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The ‘Legally Blonde Collection’ To Hit Blu-ray On February 26th From Shout Factory!

The ‘Legally Blonde Collection’ To Hit Blu-ray On February 26th From Shout Factory!

Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) takes on the world and brings it to order in The Legally Blonde Collection, coming to Blu-ray™ on February 26, 2019, from Shout! Factory’s Shout Select line, available now for pre-order from Shoutfactory.com, and Amazon.

In Legally Blonde, Elle’s boyfriend Warner Huntington III (Matthew Davis) dumps her for mean girl Vivian Kensington (Selma Blair), and Harvard Law, so she decides she should go too – what, like it’s hard? With her loyal sidekick Bruiser, the handsome Emmett (Luke Wilson), and new friend Paulette (Jennifer Coolidge) by her side, Elle hits the books and fights to be taken seriously, while she helps her friends stand up for themselves. Directed by Robert Luketic, the film cited as “impossible to dislike” by Roger Ebert also stars Victor Garber, Holland Taylor, Ali Larter, Linda Cardellini, and Raquel Welch.

“Never underestimate a woman with a French manicure and a Harvard Law degree,” says Congresswoman Rudd (Sally Field) In Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde. In this charming sequel, Elle (Witherspoon) storms the Capital in her one-of-a-kind fashion to pass a bill against animal testing, turning DC on its stuffy, boring head. Directed by Charles Herman-Wurmfeld, Legally Blonde 2 also stars Regina King, Jennifer Coolidge, Luke Wilson, and Bob Newhart.

Bonus Features:

• NEW 4K Scan Of The Original Legally Blonde Negative

• NEW Interview With Actress Jessica Caulfiel

• Audio Commentaries

• Featurettes

• Deleted Scenes

• Gag Reel

• Music Videos

• Theatrical Trailers

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BLUE IGUANA: Watch An Exclusive Clip From Hilarious Heist Flick Starring Sam Rockwell and Ben Schwartz!

BLUE IGUANA: Watch An Exclusive Clip From Hilarious Heist Flick Starring Sam Rockwell and Ben Schwartz!

Check out an exclusive clip from BLUE IGUANA, a hilarious heist film starring Sam Rockwell (Academy Award-winner® Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation), and Phoebe Fox (Black Mirror), opening in theaters on August 24, 2018.

Written and directed by Hadi Hajaig, ‘Blue Iguana’ centers around small time New York crooks Eddie and Paul are in over their heads when a cute London lawyer hires them to fly to London and steal a rare jewel. Meanwhile, a mullet-haired gangster wants the gem for himself. Bullets and sparks fly in this pond-hopping comedic caper.

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BLUE IGUANA: Check Out The Trailer For The Action-Packed Comedy Starring Sam Rockwell & Ben Schwartz!

BLUE IGUANA: Check Out The Trailer For The Action-Packed Comedy Starring Sam Rockwell & Ben Schwartz!

Check out the new trailer and poster for the upcoming caper comedy, BLUE IGUANA, starring Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) and Sam Rockwell (Academy Award-winner® Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri). Written and directed by Hadi Hajaig (Cleanskin), Schwartz and Rockwell star as small-time crooks on parole and working in a New York diner. Their dead-end lives are soon turned upside down when an English lawyer (Phoebe Fox) walks into the diner with an offer they can’t refuse: a “simple” job to steal a rare jewel in London. Hijinks and chaos ensue as a well-heeled crime boss and mullet-haired goon are also on the hunt for the elusive Blue Iguana gem.

Screen Media will release BLUE IGUANA in theaters and on demand on August 24th, 2018.

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Super Troopers 2: Official Teaser Trailer Released For Broken Lizard’s Highly Anticipated Sequel!

Super Troopers 2: Official Teaser Trailer Released For Broken Lizard’s Highly Anticipated Sequel!

Everyone’s favorite cops are back (by popular demand) with the long anticipated follow up to the cult comedy classic: Super Troopers 2. Check out the teaser trailer for the film below and mark your calendars for it’s April 20th, 2018 theatrical release!

For entire cast has returned for the sequel and features many notable additions — Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik Stohlhanke, Linda Carter, Rob Lowe, Fred Savage, Brian Cox, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Will Sasso, Tyler Labine, Hayes MacArthur!

Synopsis: When the United States and Canada get into a dispute about the location of the actual border, the Super Troopers – Mac, Thorny, Foster, Rabbit and Farva – are called in to set up a new Highway Patrol station in the contested area. Our heroes quickly revert to their own brand of unconventional police work.

