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First Trailer And Poster For Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘DETROIT’ Released

First Trailer And Poster For Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘DETROIT’ Released

Annapurna Pictures has released the first trailer for the upcoming film, DETROIT. From Kathryn Bigelow, Academy Award winning director of THE HURT LOCKER and ZERO DARK THIRTY, DETROIT tells the gripping story of one of the darkest moments during the civil unrest that rocked Detroit in the summer of ’67.

DETROIT hits theaters everywhere August 4, 2017!

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WEBSITE: Detroit.Movie
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ABOUT ANNAPURNA PICTURES
Annapurna Pictures, founded by Megan Ellison, focuses on creating sophisticated, high-quality content that is critically and commercially conscious while still appealing to a diverse audience. By upholding Ellison’s vision to put filmmakers and artists first and preserve their authentic creative voices no matter the genre or medium, in 5 years, the company has garnered a total of 32 Academy Award nominations for their projects, including ZERO DARK THIRTY, JOY, THE MASTER, FOXCATCHER, and THE GRANDMASTER. Ellison is also one of only four honorees ever to receive two Best Picture nominations in the same year, with HER and AMERICAN HUSTLE both earning nods in 2014. Currently, Annapurna is in post-production on Kathryn Bigelow’s DETROIT, which it will release as its first distribution title on August 4, 2017. The company is also in production on Paul Thomas Anderson’s untitled new period film starring Daniel Day-Lewis and is developing the film adaptation of Maria Semple’s WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE, to be directed by Richard Linklater. Annapurna’s most recent projects include Mike Mills’ 20TH CENTURY WOMEN, which was nominated for two Golden Globes and earned Mills a Best Original Screenplay Academy Award nomination, as well as SAUSAGE PARTY, WIENER-DOG, and EVERYBODY WANTS SOME, with THE BAD BATCH set for release by Neon in 2017. Additionally, Annapurna is partners with Mark Boal on the company Page One, where they produced season two of the hit podcast SERIAL. Bigelow also directed and partnered with Annapurna on the animated short LAST DAYS, about illegal elephant poaching and the ivory trade.

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ON THE RISE: Roberto Aguire On His Career, Role In ‘Boulevard,’ And Much More!

ON THE RISE: Roberto Aguire On His Career, Role In ‘Boulevard,’ And Much More!

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Over the past few years, Roberto Aguire has established himself as a young talent on a meteoric rise in Hollywood. As a young actor, he cut his teeth as a student at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, receiving a double major in acting and economics. One of the most dedicated and hard-working actors in the business, he has started turning the heads of both critics and fans alike. Aquire made his initial splash in his feature film debut as both actor and producer in the dark coming-of-age comedy, ‘Struck By Lightning.’ The acclaimed film, scripted by Glee’s Chris Colfer and also starring Rebel Wilson, Sarah Hyland and Allison Janney, premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival to outstanding reviews. In the film, Roberto plays Emillio, the school’s resident foreign exchange student from El Salvador and consequently, a die-hard womanizer. It was this role served as an amazing start to what is sure to be an amazing career in film.

It is evident the moment he hits the screen this incredible young actor pours his heart and soul into each and every role. His latest captivating and highly emotional performance is no exception to the rule. In Dito Montiel’s ‘Boulevard,’ which headlined the Tribeca Film Festival on Sunday, April 20th, he stars alongside Academy Award Winner (and childhood idol) Robin Williams. The film centers around a devoted husband in a marriage of convenience until a run-in with a guarded young man, Leo (Aguire), forces him to come to terms with his own secrets. His masterfully acted performance as an incredibly complex character leaves little doubt this multi-faceted young actor is poised become a breakout star in 2014. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon caught up with Roberto Aguire to discuss his career, the challenges of bringing his character in ‘Boulevard’ from script to screen, his evolution as an actor and much more!

Roberto Aguire

Roberto Aguire

What got you started on your journey into the entertainment industry and made you pursue it as a career?

My Mom actually pushed me to do it. I have always been an entertainer and have always gotten up and performed in front of people. I would get up and do a puppet show, put on an accent or make fun of myself. I had been doing a couple of school plays and my Mom got this audition from a friend for an amateur theater company in Geneva, where I grew up. She said “Why don’t you go on this audition. You won’t get it but it will be fun!” I said, “Ok. Cool! I will try it!” I went to the audition and ended up getting a callback! She said, “Congratulations! You got a callback! You aren’t going to get it but you should go back anyway!” [laughs] I went back again and got another callback! She said, “You know what? You probably shouldn’t go back. You aren’t going to get it.” I said, “No. I want to go.” I went and I ended up getting the part. It was for Neil Simon’s ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs.’ I was playing Eugene, the lead character. It just completely hooked me! I got addicted to acting and couldn’t imagine myself not doing it for the rest of my life. That is where it all started!

