Friday, April 30, 2010

JACK JIMMINY Premiere Tomorrow

I'm not going to be able to attend tomorrows' JACK JIMMINY premiere, but I hope the premiere is a complete success.

Hopefully, director Louis Silverstein will do a showing of the film in Manhattan in the coming weeks.

Auditions Next Week for Shorts DOOR TO DOOR and DUALITY

Next week, I have auditions for the shorts DOOR TO DOOR and DUALITY.

DUALITY is about an ex-hitman whose family is being threatened by a former boss. All the former killer has to do is one final job.

DOOR TO DOOR is billed as a "sci-fi bittersweet comedy, with a touch of 1950's charm."

Call me curious.

RUN FOR YOUR WIFE Lines

So, I have leisurely started to memorize lines for RUN FOR YOUR WIFE. I have about 20pages down so far (not solid by any means, but I'm not worried).

I'm not rushing or stressing (we have a lot of time) but I do want to have my stuff together and know that script cold when I get to Danville.

I figure, if I do a little bit every week, I should be in good shape by the time I depart for Danville in the end of July.

STEWART FAMILY FUNERAL Rehearsals

The first rehearsal for THE STEWART FAMILY FUNERAL will be this coming Tuesday, May
4th. We have another rehearsal on May 17th, a time when we'll not only refine performances but also go over the details of production.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

STEWART FAMILY FUNERAL Rehearsal On Sunday

The details aren't finalized as of yet, but it is likely that the cast of THE STEWART FAMILY FUNERAL will be meeting on Sunday afternoon for a readthrough / rehearsal.

RUN FOR YOUR WIFE Rehearsals

Larry Lesher is trying to organize at least one or two rehearsals with the NY Cast of RUN FOR YOUR WIFE. Right now, we're shooting for May 5th and 12th, which will not be a problem for me.

ASCOT Recording Last Night

ASCOT's recording session last night went very smoothly. I was in and out in about 45minutes. I read the narration in a number of different ways, hopefully giving director Rachele Volpe plenty to work with.

It was fun!

Thank you Rachele for the chance to be a part of the project.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

BlogCritics Interview

I didn't write about the fact that I met with Joseph Arthur Clay of BlogCritics last week because...well, I didn't know what to expect as far as what the final interview was going to look like. Obviously, this is not an everyday occurence for me. The way I looked at, it was just a couple of guys sitting down over a beer or three to chat.


Now that it's out, I have to say thank you to Joe for taking the time to come out to Astoria to interview me and to all the wonderful people who took the time to participate, with their many lovely comments.

This is certainly been the highlight of my week, month and year!

Here is an interview with writer Joseph Arthur Clay of BlogCritics, where we discussed my background and Jack Jimminy.

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Actor Timothy J. Cox on Jack Jimminy: The Story Of A Pornstar Extra

Author: Joseph Arthur Clay — Published: Apr 28, 2010

It's a fairly quiet Wednesday evening at the enjoyable Cronin & Phelans pub in Astoria, Queens. It's home to the best burger I have had in a long time and the beer selection isn't too shabby either.

There are a few locals in attendance, catching a game or two, while Dave the bartender is busy mixing drinks and turning a few tricks, magic tricks that is. The jukebox is playing a wide variety of tunes, classic and contemporary.

At the moment though, my attention is on the bespectacled and bearded individual sitting across from me. He's short and stocky with a little twinkle in his eye and a grin that he often wears from ear to ear. He's dressed casually in a sport coat, powder blue button down shirt and jeans, sipping a Smithwicks.

He continues to wear that grin, but is also looking a tad uncomfortable as we have just begun this interview and my first request was for him to describe himself in a few words. A noticeable chill goes up his spine. He takes a sip of his beer.

See, this individual is an actor and there's nothing worse than an actor talking about himself. (His words, not mine). He puts down his beer and grimaces a little at the thought of my question. After a brief pause, he says simply with that same smile, a very warm and friendly one at that, “Okay, I’m five feet five and a half. I’m not overly handsome, not good looking enough to set hearts to fluttering. I don’t exactly ooze animal magnetism. I'm just a plain, ordinary Joe."

His statement is not a put-down by any means.

As I learned in our discussion (in reality, a three plus hour drinking session), this is an actor and a person who knows who he is and where he fits. With that knowledge, that makes him anything but ordinary.

This is Timothy J. Cox.

"I can't speak highly enough about his unparalleled work ethic, and tremendous creativity," says actor/director Lawrence Lesher, a frequent collaborator and close friend of the actor. Lesher continues, "If you want to be able to cast a role and then never have to worry again about whether it will be done with skill and aplomb, cast Tim."

Katherine M. Carter, another close friend and colleague who directed the actor in an acclaimed production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City this past winter, had this to say: "Tim is one of those actors that directors cannot wait to work with again. He comes into each rehearsal brimming with ideas and ready to play, making every rehearsal a discovery."

In Arthur Miller's classic drama Death of A Salesman, Willy Loman often boasts that the most important thing in the world is to be well liked. Sadly, Willy Loman was not well liked.

