Monday, July 25, 2016

Reverse Order’s all-star guitar up for grabs at Van’s Warped Tour



International music sensations Reverse Order are currently on tour as part of Van’s Warped Tour, a traveling rock festival that has toured the United States annually each summer since 1995.


Official sponsor PRS Guitars have supplied Reverse Order with their guitar for the rockin’ roadshow – which next sees the trip take to the stage in Auburn Hills (July 22), Tinley Park (July 23), Maryland Heights (July 27), Bonner Springs (July 28), Denver (July 31), Scottsdale (Aug 2), San Diego (Aug 5) and finally, Pomona (Aug 7).


A dynamic alternative rock band from New Jersey with an undeniable edge that you will never forget, Reverse Order has made a powerful impact not only in the US, but internationally performing in multiple countries including Russia and Mexico. A popular calling card for the band in recent times has been their anti-bullying initiative ‘Reverse the Trend’ where they speak to, and perform for, students.


Anyone who makes a donation at the Reverse Order’s Anti-Bullying initiative at Van’s Warped Tour will go into the draw to win the PRS Guitar – which been signed by such artists as Sum 41, Four Years Strong, and Set It Off. By donating as little as $3.00 you automatically go into the draw to win the prize (valued at $1400). 


Keep up to date with Reverse Order’s stops on the Van’s Warped Tour at http://www.reverseorderonline.com/tour



Friday, June 10, 2016

Who’s Jenna - Review



Life long friends Jonathan (Bill Sorvino) and Andy (Joseph D’Onofrio) are out at the bar having drinks with their co-worker, Scott (Edwin Guerrero).

In walk a trio of woman, one of whom illuminates the room and immediately catches Jonathan’s eye, Jenna (Tracey Birdsall). But it is Jenna who makes the first move on Jonathan. In short order the pair is singing karaoke and dancing together.

Jenna is a partner at a law firm who just happens to resemble a well-known adult film star. Already obsessive about porn, Jenna’s resemblance to the unnamed person will drive Andy a bit crazy throughout most of the film. Andy is determined to show Jonathan who he thinks she really is.

The plot really thickens when Jonathan finds out that Jenna is the sister-in-law of his unscrupulous boss Joe Barcia (Garry Pastore). Joe promises Jonathan a big promotion at the wealth management firm if he closes the account of an undesirable client, that of adult film star Kevin Steele (Michael Tota).

Jenna and Joe’s relationship becomes strained when Joe goes to Jenna’s law firm asking her to represent his case against her brother-in-law.

Joe’s dealings with clients that are gangsters does not fit into the category of undesirable, oddly enough. Further making the situation complicated is Joe’s insistence that Scott not receive a promotion due to Scott’s gender preference. There is a further twist to the story involving Joe’s … actions, to which I will only say a vital clue is dropped when Scott says something early on in the film.

I was not sure what to expect when I was invited to watch and review Who’s Jenna. I am glad they kept the film from turning into a porno with a weak story. The film definitely has an East Coast feel to it. Not only was it filmed in the New York /Jersey area, there is an East Coast influence on the comedy and language in many scenes. The actors delivered believable performances and seemed to all work well together. Tracey Birdsall and Bill Sorvino’s acting in particular stood out for me.





Sunday, May 29, 2016

Brandon Stacy Talks To Us About THE BIG SHORT, ROOTS & MENA




Brandon Stacy is an American actor who has appeared in such productions as Academy Award Winning, THE BIG SHORT, and Emmy Winning AMERICAN HORROR STORY. You can currently see in him on ROOTS on the History Channel.

We had an opportunity to chat with Brandon about his career.


What got you started in acting?

I was in love with film at an early age. As a child, I would watch movies as a kid and be totally engulfed, then go outside and play make-believe by my myself. Fortunately I had family and friends at school that didn’t mind me acting out scenes from my favourite movies. They cheered me on. Performance was steering the ship, it was and is my creative outlet.



What was it like being part of the cast of the Oscar Winning film, THE BIG SHORT?

When a cast like that gets together you know it’s going to be something special. Everyone in that movie has some serious game.



Was there any particular (THE BIG SHORT) cast member you were particularly eager to work alongside?

I don’t think there was an actor I wasn’t eager to work with. I play the father of Christian Bale’s character. That’s amazing. I relate to Bale a great deal. He has an uncanny way of shape shift into new and interesting characters. He’s incredibly intense about his work. It must run in the family.



What attracted you to the ROOTS story and in which ways is it different from the original 1977 TV series?

The ability to reach a new generation with such an important part of history is quite meaningful. ROOTS is still enormously powerful. We do cover some new ground and explore some new characters this time around and you cannot watch it without being moved.



What was the most challenging aspect of working on ROOTS?

I just give myself to the project. I let the character speak through me. I trust in the writing, the director. I trust that I put in the work before I show up to set. If I’m confident in all of these things, I know that my part in the message will be fine. I certainly love to be challenged emotionally and physically by the work, but the most rewarding is carrying a message of inspiration to an audience. ROOTS has the challenge to do that, but you’ll find that is succeeds pretty easily.



