LA LA LAND to Receive the Vanguard Award at Palm Springs International Film Festival 


Yay! One of my favorite films of the year is receiving the Vanguard Award in my own backyard -- the Palm Springs International Film Festival! Woot Woot! Take a look at the press release:

Palm Springs, CA (November 21, 2016) – The 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present the film La La Land with the Vanguard Award at its La La Landannual Film Awards Gala. The award is presented to the film’s cast and director recognizing its outstanding creative ensemble. Cast members Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone and director/writer Damien Chazelle are expected to attend. The Film Awards Gala, hosted by Mart Hart, will be held Monday, January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 2-16.

“Director and writer Damien Chazelle delivers a resonant cinematic masterpiece with La La Land,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “This visually stunning film pays tribute to classic Hollywood musicals with a contemporary love story driven by pitch-perfect performances by Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. It is our honor to present the Vanguard Award to La La Land.”

Written and directed by Academy Award® nominee Damien Chazelle, La La Land, from Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label, tells the story of an aspiring actress, Mia (Emma Stone), and a dedicated jazz musician, Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), both struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern-day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.


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Did Miles Teller Stuff a Banana in His Undies? What He Revealed in “Bleed for This” Interview 


From “Footloose” to the “Divergent” series, it was always a pleasure talking to Miles Teller. I sat down with the actor to talk about “Bleed for This” where he plays real-life World Champion Boxer Vinnie Pazienza. Apparently, the boxer told him to stuff a banana in his undies to film his weigh-in scene. Did Miles Teller need a banana for props? Take a look at my fun interview with the actor for “Bleed for This.”



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Aaron Eckhart Trained with Manny Pacquiao’s Trainer for “Bleed for This” 


I love talking with Aaron Eckhart, especially with a movie that has “No Fallen” on the title! HA! In “Bleed for This,” he stars as Vinnie Pazienza’s trainer Kevin Rooney. He virtually disappeared in the role as he gained weight and lost his hair. Take a look at my interview with Aaron Eckhart for “Bleed for This.”



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The Lovely Katey Sagal Talks About Her Role in “Bleed for This” 


We all fell in love with Katey Sagal as Peg Bundy in “Married with Children.” Now, she’s playing a different kind of mom in “Bleed for This.” She plays the kind of mother who goes to her makeshift altar to smoke cigarettes as she listens to her son’s boxing fight on TV. But she comes from love. See my interview with Sagal for the gripping biopic “Bleed for This.”



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Director Ben Younger Talks About His Own Comeback for “Bleed for This” 


“Bleed for This” is the true-life story of World Champion Boxer Vinnie Pazienza (Miles Teller) who made one the most incredible comebacks in the world of sports. The writer/director of the biopic, Ben Younger, is also making a comeback of some sorts. He hasn’t made a full feature film since 2005’s “Prime.” Why now? Take a look at my interview with the writer/director of “Bleed for This.”



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