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Jay Giannone Shines As Detective Kolfax In Jason Statham’s Newest Action-Thriller SAFE

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As part of an ensemble cast of a corrupt faction of the NYPD, Detective Kolfax is a rough around the edges undercover New York City police detective who takes no prisoners. He is a man on a mission using a glock 9mm and a shot-gun in most of the scenes, and answers to a nefarious Captain Wolf, expertly played by veteran actor Robert John Burke (Army Wives, Rescue Me).

Burke: ” I would refer to Jay Giannone as ‘the real thing’. By virtue of his life experience, having grown up in Southie, rough upbringing, filled with constant struggle, and rising above his circumstances, what he brings to his art is anchored in real life experience. As an actor, his dedication, professionalism, integrity and good nature, are second to none. The proof is in his performance.”

Giannone: “I feel very connected to the characters in this film. It’s great when you can connect with the film in that way. It’s very entertaining and not just a bang bang shoot him up fight film. It has depth, and a fantastic story line.”Burke: “When I watch Jay’s portrayal of Det. Kolfax in the feature film SAFE, my only impression is, “…this guy is ‘the real thing’!” I have the greatest respect for his person and talents and it was a pleasure and privilege  to get to work with him.”Now in theaters SAFE made it’s US debut on April 26 and will be distributed to an additional 18 countries worldwide thru July 2012.
Jay Giannone Biography: Growing up in the Old Harbor Projects of South Boston Jay got his start as a performer in “The Floor Lords” break dancing crew. After a record deal he was signed to fell through, he left for Los Angeles and set his sights on a career in Hollywood. He began auditioning which landed his first role-playing a drug dealer in the television series “Pacific Blue”.  In 2006 he served as technical advisor to Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio on the feature film “The Departed”, offering his insights on South Boston’s Irish mob politics. Giannone’s perspective contributed significantly to DiCaprio’s grasp of the role of Billy, an undercover State Police officer.  In 2009 he wrote and directed “Diamond In The Rough”, a short film which won the Boston Film Night Audience Award.  That same year he also wrote, directed, produced and starred in the full length feature “Scalpers” based on his real life experience as a sports ticket scalper in Boston.  As an actor, he has appeared in several television shows including the HBO hit series “Entourage” which was based on the real Hollywood life experience with childhood friend Mark Wahlberg.  His feature film roles include box office hits “Confidence”, “Gone Baby Gone”,  “Three Kings”, and “The Game Plan”.  Most recently Giannone stars as Detective Kolfax, a corrupt undercover NYC police official in the upcoming crime-action film “SAFE” directed by Boaz Yakin and recently wrapped filming of “The Iceman” directed by Ariel Vromen.

About SAFE
Lionsgate and IM Global present in association with Automatik a Lawrence Bender production in association with Trigger Street Productions and 87Eleven, Inc. Written and directed by Boaz Yakin.

 

 

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Nicole Kedaroe, Dee Dee Chmielewski, Jacqueline Woo, Terry Hollis, Jennifer Tarrazi-Scully © 2014 photo by Jeff Roll

I am not versed in dance theory or history, and so when I see a dance performance, the only basis I have for a response is my visceral experience— did I feel the performers connected with me and held my attention? Video on the other hand, is my profession, so I confess that when I’m presented with a “dance film” or “dance video,” I begin with preconceptions, and not all of them are positive. For example, as a rule I am wary of graphic and editorial effects in such videos. Most of the time I feel that video-specific effects and multiple cuts are an unwelcome source of interference in dance films and videos, filtering and diluting performances.

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Horror Hotel the web series is in full production in Atlanta, GA and promising eerie tales along the likes of the beloved Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents. An anthology series with episodes running 12 – 20 minutes, Horror Hotel features stories that span multiple genera’s including science fiction, horror, thriller & suspense. Like Hitchcock, there will be moments of comedy & drama for added entertainment.

Executive Producer Debbie Jo Hess answered some questions for us, enjoy!

Tell us about this project:

An imaginative set was built for the series that creates the Horror Hotel atmosphere and actually becomes a character of it’s own in every episode. Nearly all the principle photography is done on the set in Marietta, Georgia with some location shooting done from time to time.

Debbie Hess, one of the producers, designs the Horror Hotel set for each episode. “People are impressed with the atmosphere we created for Horror Hotel. and always want to know how we make our paint ‘peel’ and look so creepy. It’s the number one question we get from visitors, cast and crew. We paint the walls in blotches and then paint latex over that, then paint the final layer on top of that and simply peel the latex back. The paint sticks to it and produces that errie paint peeling effect. We also use a lot of antiques to give the room a horror chic, sorta old European hotel look” says Debbie. Al Hess, also one of the producers,  makes the custom designed hotel set furniture and lots of amazing props used in the episodes.  He is even constructing a miniature outside hotel model for use in some nighttime establishing shots.

 

Who is involved?

 Horror Hotel was created  by Ricky Hess, an award winning costume designer and independent filmmaker, and produced by Ricky, Debbie and Al Hess.  Ricky’s extensive experience working with latex formed the foundation for his work in special effects in a number of independent films in the Atlanta area prior to producing Horror Hotel.

“We work not only with seasoned industry film professionals in the area, but with film students and recent graduates from local colleges” says Ricky. “These students need quality projects and experience with other professionals. Horror Hotel is a great outlet for them,” he said. “Moving forward, we are looking for sponsorships and distribution so we can continue making the series.”

