Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Coming up 10/25/23 at 9:00am on KUCI - LAST SUMMER OF NATHAN LEE directed by Quentin Lee and starring Harrison Xu


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What do you do when you find out you have terminal brain cancer just before graduating from high school? Live life to the fullest, of course, which is what Nathan Lee does in this high-spirited Asian LGBTQ+ film.

This high-spirited LGBTQ+ drama LAST SUMMER NATHAN LEE, starring Harrison Xu, Natasha Tina Lia, Matthew Mitchell Espinosa, Dru Perez, and Aaron Guest, follows Nathan Lee (Harrison Xu), an Asian American teenager, who finds out that he has terminal brain cancer right before his 18th birthday, and vows to live the remains of his life with passion and laughter for one last summer with his friends and family...and refuses to die a virgin. Knowing that his gay best friend, Dash (Matthew Mitchell Espinosa), wants to become a filmmaker, Nathan offers himself as a documentary subject to Dash, who is also in love with Nathan.


LAST SUMMER OF NATHAN LEE

A coming-of-age story releasing in theaters October 20th and available on VOD November 22nd.

WATCH TRAILER HERE

Director Quentin Lee, and cast members Harrison Xu and Natasha Tina Liu


IN THEATERS ON OCTOBER 20TH

AVAILABLE ON VOD NOVEMBER 22ND

Synopsis:
Nathan Lee (Harrison Xu), an API teenager, finds out that he has brain cancer right before he turns 18 and vows to live the remains of his life with passion... and refuses to die a virgin. Knowing that his gay best friend, Dash (Matthew Mitchell Espinosa), wants to become a filmmaker, Nathan offers himself as a documentary subject to Dash, who is also in love with Nathan.

Nathan and Dash decide to document as much of his remaining life as possible. Without reservation, Nathan experiments sexually and falls in love with Lorelei (Natasha Tina Liu), another high school friend. As Nathan realizes he cannot reciprocate Dash’s true love, he decides to marry Dash, a Dreamer Immigrant, and gifts him American citizenship.

ABOUT HARRISON XU
Harrison Xu is a dual US/Canadian citizen and USC graduate who has appeared on award-winning shows such as Shameless, Grey's Anatomy, and American Horror Stories. His most recent credits include a supporting role in a Lionsgate feature opposite Dennis Quaid and Sean Patrick Flannery and a recurring role on Nickelodeon's Warped. He is also an accomplished voiceover actor in animation and dubbing, most recently dubbing the leads in the wildly successful shows All Of Us Are Dead and Sweet Home.

He also enjoys writing and shooting comedy sketches under his production company Banana Split Studios. When Harrison isn't acting, he can be found at the ice rink, climbing rocks, or hopelessly looking for his keys.



Directed by:
QUENTIN LEE

Produced by
DENNIS ESCOBEDO

KIT DeZOLT

HARRISON XU


Cast:
HARRISON XU

NATASHA TINA LIU

MATTHEW MITCHELL ESPINOSA

DRU PEREZ

AARON GUEST


Running Time:
92 Minutes






Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Coming up 10/11/23 at 9:00am - Australian-born star with over four-decades on Days of Our Lives, Thaao Penghlis



It’s one of the greatest runs in television. During his more than four-decade run on Days of Our Lives, Thaao Penghlis has kept the plots twisting and the passions burning by playing two look-a-like villains, Count Tony DiMera and his impersonator Andre DiMera.

But the Australian-born star is much more than a guy who knows how to deliver a nasty line and take a woman’s slap. A world traveler and celebrated host of Hollywood dinner parties, Penghlis has authored the memoir Places: The Journey of My Days, My Lives, and the cookbook Seducing Celebrities One Meal at a Time.

And now this child of Greek immigrants is pouring his own passions for all things Greece into a new podcast, The Lost Treasures, a thrilling detective story-style exploration of Greece’s greatest contribution to the world’s literature, the poet Homer.

In a rollicking Mediterranean-hopping adventure, The Lost Treasurers explores the Iliad and the Odyssey through the amazing life of German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann, who changed history when he discovered the real-life locations and treasures in the epic poems.

