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FARGO: FX Orders Third Season of The Critically Acclaimed Series

FARGO: FX Orders Third Season of The Critically Acclaimed Series

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FX has ordered a third installment of the Emmy®, Golden Globe®, AFI and Peabody award-winning limited series Fargo from Creator Noah Hawley, it was announced today by Eric Schrier and Nick Grad, Presidents of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions.

The second installment of Fargo currently ranks as the most critically-acclaimed television of 2015 according to Metacritic with a score of 96 out of 100, and it also scored 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and has the highest average critics’ rating of any show on TV this year with 9.1 out of 10.

“Year two of Fargo is an extraordinary achievement and, given Noah Hawley’s masterful storytelling, we can’t wait to see where the third, all-new version of Fargo takes us,” Schrier said. “Our thanks to Noah, Warren, Joel & Ethan, John and our partners at MGM Television for making Fargo such a memorable and rewarding journey.”

Fargo returns with an all-new episode tonight – “Did you do this? No, you did it!” (Episode 7, Airs November 23, 10:00 pm e/p) – Lou and Hank investigate in Fargo, The King of Breakfast visits Betsy and Molly, Floyd is summoned away and Bear questions a family member’s loyalty. Written by Noah Hawley and Matt Wolpert & Ben Nedivi; directed by Keith Gordon.

Emmy Award winning Executive Producers Noah Hawley, Warren Littlefield, Joel & Ethan Coen, and John Cameron will all return for the new installment. FX’s Fargo is produced by MGM Television and FX Productions, with MGM Television serving as the lead studio.

The first installment of Fargo garnered universal critical acclaim and won three Emmy awards, including Outstanding Miniseries, two Golden Globe awards, including Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, and a Peabody Award.

The second installment of Fargo, currently airing on FX, follows a young State Trooper (Patrick Wilson) and his Sheriff father-in-law (Ted Danson) as they investigate a grisly case involving a local crime family and a major mob syndicate, and a small town beautician (Kirsten Dunst) and her husband (Jesse Plemons) who inadvertently get caught in the middle.

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FX Orders Zach Galifianakis’ New Comedy Series ‘Baskets’

FX Orders Zach Galifianakis’ New Comedy Series ‘Baskets’

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FX has ordered Baskets, a half-hour, single camera comedy series starring Zach Galifianakis, and co-created by Galifianakis, Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel, it was announced today by Eric Schrier and Nick Grad, the Presidents of Original Programing for FX Networks and FX Productions.  FX has ordered 10 episodes of Baskets and production will begin next year with the series scheduled to launch in 2016.

The pilot episode of Baskets was co-written by Executive Producers Galifianakis, Emmy Award-winner Louis C.K., and Emmy Award-nominated Writer and Director Jonathan Krisel (Portlandia, Saturday Night Live, Man Seeking Woman), who is the Showrunner on Baskets and also directed the pilot. Blair Breard, Dave Becky, Marc Gurvitz, and Andrea Pett-Joseph are Executive Producers.

In a world constrained by corporate interests and the homogenization of society, one man in Bakersfield, California dares to follow his dream of becoming a professional clown.  But after an unsuccessful enrollment at a prestigious clowning school in Paris, the only job he can find is with the local rodeo.  Baskets follows Chip Baskets’ (Zach Galifianakis) pursuit of his dream, against all odds, to be a respected clown.

“Zach Galifianakis, Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel have created an absolutely brilliant show,” said Schrier.  “To say Zach’s portrayal of the lead character Chip Baskets is hilarious/unique/riveting/fascinating would be an understatement.  We can’t wait for the world to meet him.”

Baskets is the first production under FX Productions overall deal with Louis C.K. and his production company Pig Newton.

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FX’s ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ To Premiere October 8th

FX’s ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ To Premiere October 8th

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FX has set the premiere date for the fourth installment of its critically acclaimed anthology series, American Horror Story: Freak Show, for Wednesday, October 8 at 10 PM ET/PT.

American Horror Story: Freak Show begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952. A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.

Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Dante Di Loreto, Tim Minear, Jennifer Salt, James Wong and Brad Buecker are Executive Producers of American Horror Story: Freak Show.  It is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television.

The last incarnation of the anthology, American Horror Story: Coven, averaged 7.1 million Total Viewers and 5 million Adults 18-49, ranking it among the Top 20 shows in all of television (broadcast and cable) and Top 5 in cable in delivery of Adults 18-49.  The American Horror Story franchise continues to be an Emmy® magnet, as Coven received 17 nominations, including Outstanding Miniseries. Other major nominations for Coven include Executive Producers Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk for Outstanding Writing; Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson for Outstanding Lead Actress; Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates and Frances Conroy for Outstanding Supporting Actress; and Alfonso Gomez-Rejon for Outstanding Directing. The three incarnations ofAHS – American Horror StoryAmerican Horror Story: Asylum, and American Horror Story: Coven – each have received 17 nominations, bringing the franchise total to 51 nominations.

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FARGO: Critically Acclaimed Series To Get Second Season With New Cast and Characters

FARGO: Critically Acclaimed Series To Get Second Season With New Cast and Characters

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Get your snow gear ready, FX is headed back to Fargo! Executive Producer and Writer Noah Hawley is moving forward with a second installment of the multiple Emmy®-nominated miniseries from MGM Television and FX Productions, it was announced today by John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks & FX Productions.

The new chapter of the Fargo story will feature an all-new cast of characters, a new time period and a new “true crime” story that will unfold over the course of 10 episodes.

“We could not be more proud of Fargo,” said Landgraf.  “Noah’s audacious, bordering on hubristic riff on my favorite Coen brothers film earned 18 Emmy nominations – the most for a single program in our history.  Fargo was nothing short of breathtaking and we look forward to the next installment.”

An original adaptation of the Academy Award®-winning feature film, FX’s Fargo has been nominated for 18 Emmys, including Outstanding Miniseries, Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries or Movie for Executive Producer Noah Hawley, Outstanding Lead Actor nominations for Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman, Outstanding Supporting Actor for Colin Hanks, Outstanding Supporting Actress for newcomer Allison Tolman, and two Outstanding Directing noms, one for Adam Bernstein and one for Colin Bucksey.

The first installment of Fargo features an all-new “true crime” story and follows a new case and new characters, all entrenched in the trademark humor, murder and “Minnesota nice” that made the film an enduring classic. Oscar® winner Billy Bob Thornton stars as “Lorne Malvo,” a rootless, manipulative man who meets and forever changes the life of small town insurance salesman “Lester Nygaard,” played by BAFTA Award® winner and Emmy®-nominated Martin Freeman. Colin Hanks plays Duluth Police Deputy “Gus Grimly,” a single dad who must choose between his own personal safety and his duty as a policeman when he comes face-to-face with a killer.  Allison Tolman also stars as “Molly Solverson,” an ambitious Bemidji deputy.  Fargo is written by Noah Hawley. Hawley, Warren Littlefield, Joel & Ethan Coenand Geyer Kosinski serve as executive producers.

Fargo is produced by MGM Television and FX Productions.

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Bob Odenkirk, Oliver Platt, Kate Walsh and Glenn Howerton Join FX’s ‘Fargo’ Series

Bob Odenkirk, Oliver Platt, Kate Walsh and Glenn Howerton Join FX’s ‘Fargo’ Series

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Bob Odenkirk, Oliver Platt, Kate Walsh and Glenn Howerton are among the stars joining Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman and Colin Hanks in the FX limited series Fargo, an original adaptation of the classic Academy Award®-winning feature film. The announcement was made today by Eric Schrier, President, Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions and Steve Stark, President, Television Production, MGM Television. Production begins in November in Calgary, Canada and the series is slated to premiere next spring on FX.

