Interview: Actress Diana Bang

When Thomas Middleditch isn’t pitching Verizon to you on TV commercials, he starts in interesting movies such as Entanglement. Diana Bang stars alongside Middleditch in the movie. I spoke to Diana about the film, her role and working with Middleditch.

What attracted you to the role and script of this film:

DB: Definitely just driven to the story and script. When I read it I was like oh this is a good script, I like it, I think for me for whatever reason being in a rom com indie film has been always high on my bucket list. So that already was a check for this film. The twist was really surprising and compelling to me. It was the story that drew me in.

What did you take away from the questions the film poses:

DB: Yeah, I mean what I got out of it is that we need each other. For me it’s kind of a story about self-love. My interpretation, I don’t know if it’s true or not, is that Hanna and Tabby are different versions of him.

REAL TALK:

It was easy to grasp that Diana definitely has a definitive quirky fun personality. I can totally see why she’s ideal for comedy films, especially romantic comedies. It was interesting to hear about her experience working alongside Middleditch. She described his acting as dark, depressing, interesting and playful. That’s a thoughtful and unique description that I wouldn’t have expected to have heard. Usually you’d hear something like hilarious or sarcastic, but dark and playful is an new one to me.

I had no idea she was into dancing and takes classes for it. This is the kind of information I enjoy learning about actors, as some of their hobbies off-set. Diana’s honesty and straightforwardness is refreshing and appreciated.

As far as the film goes, it’s one of these films that’s a bit out there. Just the questions it poses and approach it’s interesting as it is strange. Worth checking out for sure.

ENTANGLEMENT is out now in select theaters, Digital and On Demand

Interview: Actor Chris Mark

Kill Order (out now on DVD & VOD) is an sci-fi action flick from James Mark, starring his brother Chris Mark. Chris is a former stunt performer that’s appearing in dozens of film. He makes his leading role debut in this film. I spoke to Chris about the transition from stunt work to acting and more. The entire audio of the interview can be found below.

You’ve had a background in stunt work background, but what made you want to do this:

CM: Working in the stunt industry for so many years, I started to develop an interest in acting. I have since found a passion and goal of mine to act and do my own action. My brother who was the director of the film, his goal was to produce and create his own films, so we kinda had a common goal. He wrote the role with me in mind.

What was the transition into the acting for you:

CM: It was an interesting transition, I had already started doing acting while I was a stunt performer just for the sake of having that ability, while doing stunt. It’s actually good to have that ability because you’re always doing a little bit of acting doing stunt performing, that’s where I grew a real interest for acting.

REAL TALK:

I have a lot of respect for Chris and his journey from stunt man to actor. I can only imagine how physically taxing and potentially dangerous stunt work can be. These performers don’t get their proper due. Chris does nice work, especially in a leading role. His fight scenes were reminiscent to me of those 80’s and early 90’s martial arts movies.

The man talked to me on his lunch break, so props to him for trying to multitask talking to me and eating a sandwich. I was hoping to get some scoop about the upcoming X-Men movie he’s working on, but understandably he couldn’t say much about it. Looking forward to see what his next project will be. The film is worth a look, even though it’s silly to believe Chris plays a high school kid. That’s a man folks, he’s no kid, especially the way he kicks ass in the film.

KILL ORDER is available now on DVD, VOD and Digital HD

‘The Disaster Artist’ Blu-ray & DVD Release Date Annonucement

“Oh, Hi Mark!” Arguably the wackiest and most fascinating movie of the year, The Disaster Artist, is set to release on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on March 13, 2018. Based on the making of the cult-classic The Room and hailed as “The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made”. Check out James and Dave Franco unite on-screen to tell the story of Tommy Wiseau. This is a must-see movie.

BLU-RAY/DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Gag Reel
  • Audio Commentary with James Franco, Dave Franco, Tommy Wiseau, Greg Sestero, and More
  • “Oh, Hi Mark!: Making a Disaster” Featurette
  • “Directing a Disaster” Featurette
  • “Just a Guy Leaning on a Wall: Getting to Know Tommy” Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer

THE DISASTER ARTIST releases on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD and On Demand on March 13.

