If you can’t tell from my Twitter feed, I am a huge fan of The Walking Dead. This is a major understatement. I love the comics, games, and the television series (feel free to donate Walking Dead items to me). On Sunday, November 29, the Mid-Season Finale will be upon us. If you’re a reader of the comics, you know what to expect as far as the major plot is concerned. I have been waiting for this moment all season long. This episode will shape the landscape of the entire series from here on out. Check out the sneak peek below. I’m also including the promo for Sunday’s episode. Do not pay attention to what the promo is saying in regards to the airing date. The MSF will not air until this Sunday.
Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming. Everyone’s favorite forget fish is back! Although the teaser doesn’t give us much, it excites the ten year old inside all of us. Finding Nemo opened in theaters back in 2003, Finding Dory makes her way to screens in 2016.
Welcome back to another Blended Entertainment Interview. I had the pleasure of interviewing Sean Nateghi from the indie film, “Me, You, and Five Bucks”. Check it out below!
You moved around quite a bit growing up, can you talk some about your travels and then how you ended up back in California as an adult?
I was born in Orange, CA and grew up in Mission Viejo. Our family then moved to different parts of Virginia, North Carolina and eventually settled in Atlanta, GA, where I attended middle school and high school. While in college at Auburn University, I took a trip to New York and ended up seeing the musical Urinetown, and it blew me away. That night, I stayed up super late researching acting schools and how to be an actor, then quickly moved to LA.
Now before we dive into your psyche as an actor, can you tell the readers of Blended Entertainment about your training in martial arts?
I was bullied a lot as a kid, so I became pretty obsessed with Bruce Lee, martial-arts and getting into shape. As I learned more, I wanted to make sure I had an answer to any situation or fighting-style, which led me to learn more and more arts, until ultimately I ended up combining 11 different martial-arts. Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, I was getting picked on a good bit, so I had many chances to practice what I was teaching myself, and get better! The truth is, the more you learn the less you will actually need to use in a fight and it becomes easier and easier to avoid them altogether.
So even if you had not decided to pursue a career in acting, you were studying pre-med in college which I would imagine as quite the challenge. What was your mindset and career goal before acting?
I’ve always loved helping people, and since I was already well versed with anatomy and physiology from martial arts, medicine seemed like a natural progression for me. My goal was to become a cardiologist, but one trip to NY changed all that.
Your film, “Me You and Five Bucks” has just been released. The concept of the film is great. It has received good press and award recognition. Can you tell fans what this film brings to the table?
It’s a fresh love story that takes place in Manhattan. After a brutal breakup, Charlie, a waiter struggling to make ends meet, writes a book titled “The 7 Steps to Healing the Broken Heart” to help get over his ex. It doesn’t work, years later while low on cash, he puts an ad out for a roommate and the first person to respond is his ex! She ends up moving in, and at the same time his book finally gets sold and goes on to become a NY Times best seller. I play Charlie’s hot shot-womanizing-best friend, Louie, who is a writer for The Manhattan Times. What makes this film different is the acting, which is so natural and real because we shot the entire film in just 14 days. As you can imagine, we didn’t have time to shoot many takes, so everybody brought their “A” game, and we have a truly diverse cast with nobody playing ethnic stereotypes, like you usually see in films.
You’re friends with your co-star Jamie Zevallos and he also directed “Me You and Five Bucks”. You also served as one of the producers on this film. What was the process of working on this film?
It was great, but difficult. Switching between producer mode and actor mode was tough at times, because, as a producer you need to be emotionally detached and cool headed to get stuff done, but as an actor it’s your job to be emotional and reactive and let things affect you.
What was it like shooting in New York for this film? Was New York a central element to this film? Could this film have worked in another state?
Amazing!! NY is beautiful and so are it’s great people. We debated shooting in other cities, like LA, but realized NY is a character within the film itself, and gives a vibe that can’t be duplicated anywhere else.
What would your dream role be as far as the type of character you’d like to portray?
It would be awesome to play a Braveheart type or Bourne Identity type of character.
Are there any experiences in your life that have prepared you most for life in Hollywood, acting and dealing with the ups and many downs of the industry?
Moving around so much as a kid taught me to be adaptable, learn to read, and get along with different types of people. That, mixed with getting picked on, taught me how to deal with “breaking in” when you’re on the outside looking in, and I think those qualities along with martial-arts taught me persistence and follow through.
Welcome to the Blended family! Thank you for your time Sean, is there anything you’d like to say to our readers?
Thank you having me! Please check out “Me You and Five Bucks,” you can find it pretty much anywhere, iTunes, Amazon, OnDemand, etc. Also, please follow me on Twitter and Instagram @SeanNateghi to check out some cool martial-arts stuff and what I’m up to!
Bret Green stars as Preston Wainright in the CBS Saturday morning series, The Inspectors. The drama that focuses on a college student who is eager to join his mom at the USPIS (United States Postal Inspection Service). It’s an exciting series that involves Preston’s antics with his best friend Noah, while also solving crimes. Check out my interview below with Bret Green.
Bret can you talk a bit about how you got your start into acting?
I started making funny YouTube videos with my friend during college and then one day we decided we were going to move to LA and become actors. Shortly after, I signed with a talent agency. I booked a role on How to Get Away With Murder and that kind of kick-started everything for me.
