Interviews

Actress Dominik Garcia-Lorido is successfully following in her famous father’s footsteps. 

Daughter of Academy Award-nominated actor Andy Garcia (A Dark Truth, At Middleton, Rob the Mob), Garcia-Lorido made her big screen debut at the age of 12 alongside her father in Steal Big Steal Little. She made her return to the cinema ten years later in The Lost City, which also marked her dad’s directorial debut. She would later receive critical acclaim for her role in City Island, playing the daughter of Andy Garcia’s character. Garcia-Lorido has also had success on the small screen playing Mercedes Lazaro on the popular Starz series Magic City. But now the actress can be seen in the new action film Wild Card, which was written by Academy Award-winning screenwriter William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All The President’s Men) and directed by Simon West (The Expendables 2). 

Wild Card stars Jason Statham (Homefront) as Nick Wild, a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal skills and a gambling problem. After Nick’s ex-girlfriend Holly (Garcia-Lorido) is assaulted by a mob boss’ nephew (Milo Ventimiglia), she asks Nick to help her get revenge. In addition to Statham, Garcia-Lorido, and Ventimigila, the movie features a fantastic cast that includes Michael Angarano (The Brass Teapot), Max Casella (Inside Llewyn Davis), Jason Alexander (Pretty Woman), Hope Davis (Real Steel), Anne Heche (That’s What She Said), Sofia Vergara (Fading Gigolo), and Academy Award-nominee Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire). 

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Dominik Garcia-Lorido about her work on Wild Card. The talented young actress discussed her new movie, working with Jason Statham, being in an action film, William Goldman’s dialogue, her role, her character’s motivations, shooting difficult scenes with Milo Ventimigila, and director Simon West

Lance Reddick is truly a workingman’s actor! 

After appearing in small parts on various film and television projects including HBO’s OZ, Reddick finally received attention for his role as Cedric Daniels on another critically acclaimed HBO series, The Wire. Since then, he has played pivotal roles on two J.J. Abrams created series, first as Matthew Abaddon on Lost, and then as Phillip Broyles on Fringe. Recently, he has had arcs on American Horror Story: Coven, and The Blacklist, as well as appearing in the new Amazon Prime series Bosch. Reddick has also been a fixture on the big screen as of late with roles in Jonah Hex, White House Down, Oldboy, The Guest, and John Wick, which will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD beginning February 3rd.

John Wick was directed by stunt coordinators Chad Stahelski (The Wolverine) and David Leitch (Conan the Barbarian), and stars Keanu Reeves in the title role. In the film, ex-hitman and recent widower John Wick (Reeves) comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that are responsible for the senseless murder of his new dog. However, this means stepping back into the criminal underground world that he left behind, and confronting his former mafia boss employer (Michael Nyqvist) and his out-of-control son (Alfie Allen). Reddick plays Charon, the manager of an exclusive hotel that caters to thieves and killers, where Wick use to be a regular. In addition to Reeves, Nyqvist, Allen and Reddick, the movie also features appearances by Willem Dafoe (Out of the Furnace), Adrianne Palicki (Red Dawn), Dean Winters (Don Peyote), John Leguizamo (Chef), Thomas Sadoski (Wild), Clarke Peters (The Best of Me), Bridget Moynahan (I, Robot), and Ian McShane (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides). 

I recently had the absolute pleasure of speaking with the great Lance Reddick about his work on John Wick. The veteran actor discussed his latest movie, the script, why it’s not a typical revenge film, working with directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, acting opposite Keanu Reeves, and how Reddick found inspiration for his role in the most unlikely place. 

Opening in theaters on January 30th is the new drama from accomplished writer/director Mike Binder entitled Black or White.

Binder actually began his career as a standup comedian/actor and has appeared in such popular movies as The Contender, Minority Report and One Day. But he is best known for his work behind the camera writing and directing critically acclaimed films like Indian Summer, The Upside of Anger, and Reign Over Me.

