Sunday, May 1, 2016

Emily Goss - An interview with the star from Castle (ABC) and The House on Pine Street

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Real Name: Emily Berlese Goss
Astrological Sign: Aries
Birthday: April 1, 1990
Hair: Blonde
Twitter: @emilygoss650
Instagram: emilygoss650




the house on pine street1. Hello, you were outstanding in The House on Pine Street, can you guide us through your early life and eventual breakthrough in Hollywood
 
Thank you so much, Adnan. It's great to be doing this interview for you. I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, in a suburb about twenty minutes south of San Francisco. Growing up, I played a ton of soccer and even wanted to be a professional soccer player. But I always loved stories. I loved to read, I loved movies, and when I started doing drama in school I realized that acting meant more to me than playing soccer, or anything else and I began to pursue it. I studied Theatre at the University of Southern California's School of Dramatic Arts. That brought me to LA, and I absolutely love it here.


2. In your journey so far what has been the most difficult time for you regarding your career in Hollywood? What, in your opinion, is/will be your biggest break in Hollywood?
After USC, I went to grad school. I studied Classical Acting at LAMDA in London. I think the most difficult time was about a year after I moved back to LA after London. I was done with school, done with the honeymoon phase, I had been working too hard without taking care of myself. In 2013, I learned that I needed to balance work, and life, and rest. I'm still figuring out what that is for me. My first network TV credit meant a lot to me - I had a guest star on an episode of "Criminal Minds." The episode is from season 10 and is called "Breath Play." Shooting it was a fantastic experience.

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3. Does a casting couch exist in Hollywood?
The industry has a dark side. But if you choose to ignore that part of it, it is easy to find a wonderful community, and to establish yourself by being a committed artist and good person.

4. Which up coming projects excite you, please give us an elaborate detail of each one you want to discuss? 

emily gossOn Monday May 2nd I will be appearing in an episode of ABC's "Castle," starring Nathan Fillion. I can't wait to share that episode with my friends and family. The episode, season 8, episode 20, is called "Much Ado About Murder." I love Shakespeare and still do a lot of theatre here in LA. It's so funny that I get to be in this episode which totally sends up theatre people. It was a blast to shoot with Nathan, Jon Huertas, and Seamus Dever, who are all theatre people as well.


I would encourage everyone to check out the memoir "Stilettos and Steel" by Jeri Estes. It's a truly amazing account of her time as a teenager living in the Tenderloin District in San Francisco in the 1960s. I'm currently working with Jeri to try to turn her memoir into something more. She is a very special person; every time I'm with her, I learn something new about life, trust. She's hilarious, strong, and caring. I'm excited to be working with her now! You can find a short trailer we made based on her book on YouTube: 'Stilettos and Steel - Based on a True Story.'

Another feature I did, "American Bred," is currently doing the festival circuit. We've screened at the Beverly Hills Film Festival, the DC Independent Film Festival, and more. This is a gritty, gangster epic about an Italian family in Detroit. I can't wait to see where it goes.

5. On what do you spend the most: clothes, accessories, perfumes, underwear or anything else?
 
I spend more money on groceries than on anything else. I love to cook and have friends over for dinner. That's my idea of a great night.

6. Where do you think you will be after 25 years?

In 25 years... wow. In 25 years, I can say that I'll be surrounded by people I love, doing something I love. I can't say exactly what I'll be doing, with whom, but those things are important to me even now. My parents, my brother, and my family will of course always be a huge part of my life, no matter what else happens.

7.Describe yourself in three words?

Curious. Open-minded. Goofy.

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8. Who, in your opinion, are the most overrated actor and actress in the industry?

I think every actor and actress in the industry has worked hard to be where they are. Luck will only get you so far, so many times. The people we recognize have all put in time, and dedication. As an actress, part of my ethic is to support my community and appreciate what each member offers 


9. What is your dream role/project?

My dream role would be a character on a long-running television series. I think it would be incredible to grow with a character over several years. To live in a dynamic, thought-provoking story as it evolves... what could be more thrilling? The idea of developing the partnerships that must form on a series is also really exciting to me. I love being on passionate teams, part of ensembles. When a group is collaborating on a series, I'd imagine it quickly becomes a type of family.

10. What do you enjoy more, film or television?

I love both film and television. They're so different it's hard to compare them. I love the scrappy, spur-of-the-moment, creativity and collaboration of independent film. I also love the scope and the ability of a series to dive more deeply into a story. I hope to always have plenty of both in my life and luckily I'm working in a time where that is increasingly possible.


11. Do you see yourself as more of a hot body or is there a serious actor hidden somewhere?

I love the craft of acting. I enjoy the work and research that I get to do for roles. I'm much more interested in playing and exploring than in anything else.

