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Corey Feldman Doubles Fall Tour Dates And Gives Back To Hurricane Victims

Corey Feldman Doubles Fall Tour Dates And Gives Back To Hurricane Victims

Due to selling out venues across the country, legendary showman and pop culture icon Corey Feldman has extended his Heavenly US Angelic Tour schedule by doubling the dates previously announced for the fall. Feldman and his angelic band have entertained audiences with their theatrical and fun performances featuring lasers, lights, costumes, and signature talented all female band of Angels, with a few changes in the lineup as Corey is always trying to give new talent the chance to entertain audiences. Feldman stated, “this company was designed to give as many young female artists a chance to showcase their talents as possible, so I will keep changing the faces a bit.”

In addition to doubling the dates, Corey will be doubling the fun and giving his fans the experience they’ve come to expect with hit songs from his catalogue and iconic movies. This time, Corey will also be giving back. Corey and the Angels will be returning to Houston for the second time this year, doing a very special fundraiser for the Hurricane Relief fund. Feldman will also be contributing a portion of his ticket sales to the cause.

The tour will also include a special Halloween performance in St Charles Illinois, and the band will be visiting some new areas they are yet to visit such as Phoenix, Salt Lake City, and Flint Michigan. Feldman specifically chose several controversial areas with the intention of bringing their message of love and light to those who need it most right now.

At the completion of this run, Corey and his Angels will have performed this critically acclaimed show 80 times this year.

COREY FELDMAN & THE ANGELS FALL TOUR DATES:

10.13.17 – FRESNO, CA – FULTON 55

10.14.17 – RENO, NV – FACES NV

10.16.17 – SACRAMENTO, CA – HOLY DIVER

10.17.17 – DENVER, CO – THE ORENTIAL THEATER

10.19.17 – DALLAS, TX – CLUB DADA

10.20.17 – BATON ROUGE, LA – VARSITY THEATRE

10.21.17 – MONROE, LA – LIVE OAKS BALLROOM

10.22.17 – HOUSTON, TX – CONCERT PUB NORTH

10.24.17 – HAZARD, KY – THE FORUM

10.25.17 – MEMPHIS, TN – HI TONE CAFÉ

10.27.17 – EMPORIA, KS – EMPORIA GRANADA THEATRE

10.28.17 – SPRINGFIELD, MO – OUTLAND BALLROOM

10.30.17 – ST. LOUIS, MO – THE READY ROOM

10.31.17 – ST. CHARLES, IL – THE ARCADA THEATRE

11.03.17 – VALPARAISO, IN – BIG SHOTS

11.04.17 – LEXINGTON, KY – MANCHESTER MUSIC HALL

11.05.17 – DES MOINES, IA – WOOLY’S

11.07.17 – SALT LAKE CITY, UT – LIQUID JOE’S

11.09.17 – SCOTTSDALE, AZ – BLK LIVE

Shows may still be added so please check back in the coming weeks! For information on tickets and VIP Meet and Greets, you can visit the official website: Angelic2theCore.com or www.CoreyFeldman.net

You can also follow Corey and the Angels on Twitter @corey_Feldman and @Coreysangels

Instagram @Cdogg22 @coreysangels

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Dark Sky Films To Release ‘M.F.A.’ Starring Francesca Eastwood on October 13th

Dark Sky Films To Release ‘M.F.A.’ Starring Francesca Eastwood on October 13th

Dark Sky Films has unveiled the release date of M.F.A., a critically acclaimed powerful thriller starring Francesca Eastwood in a stand out role. The film, from female director and female screenwriter, takes on the searing current issue of sexual violence on campus. M.F.A. will be released on October 13th.

M.F.A., which was nominated for the Grand Jury Award at the 2017 SXSW festival, tells a gripping story of a young woman forced to take action to protect herself in “perhaps the bravest, rawest rape-revenge thriller yet” (No Film School). Noelle (Francesca Eastwood, Final Girl, Outlaws and Angels), an art student struggling to find her voice, is sexually assaulted by a fellow classmate. Attempting to cope with her trauma, she impulsively confronts her attacker, leading to a violent altercation that culminates in his accidental death. Noelle tries to return to normalcy, but when she discovers she is only one of many silenced sexual assault survivors on campus, she takes justice into her own hands. A vigilante is born – retribution is the inspiration she’s been waiting for.

M.F.A. was directed by Natalia Leite (Bare) from a debut screenplay by actress Leah McKendrick (Bad Moms). McKendrick also co-stars in the film along with Clifton Collins Jr. (Westworld, Knight of Cups).

The film received glowing reviews upon its world premiere at SXSW. Variety‘s Andrew Barker said, “An unapologetically feminist, female-centric take on the oft-problematic (and oft-male-gaze-dominated) rape-revenge thriller genre … Leite directs with a bracing, assertive style.” Brad Miska of Bloody-Disgusting called it “intensely engaging, thought-provoking, and also mesmerizing.” “Spectacular, risky and wonderfully realized by Natalia Leite,” said We Live Entertainment’s Nick Casaletto.

