In Beauty Mark, Angie is a woman marked by the cruel twists of life. A single mother with a limited education and a long history of bad decisions, Angie struggles to find the right path for her son. Adding to this dilemma is her live-in mother,  a boorish woman with her own track record of irresponsibility. Upon learning that their home is being condemned, Angie sets off on a desperate mission to find a suitable place to live before her family is cast out into the street. When every corner leads to rejection, she fixates her sights on settling the debt with the one person she feels owes her: the man who sexually abused her as a child.

Beauty Mark is an honest depiction of the toll sexual abuse can have on personal judgment. It delivers a protagonist whose plight might seem detestable to some, yet through the raw and unflinching performance of Auden Thornton as Angie, we witness a character whose pain and plight begins to resonate with each of us. Complemented by remarkable supporting performances from Catherine Curtin and Jeff Kober, Beauty Mark is a tragically beautiful tale of the damaged hearts left in the wake of abuse.

For this exclusive interview, writer-director Harris Doran discusses both his journey to Hollywood, as well as the road to Beauty Mark. He elaborates on why the topic of sexual abuse and the need to craft a narrative that spoke a brutal truth was so important in the making of his film. And why Auden Thornton was the perfect choice to bring his powerful tale to light.

A haunting story centered around an uncomfortable topic and filled with memorable performances, don’t miss our exclusive interview with Beauty Mark director, Harris Doran.

Currently playing at the LA Film Festival, you can find more info about Beauty Mark on Facebook or Twitter

 

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Ripped tells the story of two best friends, stoners, who stumble across some of the best kush available on the market. Actually, it’s not “available”, so much as earned. The hook for this particular brand of cannabis is that the CIA somehow harvested it out of somewhere in Area 51. That’s right, this is some top-secret alien weed.

As Harris and Reeves pass out in 1986, they awake 30 years later in the aged forms of Russell Peters and Faizon Love. Life has moved on, and the two friends are forced to confront their missed time by adapting to the leap in technology, opportunities that passed them by, and kicking off their own future. After reuniting with Harris’ long-lost ex (Alex Meneses), the guys decide to reinvest in their favorite pastime and open a restaurant that only serves chili…infused with pot.

For our interview, Ripped director Brad Epstein opens up about his decision to leave the studio exec lifestyle in his own past, and concentrate on his future as a filmmaker. As a producer on films like About a Boy and Dan in Real Life, Brad took a chance with his own career by pursuing Ripped and the world of independent cinema. We also discuss his reasoning for beginning this era of his career with a buddy pot comedy, casting Peters and Love, and where he wants to venture next.

A comedy about best friends coming to terms with the past, and a whole lotta ganja, take a listen to our exclusive interview with Ripped director, Brad Epstein.

Ripped is now available in limited theaters and on VOD. Find out more at RippedMovie.com

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Grab the helmets and strap on the armor, it’s time for our latest Movie Battle Royale!

This round, we’re looking at historical period pieces. What’s that mean? Well, it means different things to every voice, but we’re looking at it as any film involving historical events or people.

Our combatants vary from Amadeus to Dances with Wolves to Tombstone to unsinkable Titanic. With several more vying for the title, which film will be crowned the greatest period piece in the known HO universe? Listen in and find out!

Also this week, we debate The Conjuring’s growing universe, review Baby Driver, 47 Meters Down and 12 Feet Deep, discuss the impending retirement of Daniel Day-Lewis, and much more.

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Miles tells the story of a young man named Miles who is looking for a way out of his small town. His original plans for a college bound escape are thwarted when his dad suddenly passes away, and Miles and his mother learn that his father had squandered his college fund on a fling. Desperate for a scholarship, Miles signs up for the only sport he’s any good at, volleyball. Of course, with a school that only has a girls volleyball team, this means Miles will need to buck the system and play anyway.

Miles stars Tim Boardman, Molly Shannon, Missi Pyle and Paul Reiser, and is a sweet tale of a kid just trying to leave small town life behind him. 

For our exclusive interview, we talk to director Nathan Adloff about leaving his own small town, the journey to get his film made, rounding up his cast, and much more.

Find more info at http://www.milesthemovie.com/

 

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Random Tropical Paradise, which is now available on Digital HD, stars Bryan Greenburg and Brooks Wheelan as Harry and Bowie, best friends who find themselves destined for a vacation after Harry finds his bride cheating on him…on their wedding day. They set off on a Bromie-Moon and use the reservations at a tropical paradise to loosen up and have a little fun. Along the way, they meet up with drug dealers, criminal heavyweights, and of course, beautiful ladies.

For our exclusive interview, we discuss his journey to Hollywood, getting Random Tropical Paradise made, and how he landed Joe Pantoliano. It’s an entertaining interview and the film is now available on VOD.

https://www.randomtropicalparadise.com/

 

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Fathers on television are often the stern provider who always lends an ear, right before he smacks your reality with a hard and fast life lesson. Throughout the history of the medium, we could always count on our TV dads to guide us through any and every scenario that might arise, good and bad.

