Kellan Lutz Talks New FOX Competition Series “Bullseye”

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(PCM) In the new ultimate challenge competition “Bullseye”, host Kellan Lutz and co-host Godfrey welcome eight contestants as they participate in three levels of extraordinary challenges, all of which involve using their bodies like human darts. At the end of the night, the contestant who comes out on top will win $50,000 in the all-new Series Premiere episode of “Bullseye” airing Wednesday, May 27 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

We had an opportunity to catch up with “Bullseye” host Kellan Lutz to give us the inside scoop on the new series. Find out what he has to say below:

On what attracted him to the series

Kellan Lutz: Everything. I am an adventure, risk taking junkie at heart, and I just live for action movies. That’s why I do a plethora of action movies. I just love driving fast cars, shooting guns, doing fight scenes, and layering that with crazy stunts like Expendables 3, where I got to ride my motorcycle up eight stories. So, any time I can do something that really makes me push my comfort zone to the max, that’s what real life living is to me.

When Jon Kroll, an amazing producer, brought this to my attention, I saw this as a rule that he had. And I was just floored that they could get a way, production value of making these stunts, because a lot of the stunts that he showed me excelled way past any stunts I’ve ever done in my movies. So, being a part of the show, I wanted to be on the show and I said, “When can I do the stunts?” And he was like, “Well, we’d like you to host it because we know this is right up your alley.” And I’d never hosted before, so I took a little bit of time and I thought about it, and it made sense because how I look at my career is I want to do stuff that I’m passionate about, stuff that just is me, is Kellan.

And hosting a show like this, it just seems right. It seems right up my alley. I’d be really excited every day with every new stunt. And I’m a people person, so I just love encouraging other people to step outside of their comfort zone and push their limits, and really live life the way that I love living, so the show’s very organic for myself.

And also asking them, and the studio, Fox and Endemol if I’d be able to participate and partake in some of the stunts, they were hesitant at first, but they knew that that was the deciding factor for me. I couldn’t just sit on the sidelines and watch everyone else have fun. So, they agreed and we’re off to the races.

This whole project has been such an amazing experience, and I love every day on set. There’s always amazing contestants, and there’s always a new stunt that Scott Larsen creates, and the whole company creates. And the crew’s worked together on Wipeout and Fear Factor before, so I really stepped into a great family unit and they welcomed me with open arms. Then I get to do it with Godfrey who has us cracking up on set. So, the energy on set is just unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.

On what he learned about being a host

Kellan Lutz: When you’re acting you usually have lines, and you know what you’re saying or what the scenes are about. When you’re fighting you have choreography, so you know when to punch, or when to shoot the gun, and when to hit the brakes so you don’t crash, or fall off a cliff. Hosting, it’s very ad lib and very organic, so it’s great to have a co-star like Godfrey, like I said, who’s a comedian by nature, and he just pulls tons of stuff out of his little rabbit hat.

For me, I love talking to people. I love encouraging them to do these stunts. It’s a place where I can be me, a place where audiences and the contestants can see my excitement for these stunts, and also my science background and physics background with knowing how to describe the stunts.

Also, I’m not supposed to give advice, so I don’t give advice, but afterward most contestants would ask me, “How would you do this?” “Would you do this?” And then I get my little nerdy science background out and talk about velocity, speed, and trajectory, and really break it down scientifically how I might go about doing it. But at the end of the day, you’ve just got to have instinct, and strategy, and a lot of good hand-eye contact, and reaction speed.

On which stunts were the most fun and interesting

Kellan Lutz: Every single one is. It doesn’t matter if we have a helicopter, or a train, or a boat, each and every one is something out of a kid’s drawing book. That’s how I feel like. I feel like I used to draw these and make crazy little stunts on my pad of paper, but you can never really turn them into a reality due to budget, right? As a kid you’d always want to do these things, you were kind of fearless, and Scott Larsen and everyone that’s a part of Bullseye, now we get to make those dreams a reality.

So, the stunts that really stick out to me, one’s called the Corkscrew. This one we lift our contestants up to about 30 feet up in the air, we start spinning them as they’re dangling from this crane like a tire swing, as one would when they’re on a playground, you just spin them until they either fly off or throw up, none of that happens on our set, but you let go of the rope and they start swinging.