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First Trailer for Drama ‘The Light of The Moon’ Starring Stephanie Beatriz

First Trailer for Drama ‘The Light of The Moon’ Starring Stephanie Beatriz

Check out a brand new trailer and poster for the powerful drama, The Light of The Moon. Written and directed by Jessica M. Thompson, the film stars Stephanie Beatriz (“Brooklyn Nine- Nine”), Michael Stahl-David (“Narcos”), Conrad Ricamora (“How To Get Away With Murder”) and Catherine Curtin (“Insecure”). Imagination Worldwide will release the film in theaters beginning November 1st.

Synopsis: Bonnie, a young and successful Latina architect, is sexually assaulted while walking home from an evening out with friends in Brooklyn. At first, she attempts to keep the assault a secret from her long-term boyfriend Matt, but the truth quickly emerges. Bonnie emphatically denies the impact of what has just happened to her. She fights to regain normalcy and control of her life, but returning to her old life is more complicated than expected. Her attempt to recapture the intimacy she previously had with Matt falters and cracks begin to surface in their relationship. Another attack in the neighborhood only drives Bonnie further into denial, before an encounter with an at-risk woman causes her to face the truth and confront her own self-blame.

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Scream Factory To Release ‘Dawn of the Dead’ and ‘Land of the Dead’ Collector’s Editions On October 31st!

Scream Factory To Release ‘Dawn of the Dead’ and ‘Land of the Dead’ Collector’s Editions On October 31st!

This Halloween, get ready for a double dose of zombie apocalypse mayhem and trips to hell! On October 31, 2017, Scream Factory™ is proud to present DAWN OF THE DEAD Collector’s Edition 2-Disc Blu-ray  and George A. Romero’s LAND OF THE DEAD Collector’s Edition2-Disc Blu-ray.  These two definitive collector’s editions boast new 2K transfer, revealing extras and new interviews with cast and crew. A must-have for movie collectors, horror enthusiasts and loyal fans,  DAWN OF THE DEAD Collector’s Edition and LAND OF THE DEAD Collector’s Edition are available for pre-order now at ShoutFactory.com

Avid fans and collectors please take note: Order from ShoutFactory.com and get a FREE 18″ X 24″ poster featuring our brand new artwork, available while supplies last! Also get it shipped Two Weeks early!

DAWN OF THE DEAD Collector’s Edition

Heart-pounding action and bone-chilling thrills power this edgy and frightening remake of George A. Romero’s apocalyptic horror classic, Dawn Of The Dead! From visionary filmmaker Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen), this pulse-pounding jolt-a-thon stars Ving Rhames (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), Sarah Polley (Splice), Jake Weber (Wendigo), Mekhi Phifer (Divergent) and Ty Burrell (Modern Family).

The world is in danger when a mysterious virus turns people into mindless, flesh-eating zombies. In a mall in the heartland, a handful of survivors wage a desperate, last-stand battle to stay alive … and human!

DAWN OF THE DEAD Collector’s Edition Blu-ray bonus features:

DISC ONE – Theatrical Version:

  • NEW HD master derived from the digital intermediate archival negative
  • NEW Take A Chance on Me – an interview with actor Ty Burrell
  • NEW Gunn for Hire – an interview with writer James Gunn
  • NEW Punk, Rock & Zombie – an interview with actor Jake Weber
  • NEW Killing Time at the Mall: The Special Effects of Dawn of the Dead – an interview with special makeup effects artists David Anderson and Heather Langenkamp Anderson
  • Deleted Scenes with optional commentary by director Zach Snyder and producer Eric Newman
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery

DISC TWO – Unrated Version:

  • NEW HD master derived from the digital intermediate archival negative with HD inserts
  • Audio Commentary with director Zach Snyder and producer Eric Newman
  • Splitting Headaches: Anatomy of Exploding Heads
  • Attack of the Living Dead
  • Raising the Dead
  • Andy’s Lost Tape
  • Special Report: Zombie Invasion
  • Undead and Loving It: A Mockumentary
  • Drawing the Dead featurette
  • Storyboard Comparisons
  • Hidden Easter Egg

George A. Romero’s LAND OF THE DEAD Collector’s Edition

In a harrowing vision of a post-apocalyptic world, zombies have turned all but a few fortified cities into desolate wasteland. Behind city walls, pockets of humanity cling to survival in a brutal society built by a handful of enterprising, ruthless opportunists like Kaufman (Dennis Hopper), who insulate themselves in high-rise towers and employ a band of mercenaries led by Riley (Simon Baker) to scavenge the countryside for food and other necessities, while the poor fend for themselves. When the previously mindless, slow-moving zombies begin to evolve into cunning, crafty killers and organize for a final catastrophic attack, a group of hardened mercenaries is called into action to protect the living from an army of the dead, even as they battle a rogue mercenary (John Leguizamo) who threatens the existence of their safe haven.