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Katharine Isabelle Talks Life, Career And “How To Plan An Orgy In A Small Town”

Katharine Isabelle Talks Life, Career And “How To Plan An Orgy In A Small Town”


For more than three decades, the undeniably cool Katharine Isabelle delivered superb performances in numerous respected films and television shows, and starred alongside seasoned veterans such as Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Halle Berry, Katie Holmes, Rachael Leigh Cook and Hilary Swank. She first made an impact with her leading role in the horror trilogy, “Ginger Snaps.” It was a powerful and dynamic role that showcased her skill-set and removed any doubt on the high caliber performances she was capable of bringing to the screen. Following the success of the franchise, she nabbed some great supporting roles, one being in the Wes Craven feature “Freddy vs. Jason” and the other acting alongside Al Pacino in “Insomnia.” Her work wasn’t limited to the big screen as she shined on television as well, nabbing high profile recurring roles on hit series such as NBC’s “Hannibal” and Syfy’s “Being Human.” Her portrayal of the titular character, Mary, in the award-winning film “American Mary,” solidified her status as a horror icon. Her latest project, “How To Plan An Orgy In A Small Town”’ is the perfect film to showcase her depth, comedic timing and amazing delivery.

In the film, wholesome Beaver’s Ridge is a tight-knit community known for its fervent emphasis on family values … until town slut turned sex columnist Cassie Cranston (Jewel Staite, “Firefly”) returns for her mother’s funeral. When Cassie was shunned from the community years before due to a sex scandal at a house party, she ran away to the big city and became a sex columnist, publicly labeling the town prudish and thus widening the gap between her and her former life. But when she’s forced to return home, a group of eclectic town folk are inspired to plan an orgy and beg Cassie to serve as their mentor. Things spice up in Beaver’s Ridge when each person’s ulterior motive is revealed and the orgy – which is awkward on its own – takes on a surprise new meaning.

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Katharine Isabelle to discuss her career, creative evolution and role in “How To Plan An Orgy In A Small Town.” In addition, Katharine teases on some future projects behind the camera!

Katharine Isabelle

Katharine Isabelle

What excited you about acting early on and ultimately made you pursue it as a career?

I was sold into it as a child! [laughs] My whole family are below the line filmies. I was sort of raised by teamsters, grips, electrics, wardrobe people and art deco guys. I literally grew up on set with all of those people. It was sort of the family business. If your family grows potatoes, you’re a potato farmer, so that is what I thought people did. One of my first movies I did was “Cousins” with Ted Danson and Isabella Rosellini. It was this huge budget wedding movie where we were shooting in mansions, there was cake everywhere, pretty dresses and I didn’t have to go to school. I thought, “This is great! I will just do this!” Cut to being raped and drug through the forest in sub-zero temperatures for a movie. What was I thinking?! [laughs] It sort of built from there. I was good on set technically. I knew the ins and the outs of the job because I grew up with it. It all just sorta happened, ya know! [laughs]

Who were some of your biggest influences along the way? Did anyone give you a push?

I don’t know. I always really relied on the crew. I relied on grips, electrics and camera assistants to keep me going, keep me alive and make me feel like I was doing good work or had a purpose. I love old movies. Leslie Howard is one of my favorite actors of all time, along with Bette Davis and wonderful people like that but, at the end of the day, it is the people on set who are keeping you alive.

Did starting so young in the industry impact you in a way you still draw from today?

I think I am very much a chameleon for a lot of reasons that have to do with film and not only being an actor and auditioning for different characters all of the time. I went to different schools a lot when I was young because I couldn’t find one that could accommodate my schedule back then. Every time I went to a different school, I would chameleon in with a new group of people. It was the skaters, the stoners, the popular girls or whatever else. I guess I am sort of a shapeshifter in that way.

Where do you look for inspiration these days?

I don’t know where to look for it or where the magical hole in the ground is that it is in. I just have to find it. There is no treasure map. I don’t know. I also don’t think of it in terms of, “I am looking for this type of character, this genre or this type of film.” I don’t know what I like until I see it! In the past, I have sworn many times to never do horror again but then some horror movie comes across my lap, I think it is the greatest thing ever and I will kill people to be involved! [laughs] It all depends. It depends on the characters, the people and the adventure that surrounds shooting that, so everything is a case by case decision.


One of your latest projects is “How To Plan An Orgy In A Small Town.” What drew you to this project?

