April 16, 2015
“1915 is about denial—how we try to escape history, how history continues to haunt us. It is also about the need to face the ghosts of our own pasts.” –Garin Hovannisian, Writer/Director
In 1915, under the cover of a world war, millions of Armenians were quietly taken out of their homes and marched to their deaths in the deserts of Ottoman Turkey. Their towns and villages were burned to the ground, their churches were dismantled. The crime was supposed to be unacknowledged forever.
Exactly 100 years after what came to be known as the Armenian Genocide, a mysterious director is staging a play at the Los Angeles Theatre to honor the victims of that tragedy—a horrifying crime forgotten and denied for an entire century.
April 06, 2015
“I love the actors, I love their performances. I created an environment as a director where they could be as great as they could be...” –Writer/Director Terry Jastrow
With the Master’s win this past weekend by Jordan Spieth—a young, personable, photogenic golfer garnered new, younger fans amid a resurgence of mainstream popularity. That popularity should play well into this week’s release of the golforiented drama The Squeeze, which stars IMTA alum Jeremy Sumpter as a young golf prodigy who faces an impossible moral dilemma.
Sumpter plays Augie Baccus, a modest young man in a small rural town with uncommon golf skills. A notorious gambler sees Augie’s potential and convinces him to abandon his dreams of winning the US Open and start playing in high-stakes matches.
March 31, 2015
Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman begins her journey to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis. Among the artwork taken was Gustav Klimt’s famous painting Portrait of Adele BlochBauer I, one of Klimt’s celebrated gilded portraits of elegant Austrian ladies—and the elderly woman’s aunt—which was also known as The Lady in Gold.
The woman enlists the help of a young, inexperienced lawyer to embark upon a major battle which takes them all the way to the heart of the Austrian establishment and the U.S. Supreme Court in a landmark case concerning art restitution from World War II. Her fight also forces her to confront the difficult truths of her native country’s anti-Semitic past.
March 09, 2015
"The expectations are going to be high because it's Vince [Gilligan], it's David Shore, and I think once people realize it isn't ["Breaking Bad"], it's its own thing, it’s a version of that, they're really going to love it. We’re proud of it. And I think when people see it for what it is, they're going to love it." -Josh Duhamel
When news of a new show about mismatched police partners was announced, a lot of people were asking, "What could be new about that?" But when the announcement included the statement that the series was being created and written by Emmy Award winners Vince Gilligan—creator of "Breaking Bad"—and David Shore—creator of "House M.D."—the possibilities of a different take on the formula suddenly became much more exciting.
"Battle Creek" stars IMTA alum Josh Duhamel as FBI Special Agent Milt Chamberlain and Dean Winters as Detective Russ Agnew, two incompatible law enforcement officers who are tasked with cleaning up the streets of Battle Creek, Michigan..
March 09, 2015
"It's up to me and my team to figure out what is going on - to somehow make sense of it all" -Agnes Bruckner
Based on the International Emmy-winning French TV series "Les Revenants," "The Returned" follows the story of a small mountain town dealing with the return of several local residents who were presumed dead. Writer/producers Carlton Cuse ("Lost," "Bates Motel") and Raelle Tucker ("Supernatural," "True Blood") have said that, rather than re-create the original, they used it as a starting point for more expansive storytelling as "the returned" and their reeling loved ones navigate their new reality.
IMTA alum Agnes Bruckner co-stars in the 10-episode series as Nikki Banks, a whip smart chief deputy with a chip on her shoulder. Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Mark Pelligrino, Jeremy Sisto, India Ennenga, and Sandrine Holt also star...
March 09, 2015
"She's doesn’t just want the fame that a lot of Powers get. She wants to be a hero." -Logan Browning
"Powers" is an edgy new drama series that is premiering exclusively through Sony's PlayStation Network. Based on the comic book by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, the series follows the lives of two homicide detectives who are assigned to investigate cases involving people with superhuman abilities, referred to as "Powers." Set amidst today's paparazzi culture, "Powers" asks the questions, what if the world was full of superheroes who aren't actually heroic at all? What if all that power was just one more excuse for mischief, mayhem, murder, and endorsement deals?
