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Review: Paranormal Activity 3

With the Saw franchise over and done with, Paranormal Activity finally has the holiday all to itself. If you’re like me, you were rather used to Saw’s Halloween splash, spending the holiday watching helpless victims get ripped limb from limb, blood splattering everywhere and a puppet ride around on a tricycle. No, it wasn’t quality filmmaking, but it was tradition and holiday appropriate. Well, no more settling necessary. The Paranormal Activity franchise has not only continued to deliver quality material, but now, with three films under its belt, shows it has the potential at being a viable and worthy long standing tradition.

Round three picks up just before the events of the first two films, in 2005. Sisters Katie and Kristi (Katie Featherston and Sprague Grayden) are in incoming baby Hunter’s freshly painted room. While there, Katie also takes the opportunity to unload some unwanted keepsakes, an old box of VHS tapes. Next year, Kristi’s house is burglarized and the only item missing is that very box of tapes.

Jump back to 1988. Young Katie and Kristi (Chloe Csengery and Jessica Tyler Brown) are doing the usual for girls their age – having tea parties, celebrating birthdays and getting dressed up for picture day at school. However, little Kristi also has another hobby, talking to her invisible friend Toby. While her mother, Julie (Lauren Bittner) writes the behavior off as mere child’s play, Julie’s live-in boyfriend, Dennis (Christopher Nicholas Smith), becomes obsessed with Toby and the strange and inexplicable bumps in the night. In true Paranormal Activity form, he arms up with video cameras and sets them up around the house, determined to find out what’s going on while they sleep.

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Interview: Meet Monica Velour’s Dustin Ingram

Just about a year ago I spoke with Dustin Ingram while he promoted his new film, Meet Monica Velour, at the Tribeca Film Festival. Well, almost exactly one year later, things have certainly changed; the film is about to have a theatrical release and Ingram grew a mustache.

Kidding aside, Meet Monica Velour marks Ingram’s very first starring role as Tobe, a geeky kid with no game with the ladies who drives a truck with a gigantic hot dog on top of it. Upon graduating high school, Tobe decides enough is enough and not only is it time to sell his wiener-mobile, but to finally see his dream girl, washed up porn star, Monica Velour. It just so happens that both his potential buyer and Monica will be in the same vicinity at the same time.

Forget the fact that Ingram is a talented actor; he makes for a pretty damn fun interview. Perhaps one day I’ll compile a little reel of interview bloopers, but for now, I present the juicy details on every aspect of making this film from Ingram’s awkward audition competition, to his bee encounter on the first day of filming all the way up to his recent appearance on Glee. Check it all out in the video interview below and be sure to catch Meet Monica Velour when it hits theaters on April 8th.

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Interview: Meet Monica Velour Writer-Director Keith Bearden

Want to be in a movie? Well, if you don’t look like a runway model, have washboard abs or look anything like the cast members of The Twilight Saga, director Keith Bearden is looking for you. In all seriousness, Bearden has an appreciation for ideas and characters that feel real. While he considers his first feature film, Meet Monica Velour, a high concept piece, it’s got much more to it than its basic premise.

In high concept terms, Meet Monica Velour is about a nerdy kid who falls for an older stripper. Dig a little deeper and you get a piece about a high school graduate (Dustin Ingram) just trying to come into his own, experience the world and learn a little something about love. On the stripper side, Monica Velour (Kim Cattrall) is more than just a porn star past her prime; she’s a loving mother that’s just trying to do the best she can with the resources she has and the stigma her career left her with. And, when these two multidimensional characters come together, we get something far more interesting, engaging and emotional than a mere boy-meets-older-woman commercial concept.

This interview is a bit all over the place in the best way possible. Not only does Bearden enlighten us on the entire process of making Meet Monica Velour a reality, but he also touches upon the tough industry standards, as well. On top of that, he also knows how to have a good laugh. Hearing Bearden talk about his unusual looking candidates for the role of Tobe is a must. And, before we wrapped up, the director touched upon his next effort, a film called God Hates Kansas. See it all for yourself in the video interview below.

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Interview: Meet Monica Velour’s Kim Cattrall

After starring as Samantha Jones in Sex and the City for so many years, it’s easy to forget Kim Cattrall can play anything but strong, ambitious and beautiful. Well, her latest film, Meet Monica Velour, is certainly a good reminder that this actress has range and is willing to go to some pretty extreme lengths to do her roles justice.

Kim Cattrall is Monica Velour, a washed up porn star who can’t get decent work, is constantly berated by men and risks losing her child in a custody battle. Having hit rock bottom, Monica is absolutely hopeless. It isn’t until geeky teen and diehard fan, Tobe (Dustin Ingram), steps into her life that she realizes there is some good in this world and, with his help, she could possible pull through.

After a great deal of rehearsal time, filming, the post production process and then a festival run, Cattrall, Bearden and Ingram are finally about to see their movie hit theaters. In honor of Meet Monica Velour’s April 8th release, Bearden and Ingram flew back to New York City to celebrate their achievement, promote the film and to get a home cooked meal à la Cattrall. Read all about that and more in this roundtable interview.

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Tribeca Interview: Meet Monica Velour’s Dustin Ingram

It’s time to get to know Dustin Ingram. You may recognize him from the family-friendly superhero movie Sky High or the Nickelodeon seriesUnfabulous, but Ingram is all grown up now and delving into far more demanding roles. In Keith Bearden’s Meet Monica Velour, Ingram stars as Tobe, a geeky high school grad with eccentric interests, the most notable of which is an obsession with the hottest adult video actress of the 80s, Monica Velour. After finding out about an opportunity to see Monica perform live, Tobe hops in his hot dog truck and heads straight to Pinhook, Indiana. Nearly three decades past her prime, Monica is just not the same. The additional pounds and wrinkles are just too much for her fans to bear, but Tobe still looks at her as though she’s the same beautiful woman from Frankenbooty. Sadly, Monica has a hard time seeing the same.

Ingram may play the quintessential nerd quite well, but he’s certainly shed that image in reality. After the film’s premiere screening at the Tribeca Film Festival, Ingram was on hand to assist Bearden in funneling questions from the audience, a sense of confidence was clearly visible while at a festival photo shoot and, overall, his professionalism was through the roof. But, Ingram is still a 20-year-old guy just looking to have a good time and sees just that in what he’s accomplished with Monica Velour.

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Tribeca Interview: Meet Monica Velour’s Keith Bearden And Dustin Ingram

Keith Bearden and Dustin Ingram are pretty silly guys. I should have seen this considering the quirky nature of their film, Meet Monica Velour, but perhaps its sensitive side is what threw me off. Ingram stars in Bearden’s feature directorial debut as Tobe, a geeky high school grad who drives a vintage hot dog truck, hangs out with his 12-year-old neighbor and covets his collection of Monica Velour’s adult films. The latter would be considered a normal thing, but Monica was in her prime back in the 80s. Regardless, Tobe is adamant about seeing his dream girl live so hops in his hot dog mobile and heads to The Petting Zoo in Pinhook, Indiana. Monica struts her stuff, but to nobody’s liking. Well, nobody but Tobe. In fact, Tobe discovers he likes Monica for something entirely neglected by the porn industry, what she had on the inside.

See? Amusing, but serious, just like Bearden and Ingram. Both had an abundance to offer when it came to discussing the ins and outs of the filmmaking process, but, nevertheless, just couldn’t stop cracking jokes, which is very evident in my giggle-filled first question. Take a look at what they had to say about working with Kim Cattrall, the dirty movies within this movie and Bearden’s next project, an end-of-the-world comedy called God Hates Kansas.

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