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Get A Heaping Helping of Mayhem With The ‘Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse’ Red Band Trailer

Get A Heaping Helping of Mayhem With The ‘Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse’ Red Band Trailer

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Coming this October!

Paramount Pictures has released the Red Band trailer for the upcoming horror-comedy ‘Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse.’ Check out the NSFW trailer below!

In the film, three scouts and lifelong friends join forces with one bad-ass cocktail waitress to become the world’s most unlikely team of heroes. When their peaceful town is ravaged by a zombie invasion, they’ll fight for the badge of a lifetime and put their scouting skills to the test to save mankind from the undead.

Directed by Christopher Landon (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones) from a script by Emi Mochizuki & Carrie Evans and Christopher Landon, the film stars Tye Sheridan (X-Men: Apocalypse), Patrick Schwarzenegger, Logan Miller (The Stanford Prison Experiment), Joey Morgan, Sarah Dumont (Don John), Halston Sage (Neighbors), Cloris Leachman (Young Frankenstein, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), and David Koechner (Anchorman, “The Office”).

‘Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse’ is set to be released on October 30, 2015.

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Ashley Hinshaw Discusses Her Career, Evolution and Role In ‘Plus One’

Ashley Hinshaw Discusses Her Career, Evolution and Role In ‘Plus One’

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Known for her solid work in a bevy of high profile supporting roles from ‘LOL’ to ‘Chronicle’ and her amazing work in the independent flick ‘About Cherry,’ Ashley Hinshaw has established herself as a young actress on the rise in Hollywood and leaves her poised become a breakout star in 2013. Hinshaw is an incredibly expressive young actress who pours her heart and soul into each and every role. Continuing her showcase her talents with captivating and highly emotional performances, her latest role teams her with director in Dennis Iliadis’ (Last House on The Left, Hardcore). This supernatural thriller focuses three college friends go to the biggest party of the year, each looking for something different: love, sex and a simple human connection. When a mysterious phenomenon disrupts the party, it lights a fuse on what will become the strangest night anyone has ever seen. As the three friends struggle to find what they’re looking for, the party quickly descends into a chaos that challenges if they can stay friends or if they can even stay alive. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon caught up with Ashley Hinshaw to discuss her role in the film, the challenges of bringing her character from script to screen, evolution as an actress and much more!

Ashley Hinshaw

Ashley Hinshaw

What was it about acting that intrigued you early on and made you pursue it as a career?

I have acted since a very young age in small hometown plays and things like that. It was always a dream of mine to be able to do it as a career but I grew up in a really small town in Indiana and I never really thought I would actually end up acting in Hollywood. It was something I wanted to do but there were so many other roads I expected to go down before that one. At 18, I ended up moving to New York and I fell into it! It was what I always wanted to do and I kept coming back to it. My parents would love me to be the elementary school teacher I said I was going to be when I was 14 but that didn’t happen! [laughs]

It certainly seems to be working out for you so far, so that is a plus!

So far, so good! Yeah! [laughs]

What about your influences? Who are the actors or mentors you look to for inspiration?

I actually have quite a few adult male actors I have worked with who I really respect their work ethic. I worked with Michael Kelly, who has worked for such a long period of time and is so talented. He is only now getting the recognition he so greatly deserves. There are a lot of actresses careers I would love to have. Emily Blunt has done some great stuff and has a fun career. Of course, everyone is inspired by Meryl Streep! Who couldn’t be? I guess I am just trying to pursue a diverse career, where I get to do a little bit of everything.

A perfect example of that diversity is your latest project, “Plus One.” What was it about the role that intrigued you and how did you get involved initially?

They sent me the script to read and I thought it was just awesome! It had such a high concept for a movie that was being done independently, that it was really intriguing but also incredibly intimidating! Ultimately, I guess I was intimidated by the project as a whole. Dennis Iliadis sat down with me and talked with me about his vision for it and what he wanted to do. From that point on, I was onboard and ready to go! It is definitely a film unlike any I have seen before.

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‘Plus One’

Speaking of director Dennis Iliadis, he has done some very scary films in the past. Were you familiar with his work before coming aboard for this project?

I think I had seen ‘Last House On The Left’ when it came out but his name wasn’t attached to it in my mind. When I signed on to do the project, they sent me all of his films. I was like “Well! Ok now!” [laughs] The great thing about Dennis is that he is has such a strong vision. In my opinion, Dennis’ work speaks for itself. When you are watching a Dennis Iliadis movie, you know it has his stamp. You can see his way of filmmaking in his movies. When I did my homework on him, I only got more and more excited to shoot the film.

