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Jorge Gutierrez’s passion project ‘The Book of Life’ has been sitting on the development track for quite a few years, never really lifting off the ground until recently. It took a lot of time, effort, and prodding at the movie’s eventual producer Guillermo del Toro, but the end product turned into a fantastic film everybody can enjoy. ‘The Book of Life’ was already released on Digital HD at the beginning of January, but ShockYa got the opportunity to talk to a couple of special people who helped this film become a reality. The first person we spoke to was the film’s creator, Jorge Gutierrez, a jovial first time film director  [ Read More ]

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Interview: Matthew Gray Gubler Talks Suburban Gothic (Exclusive)

Posted by Karen Benardello On January - 28 - 2015 0 Comment
Interview: Matthew Gray Gubler Talks Suburban Gothic (Exclusive)

Struggling to find your rightful place in the world, where you’re unquestionably accepted and embraced by the people around you, can be a daunting prospect for many people. Not only does Raymond, the quirky protagonist in the new independent horror comedy, ‘Suburban Gothic,’ which was directed by Richard Bates Jr., struggle to find a job he enjoys and excels at, but also discover the real meaning of having true friends and family. Actor Matthew Gray Gubler, who previously worked with the director on his first film, the 2012 horror drama, ‘Excision,’ also found his rightful amongst his colleagues on the movie; the performer effortlessly showcased his comedic roots in ‘Suburban  [ Read More ]

Interview: April Mullen Talks 88 (Exclusive)

Posted by Karen Benardello On January - 26 - 2015 0 Comment
Interview April Mullen Talks 88 (Exclusive)

Uninhibitedly going after what you want, as you intellectually explore the motivations and circumstances that drive your decisions and actions, is a gripping and intriguing trait for anyone trying to take control over their lives. But that strong ambition is more powerful and enthralling when women protagonists and leaders fearlessly prove that no one has to be afraid to take charge of their destiny, and fearlessly pursue their goals. The main female character in Wango Film‘s new independent action thriller, ’88,’ which is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD, enthralling supports that idea, as she proves that anyone has the ability to fight back against those who are trying  [ Read More ]

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Interview: Sara Colangelo Talks Little Accidents (Exclusive)

Posted by Karen Benardello On January - 24 - 2015 0 Comment
Interview Sara Colangelo Talks Little Accidents (Exclusive)

With modern culture’s values continuously changing, as people are always adopting to new advances in such areas as technology, politics and healthcare, society often becomes less appreciative of the long-forgotten industries that are still essential to maintaining the lifestyle everyone is accustomed to throughout the country. Such is the case with the all-American lifestyle of the coal mining communities throughout Appalachia, whose citizens all depend on the once-thriving industry, no matter what type of job they perform with their local company. First-time feature film writer-director Sara Colangelo created an intensely emotional and relatable story about the continuing struggles of the country’s remaining coal mining communities in her new independent drama,  [ Read More ]

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Interview: Brendan Fehr Talks Zarra’s Law (Exclusive)

Posted by Karen Benardello On January - 20 - 2015 0 Comment
Interview: Brendan Fehr Talks Zarra's Law (Exclusive)

The most harrowing and difficult decisions people are forced to contend with in life are often the ones in which they must choose between the love of their family, even though they don’t always agree with their relatives’ actions, and their high moral standards and esteemed profession. Actor Brendan Fehr passionately plays Gaetano, one of the complex and relatable protagonists in the new crime drama, ‘Zarra’s Law,’ who admirably values his job of protecting and serving his community and country as an attorney and veteran, but is also conflicted over the actions of his family. The film, which is now available on DVD and iTunes, and was directed by Juha  [ Read More ]

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Interview: Kevin Macdonald Talks Black Sea (Exclusive)

Posted by Karen Benardello On January - 19 - 2015 0 Comment
Interview Kevin Macdonald Talks Black Sea (Exclusive)

The realistic exploration of people’s emotional, psychological and physical responses to frightening situations, whether they’re brought on by other’s actions, their own decisions or natural disasters, can be both a harrowing and insightful process. Director Kevin Macdonald captivatingly explored what the constant threat of danger can do to a person’s psyche in his new adventure thriller, ‘Black Sea,’ which opens in theaters on Friday. The film courageously explores how people dedicated to their chosen field of work can band together when they’re faced with dire sitatuions. But that bond can ultimately lead to the group taking out their frustrations on each other, as they struggle to not only understand the  [ Read More ]

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Interview: The Cast and Crew Talk Still Alice

Posted by Karen Benardello On January - 18 - 2015 0 Comment
Still Alice Press Conference

People often take pride in the powerful and life-defining accomplishments they achieve in both their personal and professional lives. But when those fulfillments are suddenly and unjustly taken from them, they often struggle with the difficulties of not being able to maintain their feelings of self-worth and identity. During those harrowing instances when a once thriving and acclaimed person begins to feel isolated from the world at large, due to a life-threatening disease, they’ll do anything to maintain their sense of identity. That powerful struggle is grippingly portrayed through the title character in writer-directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s new Academy Award-nominated drama, ‘Still Alice.’ The film, which is based  [ Read More ]

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Interview: Patrick Wilson Talks Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife (Exclusive)

Posted by Karen Benardello On January - 14 - 2015 0 Comment
Interview: Patrick Wilson Talks Let's Kill Ward's Wife (Exclusive)

