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‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation’ Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray To Be Unleashed On December 11th!

‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation’ Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray To Be Unleashed On December 11th!

If looks could kill, he wouldn’t need a chainsaw. “Leatherface” is BACK! Scream Factory proudly presents the fourth installment of the terrifying franchise Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation makes its Blu-ray debut in North America on December 11, 2018.

The film is presented here in an ultimate collector’s edition featuring both the theatrical and director’s cuts, with loads of new extras including new audio commentary and interviews with cast and crew.

When a helpful family invites two lost couples in for a good ol’ down-home massacre, the prom night teens find themselves all dressed up … with no place to escape. To their dismay, the old farmhouse is home to Leatherface and his insane family of cannibalistic psychopaths. Featuring fast-paced fun, standout stars and a horrific helping of the franchise’s own brand of gore, the “fourth Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie takes a comedic turn even more pronounced than the previous two combined!” (The Terror Trap)

Special Features:

· Two Cuts of the Film – the theatrical cut (87 minutes – HD) and the director’s cut (93 minutes – HD with standard definition inserts)

· NEW Audio Commentary with writer/director Kim Henkel (on Director’s Cut)

· NEW The Buzz is Back – an interview with Director of Photography Levie Isaacks

· NEW Marked for Death – an interview with actor Tyler Shea Cone

· NEW If Looks Could Kill: The Return of a “Chainsaw Massacre” – an interview with special makeup effects artist J.M. Logan and production designer Deborah Pastor

· Still Gallery

· Theatrical Trailer

Rated R for demented mayhem and torture, and for strong language.

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BREAKING THROUGH: Agnes Olech On Her Career, ‘True Detective’ And More!

BREAKING THROUGH: Agnes Olech On Her Career, ‘True Detective’ And More!


To say Agnes Olech is more than a pretty face is an understatement. Over the past several years, she established herself as an actress on the rise in Hollywood and is poised to become a breakout star in 2015. Fearless, quick witted, intensely expressive and laser focused, she pours her heart and soul into every role to take them to the next level. Her dedication to her craft is evident as she continues to turn heads of fans and critics alike with each new project. She is currently showcasing her tremendous talents with a captivating role on HBO’s critically acclaimed series, “True Detective,” as Veronica Chessani opposite on-screen heavyweights Vince Vaughn and Rachel McAdams.

Her story begins in Bielsko Biala, Poland. Agnes and her family immigrated to the United States in April 1994. In those early years she started to show the signs of amazing potential. A natural born entertainer, you could find her performing skits or singing Tina Turner songs in her parent’s living room. She has always loved making people laugh and realized she could turn her passion for entertaining into a career. Over the past several years she amassed a string of roles in both the worlds of comedy and drama. Agnes played Julia in “Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf,” (a dark comedy by Michael Urban, writer of “Saved”) which won numerous awards including Best Female Performance (Outfest 2013), Best Feature Comedy (QFest 2013) and Best Screenplay (QFilm 2013). She shared the screen with John Heard and Oscar nominee Bruce Davison in “Stealing Roses,” and she played Danny Trejo’s vivacious girlfriend in “Living the Dream.” She recently appeared as Alyona on CBS’ acclaimed show “Intelligence” and has been seen on shows including CBS’ “Rules of Engagement” and Comedy Central’s “Workaholics.” Balancing out her Hollywood life, Agnes spends her free time with her adopted animals and also lends her voice to some very deserving organizations which benefit amazing creatures (and their humans). Whether it comes to her career or her life outside the spotlight, she is someone who follows the motto, “imagination is everything” and is never content to sit on the sidelines.

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Agnes Olech to discuss her journey in the entertainment industry, bringing her character on “True Detective” from script to screen, the challenges she faced along the way and what the future holds for this star on the rise!

I wanted to start by giving a little background on you. Since you are starting to become a familiar face in film and television, I am curious to know how you first got turned on to acting?

Agnes Olech

Agnes Olech

I always loved entertaining my family and friends. When I was a kid, I would put on little skits in my living room and make my parents watch. It would be anything from singing Tina Turner to putting on little plays that I made up in my imagination. I was always living in my imagination. Growing up, I always wanted to escape to these cool places that I was making up! In high school, I started doing plays and I really loved it. I loved performing and making people laugh. I was the class clown in high school and I would get such a high from getting people to laugh or smile. When the time came for me to go off to find colleges and start planning for the future, I said, “I’m going to Hollywood. I’m going to be an actress! I’m going to make people laugh and entertain them! That is what I want to do.” There hasn’t been anything I have felt so passionate about since! Sometimes I think, “Oh my God! It would be so much easier had I gone to school to be a veterinarian or a hair dresser!” [laughs] However, acting just keeps pulling me back in and there is nothing else like it!

