Jami Philbrick

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Opening in theaters on January 30th is the new drama from acclaimed writer/director Mike Binder (The Upside of Anger) called Black or White. The film stars Academy Award-winner Kevin Costner (Draft Day), Academy Award-winner Octavia Spencer (Paradise), Anthony Mackie (Captain America: Civil War), Bill Burr (The Heat), Gillian Jacobs (Life Partners), Jennifer Ehle (Contagion), Paula Newsome (Little Miss Sunshine), and newcomer Jillian Estell.  

IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the absolute honor of sitting down with the great Kevin Costner to talk about his work on Black or White. The Oscar-winner discussed his new movie, why it was so difficult to get made, why he likes working with director Mike Bender, and acting opposite young actress Jillian Estell

Available on Blu-ray and DVD beginning January 27th is the animated musical The Book of Life, which was directed/co-written by Jorge R. Gutierrez and produced by Guillermo del Toro (Crimson Peak). The film stars Diego Luna (Cesar Chavez), Zoe Saldana (Guardians of the Galaxy), Channing Tatum (Foxcatcher), Ron Perlman (Drive), Ice Cube (Ride Along), Christina Applegate (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues), and Danny Trejo (Machete Kills). 

IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the pleasure of sitting down with with Jorge R. Gutierrez about his work on The Book of Life. The talented writer and director discussed his new film, collaborating with producer Guillermo del Toro, being contractually obligated to cast Ron Perlman, the actor's iconic voice, juggling the themes of the project, its unusual mix of music, and why it is the animated Moulin Rouge!.

Neil Marshall is truly a visionary writer and director!

Marshall first gained attention for his work on the horror film Dog Soldiers, but it was the surprise hit The Descent that earned him acclaim as a filmmaker. He went on to helm the unfairly underrated sci-fi hybrid Doomsday, as well as the sword-and-sandal movie Centurion. Not to mention his work on the popular TV shows Game of Thrones and Constantine. He’s also still working on his long rumored Camelot follow up The Sword and the Fury, and the WWII spy thriller The Eagle’s Nest. But first, the writer/director has just finished production on the anthology project Tales of Halloween, which is scheduled for release this Halloween.

Tales of Halloween tells ten stories that are woven together by their shared theme of a Halloween night in an American suburb. Ghouls, imps, aliens and axe murderers appear for one night only to terrorize unsuspecting residents. Marshall wrote and directed the segment of the movie entitled Bad Seed, while other portions are written and directed by such filmmakers as Axele Carolyn (Soulmate), Lucky McKee (The Woman), and Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider!). The film’s cast includes an impressive list of genre actors and directors including Sam Witwer (Justice League: Throne of Atlantis), Adrienne Barbeau (Escape from New York), Booboo Stewart (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Lin Shaye (The Signal), Barry Bostwick (The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power), Greg Grunberg (TV's Heroes), Pat Healy (The Innkeepers), Dana Gould (TV’s The Simpsons), and directors Adam Green (Hatchet III), Joe Dante (The Hole), and John Landis (An American Werewolf in London). 

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with writer/director Neil Marshall about his work on Tales of Halloween, as well as Constantine, The Sword and the Fury, and The Eagle’s Nest. The acclaimed filmmaker discussed Tales of Halloween, finishing principal photography, being part of an anthology movie, the plot and actors in his segment - Bad Seed, making his first Halloween themed film, directing the pilot of Constantine, dealing with network restrictions, and the status on his two long rumored projects. 

Scheduled to open in theaters on May 6th 2016 is the highly anticipated upcoming Marvel Studios movie Captain America: Civil War, which is a follow up to last year's Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The film is loosely based on the beloved comic book Civil War by author Mark Millar and artist Steven McNiven. Set to reprise their roles in Captain America: Civil War are Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, and Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow/Crossbones. The movie will also introduce Chadwick Boseman (42) as T'Challa/Black Panther, and Daniel Bruhl (Rush) in an undisclosed role. 

IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with Anthony Mackie to talk about his work on Black or White, which opens in theaters on January 30th. While we will run that portion of the interview closer to the film's release date, we wanted to let you know now what Mackie had to say about his upcoming movie Captain America: Civil War, as well as possibly appearing in Avengers: Age of Ultron. The popular actor candidly discussed Civil War, how he found out that he was going to be in it, Marvel's secrecy, the original comic book source material, not reading the script yet, Black Panther's introduction to the MCU, if he think the Falcon will be on Team Cap or Team Stark, meeting Robert Downey Jr., his hope that the new Falcon costume will closer resemble the comic books, and if the actor is going to appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Actress Sarah Wayne Callies is no stranger to playing strong female characters on screen. 

