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Ray Donovan cast members’ upcoming films, TV shows in 2019

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The icy frost between seasons of Ray Donovan is breathing through the window sill, no better comfort than the cast’s outside projects to warm the soul.

A pendulum swings ever so leisurely inside of its grandfather clock, remembering times successors forgot. “I was there. Don’t tell me I wasn’t there,” Mickey recalls along with the show’s veteran fanbase, practically family. Honorary Donovans gathering around the tube sans their customary Sunday staple, the chilly lull of a conversation piece in the air. Living on reruns, delving into the past, scrutinizing every moment until Ray Donovan’s seventh season commences.

Yet, opening night of lucky number #7 is miles away, frozen in place. Melting one minute at a time till its premiere, barely taken out of the fridge. Production on Ray Donovan season 7 doesn’t begin until the foliage of springtime in New York but the craft of acting is water not a solid. Forever, adapting to circumstance. During the time of winter separation, the show’s cast have been hard at work on new film and television projects for you to watch.

* The following list will be actively updated as new information becomes available. Only cast members who have appeared in season 6 (flashback cameos included) and have outside projects are featured in this piece. Ray Donovan cast alumni from seasons prior will have their own article in the future.

– February 2019 –

Alyssa Diaz

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The Rookie as Angela Lopez

Alyssa Diaz’s Teresa just finished placing her wrestling boot on Bunchy’s heart for the 1-2-3 pin on Showtime but on ABC there’s another life. One where Diaz plays Training Officer Angela Lopez on ABC’s The Rookie.

The series recently had 7 additional episodes ordered by ABC following strong ratings according to Deadline. It can be surmised then that Diaz will likely maintain the role for a while in-between seasons of Ray Donovan. You can catch Diaz on The Rookie’s latest episode “Caught Stealing” (season 1, episode 12) this Wednesday, February 5 on ABC at 10 p.m. ET.

The episode will be available online through ABC’s official live stream. Prior episodes of The Rookie’s first season are available for viewing at this ABC link. The show originally premiered its aptly titled “Pilot” episode back on October 16, 2018.

Katherine Moennig

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grown-ish as Professor Paige Hewson

Lena, fresh off her eye for an eye revenge against ‘fixer’ Vinny, is already back on our airwaves as of last week. Actress Katherine Moennig has a fresh, recurring role on hit comedy grown-ish as Professor Paige Hewson.

Moennig’s CalU based Gender Studies professor officially debuted on season 2, episode 5 “Girls Like You” on January 23, 2019. You can watch the episode on Freeform. There’s a new episode uploaded every Wednesday on Freeform’s official grown-ish website. Episode 6 “Love Galore” is already uploaded at the time of this article’s publishing.

Paula Malcomson

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Deadwood film as Trixie, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Stella Russell, Wooley Faces, character unknown

Abby Donovan’s appearances on season 6 of Ray Donovan were evanescent, living beyond the grave through the power of memory. Ray’s mementos of Abby pieced her back together, a figment of his imagination turned post traumatic jigsaw puzzle. It would certainly be to no fan’s surprise to see Abby making sporadic cameos throughout season 7, eternally part of Ray.

Actress Paula Malcomson has an immense year ahead of her, riding a wagon back to the no-law town of Deadwood. Trixie is finally returning home on HBO’s feature film reprisal of the ace television series sometime in 2019. Deadwood is currently in post-production as of December 14, 2018, no official release date yet.

No need to fret however, Malcomson will star in an upcoming episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as character Stella Russell. The episode titled, “The Flying Dutchman” (season 20, episode 14) will air on NBC at 10 p.m. ET on February 7, 2019. She previously played Susan Ross on the series in season 10, episode 8 “Retro” back in 2008. You can watch the upcoming episode online at NBC’s official live stream.

Malcomson is currently signed on to a Comedy / Drama film titled Wooley Faces along with actors Ciarán Hinds [Red Sparrow] and Michelle Fairley [Game of Thrones]. The film’s description is quite intriguing but no guarantee of a 2019 release date as of yet.

