of, “Maybe this was meant to be!”

That is interesting! You mentioned the novels “Bitten” is based on and you were aware of those but were you aware of the dedicated fan base the books developed? How has the response to the show affected you?

'Bitten' Returns on April 17th

‘Bitten’ Returns on April 17th on Syfy

I knew about the books and I knew there was a fan base but I definitely didn’t know the extent or to what extreme the fans were fans of the book but we were definitely determined to make sure they were happy with our portrayal of the characters, the scripts and the look of the show. That is really important because if you are a fan of the books, you have existed within that world before we have, so you have the right to your opinion. We just wanted to make them happy and I think in the end they were. There were a few surprises that they weren’t quite comfortable with or differences in casting but in the end they seemed very happy. It has been great meeting them at conventions and getting a chance to talk to the die-hard fans. They have been so fantastic and supportive! We are definitely hoping for a third season!

There is a great team bringing this show to life. What has it been like to work with everyone behind the scenes and what is the biggest thing you have taken away from this experience?

Laura Vandervoort

Laura Vandervoort

You’re right! Our team is phenomenal! I don’t think I have been on a show where I love every person involved, both onscreen and off, from the crew to the writers and producers to the stunt people. I think we have been very lucky and blessed in that sense. Deagan Fryklind is an amazing writer and a female powerhouse! She is the Holy Grail to me when it comes to dynamic, empowering female themes! J.B. Sugarman, our executive producer, is phenomenal as well and very much one of us. We are all sort of our own little pack and are very supportive of each other. It is sort of rare to have these fairly young, handsome young actors on a set where they all get along and adore each other. I adore them and the entire experience has been fantastic. I think I come away from this show knowing we are doing the best we can, the fans are happy and we are all butting in 100% every day. In the end, I know I have made family and friends for life because of this show!

What has been the biggest challenge for you on the series so far? Does anything stand out to you?

I think I would definitely have to say, in Season One, it was getting comfortable within my own skin. The show is a sexualized show, it is racy and it is about the relationship between a man and a woman, a werewolf and a human. They are very animalistic. I think this was the first role where I had to be more physically comfortable within myself. I love doing stunts and action and all of that but when it came to the more emotional and physical scenes with someone, I was terrified! [laughs] I definitely have gotten to a place where that is easier for me and I trust the people I am working with. I think since hitting 30, a weird switch went off and I am comfortable with who I am and it is what it is! [laughs] This show definitely helped me get there!

When it comes to the action and physicality in the show, what has that experience been like?

We have a great stunt coordinator, John Stead, who is phenomenal. He knows all the actors abilities and knows how determined we are as actors to do our own stuff, so he allows us to do a large portion of it. We have great choreographed stunt sequences that we get to learn on weekends or the day before a shoot. I grew up doing martial arts, so it is something I love to do. It mixes up the day a little bit. Often times, I am very happy with the final product. All of the boys are amazing with their sequences as well!

As an actor, you worked quite a bit in the world of sci-fi. I was curious if there was another genre or dream project you were anxious to tackle in the short term?

Definitely! There is a list! [laughs] Outside of the sci-fi realm, I would love to do a period piece. I would love to do a Victorian era film, something along those lines. I would love to do a blockbuster Marvel film! I would love to do a great indie and completely change the way that I look. Westerns and action films are also on that short list!

The Amazing Laura Vandervoort

The Amazing Laura Vandervoort

You can serve as a great inspiration to young actors. What is the best piece of advice you have been given that you can pass along to those looking to make a career in the entertainment industry?

Honestly, it is fairly simple and certainly not a revelation but it is what Gordon Pinsent had said to me when I was young. He said, “Don’t let the business get to you. Don’t let it change you and remember where you came from!” I think if you follow that advice, people will respect you, love working with you and want to work with you, which will lead to you being a continually working actor. If you are difficult and your head gets too big, you can still be working but you won’t have the respect you would want as an actor. I think remembering where you come from and having respect for everyone, no matter how big or small the project might be, is the key. It’s all about respect!

