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‘The Sandlot’ Returns to U.S. Cinemas To Celebrate 25th Anniversary — Two Nights Only!

‘The Sandlot’ Returns to U.S. Cinemas To Celebrate 25th Anniversary — Two Nights Only!

Play ball! The legendary baseball comedy “The Sandlot” is back in movie theaters across the country for two days only this July – its first national theatrical run since its original release 25 years ago. The film will play with an exclusive sneak preview of an all-new Fox Sports documentary about the making of this coming-of-age comedy.

Tickets for “The Sandlot” can be purchased beginning Friday, June 22 at www.FathomEvents.com and participating theater box offices.

Fathom Events and Twentieth Century Fox, In Association with Island World, present “The Sandlot” in hundreds of select movie theaters on Sunday, July 22 at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. and Tuesday, July 24 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. (all local times). A complete list of theater locations will be available June 22 on the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

Directed by David Mickey Evans, “The Sandlot” was a well-reviewed box-office success when it was first released in April 1993, but in the ensuing quarter-century it has become an integral film for both baseball fans and movie lovers – so much so that “The Sandlot”has been named one of the best baseball movies of all time by Bleacher Report, Men’s Journal, Esquire and Sporting News, among others.

Told in a charming, rambling fashion, “The Sandlot” is set in the summer of 1962, when Scotty Smalls (Tom Guiry) moves to a new town. Awkward and friendless, Scotty is on the brink of despondency when he runs into the never-ending baseball game that takes place on the sandlot behind a ramshackle house.

He’s befriended first by Benny Rodriguez (Mike Vitar) and ultimately by the whole team, including Hamilton “Ham” Porter (Patrick Renna), Michael “Squints” Palledorous (Chauncey Leopardi), Alan “Yeah-Yeah” McClennan (Marty York), Kenny DeNunez (Brandon Adams), Bertram Weeks (Grant Gelt), and Timmy and Tommy Timmons (Victor DiMattia and Shane Obedzinski). On and off the baseball field, they experience an unforgettable – and unforgettably hilarious – summer of discovery and friendship. “The Sandlot” also stars James Earl Jones, Karen Allen and Denis Leary.

“Watching ‘The Sandlot’ has become an annual event that no summer is complete without – but since its original release, it has never had a nationwide theatrical re-release,” Fathom Events Vice President of Studio Relations Tom Lucas said. “We’re proud to be able to bring ‘The Sandlot’ to families and fans all around the country with this special cinema event, paired with a sneak peek at a brand-new Fox Sports documentary.”

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BENDERS: IFC Premieres New Trailer For Upcoming Hockey Series

BENDERS: IFC Premieres New Trailer For Upcoming Hockey Series

IFC-Benders-2015-1IFC has just premiered a brand new trailer for it’s high anticipated new series, BENDERS. Check it out below.

The series follows a team of friends bonded by an irrational obsession with their men’s ice hockey team, The Chubbys. While their hockey skills may be limited, their passion is not, as evidenced by the chaos their devotion to the game creates in their everyday lives.

Actors Lindsey Broad (The Office21 Jump Street), Chris Distefano (Girl CodeThe Half Hour), Mark Gessner (Orange is the New BlackThe Blacklist), Ruy Iskandar (GothamThe Blacklist) and Andrew Schulz (Guy Code, co-creator & host of Brilliant Idiots podcast) star in the eight-episode series. Creators Jim Serpico and Tom Sellitti are executive producing along with their Apostle partner Denis Leary.

Be sure to tune in for the premiere of Benders on Thursday, October 1st at 10 PM.

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Funny Or Die Premieres Denis Leary’s “Kiss My Ass” Video

Funny Or Die Premieres Denis Leary’s “Kiss My Ass” Video

Denis Leary has never won an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony or an argument with his wife. So he is happy to announce the brand new song “Kiss My Ass,” which will hopefully add to his trophy-free cachet this year when he also fails to win a Grammy.

“Kiss My Ass” is a swinging tune celebrating some of democracy’s greatest gifts: freedom, the American flag and giant gas-guzzling SUV’s. The track is available digitally today, July 2nd. You can also head over to the front page of www.funnyordie.com for the world premiere of the video. Just in time or America’s 236th birthday party.

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“The National Anthem is a truly great song,” Denis explains. “But it’s really really hard to sing and it’s not that funny. I wanted to create an alternative anthem that makes you tap your feet and has the word ‘ass’ in the title. It’s pretty much the same reason I’m creating my new social site Assbook. Why are we staring at people’s faces when we could all be gazing at gorgeous girls in yoga pants?”

Backed by his band The Enablers – featuring the fabulous all-female Rehab Horns – Denis pays tribute to perhaps the most important American value of all: your right to vote. Not for politicians of course. They suck. No – Denis is talking about voting for your favorite singers and celebrity douchebag dancers on vapid reality shows. And then watching the loser you DIDN’T vote for break down and cry. And watching that whole mess happen on a plasma TV almost as big as a hotel swimming pool. While eating and drinking as much shitty food and sugary soda as you damn well please. “Voting from your sofa, the chocolate fountain at Golden Corral and yoga pants are what our forefathers had in mind when they started this country,” Denis says.