And slowly they’re lowered down to a very thin balance beam, and as soon as they land on the balance beam they’re supposed to collect their bearings and just walk, balance themselves, towards one end of the beam, unlatch a bullseye, a small target, and walk all the way to the other end of the beam, roughly 15 feet, 20 feet, and put on the giant bullseye. Now, they’re supposed to do this three times.
And the funny thing about it is, as soon as they touch down the time starts. Once their toes touch the balance beam everyone, they look like they’re Bambi, or they look like they’re just wasted, like they had just drank, and they would shake. They would just sit there trying to catch their bearings while dangling on this balance beam that’s 100 feet up in the air over a cliff. And they would just freeze and shake like nothing I’ve ever seen before.

And some of the contestants would fall off, but they wouldn’t plummet to their death. This is a very safe, safe show. But they would fall about three feet where they then would have to grab this rope ladder and maneuver themselves on this net back to the big bullseye, climb back up, and start from the very beginning.

You’d never see that coming. Again, you would expect them to be a little dizzy, but not to the extent that they were. One contestant lost his shoes. He kicked one off, and then kicked the other one off and did it with his socks on. Another one fell off. Another one had to get down to his hands and knees to make it. It was just very intense.

I get to stand there in reality, which was 30 feet away, feeling like I was right next to them doing the stunt. You have that “Oh no” moment when they slip off and fall, and then they catch themselves and bring themselves back up. But then also that one was a timed stunt, so you want them to go as fast as they can. And you’re just like, “Oh, you have to hurry. You have to hurry and then do it.” And then we get to give away $50,000 to whoever wins that.

Another fun one was, we have contestants running on top of an old school train that’s going about 40 miles an hour down the track. And trains are already shaky when you’re inside, well, try riding on top of one and also be racing against the clock. So, you’re having these contestants, again, not really knowing how to keep their balance and engage their core, jumping from car to car, going down ladders, ripping off bullseyes, and climbing back up the cars.

Then for the final one they have to run onto the engine part of the car and jump about five feet off the front of the engine while it’s driving straight to grab a bonus bullseye. If they get the bonus bullseye that will take away 30 seconds on their clock, so they jump without any fear, or with fear, or whatever encourages them to do that, and then they smack dab right into the center of the bullseye that’s on the front of the engine, because they’re on a little leash system. So, they get the wind knocked out of them, but it’s like, well, are you going to risk it for the 30 seconds off your clock? Of course, because there’s $50,000 on the line.

Another one, our contestants are scaling a 35-story building on the outside and they have to rappel down, use their momentum, much like Mission Impossible, or Tom Cruise would do, to pull themselves on these thin, finger-tipped panels to swing themselves to get these bullseyes.

And our contestants aren’t all fearless. They aren’t all adventure-seeking daredevils. Two of them during that stunt had issues of heights, vertigo, but of course they’d push themselves to do it because they wanted to beat that fear and of course they wanted the $50,000.

Then another fun one was our dune buggy rollover, which it’s just a little car that they’ve rigged up so as soon as you accelerate, you have to brake hard, the whole car flips. It does a full 360. And if you land close to the center of the bullseye, you potentially move on to the next round.

And then we do stuff on the water as well, where they have to jump from semi to semi as the semis are careening down this airfield. And slowly the semis separate, so the distance and due to fatigue make it harder and harder to jump from semi to semi. And then we have somewhere they have to jump from a semi to a floating bullseye in the water 30 feet below while being blasted by water cannons.

We just add so much to the show that no one could ever replicate this in their normal life, or a normal ride. So, each and every one is so different, but so exciting in their own way.

On what he will bring to hosting “Bullseye” and also how much the audience will get to know him

Kellan Lutz: For me, you do these roles as an actor, and especially Twilight, Emmett wasn’t the sharpest tool in the shed. He was the protector of the family. Then I’m seen with shirt off in a lot of other movies, so maybe people see me as a dimwitted, beefhead, which I can play those roles, I’m glad that they’re believable, but I also have some brains to me and I do a lot of science and math stuff, especially with my inventions in my normal life.

But being a part of the show, we have fans that are contestants, and they’re still fannish. I’ll have guys and girls jump on me and give me a giant bear hug, and say, “Oh, my God, it’s a dream come true.” It warms my heart. And I get to be personable, just chat with these people from every walk of life, 70-year-olds, high schoolers, single moms, war veterans, people currently in the military, and I just get to be me, so if they have a question. I hang out with the cast, I ask them on and off camera about themselves, what they would do with the money, how living in LA is. I get to know them in a personal way.

