600 Miles A Complex Road Trip

L-r: Kristyan Ferrer, Gabriel Ripstein and Se Fija!’s Angela Ortíz

L-r: Kristyan Ferrer, Gabriel Ripstein
and Se Fija!’s Angela Ortíz

600 Millas (600Miles) was México’s selection for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The film has been around for a year now; it has been part of 40 film festivals and has won a few awards. Which makes the first time director, Gabriel Ripstein very proud and happy that this project has been accepted so well.

We talked about his background as a producer and writer and how passionate he feels about this film.

Tim Roth

Tim Roth

He talked about his two main actors, Tim Roth (Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs) and Kristyan Ferrer (Buen Dia, Ramon, Sin Nombre).

For 600 Miles, Ferrer was his first choice for the role of Arnulfo Rubio, a young gun trafficker between the U.S. and Mexico who ends up entangled with ATF agent Hank Harris (Roth). Ferrer said it was great working with both Roth and director Ripstein.

In the United States, it is legal for any citizen to buy guns. In Mexico, it is illegal to buy, sell, or carry guns. And it is because of this contrast that this story takes place.

Tim Roth

Tim Roth

Gabriel Ripstein

Gabriel Ripstein

Listen in on our conversation with Ripstein and Roth, who talked about working on the The Hateful Eight and futbol (soccer).

The film is in theaters now. — A.O.

Pride + Prejudice + Zombies and the Fun Events Around the Film

T-b: Se Fija!’s Angela Ortíz, Lily James, Bella Heathcote Jack Huston, Matt Smith and Douglas Booth

T-b: Se Fija!’s Angela Ortíz, Lily James, Bella Heathcote
Jack Huston, Matt Smith and Douglas Booth

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a fun ride, well acted, and beautiful to watch. I liked that they kept a lot of Jane Austen’s sensibility and yes, I’m looking forward to the sequel.

TCL Chinese Theater Record Breaking Photo Op

TCL Chinese Theater Record Breaking Photo Op

To celebrate the opening of the new film, there were many fun events around town and one of them set a world record. It was Sony Pictures partnering with Just Jared for the most zombies reading Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice at one time. At another event, a group of us had a fun time getting all Zombified for a press day event. And Se Fija! was in the middle of all of it.

T-b: Jessica G. Ferrer, Louis Love of Nuke the Fridge and Se Fija!’s Angela Ortíz

T-b: Jessica G. Ferrer, Louis Love of Nuke the Fridge
and Se Fija!’s Angela Ortíz

We got a chance to interview five of the actors, Lily James, Bella Heathcote, Jack Huston, Douglas Booth, Matt Smith, the book author, Seth Grahame-Smith, and director Burr Steers.

I enjoy doing these roundtables because I find that we get much more insight about the making of a film, and we hope you’ll listen in on the conversations, check out the photos and videos that are here for your enjoyment.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies in theaters, February 5.

A special thanks to Abimael Linares, Jose Ángel Torres Reyes of @EstrellasenLA, FXMakeUpArtist @missprissy5 and @AllyKatt99. — A.O.

Bella Heathcote & Lily James

Bella Heathcote & Lily James

Writer Seth Grahame-Smith

Writer Seth Grahame-Smith

Director Burr Steers

Director Burr Steers

Actors Jack Huston, Douglas Booth & Matt Smith (SPOILER ALERT)

Actors Jack Huston, Douglas Booth & Matt Smith
(SPOILER ALERT)

Jessica Camacho Holding Her Own on Sleepy Hollow

Jessica Camacho

Jessica Camacho

I’ve been following Jessica Camacho’s career for a few years now, and I’m always impressed by her performances. Camacho’s character was introduced in the last few episodes of FOX’s Sleepy Hollow’s last season. Now, she’s back as a series regular as agent Sophie Foster.

It’s not Jessica’s first series role, she was last seen on ABC’s Last Resort, where both Jessica and Jay Hernandez had surprisingly meaty roles in the first (and only) season of ABC’s submarine warfare/political thriller. And she’s done many arcs on other shows over the years. We even talked a little about one of my other favorite shows, Longmire.

Jessica and I at the screening of her short, Vámonos. ©2015 Gregory Powell III

Jessica and I at the screening of her short, Vámonos.
©2015 Gregory Powell III

The show is a modern-day retelling of Washington Irving’s classic, ”The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) is resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to find that the world is on the brink of destruction and that he is humanity’s last hope. And for the past two seasons we’ve watched him team up with a contemporary police officer Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) to unravel mysteries that date back to the founding fathers.

Jessica Camacho

Jessica Camacho

The adventure thriller comes from co-creators/executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek and Transformers franchises, Fringe).

Now listen in on our exclusive conversation with Jessica about agent Sophie Foster and more.

