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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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Adult Film Star Jesse Jane Discusses Her Meteoric Rise To Superstardom!

Adult Film Star Jesse Jane Discusses Her Meteoric Rise To Superstardom!

Jesse Jane is just your typical all-American blonde, green-eyed girl that hails from Fort Worth, Texas. This bubbly blonde with an infectious personality is not only a certified personal trainer but she has also graced the covers of such magazines as FHM, Maxim, and Arena, just to name a few. In addition to her print work, this multi-faceted starlet has even tackled roles in film, television and music videos. She is just like you or me — except for the fact that she has skyrocketed to dizzying heights of fame through her career in the adult film industry! Steve Johnson of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Jesse Jane to give you an exclusive look inside the world of one of adult entertainment’s brightest stars through her eyes. In the interview, they discuss Jesse’s past, making a name for herself in the adult film industry, carving her own niche with mainstream projects such as ‘Entourage’ and ‘Middle Men’ and what the future might hold for her!

First off I want to give our readers a little background on you. Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like?

I was born in Fort Worth, Texas, but I moved around a lot. My dad was in the Air Force, so I was a military brat. I had a really good childhood. I moved every two to three years, so it really helped me develop the ability to meet friends and not be shy. Every two years I had to move, so if I ever wanted friends when I lived there, I kind of had to be open and stuff.

How and why did you get involved in the adult film industry?

I am a very sexual person and I even waited. I didn’t get into the business until I was 22, just to make sure it was something I definitely wanted to do. I am very sexual and I have so much fun. I did Hooters. I did bikini modeling. Little by little, on each job, a little more came off. I just skipped the dancing and went straight into adult, which I love. I work for Digital Playground. I shoot five to six movies a year. I don’t get shot out and it’s fun. I get to do real life act out role play. I travel the world. It’s so much fun.

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

Well … [laughs] They’re cool with it. The initial reaction was that they were upset. My dad’s in the military, so half the guys watch porn. He didn’t necessarily want anybody looking at his daughter. My mom was upset, but they are completely supportive of my career now. They know I handle it as a career. I’m not all crazy and drugged out. I treat it like a business.

You mentioned Digital Playground. How did your signing of an exclusive contract with them come about?

I wouldn’t go in without a contract. I was new and literally never did anything in porn. Not even pictures or been on any websites. They wanted me exclusive anyway, so nobody could. I kind of lucked out in that way. I was the new girl and they were like, “OK.” I wouldn’t do it without a contract and I’m not going to shoot movies every day. I didn’t want to shoot with people that I don’t want to work with. They wanted me exclusive. I wasn’t coming in without my deal. So really I kind of lucked out. I came in at the right time.

Are there any advantages to working with a company like Digital Playground?

It’s good because you have a whole team behind you, supporting you, and marketing you. You’re not having to push yourself. You have to push yourself on your site, and on your twitter, and stuff like that, but you have someone paying to market you and get you worldwide. You have somebody who is backing you and supporting you. They are the ones who got me out there. If you didn’t start like that …

You have had quite the career in the adult entertainment industry. Are there any films that you are glad to have been a part of and why? (‘Pirates’, ‘Pirates II’, etc…)

‘Pirates’ and ‘Pirates II’ were amazing to be a part of. ‘Pirates’ was the first movie to kind of put adult on the map. We were the first movie that got cut to a Rated R version as well and rented in Blockbuster. It was such a big part of adult history. It was insane. It really put us on the map. Anybody who saw us in that movie was just like, “Hey! Wait! You did ‘Pirates’!”

Speaking of ‘Pirates II’. What can you tell us about your experience making one of the biggest adult films ever made?

It was really long. I had to get an apartment in L.A. It was a little over a month of shooting. I think I had something like three days off. I worked like 17 hour days and sometimes longer. It was a really hard movie because we did it all on a green screen. The first time we had the actual boat from the ‘Pirates’ movies. They didn’t think it would be that big and it was, so they cut ship because it was a Walt Disney thing. So we had to do it on this huge boat, with all of this video and all in green screen. It was more difficult to shoot. I was glad when it was done. I felt like I was a pirate for real. [laughs] It was a lot of hard work, but it was absolutely worth it in the end.

Do you have any personal highlights from your career in the adult industry?

I’ve gotten to do ‘Entourage’, which is a pretty big thing for me. That is one of the shows I watch. I thought they were kidding when they asked. That was really, really cool. I have a couple of mainstream movies coming out this year, which is totally different from what I’ve done. ‘Middle Men’, which is coming out in theaters like next week I think, and a few other movies. I have a few things. This has been great. The whole ‘Pirates’ thing. Hell … I don’t even know. So much has happened to me lately. [laughs]

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

Jesse Jane

Oh my god, I love Angelina Jolie. She is so open and doesn’t care what people think about her. She doesn’t care. She’s very open about her sexuality and being crazy, which is something I like. So I look up to her. I don’t hide anything. I am who I am and I don’t care who judges me. That’s why I like her. I pretty much have the same attitude as her. If you don’t like what I do, fuck off! I don’t care! [laughs]

Are there any differences between your on-screen persona and Jesse in real life?