I’ve always been that way, just growing up with a large family, being a middle child, and my mom was a great mother, and really instilled those qualities in me. And I just love people, so being a part of a show where we constantly have a new gathering of contestants that I get to talk to, and they ask me fun questions, and I get to talk to them about the science behind these stunts afterwards, and give them my point of view of how I would do it. Then we joke around all the time. We have Godfrey on set, and he and I we get to poke at each other, and we’re a good little duo. And just being around the cast as well, it’s just a really great time on set.

I think the audience will see that I am just a guy who loves driving fast cars, and flying through the air, and lighting stuff on fire. I’m a guy from the Midwest, so I’m personable, and we have a lot of time to showcase that. And it’s just me being me.

On maintaining his physique and physical fitness

Kellan Lutz: I have this running joke with one of my best friends, Chris Wolf, who is a bodybuilder. And he and I always joke around and call each other “skinny” as if the biggest diss ever to a guy who likes being big and known as a big guy.

I’m weighing 200 right now at 6’1”. I think for me, I have a really good muscle memory that comes from just ever since I was a little kid always being outside and being active, and then playing sports. I think it’s really important for our youth to be outside and to start teaching your muscles, and then keep that muscle memory, so when you can’t work out you still are able to recoup that once you can go back in the gym. But more importantly, find a way of working out or being active that you enjoy and that you want to do.

But for me it’s really strange, I shoot Bullseye in LA, and I’ve only worked out once, maybe twice in about two months. It’s weird because you would think you’d have tons of time to work out on set, you’re just hosting a show, but really I’m always there with the contestants. I’m always chatting with them. When you’re doing a movie you have an hour between scenes, so I can go back to the trailer and do some pushups, or pick up some sandbags and do some curls. But on this show it’s really hard because I get to set two hours beforehand because we’re about 40 miles away, so I hate traffic, so I’ll just leave at 6:00 a.m., bypass traffic, crash out in my trailer, you shoot until about 6:00 p.m., and then you drive home.

And by the time you’re home you’re just tired, you’re zonked out being outside. I love being outside under the sun, but then again the sun zaps your energy. So, yes, for me, and also I don’t need to be big right now. I can easily get back to it, but I’m not doing Hercules in 3D, where you need to have that God-like mass.

On any particularly memorable “Bullseye” contestants 

Kellan Lutz: Brent will always forever be memorable because this guy, he’s 70, 7-0, years old.

And on the show he could do the splits. I’m like, “Hey, so what do you like to do?” He was like, “Oh, I’ll show you,” and just jumps down in the middle and does the splits. I can’t even do the splits. I’m like what the heck. Then he had the most amazing, beautiful energy I’ve ever seen. And I just pray that when I’m 70 that I can look like him, have the energy like he does. He rides a unicycle, juggles while he does it. He even then lifted his shirt and said he could massage his colon, and we’re like “What? Where are you from?” And he was the best. He lost. I want to be friends with him. He was just such a positive energy anywhere he goes. He was just really, really special.

Who else was there? This guy named Chris who works with, I believe the charity’s called Happy Humans, he and I connected a lot via our charities and all the good stuff that he’s doing. So, we’re going to collaborate together and make some T-shirts and help support each other on that.

Who else was there? There’s so many. Rodney was awesome, some of these guys, Tasha, the ones that really surprised me are the ones who are gamers, because my little brother, Tanner, he loves playing games, he’s 17 and plays games. The gamers that we have on the show, they have been beating out our athletes.

On any upcoming project in the works

Kellan Lutz:  It’s great to be a part of this show, and shoot in LA, and sleep in my bed, but I am getting the itch to act and become a character again and shoot in a random part of the world, because I love to travel.

So, next up for me I get to collaborate again with one of my most favorite directors that I’ve worked with, Steven C. Miller. We had just shot Extraction with Bruce Willis, and we’re teaming up again to shoot The Feud. And The Feud is going to go, I think we’re shooting in Michigan somewhere in July, so that’s a really great rendition, revenge movie, kind of in the vein of The Raid, but taking place in a barn in, it’s supposed to be Iowa, but I think we’re now doing it in Michigan.

So, a lot of fun action work for me. I’ve got this thriller, I can’t really name the name right now, that I’m going to be doing in the Hamptons all of June, so that’s coming up. So, there’s that one. Then I’m really excited for another action movie based on the book called Sandstorm by Alan L. Lee, and that’s going to be shooting for three months in Germany, in Cologne, Berlin, and Munich, and then another week in Costa Rica, I believe. I’m really excited about that one. That book is an awesome book. He’s already writing the sequel, so I’m pumped. I would love to have my own action franchise trilogy to do myself. That would be a dream role.