So sit back, grab a huge drink and some potato chips, pretzels, pizza, Cheetos, ham, donuts, dip, Velveeta, weed, cupcakes, Cheez Whiz, a plate full of hot fried bacon and your Glock: “Kiss My Ass” is here to make you laugh. (Dancing totally optional).

Denis Leary

The ENABLERS are Denis’ longtime musical collaborators and have their own unique influences from the late 60’s, early 70′ and Brit Invasion. Adam Roth has played guitar in NYC since the late 70s with bands ranging from The Del Fuegos to the Jim Carrol Band. Adam is also the main composer for the TV series Rescue Me. Chris has been Denis’ longtime songwriting partner and co-produced the albums Lock N’ Load and No Cure For Cancer, which featured the hit ‘Asshole’. C.P. Roth has also been a studio and live performer in NYC since the 70s. A multi-instrumentalist who has toured and/or recorded with Ozzy Osbourne, Blessid Union, Suzanne Vega, Rick Derringer, Edgar Winter, and Lenny Kaye. Alec Morton, formerly with Raging Slab, holds it all down on bass. The band is rounded out with highly respected local musicians Liza Colby and Sherryl Marshall contributing backing vocals and the infallible Rehab Horns made up of Jenny Hill, Stephanie Richards and Lauren Sevian.

The music video for www.funnyordire.com will debut on July 2nd. Directed by Bryan Reisberg, of Uncorked Productions, who previously helmed the yet-to-be released web series, THE WALKER, starring Rightor Doyle, Carey Mulligan, and Zoe Kazan, and will be making his feature directorial debut this Fall.

Kiss My Ass was recorded at Threshold Studios in NYC
Produced by Chris Phillips
Arrangements by C.P. Roth
Mixed by Chris Phillips and Adam Roth
Engineer: Jeremy Sklarsky

FOR MORE INFORMATION
www.denisleary.com
www.twitter.com/denisleary

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Denis Leary’s Premieres New Song “Kiss My Ass”, Single And Video Available On July 2nd!

Denis Leary’s Premieres New Song “Kiss My Ass”, Single And Video Available On July 2nd!

Denis Leary

Denis Leary has never won an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony or an argument with his wife. So he is happy to announce the brand new song “Kiss My Ass,” which will hopefully add to his trophy-free cachet this year when he also fails to win a Grammy.

“Kiss My Ass” is a swinging tune celebrating some of democracy’s greatest gifts: freedom, the American flag and giant gas-guzzling SUV’s. It hits iTunes and your ears on July 2nd and on that same date the video for the song debuts on www.FunnyOrDie.com just in time for America’s 236th birthday party.

A behind the scenes look at the making of “Kiss My Ass” video – Click Here > 

“The National Anthem is a truly great song,” Denis explains. “But it’s really really hard to sing and it’s not that funny. I wanted to create an alternative anthem that makes you tap your feet and has the word ‘ass’ in the title. It’s pretty much the same reason I’m creating my new social site Assbook. Why are we staring at people’s faces when we could all be gazing at gorgeous girls in yoga pants?”

Backed by his band The Enablers – featuring the fabulous all-female Rehab Horns – Denis pays tribute to perhaps the most important American value of all: your right to vote. Not for politicians of course. They suck. No – Denis is talking about voting for your favorite singers and celebrity douchebag dancers on vapid reality shows. And then watching the loser you DIDN’T vote for break down and cry. And watching that whole mess happen on a plasma TV almost as big as a hotel swimming pool. While eating and drinking as much shitty food and sugary soda as you damn well please. “Voting from your sofa, the chocolate fountain at Golden Corral and yoga pants are what our forefathers had in mind when they started this country,” Denis says.

So sit back, grab a huge drink and some potato chips, pretzels, pizza, Cheetos, ham, donuts, dip, Velveeta, weed, cupcakes, Cheez Whiz, a plate full of hot fried bacon and your Glock: “Kiss My Ass” is here to make you laugh. (Dancing totally optional).

The ENABLERS are Denis’ longtime musical collaborators and have their own unique influences from the late 60’s, early 70′ and Brit Invasion. Adam Roth has played guitar in NYC since the late 70s with bands ranging from The Del Fuegos to the Jim Carrol Band. Adam is also the main composer for the TV series Rescue Me. Chris has been Denis’ longtime songwriting partner and co-produced the albums Lock N’ Load and No Cure For Cancer, which featured the hit ‘Asshole’. C.P. Roth has also been a studio and live performer in NYC since the 70s. A multi-instrumentalist who has toured and/or recorded with Ozzy Osbourne, Blessid Union, Suzanne Vega, Rick Derringer, Edgar Winter, and Lenny Kaye. Alec Morton, formerly with Raging Slab, holds it all down on bass. The band is rounded out with highly respected local musicians Liza Colby and Sherryl Marshall contributing backing vocals and the infallible Rehab Horns made up of Jenny Hill, Stephanie Richards and Lauren Sevian.

