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Vampires are headed to the web with the comedy series ‘Vampire Mob’

24 Jun

If you’re not in the vampire game these days, you are missing out.  Writer/director Joe Wilson is well aware of that and is putting a new twist on the classic vampire story with his new web series, Vampire Mob, premiering June 30, 2010.

Vampire Mob is a six episode series that tells the story of Don Grigioni (John Colella), a hitman and vampire who turns his own wife because… he was hungry.  He then finds out that his mother-in-law (Marcia Wallace) is moving in with the couple….for eternity.  Annie (Reamy Hall), Don’s wife, feels badly when she thinks of her mother dying one day, so she decides to bite her without talking it over with Don first.

The supporting cast is made up of Kirsten Vangsness (Criminal Minds), Chris Mulkey (Twin Peaks), Elizabeth Beckwith (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Andrea Cansler, Jim Roof and Cris D’Annunzio (As the World Turns).  The series can be seen at http://www.VampireMob.com on a view count basis.  Subsequent episodes will be posted as previous episodes reach their predetermined view count.  Updates will be sent to viewers via Twitter http://www.twitter.com/VampireMob and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=370100209495.

I had a chance to interview Wilson and when asked whether he had this idea before the recent explosion of Twilight and True Blood, he said, “Our show has murder, crime, family conflict and comedy – I didn’t see anything like that out there and that’s what I wanted to watch.”  Wilson dreamed up the idea for this series last summer while working as a private investigator.  He says the idea came to him, oddly enough, during an investigation.  The intent was to have Vampire Mob be a short, but after working on the project, Wilson realized he had a much larger beast on his hands and there was much more story to be told.

I asked Wilson how he decided on the casting of his series and he said, “I didn’t audition anyone!  I had most of the actors, who either I knew or other cast member were pals with.”  He did write the mother-in-law character specifically for Wallace though and was thrilled when she agreed to be a part of the project.  When I saw the title for his show, I asked Wilson if the downward facing gun was a nod to a particularly popular mob series and he said, “It was meant as a dash of parody…and we use .45 mm handguns in the show.”

In addition to working on season two of Vampire Mob, Wilson is putting together another web series.  Wilson is an award-winning filmmaker who won Best Short Under Five Minutes at the 2009 LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival for The Swear Police (http://www.SwearPolice.com).  You can also check out his work on YouTube with Tickle Me Harder, a parody of Tickle Me Elmo, that has already amassed over 500,000 views.

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9 Things You Didn’t Know About Jane Lynch

6 May

So even though she is family, I love being able to spread the awesomeness that is my cousin Jane Lynch.  For anyone living under a rock or for those who are silly enough to not like the show, Jane plays Sue Sylvester on FOX’s Glee.

Her career is blowing up thanks to her unique ability to play off-the-wall, interesting characters.  This is a list of some of her qualities, likes and dislikes that you may not have known.  Funny, orignial and genuine, that is Jane Lynch!

Harold Ramis talks ‘Ghostbusters 3’

18 Apr

Actor and Chicago native, Harold Ramis, took to the Chicago Cubs booth on Sunday to sing the 7th inning stretch….

Harold Ramis talks ‘Ghostbusters 3’

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Glee cast struts their stuff on Oprah

9 Apr

This past Wednesday, the cast of Glee were honored guests on The Oprah Show.  Ms. Winfrey jumped on the “Gleek” bandwagon and dedicated the whole hour to cast interviews, a musical number and some behind the scenes goodness…

Glee cast struts their stuff on Oprah

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ABC’s FlashForward returns tonight

18 Mar

After a four-month hiatus, FlashForward makes its return to the ABC schedule tonight.  When the show first premiered back in September, ABC thought they might have a new hit on their hands.

The first episode brought in over 12 million viewers, but saw a decline week after week.  The decision was then made to pull the show from the schedule the first week in December.  EW interviewed creator, David Goyer, back in December and he explained the lengthy hiatus.

[ We were going to be off for four or five weeks [through December and into January], then back on for two weeks, then off for two weeks because of the Olympics, then back on four weeks, off for two weeks again, back on three, off for two again… Our first 10 episodes had one preemption; our last 13-episode arc was going to have four. I just think when we saw that, the studio and the network and all the producers looked at each other and said, “This is crazy.” We’d rather bite the bullet, come back in March, and air all 13 episodes consecutively without preemptions.] 

 

FlashForward is about what happens after a 137 second blackout takes place across the world.  Joseph Fiennes plays Mark Benford, a FBI agent who is in charge of finding out who is behind the blackout that has changed everyone’s life.  During the blackout, everyone has a vision of something that is to take place in their future lives.  Most visions are in stark contrast to the current lives they are leading. 

Lost alums, Dominic Monaghan and Sonya Walger, make up some of the addition cast.  Film actor John Cho plays Fiennes partner, Demetri, who is experiencing something unlike everyone else affected by the blackout.  He doesn’t have a vision and is told the reason is because he will be dead at that point in time.  The fairly large cast of this show is diverse and extremely talented.

The show’s storylines can get confusing, but they’re definitely worth checking out.  TV executives will be looking closely at the ratings to determine whether the show will come back in the fall.  Tonight’s two-hour spring premiere is the first of back-to-back episodes that will go straight through to the season finale.

Parade Magazine’s Robert Pattinson Interview

10 Mar

Parade Magazine’s Jeanne Wolf interviewed Robert Pattinson on the heels of his film, Remember Me, opening this Friday.  See the link below for the full story.

He talks about the type of career he’d like to have and what it will take to achieve that.  Pattinson also discusses the possibilities of making an album and how he deals with his new found fame.

Pattinson may get a bad rap sometimes, but I think it’s refreshing to see someone who appears not to be concerned with the fame part of his job.  He honestly wants to do good work and leave all the outside, celebrity stuff for another actor to deal with.

Robert Pattinson ‘I Don’t Remember the Last Time I Asked Someone on a Date’ | Parade.com.

Emilie DeRavin & Robert Pattinson Interview

28 Feb

Check out this Remember Me interview from MTV featuring Emilie DeRavin and Robert Pattinson.  It’s actually got some funny moments in it.  I’d say Pattinson looks a lot more comfortable in this setting than in previous press junkets. 

Josh Horowitz asked some good questions of the two and didn’t focus too much on Pattinson’s Twilight past, which was kind of refreshing.  Make sure to listen to what Pattinson says about the difference in sexuality between this film and his current film in production, Bel Ami.

If you want to read more about Remember me, take a look at my last post.