Wooley Faces Synopsis:

A mother struggles to raise three kids in Belfast in the early 1980s while her husband’s in jail.

The project which is written and directed by Pearse Elliott [The Mighty Celt], is only in the script phase.

Domenick Lombardozzi

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Cold Pursuit as Mustang, The Irishman as Anthony Salerno, Power as Benny Civiello

The ink is still dry on Mac’s exit chapter on Ray Donovan but Domenick Lombardozzi’s career is as grand as ever. The star actor portrays character Mustang in new thriller Cold Pursuit featuring the iconic Liam Neeson.

The picture is based on 2014 Norwegian film, In Order of Disappearance directed by Hans Petter Moland… Who also happens to be directing this adaption. Talk about staying true to the source material!

The feature film releases in theaters on February 8, 2019. Check out Cold Pursuit’s official website for more info, including the movie’s action-packed trailer.

Cold Pursuit Synopsis:

A snowplow driver seeks revenge against the drug dealers he thinks killed his son. Based on the 2014 Norwegian film ‘In Order of Disappearance

Lombardozzi plays Anthony Salerno in upcoming Netflix mega heavy-hitter The Irishman by legendary Director Martin Scorsese. The Irishman features Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, and Ray Romano among its dynamite cast.

Scorsese’s latest is set for release by Netflix sometime in 2019, and is one of the streaming services most anticipated projects.

On the television side, Lombardozzi will reprise Benny Civiello (* alternative spelling: Civello) in at least two episodes (season 6, episodes 5 and 6) of STARZ hit show Power this summer. The character was first introduced in season 5 of Power, and featured in episodes 6 and 8. The show is currently filming said episodes. You’ll need a STARZ subscription to watch the show online or on cable when it airs.

Brian White

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Dear Frank as Frank, A Shot for Justice as Brandon Williams, Black Privilege as Alderman Tryone Burke, Ambitions as Evan Lancaster

Brian “Jay” White, is starring in, co-directing, and producing upcoming film Dear Frank, releasing in U.S. based theaters on February 12, 2019. The thriller also co-stars Claudia Jordan [The Hills] and Columbus Short [Scandal] among its cast with White playing the lead role of Frank. The picture’s description alludes to a high-octane styled film.

Dear Frank Synopsis:

After Frank’s wife is mysteriously poisoned, he discovers a diary with indicating all of her previous lovers who also are potential murder suspects.

White is also starring in and producing new picture A Shot for Justice, which at the time of this article’s publishing, has a tentative 2019 release date. He portrays character Brandon Williams in the film.

On the television side, White is featured in upcoming TV Movie Black Privilege as Alderman Tryone Burke and starring in an Ambitions episode (season 1, episode 2) as Evan Lancaster. You can catch the episode online on The Oprah Winfrey Network’s official live stream.

– March 2019 –

Eddie Marsan

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Feedback as Jarvis, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, character unknown, Emperor as Martin Luther

Eddie Marsan is kicking off March 1 with a starring role as Jarvis in Feedback, a Horror / Thriller film slated for release in Spain. The picture co-stars Paul Anderson [Peaky Blinders], Barcelona-born Ivana Baquero [The Shannara Chronicles], and Alana Boden [I Am Elizabeth Smart] among its cast. Feedback is directed by Pedro C. Alonso who directed two prior film shorts La teoría del espejo (2004) and Ver con los (propios) ojos (2003).

This coming August, Marsan is set to appear in Hollywood blockbuster Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. The film which features Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson reprising his role as Luke Hobbs, currently has Marsan playing an untitled character. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is set for an August 2, 2019 release date.

Marsan will also be featured as Martin Luther in upcoming Adrien Brody fronted film Emperor. The description of Action / Epic picture appears to signal it will be based on history of the 16th century with some liberties.

Emperor Synopsis:

Action epic about a young girl who seeks revenge on the holy roman Emperor Charles V for the death of her father. It happens in a world of wealth, debauchery, violent retaliations, sex, manipulation and treason… it’s the 16th century revisited.

