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Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst Talk The Two Faces of January

Posted by Karen Benardello On September - 21 - 2014 0 Comment
Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst Talk The Two Faces of January

Drastic and harrowing events in a person’s life often push them into complete defeat, but their underlying heroic tendencies often help them maintain their most dignified characteristics. The impassioned exploration into the emotional contradictions and shortcomings of a person as they strive to maintain their humanity is grippingly showcased in the new thriller, ‘The Two Faces of January.’ The thriller marks the feature film directorial debut of famed screenwriter, Hossein Amini, who also adapted the script for the movie from Patricia Highsmith’s 1964 novel of the same name. The filmmaker enthralling worked with the movie’s main stars, including Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst, to emphasize the flaws of their characters,  [ Read More ]

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Kasi Brown and Brandon Walter Talk Gone Doggy Gone (San Diego Film Festival)

Going through an intensive emotional struggle that makes you truly examine your life goals and values, particularly when someone close to you understands your views and aspirations, can be a gratifying and important life lesson. The main characters in the new independent comedy-drama, ‘Gone Doggy Gone,’ are startlingly forced to reexamine what’s truly important in their lives after a series of harrowing events. Two of the movie’s lead actors, Kasi Brown and Brandon Walter, also graciously learned from the project. They discovered the best ways to approach filmmaking on the set, as they made their feature film writing and directorial debuts with the comedy-drama. ‘Gone Doggy Gone’ follows a Los  [ Read More ]

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Interview: Katie Cassidy Talks The Scribbler

Posted by Karen Benardello On September - 19 - 2014 0 Comment
Interview: Katie Cassidy Talks The Scribbler

Struggling to truly understand the equally powerful and painful emotions that drive distinctly different personalities to commit deceptive and at-times destructive acts towards themselves and those around them can be a harrowing process. When those clashingly diverse personalities are living within the same person, that battle can be even more difficult to overcome. But actress Katie Cassidy enthrallingly showcased the strong willpower her character, Suki, drew on in the new independent thriller, ‘The Scribbler,’ to overcome the conflicting personalities within her. The film, which was directed by John Suits and written by Daniel Schaffer, who based the script on his own graphical novel of same name, grippingly showcases Suki battling  [ Read More ]

Exclusive: Cheryl Ladd Talks The Perfect Wave

Posted by bsimon On September - 15 - 2014 0 Comment
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South Dakota-born Cheryl Ladd originally moved west to Hollywood for a career in music, but ”Charlie’s Angels” (in which she was cast prior to the second season, to replace a departing Farrah Fawcett) made her a star. She remained a familiar face on television for the next decade-plus, starring in more than 30 made-for-TV films. In her latest movie, “The Perfect Wave,” she plays mother to a wandering-spirit surfer, Ian (Scott Eastwood), who discovers God following a near-death experience. Ladd recently took the time to speak to ShockYa about her movie, the recent rise of faith-based entertainment, how she found God during her crumbling first marriage and more. The conversation is excerpted below:  [ Read More ]

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Interview: James Bowling Talks Encounter

Posted by Karen Benardello On September - 14 - 2014 0 Comment
Interview: James Bowling Talks Encounter

Engaging in unfamiliar territory you’re not entirely familiar and comfortable in can be an emotionally and physically daunting experience for many people to take on. Facing and overcoming your fears of the unknown in order to garner the results you desire is one of the major captivating elements for both the characters and filmmakers of the upcoming horror film, ‘Encounter.’ The movie’s main characters, Ted and Lauren McBride, are a newlywed couple trying to confront their dread of the supernatural by discrediting the belief in orbs for his thesis film. First-time feature film directors James Bowling and Susannah O’Brien, who also wrote the script for the movie, also bravely reached  [ Read More ]

Interview: Fairuza Balk and Charles Baker Talk August Falls

Posted by Karen Benardello On September - 14 - 2014 0 Comment
Interview: Fairuza Talkd August Falls

Passionately following your instincts, and allowing your intuition to guide your choices, even when the people around you are urging you not to allow your emotions dictate your decisions, is a powerful resolution that often allows people to truly pursue what they want in life. That visceral resolution is a motivating factor for the main characters and actors in co-writer-director Sam Hancock’s upcoming independent mystery film, ‘August Falls,’ which is based on the novel, ‘Looking for August,’ by Matt McKay. Actress Fairuza Balk and actor Charles Baker are prime examples of following their instincts, in an effort to infuse their respective characters with an emotional relatability. Not only did they  [ Read More ]

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Exclusive Interview: Keith Allan Talks SyFy’s Z Nation

Posted by monique On September - 12 - 2014 0 Comment
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Keith Allan is all about zombies. In fact, he’s now the savior of the entire race in the new SyFy original series, “Z Nation.” Allan’s character Murphy is a a criminal, but as Allan reveals in the interview, Murphy is now the most important person on the planet because of what’s in his blood. ShockYa was happy to speak with Allan about his role, what he loves about the zombie mythos and what zombie lovers can expect from “Z Nation.” “Z Nation” premieres on SyFy at 10/9c. ShockYa: What can you tell me about your character Murphy? Keith Allan: Well, Murphy starts off…[as an] inmate in the prison system and  [ Read More ]

Steve Harvey Talks His Success as Host of Family Feud

Posted by monique On September - 12 - 2014 0 Comment
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Steve Harvey’s tenure as “Family Feud” host has been one of the most successful runs the show has ever had. In my opinion, I’d say it’s the most successful. ShockYa had the opportunity to join in on a conference call with the comedian and game show host (and daytime and radio host) to discuss more about his time with “Family Feud” and what fans can expect going into this new season of the game show. As stated above, Harvey is one of the most successful hosts “Family Feud” has had. The show’s viral videos featuring his funny reactions to some of the zanier contestant answers always has people laughing. When  [ Read More ]

