February 11, 2016
"There are things that are pure entertainment, and there are things that mean something to me. Touched With Fire — this really means a lot to me. I’m really proud of this." – Katie Holmes
In the romantic drama Touched With Fire, IMTA alum Katie Holmes plays Carla, a young poet who falls intensely in love with another poet. The complication? They met in a psychiatric hospital, both being treated for bipolar disorder. While their passion inspires them creatively, it also drives their mania, taking them to incredible highs before plunging them to soul-crushing lows. Written and directed by Paul Dalio—who struggled to overcome his own bipolar disorder—Touched With Fire also stars Luke Kirby, Christine Lahti, Griffin Dunne and Bruce Altman.
"I didn’t know much about [bipolar disorder], quite honestly,” Holmes told Yahoo Movies. “Our director is very open about having the disorder and this was very much his experience. When I sat down with him, I was really inspired by what he was saying. I’d never done a part like this before. The challenge of that was very enticing. I know there are so many families affected by this, so it became something bigger than just an acting job."
February 04, 2016
"Working with guys like this, you can see why they are so great. And for me to watch and work with them…I got a master class in how they do what they do." - Josh Duhamel
In the suspense thriller Misconduct, IMTA alum Josh Duhamel stars as an ambitious young lawyer who takes on a big case against a powerful and ruthless executive of a large pharmaceutical company. He soon finds himself involved in a case of blackmail and corruption, framed for a crime he did not commit and a fugitive on the run. Veteran actors Al Pacino and Anthony Hopkins also star, alongside Malin Ackerman, Alice Eve and Julia Stiles.
Duhamel has worked practically non-stop since competing at IMTA. Starting as a model (he was the NY97 Male Model of the Year), he then appeared on daytime drama in "All My Children," starred in primetime television on "Las Vegas" and "Battle Creek," and become a feature film star with Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! and the Transformers series.
January 25, 2016
The Sundance Film Festival is among the most prestigious festivals in the world. The Festival, which runs this year January 21-31, brings the most original storytellers together with the most adventurous audiences for its annual program of dramatic and documentary films, shorts, New Frontier films, installations, performances, panel discussions, and dynamic music events. Since 1985, hundreds of films launched at the Festival have gained critical recognition, received commercial distribution, and reached worldwide audiences eager for fresh perspectives and new voices. Year after year, the Festival pursues new ways to introduce more people to the most original and authentic storytelling.
Many IMTA alumni have appeared in films that had their world premiere at Sundance. This year, three IMTA alums-brothers Moises and Mateo Arias (LA05) and Brianna Hildebrand (LA14)-are staring in films making their premiere as part of the Festival’s Next Series, which are "Pure, bold works distinguished by an innovative, forward-thinking approach to story-telling. Digital tech paired with unfettered creativity promises they will shape a 'greater' next wave in American cinema."
December 07, 2015
“The way these writers write is my kind of funny. I love physical comedy — I love big, broad comedies that can appeal to everyone and that deal with universal themes. The world we’re in is specific, but the themes we deal with are pretty universal.” – Eva Longoria
Since “Desperate Housewives” ended its eight-year run in 2012, IMTA alum Eva Longoria has filled her time producing (“Devious Maids,” John Wick, Food Chains), starring in feature films (Any Day, Frontera, Visions), and doing occasional guest appearances on TV (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “The Simpsons,” “Mother Up”). She is set to return to prime-time TV in January with the ensemble comedy “Telenovela,” that goes behind the scenes of a Spanish-language TV show and its star, whose off-camera life rivals the drama of her on-screen story lines. As a teaser for the series, which will move to its regular Monday spot on January 4th at 8:30pm, NBC offers a 2-episode sneak peak of the show tonight.
November 05, 2015
There are very few children or adults who are not familiar with the Peanuts gang that was created 65 years ago by the late Charles Schultz. There are the comic strips, annual television holiday specials (It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Christmas) that are required viewing in millions of homes, theatrical productions (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Snoopy), greeting cards, merchandise, books…all lasting tributes to the group of children who never age while providing timeless lessons on life and living.
With a fresh take on the techniques of production — but without changing the essence of the characters — comes The Peanuts Movie, co-written by Schulz's son Craig and grandson Bryan, along with Cornelius Uliano. This is the fifth theatrical Peanuts film after A Boy Named Charlie Brown, Snoopy Come Home, Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown, and Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don't Come Back!!). It is the first to use computer-animation and the first to be filmed in 3D.