As for Timothy J. Cox, he is very well liked. I first saw the actor, who specializes in supporting/character roles, onstage in the spring of 2007 in the Hudson Theatre Ensemble of Hoboken, New Jersey's stellar production of The Miracle Worker, where he appeared in one scene in the beginning of the play as the kind Mr. Anagnos. Not a flashy part by any means, but he was extraordinary in his all too brief appearance nonetheless. There was something about his performance, a certain warmth he conveyed; a relaxed manner in the way he delivered a line; the way he could say a page of dialogue in a look, that made an impression. Ever since that performance, I have had the pleasure of seeing his work a number of times and every time he takes on a part I still see that warmth, that joy. Like a kid in a candy shop, Timothy J. Cox always looks like he's having a lot of fun.

"Of course this is fun. Acting has to be fun," Cox says. "To me, it's like recess time for adults. I just go out there and play around with the other kids. It's an approach that has kept me pretty grounded."

On this particular night, Cox and I have met at the his favorite pub in Astoria to discuss his latest film, a comic documentary titled Jack Jimminy: The Story Of A Pornstar Extra, from Grip Reality, Inc and directors Louis and Nolan Silverstein (the latter of whom stars in the title role). Silverstein plays the son of two legendary adult film stars, Richard and Moonflower (played by Cox and Ethel Fisher). Both parents are elated that their son is following them into the "family business," while in reality, Jack is nothing more than an extra, even though he has gone to great lengths to create the impression that he is a huge star in the adult film industry, with everything from t-shirts to DVD covers being created to help the ruse.

Of the film and the character of Richard, Cox states, "Richard is a guy who is very frank about something that people don't like to talk about openly. This is a man who talks so openly and explicitly about sex because to him, it's as natural as breathing. He doesn't censor himself at all. He is who he is and I loved that about him."

Cox is extremely complimentary toward the filmmakers as well. "Louis and Nolan were a delight to work with. I worked for only one day and it was fun, lively, and energetic. Their set was an ideal set for an actor — an environment where the actor feels free to play." Cox mentioned that both Silversteins encouraged and embraced improvisation, which to the actor added more life to the scenes.

"I admire their tenacity and commitment to this project, as I know that it's something that both Nolan and Louis have been working on for years, so a lot is riding on it personally as well as professionally. I'm just thrilled to be a very small part of it".

Louis Silverstein had a few compliments of his own for the actor. "An amazing asset; Tim brought great energy to the set and was always ready to try out something new." Silverstein continues, "And so devoted to his part that he shaved his head".

"Yeah, I do things like that a lot," Cox says with a smile. "The hair always grows back, thankfully."

For the 33-year-old, who has called New York City his home since 2001, doing things like that are all part of the job. Richard Jimminy will be added to the long list of supporting/character roles that Cox has portrayed on stage and on film for almost a decade in New York City.

"I knew at a young age that if I was ever going to have any success as an actor, it was going to be as a character actor," Cox says, sipping on beer number two. "I don't know... it works for me. I've been very lucky as far as the types of roles that I have played, but a big part of any success that I have had has been playing it smart and knowing where I fit in the grand scheme of things, as this is still a business where looks are very important. My way of thinking has certainly saved me years of frustration and heartache."

Cox's love of performing began when the young actor was in the eighth grade in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware. He auditioned and won the lead role in the school play, a musical version of the O'Henry story "The Gift of the Magi" titled "Rags to Riches."

"I auditioned just to get out of math class, plus I found out that a lot of the rehearsals were going to take place during the school day, which I find hysterical today... so that was the only reason why I was interested." He laughs at the memory. To his surprise, he was cast in the lead role and loved it. He's never looked back. Cox states, "It's funny. One of my brothers once told me that I was an actor years before I actually became one. It's true. I was always acting out, kind of a show-off of sorts... always doing voices and things like that. I would mimic Brando in The Godfather for family, which they got a kick out of, but I never thought about being an actor. No way."

Where Cox got serious about his craft and made the discovery that “character actors always work,” was during his four-year stay at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio. "Going away to Ohio was big for me. One, it was the first time I was ever on my own and two, it was the first time I started to take this work seriously."

"I miss those years like crazy. I fell on my face a lot during that time and I just kept picking myself back up. I think that's pretty much what I've been doing ever since. If I get knocked down a little, I just get right back up."

He credits his teachers and directors for pushing him to work harder. "I didn't think much of 'acting' when I first started college. When I started, all I thought acting was was hamming it up on stage. All I wanted to do was get laughs and I, a typical kid, was kind of arrogant and thought that I was pretty funny at the start. I didn't know or care anything about technique, methods, processes... whatever you want to call it, so I thought I knew all I needed to know. I learned pretty quickly that I had no idea what the hell I was doing."