How do you typically prepare for a role when you are going into a new project and how did the process apply to this film?

I typically look for a character that is multi-dimensional, where there is more going on with the character than we will ever see. As an actor, I can build a realistic life around this person and I am not just stepping in and out of scenes playing pretend. You don’t always have a lot of time before you start a project but in the case of “Plus One,” I had about a month. I really spent a lot of time each day developing this girl’s life and where she was at in life, which the audience will never see and the film will never address. Doing that will allow me as an actor to feel like I have actually developed a multi-dimensional and whole person. I got really lucky with the actors I was working opposite with on this project. Everyone was really talented, present and so giving, especially Rhys [Wakefield]. You are following Rhys’ character in this movie and his journey to get his girlfriend back. I decided I would take a step back to react and respond and let him carry things, which I think worked out well for us.

Are there elements of in this character that ring true to the person you are in everyday life?

[laughs] Some of my ex-boyfriends might tell you I am a little toxic after a breakup! [laughs] I won’t admit to that of course! This girl isn’t too far from who I could see myself being put in the situation she is put in. Thankfully, I have never walked in on a boyfriend kissing another girl, so I am not sure how the trajectory would go from there as me. However, I did try to root it in reality. This character is pretty much the same age that I am and in a different world I could be in college with a boyfriend back home. I tried to create all of her reactions very similar to what I think I would do if I was in that position.

As you mentioned, you have some terrific cast mates on this project. What did you learn from your time working alongside them?

I wasn’t familiar with anyone in the cast when we first started working. I was really pleasantly surprised with what everyone contributed. I think Logan Miller and Natalie Hall are so funny in this movie, Logan especially. My favorite part of the movie is the scene the two of them have because it so funny. It brings a shift in tone in the movie when things are getting a little heavy. I think Logan’s comedy is terrific. I really love comedy and I was paying close attention to what he does. We all bonded and really got along. We were down in Atlanta for six weeks, shooting all night. We basically became a little group of best friends. I have never worked on a project before where I keep in such close contact with so many of the people over a year later. It was a terrific experience!

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Looking back on the entire process, what do you consider the biggest challenge of this role?

I would say the biggest challenge of this role is there are two versions of my character. When one version eventually takes back her boyfriend, so much has happened up until then, as an audience member, you almost are annoyed by that decision! You have been with her for the majority of the movie and her decision to tell him to get a new girlfriend and be done with her, when she finally gives him a second chance; it is a lot to take on as an audience member. That is because you have to change your opinion of this relationship. I think that is the biggest challenge. I have seen the movie twice now. After seeing it, I think we accomplished the goal. It is quite the ride that the audience takes in the course of these two hours.

Ashley Hinshaw

Ashley Hinshaw

Looking at your career so far, it parallels this film in a way, as neither are easy put in one genre. How do you feel you have evolved as an actress over the years? Do you ever take time to reflect on your journey?

Oh yeah, all the time. I still think of myself as a redneck Hoosier. I don’t know how I am working in this business but I am lucky to be doing it! I have been so lucky to do so many different projects and have my hand in a lot of different pots. I definitely want to continue in that way. I love comedy, drama, sci-fi and the thrillers are very exciting. I hope I will be able to continue that diversity in my career. You spend three or four months doing comedy and you get a little tired of being funny all the time! [laughs] I definitely enjoying the diversity and trying my hand at new things.

Is there particular role or genre you are anxious to tackle in the short term?

Yeah. I haven’t set my sights on anything in particular. However, I have been really excited, since I started acting, to do a real period piece. I recently did a movie set in the 1960s and 1970s, which was really exciting. That helped to fuel the desire to do something that might be early 1900s or even before. I am drawn to amazing costumes and it such different world that it really forces you to come out of your reality and take on this completely different life and lifestyle. I think that is really exciting and challenging. I think that would be really fun to do!

Obviously, you are still honing you skills as an actor but do you have any aspirations to explore the world behind the camera as a writer or director some day?

At this point, I have so many things I want to do on the acting side that I haven’t really put too much thought into it. There are definitely projects and characters I have in my mind that I would love to explore and one day develop. I am not sure what my role would be in that but it is exciting in this day and age that so many people are doing so many different things. It is very inspiring to see people crossing the lines from being actors to being writers, directors and producers. I definitely think at some point the door will be open to experimenting with something else.

