Thursday, April 17, 2014
THE 2014 JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR TOUR Jesus Christ Superstar, the global phenomenon that has wowed audiences for over 40 years, is reimagined for the 21st century as an arena rock spectacular. The biggest ever North American arena tour of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's groundbreaking rock musical will hit the road this summer with an extraordinary cast of rock, pop and R&B superstars. The 50+ city tour kicks off in New Orleans at the Lakefront Arena on June 9, and stops in Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City and more, before culminating in Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Arena on August 17. Brandon Boyd, Grammy® nominated lead vocalist of rock band Incubus, is confirmed for the role of 'Judas Iscariot', Grammy® nominated *NSYNC vocalist, JC Chasez, will play 'Pontius Pilate', Grammy® Award winner and member of Destiny's Child, Michelle Williams, will take the female lead as 'Mary Magdalene', English singer-songwriter and lead singer in Public Image Ltd. (PiL) and Sex Pistols, John Rotten Lydon, will play 'King Herod' and introducing British actor and singer, Ben Forster, who won England's ITV Superstar competition in 2012 and played the lead role in the UK and Australian arena tours of Jesus Christ Superstar, will revive his role as 'Jesus.' With over 50 cast and musicians on stage this is one arena show that can't be missed! Tickets for the first 22 shows, New Orleans through Edmonton, will go on sale beginning Friday, April 11 at www.jesuschristsuperstar.com. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Friday, April 4 at 10am local time. All subsequent market on-sale dates will be announced locally in the weeks to come. Tickets for the first 22 shows, New Orleans through Edmonton, will go on sale beginning Friday, April 11 at www.jesuschristsuperstar.com. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Friday, April 4 at 10am local time. All subsequent market on-sale dates will be announced locally in the weeks to come. Tickets prices vary by market. They range from $29.50 to $125 plus applicable fees and service charges. In addition, a limited number of Gold Circle tickets and Superstar Premium VIP packages are available. The North American leg comes on the heels of the wildly successful UK and Australian arena tours, which began in the UK in September 2012 and commenced in Australia in May 2013. The Times said "The show gets the right balance between the spectacular, the jokey and the sincere. The performances from the well-choreographed supporting cast are fine throughout. Honestly, it's enough to give rock opera a good name." The Evening Chronicle exclaimed, "the extravagance of the production, a flamboyant spectacle of acrobatics, dramatic flames and provocative pole dancing," and Liverpool Daily Post claimed, "Restored to its rock roots, the star-studded second coming of Jesus Christ Superstar is big, brash and bold…" and the Manchester Evening News stated, "from the very opening strains the pounding music, the huge and sophisticated video backdrops and pulsating energy from a talented ensemble cast make this a true spectacle." "Jesus Christ Superstar began life as a rock album...probably because nobody believed back in 1969 that you could present a stage musical about the last days of the life of Jesus Christ. I shall never forget its first live performance in the Civic Arena, Pittsburgh on July 12th 1971. Of course JCS subsequently became a legit theatre stalwart, but I, personally, have always hankered after seeing it again in the arenas where it started," said Andrew Lloyd Webber. "In 1971 Andrew and I were thrilled by the first-ever Jesus Christ Superstar tour of the United States," said Tim Rice. "We certainly did not imagine then that 43 years later we would be witnessing another America-wide tour of our first big hit show. We are delighted and grateful that enthusiasm for Superstar has been maintained