Disney’s Smash Hits Moana and Beauty and the Beast Redefine Heroism as Part of Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream

Moana, Maui and Friends from Disney’s Moana Take the Ice for the First Time; Tickets On Sale Now for the 2017 Dates

Disney’s Moana voyages onto the ice for the first time as Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream, produced by Feld Entertainment Inc., brings courage and adventure to hometowns across North America. Hosts Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse bring audiences on an expedition across raging seas and snow covered mountains in this action-packed extravaganza featuring Disney’s Beauty and the BeastFrozen, Tangled and Cinderella with other beloved Disney characters to help tell these extraordinary tales. Tickets are on sale today for the 2017 tour dates.

Dare To Dream takes families on a high-sea adventure as Moana sets sail on a life-changing quest to save her island with help from the demigod Maui. With the ice floor transformed into the vast oceanic scape, Disney On Ice allows Moana’s strength and determination to take center stage. This engaging atmosphere lets audiences deepen their existing connection to their favorite wayfinder and discover one’s true identity is never out of reach.

“As parents, we strive to find role models who embolden our children to choose kindness and exhibit the values we aim to impart, and this production of Disney On Ice truly embodies this goal,” said Executive Vice President of Feld Entertainment and Producer of Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream, Nicole Feld. “With Dare To Dream, I want to inspire the youngest members of our families with the heroic stories of their favorite Disney characters and allow them to discover the hero within themselves.”

Beautiful production numbers invite audiences into the world of Beauty and the Beast, as Belle shows what it means to be fearless. Along with her new friends in the enchanted castle, Belle is encouraged to step outside the ordinary and find joy in the bleakest situation. As she looks beyond the harsh exterior of the Beast to reach his gentle heart, fans learn there are teachable moments in everyday life.

Through the athleticism and grace of Anna and Elsa, Rapunzel and Flynn, and Cinderella, brave heroes from FrozenTangled and Cinderella ignite passions to believe. Showgoers will witness each characters’ unique qualities and talents inspiring children around the world to discover their inner hero.

“One of the most magical things about Disney On Ice is the performers’ ability to authentically showcase the best qualities of Disney characters,” said Director Patty Vincent. “At our shows, moms and dads are able to experience the magic through the eyes of their children, allowing them to reconnect with their favorite characters and once again experience the childlike wonder and hope that inspires us all.”

Visit DisneyOnIce.com for the shows and dates coming to your hometown. Stay current on the latest developments through social media, including instructions on how to access presale codes for future Disney On Ice productions:

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About Feld Entertainment

Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that uplift the human spirit and bring people together. With millions of people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment’s productions have appeared in more than 75 countries and on six continents to date and include Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On IceDisney Live! and Marvel Universe LIVE! More information about Feld Entertainment is available online at www.feldentertainment.com.

Blu-ray Review “Collateral Beauty”

Actors: Will Smith, Edward Norton, Keira Knightley, Michael Peña, Naomie Harris
Directors: David Frankel
Rated: PG-13
Studio: Warner Brothers
Release Date: March 14, 2017

Film: 1 out of 5 stars
Blu-ray: 4 out of 5 stars
Extras: 1 out of 5 stars

“Collateral Beauty” is a mystery of a film. They packed such a stellar cast into this film but it fails on every level and honestly is pretty unwatchable. I watched to see the talent do their thing and hoped that they could save the film after it’s terrible trailer but it just failed flat on its ass. This will disappear from all existence in a blink of an eye. Sorry Will Smith.

Official Premise: When a successful New York ad executive suffers a personal tragedy and retreats from life, his friends devise a drastic plan to reach him before he loses everything. Pushing him to the very edge, they force him to confront the truth in surprising and profoundly human ways. From Oscar-winning director David Frankel, this thought-provoking drama explores how even the deepest loss can reveal moments of beauty, and how the constants of love, time and death interlock in a life fully lived.

The film comes as a combo pack with a Blu-ray + UltraViolet copy. The 1080p transfer looks great with sharp details and the colors are super rich. The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track also sounds great with the scope of the film but the score is completely forgettable. There is only one special feature included which is a 15 minute chat called “A Modern Fable: Discovering Collateral Beauty”, which features the cast talking about the film.

