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New Trailer and Poster Art For David Gleeson’s Psychological Thriller ‘Don’t Go’ Starring Stephen Dorff

New Trailer and Poster Art For David Gleeson’s Psychological Thriller ‘Don’t Go’ Starring Stephen Dorff

Be sure to check out the new trailer and poster art for the upcoming psychological thriller from director David Gleeson, Don’t Go. In the vein of films like Donnie Darko, The Butterfly Effect and The Sixth Sense, the film stars Stephen Dorff (“True Detective”, Blade, Somewhere, Public Enemies) and Melissa George (“Grey’s Anatomy”, “The Good Wife,” “In Treatment”).

Written by Ronan Blaney (The Back of Beyond, Love Bites), the film centers around a young couple reeling from the shock of their young daughter’s death. Ben (Stephen Dorff) and Hazel (Melissa George) are attempting to restart their lives in a picturesque seaside village. But when the girl begins appearing to Ben in a haunting recurring dream, he becomes convinced that she is attempting to make contact from beyond the grave—and that his nightmare may hold the key to bringing her back to life. As Hazel begins to fear for her husband’s sanity, they are each drawn into a mystery far beyond their understanding.

‘Don’t Go’ opens on October 26th, 2018.

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New Trailer and Poster Art Debuts For IFC Films’ ‘Mary Shelley’

New Trailer and Poster Art Debuts For IFC Films’ ‘Mary Shelley’

Check out the new trailer and poster art for ‘Mary Shelley.’ Hitting theaters on June 1st, 2018 via IFC Films, the film stars Elle Fanning, Douglas Booth, Bel Powley, Joanne Froggatt, Tom Sturridge and Maisie Williams.

The film tells the torrid true-life tale of how a passionate love affair fueled the creation of trailblazing writer Mary Shelley’s Gothic masterwork, Frankenstein. Check out the trailer below!

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NO LIMITS: Ted Raimi On The Past, Present and Future of His One-of-a-kind Career!

NO LIMITS: Ted Raimi On The Past, Present and Future of His One-of-a-kind Career!

As one of the greatest character actors of his generation, Ted Raimi has truly done it all. From his early days in his brother’s Super 8 movies, to shemping in “Evil Dead 1,” to co-starring (and nearly destroying himself) as Henrietta in “Evil Dead 2,” to playing multiple parts in “Army of Darkness” and triumphantly returning to the ‘Evil Dead’ cinematic universe in “Ash Vs Evil Dead” playing Chet Kaminski, Ash’s childhood friend, Ted Raimi’s real-life story arc is as diverse as the characters he has played. Even fans dwelling outside the realm of the horror genre will instantly recognize his famous face from his roles in “Xena: Warrior Princess,” “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys,” “seaQuest DSV,” Wes Craven’s “Shocker,” “Darkman” and the wildly successful Tobey Maguire versions of “Spider-Man” films. His talent, drive and robust body of work in both film and television is truly undeniable. Along the way,  Raimi has also dazzled us from behind the camera as a writer and producer. In 2017, he will begin a new chapter of his career as he helms his first feature film — “The Seventh Floor.” Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up Ted Raimi to discuss unique journey as an actor, the key to longevity in the entertainment business, his role in Austin Reading’s ‘Darkness Rising’ and what the future holds for him in the years to come.

You are a familiar face in television and film. Let’s go back to the beginning. How did you get involved with the arts early on in life?

I came into this business unconventionally. Most actors, I think, come to it by seeing a movie, like “Fight Club” or “Goodfellas,” and saying, “Wow! That’s so amazing! I have to do that with my life. It’s something I have to do. I need to get out to Hollywood!” I did it in a very oblique way. I had a series of really crappy jobs when I was a kid. I was a dishwasher, a busboy and a golf caddy! It was all the worst jobs you could have and was only slightly better than digging ditches. [laughs] One of the jobs I had was as a production assistant working for this commercial company in Detroit. A friend of mine said, “You should try to do industrial films.” I said, “What is an industrial film?” I really had no idea what it was. In short, they are movies made for in-house businesses. They are not going to be seen by the public and are made by companies like General Motors, Ford and Westinghouse for their employees. I said, “Well, OK!” Detroit is a big industrial town, so they were making a lot of these movies and I started doing them. The first time I read for one, I got it! It was a half a day of work and they let me go at noon. I never forgot it! This particular one was for Ford. I went home and thought, “My God! That’s the shortest work day I’ve ever had in my life!” A week later, I got the check and that check was worth three weeks worth of washing dishes! I thought, “Oh my God! I’m never going to wash another dish as long as I live!” That’s how I started! It was less that I felt the love of acting and more that it was something I could make a living at and sort of had an ability for but loving it came later. I’m much more of a practical guy! I’m a Detroiter and a practical guy. I thought to myself, “I can make this work! This is something I can do.” I wound up really digging it in my early 20s but as a teenager it was just for the money.

Obviously, you carved out quite a career for yourself in the years to follow and are one of the best character actors out there.

Thank you!

What are the keys to longevity in the entertainment business?

I would say it comes down to having your own life outside of Hollywood. It’s really just that simple. If you only live in the Hollywood world, you will be consumed by it. It will eat you alive. When you are finally spat out you will be someone who is wrecked emotionally, personally and financially. You have to have your own life outside this business. You have to have your own things that you dig, so that when you are told, “No,” and you will be told, “No” a million times, you will be OK and come out on your feet.

As a character actor, you get offered a lot of unique roles. What do you look for when it comes to the projects?

I want something that is unique. That’s number one. Nearly as important, is that it’s fully funded. I get scripts all the time from people and usually they don’t have a dime. I understand that and it’s hard to get money in this business but I don’t even bother looking at those scripts. You have to be fully funded and when you are, I will start looking at it. However, the things that have always tickled me are thrillers and horror pictures. I loved them as a kid and I still love them as an adult! Those stories stay with you and is the stuff of your late night thinking. When I was very young, the very, very last of the radio dramas were in its final death throws. It was on CBS and it was called the CBS Radio Mystery Theater and it was hosted by E.G. Marshall. I think it was on two or three nights a week at 10 o’clock. I’ve never forgotten E.G. Marshall saying in his gravely, creaky voice, “Come in!” It’s something I have never forgotten and something I still think about this very day. I thought, “Man, if I could thrill people like he did, that would be something to look forward to and work towards.” I keep that in my head all the time, no matter where I am in this business. When I pick a project, I think about that!

You take on roles big and small. Tell us about your process to bring the character to life.

I never think about what another actor would do with the part. I only think about what I would like to do. In other words, I start very unconventionally. The actors that I typically don’t care for are the ones who are trying to be like other actors. I just try to be like myself. I start big and I let the director bring me down from there. I start with way too much usually. That way, the director can pair it down to the size he wants. Some actors prefer to start very, very small and let the director sort of mold them but, for me, it’s the other way around.

