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ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 186: Hot Buttered Controversy

ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 186: Hot Buttered Controversy

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This week on the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, Jeremy and Jason welcome back Thomas Bryce of Shit Movie Fest to the third mic position. Tom gives us the rundown on what he has been up to since his last visit. The trio take a quick look at a plethora of upcoming events from Super Bowl 50 to magical memories from the days of yore. Talk turns to the potential horrors of a Chyna Vs. Sunny sex tape, which results in Jmo taking Tom to school on the ins-and-outs of how money is made in the adult film industry these days. Tom discusses his love of the ‘Tremors’ series and all things Kevin Bacon while teasing his upcoming trip to the historic Colonial Theatre for a screening of the cult classic, ‘Tremors.’ It’s all fun and games until Tom brings some heat to a growing controversy on a Kickstarter campaign gone bad for the cult favorite — Popcorn. He breaks down the facts as he knows them and reveals how he was seemingly beat out of a $100 bucks in hopes of bringing a fan favorite to Blu-ray (about 5 years ago). It’s a wild ride that will leave you thirsting for street justice and another episode. Spread the word, leave a review and be sure to tune in each week for the latest and greatest!

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ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 170: Off The Top Rope

ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 170: Off The Top Rope

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It’s time once again for a fix of pop culture goodness with the Acid Pop Cult Podcast. This week Jeremy and Jason offer up some sage advice to a younger generation. With tips ranging from spending your hard earned cash on a quality mattress or avoiding the pitfalls of a back injury by avoiding the recreation of the high flyers you know and love from the WWE, this tag team has you covered. Jeremy offers a look inside the world of WWE fandom both retro and nu-wave, while Jason gives us the rundown on beloved child actor Kurt Russell’s horror-western “Bone Tomahawk.” They also recap Jason’s recent interview with Patrick Renna (Ham of ‘The Sandlot’), Tommy Savas (The Sopranos) and director Jason Schnell for their upcoming dark comedy, ‘Bad Roomies.’ Jeremy also offers another update on ‘Friday The 13th: The Video Game” as it surges past it’s Kickstarter goal. Like a fine wine, they get better with age but they are still getting too old for this sh*t. Download, listen and spread the word!

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ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 168: Give Me Some Sugar Baby

ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 168: Give Me Some Sugar Baby

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This week on the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, Jason and Jeremy are recovering from their Halloween hangovers. They quickly take flight with a look at CBS’s well-received new superhero drama, “Supergirl,” and set their sights on the magic of the new Starz series, “Ash Vs. Evil Dead.” Jeremy also offers up another update on the “Friday The 13th: The Video Game” Kickstarter campaign, while Jason gives us the scoop on his recent interviews with Alice Eve, Elliot Knight (Once Upon A Time) and comedian Iliza Shlesinger. It’s a jam packed episode served up hot with lots and lots of spices. Download, listen and spread the word!

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ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 167: Hell Night Hoopla

ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 167: Hell Night Hoopla

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This week on the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, Jason and Jeremy are time traveling. Jason offers a look at his experiences on ‘Back To The Future’ Day, both positive and negative. From Deloreans to Pepsi Perfect to craft beer, this segment has it all. Taking it back even further, the duo examine Jason’s recent trip to Chiller Theatre and his meet up with legendary ‘Lost Boys’ saxophonist, Tim Capello. Jeremy continues his decent into Halloween madness with some classy pumpkin carving and a marathon viewing of the ‘Paranormal Activity’ series. Other discussions include the magic of the WWE live experience, an update the the ‘Friday The 13th: The Video Game’ Kickstarter campaign, putting your money where your mouth is when it comes to crowdfunding campaigns and what you should be checking out with their Picks of The Week. Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it. Download, listen and spread the word!

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Barry Bostwick Talks ‘Diani & Devine Meet The Apocalypse’ And Much More!

Barry Bostwick Talks ‘Diani & Devine Meet The Apocalypse’ And Much More!

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Instantly recognizable from his roles in ‘Spin City’ and the beloved cult classic, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” Barry Bostwick has had the good fortune of having a show business career that is both long and diverse. He is At 68 years old, it seems that Bostwick’s best and most interesting work might still lie ahead of him. Today, he is throwing his comedic might behind an ambitious project dreamed up by Etta Devine and Gabriel Diani — two creative dynamos are trying to save independent film making and crowd funding! ‘Diani & Devine Meet The Apocalyse is a feature-length comedy film about a struggling comedy duo who discover that surviving the apocalypse is almost as difficult as surviving in Hollywood. It’s like one of those old Bob Hope/Bing Crosby ‘Road To…’ movies meets Cormac McCarthy’s ‘The Road.’ It’s ‘The Road To The Road!’ Icon Vs. Icon’s Jason Price recently sat down with Barry Bostwick and Etta Devine to discuss this intriguing new project, which you can be a part of! In the interview we learn about Barry’s early years as an actor, how he crossed paths and formed a creative Etta and Gabriel, what intigues him most about the project and listen to the duo flesh out character details on the fly! As an added bonus, we discover what Barry Bostwick would do if he was in charge of visiting ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ in film form!

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Barry Bostwick

Before we discuss this awesome new project you are a part of, I wanted to go back to the beginning. What was it about acting that intrigued you early on and made you pursue it as a career?

Barry: The attention! The fact I had some early success in high school where people actually paid me a couple of dollars to sing at parties and YMCA events. I saw early on that I could actually make a few bucks out of it and there were pretty girls! There was also nothing else I could really do! There ya go! Four good reasons! [laughs]

Who would you cite as some of your biggest influences as an actor?

