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Interview Bree Michael Warner Talks Trust Me, I'm a Lifeguard Part II

Collaborating with close friends on finding your sense of purpose in your professional and personal lives is an endearing lesson that not only applies to the lead characters in the new short comedy, ‘Trust Me, I’m a Lifeguard,’ but also the actors and filmmakers of the project. Actress Bree Michael Warner, who was already friends with the short’s writers, Christian Keiber and Tyler Hollinger, who also star as the title lifeguards in the film, before they began filming, learned valuable lessons as a first-time producer on the comedy. As the scribes’ characters worked together to figure out their true calling after the summer ends, Warner also relished in working with  [ Read More ]


Interview: Matthew Watts and Amy Higgins Talk Mutual Friends

Posted by Karen Benardello On July - 1 - 2014 0 Comment
Interview: Matthew Watts and Amy Higgins Talk Mutual Friends

While people often strive to find the one person who will truly make them happy romantically, the person they least expect to find contentment with make just be the one who positively influences their lives. That’s certainly the case with the main characters, Liv and Nate, as well as the director and co-scribe, Matthew Watts, and his wife, Amy Higgins, who’s one of the other co-writers of the new independent comedy, ‘Mutual Friends.’ Much like the helmer and his co-writer, who also produced the movie, Liv and Nate began to realize that their relationship was deeper than they initially thought, which helped infuse the comedy with an emotional genuineness. ‘Mutual  [ Read More ]

lee afflicted

Given its fairly reliable audience base, the horror genre affords burgeoning filmmakers the chance to showcase their skills in inventive fashion, which the fresh, technically accomplished “Afflicted” surely does. A shared effort in just about every way between writer-director-actors Clif Prowse and Derek Lee, the movie — a Toronto Film Festival selection and a smash hit at Fantastic Fest last year — chronicles an international video travelogue gone wrong, when one of the pair has an encounter with a mysterious Parisian woman and succumbs to an illness that includes all sorts of uncomfortable transformations. For ShockYa, Brent Simon recently had a chance to speak to Prowse and Lee one-on-two, about trading on  [ Read More ]

Jesse Hutch

Jesse Hutch is fighting for his life against Rusty Nail in “Joy Ride 3,” the most horrortastic installment in the “Joy Ride” series. ShockYa was happy to talk to Hutch about his leadership role in the film, reuniting with Ken Kirzinger and funny horror movies. “Joy Ride 3″ is available for home viewing now. I’ve talked to Ken Kirzinger last week, and from what I’ve heard, the film is going to be even more exciting than the other two. Jesse Hutch: I’m hearing that the word on the street is that that’s correct, apparently [laughs]. It’s one of those things that you never know how people are going to take  [ Read More ]

Tariq Nasheed

Tariq Nasheed, a New York Times bestseller, is known for teaching men across America how to mack with confidence with his books like “The Art of Mackin’”. But Nasheed has also been on a quest to teach America about race, racism and the things America needs to do to wake up to a crisis that’s been there all along. ShockYa was happy to speak with Nasheed about his upcoming film, “Hidden Colors 3″ and his views on what needs to happen to make America a better place for all to live. “Hidden Colors 3,” part of Nasheed’s “Hidden Colors” film series, will be in theaters June 26. Looks like “Hidden  [ Read More ]


Interview: Lou Volpe Talks Jersey Boys

Posted by Karen Benardello On June - 18 - 2014 0 Comment
Interview: Lou Volpe Talks Jersey Boys

Bravely stepping outside your comfort zone to explore a job and lifestyle you’re truly passionate about can be a terrifying experience at first. But once you truly commit to fulfilling your dream and succeeding in the area you truly wish to professionally pursue, the opportunities to show your talent can be endless. Actor Lou Volpe, who emigrated to Los Angeles as a young adult, courageously returned to acting after raising his family. After starting his career in theater in Italy, and enrolling at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute in Los Angeles to further his skills, he landed roles in films and TV shows, and also directed the movies,  [ Read More ]

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 ]


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