FX’s Fargo will feature an all-new “true crime” story, following a new case and new characters, all entrenched in the trademark humor, murder and “Minnesota nice” that has made the film an enduring classic.  As previously announced, Oscar® winner Billy Bob Thornton stars as “Lorne Malvo,” a rootless, manipulative man who meets and forever changes the life of small town insurance salesman “Lester Nygaard,” played by BAFTA Award® winner and Emmy®-nominated Martin Freeman. Colin Hanks plays Duluth Police Deputy Gus Grimly, a single dad who must choose between his own personal safety when he comes face-to-face with a killer.

Rounding out Fargo’s colorful cast of recurring characters will be Emmy winner Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad), as “Deputy Bill Olson,” a Bemidji deputy with seniority over his younger, smarter and more ambitious fellow deputy, “Molly Solverson,” played by Allison Tolman (Sordid Lives), who will be a series regular.  Golden Globe™ and Emmy-nominated Oliver Platt (The Big C, and the upcoming featuresLucky ThemChef and Kill the Messenger), will play “Stavros Milos,” the Supermarket King of Minnesota.  Screen Actors Guild Award®winner Kate Walsh (Private Practice) will star as “Gina Hess,” a former stripper and mother of teenaged twin boys. Glenn Howerton, star of FXX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, will play “Don Chumph,” an ambitious personal trainer. Joey King (The ConjuringOz: The Great and Powerful) will play Gus’s daughter, “Greta Grimly” and Peter Breitmayer (The Middle, A Serious Man) will play “Lieutenant Schmidt,” Gus’s superior officer. Tom Musgrave (Beethoven’s 5th) will portray “Bo Munk,” Lester’s boss at the Bo Munk Insurance Shop, and Josh Close (The Master) will play “Ron Nygaard,” Lester’s younger and more successful brother.  Russell Harvard (There Will Be Blood) and Adam Goldberg (The Unusuals) will play members of the Fargo Crime Syndicate, “Mr. Wrench” and “Mr. Numbers,” respectively – Mr. Wrench is the muscle. Mr. Numbers is the mouth.

A 10-episode limited series, Fargo is written by Noah Hawley. Emmy Award-winning director Adam Bernstein (30 Rock) will direct the premiere hour.  Executive Producers are Hawley, Warren Littlefield, Joel & Ethan Coen, and Geyer Kosinski. Fargo is produced by FX Productions and MGM Television.

MGM Television will be the lead studio and will handle worldwide distribution of the series outside of the U.S. and Canada.

Fargo, released in 1996, was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won for Best Original Screenplay for Joel & Ethan Coen and Best Actress for Frances McDormand.  It was named as one of the 100 Greatest American Movies by the American Film Institute.

Last year, FX announced that it would be producing miniseries and limited series through FX Productions.  The network has had tremendous success with traditional drama series, with most of its dramas running seven seasons.  By entering the limited series business, FX can produce dramatic programs that have shorter runs – one, two or three seasons – and offer talented filmmakers more freedom.

FX Productions is also in production on the limited series Wayward Pines for FOX. A limited series from M. Night Shyamalan, Wayward Pines stars Matt Dillon and Carla Gugino. It is slated to premiere in summer of 2014.

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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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FX’s ‘Justified’ To Return With Season 2 On February 9th!

FX’s ‘Justified’ To Return With Season 2 On February 9th!

Criminals beware: Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens is back as FX announced that season two of its critically acclaimed drama series Justified will return on Wednesday, February 9 at 10 PM ET/PT and run for 13 weeks.

Developed by Graham Yost and starring Timothy Olyphant, Justified is based on the works of crime novelist Elmore Leonard, including Leonard’s short story Fire in the Hole.  Fresh off the epic gun battle that concluded season one, season two of Justified finds Bo Crowder dead and the Crowder criminal grip on Harlan County broken.  “Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens” must now face off against the criminal organizations who are moving to fill the void, and he finds himself entangled once again with the mercurial Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins).

