Interview with Sean Cunningham (Friday the 13th Director)

In October I was honored to be part of the San Pedro International Film Festival, where I got to walk and work the red carpet, see some amazing new Indie films, support those filmmakers, and celebrate the industry. One of the two weekends was October 13th to the 15th, which meant we were in attendance for Friday The 13th. This Friday became the horror night, which was the perfect opportunity to show the original Friday the 13th film.

What was even more serendipitous was the fact that Sean Cunningham was in attendance that evening too as a special guest. Mr Cunningham is quite an interesting artists and a pleasure to talk to. I think I learned more in those few hours than I have in a long time about movies, filmmaking, and the industry as a whole. He was also gracious enough to grant me an interview and sit down in front of a camera for a change.

One of the things we talked about was his new project, The Nurse With the Purple Hair, a Social Good film that shows what hospice care is and what it can be. It’s the story of Michelle Lasota who makes the switch from surgical nurse to hospice nurse after the death of her father.

Sean met Michelle at Fan Expo in Toronto, CA, and was captivated by her stories about her hospice work. As filmmakers often do, he turned his interest into a project.

To date, the film has been viewed by focus groups from Vitas Healthcare, Skirball, and Kaiser Permanente. This has been their reactions:

– A catalyst to break through American culture’s denial of death.
– A great tool to bring awareness to what hospice is really about.
– Takes the mystery and fear out of hospice and dying.
– I feel brave, inspired, and honored to start a conversation that matters.
– A true look at a caring hospice nurse and the wonderful qualities of hospice care.

Here is out interview from SPIFFest:

Here is the trailer for The Nurse with the Purple Hair, you can learn more here:

Have You Met Greg Finley?

You may know Greg Finley from his roles on iZombie, The Flash, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, or Star-Crossed (one of my favorites). You may have met him at a convention or two and I’m SURE many of you have a poster of him up in your room. I was lucky enough to be introduced to him recently and couldn’t wait to do a little introduction piece on him!
I really like doing these quick Have You Met pieces, especially when I learn a thing or two about the subject. In the case of Greg Finley, I discovered that we share a love and a dislike (you’ll see later on in the interview) and I was left wanting to talk to him more and go a little deeper. Hopefully, Greg will allow me the opportunity to follow up with a full interview soon too! Even in such a quick interview, I find him fascinating with a little mystery. Read, share, like, and maybe he’ll agree to sit down with me :) .
Now, in case you don’t already know him, let me introduce you to actor and filmmaker Greg Finley:
Q: Growing up in Maine, did you always know you wanted to be an actor? Were there any other professions that interested you?
Greg Finley:  I never wanted to be an actor, I never even thought of it. The reason I became an actor is for a different interview and I won’t bore you with all the details but I went through some things my senior year from 2003 to 2005 that led me to this crazy journey.
Q: You have an impressive acting resume, appearing on many shows we all know and love. How does it feel to be part of iconic shows like The Flash and iZombie?
Greg Finley: Thank you for saying that.  Yeah, it’s really cool to be a part of shows like iZombie and The Flash. I collected comic books as a child and I remember talking to one of my buddies growing up thinking it would be so cool if they did real life action movies and TV shows of comic books. So, to be a part of a couple of them was really neat. Both shows’ casts and crews are really  awesome, down to earth people and I love all those guys so much. It was a blast working with them.
Q: Appearing on shows like these, it gives you a different sort of connection to fans with conventions being so popular. Have you done many yet and what are your thoughts on this new form of interaction?
Greg Finley: Yes, I have done a few conventions, it’s really cool, the fan base for the shows …they are so into so many details of the show and they appreciate it so much and believe me we appreciate all of them! I think the coolest part is going to conventions in other countries, it always trips me out when people know my name or my character’s name from different countries and all over the world. I just love talking to the fans in different areas learning about their cultures and kind of connecting with them .. there’s something kind of cool about that.
Q: What is one thing you absolutely cannot live without and one thing you wish we could all live without?
Greg Finley: I cannot live without the ocean. I live on the ocean here in Maine and whenever I don’t smell or hear the ocean for a while I feel trapped. I won’t get too deep with something that we could all live without because there is a lot of things in this world right now that we could all live without so I will just say traffic.. I hate traffic ha!
Q: Where can fans find you on social media?
Greg Finley: The fans can find me on Instagram at @gregfinleyofiicial and on Twitter at @Greg_Finley
Q: Speaking of social media, can you describe yourself using two hashtags?
Greg Finley: I guess if I would describe myself in two hashtags it would be #Goofy #Hungry
Q: What’s up next for Greg Finley? 
Greg Finley: I am currently working on my own script that I developed and trying to get it locally shot here in Maine.
There you have it, Greg Finley loves the ocean and dislikes traffic. Who knew we had so much in common? I don’t know if I’d ever call him Goofy to his face until he described himself as such, haha. He’s also looking to shoot a project in Maine, so get at him! And look for him at a convention near you! 

My 2011 Interview with Texas Rising’s Thomas Jane

I was watching (and enjoying) the History Channel mini-series “Texas Rising” last Monday and Tuesday and was so happy to see Thomas Jane on my screen! I think Thomas was one of my very first celebrity interviews when I started blogging and I stared thinking I should look up the interview to share it with all of you again. Originally, I had done it for a website called Technorati but they changed direction and no longer have it available. Luckily, I saved it in my own files!

If you haven’t had a chance to catch “Texas Rising” I suggest you try to catch up on it before the next airing this coming Monday at 9PM on the History Channel.

I hope you enjoy my interview with Thomas as much as I enjoyed doing it! At the time, he was doing the show “Hung” on HBO and my good friend Jessica Northey (yup, THE Jessica Northey from CM Chat fame AND Queen of the Country Music Social Scene!) was gracious enough to hook me up with the interview. I was so delighted and found Thomas to be a truly fascinating character and the most dedicated father.

I’d like to thank Thomas Jane for agreeing to do this interview when I was really just starting out and had only been on Twitter about 2 years at the time. It just shows what a generous and supportive guy he is!

Q: People know you from your various work in movies such as The Mist, Deep Blue Sea, The Punisher and your role on HBO’s Hung, as well as voice work in video games (The Punisher).  They may be surprised to know your interests include music and photography too.  Do you have a favorite “hat” that you wear of all of these?

Thomas Jane: I have a purple Fedora from Cha Cha’s House of Ill Repute. That’s my fave right now.

Q: Director, Producer, Actor, which is most fun? Most interesting? Can you explain some of the similarities and differences? 

TJ: The Producer tells the Director that the actor isn’t getting out of bed until noon.  But the director tells the actor that if he keeps fucking the producers girlfriend, the close up doesn’t go in the movie.

Q: Tell us about your project, Raw Studios.  Graphic novels have become a huge genre.

TJ: I started Raw with Tim Bradstreet because I love comic books & graphic novels.  I wasn’t getting cast in enough comic book movies, so now I make my own comic books, so if they ever get made into a movie, I can get cast in it.  I hope.  Maybe not. It’s tough out there.

Q: Comic Con fans are extremely dedicated and passionate about their favorite projects.  Do you use the feedback from fans to influence decisions about direction or plots?

TJ: They tried that in the 90’s, but fans got really mad that they were letting the ‘internet’ affect the way films were made.  So we went back to ignoring them, and everyone is much happier.

Q: How has Social Media changed the entertainment business for you and your peers, in your opinion?

TJ: When I go on auditions now, everyone knows I sucked by the time I get to my car.  there’s no waiting around for the phone to ring.  The director just twitters, “Just met Thomas Jane.  He should stick to writing comic books. ;p”

Q: Season three of Hung begins October 2nd on HBO.  Rumor has it that there will be a romance with a transgendered character.  Can you tell us a little about the story and experience? 

TJ: I’d rather not talk about it.  I’ve never gotten an erection doing a sex scene before.  It was hot.  My character didn’t know!

Q: In addition to all you have going on, you remain a dedicated father.  Does that influence the projects you choose?

TJ: Fatherhood has made me more discerning.  It has to be g000,000d enough to spend time away from my daughter.   That’s good with six 0’s.

Q: Who is Rusty Blades?  Do you have any upcoming musical appearances?  

TJ: Rusty Blades is my musical alter ego.  He has an EP coming out sometime soon with his band, Frighten the Horses.  He also gets drunk and wrecks hotel rooms and sleeps with lots of bitches.  His favorite hat is a Stetson.


Have an Excellent Mother’s Day with Oprah, Dr. Maya Angelou, and Super Soul Sunday

When I hear the word Mother, I think of love, nurturing, wisdom, guidance, and strength.  Those same thoughts are evoked when I think of Dr. Maya Angelou and Oprah Winfrey, so, when I heard OWNTV was airing a very special episode of Super Soul Sunday on Mother’s Day where Oprah would be interviewing Dr. Angelou, I thought it quite appropriate.

I tune in to Super Soul Sunday regularly so there was no doubt in my mind that I would be watching this episode but as luck would have it, I was also granted the treat of being sent a sneak peek.  I can tell you that you are in for one heck of an hour.  I learned a few new things about Maya Angelou and of course I was left inspired by both women.  Dr. Angelou accomplished more than most people do in a lifetime before she was even 20 years old despite the fact that she is African American AND female.  I don’t want to give too much away but I do want you all to tune in.  Although I’ve seen it, I’ll be right there watching with you on Sunday morning as well! I suggest you grab a few people you love to watch with you, this wisdom is too good not to share.

You can go to Oprah.com for a short preview.  Can’t wait to see you all on Twitter and Facebook!

Holly Marie Combs and Brian Krause – Charmed Panel from Comic Con Chicago 2012

This is from the Chicago Comic Con from August of 2012. Holly Marie Combs & Brian Krause were so entertaining in their Q & A session.  I hope you all enjoy!!