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Pick of The Week: ‘Piranha 3D’ Takes A Bite Out Of Blu-ray & DVD!

Pick of The Week: ‘Piranha 3D’ Takes A Bite Out Of Blu-ray & DVD!

One of our favorite horror movies of 2010 is now available for you to relive again and again in the comfort of your own home!  What’s it about you ask? Jaws… lots and lots of jaws. That’s right ‘Piranha 3D’ is ready to take a bite out of Blu-ray and DVD!

The remake features an ensemble cast which includes Elisabeth Shue, Kelly Brook, Richard Dreyfuss, Jerry O’Connell, Christopher Lloyd, Ving Rhames, Dina Meyer, Ricardo Chavira, Paul Scheer, and Eli Roth. Check out the red band trailer for the flick below!

While your at it, check out our interviews with director Joe Dante, who directed the original cult hit ‘Piranha’, as well as adult film star Riley Steele who is one of the stars of the new film!

Synopsis: From acclaimed director Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes) comes the new action thriller PIRANHA 3D, in the latest eye-popping 3D technology. Every year the population of sleepy Lake Victoria explodes from 5,000 to 50,000 for Spring Break, a riot of sun and drunken fun. But this year, there’s something more to worry about than hangovers and complaints from local old timers; A new type of terror is about to be cut loose on Lake Victoria. After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area’s new razor-toothed residents. But our heroine (Elisabeth Shue) is seriously outnumbered, and with only one chance to save the lake and her family from totally being devoured, she must risk everything to destroy the aquatic carnivores herself.

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Retro Review: Joe Dante’s 1978 Cult Classic ‘Piranha’

Retro Review: Joe Dante’s 1978 Cult Classic ‘Piranha’

Fresh off the success of Steven Spielberg’s 1975 blockbuster ‘Jaws,’ many producers rushed low budget rip-offs to theaters in order to capitalize off the now famous ocean horror story.  It was this atmosphere that created some of film’s less than finer moments.  Audiences were pounded over the head with such fine cinema as ‘Mako: The Jaws of Death’ and, how can any of us forget, ‘Orca,’ the tale of a killer whale hell bent on revenging its deceased mate and unborn offspring.  It wasn’t until 1978 that audiences were given a film about killer fish that would carve its own niche and prove to have staying power.

‘Piranha’ began its journey to the big screen in the minds of Richard Robinson and John Sayle, but was ultimately brought to life by the legendary Roger Corman and then up and coming director Joe Dante.  That’s right, the guy who directed ‘The Howling’ and ‘Gremlins’ brought life to those pesky little piranhas that lead to so much onscreen carnage.  ‘Piranha’ represents the pinnacle of what exploitation and B cinema was all about in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s.  The movie is violent and gory at times, but also maintains a campy atmosphere and never takes itself too seriously.
The film begins with a clear homage to ‘Jaws,’ as two swimmers meet their untimely fates at the biting teeth of the titular killer fish.  Of course, this doesn’t take place in the ocean, that would be a blatant rip off.  These kids die in what seems to be a harmless pool inside a mountainside military installation.
We are then introduced to the characters of Maggie, who is searching for the missing kids, and Paul, the local town alcoholic.  Maggie ends up acquiring the reluctant help of Paul and the two eventually make their way to the upstream military installation.  Our two heroes find evidence that the missing teenagers had been there and Maggie ends up draining the pool in order to discover any remains.  Mid-way through the draining, Maggie and Paul are attacked by a crazy scientist.  The scientist, portrayed brilliantly by Kevin McCarthy, is dead set on stopping the draining of the pool and not “letting them out.”  Now you can probably guess what was let out and what is to ensue downstream, especially at a summer camp where Paul’s daughter is unfortunately located and at the grand opening of a water park.  In case you couldn’t guess, people die and they die viciously.
Thanks to the brilliant minds over at Shout! Factory, fans and newcomers to the world of ‘Piranha’ are treated to the best possible transfer of the film to date.  The image throughout the film is relatively crisp and every bit of gore and bloody goodness pops off the screen due to spectacular color.  It is important to note that this is a review of the DVD version and that the film is also available on Blu-Ray.  There is no doubt that the transfer of the film on Blu-Ray is phenomenal.  The film is presented in anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1), which is a huge improvement over the previous releases that were all full frame.  The audio specs are nowhere to be found on the packaging of the film and online, but the film sounds good considering the source material.
The special features and packaging of the disc are something special and Shout! Factory should be given credit for putting so much effort into a film that is relatively unknown to most modern audiences.  If we could only get special features like these on some of the newer films Hollywood is spitting out nowadays …  The packaging alone is worth the price.  It features a reversible cover, with two different versions of the old movie posters for the film.  There is also a small booklet inside with a note from Roger Corman.  The disc features a commentary track with director Joe Dante and producer Jon Davison.  It’s unfortunate that Corman isn’t featured on the track, but Joe Dante is entertaining and gives the viewer plenty of inside knowledge about the film.
Next up on the extras front is 10 minutes of behind the scenes footage, which consists of handheld video captured when cameras were not rolling on set.  The pot of gold at the end of ‘Piranha’s’ special features rainbow is a new “Making of Piranha” featurette, featuring mostly interviews with members of the cast and their memories of being a part of the film.  The viewer is treated to interviews with Roger Corman, Joe Dante, Dick Miller, Belinda Balaski, as well as others.  Rounding out the special features are a blooper reel, the original trailer for the film that features commentary by producer Jon Davison, stills galleries, additional scenes from the TV version, and radio/television spots.
This presentation of ‘Piranha’ is as good as you are going to get.  Shout! Factory has really outdone themselves this time.  If you are a fan of B-Movies and blood, this is your film.  While it may not be in 3D, ultra gory, or have loads of half naked female co-eds, it is definitely worth picking up.  Shout! Factory’s reissue of Joe Dante’s ‘Piranha’ earns a 7 out of 10.
Score: 7 out of 10