Who were some of the biggest influences on you as an actor early on?

I think the biggest influence I had growing up, ironically, was Robin Williams. I think I got part of my acting big from him. Growing up, I saw him in so many different things. I grow up laughing at “Mrs. Doubtfire” and being captivated by his performances in “Good Will Hunting” and “Dead Poets Society.” I found it amazing that one person could take people on all these different adventures and have them rolling on the floor laughing in one movie and absolutely awe stricken and about to cry in another. He has probably had the greatest impact on me as an actor. It was from there that I said “I want to be an actor for the rest of my life and to be able to do everything he can do.”

That leads us to your latest film. ‘Boulevard,’ in which you co-star with Robin Williams. How did you get involved with the project initially?

A friend of mine, who knew the writer really well, passed me the script. He said “You should look at this because it is really interesting. I think you would be great for the lead.” I read it and fell in love with the script. It was a beautifully written script and was so detailed and descriptive. It was like verse and prose! It was amazing to read. I called the writer and I asked to sit down with him. We immediately had an amazing connection. I understood what he was trying to convey through the script and he really understood how passionate I was about the script. By the end of the meeting, he said “I would love for you to play this role. I think you are perfect and are everything I imagined him to be.” After that, Robin and director Dito Montiel came onboard and it happened pretty quickly!

Roberto Aguire

Roberto Aguire

What was it about the character that intrigued you in the initial script?

I think what intrigued me was that it seemed like such a challenge for me! This kid, Leo, is just so lost in life and so broken that it was going to be a huge stretch for me to play him. It was going to be such an uphill battle to find all the nuances and subtlety that the writer had given him on the page and then to bring them to life. To me, the most intriguing part about Leo is dealing with someone who really got stuck in life and didn’t know how to get out. All you want to do is shake him and say “Come on! Just move on! You had everything at your fingertips to do it but you just aren’t doing it!” I think it was that frustration that I wanted to hook onto and try and give the audience through the performance.

Going into a project like this, how do you prepare for a role? Is there a particular process you go through?

Yeah, I am one of the crazy ones! [laughs] I am someone who does so much research beforehand. I basically want to find out everything I can about Leo’s world and what it is to be on the street and what it is to be addicted to prescription meds, which we don’t explore that much in the movie. Doug had I had talked about it beforehand and it fed my research and portrayal of Leo. I wanted to create as much of a background as I could, so that when I was on set and everything was a go, I could just go on the fly. That is especially important when you are working with someone like Robin and never know what might happen on set. You never know which way a scene might turn. I just wanted to be ready to stay true to the character no matter what.

As you said, Robin Williams was a huge influence on you. What can you tell us about meeting him and working with him for the first time?

It was the most nerve-racking moment of my life! [laughs] I had so many people tell me, “Don’t expect too much of your idols. Try to lower them off that pedestal. Just think of them as regular people.” However, when you have someone who has had such an impact on your life, you can’t do that! It is part of what drives you; imagining these people as these huge, almost magnanimous beings that you can’t ever touch. When I walked up to him for the first time, all of those things hit me! I remember, within five minutes, he was already doing the accents and cracking jokes. I said, “Ya know, That is Robin Williams! He is everything I thought he would be and more!” I was so happy I didn’t take him off of that pedestal because he met every single expectation that I had for him.

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Being paired with a tremendous actor like him is certainly a great opportunity. What did you pick up from him by watching him work?

So much! The greatest thing about Robin is that if you look at him from a technical standpoint, he has done over 100 movies; he is so at ease on set and knows exactly what is going on. I think that is something I definitely tried to adopt after I saw him do it. He is just so prepared with what he has done that he doesn’t let what is going on around the set affect him at any point. If people are running behind, if something got messed up or if suddenly there was any sort of problem, he is so in his character and the right state of mind that you can’t throw him! I think that is one of the things I really appreciated in him as an actor and something I tried to apply.

Roberto Aguire

Roberto Aguire

Looking back on you time with this role, what jumps out of you are the biggest challenges you faced or the biggest lesson you may have learned?

I think for me, the biggest challenge was the transformation. When Dito and I first sat down to talk about Leo, we were both really adamant about how I had to look Physically for Leo. We were also in agreement on what kind of behavior I had to start adopting. From our first meeting, my target goal was to lose 30 pounds for the role. I ultimately lost 35 pounds! That transformation is huge. At that point, your body is so starved of anything that you are not really function on any sort of higher plane! [laughs] Your body is just in survival mode where it is going on instinct. That feed into the behavior of the character, where this kid is basically living on instinct. He is not able to respond the way anybody in their right mind would be able to respond. He is deprived, starved, malnourished and obviously addicted to drugs. I also started smoking for the role. Doing that transformation was a huge challenge but I feel it ended up giving me a truthful portrayal of this kid.

