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Scream Factory To Unleash ‘Howling III’ On Blu-Ray In January!

Scream Factory To Unleash ‘Howling III’ On Blu-Ray In January!

The terror is now everywhere! Scream Factory proudly presents Howling III on Blu-ray for the first time on January 15, 2019. This release of the third entry in the popular werewolf horror franchise features an all-new digital transfer and new bonus features including interviews and audio commentary with director Phillippe Mora.
The race is on as a colony of marsupial werewolves attempts to outwit and outlast their human counterparts in the offbeat horror film Howling III.

Long ago, the now-extinct marsupial wolf (a.k.a. Tasmanian Tiger) roamed the Australian Outback. Today, a werewolf colony that has descended from these marsupials has taken over the land. This race of human-like creatures roams the outback, feeding its need. The race for survival is on as the humans struggle to contain these out of control creatures.
Special Features:
  • NEW Digital Transfer sponsored by the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia
  • NEW Audio Commentary with writer/director Philippe Mora, moderated by filmmaker Jamie Blanks
  • NEW A Conversation with Philippe Mora – an interview with the writer/director
  • Vintage interviews from the documentary Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! by director Mark Hartley
  • Theatrical Trailer
About Shout! Factory
Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform media company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s entertainment offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast entertainment distribution network which delivers culturally relevant programming, movie and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America and across multiple platforms. Shout! Factory owns and operates Shout! Studios, Scream Factory, Shout! Factory Kids, Shout! Factory Films, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Timeless Media Group and Shout! Factory TV. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Los Angeles, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com.

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Sylvester Stallone Classic ‘Cobra’ To Hit Blu-ray On January 22nd, 2019!

Sylvester Stallone Classic ‘Cobra’ To Hit Blu-ray On January 22nd, 2019!

Lt. Cobretti is a one-man assault team whose laser-mount submachine gun and pearl-handled Colt .45 spit pure crime-stopping venom! Sylvester Stallone stars as Marion Cobretti. But to those who know him – and those who wish they didn’t – he’s Cobra, a street-tough, big-city detective who does jobs nobody else wants or dares to do.

On January 22, 2019, SCREAM FACTORY™ is proud to present 80’s action-packed cult thriller COBRA Collector’s Edition Blu-ray. Directed by George P. Cosmatos (Rambo: First Blood Part II, Tombstone), the film stars Sylvester Stallone (Rocky, Creed), Brigitte Nielsen (Creed II, Red Sonja), and Reni Santoni (Muder One, The Practice. A must-have for movie collectors and loyal fans, this definitive collector’s edition contains new 2K scan of the film, new interviews and special bonus content. Pre-order is available now at ShoutFactory.com!

Director George P. Cosmatos teams up again with Stallone for this thriller pitting Cobretti against a merciless serial killer. The trail leads to not one murderer but also an army of psychos bent on slashing their way to a “New Order” – and killing a witness along the way. Fortunately, her protector is Cobra, a man who delivers vigilante justice like no other!

COBRA Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Special Features:

  • NEW 2K Scan of the original film elements
  • NEW Stalking and Slashing – an interview with actor Brian Thompson
  • NEW Meet the Disease – an interview with actor Marco Rodriguez
  • NEW Feel the Heat – an interview with actor Andrew Robinson
  • NEW Double Crossed – an interview with actress Lee Garlington
  • NEW A Work of Art – an interview with actor Art LaFleur
  • Audio Commentary with director George P. Cosmatos
  • Vintage Featurette
  • Teaser Trailer
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Galleries – stills, movie posters and lobby cards

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‘When Harry Met Sally…’ 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Arrives January 8th!

‘When Harry Met Sally…’ 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Arrives January 8th!

In celebration of the film’s 30th anniversary, Shout Select will release the seminal romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally… in a collector’s edition Blu-ray set on January 8th, 2019. This release features a new transfer restored from a 4K scan of the original camera negative, and comes packed with bonus features, including new interviews with Rob Reiner and Billy Crystal. Fans can preorder this Collector’s Edition set now at shoutfactory.com.

Acclaimed director Rob Reiner (Misery, Stand By Me), screenwriter Nora Ephron, and stars Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan take you on a journey of love and friendship like no other in When Harry Met Sally…, the magnificently witty love story that has been deservedly hailed as one of the greatest romantic comedies of all time.

Will sex ruin a perfect relationship between a man and a woman? That’s what Harry Burns (Crystal) and Sally Albright (Ryan) debate while sharing a drive from Chicago to New York. Eleven years of friendship later, they’re still no closer to finding the answer. Will these two best friends ever accept that they’re a perfect match … or will they continue to deny the attraction that exists between them?

Also starring Carrie Fisher and Bruno Kirby, When Harry Met Sally… is a true classic, with the kind of laughs, love, and chemistry that are impossible to fake.

Special Features:

  • NEW transfer restored from a 4K scan of the original camera negative
  • NEW Scenes from a Friendship – interview with Rob Reiner and Billy Crystal
  • Audio Commentary with Rob Reiner, Nora Ephron, And Billy Crystal
  • Audio Commentary with Rob Reiner
  • How Harry Met Sally Documentary
  • Vintage Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Music Video by Harry Connick Jr.