Ted Raimi in Austin Reading’s ‘Darkness Rising’

One of your latest roles is a cameo in ‘Darkness Rising’ how did you get involved there?

The director, Austin Reading, is a very good friend of mine and we’ve worked together in the past on a few things. ‘Darkness Rising’ was a very good script and he asked me to do a cameo in it. Normally, I don’t do those, but I really enjoyed the script and Austin’s directorial style, I said yes. Ya know, it’s basically an old fashioned, spooky haunted house movie. With that said, there a lot of those, but I think this one’s unique. The cameo that I do is a period piece, so that made it doubly interesting.

You have a big body of work. How have you evolved as an actor since those early years?

I think I’m more confident as an adult, so I’m much weirder than I was when I was younger. I was called quirky when I was younger. As you get older, you are still quirky but people just call you weird! [laughs] That’s really about it! [laughs]

What’s the most challenging role you took on?

That’s a good question. The first picture I got my Screen Actor’s Guild card for was “Evil Dead 2.” In that movie, I was covered in prosthetics for 13 full days in 100°+ weather. That was a huge challenge physically and it was rough! I also feel all the TV series I have done get very rough because you get very complacent. After a few years of doing a TV show, you get very comfortable and being too comfortable is dangerous because you get boring. You start doing the same things over, over and over again. That’s really bad and it’s death for an artist. You never want to do that!

Your work continues to be discovered by new generations of fans. For those who may be new to your work, where should they dive in? What are some of your favorite projects?

For those who are just seeing me for the first time, it just depends on what you dig. For the most part, sci-fi, fantasy, horror films and television shows are about 95% of my body of work. There is plenty of it! They can check out the “Spider-Man” pictures or “SeaQuest DSV,” an old NBC show I’ve done, I think they will like that. It all depends on how old they are too. I have voiced a lot of cartoon characters that I think younger fans might dig! So, if you are young, you don’t want to be starting off with movies like “Midnight Meat Train” or “Evil Dead.” That might damage your mind a little bit! [laughs]

Where are you headed in the future? Are there projects you are anxious to tackle?

Mostly I have put acting aside and this year I’m directing my first feature. It’s call “The Seventh Floor” and I’m doing it with a company called Veva Entertainment. I’m very excited about it. It’s in pre-production right now and it’s a thriller. It’s right up my alley! I can’t wait! We start shooting in September. I never thought my first feature would be something I didn’t write but the script was so enticing and the writer was so good that I had to say yes! That’s what I’m doing now! This last year, I also created an ad campaign for the Starz Network for their show “Ash Vs. Evil Dead.” I shot that and it’s now running simultaneously on all their websites and might even be running on the cable channel as well. There are three or four more ads that should appear later this year for season three of the series. I’m looking forward to those too! To answer your question, I’m mostly just directing now.

No offense, Ted, but what took you so long to make the jump to directing a feature?

No offense taken! [laughs] You’re absolutely right! It took too long and I should have done this 10 years ago to tell you the truth but I just wasn’t ready to do it. However, I’ve always been late with everything in my life. Everything! For heaven’s sakes, I didn’t kiss a girl until I was 22 years old! I didn’t even have a date until I was 21! Everything has been later for me. That’s what I can really give to you and the only one I can give to myself.

Who are you biggest influences when it comes to directing?

I would say my biggest influences are the classic guys. Jacques Tourner is one and I know that seems like a weird one but he is basically the guy who invented the horror genre, if you look back at his pictures. “Cat People” is pretty amazing. He’s a guy who really created the movies that we see today, so I find his work very impressive. There are also guys like John Huston. I love his work and I’m very inspired by him. I’m also inspired by modern guys to some degree — Tony Scott and David Fincher. I love all of those guys and I take a lot of influence and visual styles from them.

We can look to the career as an inspiration. What is the best lesson we can take from your journey?

I would say, “Be yourself above all else.” Don’t try to be what Hollywood, your managers, your agents, friends, photographers or teachers want you to be. Be who you are. With that in mind, you will find that you will have a lot of hits and misses but you can always go home knowing who you are at the end of the day. That’s a rare thing in Hollywood. This town, though it appears it’s a dream factory and to some extent it is, produces a lot more bruised bananas than peaches, if you get my meaning.

Catch Ted Raimi in ‘Darkness Rising’ when it hits select theaters and VOD on June 30th! Follow his continuing adventures via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and www.tedraimi.com.

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First Trailer For Bart Freundlich’s ‘Wolves’ Released, To Hit Theaters In March

First Trailer For Bart Freundlich’s ‘Wolves’ Released, To Hit Theaters In March

Check out a new trailer for IFC Films upcoming drama, WOLVES, which hits theaters and On Demand on March 3, 2017. Written and directed by Bart Freundlich (World Traveler, The Myth of Fingerprints), the film stars Taylor John Smith ( “Cruel Intentions,” “American Crime,” Insidious: Chapter 3), Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals, Loving), Carla Gugino (Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game, “Wayward Pines,” “Roadies”), Zazie Beetz (“Atlanta”)
Chris Bauer (“The Wire,” “True Blood”) and John Douglas Thompson (Michael Clayton, A Most Violent Year).

Synopsis: From the famous courts of West 4th Street, to the tenements over looking the bridges of the lower east side, Wolves paints an original, diverse, and emotional portrait of a boy becoming a man in New York City.
18-year-old, Anthony Keller is a high school basketball star. Now in his senior year he is being recruited by Cornell University, a dream come true. Called “Saint” by everyone at his school (St. Anthony’s), he does his best to live up to his name. He is captain of his team, a good student, has a long time girlfriend and some good friends. But the ease with which he moves through his life is a facade. At home, Anthony struggles with his troubled Father, Lee Keller, (Michael Shannon) and his gambling addiction. Anthony’s Mother, Jenny, (Carla Gugino) has made it her mission to keep the family afloat but has done so only with great emotional and financial sacrifice.

As Anthony approaches the end of his senior year and the city finals, he is faced with adversity from all sides, and the stakes are high. He must find his own definition of what it means to be a man, both on and off the court, and in doing so he is confronted with the decision of a lifetime.

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IN BLOOM: Juliette Lewis Talks On Career, Role In ‘Kelly & Cal, New Music & More!

IN BLOOM: Juliette Lewis Talks On Career, Role In ‘Kelly & Cal, New Music & More!

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Juliette Lewis has been recognized as one of Hollywood’s most talented and versatile actors of her generation since she first stunned audiences and critics alike with her Oscar-nominated performance as ‘Danielle Bowden’ in Cape Fear. To date, she has worked with some of the most revered directors in the industry, including Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Lasse Hallström, Oliver Stone, and Garry Marshall. Whether lending dramatic authenticity or a natural comedic flair to her roles, Lewis graces the screen with remarkable range and an original and captivating style.