Emperor is directed by Lee Tamahori [ 007’s Die Another Day]

Sandy Martin

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Dumbo as Verna The Secretary, Medicine Men as Annie

The ever charming straight talker, Sandy Martin, is back to the silver screen this March with Disney’s live action reboot of a hand drawn classic in Dumbo. The new Ray Donovan fan favorite will portray Verna The Secretary in Dumbo, which releases in cinemas across the U.S. on March 29, 2019.

Dumbo is directed by Tim Burton and also stars Danny DeVito, Colin Farrell, Eva Green, Michael Keaton, and Michael Buffer among its highly recognizable cast.

Martin will also be featured in upcoming film Medicine Men as character Annie. The 93-minute Drama is directed by Guy Malim [Battle for Skyark] and features Liza Weil, known for her role of Paris Geller on Gilmore Girls. Medicine Men is slated for release sometime in 2019 and is currently in post-production.

– April 2019 –

Dash Mihok

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Whiskey Cavalier, character unknown, Inherit the Viper as Kyle Knox, Sleeping in Plastic as Oz Bacco

Dash Mihok will join The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan on ABC’s new series Whiskey Cavalier for episode “Spain, Trains and Automobiles” (season 1, episode 8) this April. The episode will likely air on Wednesday, April 10 barring ABC spacing out the episodes. The show is currently in the post-production phase and debuts on February 24, 2019 at 10 p.m. ET on ABC. You’ll be able to watch the upcoming episode featuring Mihok online at NBC’s official live stream.

Mihok is set to star on the silver screen in new Crime / Drama film Inherit the Viper as character Kyle Knox. The film co-stars two-time Oscar nominee Bruce Dern [Nebraska], Josh Hartnett [Lucky Number Slevin], The Walking Dead’s Chandler Riggs, Margarita Levieva
[The Lincoln Lawyer], Tara Buck [True Blood], and Gabriel ‘G-Rod’ Rodriguez [The First Purge] among its cast. The film is currently in its post-production phase but doesn’t have a set release date past 2019 at the moment.

According to Oklahoma Film + Music, filming recently completed on Oklahoma based movie Sleeping in Plastic which features Mihok as character Oz Bacco. The picture co-stars Tina Parker [Better Call Saul], Addison Timlin [Stand Up Guys], and Paige McGarvin [End of the World], among its cast. The movie is due out sometime in 2019.

Sleeping in Plastic Synopsis:

A Texas town awakes when a high school wrestler gets entangled with a drifter and her psychopathic lover. Lives then intertwine and spiral violently out of control once he becomes her escort driver.

The Ray Donovan star is also signed on to upcoming Dark Comedy film Deception Road, where he’ll be playing he’ll be playing Trooper Jack. The movie features Thomas Haden Church [Spider-Man 3], Alice Eve [Replicas], and Finn Wittrock [American Horror Story] among its cast.

– Spring 2019 –

Jon Voight

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Roe v. Wade as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Warren Burger, Reagan as Viktor Novikov

Jon Voight’s starring role as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Warren Burger in the upcoming Roe v. Wade movie was recently officially unveiled in a three-minute teaser. The picture was reportedly filmed in secret due to backlash fears, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The film is targeting a Spring 2019 theatrical release and co-stars Stacey Dash [Clueless TV series], Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa [Mortal Kombat], Jamie Kennedy [Son of the Mask], Nick Loeb (who also co-directed/co-wrote the film with Cathy Allyn), Robert Davi [Die Hard], Mindy Robinson (who’s co-producing), and Jessica Serfaty [Ride] among its cast list. The movie is currently in post-production.

Voight will also portray Viktor Novikov in an upcoming biopic on President Ronald Reagan titled, Reagan. Dennis Quaid is set to play President Ronald Reagan in the film and Robert David (who also worked with Voight on the above Roe v. Wade film) will star as Leonid Brezhnev.

The movie’s last updates on production were on Feb 24, 2017, when it was still pre-production. It’s rumored that the picture directed by Sean McNamara [Chesapeake Shores] will release sometime in 2019. Find out more information at the Reagan: The Movie official website.