Barry: Influences? The humanity of Jimmy Stewart was one of my early influences. The appeal of anything that was musical comedy. The Porgy & Bess album my parents had that I would listen to when they were out of the house when I was a youngster and I was totally astonished by and would learn as I laid by myself underneath the piano. Early influences… hmmm… girls! Back to girls again! [laughs] It is totally true! My girlfriend in high school was a dancer. She needed a partner for a dance recital, so I did that. This is before I was interested in show business. I had another girlfriend, who worked at a dance studio in Walnut Creek, who needed someone to play Barnaby in “Babes In Toyland.” They didn’t have anybody tall enough, so I went and did that. That was my first stage appearance. I was brilliant!

You have come along way since your debut! To what do you attribute your longevity in the entertainment industry?

Barry: Luck. The ability to do many things instead of just one thing. When I was studying at NYU and college before that, it was always impressed upon me that to make a living in show business, you had to sing, dance and act. I tried my best to do all three! Over the years, when I couldn’t get an acting job, I might get a singing job or a hosting job where I had to sing and dance. It is a matter of keeping all of your options open, taking one job at a time, taking some of those minimal talents I developed back in the 60s and being very fortunate.

Etta: I don’t think it hurts that he is a joy to work with either!

Barry: Oh, thank you!

That leads me to my next question, Barry. You a part of an exciting new project called ”Diani & Devine Meet The Apocalypse.’ How did you initially cross paths with Etta and Gabe?

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An Epic Adventure!

Barry: Let me see, how did I get to Gabe?

Etta: I believe you manager submitted you on “The Selling.” We were just see who had submitted. I was leaning over his shoulder and your picture popped up and I said “Barry! Let’s get him!”

Barry: Oh, so it’ your fault!

Etta: Maybe! Well, he agreed with me so…

Barry: Oh my God! Well, you know, I appreciate it! Thank you! It was fate! Then I read the script and I laughed out loud! Then I met you guys and thought, “What a talented group of people!” Then I lowered my price to nearly nothing and… wait… did I get paid for that first job?

Etta: Yeah but I think you are getting less now!

Barry: [laughs] I am!

Etta: Which is the opposite of how we would like it! [laughs]

Barry: I would work for nothing for you! I would do anything for you. I think I only worked for two days on “The Selling.”

Etta: I think it was one day but you were in a suit, in a harness and it was five hundred degrees, so it may have seemed like more than one!

Barry: It did actually but you know what? Look what happened! In one day, we fell in love! It was love at first sight! I think you guys are so talented and under-appreciated at the moment in show business. If I can do anything to just totally bury your careers, look in my direction!

You have worked with many talented people along the way in your career in all different aspects of the business. What do you think Etta and Gabe bring to the table as creative talents?

Barry: They bring a real freshness and energy. They have a sense of humor that has an oddness, a sometime darkness, a sometime lightness and a lot of gray. I love that about them. I love that they are all over the map in terms of their sense of humor. They also get things done. There are so few people who actually say that they want to make a movie who actually make a movie. They stuck with it. They did it well! They cast it well. They edited it well and went the distance with it. They got all of these awards at festivals and that is worth supporting and working with again because they finish what they start!

What can you guys tell us about the character that Barry will be playing in the film? How do you prepare for a typically role, Barry? Is there a specific process?

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Barry Bostwick

Barry: My first thing is always “How does he wear his hair?” The next thing is “What kind of clothes does her wear?” Eventually, after about fifty of the more mundane things, I get down to “What is he feeling? What is he hearing? Where does he come from? and Where is he going to?” One of the first things I actually look at is what makes him different, unique, odd and interesting. I am at the stage in my life where I just want to be odd and interesting! I have played to many years of husbands, fathers and lawyers. I ran out of ways of playing them. Now I want to play weird people. I think even Etta would have written me a character who I can add a little weirdness too! Tell me a little bit about this character you want me to play.

Etta: Well, he is probably a state senator. He is a member of a hunting club that we run into. He has very strong views about where women should be, where his place in the world is and he may not want to wear pants.

Barry: And he is a transvestite, right?

Etta: If you want! Barry brought all of his own props to “The Selling” and they were brilliant! It added so much and we loved them!

Barry: In this one, am I killing unusual animals?

Etta: If you want! I think he has. I think he is definitely done the large animal killing tours on other continents and whatnot.

Barry: Ok, good. You see, now we are getting down to the nitty-gritty of this guy. I thin he should be killing only endangered species.

Etta: That’s fair.

Barry: He should have on his wall ostrich heads. You know, things that are odd and interesting like koala bear heads.

Etta: We would want that, so souring it, we will see. If anyone has weird heads, we would like them.

Barry: Alright. You see, Jason. This is how you make movies! [laughs]

Etta: It’s all improv. It is all Yes-Ands.

Barry: There is another reason why I like these guys. They are so good at improv! They are masters at it. A lot of the work comes from that, I think. It gives it a freshness and a vitality. I on the other hand have no idea how to improvise, so I need them to lead me with the actual words and I will occasionally add the action or the odd ball reference. I can always trust them to give me interesting words! [laughs]

Looking back on all you have done in your career, what do you consider your biggest evolution?

Barry: Evolution. Oh God, that is a big word. It is more like a revolution. It seems ever ten years I have had to revolt and try to come up with some other way of being in this business.

Etta: You have a beard now!