Who had a big impact on you and your craft early on?

I remember watching stuff like Mad TV, Saturday Night Live or comedy movies that made me laugh so much. I remember thinking, “I want to do that! I want to make people feel the way I am feeling right now!” “Night At The Roxbury” was a big one for me. There was something about that movie that clicked with me. Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan were so funny in that film. Jim Carrey is another actor I have loved watching. Again, I really just wanted to be able to do what they were doing with transporting people to another world for two hours and make them happier. There were also actresses I really admired. Kate Winslet is a great example. She is so good with every role she takes on and really transforms herself in to whatever character she is playing. It was people like those who were big inspirations to me and make me strive to one day get to that level.

You are getting a lot of attention for your latest project, Season 2 of HBO’s “True Detective.” What can you tell us about how it all came about?

My agents got me the audition. It came in very hush-hush. I had to sign all of these non-disclosure agreements because they didn’t want anything to leak, as there was so much buzz coming off the first season. I went in and I remember the breakdown of the character was pretty straight forward in saying the mayor’s wife, Eastern European accent, age, etc. When I read the sides for the audition, I was like “Wow! I’ve got to bring it with this!” I did my homework and I figured out my scenes were going to be alongside major A-listers like Rachel McAdams, Vince Vaughn and Taylor Kitsch, so obviously, I had to bring it! [laughs] I went in for the audition and I think it was almost a month before I heard anything. At that point, I was like, “Oh. I didn’t get it. It is what it is.” Then my manager called me out of the blue after last Thanksgiving and said, “You booked ‘True Detective!’ It’s a recurring role!” I was like, “What? WHAT!?” [laughs] The breakdown really didn’t give anything away. I didn’t care! I was so obsessed with the first season, I thought, “I will do the show even if it is one little line! I don’t care!” [laughs] It was an awesome feeling to know that I had booked it and that the show’s creator, Nic Pizzolatto, picked me out of the hundreds of girls that auditioned for this particular role. It was a truly incredible feeling!


Once you landed the role, did you do anything in particular to prepare yourself and bring this character to life?

Yeah, I mean, I went clubbing in LA a bunch. [laughs] I am just kidding! I could have started by saying a lot of bad stuff but I can’t go there! [laughs] In all seriousness, this character came super organically to me. I know she is completely out of her mind, she is a hot mess, is whacked out on drugs and intoxicated. I don’t know where that part of me is but it is in there and it came so naturally to me. Even when I first got the audition, I knew right away what I wanted to do with this role and how to get there. It was so weird. It was like there is some part of me that is waiting to get out and be Veronica Chessani! [laughs] I used to do a lot of improvisation with Second City and there were a lot of chances there where we got to explore different characters and walk around in another person’s shoes. I think the years of doing that gave me the ability to tap into any character no matter how messed up they might be. In this case, it was like, “OK. I am completely out of my mind. Let’s go for this!” [laughs]

It goes without saying the series has a tremendously talented cast. What did you take away from working alongside these talented actors?

Agnes Olech: An Artist To Watch!

Agnes Olech: An Artist To Watch!

I really enjoyed watching Rachel McAdams work. I really admire her and I think she is great because she has great comedic timing and she can also take on darker roles like the one in this project. It is a great opportunity for her to shine as an actor. She has all of these big blockbusters and here she is playing this really fucked up cop with a dark past. Her character has all of these dark layers that we are seeing her shed as the series moves forward and we are starting to see the person underneath. Watching her work was incredible because she is such a natural. She is so good that she makes it look effortless. You hear people say, “Oh, acting is so easy.” No! No, it’s not! I think people like Rachel McAdams are so well trained and comfortable in what they do that they make it look easy! The hardest part is getting there and getting all the tools to back it up and make it look easy! Watching her, she was just so smooth with lines and little, subtle things she would do with her eyes to enhance the performance. She was just so in the moment and it was amazing to watch. Vince Vaughn was terrific as well. He was really, really playful. One thing I learned from watching him was that he never had the same take. No matter what, he always switched it up a little bit. It was great for me because I fed off of that. His delivery was always a little bit different, something different in his eyes or a different movement he would do. Watching him work in that way was very interesting. It is a great way to work. You can completely lose yourself in it and you don’t get in a repetitive motion and deliver it over and over again in the same way. He had direction from the director but he always had a different take on it. It was so amazing because he had so many ways of doing one little thing. I would love to be that actor who shows up to set and has 50 different ways to do one line! [laughs] Watching them both was really inspiring!


Were there any moments from filming that were special to you?

