Exclusive: Cerina Vincent Talks MoniKa from the Set, Part 2; MoniKa Poster Debut

In Part 2 of our coverage of Dread Central's set visit to writer/director Steven R. Monroe’s psychological revenge thriller MoniKa last June at the Big Picture Soundstage in Burbank, California, we continue our chat with the film’s star, Cerina Vincent, regarding the titular role, her long-standing working relationship with Monroe, the latest in her Hot Chick book series, and more. In addition we're pleased to present the debut of the film's poster.

Co-executive produced by actress Vincent with Monroe and producers Anthony Fankhauser and Aaron Hofman, MoniKa co-stars Jason Wiles and C. Thomas Howell as well as Jeff Branson, Chad Lindberg and Andrew Howard (the three appeared in Monroe’s I Spit on Your Grave redux) and actors Lew Temple (The Devil’s Rejects), Shayla Beesley (Spreading Darkness), Raffaello Degruttola, Elisa Donovan and genre vet Tim Thomerson. (Click here for Part 1 of our coverage.)

Sitting down with the
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Unrest (Horrorfest Flashback Review)

Unrest, directed by Jason Todd Ipson and released as part of the After Dark Horrorfest, proceeds from a pairing of subgenre and location—a ghost story set in a hospital morgue—so appropriate to each other that it’s surprising they haven’t been combined more often before. In addition to plenty of opportunities for stark, spare atmosphere and nasty bits involving cadavers, the mix allows Ipson, who scripted with Chris Billett, to throw in occasional musings about the relationship between the dead and the living and how those who deal directly with the deceased—in this case, medical students—handle that interaction. The result is a thoughtful and spooky little movie that stands apart from the formulas that bind so many horror films in both the studio and independent fields.

Ipson’s own background as a surgeon stood him in good stead here, not only in terms of the
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Review: Everybody Wants to Be Italian

Filed under: Foreign Language, Independent, New Releases, Theatrical Reviews

The modern romantic comedy has long treated novelty like a venereal disease, fleeing any thought of invention as it foists the same tired, rigid formula on viewers content to consume familiar pap dressed up in slightly different duds. Still, if the average studio rom-com offers little of worth aside from the occasional endearing performance (and no, I don't mean you, Ms. Bullock), there's something even more noxious about the strain of ethnic-indie romances pioneered by 2002's smash hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding, which charmed audiences by taking recognizable conventions and spicing them up with broad, brash stereotypes. It's this subgenre to which Everybody Wants to Be Italian belongs, since Jason Todd Ipson's film is a lovey-dovey fantasy in which every character is an Italian cliché save for the two protagonists, who both pretend to have descendants in the Old
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Everybody Wants To Be Italian

Nice locations in Bos ton's North End lend some much-needed spice to Jason Todd Ipson's "Everybody Wants To Be Italian," an otherwise bland ethnic romantic comedy in the mold of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding."

Hunky Jay Jablonski plays Jake, a Polish-American fishmonger who meets Marisa (Cerina Vincent), an attractive Hispanic veterinarian he mistakenly thinks is Italian.

Jake is in a funk. Eight years after his ex-girlfriend Isabella (Marisa Petroro) dumped him, he's still trying to win her
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Opening This Week: Nic Cage's new hairpiece, Billy Elliot's dark side

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By Neil Pedley

This week's trip to the multiplex offers a jaunt around the globe where, amongst other things, there's a case of mistaken ethnicity in Boston, Nic Cage gets another wig fitted in Thailand, there's whimsy and surrealism in Scotland and Matthew McConaughey is right at home in Malibu, where he might finally have found something he does well, maybe.

"August Evening"

Strained emotional bonds and the transitory nature of the life of an illegal immigrant provide the backdrop for Chris Eska's quietly affecting family drama that stars Pedro Castaneda as an aging farmhand who loses his job at a chicken farm in a sleepy Texas town, forcing he and his devoted daughter-in-law (Veronica Loren) to relocate to San Antonio to stay with his older children and the grandchildren he never knew he had. As Alison Willmore pointed out in last week's Lunchbox, Castaneda is a first-time actor
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Roadside Distributes 'Italian' Stereotypes

[/link]' made Americans flock to the feta and claim Greek roots. Now grab some olives and get ready for another cultural stereotype romantic comedy, Everybody Wants to Be Italian, which has gained wide release through Roadside Attractions.A lovelorn fishmonger (Jay Jablonski) who has spent nearly a decade trying to win back his ex-girlfriend gets involved in a case of mistaken ethnicity in this warm-hearted romantic comedy. Jake’s friends set him up on a blind date with a beautiful Italian woman (Cerina Vincent) from Boston’s North End. Though Jake is convinced that such a woman would never even consider dating a non-Italian, a quick crash course in how to fake it may prove just the trick to helping him learn to love once again. To add a little star factor, Penny Marshall has a cameo as a florist.The film is
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Roadside nabs 'Italian' rights

Roadside nabs 'Italian' rights
"Everybody Wants to Be Italian," or at least that's the bet Roadside Attractions is making.

The indie distributor has acquired domestic rights to Jason Todd Ipson's raucous romantic comedy from producers James Huntsman and Jaime Burke of Asgaard Entertainment.

Cerina Vincent ("Two and a Half Men") plays an Italian-American woman from Boston's North End who is set up on a blind date with a lovelorn fishmonger (Jay Jablonski) by his two good pals (John Enos III and John Kapelos). Convinced she will never fall for a non-Italian, he takes desperate measures to fake his ethnicity.

Penny Marshall makes a cameo in the film, which was inspired by Ipson's experience living in Boston, where he met his Italian wife. A Sept. 5 platform release is planned.

Ipson directed the Lionsgate/After Dark Films horror feature "Unrest," also produced by Asgaard.

Roadside's Dustin Smith negotiated the deal with Todd Slater, who repped the producers.
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