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The Neon Demon: Jena Malone Dazzles In Nicolas Winding Refn’s Sleeper Hit of The Summer

The Neon Demon: Jena Malone Dazzles In Nicolas Winding Refn’s Sleeper Hit of The Summer

This week, genre film aficionado Jeremy Morrison takes a look at Nicolas Winding Refn’s latest offering, “The Neon Demon.” The flick, which is gaining more buzz with each passing day, stars Jena Malone, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Elle Fannning, Abbey Lee, Bella Heathcote, Desmond Harrington and Karl Glusman.

The Plot: Jesse (Elle Fanning) moves to Los Angeles just after her 16th birthday to launch a career as a model. The head of her agency (Christina Hendricks) tells the innocent teen she has the qualities to become a star. Jesse soon faces the wrath of ruthless vixens (Abbey Lee Kershaw and Bella Heathcote) who despise her fresh-faced beauty. On top of that, she must contend with a seedy motel manager (Keanu Reeves) and a creepy photographer (Desmond Harrington). As Jesse starts to take the fashion world by storm, her personality changes in ways that could help her against her cutthroat rivals.

The Review: This movie landed on my radar thanks to the fine folks over at Mr. Skin. Knowing next to nothing about the film, other than it promised a few nude scenes, I checked out the trailer and something clicked. I just had to see this film. Admittedly I have yet to see “Drive,” “Bronson” and “Only God Forgives.” Nothing against Nicolas Winding Refn, the films just haven’t found their way to my screen. The trailer for “The Neon Demon” just seemed like my kind of weird.

Arriving at the theater I was a little sketchy. The last time I asked for a solo ticket at the box office was for Rob Zombie’s “Halloween,” and though I have come to terms with the genius that is Rob Zombie’s comedies, at the time I left the theater swearing off all things horror convention chic. Things worked out a bit better this time around. I’m glad I followed my impulse to see the film as soon as possible before my social media feeds were flooded with high praise for the hit or miss film amongst critics and cinephiles alike. And yes, I understand the irony that I too am now flooding YOUR feed with MY opinion.

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As far as the film itself, “The Neon Demon” is an actor’s dream and a cinematographers wet dream. Elle Fanning is able to capture the deer in headlights quality you’ll see on just about any newcomer to the Los Angeles scene. Keanu Reeves taps into one of his darkest roles yet as he oozes scum through the screen. Bella Heathcote and Abbey Lee Kershaw play up the beautiful bitter bitch side of the model world. But the true standout in this picture is Jena Malone’s Ruby. Malone’s performance is powerful, folks. I won’t break down specifics as I would hate to spoil the experience for potential viewers, but I’ll say she does some of the heaviest lifting in the film and handles it with the ease and grace of a starlet. Can we agree to give Jena Malone all the movies from now on?

'The Neon Demon' is in theaters now!

‘The Neon Demon’ is in theaters now!

If Tumblr taught me anything about Nicolas Winding Refn, it’s his movies look amazing. “The Neon Demon” is no exception. Natasha Braier is behind the lens and proves she is one of the best shooters around. Every scene plays out like a beautiful nightmare. I mean this as respectfully as possible, but “The Neon Demon” looks and feels like Dario Argento’s “Suspiria” shot a hot, thick rope all over a Wes Anderson flick’s chest.

THE VERDICT: SEE IT! TWICE!

Jeremy Morrison – Staff Writer
Co-creator/host of the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, film reviewer, screenwriter, Jeremy has more than eight years experience in television and film production. His childhood fascination with the naked breasts featured in the “Friday the 13th” franchise prepared him for absolutely nothing in life. J-Mo lives by one motto: #wecantallbezacksnyder
Twitter: @acidpopcult
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Tom Delonge And “Teen Wolf” Star Tyler Posey Team For Live Action Poet Anderson Film

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Tom DeLonge

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

About Tyler Posey

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

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FROM NOISE COMES CHAOS: Linkin Park’s Joe Hahn On His Directorial Debut!

FROM NOISE COMES CHAOS: Linkin Park’s Joe Hahn On His Directorial Debut!

