Thursday, September 17, 2015

Las Vegas Alum, Delpaneaux Wills Gives Us The Scoop On His Criminal Minds Episode & Upcoming Films

Delpaneaux Wills (pronounced Del-pawn-o) is a U.S. citizen of African and Latin descent. He was raised in Sierra Leone, West Coast Africa. In 2009, Delpaneaux was Seneca Keflezi an African track star in the Lifetime Original Film “Chasing a Dream“. Delpaneaux has also appeared on T.V in “The E-Ring“, “Las Vegas“, “The L-Word“, and “General Hospital“. His film work includes a lead role in the Lionsgate’s “Darktown“, the Sci-fi film “Sand Sharks“, and the faith-based film “Do You Believe?“

While attending Whittier College, you became involved in the theater program. What was it about acting that caught your interest?

Delpaneaux: While at Whittier College, I had a friend that was in the theater program. Even though I was pre-med and playing football, there was something about theater that caught my eye. I went to one of my friend’s performances and I was intrigued on how one could transform themselves into something so powerful and unique yet that person was so quiet and meager on campus. I auditioned for some plays there, but I never got a part. I ended up volunteering to help build stages and work the concession stand, so I could see the plays for free. By watching plays and learning, I started to do theater outside of Whittier. I started to do a lot of regional theater around LA. I got the chance to do Shakespeare, because of Whittier College

We understand you will be in an upcoming episode of Criminal Minds, it's a great show. What can you tell us about the role you play in the episode?

Delpaneaux: On the show Criminal Minds, I play the role of Agent Darryl Young. I am the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) Correspondent in Los Angeles when the team comes into town to investigate a murder. My job is to work locally and provide information for the team. My episode of Criminal Minds will air on 10/7 on CBS. The name of my episode is “THE WITNESS”.


Will this be a re-occurring character fans can look forward to seeing on more episodes of Criminal Minds?

Delpaneaux: Well, I hope so. I hope my character, Agent Young, gets the opportunity to work with the BAU team again. They can either come back out to LA or Agent Young can go to QUANTICO. Another option is if Agent Young gets to work with Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.

A film project you are a part of is called The Other Tribes, which explores the dangers of tribalism in Africa. Was the topic of tribalism a familiar one to you prior to your involvement in the film?

Delpaneaux: Yes. Tribalism was familiar to me before I started to film The Other Tribes. Even though The Other Tribes is about tribalism in Kenya, between the Kikuyu and Luo. Tribalism is prevalent all over. I lived in Sierra Leone, West Coast Africa and tribalism takes place there as well. The film just won an award, an African NAFCA for best docudrama. We are proud of the film and the recognition it is receiving. I was nominated as well for the most promising actor, although I did not get it, another actress in my movie, Clarice Otieno received the award. 

There is an element of "star crossed lovers" in The Other Tribes as well. Do you feel the story is more effective when it explores plot issues involving love?

Delpaneaux: Yes, the story is more effective when it deals with love. In this case, the story of star-crossed lovers is a topic that most people can relate too. Lots of people have fallen in love with someone who their parents did not approve of. But, you know what?.... sometimes that approval of your parents does not matter as much as what the heart wants. In this case, the lovers in THE OTHER TRIBES are basically the same people, but just lived in a different area.

You've just been cast in an upcoming sci-fi film called, Watch The Sky. What can you tell us about that project?

Delpaneaux: Watch The Sky is a Sci-Fi family friendly film about two brothers, who are doing a science experiment and discover aliens. The story takes place in a small town in the mid-west. I play the role of Cpl. Carpio, a member of the military division dispatched by the Army to take care of the alien problem. 

You have a busy schedule, what other projects do you have in the works that you can tell our readers about?

Delpaneaux: There are three additional; I also will be appearing in an episode of AGENT X, the TNT show starring Sharon Stone. Look out for Agent X around 11/8. I just finished working on DEAD MAN RISING, which is a faith-based film. I play a medical examiner, which administers the lethal injections to death row inmates. Lastly, I have also filmed a pilot called THE WHITE SISTERS and play a love interest of the main character in her hometown.

