“I Might Be Off On This…But I’ll Probably Still Be On Earth:” A TDQ Q&A Actress And Comedian With Rory Uphold

Rory Uphold

Rory Uphold is writer/producer/actor of HelLA. We have the utmost respect for writer/producer/actors of pieces with very specific lettering. After you finish watching all of HelLA find a little masterpiece called RECOiL on the ‘tube.

This week’s TDQ Q&A is with actress and comedian Rory Uphold. Rory spoke to us about the new season of her internet series, “HelLA,” her other internet series “This is Why We’re Single” and her encyclopedic knowledge of hair. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Rory Uphold:

The Daily Quarterly:What made you want to be in show business?

Rory Uphold: The show part, not the business part. I’ve always loved make-believe and I’ve always been a storyteller.

TDQ:Who was your favorite comedian growing up?

RU: Janeane Garofalo. Steve Martin. John Candy

TDQ:What was your favorite TV show growing up?

RU: Well, I didn’t really watch TV… I know I liked “Sesame Street” and Mr. Rogers. And I sort of remember watching the “Gilmore Girls” and SNL. I do know that I had a VHS copy of a live production of “Into The Woods,” with Bernadette Peters, that I used to watch over and over again.

Rory says she hardly watched TV as a kid but now she is making it.  It sounds crazy until you realize that Steve Jobs didn't have a computer as a kid but that didn't stop him.  Heck, we didn't have a website as kids but look at us!  In short, follow your dreams.

Rory says she hardly watched TV as a kid by now she is making it. It sounds crazy until you realize that Steve Jobs didn’t have a computer as a kid but that didn’t stop him. Heck, we didn’t have a website as kids but look at us! In short, follow your dreams.

TDQ:What is the best advice you have ever gotten?

RU: Always wear clean underwear.

TDQ:What is the worst advice you have ever gotten?

RU: Hair grows… yeah, it does. Slowly.

TDQ:Who are your influences?

RU: My friends. Real life.

TDQ:Tell us about the upcoming second season of your web series, “HelLA”

RU: Well, it came out January 19th at www.OnlyinHelLA.com and I’m pretty pumped to share it. We have self-tanning accidents, stoner moments, dating disasters, and more! I’m grateful to my Kickstarter backers for making this possible.

TDQ:Besides acting, you’re also a singer/songwriter. What’s more challenging, finishing an album, or finishing a season of a TV show?

RU: A TV show. TV. Because, potentially, you can make an album alone, but you cannot make TV alone. That said, I’ve never made a season of television, so I can’t say for sure.

Rory's other fun funny show on the Elite Daily channel is This is Why We're Single.

Rory’s other fun funny show on the Elite Daily channel is This is Why We’re Single.

TDQ:After wrapping up season 2 of “HelLA,” what project is next for you?

RU: I make another digital show called “This Is Why We’re Single” for Elite Daily, so I’ll be making more of that… and I have a couple of TV projects in the works but it’s really too soon to talk about those.

TDQ:Where do you see yourself in five years?

RU: I have really bad vision, that’s why I wear glasses, so I might be off on this… but I’ll probably still be on earth Fingers crossed :)

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Our Close, Personal Canadian Pal Erich Mrak Releases His Debut EP “V” On Tuesday

Toronto (ON)—Since August, 2014, Toronto residing artist Erich Mrak has been working day and night to complete his debut EP – “V”. Exclusively produced by Bento and Erich, the five track EP showcases Erich’s distinct indie rap sound, telling the story of his time with a girl. The download link for “V” can be found below as well as the first three singles from the EP.

Releases :
“Human” via Canadian Beats

“Faces” via IX Daily

“I Don’t ft. Kelsey” via Exclaim

Erich Mrak VLink to full EP via WeTransfer

Contact for all inquiries (bookings, management, publicist, ect.) :
Erich – ErichMrakMusic@gmail.com

Cover art for “V” by Martin Nombrado (https://www.instagram.com/bra.deau/).
Cover photo by Galang Stro (https://www.instagram.com/galangstroo/?hl=en).
Bottom photo taken by Wassim Farah (https://www.instagram.com/wssm6/?hl=en).

And yes, the music is awesome.

You are now musically informed. Go and do likewise.

“It Kind Of Encapsulated All Of My Interests And Kinda Blew My Young Mind:” A TDQ Q&A With Writer/Director Jay Weisman

Shockwave Darkside

Shockwave Darkside, written and directed by Jay Weisman combines the mystery of space, along with all the feelings of camaraderie and adrenaline brought about by just war against a common foe all wrapped in a video game cut scene like presentation that makes the viewer eagerly waiting for their turn to join in. That was my take, anyway.

