Jami Philbrick

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Actor/comedian Chris Elliott has consistently been one of the funniest people on television and film over the last 30 years!

Elliott first came to fame in the early ‘80s for playing a barrage of unique characters on Late Night with David Letterman. Some of those wild characters included “The Fugitive Guy,” “The Guy Under the Seats,” and Marlon Brando. He went on to appear in a string of successful movies including Manhunter, The Abyss, Groundhog Day, Kingpin, and There’s Something About Mary. But he is probably best known for his cult classic film Cabin Boy, which also featured Letterman in a legendary cameo saying, “Hey, would you like to buy a monkey?” 

Elliott also created the cult classic ‘90s series Get a Life, was a cast member of Saturday Night Live, and has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, Everybody Loves Raymond, and How I met Your Mother. Currently, Elliott stars on the Adult Swim series Eagleheart, as well as the new CBS series Schitt’s Creek with Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara. He can also be seen on the big screen opposite Hugh Grant in the new romantic comedy The Rewrite, which opens in theaters on February 13th. 

The Rewrite revolves around Keith Michaels (Hugh Grant), an Academy Award-winning writer in a slump that leaves Hollywood to teach screenwriting at a college on the East Coast. He soon bumps heads with fellow facility members Mary Weldon (Allison Janney) and Dr. Lerner (Oscar-nominee J.K. Simmons), and eventually falls for Holly Carpenter (Oscar-winner Marisa Tomei), a single mom taking his class. Elliott plays Jim, a Shakespeare professor living next door to Keith. The film was written and directed by Marc Lawrence (Two Weeks Notice, Music and Lyrics). 

I recently had the absolute of honor of speaking with the great Chris Elliott about his work on The Rewrite, as well as the legacy of Cabin Boy, David Letterman’s retirement, and SNL’s 40th anniversary. The hilarious comedic actor discussed his new film, if he’s ever moved to a new town for work, Hugh Grant’s comedic style, the relationship between Grant and filmmaker Marc Lawrence, why Elliott does not “enjoy shooting movies,” meeting J.K. Simmons, Elliott’s Shakespearian knowledge, the legacy of Cabin Boy, David Letterman’s legendary Cabin Boy sketch during the Academy Awards, what Letterman means to Elliott’s career, Letterman’s upcoming retirement, SNL’s 40th anniversary, and why the Elliott family holds a special place in SNL history. 

Opening in theaters on February 13th is the new musical comedy The Last Five Years, which is based on the off-Broadway musical of the same name. The film was written and directed by Richard LaGravenese (Beautiful Creatures, The Fisher King), and stars Academy Award-nominee Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect, End of Watch), and Jeremy Jordan (TV's Smash). 

IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Richard LaGravenese and Jeremy Jordan to talk about their work on The Last Five Years. The Oscar-nominated writer/director and Broadway actor discussed their new film, the challenges of adapting the original stage play, the difference between singing on stage and singing on film, the incomparable Anna Kendrick, and the movie's various Easter eggs. 

Opening in theaters on February 13th is the new vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows, which was written and directed by comedic actors Jemaine Clement (HBO's Flight of the Chonchords) and Taika Waititi (Green Lantern). In addition to Clement and Waititi, the film also stars Jonathan Brugh (How to Meet Girls from a Distance), Cori Gonzalez-Macuer (Eagle vs. Shark), Ben Fransham (30 Days of Night), and Rhys Darby (Arthur Christmas). 

IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi to talk about their work on What We Do in the Shadows. The two New Zealand born comedic actors discussed their new film, the short it is based on, developing the concept, why Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy helped make their movie possible, writing and directing together, not letting the other actors read the script, and Clement's childhood obsession with vampires. 

There’s a wealth of important lessons that young filmmakers can learn from Edward Burns. That is exactly why the acclaimed writer, director, producer and actor recently published his memoir - Independent Ed, which was released on February 3rd and chronicles his 20-year journey as a filmmaker. 

Burns first gained attention from Hollywood in 1995 with his critically acclaimed independent film The Brothers McMullen, which he wrote, directed, produced and starred in himself. As the legend goes, Burns had been working as a production assistant on Entertainment Tonight and used his salary to help finance the film. After it was completed, Burns was able to use his connections at ET to give a copy to actor/director Robert Redford, which eventually led to its inclusion at Redford’s Sundance Film Festival. It would go on to win the Grand Jury Prize and was eventually bought for $10 million by 20th Century Fox. That’s not bad considering the film only cost around $28,000.00 to make. McMullen’s success made Burns the poster boy for DIY filmmaking and one of the forefathers of the independent film movement of the ‘1990s.

