It was hot. It was Sunday. Yet we had a blast during the DOG DAYS Red Carpet movie premiere in the City of Angels. This has been one of the most memorable high profile events in the past year for me. The reason behind it is the celebrities, directors, writers and guests were so easy to talk to, ask questions and take a ton of selfies. I loved this Red Carpet that felt like home, like a family get-together with your best friends that just happened to be big movie stars.
DOG DAYS movie is so well written and acted out, that you would be asking for more long before its ending! The movie was beyond all of my expectations. This romantic comedy that has many unveiling stories integrated into one BIG, LOVING storyline. And every step of the way, Dogs are a huge part of it!
This is movie is so emotionally charged. You will need a lot of Kleenex and an endless power to laugh, too. Producer Pete Shilaimon (The Miracle Season, I Can Only Imagine, Risen), summed up what this movie is all about.
It’s the ultimate love story between people and their pets and has so many storylines that connect people together. People meet each other through their dogs, and you get to enter their world and what they’re going through. I want people to walk away ultimately feeling that we all need each other — we need our pets, and we need the people in our lives.
I feel the expression ‘Love makes the world go ’round’ should really be changed to, ‘Dogs make the world go ’round’! This film is all about the fact that everyone needs love, no matter who you are, or what you do – everyone craves love, and the companionship of an animal provides that. It’s a special bond, and we tried to capture that feeling. Sometimes you might find yourself in a situation or end up in a relationship with a person because of your dog that you wouldn’t have had otherwise. It brings unlikely people together. – NINA DOBREV
EVA Longoria Is Your Favorite Actress & Activist In Real Life
Eva Longoria is one of my top actresses I’ve been fan of for a long time. She plays Grace in the movie, a mother with a newly-adopted child.
She’ll do anything to make things right, her house right. She almost over-corrects everything, and her husband Kurt has to try and pull her back into normalcy. All she wants to do is give this girl a happy and loving home, and when a beautiful little dog comes along, it helps to changes the family dynamic. – EVA LONGORIA
Did you know that Eva Longoria recently celebrated eleven years as a Global Brand Ambassador for L’Oreal Paris? She owns the production company UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, recently launched her first fashion line The Eva Longoria Collection which recently showed at NYFW, has a home collection line with JCPenney, a New York Times bestselling cookbook Eva’s Kitchen and created the fragrances “EVA” and “EVAmour.
Eva Longoria’s greatest work however is as a champion of women, the Latino community and youth with special needs. Longoria established The Eva Longoria Foundation (ELF) to help Latinas build better futures for themselves and their families through education and entrepreneurship. She also co-founded Eva’s Heroes in 2006, an organization in San Antonio that helps teens and young adults with intellectual special needs to integrate into and flourish in society. Longoria is also the spokesperson for Padres Contra el Cancer, a nonprofit organization that is committed to improving the quality of life for Latino children with cancer and their families.
The Hollywood Reporter named Eva Longoria Philantropist of the Year. She was also honored by Variety with a Lifetime Achievment Award for their Power of Women issue. Here are some more activism awards this truly amazing actress has been honored with:
• Dorothy I. Height Racial Justice Award by the YWCA USA
• the Norma Zarky Humanitarian Award from the Women in Film
• the National Hispanic Foundation for the Art’s Horizon Award
• the Latina Visionary and Community Empowerment Award by the Hispanic Women’s Corporatio
• the Texas Medal of Arts Multimedia Award from the Texas Cultural trust Council
• the NHLI Mujer/Chair Awar
• the Corazones Unidos award from the American Heart Association
• the Hope of Los Angeles Award from the Mayor of Los Angeles, and
• the Cesar Chavez Legacy Awards by the Cesar Chavez Foundation
ROB Corddry Plays A Very Different Rold in DOG DAYS
Who doesn’t love ROB CORDDRY? DOG DAYS has him in a very different role, as a father of the newly adopted child. Being a husband to Eva Longoria’s character Grace in the movie, Rob Corddry portrays his character with much care. He allows us, people in the audience, to see the couple’s efforts and emotions grow as the film goes on.
