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FeatureAshley Park

Ashley Park is one of the busiest actresses in Hollywood at the moment. Not only is she part of the cast of the award winning Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter but has also just finished new films Terror Tales, Grad Daze and Los Angeles: Overnight as well as being recently picked to be part of new film Trapdoor.

We were lucky enough to be able to do an email interview with Ashley.

First of all, Ashley, thank you for taking the time to do this interview for us, and congratulations on your new films.

Thank you very much! That is very kind of you to say.

1. Ashley, first of all, it’s been just on twelve months since we spoke to you last time. Could you tell us a little bit about what has been going on in your career since then?

Thank you so much for having me back! I wrapped Season 2 of Last Life, which will be premiering soon, and I also filmed Bad Sex With Good People, which will also be releasing in the coming months. I worked on the series with Robert Palmer Watkins from General Hospital, as well as former Cheetah Girls Kiely Williams and Sabrina Bryan. I just recently finished filming the feature film Around the Bed, alongside Donnell Turner from General Hospital. My character was Nurse Kelly Lee and Special Agent Michelle Chen – yes, I played two roles! I’ve also been continuing my journey as Miss Asia USA, and am now working on my MBA as well.

2.You’ve just finished working on a brand new film called Terror Tales, can you tell us a little bit about the film. How did you get involved with the film and can you tell us a little bit about your character of Alisha Harding?

My character in Terror Tales is Alisha Harding. The film is a horror anthology, and one of the stories revolves around her abduction. Detective Stephens is determined to solve the case of these horrific abductions by a serial killer known as the Sledgehammer. We actually went back to the 80s for this segment, so it was fun to dress the part. My involvement in the film came when I was introduced to the director, Jimmy Lee Combs, and he decided to cast me as Alisha. The rest is history! Literally. All of my scenes have already been filmed.

3. What was it like working with Jimmy Lee Combs as director? What kind of director is he?

Jimmy is great! He is incredibly down to earth, kind, and definitely knows horror. I’m looking forward to seeing how the film turns out. It’s such a fun and stellar cast!

4. You also got to work with genre legends like Lynn Lowry, what was she like to work with? Were you a fan of her work before you started on the film?

I actually did not get to work with her on set, since she was in the first segment. I believe they filmed her segment months before they actually got to mine!

5. When you are acting in a psychological thriller like this how do you switch off at the end of the day? Do you have any tips for young actors/actresses in how to unwind after a day of tense shooting?

I actually tend to switch on and off pretty quickly. If I’m particularly exhausted, I usually refuel with water and food. Then I get some rest through sleep, a good book, or catching up on a TV show or social media. Anything to settle back into the daily routine is helpful. I call it a ‘reset.’

6. You’ve also got films like Los Angeles: Overnight and Grad Daze coming out soon. Can you tell us a little bit about those films and the roles that you play in them?

Absolutely. My character in Los Angeles Overnight is Abelie, and she is actually quite difficult to describe without giving anything away! The film is a noir thriller, and will be hitting the festival circuit soon, I believe, and so will Grad Daze. Both projects were such a blast to work on, and I actually worked on them both at the exact same time. My character in Grad Daze is Jackie, a high-strung, aspiring politician, and the project features an incredibly talented and funny cast.

7. It’s just been announced that you’ve been cast in a new horror called Trapdoor. Can you tell us a little bit about the film and what your thoughts were when you first read the screenplay for it?

Trapdoor is a female-focused thriller in the vein of The Descent. I absolutely loved the screenplay for it, and I think it is unique in that it brings together action sports and horror in such a cohesive and interesting way.

8. Are you a fan of horror films at all? If so what have been some of your favourite horror films over the years?

I am so frightened when I watch horror films, so it’s difficult to say if I actually have a favorite. I generally won’t watch them over and over again, but some films that stand out to me are: The Ring, The Grudge, Paranormal Activity, The Conjuring and Insidious. I do really love the show Penny Dreadful! Does that count?

9. Does working on a horror film provide any new challenges for you as an actress?

I don’t think that working on horror films has created any particular challenges for me as an actress. I approach all of my work in a similar fashion, and I enjoy working. The feeling of being on set is unparalleled by anything else, at least for me.

10. The last time we spoke to you, you had just finished working on Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter, which is about to be released here in Australia. Have you had a chance to sit down and watch the film and if so how did it look on the big screen?

