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Exclusive: Director Zack Parker Talks Proxy, More

Posted by bsimon On April - 18 - 2014 0 Comment
Zack Parker Proxy

Director Zack Parker has a knack for marrying unnerving incident to shifty, hard-to-pin-down characters. His latest film, the psychological thriller “Proxy,” could sort of be described as a sociopathic lesbian love triangle… and yet it’s more than that, even. For ShockYa, Brent Simon recently had a chance to speak to Parker one-on-one, about his movie, what sort of storytelling excites and drives him, making movies in his native Indiana, being a stay-at-home dad and how the California Raisins helped lead him to where he is today. The conversation is excerpted below: ShockYa: Like “Scalene,” your previous film, it feels like “Proxy” is very invested in exploring shifting audience sympathies. Not at all in  [ Read More ]

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Jonas Armstrong Walking with the Enemy

ShockYa had the pleasure of sitting down recently with Jonas Armstrong, star of the upcoming film Walking with the Enemy. The Irish actor portrays Elek Cohen, a Jew in Hungary during the Holocaust who steals a Nazi uniform so that he can try to save his fellow Jews. The film is based on the true story of Pinchas Rosenberg, and opens Friday, April 25th. Q: What initially attracted you to this film and this role? A: It’s a great story, first and foremost, and a fantastic character to play. It’s not often that you get to play a character portraying another character on top of that, so that’s what drew  [ Read More ]

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David Gordon Green Joe

He’s not yet 40, but director David Gordon Green has successfully juggled an interesting collection of studio comedies like “Pineapple Express,” “The Sitter” and “Your Highness” with more esoteric and independent fare like “All the Real Girls” and “Prince Avalanche.” His 10th feature film, “Joe,” is an adaptation of Larry Brown’s novel of the same name, and stars 17-year-old Tye Sheridan as Gary Jones, an impressionable kid who, desperate for some adult guidance and attention, kinds an unlikely mentor in the form of Nicolas Cage’s ex-con title character. Brent Simon, for ShockYa, recently had a chance to speak to Green one-on-one, about the film, casting and working with non-professional actors, the keys to  [ Read More ]

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paranormal activity the marked ones

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is the latest creepy installment in the hit franchise from Oren Peli and Christopher Landon. Strange things are happening that seem to be tied to an apartment next door rumored to be owned by a witch- Deaths, strange noises, women coming and going, Jesse soon discovers his past has a dark connection to the eerie events that is about to change everything. This installment of the series is so frightening that at a recent screening of the movie there was a spiritual cleanser on hand to make sure no one had anything follow them home afterward. Watch our interview with Renee Victor (Weeds, ER, Confessions  [ Read More ]

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Karen Gillan Talks Scary Mirrors in Oculus Interview

Posted by monique On April - 11 - 2014 0 Comment
See Your Evil with Karen Gillan in New Official Oculus Trailer

“Oculus” is now scaring audiences in theaters and never before have audiences been this scared of a mirror. Confused as to what is so scary about something as seemingly harmless as a mirror? Check out the trailer for the film below. Also, learn more about the film from this cool interview with Karen Gillan. “Oculus” is directed by Mike Flanagan and written by Flanagan and Jeff Howard, based on the short screenplay by Mike Flanagan and Jeff Seidman. Apart from Gillan, best known for her work in “Doctor Who,” the film stars Brenton Thwaites, Rory Cochrane and Katee Sackhoff (from “Battlestar Galactica” fame). Here’s more about “Oculus.” “Ten years ago,  [ Read More ]

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Tye Sheridan

Seventeen-year-old Tye Sheridan made his acting debut in Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life,” playing one of Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain’s sons in 1950s Texas. The next year, he co-starred opposite Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon in Jeff Nichols’ “Mud.” Now, in David Gordon Green’s “Joe,” adapted from a novel by Larry Brown, Sheridan adds another acting heavyweight to his roster of co-stars, starring opposite Nicolas Cage’s title character as Gary Jones, an eager-to-work kid looking for roots not provided by his itinerant family and alcoholic father (Gary Poulter). For ShockYa, Brent Simon recently had a chance to speak to Texas native Sheridan one-on-one, about his movie, the key  [ Read More ]

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it felt like love

Writer-director Eliza Hittman’s striking debut film, “It Felt Like Love,” tells the story of 14-year-old Lila (Gina Piersanti), an awkward Brooklyn girl who falls into emulating the sexual exploits of her more experienced best friend (Giovanna Salimeni), with mounting peril. For ShockYa, Brent Simon recently had a chance to speak to Hittman one-on-one, about her debut feature film, non-traditional casting, adolescent sexual deceit and gamesmanship, and more. The conversation is excerpted below: ShockYa: At the risk of this momentarily sounding terrible, I have a huge native interest in kids coming online libidinally at different times within their peer set, because you don’t see that addressed in a lot of films. You  [ Read More ]

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Interview: Daniel Stamm Talks 13 Sins

Posted by Karen Benardello On April - 9 - 2014 0 Comment
Interview: Daniel Stamm Talks 13 Sins