He learned though and in the years that followed, Cox earned plenty of supporting roles in works by Shakespeare, Moliere, Sophocles, and Feydeau. "I fell in love with the classics. Those roles were so rich and interesting to play and it was when I was doing those types of shows that I was cast in a lot of fun character roles, which worked out as a big plus for me because when you play those kinds of roles, you the actor are given creative license to be big and over the top, which I loved at the time and still love."

After graduating in 1999, Cox garnered roles in Philadelphia theater productions and in his hometown of Delaware before making the move to New York in 2001. Since that time, he has appeared in over 40 productions and in numerous films, shorts, and features. He's done a little bit of everything, even a stint as a background actor. "I will need another beer for this part of the discussion," he says with a laugh. After receiving beer number three, he proclaims, "You know, I think every actor should do it a few times. You learn how to conduct yourself on a film set and you see examples of how not to conduct yourself on a film set."

Cox continues to keep very busy, remaining a favorite among the many people he has worked with. Writer/actor/producer Greg Vorob of All Things Random Productions, who cast Cox in their comedy pilot Overcrowded (they will collaborate again on I Think You May Be My Soulmate, currently in pre-production), calls Cox, "an actor's actor and a director's dream."

Vorob continues, "He gives 110% of himself in every role, on every project he works on, no matter if he's playing a large or small part. He gives all of himself to it."

In 2009 alone, Cox appeared in acclaimed stage productions of Arsenic and Old Lace, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing and Carter's wonderful A Midsummer Night's Dream (earned high praise from yours truly here on Blogcritics). He also appeared in a number of acclaimed short films, including the recently released and highly praised (again, by yours truly and Blogcritics' Hannah Marie Ellison) Socks and Cakes and Over Coffee.

So far in 2010, the actor is showing no signs of slowing down. Actress/director Synge Maher, another close friend and colleague, who will be re-connecting again with Cox and director Lesher on a production of the hysterical Ray Cooney comic farce Run For Your Wife at the Pioneer Playhouse in Danville, Kentucky (Cox's second trip to the famed summer stock theatre) this summer, had this to say: "Tim is the very definition of professionalism."

After witnessing his work over the years and then meeting him in person, that may be the perfect way to sum up Timothy J. Cox.

Jack Jimminy: The Story Of A Pornstar Extra will premiere at the Ottaway Theater at Bard College at 8PM this Saturday night, which Cox plans on attending. "I look forward to sitting in the audience to enjoy the film like everybody else."

For information on the film, please visit the official website.

For updates on Timothy J. Cox's work, please visit his website and his blog, which he updates almost daily.

ASCOT Recording Tonight

The ASCOT recording will be taking place tonight at 7PM.

RUN FOR YOUR WIFE Readthrough

Director Larry Lesher is trying to organize a reading of the play with the cast, so that should be fun to jump right in with everybody.

Speaking of jumping right in, I started memorizing the first scene or two of the play this morning. John is in the play quite a bit, so I've decided to break a lot of the scenes down into sections. It works for me. Thankfully, the play is not filled with many monologues, but so far, it hasn't proven too difficult.

The idea is when we arrive in Danville, we can hit the ground running.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Two Production Stills from SOCKS AND CAKES

Thanks to Redmond Stevenson for these great production stills from SOCKS AND CAKES.


Cast In the Leading Role of John Smith in the Pioneer Playhouse Revival of RUN FOR YOUR WIFE

I will be playing the leading role of cab driver who two wives John Smith, the upcoming summer production of Ray Cooney's hystercial comedy / farce RUN FOR YOUR WIFE.

I am very excited to play this part and to be once again working with my good friends Larry Lesher, Chris Kateff, Matt Harris, Synge Maher and Emily King-Brown.

It should be a fantastic show!

RUN FOR YOUR WIFE

Yesterday, I hosted a very informal reading/meeting at my place in Astoria with director Larry Lesher and actors Matt Harris and Chris Kateff. We sat and read a number of scenes from RUN FOR YOUR WIFE and we could barely contain ourselves from laughing.

From this, Larry will then make his casting decisions.

ARGYLE Update

I received this from ARGYLE director Matt Porter yesterday afternoon.

"Hey everyone,

We have some very cool news!

We have gotten an offer from Columbia University to fund expanding "Argyle" to a feature. It is very exciting, but we have not decided if we'd like accept the offer. We are currently trying to come up with an outline for an additional half hour of material, and then will decide if it seems wise and feasible to shoot it. Either way, this offer has postponed the sound mixing and scoring that was going on.

Regardless, I will keep you guys posted, and hopefully we will make a decision on how to move forward in the next few days.

Thanks!
Matt Porter"

ASCOT Recording Tomorrow

Tomorrow night, I will be recording narration for Rachele Volpe's film ASCOT. Should be fun.

Cast As James in THE STEWART FAMILY FUNERAL

I am happy to announce that I have been cast as the emotionally distant James Stewart in Ginger Snapped Productions' upcoming film THE STEWART FAMILY FUNERAL, written and directed by Julian Gorski.

I'm delighted to be a part of the project, as I get a strong vibe from Julian already.

Shooting is expected to take place in the last week of May.