After a six-year hiatus from film to pursue her burgeoning music career exclusively, Lewis announced her return to acting, much to the delight of film fans. Lewis can be seen in August: Osage County, based on the Pulitzer Prize and Tony-Award winning play by Tracy Letts. She plays the role of Karen, the self-deluding youngest daughter and is joined by an ensemble cast that includes Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Ewan McGregor. She has also landed a lead role in the indie films: ‘Kelly and Cal,’ alongside “Cougar Town” star Josh Hopkins and ‘Hellion’ alongside “Breaking Bad” star Aaron Paul. This spring, Juliette can be seen in M. Night Shyamalan’s Fox Event Series “Wayward Pines.”

‘Kelly & Cal’ serves as one of Juleitte’s most ambitious roles to date. In the film, Lewis plays a punk-rocker turned suburban mom, Kelly, who is nostalgic for a life she can no longer have and uncertain of a future she doesn’t yet fit in. Seventeen-year-old Cal is frustrated at his lack of control over the hand he’s been dealt. When the two strike up an unlikely friendship, it’s the perfect spark needed to thrust them both back to life. Directed by Jen McGowan, ‘Kelly & Cal’ is a true indie gem. The dynamic chemistry of Juliette Lewis and Jonny Weston truly lights up with screen in ‘Kelly & Cal.’ Juliette Lewis delivers a standout performance in a film that explores overcoming the obstacles that life sends our way, the ones we create for ourselves and the art of baring our souls.

Jason Price of the mighty Icon Vs. Icon recently sat down with Juliette Lewis to discuss her role in the film, the challenges of bringing the character form script to screen, her evolution as an actress, her musical side and what the future hold might for hold her.

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Juliette Lewis

We’ve become accustomed to seeing you on the silver screen. I wanted to go back to your early years. What made you take the plunge as an actor and what kept you inspired through the years?

It’s funny. I was just thinking that a misconception of me would be that I am a rock ‘n’ roller who acts in movies sometimes! [laughs] But my dad is a character actor. I grew up knowing movie making as a line of work that is very colorful with long hours, meeting interesting people and you tell stories. I am always thankful that I had a real pragmatic and realistic view of what movie making was because I grew up on my dad’s movie sets. He did a lot of Clint Eastwood westerns, “Laverne & Shirley,” and everything under the sun that you could do as a working actor. I always knew that was the line of work if you lived in your imagination, liked to create characters and tell stories. I did that from an early age. I guess the first seed of acting was the hours where I played make believe with my sister, where you are dreaming up characters when we used to play behind my house. Those were my early years. Then I started as a teenager and movies gave me a sense of focus and actually kept me out of trouble! Ironically! [laughs] People think it is funny but it was great because it gave me a voice and somewhere to channel this energy and an intuition because, since I was little, I have had a lot of empathy of other people, particularly the underdogs. As I look back on my career, I am proud and happy that I always gravitate towards the less common characters that I have seen on scene and not the two-dimensional characters. I love contradictions. I love the people I see everyday that fill our world, so I never gravitated toward film to be cool or to be liked or accepted.

You took a little time off to pursue your musical side but returned with a bang! How did you get involved with “Kelly & Cal” and what was it that spoke to you about this film?

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Juliette Lewis shines in ‘Kelly & Cal’

It was a trip! I was always going to sing and play music and I did that when I approached age 30. I just took off, wrote songs, formed a band and toured the world. I did that for a good seven years. I didn’t make movies at that time. I sold records and played shows. I will probably make a documentary about it at some point. That actually made me more patient, hungry and passionate for acting in a totally different way. As you get older, you really get into the experience of things. It’s not the destination, it’s the journey. It is a cliche but it’s said for a reason! “Kelly & Cal” was a little diamond of a script. I opened the pages and it resonated with me so much as a personal turning point in adult life. I love when she says, “I am going through an existential crisis,” because I was just on the heels of one when I read this script. Even though I am not a new mother, the fork in the road, ambivalence and looking back and feeling lost and looking ahead, all of those complications, that feeling resonated strongly with me. I have been facing my parents aging, mortality and all of that stuff. Looking at your younger self doesn’t fuel this later chapter of your life. What got you by when you were younger, you will find, you need a bit more to get you by later! Anyway, I got the script and it was gorgeous! Then I met with the director, Jen McGowan, who is a passionate, physical director. I believed in her and think she is a great filmmaker. I just love taking risks and making movies now for the love of it. I was never into grooming a career. That was never my interest.

Your performance was terrific in the film and I am sure playing opposite of Jonny Weston and working alongside of director Jen McGowan, who you just mentioned. What can you tell us about working with them and what they brought to the project?

It was so important to know who would play Cal because he has to go toe-to-toe with me and also kind of dominate the energy of the scenes. It was really important. I was involved in the casting process and when we first auditioned Jonny, it was a no-brainer! I was so excited because he had that x-factor that I first saw in Leo DiCaprio or Brad Pitt because we all came up at the same time. Jonny has that indescribable something, that energy that is unpredictable. I was so excited for him to play Cal. We were so natural together. Jen, I loved her shooting style, along with Philip Lott, the director of photography. I loved how organic and natural it all was. It is a little story but it is a very unique and original story. I like that there is this sense of insomnia running through the whole thing. We worked 16 hour days and I was in every frame for four weeks in New York. It was really a labor of love and I am thrilled that it is coming out. I think it shines a light on women that you don’t often see in cinema. That is what independent film is for, I suppose, to show unique perspectives.

Juliette Lewis

Juliette Lewis in ‘Kelly & Cal’

There are a lot of emotional scenes in this film. I am sure you tap into your own emotions to bring them to life. Is it difficult to put yourself out there, in those moments, and bare your soul to the world?

[laughs] Yeah! It is difficult in how truthful I want to go, ya know? I think as an artist, I am a masochist. The more uncomfortable it is, the more honest it is going to be, if you know what I mean. You want to get out of premeditation and live and breathe in the moment. All I ever hope is that audiences believe everything I am doing and that it looks as easy as breathing. The acting on a cellular level is tough because I think I am changing a little bit. I am just brutality within my own head! [laughs] It is pretty horrifying! There are so many ways you can play a scene. You could play a scene 50 different ways but that is what the director is for! This script was so close to my heart. I love the writing because it is unapologetic. Kelly is somewhat unlikable! When I read the script, I have to be honest, I found her somewhat irresponsible and a bit unlikable! As a mom, you are like, “How dare you be this irresponsible as a young mom!” I just wanted it to be super real. I don’t mean to say that because I know what it will look like in print. I know actors aren’t supposed to judge the characters but I could judge her and I could still play her. That is the thing, you don’t want to get lost in your ego and say, “I hope she is likable and that everyone understands her!” No! She is doing things you don’t understand the whole time! I really like that aspect of it! My favorite moment in the film, when it comes to her doing things you don’t understand, is the one with her at the window. I don’t want to say what she does but her looking at Cal through the window, she gives a piece of herself. I was like, “Why does she do that after she was trying to be responsible?” For me that is the pleasure sometimes as an actor when you just commit. You don’t always have to understand on an intellectual level all of the motivation, you just sort of dive in. I trust my director and she is the one who took me there. She explained why she does it. It was only after I saw the film I realized it is the most beautiful in all of the movies to me and I understood it completely but I didn’t understand it when I did it, if you can understand that!