‘The Florida Project’ Blu-ray Release Date Annoucement

The critically acclaimed The Florida Projects starring Willem Dafoe will be released on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital on February 20, 2018. This is certainly one of those films that will be talked about plenty over the next month.

 BLU-RAY/DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • “Under the Rainbow: Making The Florida Project” Featurette
  • Bloopers and Outtakes
  • Cast and Crew Interviews

 

The Bachelor (S:22 E:6): Arie Plays American Tour Guide in Paris

Bonjour 

Welcome to France. Arie and the remaining ladies arrive in Paris, France. Before anyone can enjoy themselves, Chris Harrison needs to remind Arie that Paris is a city of love and it’s as good as it gets as far as budget will allow them. Jacqueline wants a date with Arie, problem is that Arie has no idea who she is.

Harrison tells the women that there will be two one-on-one dates, a group date and the first two-on-one date, where someone will be heading home. Lauren B. gets the first one-on-one date. Holding hands, Arie pretends he’s French and utters a bonjour, the one word he and Harrison learned.

Lauren of Silence

Arie and Lauren’s date starts off splendid. Arie pretending to be a French tour guide, while Lauren is in such awe of Paris (not Arie) that all she can say to everything is “wow”.

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Jacqueline has a strong belief that this is the city where she can shine. Yeah, maybe it is the city, but definitely not the show.

It’s dinner date time for Lauren and Arie. They toast to her first time in Europe (most definitely it looks like a short stay) and the cringe worthy boredom of a date continues alongside the nicely distributed prop food.

Arie talks about his previous relationship and how the woman he was with lost Arie’s baby she was carrying and then left Arie right after, which seems to be the thing to finally have gotten a reaction from Lauren. Geez, it had to take that sort of story. Arie managed to get her to admit she has troubles trusting men. She just gives a glimmer of hope for him enough to give her a date rose.

Moulin Rouge

Apparently the Moulin Rouge is a big deal. I just thought it was a mediocre movie. These women are loosing it over this group date to visit the Moulin Rouge. The winner of the group date gets to go on stage with the performers. Bekah M. can’t stop gushing about being at the Moulin Rouge, even a kid visiting Disney for the first time would be more subdued.

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Anyways, Tia is the first one to get some time with Arie to make out. Why? Because. Bekah and Arie run off to the corner to chat, but wide-eyed Bekah unleashes her energy while Arie is gazing into her eyes and inching towards her in hopes of a kiss, but she’s talking a mile a minute. Arie runs off with Sienne next, lots of tongue there.

Back to the group date rose winner, which is Bekah. The roseless ladies didn’t miss out on much besides Arie looking like a giant Smurf with a top hat lip singing in French on stage in front of actual paid customers who unfortunately get to witness this tragedy.

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Krystal comes out with a date card to reveal that the 2 on 1 date will consist of her and Kendall. She also proceeds to inform America that she’s “fun wife, material”.

Special K’s

The American tour guide episode continues as the special K’s (Kendall and Krystal) are getting a tour of a fancy chateau. The first event on deck is a maze in the courtyard. Krystal finds Arie with ease, while Kendall couldn’t find her way out with the help of GPS a map, or a compass.

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Krystal gets the alone time with Arie and profusely apologizes for her actions from the week before and starts talking about the color, depth and texture of their relationship, or his sweaty shirt for that matter. She does manage to throw Kendall under the bus.

Instead of getting some quality convo with Arie, Kendall is forced to defend Krystal’s allegations that Kendall isn’t ready for marriage. Foolish Kendall tries to connect with with Krystal but falters during her attempt. Arie breaks up the Kendall and Krystal moment by telling them he needs more time to make his decision on who is getting the date rose.

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The awkward dinner with the special K’s and Arie starts, but I can’t seem to get my mind off Krystal’s sighs and moans after any word comes out of her mouth. Like what is that “mmmhhmm”? Krystal has that Joker smile, that’s what it is.

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Looks like Arie isn’t playing games as he extends his date rose to Kendall! Damn. Savage Arie. Just like that Krystal is left gazing at the Eiffel Tower…alone. Meanwhile, Arie and Kendall are making out at the Eiffel Tower.

