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BoyBand Cast Blowing Up!

Congrats to the cast of BoyBand who are all getting so much work. Here’s some updates:
Michael Copon – just returned from guest starring on the new CBS series “Hawaii Five-O,” which shoots in Hawaii
Robert Hoffman – look for him in the upcoming Universal film “Kids in America” with Topher Grace and Anna Faris
Ryan Hansen – he’s playing the main character in the upcoming NBC series “Friends with Benefits”
Ryan Pinkston – he’s a series regular in The Cartoon Network’s upcoming “Tower Prep,” a live action series
Laura Breckenridge – just guest starred on the Lifetime series “Drop Dead Diva” alongside Cybill Shepherd.
Rachel Specter – look for her as Lisa Hammond in the upcoming Adam Sandler/Jennifer Aniston film “Just Go With It”
Brendan Miller – one of the principal cast in Todd Phillips (The Hangover) top secret new comedy “Project X”
Ming Na – plays Camile Wray, a series regular, on Sci Fi’s series “SGU Stargate Universe”
Kurt Fuller – just cast in Woody Allen’s new film “Midnight in Paris” alongside Adrien Brody and Rachel McAdams
Richard Riehle – he’s filming his role in the upcoming “A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas.”

With this cast, the music, and the wacky humor, BoyBand’s future is looking “wicked awesome.” Congrats to everyone.

Trailer for Ryan Hansen’s New Show

Check out the trailer for NBC’s new, upcoming series “Friends with Benefits” starring BoyBand’s Ryan Hansen!

BoyBand spotted in Worcester Magazine

Worcester Magazine

That ’80s film
Rutland filmmaker debuts trip back in time on Friday
Melissa McKeon

Rutland native Andrea Ajemian hardly remembers 1982, but like many who were just entering their teens later in the decade, she does remember the music that was born during that era.

“When I was in high school, everybody was crazy for New Kids on the Block,” she recalled.

Ajemian, who graduated from Wachusett Regional High School in 1993, admits she wasn’t much into the music scene in college; she was too busy preparing for a career in film, with some business thrown in. It’s a path that has led her to producing, where her business education and experience comes in handy.

When she heard John Artigo’s idea for a film about the boy bands of the 1980s, she jumped at the chance to produce it.

Artigo’s vision–a comedy about a high school quarterback who leaves it all behind to turn his heavy metal band into the first boy band–had everything Ajemian likes: fun, nostalgia and opportunities for young musicians and for teenage actors to get a foot in the door.

But it also had its challenges. Neither Artigo nor Ajemian were musicians.

“John and I were at a loss when we came up with this concept and put the script together,” Ajemian said. “We said, ‘we can’t pull this movie off without a real music person.”

Enter Kaz Gamble.

Gamble grew up in Worcester but was pretty far away from home pursuing (with great success) a music career of his own. He came home for a visit and was presented by his parents with a newspaper clipping about the movie. They were looking for someone just like him. It was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up.

Gamble had recently spent some time DJing oldies, so he admits the music of the 1980s was fresh in his mind.

But the task was daunting: come up with 20 original songs with the boy band feel.

“I went to film school, so I knew that making a film is a lot of work,” he said. “And it’s always harder than you think it’s going to be.”

Gamble went at it full bore. He researched extensively and then did what seemed impossible: produced modern music with an ’80s feel, and without the modern methods to prevent the modern sound from creeping in.

Harder than it sounds, he admits.

After accepting that he’d have to ditch a lot of the modern methods he was so familiar with, he faced the task of trying to replace them.

“You can’t believe, audio production has evolved so much since the ’80s,” he says. “It’s so out of fashion, so you can’t even get a lot of those sounds.”

Gamble couldn’t even find information online about mixing techniques; he went to thel ibrary to find a 1980s book about mixing to guide him.

Gamble wasn’t just writing music to sound like the 1980s; some themes were meant for older characters, whose music was from another era. And to be authentic, he realized that he’d have to take into account all the influences of the 1970s as well.

He’s feeling confident that he’s achieved the gaol: Folks who’ve previewed the movie think some of his songs are authentic to the era, not new imitations.