Juliette Lewis

Juliette Lewis

I thought another great layer to the film was your musical contribution to it. Was that always in the cards and how did it come about?

This all happened so organically. I wanted to start songwriting more for films and TV, as all musicians want to do. This was so much fun! I called up my first guitar player, a guy named Clint Walsh, and it was fun to write in character. This isn’t my kind of music. This isn’t Juliette and The Licks music. This is very specific. Jen gave us references like PJ Harvey’s “To Bring You My Love” and a little Sleater Kinney. That first song called “Wet Nap,” that is most of the writer’s lyrics and then we wrote this sludgy, brooding, sexy, soft-loud, ‘90s lo-fi song. Clint and I worked on it and I submitted it to the songwriter and she loved it. Then the last song, “Change,” she didn’t even ask for. It just came out of me. Clint was playing while I was in the kitchen making tea and I said, “What is that? Keep playing it!” I wrote the song and to me it is the sentiment of what I was going through and the sentiment of the film. It is a really sweet song.

Change and personal evolution is the central theme of this project. Looking back on your career, what is your biggest evolution as an artist?

I think it is the same thing I strive for as a live performer as I do as an actor, a pure, visceral honesty, truth in every cell in my body. Acting is a bizarre line of work because it is not real, you are creating illusions. It is a dichotomy because I want it to look like it is happening for real. I love people, characters, the way people are physical and physicalizing things. To answer your question, I am always looking for something I have never played before. Right before “Kelly & Cal,” I had done “August: Osage County” with the brilliant Tracy Letts, who wrote the movie. I worked with Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, so it was the role of a lifetime. I did that, then followed it up with this beautiful little indie and followed it up with this other movie with Aaron Paul, “Hellion,” and next I am doing a TV show for ABC that will be on next year, “Secrets & Lies,” where I show no emotion. If you start watching the through-lines of my career, I hope you see diversity. That is what I am into, challenging myself, being people that I don’t always understand and making you believe me! [laughs]

Juliette Lewis

Juliette Lewis

With all of these irons in the fire, where does that leave you in regards to your music? What is in the cards for the future?

It leaves me very melancholy and missing it like you would your favorite lover! [laughs] I wrote a record with some members of Cage The Elephant. Brad Shultz is the co-founder of that band and he produced it and I will come out with a record next year! I am looking forward to getting back on the road. It has been four years and I think about it, if not daily, weekly. I will definitely get back to it next year.

That’s great! Earlier in the interview you eluded to possibly doing a documentary on your musical side. What are your thoughts there?

Yeah, I think right now I am doing a mashup. You will see! Buy yeah, I am going to do a movie where it combines all of those things. It will be the ultimate Juliette project, if I could say my name in the third person! [laughs]

What is the best piece of advice you would pass along to people looking to pursue a career in the entertainment industry?

You better love it like an addiction and be willing to work, work, work. Don’t expect anything to come to you and fall in your lap. Don’t expect anything from anyone. Do it all for the love of the art. Most importantly, create! Songs you can write in your living room, so that is easy! With movies, I think with the technology out there, there is a lot of artistic expression and independence that can occur where you don’t have to rely on big corporations.

Thank you for your time today, Juliette! We are excited to see what you have in store for us in the years to come! When it comes to your role in “Kelly & Cal,” you hit it out of the park!

Thanks so much, Jason! Talk to you again soon!

‘Kelly & Cal’ opens on September 5, 2014 in Theaters & on VOD. Follow the magic of Juliette Lewis via Twitter and Instagram.

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LARGER THAN LIFE: Tyler Labine On His Career, “Best Man Down” And More!

LARGER THAN LIFE: Tyler Labine On His Career, “Best Man Down” And More!

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When it comes to young actors who absolutely light up the screen with their performances, Tyler Labine is at the top of a very short list. A dynamic young actor, he has spent the last fifteen years quietly amassing an amazing arsenal of credits while honing his acting abilities. It is only now that Hollywood has taken notice and started tapping into his amazing potential. There is no better example of this than his latest film, Ted Koland’s “Best Man Down.” The film focuses on bride and groom Kristin (Jess Weixler) and Scott (Justin Long) who’s obnoxious and over-served best man, Lumpy (Tyler Labine) unexpectedly dies at their destination wedding in Phoenix. In the wake of his death, the couple are forced to cancel their honeymoon and fly home to the snowy Midwest to arrange for his funeral. But when they arrive and meet Ramsey (Addison Timlin), a fifteen year-old girl who knew Lumpy, the newlyweds realize there was a lot more to their friend than met the eye.?”Best Man Down” not only marks the strong directorial debut of writer/director Ted Koland but showcases the incredible range of which Tyler Labine is capable. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Tyler Labine to discuss his journey in the entertainment industry, his influences, the challenges of bringing his characters to life and much more!

Thanks for taking time out to talk to us today, Tyler! I have to tell you, I had the opportunity to meet you for the first time a few months back at Monster Mania is Cherry Hill, NJ. I think it is very cool that you take time out to meet the fans!

Yeah! Absolutely! I am doing a few more of them in the future! My little brother, Kyle, and I are doing Texas Frightmare in May and another one in March. Any time my little brother and I get to hang out is awesome!

Tyler Labine

Tyler Labine

I wanted to go all the way back to the beginning of your story. How did you originally get started on your journey in the entertainment industry?

Porn! I started in porn! [laughs] Just kidding! I started in Toronto with my brothers, Cameron and Kyle. I have an older brother and a younger brother. We had a video camera growing up. My Dad had one of those VHS, cramp-inducing giant video cameras, which I am sure was the height of technology at the time. We started making scripts, auditioning kids in the neighborhood and making movies. We were doing stunt sequences, developing franchise and everything in between. We just loved movies! Our parents had the foresight to ask us if we wanted to do it professionally and we were very confused by that notion; thinking that what we were doing was already quite professional! [laughs] We went downtown in Toronto and they had a kid’s agency. I was nine, my older brother was eleven and my little brother was four. We just took it from there and started auditioning and booking things. Then we moved to Vancouver in 1991. Vancouver was a hotbed of sci-fi tv activity. I probably totaled a good thirty credits in Vancouver during a period of three or four years because it was so crazy busy there. That was it! Everything took off from there when we moved to the West Coast.

Who were some of the influences that had a big impact on you as a young actor?

Oh man, honestly, I wish I had something really poignant and artistic to say but it was SCTV! Second City TV was awesome when I was growing up. It had John Candy, Rick Moranis, Dan Akroyd. I didn’t even know what SNL was because we had SCTV, which is where all the Canadian greats came from. When they started breaking in the States, there were the John Hughes movies. My influences were definitely guys like John Candy. I still watch John Candy movies all the time because I feel like people don’t do it like that anymore. Big guy, comedic actors don’t have the heart anymore, ya know? There is just something missing? It is something I try to bring to the table for every performance. I can obviously play the buffoon or the big guy but I want there to be another element under there and John Candy is the best example of that in my opinion. If you watch “Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” when he finally breaks down to Steve Martin, the whole scene about him not liking himself — it was tear inducing! It was great! So, I love guys like that and I love John Hughes movies. That was the catalyst, the genesis.