Delpaneaux Wills Online:


New TV series, described as STAR WARS meets MAD MAX, in production from Pacific Coast Entertainment

Pacific Coast Entertainment will develop and produce a television series based on their upcoming science-fiction Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter. Tentatively titled The Gods of War, the series will see Tracey Birdsall reprising her role from the film. No other actors are currently attached.

The series, described as a cross between Star Wars and Mad Max, is set in the distant future depicting the struggles of humanity forced to merge with machine intelligence. First season will consist of 6-8 episodes, with production due to begin in 2016. 

Producer Neil Johnson says Gods of War will “be a story-driven epic series similar to the Game of Thrones model. We look to shoot primarily in the US, but it’s expected there’ll be some additional photography in other countries”.

ASTRAY - Review

Adventure drama ASTRAY, from writer-director Kyle Romanek, tells a story about trust and circumspection.

Social worker Tyler (Anthony E. Williams) crosses paths with Blaine (Christopher D. Fisher) a runaway teen. It is evident upon watching the film that the actor playing Blaine is noticeably older than a teenager the character is said to be. Giving leeway to the fact that the film was made with an independent budget can forgive much, such as low budget filming techniques, sparse locations, etc.; however weak casting choices really stretches a viewer’s believability a bit too far.

Tyler takes it upon himself to gain Blaine’s trust. He goes as far as breaking the law and risks his professional career for Blaine. There is a bit of a side story with Tyler’s girlfriend Liz (Diana Abrecht); their relationship is not in good health. Their relationship only gets more strain put on it as Tyler takes Blaine on as a sort of out-patient. When I first see Tyler and Liz together I could easily believe that they were not a couple at all. She seems to want to antagonize Tyler more than be thankful that he is with her.

Carl (Grayson Barnette), Tyler’s colleague does not seem to be cut out for being a counsellor. Perhaps his main purpose is to highlight the difference between him and Tyler. How empathetic Tyler is to other people’s issues, all the while facing his own demons. It seems Carl is ready to take off and never look back from the instant he appears in the film.

The acting is rough at points, but the cast gives it their best efforts to share the story. Nothing extravagant visually happens in the story, everything is functional in setting the stage for the message of the film.

The over all message is important and easily relatable to, especially for anyone who is a counsellor or works in a field that could cause emotional trauma.

ASTRAY hits VOD October 13 from Osiris Entertainment

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Action On Film Fest Nominations

SciFi action movie BRUTAL, is an official selection of the 2015 "Action On Film" festival

BRUTAL has been nominated for the following awards:

  • Best special-effects

  • Best action sequence-martial arts

  • Best fight choreography 

BRUTAL will screen at AOF Sat. September 19th at 10:15 pm at the Krikorian Premier Theater 410 S. Myrtle Ave. Monrovia, CA 91016.

For more information about this screening and to order tickets:

A mixed martial arts action-adventure, BRUTAL stars international action star Morgan Benoit (THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM) and sci-fi fan favorites David Mattey (HANCOCK) and Stacy Jorgensen (GREY SKIES.) BRUTAL is also the feature film debut for former All-American and New York Giants offensive lineman Jeff Hatch. Helmed by writer/director Donald Lawrence Flaherty, the film features fight sequences created by Colin Follenweider (AVATAR) and Chris Torres (HOSTEL) that critics are calling “genre redefining.”

Here's an exclusive sneak peak at the new film BRUTAL. Watch it here:

* Contains intense imagery, viewer discretion is advised.


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Supernatural, Jericho, & Criminal Minds Director, Guy Norman Bee Gives Us The Scoop On The Last Rock and Roll Show

Guy Norman Bee has become one of the most sought after directors in Hollywood. His television directing credits include: ER, Third Watch, Las Vegas, Veronica Mars, Supernatural, Jericho, Criminal Minds, Kyle XY, Knight Rider, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Arrow, Revolution, Southland, The Witches of East End, iZombie, The Messengers and many more. Prior to making the jump to director, Guy worked consistently for 12 years as a Steadicam/Camera operator honing his skills on such monster feature films as: Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Bowfinger, Deep Impact, Titanic, Crazy in Alabama, The Peacemaker and more. When not behind the camera, Guy enjoys playing guitar and driving his 1969 Dodge SuperBee and his Tesla. 

