Thursday, September 15, 2016

Brutal - Pounding MMA Action-Packed Film Hits DVD & Digital Download

The Twilight Zone meets The Prisoner in Brutal, hitting DVD and digital download May 17 from Inception Media Group.

After being imprisoned like lab rats in a hyper-real world where torture is pushed to its limits, Trevor (Morgan Benoit, AMC’s Into the Badlands, Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead, 47 Ronin, The Forbidden Kingdom) and Derek (Jeff Hatch, Prescription Thugs) are pitted against each other in an exchange of ever-increasingly ruthless beatings.

Locked in a never-ending cycle of no-holds-barred MMA combat, they begin to realize their abductor’s motives and methods. As they continue to fight each other to the very brink of death, the viciousness of their existence and the true nature of their humanity is slowly revealed.

Will psychology, humanity or bloody brute force take charge in this unforgettably brutal battle?

Also starring David Mattey (Get Smart, Hancock), Reneta Green- Gaber (Abigail, Torn, Miss Dirt) and Stacy Jorgensen (Expectations) and featuring bone-crushing choreography by Chris Torres (Ultraviolet, Flags of Our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima) and Colin Follenweider (the upcoming Doctor Strange and X-Men: Apocalypse, Divergent, X- Men: First Class)

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Birdsall, Corbin doing time-traveling Hitler sci-fi THE TIME WAR!

Award-winning actors Tracey Birdsall and Barry Corbin are filming The Time War, writer-director Neil Johnson’s long gestating science-fiction thriller that went into development back in 2010. The film features the legendary Christopher Lee (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones) in one of his final screen roles. 

Originally written in 1995, The Time War fixes on the thrilling, entertaining scenario that imagines Adolf Hitler travelling back in time and rewriting history. “Next imagine you try and stop him and make matters much worse…”

Birdsall, who this year stars in Johnson’s highly-anticipated Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter, is a favorite of Neil Johnson.

“Tracey is one of the most versatile and talented actresses of our times. She’s going to blow everyone away with her performance in Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter, so we wanted to keep the party going – and excitement from the audience to see more of her – by fashioning this follow-up as a real showcase for her.”

Johnson is also a long-time fan of acclaimed actor Corbin, whose many credits include The Thorn Birds, No Country for Old Men, Norma Rae and TV hits Northern Exposure and Anger Management.

“This is a man that can do anything – evoke great laughter, spur tears, have you rooting for him - and audiences are going to go nuts for him here. We’ve written a fantastic part for Barry.”

For Corbin, it’s a return to the sci-fi genre. The Texas-born actor’s previous genre efforts include such classics as WarGames and Critters 2 and TV’s The Twilight Zone.

Birdsall and Corbin worked together on Dawn of the Crescent Moon - which snared the coveted Best Ensemble Cast Award at Action on Film Festival, rapidly becoming one of the most reputable independent film festivals in the world.

Filmmaker Johnson was so sure that the film would get made one day that in November of 2010, he paid Sir Christopher Lee to record an opening narration while at Abbey Road studios on other business. Johnson didn’t realize that this would be the last time that he would see the acclaimed actor, who passed in 2015.

"Mr Lee had killed a number of Nazis during WW2, so it was very apt that the great Nazi Hunter gave his great talent to this wonderfully unique film,” said Johnson.
Additional casting to be announced

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Guys and Girls Can’t Be Friends - Movie Review

Guys and Girls Can’t Be Friends, a new indie feature by Indican Pictures follows the story of a young man discovering love for the first time and the struggles to avoid heartbreak. Guys and Girls Can’t Be Friends features Stephen Tobolowsky (Groundhog Day, Memento) and Clint Howard (The Waterboy, Apollo 13). The film was written by Jaymes Camery and Ben Solenberger. Camery also directed, acted, and edited the film.

Ben (Ben Solenberger) a young man from a small town in Virginia is a nice guy looking for a girl to love. Working for his father, Andy (Stephen Tobolowsky), delivering flowers should give Ben an upper hand in finding a young lady to date.

But the dating gods do not seem to be working in his favor, as we first see Ben discover that the girl he thinks he is on a date with already has a boyfriend and she thought they were just hanging out as friends.

Ben and his buddies Mike (Jaymes Camery) and Billy (Nick Burr) end up going to a graduates’ party for Julie (Emily Davenport). To say Julie has poor taste in boyfriends is an understatement, she gets dumped at her own party. Seeing an opportunity to get closer to the girl he has always liked, Ben attempts to cheer Julie up with compliments.

It feels that Ben is a nice guy trying too hard to win a girl he considers out of his league. A girl who is very likely not ready to date again. Persistence, however does pay off, Julie and Ben begin dating each other. They visit a winery, go to mini golf where we get some comedic relief from Gus (Clint Howard), and spend time at each other’s place.

They seem genuinely happy at first, then things slowly unravel. Perhaps it is Ben’s inability to complete the sex act, or Julie’s insist that she knows how many people Ben has slept with that drives the two apart?

Faced with the challenge of trying to keep their relationship working, Ben can rely on his friend Billy’s relationship advice. Billy is the only one of the three that is happily married. Caught flirting with another woman, Mike hit a rocky patch in the relationship with his girl.

Guys and Girls Can’t Be Friends is not a saccharine sweet, happily ever after story, it is a genuine look at the challenges of being in a relationship, dealing with heartbreak and dealing with being alone. The story is well crafted and the filmmakers produced a quality indie film on a tight budget.

Can guys and girls be friends? I think yes, it is possible for guys and girls to be friends as long as neither person is attracted to the other and they both acknowledge that they would not work as a couple.

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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). 

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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


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.

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