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  • Rex Sikes Movie Beat chats with actor Clint Howard

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    Clint Howard, actor, has a career spanning over fifty years,and over two hundred film and TV shows.  He has spent his entire life entertaining us in a variety of interesting and unique roles. From childhood roles in The Andy Griffith Show and Star Trek to of course, the hit TV Show Gentle Ben, Clint was a well recognized personality by the time he was ten.Making the transition from juvenile to adult actor was no problem for Clint. Cult classic Rock N Roll High School and horror genre Evilspeak showed as an adult he could be versatile and affective. Whether Clint works in comedy classics like Waterboy, the Austin Powers film series or a hilarious episode of Seinfeld, he comfortably slides into dramatic roles such as Apollo 13, Frost/Nixon and Alabama Moon. Recently, Clint can be seen in the campy, B Horror title, Bloodrayne Third Reich and Rob Zombie's Lords of Salem. He's also put on the producing hat, teaming with long time colleague Gavin Grazer on an indie comedy. Born and raised in Burbank, California, Clint has always balanced his professional career with a 'hometown' oriented life. He continues to live with his wife Melanie in Burbank and stay active in the community. Stay tuned to Rex Sikes Movie Beat for other great archived interviews, cast and crew listings, events, festivals, premieres, and more at rexsikes.com

  • Rex Sikes' Movie Beat chats with actor/writer/director Nick Mancuso Pt 7

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    Nick Mancuso Pt 5 and I continue our discussion on creativity, movies, acting and art . The legendary critic Walter Kerr of the New York Times called Mancuso’s performance in Merchant of Venice at Stratford Ontario one of the best interpretations of the role of Bassanio in 250 years. In the late 80’s the Los Angeles Times referred to Mancuso as "A Renaissance Man" and Kevin Thomas called his performance in "Ticket To Heaven" one of the best performances of the decade. He has garnered acting awards in Canada, the U.S.A. and in Europe. He has worked in over 10 countries and in three languages having starred opposite legendary performers such as Sophia Loren, Catherine De Neuve and Charlton Heston. In Hollywood he has been called "an actors actor" and "one of the best" by icon producer Robert Evans, producer of "Chinatown" and "Love Story". In 1983 he was invited to become an associate of the Actors Studio by co-chairman, actor, Martin Landau. During that period he was submitted for a Golden Globe and Oscar consideration. He starred in Tri-Star’s first motion picture "Blame it On the Night" executive producer, Sydney Pollock and in the late 80's worked for Oliver Stone in the miniseries "Wild Palms" opposite Jim Belushi, Angie Dickinson and Robert Loggia. In 1985, after working with Kim Bassinger in the film "Motherlode" he was invited by then president Charlton Heston to become a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, which he refused on philosophic grounds. In the early 90’s his series "Matrix", shot in Toronto and with Carrie Anne Moss was the first television series to be produced by the U.S.A Network.Stay tuned to Rex Sikes Movie Beat for other great archived interviews, cast and crew listings, events, festivals, premieres, and more at http://www.rexsikes.com

  • Rex Sikes Movie Beat chats with producer Jason Brubaker PT 3

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    Jason Brubaker, producer, PT 3, is passionate about helping other filmmakers make their movies and apply proven marketing strategies to reach a global audience through new movie distribution models. He's over a decade of movie making experience, and has produced numerous shorts and THREE feature films including (Special Dead 2006, Rattle Basket 2007 and Toxic Soup 2009). Jason is a contributing author of The Independent’s Guide to Film Distributors (2009 Independent Media Publications), and founder of Filmmaking Stuff, an educational resource for independent filmmakers and screenwriters.  Brubaker has has lectured on these subjects to filmmakers from around the globe at the Maine Media Workshops. Brubaker began his movie making career paying his dues at a small market production company in Pennsylvania. In January 2002 Jason took a bite out of the Big Apple (NYC), where he worked in story development for an independent producer. There he read hundreds of screenplays, learned how to raise money for movies and built lasting relationships with independent filmmakers. Coinciding with producing and teaching, Brubaker also served as an executive for Lehman Brothers, one of the biggest investment banks in the world, where he learned sales, finance, negotiation with heavy hitters and cutting edge internet marketing strategies – which he now applies to his film marketing efforts. Brubaker currently resides in Los Angeles where he can be found most days in a mad dash hustle, working to produce his next feature film. Stay tuned to Rex Sikes Movie Beat for other great archived interviews, cast and crew listings, events, festivals, premieres, and more at http://www.rexsikes.com

