Miles Teller put his body to the test by playing Vinny “The Pazmanian Devil” Pazienza in Bleed for This. During a celebrated career in which Pazienza (he has since changed his last name to Paz) defeated Roberto Duran twice and won 50 fights, the pugilist also sustained a broken neck which would have put most fighters into an early retirement. As Bleed for This shows, the boxer went in an entirely different direction.
“I was very excited to play a boxer,” said Teller. “I didn’t know I would get that opportunity at that point (at age 27) or whenever it was. But yeah, I wanted to play boxer. I want to play a soldier. I like blue collar guys. Those are guys I can relate to so I was very nervous about it but at the same time you get to play a guy like Vinny who was always covered in blood and broke his nose in every fight. He was the biggest warrior and had more heart than anybody.”
Click on the media bar to hear Teller talk about the physical rigors of playing Vinny Pazienza in Bleed for This.
Co-starring Aaron Eckhart and Katey Sagal, Bleed for This opens November 18th.
Any game which draws inspiration from the animation of Don Bluth (The Secret of NIMH, All Dogs Go To Heaven) and narrative scope of Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away) should be a rather ambitious and well crafted title, and hopefully the new game The Little Acre attains such creative heights.
Developed by Pewter Games, the story is set in 1950s Ireland, as Aidan and his young daughter Lily search for his missing father. The environment is filled with bizarre creatures and while they attempt to reconnect with their beloved family member, dangers are just around the corner. The point and click adventure with its handcrafted visual style, is simply eye-catching and memorable.
“This game has been a real labor of love fur us here,” said Pewter Games co-founder Chris Conlan. “The original vision was to create something which felt classic yet modern – something I think we’ve achieved.”
The Little Acre comes out November 22nd on Windows PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 (a free digital art book is also included with the purchase). Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!
Ruth Negga, best known for her work as “Tulip” on the series Preacher, will be in for quite a ride thanks to the inevitable award nominations she will receive for Loving.
Based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving’s (Joel Edgerton, Negga) challenges of living as an interracial couple in Virginia, Loving’s strength lies in director Jeff Nichols intimate approach to their journey. Although the film deals with the landmark Supreme Court decision (Loving v. Virginia), Nichols doesn’t turn his film into one big courtroom drama.
“It’s a big theme in his work – humanity,” said Negga. “I think he does this thing where he elevates the ordinary – the quotidian to sort of a greatness that actually we can miss and pass over. Or we don’t take the time to appreciate. Jeff likes the quiet stories (and) he has this knack for teasing out the grace and extraordinary out of the ordinary.”
During the interviews for Loving, Ruth Negga talked about the Oscar buzz she’s been receiving for her work. Click on the media bar below to hear Negga’s comments:
The workplace comedy Superstore features America Ferreraand Ben Feldman as employees at a megastore that houses its share of eccentric employees. Although part of comedy is rooted in over the top behavior, witty repartee, and slapstick, a healthy dose of reality is thrown in the mix.
“We didn’t set out to make a documentary (with Superstore),” said Ferrera. “And it turns out that our insane scenarios that we are using for comedy are not even strange enough for what a big-box store is like.”
Feldman is the atypical shopper who will actually go to a store and buy the exact thing he wanted. Ferrera’s shopping habits are much more universal, as venturing to a store without a few things in mind, along with the purchase of additional items, is simply the natural order of business!
Click on the media bar to hear Feldman and Ferrera joke about their different approaches to shopping:
Photo credit: Seacia Pavao / Distributor: Open Road Films
Miles Teller(Whiplash, War Dogs) will receive the first annual Stonestreet Granite Award at Stonestreet Studios’ 25th anniversary celebration. The award will be presented to Teller by filmmaker John Cameron Mitchell who worked with the actor in Rabbit Hole. The honor goes to an actor, filmmaker, producer, or scribe who have made “provocative, meaningful and relevant independent film and television projects.”
During his two years in the Stonestreet conservatory, Teller starred in multiple series and shorts before embarking on a successful career in feature film. Seen earlier this year with Jonah Hill in War Dogs, Teller plays pugilist Vinny Pazienza in the biopic Bleed For This.
The conservatory was formed in 1991 by filmmakers and producers Gary O.Bennett and Alyssa Rallo Bennett. “Gary and I feel like the proud parents of so many amazing and talented people, careers and projects – Miles being the shining star of them as he is so very hard-working, constantly stretching himself, he continues to evolve and surprise and never loses his vulnerability on screen., said Bennett.
Actors who have been trained at the conservatory include Idina Menzel (Frozen, Rent), Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy), and Selma Blair (People vs. O.J. Simpson, Legally Blonde).
The celebration takes place November 14 at TAJ in Chelsea.