The series co-stars Nick Searcy as Givens longtime friend and boss “Chief Deputy Art Mullen;” Jacob Pitts as “Deputy Marshal Tim Gutterson;” Erica Tazel as “Deputy Marshal Rachel Brooks;” Joelle Carter as “Ava Crowder,” Boyd Crowder’s sister-in-law; and Natalie Zea as Raylan’s ex-wife “Winona Hawkins.”  Walton Goggins also stars as “Boyd Crowder.”

Joining the cast in recurring roles this season are Margo Martindale (Million Dollar Baby, The Riches), Jeremy Davies (Lost, Saving Private Ryan), Joseph Lyle Taylor (100 Centre Street) and Brad William Henke (October Road), who play members of the “Bennett Family.”  For generations the Bennetts have been the biggest pot farmers in Eastern Kentucky, and have a long-standing feud with Raylan’s family.

Yost wrote the pilot and serves as Executive Producer/Writer on the series.  Leonard is also an Executive Producer on the series along with Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman, Fred Golan and Michael Dinner who directed the pilot episode.  Justified is produced by Sony Pictures Television and FX Productions.

FX is the flagship general entertainment basic cable network from Fox. Launched in June of 1994, FX is carried in more than 96 million homes. The diverse schedule includes a growing roster of critically acclaimed and award-winning original series, an established film library of acquired box-office hit movies, and an impressive lineup of acquired hit series.

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

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

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

michael_lombardi-4Where did you grow up?

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

How did music first come into your life?


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s next for the band?

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

Did any specific actors influence your acting career?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for your time and best of luck!

Take care!

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Glenn Howerton Talks “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” And More!

Glenn Howerton Talks “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” And More!

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You may know Glenn Howerton best as Dennis Reynolds, one of the devious yet lovable characters from the hit FX comedy “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” The show centers around four very politically incorrect friends that run a local pub in The City of Brotherly Love. The self-absorbed group tackles some of today’s hottest social issues with topics ranging from racism to abortion while constantly showcasing their complete inability to care for others. Howerton is not only one of the stars but also serves as one of the shows creators, producers and writers alongside the very talented Rob McElhenney and Charlie Day. In what is a Cinderella story of sorts, these three hard working guys shot their own pilot, sent it into the network and got picked up for a series — which is not an everyday occurrence in Hollywood. Along the way, the boys added the talents of Kaitlin Olson and comedy legend Danny DeVito to the mix and spawned an underground sensation! The show is now headed into it’s fifth season on FX, which begins it’ run on September 17th, and continues to gain steam and win over fans worldwide. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Glenn Howerton to discuss the show’s creation, the highly anticipated new season, the process of bringing “The Nightman Cometh” episode to the stage and all of his upcoming projects.

ghowerton-1Where did you grow up?

I grew up all over the place, I was an Air Force brat. I was born in Japan and I grew up in England and Korea, and I moved to Montgomery, Alabama when I was ten. I lived there till I graduated high school, and then I got the fuck out! [laughs]

How did you get started in the entertainment business?

I used to do plays as a kid at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery, but I kind of just did it for fun and just got involved in it. My parents got me involved in some little acting class for kids when I was little, and I started doing all of these plays. So, I don’t know, it was just like one of those things that I did along with all the other shit I was doing like playing sports and whatnot. I was graduating high school and I was going to go school for aeronautical engineering and at the last minute, and it was actually my parents oddly, they encouraged me to go to school for acting. I got offered a full scholarship down to the theater school down in Miami and I wasn’t going to do it but my parents encouraged me to, so I’ve gotta give them some credit for that!

Well it seems to be working out so far!

Yeah man so far so good! I never thought I’d be writing and producing a television show. That was a bit of a spin on the whole acting career thing, but it’s fun and I like it.

How did you originally meet up and then spawn the series “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”?