About Shout! Factory
Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform media company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s entertainment offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast entertainment distribution network which delivers culturally relevant programming, movie and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America and across multiple platforms. Shout! Factory owns and operates Shout! Studios, Scream Factory, Shout! Factory Kids, Shout! Factory Films, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Timeless Media Group and Shout! Factory TV. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Los Angeles, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com.

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Robert “Bronzi” Kovacs On His Unique Career Path and The Making of ‘Death Kiss’

Robert “Bronzi” Kovacs On His Unique Career Path and The Making of ‘Death Kiss’

Robert “Bronzi” Kovacs is a force to be reckoned with!

For decades, Robert “Bronzi” Kovacs has been turning heads with his uncanny resemblance to one of Hollywood’s most legendary action and western actors, Charles Bronson. However, it wasn’t until recently the Hungarian-born actor and stuntman was discovered by American audiences. The whirlwind journey began when “Bronzi” was spotted and cast by indie filmmaker Rene Perez in a western-horror flick, ‘From Hell To The Wild West.’ In what seems like the perfect natural progression, the duo re-teamed for an amazing homage to Bronson’s prolific ‘Death Wish’ film series, the very appropriately named ‘Death Kiss.’

Written and directed by Rene Perez, ‘Death Kiss’ centers around a vigilante with a mysterious past who goes to a crime-infested city and takes the law into his own hands, at the same time protecting a young mother and her child. Cool and stylish, the film serves as a beautiful throwback to the Cannon films of the ’80s. Filmed in picturesque Northern California, the film also stars Daniel Baldwin (John Carpenter’s ‘Vampires’), Richard Tyson (‘Kindergarten Cop,’ ‘Two Moon Junction’), Eva Hamilton (‘Ruin Me’), Stormi Maya, Leia Perez, Reese Austyn, and Sam Story.

While “Bronzi” does bring his familiar aesthetic to the projects of which he is a part, it’s important to note that he is far from one-dimensional. A professionally trained actor at Maria Mezey Theatre School (Budapest), his love for the wild west and classic American film have led him to travel the world. One of the most seasoned professionals in the game, Kovacs has worked as a carpenter, professional horseman, musician, stuntman, acrobat, former military service member and judo player. It’s an impressive resume to say the least! Best of all — he’s just getting warmed up!

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Robert “Bronzi” Kovacs to discuss his unique career path, the challenges he’s faced along the way and what the future might hold for this star on the rise!

You’ve followed a unique path in the entertainment industry. How did you get involved with the arts early in life and what made you pursue your passion for acting professionally?

I always loved acting and movies, ever since I saw the American Westerns in Cinema as a child. I was horse breeder as a young man and accomplished equestrian rider so performing as a cowboy in Live Western shows in Europe seemed like a great way to showcase my talents in front of crowds. I wished to hone my craft even further, so I even enrolled in professional acting classes.

Robert “Bronzi” Kovacs

As a fan of cinema, what are some of the films that had a large impact on you early in life?

The classic westerns, especially the films of Sergio Leone. The biggest impact was seeing ‘Once Upon a Time in The West’ on the big screen. The Harmonica character portrayed by Charles Bronson is a fine performance. Perhaps my favorite. I loved Bronson in ‘Chato’s Land’ and ‘Mr. Majestyk.’ These films really inspired me.

How did you break into the movie industry?

I was cast in some independent western short films and a few commercials for a very popular European market chain but did not make a feature until an American director discovered my talents at a western show in Spain.

I know you worked as a stuntman. What were some of the most exciting and challenging stunts you’ve performed?

I have done it all and mostly in front of live audiences. I have had choreographed fist fights in full cowboy regalia, saloon clearing brawls with dozens of costumed actors and stuntmen, broken wooden doors, glasses and bottles over people’s heads! I have fallen off of buildings, been chased by a wild stage coach and even run through fire and smoke during a shoot out — multiple times a day! The more the crowd applauded the more I enjoyed it.

Speaking to your work as a stunt professional, I’m sure you have certain expertise. What do you consider your specialties?

I have a fair knowledge of period rifles and pistols. I often do reenactments of historical battles, but my expertise is Western Riding. I have bred and raised horses since a young boy. I like anything having to do with horses so performing on a horse is always exceptional, often utilizing my ability to shoot and perform while riding full gallop. It takes control and concentration.

What was your first role as an actor?

I was hired to entertain as the sheriff at a western theme park Fort Bravo in Almeria, Spain. This trend continued at live performance venues throughout Europe for many years.

‘Death Kiss’ is one of your latest projects. How did you first meet director Rene Perez?

Rene was filming a television series in Spain and saw my picture on a saloon wall. He asked the bartender about the old Bronson photo and the bartender told him , “No! That is Bronzi!” Rene reached out to me and related he wanted to work together.

‘Death Kiss’ was you second project with him. What does he bring out in you creatively when it comes to your performances?

He is very clear in what he intends me to do, but allows me to explore the character. Rene would give me the motivation and allow me to portray those feelings on screen.

You gave an amazing performance in ‘Death Kiss.’ Did you have any reservations about playing this role?