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The Cinema of Cool: Legendary Director Joe Dante Speaks!

The Cinema of Cool: Legendary Director Joe Dante Speaks!

What comes to mind when you hear the name Joe Dante? Does the ‘Jaws’ inspired ‘Piranha’ come to mind? How about ‘The Howling’ or ‘Gremlins’? Still not enough? Maybe you are more fanatical about ‘Innerspace’ or ‘The ‘Burbs’. That’s right, Joe Dante is responsible for directing some of the most memorable movies of the late ‘70s and ‘80s. While Dante is truly something special in the realm of cinema and has retained steady work since those glory days, he somehow managed to disappear off the industry’s radar for the past couple years. Well here’s the news you Joe Dante maniacs have been waiting for! The master of horror is back with a vengeance! The legendary director has been thrust onto the scene with a new DVD reissue of ‘Piranha’ and its big budget remake due to hit theaters on August 20th. While his past works and influence on modern cinema speak for themselves, the director also has a new trick up his sleeve. Dante is on the verge of unleashing a brand new tale of terror upon the masses this fall in 3D. Steve Johnson of Icon vs. Icon recently caught up with the director to discuss his influences, his memorable films, Shout! Factory’s upcoming DVD reissue of ‘Piranha’, Hollywood’s trend of remaking classic films, and his upcoming movie ‘The Hole 3D’.

First off, I want to give our readers a little background. When did you realize you wanted to pursue a career in the entertainment industry?

Well I don’t think it really ever dawned on me until after I made my first movie. When I was a kid I wanted to be a cartoonist. I spent most of my time at Saturday matinees. I ended up getting a job at a film magazine reviewing movies. Then I came out here to make trailers and I got a chance to direct a movie. It all sort of happened to me. When I look back on it, it’s the only career I ever could have had.

Who were your influences, be it other directors or otherwise?

Almost every movie I ever saw influenced me. I discovered later when I looked back at some of the movies that I had made, how many things I had stolen from other pictures that I wasn’t even aware of at the time. I had all of these images floating around in my head and they just would come out while I was working.

You are a director, writer, editor, and producer. Is there one aspect of film making that you prefer over the others?

I started as an editor. I still think that’s where the power is. You can ruin a movie or you can make a movie in the editing room. Obviously, you have to have the footage for it. If I hadn’t been an editor first, I don’t think I ever would have been able to direct my first couple of pictures as successfully as I did because I was aware of what I needed and what I didn’t need.

