Jami Philbrick

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English actor Jason Isaacs has been delivering strong and entertaining performances in film and on television for over 25 years!

Isaacs has appeared in such popular films as Armageddon, The Patriot, Black Hawk Down, Resident Evil, Pater Pan, and Green Zone. But it was his role as Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter film series that made him a household name. For comic book fans, Isaacs has voiced in animated projects two of DC Comics greatest villains: Ra’s al Ghul (Batman: Under The Red Hood) and Sinestro (Green Lantern: Emerald Knights). On TV he starred in the acclaimed but short-lived series Brotherhood with Jason Clarke, as well as NBC’s Awake. He currently plays The Inquisitor on Star Wars Rebels, and will star in the upcoming mini-series Dig for USA Networks, which premieres on March 5th, 2015. 

Back on the big screen, Isaacs had small but pivotal roles in the recent films John Wick with Keanu Reeves, and David Ayer’s Fury starring Brad Pitt. But now you can see the actor in the new Civil War film Field of Lost Shoes, which will be available on VOD and DVD on December 12th. As well as the new drama After the Fall, which will open on VOD and in New York theaters on December 2nd before opening in Los Angeles theaters on December 20th. 

Field of Lost Shoes is based on a true story of the American Civil War, culminating at the Battle of New Market, May 1864. In the film a group of teenage cadets sheltered from war at the Virginia Military Institute must confront the horrors of an adult world when they are called upon to defend the Shenandoah Valley. Leaving behind their youth, these cadets must decide what they are fighting for. Isaacs plays future Vice President John C. Breckinridge, the man who sends the young boys to war. In addition to Isaacs, the film features a terrific cast that includes Keith David (Platoon), David Arquette (Scream), Lauren Holly (Any Given Sunday) and Tom Skerritt (Top Gun). The movie was directed by Sean McNamara (Soul Surfer), and written by first time screenwriters Thomas Farrell and Dave Kennedy.

After The Fall follows Bill, a suburban father and husband (Wes Bentley) who embraces a life of crime in order to support his family. Isaacs plays Frank, a disgraced police officer that takes Bill under his wing. The film also co-stars Vinessa Shaw (Side Effects), and was co-written and directed by Academy Award-nominated editor Saar Klein (The Thin Red Line, Almost Famous). 

I recently had the absolute pleasure of speaking with the great Jason Isaacs about his work on Field of Lost Shoes, After the Fall, Fury, and the upcoming mini-series Dig. The acclaimed veteran actor discussed Field of Lost Shoes, playing a historical character, his research, if he stays in character when he’s not shooting, Breckinridge’s inner turmoil, After the Fall, why Frank helps Bill, Fury, working with Brad Pitt and director David Ayer, and shooting his upcoming mini-series Dig.

Opening in select theaters on December 12th and wide release on January 9th is the new crime comedy Inherent Vice. The film is based on the novel of the same name by author Thomas Pynchon, and was written and directed by Academy Award-nominee Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Magnolia, There Will Be Blood, The Master). 

Set in 1970, Inherent Vice follows drug-fueled Los Angeles detective Larry "Doc" Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) as he investigates the disappearance of his former girlfriend Shasta Fay Hepworth (Katherine Waterston). While on the case, Doc bumps heads with an outdated police officer named Lt. Det. Christian F. “Bigfoot” Bjornsen (Josh Brolin), his on-again off-again girlfriend Deputy D.A. Penny Kimball (Reese Witherspoon), and a drug crazy doctor named Rudy Blatnoyd (Martin Short). In addition to Phoenix, Waterston, Brolin, Witherspoon, and Short, the film also stars Owen Wilson (Free Birds), Jena Malone (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Joanna Newsom (TV’s Portlandia), Sasha Pieterse (X-Men: First Class), Hong Chau (TV’s Treme), Michael Kenneth Williams (12 Years a Slave), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), Maya Rudolph (The Way Way Back), and Academy Award-winner Benicio Del Toro (Guardians of the Galaxy). 

Along with a few other select members of the press, I recently had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with Academy Award-nominee Josh Brolin, three-time Academy Award-nominee Joaquin Phoenix, and actress Katherine Waterston to talk about their work on Inherent Vice. The two acclaimed actors and the talented actress discussed their new film, collaborating with director Paul Thomas Anderson, what it’s like working on his set, Phoenix’s scenes with the great Martin Short, and Big Foot’s love of frozen bananas. 

Opening in theaters on December 12th is the new dramatic comedy Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, which was directed by Arthur Allan Seidelman (The Sisters). The film stars Academy Award-nominee Gena Rowlands (The Notebook), Cheyenne Jackson (United 93), Julian Sands (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Academy Award-nominee Jacki Weaver (Magic in the Moonlight), and Academy Award-winner Rita Moreno (West Side Story). 

IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with Gena Rowlands and Cheyenne Jackson to talk about their work on Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks. The successful actor and legendary actress discussed their new movie, learning to dance, and their characters' unusual friendship. 

Opening in theaters, VOD and iTunes on December 5th is the new comedy thriller Murder of a Cat, which was directed by first time feature filmmaker Gillian Greene and produced by her husband Sam Raimi (Oz the Great and Powerful, Spider-Man, Army of Darkness).

Murder of a Cat stars Fran Kranz, who is best known for his role as Marty in Cabin in the Woods. The actor plays Clinton Molsey, a man investigating the murder of his cat. In addition to Kranz, the movie features a sensational cast that includes J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), Nikki Reed (Intramural), Ted Raimi (Evil Dead II), Blythe Danner (Meet the Parents), and Academy Award-nominee Greg Kinnear (As Good as It Gets).  

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Fran Kranz about Murder of a Cat, as well as working with Sigourney Weaver on Cabin in the Woods. The talented young actor discussed his new movie, how he got involved with the project, producer Sam Raimi’s role on set, the great J.K. Simmons, and what it was like working with the legendary Sigourney Weaver in the final scenes of Cabin in the Woods

Actor Thomas Sadoski is having an extremely busy December!

Sadoski is best known for playing Don Keefer on HBO’s acclaimed series The Newsroom, which will finish its third and final season on December 14th. But Sadoski also appears in two very different new films that both open on December 5th. The first of his two movies is called Take Care, which is a romantic comedy co-starring Leslie Bibb (No Good Deed, Iron Man). The second film is entitled Wild, which stars Academy Award-winner Reese Witherspoon (The Good Lie) and is already earning early Oscar buzz. 

Take Care follows the story of Frannie (Bibb), a woman recently hit by a car that comes home to realize her friends don't really want to take care of her. Desperate for help, she turns to her ex-boyfriend Devon (Sadoski), who she once helped recover from cancer. However, Devon’s current insecure girlfriend Jodi (Betty Gilpin) is not pleased with the new arrangement. The film was written and directed by Liz Tuccillo (He’s Just Not That Into You). 

Wild was directed by Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club), and written by Nick Hornby (An Education), based on the memoir by Cheryl Strayed. The film chronicles the true story of Strayed’s (Witherspoon) 1,100-mile solo hike across the Pacific Crest Trail, which was intended as a way for her to recover from the recent death of her mother (Laura Dern). Sadoski plays Strayed’s ex-boyfriend Paul, who is seen mostly in flashbacks. 

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Thomas Sadoski about his work on Take Care, Wild, and the end of The Newsroom. The talented actor discussed Take Care, appearing in his first romantic comedy, how he would handle the film’s plot in real life, why his character decides to help his ex, actress Betty Gilpin’s hilarious performance, co-star Leslie Bibb, if he also possesses his character’s hidden talent, Wild, watching the finished film, how it was shot, working with visionary director Jean-Marc Vallee, the ending of The Newsroom, and if he wishes they could make a forth season.

Opening in theaters on December 5th is the new romantic comedy Life Partners, which was written by Susanna Fogel (TV's Chasing Life) and Joni Lefkowitz (TV's Joni & Susanna), and directed by Fogel. The film stars Gillian Jacobs (Bad Milo!Seeking a Friend for the End of the World), Leighton Meester (The Judge), Adam Brody (The Oranges), Gabourey Sidibe (Tower Heist), Beth Dover (TV's Newsreaders), Abby Elliott (TV's Saturday Night Live), Kate McKinnon (TV's Saturday Night Live), and Mark Feuerstein (In Her Shoes).

IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Gillian Jacobs and Leighton Meester about their work on Life Partners. The two lovely and talented actresses discussed their new movie, why it's relatable, what intrigued them about their characters, director Susanna Fogel's goals for the project, working with Fogel, and what they are looking for from a director on set.

Actor Hugo Weaving has had pivotal roles in some of the most successful movie franchises of all-time!

Weaving is probably best known for playing the creepy Agent Smith in The Matrix trilogy. But he also played Elrond in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, as well as the recent The Hobbit trilogy, which will come to an end with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opening in theaters on December 17th. As if that wasn’t enough, he portrayed Steve Rogers’ archenemy the Red Skull in Captain America: The First Avenger. Weaving can now be seen playing another great villain in the new Australian crime drama The Mule, which opens in theaters on November 21st. 

