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Norman Reedus, More Than an Actor

Norman Reedus, More Than an Actor

Jun 25, 2013

This week we focus on Norman Reedus. I guess I’d have to say that this post serves several purposes. Number one it features Norman Reedus, who will appear again this year at Fandom Fest in Louisville, KY on July 26-28th. Another reason is that this post is for the ladies. Ok, probably not…but I thought that sounded cool. Another reason is that it’s always interesting to focus on an artist. As artists ourselves, this is what we do. I don’t even think I could name all the actors that are interested in other arts. For example, Mr. Reedus is not only an actor, he also paints, sculpts, is a photographer, filmmaker and cinematographer. Norman Reedus was born in Florida but didn’t stay there long. He moved to Los Angeles and in other cities in Spain, Japan and England. While in Los Angeles he worked at a Harley Davidson shop in Venice. During this same time he showed paintings, sculpture, photography and video in different art shows in the area. Some other artist that met in Venice were Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek then formed The Doors! So it must be a cool place. Mike Muir of Suicidal Tendencies is also from Venice. Well, before I start sounding like the travel board for Venice, I’ll continue. Mr. Reedus started acting in the play Maps for Drowners at the Tiffany Theater on Sunset Boulevard. In 1997 he was in Mimic by Guillermo del Toro. He would go on to work with del Toro again in Blade 2 with Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Ron Perlman, Leonor Varela and Donnie Yen. He was also in the cool film 8MM with Nicholas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix and James Gandolfini. His next film still gets him festival appearances today. The Boondock Saints was released in 1999 right after the Columbine Shooting and didn’t get much of a theater release. It became a cult classic and is still popular today. In The Boondock Saints Norman Reedus stars with his friend Sean Patrick Flanery as well as Willem Dafoe, David Della Rocco and Billy Connolly. He also starred in the follow up The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day many years later in...

Meet Lew Temple at Fandom Fest 2013!

Meet Lew Temple at Fandom Fest 2013!

Jun 18, 2013

Who’s the first celebrity that we interviewed at a convention? Survey says…Lew Temple! We were so lucky that he said yes and talked to us. He also encouraged us to talk to the other Rob Zombie’s Halloween cast and tell them he sent us. We did and ended up interviewing him as well. We’ve continued interviews to this day. Lew Temple will be at Fandom Fest in Louisville, KY this year from July 26-28. So first….the interview that started it all! Lew Temple was born in Alaska and raised in Texas. As Streebo said in the interview, he is a Renaissance man. One thing I talked with Mr. Temple about was music. He’s plays banjo and loves music. It was also mentioned that he played baseball. He was the baseball MVP at Rollins College in 1982. He went on to play minor league ball for the Seattle Mariners and Houston Astros. He was a scout for the New York Mets in 1986. He moved up the ranks to be the Assistant Director of Minor League Operations and Scouting for the Astros until 1993. Since then he has earned 82 credits on IMDB. IMDB says that he is often compared to a chameleon because he can take any character and make it his own, which is a sign of a great actor. We won’t be able to discuss every film he’s been in, because that would take forever, but we’ll highlight a few! He played Adam Banjo in The Devil’s Rejects by Rob Zombie and was also in his Halloween. He was Cal in Waitress in 2007. He is in Mark Young’s The Killing Jar with Michael Madsen, Amber Benson, Danny Trejo, Harold Perrineau and Jake Busey. Lew was also in Unstoppable, Rango, Lawless, Saving Lincoln and he plays Axel on a little show called The Walking Dead. We saw Mr. Temple right here in Stanly County filming The Unlikely’s with William Forsythe. He also plays Hollis in the upcoming film The Lone Ranger. Time to see some work and interviews: Apparently the Adam Banjo scene has a content warning…so not Devi’s Rejects. Booo! Now to finish with my Lew Temple with a metal...

Stan Lee at Fandom Fest?

Stan Lee at Fandom Fest?