We were friends and knew each other from New York, but we became closer friends out here in L.A. We were all a bunch of actors trying to get gigs and had a shitload of free time on our hands. We got our hands on a couple of cameras and started shooting stuff together just for the hell of it, just to stay busy. And basically we were constantly complaining about all of the material we were getting, so we were like “Well fuck man if we’re go God damn smart lets go out and buy some cameras and see if we’re any better than anyone else that’s trying to make shit.” We just started making our own home movies really, that’s what they were, and this “Sunny” thing was just one of the home movies that we made. When we put it all together and looked at it we were like “Shit this is actually really funny this could actually be something.” We showed it to all our friends and they thought it was funny, it just kind of spiraled out of control from there because we all had the same manager. He worked over at a company called 3 Arts Entertainment, they produced a lot of television. He showed it to them and they loved it, and within a couple of months we literally were shooting an actual pilot for FX. It was bizarre.

ghowerton-6In addition to creating the series you all also produce, write and star in it. Is it difficult to balance all those aspects or is it old hat to you now?

It makes things both easier and harder, it’s a ton of work. In terms of balancing things, it’s extremely difficult because we’re trying to do them all at the same time, most shows the producers and writers are one thing and the actors are another. They are pretty much producing and writing at the same time as they’re shooting and they’re all acting at the same time. For us we have to do things in phases because we have such a heavy hand in every phase of the production. We try to take four months out of the year and write all the scripts first before we go into the acting of it, but it never works out that way. [laughs] We always end up writing as much as we can and then we go into shooting, and we’re usually shooting and writing and producing all at the same time. It’s a real haggle man, I mean it’s tough and a lot of fucking work. And then I guess in a sense it does make things a little bit easier only in the sense that we have full control over the product. So if we’re frustrated with the way a scene is written then we can actually do something about it as opposed to other actors on things that are frustrated about a scene and they think it’s not working but they can’t do anything about it because they don’t have any power.

You tackle a lot of edgy subjects on the show, do you and the network ever butt heads or is it pretty much smooth sailing?

They’re fans. We don’t have a lot of trouble with them. I think we, from the very beginning, because at least initially were such an incredibly low budget show it’s almost like we were FX’s little experiment you know what I mean? They wanted to get into the comedy business but they didn’t have a whole lot of money to spend and they found these guys that they thought were funny and they were like “Well let’s just put a little money towards this and just see what happens.” So because of that, we were so under the radar and we were able to get away with pretty much whatever we wanted, if anything they were always pushing us to go further. There is no studio attached to our show, it’s just us and the network, so that set the precedent right from the beginning that we could kind of get away with whatever we wanted. Then as the show got bigger we were just able to continue doing whatever we wanted because we already established, I keep using that word, but we’d already established the precedent so moving forward that made things a lot easier for us. I think it’s kind of the same thing with some of these other shows that get away with murder, like “Family Guy”, again they were so under the radar that they just got away with doing whatever the fuck they want to do with it and continued on that way from there on out. I can tell you the standards are a little bit different for newer shows that have a little bit more on them from the very beginning.

A few seasons back you added Danny DeVito to the cast, how did that come about and in your opinion what does Danny bring to the table as far as the show is concerned?

ghowerton-4Initially after the first season, which was only seven episodes, we were so under the radar that the president of FX essentially told us “Look I’m a big fan of the show, I want to pick it up for a second season but I’ve got to be able to sell it to my bosses at the corporation. So I’ve got to be able to tell them that we’re going to do something different to bring these ratings up.” His first thought was, you know he was kind of laying it out there because we can come up with whatever we want, but why don’t we add a cast member who’s got a little bit of star power and bring him onto the show? And we had already been thinking of that for a character for the show, or a character or two as reoccurring characters anyway. Cause we thought it would be funny to get these parental characters to give an idea of where these people came from. So it all kind of came together and John Landegraf President of FX was friends with Danny and worked with him in the past and he brought up Danny’s name. And it was just right from the beginning, I mean we’re all huge Danny DeVito fans and we felt like he was such a natural fit for our show because his humor is skewed so dark. It’s so sort of bizarre anyway, so we thought “Shit, if there’s any chance in hell that we can ever get this guy on our show-great!” He’s clearly a smart guy and he’s a great actor, he’s funny and people love him. How could you do better than that?! So we basically came up with the character for him that we felt suited him and pitched it to him and by the end of the day he had said yes. We were all of course shocked, we didn’t think we could get somebody of his caliber involved in our tiny little under the radar show. We knew our show was good, we felt our show was good and we felt like we deserved it [laughs] but we didn’t think for a million years we were going to get it. But yeah I think it worked out. Basically one of the main reasons I think it worked out was because Danny’s kids were big fans of the first season of the show and I think he really puts a lot of credence in that.