Kurt and Grace’s daughter is a little slow to warm up to them, and they’re probably trying a bit too hard. But for their part, they’re a little nervous. And when they find a dog, they maybe don’t try as hard as they probably should to find the owner. – ROB CORDDRY
NINA Dobrev Brings Her Love for Animals Into DOG DAYS
Do you know much about actress Nina Dobrev when it comes to her feature roles and films? Well, she is one of the young rising Hollywood stars that has already accumulated a ton of fans and following on her social media. She was born in Bulgaria and moved to Canada at age two, but now she lives in Los Angelese. Nina will be seen in her new films DOG DAYS and LUCKY DAY, plus in the CBS comedy FAM coming this Fall.
Here’s a short list where you could search and discover Nina Dobrev’s achievement as an actress:
• She was last seen in Sony’s highly anticipated re-imagining of the 1980’s cult classic Flatliners
• Sony Pictures comedy Crashpad opposite Christina Applegate and Domhnall Gleeson
• The action-packed Paramount Pictures’ film xXx: The Return of Xander Cage opposite Vin Diesel, where she plays tech expert “Becky” in the franchise’s third installment
• Groundswell Productions’ The Final Girls, which was released by Sony Pictures in October 2015 and premiered at the 2015 SXSW Festival
• Dobrev also starred opposite Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. in the Twentieth Century Fox comedy Let’s Be Cops, which opened #1 in August 2014.
• Nina Dobrev costarred in Summit Entertainment film Perks of Being a Wallflower written and directed by Stephen Chbosky
• Other film credits include Screen Gems’ The Roommate with Leighton Meester and Minka Kelly
• Montecito Pictures’ Chloe with Julianne Moore, Amanda Seyfried and Liam Neeson
• The Killing Game with Kellan Lutz and Samuel L. Jackson
• Fugitive Pieces with Ayelet Zurer and Rosamund Pike
• Away from Her with Julie Christie, and
• The Poet
You probably know Nina Dobrev by The Vampire Diaries, where she starred as fan favorite doppelgangers “Elena Gilbert” and “Katherine Pierce.” Her other television credits include lead roles on Degrassi: The Next Generation and MTV’s The American Mall, as well as a guest appearance on Eleventh Hour.
Tone Bell is hilarious in DOG DAYS! He comes from the stand-up comedy world where he truly rules. He will be shooting his one-hour comedy special Spring this year for Showtime.
You may recognize him from the Netflix original comedy series Disjointed, where he stars opposite Kathy Bates.
I really enjoyed his role as Jimmy in this new movie DOG DAYS. He plays his character against Nina Dobrev, and both make this duet a stellar one.
VANESSA Hudgens Is A Modest Tara in DOG DAYS
I love the side I saw in Vanessa Hudgens in this new DOG DAYS movie! Looking to branch out and take on some new roles, this young actress truly shows her versatility and unique interpretation of banal situations.
Her early roles in such productions as Evita, Carousel, The Wizard of Oz, The King and I, The Music Man, Cinderella and Damn Yankees gave Vanessa the opportunity to showcase her impressive singing and acting skills.
Two Men Playing Opposite Each Other
You will absolutely love these two actors: Michael Cassidy (Dr. Mike) and Jon Bass (Garrett) who make their characters so believing with their brilliant talent and skill that you would fall for both in no time. During the DOG DAYS Red Carpet Movie Premiere, they were so approachable, shared funny moments with the guests, and exuded their genuine human side. Absolutely enjoyed both of them.
Jon Bass is quickly making a name for himself as one of Hollywood’s most versatile, up-and-coming talents, showing an eclectic range across mediums and genres. Bass will soon begin production on the TBS anthology comedy series Miracle Workers opposite Steve Buscemi and Daniel Radcliffe. He most recently starred in the scene-stealing role of “Ronnie Greenbaum” in Paramount’s high-octane film adaption of the hit television series Baywatch, alongside Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron with Seth Gordon directing. This follows his brilliant performance as ACLU lawyer “Phil Hirschkop” in Jeff Nichols’ Academy Award-nominated drama Loving opposite Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga.
