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James Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” just barely opened this weekend, yet before the movie was released in theaters out there’s been a flurry of praise surrounding the latest Marvel film. It hit the entertaining, quick-paced action combination that many want out of their summer movies, mixed along with that wonderful Marvel sparkle that avid fans adore. “Guardians” may not be in the heavy dramatic vein as “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” but it makes up for in the action and wit, which made director James Gunn a perfect fit for this project. His filmography prior to “Guardians” showed all the makings of the right man for the job, between  [ Read More ]

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Interview: Nat Wolff Talks Behaving Badly

Posted by Karen Benardello On July - 31 - 2014 0 Comment
Interview: Nat Wolff Talks Behaving Badly

Struggling to find your true identity can be a challenging and difficult process for many teens who are searching for a way to be remembered by their peers. The main character, Rick Stevens, in writer-director Tim Garrick’s new independent comedy, ‘Behaving Badly,’ intriguingly attempts to prove his genuine nice personality as he struggles to gain the romantic attention of one his classmates. Actor Nat Wolff has once again shown his versatility as a performer in the coming-of-age comedy, as he infused Rick with a vulnerability at getting emotionally hurt, despite his seemingly tough demeanor. ‘Behaving Badly’ follows Rick, a 17-year-old senior in high school who’s struggling to find his place  [ Read More ]

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Interview: Dawn Davis Talks Harmony

Posted by Karen Benardello On July - 29 - 2014 0 Comment
Interview: Dawn Davis Talks Harmony

Passionately trying to recognize and understand the powerful emotions and motivations behind a person’s actions can be a complex and intriguing journey. That ardent exploration of what drives a person to behave the way they do is the grippingly realistic motivating factor in the new short thriller, ‘Harmony.’ Director Logan Kibens’ drama, which is set to premiere at the 10th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival next month, features actress and executive producer Dawn Davis as an intuitive woman who puts faith in her cunning instincts to figure out what drives one of her neighbor’s aggressions. ‘Harmony’ follows Elle (Davis), a self-described clairvoyant Hospice nurse who reveals her ability to sense events  [ Read More ]

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Interview: Kelly Reilly Talks Calvary

Posted by Karen Benardello On July - 28 - 2014 0 Comment
Interview: Kelly Reilly Talks Calvary

Undergoing a tragic and heartbreaking crisis in life can bring about unexpected and diverse reactions amongst family members, as they strive to deal with their pain in their own ways. Contending with the distinct responses from a father and his daughter as they struggle with the death of his wife and her mother is the humanizing driving force in the new independent drama, ‘Calvary,’ from writer-director John Michael McDonagh. When the father underwent a spiritual change and decided to become a priest, his daughter felt emotionally abandoned as he devoted himself to the long-lost ideal of being forgiving to everyone around him. She only began to understand his notion to  [ Read More ]

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Interview: Brendan Gleeson Talks Calvary

Posted by Karen Benardello On July - 27 - 2014 0 Comment
Interview: Brendan Gleeson Talks Calvary

Powerfully portraying a seemingly upstanding member of society who’s actually contending with a harrowing emotional complexity and a brazen code of morals can be a difficult obstacles for some actors to realistically do. But Brendan Gleeson intensely and grippingly did just that when he enthrallingly stepped into the role of the struggling Father James in writer-director John Michael McDonagh’s new drama, ‘Calvary.’ Gleeson not only made the character entertaining, relatable and at times comical as he struggled to reconnect with his parishioners, but also showed the endearing side of the embattled priest as he faced modern desire and sin. The priest also learned the true meaning of corruption and compassion  [ Read More ]

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Exclusive: Melanie Lynskey Talks Happy Christmas

Posted by bsimon On July - 25 - 2014 0 Comment
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Melanie Lynskey has a conjurer’s ability to mine the vulnerability of characters without sinking into sad-sack caricature. Whether as a troubled teenager in her stirring debut “Heavenly Creatures,” George Clooney’s younger sister in “Up in the Air,” Matt Damon’s wife in “The Informant!,” a fresh-out-of-rehab mother in “Win Win,” or a recent divorcee working her way through a rebound romance with a much younger man in the underrated “Hello I Must Be Going,” Lynskey always serves the story without ever blending into the scenery. Her latest film is “Happy Christmas,” from writer-director (and in this case co-star) Joe Swanberg. In it, the New Zealand-born actress gets to use her native  [ Read More ]

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Interview: Freddie Highmore Talks Justin and the Knights of Valour

Posted by Karen Benardello On July - 23 - 2014 0 Comment
Interview: Freddie Highmore Talks Justin and the Knights of Valour

Embarking on a powerful journey to fulfill your destiny and dreams, particularly when at times it can be filled with unpredictable struggles and people who are determined to prevent you from achieving your goals, can be a seemingly harrowing and daunting experience. That initially intimidating process of achieving your ambitions is powerfully showcased in the journey of the title character in the new animated family film, ‘Justin and the Knights of Valour,’ which is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Accomplished and talented young actor Freddie Highmore, who voices Justin in the film, impressively infused the character with a powerful ambition to become a knight, despite the fact they have  [ Read More ]

Interview: Ian Anthony Dale Talks Murder in the First

Posted by Karen Benardello On July - 21 - 2014 0 Comment
Interview: Ian Anthony Dale Talks Murder in the First