The movie has plenty of local appeal. Besides set at the fictional Worcester High School, it was filmed entirely in Worcester County. Also, besides Ajemian and Gamble, several local actors and musicians get their screen time with the bigger stars: Recent Wachusett Regional High School grads Nina Genatossio and Ryan Letourneau go to work beside One Tree Hill star Michael Copon and well-knowns E-Knock, Lorenzo Hooker III, Robert Hoffman, Ryan Hansen and Ming Na.

Mixing locals with Hollywood types is part of what makes the film so satisfying to Ajemian.

“In Worcester County, kids in that age group don’t get the opportunities to work as they do in L.A. or Boston or New York,” she said.

BoyBand: Breakin’ through in ’82 opens Friday, June 4, at Showcase Cinema North for a week’s run. An after-party at 9 p.m. ($7 cover) at Gilrein’s, 802 Main St., Worcester, will feature composer Kaz Gamble, who wrote the movie’s 20 original songs, as DJ, spinning 1980s music as well as the film’s soundtrack. boybandmovie.com

Ryan Hansen: Friends with Benefits.

Everyone’s favorite pop-rocker Ryan Hansen, aka Tommy O’Malley in “BoyBand” has booked a new show. Ryan is shooting a new show with a lot of buzz for NBC. The show is “Friends With Benefits” and I’m sure it will be great now that Ryan is a part of it.

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Party Down (like it’s 1982)

Check out Tommy O’Malley, err, Ryan Hansen in the hilarious Starz comedy Party Down. This is one of the best comedies on television right now people! You have got less than a month to catch up on the first season before the season 2 premiere on Starz. Don’t have Starz? The episodes are all available on netflix streaming. Get to watching. You love Ryan as the pop-rocker. Now watch him cater-waiter.

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Ryan Hansen FRIDAY THE 13th Exclusive Video Interviews From the Premiere

Ryan Hansen’s new film Friday the 13th is officially a blockbuster.  Check out Ryan’s interview on the red carpet for the premiere of the film:

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PRODUCERS POST: RUMOR HAS IT

I love that our lead actor is all over the internet today on literally every entertainment website.  If Michael Copon gets this role in “New Moon,” the sequel to “Twilight,” that would be huge for “We Got the Beat.”  When you cast a film, you cast it based on talent, looks, personality, work ethic, and a general feeling you have about the person.  You hope you are casting people that other directors and producers want to cast.  You hope they get cast in big projects.  You hope they become house hold names.  It’s been a few exciting weeks for our cast.  The trailer for “Friday the 13th” came out.  It’s the remake by Michael Bay and will be out in February.  Ryan Hansen from “We Got the Beat” plays a big role in the film and is in the trailer.  Rachel Specter (Pamela from our movie) recently shot “My One and Only” starring Kevin Bacon and Renee Zellweger.  Rachel apparently plays Kevin Bacon’s character’s mistress.   Ryan Pinkston (Greg in “We Got the Beat”) just guest starred in the new “Hannah Montana” episode, where he went on a date with Miley Cyrus’ character.  Laura Breckenridge’s big news is that she’s been cast as the new hot, young teacher on “Gossip Girl.”  Laura plays Samantha Hughes in our film.  And, of course, the internet is buzzing about whether Michael Copon is going to get the role of Jacob Black in “New Moon,” or not.  I for one think it’s a no brainer.  Of course he should get it.  He’s older than Taylor.  He’s taller.  He’s hotter.  He’s more love interest leading man type.  But…then again, I guess I’m just a little biased.  Jon and I have always loved the casting process.  When we hired Mary Vernieu to cast our film (Scary Movie, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Cruel Intentions), we knew that she was known for breaking young talent.  We trusted her on that.  The funny thing is that Hillary Cohen, our 1st A.D., is the person who actually found Copon before we ever hired Mary.  Mary confirmed that Hillary was right on regarding Michael being perfect for the role of Brad Roberts.  Now let’s hope the director of “New Moon” thinks he’s perfect for Jacob Black.