Taylor Morden [Interview]

 

Welcome to another week of awesomeness here at Trainwreck’d Society. Today’s interview subject is an absolutely brilliant filmmaker who sense to want to pull on my own very specific and nostalgic heart strings. His name is Taylor Morden, and he has a couple of very exciting documentaries that are posed to come out in 2019 that will surprise the hell out of me if they don’t end up on Netflix or any other applicable streaming service in the near future.

Morden is man who has taken along the labor of love in showcasing the very lost remaining Blockbuster Video store in existence in the upcoming and aptly titled film, The Last Blockbuster. He also has a very intriguing doc in the works about the incredible third wave of ska that saw great popularity in the late 90’s entitled Pick it Up! Ska in the 90’s. So basically, it seems as though Taylor just took a glimpse into the things that I loved as a youth, and still have fond memories of to this very day. While it may seem like a stretch, the specificity of it all is very peculiar.

We were fortunate enough to steal some time from Taylor to talk about his upcoming projects, how he got into the world of filmmaking, and so much more. We are very honored to have Taylor Morden grace our digital pages here today. So let’s get into it, shall we? Here we go! Pick it up, pick it up, pick….alright, I’ll stop. Enjoy!

 

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What inspired you to get into the world of filmmaking? Was it something you have always wanted to do since your youth? Or did you just find yourself in this world one day?

I was always the kid in high school with the VHS camcorder running around making dumb videos, but I never thought that could be a career.  Mostly it came from playing in bands and making our own music videos for years.

You have put quite an emphasis on the world of documentary filmmaking specifically. Was it by design? Or did you happen to discover that you had a real knack and love for this specific style of film?

I love documentaries.  I love being able to learn about something and be entertained at the same time, so I was definitely drawn to the documentary field. I also may or may not be mentally stuck in the 1990’s and wanting to re-live that era in any way I can.

 

Your first released documentary was on the wonderful group that sadly can be categorized as a “one hit wonder”, which was rampant in the 90’s, known as The Refreshments. What made you want to profile this band? What led you pour your heart into a project about the guys who made “Banditos”?

I had recently moved to a small town, and had some time on my hands.  I had done several short form docs and wanted to try something new.  The Refreshments are one of my all-time favorite bands, and I had recently discovered that they were basically still playing, under a new name, and had a huge cult following.  That was fascinating to me, so I reached out to see if they’d let me try to make a movie about them.

They said, “not sure why anyone would want to do that, but… OK” so I set out to make my first feature length film.  The process was difficult for sure, but I’m proud of that film and it got me to where I am today (making 2 more feature docs).  

I am very intrigued by a project you have in the works entitled Pick it Up! Ska in the 90’s. I still have vivid 20 year old memories of skanking the night away at a Reel Big Fish show, or in a church basement somewhere in my shabby hometown. Also I notice that legendary actor & musician  Alex Désert is attached! We LOVE us some Becker around here! Anyway, what can you tell us about this project? What can viewers get excited about seeing in the future?

Ha! I also love Alex Desert, he’s a rad dude! and Hepcat is a phenomenal ska band! if you like Becker… you’ll love Hepcat!  But seriously… I’ve played in ska bands for over half of my life, and that music has made more of a difference in my life than anything else.  It gave me a sense of purpose, a sense of belonging, a strong DIY work ethic and it took me around the world playing music for tens of thousands of people. So it only made sense to combine my passion for filmmaking and my love of ska music into this project.  If you have a soft spot in your heart for a skankin’ guitar, a sweet horn line, and a dirty pair of checkered Vans, I think you’ll love this movie.  It’s an unapologetic love letter to third wave ska and I couldn’t be more excited to share it with the world.  As far as who else is in it, there are a lot of folks you may know (no one else from Becker) including members of Reel Big Fish, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Sublime, No Doubt, Less Than Jake and tons more.  

Another project you have in the works is another extremely intriguing documentary entitled The Last Blockbuster, a story about the last remaining Blockbuster store located in our beloved Pacific Northwest. Bend, Oregon to be specific. You even had a very successful Kickstarter campaign, receiving almost double your $20,000 goal. So, for those who are not in the loop, what can you tell us about this project? What made you want to tell the tale of this store and the rise and fall of its namesake?

I moved to Bend, Oregon about 4 years ago, and since then I have driven by this Blockbuster Video almost every day.  I was almost certain it was closed and they just hadn’t taken the sign down yet.  But one day I decided to go in… and it was like stepping back in time 10 years! The florescent lighting, the shelves of movies, the smell, the customers picking out their evening’s entertainment, the employees still dressed in the iconic blue and yellow… It really took me back.  So I asked the store owner if I could start working on a documentary about their store.  At the time there were still a dozen or so locations so I thought I might follow them for a year or two and see how they were still in business.  Then this year, the remaining stores (mostly in Alaska and Texas) all closed down, leaving the store in Bend Oregon as the last remaining Blockbuster Video.  So I immediately jumped back into high gear to finish this film while they are still in business.  The ultimate goal being to have our documentary on the shelves and available to rent at Blockbuster.