12. Do you believe in flaunting it if you have it?

Sure, why not! As women it's important for us to treasure ourselves. To fall in love with exactly who and what we are, and to share that when we want to. I'm thankful to be living in the time that I am - when a lot of people are working hard to empower women, when traditional ideas of what beauty is are changing. Hollywood is starting to seek out female directors and tell women's stories like never before. Of course, women are still vastly underrepresented and treated unequally here... but I believe this increased awareness will bring changes. I'm optimistic about the future, and I'll flaunt what I can!



13. What are your views about sex in cinema, how far would you go to make a role convincing in this regard? Is there a line that you wouldn't cross or would you be willing to give the audience the real feel?

Sex scenes are often gratuitous. One of the sexiest scenes in a movie that I can think of is in "The Age of Innocence," when Daniel Day-Lewis's character just unbuttons Michelle Pheiffer's glove and touches her wrist... But sex scenes are more and more common, especially in television. It's a part of the job. I've done plenty already. They are never as romantic on set as they look on screen.

14. What's the best compliment you have ever received?


I'm in a play right now in LA called "A Gulag Mouse" by Arthur M. Jolly at the Sacred Fools Theatre Company. The play is set just after WW2 in a Siberian gulag, and follows five women, cell mates, who are trying to survive. The play is brutal and beautiful. For one performance, we donated half of all our sales to an organization here in Los Angeles called A New Way of Life Reentry Program, which provides services to formerly incarcerated women. The greatest compliment was a women who had gone through the program after her release saying that we nailed the experience of being in prison, the experience of surviving, coping... We could've closed the show right then and there. Touching her meant the world to us as a production. That's why I act.

15. What's the meanest thing or harshest criticism you have ever heard about yourself?

The harshest criticism... To tell you the truth, I can't think of a specific one. I know I've gotten plenty! I wouldn't call this harsh, I would call this constructive, but I had a brilliant teacher at USC who demanded the women speak like Women, loudly, clearly, with confidence. I'm so glad I got to study with her and I still think about her when I can feel my voice shrinking away or becoming soft and unsure of itself.

16. Who would you want to kiss on screen if you could choose anyone? 

Kit Harrington from "Game of Thrones." I absolutely LOVE "Game of Thrones" and I love his work. And, come on, he's so honorable and beautiful and good! I believe in Jon Snow :)

17. Your message to the world and your fans?

Actors practice empathy constantly. We cannot judge our characters, even if we disagree with their worldview. We must find a way to make sense of opinions that conflict with our own. I wish that the rest of the world would practice that much empathy. We are all the same. Coincidence is all that separates me from you, and therefore I can easily understand you if I just try. 

18. On "The House on Pine Street"

I'm so pleased with the response "The House on Pine Street" has been getting all around the world. I am so proud of the film. I think everyone involved did incredible work. We also had the time of our lives shooting it. Many of the team have become very dear friends of mine. Getting to share the film with so many people just fills me with happiness. 

I'm glad people liked the discussion of energy in the film! I found all of that really interesting too. I think what we put out into the world is powerful... it's impossible to know for sure how powerful...  which is exactly what makes "The House on Pine Street" so great. In our movie, "the monster" is that unknowable. Sometimes in horror movies there's a scene halfway through in which everything is explained, and the rest of the movie all the characters do is complete some kind of checklist to get rid of the ghost or whatever. When you're dealing with something as mysterious as energy, everything stays a lot more ambiguous, and therefore, a lot more scary. 

There's only one drop of blood in the entire film! The lack of gore and special effects meant we had more space for characters, relationships, and story. Jennifer, my character, is very complex; playing her was an amazing challenge and made me a better actress. That said, it might be fun to do something really bloody one day.
19. A few words about thefilmguide.net

Thank you so much for the interview Adnan and thank you sincityreviews.blogspot.com! I love the way sincity welcomes all reviewers and covers films from all over the world! I'm all about the global community.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Elizabeth Sandy - An interview with the star from Goddess of Love



Real Name: Elizabeth Sandy

Zodiac Sign: Scorpio


 
1. Hello, you were outstanding in Goddess of Love, can you guide us through your early life and eventual breakthrough in Hollywood
 
Thank you. The film was so great to be involved in. I loved working with Jon Knautz and Alexis Kendra. I grew up in Melbourne, Australia and was always involved in the performing arts. I worked in film, television and theater in my native Country and moved to Hollywood to further my international career. I hope to continue being involved in exciting work that stretches me as an artist and as a person.


2. In your journey so far what has been the most difficult time for you regarding your career in Hollywood? What, in your opinion, is/will be your biggest break in Hollywood?