over the years and this new production presents the work in its most powerful format - as a true rock experience." "I'm excited to be involved with Jesus Christ Superstar," said Michael Cohl. "The show has evolved greatly over the past 40 years and it is exhilarating to be a part of a project that marries this incredible property and its extraordinary music with the new, innovative technology that has become available for live shows. This arena rock spectacular is a whole new experience for fans." "I am so thrilled to be a part of this amazing production!" said Brandon Boyd. "I grew up on Andrew Lloyd Webber's classics and never imagined I would be playing a role in one, let alone with such an incredibly diverse cast of players. Truly an honor!" "When I heard Jesus Christ Superstar was coming to the States, I was excited at the idea to be a part of telling one of the most influential stories in history through the scope of such a talented composer, Andrew Lloyd Webber," said JC Chasez. "I'm excited to work with such a dynamic cast, and to bring Jesus Christ Superstar back to its roots as a rock arena experience." "I am so excited to be part of such a legendary production alongside an amazing cast!, said Michelle Williams. "I am truly looking forward to this experience!" "I'm here to sing with the King of the Jews, who could ask for anything more?" said John Rotten Lydon. "I feel so excited to bring this production to North America," said Ben Forster. "America has to experience this rock arena spectacular as Andrew Lloyd Webber envisaged it. I am the real life Billy Elliot, from a coal mining city in the north of England to touring huge arenas across North America! You are about to witness my dream come true!" The Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Spectacular North American Tour is presented by S2BN Entertainment and The Really Useful Group. www.jesuschristsuperstar.com Jesus Christ Superstar Tour Dates: 6/9/14 - New Orleans, LA -Lakefront Arena 6/10/14 - Birmingham, AL-BJCC Arena 6/11/14 - Charlotte, NC - Time Warner Cable Arena 6/13/14 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - BB&T Center 6/14/14 - Orlando, FL - Amway Center 6/15/14 Tampa, FL -Tampa Bay Times Forum 6/16/14 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena 6/17/14 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena 6/19/14 - San Antonio, TX - Freeman Coliseum 6/20/14 - Austin, TX - Frank Erwin Center 6/21/14 - Houston, TX -Toyota Center 6/22/14 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center 6/23/14 - Oklahoma City, OK - Chesapeake Energy Arena 6/24/14 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center 6/26/14 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre 6/28/14 - Detroit, MI - Joe Louis Arena 6/29/14- Chicago, IL - United Center 7/1/14 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center 7/2/14 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center 7/4/14 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre 7/5/14 - Regina, SK - Brandt Centre 7/6/14 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place 7/8/14 - Boise, ID -Taco Bell Arena 7/9/14 - Spokane, WA -Spokane Arena 7/10/14 - Seattle, WA - KeyArena At Seattle Center 7/12/14 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena 7/13/14 - Portland, OR - Moda Center 7/15/14 - Sacramento, CA - Sleep Train Arena 7/16/14 - Fresno, CA - Save Mart Center 7/17/14 - Bakersfield, CA - Rabobank Arena 7/18/14 - San Jose, CA - SAP Center at San Jose 7/20/14 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center 7/22/14 - El Paso, TX - UTEP Don Haskins Center 7/23/14 - Phoenix, AZ - US Airways Center 7/24/14 - San Diego, CA - Valley View Casino Center 7/25/14 - Las Vegas, NV - Mandalay Bay Events Center 7/26/14 - Los Angeles, CA - STAPLES Center 7/29/14 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center 7/30/14 - Lincoln, NE - Pinnacle Bank Arena 7/31/14 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center 8/1/14 - Milwaukee, WI - BMO Bradley Harris Center 8/2/14 - Indianapolis, IN - Bankers Life Fieldhouse 8/3/14 - Cincinnati, OH - U.S. Bank Arena 8/5/14 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden 8/7/14 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center 8/9/14 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center 8/10/14 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena 8/12/14 - Pittsburgh, PA - Consol Energy Center 8/13/14 - Buffalo, NY - First Niagara Center 8/14/14 - Boston, MA - TD Garden 8/16/14 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center #SuperstarTour www.JesusChristSuperstar.com Facebook: facebook.com/JesusChristSuperstar Twitter: @JCSTheMusical Youtube: youtube.com/jesuschristsuperstar Instagram: instagram.com/jesuschristsuperstar
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
LARRY KING NOW Now in its second season, Larry King's online-only show Larry King Now was just nominated for two Webby Awards. From radio to tv and now to the internet, Larry King continues as an innovator, a trail-blazer, and an icon in the entertainment industry. Larry King, the master interviewer, is available for interview to promote his two online shows Larry King Now (available on Ora.tv and hulu.com) and PoliticKING (available on Ora.tv, hulu.com, and RT). He is available to discuss the changing face of news media as well as his own political views on today's important issues, such as gay rights and the 2016 presidential elections,. This week is Showrunner Week on Larry King Now - which features the creators, executive producers, and writers of today's most popular TV shows. Larry King brings a unique insight and behind-the-scene antidotes that span over 57 years in the broadcasting industry. About Larry King Now Now in its second season, Larry King Now is available online Monday through Thursday on Ora.tv and Hulu. On Hulu.com, the show is one of the top viewed for original programming. The show was recently nominated for the 2014 Webby Awards. In February 2014, Larry King Now had over 4.6 million views total between Ora.tv and Hulu. Past guests include: Oprah, Ashton Kutcher, Dalai Lama, Robert DeNiro, Michael Douglas, Denzel Washington, Mark Walberg, Matthew McConaughey, Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Jessica Biel, Susan Sarandon, Seth MacFarlane, Morgan Freeman, Colin Farrell, Eric Stonestreet, Betty White, Snoop Lion, Cast of Walking Dead, Seth Green, Jimmy Kimmel, Floyd Mayweather, Danica Patrick, Chris Kluwe, Dana White, Chad Johnson, WWE Superstars, Billy Crystal, Wiz Khalifa, Sharon Stone, Jane Lynch, Hugh Laurie, Bill Hader, Jessica Alba, Donald Rumsfeld, Hugh Laurie, 50 Cent, Backstreet Boys, Oliver Stone, Craig Ferguson, Megan McCain, Edward Norton, Cast of Breaking Bad, Celine Dion and more! About PoliticKING The legendary Larry King brings you inside political arena every week on PoliticKING with headline-making personalities, the hottest issues, behind-the-scenes scoops, and no-hold-bars debates. No one does politics like the King. PoliticKING is available online every Thursday on Ora.tv and hulu.com and also through cable TV on RT. Since its inception, the show has over 30 million total viewers each month online. RT has a global reach of over 620 million people in 100+ countries; in the United States, about 85 million people in key urban areas can watch RT in English and Spanish via cable or satellite, including Comcast, Dish Network and Time Warner Cable. RT is the first television news channel ever to reach [imminently] the one billion views mark on YouTube. Past guests and panelists for PoliticKING include world leaders, policy makers, celebrities, investigative journalists and newmakers of every stripe: Ron Paul, Alan Colmes, the Dalai Lama, Ralph Nadar, Jerry Springer, Jesse Ventura, Dan Rather, Anthony Weiner, Eliot Spitzer, Joe Lieberman, Rudy Giuliani, Greta Van Susteren, "Meet the Press" moderator David Gregory, Dick Cheney, Ben Stein, Donald Trump, and more!