You have given voice to some truly deserving causes with PETA and the Humane Society International. How did you get involved there?

I worked with PETA a while ago to do two of their campaigns, Exotic Skins and banning Seaworld. Those are things I very much believe in and am involved with. I have always been an advocate for animals. The Human Society International is something I wanted to be a part of and help support for all of the amazing work they do. We are trying to spread the word on a petition signed for banning cosmetic testing on animals in Canada and around the world. In my personal life, I also try to enforce that and on set whenever possible. I think people need to educate themselves on the options for products that are out there that are cruelty free!

Absolutely! Thank you for your time today, Laura! It has been a pleasure and, as a fan of your work, I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us in the years to come!

Thank you, Jason! Take care!

Visit Laura Vandevoort’s official website at www.lauravandervoort.com. Follow her adventures on social media at Twitter and Instagram!

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Rob Zombie Unveils Next Film Project With Career Spanning Teaser Trailer!

Rob Zombie Unveils Next Film Project With Career Spanning Teaser Trailer!


A career spanning video of Rob Zombie’s film career has been posted via his website today concluding with the next step in his cinematic journey. Check out the cryptic teaser below.

Titled “3I,” very little is known about the project at this point. However, Zombie had this to say about the project; “This is for the hardcore fans who want it nasty and brutal.” – Rob Zombie

Rob Zombie recently announced that he had scrapped plans to direct a hockey movie called “Broad Street Bullies.” A short time later, Zombie revealed that he was also working on a new TV miniseries about the Manson Family murders with “American Psycho” author Bret Easton Ellis. Details on that project have yet to emerge.

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MAN OF THE HOUR: Patrick Faucette Discusses His Career And Bright Future!

MAN OF THE HOUR: Patrick Faucette Discusses His Career And Bright Future!


One of the most dedicated and dynamic actors in show business, Patrick Faucette has been on a hot streak in recent years. Fans of film and television may recognize him for his roles in notable films and television shows like: ‘Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,’ ‘Teenage Bank Heist,’ ‘The Office,’ ‘Southland,”Hot in Cleveland,’ and ‘Cougar Town.’. Most recently, Patrick has made a splash in television OWN’s highest rated drama ‘The Haves and the Have Nots.’ Written and directed by Tyler Perry; Patrick plays the role of Tony Watson, the long lost father of Benny Young (Tyler Lepley). His character creates quite a stir in the lives of the “have nots” with his renewed interest in the life of his son, it’s a point of conversation throughout the whole series. Faucette’s dedication to his craft and powerful performances that are turning the heads of critics and fans alike. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with this dynamic actor to discuss his career, the challenges of bringing his characters from script to screen, his upcoming projects and much more!

Patrick Faucette

Patrick Faucette

They say a career in the entertainment industry isn’t for the faint of heart. How did you get started on your journey and what made you pursue it as a career?

I started off as a musician. I’ve played the Bass Guitar since I was about 10 years old and I was in 3 different bands by the end of High School. I went to college at Boston University on a Football Scholarship. After college I moved out to San Francisco with some friends who were actors. I went to a lot of plays and finally they convinced me to do a play and I was hooked. I started taking acting classes, doing commercials and then I moved to Los Angeles to pursue film and television.

Who would you cite as your biggest influences or inspirations along the way?

I would have to say Denzel Washington. His career shows you what is possible as an actor. Starting off as a successful actor on TV with “St. Elsewhere” and moving on to movies and making these incredible transformations into characters like Malcolm X and Rubin “Hurricane” Carter. His performances inspired me to study my craft and be true to the character.

What has kept you inspired through the years?

Great movies and great performances keep me inspired. They make me want to stay in the game and keep working on getting better so that one day I’ll be getting offered these great roles in great movies.

Many people recognize you from your role on “The Haves and the Have Nots.” For those not familiar with the series quite yet, what can you tell us about him?