CD Review: CJ Ramone “American Beauty”

“American Beauty”
CJ Ramone
Fat Wreck Chords
Tracks: 12

Our score: 4 out of 5 stars

Out of the seven billion or so people on the planet, only seven men have been lucky enough to be gifted with the Ramone surname. As of 2017, four have already headed off to that great gig in the sky. Thankfully, CJ Ramone has no plans to leave any time soon and his latest album “American Beauty” is sure to solidify that statement. The album which is being released via Fat Wreck Chords features twelve brand new tracks and is the follow up to Ramones 2013/14 album “Last Chance to Dance”.

Though the original Ramones lineup is no longer with us thankfully guys like CJ Ramone who was a member of the band from 1989 to 1996 when the band officially retired are still around and making music to fill that empty void. “American Beauty” is the latest offering from CJ and his band who continue to wave the flag for the originators of pop infused punk rock. With subtle nods to his former band mate’s tracks like “Let’s Go”, “Girlfriend In a Grave Yard” and “Run Around” all tap into that same appeal vintage Ramones tracks have but with a modern and somewhat updated twist. Tracks like “Without You” which features a guest appearance by Big Eyes front-woman Kate Eldridge is a catchy back and forth love song about being apart while the track “Tommy’s Gone” is a somber acoustic driven number paying tribute to original Ramones drummer Tommy Ramone (Erdelyi) who passed away in 2014.

Whether you’re a casual listener or a devoted Pinhead CJ Ramones’s “American Beauty” has something for you. From catchy vocal lines and pogo inducing choruses to overdriven guitars and thumping drums and bass the latest offering from a this true punk veteran is worth a listen.

Track Listing:
1.) Let’s Go
2.) Yeah Yeah Yeah
3.) You’ll Never Make Me Believe
4.) Before the Lights Go Out
5.) Girlfriend in a Graveyard
6.) Tommy’s Gone
7.) Run Around
8.) Steady as She Goes
9.) Without You
10.) Be a Good Girl
11.) Moral to the Story
12.) Pony

RED’s Randy Armstrong talks about album “Of Beauty and Rage”

Over the last decade, RED has emerged as a career artist.  The three piece band is honest about who they are and what motivates them as a band. The group’s latest album “Of Beauty and Rage” is based around suffering and finding the beauty within. Media Mikes spoke recently with the bands bassist Randy Armstrong about the band returning to their roots during the creation of the album, the albums first two singles and the bands tour plans over the next several months.

Adam Lawton: Can you tell us about the bands new album?
Randy Armstrong: The new album is called “of Beauty and Rage”. We started working on it this time last year up in Maine which was like being in a polar vortex. (Laughs) We actually got stuck there as it was around -40 degrees and you just couldn’t go outside. It ended up being the perfect opportunity for us to listen to some music and go through old demos that we had. We got inspired and talked about what we wanted to do with the album. Ultimately we wanted to go back to the sound that made us popular. We decided to put everything else aside and just really focused on making songs that people would love.

AL: Aside from returning to your original sound did the band set any other goals that you wanted to accomplish with this record?
RA: Our fans sort of let us know they weren’t fond of what we did on our fourth album. We were trying to get back to rock radio with that album and we stripped down the songs quite a bit. We wrote songs specifically for radio. Fans were taken back by that change and they certainly let us know it. We have always been hands on with our fans and while we were in Maine we decided that we were going to go where we were wanted and not necessarily where we wanted to go. That was something that we all had in the back of our minds.

AL: Does working like that make it hard to keep things fresh for the band as musicians?
RA: We have our core fans who expect certain things from our albums. They expect a lot of emotion, production and symphonic elements. We wanted to make sure that we pushed those things and get very cinematic with the record. We wanted this album to be one that you had to listen to the whole way. We wanted to display all the things we have learned making records over the last 10 years. When you get to the end of this record you can feel a resolution. Along the way we wanted to have people feel things they hadn’t felt before. I think our writing has definitely matured and we wanted to keep challenging ourselves to continue down that path. I think we did that and accomplished something that had yet to accomplish.

