“Paranormal Activity 4” Interview with Kathryn Newton (Alex) and Matt Shively (Ben)  


“Paranormal Activity 4” is the No. 1 movie in America and the world. Moviegoers love the franchise as much as I do (okay, the fourth one may not be the best but it’s still worth your money). 5 years after the events of “Paranormal Activity 2,” we meet a suburban family who begins to experience strange occurrences after they take in a super-creepy kid. ("Paranormal Activity 4" movie review)

Soon, Alex (Kathryn Newton) and her pal, Ben (Matt Shively) decide to investigate using smartphones and video messaging. Directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, “Paranormal Activity 4” is still a fun haunted house of a ride. I sat down with Kathryn and Matt to talk about:

*** Being a part of the ultra-popular “Paranormal Activity” franchise
*** How they kept the plot and the movie a secret from family and friends – the script was so closely guarded that it was first called “Double Decker”
*** How long did it take to shoot the film?
*** Why is the franchise so popular?
*** What will they be for Halloween?

Have fun!



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Watch My "Cloud Atlas" and "Fun Size" Movie Reviews 


This week, two big films duking it out at the box-office are the teen comedy romp “Fun Size” and the mind-bending drama “Cloud Atlas.” “Fun Size” set around Halloween stars Victoria Justice as Wren who finds out that Hollow’s Eve means strengthening the bond between her and her family. (My interview with director Josh Schwartz; and click here for my interviews with the cast of "Fun Size")

In “Cloud Atlas,” adapted from the “previously thought of” unadaptable book by David Mitchell, Tom Hanks and Halle Berry star in the creative work by the writers/directors The Wachowskis (Lana and Andy who gave us “The Matrix” movies) and Tom Tykwer (“Run Lola Run”).

So which one is my pick of the week? Let’s take a look:



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Arnold Schwarzenegger Will Be Back As...."Conan!" 


Sorry Jason Momoa, we love you but we just didn't buy you as Conan. So, Universal Pictures will reboot the reboot and bring the original Conan back, Mr. Arnold Schwarzenegger, in the role of the muscular, sword fighter. According to Deadline, the new film will be called "The Legend of Conan" and we will see Arnold as an older Conan. I can see it now, he has to deal with aging, death, and dying. Chris Morgan (four "Fast and Furious" films, "Wanted") will produce and write the script.

"The Legend of Conan" will be a sequel following 1982's "Conan the Barbarian." So the production team will be ignoring the 1984 sequel, "Conan the Destroyer."

This is kind of exciting but can Arnold still pull it off as Conan? Specifically, wearing his mythical banana hammock? :wink

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My Fun Interviews with “Fun Size” Gang -- We Talk About John Hughes, Halloween, and Honey Boo Boo! 


I had a great time interviewing the cast of the upcoming Paramount/Nickelodeon production of “Fun Size.” (From back row, left to right – Thomas Mcdonell, Osric Chau, and Thomas Mann; Front row, left to right – Jackson Nicoll, Victoria Justice, Jane Levy)

“Fun Size” is a fun teen film that revolves around Halloween – parties, costumes, and mishaps! The script by Max Werner was one of 2010’s best unproduced scripts (known as the Black List) and now, we have Josh Schwartz (“The O.C.,” “Gossip Girl”) making his big-screen debut as a director.

In this fun interview, we talked about:
*** How they felt when they were cast in “Fun Size”
*** How Josh Schwartz inspired them?
*** What they will be for Halloween?



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Director Josh Schwartz Talks About “Fun Size” 


Josh Schwartz makes his first full-feature film in Paramount/Nickelodeon’s “Fun Size,” a fun, teen comedy film that revolves around Halloween. The script by Max Werner was one of the Black List scripts of 2010, and now, it’s finally produced. Schwartz comes from the world of TV (“The O.C.,” “Gossip Girl,” “Chuck,” “Carrie Diaries”) brings his storytelling sensibilities to the big screen.

The cast includes Victoria Justice, Chelsea Handler, and Johnny Knoxville. “Fun Size” opens this Friday, Oct. 26th. In this interview, Josh and I talked about:

*** What made him choose “Fun Size” as his first full-feature film directing gig
*** Max Werner’s script
*** The John Hughes films
*** Perfect mix of drama and comedy
*** Chelsea Handler’s performance in the film
*** Johnny Knoxville’s character
*** The scene-stealer of the movie, the funny little kid, Jackson Nicoll
*** What is he going to be for Halloween?



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