– November 2019 –

Pooch Hall

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All the Way with You as Keith

Ray Donovan’s Daryll, Pooch Hall, will play Keith in upcoming Thriller film, All the Way with You, which is currently in the pre-production phase but already has a release date set for November 8, 2019.

The picture co-stars Martin alumni Tichina Arnold (that’s right arch-rival Pam!), Brandon T. Jackson [Tropic Thunder], and Regina King [Ray] among its cast.

All the Way with You Synopsis:

Boris meets a woman named Gloria who wants to help him kill a man who has owed him money for years but their actual assignment is to kill each other. Together they go on a expedition that is breath taking.

Strangely, no director or writer is listed as attached to the project as of yet, despite the cast and published release date. It’s likely the film is delayed into 2020 given that fact unless both are signed soon…

Alexandra Turshen

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Another Year Together as Sophie Reavis, Galaxy 26 as Sierra (unconfirmed)

Ray Donovan’s bombshell beauty, Alexandra Turshen, will be back on the silver screen this November as Sophie Reavis in Comedy / Drama film Another Year Together.

The picture which co-stars Richard Masur [The Thing], Marilyn Sokol [Crocodile Dundee II], Kiva Dawson [Turnabout], Amy Bettina [The Detour], and Robin Rose Singer [Mirage], among others releases on November 28, 2019.

Another Year Together Synopsis:

The stress of the holidays puts love to the test, as a 30-ish couple struggles to take things to the next level while “relationship hell” takes it toll on their family and friends.

Another Year Together is directed by Dan Simon [Emily Lazarus] and co-written by Simon and Patrick Davin [Shark Bite]. Simon, Davin and actress Kiva Dawson previously worked together on 2016 film, Lonely Boys. Another Year Together is currently in post-production.

Turshen is rumored to play Sierra in Sci-Fi film Galaxy 26. The upcoming picture is directed, written, and produced by Ilay Ron [2094].

– 2019 Release Dates: To Be Announced –

Liev Schreiber

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A Rainy Day in New York, character unknown, Human Capital, character unknown

Ray himself, Liev Schreiber, was billed to have a role in Woody Allen’s upcoming Comedy film A Rainy Day in New York along with a star-studded cast that includes the likes of Elle Fanning [The Neon Demon] and Jude Law [A.I. Artificial Intelligence], Selena Gomez [Spring Breakers], Suki Waterhouse [Billionaire Boys Club], Diego Luna [Rogue One: A Star Wars Story], Timothée Chalamet [Lady Bird], Rebecca Hall [The Town] among others.

Production was complete as early as October 2017 according to IndieWire, and it might not never be released. Amazon shelved the film in 2018 indefinitely. It’s unclear if the film will see the light of day in 2019… Or potentially ever.

Schreiber is starring in and producing upcoming Drama film Human Capital, and co-stars none other than Marisa Tomei [The Wrestler]. The picture owns a tentative release date of 2019 and an intriguing plot.

Human Capital Synopsis:

The lives of two different families collide when their children begin a relationship that leads to a tragic accident.

Human Capital is based on the 2004 novel of the same name by author Stephen Amidon. You can purchase a copy of the book on Amazon. Marc Meyers [Harvest] is directing the film adapting written by Oren Moverman [Love & Mercy].

Susan Sarandon

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Going Places, character unknown, Blackbird, character unknown, Butterfly in the Typewriter as Thelma Toole, Slipping Away as Dr. Sylvia Mansfield

The incomparable Sam Winslow, Susan Sarandon, will star in Going Places, a spin-off of The Big Lebowski centered on memorable bowler, Jesus Quintana. The project is written and directed by John Turturro, who has quite a few credits to his name as an actor to say the least.

Sarandon also stars in upcoming film Blackbird, a remake of 2014 Danish film, Silent Heart. Both pictures own a tentative release date of 2019 and are in their post-production phase. However, no official character name is listed publicly for Sarandon as of yet.

The Oscar-winning actress will portray Thelma Toole in upcoming Biography / Drama film, Butterfly in the Typewriter, about author John Kennedy Toole. Thelma was John’s mother, and was determined to get his novel published posthumously after he had taken his own life. John was destroyed emotionally after multiple rejections of his manuscript, time after time.