You'll be co-starring opposite Tom Cruise in upcoming film MENA, from director Doug Liman, correct? What can you tell us about that film?

I was indeed cast in Mena. Here’s another actor who fiercely intense about his work. Cruise has always been an inspiration to me, and Doug Lyman….”forget about it!”. These guys know how to make a movie. That being said, it’s a crime thriller about the CIA Drug Runner, Barry Seal. It’s intense.



Do you have a preference for working in a certain genre of TV/Film?
I have many interests, and they grow by the day. I enjoy working on projects that are relevant to society, that speak to humanity, and that let me off the chain to explore new places within myself. This can happen in any genre and certainly want keep going in all of them. I would not want be limited or contained by a genre.



Are there any other future projects you would like to tell our readers about?

If you put it that way, there is a project I’m currently working on that takes place in the future, and in space. A fantastic original Sci-fi show called “BLADE OF HONOR”. If you are a sci-fi fan like me, you’ll love it.

I’ll also be making an appearance on the CRACKEL, crime drama, “START UP”. That should be coming out this year sometime.





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Friday, May 27, 2016

Advanced Charity screening announcement of TRI

AWARD-WINNING DRAMA TRI BOWS IN CALIFORNIA


Ahead of a wide Summer release, the inspiring drama TRI screens in Long Beach, California on Thursday, June 2nd.

The film, which recently walked away with the top prize at the Northern Virginia International Film & Music Festival, is presented by TRIBE - Triathlon Club of Southern California and screens at the Art Theatre of Long Beach at 7pm.

In addition to a screening of the award-winning movie, the evening features a Q&A with associate producer Julie Moss and actor Shawn Pelofsky. There will also be a raffle and a chance to meet and connect with fellow athletes and TRIBE sponsors.

A portion of the proceeds to benefit the Challenged Athletes Foundation.

In addition to winning Film of the Year at NOVA, Jai Jamison’s inspiring drama snared the NOVA Award, Best Actress (Jensen Jacobs), Best Family / Faith Based Film, and Best Inspirational Film.

TRI was also a Runner Up for Best Cinematography (Feature Film) and Best Editing (Feature Film).

The film also recently won the Indie Spirit Best Story Line Award from the Boston International Film Festival.

TRI is an inspiring, emotionally-charged drama about a medical technician with a history of not finishing things who is inspired by a cancer patient to sign up for her first Triathlon. The film’s potent garland of performers includes Jensen Jacobs and legendary TV star Tim Reid.

Natalie (Award-winning actress Jensen Jacobs), an ultrasound tech with a history of not finishing things, is inspired by a cancer patient to sign up for a Triathlon. Natalie is introduced to the strange (and aerodynamic) world of triathletes and meets a colorful cast of characters as she trains for the Nation’s Triathlon. With the support of her new teammates, she digs deep to discover just how far she can push her mind and body.

TRI is the first scripted feature narrative about triathlons that has been developed for theatrical release. Triathlon is the fastest growing endurance sport in the world and was the fastest growing of all sports in the UK in 2014. There are over 600,000 athletes registered with USA Triathlon, and over 3.2 million worldwide.

Although the film uses triathlon as a backdrop, the niche target market for the film is female runners. Of the roughly 20 million finishers of running events in 2014, 60 percent were women.

The concept of TRI is to raise awareness and hope for those who are seeking compassion or understanding while dealing with cancer as a caregiver, a patient and a survivor.

The writing team for TRI includes a two time Ironman finisher and professional triathlon coach who has led cancer awareness programs; a cancer survivor; and, an award winning screenwriter who has lost loved ones to cancer.

Jensen Jacobs, Shawn Pelofsky, Jaylen Moore, Chris Williams, Kelly Spitko, Tim Reid and Walker Hays star in a Jai Jamison film, written by Theodore Adams III, Monica Lee Bellais and Jai Jamison. The Executive Producers include Kimberly Skyrme, Regional Casting Director for House of Cards, and Russell Williams II, a two time Academy Award winner.

Tickets are available at the door and from https://www.eventbrite.com/e/be-transformed-exclusive-screening-of-tri-first-movie-about-triathlons-tickets-25357675490?aff=affiliate1



For more information about TRI please visit:

http://www.triforcure.com/triforcure/

https://www.facebook.com/TRIforcure/




Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Hatch! Russ! Kyson! unite for sci-fi series BLADE OF HONOR



TV icons Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica), Tim Russ (Star Trek: Voyager) and James Kyson (Heroes) embark on a virtuoso homecoming to sci-fi TV with Blade of Honor.

The creative forces behind such science-fiction classics as Battlestar Galactica, Heroes, Star Trek:Voyager, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: New Voyages, Star Trek: Renegades, Star Trek: The Next Generation team to bring to the screen the next level in small screen space-set sci-fi entertainment!