Absolutely! One of my first days of filming episode three, I think it was the day after the Emmys, we had just rehearsed a scene with Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch. I remember the moment Matthew McConaughey walked in. [laughs] My heart stopped! I thought, “Oh my God! Matthew McConaughey is going to be watching me act right now.” It was a little intimidating at first. [laughs] He ended up staying for a few hours, sitting in the video village with the producers and director watching the whole scene. I totally remember having that moment of, “Holy shit! You better bring it!” When we broke for lunch, he came up to me and told me I did a good job. At that moment, I freaked out! [laughs] I immediately started texting all my friends! [laughs] It was total amateur hour and I probably shouldn’t have done that but it was certainly a moment I will never forget! I have seen most of his work and I admire him so much as an actor, for him to come up and tell me I had done a good job was such a surreal moment.

Each project has its own unique challenges. What challenges did you face and what did you learn along the way?

Agnes Olech

Agnes Olech

The biggest challenge dealt with the script itself. The big cast members, like Rachel McAdams, Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn and Taylor Kitsch, obviously got to see the full script. However, for the secondary actors coming in, like myself, we didn’t get to see the full script. I would see just my little scenes and everything else would be black boxes. Nowadays, more and more people are doing it this way because they don’t want anything to leak or have anyone knowing what is going on with the storylines. It makes it hard in a way because I don’t know what is going on with the full picture. It is also good because then I can only focus on my world because I don’t know about anything else that is going on. I would get to set, especially for episode eight, and ask Nic, “Who am I talking about? Who is crazy?” He would give me some insight on the surrounding story. Those insights would totally change the meaning behind the words for me. I have never worked that way before. Whether it be a feature film or a drama for TV, I always knew the beginning, middle and end. With “True Detective,” I would only see the chunk I was working on, so that was an interesting way of working. It was a cool way but definitely one I had never experienced before.

The biggest lesson I learned really stems from that process. You see the world you are living in as this character in a certain way but then you get to set and it has completely changed and you have to be open to letting anything happen. You can’t be set in seeing or doing it one way because things change. That was the biggest lesson for me because I really thought I knew everything about this chick. I really thought I got Veronica and when I finally learned what was happening with her, I was so wrong! It changed my whole perspective on her and the situation. That was the biggest lesson. To come ready to play, make different adjustments and be ready to play with the character.

Building on that a bit, how have you most evolved as an actor since first starting out?

When I was first starting out, I would get auditions for projects and I would kind of do what I thought people wanted from the character. I was always more focused on being what I thought the character was supposed to be as opposed to letting the character shine through me as an actor. It can be scary with a dark role like Veronica Chessani but you have to be confident enough to let that part of you out. To put it simply, you have to let yourself shine!


I have to say, as a fan of the series and this season, you and the cast of “True Detective” have done a great job creating some memorable characters. It has been an interesting ride and a great mystery. A true detective tale.

Thank you and I totally agree. It is one of those shows that you have to follow very closely. If you blink you could miss something! If you miss one sentence you could get lost. You are always playing detective in a way and are connecting the dots as it goes. If you don’t, it can be really easy to get lost in it.

We have seen you in a variety of roles over the past few years. You keep it eclectic, which is awesome! Where do you see yourself headed in the near future?

Agnes Olech

Agnes Olech

Honestly, I love doing TV. I would love to get a series regular role on a comedy or a drama. I always go back and forth! Every time I do a comedy I think, “Oh my gosh, I think I want something more juicy and I want to explore all those parts of myself.” Then I do a drama and I think, “Oh my gosh, I just want to do a comedy! I want to go to set and laugh all day, do a little improv and have a lot of fun.” I always teeter back and forth! [laughs] TV nowadays is amazing! I really feel like we are living in a new golden age of television where the material and writing are developed so well that TV is the place to be. There are so many new outlets from the networks to Hulu to Netflix and Amazon it really raises the bar on what is being done. So, hopefully, there will be more TV work in my immediate future!

You also have another film project in the works. What can you tell us about “Monumental” and the character you play?

That is an indie film I did that is going through post-production right now. We don’t have a release date yet but hopefully we will see it within the next two months. I know it is in the final stages right now. The film is about two brothers who spread their late mother’s ashes around all the different monuments around the United States to honor her memory and find themselves along the way. I play a wife to one of the brothers and there is a conflict within that. Hopefully, we will be seeing that soon!


I always like to ask if we can help shine a light on any causes or charities you might be involved with. What do you have going on in that realm?