 

With all the research and work you have done on The Last Blockbuster, I am curious to know if you had any opinions as whether or not the city of Bend is one of the reasons that this place still exists? Or is it pure coincidence?

The City of Bend is really interesting, and it’s definitely a contributing factor, but I think it has more to do with the owners and the staff wanting to keep the store alive, and the confluence of events that lead to the rest of the locations closing.

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers?

I’m working hard to get these two films out in 2019, I’m really excited to get them finished and out into the world and start on the next projects.  I’ve been reading a lot of scripts and looking into making a narrative feature, possibly some more short films.  To follow along with any of these projects you can go to popmotionpictures.com 

We are also on instagram for both films at:

@skamovie

and 

@lastblockbustermovie

What was the last thing that made you smile?

I’m deep into editing the ska documentary right now and today I was working on the segment on the Aquabats, which is a super-hero based ska band from Orange County CA that is perhaps the silliest of all the ska bands of that era.  We spoke with Travis Barker (Blink 182) about his time playing in that band and have found some old footage of him dressed as a super hero, playing the drums… that made me giggle for sure.

Sunday Matinee: West of Sunshine [Film]

 

“Separated from his family and caught in a cycle of gambling and debt, Jim has less than a day to repay a violent loan shark. His day is turned upside down when he must look after his young son. Jim’s relationship with his son is tested as his plans to pay back the loan fail. When his last desperate effort to repay the debt puts his son’s life at risk, he must make a choice between his past and a second chance at life.” – Uncorck’d Entertainment

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Strap in Folks, because I’m not going to lie to you….this one may hurt. If you are a person who truly doesn’t understand the power of addiction that could possibly overpower the love you have for another human being, West of Sunshine is a film that is bound to cause some intense frustration. For those of you (us) who know exactly what I am talking about, this is a film that is going to hit you on an oh so powerful level. It may just hurt more than you think you can handle. With powerful performances and a stress factor level that is damn near through the roof of a vintage American car, West of Sunshine is a film that is bound to have an impact you on in one form or another. You’ve been warned!

West of Sunshine had a wonderful showing last year at the Venice Film Festival, which was equipped with a well deserved standing ovation. Well, deserved because there are so many brilliant aspects of this puzzle like film that fit together oh so nicely to create a truly amazing film. From the absolutely stunning cinematography from the great Thom Neal (the man who helped stylize Hannah Gadsby’s brilliant comedy special, Nanette) to a truly beautiful story from the mind of writer/director Jason Raftopoulos, this film is an Australian gem that can only be classified as a must see.

And as West of Sunshine is obviously a character driven film, it would be a crime not to mention the amazing performances given by the recently dearly departed Damian Hill, who I was sad to learn had recently left us due to unknown circumstances in September of 2018.  He was absolutely stellar in this film, and dare I say damn near perfect. It’s a shame that we will no longer have his presence in the physical world, but should his spirit live in one singular performance, I hope that it is his role as Jim, a father with a taxing past and an inner struggle that is either relatable or unimaginable, depending on where you are in your life.

Another shout out has to go to Hill’s real life stepson, Ty Perham, who gives an absolutely wonderful debut performance as Jim’s somewhat estranged son Alex, who is truly the linchpin in this whole film. If you can’t feel for this kid whilst watching West of Sunshine, I’m not certain that you could have any feelings at all. The emotional depth in which Perham is able to bring to the willful ignorance of youth is commendable and brilliant.

Damian Hill & Ty Perham in “West of Sunshine”. Photo credit Thom Neal (cinematographer).

West of Sunshine is being billed and showcased as a crime drama, which is definitely accurate. But, I have to say that I truly believe that it is SO much more than that. The criminal element of the film is almost circumstantial. And while very important to the story line, the focus of the film, in my opinion, remains solely on the relationship of a father and son, amidst the horrors of addiction and coming to grips with the pain of reality. Without spoiling too much, it is suffice to say that an obvious solution to Jim’s probably is (almost literally) right underneath him. But again, depending on your nature, the answer is not always as simple as you may think. And with amazing performances, powerful visuals, and an incredible story, West of Sunshine truly delivers!