Contently and fearlessly chasing down seemingly daunting and unfamiliar tasks can have potentially harrowing effects on people’s emotional and mental well-being. But when these intimidating challenges offer even the slightest incentive, people discover they can push their limits further than they even imagined, in order to obtain an enticing reward. Not only is that the case with the protagonist in the new independent horror thriller, ’13 Sins,’ as he tests his comfort zone in order to provide for this family, but also writer-director Daniel Stamm. The filmmaker, who first gained mainstream recognition for his 2010 hit horror thriller, ‘The Last Exorcism,’ returned to the genre that helped make him famous  [ Read More ]

Interview: Mark Webber Talks 13 Sins

Posted by Karen Benardello On April - 8 - 2014 0 Comment
Interview: Mark Webber Talks 13 Sins

Pushing yourself past your set comfort zone in order to explore new experiences and potentially gain an insightful advantage in your personal and professional lives can be a difficult challenge for many people. They can be forced to explore and question their own moral judgments and values, and how far they would willingly wreak havoc on other people’s lives, just to gain an edge of advantage in their own. The main protagonist in the new independent horror-thriller ’13 Sins,’ the down-on-his-luck Elliot, is forced to physically and emotionally test his moral judgment for his own financial gain. The actor who portrays him, Mark Webber, who’s known for starring in more  [ Read More ]

Exclusive: Amy Ryan Talks Breathe In, Birdman

Posted by bsimon On April - 7 - 2014 0 Comment
Amy Ryan Breathe In

A Tony- and Oscar-nominated actress, Amy Ryan has played tough, tender, damagingly self-involved and everything in between. In real life, though, her persona runs closer to Holly Flax, the lovably good-natured if somewhat dorky romantic interest to Steve Carell’s Michael Scott on “The Office.” Ryan is self-effacing and peppers a conversation with laughter, but also all sorts of jokey tangential asides. In her latest film, writer-director Drake Doremus’ “Breathe In,” she plays Megan Reynolds, the wife of frustrated music instructor Keith (Guy Pearce), the latter of whom develops a slow crush on Sophie (Felicity Jones), an exchange student the couple takes into their upstate New York home. Brent Simon recently had a chance to  [ Read More ]

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cap 2

Cap is back! Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the latest installment from the Marvel Universe and is an action packed political thriller with twists, turns, and new characters. The filmmakers and cast sat down to talk about the new film at a recent press junket at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Reprising his role is a welcome experience for Evans, despite the challenges that come with suiting up in the costume again. CHRIS EVANS: It always feels like it gets tighter. It’s like I thought it was supposed to get more comfortable. I feel like this got worse. I’m not joking. That really happens. They always make improvements on it  [ Read More ]

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Interview: Director Gareth Evans On Filming ‘The Raid 2′

Posted by Melissa Molina On April - 3 - 2014 0 Comment
the raid 2 director 1

A couple years ago action fans around the world were given a fantastic gift with “The Raid.” The 101 minute movie contained enough violence, edge-of-your-seat suspense to audience members, giving them a thoroughly satisfying movie-going experience. When the announcement was made that director Gareth Evans and company would be coming back to make “The Raid 2,” fans like myself drooled over the idea of this sequel. “The Raid 2″ is a lot more complex than it’s predecessor, not only through the multiple story lines connecting with our hero Rama’s (Iko Uwais) quest for vengeance. Director Gareth Evans wasn’t worried about the story, but the crazy wonderful action sequences that really  [ Read More ]

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Interview: Lydia Hull Talks SAF3

Posted by Karen Benardello On April - 3 - 2014 0 Comment
Interview: Lydia Hull Talks SAF3

Young women contemplating where they fit into society and seeking to find their true passion in life can be a difficult process for them, but if they truly believe in their dreams, they’re destined to succeed. That’s certainly the case with firefighter Lily Maddox, one of the main characters on the syndicated American action drama television series, ‘SAF3,’ as well as the actress who plays her, Lydia Hull. Many of the people in Lily’s life try to deter her from her dream career, saying she’s not strong enough, but she’s brave enough to prove her talents on the job. After appearing in minor roles in such action thrillers as ‘Escape  [ Read More ]

Interview: Richard Shepard Talks Dom Hemingway

Posted by Karen Benardello On April - 1 - 2014 0 Comment
Interview: Richard Shepard Talks Dom Hemingway

Crime films often thrive on their suspense and anticipation of whether or not the criminals are going to successfully pull off an intriguing heist and ultimately get what they truly want. But writer-director Richard Shepard’s new independent crime comedy-drama, ‘Dom Hemingway,’ instead thrives on its captivating contradictions, from beginning with the criminal finishing his prison sentence, and then unsuccessfully reintegrating back into the subculture he prospered in before he was arrested. The title character, played by an enthralling Jude Law, creatively brought the filmmaker’s character and story to life. He showed that even though Dom initially strived to prove he hadn’t changed while in jail, he soon subtly and unwittingly  [ Read More ]

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Bo Keister

“The House of Good and Evil” is coming to DVD this April and this is a film that is one that will give thriller fans a fantastic time, especially with the great twist ending. We were happy to catch up with Bo Keister, who plays Sheriff Hanituski and became a part of the films’ production team. Keister talked more about the twist ending, the great performances and what people will love about the film. After reading the interview, take a look at the latest project from Keister and the “Good and Evil” crew and director, “Hillbilly Horror Show,” which is on Vimeo On Demand now. You can follow “Hillbilly Horror  [ Read More ]

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