Fran Kranz’s Top 5 Things You Need To Know About MURDER OF A CATDecember 04, 2014

Fran Kranz’s Top 5 Things You Need To Know About MURDER OF A CAT

MURDER OF A CAT (Gravitas)

Clinton Moisey is an iconoclastic, artisan action-figure designer who still lives in his mom’s basement, and is, by the standards of the world, a full-blown loser. But Clinton doesn’t have time to care about what others think of him; he’s too busy running a yard sale where he promotes his hardboiled detective toy line with his pet cat and best friend, “Mouser.” When Clinton wakes up one morning to find Mouser impaled by a crossbow arrow, he is devastated.


J.k. Simmons, Fran Kranz, MURDER OF A CAT (Gravitas)


Realizing that the local Sheriff is only interested in flirting with his mom, Clinton sets off on his own to find out who killed Mouser and why. As Clinton delves deeper into the case, he uncoveres a town-wide conspiracy far greater than he ever imagined. The comedic MURDER OF A CAT is a modern-day film noir set in the mundane world of the suburbs.


Fran Kranz's Top 5 Things You Need To Know About MURDER OF A CAT


1. Much of the character of Clinton was based on Ignatius Reilly. Meaning, I plagiarized much of A Confederacy of Dunces.

2. The cat (played by Bogart) and I were not best friends in real life.

3. I ruined a lot of this movie by laughing. You can see me laugh in the film because there was no other footage left to use.


Fran Kranz, MURDER OF A CAT (Gravitas)

4. I wear a wig for the first half of the movie. That is not my real hair.

5. Doghouse Reilly was an original action figure made for the film. They should sell them. It’s probably my only chance to be an action figure. 


- Fran Kranz



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Top 10 Things You Need To Know About ALWAYS WOODSTOCKNovember 10, 2014

Top 10 Things You Need To Know About ALWAYS WOODSTOCK


Aspiring singer, Catherine Brown (Allison Miller), finds herself living a life she never imagined. Stuck at a dead end job in New York City at a mega music record label, Catherine spends her days as the wrangler for the label's most difficult star (Brittany Snow). But when Catherine is unceremoniously fired, and then comes home to find her long time fiancé (Jason Ritter) in the arms of another woman, she decides that it's time for a change. One night at a local bar, Catherine stumbles into handsome town doctor Noah (James Wolk), and cannot deny the moment of magic between them.

ALWAYS WOODSTOCK stars Allison Miller (Selfie), James Wolk (Mad Men), Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy), Rumer Willis (HOUSE BUNNY), Jason Ritter (Parenthood), Anna Anissimova (THE WHISTLEBLOWER), Brittany Snow (PITCH PERFECT), and Ryan Guzman (STEP UP REVOLUTION). The film was written and directed by first-time filmmaker Rita Merson, and produced by Jenny Hinkey, Rita Merson and Peter Schafer.

The film features original songs written by Katey Sagal, Kurt Sutter, and Allison Miller and performed by Katey Sagal and Allison Miller. Available on VOD and across all other digital platforms on November 14, 2014.



Allison Miller and James Wolk's Top 10 Things You Need To Know About ALWAYS WOODSTOCK




1. Some good friends asked my husband and me to perform a song at their wedding. We sang Leslie Feist and Ben Gibbard's version of Vashti Bunyan's "Train Song", with him on a ukulele and me on the guitar. Both the casting director and two producers on ALWAYS WOODSTOCK happened to be at the wedding too... my audition process essentially started in Idaho

because of two gorgeous people who fell in love

and asked us to be a part of it.

2. I was driving up the 110 one day listening to KCSN ( CSU Northridge's great college radio station) and heard some music that caught my ear. It was a live performance by Aaron Embry, who I had never heard of. I was immediately hooked and went home and bought his album. The very next day our director, Rita Merson, told me that the artist they were bringing in for the live performance scene was none other than ...dun dun dun... Aaron Embry! Whoa! Kismet!

3. Some of my personal life made it's way into the movie in the form of props. Photos of my family were framed all over the Brown family home and my actual wedding dress was used for Catherine's wedding dress. In a scene where Catherine has a sudden emotional response to something related to her parents, the director and prop department surprised me by using a personal artifact. As an actor you're always trying to find the truth and personal connection to the character you're creating and it was a wonderful gift to be given a really genuine moment like that. I won't spoil anything before you see the movie but it involves a shovel. So. Look out for a shovel.

4. One of the most fun scenes we shot was with Katey Sagal and a lot of red velvet cake. We were working on the scene and just felt like we weren't totally hitting the meat of it until someone came up with the idea that hey, maybe these ladies are high. Suddenly we were stuffing our faces with cake and giggling and sharing a moment that connected our characters in a totally new deeper way. Also we got paid to eat cake and giggle so that was pretty okay.