I am trying to say this in the least ass-kissing way possible but I definitely see a lot of the John Candy influence in what you do.

Thanks, man! I just always loved that he could make me feel the happiest and giddiest I had ever felt watching his work and he was so likable but at the same time, he had so much control over it. On camera, he seemed to have such a control over how his presence looked like to people. I always thought that was a real gift. Definitely a big influence for me!

'Best man Down'

‘Best Man Down’

We are here today to talk about one of your latest films, “Best Man Down.” For those who aren’t familiar with it yet, what can you tell us about the film and the character you play?

The film was originally called “Lumpy” and I played the title character, who is kind of the jackass again! [laughs] We meet him at the wedding of his best friend Scott and his wife Kristen, who are played by Justin Long and Jess Weixler. They are both so talented and are amazing in the movie! You meet Lumpy, who is kind of a drunken asshole at this wedding, and before you know it, the misdirect has sunk in deep. You think it is going to be a movie about this guy who is a bit of a jackass but he dies within the first fifteen minutes! [laughs] The story is really about his friend learning that Lumpy was not at all who he thought he was, even though he was his best friend. He has had a lot of strange thing happen to him in his life. Unbeknownst to his best friend, he has developed a friendship with a fifteen year old year named Ramsey, who is played beautifully by Addison Timlin. Scott and Kristen, in lieu of their honeymoon, have to get my body back to Minnesota for a proper burial. Along the way, learn all these crazy things about him and realize they don’t really know him at all. It is a really neat story that I think is really taking people by suprise. It is advertised as a comedy but it is a real tearjerker! Figure it out!

What was it about the original script or the character itself that really attracted you to the project?

The script was amazing. Ted Koland, I think, is going to make a big, big splash in Hollywood. He is an amazing director as well. He managed to take a character that is very well known territory for me, the role of the jackass, and do that thing we were just talking about! He John Candy-ed it! He gave this guy a total flip-side of the coin that we learn about through the course of this movie. It was fun to play! It was redemption! A lot of the time with these characters, I am there for one — to make you laugh or say something gross. With this character, I got to do that and be the hero of the story, in a roundabout way, as well as in a very touching way. I thought that was really cool! Then when I found out we were shooting in cold ass Minnesota, I was like “Sign me up!” [laughs] “I get to go into a lake in Minnesota in the middle of December? I am in!” [laughs] It was really fun and it was a real challenge. I was really, really pleased that Ted chose me to play his “Lumpy.”

Tyler Labine

Tyler Labine

How did you go about preparing for the role in the film before you hit the set?

This one was a funny one. If it hadn’t been what we were just talking about and the beginning of the movie in total was just a drunk buffoon, that is easy! [laughs] I mean, it is never easy. It is always hard work but it is something I wouldn’t have necessarily felt like I had to tuck away for a few days to prepare. Adding the other elements, I did have to prepare. Also, Ted really put me through the ringer for this one! [laughs] I met with him and he wouldn’t offer it to me. He made me audition with four or five different girls who were auditioning for the part of Ramsey. Then he still didn’t let me know if I had the part. I had to sweat it out early, planning me revenge on Ted! My revenge was to be the best Lumpy he could ever imagine. I got started quite early knowing that there were some really great and touching scenes in there that I really wanted to nail. I started preparing the emotional elements very early on. I really wanted to make sure that I didn’t over do it or under do it. There was a lot of personal practicing on my end. Ted rehearsed Addison and I together when we got to Minnesota, so we got to play together before we went to camera which was great!

What did you learn from working with writer/director Ted Koland and what does he bring to the table?

My time working with Ted was pretty brief. I was the first one sided on to the project. I met Ted way before this movie was really up and running. I had signed on to do it and then it went away for a while and I didn’t think it was going to get made. It ended up getting refunded and we did it. I originally sat with the character and Ted for a while. Then when we got to do it, I was really blown away by the stick-to-it-ness that he has. He has a very successful writer in Hollywood but he had always wanted to direct this love letter to Minnesota, which is where he is from. I just thought the voice that he has and brought to this to this mid-western smorgasbord is so genuine and so unique. It wasn’t stereotypically at all. It wasn’t like we were asked to come in and do a Minnesota Maccent. He just wanted to capture the tone of the Mid-West without it being schticky. It was really admirable to watch him get what he wanted. When he wants something, he is not afraid to tell you how he wants it to be, which as a director, I think is great. Some directors can talk a big game but when it comes to actually directing actors and getting them to do what you want, sometimes the language is not there or something is lost in translation between the page and the direction. That wasn’t the case with Ted because he was so certain about what he wanted and there was no way you felt like he would let you fall flat. He was definitely the watchdog for the tone of the movie and I found that really impressive.

Tyler Labine

Tyler Labine

This movie really showcases a lot of the ability you have as an actor. Is there a particular type of role you are anxious to tackle in the short term?

Yeah. I have a short list of genres I feel I was anxious to be in. I always wanted to have a cult classic movie, which I think I hopefully got with “Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil.” I think that film will go down in history as being a cult favorite. I always felt I needed to do a big romantic comedy, which I just finished shooting with Lucy Punch. It is called “Someone Marry Barry.” I also felt like I had to do a really great horror movie because I really love the horror genre. I feel I got that element from “Tucker & Dale” because it is a gore fest! [laughs] I would love to do a really smart psychological thriller. That is one of the things on my bucket list. I also need to have my art house flick, which I think “Best Man Down” is sorta scratching that off my list a bit. I really like it! It is not my movie though, so I would like the lead in some type of art house indie flick. As far as working with people, my brother and I are still making movies together. We just had one greenlit and will be shooting in the new year! That is my whole jam right now — doing stuff that I get to help create, produce and do it with people that I love!

You mentioned making a film with your brother next year. Do you have aspirations to direct as well as act?

I do a little bit. I don’t know if I would be great at it honestly. I really am the epitome of a flighty actor. I just sorta follow my emotional stasis wherever it leads me and a director needs to be super even-keel and direct because they are the puppet masters. I have been collaborating on a lot of projects as a co-writer and executive producer. I have two movies slated for the new year that are shooting where I will be the executive producing and helped put together. I am co-writing a show right now with John Carcieri, who is a head writer for “Eastbound and Down.” We are working on a new show together that I created. I am starting to really put myself out there that way. As a director, I would have to pull a Bryan Cranston, where I am on a show that is hot for four years and I can direct an episode, only if I felt safe enough! I certainly want the fate of a show to rest in my hands in that regard!

Looking back on your career, how do you feel you have evolved along the way?