You’ve done work on motion pictures and television series. Which format do you prefer?

Well I think that for watching movies, the theatrical experience is unique. There’s nothing like it. As far as the content goes, with the advent of big screens at home and new sound systems, the difference between making movies for theaters and making movies for television has really diminished quite a bit. In the old days they used to say, “If you do a TV movie it has got to have a lot of closeups because the screens are small.” Now, of course, that isn’t true. I don’t think most people change their style one way or the other depending on which medium they are working in.

You are responsible for some of the most memorable films of the ‘80s (‘The Howling’, ‘Gremlins’, ‘Explorers’, ‘The ‘Burbs’, etc. …). Is there one of those films that sticks out as your favorite or that you have really fond memories of?

As far as fond memories of … I really enjoyed making ‘Innerspace’ because the cast was so much fun. It was fun to go to work every day. Some of the other movies were a little more difficult for various reasons. As far as on the set, I had the most fun on ‘Innerspace’, ‘Gremlins 2’, and ‘The ‘Burbs’.

Did you ever imagine that those films would become so popular and affect people the way they have?

No, you never think that. I’m here at the Shout! Factory booth doing a promo for the new DVD reissue of ‘Piranha’, which is my second movie. If you had told me in 1978 that anybody would be buying a Blu-Ray of what I was doing then I wouldn’t have believed it. When you are making the movies you don’t think about posterity, you just think about getting it done.

'Piranha' Is Now Available From Shout! Factory

Speaking of Shout! Factory’s reissue of ‘Piranha’. They are due to release the film on DVD and Blu-Ray on August 3rd. Looking back on it, do you have any fond memories of working on the film and would you have done anything different with it if you were given a chance?

I probably would have done everything differently if I had a chance! [laughs] The whole idea with that one was that it was an assignment picture. It was a movie that was available to do and Roger offered it to me. I thought it was a terrible idea for a movie, five years after ‘Jaws’ doing a low budget rip off. By the time we were done with it, I think we had obviously managed to change it into something that was a little more substantial. For some reason it’s managed to stay in the public consciousness.

What was it like working alongside Roger Corman on ‘Piranha’?

Roger initiated the project and worked with me on the script and on the cutting. We made the movie in Texas, so he wasn’t around. It was basically, as with all Corman films, beat the clock. You basically have to try to get as much footage in the can as possibly between sunlight and sunset. It means taking a lot of shortcuts and cutting a lot of corners. Usually the projects were very ambitious for the time and money that was being invested in them. You eventually wanted to make the best possible ‘Piranha’, ‘Women in Cages’, or ‘Teachers’ movies that you could make out of the material. [laughs]

Did Shout! Factory consult you when it came time to put the DVD together? If so, what input did you have?

They did. There had been a previous DVD and they wanted to know if I had anymore material. I actually managed to come up with some footage that I had cut out that was reinserted for network TV broadcast. When it was broadcast on NBC they cut out all of the piranhas. [laughs] They had to have something to fill up the space. Of course they did a Blu-Ray, which is a new transfer. It’s in the proper ratio and it looks as good as that movie could ever look.

Remaking films is the current rage in Hollywood right now. As a the director of a film that has been remade (‘Piranha’), what are your feelings on the trend?

As a guy who made his splash by making a ripoff of ‘Jaws’, I’m really not in the position to criticize anybody for remaking anything. Many of the movies that we think of as classics were remakes. ‘The Maltese Falcon’ was a remake. ‘The Wizard of Oz’ was a remake. There’s nothing wrong with remakes. If they improve on the original and are intelligent, I think they can be great. ‘Heaven Can Wait’ is a great remake of ‘Here Comes Mr. Jordan’. They are both good movies. I think it’s fine. I think the problem currently in Hollywood is that they’re remaking them only because the titles already exist and they have proven themselves. In this particular economic climate everybody is afraid to do new things, which is why I’m pleased to see that ‘Inception’ has been doing so well. It disproves the bromide that the studios can’t make money by doing new projects.

Do you intend on seeing the remake of ‘Piranha’ when it hits theaters?

