13 posts categorized "Interviews"

August 24, 2018


Cinephile Marcus Pinn brings Andrei Tarkovsky's indisputable art house classic to the podcast for a fresh going-over to the taste of Stone Brewing's DELICIOUS IPA on the day of the premiere of the film's 4k restoration. Bon appétit!

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June 22, 2018


Podcast personality Chico Leo brings David Slade's 30 DAYS OF NIGHT to THE BIG FEAST. We drink Sierra Nevada's TORPEDO IPA as men facing down a bunch of fearless vampires in the dead of an Alaskan blackout might do. Bon appétit!

Cole and Chico

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June 01, 2018


New York City actor Theodore Bouloukos joins the FEAST to drink a BELLS TWO HEARTED IPA and discuss THE LAST OF SHELIA — co-written by Anthony Perkins and Stephen Sondheim. Long before Bret Easton Ellis reveled in the narcissism of the entitled, Perkins and Sondheim celebrated it with just as little concern for likable characters. Bon appétit!

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October 27, 2017


SHOCKTOBER! reaches a fever climax of terror with Tobe Hooper's THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. Dramatist Phil Holt returns to the podcast to guest co-host this very special Halloween edition with the addition of Brooklyn Brewery's POST ROAD PUMPKIN ALE ! Close the curtains, light some candles and settle in for our scariest episode yet! 

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September 12, 2016




August 26, 2016


For episode #18 Mike and I drink the classic DOGFISH HEAD 60 MINUTE IPA while we discuss John Schlesinger's  film adaptation of the Nathaniel West novel DAY OF THE LOCUST,  starring Karen Black, Donald Sutherland, Burgess Meredith, and William Atherton.



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July 21, 2016


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July 13, 2015

Derek Luke Talks Self/less

Self-LessJuly 6, 2015

By Wilson Morales

Tarsem Singh’s Self/less, stars Ryan Reynolds, Natalie Martinez, Matthew Goode, Victor Garber, Derek Luke, Michelle Dockery, and Academy Award-winner Ben Kingsley.

In this provocative psychological science fiction thriller, an extremely wealthy man (Academy Award-winner Kingsley) dying from cancer undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man (Ryan Reynolds). But all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body’s origin and the organization that will kill to protect its cause.

For Luke, who plays Anton, a friend of Ryan’s character who has ulterior motives, it’s his first role since he was last seen playing Head of Security Malcolm on the hottest show on TV, Fox’s Empire. A veteran of film and TV, Luke will next been in the 3rd season of DirectTV’s Rogue, which stars Thandie Newton.

Luke spoke with Blackfilm.com recently how much fun he had doing ‘Self/ less’ in New Orleans as well as being of Empire’s first season.

What drew you to the role and film?

Derek Luke: What drew me to the role is that I’m a fan of the action-genre and in reading the script, I said to myself, “In movies that I grew up watching were action thrillers and suspense, and I was interested in that world.” Another thing is that I get to be in movies where it’s mostly dialogue, and I want to be in something, that for me, feels like kickboxing. You get to do both sports. For me, you get to speak and you get to do action. What I liked about Anton is that he’s a guy who is submerged in playing opposite Ryan’s character, even though they are both going after the same thing.

How much did you prepare for the role physically?

DL: I actually broke my finger on the court playing basketball while shooting the film. I didn’t realized it was broken until we wrapped production. I like physicality. There was much more physical elements to the movie that didn’t make the cut, but I enjoyed it because me and Ryan, and neither one of us were one the playing basketball every day, but what was dope and playing this role is that I would go where the brothers were playing and I forgot what Ward I was in, and it would take the crew at least five takes to realize it was me playing. I just like playing with the dudes and having conversations with them. It was great on one side on the physical element and on the other side, it was great to be on the court with Ryan. Both of us were acting our way through those scenes.

Derek-LukeWhile you were playing basketball in New Orleans, how much weight did you lose?

DL: Oh my goodness. There are two aspects to that question. How much weight can you lose playing basketball, but when you’re playing basketball in New Orleans where the food is great, it tries to even you out. I had to go into detox while I was in New Orleans.

How was working with Ryan again and seven years after you guys did ‘Definitely, Maybe?’