Thank You! I appreciate that you enjoyed the performance. I was very excited when I heard about ‘Death Kiss’ and agreed with no hesitation. After working with Rene on the Wild West movie, I knew he could make a film that would satisfy fans of the action genre and create a character that would be engaging.

While you are playing a familiar face in the film, I’m sure you bring a bring a bit of yourself to any role. What did you bring to this character that might not have been on the original written page?

I like to do acting through body action and facial expressions. I am used to working in front of crowd and sometimes it is loud and chaotic. Often words are not an option, but you can show so much with your body and a stare.

What were the biggest challenges you faced with the project?

My English is getting better now but it was a real challenge during “Death Kiss.” Fortunately, Rene speaks Spanish fluently, so he and I could converse this way much easier. The other problem I had was manipulating the revolver for the shoot outs while wearing thick heavy leather gloves. I could shoot but reloading the pistol often proved difficult and sometimes looked awkward.

Robert “Bronzi” Kovacs and Eva Hamilton shine in ‘Death Kiss.’

What are your favorite memories of being on the set of ‘Death Kiss’?

I enjoyed working with such amazing professionals like Daniel Baldwin and Richard Tyson. Great well-known actors and so gracious. Always supportive and willing to give advice. Also, actress Eva Hamilton was delightful as well. There was such great camaraderie on set and positive energy. Everyone wanted to be there and make a great film.

Are there any plans in the works for you to reprise your role as this character? 

I am not sure what Rene intends to do with future installments of “Death Kiss,” if any. I’ve received many messages on social media about fans wanting another appearance by the stranger and Daniel Baldwin seems to be in favor of another foray as the Radio DJ Dan Forthright. It would be fun to see him more involved in a sequel. Maybe another vigilante on the loose…

Is there a dream role that you one day hope to play?

I would love to do a western with a classic epic feel; large in scope with shoot outs and posses. The good guy rides off into the sunset at the end.

You have a few projects in the works. What has you most excited?

‘Escape from Death Block 13’ is coming soon and is so much fun. It has prison fights and so much excitement. I don’t want to give away too much, but it will blow you away. Gary Jones is really making something great. I’m also looking forward to the ‘Mat Rats’ movie — a different kind of film for me. It is a feature comedy about a kids wrestling team. The producer wants to make ‘Bad News Bears’ meets ‘Rocky.’ It’s a great script and my character is kind of a bad guy; maybe not a really bad guy but a real scary guy known only as ‘The Dago.’

I feel we can learn something from everyone and we can look to you as an inspiration. What is the best lesson we can take from your journey?

I dreamt of performing in films for so many years. I keep working and keep performing. I am fortunate to get such attention now. It is a blessing. The best thing is to never give up your dreams. You work hard and keep doing what you love.

Where are the best places for your fans to follow your continuing adventures online?

Thank you for asking! The best place is on FacebookTwitter, and even on Instagram but still trying to figure this out. All the pages are linked on my official website at www.RobertBronziActor.com.

‘Death Kiss’ is now available on VOD and hits home video via Uncork’d Entertainment on December 4th, 2018. 

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DRIVEN: Mackenzie Astin On His Life, Evolution and “Welcome To The Men’s Group”

DRIVEN: Mackenzie Astin On His Life, Evolution and “Welcome To The Men’s Group”

They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, and Mackenzie Astin is certainly no exception to the rule. One of the insanely talented sons of legendary actors Patty Duke and John Astin, he found himself taking on the family trade very early on in life. Armed with his acting chops and a dazzling smile, it wouldn’t take long for Hollywood decision makers (along with legions of teenage girls) to notice! Mackenzie exploded onto the radar of American audiences in the mid-80s with his role as Andy Moffett on the wildly popular sitcom “The Facts of Life,” where he appeared for over four seasons. He would continue honing his craft for years to come, appearing in memorable motion pictures including “Iron Will”, “Wyatt Earp” with Kevin Costner, “The Evening Star” with Shirley MacLaine, and Whit Stillman’s “The Last Days of Disco.” While he stepped away from acting for several years, he ultimately couldn’t shake the bug, which led to other notable roles including Noah Baker on TV’s “Scandal” and Bill Dunn, Carrie Mathison’s brother-in-law, on “Homeland.” His passion for creation has continued to grow over the decades, leading him to seek out some of his most challenging and rewarding roles to date. Such is the case with his latest role in director Joseph Culp’s new film, “Welcome To The Men’s Group.”

Largely inspired by the phenomenon of the “Men’s Movement” of the past 30 years, “Welcome to the Men’s Group” hails from director Joseph Culp and co-writer Scott Ben-Yashar. The film centers around an eclectic group of eight men who, one Sunday a month, refrain from beer and football to sit in a circle where they share their personal issues in the noble hope of becoming a bit more evolved than their fathers. On this day, things do not go as planned when one member appears headed for a breakdown, and long-standing conflict and secrets threaten to destroy the trust between the men. In addition to Astin, the film boasts an ensemble cast which includes Stephen Tobolowsky (“The Goldbergs”), Golden Globe Nominee Timothy Bottoms (“The Last Picture Show”), Phil Abrams (“Parenthood”), David Clennon (“Gone Girl”), Joseph Culp (“Apollo 13”) and Ali Saam (“Argo”).

