Cobb Theatres Annual Back to School Event August 15th

The annual Cobb Theatre Grove 16 & CinéBistro Back to School Event in Wesley Chapel, Florida will take place on August 15th.  It is completely free for children with accompanying parent.  Geared for the younger kids, the event will offer FREE school supplies, health & dental supplies, hair cuts, face painting, games & more!

Only at: Grove 16 & CinéBistro is located at 6333 Wesley Grove Blvd., Wesley Chapel, Florida 33544 (Tampa, Florida area) 813.948.5445

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Please note that this event does not include admission to films playing at the movie theater.  Please call the theater if you have any questions.  Plenty of Free Parking.

UPCOMING EVENTS!

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10 Cent Pistol, an Explosive Crime Thriller

 

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The explosive crime thriller 10 Cent Pistol involves a robbery gone bad, a debt paid in blood and a mixed up romance that adds a nice twist for good measure. The movie’s one of those indies that come along once in a while and turn into gold on the screen. Extremely well written and directed by Michael C. Martin, the movie has plenty of twists and intrigue to entertain most adults.

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An Interview with Rachel Miner on “Frank the Bastard”

Rachel Miner
Rachel Miner

By the time she was ten, Rachel Miner had not only worked for Woody Allen, but was cast as Michelle Bauer on Guiding Light, a portrayal that earned her three Young Artist Awards and an Emmy nomination. Miner has since appeared in such TV series as Shining Time Station: ‘Tis a Gift, Sex and the City, Californication, and several seasons in Supernatural as the Meg Masters demon.

In Frank The Bastard, Miner plays Clair Defina, a recently divorced 33 year-old New Yorker who feels lost and vulnerable. Hoping that a visit to her New England childhood home will help her depression, Clair is instead thrust into an incredibly challenging situation—meeting relatives she never knew she had and encountering a tangled web of secrets and lies. Ultimately, she confronts, unravels, and resolves a painful family history. In this one-on-one interview, Miner reveals the challenges she faced in life, her acting career and in bringing Clair to life.

What attracted you to the role of Clair?

Rachel Miner: I loved her intelligence. And her interest in poetry—we share that. I loved exploring a character’s life without being too fantastic or supernatural. It was fun to play a kind of down to earth, real person.

You went from badass demon on Supernatural to vulnerable Clair in Frank the Bastard. What did you find most challenging about the transition?

Miner: I didn’t find the transition to be too challenging. One of the wonderful things about acting is not having an expectation, being present, and not bringing any preconceived notion to the role. It’s fun to take one skin off, metaphorically, and don another to delve into different things. That’s the pleasure of taking that creative wave. As much as I loved Meg, and being able to explore a role outside of reality, I also enjoyed getting into something very human.

Rachel Miner in Frank the Bastard
Rachel Miner in Frank the Bastard

What life experiences did you draw from to prepare for portraying Clair?

Miner: I don’t know specifically, because these things happen on a subconscious level. I know that I was drawing from my life’s feelings and experiences. I spent a little time on college campuses, trying to relate to that environment because I love it, I’m attracted to it, and because it’s not something I personally experienced.

Rachel Miner
Rachel Miner

You seem to favor characters that are internally troubled or emotionally adrift. Do you find you have a natural affinity for these roles?

Miner: I must. I’m attracted to characters with more profound, deep-seated emotions that all of us have. So I tend to gravitate to that within a character no matter what. It’s not something I cultivate, but I know that even if I’m given a vary vapid, upbeat character, I try to find what’s deep and underneath.

What I like about you is that you always mix a little humor and sarcasm in everything you do. So I find myself eagerly awaiting your next line.

Miner: Thank you. That means a lot to me. I don’t try to be too funny, but I always like to bring a bit of levity into my roles. Even in the darker circumstances, it really helps. So I’m delighted to hear that comes across.

Rachel Miner & Andy Comeau
Rachel Miner & Andy Comeau

What role would you love to play that you haven’t yet explored?

Miner: I have no idea. There are so many people and circumstances that really interest me. So I don’t really think about that. I’m ready to accept whatever comes my way.

What do you like about working in film as opposed to TV?

Miner: There are real advantages to both. I like the change of scenery and the travel that goes with working in film. I find that brings something to whatever you’re doing. With TV, people show up doing the same job day in and day out, so it’s rare to have that camaraderie, although it’s something I experienced on Supernatural.

What do you like and hate about auditions?

Miner: I like meeting new people. And I get so fascinated by what they’re working on and their passions that I don’t always track the fact that I should be impressing. I don’t like the aspect of auditioning that causes self-consciousness. I think the killer in auditions is that you become self aware of the people looking at you and nothing else, so there’s nothing else to add to the magic of the illusion.

Rachel Miner & Andy Comeau
Rachel Miner & Andy Comeau

What were you like in high school?

Miner: You’d have to ask some people I went to high school with. I definitely felt like I was very shy. I was a “hiding behind the hair” kind of good girl. I loved learning, but socially, I felt pretty awkward. I didn’t like showing my face and being looked at. I didn’t feel that anyone should notice me and I didn’t want to be noticed.