What was it like working with director Dito Montiel on this project? What do you feel he brought to the table for a project like this one?

I think what is unique about Dito is the fact that he is so in tune with reality. He doesn’t let himself be guided or let anything be dictated by what a movie reality should be or the type of reality we sometimes find in movies. For him it is all about “What is it in life? What is the truth of this situation? If we were to find it, how would it manifest itself?” He is so good at latching on to that and he is able to come into the middle of the scene where you are and you are engaged by him and what he is saying. You understand what he is saying because he is speaking on a very truthful, emotional level. I think that is why he is so amazing with actors because he skips passed any sort of bullshit and goes straight to “I think this is what is happening in the scene and I think this is what I am feeling. It doesn’t feel like this direction is what we want. Why don’t we switch it into this direction?” He has a terrific ability to articulate what he wants because he is so clear about what he wants when he is on set. As an actor, it is really easy to latch on to that and say “Ok! Let’s go in that direction! Let’s explore that!” Then everything starts rolling much more smoothly.

Roberto Aguire

Roberto Aguire

How do you feel you have evolved as an actor since first starting out?

I think I have evolved in a huge way! It is weird, I don’t know if it is like this across different industries and across different careers but in acting there is a huge learning curve. The difference between your first, second and third movie is substantially different from your experience on your sixty-first, sixty-second and sixty third movie. You learn so much, absorb so much information and basically are becoming more adept at the craft at the beginning of your career. In addition, I am lucky to have had a solid education in acting. I went to Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. They were able to lay this awesome platform for me, so when I started actually having this practical experience of acting, I was able to grow that much for quickly. I think at this point in my career, I have worked on enough films that I am finally able to relax a bit and have the confidence to say “Ok. I know what I am doing. Let’s make this something really, really fun!”

What types of projects are you eyeing for the future? Are there any particular roles or genres that speak to you and have you anxious to pursue?

The thing I have always had my eye on, since I was a little boy because I am such a huge fan, is the world of sci-fi and fantasy. Being part of anything that is such an immense imaginary world and being able to truthfully be in that creation would be amazing. In terms of what I want for my career, I want to focus on characters that really scare me. Those are the most challenging; the one’s you look at on the page and say “Oh my God! Wow! That is a huge undertaking!” [laughs] There is something about rising up to the challenge and looking uphill at something, as opposed to downhill at something that really gets me excited. I really want to focus on those kinds of roles in the future!

Are you interested in exploring the world of filmmaking from behind the camera in a directorial or writing capacity?

Yeah, I think eventually I would love to explore that area. It is interesting. In this industry with success comes a lot of flexibility across the different crafts or mediums. I would love to direct something. I think that all-encompassing vision of a captain in this process that is something that is appealing to me. First and foremost, my passion is acting, so I think I have to feed that and get that tank three quarters of the way filled before I am able to say “Let’s try a different challenge!”

Absolutely. Everything comes in time!

Exactly! There is this amazing quote by Andrew Marvell, “Had we but world enough, and time.” The second half he is actually talking about seducing women but the first half is pretty good! [laughs]

What other projects are on the horizon for you? What should we be on the lookout for in the months to come?

I had this one project, “After Darkness,” which we shot last year with Kyra Sedgwick, Tim Daly, Valorie Curry and John Patrick Amedori. It is this character driven sci-fi film about a family dealing with their issues at the end of the world. I think that will, hopefully, be playing in festivals this year. I am really excited for that to come out. I am being very strategic about what the next role I do is going to be. Like I said, I want it to be something that really challenges me and builds me toward the future.

Roberto Aguire

Roberto Aguire

You can serve as a terrific inspiration to young actors. What is the best piece of advice you can pass along to those looking to make a career in the entertainment industry in today’s climate?

Don’t stop dreaming and don’t stop persevering. It is really unfortunate but I think nowadays people are so overwhelmed by the amount of times you get told “No.” and by the amount of people that say you can’t do it because they seem like insurmountable challenges. I think the best thing young people can do nowadays is follow their dreams. There is no reason why they shouldn’t dive in headfirst and go for it. I think people kick themselves more for the things they didn’t do, as opposed to the things they did.

Are you involved with any charity work at the moment we could shine a light on?

