Category: Movies & Shows

Meet Sophie Thatcher – Interview plus Gunpowder & Sky’s DUST “Prospect” film review

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Sophie Thatcher is the star of Gunpowder & Sky’s DUST new film, Prospect, slated to open November 2nd. The film follows the path of a father-daughter team as they search for riches on a dangerous, toxic planet — and whose mission turns deadly very quickly. We got the chance to ask Sophie a few questions about her role in the movie — check her answers below — but first a quick Prospect film review.

The film opens with young Cee, played by Sophie Thatcher, and her father Damon, played by Jay Duplass (“Transparent”), preparing to descend to the planet they are orbiting in their rickety space pod. The father’s plan is to collect extremely valuable amber-like gems known as Aurelacs. These gems are found in large root- or termite mound-like structures, and have to be carefully extracted lest they self-destruct in a bath of acid. The pair set course for the mother lode — a large deposit of Aurelacs known as the “Queens Lair.”

After they recover one stone at an old dig on the way to the main site, two ne’er do wells (one played by Pedro Pascal of “Game of Thrones” and “Narcos” fame) happen upon the father and shake him down for his treasure. A couple of bad decisions later, and this encounter changes from a scavenging  expedition to a quest for survival and escape — one where teenage Cee has to use all of her wits and determination to try to make it back to her shuttle and rejoin the mothership.

This movie is, atmosphere-wise, like no other film I have seen before, truly otherworldly but grounded in reality — if that makes any sense. Production design is fabulous, from the realistically-lived in capsule whose rickety instruments are covered in gritty, grimy breath, oils from fingertips and palms, and who knows what else. Wardrobe, hair and makeup convey a feeling that everything and everybody in this film needs a good hot shower. There’s plenty of little details to appreciate, especially in the space capsule. Particles of dust float around and there’s a barely perceptible layer of ice on the window which they could have skipped, but didn’t. The 8-track aesthetic of just about every switch and mechanism further lends credibility to the world created here by the filmmakers.

The film is described as a sci-fi western, but it also has a strong steampunk vibe. None of the weapons fire lasers, but projectiles from rather primitive-looking weapons. This coupled, with the flimsiness of the suits everyone wears in order to breathe on the alien world, raises the stakes of every shot discharged and every step taken for that matter. Little protects the characters from a tear or rip which would lead to a quick death — and when you compound with bullets and high speed foot chases through an environment full of brambles poised to ensnare breathing tubes –you end up on the edge of your seat.

My biggest complaint is the off-putting poetic dialogue used by a few characters. Its hard to follow and a bit melodramatic and goofy, but it’s not a dealbreaker. Other than that–this is a movie I definitely recommend and I hope it finds its audience as a cult hit.

As evidenced by her acting in Prospect, plus her unique personal style, Sophie Thatcher has the potential to be absolutely huge. Excited to see where her career takes her!

Now let’s get to the interview! p.s. Is it just me or does she bear a resemblance to Emma Watson?

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Hi Sophie, nice to e-meet you! Before we get into your role on Prospect, tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m an actor, musician, artist and a Chicago native!

Thanks! You have an extensive theater background, having studied since age 4 and with performances in The Diary of Anne Frank and several others in Chicago. How was this, your first film, a different beast?

It took me a while to transition from stage to screen because I was used to the repetition of doing a full show every night. In contrast to theater, film is shot scene by scene and I never realized there was so much time waiting around on set! Ahh! But this process helped me to grow with the character. I was drawn to the natural aspects of the film world.

What helped you manage the pressure of being a newcomer, yet carrying the film as the lead character?

The whole cast and crew were very kind and made me feel safe and that if I made a minor mistake, it wasn’t the end of the world. Everyone was so warm and made me feel comfortable. Zeek and Chris trusted me with the character and that helped me gain confidence.

How did you book the role—traditional audition process or something different?

I was sent the sides from my agents and manager and put it on tape, then recorded the callback myself. After that, they flew me out to Seattle to see the workspace, meet the directors and work through a couple different scenes. I remember feeling like I had bombed the audition somehow, but an hour later they invited me back to the workspace to tell me I was cast. I remember feeling relieved and tremendously excited.

Why do you think teens are going to want to watch this movie?

I think it’s rare to have such a powerful young female lead in a film. I hope that young women, or any outliers in society can be inspired by Cee’s character trajectory.

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What was the most memorable part about filming it?

Definitely the night shoots. It really messed up everyone’s sleeping schedule so we were all suffering together. I was exposed to a bunch of the cast and crew’s looney side and we all formed a tight bond.

What was it like to wear that space suit and helmet – any claustrophobia? Was it crooked on purpose or did it just slip to the side like that?