For me, it feels like a flash. I am just now feeling that people are starting to notice me. My wife put it really well the other day. She said “It is kinda like you have been just getting started for fifteen years.” When I first heard that I was like “Ewwww!” But then I thought, “What a great feeling!” I don’t feel pressured. It’s not like I am the face of a franchise and if it fails my career is over! At the same time, I am not a no name actor. I have a name but it is really only valuable to certain people, you know! [laughs] Thankfully, those people keep me employed and trust me to do things I find interesting. I think it is a really great place for me to be right now. I would love to rise into the A-list one day but honestly, I am feel very content and privileged to be where I am at. I have always felt that way. It has always been about the work and feeling I have to get people to like me enough to hire me! [laughs] If I look at stuff I did when I was sixteen, it’s like “Oh you ham-fisted fucker!” [laughs] Watching yourself act when you are a kid is hard to do! I think I have become a lot more polished but at the same time I have become a lot more open, raw and have honestly tried to become a better actor, not just fall in line. I really want to take chances and make a good impression on other genres. That is how I see my evolution.

A instant classic!

A instant classic!

I can’t talk to you an not mention “Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil.” It’s a great film and is so much fun. Is it shocking to you that it has taken hold as a blossoming cult classic?

Yeah, man! For sure! I get tweets multiple times a day from people who just discovered the movie. I love it because I see the long reach of this thing! It is not fading away! If anything, it is becoming more and more popular all the time. It is one of those movies where I have already been invited to repertory screenings of it where people people come dressed up like the characters and have PBRs and are quoting lines to the screen! It is crazy man! People are dressing up like us for Halloween! It is really, really cool and super dorky! I appreciate because I am a dork and do that stuff too! I totally get into that! It is very flattering and really amazing to be a part of that slow-ride to popularity with this movie.

Obviously, I have to ask about a sequel. No matter the answer, we definitely hope to see you team with Alan Tudyk again soon! You two are awesome together!

Thank you! The sequel is neither here nor there right now. We all want to do one but the team isn’t thinking of it in the same way. It is a tricky one to tackle, so I will leave it alone right now. The Alan Tudyk saga continues! We were just talking a few weeks ago about doing something together. He is developing some things and I am developing some things. We are always checking in with each other to see if we have the time or the desire to do that project with each other. It is only a matter of time before we find the right project to do together! It will be very different from “Tucker & Dale”. If we are going to do something, we want to find something isn’t the same thing again.

Tyler Labine

Tyler Labine

What is the best advice you can pass along to young actors who might look to you for inspiration?

Wow! That is a big question. I don’t want to sound too cliche but you have to be true to yourself. You have to be willing to take chances and not let your nerves get the better of you. I think that is the biggest thing that has stuck with me. I used to be so afraid of my nerves and had the butterflies in my stomach when I was taking a chance of doing something unfamiliar to me. Then I realized when I was around twenty five years old; that is the part I love! When I don’t have that now, I think “Maybe this isn’t helping me grow.” When you start taking chances, that is the most alive you feel as an arist. To the young people, I would say “Take chances,” Try to find the things you are most afraid of and do them.

Solid advice! Thank you for your time today, Tyler! It has been a pleasure! We will be spreading the word on everything you do and will talk to you again soon!

Terrific! Thanks a lot, man! Take care!

You can catch up with Tyler Labine and interact on Twitter at twitter.com/tylabine!

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YEAH! Launches As First Streaming Movie Site To Curate Original Content Around Iconic Films!

YEAH! Launches As First Streaming Movie Site To Curate Original Content Around Iconic Films!

yeah-logo-2013AMC Networks, which owns and operates AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel, WE tv and IFC Films, announces the launch of YEAH! www.YEAHTV .com, the first streaming movie service that is an entirely new way to watch movies online. Each YEAH! film is enhanced with interactive features including 400-500 individual pieces of original content curated from in-depth research. The new bonus content is displayed on-screen seamlessly without obscuring the movie, offering fans a choice of unique extras to engage with such as:

  • Intimate, never-before-seen, exclusive interviews with filmmakers and stars – with just a click the movie pauses and the interview plays
  • Little-known facts about characters and scenes minute-by-minute throughout each film
  • Quizzes that test how well you really know your favorite movies

YEAH! launches today during the South by Southwest Conference and Festival with films immediately available for rent online at www.YEAHTV.com. A YEAH! iPad app will be introduced this summer.

YEAH! features iconic genre films — including sci-fi, horror and action-adventure. By renting films on YEAH! you’ll:

  • Hear Richard Donner describe how Marlon Brando wanted his Superman character “Jor-El” to look like a bagel
  • Watch Juliette Lewis and Tom Sizemore disagree on how his nose was broken while filming Natural Born Killers
  • Learn from Michael Madsen how Quentin Tarantino and Lawrence Tierney nearly came to blows on the set of Reservoir Dogs
  • Find out real-life events that inspired Wes Craven to create A Nightmare on Elm Street
  • And discover so much more about the films you love to watch… and then watch again

“YEAH! is the ultimate movie viewing experience,” said Lisa Judson, General Manager of YEAH! “The films on YEAH! are curated by a team of Emmy Award winning producers who are true movie fans. Two months of in-depth research goes into every film curation to create an entirely new way for fans to enjoy their favorite movies.”

Films that will be available for rent on www.YEAHTV.com in the coming months include:

Scream, Reservoir Dogs, 300, The Terminator, Clerks, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Crow, The Exorcist: Director’s Cut, Superman: The Movie, Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2, Kill Bill Volumes 1 & 2, Child’s Play, No Country for Old Men, Pulp Fiction, The Expendables, Blade Runner: The Final Cut, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, Dirty Dancing, The Shining, Watchmen, This is Spinal Tap, The Blair Witch Project, Jackie Brown, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, Apocalypse Now Redux, From Dusk Till Dawn, Natural Born Killers, Hannibal

YEAH! films cost $4.99 at www.YEAHTV.com and are currently available for 48 hours.

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Writer/Director Stephen Elliott Discusses His Directorial Debut With ‘About Cherry’

Writer/Director Stephen Elliott Discusses His Directorial Debut With ‘About Cherry’

To say that author/director Stephen Elliott is a busy man, is a bit of an understatement. He is the author of seven books including the novel ‘Happy Baby,’ an erotic collection titled ‘My Girlfriend Comes To The City And Beats Me Up’ and a true crime memoir ‘The Adderall Diaries’. ‘The Adderall Diaries’ was called “genius” by Vanity Fair and made many of the year’s top ten lists. ‘Happy Baby’ was nominated for the New York Public Library’s Young Lion award and named one of the five best of the year by Laura Miller in Salon.com. When he is not busy writing some of the most griping novels around, he has founded of the online magazine “The Rumpus” and serves as editor for the print publication “Letters In The Mail”. As if that wasn’t enough irons in the fire, Elliot recently brought is first film, “About Cherry”, to the screen and  has found it garnering him critical acclaim. The movie was written by Stephen Elliott and Lorelei Lee, a porn performer who is also a writer and lecturer at New York University.

