Tuesday, June 28, 2011

'Backstreet Boy' Wins Best Actor in Debut Film Role

New York, NY --- Former “Backstreet Boy” Kevin Scott Richardson won the Independent Vision Award for Best Actor over the weekend, for his feature film debut in Steve Balderson’s THE CASSEROLE CLUB. As the centerpiece film of Visionfest`11, the film was nominated for 9 Independent Vision Awards and ended up winning 5: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress for Susan Traylor, and Best Production Design.

The film, a drama set in 1969, co-stars Daniela Sea (“The L Word”) with Balderson regulars Susan Traylor, Jane Wiedlin (“The Go-Go’s”), Pleasant Gehman, and Starina Johnson.“The Casserole Club” may be Richardson’s first major film role, but he is no stranger to acting.  He appeared on Broadway, and in London’s West End, in the musical “Chicago” as shady lawyer Billy Flynn.“I’ve worked with famous musicians as actors before,” says director Steve Balderson.  “They bring a freshness and natural quality to their roles. But, I’ve never been so excited as I was to be working with Kevin.  He is spectacular in this film.”
“The Casserole Club” focuses on a group of mod 1960’s era suburban housewives.  Close-knit and neighborly, they are all bent on one-upping each other, trying to prove that each is “the
hostess with the mostess.  They begin a recipe club, and hold dinner parties, testing out their new casseroles.  But when the gatherings become increasingly focused on boozy flirtation, and more than recipes start getting swapped, the story moves swiftly from stylized and campy to a drama about irresponsibility, selfishness, and damaged people.“The Casserole Club” is an intricate landscape of desolation, unspoken desires, and empty lives laid bare.  Raw and uncompromising, it is evocative of classics like “Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and the more contemporary “American Beauty.”  Set in America during the NASA moonwalk, the moon, is a metaphor for the film's tragic heroines, who are filled with mystery, secrets and the untapped potential of people who exist without really living.

Critic MJ Simpson in England writes the film is “Magnificent, another tour-de-force by the best kept secret in American cinema.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Summer Reading!! How about some Free short stories... for ereaders only!!

Here are a few of my short stories available for free on all ereaders!!

Coming soon as a free ebook my other three short stories:



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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Act of Redemption: The First Gastar Book by C. C. Cole A Book Review

Two hundred years has passed since assassin Shevata killed the last of the Abbian priests.  As a result, Zermon, a demonic foe of Shevata has come to Gastar to create a new Hell on Earth.  C. C. Cole has brought to life a journey into Hell and back to save the souls of the remaining humans in Gastar, a city that stood strong and tall for centuries. But one fatal mistake changed everything. A mistake that Shevata had to pay for with her own soul.  Now three pure souls are resurrected by the Dragon Harragthus to help Gastar fight its demon foes and Zermon’s half-human, half-demon son, Behemeth, in an effort to rescue the annihilation of the human race. 
The story of Shevata is an amazing tale.  You learn that she was created during the “Great War” as an assassin.  Her only goal was to go into Hell and free the good souls that were captured by demons.  You learn of the curse laid upon her by Abbias and the lesson she learned that one thing can’t exist without the other.  C. C. Cole weaves her story so well giving you great visuals about what Hell was like and the struggles of each character.  The mystery that surrounds them as they carry out their mission set before them by Harragthus.  The story moves quickly and by the end you are happy that there is more to come.
Act of Redemption was an amazing ride.  I enjoyed every moment while reading this book.  The banter between Zermon and Shevata was entertaining.  The two characters were respectful of each other for who they were and what they stood for.  I liked their relationship and over all Shevata’s true foe was the boy Goldeon, a soul she saved many years ago in Hell.
Act of Redemption is a fast paced dark fantasy novella.  The story alone captured my attention and I found myself unable to put it down. I recommend this novella for anyone who enjoys a good adventure through Hell and back.