John T. Woods’ Top 5 Reasons To See DOWN AND DANGEROUSFebruary 14, 2014


John T. Woods’ Top 5 Reasons To See DOWN AND DANGEROUS

Always one step ahead of the Feds, Paul Boxer (John T. Woods) is the most inventive and principled smuggler in the trade, and has never needed to carry a gun. When violent mid-level traffickers force him into designing a foolproof scheme to bring several kilos of cocaine across the Mexico border, he plans to rid himself of their hold over him once and for all. But when a beautiful woman from his past enlists his help to escape this life, Paul must confront the man that is hunting him down, and choose between his livelihood and his integrity as a man.

DOWN AND DANGEROUS was produced by The Sabi Company and directed by Zak Forsman. It will release be theatrically in over 15 markets including LA on February 14, 2014, and is available On Demand to over 100 million cable & satellite subscribers and across all digital platforms.

 

 

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Top 5 Reasons To See DOWN AND DANGEROUS

 


John T. Woods


1. This movie was inspired by writer/director Zak Forsman's father who had a brief career in the 70's as a cocaine smuggler.

2. We stretched our crowd-funded budget of under $50,000 to shoot in over 30 locations including Palm Springs, the California desert, the US/Mexico border and all over Los Angeles.

 



3. One of the first times I've played a character that doesn't meet his demise in a ridiculous fashion.

4. Proof that coffee house meetings can produce tangible creative endeavors! Zak and I met up at a coffee house and discussed the idea of making an action film that had all the aspects of what we liked to watch when we were kids....

 

For DOWN AND DANGEROUS

we drew from films like

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK and HEAT.... 

 

...It's full of action, suspense, dynamic characters and solid story-telling. Not to mention a really amazing soundtrack from artists Deklun and Leitbur.

5. 
DOWN AND DANGEROUS is the third feature film from The Sabi Company. While the cast was made up 24 amazing actors, the crew was comprised of just 6 people total. This team at The Sabi Company is responsible for a number of award-winning short films and features and is made up of childhood friends, a husband and wife team and other artists who are all serious about continuing to make great films.

 



See Kickstarter campaign.



- John T. Woods

 

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Gavin McInnes’ Top 5 Things You Need To Know About HOW TO BE A MANMarch 26, 2014


Gavin McInnes’ Top 5 Things You Need To Know About HOW TO BE A MAN

HOW TO BE A MAN

Meet Mark (Gavin McInnes), a former comedian who finds himself coming to terms with his own mortality after finding a lump in his man-boob. Fearing certain death, Mark hires the services of Bryan (Liam Aiken), a young, impressionable cameraman, to document important video lessons for his unborn son. With the help of Bryan, Mark gives his own comical, and often crude, interpretation of what it truly means to be a man—like how to fight a bully, how to drink, and how to pick up women. When he almost loses everything important to him, Mark realizes that he is the one with the most to learn.

Co-written by and starring comedian, novelist and VICE co-founder Gavin McInnes, HOW TO BE A MAN  is the newest made-for-digital feature length film from Fox Digital Studio. Available now on Netflix and for purchase on Amazon and XBOX
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Gavin McInnes' Top 5 Things You Need To Know About HOW TO BE A MAN

 

HOW TO BE A MAN is a rollicking and raucous comedy about a hedonist trying to teach his unborn son how to be a stand up guy. Like most of us, he thinks he’s an expert but soon realizes knowing everything in the world ain’t easy.

Though the movie came out completely perfect, there were some behind the scenes stuff that made shooting the movie a total nightmare.

 





1. THERE WERE NO DRUGS
I’m a child of the 70s. When I shoot a movie, I like there to be a giant pot of cocaine, several liters of pot, and a big basket of booze. There was none of this in any of that. The coke we snorted on screen was vitamin B and every time I asked a fellow cast member if he wanted to sneak a drink, he looked at me like I had just thrust my hand down his pants.


2. THERE WAS NO SEX
Right before the felatio scene, I had assumed it was going to get a guilt free blowjob (I’m married). I cleaned my penis and made sure it was ready to go. Only, when it came time to do it, the director handed me a nylon sock to stick over my junk. After meeting the girl in the scene it became clear that my hunch wasn’t even in the same universe as reality. She hadn’t even tried drugs once in her life. What is the matter with the kids today?