Jun 9, 2013

This week on Classics Corner, instead of focusing on a classic movie, we will focus on Stan Lee. As many (or most) of you know, Stan Lee is responsible for many of our classic comic book  heroes that are in movies today. If you look closely, Stan Lee himself is in many of these films as well.  Stan Lee will be at the Fandom Fest this July 26-28th in Louisville, KY.  Before we get started, I think we need a musical interlude by the Ramones! In 1939 Mr. Lee started as an assistant at Timely Comics with pulp magazine and comic book publisher Martin Goodman. Timely would eventually become Marvel Comics which would eventually be bought by Disney. Stanley Lieber (his birth name) made his comic book debut as a text filler in “Captain America Foils the Traitor’s Revenge.” In that issue he used “Stan Lee” as a pseudonym. In August of 1941, Mr. Lee co-created his first superhero the Destroyer in Mystic Comics No. 6. He entered the Army in 1942 and created manuals, training films, slogans and cartoons. He returned to comics in 1945. In the late 1950s, Stan Lee broke away from the perfect lives of many superheroes and gave them flaws and made them more human. This meant superheroes would get sad, mad, fight with each other, etc… This was evident in the first superhero group Stan Lee and Jack Kirby ever created. The Fantastic Four, which included Mister Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Torch and The Thing, had different personalities. Mr. Fantastic was the father figure and kind of boring and The Human Torch is the typical rebellious teen. Lee and Kirby went on to create many titles including Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor and the X-Men. I was recently watching the DVD where Kevin Smith interviews Stan Lee and Mr. Lee discussed naming the X-Men. He originally wanted to name them “The Mutants” but Mr. Goodman said that people wouldn’t know what mutants were so they ended up naming them the X-Men. (Kevin Smith will also be at Fandom Fest this year with Jason Mewes!) The X-Men shared this same humanity that was changed earlier. For example, there is always...

The Awakening – Have you seen this?

The Awakening – Have you seen this?

Apr 30, 2013

Recently I watched The Awakening which was directed by Nick Murphy and released in 2011. The film takes place in England around 1921. It is about Florence Cathcart, an author/ghost hunter that exposes hoaxes that involve ghost or the paranormal. She’s approached by a school to get her to find or debunk a child ghost that has been seen there. It’s interesting because she starts questioning reality at times while looking for this ghost. Rebecca Hall plays Ms. Cathcart as a lady that doesn’t believe in ghosts but seems to have doubts about her beliefs. The film also stars Dominic West. You may recognize him as the douchey guy, Theron, in the film 300. Of course he’s been other characters as well. I don’t really want to go into more about the story because I don’t want to give too much of it away. Here is the trailer: Here’s a scene from the...

Blood Beach (1980) – Is it safer to go into the water or stay in the sand?

Blood Beach (1980) – Is it safer to go into the water or stay in the sand?

Apr 21, 2013

Seeing all the Jaws props at Mad Monster Party reminded me of other beach related movies. What better than to highlight Blood Beach. Another link to Jaws is the tag line for Blood Beach, “Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water – you can’t get to it.” Let’s watch the trailer: As you can tell from the trailer, this movie was shot in high definition. Or maybe not. The film stars non other than Burt Young from the Rocky movies, Marianna Hill (played Fredo’s wife in Godfather II and was in 78 other titles from 1960-1988), John Saxon (who has been in over 170 titles including Enter the Dragon, A Nightmare on Elm Street and FromDusk til Dawn), Stefan Gierasch (Carrie, High Plains Drifter, The Hustler) and many more. Blood Beach was written and directed by Jeffrey Bloom. As you can probably guess from the long trailer, Blood Beach is about a beach where people are going missing or getting mutilated. At first they believe it may be a serial killer but then figure out something is in the sand. I’m not sure this film is actually a classic but maybe more of a cult classic. If you’d like to watch the entire Blood Beach film, here it is on...

The Evil Dead from 1981

The Evil Dead from 1981

Apr 7, 2013

Since the new Evil Dead movie is out, I thought we’d have some fun with the original Evil Dead movie. I think most people are familiar with it so I’m going to post more videos of interviews and clips. Let’s start off with the original trailer! That was fun! Here’s a cool video with Sam Raimi: Some more Sam Raimi! Here are some quotes: In light of Roger Ebert‘s recent passing on April 4, 2013, I thought I’d play the review of The Evil...