You’re heading into season 5 now, what can you tell us about that?

About the new season? [laughs] I probably shouldn’t talk about this. The episodes specifically I never know what to begin with. I mean what can I say? It’s gonna be great, I think it’s our best season. All I know is that whenever we’re in the editing room going through these things we’ve been living with these episodes for eight or nine months. The fact that we’re sitting in the editing room still laughing every single day is a REALLY good sign. If we’re still laughing at it and we’ve been living with it for that long then I know that we’ve got something good on our hands. All I can say is that I’m really excited about it. I think everybody is really at the top of their game right now, and I can absolutely for sure say that this is Danny’s best season. He’s found something this year, I don’t know what the fuck is going on with that guy, but he’s so funny this year on the show. He’s fully embraced the insanity of this character and he’s killin’ it, he’s killin’ it!

ghowerton-5One of the biggest developments in the last few seasons has been emergence of The Nightman, when you put that together did you have any idea of the impact it would have with the fans?

No we never know, that stuff never ceases to amaze me: the stuff that people sort of latch onto and find the funniest. You know like The Greenman thing and The Nightman/Dayman thing, when we were writing those things we obviously thought that they were funny or we wouldn’t have put them on the show. But I never in a million years dreamed that The Dayman song was going to become such a giant giant phenomenon with people. I do however remember in the third season when we did that episode and shot that scene the first time we sang that song on the set, I remember from that time, it was actually a scene between Charlie and I when we first sing that song it was the first scene that we shot in the third season. From that time forth everybody in the whole crew was singing that song. I kind of had this feeling, I was like “Well that’s interesting.” Everybody on the crew kept coming up and telling us how much they loved that song, how much it made them laugh and how catchy it was and they couldn’t get it out of their head. So I was like “Well that’s interesting.”, and then I kind of just didn’t think about it. So the episode came out and people just kind of went nuts for it.

Now you’re bringing it to the stage, what can you tell us about what’s been involved with that and what can people expect from the live show?

The live show is essentially an expanded version of the actual episode of “The Nightman Cometh” which was the season closer for season four. There are some added moments, added scenes, added songs and extended versions of songs that already existed. [laughs] This is another thing that we never intended to do, we just kind of did it for fun at The Troubadour here in L.A. and people just went absolutely ape shit for it. So Live Nation approached us about doing a tour, our initial reaction was “No that’s crazy, we’re never going to take this on tour that’s insane it would never work.” They were like “We think you guys could sell out three thousand, four thousand seat venues.” And we thought they were crazy, then they said “Look we’ve run the numbers and we think you guys could do it and would you be interested?” We thought it could be a really fun way to kind of connect with the fans and help promote the fifth season of the show and just see what it’s like to experience the life of a rock star for a second. [laughs] That’s how it evolved into this whole tour thing which is insane. And then those tickets sold out in like 90 minutes or something so we were like “Shit man!” We knew that people were watching the show, we knew that we had finally had created a nice firm fan-base for the show but it’s not till you see it firsthand that you get that gratification.

Speaking of your fan-base, there has been a lot of buzz around the internet from fans about a Christmas episode that you guys put together. What can you tell us about that?

ghowerton-3We’d been wanting to do something like that for a long time, we’d been talking about doing double episode specials. We just wanted to do some kind of special: a Halloween special, a Thanksgiving special, and we thought that Christmas was great because you really want to see how at that time of giving how these characters would react. And we wanted to do something where we just had absolutely nothing holding us back whatsoever and we knew the only way we could do that would be something straight to dvd. Cuz even though we can get away with a lot on FX there are some things that you just can’t do you know?! [laughs] So we thought we’ll just do something exclusively for dvd. That’s how the idea came about. I don’t want to give anything away, but I will say without hesitation that we’re definitely getting away with a lot. [laughs] There is going to be a lot of havoc reeked on this dvd, I’m really excited for people to see it and it’s very funny. It’s a very funny take on Christmas and there’s a lot of crazy shit that happens on that episode, crazy shit!