Oh sure! Yeah! I was supposed to be in it, but I unfortunately couldn’t do it.

'The Howling' - When Werewolves Were Werewolves

You are responsible for one of the scariest werewolf movies (‘The Howling’) to ever hit the silver screen and are often looked upon as a master of horror. Have you always been a fan of horror films and what are your thoughts on being referred to as a master of horror?

I suppose it’s flattering, particularly the company that I am in. When I did that cable series a couple of years ago, we had some pretty good people there. It’s a little limiting in the sense that sometimes people don’t think of you for anything else. “Why would we want to give him a love story? He does horror pictures!” That’s a little limiting. It’s a genre that used to be considered junk and now it’s become the backbone of the industry, so I guess it’s OK.

Although you have directed films outside of the horror genre, you have become closely associated with the realm of horror. Do you see yourself continuing to work in the horror genre or do you want to pursue interests outside of the genre?

I think over the years I have not pursued as many things outside of the genre as I would have liked to because I’m much more bankable doing horror films. The trick with horror pictures is trying to find something new and interesting to do that hasn’t been done a hundred times. I get a lot of horror scripts and generally most of them aren’t so hot. They’re kind of all retreads of things or they’re just violence for violence sake. I think those kind of movies are going to age fast. I did do a picture last year called ‘The Hole in 3D’, which is a horror film. It’s more of a retro horror film, like the kind of things we were making in the ‘80s.

What can you tell us about ‘The Hole’ and were there any challenges to shooting the film in 3D?

I love 3D. I’m old enough to have seen it when it was new in the ‘50s. I think that when properly used, it’s a great storytelling tool. It’s a family style horror picture about a dysfunctional family. A mom and two kids move from the big city to kind of a boring podunk town. We don’t know exactly why they moved, but there seems to be some sinister reason. The kids discover a door in the floor that has locks on it. When they take off the locks, which you’re not supposed to do in these pictures, something comes out and it’s obviously not good. As a movie, it was a lot of fun to make because I really enjoy doing 3D. We won an award at The Venice Film Festival for best 3D film last year. It’s been playing in a couple places in Europe and I guess it is coming out here this fall.

Joe Dante's 'The Hole'

Is there any specific release date?

No. I finished it a while ago and I haven’t been talking to those guys. I just know vaguely that it’s supposed to come out at the end of the year.

The film has obviously made the rounds on the festival circuit. How has it been received?

Quite well! Surprisingly well! It did well in Toronto. They loved it in Venice. It opened quite well in Italy and it’s playing in Russia.

Do you have any other film projects that we should be on the look out for?

Not that’s going to be imminently out. I’ve got things that I am working on. Things I’m trying to get funded, which is a whole other story that you don’t want to hear about. Basically I try to keep busy with my website.

What do you consider the defining moment of your career so far?

The defining moment of my career came while I was making ‘The Twilight Zone’ movie. It was at Warner Brothers. I had never worked at a big studio. I was on an elevated set and we were looking down at the rest of the stage. A grip pointed to the corner and said, “You see that corner! Errol Flynn pissed in that corner!” I remember thinking, “You know! I have arrived!” [laughs]

That’s a good story! [laughs] What is the biggest misconception about yourself?

About me? Hmmm … That’s a stumper! I don’t know! [laughs]

What is the best piece of advice someone has given you along the way in your career?

Roger Corman once told me to sit down a lot. That was really good advice, except on his pictures there were no chairs. [laughs]

That being said, do you have any advice for someone who would like to pursue a career in the entertainment industry?

They have my sympathy because it’s much harder now than it was when I started. I would say this … If they’re directing, they should edit their own material so they know what mistakes they made and that they won’t make again.

Joe Dante

Is there anything else you want to add or let your fans know before we let you go?

Can I plug my website?

Absolutely! Plug away!

Do you know about it?

No. I’m not familiar. What can you tell us about it?

