August 22, 2013
Josh Duhamel IMTA Press Release "It's a great movie to sort of start off my producing career. I feel like it's the kind of movie I've always wanted to do, the kind of movie that I got into this business for. This sort of sets the precedence to do something like this." - Josh Duhamel
Since winning Male Model of the Year at IMTA NY97, Josh Duhamel has been fighting an uphill battle in his bid to be taken as a serious actor. His successes have come from romantic comedies such as When in Rome and Win a Date with Tad Hamilton, television roles such as Danny McCoy in "Las Vegas," and as the action-hero Lennox in the Transformers movie franchise. "I come from a soap opera and I've got some romantic comedies, and it's hard to convince people that you can do things other than that," said Duhamel. "That's what I've always wanted and am still looking to do that. I'm always looking to change it up and prove people wrong, that I can do more than they think I can."
June 06, 2013
Amy Acker IMTA Press Release "When I watch the movie, I feel like you can tell we were all having a really good time and that we all loved being around each other." - Amy Acker
There are very few actors in Hollywood who would not want to work on a project with Joss Whedon, the powerhouse writer/director/producer who is responsible for such diverse fare as The Avengers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Toy Story. Just ask IMTA Alum Amy Acker (NY92) who has starred in several Whedon developments ("Dollhouse,""Angel,""The Cabin in the Woods"): "When Joss calls and asks you... the phone rings and I'm like 'Yes? Yes. No, yes. Whatever you're asking... yes, I'll do it.' And I think everyone feels the same way."
May 30, 2013
Moises Arias IMTA Press Release "It's different. It doesn't have all the sci-fi explosions and all that. It's a great story, different characters, great themes and comedy that isn't really seen these days. It's beautiful, it's hilarious, and I think people will really enjoy it." - Moises Arias
2013 will mark the year IMTA alum Moises Arias (LA05) officially went from being a scene stealing kid on TV to being a scene stealing teenager in feature films. The former "Hannah Montana" sidekick has three highly anticipated, very different movies opening this year, that definitely allow him to escape the fate of being labeled "former child star." "Not a lot of people make that transition from child actor to bigger, better roles," Arias said. "After the show ["Hannah Montana"] ended, there were opportunities for me to have my own show and pilots I said no to because I wanted to wait for something that really just blows me away. And Kings of Summer was one of those."
May 09, 2013
Jill Wagner IMTA Press Release "I enjoy the different aspects of this industry, whether it be hosting a wacky game show, playing a vampire, hunting werewolves, leading a race of aliens, or punking Katie Holmes. I love it all and genuinely have fun on every project I work on. I believe life is too short to live it any other way." - Jill Wagner
Whether you love it or hate it...it's back. The sixth season of "Wipeout" premieres tonight, a season which marks the show's 100th episode, the celebration of its second consecutive Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award for Best Reality Show, and the return of LA01 IMTA alum Jill Wagner as co-host of the show. Wagner had taken a break from the show to accept a guest starring role on MTV's hit show "Teen Wolf." "I'm excited to be back," said Wagner. "I had a great experience filming 'Teen Wolf' when I was off and coming back to the show felt like coming back home."
March 27, 2013
Jessica Biel IMTA Press Release"I've never trained like this in my life. It's so much fun…I'm getting paid to get fit, learn how to shoot guns, play soldier, learn to dance…it's all fun!" - Adrianne Palicki
In the 12 years since IMTA alum Adrianne Palicki attended IMTA, she has compiled a complex résumé of TV and film roles playing strong, compelling women such as Tyra Collette on "Friday Night Lights," Charlie in Legion, Toni Walsh in the re-make of Red Dawn, and Diana Prince in the TV pilot for "Wonder Woman." The Ohio native, who came to the NY01 IMTA with Margaret O'Brien's/Starbound (now SB Entertainment Group), is adding a new character to that list of as Lady Jaye in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, the sequel to 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.
February 13, 2013
Jessica Biel IMTA Press Release"When I was a kid, I dreamed about fame, you know, how cool would it be to be in a movie and to be on TV. I thought about certain movie roles or certain lines from movies by myself in the shower and thought I could do that someday, but I never really believed that I ever had a chance to do it." - Jeff Duhamel
When IMYA alum Josh Duhamel (NY97) signed on to do the big screen adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' novel Safe Haven, he knew he was in for a challenge. "The expectations are higher in a movie like this, and the comparisons are inevitable, knowing you're going to get compared against The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, Dear John," said Duhamel. "And I really admire these guys who have done these movies before… But I wanted to do it if it was going to be different in some way." And while Safe Haven is a romantic novel with some similarities to other Sparks works, it is also a thriller. "This is not a 'paint by numbers' romantic love story," Duhamel adds. "This movie, to me, has a dark edge to it that hasn't been done before in a Sparks' movie, and I think the audience is ready for this. It has everything they'll expect, it has this great romantic story, but it also has this inevitable doom that's coming, that you know is going to happen, and how is that going to unfold.
December 13, 2012
Elijah Wood IMTA Press Release"My philosophy has always been to try to put myself into roles and films that are different. That intensified after Lord of the Rings because it was so massive, but it's something I've always believed in - wanting to change people's perceptions and challenge myself as an actor." - Elijah Wood
One look at the IMDb page for IMTA alum Elijah Wood and it is clear that you are looking at one of Hollywood's busiest and most versatile talents who puts his philosophy to work. From voicing a character on the animated weekly series "Tron: Uprising" to promoting the slasher Maniac at its European openings, from filming - and executive producing - the thriller Open Windows in Madrid to preparing for the third season of the FX hit series "Wilfred," the in-demand Wood apparently has found a way to successfully juggle what would appear to most people as an overwhelming schedule of "different" types of projects. Wood's IMDb page lists no less than 12 films - with which Wood is involved as an actor, producer or both - as "In Production" and an additional five as "In Development."
