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  • Rex Sikes' Movie Beat chats with horror actor Gary Klar

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    "Day of the Dead"'s Private Steel - character actor writer Gary Klar will discuss acting and his career. He's appeared in Quick Change, Miami Blues, Pink Cadillac, Big, 3 Men and a Baby, Trading Places and numerous other films. He is big at Horror Conventions and fans love Gary. 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 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

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