I’m just a big dork. I will do anything to make anybody laugh. I am exactly the same as I am on film. Sometimes I am a little crazier personally. I’m really the same person. I don’t change. I’m outgoing and I like to have fun. I like to make people laugh. I don’t care if I’m making funny faces and acting like a dork. I like sports. I’m really just the same person. I don’t act differently on film unless I am playing a character. Essentially I am the same. I really think I am a little crazier in my personal life! [laughs]

People often look down on the adult industry because they consider it morally wrong. What do you have to say to those people?

Everybody is entitled to their opinion. It’s a permanent part of entertainment. At least I’m not sitting here like 90 percent of the people having sex with random strangers and one night stands in bars. They don’t know anything about them. At least we’re clean. We get tested. We’re having safe sex. It’s clean. You can’t change every ones opinion.

If there is one thing you would like people to know about yourself, what would it be?

I am actually a certified personal trainer.

Oh really? Cool!

Yeah! I have my ISAA certification and everything.

What do you believe is the biggest misconception about yourself?

That people think I am a bitch. I am furthest from it. That’s like the first thing out of people’s mouths. They’re like, “Oh my god! I though you would be a bitch!” I’m like, “Why?” I’m really into sports.

I see you tweet a lot about that.

I’m like a dude!

Hey. Nothing wrong with that. You’re latest adult film is called ‘Playful’. Where do you think this film stacks up to your previous work?

Jesse Jane

It’s one of the smaller ones. It’s one of those playful ones that you put out every couple of months. It’s more like a vignette in the cutesy, playful style. It’s not like a big feature. We call them vignettes. You have to do so many a year. You can only do a couple big movies a year. I have a huge movie coming out that’s a feature next week or the week after that. It’s called ‘Body Heat’. We play firefighters. That’s going to be a huge one, on the ‘Pirates’ level. We shot it in an old fire house. We use actual uniforms. It’s very detailed. So that’s a big movie that comes out this month. We’re shooting another big one that none of us know what it is next month. We had to block off a couple of weeks. I wish I knew what it was so I could tell you about it. We do a couple a year. There’s a couple big ones a year that they get all of us Digital Playground contract girls together to do. I do the craziest scene in ‘Body Heat’ by the way. It’s all the DP girls on a fire truck. I hang upside down while I’m having sex with two of them. I’m completely balancing myself. It’s going to be the best scene ever. [laughs] It’s going to be insane. I saw all of the artwork recently. We’re finalizing it. The box cover alone will make you go, “Oh! I want this movie!” [laughs] You’ll look at the box and go, “Oh yeah! I want that!” Plus we have the hottest girls in Digital Playground.

How has the advent of high definition affected the adult industry?

Everybody was scared about having porn shot in HD. I thought it was brilliant. Sometimes when you meet people in person you get disappointed because they don’t look like their pictures. It’s kind of like one of those things. A lot of folks didn’t take care of their bodies because the way lighting and stuff was, they could change it to make you look thinner. So no matter what, it made all of these folks look perfect all the time, which is not a good thing. Everybody has flaws. I like it because, one, it shows all of the girls who do watch porn that we are real too. Plus it made the girls that are actually performing in the business actually take care of themselves and workout. In HD you can’t hide anything. There’s no fine lighting or something that will all of a sudden make you look skinnier. So you actually do have to take care of yourself. I honestly think it was a better thing to do, plus the picture is great.

What do you think will be the next big thing in the adult entertainment industry, be it technology or a performer? 3D is becoming a huge deal.

3D! It’s 3D right now! [laughs] We’re going to shoot ‘Pirates 3’ and it’s going to be called ‘Pirates 3D’! 3D is the big thing right now. There are going to be a lot of companies putting out movies like that.

Do you have any aspirations to direct?

I did. The thing is, I was going to. I was all set and ready to go do my own thing and, quite honestly, I did this huge thing on CNBC about it. The Internet is killing the porn business. Porn has never suffered. It’s a multi-billion dollar industry and you really make the money if you make your own movies, but, with the Internet, the DVD sales have gone down. With the Internet, why buy porn when you can watch it for free? Plus the piracy issue. Piracy is becoming bigger. It completely threw me off. I’m not going to put my own time and money into something to have somebody steal it. I went off on them. I had some crazy movies lined up and set up. I do the business shows as well as the conventions. They always have me do the business conventions. I know way too much about what went on and it just completely threw me off on it.