DL: The big difference for me is that I’ve watched Ryan evolved. He was really focused and remained focused and I could see what he was aiming for in ‘Definitely, Maybe,’ and it was great. It was encouraging because it made me become goal oriented and goal conscious when I’m doing films. Today, it’s about the individual goal and staying in your lane. That wasn’t the case five years ago.

What did you pick up from Tarsem from this film?

DL: What I love about Tarsem outside of being a visual storyteller, I looked at him as a man of color on set. He was running the set like a general and he knew his stuff. I loved the way he commanded the set. It was very inspiring and it was so diverse with the cast, in front and behind the scenes.

Besides this film, you were seen this year on the hottest show on TV, Empire. How was it being on that series?

DL: First of all, I have respect and love for Terrence (Howard). There were many experiences I had but I’ve been a friend to both Terrence and Taraji over the years. I’ve known Terrence much better. I actually ran into Taraji maybe once or twice over the last five years. It was great because when we were on set if felt like magic. Could this be happening? All the actors fought for their scenes to be authentic and real. That’s not rare, so what’s rare is to have the crew back that up. That’s what I thought was cool.

Any chance Malcolm can come back?

DL: I really think it’s a great chance. It’s not that many miles from Chicago to D.C. so I believe Malcolm left but there’s always a round-trip ticket.


As long as you have been in the business, would you say that Empire gave you a lot more visibility, at least in recent times?

DL: People wonder how film and “going digital” has affected the market or how has it affected me, nowadays things are so much more instant. When I started out in films, it would be a year before the movies would come out. Empire and The Americans have brought a newness I wasn’t aware of. I didn’t know that TV and cable had that much attention. When I would do these shows, I had a temporary mentality. I would get in and get out. A couple of years ago, some TV characters were one dimensional but today even filming in Toronto, which is a very diverse place, people would stop me and ask when is Empire coming back. These people don’t look like m. There are Asian. They are Russian. It’s really interesting.

What’s next?

DL: I play Marlon Dinard on the new season of Rogue. He’s the leader of the 13th Street Kings, a powerful street gang. He also runs a high-end chandelier shop and he has a relationship with this other character Marty Abrams, played by Richard Schiff. Their relationship is that Marty feels Marlon owes him more than he does and Marlon is a part of the Chicago Street Kings. I’m excited about that.

January 09, 2015

Exclusive: Cory Hardrict Talks American Sniper and Working With Clint Eastwood A Second Time

By Wilson Morales — January 6, 2015

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Currently out in theaters and set to expand nationwide is Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper,” starring Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history. But there was much more to him than his skill as a sharpshooter.

Also featured in the film are Luke Grimes, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner, Jake McDorman, Cory Hardrict, Leonard Roberts, Max Charles, Billy Miller, Keir O’Donnell, Eric Close, and Navid Negahban.

Cory-hardrictU.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and, as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend.” However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world.

Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, personifying the SEAL creed to “leave no man behind.” But upon returning to his wife, Taya Renae Kyle (Sienna Miller), and kids, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.

For Hardrict, who plays a Kyle’s soldier colleague Dandridge aka ‘D’, this is his second tour-of-duty with Eastwood, having acted in his 2008′s film, ‘Gran Torino.’ In 2014, he was featured opposite Johnny Depp in Wally Pfister’s ‘Transcendence.’ Among his credits include Battle Los Angeles, The DayWarm Bodies and Lovelace. Upcoming films include indies such asDestined and a starring role in Jamal Hill’s Brotherly Love, and will also be seen in Legendary Pictures’ sci-fi thriller Spectral with Emily Mortimer and James Badge Dale and Car Dogs with Octavia Spencer.

In speaking exclusively with Blackfilm.com, Hardrict talks about his character, working with Cooper, and acting in his second Eastwood film.

How would you best describe your character?

Cory Hardrict:  I would say he’s brute. He’s an easygoing guy but when it’s time to get down to business he’s there to protect and serve;. and help out his fellow Navy SEALS. To just be there for them and protect them. I would say that. But he’s ready to go at all times. When it’s time to get down to business he goes all in. So I would say that.

What was the attraction to doing this?