IMTA alum Logan Browning stars in the series, alongside Sharlto Copley, Susan Heyward, Eddie Izzard, Michelle Forbes, Noah Taylor and Olyesa Rulin...
February 24, 2015
Arrow’s “Nanda Parbat” episode airs February 25th, The Flash’s “All-Star Team-Up” airs March 17th
Since IMTA alum Brandon Routh joined the cast of The CW’s “Arrow” for the hit show’s third season, fans have been wondering when his character, Ray Palmer—a mega-rich, technological genius who lives his life with a secret desire for heroism following the murder of his wife—would transition into his superhero alter-ego, The Atom. In the DC Comic world, it is no secret that the transition will happen; it was just a question of when since his desire to build a suit and clean up the city is the main thing Routh’s character has been discussing for several weeks. Well, the wait is finally over as The Atom debuts in “Arrow’s” 15th episode of the season entitled “Nanda Parbat.”
According to the original DC comic book story created by writer Gardner Fox and illustrator Gil Kane in 1961, Ray Palmer, Ph.D., is a physicist and professor at Ivy University in New England, specializing in matter compression as a means to fight overpopulation, famine and other world problems.
February 09, 2015
Accidental Love is available on VOD Tuesday, Feb. 10, and limited release Friday, Feb. 20
As one of the strangest behind-the-scenes tales to have come out of Hollywood in a long time, Accidental Love may be said to have “nailed” it. The story behind the making of the film is currently generating more publicity than the actual film’s release, which has been a very long time in coming. Accidental Love—which stars IMTA alum Jessica Biel alongside Jake Gyllenhall, James Marsden, James Brolin, Tracy Morgan, Catherine Keener and Paul Ruebens—was actually filmed by director David O. Russell in 2008 with the title Nailed
But with investors of “questionable integrity” who failed to pay the bills—which got the Screen Actors Guild and the International Alliance of Theatrical & Stage Employees involved— plus multiple production shut-downs (including the final shut-down the day before filming was to be completed, resulting in a key scene remaining un-filmed), cast walkouts and dubious name changes, it looked as if audiences would never see the finished screwball comedy, particularly after Director Russell and the film’s producers completely separated themselves from the un-finished project in 2010
December 22, 2014
“I loved the story so much that I told Angie I literally would be the caterer’s assistant to work on it.” – Garrett Hedlund
Laura Hillenbrand’s best-seller, Unbroken, tells the story of the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini, following his troubled youth as the son of Italian immigrants to running in the 1936 Olympics, his enlistment in the US Air Force during WWII and subsequent crash landing in the Pacific Ocean. Zamperini and his fellow crewmen spent 47 days adrift in shark-infested waters, only to be captured by the Japanese Navy. They were interned in a POW camp until the end of the war where they found unexpected camaraderie among their fellow POWs.
December 11, 2014
“I grew up reading the Bible. I have read it from beginning to end multiple times—my father was a Southern Baptist minister. So, I know this story…and I was very excited to play Joshua.” -Aaron Paul
Most people have heard of the story of Moses, either through reading the Bible, watching Charleton Heston shout to the heavens in the 1956 Cecile B. DeMille epic The Ten Commandments, or laughing through Mel Brooks’ 1981 hit History of the World, Part I. The basic story is the same throughout: defiant leader Moses rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.
September 25, 2014
A new generation of fans is about to learn that The Equalizer does not put up with injustice against the helpless. As a hit TV series in the mid-to-late 1980s starring Edward Woodward, "The Equalizer"- aka Robert McCall - was the person people turned to when someone had a problem, the odds were stacked against them, and they had nowhere else to turn. The Equalizer now comes to the big screen with Denzel Washington taking the role of McCall. And while the actor may be different, the character's need to serve up vengeance against those who prey on the vulnerable has not changed.