The music video for www.funnyordire.com will debut on July 2nd. Directed by Bryan Reisberg, of Uncorked Productions, who previously helmed the yet-to-be released web series, THE WALKER, starring Rightor Doyle, Carey Mulligan, and Zoe Kazan, and will be making his feature directorial debut this Fall.

Kiss My Ass was recorded at Threshold Studios in NYC
Produced by Chris Phillips
Arrangements by C.P. Roth
Mixed by Chris Phillips and Adam Roth
Engineer: Jeremy Sklarsky

FOR MORE INFORMATION

www.denisleary.com
www.twitter.com/denisleary

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New Teaser Poster For Reveals The Darker Side Of ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’

New Teaser Poster For Reveals The Darker Side Of ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’

Sony has released a new teaser poster for The Amazing Spider-Man which you can check out below. The latest Spider-Man film is a reboot which is being directed by Marc Webb.

The flick stars Andrew Garfield as the title character, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill) as Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard, Sally Field as Aunt May, and Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben, comedian Denis Leary as George Stacy, Chris Zylka as Flash Thompson, Irrfan Khan as Van Atter, Campbell Scott and Julianne Nicholson as Peter Parker’s parents, and C. Thomas Howell.

The Amazing Spider-Man opens in 3D on July 3, 2012.

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Kevin Chapman Talks ‘Person Of Interest,’ Upcoming Projects And More!

Kevin Chapman Talks ‘Person Of Interest,’ Upcoming Projects And More!

Kevin Chapman is certainly becoming a familiar face in Hollywood these days. He has spent the past decade developing an incredible body of work which runs the gambit work from critically acclaimed, big budget films such as “Ladder 49” and “Mystic River,” to cult film favorites like “The Boondocks Saints” and “Black Dynamite” to a host of well received television series, such as “Cold Case,” “Brotherhood” and “Rescue Me.” It is his dedication to his craft and incomparable work ethic that has continued to garner the attention of the powers that be in the entertainment industry. He is living proof that hard work and persistence pay off as his journey has taken him from an ordinary guy working for The City of Boston to locations around the globe where he has starred alongside legends of the silver screen. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Kevin Chapman to discuss how he got his start in the entertainment industry, the amazing projects that he has been a part of and his latest role as part of an ensemble cast for CBS’ ‘Person of Interest’.

A career onscreen is not what you originally sought out. What can you tell us about how you got started on your journey in the entertainment industry?

Kevin Chapman

I had been working in a different capacity for a director by the name of Ted Demme (“Who’s The Man,” “Beautiful Girls,” “The Ref,” “Blow”), who has since passed away. I was working with him and Denis Leary on a movie called “Monument Ave.” Teddy kept looking at me, kinda wild eyed, and one day he said, “Can you act?” I said, “I think I am intelligent enough to.” So, he gave me a script and I went right home and read it. I had lunch with him and Denis the next day and told them my interpretation of the character that they were interested in having me play. Ted said, “Can you get three weeks off from work? I’d like for you to play this guy.” I was petrified! I didn’t really have any idea of the process of filmmaking. I got through that and it was such a pleasant experience that, when another film came to town, I auditioned and got a small part in “The Cider House Rules” and then “In The Bedroom.” One day I said to myself, “I can do this!” and I quit my job at The City of Boston on a Tuesday and moved to Los Angeles on a Saturday! I studied with a lot of acting coaches and once I got the part in “Mystic River,” that was the thing that kinda kicked the door open for me!

That’s great. It definitely seems to be panning out for you!

It is one of those things that, when I have it all figured out, maybe I will do something else! The process of bringing someones words off of a page and bringing them to life is something that I find extremely fascinating. Placing some level of emotion behind the words that are on a page, you can really give different interpretations or different meanings to what is written. I have worked with some amazing filmmakers and amazingly talented people on television. It has truly been a great experience.

I am curious to know some of the influences who helped shape the actor we see today both on-screen and off?

I have learned a lot from many different actors. I mean, obviously, when I got into this business, I just wanted to meet a guy like Sean Penn. I never thought I would appear in movies with him, ya know?! It is really hard to single out any one individual, just because I have learned so much along the way. I remember when I was on the set of “Mystic River,” I was so excited to meet Clint Eastwood. It wasn’t so much that I wanted to tell him how great he was, I wanted to get some advice from him on acting. I remember I walked up to him one day on set and he said [in Clint Eastwood voice] “Welcome aboard, kid!” After I was a little more comfortable with him, I said, “Could you give me some advice?” and he said, “Listen” and just walked away. It was the most simple advice that I had ever received in my life but that is what acting is — responding to something that is said to you. It so simple! [laughs] But when he said it, it hit me like a ton of bricks! Like I said, it has been great. I have worked with some of the greats! I worked with Al Pacino, John Travolta, Joaquin Phoenix, Dennis Quaid, Kevin Bacon — guys with huge, huge careers and I have learned a little something from each one of them along the way.

Your latest project is CBS’s “Person of Interest.” What can you tell us about your character, for those unfamiliar?

