Archive for the ‘INTERVIEWS’ Category

Ryan Piers Williams Talks X/Y (Seattle International Film Festival)

Accepting the people we have become and the way we relate to other people, particularly in times of unexpected crisis, are some of the biggest challenges young adults face as they enter the world and develop their identities. That natural exploration of the obstacles people often face when they embrace who they have become, and the connections they’ve made with the seemingly most important people around them, is realistically explored in the new independent drama, ‘X/Y.’ Actor-writer-director Ryan Piers Williams brought his new film, which he collaborated with his wife, America Ferrera, on, to this month’s 40th Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), to showcased people’s shared quest for happiness and  [ Read More ]


Joy Ride 3: Road Kill Amps Up the Kills in Explosive Set Visit

Posted by Karen Benardello On June - 15 - 2014 0 Comment
Joy Ride 3-Rusty Nail Truck

The world of car racing is already dangerous enough, with the ever present fear of getting into an accident while competing on the track. When something as seemingly trivial as a Rusty Nail is thrown into the car racing equation, people don’t often ponder the effects it can have on the competition’s outcome. But initial looks can be deceiving, which is clearly evident with the return of villain Rusty Nail in 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment’s upcoming thriller, ‘Joy Ride 3: Road Kill.’ Written and directed by horror filmmaker, Declan O’Brien, ‘Joy Ride 3: Road Kill,’ the second sequel in the hit ‘Joy Ride’ franchise, brought back the mysterious villain  [ Read More ]

Joy Ride 3

Ken Kirzinger has been in tons of major blockbusters doing incredible stunts, but when “Joy Ride 3″ comes out, you’ll be able to see him as the iconic presence that is Rusty Nail. ShockYa was happy to talk with Kirzinger about taking on the character and his storied film stunt career. “Joy Ride 3″ will be released June 17. What was it like taking on the iconic character of Rusty Nail? It was a lot of fun. I guess I’m no stranger to being into other shoes after playing Jason in “Freddy vs. Jason,” so it wasn’t anything new in that way. I was a project that I was really  [ Read More ]

Interview: Olivia Cooke Talks The Signal

Posted by Karen Benardello On June - 11 - 2014 0 Comment
Interview: Olivia Cooke Talks The Signal

Struggling to find your true passion and calling in life can be a difficult challenge for young adults as they strive to create their own identity. Up-and-coming British film and television actress, Olivia Cooke, who started her career in several BBC mini-series in her late teenage years, has reverently overcome those obstacles of trying to determine what career path to follow by taking on a diverse range of roles. In her latest project, writer-director William Eubank’s sci-fi thriller, ‘The Signal,’ which is one of her first film roles, the now 20-year-old actress is proving to American audiences her natural ability to adapt to any character. ‘The Signal’ follows friends and  [ Read More ]


Exclusive: Lin Shaye Talks The Signal

Posted by bsimon On June - 11 - 2014 0 Comment
Lin Shaye The Signal

“The Signal,” from co-writer/director Will Eubank, made a buzzy splash at the Sundance Film Festival this year, where its low-budget mixture of science-fiction and mystery proved a heady combination — especially to distributor Focus Features, who snapped it up for a counter-programming run amidst much bigger-budgeted summer action fare. The film centers on three MIT students (Brenton Thwaites, Beau Knapp and Olivia Cooke) who take a detour on their road trip through the Southwest, in an effort to track down a hacker who has been messing with them. Odd occurrences ensue, leaving the trio in a waking nightmare involving continued interrogation at the hands of Dr. Wallace Damon (Laurence Fishburne).  [ Read More ]

Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson in The Rover

Four years after delivering the film that would ultimately go on to earn Jacki Weaver her very first Academy Award nomination, writer-director David Michôd is back with his second feature film, “The Rover.” The film stars “Animal Kingdom” alum Guy Pearce as Eric, a loner roaming the desolate Australian outback where law enforcement is hard to come by and everything comes at a hefty price. When a group of criminals steals Eric’s car in the heat of a botched heist, he decides to pick up the wounded accomplice (Robert Pattinson) they leave behind so he track them down and get back his sole remaining possession. When you mark your feature  [ Read More ]

The Signal

It isn’t easy getting your first feature off the ground, but William Eubank managed to pull it off and in a rather unconventional manner. He didn’t attend a traditional film school or track down an industry contact willing to give him a shot. Eubank entered a Red Hot Chili Peppers music video contest – and lost. But he did wind up with quite the consolation prize – the band Angels and Airwaves agreed to both produce and score his first feature, “Love.” After four years of work that included building a fully realized space station set, writing, directing and shooting the film himself, Eubank wound up with a final product  [ Read More ]

Exclusive: Director Will Eubank Talks The Signal

Posted by bsimon On June - 8 - 2014 0 Comment
Will Eubank

Genre filmmaking is often a more welcoming playground to fresh new talent than more conventional drama, and, arguably next to horror, science-fiction allows filmmakers the opportunity to leave their stamp on tone and visual schemes unlike almost any other narrative category. With the striking, stirring “The Signal,” director Will Eubank certainly does that. Brent Simon recently had a chance to speak to Eubank one-on-one for ShockYa, about his sophomore film, his myriad influences and debuting his movie at the Sundance Film Festival. The conversation is excerpted below: ShockYa: “The Signal” is very experiential. Can you speak some to your pre-production process, because I feel like you had to have made  [ Read More ]