LAND OF THE DEAD Collector’s Edition Blu-ray bonus features:

DISC ONE: Theatrical Cut

  • NEW 2K Scan of the interpositive
  • NEW Cholo’s Reckoning – an interview with actor John Leguizamo
  • NEW Charlie’s Story – an interview with actor Robert Joy
  • NEW The Pillsbury Factor – an interview with actor Pedro Miguel Arce
  • NEW Four of the Apocalypse – an interview with actors Eugene Clark, Jennifer Baxter, Boyd Banks and Jasmin Geljo
  • Dream of the Dead: The director’s cut with optional commentary by director Roy Frumkes
  • Deleted footage from Dream of the Dead
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer

DISC TWO: Uncut Version

  • NEW 2K Scan of the interpositive with HD inserts
  • NEW Audio Commentary with zombie performers Matt Blazi, Glena Chao, Michael Felsher and Rob Mayr
  • Audio Commentary with writer/director George A. Romero, producer Peter Grunwald and editor Michael Doherty
  • Undead Again: The Making of Land of the Dead
  • Bringing The Dead To Life
  • Scenes of Carnage
  • Zombie Effects: From Green Screen to Finished Scene
  • Scream Test – CGI test
  • Bringing the Storyboards to Life
  • A Day with the Living Dead hosted by John Leguizamo
  • When Shaun Met George

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AMERICAN SATAN: New Trailer Unleashed, More Theaters Added To Theatrical Release!

AMERICAN SATAN: New Trailer Unleashed, More Theaters Added To Theatrical Release!

AMERICAN SATAN, the Rated-R supernatural rock & roll thriller from SUMERIAN RECORDS mastermind ASH AVILDSEN, continues to make waves in the music and film industries with their latest official trailer.

Starring ANDY BLACK, (Black Veil Brides), JOHN BRADLEY (Game Of Thrones) and Golden Globe Nominee MALCOLM McDOWELL, best known for his iconic role in Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange and currently on Amazon’s Mozart In the Jungle, AMERICAN SATAN opens on the big screen Friday the 13th of October in 50 US cities, many of them already on sale at AMC theaters. Internationally, cinemas in Canada, UK, Australia and Mexico are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

AMERICAN SATAN introduces BEN BRUCE (Asking Alexandria) and OLIVIA CULPO (Miss Universe) to the screen, as they star alongside an ensemble cast that includes Disney’s BOOBOO STEWART (The Twilight Saga, X-Men: Days Of Future Past), MARK BOONE JR, (Sons of Anarchy, Batman Begins), DENISE RICHARDS (Starship Troopers, Wild Things), WWE’s BILL GOLDBERG, BILL DUKE (Predator) and DRAKE BELL.

In the summer of 2015, while director ASH AVILDSEN was working on the AMERICAN SATAN script, he met his father for the first time, Oscar-winning director JOHN G. AVILDSEN (ROCKY, THE KARATE KID, LEAN ON ME). As fate would have it, they collaborated on the movie together and formed a very close bond. John gave crucial notes on the script and some great tips to Ash during production. John also has a cameo in the film, playing a CNN news anchor. This would go on to be the last finished film John worked on before he passed away in June of 2017.

Already a winner of several awards on the festival circuit including Best Picture and Best Director at New York’s Peekskill Film Festival as well as Best Feature at California’s Oceanside Independent Film Festival, AMERICAN SATAN is set to play this Friday, September 22nd at the 33rd Annual Boston Film Festival.

About the release of AMERICAN SATAN, Ash Avildsen said:
“This story comes from a very real place. I dropped out of college to pursue a career in music. I’ve toured as both an unsigned and a signed artist. I’ve been a promoter, a booking agent, a manager, a producer and am an active record label owner. With the exception of a physical manifestation of the devil and an angel, everything in the film is based on real events that either myself or the producers of the movie have experienced in our careers working with bands. I’m excited for our music community to go on this ride and understand why we chose the Neil Young quote, ‘Rock & Roll is where God and the Devil shake hands,’ to be put on top of the poster at theaters.”

The music-centric film features an original score by composer JONATHAN DAVIS of KoRn, debuting two unreleased tracks from Davis. Additionally, songs from Deftones, The Pretty Reckless, Skid Row, Crosses, In This Moment, Meg Myers, Circa Survive, Dorothy, After The Burial, Barns Courtney, Palaye Royale, Animals As Leaders, Slaughter and more.

Some of the AMERICAN SATAN producers Ash references are: Andy Gould, best known for producing Rob Zombie’s Halloween & The Devil’s Rejects and co-managing Pantera & Linkin Park.; John Reese, former tour manager and band manager for Guns N’ Roses as well as concert festival producer for Knotfest meets Ozzfest and Rockstar Mayhem Festival; and Jeff Cohen, entertainment attorney best known in the public eye for handling Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe’s manslaughter trial in the Czech Republic.

FILM SYNOPSIS: A young rock band, half from England and half from the US, drop out of college and move to the Sunset Strip to chase their dreams. Living in a van, their passion and talent exceed their means to survive. An enigmatic stranger sees their true potential and emotionally manipulates them during a time of weakness. Caught in the middle of a Faustian deal, their music and controversial altercations end up influencing society beyond anything this century has seen, but can they take back control of their destiny before it’s too late?

ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW:
Albuquerque, NM | AMC Albuquerque 12 | Click Here For Tickets
Atlanta, GA | AMC Southlake 24 | Click Here For Tickets
Boston, MA | AMC Methuen 20 | Click Here For Tickets
Camp Hill, PA | AMC Camp Hill 12 | Click Here For Tickets
Chicago, IL | AMC Streets Of WoodField 20 | Click Here For Tickets
Charlotte, NC | AMC Concord Mills 24 | Click Here For Tickets
Cincinnati, OH | AMC West Chester 18 | Click Here For Tickets
Cleveland, OH | AMC Solon 16 | Click Here For Tickets
Columbus, OH | AMC Lennox 24 | Click Here For Tickets
Dallas, TX | AMC Mesquite 30 | Click Here For Tickets
Denver CO | AMC Highlands Ranch 24 | Click Here For Tickets
Detroit, MI | AMC Star Southfield 20 | Click Here For Tickets
Elizabeth, NJ | AMC Jersey Gardens 20 | Click Here For Tickets
Houston, TX | AMC First Colony 24 | Click Here For Tickets
Louisville, KY | AMC Stoneybrook 20 | Click Here For Tickets
Los Angeles, CA | AMC Universal Citywalk 19 | Click Here For Tickets
Madison, WI | AMC Desert Star 15 | Click Here For Tickets
Miami-Ft Lauderdale, FL | AMC Aventura 24 | Click Here For Tickets
Minneapolis, MN | AMC Arbor Lake 16 | Click Here For Tickets
Milwaukee, WI | AMC Johnson Creek 12 | Click Here For Tickets
New York City, NY | AMC Empire 25 | Click Here For Tickets
Orange County, CA | AMC Orange 30 | Click Here For Tickets
Orlando, FL | AMC Universal Cineplex 20 | Click Here For Tickets
Philadelphia, PA | AMC Cherry Hill 24 | Click Here For Tickets
Phoenix, AZ | AMC Classic Arizona Center 24 | Click Here For Tickets
Pittsburgh, PA | AMC Waterfront 22 | Click Here For Tickets
Raleigh-Durham, NC | AMC Southpoint 17 | Click Here For Tickets
San Diego, CA | AMC Mission Valley 20 | Click Here For Tickets
San Antonio, TX | AMC Boerne 11 | Click Here For Tickets
Virginia Beach-Norfolk, VA | AMC Hampton 24 | Click Here For Tickets

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CONTEST: Godzilla Is Taking Over COMET TV! – Enter To Win A Monstrous Prize Pack!

CONTEST: Godzilla Is Taking Over COMET TV! – Enter To Win A Monstrous Prize Pack!

A legend is taking over COMET TV! In September, everyone’s favorite fire breathing, stomping monster is back and this time… It’s on COMET TV!

Saturdays in Sept there are double features starting at 2P/1C and Godzilla will be showing up all over the COMET TV schedule, check out the times below!

To celebrate, Icon Vs. Icon has teamed up with COMET TV to bring one lucky reader an awesome prize pack!

The Godzilla Doin’ Work Limited Edition pack has:

1 – Limited Edition Godzilla Action Figure: Who doesn’t want to sport some COMET TV swag! Godzilla sure does! He loves COMET TV so much, he’s ripping through his shirt, clearly Godzilla has been hitting the gym!

1 – Limited Edition Godzilla COMET TV Card: Perfect for catching up with Godzilla’s comings and goings on COMET TV!

HOW TO ENTER THE CONTEST: Let’s face it, we’ve all seen a great monster movie! Send an email to contest@iconvsicon.com and tell us about your favorite monster flick and why it tops your list! Make it interesting and tell us why it’s so special! Be sure to use a valid email address, so we can contact you if you win!

RULES: Each household is only eligible to win one (1) prize pack. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

CONTEST ENDS: September 30th, 2017 at 12:01 AM. The winner will be contacted the same day.

GODZILLA IS DOIN’ WORK ON COMET TV IN SEPTEMBER

SATURDAYS IN SEPTEMBER
Double Feature starting at 2P/1C

SEPTEMBER 25 – 29
Starting at various afternoon times

Godzilla VS. Destroyah (1995)
Saturday, September 16 at 4:30P/3:30P
Thursday, September 28 at 3:30/2:30P

Godzilla VS. Spacegodzilla (1994)
Saturday, September 16 at 2P/1C
Friday, September 29 at 3:30P/2:30P

Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-out Attack (2001)
Saturday, September 23 at 2P/1C
Thursday, September 28 at 6P/5C

Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003)
Saturday, September 23 at 10P/9C
Saturday, September 30 at 2P/1C

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GODZILLA: FINAL WARS (2005)
Godzilla: Final Wars takes us to the 28th century where Earth has been ravaged by giant monsters, giving the Xiliens (a group of aliens who dress like they’re in a 90’s goth rock band) a chance to claim our planet as their own.