Television audiences first became aware of Callies for playing Dr. Sara Tancredi on the Fox series Prison Break and the direct-to-DVD spinoff movie Prison Break: The Final Break. But her best role to date was as the doomed Lori Grimes on AMC’s breakout hit The Walking Dead. She also appeared on the big screen as Meteorologist Allison Stone in last summer’s Into the Storm. But now Callies can be seen playing another strong female character in the new film Black November, which opens in theaters, and on VOD and iTunes January 9th. 

Inspired by true events, Black November follows an oil-rich Nigerian community that wages war against an oil corporation to protect their land from being destroyed. When a Nigerian woman named Ebiere (Mbong Amata) is sentenced to death for leading her community in peaceful protest, rebels kidnap an American oil executive (Academy Award-nominee Mickey Rourke) and demand his corporation in stopping Ebiere’s execution. Callies plays Kate Summers, a journalist that befriends Ebiere and joins her fight against injustice. In addition to Amata, Rourke, and Callies, the cast also includes Hakeem Kae-Kazim (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Vivica A. Fox (Jackie Brown), Anne Heche (That’s What She Said), musicians Wyclef Jean and Akon, and Academy Award-winners William Goldman (All the President’s Men) and Kim Basinger (Batman). Interestingly, the film was originally released in 2011 under the title Black Gold, but writer/director Jeta Amata (The Amazing Grace) decided to reshoot 60% of the movie and rerelease it now as Black November.

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Sarah Wayne Callies about her work on Black November. The talented actress discussed her new movie, appearing in an entertaining and educational film, the affect its had on audiences, how Black Gold became Black November, filming in Nigeria, dealing with the country’s government, playing a journalist, and the meaning of the film’s ambiguous ending. 

Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated actor William H. Macy has appeared in over 90 film and television projects, and can now add the credit of director to his already impressive resume of work. 

After achieving success as a respected Broadway actor, Macy appeared in such films as House of Games, Radio Days, Searching for Booby Fisher, The Client, Murder in the First, and Mr. Holland’s Opus. But it was his role as Jerry Lundegaard in Fargo that earned Macy his Oscar nomination and made him a household name. Since then he has appeared in a long list of beloved and acclaimed movies like Air Force One, Boogie Nights, Wag the Dog, Magnolia, Jurassic Park III, The Cooler, Spartan, The Lincoln Lawyer, The Sessions, and most recently Cake. Not to mention, he is also currently starring on the popular Showtime series Shameless. As an actor, Macy has worked with some of the best directors in the business including Woody Allen, David Mamet, the Coen brothers, Paul Thomas Anderson, Barry Levinson, and Gus Van Sant. Now he moves behind the camera to direct his first feature film entitled Rudderless, which stars Billy Crudup (Watchmen, Almost Famous) and will be available on DVD beginning January 20th.

Rudderless follows Sam (Crudup), a grieving father in a downward spiral after the sudden death of his son Josh (Miles Helzer). He soon stumbles across a box of Josh’s demo tapes and lyrics. Shocked by the discovery of his son’s unknown talent, Sam forms a band with a struggling musician named Quentin (Anton Yelchin) in the hope of finding some closure to his son’s passing. Macy also co-wrote the film and appears in a minor role as the owner of the bar where Sam’s band plays. In addition to Crudup, Yelchin, Helzer, and Macy, the film also features his wife - Academy Award-nominee Felicity Huffman (Trust Me), Selena Gomez (Spring Breakers), Jamie Chung (Big Hero 6), Academy Award-nominee Laurence Fishburne (Man of Steel), and musician Ben Kweller

I recently had the absolute pleasure of speaking with the great William H. Macy about his work on Rudderless. The Oscar-nominated actor turned director discussed his new film, if he’s always wanted to direct, what he learned about directing from the iconic directors he has worked with in the past, casting Billy Crudup and Laurence Fishburne, why he thinks its “difficult” working with actors, if he considers himself to be a “difficult” actor, choosing the music for the movie, what he learned from directing his first film that he will apply to the next project he directs, and if directing will change the way he approaches his acting work.

