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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
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
WIlliam Lu, director, served as a development assistant for David Madden and Robert Cort at the Cort/Madden Company at Paramount. He received his MFA in film and TV production from FSU where he produced the 35mm thesis film “Two-Bit,” which was a 2003 Student Academy Award finalist. He was Hired at the SyFy Channel and then spent three years at Herzog & Company where he worked in TV, web and marketing producing content for Disney, Paramount, Dreamworks and Sony Pictures. In 2005, as a recipient of the LA Asian Pacific Armed with a Camera Fellowship; he received a grant which funded his short film Spy Moms. He wrote and directed Asian Task Force, a half-hour mock pilot that was awarded "Best Action Short" at the 2007 LA Digital Video Film Festival and screened at the 2008 San Diego Comic-Con. William worked as post production supervisor at Machinima on their Terminator: Salvation web series. Hired on at Maker Studios he produced content for their gaming vertical and created and hosted the show “Retro Hardware”. He was co-producer for Rosanna Pansino’s “Nerdy Nummies” . In 2015, he directed the feature drama Comfort from his own original screenplay. Stay tuned to Rex Sikes' Movie Beat for other great interviews, cast & crew listings, events, premieres & more at rexsikes.com
The Movie Geeks review the latest releases, including The Jungle Book and Everybody Wants Some, and speak with director and film instructor Rick Jansen (Lamp Post Lane), whose students have five submissions in this year's Suncreen FIlm Festival in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Plus, our home entertainment correspondent Adam Long discusses the host of interesting blu-ray releases throughout the month of April, including Cutter's Way, The Stuff, and Brief Encounter.
The Movie Geeks speak with director Sebastian Silva, whose new film Nasty Baby starring Kristen Wiig is now available On Demand.
Plus, reviews of the latest film releases, including Steve Jobs, Experimenter and Youth, and discussions of this past week's headlines, such as the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer and the financial failure of recent dramatic films.
The Movie Geeks speak with director Alex R. Johnson, whose new film Two Step is now available on VOD. Plus, discussions on the recent premieres at Telluride and Vencie Film Festivals (including Steve Jobs and Spotlight), an assessment on the legacy of horror filmmaker Wes Craven, and reviews of both new and classic releases (including A Walk in the Woods, Mistress America, and Johnny Guitar).
Friends hatch a plot to retrieve a stolen kitten by posing as drug dealers for a street gang.
THE BUZZ: Who doesn't love watching a cat video on the internet? But stretching out the idea into a 100-minute comedy seems like a risky prospect no matter who you are.
Three generations come together in the week leading up to Mother's Day.
THE BUZZ: Garry Marshall is back with another ensemble holiday movie. It's a subgenre that tends to alienate everyone but its core audience though this particular one, which features a nearly all white cast and Julia Roberts in a memorable wig, will probably become a perennial at-home favorite.
The Jungle Book
The man-cub Mowgli flees the jungle after a threat from the tiger Shere Khan. Guided by Bagheera the panther and the bear Baloo, Mowgli embarks on a journey of self-discovery, though he also meets creatures who don't have his best interests at heart.
A titan of industry is sent to prison after she's caught for insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America's latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget.
There’s no question McCarthy is one of the best comic actors around. Her timing is impeccable, her charm a fascinating counter to her signature I’ll-do-anything gumption. And yes, I, like so many others, do get a kick out of the fact that this loveable force of nature doesn’t look like the stereotypical movie star. When Melissa is great (Bridesmaids, Spy), she’s amazing. But when the material around her doesn’t match her talent, watch out. Sadly, that’s the case with The Boss.
See review at: http://themovieminute.com/TheBoss.html
David Murphy, casting director and acting coach, is co-founder of the Chicago acting school, The Green Room. There are multiple areas of expertise to his teaching. He's worked for 20 years in the field of acting. Since 2001 he has worked as a Commercial Casting Director at O'Connor Casting. He splits time between casting and teaching. Around the casting office, there are two "David's" (David O'Connor is the owner), and this David, known as "Murphy". He has conducted well over 50,000 individual actor's auditions. For 16 years Murphy taught for the Players' Workshop of the Second City. He's directed over a hundred shows ranging from improv reviews to children's shows. He has created several touring groups performing for such clients as GE and Novis. He has worked as an artistic director for Bedlam Productions, has worked in casting for Toast productions and has been a consultant to several fledgling theatre companies. Beyond his acting and voice over credit, he has been a casting director, theatre director and instructor. What is not as widely known is Murphy is also a Reiki Master. Reiki is a healing modality using energy. Unfocused energy can be at the root of an uncreative and uninteresting performance. Murphy helps actors through self-reflection, energy work and discovery of higher creative self, to gain better control of their instrument so they can be present during the audition and bring their best self to the room. Stay tuned to Rex Sikes Movie Beat for other great archived interviews, cast and crew listings, events, festivals, premieres, and more at rexsikes.com
The Huntsman: Winter's War
As a war between rival queen sisters Ravenna and Freya escalates, Eric and fellow warrior Sara, members of the Huntsmen army raised to protect Freya, try to conceal their forbidden love as they combat Ravenna's wicked intentions.
Award winning director Basil Khalil was born and raised in Nazareth, to a Palestinian
father and British mother. After studying for an MA at Screen Academy Scotland, in
Edinburgh, Basil worked on a number of television productions in London. In 2011 Basil
was featured by SCREEN International Magazine as one of “top 10 Arab filmmakers to
watch”. Quote "In the film I focus on the strict rules and obligations that the nuns and Israeli settlers adhere to, which sometimes border on the absurd, preventing each of these groups from interacting with each other despite living on the same piece of land. However, sometimes due to exceptional circumstances, their two worlds collide, leaving them with no choice but to recognise the absurdity of their strict rules, whether they be political or religious, and ultimately break them. They have to work together to overcome their differences, even if it’s just for a few hours. It is these absurd and unique rules and situations that have always sparked my interest when finding new material, because that is where you find the deep, humane, and extraordinary life stories. The nuns you see in the film live a life of silence under the Israeli military occupation of the West Bank, as well as a life of religious silence and solitude. On the other hand we have the Israeli settlers, who represent one of the reasons behind this military occupation, yet they are also "occupied" by their strong religious beliefs and rules. I wanted to highlight the mutual mistrust that these two groups have for one other, as well as their eventual cooperation and the lessons learned from this adventure, and to show that it is possible for people to put aside their differences in the name of a common goal" You can email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us on Twitter @123Film
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