Dana Feldman

Dana Feldman

If you’re a Hollywood A-Lister, than you have most likely worked with, and have definitely heard of, visionary Costume Designer Colleen Atwood. She’s worked with the best of the best and when you see the upcoming film Snow White and the Huntsman, you’ll know why that is.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012 08:39

IAR Set Visit: 'Last Man Standing'

It’s as if Tim Allen has the Midas touch when it comes to picking TV shows of which to star in. ABC’s Last Man Standing, only in its first season, has already solidified Allen as a twice-successful leading man in the world of the network sitcom. In regards to his hugely successful run with Home Improvement, he says of this second go-round, “It doesn’t take a genius to see the similarities here. Instead of Tool Time, I have a VLOG, and on this show I have three girls instead of boys.”

Yes, the formula is familiar, but hey, if it ain’t broke, why fix it? In Last Man Standing, Allen’s Mike Baxter is a traditional man’s man, a lover of all things adventurous and outdoors. A pick-up truck-driving sportsman, Mike is constantly fighting to salvage his idea of a man’s world. He works at an iconic outdoor sporting goods store where he is the king of the hill, and then he returns to his female-dominated home front where he is the odd man out save for his toddler grandson, Boyd.

Among his wife, Vanessa (Nancy Travis), who has recently returned to the work world where she was quickly promoted, and his three daughter’s, he is caught juggling his mission to get men back to their rightful place in society in conjunction with his roles as husband, father and grandfather.

The main outlet for his woes proves to be the VLOG he speaks of. His longtime friend and boss, Ed (Hector Elizondo), puts him in charge of the company’s webpage and Mike soon discovers the cathartic platform which gives him a voice in which to appeal to those who also agree that manliness as a whole is under assault in this new woman’s world that he finds himself trapped in.

Currently filming the episode entitled "This Bud's For You", they bring on Robert Forster (The Descendants) to play Mike’s dad, Bud. There is a certain magic to the set as it is the old Seinfeld soundstage. The laughter is palpable as we watch some takes with Forster before they break and answer a few questions.

Film and television music composer Robert Duncan spends most days engrossed in his work at his recording studio in North Hollywood. It is a warm, cozy enclave with some walls covered in wood panels, and one particularly unique wall covered in rock, which he explains creates a distinct echo. “The rock wall diffuses sound,” Duncan says as we pass by a treasure trove of various musical instruments. He proves his point by making a sound in one part of the room, then walking to another making the same sound again and pointing out the difference. “You see?” he asks with an excited look on his face. The sounds resonated are most certainly different in one area of the studio from the next.

Monday, 26 March 2012 10:43

IAR Op-Ed: 'Bully'

Anytime I hear a story on the news of a teenager committing suicide because they felt that there was simply no other way out of the hell that is bullying, I stop what I am doing and cry out of sheer frustration and a feeling of enormous helplessness. I became a writer in the hopes that my words would reach out and heal others. It is for this purpose that I share my personal story of bullying.

Thursday, 15 March 2012 09:17

IAR Press Conference Coverage: 'Missing'

To exactly what extremes would you go to save your child?  Ask any parent and they will tell you that extreme doesn’t begin to cut it.  Rebecca Winstone (Ashley Judd) will go to the ends of the earth to find her son, Michael (Nick Eversman), who has disappeared under suspicious circumstances in the new ABC thriller Missing, which premieres Thursday, March 15th at 8PM/7PM CST. 

To further thicken the plot, both Becca (Judd), as well as Michael’s father, were CIA agents. If she wants to find her son alive, she will need to pull all of her resources, skill and determination to find out what has happened to him. She will also need to reopen the closed doors and old wounds from her past and rely on former friends and colleagues. 

When a week passes without Michael’s daily texts and phone calls to ensure his safety, Becca becomes increasingly concerned. After a call from the university saying that her son hasn't attended classes during this time period, she embarks on a desperate journey to Europe to investigate the case of her missing son. A student in Rome studying architecture, he has disappeared while on a summer internship in Italy. This retired CIA agent finds that she still has what it takes to track down, and take down, the bad guys. Any and every possible obstacle will get in her way, but nothing will stop her.

The beautifully dark psychodrama Forgetting The Girl (Full Stealth Films) is a fascinating dissection into the traumatized mind of photographer Kevin Wolfe (Shutter Island's Christopher Denham). First-time feature film director, Nate Taylor, who admittedly got chills up his spine the first time he read the script, takes the viewer along with him on the journey following Wolfe as he attempts to navigate through a world in which he is a prisoner to both his past as well as his own mind. Haunted by a childhood too painful to really look at, Wolfe is in a state of constant struggle as he attempts to systematically forget any and all of the bad memories from his past.

The attempt to eradicate from his mind all of these horrifying memories consumes his present as well as any hopes he may have of any sort of a happy future. Dealing with the death of his little sister as a young boy, the seed is planted for his obsession as a man to find a girl who can help him to love another, as well as himself. Tragically, each of his encounters with the opposite sex end in disaster, pushing him deeper and deeper into a well of despair – a well that proves too deep to ever crawl out of.

