Ratchet and Clank Movie Opens!

L-r: Kevin Munroe, James Arnold Taylor and Bella Thorne

L-r: Kevin Munroe, James Arnold Taylor and Bella Thorne

Ratchet and Clank movie brought back so many memories of my son’s pre-teen years and one of his favorite PlayStation game, Ratchet and Clank.

The film is by director Kevin Munroe (TMNT), joined by Bella Thorne (voice of Cora), James Arnold Taylor (voice of Ratchet), and David Kaye (voice of Clank.

At WonderCon 2016, I got to sit in on a panel about the film, where they talked about their understanding of the love for the Ratchet and Clank characters and described how they really tried to do them justice in this first film based on the game. The producer and director gave Bella Thorne all the credit for the social media awareness for the film’s fan base.

Munroe, Taylor & Thorne

Munroe, Taylor & Thorne

Now that I’ve seen the film, I can say, you don’t have to be a gamer to enjoy it; the film is really cool and fun to watch.

Now you can sit back and listen in on the conversation with director Munroe, Taylor and Thorne.

The other voice-talent in the film include Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Rosario Dawson, Jim Ward, Armin Shimerman, and Sylvester Stallone. — A.O.

Mother’s Day and Green Room Opens Nationwide

Lr: Shay Mitchell, Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis ©2016 Angela María Ortíz S.

Lr: Shay Mitchell, Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis
©2016 Angela María Ortíz S.

Mother’s Day is the latest star-studded ensemble comedy from director Garry Marshall (Pretty Woman, Valentine’s Day). Bringing together Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts, and Jason Sudekis, it’s a celebration of mothers everywhere. This big-hearted comedy invites us all to enjoy the laughter, tears and love as three generations come together in the week leading up to Mother’s Day.

Mitchell, Aniston & Sudeikis

Mitchell, Aniston & Sudeikis

Also starring Hector Elizondo (who is in every Marshall film), Shay Mitchell, Aasif Mandvi, Loni Love, Margo Martindale, Robert Pine, and many more.

Listen in on the press conference with Mitchell, Aniston and Sudekis who were intrigued with my audio recorder. —A.O.

green-room-GR_web_rgbGreen Room

Check out our previous post and interview hereJeremy Saultier wrote and directed the film that stars Patrick Stewart, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, Callum Turner, Mark Webber, Erid Edelstein, Macon Blair, and Kai Lennox.

Papa Hemingway in Cuba Premieres

Papa Hemingway in Cuba Red Carpet t-b: Bai Ling, director Bob Yari, Angela Ortiz, Maz Jobrani, Adrian Sparks, Shaun Toub, and Jacob Vargas.

Papa Hemingway in Cuba Red Carpet t-b: Bai Ling, director Bob Yari, Angela Ortiz, Maz Jobrani, Adrian Sparks, Shaun Toub, and Jacob Vargas.

“In order to write about life, you must first live It.” — Ernest Hemingway

Papa Hemingway in Cuba is the first Hollywood film to shoot on location in Cuba since the 1959 revolution.

Papa Hemingway in Cuba is the true-life story of a young journalist who finds a father figure in legendary author Ernest Hemingway. Their relationship began in the late 1950’s when Ed Myers, then a junior reporter at The Miami Herald, wrote a fan letter to his idol. Myers thought he was being pranked when the larger than life Hemingway phoned the newsroom a week later, inviting him to Havana.YARI-PAOS-01_27x40_031816.indd

There’s some good acting, and I found Adrian Sparks Hemingway’s portrayal especially wonderful cause I felt I was watching the real Hemingway. Plus some of the film felt like a Hemingway book.

Directed by Bob Yari (Crash, The Illusionist) and also starring Giovanni Ribisi, Joely Richardson, Minka Kelly, Shaun Toub, and Rodrigo Obregón.

In the video below, listen to what director Yari said about working in Cuba and learning more about Hemingway. — A.O.

Rene Rosado is Just Awesome!

Rene Rosado ©2016 Angela María Ortíz S.

Rene Rosado
©2016 Angela María Ortíz S.

I’ve been watching Rene’s career for years and I’m very excited to see where he is at the present. If you aren’t familiar with his name, you probably have seen him on some of these television shows: Rizzoli & Isles, Criminal Minds, Bones and films like Go for It!, Filly Brown and J.J. Abram’s Star Trek Into Darkness.

Rene Rosado in Major Crimes

Rene Rosado in Major Crimes

We got together at my favorite coffee spot and talked about his recurring role on TNT’s Major Crimes as Gus Wallace, and how this new television family has welcomed him. He’s working on the fifth season already and couldn’t give us even a teaser about it.

Rene Rosado

Rene Rosado

We covered an array of subjects, like his non-profit organization, A.I.M. (Artistic Inspiration and Mentoring). The program brings different artists to speak to inner city students, in the hopes that they will be inspired to become whoever they aspire to be. And he shared some of his plans for the future.

Now sit back and listen in on our fun conversation. — A.O.

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Compadres with Omar Chaparro In Theaters Now

Aislinn Derbez and Camila Sodi

Aislinn Derbez and Camila Sodi

Pantelion’s newest U.S. release is Compadres, an action-adventure, comedy and buddy film. The film has its highs and lows and fans of Omar Chaparro, will be surprised to see him in a different role than his usual high jinx.