First of all, the title is just funny and explains everything! You laugh and think, “Yeah, I would watch that!” It was one of those things where someone called me and said, “Do you want to read this script and meet with the director?” We had coffee and I liked him and thought he was funny. He liked me as well, so I was like, “Sure I will get naked, mostly, for your weird movie with my friends!” I have known Jewel Staite forever, since we were tiny, tiny children. It sounded like a really fun adventure. We shot in an actual small town where we had to lie about what our movie was about! [laughs] Otherwise, we would have had our permits pulled. [laughs] I read it, it was funny and I wanted to do it. There wasn’t any super deep analysis that goes on! It was as simple as, “This is good. It’s funny. I like this and we are doing it! Let’s get naked!” [laughs]

'How To Plan An Orgy In A Small Town'

‘How To Plan An Orgy In A Small Town’

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

Yeah, of course. There is so much of yourself, little bits of yourself, that you didn’t know you had in you until, all of a sudden, you are Alice and you are being like that! [laughs] In everything that you do, you find little parts of yourself that you weren’t totally aware of before. I don’t know what that is or how to describe it because it is not quite tangible but I think everyone brings their personality, depth, attitude and experience to every character they take on. Even knowing people like Ennis [Esmer], Jewel and everyone else from before, I was still totally shocked, surprised, awed and amazed by what comes out of them on camera.

I want to ask you about working with director Jeremy LaLonde. What did he bring to the table for this kind of project and what did he bring out of everyone on set?

I think the level of comfort and humor that he made us feel was something he brought to the table because it is an awkward, weird thing that we are doing. I think he wasn’t getting crazy with character. He literally set the tone to have a fun, light, humorous, in all its awkward glory, set. He really set the tone, not only because he is the writer and director but because he is the guy on set who was making us laugh and encouraging our ideas. If at the last minute I decided I wanted to try something, he was like, “OK, let’s try it! If it sucks, I will tell you it sucks!” [laughs] I think he is invaluable in that way. In a situation like that, you want someone who is encouraging, positive and knows what he wants the end product to be. He doesn’t just let eight, out of control, idiot actors get completely out of hand and lose the point, ya know? He is like the best kindergarten teacher ever for a group of half-naked adults! [laughs]

Just another day on set of 'How To Plan An Orgy In A Small Town'

Just another day on set of ‘How To Plan An Orgy In A Small Town’

Did you encounter challenges on this project?

Yeah. Lying to the community about what the film was about was a challenge. It was a very sleepy, sort of older town called Unionville, Ontario. [Fun Fact: This is the same town “Gilmore Girls” calls home.] We would have these lovely seniors come by and say, “Oh, it is so great to see you shooting a movie here. What’s it about?” We would be like, “Oh, it’s about a group of friends reconnecting after a long time.” They would go, “What is the title?” We would pause and say, “Well, we don’t have a working title yet but we will let you know.” Suprise! Like I said, movies like this are fun challenges. It’s not like, “Oh my god, this is the hardest thing I have ever done.”

Did you do much improvisation while shooting the film?

Yeah, definitely. It is not 100% improv but there was definitely a good amount of wiggle room. Because all of the actors are so great, if someone starts riffing on something, everyone just jams on it. It takes it to great new levels. If it doesn’t, then you tell them to shut up and it cuts it out! [laughs] It’s perfect! We definitely got to be sort of creative. We all brought a lot of our own clothes, so we could create our characters in a more hands on way then we often get to do.

I enjoyed the film because we got to see you in a different light. It seems you are constantly taking on more challenging roles. How do you feel you have most evolved as an actor through the years?

I have no idea! That is a vastly harder question than I am prepared for! [laughs] I don’t know. I don’t really look at it like that. I am just a working actor. I have been a working actor since I was a kid and I do whatever comes along. It’s like pouring water off a cliff, you don’t really know where it’s going. It creates a little channel for itself and eventually it ends up in a lake or something! Who knows! [laughs] I am but a leaf in the stream of existence! I have no idea what I am doing!

Maybe this is a different way to look at it. What projects from your past had the biggest impact on you?

I think things like “Ginger Snaps” and “American Mary” have had a big impact on me, just in terms of the scripts and what the characters meant to me, along with how it was received the same way I received it, with such open arms. These films really connected to people. Those characters are definitely very influential for me. There are also things I have done, like a zombie movie I did in Saskatchewan that was one of the most fun experiences I have ever had. I was working with two of my best friends and we were working in a small town. We made friends with the guy who owned the restaurant and would go jam in his basement! There are adventures to be had! The film might not be one of the most memorable but the experience and adventure was so much fun. I have be lucky to have had several experiences like that. When it comes to things like “Hannibal,” “American Mary” and “Ginger Snaps” the characters are very close to my heart.