AL: Can you tell us about the two singles you have released?
RA: We always find a song during the recording process that encapsulates the entire emotion of what we are looking to get with the album. The song “Darkest Part” by sheer coincidence was the first fully completed song we heard. When we all heard that first time we couldn’t believe what we had done. When the label heard the album they wanted to go with the song “Yours Again” as the single. We hadn’t written any of the songs with the intention of going to radio so it was a bit difficult to decide. “Yours Again” is a very spiritual and emotional song and after some talking and several listening tests it was decided to release both of the tracks as people really liked both of them.

AL: Can you tell us about the bands upcoming tour?
RA: The first tour of the record is always very exciting. The first week of this tour the record won’t even be out yet. We will be selling the album early at those live shows which will give fans that come out something to take home with them. This is going to be one of the longer tour runs we have done as we will be out for about 6 weeks this time around. When this run is done we have a week off and then we head to Australia. We come back from that and have some time off while our singer Michael’s wife has a baby and then were off to Europe for another 6 weeks.

Blu-ray Review “Sleeping Beauty: Diamond Edition”

Actors: Mary Costa, Eleanor Audley, Barbara Jo Allen, Verna Felton, Barbara Luddy
Directors: Clyde Geronimi
Rated: G (General Audience)
Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Release Date: October 7, 2014
Run Time: 75 minutes

Film: 5 out of 5 stars
Blu-ray: 5 out of 5 stars
Extras: 5 out of 5 stars

Timed slightly ahead of the Blu-ray release of Disney’s live-action smash hit “Maleficent”, which is set to be released on November 4th, Disney’s 16th animated classic returns to Blu-ray in an all new Diamond Edition. Personally, I would have waited until November to release this to get parents to pick up both films in one shot. Listen, this is a definitely a cash-in release, especially since this was just released on Blu-ray in 2008 but there are some new extras included as well as a digital copy. So it isn’t just a new box and nothing new. Having a two year old at home, even though some parts a little scary, I am excited to be able to share this film with her because she absolutely loves the character Aurora already.

Official Premise: Fall under the glorious spell of Disney’s Ultimate Princess Fairy Tale! The magic is real as you experience all the pageantry and power on Blu-ray — and for the first time ever on Digital HD — with incredible high-definition picture and thrilling, soaring sound! Beauty, wonder and adventure spin together in a grand legend that transcends time as Maleficent, one of animation’s most spectacular villains, sends the kingdom’s beloved Princess Aurora into an enchanted sleep. In a majestic story that awakens all your senses, Good Fairies arm brave Prince Phillip to defeat a fearsome fire-breathing dragon and rescue Aurora. But success in battle may not be enough, for the only way to awaken the Princess is with True Love’s kiss!

This Diamond Edition of “Sleeping Beauty” includes a combo pack with a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Digital Copy. This is the first time that film has been released digitally, so that is a nice bonus. The 1080p transfer and DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround track are literally perfect for an animated film that is 55 years old. The colors are just so vibrant and literally jump off the screen. I am not sure if the transfer has been upgraded since the 2008 release but it is still outstanding. The songs are perfectly balanced as well and sound amazing in their 7.1 surround track. If you love the original track, also included is the original Dolby Digital 4.0 stereophonic track for those Disney purists.

There are tons of great special features included. The new extras include “Once Upon A Parade, Starring Sarah Hyland ” which takes us behind-the-scenes with Sarah Hyland from ABC’s Modern Family at Magic Kingdom. “Art of Evil: Generations Of Disney Villains” focuses on Disney’s favorite villain animator, Marc Davis and his influences. “DisneyAnimation: Artists in Motion, Extended Edition” features Walt Disney Animation Visual Development artist Brittney Lee as she develops a three dimensional sculpture of Maleficent, completely out of paper. “Beauty-Oke: Once Upon A Dream” is a Sing-along tfor Aurora’s signature song. There are three brand new, never before seen deleted scenes.

Other Classic DVD Bonus Features include “The Sound Of Beauty: Restoring A Classic”, which looks into restoring the film and focuses on its 7.1 mix. “Picture Perfect: The Making Of Sleeping Beauty” shows us the behind-the-scenes magic that took place to place this film with Legendary Animators, actors and film historians. “Eyvind Earle: A Man And His Art ” focuses on the career of background painter and renowned American Artist. There is also an audio commentary track with John Lasseter, Andreas Deja and Leonard Maltin and believe it or not there is still much more included.