I can now officially say that I have seen it on the big screen. It just premiered here in LA last weekend, and it was so exciting to finally see it. Our director, Neil Johnson, really outdid himself on this film. It is visually stunning and features such incredibly talented artists. Tracey Birdsall stars as Sienna, and the film won a tremendous number of awards at the Action On Film Festival. My co-star, Tim McGrath, did an incredible job as Blister, and it was so fun to see our scenes come to fruition on the big screen.

11. How challenging did you find it to work on a big scale science fiction film like this?

It was fun! I love a challenge, so I enjoyed our time filming out in the desert. I was actually sad to come back to LA. It’s a different world out there, and I’m so glad I was able to experience that.

12. I noticed on your bio that you are an aspiring writer as well as an actress. Can you tell us a little bit about where your passion for writing came from and what kind of projects you are working on as a writer?

I have always loved writing short stories since I was young, and I competed in quite a few creative writing competitions in high school. I switched over to journalism in college, where I wrote all of my broadcast packages, and I also wrote quite a few articles for the school paper when I was a journalism student at the University of Arkansas. I went on to intern at Seventeen Magazine, and wrote for a few corporations as well. I would love to write more fiction someday, but I am currently quite inundated with school, Miss Asia USA duties, producing and acting.

Ashley, thank you so much for your time in doing this interview for us.

Thank you so much!

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Thanks to Icon Distribution we also launch our brand new Belle & Sebastian: The Adventure Continues competition. The winner will receive a DVD pack containing a copy of Belle & Sebastian: The Adventure Continues, Lassie, Tarzan, Fairytale: A True Story, Belle & Sebastian and City Of Ember. To see how to enter this brand new competition just listen to this week’s show and then send the answer to Dave’s question as a private message to either our Facebook or Twitter page.

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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘31,’ ‘Hell Or High Water,’’Elle,’ and ‘Doctor Strange’. This episode also contains an interview with Benedict Cumberbatch, Scott Derrickson, Kim Petralis (British Film Festival) and Eddie Tamir (Jewish Film Festival).

Thanks to Icon Distribution we also launch our brand new Belle & Sebastian: The Adventure Continues competition. The winner will receive a DVD pack containing a copy of Belle & Sebastian: The Adventure Continues, Lassie, Tarzan, Fairytale: A True Story, Belle & Sebastian and City Of Ember. To see how to enter this brand new competition just listen to this week’s show and then send the answer to Dave’s question as a private message to either our Facebook or Twitter page.

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FeatureThe Living Corpse

We’ve seen bands and filmmakers reach out to their fans through crowdfunding as a way to get a project completed. Now the creative team behind the popular The Living Corpse comics have decided to do the same to make their follow-up - The Living Corpse: Relics.

We did a little email Q&A with co-creator Buz Hasson so we could find out how fans can get involved.

 

Buz, I’d love to start off by asking when did you fall in love with comics and graphics novels? Can you remember what the first one was you read? What were your favourites while you were growing up?

Buz: For me it was anything I could find…..growing up in the 80’s you’d have to find them on corner stores, newsstand editons…which were always tough to get in consecutive order…but I was always drawn to comics ever since seeing Spiderman on the electric company as a kid, when I saw one day on  the news stand him in a black costume I freaked…ever since then comics were always these tombs of undiscovered potential.

When did you decide that you wanted to create your own graphic novels/comics?

Buz: I started drawing young but once I started to read and get into Sunday comic strips….like OutlandCalvin And Hobbes they became these wild plains of existence….shows like G.I.Joe and having the story carry over into the comics….playing Dungeons And Dragons…I knew I was headed to making a mythology someday of a character I could say I was involved in and one that fans would jive with.

Take us right back to the start how, did the original idea for The Living Corpse begin?

Buz: Ken and I wanted to do a zombie comic….Walking Dead had just started as a comic no show yet…we were already super fans of all the 80’s stuff from George Romero’s Night Of The Living Dead films, all the follows up…DayDawnReturn Of The Living Dead too with the comedy and punker feel….there wasn’t alot of zombie stuff yet like nowadays….we sort of had this idea about a corpse…and his story…like from his perspective.

For the young artists and writers out there tell us a little bit about how difficult it is to get the concept of a comic to the actual page and then onto actual shelves? What kind of steps do you have to take and what kind of time frame are we talking about? Did you have to go through much of a pitching process?

