‘Interstate 90’ Film Holding Its Own in Cinecoup Competition!

The i90 Team (Image Credit: Shadow Pictures Media)

The i90 Team (Image Credit: Shadow Pictures Media)

Allan Wylie’s Interstate 90, starring Jessie Pavelka, Sitara Hewitt, and Frank Chiesurin, is holding its own among the stiff Cinecoup competition!  With 90 films competing, Interstate 90 is currently among the top ten most popular projects in the competition thanks to fan and support and great partnerships. The project boasts an impressive group of partners including  EB Games Canada, Ryeka Sport /Contour Cameras, Beau’s Brewery, and Toronto Comicon, where the film team was on site to talk to fans this past weekend. If you missed the opportunity to see them there, you’ll have another opportunity in August at the Toronto FanExpo, where Wylie will be holding an exclusive screening of The Charon Incident, with cast on site for a meet & greet. The team will also be showcasing Interstate 90 and The Charon Incident at the Film-Com financing & distribution market in Nashville this April. Continue reading

‘Broken Roads’: An indie tearjerker with a lot of heart

Broken Roads Movie Poster

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Justin Chambers’ latest independent film, Broken Roads, stars Aidan Bristow (Suspicion, The Talent, For All We Are) as Aldo, a teenage boy whose life is shattered when his mother dies in a car crash that leaves him critically injured. Aldo is sent to live with his only known relative, a grandmother he’s never known played by Golden Globe Winner and Academy Award Nominee Sally Kirkland (Anna, The Haunted, Bruce Almighty). Both Aldo and his grandmother, Wallace, carry the weight of regret and self-doubt on their shoulders making it difficult for them to connect and move past the issues that haunt them. As the movie unfolds, these two characters come together learning how to accept each other and forgive themselves in the process.

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An Interview with Justin Chambers and Sally Kirkland of Broken Roads

An Interview with Justin Chambers and Sally Kirkland of ‘Broken Roads’

Director Justin Chambers

Director Justin Chambers (Image Credit: Crevice Entertainment Company)

Broken Roads stars Aidan Bristow (SuspicionThe TalentFor All We Are) and Golden Globe Winner and Academy Award Nominee Sally Kirkland (Anna, The Haunted, Bruce Almighty) as a teenage boy and his estranged grandmother struggling to make a connection in the face of tragedy. Beautifully written and directed by Justin Chambers, you would never beleive this indie gem was filmed in just 18 days given its high production value and strong performances. Mr. Chambers and Ms. Kirkland were kind enough to take some time out of promoting the film to tell us a bit about the making of Broken Roads.

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Interstate 90 Film in the works from Director Allan Wylie! Teaser Poster Reveal!

Interstate 90 Teaser Poster (Image Credit: Allan Wylie)

Interstate 90 Teaser Poster (Image Credit: Allan Wylie)

Fans of Allan Wylie’s independent short film The Charon Incident, will be thrilled to hear he has begun production on a new a feature length film called Interstate 90! Writer director Allan Wylie has teamed up with long-time creative partner Jason McFarling, a ten year industry veteran, to work on bringing this film to the screen. And they won’t be doing it alone.

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Would you want to see a ‘Pitch Perfect’ sequel?

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(Image Credit: Universal Pictures)

According to a recent Movieweb article, a Pitch Perfect sequel is in the works! Skylar Astin, who played Jesse in the first film, told Movieweb that he and co-star Rebel Wilson are currently in talks with representatives from Universal regarding the development of the sequel, but did not have much more information to share at this point. As funny as I found Pitch Perfect to be, I’m a bit surprised Universal is considering a sequel for two reasons: one is that the first film was not a huge box office money maker and two being that sequels to these kinds of films often make even less (consider the Mean Girls or Bring It On sequels).

However, Pitch Perfect has begun to develop a cult like following with much being made of the film’s sharp and relatable humor (as well a Rebel Wilson’s wonderful comedic timing and Anna Kendrick’s surprisingly good singing voice; if you haven’t seen the clip of her singing live with a cup on Letterman, you’re missing out!). Universal might just be banking on that cult following to keep fans coming back for more installments of a capella goodness, with or without Astin, Kendrick, Wilson, and the rest of the film’s stars.

I, for one, would definitely check out a Pitch Perfect sequel as long as some of the original cast is involved. I enjoyed the first film enough that I would like to see more of the original characters, but if it was a total recast, I don’t know how enthusiastic I would be. Would you want to see a Pitch Perfect sequel? Let us know in the comments!

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The ‘Beautiful Disaster’ movie is slowly but surely making its way to the big screen!

Beautiful Disaster (Image Credit: Jamie McGuire) / Motorcycle (Image Credit: Flickr User Random Activity)

Beautiful Disaster (Image Credit: Jamie McGuire) / Motorcycle (Image Credit: Flickr User Random Activity)

(Update 03/30/2014: Read the latest news on the here!)

