‘Twice Born’ DVD Giveaway From Hollywood Outbreak

Twice Born

We’re giving away Three (3) DVD copies of Twice Born, an epic mystery/drama starring Penelope Cruz and Emile Hirsch.

To enter our contest, please follow these  instructions:

1.  Please follow @Hollyoutbreak & our sister site @DeepestDreaming on Twitter.

2.  On either one of our Twitter accounts, tweet us your favorite Penelope Cruz or Emile Hirsch movie and briefly tell us why you love the film!

3. Email your address info once you complete steps 1 & 2. You can reach me at: editor@deepestdream.com

4.  Entrants must live in the U.S. and be at least 17.

5.  The three DVD winners will be randomly drawn.

**** The Deadline for this Giveaway is Monday, March 3 at 10 pm pt. Good luck!!

Here’s the boilerplate press release regarding Twice Born:

Based on the runaway European bestseller by Margaret Mazzantini, TWICE BORN begins as the Italian professor Gemma (Cruz) heads off on a summer vacation to the battle-scarred city of Sarajevo with her discontented teenaged son Pietro.  She longs to show him the country where she fell passionately in love with his father, Diego (Hirsh) – but she is about to discover a long-hidden secret, one that will reveal far more to their knotted past than even her haunted memories can disclose.

Years before, when she herself was still a student, Gemma traveled to a very different Sarajevo, an electric, youthful city in the midst of the triumphant 1984 Winter Olympics.  It was then that she began a heated love affair with the young American photographer Diego, drawn to his intense zest for life and art.  For a time, she was compelled only by the all-consuming desire to start a family with him; but that desire would soon be complicated by her struggles to conceive, and her hopes of becoming a mother would in turn be interrupted by the coming of the brutal Balkan war and the longest violent siege of a city in modern history. In a series of transforming events, Gemma would finally make it back to Italy – but alone with an infant son who has never known the story of who he is or how he was born.

Roaming Sarajevo for the first time in 18 years, an unnerved Gemma at last begins to uncover the hidden truth of both the terrifying incidents and the remarkable acts of generosity that brought her and Pietro together — and now to a crossroads. In the face of a mother’s ultimate moral dilemma, she finds the redemptive power of love in this poignant and powerful film, also starring Jane Birkin (La Belle Noiseuse, Death on the Nile), which Roger Moore of McClatchey Tribune calls “an old-fashioned war romance…packed with third-act surprises”.

Here’s the trailer:

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Candice Glover Returns To “American Idol” With “Music Speaks” Performance

Candice Glover (FOX, CR: Michael Becker) Last season’s winner Candice Glover took to the American Idol stage last night to perform her songs “Cried” and “Same Kinda Man,” tracks that are featured on her album Music Speaks. It was refreshing to see Glover head back to the fold, only if for one evening, to show all the newbies how a great set of pipes and conviction can take one far into the competition.

Kristen O’Connor’s rendition of the Kelly Clarkson tune “Beautiful Disaster” didn’t win her enough votes to keep her for another week, as the judges decided not to use their save on her after a rendition of Adele’s “Turning Tables.” The bottom three this week were O’Connor, Malaya Watson, and MK Nobilette.

Click on the media bar to hear Candice Glover talk about the advice she gave the American Idol contestants.

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Blu-Ray Spotlight: ‘Ice Soldiers’ Q&A Interview With Michael Ironside

Ice Soldiers

“I took acting so I could understand the medium better,” says Michael Ironside, a co-star in the action adventure Ice Soldiers, a movie that’s now out on Blu-ray and DVD.

Although one of his first passions was writing, Ironside decided to take acting classes at an early age to gain a bigger picture of working on film and on stage. In a prolific career that includes such films as Scanners, Starship Troopers, Total Recall, Extreme Prejudice, and The Machinist, the actor continues to pave new ground in his work and, to this day, he’s still pursuing his writing endeavors.

Although Ice Soldier’s main storyline centers on a scientist’s (Dominic Purcell) pursuit of three Russian super soldiers, Ironside does fine supporting work as Colonel Desmond Trump, an alpha male military vet who just wants to get the job done. Trump’s showdown with the soldiers’ amoral leader is one of the movie’s most standout moments, and for the sake of a spoiler-free environment, I refuse to divulge the fight’s outcome.

During our phone interview, Ironside talked about working in the snow capped environment of Ice Soldiers and he also reflected on how his approach to acting has changed over the years. He also had wonderful and on-point insight on the acting work of his co-star Camille Sullivan, who also does excellent supporting work in Ice Soldiers.

Did being placed in the middle of a snow covered environment help shape your role in Ice Soldiers?

Absolutely. The environment, especially when you’re in sub-zero weather and wind and fighting through snow, it takes all the pretend out of it. There’s no need for any kind of sense memory or your acting school training. It’s more or less surviving in the environment. He really did see the weather and the environment as a character and as personality in the film. It was something you had to deal and act with.

As an actor, is believability something you can learn or are you born with it?

I think most of us do more acting in real life than we do on film or on stage. We try to act appropriately with our posture and how we communicate. When I’m acting, it’s almost permission to not be appropriate. It allows those organic reactions to come through. When you’re in an environment like this, where you’re dealing with the environment, very awkward wardrobes and the vehicles, the (performances) automatically come through.

With acting, I get to be private in public. I get to actually have a real emotion without have any filter on it. It’s some other person they’re calling you. They’re giving you another name. A different set of clothing. I’m giving real emotional reactions to things.

You started out as a trained method actor and with all the experience you’ve accumulated over the years, do you approach acting in a different manner these days?