You have won several awards during your career in the adult entertainment industry. What were those experiences like and what do those awards mean to you?

It was great. It’s really cool to be recognized and win an award. The funny thing is, is that some girls live on that. I’m sorry, the awards really don’t do anything for you. [laughs] You make yourself. I think it’s great, don’t get me wrong. It’s really cool and it’s awesome, but it’s not like it’s going to change your career. A lot of girls, literally when they win, cry and thank their mom for their award for anal sex and stuff. I’m just looking at them going, “Are you serious? Are you listening to yourself?” [laughs]

I never thought of that! That’s funny! I never thought that thanking your mother for doing that was … That’s funny!

And they do! They get up there for group scenes and they go, “I want to thank you for da, da, da, da … [mimics crying] It took a while to get my ass like this for the gang bang” They’re literally crying and I’m just like, “WOW!” [laughs] You’ve got some issues! [laughs]

God that’s funny! [laughs] You mentioned your mainstream acting. You’ve done films, television shows, and music videos. Is that something you would like to continue to pursue?

I definitely want to do some more projects. The reality is that everyone is like, “Do you want to cross over?” No I don’t. One, it’s not a reality. You might get something, but you’re never formally going to cross over. Mainstream has become more open to trying out adult stars, so we’ve gotten to do more things. They’re like, “Fuck it! Sex is sex! If your looking for a hot girl in a part, porn stars are hot … So come on! It’s fun! It’s fun to do them! I always like to do something different, but I’m not looking to totally cross over. Yes, I would love to do more projects because it’s something different to do and you get to meet really cool people.

We actually interviewed Riley for ‘Piranha 3D’.

Oh yeah!

It was awesome!

She’s great! That’s my girl!

I see you guys together all of the time. You’re always on the Internet together.

That’s my girl. I brought her into this business.

Yeah, she told us that in her interview.

Yeah! I’ve got good taste in girls! [laughs]

Yes you do! You mentioned ‘Middle Men’ with Luke Wilson and Giovanni Ribisi. What can you tell us about that project and how did you get your role?

I actually played myself, which was funny because I had nothing to do. They just asked me to do a cameo. What I did was this really small part. They just wanted me in it. They just called me at the house and they’re like, “Come on! Can you walk the red carpet at the AVNs for the movie with Luke Wilson?” I was like, “Of course! Why not!” For one, he’s so cute [laughs] and two, it’s a good chance whether it’s a really small part or not. So I’m walking at the AVNs doing interviews with some people, like I do now. Even though it was back when the Internet was found by porn and I wasn’t around then, it didn’t matter. They went, “It doesn’t matter. We just want you to play you.” I’m like, “OK!” I met Giovanni Ribisi, who I love. It was just cool. I got to talk to them. I flew in to Vegas for the night. It was just cool. Everyone was so nice.

Did any of your costars have questions about the adult entertainment industry?

Yeah. I did this whole interview that they are going to put on the behind the scenes, asking me about the Internet and stuff. I have a small part in the movie, but at the end they’re interviewing the director and the actors as to how they approached their roles. Then they interviewed me about the Internet and how it affected porn, how it helped it, and right now how it is ruining it. So I did this whole big thing at the end.

You mentioned that you didn’t want to cross over fully into mainstream films. Is there any particular type of role you would like to try your hand at in future mainstream films?

I don’t care if I play the ditsy blond. I can do the bubbly airhead. I can play a good airhead, like in ‘The Hangover 2’ or something … A stripper part … I don’t care. I would love to play a bitch or a bad ass. I want to be on ‘Sons of Anarchy’ so bad, playing a biker chick. I would also like to play a psycho, with something mentally wrong like in ‘Girl Interrupted’. I would love to be able to tap into something like that.

We see you often attend conventions and adult expos. Do you enjoy reaching out and meeting your fans?

Absolutely! I love it! I’m very good about when I have time, I am on my twitter. If I’m not responding to you … I try to take out the time. I travel from airports, to planes, to hotels. I’m sitting around. So I sit there and try to personally talk to people back. If I can’t, I’m always updating what I am doing. When I come to all of the shows and meet my fans, I love it. I sit there and talk to them. I was dancing at Fantasies last night and I was talking to everybody at the bar. Before I knew it these other girls were trying to get up behind me and I was like, “Oh shoot! I didn’t realize I was up here that long!” That’s who makes you who you are. It’s not just you and your company. That’s just a small part of it. You need to be liked by the fans to be popular. So you need to talk to your fans. I love my fans. That’s why I am who I am. I’m great company and I’m good with my fans.

Any strange encounters or notable interactions with fans?

