|07-19-2012, 01:09 PM||#210|
Join Date: Aug 2010
Re: Cerina Vincent
Beat heat at four-day Las Vegas Film Festival
You've got the better part of a day to get the sniffles. Maybe develop a tickle in your throat. Fling yourself down the stairs if need be.
Whatever it takes to get Friday afternoon off.
"I'm excited that they chose our movie," Las Vegas native Cerina Vincent says of the fifth annual Las Vegas Film Festival. "I wish we had a better time slot."
"MoniKa," which Vincent calls "a violent, edgy, action, revenge thriller with a bit of a supernatural element," will be shown at 3 p.m. Friday at LVH, 3000 Paradise Road, the home for all festival screenings.
And while the former beauty queen turned scream queen still has plenty of family and friends here, she understands it may be difficult for fans of her work - most notably the spoof "Not Another Teen Movie" and Eli Roth's horror breakthrough, "Cabin Fever" - to turn out on a Friday afternoon.
"I expect people to take off work to come support our film," she says with a playful, breathy giggle.
Festival screenings kick off at 11 a.m. today with the sci-fi thriller "Avarice" and continue through 7 p.m. Sunday with the frustrated-waiters comedy "Servitude."
(For a complete schedule, go to www.lvfilmfest.com.)
In between, there will be panels, parties, features, documentaries, shorts and a block of movies curated by the San Diego Asian Film Festival. Also on tap are curiosities such as "Frankie Go Boom" (10:30 a.m. Saturday), a romantic comedy of sorts best known for five of the most terrifying words in cinema: Ron Perlman as a woman.
The burly "Sons of Anarchy" star, who portrays a transsexual named Phyllis and shares some awkward encounters with his TV co-star Charlie Hunnam in the film - "Anarchy" fans will never again look at the biker drama the same way - is scheduled to attend.
He'll join the festival's Indie Icon Award winners Lea Thompson, who stars in the drama "The Trouble with the Truth" (8 p.m. Friday), and Louis Gossett Jr., in town for a 30th anniversary screening of "An Officer and a Gentleman" (3 p.m. Saturday), as the weekend's highest-profile celebrities.
"This event is intended to bring the community together ... all walks of life, all different backgrounds," says executive director Milo Kostelecky.
"We want every film to have some type of an effect on the audience, so they can walk away and say that they learned something from it or it changed their life in some way."
Of this year's selections, which were made by a panel of 70 local judges, Kostelecky says the acclaimed reggae documentary "Marley" (2:10 p.m. Sunday) is generating the most buzz.
But the one thing the Las Vegas Film Festival is short on is Las Vegas films.
One of the four segments of "Flat Daddy" (9:30 a.m. Sunday), a documentary about military families, focuses on Henderson's Marina Vance.
And student filmmakers from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (noon Saturday) and the College of Southern Nevada (noon Sunday) each get a block of shorts.
"We prefer to try to have some more," Kostelecky says of Las Vegas-based films. "We just didn't have a very large selection to choose from this year."
Which is where "MoniKa" comes in.
"It sucks you into this sort of dreamlike world," Vincent says of the drama in which she portrays the title character who is "kind of a badass with a gun."
The one-time "Power Rangers Lost Galaxy" star, who talks about her "heart connection" with the city, was thrilled when the script was reworked to allow for filming last June in and around downtown.
"It was really cool to see the whole production come together in my hometown and have, like, my dad come to the set," she says. "I'm usually in some random country or in the middle of nowhere."
Things quickly turned into a family affair. Vincent was a co-executive producer, a cousin was a production manager, and her brother helped find some of the locations.
As a result of "MoniKa's" ties to the community, the screening, which she'll attend as part of a Q&A session, should have plenty of local support.
Assuming people can make it there in the middle of the day.
"It's a Friday afternoon. It's hot. People wanna sit in a movie theater," she reasons, with what sounds like equal parts hope and resignation.
|07-20-2012, 06:59 PM||#211|
Join Date: Aug 2010
Re: Cerina Vincent
The scream-queen actress and Las Vegas native on her new thriller, her experience as a blonde and kissing Charlie Sheen
By Aleza Freeman
July 19th, 2012
As soon as Cerina Vincent sent the e-vite for the Las Vegas Film Festival screening of her new thriller, MoniKa, she started getting nervous. Her title role in the film, which was shot in Vegas, includes a sex scene. Her invite list included her large, extended Italian family.
It's not that some relatives haven't already seen the "scream queen" naked on screen (her mom was her date to the premiere of Not Another Teen Movie, in which she played Areola, a totally nude character). And it's not that the 33-year-old Las Vegas native—who made her Hollywood debut in 1999 as Maya, the yellow Power Ranger—is embarrassed by nudity ("just part of the job"). Still, such scenes are difficult for her family to watch. In fact, after appearing on Howard Stern's radio show to promote her sexually charged role in the horror film Cabin Fever, Vincent actually received a scolding from her aunt.