Then on the side I’m working on my inventions, and just continue to make upgrades to the Blackout Bands,the Whip Weight, and then designing the clothing line, Abbot and Main. So, I stay busy.

 

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VAMPS Bring Adrenaline And Excitement To Rock On The Range

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(PCM) Fresh off their recent tour with opening up for Sixx:A.M. VAMPS brought a rush of pure adrenaline and excitement to the Rock On The Range audience. Once this band hits the stage, you are immediately mesmerized by their performance and they are certainly a band that is continuing to generate a ton of positive buzz here in the U.S.

These Japanese rockers are currently touring behind their latest album release “BloodSuckers” available now via Spinefarm Records and we absolutely can’t wait to see what they have in-store next!

We had a chance to catch with both Hyde and K.A.Z of VAMPS to chat about the band’s recent tour with Sixx:A.M., fans in the States, music festivals and just what’s next for the band overall.

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Live Brings A Spirited Performance To Rock On The Range

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(PCM) Seeing Live perform on the main stage at this year’s Rock On The Range was like catching up with a dear old friend you haven’t seen in a few years and feeling as if no time has passed at all. The band’s music has a timeless appeal and without a doubt Live’s music was a crucial influence on the type of music fan I am today.

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Front man Chris Shinn took control of the stage and led the audience through many of the band’s hits such as “I Alone”, “Lightning Crashes” and my personal favorite “Lakini’s Juice” to name a few. The band’s energy and stage presence was right on point and just like their music, Live as a band has certainly withstood the test of time.

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I had a chance to catch up with both Patrick Dahlheimer and Chad Gracey to talk about the continued positive feedback for the band’s latest album release “Turn”, changes in the music industry, the band’s business endeavors in Pennsylvania and more!  Full interview can be viewed below:

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George Clooney Takes Us To ‘Tomorrowland’

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If you’ve been to one of the Disney theme parks, you’ve had a glimpse of what Tomorrowland looks like. Now the idea of what the future holds in store has been put into movie form with the mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” in which a jaded scientist (George Clooney as Frank) and an optimistic teen (Britt Robertson as Casey) embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as Tomorrowland. What they must do there changes the world — and them– forever.

At the press conference for the Memorial Day weekend-release, Clooney spoke to reporters about what “Tomorrowland” means to him, its message — and showed off his sense of humor as he pokes fun at himself and reporters who try to get Clooney to talk about his future.

At the heart of this movie is a really big idea, which is powerful. You’ve made a lot of bold films in your career, particularly the more political ones, but this one is right up there. Do you see it that way?

Putting me in a summer movie is a very bold thought. First and foremost, I think it’s a really bold thing for Disney to be willing to do a film that isn’t a sequel, and isn’t a comic book, and to really invest in a summer film of this ilk.

The fun part of it for me is when you read the screenplay — although, I have to say so we’re clear — Damon [Lindelof] and [Brad Bird] showed up at my house. They said, “We’ve got a part we’ve written for you.” Then I open it up and the description of the character is: 55-year-old has-been. I’m going, “Hang on a minute. Which part am I reading for?” It said: Boy genius, who has gotten bitter in his old age.

But I just love the idea that we live in a world right now where you turn on your television set and it is rough out there. I’s not fun and it can wear on you after a period of time. We see generations feeling now as if they’re hopeless in a way. What I love about it is it speaks to the idea that your future is not pre-ordained and pre-destined. If you’re involved a single voice can make a difference. I happen to believe in that. So I love the theme, the idea that there is still so much that we can all do to make things better.

Does the arc in the move about the struggle for hope relate to a struggle that you personally have? How do you relate to that in the particular context of this movie?

I grew up during the Cold War period and I always found that although we thought the world would end in a nuclear holocaust at some point, everybody was pretty hopeful. There were an awful lot of things going on that so you felt you could effect change. I grew up in an era where the voice, the power of the one, really did feel as if it mattered. Obviously, we had the riots similar to what we are looking at today, similar to the Civil Rights movement, and we had Vietnam and we had the Women’s Rights movement. All those things that you felt you could have some part of actually changing. If you look at those things that changed in the ’60s and early ’70s, individual voices did make a huge difference. It wasn’t governments doing it necessarily.