Exclusive: Beau Knapp Talks The Signal

Posted by bsimon On June - 4 - 2014 0 Comment
Beau Knapp The Signal

Three MIT college students on a road trip across the Southwest — Jonah (Beau Knapp) and fraying couple Nic (Brenton Thwaites) and Haley (Olivia Cooke) — take a detour to try to track down a hacker who’s been messing with them for months. Things go sideways, leaving the early-twentysomethings in a strange waking nightmare involving continued interrogations from Dr. Wallace Damon (Laurence Fishburne). That’s the moody mystery at the center of director Will Eubank’s genre-bending “The Signal,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Brent Simon had a chance to speak to Knapp one-on-one for ShockYa earlier this week, about the movie, his entrée into acting and what  [ Read More ]

We Are the Best!

Swedish-born poet and novelist Lukas Moodysson made a splash with his film debut, “Show Me Love,” in 1998, and has since then delivered a number of controversial and experimental films. His latest movie, the adventurous romp “We Are the Best!,” is a return to the more optimistic and loose-limbed vibe of his early work. Set in 1982 Stockholm, the film centers on two tomboyish tweens, Boba (Mira Barkhammar) and Klara (Mira Grosin), who impulsively decide to start a punk band, and recruit a classmate who can actually play an instrument, Hedvig (Liv LeMoyne), to help give their endeavor some shape. Recently, for ShockYa, Brent Simon had a chance to speak to Moodysson one-on-one, about  [ Read More ]


Robert Stromberg is an Oscar-winner who’s been involved in a wide variety of enormously successful films — including the highest-grossing movie of all time — but he’s not a name known to mainstream filmgoers. With “Maleficent,” his directorial debut, that may change. Recently, ShockYa had a chance to participate in the Los Angeles press day for the film, a revisionist take on the “Sleeping Beauty” fairytale from the point-of-view of its titular villainess, and chat with some of the filmmakers and cast about their work. A roundtable conversation between Stromberg and several reporters is excerpted below: Question: You’re pretty savvy about the whole movie world, and have had various credits on a  [ Read More ]


Interview: Angelina Jolie Talks Maleficent

Posted by bsimon On June - 2 - 2014 0 Comment

If heroism endures, so too does villainy, as “Maleficent” proves. After all, the titular enchantress was the principal antagonizing force in Disney’s animated “Sleeping Beauty” more than five decades ago. Now she’s the focal point of her own movie — a fanciful feminist re-imagining of the same basic tale starring Angelina Jolie in the title role. ShockYa recently had a chance to participate in the film’s Los Angeles press day. A roundtable conversation with Jolie is excerpted below: Question: It might seem a little odd, but I was just wondering, when you get in the full costume with the headdress, is there sort of a Norma Desmond thing that takes over… because I  [ Read More ]

Sharlto Copley

It was 55 years ago that Walt Disney’s animated version of “Sleeping Beauty” first left her mark. But the villainess from that film, Maleficent, endured every bit as much as the title character. Now she even has her own film, too. In “Maleficent,” Angelina Jolie stars as the vengeful enchantress. But, thanks to a few inventive story twists, she’s not really as bad as she’s made out to be. The true villain of the piece, actually, might just be King Stefan (Sharlto Copley), which means maybe he’ll get his own film as well in a half-century and change. ShockYa recently had a chance to attend the film’s Los Angeles press day, and chat  [ Read More ]

Elle Fanning Maleficent

Elle Fanning has been acting in movies for so long, it’s hard to believe she’s still only 16 years old. And then one meets her in person — with her open eyes and open heart, and frequent giggles and huge grins that litter any conversation — and she seems even younger, of completely guileless expression. In the new family fantasy adventure “Maleficent,” which puts a spin on the old “Sleeping Beauty” story, Fanning co-stars as Aurora, the naive 15-year-old princess who knows nothing of the curse put on her by the titular enchantress (Angelina Jolie). ShockYa recently had a chance to take part in the film’s Los Angeles press day, and talk  [ Read More ]


Interview: Sam Riley Talks Maleficent

Posted by bsimon On May - 28 - 2014 0 Comment
Sam Riley Talks Maleficent

The animated “Shrek” series, with its focus (initially, at least) on “fractured fairytales,” rang up a couple billion dollars for DreamWorks (and later Paramount), between the theatrical box office take of the original quadrilogy, straight-to-video spin-offs and other ancillary income. Now, on the 55th anniversary of one of its own most popular and enduring fairytales, “Sleeping Beauty,” distributor Disney aims to put a new, live-action spin on the popular, hard-hearted villain of that tale. “Maleficent,” starring Angelina Jolie in the title role, reimagines and recontextualizes the “Sleeping Beauty” story, exploring it from a different point-of-view. ShockYa recently had the chance to participate in the film’s Los Angeles press day, and chat  [ Read More ]


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