Ashley Hinshaw

Ashley Hinshaw

You serve as a great inspiration to young people. What is the best piece of advice you can pass along to aspiring actors?

I would say what I see as most important is to continue to develop yourself as a person as a diverse person and not put all of your interests and hope in the acting business. I say that because it is amazing to be ambitious and too focused on the career you want. At the same time, there are so many people who get caught up in it in this business, especially in this town, who lose their interests as a person because their whole world becomes the entertainment industry. The entertainment industry, while it is important to those of us who are in it, is truly not the whole world! [laughs] I think people pick up on that in this industry. When you have more interest and interesting things going on in your life, it is more appealing and helps you grow as a person.

Are you involved in any charity work we can help spread the word on?

I would love that! I work very closely with the Art of Elysium. It is a charity which working people in the entertainment business, on all sides, go to children’s hospitals and developmental challenged schools to put on plays, do improv workshops and bring the arts to these kids. It is an amazing organization! Of all the things I have done in the entertainment industry, working with this charity is in the top one or two experiences I have had. At the end of the day, we make movies or television and that is great but we are artists and when you can have a direct influence on somebody who is struggling, that is what is most important — the Art of Elysium does that in a way unlike any other!

We look forward to spreading the word and thank you for your time, Ashley! You are the best.

Thank you so much, Jason. Talk to you again soon!

Be sure to check out ‘Plus One’ when opens in select theaters and becomes available on-demand on September 20th, 2013.

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Director Dennis Iliadis Discusses The Challenges of Making ‘Plus One’

Director Dennis Iliadis Discusses The Challenges of Making ‘Plus One’

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Director Dennis Iliadis first made his impact in the world of horror with the 2009 re-imagining of the cult classic, ‘The Last House on the Left.’ His vision for the film allowed it to take on a life of it’s own and outshine most of the reboots we have seen over the past decade. It seemed Iliadis was destined to continue blazing his directorial trail as his name was quickly attached to numerous Hollywood projects. However, as often is the case, the Hollywood machine wasn’t firing on all cylinders and left the director to seek his on venues to express himself. Undaunted, that is exactly what Iliadis has done with his latest independent flick, ‘+1,’ which debuted earlier this year at SXSW 2013. This supernatural thriller focuses three college friends go to the biggest party of the year, each looking for something different: love, sex and a simple human connection. When a mysterious phenomenon disrupts the party, it lights a fuse on what will become the strangest night anyone has ever seen. As the three friends struggle to find what they’re looking for, the party quickly descends into a chaos that challenges if they can stay friends or if they can even stay alive. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon caught up with Dennis Iliadis to discuss the inspirations for the film, the challenges of bringing it from script to screen, his evolution as a director and more!

Dennis Iliadis

Dennis Iliadis

What originally intrigued you about the world of filmmaking?

I was born in Greece and I was from a quite conservative and strict family. I would always think of everything in images. I was very visual early on. It was also an interesting revolution to just leave everything behind and do filmmaking.

Was there a catalyst that made you pursue filmmaking as a career?

I would literally process stories visually and I was quite a good visual storyteller. The short films I did very well quickly. From there, I got into commercials and those were doing very well too, so pursing filmmaking seemed like the right thing to do.

What were some of the influences that affected you as a director?

I love movies. I have watched tons of them through the years and it has been more of an aggregate than specific people.

You latest project is a film called ‘Plus One’. It is different than many things you have done in the past. What inspired the story for the film?

First of all, it is the idea of what would happen if you could meet yourself. It is very interesting science-fiction and philosophical idea. Then you take it to the next level of what would happen if this were to happen in a very compressed time frame and you were in a very charged environment where you were planning the same things and had the exact same desires. It is taking something that is very interesting intellectually and philosophically and then grafting it on a very compressed time frame in a very extreme environment.

What can you tell us about you approach to the writing process for this film?

I came up with the idea and then I wrote a very detailed treatment. At that point, we found this great New York writer, Bill Gullo, who took it from there. He wrote it into a full script. My producer, Tim Perell, were super involved the whole way.

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What were you thoughts on approaching this film stylistically?