‘The Haves and the Have Nots’ is about the complicated relationship between the rich Cryer Family and the families of their hired help; and how they are intertwined in drama. I play Tony Watson who is the long lost father of Benny Young (Tyler Lepley) who is Hanna (Crystal Fox) the maid’s son. In season one Benny invites Tony, a fellow churchgoer, into his life as a blind date for his mom not knowing he is really his father. At the end of season one Benny finds out that I’m his father but he has an accident and is left in a coma. In season two, you find out that I have a kidney problem, and I want to take my son off life support to take his kidneys (this is only after the doctor tells me he probably won’t recover and that we should “start thinking about organ donation”). So if you haven’t seen the show, you can probably guess that I’m the bad guy this season; or one of many bad guys.


What was it about this character that intrigued you and made you pursue the role?

Originally, the character was only supposed to be in one episode as a blind date for Hanna (Crystal Fox). When we started shooting Crystal mentioned to Tyler Perry how much I looked like Tyler Lepley who plays Benny. Then after shooting our first scene together, Tyler Perry rewrote the scene and wrote me in as Benny’s dad. That’s when the real fun began. We had to improv a lot of our second scene together and we developed the character and our relationship along with Tyler Perry’s guidance. It was an actor’s dream come true.

Patrick Faucette

Patrick Faucette

What do you think that you brought to the character that may not have been in the script originally?

I brought Tony’s back story to bring him to life; to give him some depth. He may seem like a cold-blooded selfish guy, but there is a reason he does what he does. That’s what makes him real. Everyone knows someone like him and can relate whether they like him or hate him.

Are there elements of your own personality that the viewer may catch glimpses of through this character?

I have 3 kids of my own, so you may catch a glimpse of pain in Tony’s eyes in the hospital and in the court when he lets his son’s condition get to him. Any father would, even if he wasn’t in his son’s life. Benny is still his son.

Whether it is this project or another, do you have a particular process for bringing a character from the script to the screen?

Yes. I will usually go through a battery of questions to find out who my character is, where he’s from, what does he do, what happened in his life to make him do what he does, his likes and dislikes and so forth. I take what the script gives me and I fill in the rest and discover what makes my character “tick”.

What have some of the highlights been for you on this projects both on scene and behind the scenes on the set?

One of the biggest highlights is I get to work with Tyler Perry. He’s such an icon in the industry; he writes, directs, produces, TV and movies. I don’t know how he does it. When does he sleep?

This show has a tremendous cast. What have you picked up from your craft working alongside this very talented group of people?

It’s so wonderful to work with such great actors. Most of my scenes this season are with Hanna (Crystal Fox) and she is unbelievable. When you’re working with someone that talented, you just have to watch them and let them affect you. So I’ve learned to just be present and stay true to my character. Crystal will provide all the emotion and my character has to internally try to push it away and concentrate on my own medical problems. She’s so real you can’t help but be affected by it and that’s what makes Tony’s character real; that internal struggle not to be affected by it. Juicy actor stuff!

Patrick Faucette on the set of 'The Haves and Have Nots'

Patrick Faucette on the set of ‘The Haves and Have Nots’

What have been the most challenging and rewarding parts about that project?

I would probably say the most challenging part of the project was getting used to the speed that Tyler Perry shoots. You can’t just gradually ramp up your performance and give it all on the close-up. He shoots with three cameras sometimes so he may be shooting your close-up on the first take. You have to bring your “A-Game” from take one. The most rewarding part of the project has been the response we’ve gotten from the fans. It’s been incredible, we keep breaking records. The mid-season finale had almost 3.6 million viewers. It really validates what you’re doing as an actor.

Where do you hope to see this unique character heading in the future?

As far as Tony Watson’s character is concerned, I hope in the future he can do something to redeem himself in the eyes of the fans, only to fall from grace again by doing something really “low down”. That’s Drama!

Patrick Faucette

Patrick Faucette

In addition to working in television and film, you have an extensive theater background. Do you find yourself drawn to any particular aspects of each medium?