We have seen you shine in front of the camera for years. Do you see yourself exploring new territory in the future within the industry?

Yeah, definitely. I have a project in the early stages of development right now that I am pretty excited about. I will be hopefully getting to it late this summer. There are definitely other aspects, outside of acting, that I am interested in exploring inside the world of film and television for sure.

Any actor can look to you for inspiration. What is the best lesson we can take from your journey so far?

I think sticking to your guns has been important for me. I have been very adamant about where I want to live, the types of things I want to be involved in and the amount of control that I have over my own life. As a young, attractive female in this business, you can easily get sucked down all sorts of horrible paths and become wrapped up in all sorts of different types of weirdness. I think that being very honest with yourself about what you want and adamant to the people around you has been very important for me and I think for anyone who decides to enter this business.

Are you involved with any causes or organizations we can help shine a light on?

Well, I rescue too many animals! I love them all so I just keep rescuing them! [laughs] Bichons and Buddies (www.bichonsandbuddies.com) is a really great organization out of Los Angeles. That is where I got one of my dogs. They go around and rescue the neediest dogs from the high kill shelters in LA. Without my Spaghetti, my life wouldn’t be the same!

We will definitely be spreading the word! Thanks for your time, Katharine! Keep up the great work and we will talk again soon!

Definitely! Thanks again, man!

“How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town” is coming to select theaters and VOD on May 13th. 2016! Follow the continuing adventures of Katharine Isabelle on Instagram and Twitter!

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Starz Digital Acquires U.S. Distribution Rights To ‘Flock of Dudes’

Starz Digital Acquires U.S. Distribution Rights To ‘Flock of Dudes’


Starz Digital announced today the acquisition of all U.S. distribution rights to FLOCK OF DUDES and is planning to release the film in select theaters and on VOD this fall. The directorial debut of Bob Castrone, the film stars Chris D’Elia (“Undateable”), Hannah Simone (“New Girl”), Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect), Bryan Greenberg (Friends with Benefits), Brett Gelman (The Other Guys), Eric Andre (The Internship), Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley”), Hannibal Buress (“Broad City”), Melissa Rauch (“The Big Bang Theory”), Jamie Chung (The Hangover Part III), Marc Maron (“Maron”), Timothy Simons (“Veep”) and Jeffrey Ross (“The Burn”) as well as Jamie Chung (The Hangover Part III)Hilary Duff (Cheaper by the Dozen) and Ray Liotta (Goodfellas). FLOCK OF DUDES was written by Castrone, Brian Levin and Jason Zumwalt and produced by Aaron Kaufman (Machete, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), Brian Levin, Mark C. Manuel and Ted O’Neal. UTA negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.  This deal comes on the heels of Starz’s recent acquisition of the hot SXSW title, My Blind Brother, Sophie Goodhart’s comedy starring Adam Scott, Nick Kroll, Jenny Slate and Zoe Kazan

Adam (Chris D’Elia) is a man-child who lives a fun-loving lifestyle with his three lifelong buddies. After being evicted for ruining his house, Adam decides to the only way to grow up is to break up with his friends.

Starz Digital’s upcoming releases include Jason Bateman’s The Family Fang starring Nicole Kidman, Bateman, Christopher Walken and Maryann Plunkett and My Blind Brother, starring Adam Scott, Nick Kroll, Jenny Slate and Zoe Kazan both of which played last week as part of the Tribeca Film Festival.  Recent titles include Bob Edwards’ One More Time starring Amber Heard and Christopher Walken, Sean Mewshaw’s Tumbledown starring Rebecca Hall and Jason Sudeikis, Stephen S. Campanelli’s Momentum starring Olga Kurylenko and James Purefoy, Dito Montiel’s Boulevard starring Robin Williams in his final dramatic performance, and Amy Berg’s Every Secret Thing, starring Diane Lane, Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Banks.

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Blu-ray Review: Dana Carvey Shines In 1994’s ‘Clean Slate’

Blu-ray Review: Dana Carvey Shines In 1994’s ‘Clean Slate’

Dana Carvey stars in 'Clean Slate'

Dana Carvey stars in ‘Clean Slate’

This week, Jeremy Morrison takes a look back at another often overlooked comedy classic from the 90s with a look at one of Olive Films most exciting new releases, “Clean Slate,” starring Dana Carvey, Dana Carvey, James Earl Jones, Michael Gambon, Valeria Golino, Kevin Pollack, Michael Murphy and Olivia d’abo.

