Who?

UWC Monday Metal is the first ever movie event of Ultimate Wrestling Championship! It was taped from the UWC Arena in HTG Hollywood (built on the Flip Brothers Studio lot).

The event features wrestling stars including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Hulk Hogan, Rey Mysterio Jr, Chris Jericho, and Rob Van Dam. It is being distributed by Flip Brothers Studio, written & produced by Mr Grell, and directed by Simon West!

What?

Red hot rivalries come alive in the ring, and the real story is told in between the ropes!

Where?

While the first event was taped in HTG Hollywood, UWC travels around the world in future planned events, from Philadelphia, USA, to Canterbury, England! After the premiere movie event, more dates and locations will be announced.

When?

UWC Monday Metal will be released worldwide on August 7th, 2015.

Why?

UWC is here to deliver your favorite wrestlers to HTG Theaters! Wrestlers compete against each other in exciting matches, all for the gold, the UWC World Championship!

How?

UWC is from the mind of Mr Grell. He originally pitched the series as a television show, but RS of Flip Brothers Studio convinced him to bring it to theaters in a series of event movies. Multiple are planned for the next year.


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I’m starting a new series on The Hollywood Times where I interview various producers as they get ready to release films in HTG Theaters.  We’ll start this series with Mattricks.

Mattricks is a veteran producer with HTG known for such Yoda winning works as Americatown, The Gifted Grafton Owls, and Pinball Wizard. After being away for several years, he’s back with the comedy Space Travel on a Budget.

Brianc2008: So what caused you to decide to join HTG back in 2004?

Mattricks: That’s a great question. I remember that I was nearing high school graduation, my basketball season had ended, and my English teacher had talked me into using my creative verbal storytelling to pick up writing to fill that space in my life. I was having trouble finding any joy in it, until I found a link to Film Mogul (the predecessor to HTG). Reading other writers (especially Zero, Random, Teufel, Sureshot, and Bishop) energized me to become a writer and stick around.

Brianc2008: How would you describe the films you wrote for HTG during your first stint here? Were there any favorite genres or specialties?

Mattricks: I wrote a little bit of everything. At first, I was a train wreck of a writer, but luckily one very talented editor (Misio) saw potential in me and took me under his wing. Over time, I found my voice writing tragic comedy, winning three straight Best Original Screenplay awards.

However, at the time of my peak, I feel I was more influential as the founder of The Slacker Mafia. For those who don’t remember or weren’t there at the time, the Slacker Mafia consisted of myself, Misio, Bishop, Durden, Marty, and Newman. At our peak, we won every award at an award show with the exception of two. I still keep in touch with every member. Marty was even the best man at my wedding.

Brianc2008: What made you decide to leave in 2010?

Mattricks: In January of 2010, my oldest daughter was born. With my writing career on the upswing, the rest of the Slacker Mafia no longer here, and the new stress of raising a child, I felt it was time to go. As someone who never attended regular college, that is what HTG felt like. I had peers (Slacker Mafia), rivals (Graham, Pedro, and Corey), and even professors (Sureshot and Marlowe). Hell, a lot of our conversations are about the good times we had at HTG. A second child and The Arcadist being optioned by Numenorean Films (before they went into Christian filmmaking) halted any chance of a return until now.

Brianc2008: What made you decide to come back here?

Mattricks: Durden and I were bored one night and during a conversation about the old days we both decided to browse the site and see who was still around. I’m divorced now and I only have my kids every other weekend so with the added free time, I felt it was time to return. Maybe I have something to offer to the next generation of writers much like Misio did for me. I’d love to see the game as healthy as it was in its peak and I’m here to stay.

Brianc2008: So what is Space Travel on a Budget about?

Mattricks: It’s about a homeschooled foster child with a rocket engineering obsession who decides to run away after graduating at 15 years old. He seeks out his hero to help him with a small jet pack project, but learns that the man has abandoned an actual illegal rocket ship due to his lover leaving him and a deteriorating health issue caused by a lifetime of drinking. It’s up to the boy to salvage the mission by convincing his hero’s lover to return. Getting in the way includes an evil Dutch cult hellbent on securing the rocket, an eccentric philanthropist star person who is seeking funding for a rocket of his own, and the college girl who lives down the hall.

Brianc2008: What drew you to the subject of space travel?

Without giving too much away, the term “space travel” is a bit of a misdirection. What drew me was the idea of taking a character out of his world and putting him into a brand new one.

Brianc2008: Oh, I see. What drew you to the actors you used to film the movie?

Mattricks: After having such great success with Bill Murray in Pinball Wizards, we were both itching to work together again. Zooey Deschanel as his ageless lover and Adrien Brody as the eccentric philanthropist were also no brainers. As Helga, the evil cult leader with an even darker secret developed, it was decided that Noomi was perfect to play her and she was eager to play a villain. The younger actors were difficult. For Albert, our protagonist, we needed someone with versatility. The final three came down to Tye Sheridan, Nat Wolff, and Kodi. Kodi knocked the audition out of the park and I think he holds his own in his many scenes with Bill. For Emma, the anime artist he falls for, it was narrowed down to Emma Watson, Emma Stone, and Saorise Ronan. Watson tested best with Kodi and she does great playing a very guarded yet sensitive character.

Brianc2008: I see that you’re a prolific actor on HTG as well. What types of projects drew your interest?

Mattricks: Before Jesse Eisenberg took over the world, there was me! I would only take roles in films from writers who I trusted. Harmer was the trailblazer. He was the HTG version of Bruce Campbell. I respect the hell out of that, but it wasn’t for me. Being able to work with Mendes and Wes Anderson is insane, really.

Brianc2008: What goals do you want to accomplish on HTG in your second go round?