The theater gives you that instant gratification in the form of the applause. You gotta love that applause. I love the intimacy of film. You just have to think it and the audience can feel it. I’ve done a lot of TV so I feel very comfortable on the set and I feel like is shows in my performance.

You have played a wide variety of characters in your career. What do you find yourself looking for in the characters you play these days?

I love bringing characters to life, so I can always find something to build on in the character. Even with the smaller parts, if I don’t have any back-story to work with, I’ll make up my own and maybe give him a felony conviction or something; just for fun. It gives the character more depth.

The show is written and directed by Tyler Perry. What are your recollections of meeting him for the first time?

I met Tyler Perry when I got to the set to shoot my first scene. The first thing that struck me is he is a tall dude. He looks about 6′ 4″ or 6′ 5″. The other thing I remember was how in control of every aspect of the set he was. From the lighting, to the camera angles, to the performance of the actors, he knew exactly what he wanted. You feel like you are in good hands.

What does he bring to the table for a project like this and what might have you learned from your time together?

Tyler Perry brings a built-in audience from his successful plays, movies and prior TV shows. And when that audience sees the show and enjoys it and gets hooked on it; they tell their friends “They have to watch it” and our audience grows every episode. The main thing I’ve learned from Tyler Perry is that he has got to be “The Hardest Working Man in Show Business” and I have to keep working hard and never give up if I want to be successful in this business.

One To Watch: Patrick Faucette

One To Watch: Patrick Faucette

The films and shows you have been a part of don’t easily fall into one genre, which is something I find very cool. It parallels you career in that way. What do you find yourself looking for in the characters you play these days?

I still haven’t decided if I like comedy or drama better. I think that’s a good thing because I love to do them both. I just want my character to have an impact on the story and be memorable. Whether I’m bringing the drama like Tony Watson or bringing some memorable comedy like my character in ‘Cougar Town’ or ‘The Office.’

Your career has been and continues to be very diverse. Is there a particular type of film or genre that you are anxious to tackle in the future?

ACTION FILMS! I’d love to do an action film. I want to be that ordinary guy put in an extraordinary position and have to fight my way out or save the world or something. I’m pretty athletic, so I’m up to the physical challenges of that type of role and I think it would be a lot of fun to do that type of film.

How do you feel you have evolved as an actor through the years?

I think I’ve had a natural progression as an actor. As I got more experience on sets and with different mediums and different genres, I feel more comfortable on set, and when I’m more comfortable and relaxed, I’m able to access more emotions, listen better, and find more truth in the scene.

You have been part of many wonderful productions and have really been making a name for yourself. If a lesson can be learned from your life and times, what would it be?

Be persistent, keep learning, and most of all never give up. The longer you’re in the game, working hard, the better your chances of success are.

What other projects are on the horizon that have you excited?

First of all, I’m excited to see what Tyler Perry has in store for my character in Season 3. I’m also involved in a project called ‘Reborn’; it a series in the early stages of development. It’s like ‘The Wire’ meets ‘7th Heaven’. It’s written by Jaimyon Parker and produced by Thomas Bell. Right now we’re working on getting some name actors and raising the money to shoot the pilot.

Patrick Faucette

Patrick Faucette

Do you have any plans or aspirations to pursuing aspects of your career behind the camera, be it writing or directing at some point?

I’ve already started doing some writing and I have a lot of ideas for TV shows, I just have to find the time to “just do it”. I’m sure at one point I will want to Direct. It’s kind of a natural progression for an actor.

When you aren’t working on a new project, how do you like to spend your free time?

Well, I’m married and I have three kids that keep me pretty busy. With sports, practice, games, and school, we are always on the go. I’m also a Licensed Physical Therapist and still work part-time seeing a few patients when I’m not acting.

What is the best piece of advice you can pass along to aspiring filmmakers and actors?

First of all, I would say love what you do because if you don’t the business will eat you alive. Second of all, be in it for the long run. Like I said, the longer you’re in the game, the better your chances of success. Lastly, have fun doing it, whatever level you are. Whether you’re doing plays, one liners, directing Webisodes, or whatever, have fun and enjoy what you’re doing. It’s all part of the journey.