Sleepy Hollow returns February 5 at 8P on FOX. — A.O.

A Sacred Journey Documentary

A Sacred JourneyDirector/producer Ernesto Quintero has been working on this project for a very long time, and it’s personal. Read the filmmaker’s note below and you’ll know why.

In 2005, my brother Juan was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and given three years to live. Since then, I have been documenting Juan and his family so that his two children could have memories of their father preserved. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I realized the footage I had collected of Juan and my family is a story that should be shared. Thus inspired the creation of A Sacred Journey.

The documentary will be doing the film festival route soon. Watch the trailer below and find out more about the documentary here.

Bobby Cannavale in HBO’s Vinyl

Bobby Cannavale, HBO Vinyl

Bobby Cannavale, HBO Vinyl

Vinyl, stars Bobby Cannavale, an actor who has quite a range, from comedy (Nurse Jackie) to some serious drama (Boardwalk Empire) and much more. In this new show, he plays Richie Finestra, a record label president, who is trying to save his company and his soul without destroying everyone in his path. The show is seen through his eyes. That is described as a ride through the sex- and drug-addled music business at the dawn of punk, disco, and hip-hop.vinyl-poster

Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese, Rich Cohen, and Terence Winter created this new drama series set in 1970s New York.

The first season include regulars Olivia Wilde, Ray Romano, Ato Essandoh, Max Casella, P.J. Byrne, J.C. MacKenzie, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Juno Temple, Jack Quaid, James Jagger, and Paul Ben-Victor.

HBO’s Vinyl is a 10-episode series that debuts February 14 at 9P.

The Secret Life of Pets Coming this Summer

the-secret-life-of-pets-PTS_Tsr1Sht6_RGB_0616_3_rgbThe Secret Life of Pets looks like fun! It stars three comedy superstars Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, and Kevin Hart making their animated feature-film debuts. The Secret Life of Pets co-stars Steve Coogan, Ellie Kemper, Bobby Moynihan, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Jenny Slate, and Albert Brooks. The film is directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2), and co-directed by Yarrow Cheney.

In Theaters July 8, 2016

Marlon Wayans, Fifty Shades of Black, CineMovie at Film Premiere

Fifty Shades of BlackOur friends over at CineMovie were on the red carpet premiere of Fifty Shades of Black, a spoof on last year’s Fifty Shades of Grey. They got some fun interviews with two of the stars, Marlon Wayans, Kali Hawk and the director Michael Tiddes. Click here to watch the interviews.

Also starring Fred Willard, Mike Epps, Jane Seymour, Florence Henderson, Affion Crockett, and King Bach.

The film is in theaters now.

Marisol An Independent Short Film

Cast and crew of Marisol

Cast and crew of Marisol

We are always happy to share projects that sound interesting from independent filmmakers. Marisol is one that deals with a child and domestic violence.

A young girl named Marisol, is like many victims of domestic violence who go unnoticed by many and it could be happening right next door to you.

Once in a while we’ll hear something in the media about it. With this film the filmmakers hope to help raise awareness about domestic violence.

Learn more about their project and crowd-funding here.

“A little girl with a vivid imagination makes a big discovery during El Día de Los Muertos.”

Keanu Trailer

L-r: Key and Peele in Keanu

L-r: Key and Peele in Keanu

From the minds of comedy duo, Key & Peele (Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele) best known for their Comedy Central show. Now Key and Peele, star in New Line Cinema’s action comedy Keanu.

Keanu

Keanu

The duo play Clarence and Rell, cousins who live in the city but are far from streetwise. When Rell’s beloved kitten, is catnapped, the hopelessly straight-laced pair must impersonate ruthless killers in order to infiltrate a street gang and retrieve the purloined feline.

The film also stars Tiffany Haddish, Method Man, Jason Mitchell, Luis Guzmán, Nia Long and Will Forte. And directed by Peter Atencio. The film is in theaters April 29. — A.O.

 

Shakira – Try Everything from Disney’s Zootopia

ZOOTOPIAShakira is one of the voices in Zootopia; which tells the story of Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), an adventurous Fox trying to make it big in the city, and Judy Hoops (Ginnifer Goodwin) a fabulous but tough little rabbit, who are forced to team up to solve a crime in the thriving metropolis of Zootopia.

Voice cast: Idris Elba, J.K. Simmons, Nate Torrence,Jenny Slate, Tommy Chong, Octavia Spencer, Bonnie Hunt,Don Lake, Alan Tudyk, Tommy “Tiny” Lister, Raymond Persi,Katie Lowes, Jesse Corti, and John DiMaggio. And directed by Byron Howard, Rich Moore and co-director Jared Bush.

In U.S. theaters in 3D on March 4.

“Try Everything” single is available now on iTunes.

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