You know! [laughs] I’ve had quite a few weird encounters, but for the most part people are cool. I had one scary one and I’ve had some creepy ones. All in all I have the coolest fans. They’re all really sweet, and really cool and nice, and just fun. One guy pulled a knife on me to talk to me, which freaked me out. I was surrounded with people because he followed me from a Hustler store signing in Hollywood. I went to dinner. He followed me from the store to dinner. I went to a club afterward with my girlfriends to dance and he followed me there. Then we all went back to her house to hang out and there are like 30 of us. We’re walking up and this guy gets out of his car and pulls a knife on me. I’m lucky I was surrounded by people. My roommate at the time tackled the guy. The thing was he wasn’t trying to hurt me. He thought that’s what he had to do to talk to me. He thought he had to freak me out to talk to me. I’m like, “Don’t freak me out! I’m not going to talk to you when you pull a knife on me! Sorry dude!” [laughs]

That’s nuts!

He scared me!

Shit, I’d be scared too! I would have ran like a girl! [laughs]

It made me very aware of my surroundings. I’ve always been aware of my surroundings anyways, but right after that happened I was extra careful. I pay attention to who is surrounding me. There are a lot of people who hang around in stores for hours at signings. Not that they’re harmful, they’re just there to see you. I’m careful. I know who’s been around and I know who’s acting weird.

Do you have any advice for someone who would like to get involved in the adult entertainment industry or mainstream films?

If you want to get into adult, I think it is all good if you’ve had time to think about it and you’re not trying to get back at somebody. Don’t come in at 18 or 19, you’re too young. You don’t have to tell people you’re going to be out of it in less than a year. People are going to know who you are and you’re going to have to deal with it. Think about it. Make sure it is something you really want to do. A lot of people do it to try to get back at their boyfriend or are doing it thinking no one is going to know who they are. Guess what, either a friend of a friend, or a family member, or a friend of theirs, somebody is going to see you in that film that you thought nobody was going to see you in. They’re going to know. If you’re not comfortable with people knowing that you do porn then don’t do it. It’s obviously not meant for you. You also need to really enjoy sex. I hate the people that I can tell are faking it. Girls who fake liking girls, I hate that. Be into it. When you do get into it, don’t do something you don’t want to do. It’s a great industry if you can get past all of that! [laughs]

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

To treat it like a business. To be focused. I had to move to L.A. for the first two years. It takes about two years to get enough footage and build your name and get the movies out there and get you known. They are like, “Don’t get caught up!” The thing is, you can get caught up in L.A. so fast. The first thing that I did was that I did treat it like a business. It’s my job. I don’t go blow it on purses and shoes. Don’t get me wrong, occasionally I do. [laughs] I actually have a house and cars. I have things to show for it. I moved right back to Oklahoma. I got out of there so the industry wouldn’t interfere in my life. You can’t even buy a porn in Oklahoma.

Really!?

I swear to god! That and Utah maybe! There’s only one other state you can’t buy a porn in! When you cross the Oklahoma, Texas border … It’s like a couple of hours to cross the border to Texas and there are two huge porn stores right on the state line in Texas. [laughs]

You can’t go 20 feet in the North East without running into something.

Oh yeah! They’re usually everywhere, so I like it. It keeps you grounded. I like to hang out with my friends and ride my jet skis. I just like to hang out and be grounded.

Jesse Jane

Jesse Jane

I’m actually writing a book. I’m going to start writing a book now. I got approved. I’m going to make movies for a few more years before I retire. I have a lot of movies that I shot that will be coming out soon. The book. I’m still featured dancing everywhere. My website is finally live at www.jessejane.com. I’ll do two live shows a month like most people do. When I’m traveling and I do so much, if I’m in my hotel room or I’m at home and I have nothing to do, I can log on my computer and it will tell all of my members that I’m on. Then I can do a private live chat. That should be fun. So you never know.

Will the book be an autobiography?

Yes! I’ve got some crazy stories! [laughs]

I’m sure you do! [laughs] Is there any date that you are aiming for the release of the book?

It takes a year to a year-and-a-half. I’m hoping a year. It definitely won’t be anytime until towards the end of next year. It takes a while. It’s a long time. [laughs]

I couldn’t imagine writing a book. There’s no way in hell I would have time for that.

Yeah! [laughs]

Do you have any last words for your fans before we let you go?

I love my fans! Thanks for being awesome!

Thanks for your time Jesse!

Sure! Thank you!

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Be sure to get all the latest information on what Jesse Jane is up to at her official site located at www.jessejane.com! Be sure to follow and interact with her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jessejane.

While you are at it, check out all the girl’s of Digital Playground at www.digitalplayground.com.

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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.

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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’!

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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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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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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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