Mike Kearby’s Sci-Fi Gangster Novel Explodes on Screen

ComicPalooza Mike KearbyReprinted from Hollywood Movie Times

Eugene Stryker, Hollywood Movie Times

Mike Kearby’s beloved sci-fi/noir/gangster comedic novel that defies and parodies half a dozen genres is now breaking down the box office barriers with the release of the Long Term Parking feature film May 23rd at the comic-con convention in Houston, Texas.

In today’s cinema, a world premiere in Hollywood is passé especially when the true fans are the 35,000 cosplayers vying for seats in the ComicPalooza Theater at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

We reached Kearby at his Texas ranch by phone to ask about the film’s premiere and how the quirky novel came about in the first place.

ES: You’ve written many novels, but none in this genre. What inspired the story of Long Term Parking?

MK: The story has its background in listening to my Granddad cursing at the neighbor’s dog for digging in his garden. He was too gentle of a man to physically hurt the dog, but always had more than a few “Goddamn Dog” to mumble as he re-staked his tomatoes. Later as an adult, I always chuckled while remembering these comedic encounters between man and beast. Thus was born the preface to Long Term Parking.

ES: How much is Boston Nightly like you? How do you get into the head of your characters when you’re writing?

MK: Boston definitely contains a mixture of my real and my imagined personality. I find this to be a common trait among those who tell stories. The heroic imagined part of one’s personality when fused with the real and flawed part of one’s personality makes the fictionalized character easy to cheer for.

ES: Long Term Parking has quite a following. Do you think the movie version will inspire more people to read your original novel?

MK: The ingredients are all there. The cast brings the characters to life just as I imagined. I hope the movie fans want to extend their viewing pleasure by reading the book.

ES: Most films adapted from books usually don’t do the original work justice. How does this movie compare?

MK: The film and the novel match up perfectly in showing Boston as that flawed character caught in the eternal struggle in doing what is right and doing what feels right.

ES: The story takes a lot of very unexpected turns. When you started writing did you know where the story was going or did the characters take you in directions you didn’t expect?

MK: My novels always seem to write themselves after the first few pages. It was no different with Boston who seemed to evolve into favorites from my childhood; a combination of Groucho Marx and The Three Stooges.

ES: Any truth to the rumor a sequel for Boston Nightly is in the works?

MK: Boston’s latest – Beware of Dog – is well underway. Our hero is pitted against a career criminal who only speaks in third person, a defrocked priest, and a female warden whose most prominent feature is the appearance of being struck in the back by two heat seeking missile’s. And of course, Marlene.

ES: The screenplay adaptation for Long Term Parking was written by you and the director. Is this your first time working with another writer? How was the experience of co-writing?

MK: This was my first foray into screenwriting, and Paul Bright was kind and patient enough to help guide me down the trail. I enjoyed working with Paul and can’t imagine a better first writing partner.

ES: What should audiences expect when they see the movie Saturday night at ComicPalooza?

MK: It can only truly be enjoyed when accompanied by raucous, belly laughter, which 4 out of 5 doctors agree is very healthy for you.

ES: People are already saying the film will become a cult classic. Can you imagine people dressing up as Boston Nightly at next year’s ComicPalooza?

MK: I think that would be the greatest accolade a writer could receive.

Dean Reading Saddles Up to Another Comedy

Reprinted from Hollywood Movie Times
by George WozniakComicPalooza Dean Reading

Stunt man, director, actor and cowboy Dean Reading rode into town – literally on a white horse – to talk with us about making the movie Long Term Parking which premieres May 23rd at the ComicPalooza Theater in the George R. Brown Convention Center. I caught up with Reading at Chisholm Trail, the local BBQ joint in Lockhart, Texas that actually has a railing for tying up his horse.

GW: You frequently play cowboy roles. In the original Long Term Parking novel your character Carlucci isn’t a cowboy.

DR: No, he’s not. And I wasn’t planning to play him as a cowboy, but that’s what the director (Paul Bright) wanted, complete with the hat and bandana.

GW: The movie takes place in Fort Worth. But your name sounds like an Italian mobster.

DR: Well I guess now he’s an Italian Cowboy mobster. Carlucci is a totally disreputable character. He’s a business man, but wow, what a business.

GW: As the guy who runs the Long Term Parking Lot he probably sees a lot of parked cars.

DR: And dead bodies.

GW: It’s quite a racket.

DR: The script was irreverent you bet – but also very different from most things I’ve worked on, and that makes it all the more enjoyable as an an actor.

GW: How did you get involved in the film?

DR: I’ve known Paul for many years – I first met him shortly after I moved to the Lockhart area after living in Grapevine, Texas for 15 years. I went to an audition for a play at the Baker Theater. We’d run into each other at the grocery store every so often. He asked me to do a video read for the film.