Written and narrated Penghlis, the podcast draws on his exclusive access to 60,000 pages of long-hidden documents and diaries. “Against all odds, Heinrich Schliemann proved that the myths of Troy and the myths of Mycenae really happened,” says Penghlis. “For more than 20 years, my interest in this subject never waned. Two visits to Troy, five to Greece, I completed the journey. And I’m still wanting more.”



About The Lost Treasures

Growing up in Sydney, Australia, Thaao Penghlis always dreamed of becoming an archeologist, dreaming of one day unlocking the secrets of the history of his Greek ancestors he can trace all the way back to ancient Alexandria. “But as my acting career took over my interest in the subject was instead translated to taking journeys to the historical places that I explored with guides,” Penghlis says.

Now, the star of Days of Our lives, TV’s Mission: Impossible reboot, and movies and plays is the one playing the guide with his new podcast, “The Lost Treasures,” a deep dive into the life of German archeologist Heinrich Schliemann.

In the 19th century, Schliemann rocked the academic world by establishing the real-life locations in the Iliad and the Odyssey. His discoveries include the glittering cache of gold and other artifacts linked to the Homeric king Priam in the actual site of Troy, in modern-day Hissarlik, Turkey.

“The poems of Homer were part of the education I chose for myself, collecting knowledge from cultures that gave me a greater meaning and understanding of that path,” says Penghlis. “When I finally visited Schliemann’s gravesite, it brought me closer to him, like a long-lost relative that I grew to love.”

To research the podcast, Penghlis embarked on his own odyssey, gaining exclusive access to research materials with a little help from his notoriety playing a master-of-disguise Nicholas Black on 1980s Mission: Impossible in the 1980s.


“I had walked into the Archaeological Museum in Athens when an employee recognized me from Mission Impossible,” says Penghlis. “He gave me a huge embrace and wanted to know what he could he do to welcome me in Greece.”

Within minutes, Penghlis’ fan had set him up a meeting with the Greek minister of culture and an exclusive visit to a library containing 60,000 pages of Schliemann’s documents and diaries.

“These materials took me to magnificent sites in in Athens, Mycenae and Troy where Schliemann’s extraordinary finds changed the course of history and smashed the myths of ancient Greek heroes,” says Penghlis.

Penghis now shares those discovers in The Lost Treasures. The four-episode podcast includes three story chapters enhanced with immersive audio effects and a fourth that features a reading from Penghlis about why he wrote the story and his inspiration and drive to do so.

“My purpose in telling these stories of Lost Treasures is to romance my audience, inspire them with the notion that ‘Gods of Men’ once walked in these lands of my ancestors,” he says.



Lost Treasures will release on Tuesday, September 5th and will end with the (fourth) conclusion episode on Tuesday October 17th. The show will be available on all major podcast platforms – Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, etc.



Podcast Socials:


https://www.instagram.com/losttreasurespod/

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100094319043355

Thaao Penghlis’ Socials:

https://twitter.com/ThaaoPenghlis

https://www.instagram.com/thaaopenghlis/

https://www.facebook.com/ThaaoPenghlisOfficial

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Coming up! STATE OF THE UNITY Directed by Nathaniel Paul Hoff & Jillian Speece

STATE OF THE UNITY

Directed by Nathaniel Paul Hoff & Jillian Speece

Releasing Friday September 8th @ Laemmle Monica Film Center,

September 11th @ TCL Chinese Theatre,

and On Digital and On Demand October 6th


 
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 to this episode of GTFO

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Synopsis:
In 2016, Brooklyn-based band, The Bergamot embarked on a timely journey to perform in all 50 States while inviting people to sign their message of unity on their station wagon (known as The Unity Car). What ensued is a heartwarming tale of human perseverance, empathy and understanding during one of the most polarizing times in American history.

Directed by:
NATHANIEL PAUL HOFF

JILLIAN SPEECE

Produced by
NATHANIEL PAUL HOFF

JILLIAN SPEECE

Running Time:
88 minutes

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