Sunday, September 24 at 1A/MIDNIGHT
Saturday, September 30 at 5P/4C

Godzilla 2000 (1999)
GODZILLA WEARS A TINFOIL HAT. Did you know Godzilla is a UFO believer? Unfortunately, years upon years of reading about alien abduction conspiracies on the internet can’t prepare the King of Monsters for what happens in Godzilla 2000….When a UFO is awoken from a million-year slumber deep in the Earth’s crust, it employs a series of sneaky tactics (gene-snatching, reckless driving, and more) to give Godzilla a real extraterrestrial beat-down.

Saturday, September 23 at 4P/3C
and Friday, September 30 at 5P/4C

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Legend In The Making: Eugene Brave Rock Talks ‘Wonder Woman’ and Giving Back!

Legend In The Making: Eugene Brave Rock Talks ‘Wonder Woman’ and Giving Back!

Eugene Brave Rock – Photo by Jeff Lorch

Eugene Brave Rock is not your conventional Hollywood star. Raised in Southern Alberta, Canada, Brave Rock has been chasing his dream of making it big in Hollywood since he was 17 years old. His career kicked off when he accompanied a friend to an audition. There he was chosen out of line of hundreds to be cast as an extra. Fearless and laser-focused, he soon found himself moving up the ladder in the business. He honed his skills as part of Disney’s “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show” where he began a stint singing, dancing and performing various stunts in the larger-than-life production. After establishing himself as a truly well-rounded stunt performer, Brave Rock found more doors opening for him around every turn. It wasn’t long before found himself working as a stuntman and actor major studio projects like the Academy Award film “The Revenant” and the Emmy nominated series “Hell on Wheels.” His hard work and dedication to his craft paid off in spades when he landed a pivotal role in the Patty Jenkins’ helmed summer blockbuster, “Wonder Woman.”

In the film, Brave Rock plays “Napi,” who joins Wonder Woman’s World War I squadron to fight the raging conflicts and evil of the outside world in a “war to end all wars.” Highly influenced by his culture, Eugene opens his first scene in the film by greeting Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) in his native Blackfoot language, playing an undercover superhuman character with an origin in the Blackfoot creation myths. This small but key detail broadens the mythological background of the Wonder Woman franchise, flirting with the possibility that there may be more god-like figures to come in the DC universe. The third-highest grossing film for Warner Bros. of all time, ‘Wonder Woman,’ slayed at the box office. With the breakout role, Brave Rock hopes to honor his elders and inspire the youth holding true to his values and let people know it’s OK to be proud of who you are and where you come from. Staying true to his Native American roots, Brave Rock returns to his home often to speak and encourage young people to get out and chase their goals, but to keep their culture close to their heart.

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Eugene Brave Rock to discuss his journey as an actor/stuntman, the challenges he’s faced along the way and the experience of honoring his heritage with his captivating role as Napi in “Wonder Woman.”

How did you initially get involved with the entertainment industry?

Honestly, I just kind of walked into it. I was discovered by a casting agent, at the age of 17, who was casting for a theatrical project about suicide. She liked my look and my long hair. I fit the profile and that was my introduction into acting! It was a very educational experience. We started off with about 6 months of rehearsals, 5 days a week. It was pretty intense and that is how I got introduced to acting! From there, I just took the best steps I could and opportunities came my way. I grabbed them and ran with them! One thing led to another and one of my first movie productions was “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.” I actually brought a friend with me to do the casting call and I stood in line with him. I was picked from the back of the line and they hired me on as an extra. My first day on set, I was approached by a stunt coordinator and a horse wrangler. They asked me if I knew how to ride a horse. I said, “Sure!” That experience brought me up to a stuntman right away! From that project, I met somebody else who was involved with Disneyland Paris. They introduced me to the director over there and I did a small audience. I ended up being in “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show” at Disneyland Paris, which is the world’s largest live dinner theater! Those are just a few of the stepping stones in life that have been a big part of my career. I have so much gratitude for the footsteps I have taken!

When it comes to acting, who are some of the people who had a big impact on you?

You know what? When the “Dances with Wolves” came out, it was huge for me. There were so many Native American actors in the film! There were people like Graham Greene, August Schellenberg, Wes Studi and Eddie Spears. It’s great because so many of the people I looked up to, when I was younger, I have now had the opportunity to work with! It’s been such an amazing experience! I worked with Wes Studi on several projects now and the same with Eddie Spears. There are so many! There is even one local guy, local to me, who really stood out because he is from where I grew up. He is from the Blood Tribe and his name is Leon Goodstriker. When the “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show” started up again about 25 years ago, he played Sitting Bull at Disneyland Paris. When he came back home, he told me stories of “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show” in Paris. Being a young kid, it was a dream job! Who wouldn’t want to play cowboys and indians for a living! [laughs] Or riding horses or chasing buffalo! He was a huge influence on me as well!

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

My expertise includes riding horses — riding and falling. Most of my training came from the work I did at “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.” I did the fighting, riding horses, shooting guns and the choreography of different fight scenes.

