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Freaks and Geeks’ Samm Levine:
William Shatner Is a Gigantic %&?@$#!
Call it The Revenge of the Geek. For years, Samm Levine – who’s featured in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming WWII Nazi-hunting flick Inglourious Basterds – had been a William Shatner fan. But after coming face-to-face with the original Captain Kirk at a Billy Joel-Elton John concert recently, Samm isn’t exactly singing his praises. The one-time standup comic recounts how his impression of William helped him land the role of geek Neal Schweiber on Freeks. Later in the show, when asked, “Is Shatner aware that he’s responsible for your acting career?” Samm tells how the actor snubbed him repeatedly. Then he says, “There are only two reasonable excuses for that. One: He’s a gigantic a - - - - - -. Or two: He’s clearly just an old man with mad cow disease.”
Best known for his role in the 1976 cult classic "Breaking Point," Bo Svenson is now utilizing his talents on the other side of the camera as the director of "Don't Call Me Sir!" a biopic of the life and career of groundbreaking judo legend Rusty Kanokogi, starring the 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist in Judo Kayla Harrison and we would love to set up an interview with you to discuss this inspiring film!
Born in Sweden, Svenson's acting career began after moving stateside and joining the USMC. Honorably discharged after six years of service, he soon secured the role of lumberjack 'Olaf Gustaven' in the hit TV series "Here Come the Brides," and cult classic hit "The Inglourious Basterds."
Film roles include his role as 'Reverend Harmony' in Quentin Tarantino's action-thriller "Kill Bill Vol. II", as well as a cameo in Tarantino's 2009 film "Inglourious Basterds" as a tribute to his previous role. In addition, he has appeared in nearly 60 films during his long career, including two of the "Walking Tall" films as Sheriff Buford Pusser; North Dallas Forty, Heartbreak Ridge, Speed 2: Cruise Control, and others.
Besides his acting and directing work, Svenson is an avid martial artist, holding black belts in judo, karate, and aikido. During his martial arts career, he won the 1961 U.S. Armed Forces Far East Judo Championship's Heavyweight division. His involvement in martial arts has earned him a spot in the Martial Arts Masters Hall of Fame, an honor bestowed upon him in 2009.
Growing up in Los Angeles, California and having a father in the film industry helped encourage Howard towards a life of a special makeup effects artist. He started becoming serious about this career when he met his idol, the legendary Stan Winston, when he was 13 years old. Stan took him under his wing and encouraged him to be an up-and-coming artisan. Stressing the importance of education, Winston promised to hire Berger after high school with the understanding he maintain high grades and prove his attention to detail. Winston lived up to his promise and hired Berger at 18 years old to work on PREDATOR, PUMPKINHEAD and ALIENS. In 1988 KNB EFX Group, Inc. was co-founded by Howard and Gregory Nicotero and over the past 24 years, they have become one of the most prolific Special Make-up Effects studios in Hollywood. Specializing in character prosthetics, animatronics, creatures and replica animals, Howard has over 800 feature film and television credits including INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA TRILOGY, KILL BILL 1 & 2, SPLICE, THE GREEN MILE, THE PACIFIC, DOLPHIN TALE, FRIGHT NIGHT, SAVAGES to name a few.In 2006 Howard won the Academy Award for Best Make-up for THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE as well as winning a British Academy Award for Best Achievement in Make-up for the film. Howard won an Emmy Award with his team from KNB for Best Prosthetic Makeup for the AMC hit television series THE WALKING DEAD and is Emmy nominated for his work on Bryan Cranston’s prosthetic age makeup for the final season of BREAKING BAD. You can email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us on Twitter @123Film
Six more big movies this week as Film Geek Central dissects everything from family fare to the first genuine war film from Quentin Tarantino.
Quentin Tarantino's INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, has been simmering for a while. It's a World War II actioner, detailing the exploits of a group of Jewish-American military toughs who go throughout occupied France, torturing and killing the Nazis. Along the way, they meet up with a woman who has her own score to settle.
A GRINDHOUSE reunion of sorts as Robert Rodriguez brings us his newest, SHORTS. In this family film, a group of kids find a magical rock that gives them the power to make their wishes come true. They have to band together when James Spader tries to use the rock for his own purposes.
In POST GRAD, Alexis Bledel (GILMORE GIRLS, SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS) comes face to face with the cruel reality following college. Finding a job and emotional happiness is not nearly as easy or guaranteed as everyone has made it out to be.
In SPREAD, Ashton Kutcher is a lothario who is thrown off his game when he meets a woman as good at emotional mind games as he is. Anne Heche, Margarita Levieva and Maria Conchita Alonso co-star.
THE COVE is a documentary that begins to delve into the wonders of the undersea kingdom. It quickly turns into a modern crime story however as a group of activists expose horrible instances of animal abuse in a Japanese cove.
The Dardenne Brothers (THE SON, L'ENFANT) return with LORNA'S SILENCE. In this film, a woman helps a junkie in exchange for citizenship, only to grow ever more dependent on him.
All this plus news and DVD releases such as HANNAH MONTANA THE MOVIE, LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT and SURVEILLANCE.
Awake in the DREAM Radio with Laura Magdalene Eisenhower and Dr. DREAM, this week's guest is Matty Beckerman.