Hot on the heels of his first film, Burns made She’s the One, which he also wrote, directed, and starred in opposite (then little known actresses) Jennifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz, and Amanda Peet. The film went on to be his most financially successful movie to date. While Burns would continue to write and direct films over the years including Sidewalks of New York, The Groomsman, Nice Guy Johnny, Newlyweds, and The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, it was his acting work that would make him a household name. Beginning with a starring role in Steven Spielberg’s now classic WWII film Saving Private Ryan, Burns became one of the most reliable actors of his generation continually giving daring performances in both studio and independent films. His acting resume includes several diverse projects opposite Oscar-winning talent such as 15 Minutes with Robert De Niro, Confidence with Dustin Hoffman, Life or Something Like It with Angelina Jolie, and A Sound of Thunder with Sir Ben Kingsley. While most recently Burns has appeared in films like Man on a Ledge, Friends with Kids, and Alex Cross, as well as the upcoming TNT series Public Morals, which he wrote, directed, produced and will also star in. 

I recently had the absolute pleasure of speaking with the great Edward Burns about his new memoir Independent Ed. The accomplished actor and filmmaker discussed his new book, what he’s learned about filmmaking over the years, how acting in Saving Private Ryan changed his approach to directing, the importance of the Sundance Film Festival, if technology has helped or hurt filmmaking, what is an independent film today, if studios should be involved with independent films, the status of his long rumored sequel to The Brothers McMullen, his upcoming series Public Morals, and why TV is really the new independent film movement. 

Available on VOD beginning February 13th is the new horror comedy from writer/director Jane Clark (Meth Head) called Crazy Bitches. The film stars Candis Cayne (To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar), Guinevere Turner (American Psycho), Cathy DeBuono (And Then Came Lola), Blake Berris (House of Last Things), Samantha Colburn (Best Night Ever), Andy Gala (TV's Criminal Minds), Liz McGeever (Queen Sized), Victoria Profeta (Ca$h), Nayo Wallace (Speed Racer), and Mary Jane Wells (A Perfect Ending).

IAR is proud to exclusively premiere this behind the scenes clip from Crazy Bitches

English actor Joe Anderson is best known for his work in such films as Control, Across the Universe, The Crazies, The Grey, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, A Single Shot, Horns, and Hercules. He can now be seen in the acclaimed new drama Supremacy, which was directed by first time filmmaker Deon Taylor.

Supremacy is based on a true story and revolves around a recently paroled white supremacist named Garrett Tully (Anderson). After Tully and his girlfriend (Julie Benz) kill a cop, they take an African American family hostage. Mr. Walker (Danny Glover), the patriarch of the family and an ex-con himself, must now rely on his wit and understanding of the racist mind to find a plan to free his family. In addition to Anderson, Benz, and Glover, the film also stars Derek Luke (Captain America: The First Avenger), Lela Rochon (Any Given Sunday), and Anson Mount (Non-Stop). 

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Joe Anderson about his work on Supremacy. The talented actor discussed his new film, how he got involved with the project, his character as it was originally written in the script, the true story the film is based on, working with Danny Glover, the relationship between Tully and Mr. Walker, and what he hopes audiences will take away from the film. 

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

Wednesday, 04 February 2015 23:51

EXCLUSIVE CLIP: 'Americons'

Opening in theaters on January 23rd is the new crime thriller Americons, which was directed by Theo Avgerinos (Filthy Pills) and written by Beau Martin Williams (Hitters Anonymous). The film stars Williams, as well as Matt Funke (TV's CSI: Miami), Sam McMurray (Raising Arizona), Jon Gries (Taken 3), Tim Griffin (The Collection), Trai Byers (Selma), Alyshia Ochse (Parker), Marlana Carter (TV's CSI: NY).

IAR is proud to present an exclusive clip from Americons.

Opening in theaters on February 6th is the new romantic comedy Love, Rosie. The film was directed by Christian Ditter (The Crocodiles), and stars Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman) and Lily Collins (Mirror Mirror).

IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Sam Claflin and Lily Collins to talk about their work on Love, Rosie. The two talented young actors discussed their new movie, falling in love with Rosie, and aging gracefully on screen.

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. 

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