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‘Herzog: The Collection’ Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set To Receive July Release

‘Herzog: The Collection’ Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set To Receive July Release

Coming In July 2014

Coming In July 2014

A visionary creator unlike any other, with a passion for unveiling truths about nature and existence by blurring the line between reality and fiction, Werner Herzog is undoubtedly one of cinema’s most controversial and enigmatic figures. Audiences the world over have marveled at his uniquely moving, often disturbing, but always awe-inspiring stories, and his ever-growing body of work has inspired an untold number of filmmakers. He is, and continues to be, the most daring filmmaker of our time.

In celebration of this cinematic vanguard, Shout! Factory will release Herzog: The Collection on July 29th, 2014.  Limited to 5,000 copies, the 13-disc box set features 16 acclaimed films and documentaries, 15 of which are making their Blu-ray debuts. Herzog: The Collection also features a 40 page booklet that includes photos, an essay by award-winning author Stephen J. Smith, and in-depth film synopses by Herzog scholars Brad Prager and Chris Wahl.  Bonus features include English and German audio commentaries, the documentariesHerzog in Africa and Portrait: Werner Herzog, interviews and original theatrical trailers.

The first 100 fans to order their copies from ShoutFactory.com will receive a copy autographed by Werner Herzog himself. As an addition bonus, box sets ordered directly through ShoutFactory.com will be shipped three weeks before street date. Collectors can place their orders now by visiting https://www.shoutfactory.com/product/herzog-collection-limited-edition-signed


Herzog has taken his camera to parts of the world no other director would dare go, and told stories in ways previously unconsidered. These sixteen masterpieces, which blur the line between “fiction” and “documentary,” illustrate why Werner Herzog is the most intrepid, creative, and dangerous filmmaker of our lifetime.

Herzog: The Collection includes:

Even Dwarfs Started Small

Land of Silence and Darkness

Fata Morgana

Aguirre, the Wrath of God

The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

Heart of Glass



Nosferatu the Vampyre


Ballad of the Little Soldier

Where the Green Ants Dream

Cobra Verde

Lessons of Darkness

Little Dieter Needs to Fly

My Best Fiend

Special Features:

  • English Audio Commentaries: Even Dwarfs Started Small, Fata Morgana, Aguirre, the Wrath of GodThe Enigma of Kaspar HauserHeart of GlassStrozek and Cobra Verde.
  • German Audio commentaries: Nosferatu the Vampyre, Fitzcarraldo, Where the Green Ants Dream.
  • In Conversation – Werner Herzog and Laurens Straub (in German with English Subtitles)
  • The Making of Nosferatu The Vampyre
  • Portrait: Werner Herzog documentary
  • Herzog In Africa documentary
  • Theatrical Trailers


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Director Liza Johnson Discusses Bringing ‘Hateship/Loveship’ To The Screen

Director Liza Johnson Discusses Bringing ‘Hateship/Loveship’ To The Screen


Adapted from acclaimed author Alice Munro’s iconic 2001 short story, “Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage,” director Liza Johnson brings us the gripping story of “Hateship Loveship.” The story focuses on Johanna Parry (Kristen Wiig), a profoundly shy, unadorned woman who is hired by Mr. McCauley (Nick Nolte) as a housekeeper and a primary caregiver to his granddaughter Sabitha (Hailee Steinfeld). Despite her outgoing nature, Sabitha carries wounds from the death of her mother years before, complicated by the circumstances of that death for which her grandfather still blames her father, Ken (Guy Pearce), a hapless recovering drug addict with a certain ragged charm. In an act of mean-spirited rebellion, Sabitha uses technology to foster a pseudo-relationship between Johanna and her father, never dreaming of the potential harm to either party. Sabitha doesn’t understand that Johanna is not a demure cut-out, but rather a woman for whom the phrase “still waters run deep” could have been coined. The young girl’s interference provokes Johanna to indulge in something long missing from her life: the dream of a future and a home of her own. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with director Liza Johnson to discuss her career, the making of ‘Hateship Loveship’ and the challenges of bringing it to the screen.