It is funny you mention that because my mother, my family and I are looking to work with some charities in Mexico. We haven’t determined which one just yet. My parents are Mexican. We are trying to find the right charity to stand behind in Mexico that we feel is going to make a difference in education. I think that is one of the biggest issues in the world today, especially in Mexico and third world countries. The populations are just not educated enough to know how to change things. They don’t know how to find when they are being manipulated or not, so I think education is one of the biggest issues that needs to change, especially in Mexico.

Hopefully, one of our readers can help point you in the right direction!

Thank you! If anyone has some information they can share, they should contact me. My mother and I are actively searching, so that would be fantastic!

Where are the best places for people to connect with you via social media?

On Twitter, handle is @RobAguire and I am on Instagram at instagram.com/robaguire. Very simple! [laughs]

I want to thank you so much for your time today, Roberto! It has been terrific speaking with you!

Thanks so much for the questions and the time, Jason! I really appreciate it! Talk to you soon!

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‘Suing The Devil’ Starring Malcolm McDowell Hits On-Demand On April 6th!

‘Suing The Devil’ Starring Malcolm McDowell Hits On-Demand On April 6th!

The latest film by indie director Tim Chey, SUING THE DEVIL, is slated to hit On-Demand nationwide April 6th, 2012! The flick stars Malcolm McDowell, Shannen Fields, Corbin Bernsen, and Tom Sizemore.

Official Synopsis: SUING THE DEVIL revolves around a landmark legal battle, in which a down and out law student Luke O’Brien (Bart Bronson) sues Satan for $8 trillion dollars. Just as Luke is about to file a default judgement, Satan (Malcolm McDowell) himself appears to defend himself. Armed with a legal team of the United States’ best trial lawyers, the entire world watches intently to see who will win this Trial of the Century.

Official Website: http://suingthedevil.com/

Become a Fan of the Film on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SuingTheDevilMovie

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Relativity Media Unveils “Dress Up Snow” App For ‘Mirror Mirror’

Relativity Media Unveils “Dress Up Snow” App For ‘Mirror Mirror’

Get The App Today!

Relativity Media has just unveiled a new App inspired by MIRROR MIRROR, the upcoming retelling of the classic Snow White fairy tale. Dress Up Snow sends you on a magical fairytale adventure in pursuit of the perfect royal ensemble! Choose the fairytale dress, hair, shoes, and all the royal accessories for Snow White and magically save your creation into a fantasy snow globe.

Features:

• Snow’s beautiful wardrobe from the movie, including:

• The swan dress from the Queen’s gala

• The royal wedding dress to Prince Alcott

• And many more!

• Original music and score from the movie

•  Beautiful fairytale backgrounds

Click here to download the game at this location – CLICK HERE!

One of the most beloved stories of all time comes to life in this spectacular motion picture event when MIRROR MIRROR hits theaters nationwide on March 30th, 2012.

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Two New Character Posters Relativity Media’s ‘Mirror Mirror’

Two New Character Posters Relativity Media’s ‘Mirror Mirror’

Relativity Media has just rolled out official character posters of Armie Hammer (Prince Andrew Scott) and Nathan Lane (Brighton) from the upcoming enchanted re-imagining of the classic Snow White fairy tale MIRROR MIRROR. Check them out below along with the trailer for this exciting new film!

The film also stars Oscar®-winner Julia Roberts, Lily Collins (The Blind Side) and Sean Bean (“The Game of Thrones”, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King).

MIRROR MIRROR will open in theaters nationwide on March 30th, 2012!

Follow MIRROR MIRROR on Facebook by “liking” http://www.facebook.com/MirrorMirrorMovie

Synopsis: One of the most beloved stories of all time is coming to life in the motion picture event, Mirror Mirror.  A fresh and funny retelling of the Snow White legend, Mirror Mirrorfeatures breakout star Lily Collins (The Blind Side) as Snow White, a princess in exile, and Oscar®-winner Julia Roberts as the evil Queen who ruthlessly rules her captured kingdom. Seven courageous rebel dwarfs join forces with Snow White as she fights to reclaim her birthright and win her Prince in this magical adventure comedy filled with jealousy, romance, and betrayal that will capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences the world over.  The film also stars Armie Hammer (The Social Network) as the Prince, and Nathan Lane (The Birdcage) as the hapless and bungling servant to the Queen.

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New High Octane Trailer For ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’

New High Octane Trailer For ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’

Hot on the heels on the heels of a new theatrical poster for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, directed by Brad Bird, a new trailer has surfaced. The film hits theaters on December 16th, 2011. The film stars Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt and his team, which includes Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Paula Patton. The film also co-stars Vladimir Mashkov, Michael Nyqvist, Josh Holloway, Simon Pegg, Lea Seydoux and Anil Kapoor. Check out the trailer below.