"If I decided to give up being an actress I think I would be completely satisfied because I've learned so much, I've grown so much." - Haley Bennett
September 25, 2014
Autumn 2014 is turning out to be a bountiful season for IMTA alum Katie Holmes. Earlier this month it was announced that she would be joining the small but growing circle of female feature film directors when she produces, directs and stars in the screen adaptation of Annie Weatherwax's novel All We Had. Next, she appeared on the cover and in an inside editorial shoot and interview of upscale DuJour Magazine's October issue. This week she was introduced as the new face and spokeswoman for the Olay skin care line. And now she has a new feature film opening this week, Days and Nights, the first of two films slated for release this fall.
"I've been doing this for a long time, but every experience is so different, based on [whom] you're working with. I always try to go into a project with a goal in mind of what I want out of it for myself, in terms of what I want to learn." – Katie Holmes
September 12, 2014
Set at the end of the Civil War, Nicholas Sparks' "Deliverance Creek" tells the story of a widowed mother of three, Belle Gatlin Barlowe, who faces uncertainty as she attempts to defend her family's land by any means necessary. When the corrupt bank that runs their town pushes Belle into becoming an outlaw, the stakes become personal, setting off a chain of events that force her to question whether it's better to be good or to survive.
IMTA alum Riley Smith stars in "Deliverance Creek" alongside Lauren Ambrose, Wes Ramsey, Yaani King Caitlin Custer and Christopher Backus. "I think everybody is going to see what they love about 'The Notebook' and all Nicholas Sparks books," Smith told Entertainment Monthly. "It's got really rich characters, a lot of spider-webs of entanglements of love triangles, arch-rivals, enemies and revenge; it's got everything you would expect in a Nicholas Sparks novel. I have actually seen it and I was floored. I think I have done 14 pilots in my time out here and it is the best pilot I have done."
September 10, 2014
Each year, fall is a time to look forward to new series TV series, say goodbye to cancelled favorites, try to decide what to watch (or not), bookmark web sites or YouTube channels, and make mental notes (or program your DVR) of upcoming shows. At IMTA, it is a time to celebrate the successes of many of our alumni who are fortunate to be on the viewing schedule in broadcast, cable and web TV series as series' regulars or guest-stars, appearing in made-for-TV movies or booked for a guest-star role.
Not everything has been announced and entertainment news changes quickly. We know there will be many alums showing up in episodes that we do not yet know about. If you learn news of an IMTA alum's casting, please let us know. So while it may not be a comprehensive list, here are just a few alums to watch for in the upcoming season.
September 04, 2014
No matter where you stand on the current immigration issues between the US and Mexico, it is difficult not to be touched in some way by the stories of immigrants on their harrowing and dangerous journeys across the border to seek a new life. It is also not difficult to relate to the stories of the landowners across whose property immigrants travel and the men and women charged with upholding the law along the border.
Trying to understand both sides serves as the background for Frontera, in which Miguel, a hardworking father and devoted husband, crosses the border illegally and is wrongfully accused of murdering the wife of a former sheriff. Miguel's pregnant wife Paulina lands in the hands of corrupt Mexican "Coyote" smugglers as she tries to help her husband, while the ex-lawman investigates his wife's death and unearths evidence that could destroy one family's future.
August 14, 2014
Imagine our world as black and white, that there is no color. Also imagine all people are basically the same, there is little to no individuality, and being different is dangerous. Imagine being assigned a job that will best serve the community and that you have no choice in the matter; if you do not conform and dare to ask questions, you will be expelled from the community. You are living in a dystopian society, a place where people lead dehumanized and fearful lives.
This is the world of the long-awaited adaptation of Lois Lowry's The Giver, a haunting story of a young man, Jonas, who is assigned the job of Receiver of Memory. When the society was formed, it was agreed that all the memories had to be banished - but they had to go somewhere. So for years, there has been just one person who would hold all the memories, good and bad. That person is known as The Giver. Not until Jonas becomes The Giver does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community.