First, a quick synopsis: Clean Slate stars Saturday Night Live alum Dana Carvey as Maurice Pogue, a private detective recovering from amnesia. Pogue suffers a head injury that affects his short-term memory (which disappears every time he falls asleep), an affliction that will jeopardize his professional life as well as a major case against mobster Cornell (Michael Gambon, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), in which he’s a witness. Add to the mix a murder plot, double-crosses and a possible femme fatale (Valeria Golino, Rain Man) and you have the ingredients for a first-rate comic thriller.

Clean Slate, directed by Mick Jackson (L.A. Story) from a screenplay by Robert King, features supporting performances by James Earl Jones (Star Wars), Kevin Pollak (L.A. Story), Michael Murphy (Phase IV), Jayne Brook (Kindergarten Cop) and Olivia d’Abo (Wayne’s World 2).

REVIEW: Olive Films recent release CLEAN SLATE is a hilarious take on the film noir private eye thrillers of the past. I’d never seen this film prior to Olive Films acquiring the title and I’m glad they’ve been able to salvage another film that was off of my radar. Starring Dana Carvey, James Earl Jones, Michael Gambon, Valeria Golino, Kevin Pollack, and Michael Murphy, Olivia d’Abo, and featuring in smaller roles Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and Christopher Meloni (Law and Order: Special Victims Unit), the cast is pitch perfect delivering well timed comedy sautéed in a mystery marinara sauce.

The film centers on Maurice Pogue (Carvey) as a private eye with one big problem, while witnessing a murder, Pogue sustains a head injury resulting in amnesia. Now the only way to ensure he catch the killers is by communicating to himself via recordings he tapes for himself prior to falling asleep. The comedy comes in spades as you watch Dana Carvey navigate through his chaotic day-to-day activity while the very man he is set to testify against and a blackmailing F.B.I agent are hell-bent on getting to him before he takes the stand. Years before ‘Momento’ or ’50 First Dates,’ ‘Clean Slate’ is a film that will keep you guessing, and laughing, for the duration of its runtime.

The real gem of this film is watching Carvey and Kevin Pollak share screen time. Friends and roommates dating back to before each one hit the big time, these two bring their real life chemistry to their characters in hilarious fashion. If you’re like me and have never seen this forgotten classic, don’t hesitate to pick it up. If you’re a fan, but are having trouble finding previous releases, look no further. Olive Films has you covered.

CLEAN SLATE is a disc that features a lone trailer for supplemental material, but the audio and video transfers are perfect!

J-Mo says: CHECK IT OUT!

Check out this film and a plethora of other amazing releases from Olive Films via their official website — www.olivefilms.com.

Jeremy Morrison – Staff Writer
Co-creator/host of the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, film reviewer, screenwriter, Jeremy has more than eight years experience in television and film production. His childhood fascination with the naked breasts featured in the “Friday the 13th” franchise prepared him for absolutely nothing in life. J-Mo lives by one motto: #wecantallbezacksnyder
Twitter: @acidpopcult
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Blue Mountain State Lives! — Alan Ritchson, Chris Romano & Eric Falconer Speak!

Blue Mountain State Lives! — Alan Ritchson, Chris Romano & Eric Falconer Speak!

The Blue Mountain State Dream Team: Alan Ritchson, Chris Romano and Eric Falconer

The Blue Mountain State Dream Team: Alan Ritchson, Chris Romano and Eric Falconer

‘Blue Mountain State’ has had a long strange journey as a comedy series. The franchise launched as a television show in 2010. The comedy served as Spike’s first original scripted series, and despite it’s late night time slot, it went on to air for three seasons before it’s untimely cancellation in 2012. However, when the show moved to Netflix, it began to garner more attention. It’s unique brand of comedy quickly earned the series a dedicated cult following. Eric Falconer, the creator of the series, launched a crowdfunding campaign in early 2014 to help finance its feature-length film. The project closed on Kickstarter at over $1.9 million in funding with the backing of 23,999 rabid fans. Armed with a cast of beloved, over-the-top characters, the stage was set for a triumphant return. However, keeping “Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland” on the rails while bringing it from script to screen was an adventure unto itself (and that is putting it mildly). Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with the driving forces behind the film, Alan Ritchson, Chris Romano and Eric Falconer, to discuss their epic journey in filmmaking!

