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Interview: Meg Ryan Talks Ithaca (Exclusive)

Posted by Karen Benardello On September - 8 - 2016 0 Comment
Interview: Meg Ryan Talks Ithaca (Exclusive)

Making the transition into the next natural stage in life can be a daunting experience for many people, no matter how well prepared they are to further expand their knowledge, skills and emotions. But the new war drama, ‘Ithaca,’ offers captivating insight into not only the protagonist’s coming-of-age story, but also an acclaimed actress’ natural transition into working behind the camera. The movie marks the feature film directorial debut of Meg Ryan, who powerfully brought to the screen the story of a teenage boy who’s learning what it truly means to care for his family. The second movie adaptation of William Saroyan’s 1943 novel, ‘The Human Comedy,’ was penned by  [ Read More ]

D.J. Cotrona and Zane Holtz Revive Brotherly Bond During From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Season 3 Set Visit

Feelings of honor and respect are often amongst the most revered traits that continuously and powerfully bond family members, even during their most combative and strained times. The infamous Gecko brothers, who have garnered unrelenting awe from devoted horror fans over the past two decades, since they were first introduced in director Robert Rodriguez’s 1996 cult film, ‘From Dusk Till Dawn,’ are learning how to appreciate each other again, even during their most difficult times. This past April, Shockya had the pleasure of visiting the set of ‘From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series,’ the television adaptation of the popular movie franchise, and witness the brothers’ humble reconciliation. During the set  [ Read More ]

Interview: Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander and Derek Cianfrance Talk The Light Between Oceans

Testing the boundaries of true love and it’s accompanying bliss can unfortunately end in catastrophe for even the most deserving people. They care so much about securing more happiness in their connection that they ignore the dangerous repercussions that can potentially arise. Having the willpower to do what’s right for the greater good, instead of just focusing on the effects that an action can have on one couple, is enthrallingly explored in the new romantic drama, ‘The Light Between Oceans.’ Based on the acclaimed 2012 Australian war fiction novel of the same name by M.L. Stedman, ‘The Light Between Oceans’ will be distributed into theaters nationwide on Friday by DreamWorks  [ Read More ]


Interview: Daniel Alfredson Talks Blackway (Exclusive)

Posted by Karen Benardello On August - 29 - 2016 0 Comment
Interview: Daniel Alfredson Talks Blackway (Exclusive)

Inspiration and determination can often strike people during their most intense and surprising situations and connections. The strong-willed protagonist in the thriller, ‘Blackway,’ becomes grippingly motivated to protect herself as she had to learn how to rebuild her life following her mother’s death. But her new life plans are jeopardized when she becomes the target of her hometown’s ruthless con man. The drama, which which was written by Joe Gangemi and Gregory Jacobs, is based on Castle Freeman Jr. 2008 acclaimed novel, ‘Go with Me.’ ‘Blackway’ was directed by Swedish filmmaker, Daniel Alfredson, who was influenced to take the helm by one of the project’s supporting actors, Anthony Hopkins. The  [ Read More ]


Interview: Stephen Lang Talks Don’t Breathe (Exclusive)

Posted by Karen Benardello On August - 23 - 2016 0 Comment
Interview: Stephen Lang Talks Don't Breathe (Exclusive)

Quickly judging a person just on their appearance is a misguided trait that many people take on, as they fall into society’s trap of not placing value of appreciating others for their personalities first. 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 Fede Alvarez, who co-wrote the script for his new horror film, ‘Done Breathe,’ with Rodo Sayagues, stunningly proved that people’s natural reactions in times of despair offer the most accurate insight into their temperament. Actor Stephen Lang plays one of the main complex characters in the thriller, which  [ Read More ]

Exclusive Interview Andy Powers Talks Clown (Blu-ray and DVD Release)

Striving to protect and positively influence their young and impressionable children is a high priority for many parents, regardless of the troubling circumstances they find themselves in. Unfortunately, at times even their best intentions can fail and ultimately do more harm than good. That’s certainly the case with the married main characters in the horror film, ‘Clown,’ as they try to make their son happy on his birthday with a visit by the title iconic figure. But actor Andy Powers’ well-meaning character soon uncovers the frightening consequences of depending on superficial societal expectations to fulfill a sense of contentment. After Dimension Films and Anchor Bay Entertainment unveiled ‘Clown’ in select  [ Read More ]

Interview: Robert LaSardo Talks Darkest Night (Exclusive)

Posted by Karen Benardello On August - 20 - 2016 0 Comment
Interview: Robert LaSardo Talks Darkest Night (Exclusive)

Embracing your true emotions, without fearing the effects of judgment, is a powerful sentiment held by both troubled characters and daring actions who are intent on taking control of their destines. Versatile and talented actor, Robert LaSardo, who has made a name for himself by portraying criminals and gang members, is powerfully highlighting his natural ability to rise above villainous stereotypes in all of his roles. The intellectual film and television performer has notably embraced the creative freedom that independent projects have offered him throughout his career. As a result, he has expertly shown how allowing actors to share their personal input on their roles can help authenticate the human  [ Read More ]