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A multi-talented entertainer, George Lopez’s career encompasses television, film, standup comedy and late-night television. For two seasons, Lopez hosted Lopez Tonight, a late-night television talk show which represented Lopez's return to series television after co-creating, writing, producing and starring in the groundbreaking hit sitcom George Lopez, which ran for six seasons on ABC. George Lopez remains a hit with viewers in syndication on both broadcast stations and cable., Ranking as one of the top-rated shows on the network and among the top five comedies and top 20 weekly programs in syndication, George Lopez is one of only four off-net comedies to post weekly ratings gains. Lopez most recently released his second memoir, I’m Not Gonna Lie And Other Lies You Tell When You Turn 50, where he tells the unabashed and hilarious truth about aging – as only he can. In 2012, Lopez debuted his third solo stand-up special It’s Not Me, It’s You on HBO. Lopez also voiced animated characters in a string of animated blockbuster films including “Thurman” in Escape from Planet Earth opposite Jane Lynch and Sofia Vergara, “Rafael” in Rio, along with Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg, “Grouchy Smurf” in The Smurfs 1 and 2, and “Papi” in The Beverly Hills Chihuahua 1, 2, and 3. His other most recent film credits include the box-office hit Valentine's Day directed by Garry Marshall, Swing Vote, Henry Poole Is Here and Balls of Fury. In August 2009, Lopez filmed his second HBO Comedy Special, Tall, Dark and Chicano, which was nominated for a Grammy Award® in the category of Best Comedy Album. He headlined his first HBO Comedy Special, America's Mexican, in 2007. Lopez has also performed as part of HBO and TBS's Comic Relief 2006. His acclaimed comedy concert, Why You Crying?, debuted on Showtime in 2004. He released his third standup CD, El Mas Chingon, in 2006, which also earned Lopez a Grammy nomination in the category of Best Comedy Album. Prior to that, in 2004, he was nominated for a Grammy in the same category for his CD Team Leader. In May 2004, his autobiography, Why You Crying?, entered The New York Times Bestsellers List top 20. The book was co-written by Emmy®-winning writer and sportscaster Armen Keteyian. Lopez also was the focus of the award-winning documentary Brown is the New Green: George Lopez and the American Dream. In 2006, Lopez received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In addition, Time magazine named him one of the 25 Most Influential Hispanics in America, and the Harris Poll named him one of the Top Ten Favorite Television Personalities. Lopez has made more than 200 television comedy, talk show and hosting appearances, including co-hosting the Emmy Awards and twice hosting the Latin Grammys. In 2001, Lopez hosted a major morning radio show in Los Angeles, becoming the first Latino to headline the key morning slot on an English-language station in one of the nation's top radio markets. Lopez has received the Manny Mota Foundation Community Spirit Award and was named Honorary Mayor of Los Angeles for his extensive fundraising efforts benefiting earthquake victims in El Salvador and Guatemala. Other honors include an Imagen Vision Award, the Latino Spirit Award and the National Hispanic Media Coalition Impact Award. The Lopez Foundation, founded by George, was established to create positive, permanent change for underprivileged children and adults confronting challenges in education and health, as well as increasing community awareness about kidney disease, organ donation, and the military. George will be hosting the 7th Annual George Lopez Celebrity Golf Classic on May 5, 2014 which has raised over 2 million dollars to fund The Children’s Summer & Fall Transplant Camps, San Fernando Elementary School Toy Drive, and Military programs. ABOUT SAINT GEORGE, THURSDAY NIGHTS AT 9PM ET/PT ON FX Saint George is a half-hour, multi-camera ensemble comedy that follows the chaotic life of “George Lopez,” a recently divorced working class Mexican-American turned successful entrepreneur caught between two cultures. He struggles to balance the parenting demands of his All-American Anglo ex-wife, “Mackenzie,” and the cultural expectations of his overbearing Mexican-American mother, “Alma.” As George attempts to relate to his 11-year-old son, “Harper,” his life is further complicated by his fun-loving but freeloading uncle “Tio” and cousin “Junior.” As a wealthy businessman, George also gives back by teaching history to a multi-cultural classroom at a night school in downtown Los Angeles, where he’s supervised by tough and sexy Assistant Principal “Concepcion.” Ultimately, Saint George is a celebration of a multi-generational family that humorously wrestles with cultural differences. The series stars George Lopez (George Lopez, Lopez Tonight) as “George Lopez,” Jenn Lyon (Justified) as “Mackenzie,” Olga Merediz (In the Heights) as “Alma,” Diana Maria Riva (The Bridge) as “Concepcion,” and Kaden Gibson (Review With Forrest MacNeil) as “Harper, with David Zayas (Dexter) as “Junior” and Danny Trejo (Machete Kills) as “Tio.”