On “Person of Interest,” I play Detective Lionel Fusco, who is a detective in the NYPD. In the pilot episode, you will see that Lionel isn’t a very nice man! [laughs] Lionel is, how can we put it, on the dark side of things! He is a corrupt cop involved with a whole group of corrupt cops who are taking down drug dealers and stealing their money, along with many other things that are unethical and on the wrong side of the law. What happens is that he discovers that Reese, played by Jim Caviezel, had received some information on a meeting and was spying on a meeting that he shouldn’t have been spying on. Lionel was instructed to take Reese out to Oyster Bay and dispose of him. On that journey, Reese is able to turn the tables on Lionel. Before Reese decides to kill Lionel, he looks at him and says, “I see the good in you. If you ever hurt anybody again, I will be the first one to kill you. I am going to allow you to live. In return, you have to give me the information from inside the police department that will help me on my journey that will help me apprehend those involved and prevent crimes from happening.” That is pretty much how Lionel gets hooked in. In the first couple of episodes he is kinda trying to figure out how to shake Reese but as the storyline progresses, Lionel realizes that the work that Reese, and later on when he meets Finch, is something that is good. As the storyline progresses, you can see Lionel turn more to the light side of things. There is one particular episode where there is a small child missing and Reese is explaining this to Lionel and he says, “What happened?” Reese responds with, “What do you care? You’re corrupt.” Lionel says, “I am still a cop and it’s a kid.” I think that is a big turning moment for Lionel Fusco. From that moment on, you can see that he is no longer doing this work for Reese because he is forced to but he is doing it because it is the right thing.

There are a lot of interesting aspects to this project from the cast, to the writers, to the characters themselves. What attracted you to this role?

Kevin Chapman

It is a redeemable character and also when I look at characters, I look for truth. If you notice my body of work, I never play something so far off the trail that a viewer would be sitting at home and say, “Oh, come on!” Whenever I pursue a job, I try to pursue something that rings true, ya know? For me, Lionel rings true. I could see the truth in this guy. I think the best characters to play are the ones with this sense of duality, the type where you don’t know whether they are right or wrong, and it is left up to the viewer to decide whether he is a good guy or a bad guy. And of course the redemption side of the character is appealing to me as an artist.

I am really excited about the response that we have received for “Person of Interest.” It is fantastic, we have a great team in front of and behind the camera! What excites me so much about the show is that if you take Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson, Taraji P. Henson and myself and line us up shoulder to shoulder and look at us — talk about four very different people! When I saw the cast, I was like, “Wow! This is just great!” because a lot of the television that you see now is very plain, the people all look the same, ya know? Everyone has hair gel, six-pack abs and is incredibly sexy. For me, it just doesn’t ring true. The cast that we have for “Person of Interest,” you look at and think, “Yeah, I can see that.” Having Jonathan Nolan, basically running the show, is truly amazing. He wrote the last two “Batman” movies, “Momento,” which was a phenomenal film, and “The Prestige.” He is a incredibly, incredibly talented individual. You also have JJ Abrams godfathering everything and making sure it all goes the way that it is supposed to and Greg Plageman is the show runner with an incredibly talented writing staff. In my opinion, this show, “Person Of Interest,” is really something special.

You guys have been shooting in New York. What has that experience been like for you?

Oh, New York is unbelievable! I shot a seven episode arc for “Rescue Me” but all of that stuff was kinda controlled in a contained environment. We weren’t out on the streets, we were always in an apartment or the hospital, always a controlled environment. Jim Caviezel and I were shooting on Lexington Avenue one day. We were literally nose to nose having a conversation but the camera was across the street, so people couldn’t see it. As we are doing our lines, a little old lady came down the street and literally walked right inbetween us! [laughs] And just kept right on going! I mean, there was maybe 12 inches of space between Jim and I! [laughs] That is how close we were standing! It was unbelievable! [laughs] There was another one where Michael Emerson and I were out in Brighton Beach. There is a scene where my character is getting a hot dog and he approaches me and we continue to have a conversation as we move down the street. The train was running overhead and we do the scene. I get the hot dog, he comes up behind me and we stroll down the street. In a couple takes, the train would pull up and people would come pouring out into the station. A couple of times, I literally had to elbow people to get out of my way so that I could stay next to him and the camera could catch us coming down the street. It was pretty funny!

What has been the biggest challenge for you on this project as an actor?

I don’t know if it is a challenge per se, but what I like to do, the more I play characters, is to take the journey with them. That is the biggest thing. I can only speak for myself, but when you play a character that you have all figured out, I find that to be boring. What is great about Lionel and what I think is one of the most challenging things, is that we have a great writing staff and when they send out the script, you are never really sure where your character is going to go in the next episode. You haven’t seen the script for the following episode. You try to bring truth to what they are sending you and I think the challenge in that is not knowing where the journey goes from there after that last page in the episode that you are currently shooting. That is pretty much how I view things.

You have played a diverse range of characters in your career. Do you have a role you consider your personal favorite?