  • Rex Sikes' Movie Beat chats w casting dir Melissa Skoff PT 3

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    Melissa Skoff (PT 3) Casting director  has well over one hundred feature film and TV credits to her name. She launched her casting career at Warner Bros. after working in production with Clint Eastwood and John Boorman, she segued into casting at the studio level.  When she left Warner Brothers to launch her own independent company, Melissa worked on an array of feature films including “The Emerald Forest,” “Soul Man,” and “Back To School” with Rodney Dangerfield and  numerous high profile TV series including “The Dukes of Hazzard,”  and “JAG”. She became the Sr. Executive in Charge of Talent for Fox Broadcasting’s “Fox Night at the Movies.” cast ing a number of successful movies for TV including the acclaimed drama, “Doing Time on Maple Drive.”  the film helped launch Jim Carrey's feature film stardom and was his first dramatic role.  She lent a helping hand in the early successes of George Clooney, Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Aniston, Ben Stiller, Robert Downey, Jr., Lauren Graham, David Spade, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Catherine Bell, and Bryan Cranston.  She continues casting independent comedic and dramatic feature films, pilots, series,  movies for television, and internet programming. In 2001 she was named “One of Television’s Top 20 Casting Directors” by Ross Reports, an industry publication. Melissa runs successful Professional Level ongoing Cold Reading Classes and does Private Coaching for Adults, Teens, and Kids in Los Angeles and  Nashville. Her passion for teaching is reflected in the attention she gives each student, and the skillful direction she offers.  Stay tuned to Rex Sikes Movie Beat for other great archived interviews, cast and crew listings, events, festivals, premieres, and more at rexsikes.com

  • Rex Sikes Movie Beat chats w CSA Dori Zuckerman PT 2

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    Dori Zuckerman, (PT2) casting director for 25+ years casts the critically acclaimed FX series “Wilfred” starring Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelmann, and Dorian Brown. Dori worked at William Morris Agency for a few years, then became a publicist in the mid 80s clients at the time included George Clooney, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kelly Preston, Bill Paxton, Alfonso Ribiero, and Andrew Dice Clay. Other TV credits include  “Babylon 5” pilot, “The New WKRP in Cincinnati” series, “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch”, and “They Came from Outer Space”  Halle Berry did one of her 1guest star jobs. “That’s My Bush!” on Comedy Central with Tim Bottoms as the President.She cast a pilot for VHI with Gene Simmons of KISS fame as producer, and put “Last Comic Standing” winner John Heffron in his first series. SHe has cast MTV’s “American Mall” which starred Nina Dobrev (Vampire Diaries, DeGrassi) in her first American Production as well as Rob Mayes (upcoming Family Channel series “Jane by Design”), Autumn Reeser (Smokin Aces 2, Entourage), Bresha Webb(Love that Girl), Neil Haskell (“So you Think you Can Dance” fame). For  “Pretty Woman she introduced Garry Marshall to funny man Larry Miller who he continues to use in all his films, “To Walk With Lions” with Richard Harris, “City of Industy” with Harvey Keitel, Famke Janssen, and “What’s Cooking” with Mercedes Ruehl, Alfre Woodward, Julianna Marguiles, Joan Chen, Dennis (The Unit) Haysbert, and Kyra (The Closer) Sedgwick. Stay tuned to Rex Sikes Movie Beat for other great archived interviews, cast and crew listings, events, festivals, premieres, and more at rexsikes.com

  • Rex Sikes Movie Beat chats w composer Randy Miller PT 3

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    Randy Miller, PT 3, is an award winning film composer, arranger, conductor. Having collaborated with exceptionally talented filmmakers and artists such as: Oliver Stone, Robert Towne, Anothony Hopkins, Zhang Yimou, Robert Dornhelm, Paula Wagner, Tom Cruise, Kitaro, Michael Franti, and BT. Miller has created a career that features acoustic, orchestral music that is emotional, richly thematic, sophisticated as well as dynamic in scope. He feels his strongest assets are, “to capture the drama and heart of what a director is trying to communicate” and to “compose a score that adds texture, color and dimension, with just the right amount of emotion.” Mr. Miller has worked with all the major studios including, Warner Brothers, Disney, Universal, Paramount and Sony, as well as numerous independent filmmakers. Composing and conducting assignments have led to work in many cities around the world including: London, Bratislava, New York, Munich, Prague, Moscow, Dublin, Miami, Seattle and Los Angeles. Miller maintains recording facilities in Topanga, CA and at his Sequoia National Forest retreat. Classically trained with a degree in music composition, Randy hails from Ellenville, New York in the Catskills. Randy is joined by Yellow Rock Producer/Writer/Star Lenore Andriel. Stay tuned to Rex Sikes Movie Beat for other great archived interviews, cast and crew listings, events,