Omar Chaparro and Joey Morgan

Omar Chaparro and Joey Morgan

We had the opportunity to speak to a few of the actors about working on the film and they had a lot to say, when we could actually listen. The interview with Chaparro and Joey Morgan was quite a ruckus but we got a few things on audio for you to listen to.

Aislinn Derbez and Camila Sodi told us, though they weren’t in the film a lot, their parts were crucial to the story, and then laughter ensued. And they are ready for the sequel, Comadres, so, please #Comadres. They shot in Ensenada and between takes; there were lots of laughter.

Derbez & Sodi

Derbez & Sodi

Chaparro & Morgan

Chaparro & Morgan

The film’s synopsis: After being released from prison, former Mexican cop Garza (Chaparro) seeks revenge on Santos (Erick Elías). Santos has kidnapped his girlfriend Maria (Derbez) and framed him for a crime he didn’t commit. With the help of his former boss Coronado (José Sefami), Garza manages to escape with a tip about how to find Santos, which leads him to San Diego in search of an “accountant.” When Garza arrives, he is shocked to find that the infamous accountant is a 17-year-old American computer hacker named Vic (Morgan).

The other stars of the film include: Eric Roberts, Kevin Pollak, Héctor Jiménez and is directed by Enrique Begne, who also directed Busco novio para mi mujer, which was released earlier this year.

Now listen in on the conversation and check out Chaparro’s music video for the movie. — A.O.

Another Icon is Gone, PRINCE

Photo: 3RDEYEGIRL NPG RECORDS

Photo: 3RDEYEGIRL NPG RECORDS

A music legend has left us, we knew him as Prince. He was an amazing musician and songwriter; and his influence was immense.

Rest in peace Prince Rogers Nelson (1958 – 2016). Purple Rain Forever…

Juan Pablo Di Pace on FOX’s Rosewood

Juan Pablo Di Pace

Juan Pablo Di Pace

Check out my exclusive conversation with Juan Pablo Di Pace, who’ll be a guest-star on an episode of FOX’s Rosewood. We talked about his character, Antonio Navarro a telenovela star and working with the show’s two leads, Jaina Lee Ortiz and Morris Chestnut.

Juan Pablo Di Pace on Rosewood

Juan Pablo Di Pace on Rosewood

He’s also on Fuller House on Netflix and he’s about to start shooting their second season. I messed up with the new name and called it by its original, Full House. He sounds like he’s having fun on the show. And I had to ask him about taking on the role of the great Tango singer, Carlos Gardel.

Juan Pablo Di Pace

Di Pace

To listen in on our conversation, just click on the audio box.

The Rosewood episode, “Silkworms y Silencio” is on tonight at 8P. — A.O.

Criminal: The Story of the Right Man in the Wrong Body

Criminal

Kevin Costner

Kevin Costner

I thought Criminal was a pretty good film, and Kevin Costner gives a wonderful performance. His character in this film is very different than what we are accustomed to seeing. The story goes like this: in a last-ditch effort to stop a diabolical plot, a dead CIA operative’s memories, secrets, and skills are implanted into an unpredictable and dangerous death-row inmate (Costner) in hopes that he will complete the operative’s mission. And that’s not as easy as it sounds.

Ariel Vromen

Ariel Vromen

David Weisberg

David Weisberg

It has a story line that’s a bit familiar, but with a new take and some humor that wasn’t expected.

We talked with Costner, who spoke at length about why he took this role and the process he went through. Writer David Weisberg was very frank about the whole process of getting your project through the studios and hoping for the best, and director Ariel Vromen was a lot of fun to listen to, especially since he was directing three other experienced directors and a few hopefuls.

Kevin Costner

Kevin Costner

David Weisberg

David Weisberg

Ariel Vromen

Ariel Vromen

One of the challenges of doing roundtables is that sometimes you have one journalist that dominates the questions; in the audio links you’ll notice it but we got some good stuff for you to listen to.

The other stars of the film include: Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones, Gal Gadot, Alice Eve, Michael Pitt, Jordi Mollà, Antje Traue, Scott Adkins, Amaury Nolasco, Danny Webb, and Colin Salmon. And it was fun to watch them.

Photos: ©2016 Angela María Ortíz S.

A Down and Raw Green Room

Jeremy Saultier and Anton Yelchin

Jeremy Saultier and Anton Yelchin

We call it a Punk Rock horror film, but writer/director Jeremy Saultier (Blue Ruin) has another description of how he sees the film and you can listen to him and actor Anton Yelchin (Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness) tell us about it, just click on the audio button.

Green Room

Green Room

Synopsis: Green Room is a fun horror-thriller with Patrick Stewart as a diabolical club owner who squares off against an unsuspecting but resilient young punk band.

Down on their luck punk rockers The Ain’t Rights are finishing up a long and unsuccessful tour, and are about to call it quits when they get an unexpected booking at an isolated, rundown club deep in the backwoods of Oregon. What seems merely to be a third-rate gig escalates into something much more sinister when they witness an act of violence backstage that they weren’t meant to see.

Saultier & Yelchin

Saultier & Yelchin

The film stars Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, Callum Turner, Mark Webber, Erid Edelstein, Macon Blair, and Kai Lennox.

Green Room opens in Los Angeles and New York on April 15, expanding on the 22 and nationwide on April 29.

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