I didn’t ever have that great disappointment in mankind. I always felt it was going to work out in the end, and I still feel that way. So, what I loved about the film was that it reminds you that young people don’t wake up … they aren’t born and start out their lives cynical or angry or bigoted, they have to be taught all of those things. I watch the world now and see really good signs from young people out there. I feel as if the world will get better. I always have been an optimist. I’ve been a realist, but I’m an optimist about it. I really related to the film because Brad and Damon want to tell a story that is entertaining — because first and foremost this is entertainment — but I have always felt that way myself, so I didn’t have any great conflict with it.

The message of the film is to contribute to make a better world of the future. What do you do to make this world better?

I think you need to participate in whatever way you can. There is a funny thing about careers in a strange way, which is as you are working, as time goes on and you become more comfortable in your career path and things are starting to make sense and it isn’t just about trying to work, you are able to focus on other things and other people. Particularly in this line of work, where there is a lot of attention focused on you that you don’t really need, you try to turn that focus on places — I have places that obviously matter to me — like in Sub-Saharan Africa and places like that — that I have been involved in. There is an awful lot that we have to do to participate and try as much as possible — we are not policy makers — but what we try to do is shine a light on people who really don’t get light shone upon them.

In the movie you ask, “Would you like to know your future?” Do you see yourself as a father in the future?

I knew you were going to get to it somehow. I thought you would do, “There’s a young kid who is you as a boy. Does it make you think you should have a little boy like that boy?” You can go back and tell everyone you asked the question. But thank you for asking.

It sounds as if it was a really fun set to be on. George, can you talk about your rapping skills?

My rapping skills are well known. In fact, many of the great rappers today have fashioned their stylings from me (joke). I was 18 when the Sugar Hill Gang hit the scene. It’s funny because I’m literally at the actual oldest age of anybody, who knows those songs, but I do still sing them once in a while to entertain the troops when it’s, “Gosh, we’re in the water and it’s cold. We’re shooting 14 hours, we’ve been out all night. It’s terrible. What could be worse?” Then I rap.

Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” also stars Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key and Thomas Robinson.

“Tomorrowland” opens in theaters nationwide on May 22.

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Yelawolf Bares His Southern Soul At Rock On The Range

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(PCM) What I adore so much about Yelawolf is that he absolutely refuses to fall into any type of genre stereotype.  He is making the music that is in his heart and this is truly apparent with the tracks that make up his latest album release “Love Story”. The album flawlessly blends together elements of rock, rap and country giving Yelawolf a style that is very much his own.

For the very first time in its’ nine year history Rock On The Range added some rap to the line-up and Yelawolf was the very first rap artist to perform at the festival. It was truly like a breath of fresh air and while Yelawolf’s style as stated earlier, defies genre, he was an absolutely perfect addition to this year’s bill.

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We had a chance to catch up with Yelawolf prior to his performance on the Ernie Ball stage to talk about “Love Story”, the recording process in Nashville, upcoming touring plans and more!

Photography credit: Ken Schuler Photography

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Tech N9NE Squashes Genre Stereotypes And Brings Musical Unity To Rock On The Range

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(PCM) Tech N9NE has proven time and time again that he is a true force to be reckoned with in the music realm. His latest album release “Special Effects” debuted on the Billboard Top 200 chart at #4, #2 on the Independent Album chart, and #1 on the Rap Album charts garnering him the highest first week sales of his career. The best part of all of this is that he did it all himself!

Tech’s very special and unique vision comes to life on the “Special Effects” album. The album overall blows any type of genre stereotypes clear out of the water and creates a beautiful blend of musical unity in its’ creation. Tech will not be boxed in and rightfully so!

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We recently caught his amazing performance at this year’s Rock On The Range which marked one of the first times in the festival’s history that an artist similar to Tech N9NE has been featured on the bill. We adored the diversity that his set brought to this year’s festival and both his and rapper Krizz Kaliko’s energy on stage was second to none.

Not only did we catch Tech N9NE’s brilliant Rock On The Range debut, but we also had a chance to catch up with the man himself to talk about the “Special Effects” album, playing Rock On The Range and more. In the interview, Tech also revealed his plans for his next album which will be titled “The Storm” on which is hopes to feature the likes of Metallica, Alanis Morrisette, Jay-Z, and Lana Del-Ray.

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Check out the full interview feature below:

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