Rehearsals will likely take place prior to shooting.

No Word On STAGED

I haven't heard from director Kyle Sobocinski regarding STAGED, so I assume he got someone else for the part.

Monday, April 26, 2010

RUN FOR YOUR WIFE Meeting/Audition Today

This afternoon, director Larry Lesher is having me, Chris Kateff and Matt Harris read sides from RUN FOR YOUR WIFE, to see how we sound and where we'll fit in the production.

It should also be nice for Larry and Matt to meet and get to know Chris.

SOCKS & CAKES Website

Here's a link to a new website for SOCKS & CAKES, which includes stills from the movie, the entire film, as well as those lovely reviews.

Check it out here: www.socksandcakes.com

Shakespeare Festival

Yeterday afternoons' Shakespeare Festival went off nicely. We played to a small, but very supportive house. As always, I would like to thank Liz and Stuart Hodes for hosting the performance in their home and for providing a delicious chicken marsala for all.

Clips from the presentation will be posted on here soon.

Yesterdays' CallBack Audition

Yesterdays' callback audition for THE STEWART FAMILY FUNERAL went pretty well, I thought.

I had a chance to read for the role of James, the most emotionally distant member of the family, a number of times. It's a good part and I know I'd have a good time with it.

Now it's the waiting game.

I'd like to thank Julian Gorski and Leah Williams again for the chance to audition.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Shakespeare Festival Performance Today

Today's the day for the second Shakespeare Festival Performance, hosted in the home of Liz Hodes. Liz and I will be performing our Polonius / Getrude scene from HAMLET and I will also be performing a Leonato monologue from MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING.

It should be a lot of fun.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Audition for THE STEWART FAMILY FUNERAL

At 10am this morning, I had my audition for THE STEWART FAMILY FUNERAL. I read sides twice and thought I did pretty well. I got a great vibe from writer / director Julian Gorski and producer Leah Williams.

At noon, I received a call from Leah, asking me to come to a callback audition tomorrow afternoon, so that's a pretty good sign.

Friday, April 23, 2010

NOCTURNE A Lot Of Fun

I had a great time today portraying a psychopath in NOCTURNE. I was in and out of the recording studio in about 90 minutes. I had a chance to hear some of the playback and it sounds pretty scary. The directors were happy, so I must have done a good job. As always, I have a fun time doing these kinds of voice over gigs.

Audition on Saturday for THE STEWART FAMILY FUNERAL

On Saturday morning, I will be reading for director Julian Gorski of Ginger Snapped Productions, currently casting their new film 'The Stewart Family Funeral,' a comedy about four uncomfortable siblings all trying to fill the the void of power left after their father has died.

Cast At Last Minute in NOCTURNE

Last night, I heard from director Jayson White about the horror short (voice over project) NOCTURNE and was cast in the role of Jeff, a homicidal maniac. I'm recording this afternoon at 1PM at NYU. Shouldn't take more than an hour. I always have fun with these kinds of roles.

A WAR OF WORDS Audition Yesterday

I got a good vibe from director Lee Grossberg at yesterdays' audition for A WAR OF WORDS. I was reading for the role of David, a doctor who is paid an unexpected visit from his father, who he has been estranged from for six years. It's a good part and filming would take place for two days in the middle of May, so we'll see what happens.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Cast As Narrator in Short Film ASCOT

I met with Rachele Volpe this morning to discuss the role of the Narrator in her short film, a sort of FATAL ATTRACTION for twenty-somethings. I have accepted the part and will be recording my narration next Wednesday at NYU.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Audition Tomorrow for A WAR OF WORDS

Tomorrow, I will be reading for the short film A WAR OF WORDS. The war in question is between a father and a son who haven't spoken in about 6 years. I will be reading for the role of the son in the film directed by Lee Grossberg.

Another BlogCritics Review of SOCKS AND CAKES

Movie Review: Socks and Cakes

Author: Joseph Arthur Clay — Published: Apr 20, 2010

The somber drama Socks and Cakes is a well made (but poorly titled) piece about five friends at a dinner party in Greenwich Village. Although thin as far as a plot is concerned, it is nevertheless an engaging character study about people who cannot confront the truth about themselves.

Kirsty Meares gives a vibrant performance as a woman caught in a marriage that she's not quite sure she wants to be in anymore, while at the same time dealing with the struggles of where her life is going. Timothy J. Cox is equally impressive as Meares' ex-husband, a borderline alcoholic French literature professor who deep down still carries a torch for his ex-wife, but also loves the life of solitude.

A dinner party is being hosted by charming well-to-do architect Richard (a suave Jeff Moffitt) and his filmmaker wife Amanda (Meares). Their guests include the aforementioned ex-husband Harry (Cox), snobbish real estate guru David (an energetic Ben Prayz), and David's vivacious and much younger girlfriend Sophie (Alex Vincent, lovely). David always has a story to tell, be it about his latest deal or intimate details of his relationship with Sophie and he does so with a Nicholson-esque grin and leer that makes Harry's skin crawl. Perhaps Harry is aware that David, at one time, was intimate with Amanda? Amanda reveals that very thing later on in the film. Meanwhile, Richard is slowly making a move on Sophie and does so officially, in a rather matter of fact manner, in the last scene of the film... stunning Sophie. But does she say no?