Well, this is an important day in your life. It’s www.trailersfromhell.com. It’s a site where we have almost 500 trailers, all narrated by contemporary filmmakers. They talk about what the movie meant to them, where they saw it, how they stole from it, whether they liked it or not. It’s everything from ‘Attack of the 50 Foot Woman’ to ‘Spartacus.’ The commentators include everybody from John Landis and Guillermo del Toro, to Eli Roth, Edgar Wright, me, and a lot of other people. It was basically created because I was concerned that the movies that I grew up with from the ‘40s, ‘50s, ‘60s, and even the ‘70s were getting kind of unknown. Kids today, in this world where we have so many things available, don’t know about these things and don’t know about these filmmakers. I was just basically trying to get it back into the public eye. It’s been working quite well.

Awesome! I’m going to check that out as soon as I get off the phone with you!

Cool! You’ll find Roger Corman talking about ‘Tales of Terror’!

The World Needs More 'Gremlins'

Real quick, what’s the status of ‘Gremlins 3’?

There were so many rumors I actually asked Warner Brothers last month if there was anything going on and they said no.

I’m sure you get that question 3,000 times a day.

[laughs]

Thanks for your time Joe. We wish you all the best. We’ll be on the lookout for ‘The Hole 3D’.

Thank you!

To get the latest on Joe Dante, be sure to visit his website, www.trailersfromhell.com. To see more on his upcoming flick ‘The Hole’, swing by the official website at www.theholein3d.com.


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New Theatrical Poster For Alexandre Aja’s ‘Piranha 3D’ Surfaces

New Theatrical Poster For Alexandre Aja’s ‘Piranha 3D’ Surfaces

A new theatrical one sheet for Alexandre Aja’s Piranha 3D has surfaced! The highly anticipated remake features an ensemble cast which includes Elisabeth Shue, Kelly Brook, Richard Dreyfuss, Jerry O’Connell, Christopher Lloyd, Ving Rhames, Dina Meyer, Ricardo Chavira, Paul Scheer, and Eli Roth.

Piranha 3D is slated to hit theaters nationwide on August 27th.

Synopsis: Jaws… lots and lots of jaws. From acclaimed director Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes) comes the new action thriller PIRANHA 3D, in the latest eye-popping 3D technology. A new type of terror is about to be cut loose on beautiful Lake Victoria. After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area’s new razor-toothed residents. But our heroine (Elisabeth Shue) is seriously outnumbered, and with only one chance to save the lake and her family from totally being devoured, she must risk everything to destroy the aquatic carnivores herself.”

Be sure to check out Icon Vs. Icon‘s exclusive interview with adult film star and star of Piranha 3D, Riley Steele at this location >

Synopsis: Jaws… lots and lots of jaws. From acclaimed director Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes) comes the new action thriller PIRANHA 3D, in the latest eye-popping 3D technology. A new type of terror is about to be cut loose on beautiful Lake Victoria. After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area’s new razor-toothed residents. But our heroine (Elisabeth Shue) is seriously outnumbered, and with only one chance to save the lake and her family from totally being devoured, she must risk everything to destroy the aquatic carnivores herself.”

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Official Trailer For Alexandre Aja’s “Piranha 3D’ Unleashed!

Official Trailer For Alexandre Aja’s “Piranha 3D’ Unleashed!

The full official trailer for Alexandre Aja’s remake of the Roger Corman classic Piranha in 3D has made it’s debut via Yahoo Movies. Check it out below and weigh in with your thoughts on the film! Check out the trailer below and be sure to weigh in with your thoughts!

Piranha 3D is slated to hit theaters nationwide on August 27th.

Synopsis: Jaws… lots and lots of jaws. From acclaimed director Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes) comes the new action thriller PIRANHA 3D, in the latest eye-popping 3D technology. A new type of terror is about to be cut loose on beautiful Lake Victoria. After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area’s new razor-toothed residents. But our heroine (Elisabeth Shue) is seriously outnumbered, and with only one chance to save the lake and her family from totally being devoured, she must risk everything to destroy the aquatic carnivores herself.”