Butterfly in the Typewriter, which is directed, written, and co-produced by David DuBos [Leprechaun 3], is currently in its pre-production phase. The film might not release this year but time will tell.

Sarandon will play Dr. Sylvia Mansfield in an upcoming film-short Thriller titled, Slipping Away. The project written by Tiffany Hodges [Dream State] and directed by Philip A. Ramos [The Kidnapping of a Fish] is currently in its pre-production phase. It’s currently unknown if the film-short will release in 2019.

Slipping Away Synopsis:

A schizophrenic man struggles with his own psychosis and his wife’s extramarital affair as the lines between his violent hallucinations and reality become increasingly blurred.

Zach Grenier

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Devs as Kenton

Mayor Ferrati, Zach Grenier, will play Kenton in upcoming TV Drama series Devs on FX. The show is created, written, and directed by Alex Garland. The same writer behind 2014’s masterful Ex Machina. Joining Grenier will be co-stars Sonoya Mizuno [Ex Machina], Nick Offerman [The Founder], Karl Glusman [The Neon Demon], Aimee Mullins [Stranger Things], Alison Pill [Scott Pilgrim vs. the World], Stephen McKinley Henderson [Lady Bird], and Jin Ha [20 Years] among its cast.

Mizuno and Offerman will be playing the lead characters, Lily and Forest, according to Deadline.

The show reportedly follows computer engineer Lily [Mizuno] investigating a secret division of her employer Amaya, which she believes is responsible for the disappearance of her boyfriend. Grenier plays Head of Security at the Amaya Corporation as Kenton while Offerman plays Amaysa’s dedicated CEO. Devs is due out sometime in 2019, airing on the FX Network. You’ll be able to catch episodes online through FX’s official live stream.

Lola Glaudini

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She’s in Portland as Ellen

Ray Donovan’s Anita Novak, Lola Glaudini, stars in Comedy / Drama film, She’s in Portland as character Ellen. The picture was due out to be released on January 1, 2019 but it doesn’t seem to have been officially released… Although the Marc Carlini [Victoria] directed movie possibly screened at local film festivals.

She’s in Portland co-stars Minka Kelly [500 Days of Summer] and François Arnaud [Blindspot] among its cast.

While its release date remains unclear, the film should be widely available soon. Information should become available on the official She’s in Portland website, where the teaser is currently set to private.

Chance Kelly

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Inside Fighter as Johnny ‘Bomb’ Hayes (rumored), Gutterbee, character unknown

Sam Winslow’s Ray replacement fixer, Chance Kelly, is set to write, produce, and potentially star in upcoming Drama film, Inside Fighter. He’s rumored to play the lead role of Johnny ‘Bomb’ Hayes in a tale about boxing. There is no release date for the film as of yet, only the script has been finalized.

Inside Fighter Synopsis:

Survival and redemption harnessing boxing as a metaphor for struggles and challenges life can present. A tale of love, honor and family. The day you stop fighting is the day you start dying.

Ole’ Vinny will also be featured in upcoming Comedy film, Gutterbee, which is written, directed, and co-produced by Ulrich Thomsen [Darling]. The picture co-stars Deadwood’s W. Earl Brown and Trainspotting’s Ewen Bremner among its cast. No release date on this project as of yet.

Tony Curran

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Deadwood film, character unknown

Sgt. Mikey ‘Rad’ Radulovic, will potentially encounter Abby Donovan in another on-screen life, as actor Tony Curran is set to co-star in the upcoming Deadwood film.

Curran’s official character name hasen’t been revealed yet but the Ray Donovan season 6 antagonist couldn’t be more thrilled! In fact, Curran’s so hyped to be part of the franchise, he placed “Actor #DeadwoodMovie” first on his bio over at Twitter.

Deadwood is one of television’s greatest works of art after all. Akin to receiving a role in an unexpected new chapter to Homer’s The Iliad, an absolute honor. The movie adaption of David Milch’s creation is currently in the post-production phase.