Director Liza Johnson

Director Liza Johnson

I wanted to go back to your early years. What initially attracted you to the world of filmmaking?

I have always loved movies but when I was young, it wasn’t like I always wanted to make movies. When I was in art school, I studied more in a kind of tradition of video and film that you would see in museums or a gallery. Over time, as I worked in that tradition, I kept doing stuff with stuff with performers and things that had a bit of a story in them. At a certain point, I just thought “If I am going to push this work, it would be a movie.” [laughs] I started to think about it and it is a little bit of a different economic context and exhibition context, so I tried to learn. I did things like going to the labs at The Sundance Institute and that helped me understand some of the difference between the tradition I had been working in before and the one I am working in now.

Who were some of the inspirations who helped shaped see the artist we see today?

That is a hard question and always an embarrassing question too. I think it is fine to be aspirational but at times it makes me feel bloated and ridiculous. “Oh yeah, I really like Robert Altman?” If I say that then I am sure people will say, “Yeah, well you are no Robert Altman!” [laughs] For sure the cinema of the 70s has been influential to be, such as Altman and Cassavetes. I also really admire writers and filmmakers that take a really bold point of view. I am not sure I do that in the same way but I feel like writers like Lynne Tillman or directors like Kelly Reichardt inspire me with the way they take a very bold point of view with what they do.

'Hateship Loveship'

‘Hateship Loveship’

Your latest film is “Hateship Loveship.” How did you get involved with this project and what was it about the material that made you want to pursue it in film form?

The screenwriter, Mark Poirier, who is also a lovely literary writer, brought it to me. I think he thought I would be attracted to the main character. He was right! I just really loved the way she comes from a world where it doesn’t do her any good to what the things she can’t have. Then when she has to move into this new world, she really lights on fire with desire for something and has to figure you how to realize her desire. I just found that to be really beautiful and tense when you she her struggle to do that.

Going into shooting, how did you prepare yourself to tackle this film stylistically?

I felt that in some ways it should be in a classical style. I really had a great team on this movie. I worked with the cinematographer, Kasper Tuxen. We looked at a lot of movies that have been shot with available light or work hard to create a style of a realistic, everyday world. I wanted to be accountable for the author of the source material, Alice Munro, who I think is so beautiful at writing the inner lives of everyday people who live in an everyday world. Her characters don’t live in styled, film noire world or a fantasy world. They live in the same world you and I live in. That was important to Kristen [Wiig] too. The first time we ever met we talked about what the world would look like. Kasper has a lot of range as a stylist and was really smart about how available light could make the world feel like the world I wanted to achieve on-screen. We also worked closely with two designers, one of which was Hannah Beachler. She is a production designer who also did the film “Fruitvale Station’. In the tradition I have been working in, I often don’t have an art department and I sometimes just shoot on raw locations, which always brings something to the situation. Usually, there is something accidental in the frame that is unexpected and that can be bad or good. When you have an art department, they can go in there and clean out all the dirt at the location and put back their own perfectly ordered dirt! [laughs] Hannah was a really good collaborator because she was interested in trying to make a controlled world that also feels like it has the randomness and sense of accident that real life has. We shot a lot on real locations. She designed, styled and dressed them but you try to be sensitive to the idea that everyday life has a lot of randomness in it. We tried to make a look that has the quality of realness and surprise. Likewise with the costume designer, she is a very character driven costume designer and she tried to really think about what kinds of clothes would be available to Johanna in the world she is coming from, how would she look different from the other people around her in the new world she goes to. I would say between the three of them, they made a coherent style to the movie that feels like the style of everyday life or something really real, you know?


Absolutely. Another huge part of the realism of this film is your very talented cast. Was it difficult to land the right mix of people to bring it to life?