While people often tend to drift from their friends as they settle into marriage and raising their own families, often times there’s a certain connection that will always keep them bonded together, no matter what happens to their relationships. In the new dark comedy, ‘Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife,’ actor and producer Patrick Wilson’s character intriguingly and amusingly thrives on the fact that the murder of the title character’s spouse not only has his friends working together to cover up the crime, but it also makes all of their lives better. The movie, which marks the feature film directorial, writing and producing debuts of Wilson’s brother-in-law, Scott Foley, who also stars  [ Read More ]

Interview: Sarah Snook Talks Predestination (Exclusive)

Posted by Karen Benardello On January - 10 - 2015 0 Comment
Interview: Sarah Snook Talks Predestination (Exclusive)

Having the creative freedom and passionate to uninhibitedly explore your options, motivations and feelings can be both daunting and liberating as you decide the direction where you want to take your life. While you may be afraid of making the wrong decision that can ultimately lead to harrowing effects, you may also make the right choice that can forever powerfully change your life for the better. Rising Australian actress Sarah Snook rightfully decided to take on dual roles in the new sci-fi thriller, ‘Predestination,’ which powerfully chronicle how much a person’s approach to identifying with their gender defines their personality and place in society. The action drama, which was written  [ Read More ]

David Oyelowo, Oprah Winfrey and the Cast and Crew Talk Selma

Posted by Karen Benardello On January - 8 - 2015 0 Comment
Selma Press Conference

Diligently working to realize a hard-won moment of long-awaited justice and recognition is a gratifying message that not only defines the determined nature of the lauded protagonists in the new historical drama, ‘Selma,’ but also the film’s devoted cast and filmmakers. Ava DuVernay, who recently made history for becoming the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award, is deservingly receiving praise for her years of research and dedication in filming a dramatized version of the 1965 Alabama voting rights marches led by Martin Luther King, Jr., which is featured in the biographical movie. Fellow Golden Globe nominee David Oyelowo gave a compelling portrayal of the  [ Read More ]

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Interview: Scott Foley Talks Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife (Exclusive)

Posted by Karen Benardello On January - 6 - 2015 0 Comment
Interview: Scott Foley Talks Let's Kill Ward's Wife (Exclusive)

People’s lives often drastically evolve as they begin to get married, and those changes can often intriguingly infiltrate such diverse areas as their friendships, careers and opinions on life’s biggest moral debates. If the personality and actions of even one person’s spouse leave ramifications on the lives on everyone closest to them, almost everyone will understandably want to take radical actions against them, even if they’re well aware of the dire consequences that may face them as a result. Actor Scott Foley enthrallingly and comically showcased the amusing, yet equally problematic, consequences of what happens when close families and friends are driven to take drastic and life-altering measures in his  [ Read More ]

Dallas Richard Hallam and Patrick Horvath Talk The Pact II

Fearlessly embracing emotionally and physically terrifying situations, in a courageous attempt to achieve your goals and overcome your fears, is an enthralling and powerful theme in the horror thriller, ‘The Pact II.’ Dallas Richard Hallam and Patrick Horvath, the writers and directors of the sequel to scribe and helmer Nicholas McCarthy’s 2012 horror film, ‘The Pact,’ dauntlessly approached combining the emotional arc of the series’ characters with terrifying physical scares, to emphasize their brave attempts to maintain control over their lives. While the first film’s frightening serial killer was murdered at the end of its story, the franchise’s new filmmakers bravely emphasized how the series’ new and returning characters have  [ Read More ]

Interview: Patrick Fischler Talks The Pact II (Exclusive)

Posted by Karen Benardello On January - 4 - 2015 0 Comment
Interview: Patrick Fischler Talks The Pact II (Exclusive)

When someone is naturally unable to fit into the social norms of society, and they care more about excelling in their morbid fascination and dedication to even the smallest and grimmest details, in an effort to perfect their job, they often have difficulty relating to their peers. But in the case of Special Agent Terrence Ballard, who’s played by Patrick Fischler in the horror thriller sequel, ‘The Pact II,’ that relentless quest to find the truth is what ultimately helps in discovering the identity of the series’ notorious serial murderer, the Judas Killer. While the FBI agent helped save the lives of those in his community, following his dedicated search  [ Read More ]

Interview: Jake Paltrow Talks Young Ones (Exclusive)

Posted by Karen Benardello On January - 4 - 2015 0 Comment
Interview: Jake Paltrow Talks Young Ones (Exclusive)

Powerfully conveying the enthrallingly complex emotions of a diverse group of family, friends, neighbors and colleagues during a dire national emergency like a severe and long-running drought can be a challenge for many filmmakers to take on. But versatile writer-director Jake Paltrow effortlessly showcases how such a natural disaster can bring some people closer together to work through their desperate situation, while also harrowingly driving former allies apart, in his sci-fi action movie, ‘Young Ones,’ which is set to be released on January 13 on DVD. What was even more intriguing about the filmmaker’s study of those motivations is that he compellingly presented the drama, which premiered at the 2014  [ Read More ]

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Interview: Michael Eklund Talks Poker Night (Exclusive)

Posted by Karen Benardello On January - 3 - 2015 0 Comment
Interview: Michael Eklund Talks Poker Night (Exclusive)

Emphatically trying to understand the emotional and powerful motivations that drive people to commit devastatingly drastic and brutal acts can be a difficult process for many people to take on. But through his diligent rehearsal and preparation process with his co-stars and writer-director, Greg Francis, on the new independent action crime film, ‘Poker Night,’ versatile actor Michael Eklund grippingly created a distinctive and powerful serial kidnapper and killer. The resourceful performer effortlessly infused his character with a continued emotional pain, due to his sense of betrayal that has continued on from his childhood, while enthrallingly wearing a mask, in an effort to cover his distress that would have otherwise showed  [ Read More ]

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