The first week of filming was stressful because they were still working on the helmets, and I felt like I could barely breathe. Of course they fixed that and once the helmet was on, it helped me dive into the Prospect universe. I fully became Cee.

The clothes you and your dad wear on the ship look very lived in, almost like you guys were directed to sleep in the clothes for a couple days and show up to set without doing your hair. Am I close to the mark—or were the hair and wardrobe people that good?

The hair and wardrobe people were exceptionally talented! They often kept to a very minimal makeup look on me- or sometimes they would add under eye circles as the story progressed and Cee’s circumstances became more difficult.

Why do you think fellow teenage girls are going to like your character, Cee?

I think a lot of teenagers can relate to a bunch of different aspects of Cee. First, I’m sure kids can relate to the feeling of being an outsider in one way or another. Also Cee uses music and books as an escape. I, and I’m sure many other people my age can heavily relate to this.

Tell me something people would be surprised to know about you?

I have a twin sister who’s an artist! I also make music too and someday would like to focus on that more.

Biggest pet peeve?

People pleasers and wishy washy people.

Favorite place you’ve traveled to and why?

I adore New York City and all the possibilities and artists that live there. I would love to move there one day to work on music and art.

Favorite food?

Sushi or any kind of Japanese food.

Favorite book?

Just Kids written by Patti Smith (my biggest inspiration) and Heart of Darkness written by Joseph Conrad.

Most attractive thing in another person?

Creativity and individuality.

Most embarrassing moment IRL you wish you could do over?

The first time I was kissed I couldn’t stop laughing because I was so nervous, so he ended up kissing my teeth.

What else are you working on or have coming up?

I have a few projects up in the air! Would love to focus more on music and art too and put some stuff out there into the world!

Could we get a selfie of whatever you are doing at the moment? It’s something we ask to keep it real for the fans!

Me, drinking my morning coffee

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Sophie Thatcher Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/soapy.t/

Watch the original short film on which the new full-length movie is based:

 

Laws of the Universe Part 1 Review

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Laws of the Universe Part 1 is an animated feature film which opens today, October 12th. Despite its name, it is actually the second in the anime series written by Happy Science founder Ryuho Okawa. We’ll get to Happy Science in a minute, but first let’s talk about the film.

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The plot of Laws of the Universe Part 1 revolves around a group of young heroes who protect the earth against invading aliens. An evil overlord named Dahar enchants one of them, Tyler, forcing his best friend Ray to travel back 330 million years to try and save him. Tyler goes a little bonkers and completely destroys the home planet of a group of Reptilians led by Queen Zamza — leading them to flock to Earth for sanctuary. Shenanigans ensue as Zamza first tries to conquer Earth for herself, then joins Ray in trying to save his friend and planet Earth from evil.

Now…who are the makers of Laws of the Universe Part 1 and why should you care? Well, it is backed by religious organization founded in 1986 by Ryuho Okawa, called Happy Science. On its website it claims to be “Japan’s biggest and the most influential religion,” (actually, that is Shinto) and Okawa furthermore claims to channel Jesus. Now, I feel people can believe what they want to believe as long as they don’t hurt others, so more power to him. But the reason I bring it up is that this explains a lot about the plots in this series.

There is a lot of new-Age spirituality injected into both films. In this one, Alpha, the God of Earth and his wife, appear as golden angelic figures who live in a flying Egyptian-style pyramid to moralize and save the day. In both the earlier film, Laws of the Universe Part 0, and this one, there’s a lot of talk about reptilians and apocalyptic alien invasions, the true spiritual nature of man, brotherly love and understanding, and other things which seem kinda odd for an anime.

When I saw the first movie three years ago, this puzzled me — until I put two and two together and found that these ideas are based on some of the teachings of Happy Science. So, I think it is kind of a dissemination or enlightenment vehicle rather than a pure creative work by storytellers. There is a definite religious angle here, although I wouldn’t go so far as to call it propaganda.

This latest film, Laws of the Universe Part 1 (why oh why isn’t it called “Part Two,” since its the 2nd?) thankfully is more action-packed and less “preachy” than the first film. The animation is pretty great except for one giant CGI-spider thing which doesn’t do the rest of the animation justice.

There are some unintentionally funny moments, such as when a group of primitive early humans start chanting what I believed was “ENEMA! ENEMA! ENEMA!” and the reptilians show delight at the idea of eating this tasty “HUMAN ENEMA.” Gross!

Until I realized they were saying ANIMA…which I imagine means soul or life force. Awkward.

And there is this gem of a line: “Don’t forget to remember your place!” Actually, you could have just said “Remember your place!” but I’ll let that slide because this was translated from Japanese and little grammar things are forgivable.

The filmmakers did use some great voice talent for the English dub, including Kari Wahlgren and Tom Kenny, so that is a plus.