Dinner is then served. Kick out the red wine. The group converses on a wide range of subjects, but I found it most amusing that Richard brings up "coveting thy neighbor's wife." That Richard is something else.

After dinner comes the film's most revealing scene, a scene where Amanda and Harry re-connect (as friends). The scene shows us a gentler Harry, with no trace of cynicism or sarcasm. This is a Harry that listens and sympathizes and you get the sense that underneath the hard exterior is a warm man who's probably been alone for far too long. Here Amanda admits that not only did she have an affair with David months before, but that her marriage to Richard is indeed falling apart. To look at both of their faces, you see that they are both damaged goods. Both are struggling to find their smile or anything that will make them whole again. You see the loss in Amanda's eyes, of perhaps years misspent. You see the regret on Harry's face, as he knows that Amanda cried these very same tears when their own marriage was breaking up.

You may think this scene grim, but actually this scene, and the entire film for that matter, is quite a light affair, with plenty of humor to go with the real life that is happening. Writer/director Antonio Padovan is to be commended for this, as there have been too many films that dissect relationships and friendships where people do nothing but scream loudly at one another (take the Jennifer Jason Leigh/Alan Cumming collaboration The Anniversary Party, for example).

What I enjoyed most about Padovan's film is that he doesn't try to conjure up some phony Hollywood ending, with everything coming together nice and neat. I liked that at the end of the film that everything is up in the air as far as what's going to happen with these characters. It may not work for everyone, but it resonated with me. Padovan's script is honest, funny, sad, and real. His film gets an additional boost from the impressive camera work of director of photography Alessandro Penazzi, whose great work helped move the film along at a steady pace.

My one gripe with the film is the rather childish sounding title. Socks and Cakes sounds like the name of a children's book I once bought for my niece. Still worth a look though.

Please visit Socks and Cakes' official website.

Another BlogCritics Review of OVER COFFEE

Movie Review: Over Coffee

Author: Joseph Arthur Clay — Published: Apr 20, 2010

If you're a fan of romantic office comedies, Sean Meehan's energetic short film Over Coffee may be an ideal fit for you. It's an enjoyable short that is making its way around numerous film sites (and film festivals, hopefully) and has even received a positive nod from Blogcritics' own Hannah Marie Ellison.

With brief touches of Mike Judge's classic Office Space and Billy Wilder's Oscar-winning The Apartment, Meehan's film tells the story of teddy bear-like office schnook Andrew (winningly played by Erik Potempka) who has a huge crush on Carla (a charming Jocelyn DeBoer), who works as an executive assistant for the incredibly high maintenance Hamilton Rice (Timothy J. Cox) of Rice Realty, Inc. Andrew has had a crush on Carla for quite some time and has been looking for a way to impress her, but has come up short, on guts and opportunities. Thankfully, he has ignored the advice of his horn dog office mate David (Michael Oberholtzer) and prefers instead to act with his heart and not with his... well, you know what.

Opportunity finally arises when Carla, flustered because of her workload (Rice is very specific in all things... especially his Post-It notes), has neglected to pick up Rice's all important cup of coffee, "a ridiculously specific coffee order," as Carla says. Andrew steps in, the mensch that he is, and decides to go get the coffee for her, but is told by Carla that he has to return back to the office quickly, as Rice is making his way to the office and wants his coffee upon arrival.

All Andrew has to do is pick up a cup of coffee. Simple, right? Andrew is in for a treat, as picking up this all important coffee order turns into an unexpected adventure, involving having to chase someone for the coffee and with time running out and Rice set to walk in at any moment, Carla becomes quite tense. David is, of course, no help. He's too busy making unsuccessful passes at Carla. Right in the nick of time though, Andrew's adventure concludes and he manages to get the coffee back to the office and into the hands of the tyrannical Rice, who's busy berating anyone within earshot. What follows provides a very sweet ending to an enjoyable romantic comedy.

Sean Meehan's film is a delightful comic treat. I liked how it was funny without being dirty or risque. Now, don't get me wrong, I love movies like The Hangout and most recently Hot Tub Time Machine, movies that dare to go to that raunchy place. They're very funny indeed, whereas Over Coffee was charmingly funny, much like The Apartment. The characters in those films are people you root for. Plus, it was nice to watch a movie where the characters are not entirely governed by their genitals.

The film features some enjoyable tunes from both Eric Campo and Kevin McLeod and solid camera work from director of photography, Matt Schwarz (who also served as editor on the film with Meehan).

As for the performances, aside from the aforementioned Potempka and DeBoer, there is also a great comic performance from the always reliable Cox, who looks like he's having a ball as the boss from hell, Hamilton Rice.