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Mackenzie Astin to discuss his life in show business, the lessons learned along the way, his evolution as an actor, and the making of Joseph Culp’s “Welcome to the Men’s Group.”

We know you come from a successful show biz family. What gave you the bug to begin exploring the arts?

Wow! There’s a very simple answer and then there is a more involved answer. The simple answer is sibling rivalry! [laughs] Sean, my big brother, started working before I did. My mom did an ABC After-School Special called “Please Don’t Hit Me, Mom!” They reached out to her to see if her son, Sean, would be interested in playing her son in the project. They were both into the idea, so he went to work with her on this TV movie. I went to the set to visit at some point. At the time, I think Sean was 10 years old, so I would have been 8. When I went to the set, he was getting a whole lot of attention, so I was like, “Wait a minute! I want to do this!” [laughs] I nagged my parents enough that they relented and, a couple years later, I was lucky enough to start in with the family trade!

What went into finding your creative voice as a young actor?

As a young actor, I think your creative voice is somewhat limited by the parts that you are able to get. I would say that early on that my creative voice was probably inspired by Cousin Oliver on “The Brady Bunch.” [laughs] By that I mean, I played the annoying white kid on a number of different shows and then was the regular annoying white kid on “The Facts of Life.” In terms of finding the voice, coming from a family of actors… Come to think of it, Icon Vs. Icon made me think of my parents’ divorce! [laughs] I think there is a natural proclivity to want to be in a creative field. It was never really a question, when I was a kid, that this was sort of what I wanted to do and what I could do. I remember helping my mom memorizing her lines for jobs and having a good time reading scripts with her. I remember her saying, “Hey, you’re not bad at this!” That’s nice to hear when you are a little kid! To the original question, I’m not sure that necessarily comes out so much with kids or at least not in my case. For me, I think it came out when I was a little bit older. There was certainly no creative voice involved on “The Garbage Pail Kids!” [laughs] Dissidence is what you heard! [laughs]

A young Mackenzie Astin and the cast of “The Facts of Life.”

What are some lessons you learned early on that helped shape the accomplished actor we see today?

I got lucky in that I was able to take a little break after “The Facts of Life” and go back to high school as a regular civilian, if you will. That was probably the best learning experience because coming from working as a regular on a fairly popular television show, I kinda thought that my shit didn’t stink, and I had somewhat of a swelled head going into high school. If there is anything that will level your head, it is American public school! [laughs] Later, I was grateful when I was able to recognize that when I went to high school that my shit did indeed stink just like everybody else’s. The playing field was leveled in a lot of ways, which was really, really valuable for when I started working again because I think I had more respect for the good fortune to be able to be in the entertainment industry, to be able to find work within the industry and to be able to understand the value of being on a team. I played baseball in high school and that’s where the idea of teamwork was deeply instilled. We had a great head coach for the baseball program who helped teach us about the value of teamwork. I think I was able to bring that into my career in my early 20s. I think it made me a lot easier to work with, if you know what I mean! [laughs] I was all in for the ball club instead of just being interested in making sure I came off okay.

When did you come into your own as an actor?

I’ll let you know! [laughs] Ya know, it’s tough to say. I was kidding with my wife the other day that my face is getting old enough for the right parts for me. [laughs] It goes both ways. I don’t know if actors are ever really satisfied or ever really feel like they’ve hit their stride, which can probably be a positive thing because you’re constantly looking for an opportunity to sink your teeth into something. So, I’ll let you know when I get there!

Please do! [laughs] Let’s talk about your latest project, “Welcome To The Men’s Group.” How did this land on your radar and made it a project you wanted to pursue?

I think they couldn’t get my brother, so they reached out to me! [laughs] That’s a joke! Seriously, it was just a regular old audition that came down the pike with large print across the appointment slip that said, “Must be OK with nudity.” I read the script and I felt that it made sense and I was OK with that because the human form has been around pretty much as a long as humans! [laughs] I think that maybe here in American we are maybe held back a little bit by the puritanical dynamics that existed at the outset. Over in Europe, I think people are a little more evolved and it’s not such a big deal to see the naked form, be it man or woman, so that wasn’t really an issue in my thinking. What appealed to me is that it’s a bunch of people sitting around talking about their problems, which is actually what life is! I thought it was representative of some valuable conversations that are necessary, I think, for the advancement of the human people — men in particular. Joseph Culp, the fellow who wrote, directed and stars in the film, has mentioned that the timing is pretty good for the movie in that there has been a lot of awareness in the past few years in American society about the role that men are playing and that we have a lot of work to do. I think that’s true. I’m cautious to say that this is a film that can attach itself wholly to #TimesUp and #MeToo because that runs the risk of, as I’ve come to say, Manspreading and Mansplaining in the same motion. However, I do think there is some value that the film can offer in respect to those movements in that there is a lot of talking in this movie which means, by definition, that there is a lot of listening in this movie. I think the real value that men might be able to contribute to society right now, in particular upper-middle class white men who are represented pretty well in this movie, is to sit back and listen. We have a lot to learn. We have a lot to learn from women. We have a lot to learn from people who are not as advantaged as upper-middle class white men are as we come into the world. I think there is a lot of value that people can take from the film in terms of being willing to listen.