What do you do to unwind?

Miner: I read a lot and do a lot of online studying. I listen to music and lectures from the Great Courses, which lets you download college lectures from professors. I also love walking through the park.

What’s next for you—any upcoming film, TV projects you can talk about?

Miner: I’m kind of in transition. I’m open to new projects, but I’ve also been writing. I kind of enjoy this free time to catch up on the times I missed because I started working at such a young age.

 

Southpaw, a Heart Pounding Winner

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You can hear a pin drop in the boxer’s dressing room as the feel of high tension begins. Here we see prize fighter Billy Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal) getting his hands meticulously taped for his championship boxing match against Darius Jones (Cedrick D. Jones). Still undefeated, Billy needs to win the fight to retain the Light Heavyweight Crown and the fame and money that goes with it. In the ring the battle between the two gets very brutal with each taking pounding blows to the body and cuts on their faces. Blood running from Hope’s eye has not stopped the man from his determination to last through round ten. The number of hits he’s taking from Jones has put Billy in a position of putting Jones down for a ten count or being unseated as champ. This is Southpaw. Read more

Cartel Land, a Sizzling Documentary

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A very compelling documentary Cartel Land takes you into Mexico for an up in your face look at the battles for a safe community. Pulling no punches and showing how the drug producing, kidnapping, border crossing, vicious cartels have hold on the people in areas of Mexico. It also delves and makes accusations about the government’s participation in the cartels with a policy of laissez-faire. Violent, emotional, informative the film makes its way into theaters for all to see and ponder. It’s not only Mexico, as the film reaches onto U.S. soil effecting all Americans. Read more

Mountain at My Gates – Brilliant #MusicVideos @Foals

The Foals just released the music video for the track “Mountain at my Gates” off their upcoming album What Went Down, which will be out August 28. The song features haunting lyrics flattered by addictive rhythms and beats. The video has a “they’re here” effect … Check it out above. Can’t wait for the album’s release! Read more

Celebs, Press Celebrate STAGE 48: SCRIPT TO SCREEN, Warner Brothers New Expansion

Aimee Garcia (photo by Alex A. Kecskes)
Aimee Garcia
(photo by Alex A. Kecskes)

I recently had the opportunity to attend the red carpet press preview of Stage 48: Script to Screen, which celebrated the launch of Warner Brothers new 25,000 sq. ft. expansion, ahead of its official opening on July 16th. Based on the studio lot, which is home to more than 90 years of much-loved entertainment, drama and action, Stage 48 offered press, guests and celebrities a new behind-the-scenes look at the world of film and TV production.

 Jessika Van (photo by Alex A. Kecskes)
Jessika Van
(photo by Alex A. Kecskes)

Celebs, press and guests mingled as they explored the Central Perk Café, the orange couch in the original Central Perk set from “Friends,” and green screen experiences on the Batpod from The Dark Knight, an ExoSuit from Edge of Tomorrow, an authentic space capsule from the Oscar®-winning epic Gravity and flying broomsticks from Harry Potter.

Talent attending the event included Zack Snyder (Director, Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men), James Michael Tyler (Friends), Mehcad Brooks (Supergirl), Reno Wilson (Mike & Molly), Cast of CBS new series Rush Hour, Cast of The Young and the Restless, Henry Byalikov (Dancing with the Stars), Sharna Burgess (Dancing with the Stars), and many more.

Friends set (photo by Alex A. Kecskes)
Friends set
(photo by Alex A. Kecskes)
Space capsule  (photo by Alex A. Kecskes)
Space capsule
(photo by Alex A. Kecskes)
Urban Xtreme (photo by Alex A. Kecskes)
Urban Xtreme
(photo by Alex A. Kecskes)
Jon Cryer (photo by Alex A. Kecskes)
Jon Cryer
(photo by Alex A. Kecskes)
Mehcad Brooks (photo by Alex A. Kecskes)
Mehcad Brooks
(photo by Alex A. Kecskes)

Trainwreck, an Amy Schumer Comedy

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The very funny Amy Schumer steps into her first film screen role and she nails it. The newcomer who has taken the boob tube by storm with her bawdy “Inside Amy Schumer”, moves to a film venue with ease. In Trainwreck she streaks into theaters all over America with a hilarious story and a support cast that keeps it all together to its predictable romantic ending. Much like her TV show the film uses many side vignettes that contribute to the central theme of trying to survive her screwed up life. It’s a lot of fun for the ladies, but for adults only.

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Ant-Man, Marvel Adds a Tiny Super Hero

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Introducing the smallest Marvel Comics character to the big screen, Ant-Man takes a turn at being a huge superhero. Aiming to equal his predecessors such as Iron Man and Captain America, this little giant comes in close to the pack. The comedy and drama are very good, but much like the movie introductory of the character Thor the opening story does drag somewhat. If you are a Marvel Comic addict, then the first paragraph here will be meaningless to you. I’m sure you’ll be one of the multitudes that are already lining up for a turn on seeing the Avengers newest freshman.

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