5. If you ever have the pleasure of meeting James Wolk, ask him to do his Marty McFly. It's exceptional.



Allison Miller and James Wolk, ALWAYS WOODSTOCK (Gravitas Ventures)




6. This film was not only a great experience, but I truly grew as an actor. And I not only grew as an actor in all the normal ways one does, but also in my ability to pretend its warm when it's not. Many of those comfortable upstate New York-evening scenes when we were wearing light jackets were actually shot when it was about 25 degrees out. 

5 New Movies On Demand to Watch: November 2014November 03, 2014

5 New Movies On Demand to Watch: November 2014

Kat Ashy (On Demand Weekly)

On Demand Weekly's Kat Ashy (@KatDoesLifegoes through all the new movies each month for her New Movies On Demand Preview.

5 New Movies On Demand to Watch - November 2014:

By Kat Ashy

It’s finally November! Now that pesky October is out of the way we can all pretend that it’s officially the Holiday season. 

Who needs 
Thanksgiving? No one even remembers Thanksgiving once the candy canes and Michael Bublé comes out. Well, I’m here to tell you that this is unacceptable. I want you to embrace Thanksgiving. I want you to love Thanksgiving! I want you to stuff your face full of pumpkin pie.

And once you’re done with your self-induced food coma I want you to check out my top November Movies on Demand!

Kat’s Top Five Movies On Demand:

5. HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, Premieres November 25 - KIDS PICK
DRAGONS! I want to say that this is a fun family option for your kids but I would be lying! I know you want to watch this more than them.
PG, Animated/Family, Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Cate Blanchett, Kit Harington, Djimon Hounsou

4. TAMMY, Premieres November 11 COMEDY PICK
I just want to say that I loved Melissa McCarthy before it was cool, and now she’s everyone’s favorite obsession and starring in hilarious bawdy comedies with Susan Sarandon.
R, Comedy, Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Allison Janney, Dan Akyroyd, Mark Duplass, Toni Collette, Sandra Oh

3. LIFE PARTNERS, Premieres November 6 INDIE PICK - Same Day As Theatrical Release
Watch this sweet rom com for the sheer fact that it stars a now married Leighton Messter and Adam Brody. Seth Cohen and Blair Waldorf tied the knot. It’s an early 2000’s dream come true!
R, Comedy/Romance, Leighton Meester, Adam Brody

2. A MOST WANTED MAN, Premieres November 4 - ESPIONAGE PICK
The late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman stars in this intense thriller about a Chechen Muslim that gets caught in the international war on terror.
R, Thriller, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, Willem Dafoe

1. 22 JUMP STREET, Premieres November 18 TOP PICK
21 JUMP STREET was such a thing of pure beauty that it solidified Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum’s bro comedy status and landed itself a sequel. After tackling High School twice, officers Schmidt and Jenko must now go deep undercover at a local college to find the supplier of the deadly new drug “WHYPHY”.

As expected it’s a chaotic mess of meat head jocks, bohemian artists, and general college debauchery. This is one ridiculously charming bromance you cannot pass up.
R, Comedy, Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Nick Offerman, Peter Stormare, Jillian Bell

That’s November team! Be sure to read what other great movies premiere on demand this month below.

Happy watching!
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5 New Movies On Demand to Watch: October 2014October 01, 2014

5 New Movies On Demand to Watch: October 2014

Kat Ashy (On Demand Weekly)

On Demand Weekly's Kat Ashy (@KatDoesLifegoes through all the new movies each month for her New Movies On Demand Preview.

5 New Movies On Demand to Watch - October 2014:

By Kat Ashy

Fall is in the air and October is here! It’s now officially acceptable to assault yourself with pumpkin spice everything. Go forth, my friends, and indulge in all your favorite fall activities. Rake those lovely autumn leaves, go apple picking, buy a questionable Halloween hat. And once you’re done planning your lovely vacation trip to Salem check out my October Movies On Demand. Socializing with irate dead witches can wait, and I’ve got my top five picks right here!

Kat’s Top Five Movies On Demand:

5. EARTH TO ECHO, Premieres October 21 - KIDS PICK
If your kids aren’t ready for THE SHINING this Halloween season why not opt for a family fun sci-fi adventure that’s sure to give you some serious E.T. flashbacks.
PG, SciFi/Family, Teo Halm, Brian 'Astro' Bradley, Reese Hartwig, Ella Wahlestedt

4. LISTEN UP PHILIP, Premieres October 21 INDIE PICK
Jason Schwartzman stars as a narcissistic writer that uses his idol’s isolated home as a refuge in this darkly hilarious film.
TV-MA, Drama, Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss, Krysten Ritter, Jonathan Pryce

3. RUDDERLESS, Premieres October 17 - MUSIC PICK
An indie musical drama about a grieving father that forms a rock band after he comes across his deceased son’s brilliant music.
R, Drama/Music, Billy Crudup, William H. Macy, Anton Yelchin, Selena Gomez, Felicity Huffman, Laurence Fishburne, Same Day As Theatrical Release

2. THE PURGE: ANARCHY, Premieres October 21 - HORROR PICK
Everyone needs a little horror in October, and nothing says horror quite like a 12-hour period of pure murderous chaos.
R, Thriller, Frank Grillo, Zach Gilford

1. X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, Premieres October 28 TOP PICK
The X-Men are back, and this time for a “change history” plot and a whole lot of Hugh Jackman. Patrick Stewart as Professor X enlists the help of his X-Men to send Wolverine back in time to stop Mystique from killing a man that’s paramount to their future. Two Charles Xaviers and two Magnetos are only the beginning of the beautiful insanity of this film.