Black or White reunites Binder with his The Upside of Anger co-star, Academy Award-winner Kevin Costner (Draft Day), who also produced the project. The film follows Elliot Anderson (Costner), a grieving widower that is drawn into a custody battle over his granddaughter Eloise (Jillian Estell), whom he helped raise her entire life. Fighting Elliot for custody is Eloise’s paternal grandmother Rowena Jeffers (Academy Award-winner Octavia Spencer), and her cousin/lawyer Jeremiah Jeffers (Anthony Mackie). Rowena believes Eloise needs to be around her extended family more often in the wake of her mother and maternal grandmother’s deaths, and is concerned about Elliot’s drinking. While Elliot blames Rowena’s drug addicted son Reggie Davis (Andre Holland), Eloise’s father, for the loss of his daughter. In addition to Costner, Estell, Spencer, Mackie, and Holland, the film also features performances from Bill Burr (The Heat), Gillian Jacobs (Life Partners), Jennifer Ehle (Contagion), and Paula Newsome (Little Miss Sunshine). 

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with writer/director Mike Binder to talk about his work on Black or White. The accomplished filmmaker discussed his new movie, what excited him about the material, why it was so difficult to get made, reuniting with Kevin Costner, how the Oscar-winning director made Binder a better filmmaker, and the irony of the film’s title. 

Even if you don't recognize his name right away, you're probably a Brendan Fehr fan already.

Currently starring on the NBC medical drama The Night Shift, Fehr has been acting in film and television for eighteen years, doing standout work on much-loved shows like CSI: Miami, Bones, and Roswell, as well as movies such as Final Destination, Silent Night, and, most recently, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy.

In Zarra's Law, Fehr stars a man torn between two starkly different worlds.  He plays Gaetano, a New York lawyer who infiltrates the treacherous underground of organized crime, attempting to help his ex-cop uncle Tony in his quest to avenge his murdered brother.  As filial obligation draws Gaetano deeper and deeper into the murky waters of criminality, the attorney finds himself lost in a labyrinth of deceit, greed, and violence.

Fehr is joined in Zarra's Law by a cast that includes Tony Sirico (The Sopranos), Erin Cummings (The Iceman), Burt Young (Rocky-Rocky Balboa), and Oscar nominee Renee Taylor (The Producers). The film, now available on DVD, is the latest from Juha Wuolijoki, the Finnish director behind acclaimed, award-winning fare such as Gourmet Club and Christmas Story.

The talented actor discussed the film in an iamROGUE exclusive with IAR Managing Editor Jami Philbrick.  In their lively conversation, Brendan Fehr enthusiastically talked about the production, starring in a mafia movie, his character's inner and outer conflicts, the possibility of a sequel, and working with Chris Pratt and John C. Reilly in Marvel's latest mega-blockbuster.

Love, anybody will tell you, can be odd.  Straight up strange, even.

It's only fitting, then, that the new animated family film Strange Magic is really all about love.

Produced by George Lucas (Star Wars), who also conjured up the story, Strange Magic is a wild musical fantasy that draws inspiration from William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and features popular songs of the last six decades rearranged by Grammy-nominated music director Marius De Vries (Moulin Rouge!).  Gary Rydstrom, who directed the Pixar shorts Lifted and Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation oversees Strange Magic, a collaboration between Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic.

The story concerns the Fairy Kingdom and the Dark Forest, rival realms that couldn't be more different.  When Fairy Kingdom princess Marianne (voice of Rachel Evan Wood, The Ides of March) cancels her wedding, her philandering suitor Roland (Sam Palladio, Nashville) conspires to obtain the Sugarplum Fairy's (Kristin Chenowith, The Boy Next Door) love potion from deep in the heart of the Dark Forest.

Also vying for the potion is Sunny, an elf who is desperately in love with Dawn, Marianne's sister.  Together, they're right at the center of a fantastical, boisterous, and, well, weird love story. 

Elijah Kelley (Lee Daniels' The Butler, Red Tails) provides Sunny's voice, while newcomer Meredith Anne Bull voices Dawn.  The two talented actors recently chatted with IAR Managing Editor Jami Philbrick in an iamROGUE-exclusive interview about Strange MagicKelley and Bull enthusiastically discussed their legendary producer, auditioning, singing the film's big musical numbers, songs that didn't make the cut, providing reference for animators, working with Rydstrom, and which songs they feel sum up their characters.

Neil Marshall is truly a visionary writer and director!

Marshall first gained attention for his work on the horror film Dog Soldiers, but it was the surprise hit The Descent that earned him acclaim as a filmmaker. He went on to helm the unfairly underrated sci-fi hybrid Doomsday, as well as the sword-and-sandal movie Centurion. Not to mention his work on the popular TV shows Game of Thrones and Constantine. He’s also still working on his long rumored Camelot follow up The Sword and the Fury, and the WWII spy thriller The Eagle’s Nest. But first, the writer/director has just finished production on the anthology project Tales of Halloween, which is scheduled for release this Halloween.