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Relativity Media Unveils New Photos For ‘Untitled Snow White’ Project

Relativity Media Unveils New Photos For ‘Untitled Snow White’ Project

Relativity Media has unveiled new images from their upcoming film Untitled Snow White, which is a spectacular reimagining of the classic fairy tale starring Oscar® winner Julia Roberts as the Queen, Lily Collins (The Blind Side) as Snow White, Armie Hammer (The Social Network) as Prince Alcott, Sean Bean (“The Game of Thrones”, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King) as the King and Nathan Lane (The Lion King, The Birdcage) as the Queen’s hapless and bungling servant, Brighton.

Visionary director Tarsem Singh (Immortals) rewrites fairy tale history as a wicked enchantress (Roberts) schemes and scrambles for control of a spirited orphan’s (Collins) throne and the attention of a charming prince (Hammer). When Snow White’s beauty wins the heart of the prince that she desperately pursues, the Queen banishes her to the forest, where a ravening man-eating beast hungrily awaits.

Rescued by a band of diminutive highway robbers, Snow White grows into an indomitable young woman determined to take back her realm from the treacherous Queen. With the support of her subjects, she roars into action in an epic battle that blends spectacle, magic and contemporary humor in Singh’s signature, jaw-dropping visual style.

Check out the photos below and weigh in with your thoughts!

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Cam Gigandet Discusses His Past, Present and Future Entertainment!

Cam Gigandet Discusses His Past, Present and Future Entertainment!

With his striking good looks and dynamic range, Cam Gigandet quickly established himself as one of Hollywood’s brightest young stars. His assent began by honing his skills on television shows like “Jack & Bobby” and the wildly popular series, “The O.C.” It wasn’t long before the powers that be took notice and cast him in even larger roles. It was his role in a little movie called “Twilight” that helped to rocket him to a new level of stardom. It wasn’t long before he found himself starring opposite of many of the silver screen’s biggest names! His latest endeavor is Joel Schumacher’s new thriller, “Trespass,” which pairs him with the legendary Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman.

The film focuses on a private, wealthy community, where priority is placed on security and no exception is made for the Miller family’s estate. Behind their pristine walls and manicured gardens, Kyle (Nicolas Cage), a fast-talking businessman, has entrusted the mansion’s renovation to his stunning wife, Sarah (Nicole Kidman). But between making those big decisions and keeping tabs on their defiant teenage daughter (Liana Liberato), Sarah often finds herself distracted by a young, handsome worker (Cam Gigandet) at their home. Nothing is what it seems, and it will take a group of cold-blooded criminals led by Elias (Ben Mendelsohn), who have been planning a vicious home invasion for months, to bring the Miller family together. When they storm the manor, everyone is tangled up in betrayal, deception, temptation and scheming. Kyle, Sarah and Avery will take the ultimate risk to make it out with their lives – and their family – intact.

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Cam Gigandet to discuss how he got his start in the entertainment industry, his influences, what he learned from working alongside Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman and the challenges involved with making “Trespass.”

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What drove you to pursue a career in the entertainment industry instead of some other creative avenue?

I didn’t have the talent for anything else! [laughs]

Come on now! You do great work!

Thank you! But seriously, I just kinda fell into it. I moved down to Los Angeles for no real reason other to be where I grew up and then I fell into an acting class. Maybe it was just my upbringing. I played sports growing up, so acting and that creative lifestyle had never really entered my mind because I hadn’t grown up with it. When I walked into that acting class, it was just so eye opening, so new, different and exciting that I just knew that this was what I wanted to do! Once I made the decision — if you are going to make the decision to become an actor, it kinda has to be “all in and whatever it takes!” I never really had a backup plan, I never really had anything else! It had to be this, one way or another, this had to be the way I made a living. I have been fortunate enough lately to make a living from it

You are doing great so far! Who would you cite as your biggest professional influence at this point in your career and why?

I can honestly say that I would not be sitting here today, talking with you, if it wasn’t for my acting coach and dear friend, who I have worked with for 10 years now. Her name is Leigh Kilton Smith. She has really shown me the way and mentored me since I was very new, since I was on the “O.C.” even. She has really given me what I needed and the tools to make it in this career.

'Trespass' from Director Joel Schumacher

Your latest project is “Trespass.” What was it about the script or the character in particular that drew you to the role?

He is a character that has this belief that what he was doing was the right thing and it needed to be done. He is someone who, with his obsessive kind of nature, narcissistic even, has such strong beliefs that he was saving someone and doing the right thing. He thought that he was the one to do this, that he was the savior. That is kind of a scary notion, to think of someone who has that utter belief and there is a certain danger when you come across those types of people. That seemed so interesting to me and the fact that people like Nicolas Cage, Nicole Kidman and Joel Schumacher were involved. To be a part of something that they were all a part of was something that you can’t really pass up.