I know a lot of hard work goes into all those aspects of the job and it doesn’t happen overnight!

Yeah! It was a process! To be honest, that process lasted me that whole year. It was something we did on a daily basis. You have to work your way up. Chasing live buffalo isn’t very easy! [laughs] It’s very unfortunate that a Native American would have to go to Europe to learn how to chase buffalo but it’s something I am very thankful I had the opportunity to do.

You are now instantly recognizable from your role in one of 2017 biggest films. How did you get involved with the DC Universe and land such an awesome role in “Wonder Woman”?

I had an invitation to come in an audition for a part in LA. I was on hiatus from working on “The Revenant” and I was coming down to California to visit and have a little vacation. I took a little detour through LA and did the audition. At the time, I had no idea it was for “Wonder Woman.” Honestly, my audition was horrible. I had driven down and it took about a day and a half. I had memorized my lines but once I got to the studio, I went blank! I’m used to auditioning in a small theater in Calgary, Alberta. This was my first time to LA, so there was a lot of anxiety and I forgot my lines! They offered me the chance to read it right from the script with a little bit of direction from Laura Kennedy, the casting director. On the spot, she said, “Oh my God! You got it! You nailed it!” I didn’t take it literally because I’ve been in hundreds of auditions and they’ve said the same thing! I never got a call back, so just took it for what it was. At the time, I just brushed it off and moved forward, which is hard when you feel you could’ve done better. I just thought, “Well, at least I got to come to LA and have a tour of Warner Brothers Studios.” I just took the good out of the experience. A few months later, I got a call! It was then when they revealed to me that they wanted to cast me for a role in “Wonder Woman.” It was amazing and I couldn’t believe it. I still can’t believe it! [laughs]

Your Native American heritage plays a huge role in your life. Did you have any reservations about taking on this role or how the character would be handled on screen?

That was the first conversation I had about the project with director Patty Jenkins. She came forward and asked me what I thought the negative stereotypes were about Native Americans portrayed in Hollywood. I mentioned that we aren’t all medicine men and certain things about the wardrobe. Patty was very respectful! One of the biggest reservations I had was that I didn’t want to be called “Chief.” That was something she brought up and out of respect for me and my people, she said, “You don’t ever have to call yourself, Chief.” That was something they couldn’t change based on how the character’s name had appeared in the comic book and stuff like that. She also gave me the opportunity to introduce myself in my own language, which is Blackfoot. That is where the creation part of Napi came from. I brought that forward, it went through the chain of people and it was approved! I was very honored! Napi, in my culture, is a demigod and a hero. He is a storyteller and an educator. It’s kind of ironic because every time I go into an audition or even go on set for a big scene, culturally, I pray, give thanks and gratitude. I put down some tobacco to Napi and ask him to walk in my shoes to help me portray this character the best way I could. It’s nice to share my culture and language with the world!

Eugene Brave Rock and Gal Gadot on the set of ‘Wonder Woman.’

That’s awesome! How did your people, family and friends react to seeing you on the scene as this character?

You know what? When I went home and after everyone had seen the movie, it was a hero’s welcome! It was such a great experience to be able to honor our elders and inspire our youth! It’s given me a platform to speak to our youth and to tell them that dreams do come true and never stop believing in yourself. A lot of it has to do with my cultural values and I think many of these cultural values are pushed to the side these days, and many people feel we don’t need them or should not use them anymore. I don’t feel that way. For me, I need them! It’s a lifestyle. To be able to share those cultural values of speaking my language, riding horses, having long hair, singing and dancing traditionally, with our youth is an amazing opportunity. It’s those values that have brought me to where I am today! That is something I keep close to my heart and something I want to share with my people, my tribe, and the rest of Native America as well! There aren’t too many times you see a Native American brought to life as a hero figure, so I’m very thankful!

We are seeing more and more about the push for more diversity in Hollywood. As an actor and stunt performer, you are on the front lines of the entertainment industry. Are you seeing a difference as you move forward in your career?

Yes, definitely! As a Native American, I think a lot more of our stories are being told from our perspective. There are so many great stories out there and it’s exciting to see that a lot of them are being told! So, yes, I do see things changing.

You mentioned bringing your native language to the character. What else went into fleshing out Napi and bringing him from script to screen?

I had a little bit of say when it came to my wardrobe and armor, along with Lindy Hemming, the costume designer. They let me add little embellishments to my wardrobe that made it a little more unique, a little more Blackfoot and a little more Napi-style, you could say. I had been researching World War I and Native Americans at that time when I saw an old picture of a Native American holding a rifle. On that rifle, he had some brass studs. Usually, those would indicate certain accomplishments in battle or deeds that he has done. I kept that in mind and showed the picture to the armorer, John Baker. I came up with the design of a medicine wheel, which represents the 4 seasons, the 4 elements and all the races in the world. It represents so much in our culture — the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of someone. I got to put that on the stock of my gun, which was awesome! There were also little embellishments, like the Blackfoot designs I was able to put on my gun belt and stuff like that! It was really amazing!