The film is long, at exactly two hours, but there is enough action and decent visuals to keep you entertained throughout.  If you end up watching it, I would love to hear your feedback. Was it too spiritual? Too melodramatic? Just right? Leave a comment below!

For showtimes and tickets, go to: https://www.elevenarts.net/animedistrbution/laws-of-the-universe-part-1

Watch our interviews from the first movie’s red carpet in 2015.

Captain Marvel 2019 Trailer – Most Powerful Superhero in the MCU?

The new trailer for Captain Marvel starring Brie Larson just dropped, and it looks amazing. Is Captain Marvel the most powerful superhero in the Marvel Comics Universe? Well, we will have to see her in action when the movie opens next year, but for now, she looks like quite the beast!

The film is slated to open March 8th, 2019. Here is the official synopsis:

Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of the maelstrom.

Some of Captain Marvel’s reputed powers include:

  • superhuman strength
  • flies at six times the speed of sound, and even at light speed under certain conditions
  • discharges explosive energy blasts from her fingers…up to the strength of a nuclear weapon
  • sixth sense
  • controls stellar energies

Cannot wait to see her powers in action!


My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Review and Red Carpet Premiere Interviews

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My Hero Academia: Two Heroes is a great movie! Scroll down to watch red carpet interviews from the Hollywood premiere with Dj Slushii, King Vader, Bryan Forrest, Tim Neff, Steven D’Onofrio, Cassandra Morris.

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Synopsis & Quick Review of My Hero Academia: Two Heroes

“Deku and All Might receive an invitation to I-Expo, The World’s Leading Exhibition of Quirk Abilities and Hero Item Innovations. Amid the excitement, Deku meets a girl who is Quirkless, just like he once was. Suddenly, I-Expo’s Top-Of-The-Line Security System gets hacked by villains and a sinister plan is set in motion. It’s a serious threat to Hero Society and one man holds the key to it all.”

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes is action packed and full of your favorite My Hero Academia characters including All Might, Izuku Midoriya, Katsuki Bakugō, Shōto Todoroki, Ochako Uraraka and more. The film opens with the student heros coming together for the I-Expo, where Deku meets All Might’s “niece,” Melissa Shield, son of All Might’s best friend David Shield. Turns out she is also quirkless, like Izuku “Deku” Midoriya, but carries on in her dad’s footsteps as an inventor.

She gifts Deku with a glove which allows him to exercise more of his quirk (superpower) without hurting his body. In other words, he doesn’t have to hold back any more. When the entire island is held hostgae by an eveil gang, and All Might is helpless to defend them, the young heros must take matters into their own hands to fight an evil beyond any hero has faced before.

Without spoiling any more (told you this was a quick review), let’s just say that everybody gets a piece of the action and the new glove comes in quite handy.

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Release date: September 25, 2018 (USA)
Director: Kenji Nagasaki
Distributed by: Toho Co., Ltd.
Screenplay: Yōsuke Kuroda
Music composed by: Yûki Hayashi
Story by: Kohei Horikoshi
Production company: Bones

***UPDATE 9/27/18***

Its seems like the movie is doing brisk business judging from this press release!

First Feature Film of the Global Hit Anime Franchise Brings in Nearly $2 Million at the Box Office, Out-Earning the Competition by $1400/Per Screen

FLOWER MOUND, TX – September 27, 2018. The theatrical release of Funimation Films’ highly anticipated “My Hero Academia: Two Heroes,” is producing heroic box office returns, outpacing any other top 10 film in per screen revenue totals by almost $1200 for the first day and by over $1,400 on the second day in its five-day run in over 500 theaters across the U.S. and Canada.  The first ever feature film based on the hit global franchise “My Hero Academia” from Toho Co. Ltd., is on track to earn well over $2 million dollars by this afternoon.  In addition, it garnered two of the top engagements in North American last night, and ranked as the #3 film over all despite its limited release.  On its first night the film had three of the top engagements and ranked 5thoverall. 

“We were convinced that moviegoers would come out for ‘My Hero Academia: Two Heroes’ based on the incredible responses we received to the franchise at our San Diego Comic Con panel and our  sold-out world premiere during Anime Expo,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and President of Funimation. “The box office success to date is extremely gratifying and we are already working with exhibitors to add additional theater locations and showtimes to keep up with the tremendous demand from audiences.”

“My Hero Academia: Two Heroes” is available in English dub tonight and on September 29 and in the original Japanese (English subtitles) on September 26 and October 2. Based on the film’s box office success, exhibitors are adding showtimes on Friday, September 28 and Sunday, September 30 in select locations. Check local listings for more information.

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Trailer

Age of Summer film review – Teen film will have you California dreamin’

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Age of Summer is a beautiful little movie which opens today in select theaters and VOD. Its a coming-of-age tale with a completely different vibe than any recent film…one which will make you feel nostalgic for the 1980’s teen beach scene in California even if you weren’t born yet or lived in Hong Kong all your life.

