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Exclusive: Jason Momoa Talks Road to Paloma, Aquaman

23 July 2014 10:09 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Jason Momoa has made a name for himself on both the small screen and the big, in projects like “Stargate: Atlantis,” “Game of Thrones” and ”Conan the Barbarian” — mostly via his brooding physicality. “Road to Paloma,” though, finds the actor branching out, by degrees. Co-written with Robert Homer Mollohan, Momoa’s dusty, Southwestern-set directorial debut is a road movie/crime flick/wanderlust mash-up, centering on Wolf (Momoa), a Native American biker who finds himself living on the lam after avenging his mother’s rape and murder. For ShockYa, Brent Simon recently had a chance to speak to Momoa one-on-one, about how he enjoyed juggled duties behind and in front of the camera, filming a sex scene  [ Read More ]

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Exclusive: Clif Prowse and Derek Lee Talk Afflicted, Indie Genre Filmmaking

29 June 2014 8:48 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Given its fairly reliable audience base, the horror genre affords burgeoning filmmakers the chance to showcase their skills in inventive fashion, which the fresh, technically accomplished “Afflicted” surely does. A shared effort in just about every way between writer-director-actors Clif Prowse and Derek Lee, the movie — a Toronto Film Festival selection and a smash hit at Fantastic Fest last year — chronicles an international video travelogue gone wrong, when one of the pair has an encounter with a mysterious Parisian woman and succumbs to an illness that includes all sorts of uncomfortable transformations. For ShockYa, Brent Simon recently had a chance to speak to Prowse and Lee one-on-two, about trading on  [ Read More ]

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Exclusive: Director Will Eubank Talks The Signal

8 June 2014 7:51 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Genre filmmaking is often a more welcoming playground to fresh new talent than more conventional drama, and, arguably next to horror, science-fiction allows filmmakers the opportunity to leave their stamp on tone and visual schemes unlike almost any other narrative category. With the striking, stirring “The Signal,” director Will Eubank certainly does that. Brent Simon recently had a chance to speak to Eubank one-on-one for ShockYa, about his sophomore film, his myriad influences and debuting his movie at the Sundance Film Festival. The conversation is excerpted below: ShockYa: “The Signal” is very experiential. Can you speak some to your pre-production process, because I feel like you had to have made  [ Read More ]

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Exclusive: Beau Knapp Talks The Signal

4 June 2014 9:41 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Three MIT college students on a road trip across the Southwest — Jonah (Beau Knapp) and fraying couple Nic (Brenton Thwaites) and Haley (Olivia Cooke) — take a detour to try to track down a hacker who’s been messing with them for months. Things go sideways, leaving the early-twentysomethings in a strange waking nightmare involving continued interrogations from Dr. Wallace Damon (Laurence Fishburne). That’s the moody mystery at the center of director Will Eubank’s genre-bending “The Signal,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Brent Simon had a chance to speak to Knapp one-on-one for ShockYa earlier this week, about the movie, his entrée into acting and what  [ Read More ]

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Exclusive: Director Lukas Moodysson Talks We Are the Best!

4 June 2014 9:40 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Swedish-born poet and novelist Lukas Moodysson made a splash with his film debut, “Show Me Love,” in 1998, and has since then delivered a number of controversial and experimental films. His latest movie, the adventurous romp “We Are the Best!,” is a return to the more optimistic and loose-limbed vibe of his early work. Set in 1982 Stockholm, the film centers on two tomboyish tweens, Boba (Mira Barkhammar) and Klara (Mira Grosin), who impulsively decide to start a punk band, and recruit a classmate who can actually play an instrument, Hedvig (Liv LeMoyne), to help give their endeavor some shape. Recently, for ShockYa, Brent Simon had a chance to speak to Moodysson one-on-one, about  [ Read More ]

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Exclusive: Director Joel Hopkins Talks The Love Punch, Collaborations With Emma Thompson