  • Rex Sikes' Movie Beat chats with Emmy Award winning composer Brad Hatfield

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    Brad Hatfield is one of Boston's most prolific & popular musicians as well as an Emmy Award winning composer. If you've enjoyed the music of the world-renowned Boston Pops Orchestra under the direction of John Williams and Keith Lockhart, you've probably heard Brad playing the piano or keyboards with musicians such as: James Taylor, Yo Yo Ma, Bono of U2, kd lang, & Martina McBride, to name just a few. If you watch TV or go to the movies, you've no doubt heard some of Brad's compositions or playing. That was Brad playing solo piano for the opening scene & end credits of Clint Eastwood's Mystic River. His own musical compositions have been heard on movies such as: Borat, Analyze This, The Break Up, & Cop Land, as well as the TV series: Rescue Me,The Sopranos, Entourage, ER, CSI, Saturday Night Live, Dexter, The Young & the Restless & many others. When world-class musicians tour through Boston, they often call Brad to perform with them. Some of the artists that he has performed with include: Aretha Franklin, Gary Burton, Carly Simon, Andrea Bocelli, Rebecca Parris, Rita Moreno,Mark Murphy, and Karrin Allyson. Brad was a member of the George Russell Living Time Orchestra, & has done numerous European, U.S. and Asian tours during the past 20 years. He also tours with the Boston Pops Orchestra across America and the Far East. He has also toured in Israel with fusion guitarist Mordy Ferber. He co-produced his album, Mr X., featuring Jack DeJohnette, Eddie Gomez and Dave Liebman and recently completed a follow-up CD featuring Michael Brecker and Peter Erskine. Stay tuned to Rex Sikes Movie Beat for other great archived interviews, cast and crew listings, events, festivals, premieres, and more at http://www.rexsikes.com

  • Rex Sikes' Movie Beat chats with actor/producer/director Matthew Tompkins PT 2

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    Matthew’s Tompkins’, PT 2 actor, producer, director, twenty year career includes starring or co-starring in over 80 television productions, 25 feature films, 60 national commercials and 75 theatre plays. Among his extensive acting credits, he has starred in the movies Killing Down, The Fragility of Seconds and Radiant as well as co-starring in Living & Dying with Michael Madsen, Missionary Man with Dolph Lundgren, Fire Down Below with Kevin Sorbo, a reoccurring role on Fox’s Prison Break and most recently in Robert Rodriguez’s new movie Machete alongside Robert DeNiro. In theatre, he has won the Dallas Theatre Critics Forum Award for Best Actor seven times, and has been voted best actor twice by the Dallas Observer. Most recently, he played Oberon in the Dallas theatrical event of the season for The Dallas Theater Center’s grand opening production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the new 80 million dollar Wyly Theater in the new AT&T Performing Arts District in downtown Dallas, Texas. As a producer, Matthew has produced the feature films Killing Down (distributed by Maverick Films), as well as The Fragility of Seconds and Radiant both being released in July of 2010. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, and attended the acclaimed HB Studios for Acting in New York City. Stay tuned to Rex Sikes Movie Beat for other great archived interviews, cast and crew listings, events, festivals, premieres, and more at http://www.rexsikes.com

  • Rex Sikes' Movie Beat chats with author/director John Gaspard PT 3

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    John Gaspard PT 3 has directed and/or produced six low-budget features, including the digital feature, Grown Men, which premiered at the Ashland International Film Festival and won the “Best of Fest/Best Screenplay” award at the Black Point Film Festival. He directed and co-wrote the award-winning feature film, Beyond Bob, and directed the science-fiction comedy feature film, Resident Alien. He has directed features on 16mm, digital video, analog video, and produced and directed the first feature film in Super 8mm single-system sound.His blog, “Fast, Cheap Movie Thoughts,” (http://fastcheapmoviethoughts.blogspot.com/) has been named "One of the 50 Best Blogs for Moviemakers" by Moviemaker Magazine and "One of The 100 Best Blogs For Film and Theater Students" by BestUniversity.com. John's books include Fast, Cheap and Under Control: Lessons Learned from the Greatest Low-Budget Movies of All Time, and Fast, Cheap and Written That Way: Top Screenwriters on Writing For Low-Budget Movies. He also co-authored, with Dale Newton, the books Digital Filmmaking 101: An Essential Guide to Producing Low-Budget Movies (first and second editions) and Persistence of Vision: An Impractical Guide to Producing A Feature Film For Under $30,000. He was also a writer and story editor for the international television comedy/western series, Lucky Luke, starring Terence Hill. "We never put out an actual textbook for the Corman School of Filmmaking, but if we did, it would be Fast, Cheap, and Under Control." Roger Corman "An entertaining and very informative read. It's just the ticket for beginning filmmakers, demonstrating how cleverness can count more than money in filmmaking." John Badham (Director, Saturday Night Fever, Wargames,)  Stay tuned to Rex Sikes Movie Beat for other great archived interviews, cast and crew listings, events, festivals, premieres, and more at http://www.rexsikes.com