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Bob McAdams and Gordon G.G. Gebert have been asked that question more times than they care to remember, each having the dubious distinction of being members of the KISS inner circle. People never seem to get enough of all their outrageous stories and finally after re-telling these tales about Ace Frehley and KISS for the umpteen thousandth time - Bob and Gordon decided to tell their stories one last time in KISS and Tell! This book exposes the hidden reality of some of Rock and Roll’s most excessive characters: * Gene Simmons * Paul Stanley * Ace Frehley * Peter Criss * Bob McAdams became Paul Frehley’s closest childhood friend around 1963 and remained friends to adulthood where each served as Best Man at each other’s weddings. Gordon G.G. Gebert became Bob’s successor as best friend and cohort with Ace in 1985 until Gordon and Ace’s controversial falling out in 1993. Together, they have put to pen the most fascinating expose’ in recent memory, full of candid details surrounding the lives of rock and roll’s most secretive band, whose superstar status was perhaps the least interesting aspect of their twisted persona. Yes, it’s about the power, fame, money, sex and madness associated with rock and roll and the lives of those who came in contact with these living legends (and everything you’d expect from the world’s greatest rock band on the planet.) But better still, there is a comic insanity in these episodes that go beyond cartoon characters or the fictional members of Spinal Tap than actual human beings. KISS and Tell is the epitome of the classic cliche truth is stranger than fiction! Here is a behind the scenes view of KISS with inside stories they wouldn’t want you to know. ABOUT GORDON G.G. GEBERT (in his own words) A candid conversation with the musician turned author of the most controversial tell-all rock book to come along since Hammer of the Gods, Hit Men, and I’m With The Band: Confessions of a Groupie. “Controversy has become my middle name. Can I handle it? The real question is CAN YOU?” Author of the hit book KISS & TELL and now a sequel, KISS & TELL MORE!, Gordon G.G. Gebert shows more balls than Bill Clinton under fire but with a sense of humor and, unlike the comparison, with a blunt honesty you have to admire. “I’ve done more than 400 radio interviews and I truly enjoyed every single one. But I love when an interviewer connects and gets on a roll. It creates magic and great comedy. When KISS & TELL initially came out, it struck a major nerve in the die-hard KISS fan community and the hate mail poured in. You know you’ve made some kind of impact when you get a pant-load of hate mail. Mother Theresa probably received hate mail. My favorite veiled death threat was ‘If you show up at a KISS Convention you are braver than Salmon Rushdie’. I didn’t know that a KISS fan knew who Salmon Rushdie was.” KISS & TELL’s straightforward verbage has the feel of two New Yawkers telling stories in the local bar over a few brews. “I’m pretty jaded being a well traveled musician from New York, but when a gorgeous female reader approached me to sign my book and, as I placed my John Hancock on it, she enlightened me that she pleasured herself while reading a chapter. I admit it, both heads swelled. I asked her ‘Which chapter?’ “ Gordon’s musical resume had him on stage, getting blown up playing keyboards with Motley Crew one night - and the following evening playing with an Elvis impersonator in a local hotel. “I love performing, entertaining, and creating music. Being creative in anything is the best job in life. If I ever start slinging burgers at the local McDonald’s do me a favor, just shoot me. One of the coolest moments in my life was when my idol, Keith Emerson, asked me to autograph his personal copy of KISS & TELL.” As a world traveler, Gordon has gone to the far reaches of the world in Asia, Europe and even a trip to the North Pole. France is a cool place to visit. A beautiful country. Only problem is there are too many French people there. Gordon G.G. Gebert was born in the city of Yonkers, New York. The middle initials G.G. actually are names - Gerald and Giles. The second born of three talented brothers, Gordon’s original ambition was to become an astronaut. “I grew up watching the Apollo missions. Damn, I wanted to go up with them when I was a kid. But in reality I’d probably be screaming like Bugs (censored) Bunny if I was thrown into one of those rockets.” The sky’s the limit for Gebert. What’s next for this author/musician/entrepreneur? “I would love to see KISS & TELL made into a movie. It’s got all the elements of Private Parts, Leaving Las Vegas, Goodfellas and Spinal Tap all rolled into one.”