A Kickstarter campaign has launched to fund the first three episodes of the sweeping sci-fi series, also starring Alison Haislip, Cirroc Lofton, Aron Eisenberg and Brandon Stacy, with a range of rewards including DVDs, autographed photos and producer credits up for grabs to those who contribute!

From writer-producer Mark Edward Lewis, Blade of Honor fixes on Arina Kartades (Haislip), a religious, headstrong, crack Alliance Navy Star Blade pilot in a war where the human Alliance is losing against the animal race, the Calinar. When Kartades discovers that her Statemandated religious upbringing was a lie, she embarks upon a forced quest to discover the true reasons behind the war. As her discoveries push her deeper into harm’s way, she must go against everything she believes in to fight a cloak and dagger rebellion and expose the galactic elite, the religious masters, and protect the ones she loves from the clutches of her own superiors and the combined military might of the Alliance and Calendar.




Says the Blade of Honor team, “We've got big plans for Blade of Honor, but like with anything worth doing, we must start with the first step. That first step is episode one. The minimum we need to shoot episode one is $30,000 - that includes, building sets, creating wardrobes, renting stages, paying/feeding cast and crew, etc.., not post-production/visual effects. We are confident however, that with this small amount of money, we can make one hell of an impressive sci-fi web series episode.

But it is our hope that we fund more than just this one episode of a webseries with this campaign. We need at least five episodes to tell this first story, this first mini-season. Because of that, we've got our sights set on some stretch goals as well
.”





There are still 29 days to go in the campaign! Help get Blade of Honor it’s first season!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bladeofhonor/blade-of-honor


SEASON 1 trailer








Monday, May 16, 2016

Orient City: Ronin & The Princess, First Look Teaser and Images







Following the success of their critically acclaimed graphic novel, R.E.M., creators Ryan Colucci and Zsombor Huszka proudly announce the launch of their hand-drawn animated film, Orient City: Ronin & The Princess.


Orient City: Ronin & The Princess is a samurai spaghetti western that mixes the characteristics of the American Wild West and Feudal Asia. An unforgiving place, Orient City is a vertical tangle of rock and skyscrapers interconnected with waterways and cable cars. The poor, quite literally, dwell at the bottom. At the center of it all is Boshi, a fallen samurai who has sworn to protect a young girl whose family has been assassinated. Together they head to Orient City for one thing… revenge.


The film's opening sequence is now available here:





The team launched its Kickstarter campaign just this week to bring the striking 2D animation to life, and is already on their way toward their overall crowd-funding goal of $30,000 to help cover the total cost of the film.





What sets Orient City: Ronin & The Princess apart is not only the quality of the story and animation, but also the depth and breadth of experience in the talents of the filmmaking team. Ryan Colucci helped launched Snoot Entertainment and was previously a producer on the CG-animated feature film Battle for Terra: 3D (Lionsgate, 2009) at a facility the company built from scratch. The voice cast includes Chris Evans, Evan Rachel Wood, Dennis Quaid, Luke Wilson, Amanda Peet, Brian Cox, Justin Long, Ron Perlman, Danny Trejo, Phil LaMarr, Danny Glover, Mark Hamill and James Garner. Zsombor Huszka has been animating music videos in Europe and the United States for artists such as Grammy-nominated Dirty South and Viktor Kiraly, who was recently a finalist on The Voice. His title sequence for the indie film Suburban Cowboy was recently nominated for an SXSW Excellence in Title Design at this year’s festival, against films such as Spectre and Avengers: Age of Ultron.





The opening shot of the film, which starts at the water and moves all the way up Orient City, can be viewed on the Kickstarter page as part of the introduction video, as well as a handful of stills and design images from this unique world.



Kickstarter Page

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rcolucci/orient-city-a-hand-drawn-animated-film






Tuesday, April 19, 2016

FIRST POSTER RELEASED FOR SPRING ROM-COM WHO’S JENNA…?



The first poster for the highly-anticipated rom-com Who’s Jenna…?, starring Tracey Birdsall and Bill Sorvino, has been released.

Who’s Jenna…? is a riotously funny but super sweet rom-com about a man whose new girlfriend (AOFF award winner Tracey Birdsall) looks suspiciously like a famous porn star.

Jonathan Burke (Bill Sorvino), a successful financial advisor, starts dating Jenna Casey (Birdsall), an accomplished lawyer. Jonathan’s best friend, Andy Roma (Joseph D’Onofrio) is convinced she looks exactly like a famous adult film star.

Not only does Jonathan have to deal with his friend’s nonsense, but he also has to juggle his relationship with his boss (Garry Pastore), who is possibly black-mailing him, and is Jenna’s brother in-law.

A case of mistaken identity creates a whirling storm of comical chaos in Jonathan’s world.
Joining Birdsall are The Soprano’s Vincent Pastore, Bill Sorvino, Joseph D’Onofrio, Vic Dibitetto and Garry Pastore.

Who’s Jenna…?, written and directed by Thomas Baldinger, is a 624 Productions production.