Sean Penn and Kevin Chapman

I can’t really say that I have a favorite role but my favorite experiences were probably “Mystic River” and “Ladder 49.” “Mystic River” was a remarkably successful film with an iconic director and an iconic cast, two of my co-stars in the film won Academy Awards that year. Sean [Penn] won for Best Actor and Tim Robbins won for Best Supporting Actor. That film was one of my favorite experiences just because we all spent so much time together. We shot all day and we hung out all night. We did table reads on our own and it was a remarkable learning experience for me to be around more than 200 years of filmmaking in a social setting. I mean, I was hanging around with Tim Robbins, Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden, Laura Linney and sometimes Clint [Eastwood] would come out with us as well. Look at that group of people and imagine sitting down with them for dinners and hearing them talk about when they did this film or that film or hear Tim talk about when he directed this movie or Sean discussing his films, it was unbelievable, an amazing experience. “Ladder 49” was great as well. We actually went through the entire Baltimore Fire Academy during the day and rode with different engines to experience it first hand. I rode with Engine 33 at night. So, I would go to the Academy all day and then go to the firehouse at night and stay there. We would have dinner and talk to the guys and really were able to experience the world of firefighting first hand.

Is there a role or genre you haven’t tackled yet you would like to take a stab at in the future?

I have done some comedy in the past and I did some episodes of “Rescue Me” and a film called “Black Dynamite.” I guess I would kinda like to lighten things up a little bit and maybe take on some more comedy stuff. That really interests me.

You have been part of two very unique films that have become cult classics, “Boondock Saints” and, as you mentioned, “Black Dynamite.” Did you have any idea starting out these films would take on a life of their own?

Kevin Chapman

“Boondock,” not so much, but “Black Dynamite,” how I got that was I was at the gym and Michael Jai White approached me. He came up to me and said, “Hey, I have been a big fan of your work. I am making this movie and I really would like for you to play this character.” So, I said, “Yeah, yeah, yeah, here is my address. Drop the script by and I will take a look.” I come home from the gym and Michael Jai White is sitting in my driveway with the script! [laughs] I read the first 15 pages and I ran to the phone to call him at his house. I said, “I’m in!” That was a very, very funny movie! “Boondock Saints” was one of those things, much like “Monument Ave.” I had met Troy Duffy, the director, and Chris Brinker, the producer, when I was working for The City of Boston. I was spending time with them when one day Troy Duffy said, “There is a character in the movie named Chappy.” That is my nickname. He said to me, “I think it is destiny for you to play Chappy in this movie!” So, I said, “Yeah! OK! Great!” Unfortunately, they didn’t end up shooting the movie in Boston, they shot it in Toronto for budget reasons. I went up to Toronto to play the part. Chris Brinker, who produced “Boondock Saints,” and I have since produced a movie together called “Lonely Street” with Jay Mohr, Robert Patrick, Joe Mantegna, Nikki Cox, Ernie Hudson and Katt Williams. It was a small little movie we made but it was a great experience and, since that outing, Chris has invited me to produce another movie with him which we are in the process of doing right now.

That is great. Can you tell us a little bit about that film?

Yeah, the film is called “Whiskey B” and it is about a cop who infiltrates the hierarchy of the Aryan Brotherhood. By infiltrating the organization, he pretty much brings it down.

Is producing something you see yourself doing even more in the future?

Yeah, I think so! I honestly believe that producing that first film has really helped me with my acting. I see things through a different set of eyes now. Putting a film or a television show together is kinda like having a sports team. You have the quarterback who is the star of the team and gets all of the accolades, but it doesn’t mean that the guard who is blocking for him isn’t as important as that quarterback, ya know? So, it is kinda like putting together a sports team, that is the best way to equate it. But yeah, it is definitely something that I can see myself doing more of.

I know you have to run but I thank you for your time today! We are looking forward to your future projects and wish you the best of luck, Kevin!

Thanks so much! I really appreciate your time! Talk to you soon!

Check out Kevin Chapman’s official Facebook page for all the latest news on his upcoming projects! While you’re at it, swing by the official site for CBS’ ‘Person of Interest’ and check out past episodes of the show!


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‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ Gets Title and Brand New Photo?!

‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ Gets Title and Brand New Photo?!

It’s an exciting day for movie and comic book fans alike! Columbia Pictures has announced that the newest Spider-Man film will be entitled The Amazing Spider-Man! and has revealed a new look at the title character in all his web-slinging glory!

The latest Spider-Man film is a reboot which is being directed by Marc Webb. The flick stars Andrew Garfield as the title character, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill) as Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard, Sally Field as Aunt May, and Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben, comedian Denis Leary as George Stacy, Chris Zylka as Flash Thompson, Irrfan Khan as Van Atter, Campbell Scott and Julianne Nicholson as Peter Parker’s parents, and C. Thomas Howell.

The “Spider-Man” film is currently in production and will be released in 3D on July 3, 2012.

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First Official Glimpse of Andrew Garfield In ‘Spider-Man’ Costume

First Official Glimpse of Andrew Garfield In ‘Spider-Man’ Costume

It’s an exciting day for movie and comic book fans alike! Columbia Pictures releases the first image of Andrew Garfield as the iconic Spider-Man.

The latest Spider-Man film is a reboot which is being directed by Marc Webb. The flick stars Andrew Garfield as the title character, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill) as Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard, Sally Field as Aunt May, and Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben, comedian Denis Leary as George Stacy, Chris Zylka as Flash Thompson, Irrfan Khan as Van Atter, Campbell Scott and Julianne Nicholson as Peter Parker’s parents, and C. Thomas Howell.

