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Anna Kendrick

Actress Anna Kendrick was recently spotted in the Hollywood area recently with some bad news for fans of her singing.  She is announcing that after the upcoming musical Adam Horror that she’s taking a break from movies with musical numbers.

“I want people to know that I’m a versatile actress.  Someone who can act in dramas or in comedies”, Kendrick said.  “If people just see me as a singer, that will unnecessarily reduce my range of roles.”

While fans are disappointed that they won’t be able to hear Kendrick singing for the foreseeable future, they’ll have plenty of opportunity to hear Kendrick sing to her heart’s content as Janet Weiss in Horror.

“It was cool the way the musical was set up,” said Kendrick.  “The audience will be surprised that there’s a lot of big musical numbers in Adam Horror, particularly using some big songs from the 1980s and 1990s.  I can see a lot of people buying the soundtrack when it comes out.”

Adam Horror, which is a reboot of The Rocky Horror Show is coming to theaters on this Friday June 13.  It co-stars Sully winner Neil Patrick Harris as Frank Furter, Yoda nominee Nicholas Hoult as Brad Majors, and Yoda nominee Ryan Gosling as Adam Horror.


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Ant Man

I recently got the chance to sit down with returning producer Rick Arnold, seeing as I was around when Rick was first here. It made me feel a little old when he mentioned how long he had been away. We discussed why he came back and what his plans for the future are and here is what he said.

KRIS: So you’ve returned to HTG after a long absence, How’s it feel to be back?

RICK: It feels good to be back in a community after such a long absence. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to shake off the ring rust that I’ve developed and get back to finally finishing something!

KRIS: What have you been upto since you left?

RICK: Well, I was spending my retirement living a life of luxury on a beach in South America. Then my money ran out about a week into that, so I was forced to come back to the real world. Then I just played XBox… a lot. Basically, all I’ve been up to is XBox. Yea…

KRIS: Need to get on PS3 man, So what have you been working on and when will we likely see the first release?

RICK: Well, before I left the world of virtual producing, I had been working on an adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s Irredeemable Ant-Man and had completed the first film in the series. So I’ve been definitely kicking that around.

As for other ideas… well, I’ve been mapping out and started writing a sequel to Jurassic Park. There’s probably like three big franchises that I’d really love to write for — Jurassic Park, Spider-Man and Batman — and with JP, I feel I’m really close to hitting it out of the park (I think I made a pun…) with something.

KRIS: Ant-Man is fascinating character in my opinion as he’s not as well known to fans outside of Marvel comics. What will you be looking to do to make the film appeal to general audience?

RICK: It’s hard, you know, because I think Ant-Man is generally considered to be a goof character by the general public, who’s biggest moment was when he backhanded his wife. But he’s really a complex character. Dr. Henry Pym is an extremely conflicted character, who’s full of self-esteem issues and overshadowed by other Avengers like Tony Stark. He also inadvertently unleashed Ultron on the Marvel universe, after it gained sentience.

And then there’s Eric O’Grady, the third Ant-Man and ‘hero’ of the Irredeemable Ant-Man. He’s a low-level SHIELD agent who’s gotten by in life by bullshitting and doing as little as possible. Then, by pure chance, O’Grady comes into possession of a version of the Ant-Man gear and suddenly has access to a bunch of new powers. The overall arc of the story is that Eric O’Grady is sort of a scumbag, but he’s trying to discover a heart of gold in there — but he really loves to use his powers for less-then-noble goals.

Oh, and unlike our real-life Marvel overlords, I am committed to bringing an Ant-Man directed by Edgar Wright. So the general public has that to look forward to.

KRIS: How about other franchises, Any out there you would love to tackle?

RICK: Aside from the aforementioned Jurassic Park, Spider-Man and Batman; I’ve always had a love for the Firefly/Serenity universe. I’m also a huge Marvel fanboy and have always wanted to take a whack at Daredevil and the Punisher.

KRIS: Well I own the Firefly/Serenity franchise so we should talk some more, Well it’s great that your back and we at the times wish you all the best for the future and we look forward to seeing your films.


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CP1 Interview

Welcome to a new producer chat, we have an exclusive chat with CP and one of the leading talents from his debut film, How to Survive Love through Life and Death.

JOHNNY REPORTER: Hey everybody, this is Johnny Reporter and I’m here with new HTG producer CP and the voice talent of his film, due out June 6th, Tony Todd. Gentlemen, thanks for coming out this evening.

CP: Thank you for having us.

REPORTER: Mr. Todd, you are going to be the guy who is on the tip of everyone’s tongue, you have a familiar look and voice that is going to make audiences MDB you right after the film.

TONY TODD: That’s funny that MDB has become a verb. And I’m sure you’re right. Well, hopefully they will have an opportunity to do so before the premiere.

CP: They will. Audiences should look out for a few links to Mr. Todd’s previous interviews on other projects to get a better idea of who the man behind the voice is.

TONY TODD: I have been blessed to be able to do the thing I love the most as my profession and so I’m probably one of those guys who you may recognize, but don’t necessarily know.

CP: (waits a moment) and he’s also very modest. Tony has had a great, versatile RL career so far. He’s been in film classics such as The Rock , The Crow , Lean on Me , Bird , Night of the Living Dead, Final Destination, the multiple Academy Award winning Oliver Stone film Platoon and Le secret, which was nominated and screened at the Cannes Film Festival. Todd’s recent films include the independent film Silence and Final Destination 2. He has also starred in many award winning and experimental stage shows.

TONY TODD: And I’m the Candyman.

(All laughing.)

REPORTER: That certainly is a diverse resume. Did that serve as motivation for you to choose Mr. Todd as the Narrator for your film?

