Jami Philbrick

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Producer Jason Blum is taking over Hollywood! 

After founding his company Blumhouse Productions in 2000, he went on to produce some of the most successful horror thrillers of the last fifteen years including the Paranormal Activity franchise, Sinister, The Purge, Insidious: Chapter 2, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, Oculus, The Purge: Anarchy, Ouija, and The Boy Next Door. Not to mention that later this year Blumhouse will release the highly anticipated new movie Jem and the Holograms, which is based on the popular ‘80s cartoon. The super-producer also recently won an Emmy for his work on the HBO mini-series The Normal Heart, and was nominated for an Academy Award for producing Whiplash. But now, Blum returns to the genre he helped reinvent with the new horror film The Lazarus Effect, which opens in theaters on February 27th. 

In the new movie, which was directed by documentary filmmaker David Gelb (Jiro Dreams of Sushi), a group of medical students discover a way to bring dead animals back to life. But when Zoe (Olivia Wilde) accidentally dies, her husband Frank (Mark Duplass) forces the group to help bring his wife back from the dead. While the experiment is successful, things become dangerous when they realize that Zoe’s personality has been altered. In addition to Wilde and Duplass, the film also stars Donald Glover (The To Do List), Sarah Bolger (In America), and Evan Peters (X-Men: Days of Future Past). 

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with producer Jason Blum to talk about his work on The Lazarus Effect, as well as Jem and the Holograms, and The Purge 3. The Academy Award-nominated producer discussed The Lazarus Effect, its cinematic influences, faith vs. science, his friendship with Mark Duplass, Olivia Wilde’s difficult role, working with first time narrative filmmaker David Gelb, Blum’s role on set, the current status of Jem and the Holograms, and an update on the development of The Purge 3

Opening in theaters, VOD and iTunes on February 27th is the new documentary My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, which follows the making of Only God Forgives. The film was directed by Liv Corfixen (Bleeder), and features her husband - director Nicolas Winding Refn (Only God Forgives, Drive), and Ryan Gosling (Only God Forgives, Drive).

IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with directors Liv Corfixen and Nicolas Winding Refn to talk about their work on My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. The husband and wife directors discussed the new documentary, why Corfixen decided to make it, how Refn felt about being the subject of her film, their close family, their friendship with Ryan Gosling, how Refn and Gosling raised money for Only God Forgives, the joy of counting cold hard cash, paying off the Bangkok police, Refn's fear of not meeting expectations after making Drive, wanting to do something completely different, why Refn never knows what his films are about, if Corfixen knows what her documentary is about, if she plans to document Refn's next movie, if Refn was pleased with the final cut of Only God Forgives, and why Refn believes that "You've made great cinema when half the audience loves it and half the audience hates it."

Evan Peters is very quickly becoming a Hollywood movie star!

The actor began his career in the fighting films Never Back Down, and it’s sequel Never Back Down 2: The Breakdown, before eventually appearing in Kick-Ass and on all four seasons of the hit FX anthology series American Horror Story. But his big break came last summer when he sprinted on to the big screen as the Marvel comic book character Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Many critics praised Peters’ performance as one of the best aspects of the film. The actor is expected to reprise his role in the upcoming follow up X-Men: Apocalypse, and will also play former Deputy Assistant to President Nixon, Dwight Chapin in Elvis & Nixon. But first, Peters can be seen as part of the exceptional ensemble cast in the new horror thriller The Lazarus Effect, which opens in theaters on February 27th. 

In the new movie, a group of medical research students discover a way to bring dead animals back to life. But when Zoe (Olivia Wilde) accidentally dies, her husband Frank (Mark Duplass) forces the group to help bring his wife back from the dead. While the experiment is successful, the situation become dangerous when they realize that Zoe’s personality has been altered. Peters plays Clay, a member of the research team that has second thoughts about their experiments. In addition to Duplass, Wilde, and Peters, the film also stars Donald Glover (The To Do List), and Sarah Bolger (In America). The Lazarus Effect was produced by Jason Blum (Whiplash), and directed by documentary filmmaker David Gelb (Jiro Dreams of Sushi).

I recently had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with Evan Peters to talk about his work on The Lazarus Effect. The talented young actor discussed his new movie, its cinematic influences, scientific research, faith vs. science, collaborating  with documentary filmmaker David Gelb, what he needs from a director, working with Mark Duplass and Olivia Wilde, and how he created his character.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 23:25

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Apollo Robbins Talks 'Focus'

Opening in theaters on February 27th is the new crime drama called Focus, which was directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy, Stupid, Love). The film stars Will Smith (Men in Black 3, I, Robot), Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street, About Time), Gerald McRaney (The Best of Me, The A-Team), Rodrigo Santoro (300: Rise of an Empire), Adrian Martinez (American Hustle), and BD Wong (Jurassic Park).

IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the pleasure of sitting down with deception consultant and actor Apollo Robbins to talk about his work on Focus. He discussed the new movie, what skills he taught Will Smith and Margot Robbie, how to protect your wallet, and the art of pickpocketing.

Opening in theaters on February 27th is the new romantic comedy Ana Maria in Novela Land, which was directed and co-written by Georgina Garcia Riedel (How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer). The film stars Edy Ganem (TV's Devious Maids), Sung Kang (Bullet to the Head), Nestor Serrano (Lethal Weapon 2), Luis Guzman (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island), and Elizabeth Pena (La Bamba).

IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Luis Guzman and Edy Ganem to talk about their work on Ana Maria in Novela Land. The veteran actor and young actress discussed their new movie, the difference between acting for film and acting in novelas, the escape novelas provide for Ana Maria, and working with the late great Elizabeth Pena

Available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD beginning February 24th is the Academy Award-winning animated film from directors Chris Williams (Bolt) and Don Hall (Winnie the Pooh) called Big Hero 6, which is based on the obscure Marvel Comic book. The movie features the voice talents of T.J. Miller (Seeking a Friend for the End of the World), Damon Wayans Jr. (Let's Be Cops), Jamie Chung (Sucker Punch), Genesis Rodriguez (Tusk), Maya Rudolph (The Way, Way Back), Alan Tudyk (I, Robot), James Cromwell (The Artist), Scott Adsit (St. Vincent) and newcomer Ryan Potter

IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with Baymax (Scott Adsit) to talk about being part of Big Hero 6. The robotic super hero discussed being a member of Big Hero 6, Philbrick's health, the importance of posture, how it feels to be a popular super hero, why Thor is his favorite super hero, Baymax's armor and weapons, and his friendship with Hiro, as well as his opinion on ObamaCare and the New England Patriots' recent "Deflategate."

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 08:52

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Gerald McRaney Talks 'Focus'

Opening in theaters on February 27th is the new crime drama called Focus, which was directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy, Stupid, Love). The film stars Will Smith (Men in Black 3, I, Robot), Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street, About Time), Gerald McRaney (The Best of Me, The A-Team), Rodrigo Santoro (300: Rise of an Empire), Adrian Martinez (American Hustle), and BD Wong (Jurassic Park).

IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the honor of sitting down with the great Gerald McRaney to talk about his work on Focus. The veteran actor discussed his new movie, its excellent screenplay, his great monologue, knowing on set that they were making a good film, improvising, why Will Smith is the last of the real movie stars, what Smith brings to a project, directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the magic of Margot Robbie, and why McRaney is still passionate about acting after all these years. 

Acclaimed director, writer and producer Mark Duplass is also a very accomplished actor!

Duplass is best known for writing and directing critically acclaimed films with his brother Jay like Baghead, Cyrus, Jeff, Who Lives at Home, and The Do-Deca-Pentathion. However, he has now accumulated an impressive resume of acting work in such movies as Your Sister’s Sister, Safety Not Guaranteed, Darling Companion, People Like Us, Zero Dark Thirty, The One I Love, and Tammy, not to mention his popular FX show The League and the new HBO series Togetherness. But the successful filmmaker can now been seen acting on the big screen once again playing the lead in the new horror film The Lazarus Effect, which also stars Olivia Wilde and opens in theaters on February 27th. 

In the new movie, a group of medical students discover a way to bring dead animals back to life. But when Zoe (Olivia Wilde) accidentally dies, her husband Frank (Duplass) forces the group to help bring his wife back from the dead. While the experiment is successful, things become dangerous when they realize that Zoe’s personality has been altered. In addition to Duplass and Wilde, the film also stars Donald Glover (The To Do List), Sarah Bolger (In America), and Even Peters (X-Men: Days of Future Past). The Lazarus Effect was produced by Jason Blum (Whiplash), and directed by documentary filmmaker David Gelb (Jiro Dreams of Sushi).

I recently had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with ROGUE regular Mark Duplass to talk about his work on The Lazarus Effect. The actor and filmmaker discussed his new movie, its similarities to other films, how he got involved with the project, appearing in a horror movie, his friendship with producer Jason Blum, working with director David Gelb, faith vs. science, making the dialogue organic, playing the lead, and why he is nervous to become a movie star. 

Available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD beginning February 24th is the Academy Award-winning animated film from directors Chris Williams (Bolt) and Don Hall (Winnie the Pooh) called Big Hero 6, which is based on the obscure Marvel Comic book. The movie features the voice talents of T.J. Miller (Seeking a Friend for the End of the World), Damon Wayans Jr. (Let's Be Cops), Jamie Chung (Sucker Punch), Genesis Rodriguez (Tusk), Maya Rudolph (The Way, Way Back), Alan Tudyk (I, Robot), James Cromwell (The Artist), Scott Adsit (St. Vincent) and newcomer Ryan Potter

IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Chris Williams and Don Hall to talk about their work on Big Hero 6. The two Academy Award-winning directors discussed their new film, their Oscar-nominations, choosing the obscure Marvel Comic book to adapt into a Disney animated film, why fans will unfortunately never see an Avengers/Guardians of the Galaxy/Big Hero 6 crossover movie, and which obscure Marvel characters actually appear as Easter Eggs in Big Hero 6

The 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards took place on Saturday, February 21st in Santa Monica. Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, handed out awards to such films as Birdman, Boyhood, Whiplash, Nightcrawler, and Dear White People, as well as actors Michael Keaton (Birdman), Julianne Moore (Still Alice), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), Patricia Arquette (Boyhood), and writer/director Richard Linklater (Boyhood). The event aired on IFC and was hosted by Fred Arminsen (IFC's Portlandia) and Kristen Bell (Hit and Run), with official house band Silversun Pickups.

IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick attended the 30th Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards and was backstage when the winners spoke to the press. He had a chance to actually speak with such winners as Patricia ArquetteJ.K. SimmonsJulianne Moore, and Michael Keaton, as well as writer/director Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler) and writer/director Alejandro G. Inarritu (Birdman). The talented winners discussed their films, roles, casts, directors, and winning a Film Independent Spirit Award. 

To watch our exclusive coverage from the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards red carpet, please click on the video player above.

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