The Hess family wears many hats to produce the series. Ricky has directed several of the episodes but has also been the Assistant Director on several as well as script supervisor, set builder, editor, whatever needs done. Debbie Hess handles casting notifications, social media, business needs, kraft services, set decoration and crew assembly. Al Hess has written a number of the episodes, built the set, designs and builds props and furniture and is the go to guy on the set for anything carpenter related.

Here is a rundown of the episodes produced so far:

 

 

Houdini’s Hand – Two burglars steal the mummified hand of a famous magician and find out what it means to come up a little “short handed”. This is our pilot episode and was co-produced by Errol Sadler of Atlanta’s own Supremacy Films (Blackhats movie) and directed by Brandon 2mill Thaxton also of Supremacy Films. Starring Atlanta actors Tony Folden, Montrel Miller, James Edward Thomas, and Mike Bend.  Houdini’s Hand also has a podcast that will be available for portable listening recorded by Henry Howard , a founding partner with the Atlanta Radio Theatre Company.

 

 

 

Bookworm – A psychotic woman will do anything to get a hold of her favorite author’s unpublished work. The Hitchcock inspired episode stars  Elle Trapkin as the wacky “Margaret Tally” and Hugh Higgins as the seedy book dealer “George Spoetzl”. Bookworm was experimental in that it was  filmed in living black and white. All the actors dressed in gray, black or white and the set was designed accordingly. Colorists Nick Anderson with Cinevation Media helped to create the final vivid black and white effect in post production and final video editing. Cinematographer Donovan Henneberg-Verity and the talented DP crew including Ben Lambeth executed fabulous Hitchcock like point of view shots. Directed by Ricky Hess.

Invader – When residents at the Horror Hotel become suspicious of alien activity, a sci-fi writer becomes the target.

We took it back retro si-fi  with a Ray Bradbury style episode in black and white. Atlanta actor Troy Halverson played “Joe Wood”, the secretive local hotel resident, Susan Moss as the paranoid “Helen Kravitz”, James Edward Thomas played the sci-fi writer “Rodney Silvers”, Jerry Irwin was the loveable kook,” Gerald Boyd” and Darien Johnson rounded out the cast as “Mikey Bone”, a trigger happy member of the posse. Once again Donovan Henneberg-Verity and Ben Lambeth headed up the DP department with assistance from Nick Anderson from Cinevation Media for DIT and coloring to make the black and white footage pop. Directed by Kyle Kukshtel.

Tilt – An android and her abusive owner plot to kidnap and sell a well known computer hacker to a less than desirable group. A sci-fi tale in a scrambled time frame that includes characters ranging from a future android to World War II soldiers. With Marie Barker as the perky android “Skinny”, her owner “Merle”, played by Johnny Harvill, computer hacker “Saul Kaplan” played by Ronnie Mathew, and World War II Nazis Nathan DeRussy and Tanner Gould. Directed by Ricky Hess with director of Photography Torey Haas of MonsterBuster Entertainment.

 

 

Guillotine – Beauty has a price when a pageant contestant gets a hold of a charm cut from Marie Antoinett’s guillotine. This episode is currently in production and will finish principle photography the end of March.

Directed by Brandon 2mill Thaxton. Director of Photography, Bruce Lane. With actors Stephanie Stevens, Ann Marie Gideon and James Edward Thomas.

The first season will have 7 episodes and should wrap production in late spring. Please visit our website for slide shows on the making of each episode and detailed cast and crew information.

 

To view more information and slide shows about the making of Horror Hotel visit the website at

www.horrorhotelwebseries.com

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Mama, don’t let your boys grow up to be cowboys, or better yet, organic chemists.  In this fun tale, you see Andy Brewster (Seth Rogen) is on a mission to sell his discovered organic cleaning product and find a distributor. In a caring move, he invites his mother Joyce Brewster (Barbra Streisand) to come along for the eight day cross country trip.

Most movies feature two guys or girls on a crazy road trip, but never a mother and son. Freud was right: we all have mother issues and Andy finally deals with his overbearing mother as he sets out to discover his own identity.

This movie is fun, touching, and is above the bond between mother and son. In the preview I saw, I took my own mother and she enjoyed it.

In a special live simulcast with Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen, they took questions about the Road Trip.

According to Streisand, she was pursued by director Ann Fletcher for the role. It was not until she read the script out loud with her own son that she fell in love with the role. Streisand did a phenomenal job and you get the feeling that the role is way below her pay grade.  They did accommodate all her requests. All the scenes were shot within forty five minutes of her house in Malibu, California and she did not even have to drive. According to the pop diva, she has not driven for over a decade.

She was also asked if she would ever like to take a road trip with someone and she said Marlon Brando. She did take a day trip with him once to check out the desert wild flowers once and had fun.

When asked if Babs had any resemblance with his real life mother, Rogen said that they are both strong Jewish women, but that his mother resembled more a past character that Streisand played in Meet the Fockers. His mother is a Jewish hippie type of woman.

Guilt Trip opens December 19th, perfect for the holiday season and a fun tale of love, joy, and celebrating life. In the end it will make you appreciate your mother and the characters discovered that they were more alike than different.

Follow on twitter @GuiltTripMovie or #GuiltTripMovie

Check out the trailer: http://youtu.be/gXu3nfQ5qTE

 

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