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Ian McShane leaves door open for more Deadwood at Split Screens Festival

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Ian McShane as Al Swearengen in HBO's Deadwood: The Movie - Photo Credit: Warrick Page / HBO
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Ian McShane spoke via Skype about the possibility of a followup to HBO’s Deadwood film at NYC’s movie screening at the Split Screens Festival.

No guarantees but it sounds like Deadwood’s story might potentially continue past its cinematic debut according to Al Swearengen himself, Ian McShane. The Gem Saloon proprietor was all smiles on the eve of Deadwood: The Movie’s viewing party at the SVA Theatre for NYC’s Split Screens Festival. McShane did not close the book on a new Deadwood chapter when asked about ‘getting to say goodbye to cast members this time around.’

Host/Interviewer Matt Zoller Seitz jokingly prodded McShane by commenting, “Wait a second here… That’s not what you told me last time I talked to you! You told me this was the last one!” McShane responded, “I’m F***in’ Swearengen, I lie a lot! ” drawing roaring laughter from the crowd. The Deadwood star had said, “The thing is that the story goes on, in every town in America” when reminiscing about creator David Milch’s excellence just minutes earlier.

Seitz inquired if a Deadwood sequel would be set in the high country, to which McShane responded, “No, it wouldn’t be right if Robin [Weigert] wasn’t there!” * Robin (Calamity Jane) was a featured guest at the SVA Theatre to discuss the picture on-stage. McShane detailed how every cast member meant something to the show. “If everybody is not there, it’s not the same!” How it “never felt crammed in” to have so many characters but like a “real town.”

Swearengen literally lives through McShane

Not only was Ian McShane in great spirits, he was on fire all interview in true Swearengen fashion. You could tell the character is part of him and always will be. From the moment he came on screen via Skype at the SVA Theatre, McShane hilariously commented, “What are those three f***in’ empty seats I see there?! I’ll cut their c***s**king throats, whoever did this!”

When there was mention by Director Daniel Minahan about rebuilding The Gem Saloon set because the original had been lost… McShane comedically quipped, “It was because of those Westworld bastards I tell ya!” The legendary actor mentioned how he got back into character by waking up each morning and saying his most famous catchphrase. Any true Deadwood fan can guess what it is!

McShane spoke highly of creator David Milch, crediting his brilliance in crafting the universe responsible for the best three years of his acting life. The Deadwood star said he was happy for the show’s entirety and commented about loving to watch William Sanderson play E.B. Farnum. Elaborating how Sanderson should be in every Shakespeare play because ‘He’s the only one who cane make those funny!’ McShane mentioned the cast and crew had kept in touch and occasionally even had Deadwood dinners every now and then.

Crowd Reaction gauging for Deadwood: The Movie sequel?

McShane mentioned ‘going into a meeting after this,’ a meeting with HBO execs about a potential Deadwood followup, perhaps? HBO representatives were said to be in attendance at the SVA Theatre… Maybe taking in reactions to Deadwood: The Movie from the live audience? Hmmmm. The crowd certainly responded favorably, with a packed SVA Theatre and even vocally engaging with the characters on the silver screen all night.

Visit the official Split Screens Festival website for more information about ‘The Art of Television’ festival (May 29 – June 3). Remember to watch the excellent Deadwood: The Movie on HBO!

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Why you should watch Johnny Solo as Gino in ’79 Parts: Director’s Cut’

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Pictured: Johnny Solo as Gino and Ryan O'Callaghan as Jack Anderson in 79 Parts: Director's Cut - Photo Credit: Ari Taub
Photo Credit: Ari Taub

Actor Johnny Solo gave a breakout performance as horse track race swindling, easy livin’ Gino in new comedy film, 79 Parts: Director’s Cut.

The following article contains minor spoilers for 79 Parts: Director’s Cut.

Every once in a while an actor catches your attention by playing a character that feels so true to life, it’s like a person you’ve already met. Johnny Solo’s performance in 79 Parts: Director’s Cut harkens back to raw, old school humor, the type you’d see in a 70s-era Israeli Bourekas film or even Jackie Chan’s 1978 picture, Drunken Master. The lovable, sort of lazy, creative hustler always looking to pull a quick ‘combina’ (fast one) instead of working. It’s a universal formula, we all know someone like this at some point of our lives… Yet, we can’t help but befriend them. For all his trouble, Gino spells excitement and opportunity in lead character Jack Anderson’s [Ryan O’Callaghan] life.