Guy took time to chat with us about his upcoming film project, The Last Rock and Roll Show. The Last Rock and Roll Show film will be shot in a style described as a “graphic novel brought to life”. Imagine American Graffiti meets Sin City. The film is based on the novel by Danny White, a Nashville music producer and rock and roll historian.

How did the story The Last Rock and Roll Show first come to your attention?

Danny had just published the book and his lawyer and my manager at the time we're having lunch - When my manager heard the book was about Classic Rock & Roll and Hot Rods and that Danny wanted to make it into a movie someday, he said we gotta introduce these guys! So it was a blind date at a coffee shop in Santa Monica... we talked for 3 hours and shook hands on partnering up on it!

What appealed the most to you about the project?

I love period pieces... I felt like we haven't seen a good movie like this since maybe "American Graffiti" - I like the friendship between our two young heroes who get caught up in this extraordinary caper and are forced to set out on a cross country adventure - And, oh yeah... the cars and music are pretty cool too!

You have an impressive resume including directing credits on TV shows like Supernatural, Jericho, Criminal Minds, and so many more. Will The Last Rock and Roll Show be your first foray into directing a feature film?

It will indeed! I've been close to getting other features going but for one reason or another they've all collapsed before I actually got to shoot them! The great thing is that all my training in TV has more than prepared me for making this movie and the timing is perfect!

How are you preparing for directing this film?

Well the style that I'm going for is "Graphic Novel Brought to Life" ala: "300" or "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" so I've been talking with a few Visual Effects companies that will hopefully come on board as a producing partner. I'm also working on finding an artist who will make a companion piece graphic novel that will essentially be my storyboards for what we will end up shooting!

Do you feel it will be less time restrictive than directing a weekly episodic TV show?

I think we will have a slightly less hectic schedule, but not by much! A typical 1 hour show is around 43 minutes and we have 8 or 9 days to do it in. The movie will be between 95 to 110 minutes and we're not sure how many days we'll get until we get the movie budgeted and then funded but I'm sure I'll have to move quickly to get it done!

Where and when is it planned for the film to be shot?

We don't know yet but in a perfect world we'd like to use some of the real locations that the story takes place in (Clear Lake, Iowa - Southern California) and hopefully we can shoot in the spring of 2016.

Do you believe the modern Graphic Novel look is key to appealing to the younger generation of viewers?

I do and I think it's also a way to get kids and teens that aren't necessarily into 1950's music to watch and experience the origins of rock & roll music and the birth of hot-rodding. Hopefully learning who Buddy Holly and Richie Valens were will spark an interest in learning more about their music and that time period. It's funny, the original idea to "Graphic Novelize" the film started out as a way to shoot it on a budget because instead of replacing or removing light poles, signs, parking meters on "real" street locations for example, we would simply shoot it on our "virtual backlot" and use CGI to make our lives easier!

Funds from the Indiegogo campaign are going towards hiring a casting director, music supervisor, special effects house. How vital are each of these elements in making a film you and your team can be proud of?

I think to get this movie fully funded, getting some great actors attached in the parts is absolutely essential. I'm fortunate in that I know some great casting directors (one in particular that seems to be close to signing on!) that we would love to get on board but I don't want anyone to work for free and our campaign will hopefully raise the money to get them on board. Clearing the many songs we want to use in the movie's soundtrack will be a full time job and again securing the services of a music supervisor will be critical. Even if it's a fraction of what they normally make at least they know there's something for them and when the film is fully funded we can pay them their "real" rates! 

Are there plans already in place, in regards to the film’s distribution?

It's still early but as part of getting funded I would hope that we would get the distribution aspect of it nailed down at that time... There are so many outlets these days (Netflix, iTunes) for new movies that I'm very confident it will find an audience! Ultimately I'd really love to watch it in a theater with an audience... at a great film festival! THAT would be cool!


Los Angeles, CA (September 2, 2015) – After Dark Films will be crowning their next queen of horror, now known as A Scream Queen to Die For. This lucky woman, or man, will be crowned and awarded with $10,000 to reign as the queen of the next 8 Films to Die For horror festival, in theaters October 16, 2015.