Be sure to check out Icon Vs. Icon‘s exclusive interview with adult film star and star of Piranha 3D, Riley Steele at this location >

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Riley Steele Talks ‘Piranha 3D’ And Breaking Through To Mainstream Films

Riley Steele Talks ‘Piranha 3D’ And Breaking Through To Mainstream Films

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With a supporting role in Alexandre Aja’s Piranha remake, Digital Playground contract star Riley Steele is about to explode onto the silver screen. At the age of 21, Riley has already become a huge success in the adult film industry. This success can largely be credited to her stunning looks, great personality, and roles in several popular adult films, including the amazing Pirates 2: Stagnetti’s Revenge.  While she enjoys her career in the adult film industry, Riley has set her sights on mainstream success and appears to be well on her way towards meeting that goal. Riley recently sat down with Icon vs. Icon‘s Steve Johnson to discuss her career as an adult film star, her upcoming role in the remake of Joe Dante’s Piranha, and what the future holds for this rising star. Guys…stay focused!  I give you, Riley Steele.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Escondido, CA in San Diego County.

How did you get involved in the adult film industry?

I had always loved porn. I was a very sexual girl growing up. I met Jesse Jane at the first Pirates signing down here in San Diego. She told me I should get into the industry if I wanted to. She gave me a business card, I waited a few years, and I sent them some pictures when I was about twenty when I decided I was finally ready for it. Then they signed me.

Is your family supportive of your decision to become involved in the adult film industry?

They were quite upset at first, but then Samantha, the owner of Digital Playground and Adella, my manager, talked to my dad and told him that I am safe with them. That I am not running around in the streets somewhere or anything. That I am with a good company who takes care of me and really does care about my best interests. Especially since I have gotten the mainstream role, they’re supportive of me now.

It’s been so much more. I’ve been able to travel the world. I’ve been able to go places and do things that most people only get to dream about. Digital Playground has allowed me to really make a lot of my dreams come true.

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Image of Riley Steele™ Courtesy of DigitalPlayground.com

How did your signing of an exclusive contract with Digital Playground come about?

Pretty much when I met Jesse Jane down there and she gave me a business card. It kinda helped me get a foot in the door.

What are the advantages that come from working from a company like Digital Playground?

Being with Digital, I have a lot more advantages than most girls in the industry do. They allow us to have so many mainstream opportunities, so many modeling opportunities, music videos. They really take care of us and look out for us and stand behind us. We have a good strong company keeping us up here.

Many people became familiar with you from Pirates 2: Stagnetti’s Revenge, what can you tell us about your experience making what is one of the biggest adult films ever made?

It was amazing. Every one was so professional. Everyone was so great, so nice on set. They were there for about a month I believe, shooting it. I was only there for a couple of days actually for a photo shoot and during the day of my scene. It was great though. It was a great experience. It was a great way to come into the industry. You know a lot of people have such horror stories. I really got in with the right company at the right time.

You are relatively new to the adult industry, but are definitely on the rise. What have been the personal highlights for you since getting involved with the industry?

Everything since Pirates 2 has come out has just been amazing for me. I have been to Berlin. I have gone to Australia. I have been traveling the US just for promoting it. Everything from Pirates 2 has just been above and beyond anything I could have asked for.

What is the major difference between your on-screen persona and Riley in real life?

I don’t think there are any differences. I’m just me all of the time. Sometimes I feel like I am a lot more sexual than I am in my personal life and I need just to act it out and play out my fantasies on screen. You can pretend and I can do whatever I want sexually and feel empowered by it.

Are there any adult performers that you look up to or admire?

Of course. I look up to Jesse Jane. She helps me so much with my career. She’s always giving me tips, giving me pointers. If I ever have questions, I can always go to her and she helps me out with them. She is great.

If there is one thing that you would like people to know about Riley Steele, what would that be?

I love to have fun. I love to go out all of the time. Live your life and not have any regrets.

Do you think people have any major misconceptions about you? If so what?

I am shooting the movie Piranha right now and I was kind of worried that they wouldn’t be as accepting of me because I am a porn star, but they have been so great. They have been so interested and they ask me so many questions about it. I was kind of worried that they might be more stand off-ish, but people are just more interested by it. It’s much more accepted now.

Physical beauty plays important role in the adult industry, how do you keep in shape?

I love working out. I’m lucky that I am the type of person who loves to work out. I love to dance on my stripper pole too. That’s the best cardio workout ever. You cannot get me to run on a treadmill or anything, so I just use my stripper pole as my cardio.