For this episode, we discuss not just what makes a great TV dad, no we dig a little deeper. Instead we look at what father-child relationships affected us the most. Some of the choices may surprise you, as we learn about the vast differences lying within our TV favorites.

We also discuss Universal’s launch of their Dark Universe with The Mummy, Megan Leavey, It Comes at Night, try out a new game called Let’s Fill In A Plot Hole, and much more.

Join in on our conversation and listen to the latest episode of The Hollywood Outsider.

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Shimmer Lake twists the conventional wisdom of storytelling on its ear by allowing the events of a small-town crime to unfold in reverse order. Working from Friday back to Tuesday, director Oren Uziel constructs a story of despair as a local Sheriff, Zeke Sikes (Benjamin Walker), works to bring to justice three criminals who robbed the local bank. Learning that one of them may just be his brother Andy (Rainn Wilson), Zeke sets off on a trail of lies and murder. With a host of suspects, twists, and revelations, how will this path ultimately lead back to Shimmer Lake?

After graduating with a BA in Drama from Duke University and an MFA in Acting from the Yale School of Drama, Adam Saunders set his sights on a career in Hollywood. As the pursuit of his craft intensified, Adam found he also had a knack for both developing and producing projects. Often the unsung hero of film, a producer fields many behind-the-scenes responsibilities that directly contribute to our favorite films, from lining up capital and casting commitments to finalizing distribution deals.

As the CEO of Footprint Features, Adam produced Shimmer Lake and explains why this was “one the best scripts I’ve ever read”. He also elaborates on the complexities of shooting a film in reverse order, assembling the all-star cast, and how their deal with Netflix ultimately came to fruition.

Footprint Features has several exciting projects lined up, not the least of which is the newly released Shimmer Lake. Don’t miss this exclusive interview with producer, Adam Saunders.

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For decades, strong female characters have continued to grow in popular culture. Heroines have graced the silver screen from Ellen Ripley to Katniss Everdeen to the just released Wonder Woman. Likewise, television has held its own legion of women in the forms of the Bionic Woman, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Sydney Bristow. Heroism lies in everyone, but this week we’re only discussing the ladies.

On this week’s podcast, we discuss what it takes to be a hero. Is it selflessness, bravery, or just an epic level of ass-kickery? We also offer up our individual picks for the top 3 heroic female characters in TV and film.

Also this week: reviews of Wonder Woman, The Wedding Invitation, and War Machine. We also offer another installment of HO Court as we look into recent litigation regarding a lawsuit claiming the recent Alamo Drafthouse “Women’s Only” screenings is discrimination.

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The Wedding Invitation follows best friends Lucy (Rainy Kerwin), Ryann (Camille Guaty), and Nectar (Christina Ulloa) as they navigate the waters of single life, each looking for a date after a last-minute invitation to the wedding of a lifetime. Lucy is a woman who has just lost her job, her boyfriend and is forced back into the dating scene at the worst time. Ryann is the bold friend overfilled with confidence, yet is still terrified of asking out the one guy she has her eye on. Nectar never seems to be in need of attention, yet everyone she spends time with is obviously the wrong match for her. The three friends endure ups-and-downs and Lucy guides us through the worst time in her life as she searches for that one special guy to whisk her off to this most exclusive wedding, and she might have found him in a charming guitar teacher.

Lighthearted and fun, The Wedding Invitation is a charming romantic comedy. For this exclusive interview, writer-director-star, Rainy Kerwin discusses the path her film has traveled to finally arrive as her feature film debut. She elaborates on what prompted her to craft this story of sisterhood and women making the first move, and why the actors were such a fit for Rainy's passion project.

An engaging interview with a new voice in comedy, take a listen to our interview with director and star, Rainy Kerwin.

The Wedding Invitation releases digitally On Demand June 6, 2017

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For this special episode of The Hollywood Outsider, we gathered listeners and fans together and had an in-depth discussion on DC's latest, Wonder Woman. 

Numerous voices with different takes on DC's Universe thus far weigh in on how they fared with finally bringing Princess Diana to the silver screen. How did Gal Gadot handle the Lasso of Truth? Was Patty Jenkins the right fit as director? How charming can Chris Pine actually be? Find out the answer to this and many other lingering questions as we dive into DC's Wonder Woman!

Discussed on this episode of The Hollywood Outsider Movie and TV Podcast:

  • Wonder Woman - The wait is over, how was it? 
  • Gal Gadot's performance as Princess Diana
  • Chris Pine as Steve Trevor
  • A rundown of all major plot points
  • Favorite and least favorite moments
  • Where we stand with the current slate of films in the DC Universe
  • What we want to see from Justice League
  • Be sure to read our review on the film HERE

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