Robert De Niro Hunts Bradley Cooper In Limitless

May 8th, 2010
Robert De Niro and Hunt Bradley Cooper In Dark Fields

Robert De Niro and Hunt Bradley Cooper In Dark Fields

Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper are shooting the suspense thriller Limitless directed by Neil Burger (‘The Illusionist’) with a screenplay by Leslie Dixon (‘The Thomas Crown Affair’). The production has been shooting in Philadelphia and yes I am a part of this film! De Niro plays a financial mogul, Gennady, hot on the tail of Cooper’s character, Eddie Spinola, who discovers a designer drug that makes him smarter and basically better than the rest of us.

The film will also feature a phenomenon called “trip-switching” where time moves with a stop-motion quality which will be interesting to see on the big screen.

De Niro has several films being released this year, including ‘Little Fockers,’ the indie drama ‘Stone’ and Robert Rodriguez’s ‘Machete.’ Bradley Cooper will next be seen as Lt. Templeton ‘Faceman’ Peck in ‘The A-Team,’ opening June 11th.

Limitless will be released March 18, 2011.

The Last Airbender Super Bowl Spot

February 4th, 2010

M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender new Super Bowl Spot is now online and you can watch it using the player below. The film is a live action adaptation of Nickelodeon’s animated TV series, opening July 2, stars Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, Dev Patel, Jessica Jade Andres, Aasif Mandvi, Shaun Toub, Cliff Curtis and Keong Sim.

I’m very excited to see this because it looks very good. I’m hoping Shyamalan didn’t edit my scenes out. He’s very easy to work with. Shoot most scenes in just a few takes and moves very fast. There are rumors about The Last Airbender being a trilogy depending on the success of this film. So make sure you go and watch it so I can be in the sequel!

Delta Dreams – When I Close My Eyes (Music Video)

November 25th, 2009

I was inspired to write “When I Close My Eyes” while listening to Enigma Principles of Lust. Both songs have a very similar beat and mood. However, I wanted to make it even more atmospheric and visual. I kept envisioning being on a ship lost at sea during a storm and then finally seeing a light house.


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THE STORY BEHIND THE SOUNDS
I have been asked before if I write music visually or emotionally. The creative process starts off visually and then emotionally. It is important for me to tell some kind of story with movement. The story doesn’t necessarily have to be dictated by words but also sounds. The song also needs to have some kind of conflicting emotional tension. The mood of a lot of my songs tend to be melancholic but will always have an uplifting ending to them. That is very important to me to have light at the end of the dark tunnel.

When I Close My Eyes overall has piano, strings, pads, music box, effects and a steady beat. There is a subtle harp and fluge horn during the verses. The harp represents the lighthouse guiding the ship while the fluge horn is the fog that dampens the light. I felt that the ending of the song had to have an uplifting crescendo to take the ship out of the storm. I was in the zone while recording the synth lead heard at the end. It was recorded in one take. Its purpose was to add a lot of tension in otherwise a very harmonic arrangement. Who wants to hear an ultra clean song anyway? The tension is then climaxed by the reintroduction of the string arrangements, arpeggiators, LFO effects, and reversed drums. I tend to love reverse sounds because they add a lot of psychedelic movement that doesn’t exist in the real world.

What do you see when you close your eyes?

James L Brooks Film With Jack Nicholson, Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, and Owen Wilson

November 8th, 2009

Writer and Director James L Brooks Untitled Film starring Jack Nicholson (Charles), Reese Witherspoon (Lisa), Paul Rudd (George), and Owen Wilson (Manny) recently wrapped. It is a comedy/drama about the love lives of sports stars. Lisa, a professional softball player, is in a love triangle with George, a white collar executive, and Manny, a professional baseball pitcher. George is also pursuing Terry, a physics professor, played by Shelley Conn. I played Alex Truong – a computer technician at the university. My scene is with Paul Rudd and Shelley Conn. We shot the scene at the University of Pennsylvania in Summer of 2009. The original film title was “How Do You Know”.

TRUE STORY
I was in Toronto, Canada visiting friends and family on the weekend I got the call to be in the film. I “smoked” for the first time thinking that it would make me a better actor by expanding my creative muscles. While we were watching I Love You Man starring Paul Rudd, I get a call from the casting director that James L Brooks wants me to be in his new film starring, ironically, with Paul Rudd as well. I thought to myself, this must be some really good weed. Maybe I should try crack next?!?! My call time was the upcoming Monday at 7:15 am. My flight back was at 9:45pm on Sunday anyway so it would have worked out perfectly. When I got to the airport at Sunday 7:40pm, the receptionist told me I almost missed final check in by 5 minutes! I would have had to rent a car and drive down 8 hours from Toronto to Philadelphia just in time to be on set Monday.

THE MORAL OF THE STORY
I almost missed my first big gig by 5 minutes by being away on vacation. It is a very difficult lifestyle having to choose between spending time with family and friends over acting. Fortunately for me, I have been very lucky so far. Mostly because I choose projects and time commitments very carefully. I always put family and (close) friends first. You have to prioritize people who prioritize you. It is difficult never the less.

The release date for the James L Brooks film is set for December 17, 2010

Law Abiding Citizen Trailer

August 15th, 2009

This film looks pretty good. We shot on a very cold day in January at City Hall in Philadelphia. Law Abiding Citizen, written by Kurt Wimmer, is about a brilliant sociopath (Gerard Butler) who orchestrates a series of high-profile murders that grip the city of Philadelphia – all from inside his jail cell – and the prosecutor (Jamie Foxx) assigned to his case who realizes he is the only one who can end the reign of terror.