Sure Gino’s methods are gray area, usually less on the legal side but his confidence throughout the film is infectious. Simply put, you want to believe, and sometimes the quarter comes up Tails in life like he promised. Early on in the film, Gino’s pal Jack lets it slip that the race Gino bet on (and won) was fixed, leading to a viewer comforting chase scene by the other gamblers.

Pictured: Johnny Solo as Gino and Ryan O’Callaghan as Jack Anderson in 79 Parts: Director’s Cut – Photo Credit: Ari Taub

Comfortable in the sense that you can just turn your mind off and enjoy, no lengthy metaphors and allegories to ponder. The late night comfort food of cinema if you will. The appetizing chase instantly attracts curious onlookers, gazing over what you’re watching on the tube. The type to ask for just one fry but end up staying for the whole movie.

Johnny Solo’s character is defined by his body language and physicality. Mildly reminiscent of Seinfeld’s Kramer in the way he physically embraces those closest to him, arm on the shoulder and such… And has absolutely zero inhibition! He goes to the track with an obvious fake beard in tow, has no qualms about wearing risqué, silly clothing, or pilfering a stand for it. Gino is as gritty as can be and direct about his ‘me first’, often self-centered behavior.

Pictured: Johnny Solo as Gino in 79 Parts: Director’s Cut – Photo Credit: Ari Taub

When Gino tells Jack he’s got another horse tip after Jack just got a very shady, risky loan from his uncle, he informs him, ‘It’ll help me… Okay, we’ll split it you’ll get something too.’ The selfish nonchalance of it all is what makes Gino a fun character. At the same time, you can tell he has the best of intentions for his friend, as long as it benefits him in some way first.

Even when Gino discovers his best buddy just got married to a girl named Anna, his first thought is why he finds out the info last. He’s relentless in trying to figure out if pal Jack has business with his uncle that he’s cutting him out of the loop from. During all of this, Gino is fully aware that he ‘kind of screwed’ Jack over prior but can’t help putting himself first.

Pictured: Johnny Solo as Gino and Daniela Mastropietro as Anna in 79 Parts: Director’s Cut – Photo Credit: Ari Taub

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The delightful Italian accent of Anna played by another film standout in Daniela Mastropietro, perfectly compliments Gino’s vagabond roughness later on. Gino attempts to pull another fast one with a doctored wedding album to help his friend’s sham marriage out. However, Anna is not a fan, immediately sensing they’ll be caught and presenting a drawing Jack made instead. The smile on Gino’s face when giving the doctored photo album to immigration says it all. A total comedic contrast to Anna’s worry that she’ll be sent of the country. It’s what makes each scene Gino is in fun and wholly unpredictable.

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Likewise, Gino’s relationship with his uncle Dennis [Aidan Redmond] is what complete’s his arch. Despite Jack seemingly looking up to Gino, uncle Dennis sees him for what he is. Always reluctant to help him out and trying to figure out what his nephew’s angle is. One of the best parts of the film is when Dennis sends his nephew to dig randomly, without informing him what he’s digging from. Gino shovels aimlessly as punishment, unknowingly looking for a lost wedding ring. A wedding ring that Dennis’ wife Vera [Lisa Regina] demands be found, no excuses.

Johnny Solo’s character Gino is one you’d like to see again in a sequel or on a weekly TV sitcom. The kind of character where you’re curious what shenanigans they’re up to this week. That’s not easy to craft in any performance, comedic or not. Selling believability is an acting skillset not to be taken lightly.

79 Parts: Director’s Cut Film Trailer and Info

79 Parts: Director’s Cut is available now on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, and YouTube.

Visit the 79 Parts: Director’s Cut official website for more information about the film which features Oscar nominated actor Eric Roberts and a landlord guest role by Sandra Bernhard. 79 Parts: Director’s Cut is a Safier Entertainment and Factory Film Studios film by Hit and Run Productions. The film was directed by Ari Taub with the screenplay / characters being penned by Mario Radosta along with Chuck McMahon and John Ramaine.