Ambitiously and passionately working to obtain the best possible results in your work can be both an intense and rewarding experience, particularly when you garner the respect and camaraderie amongst your co-workers that you deserve. That satisfying and enriching work ethic is clearly evident in both actor Ian Anthony Dale’s dedicated performance as Lieutenant Jim Koto in the new TNT crime drama, ‘Murder in the First.’ He vibrantly portrays the officer’s committed resolve to apprehend and persecute the killer in the serialized first season of the mystery show. ‘Murder in the first,’ which airs on Mondays at 10/9c, follows Lieutenant Koto as he leads his two San Francisco homicide detectives,  [ Read More ]

Interview: Jeremy Snead Talks Video Games: The Movie

Posted by Karen Benardello On July - 20 - 2014 0 Comment
Interview: Jeremy Snead Talks Video Games: The Movie

Witnessing the emotional evolution of another person’s intriguing story, which powerfully captures your undivided attention, is often an experience entertainment users often associate with films. But also engaging in the entertaining storytelling aspect of video games, aside from the excitement of winning every level of each title, is something many people don’t often understand or accept. But video games skillfully interweave creative stories and interactive experiences in a unique way that no other entertainment medium can. First-time feature film director Jeremy Snead passionately showcases the history and culture of the video game industry in his new documentary, ‘Video Games: The Movie.’ The film, which is now in theaters and on  [ Read More ]

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Mari Koda-Step Up All In

Mari Koda has made a name for herself as one of the biggest international dance stars with her role in the “Step Up” films. Koda will be making a return to the franchise to reprise her role as Jenny Kido in the upcoming installment to the franchise, “Step Up: All In.” ShockYa was happy to speak with Koda and discuss her acting career, her love of dance, and reuniting with her some of the “Step Up”alums. “Step Up: All In” will be in theaters Aug. 8. “Step Up: All In” is almost out. I’m sure your fans are excited. Mari Koda: Yeah…they’re already excited. What can they expect from this  [ Read More ]

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Interview: Bryan Greenberg Talks A Short History of Decay

Posted by Karen Benardello On July - 14 - 2014 0 Comment
Interview: Bryan Greenberg Talks A Short History of Decay

There are times people will undoubtingly question where their personal and personal lives are headed, and if they’ve made the right decisions in what they want to do with the rest of their lives. Not only has that uncertainly crept into the mind of the main character, Nathan, of the new independent comedy, ‘A Short History of Decay,’ but also the actor who played him, Bryan Greenberg. Nathan’s a struggling writer who’s understandably striving to find the area he finds the most passion in pursuing in his literary career, particularly when his parents become increasingly ill and his girlfriend ends their relationship. Greenberg relatably and genuinely drew on his own  [ Read More ]

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We got a chance to sit in on roundtables for “The Purge: Anarchy” press day in Coney Island, Brooklyn. The cast and crew from The Purge sequel film were in attendance for the traveling Purge: Breakout fan event. Take a listen to what the stars of “The Purge: Anarchy” had to say about the sequel film. With the success of “The Purge” last summer, Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Production fast tracked its sequel film “The Purge: Anarchy” for a summer release date. While the first film was mostly set inside of a house, the new film takes The Purge outside onto the mean streets of Los Angeles. Don’t get caught  [ Read More ]

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Interview: Lindsey McKeon Talks Supernatural

Posted by Karen Benardello On July - 11 - 2014 0 Comment
Interview: Lindsey McKeon Talks Supernatural

Taking risks as you try to figure out where you belong, and what you should be doing with your life, can be a difficult challenge for anyone, no matter what their circumstances or personalities are like. That’s certainly the case with both actress Lindsey McKeon, a former two-time Daytime Emmy Award nominee for her role as Marah Lewis on ‘Guiding Light,’ as well as one of her more recent characters, Tessa the Reaper, on the hit CW series, ‘Supernatural.’ The actress began her career on more family oriented shows as ‘Saved by the Bell: The New Class’ and ‘Boy Meets World,’ before delving into more sultry roles, such as on  [ Read More ]

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We got a chance to sit in on roundtables for The Purge: Anarchy press day in Coney Island, Brooklyn. The cast and crew from The Purge sequel film were in attendance for the traveling Purge: Breakout fan event. Take a listen to what the stars of The Purge: Anarchy had to say about the sequel film. With the success of “The Purge” last summer, Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Production fast tracked its sequel film “The Purge: Anarchy” for a summer release date. While the first film was mostly set inside of a house, the new film takes The Purge outside onto the mean streets of Los Angeles. Don’t get caught  [ Read More ]

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Interview: Joe Swanberg Talks Happy Christmas

Posted by Karen Benardello On July - 6 - 2014 0 Comment
Interview Joe Swanberg Talks Happy Christmas

Young couples often embrace the idea of having children to truly bring them together and bring joy to their lives, but can understandably fret over the unexpected crisis that soon flourish with extending their family. Not only can welcoming a child pose limitations on their creativity for their work, particularly if they’re artists, but it can also put limitations on the mothers’ abilities to successfully balance having a career and raising a family. That at-times difficult process of finding that stability in caring for their young children while also stretching their full potential in their career is relatably explore in filmmaker-actor Joe Swanberg’s latest independent romantic drama, ‘Happy Christmas,’ which  [ Read More ]

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