Thomas Jane is truly a modern day renaissance man! Not only is he a very impressive actor, but he is also a successful comic book writer and film director, to boot!

Jane began his acting career with small but pivotal roles in popular movies like Face/Off, Boogie Nights, The Thin Red Line, Magnolia, and Dreamcatcher, as well as playing baseball legend Mickey Mantle in director Billy Crystal’s *61. But his big break came playing Marvel comics street vigilante Frank Castle in both The Punisher, and the short film The Punisher: Dirty Laundry. He would go on to appear in such films as The Mist, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, I Melt with You, White Bird in a Blizzard, Drive Hard, and Reach Me, as well as receiving a Golden Globe nomination for starring in the HBO series Hung. He is also the founder of RAW Studios and wrote their first comic book release Bad Planet. Jane made his directorial debut with the crime thriller Dark Country, and will soon direct his second feature, a Western entitled A Magnificent Death from My Shattered Hand. But first, he can be seen starring opposite Bruce Willis (A Good Day to Die Hard) in the new science fiction movie Vice, which opens in theaters and On Demand January 16th. 

Vice, which was directed by Brian A. Miller (The Prince), tells the story of businessman Julian Michaels (Willis). He has designed the ultimate holiday resort: VICE, where anything goes and the customers can play out their wildest fantasies with artificial inhabitants who look and think like humans. When an artificial robot (Ambyr Childers) becomes self-aware and escapes, she finds herself caught in the crossfire between Julian's mercenaries and a cop named Roy (Jane), who is hell-bent on shutting down the corruption of VICE and stopping the violence once and for all. In addition to Jane, Willis, and Childers, the film also stars Johnathon Schaech (The Legend of Hercules), and Bryan Greenberg (A Short History of Decay). 

I recently had the absolute pleasure of speaking with the great Thomas Jane about his work on Vice, as well as directing A Magnificent Death from My Shattered Hand and if he would be interested in reprising his role as The Punisher in future Marvel Studios projects. The talented veteran actor discussed his new film, its wild concept, being attracted to androids, making a popcorn movie that has serious themes, drawing inspiration for his character from hardboiled detective novels, working with iconic movie star Bruce Willis, directing his upcoming Western, why he won’t be appearing in it, his goal to eventually only direct, and why he’s done playing The Punisher on screen.

Available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD January 14th is the new action-adventure The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power, which is the forth installment in The Scorpion King franchise. The film was directed by Mike Elliot (Blue Crush 2), and stars Victor Webster (Surrogates), Ellen Hollman (Road House 2: Last Call), Will Kemp (Van Helsing), Barry Bostwick (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), Michael Biehn (The Divide), M. Emmet Walsh (Fletch), Rutger Hauer (Batman Begins), and Lou Ferrigno (The Avengers). 

IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Barry Bostwick and Ellen Hollman to talk about their work on The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power. The veteran actor and talented actress discussed their new film, joining the popular franchise, why they wanted to be in it, Hollman's experience with fight scenes, balancing action and comedy, their father/daughter relationship, and the definition of a "reverse power bomb with a flying arm bar." 

X-Files fans unite! Gillian Anderson needs your help.

The Emmy Award winning actress, who currently stars on both Netflix's The Fall and NBC’s Hannibal, appeared on Chris Hardwick's Nerdist Podcast earlier this week and asked fans if they would like to see her and David Duchovny return for a revival series of The X-Files. Hardwick then called to action all of his fellow nerd websites (of which IAR is included) to write about what Anderson had to say and ask fans if they want another season of The X-Files.

Opening in theaters on January 16th is the new comedy The Wedding Ringer, which was directed by Jeremy Garelick (The Break-Up). The film stars Kevin Hart (Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, Ride AlongAbout Last Night), Josh Gad (The Internship, Frozen), Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting (TV's The Big Bang Theory), Olivia Thirlby (Nobody Walks), Mimi Rogers (The Mighty Quinn), Ken Howard (In Her Shoes), Jorge Garcia (TV's Lost), and Academy Award-winner Cloris Leachman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid). 

IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with Kevin Hart and Josh Gad to talk about her work on The Wedding Ringer. The two extremely popular comedic actors discussed their new film, playing football with the legendary Joe Namath, lighting Cloris Leachman on fire, why she was the funniest person on set, and Philbrick's own encounter with the Oscar-winning actress. 

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