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As the turntablist and creative visionary for legendary rockers Linkin Park, Joseph “Joe” Hahn has spent the better part of his career rocking crowds around the globe. Having directed more than 30 music videos for the iconic band, along with a number of other projects, making his transition to the world of feature films was the next logical step in his creative growth. His directorial debut, ‘Mall’ (based on Eric Bogosian’s novel), is clearly most ambitious work to date. The film explores the  world seen through the eyes of Jeff (played by a captivating and immensely talented Cameron Monaghan) and examines the lives of a group of disaffected suburbanites who find themselves at a shopping mall in the wake of a seemingly random shooting, and whose outlooks on their own lives are positively transformed as a result. The film boasts a star-studded cast featuring the talents of Vincent D’Onofrio (who pulls triple duty as star/producer/screenwriter), Gina Gershon (Showgirls, Killer Joe), Peter Stormare (Fargo) and James Frecheville (Animal Kingdom). Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Joe Hahn to discuss his influences, evolution as an artist, the challenges of breathing life into his first feature film to life and what the future might hold for this director on the rise.

Director Joseph Hahn

Director Joseph Hahn

What attracted you to the arts in your youth and later propelled you into it as a career?

I think it was originally just reading comics, storytelling and listening to music that got me interested in the arts. Like most people, I had an interest in music very early on. In high school, I got really interested in DJing. I found it very interesting, especially what a lot of DJs were doing at the time as far as scratching and manipulating records. It quickly became a focus for me and it was something I wanted to learn. In my later years of high school, I started playing around with it, buying record players and records and all that sort of stuff. Soon after that, I started pursuing art and went to The Art Center, which is where I met Mike [Shinoda]. He was working on a project that he was putting a band together for, a band called Xero at the time. That started with three songs that were on a cassette that we all learned and it eventually grew to become what Linkin Park is today.

Working with the band eventually gave you the opportunity to turn your focus to directing. How did that aspect of your career come about?

When I was younger, like I said, I was into comics and storytelling through pictures and a few words. I actually went to art school for about a year before it became too expensive for me. However, I was fortunate enough to start landing some cool jobs. I started working in special effects where I would design characters, creatures and doing storyboarding! The thing I learned in that environment was that we were being hired to come up with solutions to tell a story through these special moments. We were basically designing scenes for the director’s pitches and this really gave me the ability to do what they were doing. Flash forward to the band getting signed, we started making music videos and I just asserted myself into the process because I found it very interesting. We did a couple of videos with a couple of directors but I realized, to get to have our voice come across, I would have to direct it myself. That is when I started directing the music videos. It was cool because I was really able to experiment and find new ways of telling stories, especially in motion, and that kind of stuff.

Joseph Hahn: Bringing his talents to the world of filmmaking.

Joseph Hahn: Bringing his talents to the world of filmmaking.

What were some of your influences and how did that translate into developing your style?

I think style is something that happens over time, that is how I try to approach it. Some people may disagree and treat style as a way to brand themselves. The things I gravitate towards, being a lover of art and film, the inspiration comes from different places. It can come from stories, pictures you have seen, animation and a ton of different places. I try to stay as open minded as I can in the process and I love the opportunity for collaboration. I used to do a lot of storyboarding to articulate to everyone exactly how I wanted it and also to allow for a degree of improvisation through that. I enjoy doing that because it helps to establish the lighting, mood, costumes and the different vibey elements that will be used. It kind of goes on a case by case basis. If I need to articulate something super specific, I would draw something out but I always try to remain open to whatever it takes to move the process along. It’s all about building blocks and having an idea of what you want to do and mapping out a plan and how to achieve it.

Joseph Hahn's 'Mall' - Now Available on Netflix!

Joseph Hahn’s ‘Mall’ – Now Available on Netflix!

Those videos and what you learned in the process, would ultimately lead to creating your directorial debut, “Mall.” What was it about this particular script that made it the right project to make your introduction to filmgoers?

