Sony Pictures Entertainment Releases Passengers Starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt

Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt are two passengers onboard a spaceship transporting them to a new life on another planet. The trip takes a deadly turn when their hibernation pods mysteriously wake them 90 years before they reach their destination. As Jim and Aurora try to unravel the mystery behind the malfunction, they begin to fall for each other, unable to deny their intense attraction... only to be threatened by the imminent collapse of the ship and the discovery of the truth behind why they woke up.

London Town Movie Review - Starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Daniel Huttlestone and Dougray Scott

London Town Movie Review - Starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Daniel Huttlestone and Dougray Scott

London, 1979: Amid political and social upheaval A fifteen-year-old hears the music of The Clash for the first time, opening up a new world of social consciousness, anti-establishment defiance and first love.

A Gripping Portrayal of Child Sex Trafficking

A Gripping Portrayal of Child Sex Trafficking

Verdin, who also co-wrote the script, explains the purpose for this passion project, “Millions of children worldwide are trafficked and robbed of their childhoods. Our hope is that our film will help raise awareness on this huge, growing problem and provoke conversation and action to stop human trafficking! We also hope that this film will help open the eyes of teenagers and parents to this potential danger and alert them to keep families safe and together.”

The United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime predicts that “by 2020, child sex trafficking will . . . overtake drugs and weapons as society’s most pervasive crisis.”  Accordingly, Verdin’s film is not only a valiant undertaking; it is extraordinarily moving. 

Success In Films by Julia Verdin and Matt Dean Book Review

Success In Films by Julia Verdin and Matt Dean Book Review

Success in Films is the ultimate guide to funding, filming and finishing any independent film; big budget or small. Written by veteran filmmakers, Julia Verdin and Matt DeanSuccess in Films has been specially designed to help aspiring producers, directors, writers, actors, editors – anyone who wants to know how to take control of their own destiny in the world of film by making their own movies.

Five Nights In Maine Film Review

Five Nights In Maine Film Review

SYNOPSIS:  After his wife dies in a tragic car accident, young Sherwin (David Oyelowo) is called to Maine by his terminally ill and estranged mother-in-law Lucinda (Dianne Wiest).  Grappling with a lifetime of disagreements, Lucinda and Sherwin find themselves forced to cope with their failings and grief in a quiet journey of empathy, compassion and healing. [Source: FilmRise]

I Am JFK Jr Film Review - An Intimate Documentary of the Life of John F. Kennedy Jr

I Am JFK Jr Film Review - An Intimate Documentary of the Life of John F. Kennedy Jr

SYNOPSIS:  He was the adored son of America’s most glamorous president, and now comes an intimate, revealing and poignant look at his life in and out of the spotlight. Network Entertainment and Spike TV delve into the compelling life of John F. Kennedy Jr. through the distinctive lens of many of the people who knew him best, from A-list celebrities to close friends and staffers who worked closely with him at George magazine, in the original documentary film, “I Am JFK Jr.The White House was the first home John knew. The son of President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy grew up in the public spotlight. When the world witnessed the moment the adorable 3-year-old JFK Jr. saluted his fallen father, the image was seared into the nation’s collective memory. [Source: Sapkar PR]

Carl’s Jr and Joe Mantegna of the Gary Sinise Foundation Honor U.S. Military Veterans at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum

Carl’s Jr and Joe Mantegna of the Gary Sinise Foundation Honor U.S. Military Veterans at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum

On June 16, 2016, CKE Restaurant Holdings (Carl’s Jr, Hardees, Green Burrito) co-hosted an event at the Reagan Presidential Library and Museum to honor all “veterans, active members of the military, first responders and everyone else who keeps our country safe.”  The event was also presented by the Gary Sinise Foundation through its ambassadorEmmy and Golden Globe nominated actor Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds, The Godfather III). 

Andron Film Review - Sci-Fi Thriller Starring Alec Baldwin and Danny Glover

Andron Film Review - Sci-Fi Thriller Starring Alec Baldwin and Danny Glover

SYNOPSIS:In the year 2154, a group of young men and women awake in a dark claustrophobic maze. They don't remember who they are or how they got stuck in the Black Labyrinth of Andron. The group must learn to decipher codes, understand the signals and beat the tests in this mysterious and bizarre place.  Out of necessity they struggle to form a bond to survive, while the outside world watches and wagers on their fate.  [Source: Momentum Pictures]

The Witness Film Review

The Witness Film Review

SYNOPSIS: Fifty years ago, the name “Kitty Genovese” became synonymous with urban apathy after 38 eyewitnesses did nothing while an attacker stabbed her to death on a street in New York City.

“For more than half an hour,” The New York Timesreport began, “38 respectable, law-abiding citizens…watched a killer stalk and stab a woman in three separate attacks.”

Forty years later, her brother Bill, who was 16 at the time of his sister’s death, decides to re-examine the details of the crime.

THE WITNESS is a probing and deeply personal investigation into one of the most iconic crimes in New York history, featuring interviews with those closest to the murder including the surviving witnesses to Kitty’s death.  It offers an illuminating look into the way stories take form and their rippling effects on the lives they touch. [Source: THE WITNESS, LLC]

Clifton Collins Announces Triple 9 Movie and Prison Ramen Cookbook

Clifton Collins Announces Triple 9 Movie and Prison Ramen Cookbook

An acting chameleon, Clifton Collins Jr. can easily lose himself in the life of his film and television characters, with memorable roles in blockbuster projects including TRAFFIC, CAPOTE, ONE EIGHT SEVEN and PACIFIC RIM.  Collins is seemingly everywhere and then some right now with his upcoming projects TRIPLE 9 (in theaters February 26),which also stars Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus, Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet, Jr.,Michael K. Williams, Teresa Palmer and Gal Gadot, two film projects headed to this year's SXSW festival, TRANSPECOS, and PUNCHING THE CLOWN and a leading role in the highly anticipated HBO series "Westworld," opposite Anthony Hopkins.

Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee Wraps Season 7

Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee Wraps Season 7

Jessica Lopez, one of Hollywood's most sought after female Steadicam operators, just wrapped season 7 on the hit web series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” working with Jerry Seinfeld, and Season 3 of Hulu’s Original Series “East Los High." She is currently working on Nickelodeon’s “Bella and the Bulldogs” among several other projects. With just a handful of female Steadicam operators in Hollywood, Jessica Lopez is making a name for herself through her reputation for smooth and creative shots as well as an incredible work ethic.

The Martian in MX-4D by MediaMation Film Review

The Martian in MX-4D by MediaMation Film Review

SYNOPSIS: During a manned mission to MarsAstronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return. Based on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, THE MARTIAN features a star-studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover.  Screenplay by Drew Goddard, based on the novel by Andy Weir.  Produced by Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer, Aditya Sood, and Mark Huffam. [Source: 20th Century Fox]

Carson Lueders feat Jordyn Jones "TAKE OVER" Music Video Review

Carson Lueders and Jordyn Jones on the set of "Take Over." Photo courtesy of Nayip Ramos. 

Carson Lueders and Jordyn Jones on the set of "Take Over." Photo courtesy of Nayip Ramos. 

On Dec. 9, 2014, YouTube teen singing sensationCarson Lueders, released his latest music video, “Take Over.”  Lueders, who is repped by Johnny Wright (CEO Wright Entertainment Group also repping Justin Timberlake, Akon and many others), single-handedly delivers a performance similar to the likes of One Direction.  His fans respond in kind to his performance.  “Take Over” also features the rapping prowess of Jordyn Jones, another teen music artist on the rise.  Fans first took notice of Jones on the Lifetime’s “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition.”  

Jordyn Jones and dance crew on the set of "Take Over" music video. Photo courtesy of Nayip Ramos.

Jordyn Jones and dance crew on the set of "Take Over" music video. Photo courtesy of Nayip Ramos.

Lyrically, “Take Over” contains the theme of young love, friendship and taking over; yet still tween-friendly.  The way "You and me girl, we’re takin’ over" massive chorus bobs along with a tight enhancement of Jones’ rapping harmonies distinguishes the song from Lueders’ other massively popular tracks. When Lueders hits the "oh oh oh" and "woahoah" parts, you're in bubblegum pop bliss.  Production-wise, its sound is firmly rooted in modern pop, though this is still a song that is tween friendly while still courting a teenage crowd. It is one both Lueders’ and Jones’ fans should appreciate.  It opens with Jones rapping the introduction of taking over the circus; leads into a peppy pre-chorus and up-tempo energy, culminating with sounds ready to create a dance frenzy in middle school gyms. The video contains infectious dance choreography as Lueders and Jones lead background dancersthrough a skittering hip-pop, rhythmic bobbing routine. The friendship aspect between Lueders and Jones is evident. It is so easy to make the entire video about young love and romance, but the scene of them back-to-back on the spinning wheel and then smiling at each other gives the story a whole new element of friendship.

Carson Lueders and dance crew on the set of "Take Over." Photo courtesy of Nayip Ramos. 

Carson Lueders and dance crew on the set of "Take Over." Photo courtesy of Nayip Ramos. 

The song is produced by Andrew Lane who boasts a long list of A-list music clients including Backstreet Boys, Irene Cara, and Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child as well as songs for High School Musical and Hannah Montana.  Lane commented, “Working with Carson has been an amazing experience and to watch his music manifest itself to the highest level with this video is the ultimate compliment. I've been working with Carson for about three years now; I watched him grow and grow and develop into one of the most promising future superstars in the business. This is only the beginning.”  

It comes as no surprise that this video is a homerun for Lueders; it was directed by Nayip Ramos5840 Productions, whose creative vision contributes to elevating music videos to viral hits. Lueders and Ramos have worked together on Lueders’ previous music video “Beautiful.”  Ramos knows how to make spectacle-driven music videos for music artist looking to make a lasting impact. Some of his other work includes Jones’ cover video “Banji,” garnering almost 5 million views in 7 months and “Fancy,” racking up another 3 million views to her channel in 6 months. 

Ramos shared that it took two days just to build the circus-like set for the video shot on location in the desert outside of Los Angeles.  It was shot during the summer of 2014 and was 110 degrees.  The circus set pieces were also used in feature film “American Horror Story.”  It was so intricate and detailed that the crew was there for 16-18 hours building and tearing down the sets. 

A story is only as interesting as the editing allows, and this video definitely makes for a good story. The colors give it such a dramatic, movie feel. The reds and blues reflect the moods of each scene.  The props and circus set is epic.  Classic circus fare feel brings a component of innocence and fun; that feeling of being care-free at the summer carnival.  Having the story culminate at night is a really nice touch.

Directed by: Nayip Ramos | Produced by: Evan Kaufmann | choreography by: Tricia Miranda | Shot by: Cameron Schmucker | edited by: Evan Kaufmann | colorist: Gavin Fisher | track produced and written by: Andrew Lane and Mariah Parks | Mixed by Josh Smith.

For more information about Carson Lueders, visit his Official Website