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Interview: Steven Okazaki Talks Mifune: The Last Samurai (Exclusive)

Posted by Karen Benardello On November - 28 - 2016 0 Comment
Interview: Steven Okazaki Talks Mifune: The Last Samurai (Exclusive)

Being a revolutionary pioneer in a particular field of work should be an accomplishment that’s continuously celebrated. Unfortunately, not all visionaries receive the praise they deserve for launching an honored way of life into mainstream society. That’s regrettably the case with actor Toshiro Mifune, who began to garner fame in the late 1940s after he served in World War II. In Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki’s new documentary, ‘Mifune: The Last Samurai,’ the performer is highlighted as not only being the first international Asian, but overall nonwhite, star who garnered worldwide attention in the action genre. While Mifune’s work has left lasting impressions on dedication genre fans, the majority of the  [ Read More ]

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Interview: Olatz López Garmendia Talks Patria o Muerte: Cuba, Fatherland or Death

Inspiration to revolt against a government that’s not serving its citizens’ needs can often be sparked from a few people who voice their opposition to their leaders’ rulings. As seen with the Cuban Revolution in the 1950s, a coup that was meant to bring more freedom to the people ultimately turned the country into the current Unitary Marxist–Leninist one-party state, which isn’t helping its citizens. Filmmaker Olatz López Garmendia’s new documentary, ‘Patria o Muerte: Cuba, Fatherland or Death,’ powerfully highlights how the country’s current dictatorship is guiding more people today to rebel against their oppressive leaders. ‘Patria o Muerte: Cuba, Fatherland or Death’ marks the documentary film directorial debut of  [ Read More ]

Interview: Fede Alvarez Talks Don’t Breathe (Exclusive)

Posted by Karen Benardello On November - 28 - 2016 0 Comment
Don't Breathe Blu-ray

Immediately judging a person just on their appearance is an erroneous trait that many people take on, as they’re encouraged to follow society’s lead of not thinking they should appreciate others for their personalities more than anything else. Swiftly being placed in dangerous situations that reveal people’s character as they struggle to protect themselves ultimately proves whether or not those instant intuitions are indeed accurate. Director and producer Fede Alvarez, who wrote the script for the horror film, ‘Don’t Breathe,’ with his frequent co-scribe, Rodo Sayagues, stunningly proved that people’s natural reactions in times of despair offer the most accurate insight into their temperament. The crime drama, which is now  [ Read More ]

Life on the Line Devon Sawa

Striving to always embrace the underlying positive attributes in every aspect of life, no matter how difficult the circumstances appear to be, is an admirable trait that not all people possess. But the linemen who risk their lives by working on the electrical lines during even the most dangerous storms are one such group of people who deserve more praise by the public. The workers are finally receiving their much deserved recognition in the new action drama, ‘Life on the Line,’ which was released this weekend in select theaters and On Demand by Lionsgate Premiere. ‘Life on the Line’ follows a group of hard-working Texas linemen led by Beau Ginner  [ Read More ]

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Bleed for This New York City Premiere

Heroes are a vital component of supporting the ideals, and helping, their society, but are unfortunately often only remembered in the immediate aftermath of their courageous actions. But some idols so gallantly define the odds in their contributions to their community that they’re long remembered by the people whose lives they impacted. That’s certainly the case with famed former professional boxer, Vinny Paz (who was known by his birth name, Vinny Pazienza, when he won his five world titles). Even after surviving a tragic car accident, the boxer was able to bravely overcome his injuries in order to enter the ring again and prove his everlasting worthiness as a fighter.  [ Read More ]

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Interview: Charlie Heaton Talks Talks Shut In (Exclusive)

Posted by Karen Benardello On November - 12 - 2016 0 Comment
Interview: Charlie Heaton Talks Talks Shut In (Exclusive)

Living in a loving home with a caring family is meant to make people feel protected and secure, particularly those who are grappling with the effects of a traumatizing experience. But that ordeal can become frightening when that safe environment begins to feel sinister and threatening. The growing impression of claustrophobia is captivatingly highlighted between the protagonist and her teenage stepson in the new thriller, ‘Shut In,’ which was directed by Farren Blackburn. Audiences can now witness the growing suspense of how a mother and son can become emotionally and physically isolated and manipulated, as the drama was released in theaters nationwide this weekend by EuropaCorp USA. ‘Shut In,’ which  [ Read More ]

Interview: Guy Kent and Marta Gastini Talk Autumn Lights (Exclusive)

Posted by Karen Benardello On November - 8 - 2016 0 Comment
Interview: Guy Kent and Marta Gastini Talk Autumn Lights (Exclusive)

Engaging in a secluded environment in an overall unfamiliar culture can be a daunting prospect for many people as they embark on the latest phase of their lives. Not only do the main characters of the new drama, ‘Autumn Lights,’ must learn how to immerse themselves in a remote region of Iceland as they strive to find a much needed serenity, but so do the main actors and filmmakers of the movie. First-time feature film writer, director and producer, Angad Aulakh, collaborated with a fellow American, actor-producer Guy Kent, to make the first Icelandic-American co-production to be shot and completed in Iceland. Joined by Italian actress, Marta Gastini, the trio  [ Read More ]

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New York Comic-Con 2016 Interview: Nick Groff, Katrina Weidman and Rob Saffi Talk Paranormal Lockdown