The way the world just seems to open up when you rid yourself of the vile things in your life is impeccable. There is nothing like it. You begin to see things for what they really are, and what is truly most important in your life because insanely clear, leaving you to wonder how you ever could have missed it. This is probably the biggest take away from West of Sunshine. The past can sometimes be a very hard thing to let go. And sometimes you must reconcile with your demons, even if it is already too late.

 

Currently running in select theatres, and releasing on VOD January 22, West of Sunshine is being distributed by Uncork’d Entertainment.

 

Saturday Special: Crossbreed [Film]

 

“In the near future, the President of the United States of America hires a team of military veterans to retrieve an alien bio-weapon from a top-secret research facility orbiting the Earth. These highly trained mercenaries must infiltrate the space station and recover the deadly experimental alien cargo located onboard. All is going according to the plan until the cargo escapes.” – October Coast PR

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I am just going to come out and say that I unblushingly loved this film. Okay, it is a bit campy, and very much on the simple side of modern day cinema. The budget for the concept needed to be much higher, and the story line couldn’t be much simpler. But, somethings are unavoidable, and god damn if this film wasn’t just so much damn FUN. And who can bash a bit of fun, amiright?

Crossbreed actually does have some amazing visuals for the budget that it was allowed. When we do finally meet the title character themselves, it is a truly horrifying experience. And  the film really does bring a plethora of elements from different genres for anyone to enjoy. I think of it has an Expendables meets Alien type experience, but features more of the oh so beloved comic relief of one Daniel Baldwin. Which can do nothing but add to the experience, that is for damn sure.

Writer/Director Brandon Slagle is an extremely hard-working gentleman who has put out some amazing work, and Crossbreed is yet another lovely addition to his catalogue. I can’t help to think about what this mastermind of a filmmaker would be able to do with a Marvel movie sized budget. Here is to hoping that one day we can find out such a thing. In the sometimes sad world of film, talent does always equal opportunity. Slagle obviously has the talent. So let’s hope that there comes a time when he is allotted the deserved chance to make a film like Crossbreed with the budget that it not only requires, but rightfully deserves.

Oh yeah, and…..Vivica A. Fox really should run for president. I can’t explain to you how much I would LOVE that to be a real thing!

 

Crossbreed arrives On Demand and Digital HD on February 5th, 2019. Check out the trailer for the film, here:

 

 

 

 

Bruce Langley [Interview]

 

The level of excitement that I have for sharing this incredible interview with you all today is on par with the level of excitement that I have for the return of the absolutely brilliant series in which our subject is a major element, and extremely important character. I am talking about the great young actor Bruce Langley, and of course I am talking about one of the best (amongst the vast amount of) series available now, the television adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods.

Bruce Langley brilliantly portrays one of the series’s most intriguing antagonists, Technical Boy. In my mind, and probably should be everyone’s, Technical Boy represents the most sincere threat to any belief in what the old gods have to offer. Here I am spilling these words onto a MacBook for you all to enjoy, while my 11 year old daughter sits 10 feet from me, eyes glued to an iPod. Case in point: how are we to believe in anything real to life these days? But, that’s a whole different tangent, really.

It is suffice to say, Bruce Langley gives an absolutely incredible performance as the manifestation of a truly real threat, and a delightful update to even the concepts that Gaiman introduced to us 20 years ago, when the internet was still a little scary and we weren’t entirely sure what was going to come of it. And now that we know, it’s actually even a hell of a lot more scary. And thanks to the amazing acting chops of the likes of Bruce Langley, we have even more to be afraid of. So thanks, Bruce!

In all seriousness, Langley is an absolutely brilliant performer that we are so excited to have with us on our digital pages. He joins our old friend Chris Obi as cast members of American Gods to grace our pages, who ironically both happen to be British. I mean, hell, they invented acting, and if the recent viral sensation of Americans remembering that Christian Bale is also a Brit is any clue, we probably need them to come on over and show us how it is done for real. I personally am very thankful for this. Yet no matter where they are from, I am so excited that there is such talent as Bruce Langley out there to keep us entertained and possibly teach us a lesson about life, love, and what it means to vape in the back of a limo with an incredibly dope hairstyle.

So with that, please enjoy some wonderful words from the absolutely amazing actor, the great Bruce Langley!

 

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What was it about acting that initially interested you, and drove you into the world of performance as an occupation? 

Hard to say really. I got the lead in the school play when I was 5. It was a production about a cavemen befriending dinosaurs through chocolate. Yep. It was called Choc Rock. I played ‘Chip’. ‘Chocolate Chip’. Interesting to consider as I think I may have gotten the role due to my speech impediment. I couldn’t pronounce my ‘R’s; they came out as ‘W’s. With the main song going ‘Choc rock, choc rock we love choc rock’ for me it was ‘Choc wock, choc wock we love Choc wock.’ According to reliable sources it was ‘fucking adorable’.