Passionately pursuing admirable goals, no matter what challenging obstacles stand in the way, is a fulfilling aspiration that the most determined heroes aim to realize. The inspirational young title protagonist in the upcoming animated fantasy film, ‘Kubo and the Two Strings,’ boldly relies on his courage to follow his dream of defeating his opposing enemies and protecting his life. Travis Knight, the president and CEO of the stop-motion animation studio, Laika, and up-and-coming actor, Art Parkinson, have also successfully obtained some of their ambitions by working on the family movie. Knight made the transition from working as a film animator to making his feature film directorial debut, while the 14-year-old  [ Read More ]


Interview: Madeleine McGraw Talks Outcast (Exclusive)

Posted by Karen Benardello On August - 12 - 2016 0 Comment
Interview Madeleine McGraw Talks Outcast (Exclusive)

Finding and embracing life’s true purpose can be a challenging experience for many adults as they struggle to determine their dreams, let alone young children who recently started school. But talented and versatile young actress, seven-year-old Madeleine McGraw, has already uncovered and embraced her natural talent as a performer. She has naturally showcased her ability to understand and connect with her character in the new Cinemax supernatural horror series, ‘Outcast,’ on which she made her television series regular acting debut. The drama highlights how McGraw understands both the joy and pain of her character during an at-times turbulent period in her life, which has rightfully garnered her critical acclaim. ‘Outcast’  [ Read More ]

Interview: Jon Heder Talks Ghost Team (Exclusive)

Posted by Karen Benardello On August - 12 - 2016 0 Comment
Interview: Jon Heder Talks Ghost Team (Exclusive)

People who become highly determined to gain the attention of those they admire can often times take drastic measures, without any regard for the harmful consequences that may plague them along the way. But those repercussions can sometimes lead to surprisingly beneficial outcomes. The people they affect can learn how to appreciate their lives, particularly the unpredictable connections they have formed along the way. That’s certainly the case in Jon Heder’s new paranormal-inspired comedy film, ‘Ghost Team.’ The story chronicles the actor’s relatable protagonist learning how to embrace all that he has in his life. ‘Ghost Team’ follows Louis (Heder), the owner of a nondescript copy and print store that’s  [ Read More ]

Interview: Jason Biggs and Jenny Mollen Talk Amateur Night (Exclusive)

Humorously providing a relatable view on an alternative lifestyle that’s often quickly judged by society is a challenge that not many filmmakers, particularly those who are making their feature film writing and directorial debuts, willing embrace. But up-and-coming married scribes-helmers, Lisa Addario and Joe Syracuse, intriguingly relied on their unique working experiences as they strived to achieve their Hollywood dreams, with their new comedy, ‘Amateur Night.’ The filmmakers cast spouses Jason Biggs and Jenny Mollen to bring their distinctive story to life in ‘Amateur Night.’ The comedy highlights the role reversal of women portraying characters who willingly work illegal and sordid jobs, and don’t experience the residual guilt that accompanies  [ Read More ]

Interview: Ashley Tisdale, Janet Montgomery and Bria L. Murphy Talk Amateur Night (Exclusive)

Relentlessly maintaining a brazen and confident personality is a key component for women to achieve and preserve a successful business. Embodying that assertive approach is a key element in forming compelling female characters in films. That endearing characteristic is compellingly personified in the lead female characters in the new comedy, ‘Amateur Night,’ which was written and directed by Lisa Addario and her husband, Joe Syracuse. The movie is based on Syracuse’s experiences when he and Addario first moved to Los Angeles to pursue careers in filmmaking. ‘Amateur Night,’ which Cinedigm distributed in New York and Los Angeles theaters this weekend, showcases how a man who’s desperate for a job unknowingly  [ Read More ]


At this point almost everybody at least has heard word-of-mouth praise about the Adult Swim animated series ‘Rick and Morty’. The show – now into its third season – has gained quite the rabid fan base as its popularity continues to soar. And honestly, it’s really difficult not to love this show. It’s got a solid combination of raunchy humor, adventure, burping and heart mixed together to form an incredibly entertaining show. ‘Rick and Morty’ follows the adventures of the alcoholic scientist Rick teamed up with his awkward and slow grandson Morty, both characters voiced by Justin Roiland. The second season ended on a fairly downer note, but despite the  [ Read More ]


In the early days of his career a young Bruce Campbell joined forces with the fresh filmmaker Sam Raimi in a low budget horror movie called ‘The Evil Dead’. Ever since then Bruce Campbell has taken on multiple roles in plenty of movies and television shows, but his fans will always always associate the dashing actor to the bloody franchise that helped define that decade of horror. Who would have guessed that years after he first took on the role of Ashley “Ash” Williams that Bruce Campbell would inevitably take on the role once more? Similar to Ash’s association with the Necronomicon in the ‘Evil Dead’ universe, this is a  [ Read More ]

Ash vs. Evil Dead Key Art Shoot2016

The Evil Dead franchise is a beloved bloody series that’s lodged itself deep into horror lovers’ hearts. The bloody tales of Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell) against the forces of darkness plagued the reluctant hero many years ago. But thanks to his foolish actions, he faces new enemies in the hit Starz series ‘Ash vs Evil Dead’. Producer Robert Tapert has been with the Evil Dead franchise since the beginning, seeing the horror property multiply in gore and fans who loved every minute of it. At the other end of the spectrum is famed actress Lucy Lawless, who will always be known as the title character in ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’. Rather  [ Read More ]

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