Tales of Halloween tells ten stories that are woven together by their shared theme of a Halloween night in an American suburb. Ghouls, imps, aliens and axe murderers appear for one night only to terrorize unsuspecting residents. Marshall wrote and directed the segment of the movie entitled Bad Seed, while other portions are written and directed by such filmmakers as Axele Carolyn (Soulmate), Lucky McKee (The Woman), and Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider!). The film’s cast includes an impressive list of genre actors and directors including Sam Witwer (Justice League: Throne of Atlantis), Adrienne Barbeau (Escape from New York), Booboo Stewart (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Lin Shaye (The Signal), Barry Bostwick (The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power), Greg Grunberg (TV's Heroes), Pat Healy (The Innkeepers), Dana Gould (TV’s The Simpsons), and directors Adam Green (Hatchet III), Joe Dante (The Hole), and John Landis (An American Werewolf in London). 

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with writer/director Neil Marshall about his work on Tales of Halloween, as well as Constantine, The Sword and the Fury, and The Eagle’s Nest. The acclaimed filmmaker discussed Tales of Halloween, finishing principal photography, being part of an anthology movie, the plot and actors in his segment - Bad Seed, making his first Halloween themed film, directing the pilot of Constantine, dealing with network restrictions, and the status on his two long rumored projects. 

Jennifer Lopez recently realized she has a certain unexpected connection to her new movie, The Boy Next Door.

"Actually my first boyfriend was the boy next door when I was like thirteen or fourteen years old.  Yeah, it was the summer I turned fourteen. He was cute," she said with a laugh at the Los Angeles press day for the film.  "Cute enough, I guess, at the time."

Lopez's romance with a neighbor turned out less dramatically for her than it does for Claire Peterson, her character in The Boy Next Door

In this psychological thriller, Claire is a high school classics teacher freshly separated from her philandering husband (John Corbett, Sex and the City).  She strikes up a flirtatious friendship with Noah (Ryan Guzman, Step Up All In), her charismatic nineteen-year old neighbor, and before long, the two share a momentary indiscretion on a dark and stormy night.

Claire, who immediately regrets it, never imagines that their one night stand will lead Noah into a full-blown obsession.  Before long, he's threatening Claire at home and school, using her son teenage Kevin (Ian Nelson, The Best of Me) as a pawn, and escalating his dangerous fixation until Claire's life is no longer her own.

The film, which opens in theaters nationwide this Friday, January 23rd, is directed by Rob Cohen, the director who kicked off The Fast and the Furious mega-franchise.

IAR Managing Editor Jami Philbrick was on hand at the press day to discuss The Boy Next Door with star Jennifer Lopez.  The multi-hyphenate star of screen, television, and music enthusiastically discussed the appeal of the project, making a lower-budget thriller, acting and producing, the camaraderie among the cast, the discomfort of shooting sex scenes, creating a crowdpleasing experience, and what the future holds for her.

Actress Sarah Wayne Callies is no stranger to playing strong female characters on screen. 

Television audiences first became aware of Callies for playing Dr. Sara Tancredi on the Fox series Prison Break and the direct-to-DVD spinoff movie Prison Break: The Final Break. But her best role to date was as the doomed Lori Grimes on AMC’s breakout hit The Walking Dead. She also appeared on the big screen as Meteorologist Allison Stone in last summer’s Into the Storm. But now Callies can be seen playing another strong female character in the new film Black November, which opens in theaters, and on VOD and iTunes January 9th. 

Inspired by true events, Black November follows an oil-rich Nigerian community that wages war against an oil corporation to protect their land from being destroyed. When a Nigerian woman named Ebiere (Mbong Amata) is sentenced to death for leading her community in peaceful protest, rebels kidnap an American oil executive (Academy Award-nominee Mickey Rourke) and demand his corporation in stopping Ebiere’s execution. Callies plays Kate Summers, a journalist that befriends Ebiere and joins her fight against injustice. In addition to Amata, Rourke, and Callies, the cast also includes Hakeem Kae-Kazim (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Vivica A. Fox (Jackie Brown), Anne Heche (That’s What She Said), musicians Wyclef Jean and Akon, and Academy Award-winners William Goldman (All the President’s Men) and Kim Basinger (Batman). Interestingly, the film was originally released in 2011 under the title Black Gold, but writer/director Jeta Amata (The Amazing Grace) decided to reshoot 60% of the movie and rerelease it now as Black November.