GW: A lot of auditions are done by video now.

DR: I was able to do it at the saloon on my ranch. I literally dismounted my horse, tied him up at the hitching post in front of the saloon and walked in to do the audition shot by my neighbor Donnie Barkmeyer (a cinematographer and rodeo photographer.)

GW: You filmed in Smithville, about an hour from your ranch. How was the shoot?

DR: I wish all the shoots I worked on were as much fun. The other actors were fantastic – I worked with Tony (Bottorff), David (Young), Gary (Mahmoud), and Natasha (Straley). It was a really enjoyable experience. I’ve worked with many actors in the past, both as an actor, and also as a crew member. I must say working with these individuals was a highlight.

GW: We’ll be seeing you on the silver screen at the premiere in downtown Houston May 23rd. Are you planning to ride to the convention center on horseback?

DR: In Houston traffic? Are you kidding? I have more respect for my horse than subjecting her to that.

Tony Bottorff Riding High on Long Term Parking

Reprinted from Hollywood Movie Times
ComicPalooza Tony Bottorff
by Robyn Washington

Tony Bottorff made a noticeable entrance the other day when he rode into the parking lot on his 2015 Harley Sportster and tossed the keys to the valet. A risky move to trust that much horsepower to a teenager in a red vest. Needless to say, they didn’t attempt to move it and the bike sat in full view of the entrance to Abacus, our Dallas dinner spot on McKinney Avenue.

Bottorff’s newest comedy, Long Term Parking, is quite a “tail wagger.” We sat down to discuss the movie and his career.

RW: The role you play in this film is a departure from your other roles in film. Did you need to do anything to prepare to play this part?

TB: I wish I could say I did, but I let this one develop organically. I had Boston worked up fairly solid but knew from past experience that Paul Bright (film director) knows what he wants, so the first day of shooting kind of set the tone for Boston. Had I known it was going to be 38 degrees with a 30 MPH wind during my make out scene with Lisa (Sosa), I would have practiced bumping uglies in a meat locker with an industrial fan blowing on me.

RW: That’s quite a visual. Did anything go wrong during filming?

TB: Oh yeah. The weather would be hot one day and butt ass freezing the next. I think we all got sick before it was done. The one I remember was shooting with Gary Mahmoud in his office. I had to drink shots of Jameson, and trust me, I’m a cheap date when it comes to drinking. I’m asking Paul if we have some apple juice or something and he says, “I’ve got a case of Jameson, enjoy.” So I’m getting toasted before lunch, they’re fogging the office with this fog machine so thick it looks like the steam room at the YMCA, and Gary Mahmoud is killing me with his improv. I can’t keep a straight face to save me. I’ll tell you something, this was one of those film shoots where there was as much comedy between takes as there was during the shot.

RW: Can I spill the beans and tell people your character is a dog?

TB: I’m not a dog.

RW: Okay, partly a dog.

TB: Boston Nightly is a gumshoe bounty hunter who’s a true ‘guy’s guy’. He doesn’t sweat the small stuff and takes things in stride, loves his Jameson, neat, and his women hot. Nothing gets him worked up, not even looking down the wrong end of a gun barrel. He’s got a fun sense of humor, even when the jokes on him, which given his dog tail, is most of the time in this film.

RW: So you do admit your character has a dog tail.

TB: And teeth.

RW: This movie is very irreverent. What was your first thought when you read the script?

TB: My first thought? Well, I get an email from Paul saying he’s doing a film and I’d be PERFECT for the role of Boston. So I can’t wait to read it, right? I start reading and I’m killed on page three. I’m like ‘what the hell?’ I kept reading and was laughing out loud with the dialogue. My second thought, “Hey, I get to have sex in this! Bring it on!”

RW: What was it like to work with the other actors?

TB: It was awesome! This is my third film with Paul, and he never fails to assemble a great group of actors. Lisa and I had great chemistry! She would crack me up with her delivery even on the third take. And David Young and Gary Lee Mahmoud are comic geniuses. I would bust a gut laughing every day. Seriously, I couldn’t hold it together every time David would say “Do the dingus.”

RW: Should I ask?

TB: You gotta see it. Joel Hudgins, Brandon Gallagher, Dan Murphy, and Mary Farrar are awesome. And Natasha Straley, wow! She’s got perfect comedic timing and I get love scenes with her too? I’m like, thank you Mike Kearby for writing this!

RW: Mike Kearby’s original novel of the same name has a devoted fan club.

TB: I read Mike Kearby’s book several times before the shoot started. The guy writes so expressively. I mean, he’s got more names for bullets than guys have for their Johnson. The book is never boring and his fans have got to be just as awesome! He’s a cool guy. He came to the set when we shot at the bar. He’s the kind of guy you’d like to have a drink with and swap stories.