Book Review “Disney Princess Sleeping Beauty Read-Along Storybook and CD”

Age Range: 3 – 5 years
Grade Level: Preschool – Kindergarten
Series: Read-Along Storybook and CD
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Disney Press
Release Date: July 29, 2014

Our Score: 3.5 out of 5 stars

“Sleeping Beauty” is such a great story and one of my favorite. It also houses on of Disney best villains to date, “Maleficent”. This latest Read-Along Storybook and CD relives the classic animated film. You follow along as Aurora grows up with the good fairies, meets the prince of her dreams, and overcomes Maleficent’s evil curse. If you are looking to introduce your kids to “Sleeping Beauty”, this would be a good way to ease them in before watching the film or to enjoy after the film.

The CD itself is quite impressive since it feature real character voices and sound effects, which both add so much to the story. This actually feels like a big production and allow you to enjoy the book with a more visual aspect. My daughter has this Disney Princess CD player/jewelry chest above in her room and we have taken advantage of this storybook-and-CD set many times in the last weeks and I am sure it is only the beginning.

Book Reviews “Disney Princess Read-and-Sing: “Sleeping Beauty & Tangled”

Age Range: 6 – 8 years
Grade Level: 1 – 3
Series: Read-and-Sing
Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: Disney Press
Release Date: July 29, 2014

Our Score: 5 out of 5 stars

With the success of the live-action “Maleficent”, “Sleeping Beauty” has stepped back in the spotlight again, along with Disney re-releasing the animated classic on Blu-ray also. The first of the two new Disney Princess Read-and-Sing is of course “Sleeping Beauty. The storybook contains six Sleeping Beauty tales. These are great a lot of fun. My two year old knows the character Aurora aka Sleeping Beauty but she has never seen the film, so this book was a great introduction.

The second new “Disney Princess Read-and-Sing is “Tangled”, which features contains six Rapunzel tales. Now on the other side, this is one of my two year old’s all-time favorite films. So these tales have already become a must read each night before bedtime. So we discuss the read but not the sing. Each of these books also come with three downloadable songs from the movies. “For Sleeping Beauty”, there is “Hail to the Princess Aurora,” “Do You Hear That?” and “An Unusual Prince/Once Upon a Dream” and from “Tangled” there is When Will My Life Begin?” “I’ve Got a Dream,” and “I See the Light.”

I love the blend of the music within theses books. We know these stories so well and their songs that accompany them. They are timeless and continue to inspire and lives thanks due to parents introducing them to their children. These are great books and I can’t wait to see which classics Disney plans to adapt next. May I suggest “Aladdin” and “The Little Mermaid”, if anyone is listening 😉

Book Review “Once Upon a Dream: From Perrault’s Sleeping Beauty to Disney’s Maleficent”

Author: Charles Solomon
Series: Disney Editions Deluxe (Film)
Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Disney Editions
Release Date: June 17, 2014

Our Score: 3 out of 5 stars

One of my sister and I’s favorite Disney films growing up was “Sleeping Beauty”. We used to watch it over and over. So we were both really excited for the new Disney film “Maleficent”. Right after seeing the new film, I immediately went online to see if there was an art of book released for the film. What I found was this book. I have to admit, I am a little disappointed personally. I would have thought that Disney would have released a nice hardcover solo art of/making of book for “Maleficent”. This does still contain a great wealth of information covering all aspects of the story of “Sleeping Beauty”. This book still is worth checking out if you love “Sleeping Beauty” but in no way should it be considered an acceptable replacement for an art of book for “Maleficent”.

Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” remains one of the most beloved of all fairy tales. The story itself was originally published by Charles Perrault in 1697. For more than 300 years, this story has been adapted by many different artists and authors. The best part of this book (if you can look past the lacking cover art) is that is is jam-packed with great illustration that folow the history of that fascination of this story of “Sleeping Beauty” from literature, fine art, poetry, music, and film. Author Charles Solomon is an internationally respected critic and historian of animation. He has written numerous amazing books for Disney including “The Toy Story Films: An Animated Journey”; “Tale As Old As Time: The Art and Making of Beauty and the Beast” and many more. He is a guy that knows Disney and he is definitely the write before for this job. I was am just hung up on the fact that Maleficent didn’t get more focus.