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The plot revolves around a teenage boy, Minnesota (played by Percy Hynes White), who hits that crucial moment in time when childhood is about to transition to something new — something different and possibly scary — called the teenage years. This involves dealing with bullies, alcohol, and scariest of all for a boy just hitting puberty, GIRLS. It also involves saying goodbye to previously powerful bonds, in order to form new ones.

Age of Summer captures this evolution in the life of a teen boy in a charming, very real way as Minnesota and his best friend Woods (played by Jake Ryan) try out for the junior Life Guard team in Hermosa Beach.

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Seeing the cute girls and the older “cool” boys on the tryout squad is of course intimidating, and Minnesota struggles to figure out where exactly he fits in and what his relationship with Woods means. The drama is amped up by the news of a missing young man as well as Minnesota’s beloved Ripper bike getting stolen. Add some romantic tension, a game-changing round of spin-the-bottle, a spaced-out beach bum guru who dispenses tidbits of sage wisdom (or might just be totally crazy), and you have an interesting slice of life captured here by the filmmakers.

Stealing the show is the hard-driving Life Guard trainer, played by the hilarious Diarmaid Murtagh, who speaks in some sort of hyper-Australian accent full of ludicrous expressions which I swear do not actually exist in the English language, but make perfect sense here somehow.

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The film is gorgeous to look at, and the acting mostly sufficient. What makes the film is just the vibe, man. The colors. The surfing. The drinking of awful piss-warm beer and loving every drop because you are with your bros and a couple of cute chicks.

It will make you sad to see Summer end. Highly recommended.

Watch Age of Summer on demand: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/age-of-summer/id1430575602

Age of Summer is also playing in select cities, check their Facebook at http://facebook.com/ageofsummer page for details.

Distributed by: Freestyle Digital Media (Theatrical & North America), Automatic Entertainment (Foreign Sales)
Directed By: Bill Kiely
Written By: Dave Harris and Bill Kiely
Executive Produced By: Leo Kiely and Ryan Dorff
Produced By: Joseph McKelheer and Bill Kiely

Cast: Percy Hynes White, Peter Stormare, Jake Ryan, Charlotte Sabina, Diarmaid Murtagh, Bryana Alicia Salaz

Run Time: 89 minutes
Rating: Not yet rated

Facebook: http://facebook.com/ageofsummer
Instagram: @ageofsummer

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“MY HERO ACADEMIA: TWO HEROES” ADVANCE TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE; WORLD PREMIERE SET FOR SEPTEMBER 13 IN LOS ANGELES

Who’s ready for My Academia:Two Heroes on the big screen?? Get your tickets…details and official trailer below!

WHAT:     The highly anticipated release of “My Hero Academia: Two Heroes” is just a month away and starting today fans across North America can now purchase advance tickets via the official movie website to screenings in more than 500 theaters across the U.S. and Canada. Buzz about this first feature film from the award-winning My Hero Academia franchise has anime enthusiasts clamoring across social media for the latest news and information about the movie. “My Hero Academia: Two Heroes” will have a five-day theatrical run, September 25, 26, 27, 29 and October 2, 2018, and will screen in both English dub (September 25, 27, 29) and Japanese with English subtitles (September 26, October 2).

To celebrate the opening of the film, Funimation Films will host the English dub red carpet world premiere on Thursday, September 13, at the Regal Cinema L.A. Live in Los Angeles, Calif. Special guests at the premiere will include English cast and crew, studio executives, industry personalities, other celebrity guests and prominent My Hero Academia cosplayers.

Movie Synopsis

Our favorite young hero-in training is in for a wild ride when villains threaten the artificial moving city, I-Island. Deku and All Might receive an invitation to I-Expo, the world’s leading exhibition of Quirk abilities and hero item innovations! Amid the excitement, sponsors, and pros from all over, Deku meets Melissa, a girl who is Quirkless just like he once was. Suddenly, I-Expo’s top-of-the-line security system gets hacked by villains, and a sinister plan is set in motion. It’s a serious threat to hero society, and one man holds the key to it all—the symbol of peace, All Might.

WHEN:     In Theaters – September 25, 26, 27, 29 and October 2, 2018

Advance Tickets Available Starting Today – August 24, 2018 at funimationfilms.com/myheroacademia

English Dub Red Carpet World Premiere – September 13, 2018

WHERE:   500+ theaters across the U.S. and Canada

 See theater locator for more details

About Funimation Films
Funimation Films, the theatrical division of Funimation, acquires and distributes both anime and live action movies from prominent international filmmakers that appeal to the interests and passion of all types of fans throughout North America. The division was launched in December 2014 following the box office success of “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods.” Its debut release, “Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’,” was an instant blockbuster and became the #9 highest-grossing anime movie of all time in North America.  Funimation Films has gone on to release numerous films including “Shin Godzilla” and the award-winning, critically acclaimed “Your Name.” Funimation, a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Television, is a fully integrated, next-generation entertainment studio based in the Dallas/Fort Worth. For more information on Funimation Films, visit funimationfilms.com.