RW: Sounds like you’ve got a lot of stories to swap.

TB: Oh yeah. But not to print. It was a fun shoot. When you have a great group of actors that enjoy what they do and a director that let’s you have fun exploring the characters, you don’t want it to end.

LISA RENE SOSA OPENS UP ABOUT LONG TERM PARKING COMEDY MOVIE

Reprinted from Movie Times

by Eugene Stryker, Movies Today

We sat down with Lisa Rene Sosa at her favorite lunchspot in San Marcos, Texas overlooking the swimmers and tubers on the river to talk about her upcoming comedy film Long Term Parking.ComicPalooza Lisa Sosa

MT: In your newest movie you took a big departure from the dramatic roles of the past to play an outrageously funny character, Chel Caminetti. Tell us about her.

LRS: Chel’s a real ball buster. A big personality, blunt, irreverent and I use Boston (the film’s hero) for my own gains. Although I have a thing for him I’m not afraid to shoot him a couple of times to figure out what his game is. I like to think that Chel is the heart of Long Term Parking.

MT: You do shoot him, more than a couple times. But somehow he keeps coming back for more. What was it like to work with Tony Bottorff, who plays Boston Nightly in the film?

LRS: I LOVED working with Tony! From the very first day when I met him I knew we were going to get along great. Tony was easy going, open and funny — great things for an actress who also needs to kiss her leading man after just meeting him. I also loved working with everyone else, Joel Lane Hudgins, David Young, the entire cast. It was wonderful to see how everyone’s character evolved from what I read in the script to the actual actor performances.

MT: We got a sneak peak of the film at Movies Today, and it’s terrific! The director, Paul Bright, was right on target with the casting.

LRS: I don’t often audition or portray characters like Chel, and it was a real privilege to be cast as someone who’s her own woman AND a sexpot too. The script was funny, and some of my lines are my favorite from the films I’ve been in so far. I couldn’t wait to see how it would all come together. The more irreverent the better!

MT: Mike Kearby’s novel that was adapted for film has got a devoted following, I think probably because it’s so irreverent.

LRS: I am so looking forward to meeting the fans of Mike’s book. It’s great when there’s such a cult following with people who know the characters just as well as the actors do.

MT: What was it like to shoot the movie?

LRS: So we filmed over two weeks in December. Being in Texas our falls are pretty mild. Well, the first week was so hot. I mean it felt like summer really. But I thought at least we’re not freezing. Well, I spoke way too soon. That second week of filming felt like we were up north. I’ll never forget my last day of filming when we were at the storage facility. I was wearing this beautiful mink coat that Mary (Farrar) let me borrow and when Paul yelled “action” I’d take it off real quick, throw it to Mary, and film the scene.

MT: You’re kidding? You filmed those scenes wearing a skimpy blouse during a Blue Norther?

LRS: Paul would yell “cut” and I’d put the coat back on, and we’d all jump into the car to warm up before we had to get out and film again. We all took our turns getting sick. Within those two weeks I got sick, Tony got sick, so did Paul and Patrick (Henderson – sound recordist). Not the easiest thing to work when you’re sick AND have to do it when the weather wasn’t great. But we all soldiered on and finished our movie.

MT: Watching the film I guessed you were all joking around a lot. You had to be for you to play the part so naturally.

LRS: I needed to be comfortable being a loud personality, and showing off my body more than I’m used to. I let “Chel” lead me throughout filming, but I definitely took advantage of wearing fitted clothes. The longer I was on set the more I felt comfortable with both aspects of my character.

MT: Are you familiar with the song “June is Bustin’ Out All Over?” Your costume fit, ahem, very well. It sounds like a great shoot.

LRS:
Being on set for this film was amazing. Paul and Tony were so inviting which makes any working situation a pleasure to be a part of. I hated leaving set at the end of each day, and couldn’t wait to get to work the next day. That’s when you know you love what you’re doing.

MT: And we love what you’re doing, too.

Long Term Parking premieres at Houston’s ComicPalooza on Saturday, May 23rd at 8:00pm.

World Premiere at ComicPalooza!

You are invited to the World Premiere of LONG TERM PARKING May 23, 2015 at 8:00pm at ComicPalooza in Houston, Texas!

Be the first to see the feature film before anyone else! Get autographs from the stars of the film! General seating is limited and restricted to ComicPalooza passholders.

ComicPalooza Passes available now.

LONG TERM PARKING is the racy, sexy, riotous comedy based on Mike Kearby’s crime novel about a dogged bounty hunter who’s chased by two women who love him to death.  Literally.ComicPalooza LTP Poster

PLUS director Paul Bright will be screening three additional feature films and leading numerous workshops at ComicPalooza. Here’s your chance to meet him in person!