“Blue Mountain State” had a roller coaster ride from the time it debuted to the release of “Blue Mountain State: Rise of Thadland.” What is it about the show and its characters that resonates with the fans?

A must-see for comedy fans.

A must-see for comedy fans.

Chris Romano: I think people come to show to because of the characters themselves. I know when I find myself getting sucked into a series it is because it has great characters. I think that is what initially sparked people’s interest.

Alan Ritchson: I also think there is a wish fulfillment aspect of the show and with this movie, especially the movie. The movie, at its core, is a giant party movie. I think “Blue Mountain State” has always provided fans with a sense of escapism and wish fulfillment. When the series first came out, it debuted during the recent recession. A lot of the TV shows that were coming out at the time, like “Better Off Ted,” “Fired” and “Canned,” were all about people losing their lives. We came out with this big, crazy show that was about football, college, girls, parties and fun, which was something people really responded to. I think the movie, “Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland” is that times 10! It is a giant, wish fulfillment, party movie and I think that is something that is largely missing from cinema and television today. I think people really respond to it for that reason.

The process of making this film a reality was fan support through Kickstarter. What were the pros and cons of the process?

Alan Ritchson: Right off the bat, I can say you are speaking in past tense, as if that was an experience that we had. In reality, it is an experience we are still having, if that gives you any sense of what that has been like for us. The pros are that we had confirmation that our fan base was there and were behind us. They wanted this so bad that they were willing to pre-pay for it, essentially. The cons are, and unless you do a Kickstarter campaign you can’t know, how challenging it becomes. We have essentially had to become a full-time retail, manufacturing and fulfillment store with little more than the three of us and a couple of our most faithful assistants. It is an incredibly challenging undertaking and it is still going on today. It has been really, really tough but it helped us get this movie made in a way where we could tell the story how we wanted without studios or financiers involved to say, “No, we aren’t going to shoot that.” It is the best and worst of that world.

Making a film under any circumstances is a huge task. Were there goals you had for this film when entering into the process?

Alan Ritchson: I think we wanted to tell a story that both satisfied the craving for more of these characters, like Romanski mentioned, for the fans. One thing that was always really important to us was that we make a movie that grows beyond the existing fan base. This is a movie we want everybody to be able to enjoy, anyone who wants to sit back and be entertained by a bunch of crazy characters in a crazy party movie. That is who we made this for. We did have to make some tweaks to the film here or there. We wanted to bring down the football element just a little bit because internationally people don’t relate to American football in the same way we do here. There is a little less of that in the film, which also makes it a little easier to produce because it is tough content and expensive content to shoot. We also have a lot of content behind us that people have responded to and characters, moments and lines the people love and we wanted to give them more of that. With this film, we were able to bring the best of the show to film. We hope that in doing that we are satisfying the fans that exist but will bring in a whole new legion of people who love comedy.


Did you have a direction in mind when you decided to go the movie route? Was it a no-brainier or were there a few concepts thrown around?

Chris Romano: We wrote quite a few different versions of this movie. It changed quite a bit, so we sort of had a direction but we also had to write toward the amount of money we had to work with.

Eric Falconer: We had definitely written our green version of the script and were working on that. We did the budget for that script and it came in at about $18 million. At that point, we had only raised about 2 million. We really had to rework things and make sure that every penny went on to the screen. The money was definitely a big factor in how we approached it. One of the ways we landed on the giant party movie idea, rather than some other ideas, was really the money as well. Most of the movie takes place in one location, the massive party, and we were able to shoot that out and spend the money in one spot, as opposed to moving our crew back and forth between locations. In doing that, we were able to spend the money we saved on extras, props and cast to blow out the heart of the movie.

You all tackled different roles in making this film, both in front of and behind the camera. What were the biggest challenges you faced along the way?