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Barry Bostwick

Barry: I have a beard now, yes. I keep it only because if the next job wants me to have a beard I have it. Jobs come up so quickly and I could always shave it off. A couple of weeks ago I did an episode of ‘Scandal.’ I had my beard and the night before I realized I couldn’t have my beard for the senator I played in that, so I had to shave my beard. However, when that job was over, I immediately started growing it again. Nobody in my personal life likes it, except for me! To me, I think it is more of who I really am inside. Whenever I am shaven, it always brings back memories of being jilted husbands and scumbag lawyers on ‘Law & Order.’

Etta: It could get you a wizard part!

Barry: Yes. I would like to play that part. Actually, I played a wizardy/futurist in a movie I did last summer (The Scorpion King 4) in Romania.

Etta: Yeah!

Barry: he was sort of a wizardy kind of guy. He is an inventor and I would see him as a futurist, I think. It takes place 10,000 years B.C. and he was doing all sorts of interesting things like flying and everything else.

Etta: A DiVinci type?

Barry: Exactly! But hopefully a little funnier!

It seems like you have plenty of room to play when it comes to “Diani & Devine Meet The Apocalypse” and you just mentioned an interest it playing odd characters, wizards and bearded weirdos but is there a particular role or genre you haven’t had a chance to experiment with in your career that you are still anxious to take on?

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Gabriel Diani, Barry Bostwick and Etta Devine

Barry: I would like to do a horror musical, a really good one. I mean, not “Rocky Horror,” which was sorta 50s kitsch but something that is really dark. I have never played a vampire. I think I want to play a vampire in a really dark, rock horror film/musical. If there is anybody out there who has one of those and I know there are a bunch of them floating around, I’m available!

Etta: I want to see that!

We will definitely put the word out for you!

Barry: Yeah!

What other projects should we be on the lookout for from you in the near future?

Barry: I have an episode of ‘Scandal’ coming out in a couple of weeks. I have an episode of ‘Cougartown’ coming on soon as well. People are buying like crazy this Disney movie I did called ‘Teen Beach Movie’. I did that for Disney Channel last summer. It actually got better ratings than ‘High School Musical.’ It is a fun show! All of my friends who are grandparents have their grandkids watching it twenty or thirty times. It is a whole different audience! I play a guy named Big Papa who runs a surf shop on a beach in Hawaii. My granddaughter in the movie is the lead in the film. It is actually very sweet. The kids now are having ‘Teen Beach Movie’ birthday parties! I figured if acting doesn’t work out for me in the next few years, I am going to start doing ‘Teen Beach Movie’ birthday parties! I am going to start showing up as Big Papa with a surfboard under my arm and regaling them with stories of the seven days I spent on the beach in Puerto Rico making this movie. I think that is going to be my future life!

You are a great person to look to for inspiration. What is the best piece of advice you can pass along to those who are looking to make a career for themselves in show business?

Barry: Take risks. Always take risks. Don’t play it safe. That is one of the reasons I love Etta and Gabe. They don’t play it safe and they take risks. I like being around people who are risk takers.

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Barry as Brad Majors

They were kicking around the idea of a ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ remake in the past few years. Which is a pretty bizarre idea.

Barry: Terrible idea! Terrible idea!

Let’s just say you had to cast this project, who would you cast in the role you made famous?

Barry: I mean, if you are going to do it, you have to do a remake of it now, so I would cast me in it. It would be Frank-N-Furter, who was blown up, had fathered children in Transsexual, Transylvania. One of those kids comes back. It is sort of like how people are accosted by aliens throughout their whole lives because they have had little chips put in their arms so they can be found on future alien visitations. I figured Brad is probably now in the Senate and now is just doing young boys in men’s rooms and no one knows about it! [laughs] He refuses to even acknowledge it himself. I think it is all about Brad and Janet and how this whole new generation of alien transvestites come back and try to reacquaint themselves. I guess the point is that I would cast myself in it! I would cast myself in anything!

Etta: I would love to see this too!

Barry: Write it! Write it!

Is there any charity work you are involved with we can help spread the the word on?

Barry: ‘Diani & Devine Meet The Apocalypse’ is the charity of the moment! [laughs] Everyone else has a lot of backers and I think this project is my greatest charity endeavor. I will go to the mat for them!

Etta: Awww. That is sweet!

It is certainly a worthy case! I am glad we could play a part in all of this as well! Thank you both so much for your time today! You are awesome!

Barry: Thank you, Jason!

Etta: Thanks, Jason!

Let’s make this dream a reality! Now is the time to act! Use the links below to learn more and contribute to this awesome project. They have some truly awesome incentives, so be sure to check them out before it’s too late!

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‘Diani & Devine Meet The Apocalypse’ Creators On Bringing Their Vision To Life!

‘Diani & Devine Meet The Apocalypse’ Creators On Bringing Their Vision To Life!

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Etta Devine and Gabriel Diani are award-winning actors, writers, and comedians who are often compared with classic comedy teams like Nichols and May and Burns and Allen. They have performed at comedy festivals all over the country, raised over $30,000 on Kickstarter to replace the “N-word” with “Robot” in Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and garnered over 1.4 million hits on web series Mary Olson. Now these creative dynamos are trying to save independent film making and crowd funding! ‘Diani & Devine Meet The Apocalyse is a feature-length comedy film about a struggling comedy duo who discover that surviving the apocalypse is almost as difficult as surviving in Hollywood. It’s like one of those old Bob Hope/Bing Crosby ‘Road To…’ movies meets Cormac McCarthy’s ‘The Road.’ It’s ‘The Road To The Road!’ Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon caught up with this inspiring duo in the midst of their fundraising efforts to discuss their careers, the inspiration for their latest work, the challenges involved in funding the project and what the future holds for them! 