Sebastian Moy talks his new Flighthouse series “The Sebastian Moy Show”

Flighthouse, the popular musical.ly brand, has launched a Youtube channel with original series, one of which is The Sebastian Moy Show. The show features Seb interviewing celebrity friends when they sneak into his “bedroom.” 

We got the chance to ask Sebastian a few questions about the show, his pet peeves, what he finds attractive in another person, and more! Check it out below.

What’s up Sebastian, nice to e-meet you. Before we get into your show on the Flighthouse YouTube channel, please tell us a little bit about yourself and your background.

My name is Sebastian I am currently 15 years old. I enjoy making videos online for my fans the Moy Army.

Awesome! Now, tell us about The Sebastian Moy show and why teens should tune in?

The Sebastian Moy Show is a fun, exciting show where I interview celebrities in my bedroom, they come through my window and my Mom has no idea. Teens should tune in because it’s full of energy, different guests each episode and overall an entertaining show.

Who have you interviewed so far (a.k.a upcoming episodes)?

Baby Ariel, Kristen Hancher, Piper Rockelle, Indiana Massara, Jesse Underhill, Daniel Skye, Oliver Moy

What’s been the weirdest answer a guest has given you, or oddest thing they have done?

Kristen Hancher told me she has had 14 boyfriends in the past.

Best part about filming it so far?

We threw a Pizza Party in my bedroom.

What can we expect in future episodes…are there skits and music and stuff or is it mostly interviews?

Funnier skits, funnier segments and more craziness.

How did you get hooked up with Flighthouse…like how did the show come about and stuff?

They contacted me because I was a fan on Musical.ly and from there we grew a strong relationship. I love their team! Shout out Flighthouse!

Where is the last name Moy from, out of curiosity?

It’s Chinese, my grandparents are from Hong Kong and Moy means Plum.

Biggest pet peeve?

Going to sleep too late.

Your most embarrassing moment IRL?

When I peed my pants on the set of Dolphin Tale the Movie.

Favorite book?

The False Prince Series.

Favorite movie?

The Amazing Spiderman with Andrew Garfield.

Favorite musical act?

Drake.

What do you find most attractive in another person?

How funny they are.

Your best and worst school subjects?

Best for me is math and the worst is history.

Any awkward celebrity or fan moments ever (including Moy Army peeps?)

None because it’s always a blast meeting fans.

Apart from yourself (haha), favorite YouTuber?

Ricegum.

Tell me something people would be surprised to know about you.

People would be surprised to know that I used to play in Chess tournaments.

Could we get a quick selfie of whatever you are doing at the moment, to keep it real for the fans?  

https://www.instagram.com/sebastianmoy/

https://twitter.com/itssebastianmoy?lang=en

FREE 3 month Trial to Leading K-Pop and K-Drama Shows! KOCOWA, Celebrates Surging Popularity for Korean TV Content in the US

Like all things K? Check out a free 3 months trial to KOCOWA!

Korea Content Platform (KCP) LLC, a joint venture between the three leading Korean broadcasters (KBS, MBC and SBS), is celebrating the one-year anniversary launch of its Internet subscription service, KOCOWA, which streams the most popular Korean television programs on-demand in the United States. KOCOWA meets the strong demand for K-Pop (Korean pop music and idol groups) and K-drama (Korean films and TV series) in the US – all delivered 5-hours after airing in Korea. KOCOWA has also partnered with the global OTT service, Rakuten Viki, as its first distribution partner in the US to reach a highly engaged Gen-Z and Millennial audience.

“We are extremely pleased to see how well KOCOWA has been received by various US market segments over the past year,” said KCP CEO, KunHee Park. “We will reach over half a million registered viewers this year. The majority of our viewers are young, female and non-Asian. Our TASTE 24 premium service, which provides the previous evening’s prime-time shows with high-quality subtitles, is very popular with our subscribers.”