Challenging the most common notions about what happens to people’s spirits following their deaths has been a long-running source of contention between those who heavily rely on science and religion for answers. Hoping to continue their mission of uncovering and documenting more definitive proof of the paranormal experiences they’ve had with spirits, paranormal investigators Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman have embarked on one of their most gripping lockdowns yet. During tomorrow night’s world premiere of the two-hour supernatural television event, ‘Paranormal Lockdown: The Black Monk House,’ they’ll share their evidence from their special investigation. The Yorkshire, England home is universally feared to hold the most violent poltergeist activity ever reported.  [ Read More ]

Toronto After Dark Film Festival 2016: Danny Perez and Natasha Lyonne Talk Antibirth 4

Exploring your new and revitalized identity in an unfamiliar territory can be a daunting challenge for many people. But for the characters, as well as the cast and crew, of the new horror film, ‘Antibirth,’ that examination is a compelling experience that truly helped define their lives. Danny Perez powerfully made his feature film writing and directorial debuts on the drama, which features actress Natasha Lyonne in a classic return to leading a movie cast. The complex protagonist played by the performer, who also served as a producer on the movie, enthrallingly learns how to overcome her fears in order to finally take control of her life. ‘Antibirth’ follows the  [ Read More ]

Interview: John Jarratt, Lucy Fry and Greg McLean Talk Wolf Creek (Exclusive)

Finding a reason to continue living after undergoing a traumatic experience can be a harrowing process in itself, as victims may feel as though they no longer have a reason to live. But the resolute young protagonist in the new horror television series, ‘Wolf Creek,’ powerfully won’t allow the grief caused by her tormentor stop her from pursuing her revenge on him. The six-episode limited television series is set to premiere in America at 10pm ET/PT this Friday, October 14. ‘Wolf Creek’ will air exclusively on Pop, a cable and satellite television network that’s a joint venture of CBS Corporation and Lionsgate. The show was inspired by the iconic Australian  [ Read More ]

Interview: Tate Taylor, Emily Blunt and the Cast Talk The Girl on the Train

Powerfully defying the typical stereotypes that have regularly been placed on both men and women can be a challenge for anyone who strives to have their unique opinions be heard by society. It’s also a necessary plot element that has been severely lacking in mainstream Hollywood films in recent years. But the anticipated mystery thriller, ‘The Girl on the Train,’ is skillfully showcasing that female protagonists have just as much of a right to take charge of any situation as men do as they pursue what they want in life. Based on last year’s hit novel of the same name by Paula Hawkins, ‘The Girl on the Train’ was adapted  [ Read More ]

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Hard Target 2 Blu-ray Giveaway Follows Scott Adkins Hunting His Captors

Embarking on self-destructive behavior during the most harrowing points of their lives is often a natural inclination people have when they feel as though they don’t deserves redemption. But when they realize that they can use their skills to improve the situation they find themselves in, not only for themselves but also for society’s greater good, their intuition leads them to strive to capitalize on that chance. That powerful atonement process is highlighted in the protagonist’s predicament in the new action film, ‘Hard Target 2.’ The thriller, which was directed by Roel Reiné, serves as a sequel to the 1993 movie, ‘Hard Target.’ The original action film starred Jean-Claude Van  [ Read More ]

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Interview: Ransom Riggs Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (Exclusive)

Sometimes the only way people can truly stand out and embrace their individuality is within a subculture where no one truly fits into the accepted norms of society. Finally finding a place where all unique traits are honored is a feat that’s celebrated in the new 3D family movie, ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children’ The fantasy adventure film is set to be released in theaters nationwide on Friday by 20th Century Fox, after it had its world premiere on Sunday at Fantastic Fest in Austin. The story is the latest literary work to be translated into a film by director Tim Burton. Screenwriter Jane Goldman adapted Riggs’ novel, which  [ Read More ]

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Interview: William Shatner and Terry Bradshaw Talk Better Late Than Never

Posted by Karen Benardello On September - 13 - 2016 0 Comment
Interview: William Shatner and Terry Bradshaw Talk Better Late Than Never

The adventure of a lifetime for five celebrated men from across diverse mediums of entertainment is coming to its stunning conclusion in tonight’s Season 1 finale of the reality series, ‘Better Late Than Never.’ Episode 4 of the comedy-infused show will broadcast tonight from 10-11 p.m. ET on NBC. During the last leg of their trip, stars William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw, Henry Winkler, George Foreman and Jeff Dye conclude their Asian adventure in Thailand. While in the Asian country, the actors and athletes first visit Phuket, where they take part in a wild water fight, before celebrating Bradshaw’s 67th birthday. Dye takes the former football quarterback to get his first  [ Read More ]

Interview: Rob Reiner Talks Being Charlie (Exclusive)

Posted by Karen Benardello On September - 11 - 2016 0 Comment
Interview: Rob Reiner Talks Being Charlie (Exclusive)

Making a troubled protagonist engaging and sympathetic as they strive to overcome drastic circumstances that they have brought upon themselves can be a challenging process for many filmmakers. But director-producer Rob Reiner helped craft a relatable and honest, yet equally distraught, main character in the drama, ‘Being Charlie,’ who initially resents his parents for forcing him to break his drug addiction. However, on his turbulent road to sobriety, the film’s title teenager learns just how important it really is to discover who he really is without being influenced by external sources. ‘Being Charlie,’ which is based in part on personal experiences, was co-written by the filmmaker’s son, Nick Reiner, and  [ Read More ]

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