Actually, it wasn’t that difficult. It was really a great experience. I felt like Kristen would be the right person to play Johanna. I love her work and I think she is wonderfully talented. I also felt that she would be interested in this role thematically. I say that because a lot of the characters she has created are often very funny or broad. From being on Saturday Night Live, you have to convey that character in very short period of time. I felt like the characters I had seen her create, I felt like she would understand this woman. Once she decided to do the film with me, it was not very hard to attach other actors because I think actors are really good observers of one and others work. The first person Kristen and I thought of for the role of Ken was Guy Pearce. Guy Pearce is a really serious, super smart actor and of course, he wanted to be in a movie with Kristen because, well, it is kind of like sports. If you play with someone who is as good as you are; it raises your game. I feel like Guy instantly wanted to do it because he felt like it would be exciting to work with her. I think that was pretty much true throughout the cast. With that said, people who are massively talented like Jennifer Jason Leigh or Christine Lahti were not only attracted to the script and source material but knew it was going to be an ensemble with an incredible level of talent.


You can serve as a terrific inspiration to young filmmakers. What is the best piece of advice you can pass along to those looking to explore a career in filmmaking?

Wow! Well, for me, and it could be different for other people, the thing that has helped me the most is having a really good community of like-minded people who are doing their own project that others may find eccentric! [laughs] Living in a support world of other people who might be directors, actors, writers, scholars or painters and having them not be cynical, believe they can get their work done has been eye-opening. Sometimes it is hard to stay in the game and it really helps to build a world around you where people have common interest and common struggles. That is the thing that has helped me the most.

Thank you so much for your time today, Liza. I enjoyed the film and look forward to spreading the word on this and all of your future projects!

Thank you, Jason. It’s been a pleasure!

Liza johnson’s ‘Hateship Loveship’ hits select theaters and VOD on April 11th.

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The 86th Annual Academy Awards: And The Winners Are…

The 86th Annual Academy Awards: And The Winners Are…

Coming this March!

Hollywood’s Biggest Night.

The winner’s of Sunday’s 86th annual Academy Awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science have been announced. Hollywood’s biggest night ended with some well-deserved wins across the board, culminating in the award for Best Picture. “12 Years a Slave” ultimately took home the biggest honor for its incredible story of Solomon Northup, a free man who struggles to survive as a slave in pre-Civil War America, while Lupita Nyong’o gave a touching tribute speech for her Best Supporting Actress win for the same film.

“Gravity” also proved to be a massive winner on Sunday, walking away with seven academy awards from Best Director through to Best Visual Effects, even though Sandra Bullock lost out on her Best Actress award to Cate Blanchett who took home a statue for her win for “Blue Jasmine.”

Meanwhile, fan and critics’ favorites Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto took home Best Actor and Best Supporting. Below is a complete list of all this year’s winners.

Best Picture: “12 Years a Slave.”

Actor: Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club.”

Actress: Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine.”

Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club.”

Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave.”

Directing: Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity.”

Foreign Language Film: “The Great Beauty,” Italy.

Adapted Screenplay: John Ridley, “12 Years a Slave.”

Original Screenplay: Spike Jonze, “Her.”

Animated Feature Film: “Frozen.”

Production Design: “The Great Gatsby.”

Cinematography: “Gravity.”

Sound Mixing: “Gravity.”

Sound Editing: “Gravity.”

Original Score: “Gravity,” Steven Price.

Original Song: “Let It Go” from “Frozen.”

Costume: “The Great Gatsby.”

Makeup and Hairstyling: “Dallas Buyers Club.”

Animated Short Film: “Mr. Hublot.”

Documentary Feature: “20 Feet from Stardom.”

Documentary (short subject): “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life.”

Film Editing: “Gravity.”

Live Action Short Film: “Helium.”

Visual Effects: “Gravity.”


Honorary Oscars:

— Peter W. Anderson.

— Film-processing labs over past century.

— Angelina Jolie.

— Angela Lansbury.

— Steve Martin.

— Piero Tosi.

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