Meet Jacqueline

Jacqueline, the mystery woman no one knows about, finally gets her date. Things start out great when Arie pickers her up in a car that immediately breaks down. Good start. It has to be a sign from above warning about the budget spending limits. A shopping spree is next, which actually consists of a trip to one store. Dinner date seems to be too much for Jacqueline to handle. Poor girl is melting from stress. So Arie has to scare the poor girl more and brings up obstacles between them, until he offers her the rose.

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Rose Ceremony

I guess it’s safe to say that episode ending rose ceremonies are here to stay for the rest of the season. Three roses and five women. The rose order goes as follows:

  • Tia
  • Sienne
  • Becca K.

Chelsea and Jenna are heading home. Bekah M. looks to be in shock over the eliminations. She just has a reaction for everything. Jenna “Margot Robbie” Cooper gets a hug and a bow out. Chelsea gets walked out by Arie. Side chatter among the women occurs, while Lauren B. is off to the side talking to a producer about her jealousy and uncertainty about going forward. Ta-dah..

EPISODE RATING: 8.5/10 (Surprising Elimination of Krystal)

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This was a good episode. Surprises and twists. Finally they were out of the country so the dates and locations got much better. Here are some take aways:

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  • Goodbye Krystal. That came about a week earlier than expected. The 2 on 1 with Kendall ended up blowing up in Krystal’s face. Still it was very surprising to see her go and not make it past this date. The villain is gone, so the focus is on the true contenders left.
  • Bekah still flying high with Arie. She received her the group date rose and looks like Arie is still super into her.
  • Predictably Jenna was eliminated. She was stunning, but had no traction with Arie. Chelsea on the other hand was a bit of a surprise elimination, especially since Sienne took her spot and stayed.
  • Jacqueline, the woman of international mystery was revealed. Not only did she get screen time, but she had a good chunk of it devoted to her. Apparently Arie is feeling her and has been for a while, but we never got to see it.
  • Next week looks to be the final week before home towns. At least two to three women will be leaving by the end of next week. I expect it to be Sienne, Jacqueline or one of Kendall or Lauren B. Safe to say that both Becca’s, Tia are likely headed to the home towns.

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Interview: Director Hector Hernandez Vicens

In homage to the late great George A. Romero, director Hector Hernandez Vicens (The Corpse of Anna Friz) takes the reigns in the reimagining of the classic Day of the Dead. I spoke to Hector about Day of the Dead: Bloodline, how he was influenced by Romero’s and much more. Check out the entire audio of the interview below and check out Day of the Dead: Bloodline on Blu-day, DVD and Digital on February 6, 2018.

What prompted you to want to do this film:

HHV: One day I received the script from the producers asking me if I wanted to do the movie. I’m a fan of the George Romero trilogy. I read the script and was thinking of all the zombie scenes and about the movie I could make.

REAL TALK:

I found Hector to be one of the most detailed filmmakers I’ve spoken to. It was fascinating to hear how he approaches his film projects and the details from the set design wall colors to the smallest nuances. He’s like Bill Belichick scheming an opponent. That’s what visualizing a world from script to set is.

There was a bit of a disconnect in understanding my questions, such as when I asked him about his favorite movies he’s seen lately. He told me all about his favorite directors such as Hitchcock and Polanski, which is probably even more interesting, to hear his influences. It was cool hearing him praise 28 Days Later, which I absolutely agree with him as being one of the top zombie movies in the last couple decades.

What I got from the convo is that Hector is a passionate and very detailed filmmaker. It was interesting to hear that they auditioned actors through Skype. If you’re a fan of the George A. Romero movies then you should be pleased withe Day of the Dead: Bloodline.

Day of the Dead: Bloodline releases on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital on February 6

Trailer: Submission

The debut trailer for Richard Levine’s Submission looks plenty interesting. A stellar cast with Stanley Tucci, Kyra Sedgwick and Addison Timlin. This looks sexually charged with questions about morality, lust, power and boundaries. It sure looks like a movie that’s a conversation starter. Check out the trailer for the film below and share your thoughts.

Submission is slated to release in theaters in NYC on March 2, 2018 and in LA and other markets on March 9, 2018