CH: Number one, Clint Eastwood. That’s the reason I did it right there. I worked with him on a film before, ‘Grand Torino’ and I know how he works. I just know that he’s one of the greatest at what he does. The opportunity came up when I actually heard about people going in and reading and auditioning. I got in to get an audition and I went in a couple of times. I went on tape. Clint wasn’t even in the room. I went through the regular process. It took a month just to hear that they really, really liked me and Clint loved it. Then that got down to five people and then it got down to two. Then a month and a half later I got the role. When I heard Bradley (Cooper) was in it I was like, “Wow.” I can’t ask to be in better company than those two. So I was really, really excited.

What does that do for you, as an actor, knowing that you have been able to work with Clint Eastwood in two of his films?

CH: What it means to me is that actors still matter to Mr. Eastwood. He has an old-fashioned way and process. I went to see him at the LA Film Festival before when he was saying that he cast the best actors and if a film works it’s going to work, regardless. So it shows me that it’s all about talent. He appreciates someone who goes in there and just gives it their all. He doesn’t look at the popularity contest or the list, because that shows me that I can go in there and fight for something and book it, just given the opportunity. So it just made me feel really great, as an actor, and it made my confidence go up just to know that I can work in a film of this magnitude with Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller. I feel like I’m in great company and I’m headed in the right direction. It just makes me feel great just about where I’m headed.

Cory Hardrict American Sniper cast

How was working with Bradley Cooper? Did you guys do your training together? Did you do any research as far as going off to war?

CH: Well, we did training at Warner Brothers before we went to Morocco. We had training there. We were clearing out different buildings and houses and everything and just all the tactical stuff. We did that on the lot at Warner Brothers. Then when we went to Morocco to clear out the real buildings. We did gun training with the weapons and everything like that. But that was about two weeks later. That was how we went about doing it.

Did any of your training that you did for ‘Battle LA’ come into play here? Here’s another movie where you’re wearing a uniform, where you’re carrying a gun. Did any of that stuff come back to you?

CH: It did. It’s like second nature for me because I feel like once you get the weapon, you fall back into what you know. I’ve been in a few movies like this; and actually the same tactical advisor was my tactical advisor on ‘Battle Los Angeles’. When he was there with ‘Sniper’ I was like, ‘Oh man. I know this guy.’ We fell right in line. And I knew his style and his approach. That helped out tremendously. But it’s like drinking water at a point. I can do these military films in my sleep now.

Did you get a chance to read the book?

CH: Yeah. The ‘American Sniper’ book. It was great.

Is there a message in watching this film, as opposed to the life of Chris Kyle?

Cory-HardrictCH: Well, the message that I get watching this film is that this guy was a hero. He loved going to war. He loved defending and fighting for his country and it was for a cause. He was a family man. He was a great guy and at the end of the day, it’s an important movie. He left a legacy in the short amount of time that he was here. He was well respected. The story had to be told. It was just an honor being in a film like this.

You had other projects this past year such as ‘Transcendence’. Little by little we’re starting to see more of you. You’ve been working over the last few years. What more do you have coming up?

CH: Well, the next film that comes out with me would be ‘Brotherly Love’. It’s an independent film where I’m a lead in it. I did ‘Spectral’. That comes out in 2016. That was another lead for Legendary. That comes out August. I also did a film called ‘Destined’ that should be coming out towards the end of 2015, as well, in the festival world. ‘Car Dogs’ is going to come out, as well. I did that with Octavia Spencer. So I have a lot of films that are on the cusp of coming out. So I got some things coming that will be pretty cool for the world to see, hopefully.

As ‘American Sniper’ is set to be released nationwide and once you’re done promoting, how do you keep yourself humble? You’ve got a wife. You’ve got a child. How did you spend the holidays?

CH: The holiday time is just family time first. I’ve been away off and on for the past eight months filming. I’m really beat at the moment. I have been away from my son and my wife so I’m home being a family man, being dad. I love that. I feel like everything in life should have balance. I’m at that point now where it’s okay to sit down for a few weeks. A month at least, but after that month it’s like the wheels get to turning again and it’s the competitive nature I know that I’m ready to get back out there and see what’s out there. To look for some great opportunities. I know ‘Sniper’ broke all these records just in four screens. So I know it’s going to do well in January. And hopefully it’ll get nominated. We’ll see.

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