M Night Shyamalan The Last Airbender Teaser Trailer (Official)

June 24th, 2009

Coming summer 2010!

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan.
Cinematography by: Andrew Lesnie.
Music by: James Newton Howard.
Produced by: Frank Marshall and Sam Mercer.

and of course, you’ll see me in it! 😉

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M Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender Film

June 19th, 2009

Paramount Pictures released the first photos from M Night Shyamalan’s new film The Last Airbender. The Last Airbender is based on the hugely popular and successful Nickelodeon animated TV series. The live-action feature film is set in a world where human civilization is divided into four nations: Water, Earth, Air and Fire. I played an Earth bender prisoner with long light brown hair. I wasn’t allowed to blog about it because of the non-disclosure agreement with actors but these images are now authorized to be made public. The Last Airbender is expected to be a trilogy. The first episode is not expected to be released until June 2010. You can see the first trailer of The Last Airbender in the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen opening.

Noah Ringer As Ang, The Last Airbender

Noah Ringer As Aang, The Last Airbender

Noah Ringer plays the lead character Aang, the “Last Airbender.” Working with him was great. He is a very mature 12-year-old regional karate star was who discovered in a Texas when his instructor sent in a video tape audition. Dev Patel from Slumdog Millionaire plays Prince Zuko, leader of the Fire Nation.

Ang - The Last Airbender

Aang - The Last Airbender

The Fire Nation is  an oppressive race with powers to control flame. They are waging a war against the other three nations. The film’s hero, the reluctant young Aang, is the “Last Airbender”. Aang is the Avatar who, according to prophecy, has the ability to manipulate all of the elements and bring all the nations together. Aided by a protective teenage Waterbender named Katara (Nicola Peltz) and her bull-headed brother Sokka, Aang proceeds on a perilous journey to restore balance to their war-torn world.

Dev Patel of The Fire Nation

Dev Patel of The Fire Nation

Here are a couple of interesting facts about the film’s two main stars:

  • Noah Ringer’s nickname at school was “Avatar” because many people thought he looked like the character that he now plays in the movie. Life is very funny in that way isn’t it?
  • Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel, who plays Prince Zuko of the Fire Nation; earned his black belt in tae kwon do before getting into acting, and started watching the animated television series while filming Slumdog.
Dev Patel As Prince Zuko of the Fire Nation

Dev Patel As Prince Zuko of the Fire Nation

I wish I could write more about behind the scenes but I just can’t because of the non-disclosure agreement. I can say that it was a joy waking up at 3am to catch a 5am tour bus for an hour long drive to the elaborate custom made set for the Earth Benders. All the actors and crew were great to work with. It has been several weeks since I wrapped up shooting my scenes and still have these funny tan lines on my feet due to the costume.

What Will You Do For Revenge?

May 31st, 2009

I don’t consider myself to be a violent guy. The last time I got into a fist fight I can remember was probably in 8th grade. Not to say I didn’t have my share of bad burns by people I thought were friends in my later years. However, I always try to be passive and not acknowledge that person’s existence until my grudge is gone.

However, I’m not sure how I would react to someone cutting my face open though. Well, that’s exactly what happened in the film Daniel written and directed by Manuel Neves that I composed for staring Robert Seelinger. It is a story about a man named Daniel who is seeking revenge on the guys that severely hurt him and left him a massive scar on his face. Daniel is confronted with the emotional burden, which tests his relationships with his girlfriend and close friends Bray, Steven, and Rafi.

Daniel – Part 1

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Jennifer Love Hewitt and Jamie Kennedy Star in Cafe

May 23rd, 2009
Jennifer Love Hewitt in Cafe

Jennifer Love Hewitt in Cafe

Hollywood’s latest couple Jamie Kennedy (Jamie Kennedy Experiment) and Jennifer Love Hewitt (The Ghost Whisperer) star in the independent film called Cafe which is about the interesting people and their lives in a coffee shop. Marc Erlbaum who is local to the area wrote the screenplay at West Philly’s Green Line Cafe (which is used for external shots). Daniel Eric Gold (Matt in Ugly Betty) and Alexa Vega (Carmen Cortez in Spy Kids) are also casts in the film. Sean Covel and Doc Wyatt, producers of Napoleon Dynamite, are producing with J. Andrew Greenblatt.

I played an Asian business man in the scene. Yeah I know. What a stretch right? I had to mimic the words “peas and carrots” but not actually say it otherwise it would bleed into the main dialogue. Afterwards, during lunch break, we had the choice of egg salad or tuna wrap. I chose the tuna wrap.

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Playstation Killed The Puppet

May 11th, 2009

Playstation Killed the Puppet is a new hilarious comedy film (and potential series) I am involved in. It was written by Charles Mosley and Marc Holley and directed by Charles Mosley. It is filmed in a documentary style about a world with living puppets and humans. I play one of the lead puppet character Lil’Ronnie’s friend by the name of Raj.

SYNOPOSIS

The puppet Lil Ronnie has to find another job because kids are not going to puppet shows. Ronnie has to reinvent himself though he faces discrimination because he is not human and because of his disability. This production is a spoof on American life if you have yet to get the picture.