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

Gabe: It is not for the faint of heart! You really have to do it because you have no choice. There is no choice for us. I always knew from a young age that I wanted to tell stories. It used to be I wanted to be an animator and then a comic book artist when I was young. Then when I was in junior high we started making movies with my grandfather’s video camera in our backyard and I found I loved filmmaking and acting. Haven’t looked back since!

Etta: It was either storytelling or Archaeoparasitology. I could have been neck deep in a pit somewhere seeing what kind of worms some ancient person had growing inside them. Instead I’m neck deep in a completely different kind of pit with slightly different kinds of parasites. I got started very early, I have been acting since I was very little. It’s one of the few things you can start to work on seriously as a child. There is nothing more serious than comedy so that’s where I’ve ended up.

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

Gabe: I have a long list of inspirations ranging from Charlie Chaplin to Joss Whedon. The biggest ones for this particular project would be those great Abbott & Costello comedy team films I grew up watching on the weekends,the british post apocalyptic TV show “Survivors,” and stuff like Louis CK’s “Louie” or early Woody Allen films.

Etta: Just the whole world basically. In terms of stuff I’d like to steal from: the way Harold Pinter crafts the status of a situation, the sense of adventure in movies like Romancing The Stone or Willow, the versatility of Elaine May, and the sharpness of Betty Davis. I’ve got her goldfish eyes so her career is basically mine for the taking.

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How did you two originally cross paths and team up?

Etta: Gabe saw me in a Checkov play in college and we knew all the same people.

Gabe: We started dating. Five years later we decided we could probably handle working together too!

How has “Diani & Devine” as an act evolved through the years?

Gabe: When we started out we were experimenting with sketches that flowed into one another so that we didn’t have to have blow line and a blackout to indicate when it was time to clap. It was kind of like “Mr. Show” and a bit more theatrical. We started doing little introductions over the years and the audience really responded to our relationship so we started putting more in. So it’s become kind of hybrid of Nichols and May and Burns and Allen.

Etta: My line when he said that used to be “but Gabe isn’t going to work me to death like George did to Gracie” but it’s entirely possible that he will so… I guess I need a new line.

What has been the most rewarding part of your collaboration?

Gabe: Etta is my favorite person in the world. So I get to spend most of my time with her.

Etta: We are both very exacting and have strong ideas about what is and isn’t good or funny. Usually those ideas are similar and when they aren’t something even better usually ends up happening. I think that’s what couples are supposed to do. Make each other better. It’s also nice to have your partner work with you. If we didn’t work together we would never see each other.

Your latest project is “Diani & Devine Meet The Apocalypse.” What sparked the idea for this latest film project?

Gabe: We wanted to do a two-hander, a movie where we were co-leads and the idea of doing a modern take on the old comedy team movies where we got to do some of our act really appealed to us. We’re also huge fans of genre stuff, including apocalypse stuff so thought it would make a funny combination: us playing ourselves as civilization was collapsing. It’s a fun way to work through our deepest, darkest fears.

How did you approach this Kickstarter campaign differently than you did with previous projects?

Gabe: Well, this one is much bigger and more ambitious than our previous projects. In the past we raised money to publish a book and to have a limited release of our first film that was already finished. This time we’re trying to four times what we’ve raised in the past because we’re want to make and deliver a movie.

Etta: We worked full time for about 5 months putting the campaign together. We knew we had to so something spectacular to cut through the universe’s general apathy so we made 35+ videos to release throughout the campaign featuring not only us but people like Barry, Armin Shimerman (“Quark” from Star Trek Deep Space Nine), Harry Groener (“Mayor Wilkins” on Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and Janet Varney (the voice of “Korra” on The Legend of Korra).

Gabriel Diani, Barry Bostwick and Etta Devine

Gabriel Diani, Barry Bostwick and Etta Devine

“Diani & Devine Meet The Apocalypse” has some great people behind it. How did you go about selecting your cast and what do they bring to the table?

Etta: Because we have been actors in Los Angeles for awhile we have collected a sort of company of amazing talent. We basically just cast our friends. Sometimes it seems like it’s the only way we ever get to see them because since there are only two of us and so much to do we are always working.

Gabe: When you work with your friends you know it’s going to be fun and the work will be better because you have chemistry together.

How do you feel you have evolved as a filmmakers/writers through the years?

Etta: Filmmaking is a slow and exacting process. I think I’ll have a better answer for this when our sample size is a little larger. Hopefully the answer is that we are getting more awesome.

Gabe: That’s the problem with making a feature. It takes so long to make one and so long to get the next gets off the ground that it’s hard to hone your craft. But in the interim we’ve had a lot of experience with these short form internet videos that I think we’ve grown and changed. All the time we’ve spent in the editing room on our first film really impacted the way we planned our shots for the campaign videos. There’s also a certain level of confidence the more you do it. You get less scared of making mistakes and realize you’re always going to make mistakes and sometimes something amazing can come from that. I’m excited to take the lessons we learned on our first film ‘The Selling’ and all the videos we’ve made in between and apply them to this next feature.

They say everyone learns a little something new about themselves on each project. Obviously, you are deep in a whirlwind of fundraising and promotion but what is the biggest lesson you have learned so far?