With the many mounting rejections that ensure his search for happiness as futile, his search for love becomes overwhelmingly turbulent and his desperation takes over. Wanting desperately to connect to another, he is the definition of an emotionally bottled up individual who is completely closed off and unable to truly open up to anyone. Denham has been quoted as calling this character a photographer who cannot see, a man who has worn this mask of normalcy for so long that he no longer sees it as a mask.

Opening in theaters on March 2nd is the new film from director Paul Weitz (American Pie, About a Boy, Little Fockers) called Being Flynn, which is based on the popular book "Another Bullshit Night in Suck City" by author Nick Flynn. The film stars two-time Oscar winner and living legend Robert De Niro (Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Casino) as Jonathan, a homeless man who re-connects with his estranged son after becoming a resident at the shelter where he now works. In addition to De Niro, the excellent cast includes four-time Oscar nominee Julianne Moore (Boogie Nights, The Big Lebowski, The Kids Are All Right), Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine, There Will Be Blood, Cowboys & Aliens), Olivia Thirlby (Juno, Solitary Man, No Strings Attached), and Lili Taylor (Short Cuts, I Shot Andy Warhol, Public Enemies). 

IAR's very own Dana Feldman recently had a chance to sit down and speak with the film's director Paul Weitz, as well as actors Paul Dano, and Olivia Thirlby about their work on Being Flynn. The director and his actors discussed the new film, Weitz's seven-year process to bring Flynn's popular memoir to the big screen, Dano's extensive research for his role, Thirlby's own volunteer work; her character's arc, and what it was like for all of them to work with the iconic Robert De Niro

If history repeats itself, as it inevitably tends to do, The 84th Academy Awards airing this Sunday, February 26th on ABC are sure to be a hit that will invariably leave us all with a belly ache from an exorbitant amount of laughter. What else would anyone expect when you take the team of Billy Crystal as returning host, and Carol Leifer as writer? There are simply certain combinations that just work, and this is definitely one of them.

Of Crystal’s decision to host again, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak has recently been quoted as saying, "I'm thrilled to welcome Billy back to the Oscar stage," adding, "He's a comic legend and an Oscar icon, and it feels good to have him back where he belongs."

Crystal's thoughts on the subject, "Some of the best moments of my career have happened on the Oscar stage. I am thrilled to be back there. Actually, I am doing this so that the young woman in my pharmacy will stop asking me my name when I pick up my prescriptions.”

The 2012 Academy Awards will serve as Leifer’s seventh time writing for the Oscars and her third time working with Crystal for the show. A little bit of Oscar trivia will show you just how special this union is, only Bob Hope has hosted more Academy Awards presentations with an impressive nineteen ceremonies between 1940 and 1978. It has been a while since we have seen Crystal at the helm as his last appearance as host was in 2004, and this year will serve as his ninth appearance as the evening’s master of ceremonies.

ABC’s Castle keeps getting it right by constantly keeping it fresh and next week’s brand new film noir episode that takes us back in a time machine to the 1940’s is no exception. Entitled The Blue Butterfly, fans will get to follow novelist Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) and NYPD Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic), as they investigate the killing of a treasure hunter. In true Castle-style, there is an ominous twist when they discover that the current case is linked to a mysterious homicide from 1947 that involved a hard-nosed private detective. Of course with Castle on the case, all involved are lured into his theory that the only way in which to solve this present-day murder is to solve the mystery from the past. Through stylized flashbacks with Castle as the private eye and Beckett as a femme fatale, the 1947 case is resurrected.

Cast member Tamala Jones (Medical Examiner, Lanie Parish) speaks about her character’s 1947 alter-ego as well as this most special of episodes that she is calling her all-time favorite. “We had the best time ever making this one! This is my personal favorite and everyone is just going to love it!” Excited that Mark Pellegrino (Lost, Supernatural, The Closer) is guest starring as Tom Dempsey, she says of his performance, “He plays a mean gangster that owns the nightclub that my character, Betsy, sings in.” Also guest starring in this episode are Patrick Cassidy as Clyde Belasco, Chad Everett as Jerry Maddox, Ellen Geer as Viola Maddox and Darin Toonder as Frankie.

Wednesday, 01 February 2012 12:07

EXCLUSIVE: Actor Gabriel Mann Talks 'Revenge'

Definitely not a show about forgiveness, ABC’s saucy new hit Revenge is successfully quenching the insatiable appetites of fans that cannot wait from week to week to see what could possibly be happening next in the Hamptons. Speaking with Gabriel Mann, who portrays the naughty-but-also-nice Nolan Ross, many questions were asked and answered. Well, answered to as much of a degree as he was allowed.

Mann says of his role as Nolan, “I’ve been given a goldmine with this character.” Laughing he adds, “If I crack up and can’t get through my lines during the table reads then I know we have a winner.” In regards to reading the scripts, he says that he constantly marvels at the brilliant dialogue. “I get to say that on network television?” 

With a restrained glance to the side and a unique shake-shrug of the shoulder that only Mann can pull off, he conveys to his audience the many facets of his complex character in a way that is both charming and telling of just enough so that you are privy to the fact that there is so much more to Nolan Ross than first meets the eye. Not always aware that he is even doing this, he explains, “I’ve ingested him at this point.” Of creating a character, he adds, “You take the character and you flesh it out.  My job is to find as much humanity within this eccentric guy. Who’s the guy behind this façade and what’s his driving force?”

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