What went into preparing to take on this role and did you find it had a big impact on you?

This movie was fortunate in that we had a week of rehearsal before we began filming, which you aren’t necessarily always afforded in independent film. We had the opportunity to work through the script a few times together as a team, which I think really helped people to get a grasp on their characters and what their character’s role was. That’s a funny way to put it but it allowed us to explore what our jobs were in terms of moving the story along and telling a full story. Thankfully, everyone in this film has a lot of experience. You have guys Timothy Bottoms, Stephen Tobolowsky and David Clennon coming to the table with pretty impressive resumes! It was the perfect opportunity for a youngster like myself to learn from their example. You also have some guys who maybe haven’t yet had the larger successes as Tim and Stephen have had like myself, Phil Abrams, Ali Saam and Terence Rotolo, who also had tremendous opportunities to show what we can do! I know that once we finished filming everyone was very excited to get stuff from the movie to put on our respective reels. This is the kind of screenplay you don’t come across too often where there is really an opportunity for sensitive and unabridged work. In television, a lot of times the scenes are short, and you don’t have a lot of time to move the story along, so you aren’t allowed the opportunity to show tremendous nuance. In a film like this, there is a shitload of nuance! [laughs] If I can put it so coarsely! I think for all of us as actors, an opportunity to play scenes that breathe was really, really, really appealing. Thankfully we were shooting on film, so it wasn’t too crazy expensive! [laughs]

What did you bring to the character that wasn’t on the original written page?

Growing up in a family with five older brothers from two working actors, my intrinsic ability to listen was valuable for the character of Tom! [laughs] He is sort of the audience’s avenue into the group. He’s the new guy, so it’s through his eyes that the audience experiences these guys for the first time. I sort of consider myself an observer of people, just generally. I think that was something that was already in my bag of tricks that was available for Tom to use, which is lucky. Also, in my own personal life, I can be pretty darn judgmental, which is something that is worth working on. I think that sometimes I have difficulty disguising my judgement, so that might have been of some value for the character of Tom as well because you can read a lot of what’s going on from his face! [laughs]

“Welcome To The Men’s Group” is a terrific ensemble. What are your favorite memories of working alongside these seasoned professionals?

It’s hard to pick a favorite! Stephen Tobolowsky is such an incredible storyteller, so there were a couple of experiences at lunch where he would tell stories that had all of our forks paused in the air on the way to our mouths! [laughs] We just stopped and listened with our mouths open because he is so gifted at storytelling. That’s what we do for a living — we tell stories! So, when you have a collection of actors with the amount of experience that all of those guys have there are tremendous stories that come along with it, so it’s hard to pick a favorite. Listening to Timmy Bottoms tell stories, not only about his career as an actor but the experiences he’s had living on a ranch outside of town and taking care of and breaking horses, you realize that he’s actually a cowboy! [laughs] His stories about life outside the business are truly amazing! His perspective is pretty interesting too because of the tremendous success he had early on and his experience in and out of show business over the years. He gave us so much from which we can learn. Hearing the perspective from Ali Saam about being an actor of color in this country and being Iranian in this country was an experience different from mine as an upper-middle class white guy. Hearing stories from Dave Clennon about all of the incredible pictures he has worked on was another highlight. It’s tough to pick a favorite! I can say this — one day we got to the location and everything was locked. I guess the fella who had the keys to the house where we were shooting was late or something like that. The entire crew was there, and we were ready to get to work but we couldn’t get into the damn location! Before anybody could think of what to do next, Timmy Bottoms is climbing up the side of the house to the balcony where the sliding glass door was unlocked! He got in through the bedroom, came down and opened the door, so we all went inside and went to work! [laughs] Watching a guy in his late 50s or early 60s shimmy up a drain pipe like it was nothing was something that truly sticks out in my mind! Tim’s an amazing dude! He will get stuff done!

The stellar cast of “Welcome to the Men’s Group.”

Well, as a self-professed observer of people, you definitely picked the right project, didn’t you? [laughs]

Oh, man! What a great one! [laughs]

You mentioned writer/director/actor Joseph Culp. What did he bring to the project and what was it like working with him?

It was great! Ya know, Joseph and I fundamentally have a lot in common in that we’re both the children of successful actors. Joseph has really taken it to the next level in that he is an acting teacher, a writer and director. The kind of experience and mindset you end up with growing up as a child of successful actors is something that is really valuable when it comes to storytelling. It’s just this stuff that is in him naturally. That’s something that some people go to school for years to learn. That was terrific to watch him work! It’s a very difficult thing to do — write something, star in and direct a project. It takes a deft hand to be able to do all of those jobs separately and with respect to one another. I know if I was directing myself, I would be pretty critical. That’s human nature! He was able to maintain a critical eye of his work but also knew when it was time to move on. That’s something that is really, really hard to do. It’s also a brave story for him to tell with respect to the character that he plays because, ya know, we all want to be the hero and it takes a lot of guts to tell the story of someone who appears to be the hero but has layers underneath.

It is exciting to see the work you are doing these days. What are you looking for in the projects you take on at this point in your career?