Etta: Gabe will eat anything when we’re doing a kickstarter. I caught him drinking a jar of nerds the other day. I think that for me personally it’s that I may never become comfortable asking people for things. As a filmmaker with few resources it seems like that’s all we ever do. I’d like to be in a position where people can get something more than a Trader Joe’s salad out of collaborating with me. I just have to get over that.

Gabe: I’ve learned that I’ve got amazing friends that will go to the mat for me and that I have the best partner in life a person can have. Also, I’ve learned that Nerds candy taste better when drunk from a mason jar.

What other projects are on the horizon for you in the short and long term?

Etta: Tons. We have a lot of scripts ready and several that we are almost ready to write. You have to have a lot of irons in the fire since everything takes so long. We also do some theatre and other peoples movies!

Gabe: We’ve got a 10 episode season two of our little web series “Mary Olson” we made back in 2008. We’d love to get that up and running and we’ve got a couple really fun screenplays with larger budgets we’d like to make.

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I am sure many young people look to you as an inspiration. What is the best lesson that can be taken from your life and times?

Etta: Start early. We spent our early 20’s not wanting to have to create for ourselves. We both had experience in the theatre helming projects but the idea of initiating and being in charge of film projects seemed overwhelming. It is. It’s ridiculous. But it’s what you have to do if you’re not a name.

Gabe: And the technology is in a different place than when we were in our 20s. Yes, we could have made movies then but it was either a lot more expensive or a lot less professional looking. Do things that you love and be a good person. That’s why we were able to get these amazing people to be in our movie. Also, drink Nerds.

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

Etta: Meet as many people in the industry as you can. Be nice and cool and helpful. Who you know helps. Become a part of the community. My best advice is to cast me and then give me half a glass of wine while we’re hanging out sometime. I will spill it all.

Gabe: There’s no one path. We might have had an easier time in our careers if we had written a couple spec scripts of existing shows so that we could get an agent and try to get on a show. Then again, I know some amazing writers who have tried that path and still struggle. There’s no rhyme or reason to a lot of it so go with your gut, do the thing that gets you excited, and don’t ever give up or take no as an answer. Actually, you’ll hardly ever hear the word no. You’ll mostly hear silence. Stony, indifferent silence. Tell that silence to shut up.

Now is the time to act! Use the links below to learn more and contribute to this awesome project. They have some truly awesome incentives, so be sure to check them out before it’s too late!

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Devour The Day Launches Kickstarter Campaign To Fund Music Video For Second Single

Devour The Day Launches Kickstarter Campaign To Fund Music Video For Second Single

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Want to have DEVOUR THE DAY perform in your garage? Or get signed original artwork by bassist/songwriter Joey “Chicago” Walser? Or get a personalized pre-recorded video message from Walser and singer/drummer/songwriter/producer Blake Allison? How about singing or playing guitar onstage with the band at an upcoming show? Now, fans have the opportunity to make any of those dreams happen.

Today, Walser and Allison are launching a Kickstarter campaign, including a slew of exclusive incentives, to help with the creation of the music video for their second single. In addition, they’re looking to their fans to be an integral part of the making of this very special video, which will be released in early 2014.

DEVOUR THE DAY’s Kickstarter campaign can be found at http://kck.st/GWqVrw, which has all of the information and the following instructions about making video submissions:

We want to tell the story of how YOU, the fans, raised US back to life. And we can only tell it TOGETHER.
WAIT, YOU WANT ME IN THE STORY?

That’s right! Here’s how it works:

STEP 1 – PLEDGE TO OUR CAMPAIGN. 1 dollar, 50 dollars, 1,000 dollars, whatever sounds good. Remember, the bigger the pledge, the more awesome the reward.

STEP 2 – RECORD A 10-15 SECOND VIDEO on your smart phone or computer answering this question: “Why do you support Devour the Day?”
(Doesn’t need to be fancy, don’t need any lights, don’t need lots of makeup, just be yourself.)

STEP 3 – E-MAIL your video to: myvid@devourtheday.com

At the end of the campaign, we’ll take all the videos you send in, and WE’LL ACTUALLY USE THEM IN OUR MUSIC VIDEO!

In fact, we’ve already finalized the video concept, and it DOESN’T WORK WITHOUT YOUR VIDEOS. You’ll see what we mean when it comes out…

For the grandest donation of $5,000, DEVOUR THE DAY will perform songs from TIME & PRESSURE at the lucky donor’s house. As the band proclaims, “This will be the greatest house party ever!”

The video clip will be produced by Neighborhood Film Company, a creative production company that mentors and employs adults in recovery through the process of filmmaking. They’ve created short films for Nike, the Philadelphia Eagles and Levi’s. NFCo. is partners with Project H.O.M.E. and creators of the non-profit, Working Film Establishment, which uses NFCo. as a training ground to prepare adults in recovery for thriving employment at their company and in partnering companies/industries.

“Good Man,” the first single from their critically acclaimed debut album, TIME & PRESSURE (released May 7 on Fat Lady Music/Caroline Distribution), has sold over 40,000 singles and has now reached the Top 10 (#10) on Billboard’s and Mediabase’s “Active Rock” chart. It’s also #9 on Mediabase’s “Mainstream Rock” chart and #4 on SiriusXM Octane’s “Big Uns” weekly countdown. The lyric video for “Good Man” (which has over 515,000 views) can be found on the band’s YouTube page.