What was your process for bringing the character from the script to the screen? Was there a certain mindset you had to be in or do some research for?

For this one Joel and I had talked and there was a little bit of research because it wasn’t just an emotional journey that this guy went on, he had more medical types of issues! So, there was this obsessive narcissism that I had to research. It was always a process of asking why that he does the things that he does. If I could come up with answers that were interesting and use my imagination to justify what he does, it all began to fall into place after that. We were fortunate enough to have a few weeks of rehearsals before we started shooting, which is great because you get to try a lot of things out and throw ideas back and forth to see what sticks. There was so much playing around that we all sort of fell into our characters during that rehearsal process. If something didn’t work, we just left it alone.

It is an awesome opportunity for a young actor like yourself to be able to watch Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman in these rehearsals and on set. Did you learn a lot from your time with them?

Of course! They are both such pros! Both of their processes are so different but both so valid. You can really pick and choose what you want to learn from each. Nicole is a pro 100% of the time. To watch her work through a scene is amazing. She does it with such grace and she is stunning, so it is easy to pay attention! [laughs] She always seems to understand what she is doing, there are no wasted movements, there is always a purpose. That is a trait that I wish I could possess! Nic is more free-spirited, quirky, just kinda different and just kinda lets it go and figures it out along the way. He isn’t afraid to try this, throw this and say, “How about this?” So, it was really interesting to watch the dynamic between the two of them. They are both so valid, so you just kinda have to find what you enjoy but there is always something to learn from people like that.

Joel Schumacher is an amazing director with many years of experience under his belt. What was it like working with him and what do you think he brought to the table on a project like this?

Nicole Kidman and Cam Gigandet

Ya know, I don’t know how he did it! He had always said that the biggest moment on a movie for a director is hiring the cast. He really meant that and I always thought that once the director had his cast he is going to tell them this or tell them that but Joel gave us so much freedom as actors to explore and create these characters. For a director to give up that type of control can be one of the hardest things for a director to do, I can imagine. The fact that he could give us that freedom just shows the trust and faith that he has in us and us to him. We always knew that we were in good hands and that he was never going to let us go in the wrong direction, he would always lead us back. He does that with such ease and calm that you never feel that there is any amount of pressure. That is when you really get to explore and have fun, when you don’t have that pressure that can sit over you when you feel that the director doesn’t like something. Joel takes everything with a grain of salt and he is just so calm and easy that we were never really worried. Joel was great and I loved working with him on the film.

Looking back on the experience from an acting standpoint, what was the biggest challenge in making this film?

One of the more obvious challenges that not only I faced but all of the bad-group-of-people faced was wearing these masks for an extended period of time. It has been done before but wearing the masks and having to focus everything through the eyes and gestures is very different! That was definitely a new experience for me and I think it was definitely a challenge that we all enjoyed playing on this project. Other than that, there were no challenges other than having to stay at the level of Nicole and Nic! [laughs] Rising up to that challenge was very welcomed!

Cam Gigandet

Looking back on your career so far, how do you think you have evolved in your craft since starting out?

It doesn’t matter if I watch “The O.C.” or even “Trespass,” I always feel that every time that I watch something that I have done, I wish that I could change it or do something differently or I am like, “What were you thinking there?” It always kinda goes through your head. But overall? I don’t know. I think that it is all a learning process. I feel like if I keep getting more comfortable and if I keep taking more risks and trying new things and exploring, I will be OK! I don’t want to sit and judge what I do too much because then I will become obsessed with it and I will lose any confidence that I had! [laughs] Once things are over, I will try to let them be in the past!

You have played many diverse roles. What other projects should we be on the lookout for in the short term?

Hopefully this will all work out but I am shooting a pilot in a few weeks for TNT called “Gateway.” It is a western! Hopefully, if everything goes according to plan, that should air sometime next year!

That is great and it sounds like a great project for you! We will be here to spread the word! Is there anything you want to say to your fans before I let you go?

Yeah! Just that I love them all and to keep going to see anything that I am in! [laughs]

As a fan, I certainly will! All the best to you, Cam! I am sure we will be talking again soon!

Sounds good! Thank you!

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Movie Review: Natalie Zea and Sean Patrick Flanery Shine In ‘InSight’

Movie Review: Natalie Zea and Sean Patrick Flanery Shine In ‘InSight’

In theaters on September 2nd is an exciting new thriller from director Richard Gabai. InSight centers on a cool, calm and collected ER nurse named Kaitlyn played be the lovely and talented Natalie Zea (Justified, Dirty Sexy Money). During a hectic night at the hospital, Kaitlyn and her colleagues find themselves tending to Allison Parkes (Angeline-Rose Troy), a victim of a brutal stabbing. While frantically trying to keep the girl alive, Kaitlyn gets accidentally electrocuted by the defibrillator, which stops her heart as well. Kaitlyn pulls through but having sustained such terrible injuries from her attack, Allison does not. Shortly thereafter, she begins to experience the victim’s memories and disturbing flashbacks of her final moments with her killer.