Directing a feature film has been something I was evolving toward for a very long time. I hadn’t had the opportunity or figured out where to assert myself the best way until I came across this script. I loved it and thought, “OK. How do I make this?” It was really different and I knew I could tell the story in a way that was really cool. I also knew I could get some really good performances out of some really cool actors. I guess it was the excitement from reading the initial script and the challenge of getting it made that really intrigued me. That is where it started. It took a lot of hard work but I am really happy with the outcome!

The cast was great on the project and you definitely walked away with some great performances. What can you tell us about finding the right group of people to flesh out these roles?

One of the producers of the film is Vincent D’Onofrio, who is also a great actor. It was him who originally had secured the script with his relationship with the original content creator, novelist Eric Bogosian. He optioned the book and wrote it with Joe Vinciguerra and Sam Bisbee. When I met him, I told Vincent how I would tell the story. He said, “OK! I want you to do it!” That was pretty amazing! When it came to casting, I was pretty surprised because a lot of people really wanted to be a part of the project. I was very fortunate to be able to choose between a ton of really talented people for the roles. It was a creative challenge when it came to choosing certain characters, Cameron Monaghan playing Jeff is a great example. I met tons of kids who would have been great for the role but, when I met him, I knew the subtlety that he was able to bring with his performance made him the right one to play the character. After that, I feel like all of the other actors fell right into place after we started casting.

 From music to videos to film; Joe Hahn does it all!

From music to videos to film; Joe Hahn does it all!

Were there any particular goals, aspirations or techniques you were eager to tackle with your first project?

Yeah. For me, coming from the music video world, the medium has allowed me to be experimental, even though I don’t do too many of them anymore because record labels don’t take them as seriously as they once did. It is almost like I have these visual ideas that I store in a little file in my head and I am eager to put them together in the right way. It becomes a matter of how these visual elements that I envision in my head come together and enhance the emotion in a scene. There is a technique called datamoshing, which you might see if you watch a digital feed being interrupted and it causes the image to distort. I always thought it was a cool technique because it accentuates one element interrupting another element. I felt it could be exciting as an almost spiritual, layered experience. I was interested in connecting the idea of something coming out of something else, something that isn’t bound physically to this world but that might be happening on another spiritual or mental plane. I tried to use that technique in the film, especially when some of these guys are tripping on acid and they are seeing life in a different way. I wanted it to have an almost transcendental feel to it where there might be something very scary or very enlightening about it. Also, there were a lot of other things used to agitate the view as Jeff was taking the drugs and seeing the world differently, showing that he is going down a dangerous path. I wanted those effects to make you feel a little bit uncomfortable in a cool kind of way.

I felt the music in this film also had a similar effect when it was incorporated. How did you go about incorporating the music into the story?

Some of the basis for the soundtrack built from the Linkin Park song at the start of the film. There are also three or four vocal tracks on there. I worked with Alec Puro and we identified songs that fit with major characters. After that, we would create themes for the other characters. Once we established those themes, it was just a matter of Alec and myself pounding out some cool music that felt really vibey and providing some melodic hits to pertain to what was going on with that character. It was a satisfying process putting it all together.

Director Joseph Hahn

Director Joseph Hahn

What is the biggest lesson you took away from your first feature that you will take forward to future works?

Wow! There were a lot of lessons! You definitely have to improvise as you are going along. On my next project, I will definitely start fresh and look at it as it being its own thing. However, with the nature of indie film or low budget film, you are trying to build something big by using only a few tools. I definitely had the tools but the main thing I found myself fighting was time, the film was shot in 18 days, and utilizing the resources I had to the best of my ability. The financial issues can also affect a process. Not having enough time and money can definitely be worrisome but, at the same time, I feel it creates an environment where you have to be more creative. At the end of the day, more money doesn’t necessarily equate to making a better film. I think that is part of what excites me about this process, you don’t know what the next day will bring. You can plan it out as much as you want but it is really how you conduct yourself and be a leader to your crew. By that I mean setting yourself up for success by empowering everyone to be creative with you. Part of the joy of filmmaking is working with other great people from the crew to the cast and everyone else behind the scenes whose names you see at the end of the movie when the credits roll. The project is a blank canvas when you start and then everyone brings something to it and in the end, hopefully, you have something really cool because people have let their imaginations go to a different place.