If I were to hazard a guess I would say that early experience counted as a win for me. One on which I doubled down. I’m sure my mum would tell you I had performative tendencies before then.

I have been insatiably curious my whole life. Indeed one of my first memories is of sitting on my grandad’s knee being told war stories. I loved them. I would see them as he told it. Imagination, creating and telling stories has been a huge part of my inner chorus of conversations as long as I can remember. 

Your performance as Technical Boy in the Starz Original series American Gods was absolutely phenomenal. While Technical Boy can be considered one of the villains on the show, I am curious to know if you might be able to think of some redeeming qualities that audiences should think about whilst watching the show? Should we have some sort of pity for Technical Boy? 

I would not deem to tell anyone what to feel about any of the deities on AG. They are avatars of our own belief. Condensed and distilled humanity. If there’s something people don’t like in any interaction of any of the characters I would think that is a greater reflection of a part of themselves they are adverse to acknowledging. With that said, I would find it important to highlight the potential loneliness associated with being worshiped. TB is elevated from humanity, separate from it and also generally shunned and despised by all other deities. Even those supposedly on ‘his side’. Constantly achieving, adapting, updating, so fundamentally aware that to stagnate for even a moment would mean obsolescence. Death. I would think many people today can and do relate to that feeling typically associated with constant engagement with technology. Addictive engagement. A dopamine leveraging randomized reward systems. Anxiety, pain and a fundamental empty feeling left from the in personal and human connection we are retreating from. Who needs fulfillment when you’ve got engagement? TB is the manifestation of a consciousness in pain. I could talk about this ad nauseam, trust me I have a lot more to say on this subject. What I will say for now is this, to everyone operating in the world today. Take care of yourself, your health, mental and physical. You’re not as alone as you think you are. If you feel like you need it, ask for help. 

 


How much time would you say you spent in chairs getting those incredible hairstyles of Technical Boy done? What sort of process did that entail? 

An abundance. Usually hours per doo with the occasional hat related exception. For example the look from the bone orchard (101) initially took 3 hours but we got it down to 2 by the end. Cornrows? Time killers. A major shout out of respect to the hair team. Artists to be sure. In season 1, I spent my first couple of weeks being played with by the hair and costume teams. Trying to find what felt right, and we did. That’s an important thing to highlight; the hard work and undeniable results from hair, makeup and costume. They worked and work damn hard and are rarely acknowledged. Thank you gang, love you. Indeed to all the crew.

The looks of all the characters don’t just happen. Furthermore they contribute so much to the final product. When I would put on the right costume with the right hair and makeup it would just fit. Deliberately vague choice of language there as the feeling was so all encompassing it felt somewhat ethereal. TB would be looking back from the mirror and I could taste it.

You are a wonderful addition to the obviously incredible cast of American Gods, probably one of the best I’ve seen in so long. In your professional opinion, what do you believe is required to create a great set dynamic between actors? Are there any sort of unspoken yet agreed upon ideals that performers follow to eventually make something as phenomenal as American Gods?

It has to be a safe place to fail and take risks. To play. Without that there would not be the freedom to truly create art organically. Major shout out to Bryan and Michael for creating a home environment for us to play in. We have become a family as a cast as time has gone on, due in no small part to or double dads.

Furthermore, Ricky has set, and continues to set, an outstanding tone as the Number 1 on the call sheet. He’s in nearly every day, long days, lack of sleep, still having to train in the gym regardless of our wrap time yet he infallibly raises the energy of any room he’s in. He looks out for us, makes us laugh. In a sense he’s the big brother of the whole cast and crew and I can’t thank him enough for watching out for our gang. He took me under his wing from Day 1, the read-through of episode 101 and has made sure I have someone in my corner since. 

If you were handed the opportunity to portray any historical figure in a biopic, who would you like to take on? 

Well not a biopic per se but Richard the 3rd at some point later in my career would be a total joy. Similarly Macbeth (somewhat sooner than Richard) and Hamlet (somewhat sooner than Macbeth). Most definitely lago, oh dear lord yes please. I would relish the opportunity to play with Shakespeare whether on stage or elsewise. The work is simply beautiful, art. 

Returning to the parameters of the question. I don’t know. This is a wonderful query that I wasn’t expecting. I shall think on it then take steps to prepare for said eventuality.

Bruce Langley and American God’s author Neil Gaiman

 

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers?

Look into the RCT. Robin cancer trust. A great charity that might save your life or someone’s you care about. One of their campaigns is called ‘Talking Bollocks’ another ‘You’re Not Overacting’. Germ cell cancer is a right bastard and a 30 second self-exam could change the direction of your time on earth. 