You’ve had quite a full plate here lately, and a couple other projects I wanted to touch on. How did you get involved with “The Cleveland Show” what can you tell us about that?

I’ve been wanting to do animated voices since I was basically a kid, I just never really put myself out there just because I didn’t have the time and was doing too many other things. Initially I got very close to booking one of the main regular characters on the show and I guess they liked me over there so they started hiring me to come in and do little things here and there. Which I started doing. I guess they liked my character voice work, they just kept calling me. [laughs] I guess I did between fifteen and twenty episodes in the first season. I was going in and doing character voice whenever they needed me to. Really it’s all I have time for outside of “Sunny” right now and it’s such a great great fun gig. I think as an actor you get pigeonholed and there’s only so many characters you can play but if you can do stuff with your voice you can play anything you want if your voice can do it. I’d be hard pressed to ever get hired as a Puerto Rican man or a black preacher you know what I mean?! It’s never going to happen. But on “The Cleveland Show” I’ve gotten to play both of those, two characters and one is a Puerto Rican man and one is a black preacher. Roles I would never have gotten to play as an actor, so it’s a lot of fun.

ghowerton-7You’ve been working on the pilot for “Boldly Going Nowhere”, again what can you tell us about that and when might we see some movement on that project?

It’s slow going only because we’re so busy, like you said we’ve got a million things going on. “Sunny” has always been our first priority, we were very strict with ourselves in the interest of expanding our business and doing other things which we all of course want to do, we never wanted to let “Sunny” suffer. Because it’s a show that we really love and a show that we really care about and we don’t want to let ourselves or our fans down. It’s just been tough to find time to concentrate on that without burning ourselves out. We wrote a script probably about a year and a half ago and it was a script that we thought was very funny and got a lot of traction and we actually shot a version of it but we are in the process of rewriting it and possibly re-shooting it. That’s essentially where we’re at.

Has there been a particular highlight along the way, or what is your favorite memory from “It’s Always Sunny”?

[pauses] Hmmmm, let me think about that for a second. It’s always the most simple things, I’m not always the best one to answer that question because there’s really no real real big moment. But if I had to say the first thing that pops into my head really was doing the live show at The Troubadour. Getting to experience the performing in front of people who are clearly die-hard incredibly enthusiastic fans of our show, and coming onto the stage and people went absolutely ape shit! I’ve never seen anything like it and it really hit home for me just how much our fans really care about our show and how much they love it. It’s really gratifying, you know? I mean when people approach me on the street, they don’t ever approach me because I’m some big celebrity. They approach me because they just love the show. I’m not banging Lindsey Lohan, I’m not on “Beverly Hills 90210” or “Melrose Place”. People aren’t like “Oh it’s that guy!”. And that’s not the kind of recognition I would ever want anyway, but to have someone come up to you and say “Hey man, I love your work.” is like the greatest feeling. So I would have to say, if I had to pick a moment, it would be the first time I stepped out on stage at The Troubadour for that first live show.

ghowerton-9What’s it like working with the legendary Fred Savage?

[laughs] Fred is a great guy man, he’s got a ton of energy, he farts way too much on set I’ll tell you that much! He’s a gassy son of a bitch, man he’s so gassy. He’s a lot of fun, he’s game for whatever, he’s just a good dude and I like him a lot.

What advice would you have for someone getting involved in the entertainment industry?

