A conversation with Michael Angarano

Michael Angarano as Sam in CEREMONY

I spoke with actor Michael Angarano who was touring on behalf of his new film Ceremony.  Michael has had a very good career thus far appearing in big budget films like Almost Famous with Kate Hudson and Seabiscuit with Jeff Bridges to modest budget movies like Lords of Dogtown with Heath Ledger and Snow Angels directed by David Gordon Green.  His television series include the popular 24 playing the character Scott Wallace in 11 episodes and the character Elliot for 11 in the sitcom Will and Grace.

In Ceremony he plays the quirky character Sam who finds himself taking an unscheduled trip to intervene in the marriage of a girl with whom he’s infatuated.  Michael gets to play opposite Uma Thurman in this Independent flick and the two up their comedic chemistry levels in the oddball film. Read more

Bethany Hamilton, the ‘Soul Surfer’, an Interview

On October 31, 2003, Hamilton went for a morning surf along Tunnels Beach, Kauai with friend Alana Blanchard, and Blanchard’s father and brother. Around 7:30 a.m., she was lying sideways on her surfboard with her left arm dangling in the water, when a 15 ft tiger shark attacked her,ripping her left arm off just below the shoulder. If the shark had bitten two inches further in, the attack would have been fatal. Hamilton had lost almost 60% of her blood that morning. Her friends helped paddle her back to shore, and fashioned a tourniquet out of a surfboard leash around what was left of her arm before rushing her to Wilcox Memorial Hospital… She then spent seven more days in recovery at the hospital.

Despite the trauma of the incident, Hamilton was determined to return to surfing. Less than one month after the incident, she returned to her board and went surfing again. Initially, she adopted a custom-made board that was longer and slightly thicker which made it easier to paddle. She has observed that she has to kick a lot more to make up for the loss of her left arm. After teaching herself to surf with one arm, she has again begun surfing competitively. She is now back to using competitive performance short-boards again.- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bethany_Hamilton Read more

L’Altra’s Joseph Costa On ‘Telepathic’


Chicago based Indie Pop band L’Altra are returning with their highly anticipated fourth studio album Telepathic, due out later this month.

Set to play SXSW this week and take New York by storm in some upcoming spring tour dates, they will be unleashing in Telepathic what we feel is one of the most gorgeously layered albums of the year so far …

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