The plan was to start off and have the movie feel very familiar, where you think you are watching something similar to a classic American teen movie, like ‘Super Bad’ or something similar. Then you arrive at the party where everything became slightly larger than life. Those movies have always been about one special night and the characters will do everything to get it. I wanted to the look to be very, very heightened and to exude this overflow of desire and hedonism. We started off visually quite classic and then as we arrive at the party, things got more visual, more charged and more saturated. When the phenomena happens and the doubles showed up, it became very much a thriller which is a bit like “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” where you don’t know what direction it would go, both cinematically and stylistically. As the doubles start closing in with every blackout, the movie explores the different possible outcomes and the reaction to that. One thread becomes very horror, while another becomes very tender. That was our visual and stylistic grid.

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‘Plus One’

A big element for any film is its cast and you assembled a terrific group. What can you tell us about the process of finding these young actors and what you feel they brought to the project?

We were very lucky to work with them because they are really great actors. In casting the movie, our goal was to get really great actors who could initially fit into teen movie stereotypes and then transgress in a very big way. This is a night where these kids will do absolutely anything to be special. We were very happy to work with Rhys [Wakefield], Logan [Miller], Ashley [Hinshaw] and Natalie [Hall] because they are super talented. Their performances pulled you in and you are always thinking about what they might do next. Rhys starts as a nerdy, John Cusack-ian character but then goes to a very dark place, discovering what he would do for love. Eddie, who is played by Logan Miller, starts out very insecure and angry, which is your typical teen movie character. Then he becomes the strangest kind of leader. Jill, played by Ashley Hinshaw, explores both her sweet and toxic side to great extremes. Melanie, played by Natalie Hall, starts as your typical blonde bombshell and then goes to very unexpected places!

There are some many elements to balance in this film from sci-fi to horror to comedy to drama. Looking back on putting the film together, what do you consider the biggest challenge in bringing this film to the screen?

The biggest challenge was shooting it, the post-production and all of the VFX. There were huge technical challenges but at the same time we had to keep a crazy energy because we were grafting these very technical challenges on a crazy canvas. We needed to have a lot of people, very high energy in a very saturated and hedonistic state. That combination was super hard. When you make movies like that, everything is quite contained and structured. We were doing something very technical with huge continuity challenges on a very charged canvas.

As a director, when you took on this project, was there a specific goal you hoped to achieve that may have differed from your earlier work?

Yes. When you do an independent movie like this, you want to try something different. I really wanted to do a movie that was fun but at the same time allowed me to go to the dark places I like to visit. I really wanted to do a fun movie but at the same time combine different genres to take it to very unexpected places.

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You certainly succeed in doing so, Dennis. There are plenty of unexpected turns in the film. Looking back at your work so far, how do you feel you have evolved as a director along the way?

It is about trying to develop all of your different layers. I started by doing a very dark movie in Greece called “Hardcore,” which got a lot of international attention. That film was very dark but at the same time had lapses into fantasy that were unexpected and often quite humorous. For example, it is about two very young prostitutes, who in a moment of extreme abuse fantasize about being in an American sitcom. Doing my first Hollywood film, which was a thriller/horror movie but I tried to do things in an unexpected way. I love genre but I always try to elevate it and bring some unexpected elements to it. “Last House on the Left” was shot in a very interesting way. It didn’t follow all the different genre conventions. Now, with this film, I wanted to do a fun movie with a love story that would allow me to flex my filmmaking in that direction. We definitely as filmmakers like things that are present in all of our movies. I like character movies that put characters in extreme situations and watch them get to their most extreme limits. This film allowed me to do it in a more fun way and to play with very philosophical ideas but also take it to very extreme places.

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Is there a place you are looking forward to exploring as a director in the years to come?

I like genre and I like actors, so I very much enjoy these extreme character stories. I could explore comedy. Comedies are sometimes like that where the characters are put in extreme situations. I don’t want to be pigeon holed in a specific genre but most of the movies I am offered are in the thriller area. It looks my next movie will be a more conventional thriller. I like character and genre movies, so I try to do both!

In following the theme of “Plus One,” if you were to encounter another version of yourself, what is the best piece of advice you would pass along as a filmmaker?

[laughs] That is a great question! The biggest advice I could give is to always try to combine the smaller projects with the bigger ones. It is always important to always have a realizable project up your sleeve. Work very hard and always have a Plan B. Always have a script that is easier to make when the bigger movies get stuck. Of course, none of my scripts are easier to make. This one was a complete nightmare and very difficult to do! Always keep your options open and try to have your own projects to realize when bigger movies are slower.

Thank you again for your time today, Dennis. It has been a pleasure. Best of luck to you!

Thank you very much! Take care!

Be sure to check out ‘Plus One’ when opens in select theaters and becomes available on-demand on September 20th, 2013.

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