In touring news, the band is currently criss-crossing the U.S. along with Hinder and Candlebox. Check out DEVOUR THE DAY at any of the following stops:

With Hinder and Candlebox:

Tue 10/15 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
Wed 10/16 – Ybor City, FL – The Ritz Ybor
Thu 10/17 – Destin, FL – Club L.A. (headlining)
Fri 10/18 – Jacksonville, FL – Mavericks At The Landing
Sat 10/19 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City
Sun 10/20 – Little Rock, AR – Juanita’s (headlining)
Wed 10/23 – Dallas, TX – South Side Music Hall
Thu 10/24 – N. Kansas City, MO – Voodoo Lounge at Harrah’s Casino
Fri 10/25 – Ardmore, OK – Heritage Hall
Sun 10/27 – Council Bluffs, IA – Whiskey Roadhouse

With Trapt:

Fri 11/8 – Dayton, OH – McGuffy’s House of Rock
Sat 11/9 – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
Sun 11/10 – Racine, WI – Rt. 20
Tue 11/12 – Rochester, NY – Water Street Music Hall
Wed 11/13 – Watertown, NY – Nautical Turtle (headlining)
Thu 11/14 – Luzerne, PA – Brews Brothers West
Fri 11/15 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
Sat 11/16 – Syracuse, NY – The Lost Horizon

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Kickstarter Campaign Launched For “Night Of The Demons: After-Party”

Kickstarter Campaign Launched For “Night Of The Demons: After-Party”

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It’s amazing what can happen when you put a tube of lipstick together with a team of classic horror film makers. After Party LLC announced today that Kevin Tenney, director of the original NIGHT OF THE DEMONS, has put together a team of some of the most highly regarded horror film makers to produce a sequel to the 2009 version of his original film. Check out the Kickstarter campaign at this location >

Together, the team has been involved with 10 major horror franchises, including FRIDAY THE 13TH(th) , HELLRAISER, HOUSE, WAXWORK, LEPRECHAUN, BASKETCASE and WITCHBOARD.

“We’re all horror fans ourselves,” said Tenney, “and we love the new script. We are independent producers in every sense of that word, and have been lucky enough to build up followings over the years. We plan to deliver a film that our fans want to see. There will be demons, zombies, a Halloween party in a cemetery and reanimated corpses. This’ll be the funniest, bloodiest, most outrageous NIGHT OF THE DEMONS ever.”

We want our fans to be involved with us from the start, so we’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign to allow us to make the kind of movie our fans want to see. We’ve got great prizes; you can get props from the previous films, have your name forever engraved on a tombstone in our cemetery, have a role as a demon, or even be KILLED by one on screen.”

“I’m not going into this hellish endeavor alone. Joining me on the creative team are Anthony Hickox (WAXWORK, HELLRAISER 3, SUNDOWN), who will direct, and Tiffany Shepis (THE HAZING, THE FRANKESTEIN SYNDROME) who will star. Also on board are Sean Tretta (DEATH OF A GHOST HUNTER, THE PROMETHEUS PROJECT), who wrote the script, Gabe Bartalos (LEPRECHAUN, BASKETCASE 2&3), who will handle make-up and special effects, and Harry Manfredini (FRIDAY THE 13TH, HOUSE), who will score the film.

The film makers are offering the opportunity to win a special horror themed gift basket of autographed rewards for people who take pictures of themselves as demons and post them on social media sites. You can find out more and join the fun on Facebook and Twitter.

Facebook: http://on.fb.me/17Tjlsm

Link To Twitter: http://bit.ly/17TjOuH

Follow the project on Twitter @NOTDAfterParty

The Kickstarter campaign can be found at: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/112608557/night-of-the-demons-after-party or http://kck.st/10qQtW5.

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PLEASE SUBSCRIBE: Dan Dobi Discusses His Documentary On YouTubers

PLEASE SUBSCRIBE: Dan Dobi Discusses His Documentary On YouTubers

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Director/Producer Dan Dobi’s story began simply enough. He was just an ordinary kid with the family video camera. Little did he know then how far his love of film would take him. Highly renowed for his work in the world of music videos, Dobi has worked his magic for Paramore, Death Cab For Cutie, Diddy, TI, Jim Jones, Busta Rhymes, Ice Cube, Ting Tings and more. While navigating the ever changing world of traditional, he stumbled into the fascinating world of YouTube culture. This intriguing new medium posed some interesting questions. Who are the hugest YouTubers and what is our obsession with them? Why are we mesmerized by the likes of Hannah Hart, Mr. Guitar Man, and Wheezy Waiter? It was these burning questions that sparked the idea for “Please Subscribe: A Documentary About YouTubers.” The film is a documentary that gives and exclusive look and explains the phenomenon of some of the most influential and unique content creators raising the bar for online media. Through a series of intimate narrative vignettes, the film explores the a different journey taken by a creator to get to where they are today, how they’re staying relevant in a growing and saturated market, what their daily lives consist of, what drives them, and what they hope the future in this unstable, ever changing medium looks like. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with director Dan Dobi to discuss his unique career, the challenges of bringing this inspiring film to life, the relationships which formed because of it and what the future holds for this amazing young filmmaker.

Typically, I wouldn’t start with a question like this but seeing you had such a unique career path, it seemed fitting. What did you want to be when you were growing up?

Wow! I wanted to be a veterinarian!

You have come a long way but certainly not from that path! [laughs]

Yeah! I wanted to be a vet because I love animals but then I changed my mind when I heard you had to go to school for roughly 10 years! Then I wanted to be a gym teacher! I was pretty good at kickball, so I thought, “Why not make it 40 years of kickball and call it a day?!” [laughs] That was my second choice! Then when I was actually applying to schools, my video teacher at the time told me to go to school for film. I made the decision to go to film school at the last second. I didn’t even know that was a career! I had no idea! I thought it was a career further past being a vet. I thought being a filmmaker was an impossible thing to do. But sure enough, I did it! Which is cool! [laughs]

Director Dan Dobi

Director Dan Dobi

What was it about film that intrigued you early on and made you want to pursue it?

