Back in the Day can finally be on all of our shelves as it is being released in the US on April 8th 2014 on Blue Ray and DVD. I really would love if all fans of Michael would buy a copy, I am in England and have pre-ordered mine from Amazon.com so country is not a problem, I would love to carry on the amazing support we gave him when it was available on demand and buy this film. If he gets good sales it will help him to get more projects greenlit and I think we all would love to see more Michael at the cinema and on our TVs!
A high powered set of Sacramento filmmakers and television producers gathered at Sacramento’s Wizard World Comic Con Saturday to help attendees learn about the variety of opportunities for production available in our region.
Emmy Award winning cinematographer and show developer Doug Stanley (Deadliest Catch) touted plans for advancement in distribution that will help connect fans of TV shows who use Facebook. The Ridgeline Entertainment Executive producer from Auburn loves to bring his other reality TV shows into Northern California whenever he can.
Access Sacramento Executive Director Gary Martin told about the “Place Called Sacramento” script writing competition for 10-minute scripts featuring this region, encouraging writers to tell the stories they love and reminding them Access Sacramento has classes and the free use of equipment for those who get certified.
Sacramento’s Ryan Todd, producer and developer of one of YouTube’s most highly subscribed video series SMOSH, said working on a budget is still “working” and he encouraged those in the room to get their start without delay.
Producer Matthew Donaldson, masquerading as the Stay Puff Marshmallow man from Ghost Busters, talked about his new film “To Find a Monster” that’s in development with likely release later this year. He said the story is critical and his new film tells how two young friends find the meaning of friendship while facing their monsters, armed only with a camcorder.
In a surprise appearance, TV star and director Michael Rosenbaum, (Lex Luther on Smallville) joined the panel, commenting on how Sacramento’s reputation for film and television production is growing, and encouraging beginning film makers in the room to never give up on their dreams for working in the industry.
The panel was moderated by Sacramento Playwright (The Interviews) and “Place Called Sacramento” (Lottery Ticket) writer/actor Brian Jagger, who said he was delighted by the standing room only crowd. He wanted to make sure the Comic Con audience knew Sacramento is the home for lots of film and television production, and that Hollywood isn’t the only place with great stories to tell.
Having played a young Lex in 154 episodes of the ‘Superman’ prequel series, Rosenbaum is to date the most prolific live action actor in the role of Superman’s industrialist nemesis; John Shea, who took the role in ‘Lois and Clark’ AKA ‘The New Adventures of Superman,’ shot only 25 episodes.
Nor does Rosenbaum’s association with the DC universe end there, as he also voiced The Flash in 54 episodes of the ‘Justice League’ animated series.
Whilst discussing his feature directorial debut ‘Back in the Day’ with Cinekatz, the subject of Luthor and DC inevitably came up, and Rosenbaum clearly counts himself lucky to be part of that realm, having been the subject of fan campaigns to reprise the role in ‘Batman vs. Superman’ (as we’ll keep informally referring to the film until Warner Bros tell us different).
“I think the most loyal fans are the DC fans… It was amazing to see all of the fans reaching out on Twitter and all of the kind words to get me to be Lex Luthor again. I didn’t do anything, I just sat back and thought it was really sweet. I’m very lucky.”
Asked on his feelings about the divisive casting of Eiesenberg, and whether he had any advice for the new Lex, Rosenbaum’s response was similarly humble.
“First off, I think he’s a really good actor. I don’t think he needs any advice from me, he’ll do his homework. Do it your way. I’m sure Zack [Snyder] has an idea. He cast you for reason.
“Jesse’s a good actor. He’ll do it his own way and that’s the best way. If you can do it your way, if you succeed or fail, you succeed because you are being original. If you’re trying to emulate someone, you’ll always be compared.
“That’s why I didn’t want to be compared during ‘Smallville.’ I didn’t watch any of Gene Hackman as Lex. He’ll be fantastic. Great actor, no problem with it.”
Interestingly, though Rosenbaum remains most popularly associated with Luthor, that isn’t the DC role the actor feels the greatest personal affinity with.
“I would lean toward The Flash kind of guy. The guy who wants to take light of the situation, when everyone is so upset and the world is dying he’s like, “Hey everything’s going to be alright! Let’s go bowling!”… I have some evil in me but I’d be positive for the most part.”
Asked whether he’d been keen to play any other DC character, Rosenbaum clearly doesn’t aim low, replying, “I think I’d be a fantastic Joker. I think I could crush The Joker.”
Michael Rosenbaum is set to co-star opposite Krysten Ritter in NBC pilot Mission Control, a Universal TV-produced comedy from studio-based Gary Sanchez Productions and executive producers Adam McKay and Will Ferrell. A workplace ensemble set in 1962, Mission Control examines what happens when a strong woman (Ritter) butts heads with a macho astronaut in the race to land on the moon. Rosenbaum will play Bus, a handsome, jockish, stubborn and loudly likeable NASA astronaut. Rosenbaum, repped by APA, Untitled and attorney Todd Rubenstein, was most recently seen in feature Back In The Day, which he wrote, produced, starred in and directed.
By now I am sure you have all heard about Jesse Eisenberg getting the role of Lex Luthor in the new Superman vs Batman movie and if you are anything like me you are shocked and angry. Why would anyone choose Jesse, who is a very good actor but over Michael who has proven on Smallville that he can make a villian have more than one side. His portrayal of Lex amazed me and whenever I have a Smallville rewatch I am more and more amazed at how incredible Lex is on there and it is down to Michael taking a well known character and transforming him into more than just the bad guy.
Now we as a fandom need to stand up and make our presence known some of my friends have taken a stand and started a petition and made a facebook page. I ask you all to please sign it and hit the like button and spread the word throughout the fandom. We need to come together to show them the following that Michael has and how much we want to see him as Lex on the big screen.
Sign the petition HERE
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