Buz: I’d say before you pitch anything the best business card you can give someone is your own book. learn the format…and find your style, technique for making sequential art. practice drawing everything you can or specialize and focus on one thing you’re into…

Now of course The Living Corpse is going to rise again with The Living Corpse: Relics. Tell us a little about the story this time around and how you created it?

Buz: This is the third part of our original concept….we made it up awhile ago….we wanted to really expand the scope of the universe….because it’s a wise cracking zombie good guy so anything goes!

You’re turning to Kickstarter this time around to help out with project. What made you decide to use Kickstarter?

Buz: It started to just become necessary, we’ve been seeing a lot of A list creators go that route to sort of fine tune the process….we did a lot of research and thought October was a good time…we had been working on this series for a few years slowly but surely so we’re asking fans to chip in and join in on the process.

We see a lot of bands and filmmakers using Kickstarter these days what do you believe is the advantage for an artist to use Kickstarter and do you think this is the way of the future?

Buz: I do think it’s the future and it’s going to expand. seeking finances on a project can be more than challenging so it’s kind of an all in one concept….we’ve really outdone ourselves with ours…tons of cool stuff to get as reward for backing the project.

If people pledge towards The Living Corpse: Relics on Kickstarter what kind of packages do you have in return?

Buz: Corpse everything! masks, magnets, shirts, buttons, stickers, our documentary on VHS! who doesn’t need more vhs tapes?! haha check it out the list is pretty amazing and click on the campaign tab to see all the new art and reward pics.

Where is the best place to follow the progress of The Living Corpse: Relics and where is the best place for them to buy a copy once it is completed?

Buz: Right now Kickstarter is where its at!

 

If you want to pledge to the Kickstarter campaign you can do so on The Living Corpse Kickstarter page.

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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Boys In The Trees,’ ‘Masterminds,’’Shin Godzilla,’ ‘The Neon Demon,’ ‘Poi-E,’ ‘Cafe Society,”Jack Reacher: Never Go Back,”Ouija: Origins Of Evil,’ and ‘Keeping Up With The Joneses’. This episode also contains an interview with Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Tom Cruise, Gal Gadot, Nichols Verso, Toby Wallace, Mitzi Ruhlmann and Owen Tilbury (The Breath Of Fresh Air Film Festival).

Thanks to Icon Distribution we also launch our brand new Mr. Right competition. First prize is a Mr. Right pack which contains a copy of Mr. Right starring Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell on DVD as well as a replica T-Shirt of the one that Anna Kendrick wears in the film, a replica pair of sunglasses of the ones worn by Anna Kendrick and of a course a clown nose like the one worn by Sam Rockwell. Our runners up will receive a DVD pack containing a copy of Mr. Right, Warm Bodies, What Women Want, Not Suitable For Children, Eagle vs Shark, Wild Target, Scoop and New In Town. To see how to enter this brand new competition just listen to this week’s show and then send the answer to Dave’s question as a private message to either our Facebook or Twitter page.

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Thanks to Icon Distribution we are able to launch our brand new Mr. Right competition. First prize is a Mr. Right pack which contains a copy of Mr. Right starring Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell on DVD as well as a replica T-Shirt of the one that Anna Kendrick wears in the film, a replica pair of sunglasses of the ones worn by Anna Kendrick and of a course a clown nose like the one worn by Sam Rockwell. Our runners up will receive a DVD pack containing a copy of Mr. Right, Warm Bodies, What Women Want, Not Suitable For Children, Eagle vs Shark, Wild Target, Scoop and New In Town. To see how to enter this brand new competition just listen to this week’s show and then send the answer to Dave’s question as a private message to either our Facebook or Twitter page.

 

Mr Right is out now on DVD/Blu-Ray thanks to Icon Distribution.

 

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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Equals,’ ‘The Handmaiden,’’Joe Cinque’s Consolation,’ ‘Julieta,’ and ‘Inferno’. This episode also contains an interview with Sotiris Dounoukos.

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Inferno

Summary: When Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Dr. Sienna Brooks, and together they must race across Europe against the clock to foil a deadly global plot.