To celebrate its first anniversary and through July 31, 2018, KOCOWA is offering a 3 Month Free Trial coupon at www.kocowa.com. Simply click on the coupon below or paste the following link into your browser to take advantage of this anniversary offer: http://help.kocowa.com/19986

The promotion code for the coupon is KOCOWATCHNOW. It is valid from July 17th – July 31st

A sampling of KOCOWA’s new, hot, Korean Variety shows include:

• ‘Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth’
• ‘Wok of Love’
• ‘Star Show 360’
• ‘Running Man’

About KCP and KOCOWA
Korean Content Platform (KCP) is a joint venture of three most successful major television entertainment broadcasters in Korea (SBS, MBC and KBS). KCP launched KOCOWA, a leading IP Video streaming provider offering quality, fresh entertainment for all audiences in the United States and the Americas. KOCOWA provides the most robust lineup of Korean TV shows available in the US. KOCOWA is multi-device friendly (iOS and Android). KOCOWA recently surpassed 1,000,000 subscribers on YouTube. KOCOWA is currently available for subscription at www.kocowa.com and through Rakuten Viki and other Multichannel Video Programming Distributors (vMVPDs) and Multi-Channel Video Provider partners in in North and South America.

Hotel Transylvania & Hotel Transylvania 2 DVD Giveaway!

School’s out, summer is here, and we have the perfect giveaway for you! Grab your monster sized popcorn and get ready for the ultimate family night in because we have a double feature giveaway of HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA and HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA  2 on DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Just in time for this summer’s highly anticipated release of HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION you can catch up on all the fun and laughs in HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA and HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA  2, before seeing the all-new movie July 13th! Revisit your favorite monsters including Drac, Mavis, Frank and more!

 

About HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA:

Welcome to Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up and no humans are allowed. One special weekend, Dracula (Adam Sandler) has invited all his best friends – Frankenstein and his wife, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, the Werewolf family, and more – to celebrate his beloved daughter Mavis’s (Selena Gomez) 118th birthday. For Dracula, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem, but the party really starts when one ordinary guy stumbles into the hotel and changes everything.

DVD Bonus Features Include:

  • “Goodnight Mr. Foot” Mini-Movie: Directed and Animated by Genndy Tartakovsky
  • 3 Deleted Scenes
  • “Problem (Monster Remix)” Music Video by Becky G Featuring will.i.am
  • Behind the Scenes of “Problem (Monster Remix)”
  • Commentary with Director Genndy Tartakovsky, Producer Michelle Murdocca, and Visual Effects Supervisor Daniel Kramer

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA has a running time of 91 minutes and is rated PG for some rude humor, action and scary images.

About HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2:

In this monster comedy adventure, everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania! However, Drac is worried that his adorable half-human, half-vampire grandson, Dennis, isn’t showing signs of being a vampire. So while Mavis is on vacation, things get batty as Drac enlists his monster friends Frank, Murray, Wayne and Griffin to put Dennis through a “monster-in-training” boot camp!

DVD Special Features:

  • Fifth Harmony Music Video: “I’m In Love With A Monster”
  • Character Sketch Gallery
  • Feature Commentary with Adam Sandler, Robert Smigel and Allen Covert
  • Feature Commentary with Director Genndy Tartakovsky

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 has a running time of 89 minutes and is rated PG for some scary images, action and rude humor.

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3 TRAILER – OPENS JULY 13!

About HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION:

In Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, join our favorite monster family as they embark on a vacation on a luxury monster cruise ship so Drac can take a summer vacation from providing everyone else’s vacation at the hotel.   It’s smooth sailing for Drac’s Pack as the monsters indulge in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to exotic excursions, and catching up on their moon tans. But the dream vacation takes a dangerous turn when Mavis realizes Drac has fallen for the human captain of the ship, Ericka, who holds a mysterious secret that threatens them all.

GIVEAWAY!

Go to our Instagram page http://instagram.com/teenswannaknow and check our #HotelTransylvaniaGiveaway post for details on how to enter the giveaway of HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA and HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 DVDs! Contest ends July 3rd, 2018.

AND THEN I GO’s Sawyer Barth Interview with Teens Wanna Know

AND THEN I GO, a new film about bullying and school violence has just been released this week, just in time for The National Student Walkout, being held on the 19th anniversary of Columbine, April 20, 2018. (Students will walk out of their classrooms in solidarity to protest gun violence, and show their leaders they want to see action.).

We got to the chance to do a Q&A with one of its teen stars, 16-year-old Sawyer Barth, who plays Flake. Sawyer is extremely intelligent, well-spoken, and does an incredible job in the film along with his teen co-star Arman Darbo. You can read our Q&A and a quick review of the film below. But first  let’s find out more about the film:

AND THEN I GO is based on the acclaimed novel “Project X” by Jim Shepard, also features Justin Long (Yoga Hosers, Tusk, Accepted), Melanie Lynskey (“Castle Rock,” “Togetherness,” Heavenly Creatures), Tony Hale (“Arrested Development,” “Veep”), Melonie Diaz (Fruitvale Station, The Belko Experiment), Carrie Preston (“Claws,” “True Blood”), and Arman Darbo (Defenders of Life).