Briar Rose/Aurora was and still is one of the most beautiful and beautifully animated of the Disney princesses. The film also featured one of Disney’s best villains still to date, Maleficent. Perrault’s created such an amazing character here that she has still leaves fear in the heart of its viewers/readers. As well as covering the literature and animated film of the story of “Sleeping Beauty”, this book also touches (I use that lightly, since “Maleficent” could have fill a book on its own) on the new film “Maleficent” with interviews with Angelina Jolie, Imelda Staunton, Linda Woolverton, Sean Bailey, Joe Roth, Don Hahn, and director Robert Stromberg (Oscar-winning art director of Avatar and Alice in Wonderland). There is some behind-the-scenes details and photography; costumes, props, and makeup included as well.

 

Free Screening/Filmmaker Q&A for "Chasing Beauty" in Kansas City

CHASING BEAUTY  – A Documentary Film
www.chasingbeautyfilm.com

Upcoming Screening on Thursday, March 28, 2013

Kansas City, MO – Please join us for a free promotional screening of the new
documentary film, CHASING BEAUTY, at Screenland Crossroads at 8:00 pm on
Thursday, March 28th, 2013. A panel discussion will follow featuring Director Brent Huff, Jenny Wheat (Wheat Photography / Manifest Talent), Heather Laird (President of the Film Commission of Greater Kansas City), Jennifer Mangan (President of Exposure Model and Talent), Kenny Johnson (Photographer), Mark Jones (I & I Talent and owner of Global Stars Network), Michelle Davidson (Host KC LIVE).

CHASING BEAUTY takes a candid look at the beauty industry and the people that drive it. The film provides a rare glimpse behind the glossy covers and into the intriguing and complex world of modeling. This documentary features interviews with supermodels, photographers, agents, designers, plastic surgeons, makeup artists and psychologists to ask the questions… what is beauty and is it worth the cost?

Cocktail Hour: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm!!
Screening: 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Q & A : 9:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Screenland Crossroads
1656 Washington
Kansas City, MO 64108
Tel. 816.421.9700

Tickets are FREE on a first-come, first-served basis – early arrival is encouraged!

R.S.V.P. chasingbeautydocumentary@gmail.com

3D Blu-Ray Review “Beauty and the Beast”

Directed by: Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise
Starring: Robby Benson, Paige O’Hara, Richard White, Jerry Orbach, Angela Lansbury, David Ogden Stiers, Bradley Michael Pierce, Jesse Corti and Rex Everhart
Distributed by: Walt Disney Pictures
Running time: 84 minutes

Film: 5 out of 5 Stars
Extras: 5 out of 5 Stars

Running of the success of “The Lion King 3D” comes Disney’s latest 3D conversion. I must say that “Beauty and the Beast” has always been one of my favorites in the Disney catalog. The music is just so fun and sweet. I am not sure why Disney did not follow in the footsteps of “The Lion King” and release this 3D version theatrically, since it is just as good if not even a little better in parts for a conversion. Like I said in my review for “The Lion King 3D”, yoy may seem hesitate with 3D conversions recently since every studio are doing it left and right. You also wonder how a film that is almost 20 years old and also being hand drawn animation is going to convert to 3D. Well Disney delivers again a flawless 3D presentation. This film just leaves you wanting more and just proves that Disney knows how to do 3D right and breathes some new amazing detail into this already amazing film.

The presentation on this 3D Blu-ray are just out of this world. If you are fan of Disney even in the slightest then you have obviously seen this film…many…many times. Watching this film on 3D Blu-ray was like I was seeing it for the first time. The detail on the color and pictures were just extraordinary. The ballroom dancing scenes are just the best and so visually vibrant. I think that those were the scenes they even tested the 3D out on to begin with and they are just perfect. Like always Disney provides the best 7.1 surround sound tracks and works so well with the music and songs in the film which are just so magical. If this release isn’t amazing enough it also comes equipped with a special Extended Edition running at 92-minutes along with the included 85-minute theatrical cut.