The film focuses on Angelina (Ashley Hinshaw),an 18-year-old on the verge of finishing high school, who is rushing to escape her broken family life. After reluctantly taking nude photos at her boyfriend’s (Jonny Weston) behest, she takes the cash to skip town with her best friend (Dev Patel). Angelina gets a job cocktailing in a San Francisco strip club where she meets Frances (James Franco), an affluent lawyer who introduces her to a high-class world beyond her wildest dreams. At the same time, Angelina begins exploring San Francisco’s porn industry, using the moniker Cherry, under the wing of a former performer turned adult film director (Heather Graham). But Angelina’s newfound ideal lifestyle soon comes apart at the seams. ‘About Cherry’ challenges assumptions about sexuality and pornography, while addressing the common struggle of finding one’s role in life.

‘About Cherry’ was shot in the San Francisco Armory, home of Kink.com. At 250,000 square feet the armory is the largest adult film studio in the world. Stephen Elliott, a former sex worker himself, brings his unique perspective to the film and truly shines as a filmmaker. After seeing his first feature, you will agree that keeping a watchful eye on his present and future work is a must. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Stephen Elliott to discuss the  creation of “About Cherry,” the challenges in bringing it from script to screen and what the future holds for him in the world of film and literature.

In Theaters September 21st

It’s great to catch up with you Stephen. How are you doing?

Doing well! Thank you for asking.

Your latest project is a film called “About Cherry”. I was curious to hear who you consider your biggest influences as a filmmaker and what inspired this film.

Ya know, I didn’t really start out wanting to direct this movie. I had written a script for James Franco and it was an experience that I really enjoyed, so I wrote another one. Then I was trying to get actors to be in it and to raise money. In the end, the budget being $550,000, I didn’t know that I could get a proven director. I didn’t know who would be good, so I just decided to direct it myself. As far as artistic influences, Paul Schrader would probably be the model. As a writer, I think “Taxi Driver” is the perfect screenplay. He is definitely someone I would look to. I also love Woody Allen. There are so many movies that I love. I did a year of cinema studies, about 16 years ago, when I was in college. I am a cinema lover for sure! Steven Soderbergh is really inspiring in the way he edits his movies. The early Terrence Malik movies are really important to me. [laughs] None of those movies seem much like “About Cherry”! [laughs] The characters really illustrate that link. I wanted to make a movie that is smart and real but I also wanted it to be accessible. I wanted it to be an independent film as opposed to an art film.

The film revolves around of the lives of people in San Francisco’s porn industry. For those who may not know, how did you first come into contact with that side of the city?

I was actually a sex worker in my twenties, so this is actually my world. I have worked with Kink.com a lot. They are based in the San Francisco Armory and they are the largest porn studio in the world! That is just a few blocks from where I live! [laughs] I hang out there all the time. I know everybody there and I have done a lot of stuff for them. I know a lot of sex workers and we are a community. It was certainly my world. I wanted to write something set in the San Francisco Armory for a long time. I had tried to write a novel, a short story and a couple of articles and after I adapted “The Adderall Diaries” for James Franco, I knew that this was the next story I wanted to try. I knew it was the next story I wanted to try because I had been thinking about it for a really long time. I contacted Lorelei Lee, who is a porn performer and also a really good writer. She also teaches at NYU. I contacted her to get that female perspective for the story I already knew I wanted to tell.

What was the biggest challenge that presented itself during the process of bringing the film from script to screen?

Stephen Elliott

Probably raising the money! [laughs] That was probably the biggest challenge. Like I said, the movie cost $550,000 cash, plus there was some trade with The Armory for the location. The trade part was easy but coming up with $550,000 cash was hard! Even though we had well known actors on board for the project, I wasn’t going to take it on without creative control because there was no point in making the movie if I didn’t have final cut. How do you convince someone to give you that much money? — especially when you take into account that I had never directed before in film! That was very challenging! That was literally the hardest part of making this movie. It was hard after it was finished too. The actual shooting was stressful. I mean, you are working on the film 20 hours a day, you go home to sleep and then you wake up and go right back to work. It was invigorating, I don’t know if I would say it was hard. It is hard but I just don’t know if it is as hard as people say it is. It’s not impossible. We were very lucky to have a good crew, our actors were all great and our cinematographer was terrific. We had really great people working on this movie. I guess a lot of it is just luck, ya know? I didn’t know the art director at first. I mean, I had met him and I had interviewed him, Taylor Phillips, but I didn’t know him. Some of the actors came up to me and said that he was the best AD that they had ever worked with! We were very fortunate to have a guy like that running the set! He was the guy running the set when we were actually shooting. I hadn’t made a movie before, so I didn’t have a connection to anyone I knew would be good. We were kinda rolling the dice in a lot of different places and we got very lucky with a lot of them!

That’s great! Now that you have made it through the first one successful, is making another film something that is on your short list of projects?

Yeah! I am going to shoot another movie based on my novel “Happy Baby”. We start shooting on March 15th, 2013 in Detroit.

That’s great! Jumping right back into the fire are ya?

Well, ya know, we shot “About Cherry” in June of 2011, so this will be almost two years later. It feels like it has been quite a while. I wanted to be shooting my next movie within a year of finishing the first one but it has taken longer than I had anticipated.

What is you take on the whole experience of making your first film? And what was it like for you to have your two worlds finally collide?

The experience of making it was great! I really feel in love with directing. It as creatively satisfying as anything I have ever done. In terms of the worlds, it was amazing to shoot movie in The Armory! There were ten porn films being shot at any moment while we were making this movie. With all of those porns being shot in the building, there was a lot of interaction with the people making the porn while we were making the movie about porn or a movie set in the world of porn, more specifically. That was actually really helpful. Heather Graham showed up five days early and was learning about that world. I took her onto a porn set when she got there and Lorelei Lee was actually in the porn that they were making! So, here is Heather Graham and here is her co-star naked, doing whatever with this other woman and this was immediately as she stepped on set! Then Lorelei was like “Hey there!” [laughs] This was Heather’s first introduction to this world — just right into it! It was great! I think it really helped all the people in our movie understand more about the world their roles were based on. Being on set, they knew what that world was like because they were living it.

You have a ton of great talent in the film and it really shines through. In terms of the actors, did anyone bring something to the table that you might not have expected when you were first starting out?

Stephen Elliott

Yeah! Every one of them! That was actually one of the biggest learning experiences of making the movie that I did not anticipate — every actor is an artist and every artist wants to make something good, even if they are a bad artist, they all want to make something good. An actor knows the character better than you do, better than the director does. The majority of what an actor does for a character is not in the script. There are all sorts of things that they do with their hands, face or emotions that are not written down. The primary collaboration in the movie is hugely important, the editing is hugely important, the photography is hugely important but the most important collaboration of all, I think, is between the director and the actors. I had no idea that was the case going into it. Every actor plots so much to these walls and taught me something about all of these roles. When I am doing readings now for the next movie, that is what I am looking for, ya know? When somebody does something with the character that I had never thought of. It’s a collaboration and I am not the only one responsible for these characters. The actor is your partner in creating this person.