  • Rex Sikes' Movie Beat chats with writer Frank Hannah PT 2

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    Frank Hannah, PT 2screenwriter, - his  first produced film was The Cooler, a gritty crime drama inspired by his years of gambling in the rundown casino halls of Las Vegas’ Fremont Street. He is credited with coining the phrase “cooler” as a person with infectious bad luck. The film starred William H. Macy, Alec Baldwin, Maria Bello and was directed by Wayne Kramer.  Since then, he has written for film and television including two films for ex-wrestler Steve Austin – Damage starring Stev Austin and Walton Goggins and Hunt to Kill  staring Austin and Eric Roberts, and another TV movie Crash and Burn starring Michael Madsen.  Currently, he is working on several film and tv projects.  He is also writing a seven-issue comic book mini-series about a nefarious Cult Deprogrammer trying to save the daughter of a wealthy family from the clutches of a dangerous religious cult in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  He also writes a daily blog called Ironiclast.com, a satirical look at the ironically iconic.   Stay tuned to Rex Sikes Movie Beat for other great archived interviews, cast and crew listings, events, festivals, premieres, and more at rexsikes.com

  • Rex Sikes' Movie Beat chats with producer Straw Weisman PT 2

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    Straw Weisman PT 2 producer, post production supervisor is a motion picture production, post production, marketing, distribution, and creative filmmaking veteran with over thirty years of hands-on experience. Straw’s latest achievements include producing the upcoming feature “The Big Valley”, starring Jessica Lange and Stephen Moyer, and directing the psychological thriller “Trunk”, starring Jennifer Day, now on DVD, and co-executive producing “Without Men”, starring Eva Longoria and Christian Slater, which is now in post production. As Vice President, Worldwide Production for distributor/producer New Films International, Straw is overseeing a slate of post production acquisitions and new titles, including “The Lightkeepers”, starring Richard Dreyfuss and Blythe Danner, “Camp Hell”, starring Bruce Davison and Dana Delany, “Chain Letter”, starring Nikki Reed, “Dark Moon Rising”, “Don’t Fade Away”, starring Mischa Barton and Ryan Kwanten, and the upcoming “Saving Grace B. Jones”, starring Tatum O’Neal and “Flying Lessons”, starring Maggie Grace and Christine Lahti. Through his own company, Marquee Productions, Straw has supervised post production and/or associate produced or produced over 75 films, including “Shine On”, starring Jenna Dewan, “Order of Redemption” with Busta Rhymes, Armand Assante and Tom Berrenger, the multi-festival award winning biopix “Crazy” featuring “Heroes” Ali Larder, “Magic”, a family film starring Christopher Lloyd as a talking dog, Richard Gere’s “The Flock”, “Stay tuned to Rex Sikes Movie Beat for other great archived interviews, cast and crew listings, events, festivals, premieres, and more at http://www.rexsikes.com

  • Rex Sikes' Movie Beat chats with documentary producer/director Bob Hercules PT 2

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    Bob Hercules PT 2 is an award-winning producer/director and co-owner of Media Process Group—a Chicago-based production company. Hercules received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Michigan University’s School of Communication in 1979 and his Master of Arts degree in Film from the University of Michigan in 1983. Hercules’ work has been seen widely on PBS, the Discovery Channel, IFC, The Learning Channel and through television syndication nationwide. His newest documentary, Radical Disciple: The Story of Father Pfleger, chronicles the iconoclastic priest, Mike Pfleger, whose confrontational methods to fight racism has put him in direct conflict with the Catholic hierarchy. Premiered at the 2009 Black Harvest Film Festival. Hercules 2007 film, Senator Obama Goes to Africa, was released on DVD by First Run Features and has run on television stations in over 100 countries. The film is a chronicle of Obama’s momentous 2006 diplomatic trip to Africa, including a stop at his late father’s homeland near Kisumu, Kenya. Hercules’ 2006 documentary, Forgiving Dr. Mengele, tells the remarkable story of Auschwitz survivor and former ‘Mengele twin’ Eva Mozes Kor, whose decision to forgive the perpetrators as an act of self-healing sparked a firestorm of criticism. The film won the Special Jury Prize at the 2006 Slamdance Film Festival and the Crystal Heart Award at the 2006 Heartland Film Festival. Currently in home video release from First Run Features. Stay tuned to Rex Sikes Movie Beat for other great archived interviews, cast and crew listings, events, festivals, premieres, and more at http://www.rexsikes.com

