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Bryan Cranston to write memoir

 

Breaking Bad

Source: Los Angeles Times, April 4, 2014.

“With this book, I want to tell the stories of my life and reveal the secrets and lies that I lived with for six years shooting ‘Breaking Bad,’ ” Bryan Cranston said in the press release announcing his upcoming memoir. The as-yet-untitled book will be published by Scribner in 2015.

Cranston won three best actor Emmy Awards portraying Walter White, the cancer-stricken chemistry teacher who turns to making methamphetamine to support his family. In the show’s five seasons, White — who in a desperate moment came up with the pseudonym Heisenberg — went from everyman to drug kingpin.

The role has become iconic — Heisenberg T-shirts are available just about everywhere, including Wal-Mart. But Cranston, 58, has had a long career as an actor whose skills allowed him to play all kinds of roles.

He was the father in the goofy TV comedy “Malcolm in the Middle,” quietly appeared in the Oscar-winning drama “Argo” and is currently portraying Lyndon Johnson on Broadway.

Link to the full article:
http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-et-jc-bryan-cranston-to-write-breaking-bad-memoir-20140404,0,1172124.story#ixzz2y6eMvRfQ

April 6th, 2014 (0) Comments - Post a Comment

Chris Masterson’s ‘Impulse’ Now Available on iTunes

We reported back in January and July of 2010 on Impulse, a pre-apocalyptic short film starring Chris Masterson (Francis) as the protagonist, David. After making its debut at the LA Shorts Fest in July 2010, the short is now available for download on iTunes.

You can view the Trailer below, or on YouTube.

Today iTunes® releases “Impulse”, a short film about the end of the world starring Chris Masterson from FOX’s hit show “Malcolm in the Middle”. The film, which is downloadable for $1.99, follows a man who sets off on a perilous journey with only 30 minutes before the end of the world.

“Impulse” debuted at the LA Shorts Fest before a panel of judges headed by producer Paula Wagner (“War of the Worlds”, “Mission: Impossible III”). The film was later invited to the Sofia Independent Film Festival in Bulgaria for its international premiere, where it played alongside an exclusive selection of films including the Coen Brothers’ “A Serious Man” and the Oscar®-winning films “The New Tenants” and Best Picture Winner “The Hurt Locker”.

“Impulse” is simultaneously airing on video-on-demand and ShortsHD, a channel which was recently launched to 40 million homes worldwide on DirecTV. ShortsHD is also available on Dish Network and AT&T U-verse. Programming schedules are available at www.shorts.tv.

Young filmmakers Scott Beck & Bryan Woods, who are currently writing and directing a scripted pilot for MTV, directed the large-scale production in their home state of Iowa. Production was rounded out with services by world-class companies Skywalker Sound and Company 3. Beck & Woods’ banner Bluebox Limited Films produced the film, alongside Christy Sullivan and Darren Brandl, who most recently produced “The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez” with Academy Award-winner Ernest Borgnine (“The Wild Bunch”, “Marty”).

Download “Impulse” on iTunes
“Impulse” is available on the iTunes store at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/impulse/id471759954.

About “Impulse” and Bluebox Limited Films
More information about “Impulse” and Bluebox Limited Films can be found at www.blueboxlimited.com/impulse/.

You can also check out a short ‘Making Of’ below, or on YouTube.

You can buy Impulse on the iTunes Store for $1.99.

October 28th, 2011 (2) Comments - Post a Comment

Frankie Muniz Gets Engaged to Elycia Marie

A few days ago, Frankie Muniz (Malcolm) announced that he was engaged to be married to his long-term girlfriend Elycia Marie.

The couple at Celebrity Fight Night in 2010

Frankie announced the news on 22nd October, 2011, with the following tweet:

After 4 years together, I’m so happy to be ENGAGED to the love of my life @ElyciaMarie!!!

Elycia, too, chose to tweet the news:

It’s official.. I’m engaged!!!

And even his TV dad on the show, Bryan Cranston, added to the torrent of Twitter congratulations:

Frankie’s engaged! I imagine Elycia’s father will give her away… I tried to give Malcolm away for seven years – but there were no takers.

The wedding is reportedly to take place within the next six months, but obviously, at this early stage, there are few details available!

Congratulations to both Frankie and Elycia from everyone at Malcolm in the Middle Voting Community! We wish you both all the happiness and success.