Official Callout to Potential Scream Queens:
Do you think you have what it takes to be the next queen of horror? Whether you're the scariest, the sexiest, the strangest, the campiest or have the loudest scream – we want to hear from you!

Upload your 90 second video onto YouTube showing us why you should be selected as our next "Scream Queen to Die For". Then Submit your video at by completing the application form and pasting the link of your YouTube video in the form. Costumes recommended but not required. Video must be under three minutes in length. Make sure to make us scream!

Finalists will be announced Thursday, October 1, 2015, with the winner announcement following on Thursday, October 8, 2015. The top 8 finalists will be decided through a combination of sponsor picks, and fan votes through YouTube likes and shares and

If you are in the Los Angeles area and would like to attend our live auditions, email your name, contact information, and a recent photo to for more details.

'8 Films to Die For' will be released in theaters on October 16, 2015, with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment handling all ancillary forms of media, including Digital HD™, DVD and VOD. The 8 films include the long awaited Re-Kill, Murder in the Dark, The Wicked Within, Lumberjack Man, Suspension, Unnatural, Bastard, and Wind Walkers.

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About After Dark Films:
After Dark Films is an Independent motion picture studio formed in 2006 by director/filmmaker Courtney Solomon and Hong Kong based real estate magnate Allan Zeman. After Dark Films' first motion picture film release was An American Haunting (2006) starring Sissy Spacek and Donald Sutherland. Co-founder and CEO Courtney Solomon wrote, produced, and directed this film under the newly formed After Dark Films banner. An American Haunting reached number two at the box office the opening week of its release.

After the release of An American Haunting, partners Solomon and Zeman formed a multiyear marketing and distribution deal for Horrorfest "8 Films To Die For" between After Dark Films and Lionsgate Entertainment, with After Dark handling theatrical marketing & releases and Lionsgate handling the distribution of all the ancillary forms of media (Home Video, Pay TV, Pay Per View). After Dark Films released Horrorfest 4 in theaters on January 29, 2010.

Building on the success of Horrorfest, After Dark released their first 8 originally produced horror films in January 2011 under the moniker After Dark Originals. After Dark Originals 2 was released in the third quarter of 2013.

After Dark Films and Dark Castle Entertainment debuted their new action movie franchise After Dark Action in 2012. The first generation of After Dark Action included five original, adrenaline pumping films starring international stars such as Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Peter Weller, Jim Caviezel, Cung Le and Christian Slater. After Dark Action showcased the movies theatrically as a commercial film festival in markets nationwide and VOD on May 11th, 2012 with After Dark handling the theatrical marketing & releases and Warner Brothers Entertainment handling the distribution of the ancillary forms of media (Home Video, VOD, Pay Per View, etc.).

About Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment:

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC (TCFHE) is the industry leading worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox produced, acquired and third party partner film and television programing. Each year TCFHE expands its award-winning global product portfolio with the introduction of new entertainment content through established and emerging formats including DVD, Blu-ray™, Digital HD and VOD. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is a subsidiary of 20th Century Fox, a 21st Century Fox Company.

Terminator and Aliens alum Tom Woodruff Jr takes us to FIRE CITY: END OF DAYS on October 6

On DVD and Digital from Uncork’d Entertainment

Burbank, CA - Academy Award Winning Creature and Character Effects Designer Tom Woodruff Jr makes his highly-anticipated directorial debut with Fire City: End of Days, hitting DVD and Digital October 6 from Uncork’d Entertainment.

Set in a world where demons live among us, this exhilarating vitrine of effects and action sees a hard-boiled demon named Vine confronted with the ultimate choice between the salvation of his own kind and the life of an innocent human girl. Tobias Jelinek (Hocus Pocus), Danielle Chuchran (SAGA: Curse of the Shadow), Glee’s Harry Shum Jr, and Kristin Minter (TVs E.R) star.

Fire City, written by Brian Lubocki and Michael Hayes and inspired by Woodruff’s short film, Fire City: King of Miseries, was successfully financed by way of a Kickstarter campaign in 2013.

The Highland Film Group handled sales for the film