To be honest, I don’t necessarily have the opportunity to be too choosy at this point. It’s an exciting life in that I’m not exactly sure where the next job is coming from, but I really can’t be too choosy. I audition for a lot of stuff and I’m grateful when I get stuff but, with that in mind, there are certain things I try to avoid. I worry a little about the stuff we are putting out there for the kids to watch. There is a line from “Slap Shot,” which is a pretty interesting movie that I think might be misunderstood in a lot of ways. It was written by a woman and it’s about a lot more than guys playing hockey. There is a line that the owner of the team says late in the film. She says, “I have a theory that children repeat what they see on television.” It’s an amazing moment to look back on from 1973 or 1974 because she’s right! I think that exercising a little bit of caution in terms of what we are putting out is a good idea for the future. With that said, when it comes time to pay the rent, in American television sometimes there’s a body count! I was laying this out for my dad a couple of years ago, worrying about what kind of content we are creating and worrying about my place in it. He said to me, “You have to ask yourself if you’re willing to dance with the devil in order to pay the rent.” Within a year of that conversation, I had done the watusi, the two-step and the tango! I had done quite a bit of dancing with the devil and that’s the sacrifice that one has to make in order to put food on the table. To answer your initial question, I look for something that I can believe in, but I will take what pays the rent!

Is there a role or genre you haven’t been able to tackle yet that still intrigues you?

Wow! Hadn’t even considered that. Jeepers, I don’t know. I mean, I played a mime! [laughs] I’ve played a clown, a god, several murderers, a few priests and a cowboy! Gosh, I don’t know, I might have checked all the boxes! [laughs] Honestly, there is nothing that jumps into my head right away. I’m happy to work in whatever medium will have me! I live in Baltimore not far from my dad, who runs the theatre program at Johns Hopkins University, so the opportunity to work on stage with him and his students is something that comes up here and there. That is of tremendous value, to be on stage and work within the theatre because that’s where it all comes from! Television and film are a lot of fun, for sure, but it all starts on stage!

How have you evolved as an actor over the course of your journey?

Ya know, I think I’m a little more forgiving of myself, which is something I think comes with age. We can often be our own biggest enemies. I’ve found, at 45, I’m a little more forgiving of me than I was at 25. I’m also taking better care of myself, which is probably the thing that helps me work more than anything! In terms of growth, I think I’m still learning and growing. That’s at least what I hope. Otherwise, it gets boring! [laughs]

Mackenzie Astin

What other projects do you have on the horizon? Is there something that has you excited at the moment?

I’m working on something right now that has me really excited, but I can’t talk about it, which is interesting and fun to be a part of something of which you can say, “I can’t talk about it!” [laughs] I think it’s safe to say that it’s a project that I hope helps teach Americans about who we are, how we got here and how to get ahead from the point where we are now.

What’s the best lesson we can take from this film and from your journey as an actor?

I hope people see this film as an opportunity to be reflective in their own lives and to be willing to discuss, perhaps in a group setting with the men in their lives, the stuff that we don’t necessarily talk about too much. It’s my opinion that only through discussion and the dialogue of those things that we will give ourselves the opportunity to move past them and grow as people and evolve. From my journey? Let me tell ya, I was in a big ol’ car wreck back in 1996. I ended up with what I think was terrific live advice out of it. A friend and I were taking turns sleeping and driving while going from LA to Durango, Colorado. He forgot whose turn it was to do what because I was sleeping and then he was sleeping! [laughs] He fell asleep at the wheel and we rolled over at about 75 miles per hour. I don’t remember much of it, but I was told, because my friend was nearly conscious for the whole thing, said that when we were skidding into the median that I started screaming, “Slow down, slow down.” As we rolled, I screamed “Hang on, hang on!” So, if there is life advice that I could give, it’s – “Slow down and hang on!”

That’s amazing! With that said, I want to sincerely thank you for your time today!

Thanks, Jason! It was a pleasure to speak with you! Thanks for letting me talk in such long sentences! [laughs] Be good, maybe I’ll see you on The Shore!

I hope so! Take care, Mackenzie!

You too!

“Welcome to the Men’s Group” is available on VOD from November 9 from Leomark Studios. Visit the official website of the film at www.themensgroupmovie.com.

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‘I Am Paul Walker’ Tribute Film Hits VOD On 5th Anniversary of the Actor’s Tragic Death

‘I Am Paul Walker’ Tribute Film Hits VOD On 5th Anniversary of the Actor’s Tragic Death

Virgil Films has announced the release of Network Entertainment Inc’s I Am Paul Walker for U.S. digital release of on Friday, November 30, the fifth anniversary of the actor’s tragic passing.

This digital release is the first time the full feature length documentary will be available for fans to view and they can now own or rent on Digital Download platforms across the U.S. on November 30, and/or purchase the DVD of the film, available on December 4.

I Am Paul Walker made its U.S. television premiere on Paramount Network earlier this year on August 11. The documentary, running approximately 30-minutes longer than the version broadcast on television earlier this year, features interviews with those who were closest to Paul, including Fast & Furious actor Tyrese Gibson and director Rob Cohen, director Wayne Kramer, family members Cody Walker, Caleb Walker, Ashlie Walker, Cheryl Walker, and Paul Walker III and close friends, Oakley Lehman, Dr. Michael Domeier and Manager Matt Luber.

