The Belko Experiment is A Bloody Mess

The Belko Experiment, Director Greg McLean, ©2017 Angela María Ortíz S.

Director Greg McLean
©2017 Angela María Ortíz S.

If you enjoy bloody scenes, this horror film is for you. The Belko Experiment has enough funny and suspense to keep you watching. The guy behind it is no other than writer/producer, James Gunn, who told us about working with small independent film budgets compared to big blockbusters and what Guardian of the Galaxy 2 means to him.

Michael Rooker and Sean Gunn
©2017 Angela María Ortíz S.

Adria Arjona
©2017 Angela María Ortíz S.

John Gallagher Jr.
©2017 Angela María Ortíz S.

James Gunn
©2017 Angela María Ortíz S.

They are many familiar faces in this movie, whose characters have to make some hard choices.

James Gunn

James Gunn

John Gallagher Jr.

John Gallagher

The plot: On what appears to be a normal day at Belko Industries, Belko employees are horrified when they find out that they’ve become guinea pigs in a company-wide experiment which will lead them to either kill their fellow employees or be murdered themselves.

Adria Arjona

Adria Arjona

Sean Gunn

Sean Gunn

Michael Rooker

Michael Rooker

Greg McLean

Greg McLean

We caught up with a few of cast; Sean Gunn, Michael Rooker, Adria Arjona who told us about the character she plays in the upcoming Pacific Rim: Uprising, John Gallagher Jr., and director Greg McLean. Now listen in on the fun conversations, just click on any of the audio buttons. The film also stars Tony Goldwyn, John C. McGinley, and Melanie Diaz.

The Belko Experiment in theaters March 17. — A.O.

Un Lugar en el Caribe Trailer

Daniel Zacapa, Un Lugar en el CaribeThe story: Gael (José Zuñiga), a Latin-American writer travels to Isla de Roatán, Honduras to finish his novel and finds love at first sight. Sofia and her father missed their cruise and are forced to stay in the wonderful island—three love stories told around this magical place.

Honduran writer/director Juan Carlos Fanconi brings an international cast together for his latest project, Un Lugar en el Caribe (A Place in the Caribbean). Starring José Zuñiga (Honduras), Gabriela de la Garza (México), Lali González (Paraguay), Rodrigo Guirao Díaz (Argentina), Daniel Zacapa (Honduras), Ana Clara Carranza (Costa Rica), Jamie Bernadette (USA), and Gastón Pauls (Argentina).

Despicable Me 3 Coming this June!

Despicable Me 3Gru has a TWIN brother! Check out the trailer.

Cast: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, Nev Scharrel, Steve Coogan, Jenny Slate and Julie Andrews. Directed by Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda, and co-director Eric Guillon.

Despicable Me 3 will be released in theaters on June 30, 2017

Disney•Pixar’s Coco Opens this Fall

DisneyPixar CocoIn Coco, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez), despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt).

Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Directed by Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3) and co-directed by Adrian Molina (story artist Monsters University), Disney•Pixar’s Coco opens in U.S. theaters this fall.

Kong is King!

Tom Hinddleston, Kong: Skull Island, ©2017 Angela María Ortíz S.

Tom Hinddleston
©2017 Angela María Ortíz S.

Toby Kebbell, Jason Mitchell, ©2017 Angela María Ortíz S.

Toby Kebbell & Jason Mitchell
©2017 Angela María Ortíz S.

Kong: Skull Island was a good action film, lots of explosions and creatures to watch. I enjoyed the music and the throw back to the 70s and monster movies.

For our press day, I told Samuel L. Jackson that I thought his character was scarier than some of the creatures in the film. Brie Larson told us about taking a lot of the behind the scene photographs with her own camera and how she got into photography. Listen in to hear their answers to me. Including the other actors who joined us; Tom Hiddleston, John Goodman, Toby Kebbell, Jason Mitchell, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, and screenwriter Max Borenstein.

Jordan Vogt Roberts, Max Borenstein, ©2017 Angela María Ortíz S.

Jordan Vogt Roberts & Max Borenstein
©2017 Angela María Ortíz S.

Samuel L Jackson
©2017 Angela María Ortíz S.

Kong: Skull IslandCast: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Jing Tian, Toby Kebbell, John Ortiz, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Shea Whigham, Thomas Mann, Terry Notary, and John C. Reilly.

All in all, I enjoyed Kong: Skull Island it was fun to watch and in theaters now.

Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Vogt-Roberts

Max Borenstein

Max Borenstein

TBrie Larson, John Goodman

Larson & Goodman

Toby Kebbell, Jason Mitchell

Kebbell & Mitchell

Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson

Tom Hinddleston

Tom Hinddleston

 

Al Coronel, No Sign of Slowing Down for This Working Actor

Al Coronel, Angela Ortíz, Wendy Pineda, Hugh Jackman, Dafne Keen, Logan, Colony, Training Day, The Last Ship, Jane the Virgin, Secrets and Lies, NCIS: Los Angeles, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Colony, Training Day

Al Coronel and Angela Ortíz
Photo: Wendy Pineda

I’ve known Al Coronel for many years and I’ve watched him work really hard on his craft. It is sure paying off.