The “Spider-Man” film is currently in production and will be released in 3D on July 3, 2012.

Photo Credit: John Schwartzman

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Denis Leary To Release ‘Suck On This Year: LYFAO @ 140 Characters or Less’ On December 2nd!

Denis Leary To Release ‘Suck On This Year: LYFAO @ 140 Characters or Less’ On December 2nd!

On December 2nd, Denis Leary, ?one of America?’s most original and biting comic satirists will turn his irreverent eye and scathing humor on everything you love and cherish with a hilarious, illustrated collection of Tweets. Like a quiver of arrows, SUCK ON THIS YEAR: LYFAO @ 140 Characters or Less will hit you where it hurts? and you?ll love it!

Leary’?s first reaction to the Twitter universe was to run the other direction. But then he realized that all of the jokes he was making casually to friends were going to waste unless he had a stand-up comedy tour coming up. The jokes just came and then disappeared. So he decided to give Twitter a try, and once he started, he could not stop.

Here?s a sampling of what’s inside the book!

? This just in: Vatican acquires Neverland Ranch.

? Arizona residents: ?We?re sick of being called racists.? That?s the thing about Arizona: it?s a dry hate.

? Lindsay Lohan to play Linda Lovelace in pornstar biopic. Exactly whose reputation is at stake here?

? Lettuce recalled in 23 states: Experts fear it could affect up to 5 Americans.

? New Jersey worried about oil residue on beaches. Not from Gulf spill. From cast of Jersey Shore.

A portion of the proceeds from this book will go towards Leary?s charity? The Leary Firefighters Foundation?, so not only are readers improving their own lives by reading this and laughing out loud, they?re also helping a firefighter somewhere in America gain some invaluable training. Plus, SUCK ON THIS YEAR will make the perfect gift book this holiday season, and let?s be honest, it?s a lot more fun than those winter socks or hand-knit sweater or most of your relatives.

Denis will be giving away copies of the book on twitter (@denisleary).   And to pre-order copies of the book or learn more about it, they can check out his website, www.denisleary.com.

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Michael Lombardi Talks Apache Stone, ‘Rescue Me’ and More!

Michael Lombardi Talks Apache Stone, ‘Rescue Me’ and More!

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Thirty three year old Michael Lombardi is most known for his portrayal of “probie” Mike Silletti in FX’s critically acclaimed show ‘Rescue Me’. While most people are only familiar with the character he so convincingly brings to life on the show, the truth is, there’s another side to Lombardi. Between filming for ‘Rescue Me’ and other acting projects, Lombardi has found time to form his own band. Apache Stone has been described as sounding like everything from Led Zeppelin to Alice in Chains and they are poised to make a big splash in the realm of rock music. The band, led by Lombardi and his amazing songwriting, have conquered the east coast and are now looking to take their music to their fans across the country. Although he has had ups and downs throughout his career, Lombardi has stayed focused and pursued his dreams with ferocity. Lombardi’s persistence and focus has paid off and his career in the entertainment industry will likely continue to flourish because of it. Steve Johnson of Icon vs. Icon recently caught up with the actor/musician to discuss Apache Stone’s self-titled album, the band’s upcoming tour, what he has learned from Denis Leary, and his experiences on the set of ‘Rescue Me’.

michael_lombardi-4Where did you grow up?

I actually grew up in a small city called Waterbury in Connecticut. It’s about an hour and a half north of Manhattan, New York.

How did music first come into your life?


I was definitely influenced by music at a very, very young age. My parents are very musical people. They always had something on, ranging from Motown to rock. They were very much into Stevie Wonder and all of the sounds of Motown. Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson were always cranking when I was a kid. My parents used to have parties and as a kid, I would dance. I was just always really influenced. It was always in the air, that’s for sure. But like I said, everything from Motown and R&B stuff, to rock and jazz, just the whole array of music and sounds.

How did your band, Apache Stone, get its start?

Let’s see… I came to New York originally to study drums, to try to be a professional drummer. As to whether it was going to be in a band or be a studio drummer, I wasn’t sure. I was actually going to school at a place called The Drummers Collective to study drumming. I started drumming at an early age. I got my first drum set from my uncle when I was a kid. I played really hard throughout my teens. I really buckled down when I was seventeen, eighteen, nineteen. Then when I was twenty I came to New York and started playing. I started getting some work as an actor though. Then, through a few years of studying acting and doing small parts, I hit ‘Rescue Me’. That’s when I started Apache Stone, after that. To be honest with you, ‘Rescue Me’ was able to afford me the opportunity to have a band in Manhattan. It’s certainly not easy in that city to have a band, afford rehearsal space, put together the right group of guys, and find the time and all of that.

michael_lombardi-6How did you come up with the name of the band?

A just picked Apache Stone because I feel it’s a very fierce name. I think it symbolizes things that represent the band, to me. I like the fierceness. Getting back to the Apaches, who were actually referred to by an old Custer-type solider back in the day as the tigers of the human species. That just struck something with me. I just felt like they were very passionate, fierce people.

