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  • 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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