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Image of Riley Steele™ Courtesy of DigitalPlayground.com

Do you have any ambition to get behind the camera and direct someday?

Definitely. Directing, producing, directing photo shoots I think would be a lot of fun. I really want to start dancing. I really cannot wait to start feature dancing.

You are about to make the jump from the adult industry to mainstream film. Is this something that you had originally planned on doing?

I did, but not so early on in my career. I didn’t think something like this would happen so fast for me, but it’s great. I love doing mainstream movies. I have been in Havasu for three weeks now. It sucks because you’re far away from home, but it’s really fun because you get to know the people that you’re with and it’s kind of like a little family. It’s an escape from your life at home.

How did your involvement with Piranha 3-D come about?

My manager put me out on this audition for the movie. I totally thought I blew it. I didn’t think I would ever hear back from them and then they called me back for a second audition in front of Alexandre Aja the director. I was so nervous I thought I blew that one again, but then I ended up getting it.

What can you tell us about your character in the film?

I’m playing a girl named Crystal. She is a wild, wild girl. She’s just this fun loving stripper out to have a good time. She loves to party. She loves to get crazy and be a wild, wild girl. She is best friends with Kelly Brook’s character Danni.

Did you do any preparation for your role in Piranha 3-D?

We have been doing so much swim training. It’s been crazy. We are doing this whole underwater scene with these flippers on and we have to sort of make it look sexy. It’s harder than it looks. So I have been doing swim training every day since I have been in Havasu.

The film has quite a star-studded cast. Who have you gotten a chance to work with?

I’m mostly working with Jerry O’Connell, Jessica Szohr from Gossip Girl, Kelly Brook, and Steven R. McQueen [grandson of the legendary Steve McQueen].

Jerry O’Connell is a Howard Stern superfan. Would you appear on The Howard Stern Show if given a chance?

I’d love to! I used to see it on E! when I was growing up and I would watch it every night. I’ve always wanted to go on Howard Stern!

What has been the biggest challenge that you have faced while filming Piranha 3-D?

I think the challenge is still yet to come. I think it is going to be the underwater scene that were are going to shoot. I think that is going to be pretty difficult, but I think they’ll pull it off. I’ve been doing a lot of practicing. I am really nervous about it.

Renowned horror director Alexandre Aja is directing the film. What is it like taking direction from him?

He is great. He is so amazing to work with. He is very polite and very quiet. Jerry O’Connell improvises so much and he throws little things into it. He adds so much to the character and Alexandre just lets him go. He lets him do anything and it’s just making the movie so much greater. I cannot wait to see it. They are editing it and they say it is coming along really well. It’s making me really excited.

Have you had a chance to catch any of Alexandre Aja’s earlier works?

We watched Mirrors and The Hills Have Eyes. I am dying to see High Tension though. I heard it is really good.

Will this film be as blood-soaked as his previous films?

The day before we left, that’s when I saw all of the dead bodies. They are pretty gruesome looking.

You are working with several high profile actors and actresses in the film. What has that experience been like for you?

It’s been a great experience. We all go out to dinner almost every night together. We’ve been going out karaokeing. I won’t karaoke though because I cannot sing. Everyone is going to the movies. It’s great. It’s a great group, it really is.

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Any interesting stories from the set?

I think you are just going to have to watch the behind the scenes on it because every day it’s a good story. There’s paparazzi out there too, like crazy. I have never seen that before, so it’s really weird to me.

Have you had any acting classes in the past or did you take any prior to getting cast in Piranha 3-D?

I haven’t taken any. I took about two when I was sixteen, but I didn’t really take any to prepare for this role because this role is pretty much very similar to me personally. I have been learning a lot from Jerry. He’s been teaching me a lot. He’s a great actor, he really is. I’m going to start taking some because it is something I am having a lot of fun with.

Are you a fan of horror films?

I am. I have to have somebody to watch them with though because I am the kind of person that scares very easily. I do enjoy getting scared from a movie.

Were you familiar with the original film before signing onto the remake?

No. I have not seen the first one. I saw the trailer for it on You Tube. It just looked really funny.