This week’s TDQ Q&A is with writer and director Jay Weisman. Jay spoke to us about his latest film, “Shockwave Darkside,” the difference between directing movies and TV and how he stays grounded. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A With Jay Weisman:

The Daily Quarterly: What made you want to be in show business?

Jay Weisman: I come from a long line of storytellers. My dad is quite the raconteur and so was my grandfather – who acted in Yiddish theater when he came to this country – so on one hand, it was a natural interest. On the other, I was always into space travel and technology – so those passions kinda merged into wanting to be a filmmaker, I guess. Specifically being a science-fiction filmmaker because I figured if I couldn’t have NASA send me to the moon, I could do the next best thing and just get a set together and put myself there!

TDQ: Who was your favorite director growing up?

JW: I guess it depends at what point in my life you asked me! I had a really great film education growing up, so I went through my Lucas and Spielberg phase, then Coppola and Kubrick and then I started learning about some of the great directors of the 30s and 40s like Michael Curtiz and Howard Hawks.

Then there were directors like James Cameron, David Lean and Ridley Scott who also had a huge influence on me. I’d have the equivalent of director mix tapes where I’d binge-watch seminal movies from their body of work and try and see how their style developed, what where their recurring themes and how they grew in ability.

Shockwave Darkside

Jay Weisman’s take on war in the stars is probably exactly what it will be like in the inevitable future.

TDQ: What was your favorite movie growing up?

JW: “Star Wars” – the original. Hands down! That movie had such an impact because it kind of encapsulated all of my interests and kinda blew my young mind. There were so many ground-breaking things in that movie – but it also was the first time I could look at something that I might be able to do someday. It’s like a first love.

TDQ: What was your favorite TV show growing up?

JW: Classic “Star Trek” and “Twilight Zone.” It’s interesting – the older I got, the more I realized that these shows had a real depth to them. So when I was younger, I’d tune into all the space battles and Captain Kirk derring-do of “Star Trek,” and twist endings of the “Twilight Zone” – but as I got older, it would start occurring to me that these stories were actually about so much more than seemingly what was presented on the screen. That, to me, is really the power of science fiction.

And if you see “Shockwave Darkside,” you can definitely see those influences in the film. I think those shows managed to become really great cautionary tales about our flirtation and adolescence with technology – and through that they could comment on things like religion, politics, civil rights and science in a way that was pretty innovative.

My dad was a also a huge fan of both of these shows, so I that was really our thing as I was growing up. Some fathers and sons have baseball, and we had Rod Serling and Gene Roddenberry.
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Actor, Celebrity Golfer Glenn Frey Dies At 69

Glenn Frey

Glenn Frey, left, with RECOiL writer/director Brian DiMaio, right on one of their many trips back and forth to South America conducting what they called research for the film.

New York— Actor Glenn Frey, best known to the world for his role as the coach of the Arizona Cardinals in the classic Cuba Gooding, Jr. film, “Jerry Maguire,” died Monday. He was 67.

Known for his love of golf, Frey could often be seen competing with the pros in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am every February as well as other celebrity tournaments founded and hosted by various celebrity people.

Frey also appeared on the small screen in such TV shows as “Miami Vice,” “Wiseguy,” “Nash Bridges” and “Arli$$.”

Besides appearing with Oscar-winner Gooding in “Maguire,” Frey was also on the big screen in “Let’s Get Harry,” “RECOiL” and some documentary about birds of prey or something.

With Alan Rickman’s Death At 69, “Die Hard” Reboot Is Now In Limbo

Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman, left, on the set of RECOiL with writer/director Brian DiMaio, right. Rickman played the role of European criminal mastermind Rolf Dieter. His scenes were later cut because DiMaio didn’t feel like Rickman was pulling off the accent.

London—Severus Snape, the Sheriff of Nottingham and Hans Gruber all died Thursday as Alan Rickman succumbed to cancer. He was 69.

Cast mainly as villains throughout his successful career, Rickman also voiced the bad lion in “The Lion King,” as well as the Paranoid Android in “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”

He won an Emmy for his role as Rasputin in “Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny” in 1996.

Besides appearing in every Harry Potter film, he also appeared in “Love Actually” “Dogma” “RECOiL” and “Galaxy Quest.”

Die Hard: Dorm DaysSeveral sources in Hollywood have said that Rickman was set to appear in a reboot of “Die Hard” with Dax Shepard taking on Rickman’s character Hans Gruber. The new volley of Die Hard (estimated at “four or five” by an insider) films will prequel the current Die Hard films, with John McClane, played by Ross Lynch, and Hans Gruber being college roommates whose relationship takes a horrible turn. Denzel Washington was also attached to the picture.

Rickman is survived by his wife, Rima Horton.