Mattricks: Besides hoping to help bring the game back to having 2 or more releases every weekend, I’m hoping to write and release 2-3 scripts a year. I’ve never been interested in the RPG part of the game, so maybe if I could take on a bigger role as a writing scout, mentor, czar – that would be great.

Brianc2008: If you had unlimited funds/time/interest, what would be your ideal project to tackle on HTG?

Mattricks: You’re asking the wrong man. I’m terrible at adaptations. Maybe Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy or Workaholics?

Brianc2008: Thanks for your time.

Mattricks: No problem.

Space Travel on a Budget which stars Bill Murray, Zooey Deschanel, Emma Watson, Adrien Brody and Kodi Smit-McPhee opens this Friday in HTG Theaters.

I’d like to thank Mattricks for agreeing to do this interview, the first of what I hope will be an ongoing series.


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We had the pleasure of welcoming the award winning movie and TV producer Krisgreet into the offices of The Hollywood Times. We sat down to chat about his recent release, BOJ: Beginnings. He shared his thoughts on the past of the original franchise along with where he sees it going in the future.

How does it feel to bring Badge of Justice from TV to theaters?

KG: It feels amazing, It feels like the completion of the first part of the franchise that started years ago on the now defunct CMC Network. It’s been a long road, it definitely took a lot longer because, of course, life got in the way but we finally did it and like I said it feels amazing. We still have a long way to go to get where I want to be with the franchise.

Can you tell us a little about BOJ: Beginnings?

KG: Well it was important for us to do this for a few reason, first we debuted way back in 2006. That’s almost ten years. The player base has changed, the audience has changed a lot since then. So we wanted to do something where we could close this chapter but also introduce the audience to the characters so we used the flashbacks to season 1 as a way to do that and you also get a sense of the character that is Jack Carter (played by Michael Biehn, pictured above), all his tragedies that have made him who he is. Those tragedies are something he had control of and could do something about after but in the first part of Beginnings he has no control whatsoever over this not so much a tragedy but an obstacle and that scares the hell out of him and makes him realize what is important to him.

Where does Badge of Justice go from here?

KG: Well obviously at the end of Beginnings, it no secret that we end up going back to LA. I am not going to to give too much away but storyline we have lined up is a good one which we see Carter taking control of his own team within the LAPD. I am also planning on expanding the universe with two new spin offs. Similar to Chicago Fire where they have done a PD and Medical. I have already introduced the Medical side of it in Beginnings. I will be adding the fire department maybe in the next film or the one after. We are also going to be revisiting the Las Vegas spin off with it’s own film and the character of Dylan showing up in LA at some point.

What else do you have in the works?

KG: Oh well that’s the million dollar question, I have a lot of ideas and scripts started but it’s getting the time to focus on them. At the moment I’m focused on Badge Of Justice and expanding the universe. I’m also plotting more DC films. So I certainly have my hands full.

BOJ: Beginnings from Flip Brothers Studio and KG Productions is currently playing in theaters!


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Wonder BoyThis Friday, Horizon Pictures is releasing the latest film from Best Producer nominee Brianc2008 and his Bluegrass Productions with the direction of Oliver Stone.

This is Stone’s first film after his very successful Reborn trilogy and retells the true story of a “teenager who threatened to derail Wall Street and the journalist and housewife that brought him down.”

Leading the cast is Josh Hutcherson (You Are Not Alone, X), Brendan Saxton (The Body Guard, Reunion), Anne Hathaway (The Slave, Hot Coco, Jack of All Trades), and Michael Shannon (The Visitor, Hannah Dead Island). Costarring in the movie are Ethan Embry (Horror City: Beginnings), Joel Edgerton (Voice of the Night), Madeline Zima (HTG’s Next Top Actress), Amy Smart (Camp Crystal Lake), Kerry Washington (Reunion), and Eli Roth (The Graveyard Shift).

The drama comes out worldwide tomorrow, March 27th, 2015. Learn the true story of a fraud.


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(In no particular order)

Title Studio Producer Foreign BO TOTAL BO
Moving Horizon Pictures Frontline Films $109,768,352 $244,680,050
Major Crimes 2 Flip Brothers Studio PJFlip Films
Miracle Pictures
Aurora Films
$400,654,819 $733,561,735
Heroes or Something Like It Flip Brothers Studio PJFlip Films $520,040,362 $911,528,263
Energy Run Horizon Pictures Bluegrass Productions $237,996,363 $479,194,089
Another Time to Die Hard $376,377,027 $685,714,265
Mountains: Andes Flip Brothers Studio Sitatunga Pictures $139,094,656 $302,312,458
TCW 83 Horizon Pictures Ship of Fooles Productions $70,523,702 $147,272,050
How to Survive Love Through Life and Death Catalyst Studios Alter Ethos $170,617,214 $325,669,938
AmyLand The Movie AmyLand Studios Baseball Mogul Productions $160,860,166 $370,357,369
Adam Horror Horizon Pictures Bluegrass Productions $58,547,803 $336,905,027
Succubus Miracle Pictures Mad Scientist Films $309,378,054 $535,607,185
It’s a Wild World: Part One A Crime Saga Flip Brothers Studio Frontline Films $205,111,207 $413,469,234
Miracle Max and the Coveted Pig Miracle Pictures Ship of Fooles Productions $304,176,416 $559,804,074
After Twenty Years Catalyst Studios Sitatunga Pictures $82,719,034 $184,165,280
The Visitor Horizon Pictures Alter Ethos $116,779,465 $246,219,644
Iron Chef: The Movie Miracle Pictures Jade Falcon Productions $226,606,531 $412,134,228
Dog Party AmyLand Studios Baseball Mogul Productions $150,573,485 $332,258,759
TCW 84 Horizon Pictures Ship of Fooles Productions $131,125,594 $259,571,907

 


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