Jami Philbrick

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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.

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 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 on the red carpet (it was actually purple) to talk with many of the actors and filmmakers as they entered the ceremony. Philbrick had a chance to speak with the show's co-host Fred Arminsen, veteran actor Jeremy Sisto (Thirteen), nominated screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (Big Eyes), winning writer/director Justin Simien (Dear White People), house band Silversun Pickups and their special guest Jenny Slate (Obvious Child). 

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

Available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD beginning February 17th is the critically acclaimed comedic drama St. Vincent, which was written and directed by first time filmmaker Theodore Melfi. The movie stars Academy Award-nominees Bill Murray (The Monuments Men), Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids), Naomi Watts (The Impossible), and Terrence Howard (Iron Man), as well as Chris O'Dowd (Thor: The Dark World), Nate Corddry (TV's Childrens Hospital), and young actor Jaeden Lieberher (Playing It Cool). 

IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Theodore Melfi and Jaeden Lieberher to talk about their work on St. Vincent. The first time filmmaker and young actor discussed their latest movie, working with the great Bill Murray, the unusual process of getting him to agree to appear in the film, why Murray loves the P.F. Chang's in Terminal 3 at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, what Melfi learned from working with the cast, improvising the movie's hilarious end credit scene, and Bill Murray's favorite song - Bob Dylan's "Shelter from the Storm."

Opening in New York and Los Angeles theaters on October 10th is the new music drama Whiplash, which is receiving early Oscar buzz. The film was written and directed by Damien Chazelle (Grand Piano), and stars Miles Teller (21 & Over, That Awkward Moment), J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man, Juno), and Paul Reiser (Beverly Hills Cop, Aliens). 

Whiplash has been nominated for 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for J.K. Simmons, and Best Writing - Adapted Screenplay for Damien Chazelle

Last fall, IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick had the pleasure of sitting down with writer and director Damien Chazelle to talk about his work on Whiplash. The Oscar-nominated screenwriter discussed his critically acclaimed film, its success, how he created the screenplay, his personal inspiration, casting Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons, their on-screen chemistry, and the tragic friendship between Fletcher and Andrew. 

Opening in theaters on February 20th is the new sports drama McFarland, USA, which was directed by Niki Caro (Whale Rider, North Country), and is based on a true story. The film stars Academy Award-winner Kevin Costner (Black or White, Draft Day), Maria Bello (Third Person), Carlos Pratts (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones), and newcomers Ramiro Rodriguez, Johnny Ortiz, Rafael Martinez, Hector Duran, and Sergio Avelar

IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the pleasure of sitting down with director Niki Caro to talk about her work on McFarland, USA. The acclaimed filmmaker discussed her new movie, how she got involved with the project, the true story that the film is based on, how it inspired her, working with Walt Disney Pictures, what she learned from Kevin Costner, and what it was like collaborating with him on set.

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