3. THE FIGHT SCENES WERE REAL
During the part where I get kicked in the nuts, the kid’s father knees me in the ribs as hard as he can. I was supposed to be wearing a protective body suit but I said that was for pussies and opted to go with nothing. I don’t recommend this as shooting the rest of the film with a broken rib made me feel like Henry Fonda in On Golden Pond. I look like I’m dying in every running scene because I am.


4. ACTUALLY, ALL ABUSE WAS REAL
When my “wife” is throwing my shoes out the window she hit me with a boot and it sounded like two seals being slapped together by God. This left a black bruise on my leg the size of Ontario.


5. THAT’S MY REAL DICK
The producers were worried my gigantic phallus would look like a prosthetic but I assured them everyone would be totally fine with its bizarre size. I was wrong. I don’t think there’s one person who has seen the movie who hasn’t asked me if that was fake. I had no idea how small everyone else’s was. I guess I wasn’t paying attention in the locker room. Don’t let that discourage you. There are way more naked ladies than naked men. Also, it’s funny. Go see it.

 

Gavin McInnes

 

 

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VOD Spotlight: Matt & Tom Berninger (MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS)March 26, 2014


VOD Spotlight: Matt & Tom Berninger (MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS)

MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS

Mistaken for Strangers, which opened the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, follows Tom Berninger, a slacker and aspiring horror director whose older brother Matt is the lead singer of successful rock band The National. When Matt hires Tom as a roadie for the band’s upcoming world tour, Tom brings his camera to film the entire experience, ignoring his job responsibilities in the process. What follows is a hilarious and touching story about family, ambition and self-discovery.

 

On Demand Weekly spoke with the film's director Tom Berninger and his brother Matt, lead singer of the film's initial subject, the band The National.

 

 

On Demand Weekly (ODW): When did you know the Tom’s footage had the makings to become a documentary?
Tom Berninger, filmmaker (TB):
It was the editing process. We took more of The National out of the movie and more of me in it. When we saw me crying on screen and me getting drunk on the bus, which I originally filmed that to be really funny and it ended up being really pathetic and sad. The movie came together in the editing room.

There were a few times on tour that I thought the things I was shooting was interesting.

ODW: When did the rest of the band know and what was their reaction?
Matt Berninger, lead singer (MB):
When Tom came on tour, there wasn’t an intention to make a documentary. Maybe he could make a silly little, fun video that we could put up on our website. There wasn’t the idea of a documentary and that’s probably why they let Tom so close. If the band had known Tom was going to make a feature film that he was going to enter into the Tribeca Film Festival, I bet they would have said no.

 

MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS - Tribeca Film Festival 2013 Opening Night Premiere



When they heard it was as much a story about Tom than of the band, even more so about Tom, they were like 'that sounds cool'. That’s the way I was too. I like the story of Tom’s creative struggles, relationships between brothers (Editor's Note: in addition to Matt and Tom being brothers, the band’s other four members are a set of 2 brothers) was actually a much better idea for a movie than a profile of a band on tour. I think the rest of the band did as well.

But if they had known that at the beginning that it was going to be a feature movie, Brian would not have let Tom into the shower with him (a scene in the movie), that’s for sure.

ODW: Would it have been a vote? What if one band member had objected?
MB:
That is a good question. That was always a reality down to the very last minute. There wasn’t ever a full on agreement. And then all of a sudden it got accepted into Tribeca to open the festival, at that point Tom was like ‘Guys, is that okay?’ It was almost too late for anyone to say no.

 

Matt & Tom Berninger (MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS)



Everybody loved the movie. When they saw it, they couldn’t believe how good it was and got behind it. It was a giant gamble that Tom took.

TB: My strategy is to...

 

...corner them,

overwhelm them and

pressure them.

My strategy paid off... 


...And plus I had Brian (the drummer) naked in the shower and half the band members naked in my footage. I could always blackmail them (Matt is laughing).

MB: Very professional Tom (Matt jokes).