28 May 2014 8:35 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

For his third film, writer-director Joel Hopkins (“Last Chance Harvey”) re-teamed with Emma Thompson, casting her opposite Pierce Brosnan as one half of a divorced couple who reunite after the financial future of their retirement years is thrown into uncertainty by an unscrupulous French businessman. A screwball-tinged heist flick that not so much feeds “eat the rich” feelings which might be surging in the zeitgeist at the moment as offer up a divergent, flight-of-fancy caper for the middle-aged, ”The Love Punch” plays out like a reimagining of “The Parent Trap” by way of “Ocean’s Eleven,” and minus the kids. For ShockYa, Brent Simon recently had a chance to speak one-on-one with Hopkins  [ Read More ]

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Exclusive: Director Fred Schepisi Talks Words and Pictures, Next Projects

28 May 2014 8:20 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Australian-born director Fred Schepisi has a varied filmography, spanning ”Roxanne,” “Six Degrees of Separation” and “Fierce Creatures,” among other credits, but one of the steadiest through-lines in his work is a keen grasp of human imperfection. It’s interwoven into his latest effort as well, “Words and Pictures,” which stars Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche as New England prep school teachers — he’s a rakish if blocked writer and functional alcoholic, she’s a prickly abstract painter stricken with rheumatoid arthritis — at odds over which mode of expression can convey greater meaning. For ShockYa, Brent Simon had a chance to speak to Schepisi one-on-one this week, about his movie, language, the educational inspiration he  [ Read More ]

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Exclusive: Matt Mider Talks Forev, Awkward Commercial Auditions

14 May 2014 2:49 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

In Molly Green and James Leffler’s “Forev,” a comedic ode to the decidedly poor decision-making skills of twentysomethings, Sophie (“Saturday Night Live”‘s Noël Wells) impulsively accepts the marriage proposal of her apartment neighbor, Los Angeles tech support jockey Pete (Matt Mider), and the pair then promptly head off on a six-hour drive to pick up Pete’s sister Jess (Amanda Bauer) from college. Drinking and musing ensues, and when Jess, fresh off a break-up, indulges in a one-night stand, things get weird for all. For ShockYa, Brent Simon recently had a chance to speak to Mider, about the film, honing his improvisational skills, his favorite mock-curse word and making out with 60-year-olds in commercial  [ Read More ]

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Exclusive: Director Zack Parker Talks Proxy, More

18 April 2014 5:12 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Director Zack Parker has a knack for marrying unnerving incident to shifty, hard-to-pin-down characters. His latest film, the psychological thriller “Proxy,” could sort of be described as a sociopathic lesbian love triangle… and yet it’s more than that, even. For ShockYa, Brent Simon recently had a chance to speak to Parker one-on-one, about his movie, what sort of storytelling excites and drives him, making movies in his native Indiana, being a stay-at-home dad and how the California Raisins helped lead him to where he is today. The conversation is excerpted below: ShockYa: Like “Scalene,” your previous film, it feels like “Proxy” is very invested in exploring shifting audience sympathies. Not at all in  [ Read More ]

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Exclusive: Director David Gordon Green Talks Joe, Terrence Malick Impressions

12 April 2014 8:55 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

He’s not yet 40, but director David Gordon Green has successfully juggled an interesting collection of studio comedies like “Pineapple Express,” “The Sitter” and “Your Highness” with more esoteric and independent fare like “All the Real Girls” and “Prince Avalanche.” His 10th feature film, “Joe,” is an adaptation of Larry Brown’s novel of the same name, and stars 17-year-old Tye Sheridan as Gary Jones, an impressionable kid who, desperate for some adult guidance and attention, kinds an unlikely mentor in the form of Nicolas Cage’s ex-con title character. Brent Simon, for ShockYa, recently had a chance to speak to Green one-on-one, about the film, casting and working with non-professional actors, the keys to  [ Read More ]

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Exclusive: Tye Sheridan Talks Joe, Terrence Malick Impressions and Tony Romo