The special features on the disc are packed as usual since Disney’s extras always aim to pleasure. The first feature is a “Storyreel Picture-in-Picture Experience” where you can view the theatrical cut with a early version of the film that features rough animation, hand-drawn storyboards and other artwork. If you enjoy audio commentary features Producer Don Hahn and co-directors Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale as they critique the Special Extended Edition. Very interesting commentary and very detailed. The Special Extended Edition offers a “Sing Along Mode” but I am sure everyone knows all of the words already. One of the best features on this set is “Beyond Beauty”, presented in HD and runs almost three hours. It is an interactive, feature-length behind-the-scenes documentary with some amazing bonus content. Also HD fans, we get about 30 minutes of deleted scenes introduced by former Walt Disney Studios chairman Peter Schneider. “Composing a Classic” focuses on composer Alan Menken chatting about the songs and musical score. “Broadway Beginnings” discusses in depth the Broadway adaptation of the film. Jordin Sparks music video for her version of “Beauty and the Beast” is included like in the Diamond Release as well. Kids will surely enjoy “Enchanted Musical Challenge” and “Bonjour – Who Is This?” both interactive games. Rounding down are the classic DVD Bonus Features presented in SD and running just over an hour. Lastly, the sneak previews included on this set are not as good as “The Lion King 3D” and are the same as last year’s “Beauty and the Beast” Blu-ray release.

Interview with David della Rocco

David della Rocco is well known from playing a character of the same name in the “Boondock Saints” series. Some might know him as the ‘Funny Man’ but if you are a fan of the “Boondock” series, you know Rocco. Movie Mikes had a chance to talk to David to discuss his role in the series and what he has planned for the future.

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Mike Gencarelli: David, tell us how you originally got the gig in “The Boondock Saints”?
David della Rocco: What’s interesting is that Troy happened to be working at the same bar that I was working at. I had a friend that owned the bar and I told him I needed a second job at the time. I just got done doing a play that took place in 1975. So I grew a beard and had long hair like a hippie. So I’m working at the bar and Troy is writing the script. He’d talk to me about it and one day he said “you know, your character…the way you are…” and I thought nothing about it. Plus, he loved my name. “della Rocco.” It’s a great last name. Everybody calls me “Rocco.” To make a long story short, he was writing it and he said, “Hey, you’re an actor. Why don’t you play the part?” So I said, “of course. But sell it first.” And of course he did.

Mike Gencarelli: Do you have any crazy stories from the set of the films? I’m sure you guys had a blast.
David della Rocco: You know we did. There was a lot of excitement there. We were living in this huge house. Before we went up there they told us we were all going to be living in this house together. Me, Troy, the producer, the film editor…and I was thinking “how can I take this serious? I’m here to do a film.” But the house was HUGE! It was three stories and we all had our own bedrooms. There was a lot of fun going on but Troy was working very hard. He had to be up at six every morning and work until nine at night. But there are a lot of fun stories. Like the first time Troy had to direct (Willem) DaFoe. He had to walk up and do his newscaster thing. He does it and says “I want to do it again.” And I look at Troy and say “I’d let him do it again. I like the first take but if he wants to do it again…(laughs). A lot of stuff like that was going on. I mean it was Troy’s first film. Heck, it was my first film. I’d done a lot of theatre. It was a good time but a lot of work as well.

Mike Gencarelli: Was there any improv done on the set? Or did you play the script pretty tight?
David della Rocco: You know what’s amazing, and a true compliment to the script, is that a lot of the “Boondock” fans…they look at the movie and see we’re drinking a lot and they ask “what did you guys do…get drunk and improv a lot?” But every single line was a written line. I remember the one scene where we blew up the cat…we do the scene, blow up the cat. Now we’re all looking at it. And Troy says, “when they say “wow I can’t believe that just happened,” wait a beat and say “Is it dead?” It wasn’t in the script. But that was basically about it.

MG: What was it like returning for “All Saints Day”?
DD: Well Troy wrote two films. And for a long time I was wondering and asking Troy if he needed me…I wanted to do it, of course. I was wondering if I was going to get cut out. So it was very nice of him, really, to give me that one scene in there. I knew I’d get up there to do it but I didn’t know if it would stay in the film. But it did. Troy wanted us to go to Fenway Park. He has a brother-in-law that’s a sportscaster in Boston. They were doing some construction on the field and he thought we could do it out of season. But because of the construction we couldn’t. So that was the scene that we were supposed to do. We found out on set that we couldn’t fly to Boston so we kind of made up that scene…the dream sequence. Me and Troy and the brothers wrote it just before we did it. So that’s interesting…you end up having it at the hockey rink…having it at the bar…having it on a skyscraper. And I’m afraid of heights. Even though it was very safe they put this harness around me. They had to because I was so close to the edge.