As the visions persist, Kaitlyn quickly finds herself alone and forced to attempt to solve the crime as no one believes her story. Kaitlyn soon partners with Detective Peter Rafferty, played by Sean Patrick Flanery (Powder, Boondock Saints), who has been assigned to investigate Allison Park’s gruesome murder all while providing care for her cancer stricken mother Patricia (Veronica Cartwright).

To be quite honest, when I first read the synopsis of the film, I thought that it might lead to a middle of the road viewing experience. I was delighted to be wrong on several levels! The film’s fast pace takes flight immediately, sucking the viewer in during the first few scenes! It doesn’t take long before the story begins to take shape around the unfolding mystery, revealing new twists and turns around ever corner. The real strength of this film lies in the performances of Natalie Zea and Sean Patrick Flanery. Both actors are allowed to flex their creative muscle and show their dynamic ranges in a way that you see in few movies. Zea is definitely a star on the rise and carries the bulk of this film on her quite capable shoulders. Flanery adds a terrific balance to his leading lady and brings a sense of stability to the viewer as the mysteries of the film begin to reveal themselves. Quite simply, the duo lose themselves in their roles and bring that certain something that makes you genuinely care about the characters they are portraying onscreen. Hopefully, these type of roles keep rolling in for both actors, as it is high time Hollywood takes notice! The film also features smaller but equally solid roles from Max Perlich, Adam Baldwin and the iconic Christopher Lloyd.

InSight’s harkens back to the days of the classic mind-bending storytelling of ‘The Twilight Zone’ and ‘Alfred Hitchcock Presents’ with strokes of the classic film detective films of the 1940’s. It is this type of atmosphere, which could even bring the look of ‘Mad Men’ to mind, combined with the rock solid performances that brings this project to the next level. If you are on the lookout for a film that keeps you glued to the edge of your seat, look no further than ‘InSight’.

RATING: 4/5 Stars

Check out the official site for the film at www.insightthemovie.com and “Like” it on Facebook at www.facebook.com/insightthemovie

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Natalie Zea Discusses Her Career and Her Thrilling New Film, ‘InSight’!

Natalie Zea Discusses Her Career and Her Thrilling New Film, ‘InSight’!

Natalie Zea is more than just a pretty face. Delivering standout roles both on television and the silver screen, this multi-faceted actress has quickly established herself as one of Hollywood’s brightest up-and-coming stars. Whether she is starring alongside Timothy Olyphant in FX’s hit series ‘Justified’ or starring in her new thriller, ‘InSight,’ 2011 is shaping up to be her most amazing year yet. In the new film, Zea plays an ER nurse named Kaitlyn. While tending to a young stabbing victim, she is accidentally electrocuted by the defibrillator that is used in an effort to save the woman’s life. Almost immediately she starts to experience the victim’s terrifying memories. Kaitlyn turns to family, friends, and the police, but no one takes her seriously. She decides to take it upon herself to solve the crime – as the terrifying visions threaten her sanity. She teams up with the detective (Sean Patrick Flanery) on the case and weaves her way through the victim’s past to discover the brutal truth. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with this rising star to discuss her roots in the entertainment industry, bringing her character in ‘InSight’ from script to screen, the challenges involved and much more!

What got you started on journey in the entertainment industry?

I was an only child and was alone a lot as a kid, so i had to entertain myself, so I had a propensity for it early on. Then, when I was a freshman in high school, my cousin, who was in the theater department, encouraged me to take a drama class. The drama teacher, Evelyn Jones, noticed I had some natural ability and began nurturing it and i fell in love with the process.

Who would you cite as your biggest influence as an actress?

There’s no one person that comes to mind. I think it’s because I’m drawn to certain performances, as opposed to certain performers. We’re all inconsistent, as actors, and sometimes we’re on our game more than other times. Bill Murray in ‘Lost in Translation’ comes to mind, or Jim Carrey in ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’, or Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke in ‘Before Sunset’ and of course Bette Davis in ‘All About Eve’.

One of your latest projects is ‘InSight’. Tell us about your character in the film and what attracted you to this very interesting role?

I’m drawn to the darkness. On the surface, she seems like a pretty straight forward character. And then you get the whole story. And that little twist is what drives the colors and the layers of the character throughout the movie.

What is your process for bringing a character such as this from the script to the screen?

Normally, I would say that I don’t have a process, but i’ve recently discovered I do. Although, it’s not something that can be described in words. I’m not big on research or backstory as I think those things get in the way of the moment. And really all that’s important to me is telling the truth. And I can’t tell the truth if I’m thinking about where this character went to elementary school.

What do you feel that you brought to the character that may not have been in the script originally or even in the man you know?

I have to say that the biggest challenge of this character was not being able to infuse any humor into her. I tend to try and find some sort of levity to any character I play and with Kaitlyn it simply wasn’t an option. so rather than finding something that wasn’t on the page, my challenge was to stay true to how this girl was written.

They say that each role is a learning experience for an actor. What did you learn about yourself/your craft on this film?

I’m an aspiring filmmaker, so I try to take away as much knowledge – whether it be noting something that works or taking note of what went wrong – from every film set as I can. We shot this thing in 15 days and that can be tough on the actors – well, on everyone- and I wonder how something like that affects performance. Maybe the adrenaline adds to it, or maybe it hinders it. It’s hard to know.

What do you think director Richard Gabai brought to the table for a project like ‘InSight’?

Richard is a very ballsy guy! His ambition is impressive. He took a film that was shot for almost no money by hollywood standards and made it look like a multi-million dollar studio film. I don’t know many people who can do that.

Your role in the film is very intense. Where there any moments during the filming that provided a break from that intensity? Were there any funny moments on set or was it all business, all the time!

When I’m working, I always have a tv series that I watch between shots and at lunch as a way to separate myself from what i’m doing on set. Maybe not the wisest choice, but with this particularly movie, I chose ‘Breaking Bad’. Oops. At least it kept me in the right mood! And yes, when you work this closely with a crew, there is a very special bond that’s formed. The wardrobe and hair and make-up departments’ were a huge part of making me laugh and keeping me sane throughout the process.

You have been amazing on FX’s ‘Justified’. As an actor, how satisfying has the role of “Winona Hawkins” been for you as an actor?

I will say that this role is challenging in ways I never anticipated it to be. I often times don’t really understand what she wants, and that can be difficult, because that’s sort of acting 101 “what does my character want in this scene”. She’s proven to be a pretty polarizing character which is thrilling for me. I love the passion – whether it be love or hate – people have for her and I do love her complexities, even though, sometimes her inconsistencies drive me crazy!

Any word if we can we look forward to seeing more of your character in Season three of the series?

I will be continuing on in Season 3.

You have played such a wide variety of roles in your career. Is there a part or a specific genre that you would like to tackle in the years to come?

Comedy, comedy, comedy. It’s funny, I’ve done plenty of comedic roles – DIRTY SEXY MONEY, HUNG, THE OTHER GUYS, CALIFORNICATION – and yet when I meet with producers and say that I’m interested in doing more comedy they’re always shocked. I’m the sort of go to drama girl. If you want a bitchy DA, I’m your woman (although, I’ve put a moratorium on that. No more bitchy DA for me – I’ve reached my quota). But if you look at my resume I’ve done just as much comedy as I have drama. And I personally think i’m better at it. I have so much more fun exploring a comedic character than I do a straight up dramatic one. There’s more freedom there.

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

Oh, god, I don’t know. Sometimes I feel like I’ve devolved, you know? I’ve become a better technical actor over the years, which isn’t always a good thing. When you find you’re acting for the camera and not staying in the scene. I do feel like I’ve become more informed about how things are made. The technical side of things. T.V. is tough, because it’s easy to get lazy and to half ass things, so I’m constantly on myself not to phone it in.

What is the best piece of advice that someone has given you along the way in your career?

Do not read about yourself online. Genius advice. I have a filter I call googleMom. My parents have a google alert on me and will occasionally send me stuff that’s either flattering or outrageously funny. Otherwise it’s none of my damn business.

That being said, do you have an advice for anyone who would like to get involved in the entertainment industry?

See above. Seriously, I can’t say it enough. STAY OFF THE INTERWEBS!

What other projects are on the horizon for you that we should be on the lookout for?

I start work on an indie feature called ‘Sweet Talk’ in a few weeks. It’s a really cute little love strory, with different time periods as backdrops. Actors’ catnip. Then I go back to ‘Justified’ in October. Then I’m producing and acting in a movie that I wrote – it’s been seven years in the making! – in the spring. We start pre-production for that in January and I’m both scared to death and so excited I can’t contain myself.

Anything that you would like to say to the fans before I let you go?

Only that I love them!

Thank you so much for the opportunity to speak with you! We wish you all the best!

Thank You!

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Check out the official website for ‘InSight’ at www.insightthemovie.com and remember that the film hits theaters on September 2nd, 2011! 

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