Matty Beckerman is making his directorial debut with "ALIEN ABDUCTION" a Sci-Fi thriller based on the legend of the Brown Mountain Lights. It is being released by IFC Midnight in Theaters on April 4, 2014. Lawrence Bender (Inglourious Basterds, Pulp Fiction) and Mike Fleiss (Hostel, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Bachelor) produced, along with Beckerman himself and his wife Cathy under their production shingle, BIG PICTURE. Written by Robert Lewis and based on a story by Beckerman, and Executive Produced by Exclusive Media's Guy East and Alex Brunner (The Woman In Black, Rush, The Quiet Ones) , the film is about a family who goes on a camping trip in the Brown Mountains of North Carolina, gets lost, and is abducted by aliens.
Previously, Beckerman was the Founder and CEO of Natural Selection, a privately-held, equity-backed motion picture company based in Los Angeles, which was in the business of developing, financing, producing and distributing branded, high- concept genre pictures for theatrical distribution. Run by Beckerman, Natural Selection worked with acclaimed writers, directors and producers to produce and develop independent films and quickly became one of the top equity financiers in Hollywood.
He has Executive Produced Paul Scheuring’s The Experiment starring Adrien Brody and Forest Whitaker and Produced Stephen T. Kay’s thriller Isolation starring David Harbour and Eva Amurri.
Beckerman currently resides in Beverly Hills, CA and is a member of the Directors Guild of America.
See www.AwakeInTheDREAMRadio.com for the Archive of past shows and information on future broadcasts.
David Scheunemann studied architecture at the Technical University of Berlin and the Escola Tecnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona. He successfully graduated in Berlin with a senior architectural degree in 2005. Having worked as set designer while he was studying, he went straight into art directing after graduation. SPEED RACER in 2008, his first collaboration with Lana & Andy Wachowski. His work as an art director includes films such as Paul Anderson's THE THREE MUSKETEERS.Roman Polanski's THE GHOST WRITER ,James McTeigue's and Lana & Andy Wachowski's NINJA ASSASSIN. Two milestones in his career were Quentin Tarantino's INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS (2009) and Tom Tykwer's and Lana & Andy Wachowski's CLOUD ATLAS for which he was nominated twice by the Art Directors Guild for the "Excellence in Production Design Award". You can see his work in George Clooney's THE MONUMENTS MEN . You can email your questions to email@example.com Link: www.123FilmEasy.com. Follow us on Twitter @123Film
Silvia’s work in film, television and the theater includes having worked on such renowned projects as LOST, INGLORIOUS BASTERDS and HARRY POTTER to name a few. She has also been directed by JOHN CUSACK and ROB SCHNEIDER. Silvia’s voice over credits in feature films include FLIGHTPLAN, THE ILLUSIONIST, DUPLICITY and many others. In SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK she can be heard doing an in flight announcement in German. In a COMCAST radio commercial she speaks French and if you ever go to Washington to visit the Lewis and Clark Museum and take the audio tour in German, you will hear Silvia’s voice as she guides you through the attractions. For THIS show, we discuss her new book, "The Four Seasons of Desire" with the subtitle "Erotica for every time of year". Included is a foreword by Ron Jeremy and 4 steamy stories.
Avatar Sneaks Into Select Theatres, And Quentin Tarantino Is Back! Plus, We "Exit Stage Right" From The 48 Hour Film Project
Zoe Bell is "the industry's most famous stuntwoman," and is transcending into leady lady. The beautiful New Zealand daredevil breaks down these barriers in her role opposite Morgan Freeman and Tom Cruise in the blockbuster theatrical release (April 19th) of "Oblivion." Set 60 years after an alien invasion has destroyed planet earth, "Oblivion" is an action-packed adventure thriller that pays homage to classic science fiction films of the 1970's. Zoe portrays 'Kara,' of the underground group, lead by Morgan Freeman, of renegrades who are tracking how to save the planet. (Personal note: I saw the film and loved it.) Best known as Quention Tarantinos go-to stuntwaman, Bell has worked in dozens of high profile thrillers, including "Kill Bill, Vols. 1 & 2;" "Inglourious Basterds;" "Django Unchained;" and the cult favorite, "Xena:Warrior Princess." With an impressively established resume of stunt work and a bold transition into starring roles, Bell has now combined her talents in her newest project, "Raze," a much-anticipated thriller, which premiers at the Tribeca Film Festival later this month. She not only stars in the film, but choreographed many of the stunts, setting the overall vision for the fight scenes, and is a producer on the film as well. The film is dubbed as "Fight Club" meets "Hostel." and co-stars Sherilyn Fenn and Rachel Nichols, with a cameo by Rosario Dawson. Bell was born in Waiheke Island, New Zealand, to Tish, a nurse, and Andrew Bell, a doctor. She grew up on Waiheke Island in Auckland, and participated in competitive gymnastics, dance, high diving, scuba, and track and field activities, and Tae Kwon Do. Bell began her career in 1992 when her father treated a stuntman for a head injury and came home with a phone number for her to call.
The Movie Geeks celebrate the art of cinematography in this week-long series featuring interviews with some of our most accomplished and esteemed directors of photography.
In this finale episode, cinematographer Robert Richardson discusses the extraordinary films that populate his resume, including Born on the Fourth of July, JFK, The Aviator, Inglourious Basterds, Casino and Hugo.
For more information, and to listen in to each of the additional episodes of our Art of Cinematography Series, visit http://www.moviegeeksunited.net/artofcinematography.
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