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Friday, April 11, 2014
Carol Leifer is the author of How to Succeed in Business without Really Crying (Quirk Books) and co-executive producer of Devious Maids on Lifetime, which has its 2nd season premiere on April 20th. For many years, television comedy was an exclusive all boys’ club—until a brilliant comedian named Carol Leifer came along, blazing a trail for funny women everywhere. From Late Night with David Letterman and Saturday Night Live to Seinfeld, The Ellen Show, and Modern Family, Carol has written for and/or performed on some of the best TV comedies of all time. This hilarious collection of essays charts her extraordinary three-decade journey through show business, illuminating her many triumphs and some missteps along the way—and offering valuable lessons for women and men in any profession. Part memoir, part guide to life, and all incredibly funny, How to Succeed in Business without Really Crying offers tips and tricks for getting ahead, finding your way, and opening locked doors—even if you have to use a sledgehammer. ABOUT CAROL LEIFER Carol Leifer is a four-time Emmy nominee for her writing on such shows as Seinfeld, Modern Family, Saturday Night Live, The Larry Sanders Show, and seven Academy Awards telecasts. She has starred in five of her own comedy specials, which have aired on Showtime, HBO, and Comedy Central. Her previous book was the national best seller When You Lie about Your Age, the Terrorists Win.
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REVIEW OF OCULUS, IN THEATERS THIS FRIDAY APRIL 11TH (FROM INDIEWIRE.COM If there's one certainty in the horror genre, it's that trends will come and go. Some strain of horror will be popular for a few years, then disappear just as quickly, waiting for its moment of reinvention or cultural relevance. The genre's recent past has been dominated by two forces: the torture-porn subgenre, in which our anxieties about war atrocities translate, somewhat clumsily, to movies where people spend whole running times getting pieces of their bodies lobbed off. The other, equally powerful force in horror movies has been the "found footage" genre, again translating our cultural queasiness when it comes to technology and turning it into something positively supernatural. But thanks to last summer's surprise blockbuster "The Conjuring," it looks like those are being shoved aside in favor of good old-fashioned haunted house spookiness. "Oculus" is a perfect example of this newly relevant style, and the results are damn scary. As "Oculus" opens, a disturbed young man Tim Russell (Brenton Thwaites, handsome but somewhat bland) is about to be released from a mental institution. The movie plays cagey with the details, but something terrible and very violent happened in his past. Tim's sister, Kaylie (Karen Gillan from "Doctor Who"), who suffers from similarly sleepless nights, is an auctioneer with a swinging ponytail of brilliant red hair. She meets him as soon as he gets out. What's more: she's got news. It seems that she has found something very important to the siblings. It's an ornate mirror that has just been sold off. And it has a connection to their past. Kaylie uses her connections with the auction house to "borrow" the mirror. She has it brought to their childhood house, which has been in her care since their parents died (cue ominous music). Her intention is to explain to Tim what the mirror really is and then destroy it (she's got a weighted anchor attached to the wall that is scheduled to swing down and shatter the mirror, should she not reset the timer). Kaylie begins explaining the haunted history of the mirror—how almost every owner has met some horrible fate. Tim, rattled by his sister's single-minded determination and sense of purpose, especially coming so soon after his release, combats her supernatural speculation with pop psychology. Some of these earlier scenes are the movie's best, as they have a philosophical battle of wits as the fucked up history of this cursed glass is revealed in its entirety. The most ingenious aspect of "Oculus" is how, once the siblings enter their childhood home, the movie shifts back in time between the two grown kids in the house and their childhood selves in the weeks leading up to the tragedy that would ultimately claim both of their parents. This adds so much to the movie, it cannot be understated, and the way that the two timelines play off of each other is pretty spectacular. The adult Kaylie and Tim might be walking down the stairs, but by the time they reach the ground floor, the camera has swiveled around, revealing their child counterparts (played by the truly wonderful Garrett Ryan and Annalise Basso). In the flashbacks, we get to also see their parents, played by two wholly underrated actors: Rory Cochrane and Katee Sackhoff. (They show how suburban squabbles can