October 22, 2015
“I find witchcraft to be interesting. It’s something that doesn’t often get explored in cinema or hasn’t been in a while. I think the approach is interesting in that it’s not a horror film and it doesn’t really have horror film elements. It’s more of an action-adventure film, fantasy adventure in a way, and that was something that was kind of intriguing.” – Elijah Wood
It makes perfect sense to release a film about witches right before Halloween. However, the kind of witches faced in The Last Witch Hunter aren’t the kind you want showing up on your doorstep trick-or-treating. These witches are vicious, supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world…which doesn’t sound like a good thing. Though the all-powerful Queen Witch was slain many years ago by valiant warrior Kaulder, her resurrection once again puts the world in danger and it is up to Kaulder (a.k.a., the Last Witch Hunter) and the Dolans to stop the Queen from unleashing a plague upon humanity.
October 08, 2015
“I read the script and I thought it was wonderful. Actually, I was extremely moved by it…I laughed, I cried, Ihad never seen a Hook like this before. I was wildly entertained by him, by all of his attributes—how clumsyhe was, how selfish and childish he was. ...He’s Hook without the hook.”– Garrett Hedlund
Nearly everyone knows the story of Peter Pan—the boy who can fly, lives in the magical world of Neverlandamongst warriors and fairies, battles pirates led by the infamous Captain Hook, andnever has to grow up. The tale by author J.M. Barrie has been animated, played out onthe stage and treated to several film versions. But none of the adaptations have dealtwith the origins of how Peter and Hook came to be sworn enemies…until now.
October 01, 2015
“I get really nervous especially with the whole red carpet thing. The worst thing about it is just standing there and all these people are taking your picture and I am just thinking ‘Why are you taking my picture?’ I'm just Jill Wagner.”
The Hallmark Channel, known for family-friendly programming and heart-warming movies, begins a new tradition this October with a “Fall Harvest” of seasonal programming, featuring four original premieres, one debuting each Saturday in October. Included in the programming are three new Hallmark movies and a two-hour sneak preview of the channel’s popular series “Good Witch.”
September 17, 2015
“We were nervous because we had a lot of kids, and a very short amount of time and limited budget to make the movie. It’s nerve-wracking – it could go either way with kids. But they were super-professional and really wonderful. We worked really fast and had a blast.” – Elijah Wood
Getting cooties from another kid at school is absolutely one of the worst things that can happen. Cooties are usually thought to be something imaginary boys can get when a girl touches them…or vice versa. But the word cooties is derived from the Malay word “kutu” that refers to body lice, and to literally catch cooties is grounds for being sent home from school. Unfortunately for the students at Fort Chicken Elementary School, the Cooties they get turn them into raving, flesh-eating zombies. Talk about a bad day at school.
September 08, 2015
Each year, fall is a time to look forward to new TV series, say goodbye to cancelled favorites, make decisions about 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 some of our alumni who will 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 in the upcoming year.
Not every new show has been announced and 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. While it may not be a comprehensive list, here are just a few alums to watch for in the upcoming season.
July 30, 2015
“Its a horror film, but its got a family love story to it. Its about two men, my dad and my neighbor…who are trying to protect my character from a new breed of zombies that evolved, and they are harder to beat.” – Quinn McColgan
The horror film Extinction is based on the 2010 novel “Y pese a todo...” (“And despite everything...”) by Spanish writer Juan de Dios Garduño. The setting is a forgotten, snow-covered town called Harmony nine years after a devastating zombie outbreak has wiped out most life on Earth. A father, his 9-year-old daughter and their grumpy neighbor are trying their best to survive. For a long time, their only enemies are the hunger and the cold…but then, one day, one of the flesh-hungry zombie creatures finds them and now they must fight for their lives.
April 23, 2015
“I’ve never been at that moment in my career where I’ve been so successful that offers kept pouring in. I like the fact that I have to fight to get good parts” – Seann William Scott
In Just Before I Go, IMTA alum Seann William Scott plays Ted Morgan, an unfulfilled everyman who has decided that what life has to offer isn't much. He gets motivated for the first (and the last) time to do himself in, but not before facing the people back in his hometown who he feels are responsible for the hollow man he has become. But Ted soon discovers that he's not the only one who has faced difficulty and made mistakes in life and, just when Ted Morgan decides to kill himself, he finds a reason to live.
Just Before I Go is the directorial debut of “Friends” and “Cougar Town” star Courtney Cox. “I wanted to direct this particular movie because it makes you laugh out loud,” Cox said.
April 16, 2015
“It’s a great family movie, everyone can enjoy it. Everybody’s going to love it!” –Raini Rodriguez
After six years of keeping our malls safe, Paul Blart has earned a well-deserved vacation. With an invitation to a prestigious security convention, all expenses paid, he heads to Las Vegas with his teenage daughter before she heads off to college. But safety never takes a holiday and when duty calls, Blart answers.
“It takes place six years after the first movie. Paul is kind of in a rut because he’s had some events happen to him that weren’t all that great,” explained IMTA alum Raini Rodriguez, who is reprising her role as Maya Blart.
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.