That is a really terrific way to view the process. Where do you see yourself headed in the future in regards to filmmaking?

Currently, I am developing a bunch of different projects. It is a little slow going because you have to nail all the story elements first and then convince people to help you make the film. I have a bunch of those going. As far as things that excite me about the future, I see technology moving so fast and giving us some really great tools. More and more, it is giving people at an entry level such great tools to create and it is really exciting. I also feel that live elements combined with traditional pre-recorded material may come into play as we move forward. There are things like virtual reality and biometrics that are improving by leaps and bounds. I am really excited to be part of those explorations as well!

Thank you so much for your time today, Joe. I really appreciate it and we will continue to spread the word on all of your projects!

Thank you, Jason! I appreciate it! Talk to you soon!

‘Mall’ is current available on Netflix – Click here to learn more.  Follow the ongoing adventures of Joseph Hahn on Instagram at www.instagram.com/mrjoehahn. Check out the official website for ‘Mall’ at www.mallthemovie.com.

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Joe Hahn of Linkin Park’s Directorial Debut, ‘Mall,’ Now Available On Netflix!

Joe Hahn of Linkin Park’s Directorial Debut, ‘Mall,’ Now Available On Netflix!

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Joe Hahn

Linkin Park’s Joe Hahn made his directorial film debut in 2014, with Mall.  Adapted from Eric Bogosian’s 2001 novel of the same name, the film stars Vincent D’Onofrio, Gina Gershon and Cameron Monaghan. The movie as seen through the eyes of Jeff (Cameron Monaghan), examines a group of disaffected suburbanites who find themselves at a shopping mall in the wake of a seemingly random shooting, and whose outlooks on their own lives are positively transformed as a result.

Following the film’s theatrical release last October, Mall is now available on Netflix. Check out the trailer for the film below, along with what people are saying about the project!

You can watch Mall as a basic low-budget horror-thriller about people making their way through a mass shooting event, and you’ll be satisfied enough. But the real pleasures come from considering the deeper layers, and from the old school nods to the grind house sensibilities and psychedelic theater. – Forbes

Joseph Hahn proves that when he’s got a couple of weeks and a talented cast that anything’s possible in “Mall.” The member of the Grammy-winning rock band Linkin Park takes a sociopath, automatic weapons, and a group of people in the wrong place at the wrong time and manages to craft it into one of the the most thought-provoking coming-of-age films of the year. – AXS.com

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EX MACHINA: Check Out The U.S. Trailer For Alex Garland’s Directorial Debut

EX MACHINA: Check Out The U.S. Trailer For Alex Garland’s Directorial Debut

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‘Ex Machina’

Alex Garland, writer of ’28 Days Later’ and ‘Sunshine,’ makes his directorial debut with the stylish and cerebral thriller, EX MACHINA. Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company’s brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac).

Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test—charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan’s latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment is Ava (Alicia Vikander), a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated––and more deceptive––than the two men could have imagined.

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Linkin Park’s Joe Hahn Announces October Release For Film ‘Mall’ Starring Vincent D’Onofrio and Gina Gershon

Linkin Park’s Joe Hahn Announces October Release For Film ‘Mall’ Starring Vincent D’Onofrio and Gina Gershon

Director Joe Hahn

Director Joe Hahn

Mall, the debut feature film by Joe Hahn of Linkin Park, will receive a North American theatrical release on October 17th. Co-starring Vincent D?Onofrio (who pulls triple duty as star/producer/screenwriter), Gina Gershon (Killer Joe), Cameron Monaghan (TV?s Shameless), Mall examines a group of disgruntled suburbanites who find themselves at a shopping mall in the midst of a seemingly random shooting. The film will be distributed throughout North American theaters and all major digital platforms via Paragon Pictures.