The Mule was written by Angus Sampson (Insidious: Chapter 2), Leigh Whannell (Saw), and Jaime Browne, and was directed by Sampson and Tony Mahony. The film follows Ray Jenkins (Sampson), a first time drug mule that is caught by a questionably ethical law enforcement officer named Croft (Weaving). John Noble (TV’s Fringe) plays mob boss Pat Shepherd, the man whose drugs are in Ray’s stomach. Shepherd holds Ray’s partner Gavin (Whannell) responsible for retrieving his drugs through any means necessary. Meanwhile, Ray and Croft come to an unspoken mutual understanding that might just save both of their lives. 

I recently had the absolute pleasure of speaking with the great Hugo Weaving about his work on The Mule, as well as The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, more Matrix movies, and not playing Red Skull in Captain America: Civil War. The talented veteran actor discussed his latest movie, how he got involved with the project, his character’s unusual moral compass, working with two directors, returning to Middle-earth for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the possibility of appearing in another Matrix movie, and why he will not be reprising his role of Red Skull in Captain America: Civil War or any other future Marvel films. 

For a particular generation, Dean Cain will always be Superman!

The actor, who also appeared in such films as Rat Race, Out of Time, 5 Days of War, and God’s Not Dead, is best known for playing the man of steel in the ‘90s series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. But Cain has also appeared in a surprising amount of Christmas movies (The Case for Christmas, A Christmas Wedding, Defending Santa), as well as films featuring talking dogs (Aussie and Ted’s Great Adventure, The Dog Who Saved Halloween). Now Cain combines the two genres with his latest movie The Three Dogateers, which will be available on DVD and digital download beginning November 18th. 

The Three Dogateers follows three little dogs that are left on their own a few days before Christmas. A couple of no-good burglars have made off with all of the family's presents and decorations, and it's time for the Three Dogateers to unite and set off on a journey to sniff out the bad guys. But with the world's meanest dogcatcher hot on their tails, they may need a little help from Santa Claus (Richard Riehie) himself to save Christmas! It’s basically the canine version of Home Alone. Cain plays Matt, the husband of the dog’s owner who needs to find his wife’s pets before she returns for the holidays. 

I recently had the absolute pleasure of speaking with Dean Cain about his work on The Three Dogateers, as well as being part of the Superman legacy. The talented veteran actor discussed his new film, talking dog movies, the challenges of acting with animals, how to make a classic Christmas film, performing broad comedy, why he feels honored to have played Superman, DC’s new “no jokes” policy for their upcoming movies, and why Superman shouldn’t kill!

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 12:23

EXCLUSIVE CLIP: 'Dying of the Light'

Opening in theaters and On Demand December 5th is the new thriller Dying of the Light, which was directed by legendary filmmaker Paul Schrader (American Gigolo, Affliction). The movie stars Academy Award-winner Nicholas Cage (Joe, The Frozen Ground, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance), Anton Yelchin (Only Lovers Left Alive, Star Trek Into Darkness), Alexander Karim (Zero Dark Thirty), and Irene Jacob (U.S. Marshals). 

IAR is proud to present an exclusive clip from Dying of the Light entitled "The Plan."

Finally available on DVD beginning November 7th is Reno 911!: The Complete Series, which has become one of the most popular shows in Comedy Central history. 

Viva Variety and The State alumni Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, the duo that also wrote Night at the Museum and directed Hell Baby, created the popular comedy series. Originally conceived as a satire of Cops, Reno 911! ran for six seasons on Comedy Central from 2003-2009 and also spawned the popular film Reno 911!: Miami. In addition to starring Lennon as Lieutenant James “Jim” Ronald Dangle, and Garant as Deputy Travis Junior, the series also featured Kerri Kenney-Silver (All About Steve) as Deputy Trudy Wiegel, Cedric Yarbrough (Get Smart) as Deputy Sergeant Class II Sven Jones, Carlos Alazraqui (Justice League: Doom) as Deputy Sergeant Class III James Oswaldo Garcia, Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids) as Deputy Sergeant Class I Clementine “Clemmy” Johnson, Niecy Nash (The Proposal) as Deputy Raineesha Williams, Mary Birdsong (The Descendants) as Deputy Cherisha Kimball, Ian Roberts (Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby) as Sergeant Jack Declan, and Joe Lo Truglio (Superbad) as Deputy Frank Salvatore Rizzo. 

I recently had the absolute pleasure of speaking with the hilarious Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant about Reno 911!: The Complete Series DVD and the future of the franchise. The two actors/series creators discussed their new DVD set, the origins of the series, developing the characters, the success of the show, DVD extras, and possibly returning for a Reno 911! Comedy Central Christmas special.

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