It is definitely not an easy industry. It takes hard work and dedication. It's a continuous learning curve and it's very important to remember the artistry of being an actor as opposed to the 'business' side of the industry. I love working on projects I really believe in such as Goddess of Love and hopefully through continuing to work on projects that inspire me my 'big break' will follow.
3. Does a casting couch exist in Hollywood?
I think it would be naive to say No but I think perhaps it exists in many industries behind closed doors. You just have to try to rise above any of the seedier sides of the industry and hope your work will be what gets you recognized.

4. Which up coming projects excite you, please give us an elaborate detail of each one you want to discuss? 

I am also involved in creating my own projects. 'Starting from Scratch' (www.startingfromscratchmovie.com) is a feature film I helped produce and star in with James Huang. It's a romantic comedy with a lot of heart and definitely shows a different side to me than the character of Christine in Goddess of Love.

The short film 'Fail Safe' is also a co-collaboration with James Huang. That's a very sexy heist film that was very exciting to be a part of. It is 7 minutes of action and a lot of fun. It can be found online here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYcTg12cw-M&feature=youtu.be


5. On what do you spend the most: clothes, accessories, perfumes, underwear or anything else?
I would have to say clothes. It's a bit of a weakness for me. That and shoes.

6. Where do you think you will be after 25 years?

Still acting. Enjoying my family and continuing to pursue the arts in many forms.

7.Describe yourself in three words?

Determined. Compassionate. Curious.


8. Who, in your opinion, are the most overrated actor and actress in the industry?

I don't want to comment on who is overrated because I don't know their story or how hard they worked to get there. I will say though that underrated actors far outweigh those who are overrated. To name a few actresses who I think are very underrated: Keri Russell, Laura Linney, Melanie Lynskey and of course Elizabeth Sandy ;)

 
9. What is your dream role/project?

A collaboration with like-minded people who challenge me as an actor, value my talent and welcome my ideas as an artist.

10. What do you enjoy more, film or television?
In the past I would have always said film, but there are some really great tv shows coming out now, especially by some of the less mainstream networks, such as HBO, Netflix and Hulu.





11. Do you see yourself as more of a hot body or is there a serious actor hidden somewhere?

I hope the serious actor isn't hidden at all. Lol!

12. Do you believe in flaunting it if you have it?

Sure - if you feel so inclined. Personally as an actor, I feel there needs to be a justifiable reason for the character and to be in context of the film.

13. What are your views about sex in cinema, how far would you go to make a role convincing in this regard? Is there a line that you wouldn't cross or would you be willing to give the audience the real feel?

Acting sex scenes can be important to illustrate relationships and to tell a story. There is definitely a line that I wouldn't cross and I think that's the distinction between film acting and pornography.

14. What's the best compliment you have ever received?

That I'm a talented actor.

15. What's the meanest thing or harshest criticism you have ever heard about yourself?

I've signed up for a lot of criticism in my industry - it's part of it and can be helpful as long as it's not mean-spirited. But the mean-spirited stuff still happens, I think particularly with actresses - about looks, physicality.


16. Who would you want to kiss on screen if you could choose anyone? 

I like Anthony Mackie and Daniel Craig ;).


17. Your message to the world and your fans?

Message to the world - Practice Compassion Daily.
Message to my fans - Thank you for your support. :).

18. A few words about thefilmguide.net
Film is so important to me and it's wonderful that there are blogs like this that give exposure not only to mainstream films but those hidden indie gems.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

The Revenant Movie Review



It's been a long time since an actor has impressed me to the extent that Leonardo Decaprio has in his latest offering "The Revenant". 

Literally meaning " back from the dead", the revenant is the story of survival of a pelt trader of the 1820s called Glass who gets left alone in the middle of a snow covered forest after being attacked by a bear. His urge to take revenge from a fellow traveler keeps him alive and motivates him to first fight death and then survive the harshest of conditions in order to avenge the death of his son and the betrayal that he faced.

Leonardo Decaprio leaves one speechless at times and the acting is so lifelike that one forgets for a while that it's Leo playing Glass. 

Tom Hardy does well to support Leo as the antagonist but it is Decaprio who leaves very little margin for anyone else to leave a mark on the viewers mind. To me the only other member of the cast that had an impact on my senses was the bear that mauled Glass and left him helpless.

Overall, i believe and hope that Leonardo Decaprio gets an Oscar for this because if this doesn't get him one nothing might ever.

Rating : 4.5/5

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Hateful Eight Movie Review

Quentin Tarantino's new project The hateful eight is a western-action-comedy that blends the roughness of a western classic with the gore and flamboyance one associates with Tarantino. 

This story of bounty hunters making there way to a town to gain their rewards has great turns and twists and the entire cast mesmerizes the viewer and provides a treat that is worth a watch.

Kurt Russel and Samuel L Jackson give stellar performances and the entire movie doesn't let you lose interest till the very end.

All in all, the hateful eight scores well in all aspects and I would recommend it dearly.

Rating: 4/5