Year: 2016

Australian Cinema Release Date: 13th October 2016

Australian DVD Release Date: 18th January, 2017

Country: United States, Japan, Turkey, Hungry

Director: Ron Howard

Screenwriter: David Koepp, Dan Brown (novel)

Cast: Cesare Cremonini (Ignazio Busoni), Ida Darvish (Marta), Jon Donahue (Richard Savage), Mehmet Ergen (Mirsat), Ben Foster (Bertrand Zorbist), Tom Hanks (Robert Langdon), Felicity Jones (Dr. Sienna Brooks), Irrfan Khan (Harry Sims ‘The Provost’), Sidse Babett Knudsen (Dr. Elizabeth Sinskey), Xavier Laurent (Antoine), Fausto Maria Sciarappa (Parker), Paolo Antonio Simioni (Dr. Marconi), Omar Sy (Christoph Bruder), Ana Ularu (Vayentha)

Runtime: 121 mins

Classification: M

OUR INFERNO REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

David Griffiths:

Inferno sees the arrival of yet another attempted franchise reboot in 2016. We’ve seen Ghostbusters and Bridget Jones’s Baby arrive with mixed success now we find Academy Award winning director Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind) rebooting the Robert Langdon franchise some seven years after its last instalment.

Based on the novel by Dan Brown Inferno begins with Robert Langdon (Tom HanksForrest Gump) waking up in a hospital with no memory of how he got there and being hunted by a assassin (Ana UlaruSerena). After managing to escape with Dr. Sienna Brooks (Felicity JonesThe Amazing Spider-Man) Langdon starts putting together the pieces and realises that he must try and stop an apocalyptic event set by Bertrand Zorbist (Ben FosterWarcraft: The Beginning) who believes his actions will actually save the world.

But as Langdon tries to overcome memory loss and put the pieces together to solve the mystery things are made even more difficult by him when he realises he doesn’t know which World Health Organisation agent he can trust, Dr. Elizabeth Sinskey (Sidse Babett KnudsenWestworld) or Christoph Bruder (Omar SyJurassic World). To add to their confusion the audience also learns there is a puppet-master in the wings in the form of Harry Sims (Irrfan KhanLife Of Pi).

While watching Inferno you do start to realise that this is going to be a film that divides its audience. For the regular popcorn set this is going to be a film that delivers a fairly decent, if not at times confusing, crime thriller plot that shows you just as many European landmarks as a Bond film. For the more seasoned film goer though this is a film that reveals some of the laziest filmmaking Ron Howard will deliver during his career with a clichéd plot that just follows the same sequence over and over – Langdon arrives in a city, goes to find the puzzle piece, is chased by Police and uses an ancient tunnel to escape and then moves on to the next city. There is also a level of inconsistence around the character of Robert Langdon that surfaces right throughout this film and despite the work of screenwriter, David Koepp (Jurassic Park), to pass it off as part of Langdon’s amnesia it simply doesn’t work.

Rather than being a gritty thriller Inferno becomes more of a fun ride as the audience gets to see European city of European city while there is a mid-level of suspense and you try in your mind to put the pieces together at the same time as Langdon does… although that it made a hell of a lot easier if you are up to date on your Dante. The big tip for the audience is to not let to get too bogged down in the ‘historical’ parts of this film or you will be scratching your head and hurling popcorn as you struggle to work out what the hell is going on.

Likewise this is a movie that Tom Hanks just seems to breeze through. While Sully recent saw Hanks once again reveal his wonderful character acting skills here Hanks wears the character of Robert Langdon like an old slipper, it’s a role that he is obviously comfortable in but doesn’t deliver the acting heights that we know he is capable of. The same can be said for Felicity Jones who isn’t given a huge amount to work with and even disappears for a quarter of the film. The big winner in the acting stakes is Sidse Babett Knudsen who makes good use of the screen time she is given. Omar Sy and Irrfan Khan are also wasted in their roles, the latter being given a role very similar to a poor man’s Bond villain as he plays a character that leaves the audience asking… is that even a profession?

The best way to enjoy Inferno is to just go into the cinema expecting a fun film. While it isn’t exactly a borefest it certainly lacks the suspense of Angels & Demons and is a lot more clichéd than the Da Vinci Code. Did the Robert Langdon franchise need Inferno? Probably not!

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Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(2.5)

 

IMDB Rating: Inferno (2016) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Inferno Reviews: You can also listen to our Inferno reviews on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #196. Dave Griffiths also delivered his Inferno review on the 12/10/2016 episode of Living Fresh with IGA with Ed Phillips on 2UE.

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