Jamie McGuire’s New York Times Bestselling Beautiful Disaster is slowly but surely making its way to the big screen! The book tells the story of Abby, a girl trying to escape her past by adopting a prim and proper look and lifestyle in college, whose plans are derailed when she begins falling for Travis Maddox. Maddox is a tattooed, motorcycle riding, bare knuckle fighting bad boy, with some issues of his own. He’s not only the talk of the university for his exploits with the ladies on campus, but also the cousin of Abby’s best friend America’s boyfriend (got all that?), which puts Abby right in his crosshairs. What happens next is an addictive love story that had readers everywhere flipping pages as quickly as they could to find out the fate of these beautifully flawed characters.
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Movie Review: ‘Hitchcock’

Anthony Hopkins as “Alfred Hitchcock" on the set of HITCHCOCK (Image Credit: Suzanne Tenner/FOX)

Anthony Hopkins as “Alfred Hitchcock” on the set of HITCHCOCK (Image Credit: Suzanne Tenner/FOX)

I finally made it out to see Hitchcock this past weekend but made the mistake of watching The Girl only a few days beforehand.  This led me to inevitably compare and contrast the two stories while I was watching.  Nonetheless, I will spare you the details of those comparisons.  Although the title indicates a focus on the auteur, there was a lot more focus on his wife, Alma Reville, than I anticipated.  Not that I was disappointed, in fact, I have taken Hitchcock classes and studied his films in schools but little was ever written about the significant influence Alma had on his work.  Continue reading

Movie Review: ‘The Charon Incident’

The Charon Incident is an Independent Short Film by writer/director Allan Wylie, with a plot that will have you wondering what goes on behind the walls of big name pharmaceutical companies when no one is looking. The film centers around fictional Agape Pharmaceuticals, a company attempting to “corner the market on saving lives,” and stars Jessie Pavelka as Clay Davidson, a “private fixer” who is tasked with one last mission from his handler before retiring. To tell you anymore than that would ruin all the fun of this suspenseful watch, so I’ll get right to the review Continue reading

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Interview with ‘The Charon Incident’ Director Allan Wylie

When it comes to the creation of the thought provoking independent film, The Charon Incident, Allan Wylie can truly be considered a renaissance man.  Not only did he come up with the concept for the suspenseful short (read our review), but he also wrote the screenplay, directed, produced and even made an appearance in the film!  All that hard work definitely paid off with the completed project being an exciting watch that is already shining on the Independent Film Festival Circuit. Allan was kind enough to take some time out from promoting The Charon Incident to talk to us about the film and the possibility of a sequel!

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Christmas Movie Preview: ‘Les Misérables’

Movie Preview: Les Miserables

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year; that’s right folks it’s the time of year when really big movies release to large holiday captive audiences around the globe.  One highly anticipated film that will release on Christmas Day is Les Miserables!  The Victor Hugo novel turned Boubil and Schönberg theater classic is revamped once again by Tom Hooper (director of The King’s Speech) and an all-star cast including: Hugh Jackman (Jean Valjean), Russell Crowe (Javert), Anne Hathaway (Fantine), Amanda Seyfried (Cosette), Sacha Baron Cohen (Thénardier), Helena Bonham Carter (Madam Thénardier), and Eddie Redmayne (Marius).  The film was adapted from the stage play by William Nicholson of Gladiator and Elizabeth: The Golden Age fame.  A convergence of extreme talent has occurred on this film and I have no doubt that it will be worth watching come December 25th.  Check out the Les Misérables movie trailer below for a sneak peek. Continue reading

Wes Anderson, the Quirky Comedy Director


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My personal hero, Wes Anderson, is finally receiving the attention and respect he deserves with his last film Moonrise Kingdom (2012). One of his main characteristics and strengths is his quirkiness. But what does this actually mean? Is quirky just a buzzword, or does it actually say something useful? Continue reading

Denzel Washington takes ‘Flight’

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My friends and I see new movies frequently, nearly every Friday, and I am the primary chooser of the films since I have the most credibility and knowledge about what will be worth our ten-dollar ticket. I had seen the previews for Flight many times leading up to last weekend and knew in my gut that this was going to be a good film.  I was 100% correct. Continue reading

Why ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ is my fall movie choice!

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For years, my friends had been telling me that I needed to read Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

I kept putting it off, buying newer books that I thought I would find more interesting or exciting, constantly moving Chbosky’s work farther and farther back on my bookshelf. I figured that I would get around to reading it eventually.

But then it was announced that a movie was being created with a cast filled with some of my favorite actors and actresses (Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Paul Rudd to, literally, just name a few) and I knew that I couldn’t leave the book any longer. So I hunkered down and spent two days with Charlie.

Now I’m more excited for this movie than I have been for a film in quite some time. And sure, the cast plays a part in my excitement, but it’s so much more than just knowing that the actors and actresses can deliver the lines they are given. It’s seeing these words come to life.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (in theaters Sept. 21) follows Charlie (Lerman), an introverted freshman who is befriended by seniors Sam (Watson) and Patrick (Ezra Miller), and his experiences with love, fear, loss and hope as he and his friends travel the terrifying inevitability that is growing up.

One of the reasons I’m excited for this movie is because I hope to understand Charlie a little more. I had trouble seeing his character for what he was as I flipped through the pages of Chbosky’s novel. I knew as I was reading that there was a great character hidden somewhere within the words of his letters, a life-changing character, and I hope that Lerman’s performance can bring me closer to that level of understanding.

Another flare of excitement on my part comes from Watson herself. As a huge fan of the Harry Potter franchise, I’m excited to see what the young actress can bring to the table in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, her first major role since she retired her wand. I think she has just the right amount of depth, attitude and grace that’s needed to pull of Sam.

Lastly, there is one moment that I am waiting for with bated breath to be immortalized on screen. One moment, one small phrase, that is capable of sending chills up my spine and making my heart ache a little at the feeling of completion I get every time I read those words. And to hear them actually come from Charlie will be amazing.

“And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.”

So sure, there are about a hundred things that I won’t be able to relate to when this movie comes out (none of which I’ll name for spoiler purposes, just in case you haven’t read the book). But there are certain things that anyone can relate to, like growing up, making mistakes and falling in love. And that’s what I think will make this movie great. I hope some of you will agree with me.

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