You have a wealth of great material to work from that you have personally created. I guess it is a two part question. Where do you look for inspiration and would you ever entertain the idea of bringing someone else’s screenplay to life?

I just want to make good stuff. Ya know, “About Cherry” was an original screenplay, not based on a book. I would certainly direct someone else’s screenplay, if I really connected with it. I wouldn’t have a problem with that and I think that would be really fun. I think you just go through life looking for that connection and then one day you just see something that grabs you, so you start exploring it. That is how I ended up writing a book about the 2004 Presidential Election! These things just happen! You just follow your interests. I am lucky in that I don’t have a wife or children or maybe I am unlucky maybe! [laughs] But I don’t have anyone that relies on me financially and I don’t have hold a job. I can just keep my expenses low and just basically keep doing what every I want. That’s really fortunate. Ya know, I was a ward of the State and I don’t have any contact with my parents. I wasn’t a trust fund kid. I have been able to get by from writing and doing the different creative projects that I want to do.

That is inspiring. What advice would you give to aspiring writers, filmmakers, actors or creatives in general, that you can derive from your experiences over the past few years?

Director Stephen Elliott

I don’t know what I can tell filmmakers, right? Because I have only made one movie! So what do I really know about making movies! I will say that every day when you are making a movie, wether it is in pre-production or on set shooting the movie, every day something so bad will happen that no one will blame you for quitting. You could walk away and everyone would say “Of course, they had no way of knowing that was going to happen! It was horrendous what happened to that poor person! There is no way! It makes perfect sense that they aren’t going to make this movie because of this terrible thing that happened.” Something on that level happens every single day. So, you kinda have to be determined and say “I don’t care! I am going to do this movie!” At one point, I was telling people when we had no money to make the film, “I am going to shoot it on my iPhone!” I only had James Franco for a limited amount of time and if I had to shoot the movie on my phone, that is what I was going to do! I think it helps to have that attitude but probably everybody does it differently. I like to set a date and do one that day whatever I have scheduled. If I don’t have enough money, I just do it for less, ya know? But again, I think it is just different for everybody. Ya know, when I am teaching writing classes, the main thing I tell people is that you can’t write a book that everybody likes. There is no such thing as a book or a movie that everybody likes. The only thing you can do is try to write your favorite book, make your favorite movie or make the favorite movie of your ideal movie watcher, even if that means you have a really small audience. That is what I usually tell writers.

I know our time is short, Stephen. What is on the short list for the next few months?

Gosh, the main thing at the moment is “About Cherry” hitting theaters. To be honest, I am so deep into making “Happy Baby,” it is hard for me to even think of anything else. It is all I am doing at the moment. We still have to raise as much money as we can. I haven’t quite cast the entire film yet. I have cast a lot of people but I haven’t cast it entirely. That is really the main thing I am focused on at the moment. I also have a magazine that I founded that I work on a lot called “The Rumpus”. I do a lot of creative work on there when I have the chance. When I have free time, I usually do something on “The Rumpus” like emails, articles or interviews, otherwise it is all “Happy Baby” right now!

That is awesome! You did a terrific job on “About Cherry” and we look forward to spreading the word. Good luck with your next project and we will talk to you again soon!

Thanks man! I really appreciate that! Talk to you soon!

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New Poster and Trailer For The All-Girl Vampire Flick ‘We Are The Night’

New Poster and Trailer For The All-Girl Vampire Flick ‘We Are The Night’

Apple.com has just debuted the first trailer for IFC Film’s WE ARE THE NIGHT which you can view at this location! From acclaimed German director Dennis Gansel, this sexy and suspenseful thriller about a young woman initiated into a trio of beautiful female vampires will release on May 27, 2011 at the prestigious ReRun arthouse theater in New York! Additionally, the film will be available nationwide on video-on-demand in more than 50 million homes across the country on the IFC Midnight platform which has launched other successful VOD releases including SUPER and THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE. The cast includes Karoline Herfurth, Nina Hoss, Jennifer Ulrich, Anna Fischer and Max Riemelt.

Synopsis: A sexy, suspenseful and adrenaline pumping vampire film, WE ARE THE NIGHT is an edgy tale of a provocative gang of female vampires living large, making their own rules and leaving a merciless trail of blood.  The film centers on a 20-year-old Berlin native LENA (Karoline Herfurth) who gets by as a petty thief.  On one of her nightly job runs through an underground club, she meets 250-year-old LOUISE (Nina Hoss). Don’t let her age fool you. LOUISE is a glamorous vixen, who is not only the owner of the club, but also the leader of an unusual all-female vampire trio – the other two members being wild child NORA (Anna Fischer) and elegant CHARLOTTE (Jennifer Ulrich). Louise falls head over heels in love with the scruffy Lena and bites her during their first night together. Once bitten, LENA discovers the curse and the blessing of her new, eternal life. She revels in the glamour, parties and infinite freedom. But she quickly discovers that the endless blood thirst and murderous appetite of her new girlfriends come at a steep price. When Berlin police commissioner TOM SERNER (Max Riemelt) begins investigating the women, it is just a matter of time before their day comes and events spiral out of control.

Visit the official website for more information! http://www.ifcfilms.com/films/we-are-the-night


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‘The Ledge’ Receives Exclusive Online Premiere on SundanceNOW.com

‘The Ledge’ Receives Exclusive Online Premiere on SundanceNOW.com

IFC Films is releasing their new flick, THE LEDGE, exclusively online! The flick is a sexy and suspenseful thriller that boasts the acting talents of Charlie Hunnam, Liv Tyler, Patrick Wilson and Terrence Howard. The film will be premiering online at SundanceNOW.com ahead of the theatrical and VOD release, making it the first time IFC has debuted a film online. THE LEDGE will be available on SundanceNOW starting May 11th – two weeks prior to its pre-theatrical video-on-demand launch on May 25th. The film will also premiere theatrical on Friday, July 8.

Check out the film’s page on SundanceNOW.com for more information at this location >

SYNOPSIS: One step can change a life forever in THE LEDGE, a sexy and suspenseful thriller, starring Charlie Hunnam, Liv Tyler, Patrick Wilson and Terrence Howard. After embarking on a passionate affair with his evangelical neighbor’s wife (Tyler), Gavin (‘Sons of Anarchy’s’ Hunnam) soon finds himself in a battle of wills that will have life or death consequences. As a non-believing atheist, Gavin is lured by her lover’s husband (‘Insidious’ Wilson) to the ledge of a high rise and told he has one hour to make a choice between his life or the one he loves. Without faith in an afterlife, will he be able to make a decision? It’s up to police officer Hollis (Howard) to save both their lives but the clock is ticking in this edge-of-your-seat film that will leave you gasping until the final frame.


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