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Carole Brana talks Sci-Fi film ‘On/Off’ and using vulnerability as inspiration

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On/Off star Carole Brana (Meredith) - Photo Credit: Florie Berger
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The Natural Aristocrat spoke with ‘On/Off’ star Carole Brana (Meredith) about vulnerability as a source of acting inspiration in the silent void of space.

At the heart of every human fear is the beating truth of real possibility, just as actress Carole Brana’s Meredith discovers in On/Off. The Sci-Fi French short took film festivals by storm, amassing over 16 awards, and recently seeing its first public debut through DUST. The film’s easy attraction of maximum calamity and catastrophe in the helplessness of space, the new wild west, speaking to genre fans.

Then a timely film twist left them wondering about the future of technological depravity. How advanced civilization is doomed to search for a connection to the humanity they intentionally left behind. Meredith’s imprint of an aged voice message throughout the picture embodying the concept. A subconscious human need to cling desperately to an idea without even remembering its true origins.

Actress Carole Brana told The Natural Aristocrat it was through the power of vulnerability that she found inspiration to play the title’s lead, Meredith… Who watches her very spacecraft disintegrate before her eyes.

Interview with Carole Brana on Sci-Fi film short, On/Off

The Natural Aristocrat [Nir Regev]: As Meredith, you portray the ultimate vulnerability of space. Despite being fully shielded in your exterior, even minor objects flying toward you like a screw could spell the end. What do you look to as an actress to connect with this concept? Do you utilize sense memory and emotionally recall a particular point in your life where you felt similar vulnerability?

As an actress I need to use vulnerability as a source of inspiration. Vulnerability is often considered in real life as a weakness unfortunately. To play Meredith, I needed to mute the daily mental brainstorming and let things emerge organically. This is not about memory or recall, but about finding the limits inside myself, the failure to catch the light.

In the film, Meredith asks for the music to be turned off despite her plunging serotonin levels. Was she truly irritated by the music or did she want ‘the headache’ to continue in order to access the voice message memory in your opinion?

Excellent question! This moment is interesting because you have the choice. You, and only you can decide Meredith’s mood! So, I won’t tell you what I think and but I’ll let you choose which decision speaks more to you.

What went through your mind when you visualized the spacecraft disintegrating? The last refuge evaporating before your eyes…

This scene was very intense, I remember the vertigo of the soul. Something broke forever inside Meredith and I needed to make a step and jump in it.

What did it mean to you to be nominated for a Maverick Movie Award for On/Off for Best Actress in a film short in 2014?

I was very proud and very honoured to be nominated for the Best Actress Maverick Movie Award. It means a lot to me. I’m passionate about my job and to receive a nomination is a gift. I’m very proud that On/Off won the VFX Maverick Movie Award on 2014…

I’m very grateful to (Director) Thierry Lorenzi who gave me this opportunity, and very grateful to the technical crew. I hope to see this movie have a long life.

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Should it someday be possible to live on like Meredith as an android of sorts, would you just choose that for yourself?

I don’t know. Today I believe that life is a continuum of states and we haven’t explored all of the possibilities. But being an android is not really one of my goals!

Were you inspired by the replicas of Blade Runner 2049, HBO’s Westworld, Ex Machina, A.I. Artificial Intelligence or any other Sci-Fi work for the revelation that you’re a robot?

I’ve been interested in the Sci-Fi world since a very young age, so I’ve been watching a lot of movies, I’ve read a lot of books and I think I’m somewhat created by this culture. To play Meredith I decided to act like a computer. I used my body as machine with uploads, updates, bugs etc… So I proposed a machine reload more than a conscious revelation.

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On/Off Film Premiere Trailer and Synopsis

Obsessed by a mysterious voice message, astronaut Meredith will face its paradoxical condition in order to stay connected to her humanity.

* For English Speakers: The film has English subtitles with French being the spoken language of the picture.

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