Your self titled album was released on July 28, 2009. For those who might not have had the chance to check out the album, how would you best describe it?

It’s really interesting when I get asked this question because I’m so close to the album and all of the music. I probably have a different interpretation than what other people might have. I don’t like to talk in detail too much about what the lyrics mean to me and what the songs mean to me. I feel as though I’d like to have people have their own interpretation when they listen to it and let this music take them on their own ride and journey. What I can say is, I definitely feel as though the music and the album will take you on some sort of ride. It will take you somewhere. The lyrics have real meaning. I feel they are poetic and they have weight to them. I think the music really rocks. I think all of the guys in my band are awesome musicians. There’s some really hard stuff, but it rides the fine line between hard rock and stuff that’s melodic and easy-listening as well. I think it has a classical vibe. We have some cool classic rock vibe, like Led Zeppelinly stuff in there. There are songs like that, that are influenced by Zeppelin and The Doors. A lot of stuff of the nineties like Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Audioslave, Alice in Chains. I think we definitely have a lot of that influence in our music, but with a modern vibe.

michael_lombardi-5Were there any challenges while making the album?

Challenges? Well you know what… It’s always tough trying to find the right group of guys that everyone shares the same influence and has the same vision. It took me a lot to put the band together. Basically how it works for us, I would bring in lyrics and stuff. With my lyrics, I sort of have a book of poetry and lyrics. We’d work together as a band. I’d say, “You know what? I feel this melody.” Then the guys would do something. At the end we had what we had for each song. There’s always going to be challenges and bumps in the road during that process, but I tell you, it went really smoothly. Songs came together really quickly. Then we went up to a studio called Sonalysts Studios in New London, Connecticut. It’s an exact replica of The Power Station, which is a pretty famous place in Manhattan. This place Sonalysts was owned by one of the Bon Jovi brothers. We went up there for like a week, stayed in a little hotel right next door, and we just did our thing. It was awesome. It was pretty smooth.

Has the digital revolution of music been a positive or negative impact for someone like yourself and your band?

I think it’s very positive. We have a little deal with myspace records. It’s strictly a digital distribution deal. It’s kind of cool. Rather than being signed on with myspace records and having them give us a bunch of money and all of this stuff and putting our stuff in stores and what not, they just take a little percentage and they put us all over the Internet. We’re on amazon.com. We’re on iTunes and stuff. So for us, at this point, it’s been positive, but I can’t say it’s been tremendous for us. It’s just been a good thing. It’s been cool. The music is out there. It’s up on iTunes and Amazon, so we can’t really ask for more than that right now.

What do you consider the defining moment of your musical career so far?

Wow! Good question! I feel like it’s hard to say if there has been one exact moment at this point. I was trying to think when you asked me that, has anyone really listened to my stuff? I don’t even know who’s listened to it or how many people have. I would like to be able to say Eddie Vedder was like, “Dude, this stuff rocks!” Or Chris Cornell. What it’s been for me is, the whole process of touring and being in these different situations where we are playing in front of a lot of people and they really seem to be enjoying our stuff. The past five months or so we did thirty or forty shows. We played all up and down the Northeast. We played in Baltimore, Philly, Boston. We play in Manhattan a lot. We’ve had some really nice responses. We’ve played some places where a lot of famous people have played in the past when they were on their way up. Bands that I really admire. So that’s been really cool for me.

michael_lombardi-2When and where can people catch up with your band? Do you have any plans for a tour?

Yeah, we sure do. Right now you can hit us up on www.myspace.com/apachestonemusic. We have some tunes up there. There’s a lot about the band and tour dates. We’re doing a lot of one offers right now, here and there. We’re hitting different spots. We’ve got a couple of gigs coming up. We’re playing the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Connecticut, which is a very nice gig for us. It will be really good. We also have a website, which is www.apachestonemusic.com. Our stuff is available, like I said earlier, on iTunes and Amazon. We’re going to get some stuff up on our website too. Tee-shirts and that sort of thing. We’re putting something together now for a tour. We’re working with our booking agent and stuff. From now to the next three to five months, we’re going to be hitting shows. One offers here and there. We’re looking to put together a big tour for April and May. Get out on the road for an extended period of time and try to hit some of our fans and make some fans. Get out and see the people and play live, which is what we love to do most.

What’s next for the band?

Right now what we’ve got going on is we’re constantly writing. We’re deep into our rehearsal space in Manhattan and writing. We’ve got a bunch of new songs we’re working on. We’ve got some really cool uptempo stuff that I’m actually really proud of. We’re going in a really cool direction. It’s just coming together. We’re constantly playing and working on stuff. We’re playing it in our live shows too. So it’s been really cool.

Did any specific actors influence your acting career?

Yeah! The obvious answer would be Marlon Brando. Johnny Depp has been a big influence to me. I love everything he’s in. I think he’s an incredible, incredible actor. I love the parts he plays, the movies he is in, what he does, and the choices that he makes as an actor. He’s a huge influence. Some of my favorite movies are ‘The Godfather’, ‘Boogie Nights’. I love that film. I love off-beat, independent movies and stuff as well. There are a couple of mainstream films that I mentioned that I really like and admire, but I’m really big into indies and stuff as well.

michael_lombardi-1‘Rescue Me’ just finished its 5th season. When the show first started did you expect it to have the longevity that it has had?