You’ve been a part of a lot of large scale productions in your career. How did “Wonder Woman” compare to the films from your past?

The magnitude was 10-fold! It was huge! The whole production was unbelievable. One day I was testing my guns in the middle of an open field in Leavesden Studios and a week later there was a town built on that same spot for the production! It was amazing! I felt like I was back in 1918! It was ridiculous! [laughs] The magnitude of the film was something I hadn’t expected and something I had never experienced before! It was amazing! Being on set every day was a blessing. There wasn’t much tension on set when we were shooting and it flowed very well. The hardest part for me was being away from my family. At the time, I had a pregnant wife back at home and I actually missed the birth of my child by about a week. For me, that was the hardest part. Living in London was crazy! I was in central London with millions of people all around me and there was so much energy happening there! It was hard for me being in London but it has made me appreciate where I live now and being on the little farm where we live. It was hard living in London but it is an experience for which I am truly grateful.

Eugene Brave Rock – Photo by Jeff Lorch

You are building a truly unique resume. Are there any specific types of projects you are anxious to tackle in the future?

You know what? I’m just very content in taking the next steps and making the most of the opportunities that come my way. Again, in the spirit of Napi, I just want to be able to tell a story and educate at the same time! I think that’s where my heart is and I hope to continue to honor my elders and inspire the Native American youth.

Where will we be seeing you next on the silver screen?

The next project I have coming out is called “Hard Powder” with Liam Neeson. I have some other projects that I am working on right now but, due to disclosure reasons, I can’t divulge any information. I’m really excited for “Hard Powder” to come out. Liam Neeson was amazing!

What is the best lesson we can take from your journey as an artist?

Again, I think it comes down to taking advantage of all the opportunities that come your way. That’s what I’ve done. It’s scary to get offered a position or role on the other side of the world, away from your people and your family. However, it’s important to get out there and explore the world and take each opportunity which presents itself and make the best of it!

Are there any causes close to your heart which we could help shine a light on?

For me, water is life. Every morning I get up, take a drink of water and I give thanks for this fresh water. That is a huge thing for me. There is a lot of pollution going on in the world right now and I think we all need to take a step back, take a look at our lives and realize what is really important. Water is the blood of Mother Earth. It’s a gift and it helps us survive, so we need to pay respect to that. There is also an organization, The CANA Foundation, which I support. They’re an organization focusing on saving wild horses from slaughter and reconnecting them to wild. You can visit their website at www.canafoundation.org/projects/horses or learn more via Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/canafoundation) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/canafoundation).

Thanks for your time today, Eugene! I really appreciate it and I wish you continued success!

Thank you, Jason! Take care!

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Dark Sky Films To Release High-Octane Thriller ‘M.F.A.’ On October 13th!

Dark Sky Films To Release High-Octane Thriller ‘M.F.A.’ On October 13th!

Dark Sky Films has announced the release date of M.F.A., a critically acclaimed powerful thriller starring Francesca Eastwood in a stand out role. The film, from female director and female screenwriter, takes on the searing current issue of sexual violence on campus. M.F.A. will be released on October 13th.

M.F.A., which was nominated for the Grand Jury Award at the 2017 SXSW festival, tells a gripping story of a young woman forced to take action to protect herself in “perhaps the bravest, rawest rape-revenge thriller yet” (No Film School). Noelle (Francesca Eastwood, Final Girl, Outlaws and Angels), an art student struggling to find her voice, is sexually assaulted by a fellow classmate. Attempting to cope with her trauma, she impulsively confronts her attacker, leading to a violent altercation that culminates in his accidental death. Noelle tries to return to normalcy, but when she discovers she is only one of many silenced sexual assault survivors on campus, she takes justice into her own hands. A vigilante is born – retribution is the inspiration she’s been waiting for.

M.F.A. was directed by Natalia Leite (Bare) from a debut screenplay by actress Leah McKendrick (Bad Moms). McKendrick also co-stars in the film along with Clifton Collins Jr. (Westworld, Knight of Cups).

The film received glowing reviews upon its world premiere at SXSW. Variety’s Andrew Barker said, “An unapologetically feminist, female-centric take on the oft-problematic (and oft-male-gaze-dominated) rape-revenge thriller genre … Leite directs with a bracing, assertive style.” Brad Miska of Bloody-Disgusting called it “intensely engaging, thought-provoking, and also mesmerizing.” “Spectacular, risky and wonderfully realized by Natalia Leite,” said We Live Entertainment’s Nick Casaletto.

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Scream Factory To Unleash “The Poughkeepsie Tapes” On October 10th!

Scream Factory To Unleash “The Poughkeepsie Tapes” On October 10th!