I was playing with the family video camera at a very early age. I had my first camera when I was 11 years old. What I would do is go to these punk rock and hardcore ska shows with my older brother. He would bring me along and I started filming bands. I was just a kid in the corner who was filming all of these bands. I think it all started there, using the camera at such a young age. I can’t explain it, it just happened! [laughs] It was a really organic thing I fell in love with. It was a passion for me. Following what you love to do is always the best case scenario. It didn’t even seem like it was going to be a career for me until my junior year when my video teacher said, “Hey! You should go to film school!” and I said, “That’s a thing?!” [laughs] That’s kinda how it happened.

You are fairly well known for your work in traditional media. What was the catalyst which brought you to the world of YouTubers?

Coming from traditional media and having a lot of videos on MTV, or wherever they were playing them at the time, I had a realization. I had videos that were playing on MTV and they would say my name on TV, ” … directed by Dan Dobi,” but no one was really recognizing me. I mean, every now and then I would get a phone call or maybe a Myspace message, at the time, with someone saying, “Oh, I saw your video on TV.” It wasn’t until I started posting to YouTube where I would get people on social media saying, “Oh my God! I saw your last video. It was hilarious!” I would get so much more from that then getting a huge video on MTV. I started thinking, “What is going on here? More people are watching YouTube than TV?” Sure enough, that is how it happened and I started making content for YouTube. I didn’t do it super often but when I did I was causing some kind of ruckus in the YouTube world. Eventually, I just traded over for a little bit. I stuck my foot in and met a lot of really cool people and noticed it was a viable way to make an income. It was just a really cool place to shoot videos and upload it for instant gratification! In the past, I would submit a video to a network and they wouldn’t play it for two to three months. This is a video which was contracted by a record label! By the time it aired, it was two to three months old! When it comes to the video landscape, when a video is two or three months old, it is old news! You have been on 10 more projects since then! In the YouTube world, it is really cool and I can submit content instantly and not have to go through third parties to get it on the airwaves. Now, it is under my control and I have become my own distribution network. That is an awesome thing! Not only can you make money but you make the rules! You are your own distributor at this point. If it is good, it will arise.

You took that love of the medium and made a documentary on it. How did the idea for what would eventually become “Please Subscribe: A Documentary About YouTubers” come about?

The idea came about after the first VidCon, which was roughly four years ago. I had the idea because when I went to my first VidCon, I didn’t know where I was! I was blown away because there were so many people who were getting a billion views all over the place! I thought, “I am a nobody in this world! What am I doing wrong?” That made me want to learn more! I sat down with a friend and started interviewing him. His name is Mitchell Davis and he is in the film. I took that idea and it sat on the sidelines for a while but eventually, I decided, “OK, I am going to start making this!” Three years after I did my first shot for the film, I later re-did that section, I said, “Let’s get started!” January of 2012 is when the filming started.

You definitely have some terrific personalities in the film. How did you cast for the project and what intrigued you about these folks?

A lot of the people in the film are my friends. A lot of them I have done work with in the past or they are people I was interested in because we have a mutual path in the YouTube world. A lot of them are my friends and when I reached out to them, they said, “Yes!” What intrigued me was that a lot of these people are their own bosses, they are entrepreneurs and have built this base following. It takes a real effort to do that and it is, by no means, an overnight thing. It can happen with a viral mass and it has with someone like Hannah Hart, who it just happened overnight and you can make a career out of it. In that case, the decision is made for you and it wasn’t a choice you made. Not only am I a fan of people like Dan Brown, Wheezy Waiter and Mitchell Davis, who are in all of my films, but those are some of my really tight friends. I talk to them on a regular basis and they are in the film. I think all of their sections came out very well. I think that is because they trusted me and I am not just some guy in a chair across from them who is trying to dig up dirt. I am just a guy who is their friend who wants to bring in a camera and see how they live their life. I wanted to share their experiences because a lot of their lives are private, even though they do broadcast their lives and talk about what they are going through. It is not the same, there is a certain fourth wall about it that I wanted to tear down and show that these are real people. They are real human beings and even though a lot of people view them as Internet celebrities or celebrities in general, they are hustlers — hard working good people!

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As a filmmaker, what is the biggest challenge on this project?

I did a Kickstarter and raised roughly $11,000 but it wasn’t enough. What I had to do was invest my own money. It got to the point where I was hurting and I didn’t really want to ask for anything more. I felt this is what I had promised everyone and I didn’t want to ask for anyone elses money, so I put several thousand of my own dollars into the project and made it happen. That being said, I feel the biggest challenge was the money situation. I got through it and there is no frame I would change. Even if I had a million dollars to do it, I don’t think I could have made this film any better! When you want to do a documentary, you think it requires a 10-man crew but I did all of it myself. I did the sound. I did the cameras. In fact, when it was a two-camera shot, I was using a handheld in one and the other was on a tripod! I was really Iron Man’d it up and did it all myself!

That’s awesome! Being as close to the YouTube phenomenon as you are, where do you see the medium heading?