This past year has seen him very busy with a recurring role on The Last Ship, guest roles on Jane the Virgin, NCIS: Los Angeles, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Secrets and Lies, and countless others.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Coronel has always been surrounded by the entertainment industry, but came to acting much later in life. Prior to his acting career, Coronel was a world-recognized dancer in the world of Salsa, traveling extensively to teach and perform at Salsa festivals and events around the globe.Al Coronel, Angela Ortíz, Wendy Pineda, Hugh Jackman, Dafne Keen, Logan, Colony, Training Day, The Last Ship, Jane the Virgin, Secrets and Lies, NCIS: Los Angeles, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Colony, Training Day

He’s a military veteran, and he continues to support vets through the Veterans in Film and Television program, participating in many events for the members. He believes in giving back to the community and is very involved with Children’s Hospital LA; he is a co-host of their annual December blood drive.

In the video interview below, we finally got to catch up. Coronel is in the hit movie Logan, where he plays Federale Commander. Along with Logan, you can see him in USA Network’s Colony and CBS’ Training Day.

The Shack is About Love, Forgiveness and Moving On

 

Octavia Spencer, ©2017 Angela María Ortíz S.

Academy award winner Octavia Spencer.
©2017 Angela María Ortíz S.

The Shack plays like the book it was based on. For a faith-based film, it doesn’t feel like your usual brimstone and fire story. The approach they took on this film would make an agnostic feel the positive message. I do feel that some bible thumping believers may not like some of the positivity shown in this film cause it doesn’t show a heaven or hell. On the down side, I think Sam Worthington was missed cast as Mack, he should have been the good buddy and Tim McGraw should have played the lead character.

The Shack, author William P. Young

The Shack author William P. Young
©2017 Angela María Ortíz S.

With that said, here’s a bit of the plot: The Shack takes us on a father’s uplifting spiritual journey. After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips (Worthington) spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa (Octavia Spencer).

We had the opportunity to talk with the story author William P. Young. It was a lively and passionate talk with him. He talked about music and his next two books that will be films soon.

Octavia Spencer told us she would not have done the movie if she didn’t believe in the message it conveyed. The Academy award winner talked about how diversity in front and behind the camera, starts with films that are green-lit.

Radha Mitchell, ©2017 Angela María Ortíz S.

Radha Mitchell
©2017 Angela María Ortíz S.

Radha Mitchell is Nan Phillips, Mack’s wife. She told us why she loves to mix up different film genres to work on. The Shack to her was about forgiveness and she realized that her character had a deeper connection than her husband character played by Worthington.

William P. Young

William Young

Octavia Spencer

Octavia Spencer

I always enjoy doing roundtables and this one was a really good one. Now you can listen in on the conversations.

Radha Mitchell

Radha Mitchell

Also starring in the film are Avraham Aviv Alush, Sumire Matsubara, Alice Braga, Graham Greene, Megan Charpentier, and the young Amélie Eve. Directed by Stuart Hazeldine.

The Shack, in theaters March 3. — A.O.

Alien: Covenant Official Trailer

Ridley Scott, Alien: Covenant, Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, Benjamin RigbyRidley Scott returns to the universe he created, with a new chapter in his groundbreaking Alien franchise.

The plot: The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.

Cast: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, and Benjamin Rigby.

In Theaters May 19.

Jimmy Smits and Dan Bucantinsky Talk 24: Legacy

 

Angela Ortíz and Jimmy Smits

Angela Ortíz and Jimmy Smits

Jimmy Smits has been playing some interesting and complex characters for the past few years; Neron “Nero” Padilla in Sons of Anarchy and Miguel Prado on the 2010 season of Dexter. Now he’s Senator John Donovan in 24: Legacy and his character is running for president.

Angela Ortíz, Dan Bucantinsky

Angela Ortíz and Dan Bucantinsky

We talked to him about his new role and what we should be expecting in upcoming episodes. Look out for Smits to reprise his role as Francisco ‘Papa Fuerte’ Cruz in the second season of The Get Down, out this spring on Netflix.

Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight? Confessions of a Gay Dad

We also spoke to actor/writer/producer Dan Bucantinsky, who plays computer analyst Andy Shalowitz. Bucatinsky, who played James Novak on Scandal for a few seasons, told us that he had fond memories of the show.

I didn’t get to ask him what he loved the most, acting or producing, because he has a long producing list; like being the executive producer of Who Do You Think You Are? He even author a funny book called, Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight?: Confessions of a Gay Dad—“a collection of snort-milk-through-your-nose funny stories of parenthood that will obliterate the boundaries of gender and sexual orientation.”

Now watch these guys on 24: Legacy, Mondays on FOX at 8/7c.

QUICK GIVEAWAY: Before I Fall Advance Screening Passes!

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Follow the instructions in your pass and share your excitement using #BeforeIFall and #SeFijaOnline. ENJOY!

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