But the former Miss Nevada Teen USA and 1997 Durango High School graduate isn't just boobs and body. In addition to acting—she's appeared in countless films and TV shows, including such sitcoms as Two and a Half Men and Mike & Molly—Vincent co-wrote the successful Hot Chick book series (HarperCollins) with friend Jody Lipper. In it, she redefines a "hot chick" as a woman with inner confidence rather than outer beauty. Vincent, who is now based in Los Angeles, seems to have both.
What kind of film is MoniKa?
It's a violent, edgy action revenge thriller with a supernatural element and a dreamlike quality, so it will really make you think. … Thriller/horror fans will love it, but I think even if you're not a fan of thriller movies, it's a cool film. I play the title character, a tomboy, badass chick who grew up in the desert. Steven [R. Monroe, the director] made me dye my hair; I'm actually Italian, I'm a brunette, and he said, "I want you to go platinum blond." I was like "How about a few highlights?" And he said, "No!" I went through 15 hours of bleach.
Where in Vegas did you shoot MoniKa?
We shot a lot at the Atomic Lounge downtown, and we shot downtown in some of the older, rundown areas. We alsoshot a lot at the Blue Angel motel.
So now that you know firsthand, is it true: Do blondes really have more fun?
You know what's interesting is people totally treated me differently. The color that it was in the movie is psycho. I mean I looked like—and I'm not judging by any means—but I looked kind of like a Playmate or something. It was an eye-opening experience.
Women were actually really rude to me. I was sitting out by the pool at the hotel they put us up at, reading my script … and it was windy so my script was blowing away, and my hat was blowing away, so I was fussing with all my stuff. And this woman about, I don't know, 10 feet from me says to her husband, "Oh look at that girl, 'Ooh ooh, I'm an actress. Look at me, I'm so important, I have a script.'" Nothing like that has ever happened to me as a brunette. I felt like it was a blonde thing.
You've made a career as a sex symbol. Was that your intention?
As an actress you get put into a certain category, and I was very quickly put into this whole sexy, exotic sort of category. I really fought—and still do—to play girl-next-door type of roles. I don't really get seen as that; I get called in all the time to play a hooker or a stripper. I don't have a problem doing nudity … but then it's out there for the world to see forever, so you do struggle with being judged and people talking about your body. That's a different kind of energy than people rolling their eyes at me in line at the grocery store because my hair was blond.
Is it awkward shooting sex scenes?
It’s literally just another day at work, just another scene on the call sheet. You have seven scenes you have to get through that day, and that one comes like right before lunch or something. Most directors know exactly what they want and get through it as fast as possible. You don’t rehearse, you just go and shoot it and get it over with.
Your résumé also includes a make-out scene with Charlie Sheen in Two and a Half Men. How was that?
He was totally great—absolutely, 100 percent professional, a gentleman. And he really takes his work seriously. He's truly talented. I feel sorry for him—when he went off his rocker, he was, by definition, out of his mind. Something was definitely wrong. That wasn't him. I remember thinking, "I hope he looks back on this and is like, 'Oh God, what was I thinking?'" because that would mean he's better.
Do you have a favorite Vegas hangout?
My grandmother's old house in Henderson. She came from Italy, raised nine kids there, and now my aunt and my father have turned it into an adorable little wedding chapel, Little Chapel on the Corner. We have a huge family. We'll throw some family event there, and then just hang out afterward.
We understand you're a huge UNLV basketball fan. Who's your favorite Rebel?
Mike Moser and Anthony Marshall. They never quit. They play good ol' fashioned Runnin' Rebel basketball! Chace Stanback was a family favorite—he'll be missed, especially by my little sister Angela. She loved him.
Being back home, did you notice a lot of changes in the city?
Oh my God! I miss the miles and miles of untouched desert that expanded to the mountains. There are so many shopping centers now. So many! Now that I’ve been living in L.A. for so many years I appreciate the small-town feel that Vegas still has.Everything is easy: Parking, running errands. I hear traffic is getting bad, but it's nothing like L.A., where it can take you 90 minutes to go nine miles.
Which do you prefer, scream queen or author?
I'm definitely grateful for the scream-queen aspect of my career, because genre fans are loyal and they're wonderful. They'll love you forever.
Have your fans ever done anything strange to get your attention?
I started getting fan mail to my house back in the Power Ranger days, and one guy kept asking for a lock of my hair. Creepy. But the one that topped that was the guy who asked me to step on him—to stand on his stomach, and then we'd take a photo. I respectfully declined.
Any random skills?
I’m a really good cook! Italian food is one of my specialties. But I’m also queen of taking nothing—like when you can’t find anything in the house—and creating something kind of awesome.