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Sarah Wayne Callies about her work on Black November. The talented actress discussed her new movie, appearing in an entertaining and educational film, the affect its had on audiences, how Black Gold became Black November, filming in Nigeria, dealing with the country’s government, playing a journalist, and the meaning of the film’s ambiguous ending. 

In her feature debut, Little Accidents, Sara Colangelo maps the twisted routes of grief through an American town torn asunder by tragedy.

The film takes place in a small West Virginia town not long after mining accident that left ten dead.  As everyone in the one-industry community reels, a teenage boy goes missing under mysterious circumstances, slowly but surely drawing three very different people into a chain of surprising choices, dramatic events, and vulnerable moments none of them could possibly have anticipated.

Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games) stars alongside Boyd Holbrook (Gone Girl) and Jacob Lofland (Mud).  Diane Doyle (Banks) is the increasingly distant wife to Bill Boyle (Josh Lucas, Sweet Home Alabama), the mining company bigwig whose possibly negligent oversight of the mine could make him culpable in the disaster.  Amos Jenkins (Holbrook), is the sole survivor, whose reluctance to share details of the event is a boon to the Doyles, who are otherwise the subject of scorn.  As Diane and Amos are drawn into a passionate, dangerous affair, young Owen (Lofland), a child of one of the lost miners, guards a terrible secret.

Colangelo, a filmmaker behind several acclaimed short films, wrote and directed a short of the same title five years ago.  The full-length version of Little Accidents premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last year and is now playing in select cities.

In an iamROGUE exclusive interview, Sara Colangelo spoke with IAR Managing Editor Jami Philbrick about Little Accidents, discussing the path from short to feature, her research into the setting, her outstanding ensemble cast, how Boyd Holbrook became indispensable to the production, and the weighty themes of the film.

Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated actor William H. Macy has appeared in over 90 film and television projects, and can now add the credit of director to his already impressive resume of work. 

After achieving success as a respected Broadway actor, Macy appeared in such films as House of Games, Radio Days, Searching for Booby Fisher, The Client, Murder in the First, and Mr. Holland’s Opus. But it was his role as Jerry Lundegaard in Fargo that earned Macy his Oscar nomination and made him a household name. Since then he has appeared in a long list of beloved and acclaimed movies like Air Force One, Boogie Nights, Wag the Dog, Magnolia, Jurassic Park III, The Cooler, Spartan, The Lincoln Lawyer, The Sessions, and most recently Cake. Not to mention, he is also currently starring on the popular Showtime series Shameless. As an actor, Macy has worked with some of the best directors in the business including Woody Allen, David Mamet, the Coen brothers, Paul Thomas Anderson, Barry Levinson, and Gus Van Sant. Now he moves behind the camera to direct his first feature film entitled Rudderless, which stars Billy Crudup (Watchmen, Almost Famous) and will be available on DVD beginning January 20th.

Rudderless follows Sam (Crudup), a grieving father in a downward spiral after the sudden death of his son Josh (Miles Helzer). He soon stumbles across a box of Josh’s demo tapes and lyrics. Shocked by the discovery of his son’s unknown talent, Sam forms a band with a struggling musician named Quentin (Anton Yelchin) in the hope of finding some closure to his son’s passing. Macy also co-wrote the film and appears in a minor role as the owner of the bar where Sam’s band plays. In addition to Crudup, Yelchin, Helzer, and Macy, the film also features his wife - Academy Award-nominee Felicity Huffman (Trust Me), Selena Gomez (Spring Breakers), Jamie Chung (Big Hero 6), Academy Award-nominee Laurence Fishburne (Man of Steel), and musician Ben Kweller

I recently had the absolute pleasure of speaking with the great William H. Macy about his work on Rudderless. The Oscar-nominated actor turned director discussed his new film, if he’s always wanted to direct, what he learned about directing from the iconic directors he has worked with in the past, casting Billy Crudup and Laurence Fishburne, why he thinks its “difficult” working with actors, if he considers himself to be a “difficult” actor, choosing the music for the movie, what he learned from directing his first film that he will apply to the next project he directs, and if directing will change the way he approaches his acting work.

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