Since you are new to mainstream acting, did any of your co-stars have advice for you?

No, everyone is just kind of out there hanging out, having fun. I’m just kind of picking it up as I am watching how they act, or how they process or prepare for the day, or the way that they run lines with each other. I’m learning a lot just by watching them.

Did they have any questions for you regarding you career in the adult industry?

They were just interested about the company. Of course everyone knows about Pirates. Everyone wants to know what that was like to work on. What kind of cameras we use to shoot on. All that kind of stuff. Pretty much everything. I don’t know if anyone really knew too much about the industry. In Havasu we are out there for like 14 hours a day and that’s about one scene just to shoot. With porn, we shoot a whole movie in two days. It’s very different, it a very different world.

Is there a particular type of role you might want to try you hand at in future mainstream films?

I am interested in all genres. I am interested in the more serious roles. I love action films. Of course playing the ditzy stripper blonde is easy or whatever, but there are more things I would love to challenge myself with.

Piranha 3-D is a remake of the 1978 film, Piranha. What are your feelings on the latest trend in Hollywood of remaking films?

I think it’s great. The technology is so much greater now. Now you can really bring so many classic movies to life. You can recreate those movies and make them even better.

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Are you able to reach and met your fans by going to conventions or adult expos?

Oh yeah! We have FAME Awards coming up next Saturday. There are adult conventions in Vegas, L.A. We have EroticaLA. They have EXXXOTICA in Miami. I love going out and meeting the fans and signing autographs. I love it all.

Any strange encounters or notable interaction with fans or other performers?

Not at all. The fans have been great. They’ll print out pictures of you and they’ll have me sign them. They’re just so happy to see you. It’s so cute. Sometimes they get all shaky and you’re like, “Don’t be nervous.” I love meeting fans.

Do you have any advice for anyone looking to get into the adult film industry or mainstream films?

Getting into adult, just be careful. Know the company that you are working for and make sure it’s something you really want to do. Just be with the right company and take care of yourself and make sure you’re always safe. As for mainstream, I don’t know because I am trying to get into it too.

You are definitely starting to make an impact in 2009. What can fans expect from you in the near future?

Other than my Digital movies and Piranha, my schedule is sort of wide open. I have nothing else really going on.

Any last words?

Check out my myspace, www.myspace.com/rileysteeledpgirl for all of the latest info and go see Piranha 3-D.

Thanks and best of luck!

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Adult Film Star Riley Steele Scores A Lead Role In ‘Piranha 3-D’

Adult Film Star Riley Steele Scores A Lead Role In ‘Piranha 3-D’

riley-steeleAnother quick update on the casting for Alex Aja’s Piranha 3-D. It appears that adult film star Riley Steele will be tackling the role of “Crystal”, which is said to be one of the films leads. Steele is currently a contract girl for The Digital Playground and debuted in the big-budget porn epic “Pirates II: Stagnetti’s Revenge.” She has also gone on to star in a handful of new releases from the studio including “Riley Steele: Perfect Pet” and “Riley Steele: Chic.”

“[Riley’s] natural beauty will light up the screen as she frolics with the hordes of spring break partygoers in our very contemporary, scary 3-D movie,” producer Mark Canton said.
 
“I am extremely proud of Riley Steele and her significant role in ‘Piranha 3-D,’” Digital Playground CEO Samantha Lewis said. “This is an amazing opportunity for Riley as the 94-page script was written to capitalize on her powerful sex appeal and has her appearing in a large number of scenes. I have every confidence in Riley’s ability to instill all of her beauty and charisma to the film through her spectacular screen presence.”
 
“I thought getting an audition for ‘Piranha 3-D’ was one of the highlights of my life, but when I was offered the part, I almost died,” Steele said. “I’m going to be around all these amazing actors, so I really want to keep up and learn from them.”

The film already has an impressive lineup that features Elisabeth Shue, Ving Rhames, Dina Meyer, Adam Scott, Jessica, Szohr, Jerry O’Connell and a very special appearances by Richard Dreyfuss and Joe Dante.

Piranha 3-D will be directed by Alexandre Aja and is currently filming in Arizona and is scheduled for a March 19, 2010 release date.

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