Amanda Seyfried Gets Cookin’ With Eerie Short ‘Dog Food’

Eerie, creepy, and perhaps bloody may be on your menu this Halloween season, and if you’re yearning for a morbid tale then Dog Food should be on your menu. The 18-minute short, which was the Vimeo Staff pick for today, centers on Declan (Gotham‘s Cory Michael Smith), an affable butcher who falls head over heels for a new customer (Amanda Seyfried).

His crush takes a backseat to the horrible discovery that his dog  Ralphie has gone missing. When the young woman invites Declan to dinner and serves him a glaringly suspect plate of meat, their intimate gathering leads to a surprising denouement (David Craig, who plays the woman’s roomie, also stars).

Amanda Seyfried, Cory Michael Smith, David Craig in 'Dog Food'
Amanda Seyfried, Cory Michael Smith, David Craig in ‘Dog Food’

The project, which won Best Horror at Comic Con, has played in over 30 international film fests, and as much as I love Letters to Juliet (a guilty pleasure), twisted tales are near and dear to my heart. Check out the Brian Crano directed short below and feel free to comment below!

Dog Food from Brian Crano on Vimeo.

Cory Michael Smith, Amanda Seyfried in 'Dog Food'
Cory Michael Smith, Amanda Seyfried in ‘Dog Food’

Adam McKay Talks ‘We The Economy’ & Future Projects

They say the best things in life are free, and the new film series We The Economy 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford to Miss has different directors offering up their entertaining takes on various economic issues. Viewing the shorts won’t cost you a single penny, as the program simultaneously launches October 21 in over 50 digital, cable, TV, and mobile platforms (including YouTube, Netflix, AOL, Amazon).

One of the shorts, The Unbelievably Sweet Alpacas!, is directed by Adam McKay, the filmmaker/writer behind Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Step Brothers and The Other Guys. Running close to six minutes, the animated piece has multi-colored, lollipop loving Alpacas yearning to find a job, only to find income inequality pervading their rainbow filled land. The voice cast includes Amy Poehler, Andy Richter, Billy Eichner, Maya Rudolph, and Sarah Silverman.

The Unbelievably Sweet Alpacas! - We The Economy
The Unbelievably Sweet Alpacas! – We The Economy

Part of the inspiration for McKay’s involvement with We The Economy comes from his love for Michael Lewis’ book The Big Short. McKay penned the screenplay adaptation and will direct the film.

I was just adapting the Michael Lewis book The Big Short, and I’ve always been kind of just interested in it. Any time you start getting into politics and why things are the way they are, you always end up at economics as one of the big ones . . . It’s fascinating, and I really give Michael Lewis a lot of credit for really getting me excited about it. 

Below is Adam McKay’s director’s statement on taking part in We The Economy:

“At least a dozen times as an adult I’ve found myself saying ‘Why the hell didn’t we have an economics and finance class in high school?’ Whether it was being ripped off on credit card rates or not knowing my rights when it came to paying back student loans or even what the Federal Reserve is, I’ve always marveled at how the one subject we all should know, economics, is the subject most of us are completely illiterate about.

Through the years I’ve read a dozen or so books, watched all the documentaries and asked a fair amount of questions. And as I learned the rudimentary basics of macro and micro economics I was amazed at how simple the world actually is once you penetrate the language and jargon. But still, most people act as though advance degrees and tweed jackets are required to even discuss compound interest. Or worse yet, most people treat the subject as a complete bore. But as a fan of pop culture I know there’s nothing boring about the economy, who runs it and who profits from it. In fact, it’s the juiciest subject there is. So when I heard about the WTE project and the fact that Morgan Spurlock was curating it, I knew I was in. I truly hope it’s the beginning of a movement to popularize economics. Lord knows our country needs it.”

I’ll be posting more on The Unbelievably Sweet Alpacas! and We The Economy tomorrow (I also interviewed documentary filmmaker MIao Wang), but the audio below has Adam McKay talks about his future projects, which includes The Big Short, a Seth Rogen project, and his work on Ant-Man.

For more information on We The Economy 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford To Miss, please go to: https://wetheeconomy.com/

Animation Block Valentine’s Day Showcase Heads To The Troubadour

Animation BlockValentine’s Day is usually an animated time for lovers who really need to express themselves. Although restaurant reservations are probably part of the experience, a bit of creativity may also do the trick.

The Animation Block Valentine’s Day Showcase, which will be held at the Troubadour in West Hollywood on February 13, will feature “love” themed cartoon shorts mtv(other), Six Point Harness, Loopedeloop, and Nickelodeon.

A cartoon bumper from famed artist and Oscar nominee Bill Plympton will kick off the proceedings (the doors open at 8 pm). Live music from Blackbird Blackbird and Colleen Green will also be part of the event.

As the beautiful standard goes, I “don’t get much around anymore,” but that doesn’t mean an evening of animation, music, and a little bit of love shouldn’t be shared by the more extroverted set.

For tickets to the show, which will be hosted by Animation Block Casey Safron, click here.

As for Blackbird Blackbird, check out the clip for “It’s A War.”