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The family-friendly classic “The Wonder Years” is now available in the most complete compilation for the first time ever. “The Wonder Years Complete Series” is now available for pre-order at TimeLife.com/WonderYears. The complete series will be available exclusively online. The 26-disc collector’s set will come with all 115 episodes in a replica metal locker, evoking memories of Kevin Arnold–played by Fred Savage–and Winnie–played by Danica McKellar–as their school-age love grew in between class periods. The set also includes 15 hours of specially-produced bonus programming, including featurettes, never-before-seen outtakes (including all the takes from Kevin and Winnie’s first kiss from the pilot) and an awesome cast reunion we’ve all waited 16  [ Read More ]

Interview: Kevin Kline and Israel Horovitz Talk My Old Lady

Posted by Karen Benardello On September - 11 - 2014 0 Comment
Interview Kevin Kline and Israel Horovitz Talk My Old Lady

Struggling to understand an explosively unique idea and world is a gripping theme that powerfully drives several aspects of the new independent comedy-drama, ‘My Old Lady,’ which is now playing in select theaters. The emotionally damaged protagonist of the film, Mathias Gold, is an older cynical American trying to accept he’s lost many of his meaningful relationships throughout his life. His tension understandably rises when he discovers his recently deceased father’s secret life in Paris, including a puzzling real estate transaction and secret personal relationship with his tenant. Writer-director Israel Horpvitz, who adapted the movie from his acclaimed 2002 play of the same name, also took the risk of entering  [ Read More ]

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Interview: Israel Horovitz Talks My Old Lady

Posted by Karen Benardello On September - 10 - 2014 0 Comment
Interview: Israel Horovitz Talks My Old Lady

Learning to truly make peace with the resentment you have formed towards those around you, whether its in estranged relationships with family members or people you just met who are quick to judge you, can be a harrowing experience. That struggle to make peace with the people you feel disconnected with, no matter how they factor into your life, is relatably and powerfully presented in writer-director Israel Horovitz’s new independent comedy-drama, ‘My Old Lady.’ The movie, which was released today in select theaters, marks the helmer’s feature film directorial debut, after he first chronicled the characters’ enthralling emotional struggles in a hit play that has played around the world. ‘My  [ Read More ]

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Interview: Virginia Madsen Talks Jake Squared

Posted by Karen Benardello On September - 7 - 2014 0 Comment
Interview Virginia Madsen Discusses Jake Squared

Finding a person who powerfully fuels your creativity and passion can be a thought-provoking and intriguing challenge. That desire to find someone who undoubtedly accepts who you are is relatably presented through the life of the title character in writer-director Howard Goldberg’s new independent comedy-drama, ‘Four Squared.’ The film not only chronicles Jake’s determination to find a meaningful relationship and the purpose in his life, as portrayed by lead star Elias Koteas; it also also highlights supporting actress Virginia Madsen’s gripping working relationships with the actor and filmmaker, both of whom she has long-standing personal connections with off-screen. ‘Jake Squared’ follows the title character (Koteas), a 50-year-old film director who  [ Read More ]

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Interview: Brian Trenchard-Smith Talks Drive Hard

Posted by Karen Benardello On September - 7 - 2014 0 Comment
Interview Brian Trenchard-Smith Discusses Drive Hard

Leaving a powerful impression on the people around you, particularly with the captivating combination of intense action stunts and quick wit, can be a clever and creative way to prove your talent in thriving in high adrenaline and death-defying situations. The main actors of the new independent action crime comedy, ‘Drive Hard,’ John Cusack and Thomas Jane, formed a natural chemistry together on screen as they infused their characters with the necessary street smarts to outrun the police who are chasing them in gripping car chases. The movie’s co-writer and director, Brian Trenchard-Smith, who has helmed numerous action films throughout his 40-year career, utilized his experience to interlace natural humor  [ Read More ]

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Interview: Chandra Wilson Talks Frankie & Alice

Posted by Karen Benardello On September - 6 - 2014 0 Comment
Interview: Chandra Wilson Talks Frankie & Alice

Finding a natural balance in life to effortlessly contend with heightened and versatile emotions is a challenge people struggle with during stressful times in their lives. The first title character in the biographical drama, ‘Frankie & Alice,’ which is now available on VOD and DVD, is secretly battling dissociative identity disorder during a time before the illness was widely recognized in America. Emmy Award-nominated actress Chandra Wilson, who plays Frankie’s younger sister in the film, powerfully showcased the difficulties family members of people with the mental disorder also contended with, during a time when awareness of the illness wasn’t publicized. ‘Frankie & Alice’ follows Frankie Murdoch (Halle Berry), a go-go  [ Read More ]

Interview: Emily Browning and Stuart Murdoch Talk God Help the Girl

Posted by Karen Benardello On September - 5 - 2014 0 Comment
Interview: Emily Browning and Stuart Murdoch Talk God Help the Girl

Performers are often known for naturally exuding self-assurance and fearless when they promote themselves and their work to their audiences, as they’re always supposed to be confident in their ability to entertain. But when their frailties and vulnerabilities begin to take over and plague their courage to effortlessly present their heart-felt work, their creativity surely begins to suffer. The main characters of the new musical drama, ‘God Help the Girl,’ powerfully understand the difficulties many musicians face as they’re on the verge of their big break, as they’re plagued with self-doubt over whether they’re truly talented enough to succeed. The movie, which marks the feature film writing and directorial debuts  [ Read More ]

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