CP: Yes, as a producer of an Arthouse project the goal is to get the most talented individuals for the best bottom line. In this case, that budget was just a great excuse to go out and sign a phenomenal talent. Tony is the perfect fit for this role. He has that horror film edge and appeal, but at his core, is an actor who has a passion for the art of performance.

REPORTER: And Tony, what made you want to sign on to this project?

TONY TODD: Oh, I loved the story. Candyman was actually based on a short story as well. Before I even picked up the script I wanted to read the story the film was based on. I loved how poetic Bradbury’s prose was. The way he told the story was effective, yet detailed. It really put you into a different space as a reader and the concept was brilliant, as we’ve come to expect from the author.

REPORTER: And the adaptation met its standards?

TONY TODD: It certainly did. CP was able to maintain the integrity of the story while adding the plot elements necessary for a feature film. And I could see myself narrating this story. It was something that struck me and I wanted to be a part of it.

REPORTER: Well, gentlemen that’s all for now. Thank you for joining me this evening. And audiences, don’t forget to go see, How to Survive Love Through Life and Death, in theaters June 6th.


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Oak A of Sitatunga Pictures made his HTG movie debut today with Mountains: Andes, a documentary released by the Flip Brothers Studio. We invited him into The Hollywood Times office to chat about the new release.

TIMES: What made you want to write about the Andes?

OAK A: The visceral majesty of mountain ranges, and the amazement with which we have always regarded them, inspired this program. I have tried to launch a few nature-inspired documentary series insofar this has been the most successful one due to this, I suppose. Why the Andes? The blend of the aforementioned majesty, the heritage, and the inhabitants.

TIMES: What sets it apart from other Mountains?

OAK A: The inhabitants, former and present. Having been home to the Incan empire, being home to such unique creatures. With this program, we have only scratched the surface of the Andes range, even though it is figuratively overflowing.

TIMES: How did you go about choosing the narrator?

OAK A: When selecting a narrator, I wanted to select someone who conveys the essence of the topics. Antonio Banderas, although not hailing from an Andean nation, has the emotional breadth to portray mystique. This having been said, the accent certainly doesn’t hinder things!

TIMES: Will Mountains become a series?

OAK A: Oh, how I wish! In all seriousness, yes, there are scripts in the pipeline.

TIMES: What other spots do you want to spotlight?

OAK A: I cannot reveal much, but the next documentary will not have been the first program filmed in the topical region. Not nearly. Both Gladiator and Star Wars, among many, were partially filmed there. We have concepts for mountain ranges both notable and obscure, and on ranges on every continent.

TIMES: Anything else you want to tell us about Mountains: Andes?

OAK A: Please enjoy; just so long as we inform and entertain with this series, we feel we have accomplished all that we intended.


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Alan Rickman

The incredibly talented Alan Rickman sits across from him. He is seated on a tall director’s chair with his hands folded on his lap. Before him is the theatrical poster for Another Time to Die Hard, the latest sequel in the famed action series. There is also a cardboard cutout of Chris Harmer, his co-star and the movie’s producer. The cutout watches over us like Big Brother. I’m pretty sure one of its eyes is a camera.

I started the interview by asking Rickman how it felt to return to the Die Hard series after so many years. “It feels great, to be honest,” he began, “The Die Hard films have always had a warm place in my heart, because it was my first film role, first big exposure other than in the UK. It was complete serendipity to get the role as well, I was acting in stage productions at the time… that was what I did mainly… and the producers for the first Die Hard film came and watched.”

He paused to reflect, then continued, “They liked my stage presence and accent, I think, offered me the part and the rest is history. So yes, I’m very excited and thrilled to be back and be a part of it.”

His role in the new film has been top secret, his villainous role in the original ended with him being tossed off a skyscraper. That is hard to come back from, but I had to ask him about said return and what he could share with us. He laughed at me. “Well, not much, sadly.”He than pointed to the cutout and whispered, “Mr. Harmer has eyes everywhere.” Then with a hearty laugh he continued, “and it’s an important part of the film. What I can say though, is that, the film is quite an homage to the film that launched the series. There are many similarities and throwbacks, including my character. Obviously, it will be familiar to John McClane and the audience.”

He was kind enough to tell us more about the film, even if he can’t tell us about his role in it. “Well, the film is a real fan’s film, I would say. It’s a throwback and recognition of the film’s roots and what made the series so popular. John McClane in seriously nasty odds with seriously nasty baddies and situations, trapped in a confined space by himself. John McClane heads back to the Nakatomi Building to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his heroism, so it only makes sense that certain ghosts from his past would arise to haunt him.”

We talked about the future of the series. Will we see more? Where do the producers and studio go from here? “I can see it going nowhere but onward at this point.” Mr. Rickman told us, “I know Mr. Harmer was mentioning that he would like to do more films, and I think that’s a good thing. I know he, and the studio executive Mr. Marlowe, are both fans of the franchise. I think that’s important to have, if you aren’t fans of the material, you won’t put your all into it. The last few Die Hard films have not been well received, but I think that will change here.”

Speaking of Mr. Harmer, I had to ask what it was like working with the icon and ex-mayor of HTG Hollywood.  Did he work directly with Harmer? “Yes, I did, on several occasions. He plays Erik in the film, and we have a few scenes together.” Then he continued to tell me about the legend, “He’s also very hands on behind the scenes as well. He wrote the script, but he was always on set to oversee things and offer any advice or suggestions that the director needed. He also seems to be simply a fan of watching his vision come to life. He’s an interesting character. Very short. Very Canadian.”

We were cut off there, Mr. Rickman had a half dozen other interviewers to chat with on this whirlwind press tour. Another Time to Die Hard does come out tomorrow, and I’m sure he will be glad to have the mystery of his return and possible future involvement in the series out in the open. I know I’ll be happy to get the answer.


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