From the filmmakers that brought you Quarantine and As Above, So Below comes a descent into the twisted crimes of a serial killer! Long sought-after by horror enthusiasts after its original 2007 theatrical release was infinitely delayed, this highly anticipated documentary-style thriller has never before been officially released on home entertainment formats. Making its Blu-ray and DVD debut October 10th, 2017 from Scream Factory, The Poughkeepsie Tapes also includes new interviews with writer/director John Erick Dowdle, writer/producer Drew Dowdle and actress Stacy Chbosky, as well as the original theatrical trailer as bonus features. Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com

Throughout the 1990s, a serial killer terrorized upstate New York. After a decade-long crime spree conducted largely under the radar of law enforcement, the killer left behind the most disturbing collection of evidence homicide detectives had even seen – hundreds of homemade videotapes that chronicled the stalking, abduction, murder and disposal of his victims.

The Poughkeepsie Tapes examines these horrific tapes at length: what they reveal about the killer, why they were made and how FBI profilers have used them to better understand violent, psychopathic behavior. The Poughkeepsie Tapes combines interviews surrounding the devastating impact of the “Water Street Butcher,” with shocking footage from the tapes themselves.

Special Features:

  • NEW interviews with writer/director John Erick Dowdle, writer/producer Drew Dowdle and actress Stacy Chbosky
  • Theatrical Trailer

 

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Family Is Forever: A Review of Scream Factory’s ‘Jackals’

Family Is Forever: A Review of Scream Factory’s ‘Jackals’

The “home-invasion” sub-genre has become a mainstay in horror since the beginning. From the early days of When a Stranger Calls or Straw Dogs, to modern day classics like The Strangers or You’re Next, the concept of a person (or people) breaking into the place that you call home is an idea that will always be terrifying. If done right, of course. Too often are these films carbon copies of one another. So much so that I eventually found myself becoming bored with the genre. That being said, if there are more gems out there like Scream Factory’s Jackals then I will happily seek them out. So what happens when you BRING the threat to your home? Let’s find out as we delve into this latest Scream Factory Films release.

As Justin Powell (Ben Sullivan) and an unnamed friend are traveling down an open road they are stopped and held at gunpoint. Justin is hauled into a van by two men in ski masks and dragged to a secluded cabin in the words. As it turns out, the men that perform this “kidnapping” just so happen to be Justin’s father, Andrew (Johnathon Schaech), and a cult deprogrammer by the name of Jimmy Levine (Stephen Dorff). When they arrive at the cabin the rest of the boy’s family is their waiting to assist in freeing him from the brainwashing he’s undergone at the hands of a vicious cult. Of course these plans take a nosedive when the cult, known as the Jackals, arrive at the cabin. Insanity ensues as they will stop at nothing to retrieve Justin, and leave no witnesses behind.

I enjoyed this flick from the very beginning. It’s a unique take on a genre that’s been oversaturated in the past few years. The characters are instantly relatable as they go into “fight mode”, preparing weapons to defend one another, before eventually succumbing to “flight mode”.  Now, let’s start by talking cast. The small but engaging group of actors that came together to make this film really made it worth watching. Along with veterans Dorff, Schaech, and Deborah Kara Unger, you have new comers Nick Roux, Chelsea Ricketts, and, my personal standout, Ben Sullivan. Not too often do actors have the ability to perform devious acts and then make you feel bad for them. Sullivan has this ability. I was honestly having Devil’s Rejects flashbacks (IE the Firefly family torture scene). Stephen Dorff is always a stand out, even in less than stellar films (*cough* Alone in the Dark *cough*). Also, I’m a huge That Thing You Do! fan so seeing “Jimmy” pop up as a fatherly badass was a definite bonus.

The writing here, for the most part, is spectacular and, as cliché as it may sound, I was on the edge of my seat every moment. The tension built by Kevin Greutert’s directing is nerve racking and he had a fantastic script to work with. All of that being said, I do feel the ending left a lot to be desired. I couldn’t help but feel that the Greutert and writer, Jared Rivet, both had no clue how to end this film. A movie that felt really unique eventually went with the typical modern-day horror movie ending. I’m not going to give it away but you’ll know what I’m talking about once you see it; which you should see it! The ending was disappointing but it did not ruin the hour and twenty minutes I had spent engaged in this family’s story. You read that right, this film is a brisk 80 minutes not including credits; the perfect runtime for a film of this stature. Don’t worry, this runtime is welcome as there are very few breaks in tension and you’ll be searching for moments to breathe throughout.

These few breaks in tension though make for a fun thrill ride through terror. I can definitely recommend checking this film out when you have a chance. It’s a unique take on a classic home-invasion tale. I personally hope that the filmmakers follow up with a sequel of some sorts as I would love to learn more about the “Jackals” themselves. While I was a bit disappointed with the ending that doesn’t negate the fact that I had a hell of a good time with the film as a whole.

Jackals hits select theatres and VOD on September 1st, 2017.

About The Writer: 
Dylan Lyles Staff Writer
The Phenomenal Dylan Lyles is an obsessive fan of cinema, pro wrestling, horror, vinyl, and comic books. Bursting from the womb in 1992, Dylan’s surrounded himself with all things geek culture. Earliest memories include Wrestlemania 11, ‘The Death of Superman,’ and Jason popping out of the water. You may see him sharing his opinion on just about everything on the internet or maybe even working the MonsterMania Con on the east coast. You love him and he loves you!
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