Look into it: @rctcharity on instagram and Twitter. ‘The Robin Cancer Trust’ on Facebook. 

Another thing to plug; if anyone reading this feels inescapably alone, you’re not, ask for help, take care of yourself.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

My mum got a new bird feeder for her birthday from my sisters and I. It has ‘fat balls’ that apparently the birds love. Especially the packaging detailed that blue tits and grey tits were fond of them. 

She posted a picture on the family chat of the feeder up on the tree with the caption: “Fat balls awaiting tits. Thank you xx.”

Outstanding. Well played Mum.

 

Watch for Bruce in Season 2 of American Gods, March 10th on Amazon Prime Video.

To learn more about The Robin Cancer Trust, visit therobincancertrust.org.

 

 

Patrick Kilpatrick [Interview]

 

Today we are sharing some words from a notoriously bad man. Well, on screen that is. Patrick Kilpatrick is a wonderful actor who has most likely appeared in a film or three that you love, as the guy you probably want to see dead. With a large stature, and intimidating demeanor, it is no wonder that he is stand amongst the likes of our previous guest Sven-Olen Thoreson as one of the finest villains that the world of film has ever known.

But, of course, Patrick is actually a very kind and generous person in real life. And in all reality, his roles are not entirely pigeon-held to just playing the bad guy. With a career spanning close to 40 years, Mr. Kilpatrick has accomplished so much more than just playing the bad guy. Although, it is undeniable that when it does come to playing an antagonist, you really can’t do much better than him. And that is why we are so excited to have him on the site to tell us about his work in some of the finest action movies of the past and present, and his brilliant new expose of this world in his new book, Dying for Living: Sins and Confessions of a Hollywood Villain and Libertine Patriot.

In the incredible interview that follows this long winded introduction, we get into the book, talk of his work in our beloved world of Troma Pictures, and a whole lot more. Patrick is a lovely man, who gives a wonderful interview and we are so damn excited to have him with us here on our digital pages today. So Folks, please enjoy some wonderful words from a true Hollywood legend, the great Patrick Kilpatrick!

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What inspired you to get into the world of acting? Was it something you always had a passion for since your youth? Or did you just happen to find yourself in this world one day?

I had a passion for performance  which I worked out in all manner of sports. Football, baseball, basketball, wrestling – always a show. I had no acting aspirations at all as a boy or in university. I wished to become a journalist  (and that was a form of performance) and writer so that’s what I became  – working for nearly every magazine in New York and most of the ad agencies  – advertising and playwriting and directing in New York City in the 70s and 80s – then moved to screenwriting in between later acting jobs for others and my own company UDF, so writing has always been important and also provides a place where I can work without others largely when one gets weary of collaboration with so many. I knew I had insider stories and a unique background and life experience and highly placed lit agents agreed hence the book, Dying for Living: Sins and Confessions of a Hollywood Villain and Libertine Patriot.

One of your very first gigs was in the cult favorite Troma production entitled The Toxic Avenger. We have spoken with a lot of folks who have worked in the Troma universe throughout the history of its existence. I am curious to know how your experience was working on this now legendary horror comedy?

At the time I viewed it as sort of a student schlock film – perhaps the worst film in western civilization lol – but it struck some sort of chord for a generation. Not my idea of great filmmaking but clearly a necessary escapist outlet. Made $60 million dollars in five sequels. TROMA liked what I did so much they doubled my salary – $75 dollars to $150 for the week. It was ironic, by the time Toxic Avenger came out I had appeared as a lead in a huge PBS production Roanoak – both got great reviews at opposite ends of the cinema world.

You’ve made quite name for yourself as a go to actor for “villain” roles. From recent roles in a film written by our old friend Chad Law entitled Black Water, to one of my favorite action movie sequels of all time, Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, you have been causing mischief to the protagonist of films brilliantly for years now. So how do you enjoy this type of character? And beyond your obvious physical stature, what do you believe it is that has drawn folks to cast you in this light?

I’ve enjoyed it immensely. Its been rich acting turf. Whatever it is that causes me to have that ability it started early. I was the villain in my 1st grade play, The Pied Piper of Hamelin – I played the evil mayor. lol. Even in football I was always the roving ‘monster’ man defensive player or offensive end. I liked to seek and destroy and disrupt and once and a while catch a glam pass or interception. I think it was physical boldness and exuberant love of mayhem. I do think I became typecast in institutional TV and action films – fortunately that didn’t carry over into independent films as much so I’ve had my good guy moments. It does seem that even when I’ve been a good guy it’s often – not always – someone bravely, recklessly wreaking havoc on the enemy.