ODW: Tom, had you ever traveled or worked on a tour for The National previously?
TB:
No. Never, ever. When they’d come to Cincinnati I’d come see them. I have to say, for the first time on tour I really got the luxury treatment, considering they spent the first four albums in a van. I go to go on the tour bus, which I took advantage of. I missed the whole van tours and nine years of their existence, I might as well drink heavily on the tour bus and live it up there.

ODW: Matt, what prompted you to ask Tom to join you for the High Violet tour?

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FREE RIDE Starring Anna Paquin - Exclusive DELETED ClipMarch 28, 2014


FREE RIDE Starring Anna Paquin - Exclusive DELETED Clip

In this deleted scene, Christina (Anna Paquin) introduces the new babysitter, who appears to have a past, to the family. FREE RIDE is available on DVD and at Walmart on April 29, 2014. FREE RIDE is currently available On Demand and at Redbox. (Phase 4 Films). 

 

 

FREE RIDE FIRST / LOOK

Anna Paquin, Ava Acres and Liana Liberato / FREE RIDE (Phase 4 Films)

 

Mike McCready and Brandi Carlile wrote and performed the song "Free Ride" which is now available for purchase on PearlJam.com.

 

In search of a better life for her family and desperate to escape her tumultuous relationship, Christina (Anna Paquin) hastily moves to Florida and enters the dangerous world of the high-stakes underground drug scene. She quickly learns that dealing drugs at the height of South Florida’s smuggling heyday has its price. As law enforcement closes in on Christina and her drug operation, she must find a way to salvage the life she has desperately worked to repair before it all comes crashing down.

 

The film is produced by Anna Paquin, Cerise Hallam Larkin, Susan Dynner and Brian Dreyfuss. Executive producers are Stephen Moyer, Mark Larkin and Norman Dreyfuss.

 

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Kristin Wiig’s Latest - HATESHIP LOVESHIPApril 15, 2014


Kristin Wiig’s Latest - HATESHIP LOVESHIP

Kristin Wiig (IFC)

On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today's review: HATESHIP LOVESHIP (IFC).

 

The sad clown is a trope that’s endured as long as drama itself. Hiding one’s own woes behind a mask of laughs is as familiar a move as any in storytelling. The logical outgrowth of the “laugh, clown, laugh” syndrome is the need comic actors feel to undertake “serious” roles.

Sometimes it works: Bill Murray has certainly shown improvement as a so-called “dramatic” actor since his stumble through THE RAZOR’S EDGE, even garnering an Oscar nomination. Jim Carrey acquitted himself brilliantly in THE TRUMAN SHOW. And the broad, burly John Candy was effective in JFK and Chris Columbus’s treacly ONLY THE LONELY.

Along comes Kristen Wiig. Fresh off her truly star-making tenure on SNL, Wiig established her feature film bona fides in fun flicks like MACGRUBER and ADVENTURELAND. Then she rocked the world as the co-writer and star of the megahit that was BRIDESMAIDS, which offered her the opportunity to take some chances, which is exactly what she does in HATESHIP LOVESHIP.

Based on a short story by Alice Munro, HATESHIP LOVESHIP is the story of mousier-than-mousy young woman, Johanna, who is a housekeeper/caregiver. When her elderly charge dies, Johanna finds work with the McCauley family, where stern grandpa (Nick Nolte, WARRIOR) is the guardian of sullen teen (Hailee Steinfeld, TRUE GRIT), with ne’er-do-well dad, Ken (Guy Pearce, IRON MAN 3) drifting in and out of their lives.

 

Kristin Wiig, Guy Pearce / HATESHIP LOVESHIP (IFC Films)


 Along with friend Edith, played by Sami Gayle, who made such a shattering impression in Tony Kaye’s DETACHMENT, Steinfeld’s spiteful Sabitha makes Johanna the object of a cruel prank that preys on the older woman’s naivete and loneliness. As a result of the teens’ bogus emails, Johanna pursues the shifty Ken to his latest sure-to-fail business venture, a roadside motel.

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5 New Movies On Demand to Watch: July 2014July 11, 2014


5 New Movies On Demand to Watch: July 2014

Kat Ashy (On Demand Weekly)

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

 
5 New Movies On Demand to Watch - July 2014:

Kate
By Kat Ashy
 
It’s finally July team! The official best month of summer. Not only are there illegal fireworks and possible boating, but there are cheeseburgers, and potato salad, and general patriotism. It is the best month to get a little day drunk and hoard tiny festive umbrellas in your pina colada. And it is the best month to grab the extended family that won’t leave, sit them in front of the TV, and put on a nice movie on demand. Don’t forget Aunt Sharon! Here are my top five picks for July. 


