Actor Paul Blackthorne can now add documentary filmmaker to his impressive list of credits!
Until now, Blackthorne was best known as a TV actor having appeared on such successful shows as ER, 24, and the cult hit The Dresden Files. More recently, he can be seen each week playing Detective Quentin Lance on the extremely popular CW series Arrow, which is based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow and is now in its second season. However, now the British actor has made his directorial debut with the brilliant new documentary This American Journey, which is currently available on DVD, Hulu On Demand, Vimeo On Demand, and Amazon On Demand.
This American Journey, which personally I think is one of the best documentaries of the year, follows Blackthorne's travels across the country interviewing random people and asking them how they feel about the American dream. Along with Australian photographer Mister Basquali, they drive across America from ghettos to gun shows, courthouses to cattle yards, and are forever changed by the wisdom and insight the learn from the people they meet. What begins as a film about America; actually ends up dealing with themes of race, religion and guns, which after all is in some ways is what this country is all about.
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with actor turned documentary filmmaker Paul Blackthorne about his work on This American Journey, as well as his series Arrow. Blackthorne talked candidly about This American Journey, why he wanted to make it, his journey across America, meeting Mister Basquali, the dog they adopted along the way, the production, his favorite moment of the trip, what he learned from the experience, being recognized, Arrow, the success of the show, not being familiar with DC Comics, how his character has changed from the first season, the writing staff’s overall plan, and introducing new DC characters into the series.
The domino mask hasn't gotten much love during the last decade of cinematic superhero ubiquity, maybe because of the prevalence of grounded approaches that make such disguises look laughably ineffectual.
A grounded superhero on TV is taking up the old fashioned mask, though. Stephen Amell's square-jawed Oliver Queen is replacing his painted face-stripe with an emerald mask on Arrow.
Actor Seth Gabel has appeared in such films as The Da Vinci Code, Jonah Hex, and Take Me Home Tonight, as well as the short-lived series Dirty, Sexy, Money. But he is probably best know to fans as agent Lincoln Lee on Fox’s popular sci-fi series Fringe.
However, the actor will soon be taking on the role of Green Arrow’s archenemy Count Vertigo on The CW series Arrow, which is based on the popular DC Comics archer. Not to mention that Gabel can be seen once again on the big screen in the new military based film Allegiance, which is currently available on VOD and opens in Los Angeles theaters on January 4th.
I recently had a chance to speak with Seth Gabel about Allegiance, as well as his upcoming role on Arrow, and possibly returning to Fringe for the series finale. The talented young actor discussed his new film, his character’s conflict, the research he did for the role, Arrow, his interpretation of Count Vertigo, looking at the comics for inspiration, his fight scenes with actor Stephen Amell, whether or not it will be a recurring role, and if he will in fact be returning to Fringe for the show's series finale on January 18th.
Opening in theaters on November 2nd is the new martial arts film from from rapper-turned-director RZA (Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai) entitled The Man with the Iron Fists. The film was co-written by RZA and producer Eli Roth (Hostel), while the project marks RZA's feature film directorial debut and is presented by his mentor Quentin Tarantino. In addition to RZA, the film also features an all-star cast that includes Oscar-winner Russell Crowe (Gladiator), Rick Yune (Die Another Day), Lucy Liu (Kill Bill Vol. 1), Jamie Chung (Sucker Punch), Dave Bautista (Untitled Chronicles of Riddick Sequel), Cung Le (Dragon Eyes), and Byron Mann (Catwomen).
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had a chance to sit down with actor Byron Mann in the IAR studios to talk about his work on The Man with Iron Fists, as well as his recurring role on the popular CW series Arrow, which is based on the DC Comics superhero Green Arrow. The talented actor discussed his new film, his unusual villain, RZA's vision as a director, and Eli Roth and Quentin Tarantino's influence on the production, as well as Arrow, his role on the show, whether he is a hero or a villain, and his involvement with popular DC character Deathstroke.
Arrow has established itself as the heir to Smallville's mantle as the live-action representation of DC Comics on The CW, having just received a full-season order from the network.
Some spoilery new images from later this season reveal the show's take on Deathstroke, the popular DC character who will menace Stephen Amell's Green Arrow.
So we won't be seeing DC Comics heroes or villains on the big screen until Man of Steel next year, but this month, the Green Arrow arrives on the small screen with the new CW series Arrow. That means that, in addition to the archer played by Stephen Amell, we'll be seeing DC bad guys on a more or less weekly basis. One such bad guy is Deadshot, and two new images provide a first look at Arrow's version of the deadly marksman.
Arrow, a new television series based on the exploits of the finest politically-active socialist archer in the DC Comics universe, is set start airing this October.
In order to ensure that you, the audience, are a) aware of this and b) excited about this, the final poster for Arrow has been revealed.
Last month, a promotional clip from the network upfronts acted as a sort of teaser for Arrow, the live-action CW series that centers on Green Arrow, the DC Universe's finest archer and preeminent goateed socialist superhero. That trailer gave a very Batman Begins feel to the series, showing Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen setting up his super base of super operations in an abandoned warehouse, where he then worked out and showed off his archery skills. Today, an extended preview gives a much fuller idea of the series, while a poster sticks closely to one-sheet trends.
Smallville enjoyed a decade-long run as the face of DC Comics on television, and since it ended last season, Warner Bros. and The CW have evidently been looking for another DC property to take its place on the idiot box. Just over two weeks ago, we learned about Arrow, a potential pilot that would make use of Green Arrow, the bow and arrow wielding protector of fictitious Star City created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp in 1941. Well, it's going to pilot, and it has found a leading man, as Stephen Amell has been cast as Oliver Queen.
A few weeks ago we learned that The CW was on the verge of ordering a pilot for a potential series based on Green Arrow, the DC Comics hero created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp way back in 1941. Last week, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the network ordered the pilot to a series that would be entitled Arrow, along with pilots for a Sex and the City prequel, and a contemporary Beauty and the Beast. Though the character, Oliver Queen, played a major recurring role on the long-lived but recently closed-out DC series Smallville, actor Justin Hartley will not be returning, and a newly-revealed casting breakdown gives a good idea of this new Arrow, along with his supporting characters.