MG: Your story actually continues in the comic “Boondock Saints: The Lost Gig”, where you involved with that?
DD: No, not at all. Not at all. I didn’t even know it was going on. I just saw it a couple of weeks ago. I’d heard about it but I don’t know a lot about it. I know it’s about the brothers and Billy and all that and that it will keep going. I really had nothing to do with it.

MG: Can you believe the impact that these films have had on the fans?
DD: You know, it blows me away. It really does. Because it was a film that really came out at the wrong time. The tragedy at Columbine had just happened. And I hate to use that as an example. But they were telling people to take their kids to the movies and see stuff like “Legally Blonde.” We hardly had any theatrical release. Then Blockbuster bought it. And I figured it would just be one of those films that never gets seen. And then little by little it started getting recognized. I mean, the first time I got recognized I remarked that I had just met the only person in America that had seen the film. And then little by little I see it really begin to pick up steam. Because with any movie, it’s up to the fans. I mean, if only seven people had watched “The Godfather”…I mean, it’s a great film but what are you going to say? The fans are the ones that really made the film. It had nothing to do with marketing or publicity. It was just on the shelves of Blockbuster. It really did blow me away. It still does.

MG: If you can say one thing to your fans, what would it be?
DD: Thank you. I owe you. We went on a college tour all around the country. We got on a bus and went from L.A. to New York. We went to Boston. And what is amazing is that you have a film like “Titanic.” It had a great director, great advertising…it came out at the right time. But when you do a film like this, it’s the fans that make it go. It’s the word of mouth that’s the publicity. It’s really nice. Every time we have a function and there’s fans around I just really, really enjoy it. I’ll sign autographs and take pictures until my arm falls off. We have really, really great fans and I love them all. I owe them a lot.

MG: What do you do when you are not acting?
DD: I try to keep the acting going but I also have hobbies. I’m a guitarist. I’m a bad guitarist. I’m a music lover. I don’t have a lot of hobbies so I try to keep the acting going. It’s tough. I have another film coming out in October. But it’s really a difficult business. I should find a couple more hobbies. It’s not that acting is so time consuming, it’s just that there’s a lot of waiting and it just consumes your life. I mean I’ll look back six months and I’ll say “I could have gone to Jamaica for six months and it wouldn’t have mattered.” A lot of time it’s just waiting. Seeking things out…auditions…meeting people. I should start woodworking or something (laughs) Actually, Troy does that. He’s very good at building things. I mean, for a present he’ll make his mom or dad something really, really nice.

MG: Are you holding out for “Boondock 3”, any other plans for the future?
DD: You know, that’s a funny question, because Troy never even thought about it. But when we went on this tour that was the first question everybody was asking. The first few times Troy would answer that he had a couple other things he wanted to do but by the third gig he’s saying, “Yeah…there will be a ‘3‘. I already have some ideas.” But I don’t know. I think Troy is the type of person who would want me in Part 3. But I don’t know…do ghosts age? I know Troy does have a couple other projects so I’m not sure when it will be coming out. I would love to have it come out, of course, but I don’t know if I’ll be in it.

MG: Maybe they could do some flashback scenes like in the comic book?
DD: Well, that’s what I mean about getting older. The first film was done in 1998. That was 12 years ago. And if we have to wait another five….people will be asking me “what happened to your hair?” I mean I could wear a wig, but then they’d be asking why did my face fall?

MG: What else are you working on?
DD: My agent just got me this movie, we’re doing it in Cincinnati. It starts filming in October. My character’s nationality has been changed. I think he’s going to be more Mediterranean. Maybe Spanish or Italian. It’s a mafiosa thing. There’s a singer in it, it has music in it. The main character is an old country singer who has gotten out of jail. I’m the mafiosa guy he had to deal with. It’s called “The Dove.”

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