Hahn recently hosted an exclusive screening of Mall during the 5th annual Nerd HQ event in San Diego. The premiere was followed by a ?Conversations for a Cause? Q&A panel featuring Hahn, producer Sam Maydew (Silver Lining Entertainment), composer Alec Puro and cast members Monaghan and James Frecheville (Animal Kingdom). Moderated by Zachary Levi and The Nerd Machine, Hahn and the cast fielded questions about the thriller from a live audience at San Diego?s Petco Park, while nearly ten thousand viewed the Q&A via live stream online. Watch Nerd HQ?s panel with Hahn and the cast of Mall here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgvKzWU03-0

As a member of the multi-platinum Grammy-winning rock band, Hahn is responsible for the beats, programming and keyboard heard in Linkin Park. He has also directed as many as 30 of the band?s ground-breaking music videos, and over a dozen short films and music videos for other musical acts. Now Hahn is making his full feature directorial debut with Mall, featuring a script adapted from Eric Bogosian?s 2001 novel of the same name by D?Onofrio, Joe Vinciguerra, and Sam Bisbee. ?I find it refreshing to see this kind of point-of-view in contrast to today’s society that interacts digitally,? Hahn recently explained to Mashable. ?When I read this script, it felt real and refreshing to show how ugly people can be as they hide their inner beasts after cracking their facades.?

Earlier this summer, Paragon Pictures, led by Evan Crooke, picked up the North American rights to Mall. As the theatrical distribution division of Osiris Entertainment, Paragon Pictures will release Mall nationwide. More information about Mall can be found through Facebook and Twitter at@MallMovie.

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Linkin Park’s Joe Hahn To Screen ‘Mall’ At Nerd HQ Event In San Diego

Linkin Park’s Joe Hahn To Screen ‘Mall’ At Nerd HQ Event In San Diego

Director Joe Hahn

Director Joe Hahn

Mall, the debut feature film by Joe Hahn of Linkin Park, will have an exclusive Nerd HQ screening at Zachary Levi and The Nerd Machine?s 5thannual Nerd HQ event. Taking place at San Diego?s Petco Park, the limited availability screening of Joe Hahn?s thriller will be held on July 24th; blasting off mere minutes after Linkin Park exits stage left from the mtvU Fandom Awards performance.  The screening will be immediately followed by a ?Conversations for a Cause? Q&A panel featuring Hahn, producer Sam Maydew (Silver Lining Entertainment), composer Alec Puro and other cast members.

More information about Nerd HQ?s exclusive screening of Mall can be found at www.thenerdmachine.com, while more about the film can be found through Facebook and Twitter at @MallMovie.

Mall boasts a cast starring Vincent D?Onofrio (who pulls triple duty as star/producer/screenwriter), Gina Gershon (Killer Joe), Cameron Monaghan(TV?s Shameless), Peter Stormare (Fargo) and James Frecheville (Animal Kingdom). Seen through the eyes of Jeff (played by Monaghan), the film examines a group of disgruntled suburbanites who find themselves at a shopping mall in the midst of a seemingly random shooting, and whose lives are positively transformed as a result.

As a member of the multi-platinum Grammy-winning rock band, Hahn is responsible for the beats, programming and keyboard heard in Linkin Park. He has also directed as many as 30 of the band?s ground-breaking music videos, and over a dozen short films and music videos for other musical acts. Now Hahn is making his full feature directorial debut with Mall, featuring a script adapted from Eric Bogosian?s 2001 novel of the same name by D?Onofrio, Joe Vinciguerra, and Sam Bisbee.

Earlier this summer, Paragon Pictures, led by Evan Crooke, picked up the North American rights to Mall. As the theatrical distribution division of Osiris Entertainment, Paragon Pictures is planning to release Mall nationwide this fall following Linkin Park?s massive Carnivores Tour, kicking off on August 8 in West Palm Beach, FL.

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Joe Hahn of Linkin Park Lands Distribution Deal For First Feature Film ‘Mall’

Joe Hahn of Linkin Park Lands Distribution Deal For First Feature Film ‘Mall’

Director Joe Hahn

Director Joe Hahn

Paragon Pictures has acquired the North American rights to the thriller “Mall,” directed by Linkin Park band member Joe Hahn. The announcement was made by Evan Crooke, CEO of Paragon Pictures.