“We are thrilled that Paul’s story will be shared even further with his fans – those he was always very grateful to,” said Caleb Walker.  “The timing of the documentary’s digital launch on November 30, the fifth anniversary of Paul’s passing, is a fitting tribute to his legacy.”

The film, directed by Adrian Buitenhuis, explores the life and legacy of actor Paul Walker, the Southern California native who cut his teeth as a child actor before breaking out in the blockbuster Fast & Furious movie franchise.  Featuring interviews with those who knew Paul best both professionally and personally, along with an extensive personal archive of never-before-seen candid video and still photographs provided by family and friends of the late actor, I Am Paul Walker explores Paul’s private side in tandem with the highlights of his highly successful film career. His devotion to his family, his passion for surfing and auto racing, his commitment to marine biology and sharks, his dedication to humanitarian work through his NGO, Reach Out Worldwide, and his love for his family define the character of the man who starred in Fast & Furious, one of the most wildly successful film franchises of all time.

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“The Rugrats Movie” Soundtrack To Make Vinyl Debut In Celebration of 20th Anniversary

“The Rugrats Movie” Soundtrack To Make Vinyl Debut In Celebration of 20th Anniversary

Twenty years ago, The Rugrats Movie brought the beloved animated show to the big screen for the first time. The star-studded spectacular, featuring Tommy Pickles and his baby gang in an adventure of blockbuster-sized proportions, was an instant sensation and grossed $141 million, making it the first non-Disney animated film to gross over $100 million in the U.S., and the highest-grossing animated film based on a TV series. Driving the action-packed movie was an inspired soundtrack comprised of new, original songs and covers by an eclectic mix ranging from the hip-hop of Blackstreet, Mya, Mase, Busta Rhymes to the rock and pop of No Doubt, Elvis Costello, Lisa Loeb and Devo. On the ambitious “This World Is Something New To Me,” the two minute song crams in a dizzying array of artists including Beck, Jakob Dylan, Iggy Pop, Phife Dawg, Lenny Kravitz, Laurie Anderson, Patti Smith, B-Real, Lou Rawls, Gordan Gano of the Violent Femmes and The B-52s who all lend their voices to their Rugrats personas.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the film and soundtrack, The Rugrats Movie: Music from The Motion Picture will be made available on vinyl for the first time ever, allowing those who grew up with the series and new fans to enjoy these hugely successful and celebrated songs. A special limited-edition version on orange colored wax will be exclusively available on Urban Legends. Pre-order The Rugrats Movie: Music From The Motion Picture now: https://UrbanLegends.lnk.to/RugratsSoundtrack

It’s almost entirely impossible to separate great movie moments from the music that soundtracked them. With something as generationally adored as “The Rugrats,” it is even more impossible, especially when you consider the paramount artist that were tasked with contributing to the film. Legends, fleeting hit makers, and revered songwriters alike were all involved in couching the film in colorful sonics that bolstered the movie’s impact. Even Blondie’s monster single “One Way Or Another” got a facelift for a punchy cover by Cheryl Chase, the voice of Angelica. What speaks to the movie’s overarching impact is the eclectic nature of the artists and the tracks themselves, ranging from hip-hop, to R&B, to pop, and rock as well.

The great Mark Mothersbaugh (of Devo fame) produced the soundtrack with signature touches that added connective fabric to the entire release. In fact, Mothersbaugh wrote the TV show’s opening theme as well as its catchy lead single, “Take Me There,” which went Platinum in the U.S. and charted at No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100. Internationally, the soundtrack also struck listeners, moving upwards to No. 15 on Tokyo’s charts and topping the New Zealand pop charts as well. Unique and wide-ranging—and much more than a simple soundtrack— there is much here for multiplegenerations to grasp onto and to enjoy, testament to why it remains such an endearing soundtrack to this day.

The Rugrats Movie: Music From The Motion Picture Track Listing

SIDE A

1. Take Me There – Blackstreet & Mya feat. Ma$e & Blinky Blink

2. I Throw My Toys Around – No Doubt feat. Elvis Costello

3. This World Is Something New To Me – B Real, Beck, Cindy Wilson, Dawn Robinson, Fred Schneider, Gordon Gano, Iggy Pop, Jakob Dylan, Kate Pierson, Laurie Anderson, Lenny Kravitz, Lisa Loeb, Lou Rawls, Patti Smith, Phife

4. All Day – Lisa Loeb

5. Dil-A-Bye – E.G. Daily

6. A Baby Is A Gift From A Bob – Cheryl Chase & Cree Summer

 

SIDE B

1. One Way Or Another – Cheryl Chase

2. Wild Ride – Kevi of 1000 Clowns feat. Lisa Stone

3. On Your Marks, Get Set, Ready, Go! – Busta Rhymes

4. Witch Doctor – Devo

5. Take The Train – Rakim & Danny Saber

6. Yo Ho Ho And A Bottle of Yum! – E.G. Daily, Christine Cavanaugh, & Kath Soucie

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Adi Shankar Joins ‘Superman Vs. The Ku Klux Klan’ As Producer

Adi Shankar Joins ‘Superman Vs. The Ku Klux Klan’ As Producer

Adi Shankar reimagined by Boss Logic.