Throw in all of your favorite past and present mutants and time altering shenanigans, and you’ve got a franchise hit. I now reiterate my sentiment that Marvel is, in fact, taking over the world.
PG-13, Action/Adventure, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Patrick Stewart, Peter Dinklage, Ian McKellen, Evan Peters, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page

That’s October team! Be sure to check out all of the other great Movies on Demand this month. Happy watching!
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The Top 5 Things You Need To Know About SWIM LITTLE FISH SWIMSeptember 29, 2014

The Top 5 Things You Need To Know About SWIM LITTLE FISH SWIM

Lola Bessis & Ruben Amar, SWIM LITTLE FISH SWIM

Full of art, music and everyday magic, Swim Little Fish Swim is a dreamlike journey from childhood to adulthood depicting three intertwined characters at turning points in their lives. Swim Little Fish Swim focuses on the domestic life of Leeward (Defa) and Mary (Bloom), a young married couple at a crossroads. Mary is a hardworking nurse determined to turn the couple’s lives around while Leeward is a struggling musician who fancies himself a misunderstood artist and New Age visionary. Enter Lilas (Bessis), a 19-year-old French artist trying to make it in New York and escape the shadow of her famous painter mother.


When the bubbly young woman moves into the couple’s tiny Chinatown apartment, their already fragile balance is upset even further. Written, Produced and Directed by: Lola Bessis & Ruben Amar.



SWIM LITTLE FISH SWIM is now on iTunes, Vimeo, Google Play, Amazon Instant Video and VUDU.

Writers, Producers and Directers Lola Bessis & Ruben Amar Top 5 Things You Need To Know About SWIM LITTLE FISH SWIM

1. The Story Was Born While Hanging Out in the Streets of New York

Since our “immigration” to New York we’ve never stopped filming our surroundings and scenes from our everyday life. The result is a diary made of short scenes we call “snippets.” Inspired by scenes from our “snippets” as well as what we observed in the city, we began to write a story.


One night in a bar in Brooklyn, we saw a zany musician performing; he was playing with a lot of crazy instruments and for some reason he inspired us. We were immediately intrigued by him because he seemed to be living in another world. His girlfriend was attending the show and little by little we started imagining what their life might be like. After only three weeks, this fantasy mixed with our own experience gave birth to a 60-page dialogue-free screenplay of what would become our first feature film.




2. A Very Specific Acting Method
Striving to avoid giving into sensationalism, we aimed at realistically depicting snapshots from the unembellished lives of our characters "drawn from life." This thirst for realism led us to place the actors at the heart of the creative process. We thus set up filmed workshops based on role-play and improvisation games. Every night for almost two months we would go through the footage shot with the actors on that same day, applying the necessary transformations and additions to the script. This method turned out to be extremely productive and conclusive and created a strong, lively dialogue.

3. Unexpected Meeting with the Perfect Musicians
During a casting call for musician extras to be used in a scene involving an evening with friends, a group walked in whose name stopped us in our tracks: The Toys and Tiny Instruments. Our character makes instruments that play by themselves using his daughter’s toys, so it had to be a sign! When they started to sing and strum on a ukulele, it was obvious; they couldn’t just play Leeward’s musician friends – they had to write the music! They managed to create...


the character’s musical universe

in perfect harmony with his marginal, madcap personality.

Incidentally, Colin Summer, the group’s singer, has become Leeward’s official “voice.”

4. Hurricane Irene
Hurricane Irene completely disrupted the shooting and jeopardized the film. It happened when we were already 3/4 of the way through. The apartment in which we were living that also hosted the main set of the film was in the mandatory evacuation zone and all of New York was locked down. We were forced to stop the shooting right away. We had to leave the apartment and all the shooting equipment behind us - which was insured for all events but natural disaster.


Fortunately the hurricane happened to be less violent than expected. When we returned, the equipment was still in good shape but it forced us to cut down the shooting time. We gave up on a few scenes since we had lost two shooting days and our team and actors had other commitments right after.



5. The Little Yellow Fish
During Hurricane Irene we had to leave our apartment in a hurry and for three days we left behind the yellow fish that is the source of the movie's title. Fortunately when we came back the fish was still alive. A few days later the shooting was over and it was time for us to come back to Paris. But what about the yellow fish?! We put a listing on Craigslist and a Brooklyn couple came over at the last moment to adopt the fish.


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