Feature Film, “Never Stop Living,” LIVE on Kickstarter

It’s official! The crowd-funding campaign for my new feature film, the inspirational sports drama, Never Stop Living, is now LIVE on Kickstarter. Over the next 35 days (ending at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, September 29), I’m hoping to raise at least $250,000 to help fund all aspects of the film, including pre- and post-production costs, casting at least one well-known actor (at the top of my list: Phoebe Cates, Chloe Grace Moretz and Josh Duhamel), marketing materials and major film festival submissions. Find out how this campaign was born

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Movie Mayhem – Dolphin Tale 2

Earlier this year on American Idol, Harry Connick Jr. announced that he was working on Dolphin Tale 2, which initially threw me for a loop because it didn’t make much sense at the time (of course, if I had been following Winter’s story, it would have made more sense). Dolphin Tale, released back in 2011, was based on a true story, so without knowing the full background behind the story, making a sequel felt as if they were simply capitalizing on the name recognition of the property and the worldwide phenomenon that was Winter’s inspirational tale. How happy I was to find out that Dolphin Tale 2 was also based off of real events that miraculously occurred several years after the events of the original film, and that Winter’s story wasn’t over. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More

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Mini-Chaos News Roundup

It’s been an interesting weekend for me and there are several items that came up that I wanted to post about, but I didn’t want to deluge everyone with a series of back-to-back posts over the course of a day. So, I’ve decided to deliver all of my most recent news in one simple, handy and effective post, which I’ve dubbed the Mini-Chaos News Roundup. Herewith are my newsworthy announcements: Check out the Special Announcements

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Movie Mayhem – The Identical

Every so often a movie comes along that I just can’t figure out how how I feel about it. On one hand, it’s not a terrible film, it’s just familiar — it knows what it is and does exactly what it seeks to do. On the other hand, after the movie’s over, there’s an emptiness that permeates your enjoyment, as if everything about it was hollow and forgettable. It’s almost like ordering Chinese food — it goes down well and satiates your hunger, but leaves you seeking additional nourishment thirty minutes later. That’s what it felt like watching The Identical, a movie that doesn’t do anything wrong except fail to deliver the emotional impact needed to leave a lasting impression. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More

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“Never Stop Living” and the Kickstarter Popular Club

Well, the Kickstarter campaign for my feature film, Never Stop Living, (an inspirational sports drama about a young girl who wants nothing more than to pitch in one final game before succumbing to her terminal illness) is a week old, and so far, just over a handful of people have contributed. That’s awesome and I want thank all of those who have taken the time to do so! And with 27 days left, there’s still plenty of time to get people excited and help bring this tremendous story to life. Find out how you can help

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Movie Mayhem – The November Man

For a long time, August was Hollywood’s dumping ground for mediocre to outright crappy movies that didn’t fit properly enough into any other season’s structure. They weren’t spectacular enough for summer, they weren’t high-caliber (aka Oscar-worthy) enough for fall, and they weren’t fun enough for spring. These were movies whose execution (whether in writing, direction, acting or all of the above) failed, but it was better for the production company to get at least a few dollars back on their investment rather than simply keep it locked away on the shelf or buried in direct-to-video obscurity. Over the past few years, though, that seems to have shifted a little, as August has brought out some great films (including this year’s Guardians of the Galaxy or 2011’s The Help), leaving those redheaded stepchildren to scatter and hide among the rest of the year. But as August winds down and we head into Labor Day, a flurry of studios deliver The November Man to the trash heap of summer. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More

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Chaos Television Awards 2014 – Part 3

Read Part One and Part Two of the 2014 Chaos Television Awards

Revitalization Award: Once Upon A Time
A lot of shows go through what is known as the sophomore slump — their first season was so good, that it is almost impossible for the second season to live up to the expectations, and on occasion, can never recapture that original inspiration (Heroes, I’m looking at you). This was certainly the case for Once Upon A Time, a stunning mix of surprise, heart and comic Gold that faltered when the creators decided to give the residents of Storybrooke their magic mojo back (and their memories to boot). Suddenly, the spark that made the show so good was diminished, and its future didn’t look bright at all. Then came Neverland (along with a conniving Peter Pan (Robbie Kay)) and voila — the magic was back. When they introduced the plot line for Henry’s (Jared Gilmore) kidnapping at the end of season 2, the whole thing just felt off somehow; as if the producers were grasping at straws. But setting that storyline up gave way to a marvelous arc over the course of the first half of the third season. Robbie Kay gave just the right amount of bite to Pan’s menacing persona and all of the story beats (introducing Tinkerbell (Rose McIver) and her connection to the fairies and Regina (Lana Parrilla), discovering that Pan is Rumpelstiltskin’s (Robert Carlyle) father, David’s (Josh Dallas) sacrifice, and the reason for kidnapping Henry) were all perfectly paced and developed. Though the second half of the season lost a step with its wicked storyline, overall, this season reminded us all why Once Upon A Time was appointment television. Let’s hope they can continue this energy into next season’s Frozen arc. See more Awards

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Chaos Television Awards 2014 – Part 2

Read Part 1 of the 2014 Chaos Television Awards.

Series that should have been better: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was the show I was most excited about this past season. Because of how well-made the films all are (and how well-crafted all of DC’s television programs have been), I thought the producers (including The Avengers‘ director Joss Whedon) would do a terrific job continuing those big screen adventures into a weekly series. Somehow, even with the return of Coulson (Clark Gregg), the show lost its way early on, most likely because of the lack of intriguing characters and plots, and only started to find the right path halfway through the series. What rejuvenated the show was the injection of Coulson’s drive to learn everything he could about why he’s not dead, as well as letting Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘s plot line alter their main story threads. These aspects allowed the cast to finally find the chemistry that was lacking in the first half of the season, giving it a much needed boost of adrenaline and fun. Adding Bill Paxton was also a winning move, and turned the show into what I hoped it would be from the very beginning. They were lucky to get a second season — but is it still too little too late? See more Awards

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Chaos Television Awards 2014 – Part 1

The Emmy’s are just a few minutes away, which means it’s time for Chaos breeds Chaos to give out its annual awards for the best and worst of the 2013-2014 televisions season. But, instead of focusing on the tired categories of best actress in a comedy series and best TV miniseries or movie, this year, I’ve decided to create my own categories, some of which will appear every year going forward, and some that will vary based on the quality (or lack thereof) of shows during the current season. So, take a spin through what I consider the best and worst new shows and characters (parts two and three will be posted over the next two days), and when you’re done, if I somehow forgot to mention anything, or you completely disagree (or agree) with my choices, make your thoughts known in the comments section below. Check out the Awards

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Movie Mayhem – When the Game Stands Tall

As with any long-running streak, whether good or bad, the run must always come to an end. It’s inevitable; nothing lasts forever. What matters most, both during and after a lengthy streak, is in how you deal with the effects of that streak and what values can be learned from having participated, either as a contributor or a viewer. This is the core idea behind the new film, When the Game Stands Tall, a solid, if not flawed, peek into the mindset of a variety of kids (and to some degree, their parents) who are sucked into the hype of their own indestructibility, only to learn that a fall from grace can be crushing if you’re not prepared for it. But the lessons learned from having experienced it can be so much greater than whatever fleeting popularity it garners. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More

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