  • Rex Sikes Movie Beat chats with actor Dolph Lundgren

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    Dolph Lundgren's motion picture debut came in the 1985 James Bond feature A VIEW TO A KILL. ‘I’m on screen for no more than ten seconds, if you blink you miss me...’. But, it was Dolph’s performance in ROCKY IV later that year that got him noticed worldwide. After a 9 month audition process among 5,000 hopefuls, Dolph was chosen by Sylvester Stallone to be his fearsome Soviet opponent in the ring, Captain Ivan Drago. From here Dolph  build a solid career as an international action-hero & has since starred in more than thirty-five feature films. In the eighties & nineties, Lundgren played the classic action lead in such films as MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, SHOWDOWN IN LITTLE TOKYO co-starring the late Brandon Lee & BLACKJACK by Hong-Kong action legend John Woo. In the 90’s Lundgren also turned in some memorable performances as the main villain to other action stars, most notably in UNIVERSAL SOLDIER opposite Jean Claude Van Damme, directed by Roland Emmerich & “JOHNNY MNEMONIC opposite Keanu Reeves. Dolph made the move behind the camera to become a director six years ago. Since then, Dolph has directed five feature films. His production company Thor Pictures is currently developing several projects, which he will produce, star & direct. His two latest  projects are a feature he co-wrote & directed, COMMAND PERFORMANCE produced by Avi Lerner & Nu Image Films – & ICARUS, a neo-noir thriller, shot in Vancouver, BC. In 2009 Dolph co-starred with fellow action star Jean-Claude Van Damme in UNIVERSAL SOLDIER REGENERATION, a sequel to the film that paired the two European actors back in the 90’s. Stay tuned to Rex Sikes' Movie Beat for other great interviews, cast & crew listings, events, premieres & more at rexsikes.com

  • Rex Sikes' Movie Beat chats with director Dallas Jenkins Pt 4

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    Director Dallas Jenkins In Pt 3 we will discuss film & much more. He with produced the $2 million independent "Hometown Legend" at the age of 25, ultimately guiding it to Warner Brothers for distribution. Dallas made his directing debut with the short film "Cliché," which "FilmThreat.com" called "Fast and funny...ingenious," and his next short film, "Midnight Clear", starring Stephen Baldwin, won a Crystal Heart Award from the Heartland Film Festival and was the opening night selection of the San Diego Film Festival. In 2006, he was the Co-Executive Producer of "Though None Go With Me," a movie based on his father's book that aired on The Hallmark Channel. His feature directing debut, also called "Midnight Clear," was based on his short film and was featured in over a dozen film festivals, including winning the Cinequest Film Festival award for "Best First Feature" and the "Audience Choice" award at the Kansas Int'l Film Festival. It's currently available on DVD from Lionsgate. In 2009, Dallas directed his 2nd feature film, entitled "What If...," starring Kevin Sorbo, Kristy Swanson, John Ratzenberger, and Debby Ryan. The film is scheduled for an early 2010 release. He is scheduled to direct the feature film "Riven" in early 2010. He also blogs on film regularly at http://www.jenkins-entertainment.com and is doing a detailed behind the scenes video blog at http://whatifmovie.wordpress.com. Stay tuned to Rex Sikes Movie Beat for other great archived interviews, cast and crew listings, events, festivals, premieres, and more at http://www.rexsikes.com

  • Author, Miranda Parker

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    Author of The Evangeline Hunter Bounty Series,
    Miranda Parker, discusses her novel, "A Good Excuse to Be Bad".

  • Klarque Garrison of "Survive 365"

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    Mr. 365, D. Klarque Garrison, host of the blog, Survive 365, and the blog talk radio show, Survive 365: The Conversation of Survive 365 discusses his book, How to Survive the Next 365 | Your Lifeline to a Better Life.

  • Amelie Diamant Holmstrom

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    An educator with over 4 decades of experience, Amelie Diamant-Holmstrom discusses her books, "Conversations with Thomas," "Destined For Greatness," and "Yes, I Can," all written in an effort to provide parents, teachers and the educational system with insights on how to support, nurture and cultivate children to thrive, survive and live life with joy and passion.

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