Michael Cassidy can currently be seen as a series regular on the TBS alien abduction comedy People of Earth. Recent film credits include Mitch Davis’ The Stray, Night of the Living Deb, Batman vs. Superman and Argo directed by Ben Affleck. Television credits include a three-season run as “Tyler” on the TBS comedy Men at Work in addition to appearances and series regular roles on Masters of Sex, Scandal, Castle, and The Magicians, Smallville, Privileged, and The O.C.
DOGS Stars in the DOG DAYS Movie
You will see a lot of dogs in the movie. And you shall fall in love with all of them. Each one of them has their character and performance edge, too.
The “performer dogs” on set were also a force to be reckoned with, and all were cared for with complete respect. Mark Harden, a senior animal trainer at the Los Angeles-based Animals for Hollywood coordinated the dog action on the Dog Days set. He says the film’s cast, crew and production company were committed to making sure the performer animals were treated well. Animals for Hollywood provided not just three of the five main canine cast but also worked with fifty “background dogs” for various scenes in the film. When Harden read the script and saw the personality of Charlie — the dog Ruth gives to her brother Dax — he suggested one pooch performer specifically. “I rarely push to cast a certain dog,” says Harden, “but our labradoodle Tucker had the perfect personality to play Charlie. That was awesome, because he’s a lot of fun to work with, and he really is the character.”
As for Elizabeth’s dog Sam, Harden saw the range that was required and recommended another special dog. “In the script, Sam is supposed to be sad, and reflects Elizabeth’s emotions after her breakup and during her dating issues with Jimmy. So the dog is on a little bit of an emotional rollercoaster, and that’s what our dog Benny could do; he can look really sad, because he’s got a bit of dachshund in him, and then he can look happy and exuberant. He’s a lot of fun.”
For Walter’s dog, there was a different challenge. “Mabel has an arc in her character where she has to lose weight after she’s been separated from Walter, so we cast two different Mabels,” says Harden. “One of them was our pug Gracie, who is a normal size and shape. Then we had to go and find a different pug that was a bit overweight, but still healthy and able to be trained. We found one and had her for about five weeks. They were both awesome.”
Leading the Pack In DOG DAYS Is Director KEN MARINO
Director KEN MARINO began his comedy path in early 1990s, being a member of the influential comedy troupe THE STATE and through productions of Veronica Mars, Reaper, Children’s Hospital, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Jumping to film, Marino has delighted audiences both onscreen and behind the scenes of Wet Hot American Summer (and its sequels Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp and Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later).
Every pack needs a leader, and the Dog Days team had their own Alpha Dog when Ken Marino signed on to direct. Having Ken Marino at the helm made Dog Days an experience its cast members loved! They all marvel how fun and funny Ken Marino was at the set.
Ken is such a great director, and he brought in so many great comedians to Dog Days. I think you could take the dogs out of the movie, and it would still be a hysterically funny comedy. – Mikey Liddell, Producer
Ken’s not only an actor’s director, but he’s also a comedian’s director. He is so funny, and as a director, he just gets it. He really understands the heart of certain moments. He gets the funny, he gets the ‘go for it’ attitude, he gets the ‘let’s keep this scene tight and make it special’ thing. We worked on a few shows together, and you know something is funny when a guy like Ken, who is really funny himself, laughs at it. – Tone Bell
First of all, Ken is hysterical – we all know that through watching his work. And as a director, he’s hysterical as well. He keeps things really light on set. He’s supportive and really cares – he’ll sit with you and rewrite scenes. He’s just a blast to be around. – Vanessa Hudgens
Some of the most hilarious characters in DOG DAYS are Phoebe Neidhardt (Alexa, the Weather Channel Person), Jessica St. Clair (Ruth, Dax’ sister), Lauren Lapkus (Daisy, Tara’s friend), Tig Notaro (Danielle, the animal therapist). You need to watch the movie to truly appreciate these individual roles! During the Red Carpet event, I had a magical time meeting these actresses. That was the dream come true.
Watch the movie in the theater near or and be on the lookout for an upcoming DVD, too! It will make the nicest gift idea ever. Plus, this movie is the best guarantee the entire family will have a movie night of a lifetime.