I do a lot with animals. Privately, I foster a lot of animals. I have to be honest, I am a foster failure! [laughs] At this point, I have two dogs and two cats in my apartment! I just finished fostering a kitten and found it a home. That was really great! I do a lot of that but I am trying not to do it much anymore because I fall in love everytime and it is heartbreaking! [laughs] I also donate to a pig sanctuary that I really love. It is called Ironwood Pig Sanctuary (www.ironwoodpig.com). They are a home for all these little pot bellied pigs that people abandon. It’s a great place and they really do amazing work! Another organization I am very passionate about is Rebuilding Warriors (www.rebuildingwarriors.com). They are truly amazing with what they do for veterans. My friend Jeff Anderson, who I met working on “Intelligence” for CBS, was a stunt man. He became a very good friend and hero to me. He trains these amazing K-9s to be service dogs for our men and women coming home from war. Some of the veterans are amputees and some suffer from PTSD. These dogs are great therapeutic relief for those suffering from the emotional side of warfare. This is all done at no cost to the recipient. I’ve always believed in the healing power of animals and this cause really does it right!

Those are some amazing programs and thank you for pointing us in their direction! I want to thank you so much for your time today, Agnes! We wish you continued success!

Thank you, Jason! Talk to you soon!

To keep up with the latest adventures of Agnes Olech, visit her official site at www.agnesolech.com. Connect with her on social media via Instagram and give her official fan page a like on Facebook!

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The 86th Annual Academy Awards: And The Winners Are…

The 86th Annual Academy Awards: And The Winners Are…

Coming this March!

Hollywood’s Biggest Night.

The winner’s of Sunday’s 86th annual Academy Awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science have been announced. Hollywood’s biggest night ended with some well-deserved wins across the board, culminating in the award for Best Picture. “12 Years a Slave” ultimately took home the biggest honor for its incredible story of Solomon Northup, a free man who struggles to survive as a slave in pre-Civil War America, while Lupita Nyong’o gave a touching tribute speech for her Best Supporting Actress win for the same film.

“Gravity” also proved to be a massive winner on Sunday, walking away with seven academy awards from Best Director through to Best Visual Effects, even though Sandra Bullock lost out on her Best Actress award to Cate Blanchett who took home a statue for her win for “Blue Jasmine.”

Meanwhile, fan and critics’ favorites Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto took home Best Actor and Best Supporting. Below is a complete list of all this year’s winners.

Best Picture: “12 Years a Slave.”

Actor: Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club.”

Actress: Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine.”

Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club.”

Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave.”

Directing: Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity.”

Foreign Language Film: “The Great Beauty,” Italy.

Adapted Screenplay: John Ridley, “12 Years a Slave.”

Original Screenplay: Spike Jonze, “Her.”

Animated Feature Film: “Frozen.”

Production Design: “The Great Gatsby.”

Cinematography: “Gravity.”

Sound Mixing: “Gravity.”

Sound Editing: “Gravity.”

Original Score: “Gravity,” Steven Price.

Original Song: “Let It Go” from “Frozen.”

Costume: “The Great Gatsby.”

Makeup and Hairstyling: “Dallas Buyers Club.”

Animated Short Film: “Mr. Hublot.”

Documentary Feature: “20 Feet from Stardom.”

Documentary (short subject): “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life.”

Film Editing: “Gravity.”

Live Action Short Film: “Helium.”

Visual Effects: “Gravity.”


Honorary Oscars:

— Peter W. Anderson.

— Film-processing labs over past century.

— Angelina Jolie.

— Angela Lansbury.

— Steve Martin.

— Piero Tosi.

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The 86th Academy Awards Nominations: The 2014 Oscar Nominees Are…

The 86th Academy Awards Nominations: The 2014 Oscar Nominees Are…

Coming this March!

Coming this March!

It’s that time of year — the 86th Academy Awards Nominations have been announced! Check out the list below!

Be sure to mark your calendar for The Oscar Awards air Sunday, March 2, 2014, at 7 p.m. ET | 4 p.m. PT on ABC and online at oscar.go.com. The big event will be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.

You can make you won picks and challenge your friends via the official site at http://oscar.go.com/mypicks.

Check out the full list of nominees below:

Best Picture:

– American Hustle
– Captain Phillips
– Dallas Buyers Club
– Gravity
– Her
– Nebraska
– Philomena
– 12 Years a Slave
– The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Actor:

– Christian Bale, American Hustle
– Bruce Dern, Nebraska
– Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
– Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
– Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Actress:

– Amy Adams, American Hustle
– Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
– Sandra Bullock, Gravity
– Judi Dench, Philomena
– Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

Best Supporting Actor:

– Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
– Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
– Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
– Jonah Hill, Wolf of Wall Street
– Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Supporting Actress:

– Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
– Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
– Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
– Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
– June Squibb, Nebraska

Best Director:

– David O. Russell, American Hustle
– Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
– Alexander Payne, Nebraska
– Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
– Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Adapted Screenplay:

– Before Midnight
– Captain Phillips
– Philomena
– 12 Years a Slave
– The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Original Screenplay:

– American Hustle
– Blue Jasmine
– Dallas Buyers Club
– Her
– Nebraska

Best Animated Feature Film:

– The Croods
– Despicable Me 2
– Ernest & Celestine
– Frozen
– The Wind Rises

Best Documentary Feature:

– The Act of Killing
– Cutie and the Boxer
– Dirty Wars
– The Square
– 20 Feet from Stardom

Best Foreign Language Film:

– The Broken Circle Breakdown Belgium
– The Great Beauty Italy
– The Hunt Denmark
– The Missing Picture Cambodia
– Omar Palestine

Best Cinematography:

– The Grandmaster Philippe Le Sourd
– Gravity Emmanuel Lubezki
– Inside Llewyn Davis Bruno Delbonnel
– Nebraska Phedon Papamichael
– Prisoners Roger A. Deakins

Best Film Editing:

– American Hustle
– Captain Phillips
– Dallas Buyers Club
– Gravity
– 12 Years a Slave

Best Original Score:

– The Book Thief, John Williams
– Gravity, Steven Price
– Her, William Butler and Owen Pallett
– Philomena, Alexandre Desplat
– Saving Mr. Banks, Thomas Newman

Best Original Song:

– “Alone Yet Not Alone” from – Alone Yet Not Alone
– “Happy” from – Despicable Me 2
– “Let It Go” from – Frozen
– “The Moon Song from – Her
– “Ordinary Love” from – Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Best Sound Mixing:

– Captain Phillips
– Gravity
– The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
– Inside Llewyn Davis
– Lone Survivor

Best Sound Editing:

– All Is Lost
– Captain Phillips
– Gravity
– The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
– Lone Survivor

Best Production Design:

– American Hustle
– Gravity Woollard
– The Great Gatsby
– Her
– 12 Years a Slave

Best Visual Effects:

– Gravity
– The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
– Iron Man 3
– The Lone Ranger
– Star Trek Into Darkness

Best Costume Design:

– American Hustle
– The Grandmaster
– The Great Gatsby
– The Invisible Woman
– 12 Years a Slave

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:

– Dallas Buyers Club
– Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
– The Lone Ranger

Best Documentary Short Subject:

– CaveDigger
– Facing Fear
– Karama Has No Walls
– The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
– Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall

Best Short Film (Animated):

– Feral
– Get a Horse!
– Mr. Hublot
– Possessions
– Room on the Broom

Best Short Film (Live Action):

– Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)
– Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just before Losing Everything)
– Helium
– Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)
– The Voorman Problem

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2014 Golden Globe Awards: And The Nominees Are…

2014 Golden Globe Awards: And The Nominees Are…

2014 Golden Globe Awards

2014 Golden Globe Awards

Nominees for the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony were announced on Thursday morning by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The Golden Globes honor the year’s best in film and television, split into the genres of comedy (or musical) and drama. The 2014 Golden Globe Awards will be held on Jan. 12, 2014 and will be hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. 

This year’s nominations were led by “12 Years A Slave” and “American Hustle,” with seven nominations each, including Best Picture honors in, respectively, the drama and musical or comedy categories.

On the television side, “Breaking Bad,” “Downton Abbey” and “Brooklyn 99” were among the top-nominated programs. Woody Allen, meanwhile, will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment” during the 2014 ceremony.


Best Motion Picture – Drama
“12 Years A Slave”
“Captain Phillips”

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
“American Hustle”
“Inside Llewyn Davis”
“The Wolf Of Wall Street”

Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years A Slave”
Idris Elba, “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom”
Tom Hanks, “Captain Phillips”
Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”
Robert Redford, “All Is Lost”

Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Christian Bale, “American Hustle”
Bruce Dern, “Nebraska”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Oscar Isaac, “Inside Llewyn Davis”
Joaquin Phoenix, “Her”

Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”
Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”
Judi Dench, “Philomena”
Emma Thompson, “Saving Mr. Banks”
Kate Winslet, “Labor Day”

Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Amy Adams, “American Hustle”
Julie Delpy, “Before Midnight”
Greta Gerwig, “Frances Ha”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Enough Said”
Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County”

Best Supporting Actor
Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”
Daniel Bruhl, “Rush”
Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle”
Michael Fassbender, “12 Years A Slave”
Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”

Best Supporting Actress
Sally Hawkins, “Blue Jasmine”
Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”
Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years A Slave”
Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County”
June Squibb, “Nebraska”

Best Director
Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”
Paul Greengrass, “Captain Phillips”
Steve McQueen, “12 Years A Slave”
Alexander Payne, “Nebraska”
David O. Russell, “American Hustle”

Best Screenplay
Spike Jonze, “Her”
Bob Nelson, “Nebraska”
Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan, “Philomena”
John Ridley, “12 Years A Slave”
Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell, “American Hustle”

Best Original Score
“All Is Lost”
“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
“The Book Thief”
“12 Years A Slave”

Best Original Song
“Atlas,” Coldplay (“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”)
“Let It Go,” Idina Menzel (“Frozen”)
“Ordinary Love,” U2 (“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”)
“Please Mr. Kennedy,” Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake and Adam Driver (“Inside Llewyn Davis”)
“Sweet Than Fiction,” Taylor Swift (“One Chance”)

Best Foreign Language Film
“Blue is the Warmest Color”
“The Great Beauty”
“The Hunt”
“The Past”
“The Wind Rises”

Best Animated Feature Film
“The Croods”
“Despicable Me 2”


Best Drama Series
“Breaking Bad”
“Downton Abbey”
“The Good Wife”
“House of Cards”
“Masters of Sex”

Best Actor in a Television Drama Series
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”
Michael Sheen, “Masters of Sex”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
James Spader, “The Black List”

Best Actress in a Television Drama Series
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”
Taylor Schilling, “Orange is the New Black”
Kerry Washington, “Scandal”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

Best Comedy Series
“The Big Bang Theory”
“Brooklyn 99”
“Modern Family”
“Parks and Recreation”

Best Actor in a Television Comedy Series
Jason Bateman, “Arrested Development”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Michael J. Fox, “The Michael J. Fox Show”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
Andy Samberg, “Brooklyn 99”

Best Actress in a Television Comedy Series
Zooey Deschanel, “New Girl”
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television
“American Horror Story: Coven”
“Behind the Candelabra”
“Dancing on the Edge”
“Top of the Lake”
“White Queen”

Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television
Matt Damon, “Behind the Candelabra”
Michael Douglas, “Behind the Candelabra”
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “Dancing on the Edge”
Idris Elba, “Luther”
Al Pacino, “Phil Spector”

Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television
Helena Bonham Carter, “Burton and Taylor”
Rebecca Ferguson, “The White Queen”
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Helen Mirren, “Phil Spector”
Elisabeth Moss, “Top of the Lake”

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television
Josh Charles, “The Good Wife”
Rob Lowe, “Behind the Candelabra”
Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”
Corey Stoll, “House of Cards”
Jon Voight, “Ray Donovan”

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television
Jacqueline Bisset, “Dancing on the Edge”
Janet McTeer, “White Queen”
Hayden Panettiere, “Nashville”
Monica Potter, “Parenthood”
Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”

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HBO Releases Trailer For ‘True Detective’ Featuring Matthew McConaughey And Woody Harrelson

HBO Releases Trailer For ‘True Detective’ Featuring Matthew McConaughey And Woody Harrelson


The first official ‘True Detective’ trailer has been released by HBO. The show is written by Nic Pizzolatto and directed by Cary Fukunaga. It centers on two detectives, Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson), whose lives collide and entwine during a seventeen-year hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana. The investigation of a bizarre murder in 1995 is framed and interlaced with testimony from the detectives in 2012, when the case has been reopened.

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Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County: Stephen King, John Mellencamp & T Bone Burnett Project Drops June 4th!

Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County: Stephen King, John Mellencamp & T Bone Burnett Project Drops June 4th!


Hear Music/Concord Music Group is set to release the all-star recording of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a southern gothic supernatural musical from co-conspirators Stephen King, John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett. This extraordinary collaboration features original music and lyrics plus key dialog excerpts performed by a stellar cast of guest artists including Elvis Costello, Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Neko Case, Taj Mahal, Ryan Bingham, Will Dailey and Kris Kristofferson, along with actors Matthew McConaughey, Samantha Mathis and Meg Ryan. This special release also includes the musical’s complete libretto, penned by Stephen King. A haunting tale of fraternal love, lust, jealousy and revenge 13 years in the making, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County will be released on June 4th, 2013.

Available June 4th!

Available June 4th!


-Libretto by Stephen King
-Music & Lyrics by John Mellencamp
-Musical Direction by T Bone Burnett

-Featured cast: Kris Kristofferson, Meg Ryan, Matthew McConaughey, Samantha Mathis, Elvis Costello

-Featured musicians: Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Phil Alvin, Kris Kristofferson, Taj Mahal, Neko Case, Dave Alvin, Rosanne Cash, Will Dailey, John Mellencamp

Ghost Brothers of Darkland County will be available across a variety of formats:

· The 3-disc (2CD/1DVD) Hardcover Edition (distributed by Scribner) with leatherette cover, contains the musical’s songs (with and without dialog excerpts), specially printed libretto, liner notes written by noted journalist Alan Light and the Making of Ghost Brothers mini-documentary DVD, featuring in-depth interviews with King, Mellencamp and Burnett along with the digital libretto and other bonus material.

· The 2-disc (1CD/1DVD) Deluxe Edition features the musical’s songs with dialog excerpts and the digital libretto, along with bonus video including the Making of Ghost Brothers mini documentary and music only digital download card.

· The (enhanced CD) Standard Edition features the musical’s songs, dialog excerpts, digital libretto and music only digital download card.

· Ghost Brothers of Darkland County Digital Book Edition allows users to interact in unprecedented ways with the musical’s songs + digital libretto, as well as exclusive video and graphic materials.

· The songs from Ghost Brothers of Darkland County will also be available in a music only Standard Digital format.

Ghost Brothers of Darkland County track listing:

1. That’s Me ? Elvis Costello
2. That’s Who I Am ? Neko Case
3. So Goddamn Smart ? Dave Alvin, Phil Alvin, Sheryl Crow
4. Wrong, Wrong, Wrong About Me ? Elvis Costello
5. Brotherly Love – Ryan Bingham, Will Dailey
6. How Many Days ? Kris Kristofferson
7. You Are Blind ? Ryan Bingham
8. Home Again ? Sheryl Crow, Dave Alvin, Phil Alvin, Taj Mahal
9. You Don’t Know Me – Rosanne Cash
10. My Name Is Joe ? Clyde Mulroney
11. Tear This Cabin Down ? Taj Mahal
12. And Your Days Are Gone ? Sheryl Crow, Dave Alvin, Phil Alvin
13. Jukin’ – Sheryl Crow
14. What Kind Of Man Am I ? Kris Kristofferson, Phil Alvin, Sheryl
Crow Dave Alvin, Taj Mahal
15. So Goddamn Good ? Phil Alvin, Dave Alvin, Sheryl Crow
16. Away From This World – Sheryl Crow
17. Truth – John Mellencamp

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Brian Presley Discusses His Career And Latest Work In ‘Touchback’

Brian Presley Discusses His Career And Latest Work In ‘Touchback’

“Touchback,” a heartwarming, family-friendly and inspirational sports drama, explores the unique opportunity a man receives for a second chance to live the life he always wanted. The film focuses on a former high school football star turned farmer and family man, Scott Murphy (Brian Presley). Scott finds himself with a unique opportunity to revisit his glory days during the Ohio State championship game, where he permanently injured his knee in a game-winning play. Given a second shot at destiny, Scott seeks counsel from Coach Hand (Kurt Russell), Scott’s longtime mentor on and off the field, to help him decide whether to let his fate unfold or follow a path that will change his future. Written and Directed by Don Handfield, “Touchback” also stars Melanie Lynskey (“Up In the Air,” “Sweet Home Alabama,” CBS’ “Two and a Half Men”), Marc Blucas (“Knight and Day,” “The Jane Austen Book Club”) and Christine Lahti (“Smart People,” CBS’ “Chicago Hope”). Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with the film’s leading man, Brian Presley, to discuss his work on this inspiring film, the challenges involved and much more!


Tackling a career in the entertainment is not for the faint of heart. What drove you to pursue a career in the entertainment industry?

Well, I started young. When I was 19, I happened to book a McDonald’s commercial. I decided to keep going after that and, slowly, I was able to start making a living as an actor. It has been a crazy journey! I started my company, Freedom Films, about eight years ago. We make movies that have a message, movies that bring a secular audience in with faithed audience, movies that help bind those two audiences, whether it is a true story or something powerful. It has been a long journey but that is where we are at today. “Touchback” is a modern day version of “It’s A Wonderful Life,” set in the world of “Friday Night Lights.” We are really excited about it!

Obviously, your company is always looking for great new projects but how did the project initially come about?

Yeah, we are. The project came to me through a friend of mine. He called me and said, “I have a project I think you should take a look at.” I was hooked immediately after reading it. I played high school football and I played quarterback. We even won a state championship. Now, I have been out in the world, I have a couple of kids, I have been able to experience life and its lows and highs. There are times when you are at the bottom of the barrel and there are times when you are on top. This movie is really about life itself. Life has a lot of curveballs and challenges, how we handle those and address them make up the journey. I always say, “The true sign of a champion is not how many times you get knocked down but how you get back up.” That is one of the things that we wanted to convey in the movie, sometimes that some of the lows you experience in life are some of the greatest teaching points and can end up being some of the greatest blessings as well. In addition, I think the movie will be interesting for both males and females. It is not just a guy football movie. It is more than just a football movie. It is a love story and it is about family and community, so I hope people enjoy it!