No. Absolutely not. Listen, all I hoped for was my first part, my first break. We shot the pilot. I was like, “What’s going to happen with this?” Before that, I had just done a bunch of off-broadway stuff and a couple of small TV parts. Pretty broke in New York as a musician/actor just trying to make my way. I was studying and doing everything I could to sort of improve myself as an artist and just evolve and learn. I got that pilot episode and I think it was anywhere between three and six months later we heard that we got picked up for a full season. I was like, “Oh my God! Is the show going to continue? Am going to die in a fire? Are they going to keep my character? What’s going to happen?” The next thing you know we’re filming our sixth season.

What has it been like working alongside Denis Leary and what have you learned from him?

Denis Leary is great. He wears so many hats on the show. He’s writer, producer, starring in the show. When he hangs out with us as an actor, he’s just one of the guys. He’s really cool. He’s a blue-collar, down to earth guy. What I’ve learned from him is his work ethic. He has a tremendous work ethic. He keeps it real. He keeps it grounded. It’s not easy to do in Hollywood, in that atmosphere. He’s a family man. He’s got a couple of great kids. A great family. He really stays grounded. One thing that really inspires me and I honestly keep in my day to day life is that it’s all about the work and the rest will come. I really truly believe that. With the music, sure I want great things happening with everything I am doing and we all want to succeed and be loved and be judged in a positive light, all that I feel happens after you be your number one, true self and really put your yourself out there and believe in what you do and be real and organic and work really hard.

What’s been the highlight of your ‘Rescue Me’ experience?

Let’s see… I’ve went to a couple of award things, but I can’t really remember what they were, so I guess they weren’t the highlight. Let’s see… I wanted to say working with Michael J. Fox, but I never even saw him on set, so that’s not one. I think all in all man, honestly, the highlight of it is is being able to play a fire fighter in New York City. It’s the coolest city to me. I have so much admiration and respect for what these guys do. Learning about what firemen do all over the country and the world. They’re just real true life heroes. To be able to play one of these guys, even a fake fire fighter, it’s amazing and it’s really tough too. It’s been incredible to be able to do that and try to portray these guys to the best of my ability as an actor. The show is incredible the way one minute you could be laughing and one you could be crying. It’s drama. It’s comedy. The training I had to do at Randall’s Island, which is probie school for firefighters. Going through that. Playing one of the guys and being able to wear the gear and carry the tools, all of that stuff has been awesome.

michael_lombardi-3What’s next for you as far as acting is concerned?

Right now we’re filming our sixth season until March. After that, like I said, I plan to hit this tour for a while with my band. I’m getting myself out there. I want to say this. Hopefully my next choice as an actor, as all actors like to think, is something that I really believe in. I’ve learned so much along the way and I want the next project to be something that I believe in. A story that I really want to tell and a character that I really want to play. If I could do that and get a job doing that, what’s better than that? It’s really as simple as that. Whether it be a play, which would be incredible. Whether it be a little indie film. Whether it be a small part in a big film. Whether it be another television show. Something kind of cool, off beat, and edgy that tells a good story.

Do you have any advice for anyone who would like to get involved in the entertainment industry?

I would say you really have to love it. You really have to love it. You really have to know why you love it and you have to know who you are as well. It’s not about what a lot of people think it is. There is all of that there, but it’s all about the work. It’s all about self discipline. It’s all about taking it very seriously and working very hard. If you think you’re going to get by, or things are just going to happen, or you’re going to go out to Los Angeles and become a star, you’re dead wrong. You put in a lot of time. There are one in a million people who might just catch a lucky break, but how much longevity do they have in their career? You’ve got to be willing to put it out there. Believe in it and love it so much that you can go through ups and downs and hard times. If you don’t, then you really shouldn’t do it because it’s a tough life. I’m grounded as an artist. I’ve learned so much. I’ve accomplished some amazing things, as far as goals that I have set for myself, but there are so many more. There are a lot of ups and downs, like I said. I don’t know where my next job is coming from. As I said, I do it because I love it and I’m going to do what I love to do and do it my best. Hopefully people like it. It’s not easy. You’re never really set. You have to be really grounded, as I said. Number one, love it and be in it for the right reasons.

Is there anything else you want to add or say to your fans?

I really just have to say that I am so honored, and humbled, and privileged to be making a living as an actor. I truly mean that. Anyone who takes the time to either come to a live performance that I am doing with my band or turn on the television and watch something that I am in or whatever else, I really can’t thank the people enough for doing that. It’s incredible that people would even take the time to do that. I love it and I appreciate it so much.

Thanks for your time and best of luck!

Take care!

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Be sure to check out Apache Stone at www.apachestonemusic.com or on Myspace at www.myspace.com/apachestonemusic!

You can get all the latest info on FX’s ‘Rescue Me’ at the official site located at www.fxnetworks.com/shows/originals/rescueme/

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