December 06, 2012
Sean Farris IMTA Press Release"Christmas with Holly is much more than a boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love story. This is much closer to realistic situations, which will make the audience relate to it." - Sean Faris
IMTA alum Sean Faris (NY99) has established a career taking on a wide variety of film and TV roles. He has shown his athletic skills in films such as Never Back Down and Forever Strong, a flair for the dramatic in thrillers such as Stash, Brooklyn to Manhattan and the TV series "Reunion" and "The Vampire Diaries," and a comedic side in Sleepover and "Life as We Know It." Faris' showed a definite flair as a romantic lead in last year's successful Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie Lost Valentine, and he returns to that same platform in the holiday-themed Hallmark movie Christmas with Holly.
November 21, 2012
Ashley Greene IMTA Press Release"There's no way not to give a really good performance because you're in this really warm environment." - Jessica Biel
If you're not familiar with the story of the 1960 horror classic Psycho, it might help to see it before you see Hitchcock, the story of the making of the award-winning Psycho intertwined with the love story between filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and his wife Alma.
November 20, 2012
Ashley Greene IMTA Press Release"After I booked the part I ended up watching the [original] movie and I completely saw why people loved it so much…why it had such a cult following." - Adrianne Palicki
When Red Dawn was released in 1984, there were basically two camps that formed around the film: those whose politics leaned to the left and who viewed it as an over-the-top glorification of war, and those who leaned right, loved the film and supported Ronald Reagan's stance in the Cold War against Communism. It was a startling story about a Soviet military invasion of the U.S. and a group of teens banning together to wage their own brand of guerilla warfare resistance.
November 15, 2012
Ashley Greene IMTA Press Release"I had a lot of fun doing the Twilight films. I really loved the cast, and I feel I'm probably not going to be part of something like this again in my career." - Ashley Greene
Through the series of five Twilight films (Twilight, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I and Part II), IMTA alum Ashley Greene (NY04) has risen to stardom playing Alice Cullen, the clairvoyant vampire sister of Edward (Robert Pattinson). In Breaking Dawn Part 2, the final installment of the series, the Cullen clan is threatened by a new menace that revolves around the child Renesmee, daughter of Edward and his new wife Bella (Kristen Stewart). In a pivotal move, Alice alerts the Cullens about an impending strike by the Volturi vampire coven on the Cullen family, thus giving the group time organize a counterattack.
September 25, 2012
Aaron Paul IMTA Press Release"I definitely knew that I wanted to do this at a very young age. I couldn't do anything else other than this and be really, truly fulfilled… I think acting is good for right now." - Aaron Paul
If anyone was completely surprised on Sunday night that IMTA Alum Aaron Paul (LA96) was awarded the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, it was Paul himself. "It's so bizarre that I'm the one standing in front of you all right now," he said.
September 21, 2012
Brandon Routh IMTA Press Release"Take some established TV actors with impressive track records, borrow generously from the real-life gay/straight alliance of the creators (who just happened to create a long-running ground-breaking sitcom), throw a hunky former Superman into the mix and you've got the ingredients of CBS's new sitcom "Partners." - AfterElton.com
Since attending IMTA in 1999, alum Brandon Routh has compiled an impressive and diverse résumé of both TV and film roles. Films include his star-making turn in Superman Returns, going blonde and evil in the quirky Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, fighting the supernatural in Dylan Dog, Dead of Night, and inspiring a Native American lacrosse team in the uplifting Crooked Arrows. On TV he has guest-starred on hit shows such as "Gilmore Girls," "Cold Case," "Will & Grace" and "Chuck."
September 14, 2012
Graham Rogers IMTA Press Release"The cool thing about Danny is he's not like most kids. He didn't grow up with technology; he can't even comprehend what it is." - Graham Rogers
Most of us who live in the modern world cannot imagine how we got along before the internet existed, before mobile phones, personal computers or ATMs. It was not that long ago when people could not envision life without TV, jet travel or air conditioning. And there are still people alive who remember wondering how they coped before indoor electric lights and refrigerators. Yet there are remote places in the world today exactly like that, where people have no technology, modern inventions or even basic electricity, where electronic communication is not only not available 24/7, it is non-existent. What if the whole world was like that now?
August 31, 2012
Jessica Biel IMTA Press Release"I was completely surprised by the script. Every page I got further into it, I had no idea what was going on. Then, after the first twist, then the second twist, I just said, my God, I have to do this movie." - Jessica Biel
IMTA alum Jessica Biel (LA94) has three very different films opening in 2012: the action/adventure remake of Total Recall, which opened August 3, the romantic comedy Playing for Keeps, scheduled for a December 7 opening, and the horror/thriller The Tall Man, which comes to theatres tomorrow in a limited release following a premiere earlier this year at the South by Southwest Film Festival.
August 24, 2012
Ashley Greene IMTA Press Release"The good thing about the film is that, up until the very end, you really are right there with the characters and don't know what's going on. There are a lot of twists and turns." - Ashley Greene
With The Twilight Saga series coming to an end, IMTA alum Ashley Greene (NY04) is ready to move on to something new. "There are so many things that I haven't done yet," said Greene. "I definitely want to do a comedy. I think a musical would be really fun. I'm itching to do an action film." She adds, "We're trying to choose the right projects that let me do things and create a career, rather than sticking to one thing."