October 25th, 2011 (3) Comments - Post a Comment

Happy 20th Birthday Erik Per Sullivan

Happy birthday to Erik Per Sullivan, who is 20 today! Everyone at the Malcolm in the Middle Voting community wishes him a great day.

We haven’t heard too much from Erik recently, his Twitter account having been quiet since April (and that was after a multi-month hiatus), but we hope to hear some more soon! (We miss you on Twitter, Erik!)

To celebrate his birthday, here is Erik, quite some time ago now, playing ‘The Little Boy’ in the short film Once Not Far From Home from 2004.

Once again, Happy Birthday Erik!

July 12th, 2011 (7) Comments - Post a Comment

‘Limitless’, from Justin Berfield’s Virgin Produced

Justin Berfield (Reese) role as Chief Creative Officer in Richard Branson’s Virgin Produced TV and film production company means he is the one overseeing the creative direction of the company. And clearly he’s been at work, as Virgin Produced presents its first feature release, Limitless, premiering in the US on March 18th, 2011.

Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro star in Limitless, a paranoia-fuelled action thriller about an unsuccessful writer whose life is transformed by a top-secret “smart drug” that allows him to use 100% of his brain and become a perfect version of himself.

His enhanced abilities soon attract shadowy forces that threaten his new life in this suspenseful and provocative film.

Aspiring author Eddie Morra (Cooper) is suffering from chronic writer’s block, but his life changes instantly when an old friend introduces him to NZT, a revolutionary new pharmaceutical that allows him to tap his full potential. With every synapse crackling, Eddie can recall everything he has ever read, seen or heard, learn any language in a day, comprehend complex equations and beguile anyone he meets — as long as he keeps taking the untested drug.

Soon Eddie takes Wall Street by storm, parlaying a small stake into millions. His accomplishments catch the eye of mega-mogul Carl Van Loon (De Niro), who invites him to help broker the largest merger in corporate history. But they also bring Eddie to the attention of people willing to do anything to get their hands on his stash if NZT. With his life in jeopardy and the drug’s brutal side effects taking their toll, Eddie dodges mysterious stalkers, a vicious gangster and intense police investigation as he attempts to hang on to his dwindling supply long enough to outwit his enemies.

Limitless starts Bradley Cooper (The Hangover, The A-Team), Oscar winner Robert De Niro (Raging Bull, Taxi Driver), Abbie Cornish (Bright Star), Anna Friel (You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger), Andrew Howard (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), Johnny Whitworth (3:IO to Yuma) and Thomas Arana (The Bourne Supremacy).

For more information about Limitless, you can go to the official website, or its IMDb page.

March 8th, 2011 (1) Comments - Post a Comment

Justin Berfield Interview with Agoura Hills Patch

Justin Berfield in 2008

Justin Berfield (Reese) recently gave an interview to Agoura Hills Patch, where he talks about his life and the transition from child actor in Unhappily Ever After and Malcolm to producer in his new role in Richard Branson’s Virgin Produced.

We also hear mention of Virgin Produced’s first feature release, Limitless, starring Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish and Robert De Niro, which opens later this month.

Having starred in two television sitcoms (Unhappily Ever After and Malcolm in the Middle) all before this Agoura Hills native’s 20th birthday, Justin Berfield is undoubtedly one of the city’s most notable hometown stars.

His recent accomplishment of becoming a partner with world-renown mogul Sir Richard Branson at his film and television company VIRGIN Produced certainly solidifies Berfield as one of the reigning forces working in entertainment today.

Although he is very busy traveling and working most of the time, the now Calabasas resident set aside some time to chat with Patch and lend some insight into his life as a young actor-turned-media juggernaut.

Describing himself as a “pretty simple” guy, Berfield, who turned 25 on Feb. 25, has undeniably achieved some “pretty extraordinary” feats. An acclaimed actor, producer, and industry guru, who calls one of the most successful men in the world his “partner,” is not too shabby for having just turned a quarter-century old.

Agoura Hills Patch: Did you enjoy growing up in Agoura Hills? 

Justin Berfield: I really enjoyed growing up in Agoura Hills, because it was a big enough city that there was always something going on, but it also had the charm where you really got to know the people that worked in the community. It felt like a small town, although it really isn’t.

Patch: At which Agoura Hills establishments would you frequently get stopped to sign autographs or pose for photos?

Berfield: No particular place really stands out to me except for maybe the theaters or at the nearby Calabasas Commons. I think my peers pretty much knew the job I did, and since we all grew up together, it never was that big of a deal for anyone. I think people in our area are used to having actors around. Agoura isn’t that far from Los Angeles and there certainly were and are bigger “names” around town than me. 

Patch: Do you have a favorite memory from Agoura High School? How were you involved at school?

Berfield: I was home schooled throughout high school and only got the opportunity to attend classes at Agoura High for a couple months before Malcolm in the Middle took off. Although I wasn’t able to join clubs, I enjoyed going to the football games every Friday. It was always a good opportunity for me to get together with the friends I couldn’t see during the week because of work.

Patch: How would you spend an ideal day in Agoura Hills? Do you come back to visit often?   

Berfield: As a little kid, I would spend my days investigating the many creeks and parks around the community. Being so close to Malibu, I would often times head out that way with my dad and go fishing. As I got older, I spent most evenings, as every teenager does, with friends at the Agoura movie theater or around the shopping centers along Thousand Oaks Boulevard and Kanan Road. I live in Calabasas now, so I am back there often. 

Patch: Has transitioning from “child star” to a more mature actor and producer been a smooth process?

Berfield: I’d say so, because I got my start behind the camera just before Malcolm in the Middle was ending. Since then, it has gone pretty smoothly. I started a company, J2TV, and now I am a partner in Sir Richard Branson’s film/television company, VIRGIN Produced.

Patch: What have been your personal career highlights?

Berfield: The point when I realized that I had been on two shows that syndicated to over 100 episodes, and that I felt fulfilled as an actor and decided to try my hand at producing. I think people constantly are looking for fulfilment, and nothing is ever good enough, but I feel fortunate enough to have had the journey I have had so far.

Patch: What is your dream project and dream actor or actress to collaborate with in the future? 

Berfield: I’d have to say anything that would involve Tom Hanks. He is truly an inspiration, both as an actor and producer. 

Patch: A lot of ‘Young Hollywood’ seems to find themselves in trouble more often than not, yet you’ve managed to stay out of trouble and keep a wonderful reputation for yourself. What do you attribute this to? 

Berfield: I always had supportive parents and a good group of people around me. It’s really about who you surround yourself with. Too many times, people are surrounded by those on their payroll. Those aren’t the best people to look out for you, because they’ll never tell you ‘no.’ I typically do not take advice from people who I pay, and most people who find themselves in trouble do just the opposite. Living in Agoura and Calabasas has probably helped a great deal as well.

Patch: What advice can you offer Agoura Hills residents who are looking to get into the entertainment industry? 

Berfield: Local theater is a great way to get into the business. There are a lot of great opportunities out there locally, but also don’t be afraid to ask questions. Information is power, and the more you know, the more you will be better poised to help yourself deliver on your own personal goals instead of relying on others.

Patch: What do you do in your spare time, when you’re not busy working as an actor and producer? 

Berfield: Hiking with my dogs, hanging with my friends, traveling abroad and enjoying time around town with family. I am a pretty simple guy.

Check out the latest flick Berfield worked on with Virgin Produced, “Limitless,” starring Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, and Robert DeNiro, when it hits theatres Mar. 18, 2011.

Source: Agoura Hills Patch

March 4th, 2011 (2) Comments - Post a Comment

You Hang Up Relaunch Website, Gear Up for Debut Album

Frankie Muniz with bandmates in 'You Hang Up'

Frankie Muniz’s band You Hang Up have recently relaunched their website and continue to prepare for the release of their debut album.

On the new site, you can listen to samples of tracks from the new album and there’s even a new email list you can sign up for to get updates on the band.

Hey Everyone,
Check out the sneak preview of our upcoming release, we put together short clips of 4 different songs that will be featured on the new disc. We can’t wait for you guys to hear it. We’ll also be announcing a whole bunch of shows in the near future…stay tuned

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Take a look at their new website, sign up for the newsletter; and you can also check out the material they’ve already released on iTunes and on Amazon (US, UK, affiliate links).

The two most striking facts about Phoenix, AZ, rock band YOU HANG UP can be learned within the first five minutes of meeting them.

First, and most obvious, is the fact that the man behind the drum kit is a stranger to no one. Prior to assuming the throne for YOU HANG UP, Frankie Muniz was already a household name as an actor, most notably from his time performing the title role of “Malcolm” in the beloved sitcom “Malcolm in the Middle.”

Second, and perhaps more impressive, is the fact that YOU HANG UP’s music is so honest, catchy and genuinely impactful that any novelty of a celebrity playing in the band is immediately overshadowed.

What matters to the members of YOU HANG UP are not the benefits (or, let’s be honest, detriments) of having a famous drummer, but the band’s melodic, driving and sharply poignant songs, whose pop immediacy and unbridled emotion are matched only by their anthemic power. “YOU HANG UP is all about the music,” explains singer/guitarist/primary songwriter Aaron Brown. “We do what we do because all four of us have a passion to write great, gripping and just all around fun music.”

That passion will be captured in its full glory on the band’s debut full-length album, due out later in 2011. The album was recorded by super-producer Joe Fitz, whose credits include B.o.B’s Grammy nominated The Adventures of Bobby Ray. “Working with Joe has been a great experience. He is an amazing guy personally and professionally,” Muniz says. “The whole tracking process was a lot of fun and very grueling at the same time. We were tracking pretty much 24 hours a day. Every part of the experience, even the stressful ones, were amazing.”

YOU HANG UP began as a solo project for Brown in 2007. After releasing an EP on which he played every instrument himself, Brown realized it was time to surround himself with equally passionate musicians who could bring his vision to fruition. A few lineup shifts later, the current version of YOU HANG UP was assembled. Since then, says Muniz, it’s been a bit of a fairy tale experience. “It has been amazing. We’ve already established some die hard fans across the world. We already have some great tour stories and nightmares, but overall, it’s just great to have such a positive group of guys that are all on the same page musically.”

It’s easy for people unfamiliar with the band’s music to reduce YOU HANG UP to “the band with Frankie Muniz on drums,” or to saddle them with the preconceived notions. But, Brown says, that same group of people can be the most satisfying to win over. “We always say that our favorite reaction is, ‘I was NOT expecting that at all!’” he says, “Most people are expecting our performance to be a complete trainwreck. But we work hard at creating great music and a great live show, and we hold our own. It is a great feeling to win over new fans.”

To see is to believe.

February 19th, 2011 (0) Comments - Post a Comment

Kenneth Mars (Otto) Dies at 75

Kenneth Mars as Otto in Season 5, Episode 10 -- 'Hot Tub'

Kenneth Mars, who played Otto Manküsser in Malcolm in the Middle, has died at the age of 75 at his home in Grenada Hills. According to the Washington Examiner, a statement from his family said he died of pancreatic cancer on Saturday 12th February 2011.

We of course know Kenneth as Otto, Francis’ boss at the ranch (‘The Grotto’) in seasons 4 and 5 of Malcolm in the Middle, where he played alongside Meagan Fay as Otto’s wife Gretchen. Mars also played in Mel Brooks’ films The Producers and Young Frankenstein, where he developed his style for his somewhat over-the-top German accent. He also made appearances in LA Law and Diagnosis Murder and provided many voices for animations on TV and on film, including The Little Mermaid and The Land Before Time.

Kenneth Mars as Franz Liebkind in Mel Brooks' 'The Producers'

Kenneth Mars — 1935 – 2011

Mars is survived by his two daughters, Susannah Mars Johnson and Rebecca Mars Tipton and has six grandchildren.

Source: BBC News, Washington Examiner

February 15th, 2011 (11) Comments - Post a Comment

Frankie Muniz at the Phoenix Suns Celebrity Shootout 2011

Just last week, Frankie Muniz (Malcolm) took part in the Phoenix Suns Celebrity Shootout 2011. It’s not the first time Frankie has participated in a celebrity basketball event for charity — he in fact participated in the very same event last year, as well as having previously taken part in a similar celebrity basketball game way back in 2004.

Check out some before and after video of the event from Fox Sports Arizona, as well as a gallery of photos from the event.

The event raised money for Phoenix Suns Charities.

Source: Sun ‘N’ Gun, Fox Sports Arizona

February 5th, 2011 (0) Comments - Post a Comment

Trailer for Frankie Muniz’s Pizza Man Released

It has been quite some time since we last heard about Frankie Muniz’s Pizza Man project, but a trailer for the movie was released just a few days ago.

More details on the movie and release information when it is available.

January 27th, 2011 (2) Comments - Post a Comment

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