Friday, September 9, 2016

The Green Fairy at the Arena Cinema This Week

If you're in or near Hollywood and you've been looking for an opportunity to see Dan Frank's "docu-fantasy" about absinthe, narrated by Richard Grieco, your moment has arrived.

The Green Fairy is showing from Friday, September 9 through Thursday, September 15 at the Arena Cinema in Hollywood. The Arena's scheduling is a little unusual, so be sure to check the calendar: The Green Fairy shows at a different time each day during its week-long run.

It's been a long time since I wrote about this film, so here's the trailer in case you need a refresher:

It's going to be a busy season for Richard Grieco fans--Christopher Olen Ray's A House is Not a Home will be available on DVD and digital platforms later this month (more to come on that). It's been almost exactly three years since A House is Not a Home received the Best Horror Film designation at the Burbank International Film Festival, so it's about time the rest of us got to see it!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

If Looks Could Kill...25 Years Later

Just a quick share here: Forbes Media and Entertainment contributor Daniel Baldwin (no, not that Daniel Baldwin) looks back at If Looks Could Kill...quite fondly.

There's more to film than breaking even at the box office, right? In fact, though this movie's performance was disappointing in its day, it seems to have made an impression on a lot of young men from the era, including screenwriter Christopher Don, who went on to write a part for Richard Grieco in his upcoming horror film, Minutes to Midnight.

It apparently isn't without charm for new audiences, either, because my 20-year-old daughter (who is no Richard Grieco fan) at some point relocated that particular DVD to the shelf in her bedroom.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Minutes to Midnight Movie Poster

The official movie poster for Richard's upcoming movie, Minutes to Midnight, was unveiled today.

I'll have more information for you soon, but wanted to make sure you didn't miss this.

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Chemist with Richard Grieco

The Chemist premieres this weekend.

Here's a quick shot of Richard on set:

I don't have a lot of information about this film yet. The story revolves around a hit man who becomes a target. The main character is played by Olivier Gruner; it's not clear what role Richard plays, other than the character is named "Stone".  (I'm guessing that's going to be one of the killers for hire.)

Art Camacho directed, and The Chemist screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

For more information, check out this article, follow the film's Facebook page and stay tuned. I'll post more information as it's available.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Richard Grieco Artist Profile

Richard talks about his artwork in this short video filmed in his studio. It's a little more in-depth and personal than the responses we usually see when Richard is asked about his art on camera, and includes a pretty decent impression of Dennis Hopper.

Artist Profiles featuring Hollywood Actor and Painter Richard Grieco - Los Angeles, CA - 2015 Artist Roster from Amanda Brown on Vimeo.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Minutes to Midnight Wraps

On April 9, Minutes to Midnight screenwriter Christopher Don reached out to let me know that filming had wrapped on the film. I know I've been remiss in getting this news out to you, but I have a very good excuse--that very same day, my little town was hit by a tornado.

Having missed the "big reveal" moment, I thought today would be a good day to share the news, since it's Don's birthday. (I won't tell you how old he is because I don't want you to feel as old as I do.)

There have been some changes since I first talked to Don about Minutes to Midnight in 2013. But, we'll get to the details a little later. I know what you really want to hear about is Richard's role, and I think you're going to love what you hear.

Richard Grieco in Minutes to Midnight

Don told me that he was pretty confident this would be Richard's best role in 20 years. If that sounds ambitious coming from a guy who is just seeing his first feature film come to life, consider the history. First, as you may recall, Don is something of a Richard Grieco fan. In fact, I've heard a rumor (okay, I heard it from him) that in those pre-show-biz days when Don was parking cars on the graveyard shift, he'd watch 21 Jump Street on his laptop and think about working with Grieco one day.

M2M Screenwriter Christopher Don with Richard Grieco
He's also called Richard "the ultimate bad-ass" for his ability to both be tough and show an emotional side; in other words, he has a solid understanding of and appreciation for Richard's strengths as an actor. And, the role was beefed up and adapted to take advantage of those strengths after Richard came on board. I'm very interested to see where that takes us.

But, Richard isn't the only reason to watch out for this movie.

Other Reasons You May Want to See Minutes to Midnight

1. The production brings Richard back together with director Christopher Olen Ray, producer Gerald Webb and writer Victoria Dadi, who previously collaborated on A House is Not a Home--"Best Horror Feature" winner at the 2014 Burbank International Film Festival.

2. William Baldwin has joined the cast. The Baldwin boys have never been my type, but they can act. And, as an added bonus (in case you're one of the many who has trouble keeping them straight), this is the one I've recently heard referred to as "the Baldwin who's still pretty." He's the one who played Serena's dad on Gossip Girl.

3. John Hennigan is still in the cast. Okay, that's not new information, but have you seen this guy? If you're not a WWE fan, take a moment to Google him. I promise you're going to like it.

There's more, of course, but Minutes to Midnight is just days into post-production at this point and we'll have plenty of time to talk about it between now and the day we get to see the finished film. Stay tuned!

Friday, January 9, 2015

The Green Fairy Update

The Green Fairy is rolling right along, and you'll be able to see the trailer on February 1.  The film's official Facebook page suggests that we're going to love it (though they may not be entirely objective).

It certainly promises to be unique: docu-fantasy isn't a genre I've encountered before. The difficulty in classifying the film may be the reason that it's getting attention from sites like Horror Society, even though it isn't a horror film. Or, maybe it's just that intriguing.

(Okay, it may also be because Linda Blair is in the movie.)

Director Dan Frank originally said that he hoped to have the movie ready to go by Mardi Gras 2016, but it's currently showing a 2015 release date, so it may start making the rounds even sooner.

More to come as new information becomes available.