10 April 2014 11:54 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Seventeen-year-old Tye Sheridan made his acting debut in Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life,” playing one of Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain’s sons in 1950s Texas. The next year, he co-starred opposite Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon in Jeff Nichols’ “Mud.” Now, in David Gordon Green’s “Joe,” adapted from a novel by Larry Brown, Sheridan adds another acting heavyweight to his roster of co-stars, starring opposite Nicolas Cage’s title character as Gary Jones, an eager-to-work kid looking for roots not provided by his itinerant family and alcoholic father (Gary Poulter). For ShockYa, Brent Simon recently had a chance to speak to Texas native Sheridan one-on-one, about his movie, the key  [ Read More ]

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Exclusive: Director Eliza Hittman Talks It Felt Like Love

10 April 2014 11:48 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Writer-director Eliza Hittman’s striking debut film, “It Felt Like Love,” tells the story of 14-year-old Lila (Gina Piersanti), an awkward Brooklyn girl who falls into emulating the sexual exploits of her more experienced best friend (Giovanna Salimeni), with mounting peril. For ShockYa, Brent Simon recently had a chance to speak to Hittman one-on-one, about her debut feature film, non-traditional casting, adolescent sexual deceit and gamesmanship, and more. The conversation is excerpted below: ShockYa: At the risk of this momentarily sounding terrible, I have a huge native interest in kids coming online libidinally at different times within their peer set, because you don’t see that addressed in a lot of films. You  [ Read More ]

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Exclusive: Amy Ryan Talks Breathe In, Birdman

7 April 2014 12:01 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

A Tony- and Oscar-nominated actress, Amy Ryan has played tough, tender, damagingly self-involved and everything in between. In real life, though, her persona runs closer to Holly Flax, the lovably good-natured if somewhat dorky romantic interest to Steve Carell’s Michael Scott on “The Office.” Ryan is self-effacing and peppers a conversation with laughter, but also all sorts of jokey tangential asides. In her latest film, writer-director Drake Doremus’ “Breathe In,” she plays Megan Reynolds, the wife of frustrated music instructor Keith (Guy Pearce), the latter of whom develops a slow crush on Sophie (Felicity Jones), an exchange student the couple takes into their upstate New York home. Brent Simon recently had a chance to  [ Read More ]

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Exclusive: Josh Anthony, Anne Taylor Talk Happy Camp

26 March 2014 2:17 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

The title “Happy Camp” conjures feelings of a comedy — either an ironically named satire, or perhaps some “Pitch Perfect”-type summer-getaway ensemble where “Glee” fans labor to upstage one another against a competitive backdrop. In actuality, though, the found-footage-framed psychological horror film takes its name from the (real-life) small town, nestled just up against the California-Oregon border, that lends it its setting. Twenty years after his step brother went missing, in a mountainous region rife with missing persons cases, a still-frazzled guy (Michael Barbuto) returns with some filmmaker friends, looking for answers. For ShockYa, Brent Simon had a chance yesterday to speak to multi-hyphenate collaborators Josh Anthony and Anne Taylor one-on-one (well, one-on-two),  [ Read More ]

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Exclusive: Director Gary Fleder Talks Homefront

12 March 2014 3:02 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Directed by Gary Fleder and penned by none other than Sylvester Stallone, “Homefront” stars Jason Statham as Phil Broker, a widowed ex-dea agent whose past with a meth-running motorcycle gang comes back to haunt him. For ShockYa, Brent Simon recently had a chance to speak to Fleder one-on-one, about the movie (whose source material Stallone originally thought about using as a “Rambo” sequel), the advantages of location scouting with Google Earth and his affinity for dabbling in small screen work as well. The conversation is excerpted below: ShockYa: It’s a lot easier for me to connect the dots to Jason Statham on this movie. How did the project first come your  [ Read More ]

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Exclusive: Melanie Papalia Talks The Den, Uwe Boll, Web Chat Nudity