It is my hope that Over Coffee is given some life on the short film festival circuit. My fingers are crossed. Please visit Vimeo to view the entire film.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Possible Voice Over Role in ASCOT

On Thursday morning, I will be meeting with director Rachele Volpe to discuss a possible voice over role in her film ASCOT, a dark comedy about a boy named Scott and his obsessive girlfriend Kim. When Kim feels threatened by another girl flirting with Scott, she takes revenge.

BlogCritics Review of SOCKS AND CAKES

Movie Review: Socks and Cakes

Author: Hannah Marie Ellison — Published: Apr 20, 2010

Cinematic portraits of broken marriages and friendships are hardly original, but Kimistra Films' well-made Socks and Cakes, an ensemble dramedy about relationships written and directed by Antonio Padovan in the Lawrence Kasden (The Big Chill, Grand Canyon) mold (with a touch of Woody Allen) does capture the petty rivalries, flirtations, and hypocrisies that infect relationships among gathered friends pretty well. It accomplishes its task thanks to some fantastic camera work, a swift pace, and pleasing performances from the entire ensemble.

Padovan's film takes a glimpse into the lives of five people during a dinner party in Greenwich Village. There's not much in the way of a plot here, which is fine because this is an actors-and-their-characters piece, and, to that extent, it's almost like a filmed play. A large portion of the film is told from the perspective of droll, egotistical French literature professor Harry Mogulevsky (Timothy J. Cox) as shown in a monologue performed by Cox directly to the camera a few minutes into the film.

Harry is a man alone who spends his free time trying to date his students and visit real estate properties that he never intends to buy. At first glance, you might peg Harry a "Debby Downer" of sorts. Not so. This is a man content with who and where he is and that contentment is enough for him to get by. He's free to do what he likes, feel whatever he wants to feel, and he relishes that freedom. The solitary life is the good life for him. The point is driven home by Harry himself when he states, "My mother really wanted to have twins and even then, I showed up alone." Some people function better alone and Harry is one of those people.

He's one of the guests at a dinner party hosted by best friend Richard, an archietect (Jeff Moffitt) and Harry's ex-wife Amanda (Kirsty Meares), also an archietect and a film director. Amanda is now married to Richard, but as we quickly find out, there's trouble in paradise, not helped by Richard's easily wandering eye and Amanda's self-doubts about where her life has and has not gone. Other guests include the always grinning and gloating real estate broker David (Ben Prayz) and his young, French girlfriend Sophie (Alex Vincent).

Richard develops eyes for Sophie almost immediately, while deep down, Harry still has eyes for Amanda, who herself seems to have eyes for nobody, even though she had an affair with David, whom Harry detests, a few months before. This is one heck of a crowd for a party. The red wine flows and then the party really starts. After dinner, Richard eventually makes a nonchalant pass at Sophie who doesn't quite know how to react, while Amanda reveals in a tearful speech to Harry that her marriage is falling apart, wishng that "she wanted Richard more than she needed him." Like in life, nothing is going to be resolved in one night. As I said, the film is just a glimpse into the lives of these people, people that we see every day on the streets, at parties, in the office, you name it. I can tell you this though, as the credits rolled, I knew that the future was going to be bleak for many of these characters.

Antonio Padovan's film is extremely well made, with a script that is an honest and truthful study of people who cannot communicate with each other and who cannot be honest with themselves. Thankfully, Padovan keeps the overall tone of the film from becoming too grim and manages to keep it light and breezy. He and his director of photography Alessandro Penazzi deserve high praise for some stellar camera work. Like in most of Woody Allen's best films (Hannah and Her Sisters, Manhattan... to name a couple), many of the scenes play out in continuous takes, with few cuts, zipping right along.

Adding to the film's success is the stellar and likable cast that Padovan has assembled, led by Timothy J. Cox's engaging turn as Harry. Cox is astounding in showing us glimpses into the hurt, confused soul of the man underneath a rather self-absorbed exterior. Kirsty Meares is also impressive in her frank and honest portrayal of Amanda, while Jeff Moffitt manages to charm as the cad husband Richard. Ben Prayz, as the sleek David, may have one of the flashiest grins I have seen in recent memory and Alex Vincent is solid as the wide-eyed, innocent Sophie.

If you're a fan of character pieces, Socks and Cakes may be worth checking out. Socks and Cakes is currently making its way around numerous film sites on the Internet. Please visit the film's official site.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Shakespeare Performance This Sunday

I'll be meeting with Liz Hodes and Larry Lesher at 1:45 on Sunday to go over the Hamlet scene one last time before the performance at 2:30.

SOMETHING TO BELIEVE Music Video Update

Just heard from director James Bartlett regarding the status of the music video SOMETHING TO BELIEVE. The video is being edited now and James expects the process to be completed in the next couple of weeks.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Todays' Commercial Shoot

Todays' commercial shoot with Dan "The Pro" Kowalski was a successful one and an enjoyable one as well. As always, Dan's set was light and relaxed, yet organized and on the ball. Deeply appreciated that.