Eric Falconer: This is a movie where everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong. We faced challenges from the absolute get-go. Even just trying to convince Lionsgate to allow us to make a movie was a challenge. They had closed the book on “Blue Mountain State.” They said that they weren’t interested in the movie, initially, because they didn’t have any data. All the data they had to go on for this movie was Spike TV’s Nielsen ratings, which are archaic and we were on TV Tuesday nights at 11 o’clock. I don’t think the ratings really reflected what our actual fan base was at the time. It was actually Ed Marinaro, who plays Coach Daniels in the movie, who hounded Lionsgate until they were like, “Ed. If you stop calling us, we will let you make the movie.” [laughs] They gave him a little piece of paper that said that essentially but it had no teeth. That is when Alan Ritchson took it and really ran with it. Alan was the biggest driving force behind this entire movie. With all of us, and Alan especially, it was like rolling a cubed Boulder up Mount Everest. The entire filmmaking process was so hard, it is hard to pick one specific thing that was the biggest challenge. It was everything from raising the money to, once the Kickstarter campaign was completed, our fulfillment company not coming through and the resulting lawsuit. We had our initial investor back out on us. We even had to change the state we were filming in because our script was so crazy it got rejected by South Carolina. Two weeks into prep, we had to pack everything up and move up to North Carolina where we were allowed to shoot our movie with a tax incentive. Every step along the way was a huge challenge, as you can see!


What were the highlights of bringing “Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland” to life?

Eric Falconer: For me it was the first day of shooting. That is when it became real. We had been talking numbers, Kickstarter, investors, travel and all kinds of things and then, all of a sudden, the cameras were actually rolling and the cast was all back together. We were finally shooting this huge crazy movie that we couldn’t believe we were getting away with! That was the highlight for me, the first day of shooting when Darin Brooks reprised the role of Alex Moran, Alan became Thad again and Romanski became Sammy again. To have all these guys together again making a project we were really passionate about was a truly incredible experience. It made all of these challenges worth it!

Alan Ritchson: For me, the set life was really rough. We were all wearing a lot of hats. We had a financier who we feel had misrepresented himself and never put the money in that he had contracted with us to do. He left us high and dry and spent a lot of our money. We, in desperation, had to turn to Lionsgate and they saved us. They saved this movie. They really had no stake in it. I called them and said, “We are in a really dire situation. We’re in one of those horror story moments that people talk about where a financier doesn’t put the money in when they said they would. If we don’t get money to finish this film right now, we are going to run out. Everyone will have to go home and we will not have a movie. We will never be able to bring it back because we have spent everything on our end already.” Lionsgate saved us. They basically said, “How much do you need?” They gave us what we needed in record time for a distribution deal and it kept us going. That experience on set was so unbelievably stressful! I was dealing with those situations while also trying to be Thad. You hear drug addicts about how they blacked out for three years of their life. I have heard that and thought, “How does that happen? You remember some of it!” I don’t remember much of set life on this film! It was all sort of black for me. Recently, we were putting the bonus and extra features together. We hired our editors and they were putting all of this really cool footage together from bloopers to outtakes. They were sending it to us to approve for the extras and I didn’t remember any of it! [laughs] I didn’t remember saying or doing any of this stuff! That encapsulates my experience! It has been such a whirlwind. Last night, at the world premiere in Los Angeles, was the moment I finally felt the fans finally got their movie. They have been waiting for this forever. It has been hard to get this to them and they have been more than patient in waiting. People don’t often realize how long it takes to make a movie and how long it takes to shoot, post and launch it. A lot of them think we are crooks and walked away with their money. It has been very frustrating on that front but here we were last night at the world premiere and all of our most dedicated fans showed up and applauded! They had a lot of respect for the film. It feels so real to me now. It is fan approved! They loved it and seeing them enjoy it was the quintessential moment for me in the entire process.


Seeing everything you went through, I have to ask, would you do it all over again? If so, are there plans for more “Blue Mountain State” in the future?

Chris Romano: Yeah! It may sound crazy but I would do it again! Obviously, now we are hip to the things that didn’t work and what did work. I would do it in a heartbeat! Getting together with these guys and making this movie was so inspiring. It is something we wanted to do for a long, long time. It is infectious and you just want to keep shooting more “Blue Mountain State.” After last night, these fans want to see more, whether it is a movie or TV. They are craving it. That just gets me excited to make more!

bms-interview-2016-7Alan Ritchson: The first one is the hardest in a lot of respects in life. This one was the hardest. We had to prove to a lot of people that there is an audience and a need for this content. Fighting for the fans is really what we have been doing for the past couple of years. Now that the fight is coming to a close and people can enjoy it, there is going to be new information about how big our audience has gotten because of Netflix. That is something we can’t measure because Netflix doesn’t share that information but we will find out pretty soon just how much we have grown in popularity based on the sales of this movie. We have a gentleman’s agreement with Lionsgate. They are really behind us now and have been great partners in this. Based on our conversations, if this film does well, we are going to find a way to make more, whether it is movies, TV or both. We are really hoping this does well and we want to come back for more. I don’t think it will ever be as hard as it was because we now have the full support and backing of Lionsgate if it does well. We are excited to hopefully bring new content to the fans beyond this film.

You poured your blood, sweat and tears into this project to bring a dream into reality. That is very inspiring. What is the best lesson we can take from your journey?

Chris Romano: Just to put all of your trust into everyone. Trust everybody! [laughs] If they say it, they’re gonna do it! [laughs] Honestly, what we learned is that if you want it done right, you have to do it yourself. We learned that the hardest way possible but through doing that we learned how to make a movie. Doing it yourself is sometimes the best way to go if you want it done the best way possible.

Alan Ritchson: I totally agree. This is going to sound very cliche but the big takeaway for all of us is to never, ever, ever take no for an answer. If you have a dream or a hope for something, it doesn’t matter how many people say no or don’t show interest, never take no for an answer. If you are utterly relentless, are willing to do the hard work and carry the load, you can do anything you set your mind to. The experience of making this film is a testament to never taking no for an answer and never giving up. We never gave up. As hard as it got at times and as many times as we sat there feeling completely exhausted, disenfranchised and wondering if we should even keep trying, we kept going. And now here we are at the finish line. It is all because of that tenacity and the never-say-die attitude that got us here.

You guys have a great vibe going with all you created. Do you see yourselves working together on future projects outside the world of “Blue Mountain State?”

Alan Ritchson: That is really nice of you to say. We actually just had a conversation about this yesterday. We have been so inundated with BMS. It has been years and it has really taken all of our energy to get this done and hopefully get it done right. I don’t think this will be the last time you hear from us. The way that we work together builds off each other’s strengths. As a unit, I think it makes us a really powerful force, especially in this brand of comedy. I think it is likely we are going to get something else going. We have another idea we would like to make our focus for our next film. It is the same brand of brave comedy that really no one else is doing right now. It has no agenda, it’s just an absolute riotous time. It is in that same vein. I think, very soon, we may be getting that off the ground.

Thanks so much for your time today guys! It has been amazing to get an inside look at all that went into making this film a reality! We wish you the best of luck with it and on future outings!

‘Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thailand’ is now available on Digital HD and VOD. For more visit www.bluemountainstatefilm.com

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Get A Heaping Helping of Mayhem With The ‘Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse’ Red Band Trailer

Get A Heaping Helping of Mayhem With The ‘Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse’ Red Band Trailer


Coming this October!

Paramount Pictures has released the Red Band trailer for the upcoming horror-comedy ‘Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse.’ Check out the NSFW trailer below!

In the film, three scouts and lifelong friends join forces with one bad-ass cocktail waitress to become the world’s most unlikely team of heroes. When their peaceful town is ravaged by a zombie invasion, they’ll fight for the badge of a lifetime and put their scouting skills to the test to save mankind from the undead.

Directed by Christopher Landon (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones) from a script by Emi Mochizuki & Carrie Evans and Christopher Landon, the film stars Tye Sheridan (X-Men: Apocalypse), Patrick Schwarzenegger, Logan Miller (The Stanford Prison Experiment), Joey Morgan, Sarah Dumont (Don John), Halston Sage (Neighbors), Cloris Leachman (Young Frankenstein, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), and David Koechner (Anchorman, “The Office”).

‘Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse’ is set to be released on October 30, 2015.

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COOTIES: Cooties Are Spreading In New Red Band Clip!

COOTIES: Cooties Are Spreading In New Red Band Clip!

'Cooties' are spreading this September!

‘Cooties’ are spreading this September!

Catch a new red-band clip from Lionsgate Premiere’s COOTIES! From the creators of Saw & “Glee”, the infectious horror-comedy starring Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson & Alison Pill.

The film comes from the twisted minds of Leigh Whannell (co-creator of Saw and Insidious) and Ian Brennan (co-creator of “Glee”), COOTIES is a horror comedy with unexpected laughs and unapologetic thrills. When a cafeteria food virus turns elementary school children into killer zombies, a group of misfit teachers must band together to escape the playground carnage. The film stars Elijah Wood (The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings), Rainn Wilson (“The Office”), and Alison Pill (“The Newsroom”) as teachers who fight to survive the mayhem while hilariously bickering in an uncomfortable love triangle on the worst Monday of their lives. COOTIES will be one of the debut releases of the newly-launched Lionsgate Premiere label, which will release the film on September 18th in select theaters and on demand.

COOTIES arrives in Select Theaters & VOD on September 18.

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