5. LIFE ITSELF, Premieres July 4 Same Day As Theatrical Release
An incredibly entertaining documentary about iconic film critic Roger Ebert based on his 2011 memoir. Two thumbs up!
R, Documentary, Martin Scorsese, Werner Herzog, Roger Ebert
 
4. UNDER THE SKIN, Premieres July 15 INDIE PICK
Scarlett Johansson plays a sexy alien that preys upon unsuspecting Scotsmen. It really just sells itself.
R, SciFi/Thriller, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy McWilliams


3. RIO 2, Premieres July 29 - FAMILY PICK
The perfect film to watch with the fam. What sort of shenanigans will Blu and Jewel get into this time? Well, three kids for a start, the Amazon, and father-in-laws.
PG, Animated/Family, Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, George Lopez, Leslie Mann, Kristin Chenoweth, Jamie Foxx, Andy Garcia, Bruno Mars


2. BAD WORDS, Premieres July 8 - COMEDY PICK
Comedies starring Jason Bateman are my Kryptonite, and this one has revenge, Allison Janney, and an unhinged adult participating in a spelling bee!
R, Comedy, Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn, Rohan Chand, Allison Janney


1. THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, Premieres July 1 - TOP PICK
Wes Anderson is the quirky, stylized director of my dreams and he does not disappoint with THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL. The star-studded cast is helmed by Ralph Fiennes who plays M. Gustave, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel. Aided by his most trusted companion, lobby boy Zero Moustafa, he is thrust into a murder mystery centering on a Renaissance painting and an enormous family fortune. It is just as wonderful as MOONRISE KINGDOM, if not more hilarious, and is a must see film. What are you still doing here? Go watch it! Now.
R, Comedy, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Tony Revolori, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum, Saoirse Ronan, Owen Wilson, Léa Seydoux, Tom Wilkinson, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric

That’s July friends. Happy watching!
 
 
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Jack O’Connell (UNBROKEN) Stars in STARRED UP - Now On DemandSeptember 13, 2014


Jack O’Connell (UNBROKEN) Stars in STARRED UP - Now On Demand

STARRED UP (Tribeca Film)

On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today's review: STARRED UP (Tribeca Film).

Prison movies are rarely tons of fun. With the threat of horrific violence permeating every frame, it’s only a matter of time before some hideous shanking or repugnant attack occurs and reminds everybody just how much fun a stretch in the joint really is. From THE LONGEST YARD (the original, of course) to ESCAPE FROM ALCATRAZ to THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, prison flicks are generally a tough row to hoe as far as entertainment is concerned.

 

Jack O'Connell / STARRED UP (Tribeca Film)


 That brings us to STARRED UP, directed by David Mackenzie. Starring Jack O’Connell, who plays real-life war hero and Olympian Louis Zamperini in the upcoming UNBROKEN, directed Angelina Jolie, STARRED UP tells the story of ironically named Eric Love, a young convict in a British jail. Pathologically violent, Eric is “starred up,” which means that he’s making the transition from juvie to adult prison.

 

Jack O'Connell, Rupert Friend / STARRED UP (Tribeca Film)

 

Once inside the joint, Eric finds that his equally violent father, Neville (Ben Mendelsohn, THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES), is also incarcerated there. So begins a dark tale of the two working within the nightmarish confines of the prison to establish some kind of parent/child bond, however psychically scabbed each party may be.

STARRED UP offers little in the way of anything new to the genre. The convict hierarchy and racial tensions of other, better-told tales are in place, as is the discussion group run by the earnest, insightful, fearless therapist who believes in the fundamental humanity of the prisoners. The numerous violent episodes are gory and graphic and convey the debasing environs through which Eric, despite his swagger and faux confidence, must navigate. 

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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.

 

 

Lola Bessis / SWIM LITTLE FISH SWIM


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.

 

Dustin Guy Defa / SWIM LITTLE FISH SWIM


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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