“Mall” has a screenplay by Vincent D’Onofrio (“Jurassic World,” Marvel’s “Daredevil”), Joe Vinciguerra and Sam Bisbee, adapted from the 2001 novel of the same name by Eric Bogosian. D’Onofrio also produces, with Silver Lining Entertainment partner Sam Maydew, and stars, along with Gina Gershon (“Killer Joe”), Cameron Monaghan (TV’s “Shameless”), Peter Stormare (“Fargo”) and James Frecheville (“Animal Kingdom”). The movie, as seen through the eyes of Jeff, played by Cameron Monaghan, examines a group of disaffected suburbanites who find themselves at a shopping mall in the wake of a seemingly random shooting, and whose outlooks on their own lives are positively transformed as a result.

Linkin Park, the multi-platinum Grammy-winning rock band, is the only band to have five consecutive #1 albums this century. Joe Hahn, who is responsible for the beats, programming and keyboard in the band, has directed as many as 30 of Linkin Park’s ground-breaking music videos, including “New Divide” from “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”, which has over 165 million views on YouTube, as well as the band’s latest video of their worldwide hit, “Until It’s Gone” from their new album, The Hunting Party. He makes his feature debut with “Mall.” The film will be released this fall, following Linkin Park’s Carnivores Tour, which kicks off in the US on August 8th.

“We are delighted to have acquired this unique film from Joe Hahn, who we think is a visionary director” said Evan Crooke. “We appreciate our strong relationships with both Thruline Entertainment and XYZ Films, who were both instrumental in making the deal.”

Added D’Onofrio, “I am extremely excited to have Paragon Pictures working with us. Evan Crooke and Kyle Villella will ensure that our sensitive and creative film is presented to audiences in the best possible way.”

The deal was negotiated by Evan Crooke, Kyle Villella, Danny Sherman and Josh Kesselman for Paragon Pictures and Nate Bolotin for XYZ Films.

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TO BE TAKEI: Critically Acclaimed George Takei Documentary Gets DIRECTV Premiere On July 3rd

TO BE TAKEI: Critically Acclaimed George Takei Documentary Gets DIRECTV Premiere On July 3rd

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Starz Digital Media announced a first window partnership with DIRECTV for the crowd-pleasing documentary “TO BE TAKEI.” The documentary, featuring all surviving Star Trek® cast members on screen for the first time since their hit films, is an entertaining look at the life and work of actor and pop culture icon George Takei.  Director Jennifer M. Kroot (“It Came From Kuchar”) brings the viewer behind the scenes, and provides a revealing, rarely seen look into Takei’s world and showing what it truly means “To Be Takei.”

Starz Digital acquired all North American rights after the movie’s world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The film will premiere on DIRECTV on July 3 and will run exclusively on the platform through August 5. On August 22 the film will be released theatrically in the US and Canada day-and-date with its release across all major VOD outlets, including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Vudu, Xbox Video and cable providers.

TO BE TAKEI is an entertaining and moving look at the many roles played by eclectic 77-year-old actor/activist George Takei whose wit, humor and grace has allowed him to become an internationally beloved figure who may be more relevant today than ever. The film balances unprecedented access to the day-to-day life of George and his husband/business partner Brad Takei, starting with George’s fascinating personal journey from his childhood in a U.S. internment camp for Japanese Americans during WWII, through his iconic and groundbreaking role as Sulu on “Star Trek,”® to his rise as an internet phenomenon with over 7-million Facebook fans.

“We are thrilled that our friends at DIRECTV share our enthusiasm for Jennifer’s incredible movie,” said Mara Winokur, SVP Starz Digital. “We could not ask for a better partner to launch the film to homes nationwide.”

“TO BE TAKEI” was written and directed by Jennifer M. Kroot, co-directed and edited by Bill Weber, and produced by Gerry Kim and Mayuran Tiruchelvam.

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

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

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

Patrick Faucette

Patrick Faucette

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

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

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

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

What has kept you inspired through the years?

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

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

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

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

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

Patrick Faucette

Patrick Faucette

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Patrick Faucette

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One To Watch: Patrick Faucette

One To Watch: Patrick Faucette

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Patrick Faucette

Patrick Faucette

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

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

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

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

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

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

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