soon escalate to a level of supernatural nastiness; metaphors run deep.) Occasionally these scenes of the family's domestic life don't quite work, but that's more of a matter of point of view. If all of this stuff is supposed to be coming from things that the kids have seen, then they don't always work. If it's more about an emotional impression, then everything is just fine. As the spookiness intensifies, too, so does the more outwardly supernatural, mind fuck-y stuff. Half of the fun of the film is watching Tim come around to the fact that all of the psychobabble that has been poured down his throat since entering the institution is absolute bunk. There are some things that therapeutic discussion cannot alleviate. Things like haunted mirrors. And while the movie introduces some specifics to the mirror's lore, like the fact that the malevolent force kills all plants (and, occasionally, dogs), it remains willfully obscure about what the mirror is and what's inhabiting it, which in an era of over-mythologizing, is a welcome relief. Is it a demon? A ghost? Some kind of boogin? It doesn't really matter. You understand what it's capable of: the kind of tragedy that can reverberate through generations. Towards the movie's third act, after some truly scary stuff has gone down (there's a scene with an apple that had us contorting in our seat), a sense of dread settles in: there's no way that this is going to have a happy ending. Gillan, who will next be seen as an evil robot alien in Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy," plays a young woman who is tough and committed and wound as tight as her ponytail. But part of the movie is about letting go—of the past, of notions of revenge and the satisfaction that supposedly comes along with it—and it's something that she refuses to accept. It's a wonderful performance, at once brittle and deeply compassionate, and between this and 'Guardians,' big things are likely on the way for Gillan. Director Mike Flanagan also helped edit the film, and the movie is ridiculously tight. Even with the two timelines, two sets of actors playing the same character, fantasy elements that intermingle with what is actually happening, and a scary ghoul with glowing eyes, there isn't an ounce of fat on "Oculus." It's easily the scariest movie since "The Conjuring," and in some ways is a deeper and more satisfying film. It's stylish but not showy, more concerned with the thematic undercurrents coursing just beneath the surface. In "Oculus," the lead characters are deeply disturbed adults who are trying desperately to move on with their lives. Almost everyone is haunted by some aspect of their past. What "Oculus" suggests is that you have to move on… or you'll pay the ultimate price. [B+] ABOUT GARRETT RYAN Garrett an currently be seen starring in Relativity’s new thriller Oculus, in theaters April 11, where he plays a young Tim Russell. o Synopsis: Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents. Now in his 20s, Tim is newly released from protective custody and only wants to move on with his life; but Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parents’ deaths were caused by something else altogether: a malevolent supernatural force- unleashed through the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror in their childhood home. Determined to prove Tim’s innocence, Kaylie tracks down the mirror, only to learn similar deaths have befallen previous owners over the past century. With the mysterious entity now back in their hands, Tim and Kaylie soon find their hold on reality shattered by terrifying hallucinations, and realize, too late, that their childhood nightmare is beginning again... “The movie takes place in two timelines, present and past. In my timeline (past), it shows how the mirror affected our family where the older versions of us (present) come back to kill it so no families can be further harmed. My character is an innocent boy who is trying really hard to be courageous and brave.” –Garrett Ryan Garrett will be seen this summer on one of Nickelodeon’s first digital series Junior Eye, made specifically for the Nick App. Garrett may be most known for his recurring role on more than 50+ episodes of the long-running daytime series, The Young and the Restless. His film credits include: Insidious Chapter 2, Dark House, Trust, and he played a lead role in Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer • TV Credits include: Cold Case, Criminal Minds, CSI: NY, Heroes, The Middle, The Millers, Dog With a Blog, The Haunting Hour and Scent of the Missing. Garrett was born in Newport Beach, California and began acting at the young age of 5 when he booked his first job, a national Clorox commercial. When he’s not acting he enjoys singing, dancing, playing piano and sports including baseball, tennis, basketball and golf.
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