I think some people will be using YouTube as a launch pad or a trampoline where they go from here to another thing, whether it is TV or film. All of those have something to offer. The space is becoming so over-saturated right now that every other network, or whoever else, really want to get their feet in and experiment in this YouTube world. That is because they are seeing all the eyeballs going. You don’t necessarily have to have a TV show to be successful because some people are super successful with YouTube shows. What YouTube is, for the most part, is tiny entertainment. You can watch something during lunch or you can watch a whole 30-minute episode of something. I think in the future what we will see is people creating not just three- or four-minute videos but they will be able to release movies on YouTube. It is a viable platform to make money and distribute it for free. Everyones thing when they get a TV show or a movie idea is “Where is our distribution?” Well, guess what? YouTube it! You can distribute there and it is not that big of an issue! Will it still be good to get on TV and create independent movies? Sure, that is everyone’s dream! But you have to start somewhere and YouTube is a cool way to do it.

How have you evolved as a filmmaker since you started out?

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Director Dan Dobi

I have learned to be a little more patient, I would say. I have learned that if you are waiting on someone to get something done, just learn to do it yourself, whether it is lighting, shooting, directing, producing or editing. I know all of the aspects because when I started up, I didn’t have any money to play with. I was shooting bands for free. No labels were paying me. No bands were paying me! I was doing it because I loved it. I think that is why I am somewhat successful at having a film career. I would have never done it for the money, I just loved it. I had a camera in my hand at 11 years old! Like I said, I never thought this could be a career, up until high school. This is a passion of mine and something I have never given up. Even if I wasn’t making money doing it, I would still do it. That is where a lot of YouTubers come into play. They started doing it for fun and then it turned into a career. Not a lot of YouTubers go into it with the mentality of “I am going to make a lot of money doing this and make it a career.” You will start seeing that happen in the next year five years. People are looking at their idols that are YouTubers and are thinking, “Hey, I want to be like this person. I want to start daily blogging or start making a show on YouTube.” If it is good enough and consistent enough, you will go somewhere with it.

You are certainly a busy man. What is in store for you in the short term, Dan?

Ya know what? This year I am starting off a little differently. I am obviously worried about “Please Subscribe” and the future of it. I am really sticking with it as long as I can stick with it! This year is going to focus more on my physical health. Yesterday, (January 30, 2013) I had back surgery performed on me. I have been suffering from back problems all of my life. At 28 years old, it was finally time to say, “Enough is enough. I need to get my health in check.” I have been working so hard on other things, I kinda let my health slip away from me. I got back surgery yesterday and until I am better, I need to take the physical therapy seriously and work on being able to walk again. It has been a struggle over the past few months, even with things as simple as walking. On another note, I am trying to raise money for a feature film I want to work on. It is not a documentary, it is a film. It is a script I have had in my hands for almost a year-and-a-half and I really want to do it! I think this may be the year where I make my first narrative feature! That is what I think people expect from me. Everyone says, “Where have you been with music videos and stuff?” I want to own stuff. I don’t want to create a music video that a record label or a band owns, I want to make a movie that I own and decide where it goes, how it is being distributed and whatnot! That is what I did with “Please Subscribe”. It is not even out yet but I like to call it a success so far. It sounds like it is going to go places! That is what I want to do — create content I can own and make decisions with without having a third party all over me. Right now, in short, we are looking to raise money for the narrative film.

When can film fans check out “Please Subscribe” in theaters?

The film will be in theaters for February 5 for one night only, one showing only, in 250 theaters in the United States. For more information, you can go to www.pleasesubscribefilm.com. We have been working with a company called Screen Vision, who have been nothing but awesome to us and have been helping us get national distribution.

Where can people learn more about the film?

The website is www.pleasesubscribefilm.com. The Twitter account is twitter.com/pleasesubscribe and on Facebook it is facebook.com/pleasesubscribe. All the information can be found there!

Terrific! Thanks so much for your time today, Dan! You are truly inspirational and we wish you the best of luck on all of your endeavors!

Thanks so much! Take care and we will talk soon!

“Please Subscribe: A Documentary About YouTubers” will premiere in theatres for one night only on Tuesday, February 5th.   This limited theatrical release will run in approximately 300 theatres across the country including Los Angeles. As a special opportunity YouTubers attending the screening will have a chance to win a role in the final cut of the film which will go into wide release on March 22nd.

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Ume Premiere “Run Wild” Video on mtvU, On Tour This Fall with Helmet and Toadies

Ume Premiere “Run Wild” Video on mtvU, On Tour This Fall with Helmet and Toadies

Ume have just premiered the new music video for their single “Run Wild” next week on mtvU. “Run Wild” is the current single off of the band’s current album Phantoms (Modern Outsider Records). CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT! 

Ume is currently in the studio working on their new album with producer Adam Kasper (Queens of the Stone Age, Cat Power, Foo Fighters) with funds raised from a highly successful Kickstarter campaign. Later this month, the band will return to the road for a fall tour with Helmet and Toadies. Please see below for all tour dates.

UME LIVE DATES

OCTOBER
18th – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
19th – Phoenix, AZ – Marquee Theatre
20th – Las Vegas, NV – Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
21st – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern
23rd – Los Angeles, CA – House of Blues
24th – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
26th – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
27th – Orangevale, CA – The Boardwalk
28th – Reno, NV – Cargo @ CommRow
30th – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
31st – Seattle, WA – Showbox at the Market

NOVEMBER 
1st – Spokane, WA – A Club
2nd – Boise, ID – Revolution Concert House
4th – Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest
7th – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
8th – Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic Lounge
9th – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
10th – Lubbock, TX – The Office

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