Thanks to Dan for the chance to be a part of the shoot. It was a pleasure to work with some familiar faces from the crew of Overcrowded and meet some new ones like writer Victor Valdez, make up artist Wenya Chang and actress Francesca Gailes.

I also had a chance to meet and chat with actress Lisa Peart, who was hilarious in Marty and Doug's New Religion.

All in all...a very good day!

BlogCritics Review of OVER COFFEE

Movie Review: Over Coffee

Author: Hannah Marie Ellison — Published: Apr 17, 2010

Writer/director Sean Meehan gives us a charming look at a budding office romance in his colorful comedy short Over Coffee, an ASI (A Studio In) Production.

It tells the story of easygoing office associate Andrew (Erik Potempka) who works for hard-ass real estate mogul Hamilton Rice (Timothy J. Cox) of Rice Realty, Inc. Hamilton Rice is the kind of boss who takes pleasure in making his staff sweat and he does so with glee on a daily basis, but Andrew isn't concerned with Rice, as his whole reason for showing up to work is to see Rice's hardworking secretary Carla (Jocelyn DeBoer). Andrew has had a crush on Carla for some time, but Carla has been too busy to notice.

If you've ever worked for a boss like Hamilton Rice, and I have, you'll agree that from time to time... or in most cases, on a daily basis... you tend to get a little flustered dealing with their rather anal retentive quirks. And boy, does Carla get flustered. Can you blame her though? Every day, Carla deals with things like figuring out which Post-It note goes with what ("business meetings on blue Post-Its, personal messages on yellow Post-Its, and business messages on orange Post-Its").

I found this especially funny since I once worked for someone who actually did that very thing, in addition to making me fax and email phone messages (which were never checked), as well as leave a voice mail on a home phone number and a cell number (which I'm sure were also never checked) also with the phone messages. Then the boss would come in every day and say the same thing I heard for over a year: "I never got my phone messages." It makes me laugh thinking about it. God, I hated that job though!

Anyway... so Carla has been too busy dealing with Rice's so-called organizational antics to notice Andrew's advances. But Andrew is not one to give up, waiting for the right opportunity to make his move and impress Carla. Andrew's only ally in the office is the skirt-chasing David (Michael Oberholtzer) who himself is too busy "sexting" his latest conquest to notice anyone else's problems.

In the midst of organizing Rice's many Post-It notes, she forgets to pick up his precious cup of coffee, a daily ritual, this very specific order (I'm with Denis Leary — whatever happened to coffee-flavored coffee?). Rice is on the way to the office and wants his coffee upon arrival. What to do? Enter Andrew. Here's that opportunity and he jumps at it. He wants to make an impression on Carla and off he goes to pick up Rice's precious coffee.

In a very funny sequence, which I'm sure happens on a daily basis at the local Starbucks, Andrew goes in to a local coffee shop to purchase said specific order, but it is snatched away by an unpleasant woman before he can get to it. (It does happen.) Then, the chase is on. But time is running out, and Carla is a bundle of nerves as she awaits Andrew's return and Rice's arrival. Her situation is not helped by David, who tries to flirt with her in a not-so-subtle manner. Andrew manages to retrieve the coffee and makes it back to the office just as Rice arrives and begins berating everyone.

I'm sure you can piece together how the film ends.

Office comedies have become very popular over the last decade or so, thanks largely to Mike Judge's spectacular Office Space (I also wish to recommend the 1997comedy Clockwatchers). There are brief attempts to mirror Office Space's quirky humor in Meehan's Over Coffee, mostly in Oberholtzer's performance as the office stud, David, but smartly, Meehan stayed away from trying to copy the earlier comedy and instead has crafted a pleasant, breezy comedy of his own that features quick camera work, a snappy pace, and some enjoyable, toe-tapping tunes from both Eric Campo and Kevin McLeod.

As for the performances, leads Erik Potempka (who has a touch of Bradley Cooper's charm) and Jocelyn DeBoer are appealing as Andrew and Carla, respectively. In a brief appearance near the end of the film, Timothy J. Cox gloriously chews the scenery, having a grand old time as blowhard Hamilton Rice, a man who takes enjoyment in tossing out orders and insults (not always in that order) to anyone in his way.

Over Coffee is making its rounds on many film sites on the Internet, so I encourage you to see the film. Please visit Vimeo to check it out.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

CANDY LAND

Here is a film that I did last year...that I never watched until yesterday afternoon, the charming CANDY LAND from director Ashley Melonson.

I made this because it was cute and something that I thought my nephew Kameron and niece Keeley would enjoy...so this fun little film is for them.

Dan Kowalski Commercial Shoot Tomorrow

My call in noon tomorrow for the Dan Kowalski commercial shoot in Jersey City. We'll be filming at Dorian's Restaurant on Washington Avenue, so it won't be a long commute for me, which is always nice.

Hamlet

This time next week, the Hamlet will be presented and as of now, it is in pretty good shape. I have a busy week ahead of me, so I won't be able to meet with Liz very much, but I think the scene is solid.