 Movie villains are quite prone to reaching a fatal ending at some point throughout most films. With that, I am curious to know what has been your favorite way to die on screen? What would be the most memorable way that you got to go out? 

I think in Class of 1999  being hit by a bus and having my head torn off by a forklift was fun. lol. In Parasomnia, one of my favorites, I got two screw drivers plunged into my eyeballs by the succulent Cherylin Wilson. Hard to beat that. Of course Naomi Watts made my head explode in Sleepwalkers, a manner of death I repeated in Scanners, The Showdown.

Patrick Kilpatrick in Under Siege 2: Dark Territory.

I understand you have a book out entitled Dying For Living – Sins & Confessions of a Hollywood Villain & Libertine Patriot. Can you tell our readers a bit about what they should expect to learn and enjoy whilst reading your story? 

These are explosive memoirs that any Hollywood or movie aficionado should read this year. And proceeds of sales go toward the continued care of veterans, America’s true action A-list heroes.

This is wicked, ribald, graphic, lascivious, close to the shattered bone, light the fuse and run reportage that every Hollywood aficionado intrigued by elevated craft and the inner workings behind the scenes brain damage, on & off set indulgence should gulp down.

Having played against a spectrum of Hollywood’s leading action heroes including, Tom Cruise, Yun-Fat Chow, Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Caan, Bruce Willis, Steven Segal, Sean Connery, and Jean-Claude Van Damme, to name a few you can expect unvarnished hilarious truth and celebration.  I’ve even waged war with the largest mammal on earth in Free Willy: The Rescue.

Although elegantly revealed I think , Dying For Living rips through social norms without regard to sensibility or political correctness. Plot points include murderous bi-polar assaults by an adulterous mother, privileged education amidst pastoral splendor and American Revolution patriotism. Also tucked in are bi-racial affairs, indiscriminate promiscuity and incendiary politics … not to mention, a near fatal car accident, motorcycle crashes, scribing for nearly every magazine in New York as well as bodyguarding the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Grateful Dead, Rod Stewart and more … plus a global vision for 21st century America. Let’s just say this – my last five movies – the stars were either too self indulgent or too neurally incapable to learn their lines or even use cue cards.

We launched Oct. 3, 2018 luncheon at The National Press Club and following event Q & A at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts – both in Washington, D.C. Renowned director and celebrated Leftist Oliver Stone’s son Sean Stone was host with Scott Evans of Access interviewer for both events. Glorious beauty Bai Ling did readings.

Nov 17, 2018 I headlined a book launch event at Barnes and Noble Union Square, New York City – largest in the country.

Throughout the national book tour I’ll be making coordinated visits and signings at VA hospitals.

Gossip can be interpreted as rumor and innuendo. I’m as ruthlessly truthful about myself and other – there’s no rumor – it all happened and the truth will out in an entertaining and often loving and scathing manner. The book has been extensively vetted by lawyers, lol. The book has many legs – eroticism, insider behind the scenes, literature value, hilarity, politics and provocation. hopefully wisdom, poignancy and celebration of others and my own life. The title refers to the exuberance, the hunger to live each moment.

 

 I understand that you will be actually be donating a percentage of your book sales to the Disabled American Veterans organization. Which is very cool, and as a service member I thank you. I am curious to know why you chose this organization specifically? And why did you choose this particular group of folks to support?

Over the years I’ve supported many vet groups, COALITION TO SUPPORT AMERICA’S HEROES which became WOUNDED WARRIORS, GALLANT MEN, PATRIOT’S HONOR, BAY AREA BUILDERS (they build and give challenged prepared houses for wounded warriors and their families in Texas) particularly wounded warriors, but DVA came up and asked me to be a Centennial Ambassador with Vince Vaughn and Mel Gibson so I said sure. Initially they said they would tie in their promotion arm with the book tour, but I knew all along the material might have elements a little too scandalous for them so I just give back and visit the vets in hospital. I want to make it clear the book is about far more than scandal and provocation. There’s inspiration, overcoming blindingly dangerous injury, craft, poignance, discipline and humor – as well as the juicy tell-all madness. I think that’s why we’ve gotten 100% 5-star reviews from critics and readers alike.

 

What else does the future hold for you? Anything else you would like to plug to our readers?

Its always been a merger of writing, producing, directing combined to bolster and enhance the acting. That hasn’t changed – I run a mentorship program – Uncommon Dialogue Films Entertainment Warrior Program – and those four disciplines are the key to acceleration and longevity. Self reinvention and self generated  creative life combined with audition mastery. That’s the equation. The business is vastly more competitive because of digital submissions, every meeting, every audition, every part is both a miracle and an opportunity that can’t be missed or haphazard. Deliver the Goods is the name of my curriculum and life motto – physically, emotionally, creatively.