My only advice is that if you don’t love what you do and you’re just doing it because you’ve got nothing else going on or because you want to become famous or you think you deserve to be famous, then just don’t do it. Just don’t. Because you’re not bringing anything to the world and you might just get your heart broken when you realize no one gives a shit who you are. I hate seeing people in the entertainment industry that are only doing it for the money or for the fame or they’re just doing it because they think they deserve to be a celebrity. That kind of shit in our society just needs to fuckin die, I hate that kind of stuff. And you know I see it all the time, in Hollywood and in the entertainment business people just like the “idea” of being famous or being rich and famous and being on the cover of “Us Weekly” and I say “Fuck that!” If that’s what you’re in it for then you’re never going to be a happy person.

Well I appreciate all the hard work you put into the show, we are looking forward to the new season. Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Thanks for watching! We’ll keep the standard high and you guys just keep buying the dvds.

Thanks, Glenn! We are looking forward to the new season of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia and we will be tuning in!

Thank you!

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Pick Of The Week: Sons of Anarchy – Season One

Pick Of The Week: Sons of Anarchy – Season One

The writer of The Shield and the producer of The Sopranos bring you the most ruthless adrenaline-packed new drama of 2009, Sons Of Anarchy. With over 40 minutes of unaired scenes, the DVD takes you even deeper in the unexplored world of this outlaw Californian Motorcycle Club as its members struggle to balance family life and weapon-trafficking business. It is a can’t miss series and will let you roll right on into Season Two which is set to debut in September of 2009.

Vist the official site of this amazing series at www.fxnetworks.com/soa

sonsofanarchy-season1One of the most critically acclaimed new series of 2008, “Sons Of Anarchy” Season One gets its motor running on Blu-ray Disc (BD) and DVD August 18 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. From the creative mind of Kurt Sutter (“The Shield”) the series chronicles an international outlaw motorcycle club that brandishes their own kind of law in the fictional Northern California town of Charming. Charlie Hunnam (Nicholas Nickleby) stars as Jax Teller, a man whose love for the brotherhood is tested by his growing apprehension for its lawlessness thanks to the birth of his newborn son and the discovery of a life-altering journal written by his father years ago. Under the watchful eye of his force-of-nature mother Gemma (Katey Sagal; “Married With Children”) and his stepfather/club president Clay (Ron Perlman; Hellboy), Jax is forced to keep his friends close and his enemies closer as he slowly begins to distance himself from those he considers family. With white supremacists, gunrunning hoodlums, meth-dealing rivals and crooked cops, “Sons of Anarchy” is exciting, risky and downright chaotic. “Sons of Anarchy” Season

Synopsis:
FX Network’s original series, “Sons of Anarchy,” is an adrenalized drama with darkly comedic undertones that explores a notorious outlaw motorcycle club’s (MC) desire to protect its livelihood while ensuring that their simple, sheltered town of Charming, California remains exactly that. Charming. The MC must confront threats from drug dealers, corporate developers and overzealous law officers. Behind the MC’s familial lifestyle and legally thriving automotive shop is a ruthless and illegally thriving arms business. The seduction of money, power, and blood.

Blu-ray Disc Specs:
The “Sons of Anarchy” Season One Blu-ray Disc is presented in widescreen (1.78:1 aspect ratio) with English 5.1 Lossless and Spanish Dolby Surround Sound with English, Spanish and French subtitles. Episodes and special features included in the collection are as follows:

Disc One:
Pilot (Commentary with Kurt Sutter, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman and Katey Segal)
Seeds
Fun Town
Patch Over
Giving Back

Disc Two:
AK-51
Old Bones
The Pull (Commentary with Kurt Sutter, Guy Ferland, Maggie Siff and Charlie Hunnam)
Hell Followed
Better Half

Disc Three:

  • Capybara
  • The Sleep of Babies
  • The Revelator (Commentary with Kurt Sutter, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman, Kim Coates, Mark Boone Junior, Theo Rossi, Ryan Hurst, William Lucking, Johnny Lewis and Tommy Flanagan)

Special Features:
The Making Of ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Season 1
The Ink
The Bikes
Casting ‘Sons Of Anarchy’
Deleted Scenes
Anarchy On The Set

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