Friday, April 16, 2010

HEART SHAPED BOX

Here is HEART SHAPED BOX. Another fun experience. It was great working with high school alum Joe Ibrahim, as well as the lovely Nancy Nagrant.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Hamlet Today

It was nice to have Larry Lesher back today to check up on the scene Hamlet and clean up some problem spots for Liz Hodes and I. All of the problem spots have been cleaned up and we'll re-visit it one more time tomorrow afternoon just to be safe, but I think we are in great shape.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Hamlet

The Hamlet scene continues to go very well. The chemistry between Liz Hodes and I gets sharper every time we run through it. We will be meeting with Larry Lesher again tomorrow and possibly Friday as well to clean up any remaining problem spots, but from my end, the scene is moving along nicely.

SOCKS AND CAKES

Here it is...SOCKS AND CAKES from director Antonio Padovan.

As previously mentioned, I am quite proud of this film. The entire cast and crew were a delight to work with and the finished product looks fantastic.

STRICTLY BUSINESS

Here is the finished version of STRICTLY BUSINESS, directed by Joanna Naugle. The film looks pretty good and I'm satisfied with my own performance in the film. Thanks again to Joanna for the chance to be a part of the project.

Stuff

I am in the process of checking on the status of the following projects:

TRAINS (Directed by Kenny Yu)
SOMETHING TO BELIEVE Music Video (Directed by James Bartlett)

I have been getting constant updates about ARGYLE and JACK JIMMINY, so that's good.

It's nice when us actors don't have to become bounty hunters!

Hamlet

The Hamlet scene between Liz Hodes and I is looking very good. It's moving along at a nice pace. Just a few minor timing issues to do with, but with 10 days before the performance, we're in great shape.

Back again today.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

HAMLET Rehearsal

Back tonight with Liz Hodes to re-visit the Hamlet scene. It was in pretty good shape the last time we rehearsed, so it's now a question of tightening and cementing.

Dan Kowalski Spec Commercial Shoot This Sunday

This Sunday, I will be heading out to Jersey City for the spec commercial shoot directed by Dan Kowalski. The commecials are for Spike TV and Currensee.com.

My commercial, titled FATAL ATTRACTION, is most definitely for Spike TV.

It opens with a couple standing at a bar. The Woman asks “What are you more attracted to? My brains or my body?”

If you've ever seen anything on Spike TV, you'll know how I respond.

Looking forward to working with Dan, who I wish to thank for the chance to be a part of the project.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Cast in Short Film STAGED

FERRY TERMINAL director Kyle Sobocinski contacted me about working on his latest film project, a comedy short titled STAGED. I immediately accepted, as I enjoyed working with Kyle immensely last year.

The shoot is scheduled to take place on April 30th in Cranford, NJ.

More details to come.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

MARTY AND DOUG'S NEW RELIGION

I wanted to give a plug for All Things Random's latest, the very funny MARTY AND DOUG'S NEW RELIGION.

Congrats to Greg Vorob, Dan Conrad, Dan Kowalski and to all on jobs well done.

Check out and support the show at www.MartyAndDougsNewReligion.com

JACK JIMMINY News

I received some great news about JACK JIMMINY this week!

The film has been completed and is going to have its premiere on May 1st at The Ottaway Theater - Avery Art Center at Bard College in Poughkeepsie, which I plan on attending.

Here's the official website link: http://jackjimminy.com/

There is going to be another screening at Wake Forest University (in Winston-Salem, North Carolina) on May 3rd, but will be unable to attend.

I am looking forward to the premiere and to seeing the film.

Here is a poster for the film:

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Shakespeare Festival - AS YOU LIKE IT

Here is my performance of my Duke Senior monologue from AS YOU LIKE IT, which I did as part of last weeks' Shakespeare Festival.

As you will note, I went up on one of my lines ha;fway through the speech.

I think I recovered as best as I could and continued on with the speech without any hiccups.

Live theatre. Where anything can happen.

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Hamlet Today

Todays' rehearsal was a lot of fun. We're at the point now where we can play around with different approaches to the characters and the changes have already added some new color to the characters and to the scene. Larry is having me go all out as far as the pomposity of Polonius is concerned, all to comic effect of course. He's coming off like a very broad, Restoration comic character, which for our purposes is totally fine and a lot of fun.

I will be on a tour guide until the 13th, so thankfully, the scene is in good shape. When Liz and I re-visit the scene on the 13th, hopefully, we'll be able to pick up where we left off.

Hamlet Scene

Liz Hodes and I worked on the Hamlet scene again yesterday and received some very helpful direction from Larry Lesher.

Back again today to re-visit the scene.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Dan Kowalski Project

I spoke with director Dan Kowalski today about the spec commercial shoot on April
18th. which I am looking forward to.

More details on the way.

Hamlet Tomorrow

Back to work on the Hamlet scene with Liz Hodes tomorrow afternoon.

In addition to the Hamlet scene, I will be performing a Leonato monologue from MUCH ADO for the April 25th performance.