Adi Shankar, the nerd-icon producer behind Netflix’s highly successful Castlevania (which has been renewed for a third season) is joining with PaperChase Films (The Kindergarten Teacher, Skin) and Marc Rosen (Sense 8, The After) to bring the story of SUPERMAN VS THE KU KLUX KLAN to life.

“Superheroes operate outside the scope of law and offer us hope that someone will rise up and protect us when government and other institutions cannot or will not. This story shows the power of the superhero mythology and it’s tangible impact on the physical world.” Said Shankar.

“Adi Shankar has long been inspired to fight for just causes; he has successfully taken on the status quo and broken barriers long seen as insurmountable. This story highlights the power of the people against the alarming resurgence of some the darkest chapters of our country’s past. It is as historical as it is timely, as the nation is once again facing challenges to the principles of truth, justice and ‘The American Way’.” Said Rosen.

SUPERMAN VS. THE KU KLUX KLAN is based on the book of the same name by Rick Bowers. In a time of post-WWII Klan resurgence, the need for a hero had never been so great; the KKK was rapidly gaining influence, and law-enforcement turned a blind eye to their shocking acts of violence.

This true-to-life story follows Stetson Kennedy, a man who courageously went undercover to infiltrate the KKK in 1946. In a remarkable alliance, Mr. Kennedy, the Anti-Defamation League and the Producers of the Superman Radio Show, joined forces to expose the cultish insanity of the KKK, severely damaging their influence.

This empowered a heroic coalition of everyday citizens, artists and civil rights groups to effectively thwart the KKK’s agendas and strike a powerful blow against racism and hate in a time when all other options had failed.

The film is currently in development. Casting announcements and more news will be forthcoming.

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‘Dracula Prince of Darkness’ Collector’s Edition Blu-ray To Rise From The Grave This December!

‘Dracula Prince of Darkness’ Collector’s Edition Blu-ray To Rise From The Grave This December!

Christopher Lee’s second outing as the eponymous Dracula pushes the cinematic boundaries of graphic gore and terror in this 1966 Hammer Films classic. Available as a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray December 18th from Scream Factory, this ghoulish tale from Hammer’s golden era includes both the UK and US version of the film and a new 4K scan of the US version of the interpositive from the 20th Century Fox vaults, as well as brand-new bonus features including a  new audio commentary with author Troy Howarth, a new audio commentary with filmmaker Constantine Nasr and writer/producer Steve Haberman, and much more! Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com

Four English tourists find themselves stranded in the mysterious village of Karlsbad, a sinister and remote place with a deadly, dark legend. Their journey leads them to an abandoned castle where a nightmarish destiny awaits them: an evil in need of resurrection, a blood-craving beast known only as Count Dracula, Prince of Darkness (Christopher Lee, The Lord Of The Rings films, Wicker Man).

Dracula Prince of Darkness Bonus Features:

  • Two Versions! The UK version and the U.S. version
  • NEW 4K scan of US version of the interpositive from the 20th Century Fox vaults
  • NEW audio commentary with author Troy Howarth
  • NEW audio commentary with filmmaker Constantine Nasr and writer/producer Steve Haberman
  • Audio commentary with cast members Christopher Lee, Suzan Farmer, Francis Matthews, Barbara Shelley
  • World of Hammer episode “Dracula and the Undead”
  • Back to Black – The Making of Dracula -Prince of Darkness
  • Super 8mm Behind-the-Scenes footage
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Still Gallery

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ONCE UPON A DEADPOOL: Official Teaser Trailer Released!

ONCE UPON A DEADPOOL: Official Teaser Trailer Released!

This December, get ready for a fairy tale that gives zero F’s.

To kick off the holiday season, the (sometimes) good guy in red is delivering the official trailer for ONCE UPON A DEADPOOL from 20th Century Fox! Audiences of almost all ages will soon be able to enjoy the Merc with the Mouth’s reimagining of Deadpool 2 filtered through the prism of childlike innocence.

“Fox has been asking for a PG-13 basically since the start in 2006,” Ryan Reynolds told Deadline. “I’ve said no since 2006. Now, this one time, I said ‘Yes’ on two conditions. First, a portion of the proceeds had to go to charity. Second, I wanted to kidnap Fred Savage. The second condition took some explaining…”

Fred Savage will join Reynolds in new scenes for ONCE UPON A DEADPOOL in an homage to Savage’s starring role in the 1987 bedtime-story classic THE PRINCESS BRIDE. Fred remarked, “while my participation in this film was anything but voluntary, I am happy to learn that Fudge Cancer will be the beneficiary of this shameless cash grab”

For every ticket sold, $1 will go to the charity Fudge Cancer – previously known as Fuck Cancer, who have graciously changed their name to be more PG-13 friendly for the 12 days of ONCE UPON A DEAD POOL’S release.

ONCE UPON A DEADPOOL opens in theaters for a limited engagement this holiday season from December 12 through December 24, 2018!  

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