Those elements are something that isn’t the norm these days. Do you feel they are a difficult balance when making a film?

Yeah, it is a difficult balance. It has been a challenge that we have gotten it to this place. Ya know, Hollywood might say, “We don’t know how to show this. We don’t know.” But when we tested and screened the movie, the reaction was, “Why aren’t there more films like this out there?” We tell people, if you want more films like these out there, when they do come along, you need to go out and support them as much as you can. Doing that sends a message back that you do want more of these kinds of movies to be made. I think it is something that is different and that there isn’t a lot like it out there right now. I feel that people can load up as a family on a Friday or Saturday night, go to the movies together and really enjoy the ride that “Touchback” will take them on.

Brian Presley

You mentioned having some background as a high school quarterback, which certainly ties into this project. What is your typical process for bringing a character from the script to the screen?

For me, when I look at a character, I really like to be able to see where it starts and where it ends — their journey, their story, conflict and struggle. There was a lot that I identified within this character. I think he has a lot of traits that people in general will be able to identify with. As I said, we all know life throws us unexpected challenges and that is what we can all relate to. That is one of the main reasons I wanted to play this character.

“Touchback” features a great cast. What do you think your fellow actors brought to the table for this project?

Kurt Russell is obviously a legend. He has done some of my favorite movies, from “Tombstone” to “Backdraft” and right on down the list! When he became involved, it just elevated the project to a whole new level. He came in and was very down-to-earth. A pleasure to work with! Christine Lahti and Melanie Lynskey are terrific as well. We got really lucky and have a great cast. I felt that everyone’s chemistry really gelled on set and I think it shows on screen. I am really excited about it. I think people will find it interesting to see Kurt and that 20-year time gap as an older man. It is a really different role for Christine and Melanie as well and I think it is something that their fans will really enjoy as well!

Each project is a learning experience for an actor. What did you learn from your time on this film and with this cast?

You know, I think what I walked away with, from a purely acting standpoint, was the embodiment of the same man I play, both young and old. A lot of changes take place within a person over a 20 year time period. It is a matter of playing that same character but also playing those changes, for example, how you conduct yourself and carry yourself. It was really a great experience for me to play that and to personify that with this role.

Jumping back a bit. Who were some of the actors you looked to for inspiration when you were coming up?

Kurt Russell was one that always springs to mind, even before I worked with him. The Kevin Costner’s, Robert Deniro’s, Brad Pitt’s and Tom Hank’s of the world are up there too. They all did so many classic movies when I was a kid and throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s. Their ability to commit 100% to every moment they do in a movie is something which has always inspired me. They are some of the guys that I have aspired to model my career after. I am really lucky to have had the opportunity to work with Kurt Russell, so this film is one of those experiences that is truly a highlight of my career and something very special.

Brian Presley

Looking back on your career so far, how do you think you evolved in your craft since starting out?

I think that with both work and time, you get better with each project you do. You grow as you live and as life plays out its course, you experience different things, as an actor, you are able to then draw upon those experiences. You are constantly studying human behavior and that also plays an important part of how you grow as an actor as well.

Keeping in the spirit of the film, I was wondering if you could go back and change anything in your life, would you take that chance?

Ya know, there are a few auditions that I wish I had back! [laughs] But for the most part, I am content with where I am at in life. The hard times I have gone through have given me the integrity and character that have made me into the man I am today. I know God knows where I am going and has a plan for my life. Right now, this is where he wants me.

Your career continues to be very diverse. Is there a particular role you are still hoping to tackle in the future?

I don’t have anything specific in my mind as far as, “I have to play this type of character.” I am a storyteller. I love telling stories and I love making movies. As long as a movie is telling a story that I find compelling, I don’t have to be the main guy. I like being a part of putting stories out there which I think should be told and should be heard. That is my main focus!

What else do you have on the horizon, both long and short term?

I did a project called “Thunder Run” with Matthew McConaughey, Sam Worthington and Gerard Butler. It is about the first team that stormed Baghdad and is from the writer of “Black Hawk Down.” That is going to be the next big one and we are just about to begin shooting. I have a few other ones in the works that are pretty big ones but I don’t want to jinx them! I think they should be coming to the surface in the next month or so!

That’s great! We will be on the lookout! Thanks for letting us help spread the word on this project. Is there anything you would like to add or let the people know before I let you go?

I hope people go out and see “Touchback” and I think it will really impact them. I think they will leave the theater being really glad they saw this film. It is really uplifting and inspiring.

Thanks so much, Brian!

Thank you and have a great day!

Check out the official website for Brian Presley’s Freedom Films, LLC at www.freedomfilmsllc.com.

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