I do know that I have to do less now for some reason. I’m willing also to take risks with certain situations that I don’t think I was able to when I was younger. I’m in my mid-60s now and I’d rather reach for something and fail, then reach for something I know I can grab when it comes to emotions or situations. There’s a couple of situations on this film when we’re around the snowmobile where you take the risk of looking like a fool or doing it safely. I’d rather take the risk. I’m not interested anymore in how I look or how I’m perceived. I’d rather try and hit a true note every time I go out if that makes any sense.

Especially in these last 10 or 15 years, most of these characters are bizarre, support characters who take pride and emotional joy in things that most people don’t even consider. Colonel Trump’s idea of punctuality and functionality was all I held onto. That and the elements that he worked in. It was a lot of fun.

Camille Sullivan, the actress who played my boss in Ice Soldiers, had a very difficult role. She was put in a difficult situation of playing a certain amount of sexuality, of needfulness, a certain amount of ambition. It all fit together and it was wonderful to support her as a character and give her more bass line and being heavier in my choices. The male roles were very specific and hers was very difficult.

So do you approach acting in a much different manner than before?

It’s simpler focusing on the work. It’s easier to look around and take in the lights and the crew while I’m working. I don’t have to invent a reality anymore. To be in the moment, stay in the moment and be able to grab the energy that’s in the moment. Enjoy the focus. Enjoy the work, even when you miss something it’s a celebration.

I remember a Buckminster Fuller interview years ago, I think it was in the eighties, and (an interviewer) asked him, ‘What do you do when you have failures?’ And he said, ‘I beg your pardon?’ (The interviewer replied) ‘When you have failures.’ And Buckminster Fuller said, ‘Oh do you mean when it’s an unexpected result?’ The interviewer says, ‘What?’ Fuller said, ‘I don’t see it as a failure, if you attempt something honestly, then it’s an unexpected result. It’s a learning experience.’

I almost crashed my car. I was on the 405 or 5 freeway (in Los Angeles) and I had to pull off to the side of the road. It really hit me. That’s what it’s all about. Nobody hits a home run every time they’re up. If you miss that expectation it’s nothing but a learning experience. I think I embrace that more now. I embrace the idea that everything is a learning experience. I actually think I’m doing my best work in my career in the last four or five years.

To check out my review of Ice Soldiers, check out my Deepest Dream post.

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Darren Criss on ‘Glee’ Experience: “It’s Incredibly Gratifying”

Glee (FOX, CR: Adam Rose)Glee makes its midseason return tonight (FOX, 8 pm et/pt) with “Frenemies,” as Santana (Naya Rivera) auditions for a shot at being Rachel’s (Lea Michele) understudy in Funny Girl. Meanwhile, over at McKinley High, Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz), Artie (Kevin McHale), Blaine (Darren Criss) are all getting ready to graduate, and in a fitting rendition the trio do a cover of Kelly Clarkson’s hit song “Breakaway.”

“It’s incredibly gratifying,” said Criss about being a part of the revered FOX show.  “It’s an honor and it’s a privilege that we get to be a part of something that isn’t just a TV show, you know, or we’re not, I don’t know, playing, no discredit to those shows, but just some random cop in some, you know, murder mystery show, which are awesome shows, but you know, they don’t have the same punch to younger people I guess.  And I don’t even make it exclusive to younger people, but it’s just cool enough to have a job, but it’s another thing to have a job that can reach out to a greater community, so it’s an amazing feeling.  I would have never dreamed that something that I, you know, wanted to do as an adult could actually have the bigger significance.”

Click on the media bar below to hear Glee co-star Jane Lynch talk about how she developed her comedic voice:

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Review: Dutch Thriller ‘Black Out’ Shines With Visual Flair

Black Out (Doppelganger Releasing) The first thing you’ll probably notice from Black Out is its supremely derivative nature. If you’ve had your fill of those manic, Guy Ritchie directed crime flicks of yesteryear, then this movie may not be your cup of tea.

But really, how many innovative genres exist in cinema? Whether it’s a Western, a hard boiled noir, or a slapstick driven comedy, these tropes exist for a reason. One of the keys to making an entertaining feature is to exist within a genre and either expand its reach or comfortably swim within its respective confines.

Black Out doesn’t pretend to offer any kind of enlightening message or promise to blow your mind away with innovation. Instead, it opts for a more visceral journey into our cinematic senses. Do you want a cleverly shot and edited thriller about a man whose life and sanity hang in the balance? On that purely simple (yet sublime) level, this movie delivers the goods.

Our protagonist is Jos (Raymond Thiry), a retired criminal who wakes up next to a dead man. Although we’re to assume Jos has seen his share of corpses during his hard living heyday, this lifeless body brings an extra level of inconvenience. Jos is ready to get married to his one true love, and he eventually discovers he’s a prime suspect in a recent cocaine theft. The dilemma forces Jos to reenter the underworld and reunite with his former colleagues, who may or may not be involved in the conspiracy.

With a surefooted visual eye, Dutch filmmaker Arne Toonen keeps the brisk narrative (it’s only 92 minutes) fresh and energetic, and its fever pitch doesn’t let up. A cast of colorful characters, most noticeably two sexy crooks who’ve taken over Jos’ previous trade, light up the screen with their respective inequities and character flaws. There isn’t much inner depth to the proceedings, but a lack of analytical thinking can be, if done properly, a welcoming experience.

Black Out was initially a telefilm from Netherlands, and Toonen turns this low budgeted affair into a surprisingly arresting visual journey. I had my share of fun watching Jos putting out as much fires as possible to keep his wedding dreams alive, and if you’re in the mood for a guilt free escape from the world around you, Black Out is a solid cinematic confection that shouldn’t disappoint.

Black Out is now playing in select theaters and is also available on VOD.

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