10 March 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

In the inventive low-budget horror thriller “The Den,” Canadian-born actress Melanie Papalia plays Elizabeth Benton, a graduate student who undertakes a study on the eponymous video-chat site, and witnesses a gruesome murder via webcam. Others dismiss it as a viral prank, but Elizabeth isn’t so sure, and finds herself trapped in a twisted game in which she and her loved ones are targeted for the same grisly fate. For ShockYa, Brent Simon recently had a chance to speak with Papalia one-on-one, about the film, bad Skype connections, ChatRoulette nudity, Uwe Boll, and how John Travolta would pronounce her name at the Oscars. The conversation is excerpted below: ShockYa: You were in another movie centering  [ Read More ]

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Fox Developing Animated Fantasy Family Comedy From ‘Megamind’ Writers

19 February 2014 9:28 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Fox‘s animated brand is built on family comedies with stalwarts The Simpsons and Family Guy. Now the network is eyeing a new addition in Dark Lord Of Delaware, an animated comedy from Alan Schoolcraft & Brent Simon, writers of DreamWorks Animation’s Megamind, and former Fox head of comedy-turned-producer Marcus Wiley. The project, now in development, centers on Zarbus, a man who must deal with the conflicting emotions of being a stay at home dad after losing his job. The situation is made all the more challenging by the fact his previous position was that of a Voldemort-like evil sorcerer who once ruled over a magical kingdom. Now banished to our world, he must navigate the social minefield of suburbia while keeping his omnipotent powers in check. Schoolcraft  and Simon are writing the script and are executive producing with Wiley who brought the project to Fox through his first-look deal with the network. »

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Exclusive: Ashley Greene Talks Burying the Ex on Set Visit

10 February 2014 3:38 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Zombies have, over the last several years, been spun off into all sorts of big screen scenarios and situations. In director Joe Dante’s “Burying the Ex,” however, Max (Anton Yelchin) discovers that if there’s anything worse than a zombie, it might just be your ex-girlfriend as a zombie — in his case, the still-clingy Evelyn (Ashley Greene). For ShockYa, Brent Simon had a chance to visit the independent production’s Los Angeles set in December, as it was winding down principal photography, to observe a day’s shooting and chat with some of the cast and crew. His conversation with erstwhile “Twilight” costar Greene, about the peculiar delights and challenges of playing a scorned female  [ Read More ]

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Exclusive: Rose McIver Talks Brightest Star, More

6 February 2014 1:56 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

In actress-turned-director Maggie Kiley’s engaging feature debut, “Brightest Star,” New Zealand native Rose McIver plays Charlotte, one of two young women that Chris Lowell’s recent college graduate has a relationship with as they all attempt to navigate their early twenties. For ShockYa, Brent Simon recently had a chance to speak to McIver one-on-one and in person, about the movie, Los Angeles, accents and ambition. The conversation is excerpted below: ShockYa: I know the film has its roots in a short film, “Some Boys Don’t Leave,” that Maggie did. Did she talk a lot about that, and/or encourage the actors to use it as a resource? Rose McIver: I think Chris and I both watched it before we  [ Read More ]

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Exclusive: Chris Lowell Talks Brightest Star, Veronica Mars Movie

4 February 2014 1:26 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Actor Chris Lowell has an expansive list of small screen credits, including “Life As We Know It,” “Private Practice” and the role for which many people still most remember him — Stosh “Piz” Piznarski on the CW’s “Veronica Mars,” a role he’ll reprise later this spring in the big screen spin-off. He also has a starring role in a new movie in theaters now: Maggie Kiley’s striking “Brightest Star,” about a young man’s post-college romantic and occupational wanderings. For ShockYa, Brent Simon had a chance to talk to Lowell one-on-one and in person last week, about “Brightest Star,” twentysomething ennui and what he thinks of how the “Veronica Mars” movie came to  [ Read More ]

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