“SYNOPSIS: In the cruel world of junior high, Edwin suffers in a state of anxiety and alienation alongside his only friend, Flake. Misunderstood by their families and demoralized at school daily, their fury simmers quietly until an idea for vengeance offers them a terrifying release. Based on the acclaimed novel “Project X” by Jim Shepard, this unflinching look at adolescence explores how the powerful bonds of childhood friendship and search for belonging can become a matter of life or death.

“AND THEN I GO is a character study that dives deep into the minds and lives of our alienated youth. The film presents audiences with an important and timely story touching on such issues as bullying, mental health, parenting and accessibility to weapons.

“The film asks the essential question – why is school violence a re-occurring incident?”

The Orchard released AND THEN I GO On Digital and On Demand April 17, 2018.

QUICK REVIEW OF AND THEN I GO: This film is beautifully shot and the acting is superb. You really feel that the two main characters are just like any teens in America who feel isolated, useless, and angry because they simply do not fit in any more and life has gone from carefree to dark. The situations presented in the high school, with faculty and parents trying their best to try to help children when they act out, and not being able to do so effectively — as well as the bullying — are very real. You get the sense that, just as in actual life, a little more delving in and a little more communication and even discipline would turn things around and prevent tragedy. I hope this movie is watched by a lot of people, not as an “anti-gun” movie because it is not, but as a means of hopefully recognizing anti-social personalities and the damage they can do when left to their own devices. We can do a lot better to protect society and treat these people before they cause harm, and I hope this film gives some clues as to their characteristics and motivations — because AND THEN I GO was spot-on in this respect.

And now, let’s meet Sawyer Barth!

Hi Sawyer! Before we get into AND THEN I GO, tell us a little bit about yourself.

I live in West Long Branch, New Jersey which is a tiny town maybe an hour and 15 mins outside of New York. I go to a school called Communications High School. It’s this specialized technology school that has a radio and TV studio and teaches you how to code. It’s all sorts of visual and technical communications. I’ve played rec and travel soccer ever since I was a little kid. I’m an amateur at the ukulele and the guitar, but I like to pretend that I’m a professional musician [laughs]. My favorite color is orange, that’s a fun fact.

How did you get involved with AND THEN I GO?

Well, I auditioned for it in the spring of 2016. I auditioned for Edwin; I auditioned for the part of Edwin, now played by Arman Darbo. I went in to casting and I read for it and they gave me the Flake’s lines and told me to go out to the room and learn them and then wait until everyone else had read and left and I was the last one there. I went back in and I read for it and I was in there for like an hour working on it and trying to perfect it and then I left and I came back awhile later, maybe like three weeks or a month later, and I did a callback for Flake. It was another hour, I’m just working on it and what was really great about auditioning is I felt more like it was a workshop than an audition. I didn’t feel like I was being tested, but rather it was a collaborative effort to make this character as real as possible, which you get so rarely in auditions. Then I found out really soon after that, that I got the role and I was ecstatic about that.

Your character in the film has some pretty despicable characteristics, were you hesitant to take on a role of such a negative character?

I wasn’t so nervous about it because I think it’s fun. You know, they always say ‘it’s more fun to play villains than superheroes,’ and that’s because they’re so unlike ourselves and it’s kind of an exercise in character works. So yeah, I was excited about that. The other thing is the subject matter it’s sort of attracted me in a way because it’s so topical. I wanted to be in something that makes such a difference and it’s touching so many people who have been through situations like this. It’s just important is what really drew me to it.

You played Flake with a very raw, authenticity. What helped you get into this headspace?

Well, I think I saw a kind of no B.S. attitude in him. He does things without putting up a front and without acting for other people. He does things entirely for himself. So I thought the way his outlook on life kind of reflects the fact that he just does things to do them. He might have ulterior motives, but he knows what they are and you can kind of see this in him. He knows what he wants and he’s going to get it and he’s going to grab the future for himself. He’s very ambitious and he’ll do whatever he has to do, whatever field he’s pursuing. I definitely saw that.

Have you ever known anyone like Flake in real life? If so, how did this person affect you?

I’ve definitely known people who are as upfront about things as he is and have that kind of very straightforward, ‘I deserve this and so I shall retain it’ attitude. And the way that they affect you definitely depends on what they really want and if it’s a more malicious thing that they’re going for. They want to hurt people, which unfortunately, a lot of people like that do, then they could effect you negatively and you have to come out of it better as a person and realize the differences between you and that person. Sometimes they work for good, which is great and they can affect you definitely positively because they have such a rigorous attitude towards doing the right thing and it’s great when you see that as well.

What was the most rewarding part about working on this film and what was the most challenging?

