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Review: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2

“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2” is a seven – on the “Twilight” scale. If you’re comparing it to films that play by the rules, it’s more of a four. But this is a “Twilight” film and after five of them it’s successfully established its own set of rules.

“Breaking Dawn – Part 2” kicks off just days after Bella’s baby bloodshed. Renesmee is already a rather large infant and Bella’s testing the waters of this whole life as a vampire thing. An indiscernible amount of time later, Renesmee turns into a 10-year-old (Mackenzie Foy) and Irina (Maggie Grace) spots Bella and Jacob (Taylor Lautner) enjoying some playtime vampire-style out in the woods. Horrified that Renesmee may be a vicious “immortal child,” Irina tattles to the Volturi. However, Renesmee isn’t immortal. She’s half human, half vampire. The trouble is, the Volturi are pretty stubborn and the only way the Cullens can save their newest family member is by amassing an army of vampires to defend her.

“Breaking Dawn – Part 2”opens with the best part of the movie, the opening credits. And I’m only being semi-sarcastic. The film’s title sequence is really quite mesmerizing. The text either bleeds from red to white or white to red, and plays over a string of vibrant frosty forest shots mixed with a few of a blood red hue. It works especially well, artfully bringing the viewer back into the world with a rousing hypnotic effect. But again, it’s the best part of the movie. Really.

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Interview: Skateland Writer, Producer And Star Heath Freeman

As if it isn’t trying enough to make it in the acting world; even with success in the field having appeared on shows like Without a TraceThe Closer and Raising the Bar, Heath Freeman decided it was time to call the shots and go to work for himself. Along with the help of his brother, Brandon and Anthony Burns, Freeman went to work on a script called Skateland. However, Freeman’s work wasn’t complete once the script was locked and neither was his collaborators’. All three men assumed producing positions, Burns got behind the lens to direct and Freeman in front of it.

The film takes place in a small Texas town in the 80s. Shiloh Fernandez stars as Ritchie, a long time Skateland employee who has a tough time moving on when he learns the roller rink is due to shut down. His sister, Mary (Haley Ram), and friend, Michelle (Ashley Greene), see this as the perfect time for Richie to finally break away and live up to his potential, but making the transition isn’t easy especially with an influence like Freeman’s character. He plays Brent, a former aspiring pro motorcycle rider whose hopes are dashed by an accident. Now, he’s back in town and all that he has is what he left behind – booze, his buddies and his talent for picking up high school girls.

Skateland was quite the undertaking for Freeman in every way possible. Not only was this an entirely new experience for Freeman in terms of writing and producing, but Brent was one of his most significant big screen roles yet. However, with good friends, family and talented filmmakers by his side, Freeman dove in headfirst and brought his story to life. In honor of the film’s May 13th release, Freeman sat down to tell us all about the entire process from joining forces with his brother and old pal to balancing all three of his duties and what’s next for his production company, Freeman Film. Check it all out in the video interview below.

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Interview: Skateland’s Ashley Greene

It’s easy to forget that actress Ashley Greene has a career beyond The Twilight Saga thanks to the enormity of that franchise. Well, not only does she have a few non-Twilight projects on the way, but way back when, before the first Twilight film even hit theaters, Greene was hard at work on another production, Anthony Burns’ Skateland.

The film focuses on a recent high school graduate named Ritchie Wheeler (Shiloh Fernandez). When Ritchie isn’t handing out skates at Skateland, he’s hanging out with Brent (Heath Freeman) and his younger sister and Ritchie’s crush, Michelle (Greene). Ritchie has just about everything going for him, but needs a little nudge when it comes to realizing his dreams and leaving Skateland behind and that nudge comes from Michelle. Similarly, she’s trying to get her bearings on life after high school and more specifically, a potential future with Ritchie.

No vampire fangs, no ability to see into the future; this is just ordinary Ashley Greene proving she’s got something to offer even without the bells and whistles of a multimillion dollar franchise. In honor of Skateland’s May 13th release, Greene sat down to talk about her experience making the film including working with Fernandez and Freeman and how this production compared to working on The Twilight Saga, which, of course, we talked a bit about as well. But keep in mind, this interview was shot back in March, so some details might have changed.

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