Catalyst is coming out, I play a pedophile priest, The Grand Inquisitor – I’m a hard but redeemed border patrol Officer, Night Walk – a towering vessel of hate insulting each and every global cultural group, Burnoff – the heroic president of the United States. Black Water – head CIA interrogator on a submarine is on Direct TV now.

Vol. 2 of Dying for Living : Wasted Talent in the Valley of Debacle is out about Valentine’s Day.

We have signings: Jan 18th, Las Vegas Jan 26th and Hendersen, NV Jan 27th, Chaucer’s in Santa Barbara Feb 24, Vromman’s in Glendale Feb 28th, Burbank Barnes and Nobles March 23rd.  I alway bring in celb guest to have fun and bang the drum with the audience. A lot of audience participation, lol.

Sean Stone and I just wrapped filming Night Walk in Morocco – a Romeo and Juliet/prison flick, Night Walk sets Islam beauty (played by Sara Almi) and western journalist (Stone) in tragic love. Throughout my prison guard makes life hell for Stone’s character, journalist Frank. Sean’s Dad Oliver never met a ‘Socialist’ dictator he didn’t love, and Sean just converted to Islam in Iran no less, so our conversational turn is always like watching a two-headed goat staked out for an apex predator. I love him and he’s a supper smart young dude and fine actor.

Legendary Martial Arts Director Art Camacho has come along to signing – love, em he directed me to a People’s Choice Award in Assassin X, and actor buddies like renowned thespians Costas Mandylor and Ken Davidian and Bai Ling come by. We mix it up.

Published worldwide on all platforms and top retail outlets by Boulevard Books AMAZON.COMBARNESANDNOBLES.COM – hardcover, kindle, softcover, audio will be out momentarily.

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What was the last thing that made you smile?

My fiancée, my boys, my friends, my Dying for Living Christmas ad makes me laugh!

New Music Tuesday: Ph4de feat. Kap G – Don’t Say Much [Single]

 

In 2019, we are attempting to reach out into different realms of music than we have in the past. Of course, we are going to keep on showcasing our normal stuff, but expansion of the mind can be a beautiful thing. Today we are talking about hip hop. Specifically, we are talking about the new wave of hip hop that is very intriguing, even to an old head like myself.

If you happened to notice in our 2018 end of year lists, there were quite a few new age mainstream artists making appearances, including the likes of Post Malone (a.k.a. the auto-tuned Kurt Cobain) appearing 3 times in our Top 40 Singles list. This may have shocked some of our avid readers, but this has been a experiment of all things new that has been occurring (for me personally) over the last coupe of years. I’ve been attempting to appreciate what the new generation has to offer. I know in my heart of hearts that there is so pretty incredible stuff out there to enjoy. And it’s not as though we have ever strayed from the world of hip hop and R&B. It’s always been an important part of the Society. But, in all fairness, it’s always been a showcase of the underground hip hop artists that we still love and adore. Which leads me to today’s showcase:

 

 

Jacksonville raised artist Ph4de may not be a household name….yet. But, with his recent signing to In Vogue Records, and the release of this “Don’t Say Much” featuring Kap G, it is absolutely clear that he is destined to be a contender in the mainstream hip hop world. Press releases and critics alike will tell you: “Eminem level lyricism meets Drake’s melody over Travis Scott production.” And you know what..sure? Why not. These are indeed three very big names that could draw a viable comparison to what Ph4de is trying to do. But, I truly believe that he has abilities beyond this level. With “Don’t Say Much”, Ph4de has managed to combine every element of modern day hip hop and pop music that is practically required to be a hit record. But, with a bit of a twist. Ph4de and Kap G both manage to bring a two-word-a-second collection of bars that is oddly reminiscent of the old days that this aging writer can remember adoring. And yet, they modernize the whole damn thing with a catchy chorus that would work in the club, or on a light night drive in a car you probably think is nicer than it really is. It’s catchy, fun, and just down right entertaining.

Ph4de is planning to release a series of singles leading up to a brand new EP. And I can tell you all that I will definitely be watching closely for what the future holds for this incredible young artist. I can seriously only see great things for this cat. It is artists like this that make me feel as though the future of hip hop is going to be just fine. With emphasis on highly produced beats and at least a slight emphasis on the importance of having a great flow, Ph4de is the future that hip hop needs.

Follow Ph4de for yourself at the following: Instagram: @PH4DE Twitter: @PH4DE Facebook: Facebook.com/PH4DE Soundcloud: Soundcloud.com/PH4DE http://www.PH4DE.com

Check out this lyric video for “Don’t Say Much” courtesy of the In Vogue Records YouTube channel:

 

Stephanie Leigh Schlund [Interview]

Happy Monday Folks! And welcome back to Trainwreck’d Society. We have an absolutely wonderful interview to share with you all. Today we are sharing some words from an incredible actress that you all should (or do) already know. It’s the great Stephanie Leigh Schlund! She is a damn fine actress you may recognize from the beloved Hunger Games franchise, and so much more. But, she also happens to be an extremely kind and thoughtful person as well. Which is exactly the kind of person we love to showcase here at TWS!

Stephanie was kind enough to take some time out of her very busy schedule to tell us a bit about her career thus far, including some wonderful insight into things like Hunger Games and The Price Is Right, and so much more. Right off the bat, you are going to notice that Schlund has a very kind soul, and we are so honored that she wanted to share some words with us.

Also, it behooves me to give a shout out my daughter, Sophia, who is as obsessed with the Hunger Games franchise as anyone I know. And I fully support her in it. This one is for you, Girl! Is your dad cool, now? Please?

So with that, please enjoy some wonderful words from the absolutely brilliant actress, the wonderful Stephanie Leigh Schlund!

When did you first discover your passion for the world of performance? Was it something you have always been passionate about, or was it something you just found yourself doing one day?   

I honestly can’t remember ever “deciding” to perform, it was just always something I grew up having the desire to do. The challenge came in working through all the “fluff” and finding the right people who could provide the right opportunities…and then the hard work began. I contribute where I am today to my instincts, faith, support of my family, and the encouragement of my representatives.

  

We have spoken with a few other folks who began their career in performance in the Atlanta area where you hail from as well, and everyone has had different yet mostly positive experiences kicking off their careers there. So how was it for you? What is it about the Atlanta film scene that sets it apart from the others?

My experience has been wonderful! I debated moving to LA with others when I was younger, but I could never find peace with leaving my family. The thought of it just broke my heart and didn’t feel right, so I didn’t. I trusted that I was meant to pursue this industry and I trusted that it was meant to be from Atlanta (However, in sticking to that theory, I’ve acquired quite a few sky miles in my career!). I feel like growing up and studying in Atlanta gave me a different approach to my technique that was able to set me apart in some form from the others auditioning for the same roles from other coast. I believe the film industry in Atlanta is set apart because it has more heart to it than most places. The talent & crews all know each other well and have been on this wild ride of what Atlanta has become together, we are a family here.

In 2008 you spent some time as a model on Drew Carey’s then new takeover of The Price Is Right. I am curious about how this experience was for you? What was a day to day set life like on a legendary game show such as this one?

It was incredible, but a lot more work than one would think! As a model, we would have to know the games inside and out and have memorized multiple scenarios based on the answers given by the contestants, so we never really knew what to expect! We would have one rehearsal (backwards so the prizes where in order of appearance for the show) then tape an episode. Break for lunch, and do it all over again. I truly cherish my time on the show!

My wonderful 11 year old daughter is obsessed with The Hunger Games franchise, so it would be behoove me to try and earn some “cool Dad” points by asking what it was like to work in the insanely popular Hunger Games lure? What was it like to jump into such an established franchise?

There honestly aren’t even words.  I found out I booked the role then had to wait a solid month, not telling anyone (Yes, I told my Mom, Dad & Sister and swore them to secrecy) before Lionsgate made the official casting announcement. During that month, I experienced every kind of emotion possible, the main one that kept rearing its head though, was the fear of the public’s reaction once it was out. Studios care about the public’s reactions, especially when it’s a phenomenon such as The Hunger Games. Thankfully the public’s reaction was positive and time passed creating one of the most epic experiences in my lifetime thus far. I’ll always hold it close to my heart.

 

And how has the fan interaction been since you portrayed Cashmere in the third installment?

Exciting! I love hearing fans stories of how the books helped them or inspired them in some way. It’s incredible to be part of such a franchise such as The Hunger Games.

If you were handed the opportunity to portray an historical figure in American history, who would it be? 

Susan B. Anthony…She played a pivotal role in the women’s suffrage movement. In 1878, she presented an amendment to Congress that gave women the right to vote which later was passed. I feel like her fight for woman is what motivated other movements that, in turn, lifted some of the glass ceiling for women.

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers? 

Acting is and will always be my passion, so I’m still doing what I love!  My Instagram, @StephanieLSchlund gives a more in-depth look at what I’m doing on a day to day basis if you want to see my take on Work, Fashion and Travel (whenever I can squeeze in a trip somewhere!).

What was the last thing that made you smile?

Hearing that my 2 year old niece refused to take off her fairy costume from Halloween. Keep rocking in baby girl, keep rocking it…..