Oh man, it’s the same thing! The most rewarding and the most challenging was getting inside his head and doing character work. Flake is such a three-dimensional character and the fact that he’s evil raises so many questions because he is still a person and why he does what he does that’s just one question that raises so many other questions that need answering to. So, I loved delving into that and I felt so good kind of diving into my own mind and doing additional research and kind of trying to personally understand you know, why this kid ticks the way that he does. It is definitely one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. It’s definitely the most challenging part I’ve ever played, There’s always thing I feel like I can improve on, but I felt like I did a good job.

Most memorable moment on set?

There was a good scene, I think that got cut out, but there was a glass window. I picked up a rock from the ground and smashed it through the window and they had this glass panel, but it wasn’t really glass, it was crystalized sugar or something. I would take a rock from the ground and I threw it through, the whole thing shatters and then I stick my foot in there. Then I removed all the loose pieces. Arman and I wanted to see what the crystalize sugar tasted like afterwards, so we both had a little chunk of it. It was definitely worth it.

Have you ever experienced any bullying like the characters in the film and if so how did you handle it?

Yeah, I got bullied a lot when I was a little kid and I think everyone does. I think it’s a fundamental part of growing up and the way that I handled it was just by recognizing what’s wrong and what’s right, realizing these things that are being done to me aren’t how a person should be treated and learning that instead of laying down and take it, say ‘I deserve better than this. This is not how things should work.’

What would you recommend to teens out there who are feeling isolated or bullied and might want to do something rash – like get revenge?

I would say talk to someone. There’s so many people who are trained in this. If you feel ostracized or down in the dumps, or like nothing is going well in your life, talk to someone. Even if you don’t want to talk to an adult, talk to a friend. Talk to someone your age because chances are, they’ve gone through the same things that you have, or something similar. Even if they can’t give you the solution to your problems, it’s good to have someone to vent to.

What would you like to see to reduce school shootings?

I think honestly, I’m not educated enough on this subject to come up with any specific solution. All I want is for something to happen. I think it’s great that kids have more power today than they ever had. I think that’s definitely unarguable with all the national school walkouts. I think kids just need to keep staying firm about everything and form their own opinions so that we can decide as a collective unit what should be done.

What has been the best part about being an actor and the hardest part?

Best part about being an actor is the ladies. No, I’m just kidding [laughs]. The best part about being an actor, for me, is stepping into another person’s shoes and kind of being enlightened as to other ways of life tat exist and ways that people live that are unlike your own life and being able to play a character that’s nothing like you. The most difficult part is often times, staying grounded and doing your job and getting everything done efficiently, especially when being taken out by the world wind of set and show business. When you go on a set, you can have as much acting training as you want but nothing can prepare you for the amount of commotion that is occurring at any one moment on a TV or movie set. There’s dozens of people, especially when you’re a kid who are all older than you and you don’t have much experience with all these people who are older than you because you’re used to hanging around kids your age. So just staying the course and doing your job and being able to work things out on your own and learn how to work efficiently on a set is definitely not something that can be learned right away. It’s not just like a math equation where you know the answer. You need to work at it and keep getting parts and keep getting on sets and hanging out with people who know what they’re doing. You’ll figure out this really difficult aspect of the industry.

What’s you biggest pet peeve?

You know what’s a really big pet peeve? When you’re tying or untying your shoelaces, usually untying your shoelaces, and you pull a certain thread of the knot and it gets more caught so that you have no way of getting it undone. That’s the worst thing ever.

Biggest guilty pleasure?

Doritos. I love Doritos. I will munch on them all night. I’ll get a bag that’s big enough for like five people and I’ll eat it by myself in like an hour if you don’t stop me.

What do you find most attractive in another person?

I think a quality that I really appreciate in people is loyalty. There are so many great things that you can find in a person. They can be good at this, good at that, be accommodating in one way or another, but in reality, if they stayed the course with you in hard times, I think that’s definitely the thing that’s most attractive to me in a friend. I find myself gravitating towards people who will gravitate towards me when I need them.

Favorite movie?

Short Term 12 by Dustin Daniel Cretton.

Dream role?

James Bond, maybe.

Favorite musical act or band?

I really like Vampire Weekend, which is kind of hipstery. But I really like their music.

Favorite book?

Wonder by R.J. Palacio. There’s a movie that came out about it about last year, which I haven’t seen yet.

What’re you working on next?

I was just in L.A. for a couple of weeks filming this pilot for ABC called “The Untitled Tim Doyle Project” which it’s not titled yet but whether or not it gets picked up in May, I could be working on that or I could have a lot of free time this summer.

Where can people follow you on social media?

I have an Instagram – it’s just @SawyerBarth. I don’t post much, but if you want to give me some support and if I get a couple more people paying attention, I might be more inclined to put some more stuff on there [laughs].

Can we get a quick selfie of whatever you are up to at the moment?