What can you tell us about your character Preston Wainwright?
Preston is a teenage whiz kid who recently lost the use of his legs in a car accident that took his father’s life. He wants nothing more than to walk again and become a Postal Inspector, just like his mom and late father. When he is not interning at the USPIS crime lab, Preston helps guide his friends through their freshman year of college.
What was the audition process like for The Inspectors?
I first auditioned in early December and did not find out I got the role until late February, so it was a little bit of a wait to receive the good news [smiles].
How many episodes will the first season of The Inspectors have?
Our first season received a full order of 22 episodes.
Saturday morning television reminds me of the good days growing up. What did you use to do on Saturday mornings?
I used to watch Saved By the Bell on Saturday mornings then switch over to ESPN for college football afterwards.
You’re portraying a character who is physically challenged. This isn’t something we see much of on television, especially within this genre. Was there any preparation for playing this character?
I prepped for a full month leading up to filming. The production team rented me a wheelchair so I could get used to how to operate it and make it look as authentic as possible. I had some great on set consultants who always made sure I was moving in the chair properly and everything looked as real as it can.
Why should people watch The Inspectors?
Our show has a very diverse group of characters who are all going through their own hardships and struggles, which we can all relate to. The show is upbeat and positive, which is great for everyone, and the crimes on the show are based on real life events so you can learn a thing or two about what types of scams exist these days and how to avoid them.
What have you enjoyed about working on The Inspectors?
I have enjoyed getting the experience and working with such a great cast and crew. This was my first lead role so I had plenty to learn from a number of great veteran actors and crew members.
If you weren’t acting, what would be your dream job?
I always wanted to be an anchor on Sportscenter, so I would probably be doing that.
What are three of your favorite places to visit?
San Diego, Cabo San Lucas, and going home for the holidays in Michigan.
Can you talk a bit about the charities that you really take pride in?
Working on this show has really opened my eyes and made me aware of the physically challenged community, which has helped develop a relationship with Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. What they are doing to help put an end to paralysis is groundbreaking and inspiring.
Welcome to the Blended family! Is there anything you’d like to say to the fans and readers? Where can they find you?
I love interacting with new people on social media. You can find me on Instagram/Twitter at @bretjgreen and on Facebook at /RealBretGreen25
The Inspectors is on Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m./9:30c
On September 1, Sandast, the brand known for vintage-inspired American hand-made leather accessories, and Preserve, announced the release of the “James” limited-edition leather carryall that was co-designed by Blake Lively and Sandast designer, Chris Pak. The new carryall style was created following an existing partnership between Sandast and Preserve. In search for the perfect baby bag, Lively turned to the Sandast’s founder Chris Pak in search for a baby bag that is extremely well made and highly functional.
Sandast surprised Lively by naming the bag the “James”, which is made of 100% premium hand-distressed Horween leather. It is available in Navy, Cognac, Tan and Black. It is lined with Sandast’s signature plaid lining. The bag is 16″ x 13″ by 6″. The James Bag is available in Navy and Tan on Preserve.us for $860 dollars.
Sean John announces the launch of their Fall/Holiday 2015 ad campaign, entitled Dream Big,the brand’s longstanding mantra.
Sean Combs lives by the words, DREAM IT, WAKE UP, DO IT. When he created the Sean John line, it was with this mission in mind. This is a brand for those who not only dream but dream far beyond their limitations,” explains Jeff Tweedy, President of Sean John. “Our fall campaign concept truly celebrates those young men who bring their dreams to fruition. Jussie and Quincy are quintessential examples of the Sean John man and are true role models for our Dream Big concept.
Jussie Smollett has broken ground starring as Jamal Lyon on FOX’s mega hit show Empire. An accomplished singer/songwriter, Smollett wrote the songs “I Wanna Love You” and “All of the Above” as well as co-wrote the hit “You’re So Beautiful” on the Original Soundtrack from Season 1 of Empire The single debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in March 2015. In the Sean John campaign, Jussie exemplifies the Sean John lifestyle wearing a range of looks from suiting to sportswear and accessories.
Coined as the Little Dreamers, the boy’s imagery features LeBron James Jr. (10), Bryce James (8), and Kiyan Anthony (8), sons of NBA superstars LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. The three are a great fit for the Sean John Boys brand and truly represent the next generation of big dreamers.
“As a brand, we look to the future of fashion. The Dream Big concept best communicates our brand positioning by examining those who, like Mr. Combs, had a dream and made it a reality,” Dean Arcuri, VP Marketing & Creative Services, added. “We are excited to partner with GQ in presenting our latest Dream Big campaign. The Sean John man much like the GQ reader strives for nothing but the best and these men in our campaign exemplify that ideal.”
Sean John’s Fall/Holiday 2015 collection will be available at Macy’s store across the country and online at macys.com beginning in August 2015.
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This past weekend marked the end of The San Diego Comic. Though it is officially over, there are a lot of panels that I need to catch up on since I have yet to attend. I wanted to bring to your attention a few trailers that interested me. The Walking Dead season 6 promo was shown at the event as was an official promo for the companion series, Fear The Walking Dead. We also got a look at Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
The Walking Dead(may contain some NSFW)
Fear The Walking Dead
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice